Yogic Studies 1

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In Yogic Studies 1a and 1b courses, students explore and experience key elements of the Satyananda Yoga tradition. They are encouraged to develop all aspects of their being and to witness the natural process of change that occurs with regular yoga practice.

The primary focus of the Satyananda system is to develop deeper awareness through personal experience and self-reflection. YS1 provides an understanding of yogic concepts and practice that can be applied in daily life.

It is open to both beginners and longer-term practitioners who want to develop greater self-discipline and self-knowledge.

Components of the course include:

  • Asana, Pranayama, Mudra and Shatkarma
  • History, Philosophy, Psychology of Yoga
  • Yoga Nidra and Meditation
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Mantra and Kirtan
  • Yogic Lifestyle
  • Karma Yoga

Those completing the course will establish a firm foundation from which to continue home practice and personal development. They will also be eligible to progress to further SYAE training courses.

Course structure

Yogic Studies 1 is comprised of two 6-months course modules. Each module begins with a twelve day and ends with a six day in-depth residential. Between the residential periods students are expected to commit to a regular home practice, to maintain and regularly submit a home practice diary and complete a number of online quizzes.

Those completing the YS1 course modules will establish a firm foundation from which to continue home practice and personal development. They will also be eligible to progress to further SYAE training courses (please note that successful completion of YS1a is prerequisite for the participation in the YS1b).

Please note: To give participants more time to assimilate the extensive course content, from 2018 onwards, YS1 has been divided into two courses (YS1a and YS1b). Those having completed YS1 by 2017 (incl. 2017) are eligible to commence with YS2a (for information: https://syae.eu/yogic-studies-2/).

Dates Yogic Studies 1a

Residential 1: 18-30 March 2018

Residential 2: 25-31 August 2018

Dates Yogic Studies 1b

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Experienced Satyananda Yoga teachers and teachers/instructors trained in the Satyananda system of Yoga from Europe and Bihar Yoga Bharati (Institute for Advanced Yogic Sciences, India) will conduct and assess the course.

The venue

Hungarian Yoga Association in Szolad, a quiet village near the beautiful lake Balaton, a 90-minute drive from Budapest airport (Hungary). Accommodation will be shared (two to three people to a room).
Diet will be simple, nutritious vegetarian meals.

Travel guide to Szolad

Pre entry requirements

  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Ability to meet the time commitments required
    All students are expected to manage their own time. Those with extensive work and family commitments may find it challenging to manage the course workload.
    We strongly suggest that students do not take part in other significant courses during the year.
  • English language competence
    As all lectures, practical classes, home assignments and assessments will be in English, students need to have a good grasp of the language. Applicants whose first language is not English may be asked to provide evidence of their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.


Students will be expected to participate fully in all aspects of the course and to maintain yogic discipline during the residential stays. An aspect of this discipline will be to minimise use of mobile devices.


Home study

  • Daily one hour practice – asana, pranayama, yoga nidra, meditation as per given schedules
  • Writing a daily home practice diary and submitting it regularly
  • Online quizzes and additional study time – approximately 5-7 hours per week including full participation in the online aspect of the course

Set texts

  • Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  • Meditations from the Tantras by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  • Yoga Nidra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  • Yoga Darshan by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
  • Anatomy and Physiology textbook of your choice


Certificates will only be awarded to students who successfully complete all aspects of the course.

Course fee (for each module)


This includes all practical and theoretical tuition, marking, assessments, printed handouts, accommodation and catering.

* Reduced price policy (1150€) applies for eastern European countries (Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia etc.). Please enquire for details.

How to apply

Please download the application form here: YS118 Application Form

Closing date of application: 28. February 2018.

If you would like more information please contact:

ys118 [at] syae.eu

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