Satyananda Yoga® was developed by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati (1923-2009) a yoga teacher whose own teacher was a yogi as well as a medical doctor (Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati 1887 -1963). Satyananda Yoga follows the ancient and traditional teachings of yoga while integrating the learnings from modern medical-physiotherapy, meeting the needs of our modern society.
Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati's teachings are propagated worldwide. It is known within India as the Bihar School of Yoga and outside of India as the Satyananda Yoga tradition.
Satyananda Yoga takes
a holistic approach to yoga and it deals with one’s whole being; the body, the mind
and the emotions.
Satyananda Yoga is suitable for people of all ages and physical abilities and involves the
• Asana (postures)
• Pranayama (breathing techniques)
• Shatkarmas (cleansing/purification techniques)
• Meditation (Yoga Nidra is one of the most widely recognized practices from this school of yoga)
The main emphasis of Satyananda Yoga is on inner awareness and teaches us that Yoga is all about AWARENESS.
Satyananda Yoga encourages the students to be present and learn about themselves through Yoga and to discover how yoga can bring about change on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level.
'Change is a process that takes place naturally as a consequence of regular practice with full awareness, rather than by forcing the mind and body beyond its limit.'
Usually, the 1st thing students notice after the 1st class are the effects of deep relaxation, calmness and peace of mind.
Little by little, with practice, the students develop more self-awareness and they begin to notice whether they are holding any tension in their body and learn how to release these tensions.
As one progresses in the practice of Satyananda Yoga one becomes aware of the conditioning of the mind and becomes aware of one’s thought patters. With this ‘self-knowledge’ one can begin to step outside the ‘reaction mode’ that so many of us reside in and begin to work towards a more conscious self and develop a yogic lifestyle.
Sometimes referred to as the yoga of ‘head, heart and hands’, Satyananda Yoga is an integral yoga which incorporates Hatha, Raja, Karma, Jnana, Mantra, and Bhakti Yoga.
Satyananda Yoga teachers are trained to the highest standard with over 500 hours training hours and with regular in-service training and assessment. The teaching diploma is recognised by Yoga Federation Ireland (YFI) and the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY). These qualifications are approved and recognised worldwide.
For other Satyananda trained yoga teachers in Ireland, please visit Satyanandayoga.ie
Other useful links: Satyananda Yoga Academy Europe (SYAE) ; European Satyananda Yoga Family (ESYF)