Satyananda Yoga

Swami Satyananda describes yoga as “a higher form of common sense, a pure and precise science which evolves from within. To live yoga is to be in harmony with oneself.” Swami Niranjan who is now the leader of Satyananda yoga worldwide adds that “Yoga is about management skills for the art of living.”

Yoga provides the tools for people who are seeking ways to broaden and heighten their experience of life and their own humanity. The practice of yoga offers the experience of personal poise, recollection and tranquility. Self-discovery and understanding are initiated in a new way and so life’s journey becomes richer. Through simple practices we begin a process which allows us to engage fully with life. The many practices available to us through Satyananda yoga have a profoundly positive effect on the body, the mind, the emotions, the personality, in fact they help the evolvement of the whole being.

Classes comprise a balanced synthesis of Postures (Asana), Breath/Energy techniques (Pranayama), Deep relaxation (Yoganidra), Concentration (Dharana) and Meditation techniques (Dhyana). In addition we can also choose from the great range of other practices, such as Mantra, Kirtan (devotional singing), Nada (the yoga of sound), Shatkarma (cleansing techniques) and many more.

ASANA: Literally meaning “to be steady and comfortable”, these are the many physical movements and postures of yoga. They are gentle and non competitive and help to keep us free from body armour; the result of stress and anxiety. They allow free flow of energy and begin to balance body chemistry (the endocrine system), allowing us to be present and at ease in our bodies. It is here that awareness training begins, the ability to experience what is.

PRANAYAMA: To harmonise, expand and direct energy by means of the breath. Through the practice we can bring about changes in mood and states of mind. Pranayama is particularly good for bringing clarity, receptivity and peace of mind. It continues the work of asana in developing awareness, balancing energy and body chemistry and so has a positive effect on our attitude towards ourselves and others.

DHARANA: Techniques, which help to bring deep levels of concentration or stillness. This is where Meditation begins.

DHYANA: An even greater level of stillness develops through practice. We are not so easily influenced or disturbed.

YOGANIDRA: Literally yogic sleep, it is the practice of conscious relaxation where the mind becomes very receptive. Effort is dropped, but awareness remains. Learning becomes spontaneous. The body and mind are able to let go on a deep level to relax and revitalise. This practice can also awaken creativity.