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Vision Prospectus (1)

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Published by: Trajan Bede Henriksen on Jun 25, 2012
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Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati 
 was born in 1960 in central India and wasrecognised as a ‘balyogi’, a yogi rom birth. Swami Niranjan began his ashramtraining at the tender age o our and was initiated into Dashnami Sannyasain 1970. He travelled extensively throughout the world or the next 11 years, which prepared him or the years ahead as a yoga master who would convey theancient wisdom and teachings o yoga across a broad spectrum o the globalcommunity. In 1993 he was initiated into Paramahamsa
Sannyasa, and in1983 was chosen as Swami Satyananda’s spiritual successor, inheriting the roleo guiding the activities o Satyananda Yoga worldwide. Now retired romashram administration and national and international travel, he has entered anew stage o sadhana and service.
Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati
was born in 1953 in West Bengal, India. As a young woman o 22 years, she began to experience proound innerawakenings, which lead her to meet her guru, Swami Satyananda. In 1982,she was initiated into Dashnami Sannyasa and began a lie o dedication andservice to her guru and his work. An inspired teacher, speaker and gited writer,she is the author o several major texts on yoga and tantra. Since 1989 she hasresided at Rikhiapeeth (the sadhana place o Swami Satyananda), where shehas succeeded – through the expansion o Sivananda Math
– in transormingthe lives o the people in the surrounding areas. At the same time she has alsocreated a vibrant, dynamic centre o spirituality and education within the gateso Rikhiapeeth.
Vast is the ocean of sacred words which enlightensthe universe with divine vision
—Rigveda 1.3.12 
Inspirers of ourtradition
Dashnami Sannyasa is an ancient yogic and spiritual lineage devised by Adi Shankaracharya (788 CE – 820 CE)
Paramahamsa literally means ‘supreme swan’ – one who has attained a higher, illumined state o consciousness
Sivananda Math is a philanthropic organisation which aims to acilitate the growth and development o the underprivileged sections o society 
Swami Sivananda Saraswati
(1887–1963) was one o the great spiritual masterso the 20th century. Born and educated in amil Nadu, he served in Malaya asa medical doctor or several years beore he renounced worldly lie and settled inRishikesh, where he was initiated into Dashnami Sannyasa
. Swami Sivanandapracticed intense yoga sadhana and at the same time lived to serve humanity.He oten spent more than twelve hours a day in meditation and then visited thesick to oer medical aid. Passionately inspired to both see and serve the divineaspect in everyone, he attracted thousands o disciples in India and around the world, ounded medical, charitable and spiritual institutions and authored over200 books on yoga and spirituality.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati
 (1923–2009) was born in the north Indian hillstation o Almora. In 1943 he travelled to Rishikesh where he met his guru,Swami Sivananda. He took initiation into the Dashnami Sannyasa tradition andspent the next twelve years ully immersed in ashram lie. Swami Satyananda went on to ound Bihar School o Yoga in 1964 and over the next 20 yearshe developed his unique system o yoga and travelled the world to spread histeachings. In 1988 Swami Satyananda retired rom public lie, moved to animpoverished rural area o northern India (Rikhia) where he perormed highersadhanas and entered a new phase o service to humanity to actively uplit thelocal community. Swami Satyananda consciously let his body on December5th 2009, entering the exalted state o mahasamadhi.
Satyananda Yoga is a unique and integral system o yoga, created by the worldrenowned master Swami Satyananda Saraswati, to make the healing andtransormative power o yoga available to all who seek it. Satyananda Yoga oersevery person a means to practise and live yoga, according to his or her level,interest and need. It is taught progressively and tailored to suit one’s personalneeds and aims, ensuring a sae and positive experience o yoga.Satyananda Yoga is ounded upon the ancient philosophies o antra, Vedantaand Samkhya. It has only been in the last ty years that visionaries, such asSwami Satyananda elt that yoga was going to be the need o society in theuture. Swami Satyananda gave yoga a dynamic twist, bringing it out romphilosophy and into practice.Swami Satyananda taught the main branches o yoga: hatha yoga, rajayoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga and karma yoga. He also taught less widely known esoteric yogas, including kriya yoga, kundalini yoga, mantra yoga,every kind o yoga as ound in the texts. As a tribute to the work o SwamiSatyananda, we have called this combination o teachings ‘Satyananda Yoga’.Satyananda Yoga does not highlight one branch o yoga, but incorporates allthe dierent yogas to achieve the experience o wholeness. Te synthesis o thedierent yogas enables the practitioner to restructure all the aspects o his or herlie in a way which is conducive to spiritual growth.
Yoga is...
union between the individual and the cosmic sel.
a universal science o sel discovery, which evolved rom the liestyle andpractices o the ancient seers.
a comprehensive and practical system o transorming the human personality, which leads to a balanced development o physical health, mental harmony and spiritual uplitment.
a liestyle that can change the quality o body and mind, allowing us tounderstand and ull our true potential.
a positive way to enhance our creativity and expression in lie through theunolding o deeper dimensions o consciousness.
a system that has a unique and universal appeal and may be practised by people rom all walks o lie, on all continents and o all religions.
a practical philosophy which can create better human conditions andsituations around the globe.
The Vision of 
Satyananda yoga 
all lie. Kirtan (singing the many names o the divine) andsatsang (being in the presence o living truth) are importantpractices o this tradition.
Karma yoga 
is the path o awareness in action. Althoughactions are perormed by all, very ew are able to act withawareness in daily lie. Tis yoga is imbibed during timespent in the residential centres, where all students andresidents work together on dierent tasks to maintain theyogic community.
 Jnana yoga 
is the means to attain the highest state o innerknowledge. Trough continuous sel-study, sel-analysis andmeditative awareness o the sel, intellectual knowledge isconverted into practical wisdom. When perormed in a balanced sequence and proportion,Satyananda Yoga transorms the whole person, integratingthe dierent layers o the personality and providing physicaland mental relaxation, wellbeing and peace. However, yogadoes not end with the classroom experience. In order toexperience wholeness and completeness in lie, it is importantto realise the connection between your material expressionsand spiritual aspirations.Satyananda Yoga is an authentic system o teachingssynthesising the branches o yoga to address dierent kinds o personalities and temperaments. Whether you are devotional,intellectual, psychic or active by nature, Satyananda Yogaoers a path or you.
Hatha yoga 
promotes exibility and good health by awakeningand balancing the physical and mental energies that governone’s lie. It includes asanas (postures to promote physicalhealth, awareness and relaxation), pranayamas (breathingtechniques to expand vital energy), shatkarmas (physicaldetox techniques), and mudras and bandhas (physiologicalenergy releasing techniques).
Raja yoga 
is a comprehensive system o mental trainingthrough progressive techniques o relaxation, breathawareness, mindulness and concentration. Satyananda Yogaoers many unique meditation practices to deal with mentalproblems, such as stress and anxiety, and to discover anddevelop the immense potential o the human mind.
Bhakti yoga 
is the path o channelling the emotions towardsthe divine to realise the transcendental nature inherent within. Trough bhakti yoga you experience the unity o 
Te awareness and skills
developed through practice o Satyananda Yoga extend beyond the yoga mat into all levelsand conditions o lie. Te application o yoga helps you todevelop a more balanced and integral liestyle, and to standon your own two eet. Such a person is able to assumeresponsibility or him or hersel in all situations and to actin ways which are appropriate and constructive. As a parto yogic lie, you learn to take part in the relationships andevents o lie with an attitude o non-attachment, withoutbecoming entangled. Ultimately, yogic awareness allowsyou to understand the problems and difculties o othersand how to lend a helping hand. In this way yoga becomesthe means to uplit all beings, along with yoursel. Whenyoga becomes part o your lie, each expression, eachthought, each sentiment conveys that quality o applied wisdom. Tis is the vision o Satyananda Yoga beyondthe mat.
Branches of 
Satyananda yoga 
Yogabeyond the mat
learning how to do theheadstand is awesomebut learning how to standon your own two feet is thehighest yoga!

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