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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
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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
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– 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
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Dashnami Sannyasa is an ancient yogic and spiritual lineage devised by Adi Shankaracharya (788 CE – 820 CE)
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Paramahamsa literally means ‘supreme swan’ – one who has attained a higher, illumined state o consciousness
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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
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. 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...
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union between the individual and the cosmic sel.
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a universal science o sel discovery, which evolved rom the liestyle andpractices o the ancient seers.
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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.
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a liestyle that can change the quality o body and mind, allowing us tounderstand and ull our true potential.
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a positive way to enhance our creativity and expression in lie through theunolding o deeper dimensions o consciousness.
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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.
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a practical philosophy which can create better human conditions andsituations around the globe.
The Vision of 
Satyananda yoga 
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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 
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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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