Satyananda Yoga®


Yoga is the heritage of yesterday, the science of today and the culture of tomorrow.

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

Swami Satyananda envisioned that yoga will emerge as the need of society at large. He structured the vision of Swami Sivananda, the philosophy practices, application and lifestyle into a very practical and scientific system we have called Satyananda Yoga as a tribute to the work of our guru, Swami Satyananda.

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati


Satyananda Yoga is an internationally renowned holistic system of yoga that is suitable for everyone, from beginners to adepts. It is authentic, holistic and systematic, and provides the tools for developing a balanced personality and awakening one's dormant potential. It is an evolving yoga that is firmly grounded in tradition from an acknowledged lineage of gurus, yet adaptable to the needs of today.

Yoga is often understood as being synonymous with physical exercise, however this is only one aspect of yoga. The aim of a holistic approach is to develop all areas of ones being: physical, mental, emotional, psychic and spiritual, leading to a more harmonious state of being. All these aspects are considered when practicing Satyananda Yoga.

The efficacy of Satyananda Yoga has been scientifically proven countless times and is beyond reproach. It has been researched and documented for many years. Its integral approach and multifaceted branches offer the individual a wide choice of paths to formulate a practice to suit their own needs.

Satyananda Yoga encompasses all the major branches of yoga, including hatha yoga (path of harmonizing and purifying the body systems), karma yoga (path of service), bhakti yoga (path of heart and emotion), jnana yoga (path of knowledge) and raja yoga (path of meditation and mind management).

According to the prominence of your qualities, one type of yoga should be selected as the main yoga. This means that you may be a raja yogi, a bhakti yogi or a karma yogi but that side by side with this yoga you are practising other forms of yoga also.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

The uniqueness of Satyananda Yoga is that it is an evolving yoga; it explores and draws knowledge from the ancient yogic texts and the systems of Tantra, Vedanta and Samkhya and presents all systems in a practical form to meet the needs of modern day society. In this way the teachings are universal, progressive and inspiring and develop all aspects of the practitioner’s life in a way that is conducive to spiritual development. There is no watering down of yoga, no combination with other approaches, no ‘supermarket yoga’. It is free of any religious, racial or political orientations, and does not conflict with individual beliefs.

This system of yoga was developed by Swami Satyananda, an internationally acclaimed master of yoga and his unbroken lineage of masters, with the aim of creating a holistic method. A yoga of synthesis.

Life is too complex for one aspect of yoga to suffice. With a comprehensive approach, life becomes rich.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

The wide range of practices and philosophies provide useful tools that can be easily integrated into one’s lifestyle. To this end Satyananda Yoga utilizes asanas (postures) to balance the body and mind through the physical body, pranayamas (breathing practices) to work on the energy body and meditation to calm and focus the mind.

Satyananda Yoga is often referred to as the yoga of the Head, Heart and Hands, the integration of which is necessary for the development of human potential. The head represents the thoughts, the heart represents the emotions, and the hands represent creativity in action. The true or highest state of yoga is achieved when these three aspects are balanced and connected.

Yoga, Awareness and Head, Heart and Hands

Satyananda Yoga is the integration of head, heart and hands. One learns how to allow the heart to direct the head, and the head to direct the instincts and desires behind our actions (hands).

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

Most people are familiar with the idea that yoga involves: physical postures, breathing practices, relaxation, and meditation. It does and they are fundamental to the way yoga works. Yet, this is not all there is. There is much more to yoga. Satyananda Yoga recognises the vastness of yoga and provides a complete system for managing all situations in life. It provides a comprehensive set of tools for managing mental and emotional states, handling change and for living to our full potential. Not only in the session room but through encouraging a yogic lifestyle.

When yoga overflows out of the weekly session and into our lives it starts to become part of a process of self transformation. When we live yoga as a lifestyle, something begins to shift in our bodies, our minds, emotions and energy. Life begins to reveal itself in ways we had not previously considered. Sometimes we find ourselves confronted by the deeper unresolved parts of ourselves. At other times we can discover greater opportunities for living a richer, fuller life. Physical practices are valued and recommended, but the real focus in Satyananda Yoga is on developing parallel skills that work alongside the physical practices and which complement them, which is often overlooked in the way yoga is popularly orientated today. Today the primary aim is to live consciously; to develop self awareness and balance head, heart and hands. If the head, the heart and the hands do not function in harmony, there is restlessness in life. This restlessness may be on the mental, emotional, physical or spiritual level. It shatters our inner peace.

Becoming aware of what we see, hear, touch, taste and smell, brings us into the present moment. By being friendly, positive and accepting towards the present moment and welcoming it, no matter in what guise it may come, life becomes friendly towards us, (as life is inseparable from the present), people become helpful and circumstances co-operative. We begin to flow with events. Awareness enables us to respond positively and live the present moment well and calm the mind. Our awareness is then freed to transform whatever we think, say or do. It is through this heightened awareness, that we are able to touch the timeless inner space of consciousness itself. With this in mind Satyananda Yoga takes us through four stages.

The Four Stages of Satyananda Yoga

Yoga is the heritage of yesterday, the science of today and the culture of tomorrow.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Satyananda Yoga has four levels of application:

1. Yogic practice for the yoga practitioner
2. Yogic sadhana for the yoga sadhak
3. Yogic lifestyle for one who lives the principles of yoga
4. Yogic culture for one who radiates the purity of yoga

Yogic Practice 

As long as we are playing with yoga, experimenting with yoga and using yoga to release our own stresses and anxieties and deal with our own problems which are physical or psychological in nature, we are just practicing certain aspects of yoga and we remain a yoga practitioner only. This is the first level, where yoga is used for personal gains and needs, without any awareness of how one can consciously and sequentially improve the quality of life.

Yogic Sadhana

The second level of yoga practice is known as yoga sadhana, whereby one tries to experience and attain the goal as set and defined by yoga. Each branch of yoga has defined a specific goal. The purpose of bhakti yoga is to purify and sublimate the emotions, not to attain samadhi (self realization). The purpose of hatha yoga is to regulate the pranas in the body. The purpose of raja yoga is to still the active patterns of the mind. Each branch of yoga has an aim, a goal which one tries to experience.

Yogic Lifestyle

The third level is when yoga converts itself into a lifestyle. One begins to live the principles of yoga on a daily basis. One does not need to find a separate time to practice yoga, as life becomes an expression of that yogic awareness, of that yogic attainment.

Yogic Culture

The fourth level is the yogic culture. In the fourth level one begins to radiate the purity of yoga, the shanti (peace) of yoga. One radiates the perfection of yoga.

This sequence of yoga which Swami Satyananda defined as ‘progressive yoga’ was created keeping in mind the guidelines given by Swami Sivananda that yoga should develop the human mind, the human heart, and the human creativity (i.e. head, heart and hands).

Satyananda Yoga is the first modern yoga tradition offering university diplomas and degrees. The Bihar Yoga Bharati was the first government accredited yoga university, offering degree courses. The Satyananda Yoga Academy of Australasia (SYAA) offers government accredited diplomas, which offer reciprocal arrangements with other Satyananda Yoga Academies worldwide, namely Satyananda Yoga Academy Europe (SYAE), Academia de Yoga Satyananda in South America and Yoga Academy of North America (YANA). 

Over the past 50 years in excess of 500 books have been authored by the gurus and devotees of this tradition on all aspects of yoga including history, philosophy, psychology, ethics, health management and spiritual life.

These books are complimented by thousands of published articles and the publication of the monthly magazine "Yoga" and others.

• Yoga magazine (bi-monthly)
• Avahan magazine (bi-monthly)
• Aradhana magazine (bi-monthly)

Most of the materials are readily available to the public. The tradition aims to develop the intuitive self and to offer a solid scientific foundation for the development of yoga practices.
It is also grounded in applied scientific research.

Satyananda Yoga is Suitable for All

Satyananda Yoga can be practiced by everyone. It is not limited to any one culture, tradition or religion, political beliefs or social customs. The wide range of practices suit all ages, sizes, all levels of physical fitness and all lifestyles. One does not need to change their lifestyle, but rather just add the practices of yoga to see positive results. What one learns in a classroom environment can also be extended into daily life, providing useful tools that can easily be integrated into one's lifestyle. Courses, workshops, conferences and a more in depth and intensive exploration in Yogic Studies, Instructor Training Courses or In-Service courses (continuing professional development courses) are available in various locations throughout the world.

Satyananda Yoga worldwide and Satyananda Yoga Academies
Today Satyananda Yoga is a worldwide movement with centres and instructors in over eighty countries and four Satyananda Yoga Academies.

The Satyananda Yoga Academies play a vital role in propagating academic awareness of yoga. The academies ensure the ongoing development and training of the yogic sciences by combining academic and scientific methodology with a spiritual vision.

Courses available:

  • Yogic studies
  • Instructor training


  • Australia
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America

Worldwide locations of Satyananda Yoga

Symbol and meaning of the Satyananda Yoga Logo

The symbol places within a sphere the sun and the moon, representing the two principle energies of creation, ida and pingala, which meet at ajna chakra. Within the sun and moon are their bija mantras, ham and ksham. This symbol, with the words Satyananda Yoga, represents a global renewal of the International Yoga Fellowship Movement (IYFM) movement under the preceptorship of Swami Niranjanananda.

Code of Practice for Yoga Instructors trained in the system of Satyananda Yoga and yoga centres teaching the system of Satyananda Yoga

The Code of Practice for Yoga Instructors trained in the system of Satyananda Yoga and yoga centres teaching the system of Satyananda Yoga articulates the requirements made to HAISY (Hellenic Affiliation of Instructors trained in the system of Satyananda Yoga) for members and practitioners following the Satyananda Yoga Instructors Course (SYIC) at Satyanandashram Hellas, in relation to knowledge, teaching skills and methodology.

Its basis is the Code of Practice as defined by SYTA (Satyananda Yoga Teachers
Association, Australia) and ESYF (European Satyananda Yoga Family).

  • We acknowledge the ancient wisdom and tradition of yoga and the integral yoga system developed by Swami Satyananda and Swami Niranjanananda as the source of our inspiration and the basis of our yoga teaching.
  • With the intention to understand, appreciate and support others, we see yoga practices as a path to holistic personal development.
  • We teach yoga based on our knowledge and training in this integrated system, and the experience gained and deepened by our on-going personal practice.
  • We embrace the need for on-going professional development as we continue to expand our skills and knowledge of teaching and practising yoga (sadhana- personal yoga practice).
  • We aim for standards of excellence in our methods of teaching.
  • We pay attention to safety issues at all times and state appropriate contraindications for the yoga practices.
  • We teach in a creative, positive and caring manner, assisting practitioners to meet their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.
  • We encourage the expansion of awareness in all teaching situations.
  • We teach according to the situation, a wide range of practices including asana, pranayama, Satyananda Yoga Nidra™, meditation, cleansing practices, chanting and kirtan in accordance with the principles of the Satyananda Yoga tradition.
  • We seek to maintain safety by teaching a range of integrated practices in a gradual and balanced way.
  • We structure our yoga sessions and courses in a way that gives practitioners time and space to develop their awareness and to witness their inner experiences.
  • We create a non-competitive atmosphere and encourage practitioners to develop a meditative approach and observe their own experiences.
  • We teach practices and methods that touch all layers of the human personality.
  • We design yoga courses to be inclusive with regard to age, ability and health, encouraging independence and personal responsibility in practitioners.
  • We teach predominantly by verbal instruction, demonstrating practices only when necessary to ensure instructors undivided attention is on the practitioners. We observe our practitioners carefully and provide feedback where appropriate, while seeking to maintain an atmosphere of relaxation and stillness throughout the session.
  • We are versatile in our teaching, adapting the practices to individual needs.
  • We are mindful of practitioners’ health, needs and limitations, and where appropriate seek guidance from and/or refer practitioners to more experienced instructors, doctors and therapists.
  • We encourage yoga instructors to create a network by sharing experiences, debriefing and supporting each other.


Swami Sivananda Saraswati
A great spiritual luminary of the 20th century. After serving as a medical doctor in Malaysia, he renounced his practice to search for his guru in the foothills of the Himalayas. He wrote hundreds of books and articles on yoga and spirituality. A major spiritual voice of his time, he developed yoga as a practical and holistic subject which anyone could apply in their lives. Embodying the spirit of service to humanity, he guided thousands of spiritual seekers, disciples and aspirants all over the world to practice yoga and lead a divine life. His eightfold path: serve, love, give, purify, be good, do good, meditate, realize, became a roadmap for spiritual aspirants worldwide.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Entrusted by Swami Sivananda with the mission of spreading yoga from door to door and from shore to shore, Swami Satyananda became the foremost inspirer of yoga in the 20th century. A modern day sage and visionary, he established yoga as part of mainstream society, making the ancient systems of Tantra and yoga accessible to people of all faiths and nationalities for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual evolution. In 1963 Swami Satyananda founded the Bihar School of Yoga (BSY). From its inception Swami Satyananda’s teaching rapidly spread throughout the world, and yoga became a household word. At the peak of his accomplishment, Swami Satyananda renounced all that he had created, went on a pilgrimage around India and eventually settled in Rikhia (a remote, deprived area of India), where with the sankalpa of peace, abundance and well-being for all, performed the highest spiritual sadhana, known as panchagni. In Rikhia, he received the divine mandate “Take care of your neighbours as I have taken care of you” and began to construct homes for the homeless and assist the less privileged in every way in obtaining a sustainable livelihood. Swami Satyananda lived as a Paramahamsa Sannyasin until 5 December 2009, when he entered into mahasamadhi (the highest state of consciousness).

In the words of Swami Satyananda:

Yoga will emerge as a mighty world power; it is the need of today and the culture of tomorrow and will change the course of world events.


Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
Swami Niranjanananda is the manas putra of Swami Satyananda, his mind born son. Swami Satyananda invited a divine soul of his choice to take birth and that soul was Swami Niranjan. He lived in his Gurus ashram from an early age, and there he underwent rigorous sannyasa training, after which, at the age of eleven, under the guidance of his guru, he left India and travelled extensively to further the establishment of Satyananda Yoga ashrams and yoga centres throughout the world. This deepened his experience and profound understanding of contemporary society and modern scientific trends.
He has provided practical guidance and inspired aspirants everywhere to live a yogic lifestyle by integrating head, heart and hands and developing spiritual awareness. He was president of the Bihar School of Yoga from 1983 – 2008. In 1990 he was initiated as a Paramahasa Sannyasin and in 1995 appointed spiritual preceptor in succession to Swami Satyananda. In 1994, he established the first yoga university of its kind, the Bihar Yoga Bharati (BYB) an Institute for Advanced Studies in Yogic Sciences and in 2000 the Yoga Publications Trust. He also initiated a children’s’ yoga movement, Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal in 1995. In parallel with the developing activities in Munger, he travelled in India and all over the world to meet the call of yoga aspirants everywhere. In 2010, he established Sannyas Peeth, a center dedicated to protecting and propagating the ideals of sannyasa.
He is the author of numerous books on yoga and spiritual life and is universally revered and loved as a spiritual master, not just because of his infinite wisdom and compassion, but because he is a man who radiates joy and celebrates each moment of life.

Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati
Swami Satyasangananda, popularly known as Swami Satsangi, from childhood had a completely modern education and upbringing, however she opted for the traditional life of renunciation and sannyasa after she had a series of inner awakenings at an early age, which led her to her guru, Swami Satyananda.
She travelled extensively and ceaselessly with Swami Satyananda on his tours in India and abroad, which gave her immense exposure and contributed to her development as a scholar with deep insight into the yogic and tantric traditions as well as modern sciences and philosophies. A truly inspirational instructor and gifted writer, Swami Satsangi is the author of major texts on Yoga and Tantra.
She is the Peethadhishwari (Acharya) of Rikhiapeeth. Presently she resides at Rikhiapeeth ashram, working tirelessly for the material and spiritual upliftment of the local community. She travels nationally and internationally carrying the light of her guru’s teachings to all.

Satyananda Yoga in Greece
In 1976, Swami Sivamurti, on instructions from her guru, Swami Satyananda started to spread the light of yoga in Greece. It began in a humble way, with the establishment of the first yoga centre in the relatively small town of Kalamata. Soon after in 1978, Swami Satyananda visited Greece and as interest in yoga blossomed, Swami Sivamurti established a centre in Athens and then in Thessaloniki. Her unceasing work kept gaining momentum which eventually culminated in the establishment of the first residential ashram of its kind in Europe, just east of Athens located at the foothills of Mt Ymittos, an area flanked by olive groves and vineyards. The land on which the residential ashram lies has a long history of spiritual activity and is steeped in Ancient Greek history. It is said to have once been a sanctuary where the esoteric Dionysian mysteries were taught and the town of Paiania was the birthplace of the philosopher Socrates and the renowned orator Demosthenes.
For over a quarter of a century, Satyanandashram Hellas has been imbued with the powerful energy of spiritual practice and the wisdom of the masters of the Satyananda Yoga tradition who have regularly come to Greece since the ashram’s inception in 1985. Today Satyanandashram Hellas is comprised of three Satyananda Yoga Meditation Centres, and the residential ashram in Paiania. The ashram acts as a haven for hundreds of independent instructors trained in the system of Satyananda Yoga. The residents of the ashram are committed to leading a yogic lifestyle and the ashram functions on the precepts of voluntary service. Satyanandashram Hellas is ever evolving and welcomes all people who seek a balanced and healthy lifestyle and want to develop a spiritual and positive vision of life based on the teachings of Swami Satyananda and his lineage.

Swami Sivamurti Saraswati

Swami Sivamurti was born in Australia and first met her guru Swami Satyananda at his ashram, the Bihar School of Yoga in India where she underwent training in the different branches of yoga and sannyasa. In 1976 Swami Satyananda gave her the mandate to establish yoga in Greece. She founded Satyanandasham Hellas in 1978 and then began travelling tirelessly throughout Greece spreading the message of her guru and played an instrumental role in introducing Satyananda Yoga to the Balkans. She established three Satyananda Yoga Meditation Centres, two in Athens and one in Thessaloniki and many Independent Yoga Centres throughout the mainland and islands of Greece.
In 1993, Swami Sivamurti, was recognized as a Yoga Acharya (Master of Yoga) by the IYFM (International Yogic Fellowship Movement) and the Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, India. She is also a guardian of yoga for the Satyananda Yoga Academy Europe. In 2014 she initiated the formation of the Pan Hellenic Affiliation of Yoga Instructors trained in the system of Satyananda Yoga (HAISY). She is based at Paiania ashram and travels regularly throughout Greece and abroad, giving seminars and lecturing on yoga.

Satyananda Yoga Outreach
Yoga has come down from the caves and mountains into the research laboratories of scientists and doctors and from there it has entered mainstream society and is being used to improve health and well-being.

Today Satyananda Yoga has been successfully assimilated into many areas within modern society in many countries. It helps people in prisons, schools, universities, industries and corporate business sectors, homes for the elderly, businesses, airlines, armed services, drug rehabilitation, athletics and hospitals, etc.

Satyananda Yoga emphasizes the importance of being of service in order to progress in life. Its humanitarian ethos aims to support the poor and needy, providing for example clothes, education, a means of livelihood, or simply inspiration, hope and upliftment.

It provides tools for individuals to enhance their skills for living and their ability to make a responsible contribution to the development of human society.

Satyananda Yoga also bestows the opportunity to experience the benefits of ashram life. An ashram is a place where one learns to handle the vicissitudes of life through developing a stronger and more capable mind. One also gains practical experience and a deeper understanding of yogic philosophy and psychology in an ashram.



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Satyanandashram Hellas:

1. Ashram Paiania, PO Box 22, 19002 Paiania, Greece, tel: +30 210 6644189, 210 6028531, fax: +30 210 6644048, email: [email protected]
2. Satyananda Yoga Meditation Centre Paiania, Diadochou Konstantinou 32, 19002 Paiania, tel: +30 210 6641545, email: [email protected]
3. Satyananda Yoga Meditation Centre Athens, Semitelou 2, Athens, tel: +30 210 3311178, email: [email protected]
4. Satyananda Yoga Meditation Centre Thessaloniki, Proxenou Koromila 1, 54624 Thessaloniki, tel: +30 2310 283109, fax: +30 2310 229574, email: [email protected]

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