“This yoga should be practiced with firm determination and perseverance, without any mental reservation or doubts.” Bhagavad Gita
A typical class is 1½ hours long. It consists of asana (postures), pranayama (breathing practice), Yoga Nidra™ (deep relaxation) or meditation.
Asanas (Yoga Postures) improve health and flexibility, invigorate the body and remove energy blocks and tension. Asanas taught in Satyananda yoga classes are build up gently and systematically, ensuring that the body and mind is ready. They are experienced in a non-competitive, encouraging atmosphere with an emphasis on awareness. Most classes remain small to ensure individual attention and safety.
Pranayama (Breathing Practice) The aim of pranayama is to awaken, balance and expand prana (lifeforce energy) in the system. Pranayama is also useful for decreasing mental and emotional disturbances and inducing relaxation. Teaching begins withdeep full breathing and progresses onto a variety of tranquilising and revitalising practices.
Yoga Nidra™ is a simple, guided, deep relaxation done lying down. Often the favourite practice of yoga students, it is a powerful technique in which we learn to relax consciously. It has the power to develop memory, increase knowledge and creativity, cure diseases and transform the nature of the mind. It involves a systematic relaxation of all layers of being from physical to psychic. Yoga Nidra provides a blissful, soothing experience in which the body sleeps, the mind rests and the consciousness remains awake and aware.
Meditation expands awareness and develops calmness, tranquillity and focus, leading to a deeper understanding of our nature. It is also a very effective tool for increasing concentration, willpower and resistance to stress. In Satyananda Yoga, meditation techniques are taught very systematically, over a period of time and sessions body and breath awareness, inner observation and mantra (sound).
There are classes to suit most people and everybody is encouraged to move at their own pace in a non-competitive environment.