Saraswati Yoga

Definition - What does Saraswati Yoga mean?

Saraswati yoga is a non-standard form of yoga. It is named after an ancient Indian river of the same name and the Hindu goddess of knowledge, learning and creativity. Saraswati River yoga, as founded by Parvathi Nanda Nath, is a form of Vinyasa (flow) yoga.

In Saraswati yoga, the practice of physical asanas is supplemented with other spiritual elements such as mantras, meditation and pranayama.

Saraswati yoga may also refer to the teachings of the Shaivist traditions of Kashmir.

Yogapedia explains Saraswati Yoga

The name, Saraswati (also spelled Sarasvati), means “the flowing one.” The goddess Saraswati represents free-flowing creative energy. In the yogic tradition, Saraswati teaches trust in one's intuition, or the inner voice, rather than the misconceptions of the mind. Yogic practices like meditation, chanting, pranayama and vinyasa work combined cultivate this inner voice and help the practitioner attain oneness with the Self and the Divine.

In the Saraswati River yoga tradition, asanas are supported by more traditional spiritual practices like chanting, pranayama breathing exercises, guided meditation (yoga nidra) and the teaching of Eastern philosophy. The ancient river valley from which this discipline originated is believed by some to be the birthplace of yogic wisdom. This river flowed underground in some areas, symbolizing the inner river of bliss, wisdom and creativity.

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