Swami Satyananda's system of Tantra,
also known as Bihar yoga or Satyananda yoga, integrates the physical,
spiritual and psychological aspects of yoga by combining practices
derived from Hatha, Raja, Kundalini, Kriya, Mantra and Laya yoga.
This system of yoga is gentle and less physically oriented than
Hatha. A Satyananda yoga practice begins slowly with a systematic
sequence of asanas and incorporates pranayama,
meditation, tantric and cleansing practices, and
Satyananda also developed his own yoga
nidra technique and codified the different stages of that
technique. It is a systematic pratyahara technique in which the
chitta, or mental chatter and distractions, are controlled. The result is a relaxed mind and body. Although the yogi practicing his form of yoga nidra appears to
be asleep, he is in a deep level of awareness.
Satyananda studied under Sivananda
Saraswati, who founded the Divine Life Society, which has branches
all over the world.