Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Swami Satyananda Saraswati Mean?

Swami Satyananda Saraswati (1923-2009) was a yoga teacher and guru from India who founded the Bihar School of Yoga, authored more than 80 books and spread his teachings worldwide. His teachings integrated components from many forms of yoga, particularly Tantric yoga, which he described as the science of expanding consciousness and liberating energy.

According to Swami Satyananda’s teachings, enlightenment is the ultimate goal of human existence, and the direct path to enlightenment is the practice of yoga and meditation.


Yogapedia Explains Swami Satyananda Saraswati

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 pratyahara.

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.

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