What is satyananda yoga?
Satyananda yoga is a system of yoga which aims to bring together all areas or aspects of the body. As a matter of fact, it is called as the Yoga of the Head, Heart, and Hands. The head constitutes the intellect, the heart constitutes the compassion, and the hands constitute the action.
Satyananda yoga was developed by yoga teacher Satyananda Saraswati and is composed of several systems of yoga like Hatha, Raja, Karma, as well as other types. It is a systematic approach that can be practiced by anyone of all ages. In addition, it can be tailored to suit the individual needs of the person.
Satyananda aims to incorporate awareness of all the aspects of being, namely physical, emotional, and spiritual, to create true alignment. Aside from awareness, mental stress and disease can be relieved through the development of the self-healing powers of the body. It helps stabilise emotions and calms the mind to bring perspective to the person, giving them freedom, peace, and inner strength.
Benefits of satyananda yoga
The following are some benefits that can be gained from satyananda yoga:
- Increases awareness
- Relieves stress
- Increases work productivity
- Increases flexibility of the body
- Makes the bones strong and healthy
- Improves confidence, concentration, and expression
- Makes the body vitalised and healthy
- May heal certain types of ailments
- Relaxes the body
- Makes a person more energetic
- Improves blood circulation
Different satyananda yoga poses
The following are some basic poses or Asana used in Satyananda Yoga:
- Cobra Pose
- Bow Pose
- Lotus Pose
- Seated Forward Bend Pose
- Locust Pose
- Cat Pose
- Auspicious Pose
- Mountain Pose
- Thunderbolt Pose
What to expect from satyananda yoga
Satyananda yoga uses postures or asanas to help balance the mind and body using the physical body, breathing, or pranayama to work on the energy body, and meditation to calm and focus the mind. Also, it teaches and encourages to live a yogic lifestyle. It is a systematic, step by step approach to yoga based on common sense and safety. Additionally, Satyananda yoga is gentle and achievable and there is no sense of competition. You go simply at a pace that is right for you and your needs. The focus of this yoga is not on perfecting the physical posture but rather develop one pointed concentration and the ability to witness the mind’s activity.