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The Satyananda Yoga System was created by Swami Satyananda Saraswati and is now developped by his successor, Swami Niranjanananda. This Tradition of Yoga is one of the most complete, varied and holistic approach existing throughout the world. It takes into consideration health and the needs of the body as well as the growth of mind and spirit. Two concepts are put together to garanty a real spiritual progress.

The Yoga Practices

The first concept concerns the different yogas and how they can help our understanding and self-control. This method uses traditional asanas to balance body and mind. It works on the energy in the body through pranayama in order to increase the level of prana and allow it to flow freely. With the help of meditation, it quietens and concentrates the mind. Satyananda Yoga uses different tantric and upanishadic practices which have been brought up to date by Swami Satyananda, antar mauna and yoga nidra, ajapa japa, as well as mantra yoga, nada yoga, kundalini yoga, kriya yoga and laya yoga. In all these different yogas, the main purpose is to develop the capacity of self-awareness and profound relaxation.
The characteristic of Satyananda Yoga is to combine the philosophy of jñana yoga (the path of knowledge), bhakti yoga (the path of heart and emotion), karma yoga (the path of service) with the techniques of hatha yoga, raja yoga and other yogas, in order to enable the adept to organize all aspects of his live in a way which is conducive to inner growth.

The Yogic Life Style

The second concept is related to life style and the ability to get a different vision of human existence, accepting both positive and negative aspects. This approach leads to equanimity and a deeper understanding of the purpose of life and karmas (actions). Far from recommanding an escape from the world, it proposes the means of finding a balance between material life and one's own inner aspirations.
Satyananda Yoga aims to constantly maintain a positive way of life for oneself and others, in order to bring about well-being, peace and spiritual upliftment. In this way, it is possible to enjoy life to the full, to respect our dharma or our obligations to family and society, and to participate to the progress of the community.
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Ardha Chandrasana , the half-moon posture
" Yoga transforms us subtly through greater awareness of our day to day activities, adding a new dimension to even mundane things like eating, talking, fighting, sleeping, working, pain, pleasure, everything. "