During this retreat we will explore the tradition of Bihar School of yoga, also know as Satyananda Yoga. Satyananda Yoga is a system of yoga developed by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati and his lineage, which incorporates practices derived from ancient and traditional sources. Satyananda Yoga uses practices in a traditional way, asanas (postures) to balance the body and mind through the physical body, pranayama (breathing practices) to work on the energy body (equated with Ki or Chi in other systems), and meditation to calm and focus the mind. It also takes a broader outlook by teaching and encouraging yogic lifestyles.
To this end Satyananda Yoga adopts the attitudes of Jnana Yoga (the path of knowledge), Bhakti Yoga (the path of heart and emotion), Karma Yoga (the path of service) and other yogas which enable the practitioner to frame all aspects of their lives in a way which is conducive to spiritual growth.
The Satyananda approach incorporates the whole person, not just the body. There is an emphasis on awareness and practitioners are encouraged to learn about all aspects of their personality through Yoga. Change is a process that takes place naturally as a consequence of regular practice with full awareness, rather than by forcing the mind and body to the limit and beyond.
Mattias Gopala Hagman
Yoga and meditation teacher, behavioural scientist and ayurvedic teacher started Gavle Yoga School in Sweden in 2001. Since 2006 he is one of the directors of the Yoga Teacher Training of Satyananda Yoga Sweden. His teacher is Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati from Bihar School of Yoga, Bihar, India.
Maria Sloka Hagman
Yoga and meditation teacher who specialises in yoga for pregnancy and rehabilitation Yoga. She is also trained in Ayurvedic Yoga Massage in Dharamshala, India. Her teacher is Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati from Bihar School of Yoga, Bihar, India.
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