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An unbroken tradition of living masters disseminating the wisdom of the Sages in a modern and contemporary manner

Sri Swami Sivananda

Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati was born at Pattamadai, (Tamil Nadu) in 1887. After serving as a medical doctor in Malaya, he renounced his practice to search for his Guru in the foothills of the Himalayas. He settled in the sacred valley of Rishikesh and was initiated into the Dashnami Sannyasa tradition in 1924 by Swami Vishwananda Saraswati.

In subsequent years he wrote hundreds of books and articles on yoga and spirituality to maintain and introduce yogic values in the minds of the general public. His emphasis was on breaking down the barriers which separated the needy from the teachings that could help them, whether this took the form of yoga for health, peace of mind or spiritual aspiration. This ideology continues to guide the work of the Satyananda branch of his lineage.

To this end Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati toured India extensively, inspiring people to practice yoga and lead a divine life. He founded the Divine Life Society at Rishikesh in 1936, the Sivananda Ayurvedic Pharmacy in 1945, the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy in 1948 and the Sivananda Eye Hospital in 1957 and attained Maha Samadhi on 14th July 1963.

As a major spiritual voice of not only his time, but forever, Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati guides thousands of spiritual seekers, disciples and aspirants all over the world.

If you wish to read more about Swami Sivananda and the mission that was started by him, you may visit the website of DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY : https://www.dlshq.org/

Sri Swami Satyananda

Sri Swami Satyananda was born in1923 at Almora on the foothills of The Himalayas. At a young age he had the inclination and the opportunity to meet and serve several sadhus, who were on their way to the Himalayas. It had a strong influence in the young Dharmendar!

At the tender age of six, when most people would play with toys, he had a profound spiritual experience. His parents were reassured by many saints about the spiritual potential of their son!

In the life of Sri Swamiji, several spiritual, tantric, yoga Gurus were eager to adopt him and even offered to make him their successors. Sri Swamiji also received guidance into several aspects of spiritual sadhana.

In 1943, at the age of 20 Sri Swamiji met Swami Sivananda at Rishikesh and the rest of his life is history that the whole world knows.

If you wish to actually read about the life and work of Sri Swami Satyananda, you can visit the website of Bihar School of Yoga : https://www.biharyoga.net/

Paramahamsa Swami Niranjanananda

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati was born in Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgarh) in 1960. Guided by his guru, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, from birth, at the age of four he came to live with him at the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger where he received training in yogic and spiritual sciences through yoga nidra.

In 1971 he was initiated into Dashnami sannyasa, and thereafter for eleven years he lived overseas, mastering skills in varied areas, acquiring an understanding of different cultures and helping propagate yoga in Europe, Australia, North and South America.

At the behest of his guru, he returned to India in 1983 to guide the activities of Bihar School of Yoga, Sivananda Math and the Yoga Research Foundation at Ganga Darshan. In 1990 he was initiated as a paramahamsa sannyasin and in 1993 anointed spiritual preceptor in succession to Swami Satyananda Saraswati. He established Bihar Yoga Bharati, the first university of yoga, in 1994 and the Yoga Publications Trust in 2000 in Munger. He also initiated a children’s yoga movement, Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal, in 1995. In addition to inspiring the activities at Munger, he travelled extensively to guide seekers around the world.

In 2008 he relinquished the presidency of the Bihar School of Yoga and all institutional responsibilities were handed to the next generation of yoga sevaks. Before his Mahasamadhi in 2009, Sri Swami Satyananda gave Swami Niranjanananda the mandate to explore the sannyasa lifestyle and to revive and expound the classical yoga vidya. Author of many classic books on yoga, tantra and the upanishads, Swami Niranjan is a magnetic source of wisdom on all aspects of yogic philosophy, practice and lifestyle. He ably combines tradition with modernity as he continues to nurture and spread his guru’s mission from his base in Munger town.

In 2017, he was awarded the third highest civilian award of India, the Padma Bhushan, by the President of the Republic of India for meritorious work in yoga.

To read more about Swamiji and his contributions visit : https://www.biharyoga.net/

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Second level course – New batch

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We have Gone Online

All our courses are now offered online! Since March 19th 2020, Satyananda Yoga Centre offered three classes per day free of cost, as a SEVA for the welfare of everyone. …