Overview

The Bihar School of Yoga was founded by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati in 1964, to share the training of Yoga to householders and sannyasins alike.The Bihar School of Yoga (BSY) is closely related to Bihar Yoga Bharati, which was established in the mid-90s by Swami Niranjanananda (the current spiritual leader of BSY, and a disciple of Swami Satyananda) as an advanced centre for yoga study. It is the original place of learning and is still going strong, headed by Swami Suryaprakash, the current operational director, whose entire education has prepared him for this task.

Bihar Yoga is a living tradition founded on the realizations of Masters, Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati and Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Sri Swami Sivananda was the first spiritual Master in the twentieth century, to impart that divine life is everyone's birthright, and can be practiced in simply whilst living in one's daily environment. He introduced the idea of integral yoga for the harmonious development of one's personality through the incorporation of practical philosophy with a holistic lifestyle. Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati was given the mandate of sharing Yoga with everyone, from 'door to door and from shore to shore'.

Housing the first yoga university in the world, although no longer deemed as such, the Ganga Darshan campus is an imposing combination of institution and ashram. While the multi-level white main building could be any university in the world, the culture of total absorption in yoga is pure, traditional India.

Our Yoga system is a complete science for harmonious living which meets the needs of everyone. Being a holistic system, it addresses all aspects of life, in the areas of physical health, mental well-being, emotional behaviour and work environment. Awareness is integral and practitioners are encouraged to learn all aspects of their personality through yoga. Adjusting in stages is to be expected, not a total change in one's lifestyle.

The Yoga ashram is for people of every age, from every walk of life, to come and live for some time. Here people are free from any involvement or attachment, and the principles of yoga and the yogic lifestyle can become a part of one's daily life.

Visiting the ashram provides the experience of a natural, simple and regular life, free from the distractions of the world. Living yoga as a lifestyle encourages the yogic principles to be absorbed and supports one's personal sadhana as a way to connect with the inner self. Inner understanding grows.

This austerity is not designed in the spirit of punishment, however. This is not puritanical self-denial for its own sake; instead, BSY offers a powerful curriculum of karmic good service, and the almost-mystical Satyananda Yoga Nidra, the hallmark practice of Bihar yoga, more often known outside India as Satyananda yoga. Yoga Nidra cultivates something of a hypnotic state; a deep meditative yoga designed to soothe the mind into a state that is neither awake nor asleep. Here in this receptive state, the unconscious mind is highly suggestible, and the boundaries between the conscious and subconscious are blurred, allowing the mind far greater rein over the body and its environment. It is in this state that the great yogis are said to have been able to will their bodies into almost suspended states of animation, among other impressive feats.

The daily routine, disciplines and practices at the ashram help extract what's unnecessary and restrictive in one's inner and outer life. This results in the experience of contentment and balance, harmony dawns, and a connection with life expands. In this process one develops the ability to live these aspects with clarity, purpose and creativity in daily life.

Most courses of study at BSY are open to non-Indian students, although the (currently discontinued) Teacher Training Program is not. Almost every yoga style is taught at BSY, which is a vast undertaking in the land where yoga began. Still, Bihar (and the greater Munger area) has the pedigree for an undertaking like this. After all, we are only a short distance from the spot where Buddha attained enlightenment. 

Trainings:

The entire 4 stages of hatha yoga training are offered as sequential training programs. Hatha yoga is for those who are ready to expand their awareness and to deepen their experience of asana, pranayama, mudra, and bandha. Yoga might be easy to perform physically, but adding components of breath awareness, visualization, mantras and chakras, changes the entire experience. The practitioner moves from the physical experience, to experiencing the pranic level, then from the pranic to the mental and psychic levels. This is the transition from yoga practice to sadhana.

Our Raja yoga program is for those who wish to transform their personality and become better human beings through understanding and awakening the strengths and qualities of mind. Raja yoga is for aspirants who want to bring about a qualitative change of experience and awaken their inner potential.

Training in integral yoga is the hallmark of the Bihar School of Yoga. It is expressed by the yoga chakra concept. This is divided into bahiranga yoga: outer or external yoga, and antaranga yoga: the inner yoga, to express the spiritual attainment. Kriya yoga is intensive sadhana which requires a high level of preparation and experience of both hatha yoga and raja yoga. Training in the system of kriya yoga is given over a period of three years. The sadhaka is expected to practice consistently throughout the entire year, to be eligible for participation in the progressive stages. Only those who are serious and committed to yoga as a sadhana should consider applying.


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