Paramhamsa Satyananda founded the Bihar School
of Yoga in India, in the year 1963, for teaching Satyananda Yoga.
Bihar School of Yoga
Bihar School of Yoga
Bihar School of Yoga was founded by Paramhamsa Satyananda, in India, in
the year 1963. A charitable and educational institution, Satyananda Yoga
School is situated in the state of Bihar, at a place called Munger/
Monghyr. The original school, started by Paramhamsa in 1963, is known as
Sivanandashram. While, the new one established in 1985, is known as
Ganga Darshan. Later, in 1995, Swami Niranjanananda established the
Bihar Yoga Bharati, the academic wing of the Bihar School of Yoga.
Bihar School of Yoga aims at educating people throughout the world
about the practice of Yoga as well as to remove the various false
impressions about Yoga. As per this school, yoga does not merely relate
to physical or mental aspects, rather, it is the holistic yoga that is
more important. Along with the physical, mental and spiritual aspects,
holistic Yoga also emphasizes the lifestyle aspect. The development of a
balanced personality is the ultimate aim of holistic yoga. It attempts
at creating synchronization between body, mind and spirit.
Paramhamsa Satyananda was born in Almora town, near the Nainital hill
station in the year 1923. In his teenage years, a wandering Yogini
introduced him to a Tantric form of yoga. At the young age of 19, he met
his guru Swami Sivananda at Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh. In the year
1963, after Swami Sivananda passed away, Paramhamsa established the
Bihar School of Yoga.
The form of yoga that is taught at the Bihar School of Yoga in India is
known as the Satyananda Yoga. Developed by Paramhamsa Satyananda, the
yoga uses a combination of the traditional practices to ensure the
holistic development of an individual. For example, asanas (postures)
are used to create a balanced between the body and mind. Pranayama
(breathing practices) infuse energy into an individual and meditation to
calms the mind as well as strengthens concentration.
Techniques of Satyananda Yoga
Satyananda Yoga makes use of the following aspects of yoga
- Bhakti Yoga (the path of heart and emotion)
- Jnana Yoga (the path of knowledge)
- Karma Yoga (the path of service)
- Other yogic techniques
Sivanandashram offers short-term courses like yogic sadhana, yogic
health management, yogic stress management and a number of specialized
courses. Ganga Darshan offers sanyas and yoga training. The yogic
techniques taught here are a combination of Tantra, Vedanta and Yoga and
also incorporate the present methodologies of physical and mental
Use of Gurukul system and Karma Yoga
Satyananda Yoga School of Bihar is based on the Gurukul system, which
was prevalent in the ancient India. The students of the school live with
their Gurus (teachers) and acquire knowledge. The adherence to the
principles of Karma Yoga is also a unique feature of the Satyananda Yoga
School of India. Karma Yoga aims at self-realization or communion with
god, through the performance of their karma (work).
Paramhamsa Satyananda moved away from the main stage to a life of
asceticism, in 1988. In his place, he appointed his closest disciple,
Swami Niranjanananda. One of the youngest gurus in India, Niranjanananda
performs the administrative and spiritual duties at the ashram.
Bihar Yoga Bharati
Bihar Yoga Bharati is the academic wing of the Bihar School of Yoga.
Swami Niranjanananda founded the wing on 8th September 1995, the 108th
birth anniversary of Swami Sivananda. Affiliated to University of
Bhagalpur, Bihar Yoga Bharati is the first government-accredited
university of the world, which is totally devoted to the education of
Courses by Bihar Yoga Bharati
- 4 month Certificate Course in Yogic Studies:
From February to May (in Hindi)
From October to January (in English)
- One-year Undergraduate Diploma Course in Yogic Studies (in
- One-year Postgraduate Diploma Course in Yogic Studies (in
- MA Degree Course in Yoga Philosophy (in English)
- MA/MSc. Degree Course in Yoga Psychology (in English)
- MSc. Degree Course in Applied Yogic Science (in English)
How to Reach
Patna airport is the nearest to Munger. It has regular flights to all
the key cities in India.
The Munger railway station is well connected with the capital city of
One can easily reach Munger from Patna, by bus or by a taxi.
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