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