The Instructor

Extensive Teacher Training

All Satyananda Yoga teachers have completed either a two year (3000 hour) or three year (4000 hour) government accredited diploma through the Bihar School of Yoga (Bihar Yoga Bharati) in India, the Satyananda Yoga Academy in Australia or the Satyananda Yoga Academy of North America. Many of our teachers have spent additional time living at Satyananda Yoga ashrams in different parts of the world, contributing to both their yogic development and to humanitarian efforts to local communities.

Why do all elements yoga instructors wear certain colors?

Some of the teachers of the Satyanada tradition have taken a formal commitment to their yogic and spiritual path by receiving an initiation from Swami Niranjananda Saraswati or his predecessor Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Initiations are received from a genuine spiritual guide or guru who has attained a high level of self realization to guide aspirants through their spiritual path. In the Satyananda tradition, there are 4 stages of initiation, each associated with a particular color and personal commitment. The first initiation is Mantra, associated with the color white. At this stage, a personal mantra is given by the guru for daily meditation to assist in positive transformation and inner purification. The second initiation is Jignasu, associated with the color yellow. At this level, the aspirant is committed to self study of inner understanding and knowledge through yoga. The third initiation is Karma Sannyasa, associated with the color orange or geru. This is a deeper commitment to the tradition, guru and spiritual path of yoga. The forth initiation is Poorna Sannyasa, also associated with the color orange or geru. At this stage, the aspirantʼs path is full devotion to spiritual life and in service of the guru.

Why do our teachers have unusual names?

Some of the teachers at all elements yoga have a spiritual name – a name given to them by their guru or spiritual guide as part of their personal spiritual path. These names are in Sanskrit, the ancient language of India, where yoga is rooted. Each name has a different meaning, relating to the inner spirit of the person. These spiritual names are also mantras, or sound vibrations which have a positive effect on oneʼs inner psyche. Whenever a spiritual name is used or heard, itʼs a reminder of oneʼs true inner nature and spiritual connection. When you call someone by their spiritual name, you also gain the benefit of the subtle vibrations of that mantraʼs meaning.

 

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