The Sivananda tradition of Satyananda

The Sivananda tradition, that Satyananda Yoga springs from, came to “the West in 1957 through Swami Vishnudevananda on instructions from his guru, Swami Sivananda. He established the first Sivananda Yoga Vedanta centre in Montreal, Canada, in 1959 and to date there are close to 60 Sivananda locations (ashrams, yoga centres and affiliated centres) around the world”, none in Scandinavia though.

“In 1943, at the age of 20, Satyananda renounced his home and went in search of a guru. This search ultimately led him to Sri Swami Sivananda, who initiated him into the Dashnam Order of Sannyasa on 12th September 1947.” Swami Satyananda lived with his guru for over 10 years, in 1962 he founded the International Yoga Fellowship Movement with the aim of creating a global fraternity of yoga. Because his mission was revealed to him at Munger, Bihar, he established the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger. Before long his teachings were rapidly spreading throughout the world. He was well versed in the knowledge of tantra, the sublime truths of Vedanta, the Upanishads and Puranas, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Islam and Christianity, including a modern scientific analysis of matter and creation.”

In Scandinavia Swami Janakananda Saraswati met Swami Satyananda in Copenhagen in 1968. He then went to live with him in India. In 1970 he returned to Copenhagen and established the Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School as a non-profit organization. “The Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School is the name of a group of professional yoga and meditation teachers, who run several independent schools in the Scandinavian countries, Germany and France. The School is free of any commercial, political or religious interest.” Swami Janakananda has written Yoga, Tantra and meditation in daily life. If you have Spotify you can listen to Yoga Nidra with Swami Janakananda in english, or you can buy it here.


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