Bihar School of Yoga teachers who teach for Satyananda Yoga Center are highly qualified to teach
They have Bihar
School of Yoga or Satyananda Yoga teacher certification & accreditation.
Acharyas too visit & special seminars are organized by Satyananda Yoga Center & Y.E.S. (Yoga Education in Schools)
for the dissemination of these yogics sciences, knowledge & practices.
Bihar School of Yoga & Satyananda
Yoga teacher training is extensive, thorough, knowledgeable, authentic, comprehensive,
systematic and wholistic.
Yogic studies at the 750 hour level plus is undertaken.
Further yoga training is completed if teaching yoga to children, teens, seniors, pre-natal, special needs,
yoga therapy for teaching yoga to each of these categories.
Yoga education and training takes years to complete with a series of exams theoretical and practical.
The yoga course is long and arduous. The studies are serious and require diligence, integrity, total commitment.
Most Bihar School of Yoga teachers
are graduates in fields other than yoga and in yoga as well.
Yoga studies includes, knowledge of asanas (poses), pranayama (breathing), shatkarmas (cleansing, detox
nidra (a pratyahara practice), concentration techniques (dharana), meditation (dhyana),
yogic diet and lifestyle, yamas
& niyamas, ayurveda (introductory), mantras, kirtan, havan.
Sannyasin Navvaratri, yoga teacher & Director of Satyananda Yoga Center
in Austin, Texas, since birth had yoga & spirituality as part of her life. Her grand father, Dr. M. Venkatrao was a close
disciple of Swami Sivananda, who introduced a swami from his ashram, Swami Satyananda Saraswati to the family, on his visit
to the house in Mumbai, before Navvaratri was born. Her first introduction to Bihar School of Yoga (BSY) was at yoga classes
in Mumbai & Antwerp, in 1977. This stimulated the desire to meet Swami Satyananda Saraswati & to learn more about
Bihar School of Yoga. She received mantra diksha & the direction to go to Munger by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. In 1980
Navvaratri received initiation into karma sannyasa, along with instructions to teach yoga in the BSY ashram in Munger by Swami
Satyananda Saraswati. Since 1982 Navvaratri has taught yoga in Mumbai, London, Botswana and USA. Permission to build a structure
in Rikhia BSY ashram for those visiting from USA; also to establish a community in the US where BSY teachers, students, devotees
could network & stay connected was asked for from Swami Niranjanananda. He gave Navvaratri permission to do so &
said to call this North American Gurukul (NAG) in September 2001. In 2003 Satyananda Yoga Center was established in Austin,
under direction from Swami Satyananda Saraswati & named by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati. Navvaratri is also the director
of Y.E.S. (Yoga Education in Schools) established in Austin in 2002. Through Y.E.S. yoga is taken to children at various levels
(including Special Needs) & in schools. Under the guidance of Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, Navvaratri has produced
a cd-rom & dvd for children incorporating yoga sessions, stories, games & riddles; & satsangs by Sri Swami Satyananda
Saraswati & Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati. Navvaratri holds degrees in Sociology & Psychology, languages, further
studies in Art & Bihar School of Yoga & Satyananda Yoga Teacher Certifications. Satyananda Yoga Center teaches yoga
to all in the community: kids, adults, Seniors, pre-natal, corporate sector, & also for special needs, therapeutic &