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SATYANANDASHRAM HELLAS - OUR VISION

SATYANANDASHRAM HELLAS

OUR VISION

The ways of the world are many, but the way to God, to spirit, to divinity, is one.

Dedication to the upliftment of others,

seeing others in oneself and oneself in others; this is the ultimate yoga.

There is no other way to change our limited, egocentric vision to a cosmic vision.

This is the path and this is the yoga of the next century—call it “freedom yoga”.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Each individual has the right to experience freedom, harmony, and peace. Satyanandashram Hellas exists to further that right, through providing access to the teachings and healing properties of yoga that seek to unite people regardless of race, gender, class, or creed.

Under the inspiration of her guru—Swami Satyananda Saraswati—Satyanandashram Hellas was established by Swami Sivamurti Saraswati in 1977. The residential ashram at Paiania (east of Athens) was founded by her in 1984. It is a non-profit organization that aims to fulfil the yogic mission to “carry the message of yoga from shore to shore and from door to door”, which was instituted by Swami Satyananda and continued by his successor—Swami Niranjanananda—and their lineage. Swami Satyananda appointed Swami Sivamurti to be the yoga acharya of Satyanandashram Hellas and he inaugurated the ashram in 1985.

The town of Paiania is regarded by many as the birth place of the philosopher, Socrates (469-399 BCE), and the renowned orator, Demosthenes (384-322 BCE). Little remains today of the ancient town—one of the oldest in Attica—but many tourists still visit Paiania today to see the famous Koutouki cave which is situated on the eastern slopes of Mt Hymettos on the road to the ashram. The land, on which Satyanandashram Hellas lies, has a long history of spiritual activity. Two Greek Orthodox monasteries and several churches are the ashram’s immediate neighbours. The ashram, itself, is said to have once been a sanctuary where the esoteric Dionysian mysteries were taught to ancient bhaktas. Today we commonly associate the god Dionysus with wine and sensual revelry, but this was not the association in ancient Greece. With the Orphic and Eleusian mysteries, the Dionysian mysteries were the teachings most closely linked to yogic thought and esoteric knowledge. Towering over these ancient sanctuaries, on the summit of Mt Hymettos, was a statue of Zeus—the father of Dionysus and the mightiest of all the Greek gods.

Satyanandashram Hellas offers training in the sannyasa gurukul tradition, in yogic practices, and in yoga teaching training. The practices of Satyananda Yoga work on all levels of the body and mind, to achieve better health and wellbeing, and to develop contentment and tranquillity. They also awaken the inner potential of each person and enhance creativity, concentration, and positivity. They reduce tension and stress, and enable an individual to achieve more in life, work and relationships. Satyananda Yoga combines modern scientific thought with traditional ancient wisdom. It offers an holistic style of yoga that is designed to meet the needs of modern humanity. It takes the benefits of yoga into the wider community, through collaborating with professionals in such fields as health and rehabilitation, education, ecology, business, prisons, care of the aged, care of the disabled, space programs, and the armed services. It undertakes research into the effects of yoga on the mind and body, and offers people a healthy lifestyle which can be incorporated into their existing one.

The Paiania ashram is supported by Satyananda Yoga Centres in the towns of Paiania and Neo Psychiko, and in the cities of Athens and Thessaloniki. There are also independent yoga centres and yoga teachers in Athens, Chania, Drama, Kavala, Larissa, Mitilini, Patra, Thessaloniki, Volos, and Xanthi, who assist and support the activities and teachings of Satyanandashram Hellas. These centres and teachers act as stepping stones to bring people into closer contact with the ashram.

Our source of inspiration, and the foundation of all our activities, is derived from the abundance of love, wisdom, and creative energy that flows continually from our guru: Swami Satyananda, and his successor: Swami Niranjanananda. We are also blessed by the graces and gifts of our paramguru: Swami Sivananda, and all the spiritual masters and wise yogis of our Saraswati lineage including Swami Satyasangananda, the Pithadishwari of Rikhiapeeth (Rikhia ashram, India).

Although based in Greece, with a primary focus on that country and those of the neighbouring Balkans, Satyanandashram Hellas welcomes people from all over the world, and our attitude to the public is based on courtesy and respect for individual talents and abilities. Satyanandashram Hellas strives to create an environment in our ashram and yoga centres that is based on freedom and good will, and which encourages understanding of different cultures, faiths, and traditions. We endeavour to meet each individual on their level and without confrontation, and we embrace unity through an appreciation of diversity.

Hari Om Tat Sat


THE ENACTMENT OF THE VISION


SATYANANDASHRAM HELLAS, PAIANIA: ashram life, programs and projects

Ashram culture is going to be a panacea

for the people of this modern era

because it will provide them with a positive environment

to explode that seed of creativity which is dormant within them.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

The ashram is constructed around an inner courtyard and the buildings include dormitories, kitchen, library, audiovisual facilities, offices and a computer department, two indoor halls, a large outdoor auditorium seating five hundred people, and two outdoor workshop areas. Close to the ashram there is a piece of land that is cultivated by the sannyasins with organically-grown vegetables.

An ashram lifestyle is one of simplicity, discipline and community. It includes yoga practices as well as more character-building attributes, through a focus on the continual awareness of one's thoughts, words, and deeds. Through the process of such awareness, one gains self-knowledge and the ability to empathize with others more effectively. Through striving to be non-attached to one's instinctive and unruly passions, one learns to pause first and then act with discernment and discrimination, and with a focus on the needs of others rather than on one's own desires. Through experience of ashram life, a person learns to live life more simply and more joyfully, and this positive and creative attitude has ongoing benefits, not only for the individual, but for their family, friends and the wider community.

Seva (selfless service) yoga projects, for visitors as well as residents, include gardening, organic farming, arts and crafts, video subtitling and audio transcription of yoga discourses and seminars, the production of the Greek newsletter ‘Satyanandashram Hellas Newssheet’, the maintenance and expansion of books and materials for the library, and the organization of music groups that study kirtans, bhajans and ragas and record kirtans. The translation and publication of books on Satyananda Yoga is a special project undertaken by Garuda Hellas which is the publication outlet of Satyanandashram Hellas.

Public talks and seminars are also organized within Greece, the neighbouring Balkans, and in other countries. There is an ongoing project to promote study and research into the practices of yoga. Satyanandashram Hellas also promotes communication and fraternity with other yoga traditions and likeminded groups in Greece, and seeks to advance the education of health professionals and the general public on the benefits of yoga to health and wellbeing.

The programs offered at the ashram include seminars and opportunities to experience the various aspects of yoga such as hatha yoga, karma yoga, seva yoga, bhakti yoga, kriya yoga, tattwa shuddhi, nada yoga, raja yoga and meditation practices, yoga for children, yoga for women, yoga for men, living consciously, ashram lifestyle, mind management, emotional management and health management courses. A Satyananda Yoga instructors course is available in both Greek and English. Yogic lifestyle courses are offered to groups from different countries. Sannyasa life experience courses are also held periodically, and regular times are set aside for karma and jignasu sannyasins to come to the ashram for renewal of commitment and further study. Gurukul programs are held on a bi-monthly basis for children and adolescents. It is a time of fun and alternative education. Individual yoga classes and personal programs are also available.

Celebrations and festivals are held during the year particularly at Guru Poornima, Navaratri, Sivaratri, Christmas, New Year, and Easter. An Open Day is also held each year. Wandering seminars are times when the focus is on spontaneity through discipline, joy, living close to nature, and learning how to adapt to change. These seminars are led by sannyasins who have spent many summers wandering over the mainland of Greece and many of its islands. Yoga, sun and sea seminars are also offered at this time. Public talks, lectures, and seminars are given outside the ashram by qualified sannyasins, on a range of topics including nada yoga, kriya yoga, yogic diet and nutrition, and yoga in education, to name just a few.

The ashram residents and visitors are involved in assisting the projects of Satyananda Math that include the collection of goods and medicines for Swami Satyananda’s Rikhia neighbours (in association with their organization of Sivananda Math), and helping the needy and disadvantaged in Greece and the Balkan countries.

SATYANANDA YOGA CENTRES: programs and projects

At whatever stage of life you happen to be,

whatever vocation you are immersed in,

the impact of yoga will invariably be felt

as a direction towards a better, happier life.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

A typical class at a Satyananda Yoga Centre consists of asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), meditation and yoga nidra (deep relaxation). There is also an opportunity for the students to ask questions regarding the techniques and related matters. All practices are demonstrated.

The centres are managed by staff appointed by the yoga acharya. Each centre forms committees to assist the administration and teaching of that centre. All work and teaching undertaken at the centres is on a voluntary basis. As well as providing classes in yoga for students in their neighbourhood, each centre acts as a bridge to introduce people to the ashram and its seminars, courses and programs. The centres assist the projects of the Paiania ashram especially those of Satyananda Math.

The committees assist the administration of each centre through seva yoga (assistance with organization and management of the centre's activities, special events and programs), and financially through individual monthly contributions and fundraising. They are also responsible for the promotion of the centre and its programs within the neighbourhood, and alerting the public to the many benefits gained through the practice of Satyananda Yoga.

All seva yoga and teaching, including the tasks of the committees, is carried out in the spirit of yoga which is one of tolerance, patience, dialogue, open-mindedness, teamwork, and the resolve to heal any problems or conflicts through peaceful and harmonious speech and behaviour.

The misery of others is our misery.

To free others of their misery is our freedom, our happiness and our fulfillment.

Not to speak of freeing whole families, communities, states, nations and worlds.

Freedom is infinite for those who walk in the light of this yoga,

who take up the path of giving and sharing,

who devote their time and their money

to the upliftment of others.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

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Satyanandashram Hellas:

1. Ashram Paiania, PO Box 22, 19002 Paiania, Greece, tel: +30 210 6644189, 210 6028531, fax: +30 210 6644048, email: [email protected]
2. Satyananda Yoga Meditation Centre Paiania, Diadochou Konstantinou 32, 19002 Paiania, tel: +30 210 6641545, email: [email protected]
3. Satyananda Yoga Meditation Centre Athens, Semitelou 2, Athens, tel: +30 210 3311178, email: [email protected]
4. Satyananda Yoga Meditation Centre Thessaloniki, Proxenou Koromila 1, 54624 Thessaloniki, tel: +30 2310 283109, fax: +30 2310 229574, email: [email protected]

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