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SATYANANDA YOGA® Meditation Centres
PAIANIA • ATHENS • THESSALONIKI

Revitalize your body, free your spirit

The need for yoga for the development of an integrated human personality is going to increase manifold. In this area Satyananda Yoga has a lot to contribute and offer.

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

Satyananda Yoga, a holistic approach.
A holistic approach to yoga uniting Head, Heart and Hands.

Satyananda Yoga is an internationally renowned system of integral yoga that is suitable for everyone. It is an evolving yoga that is grounded in tradition, yet adaptable to the needs of today. This system of yoga was developed by Swami Satyananda Saraswati and his lineage. It is authentic, holistic and systematic and provides the tools for developing a balanced personality and awakening one’s dormant potential. Positive change occurs naturally as a consequence of regular practice rather than by forcing the mind and body to their limits and beyond.
Yoga is often understood as being synonymous with physical exercise but this is only one aspect of yoga. The aim of a holistic approach is to develop all aspects of one’s being, not just the body but the: physical, mental, emotional, psychic and spiritual aspects as well.
The term Satyananda Yoga is a trademark owned by IYFM and used with permission.

According to the Satyananda Yoga tradition there should be balance in intellect (head), emotions (heart) and actions (hands), so they complement each other and enhance our expression in life.

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

The Satyananda Yoga Meditation Centres have been providing services in Greece for over 30 years and have helped thousands of people to discover for themselves the timeless value of yogic practices.

PROGRAMS WITH SWAMI SIVAMURTI

Satsang and seminars with Swami Sivamurti


SATYANANDA YOGA COURSES
Beginners, Progressive Beginners, Progressive Plus, Intermediate Levels


PREPARATORY COURSES
Short-term intensive series of preparatory sessions

SPECIALIZED COURSES

  • Yoga and health:
    • Yoga for a flexible spine
    • Yoga and stress management
    • Pre - natal yoga
    • Kids yoga
    • Teen yoga
    • Desktop yoga (for people with a sedentary lifestyle)
  • Deepening one’s experience:
    • Preparation for kriya yoga
    • Meditation
    • Kinesthetic yoga – energy and body work
    • Satyananda Yoga Nidra™
    • Sangheet yoga

Yoga for all

SEMINARS

  • Making one’s practice sadhana
  • Introduction to living consciously
  • Management of human relationships through yoga
  • The chakra system and bio-psychology
  • Prana and Pranayama
  • Mind and meditation
  • The SWAN principle
  • Branches of Yoga – connecting Head, Heart and Hands
  • Developing self-esteem through yoga
  • Awareness as a tool to free oneself from depression, stress, anxiety and exhaustion
  • Connecting with the source: Guru – disciple relationship


YOGA EVENTS

  • Vegetarian evenings
  • DVD satsang evenings with the Inspirers of the Satyananda Yoga tradition
  • Lectures/workshops on yoga
  • Open day
  • Havan/kirtan nights

CELEBRATIONS

  • Christmas celebration
  • Cutting the New Year’s Cake


OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • Seva yoga
  • Shat karmas (cleansing techniques for detoxification)



EXTERNAL ACTIVITIES

  • One- and two-day yoga retreats by the sea / mountain
  • Yoga and nature meditation at the beach
  • Yoga in the park


SATYANANDA YOGA COURSES

All courses are taught by instructors trained in the system of Satyananda Yoga. To ensure a high standard of teaching, the instructors attend regular in-service training courses, to enhance their skills. Satyananda Yoga courses (whether they take the form of a typical Satyananda Yoga session, a Satyananda Yoga Nidra™ or Meditation) progress through the following levels:

  • Beginners
  • Progressive Beginners
  • Progressive Plus
  • Intermediate

NB. For specific number of sessions for each level required please contact the Satyananda Yoga Meditation Centres. Each level systematically and progressively takes the practitioner to a deeper experience of their body, mind and emotions. One may attend one or two sessions a week and complement this with a ‘Yoga for All’ session if one requires an extra session. Before commencing yoga courses at the centre, it is recommended to follow an Introduction to Satyananda Yoga session to familiarize oneself with the system of Satyananda Yoga.
Attendance/absences Practitioners are advised to progressively follow course levels and avoid missing sessions to ensure their steady progress. Frequent absences may require the practitioner to start again from the beginning.



PREPARATORY COURSES
A short-term intensive series of preparatory sessions are offered to practitioners when re-joining a course after an absence, so as to familiarize themselves with the practices that have been taught during their time away. This will enable the practitioner to re-enter their course level fully prepared.


INTRODUCTION TO SATYANANDA YOGA
Includes theory, practices and time for discussion. Duration: 1.30’
This session is an introduction to a typical Satyananda Yoga course, giving a brief outline of the practices, keywords and concepts often used. It is an opportunity to experience the system of Satyananda Yoga first-hand and learn how it differs from other systems of yoga and discuss any questions that may arise. This program is recommended before attending a typical Satyananda Yoga course at the centre, for the first time.


SPECIALIZED COURSES
Specialized courses are interactive. They are both theoretical and practical and include practices and activities from the following: asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, relaxation, meditation, and workshops.

YOGA AND HEALTH
YOGA FOR A FLEXIBLE SPINE
For all. No. of sessions: 10. Duration: 1.30’ You are only as young as your spine is flexible. The tensions that accumulate along the spine affect the body, the mind and our attitude towards life. Through daily practice of a few asanas to preserve the strength and flexibility of the spinal muscles and ligaments, and a more widespread knowledge of the correct way to care for the spine, many of the frequent problems of a sedentary lifestyle can be alleviated. These sessions offer an effective and simple way to keep the spine healthy.


YOGA AND STRESS MANAGEMENT
For all. No. of sessions: 16 2 modules of 8 sessions. Duration 1:30’ Yoga can transform your reactions and enable you to handle pressure and whatever life throws at you, without panicking, over-reacting or giving up. Through yoga one trains the nervous system to maintain balance when faced with stressful situations. Life’s challenges will no longer overwhelm you when through regular practice of yoga you find new ways to transform how your mind and body respond to stress, trigger your relaxation response, lower your blood pressure, improve your heart function and bring the systems of your body back to equilibrium. These courses offer a variety of ways to approach and manage stress and anxiety.

PRE-NATAL YOGA
For women during and/or after pregnancy, No. of sessions: to be announced. Duration: 1.30’ Pregnancy can be a time of great upheaval and emotional adjustment as well as a wonderful opportunity for introspection. The asanas provide a non stressful form of exercise that strengthen and stabilize the muscles and joints. Pranayama helps balance energy and bring about calmness and stabilizes the emotions. Satyananda Yoga Nidra™ and meditation provide relaxation, help restore energy and develop awareness. These sessions offer a holistic approach to pregnancy more than any other form of exercise.

KIDS YOGA For children of 7-11.
No. of sessions: 40 4 modules of 10 sessions. Duration: 1.30’ The growth and development of the child can be balanced and monitored with yoga practice on a regular basis. From the age of 7 the pineal gland starts to atrophy. The pineal gland is associated with the rapid growth of the emotional and mental character of the child and also with the regulation of sexual hormones and the ageing process. If a child is introduced to yoga at the right time the decay of the pineal gland can be delayed and its effects balanced thus improving the child’s natural development and life. Yoga practices for children are taught in a relaxed, fun- filled atmosphere and include practices that engage the imagination, develop focus and concentration, improve memory, maintain good health, remove tensions and fatigue and assist the child in making wise choices in life as well as developing self-expression and self-confidence.

TEEN YOGA For teenagers of 12-16.
No. of sessions: 40 4 modules of 10 sessions. Duration: 1.30’
Teens move through hormonal changes rapidly and this can be very stressful. Adding to this stress is the pressure of studies, extra curricular activities combined with the search for one’s own identity. This intense combination influences behaviour and emotions greatly. Yoga practices help to balance the hormones and emotions running rife at this time, remove stress, tension and anxiety and help the teen achieve physical, mental and emotional balance.

DESKTOP YOGA
For people with a sedentary lifestyle. No. of sessions: 12 Duration: 1.30’ Simple practices you can do at your desk to help alleviate the strain of working at the computer. Learn easy to follow stretches to help your back, neck, shoulders, face, hands and feet; breathing techniques to balance, relax or energize you and a power nap to recharge your batteries.


DEEPENING ONE’S EXPERIENCE


PREPARATION FOR KRIYA YOGA
Prerequisite: 2 years of yoga experience. No. of sessions: 16. Duration: 1.30’ The practices of Kriya yoga were propagated by Swami Satyananda Saraswati from secret teachings described in the Yoga and Tantra Shastras. The kriyas, as taught in the Satyananda Yoga tradition, are one of only two systems of Kriya yoga recognized the world over, the other being that of Paramahamsa Yogananda. Kriya yoga is an ideal practice for the restless mind of modern human kind as it does not require concentration. Kriya yoga does not curb mental fluctuations but purposely creates activity and awakening in consciousness. In this way all faculties are harmonized and flower into their fullest potential. This course of 16 sessions together with two residential weekends at the ashram, provide the necessary preparation for the subsequent course on Kriya yoga in the ashram where one can learn the authentic kriyas.
Note: Preparation of Kriya yoga is only provided in official Satyananda Yoga Meditation Centres, and Independent yoga centres which teach the system of Satyananda Yoga.


MEDITATION
For all. No. of sessions: 6 modules of 8 sessions each. Duration: 1 hr Many concentration and meditation techniques have been developed by Satyananda Yoga from ancient scriptures. The practices of pratyahara (to quieten the mind), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and laya yoga techniques, derived from the Upanishads, the Tantras and other traditions have also been classified, taught and published. All techniques have different levels and stages of practice. Following are descriptions of some of the common Satyananda Yoga meditation techniques:

  • Antar Mouna: deals with the activities of the conscious mind. In Antar Mouna there is awareness of the thoughts and mental activity. The technique involves observing, transforming and finally gaining control of the thought processes.
  • Antar Darshan: Antar means inner, and Darshan means to have the vision of the inner being. It is a pratyahara technique of intensifying self-awareness and becoming aware of the emotions and what is happening at a much deeper level than the conscious state. Antar Darshan follows on from Antar Mouna.
  • Ajapa Japa: is a mantra repetition practice with breath awareness in the psychic passages. The mantra may be the personal mantra given by a guru or the universal breath mantra So Ham whose spontaneous repetition is the core of Ajapa Japa.
  • Chidakasha Dharana: a practice of dharana to focus the internalized senses on chidakash (the space of consciousness). It improves perception of inner mental and psychic phenomena.
  • Trataka: involves gazing at one point, generally a candle flame, to induce relaxation and concentration of mind.
  • Nature Meditations: Nature meditations help us to become aware of the innate intelligence of nature and reveal nature’s mysteries to us. These meditations enable us to bring our lives into a more natural rhythm.

 

KINESTHETIC YOGA
For all. No. of sessions: 60 6 modules of 10 sessions. Duration: 1.30’
Energy and body work for beginners, progressive beginners, progressive plus and intermediate levels (according to the participants level) Good health is a necessary condition for a dynamic, active and creative life. These sessions focus on enhancing the metabolism, balancing the endocrine system and unblocking and releasing energy. These sessions leave one feeling revitalized and full of energy. Participants may only attend sessions corresponding to the level they are at.

SATYANANDA YOGA NIDRA™ (deep relaxation technique)
For all. No. of sessions: 40 4 modules of 10 sessions. Duration: 1 hr During the day, we accumulate more stress and tension than we can assimilate. Satyananda Yoga Nidra™ provides a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. During the practice, one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a deeper level of awareness.
Twentieth century research into sleep has proven that even sleep rarely banishes stress. True relaxation is an experience far beyond this. For absolute relaxation one must remain aware. This is Satyananda Yoga Nidra™, the state of dynamic relaxation.

SANGHEET YOGA
For all. No prior knowledge of music required. No. of sessions: 40 4 modules of 10 sessions each. Duration: 1 hr The magical power of music and sound. Mantra and kirtan are among the most powerful methods to uplift us and express our emotions. The therapeutic vibrations of the mantras penetrate deep, affecting all levels of our existence, particularly the subtler levels that are inaccessible through other methods.
Sessions include mantra, kirtan, nada yoga techniques (yoga of sound).

YOGA FOR ALL
Open to all. Duration: 1.30’ A session outside the typical Satyananda Yoga course that provides everyone with the opportunity to practice yoga, regardless of age and previous experience. These sessions are mainly directed to those who want to add an extra session to their weekly schedule or to practitioners with limited free time or erratic work schedules, who want to practice yoga, without necessarily committing to a regular weekly program.

SEMINARS
Contact your Satyananda Yoga Meditation Centres for dates and times. Seminars cover a wide range of topics essential for anyone wanting to understand more about yoga and how it can enhance one’s personal growth and development. All seminars are both theoretical and practical. Some of the topics covered in seminars are below:


CONNECTING WITH THE SOURCE: GURU–DISCIPLE RELATIONSHIP

For all. Duration: 4 hours. The relationship between guru and disciple is deeper than all other relationships known including man and wife, friend, father and son, etc. The guru-disciple relationship is unlike any other relationship. It is not a possessive relationship. You can love your guru, but you can not posses your guru. The guru has been the cornerstone in the yogic tradition for thousands of years. But even with the current popularity of yoga, the terms guru, and guru-disciple relationship are misunderstood; leading one to think it is unnecessary or even harmful. Simply put, the guru-disciple relationship is the master-apprentice relationship applied to spirituality. In this time together you will come to better understand the deeper aspects of this relationship and its relevance to one’s life.

“The purpose of having a guru is not to weaken your will. It ito teach your secrets of developing your inner power, until you can stand unshaken amidst the crash of breaking worlds”. Paramahamsa Yogananda


MAKING ONE’S PRACTICE A SADHANA

For all. Duration: 6 hours Sadhana implies regular yogic practice. It forms the foundation for what one wants to achieve through their yogic practice. It is the main tool to work on oneself to achieve one’s goals and find purpose in life. Through regular sadhana one opens new doors of inner experience.


INTRODUCTION TO LIVING CONSCIOUSLY.
For all. Duration: 8 hours Most people are familiar with the idea that yoga involves physical postures, breathing practices, relaxation and meditation. These are definitely fundamental to the way yoga works, yet there is much more to yoga than this. When yoga starts to overflow out of the weekly sessions into our daily lives, it becomes a process of self-transformation. We then start to bring yoga into our lifestyle and start living life more consciously. As a result, we become better able to maintain our inner equilibrium, handle the ups and downs of life and generally live more creatively, positively, optimistically and spiritually. This seminar focuses on various themes for developing awareness which become the tools for us to live consciously.

MANAGEMENT OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH YOGA
For all. Duration: 8 hours Managing relationships is an essential part of our growth. By following certain simple principles of yoga, we discover the way to develop more meaningful relationships with others: friends, family, our spouse, neighbours, colleagues, etc.


THE SWAN PRINCIPLE
For all. Duration: 8 hours The SWAN principle is a psychological tool developed by Swami Niranjanananda to better integrate the personality. Through developing awareness and examining our S.W.A.N. (Strengths, Weaknesses, Ambitions and Needs), we take an important step towards developing self-acceptance, self-knowledge and self-confidence. In a friendly and non-critical environment, participants discover and discuss the strengths, weaknesses, ambitions and needs within their personality and start seeing and accepting themselves and others in a new and positive light.

THE CHAKRA SYSTEM AND BIO PSYCHOLOGY
For all. Duration: 8 hours Learn the basics and intricacies of the chakra system and how the chakras are related to our human personality and the mental tendencies of the mind (vrittis). Chakras have a profound influence on our growth and development and they directly influence personality traits such as fear, guilt, shame, shyness, compassion, etc. Through practice we can positively affect the chakras and bring about both internal and external transformation.

MIND AND MEDITATION
For all. Duration: 8 hours Meditation is a wonderful tool for keeping the mind positive and cultivating an optimistic outlook. Discover how meditation and an understanding of the mind can be a very tangible tool for you. Whether you are interested in spirituality or mental peace, or cultivating the ability to handle work and life situations, this will be an opportunity to gain new skills and understanding.

PRANA AND PRANAYAMA
For all. Duration: 8 hours Prana is the life force within us all. Prana is also the energy and electricity within us and in all manifested creation. If prana is removed nothing can exist. In this seminar we learn:

  • How to harness this prana through Pranayama (breathing exercises)
  • Pranayama to increase energy
  • Pranayama to calm the body and mind
  • Pranayama to balance the body and mind
  • Safety in Pranayama
  • A scientific explanation of the effects of pranayama
  • The effect of diet and lifestyle on the pranas within us


BRANCHES OF YOGA CONNECTING HEAD, HEART AND HANDS (HHH)
For all. Duration: 8 hours. This seminar outlines the 5 major branches of yoga to suit the various types of personalities (physical, mental, emotional, psychic) stating with:

  • Hatha yoga - purifies and balances the energy flows in the body and results in healthy body - healthy mind.
  • Karma yoga – the yoga of action performed with meditative awareness, reveals our reactive patterns; yoga of dynamic meditation.
  • Bhakti yoga - the path of devotion, emotion, love, compassion and emotional management; purifies and awakens the qualities of the heart.
  • Jnana yoga - the process of enquiry, of getting in touch with one’s inherent knowledge, intuition and inner nature.
  • Discover the tools within the branches of yoga to balance head (thoughts), heart (emotions) and hands (actions) in order to find a positive and creative expression for all aspects of one’s personality.

DEVELOPING HEALTHY SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH YOGA
For all. Duration: 4 hours This seminar is about healthy self-esteem. Healthy self-esteem is when one can stand tall with self-confidence, while remaining humble and connected to others.

AWARENESS AS A TOOL TO FREE ONESELF FROM DEPRESSION, STRESS, ANXIETY AND EXHAUSTION
For all. Duration: 8 hours When we feel trapped by the troubled and frantic times we live in, it sometimes seems impossible to escape. And yet it is possible to rediscover peace and contentment once again. This seminar will show us how we can successfully tackle depression, anxiety, stress and exhaustion and permanently free ourselves and taste an alternative to the restless struggle that pervades much of our daily lives.

YOGA EVENTS
Contact your Satyananda Yoga Meditation Centres for dates and times and to suggest any other seminar topics you might like.

VEGETARIAN EVENINGS
For all. Duration: 1.30’ Whether you have made the full vegetarian plunge or just want to experiment, these evenings with balanced vegetarian dishes will leave you satisfied and replete.

DVD SATSANG EVENINGS WITH THE INSPIRERS OF THE SATYANANDA YOGA TRADITION
For all. Duration: 1.30’ Spend a pleasant evening watching a DVD of the masters from the Satyananda Yoga tradition and find answers to the questions you seek and inspiration to guide your life.


LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS ON YOGA
For all. Duration: 1.30’ Learn something new in the company of special guest speakers on the multifarious aspects of yoga and how it can enrich your life.


OPEN DAY

For all. Duration: 6 hours For people unfamiliar with yoga and all those practitioners who are interested in learning more about yoga and a yogic lifestyle. Workshops, talks and other activities are held on yoga and the role of yoga in society in today’s world.

HAVAN / KIRTAN NIGHTS
For all. Duration: 2 hours Havans are ancient fire ceremonies known to humankind for thousands of years. A combination of mantras and burning natural aromatic herbs create a benevolent atmosphere for the purification of both the inner and the external environment and ensure the wellbeing of all. Through the resonance produced during kirtan and chanting of mantras by our vocal cords, our hearts are opened, our body and mind are energized and our perception is fine tuned.

CELEBRATIONS
Contact your Satyananda Yoga Meditation Centres for dates and times


CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
For all. Duration: 3 hours You are welcome to partake of Christmas merriment and cheer. Spend time with your yoga friends at our annual Christmas party. A time to connect with the deeper meaning of Christmas as well as have fun, laugh and exchange those special gifts.

CUTTING THE NEW YEARS CAKE
For all. Duration: 1.30’. A traditional Greek celebration of sharing and spreading good fortune to one and all.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Contact your Satyananda Yoga Meditation Centres for dates and times.

SHAT KARMAS (detox techniques)
No. of sessions: 1 once a month. Duration: 2-3 hrs Yogic science gives as much importance to certain cleansing processes as it does to asana and pranayama. Without regular cleansing of the body one cannot gain maximum benefit from yoga practices. Without purification of the body one will not be ready for the higher practices of yoga. The effects of shatkarmas can be summed up in one word – purification. When the different systems of the body have been purified, the overall result is that energy flows through the body freely. One’s capacity to work, think, digest, taste, feel, experience, etc. increases and greater awareness develops.

SEVA YOGA
For all. Seva Yoga comprises those activities that are based on togetherness and seek to uplift others through gaining an understanding of their needs. Through repeated practise of seva yoga one becomes aware of all the different mental conditioning within the mind and starts the process of removing the conditioning that is no longer useful.

EXTERNAL ACTIVITIES.
Contact your SATYANANDA YOGA® Meditation Centres for dates and times

ONE-TWO DAY YOGA RETREATS BY THE SEA OR MOUNTAIN
For all. Arrival Friday evening. Departure: Sunday 14:00 Enjoy a weekend get–a–way yoga retreat amidst mountains or by the sea. Includes yoga sessions twice a day, workshops, Satyananda Yoga Nidra™, meditation and plenty of time to explore the surroundings and take walks or swim in the sea.


YOGA AND NATURE MEDITATION AT THE BEACH
For all. Duration: 1.30’ (May through to October) Feel the tranquility through the sounds of the waves lapping on the seashore. Share and take time out to meditate by the sea and let go of your troubles.

YOGA IN THE PARK
(donation based yoga) For all. Duration: 1.30’ (May through to October) We invite you to enjoy your Sunday morning by participating in weekly yoga sessions at the National Gardens. Maximize your release from stress by practicing yoga in the park. Bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and comfortable clothing. No registration is required – just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy. Sessions will not take place if it rains.



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