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Satyananda Yoga and the Childline Project

February 13, 2012

The Bihar Yoga System is known as the Satyananda Yoga Tradition. Its approach is integral in its teachings. Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, head of the Bihar/Satyananda Yoga Tradition, Munger, India says “The main theme of the Satyananda yoga is awakening the faculties of Head, Heart and Hands. The moment we manage the intellect, emotions and actions, we give evolution a chance in our lives. That is the theme and relevance of yoga today in the 21st century. ” Therefore the South African School of Yoga teaches the integration of Head, Heart and Hands as its main theme along with the awareness of our spiritual nature. Swami Kamalavidya, Director of the School says “It is a precise, slow, steady and systematic form of yoga offering classes for beginners, progressive beginners, intermediate and advanced levels” The School is now in its 10th year. Swami Kamalavidya herself has been teaching yoga for the past 35 years.

The Selfless Service Foundation of Serve, Love & Give is the Satyananda Yoga mantra. Students experience voluntary service with love and giving for the less fortunate by partaking in the ‘childline’ project that the School runs all year.

The South African School of Yoga has been involved in an upliftment program for our brave youth and their caregivers of “Childline Gauteng”. The program was initially teaching 28 abused African children and it has risen to over 80 children to date.

Swami Kamalavidya has to date trained 14 African ‘childline’ youth as teachers into the Yoga Capsule Program. The youth teachers are now teaching ‘childline’ newcomers to manage in developing skills to control their lives on all levels. The children have expressed that they have found the Havan, (fire ceremony), that they perform 3 times a month enjoyably uplifting. This fosters a feeling of being connected and group unity. The children are served nutritious home cooked meals provided by the students of the school making sure that the youth are heartily fed after their yoga program.

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Visit www.yogasa.co.za for more information on Satyananda Yoga classes in Johannesburg as well as getting involved in the Childline project.

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