Swamiji explained that the path is laid out in the yam as and
niyamas, the positive attributes of life. Usually people refer to the
yamas and niyamas listed by Sage Patanjali. but Swamiji delved
into those presented in other yogic and spiritual literatures.
Two yamas: happiness and forgiveness. and two niyarnas: japa
and namaskara were taken up. Participants were also given
questionnaires and asked to maintain a spiritual diary so they
can cultivate these four qualities in their life as a sadhana.
This book presents the satsangs and also includes the
It was not seen as something that could be incorporated into
society and practiced by the general public.
When the Bihar School of Yoga was established, the philosophy, practices, applications and lifestyle of yoga as practical
and scientific systems were unknown, even in Indian society.
From the beginning, yoga training and propagation by the
Bihar School of Yoga took the form of intensive residential
programs, in which yoga was taught as a way to qualitatively
enhance physical health, mental peace, emotional harmony. A
sequence of progression in yoga was defined fifty years ago by
Swami Satyananda, by giving systematic training first in hatha
yoga, raja yoga, and kriya yoga, as bahiranga yoga, external
yoga. Simultaneously, training in antaranga, internal, aspect of
karma yoga, bhakti and jnana yoga was provided through the
lifestyle and inspiration of the ashram environment. A holistic
or integral yoga system developed in which the yoga aspirant
could awaken and integrate the faculties of head, heart and
hands. The different angas, limbs, of yoga become the means
of attaining this personal harmony and integrated expression.
In the early 1940s, the subject of yoga was propagated
across the world by teachers and masters of different
traditions, introducing the idea that through the practice of
yoga one could explore the body, mind, emotions, and have
a glimpse into one's spiritual nature. The first-generation
teachers focused on bringing the knowledge of yoga to
human society according to the need of the society at that
time. In the 1960s, yoga was seen as a physical culture. In
the 1970s, it was seen as a way to overcome stress, anxiety,
tension and to improve the physical and mental functions.
In the 1980s, research into the various possibilities and
potentials of yoga to assist and promote physical and mental
health took the forefront. By the 1990s, a rapid increase in
the popularity of the practice of asana was evident across
the globe. The asana component of yoga had been accepted
worldwide and other components of yoga were relegated
to the background and largely ignored by the mainstream
practitioners and majority of yoga teachers. Today, 28 million
people are practicing yoga in the United States alone and
statistics estimate 300 million practitioners worldwide.
In 2013, the World Yoga Convention was conducted in
Munger to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Bihar School
of Yoga. Over 50,000 yoga practitioners, teachers, students
and aspirants participated in this historic event either in
person or through the internet. The Convention was a
milestone that marked the completion of fifty years of yoga
propagation. The mandate of taking yoga from shore to
shore and door to door was fulfilled. Over a fifty-year period,
with the help of yoga aspirants and well-wishers all over the
world, a yogic renaissance had taken place. The chapter
of yoga propagation was' complete and when one chapter
closed, the next chapter opened.
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