Satsang means ‘“association with the wise.” Meditating together in a group creates a strong spiritual atmosphere which allows a deeper experience of meditation. In satsang, people of different levels practise together – from newcomers to experienced Yoga teachers.
Satsang is the heart of the Yoga practice. It consists of 30 minutes of silent meditation, 30 minutes of meditative chanting of mantras and kirtan and an easy-to-follow lecture on Yoga philosophy or psychology. The steady, joyful practice of satsang tangibly builds the energy at the Yoga Center.
Our chant book reflects the inclusiveness of the Sivananda lineage, with a section of chants for each of the main Hindu deities, as well as chants in English and Hebrew. Many of the Sanskrit chants are followed by translations. There is a mysterious power in every word. Our Daily Chants (Jaya Ganesha) and a few bhajans are accompanied by harmonium and simple percussion. At Sunday satsangs, we tend to chant the very beautiful Sunday Prayers.
It is not your voice, but the inner feeling that matters. Let your heart melt. As Yoga of sound, "mantra is the easiest of all modes of approach to God.” —Swami Sivananda
We recite Swami Sivananda's Universal Prayer and conclude satsang with arati, waving and receiving the Divine Light. We also share prasad, a sweet offering.
Satsang is held every morning except Sunday at 6:00am for about an hour. There are evening satsangs on Wednesdays at 7:15 and Sundays at 6:15pm. You are welcome to join us for a bowl of hearty vegetarian soup after Sunday evening satsang. There is a rotation of people who prepare the soup.
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Swami Jnaneswariananda joined the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in 1995 and has been director of centers and ashrams in Canada and Italy. She teaches Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Anatomy, and Vedanta at Teacher's Training Courses in North America, Italy and India. Swami Jnaneswariananda took vows of Sannyas in 2001. She is currently a senior teacher at the Yoga Farm in Grass Valley. She teaches with great enthusiasm and humor.