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Satsang with Swami Sivasankariananda - What is Yoga Health Education?

Swami SivasankarianandaSunday, December 10, 2017
Sundays 6:15 –7:45 pm

SATSANG

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.

By Donation. Open to all. 

Swami Sivasankariananda

After 18 years of teaching and service at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Los Angeles, Swami Sivasankariananda joined staff at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in May 2014. She has served as director of the San Francisco Center since February of 2015. She completed her TTC at the Yoga Farm in 1997 and ATTC there in 2008. She has been on yatra in north and south India and Mount Kailas. She loves to teach and is particularly fond of the Bhakti Yoga practices. She took sannyas in 2017 and is a certified yoga therapist.