Weekend Seminar with Sn. Anandaratna (Switzerland)
In this weekend seminar the classical approach to hatha yoga will be outlined through a systematical exploration of asana, pranayama, mudras, bandhas and meditation.
In the classical approach hatha yoga techniques are used to increase awareness of the pranic dimension (vital energy field) and expand its power, therefore stabilizing and focussing the mind to prepare for meditation.
Anandaratna is the founder of Samatvam – Yogaschule, the Satyananda Yoga center in Zurich, Switzerland. Since the year 2000 he dedicates his life to the study of the teachings of Swami Satyananda Saraswati and Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati.
During long stays at the Bihar School of Yoga (BSY) and the Rikhiapeeth Ashram in India, he explored how to transform theoretical knowledge into practice and how to incorporate it into daily life. He shares his well-founded knowledge in a lighthearted and spirited way and continues his yogic training by visiting Ganga Darshan Yoga Vishwapeeth in Munger (India) several times a year.
Anandaratna is a qualified Satyananda Yoga Teacher and a Director and Governing Body Member of the Satyananda Yoga Academy Europe.
“When the rishis discovered the science of hatha yoga, they did not have yoga therapy in mind. Although yoga has proved to be very effective in the treatment of many impossible and incurable diseases, I consider the therapeutic effect of yoga as a by product and incidental. The main objective of hatha yoga is to create an absolute balance of the interacting activities and processes of the pranic and mental force. When this balance is created, the impulses generated give a call of awakening to sushumna nadi- the central force which is responsible for illumining the higher centres of human consciousness. So the real purpose of hatha yoga is not to build the body or improve the health, but to energise and awaken the higher centres responsible for the evolution of human consciousness. If hatha yoga is not used for this purpose then its true objective is lost.”
Swami Satyananda Saraswati (Yoga Magazine, March 1980)