The Yoga Academy of North America (YANA) is located in Cleveland Heights in the state of Ohio. The Yoga Academy is affiliated with Bihar Yoga Bharati, a world renowned institution of higher learning in Munger, India. YANA is one of four academies worldwide authorized to offer the Yogic Studies and Teacher Training courses in Satyananda Yoga®.Satyananda Yoga was developed by Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati who founded the Bihar School of Yoga in 1964. Grounded in ancient traditions, this system of yoga is adapted to meet the needs of modern society. Along with the Yogic Studies and Teacher Training programs, YANA currently offers continuing education programs in Satyananda Yoga Nidra® – Levels 1 & 2, Pranayama & Meditation, and the Bhagavad Gita as well as other specialty workshops.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati is a spiritual guide to tens of thousands and the founder of the Satyananda Yoga® tradition. He was born in 1923. At the age of nineteen he came to live and take sannyasa from his guru Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh. In 1963 he founded the International Yoga Fellowship Movement and the Bihar School of Yoga a year later.
Satyananda Yoga integrates the whole person with an emphasis on awareness, bringing about change on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Practitioners are encouraged to embrace a balanced approach to asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing), meditation, and development of a yogic lifestyle. Satyananda Yoga is suitable for people of all ages and physical abilities. Satyananda Yoga is often referred to as Yoga of the Head, Heart and Hands. Through the integration of knowledge, emotions and service, we can reach our full potential.