The timeless traditions of Yoga and Tantra were set in motion by the ancient Sages. Being a visionary with wisdom far beyond his times, Swami Satyananda, adapted their ancient techniques and modified them to serve the needs of modern living. Respecting the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs of people, Bihar Yoga / Satyananda Yoga is a Holistic Science incorporating Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Kriya Yoga, and Tantra.
Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati
Was born in 1887, he studied medicine and practiced as a medical doctor in Malaya. He received an inner calling to serve and uplift others through the spiritual life. He returned to India and traveled to Rishikesh where he was initiated into Dashanami Sannyasa by Swami Vishwananda Saraswati. He founded the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh from where he developed yoga as a practical, integrated subject that everyone could apply in their lives.
Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati
Swami Satyananda was not just spiritual guide to millions but was also a social reformer, he was responsible for inspiring people to live their lives productively and righteous in the outer world as much as in the inner world. He was given a mandate by his Guru Swami Sivananda Saraswati, to spread Yoga from door to door and shore to shore. He systematized and brought into the public domain innumerable practices from ancient Yogic and Tantric scriptures making them accessible to the modern world. Swami Satyananda established the Bihar School of Yoga, Rikhiapeeth and numerous ashrams and institutions across the world. Atma Darshan Yogashram is one of these.
Paramahamsa Niranjanananda Saraswati
He came to live at the Bihar School of Yoga at the age of four. At the age of 11, he was initiated into Dashnami Sannyas. Thereafter, he lived and traveled overseas. He returned to India in 1983 to take up the role of heading the Bihar School of Yoga. In this period he worked to ensure the continuity of classical traditions of Yoga and Sannyasa. In 2009, he established Sannayas Peeth, where the ideals of Sannayasa can be integrated into the fabric of life in a practical way.