Holistic Yoga

Satyananda Yoga

Satyananda Yoga uses different forms of yoga to address the different aspects of your personality. In this way the mental, physical, energetic, psychic and spiritual aspects are balanced, cleaned, stimulated or calmed and strength is developed in all these aspects.

dancing shiva None of this can happen without developing awareness, which in turn leads to increasingly deeper states of consciousness. We only use 10% of our brain at present. Yoga will allow you to expand and stimulate dormant parts of the brain leading to the discovery and development of your hidden talents, strengths and potential. This will influence in a positive the way how you feel and see both yourself as well as the world around you. It will enable you to live life to the full, with good health, happiness, peace of mind and optimism.

Regular yoga practice slows the process of aging and balances all the metabolic functions of the body. It develops concentration, memory, the patience to deal calmly with problems and the insight to make the correct decisions.

Introduction classes in Satyananda Yoga (open to all)

The introduction classes are intended to develop greater physical, mental and energy awareness by synchronising the focus between the breathing, awareness of thoughts and the experience of subtle reactions.

Beginning with postures and movements which prevent arthritis and rheumatism, going on to strengthening and balancing of the digestive system and the removal of blockages in the hips.

Vital life energy in the body will be increased using Pranayama techniques.

Simple preparations for meditation, along with yoga nidra, will be slowly introduced to balance and direct energy in the body and increase awareness and to develop one-pointed focus, therefore strengthening the mind and willpower.

The Introduction classes are also intended for new people and for those who cannot attend the Going Deeper classes regularly. After regular and consecutive attendance of 2 blocks of 12 Introduction classes, participants can ask to join the Going Deeper classes.

The Curriculum

  • Awareness of physical body including posture, mobility, strengths and weaknesses
  • Awareness of breathing
  • Awareness of thoughts and mental fluctuations
  • Gradual strengthening and correction of physical posture
  • Gradual strengthening, cleansing and increasing of lung capacity
  • Recognition and development of the existence of the neutral witness within
  • Gradual strengthening of the ability to focus on one thing
  • Gradual increase in willpower, self discipline and the integration of yoga in daily life
  • Gradual ability to sit comfortably and without moving
  • Gradual increase in awareness and sensitivity to feelings in the body
  • Building a solid physical, physiological and mental foundation as preparation for the Going Deeper classes

"Real life is beyond the limits of the mind" ≈ Swami Satyananda

Going Deeper classes in Yoga (20-week series)

The Going Deeper series of classes are for people who have been attending the classes regularly, for a minimum of 6 months:

  • You will go more deeply into the many techniques of Satyananda Yoga to expand the mind and awareness of your true potential in life.
  • Asanas will become gradually more advanced, as will the practice of pranayama, mudras (physical-mental attitudes) and bandhas (energy locks).
  • Insight and management of the mind, and the development of the neutral witness, will be intensified and strengthened using advanced Tantric practices of Yoga Nidra, Antar Mouna (inner silence), Pratyahara (detachment from the senses) and practices to maintain emotional and mental balance when facing the challenges in life.
  • SWAN meditation will be introduced to increase awareness of your Strengths, Weaknesses, Ambitions and Needs – leading to mental insight and clarity of mind.
  • Also the "18 ities" of Swami Sivananda will be explored. These are positive attributes in the form of 18 words, all ending with "íty". Having developed awareness of yoga techniques during the introduction classes, the "18 ities" can be compared to positive seeds which will germinate and enable you to express the positive aspects of your personality in your daily life. This meditation, along with the SWAN meditation are designed to "update your mental software", allowing you to function more easily in life, by removing the things that hold you back.
  • Mantras, Kirtan and the science of Nada Yoga (sound vibration) will also be introduced – the power of vibration in healing illnesses and calming the mind by removing mental and emotional blockages.
  • Basic Karma Yoga (the yoga of action) will be introduced.
  • Yogic methods of cleaning the blood and the internal organs will be introduced. The above mentioned terminology can only truly be understood by practical experience in a yoga class.

This system gives new people the time to become accustomed to the Bihar School of Yoga approach and regular participants the chance to further deepen and enrich their experience of Bihar School techniques. It will also strengthen your resolve and commitment towards the evolution of your Self-awareness .

May all participants grow in awareness, strength, wisdom and inner contentment.

Holistic Yoga Introduction Classes

* There will be no classes from the 15th of December 2019 until the 5th of January 2020.

 Δ Saturday - 11.45 - 13:15
Location: Van Beuningenstraat 54D, 1051XH Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Holistic Yoga Going Deeper Classes

* There will be no classes from the 15th of December 2019 until the 5th of January 2020.

Monday - 10:00 - 12:00 - Location: Tai Chi Studio - Address: Kerkstraat 441 Amsterdam

 Δ Saturday - 09.30 - 11:15 -
Location: Van Beuningenstraat 54D, 1051XH Amsterdam, The Netherlands

* The classes start on the 6th of January 2020. From the 6th of January the lessons will take place at the Van Beuningenstraat 54D, 1051XH Amsterdam until the 27th of January 2020. After that, they will take place at the Tai Chi Studio.

Costs of the lessons (all prices include tax)

Introduction classes

Per 12 weeks* Δ €175
Trial Class Δ €15 for one or two people
Single Class Δ €17,50

Going Deeper classes

Per 20-week series** Δ €325

Private classes

Per 90 minutes-class Δ €50

* Students of the Introduction classes can switch between the two weekly classes.
** Students who miss a Going Deeper class can make up for it by attending any of the other weekly classes, including the Introduction Classes.

No Classes Dates

There will be no classes from the 15th of December 2019 until the 5th of January 2020.


In advance via IBAN NL81 INGB 0005 3974 85, under the name of 'D Lonsdale' — please mention your name and lesson (starting) date on the transaction.

Required study materials

Participants of the Going Deeper classes are requested to purchase the following:

  • Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha
  • Practical Yoga Psychology
  • A Neti Lota, for the practice of Neti Kriya
  • A tongue scraper for the practice of Jihva Shodhan.

All items can be purchased from David Lonsdale. Any extra study materials provided during the classes are included in the cost of the lessons.

Home practice

Participants are expected to practice what has been learnt at home, and so integrate yoga into daily life and benefit to the full extent.

Shiatsu at reduced price

Those who follow the classes are able to make appointments for private shiatsu treatments and benefit from a reduction in price. This can be a way of deepening the development of self-awareness, giving you greater insight, which will in turn help you to develop further.

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