To all those taking an interest in the work of the Academy in disseminating the yogic teaching of Swami Satyananda... Hari Om Tat Sat!
The energy and focus of the World Yoga Convention (WYC) in Munger, 2013, is continuing to grow in all our minds and in particular Swami Niranjanananda's message that the Convention would set the direction of yoga for the next twenty years. What's in store for yoga aspirants and teachers is yet to be revealed and before going there it's worth asking “How did we go in the last 20 years?” To get a proper gauge on that below are the “Aims and Focus” for the SYAA as written by Swami Niranjanananda in 1997, one year after the Australian WYC.
It is a great credit to all the karma yogis that have been involved with the Academy in small and large ways, for a day or for decades, that these Aims have been realised. Their dedicated service has made it possible for us all to now be the recipients of Swami Niranjanananda's vision.
Of course the work is on-going and in the lead up to the WYC 2013, we shall direct focus onto particular Aims to keep the energy rising in support of “this noble event”. The first area of focus is point 5. “To encourage research projects in yoga.”
In support of the work of the Swan Research Institute (SRI), SYAA is currently developing an on-line literature research course. Based on the literature research assignments of the SRI scholarship program for the Diploma of Satyananda Yoga Training, this course aims to train people in the skills of literature research. With these skills you will be able to navigate the world of research papers with viveka (discernment) and as part of the training contribute to the work of SRI in references the research behind the claimed benefits listed in YPT books such as Asana, Pranayam, Mudra and Bandha.
A secondary aim is to raise the awareness of the Satyananda Yoga system and training within the health, well-being and education professions and to further research through collaborative research projects. Such work is already underway with both Swami Samnyasananda and Sannyasi Mantragyanam conducting workshops at Mangrove next year presenting the research into the benefits of yoga as conducted at the Monash University and the University of South Australia respectively. These workshops are open to all but are specifically designed to bring together both yoga teachers and health care professionals to expand our understanding of the potential applications of yoga in these areas.
If you are interested in the area of research and would like updates on the development of projects or how you might be involved please email yogasandhan with 'Research' as the subject.
Om Shanti Yogasandhan
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