Founded by Swami Satyananda Saraswati in 1964, Bihar School of Yoga is one of the first modern schools of yoga. The school is situated on a hill overlooking river Ganga in Munger, Bihar. The Yogashram, which the school is a part of, is called Ganga Darshan Yogashram, a spiritual retreat for aspirants. The ashram follows the modern day gurukul lifestyle. The site where the ashram is located is known as the seating place of great Karna from Mahabharata. It is home to many yoga institutions – Bihar School of Yoga, Bihar Yoga Bharthi, Yoga Research Fellowship and Yoga Publications Trust. The schools offer yogic teachings for householders as well as sanyasins. It is believed that it was here that Swami Satyanandaji lit an AkhandJyoti almost 50 years ago and prophesied that “Yoga will become the culture of tomorrow”. The yoga practiced in Bihar School of Yoga is Satyananda Yoga. It is popularly known as Bihar Yoga.

There are two major branches of Bihar Yoga:

Munger Yogapeeth And SannyasPeeth:The immediate branch of Bihar School of Yoga is the Bihar Yoga Bharti. Bihar Yoga Bharti was founded by Swami Satyananda’s disciple Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati in 1994. Swami Niranjanananda carried forward his guru’s teachings and philosophies by establishing this yoga institute. This institute is dedicated to the Indian rishi tradition, vedic lifestyle and Sanatan Sanskriti. It is sponsored by Bihar School of Yoga. Yoga Research Foundation and Yoga Publication Trust carry out the research and publishing work of the ashram. Swami Satyananda had authored many books during his stay in the Munger ashram. These books along with many other books about Satyananda Yoga are published here. These books are used worldwide as reliable sources of information. These books also form a part of curriculum in many universities.

Rikhiapeeth: After Munger, Swamiji established his ashram in Rikhia, which is now known as the Rikhiapeeth and is a branch of the Ganga Darshan Yogashram. Here he stayed for another twenty years. Rikhiapeeth is famous not only for Satyananda Yoga but also for Guru Bhakti Yoga. It has many kutirs, ashrams and shalas spread over a vast area, which are dedicated to the yogic lifestyle.

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