I’d like to give a plug to the very deserving work of Yoga Australia, and encourage you to meet an extraordinary person who will be presenting YA’s conference in April.
Yoga Australia, formerly the Yoga Teachers Association of Australia, has done amazing work in this country to create a high standard of teaching for experienced and new teachers’ compliance. The organisation has helped build a nationwide community, holds meetings in the various states, includes members and officers from all states and now will soon hold its second conference.
I was privileged to meet Swami Satyadharma Saraswati while attending the Divine Feminine conference last year and heard her speak cogently and passionately on some aspects of yoga that might ordinarily be deemed esoteric. In her manner of explaining, abstract concepts became alive for me and accessible.
Swami Satyadharma Saraswati was born in the USA, and resided in India continuously for 35 years as a Sannyasin, spiritual renunciate, and teacher of Yogic Science. She is a highly experienced practitioner and teacher of the classical yogic systems within Satyananda Yoga. She has spent many years under the direct tutelage of Paramahamsa Satyananda, and his chief successor Swami Niranjanananda. During this time she has played a key role in the development of the Bihar School of Yoga as well as the Bihar Yoga Bharati, the world’s first Yogic University.
Since the year 2000, in accordance with her guru’s mandate, she spends part of each year, touring overseas, delivering workshops and seminars. She has been personally chosen by Swami Niranjanananda as the official Yoga Ambassador to formally represent Satyananda/Bihar Yoga internationally and specifically in South East Asia and Australasia.
Certain individuals are the real deal in yoga, mainly because they are steeped in personal practice over many years. Swami Satyadharma Saraswati is one of these, and happens to be very beautiful besides. Come to the conference and meet her, and the many other worthwhile yoga teachers at Yoga Australia 2012.