Bihar School of Yoga

The Bihar School of Yoga is a modern school of yoga founded by Satyananda Saraswati in Munger, Bihar, India, in 1963. An Institute of Yogic Studies was created in 1994.

Bihar International School of Yoga
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India and international


The Bihar School of Yoga was established in 1963 at Munger, in the Indian state of Bihar, by Satyananda Saraswati.[1][2][3] By the late 1960s, it had expanded to become an international organisation and by the mid-1970s comprised 54 ashrams in various countries.[4]

An institute of Yogic studies was created in 1994.[5]

The school publishes Yoga Magazine.[6] The school teaches traditional yoga in a modern style, for example making use of software apps to distribute knowledge of mantra yoga, hatha yoga, jnana yoga and raja yoga.[7]


The primary Bihar School of Yoga campus is called Ganga Darshan. It includes residential facilities for guests and students.[8]

Sexual abuse allegations in Australian ashramEdit

The international organisation included 16 ashrams in Australia by the mid-1970s, of which three were operated by sannyasins who had been initiated.[4] In 2016, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that "The Bihar School of Yoga’s response did not properly prioritise the welfare of survivors over the interests of the ‘brand’ of Satyananda yoga."[9]


The Prime Minister of India conferred the National Yoga Award 2019 on the Bihar School of Yoga for outstanding contributions to the promotion and development of yoga.[10]


  1. ^ "Munger: Yoga and Guns". Outlook India.
  2. ^ Mishra, Dipak (29 July 2015). "City of yoga remembers biggest fan". Telegraph India.
  3. ^ "Yoga school comes out with remedy to cure chronic ailments". India Today. 8 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b Aveling, Harry (1994). The Laughing Swamis: Australian Sannyasin Disciples of Swami Satyananda Saraswati and Osho Rajneesh. Motilal Banarsidass. p. 61. ISBN 978-8-12081-118-8.
  5. ^ "Bihar School of Yoga". Archived from the original on 21 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Welcome to Satyananda Yoga - Bihar Yoga". Bihar School of Yoga. Retrieved 24 May 2019. Yoga Magazine
  7. ^ "Apps". Satyananda Yoga - Bihar Yoga. Retrieved 24 May 2019. Bihar School of Yoga is pleased to present the following Apps to make the classical yoga vidya readily available in the digital age, for the benefit and upliftment of sincere seekers and practitioners.
  8. ^ "Bihar School of Yoga". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Report into Satyananda Yoga Ashram". Archived from the original on 18 February 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Prime Minister Narendra Modi confers Yoga Awards 2019". Jagranjosh. 1 September 2019.

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