Satsang is the heart of the Yoga practice. It consists of 30 minutes of silent meditation, 30 minutes of chanting of mantras and kirtan and an easy-to-follow lecture on Yoga philosophy or psychology. The steady, joyful practice of satsang tangibly builds an uplifting energy at the Yoga Center.
Satsang means ‘“association with the wise.” Meditating together in a group creates a strong spiritual atmosphere which allows a deeper experience of meditation. In satsang, people of different levels practise together – from newcomers to experienced Yoga teachers.
Our chant book reflects the inclusiveness of the Sivananda lineage, with a section of chants for each of the main Hindu deities, as well as chants in English and Hebrew. Many of the Sanskrit chants are followed by translations. There is a mysterious power in every word. Our Daily Chants (Jaya Ganesha) and a few bhajans are accompanied by harmonium and simple percussion. At Sunday satsangs, we tend to chant the very beautiful Sunday Prayers.
It is not your voice, but the inner feeling that matters. Let your heart melt. As Yoga of sound, “mantra is the easiest of all modes of approach to God.” —Swami Sivananda
We recite Swami Sivananda's Universal Prayer and conclude satsang with arati, waving and receiving the Divine Light. We also share prasad, a sweet offering.
Free of charge and open to all
No advance registration necessary. No prior experience required. Please join us! Attending Satsang is a great way to support your personal meditation practice.
Satsang is held every morning (except Sunday) at 6:00am for about 90 mins. Friday mornings we perform a beautiful puja ceremony to celebrate the Divine Mother. There are evening satsangs on Wednesdays at 7:00pm and Sundays at 6:00pm.