About Yoga Satsanga Ashram


Yoga Satsanga Ashram was founded by Surender Saini (Yogacharya Jnandev) and Sally Saini (Yogacharini Deepika) in 2009.

There are many different styles of Yoga out there, it can be difficult trying to find the one that suits you, our advice is to try different classes if you’re not sure, and simply do what feels right for you!

yoga in pembrokeshireAs yoga teachers we both come from a varied background and have slightly different teaching styles!  You can see a little more about our specific training and experience on the ‘about us’ tab. Primarily we teach Gitananda Ashtangha Yoga, also known as Rishiculture Yoga.

Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga is based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Ashtanga’ is Sanskrit for ‘Eight-Limbs’ on which authentic yoga is based, we teach on all aspects:

  1.  Yama – Moral Observances
  2. • Niyama – Ethical Observances
  3. • Asana – Posture work
  4. • Pranayama – Breath/ energy control
  5. • Pratyahara – Sensory withdrawal
  6. • Dharana – Concentration
  7. • Dhyana – Meditation
  8. • Samadhi – Enlightenment

Essentially our philosophy is that Yoga is most precious gift for human life originated from the Vedas,  Upanishads and later on flourished through ancient teachings of Yoga-Sutra’s of Patanjali, Bhagavad-Gita, Yoga Vashishtha, Goraksha-samhita and The Hatha-Yoga Pradipika are accepted as authentic works on yoga in most traditions. Yogic teachings are considered as ‘Guru-Chela-Pramparai’ which is a means of teaching, directly from Guru a great life teacher to the Chela or sincere student.

Yoga is a world wide philosophy or way of life. Now yoga has become the synonym of asanas (postures) and few Pranamaya’s (breath work). Some are using yoga as a therapy while others use yoga as the tool of beautification, weight loss and toning the body.  Yoga was most traditionally taught as a tool of inner spiritual development and awakening, this can also still be found although it is rare.

Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharajaji states Yoga is the complete awareness of your body, mind, and emotions and of awareness itself”

Yoga is the holistic approach of attaining the oneness with the self and then merging the self to the Supreme Self. This is not possible by merely practicing few asanas and pranayamas. This needs the complete yogic approach. Yogic life includes the natural balanced ‘sattvik’ diet to keep us healthy, clean and peaceful. Then your thinking, emotions, attitude and life style play important role in yogic evolution. Yamas (morals) and Niyamas (ethics) are basic foundations of yogic evolution and these are not optional but compulsory. The Yamas and Niyamas are however being avoided nowadays and prove difficult to live up to in this modern world.

Asanas and classical pranayamas are very well known to those who have some basic knowledge of Yoga. Pratyahara (sensory withdrawal) and Dharanas (concentration techniques) are again neglected and teachings of meditation have become very popular. In Ashtanga-Yoga meditation is ‘not doing’, meditation is the merging the mind in to Dharanas. Meditation is the single pointed concentration that can be attained.  In this case it is not something we ‘do’ as it is commonly approached in the west; rather it is the natural progression of our mental state following our own persistent practice of living yoga, this higher meditative state of mind naturally occurs.

Yoga teacher Training at the ashram



  • To promote, educate, teach and uphold the value of Authentic Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga (also known as RAJA yoga).
  • To train students to a high standard in teaching Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga at different levels (200hrs, 500hrs)
  • To train existing teachers add on modules in Pregnancy, post-natal and Childrens Yoga.
  • To provide workshops (continued professional development CPD) for existing teachers to continue their development as a Yoga Teacher.
  • To maintain a connection with our mother ashram Ananda Ashram or the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research, founded by Yogamaharishi Dr Swami Gitnanda Giri
  • To draw primarily upon the Yoga work and research done by Dr Swami Gitananda which is now continued by his successor and son Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanni and share these teachings with our Yoga students
  • To use the authentic ashram structure as a foundation of pure Yoga practice for the student to work on self development and swadhyaya (self – study)
  • To work in a flexible way with students giving the right teachings in the right time and the right place for their own development whilst keeping the main syllabus of teachings in place.
  • All students are required to follow and observe the ashram rules/commitments whilst staying at the ashram

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