Swatantra Yoga was established by Kapil Shri in 2013 in Maheshwar, on the sacred banks of the river Narmada. Maheshwar has a long history of yoga, meditation and mantric arts and thus holds a particular energy conducive to healing, transformation and awakening.
The yoga we teach in Swatantra Yoga is not only posture and pranayama, it is in fact about self-tantra science. Through the process of Swatantra yoga people receive benefits on mental, physical and spiritual levels. We perform and teach integral type of traditional Hatha yoga style, working with the ancient techniques of asana, pranayam, meditation, sound and chanting.
Swatantra Yoga is an organically emerged branch of Rewananda NGO, closely linked to all its activities and initiatives.
In short, meditation means to bring the mind into the state of peace. We belive that meditation is amongst the most important practices on the spiritual path and in today's world, when the entire society faces instability and restlessness. The main reason behind is us moving away from our centres, wandering in the periphery. There are three main centres in the human body: the brain centre, the heart centre, and the navel centre. While the brain and heart centres are already developed, the navel centre isn't. This centre can only be discovered and therefore we have to work on it. If we don’t, we feel unstable and often experience emptiness and disturbed mind. Tantra meditation methods are helpful in discovering the navel centre and are also used by us. These methods aim to connect you to your centre and are often practised not only through meditation but also various forms such as movement, dance, music and breathing.
The ancient science of healing Agnihotra is a gift to humanity from ancient vedic science of bioenergy, medicine, agriculture and climate engineering. Agnihotra is the basic fire in homa therapy. It is the process of purification of the atmosphere through the agency of fire, prepared in the copper pyramid tuned to the biorhythm of sunrise/sunset. By practice of agnihotra you will notice that tension of mind disappears and you begin to experience peace. We teach many types of Homa (fire ceremonies). The Homa method primarily works with our inner and outer energies.
Vaastu is an ancient Indian method of energy. Vaastu (Architecturel) energy directly influences our work place and the place where we live. If there is negative energy of Vastu in our work place and home, we are direclty influenced by this negativity and cannot focus on the usual daily tasks. We can however, transform the energy of Vaastu and create positive energy through small changes and havan (fire ceremony).
Every person has their aura. There are many reasons why the aura becomes weak, such as keeping negative thoughts, misgivings, bad experience, bad dreams/nightmares, bad habits etc. For the purification of aura, we use a very ancient Sufi method which provides us with a new positive energy, strengthens the aura and eventually makes us feel healthy and blissful.
In sanskrit ‘sat’ means true and ‘sanga’ refers to community. Therefore, Satsanga may refer to a meditation on truth. In India, satsangs are usually meetings with a guru, or in general it’s a time when spiritual talk and meditation take place. Kapil from Swatantra Yoga holds such satsangs, providing a safe and loving environment where your problems are looked at from the deeper, spiritual angle and advice and solutions are offered. Satsang has the potential to remove negative thoughts, earthly attachments and mental obstacles. More open you are during the process of satsang, the deeper the experience of an ultimate bliss.
The school is a free arts school run at Swatantra Yoga Centre. We have a team of teachers in classical Indian music and dance classes, art and craft, English and yoga. The classes are attended mainly by girls who come from economically deprived backgrounds. The ethos of the school is to provide an art-based community where all are welcome to learn, irrespective of caste, gender or economic circumstances. It is through the arts that we enrich and empower members of the community who would otherwise not have such opportunity. We provide a safe space on the banks of the river where we are recreating a place for sacred arts. The school also sponsors local female artists who have no opportunities to attend workshops and classes. We also welcome guest teachers who would like to join and help to run art classes and workshops.