About Swami Satvikananda

Swami Satvikananda is a yoga teacher and therapist with over thirty years experience as a student and teacher. She is a Poorna Sannyasin initiated by Swami Niranjanananda of the Bihar School of Yoga in North East India, and trained with Swami Vedantananda Saraswati to teach in the Satyananda Yoga tradition (Bihar School of Yoga). She holds a Satyananda Teaching Diploma, a Friends of Yoga (FRYOG) teaching diploma and a British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) accredited teaching diploma. She also has the BWY diploma for teaching yoga to children and is qualified by BWY to teach the module 'Teaching Yoga to Children' to other yoga teachers. She is an in-service training tutor for both FRYOG and BWY.

Swami Satvikananda trained for two and a half years with the Yoga Biomedical Trust at the Homoeopathic Hospital, Great Ormond Street to become a yoga therapist and gained their full Yoga Therapy Diploma as well as further diplomas in Nervous Conditions, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Low Back Pain and Asthma & Respiratory Conditions. For some years she worked at the Yoga Therapy Centre in Great Ormond Street seeing clients with diverse medical conditions including cancer, HIV/Aids, Arthritis, ME, IBS & other digestive disorders, HBP, asthma, stress, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, mood swings, Parkinson's, MS, diabetes, eating disorders, and menstrual & menopause problems.

Swami Satvikananda teaches general Satyananda Yoga Classes in Ottershaw, Surrey. Currently her specialist classes are Yoga For Pregnancy, for students from 12 weeks to birthing, and Yoga For Babies, from two days old to walking.

Swami Satvikananda sees many students at her Ottershaw Centre both for Individual Yoga Therapy for many diverse medical conditions and for general one-to-one Yoga. She also works closely with students who just need space and time to alleviate all the usual stresses and strains of every day life.

Yoga Qualifications

Satyananda Yoga Satyananda Yoga Teaching Diploma (Bihar School of Yoga).
Friends of Yoga Teaching Diploma (FRYOG Dip).
British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma (BWY Dip) & Diploma for Teaching Yoga To Children.
Yoga Biomedical Trust Full Yoga Therapy Diploma (YBTDipYTh) and further diplomas in Nervous Conditions, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Low Back Pain and Asthma & Respiratory Conditions.

Towards Nirvana

Swami Satvikananda is proud to be a Trustee and Chair of Towards Nirvana, a small charity providing schools and supporting children's rights in Alwar, India. She visited Alwar with her husband Sam between 2009 and 2015. They will visit again in November 2017.

"On arrival in Alwar we went to the Childline office where we met some of the workers and volunteers and a young boy who had that day been separated from his parents at a family wedding and who was now lost. This incident ended happily when his parents were found and he was reunited with them. But there are many more stories that don’t end in this way.

The following day we were taken to Advaita Gardens, the main school run by the foundation.  We toured the classrooms, met the teachers and sang and laughed with the children. I can still hear the laughter of all the children when I tried to teach them the nursery rhyme, with actions, ‘One, Two, Three, Four, Five Once I Caught a Fish Alive’.  It went down a storm!

It is such a wonderful experience to be with the children.  And if any of you can ever visit there then do go, you certainly will not be disappointed!" - Swami Satvikananda Saraswati