Bihar Yoga Bharati
Bihar Yoga Bharati is located in Munger, in the Indian state of Bihar,at Ganga Darshan in Munger, Bihar, 175 km from Patna, the state capital, and 500 km from Calcutta. Ganga Darshan is situated on a hill which commands a majestic view of Mother Ganga as she sweeps through green paddies, fertilizing, energizing and purifying the surrounding areas. The river Ganga is the symbol of yoga, the soul’s journey to unite again with the supreme.
The campus itself is located on an historical energy centre, Karna Chaura, now named Ganga Darshan, which is spread over an area of 5.5 hectares
About Bihar Yoga Bharati
Bihar Yoga Bharati (BYB) is a yoga institute for the study of yoga in a gurukul environment. BYB is dedicated to the Indian Rishi tradition, Vedic lifestyle and Sanatan Sanskriti (the eternal culture) of yoga.
Bihar Yoga Bharati (BYB), an Institute for Advanced Studies in Yogic Sciences, was established by Swami Niranjanananda at Munger in 1994 to teach the yogic sciences by combining academic and scientific methodology with a spiritual vision. Bihar Yoga Bharati (BYB) is dedicated to the study of yoga in a gurukul environment, providing a spiritual oasis in the technological desert of the 21st century. The culmination of the vision of Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati and Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati, this institute is the first of its kind in the world wholly devoted to the subject of yoga. BYB has been established along the lines of Nalanda and Vikramshila, two spiritual centres of learning. It studies Yoga, Vedanta, Tantra and allied subjects.
Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati had the vision of a yoga institute when he established the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy in Rishikesh in 1950. This inspiration was carried forward by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati, who established Bihar School of Yoga in 1963, followed by the Ganga Darshan complex in Munger. Swami Niranjanananda founded Bihar Yoga Bharati in 1994 as an Institute for Advanced Studies in Yogic Sciences.
Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati founded Bihar School of Yoga in order to carry out the mission given to him by his guru to spread the message of yoga from door to door and from shore to shore. Under the banner of BSY, he propagated yoga for people of all ages from all countries, races, religions and cultures. Under his guidance, the ancient science of yoga was taught on a scientific basis with clarity and vision. Thousands of people were and continue to be trained and educated in yogic subjects. Bihar Yoga Bharati is thus a natural continuation of the teaching activities of Bihar School of Yoga.
This gurukul based institute, the first of its kind in the world to impart a comprehensive yogic education, is currently undergoing course restructuring and presently offers fully residential courses in Yogic Studies, of four months duration and in Yogic Science and Lifestyle of three months duration.
As this gurukul-based institute is an experiment in combining academic studies with ashram lifestyle and discipline, aspirants must be prepared for this approach to yogic study. All courses are fully residential. The rules and regulations for the students, teachers and other residents are designed to make the yogic lifestyle smooth and simple, creating an atmosphere in which the yogic spirit can be imbibed at a subtle level.
The average daily schedule begins very early ( Brahma muhurta) in the ashram.