What is a Satsang?

Satsang is Swami Nirmalananda Saraswatia free program based in the ancient yogic tradition. This is the primary way that sages have offered their teachings for thousands of years, since the time of the Upanishads. The Sanskrit word means “in the company of Truth,” made up of “sat” (Truth) and “sangha” (in the company of).

Swami Nirmalananda continues this age-old tradition by sharing the depth and breadth of yoga’s timeless teachings in this free program.

"Her talks are captivating and reach into the inner depths of the listener, spanning beyond a simple lecture or discussion. She has the ability to spread the light of yoga to everyone." Shantadevi White, Tennessee

"I remember the first time I looked into Swamiji’s eyes and saw consciousness. I had to look away. It was like being blinded by the sun. Today I yearn to look into her eyes and I do it whenever I can." Melissa Hoffman, Brisbane Australia

Teachings – Swamiji explains what a swami is, what yoga says about you and your life, and explains key sutras and teachings as well as how they apply to modern life. Audio recordings of her chants are posted on our website for free listening.

Questions & answers – questions on the teachings or on any subject

Chant – kirtan, the traditional call-and-response chanting of Sanskrit mantras, which is especially beneficial before meditation, but more importantly is an experience of pure joy. Click here to hear one of the chants that Swamiji leads at these events.

Meditation – Swamiji leads everyone into the inner experience that yoga promises, and includes basic meditation instructions for new meditators.

Formerly known as Rama Berch, Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati took the vows of monkhood one year ago. She has been teaching yoga and meditation in the USA and internationally for over 30 years. The originator of Svaroopa® yoga and creator of Master Yoga Foundation, she also served the yoga community as the founding President of Yoga Alliance. She was the head of the yoga program for Dr. Deepak Chopra for five years, and is teacher trainer to over 1,400 yoga teachers worldwide. In 2009, she began offering satsangs, and has held free events in many cities throughout the USA, Canada and Australia.

"Swamiji is the best teacher I have experienced. She has wisdom, depth of knowledge, compassion and love for her students and her yoga." Nancy Vescuso, Weston MA

As a Swami, her mission is to share yoga’s ancient teachings on a broad scale; her entire life is dedicated to offering her service in this way. She specializes in providing easy and deep inner experiences of your own Self, by using the teachings and practices that she received from her Guru and that she has cultivated for 35 years.