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Svaroopa® Yoga Explained

By Gurudevi Nirmalananda

A slower-paced yoga class features precision with compassion, with teacher trained to use props, alignments and adjustments to personalize poses that target your spine.  Dissolving the deepest layers of tensions gives you instantaneous relief from most aches and pains.  It’s simple yet profound.  You learn how to melt away the years and the scars at the same time, unraveling your mental and emotional tangles along with your karmas.

Every pose is customized to your individual needs, so you get maximum benefit in the shortest time.  Your spinal decompression tracks from tail-to-top, reflecting the tantric technology unique to Svaroopa® Yoga and opening up profound mystical experiences simultaneously.  You must feel your way through it in order to understand it, so profoundly different from athletics, aerobics and gymnastics.  An organic process of blossoming forth, named “unmilana” in the Sanskrit texts, gives you health and beauty on the way to the mystical attunement to Consciousness-Itself.

How Does Svaroopa® Yoga Work?

Svaroopa Yoga“From my first class, I knew Svaroopa® yoga was something different, something more, something deeper than other practices I had tried previously.” — Christopher Kavi Peppell

Based on a significantly different paradigm in yoga poses, our practice is both physical and more than physical. We specialize in “core opening,” spinal decompression, through releasing the tensions in the layers of muscles wrapped around your spine. Svaroopa® yoga has a healing effect on all levels of your being: body, mind, and more. Our teachers provide a customized yoga — one-on-one support in every class, to give every student a whole new capacity for movement, breath and aliveness. Experience a style unlike any other and steep in the pure bliss that Svaroopa® yoga delivers.

How Is Svaroopa® Yoga Different?

“You immediately get it – other styles are about the body in action; Svaroopa® yoga is about being in your body.” — Deborah Woodward


  • “Svaroopa” is Sanskrit for your own Inherent Divinity. Svaroopa® yoga utilizes the physicality of yoga to give you the deeper experience of who you really are.
  • Svaroopa® yoga is based on “Core Release,” spinal decompression, using precise alignments to create an inner opening from tail to top. It redefines strength, giving you stamina and vitality through releasing deep tensions and recapturing your essential aliveness.
  • Svaroopa® yoga is precise and compassionate at the same time, using props such as blankets and blocks to meet your body where it is and get maximum results in minimum time.
  • Svaroopa® yoga is body friendly, yoga that anyone can do regardless of experience or fitness level.

“Svaroopa® yoga is significantly changing my life each training, workshop and class.” — Abby Chemers

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Full-Spectrum Yoga

Svaroopa® yoga is full-spectrum yoga. You can have it all — body, mind & more. Offering you even more than healing and transformative asana (poses) for your body, Svaroopa® yoga practices also include:

Svaroopa® Yoga Therapy — personalized sessions

Chanting with Swami Nirmalananda — chanting at satsangs and with her CDs


Study of Yogic Principles — in satsangs, year-long programmes, phone courses, online audios and articles

Vichara — guided self-inquiry sessions

Puja — devotional ceremonies

Dakshina — your financial gifts to support our work

Seva — offering your service to support Swamiji and the Ashram