The Sunnyvale Yoga and Music (SYAAM) Center came into being in May’ 2007 with the blessings of Paramahamsa Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati to offer programs in yoga and music. SYAAM is a not-for-profit organization founded to create awareness of the principles of well-being and foster good-will amongst all those involved.
SYAAM is committed to
- Conducting, facilitating or promoting programs by qualified and approved Yoga acharyas and Spiritual masters from the Bihar Yoga (Satyananda Yoga®) tradition for the benefit of all seekers.
- Teaching and promoting music and art forms towards universal peace and harmony.
In the words of Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati - Satyananda Yoga®, also known as Bihar Yoga tradition, was developed by Paramahamsa Swami Satyananda Saraswati as an integral and holistic system of Yoga.
Swami Satyananda, emphasized integral yoga, components of all the yogas, with more emphasis on tantric yoga. This system of tantric yoga involves the practice of kundalini yoga, kriya yoga, mantra yoga, laya yoga, the advanced stages of pratyahara and dharana, and the advanced stages of dhyana and samadhi.
From the vedic side, Sri Swamiji took the components of bhakti yoga, karma yoga, jnana yoga, and the concept of the chakras, and developed a system of meditation. Swami Satyananda inspired people to come to terms with themselves through right and discriminative behaviour, action and speech, thus bringing about a transformation of human personality. When Sri Swamiji first founded the Bihar School of Yoga, it was as the culmination of a wish of Swami Sivananda's to develop an integrated path of yoga. As Sri Swamiji was pioneering the bringing of yoga to the public at large and the breaking down of old myths, outside India
this Bihar Yoga system is known as the Satyananda Yoga® tradition.
In the words of Ali Akbar Khan: "For us, as a family, music is like food. When you need it you don't have to explain why, because it is basic to life."
Music is a universal language. It is a human creation from a divine source. It has the ability to move the spirit and soul and individuals beyond intellect to the heart. Music is pure and can join any being with the supreme consciousness. Thus it has a deep connection with Yoga.
SYAAM provides music lessons to children, youth and adults and an opportunity to commune through “keertan”. Music tells stories, melts hearts, mends hearts, joins hearts, clears hearts, evokes emotions, brings out tears and makes us “RISE” in love.