“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear” – Sri Swami Satchidananda
Satya Yoga is a cozy little studio nestled in the heart of the cobblestoned Freemason neighborhood of Norfolk. Our name, Satya, means truth or truthfulness in Sanskrit, and is one of the five yamas, which are essentially codes of yogic conduct as outlined in the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, and the first of the Eight Limbs of yoga (essentially, guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life). We are dedicated to seeking truth through our practice: practicing satya means being truthful in our feelings, thoughts, words, and deeds. It means being honest with ourselves and with others. How does this translate to the practice of yoga? We encourage you to assess yourself honestly, work at your own level: a pose is too expensive if bought by selling satya and ahimsa. If you always practice from a place of good intention and ahimsa, or non-harming, with love and compassion, both for others and for yourself, then you are not only practicing satya, but you are truly practicing and living your yoga.
We lovingly welcome one and all, regardless of where you may happen to be on your yogic journey, and our intention is to nurture and support you in your learning. We feel passionately about our community and helping our students to better connect with their environment and the world around them. We are strong believers in serving, Bhakti and Karma Yoga and supporting our wonderful local charitable organizations. We teach that the physical practice of yoga, or asana, is but a part of the larger yogic journey: taking our yoga practice “off the mat” means that we strive to serve others and help to cultivate the compassionate, peaceful, harmonious world that we wish to live in. The goal of yoga is enlightenment and knowledge, specifically knowledge that leads to self-realization established in sattva, or a state of bliss. Yoga brings breath, body, and mind into balance, and prepares us for the practice of living in harmony with the world around us.
“If we are true yogis for just one day, we will be transformed and want more of it. It’s contagious, just like any other habit” – Sri Swami Satchidananda, in verse 2.36 of his translation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali