Learn the traditional meaning of Yoga

Today, Yoga can be found everywhere. In the modern world, it has become a symbol of a healthy and flexible body. But Yoga is more than bending your body, standing on your head or doing any kind of complex asana. In the traditional meaning of Yoga, it is a subject of realization. It’s a way to live life. Read more about the true and traditional meaning of Yoga here.

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Regarding our traditional language Sanskrit, an asana is any position of the body, where we are stable and comfortable. In Yoga, we refer to the traditional, ancient meaning of comfortable, which is “effortless”. So for us, an asana is a position in which our body feels stable without making any efforts. That can be seen as the target state. But for reaching this target and getting the stability, we have to make efforts. That’s why we are practicing Yogasana – to slowly increase our strength and flexibility, that leads us to stability. This stability allows us, to sit in meditation for long periods of time, which brings us closer to the traditional goal of Yoga – to reach the stage of oneness, called “Samadhi”.

Join our classes to find out more about the different types of Yogasana and the correct alignment of the postures. If you want to take a deep dive into Hatha Yoga and Asthanga Vinyasa Yoga, join our Yoga Teacher Training. If you want to spend you holiday doing 2 yoga classes per day and discovering the beautiful town of Rishikesh, you are welcome to join us for our Yoga Retreats or our Yoga & Explore program.


Pranayama consists of two words from Sanskrit: prana and ayama. Prana is the vital force that we all have inside of us. It’s our life energy – without that we can’t live. According to medical science, we are inhaling oxygen as the necessary source for being and staying alive. Obviously, this is correct, but in a spiritual way we are believing, that oxygen is only the substrate that allows us to take prana inside of our body. Ayama means extension. So combined, Pranayama means the extension of prana, the extension of our vital force. When we are doing the breathing exercises, we are always focusing on 3 parts: the inhalation, the exhalation and the break in between. Our goal in Yoga is to expand all 3 parts. In a spiritual way, we’re working on Samadhi with this, but also physically the breathing exercises are very beneficial.

Join our classes to find out more about Pranayama and its benefits. Pranayama is part of our Yoga Teacher Training courses as well as in our Yoga Retreats, as it is an important part of true and traditional Yoga.


Meditation is a word that is used very often in the context of Yoga, but very rarely it is used in its original meaning. The practice we are describing with meditation is most of the time the 6th limb of Yoga called “dharna”. It’s the attempt to concentrate and to focus with the help of the so called “meditation practices”. But only after reaching the state of focus, we are successfully in “dhvana”, the meditation itself.

Join our classes to find out more about this philosophical part of Yoga. Especially in our Yoga Teacher Training courses, we are giving you the opportunity to learn more about this important part of true and traditional Yoga.


Yoga is part of the traditional Indian Vedic Philosophy while Ayurveda is the Vedic system for healing purposes. In this way, both are related in a very strong way. If we are including Ayurvedic aspects in our Yogic life, we are adding a medical and nourishment system which can give great support in the healing aspect of Yoga. On the other hand, we can include a spiritual dimension to an Ayurvedic treatment with Yoga, which gives it a more holistic effect on body and mind.

Our teachers are qualified in Yoga as well as in Ayurveda, so you can ask us any time if you have questions. During our courses, we offer “sattvic food”, which is in line with both traditions. You can also ask us for Ayurvedic treatments during your Yoga Retreat with us or during our Yoga & Explore program – we will be happy to arrange appointments for you with professionals near our school.

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Get to know our teachers

Yogacharya Somdutt Amoli

Yoga Teacher

Somdutt is the founder of Satyam Vedic Yoga School. From childhood he has been practicing Yoga and Meditation. Before taking the decision to teach Yoga, he followed the spiritual path and learned traditional Hatha Yoga, Karma Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Raj Yoga, Dhyan Yoga and Shivananda Yoga with his Guruji in the Himalaya.

He completed his Masters degree in Yogic Science at the Uttarakhand Sanskrit University in Haridwar. Because of being number 1 in the ranking of all graduates on state level, he achieved the Gold Medal, honored by the governor of Uttarakhand.

He is full of power & spirit, and as an instructor he is exceptional in correct alignment, clear communication, thorough explanation, and proper demonstration with mindful attention to each students needs. For this he is renowned in the whole area of Rishikesh and beyond.

Mahesh Kothari

Mahesh Kothari was born in Tehri Garhwal, the place that holds a special spiritual significance in the state of Uttarakhand. After the completion of his primary education, he shifted to Rishikesh to study Vedic Literature and Philosophy from the Uttarakhand Sanskrit University and spent his time in an Ashram learning Vedas and other cultural texts. Later he got his Masters degree (Aacharya) in Yoga and practiced it in different institutes. Today, he is an experienced Yoga teacher and a renowned personality in Rishikesh having profound knowledge in Literature and Astrology as well.

Rohit Singh Rana

Rohit was born in Rishikesh. He holds a Bachelors degree from the Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in Srinagar, Uttarakhand and a Masters degree from the Uttarakhand Sanskrit University. He is teaching Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in the Satyam Vedic Yoga School for the last 2 years. He also has experience in teaching abroad, as he was in Vietnam several times for holding Yoga workshops and Teacher Training Courses.

For him, Yoga is like a platform to get true knowledge about oneself. He is continuously aiming to learn something new and teaches Yoga with great spirit and passion.

I got the honor to participate in two of Som‘s classes. He truly is an amazing teacher. If it wasn’t for my travel plans, I definitely would have stayed longer and tried to learn as much from him as possible. Although I got to know him only for 2 lessons, I felt the great spirit he has and how much he has to give. You get that feeling in the first second! So I feel that I definitely have to come back!
I also had 3 lessons with Yogesh, another teacher from the school that is really amazing as well. In my opinion, they all have the feeling what the students need and how they can improve very quickly. Very good knowledge of the human nature.
So for me, it was a true gift to meet Som and Yogesh! Thank you both so much!🙏🏼🕉
I highly recommend this school!

I feel deeply grateful to have had an opportunity to meet Som. He is an excellent teacher and I learned a lot from him. He explained every asana in detail, and we practiced so many adjustments for each asana. He is so knowledgable, he enjoys teaching and his dedication inspire students to grow and become the best version of themselves. Being his student is a great privilege.🙏🏼

I can highly recommend Satyam Vedic Yoga School! Som as well as the other teachers are highly qualified and really fantastic – their lessons are simply perfect. I am coming back for more, that’s for sure. Thank you guys very much. 🙏🏼

News & Events

In this section, you can find out latest blog posts and event details. Enjoy reading and please contact us, if you have any questions.

23 Feb

Yoga & Explore

Relax – Refocus – Replenish Join our journey into an exotic country including a relaxing Yoga Retreat. Get to know the traditional yoga in its country of origin, explore a beautiful and rich culture and enjoy time just for you. Do something good for yourself and your health and don’t …

23 Feb

Yoga & Explore 2020

27.09.20 – 10.10.20, India – postponed due to Covid, stay in touch for the new date You’re waking up in the morning, feeling the fresh air, listening to beautiful sounds of the birds in the forest close to you. You are getting out of bed, opening the door of your …

02 Feb

Yoga and moon, an important relation

Does Yoga and moon have any relation? Many people are telling, they can’t sleep during full moon. That’s very common and an accepted opinion, but not always the reason behind it is completely understood. For that, we have to realize the connection between the moon and our body. The moon has …

Discover 6 main reasons to practice Yoga

Get more strength & flexibility

The regular practice of Yogasana helps us to increase the strength and flexibility in our body.

Discover a whole lifestyle

Yoga is more than doing asanas. It’s a whole lifestyle including physical and mental practices. It’s about the right way to do exercise, breathing, eating, focusing and about following certain values and ethical rules.

Balance your mind

The regular practice of Yoga helps us to focus. In our daily life, we are often too distracted from ourselves. Yoga gives us the key for balancing our mind.

Sunset meditation pose

Increase your health

In Yoga, we have many different rules to follow. If we are aware of them and follow them, we can continuously increase our health.

Reduce stress

The regular practice of Yoga helps us to reduce stress. The body gets relaxed through the practice of asanas, while the mind gets relaxation during meditation.

Focus on yourself

The regular practice of Yoga is supporting us in focusing on ourselves. Through the practice of Meditation and Yogasana, we’re getting to know the signs of our body and mind and so we can react according to them.

Where exactly are we located?

We are based in Rishikesh, often called "The World Capital of Yoga".

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