Pursuing a journey of healing and education through yoga involves more than just stretching and breathwork – it involves our body, mind, and spirit. Through SATYA (Somatic Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement), learners understand the innovative pathway for those looking to rejuvenate their body and mind. This transformative program offers a unique blend of Somatic Yoga practices focusing on reducing fatigue, strain, and tension stored in the body.
At the heart of SATYA is the integration of gentle, mindful movements that are performed on the floor, promoting connective tissue repair and enhancing overall mental and physical clarity. But these movements are not just about the physical exercise; they’re meditation in motion by encouraging users to develop a deeper awareness of posture and movement patterns. This awareness fosters a deep connection between mind and body, leading to increased relaxation and peace.
This program is beneficial for any one who experiences physical discomfort or bodily limitations. By focusing on fine, articulate movement synchronized with the breath, SATYA aids in releasing myo-fascial tension, improving circulation and increasing proprioceptive awareness. While offering valuable insights into the body’s wisdom, this approach is not purely therapeutic but also educational.
For yoga practitioners and teachers, the SATYA certification provides an excellent opportunity to dive deeper into the vast world of yoga. With 150 credit hours available, it’s a vital addition to yoga education by enhancing teaching skills and offering new perspectives on yoga practices. Included in training is guided meditations, sound resonance, and dharma study to make it a comprehensive program touching upon multiple aspects.
The online format of the SATYA 1 course is accessible to a wide audience. Participants can expect to immerse themselves in a learning environment, guided by Tias and Surya’s expert instruction. While many consider the course an educational experience, the journey is one of personal transformation which leads to a deeper understanding of self and body.
This SATYA program is more than just a yoga course to check off your list; it’s a gateway to a more aware, relaxed, and harmonious state of being. No matter if you’re a yoga teacher looking to expand your knowledge and skills or someone hoping to heal and rejuvenate your body, SATYA offers a path that combines the depth of somatic awareness with the healing power of yoga. Join us on this self-discovery journey through yoga.
My Journey Through SATYA: From Living Room Practice to the SATYA I Training
by Courtney Zenner, RYT-200
December 12, 2023
“ I began biweekly SATYA practice online with Tias Little one year ago, several months after I survived an auto accident. At the time I could grunt my way through daily life activities, but injuries to my pelvis and spine left my body incapable of my usual round of morning sun salutations. Sitting meditation was unbearable and pain levels were high. SATYA, which stands for “Somatic Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement,” became a balm for my body and my hypervigilant, overtaxed nervous system. I didn’t know quite how it worked, but even after one session, I knew one thing: SATYA just felt good.
In our hectic, deadline- and performance-driven world, Tias offers a rare and skillful invitation to touch stillness, move organically, and tune into our senses. I lie on my back, follow the instruction to explore small, breath-driven spinal curve moments along the floor; then I stop, rest in Savasana, watch with eyes closed, and feel my neck and shoulders’ responses to the movements. I don’t need to watch anything happening around me. Instead, I listen to Tias’ skillful oral cues. I sense currents of energy, increased circulation, and relief through my spine and down my arms and legs. 30 seconds later, I return to sequential movement, noticing sensations with greater attention and intimacy than before.
With the support of gravity and the earth beneath me, and without something I’m aiming to do other than move around a bit and pay attention, something magical happens: my mind lets go. I feel more relaxed. I feel more freedom and relief in my body than at any other point in my day. As a yoga teacher certified twelve years ago, and as a practitioner of meditation and yoga for over two decades, I’ve found SATYA is deeper — yet somehow more accessible and revitalizing — than any other mindfulness or movement practice I’ve encountered.
No matter what brings people to SATYA, and no matter the body or the health history, I’ve witnessed firsthand that people feel tremendous, increased vitality from these teachings. In my last year as a committed SATYA student I have attended two live Prajna retreats, regularly joined biweekly online classes, and maintained a simple but steady morning practice. In summer of 2023, I enrolled in the SATYA I training, which credits hours toward my 300/500-hr yoga teacher certification through Prajna. Based on my year of experience in the method, I knew SATYA is excellent for my health and my yoga practice in general, and that I might want to teach some of this method in the future.
The SATYA I training was, in a word, phenomenal. The entire group this past summer found it to be nourishing, restorative, and inspiring. But on a training level, the work is deep, intuitive, wonderfully structured, and powerful. The immense knowledge, experience, philosophical grounding, anatomical intention, and somatic innovation that Tias and Surya share in SATYA I are unmatched.
We live in a society in which top performance, endless striving, and high stress are the default mode. This default stress mode sometimes applies to yoga practice, especially when focus remains on the achievement of a particular posture. SATYA I provides a wonderful path toward regeneration, healing, and wakefulness. Our cohort already eagerly awaits the dates for the next SATYA II training. “
SATYA (Somatic Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement) is Prajna Yoga’s therapeutic, “yin” style practice. We practice fine articulated movement on the floor in a flowing fashion, synthesizing breath with movement. The exercises are non-weight bearing and involve sliding, gliding, and circular movements to reduce myo-fascial holding in the body. When done on the floor, the breath and movement together enables myofascial release without strain. All movements are done slowly, in isolation, and without force. The SATYA movements replenish the body by increasing circulation (the flow of prana) throughout all the tissues of the body. SATYA acts as a “prana pump” to oxygenate the bloodstream and irrigate, or “soak” the tissues.
The SATYA movements cultivate inner listening and heighten proprioceptive awareness, neuroplasticity, and neural-muscular re-education. This awareness is the body’s innate intelligence. By increasing our capacity for somatic awareness, we become more sentient, wakeful beings in the world. While yoga today often emphasizes the “doing” of a posture, SATYA encourages “being” in a movement with heightened awareness. Our aim is to tap an inner potency, and to help support the body’s innate intelligence and capacity to self-regulate. Thus SATYA is mindfulness training through movement. As a movement meditation, SATYA builds vipassana (insight) into the somatic-motor pathways of the body. The movements are a powerful tonic to reduce fatigue, strain, and tension in the body, and to build deep relaxation and clarity. All movements support profound physical rest of the body and prepare for savasana and yoga nidra (the yogic sleep).
This training covers the foundational movements of the SATYA practice. This will revitalize your own body by reducing fatigue, building coherence, and integration of all the connective tissues of your body. At the same time, you will learn the key principles of the SATYA practice for the classroom. For yoga teachers who work therapeutically or with aging populations, SATYA is a simple yet highly effective system to help safely mobilize and repair the connective tissues.
This online immersion with Tias and Surya includes guided meditation, sound resonance, dharma study, visualization training, and SATYA practice. We do yoga postures following SATYA to stabilize the core tissues of the body. Tias will teach anatomy through an array of colorful slides. Tias integrates images from nature, sacred architecture and art to describe the energetic flow of prana through the body. Tias brings his background in Sanskrit, cranial-sacral study, yoga philosophy, and mystical anatomy to provide a transformational online course of study.
Schedule: Wednesdays and Thursdays | 9:30am – 12:00pm Mountain Time
January 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, and February 1, 7, & 8
**SATYA 1 is good for 45-Hours of Continuing Education hours through Yoga Alliance, and can be applied towards required hours for the Prajna Yoga 300/500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program and the Prajna Yoga Therapy Track
**Please note ALL Live Zoom sessions will be recorded should you be unable to attend any live streams. All course materials are available indefinitely.
**Included in registration for the full course is access to 4 Prajna Live classes. Registrants will have access to these classes directly in the course curriculum for 30 days after the course completes.