What is SATYA?
SATYA is a unique approach that emphasizes the integration of sensory awareness with yoga. Through finely articulated movements performed on the floor, SATYA unites breath and motion, promoting myofascial release without strain. The essence of SATYA lies not just in the somatic movements but in fostering inner listening and cultivating heightened proprioceptive awareness. The outcome? A harmonious union of mind, body, and breath that enables practitioners to become more sentient and wakeful beings in the world.
SATYA (Somatic Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement) is a therapeutic, “yin” style practice. You will practice fine articulated movement on the floor in a flowing fashion, synchronizing 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 enable 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 support neural-muscular reeducation. While yoga today often emphasizes the “doing” of a posture, SATYA encourages “being” in a movement with heightened awareness.
Why Choose This Immersion?
- Experienced Guidance: Learn directly from the esteemed Tias and Surya, who blend their profound knowledge of anatomy, Sanskrit, cranial-sacral study, and yoga philosophy to offer a truly holistic training experience. Tias’s teachings are enriched with vivid imagery from nature, art, and sacred architecture, ensuring an unparalleled learning journey.
- Therapeutic Movement: SATYA’s unique floor-based movements, performed slowly and without force, act as a rejuvenating “prana pump”, enhancing circulation and soaking the tissues, leading to myofascial release without strain.
- Deepen Sensory Awareness: By fostering inner listening and heightened proprioceptive awareness, SATYA sharpens the body's innate intelligence.
- Meditative Insights: As a movement meditation, SATYA elevates vipassana (insight) into the body's sensory-motor pathways, making it a sanctuary for your mind, reducing fatigue and tension, and setting the stage for profound rest and clarity.
- Holistic Learning Experience: This immersive journey encompasses guided meditation, sound resonance, dharma study, visualisation training, and, of course, SATYA practice.
- Beneficial for Teachers: Especially tailored for yoga instructors working therapeutically or with aging populations, this course serves as a potent tool to mobilise and rejuvenate the body's connective tissues.
Tias offering an introduction to SATYA:
- Learn how to cultivate essential sensory-motor awareness practice by practicing small, flowing movements.
- Practice SATYA to benefit the lower back.
- Learn the effects of SATYA on the iliopsoas and spine.
- Apply the anatomy of the five myo-fascial sheaths to SATYA movements.
- Learn how to be in “the pause” and experience the importance of not-doing.
- Use this practice to reduce mental, emotional and physical fatigue.
- Learn the importance of spirals and counter spirals.
- “It’s all about the joints”: learn to address strain in the tendons, ligaments and joint spaces.
- Learn how gravity can be your friend.
- Learn how to “ride the changing edge” through small movements.
Flexible Learning: While live interactions offer the best learning experience, all Zoom sessions will be recorded to accommodate any schedule conflicts. Plus, all course materials are accessible indefinitely.
Additional Benefits: Full course registration grants access to 4 exclusive Prajna Live classes, available directly in the course curriculum for 30 days post-completion.
Certification & CE Hours: This immersion is accredited for 45-Hours of Continuing Education through Yoga Alliance and can contribute towards the required hours for the
Prajna Yoga 300/500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program and the Prajna Yoga Therapy Track.
Who Is this Course For?
This online immersion is open to yoga teachers and therapists, as well teachers in training and those familiar with Tias’ style of teaching.
Yoga teachers can benefit from the SATYA 1 Online Immersion in numerous ways:
Deepening Your Personal Practice: Understanding and integrating SATYA principles can take a yoga teacher's personal practice to new depths, enhancing their own sensory awareness and connection with their body.
Therapeutic Application: SATYA, with its therapeutic "yin" style approach, offers techniques that can be especially useful for teachers working with students recovering from injuries, those with chronic pain, or individuals with mobility issues.
Diversifying Teaching Skills: Adding SATYA to their repertoire allows yoga teachers to offer something unique and differentiated in their classes, workshops, or retreats.
Working with Aging Populations: The gentle, non-weight bearing movements of SATYA are particularly beneficial for older students, providing teachers with tools to offer specialized classes or modifications for senior practitioners.
Broaden Your Outreach: The skills learned from SATYA, can be applied to multiple populations: rehabilitation centers, working with the elderly, counseling, working with children.
Enhancing Mind-Body Connection: SATYA emphasizes the "being" in movement, rather than just "doing" a posture. Teachers can impart this deeper level of mindfulness and presence to their students, elevating the overall yoga experience.
Continuing Education: The immersion is accredited for 45-Hours of Continuing Education through Yoga Alliance, allowing teachers to fulfill their professional development requirements.
Networking: Engaging in such immersions often brings opportunities to connect with like-minded professionals, fostering a sense of community and potential collaborations.
Please note ALL Live Zoom sessions will be recorded should you be unable to attend any live streams. All course materials are available indefinitely.
This immersion is accredited for 45-Hours of Continuing Education through Yoga Alliance and can contribute towards the required hours for the Prajna Yoga 300/500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program and the Prajna Yoga Therapy Track.
This module is the first of three SATYA modules. Upon completion of SATYA 1, SATYA 2 and SATYA 3 programs students complete a 15 hour practicum. In its entirety, the SATYA training is 150 hours. Please see the Prajna Yoga website for further information on the certification process
Meet the Teachers
Tias Little synthesises more than 30 years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhism, anatomy, bodywork, and trauma healing in his dynamic, original style of teaching. Tias began studying the work of B. K. S. Iyengar in 1984 and in 1989 resided in Mysore, India, where he studied Ashtanga vinyasa yoga under the tutelage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. A licensed massage therapist, Tias has in-depth training in craniosacral therapy. His practice and teaching is influenced by the work of Ida Rolf, Moshé Feldenkrais, and Thomas Hanna. Tias earned a master’s degree in Eastern philosophy from St. John’s College in Santa Fe in 1998.
Tias is the author of four books: Meditations on a Dewdrop, Yoga of the Subtle Body, The Practice is the Path and The Space Within– Poetry for Embodiment