Swami Satyanand Saraswati’s Bihar School of Yoga Munger, BiharThe Path They believe, “If the head, the heart, and the hands do not function in harmony, there is restlessness in life.” This restlessness may be on the mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual level. Yoga practices developed by Swami Satyananda Saraswati aim to harmonise these aspects.The Starting Point: At the sprawling Bihar School, yoga is a lifestyle, not a practice, and karma yoga is given precedence over asana. So alongside classes expect hours of shram (service)—including gardening, kitchen work, and toilet cleaning—supplemented by cold showers and a simple diet. It may sound daunting, but comfort’s loss is authenticity’s gain, and former students attest to the life-altering qualities a stint in this ashram can give. Days begin at 4 am, and end with twilight satsangs (discourses) or kirtans (mantra chanting) before lights out at 8 pm.Many yoga styles are taught, including Hatha, Raja (mental discipline), Kriya (breathing, chanting, and ritual gesture) as well as Yoga Nidra, a deep meditative technique lulling the mind into a state neither awake nor asleep, developed by the ashram’s founder Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Their four-month residential course starts every October. But you can choose one of the shorter courses that teach pranayama, or therapeutic yoga capsules for those suffering from digestive or respiratory issues, or arthritis, rheumatism and other ailments.The Destination: To learn all aspects of your personality and resolve.