Forceful Tranquility online yoga is particularly subtle, powerful and deepgoing. Unlike most contemporary yoga styles, it incorporates the full range of hatha yoga techniques. The practices span from physical exercises to sophisticated meditations. They are varied and rich, yet part of a coherent system in which they complement and reinforce each other.
Online yoga that’s faithful to tradition
This yoga originates from the tradition of Swami Satyananda Saraswati. He was an Indian yoga master who brought together practices from several ancient traditions. His yoga has a lot in common with the premodern yoga that was practiced in India until the 19th century. It is one of the greatest and most comprehensive modern yoga systems.
Below you will find out what sets the online yoga sessions on this site apart from typical modern yoga.
Benefit from long sessions
At Forceful Tranquility, sessions are long. Standard sessions last at least two hours, immersion sessions at least three. The extra time makes a big difference. There is time for the parasympathetic nervous system to activate. This awakens the natural healing functions of your body. There is time for concentration to build up and for apprehension and nervousness to wane off. In the end, you are ready to go deep with the meditations.
Research confirms that the impact of yoga and meditation depends on the time you put into your practice. Most yoga sessions taught today last an hour and a half or less. This is too short to go beyond a superficial effect. With the long sessions on this site, you will be able to practice in a thorough way and enjoy the influence it has on your life.
More concentration with verbal instructions
Only a few modern yoga traditions have kept the traditional Indian way of teaching through verbal instructions. Our tradition is one of these. At Forceful Tranquility, online yoga is taught with voice recordings. Descriptions in text and images can be studied before practicing. This guarantees sessions that are more concentrated and more deep-delving than sessions based on video.
An interplay between techniques
The sessions are designed as a fluid progression of different techniques. Each technique prepares for and reinforces the next. In this way, you can more easily stay focused on the practice throughout the session. In fact, many say they do not notice time passing by. The guiding voice leads you along, step by step. All you have to do is follow it.
Accessible yet powerful
The first sessions are easy, but still powerful. You will start benefiting from day one. In the beginning, you will work with simple dynamic physical exercises. You will familiarize yourself with basic breathing techniques, and fundamental meditations. Progressively you will be introduced to more and more advanced techniques.
Less is more
In Forceful Tranquility, you will only find sessions you need. They are top quality and have been tested during live classes for decades. You do not have to navigate immense libraries and choose between classes of different styles and of varying quality.
A Sevenfold online yoga method
The sessions include the following components.
Asana – yoga postures
The word asana traditionally refers to the yogic meditation poses. In modern yoga the meaning has expanded to include all kinds of poses as well as movements. Asanas stretch your muscles, massage and invigorate your internal organs and stimulate your glands. In our tradition postures are done in a calm and meditative way.
In the first sequences, we work with easy movements and basic poses. This makes the body supple and it removes restlessness. Later, static poses are held in motionlessness for up to several minutes. The classical static poses have a more profound influence on your body, your nervous system, and your subtle energy.
Pranayama – breathing exercises
Pranayama is all about holding the breath and about breathing slowly. We incorporate these yogic breathing exercises from the first session onwards. You will gradually learn eight classical pranayamas as well as variations and supporting breathing techniques.
Pranayama enhances the benefits of postures and balances the nervous and the immune systems. When practiced regularly they can dissolve emotional blocks and relieve mental tension, stress, and depression. Pranayama also purifies the subtle energy channels and makes you more aware of them.
Mudra and bandha – attitudes and energy locks
The bandhas are the energy locks. In hatha yoga, they are most often used in conjunction with pranayama. The mudras are physical positions that influence the energy flows.
Yoga nidra – deep relaxation
Yoga nidra is a modern relaxation technique based on rituals, visualizations, and meditations from the yoga tradition. This very efficient technique relaxes your body as well as your mind. It brings you into a state where the fine line between waking state and sleep is dissolved.
Yoga nidra allows for deep rest, improves the quality of sleep and helps the yogi to stay awake in deeper states of meditation. Yoga nidra is an excellent bridge between the physical exercises and the meditations.
Dharana – concentration
The main concentration technique in our tradition is tratak. Tratak consists in fixing your gaze on the flame of a candle. By keeping your attention on the flame, you improve your capacity to keep one single object in your mind. This type of concentration is necessary to reach the finer states of yoga and it will improve your concentration in everyday life.
In intermediate and advanced sessions, we also use another concentration technique, nada yoga. In nada yoga the object of focus is subtle inner sounds.
In Forceful Tranquility yoga, we incorporate two types of meditation. The first is Antar Mouna or Inner Silence. It trains you to be fully aware of any experience without losing contact with yourself. It is a modular meditation that can be put together in different sequences. Antar Mauna is similar to Vipassana, Maha Mudra, and modern mindfulness meditation.
The second main type is based on the psychic breath, ujjayi pranayama. These meditations are characteristic hatha yoga techniques and they make use of subtle energy flows and certain chakras. The word hatha means force and that is precisely what you get from these meditations.
These two meditation practices complement each other. The awareness based meditations make you conscious of the fundamental difference between you as experiencer and the experiences themselves, freeing you from the tight grip of thoughts, emotions, ideas, and convictions. They liberate you inwards. The energy raising meditations give you power, mental stamina and creativity, helping you to pursue your aspirations and unfold outwards.