Hi, my name is Sweta Saraogi and I believe in sharing the practice and teachings of yoga to drive personal transformation and social change.
Yogic paths to self-realization:
The Yoga of Practice: Yoga Asanas
“An asana is not a posture which you assume mechanically. It involves thought, at the end of which a balance is achieved between movement and resistance.” – B.K.S. Iyengar
Asanas constitute a systematic way to take the body through its entire range of motion. As they gradually increase the freedom of movement, the asanas build flexibility, strength and balance in every area of the body. Sweta leads a at-home private yoga practice in the Greater Seattle Area which is tailored to the individual based on needs, abilities and responses. Her teaching style is a careful blend of Iyengar based alignment, yoga therapeutics and Hatha yoga tradition, which includes traditional asanas and flow sequencing with hands-on adjustments, breathe work, chanting and meditation. Students are encouraged to return to the seat of their own wisdom and power to bring healing, balance and peace to their entire being.
The Yoga of Driving Positive Change: Karma Yoga
“Action is movement with intelligence. The world is filled with movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action.” – B.K.S. Iyengar
Karma yoga is “right action with right attitude”. Specifically, Karma Yoga is the path of dedicated actions for the benefit of others. A Karma yogi performs action by body, mind, intellect, and senses, without attachment or ego, only for self purification. Sweta practices Karma Yoga to drive a positive change and create a conscious movement by bringing the benefits of yoga to trauma affected population. Negative experiences, like trauma, and negative emotions, like fear and anger, lodge in the nerve tissue and the subconscious mind. These emotional toxins do not simply lie dormant but are a cause of underlying depression or agitation in our behaviour. Through yoga practice we can release this built up tension from past experiences. Eliminating the past from our bodies and our minds creates new flexibility and increases energy. We become reconnected to our natural unlimited source of vitality. Sweta serves on the board of a non-profit organization Street Yoga as a Treasurer. Street Yoga’s mission is to make yoga accessible to young people in Seattle who are experiencing homelessness, poverty, chemical dependency, abuse and neglect, and mental illness.
The Yoga of Knowledge: Jnana Yoga
“Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.” – Donna Farhi
Jnana Yoga, the path to wisdom, is the study of yoga philosophy and the sacred texts. It is a system that teaches us “how to live”; it can be called the “Guidebook of Life”. Yoga teaches us the basics, to learn, to discipline, to learn to control ourselves, to sit correctly, to close the eyes, to feel quiet, to get relaxed, to concentrate on inhalation and exhalation, to overcome mental disturbances, to create a positive feeling and as a result to build up a new approach to life. The correct inputs lead to everlasting changes in outlook and perspective towards life. Sweta is passionate about creating yoga awareness by bringing the teachings of yoga to life in the form of inspirational writing and storytelling.
The Yogic Path to Spiritual Transformation: Bhakti Yoga
“You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.” – Brihadaranyaka Upanishads
In 2005, Steve Jobs said at Stanford University, “Do what you believe is great work. Love what you do … if you haven’t found it yet, keep looking and don’t settle.” Here Jobs is talking about discovering your true nature. The Bhagwad Gita teaches us that by living according to one’s true nature, one attends perfection in life. Spiritual growth is the process of allowing your authentic self to shine, clarifying and living your purpose, and creating an awareness of your true nature. Yoga guides us to recognize one’s true nature by aligning what we want with what we need. It is the process of realizing oneness with all there is by bringing our bodies, spirits, and minds into greater union day after day.