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Frequently Asked Questions




The Centered Place
Yoga Studio

286 Bridge Street
Warren, Massachusetts

(413) 436-7374


How is Svaroopa Yoga different from the other forms of Yoga?
Developed by Swami Nirmalananda (formerly known as Rama Berch), Svaroopa Yoga teaches Rama Berch, Svaroopa yoga founder
significantly different ways of doing familiar poses, emphasizing decompression of the spine by sequencing poses first to release tensions around the tailbone and progressing through each spinal area in turn. Every pose integrates the foundational principles of asana, anatomy and yoga philosophy, and emphasizes the development of transcendent inner experience and consciousness of one's true Self, called (in Sanskrit) "Svaroopa" by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. This is a consciousness-oriented yoga that also promotes healing and transformation. Svaroopa yoga is not an athletic endeavor but rather a development of consciousness using the body as a tool.

What are the benefits?

Working with the body, mind, and breath through yoga practice helps you release accumulated physical and mental tensions. Yoga improves the functioning of your whole body, from muscles and bones to digestion and circulation. It helps boost your immune system. It can offer relief from pain. Yoga increases physical stamina, lifts your mood, and brings clarity of mind, leading you to the experience of a deep, blissful state of tranquility.

The true purpose of yoga is to quiet the mind, which enables you to experience the peace and bliss that lies within. From the very first class you can experience the difference yoga can make.

What special clothing and equipment do I need to bring?

Wear loose, comfortable clothing. The yoga studio is fully equipped. We provide everything you will need to be comfortable and to help you benefit from your practice.

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