Meditative yoga is the Classical Holistic Yoga that combines the principals of the wise Patanjali in its practice. Its creation happened over 55 years ago by the Spiritual teacher Paramahamsa Satyananda who placed certain principals upon its practice so that the trainee could experience the utmost of its benefits. This type of yoga is a form of energetic meditation. Yoga is a system of personal inquiry and experience aimed towards self-discovery and self-realization.
Through several branches, the tools are given to open the mental and emotional field, so that one may fully live the experiences one has chosen in life. The strengthening of the body and the reprogramming of the mind assist the individual to alter unsatisfactory areas of his/her life both internally and externally. Yoga is experiential. There are branches like Hatha, Raja, Gyana, Mantra, Laya, etc. And systems like Satyananda yoga, Iyengar yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, etc, which all lead towards the same goal: self-realization.
The Satyananda System is classical and holistic. It enriches the branch of Hatha yoga and some other major branches and gives the ability to approach the mind and the emotions in a fulfilling way during its practice. The body postures (asanas) and the breathing techniques (pranayama) help to release tensions from the mental and emotional body and the deep relaxation techniques introduce the individual to the practice of meditation, expanding consciousness through awareness.