The Siddha Yoga Practices

Each of the Siddha Yoga practices is alive with the grace of the Siddha Guru and gives us a different way to open to the inner Self

You can find a brief description of each practice below.  For more detailed explanations and resources, visit The Siddha Yoga Practices section of the Siddha Yoga path website.


Meditation is the practice of sitting quietly and turning our attention inward.  As thoughts subside and the mind stills, we discover a place of peace and contentment deep within. We begin to sense the great secret at the heart of our existence: that in human form, we are also divine.


The practice of chanting steadies the breath, calms the mind and prepares us for meditation.

Namasankirtana means “celebrating the name of God” and is the singing of sacred mantras, usually in call and response.

Svadhyaya  means “study of the Self.” and refers to the recitation of spiritual texts. Shri Guru Gita (The Song of the Guru) is one such text that is recited daily in Siddha Yoga Ashrams and by many seekers at home as a regular practice.


Seva, or selfless service, is working with others in service of the Guru. It provides a practical way to put the Siddha Yoga teachings into action, and allows us the opportunity to offer our time, energy and skills as a way to express gratitude.

If you would like to talk to someone about offering seva in the UK, please contact


Dakshina is the practice of making offerings to the Guru in monetary form.

In the offering of dakshina, we honour the immeasurable value of the Guru’s grace and teachings.  As we practice dakshina regularly, our commitment to Siddha Yoga sadhana deepens and we more readily assimilate the Guru’s teachings.

The SYDA Foundation is the organisation that holds responsibility for receiving and administering the dakshina we offer to the Guru. Dakshina is offered without expectation for material gain or specification for its use.

Study and Contemplation

Study and contemplation of the Siddha Yoga teachings help us relate them to our own experience. They deepen and refine our understanding and enable us to live our lives with more equilibrium. 

One recommended way to develop the practice of study and contemplation is to visit the Siddha Yoga path website regularly.  We can also study the many books that are available in the Bookstore.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is a way of strengthening the body and calming the mind through physical postures. The practice of hatha yoga improves flexibility, balance and concentration, enabling us to sit quietly for longer periods of meditation. 

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