Svaroopa is a gentle style of yoga distinguished by its four central poses - "the magic four." Students may use props, like pillows and yoga blocks, to ease their bodies into a pose. The magic four consists of a slow motion dive, a crooked leg pose, a lunge-like movement, and a rotated stomach pose. This sequence is ultimately meant to release tension in the tailbone area.
Individuals with spine and back problems and weaknesses may benefit from Svaroopa yoga. It is also suitable for relieving pain in the neck and shoulders.
Svaroopa was designed by Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati - the formerly named Rama Berch - in 1976, when she first began teaching the gentle yoga practice in her home.