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Sivananda Yoga
FounderSwami Vishnu-devananda
Established1960s [1]
Practice emphases
Proper breathing (pranayama) Exercise (asanas) Relaxation (savasana) Diet (vegetarian) Positive thinking and meditation (vedanta and dhyana).[2]
Related schools

Sivananda yoga, after teachings of Swami Sivananda, is a non-proprietary form of hatha yoga in which the training focuses on an integrative approach to yogic disciplines. Sivananda Yoga is a school of traditional Hatha yoga. The discipline teaches the 4 paths of yoga; karma, bhakti, raja & jnana and requests the student practice all four and eventually picking one main path as the focus with the others being supplementary. Sivananda Yoga teachers are all graduates of the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course,[3] and students widely range in age and degrees of ability. Sivananda training revolves around meditation, mantras, yoga asana and mind control. No music is played during the class to allow the student to focus on the practice. The asana classes start with pranayama (breathe control), asanas, auto-suggestion & a guided relaxation at the end. They also teach different yoga texts, mind control techniques, have weekly group meditations and other courses in different yogic disciplines.


The Sivananda training system aims to teach an authentique Vedic system of yoga and believes that retaining the vitality of the body is a by product of the discipline and not the goal. The system philosophies are summarized in 5 principles.[4]


A session of training typically starts with every practitioner resting in Savasana, and begins with Pranayama (breathing exercises) Kapalabhati and Anuloma Viloma, preceding rounds of Sūrya namaskāra, before the standard program of the 12 basic asanas. A session averages 90 minutes, and the traditional program has a series that is followed rigidly by the instructor, allowing for some advanced variations and modifications in the later part of the sequence. The training is meant to control the mind with repetition and discipline. The school teaches the more you change the system the more you allow your mind to control you rather than using your body to control the mind. The class ends with a relaxation led by the instructor. The class begins and ends with mantras to help open/close the session with mindfulness and dedication.


  1. ^ "Sivananda Yoga: un yoga moderne des années 1960".
  2. ^ "Infos und Tipps zu Sivananda Yoga".
  3. ^ "Sivananda Yoga teaching training course: the good, the bad and the ugly". 20 March 2015.
  4. ^ The Five Points of Yoga - Sivananda Yoga Vedanta
  5. ^ "La signification et les effets des Asanas et des Pranayamas - Le langage du corps".
  6. ^ "What is Pranayama?".
  7. ^ "All about Yoga: What is Savasana?". 5 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Vedantic Meditation".

Further reading[edit]

  • Swami Vishnu-devananda (1960) The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga, Three Rivers Press, New York, ISBN 0-517-88431-3
  • The Sivananda Companion to Yoga (1981-2000), Gaia Books ltd. Fireside, New York, ISBN 0-684-87000-2
  • Yoga Mind and Body (1996, 2008), Dorling Kindersley, London, ISBN 0-7894-0447-8
  • The Sivananda Companion to Meditation (2003), Gaia Books ltd. Fireside, New York, ISBN 0-7432-4611-X
  • Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion (2009), Dorling Kindersley, London, ISBN 0-7566-5729-6

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