Sivananda yoga

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Sivananda Yoga
Founder Swami Vishnu-devananda
Established 1960s [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 preserving the health and wellness of the practitioner. Sivananda Yoga teachers are all graduates of the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course,[3] and students widely range in age and degrees of ability. Unlike Ashtanga vinyasa yoga's more athletic program involving Bandhas, Sivananda training revolves around frequent relaxation, and emphasizes full, yogic breathing.


The Sivananda training system aims to retain the vitality of the body and decrease chance of disease, by simply and naturally cultivating the body. The system philosophies are summarized in 5 principles.[4]


A session of training typically starts with every practitioner resting in Savasana, and begin with 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 may be followed flexibly by the instructor, allowing for some variation.


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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