Sivananda Yoga

Sivananda yoga is based on a holistic series of practices, including breathing exercises and mantras, as well as physical postures, to bring increased energy, vitality, and well-being into our lives on all levels. The specific order of the practices offers the opportunity to challenge oneself physically as well as to dive deep into an internal, meditative focus at the same time. The practice results in a sustained experience of groundedness, peace, inter-connectedness, and joy, and a deeper connection to and knowledge of one’s Self.

5 holistic points make up the essence of a Sivananda yoga practice, enabling physical, mental, and spiritual growth:

Proper exercise

Proper breathing

Proper relaxation

Proper diet

Positive thinking and meditation

Another characterizing aspect of Sivananda yoga is the ability to know and practice the 4 paths of yoga, which allows one to integrate the yoga practice more deeply into all aspects of one’s life. The four paths are:

Devotion – Bhakti yoga

Service – Karma yoga

Study of the mind – Raja yoga

Self-inquiry – Jnana yoga

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“Individual peace paves the way for world peace. The attainment of inner calm is the greatest work you can do for humanity.”
Swami Sivananda

2 Responses to Sivananda Yoga

  1. Paula Gaspar Yashoda says:

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    I’m Yashoda from Brazil and I’m moving to Rotterdam in February with family. We’ve been living in England but have to move to Holland now. I would like to know about sivananda yoga in Rotterdam.

    • Hi Paula Yashoda – that’s wonderful that you’re moving to the Netherlands soon!
      There is a Yoga Vidya Centre in Rotterdam where Sivananda yoga is taught:
      …also feel free to join us anytime in Amsterdam, where we have a warm and welcoming Sivananda community (including some fellow Brazilians :) We look forward to meeting you! x

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