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.

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

Swami VishnudevanandaProper 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

For more information:  www.sivananda.org 

“Health is wealth, peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way.”

Swami Vishnu-devananda

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