Sivananda Yoga

Involves regular periods of relaxation and yogic breathing techniques, or pranayama.

Sivananda Yoga comes from the lineage of Swami Sivananda, as brought to the west by his disciple Swami Vishnudevananda in the late 1950s, making this style of practice an important part of yoga's first wave of popularity outside India.

The goal of the Sivananda yoga system is to ensure that the body retains its vitality over the years, thereby lowering the risk of disease.

The five basic principles covered by Sivananda yoga are:

  • Exercise (asana)

  • Breathing (pranayama)

  • Relaxation (savasana)

  • Vegetarian diet (sattvic diet)

  • Positive thinking coupled with meditation (vedanta and dhyana)

What to expect

A typical class begins with pranayama exercises. After warming up with sun salutations, the focus is on mastery of the twelve basic poses. Savasana closes the class. The 12 basic poses were carefully selected and include inversions, backbends, forward bends, twists, balances, and hamstring stretches. A little of everything, in other words. The poses are ideally done slowly and with control to stretch and strengthen the body as well as open the chakras. As students become proficient in the 12 basic poses, variations may be introduced.

Benefits 

  • Respiratory Ailments

  • Promote a soothing effect on the mind

  • Improve nourishment to the muscles and enhance the level of oxygen consumption

  • Induce positive thinking and promote optimism

  • Improve your overall well-being

  • Promotes consciousness in the way you exercise, eat, and your overall perspective on life