The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres is a non-profit organization with locations around the world named after Swami Sivananda of the Himalayas, one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the 20th century. It was founded in 1957 by his disciple Swami Vishnudevananda, a renowned authority on Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga. Its purpose is to propagate the ancient teachings of Yoga and Vedanta as a means of achieving physical, mental and spiritual well being and thereby create a more peaceful world.
What makes us special?
We teach classical yoga, which takes a holistic approach. Sivananda Yoga class is a traditional, slow paced, meditative class that helps encourage proper breathing, flexibility, strength and vitality in the body while calming the mind. Because Yoga is a spiritual system with a physical component, this non-competitive approach helps the practitioner gain much more than just a healthy body.
Teaching Yoga for Over 50 Years
In 1957, Swami Vishnudevananda on instructions from his guru, Swami Sivananda, went to the West to spread the teachings of yoga. He established the first Sivananda Yoga Vedanta centre in Montreal, Canada, in 1959 and to date there are close to 70 Sivananda locations (ashrams, yoga centres and affiliated centres) around the world. Over 30,000 teachers have been trained in TTC programmes. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams and Centres are recognized worldwide for teaching yoga authentically, preserving its purity and tradition dating back several thousand years.
What does TIME say...
Sivananda Yoga is qualified in Time Magazine article on Yoga as "moderately difficult" and is "One of the world's largest schools of Yoga, Sivananda calls for the rigorous application of Yoga postures, breathing exercises, relaxation, vegetarian diet and study of scriptures. May require lifestyle changes" (p.63, TIME April 23, 2001)