Yoga Style Feedback
Please complete the following form to submit your suggested changes
Required items are marked with an asterisk (*)
Please Enter your Contact Details:
Your E-mail Address:
Yoga Style Name:
Yoga Style Description:
Provide your description for Sivananda Yoga as you see fit. Do not attempt to include links or other HTML tags as they will not appear in your submission.
Sivananda Yoga and The Five Principles Of Wellness Sivananda Yoga is a form of hatha yoga which focuses health and wellness. Established in the 1960s, it follows the teachings of its founder, Swamin Sivananda. It was brought to the United States by Sivananda’s disciple, Swami Vishnu-devananda. Today, you can find many Sivananda yoga centers in major cities in the United States and Western Europe. The Five Principles of Sivananda Sivananda yoga involves a specific system that naturally cultivates the body in order to keep it healthy. It can be summarized in five points: 1)Asanas or proper exercise 2)Pranayama or proper breathing 3)Savasana or proper relaxation 4)Proper diet, preferably vegetarian 5)Vedanta and Dhyana or positive thinking and meditation. While yoga classes focus mostly on poses and breathing, each these points are all essential to achieving overall wellness. What To Expect From Sivananda Classes Sivananda yoga classes last for 90 minutes and incorporate postures and breathing exercises. The poses are executed slowly, allowing students to fully explore each of them. The class starts with sun salutation warm-ups, chanting and is then followed by a sequence of twelve postures. The sequence is specifically designed to stimulate the chakras. Each routine will then end with a relaxation session, which touches the physical, mental and spiritual realm. The twelve poses are as follows: -Sirhasana or headstand -Sarvangasana or shoulderstand -Halasana or plough -Matsyasana or fish -Paschimothasana or sitting forward -Bhujangasana or cobra -Shalabasana or locust -Dhanurasana or bow -Ardha Matsyendrasana or spinal twist -Mayurasana or peacock -Pada hasthasana or standing forward bend -Trikonasana or triangle Each and every class follows the same sequence of poses, which tone and strengthen the muscles of the body. Instructors may change postures or add variations, especially as students advance in skill level. Meditation skills are also introduced to students during classes. The Sivananda Diet Healthy yogic diet is recommended for students and practitioners. Food choices include pure, natural foods including water, cereal, grain, fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and fresh milk. These foods are not only beneficial to the body but they also lead to clarity of the mind. The diet strongly discourages foods that are overly stimulating such as coffee, tea, alcohol, salt and chocolate. Meats, poultry, fish and eggs are also discouraged. While this type of eating is not strictly enforced on everyone, so you really do not have to follow this diet strictly. However, practitioners are encouraged to modify their diets to fully achieve the goals of Sivananda. Is Sivananda Yoga A Good Choice? This type of yoga is recommended for beginners, because the 12-pose sequence allows them to familiarize themselves with each pose. Because the poses are done slowly, students can slowly take in everything while holding their poses. Sivananda yoga teachers work closely with their students to check on the poses and proper breathing. Unlike other forms of hatha yoga, this practice is not so strict on poses. With that said, it does not put too much emphasis on alignment. Instead, it focuses more on the other aspects that help bring about overall health such as breath work, chanting, diet, relaxation, meditation and positive thinking.
Please tell us about yourself. Do you have a yoga-related business or website? Would you like to be cited as a contributor regarding the yoga style description? Please provide details below.
Description of Changes and References:
Describe the changes that you made to the description. If you can back-up the changes with references/sources of information that we can use for verification (e.g. websites, etc.), please enter the details.
Search Yoga Classes
by Zip/Postal Code
If you are located in the United States or Canada, you can find Yoga classes in your area by entering your zip/postal code and a search radius.
Link to Us
Terms & Conditions