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"Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way."
-Swami Vishnu Devananda

Sivananda Yoga is where my yoga journey began. I was in my early 20's when I first began practicing and at the time, I was not treating my body kindly. I knew I needed a change and yoga offered that opportunity for me. From the first time I stepped onto the mat, life has never been the same. I love to look back and remember how it all began with the beautiful tradition of Sivananda Yoga.

Swami Sivananda & Vishnu Devananda

Native to India, Swami Sivananda practiced as a medical doctor for many years before renouncing worldly life. He devoted himself to serving humanity through yoga until his death in 1963. While alive, he authored over 300 spiritual texts that still provide guidance to millions of seekers around the world and earned him the title of a spiritual teacher and saint of modern times. 

Six years before he left his body, Sivananda sent his devoted student, Vishnu Devananda, to the west to spread his ideals of yoga. His philosophy was grounded in five basic principles that aimed to ensure that the body retains its vitality over the years, thereby lowering the risk of disease when followed consistently. 

  1. proper exercise (12 basic asanas or postures)

  2. proper breathing (pranayama)

  3. proper relaxation (savasana)

  4. proper diet and

  5. positive thinking & meditation

 

Vishnu Devananda established the first yoga teachers' training courses in the west, set up yoga centers and ashrams throughout the world, and is recognized and remembered as a "pioneering world authority on hatha and raja yoga." He dedicated his life's work to the teachings of his guru, Sivananda, and contributed immensely to his legacy of love, peace, and knowledge.