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Sivananda Yoga
Religious origins: Hinduism
Regional origins: Rishikesh, India
Founding Guru: Swami Vishnu-devananda the Disciple of
Swami Sivananda
Mainstream popularity: Growing from the 1960s
Practice emphases: Proper breathing (pranayama) Exercise (asanas) Relaxation (savasana) Diet (vegetarian) Positive thinking and meditation (vedanta and dhyana).
Derivative forms:
Related schools
Iyengar Yoga

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Satyananda Yoga

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Sivananda Yoga, after teachings of Swami Sivananda, is a non-proprietary form of hatha yoga in which the training focuses on preserving the health and wellness of the practitioner. Sivananda Yoga teachers are all graduates of the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course, and students widely range in age and degrees of ability. Unlike Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga's more athletic program involving Bandhas, Sivananda training revolves around frequent relaxation, and emphasizes full, yogic breathing.


The Sivananda training system aims to retain the vitality of the body, retard the decaying process, and decrease chance of disease, by simply and naturally cultivating the body. The system philosophies are summarized in 5 principles.

Five points of Yoga

  • Proper breathing: Pranayama
  • Exercise: Asanas
  • Relaxation: Savasana
  • Diet: Vegetarian. A yogic diet is encouraged, limited to sattvic foods, void of rajasic foods as well as tamasic foods
  • Positive thinking and meditation: Vedanta and Dhyana


A session of training typically starts with every practitioner resting in Savasana, and begin with Kapalabhati and Anuloma Viloma, preceding rounds of Surya Namaskar, before the standard program of the 12 basic asanas. A session averages 90 minutes, and the traditional program may be followed flexibly by the instructor, allowing for some variation.

Further reading

  • Swami Vishnu-devananda (1960) The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga, Three Rivers Press, New York, ISBN 0517884313.
  • The Sivananda Companion to Yoga (1981-2000). Gaia Books ltd. Fireside, New York, ISBN 0684870002

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