Definition - What does SYDA Foundation mean?
SYDA (Siddha Yoga Dham Associates) Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1973 that promotes the practice of Siddha yoga, a traditional Eastern approach to yoga that draws on Indian yogic texts such as Vedanta and the Bhagavad Gita.
SYDA Foundation considers its role as protecting and disseminating the teachings of Siddha yoga as well as ensuring that Siddha yoga ashrams, centers and groups have the guidance and support they need to continue the traditions.
Yogapedia explains SYDA Foundation
The founder of Siddha yoga, Muktananda regarded it as the perfect path of yoga because it draws on all the traditional forms of yoga. As such, he established the SYDA Foundation as a means of continuing his work in the world, which he described as a “meditation revolution.”
The SYDA Foundation still offers the intensive meditation courses designed my Muktananda, as well as a range of other workshops and retreats. One of their aims is to preserve Siddha yoga as a dynamic spiritual path, relevant today and for years to come.
The work of the SYDA Foundation is carried out by workers and volunteers known as “sevites” who are engaging in selfless service. The also serve communities by providing health and education programs to those in need, and run projects to bring the teachings of yoga into prisons in several countries.