The goal of the Sivananda yoga system is to ensure that the body retains it's vitality over the years, thereby lowering the risk of disease.
The five basic principles covered by Sivananda yoga are:
- Exercise (asana)
- Breathing (pranayama)
- Relaxation (savasana)
- Vegetarian diet (sattvic diet)
- Positive thinking coupled with meditation (vedanta and dhyana)
A session of this style of yoga typically lasts 90 minutes and starts off with relaxing asanas such as savasana and kapalabhati before going through a series of other basic asanas.