Sivananda Yoga

Last Updated: February 4, 2018

Definition - What does Sivananda Yoga mean?

Sivananda yoga is a type of yoga that is based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda. This style of yoga has its roots in Hatha yoga and a strong focus on the health and physical well-being of the yogi. It involves regular periods of relaxation and yogic breathing techniques, or pranayama.

All yoga teachers have undertaken the Sivananda yoga teacher training.

Yogapedia explains Sivananda Yoga

The goal of the Sivananda yoga system is to ensure that the body retains its 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.

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