Sridaiva

Definition - What does Sridaiva mean?

Sridaiva is a type of Hatha yoga based on a new postural system that emphasizes the body's natural curves. Sridaiva – a Sanskrit word meaning “divine destiny” – was developed by yoga instructors, John Friend and Desi Springer, and introduced in 2013.

In addition to yoga, Sridaiva can be applied in sports, dance or even when standing, sitting or walking. It's based on what's called the bowspring posture – an arched back with tight muscles – that the founders say is a neutral alignment that reduces joint and muscle pain while allowing yogis to hold poses longer.

Yogapedia explains Sridaiva

To practice the bowspring posture of Sridaiva yoga, the hips tip forward as the low back and neck arch, opening the chest and throat. Because the muscles and connective tissue are engaged, the posture is believed to create a spring-like energy; hence, the name, “bowspring.”

Sridaiva yoga goes beyond the physical posture, focusing on a positive attitude, health, happiness and well-being. Sridaiva is believed to have these additional benefits:

  • Strengthens the muscles of the back body
  • Realigns the spine
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Increases overall flexibility and freedom of movement
  • Improves joint and bone health
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