“Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize”
INTERNATIONAL SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA CENTRES
The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres is a non-profit organization named after Swami Sivananda, one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the 20th century, and founded by his disciple Swami Vishnudevananda.
Swami Sivananda is one of greatest sages of modern India. After a successful career as a doctor he renounced the world, practiced intense meditation and attained self-realization. As a prodigious author he published more than 300 books and pamphlets, thus spreading all aspects of Yoga and philosophy in simple yet profound words. In his ashram, the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh, Himalayas he trained many outstanding disciples. In 1957 he sent one such disciple, Swami Vishnudevananda, to teach Yoga in the West.
Swami Vishnudevananda lived with his master Swami Sivananda for 12 years. In 1957 he traveled to America, and in the early 70´s came to Europe, founding International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in many cities. He was a dynamic Hatha and Raja Yoga master, bringing the classical teaching of Yoga and Vedanta in its purest form to the West. Swamiji was also a tireless campaigner for world peace who brought the message of peace to many troublespots all over the world. Thousands of students were personally trained by Swami Vishnudevananda as yoga teachers and many more have been inspired by his books, “The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga”, “Meditation and Mantras” and “Sivananda Companion to Yoga”.
“Health is Wealth, Peace of Mind is Happiness, Yoga Shows the Way”
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center (SYVC)
The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres is a non-profit organization named after Swami Sivananda, one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the 20th century and founded by his disciple Swami Vishnudevananda. In 1957, Swami Vishnudevananda, on instructions from his guru, Swami Sivananda, came to the West to bring the teachings of yoga. He established the first Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Montreal, Canada, in 1959.
To date there are close to 60 Sivananda locations (ashrams, yoga centres and affiliated centres) around the world. Over 45,000 teachers have been trained in the TTC programs. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams and Centers are recognized worldwide for teaching yoga authentically, preserving its purity and following a tradition dating back several thousand years. We offer a wide range of programs and the possibility for personal growth through Karma yoga as a temporary or full time staff program participant.
Our Mission, Vision, and Values
LEADING A LIFE IN TUNE WITH NATURE
Practicing and teaching the ancient yogic knowledge of health, peace, unity in diversity and Self-realization.
To help all realize their highest potential and find inner peace. Inner peace will bring outer peace.
- We relate to people as their inner nature and do not judge or value ourselves based on race, gender, occupation, performance, material conditions or personality.
- Be in the world and not of the world.
- Simple living, high thinking.
- Adapt, adjust, accommodate-highest yoga.
- Group positive intentions and prayers make miracles.
- We serve everyone equally with respect.
- We respect traditions and understand there are values in timeless teachings.
- Worship sages, saints and our gurus. The blind can’t lead the blind.
Acharya (Senior Teacher) of Asia
INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS & DEDICATED STAFF
Our mission at the Sivananda Yoga Resort and Training Center is to spread peace, health and joy through yoga. All are welcome to come to our ashram to learn not only about how yoga can help maintain a healthy body but also how Yogic philosophy, applied in daily life, can help maintain a peaceful mind and spirit. The goal of yoga is inner and outer peace and the realization of unity in diversity.
Teachers of the Sivananda Yoga Resort and Training Center
Dedicated Staff of the Yoga Resort and Training Center
International Sivananda Yoga:
Health, Peace & Unity
Documentary Film by Benoy K. Behl
A celebration of the 60th year of Swami Vishudevananda’s work in the world (1957 – 2017) Swami Sivananda sent Swami Vishnudevananda to the West in 1957 with 10 rupees and the words “People are Waiting”. With that Swami Vishnudevananda started the International Sivananda Yoga Organization that now has 11 ashrams and more then 30 centers around the world, and has given training for more than 45,000 Yoga Teachers to bring inner peace to others.
History of Courses and Retreats in Vietnam and Asia
Sivananda Yoga has a long history of teaching in Asia. When Swami Vishnudevananda first came to the West he stopped in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Philipines. Now Sivananda Yoga teaching is continuing in these countries according to Swami Vishnudevananda’s global vision.
THE FIVE POINTS OF YOGA
After closely observing the lifestyles and needs of people in the West, Swami Vishnudevananda, the founder of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, noted that the ancient wisdom of Yoga can be synthesized into five basic principles, which can easily be incorporated into our own lifestyles to provide the foundation for healthy living. It is around these five principles that the activities at the Yoga Resort are based.
Connects the body to its battery, the solar plexus, which is a storehouse of energy. Stress and depression can be overcome by breathing more deeply with increased awareness.
Relieves the body of existing stress symptoms (including muscle tension and breathlessness) and also helps develop resistance against external stress factors. Once body and mind are freed from constant overload, they are at ease and perform more efficiently.
Promotes health and has a positive effect on body and mind. It is natural, simple to prepare, easy to digest and absorb. It is based on proper food choices and causes the least harm to other living beings and the environment.
The Four Paths of Yoga
COMPLETE SYNTHESIS OF YOGA
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