The practice of Sivananda Yoga follows five principles: adequate exercises (asanas), properly breathing (pranayama), enough relaxation (Savasana), diet (vegetarianism), positive thinking and meditation.
Formally established in 1959 by Swami Vishnudevahanda, a student of Swami Sivananda, this yoga style begins and ends with chanting and meditation, and utilizes the 12 basic postures. Sivananda Yoga also encourages the students to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle in order to become healthier.
Sivananda Yoga is a slow-paced yoga style, more focused on breathing and spirituality and a positive mindset. This is totally recommended if your objectives are to reach a high level of meditation, to find the relief for stress, and self-empowerment. Also if you need a positive change in your life and want to eat healthier Sivananda Yoga is the most recommended for you.
Through a Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training, you will learn how to teach Sivananda, Pranayama, and Meditation. There are several places where you can do this course such as near the mountains or in front of the beach while enjoying the healing powers of these environments. Durations can be range from hours to months and by completing the course you receive a recognized certification.
In a Sivananda Yoga Retreat, you can expect to forget about everything around you and focus on your inner peace through a spiritual an emotional experience. These kind of retreats are perfect for all levels of practice and everyone will be inspired by the yoga teachers. Furthermore, it is not only about the classes, but also everyone will learn about health and nutrition by enjoying delicious vegetarian meals which will make it easier to develop new healthy habits. The most popular chosen option is 5 to 7-day retreat in Mexico, Bahamas or India.