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Welcome to the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers

This award-winning site, enhanced for Netscape 3.0 or Internet Explorer 3.0, is growing, evolving, being modified and upgraded on a regular basis. At the present moment it has 116 pages, 170 graphics (full-color, duotone, gray-scale and line-art), 2 audio clips and 6 animated illustrations. If you come regularly you will save time by visiting first the latest updates.

The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers is a non-profit organization founded by Swami Vishnu-devananda to spread the teachings of Yoga and Vedanta world-wide. Upon the instruction of his Guru, Swami Sivananda from Rishikesh (India), Swami Vishnu-devananda began travelling and teaching throughout the United States in 1957 and established the first Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Montreal, Canada in 1959. There are now close to 80 Sivananda locations (Ashrams, Yoga centers, and affiliated centers) around the world. The organization has trained more than 8,300 Yoga teachers. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers are recognized worldwide for teaching Yoga authentically and preserving its purity and tradition, which dates back several thousand years.

A Wealth of Yoga Information

In this site, you will learn about the various techniques and teachings of Yoga and Vedanta. You will also learn about the different activities of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers such as the Yoga Teachers Training Course, Yoga Vacations, Residential, Work-study and Full-time staff programs. This site also offers the on-line Sivananda Boutique from which you can order valuable books written by both Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnu Devananda. You will also find there the very informative Sivananda Video Guide to Yoga.
We also post news regarding the different Sivananda locations around the world. Yoga Life magazine , which is published twice a year by our organization, is now available on-line as well. It contains a great deal of useful information and wonderful articles. And please don’t forget to visit the "Spiritual Utilities" page.

The 5 points of Yoga

In an effort to simplify and clarify the complex philosophies and teachings of Yoga, Swami Vishnu-devananda summarized the wisdom of Yoga in 5 principles. These principles show the way to developing physical and mental health as well as spiritual growth. These 5 points or principles are:

  1. Proper Exercise (Asanas)
  2. Proper Breathing (Pranayama)
  3. Proper Relaxation (Savasana)
  4. Proper Diet (vegetarian)
  5. Positive Thinking (Vedanta) and Meditation (Dhyana)

Swami Sivananda's contribution to the world is to have revived the tradition of the Yoga of synthesis, integrating the four paths of Yoga into a well-balanced Sadhana (spiritual discipline).
Other topics covered in this site include: Karma & Reincarnation; the 8 limbs of Yoga; the 3 Gunas; a humor page and Spiritual links.

If you have any comments, constructive criticisms or suggestions regarding this WWW site, let us know at Last updated: December 10, '96.

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