Yoga Sivananda

In order to effectively transmit the teachings of Yoga and bring with them all the wisdom of India to the West, the Sivananda School promotes a daily practice articulated in five fundamental principles: Appropriate Exercise, Appropriate Breathing, Appropriate Relaxation, Proper Nutrition, Positive Thinking, and Meditation.

In the Sivananda tradition all Yoga classes follow the same structure, last 90 minutes and include:

  • Short initial relaxation
  • Pranayama, breathing exercises
  • Sun Salutation, dynamic sequence
  • Asana, yoga postures
  • Deep relaxation (10 minutes)

The 12 asanas of the Sivananda Yoga sequence, designed by Swami Vishnudevananda, are purposely ordered in a particular way and when done correctly, they can influence and positively energise all systems of the body: the circulatory system, endocrine system, the respiratory system, the nervous system, and the digestive system. The muscles are strengthened and toned, the joints are lubricated, and the spine becomes supple as it is exercised in all its possible directions of movement.

This sequence is accessible to everyone and can be easily developed for a home practice. Swami Vishnudevananda never wanted yoga to seem complicated or out of reach, exclusive only for advanced practitioners. He believed yoga is for everybody. His idea was to bring more people to yoga by offering a potent practice for daily life. The Sivananda Yoga sequence can be modified for more beginner and advanced practitioners, and it’s simple enough to remember, even for novice practitioners.

Corsi di yoga a Firenze

Awareness of breathing helps the mind to withdraw from daily thoughts and is fundamental in the practice of asanas, allowing for their profound healing effects to manifest. The practice of relaxation at the beginning of the class, between the asanas and at the end of the class, stimulates the balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, leading to a deep sense of relaxation that regenerates not only physically but also mentally and spiritually.