Yoga means union. It shows us to unite all our life-force by directing them inward.
– Swami Vishnudevananda
INTERNATIONAL SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA CENTRES
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 teachings 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 troubled spots all over the world. Thousands of students have been 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 tradition dating back several thousand years. We also offer a wide range of programs and even the possibility for spiritual 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 of West Coast and East Asia
Our teachings section is based on the essential teachings of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda. In this teachings section of our website you will find teachings on many different topics such as "What is Satsang", "What is Yoga", Life, Health, Mind, Prana, and much more. The contents in this section has been reproduced from the book “Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy” compiled by Swami Sitaramananda.
The Four Paths of Yoga
COMPLETE SYNTHESIS OF YOGA
“Cheerfulness, harmony, serenity, faith, love, and compassion harmonize the body, relax the tissues and muscles and open them to the inflow of vital force.”
– Swami Vishnudevananda
Check out our Blog
LEARN, INSPIRE, TRANSFORM
Our Sivananda Yoga Farm Blog has numerous articles, videos, and talks given by our senior teachers over the years.