What is ‘Sivananda’ Yoga?
Sivananda Yoga is a type of Hatha Yoga which is based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda. This form of Yoga is considered to be a traditional approach to Hatha Yoga that helps to tone and stretch the whole body.
Aim of Sivananda: The aim of Sivananda is to preserve the bodies youth and reduce the occurrence of disease.
There are numerous benefits one can get from practicing Sivananda Yoga
- Tones the body.
- Helps sustain the vivacity of the body.
- It is believed to slow down the aging process.
- It is believed to protect the body from numerous diseases.
- It relaxes both body and mind.
The 5 Basic Principles of Sivananda Yoga
Sivananda Yoga consists of 5 principles that are meant to enhance the body’s vitality.
The most important element of Sivananda Yoga is how to breathe properly! It is crucial that students learn effective breathing as it is required constantly in Sivananda Yoga. Little health benefit will be gained by student if he/she does not learn how to breathe effectively.
The purpose of exercise or ‘Asanas’ in Yogic terminology is to improve; flexibility, muscles, tendons and ligaments. The Asanas also improves circulation and helps retain the body retain its vitality.
A vegetarian diet is advised.
Relaxation or ‘Savasana’ is stressed upon in order to flourish in Sivananda Yoga.
Meditation and positive thinking is a very important aspect of Sivananda Yoga.