Sivananda Yoga is the style of hatha yoga that is practiced within the Sivananda centers founded by Swami Vishnudevananda of Kerala, India.
In a Sivananda class, we start with breathing exercises to tune ourselves inward before working with the physical body. We then do the sun salutation, a cardio-vascular exercise, to warm up the body and awaken vital energy:
This is followed by 12 core postures and their variations to channel and concentrate the vital energy:
Between each posture, the student relaxes for a short time which allows for the vital energy to be reabsorbed. A longer guided relaxation is done at the end and brings about the overall sense of harmony and well-being one feels after class.
Regardless of whether a student comes into class tired or stressed, the balanced nature of the Sivananda sequence renders that student calm and lucid.
"The yoga class with you makes me feel really well and I feel it all week." - A.P.
"I adore your classes, because I relax very, very well, which is very important for me!:))) " - S.K.
"I wanted to tell you that your class makes me feel so well and I am always happy when it is Wednesday and I can savor this moment of peace...it is my little moment to myself and I feel so well after! A true happiness." - A.B.
In addition to the Sivananda Yoga course, we offer an extended version with more breathing exercises, chanting and meditation - Integral Sivananda.
Difference between the main methods taught at La Source
Both the Sivananda and Ashtanga methods taught at the center are suitable for complete beginners to yoga. The difference between them is that Sivananda Yoga is a soothing approach that brings inner tranquility and centeredness while the Ashtanga Yoga is an invigorating approach that purifies, energizes and vitalises.
Schedule for Sivananda Yoga
Upcoming events for Sivananda Yoga
Replacement yoga class with Nadine Maes
Sun. jun. 16, '13 at 10:30
If you are a term student and have credits from canceled classes during this term, you may use a credit to attend this additional Sivananda yoga replacement class. Details