What is Sivananda Yoga

What is Sivananda Yoga

Andrea Bobby

Andrea is a teacher and lifelong practitioner of Classical Yoga. Born in Thanjavur, India, she now resides in Ontario, Canada with her partner and their two German Shepherds. As the founder of BODY MIND LIGHT, she strives to propagate the authentic, original wisdom of Yoga to the world through her ONLINE SHOP and her CLASSES & MEDITATIONS. Read more...

28 Responses

  1. Valecia says:

    I enjoyed learning about Sivananda Yoga. This may very well turn out to be something that I incorporate in to my life.

  2. kwacha says:

    Hi Andrea–this is a great post. I have heard of Yoga for some time now and many people talk about the benefit of doing yoga. Your post has given me more information and understanding of what it is. So, Yoga can be done anywhere to any group of people? I did not know that there are many types of Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga- thank you!

  3. Think is a really interesting post. I didn’t know there are so many different types of yoga. This really opened my eyes. Some people have the mindset that yoga is for ladies and men are supposed to go to the gym. But I’m sure yoga is good for men too, right?

  4. Earl Lussier says:

    Very interesting site I have been thinking about incorporating yoga into my routine and I like that this style is geared for any skill level.
    How often should a beginner attend a session and is it possible to overdo any of the asanas?

  5. Juan says:

    There are so many types of yoga. I have been doing Jivamukti in Berlin. How does this compare to Sivanada?

  6. Thanks for sharing, didn’t even know this type of yoga existed!

  7. Daniella says:

    Hi Andrea,

    Great article!

    I didn’t know that there were so many types of Yoga. I thought that Yoga is just Yoga:) I want to start Yoga, but I don’t have the time to go to the club. I really want to practice from my house. So I would like to know if it’s possible to practice without any coach? I am a bit afraid to do a false movement:) After reading your article I will definitely go for the Sivananda Yoga! It seems so relaxing!

    Thank you for this excellent post!

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      Hi Daniella, and thanks for your comment! I recommend that you take classes with a qualified teacher at first. Once you get into the routine of the yoga sequence and once you know which asanas are suitable for you, then you can practice on your own at home. Let me know how it goes!

  8. Johann says:

    Hello Andrea!
    Indeed super interesting stuff. I myself did only have 1 yoga lesson in my life 2 month ago. For me it was pretty difficult to do all the poses. What kind of Yoga do you recommend someone that has had some injuries in hip and shoulders and is not that flexibel?

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      Hi Johann, and sorry to hear about your hip and shoulder injuries. I’m sure that yoga can help you in the recovery of those injuries and also for you to improve your flexibility.
      Yoga is yoga and there are just different approaches to it. You can pursue the one that is most suitable for you. But I do advise that you practice under the guidance of a certified teacher – primarily due to your injuries.
      Noting that you’re from Austria, did you know that there is an ashram there? Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

  9. jim says:

    Great article! I am someone who has struggled my whole life with weight. However, I have had great success with losing doing Tae bo, and even Tae kwan do. I never really followed through with any of them and then gained all my weight back and more. That’s not good! Now over the last year I changed my lifestyle, I turned vegan and couldn’t be happier or healthier. I am just putting my finger on the aspect of yoga. I am 50 years old now. What would you recommend for this old guy to start with? Keep in mind that I’m actually very flexible from all my other training. I just don’t want to over do it like most of those other programs.

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      Congratulations on the positive life changes you’ve made, Jim! And I’m glad that it’s working out for you.
      I have no doubt that incorporating a yogic practice will only add to your healthy lifestyle. I suggest enrolling in a class in your neighbourhood or city – 3 times a week to start with. A certified teacher will be able to guide you through what’s best for your body, disposition and goals.

      Remember that yoga is a way of life, not just 45 minutes in a studio. Let the teachings and the effects seep into every area of your being and life. Let me know how your journey goes!

  10. Ernest says:

    I just started doing yoga consistently about a month ago. I try to do it every morning if i have time. I do follow a dvd that lasts about 30 minutes. I have found that learning the name of the poses has helped, so that I don’t always have to watch while performing the moves. I suggest watching the routines, listening to the instructor explain the moves several times, then start the routine. It really has made me feel taller all day long, and feel good about myself. i think I am going to read more about sivananda and give it a try. I don’t really have 90 minutes every time I do yoga, are there shorter programs?

  11. Kobe M says:

    I used to do yoga a few years back, i took a class for the fall term, it was actually really fun and relaxing and i was surprised to see that i actually lost some weight with it.
    I feel like lots of people think yoga is super easy but i wouldn’t say that.
    Thanks for sharing I’ve never heard of this style of yoga, would be fun to see if i can find some classes close to me!

  12. Katherine says:

    Thank you SO much for your web site and the great info. on Sivananda. I was so grateful to be able to view the film. I practiced Sivananda, including time at the ashram in the Bahamas, some 30 years ago and then my “guru” (whose guru was Swami Vishnudevananda) moved away. It’s really wonderful to revisit all the wonderful memories and hear familiar chants. I need to steer my practice back home to Sivananda.

  13. Julie says:

    Thank you for these precious words

  14. I would never think, that there are different kinds of yoga. I also tried to do yoga and, as for me, it is a very difficult occupation.

  15. We must spread the idea that yoga is not only a bunch of exercises but also a certain kind of mindset and lifestyle that will improve and develop you.

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