More and more people start turning their attention towards yoga. The accelerated rhythm of our lives, the large dose of stress we endure each day, making us unhappy and tensed, they all make us want to look for something that can bring back that inner peace we crave. Still, yoga is a general term, because there are several types of Yoga, each serving a particular purpose for the body, mind, and soul.
Today, we are going to talk about Sivananda yoga. An un-proprietary form of hatha yoga, the Sivananda yoga is based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda, and it focuses on keeping a balanced health and wellbeing of the body. So it is an excellent way to use it as a prevention method, against the illnesses of the modern century, as it promotes relaxation and breathing techniques, a correct diet, meditation and positive thinking as a way of life.
Sivananda yoga is a type of yoga created by Swami Sivananda. He was a doctor, before becoming a spiritual teacher, practicing this job in British Malaysia. His disciples, Swami Vishnudevananda was instructed by his guru to bring Sivananda yoga to the west. He was then established Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, which teaching authentic Sivananda yoga.
You can be sure that what you practice is the result of a grand master, his teachings, and knowledge, having the ability to bring balance and improve your overall status. As mentioned before, a basic class of Sivananda yoga will teach you how to relax properly, it will teach your correct breathing exercises, sun salutations and a number of 12 poses. The poses are relatively simple so that they can be achieved by anyone, without any background in yoga or another type of physical practicing.
The Sivananda yoga has 5 major points, representing the essence of the teachings offered by this type of yoga. It will help you have a clearer view of what yoga means.
Proper Exercise (Asanas): A set of correct physical exercises, promoted by yoga, having as goal a healthy body, by enhancing flexibility and blood circulation.
Proper Breathing (Pranayama): Breathing correctly, is another technique important in yoga, because it diminishes stress, helps you relax and keep illnesses at a distance.
Proper Relaxation: The teaching of relaxation, which is more than welcomed in a society where fatigue and too much work can put a load on your body.
Proper Diet: Promotes a healthy diet, as food is the cause of many problems, a simple and clean diet being more suitable for your organism.
Positive Thinking (Vedanta) and Meditation (Dhyana): Reinforces positive thinking and meditation, these two helps us be at peace with ourselves and chase away any negativity.
Besides the 5 points, Sivananda yoga also has four distinct paths, which are made to point out towards the correct direction.
Karma Yoga, it will teach you how to behave in society without any egoist feelings, helping feel more fulfilled while helping others.
Bhakti Yoga is a great path for the ones that enjoy a more spiritual approach, feeling that prayers and seeking God is the method that works best for them.
Raja Yoga is great if you want to understand better your mind and thoughts, using the power of meditation to have a better control of your mind, and implicit of the body.
Jnana Yoga, it may be one of the most difficult paths, and it is addressed to the ones that show intense intellectual tendencies. It can lead one to Self-realization and a deep spiritual awakening, but it also requires to receive first some lessons from the previously mentioned paths, before trying to walk on this one.