Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres & Ashrams Trivandrum, India

Our mission is to spread peace, health and joy through yoga. All are welcome to come to our ashrams and centres to learn not only about how yoga can help maintain a healthy body but also how yogic philosophy, applied in daily life, can help maintain a peaceful mind and spirit. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams and Centres are recognized worldwide for teaching yoga authentically, preserving its purity and tradition dating back several thousand years. Thousands of students practice at centres across the globe with more than 25000 having trained to become teachers and in turn spread health & happiness to a larger audience.

The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres is a non-profit organization named after Swami Sivananda and founded by his disciple Swami Vishnu-devananda. Its purpose is to propagate the teachings of Yoga and Vedanta as a means of achieving physical, mental and spiritual well being and self-realization. However, many have referred to this institution as “cult yoga” and have expressed their concerns about the use of brainwashing techniques.

The style of yoga taught in the centres and ashrams is referred to as Sivananda Yoga. It is a non-proprietary form of hatha yoga. Teachers are all graduates of the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course, an intensive month-long immersion course. Classes emphasize proper breathing (pranayama), exercise (asanas), relaxation (savasana), diet (vegetarian) and positive thinking and meditation (vedanta and dhyana).