Our company was named Siva Yoga with Danielle to pay our respects to The Sivananda Organization. We will now be incorporating different styles of yoga into our classes because we are welcoming new teachers into our practice. All of our classes will include proper breathing, proper exercise and proper relaxation, the techniques and postures will vary, depending on the teacher. Some teachers will continue to teach using the Sivananda method of practice, while other teachers will teach using other yoga styles, for example Ashtanga and Kirpalu. We hope this will deepen your perspective on yoga and open your mind to the endless possibilities yoga has to offer.
Yoga helps to calm the mind and increases the body’s strength and flexibility. To learn more about the benefits of yoga and the Sivananda organization read more below.
Sivananda Yoga (The following information can be found in the Complete Illustrated book of Yoga written by Swami Vishnu-devananda and on line www.sivananda.org)
The international Sivananda Vedanta centers was founded by Swami Vishnu Devananda over 50 years ago. He started it in the name of his Master swami Sivananda, who founded the divine life society in India.
Swami Vishnu simplified the ancient teachings of yoga into five basic principles, which can be easily incorporated into our daily life. They are:
- Proper exercise
- Proper breathing
- Proper relaxation
- Proper diet
- Positive thinking (deep philosophy) and meditation
The body is as young as it is flexible. Yoga exercises (asanas) focus on the health of the spine, its strength and flexibility. The spinal column houses the all-important nervous system, the telegraphic system of the body. By maintaining the spine’s flexibility and strength through exercise, circulation is increased and the nerves are ensured their supply of nutrients and oxygen.
The Asanas also affect the internal organs and the endocrine system (glands and hormones).
- Headstand (Sirshasana)
- Shoulderstand (Sarvangasana)
- Plough (Halasana)
- Fish (Matsyasana)
- Seated Forward bend (Paschimothanasana)
- Cobra (Bhujangasana)
- Locust (Shalabhasana)
- Bow (Dhanurasana)
- Spinal twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
- Crow (Kakasana) or Peacock (Mayurasana)
- Standing forward bend (Pada Hasthasana)
- Triangle (Trikonasana)
Three Types of Breathing
- Clavicular breathing is the most shallow and worst possible type. The shoulders and collarbone are raised while the abdomen is contracted during inhalation. Maximum effort is made, but a minimum amount of air is obtained.
- Thoracic breathing is done with the rib muscles expanding the rib cage, and is the second type of incomplete breathing.
- Deep abdominal breathing is the best, for it brings air to the lowest and largest part of the lungs. Breathing is slow and deep, and proper use is made of the diaphragm
Tension and even depression may be over come by proper diaphragmatic breathing. Threw control of the breath we learn to control our minds.
Rest and relaxation are nature’s way of recharging. Even while trying to rest, the average person expends a lot of physical and mental energy through tension. Much of the body’s energy is wasted uselessly.
In yoga we use a relaxation pose called Savasana we start and end our class with it!!
Savasana Teaches the body to relax on all levels Physically threw Auto Suggestion, Mentally using the breath to calm the thoughts and further relax the physical body and finally Spiritually letting go of all thoughts clearing the mind so the body can fully and completely recharge.
As long as a person identifies with the body and the mind, there will be worries, sorrows, anxieties, fear and anger. These emotions, in turn bring tension. Yogis know that unless a person can withdraw from the body/mind idea and separate himself from the ego-consciousness, there is no way of obtaining complete relaxation.
We encourage a vegetarian diet and if you have any interest in this we would love to tell you more about it. The greatest nutritional plan for all yoga students is a simple diet of natural fresh foods. Always remembering that the food that you put into your body is what fuels you. “we eat to live, not live to eat”
Positive thinking and meditation:
The most important point of all, We become what we think. Thus we should exert to entertain positive and creative thoughts as these will contribute to vibrant health and a peaceful, joyful mind. A positive outlook on life can be developed be learning and practicing the teachings of the philosophy of vedanta. The mind will be brought under perfect control by regular practice of meditation.
It has been scientifically proven that positive thoughts bring positive results to cells. As meditation brings about a prolonged positive state of mind, it rejuvenates body cells and slows down decay.
When the surface of a lake is still, you can see right down to the bottom. This is impossible when the surface is agitated by waves. In the same way, when the mind is still, you calm your thoughts and desires, you can see your true self.
Meditation is your opportunity to calm the waves (thoughts) in your mind.