About us

The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, established in 1957 by Swami Vishnudevananda (1927–1993), is a non-profit organisation with locations around the world. We teach classical yoga and Vedanta philosophy as a way to promote physical, mental and spiritual health.

A global network of ashrams, centres and yoga instructors guide students in developing an integral practice of yoga and meditation. More than 40,000 yoga teachers have graduated from the international Sivananda teachers’ training courses since 1969.

Sivananda Yoga – a way to physical and mental well-being

We teach yoga with a holistic approach so that we can achieve the goals of a healthy body, a balanced mind and inner peace.


Yoga helps remove inner obstacles and gives us the fortitude to stay cool, calm and collected when confronted with the everyday challenges of modern life.



The 4 yoga paths

Yoga recommends the following four practices to equally develop body, mind and spirit.

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The 5 points of yoga

Swami Vishnudevananda taught a synthesis of the classical four paths of yoga in five simple principles.