Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
Classical Yoga in Edgewater, Chicago, since 1972
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center has been in continuous operation at its present location on West Bryn Mawr Avenue in Chicago since 1972. It is part of a worldwide organization founded by Swami Vishnudevananda: the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. A renowned authority on Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga, Swami Vishnudevananda was sent to the West by his Master, Swami Sivananda, to spread the ideals of Yoga and Vedanta with the words “people are waiting.”
“Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness.
Yoga shows the way.”
– Swami Vishnudevananda
Five Points of Yoga
By closely observing the lifestyles and needs of people in the West, Swami Vishnudevananda synthesized the ancient wisdom of Yoga into five basic principles that can easily be incorporated into our own lifestyles to provide the foundation for healthy living. It is around these five principles that the activities at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center are based.
Proper Exercise (Asanas)
This acts as a lubricating routine for the joints and muscles and other parts of the body by increasing circulation and flexibility. The asanas not only produce physical benefits but also are mental exercises in concentration and meditation, promoting optimum good health.
Proper Breathing (Pranayama)
This connects the body to the solar plexus, where tremendous potential energy is stored. Through specific breathing techniques, this energy is released for physical and mental rejuvenation.
Proper Relaxation (Savasana)
This is a vital part of keeping the body and mind healthy. Yoga teaches three levels of relaxation: physical, mental, and spiritual.
Proper Diet (Vegetarian)
This is eating with awareness. A yogi takes food that has the most positive effect on the body and mind and the least negative effect on the environment.
Positive Thinking and Meditation (Vedanta and Dhyana)
This relieves stress and replenishes energy. Meditation is well known to improve concentration and to bring peace of mind and spiritual strength. Meditation is beneficial for everyone, especially those with hectic, stressful lives.