• The Art of Right Living

    Happy, Harmonious and Peaceful!

    Program calendar Class Schedule
  • Diwali

    Diwali is a spiritually significant time to celebrate the victory of good over evil, light over darkness. Call forth the light, invite it into your hearts, your life and your home.
    Join us on this auspicious evening, the Festival of Lights with the Sivananda community through satsang, "association of the wise," and puja!

    Thursday, October 19th at 7:30PM

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  • Yoga to Loosen Hamstrings and Shoulders

    This class will focus on loosening hamstrings, opening shoulders and building core strength. Open to anyone with these problem areas, from bikers to those sitting at a desk all day.

    Saturday, October 21st at 10:30AM

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  • Yoga and Meditation I

    The practice of yoga asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), and relaxation is considered to be ideal preparation for the practice of steadying the mind in meditation. Through a series of progressive classes, the basic class will be built upon slowly, with detailed instructions for each asana, which provides a balanced yoga session that leaves students feeling relaxed and full of energy.

    Mondays and Wednesdays, October 23rd - November 8th at 7:15PM

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  • Yoga 2

    Take your practice to the next level. Explore holding the postures for longer duration and adding variations to keep your practice interesting. New asanas will be introduced according the individual needs of the group.

    Mondays and Wednesdays, October 23rd - November 8th at 7:15PM

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  • Breath: The Basis of Life

    Breath is a natural function that we do not have to think about to perform. Proper breathing relaxes, soothes the nervous system and helps to reduce stress. In this workshop, we will explain in greater detail the mechanism of breathing and introduce and practice pranayama.

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 24th - November 2nd at 8:30AM

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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

The Teachings

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.

Contact Us

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center Chicago

1246 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

Chicago IL 60660

[email protected]

(773) 878-7771

Teaching Annex

1207 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.