Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
Classical Yoga in Chicago, since 1972
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center has been teaching timeless, classical yoga, at its present Chicago location on West Bryn Mawr Avenue since 1972. It is part of a larger worldwide organization, the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, founded by Swami Vishnudevananda, a renowned authority on Yoga. Swami Vishnudevananda was sent from India to the West by his Guru, Swami Sivananda, to spread the ideals of Yoga and Vedanta with the words: “people are waiting.”
The 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.
The asanas not only produce a strong, healthy body, but as exercises in meditation they provide deep and powerful inner benefits.
These specific breathing techniques align us with our natural energy, creating physical and mental rejuvenation and promoting optimum health.
Yoga teaches three levels of relaxation: physical, mental, and spiritual. Savasana is a vital part of keeping the body, mind, and spirit healthy.
A Yogi eats with awareness, choosing food that has the most positive effect on the body and mind and the least negative effect on the environment.
Life is evolving and accelerating. With Vedanta and meditation, the mind becomes calm and steady. Meditation is especially helpful for those with stressful lives.