• The Art of Right Living

    Healthy, Harmonious

    Program calendar Class Schedule
  • Gratitude: The Secret to Happiness

    This is the time of year to reflect on our blessings and all we have to be grateful for. Taking time to call to mind all that is good in our lives and learning how to expand our blessings using the practice of gratitude. Join us for a community satsang, as Radha (Gloria McCartney) shares the wisdom she has cultivated over 45 years of being a Sivananda yoga teacher and practitioner.

    Sunday, November 19th at 6:15PM

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  • Positive Thinking

    Where you put your thoughts and attention, energy will follow. When you focus on positive thoughts, more positive thoughts and results will manifest. Same is true for negative thoughts. With a thorough understanding of the nature of thought and the workings of the mind, you can learn to break negative thought patterns, emotions and stress, and improve the quality of your life.

    Saturdays, December 2nd - December 16th at 11AM

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  • Yoga and Meditation 1

    For people of all ages who are new to yoga or complete beginners, and want to start a regular practice, this course is the perfect way to ease into yoga. You will learn about the health benefits and positive effect on body, mind and emotions. Theory and practice of meditation will also be taught.

    Mondays and Wednesdays, December 4th - 20th at 7:15PM

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  • Meditation Course

    Meditation can uncover deep states of inner peace and well being. Intended to help you make meditation part of your daily routine, the course will include lectures on the theory of meditation and practice sessions. Suitable for all levels of practitioners.

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, December 5th - 21st starting at 7:30pm

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  • Holiday Talent Show and Potluck

    As we move into the holiday season, and out of another year, it is a great time to join together for an evening of community and connection! We will start with a short meditation, chanting, caroling and a talent show! A vegetarian potluck feast will follow. This traditional holiday gathering is always a fun and joyful way to enjoy the season and show our appreciation for each other and the Center. All are welcome to participate in the talent show. It's an opportunity to be creative and have some fun!

    Sunday, December 10th at 6:15PM

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  • The Power of Kirtan Night

    Experience the power of Kirtan to lift your spirits and give you energy! Kirtan helps to open the heart, purify and calm the mind. It will leave you feeling peaceful, happy, full of joyful. Guaranteed!

    Friday, December 15th at 7:30PM

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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center

Classical Yoga in Edgewater, 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 Centre,  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.”

  • “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.