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Three-hour workshop with Saraswati     

Swami Vishnu Devananda      Swami Sivananda

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Saturday 14th July

1.30 -4.30 pm   £20.00

Sivananda’s Five points of Yoga      

1. Breathe fully 2. Exercise safely 3. Relax deeply

4. Eat wisely 5. Think kindly & Meditate



Swami Sivananda (died 1963) was a famous Indian Yoga master. He was a doctor who wanted to help people feel better. Because drugs were expensive and poor people could not afford them he created his first Yoga academy in India with the aim of helping people make their lives better through learning and practising yoga.

One day a young man, (who later became Swami Vishnu Devananda), heard Swami Sivananda teaching and was so impressed that he gave up his life in the army to follow him. Swami Vishnu Devananda dedicated the rest of his life to Swami Sivananda’s dream of spreading the teaching of Yoga. For ten years he was Swami Sivananda’s personal assistant and being especially good at Hatha Yoga he was made the Head teacher of Hatha yoga at Swami Sivananda’s Yoga academy.

Eventually Swami Sivananda sent Vishnu to America to teach Hatha yoga to the Western world. He struggled to begin with because he wasn’t accepted in America and finally settled in Canada. But his struggle paid off and by the time I became a Sivananda trained teacher, 25 years ago, he had created ashrams & yoga centres not only in Canada & America but also throughout Europe.

He named all the centres he developed after his master Sivananda. The Sivananda style Hatha yoga, that millions of people practice today came mostly from the teaching of Swami Vishnu Devananda. He died in 1993, and teachers like myself are now carrying on Swami Sivananda’s dream of making Yoga accessible to everyone who wants to learn. And I feel very lucky to be one of the last Yoga teachers to have a certificate signed by Swami Vishnu Devananda.

               Swami Sivananda & Swami Vishnu Devananda taught a system they called the

‘Five points of Yoga’. When followed the five points create more balance and harmony in body & mind. By practising the Five Points of Yoga, we can help strengthen our body, increase our energy levels, calm our negative emotions and improve our outlook on life. Research is showing time and time again that practising these five points really makes a big difference to our well-being.

The Five Points are how to correctly,

1. Breathe

2. Exercise

3. Relax

4. Eat

5. Think and Meditate

Over the 45 years I have been a yogini I have developed simple and realistic ways to include the five points into my life enabling me to feel happier and stronger. During the workshop you will get a chance to look at how you can bring them more fully into your day to day busy life, so you too can reap the rewards of the Sivananda Five Points of Yoga.

The workshops at the yoga studio are always a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Learning about life enhancing yoga with likeminded people is a positive thing to do. The workshops allow you to deepen your practice and are a great aid to your weekly classes.

If requested a Yoga Alliance CPD is available for this workshop




To book a place please email Saraswati










The History of Yoga

3-hour Workshop
    with Saraswati & Brahma



Are you also interested in history, especially the history of Yoga?
Where yoga came from and how it was first practiced is a fascinating story.
You probably already know Yoga originated in India, but did you know that originally it bore very little resemblance to the Yoga we practice today? The first written explanation of Yoga dates back thousands of years.
How and why did Yoga change so much over the centuries? And why is it so popular today? Most modern yoga practitioners have little knowledge or understanding of the roots of the valuable and life enhancing practice they do each week. Normally only Yoga trainees, teachers and scholars discover the exciting and rich past that Yoga has grown up from.
We believe that the more understanding we have of Yoga, which includes its history, the more benefit we receive from our practice.
The word Yoga means to yoke, or bring together, to unite, or be at one. What did that mean to practitioners thousands and hundreds of years ago? And what does it mean to the many and diverse teachers of the 20th & 21st centuries?
We will look at and discuss these interesting facts about Yoga, and why human beings have found the Yoga path a way of strength for body, mind and spirit throughout the ages.
In the workshop we will cover the history and mythology of yoga, from its birthplace in prehistoric ‘India’, via the Indus valley and Vedantic culture, up to modern times. Hopefully teasing out the facts from the fiction.
We will also trace the development of the methods of Yoga that are validated by modern scientists and its connection with Mindfulness practice.

To book a place please email saraswati at  saraswati@blueyonder.co.uk