Three-hour workshop with Saraswati
Swami Vishnu Devananda Swami Sivananda
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,
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