Founded by Sri Swami Vishnudevananda, disciple of Sri Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centres organisation with locations throughout India is dedicated to the teaching of classical yoga and vedanta to promote physical, mental and spiritual health. The Organisation is recognised internationally as one of the most important and authentic yoga institutions in the world. A network of Ashrams and City Centres offer teachings on all aspects of yoga and meditation–including our world-renowned teacher training courses–yogic studies including raja yoga and vedanta and sacred culture programmes.
The teaching lineage of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centres, India can be traced back many hundreds of years to the great sage Adi Sankaracharya (788-820 CE) who unified the diverse spiritual practices prevalent at the time into a cohesive system based on the Upanishads of the Four Vedas. The teachings have been passed from guru to disciple in an unbroken chain to the present day and are the mainstay of the teachings of our organisation. Our founder Swami Vishnudevananda further synthesised the classical teachings of yoga into five principles that could be easily incorporated into daily life and these comprise our core teachings and make the wisdom of the ancient sages easily accessible to beginner and the more experienced alike.