The History of Sivananda Yoga – From Paper in a Bin to a Global Movement

Yoga in India

By Clare Hudson

clare-by hannah chapman-croppedClare has been practising yoga for almost 10 years and meditation for three. After receiving her degree in Fine Art, she spent five years travelling all over the world, working for Greenpeace in Australia, hitchhiking across Scandinavia and studying yoga and meditation in India. Earlier this year, she launched, a site dedicated to meditation, mindfulness and self-improvement.

“Before you can change the world, you have to change yourself. Swami Vishnudevananda

This is the inspirational story of Sivananda yoga as we know it today.

sivananda-yoga-vedanta-dhanwantari-ashram - smallWho was Swami Sivananda?

Swami Sivanada (1887-1963) was a yogi, influential spiritual teacher, founder of the Divine Life Society and head of the first Sivananda ashram in Rishikish, India.

Introducing Swami Vishnudevananda

In 1947 Swami Vishnudevananda was rustling in a waste paper bin for a lost document. I have no idea if he found what he was looking for…

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