I offer Sivananda yoga classes – the classical Hatha yoga practice based on five points:
Proper exercise, or Asana: physical postures that rejuvenate, the whole body, calming the nervous system and gently massaging the internal organs;
Proper breathing, or Pranayama: breathing exercises that awake and stimulate the vital energy, or prana, and revitalise the body and mind;
Proper relaxation, or Savasana: deep relaxation at the end of a yoga session that helps the body store the precious vital energy gained during the practice;
Proper diet: a lacto-vegetarian food freshly prepared from pure nutritious ingredients that best serves all your needs and injects prana, or vital energy, in your body;
Positive thinking and meditation, or Dhyana: quiet peaceful mind increases physical, mental and emotional well-being, and helps resisting daily stress.
One yoga class usually lasts between 60 and 90 minutes, and includes breathing exercises, warm-up, postures and deep relaxation. The practice is based on twelve classic Hatha yoga postures that are adapted to individual level of each participant.
Three basic principles underpin the class:
Respect your limits
Who was Swami Sivananda?
Medical doctor by profession, Swami Sivananda (1887 – 1963) was a great sage who synthesised the ancient system of Yoga and inspired yogis all over the world through his teachings that can be summarised as Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realise.
Who was Swami Vishnudevananda?
Swami Vishnudevananda (1927 – 1993) was the disciple of Swami Sivananda who established one of the first yoga programmes in the West. Tireless peace activist, Swamiji spread his message of love and union all over the world, with more than 30 Sivananda yoga centres now open across the globe.