Sivananda Meditation, Yoga and Vedanta

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram
Sivananda Saraswati was a Hindu spiritual teacher and a proponent of Yoga and Vedanta. Sivananda was born Kuppuswami in Pattamadai, in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.Swami Sivananda’s teachings crystallised the basic tenets of all religions, combining all yoga paths into one – the Yoga of Synthesis which he summed up with, ‘Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realise’. His own life was a shining example of the ideal wish to spread his message of love and service. He had disciples around the world, of all nationalities, religions and creeds. Swami Sivananda entered mahasamadhi (left his physical body) on July 14, 1963.

Sivananda Vedanta Yoga

The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres is a non-profit organisation founded in 1957 by Swami Vishnudevananda and named in honour of his teacher H.H. Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati Maharaj, one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. The Organisation propagates the authentic teaching of yoga and vedanta, continuing the lineage of the two great yoga masters, preserving its purity and tradition dating back several thousand years. Their message that the individual must change before the world can change is at the core of all yoga. Sivananda centres are for spiritual growth and learning, with many thousands of yoga teachers worldwide trained since 1963.

What is Vedanta?

"Veda" means complete knowledge and "anta" means end. Simply put, Vedanta means the culmination of Vedic wisdom or the final step on our spiritual journey. We don’t know how old the Vedas are or who wrote them. It’s said that God revealed the true knowledge of the entire creation to enlightened saints while they were deep in meditation. The Vedas are therefore said to be Shruti, Divine Knowledge, or knowledge that is heard from a divine source rather than learned from a book.

Vedanta is one of the six orthodox (āstika) schools of Hindu philosophy. Vedanta literally means "end of the Vedas", reflecting ideas that emerged from the speculations and philosophies contained in the Upanishads. It does not stand for one comprehensive or unifying doctrine.

All Vedanta schools, in their deliberations, concern themselves with the following three categories but differ in their views regarding the concept and the relations between them: Brahman – the ultimate metaphysical reality, Ātman / Jivātman – the individual soul or self, and Prakriti – the empirical world, ever-changing physical universe, body and matter.

Sivananda Meditation

12 steps to meditation
  1. Set aside a special place for meditation – the atmosphere you build up will help still the mind.
  2. Choose a time when your mind is free of everyday concerns – dawn and dusk are ideal.
  3. Using the same time and place each day conditions the mind to slow down more quickly.
  4. Sit with your back, neck and head in a straight line, facing north or east.
  5. Instruct your mind to remain quiet for the duration of your meditation session.
  6. Regulate your breathing – start with five minutes' deep breathing, then slow it down.
  7. Establish a rhythmic breathing pattern – inhaling then exhaling for about three seconds.
  8. At first let your mind wander – it will only grow more restless if you force it to concentrate.
  9. Now bring the mind to rest on the focal point of your choice – either the Ajna Chakra (the point between your eyebrows) or the Anahata Chakra (in the middle of your chest).
  10. Applying your chosen technique, hold your object of concentration at this focal point throughout your session.
  11. Meditation comes when you reach a state of pure thought, but still retain your awareness of duality.
  12. After long practice, duality disappears and Samadhi, the superconscious state, is attained.

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Sivananda Centre Delhi

By closely observing the lifestyles and needs of people, Swami Vishnudevananda, a renowned authority on hatha yoga and raja yoga, synthesised the four paths of yoga into five basic principles that can be easily incorporated into a daily lifestyle providing the foundation for healthy living. It is on these five principles that the activities of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres are based.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre Delhi, part of the world-wide Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, founded in 1957 by Sri Swami Vishnudevananda, disciple of Sri Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh. The Centre was founded in 1992 and is now located in the quiet and leafy area of Kailash Colony. They have two asana halls, one meditation hall, and a garden area—a quiet haven away from the hubbub of the city—and walking distance from Kailash Colony metro station.

They also have a strong presence in Gurgaon. Connect to Sivananda Yoga Centre, Gurgaon

Sivananda Ashrams

Sivananda has 4 Ashrams and 5 Centres in India. These Ashrams and Centres are abodes of peace and shelter from the pressures of worldly life. 

They offer various courses like 
Their Ashrams in India
  1. Dhanwantari Ashram, Neyyar Dam
  2. Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai
  3. Sivananda Kutir, Uttarkashi
  4. Tapaswini Ashram, Gudur
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