Ashram de Yoga Sivananda
Leading a Yogic Lifestyle
Ashram de Yoga Sivananda was founded in 2003 as the first Sivananda Ashram in Europe. Its natural setting is very conducive to contemplation and rejuvenation: vast open spaces, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets and century old forests populated with countless species of birds.
We are a monastic congregation recognized by the French government. Our members are fully committed to leading a yogic life style (blending the practice of postures, meditation, mantra chanting and service).
Here people of all demographics from around the world find a holistic (yogic) lifestyle in harmony with nature. People visit on their own, with friends, and as families. The Ashram provides practices to increase resistance to stress and improve physical, emotional and spiritual health allowing us all to face everyday life with new energy and inspiration.
International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres
Swami Sivananda is one of greatest sages of modern India. After a successful career as a doctor he renounced the world, practised intense meditation and attained self-realization. As a prodigious author he published more than 300 books and pamphlets, thus spreading all aspects of Yoga and philosophy in simple yet profound words. In his ashram, the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh, Himalayas he trained many outstanding disciples. In 1957 he sent one such disciple, Swami Vishnudevananda, to teach Yoga in the West.
Swami Vishnudevananda lived with his master Swami Sivananda for 12 years. In 1957 he traveled to America, and in the early 70´s came to Europe, founding international Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in many cities. He was a dynamic Hatha and Raja Yoga master bringing the classical teachings of Yoga and Vedanta in its purest form to the West. He was also a tireless campaigner for world peace bringing the message of peace to many troubled spots all over the world. Thousands of students have been personally trained by Swami Vishnudevananda as yoga teachers and many more have been inspired by his books “The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga”, “Meditation and Mantras” and “Sivananda Companion to Yoga”.
"The experience: "I am universal Space; I was never bound by this body and mind..."
This is Yoga."– Swami Vishnudevananda
A Letter From The Ashram Director
Success is not in material possession and power over others. It is in harmonizing ourselves and reaching a clear understanding of who we are. Once we understand that we are the all powerful self, fear disappears, and if there is no fear, how can one harm anyone? This will solve religious conflicts, environment conflicts, addiction and depression problems. People will regain self esteem and hope for the future. They will sense that their true roots are not in a country or a religion, but that the grounding and stability they are seeking comes from a clear sense of identity.
This new sense of goal will bring focus, positivity and fresh energy. This will in turn affect their health positively.
To summarize, yoga can:
-improve our health
-relax our minds
-focus our attention
-make us positive
-give us a clear sense of goal
-make us realize we are not only physical beings, we are multidimensional beings
-make us transcend the sense of separateness and realize our unity with everything that is
-find a solution to the meaninglessness conflicts and general degeneration of the state of humanity
Yoga is about more than the body, it is a way of life to understand why we are here and share this knowledge with others. This will bring ultimate satisfaction.
Practice yoga, tap the source.
May the whole world attain peace and harmony.
We look forward to sharing these teachings with you.
Director and Senior Teacher
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center’s foundation is based on the vision of a great sage and yogi, Shankaracharya who reformulated Vedanta, the ancient philosophy of India, in the 8th century. He asserted with authority that our true nature is universal self and that separation between beings is based on a limited perspective of reality.
Two great modern yogis, Swami Sivananda and his disciple Swami Vishnudevananda inherited these teachings and interpreted them for the modern world. Being both visionaries, they foresaw the evolution of the world towards more conflict, chaos and loss of meaning. They breathed new life into the practical side of Vedanta philosophy, yoga, and opened this ancient practice, so far kept for a small group of recluses, to the world.
Swami Vishnudevananda came to the West in 1957 and further adapted the teachings of yoga to the western world, creating a remarkable bridge between East and West. He taught young and old, men and women from all walks of life and religions, equally.
SYVC continue to carry this powerful message of unity: yoga is for all and can help humanity overcome the consciousness crisis it is going through.
Spiritual Leaders & Dedicated Staff
Yoga-Acharyas of Sivananda Europe
Dedicated Staff of the Ashram de Yoga
The Five Points of Yoga
Enhances the flexibility of the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments and stimulates circulation. Flexibility and strength of the spine keep the body youthful.
Connects the body to its battery, the solar plexus, which is an storehouse of energy. Stress and depression can be overcome by breathing more deeply with increased awareness.
Relieves the body of existing stress symptoms (including muscle tension and breathlessness) and also helps develop resistance against external stress factors. Once body and mind are freed from constant overload they are at ease and perform more efficiently.
Promotes health and has a positive effect on body and mind. It is natural, simple to prepare, easy to digest and absorb. It is based on proper food choices and causes the least harm to other living beings and the environment.
Eliminates negative thought patterns and provides an experience of inner peace by controlling the mind through meditation. This is the key to peace of mind.
“You can have calmness of mind at all times by the practice of yoga. You can have restful sleep. You can have increased energy, vigour, vitality, longevity, and a high standard of health. You can turn out efficient work within a short space of time. You can have success in every walk of life.” – Swami Sivananda