Ashram de Yoga Sivananda
Leading a Yogic Lifestyle
Ashram de Yoga Sivananda was founded in 2003 in Neuville-aux-bois 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 teaches techniques that aim to contribute to physical, emotional and spiritual health. The practice of yoga enables us to face daily life with more serenity and positivity, and ultimately leads to Self-realisation.
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 200 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
Directrice et Yoga Acharya
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