The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center teaches the traditional yoga methods and principles inherited from a lineage of Yoga Masters: Swami Sivananda & Swami Vishnudevananda. The Center is a chartable, non-profit organization. Staff and teachers are non-paid volunteers.
All our teachers are graduates of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course
The mission of the Organization is to spread peace, health and joy through yoga. All are welcome to visit the Centre to learn not only about how yoga can help maintain a healthy body but also how yogic philosophy, applied in daily life, can help maintain a peaceful mind and spirit.
Yoga classes in Ho Chi Minh, Meditation Courses, Free Group Meditations on Wednesday and Sunday, Yoga Workshops, Yoga courses from begin to advance level, Nutrition and Cooking Workshops, Yoga retreat, Positive thinking course, Yoga Special events and more.
The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres is a non-profit organization named after Swami Sivananda, one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the 20th century and founded by his disciple Swami Vishnudevananda.
The mission - to spread peace, health and joy through yoga. All are welcome to come to our ashrams and centres to learn not only about how yoga can help maintain a healthy body but also how yogic philosophy, applied in daily life, can help maintain a peaceful mind and spirit.
In 1957, Swami Vishnudevananda on instructions from his guru, Swami Sivananda, came to the West to bring the teachings of yoga. He established the first Sivananda Yoga Vedanta centre in Montreal, Canada, in 1959 and to date there are close to 60 Sivananda locations (ashrams, yoga centres and affiliated centres) around the world. Over 26,000 teachers have been trained in the TTC programs.
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams and Centres are recognized worldwide for teaching yoga authentically, preserving its purity and tradition dating back several thousand years. They also offer a wide range of programs and even the possibility for spiritual growth through Karma yoga as a temporary or full time staff program participant.
Swami Vishnudevananda made the yogic teachings understandable and available to all by simplifying them into five points, showing specific ways to develop physical and mental health as well as spiritual growth through ~ Proper Exercise (Asanas), Proper Breathing (Pranayama), Proper Relaxation (Savasana), Proper Diet (vegetarian), Positive Thinking (Vedanta) and Meditation (Dhyana).
Together with Swami Sivananda's revival of the yoga of synthesis tradition, which integrates the four paths of Yoga (Karma, Bhakti, Raja, Jnana), a well-balanced Sadhana (spiritual discipline) is achievable by those sincerely seeking for a change in their lives.
Swami Sivananda (1887 – 1963) was one of India’s greatest Yoga Masters. As a prodigious author he published more than 300 books, thus spreading all aspects of Yoga and philosophy in simple yet profound words. In 1957, he sent Swami Vishnudevananda to teach Yoga in the West.
Swami Vishnudevananda (1927 – 1993) is recognized worldwide as a leading authority on Hatha and Raja Yoga. In 1959 he founded the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, which have trained more than 20,000 yoga teachers. His best-selling books are The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga and Meditation and Mantras.
Swami Sitaramananda originally came from Vietnam and is a Yoga and Meditation teacher for more than 25 years. She is presently the main teacher of the International Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Courses offered at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California. She has served as the director for 15 years. Prior to coming to Grass Valley, Swami Sitaramananda was director of the Yoga Center in San Francisco and was assistant to Swami Vishnu-devananda for 6 years in Canada. She also teaches at other Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centers in India, Nassau, Bahamas, Asia, and is the supervisor of the San Francisco and Los Angeles Yoga Centers. Swami Sitaramananda holds a PhD degree from Open International University for Alternative Medicine and a MA and BA degree from University of Montreal. Her lectures are based on the four classical paths of yoga as well as the 5 points of Health. Swami Sitaramananda's native country is Vietnam. She returned to visit Vietnam after 35 years of teaching yoga in Canada and the US, and was impressed by the beauty of the country and the peacefulness and warmth of the people. She is also aware of how yoga will benefit the developing Vietnam, whose cities are crowded and whose people are eager to learn the way to deal with stress and experience health and peace of mind. Swami Sitaramananda has taught many yoga retreats in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Hoi An (Central VN), Da Lat and Vung Tau. The attendants were a mixed group of Internationals from all countries, Vietnamese of all ages, and Taiwanese. After living for most of her life in Indian Yoga Ashrams, in America and in India itself, Swami Sitaramananda discovered that her birth country was historically influenced by the Indian tradition. About 2/3 of the southern part of the country was the Cham kingdom for 10 centuries from the 5th to 15th Century. The Cham Tradition was originally influenced by Indian culture and was worshipping Lord Siva, the symbolic deity of Yoga. Thus, there are the presence of many temple ruins and statues. Since 2006, Swami Sitaramananda has organized tours to visit the Cham temples in Central and South Coastal area of Vietnam.