About Yoga Siromani - Yoga Classes Mt Eden Studio Auckland

A Sivananda yoga class follows a prescribed structure, beginning with pranayama (breathing) which readies the body/mind for the asanas (postures) that follow. The asanas stretch, strengthen and tone the body while calming the mind. Each class ends with a full relaxation (savasana) to rejuvenate the body/mind.

If you are new to yoga, we would encourage you to complete the Beginners’ New Introductory class before progressing to the Open Classes. If you have practised another style of yoga before, we recommend that you complete the Beginners Review Introductory class to familiarise yourself with the prescribed Sivananda programme first. The Beginners’ Introductory classes ensure that you have a sound understanding of the practice so that you can participate fully and confidently in any Open Classes.

Sivananda yoga is based on five principles:

  1. Proper exercise - Asanas (postures)
  2. Proper breathing - Pranayama (yogic breathing)
  3. Proper relaxation - Savasana 
  4. Proper diet
  5. Positive thinking and meditation

Swami Vishnu-devananda, a disciple of Swami Sivananda, created the yoga system known as Sivananda yoga to develop a flexible healthy body, decrease stress levels, improve general health and wellbeing and manage the mind.

Yogic philosophy considers the body to be the vehicle for the soul and, as such, the body must be well maintained in order for it to function effectively over a long period of time. Just like a car, the body requires a lubricating system, a battery, a cooling system, fuel and a responsible driver behind the wheel.

The asanas lubricate our joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and other parts of our body by increasing circulation and flexibility. Pranayama charges our battery, the solar plexus, where tremendous potential energy is stored. Pranayama releases this energy for physical and mental rejuvenation. Savasana, like a radiator, cools down the system. When the body and mind are continually overworked, their efficiency diminishes. Savasana is a way of recharging the body. Proper diet provides the correct fuel, while positive thinking and meditation helps concentrate the mind so that we can become responsible drivers of our bodies and of our lives.

Mayoorasana - peacock yoga pose
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