Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center has been serving the New York city community for the past 58 years. It is part of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, a worldwide organization founded by Swami Vishnudevananda in 1957. Swami Vishnudevananda was one of the first yogis to come to the West to spread the teachings of yoga and start a yoga teacher training course. He was sent here by his guru, a great saint of India, Swami Sivananda. Out of deep love and devotion for his guru, Swamiji named the organization after him.
The spiritual strength behind the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, Swami Sivananda taught a synthesis of all the formal doctrines of Yoga. He trained many exceptional disciples in Yoga and Vedanta, among them, Swami Vishnudevananda, whom he sent to spread the practice of Yoga in the West.
Disciple of Swami Sivananda, founder of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and world-renowned authority on Hatha and Raja Yoga and author of the bestselling Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga and other books.
The mission of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center NYC is to model the yogic lifestyle, and provide a disciplined, compassionate space for practicing the tenets of simple, healthy living and high thinking. Yoga self-culture provides a holistic approach to body, mind and spirit, care for the individual, the community and the planet, living in peace, health and sustainability. Through healing our own bodies and minds, we unfold the capacity to play our part in the healing and caring for the whole planet.
"The expression of the spirit increases in proportion to the development of the body and mind in which it is encased."– Swami Vishnudevananda