Sivananda yoga style

Energy Yoga teaches Sivananda yoga classes in London, delivering a challenging yoga class with a traditional sequence of yoga postures. Sivananda yoga is a yoga system that emanates directly from yoga as it has been practiced in India for thousands of years. We don’t mess around with the order or content too much – they are the product of hundreds of years of evolution. Sivananda yoga is recognised around the world as an authority on Raja and hatha yoga.

You can expect a complete, challenging workout for the whole body – hatha yoga of the kind we practice was designed to be a complete exercise system. Through our flowing warm-up sequence, to the inverted postures, forward bends, backward bends, twists and lateral postures, our yoga classes strengthen and lengthen all the muscles of the body. In particular we completely stretch the spinal cord, the central conduit of the nervous system – this may be what is responsible for the dramatic energising and relaxing effects of this style of yoga.

We teach a powerful, mixed ability yoga class (beginners-to-advanced welcome) asana-based yoga class. Experience an unbroken lineage of teaching stretching back thousands of years - unmodernised, highly-energising and deeply relaxing yoga as it was meant to be practiced.

In yoga we believe that deep relaxation is critical to energy and health. But relaxation doesn’t occur through rest alone – it occurs through exertion and then intentional, active letting go of tension. To that end, the breathing exercises, warm-up sequences and postures we practice in our yoga classes are a workout that lengthens and strengthens the muscles of the body and sends oxygenated blood along the spine, rejuvenating the nervous system. Then, when we go to relax the body, we find that we’re far more able to instruct the muscles to completely relax.

A Sivananda practice equally values the breath, postures and intentional relaxation (savasana) to unify mind and body. Attend a Sivananda class anywhere in the world and you will encounter the same basic class structure, which allows you to develop and deepen a practice over years, by progressively holding the steady poses for longer and introducing more variations.

A Sivananda yoga teacher will have spent at least a month living in an ashram - involving total immersion in the yogic life. Waking up at 5.30 am, each day begins with meditation followed by satsang (chanting and philosophy lecture), two asana (yoga) classes per day, studying philosophy, anatomy and physiology, the Bhavad Gita, and taking part in Hindu pujas or ceremonies. Karma yoga is included in the day - or selfless service to purify the ego. A vegetarian and vedic diet is followed, with no meat, alcohol, garlic, onions, mushrooms, smoking, caffeine.

In addition to their formal in-ashram Sivananda teachers' training, most of our teachers have been practicing yoga for many years and undertake further professional education.

Thousands of years of yogis developed Sivananda yoga to increase energy and well-being. But don’t take their word for it – try it for yourself in our yoga studio in central London, and see if it works for you, too.