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Augspurger, Jens U (2022) 'International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers.' In: Database of Religious History. The Database of Religious History. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia . Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia.

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Abstract

The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers (ISYVC) are an organisation that operates yoga and retreat or training centres (ashrams) in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. These Centres are the trademark holder of 'Sivananda Yoga', which is, amongst practitioners, widely perceived as a distinct style of Hatha Yoga and they credit the ISYVC as the legitimate bearer of this tradition or ‘lineage’. The organisation prides itself in teaching ‘traditional yoga’ and propagates neo-Hindu teachings, referencing the guru- parampara tradition (guru lineage) of Swami Sivananda (1887-1963) and Swami Vishnu-devananda (1927- 1993). The main teachings concern the practice of the “4 paths of yogas” and the “5 points of yoga”, as well as a sequence of 12 yoga asanas (postures) commonly referred to as ‘Sivananda sequence or ‘Rishikesh series.

Item Type: Other
Keywords: spiritual business, neo-Vedanta, yoga, New Age Religion, Hinduism, neo-Hinduism, Religious Group
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. © 2022 Database of Religious History. The University of British Columbia.
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2022 12:50
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/37137

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