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 in 1959 by his disciple Swami Vishnudevananda. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams are recognized worldwide for teaching Yoga authentically, preserving its purity and tradition dating back several thousand years. All our teachers are graduates of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course.
The Center in Los Angeles was established in 1971 and it is part of The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. The mission of the Organization is to spread peace, health and joy through Yoga. All are welcome to visit the Center 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.
As a green yoga center, we incorporate the following commitments into our work with students—that we will:
- Educate ourselves about the needs of the biosphere as a whole and our local ecosystems in particular.
- Cultivate an appreciation for and conscious connection with the natural environments in which we live, including animals, plants, soil, water and air.
- Include care for the environment in our discussion of Yogic ethical practices.
- Commit ourselves to policies, products, and actions that minimize environmental harm and maximize environmental benefit
The activities of all the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers take place through the practice of Karma Yoga (voluntary service). No staff or teachers are paid. By acting selflessly, without thought of gain or reward, the heart is purified. If you have some time and energy to spare, please let us know. All talents are welcomed.
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations of all kinds are greatly appreciated. Donations are tax-exempt and are used to continue the teachings of Yoga and Vedanta.