Traditional Yoga is a blend of action & non-action, effort & relaxation, doing & being. It's not just a series of postures and poses; it is a science of how to live your life to the fullest.
Current Sivananda Classes
- Tuesday: 6:30PM - 8:30PM (Peaceful Villa Community Room - 2835 SE 47th Ave, Portland, OR 97206 (google map)
2 hour open-level class
The flow of Sivananda asana classes is a bit slower and less vigorous than many styles and we spend a lot of time in relaxation poses. Our focus is the breath and stillness within the postures. Our goal is not an aerobic workout, but a spiritual & meditative one :)
- There is no charge for attending this class. Our courses are supported entirely by donation, called Dāna in Sanskrit. Dāna literally means generous giving and is the practice of cultivating generosity.
- It is important that Dāna come from those who attend and realize the benefits of the practice in a personal way. In this way, everyone who participates in class is also able to contribute in offering the benefits of Yoga to others.
- Any donation, large or small, should be given with the intention to help others. This class you are attending was supported by those who have come before, and your support ensures this course continues in the future. In this manner, we are constantly in a state of giving and receiving: a natural flow of universal generosity.
- Donate according to your means and volition; feel good about whatever amount you leave as Dāna. There is no expectation, and certainly no judgment concerning donations. There is no difference between a Dāna of 25 cents or 25 dollars if you are compassionately giving according to your capacity and with an open heart.
- Bring a yoga mat
- We have a few extra mats if you don't have one
- Blanket or shawl for relaxation periods
- Pillow or cushion to sit on (we spend 15-20 minutes sitting doing pranayama at the beginning of class)
- Peaceful Villa is owned and operated by the Housing Authority of Portland (HAP).
- Please park on any public street around the area, but do not park in the parking lot.
- The closest street parking is on Taggart St. between SE 45th & 46th Ave.
- Additional parking can be found on Clinton St. and on SE 47th Ave.
- The Community Room is located in the office building, the only dark brown building.
Those who have been to a Sivananda (said like Shivananda) class know that it's a little different than many other Yoga classes. Some people will be drawn to this tradition, while others will be drawn to a different tradition. It's important to remember that all paths eventually lead to the same place, and so there is no competition between different styles and no "better" or "worse". Finding a tradition of Yoga that is a good fit for you and practicing regularly is the most important step in Yoga.
The true power of the Sivananda asana class comes once you are familiar with the poses and sequence and can let go of the outside world during your practice. Drawing your attention inwards, withdrawing your senses from the external world, is called Pratyahara, and is the 5th step or limb of Raja Yoga. Pratyahara is one of the quintessential skills for meditation, as it allows you to let go of the outside world and find that experience of inner peace.