Sivananda Yoga was developed by Vishnu-Devananda who wrote one of the contemporary Yoga classics: "The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga". His book was first published in 1960, and is still one of the best introductions to Yoga available. He named Sivananda Yoga after his teacher, Swami Sivananda, who is also considered to be one of the greatest Yoga gurus in the world.

This Style of Yoga focuses on the Pranayama, classic Asanas, and Relaxation. It also centers on Diet and positive thinking and Meditation.Sivananda Yoga practice consists of twelve basic Yoga Poses that seeks to increase strength, flexibility, proper breathing, and meditation. Sivananda now has over eighty centers worldwide and is considered as one of the largest Yoga schools in the world.