Swami Sivananda
1887-1963
Swami Vishnudevananda
1927-1993

About Us

The Yoga Warehouse is an Affiliated Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, and maintains a tradition of Sivananda Yoga in Fort Lauderdale that started in 1969 (see "Gallery/History"). The Sivananda organization is a worldwide network of ashrams and yoga centers founded by Swami Vishnudevananda to spread the teachings of yoga. Swami Vishnu and his master, Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, India, were instrumental in introducing yoga to the West. Sivananda's famous instruction was "Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize." (See "Links" below)

Our mission is to propagate the authentic teachings and practices of yoga for the physical, mental and spiritual upliftment of ourselves, our community and all beings.

We teach classical hatha yoga, an ancient technique brought to the West by Swami Vishnudevananda in the 1950s. Swami Vishnu started the first yoga teachers training course which has now graduated more than 35,000 teachers.

Our classes are non-competitive and accessible enough for beginners while more advanced students are encouraged to challenge themselves. This positive, cooperative attitude on the part of the students as well as the teachers characterizes the Yoga Warehouse.

Swami Vishnu's five points of yoga for healthy living:
Proper Exercise
Proper Breathing
Proper Relaxation
Proper Diet (vegetarian)
Positive Thinking and Meditation

We teach and practice in an environment that is wonderfully suited for yoga. The Warehouse is a converted historic structure, a screened-in, open-air space (with plenty of fans for the hot months) that takes advantage of our special climate for deeper stretching and
healthier breathing. We also have an air-conditioned Meditation Room for summer meditation gatherings and special classes.

It is also a place where one can study the full range of yogic teachings. In addition to daily yoga classes, we feature special yoga programs, workshops and concerts.

Every Sunday evening, we gather for guided meditation followed by kirtan (call-and-response mantra chanting and music) and a short reading, all in the Sivananda tradition. Beginners and members of all traditions are welcome. Our Satsang is free and open to all. (See Classes)

We are gratified to have the opportunity to help students discover this age-old knowledge. Yoga can build strength while increasing flexibility. People who practice yoga are less stressed and less likely to fall victim to the ailments that accompany stress. Some of them go even deeper, delving into their true nature through meditation.

Whatever your motivation, we hope you enjoy your practice as much as we enjoy ours. Om Shanti.

Links

www.divinelifesociety.org
For information on Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh and his organization, the Divine Life Society of India.

www.sivananda.org
For information on Swami Vishnudevananda and the worldwide organization he founded. Look here for international Yoga Teacher Training.

Recognition

Since the Yoga Warehouse opened in 1998, it has been named "Best Yoga" 8 times by New Times & other local publications

The YW also has been recommended as a Fort Lauderdale destination by The New York Times Sunday Travel Section

Here is some of what these publications have had to say:

"They keep it simple by teaching a traditional style of yoga and maintaining a friendly vibe. New Yorkers say the place resembles a loft on the ground, while others compare the Warehouse, with its open windows and Dade County Pine ceilings, to a treehouse."

"Classes remain small and attention personal. We like the balance between strenuous and soothing. ...a euphoria that lingers."

"A place where one can study the full range of yogic teachings."


"A soothing, pleasant atmosphere. Accessible to all ages and levels. The rhythm of the class is wonderful."

"You would never know the Yoga Warehouse is within stretching distance of bustling downtown Fort Lauderdale."

"Classes take place in an airy warehouse space that's cooled by fans. The vibe is friendly and intimate."

"A welcome refuge for the pursuit of peace, well-being and higher states
of consciousness."

Yoga Warehouse | 508 SW Flagler Avenue | Downtown Fort Lauderdale, FL | 33301 | USA | 954.525.7726 | Website Design by Serina Morris.
The Yoga Warehouse is an Affiliated Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center.