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Sridaiva Yoga

Posted 17/9/2014

Sridaiva Yoga, a new type of Hatha Yoga, developed by John Friend & Desi Springer which was established in January 2013
"I was introduced to Sridaiva Yoga by Michael Ryan, a great yoga instructor, while enjoying a week of yoga & meditation at The Burren Yoga & Meditation Centre for the first week of August 2014.  While it felt strange to be bending the knees all the time & sticking out the bum, it made more sense as the week progressed.  It was certainly strengthening my lower back muscles as I had muscle pain there for the week & I felt stronger & more aligned in general.  I have taken Sridaiva into my own practice & have been adding little tasters here & there into my own classes"  Antoinette Yasuoka
As said by John Friend:
“In Sridaiva we form an optimal template of postural alignment in any pose by making a general bow-shape in the spine, a fullness of the inner body, and then creating a spring-loaded integration of all the muscles along the back body. Finally, by rooting and rising the two ends of the spine—the pelvis and the head—in this optimal bowed template, the spine gains both a maximum length and space between the vertebrae and a tensile strength. The Sridaiva alignment method is designed for maximum effectiveness in optimally aligning the spine, so its elegance is found in its simplicity”
Check out the below video which gives a visual guide to some of the Sridaiva Yoga postures:

Sridaiva Yoga is a 21st century body-mind postural method focusing on cultivating radiant health through a positive attitude expressed in an optimal bow-spring alignment

Sridaiva is an alternative movement and postural modality, which can be applied to yoga, dance, athletics, or to any dynamic posture — sitting, standing, and walking. Students of all ages, particularly over 40, can benefit the use of the bow-spring alignment to optimize their health

The bow-spring template describes the optimal neutral alignment for the human spine, which has a circumferential fullness in the thoracic, a deep curve in the lower back, and a uniform arch in the neck. In this undulating curved shape of the spine and torso, the entire back body is isometrically engaged into a loaded spring of connective tissue (myofascia). From the pads of the big toe all the way up to the sacrum, and from the fingertips all the way down to the sacrum, the bow-spring is loaded. Every posture and movement then becomes a dynamic expansion of the bow-spring in which the spine is actively decompressed and fully lengthened. The myofascia is concentrically toned around the core of the torso like a unified muscle suit



Using the bow-spring alignment of Sridaiva any age can create a balanced tonus throughout the body, which creates tensile strength, precise balance, and rooted lightness while using the least amount of physical energy. Sridaiva alignment optimizes performance, offers powerful therapeutic realignment for the lower back and hips, decreases joint and bone degeneration, bolsters the immune system, recalibrates the neuro-glandular system, and empowers the spirit of the student to cultivate a positive mindset

Sridaiva offers a life practice in which students take accountability for their own health and happiness through optimal posture and informed choice

Sridaiva is the newest, cutting-edge postural life practice that can be applied to yoga postures, dance, athletics, and particularly everyday postures and movements like sitting, standing, and walking

  • Every posture or movement aligns toward an optimal “bow-spring” template for the spine
  • The bow-spring template has a circumferential fullness in thoracic mid back, a deep curve in the lower back, and uniform arch in the neck which positions the body to have balanced muscular tone on all sides, particularly on the front back of the body providing full body tensile strength and precise balance
  • It requires us to access the muscles on the back  of our body, including the upward mounding of the Glutes
  • The realignment of the spine brings a sense of a rejuvenation; it bolsters the immune system; it recalibrates the glandular system; and it empowers the spirit towards a positive and authentic mindset
  • Releases stored emotion and patterns held within the body as the connective tissue remolds