Sivananda yoga, after teachings of Swami Sivananda, is a form of Hatha yoga. It is a gentle form of Hatha yoga that can be practiced by everyone. Swami Sivanada (8 September 1887 – 14 July 1963) was a spiritual teacher and a proponent of yoga and vedanta. He studied medicine and served in British Malaya as a physician for several years before taking up monasticism. He was the founder of the Divine Life Society (DLS) in 1936, Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy (1948) and author of over 200 books on yoga, Vedanta, and a variety of subjects. He lived most of his life near Rishikesh in India, where he founded the first Sivanada Ashram.
Jamila Knopp is a qualified yoga teacher who trained in Germany at the Sivananda Yoga-Vidya center in 2000. Jamila moved to New Zealand at the end of 2000 and has been teaching yoga here ever since. She first lived on Waiheke Island and moved to Nelson in May 2007.
Like every yoga teacher she has developed her own style of teaching which is still linked to the Sivananda Yoga style of teaching. She strongly believes in the importance of Pranayama (breathing exercises) and correct breathing with the practice of yoga.