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Issue #05/2016 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize June 1, 2016
"Develop pure love. Have a broad vision. Love all. Serve all. See the Self in all." - Sri Swami Sivananda

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Sivananda Yoga FAQ
Hatha Yoga Tips
Yoga Sanskrit Glossary
Raja Yoga
Vegetarian Cuisine
Upcoming Events

International News - Ashrams
Yoga Camp Ashram, Canada
Dhanwanthari Ashram, India
Kutir Ashram, India
Chateau du Yoga Ashram, France
Yoga Farm Ashram, USA
Yoga Ranch Ashram, USA
Yoga Retreat Ashram, Bahamas
Retreat House Ashram, Austria
Meenakshi Ashram, India

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chennai, India
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Dwarka, Delhi, India
Nataraja, Delhi, India
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Madurai, India
Melbourne, Australia
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Porto Alegre, Brasil
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05 New Moon  
16 Ekadasi
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20 Full Moon
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09 Subramanya Kodieatrum (Kavadi Flag Hoisting) and Anniversary
11 Krishna Temple Anniversary
15 Ekadasi
19 Guru Poornima
19 Full Moon
24 Kavadi Chariot Festival
30 Ekadasi
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Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

Greetings to all. The Sivananda Headquarters in Val Morin Canada was happy to host the most recent Executive Board Members meeting, where a lot of positive aspects were discussed. More new courses and manuals are in the works, so look forward for that news in the coming new year or so. 

The high season for the Yoga Camp is about to begin. Yoga Camp staff are preparing for these busy summer months accepting a good number of new staff to the roster.There are also a keen increase of students and kids enrolling into the special events such as Kids Camp. The Subramanya and Mariamman Temples are already opened, immediately seeing a constant stream of devotees visiting. 

Around the globe, most Centres and Ashrams report a high anticipation, while they prepare for their participation during Yoga Day Celebrations on June 21st 2016.   

All the Sivananda staff are working hard in their Sadhana, to stay tuned with Swamiji's energy. Thank you for your continued support of the Sivananda Organization.

Pranams to all.

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Meditation and contentment are the secrets of good health and longevity. - Sri Swami Sivananda
Q. I am convinced that praying to saints and worshipping them is absolutely wrong. They prayed to God and found salvation for themselves, and in like manner, we also can take care of our salvation without depending on any saint.

No. It is not so. Saints and sages are worthy of our adoration and prayers, because they have shown us the ways to God-realization. The apprentice, who has just entered service in any field, is expected to have an attitude of submission and receptivity to his senior who trains him on the job, although the latter may be a man like himself. The same is applicable in the field of spirituality. By respecting saints and following their teachings, you grow in spirituality, you learn to love, and know God more adequately. May God bless you!

Q. If an individual is a Perfect Master, he is capable of functioning on all planes at the same time. He possesses to a remarkable degree the powers of clairvoyance and clairaudience. Can he not read the thoughts of the student before the student has time to utter them, before the student can bring out his questions, as Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa did? Can one who has such powers, even of thought-reading, be regarded as a Master?

Clairvoyance and clairaudience are not always automatic processes. Unless the Master directs his attention towards someone, he need not necessarily be aware of the seeker's mentality and doubts. Imagine a seer or a Perfect Master who is ever aware of what everybody thinks! A Siddha does see and hear everything in Samadhi. This everything comes then to mean the Self or Atman or Supreme Consciousness where the individual thoughts and words cease to exist as such. Powers like thought-reading do not necessarily connote perfection; and perfection cannot be vetoed by the absence of these powers. A Perfect Master can acquire these powers if he so wills; but you cannot force him to.

Q. If the Soul is immortal, why does Swamiji celebrate his birthday which belongs to the body?

I do not celebrate my birthday. It is the devotees who do it. Celebration of such birthdays is equal to worship of Para Brahman. Worship of the Guru is worship of Para Brahman. The devotees take delight in celebrating the birthday, and they are benefited, uplifted. A spiritual wave is created year after year when the birthday is celebrated, and more and more people get a chance of knowing the existence of the Divine Life Society and my teachings. The celebrations of the birthday is an annual reminder to the aspirants of the purpose of their life. It is a fillip to their Sadhana. The pious, receptive attitude prevalent on such an occasion draws forth the grace of the Guru and God upon the devotees. The thoughts of peace, love, devotion, etc., sent out by the innumerable devotees that assemble together to celebrate the birthday go a long way to promote peace, harmony and spiritual well-being in the land.

It is not without purpose that the Hindus celebrate the birthdays of religious leaders, saints and sages, such as Buddha Jayanti, Sankara Jayanti, Mahavira Jayanti, etc. The Hindu calendar is spotted with many such Jayantis and other holy days, so that the observance of these Jayantis and holy days may give the needed spiritual impetus to people and they may strive with increased zeal for the attainment of the purpose of life, viz., God-realization. The more we have of such special, holy days, the more we have the chance of being inspired to intensify our spiritual progress.

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There is no virtue like Truthfulness. - Sri Swami Sivananda



Lie flat, face downwards on the floor. Keep the hands at your side. Breathe out and bend the legs at the knees, drawing the feet above the thighs. Stretch the arms back and catch hold of the right ankle with the right hand and the left ankle with the left hand. Make secure the position of the hands, with normal breathing. Raise the head, body and knees by tugging the hands and legs, so that the whole weight of the body rests on the abdomen. Retain the posture for a few seconds. Gradually increase the duration. While remaining in the posture, concentrate on the abdomen, thighs and back muscles. Release the ankles, stretch out the legs and bring the legs, chest and head to rest in a straight line on the floor. Relax in Makarasana for a few seconds. Repeat this Asana two or three times.

Relieves constipation.
Tones the liver, pancreas and kidneys.
The vertebrae of the lumbar and sacrum bones are toned. Proper blood circulation is effected and thus good health is promoted. This also renders the spine supple and elastic and minor pains in the spine are checked.

This yoga asana is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram sourced and edited from the Sivananda Publication : "The Sivananda Companion to Yoga". The Sivananda Yoga Centre 2000.

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Be humble. Be simple. Be gentle. Be sweet. Be frank like a child. You will enter the realm of eternal bliss. - Sri Swami Sivananda


TAPAS - Tapasya

Austerity, practical (i.e., result-producing) spiritual discipline; spiritual force.
Literally it means the generation of heat or energy, but is always used in a symbolic manner, referring to spiritual practice and its effect, i.e. the roasting of karmic seeds; the burning up of karma.

A complete Sanskrit Glossary can be found at:

Walk in the foot-steps of the great Saviours and Saints of the world. - Sri Swami Sivananda


Chapter II: Sankhya Yoga

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
II.13. Just as in this body the embodied (soul) passes into childhood, youth and old age, so also does it pass into another body; the firm man does not grieve thereat.

COMMENTARY: Just as there is no interruption in the passing of childhood into youth and youth into old age in this body, so also there is no interruption by death in the continuity of the ego. The Self is not dead at the termination of the stage, viz., childhood. It is certainly not born again at the beginning of the second stage, viz., youth. Just as the Self passes unchanged from childhood to youth and from youth to old age, so also the Self passes unchanged from one body into another. Therefore, the wise man is not at all distressed about it.

Sit for meditation. Close your eyes. Close your mind to every impression from the five senses. - Sri Swami Sivananda


From Discourse II - Sadhana Pada - On Spiritual Disciplines

"The Niyamas consists of cleanliness, contentment, austerity, self study, and self surrender.

The 'niyamas' are observances which cultivate positive qualities. They involve purification, stilling the mind, self-discipline, inquiry into the nature of the Self, and surrendering the personal will, or ego, to the Supreme will. Aside from cleanliness, one should cultivate indifference toward the body. Cleanliness means internal as well as external purification. A proper diet based on vegetarianism and natural foods, specialized yogic cleansing techniques, and the Yoga exercises keep the body internally pure and free from obstructions. Cleanliness also extends to the mind. Only when it is it is purified of all dross can it be a pure mirror for the reflection of the Self.

Be humble, unassuming and charitably disposed towards all. - Sri Swami Sivananda



These cakes are like thick pancakes. They make a full meal, served with tomato sauce or Salsa, steamed vegetables and a mixed salad. Other vegetables may be substituted for the zucchini. Serves 4 to 6.

2 cups millet
1 liter water
A pinch of salt
1 1/3 cups chopped zucchini
1 tsp grated lemon zest
3 tbsp whole wheat flour
2 tbsp oil
7 ounces firm tofu, crumbled

Place the millet in a large pan with the water and salt.
Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.
Add the zucchini, bring back to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes longer. Leave to cool.
When cold, mash the millet and zucchini.
Add the remaining ingredients and stir to make a thick batter, adding a little water if necessary.
Heat a lightly oiled, large skillet. Cook two or three cakes at a time; for each one, place a handful of millet mixture into the the pan and press it down with a wet metal spatula.
Cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Keep warm.

This recipe is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram partly sourced and edited from The Yoga Cookbook. Vegetarian Food for Body and Mind. Recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. 1999.

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Other recipes can be found in the Sivananda publication - "Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion" – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010

God walks in the garb of a beggar. He moans in pain in the guise of the sick. Open your eyes. See Him in all. Serve all. Love all. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India

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Rudraprayag Himalaya Mountains, India

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Do not force the mind to meditate. Understand the ways of the mind first. Cultivate virtues. Study the nature of the three Gunas (Primary Natural Forces). Purify. Only then meditation will be smooth and easy.
- Sri Swami Sivananda



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    During early May the Yoga Camp was beautiful and warm, so warm that the yoga afternoon classes were done outside on the pool platform. The staff, locals and guests were delighted in the outdoor classes and they did not mind the flies swarming around them during their practice. Our longtime staff member, Pierre Corvine helped to host a sacred fire walk. The first one since Master Swami Vishnu's time. The inspiring and delightful Chief Guy Frigon and his wife Monique got us all ready to walk on the hot coals with vibrant chanting, team building exercises, love and kindness. Pierre, Gita, Mario and Jean were all very beneficial in supporting us all with the evenings energizing, culminating momentum buildup to the actual time to walk on the fire. Everyone that was present and initially agreed to do the fire walk, DID! It was inspiring and amazing to see all the fire walkers reach the other side safe and somehow changed. Some people walked together, up to 3 at a time. Some others walk alone. Everyone agreed that this experienced was amazingly mind changing. Apart from the weekend program, the Ashram slowly gets ready for the summer, as the work on the grounds got started with cleaning and moving things around. Soon the gardens will be started, as we'll be hosting a garden karma yoga week.

    During mid-May saw we had our last snowfall plus a cold front that lasted for a few days, before Spring settled in. As the whether warmed up we concluded the cleaning of the Dorms, bathhouses, Kids Camp cabins and the staff cabins, having all summer buildings ready for the opening on the first week of June. The May Long Weekend was a busy time for all of us, as lots of guests came with their families and children to benefit from the family programs and kids classes. We had a team from Montreal Centre that came with Nikhila to look after the children and keep them busy with activities and yoga classes. Saturday night we had a nice bonfire up at the airfield where guests and staff alike enjoyed the full moon, fire, popcorn and the plays the children prepared for all of us. It was a joyful evening. Up at the Temple we had a wedding ceremony. The Temple was fully decorated and music was played the entire day. We look forward for our Garden Karma Yoga Week to have all the gardens cleaned and set up for the summer. May Master and Swamiji's blessings be with all of us. Om + Prem.

Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    During early May the Kids' Camp continued to bring a lot of joy into the Ashram. The children went on a two-day trip to the very tip of India, Kanya Kumari, where three oceans meet and Parvati stood on one leg as tapas to win the attention of Lord Siva. They had a wonderful time. We were also entertained by them in their talent show: lots of wonderful dance, singing and asanas. We celebrated the end of the Detoxification and Fasting Programme with a very nice graduation ceremony. Twenty-nine shining faces collected their certificates and more importantly had their first meal in thirteen days!!! We bid farewell to Bella and Kamala Chaitanya and thank them for their service and wish them well in their next phase of life. And we welcomed Rakesh as new staff and Govinda as returning staff. We wished Kalyani and Nataraj safe journey on their travels to renew visas and to represent India in China in a major Yoga Festival there. The Kids' Camp was a resounding success thanks to the hard work of Suresh and his dedicated staff. Parents were very happy and many of the children were already asking to come back next year. The Ashram was strangely quiet. The monsoon season began. Continual rain for a few days made us aware of the power of Mother Nature. We scurried around with umbrellas as torrential rains descended from the skies. We welcomed a new Yoga Vacation batch. We held a chanting workshop for staff, to get them up to speed on some of the bhajans.

    Mid May saw the Ashram settling down into the quieter season, but even so there were plenty of guests to look after. The weather was in full flood, almost literally. It rained very hard non-stop for about three days, followed by a little sunshine. The new teachers' teaching group continued apace. The TTC graduates began to find confidence and were soon ready to teach the guests. We had a very joyful talent show, with lots of participation from our Yoga Vacationers, with some very funny games and skits. Kaavadi was held in the local villages so staff and guests went down to the Neyyar Dam to watch the fire walking and other "penances".  We said goodbye to work-study Susan and thanked her for her hard work. We welcomed Chandrika back and said hello to new staff Alan. Om. Pranams.

Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Uttar Kashi.
    During early May the April TTC finished, with all 29 students graduating successfully.  Within days they almost all departed. The Ashram was then cleaned and tidied for the May TTC starting a week later.  This time 30 students were initiated and participated in the Ganapathy Homa for a good start.  Swami Parameswariananda presented the main lectures; Mahalakshmi Hatha Yoga; Ravi Easwaran Bhagavad Gita and chanting; Sivani assisted with Chanting and Hatha Yoga and another Sivani and Shaji assisted with Hatha Yoga.  We prayed that with Swamiji and Masters blessings these new students will experience some spiritual unfoldment in the coming weeks. With Master and Swamiji's Grace, all staff are doing well. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The month was very inspiring at the Ashram. It started with "Dynamic Asana Week", which made us focus on the physical aspect of Yoga. Guest appreciated the meditative holding of the asanas, but also the challenge of being taught some advanced postures. Ananta taught a certificate course "How to Teach Yoga to Children"; Swami Kailasananda gave an inspiring programme "The Light of Hatha Yoga – Connecting to the Source of Power within"; at the same time, she also gave the further training for Sivananda Teachers, "How to teach Meditation and Mantra Chanting". Also, we focused on the preparations for the first TTC, which started on May 19 with 58 students. The compulsory water reservoir for the fire brigade has been cleaned and refilled, the bungalow tents have been installed, new flowerbeds created for planting flowers and bushes - particularly around the Kanya Kumari shrine. Temperatures are picking up slowly, a number of tents are to be seen in the tent area already and sometimes we could use the outdoor platform for teaching. Ramanarayan, the new Ashram priest, conducted a Maha Mrityunjaya Yantra Puja on Sunday evening, reciting many mantras and also a Ganesha Homa for the beginning of the first TTC of the season. Dr Kamlesh arrived for Ayurveda nutrition programs. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early May we welcomed the May TTC to the beautiful Vrindavan Yoga Farm Ashram with 34 students coming from all parts of the world , including Brazil, Portugal, England, China and Indonesia. The TTC was initiated by Swami Sitaramananda with a Guru Puja led by Swami Vasishtananda-ji. Swamiji gave inspiring words to all TTC, staff and karma yogis conveying Swamiji's vision to train Yoga teachers to become ambassadors of peace. The TTC initiation continued with a beautiful Ganapathi Homa at the Krishna Temple led by Swami Vasishtananda with all TTC, staff and karma yogis offering their intentions for a successful month of Sadhana.  TTC introductions were very sweet and sincere with much appreciation for the opportunity to learn and live the classical teachings in the house of the Guru. Swami Sitaramananda taught the Main Lectures and Satsangs; Swami Jnaneswariananda - Anatomy and Satsangs; Swami Dharmananda - Gita and Chanting; Ananta Chaitanya - Hatha Yoga and his team composed of Sri Devi, Mahadeva, Radha Krishna Das and Karuna Devi. We thanked Swami Kashi Muktananda for his several days of teachings of the Upanishads. We wished him well on his travels. A wonderful and energizing kirtan concert was given by Shakti Rising, from Mt. Shasta, sharing uplifting bhajans. The weather in the Spring at Vrindavan Yoga Farm was perfect, sunny and not hot or cold. The valley was lush and green with natural flowers and so much life, birds, deer, geese, and the Farm animals. We were blessed with inspiring Satsang talks from Swami Sitaramananda-ji that included a special Puja to celebrate Adi Sankaracharya's birthday, with Swami Vasishtananda-ji also speaking about Sankaracharya's life. The group enjoyed a morning silent walk to the beautiful Durga Temple, making offerings and chanting bhajans with the sunrise. We were blessed to welcome master sitarist Hasu Patel for a classical concert sharing her sublime music (accompanied by Samrat Kakkeri on tabla) and inspiring all. The Ashram welcomed Manas Kshirsagar for an introductory talk on Ayurveda and ways to bring Ayurveda into one's life.

    Mid May saw the Ashram's energy very high with the TTC in full swing. We celebrated Buddha Purnima with a beautiful Puja workshop for the TTC and Ashramites and very inspiring for all. The students were very focused and appreciating the deep teaching and practice, enjoying the beautiful natural landscape of the Ashram with sunrise Satsang walks to Durga temple and Siva temple as well as afternoon lectures at Durga temple, Krishna temple and Swamiji's house. The TTC kriya practice was received with much enthusiasm. We welcomed special guest talks from Mary Thompson from the California College of Ayurveda speaking on Ayurveda Psychology; Dr. Fred Luskin speaking on meditation to cultivate gratitude; classical Bharat Natyam dance with Anuradha Prabhushankar; and the TTC Talent Show with music, poetry, and dance. The weather remained not too hot, ideal for Sadhana among the beautiful valley of Vrindavan. We were all feeling the grace of Master and Swamiji. Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Yoga Farm.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    During early May we started to get a taste of the first glimpses of Spring. Flowering plants were planted into the ground including several hundred marigolds planted for use in the Pujas. There was also a lot of work happening in the annual garden. Srinivasan attended a local town board meeting and received approval to move forward with the parking lot and solar panel construction. Swami Satyapremananda went into NYC to teach at the Centre a four week program on identifying and eliminating false limiting beliefs. She also gave the evening Satsang and returned to the Ashram with a new staff member, Tara, who was sent from the Bahamas, to help us run the Reception department for the season. Bharata, a direct disciple of Swamiji, came up from South Florida, for a few days of rest and rejuvenation. Swami Satyapremananda taught an Introduction to Meditation program to full house of first time guests.  The weekends were always busy, and we were also seeing an increase in weekday overnight guests and for drop in classes. Swami Paramananda went into NYC to teach the 4:00 o'clock advanced class and give the evening Satsang. He continued to meet with the staff weekly for Sadhana groups, helping staff get over the hurdles of spiritual practice.  By the grace of Master and Swamiji, the staff were maintaining regular practice, supporting each other by attending several of the new teachers' practice classes. Paul's health improved daily and now has 2 outside home health aides that come to the Ashram to help him in the morning to prepare for the day. Pranava, who is on staff, oversees Paul's health care needs and supervising the aides.

    Mid May saw fabulous weather, with warmer temperatures and plenty of sun.  We continued to put a strong emphasis on gardening and grounds.  We had a karma yoga night where staff worked together to clean-out the barn and reorganize the barn storage.  It was no small task, as all of the staff helped carry outside the entire contents of the barn and then sorted through what needed to be recycled or thrown away. This project took 2 days to complete, but well worth the effort as we now have a tidy and organized storage and recycling area under the large barn platform.  It was our last Groupon weekend of the year and we were completely full for the two weekend programs. The Joy of Right Living, taught by Mukti Devi, a karma yogi form the New York Centre and former staff of both the New York Centre and Yoga Farm. Mukti Devi discussed the Yamas and Niyamas as the foundation of a yogic life, that leads to true happiness and joy.  We also had a Sweat Lodge, lead by Heather Principe. Heather led a vision quest for her students on the Ashram property, doing this for the past 20 years and always offering a sweat lodge to our guests before her students went for the quest.  The vision quest participants camped out around the sweat lodge area and into the forest where they will be in complete solitude for 5 days, fasting and praying. The Swamis, Swami Satyapramananda and Swami Paramananda, continued to go into the NY Centre to teach and lead Satsangs.  Staff had weekly Sadhana meetings with Swami Paramananda, and by the grace of Master and Swamiji, made strong commitments to their practice. There was a staff practice class a few days a week for the newer teachers to practice teaching for feedback and support. Staff are happy and well and send pranams to all! May the Blessings of Master and Swamiji grace all of our lives.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    During early May we welcomed back Swami Swaroopananda, Rukmini and Minakshi, who returned from the Yoga Camp, after attending the EBM meeting. The May TTC students completed their first week of  the course. We welcomed Prof. William Chittick, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, Dr. Daniel Drubach, Prof. Nathan Katz and Prof. Jan Willis for The Spirituality: Heart and Mind Symposium. The theme of the symposium was on the hear and the mind in the teachings and practices of the world spiritual traditions. We offered the Essentials of Yoga 1 course and the Power of Positive Thinking weekend course. Petra Rakebrandt returned to the Ashram to offer The Yoga of Eating: A Fresh New Approach. Morning Satsangs were led by Jnaneswari who gave beautiful talks on Karma Yoga: Love in Action. Gina Sala gave three evening Satsang Kirtan programs and daytime workshops. The title of her program was: Sound Tantra and Bhakti Chant: Align with the Divine Vibration. Om Shanti from all the staff in Nassau.

Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    After their arrival on the last day of April the TTC-May- group settled nicely into the daily schedule of their trainings programme. Dr. Kamlesh gave two interesting and well appreciated talks on the principles of Ayurveda and the usage of spices and herbs. The next highlight was the May Retreat which saw many guests - both newcomers and close students. Swami Sivadasanandas workshops focused on specific movements of the spine enabled by certain arm- leg-  and shoulder-movements. In two well received lectures Swami Sivadasananda explained the process of contraction and streching in forward - and backward bends. For the first time Prof. Dr. med. Walter van Laack was invited by the Retreat House to give talks on "Near Death Experiences". In two captivating presentations the students got in depth-information about the latest state of scientific researches done in this field and mind-brain-relationship. In the second week of May the priest Yagneshwara Dixit performed an inspiring Krishna murthi Pooja. The Whitsun yoga retreat programme started on the following Friday with the first of three special asana workshops with Swami Keshavananda. Surya Namaskar was practised intensely and some interesting particularities of skeletal and respiratory muscles in the sun salutation were explained. Sigrid Siebert, a nutritionist from Germany was here for the third time to share her expertise in vegetarianism, super foods, trends and acid-base -balanced nutrition. Swami Sivadasananda stayed with us for whitsun. Both of his Satsangs were very inspiring as he was sharing profound thoughts on the different dictates of the mind, our faculty for rational decisions and the principles of ahimsa. The spiritual highlight of the second May- weekend was the Sivalingam Yantra Pooja on Sunday evening. The geometrical forms of this yantra radiated purity and clarity right from the beginning of the ceremony. 300 names of Lord Siva were sung producing a peaceful atmosphere in the meditation hall. A good group of vacationers stayed for the following week on "Vital breath – vital energy". Anuloma Viloma and Kapalabhati were systematically built up. Lectures on the interplay of Prana and thoughts and the yogic model of the physical and astral bodies were received with big interest. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Meenakshi.
    During early May the second week of Kids Camp saw the kids getting more acclimatized to their daily routine after much coaxing and cajoling during their first week stay at the Ashram. It was water splashing time one Monday in the swimming pool at a nearby ethnic resort to where we took them for a cooler refreshment. We took them to Rameshwaram temple where the kids enjoyed getting drenched in water and for a change without getting scolded from the elders. The hired guide explained to kids about the legend behind the temple and also about the importance of taking bath with water from 22 different wells before entering the inner sanatorium. On our way back we got down at Pamban Bridge and enjoyed the scenic beauty of sea from atop the bridge taking back memories imprinted in videos and photographs. After this we went to a nearby beach aptly named 'Khushi Beach' meaning happiness. We bought lemon and water containers and made lime juice for the kids at the sea-shore. It was fun and fulfilling to see all of them coming together to help us in preparing and later to collect the litter from the area. Then we proceeded to make the kids take a dip in the sea with all the staff forming a protective barricade around the kids beyond which they were not allowed to venture. We organized a blindfolded payasam eating competition during happy assembly. All of us had a wonderful time laughing our heads off seeing the kids smelling their way to payasam. There was face painting competition that saw the kids coming up with innovative ideas that were given a pictorial representation on the face of their friends much to the merriment of both the painter and the canvas. Talent show displayed the kids adeptness in singing and dancing embellished with a touch of professionalism in their performances. Yoga vacation concluded and a modest number of new guests started arriving to enroll for the next vacation program.

    Mid May saw the first ever Kids Camp of our Ashram culminat with the final week flying by. We had Lalitha Sahasra Naama Puja with the kids seeking blessings from Devi. We had torrential rainfall here in Madurai, forcing us to limit the kids to indoor activities. We showed them cartoon movies like Good Dinosaur to keep them engaged during rains. One Thursday evening we took them out for their swimming sessions. Suresh ji with his family was here for the final days of Kids Camp. The treasure hunt saw the kids running hitherto all around the Ashram to solve the riddles given to them. Parents started arriving early on graduation day to attend the graduation program. We had Talent Show with programs like singing, dancing and drama performances by the kids for which preparations had been going on for the past weeks. All of them gave a terrific display of their talents in front of their parents, making them feel proud. Most of the kids left, leaving behind fond memories for all staff members. We bade farewell to Damodhara who left for Canada. Next, it was day out with all the staffs, as a token of thanks and gratitude to them to have put in their share of hard work for the Summer Camp. Yoga vacation program then commenced with some of the older guests opting to stay back for few more days. Thanking our Masters for their blessings in the successful completion of our Kids Camp. Om Shanti. Pranams to all.

    TTC Reports in locations other than Ashrams:

    No reports this month.


    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya
    The highlight was the visit of the Acharyas Swami Durgananda and Swami Sivadasananda, accompanied by Swami Ramapriyananda on Hanuman Jayanti. There was a simple but strong morning Pooja for Hanuman and in the evening an Asana workshop with Swami Ramapriyananda and a Satsang with Swami Sivadasananda. Many students and teachers took the chance to share their wisdom and experience. Another highlight was a one week retreat in an old mill in the middle of a nature resort 120 km out of Berlin. Everybody gladly joined the activities consisting of daily two Asana classes, two meditations, a lecture and an additional meditative walk and soon could feel the benefit of the regular practice. The weather was splendid. The students returned highly inspired.  For the Pentecost weekend Swami Gokulananda and Kailas from Orleans went to Poland for a program in different polish cities. It was very successful, there were many new people participating in the different activities. Students and teachers could reconnect to the energy of the masters. Further we had a TTC prep and a Yoga 1 weekend course which were both well attended by inspired students. Satsangs are well visited, many students are supporting the Centre with Karma Yoga. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya

    During early May the Centre was blessed by the Sannyas initiation of a long time staff. She took Sannyas in Canada three weeks ago and now we are waiting joyfully for her to return to the Centre. She was initiated as Swami Shivapriyananda.
    We had a teachers meeting, where teachers manifested cheerfulness for the new Swami. Almost all the team of yoga teachers was present and after the meeting, we had a workshop about teachings and correction of postures. Teachers were happy having this opportunity to review the technique and benefits of asanas and pranayama. This workshop is going to be taught once a month.

    Mid May saw the Centre begin a new meditation class. The "Bhagavad Gita" workshop continued, led by Swami Premananda. Swami Sivapriyananda arrived to the Centre, very pleased after Sannyasa's initiation in Canada. Kanti Devi arrived to the Centre with Chandra to begin the Yoga Festival, commemorating the 16th anniversary of the Sivananda Centre in Buenos Aires. There were several events to mark the anniversary, including workshops, led by Kanti Devi, Swami Premananda and Swami Dayananda. There was a lunch to greet the new Swami and Kanti Devi. There were 30 professors at the event, all in a festive spirit. Prem & Om to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China

    Om Namah Sivaya!
    During early May Sivani and Swami Narayanananda returned from the retreat in Beijing, then preparing right away for a retreat in the city of Xi'an the following weekend.  Saraswati has been looking after the Centre with help from local karma yogis. Classes were quiet, while the meditation course continued steady. 11 participants joined us for a weekend retreat in Xi'an. Most of them are new to Swamiji's teaching. One of the participants had been practicing for 12 years based only on his reading of CIBY, and he now experienced his first classes with a teacher. We hoped he will be joining us for TTC in September.  Students were happy to discover an integrated system of Yoga practice beyond just asana and are keen to practice further.

    During mid May Swami Narayanananda and Sivani left for the city of Kunming, in the South of China, to participate in the China-India Yoga Festival. In Kunming we met with Nataraj and Kalyani from Neyyar Dam, and India staff Anisha, who would all be teaching at the Festival. Sundari from China also met us there to assist with translation. The Festival was organized by the City of Kunming with cooperation of the Indian Embassy in China. Senior teachers from three other major Yoga schools from India participated in the event. The opening ceremony of the festival was reported on China Central Television. During the four-day festival, we taught two classes daily, introducing Master's and Swamiji's teaching of Yoga of Synthesis and the five points of Yoga. Students from different parts of China participated with enthusiasm. Many of the classes had over 100 participants practicing closely together. We were struck by the openness and enthusiasm of both students and organizers, who were happy for us to include the teaching of kirtan and mantras in our classes. Kirtan sessions proved very popular, with the size of the group of participants growing during the session as people were attracted by the sound. We enjoyed wonderful hospitality from our Chinese hosts. Back in Chengdu, staff member Saraswati took care of the Centre and all classes for the week. Prem & Om to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India

    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre.

    During early May we started morning beginners and a kids camp, which will last for 1 week with various yogic activities for kids during their summer break. One of our staff members, Isabel, left the Centre, we wished her all the best and hoped to see in the Centre soon. We also welcomed Thomas, our new staff member who completed his TTC in Neyyar Dam in 2014 and is dedicated to offer his help and do karma yoga duties in the Centre. We held a beautiful Bhoomi Pooja to mark the beginning of renovation and construction of the Centre building. All the guests, students and Centre staff members participated in the Pooja ceremony, followed by special breakfast and prasad. We hope that with Swamijis blessings the construction will run smoothly and will be finalized soon. The rest of the activities in the Centre were carried as usual.

    During mid May we finished the morning beginners course and started an evening beginners course with a good number of students. Construction work was carried out efficiently, despite hot weather in Chennai, where temperatures reached 40C sometimes. Luckily we also were blessed with a few days of rain, which brought freshness and smile on people's faces :). The rest of the activities in the Centre were carried as usual, all staff members are performing their karma yoga duties and making sure that the Centre operates efficiently and for the benefit of everyone. With the blessings of God and Masters, we send Pranams to the Sivananda family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!
    During early May warm weather and the finally arriving summer brought many of our students back and drop-in classes cheered up. Yoga 1 & 2 courses continue well. We finished a Yoga 2 course with happy students who will continue straight with Yoga 3 also. Lalita Chaitanya was away at the Camp, among the three Brahmacharis to be initiated into Sannyas during the EBM. She is now known as Swami Satyapremananda. After the initiation, she returned to the Ranch with Srinivasan and Swami Paramananda to spend a few months there, including June TTC and July ATTC. 

    During mid May drop-in classes and Yoga courses continued well. We finished a Yoga 1 course with smiling students and started a new Yoga 3. An intensive meditation course came to an end, as well. A highlight event that we waited eagerly, was 108 Sun Salutation Challenge, to raise funds for main building's repair project. It went well. We're so grateful for the support of our lovely students and teachers. Staff are well, giving thanks for the grace and guidance of the Gurus, and sending pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early May was wonderfully busy in the DaLat Centre. Three residents stayed at Centre. We opened new two classes, Yoga 1 for beginner at 6:00-7:00am and 9:15-10:45am. These classes were taught by Sivashakti and Saraswati with assistants are new staffs: Mukunda, Radhika and Karma Yogi: Vidya Devi. The Open House was successful. Some students registered for Yoga 1 after that. Also, open classes were filled with students and tourist.

    During mid May residents came for Yoga Vacations and training. They appreciated the Yoga Life and the beautiful weather of Dalat. Yoga 1 for Beginners finished and students registered for Yoga 2 right after that. A Headstand workshop was very successful. Students did learn how to come to the pose correctly, and keep the pose steady, how to not make mistakes, and also some new variations. Saraswati and staff with Swami Sitaramananda were very busy preparing for the programs 2017 for K Lan resort next year when we plan to rent the facility year round for Yoga Vacations and Yoga and Ayurveda courses. This required many visits to government offices for guidance in paperwork. We were praying for Guru's blessings in this endeavor which will be a big blessing for Vietnam.  Saraswati and Ganga visited the Yoga Farm for the 45th year anniversary of the Yoga Farm and also for visiting HQRS Canada and others SYVC location. Staff is being trained to take over the Centre in their absence. Om Namah Sivaya.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early May we started with the beginners course for 10:00am and 6:30pm batch. Weekend beginners classes also started. We conducted the Surya Namaskar workshop and Shat Kriya workshop. With the grace of Gurus and the will of Almighty all the classes went very well. We saw more students enrolling for the courses. As the number students started to increase we saw the responsibility of us increasing to serve them better.

    During mid May we started with the beginners course for 10:00am and 6:30pm batch. For the summer vacation for the kids, we started the Kids Camp. We gave a special yoga class for the National Law University Students and Staffs who were interested in yoga. We conducted the hip flexibility workshop. The meditation classes started on Saturdays. The Summer arrived in Delhi. The temperature was high and also because of the summer vacation we were seeing a less number of students for the 10 am class. Apart from that, everything went very well here. With God's grace and gurus blessings all the staff members are doing good. Praveenji came back to the Centre, continuing with the service. Om Trayambakams. Our prayers to all. Om Namo Narayanaya. Pranams.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya

    Early May started with two beginners' course one at 10am and the other at 6:30pm. We also "Foundation to Meditation course". Karoona ji and Neelkanth ji came to the Centre for few days. Neelkanthji left for Sivananda Kutir, Uttrakashi. We conducted the Sunday Satsang at 6:00pm. With thy Grace and the blessings of the Masters everything at the Centre went well. 

    During mid May we started with two beginners' course one at 10:00am and the other at 6:30pm. We prepared, getting good response and advance registration to start first batch of the Kids yoga summer camp on May 23rd.  With the blessings of the Masters all went well and the daily schedules of open class, beginners' course, Foundation to Meditation course, Gentle yoga, kids class, Prenatal yoga, special classes and Satsang are going fine. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Noida, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Noida.
    During early May, with the Grace of Gurus, all went well at the Centre. We started a beginners course at 6.30 a.m on Mondays, with good number of students. All other classes including open classes went well. Krishna left for home for ten days.

    During mid May we offered a beginners course at 4 p.m All others classes went well.  The number of students was not increasing because of severe hot weather. We have to suspend the Gentle Yoga classes because of shortage of staff and also could not start the summer yoga camp for children. All went well with the Grace of Gurus. With the Blessings and Grace of our Beloved Masters, we send Pranams and our best wishes to all the Sivananda family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    On Sunday afternoon there was a fire next to our annex, where the office and a second asana hall are located. Luckily nobody was injured and the flames did not spread out to the Centre but the annex was contaminated by the smoke and had to be professionally cleaned. A part of the office was moved to the kitchen and the Centre continues with the full schedule while staff and students are adapting to the new situation. The architect of the building came to evaluate the situation for the planning of the renovation of the ceiling and painting the walls and we hope to be fully operational soon. On the weekends we had a beginners' intensive course 1 and 2 and a TTC-prep with inspired students as well as a Pranayama-workshop with many students staying for the whole day. We also had a good open day with an interested and focused group of new students and many students coming by for course-cards. Staff attended a meeting with members of the Indian Embassy in Geneva for the planning of the IYD at the United Nations Organization. Hanuman Jayanti was celebrated with a a very serene Puja and last Sunday a Puja for Peace with Om Namo Narayanaya chanting was held. Devotees came with flowers and Prasad and the altar is radiant and full of prana. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early May was inspiring with much new energy in the Centre.  The staff put out much effort for the open house and we had a good turnout with more than 20 people coming and signing up for courses.  The training of recent TTC graduates continued with afternoon workshops Tuesday through Friday.  Many new outside teachers were assisting and doing trial classes with the staff.  We started a Yoga Two course, and finished most of the courses of the previous month.  A student of our affiliated Centre in Hanoi joined us as a resident for three days. She very much enjoyed and learned from her stay here.

    During mid May our new staff member, Dharmini, began teaching her first yoga one course with many students.  This was the first early course we have had in some time.  With several morning courses, the Centre was busy as never before!  One weekend we had two workshops:  On Saturday a traditional Vietnamese natural doctor, Dr. Son, came to present Proper Yoga Diet for the summer season, and on Sunday Dharmini led her first cooking workshop to prepare traditional Vietnamese vegetarian dishes.  We continued to train teachers how to teach courses with daily workshops.  Many new teachers came for Karma Yoga and assisting classes. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early May the London Centre was a hive of activity this week, beginning with a weekday cooking workshop entitled 'Simple Vegetarian Dishes for Busy People'. The students left feeling nourished in body as well as mind, inspired with their newly learned cooking skills. We also held a TTC Preparation Day and a special programme entitled 'Prana & the Astral Body', which brought many students here for the full day. We had very well attended classes at the weekend with the Saturday afternoon class spilling out of the classroom! The architectural drawings for the renovations of the entrance to the asana halls have been finalised and renovations are scheduled to start during the summer. A new element in the celebration around International Yoga Day is that a short asana class will be held in the Shard, the tallest building in Europe with 310 meters height. Students are reacting with much enthusiasm to the idea of practising their  asanas with unparalleled 360-degree views for up to 40 miles. A Puja at the end of the week left the altar looking very beautiful and created much positive energy that carried the staff through to the end of another blessed week.

    During mid May the new brochure planning is nearing completion and offers a varied programme ranging from a Summer Yoga Festival in a nearby park along the Thames, residential certificate courses and guest speakers on the Indian Spiritual Heritage to retreats in the UK and France. We celebrated the beauty of new life with the weekend How to teach Yoga during Pregnancy and were happy to welcome 21 TTC graduates for the programme. The Centre was full of pregnant bellies, some genuine, and some replicated with a balloon under the T shirt to practice the modified asanas in the workshop. Satsangs this weekend were well attended, with students paying their respects to the Divine Mother with many Devi kirtans, creating a very nourishing atmosphere that was felt by all. We also held a photo shoot for the new brochure, bringing a team of enthusiastic yogis together to practice in front of the camera. Salutations to all. Om Namah Sivaya.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    During early May Yoga One Course continues with enthusiasm and the students are very engaged, asking many questions about the Yoga teaching. Wednesday evening Satsang focused on Krishna chants, introducing Him to the students with short stories and images. For Gita Study we started to discuss chapter four, students participate well, everyone  had lots to share. Sunday is Mother's Day, we chanted Sunday Prayers and read from Swami Sivananda's teaching on Bhakti Yoga. This week we also did Saraswati Puja both at the Centre and at Panchavati. Staff are well and are sending Pranams to all. May Grace of the Guru continue to shelter and guide us. 

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    This month an interesting new TTC location in South Spain was visited. Several maintenance projects were done, including organizing the library, refurbishing the bathrooms and renovating the large courtyard floor (done by the owner), which is now looking beautiful. The Centre brochure was finalized and ready for graphic design. Preparations for 5 day Spring Festival "The essence of Yoga" was the main focus and much Prana went in distribution of brochures, publicity and newsletter. We are looking forward to this event. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early May started with a good rain to relief from extreme heat for some days. We purchased a new two wheeler scooter and also an computer CPU for the office. Kids Summer Yoga Camp successfully moved into third week. Other classes like Open, advance, private, and gentle classes were going well with gurus grace. Sunday Satsang was highly energetic with some of students and outsiders. All staffs are taking care of their own Sadhana along with Centre activities.

    Mid May was quite for the Centre where it was continuously rain for two days. Temperatures reduced and for a moment it was looking like it is winter, not summer. There was a state election. The result of these elections where Tamil people made a history to bring again the same govt. In Tamil Nadu history so far non party has come second time, there was a change in each five years.This mark that people were happy enough with Amma work and gave her chance to continue ruling the state for next five year. Though the Centre was open for these two days but non turn for any classes. Hence our student nos graph and income gone down. On Friday our one month Kids Camp got over with nice ceremony where we called all the parents for meeting. Kids demonstrate Asana to their parents and all the parents were happy with their kids performance. The benefit of Asana were explain to the parents and also was told them how  Asana help to increase their memory and concentration. All parents commit that they are putting the kids for our weekend daily classes which will start from June. We also were glad to attend the final ceremony of first Summer camp of our Meenaskhi Ashram on Saturday. All staff went to the Ashram stays there for till kids talent show which was amazing with all kind of performance like Bhajan, Yoga Asana, Dance, Drama ect. We looking forward to have an good week ahead. Pranams to one and all from Madurai Centre. Everything else was fine, with Gurus grace. Pranams to all from Temple city Madurai Centre. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi!!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Milano, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya from Northern Italy.
    Om Namo Narayanaya to the Sivananda family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early May we began with a new May beginner's courses on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, an all of them with great assistance.
    We continue with regular, elderly and children classes regularly.

    During mid May we had only the 6:00 pm Regular class because of the holiday. The rest of the week we continued with regular classes normally. Three of the beginner's courses had their 3rd class and the Monday's group had their 2nd. We started with the Intensive beginner's course on Friday 20th at 8:00 pm with a very good attendance and a great response from the students. Om Shanti!!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early May Kanti Devi spent the week at the Centre and led Satsang, talking about the foundations of Sadhana by Swami Sivananda. Her main duty was caring for her granddaughter, Sarah, while Mirabai her daughter was teaching a course close by. It was wonderful to have Kanti and the baby with us, and we hope to see her again soon! Classes continued to draw in many students. The Tuesday Yoga 1 continued with 10 students. Swami Shivabhaktananda concluded with a lively satang. With the help of many karma yogis, we have been giving the Centre a deep cleaning, from the ceiling to the trimmings! Two computer experts are helping to set up the bar code scanner and print new membership cards so we maximize the use of the mind and body software! Many teachers returned from spending the winter in warmer countries, bringing in some fresh energy. We are ever grateful for the blessings of Master and Swamiji.

    During mid May, with all the support of our teachers and karma yogis, the Centre continued to run smoothly. The yoga classes and the yoga 1 & 2 courses ran very well at the Centre. We had the last class of Yoga 1 with Uma and Vishnu with 13 happy students, who are looking forward to continue with yoga 2. We had a special weekend at the Yoga Camp for all members, students and families from the Montreal Centre. Many of our teachers and karma yogis joined the program and they were very happy doing karma yoga at the Ashram. The weather was beautiful and we were able to enjoy the yoga classes outside on the platform. The program for the kids was very well planned by Uma, Veena and Subramanya. They had different activities; including games, chanting, asana class, relaxation... and  they were also excited with their karma yoga duties. We had a bonfire with a wonderful kids' talent show; also the kids organized the adults' talent show, where the kids were the judges. We had a joyful weekend and all the Centre members were very happy and grateful for this family weekend experience at the Ashram.  We are ever grateful for Master and Swamijis grace. Sending Pranams to all!!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    This month we had a workshop about "How to overcome anger" which combined little theory with lots of practice. An inspired group was participating in the TTC Preparation Day. Sigrid Siebert nutritionist from Frankfurt visited the Munich Centre. She gave an informative lecture about modern and healthy diet for vegetarians, which was followed intently by the students. In the Priest program end of the month Yagneshwara Dixid performed three Pujas for the Centre. The program began with a Murti-Puja for Ganesha followed by two Yantra-Pujas. The first with a Sudarshana-Yantra and chanting of the 1008 names of Vishnu and the second with a Rama-Yantra and Abishekam for Lord Hanuman. The energy of the Centre was beautifully uplifted. The correction workshop for teachers of the Centre focused on "Backwardbends – limitations and expansion". All were inspired and eager to put the knowledge into practice. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    Early May was marked by the arrival of Nirmala and Satyadev, two gifted and inspiring Sivananada yoga teachers who run Atman Yoga, an affiliate Centre in Medellin, Colombia. They had just finished teaching the TTC in the Bahamas and were here at the Centre (and the Ranch) to share some of their knowledge, experience/s and inspiration with us here. They facilitated workshops at the Centre and the Ranch as well as leading a number of Satsangs. The focus of workshop at the Centre was "sankalpa: the power of yogic resolutions". As a practical tool for developing spiritual goals, making resolutions, and monitoring progress they designed and produced what they call a 'Yogic Agenda'. This is a beautiful practical resource which many students, staff, and teachers have received.Classes and courses continued here as usual during the week. We had a good turnout of participants for Open House on Saturday plus a number of teachers and outside karma yogis who helped make it a such a success…and fun! We have also been thrilled at the number of new people who have stepped forward to offer us a hand here at the Centre. It's so encouraging to see that support for the Centre.

    During mid May we had the usual flow of student traffic for classes and courses. We have Yoga 1 and 2s on the go in addition to the regular asana class schedule. Swami SatyaPremananda was here from the Ranch on Wednesday again to lead both the yoga philosophy course called 'Overcoming Obstacles' and then Satsang afterwards. The students and Centre community really appreciate the practicality she brings with her depth of knowledge on this subject. On the weekend we had a well attended (a packed house actually) workshop on the headstand facilitated by Shanti, one of the seasoned instructors here. This always seems to be a popular workshop for the students trying to master this more challenging asana. Swami Paramananda visited the Centre this weekend as well. He taught the advanced class on Sunday which featured the balancing poses. After the class he led the Satsang on the topic of "Building one's prana". Swamiji always has an inspiring way to talk about a topic most of us are familiar with. Sharing some soup after Satsang is a popular part of the evening too. Sri Hari, a long standing karma yogi made the most delicious soup. All the Staff is well and send their pranams. All the Staff were well and send their Pranams. With Guru's grace, we will be blessed and inspired to carry on his peace mission. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of the month, we had an uplifting weekend with the south Indian priest Yagneshvara Dixit, who performed 3 Pujas. A powerful murti Puja for: Ganesha, Krishna, Sarasvati, Siva and Hanuman on Saturday evening. A Siva and Durga Puja Sunday morning a Sri Yantra Puja Sunday evening and a Puja from Swamiji's  Puja book. Swami Kailasananda had a positive meeting with the cultural service of the Indian Embassy for the Yoga day Celebration in Paris. The Sivananda Organization will support the Embassy giving an asana and meditation class in the big square in front of Notre Dame Cathedral. This month, we had a well attended kirtan course and a head stand workshop. A positive thinking and a meditation courses started with groups of motivated students. Staff and karma yogis put good prana with the promotion, preparation and actual teaching of an ayurvedic cooking weekend with Ayurveda Acharya S.K. Kamlesh. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    Staff send their pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om Om Om.

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    During mid May we were very happy to have Nataraj and Kalyani at the Centre for a day and happy that they got theirs Visas. Attendance was a bit low due to the heavy rain, but the weather turned beautiful for the class in the park. People keep registering for the Retreat in Umbria. Pranams to all from Roma. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    During early May Dr Vignesh Devraj (Sivananda TTC graduate), from South India, gave a compelling talk on Panchakarma Tuesday evening. There was a good turnout. (Maybe we should consider launching a Tuesday Evening Talk Series.) Swami Kashi Muktananda was with us for the weekend. He led the Bhagavad Gita class on Friday spending the entire session on Chapter 2, verse 16—sat vs asat and the path of action vs the path of knowledge. He gave talks on Vedanta over the weekend, reminding us that objects have nothing to do with happiness and that the observer is not a thought. He delighted us with stories at Sunday Satsang.

    During mid May Sankari Chaitanya spent several days at the Yoga Farm, and was back to host a sitar concert with Partha Bose and Indranil Mallick, both extraordinary musicians. We were honored to have them at the Centre. We offered a Hip Opening workshop and Yoga Nidra session. Sivani and Lakshmana kept classes going. Gajananam lead Sunday evening Satsang and taught highlights of the Gita, Chapter 4. Pranams to all from the new San Francisco Centre.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early May we came back from the Passover retreat and started to put all our efforts in the promotions of the upcoming courses. A new advanced meditation course opened with 10 students, and on Thursday new Yoga 1 started with12 participants and a beginners meditation course opened with 10. Pranava left the Centre on her way to the Yoga Retreat were she will be assisting in the May TTC. Shankara Chaitanya landed in Israel after a month long stay in the Yoga Retreat teaching in the ATTC.

    During mid May the intensity of the activities is Centre accelerated. We had a very successful three introduction classes, for Positive Thinking and Meditation courses, and Guided Imagery & Positive thinking workshop. The courses will start in two weeks after another introduction classes next week. We were also promoting a new Yoga 2 course, Pranaya workshop, Indian cooking workshop, Yoga 3, Yoga 1 and a new Urban Retreat all starting in the next 12 days. As Pranava was in the Bahamas we were very lucky and happy to get the precious help from Amba who came to be with us for 4 days, taking care of the Centre and allowing Shankara Chaitanya and Bhargavi to fucus on telemarketing and filling up the many courses. We went to Mata only to find out that the Ashram there is also very busy with major construction project of expending the deck into a huge platform, and the building of a new kitchen, as well as hosting a festival of Indian food which attracted about 150 people. In spite of the commotion we had a great time and were able to rest well and practice a lot. Pranams to all the Sivananda Family from the Tel Aviv Centre.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    During early May the long consecutive holidays called "Golden Week" finished. Using Golden Week, people can take a relatively long vacation because several national holidays and the normal weekends continued like off-and-on holidays. Although the Centre was keeping an usual schedule during the holidays, the number of students attending classes were quite unstable. A "Headstand workshop" taught by Tara was held and 18 students participated. One Saturday, we had Karma Yogi's meeting to discuss the plan for Centre's 5th anniversary scheduled in late June. 

    During mid May "Kirtan workshop"  by Bhakti was held and 20 students joined. Most of the students were TTC graduates but there were some students who found out about this workshop through internet searching a word "kirtan" not knowing anything about Sivananda Yoga. Considering an increased interest in Kirtan among Yoga students in Japan, we planned to offer Kirtan workshop more often. 2 courses of Yoga1 were finished this week, and 17 students in total completed these courses. Most of them signed up for Yoga 2 course. Twelve participants came over to take a "Trial Class". Om and Prem to all the Sivananda family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early May a Yoga 3 with Meditation practice started with fourteen students. We had Chair Yoga Course with Anjaneya who came to teach from Ottawa. It was very nice to see students and teachers interested in accommodating older people and people for whom it is too challenging to do regular yoga practice. Prahlad and Saraswati taught at the fundraising event for ST Michael's hospital. The attendance was very good and lots of funds were raised for the cause. Morning started with kirtan performed by Vikram, Siva and Charu, our teachers. The event was organized by Yogi Raj, our long time teacher who is very dedicated to all charitable causes. Bhavani came back from US  as she wanted to spend some time in Toronto Centre before coming to Yoga Camp in the summer to be staff at the Kids Camp.

    During mid May a new Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses started. Teen Yoga started as well with returning teens and some joining for the first time. Prahlad cooked a lovely meal on Sunday before giving Satsang in the evening, attended by a lot of students. Victoria Day long weekend, for which lot of people in Toronto go out of town so many of our teachers organized a picnic in  High Park, one of Toronto largest parks, where they enjoyed the beautiful Spring weather and famous cherry trees that were in full blossom. Lots of students came for Friday and Sunday evening Satsangs. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    During early May a beginners' batch for ladies started on Mondays. Rajesh & family went on a holiday for 3-4 days. We had conducted a Headstand workshop for the students, which helped them to improve their posture. Open, Kids, Gentle Yoga and Advance class went well. Satsang was led by Rajesh.

    During mid May a new batch was commenced on Monday evenings. A Chanting class also started in the Centre. This will be conducted once a week. One Saturday evening there was a workshop on Surya Namaskar for the students, which helped them to improve their postures. Satsang was led by Rajesh. Pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Beginning of May we had an Open House with trial class, a meditation introduction, a short lecture about yoga including an asana demonstration, a cooking workshop and an information session for the teachers training course and the yoga vacation program. We also had an Ayurveda special program with Dr. Shanti Kumar Kamlesh - two informative lectures and a wonderful cooking class. Further special activities were a Surya Namaskar workshop and a Raja Yoga Course. We are looking forward to our big yoga and music festival "The Essence of Yoga" from 3 to 9 June. There will be many special asana workshops, lectures, recitations from the yoga scriptures and Indian music. Come and join us! OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius.
    This month we have started with several beginners courses. We also started with so far highest course in Vilnius Centre – Yoga 21. We welcomed Ayurveda Acharya Dr Kamlesh who gave well attended and received lectures, cooking class. Power point with slides, explanation of first steps to Ayurveda, doshas and spices were presented.  Students received valuable information & different advices for maintaining healthy life style. Monthly Open Day took place where all students stayed for the full program. We are very happy to see good attendance for our evening and morning Satsangs. Poster runs in the different schools, colleges and universities were done regularly. We have arranged a nice area near to the entrance, putting some chairs, tables and spring flowers were planted, students can sit in the open air before the yoga class. OM.

    Mental attitude is more important and not the object on which you meditate. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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