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Sivananda Yoga FAQ
Hatha Yoga Tips
Yoga Sanskrit Glossary
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
International News - Centres
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Dwarka, Delhi, India
Nataraja, Delhi, India
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Los Angeles, USA
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|OM NAMAH SIVAYA!|
Om Namah Sivaya
Greetings to all from the Sivananda Headquarters. With the grace of Swamiji, the Sivananda Organization continues to grow, finding a way to give inspiration toward propagating Yoga, Meditation and spiritual growth.
We are very happy to inform you, by the grace of Master and Swamiji, we just opened another Sivananda Yoga Centre near New Delhi, India, adding it to the two already existing centres in that city of 9.9 million. The new Sivananda Centre is located in Noida, across the Yamuna River from New Delhi. The asana classes in the new Centre already picked up very quickly after the inauguration.
In China, a first-ever TTC course just started, with a full schedule of Swamiji's teachings. This special opportunity is the first time philosophy lessons by any organization has been offered in China. We are very glad that Swamiji's teachings are spreading to the places where Yoga is never heard before.
As well, all other Sivananda Ashrams and Centres continue to grow stronger, both with an ever growing number of students and Karma Yogis.
We thank you for your continued support toward the expansion the Sivananda Organization.
May Master and Swamiji bless us always in our Sadhana and service.
Pranams to all!
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Ruthlessly break all barriers that divide or separate man from man. You will enjoy indescribable joy and supreme peace. - Sri Swami Sivananda
SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ|
|| Can prayers cure diseases when doctors fail? Is it true that more things are wrought by prayers than the world could dream of?
Doctors and medicines are only instruments in the hands of God. Unless God wills, none can cure, or get cured. Man should do his best, with initiative, enterprise and perseverance, but depend on God's grace for everything. To bear with suffering and accept it as a blessing of God in disguise is great wisdom. Prayer invokes the inner potentialities of the individual, which flow only from God, and they can certainly work miracles.
||"Atman is our real Self and we are, in reality, universal and absolute".
" The personal relative self involves the idea of individuality, but the Absolute does not."
The question arises -- are there two selves? One involving individuality and the other, without individuality, but universal?
There is really one Self which is the Absolute. The relative self is not something different from the Absolute Self, but it is only the Absolute Self experiencing, through the instrument of the mind. An object has an independent nature of its own, but when it is seen through a distorted coloured glass, it also appears distorted and coloured. It does not however mean from this that the object is both perfect and distorted at the same time. The difference is only in the means of perception and knowledge. This is the case also with the experience of the Absolute Self with the help of the finite mind, acting as the instrument of knowledge. The difference is in the medium of perception. The Reality is one.
|| I am very anxious to take Sannyasa. Will you kindly suggest a method to quench my thirst?
There are beautiful Ashrams throughout India where Nishkamya Seva is carried out. They are always in need of sincere and energetic workers. You can remain in any one of the Ashrams and help in the Ashram's activities. They will take care of your material wants. Do not be changing from one Ashram to another. Select the best that suits you and stick to it.
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Science is not the enemy of religion, but a preparation for it. - Sri Swami Sivananda
HATHA YOGA TIP
ANJANEYASANA - THE CRESCENT MOON
Anjaneya: "Son of Anjani" who is Hanuman.
A balance of weight on the back knee and front foot, with body emulating the shape of the crescent moon. You can practice this pose from early days of practice to increase your sense of balance and work on flexibility of back, hip flexors, thigh and chest expansion.
In the regular pose, begin on knees, and take one foot forward between your hands, foot flat on mat. Then extend the other leg back, with knee on the mat. You can relax the back foot. The thigh is well extended back. The front knee and ankle are vertically aligned. In this balanced position, with the back leg supporting much of the weight and toes of front foot helping the balance, look straight ahead with hands together in prayer position in front of your chest.
With further practice, on inhalation take up the arms straight overhead close to the ears and aim to lower hips a little more to the mat. Keep looking forward.
To attain the full pose, extend your body backward, taking the arms and head back and arching the back. Keep the arms aligned with the ears while extending the head back. The spine is deeply arched and the head, arms and hands complete the extension of the arch. Hold the pose 30 seconds while breathing deeply as the chest is well expanded allowing for deeper breathing. On exhalations reach back a little further each time.
Repeat the pose with the opposite leg back.
Tip: Use a folded blanket or chip foam block to protect the knee on the mat, if necessary.
Progress to a variation when ready: When you have reached your maximum bend backward, reach down and hold the leg or ankle on the mat with both hands, keep the arms straight.
Increase sense of balance
Increase flexibility of back, hip flexors, thighs
Expansion of chest
This yoga asana is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram sourced and edited from the Sivananda Publications - "Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion" – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010 and "The Sivananda Companion to Yoga". The Sivananda Yoga Centre - 2000.
Other yoga tips at
Create your inner world. Carry with you your own inner companions: Shanti (peace), Santosha (contentment), enquiry and courage. - Swami Sivananda
YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY
VIJAYA DASAMI – "10th Day" - is celebrated on the tenth day, which follows nine days of Durga Puja. Durga Puja or Navaratri commences on the first day and ends on the tenth day of the bright half of Aswayuja (September-October). It is held in commemoration of the victory of Durga over Mahishasura, the buffalo-headed demon. In Bengal her image is worshipped for nine days and then cast into water. The tenth day is called Vijaya Dasami or Dussera (the "tenth day"). Processions with Her image are taken out along the streets of villages and cities.
The mother of Durga (that is, the wife of the King of the Himalayas) longed to see her daughter. Durga was permitted by Lord Shiva to visit her beloved mother only for nine days in the year. The festival of Durga Puja marks this brief visit and ends with the Vijaya Dasami day, when Goddess Durga leaves for her return to Mount Kailas. This is the view of some devotees.
Sri Rama worshipped Durga at the time of the fight with Ravana, to invoke Her aid in the war. This was on the days preceding the Vijaya Dasami day. He fought and won through Her Grace.
In days of yore, kings used to undertake ambitious expeditions on the day of the Vijaya Dasami. Those kings who did not go on such expeditions used to go out hunting in the deep forests. Even up to this date India people arrange mock attacks on a fort on Vijaya Dasami in Rajputana.
The tenth day, Vijaya Dasami, marks the triumphant ovation of the soul at having attained liberation while living in this world, through the descent of knowledge by the Grace of Goddess Saraswathi. The soul rests in its own Supreme Self or Satchidananda Brahman. This day celebrates the victory, the achievement of the goal. The banner of victory flies aloft. Lo! I am He! I am He!
On the Vijaya Dasami day, all aspirants are given initiation into various Mantras according to their tutelary Deities. Deserving aspirants are initiated into the holy order of Sannyas. Initiation in the study of the alphabets is given to young children. New students commence their lessons in music, etc. During the morning Satsang the books which were worshipped on the ninth day are worshipped again. A chapter from each of the principal scriptures like the Gita, Upanishads, Brahma Sutras, Ramayana, and Srimad Bhagavatam is recited.
Renunciation is the bestower of peace and immortality. - Sri Swami Sivananda
A complete Sanskrit Glossary can be found at:
From Discourse IV: "Kaivalya Pada - On Realization"
Introduction to the Fourth Chapter -
The final chapter of Patanjali's Raja Yoga Sutras discusses 'kaivalya', liberation or independence. The full-blown yogi develops perfect discrimination, or the ability to distinguish the Real from the unreal. He is no longer addicted by the three gunas of nature, and can distinguish 'Purusha'(Soul) from 'Prakriti'(nature).
IV.1. JANMAUSADHI-MANTRA-TAPAH-SAMADHI JAH SIDDHAYAH
'"Siddhis" are attained as a result of birth, medicinal herbs, Mantras, austerities or "Samadhi"(Super-Consciousness)'.
Siddhis that are brought into the present life by birth indicate their attainment in a previous life, but it does not guarantee that the individual is making proper use of them in this life. Those gained through chemical means are not necessarily associated with any level of spirituality at all, and can be easily governed by the ego. Siddhis achieved by Mantra repetition or tapas, austerities, are generally of a very high order as long as they are performed for attaining God-Realization rather than personal or material gain. Powers that come from 'Samadhi' are the purest, for they come to the aspirant without being desired. It must be remembered that siddhis are not the aim but a by-product of the path to God-Realization.
Only a sincere and earnest Sadhaka or spiritual aspirant knows the value of Satsanga or association with saints and sages. Satsanga gives the aspirant inner spiritual strength to face the struggle, overcome temptations, kill inner cravings, and fill the mind with positive divine thoughts. - Sri Swami Sivananda
From Discourse III: "Vibhuti Pada- On Divine Powers"
III.56. SATTVA-PURUSAYOH SUDDHI-SAMYE KAIVALYAM
'Kaivalya(liberation) is attained when there is equality between "sattwa" (purity) and "Purusha"(the Soul)'.
Liberation takes place when the mind has the same purity as "Purusha" itself. The purified mind recognizes its nature as "Purusha". The essence of this nature is, and always has been, bliss, freedom, peace, Self- sufficiency and perfection.
Remember and practice the six S's—Shanti (Peace), Santosha (Contentment), Satsanga (Association with Sages), Satya (Truthfullness), Serenity, and Seclusion. - Sri Swami Sivananda
PRUNE MOUSSE - A creamy simple dessert full of fibre. Prunes are an anti-oxidant superfood. Another plus factor is that they do not cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels and have a low glycemic index rating. Serves 4-6.
9 ounces dried prunes, pitted
1 cup water
1 tablespoon agar-agar flakes (for thickening)
1 tablespoon honey or date syrup
2 ¼ cups creamy plain yoghurt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¼ cup chopped nuts to decorate
Put the prunes and water in a pan and bring to boil, let simmer about 20 minutes until soft.
In a blender or food processor, blend till smooth.
Return prune purée to the pan, stir in the agar-agar flakes and simmer 2 minutes longer.
Leave to cool slightly.
When lukewarm, fold in the honey or date syrup, yoghurt and lemon juice.
Pour into individual dishes and chill until set.
Decorate with chopped nuts before serving.
Note: Vegans can substitute a soy based yoghurt or *Toasted nut dream for dairy yoghurt.
This recipe is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram, sourced from The Yoga Cookbook: Food for Body and Mind - Recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres" 1999.
Previous Recipes: http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/diet/recipes.html
Other recipes can be found in the Sivananda publication - "Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion" – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010
Always do good to others. Be selfless. Mentally remove everything and be free. This is divine life. This is the direct way to Moksha/Salvation. - Sri Swami Sivananda
|UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC, ATTC, Sadhana Intensive Courses|
Sep 26 - Oct 24/15
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Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Sep 27 - Oct 25/15
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Oct 04 - Nov 01/15
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Oct 17 - Nov 14/15
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Oct 18 - Nov 15/15
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Oct 26 - Nov 10/15
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Nov 08 - Dec 06/15
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Val Morin, QC, Canada
Nov 20 - Dec 19/15
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Nov 22 - Dec 20/15
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Nov 28 - Dec 26/15
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Taichung City, Taiwan
Dec 04 - Dec 31/15
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Dec 12/15 - Jan 10/16
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Reith, Tyrol, Austria
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Let your eyes look with kindness, your tongue speak with sweetness, your hand touch with softness. - Sri Swami Sivananda
SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - SEPTEMBER 2015
SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
Early September saw the Ashram's maintenance staff working on cleaning up at the Subramanya Temple after the Labour Day long weekend, plus beginning various painting jobs. A lot of the guests checked out after the Labour Day long weekend, keeping the housekeeping team busy for a few days! We celebrated Master Sivananda's birthday with an Abhishekam by Master and Swamiji's statues. There were over 10 guests and some lucky visitors. Bharata, Sita, Shambu, Ramdas, Sukhadev, Mahadev, Sashi and Sivaram attended the Pooja. It was a sunny day and a beautiful Pooja. All the staff together gave the kitchen a much needed deep cleansing after the busy summer months. That evening most of the staff went to the Montreal Centre to celebrate Swami Sivananda's birthday. Manjunath performed the Pooja at the lively Satsang, with over 45 students and teachers from the Centre. The following weekend was relatively cold and quiet, with around 30 guests. Vijay from Toronto conducted a North Indian cooking workshop that Saturday, attended by 12 guests. The staff numbers slowly reduced as we settled into the winter schedule. Everyone was busy with their duties, keeping the energy up for the guests. May Master and Swamiji's blessings be with us and that their light and teachings continue to guide us all.
Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
Om Namo Narayanaya!
Early September saw Swami Sivananda's birthday anniversary, starting with description of his life in the morning Satsang for the YV guests. Staff chanted his holy name throughout the day. We had a beautiful Puja during the evening Satsang with many oil lamps. Staff and guests were able to participate with mantra chanting and offerings. We welcomed new staff member, Hywel, from Wales. He was promptly given the spiritual name Hanuman. We held with two outside events; et marriage of Rohini, daughter of kitchen staff Padmini and house warming of Anil (SIH therapist). The house warming was a spiritual affair with Bhajan chanting and Lalita Sahasranama Puja, followed by simple meal.
During mid-September we started and finished on an auspicious note. Nataraj attended the foundation stone laying ceremony for the to be constructed Siva Temple on Kalipara hill. This is a popular destination for our silent walks to have a panoramic view of God's Own Country. We prayed for Guru's blessings to make the new Temple in good time. The Ashram held the monthly free Medical Camp for the community. Over one thousand people appreciated the service. There has also been some staff movements. Arathy has transferred to the new Noida Centre, Chika is taking two weeks break for homeo treatment, Pri has gone to Sri Lanka to renew his visa and Asmeena has joined as a new staff. Pranams & Om Namah Sivaya from all staff at Neyyar Dam.
Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
Om Namo Narayanaya. Please note: The Yoga Vacation program at Sivananda Kutir will not be available for the rest of 2015. Om.
Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
Om Namah Sivaya
Early September saw a reduced week, a week were students pay a reduced price. A group of 30 guests came. We celebrated Master's birthday with a beautiful Puja, conducted by the priest. We also offered a further training for Yoga teachers on how to teach Yoga for pregnancy, taught by Chandrika, from Munich. A group of 20 teachers attended. It was a full success. Many of the teachers finished the TTC in the last 12 month here, and they came also for the how to teach children a few month ago. Now we have 30 bookings for the TTC in Nov-Dec.
During mid-September we had an Asana Intensive week. We had workshops on benefits of Asanas, inverted poses, Asanas and joints, Asanas and Chakras, etc... We celebrated Ganesha Chaturthi with a beautiful Puja. We offered the special topic of "Yoga for the Back". Girija prepared a power point show and gave the lecture and Ananta gave a plumb line workshop where we could see some backs with scoliosis, kyphosis and lordosis. Students received personal advise on which Asanas are good for them. Kailas left for the weekend to Hamburg for a special program and Girija left for 10 days to help in Geneva and Paris for the special program with the Acharyas. Swami Gopalananda came for a weekend to help with teaching. We enjoyed his homourous Satsangs and good energy. Om Gam Ganapatayeh Namaha. OM.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
Om Namah Sivaya
Early September saw Swami Sitaramananda departing to Japan and China, traveling with Ananta Chaitanya, to give programs in Tokyo Centre and to teach the inaugural TTC in Chengdu, China. Meanwhile, the Yoga Farm was bustling with energy with many programs and events. The Ashram celebrated Master Sivananda's birthday with Akhanda Kirtan in the afternoon, a beautiful evening Puja/Homa led by Sw Vasishtananda at Swamiji's house, and film of Swami Sivananda in Rishikesh. Swami Jnaneswariananda taught the Meditation and Self-study course, offering classical Raja Yoga meditation techniques and theory. We thank Bill Levacy for his wonderful Beginners Jyotish course covering the fundamentals of Vedic Astrology (and how it supports Yoga Sadhana) with great insight and depth. A Beginners' Course taught by Sw Dharmananda was a full house with many new students introduced to the Ashram and the teachings. The hot summer weather gave way to cooler Fall temperatures and even a little rain, last seen in May.
During mid-September Swami Vasishtananda led the staff and guests on a procession to honour Lord Ganesha for Ganesha Chaturthi, with Arati to all the Ganeshas and lovely Puja in the Radha Krishna hall. The uplifting ceremony, complete with the sounds of conch shells, concluded with ladoos for all. The Yoga Farm welcomed Dr. Siva (Dr. Marc Halpern) for the Yoga Nidra teacher training. Students received 4 days of training and practice into the subtle teaching of Yoga Nidra, its application and benefits. Simultaneously, students attended the inspiring "Food as Medicine" course with Bharata Surya, teaching the Ayurvedic medicinal qualities of foods and including daily hands-on cooking workshops. The Beginners week, taught by Savitri, was greatly appreciated as new yogis learned the Five Points and received detailed instruction in the asanas and pranayama. Om Namah Sivaya to all blessed selves from the Yoga Farm.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
Om Namo Narayanaya
In early September we saw the September TTC class inaugurated on Master Swami Sivananda's birthday. We started the day with a beautiful Puja for Master in the Krishna Temple. Immediately after the Puja, we continued with Akanda Kirtan until the evening Satsang. The evening was the inauguration of our third TTC group this year. It is a diverse group of students, eager to study and practice yoga. The first week of classes went well and the students adjusted nicely to schedule and routine. We welcomed Swami Sivabhaktananda, Director of the Yoga Camp, who gave a weekend program on Yoga and Happiness. Swamiji gave very practical instructions in his humorous manner during Satsangs and in a workshop one Saturday. Swamiji then went into the New York City Centre to teach the advanced asana class and give the evening Satsang. Molly Birkholm (Mahadevi) arrived with two assistants to teach the i-Rest Yoga Nidra level 1 TTC. There were 27 students registered for the course, for the week long training, including our staff, Radha. The course provided participants the basic principles, history and theory of the practice and how to teach i-Rest. The Ashram is full of energy and prana.
Mid-September saw the second week of TTC with students doing well, asking probing questions during the lectures, fully engaged and eager to learn. Molly Birkholm (Madhavi) and her assistant Karen Soltes, taught iRest TTC level 1, providing basic principles of Yoga Nidra, theory and practice. There were 26 students in the five day course, from varied backgrounds: yoga teachers, mental health counselors, and military veterans, incorporating this method of deep meditation into their daily practice, and trained as iRest teachers. The TTC had their Kriya class which is always a favorite. Several staff helped assist, demonstrating the kriyas, and being available to support the students. Saraswati joined us from the Toronto Centre to lead Satsangs and give a workshop on how the yoga practice helps with stress and anxiety. Saraswati's insightful and humorous manner in conveying the teachings were well received by the guests and staff, and we especially enjoyed hearing stories about Swamiji. Mahadev Chaitanya celebrated his birthday, as well as Parameshwara, well-being staff, plus, a guest named Diana. As our tradition, they each had their own home baked pie, baked lovingly by Ambika. It was a fun moment celebrating all three birthdays together. We all enjoyed the special pineapple pie and ice cream. A Saturday workshop was well attended as Saraswati gave practical tips on how yoga can relieve stress, using humour and laughter to get the message across. Saraswati then went to the New York Centre to lead the evening Satsang before heading back to Toronto. The TTC had a day off. Many of the weekend guests returned home, so the Ashram was quiet for a short day. All staff are well, strong in their Sadhana and send their Pranams.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
During early September all guests were evacuated, due to the potential storm threat. Later, the numbers quickly rose as guests arrived to enjoy the "Cultivating Patience Through Yoga" and the "Power of Positive Thinking" retreats. During several Satsangs, we were given tools to power our minds with positivity, and cultivate patience through spiritual practice. The Ashram was flooded with new faces mid-week for our Labour Day Weekend Special. Our "Yoga For Busy People" workshops were well attended, giving our guests practical ways to maintain a daily practice regardless of their schedules. The highlight was our Krishna Jayanthi celebrations. It was an Ashram wide affair with guests and staff all participating to honor Lord Krishna. Many dishes were made. The Temple was decorated beautifully for the festivities. Many stories, chants, Pujas and teachings were done in the name of our beloved Krishna. The Satsang lasted well after hours, and everyone left the Temple with smiles on their faces.
During mid-September Rosh Hashanah concluded. We then began with a morning Satsang on taking fresh spiritual resolves. We welcomed Theodore Tsavoussis for a series of talks and workshops on healing the light body through Shamanic Medicine. Guests were taught a variety of shamanic methods to heal their light body (aura) for overall well being. Later we offered a selection of teachings by Swami Sivananda about the mind, it's mysteries and control, taught by various senior staff. We bade farewell for a second time this season to Swami Brahmananda who flew to Israel, to return in three weeks. Om Shanti from all the staff in Nassau.
Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
Om Namah Sivaya
In early September, after a rather dramatic change in the weather, we experienced cooler and wetter weather than we experienced this summer. The TTC's dove into their first week of teachings. The diverse group took some time to settle in, but seemed quite content by the end of the week. The TTC was also graced by the presence of Swami Kailasananda who gave some very inspiring lectures and Satsangs. We were also grateful for the invaluable support of a small but very dedicated team of Karma Yogis involved in cooking, cleaning, translating and helping at the reception. Stephen Quong shared his expertise on Vedic Astrology in three lively lectures. The students were fascinated in how the Vedic horoscope gives insights in health and personality, the effects of karma and free will and gives us guidance on the spiritual path. Meanwhile, in the Yoga Body-Check program, the guests explored the asanas and their effect on postural alignment, with personal guidance in the yoga classes and a much appreciated plumb-line workshop. The weekend was fully packed. The basic principles of yoga, concentration and meditation were introduced in the "Beginner's Guide to Yoga". Rajyashree Ramesh gave a beautiful program on South Indian Temple Dance. In three dance workshops Rajyashree taught how to communicate through dance and locate emotions in the body. The whole concept of space and emotion as specifically expressed in Indian dance makes it into a unique form of art. The absolute highlight however was Krishna Jayanthi. In a celebratory festival we honoured the many loving aspects of Krishna. The stage was decorated with fresh greens from the garden, transforming the stage into a Temple. At the Puja, some touching stories of Krishna were shared. The Puja itself was filled with Krishna's loving and somewhat mischievous energy melting our hearts to butter. The evening continued with a wonderful dance performance by Rajyashree Ramesh. Rajyashree had selected several dances that gave a fine rendering of the many faces of Krishna. Tea and snacks were served afterwards and rounded of a long day with a sense of inner fulfillment and great joy. OM.
Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Om Namo Narayanaya.
Greetings from Meenakshi.
Early September saw a celebration week, marking Swami Sivananda's birthday on September 8th. We had a quite Satsang in Temple, amidst cool breezes and blue morning. As usual, staff chanted Master's name in rotation. A feast was prepared, adding interesting dishes and desserts to the menu. That night, during Satsang, a video on Master's teaching was shown. On the Ashram activity side, we focused on breaking, building, shifting, ordering goods, shopping, cleaning and reorganizing all in preparation for TTC. Construction was initiated in the old yoga hall, above permanent women dormitory. As preparation, de-thatching the roof started completed in two days. Floor tiles were removed. The housekeeping store which was functioning from the room behind old yoga hall was shifted to the office block. The old roof of the kitchen was removed, due to the front space of Shanti Nivas is our new kitchen, breezy and bright. Two rooms served as a store. The library space became our new dining space. The required course materials were ordered. Boutique stock was completely checked and new orders of books, mats, CDs, posters, and clothing were placed. Complimentary TTC bags saw a new look that will possibly overcome the minor deficiencies of previous design. New registration cards, with improved layout, were made. Five compact sized karma yoga bamboo huts, both aesthetic and functional, were fabricated to be installed in different areas which will hold all the cleaning aids neatly concealed within its space. Nalini returned from Madurai Centre. Om Shanti. All are well and conveying Pranams.
TTC Reports in locations other than Ashrams:
TTC Poland: Arrival day for the TTC in Poland was the first of September. 64 students from 17 different nationalities, most of them eastern European joined for the course. The location of the TTC is very beautiful, directly located at the Baltic sea. The hotel hosting this course since 9 years did some renovation works in the halls and also at the reception area, which now has more space and light. The first week of the course went very well, everybody adapted to the daily schedule. The atmosphere is very good and students are very eager to learn the different aspects of yoga. The course this year is translated into Polish and Russian. Students had already 2 nice silent walks in the forest and along the beach. A team of Karma Yogis is very actively and full of energy helping to maintain the course including the kitchen. All are well.
The second week went very well. Students got used to the schedule and they enjoyed diving deeper into the knowledge of yoga in theory and practice. Angela Hope Murray arrived and we had a 3 day program on Ayurveda with two lectures and a cooking class which was very much appreciated by all. We had a small Puja for Masters birthday on the 8 of September. More translators, Teachers and Karma Yogis arrived to support the TTC.
Priest Yagneshwara was with us and did 3 uplifting Pujas, which was a new experience to many of the TTCs. Part of it was Ganesha Chaturthi which was celebrated with a Murti Puja well received by the students. During the weekend a teachers weekend for the polish teachers took place. A good group of TTC graduates joined to refresh their energy and to get new inspiration for Sadhana and teaching. Many of them did the TTC here in Poland and come back every year to reconnect. One highlight was the Lamp Puja with the Lalita Sahasranama chanting with the priest on Saturday evening. Most of the teachers left on Sunday, some stayed on as work studies to support the course. Jnaneshwara left after 3 weeks of teaching, Vashista, polish teacher and translator arrived together with his family as well as more Work Study to support the course.
SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Centres -
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya
In early September students and teachers enjoyed the last summer days as still some classes could still be offered in the open air on the platform. One Y2 course and several higher courses started. The Centre celebrated Master's birthday with a morning Puja, attended by a beautiful group of devoted students. A Meditation course was offered. Residents, Laura and Savitri, adapted nicely to the rhythm of the Centre and are of great support in the evening. Sunday evening Satsang was given by Kaivalya who supported the Centre during Swami Gokulanandas stay in Poland.
During mid-September a variety of courses started: Two Yoga Beginners Courses, a Meditation Beginners Course and the Yogic Cooking Course, in which every class begins with 30 min of theory about yogic diet combined with 60 min practice where the participants learn to prepare simple and healthy dishes. The TTC preparation began. The new brochure, with the programs for the next five month arrived. During the evening Satsangs on the weekends, students helped to get the brochure ready for sending, accompanied with joyful Kirtan singing. A spiritual highlight was the Ganesha Chaturthi, which we celebrated with a Puja. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Om Namah Sivaya
Early September saw a new temporary staff joining the Centre staff team. Her name is Amrita, from Chile. Parvati, who came a week before Amrita, was already fully adapted to the pace of the Centre. We began a new beginner's course, plus the workshop "Conquest of Anger". Prem & Om to all.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre.
In early September we finished an evening Beginners' course successfully, receiving a good feedback from our students. On 8th of September we celebrated Swami Sivananda Jayanthi. We decorated the Centre and the main hall. We held a Guru Puja in the evening, which was attended by many students and Sivananda teachers. At the end of the Puja we arranged for a special Prasad and fruits. Also, we continued with classes in an American school and an IT company, Extreme Network, as well as we continued with a special ladies' Beginners course. The rest of the activities in the Centre were carried out as usual. Staff members performed their karma yoga activities efficiently and productively.
Mid-September was very intensive and interesting at the Centre. We started a new Ladies Beginners' course on 14th September, with a good number of students. We started the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi, decorating the Centre and the main hall with flowers, offering a special Puja and preparing special Prasad. All the Ganesh Chaturthi events were widely attended by our students and staff members. On 18th of September we held our monthly Ganapathi Homa. In the morning we had a Puja, held by our priest. Again we prepared a variety of Prasad and arranged beautiful decorations. One of our long term staff members, Pradeep, finished his karma yoga duties and left the Centre. We were grateful for his great service and dedication. The rest of the activities in the Centre carried on as usual, with staff members performing their karma yoga activities efficiently and productively. With the blessings of God and Masters, everything was fine here. Sending Pranams to the Sivananda family.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
Om Namah Sivaya!
Early September we noticed it was fairly calm around the Labour Day holiday. The Centre remained open as usual, but the holiday weekend made for a quieter Centre. We had the first cold weather of the season, sometimes with rain. Later though, the temperatures warmed up again. The courses ran well. All activities continued normally, by the Grace of the Gurus.
During mid-September we saw slower attendance, and the temperature dropped, though there were many sunny days. The Yoga 2 and 3 courses finished. The Saturday-morning Yoga 2 continued well. Two new Yoga 1 courses also started. Many karma yogis of the Centre were either traveling or were sick. Upon return we were grateful for their extra help in the garden. Staff remain strong in their Sadhana. We felt great gratitude for the guidance and protections of the Gurus. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
Om Namah Sivaya
Early September was beautiful at the Dalat Centre. We had deep cleaning project of the Centre and also an advertising project to bring local people to come more for courses and classes. The residency program remained very successful here. Many people came for Open House and signed up for Beginners courses and Meditation courses in September. We felt a lot of Guru blessings at the Centre.
During mid-September we had a Yoga 2/Intermediate course, starting with a good number of students participating. The meditation course also attracted a lot of young people in Dalat interested in spiritual practice. Saraswati, the main staff of Dalat Centre, went to lead the Yantra Workshop in HCM Centre for 3 days. Staff and karma yogi from HCM also went to Dalat to help the maintenance project in Dalat Centre, bringing a very positive energy to Dalat. We felt a lot of blessings from Guru to the Centre. We were grateful for the Guru's Grace which continues to guide us. Pranams to all Sivananda Staff. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
Om Namah Sivaya
During early September, with the grace of the Lord and the blessings of Gurudev, all was sailing smoothly at the Centre. Beginners' courses, morning and evening, began. A highlight was H.H. Swami Sivananda ji's birthday celebration. We had a beautiful, energetic Satsang and talk on Swami Sivananda j'is life and his motto early in the morning. Three Swami jis Swami Govindananda ji, Swami Hariomananda ji, and Swami Janardhananda ji, attended with many of our students, teachers and staff. After Satsang we have offered a light breakfast, enjoyed by all the students. We conducted a Shat Kriya workshop, participated by many enthusiastic students. We had trial yoga class, a kids' class and Satsangs. The weather turned to more pleasant temperatures.
During mid-September, with the grace of the Lord and the blessings of Gurudev, everything went smoothly at the Centre. Beginners' courses began in the mornings and evenings. We conducted the headstand workshop attended by many enthusiastic students. The weather was pleasant. We were quite busy with weekend Pre-Natal classes, weekend beginners courses, Kids' classes and Satsangs. All are well. We hope all the Sivananda family are happy and doing well. Sending all our love and wishes. Pranams. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
Om Namo Narayanaya
Early September saw we started with two Beginners' courses, one at 10:00am and the other at 6:30pm. We also started a "Foundation to Mediation" course on Wednesdays. We conducted a lower back pain workshop on the same day. Prahladaji, Kaliyani ji and Ravi ji arrived to the Centre. A special open class with Prahladaji was schedule before we all travelled to the inauguration Ceremony of the New Noida Centre. Many students and teachers attended the special class and experienced the effect of Sivananda open class in body and mind. Prahladaji left to Canada on the same night, from the Centre. Ravi ji left to Chennai on the same day while Kaliyani ji left to Neyyar Dam. Binoy and Shreevidya came back from home. Kapoorji went to Jammu to conduct a workshop. Amit went with him to teach the asana class. We conducted Sunday Satsangs as usual, well attended by good number of people. With the blessings of the Gurus, everything in the Centre went well.
During mid-September the Nataraj Centre started two Beginners' courses - one at 6:30am and the other at 4:00pm. We conducted a Hip Opening workshop and a Shat Kriya workshop. There were the Sunday Satsangs to maintain the Centre's positive energy, stay connected with the Masters and energize ourselves. With the Grace of the Gurus everything went well at the Centre in September. Sending Pranams to All.
A Special Report:
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Kailash Colony, was pleased to announce, with Gurus' blessings, the opening a new Sivananda Centre in Noida, C- 46, Sector 50, New Delhi, on 8th September 2015.
Inauguration for Delhi Noida: We started the week in preparation for the inauguration Ceremony of the Centre on 8th of Sept. On this occasion Prahladaji was present as a chief guest. Three Swamis from the Himalayas, Shirleyji, Raviji from Chennai, Kaliyaniji, Vijayji and Nagarajji were all present on this occasion. Staffs, invited Teachers, students, friends and well-wishers were also present for the auspicious event. For the inauguration, Priests performed a Sri Ganapati Homa Puja while the guests and participants chanted. The Puja was followed by a lamp lighting program. Prahladaji gave a welcome speech and Kapoorji gave the upcoming activities of the Centre. The lamp was then lit by Prahladaji and other VIP's present. The next program was a demo class, performed by Babesh and Pooja with Yamuna ji leading them and explaining the postures. Prahlada ji read the message which we received from Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda and Swami Kailasananda. A lunch of South Indian dishes was served for all guests. The morning program completed successfully. After the inauguration, the Centre received more guests for an evening Satsang and Sri Lalita Sahasranama. The priest chanted to invoke the energy of divine Mother while offering flowers. Prahladaji lead the Satsang and invited the Swamijis to impart the knowledge and to give blessings for the new Centre. The Satsang was finished around 8:00pm with Arati. The next day morning at 6:30am the Centre was open for a trial class. A few students visited the Centre asking about practicing yoga. We looked forward to starting a Beginners' course and all the other scheduled programs on Sept 14th.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
Early September a Y1 started with a good group of students as well as the Pensioners' class, which we taught in cooperation with the City of Geneva.
We had a beautiful Puja for Master's birthday which gave everyone the opportunity to connect closer with the teachings of Swami Sivananda and uplifted the energy of the Centre. The Open Day one Saturday was lively with a homogenous group of 25 new students. About a third of the group booked for upcoming courses and many class passes were sold to our regular students. We also saw many students from other Yoga Centres coming to try our classes and continue their practice here. The preparations for the upcoming special program continued and a mailing was sent out.
During mid-September a Y1, a positive thinking course and a workshop about how to develop concentration were well visited. The Centre's main focus was the preparations for the upcoming special programs with many helping hands, especially during our Karma Yoga weekend. New lamps for the asana hall were bought, the decorations were put up, the rooms and the hall prepared and the boutique was restocked. Girija arrived from the Ashram in Orleans to support the preparations. The Centre was shining as we looked forward to welcoming our guests. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Om Namah Sivaya
During early September the class attendance at the HCM Centre was quite good. We had two workshops: Yoga Anatomy, Respiratory System, taught by Rama in Vietnamese, with translation to English by Ganga, then later, Ganga led a workshop on advanced inverted postures, including headstand with variations, scorpion, and hand stand. We started two Yoga 1 courses and one Yoga 2 course. The morning Gentle Yoga class was very popular, and now morning classes are almost to our maximum motorcycle parking capacity! We did a major clean up of the building materials left over from months of renovations, including the new staff rooms on the third floor. With Guru's Grace, the Centre ran smoothly.
During mid-September we had a wonderful weekend with many students and much creativity and joy as Saraswati, the director of our Centre in Dalat, came for a few days. Our staff member, Ganapati, went to Dalat to stay for about 10 days. We held two much-appreciated and well-attended workshops. Ganga led a three-hour cooking workshop on how to make the delicious traditional Vietnamese moon cakes. In the afternoon Saraswati taught a four-hour Yantra painting workshop. We welcomed two new residents and said goodbye to one resident who was here for two weeks. We started a Yoga 1 course. With Guru's Grace all were well and happy. We were happy and blessed to be a instrument of the teachings of our Master and Guru. Pranams.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
Om Namah Sivaya
During early September the Yoga Peace Festival brought many newcomers to the Centre. The program included one hour of OM Namo Narayanaya chanting; a talk on how to develop inner peace; Swamiji's Peace video and many sun salutations for world peace. A beautiful Ganesha Puja concluded this very successful day. The renovations have been progressing steadily. It was an auspicious event as two adjacent buildings have now internally been connected, through doorways on all floor levels. The openness of the buildings feels already very good. The next step in the renovation process is the creation of doorways in the third building, which will internally will connect all three buildings.
By mid September the Autumn season was well underway, with close students and teachers returning after long summer absences. We featured a positive thinking course and a smoothly-run cooking workshop. Ganesha Chaturthi was a joyful celebration with a Puja, accompanied by Kirtan and the repetition of the 108 names of Lord Ganesha. Dr Nandakumar, from the Indian cultural Centre Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, gave an inspiring talk on "Krishna, The Incarnation of Divine Love" during the Sunday evening Satsang. Renovations continued which has created a wonderfully spacious and light room. OM & Prem to All.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
Om Namo Narayanaya!
The Staff send their Pranams.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
During early September we concluded the Teachers Training Course in Aliened, with 31 new graduates. Chandra, from Uruguay, led a beautiful and inspiring Satsang about Christianity, with 64 people attending. Swami Dayananda and Chandra returned to South America. We started a new Intensive course for beginners, with 12 students. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
Om Namah Sivaya
Early September started with new yoga Beginners' course on Mondays at 4pm. We completed a second batch with Dr. in Aravind Eye Hospital staff. Eleven doctors participated in the program. The Krishna Jayanti was celebrated in the morning at the Centre. At night we were invited to the celebrations at the Rama Temple near the Centre. All staff went and participate in Bhajan till night which was energetic. On Sunday Satsangs were well attended by good number of people. All Open classes, Private classes, Kids' class and Beginners' courses continued well, with Gods grace. The Staff convey their Pranams to all. Om Shanti!!
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
Early September began with excellent weather. The days were very nice, already feeling like Spring. A Beginner's course started a new schedule. It has formed a nice group with a lot of enthusiasm to learn. The rest of the Beginner's courses continued their classes normally. There was a lot of energy put toward the next Yoga retreat, which we will have in October. The students and teachers collaborated with the broadcasting while the rest of the activities continued normally.
During mid-September, the Beginners' Courses started, with lots of energy and good predisposition of the students to learn. We saw many staff changes: Jagatamba Chaitanya came from Buenos Aires Centre for a month to help with classes and reception. She helped with much enthusiasm in the preparation of the Ganesha Chaturthi celebration. Chandra came back from Aluenda, Spain TTC. Lalita went to Chile for one month and a half. We had an Ordinary General Assembly, where we present our economic state and a report for fiscal commission. Chandra led the presentation and some teachers and students participated. The rest of the activities at the Centre continued normally. Om Shanti to all!!
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya
Greetings from Montreal.
Early September started with a shorter week at the Centre, as it was closed Monday for Labour day weekend. The
'Montreal weekend' continued at the Yoga Camp on the holiday Monday. We took advantage of closed Centre by re-painting the steps, which now looks cleaner and fresher. Also, we completed the small renovation in the main hall, where more storage space was created. We began a chanting course with Sivaram, that will commence for 4 weeks. The group of people that enrolled began to gain confidence with their chanting and learned about more about the devotional aspect of Bhakti yoga. The Centre was blessed to have a Puja for Swami Sivananda's birthday. Priest Manjunath came from the Camp, along with a bus load of staff from the Ashram. It was a beautifully uplifting evening there were about 50 people in total that attended. It created a good vibration in the Centre. The Kids' class started again, after a long summer way, with 8 children attending. They looked happy to come back. Uma, a teacher at the Centre, ran the Kids' class. She is also training two new teachers. A program has been structured for this term, which included themed classes and many activities, such as chanting, cooking, and lots of asanas!! We also had two workshops, both fully subscribed, a headstand workshop with variations and a gentle yoga class. The Sunday Satsangs continued to be well attended. We were thankful for the efforts of teachers and karma yogis, especially taking more responsibility with teaching kids classes and workshops, as it brings lots of energy to the Centre activities.
During mid-September we saw a good number of students coming for the courses and classes. A Yoga 1 course started on Mondays, with a full group. We are having a very nice Kirtan course, on Wednesdays, with Sivaram. The Kids' Yoga classes on Sundays brought a shiny energy to the Centre. We had a full free trial class and a nice Sun Salutation workshop with Sushila. We were very happy to welcome Swami Shivabhaktananda who stayed with us to teach a morning yoga workshop for a week. We are ever thankful for Master and Swami ji's grace. Om Namo Narayanaya. Pranams from Montreal.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
During early September we had a workshop with the title "Flexible Body – Flexible Mind". We held the first Open House after the summer. The Open House, which offered a full yoga program during the whole afternoon, is always a good opportunity to meet with people interested in yoga. The spiritual highlight was Master Sivananda's birthday, which we celebrated with a Puja. Swami Annapurnananda went to the Yoga Festival at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House in Reith/Tyrol/Austria. Saraswati came from there to support the staff team in Munich for the next months. We were happy to welcome Swami Kailasananda to the Centre who came for a short visit from Reith one weekend.
During mid-September a spiritual highlight was Ganesha Chaturthi, celebrated with a Puja. A number of close students and teachers came and showed their devotion by bringing beautiful flowers and fruits for Prasad. Schools opened again in South Germany, so we restarted the Kids' class, with a good group of young yogis. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
Om Namah Sivaya!
In early September, due to the Labour Day holiday, the Centre was totally closed on the Monday. Srinivasan and Saraswati stayed at the Centre throughout the long weekend. We celebrated Master's birthday with a special Puja, led by Srinivasan. Later on we re-open the Centre for our regular 10:30am class. At midday our Ashram couple went back to the Catskills to be on time for the TTC inauguration ceremony taking place that evening. We also started a new Positive thinking course, with a good attendance. Our public Satsang was presented by Ambika (Katie Papo) who skillfully developed the topic of Yoga, stress and food, as an introduction to the workshops she will be soon offering at our location. Neeti headed off to the Ranch for a bit of a break. That Saturday was an incredibly busy day at the Centre. Twelve people joined the Deaf Yoga class, while the drop-in class kept overflowing, having us open an extra room to fit the remaining students who didn't fit in our biggest asana room. Neeti and Swami Sivabhaktananda arrived from the Yoga Ranch. Swamiji's advanced class filled up the Sivananda room once again, as well as the evening Satsang where he inspired around 70 visitors with his unique Brazilian humour and stories. We felt blessed to have him around all week!
During mid-September Swami Sivabhaktananda continued his visit from Canada and helped us with karma yoga around the Centre. He helped clean out the filters of the air conditioners, ran some errands for the Centre and also helped us with restocking the books in the boutique. It was very nice to have him here. We started another Yoga 1 course. Srinavasan, Mahadev Chaitanya, Kamala Chaitanya, Gopi and Amos all came down from the Ranch to celebrate Shakti's birthday and to be part of the evening Satsang. Srinivasan led the Satsang. We finished with a very special Maha Prasad from Neeti in the form of an Indian tiramisu! Jnaneshwari left the Centre after Satsang to assist Mahadev Chaitanya with the September TTC at the Ranch. We held a workshop with Ambika on the topic of Yoga, Stress and Food and we welcomed the arrival of Gauri Chaitanya from the Ashram in Grass Valley, CA. Saraswati (Canada) arrived one Sunday and led the evening Satsang. Her talk was very inspiring. We had a lot of fun speaking with her afterward. All the Staff are well. With Guru's grace we are blessed and inspired to carrying on his peace mission. Pranams to all.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
Om Namah Sivaya
During early September the students seem to bloom these days. Fortunately, the Masters sent many hands to support the Centre. Six courses started a big Yoga 1, a Yoga 2, an advanced asana course, a meditation course with 25 motivated students, an Anatomy course and an inspiring course on spiritual stories. We had also, a first monthly meeting for the study of Swami Sivananda's books with Marc and a Sanskrit class for the staff. We had a beautiful day with the Celebration of Master's birthday. Guru Kirtans for the morning Satsang and Puja in the evening with a little group of close students. Swami Gopalananda read some inspiring poems of Swami Sivananda. Life gave us a beautiful weather and calm days for the Centre after the storm of students and karma yogis sent by the Masters at the beginning of the week. We started one Friday with an earlier Satsang in order to have time for the Lalita Sahasranama recitation. Vishnu left after two weeks of sincere service. He will come again for one week in October. The following weekend was intense again, with a storm of students for all the regular activities and a cooking class with 38 grateful students who appreciated the teachings and the food. There was a festive atmosphere after the Satsang one Saturday with a little taste of the dessert from the cooking class. We had an original Satsang with Swami Gopalananda who read an article about the thousands of immigrants coming from Afghanistan and Syria. He also read two inspiring letters from Swami Sivananda with a message of unity by the realization that we are one. Swamiji gave an inspiring Sunday Satsang on the topic of Sannyas from Bliss Divine.
During mid-September we experienced many days of changing weather mixing sun and rain. There were moments of calmness, beautiful light and fresh air after some storms.
We put prana into the correction of the brochure and on the programming of the different activities in mind/body. We offered the beautiful and uplifting celebration of Ganesha Chaturthi. In a joyful atmosphere, the house prepared for the program with the Acharyas. A car from Orleans brought the sound system, the translation system and many other items. The many hands sent by the Masters helped to put a dose of sattva with a deep cleaning everywhere. A positive thinking course started with a motivated group of students. There was also a headstand workshop and an inspiring course with many Ganesha stories. A big Yoga 1 started as well. Swami Gopalananda went to Orleans to support the Ashram one weekend. The Centre was happy to see Kailas and Girija who passed by on their ways to Hamburg and Geneva. One Saturday there was a successful Open House. The Masters sent an auspicious number of students for the regular classes and many new comers for the activities of the day. 113 students were there for the trial class. The visitors appreciated the teachings from the Masters and the harmonious atmosphere of the Centre. We had some obstacles with the credit card machine which was not working for one hour, but Lord Ganesha helped us. For Satsang we had some inspiring words of Swami Sivananda on the topic of charity from the Bliss Divine. Shambhu gave an inspiring Sunday Satsang on the topic of the Katha Upanishad from a commentary of Swami Sivananda. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
In early September we saw a lot of students at the regular class. Rukmini stayed at the Centre for a weekend. We painted the windows and doors of the main asana room. We also started a rebuilding at the Ganesha Temple.
During mid-September a highlight was a Saturday Open House. We had 40 people for a yoga class, a Satsang and a vegetarian meal, cooked by Rukmini. We also painted the doors and windows of the Centre. We had a problem with the plumbing system concluding we will need rebuild it. Pranams to the Sivananda Family.
Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
In early September we had a nice celebration for Master's Birthday with a Satsang, chanting and Puja. People were still on holidays so was rather quiet at the Centre. We focused on reorganizing the Centre after the TTC. The entrance and the small asana room got a fresh coat of paint.
During mid-September we celebrated Ganesha Chaturthi, with Puja, chanting and meditation. We had a successful Open House with many students attending all the programs. It was nice to see new people and many young ones. Karma yogis and teachers helped throughout the day and many people registered for the up coming courses. Om Shanti to the Sivananda Family from the Rome Centre.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
Early September there was high energy for the 4pm asana class and Satsang on Sundays. We chanted the beautiful Sunday Prayers. A 5-week Yoga 1 course began on Saturday mornings. On 9/1, we added an 8:00am class twice a week, welcoming new students. A student of Swami Vishnu's from 1977 stopped by for a visit and was so happy to connect to the same energy again. Another former student of Swami Vishnu happened to meet Swami Sankarananda and because of the chance meeting, made plans to return to help with SF Centre renovations!
During mid-September we celebrated a festive Ganesha Chaturthi with several guests participating. Swami Dharmananda came from the Yoga Farm to offer weekend "Yoga and Stress Relief" programs to the city yogis. He also led Satsang on Sunday night, focussing on Karma and Dharma, with several poignant stories about knowing our purpose, including the Bhagavad Gita. We have successfully begun collecting items for a Silent Auction to support the Centre's renovations. Pranams to all from the new San Francisco Centre.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
Om Namah Sivaya
Early September was very festive. While we were still enjoying the amazing energy of the Krishna Jayanti, we felt so blessed to celebrate Swami Sivananda's birthday on the 8th of September. The birthday was celebrated with a beautiful morning Puja during which Swami Swaroopananda gave an inspiring talk on the grand spiritual work of the Master and the importance of his birth to humanity.
On the 7th we celebrated Bhargvi's birthday. She got many presents and was showered with love and birthday greetings from our many students, teachers and karma yogis.
Sri Devi came to Israel to join us in the Centre for the next 3 months. As soon as she came, she entered the kitchen and started assisting with the preparations for the weekend feasts. A new Yoga 1, with 22 students, and an introduction class for Advanced Meditation, with 9 participants, were offered.
Mid-September was full of exciting events. First, we celebrated Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year's day) with Swami Swaroopananda and Swami Prema and over 40 guests.
The Holiday feast was very joyous and inspiring with many blessings and elevated spiritual teachings. We started a new Yoga for Kids training course for teachers, with 12 participants. A Narda Bhakti Sutras course, with Rukmini, started with 18 participants and a new advanced meditation course started, with 11 students. We all went to our new Ashram in Mata where Swami Swaroopananda gave a morning of Q&A. Fifty people participated in the event which was most successful. That weekend we stayed in the Ashram and enjoyed Nature and the clear and fragrant air of the Jerusalem Mountains. We were all happy to welcome Swami Brahmananda who came to Israel for a short visit of two weeks. Blessings of Peace to all the Sivananda Family.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
September started with Swami Sivananda's birthday. We performed a birthday Puja with 13 people participating in the ceremony. Although some participants were completely new to a Puja, they enjoyed the exotic ceremony with a lot of flowers and petals. A Yoga 1 started with 6 students and Yoga 2 with 10 students.
During mid-September Swami Sitaramananda and Ananta Chaitanya arrived in Japan on the 16th. They stayed at the facility of the Buddhist Temple near Kyoto and taught classes for 2 days. Machiko and Padmavati joined them to translate classes. The program started with Ananta's asana class. The big hall was packed with 40 students. About one-third of the participants were TTC graduates. The others were new to Sivananda Yoga. On the same day, we cerebrated Ganesha Chaturthi by performing a Puja. Students enjoyed attending the beautiful ceremony. After finishing a 2 day retreat program in Kyoto, Swami Sitaramananda and Ananta Chaitanya moved to Tokyo Centre to teach an another 2 day program there. During the Tokyo program, we were supported by karma yogis who offered their time for translation, cooking and house cleaning etc. The program went well and all participants were happy, receiving a lot of inspiration through the program. Swami Sitaramananda and Ananta Chaitanya left for China on 22nd of September. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om and Prem to all the Sivananda family.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya
Early September started with a new Yoga 1 and 2 courses. We also started a Prenatal course, with Padma. The Meditation course continued into the 2nd week, with Saraswati teaching. The asana symbol series, with Janaki teaching, came to and end after five weeks. Gauri Chaitanya arrived here for Yoga Camp for a short visit before she goes to New York. Many students came to meet her and visit. The early morning and evening Satsangs continued to attract new and regular students, staying back always to have the meal on Sundays and talk to the teachers. Prahlada returned from the Noida Centre inauguration in India.
During mid-September a new Y1 started with lots of new registrations for more new Y1 and Y2 courses. The Meditation course continued into the 3rd week, with the students very much focused. The Teens' Yoga course started, with Upasana teaching, with 5 students. The warm summer was coming to an end and we could feel the cold weather setting in. Class attendance was slowly improving. The free trial classes had good attendance with a few of them joining the beginners course. Satsangs continued to attract many old and new participants, most staying back to talk to the teachers. Saraswati was away, giving programs at the Yoga Ranch and New York Centre one weekend. Everyone here felt uplifted this month, inspired to continue the path given to us by Master and Swamiji. Pranams.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
Om Namah Sivaya!
Early September saw a new Beginners' batch, starting for ladies on Monday mornings and a mixed Beginners' batch in the evening. A new meditation batch also started on the same day evening. Special Pooja was conducted to celebrate Swami Sivananda's birthday. We gave Prasad and also served breakfast to approximately 70 students and teachers who attended the Pooja. Open, Gentle and Kids' classes went well. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted by our regular priest on Fridays. One Saturday, students were introduced to the practices of Jala Neti and Sutra Neti in a Kriya Workshop. Sunday Satsang was led by Sri. Rajesh ji.
During mid-September we conducted a Headstand workshop for the students, which helped to improve their posture. The current early morning Beginners' batch completed their last week. Open, Gentle & Kids' classes went well. Our karma yogi, Shyam, returned from home. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted by our regular priest on Fridays. Our staff member, Shinu, went home for a few days. Satsang was led by Sri. Rajesh ji. Pranams to all. Om - Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
Om Namah Sivaya
Early September's highlight was Swami Sivananda's birthday Pooja. Many students and teachers came to participate in the early morning celebration. The energy was strong and elevating. Everybody left the Centre inspired for his Sadhana and energized. Also many new courses began - most of them were higher courses which started again after the summer holidays. Stephen Quong arrived for his special program on Vedic astrology. The students were very interested. The program's three lectures were well attended, plus his private consultations. The new brochure was printed.
A mid-September highlight was a Ganesha Chaturthi Pooja. Many students and teachers participated in the early morning celebration. The energy was calm and strong. Everybody left the Centre inspired and serene. We had a full weekend with a TTC prep on Saturday and Open House on Sunday. The TTC prep was well attended. Most of the participants showed interest for the Rudraprayag India TTC. All left the Centre highly inspired to start the course soon. For the Open House many newcomers visited the Centre to participate in the Centre's activities. Some new courses began, among them a meditation course and a Yoga 19. With the help of many Karma Yogis and by Masters' grace, we finished the bulk mailing preparations of the new brochure during Sunday's Satsang. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius.
The early September highlight was the celebration of Swami Sivananda`s birthday. Many students came, bringing flowers and Prasads. We joined together in the Puja, repeating mantras and chanting many Kirtans for the Master. We had a small message from the Master, as well as the letter from the Upanishads. Students enjoyed the Puja a lot. Afterwards we had a good help for tidying up. One Saturday a cooking class named "Vegetarian Dishes for Beginners" took place where basic principles of proper cooking and diet were explained. The dishes turned out delicious. Surya gave her first class.
During mid-September we started a Yoga 1 course, where sixteen students joined the course. Ganesha Chaturthi was celebrated. During the Ganesha Puja we told some nice stories about Lord Ganesha as well as sang different Kirtans and recited 108 names. Sudhama, our close teacher and karma yogi from the town of Panevezys, joined us for several days helping with the small maintenance projects. Several poster runs were done. We were happy to receive phone calls the same day from people who got leaflet on the street. Pranams and Love to everyone. OM.
Spiritualize all your activities. - Sri Swami Sivananda