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Issue #8/2014 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize August 1, 2014
"Truth stands even when there is no public support." - Sri Swami Sivananda

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
News
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

International News - Centres
Bangkok, Thailand
Berlin, Germany
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chennai, India
Chicago, USA
Dwarka, Delhi, India
Nataraja, Delhi, India
Geneva, Switzerland
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
London, England
Los Angeles, USA
Madrid, Spain
Madurai, India
Melbourne, Australia
Milano, Italy
Montevideo, Uruguay
Montreal, Canada
Neuquen, Argentina
Munich, Germany
New York, USA
Paris, France
Porto Alegre, Brasil
Rome, Italy
San Francisco, USA
Tel Aviv, Israel
Toronto, Canada
Trivandrum, India
Vienna, Austria
Vilnius, Lithuania

SPIRITUAL CALENDAR:
AUG 2014
07 Ekadasi
10 Full Moon
10 Raakhi
21 Ekadasi
27 New Moon
29 Ganesha Chathurthi

SEPT 2014
05 Ekadasi
07 Onam
08 Master Swami Sivananda's Birthday
09 Full Moon
15 Krishna Jayanti
19 Ekadasi
24 New Moon
25 Navarathri Starts
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OM NAMAH SIVAYA!

NEWS

Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

With Master and Swamiji's grace, the Yoga Camp/Headquarters is having an extremely busy summer with the diverse programs offered this year. A new inspiring program - The 2014 TTC Refresher Course - Returning to the Source saw 60 attendants expanding on the knowledge of the teachings of Sw. Vishnudevananda's program. The atmosphere was enriched with the plethora of welcomed European Acharyas attending. The ever-popular Family Week Program saw over 100 people attending this year. The idea of retreating to an Ashram for a summer break has also brought in an abundance of regulars to the guest programs at Yoga Camp, creating a network of interested yogis.

The entire Organization has been very busy this summer, as Swamis and staff travel extensively to support the extremely well organized programs available in the Centres and Ashrams.

The Yoga Ranch in NY has just completed celebrating its 40th year.

The annual Kaavadi Chariot festival, at the Subramanya Temple at Yoga Camp, saw a large increase in attendance over previous years. Kaavadi is the event of the year for many. It a phenomenon now even the local government departments regard, with tremendous amount of City and local co-operation for the event.

While the Ashrams are very busy with teacher trainings and special programs, the city's Centres are thriving with a flux of new students with the new programs offered, adapting to the interests of the participants. Understandably, it is reported worldwide that staff are in cheerful, high spirits in the process of service and Karma Yoga.

We thank you all for your continued support and encouragement. May Master and Swamiji's blessings be with us always.

This month the GURUGRAM continues the Raja Yoga series, reviewing Swami Vishnudevananda's Instructions on Meditation Series, with excerpts from book The Sivananda Companion to Meditation (2003).

Pranams to all.

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This ego is a false non-entity. It is a mere false shadow. - Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. Is Conscience the mode by which we can listen to the inner Atman?
A.

The pure conscience itself is the "Inner Voice". But the difficulty in the ordinary man is that the voice of the lower mind, the voice of the brutal instincts, is often misunderstood as the voice of conscience. As a result of such misunderstanding, guided by his animal tendencies, he commits colossal blunders, involving danger to others. It requires a great degree of purity and calmness of mind to hearken the true Inner Voice.

Q. What is meant by "killing of conscience"?
A.

"Killing of conscience" means killing of what is divine in man, killing of the enviable quality of Sattva, expenditure of the laudable wealth of Dharma, the praiseworthy treasure of spiritual progress.

He who is pure in thought, speech and action; who steers away from sin and Adharma; who is equanimous; who is balanced and capable of maintaining equilibrium will have his conscience in an unblemished state. He who has abundant Sattva (quality of purity) and expansion of heart will have an unmarred conscience. Inner guidance will always be to that individual who has Sattva in abundant, measured by the means of Japa, Svadhyaya, Pranayam, selfless service and other elevative works (Yajna). He who is God-fearing will not commit to anything that debases him or degrades him in moral evolution. To kill the conscience means to kill the God in man, to make an end of all Daivi Sampat (wealth of divine qualities) and reduce oneself to a spiritual cannibal.

True conscience is another name for the Antaratma or Inner Soul. Go through my book "Ethical Teachings" in this connection.

Q. What are the methods to develop unruffled serenity and mental composure under all conditions of life ? Is absolute serenity possible of attainment?
A. Develop Atma Vichar Sakti. Identify not with the mind, senses and intellect or with any of the other modifications of the mind. Always be engaging yourself in the thought of the Divine. Have no thought of yourself or the surrounding world. Be absolutely indifferent to yourself, as you ought to be towards the surroundings, the various daily happenings and the worldly repercussions. Knowledge of the Self, when once attained, absolves one of all mental disruptions and psychic derangements. Where there is firm-grounded knowledge of the Self in the spiritual seeker, where there is the consciousness in him that "all indeed is Brahman, Sarvam Khalvidam Brahma" and that he is none other than that Supreme Brahman, and where he understands that all happenings-- good, bad or mixed-- are but passing phases on the screen of the world, there can never be any ill-balanced mental life.
It is the mind that is the sole cause for bondage or Moksha. The mind is the substratum behind pleasure or pain, happiness or misery, success or defeat. Rise above the pairs of opposites by resorting to a Guru and his instructions. Study the lives of saints who underwent various trials and the books by realized souls. Develop the spirit of true surrender wherein you have no thought of body or bodily needs or self-protection even in the slightest degree and wherein you forget the idea of life and death altogether. Serenity is merely mental. Therefore, cultivate mental equipoise by gaining spiritual knowledge.
 
Previous FAQs at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/faq/faq.html

Where there is kindness, humility and purity of intent and thought, then divinity descends and perfection manifests itself.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

TRIKONASANA - TRIANGLE - Intermediate level

Mastering the basic Trikonasana with proper alignment and perfect balance gives a firm foundation to proceeding to the variations. With this balance you will gain control and concentration necessary for advanced variations. The triangle is a potent symbol for the divine principle in Hindu art. It is frequently found in the yantras and mandalas used for meditation. Pointing downward it represents Shakti, the dynamic female principle, pointing upward it stands for Siva the passive male force.


First bend to the right, then the left.
To begin, stand with feet well apart about twice shoulder width apart, paying attention to the alignment of the feet. For a lateral bend to the right, the right foot points to right, left foot slightly to the right. You can begin by standing with feet parallel and heels in line and then just swivel the feet into position. The left leg will not be static in energy. Take your weight equally in both legs and feet. The left foot should also be flat on the mat the length of the foot, the big toe and inner edge of foot planted firmly and the outer edge of the foot pressing into the mat, helping with balance.
The head and shoulders are Centreed. Stretching the left arm straight up against the left ear, inhale and lengthen the body. As you exhale, bend to the right and slightly forward to bypass the ribs, without turning the left hip forward. Slide the right hand down the right leg as far as you can reach. The left arm is now over the head still against the left ear. Keep it stretched out straight through to the fingertips, maintaining a long stretch along the left side of the body so with practice and increased flexibility, the right hand will be able to reach toward the right ankle and the body resembles a triangle shape. Ensuring that the left hip is not turning forward and the chest is remaining facing forward and hips square, slowly turn the head and look under the left arm. This head position reduces strain on the neck.
Throughout the full pose, both knees are straight. The hips are not twisted.
Hold the pose for several breaths in this position or up to a minute before releasing the pose and coming upright. Repeat the pose with a stretch to the opposite side, bending to the left.

BENEFITS:
Excellent lateral stretch to the lumbar and thoracic spine, toning spinal nerves.
Lateral stretch to muscles on side of body.
Augments the movement of the half spinal twist.
Helps proper functioning of the digestive system by moving food through the intestines and tones abdominal muscles.
The body becomes lighter and other asanas are improved.
Helps with balance and concentration.
Muscles of legs are strengthened.

The basis of body-building and spiritual growth is Brahmacharya. - Swami Sivananda

This yoga tip from the new Sivananda publication - “Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion” – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010. Other yoga tips at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/asana/101tips.html

Empty yourself of you egoism, then the Divine will fill your heart to the brim. - Swami Sivananda

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

SADACHARA - Pure, noble and good character; right conduct, morality or duty
Sadachara forms an indispensable part of spiritual life.


If you do not know the laws of right conduct, how can you form your character? Read the Second Chapter of the Gita with meaning. You will have a clear understanding of the remedy for the setbacks of Sadhana. - Sw. Sivananda

A complete Sanskrit Glossary can be found at: http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/glossary/glossary.html

 BHAGHAVAD GITA

Chapter II: The Yoga of Devotion

II.51. KARAMJAM BUDDHI-YUKTA HI PHALAM TYAKTVA MANNISH
JANMA-BANDHA-VINIRMUKTAH PADAM GACCHANTY ANAMAYAM

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
The wise, possessed of knowledge, having abandoned the fruits of their actions, and being freed from the fetters of birth, go to the place which is beyond all evil.

Commentary:
Clinging to the fruits of actions is the cause of rebirth. Man takes a body to enjoy them.
If anyone performs actions for the sake of God in fulfillment of His purpose without desire for the fruits, he is released from the bonds of birth and attains the blissful state
or the immortal abode. Sages who possess evenness of mind, abandon the fruits of their actions and thus escape from good and bad actions. The knowledge of the Self or Atma-Jnana dawns when the mind is purified by Karma Yoga.

II.52. YADA TE MOHA-KALILAM BUDDHIR VYATITARISYATI
TADA GANTA SI NIRVEDAM STROTAVYASYA SRUTASYA CA

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
When thy intellect crosses beyond the great realm of delusion, then thou shalt attain the indifference as to what has been heard and what has yet to be heard.

Commentary:
The mire of delusion is the identification of the Self with the not-Self. The sense of discrimination between the Self and the not-Self is confounded by the mire of delusion and the mind runs towards the sensual objects and the body is taken as the pure self. When you attain purity of mind, you will attain to indifference regarding things heard and yet to be heard. They will appear to you to be, of no use. You will not care a bit for
them. You will entertain disgust for them.

II.53. SRUTI-VIPRATIPANNA TE YADA STHASYATI NISCALA
SHAMAN ACALA BUDDHA TADA YOGAM AVAPSYASI

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
When thy intellect, which is perplexed by the Veda text, which thou hast read, shall stand immovable and steady in the Self, then thou shalt attain Self-realization.

Commentary:
When your intellect, when tossed about by the conflict of opinions regarding the Pravritti Marga (the path of action) and the Nivritti Marga (the path of retirement or renunciation) if fed up with the bewildering doctrines and becomes immovable, without distraction and doubt, then firmly established in the true Self, then thou shalt attain Self-realization and knowledge of the Self (Atma-Jnana), attaining the real Yoga.

Control of the senses leads to peace and happiness. - Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

In the next several GURUGRAMs we begin the exploraion of the ways of meditation, it's benefits and deeper meanings.

The Swami Vishnudevananda Instructions on Meditation Series

Swami Vishnu-devananda would say that it is not possible to teach someone how to meditate, any more than it is possible to teach them how to sleep. Sleep overtakes us only when we detach our mind from its concerns. Meditation also cannot be forced, but unlike sleep, it is a conscious state. We need a degree of willpower to remain in the state of heightened awareness that occurs when we meditate. However, at the same time we need to relax, letting go of all expectations and desires. This subtle balance between the effort needed to sustain concentration on the one side and detachment from all distractions on the other is the art of meditation. We learn to focus the mind without struggle, yet maintain enough control to avoid a drift into reverie. To attain this state of relaxed awareness we need to prepare ourselves, and there are several steps that will help us. It is important to reiterate that meditation is a process, and as such, takes time. Be gentle and patient with your mind; do not expect miracles. The more care and attention you give to the preparation, the more positive the results.

Here are the basic guidelines for the beginner.

7 - CHOOSING A POINT OF CONCENTRATION - Try to select a focal point on which the mind can rest. The mind needs a point of anchorage to ground itself as it usually spends much of the time daydreaming, disconnected from the present moment. This is partly achieved by bringing the awareness to the posture and the breath. But it can be further strengthened by bringing the attention to a specific point in the body. There are energy points in the body that are particularly appropriate and helpful to focus upon. These points are called chakras, or energy Centres. This knowledge belongs to a branch of yoga called kundalini yoga, a specialized branch of the path of raja yoga. Kundalini yoga focuses on these energy Centres in order to release the energy stored in them and bring about an expansion of consciousness. There are seven major chakras in the body and many more secondary ones. They are located in the astral body (a body of energy that is like a subtle etheric double of the physical body), along the spinal column. They correspond to the different levels of consciousness, or the different levels of expression of our inner energies. The three lower chakras correspond to the more basic desires of the mind, the desire for security, for pleasure and for the expression of our individuality. The fourth, the heart chakra, corresponds to the expression of our energy as love; the fifth, the throat chakra, is the Centre where consciousness expands to encompass knowledge of past and future incarnations. The sixth energy Centre, located at the point between the eyebrows, is the Centre for intuitional knowledge. The last, on the top of the head, corresponds to a state of union with cosmic consciousness. Swami Sivananda recommends that we focus either on the heart Centre (anahata chakra) or the Centre between the eyebrows (ajna chakra). According to the science of kundalini yoga, one can meditate on any one of the chakras. However, the masters warn us that we must be ready for the energy release that is produced if we do so. Energy of course is neutral, and will empower whatever it is with which we identify. If the mind still strongly identifies with the instinctive desires, the newly released energy will feed these desires,
strengthening them, and preventing us from bringing our awareness to higher states of
consciousness. Until the mind is thoroughly purified, it is safer to focus on the higher chakras. Swami Vishnu-devananda advises people with a more emotional type of personality to focus on the heart Centre. This Centre is ideal for those who find it easy to relate to others and the world at large through their feelings. They will find it easy to invoke devotion to an ideal, since this part of their personality is already active. Focusing on the heart Centre will help to channel emotional energy and allow it to manifest as selfless love. The heart will expand.

If your personality is predominantly intellectual – if you tend to trust your thoughts more often than your feelings – you will find it easier to focus on the point between the eyebrows. This is the Centre for self-awareness. Focusing on this Centre will uplift the intellect and will gradually free it from its narrow and selfish vision. Eventually the doors of intuition will open and you will perceive reality without the limited screen of the intellect. This state is often referred to as the opening of the third eye. Obviously everyone has both an emotional and an intellectual side to their personality, but one aspect is usually predominant. Neither point is better than the other. Concentrating
on either of these points will lead to the same result: an expansion of consciousness. The main purpose here is to train your energy to stabilize on one point. Once you have chosen a point, keep to it for the rest of your life. If you change, the energy will become unsteady again, which will make the mind wander. The mind consists of energy. The energy has to be trained to flow in a harmonious way. You cannot stop the energy from flowing, but you want the flow to be steady and quiet, like pouring oil from one vessel to another, so that you feel no movement and the flow is uninterrupted. Try not to confine your mind when you focus on your chosen energy Centre. This may seem paradoxical, but focusing is a springboard for concentration, allowing the mind to expand into infinite space. Meditation is not merely an act of will, but more a commitment of the heart. Where your heart goes, your mind goes, and where your mind goes, your life will follow.

The commitment we need to make is to live in the present moment, to give up living in the past, daydreaming or worrying about an imaginary future. In short, it means controlling the tendency we all have to live in a fantasy world, a world in which we use the imagination to create a defense against suffering. - Sw. Vishnudevananda

This rich series continues for next few months. Next month... choosing a point of concentration, followed by choosing an object of concentration, then giving space to the mind, followed by disassociating from the mind. Then there is pure thought, and Samadhi to conclude.

Excerpts from The Sivananda Companion to Meditation (2003) - The Sivananda Yoga Centre; Gaia Books, New York.

When the mind undergoes phases of transition in enjoying the charm of the world, it cannot concentrate upon itself and direct the gaze within itself. Pull the reins of the mind back towards itself as it goes out hither and thither. Continue this process several times in a day. When you develop strength of will to realize the Divine by intense efforts, progress automatically sets in. - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

RICE SALAD - Serves 8.

Ingredients
1½ cups long grain brown or basmati rice
2 ½ cups water
6 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, mint, basil, lemon balm (Melissa)
1 pound mixed vegetables, such as blanched asparagus or peas, avocado, bell pepper, carrot, celery, cucumber, fennel, pitted olives diced if necessary
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Directions:
Place rice in a heavy pan with the water and bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 35 -40 minutes for brown rice or 20-35 minutes for white rice.
Leave rice to cool. Toss the cooled cooked rice with olive oil, lemon juice, gently with a fork rather than a spoon. Stir in the herbs and diced vegetables. Season with the salt and pepper.
Rice salad can be served right away or prepared in advance (2 hours prior) which enables rice to absorb the flavours.
To serve the rice salad: Use hollowed out bell peppers or tomatoes and fill with the salad. Or serve on a lettuce leaf, or chill rice a few hours in a lightly greased mold in refrigerator before turning out.
A SEEDED version of this salad can be prepared by replacing vegetables and herbs with 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds, 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, each toasted separately. Substitute 3 tablespoons tahini for the olive oil.

This recipe from the Sivananda publication - "The Yoga Cookbook. Vegetarian 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

There is no room for doubts to crop up on the attainment of God-realization, as the seeker is no longer the seeker, but God Himself. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC, ATTC, Sadhana Intensive Courses

2014

Aug 03 - Aug 17/14
Sadhana Intensive - English, Deutsch, Français, Espaňol
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Aug 03 - Aug 31/14
ATTC – English, Français
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Aug 10 - Sep 07/14
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Aug 18 - Sep 14/14
TTC – Español, Portuguese
En Aluenda, Zaragoza, Spain
www.sivananda.org/madrid

Aug 30 - Sep 28/14
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

Aug 30 - Sep 28/14
TTC – English
London, England
www.sivananda.org/london/teachers_training_UK.html

Sep 06 - Oct 05/14
ATTC – English, Polski, Lietuvos, Русский
Ustka, Baltic Sea, Poland
http://www.sivananda.eu/en/yoga-teacher-training/teachers-training-course/ttc-venues/osteuropa.html#c2509

Sep 07 - Oct 05/14
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Oct 05 - Nov 02/14
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Oct 05 - Nov 01/14
TTC - English 日本語 ภาษาไทย 台語
Phu Chaisai, Chiang Ria, Thailand
http://www.sivananda.com.sg/thailand_ttc/index.htm

Oct 11 - Nov 09/14
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA
www.sivananda.org/yogafarm

Nov 09 - Dec 07/14
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
www.sivananda.org/neyyardam

Nov 16 - Dec 14/14
TTC – English, Français
Val Morin, QC- Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Dec 04 - Dec 31/14
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Dec 13/14 - Jan 11/15
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

See full list of International Teacher Training Courses: http://www.sivananda.org/yoga-teacher-training/ttc-schedule.html

See full list of International Advanced Teacher Training Courses: http://www.sivananda.org/yoga-teacher-training/attc-schedule.html

See full list of International Sadhana Intensives and other courses/events: http://www.sivananda.org/courses/schedule.html

Always try to see the good, the beautiful, the auspicious, the pleasant in all objects and situations. Then you be able to evolve into the Infinite with abundant measure.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - JULY 2014

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    In early July, with a brief heat wave, the Camp felt scorching hot for the first few days of TTC – at least by Canadian standards! The TTCs began to adjust well to their new schedule, especially keen to embrace the teachings. Janaki and Madhava arrived from Vancouver to do a full photo shoot of the camp facilities, staff, and classes, which will soon be populating our new website! Gauri and other staff are busy working out the bugs before our official launch of the futuristic site. We had a very special bonfire Satsang on the hill in front of the Peace Plane Museum. In spite of some minor showers, it was a beautiful evening as we chanted and a few TTCs spontaneously came to the mic to perform a few ballads. Friday night was our first talent show since December, with an inspiring and striking demonstration of Acro-Yoga, a few guitar solos, a poetry reading, and traditional Finnish and Italian songs sung by some of our international TTCs and staff. Saturday brought nearly 50 guests to the camp and 60 exuberant children for our Kids Camp! With most of the children returning for the second, third, or fourth time, several were new to the Kids Camp and the Ashram. After a sweet initiation ceremony, we were treated to a mesmerizing and magical classical Indian dance performance by Uma Vasudevan, accompanied by her daughters. With her husband, Vasu, on percussion, the dances, which were as much theatrical as physical, captivated the packed Yoga Hall. Closing the week was the flag-hosting ceremony at the Subramanya Ayappa Temple, kicking off the fortnight of celebrations and Pujas before the upcoming Kaavedi festival. The weather was noticeably cooler than usual, but the pace at the camp was definitely hot! We had a whirlwind of wonderful activities for guests, Kids Campers and TTC students. Two breathtaking kirtan concerts took place: first Atmarama Dasa, whose bhakti-filled Krishna-inspired kirtan combined raga and flamenco guitar. United with his serene and soulful vocals, the concert was tranquil and transcendent.  Second was the Sufi Yogi concert. Having formed out of a group of Sivananda devotees in Montreal, the seven-member Sufi Yogi completely mezmerized the entire yoga hall with their unique and incredibly powerful fusion of Sufi-style music with traditional Sivananda bhajans. We were also blessed at the camp to have Stephen Quong visiting for the week, where he was able to give enlightening, potent talks on Vedic Astrology, as well as offering uncannily accurate and revealing private consultations with guests, TTCs, and staff throughout the week. Later in the week we had our second lovely bonfire Satsang, this time at an auspicious location in the woods, where we chanted bhajans, traditional French songs, Native Canadian chants, some doo-wop, and also took part in a beautiful heart-opening guided meditation. Another Friday night brought our second talent show, which included some more traditional Kirtan, poignant songs in English, Portuguese, and Irish, Bollywood dancing, and a comedic not-so-fashionable fashion show. We also celebrated two quiet but invigorating Pujas, one for the Gurus and one in commemoration of the anniversary of our beloved Krishna temple. Kids Camp continued to go well, with the kids especially enjoying a white-water-rafting trip to nearby national park Mont Tremblant, and making their own clay Shiva statues. Janaki and Madhava continued their photography expeditions, allowing us all to take part in creative modelling. The TTC students had a cleansing but more challenging week, as many seemed to fall ill with what seems to be a classic TTC Week 2 Virus, which also spread to a few staff! Apart from that, staff are well, and send wishes to all for Grace and happiness to accompany us always.

    By mid-July was an auspicious, energetic, exciting, and intense week at the camp! We began the week blessed with the arrival of Swami Sitaramananda, with Ananta Chaitanya, offering at the camp a week-long programme Centreed on positive thinking. Guests found Swami Sita's lectures and discussions inspiring and transformative, eager to begin applying some of the concepts to their lives. Also beginning the week was a beautiful Puja commemorating Master Sivananda's Maha Samadhi on July 14. With staff gathered on the Master's shrine, and TTCs, guests, and Kids Camp lining the hill in front of and around it, everyone chanted guru mantras throughout the vibrant yet serene Puja. TTCs continued their third week, fully absorbing themselves in the teachings after having settled gracefully into life at the Ashram. Komilla Sutton, an expert on Vedic Astrology, was able to join us for a few days, giving thorough and fascinating presentations on what lies ahead for us in the coming months. As the week progressed the energy at the Camp began to accelerate, with staff becoming progressively absorbed with preparations for the upcoming Kaavadi. One Saturday guests, TTCs, and staff took part of a special public Satsang at the temple airstrip, where we lined a massive soundstage. We were live on the Tamil One TV chanting, performing a complete asana demonstration, and a short talk to be broadcast via satellite around the world. We then took part in a special Subramanya Puja to kick start the festivities. With the temple grounds already overflowing with people, the joyous Puja lasted late into the evening. Only a few hours later, thousands upon thousands of devotees from Ontario, Quebec, New York, and other parts of the United States began arriving in the village, with the festivities at the temple beginning at sunrise. With many devotees taking part in the traditional piercing rituals as part of the day-long Kaavadi dance, Lord Subramanya's divinity was ready for the village procession by early afternoon. The streets of the village were packed with devotees and local residents observing the magical and intense procession, with music, dancing, and austerities accompanying the full parade. It was a day of intensity, excitement, purification, devotion, and community, which our guests found at times perplexing but predominantly beautiful and fantastical! By early evening over 20.000 people had left as quickly as they had arrived, and staff scrambled to clean the temple grounds and surrounding areas before being treated to a much-appreciated pizza and ice cream feast! Staff was happy to welcome a new addition: Ambika, originally from Montana, who has served as a karma yogi in Neyyar Dam and the Delhi Centre. Staff are in good health and spirits, and send wishes that the Masters' richest blessings be with us all. Salutations to the worldwide family, from the Sivananda Headquarters.

    TTC Refresher Course 2014 Report - We are having such a great time, we realized it was time to catch everyone up and tell you about it! We welcomed three new groups to the Ashram with a Ganesha Puja to get us all started off with great inspiration. We have a lovely group of parents and their children excited for Family Week, a large group of Sivananda Yoga Teachers who have come to immerse themselves once again TTC style for a refresher course and a brave group of Yoga Vacation guests all of whom will be surrounded by the powerful energy of the other two groups. It is always a joy for us to hear the laughter and joy children bring to the Ashram. It was something Swami Vishnu also welcomed. The young energy is exciting for sure but also the dedication of their parents who bring them to an Ashram and expose them to a yogic lifestyle at a young age is inspiring. We have something for both the kids and the parents to come away with from the Ashram. Satsangs and yoga classes respectively for just for the kids and parents, as well as family outings like a canoe trip and snack an activities. A rather serious group of Sivananda Yoga teacher are also here taking in the teachings again. Some completed TTC as recently as this year, while many have come from past TTCs dating back many, many years. Having a chance to study with Swami Sivadasananda and Swami Keshavananda, who teach around the world, is a great treat for many, who have not had a chance to experience them abroad. Both have so far shed great light on fine tuning many of the asanas, bringing their own years of expertise to the process.
    Yogic philosophy being a big part of why many Sivananda teachers stand out when they are in their communities, they are being inspired by lectures during the course as well as Satsangs with Dhira Chaitanya sharing about Vendanta as well as Swami Bodhayan of the ISKON tradition on Bhakti. The group has also had the pleasure of hearing impressions on the yogic path and what it was like to be around Swami Vishnu from Kanti Devi, who is the director of the Sivananda Centres in Montevideo & Buenos Aires and has been organizing TTCs in South America since the 1970s. In between the refresher course group, along with the others staying at the Ashram. Another lecture focus was about children, the future of the world and the importance of yoga for kids. Saraswati, director of the Kids Camp and passionate advocate for children and how to enhance their lives and the lives of others through yoga spoke about not just teaching yoga to kids in classes, but how to help direct and guide children outside of classes in learning about peace, compassion and getting along in the world through yogic principles. Add an exquisite Odissi dance by Anuradha Dasi and everything was quite complete here at the Camp! As usual, staff was busy but in excellent spirits, and send wishes to all for happiness and loving-kindness.




Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early July Guru Purnima was celebrated by chanting our Gurus' names from 6 am to 12 pm followed by arati and prasad. One Sunday morning  guests walked to Kalipara hill for the silent walk and enjoyed the breathtaking view of the  landscape at sunrise. After a long break we had a day trip to Kanyakumari, which they enjoyed a lot. To control the increasing cat population we have arranged for some of the cats to be spayed. The older generation were operated on a few years ago. Avatar and small Durga had the operation. Foster mother Yully brought them to hospital and is taking care of them post op. A new teacher joined our team – Praveen from Delhi Centre. At the same time we bid farewell to Bharata, who will continue his service in France. We thank him for his valuable contribution and hope to have him back again. Varun has returned after treatment for his skin condition.

    Mid-July started with celebration of Swami Sivananda Mahasamadhi with beautiful Guru Puja with abhishekam performed by Aji Shanti. On same day we had the Ayurveda Medical Camp 50th anniversary. A special function was arranged in the camp premises, many local dignitaries, staff and guests attended. They praised the camp's contribution to the society's well being. The event was followed by food for all. One thousand two and seventy five patients were seen that day. Avatar, Varun, Tapovan, Bijay, Anoop, Shanti our priest and a few guests went on a two day pilgrimmage to Sabrimala to have the darshan of Ayyappa Swami. They returned well and inspired. Suresh ji has departed for the Camp where he will stay for one month to help with Kavadi and ATTC there. Rajesh and Annapoorna continue to prepare themselves for Yoga Vacation lectures. Annapoorna conducted the Ashram orientation and Rajesh presented the talk on Proper Exercise Pranams to all Sivananda Staff.




Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    May Master and Guru be with us all. Pranams to all. Om.



Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July TTC and ATTC were in their third week ; the chanting is becoming more and more energetic. Swami Durgananda and Swami Sivadasananda stayed on for a whole week which was wonderful for the Ashram. Fruitful brainstormings were held to discuss future development plans for the Ashram, which was very inspiring. Claude Aubert, a specialist of organic farming came and gave two lectures about the future of organic farming and its impact on the world and life expectancy. Kamala from Australia continues to take very good care of the guests, giving them a daily very appreciated lecture or workshop. All other TTC and ATTC classes are doing well, the students are keen and positive. We celebrated Guru Purnima at the temple with our two priests, paying our respects to our gurus: the priests performed wonderful Puja to Sri Krishna, Sri Sankaracarya, Swami Sivananda and Swamiji. Swami Sivadasananda told beautifully concluded the Puja with touching stories about Master. The energy at the Ashram is high. Pranams to all. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July we welcomed many wonderful special guests and a full house of guests  for the 15th Annual Vedic Astrology Conference. This annual event attracts top teachers in the field of Jyotish ("Science of Light"). This year's theme is Vedic Astrology and Understanding the Mind and featured keynote Indian presenter Sanjay Rath (Topic: "the karmic knots " and "the 6 seasons of Knowledge") with his wife Sarbani ("Guru Kripa, recognizing Guru and Guru's grace") .The Conference also featured Komilla Sutton ("Debilitated Planets and Vulnerability"), Andrew Foss ("Wonderful Ketu"), Bill Levacy ("Solar Ruler of Lunar Nakshatras"), Olga Mandodari ("Structure of Space per Vastu"), Sadasiva ("Anchoring emotions with Moon Yogas"), William Surface ("Intro to Jyotish") with Swami Sitaramananda introducing the topics and speaking on "Yoga and the Mind". Pandit Samavedula opened the conference accompanied by 4 Vedic priests with wonderful high energy Ganesha and Rudra Homa at the Krishna Temple followed by Navagraha Homa with offerings made by all swamis and teachers. Pandit Samavedula also taught a five days course on "Mantras and Rituals". Swami Sitaramananda and Ananta ch. are currently visiting and teaching at the Yoga Camp. The Yoga Farm is vibrant with energy with celebrations of Guru Purnima and Master's Mahasamadhi day. Pujas were performed on both days along with akhanda kirtan with all staff chanting mantras. Guru Purnima Puja with pandit Sharma honoring the Guru lineage with words about Master and Swamiji. Master Sivananda's Mahasamadhi day was beautiful with words of Master's mission of peace to the world, with many flowers offered and readings about Master's life and legacy. Programs are very active with the 5-day "Passing the Flame" TTC graduate renewal course, with Swami Sitaramananda giving workshops on Karma Yoga and Guru, as well as providing training of staff to lead Satsangs and improving asana class teaching. Swami Jnaneshwariananda gave a wonderful workshop on Hatha Yoga and Anatomy.  The 10-day Juice Fasting course with Manu Dawson and Lilamayi is in full swing. The group is having a wonderful time in the supportive atmosphere of the Ashram. The Ashram had a full-house of weekend programs that included the AMRR (Ayurveda Weekend) and the Weekend Beginners Course.

    By mid-July we were blessed to have 25 children for this year's Yoga Childrens' Camp. The Campers are having a wonderful time with each other, participating in meditation, chanting, yoga class, pond time (most popular), making clay Hanumans, and other creative activities. The Camp is led by Katyayani and Deviyani and with Swami Dharmananda. At the same time the Ashram welcomes Sankara to teach the Marma Therapy and Asana Course. This course combines traditional understanding of the marma points and their benefits with Yoga asana practice and their application in asana class to balance energy. Staff and karma yogis are doing well with many garden parties taking place to prepare beds for the fall season. Ashram projects carry on with beginning of construction of the final 3 Siva cabins and removal of the deck at Swamiji's House to build a new Sun Room. Om Namo Narayanaya to all the Sivananda family.




Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early July the ATTC started their first week with enthusiasm.  Permaculture Design also started. Fortunately the weather was cool and clear for working outdoors.  One weekend program was lead by Shyam on the Power of Asanas.  It was very well attended.  We had a group of 15 students from a nearby yoga studio visit us for this special weekend program. The highlight was the guru Puja in honour of Guru Purnima day.  It was a beautiful and inspiring Puja with flowers everywhere.  The staff continued the remembrance of guru with akhanda kirtan in Swami Vishnu's trailer.

    By mid-July the TTC morning pranayama has been gradually increasing in intensity.  The students and staff that are participating in the practice are experiencing the positive results.  We were happy to welcome Swami Brahmananda, who joined us from Nassau. He began teaching the Vedanta portion of the ATTC and will be with us throughout the end of the course.  The Permaculture Design Course was in full swing and the students paired up into groups for their final design projects, which were presented to staff and guests, followed by their graduation.  We heard many creative ideas to make the Ashram more sustainable.  Shyam's "Power of Asana" program continued over a weekend, sharing his expert knowledge of Hatha Yoga. Srinivasan went into the New York Centre to teach a workshop on Raja Yoga.  Swami Brahmananda also visited the New York Centre one Sunday, after teaching the Vedanta lecture, where he lead the evening Satsang.  Both of the programs in New York were well attended and highly inspiring. Rabbi Zoe Zack joined on for a Saturday evening Satsang, sharing with us her Jewish heritage through ritual and joyful song. The Ashram staff were consistently busy with guests and tending the grounds. Staff sends Pranams to all! May the Gurus' blessings of be with us.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    In early July Swami Hridyananada continued her evening Satsang lectures, concluding with 'Thought and its Power'. Swami Brahmananda returned from the Yoga Farm and lead our latest program, 'Cultivate Inner Freedom Through the Art of Positive Thinking'. We first learned the fundamentals on how we create thoughts, and as the week progressed, we focused on how we can use these conscious thoughts to create positive samskaras in our mind.
    In addition, senior staff have been conducting great workshops which include 'Building a Home Practice', 'The Joy Of Chanting', and 'Meditation and Mantras'. We have been experiencing warm, comfortable temperatures with minimal wind and rain. Swami Hridyananda presented Satsang lectures entitled  'Overcome Depression and Anxiety Through Yoga'. Our senior staff also presented a 3 day workshop called 'The Joy of Kirtan' where guests and staff were able to learn how and why chanting is such an integral part of yoga. Brahmananda spoke about the role and importance of the guru. The talks lead up to our celebrations for Guru Purnima, conducted by Swami Brahamananda. The staff and karma yogis prepared many different prasads to offer during the Puja. Our capacity at the Ashram is expanding. as we have recently begun the construction of 8 new deluxe guestrooms, to be placed along the beachfront. We are happy with the progress and look forward to having them fully functional for the upcoming season. Staff are well and send lots of Prem. Pranams to all!


Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early July was dedicated to advanced Asanas. Prema from Taiwan visited the Retreat House and taught special asana classes to the guests. Parallel to this we had a further training for yoga teachers named Strength and Flexibility in Asanas. Prema went into great detail of many postures, always making sure to keep it physically safe. It was a joyful and dynamic atmosphere with all of the participants eager to practice. A highlight was the Guru Purnima Puja with Masters energy strongly present. Brigitte Addington, specialized in wild herbs, led a large group of guest on excursions and explained the healing properties of so many herbs just growing nearby. Swami Vidyananda went to Orleans for little rest and Vishnupriya to Vienna to serve at the Centre for 3 weeks.

    Mid-July started with a beautiful Puja for Masters' Mahasamadhi. We offered many flowers and devotional chants for this special event. A group of 20 arrived for the Accessible Yoga course with Jivana Heyman from the Integral Institute in San Francisco. In this 9-day training programme students learn how to adapt a classical asana class to the needs of students with physical disabilities or chronic illness, the elderly, and people with injuries. This range from teaching slightly modified classes, to entire classes taught in a chair or in a bed. We also had a weekend topic for yoga vacation named Yoga, mind and Brain with Jnaneshvara. He explained how asanas and pranayama influence the mind via the nervous system and how asanas and pranayama change the functioning of the brain. OM.




Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    Pranams and Prem from Meenakshi Ashram. In early July Madurai transformed into a 'hill station' for most of its days. The weather was gloomy, breezy and drizzly making Meenakshi Ashram with its surrounding Kadambavanam woods an ideal rendezvous for yogic aspirants. Guests are a handful but are very serious in their path, very observant of the culture and very sincere in the schedule. They seem to have fallen in love with the sattvic Kerala cuisine that the Ashram serves and with the green countrified nature of this place. The Guru Purnima special pooja was performed in the Ashram's Mahakali Temple. The day being of special importance to thank the Gurus for their valuable teachings, Guru bhajans were enthusiastically chanted in the Satsang which was specially arranged in the Temple ground itself under the new majestic saffron canopy. Our artistic guests and staff made the Saturday night absolutely musical with songs from each of their homeland: Japanese, German, English, Tamil and Hindi. It is also good to see the Shrine's flooring quickly reaching its finishing point and will positively get completed any sooner from now.

    By mid-July on July 14th, one of the unforgettable dates in the Sivananda lineage for its significance in being the day of Swamiji's Mahasamadhi, was a very auspicious event with a special Guru Pada pooja organized in the Mahakali Temple. The guests participated in the ritual wholeheartedly and with absolute sincerity. The chanting of "Om Namah Bhagavate Sivanandaya" for the whole day left us all poised with SatGuru's grace and charisma. A satisfactory rise in the guest strength was witnessed, compared to the recent past for which we especially thank the sun for shrinking his rays early this year. Most of the guests visiting the Ashram are already on a spiritual journey that had exposed them to different traditions prior to their arrival here. Yet it is greatly inspiring to see them open minded and flexible enough to unlearn and relearn the concepts whenever needed. Our special applause for their 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna' sung in 'A cappella' style in the talent show. The Kali temple has got its new flooring in the perimeter! Now covered by fine grime though, quickly the clean and clear black stone ground will shine out in a day or two. We had to bid a sad farewell to an efficient and talented karma yogi Sonia who is returning to her home back in Minnesota for a new life that waits.  Always bright and smiling at work, Sonia is also an exceptionally creative artist blessed with a skill to craft expressive monster miniatures literally out of anything that the trees shed on the ground. Our prayers and wishes will follow Soniaji all through her life and at the same time with hopes that she would visit us again sometime. May Master and Guru be with us all. Peace and Pranams to the Sivananda family.




    TTC Reports in locations other than Ashrams:

    TTC Colombia: We started the second week with a small archana offered to Swami Sivananda recalling its Mahadamadhi. The teachers and students offered white and yellow flowers. Songs to the Divine Master were also sung with great devotion. Classes continue and the rest of the program is being developed with great joy. We had two silent walks. One was the early morning where we could appreciate the delicate and reddish dawn together with aromas of flowers and herbs that are presented on the trail. Huge hardwood canopy trees protected us when we returned from the sun that was showing his brightness with great intensity. At night we had another hike that left us spellbound with overcast sky with beautiful stars. In the distance, lightning showed us the figures of the mountains had disappeared in the darkness of night. We went to the highest part of the property, where we see the lights of the little town and sang kirtans there and enjoyed the coolness of the night. The talent show was beautiful; Masters of ceremony, with lots of love prepared each moment and we had great revelations in song, poetry and dance. The evening was lovely and we celebrate that night also the anniversary of the directors of Atman Yoga, Nirmala and Satyadev. Also we started a course of meditations for Yoga Vacation and people participated from Colombia and Ecuador. We began a symposium on mental health. Prominent physicians participated, meditators and people of faith, in Buddhism, Christianity, etc. Students and teachers from different cities of Colombia shared with us that weekend. It was an enriching experience. After the intensity of the program we had sat sang by the pool area. We sang Sunday Prayers and our voices continue to sound in the valley.


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    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

    Om Namah Sivaya
    Om Namo Narayanaya from Bangkok!


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July People from Berlin are very much into football, it seemed there were little other topics. Class attendances were a bit less, but due to the nice weather, we again enjoyed many classes on the garden platform. The TTC prep day was much appreciated by the participants and was helpful for them to decide when and where the do the course and how to be best prepared. The Gurupurnima celebration in the evening was lovely. The beautifully, with flowers and garlands decorated altar made it very easy to tune into the heart of the celebration. Swami Gokulananda left for two weeks to Tyrol.

    By mid-July the summer temperatures, almost every day up to 30°C, made it again possible to have many yoga-classes outside on the garden-platform. Many of the regular students as well as many teachers are on vacation for a couple of weeks. Classes continued as usual, but with a bit less of attendance. We celebrated Swami Sivanandas Mahasamadhi with a Puja in a small circle of close students. We were very happy to welcome Amba from the Munich Centre in our Staff team. OM.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July we were with the preparation for the TTC in Colombia. Swami Premananda and Swami Dayananda travelled to Colombia. We are two staff in the Centre,we are carrying on with the help of some karma yoguis. We also opened the meditation course, two Beginners Courses" plus, we gave the workshop "Yoga and the Anger". Prem & Om to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre

    Early July was very relaxed at the Centre and the clouds have started appearing and blessing us with the much needed showers and dropping the heat down to much more comfortable levels than in the previous months. We started this month enthusiastically with the Shat Kriyas workshop which was well attended and the students learnt the sir main yogic cleansing techniques in detail. One Saturday, we had the free trial class. We are going to make this a regular affair, with it happening on the first Saturday of every month. This will be completely free for all, one hour light yoga class to give the people who want to experience a yoga class or start off on a yogic journey/lifestyle but are reluctant or unaware as to how it will work out. We are sure, that in the coming months it will become very successful and also help us in getting more and more fresh eager students wanting to learn yoga. We had the Easy Variations workshop also. we organized the latest veganism related workshop and started the morning Beginners batch with lots of fresh and enthusiastic students. The title for the last Sunday's workshop was 'Eat More & Lose Weight'. It was a difficult to believe for many in the starting, but at the end of the workshop, all had been englightened who had sat through the discourse and there was an interactive question-answer session too towards the end. We had promoted the event heavily all across the city and online social mediums and got a tremendous response in return and scores of interested people turned up and learnt about the program in the 3 hours long workshop conducted by SHARAN (www.sharan-india.org) and facilitated by Dr Saravanan Ramachandran. He taught the participants how they can take control of their health and their weight issues just by following the correct diet and eating in the right manner. He was able to throw some light on veganism, on food combining, healthy alternatives to meat and dairy products, etc. All the participants were then made to savour and learn how to prepare delicious healthy raw carrot halwa, almond milk, raw salads, etc. To their surprise it was completely healthy and contained no oil or dairy products. They understood eventually how they can prepare many more such healthy dishes for themselves and their families. Many of our students are already on their way to a completely meat and dairy free, compassionate vegan diet in the Chennai Centre and they report that they are feeling much lighter and energetic thanks to the repeated efforts of the staff members and the workshops being organized along with SHARAN. We are also happy to see happier and healthier students. Several students from our weight loss classes have joined in the regular open classes within just a few months of such programs and are now doing all the postures also properly.

    By mid-July we organized a special 'Backbends' workshop one Sunday morning, several yoga students from all over the city came up for that one and enjoyed it thoroughly and promised to return for the 108 Sun Salutations workshop. In the one-and-a-half-hour 'backbends' workshop, we taught the students about the intricacies of backbends in yoga in detail and also told them all about the safety precautions and contra-indications. Several doubts and questions were also clarified in the end and the participants felt completely satisfied and ready to improve their backbend postures. 2014, is the 51st anniversary of Swami Sivananda's Maha-samadhi and we had an elaborate event celebrating with lots of love and joy along with all the other students of the Chennai Centre. In the early morning, we had a special Puja, for which we decorated the whole Centre very dearly and then a 'havan' was conducted by the priests who had been called for this auspicious and pious occasion. Special 'sadhya', Kerala style lunch on banana leaves was served to all the students and the staff members were so very happy to do this, on such a special day. The meal was sumptuous, grand and extremely delicious and several students even asked for the recipes from the chef. In the evening, we had the special Satsang and chanted lots of prayers praising the master. The energy in the Centre was high and very positive and we are looking forward to a very healthy, joyous and prosperous year ahead of us. All the staff send Pranams to the Sivananda family. Blessings to all!






Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early July, for the Independence Day holiday on July 4th, we offered an open class in the morning and a barbecue and potluck in the garden in the evening. We had a visit from a peace pilgrim and sannyasi, Swami Sankarananda, who is on a coast-to-coast walking peace pilgrimage since taking sannyas in India last year. On his way through Chicago, he visited the Centre and spoke at our evening Satsang, sharing observations from his walk. Students, teachers, and staff enjoyed meeting him and learning from his wisdom and humour. Janaki left for a two-week stay at the Ranch. We celebrated Guru Purnima with an evening of Puja and kirtan, with several teachers and students in attendance. Staff are well and send their pranams. By the grace of the Gurus all continues well. Pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi from the Centre in Chicago.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early July we carried on with two beginners courses.  We also had some very full open classes.  Saraswati left for the Yoga Farm and we wished her lots of fun and safe travels.  A couple of residents left and a couple more arrived.  All is well in the mid-highlands of Vietnam.

    By mid-July we saw full open classes. We had two residents leave, we wished them safe travels and three new residents joined us with one extending their stay a week longer. So we are currently a full house. We offered a nice headstand workshop with a few students experiencing for the first time what it's like to hold Sirsasana. The weather's cool and stormy here in beautiful Dalat. All is well in Dalat. We feel a lot of blessings from Guru. Om.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July many of our Karmayogis went home for holidays. A notable change in weather helps us indeed. Impressive numbers of students were present for all open sessions, new beginners' batch and also for the Shat- kriya workshop conducted on Saturdays. Advanced open sessions conducted one weekend were also filled with peace and pleasure. It was lovely to see many of our Kids camp participants back on usual the Sunday Kids Yoga class. We did welcome Ms.  Aradhana- TTC graduate since 2012 to the Centre; life once again as in TTC makes her more energetic and enthusiastic. The special Intermediate- Advance classes commenced for four days was a wonderful opportunity for many of our long-term practitioners to go much deeper into the magic of Hatha Yoga. One of our students introduced and donated all facilities to do organic waste management at our system and we hope to maintain it in the right standard. Satsang we had related to Guru Purnima was another occasion where we the Centre overwhelmed with spiritual people and their positive energy. We owe great thanks to our cook for coming back on time and helping us to a large extend by taking care of catering hence staff could run all other activities in a normal pace. We are into much more happening with Bhandara in relation with Master's Mahasamadhi , couple more new beginner batches and some workshops

    By mid-July we started off with Bhandara organized on Master's Mahasamadhi Day; we were delighted seeing many of students volunteering at the event and it was indeed a grant success. We were thrilled to answer and share stories of Gurus to school going children who visited our Bhandara hall. Two workshops conducted on weight- loss and Yoga for back were much useful for students to many asanas in detail with benefits. Outsized participation of students at Open sessions often makes us thinking of running two sessions, especially at the evenings.  Two beginners batches started and the weekend batch finished yesterday are full enthusiasm and interest in practicing Yoga for longtime. New faces on every Satsang and their appreciations make us forgetting all hectic we have here due to the unstable climate at Delhi.otherwise by guru's grace everything  is going very well. Pranams to all. Om Shanti.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early July Delhi was still warm and clouds giving relief from summer heat. Mani Chaitanya was given warm send off and P.C. Kapoor took over from him. Manjunath (Priest) is here for visa work. Two Karma yogis Neelkanth and Karoona have joined. Praveen ji left for Neyyar dam Ashram after serving as Karmayogi for more than six months here. Yoga 1 evening class started and other classes are also doing well. Sunday Satsang was attended by good number of people. On Guru Purnima - PadaPuja, and Abhishekam  was done by priest Manjunath and a good number of students and teachers attended the Puja, which helped in increasing the energy levels in the Centre. Massage for Ladies was re-started from Guru Purnima day and is getting good responce. We saw a change in climate with rains coming and temperature going down.

    By mid-July we organized a Mahasamadi Pooja on the occasion of Master's Mahasamdi day. Prist Manjunath performed the milk Abishekam and other rituals on Crystal  Shivalinga while the student and staff chanting Swami Sivananda's Bajans. This Pooja and the rituals created a lot of energy in the Centre. We started two Yoga 1 beginner courses at 10:00 am and at 6:30 pm with good no. of students. We started meditation course with 11 students and we also conducted spin and flexibility workshop. The number of students who are coming for open classes are increasing. We are getting a good support from out side teachers in teaching courses as well as  the open class. 
    The weather is becoming pleasant and we are expecting more rains in the coming days.  All staff are well and send their pranams. All staff are well and send their pranams. Om Namah Sivaya from Delhi! We send our prayers to all. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Om Namo Narayanaya!




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    The Geneva Centre is closed until August 24th. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July Swami Pranavananda is enjoying his stay at the HCM Centre and is learning Vietnamese.  We had a wonderful teacher meeting with 15 teachers attending.  During the meeting we talked about passing the Guru's energy, and how we can be effective teachers by doing Sadhana and living the teaching.  We had each teacher instruct part of the basic class, with very lively discussion from all involved.  The spirit of cooperation was strong, as Mangala, one of the teachers, did a great job of translating back and forth with questions and answers, and many comments from all the teachers!  We started some yoga one courses both in English and Vietnamse.  Attendance in open classes was good, and many teachers came for Satsang Sunday after the teacher meeting.  We did some deep cleaning and reorganizing of the kitchen.

    By mid-July Swami Pranavananda taught a "Yoga for Back Pain" workshop with many students.  Several teachers assisted and helped to translate into Vietnamese.  We explained why people get back problems, and how the Yoga practice can help.  The open classes were well-attended, and we have some new teachers assisting and planning to teach soon.  We welcomed a new resident, who will be here for one month.  Mary and Sarada are learning some new chants, music theory and how to play the harmonium.  The staff have the Centre looking very clean and beautiful.  Staff are in high spirits and happy to be blessed by the Divine Mother. All the staff were happy, with the Guru's blessings. We send Pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om Tat Sat.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya

    In early July we had a group of young children from a local school, 40 of them, visiting the Centre for a short introduction to Yoga. We also had a workshop on the art of relaxation, given by Sundari. We celebrated Masters Mahasamadhi with an inspiring Puja. Students brought flowers and Prasad. We also had a reading about Guru during the Satsang. Swami Jyotirmayananda went to Orleans to recharge and to help with teaching the TTC & ATTC.

    By mid-July we had a one-day programme with Swami Sivadasanandaji. A workshop about freeing the neck and shoulders and a Satsang about "steps to happiness". Swami Sivadasananda, Swami Kailasananda and Swami Jyotirmayananada came here for a meeting with the neighbours. We had the Puja for the Mahasamadhi of Master Sivananda. A Yoga 1, 2 and 3 started. We also had a workshop about the sun salutation with Nadapriya Om Namo Narayananya Salutations to all! Om.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early July a small group of students accompanied Swami Omkarananda on a short interfaith peace walk. The focus was From Independence to Interdependence and as the Hindu representatives the team led about 60 walkers chanting Raghupati Ragava Raja Ram, one of Mahatma Gandhi's favorite kirtan. It was a hot, sunny morning and everyone enthusiastically joined in. The short walk around the lotus pond in the park was a powerful boost for interfaith relations in LA. Staff, Deviyani and karma yogi, Satyadeva left following three weeks of much appreciated service.

    By mid-July we continued to hold workshops on the weekends. For 3 Saturday afternoons, local physical therapist, Eva Nemeth, taught a course on postural alignment called 'Hypnomovement'. We also had a workshop on meditation by a local meditation teacher and student of the Centre, Bill Blake and a Healing Gong meditation evening offered by our student, Marilyn Donadt. Two workshops with a more ecological theme were the movie 'Last Call at the Oasis' about the fresh water crisis and a workshop about death and serious injuries caused in babies, children and adults as a result of vaccination. We have also been running a Yoga 1 course.with a few students. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Pranams.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    In early July preparations for the TTC in Aluenda, Spain, started. There was a  new Y-1  with 12 participants and a weekend intensive with 8. The Centre continues to run smoothly with the support of teachers and karma yogis. Sixty-five persons came for the celebration of Swami Sivananda´s Mahasamadhi Puja, many of them teachers. The atmosphere was pure and devotional and everyone had the opportunity to connect with Masters teachings. The energy of the Centre was uplifted and students left inspired and grateful. OM.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July a ladies beginner Yoga 1 course at 10 am. The Bhagvad Gita Gyan Yagna started with Swami Swaroopananda. Its all most full with Devotee of lord Kirshna and Centre students. The classes will go till 16th of July. People are enjoying Swamiji lecture and in between beautiful bhajans. Guru Poornima was celebrated with Guru Pada Puja followed by special Satsang with Swamiji.

    Mid-July began with a Guru Pada Puja and lalitha Sahsranama chanting by students and devotees on occasion of Gurudev maha samadhi day.On this occasion Swami Swaroopananda ji share his great time with Swami Sivananda ji maharaj in Rishikesh. The Bhagvad Gita gyan Yagana was held. The yagna went very well. A good crowed was there every day specially for this special programe. A big Almira was donated by Dr. Devdoss who is a great devotee of Swami Sivananda. The almira was donated for establish a  Sivananda library on Gurudev Samadhi day. The beginner course started with good no of participants. Yashpal birthday was celebrated grandly on 15th July around 90 people who were participating Swamiji classes. Pranams from the Temple city Madurai to each and everybody in the Sivananda family. Om Shanti.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Milano, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya from Northern Italy.
    All staff and students are well. Pranams to all the Sivananda Family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July we started a 4 classes Devotional Chant Course with 9 people. The participants are really enjoying it. We also started two beginners Course with a good number of students. We received the visit from Krishna, a very known Swami Vishnudevananda´s disciple. He directed the Satsang and gave us a good talk about the importance of having a Guru. One Saturday we had the Karma Yoga Day with 4 people:  two of them are new at the Centre. All of them helped a lot. We finished with a lovely lunch prepared by Ana and Nirmala. In the evening we had the Guru Poornima Celebration with Krishna. Everything was really wonderful. Classes are developed normally and the most interesting thing is that we are gradually having more children at yoga class.

    By mid-July we continued with the Devotional Chant Course (second class). On the same day, we celebrated Swami Sivananda´s  Mahasamadhi with a pooja directed by Chandra and Madhavi. Friday was a holiday so we did not give class on that day. Activities returned to normal. Chandra traveled to Porto Alegre Centre for 3 days. The laying plasterboard began so as to avoid moisture especially in a small classroom and in the backyard. Everything is being very cute. Thanks to the Masters we had a good number of students. Om and Pranams to everyone in the Sivananda Family from the staff at Montevideo.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July we continued to operate smoothly and feel energetic due to the summer season. We received some new students, a few have also attended Satsang. This has given them a fuller experience for their yoga practice. Two Yoga 1`s finished with students signing up for the next course (Yoga 2.) We have also seen the parents of children that are at kids camp attend more classes here.

    During mid-July classes and courses continued to run well. We have seen a increase of numbers for open class due to the three month summer unlimited pass, it has also been a good opportunity for new people to attend the Centre or non - regular students to come more. The Centre spent some time to recruit people to be involved in Kaavadi at the Camp, to ensure as much recycling was separated and collected as possible. The team of over 10 people worked well together, with the same intention, they managed to collect lot`s of items for recycling. Staff at the Centre went to the Camp for Kaavadi, it was a glorious day for such an auspicious occasion. We are thankful to Master and Swami ji for their continued inspiration and presence. Pranams to all the Sivananda family.

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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    In early July, after the 40 year celebration we returned to the normal Centre rhythm. The acharyas and our special guests travelled on to the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Orleans, France. We once again want to thank them for all the inspiration and prana we received. Also Swami Narayanananda went for two weeks stay to Orleans. We started a new 60 minutes open class from 12 to 1 pm which we want to try during the summer months. Already five people came – most of them using their noon-break from work to take a yoga class. We had a change with our residents: Sivapriya moved out after having stayed with us for three years. She will continue to teach and support the Centre coming for karma yoga. Our teacher Kantidevi had already moved in as our new resident.

    Mid-July saw a beautiful Puja on the occasion of Master Sivananda's Mahasamadhi. We began the second part of our Yoga and Stressmanagement course. Swami Narayanananda returned fully recharged from a two-week stay in the Ashram in Orleans / France. Jnaneshvara went for a weekend to Reith to give  lectures  on "Yoga, Mind and Brain". Swami Durgananda returned from Orleans and is preparing the new programs for Reith and Munich. Swami Sivadasananda went to London to attend the councel meeting concerning the renovation of the middle building in london. Kanti Devi a new resident moved in, a big help for the munich Centre. We wish all a very beautiful summer. OM.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    Early July had a slightly lower number of students when the Winter 2-week vacation started. Anyway, all classes had attendance including an advanced class and the Open House in the afternoon. Beginner's and Meditation courses have started. A wonderful Guru Purnima celebration and a special Satsang remembering Swami Sivananda's life were highlights. We had Him leading Jaya Ganesha from one of his recordings.

    By mid-July, with slightly warmer weather, the energy is raising with more people asking about the activities and the next beginner courses.Most of the teachers went on vacation but still all classes ran normally. We had an inspiring workshop about Kirtan and devotional expression. Some minor electrical repairs were done in the building May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!

    In early July we started a new Yoga 2 course with a considerable number of students. Our staff was split into a few groups so we could all go to the Ranch and partake the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Ashram. This way we did not have to close the Centre for a whole weekend. We just closed it on Friday 4th July. We welcomed Yashoda from the Bahamas Ashram. She took pictures during the Ashram's celebration and will be staying with us for a few days as she edits them. One Saturday the staff who went to the Ranch came back feeling recharged and inspired from the Ashram vibes. This same day we had a well attended Open House at the city Centre. Many people signed up for upcoming courses and took out memberships. Swami Narayananada went back to the Ranch as he will be teaching the Sanskrit classes in the ATTC that started that day.

    By mid-July Swami Narayanananda came back from the Yoga Ranch and led the Satsang that day in the evening. He went back to the Ashram to continue to take part of the current ATTC that is happening there. Srinivasan and Saraswati drove down from the Ranch as he was giving a workshop on Yoga philosophy and Raja Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, here at the Centre. He left after having completed his course.
    Lately all the Centre staff has been rotating in order to go and spend some time at the Ranch for recharging and having a break from the city. Being so, Susan's turn came soon enough and she took off to spent a few days in the magic nature of the Catskills. In the afternoon of the same day Swami Brahmananda and Mahadev Chaitanya came from the Ranch to lead the Satsang. Swamiji inspired us very much with his clear, humorous and deep approach to the topic of karma yoga. People appreciated his presence and after Satsang all the visitors hanged out for some time to chat and eat the delicious soup made by Ishwari, the Centre staff. All staff are well and sending their pranams. The staff are sending their pranams. Om Namah Sivaya from all the staff here at the NYC Centre. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July the summer declared it is here; the holidays are in the air. Many teachers, karma yogis and students left Paris for their holiday or will leaving soon...but The Masters sent many others who are passing holidays in Paris and come to the Centre. Radha and Sudha came back from the Ashram after having 5 wonderful, refreshing, inspiring and repairing days. They were happy to find the house almost in order and they appreciated the generosity of all the karma yogis who assured the running of the Centre. A positive thinking course started with a little group of motivated students. One Saturday there was a headstand workshop and all the participants did the posture. Special day with the Celebration of Guru Purnima. We could feel better the connection with Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda. Many close students and teachers came for the Puja. There was an uplifting energy. Many flowers, beautiful garlands, mantras, kirtans, an inspiring letter of Swami Sivananda and a delicious prasad.

    Mid-July started beautifully with the Celebration of Swami Sivananda's Maha Samadhi, one more special day to tune with the energy of the Master. We celebrated a Puja with a little group of close students. Many flowers, a peaceful atmosphere and Cheerful chanting. The Centre felt uplifted with the flash visit of Swami Kailasananda and Swami Jyotirmayananda who came from Orleans for one day on their way to London. They worked many hours in the office. The staff appreciated having a big family for the arati that evening. The Masters sent and army of generous karma yogis to help with the Open House. In spite of the high temperatures and the holidays some new visitors came to the Centre. There were 48 students for the trial class and in total over than 250 for the regular classes and all the activities. The new comers seemed happy and eager to start with their practice. OM.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    In early July we had a big storm with some minor damage on the roof. We are working in a solution for that. We are back at the painting of the Centre as well. The Fifa world Cup finally finished here in Brazil and we are back to the normal life. We started a meditation Course, with 4 students (it was affected by a Brazil game at the same time). We also started a beginner's course on Mondays with 8 students. We are also negotiating a new rent for the house with the owner.

    By mid-July Chandra visited from Montevideo for a couple of days. We finished a beginners course, with 7 students. We also finished sanding the main stars wall. On Sandy the Staff went to the countryside breathing fresh air. Pranams, from all the staff at Porto Alegre Centre.





Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    In early July Markandeya from Milan came to help at the Centre, we started a yoga 1 course.  Many people came for a trial class, also a big group of friends, coming from other yoga Centre. Most of the Yoga Centre are closed during July and August, so the Centre is attracting students who are looking for classes during the summer. Another highlight was the Guru Poornima Celebration. We had Satsang, Puja, nice chanting and indian feast at the end, students and teachers enjoyed very much. There was a beautiful energy at the Centre after the celebration. We are preparing for the TTC in Bracciano. The staff are fine. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with all. Om & Prem.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    In early July, despite the circumstances of San Francisco Centre's imminent closing at the current location, a vibrant community of teachers, students, residents and devotees all showed their courage and resolve. The last day of public programs at 1200 Arguello Blvd. was conducted on the auspicious occasion of Guru Poornima. After days of preparation by Swami Sita, Yoga Farm and San Francisco staff the all-day event commenced with a powerful guru Puja performed by Pandita Samavedula which included the initiation of an 85 year old devoted Karma Yogi of the Centre into sannyas. Formerly Arjan, now Swami Arjunkrishnananda, has been cooking for the Centre devotedly for 14 years and decided to spend his final days living in SF Centre "urban Ashram".  Swami Sita performed the initiation and it was a very touching moment to behold—a privilege. Yoga classes and feasts continued later that afternoon. Lalita, former SF Staff and graduate of the TTC from the Yoga Farm, performed inspiring folk music and bhajans in the afternoon. Later that night, after meditation and chanting, we shared heartfelt testimonials that demonstrated the heartfelt gratitude of the community and the efficacy of our mission here in San Francisco. Later that night the Temple Bhajan band led a rousing kirtan and we al sang and danced, and rejoiced to express our gratitude for our long stay and opportunity to serve here in SF. Under the specifications of Swami Sita, a team is actively looking for a new facility as she considers all the financial questions in the current SF real estate market. Narayan is in communication with several local businesses and Centres that may serve as temporary homes for some staff as well locations to continue to conduct asana classes and an occasional Satsang. Fundraising for moving expenses were successful with over $12,000 being raised from community donations. The relocation effort is underway and the desire is there. The SF staff is now packing for the move-out and will be totally vacated by the end of the month. With the grace of the Guru and Master the SF Centre could be up and running again in no time. To see a report that ran on local CBS news follow this link: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/10345642-longtime-san-francisco-yoga-studio-may-be-forced-out-due-to-rising-rents/ Pranams to all from San Francisco Centre.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In July Tel Aviv and the rest of Israel was under the constant threat of missiles sent from the Gaza strip. But although sirens are sending us to shelters few times a day, still the Centre is active and we see almost no decrease in student's counts. The Staff and the students are enjoying the presence of Swami Swaroopananda and Swami Prema Swaroopananda and many times we have spontaneous and most elevating Satsangs in our underground shelter. We all pray for the lives, peace, health and welfare of all the citizens of both nations, and that all the radical forces in our area that promote strife and suffering will be dismissed. Blessings and Peace to all of the Sivananda Family from the Tel Aviv Centre.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    In early July Manjunath arrived from India. The staff continued preparing a special event, whilst the normal classes went on as usual. The new wooden altars were finished by the joint effort of the competent karmayogis from India and Tokyo. The Centre's third anniversary three-day event "SivaFes" began with Ganapathy Homa at 6am on the new moon with around 20 guests. 8am open class by Sandeep was full, Nataraj's talk on the main theme of the festival "to serve and to give" was also popular. The upstairs asana hall was turned into all-day health hut, serving sattvic food and drinks, also some space for boutique and therapy booths were allocated. It was busy with TTC graduates and the local students everyday. The day was closed with evening Satsanga led by Nataraj. The second day began with Satsanga, followed by asana classes and workshops. Vedanta talk and meditation class by Swami Cetanananda was attended by 40 students, Pair Yoga class by 16. We watched Krisna movie in the evening. The last day saw fully packed open class and advance class by Nataraj and Sandeep respectively, and lively Kirtan workshop with Kalyani ji. The closing ceremony Devi Puja was attended by 60 people, some of them were so touched by the holy atmosphere and had tears in their eyes. It was followed by a candle-lit beautiful and meditative Sitar concert by Teiju Kato, accompanied by Pakawaj drum. 50 people had wonderful South Indian meals by our Tamil-speaking, great local catering unit Masalawala. The whole event went smoothly and successfully, everyone had a great time and the graduates were happy to get together again etc., thanks to the dedicated team of staff, karma yogis, teachers and the grace of guru's. May Master and Swamiji bless us to be able to provide this. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with all. Pranams.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July we partook in the Canada Day long weekend, most students and teachers were away for the weekend. So classes were less attended, slowly picking up again. We are having less no's signing up for courses, due to a late summer. All want to be out in the sun. Our new brochure is out for the Summer and Fall. We are having some exciting new workshops, and hope they will be well appreciated and attended by the students. We hope to put them out to reach a lot of new students in the coming season.  Satsang was quite well attended, even though it was a long weekend. Durairaj was away in Regina, Saskatchewan, and got back on the 7th. Bhakti is staying at the Centre helping out with classes and Karma yoga.

    By mid-July we started a Yoga 4 plus the Rawfood and Prenatal classes. We had a good, regular attendance in classes. Satsangs and Dinners continue to attract regular and new students. Sunday Satsangs seem to have always more than expected no's. We do have quite a few new teachers coming straight from TTC to join the Centre.   We had a raw food workshop by Lisa and Miki which was in full attendance with 6 students. All went back surprised at what Lisa could create with Raw food. It was Kaavadi week at the Yoga camp, and Durairaj went up with some guests from Chennai for the special weekend.  Pranams to all. Om.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early July we welcomed back Sandeep from his trip to Japan. One Saturday we also held our monthly Meditation Review for students that had previously completed the Meditation Courses. The group practiced with a 30 minute meditation followed by a question and answer session. We held our regular Satsang with some additional guests from across the globe via Skype following along with Sunday Prayers and Aarati. We began the Ladies Beginner's and Mixed batch. The rest of the beginner's and open classes are progressing well with a good turn out of students. Our private class numbers continue to grow. We held a beautiful Guru Poornima Pooja at 6:00 am, a few students attended as well. We conducted a Kriya Workshop focusing on the practice of Jala and Sutra Neti. We held our regular Satsang filled with a lot of energy chanting from students and staff, followed by the Sunday Prayers and Aarati. We also bid farewell to Kannan, who served the Centre for 6 months. We thank him for his service and wish him well for his future endeavours.

    By mid-July we celebrated Swami Sivananda's 51st Mahasamadhi anniversary with a pooja and chanting of "Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya" for an hour followed by Satsang and traditional Keralan breakfast feast. We also began a new beginner's batch in the morning with a good turn out of students. On the 17th began the new Malayalam month "Karkidakam" which is typically marked with heavy rains and the reading of the Ramayana for the month to build self-confidence during difficult times. Classes are continuing as usual. We had a special Advanced class held at the historical Museum in Trivandrum with a meditation session afterwards. There was a good turn out of students and they thoroughly enjoyed the class. We are hoping to continue holding classes at various venues around the city. The private classes for both asana and meditation is continuing and growing in number. All staff are well and send their pranams. Pranams to the Sivananda family worldwide.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In mid-July a Y1 and Y 3 course started. The Saturday afternoon class was again held in the nearby park. Due to a heat wave fewer students came for classes and courses. We were happy to welcome Ishwara back to the Centre after his vacation. Karma Yogis continued their dedicated support and students are treating us with fresh vegetables and herbs from their gardens. Spiritual highlight was the Mahasamadhi Puja for Swami Sivananda which was celebrated in the early morning with close students and teachers. Everyone left happy and inspired. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius
    In early July we started with new Yoga 1 course. One Saturday we had a dynamic cooking class named "Tasty cooling vegetarian dishes for summer". Students learned basic yogic cooking principles and dishes turned out to be delicious. We offered a beautiful Puja with many new and old students took place. We sang 108 names of Lord Krishna and of the Masters, red from Bliss Divine about Guru and explained meaning of Guru Purnima. Students and teachers left inspired. For the upcoming July retreat we have more than seventy inscriptions and more students are expected to join us.

    During mid-July we did Puja for Swami Sivananda`s Mahasamadhi. There were kirtans, mantras, flowers, and good energy of everyone. Our retreat happened. We were in full preparation for it. Karma yogis were very supportive for organizing the Centre as well as for organizing retreat things. Ishwara Chaitanya came back from Orleans recharged and inspired. Staff are well and inspired. Sending Prem to All. OM.






Your character depends upon the quality of thought held in your mind and the mental pictures and ideals entertained by you. - Sri Swami Sivananda
 
 

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