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Om Namah Sivaya
We are glad to inform you, by the grace of Master and Swamiji, that all Centres and Ashrams are busy as ever. Our European Ashrams and Centres are extremely busy at this time. We are happy to inform you that a new temple is being built at our Ashram Netala, Uttarkashi, when completed it will be very unique South Indian temple right in the middle of Himalayas. South Indian Ashrams are getting ready for their busy season starting next month. If you haven't made plans yet this winter both Ashrams in South are offering a wide range of courses which might be very interesting for you. Please check their website sivananda.org/india Swami Sitaramanandaji has just completed her South Asia tour with great success, so more news to follow in the next issue.
Due to your continued support, the Sivananda Organization is keeping itself very busy in imparting the teachings of Swami Vishnudevanandaji. We are looking for your support in this project described below.
The Swami Vishnudevananda Archives Karma Yoga Project
The Sivananda Organization is currently looking for a skilled team of karma yogis interested in taking on the task of being first hand at listening and transcribing hundreds of inspiring lectures presented by Swami Vishnu from 1969 to 1991. We specifically welcome those who are writers, editors and journalists on the Sivananda Yoga path.
Candidates must have a good command of the English language; type proficiently; understand Yoga Vedanta vocabulary; be familiar with principle Hindu deities; be able to dedicate 5-10 hours a week to the project, plus be highly organized and focused. Please send your request to be a part of this auspicious project to Sita at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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, using the instrument of the mind. - Sri Swami Sivananda
SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ|
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||Why should I, the Brahman, I, the Cosmic Consciousness, the Existence without another, the Infinite, the All-pervading and the Omniscient, be bound by the laws of Prakriti and be limited by the phenomena of time, space, causation and substance, and above all, why must I get involved in this process of evolution and involution?
The eye cannot perceive itself. A man cannot stand on his own shoulders. Even so, all enquiry into the Ultimate Cause, the causeless Cause of all creation, is first confronted with a formidable wall of primordial ignorance. He who annihilates his ego to nothing at this point, and who thus obtains the grace of Isvara, gets through this wall and enters the Kingdom of the Infinite. Then he knows. But this knowledge cannot be communicated to others, as this great wall is obstructing others from perceiving the Truth. Therefore the ancient sage termed it an Ati-prasna or transcendental question.
Suffice it to know that God has created this world in order to enable you to evolve and realize the Self, in order to serve all and love all as His manifestations. The dacoit of ignorance has kidnapped man from his palace of Self-awareness and brought him to a thick forest; when the man wakes up, he does not brood over how he came there, but tries to get out of the forest. Even so, the earnest Sadhak tries to break the chain of transmigration by attaining Self-realization.
||The Lord's grace will do everything for me. Why should I do any Sadhana?
God helps those who help themselves. God's grace will descend only on those persons who exert. The Lord's grace will descend in proportion to the degree of surrender. The more the surrender, the more the grace. You cannot expect the Lord to do self-surrender for you. Be up and doing. Strive. Plod. Persevere. The Lord will shower His grace upon you.
Mira abandoned everything. She renounced kingdom, husband, relatives, friends and property. She remembered her Lord Krishna whole day and night. She shed tears of Prem. She sang His praise with single-minded devotion. She gave up food. Her body got emaciated. Her mind was ever absorbed in Lord Krishna. Only then did Lord Krishna shower His grace upon her.
|| You say that forgiveness should be practiced. Being not the final authority in my office, I cannot save my subordinates from getting punished. If I conceal their offenses or mistakes, I will not be doing my duty properly and this may one day get me into trouble. When I forward the reports of my subordinates, they are punished and I feel sorry for it. What should I do in such cases?
|| You can forgive the minor mistakes of your subordinates. This cannot bring in any trouble. Keep your conscience clean. Warn them whenever they commit mistakes. As you are in the Vyavaharic field, you will have to punish those who commit serious mistakes. But, be unbiased. Have fear of God. If poor servants are fined, give them some money from your own pocket. Love them. They will not commit mistakes in future.
If you become absolutely desire-less, if the Vasanas are destroyed in total, Kundalini will ascend by itself without any effort, through the force of purity. - Sri Swami Sivananda
HATHA YOGA TIP
EAGLE - GARUDASANA - A standing balance posture with concentration.
Stand with both knees slightly bent. Prepare to take weight into your left leg and foot by lifting the right leg and foot a little off the mat. Root the standing foot and toes into the mat, find balance by alternating weight on heels and toes then settle into your point of balance, trying to equalize weight between heels and ball of foot. Take a few moments to stabilize balance. Once your balance feels secure then wrap your right leg around the standing left leg. The right thigh will be come over the left thigh and the outside calf of the right leg will be pressed firmly against the left outer calf. Lock your right foot behind your left calf while keeping the standing leg slightly bent. Keep the upper body as straight as possible without tilting forward. Now place the left upper arm into the right elbow and bring the palms together in front of your face. Keep the shoulders down as much as possible and let the arms do the work. Hold for up to 30 seconds. Breathe rhythmically. Release arm and leg and repeat on the opposite side, standing on the right leg and wrapping the left leg around and hooking the left foot. Put the right upper arm into the left elbow and bring palms together.
All standing balances benefit by fixing the gaze on an unmoving object and keeping the head level and the spine aligned with the head and neck. Concentrate on the breathing to help with the focus and balance, and to maintain stamina.
All the benefits of basic Trikonasana plus with hip rotation and spinal twist, Finds your Centre of balance.
Practises focusing and ignoring distraction.
Practices steady eye gaze.
Strengthens leg muscles, bones and nerves.
Strengthens spinal column.
Aids flexibility in arms, legs and hands.
Increases circulation to limbs by the squeezing effect.
Presents whole body awareness.
Adds inner calmness.
This yoga tip from the new Sivananda publication - “Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion” – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010. Other yoga tips at
Kundalini will drop down by itself through the force of Prarabdha. It will stop at each Chakra by itself. You need not exert to fix it anywhere. - Swami Sivananda
YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY
NISHKAMA: Desireless; Selfless
Nishkama Karma Yoga - Desire-less action; selfless action; the practice of doing actions without any expectation of the fruits (results, reactions or effects)
In the practice of Nishkama Karma Yoga, there is no loss of effort. There is no harm. There is no transgression also. Even a little of this practice can protect those from great fear of rebirth, of death with its concomitant evils.
An ordinary worldly-minded man can hardly hear the inner voice of Atma. He cannot get pure thoughts of Vichara also. Any Sattvic thought emanates from the Sattvic Buddhi. In the case of worldlings, all thoughts emanate from the mind only.
He who does Nishkama Karma Yoga and has purity of mind begins to entertain thoughts of God. Generally the mind raises various sorts of curious, fantastic thoughts. It deludes all. It may pretend to do Vichar. When it comes to practicality, it will do nothing. If there is serious determination in you to concentrate and meditate, and if you put it into actual practice for months steadily and if the longing for the Darshan of God or Self-realization becomes keen and acute, then alone think that all these kinds of thoughts proceed from your Sattvic Buddhi only.
Inner Meaning of Navaratri Worship - 2014: Sept 24 - Oct 3
Navarathri (nine nights) is one of the greatest festivals of India. This festival is celebrated for nine days, in which God is worshiped in the form of Mother. This is a period of introspection and purification. Navarathri is traditionally an auspicious time for starting new ventures. During this period, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati are worshipped as three different manifestations of Shakti or Cosmic energy.
The different stages of spiritual progress are reflected in the sequence of celebrations during Navaratri. During the first three days, Durga is worshipped. She personifies that aspect of shakti which destroys our negative tendencies. The process of trying to control our senses is akin to a war for the mind which resists all attempts at control. So the stories in the Puranas symbolically depict Devi in the form of Durga as waging war and destroying the asuras.
However, getting temporary relief from the clutches of vasanas does not guarantee permanent liberation from them. The seeds of the vasanas will remain within in latent form. Therefore, we should supplant them with positive qualities. The Bhagavad Gita refers to these qualities as daivi-sampat, literally "Divine Wealth." Correspondingly, we worship Lakshmi during the next three days. Lakshmi is not just the giver of gross wealth or prosperity; She is the Mother who gives according to the needs of Her children.
Only one endowed with daivi-sampat is fit to receive the knowledge of the Supreme. Accordingly, the last three days of Navaratri are dedicated to worshiping Saraswati, the embodiment of Knowledge. She is depicted as wearing a pure-white sari, which symbolizes the illumination of the Supreme Truth.
Stand firm as a rock. Live in the Centre. Live in Om. Live in Truth or Atma. Nothing can shake you. Difficulties will make you more strong and endow you with more endurance. - Sw. Sivananda
A complete Sanskrit Glossary can be found at:
| BHAGHAVAD GITA
From Chapter II: Sankhya Yoga
(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
II.67. For the mind, which follows in the wake of the wandering senses, carries away his discrimination, as the wind (carries away) a boat on the waters.
COMMENTARY: The mind which constantly dwells on the sensual objects and moves in company with the senses destroys altogether the discrimination of the man. Just as the wind carries away a boat from its course, so also the mind carries away the aspirant
from his spiritual path and turns him toward the objects of the senses.
Love all equally. - Sri Swami Sivananda
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.
9 - GIVING SPACE TO THE MIND -Allow the mind to wander at first – it will jump around, but will eventually settle into concentration, along with the concentration of prana. Initially, in your eagerness to control the mind, you may be too forceful with it. If you focus too hard a headache may develop. Relax deeply into the breath and focus more gently. We are often unaware even of our most obvious psychological habits and the power that they have over us. Be patient. There is a natural tendency to want a quick fix, but there is no easy way to bring the mind to a permanent state of silence and contentment. It needs to be freed very gradually from its many layers of emotional agitation. If the release is too sudden, there is a danger of being overwhelmed by the resulting reaction and you may decide to abandon the practice. Change has to happen consciously, progressively, and steadily to have a lasting effect. So give yourself space. Be both firm and gentle with the mind at the same time. Educating your mind is similar to educating a child. Both love and strength are necessary. Arm yourself with patience. Develop a healthy relationship with yourself, avoiding both over-indulgence and harshness. Realize that what you are attempting to accomplish is not easy and feel a healthy pride when you make a step forward, however small it may seem. As the Bhagavad Gita says, become your own best friend and feel compassion for that part of you which is struggling to regain a sense of wholeness. As you give space to your mind, keep it under close observation, like walking a dog with an extended leash – the dog retains a sense of independence, but is quickly reminded that its freedom is limited when it wants to wander off. During the first few minutes of your practice, develop a
relationship of trust with your mind by being patient and compassionate. Then you will find that the part of your mind that resists being told what to do will cooperate more readily.
Meditation allows us to see things as they are, without the masking veil of our likes and dislikes, without fear or hope or desire. - Sw. Vishnudevananda
This rich series continues. Next month... "Disassociating from the mind". Lastly, there is "Pure Thought" and Samadhi to conclude.
Excerpts from The Sivananda Companion to Meditation (2003) - The Sivananda Yoga Centre; Gaia Books, New York.
Meditation is essentially the quality of Sattva. - Sri Swami Sivananda
PUMPKIN TART - Makes 2 x 8 inch pies
This recipe uses freshly cooked pumpkin. The dough is baked blind first before the filling is added and further baked till set. Makes a spicy satisfying tart for a dessert. A festive dessert for a Canadian Thanksgiving. Serve with whipped cream or alternative creamy topping.
Ingredients for Filling:
1 medium pumpkin
7 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
4 ounces silken tofu
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch ground mace or freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
1 tablespoon soy flour
Ingredients for Pastry Dough:
2 ½ cups wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
4 tablespoons wheat germ or sesame seeds
2/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons corn oil
7 tablespoons chilled sparkling mineral water
Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut pumpkin into eighths and remove the seeds and stringy bits. Place pumpkin in a baking tray, cover with foil and bake in oven for 45 to 60 min till soft.
Make dough: Sift flour and salt into large bowl. Stir in the wheat germ or sesame seeds. Blend in the oil until pieces are size of peas. Add the chilled sparkling water, little at a time, until the mixture is moist. Knead dough just enough to hold it together. Divide the dough in half and roll into two balls. Wrap in wax paper and chill 30 minutes.
Make the Filling: Remove pumpkin from the oven and peel it. Puree in a food processor until smooth. Add maple syrup, tofu and blend in. Add salt, spices and soy flour and mix in well.
Roll dough out on floured surface and line dough in two 8 inch pie pans with removable bottoms. Use fork to prick holes in dough lining. Bake in oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and fill the pie dough shells with the pumpkin filling. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F and bake pies 45 minutes until filling is set.
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
Fasting does help in self-control. - Sri Swami Sivananda
|UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC, ATTC, Sadhana Intensive Courses|
Oct 05 - Nov 02/14
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Oct 05 - Nov 01/14
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Oct 11 - Nov 09/14
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Nov 09 - Dec 07/14
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Nov 16 - Dec 14/14
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Val Morin, QC- Canada
Dec 04 - Dec 31/14
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Dec 13/14 - Jan 11/15
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
See full list of International Teacher Training Courses: http://www.sivananda.org/yoga-teacher-training/ttc-schedule.html
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The goal is Self-realization or Moksha. In order to achieve that, you must be good and do good. You must do more. You must cultivate discrimination, dispassion and a correct attitude to life. You must meditate, do Japa and Kirtan, study scriptures. - Sri Swami Sivananda
SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - SEPTEMBER 2014
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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
At the beginning of September We had an extraordinary turnout at the yearly Open House. Sixty-one people from the community surrounding the Ashram came to see what Sivananda is all about. Tejas and Chandrika taught the jam-packed asana class in Mathaji Hall now that the outside temperatures dropped quite a bit. Gauri Chaitanya cooked up an additional yummy Indian dish for them to enjoy. We were delighted to have Prahlada and Saraswati visit us for a day. They gave Satsang as Swami Shivabhaktananada was away visiting the Yoga Ranch in New York State. At the Ashram some maintenance projects lead by Vyasa had a good development during the week. The Health Hut patio got its temporary roof and is getting ready for the paving and the swimming pool area is getting a beautiful new wood fence. At the Subramanya Temple Juan and Paul moved in their projects, preparing the area for the new roof extensions as Pierre reinforced the main Temple roof structure. Back at the Ashram, the housekeeping team was busy closing some of the seasonal buildings. We had two staff departing us, Sri Devi and Tejas. Sri Devi will be coming back on weekends and Tejas, who left to South India to help at the Madurai Centre and Ashram until Christmas time. As the temperatures drop, the signs of the winter slowly are seen, some of the geese have already started flying south and the trees turning more colorful by the day.
During mid-September we started out with the very festive Krsna Puja. Staff had fun together in the kitchen during the day preparing various goodies for prasad. The temple was decorated extra special with flowers found from around the Ashram, the last we will see blooming for a while, and the stage was almost full with the many prasad plates. Shambu, Sukhadev, Ramdas and Mahadev started the chanting for the night, and Sivaram ended it on a high note with his exquisite voice. Swami Shivabhaktananda made it back from the Ranch just in time, bringing Sushila and Madhusadan with him from the Montreal Centre. After a day's rest, Swami Shivabhaktananda began his meditation course. It was a great success with the 12 guests attending the program. Many of them had quite unique experiences and cleansing, so they said, and are planning on coming back to the Ashram and also few that will join the next TTC. The staff seemed to be gelling quite a bit, possibly due to the remembrance of the sweetness of life embodied in Krsna. ! As the Fall season sets in, the changing colors and cool breeze gave an air of peace and tranquility and on the other hand indicated that soon the winter will arrive, slowing down the activities and propitiating the Sadhana at the Ashram. All is well in the Ashram.
Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
Om Namo Narayanaya!
At the beginning of September the Ashram started on a positive note with celebration of Master's birthday with Guru Puja, Abhishekam and chanting until evening. Onam officially finished. To mark the occasion most of the guests and staff participated in the community procession from Kallikad village to Neyyar Dam about 3 kms. The Ashram group included King Mahabali, Vamana, a panchavadyam group, Krishna, Rukmini and Arjuna in Kattakali costume, 5 tigers, 1 bear and a forest ranger to keep them under control. Paid staff ladies were dressed in traditional white/gold saris. Not surprisingly we won first prize for the best group. You can see the line up on our Facebook page, Sivananda Ashram Kerala. One Sunday a number of staff attended the marriage of Bhavana and Vinod. Bhavana is the daughter of kitchen staff Padmini. We welcomed Annapoorna back after one month break at home.
Mid-September started with Lord Krishna's birthday celebration. Chanting 'Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya' started in the morning and continued through to evening. In the evening we had a special Satsang in the Krishna temple. The temple was decorated with garlands and lights. Puja and Abhishekam of Lord Krishna was performed. Guests enjoyed chanting and even dancing up to midnight. Most stayed up to enjoy the the many prasads. It was a nice finishing of the YV program for some of the guests and a fresh start for the new batch. We have two new staff joining us this week, Girish and Kathryn. Girish was previously staff at Madurai Ashram a few years ago. 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
The Ayurveda Cooking Course, given by Swami Bhagavatananda with the help of Manohara attended by a wonderful and resposive group, ended at the beginning of the month. Also some staff took part, to brush up on their cooking skills. All the participants expressed their satisfaction with both the practical and lecture part of the course. The Yoga and Hiking Week also was very successful with the official local forester as a guide. This month we also had a Yoga, Health and Rejuvenation week, followed by the detoxification weekend. The weekend Yoga for the Family was very successful, we gave special classes and small Satsangs for the kids. Swami Bhagavatananda left to teach at the TTC in Poland at the beginning of the month and Swami Shyamananda went to Lithuania for two weeks. OM.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
Om Namah Sivaya
At the beginning of September we held a Guru Puja in honour of Swami Sivananda's birthday. In the afternoon, two courses were inaugurated: a 10 day "Meditation and the Mind" course led by Swami Jnaneswariananda and a 5-day Juice Fasting and Detoxification led by Lilamayi. Just as the Juice fast ended, nearly 30 students arrived for the Beginners Weekend Intensive retreat.
Swami Sitaramananda held a successful program in Chengdu China organized by Sundari and Sivani. The retreat was in a classical Chinese pagoda/temple and the students were very eager to learn. A Sivananda Guru Puja was held September 8th for the first time in China and one could feel that Master blessed the land and people of China with peace and spiritual knowledge. Swamiji then continued to Japan, meeting with students and teachers in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya, and Shizuoka before continuing to Delhi. Swami Dharmananda left to join Swami Sitaramananada in India.
During mid-September Swami Sitaramananda and Swami Dharmananda met in Delhi and continued to Uttarkashi and on to Gangotri. Swamiji kept the staff inspired with photographs of Mother Ganga and inspiring news about her Yatra. Meanwhile back at the Ashram, a five day Beginners Course (level 1) was held, with many new guests learning about classical yoga teaching. The Meditation and the Mind course led by Swami Jnaneshwariananda started its second week with a trip to the Yuba River in mouna for meditation and pranayama practice. Graduation for Meditation and the Mind was held at the scenic Krishna temple. All the students were very pleased with their progress during the 10 days of turning inwards and learning to control their minds. Ananta Chaitanya returned from Japan on Tuesday and adapted relatively quickly to the 12 hour time difference. We held our monthly Ayurvedic Massage Rejuvenation Retreat with Ambika. We reached out to the community with staff participating in a local Yuba River clean up while Rajeshari and Chandika promoted the Yoga Farm at a table at the local organic food store for the upcoming TTC, Open-House and "Food as Medicine" course, and other programs of interest. The building of 3 more "Siva cabins" continued, led by Hara Mahadeva as the infrastructure of all three cabins is almost complete with just one more roof to be installed. The cabins should be ready by the start of October TTC. Om Namo Narayanaya to all the Sivananda family.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
Om Namo Narayanaya
At the beginning of September a beautiful alignment of energy was felt while celebrating the Birthday of Swami Sivananda and the start of the TTC course. We joined the early morning sunrise with a sacred Ganesha Puja led by Swami Vashistananda which captivated us into a full moon evening. The TTC students showed up as a very connected and inquisitive group who brought a lively energy to the Ashram. We were blessed in having Swami Sivabhaktananda and Sishila visit us from Canada. Swami Sivabhaktananda gave an engaging and entertaining talk on how to align our real-life awareness towards contentment. Several guests and TTC students joined Mahadev Chaitanya and Swami Sivabhaktananda on a hike to a nearby natural waterfall. Swami Sivabhaktananda challenged and inspired us with a meditative yoga asana class. We spent the evening enjoying a Bharata Natyam dance performance and the expressive devotional stories performed by several young students of Suba Parmer. The students, guests and staff were in high spirits with time to rejuvenate after a event filled weekend.
During mid-September the Ashram energy was a buzz of activity with a sense of renewal. The TTC students embraced their second week with enthusiasm. Meanwhile, the Kailas building was getting a clear out. Preparations took place to create banners for participating in the NYC climate march. Karma yogi's, Lala and Jared inspired us all in a Satsang presentation of a pictorial journey sharing their personal path of learning and discovery and passion behind their path with permaculture. Robert Seven Crows captivated us all in Satsangs and shared beautiful native songs and rhythms in the wisdom of the Native tradition of storytelling. Robert Seven Crows created the energy and vibration of change and transformation in facilitating two sweat lodges. Several TTC students joined us on their day off to be part of the ceremony. The energy of the Ashram was renewed with these evocative and ancient Native traditions. Srinivasan, Mahadev Chaitanya and Bharata from Florida departed to participate in the epic challenge to support climate change by bicycling from NYC to Washington D.C. A large and enthusiastic group of staff set the ball rolling in gathering together at the NY Centre, joined by Prahlad from Toronto, and led a path of action in creating a powerful stand in the people's climate march and representing Swami Vishnu's vision of a better world. This event was encapsulated with Elaine Valdov sharing issues and concerns of our age in a Satsang presentation and introducing 'Yogi's without Borders' by serving the yogic path with less fortunate communities. This was all inspiring with a big week ahead for the bicycle riders as they gather in NYC to begin the start of their journey to Washington D.C. Staff sends Pranams to all! May the Gurus' blessings of be with us.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
At the beginning of September we started with the celebration of Swami Sivananda's birthday with stories about his life and all-day chanting of his name. Karma Yogis worked together baking so many delicious prasads and beautifully decorating the temple for the evening Puja. We offered our Yoga for Beginners course to new karma yogis and guests taught by Iswara and included daily workshops that were open to our yoga vacation guests. This week we offered two programs; Introduction to Ayurveda and Depression and Anxiety: Yogic Perspective and Remedies. We are replacing our 3 wake up bells by one larger bell. The new foundation is in place at the edge of the tennis court for the new bell. Construction of a roof over the walkway leading to the temple is underway. Now when it rains peoples shoes will stay dry! We officially launched our new website and new rochure this week. Both have a new design and include all the workshops and courses we will be offering during our new season starting in October 2014 and ending in May 2015. Guests can now register online for accommodations and courses.
During mid-September we were deeply affected by the passing of Shambu-Das Chaitanya who left the body early morning Saturday 13th Sept in Israel. That evening we had a special Satsang in his honour sharing stories and some of his favourite videos. It was uplifting and those who didn't know Shambu-Das really got a glimpse into his life. We celebrated International Day of Peace. We practiced Akhanda Kirtan chanting Om Namo Narayanaya throughout the day. Yoga classes were free for locals that day. One of the events throughout the day was Likhita Japa and we started a small mantra bank of Om Namo Narayanaya mantras which we will continue to grow throughout the year. We watched 'In the Name of Peace' video getting further inspiration from Swami Vishnudevanda's life mission. The Introduction to Meditation course was inaugurated with 15 students. This is one of our foundation courses that is offered free to all karma yogis. Senior staff gave a program on Stress Management through Yoga. The weather is slowly shifting and the evenings are slightly cooler as the sun sets earlier. Current 'renovations' include an upgrade to the landscape around the peace pond as this area will now include a meditation area. Staff are well and send lots of Prem. Pranams to all!
Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
Om Namah Sivaya
Beginning of the month a new TTC started with an open-minded and receptive group. A small group of TTC graduates had signed in for a weekend of further training for yoga teachers on how to guide the students further in their spiritual path. Dr Annika Waldmann, nutritionist, from the Lübeck University in Germany was here to teach a series of lectures on current research findings on vegetarian diets, health reasons for a vegetarian diet and information on minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals as well as on how to combine food. Here precise and highly informative presentation was very well received by the TTCs and the guests. Many questions and doubts related to vegetarian diet were clarified. Another very inspiring guest lecturer was Jürgen Schilling who talked about proper chewing for improved health. He was an actor by profession and with the help of the jaw-jogging idea which he developed himself he was able to overcome a chronic disorder. The highlight of the month was a scripture recitation from the Srimad Bhagavatam accompanied by classical Indian music. The audience was spell bound for seven successive evenings. Swami Durgananda and Swami Sivadasananda were present at the Retreat House and gave a lot of input to keep everything running smoothly. The yoga vacationers received a combination of detailed asana classes and lectures on meditation and calmness of mind. The beginning of Navaratri was done with a small but elevating Durga Puja. TTCs enjoyed the uplifted pure energy on their last teaching day. Everyone looks forward to the continuation of the Devi Pujas until the end of the month. OM.
Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Om Namo Narayanaya
At the beginning of September we witnessed an auspicious opening on Monday September 8th, glorifying the 127th birthday of Swami Sivananda whose grace was worshiped through the Guru Pada Pooja and a special Satsang organized in the Temple. Also the tradition of chanting 'Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya' was recited the whole day extending positivity in the Ashram's ambience. The yoga vacation course continued well, keeping up the design and meeting its purpose for the guests. In the Satsang Hall, plain cement concrete was laid as a preparation for the Cuddapah stone flooring, while the artist room in the basement reached its completion till plastering. Also the compound wall construction for the Temple was under way.During mid-September, with less than a month for the onset of TTC and various other courses to follow, Meenakshi Ashram worked at fevered pitch to prepare herself for the big season; boutique is filled up, better designed white pants were sewed, new bedding expected, repairs and maintenance continued. We celebrated Krishna Jayanthi at the temple with Poojas and chanting till midnight. Madurai Centre staff also joined with us for the celebrations. The yoga vacation course proceeded uninterrupted for a small focused group of guests. Construction works continued in top gear aiming to be completed in November. May Master and Guru be with us all. Peace and Pranams to the Sivananda family.
TTC Reports in locations other than Ashrams:
TTC Poland: The TTC in Poland had a very good start on 7 of September. 87 Students from mainly eastern European countries were initiated into the course. The course is translated into Russian, Polish and Lithuanian. The TTC place got a facelift with a brand new meditation hall which is much more suitable than the old one. Yoga Acharyas Swami Durgananda and Swami Sivadasananda visited together with Sri Venugopal and the musicians for a 5 day special program as well as a teachers weekend for mainly polish and Lithuanian teachers. It was a very successful and inspiring weekend, teachers were very happy about deepening their teaching skills, everybody enjoyed the musical program and an uplifting lecture by Swami Durgananda as well as Satsangs and Asana classes with Swami Sivadasananda. The energy was uplifted nicely in the TTC Place. This week the priest came to Poland and did 3 wonderful Pujas in the evening. Even if this practice was very new to most of the students they enjoyed it. Many Karma Yogis are supporting the teaching team mainly in the Kitchen as well as all other Ashram duties. All are well. Pranams from Poland. Om & Prem.
SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Centres -
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
Om Namah Sivaya
May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya
Highlight of the month was the Open house beginning of September with a good group of newcomers. There were very interested in Yoga as well in proper nutrition, several students enrolled for beginner courses. Courses and classes were going on in normal rhythm. A motivated group of students participated in the monthly cooking course and learned how to cook a balanced sattvic meal. At the end of the month a one day seminar for the preparation of TTC took place. People were very interested and some of them think about doing TTC soon. Navaratri was started with nice Pujas conducted by the South Indian priest who stayed for the whole Navaratri festival in Berlin. Everybody enjoyed the powerful Pujas and the energy in the Centre was nicely uplifted. One focus beginning of the month was the enveloping of the new brochure and sending it out. Some of the staff went to Poland for the Eastern European TTC for the month of September. All staff are well. Pranams. The TTC in Poland had a very good start on 7 of September. 87 Students from mainly eastern European countries were initiated into the course. The course is translated into Russian, Polish and Lithuanian. The TTC place got a facelift with a brand new meditation hall which is much more suitable than the old one. Students adapted well to the TTC rhythm and the energy went up day by day. One weekend a teachers weekend for mainly polish and Lithuanian teachers took place. It was a very successful and inspiring weekend, teachers were very happy about deepening their teaching skills, everybody enjoyed the musical program with musicians from India and an uplifting lecture by Swami Durgananda as well as Satsangs and Asana classes with Swami Sivadasananda. The energy was uplifted nicely in the TTC Place.A south indian priest came for one week and did 3 wonderful Pujas. Later in the course students learned more about Ayurveda. Many Karma Yogis are supporting the teaching team mainly in the Kitchen as well as all other Ashram duties. All staff are well. Pranams. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Om Namah Sivaya
May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Prem & Om to all.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre
At the beginning of September we celebrated Swami Sivananda's 127th birthday with a special Puja, Satsang, chanting and meditation. Several students from all over the city turned up and were happily singing and enjoyed the delicious 'sadhya' (Kerala style vegetarian meal). Everyone was very joyous and there was a special 'payasam' (sweet) also. We also had a special Pranayam class this week which consisted of more rounds of breathing exercises and a gentler variations of the basic yoga postures. This class was also highly appreciated and the participants were thankful. There was a special headstand workshop also organized in which the students were taught the secrets of coming into and out of 'shirsasan' and its various benefits. Rest all is fine and the staff members are happy to continue their sadhana and be a part of the global yoga movement and provide support to the students in the best possible manner.
During mid-September we offered a weekend beginners course. We performed Monthly Ganapathy Homa on 17 September 2014. All the staffs and student were blessed from the Homa. We planned the celebration of Chennai Centre Silver Jubilee which we started in the year 1989 on 11th October 2014. Using a grant way we are planning to celebrate the function. Everything else is fine and the staff are very happy and continuing their sadhana. All the staff send Pranams to the Sivananda family. Blessings to all!
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
Om Namah Sivaya!
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
At the beginning of September was the celebration of Master Swami Sivananda's birthday. We started the day with a beautiful Puja and had an evening Satsang, where we joyfully chanted, sang and read stories of Master's life. On this auspicious day our hearts were full of love and gratitude to Swami Sivananda. The new Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses were off to a good start this week. Class attendance was increasing with the change of weather. Temperatures dropped and we went from summer to autumn quickly. The garden is still producing kale and collards which we are harvesting daily. We signed up several new members, and Groupon is attracting many first timers to the Centre. Iswara and Radha are leading the daily Satsangs with a small but devoted group of local teachers. The support is strong while Lalita Chaitanya is at the Ranch teaching TTC.
During mid-September all continued well over the week, with many new students starting through the Groupon promotion. The Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses are progressing smoothly, and we are nearly at full capacity for both Yoga 1 courses scheduled to start at the end of the month. Construction on the street continues, creating road closures and limited parking for the students. It appears to be nearing completion, and we hope to have the road paved in a week or two. There were several days of rain, which also seemed to affect attendance. Radha and Iswara have been working on marketing to help increase awareness. Staff send pranams to all. Pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi from the Centre in Chicago.
Om Namah Sivaya!
At the beginning of September two Yoga beginners courses started with full attendance of students. We've welcomed a new staff Mirabai - Japanese staff from HCM moved from HoChiMinh Centre to be staff in Dalat. Many projects have been done such as the garden, rearranging storage and boutique, office setting up, and more projects in progress too, the Centre is full of positive and progressing energy. In the end of the week, a Vietnamese resident came to stay for a week from HCM. By Guru's grace, more and more Vietnamese know and are interested in taking Yoga residency program to live a Yoga life for finding Peace.
During mid-September the Centre was still running and changing, with every day more cleaning and fresher with all the projects going on. We have a Vietnamese resident from Ho Chi Minh City staying for one week, and she was very happy with what she gained from the retreat with us, and will come back again next year. Otherwise, we welcomed a Swedish Seva-study to come and stay with us for one month. At the end of the week, the Japanese Vegetarian Cooking workshop taught by Mirabai was very successful, with many students participating. After the workshop, everyone enjoyed delicious Japanese dishes. The Centre was full of positive energy and Guru's blessings. All is well in Dalat. We feel a lot of blessings from Guru. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
Om Namah Sivaya
At the beginning of September, by the guru's Grace, all the classes and activities went very well. We started with H.H. Swami Sivananda-ji 's birthday celebration. On this occasion we had beautiful havan and Satsang, attended by many teachers and students. We stated Y1 at 10am & 6:30pm with a good number of students. We started a meditation course at 6:30pm. Stagna and many kinds of Prasad weber brought by students along with a delicious dinner cooked by staff.
During mid-September, by the guru's Grace in the Centre, all the classes and activities went very well. We started with beginners' course at 6am with good numbers students. In the weekend we had advanced class followed by Satsang and tasty dinner cooked by one of our karma yogis. Otherwise all well. With Gurus' blessings, everything goes perfectly. Om & Peace. Pranams to all.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
Om Namo Narayanaya
At the beginning of September we started with our Master Swami Sivananda's Birthday Celebration. We were chanting Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya through out the day and we conducted a Guru Padh Pooja at 8:00pm with Milk Abishekem. The 108 names of Swami Sivananda was chanted by all participants during the Pooja. We have experienced the the energy of Chanting and the Pooja through out the week. We also started two beginners' batch one at 10:00am and the other at 06:30pm. And after long time we have started Yoga 2 with good no. of students.
Mid-September started with two new Yoga one courses. New Foundation to Meditation Course started and 14 students have joined. Spine and Flexibility Workshop was conducted on 17th Sept. by Abeba. The open classes and Sunday Satsang is seeing increase in students number and classes are running moothly. Swami Sitaramananda ji from California arrived on 16th and the Centre felt blessed. She travelled to the Cave in the Himalayas to bring more blessings. Karoona returned from Dharamshala on 17th Sept'14. All staff are well and send their pranams. Om Namah Sivaya from Delhi! 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 classes at the United Nations Organization restarted after the summer-break as well as the pensioners-class which is held in cooperation with the City of Geneva and the children's class. Workshops about Pranayama and Concentration allowed the students to deepen their knowledge and practice of yoga. On a Saturday we had a much appreciated workshop about Yoga@home. We also had a well visited open day where most of the students stayed for several activities and there was also interest in the TTC. Saraswati Chaitanya arrived from Reith bringing prana in many departments of the Centre. The preparations of the upcoming special programme are in full swing with excellent support of Karma yogis. Spiritual highlight was a lovely Puja on the occasion on Swami Sivananda's birthday with close teachers and Karma Yogis. We send our prayers to all. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Om Namah Sivaya
At the beginning of September we welcomed Ganga back from the Yoga Farm in California, after a two-month stay there. We are all very happy to have her here, as she has been directing the Centre ever since its opening, five years ago. We said goodbye for now to Mirabai, who went to be staff in the Dalat Centre, as Saraswati was the only staff there. We started two Yoga 1 courses, each with six students, and Sarada taught one of them, for the first time! We started a Yoga 2 course and a Positive Thinking course as well.
During mid-September we said goodbye to another very dedicated staff Parvati, who was here for the last three months. We started a Meditation course with 12 students, both Vietnamese- and English-speaking. Our favorite translator Tam Nhu was very helpful as she knows the material well after many such courses. We started a Yoga One course with eight students, taught by our outside teacher Mangala. Attendance was very good, and staff and outside teachers are inspired to see many students going on to the next courses. We planned our programs for the coming month. 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
At the beginning of September we saw an auspicious week at the Centre which started with a Puja for the birthday of Swami Sivananda. Priest Jagneswara Dixit arrived and gave an inspiring 3-day programme which consisted of a Ganesha Puja, a Sudarshana Yantra Puja and a Lamp Puja dedicated to the Divine Mother. Daily Puja's also took place on the main altar in the mornings. All ceremonies were very special and a spiritual uplift for the London Centre. We were happy to welcome Shambu who came from the Paris Centre to support the London Centre for the upcoming two months.
During mid-September we spent a good week at the Centre. The new brochure with the upcoming activities until March 2015 was sent out per email to all the students. On Monday, 4 yoga courses started with good attendance. The weekend featured a 1-day detox programme with 8 students participating in the fast and the kriya workshop. Beautiful autumn weather allows staff and students to enjoy the peace garden with it's newly planted autumn flowers. Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya. Salutations to all! Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
Om Namo Narayanaya!
At the beginning of September we were busy. A local physical therapist, Eva Nemeth led a posture workshop and in the evening we watched a series of documentaries on the world wide water shortage. Swami Omkarananda and Pranava led a workshop 'Facing the Future with Emotional and Spiritual Maturity' followed by a Devi Puja at Satsang. We offered a Yoga 1 and a Yoga 2 course. Swami Omkarananda presented a session for students on the communications course at the local university - Compassion and Meditation. It was very hot in Los Angeles. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Pranams.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
Early September we started a meditation course with nine students, and a weekend intensive course for beginners with twelve students. The Teacher's Training Course in Aluenda came to a successful completion, everybody passed. Swami Dayananda returned to Buenos Aires. Chandra from Uruguay led an inspiring Satsang about "Yoga and Christianity". OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
Om Namah Sivaya
At the beginning of September we began with celebration of Master Birthday. The Pada Puja and Sivananda Astotra was performed by Swami Swaroopananda ( Divine life society ). Good nos of Devotee and students participate the occasion. On Wednesday a Yoga presentation was given by us for Thiagraja college who sponsored their place, food and bus services for Yoga walk last year. Yoga demo was given by Akhilesh from the Madurai Ashram and Sandhya from Madurai Centre. Presentation was well received well by Teachers and Students. We finished first teacher batch in Lakshmi TVS School with 18 teacher. In the Centre our classes and courses are going smoothly.
During mid-September we started two yoga beginner course 6am common and 10am for ladies only. We went to celebrate the Krishna Janmastmi in Madurai Meenakshi Ashram. We stayed till arati mid night the time of lord Kirshnas birth. It was nice to participate with all the Ashram staffs and guest. A presentation on yoga was given by Yashpal and Sandhya for Kalai Sangham Madurai where 25 ladies, member of this Sangham were gathered. We welcome Tejas ji from HQ who will run the Centre in absence of Yashpal while he is heading up to Thailand TTC. All the classes are going well with gurus grace. 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.
May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Pranams to all.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
Om Namah Sivaya
The beginning of September saw Swami Sivananda's birthday celebrated with a good number of people. On Wednesdays and Thursdays we had are regular beginner´s classes. The weather was very nice and it helped seniors students to come and take a special class for them. A new girl started the children yoga class. Her name is Paula and she was very well received by their peers. To the free trial class has attended a number of people and they had been very excited and started to sign up for the last Beginners Course starting on Friday 19.
During mid-September we had a beautiful Puja celebrating Krishna Janmashtami. The students participated with great devotion. On Wednesday and Thursday we had are regular beginner´s classes. Chandra came back from Aluenda, Spain TTC and the same day flew to Brazil to solve some legal issues. We started a new beginner course. A cute energetic group was formed. The rest of the activities continued normally, children's classes, seniors' students and pregnant women. Chandra came one Saturday from Brazil and Lalita went to Chile for one month and a half. We had a warm week anxiously awaiting spring. 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
At the beginning of September the energy at the Centre has been flowing smoothly. We were pleased to have students from the summer committing to their practice and purchasing longer term passes. The half price special membership attracted many people to renew their membership and it has encouraged new students to purchase also. Swami Shivabhatananda gave the Satsang one Wednesday, it gave a good opportunity for students and teachers to re-connect with Swami ji.
The Centre hosted a free intro session to a Sanskrit course that will be held over the next four weeks, taught by Mirabai. Approximately 16 people attended they were curious and interested to learn more about Sanskrit and the link to yoga. Over the weekend we held various workshops, including `Healing the Emotional Body' by Surya, `Relaxaion` by Bhagirathi. They were both well attended and enjoyed by students. A workshop was also held for the teachers one Sunday at the Centre, bringing some of the teachings from the recent August TTC refresher at the Camp. It gave an opportunity for the teachers who couldn't attended to renew their understanding of the postures and practice on each other.
During mid-September classes and courses continue to be well attended. We started our first yoga complete for beginners, which in-cooperates yoga 1 & 2 over a period of 8 classes, we had a small group attend. Vyasa and Vasishta came from the Yoga Camp Ashram to continue work on the reception and boutique area, it has shaped up well and nearly complete. We have taken on a group of karma yogi's at the Centre and working with them to see how they will fit best in the Centre. We are ever thankful to Master and Swami ji for their continued inspiration and presence. Pranams to all the Sivananda family.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
One of the special events in the last weeks was a workshop with the title "Yoga – Home" in which participants got a lot of hints for their daily yoga practice at home. We held a cooking class with the topic "Quick Dishes for Busy People". We started a second 60 minutes"lunch-break" class from 12 to 1 pm on Tuesday. Olga Mandodari Sokolova gave two very interesting lectures on the old Vedic science of Vastu and how its teachings help us to create harmonious spaces and living environments. We celebrated the spiritual festival of Ganesha Chathurti. A South Indian priest was here and performed a beautiful Hanuman Puja and was also here to do all the Pujas for Navaratri. We are looking forward to the next events, among them an Ayurveda special programme with Ayurveda Acharya Shanti Kumar Kamlesh from Lucknow, North India, and a Raja Yoga course. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina
Om Namah Sivaya!
May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all this year.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
Om Namah Sivaya!
The beginning of September was eventful here at the New York City Centre. We started with a morning Puja to celebrate Swami Sivananda's birthday. Four visitors, two of who had just arrived the night before from Australia, partook in the celebration. A Meditation 1 course started this week as well. Mid week we had a visit from the body work therapists (Krishnapriya and Parameshwara) from the Ranch…. and all of the staff – except Rama (remember, our cat) were treated to a massage. But just so you don't think that little Rama gets left out, he gets weekly Reiki treatments from one of our regular students – he does, really! Improvements around the Centre are noticeable. The stone masons are finishing up the replacement of the brownstone outside of the building while at the same time the two trees out front, which were infected with mould, were taken down. As a result, the Centre now looks much brighter from the outside. Susan escaped to the Ranch for the weekend of hiking and special workshop with Swami Shivabhaktananda. We started the Bhagavad Gita study sessions led by Swami Narayanananda. Approximately 15 people showed up for this 7:30pm class on a Friday night….. in New York City… WOW! Sri Devi, a Japanese karma yogi, served up some fantastic macrobiotic cuisine for staff and the deaf yoga students who attended the morning class. We finished up the weekend with a special advanced yoga class taught by Sw. Shivabhaktananda and his Satsang where he talked about finding contentment in life. It was fun as Swami ji has his own particular down to earth way to explain yoga philosophy in the modern world.
During mid-September Swami Shivabhaktananda and Shushila from Canada, who had been here for our Sunday Satsang after their weekend at the Ranch, joined us on one of our regular early morning silent walks through Central Park. It's definitely chillier and darker in the mornings now…..but they loved it. We aren't too sure how many more early morning trips we will make to Central Park this year though. Susan returned refreshed from her weekend at the Ranch. Our two Canadian guests left midday for the Montreal Centre and the Yoga Camp. It was a pleasure for us to have them here. Shakti had a birthday. She certainly enjoyed her day. We hunted down some fabulous vegan treats for her which we all enjoyed at the end of the day. We started a new Advanced Yoga Course (Yoga 3). Swami Narayanananda then had his turn to head to the Ranch. He must have passed Srinivasan and Mahadev Chaitanya on the road as they headed here to prepare for the Climate Ride leaving from Manhattan the next morning. After an early morning scramble to get them fueled up they left on the ultimate carbon free adventure. Later, we received a second wave of guests to the Centre….. a group of Ranch staff who bedded down for the night before the NYC Climate March. Other Sivananda students joined them here. Prahlad, who flew in that morning from Toronto, led the group to a location near Central Park where the march began. We feasted on…what else but bagels…..before the group of 20 were on their way. Wow….the Centre was hopping! The Ranch staff stayed to help us finish, with the Sunday Satsang led by Prahlad. Prahlad did a great job in connecting some of the experiences of the march to yoga. It was a perfect ending to an eventful week….and weekend. Nothing eventful to report from Rama….just the usual Centre cat life….you know eating, attending morning staff meetings, roaming the neighborhood backyards, snoozing, more eating….and if able to charm someone….more eating. That Rama! OK. We are now all resting up for Navaratri. All staff are well and 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
September started beautifully with the Celebration of The Master's birthday. We had a cheerful Puja with a colorful garland, a delicious prasad, the mantras, the chants and the connection with Swami Sivananda. Shanti Devi from Orleans stayed in the Centre for a day on her way to Bruxelles. On Tuesday we started a Gita course with a little group of motivated students. The house started to prepare for the special Programme with the Acharyas. At the end of the week we had a special programme with Swami Gopalananda. Swamiji gave two asana classes, a cheerful kirtan workshop and an inspiring Satsang on the topic patience and perseverance in the spiritual path. The Masters keep sending many students for the asana classes every day. They send also enough and precious help. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
At the beginning of September we fixed some problems on the roof, finished a Yoga 1 and Yoga 2, painted the reception and made a lot of diffusion.
During mid-September we had The Open Doors with 60 students, 3 full classes, meditation and delicious vegetarian dinner, everyone was very satisfied. A lot of teachers and students help the Organization. Pranams, from all the staff at Porto Alegre Centre.
Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
At the beginning of September we started with Master's Birthday whist brought us lots of energy and inspiration. With many enquiries for the new courses to keep us very busy, we focused in the publicity for the Open house where 60 people participated in the programs, karma yogis and teachers helped to make the event successful. We had many registrations for furure courses.
During mid-September we started 4 courses on Yoga 1, and other classes like the advanced class. it was nice to see all the new enthusiastic students. Teachers from the recent TTC started to teach their first class, others continued with the assistance. 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
Pranams to all from San Francisco Centre.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
Om Namah Sivaya
At the beginning of September we held a special evening of Questions and Answers with Swami Swaroopananda. This was the first public event with Swami Swaroopananda in the last two years, and all the Israeli Sivananda community was enthusiastic, anticipating the event. The evening itself was beautiful with over 90 participants. Swamiji was very blissful and elevated everyone with his insights and profound wisdom. A new Yoga 1 started with 12 students, a Karma Yoga workshop with Swami Brahmananda opened with 23 participants and Yoga 3 with 12. After finalizing our program of events for October-December last week, we managed this week to produce a beautiful 32 page brochure. 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
At the beginning of September Swami Sitaramananda and Ananta Chaitanya arrived in Japan on September 9th. After having stayed at the Tokyo Centre for 1 night, they took bullet train to Kyoto accompanied by Machiko, an interpreter. Kyoto program was held in famous Myoushinji temple of the Zen Buddhism. Then they visited Nagoya and Sizuoka in succession to do 1 day workshop and Satsang in each city. Shizuoka program was held in Zentra Yaizu Studio which Noriko (the interpreter for the upcoming TTC in Thailand and India) and her husband Mario ran. The number of participants in those 3 cities was as follows. Kyoto (10th): 40, Nagoya (11th): 15, Shizuoka (12th): 10. Then the program of 2 and 1/2 days in Tokyo Centre began on the 13th. The total number of the participants for the Tokyo Centre's program was as follows. Asana class: 81, Satsang: 85, lecture: 33. The participants enjoyed program with Japanese interpretation by Keiko Ito, Sivakami and Machiko. Many TTC graduates gathered to the Tokyo Centre as well as regular students and enjoyed the program.
During mid-September Swami Sitaramananda performed Guru Puja and all the attendants particpated for the ceremony. Then there was a teacher's meeting in which she gave various instructions to Tokyo Centre's teachers and karma yogis. After the meeting, SIvakami drove them to Narita airport and their brief but fruitful tour in Japan ended. The latter half of 7days Tattva Bhoda course taught by Swami Chetanananda began from 20th, and around 30 students participated. The night stall by the nearby mall was held on 21st and we were asked to participate. Karma Yogis and students enjoyed selling Indian goods and sang Bajans by the roadside. They succeeded to hand out many flyers to the neighborhood. May Master and Swamiji bless us to be able to provide this. Pranams.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya
At the beginning of September cold weather set in earlier than usual, so we could see a drop in class attendance. We were happy to see them back for Satsang that Friday and Sunday. Janaki's workshop on the Asana Symbol series came to an end. Schools started and parents were settling down. Slowly coming back to class. Saraswati is planning her trip back to Japan for 2 months, Bhakti got back from a trip to Dominican Republic to settle down for a few months at the Centre as Karma Yogi. We had some interesting workshops in the Fall, especially the Certification courses by Saraswati, Teaching Meditation and Kids classes, for Teachers.
During mid-September we started a new Y1 and Y2 this week. Open classes continued to be very strong, while Satsangs are well attended. Mayavan gave a successful hip opening workshop. Saraswati started a Meditation course which was attended by 13 students, most who also stayed for Satsang. We had a eventful visit with Swami Gayathriy and Gauri Chaitanya from the Ashram. Swami Gayathriy led Satsang on Friday, and talked about her initiation into Sanyas by Swami Vishnu Devananda. She was the last ones to have been initiated by Swami Vishnu. Gauri Chaitanya helped out a the Centre and cooked the dinner, which was attended by many students. They also visited the Richmond Hill Ganesha temple, and many devotees of the Subramanya temple in Val-Morin. Jpn Saraswati left for Japan on a 2 month to visit her family while Bhakti is here to help out at the Centre. Prahlada was away in NY to help out there with Climate Change March, organized by Yoga Ranch and NY Centre. The weather slowly started to get cold and we had a few showers of rain too. We also had many students slowly coming back after a short Summer to renew their passes and get back to their practice. Pranams to all. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
Om Namah Sivaya!
At the beginning of September the seasonal heavy showers were over and the sun started smiling again. Yoga 1 batch completed their course. The Centre was closed for the Onam holidays. We had conducted a Kriya Workshop to cleanse the respiratory system through the practices of Jala Neti and Sutra Neti. Sri Nataraj ji conducted the Satsang one Sunday which helped to increase the positive vibes in everyone's mind. Staff members were busy with their classes, karma yoga & personal practice.
During mid-September we started a Yoga 1 batch for ladies in the morning and a mixed batch in the evening. Morning 6.15 batch completed last week of their beginner's course. Open Class, Advance Class and Kids Class went well. Sunday Satsang was conducted by Kalyani ji. Pranams to the Sivananda family worldwide.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
Om Namah Sivaya
With the summer holidays ending, the student count for courses and drop in classes went up again. Sarasvati Chaitanya left Vienna for Reith and Vishnupriya came from Reith on the same day to support the Centre. New karma yogis - and maybe future teachers - have now come to the Centre, freshly charged from their TTC-experience in Reith in August. They have given good support to the Centre and will started assisting in classes. We had many Poojas this month, beginning with the Pooja for Swami Sivanandas Birthday. Many students & teachers came together and we joyously celebrated the presence of Master`s spirit. One highlight of the month was the special programme with the Indian priest Shree Krishna who had come from Reith to the Vienna Centre for a weekend. He performed four Poojas in total, starting on Saturday morning with a Ganesha-Pooja, continuing in the evening with a Sudarshana Chakra Yantra-Pooja, both very powerful. On Sunday evening we had a Shree Yantra Pooja and on Monday morning, before his departure, there was a Siva-Pooja. We also had an Open House. Inspite of the almost summerly weather, the attendance was good. An internet sales promotion (Groupon) started which also was a good success – the vouchers have been sold almost completely and many of the new students keep calling us for detailed information on courses and prices. Finally the bulk mailing of our new brochure was also sent out, spreading our programme to many students. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius
The whole trouble with careless Sadhana is that it tends to become mechanical without making an impression on the life of the aspirant. - Sri Swami Sivananda
We were blessed to have with us the priest Yagneshwara who performed Pujas and yantras for Lord Siva, Lord Ganesha and Lalita Sahasranama. Priest held a beautiful Homa in the Centre`s garden as well. It was the first Homa in the history of the Vilnius Centre. Beside the mentioned part of the program the priest Yagneshwara gave three lectures on different topics such as rituals, mythology, mudras, mantras. Our monthly Open day saw many sincere students from which almost half of them subscribed for the Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses. Swami Shyamananda has arrived and supported the Centre for two weeks. He gave Inspiring Satsangs and classes. We held a cooking class focusing on vegetarian meal preparation for the beginners. Theory on basic principles of cooking, spicing, gunas were explained and all dishes turned out to be delicious. Lord Krishna Jayanti and Master`s Swami Sivananda birthday were celebrated with good groups of close students and teachers. Swami Shyamananda led us through Pujas with many mantras, chanting and message from Swami Sivananda. Ishwara Chaitanya continues with teachings in Ustka TTC, Durga Devi left for TTC in Poland as well to serve and to teach there for few weeks. OM.