Sivananda News Sivananda E-Gurugram
The Electronic Newsletter of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres
Issue #07/2015 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize July 1, 2015
"Consider yourself a sojourner here in the World, having come here with a definite mission, for attaining Self Realization." - 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
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:
JULY 2015
02 Full Moon
04 Kavadi Festival Starts
09 Subramanya Ayyappa Temple Anniversary
11 Krishna Temple Anniversary
12 Ekadasi
14 Masters Mahasamadhi
16 New Moon
19 Kaavadi Chariot Festival
27 Ekadasi
31 Guru Purnima

AUG 2015
10 Ekadasi
14 New Moon
18 Ganesha Chathurthi
26 Ekadasi
28 Onam
29 Full Moon
29 Rakhi
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OM NAMAH SIVAYA!

NEWS

Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

Greetings to all. We are happy to inform you that the International Day of Yoga celebrations on the 21st of June were very successful throughout the entire Sivananda Organization. All Sivananda Centre and Ashram staff, karma yogis and students did their very best to create full day programs and events for the special day, plus enthusiastically participating and, in some cases, leading the enormous public events held in city parks. New Delhi, India peaked its celebration with 36,000 various participants and the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The inaugural International Day of Yoga was a successful and uplifting day for the entire Sivananda Organization, celebrating yoga and sharing the true spirit of Swami Vishnudevanandaji's teachings to the World.

Reports of participation in the International Day of Yoga can be found below, in the SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS, under each Ashram and Centre.

Summer at the Yoga Camp Ashram is in full swing with Fasting and Sadhana Intensive just concluding and a TTC starting with 76 students. Our rooms are booking rapidly this year, indicating a very busy season ahead. The popular TTC Refresher course with Swami Durganandaji, Swami Sivadasanandaji and Swami Ramapriyanandaji is scheduled to begin July 6th with just a few spaces still open.

The Bahamas Ashram extended its season this year with a new June TTC course. The Ashram still very active with many Yoga Vacation guests enjoying their yoga in the ocean breezes.

The European programs are packed in all Ashrams and Centres. It is heartening to see how Swami Vishnudevananda-ji's work has kept it's purity in Europe.

Indian Centres are extremely busy along with the Uttar Kashi Ashram in North India, vibrant with programs and courses. The Ashrams in South India are receiving unusually more guests than normal even though they have finished their high season. It may be result of the Indian Government's enthusiasm and encouragement for Yoga.

May Master and Swamiji bless us always in our Sadhana and service.

Pranams to all.

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Cultivate discrimination between the Real and the unreal. - Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. Why should I--the Brahman, I--the Cosmic Consciousness, the Existence without another, the Infinite, the All-pervading and the Omniscient, at all project Prakriti? Why must I 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?
A.

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.

Q. What is Nadi Suddhi in its technical sense? How to feel that one has attained perfect Nadi Suddhi?
A.

Nadi Suddhi means purification of the nerves (Nadis). Nerve is not the correct English term for Nadi. There is no appropriate word for Nadi in English. Complete fast, preferably without any liquid or solid food, practice of Asans and Pranayam, and intense physical exercise-- all go a long way in the elimination of fat and other unwanted matters and in the overhauling of the system to confer the benefit of Nadi Suddhi. Asans and Pranayam can purify the nerves, if done with the correct technique. When one attains Nadi Suddhi, the body becomes light. Stool becomes scanty. There is agility in movement and activity in demeanour. No trace of slothfulness or indolence can be detected. While walking, the body appears to be floating in the air. The tone of the voice changes from hoarseness or gruffness to mellifluence. Hopping, jumping and dancing while at work can be observed in one endowed with Nadi Suddhi. Something inexpressible forces the person to do this and to achieve something grand in his lifetime.

Q. What are the 'Sastras' - the age-old rigid principles of ancient Hindu religious scriptures? Have these principles not become time-barred due to the fast-changing conditions? I don't think any rigid principle can stand the test of time.
A.

Yes, the age-old, written or unwritten set principles of the ancient Hindu religious scriptures are termed 'Sastras'. But because of this, it need not follow that they should become time-barred. The fundamental tenets of right living are unchanging. There cannot be any sort of difference in the fundamentals. Modifications, alterations and adjustments are necessary; but these should be affected in the external modes of interpretation and methods of application to suit the changing times and the new environments of a new generation. There is no harm in changing the externals so long as it does not affect the fundamental principles. Fundamental virtues like truth, fellowship, non-injury, purity, justice, integrity, etc., will continue to be applicable to the life of humanity. Violation of these would always be a signal for coming calamity.

 
Previous FAQs at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/faq/faq.html

Infinite is division-less Existence. Existence is Truth Absolute or Brahman.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

MATSYASANA - FISH - a variation
An easier variation than the lotus fish, a cross legged fish adds a deep thigh stretch while the legs are in cross legged position. Begin by lying on the back and crossing the legs, catching hold of the feet. Then ease the crossed legs with knees to the mat. When inhaling push up onto the elbows and lift the hips. Keep holding the feet. Bring knees as close to the floor as possible. Then lift the chest and lightly rest the top of the head on the mat. This can be done in one move, onto the elbows and knees and pushing up the chest. The tip is not to rest the hips on the feet, but on the elbows, and use the strength in the quadriceps, back and core muscles to help lift the hips and push up the chest. Hold up to a minute, then release slowly, lower the back slowly onto the mat and uncross the legs. Stretch the neck by looking at the feet, then relax in corpse pose. Cross legs the opposite way when next repeating this pose.

BENEFITS:
As for the fish pose, a good counteracting for kyphosis and rounding of the shoulders.
This variation tones the back and quads, opens the chest and ribs.
Is the counter pose to the shoulder stand and plough.

CAUTION: Hyper extension of neck may cause discomfort, dizziness. The fish should then be omitted or practised very briefly for just a few breaths at your discretion.

This yoga asana is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram sourced and edited from the Sivananda Publication “Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion” – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010. Other yoga tips at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/asana/101tips.html

Look within.
- Swami Sivananda

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

ANANTA - "without end", "unlimited". Anent is the chief of the Nagas, whose coils encircle the earth and who symbolizes eternity and upon whom Vishnu reclines.
One who practices the spiritual discipline of Sadhana, particularly meditation.

Truth's abode is in Truth.  Satyam (Truth) Anantam (Unlimited). - Sri Swami Sivananda

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

BHAGHAVAD GITA

Chapter V: The Yoga of Renunciation of Action

V.3. JNEYAH SA NITYASANNYAASI YO NA DWESHTI NA KAANGKSHATI;
NIRDWANDWO HI MAHAABAAHO SUKHAM BANDHAAT PRAMUCHYATE.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
He should be known as a perpetual Sannyasin who neither hates nor desires; for, free from the pairs of opposites, O mighty-armed Arjuna, he is easily set free from bondage!

COMMENTARY: A man does not become a Sannyasin by merely giving up actions due to laziness, ignorance, some family quarrel or calamity or unemployment. A true Sannyasin is one who has neither attachment nor aversion to anything. Physical renunciation of objects is no renunciation at all. What is wanted is the renunciation of egoism and desires.

Renunciation alone can make you fearless and happy. - Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

From Discourse II: "Sadhana Pada - On Spiritual Disciplines"
II.33. VITARKA-BADHANE-PRATIPAKSA-BHAVANAM

"When negative or harmful thoughts disturbs the mind, they can be overcome by constant pondering over their opposites.''

Commentary:
The yogi is ever alert, watching his mind. When he sees useless thought waves arising, he immediately replaces them with positive thoughts, thus creating new mental habits that are conducive to spiritual growth.

When you are free from attachment to all external objects, the mind will be at peace. - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

TOFU-CARROT MOUSSE
Here is protein and vegetables in a mousse! Tofu is extremely high in protein, iron, calcium and phosphorus. Firm tofu is versatile as in this recipe where it is blended with cooked vegetables. Serve with steamed new potatoes and a crisp salad. Serves 6.


Ingredients:
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 -3 carrots sliced
1 small rutabaga or 1 parsnip, roughly chopped
½ cup water
1 to 2 tablespoons tamari
9 ounces firm tofu
Toasted sesame seeds or chopped fresh parsley to garnish (optional)

Directions:
Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
Heat the sesame oil in pan and sauté the carrots and rutabaga or parsnip over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Add the water and tamari and simmer until the vegetables are tender.
Transfer the vegetables to a food processor or blender, add the tofu and blend till smooth.
Spoon the mixture into a 2½ cup baking dish and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, until just firm.
Leave to cool, then garnish with sesame seeds or parsley before serving.

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

Previous Recipes: http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/diet/recipes.html
Other recipes can be found in the Sivananda publication - "Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion" – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010

God is Love. God is sweeter than the sweetest thing, the inflowing honey and nectar. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC, ATTC, Sadhana Intensive Courses

2015

Jul 03 - Jul 31/15
TTC – English, Français, Espaňol, Nederlands
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jul 03 - Jul 31/15
ATTC – English, Français, Espaňol
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jul 05 - Aug 02/15
ATTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Aug 02 - Aug 30/15
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Aug 02 - Aug 29/15
ATTC – English, Français, Español
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Aug 02 - Aug 30/15
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Aug 14 - Aug 28/15
Sadhana Intensive - Deutsch, Français, Espaňol
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Aug 29 - Sep 27/15
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

Sep 01 - Sep 30/15
TTC – English, Polski, Lietuvos kalba, Русский язык
Ustka, Baltic Sea, Poland
http://www.sivananda.eu/en/yoga-teacher-training/teachers-training-course/ttc-venues/osteuropa.html#c2509

Sep 01 - Sep 30/15
ATTC – English, Polski, Lietuvos kalba, Русский язык
Ustka, Baltic Sea, Poland
http://www.sivananda.eu/en/yoga-teacher-training/teachers-training-course/ttc-venues/osteuropa.html#c2509

Sep 06 - Sep 20/15
Sadhana Intensive – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Sep 08 - Oct 06/15
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Sep 26 - Oct 24/15
TTC - English, 中文
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
http://www.sivanandayogachina.org/en/topic/ttc_chengdu_china

Sep 27 - Oct 25/15
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Oct 04 - Nov 01/15
TTC - English 日本語 ภาษาไทย 中文
Phu Chaisai, Chiang Ria, Thailand
http://www.sivananda.com.sg/thailand_ttc/index.htm

Oct 17 - Nov 14/15
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA
www.sivananda.org/yogafarm

Oct 17 - Nov 15/15
TTC – English, Français, Deutsch, Espaňol
Rudraprayag Himalaya Mountains, India
www.sivananda.eu/en/yoga-teacher-training-in-india.html

Oct 18 - Nov 15/15
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India
www.sivananda.org/madurai

Oct 26 - Nov 10/15
Sadhana Intensive – English, Français, Deutsch, Espaňol
Rudraprayag, Himalaya Mountains, India
www.sivananda.eu/en/yoga-teacher-training-in-india.html

Nov 08 - Dec 06/15
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
www.sivananda.org/neyyardam

Nov 15 - Dec 12/15
TTC – English, Français, Español
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Nov 20 - Dec 19/15
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Nov 22 - Dec 20/15
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India
www.sivananda.org/madurai

Nov 28 - Dec 26/15
TTC - English, 中文
Taichung City, Taiwan
www.sivanandayogafarm.org/course/ttc_taiwan

Dec 04 - Dec 31/15
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Dec 12/15 - Jan 10/16
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

Atman is the Absolute Consciousness, Brahman, or the Bhuma (Infinite, Unconditioned).
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - JUNE 2015

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    During mid-June we had 17 eager students for the Sadhana Intensive. They helped in the gardens for their karma yoga, which was a big help for the staff. We also had karma yoga night with all the students, guests and staff helping to plant the flowers in the garden. The maintenance crew worked a lot at the Mariamman Temple to help clean up the gardens and surrounding area from the construction. Gauri Chaitanya arrived, to be with us for the summer, cooking for kids camp and the Ashram later on in the season. The Pongala festival started, with the entire Temple lit up in lights and decorations by the devotees. It was a beautiful Pooja attended by the entire Ashram. During the festival we went up the hill every evening to support the devotees and take part in the Pooja. The number of staff slowly grew in size, receiving support for all the departments. The staff, as always, were busy preparing for the TTC, maintaining the grounds and making sure the guests were well taken care of. We hope everyone is in good spirits! Pranams to all! Om Namo Narayanaya to all Sivananda Staff from the Yoga Camp.

    IDY - Yoga Camp: We held our International Yoga Day celebration in the quiet village of Val-Morin in a peaceful and simple way. The staff, guests and some of the Sadhana Intensive students were led by Prahlad, leaving the Ashram at 7:00 towards the City Hall in Val-Morin. After the 10 minutes walk we found ourselves in a nice spot right in front of the City Hall and the village church where we rolled out our mats and did few rounds of Sun Salutations and some Asanas. The small group attracted the attention of those passing by and brought the awareness of Yoga and mainly the presence of the Ashram just a couple of blocks away. To conclude we chanted Jaya Ganesha and heard some stories of Swamiji told by Prahlad, about his Peace missions and efforts of making Yoga and its benefits known. May Master and Swamiji's blessings be with us and that their light and teachings continue to guide us all.


Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early June the Yoga Vacation classes saw good number of students, despite the low season. We welcomed Srinivas ji, conducting Bhagavad Gita and Sanskrit classes for Yoga Vacationers and staff. Babyish transferred to the Delhi Centre. Surya returned to school. Nataraj, Kalyani and Rajesh travelled to Japan for programs. We welcomed new staff member, Bhavna.

    During mid-June the highlight was the International Day of Yoga, celebrated around the world. All our attention centered around the program in the Trivandrum Centre. In addition there various press interviews, demonstrations and classes at various venues including a class for 350 police officers lead by Suresh and assistants in Trivandrum. Most of the guests and staff went to the Centre to participate in the function there. Pranams & Om Namah Sivaya from all staff at Neyyar Dam.

    IDY - NeyyarDam: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in India were honoured to participate in the 1st India-China (Chengdu) International Yoga Festival organised by the Consulate General of India Guangzhou with support from Chinese local government. The five day event culminated on 21st June, the International Day of Yoga. Nineteen yoga teachers from India were present, including teachers from the Ashtanga (Mysore style), Kaivalyadham, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Isha Hatha Yoga and Indea Yoga institutions.

    Apart from educating the public about the benefits of Yoga, the festival was intended to emphasize the central place of India in the history of Yoga as suggested by the festival motto ' Taking Yoga back to its roots'. During the opening ceremony, H.E. Ashok K. Kantha, the Ambassador of India to China referred to the large and growing popularity of Yoga in China and how it resonated with China's own traditions like taichi. He hoped that the practice of Yoga would help to build friendly ties between India and China.

    The SYVC programme included daily talks on the 5 Points of Yoga followed by basic class. Additionally the event included panel discussions, press interviews and promotional demonstrations such as yoga and Taichi and Panda yoga. The SYVC team consisted of Nataraj, Kalyani and Anisha as well as three Chinese TTC graduates; Sivani , Vidyadevi and Jyothi. Sivani provided simultaneous Chinese translation. Due to popular interest we even held two bhajan sessions with the students. The participants were very encouraged by the news of the forth coming September TTC in Dujiangyan and October opening of the new SYVC centre in Chengdu.


Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya.

    IDY - Uttar Kashi:
    The participation of Sivananda Kutir, Netala for the International Yoga Day celebrations on June 21, 2015:
    In the morning, on the invitation of the Principal, DIG Sri J P Yadavji, we visited the Indo Tibetan Border Police Training Facility at Mandanda near Uttarkashi. He graciously welcomed the teachers, staff and students of our Ashram. Thereafter, we conducted a Yoga Class for the approximate 300 Jawans and officers of ITBP present there. The program was conducted as per the protocol sent by the Government for the event. All our students, staff and teachers participated in conducting and assisting the class. On completion of the class, the Principal Sri J P Yadavji, thanked us for visiting the camp and successfully conducting the Yoga program. He also invited us to his residence and offered us some refreshments. In the evening, we visited the Tapovan Kutir Ashram in Uttarkashi. The Yoga community at Uttarkashi had organized a demonstration, talk and video show for the local people here. Three of our students also demonstrated Asanas to the attending Swamis, yogis and the public. After a video show on India's great yogis and some light refreshments, we returned to the Ashram. Pranams to all.


Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Our first TTC of the year ended on high spirits. All 38 students got their certificate and almost half of them passed with an excellent test. Swami Kailasananada was here for the graduation ceremony. The priest chanted auspicious mantras for the well being and quick evolution of all graduates. This month we hosted a few local guest speakers, Cecile Dubois who spoke about geobiology, Jean-James Garreau, a nutrition expert and Loic Sallet, who gave talks on the conscious use of water. Madhavi Birkholm gave a nice presentation on Yoga Nidra and on Yoga for Anxiety and Trauma. Highlight of the month was the 'TTC Refresher' ; after an intense preparation we were happy to receive Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda, Swami Kailasananda and other staff and 150 Sivananda Yoga Teachers. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early June and following the TTC we had 2 days to prepare for the arrival of ATTC students, staff, and karma yogis. Swami Sitaramananda inaugurated 27 students into the course with a Ganapathi Puja performed by Swami Vasishtananda.  The students adapted quickly to the course schedule and many staff have joined in the early morning pranayama. Swami Sitaramananda is the main lecturer, Swami Pranavananda teaches the Raja Yoga and the Hatha Yoga with Ananta Chaitanya, Lilamayi, and Sri Devi, and Swmi Jnaneswariananda is teaching the Anatomy and Physiology and Sanskrit. Machiko, director of the Tokyo Centre, Ganga, director of the Ho Chi Mihn Centre and other staff and students from Taiwan, Japan, China, Vietnam, have come to participate in the course. We also have students from the United States, Brazil, and Dubai. Swami Dharmananda traveled to Los Angeles to go to IAYT conference and help the LA Centre and will continue on to Tokyo to help direct the Centre for a few weeks when Machiko is at the Farm. We welcomed Indian teacher from S-VYASA Yoga University Raguramji  and a group of 58, including 9 children, from a local SF chapter of Yoga Bharati, returning for their annual retreat. The Ashram was full and alive to more than capacity with staff given up their rooms for guests. Hasu Patel ji and Stephen Fiske both gave outstanding concerts, appreciated by all.

    During mid-June the ATTC completed their second week of courses. They are filled with prana and insights from their Sadhana and lectures. Tulku Sherdor continued his program on Meditation techniques during 4 evening Satsangs, going deeper in the topic of the mind and meditation. Manu Dawson arrived to lead the Ten Day Fasting and Detoxification program with 11 guests and 2 staff participating in this purification. Nandini is assisting Manu while Tarini is preparing the raw food and juices prescribed by Manu. Documentary film maker Benoy Behl arrived at the Ashram to continue his film on Unity in Diversity, Sivananda Yoga Path to Peace. We had a concert with Babukishan, perfotming Kirtan in the Baul tradition of Bengal. His short, but energetic performance had the yoga hall on its feet chanting and dancing. 38 staff, students, and guests loaded into vans and cars at 6:30 in the morning to travel to San Francisco for the International Yoga Day held in Marina Park near the Golden Gate Bridge. The event was organized by the Indian Consulate in San Francisco and several schools of yoga in the city. We had a booth with information on the Centre and the Yoga Farm, books, clothing, and other items. Swami Sitaramananda gave a well received talk on yoga and meditation while students and staff demonstrated Surya Namaskar and 12 basic asanas behind her, emphasizing the importance of the asana practice as a means to higher practices. At the Yoga Farm we invited the public to visit the Ashram and partake in free events, including a walking tour of the Ashram, Kirtan workshop with Deviyani, lecture by Swami Pranavananda on the science of Yoga, asana class, and a Satsang on Peace. The ATTC students who stayed behind filled in for the staff in San Francisco and helped keep the Ashram running smoothly throughout for the day.Om Namah Sivaya to all blessed selves from the Yoga Farm.

    IDY - Yoga Farm: The Yoga Farm staff and 6 international students' (including a 76 years old taiwanese man as limber as a 20 yrs of young) travelled to San Francisco to participate in the IDY event. Their presentation stood out in its beautiful and precise demonstration of the 12 postures sequence, both in basic form and in advanced form, accompanied by the talk of Swami Sitaramananda who explained the specifics of our teaching, 5 points, 4 paths, 12 postures . She also led the crowd of 1000 or so to a few minutes of meditation. We had our booth well supplied and 38 of us came from the Yoga farm for the event which took place in Marina green park near GG park. There were more then 25 items to the collective presentation of many schools, and an official appearance of the SF consul and the India minister of Finances. Film maker Benoy Behl arrived from Delhi to film the event and interview people. We carried on to visit SF Centre and complete our longest day of the year at the beautiful SF Centre.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early June we started the TTC course. The students were introduced to the Gurus during the inauguration and Satsangs. We had a Ganapathi Homa for the success of the course. It was a beautiful traditional ceremony performed by the local Hindu priest, Manoj Kumar. Srininvasan and Saraswati left for the Bahamas to take part in the 60th birthday celebrations for Swami Swaroopananda. It was also Srinivasan's birthday the same day, and staff sent well wishes to him via a short video recorded after the morning staff meeting. Dr. Marilyn Rossner arrived for a program she lead on "Kama Yoga as a Path to Happiness". Marilyn led Satsangs and gave a workshop.  Her program was inspiring. Rabbi Zoe Zak joined us to give an uplifting musical performance during Satsang.  The weather has been holding up with sunshine and blue skies.

    During mid-June the staff kept very busy between the TTC, gardening, grounds maintenance and various other upkeep. We worked on painting projects throughout the Ashram, preparing for summer. Iswari, our Ayurveda Practitioner, gave a presentation on Ayurveda at a Friday night Satsang. Atmarama Dasa arrived for a weekend to perform a concert. All staff are well, strong in their Sadhana and send their pranams.

    IDY - Ranch:  For the celebration of the first International Day of Yoga, Srininvasan was invited to the United Nations for the ceremonies to mark this significant day. Many of our staff went into New York City where there were events happenings throughout. Our staff went to Times Square, where yoga classes were taking place, and handed out hundreds of the commemorative magazines printed by ISYVC, to passers by on the streets of NYC. At the New York Centre, free classes were taught all day and the evening Satsang, lead by Srininvasan, was a full house. It was a memorable day, to say the least. It had an inspiring effect on all of us.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    In early June the Ashram celebrated Swami Swaroopananda's 60th birthday - a special guest list of Ashram friends presented in front of a truly global Sivananda family audience with devotees flying in from all corners of the globe. We began with a a Ganapati Puja to officially open the celebrations, giving way to Swami Medhananda to talk on practical vedanta that night. Swami Atmamanda, a Sivananda discipline blessed us with talks on Godly Gossip - a collection of life experiences he's had along his spiritual path, including amusing anecdotes from his time with Swami Sivananda, while our very own Swami Swaroopananda gave talks on his time with Swami Vishnudevananda. An all inclusive mandala was created (and destroyed by the rain) on the tennis court where anyone and everyone was invited to contribute their creative vision. Musical enlightenment came from tender performances from Atmarama Dass, GS Sachdev and Swapan Chaudhuri, and the inimitable Krishna Das who blessed us with a 2.5 hour concert! The climax to the celebrations came on the Sunday - an extended Satsang program began with a shasta Puja performed by Krishna Namboodri; intermittent talks and chanting from previous guests; gift presentations and heartfelt renditions of special memories of their time with Swamiji from around the world; a huge feast with quite possibly the world's largest cake. The energy that surmounted left everyone touched with a link to all gurus, whether on this plane or another, whether in this lineage or not - we feel blessed that the door was briefly opened on the heart of the Sivananda heritage, and devotees old and new were able to connect not just with each other, but directly with what keeps each individual dedicated to this organization. Master Ou Wen Wei offered an introduction to Qi-Gong explaining the key to good health and happiness was through internal communion with God. We said congratulations to the May TTC students who graduated mid-week. We then welcomed another group of peace-leaders-in-the-making for our first ever June TTC - what a poetic example of how the original mission from the masters continues.

    During mid-June Summer definitely arrived in the Bahamas but luckily we have the beautiful ocean to keep everyone cool! Jnaneshwari offered talks on health from Bliss Divine, followed by Swami Hridyananda on Swami Sivananda's 21 spiritual instructions and Swami Brahmananda on the topic of God. We were treated with an uplifting concert by GS Sachdev accompanied by Nitin Mitta on the tabla, followed by a series of lectures by Swami Hridyananda on how to use yoga to transcend depression and anxiety. 
    A special Durga Puja performed by our priest Krishnanamboodri brought blessings from Mother Nature just in time for summer solstice, which coincided with the first ever International Yoga Day. A busy day for us as we welcomed 75 special guests led by the Indian Minister to participate in a special program ending with an exquisite lunch prepared by our ever talented kitchen staff. Two hours of Surya Namaskars led by Krishnanamboodri must also be mentioned - pictures of all the staff and guests getting involved can be found on our facebook page! Om Shanti from all the staff in Nassau.

    IDY - Nassau: A beautiful, blue sky greeted us on June 21st in the Bahamas, after our meditation walk before sunrise on the beach. At the request of The High Commission of India, Kingston, Jamaica, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas and the State Bank of India, Nassau partnered to host a special event in honor of INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA. The day's special activities began at 8am, with 2 hours of Surya Namaskar, led by our priest, Krishnan Namboodiri, who invoked continual chanting while doing the asanas.
    75 Guests were greeted at the Nassau Dock by senior staff member, Pranava, and then transported by boats to Paradise Island. A huge banner hung from the rafters denoting the historic day and we listened to a few opening remarks by our partner and CEO of the State Bank of India, Puneet Narain. The local guests were then escorted to the main platform to join vacation guests, karma yogis and staff for the welcome by senior staff member, Rukmini. A meaningful talk followed by Swami Brahmananda, 'Yoga and a Healthy Lifestyle', with demonstrations by senior staff member, Krishna Das. Children's activities, snacks and special children's yoga class took place, led by karma yogis, while the adults were led in a traditional yoga class by senior staff member, Iswara and several assistants. Children and parents united for a vegetarian feast prepared with love by our wonderful chef, Ambika and her crew of karma yogis. After a bit of ice cream, tours were given, providing a glance into the history and future vision for the Ashram. We shared plans and renderings for our new temple and are excited that a few of those reviewing the plans offered to be part of the fund raising committee! Some of the guests remained at the Ashram for beach time and enjoyment of the ocean. Others were transported back to Nassau by our boats, by Captains Ganesha and Keith. It was a great day of yoga and community spirit! Special thanks to Minakshi and Mary for their organization and production of the event.


Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The last week of May the TTC and ATTC entered into the 3rd week of their studies. A highlight were readings from the Srimad Bhagavatam accompanied by exquisite Indian classical music. Swami Durgananda and Swami Sivadasananda were present at the Retreat House and gave inspiring Satsangs. Dr Kamlesh, Ayurveda Acharya, gave well received lectures for TTCs and guests. The beautiful weather permitted to teach outside and all felt very happy with this. The TTC and ATTC students were preparing for their final exams which they completed successfully. The graduation ceremony was joyfully celebrated in high spirits. Mid of June a new certificate course named Health for Meditation started. Swami Ramapriyananda guided the group in meditation techniques, the use of a spiritual diary, japa, a healthy diet and more. The participants enjoyed the variety of topics and the practical approach. We also welcomed a nice group of TTCs for the further training on Yoga during Pregnancy. Padmavati, Sivananda Yoga Teacher from Berlin and experienced midwife, led the group through the different stages of pregnancy and their special requirements. OM.

    IDY - Reith: The International Yoga Day. For the morning yoga class 30 guests came from the area as well as from Germany, England, Scotland, Israel and Canada. The Mayor of the village Reith came to congratulate for the event. After the class a free snack was enjoyed at the hotel and then we gathered again for the lecture with Swami Vidyananda on the cross-cultural message of yoga. Afterwards we did an asana demonstration with detailed information on the 12 basic postures. In the afternoon the program continued at the event hall of the village of Reith. New visitors came to listen to the lecture of Swami Ramapriyananda about the latest research on yoga and medicine. The lecture was followed by another free yoga class with 30 participants. The day ended with a casual get together with lovingly prepared vegetarian snacks and tea. The whole weekend was a full success and people left satisfied.


Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Meenakshi.
    In early June there was no more escape from June's Sun; the heat grilled us red but only when out. Interior areas of Ashram continued to be charmingly cool; thanks to the thatched roofs, vegetation, lush lawn and the sprinklers that drizzles around. Yoga vacationers continued to absorb themselves into their practice while the lesser strength and quieter environment was working to their advantage. Staff karma yoga continued on various parts of the field, picking stones, weeds and plastic that bring us in close connection with soil every evening. A second batch of staff took a day off to Kodaikanal, a favorite summer escape for tourists.

    During mid-June the prime focus was June 21st, the International Day of Yoga! Our chief attention went into planning the welcoming ceremony of the first International Day of Yoga while also curious noticing the attention it was receiving nationwide and worldwide. Yoga day, as the meaning implies, was celebrated the yoga way where the Ashram, Centre, staff and students united themselves as one team in presenting the celebration in a planned sequence to a varied group of audiences, the general public first, the India-Tibet Border Police team next and lastly to kids and elders through discourses, demonstrations, gifting special edition Yoga Day brochures of ISYVC along with pamphlets of Meenakshi Ashram and Madurai Centre in the presence of VIPs and media. The first part of the event was opened at 6:00 AM in Sundaram Park called by the locals as the Walker's Club. The ceremony was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner of Police of Madurai city in the distinguished presence of Dr. Narayanasamy, Trustee and other VIPs. About 150 people took part to learn and explore the practice of asanas. At its conclusion, the specially released Organization edition of Yoga Day brochures was distributed to the public along with Ashram and Centre pamphlets. The second part of the event was presented to an interesting group, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, at their camp. A large group of 300 policemen went through the 12 basic postures with absolute sincerity. Both sessions were taught by Yashpal with the assistance of Ashram and Centre staff. After accepting their hospitality, we moved on to the last part of the celebration in the Meenakshi Ashram which was a Kids' special. Following a formal inaugural ceremony at 4:30 PM by prominent Administrative Officials of the city our yoga kids from the neighboring village and school children from Madurai showcased few challenging asanas with such ease and confidence. After conclusion of the program, high tea and dinner was served for about 200 hundred people in the Ashram premises. The event appeared to be well reaching and well received by the participants. While this was happening here we were equally glad to hear through Anisha regarding the India-China Yoga festival and how the lectures on Swami Vishnu's 5 points of Yoga, practice classes of 12 basic postures and specially arranged chanting sessions presented by Natarajji and Kalyaniji to a largely Chinese audience had a promising reception. We hope and wish that the beginning of this celebration would globally mark the true purpose of Yoga, uniting one's own outer to their inner, uniting minds, cultures and civilization, a 'True World Order' giving rise to universal peace and harmony as envisioned by Swamiji. Om Shanti. Om shanti. All are well and conveying Pranams. OM.

    IDY - Meenakshi Ashram: Om Namah Sivaya! The first International Yoga Day celebrations was jointly organized by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Meenakshi ashram and Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre at Madurai. Our celebrations were three-fold encompassing three different groups: simple civilians who tries to cope up with the challenges of their life, intensely trained police who serve at the Indo-Tibetan Border and finally at ashram with a group of children and senior citizens. The first part of the event was opened at 6:00 AM in Sundaram park called by the locals as walker's club. The ceremony was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner of Police of Madurai city in the distinguished presence of Dr. Narayanasamy, Trustee and other VIPs. About 150 people took part to learn and explore the practice of asanas. At its conclusion the specially released organizational edition of Yoga day brochures was distributed to the public along with Ashram and Centre pamphlets. The second part of the event was presented to an interesting group, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, at their camp. A large group of 300 policemen went through the 12 basic postures with absolute sincerity. Both sessions was taught by Yashpal with the assistance of Ashram and Centre staff. After accepting their hospitality, we moved on to the last part of the celebration in Meenakshi ashram which was a Kids special. Following a formal inaugural ceremony at 4:30 PM by prominent Administrative Officials of the city our yoga kids from the neighbouring village and school children from Madurai showcased few challenging asanas with such ease and confidence. After conclusion of the program, high tea and dinner was served for about 200 hundred people in the ashram premises. We hope and wish that the beginning of this celebration would globally mark the true purpose of 'Yoga', uniting cultures and civilization, a 'True World Order' as envisioned by Swamiji.



    TTC Reports in locations other than Ashrams:

    No reports this month.


    SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Centres -



    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya
    The Centre was full of inspiring activities and special programs this month. The highlight was the celebration of the international Yoga Day on 21 of june. After preparations in the morning we received students at 2 pm for a little "peace action" in our garden, where we sent balloons with piece messages out in the air. This was followed by a slide show on Swami Vishnudevanandas peace missions. We had 3 parallel asana classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students, all well visited. Snack was served after the class and the day was concluded with the mantra chanting of Om Namo Narayanaya followed by well visited Satsang. The booklet printed for the event was well accepted  by all students, they left the Centre inspired and happy and the energy was uplifted nicely. Other events were the visit of Vedic astrologer Stephen Quong with 3 inspiring lectures on different aspects of Vedic astrology which were well received. Another highlight was the Ayurveda Program with Dr. Kamlesh. He gave an introductory lecture into the science of Ayurveda, which was attended by a good group of students. The cooking course one Saturday brought many new people to the Centre. Food was delicious, with good explanations and the atmosphere was very lively and joyful. We had good help from Karma Yogis for setup and preparation, translation and cleanup afterwards. An inspired group of students went to the Retreat house Neu Schoenau, north of Berlin for one of the weekends. The weather was good and everybody enjoyed the weekend out in nature dedicated to Yoga practice. Some of the asana classes could take place outside, lectures, Satsangs and walks, everything were well appreciated. Almost half of the group were students from the Centre who came for the first time to the retreat. They adapted very well to the classical Ashram rhythm. Several courses started in this month. The monthly open house one Sunday was successful, most of the participants already practice yoga and were interested in TTC and meditation. OM.

    IDY - Berlin: The highlights of the International Day of Yoga on 21 of June: After preparations in the morning, with the help of dedicated Karma Yogis, we received students at 2 pm for a little "peace session" in our garden, where we sent balloons with peace messages out in the air. This was followed by a slide show on Swami Vishnudevanandas piece missions. The 3 parallel asana classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students were all well visited. A nice snack was served after the class and the day was concluded with the mantra chanting of Om Namo Narayanaya followed by a well-visited satsang. The booklet printed for the event was well accepted by all students, they left the Centre inspired and happy and the energy was uplifted nicely.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Prem and Om to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre.
    During mid-June we performed our regular Ganapathy Homa on 16th June 2015 and were blessed from the Homa. On 18th June a new staff member - Iris from Latvia joined our Centre for the period of 3+ months. From 18th June we started preparation for the International Day of Yoga. On 21st June we celebrated by offering intensive program for our guest through out the day. Staff of the Centre carryed out their regular duties and Sadanas. With Blessings of God and Masters everything was fine here. Teachers and staff are well and sending pranams to the Sivananda family.

    IDY - Chennai: Arrival of 12 visiting teachers and 60 guests was officially registered. The session started with breathing practice (kapalabathi and anuloma viloma), led by Subbarao. At 6am the beginning of 108 rounds of Surya Namaskar practice was announced. Sun salutation practice was conducted by 9 teachers (Subburao, Karthyayini, Prabutha, Rekha, Usha, Saravanan, Rani, Honey Rani, Gopan) each leading 12 rounds of surya namaskar. Between the practice refreshments and drinks were provided to participants. After completion of 108 rounds of the practice guests were served traditional south Indian breakfast consisting of idli, pongal, sambar and coconut chutney on the terrace with a beautiful sea view. Next, an Intermediate and Beginners Yoga class started with a lecture led by Hariharan and assisted by Honey Rani, Rani and Vaidyanathan about yoga, explanation of 5 points of Sivananda yoga and demonstration of basic asanas of Sivananda sequence. After the lecture guests were asked to proceed to the Ganesha Hall for the intermediate class or to Radha Krishna hall for beginners class. Beginners class was led by Hariharan and assisted by Honey Rani and attended by 47 guests. Intermediate class was taught by Vaidyanathan and assisted by Rani and Saravanan and attended by 29 guests in total. After yoga class all guests were offered refreshments with snacks and informed about the upcoming programme of the day. At 4.00.PM, an Open beginners yoga class started with an introduction of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, yoga philosophy and demonstration of basic Sivananda yoga asana sequence led by Saravanan and assisted by Pradeep. The total number of participants exceeded the number of 70. The Open intermediate class was taught by Sivapad and the total number of registered guests was 15 people. A Satsang session started at 6:00pm with guided meditation by Sivapad, continued with daily chants and concluding the session with a talk by the Wing Commander E.A. Murthy sharing his personal experience of yoga practice. The session was attended by more than 90 people and was concluded with arathi. A traditional South Indian food was served for the guests in one of the Centre halls at 6:00pm.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early June we were happy to welcome Siddhi as staff for the month. New courses started: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Positive Thinking Part 4, Yoga 1, and Yoga 2. A student who lives out of town has been joining the philosophy courses and Bhagavad Gita study class via Skype. Other courses, classes, and Satsang continued well. We were pleased to welcome Hari as a short-term resident. One Saturday evening we had a Kirtan night, which was very uplifting. The weather continued to go from warm to autumnal to hot and steamy. Karma Yogis have been working hard in the garden.

    During mid-June the highlight was our 108 Sun Salutation event for the International Day of Yoga. We had good turnout for it, as well as particularly good attendance for the Satsang that followed. Classes and courses are also going well. The courses were Yoga 1, Yoga 2, Yoga 3, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Positive Thinking Part 4. We continued to get an unusual amount of rain and humidity, so just as we stepped out to water the garden, Mother Nature steps in again to do it for us. We felt great gratitude for the guidance and protections of the Gurus. Staff are well and send their pranams. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

    IDY - Chicago: In celebration of the first International Day of Yoga and the Summer Solstice, we offered a 108 Sun Salutation event at Chicago Center. All were invited to join the fee event and do as many sun salutations as felt comfortable, to rest when needed, and to enjoy the rejuvenating benefits of group practice on the longest day of the year. Staff Lalita Chaitanya and Siddhi and long-time teacher Radha (Gloria McCartney) each took turns leading and practicing with the group. The session, which met at our teaching annex, concluded with a well-deserved final relaxation and pranayama practice, followed by Satsang, soup, and fellowship at our main center. We had very good attendance for the event, after which some students were asking for more sun salutations!


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early June the Dalat Centre was calm. Saraswati went to the Yoga Farm for ATTC. The Dalat Centre continued with it's current courses of Yoga 1 and Yoga 2. The intermediate course Yoga 2 started with good number of students. Attendance was strong as students worked hard to maintain a regular practice. Staff members went to Edensee Resort for Shantidevi's visit on her last stay in Dalat Centre. She went back to Tokyo Centre. Staffs had had a wonderful day off at the Edensee. Kumari arrived to help from Ho Chi Minh City, replacing Shanti Devi. We were grateful for the Guru's Grace which continues to guide us.

    During mid-June the weather was not so good. Because of the heavy rain and storms during the day just few students came to classes. However, all staffs and residents were sharing the yoga life style together with harmony and positive energy. We feel the blessing of Guru always be with us. Pranams to all Sivananda Staff. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early June was the end of our first Kids' Summer Camp that had 21 kids attending. We had no beginners' courses at that time as the Kids had all our attention. We also taught regular private classes in the day. One Saturday we were blessed to have Swami Shivbhaktananda ji and Vyasa ji visit the Centre. Swami ji conducted the advance class and the evening Satsang followed by delicious prasad and simple dinner and post that left for their flight at around 12 midnight. Weather is the usual, burning hot. But other than that all's well at the Centre.

    During mid-June, by the grace of the Lord and the blessings of Gurudev, all's well at the Centre. All the classes continued smoothly. It was the end of the Kids' summer camp, so we celebrated with fruits and special Indian sweet kheer, and also distributed certificates and Yoga Life magazines. We were invited to teach a special class to celebrate Yoga Day at the office of one of our students. On the 21st June, we started off the day early at 3:00 a.m, arrived at Rajpath, New Delhi by 5 a.m in the morning, and celebrated the 1st International Day of Yoga, among 68000 yoga enthusiasts and our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The event was finished by 8 a.m soon after which we reached the Centre partly drenched by the rains and energized by the pleasant winds. A free class and open class were simultaneously conducted in both the asana halls at 10 a.m. We enjoyed the pleasant weather for the rest of the day. Hope all are happy and doing well. Om Namah Sivaya. Sending all our love and wishes. Pranams. Om.

    IDY - Dwarka: We are glad to inform you that we had wonderful 1st International Day of Yoga. All the staffs were quite busy; people were inviting us in their society, offices and in the park to teach yoga classes. We taught a few yoga classes in local society and offices and introducing Swami Vishnudevananda's peace mission & Five Points of Yoga. We distributed the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres IDY yoga book. People were very happy to receive this wonderful book. Few staff and students went to Rajpath to participate the big yoga event. In the event there were more than 36,000 enthusiastic yoga practitioners. We had wonderful yoga class with none other than Prime Minister "Narendra Modi". it was great to see how people were enjoying the yoga practice. It was such a great experience for all of us & it was great see all kinds people old, youth and kids in this wonderful yoga event. We hope you all enjoyed the 1st International Day of Yoga wherever you were.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India

    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early June we started with a kids' yoga summer camp with 30 students. The students are practicing yoga daily and participating in different activities like planting, painting, sketching, Orgami, flute and so on. They also participated in Guru Pooja, performed by Nagaraj ji, in the presence of some of parents. They are happy and they are asking if we are continuing the program once this is completed. As per our regular schedule, we started two beginners' course on Mondays, one at 10:00am and the other at 6:30pm with good no. of students. We conducted three workshops - Hip opening, Yoga for Lower Back Pain and Shat Kriya. Vinod came back from the trip to Gangotri, with Swami Sivabhaktananda. Vinod stayed with us for a month. The Sunday Satsangs were attended by good number of people and it was as usual uplifting and motivating. With the blessings of the Masters everything is going smoothly.

    During mid-June we started with two beginners' course one at 10:00am and the other at 6:30pm. We finished with the great program, the celebration of the 1st International Day of Yoga. Along with our regular schedules, our efforts were mostly about preparation for the program and explaining the teachings of the Master for different Medias. Babesh joined the Centre from Neyyar dam for 4 months of Karma yoga. With the Grace of the Masters everything continued smoothly at the Centre. Pranams to All.

    IDY - Nataraja: We celebrated the the 1st International Day of Yoga with a spirit of ​spreading the teachings of Swami Vishnudevananda for health, peace of mind for unity in diversity. We were busy in the preparation for the program and also with the reporters from different Channels and attending Conferences. We started the celebration at 5:30am in the morning in the Park. We taught 4 open classes, 1 Surya Namaskar, 1 Gentle Yoga and 1 introductory class and finished the program around 7:30am. Kapoorji left for NDTV panel discussion regarding the Yoga day celebration. Some of the staffs went to teach a group of people at Inter-University Accelerator Center to give yoga awareness for the Engineers, Scientists and their families. We distributed Yoga day T-Shirt, IYD booklet and the Centre brochure. The others went to participate on the conference, held by Ministry of Ayush. Another group went to participate on USA Embassy Mela. We were also invited as audience to participate on panel discussion at NDTV by evening. We went to participate after we finished a special Satsang.​In general, with the blessings of our Masters, many contributed to the success of the program. It was celebrated as planned.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    This month's activities included a workshop about Yoga for the back with a power point show and plum line-test. We had a workshop for the teachers sharing inspiration of Swamij's teachings. It included a power point show about the sun salutation and was well received. A main focus was the preparation of the mailing of the fall brochure: After last updates the labels were printed and the envelopes were delivered. OM.

    IDY - Geneva: Highlights of the celebration of the first International Day of Yoga included Sivananda teachers and staff supporting a Yoga session, held at the United Nations Organization in Geneva, which was organized by the Permanent Mission of India. Everybody enjoyed this peaceful event on a sunny Sunday morning with a spectacular view over the Geneva Lake and the Alps. In the afternoon we had a well-visited program with lectures and asana classes at the Centre where new and experienced students united in the spirit of Yoga. The day ended with an introduction to Meditation which had a more scientific approach then Kirtan and Mantra chanting. It was a lively day and a positive experience for everybody.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early June we broke the record with highest student count within  the last 5 years. Almost everyday 7- 9 classes per day except on the weekends. We started many new classes such as early morning open class 1 hour at 6 AM always full capacity, the new Prenatal Yoga class with lot of attendants, kid yoga class with 22 kids met 3 times per week, senior yoga class in the morning, ..etc.  Besides, we also changed the new systems of customer service and advertising to reach more people such as calling to students, email, newsletter, Facebook, promotions, survey etc. We received a lot of positive response and comments from students. Over a weekend, the Open House was very successful with lot of students attending and signing up for the upcoming courses. The staff worked really hard but still find time for their Sadhana and practicing Harmonium together. Everyday we did staff meeting online with
    Ganga even she is serving at the Yoga Farm. We are very happy to be able to serve and we feel blessed by the Guru and Master.

    During mid-June the Hochiminh Centre carried on all regular activities while preparing for the International Day of Yoga. We started the Yoga beginner course 1, and the Meditation course 1 with lot of students. The Open class keeping popular to the point that we have to do 2 open class at 2 different rooms because one room was not enough space. The other courses running well such as Yoga beginner 1, 2, Meditation course, gentle yoga, prenatal yoga, Yoga kid. We were also busy with the rehearsal workshop for all the teachers will demonstration for the event on International Yoga Day. We are happy and blessed to be a instrument of the teaching from our Master and Guru. Pranams. 

    IDY - Hochminh: The Hochiminh Centre was honored to be a part of the Sponsors of the International Yoga day, organized by the Indian Consulate in Hochiminh City. With more than 70 teachers and students from the Hochiminh Centre, along with the other students at the field, we joined the yoga demonstration at 6AM at the Quan Khu 7 Stadium. After that, we held the independent events at Hochiminh Centre with lot of activities. 1st one is the workshop of Nutrition and Juice fasting detoxification taught by Ganapati and Sita who is very knowledgeable about diet and juice. It was very successful with more than 40 students attending. After that people enjoyed the Yogic diet lunch made by our Karma yogi team. Continuing the day, we offered a workshop of Yoga for control of high blood pressure by Mary, our Karma yogi, as well as doctor of chinese medicine. In the afternoon we concluded the spacial day with the big free Open class and Satsang including the movie" Yoga - An ancient Vision of Life". It was a pleasure to see all the people gathering together expressing higher view of life, to bring Yoga to the world and share our peace from inside out.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The preparations for the International Yoga Day are in full swing and range from the planning of the decorations of the boat and food that will be served on the South Bank to publicity, advertising and the setting up of a donation campaign. We had inspired moments with a Bhagavad Gita Course and a cooking workshop. The TTC with 12 students started well, they were gradually getting ready to go deeper into their practice. It is for all of us a very inspiring learning energy. Swami Kailasananda gave a much appreciated programme consisting of workshops on pranayama and the power of sound, two asana classes and well attended Satsangs. We had also the blessing to have priest Jagneshwara Dixit for one week. A lot of prana was put into the preparation of the three Pujas for the week end. CNN IBN came to make a report for their news edition leading up to the International Yoga Day. Staff are well and send OM & Prem to All.

    IDY - London: The celebration of the Interanational Yoga day was a wonderful success here in London. It started with a short class at the Indian High Commission, early morning, with a live vina playing in the background performed by Indian artist Raghunath Manet. It then continued with a cruise on the Thames with 250 yogis on board. We started with a lively satsang including a talk on the universality of Yoga. The boat was fully decorated with large banners, balloons and flags, it looked beautiful and very festive. We then reached Festival Pied near the London Eye and welcomed the Indian Commissioner on the boat who gave a very nice address, from the heart. We then walked with him to the Southbank Centre where we taught a class for close to 600 people on the lawn. A huge stage was built for the occasion. We had 4 teachers demonstrating the asanas as they were taught. We then served a nice Indian meal to all in the garden. We then went back to the boat and had an amazing vina concert and Bharatha Natyam dance with Raghunath Manet. We finally returned to the centre for the last event of the day, a Satsang with a talk on Swamiji's peace missions. People expressed how much they enjoyed the day and felt the strong positive and peaceful energy that pervaded the whole event, by Swamiji's grace.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    During mid-June we celebrated International Day of Yoga. We held a Prithvi Puja and Homa led by Pandit Sharma who traveled down from Ventura with several Temple devotees. The Staff are sending our Pranams.

    IDY - Los Angeles: On the Sunday afternoon of 21st June, we went to the local Learning Garden and held an interfaith summer solstice celebration followed by 108 Surya Namaskars, led by Satyadeva. Everyone enjoyed being together and the energy was high.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    During May several beginners' courses started. We also offered a meditation course. We had an intensive Positive Thinking with 16 students, all of them very enthusiastic. Sivadas, a new graduate of the TTC in Rudraprayag, came from Barcelona to help in the Centre for two weeks. We ended the month with a pleasant visit of Stephen Quong and Vedic Astrology program. Several people could hear his interesting lectures and have a personal consultation with him. OM.

    IDY - Madrid: On Sunday 21st, the Madrid Centre participated with Gopala and many teachers in the International Yoga Day, with over 1500 persons. Sundari and Daya Devi represented the Center in a celebration in Zaragoza and Lakhsmi went to Granada to conduct a program there with Gauri in the affiliated Sivananda Centre.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early June we started a new Yoga beginner course with sufficient no of students. In order to celebrate International Yoga day we conducted a free yoga workshop for Vadamalayan Hospitals Dr. and Nurses. The program was well received with good no of participants and all appreciate the program. In the Centre all the classes going smoothly. The staff member are keeping up their Sadhana.  All are waiting and focusing  to make the event successful on Yoga day.

    During mid-June we started a new Yoga Beginner course at evening both for ladies and mix batch. We were busy in preparation for the Yoga Day. Few workshop were conducted which were well received by participants. The IYD were celebrated in three part jointly with our Meenakshi Ashram. It was good particular for Madurai where large community came to know about our Centre and Ashram program. Anoop left home after serving three month in Madurai Centre. He has done a good job and he planing to open a Yoga Centre in his home town. We pray for his  Success. We welcome Prema as staff again after three month of her home visit.   Other than this everything is going great with gods and guru Kripa. Everything was wonderful in the Centre, by Gurus grace. The Staff convey their Pranams to all. Om Shanti!!

    IYD - Madurai: The program started at 6:00 AM in walkers club, where the deputy Commissioner of Madurai Corporation was the chief guest. The opening ceremony started with Sivananda prayer by Sivananda Center and Ashram Staff. After which a welcome Speech was given by Doctor Narayansami. A talk was given by the Chief Guest Thiru. Gunalan about the importance and relevance of yoga today, followed by demonstration and Asana class for all. The press and certain T.V channels were there during the function. It was a gathering of around 200 people of all age groups. Soon after this program ashram and centre staff left for ITBP (India Tibet Border Police) campus who invited us to teach an asana and pranayama class for around 750 Soldiers. They appreciated the class and realized the benefits of Yoga and are willing to continue taking up classes with us twice a week. After class we enjoyed the delicious Army food offered by them. In the evening we had a grand function in the Ashram which was inaugurated by Thiru. Rajaram who gave an elaborated talk on ashram life, the spiritual path and yoga. Thiru R. Dhinakaran ( Chairman, Gandhi Museum), Thiru Nihar Ranjan I.F.S ( District Forest Officer) and Thiru Dr. S. Harishankar (Yoga and Naturopathist, Keep fit hospital, Madurai) the dignitaries present spoke about the value of yoga in day to day life and about living the yogic lifestyle. There were about 200 people who participated in the evening event. After the speeches, children from our summer yoga camp demonstrated Asanas and performed brilliantly. Concluding prayers were sung by the Sivananda Ashram and Centre staff, followed by the National Anthem. The celebration was informative and fruitful for the people who attended it. Dinner was served soon after. Overall, it was a great successful event which, we were able to finish successfully with Gurus blessing and Gods grace.



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



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early June Kanti Devi traveled to Bahamas so as to celebrate Swami Swaroopanandaji ´s 60th anniversary and just it coincided with the 40th anniversary of Kanti Devi´s  TTC. A Wednesdays and Thursdays Beginners Courses started with many students registered. The energy was very positive. Chandra travelled to Porto Alegre´s Centre, Brazil, so as to replace Tandava Chaitanya who traveled to Europe. We started doing outreach activities commemorating the International Day of Yoga. Many people came to the Free Yoga Class. Some students signed up to the next beginner´s course. The rest of the regular classes, elderly, pregnant and children developed normally.

    During mid-June we had a busy, high energy event celebrating the world day of Yoga. We have the support of teachers and students. It was a beautiful time, where the energy of the Centre was in flux. The beginners' course was full. There was a holiday in Uruguay because it was commemorated the day of birth of José Artigas, the Nation father, and only the class was dictated of the 18:00 hrs for everybody. We had a large number of students who came to the free test class. The rest of the regular classes, elderly, pregnant and children developed normally. All the activities celebrating the International day of Yoga were done with very good number of students. On the Sunday the 21st we had the big event organized by the Consulate of India. Teachers and students were very happy. We distributed a new book of Swami Sivananda translated by Kanti Devi. The rest of the activities were developed normally. Om Shanti to all!!

    IDY - Montevideo: On Sunday, the Consulate of India in Uruguay, organized a big gathering at the Sheraton Hotel. Five hundred people participated at the event. Different Yoga schools were teaching. Everything flowed with harmony. Even though it was a very cold day, the sun was shining in the blue sky. The reunion of people with the same purpose created a very positive atmosphere. The Sivananda teachers were full of enthusiasm and helped at the Sheraton and also at the Center, teaching and assisting during classes, distributing leaflets, organizing people, taking pictures, singing, etc. The bright white and yellow uniforms stood out among the people who were wearing on dark clothing. During the break we went to the seashore to have some sandwiches and fruit prepared by Lalita at the Centre. We finished the intense day with a Satsang at the Centre. Kanti Devi translated "Yoga for the West" into Spanish that day. The smiling face of Gurudev and his deep knowledge was offered to all participants. We were extremely happy to see the vision of Swami crystallized in this event.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Greetings from Montreal.During mid-June classes and courses continued to flow well. Sushila went to the Camp for a week to assist on the Juice fast program, while a few long term teachers took good care of the Centre in her absence, we are grateful for the time and energy they took. Meanwhile, efforts at the Centre were spent preparing for the International Yoga Day. On the morning of the day we started with wonderful Satsang and Yoga Class with Swami Shivabhaktananda. This gave a good grounding for the day and Swami ji explained about the significance of the 'International Yoga day.' Many teachers, karma yogis and students of the Centre congregated, as well staff and guests from the Ashram. There was a strong sense of community and purpose, felt by those participating. It continued with a breakfast and gathering, where people had the opportunity to connect with one another. 

    Prahlada ji led the walk up Mont Royal, where some Asana Demos were performed, both of which created interest by people passing. The group were on hand to distribute flyers and magazines to those who were curious, they were feeling inspired to spread the message of yoga!! Eventually we settled to a peaceful area by the lake where the group began to chant, later Prahlada ji shared some stories of Swami ji. It gave a good insight to Swami ji and his mission. There was much joy and smiles expressed about the event from those who participated, and they appreciated being involved in something meaningful. It was an encouraging day and the vibration was high. There was a great sincerity amongst the ever growing community. We are ever thankful for Master and Swami ji's grace. Om Namo Narayanaya. Pranams from Montreal.

    IDY - Montreal: At the Montreal Centre we began the International Yoga Day festivities with a wonderful Satsang and Yoga Class with Swami Shivabhaktananda. This gave a good grounding for the day and Swami ji explained about the significance of the 'International Yoga Day.' Many teachers, karma yogis and students of the Centre congregated, as well staff and guests from the Ashram. There was a strong sense of community and purpose, felt by those participating. It continued with a breakfast and gathering, where people had the opportunity to connect with one another. Prahlada ji led the walk up Mont Royal, where some Asana demos were performed, both of which created interest by people passing. The group were on hand to distribute flyers and magazines to those who were curious, they were feeling inspired to spread the message of yoga!! Eventually we settled to a peaceful area by the lake where the group began to chant. Later, Prahlada ji shared some stories of Swami ji. It gave a good insight to Swami ji and his mission. There was much joy and smiles expressed about the event from those who participated. They appreciated being involved in something meaningful. It was an encouraging day and the vibration was high. There was a great sincerity amongst the ever growing community. We are ever thankful for Master and Swami ji's grace.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    The highlight of June was our Yoga and Music Festival from 15 to 21 June. Swami Durganananda – yoga acharya for Europe – gave inspiring lectures with lots of hints and insights for the spiritual path.  Yoga acharya Swami Sivadasananda taught dynamic asana workshops and lectures. We also had beautiful Indian music and wisdom teachings from the scriptures. The last day of the festival, 21 June was the International Yoga Day. For this we had organized extra yoga classes and lectures on the benefits of yoga and meditation with the title "Health is Wealth, Peace of Mind is Happiness – Yoga shows the Way". One of the upcoming special events will be a lecture with Dr. Rubin Naiman, USA, about Yoga and Sleep including the scientific findings of sleep research on 24 July. OM.

    IDY - Munich: On Sunday 21st of June – the International Day of Yoga – we offered additional activities – asana classes and lectures about yoga and meditation with Swami Vishnudevananda's quote as title "Health is Wealth, Peace of Mind is Happiness – Yoga shows the Way". Throughout the whole Centre there was a strong ashram atmosphere with a couple of close karma yogis and teachers also staying here for the full week and helping during the festival. The festival was an inspiration for everyone participating and a wonderful example of the power of collective Sadhana.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    Pranams to everyone! May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with all. Om Shanti.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early June open classes have been busy, with more students coming to the later classes as the evenings are light now. We held an outdoor meditation class for the public on the High Line, a nearby elevated park. This is a project done in collaboration with Integral Yoga Institute. It was a great experience to have our practice outside, the event attracted many interested passers by. At our weekend Open House event brought us a good number of new members and registrations for upcoming courses. We were happy to welcome Mahadev Chaitanya from the Yoga Ranch to teach our Advanced class.

    During mid-June the Centre was high in vibrations, with a flow of over 500 students! A large part of whom came for the first International Day of Yoga. We bade farewell to Swami Narayanananda who was awaited to give a workshop at the Yoga Farm in California and were happy to welcome Srinivasan and Shakti from the Yoga Ranch for a weekend, surrounded by their inspiring energy. Om and Prem to all. All staff are well & sending pranams to all the Sivananda family.

    IDY - New York: We offered free open classes and vegetarian snacks all day long, an Introduction to Yoga lecture followed by a beginners class, an advanced class later on in the afternoon and a beautiful Satsang on Yoga and Peace, led by Srinivasan from the Yoga Ranch. The day was rounded off by the traditional soup and sparkles in everybody's eyes!



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    We enjoyed the presence of a new guest speaker and osteopath from Belgium who wrote several books on the topic of breathing. His workshops went well, the participants appreciated the practical exercises and the knowledge shared. We were happy to see Swami Kailasananda who passed by on her way back to Orleans and the priest Yagneswara Dixit who passed by on his way to London. There was a kriya and fasting workshop with a motivated group of 11 students. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    In early June we had a holiday and we  gave only a class  18:00hrs. We have a good participation of teachers in classes, they maintain very active in the Centre. Vidura worked, painting some windows. Chandra arrived to the Centre. Tandava departed to Madrid and Paris Centre for a month. Pranams to the Sivananda Family.


Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    In early June the main program was the weekend retreat in Bracciano, this time the weather was splendid, so it helped a lot to have a wonderful program, for many of them was the first retreat and they enjoyed it very much. Swami Sankarananda prepared delicious meals. As Bracciano is near Rome, other students also participated for a day retreat. The Centre remained open with the support of teachers and karma yogis. Pranams to all. Om Shanti to the Sivananda Family from the Rome Centre.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    In early June our second Yoga 1 course started with nine students. Hasu Patel graced us with a wonderfully uplifting concert one Friday evening, accompanied by Samrat Kakerri on tabla. Attendees were pleased with the intimate setting. Komilla Sutton gave an informal talk on the upcoming extra lunar month, which was followed by a potluck dinner. The format worked well. There are several recent TTC grads interested in maintaining their practice by offering Karma Yoga and assisting teaching. We attended another meeting at the Indian Consulate to work out more specifics on the International Yoga Day celebration.

    During mid-June, after a month of intense planning, International Yoga Day was a fine success. There were several last-minute, long meetings at the Indian Consulate. Egos were tried, but the team pulled off a well-coordinated public event instructing on asanas and philosophy, plus the opportunity to share information. Collaboration brought a sense of unity. Swami Sitaramananda seamlessly brought chanting, asana demonstration, orientation of asanas in yoga practice, and meditation together in her short allotted presentation time. It was a sunny, windy day full of positivity. We returned to the SF Centre for a more intimate program for 60 attendees. Swami Sitaramananda spoke, as well as Komilla Sutton and Gopi Kallayil. We enjoyed delicious homemade snacks and dinner, followed by a screening of Benoy Behl's documentary Yoga: An Ancient Vision of Life.Pranams to all from the new San Francisco Centre.

    IDY - San Francisco: Following the 5-hour collaborative program in Marina Green Park with nearly 1500 participants, we returned to the new San Francisco Center for Satsang. The group of 60 there was comprised of Yoga Farm staff, ATTC students, visitors from Google and regular SF Center students. After some welcome refreshments, we heard from Komilla Sutton about a well-rounded yoga practice and how our current efforts are being amplified by an exalted Jupiter. Gopi Kallayil spoke about our common feelings of separation with clear examples. Swami Sitaramananda tied it all together, leaving us grateful to be supported by such a solid tradition with outstanding teachers of Truth. Dinner was served and the evening finished with a screening of Benoy Behl's documentary "Yoga: An Ancient Vision of Life". We are all touched by the forward momentum of this global event.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early June all the staff flew one by one to the Yoga Retreat to participate in Swami Swaroopananda's 60th birthday week long events. Shankara Chaitanya was the last to leave. Many karma yogis came all through to help with the daily chores, reception and maintenance, allowing the Centre to function well with only one staff member. Atma Swaroop, a devoted karma yogi took upon himself to take care of the Centre once all the staff left. He did a great job, and with the help of other devotees, held a birthday celebration for Swamiji's birthday on the Sunday evening Satsang. A morning Indian Cooking workshop started with 10 participants. Shankara Chaitanya started a new workshop named Spiritual Fitness with 9 students, focusing on the right way to work with Swami Sivananda's Spiritual Diary for building inner spiritual strength and fitness.

    During mid-June a new Beginners' Yoga course opened with 22 students and a meditation course with 18. Pranava returned from the Bahamas, full of prana after two weeks in the Ashram. We started planning a renovation plan, preparing the  Centre for the upcoming visit of Swami Swaroopananda to Israel next month. The next brochure of activities was finalized these days, covering the programs for the next 6 months. One weekend was peacefully spent in seclusion, allowing the staff to have some time to rest, reset and enjoy deeper practices. Om and Prem to all. Blessings of Peace to all the Sivananda Family.

    IDY - Tel Aviv: We celebrated the First International Yoga Day with the great Yogic Community in Tel-Aviv. The event was sponsored and organized by the Indian embassy and the Tel-Aviv municipality. The Day started with three yoga classes from different schools and styles. We conducted the third class which had the highest attendance - over 100 people, and was directed by Shankara Chaitanya and assisted by many of our teachers. The day continued with lectures on Ayurveda, Classical Indian Dance & Singing concerts and an address by the Indian ambassador in Israel. At the Centre many new and old time students came to join the yoga classes, freely offered, and also for the evening Satsang dedicated to the subject of "Inspired Living through Yoga". The energy was very uplifting all through the day. We thanked our Masters for being great pioneers in starting this great movement of disseminating the knowledge of yoga far and wide, a movement that reached such a global dimensions.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    In early June Machiko departed from Tokyo Centre to Yoga Farm for ATTC for June 3 - 30 to translate from English to Japanese. We held a "Scapula, Shoulder and Yoga Workshop ", by Kuni, who is a long term karma yogi in Japan,  supporting Tokyo Centre when it was founded. 26 students attended this workshop. Everybody enjoyed it. Students studied asana, anatomy and function of shoulder and scapula. Many Japanese have pain in the shoulder area. It was a very nice opportunity to understand the body system at the working of the shoulder. Nataraji and Kalyani arrived to Japan from India. They toured different cities, giving programs and holding workshops in the Tokyo Centre on June 13th and 14th. We very much looked forward to their visit. 

    During mid-June we were happy to welcome Swami Dharmananda from the Yoga Farm for a two-week visit to the Centre, leading daily Satsangs and teaching asana classes. The highlight at the Centre was the International Day of Yoga celebration with a full schedule of free classes offered as well as a "tea and snacks" mid-day open house with students asking many questions about Yoga life and practice. We send our prayers with Chandrika who, after several months staff life, continues her spiritual journey on Mt. Fuji. Om shanti shanti shanti. Om and Prem to all the Sivananda family.

    IDY - Tokyo: We had a wonderful International Yoga Day celebration. We had a full day with morning Satsang then morning asana class, followed by two more asana classes mid-morning, both well attended and 2-hour asana class full house. From 12-2:00pm we offered tea and snacks with about 10 students joining which turned into informal Satsang Q&A. Very nice. Swami Dharmananda led the evening Satsang speaking about the International Day of Yoga, the lives of Master and Swamiji and Swamji's mission to the West and the foundation of his teaching - the Five Points of Yoga. There were inspiring words about Yoga practice and its power to harmonize body, mind, spirit. We also heard a few words from India's PM Modi. It was a nice day, full of energy and inspiring for all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early June we started Yoga 1 course with full class of students, and a Yoga 2 course. Open classes had full attendance. Satangs continued to go strong as ever. A group of students participated in Mala Making workshop. Along with teaching how to make malas, students were instructed in how to use them for their japa. We had our Yoga Retreat held few hours from Toronto, in the beautiful outdoor education Centre. We had 40 people for the Yoga Retreat which attracted lots of students who live outside of Toronto as well as those who come regularly to the Centre and were grateful to have several days of  Ashram type schedule.A student donated some radiant marigolds that now grace the Centre front and remind us of Swamiji, as these were his favourite flowers.  As Durga is away in Bahamas Saraswati (Saori) went on a mission to clean the Centre very thoroughly making it very Sattvic and welcoming.

    During Mid-June the Meditation course finished with a group of students very eager to start coming for Satsangs and to visit the Ashram. Dr Sonal gave Ayurvedic Nutrition and Cooking workshop one Saturday that was as usual well attended and students learned a lot. International Yoga Day was celebrated on Sunday the 21st with many hours of chanting Om Namo Narayanaya by students and teachers who created very powerful energy at the Centre and then brought the chanting outside where they continued chanting until hundreds of yellow and white balloons were released into the air, carrying messages by Swamiji and Master. Asana demonstrations were conducted in front of the Centre and free yoga class was offered inside. Satsang started with full asana hall and  inspiring chanting and continued with the talk on Swamiji's vision of True World Order and his knowledge that yoga would be one day essential for creating the peace in the world. Nice meal for all was shared at the end of Satsang and everyone left inspired. Pranams to all.

    IDY - Toronto: The International Day of Yoga in the Toronto Centre started with an asana demonstration outside the Centre, where we distributed flyers and hundreds of Sivananda cookies, along with hand written messages from Master''s and Swamiji's books. A large group of students chanted Om Namo Narayanaya for several hours, while free yoga class were offered inside the Centre. We showed the video 'In the Name of Peace', on Swamiji's peace missions. Just before the Satsang we all moved outside and released hundreds of yellow and white balloons with inspiring messages into the air, that represented sharing the knowledge of yoga and the peace that it brings. A lots of students, teachers and passersby filled asana hall for the Satsang, dedicated to True World Order and Swamiji's vision of how yoga would change the world. Chanting and the Satsang created very strong energy at the Centre. We ended the day with a lovely meal. Everyone felt uplifted and inspired to continue on the path given to us by Master and Swamiji.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early June a new beginners' batch started. Open & Kids classes went well.  Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted by our regular priest. Another program committee meeting was conducted regarding International Yoga Day. Satsang was led by Catherine ji . Staff Members are busy with their classes, karma yoga & personal practice

    During mid-June a new beginners' batch started for ladies in the morning and a mixed beginners' batch in the evening. As a part of International Yoga Day, All India Radio (AIR) and Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre conducted a program in the evening at VAILOPPILLI SAMSKRITI BHAVAN, Trivandrum. The current early morning beginners' batch completed their last week. All other classes went well. A Ganapathy Homa was conducted, as it was the first day of the new Malayalam month. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted by our regular priest. On Sunday the 21st, we celebrated the 1st International Yoga Day. There were Trial Classes, Open Class, Gentle & Kids Yoga Classes. At the same time, there were talks on different subjects and a Quiz Program. Breakfast, lunch, tea & dinner were provided for everyone.  In the evening a local bhajan group sang in the special Satsang which was led by Rajesh ji, Ravi Iswaran ji & Surendran ji.  Around 500 people attended the day's events. We will send the photographs of the event as soon as we receive it. Pranams to all. Om Shanti.

    IDY - Trivandrum: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre Trivandrum and the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, Neyyar Dam hosted a series of events in the lead-up to International Yoga Day. The aim of these events was to create awareness about yoga and the teachings of our gurus and our efforts appear to be successful. We received a lot of attention from both local and national media as well as members of the community and were thrilled to have received so many invitations from such a wide variety of groups. Some of the highlights during the last few weeks included:
    - Mathrubhumi (local TV show); a discussion on yoga and the relevance of Surya Namaskar
    - A.I.R. (All India Radio); 90 minute yoga demonstration and discussion at Vylopilly Hall, Trivandrum which was broadcast live over the radio
    - India Today, CNBC, CNN, BBC, The Hindu, Doordarshan (local tv station); coverage included photo shoots, interviews and filming of asana classes and ashram life

    The International Day of Yoga events began early and were spread out amongst various locations. At the Ashram in Neyyar Dam we had our regular Sunday morning silent walk and held morning classes. After brunch, all the staff and guests boarded the bus to head into the Trivandrum centre to participate in the events being held there. Our program at the Trivandrum Centre began at 5 a.m. with a Ganapathy Homa and Sivananda chants. This was followed by more chanting with Saundarya Lahari of Adi Shankara by Sri. Kailasji & group. Several talks were given throughout the day including: Healthy Living by Dr. Gopinathan Pillai; Life Style Disease Management by Dr. Trishna; Yoga and Healthy Diet by Dr. Leena; and Yoga Sastra: Bhagavad Gita in Daily Life by Dr. K.U. Devadas. We also held a Quiz Competition on Yoga prepared by Sri Praveen Das. A variety of yoga classes and a kriya workshop were held at the Trivandrum centre throughout the day. We also conducted several classes outside the centre including:
    - Kerala State Police, Chandrashekaran Nair Stadium; yoga demonstration for over 350 police officers, presided over by the Director General of Police
    - Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, ISRO Inertial Systems Unit, State Bank of India, and NSS School; classes were held for employees and students

    A delicious lunch was served in the afternoon and the Centre was positively buzzing with activity. Over 350 people attended the days' events and each participant received a copy of the Sivananda International Yoga Day magazine along with a certificate of attendance. We completed the days' events with Satsang and a special Cultural Program - classical bhajans sung by Vital Vinod. After arati and prasad an evening meal was served and then the Neyyar Dam group boarded the bus and headed back to the Ashram. Thank you to all the volunteers, students and the more than 50 staff from both the Trivandrum Centre and the Neyyar Dam ashram for their attendance, participation and lively spirit. The events of the past few weeks have created a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm among our community. It is our hope that we can continue to spread the knowledge of yoga and the teachings of our gurus to those around us, and in doing so achieve the vision of a world living in peace. Let's keep the momentum going until next year! Om - Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya

    We had a workshops on the power of Mantras. Students and also teachers participated in this practical course to reconnect with a deep Mantra experience. We went for poster runs on an event in the vicinity of the Centre and had many personal contacts distributing the beautiful flyer for the International Yoga day. The flyer is also appreciated very much by our students and teachers who are diligently distributing it in their neighbourhoods. A highlight was a further teachers training workshop on Yoga & Stress Management. It was a familiar atmosphere, as all participating teachers are actively teaching at the Centre. Temperatures were mid summerly already so many students rather went for some outdoor activities. Satsangs were well attended. The indian priest is still with us doing morning Pooja every day in the Temple room. Many Karma Yogis are supporting the Centre, the energy in the Centre feels dynamic and full of love.

    IDY - Vienna: The International Day of Yoga. The Indian Embassy had initiated the event, supported by the yoga schools from Vienna. About 300 participants came to a park located in central Vienna to practice the common protocol sequence. It was a colorful crowd from different yoga schools and different nationalities which had accurately been been placed in file by the many helpers. The atmosphere was calm and peaceful. The Indian ambassador addressed the crowd briefly and the two Yoga sessions started, consisting of Asanas, Pranayama and short meditation. The Vienna centre was present with 30 students and teachers joining the collective practice. Also we were providing advice and distributing our program and the new yoga magazine to interested participants and passers by. In the afternoon the Centre offered an Open House with additional classes. The Open House was well attended, new and young participants had been attracted by our flyers and via facebook. Also the Indian Chief of Mission visited the Centre and participated in the introduction into meditation. He was particularly interested in the Centre's meditation and Pooja schedule and in the Reith program. The concluding Satsang was powerful and peaceful, Swami Durgananda had sent an outline for the Satsang talk, which was received full of inspiration.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius
    A new course "Anatomy and Yoga Practice" took place. During the class fourty five minutes is dedicated to detailed Anatomy explanation and then continuing with asana practise. Ishwara Chaitanya and ten karma yogis went to TTC place and started to install a platform which will be used for asana classes and lectures during the course. Durga Devi left to Russia, where together with Swami Vasudevananda she thought a retreat near St.Petersburg. A highlight was the Yoga and Music festival. We welcomed Sri Venugopal Goswami, Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda, Swami Vasudevananda, musicians and Amba. Special programs continued during four days. In asana workshops students could work deeper on sun salutation, hip mobility, flow of prana, relaxation of the nervous system and pranayama. Various lectures covered topics on vegetarianism, self-healing through the practice of Yoga, from lower to higher mind. Swami Durgananda spoke on the necessity of spiritual practice in a very clear, inspiring way. A highlight was the nada yoga concert in the concert hall. With the guidance of Acharyas, the help of visiting staff and karma yogis, the festival was the most beautiful celebration of the year. Our main focus is organizing and preparing all needed for the TTC in Lithuania. We have 57 inscriptions from which 12 are russian speaking. OM.



    Go beyond your limitations in this World and recognize yourself as the Absolute Being, through acts of purity, devotion, aspiration and meditation. - Sri Swami Sivananda
 
 

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