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Issue #04/2016 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize April 1, 2016
"Seek wisdom and not powers. Powers are obstacles to God 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:
APRIL 2016
04 Ekadasi
07 New Moon  
14 Vishu (Malayalam New Year)
15 Ramanavami
17 Ekadasi
22

Hanuman Jayanti

22 Full Moon

MAY 2016
03 Ekadasi
06 New Moon  
17 Ekadasi
21 Full Moon
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OM NAMAH SIVAYA!

NEWS

Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

By the grace of Master and Swamiji, we had a very successful high season both in India and Bahamas. Europe continued to have their year-long busy season, with staff working very hard. New Centres opened in South America. Teacher Training Courses continue to blossom in new locations all around the World.

A notable mention should be to the strength of the Sivananda charitable works in India, in particular the monthly Ayurveda Medical Camp, near the Neyyar Dam Sivananda Ashram, Kerala, as well as the Sivananda Rural Mobile Clinic, near the Meenakshi Ashram Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The Ayurveda Camp continues to grow stronger, with citizens coming for consultations with the doctors and given the knowledge of Ayurveda to be able to cure themselves of long carrying ailments. People are now arriving from all over Kerala and not just near the Ashram. The Sivananda Rural Mobile Clinic, in Tamil Nadu, is slowly turning into the Sivananda Rural Medical Hospital, with the help of Dr. Narayana Sami, of Vikram Hospitals of Madurai. The last Mobile Clinic focused on the physically disabled. Our hearts and souls were moved to see those suffering, able to receive help in a very small, but profound way. Swamiji's goal was vibrantly visible in these clinics. The Sivananda Organization's diligence provides this much needed charitable work, medical camps and clinics to everyone.

Please remember it is your continued support towards the Sivananda Organization that enables us to do what we do, both imparting the ancient teachings of Yoga and Meditation, plus, providing the much needed charitable work as these medical camps, medical and educational help, building and repairing houses.

Your donations and continued support are essential for us to continue this path in the name of Master and Swamiji. To donate, please send an email to hq@sivananda.org for information on how to go about it. Help us reach our goal of service around the World.

At the beginning of March the Sivananda Centres and Ashrams around the world joined to chant Om Tryambakam in honour of Swami Rajeshwarananda-ji Mathaji's life of service and for her soul to reach Moksha as she left her physical body 06 March 2016, Trivandrum, India.

May Master and Swamiji bless us all in our Sadhana and service around the World.

Pranams to all.

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Let your life become a continuous Yajna, a sacrifice to God. - Sri Swami Sivananda
SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. Are there fulfilled prophecies in the Hindu scriptures? If so, please explain them.
A.

The Lord has given His ever-standing promise that He would appear on earth whenever there is a danger to Dharma, whenever Adharma tries to vanquish Dharma. To fulfil that promise He has appeared many times in the form of saints and sages who have protected Dharma from decay and from the onslaughts of foreign oppression. They have instilled new elements of vigour and perspective in Hinduism. Therefore, Hinduism continues to flourish. Whenever there is a necessity, saints and sages will emerge, not from the heavens, but from among the people themselves. Hinduism does not believe exclusively in one prophet. The prophecies given in the Puranas about the state of affairs to come have also proved true.

Q. It takes a long time to remove Mala and Vikshepa. What to do?
A.

If you want to become a Master of Arts, it takes a large number of years. You will have to pass through the Matriculation, Intermediate and B.A. courses and then take up the M.A. course. Even so, you will have to plod on and persevere for many years to remove the Mala and the Vikshepa. How patiently does the fisherman wait with concentrated gaze to catch a single fish! When such is the case for a trifling thing, what to speak of attaining Brahma-Jnana? It is Kshurasya Dhara, walking along the blade of a sharp razor.

Q. What is the feeling of a Jnani when he eats a mango or some delicious food?
A.

He has not the idea of Bhokta, Bhoga and Bhogya (enjoyer, enjoyment and enjoyable). The eating of a mango will not produce any Samskara in him. He will not think again at a certain time, "I ate a delicious mango at Mr. Raman's bungalow last year". He has not the Kama Sankalpa. He is free from the Bhav, "Aham Bhokta" or "I am enjoyer". He is aware of the hunger. He is aware that hunger is the Dharma of the Pranamaya Kosha and that something or the other should be thrust inside the stomach to appease this hunger.

 

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

Absolute desireless-ness is the most important of all qualifications required of the disciple. - Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

PASCHIMOTTANASANA - The Forward Bend

A counter pose to fish pose. Can be meditative as the upper body sinks forward, while the muscles in the back and legs are stretched and stimulated. Maintain breathing while stretching and yielding to gravity. Follow with inclined plane.

Can begin from a sitting position (Dandasana) to ensure back is straight with alignment between head, neck and back, while legs are outstretched on mat and feet close together. Can point toes up to begin the stretch from feet through legs. With inhalation, stretch up with arms raised above head, exhale as bend forward from the hips. The back is kept straight without curving and the chest comes forward without bowing the head. Keep the back, neck, head alignment. Stretch hands towards calves or ankles or feet. Hold a few breaths. There is no hurry as your body bends forward with gradual degrees. There is no force. Do this smoothly. Using the breathing, inhale as come up with inhalation using the arms again, and down with exhalation to stretch body further forward. Keep maintaining the straight back, toes still pointed up. Hold few more breaths. Repeat a few times inhaling up and exhaling forward and holding the pose. With practice, you may wish to begin this pose from a lying down on back position with feet together and inhaling and sitting up with arms overhead, before exhaling forward into the pose and holding.

BENEFITS:
Conscious control of alignment of body. Toes and knees aligned, head and back aligned.
Gravity helps to enable spinal stretch as weight sinks down. Conscious release with breath will allow release.
Stretch from feet, up back along spine and up to neck - the entire posterior of the body.
Eases a stiff back.
Muscle fatigue in back is relieved.
Nervous system is calmed.
Internal organs are massaged, helping digestion and elimination.
Can reduce abdominal fat.

Swami Sivananda advises: He who practices this posture regularly need not be afraid of old age. To him belongs eternal youth
. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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

Other yoga tips at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/asana/101tips.html


The real spiritual progress of the aspirant is measured by the extent to which he achieves inner tranquillity. - Sri Swami Sivananda

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

MOUNA - Silence. The Truth of Brahman, expressed by the Brahman/knower, by mere abidance in stillness.

Swami Sivananda advises, "The benefits of Mouna (Silence) are incalculable. Observe Mouna for two hours daily. Live alone for two hours in a room. Introspect. Meditate. Watch your thoughts carefully.

Mouna develops will power. It checks the impulse of speech. It is a great help in the observance of truth and the control of anger. Emotions are also controlled and irritability vanishes. A mouni (one who observes mouna) uses measured words and his speech is very impressive. A mouni first thinks whether his speech will wound the feelings of others, what sort of impression it will make on the minds of others, and so on. He is careful in his speech. He is thoughtful and considerate. He weighs each word before it comes out of his mouth. He can stay for a long time in seclusion.

During mouna, introspect. Watch the thoughts. Then you will come to understand the ways of the mind and its workings. You can notice how the mind runs from one object to another in a moment's time. You will derive immense benefit from the practice of mouna. Real mouna is silence of the mind. Physical mouna eventually leads to silence of the mind.

Mouna of the mind is far superior to the mouna of speech. Mouna should come by itself. It must be natural. Forced mouna is only wrestling with the mind. It is an effort. If you live in truth, then mouna will come by itself, and there will be absolute peace. Practice. Observe Mouna for two hours daily. Live alone for two hours in a room. Introspect. Meditate. Watch your thoughts carefully. Feel the joy and peace of silence for yourself."

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

Do not love leisure. Waste not a minute. - Sri Swami Sivananda

BHAGHAVAD GITA

Chapter XVIII: The Yoga of Liberation by Renunciation

ARJUNA UVAACHA:
XVIII.1. SANNYAASASYA MAHAABAAHO TATTWAMICCHAAMI VEDITUM;
TYAAGASYA CHA HRISHEEKESHA PRITHAK KESHINISHOODANA.

Arjuna said(to Krishna):
I desire to know severally, O mighty-armed, the essence or truth of renunciation, O Hrishikesa, as also of abandonment, O slayer of Kesi!

SRI BHAGAVAAN UVAACHA:
XVIII.2. KAAMYAANAAM KARMANAAM NYAASAM SANNYAASAM KAVAYOVIDUH;
SARVAKARMAPHALATYAAGAM PRAAHUSTYAAGAM VICHAKSHANAAH.

The Blessed Lord(Krishna) said(to Arjuna):
The sages understand Sannyas to be the renunciation of action with desire; the wise declare the abandonment of the fruits of all actions as Tyaga.

XVIII.3. TYAAJYAM DOSHAVADITYEKE KARMA PRAAHURMANEESHINAH;
YAJNADAANATAPAH KARMA NA TYAAJYAMITI CHAAPARE.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
Some philosophers declare that all actions should be abandoned as an evil, while others declare that acts of gift, sacrifice and austerity should not be relinquished.

During Sadhana the old evil forces will try to regain an entrance into the mind. Keep a vigilant watch. - Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

From Discourse IV: "Kaivalya Pada- On Realization"

IV.24. TAD ASAMKHYEYA-VASANABHIS CITRAM API PARARTHAM SAMHATYA-KARITVAT
'The mind, though filled with innumerable tendencies and desires, acts for the Self, for they act in conjunction.'

Commentary:
The mind is directly associated with the Self, so it acts for the Self even while it is still full of worldly thoughts.

Always associate with the inner pure Consciousness. - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

COUSCOUS with SPICY VEGETABLES -

Serve hot from the oven as a snack or add a quinoa grain dish and salad for a full meal. For a vegan version, substitute cheese with tofu*. Serves 4 - 6.

Ingredients:
1 ⅓ cups chickpeas soaked (Can use can organic chick peas, drained)
4 ½ cups cold water for uncooked chick peas
1 ¼ cups couscous
1 ¾ cups hot water
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped white cabbage
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp yellow mustard seeds
2 potatoes, diced
2 green bell peppers, cored, seeded and diced
2 ⅔ cups thickly sliced zucchini
1 ¾ cups sliced okra
2 carrots, cut into thick slices
3 cups chopped tomatoes
⅓ cup raisins, optional
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions:
For uncooked soaked chick peas, drain and cook 1 to 1½ hours in the cold water over medium heat till tender. Drain.
Add couscous to water, bring to boil, stir and switch off heat or remove from heat. Cover.
Couscous will continue to cook on own and water will be absorbed. Separate grains with fork. Let stand 5 min.
Heat oil in a large pan and add the cabbage, sauté lightly until softened.
Stir in spices, cook over medium heat for 1 minute. Add potatoes and cook 3 -4 minutes till they begin to soften
Add green bell peppers, zucchini, okra, carrots, tomatoes, cooked or canned chick peas and raisins if using. Cover and cook vegetables on low to medium heat for about 20 min till tender, stirring occasionally.
Season with salt and pepper. Add chopped parsley to vegetables at end cooking time.
The vegetables can be served on top of a bed of couscous. Garnish with sprig parsley.
Serve with green salad as desired.

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

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

Sit silent. Calm thy mind. Make it pure. Have one-pointed devotion. You will enjoy eternal peace and bliss. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC, ATTC, Sadhana Intensive Courses

2016

Apr 03 - Apr 30/16
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Apr 03 - May 01/16
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Apr 30 - May 29/16
TTC – Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

May 03 - May 30/16
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

May 07 - Jun 04/16
TTC – English, Espaňol
Grass Valley, CA, USA
www.sivananda.org/yogafarm

May 08 - Jun 05/16
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

May 18 - Jun 15/16
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

May 28 - Jun 25/16
TTC – English
London, England
http://www.sivananda.org/london/teachers_training_UK.html

Jun 02 - Jun 29/16
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Jun 02 - Jun 30/16
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Jun 04 - Jul 02/16
TTC – English, Deutsch
Mittersill, Hohe Tauren, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

Jun 12 - Jul 10/16
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Jul 01 - Jul 29/16
TTC – English, Français, Espaňol, Nederlands
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jul 01 - Jul 29/16
ATTC – Français, English, Español
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jul 03 - Jul 31/16
TTC – Espaňol
San Raphael, Antioquia, Columbia
http://www.sivananda.org.uy

Jul 03 - Jul 31/16
TTC – English, Français, Espaňol,
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Jul 07 - Aug 04/16
ATTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Jul 09 - Aug 06/16
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA
www.sivananda.org/yogafarm

Jul 30 - Aug 28/16
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

Jul 31 - Aug 28/16
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Jul 31 - Aug 28/16
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Aug 07 - Sep 04/16
ATTC – English, Français, Español
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Aug 15 - Sep 11/16
TTC – Espaňol, Português
Aluenda, Zaragoza, España Spain
http://www.sivananda.es

Sep 03 - Oct 01/16
TTC – English
London, England
http://www.sivananda.org/london/teachers_training_UK.html

Sep 03 - Oct 02/16
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

Sep 03 - Oct 02/16
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 03 - Oct 02/16
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 07 - Oct 05/16
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Sep 24 - Oct 22/16
TTC - English, 中文
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
www.sivanandayogachina.org

Sep 25 - Oct 23/16
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

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

Dispassion and faith are pre-requisites for spiritual Sadhana.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - MARCH 2016

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    At the beginning of March the Yoga Camp simmered down after the Sivaratri festivities. Everyone returned home and the Camp fell into a peaceful bliss. The sun shone gloriously, invigorating all the staff with the new warmer season looming. Meanwhile the walking paths were quite a challenge to navigate - wet slush in the day and ice rink sheen in the evening. We were most thankful for Shankara and Krishna, for their devoted sanding of the paths and keeping us safe from falls. We held a guest weekend program called "The 5 Points of Yoga" which was a complete sell out. Chandrika guided all the eager guests into enriching and transforming their lives with the easy core teachings of the Sivananda tradition. Shankara, an old permanent staff member from numerous Centres and the Yoga Camp, visited the Camp for a week. His gaiety and infamous impersonations brought us all to tears from laughter. With the help of the very hard working karma yogi, Krishna, together they cleared almost all the roofs at the Camp of snow pack. Truth be told, they were forced to stop because the snow was going to cover the windows below.   

    Mid-March started and the Camp grew with excitement with the return of our beloved Swami Shivabhaktananda. It certainly felt las though he brought the heat and inspiration with him from India. He shared beautiful stories about his trip. We were very keen on hearing more, but karma yoga was waiting. A weekend guest program - "Spring Juice Fasting and Detoxification" was, as expected, a great success. Executed by the very knowledgable and friendly Suzanne Cliche and her very helpful and jolly assistant, Isabelle. Her juices were savoury, tasty and very nourishing. Meanwhile the staff was seen bouncing about the Ashram, basking in the newfound sunshine and longer days. It was quite remarkable how the energy the sun had influence on everyone. It was also an added treat to that the meditation walks in the morning and evening were in daylight. May the blessings of the Masters remain with us all. Pranams.


Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    It was the beginning of March when Shivaratri was celebrated with Puja and Havan, conducted by Potty Swami and assistants. Chanting continued until 4 am, then Prasad was served to all present. We welcomed Sheetal from Mumbai, for three months work study; Khilesh from Meenakshi Ashram for a short break and Kannan and Dharmini back to staff from ATTC. We thanked the ATTC staff for making the course a success and look forward to meeting them again.

    During mid-March we prepared ourselves for the last TTC of the season. Registrations rose steadily as last minute arrivals registered, bringing the final number to 143. Most of the students were from all parts India. Dr Vishnu, Ajitha and Sandhya (Chennai) made a trip to Thailand to give Ayurvedic treatment to a VIP over there. Sadly we say goodbye to Nitya, who shared a lot of herself during her 3 month stay here. We wish her safe travels in India and back home to the USA. Om. Pranams.




Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Uttar Kashi.
    During the beginning of March we joyfully celebrated Sivaratri with a Mrtunjaya Homa and Puja and lots of chanting of Siva Kirtans and the Siva Mantra. On this auspicious day we also had two Mantra initiations. ATTCs steadily increased their Pranayama pace with ease towards the advanced Pranayama sequences. On their day off, Swami Parameshvarianandaji organized a lovely outing to Nachiketas Lake, located at 2000 metres altitude. All enjoyed the beauty of the lake and the walk in the surrounding forest. Srinivas prepared the students well for their Sanskrit exam. A good number of the group passed with "excellent".  We thanked the Lord for successful completion of the Ashram works and for Swamiji and Master's blessings.



Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The first week in March was Centred around "Yoga for the Back"; then we had a mixed group of beginners and TTCs graduates for the"Yoga for Regeneration" week. The celebration of Sivaratri on Monday was the spiritual highlight of the month. A few staff participated in the carrot juice fast for one day on the weekend as part of the "Detox weekend". Nataraj arrived from Hamburg to support the Karma Yoga team for a few weeks. Sharma, the new priest, arrived from India. He is being trained for his priestly duties by Yagneshwara our long time priest. Registrations for the first TTC in May and TTC Refresher Course are doing very well. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of March we are blessed to welcome back Swami Jnaneswariananda from teaching the successful TTC Madurai, India. Swami Vasishtananda visited the NY Ranch Ashram. The Yoga Farm welcomed Sahadev for the Hari Katha workshop with stories and chants inspired by holy saints and the Divine. Stories of Krishna's lilas, Tuka Ram and Ramayana brought great joy and upliftment for all. Swami Dharmananda taught the Stress and Relaxation weekend course with guests gaining knowledge about the sources of stress, plus, the Yoga techniques to reduce the effects of stress and how to build stress resiliency.

    During mid-March we were happy to welcome back Swami Vasishtananda-ji from his time at the NY Ranch. The Ashram was very active, with many programs including the Ayurveda Detox Retreat with Gita Devi. Daily Ayurveda talks were given as the guests followed a simple mono-diet of kitcheree and greens as they learned Ayurvedic tools for self-care. The Yoga Farm welcomed the Yoga Bharati group for their annual retreat. Yoga Bharati is a Yoga Community from the Bay Area who have come to the Ashram annually for 6 years. They were led by their main teacher, Raghu Ram from S-Vyasa University in Bangalore, India. Tara Durga Devi and her husband Chandra taught the "Dharma of Family and Marriage" course, speaking from their experience as householders and Yogis on the spiritual path on how to live a dharmic life dedicated to family duties as a vehicle to spiritual growth. Tara Durga Devi also taught the "Meditation for Well Being" course with students applying themselves to meditation practice and Yoga psychology. We were all feeling the grace of Master and Swamiji. Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Yoga Farm.




Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    It was the beginning of March and the Yoga Ranch started with the blessed and auspicious celebration of Sivaratri. The Pujas and chanting "Om Namah Sivaya" and other Siva chants went on strong into the night. Nearly everyone that attended remained awake in the Temple until the final Arati at 6:00 am.  For days afterward you couldn't walk into the Temple without repeating the name of Lord Siva.  Then there was a rest day for most staff as guests left the Ashram after a few hours sleep and a warm meal. Swami Vasishta joined us for a visit to help train our new priest, who happens to be Swamiji's nephew.  It is always wonderful to have Swamiji with us.  We had a full house for two weekend programs, "Yoga at Home", with Keshava and an Indian Cooking workshop, with Neeti. The Satsangs were all very well attended too, adding prana and energy in the atmosphere. The next batch of TTC students started to arrive and this first TTC of the new year was inaugurated. It is an intimate group of 12 students, all initiated by Srininvasan, who taught the main lecture. Mahadev Chaitanya taught the Hatha Yoga portion with the assistance of Shakti teaching the morning practice class and Adam assisting. Radha taught the chanting classes. Bharata taught the anatomy classes. 

    During mid-March the Ranch continued with the first week of the first TTC of 2016, to a serious group of enthusiastic students. Swami Vasishta performed the Ganapati Puja for an auspicious start of the course. The students all had an opportunity to make an offering to Lord Ganesha. They seemed to have the tuning for this type of ritual. The first week went very smoothly. Lalita Chaitanya joined us from the Chicago Centre, for a long weekend, to help with the start of TTC and teach a few chanting class. We welcomed Mitchell Rabin, a long time friend and moral supporter of the Ashram's projects, to conduct a weekend program on "Creating a Better World."  Mitchell hosted a cable television program and radio show in NYC of the same name, "A Better World".  The workshop was offered on the TTC day off, so the students could also attend. Mitchell had over 25 attendees for the three hour workshop. Several new karma yogis arrived to help out for a few months, bringing much needed support to the current staff, with several more planned to arrived in the next several weeks.  We felt the beginning of the high season about to start. Staff were focused and regular in their Sadhana and send pranams to all. May the Blessings of Master and Swamiji grace all of our lives. Pranamsl!




Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    At the beginning of March we celebrated the Maha Sivaratri on the night of March 8th. With Swami Swaroopananda's vibrant energy and the guests and karma yogis exuberance, the night was memorable. Our kitchen chefs and their staff prepared delectable Prasads that included crepes, cinnamon buns and Gauri Chaitanya's tasty Indian delicacies. Needless to say, we were spoiled and uplifted for the upcoming year. Other programs included Sundari's (Nora Benian) "Restorative Yoga Teacher Training"; Kumari's course, "Teaching for Back Care"; and, Marc Halpern's (Siva) and Marisa Laursen's (Sir Devi) Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist Certification course. Rukmini also started offering her 7 day course "The Yoga of Meditation" that focused on the 6th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. We also offered two experiential courses - Dian Killian's "Nonviolent Communication" and Bharata Surya's "Ayurvedic Cooking and Nutrition" retreat. The Yoga Vacation Program included talks by Amit Goswami on Quantum Activism, and Ralph White's "The Quest for the Mysteries of Spiritual Experience". We also started Dan Millman's "Peaceful Heart, Warrior Spirit" program with engaging talks during Satsang. Om Shanti from all the staff in Nassau.


Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early March started with Sivaratri celebrations. The Ganesha hall was cleaned thoroughly and the Siva Pujas were prepared with much care and love. Although we left it to our guests whether they wanted to participate - all of them joined and happily recited the "Om Namah Sivaya". The peaceful atmosphere stayed with us throughout the next day. As all guests turned out to be very open to singing - we could do a full Kirtan Satsang. Seven new guests arrived for the "Yoga at Home" programme. Lectures on how to establish a regular yoga routine at home gathered much interest, especially the practice of different asana cycles, adapted to the amount of time the practitioner was ready to invest. All was appreciated and very helpful. Swami Sivadasananda came from Munich for one day and shared his prana and inspiration with the staff. The weather kept changing from snow to rain to sunny intervals. Notably the days were getting longer and brighter again.

    During mid-March a very mixed group of advanced TTC graduates and complete beginners joined the "Yoga and Mountain Magic" Week. We were very lucky with the weather as the sun was shining every day. The wonderful mountain scenery unfolded its beauty on each walk and filled everyone with amazement and contentment. After a week of fresh mountain air, yoga classes, Satsangs and nice company, the guests left happy and fully recharged. One weekend in March was dedicated to the promotion of a healthy back. The Yoga Vacationers who were mainly new to yoga were introduced to gentle variations of the 12 postures and received a lot of information on a preventive care for the entire back. The three students who were here for a TTC prep adapted the daily schedule very easily. All of them already decided to take TTC in the near future. OM.




Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Meenakshi.
    The beginning of March started off with a beautiful Mahashivaratri celebration. The staff, along with Yoga Vacationers and some TTC students stayed up all night chanting and celebrating. After Mahashivaratri, a typical post-TTC quietness has restored. Some Karma yogis took a short break, with some of them leaving the Ashram and a couple of new karma yogis arriving. Yoga Vacation guests continued with their schedule. Construction work in Ganga Nivas started. The heat set in at the Ashram, but the mornings are still pretty cool. As soon as the TTC completed many TTC students left the Ashram, with one student joining the work study program.

    During mid-March the heat set in to Madurai. Few of Madurai staff returned to spend some time in the Ashram after ATTC in Neyyar Dam. Prahladaji, Saraswatiji and Harsha arrived  Saraswatiji and Prahladaji led a lovely Satsang. During the day Prahladaji and his family, the staff and Yoga Vacationers attended the Sivananda Rural Mobile Clinic for the physically disabled, organized by Dr. Narayana Sami. It was a great morning spent watching doctors tirelessly help people with ailments. That very evening Prahladaji and his family left the Ashram. Sandeep left the Ashram for Neyyar Dam. The week continued with a good number of Yoga Vacationers enjoying the Ashram life. Om Shanti. Pranams to all.






    TTC Reports in locations other than Ashrams:

    TTC Rudraprayag: Mid March, the TTC was in its last week, the students enjoyed a beautiful outing to a Subramanya Temple high in the Himalayas on Friday. The priest Shree Krishna performed a powerful Sudarshana yantra Puja which all enjoyed. The TTC also put together a joyful and varied talent show with the participation of a good number of students. It relaxed everyone. The weather is again warm and sunny after of few days of rain and cold where the classes had to be held indoors. The staff team is well and inspired. The Ganga continues to look glorious and powerful, and the students enjoy singing the Ganga arati with more enthusiasm and bhakti every day.

    TTC DALAT, VIETNAM: The last week of TTC Vietnam ended well after Sivaratri celebrations, special last classes and the TTC exam with many excellent students graduating and 6 receiving Booshanas with promise to continue studying. Students enjoyed the big graduating feast and the final "thank you" and gratitude talent show. Staff had a joyful thank you party when we all burst in laughter recalling the highs and lows of this memorable one month of service to this group of TTC. Some staff went for a short visit of the beach city Nha Trang where they visited an old Hindu Cham Temple. Very quick turn around for the staff as the ATTC started immediately on Sunday with 22 students. Now, we are all adjusting to the smaller size group and quieter time. The Main teacher of ATTC is Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Narayanananda will teach Raja Yoga and Sanskrit, Sw Pranavananda will teach Anatomy. Hatha Yoga will be taught by Sw Pranavananda, Ananta Chaitanya ad Sri Devi plus the translators. Despite the small group, there are 3 simultaneous translations, in Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese. We would like to report also that the Yoga and Ayurveda course was a big success with the students departing very fulfilled and wanting to learn more. We thank Durga Leela and Komilla Sutton, our special guests of the week. It has been a great month overall and we are happy that all went smoothly as if protected by the invisible hands of the Gurus.

    Mid March ATTC/ Sadhana Intensive DALAT: The first week of ATTC went on smoothly with students daily pranayama sessions on the balcony, breathing the fresh mountain air. We welcome 9 serious students from Japan and other countries to first-time-ever offered in Vietnam, 14 days of Sadhana Intensive. Students enjoyed their Sadhana in the pine forest, and their kitcheree. The highlight was pandit Samavedula' s five-hour Chandi Homa in the pine forest, with all the intricate offerings to please the Devi, and the powerful chanting of Devi Mahatmyam. We all felt the purifying power of the Homa as well as enjoying the beautiful energy coming from students' daily Sadhana. All staff is doing well including 3 young new TTC grads and Viet staff.




    SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Centres -


    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya
    Beginning of March the traditional Spring Retreat took place in Finkenwerderhof, one of our retreat places, two hours north of Berlin. It was a small but dedicated group of mainly young people gathering for 2 ½ days of Ashram experience. The students enjoyed the Ashram schedule with Asana Classes, Satsangs and Lectures. Nature walks were a bit in the rain but everybody was happy to be outside in nature and to get some fresh air. Sivaratri was celebrated whole heartedly. Om Namah Sivaya Chanting was powerful. We offered four Pujas during the night. A good group of students joined and the core team stayed until the end. It was mainly the Siva devotees among our close students and teachers: Sivakami, Sivajyothi, Sivapriya, Parvati, Amba, Nirmala plus the other staff and a few other people. We concluded with Arati and Prasad and a Kitcheree meal with tea in the boutique, appreciated by all. The energy in the new meditation room and the Centre was uplifted nicely. The next highlight was the one day special program with Swami Sivadasanda. It started with a teachers' meeting. The focus was on individual support during an asana class and how to help students to improve their asana and pranayama practice. Most of the teachers stayed for a common lunch afterwards and helped to prepare for the afternoon program. Once again the new big asana hall was fully packed with 60 students for a special asana workshop. In the beginning an introductory power point show on yoga and fascia was given followed by a long and intensive asana class. The day was concluded with a well visited Satsang. Everybody left happy and inspired. The regular Centre activities went on well. We had a TTC preparation day with a small but interested group of students an our monthly open house. A good group of newcomers joined for cooking workshop, Asana demonstration, trial class and introduction to meditation. Several new people came for the Sunday evening Satsangs. We finally got our roller blinds for the boutique and the new asana rooms in the first floor. They fit perfectly and look very nice. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of March we celebrated the Sivaratri with a nice group of students. Jyoti arrived, a new temporary staff member from Colombia, who will be with us for three months. Danielle, a work-study guest from Brazil also arrived. We said goodbye to Constanza from Portugal, who was with us as a resident for two weeks. A new meditation course started. Prem & Om to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China


    Om Namah Sivaya!
    At the beginning of March Karma yogi, Jyoti from Honking, came to reopen the Centre after the Chinese New Year break, with a thorough cleaning to prepare for the Spring season. Meanwhile, in Vietnam, 7 Chinese students graduated from the Ayurveda and Yoga Counsellor certificate course with great inspiration from classical yoga and Ayurveda knowledge. Seven Chinese TTC students also successfully graduated. We welcomed two new Chinese students for the ATTC course. Prem & Om to all.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India

      Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre.
      At the beginning of March we started a morning beginners course, with a good number of students. We also finished a meditation course, with Swamiji Hariomananada. All students expressed gratitude and satisfaction with the course, almost all students are dedicated to continue their meditation practice after being encouraged and motivated by Swamiji Hariomananda. We were grateful to Swamiji Hariomananda for sharing his knowledge and look forward to welcoming him in near future. A Mataji Rajeshwarananda Samadhi was held in Kerala, always sending our prayers and gratitude to Mataji. One of our staff members, Unikrishnan, left for the TTC. One of our previous staff members, Yogeshwar, came back from Madurai with new energy and dedication to serve after assisting TTC. Also Susan, a recent TTC graduate joined us as a karma yogi and was planning to stay in the Centre for 2 months. The rest of the activities in the Centre carried on usual. All staff members performed their karma yoga duties.

      During mid-March we started a ladies beginners course. We also held our monthly Ganapathi Homa. We had a beautiful Pooja and decorated the Centre for this occasion, offering a special Prasad for our guests and staff members. We also welcomed Prahaladaji and family to our Centre. Our staff and outside teachers had a chance to meet the teacher, we had a fruitful discussion about the Centre's operation and various yoga subjects. We are grateful to meet Prahaladaji every time he is in Chennai. He always brings an inspiration and positive energy. One of our previous staff members, Supra, returned from Kerala with new knowledge and expertise in yoga practice after taking ATTC. We also welcomed a new staff member, Somashekar, a recent TTC graduate (November 2015 batch), who is planning to stay in the Centre for at least 3 months. The rest of the activities in the Centre carried on as usual, all staff members are performing their karma yoga duties and making sure that with the blessing of swamijis the Centre operates efficiently and for the benefit for the local community. With the blessings of God and Masters, we send Pranams to the Sivananda family.





    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
      Om Namah Sivaya!
      The beginning of March saw a wonderfully uplifting Sivaratri celebration with four Pujas, Kirtan, and the largest group to join us yet: 58 people from early in the evening, 17 of whom stayed through until the finish on Tuesday morning at 5am. Siddhi returned from Finland on Tuesday afternoon and jumped right back in to service and Sadhana. On Wednesday morning Lalita Chaitainya left to visit family in Iowa for a few days. Long-time Centre teacher Radha (Gloria McCartney) led our Sunday-night Satsang and spoke on Health and Happiness through Hatha Yoga. There was a lot of rain over the week, and the air tastes of Spring.

      During mid-March a new Yoga 1 course began, and on Saturday, one of the Yoga1 courses finished, to be followed with week with Yoga 2. On Wednesday, Lalita Chaitanya left to spend a few days at the Yoga Ranch during their March TTC and at New York Centre on Sunday for the Advanced Class and Satsang. The classes and Satsang over the weekend were a little quiet. The weather's ups and downs continue, and many people continue to be ill with Spring colds and flu. Now we are looking forward to a visit this weekend from Prahlada, Sarasawati, Anoosha, and Harsha. Staff are well and send best wishes for a healthy and inspiring Spring season. Staff are well, feeling grateful for all the blessings of this life and send pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of March three residents arrived from different countries of the world. They were happy, enjoying daily Satsang, Asana classes, and especially doing Karma yoga with an amazing attitude. One staff and one Karma yogi came from TTC and were familiarizing with Karma Yoga here. Also, we had a Special Puja, with Pandit Samavedula from India and Swamiji. This Puja brought a lot of energy to Centre. Om Namah Sivaya.

    https://sivanandayogavietnam.org

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During the beginning of March, by Gods grace and Gurus blessings, we started with a beginner's course for 6:30pm. We celebrated Shivaratri, starting at 9:00pm with a Puja, continuing on till 4:00am singing bhajans, chanting mantras and listening to Shiva stories. All the students, karma yogis and staffs enjoyed the Puja and Prasadams. We conducted a kriya workshop and a 108 Suryanamaskar class. Both classes went well. The renovation work in the Centre started with painting all interiors and changing the bathroom utensils. All our open classes and special classes continued well. 

    During mid-March, by Gods grace and Gurus' blessings everything went well here. A beginner's course for 6:00 am and 4:00 pm started. We also started the meditation course on Saturdays. The renovation work in the Centre finished and now all the interior walls are newly painted. We gathered a small group of our karma yogis and cleaned the windows in the Centre. Everybody felt good and wanted to do more of these sessions. We finished the karma yoga day with the tea, discussing about the activities in the Centre both of past and future. The open classes and all special classes continued well. Our prayers to all. Om Namo Narayanaya. Pranams.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    With the grace of the Masters everything in the Centre went well. For the beginning of March we started with a Beginners' course at 6:30pm. We celebrated Maha Sivaratri with a Pooja & chanting from 8:00pm to midnight. Around 60 people (students, teachers and staffs) participated. It was very energizing. Some of Kailash colony staff went to Noida Centre to attend Maha Sivaratri celebration from 12:00 noon to 3:30pm. We started a 'Foundation to Meditation" course on Wednesdays. We also conducted a balancing postures workshop on the same day. The regular Satsangs were conducted as usual during the weekdays and weekends.

    During mid-March, with the Grace of the Masters, we started two beginners' courses one at 6:30am and the other at 4:00pm. We also started a weekend 'Foundation to Meditation' course one Saturday. We conducted two workshops, "Yoga for Spine Flexibility" & a Headstand workshop. We had a Bhagavad Gita study circle one Thursday from 12:00 to 1:00pm. The usual Sunday Satsangs were conducted at 6:00pm. Milan came back from Neyyar Dam. With the Grace of the Gurus our daily schedules at the Centre continued well along with few private classes for student who can't join the regular class. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Noida, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Noida.
    With the Blessings and Grace Of our Beloved Masters, we started two beginners course at 10 am and 6.30 pm at the beginning of March. We had a hip opening workshop, well attended by five enthusiastic students. We had a trial class and an introduction to Yoga in nearby multi-story apartments, attended by good number of residents, most of them were motivated, showing their interest in joining the beginners course. With the change in weather the number of students was increasing. Pravin a new staff has joined for six months ,he did TTC from Neyyar Dam in Jan. 2016. With the Blessings and Grace Of our Beloved Masters we send Pranams and our best wishes to all the Sivananda family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    In March we had a peaceful Sivaratri celebration with more than half of the group staying until the end. Teachers came with beautiful flowers and Prasad and the altar was radiant and full of prana. Courses and classes continued and a Y3 started, with a nice group of students. New programs were installed and tested on the computers. The newsletter was sent out. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya

    With the beginning of March we started with a uplifting Puja for Sivaratri. Open classes saw more students. Some of the evening classes were full with students very focused on their practice. We also welcomed a new resident from Germany that will stay with us for one month. We also started a Yoga 2 beginners course with students from previous courses. We conducted a Kirtan workshop that was received very well by students. We are excited to welcome new staff members here at the HCM Centre. Some of the TTC graduates committed to an extended period of time serving with us. We were also sending our positive energy to the Dalat retreat for ATTC. We wished them all an inspiring course. Staff members continued to do their Sadhana daily. We are blessed to be inspired everyday Guru's teachings.

    During mid-March we welcomed back Ganga and the new staff, Daya, to our team whom brought lot of high energy from the TTC in Dalat. We also sent off Mirabai to Dalat for the Sadhana Intensive course. It will be a great time for her to recharge after a great efforts of Mirabai to maintain the Centre when all the main staff went to support the TTC Dalat last month. We started the new Yoga 1 beginner course, with a good number of students. They were very happy after the 1st class. The general number of students for open class and Satsang increased positively. A remarkable event was seen with the Satsang/Puja, led by Pandit Samavedula from India. It was an uplifting Puja. We are happy to be blessed by the divine mother and gurus. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

     

    https://sivanandayogavietnam.org

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The beginning of March saw our third week of the TTC underway with 21 students. A highlight was the Sivaratri celebration. Many close students came. We started with 68 students and about 1/3 stayed the whole night. The first Puja was conducted by a local priest. The staff conducted the other four Pujas. The TTC was going well as they started teaching yoga classes to each other. We also had the anatomy lectures, with Savitri, a medical doctor and Sivananda trained teacher. She has been coming since many years to London and Orleans, to help with anatomy teaching in the TTCs and ATTCs. Chandra continued with the Bhagavad Gita classes. He also gave one Satsang on happiness. We had inspiring Satsangs: chanting Satsang, story Satsang, Likitha Japa, etc… One of the TTC students joined staff after the TTC. Om Shanti.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    May Grace of the Guru continue to shelter and guide us. Staff are well and are sending Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    The main focus of the month was the preparations for the International Easter family retreat in South Spain, with more than 65 adults and 13 children coming. Swami Gopalananda from Paris joined the staff team of 10 close teachers who supported this program  resulting a very uplifting experience for all. We were also happy to have special guest Marilyn Rossner with over 100 persons coming for Satsang. Marilyn took special care to explain the benefits of yoga and vegetarian diet. A close group of students joined for Sivaratri celebration. The pure energy created by the Mantra chanting could be felt even after several days. Saraswati Chaitanya spent one week in Munich and staffs and close teachers took good care of the Centre. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The opening of the month of March saw all staff blessed to attend Maha Sivaratri in Neyyar Dam. It was good to be part of this festival where all staff did Jagrana all night by chanting Om Namah Sivaya untll morning 4:00 am. Our one of the staff blessed on the holy occasion by taking Brahmcharya in the same night and given name Parvati Chaitanya. We pray to God and Gurus to protect her in spiritual path and give her strength to reach her goal. The Madurai Centre was closed during Sivaratri. Rest of everything went well with Grace of Yogeswara.

    During mid-March all the classes continued well, both in and out of the Centre. A Mudra workshop was given by Parvati Chaitanya, which was well appreciated by participants. We welcome Asmeena staff from Neyyardam while she was on her trip to Rameswaram and Chidambram. She stayed with us for few days. We were blessed to welcome Prahlad ji and Saraswati ji, along with Harsha. We discussed about the Centre situations. Prahlad ji gave his guidance for all the staffs. Everything else was fine, with Gurus grace. Pranams to all from Temple city Madurai Centre. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi!!





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



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The beginning of March we continued with classes as normal. Most important was the test class, with several students interested in the beginners yoga course in April. Prema (the temporary staff) helped a lot, working at the library and giving yoga classes almost every day.

    During mid-March we started with the Intensive Course for beginners dictated by a new teacher, Priya. We were glad to inform that the attendance was very good (9 students both days). We held a successfully Open Yoga Day. The people who attended showed a lot of interest after the journey and many of them decided to start a beginners course. Prema (the temporary staff) helped at the library and giving yoga classes almost every day. The rest of the activities developed normally. Om Shanti!!





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The beginning of March was enjoyed by an increase in the number of students. February was a hard month in the city due to the strange hot/cold weather, leading to many people falling ill. The sun was out shining brightly with temperatures soaring up to 8 degrees, which directly affected the energy and mood of people, resulting in many more happy students! Two Yoga 1 courses started with 6 students each, all fresh and eager to develop a strong practice. Satsangs continued to pick up with around 15-18 students during the Wednesday's and 35-45 on Sunday's. We began a few renovations at the Centre, improving the kitchen and boutique space! The kids class finished their first session of 10 classes and will begin again after the Easter weekend, giving the teachers an opportunity to plan the classes and also allow the children to miss their fun and active class just a little bit! We were thankful for the opportunity to serve the students who continued to be a source of inspiration and ever so thankful for the grace of Master and Swamiji. Pranams to all! The support received from students, teachers and karma yogis gives us the inspiration to keep marching forward for Swamiji's mission!

    During mid-March we could actually announce "Spring has sprung" in Montreal. We saw sunshine and a shift in energy, as many people started to move after the long dark month of February. Student numbers continued to increase for the open classes with many of the regular students returning to their practice after taking extended vacations or being busy with work. A Yoga 2 course ended with 5 happy students, one of them deciding to join the Centre as a karma yogi! Swami Shivabhaktananda arrived from India and spent the night at the Centre. He led the Satsang the next morning and then returned to the Yoga Camp. Lakshmana, a young karma yogi, spent a few days at the Centre and helped with some painting work. We were also busy with open and dynamic classes, and also conducted 108 sun salutations, attended by 9 students. Sunday night Swami Shivabhaktananda led Satsang, talking about the significance of the Bhagavad Gita. Gita returned to the Centre with many of the students happy to see her as she spent 5 months as staff last year. We were in the process of doing some spring cleaning and small renovations around the Centre. Thanks to the Grace of the Guru's we have more teachers and karma yogis coming forward and offering their time and services to the Centre. The community of teachers and staff continues to grow, we are ever so grateful for the support and inspiration. We are blessed to have the grace of our Master and Guru. Sending Pranams to all!!





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    During March the spiritual highlight was the celebration of Sivaratri. We started with a Satsang at 8 p.m. and then continued chanting the Siva-mantra the whole night. In between we performed the traditional four Pujas to the Siva-Lingam. After the last Puja and final Arati we served a warm kitcheree to all those who had stayed till the end. Our festivities ended at around four o´clock in the morning so that everybody could still get a few hours of sleep to be fit for the day. We had very successful yoga teachers further training day on the topic of proper relaxation. A good group of participants came for this training enjoying the day with special yoga class, lecture, workshop and Satsang. We were especially happy that more than half of the participants were active teachers of the Centre. We held a special meeting with Swami Sivadasananda for which we invited all of our regular course teachers. The aim of the meeting was to discuss how to improve our course teaching properties. Swami Sivadasananda motivated us to let the bodies of the students "speak" to us telling us their needs and bringing us ideas how to individually help each student to make progress in the asana experience. Also mentioned was giving to students a good relaxation experience. We also had two inspiring evening Satsangs with Swami Sivadasananda during his stay. A group of very motivated participants took part in our Meditation Beginners Course. We were happy to have Swami Durgananda with us during that whole week. Swamiji took a lot of time to give guidance for our personal Sadhana and answering many questions concerning the running of the Centre.  Saraswati Chaitanya came for a couple of days to Munich to recharge and be with the acharyas.

    During mid-March our longest running course, which is now almost 15 years old, started into a new round as Yoga 150. A group of very interested students continued their Meditation 2 course and onto Meditation 3 course. Apart from silent meditation, chanting of Jaya Ganesha and one Kirtan in each session they learned about the three bodies in connection with meditation. We were happy to have two inspiring evening Satsangs with Swami Sivadasananda upon his return from the special program he had given in the Berlin Centre. OM Namah Sivaya from the Sivananda Yoga Centre Munich! OM.






Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    The beginning of March saw us wrapping up a few courses and starting a few new courses. Ishwara came down from the Ranch to join the Centre staff for the month of March while Shakti helped teach the Teacher Training Course at the Ashram in the Catskills. Adam and Gopi arrived from Bahamas and spent the night at the Centre before leaving the following day for the Ranch. Elva (Sri Devi), a recent TTC graduate also arrived to spend sixth months at the Ranch. One Saturday we offered "Deaf Yoga" with Geeta.

    During mid-March we started a fresh batch of new weekly courses and prepped for a few upcoming workshops. Neeti led a Wednesday evening Satsang as well as the weekly Bhagavad Gita lectures. Sundari left for the Ranch for a weekend. A long time karma yogi and anatomy specialist, Bharata, held a workshop on correcting posture through a yogic practice. The same day Sundari returned from the Catskills, accompanied by Lalita Chaitanya, who also arrived from the Ranch to stay overnight before heading back to Chicago. Lalita Chaitanya led an advanced asana class as well as the evening Satsang. All the Staff were well and send their pranams. With Guru's grace, we will be blessed and inspired to carry on his peace mission. Om.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    March started with the peaceful and meditative vibration of Sivaratri. We had a beautiful powerful Celebration. 98 persons were there to chant the Mantra. 40 people were there for the last Puja. The morning after, we kept mauna for the breakfast and for the cleaning of the house in a peaceful atmosphere while the mantra continued to vibrate within. During the month there was an assessment of the many maintenance projects to do in the building.  Some of the projects started already and some others will be done on April. This month there were a concentration, an asana and headstand workshops. There was also a cooking class for the new vegetarians and a positive teachers' meeting. The students were happy to have the new brochure online and on paper. The Masters sent many hands to put a dose of sattva in the house. The cellar was cleared, some spider webs from the ceilings were removed, all the windows and radiators were cleaned and the kitchen was reorganized. A new specialist on eradication of mice did a visit to evaluate the situation; she will come again next week. We had intense evenings with the big regular classes, the regular Yoga 1, Yoga 2, Yoga 2+ and two intense courses.  A Raja yoga week course and a Meditation course twice a week.
    The Open House was moderated but successful. Many smiling new visitors were inspired by Swami Sivanandas' and Swami Vishnu's teachings. Om Shanti. OM.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    For the beginning of March we finished one more beginners course with 10 students. The new class on Fridays at 10 a.m. had new students. We celebrated Sivaratri from 22:00 pm - 01:00 am, with teachers, students and friends.
    Staff were well and sending pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om Om Om.



Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    We send pranams from Roma. Om Shanti.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    At the beginning of March the San Francisco staff and two students drove to the Yoga Farm to celebrate Sivaratri there. We were very energized for the drive back, full of ideas for the Centre. Swami Jnaneswariananda arrived from India, and stayed for a weekend to teach. She spoke about the Mandukya Upanishad and the Om mantra plus the journey of Viveka and Vairagya, using the mind to transcend the mind. We offered Satsang, a three-hour asana class and brunch that weekend. All in attendance at the evening Satsang were TTC graduates, so Swami Jnaneswari cleverly connected a review of Sanskrit terms of a letter from the Sivananda Upanishad. Three new teachers assisted classes.

    During mid-March we offered a Community Class for adults, teens and a separate class for children, followed by a Dosa Night. A very congenial group ate dosas by donation. Many offered to do Karma Yoga for the Centre. We started two courses - a Yoga 2 and a Meditation 1. Students also attended a body alignment class as well as an open class with emphasis on arm strength. Our monthly Sunday Bhagavad Gita series continued with Gajananam, who reminded us that you can't be the observer and the doer at the same time. Pranams to all from the new San Francisco Centre.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of March a new Yoga 1 started with 16 students and a new Meditation course started, with 12 students. We held a fascinating lecture with Dr. Yossi Halamish, a practicing psychiatrist and a brain researcher. Dr. Halamish spoke about sleep and the most recent discoveries of science about its importance for healthy brain function and how spiritual practices can contribute to healthy and rejuvenating sleep. This weekend program attracted many students both new and old, especially for the free morning class and for the special Kirtan night, held by Narayan Jyoti, Rama and Shanti Devi. We bid farewell to Bhargavi who travelled to the Bahamas for a month to help as assistant in the March TTC. Amba, a new TTC graduate in Lithuania, came to Israel to do her post doctorate in Mathematics and joined us as staff for a month to help while Bhargavi is away. She had a great spirit of karma yoga. Her integration into the Centre was immediate.

    During mid-March registration for the upcoming Passover Yoga Retreat started like a tornado and in 4 days almost 50% of the rooms were booked. We expected that by the end of next week registration would be finalized. A Meditation 2 course started with 16 students. The "Positive Thinking and Guided Imagery" workshop started with 11 students. Our new website project launched. It felt just like building a house. Our building plans were out for approval. We were receiving a lot of support and good advice by professional karma yogis. We spent a weekend in the Ashram Matta were Spring gave us a spectacular show of blooming flowers with so many fragrances and colors. Pranams to all the Sivananda Family from the Tel Aviv Centre.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    The beginning of March and the weather was cold and rainy. A "Back Bend" workshop was held one Sunday with 12 students participating. The students who joined the back bendworkshop also dropped into Satsanga, so it was a lively Satsanga. Eleven students joined "Tattva Bodha" study class, held by Kiran. We had 10 people in our "Trial Class".

    During mid-March the weather was warmer in Tokyo. A "Vegetarian Meals" workshop was held one Sunday with 6 people. Yamuna was in charge of this workshop arranging several Japanese menus especially for Spring season. Students seemed happy to learned as they ate the meals. A Karma yogi, from Portugal and living in Tokyo, started teaching open class in English. He also regularly taught the class on Sundays. Two new Karma yogis started practicing and preparing to teach the asana class. Om and Prem to all the Sivananda family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The beginning of March saw warm weather in Toronto. We had regular attendance for open classes and many new students came for Sunday Satsangs. An evening Yoga 1 course started as well as a Yoga 2 course. Radha taught Teen yoga class on Saturday mornings. Saraswati and Harsha left for India where they will spend two weeks. Preparations were underway for the annual Toronto Yoga Show that will take place at the beginning of April.

    During mid-March the Monday and Wednesday 7am Yoga 1 course started. The Saturday open classes were very busy as well as the "Asana Symbol Thematic Series" workshops, taught by Janaki. Durairaj left for India for few months. We were very grateful for his hard work and humble service and look forward to seeing him again at the end of June. Durga came to help at the Centre for two weeks while Prahlad and Saraswati were in India. Pranams to all.

    of us. Satsangs continued to attract many new students, some signing up for the beginner courses. Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    The beginning of March, with the blessings of our Gurus a new beginners' batch started on Monday mornings, with good number of students. All other classes went smoothly. Prahlad ji conducted a meeting for the paid staff members. He gave valuable advice for the betterment of the Centre. The Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted on Fridays. Satsang was led by Sri. Rajesh. 

    Mid-March started with a Ganapathy Homa on the first day of the new Malayalam month. A new beginners' batch started in the evenings. All other classes went well. One Saturday evening we conducted a Surya Namaskar workshop for the students, which helped them to improve their postures. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted on Fridays. Satsang was led by Padmavati ji. Pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The beginning of March saw the spiritual highlight of the Sivaratri celebration. A nice crowd of enthusiasts gathered in the Temple room and most stayed until the early morning hours, chanting the Mantra OM Namah Sivaya with fervour. Four Pujas were done with milk, ghee, honey and curd. Several new courses started with "Yoga 82" being the most advanced course. A small TTC prep course was offered. This is also the day when we cooked a full meal for the students, creating a nice yogic family sitting together each time.

    During mid-March we had a day of Mantras with an elevating workshop and a lively Satsang. We did a thorough clean-up of shelves and basement and some work on advertisement. Mira left to India after serving nicely for a month at the Centre. Easter arrived with some students traveling to Reith. Staff are well and are sending Pranams. OM.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius.
    The beginning of March started with several courses as well as one extra Yoga 1 course, taught only to English speaking students. We had an Open Day with a smaller group of students. For the first time we gave an "Introduction to Proper Diet" including the demonstration of cooking and recipes. Karma yogis supported the Centre well as well as the teachers. Pranams to all the Sivananda family. OM..




    Peace, cheerfulness, contentment, dispassion, fearlessness and an unperturbed state of mind under all conditions indicate that you are advancing in the spiritual path. - Sri Swami Sivananda
 
 

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