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Issue #12/2016 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize December 1, 2016
"Work out your salvation in and through the World." - 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:
DEC 2016
09 Ekadasi
13 Full Moon
25 Ekadasi
25 Christmas
29 New Moon
31 Swami Vishnudevananda's birthday

JAN 2017
08 Ekadasi
12 Full Moon
14 Makara Sankranti
23 Ekadasi
27 New Moon
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Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya
We are reaching the closing of year 2016. We are forever grateful how 2016 was a fruitful year for the Organization with much renewal, growth and expansion. All the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams and Centers are preparing for their year end and New Year celebrations. We wish you all the best with yearend festivities. Be sure to pick up the new 2017 Swamiji's calendar this month.

May Master and Swamiji's energy be with us all, guiding us in our Sadhana and service. Pranams to all.

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Be ever blissful. Long for nothing. Fear nothing. - Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. How can a person perpetuate the period of youth?
A.

The Yogic method excels all other methods. It is the best and the cheapest of all prevalent systems of treatment. Take to intense Pranayama and Asanas. Both these help a lot in preserving Veerya (semen) and converting the vital energy into Ojas. Practice Sirshasan, Sarvangasan, Matsyasan, Halasan, Paschimottanasan, Padahastasan and Yoga Mudra, coupled with Bhastrika Pranayama. Practice Pranayama till the stage of Kevala Kumbhaka is reached. When there is no necessity either to breathe in or to breathe out, Veerya becomes steady; that is, there will be no discharge or emission in any form. The Ayurvedic preparation "Chyawanprash" is a wonderfl one in enabling the regular user to preserve youth for a very long time.

Q. Due to Prarabdha Karma, if a person is to suffer from a disease, or if he has to die young, will the repetition of the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra help him to overcome?
A.

Prarabdha can be overcome by the grace of the Lord. The Lord's grace descends when there is sincere devotion - when one does Purushartha. Purushartha is possible when the mind is pure. The mind becomes pure when one does acts of kindness and charity. The laws of Nature do not operate when there is the grace of the Lord. His grace is all-powerful. We have the instance of Markandeya who conquered death by his Purushartha, by sincere devotion to the Lord. He was destined to die young, but when the Lord's grace descended, Lord Yama had no power to carry out his wish. So it is possible to overcome Prarabdha, by Teevra Purushartha.-effort, self-effort and self-effort alone, based on surrender, without minding the results.

Q. If there is such an expression "the flight of the alone to the Alone", where is the necessity for a Guru or the grace of a Guru? God's grace will do, as it is said in the Upanishad?
A.

How will you get God's grace? When you discipline yourself. How will you know how to discipline? By observing others that had walked the path successfully to the goal of perfection. Who are these men who had walked to the goal? It is these that are known as Gurus. So you need their help, their personal example, their encouragement and their grace. Thus, we have come round to the answer that a Guru is necessary, as well as their grace. Everything is necessary -- Atma Kripa, Guru Kripa and Isvara Kripa.

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

Rely upon nothing other than God. - Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

KING COBRA - Back Bend - An Advanced Posture

This pose stretches front of the body.

Starting in cobra position, step !, place the hands next tot the lower part of the ribcage.
Bend the knees, lifting the lower leg off the mat. Keep legs/knees apart with big toes touching each other.
Inhale, and lift the head and chest off the mat as high as possible while pushing down through the palms on the mat. Elbows remain bent and close to the body. Look up. If there is any slight chance there is lower back discomfort, come out of the posture, stop here and do not proceed.
Inhale. Lift the head and chest a level higher, straightening the arms, rising onto the fingertips. Bend the knees to bring the feet to touch the top of the head. Open the chest to the maximum.
Hold up to 30 seconds.
Inhale. Exhale and slowly lower the feet and chest back to the mat.
Rest in Crocodile/Makrasana pose for 8 breaths, then Child's pose/Balasana for 8 breaths.

BENEFITS:

Creates a complete backbend of the spine
Increases lung capacity
Contracts muscles of upper back and neck when released increases blood flow
Opens chest
Invigorates the energy of the body

This yoga asana is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram partly 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


Diseases, worries, troubles can only affect the physical and the mental, but not the spiritual self, the Atman. - Sri Swami Sivananda

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

SANNYASANA - [Sanskrit] - [nyasa] renunciation; abandonment. A member of the sannyasa order is known as a sannyasin (male) or sannyasini (female); one who abandons or resigns from worldly affairs. Brahman in the fourth order.

Commentary from Swami Sivananda -

Who is a Sannyasin?

A Sannyasin has a different angle of vision of the worldly affairs, looking upon everything from an absolutely different point of view. Just as the man who wears green spectacles sees green objects everywhere, so also a Sannyasin/Jnani sees the Atman everywhere through his new eye of wisdom. There is absolutely no personal element in him. He has not a bit of selfish interest. The lower self is completely annihilated. He lives for serving all. He feels the world as his own Self. He actually feels that all is himself only. There is not a single thought or feeling for his personal little self. He has cosmic vision and cosmic feeling. Just as the river has joined the ocean, he has joined the ocean of bliss, knowledge and consciousness. He thinks and feels and works for others.

A Sannyasin is absolutely free from worries, difficulties, troubles, tribulations, sorrow and anxieties under any circumstance or condition. He is always cheerful and happy. He is not a slave or victim of different moods. He is not moved a bit by sorrow, grief or persecution.

A Sannyasin has got all-round development. He has spotless or unblemished character. All sattvic virtues shine in him. He is an embodiment of mercy, sympathy, love, patience, serenity, etc. He has high qualities. The whole nature has been perfectly unfolded. All divine attributes are fully awakened in him.

The life of Jesus shows how a real Sannyasin will behave. A Sannyasin is a very good and extremely virtuous person, with no attachment to the world. He may live in the forest or in the city. He will always be thinking of God and of the welfare of other people. He will keep his mind and heart quite pure. He is without anger, without hatred, is truthful and kind. He wants no luxuries but just enough food to keep him alive. He wears very simple dress. He has no family, children or property. Yet he is extremely happy. He is wise and virtuous. He possesses divine qualities such as mercy, universal love, truthfulness, purity. He has control over his mind and senses. He is free from anger, lust, greed, pride, jealousy. He loves all. He always prays and meditates. He never does any harm to anybody. People respect and adore him.

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

Where is God? Look within. - Sri Swami Sivananda

BHAGHAVAD GITA

Chapter II: Sankhya Yoga

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
II.63. From anger comes delusion;
from delusion loss of memory; from loss of memory the destruction of discrimination; from the destruction of discrimination he perishes.

COMMENTARY: From anger arises delusion. When a man becomes angry he loses his power of discrimination between right and wrong. He will speak and do anything he likes. He will be swept away by the impulse of passion and emotion and will act irrationally.

Anger, lust, greed, jealousy, hatred will always lurk in your subconscious mind. Beware. Be cautious. Be vigilant. Be alert. Eradicate them. Otherwise they will gain strength and will crush you later on and swallow all your Sadhana. - Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

From Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"

I.47. NIRVICARA-VAISARADYE 'DHYATMA-PRASADAH'

'On attaining the utmost purity in Samadhi, without inquiry, Illumination then dawns'.

Commentary:
Only when the meditator achieves the state of 'Samadhi' in which there is no longer the process of inquiry, and has purified oneself, does Realization dawn. The states of 'Samadhi' through which one passes before that final goal are very rewarding and blissful. Many powers manifest in those states. But the seeker must see even these rewarding experiences as obstacles for they too, though the most rewarding, must be transcended in order to merge with the Self.

Diseases, worries, troubles can only affect the physical and the mental, but not the spiritual self, the Atman. - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

YOGA GRANOLA –

Can be stored in airtight container for few weeks in cool place (not refrigerated). Serve with milk or yoghurt. Delicious even on its own. This recipe for granola contains no added oil. The nuts and seeds contain monounsaturated oils which are good for the health and the grains contain added fibre. The well balanced sweetness of this granola is achieved with maple syrup but it is not overly sweet even with the optional dried fruits. The maple syrup can be reduced if coconut is added, either dry shredded or fresh toasted coconut (about 2/3 cup). Makes 12-16 servings.


Ingredients:
½ cup maple syrup
½ cup water
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ¾ cups rolled oats
5 cups rye, millet or wheat flakes
8 ½ tablespoons wheat germ or bran
¾ cup hazelnuts, almonds or any other nuts
1 cup sunflower seeds
⅓ cup sesame seeds
½ cup raisins or golden raisins
⅓ cup chopped dates or other dried fruits eg. figs/ apricots (optional)

Preparation:
Heat oven to 250F.
Combine the maple syrup, hot water and vanilla extract.
Mix the grains, nuts, seeds in large mixing bowl.
Stir in the maple syrup, water and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
Spread out the mixture on a large and lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake in the oven for about 1 hour, stirring three or four times to prevent it from burning. The granola is ready when it is lightly brown.
Mix in the dried fruit to the granola while it is still warm, breaking up the larger chunks. Leave to cool before storing the granola in airtight container.

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

In the beginning, observe fasting for a day in a month. Then, once in fifteen days. After some time, you can fast once a week. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC and ATTC Teacher Training Courses

2016

Dec 04 - Dec 31/16
TTC – English, Hebrew, French
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Dec 17 - Jan 15/17
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria

2017

Jan 04 - Jan 31/17
TTC – English, עברית, French
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Jan 04 - Jan 31/17
ATTC – English, עברית, Deutsch
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Jan 05 - Feb 02/17
TTC – English, Español, Português
Garopaba, Brazil
www.sivananda.org/montevideo/mailing-ttc-2008/ttc_2008eng.htm

Jan 05 - Feb 02/17
ATTC – Português, English
Garopaba, Brazil
www.sivananda.org/montevideo/mailing-ttc-2008/ttc_2008eng.htm

Jan 07 - Feb 05/17
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jan 08 - Feb 05/17
TTC – Deutsch English español français हिन्दी italiano 日本語 Русский язык ภาษาไทย 台語 فارسی
Neyyar Dam, South India
www.sivananda.org/neyyardam

Jan 21 - Feb19/17
TTC – Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

Jan 22 - Feb 19/17
ATTC - English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India
www.sivananda.org/madurai

Feb 03 - Mar 02/17
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Feb 11 - Mar 11/17
TTC - English 日本語 Русский язык 中文 Tiếng Việt
Dalat, Vietnam
www.sivanandayogavietnam.org

Feb 12 - Mar 12/17
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, South India
www.sivananda.org/neyyardam

Feb 18 - Mar 18/17
TTC – English
London, England
http://www.sivananda.org/london/teachers_training_UK.html

Feb 25 - Mar 26/17
TTC – Deutsch English Español Français Italiano
Rudraprayag, Himalayas, North India
http://www.sivananda.eu/en/advanced-teacher-training-in-india.html

Feb 26 - Mar 26/17
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India
www.sivananda.org/madurai

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

In essence, you are pure Soul, not the body, nor the mind.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - NOVEMBER 2016

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    Early November started smoothly with a flow of Karma Yogis who decided to join the Camp to have a soft transition into the TTC. The gentle flow was balanced with an intensive weekend. Devotees gathered at the Subramanya Temple for the Temple closing and together moved the statues down to the Krishna Temple. With the closing of the Temple, we saw the Temple staff spread in different directions. As always at the Camp, as a wave goes, another arrives: Swami Rajeshwarananda, Padmavati arrived along with 34 TTC participants who filled the Camp by end of the week bringing with them a rush of excitement and anticipation for the new challenge they're about to undertake. We had the opening ceremony where they changed into the yellow uniform, transforming the Krishna Temple to a yellow field of smiling faces. They introduced themselves and shared their inspiring stories and the reasons that brought them to do the TTC as always to some, it's been a lifelong dream, and to others, it was more of a last minute decision backed by a strong calling and unexplainable certainty.

    During mid-November we started with the Ganesha Puja for the TTC, asking for the Grace of God and the Gurus to accompany our journey, Students, Guests, Teachers, Assistants, and support staff. It is a gift to us all to go through the TTC as it reminds us of the blessings of the path we have been on ourselves, deepens our understanding of the teachings as we share them with the new comers, and increase our appreciation with Masters who brought this knowledge to all. Students already moved through a range of states: from excitement to bewilderment, curiosity, amusement, appreciation, and engagement. We had the meals in silence, which kept the energy calm and serene. Students appreciated it, and often sat together in silence: in library, on the deck, and in the sauna, a new phenomena for TTC - perhaps it's only the first week. Swami Rajeshwaranandaji and Padmavati introduced meditation during the morning Satsangs, Swami Shivabhaktananda the Hatha Yoga for the English group, and Swami Rajeshwaranandaji for the French group. Swamiji teaches the main lecture, Padmavati the Bhagavad Gita, Swami Shivabhaktananda the Anatomy and Chandrika the chanting, while a large group of assistants and translators floated around, helping out as needed. Students enjoyed the course. Satsangs were quickly getting livelier as more and more students feel at ease with the chants. Kamala and Jeeva Chandra cooked Indian meals in the evenings, a great treat to all for a day well spent. One weekend we had a drumming workshop with Alain which attracted a good number of people. A few TTC participants joined in while others chose to study, or take a break and enjoy a cup of tea in the neighbouring village. We had a visit from Saraswati (Toronto) who was teaching a course at the Montreal Centre. She did the Satsang sharing stories about Swami Vishnu.One Sunday, a white fluffy drape of snow covered the Camp. Lights decorated the lodge. Christmas was around the corner! We felt it! Staff was busy with the TTC and maintaining the Camp. May the Blessings of Masters continue illumining our path. Om Shanti.



Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    Early November and the first TTC of the high season started in a big way, with 179 students. Most of the students were from India. It was encouraging to see young Indians interested in Yoga in its wider sense. At the same time we were implementing some new TTC procedures to qualify for yoga school certification with the Quality Council of India. Bhagavatam Sapthaha came to an end with the auspicious bath in the dam and final Puja. At the same time we paid tribute to Swami Vishnudevananda by singing his 108 names, offering flowers and prostrations. Apart from the result of the USA election we experienced our own surprise when the Indian government suddenly announced the devaluation of the five hundred and one thousand currency notes with immediate effect. People had a limited period to exchange them in the banks. This was a bold attempt to flush out hidden black market money. Consequently we had to cancel our Kanya Kumari trip due to lack of cash. Fortunately the Ashram was not otherwise affected.

    During mid-November a highlight was Ailyam and Guru Puja on Sunday, the 20th. This marked Swamiji's actual star birthday eighty nine years ago. As usual staff performed Guru Puja in the morning led by Swami Janardhananda whilst guests went for the morning silent walk. Later there was Ailyam Puja and Pongal at the Subramanya Temple with 108 pots of rice. Local ladies as well as female staff and guests participated in the Pongal cooking and offering. It was a unique experience for many. On the same day we had initiation of twelve Ayurveda Wellness Course students. The Ashram was full. Temporary beds were set up on the Dwarka roof and Rama Hall for men. Guests were fascinated and impressed by a talk and demonstration on Vedic maths by S. Haridas ji. TTC was progressing smoothly. Om. Pranams.


Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Uttar Kashi.
    Early November started with continuing dry weather, enabling work on renovating the Bhagirathi dorm roof to continue. The sheet roof was removed and the walls built up to take a more permanent flat roof. At the same time, some plumbing work for the Kailash rooms began.  The hi-light was the celebration of Swamiji's Mahasamadhi which is always the occasion of the biggest bandara at Netala Ashram each year.  This year the gift kits contained 28 items.  Over 130 kits were distributed, mostly to sadhus.  Many more, mostly children, were fed. The sadhus were particularly happy to receive an increased dakshina of Rs 501, although of course the same day the Rs 500 note became illegal tender! 

    During mid-November the work on the Bhagirathi roof progressed well, almost ready for the cement for the roof slab to be 'poured' at the end of November. The plumbing repair work for the Kailash rooms was completed.  The staff were occupied with general maintenance as well as their Sadhana. With Swamiji and Master's blessings all goes smoothly. Pranams to all. Om.



Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    We had an additional training for Yoga teachers of "how to teach Yoga to seniors" at the beginning of the month. The Ashram was booked to capacity, Jayabharati, who has many years of experience teaching older people gave useful hints of how to modify the asanas a bit for the elderly. After this programme the Ashram was closed for 10 days for renovations. When we reopened again we had an asana Intensive workshop and a weekend programme "Asanas – key to concentration and mental balance". At the same time we are getting ready for the upcoming TTC which will start at the end of the month. The Ashram looks beautiful with all the leaves down like a carpet of yellow leaves on the lawn. Om Shanti. OM.Beginning October we had a week of "Yoga and hiking", which was followed by a weekend for teachers with the title, "the art of correcting Asanas". After that, Swami Bhagavatananda gave two 5 days certificate courses. The first one was, "Ayurveda, the essential guide to healthy living", and the second one an Ayurveda cooking course. We were happy to welcome Swami Kailasananda, who was here for a few days and inspired us with Satsangs on the Raja Yoga Sutras and other topics before she headed for the TTC in Rudraprayag. TTC in November is fully booked now, and we created a new TTC in January. Omkari from Paris came to teach a stress management course. Towards the end of the month Padmavati from Austria, long standing disciple of Swamiji, came for her two programs "Yogic breathing and deep relaxation" and "Yoga – the gentle approach". At the same time we had a preparation weekend for people interested in taking the TTC. Om Shanti. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early November started with a joyful TTC graduation, as the students, deeply inspired by the one month of teaching and practice, celebrated with a feast and words from all teachers and students. TTC students eloquently expressed,, in a touching and tearful way, their appreciation for the love, the community and the wisdom received. After the Guru Puja, by Swami Vasishtananda, and the sharing of mantras from Upanishads, Swami Sitaramananda, other Swamis and special guest Komilla Sutton, shared words of encouragement to carry on practice and to be positive and selfless examples to others. The students ended the ceremony with all singing the song Imagine! by John Lennon - "Imagine there's no countries... Imagine all the people living life in peace..."!  which is very poignant considering many felt lost and worried after the results of the US elections. Leading up to the graduation, the TTC students' final week was high energy and inspiring for all, with many special guests, Pujas and concerts. The week coincided with Swami Vishnudevananda-ji's Mahasamadhi and Jala-samadhi celebrations as well as Sw Sitaramananda-ji's birthday. Sw. Vasishtananda led a beautiful Puja for Swamiji's Mahasamadhi celebration in the Brahma Vidya Hall with offerings of flowers, mantras and Guru chants. The Ashram celebrated Swami Sitaramananda-ji's birthday with a lovely Durga Puja at the Durga Temple, Swami Vishnudevananda's favoured place for contemplation in the Ashram. Swamiji shared many stories about the Ashram's history and her time here. The Ashram was blessed to welcome Dr. John Beaulieu and Silvia Nakkach for the Yoga of Sound. Dr. John presented on the healing power of sound (from tuning forks) and vibration from scientific and yogic perspectives, showing the relationship between sound and form. Silvia Nakkach, accompanied by Josse Jaffe led a beautiful voice concert, engaging all to sing, chant, breathe and express the soul through voice. Hasu Patel ji enchanted all with her ragas on sitar. As TTC finished, and 3 temporary staff remained, 19 new students arrived for the Vedanta and Silence course including many staff and Sw Satyapremananda, from the East coast, arrived for the Vedanta and Silence course.

    During mid-November the Ashram is calm and silent as 19 students participated in the Vedanta and Silence course which is mostly conducted in the sun room at Swamiji's house. Swami Sitaramananda spent 5 hours daily with the students, reading Viveka Chudamani with commentaries, stories, followed by group sessions of practice of Self-enquiry. It was enlightening and inspiring, helping many to recognize causes of suffering and anxieties and learn how to improve one's thinking and discrimination. We celebrated the lives of two of our dedicated students who passed away this year with special tree planting ceremony at the Dhanvantari Temple, led by Swami Sitaramananda and Swami Vasishtananda. Katyayani, was long-time student and teacher. Krishna Prem was a part-time staff and teacher who visited the Yoga Farm every year. Friends of Katyayani and mother of Krishna Prem attended to honour their courage and dedication as auspicious rains appeared with mantra chants. Swami Jnaneswariananda taught the weekend Meditation Intensive course, with students new to Yoga, learning and practicing the 12 points of meditation practice. Karuna Devi taught a weekend Cooking Workshop, with hands-on cooking sessions and sharing Ayurveda principles for balanced health. The Ashram was very happy to welcome Turkish troubadour and poet, Latif Bolat, who shared his beautiful vision of Turkey past and present with traditional music, poetry and images. He was joined by two of our Turkish staff to sing a lovely traditional folk song. The Ashram was beautiful with autumn leaves falling, cool weather and rain. Many guests taking in the healing environment and high energy of the teachings. We all felt the grace of Master and Swamiji this month. Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Yoga Farm.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    Early November started with clear sunny weather, providing a good opportunity to spread manure in the vegetable garden and insulate the staff trailer with hay bales in preparation for winter. Srinivasan and Sitaram Chaitanya performed a beautiful Puja for Swamiji's Mahasamadhi. Throughout the week, Gopi gave informative lectures for the Beginners' Immersion program (attended by 2 guests and 2 karma yogis). For a weekend we welcomed 18 guests for the popular Yoga & Hiking weekend. one karma yogi left. Pranava and Ambika both returned from personal leave. The staff are well and full of energy!

    Mid-November began with the arrival of a special guest to give Monday evening Satsang - Molly Birkholm - Madhavi. Following meditation and chanting, Madhavi gave an inspiring talk centered around 'Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate & Realize'. The Satsang was filmed by a crew from Yoga International, who will be broadcasting the talk on their website. In terms of guests it was relatively quiet, but Srinivasan nevertheless gave a weekend talk for all on the Bhagavad Gita. Srinivasan then drove to the New York Centre to give a special Thanksgiving Satsang. Some of the Ashram staff also went to help with the preparation of the feast. Having served 5 energetic months at the Ranch, Dharmini also departed for the NY Centre, where she will serve for one week before returning to Israel. Meanwhile, the Solar Project was manifesting with the first solar panels installed on the car port! We woke to the first deep snowfall of the season - a beautiful sight! By the grace of Master and Swamiji, staff continued to maintain strong in their Sadhana. Sending pranams to all. Om.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    We were very happy to welcome back Swami Hridyananda early in the month. We welcomed students for the first TTC of the season. The priest performed a Ganapati Vidya Homa to remove obstacles and bestow divine knowledge on the students and teachers. Everyone was able to participate, offering ghee into the fire and flowers to a yantra. Also this month, in honor of Swami Vishnu's Mahasamadhi, Akhanda Kirtan of Swami Vishnu's mantra was held in the Temple from 8 am until 8 pm. The day was concluded with a beautiful Puja in the evening Satsang. Everyone offered flowers and Swami Brahmananda gave some short, very inspiring teachings of Swami Vishnu from the Vishnudevananda Upadesa. The Puja for Swami Vishnu's Jalasamadhi was held in the morning Satsang on the beach platform, close to the water. After everyone offered petals to a murthi of Swami Vishnu, Swami Brahmananda and the priest carried the statue down the ocean and submerged it in the ocean. Delicious prasad was served and Akhanda Kirtan was held form 8am until 8pm in the Temple. This month, we also we celebrated Swami Prema Swaroopananda's birthday with a Puja performed by the priest. We wish her a long life, health, prosperity and spiritual liberation. The Ashram is getting busier as we move into the high season and many guest presenters taught and spoke this month in addition to our own swamis and senior teachers. Among those who presented programs and Satsang talks were physician, musician and TTC graduate Dr. Dennis Chernin, who presented a 4 day program on "Meditation, Mantra and Music"; author Jeffrey Davis, who gave fascinating talks on "Wonder of the Creative Quest", describing the different stages on a spiritual quest; as well as Tessa Bielecki and Father Dave Denny, the kirtanist Ragani, Sri Devi (Marisa Laursen), a TTC graduate and senior teacher at the California College of Ayurveda, and medical doctor and yogi Jeff Migdow. We held this season's first symposia this month, "Sound, Spirit & Science: Altered States of Consciousness" presented by professors Nathan Katz and Andrea Seidel, musician Guy Beck, scholar Graham Schweig and neuroscientist David Vago. Satsang talks on comparative mysticism, the Bhagavad Gita, states of consciousness and motion, and the cutting-edge of brain and consciousness studies were enjoyed by everyone. The symposium concluded with a panel discussion that included all the speakers and gave the audience a chance to ask questions and address the speakers directly. Om.


Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In a splendour of autumn colours, we enjoyed the calm season with sunshine, crisp air and the first snow of the season. Ideal for some magnificent walks. We had good interest for the TTC Prep weekend. The group, some of whom already were inscribed for TTC, were keen to learn all the details of the course and experience the Retreat House first hand. In the special Yoga and Detox week, we learned about the physical as well as mental necessity for detoxifying and practiced different kriya techniques and longer pranayama in the yoga classes. We celebrated Diwali with a Puja, filling the Ganesha hall with outer and inner light. Swami Satyananda came from Berlin to give the Asana Special: Asanas for a Healthy Back for the AllSaints' Retreat. Everyone had their plumb line picture taken at the beginning and the end of the Retreat. When the plumbline fotos were discussed, some guests were astonished about the visible improvement of their body alignment within a period of 3 days of intensive Yoga. With the departure of the last guests the Retreat House and the Hotel closed for a period of four weeks. Some staff left to support different Centres while others moved to Hotel Sonnberghof in Mittersill near Salzburg, where one month of yoga vacations will be held for the third time. OM.


Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Meenakshi.
    Early November started with the TTC students entering onto the final week of their schedule with more focus on their exams. They were given a briefing session on Advanced Pranayama with an intense practice of the same on following day. We celebrated the Mahasamadhi Day of our master Swami Vishnudevananda with a Guru Puja at the Temple. All the staff took turns to repeat the mantra Om Namo Bhagavathe Vishnudevanandaya non stop throughout the day. We had a beautiful feast of pulav and pudding to add to the grandeur of the celebrations. Sandeep returned from Thailand after the TTC at Chiang Rai. The TTC students immersing themselves totally with their exam preparations so much that we had to keep a watch on whether they are having their food and sleep on time. Their exam day went off smoothly with many complaining about time shortage at attempting the answers. The evening was a very grand affair with a South Indian feast being served to all along with some delicacies contributed by one of our TTC student running a chain of hotels in Madurai. This was followed by Satsang and a colourful graduation function. After this the stage was all set for scintillating performances by the students. The vacationers also seemed inspired to come up with wild card entry performances to entertain all. The next day was time for farewell and exchanging of contacts with promises of staying in touch. We wholeheartedly thanked the Almighty and our Masters for the successful completion of the course. We also pray for their continued guidance and blessings to all.

    During mid-November we bid farewell to the old TTC students and ended with welcoming new ones. Some of the previous TTC students stayed back to savour the Ashram life without their hectic schedule of TTC and some joined as Karma Yogis. Preparations began for the next TTC course with staff undertaking cleaning of dormitories, setting up of Health Hut and so on. Swami Narayanananda left with the promise of coming back next year. Teachers for the next batch started arriving, Janaki ji, Kapoor ji and Nagaraj ji. Students for the new batch started arriving. A couple of them few days earlier to tune themselves to the Ashram routine. With the current currency problem all over India, both the guests and ourselves were finding it difficult to cope with the money situation. Invariably on all days we had been to the bank to get the money exchanged for new ones. Sunday Satsang had the students getting initiated into the TTC by Swami Hariomananda, Kapoorji, Nagarajji and Janakiji. The majority of students were from Delhi as compared to Mumbaikkars in the last batch. All of them introduced themselves as true lovers of Yoga joining the program to get an in depth knowledge about the same. We pray to our Masters for their blessings and guidance all throughout. With prayers and regards from all Ashramites. Om Shanti and Pranams.




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    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya
    After the autumn holidays students started to bring more regularity into their practice. Swami Vishnudevanandas Mahasamadhi day was celebrated with a Puja together with staff and students . It was a lovely atmosphere, Swamijis energy was very present. The altar was nicely decorated, many students brought flowers. This month weekends were full of activities: A peace festival was organized in the Centre with several activities like lecture, asana class and OM Namo Narayana chanting, everything was well received. The highlight was the concert in the evening with two musicians from India: They came to the Centre for the first time. The music was very beautiful, joyful and inspiring for all participants. The whole day many karma yogis were around to help with the set up, cooking and reception, an inspiring collective effort could be felt. The weekend after we had open house, for the first time on a Saturday which turned out to be a good day. Many newcomers joined for the cooking workshop, asana demonstration and trial class. We also had a group of new students in the evening Satsang. Sunday we welcomed a good group of teachers for the further training day. The topic was advanced asanas and how to teach them properly. Half of the group was active teachers of the Centre, the others were outside teachers, some of them came from Hamburg and other cities in Northern Germany. They all appreciated the day in the Centre with Asana class, lecture and correction workshop. At lunchtime we did a small walk as there was beautiful sunshine that day. More people registered for the upcoming retreat end of November. Bulk mailing of the brochure was done this month. We did several small maintenance projects, one of them was the painting of the Kutir, which is one small part of the Centre with 2 rooms and the small kitchen. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early November we continued with the rehearsals of theater and choir. They began two " Beginners' Courses" and two " Meditation Courses". Swami Premananda came back from the tour in Chile. After helping for 8 months in Buenos Aires, Jyoti from Colombia, traveled to the Montevideo Centre as Staff. We had the help of karma yogis in many different activities.

    During mid-November a "Beginners' Course" started. We continued with the study of the "Bhagavad Gita". On Friday evenings we chanted the "Lalita Sahasranama" with the assistance of several teachers. We gave a workshop "Yoga and Spine". Prem & Om to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China


    Om Namah Sivaya!
    Early November became cold and damp in Chengdu, so we went ahead with the heating system initalization. We focused on promoting the programs with Swami Narayanananda, at the same time we offered open classes when we can with temporary classroom set up with screens. Our resident, Nalini, had to leave us because of family responsibilities. We said our goodbyes with hope Guru's teachings be with her while she is at home.

    During mid-November, besides open classes, we started a Meditation course and also a Positive Thinking weekend intensive at the Centre. With the help of heating system and staff being more focused under the guidance of Swami Sitaramananda, the students numbers improved. We welcomed Swami Narayanananda to join us after his service in India for TTC, and also Shakti to join us as a staff member. We said goodbye to Omkari and thanked her for her wonderful service in China. We were scheduled to have a weekend retreat course in the mountains at the location where we had our TTC. Unfortunately Swami Narayanananda sprained his ankle before leaving. We changed the plan to stay at the Centre, some students joined us at the Centre, some cancelled the course, but everything went peacefully. The staff at the Centre shared in the teachings of this weekend intensive. The students who came from Shanghai really appreciated the holistic approach of classical yoga. Prem & Om to all.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre.
    Early November started with morning beginner's class on Mondays. On Wednesday we celebrated Swamiji's Majasamadhi day and conducted special Pooja at 11:00 AM. Unnikrishnan (Karma yogi) left the Centre because of personal reasons. Construction work continued.

    During mid-November we completed a Beginners'' evening batch successfully. We performed monthly Ganapathy Homa with reasonable strength of students. Building construction continued as normal, almost reaching the final stage. Naveen left to Madurai for assisting in the TTC. By the blessings of our Guru and God's grace all of us are doing well and wish you serenity and peace of mind. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!
    Early November started with Swami Vishnudevananda's Mahasamadshi Puja, which we performed at a Wednesday evening Satsang. There were 18 people in attendance and, on the day after the US elections, it was the perfect time to come together in community and support, and to remember Swamiji, connect to his mission of peace, and start the healing process of a shocked and torn country. In addition to the Puja, we chanted Om Nama Narayanaya 108 times for world peace. There were some new programs added to the November and December calendar, so marketing efforts was our focus.  Attendance was a little low after the elections, but by the following weekend we had good class sizes and a large group for the Sunday evening Satsang.  The contract to start the construction work on the downstairs meditation and Satsang room was signed with work scheduled to begin soon.

    During mid-November demolition began on the first floor meditation hall at the main Centre building. The building was built in 1914 and being over 100 years old is in need of several renovations.  The plaster walls were torn down in preparation for new insulation and sheet rock.  This created heavy black dust throughout the entire building and staff needed to stay on top of cleaning each day after the workers left.  Staff were encouraged to wear protective masks as to not breath in the debris. We had several karma yogis helping with the clean-up, which will be a month long process. The construction project is scheduled to be completed by years end. Meanwhile a new Yoga and Meditation 2 started. Staff needed to cover classes more that usual as several teachers were out of town for various reasons. Our sweet cat Jaya helped keep our spirits up.  By the grace of Master and Swamiji, Satsang attendance was growing with several regulars joining us for morning meditation. Radha (Gloria McCartney) lead an evening Satsang on the topic of Gratitude. We had a good turn out and as always, appreciated Radha'a support of the Centre. Staff are well, grateful for the protection of the Gurus, and send pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early November started with two new courses for Beginners' with full capacity. Rainy season in Da Lat finished. The weather was very beautiful and students came to very crowded classes. The fresh energy pervaded everywhere. Staffs came to Ashram to take photos for promotion and prepared the kitchen there. The Ashram will be opened in Dec 2016.

    During mid-November it was beautiful in the DaLat Centre. Yoga Beginner courses and another classes were running very well. A Sunday cooking workshop was very successful with many students attending. They learned what proper diet is and how to cook Indian foods with natural flavour. Saraswati was very busy with the planning for the new Ashram. May Guru's Grace always be with us for the development of the Centre. Om Namah Sivaya.

    https://sivanandayogavietnam.org


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya.
    By Guru's Grace and God's Will everything went very well at the Centre in November. We started with the Beginners' batch at 6am with good numbers of enthusiastic of students. We conducted the positive thinking workshop and a kriya workshop. Our early morning open classes were having lesser students due to winter. The highlight was the celebration of Swamiji's Mahasamadhi with the occasion of the Homam, Bandara and a energetic yoga class at the Centre. More then 75 kids arrived from "My Angels Academy" plus few of our students. We had Satsang with staff and few of our regular students. Apart from that everything happened peacefully well. We pray to the Almighty for peace and joy to everyone.

    During mid-November we started the Beginners'' batch at 10 am and 6:30 pm, with good numbers of students. We conducted a headstand workshop and preparatory asanas workshop. A special workshop on natural health and nutrition was also conducted in the Centre, by Dr. Sakshi Agarwal, the sister of our student who arranged for the workshop. Students attended it enthusiastically and appreciated the effort. We also conducted a special advance class. We conducted the general Satsang on Saturday and Sunday evenings. All our classes were doing very well. Apart from that painting work and other maintenance work continued at the Centre. With Gurus blessings and Gods grace we pray for all of you. Om Namo Narayanaya. Pranams.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    With the blessings of the Masters, November started with two Beginners'' courses, one at 6:30am and the other at 4:00pm. In celebration of our Master Swami Vishnudevananda's Mahasamadhi we chanted Om Namo Bhagavate Vishnudevananda and offered milk at Guru's feet while the priest performed the Guru Pada Pooja. Due the Indian Government banning of Rs 500 & 1000 notes our income was affected but we expected the situation to improve in few days. Delhi weather was changing to cold as the winter months approached. We conducted a few private classes. Jaypal came back from Thailand after two days and then went to home for the holiday.

    During mid-November we started two Beginners'' courses, one at 10:00am and the other at 6:30pm. Kapoorji left for Madurai TTC. We conducted a Hip Opening workshop one Saturday, plus a few private classes. The ongoing weekend 'Foundation to Meditation' course successfully completed. With the grace of the Masters everything else went well at the Centre. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Noida, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Noida.
    Early November started without a Beginners' course, being the week after the great Diwali festival. However the number of students in the open classes increased. The weather became colder and with lots of pollution because of bursting of crackers on Diwali. With the Grace of Gurus the weather will improve and the number of students will improve soon. The rest of the activities went well, with the Grace of Gurus. With the Blessings and Grace of our Beloved Masters, we send Pranams and our best wishes to all the Sivananda family. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    Highlight of the month was a very nice one day-retreat on the Mont Salève. Twelve participants, three of them active teachers, enjoyed a day in nature in a Buddhist monastery on top of the mountain near Geneva which has a beautiful view over the city and the lake. Students left inspired to go a step further and to make yoga-holidays in an Ashram. Other weekends were lively with a cooking class about How to correctly combine different foods and an Open Day. The renovation of the building continued with work in our main hall which was a construction place for one week. Pipes were replaced underneath the ceiling and to our relief everything was closed and painted by the end of the week and looked like before. The search for a temporary additional office- and teaching space continued and a new teacher who did TTC in Orleans recently started to assist with teaching. Diwali and Swamijis' Mahasamadhi were celebrated with beautiful Pujas. Students came with Prasad's and flowers and the altar is full of light and prana. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early November started with a Yoga One course with seven students and a Meditation One course, with six students. The meditation course had a new format of eight 90-minute sessions, meeting twice a week. An outside teacher, Krishna's, taught an asana workshop on balancing postures, with four attendants. We were inspired to have more regular people coming for Satsang in the evenings on Sundays and Wednesdays.  We continued to train teachers to teach beginner courses.  We celebrated Swami Vishnu-devanandaji's Jala Samadhi with a very nice Puja.  Afterwards, all staff shared a few words about something they learned from Swamiji's life and teachings, we did two hours chanting "Om Namo Bhagavate Vishnu-devanandaya". The Centre was very uplifted.

    During mid-November we finished two Yoga Two courses in the morning and started three Yoga One courses. All of them had a good number of attendants.  We had an Indian Cooking workshop, taught by Swami Pranavananda and Durga, which was quite successful.  We continued training the teachers for the Beginners' courses.  Ananda, from France, had his test class is now ready for teaching.  We also welcomed a new resident from the Netherlands.  She was very inspired by the classical Yoga teachings. With the Gurus' blessings all are working well together, happy and inspired. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.  

    https://sivanandayogavietnam.org


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early November the certificate course "Mantras - Sacred Sounds of Power" came to a very positive conclusion. The residential students left refreshed and invigorated after 5 days of intense practice and study. We started with the planning of the certificate courses for 2017, looking forward to hosting four residential courses in 2017. Interest in the upcoming Teachers Training Courses was strong. We welcomed 9 sincere students for a TTC preparation day one Saturday. We also started a 4-week study group on the Bhagavad Gita. Om Namah Sivaya.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    Early November started with Open classes continuing and regular practitioners inquiring more about the Four Paths. We welcomed visitors from other Sivananda Centres (Germany, Montreal, New York and Uruguay) all bringing spiritual energy. The Beginners' course entered into week Four. The students expressed their readiness for Yoga 2. The Centre's Open House event brought keen students showing eagerness to dive deeper into the teachings of Master and Swamiji. During Satsang we celebrated Swami Vishnudevananda'ss Mahasamadhi with a Puja and Guru Chants. The Guru Puja was full of familiar, as well as, new devotees offering prasadam and gratitude for Master and Swamiji. Karma Yogis distributed flyers for upcoming events while staff continued with website development.

    During mid-November the current Yoga 1 course concluded, with students feeling inspired and enthusiastic to begin the upcoming Yoga 2 course. Open classes withstood the approaching holiday. Frequent Pujas bestowed inspiration and blessings. During Satsang readings, Swami Sivananda-ji's words continued to uplift, offering precisely the teaching needed at that time. After each Sunday Satsang the students shared warming soup as they expressed gratitude for Guru's refuge. The boutique renewal created a fresh feeling at the Centre. Karma Yogis continued with flyer distribution. The garden reflects our unpredictable weather with sprouts bursting with much Prana and zeal. May Grace of the Guru continue to shelter and guide us. We send pranams to all.  



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    The celebration of the festival "Yoga and Health" over the third weekend of November brought positive energy and lots of dynamic yogis from all over Spain. The Centre became a mini-Ashram with 27 teachers staying overnight. Over 100 souls spent the weekend with us with a full program of asana classes, lectures and teacher workshops. The lecture of neuro-researcher Gustavo Diex was both challenging and enriching. Saturday evening Satsang with Swami Sivadasananda was the highlight with 135 students and joyful chanting. The first urban weekend retreat in Barcelona was a success, with 36 students and the support of Gopala, Rajeshwari and inspired Sivananda teachers from the area. We had several well visited workshops: "How to improve concentration", "Surya Namaskar", "Yoga and life energy" and a cooking course "Healthy protein sources in vegetarian diet". The First Aid qualification course for yoga teachers in Spain took place over three weekends. We also welcome in Madrid Annapurna and SatyaPrem as new temporary staff for the next months. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India

    Om Namah Sivaya
    Everything was fine at the Centre, with Gurus' and Gods' Grace. Early November started with Swami ji Mahasamadhi day. The Puja was done by priest and attending by a few students. An asana correction class was offered to longtime morning class students. All staffs joined the graduation ceremony of the TTC in the Meenakshi Ashram. Sunday Satsang was attending with few family students.

    During mid-November we started an evening Beginners' course at 6.30 pm. One Saturday a hip opening workshop was conducted, with a few students. Regular open classes continued well. Staff visited the Meenakshi Ashram for the 2nd TTC inauguration ceremony. Otherwise everything went well. Pranams to one and all from Madurai Centre. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi!!


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay

    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early November started with with the excellent climate. The days were very nice. It's already Spring. Some students were practicing advanced asanas and others began singing in the choir for the Year End party in December. The Beginners' courses started with lots of energy. Pranayama Courses also started with a lot keen enthusiasm. We offered a Pooja to celebrate Swami Vishnudevananda's Mahasamadhi.

    During mid-November we saw changing weather with some cold days returning. We continued with students practicing advanced asanas and others singing in the choir in preparation for the Year End Christmas Satsang on 10th of December. The three temporary staff participated in a course, given by Kanti Devi, preparing to be staff in courses, Pujas and other practical things. The rest of the activities developed normally. Thanks to God and Gurus, everything resulted perfectly. Om Shanti!!



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early November we started to feel the chill of the coming winter in Montreal albeit we still had a beautiful week! The classes and courses ran smoothly. We were very happy to welcome Swami Rajeshwarananda. arriving from Italy for November TTC. She spent the night with us. Swami Shivabhaktananda also spent the weekend at the Centre. We had our teachers' meeting - a good moment to get together. After the meeting we all joined in a movie night, we watched Kung Fu Panda and had a great time. We offered a hip opening workshop with Swami Shivabhanktananda. He also offered the Sunday open class and Satsang, where he gave us a great talk reflecting about reality. It was a beautiful visit where teachers and students were happy to spend time with Swamiji. 

    During mid-November Winter was well upon us here in Montreal. Classes continued to be well attended, despite the slippery, wet or cloudy weather! A few karma yogis helped with deep cleaning as we prepared for the year end festivities. Saraswati conducted a 3-day teacher's course on 'How to Teach Meditation'. The course was attended by 8 teachers, all of whom were delighted with all the knowledge shared with them. Swami Amanda, from the Chinmaya mission, gave a talk on 'How to Maintain Fluidity in Life'. The students were all very happy with how Swami Umananda explained, with ease and humour, about many difficult concepts. Students, teachers and karma yogis all continued to support the Centre, giving us inspiration to keep marching forward. We are ever thankful for the grace of Master and Swamiji. Pranams to all!



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany


    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    Early November started with a successful Open House with many interested newcomers. Amba gave a cooking class with the title "Light Winter Dishes". We had Kirtan workshop and an advanced asana workshop. Swami Vasudevananda taught a "Thought Power" weekend course to a very motivated group of participants. Our special asana course with Swami Sivadasananda attracted many students. Other courses started were the second part of the Raja Yoga Course and also of the Yoga for the Heart Course. We performed a Puja on the occasion of Swami Vishnudevananda's Mahasamadhi. Sarasvati came from the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House in Reith / Tyrol / Austria to stay with us for some weeks. OM.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA


    Om Namah Sivaya!
    Early November started with Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The students were curious and enthusiastic. Four classes of FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) students came to the Centre for an asana class and a meal. We expect to see more FIT groups again in the spring. Usually a few FIT students who visited the Centre in the past have returned to became Karma Yogis or students, so we look forward to seeing their faces again. A new staff member, Shraddha, came all the way from Mumbai. She is planing to stay for some time at the Centre before returning to India. We officiated two Pujas for Swamiji's Mahasamadhi and Jalasamadhi. We continued with the preparations for the Thanksgiving Satsang and feast that will be taking place later in November.

    During mid-November the long awaited return of Shakti was fulfilled on 11/14. The Centre now had a staff of 5, as Dharmini, a karma yogi from the Yoga Ranch, joined us and will stay with us until the 30th, when she returns to her home in Israel.  We were very blessed to have her with us and we are hopeful in keeping the linen closets organized when she leaves. Swami Rajeshwarananda took a few days off from teaching the TTC students in Val Morin and visited the Centre for a weekend. She gave a workshop on the Saturday called "Mind, Its Mysteries and Control". There were 15 people who attended her inspiring discussion on how the mind functions and took in her suggestions on how one can make friends with their mind. The staff benefited from her additional company during Karma Yoga, staff meetings, Satsangs and activities done inside and outside the Centre.  We hoped she comes back soon to give a workshop next year. We had our annual Thanksgiving Celebration and Satsang on 11/20. The New York community, as well as some Ashram staff, came in from the cold and into the hearth of the Centre. About 75 people attended the Satsang led by Srinivasan. A 100 total came to the Centre for spiritual community and FOOD!  There was a considerable number of cooks and assistant cooks in the kitchen to count or recall. Neeti, as usual had the invisible hand in asking so many teachers and Karma Yogis to help out for this important day. Meanwhile a new Karma Yoga cleaning project was taking place in the basement. Since the warm weather turned cold and the basement is the warmest place in the building, its is a good time to make it a nice place to work! All the Staff were well and send their pranams. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The month of November was very inspiring; classes, courses and regular Satsangs continued as usual and we had an additional Satsang on All Saints' Day at the beginning of the month. Our Sanskrit study group continued with enthusiasm to go deeper into the knowledge of the Devanagari script under the guidance of Dr. Kintaert from the Vienna University. The theatre group had already several rehearsals for our Christmas play. We also had a successful Open Day, with many newcomers inscribing for Beginners'' courses and a few students taking advantage of the traditional discount for 10 class passes on that day. The Puja on Nov09th, to commemorate Swamiji's Mahasamadhi was very inspiring. It was a good opportunity to connect to Swamiji's pure and compassionate energy. This month, we had several interesting workshops; a Kirtan workshop, a workshop called "Proper Alignment through Yoga", a meditation workshop gave the students hints of what they can do to control the mind to prepare for meditation; in the headstand-workshop we could correct the technique of the students to come up into the posture properly and hold it in a relaxed way. Also, we had a TTC preparation day. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    We are forever grateful for the guidance and protection of the Gurus. Good wishes and Pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om.



Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    During mid-November we had a Cooking Class given by Swami Sankarananda. All participants were very happy to learn how to use different spices. We are focused in preparing our new website. Pranams to all from Roma. Om Shanti.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    Early November started with a flood of new students! We celebrated an evening Puja in honour of Swami Vishnudevananda's undaunted spirit and his Mahasamadhi. There was a very nice turnout for an Indian Vegetarian Cooking class with Radhika, a friend of the Centre, one Saturday afternoon. Rudrani led a Yoga Nidra session the following Sunday afternoon. Swami Jnaneswariananda spent the day with us and spoke on Gratitude during Satsang. She reminded us that negative thoughts are just opportunities. A Meditation 1 course and Yoga 7 course began. Currently, we have at least one course in session every day of the week! Sivani went to the Yoga Farm to take the Vedanta and Silence course. Shanti Devi came from the Yoga Farm to serve in her absence. We planted an olive tree beside of the Centre in memory of Katyayani, one of our teachers who died. The neighbors are very pleased with the new tree on the block.

    During mid-November friends of Katyayani, the teacher who died, attended Wednesday evening Satsang as we dedicated the new olive tree. Sankari Chaitanya drove to the Yoga Farm with several of the friends to plant and dedicate a cherry tree there. It was a very beautiful and uplifting ceremony. Komilla Sutton gave a workshop on "Moon and the Mind" one Saturday, giving insight to each participant based on their birth chart. Gajananam led Sunday Satsang and spoke on Chapter 8 of the Gita. He reasoned, "If you drop all your limited ideas, you're not limited!" A Yoga 1 course finished and the group will move on to Yoga 2. We chanted at a residence for seniors in the Tenderloin. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with us all always. Pranams to all from the new San Francisco Centre. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early November we celebrated the Maha Samadhi and Jala Samadhi of Swami Vishnudevananda. On both occasions a beautiful Puja was performed to which many devotees joined us. Swami Prema Swaroopananda inspired us all with beautiful stories and memories about Swami Vishnudevananda while being in his presence, especially in his last years. It was very busy in the Centre in terms of promotion and activities, as many new courses opened. A Yoga 3 started, with 10 students; a new Positive Thinking opened with 17 participants; a Yoga 2 with 10; a Yoga 1 opened with 14 people. Registration for upcoming courses in the next two weeks went very well. We expected to open all those courses as scheduled with large groups attending. Minakshi Chaitanya came to the Centre for a short visit and was warmly welcomed. One weekend was spent peacefully in the Centre allowing the staff to rest from the intensity of the passing weeks. We held a Classical Indian Music concert with Hansa Vina, Bansuri flute, and Tabla. The performance was soul stirring and everyone, both audience and musicians, left most inspired.

    During mid-November we had a most inspiring Q&A evening with Swami Swaroopananda, held at our Centre in Jerusalem. The event was well attended and enjoyed by all as Swamiji inspired and elevated us with his precise and meaningful answers. We bid farewell to Minakshi Chaitanya, who made a short visit to Israel from the Yoga Retreat. We were able to open many new courses: a Meditation Course with 16 students; two Advanced Meditation Courses, both with 10 students; a Yoga 3 Course with 12 students and an Indian Cooking Workshop, attended by 10 participants. The following weekend was spent peacefully in nature on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Pranams to all the Sivananda Family from the Tel Aviv Centre.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    Early November started with a Yoga Nidra workshop with 26 attendants, taught by Yashashvin, a teacher at the Centre over the years. The attendants were relaxed in savasana and experienced a journey to the subconsciousness, guided by the voice of Yashashvin. We started another Yoga 2 course with a small group of students, taught by Sivakami Masako on the same day, following the Yoga 1 course. One Sunday, the acupuncturist who had presented a workshop "Moxa Treatment for Women" in October was kind enough to offer the same workshop again targeted for staff members and karma yogis who could not participate in the workshop. 3 staff including Machiko, the director of Tokyo Centre, attended the workshop and practiced the treatment. 

    During mid-November the weather was getting colder and the number of enrolled students decreased during weekdays. We had a trial class guided by Jyoti with 9 participants. In the afternoon, Meenakshi Miwako gave a workshop "Inversion Poses and Their Variations", attended by 21 keen students. Two outside karma yogis, Siddhayogini, 2015 Neyyar Dam TTC graduate; Sharada, 2016 Thai TTC graduate started to help the Centre on a regular basis. In addition, two other TTC graduates interested in karma yoga visited us. We sincerely hope that many graduates as possible could have a karma yoga experience at the Centre for their spiritual learning. Om and Prem to all the Sivananda family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early November started with a new Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 course. We had new Prenatal course. Saraswati taught "Yoga for Managing Anxiety" workshop in which she guided students through yoga practices that can help reduce and deal with anxious thoughts and feelings. This whole month Saraswati taught yoga in schools, assisted by Padma. They taught to a group of hundred teen girls who learned over the past month all the basic asanas and how to use yoga principles in their daily lives. Prahlad went to the Ashram for closing of the Temple for the winter.

    During mid-November Toronto saw its first snowflakes as everyone felt the cold weather moving in slowly. Prenatal and meditation courses continued. The kids courses ended for the season. Prahlad taught Asana Correction course for teachers for a week. All teachers were very happy to learn in more detail from him how to correct as well as how to help students do the postures regardless of their individual limitations. Saraswati finished teaching Yoga in Schools. Jeeva offered South Vegetarian Indian cooking workshop that all students enjoyed. Saraswati went to the Montreal Centre and Ashram for a weekend where she taught a Meditation course for teachers plus gave Satsang at the Yoga Camp. Radha came back from Germany to spend some time as staff in Toronto Centre. Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    Early November started with a Beginners' batch in the evenings. A special Pooja was conducted on Swami Vishnudevananda's Samadhi day. Many students and teachers attended the Pooja. We provided breakfast to the guests. All other classes went well. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted on Fridays. Satsangs were led by Sri. Nataraj ji.

    During mid-November, with the blessings of God and revered Gurus, we started 2 new batches. A new batch for ladies was started on Mondays. Along with that we had also started a 6 day long Meditation course, which definitely helped those students to attain tranquility of the mind. A Ganapathy Homa marked the first day of the new Malayalam month. All other classes went well. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was regularly conducted on Fridays. Satsang was led by Sw. Janardhanananda ji and Sri Rajesh. All other classes went well. Pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The month of November was very inspiring. Classes, courses and regular Satsangs continued as usual and we had an additional Satsang on All Saints' Day at the beginning of the month. Our Sanskrit study group continued with enthusiasm to go deeper into the knowledge of the Devanagari script under the guidance of Dr.Kintaert from the Vienna University. The theatre group had already several rehearsals for our Christmas play. We also had a successful Open Day, with many newcomers inscribing for Beginners'' courses and a few students taking advantage of the traditional discount for 10 class passes on that day. The Puja on Nov09th, to commemorate Swamiji's Mahasamadhi was very inspiring. It was a good opportunity to connect to Swamiji's pure and compassionate energy. This month, we had several interesting workshops; a Kirtan workshop, a workshop called "Proper Alignment through Yoga", a meditation workshop gave the students hints of what they can do to control the mind to prepare for meditation; in the headstand-workshop we could correct the technique of the students to come up into the posture properly and hold it in a relaxed way. Also, we had a TTC preparation day. Om Shanti. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius.
    In early November two Beginners' courses started. Students noted they liked to be in a smaller group where the learning is different both in practice and theory. Our Open classes as well grew in number. We celebrated Swami Vishnudevananda's Mahasamadhi and Jalasamadhi with Pujas, many Kirtans all sharing uplifting energy and remembering few stories. We received a small group for the Open Day, where everyone stayed for the whole day and some of students subscribed for the Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses. Different newsletters were sent out.

    During mid-November we started with several courses as well as with Meditation course with six motivated students. We held a workshop "The Four Paths of Yoga" for the first time where students could enjoy some practices as well as theory. Our main focus however was to prepare everything for the upcoming special program with Swami Sivadasananda. We dedicated time to the good cleaning & organizing of the whole Centre. We were happy to share our time with many karma yogis. OM.



    Transcend the intellect. Enter the realm of Illumination and Enlightenment. - Sri Swami Sivananda

 
 

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