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Issue #9/2014 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize September 1, 2014
"Love all equally. This is the secret of Self realization and liberation." - Sri Swami Sivananda

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Hatha Yoga Tips
Yoga Sanskrit Glossary
Raja Yoga
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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

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Nataraja, Delhi, India
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Tel Aviv, Israel
Toronto, Canada
Trivandrum, India
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SEPT 2014
05 Ekadasi
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08 Master Swami Sivananda's Birthday
09 Full Moon
15 Krishna Jayanti
19 Ekadasi
24 New Moon
25 Navarathri Starts

OCT 2014
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04 Ekadasi
08 Full Moon
19 Ekadasi
22 Diwali
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Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

Due to your continued support, the Sivananda Organization is keeping itself very busy in imparting the teachings of Swami Vishnudevanandaji. We are looking for your support in this project described below.

The Swami Vishnudevananda Archives Karma Yoga Project

The Sivananda Organization is currently looking for a skilled team of karma yogis interested in taking on the task of being first hand at listening and transcribing hundreds of inspiring lectures presented by Swami Vishnu from 1969 to 1991. We specifically welcome those who are writers, editors and journalists on the Sivananda Yoga path.

Candidates must have a good command of the English language; type proficiently; understand Yoga Vedanta vocabulary; be familiar with principle Hindu deities; be able to dedicate 5-10 hours a week to the project, plus be highly organized and focused. Please send your request to be a part of this auspicious project to Sita at

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

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

Pranams to all.

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Don't expect fruits for your actions (Nishkamya). - Sri Swami Sivananda

Q. I understand the biggest mistake an aspirant often makes is to falsely identify lower Samadhi with higher or the highest Samadhi; but, how can a man who makes such a mistake guard himself against it?

When one rises to the state of Samadhi, he does not make the mistake of doubting as to whether it is lower or higher or the highest. He knows what it is without doubt, quite naturally.

Q. Sometimes I hush up things in my mind. I get mental torments thereby. What shall I do to get rid of this habit?

You must be frank and as simple as a child. Then only you will get the divine light. You will grow spiritually. Even if it is a horrible crime, you must admit it before a Guru. Then only you will get his sympathy and protection. By admitting your faults before others, you remove the effects of bad actions. It serves as a Prayaschitta or expiatory action.

Q. Why do different prophets give contradictory teachings?
A. Prophets are born from time to time to remove a catastrophe and establish Dharma. They preach according to the time, place, conditions and requirements. Lord Buddha preached, "Don't kill". Guru Govind Singh preached, "Kill". When Buddha was born, people were sacrificing many animals. He had to preach Ahimsa to stop killing. Guru Govind Singh had to infuse chivalry in man. One prophet preached, "Renounce and go to the forest". Sri Ramanuja preached, "Enjoy at home. Have no attachment. Worship Vishnu". The teachings are not contradictory in reality. They are needed to suit the occasion, time and nature of men.
Previous FAQs at

The three great virtues are courage, benevolence and purity.
- Sri Swami Sivananda



First variation with simple hip twist: Beginner
Stand with legs about twice shoulder width apart. Turn the left foot to the left and right foot slightly in to the left. Interlock fingers behind the back. The front heel is aligned with the Centre of the back foot. Rotate the hips to the left so the chest is aligned with the front leg in this case the left leg and foot. Adjust feet if necessary. Inhale and stretch the body up and exhale, bending forehead and chest to the left leg. Keep knees straight and keep holding arms behind the back with fingers in interlocked position. Hold up to a minute and repeat on opposite side.

Second variation with spinal twist: Intermediate
Stand with feet apart about twice shoulder width or wider, and left foot pointing to left, right foot slightly to left. Inhale and stretch arms parallel out to sides.
Exhale and twist body from the waist to the left so the hips are rotated to the direction of the front leg and foot, in this case the left leg is the front leg. Have equal weight on both feet. Bend down, keeping the knees straight and bringing the right palm down on the outside of the left foot or on top of it. Stretch the left arm up, opening the chest and look at the fingertips of the left hand. The palm is facing forward. Both arms are straight and form one straight line. Hold pose and come out in reverse order. Switch to opposite side and hold for equal time.

Third variation with bent knee: Intermediate
Take feet apart as in second variation but a little further apart. Bend the left knee sinking weight into that leg and bring the left arm down, placing the left palm on the mat inside the left foot. Stretch the right arm out over the head alongside the right ear, making a straight line from right hand to the right foot. Right knee is straight and foot is flat on the mat. Look up under right armpit while holding the pose. Switch to opposite side and hold for equal time.
In bent knee variations, keep the ankle aligned under the bent knee.

Fourth variation with bent knee and head to toe: Advanced
From variation two with bent left knee, take the hands behind the back interlocking the fingers. Inhale and lift the back until it is aligned with the bent left leg, looking forward and keeping your balance on both feet. Exhale and bend forward, aiming to place the top of the head on the floor next to the left foot. Hold up to 30 seconds. Come out of the pose by lifting the torso and repeating on the opposite side.

All the benefits of basic Trikonasana plus with hip rotation and spinal twist, the side of the body is lengthened and twisted, muscles receive more toning and stretching.
The spine is laterally stretched more powerfully.
The pelvic girdle is stretched and strengthened.
Sense of balance training.
Increased leg strengthening and stretching of muscles.
Intense strengthening for quadriceps muscles particularly in the bent knee variations.

This yoga tip from the new Sivananda publication - “Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion” – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010. Other yoga tips at

Think that you are an instrument (Nimitta) in the hands of God when you work
. - Swami Sivananda


PRAYACHITTA: a penance

Observance of Chandrayana Vrata and Krichhra Vrata destroy sins effectively. They serve the purpose of Prayaschitta for expiating sin. The more the mind-mirror is cleansed, the better it is. Though these ceremonies are not necessary for an advanced Bhakta, yet they are very essential for neophytes.
If anyone repents and openly admits his minor offences, the sin is washed away. In doing Prayaschitta the offender actually suffers, he punishes himself by long fasting and other ordeals. Action and reaction are equal and opposite.
You are certainly responsible for the action. God never forgives. Action brings on its own fruits. Through Prayaschitta or expiatory rites you can destroy the evil effects of a bad action. You actually suffer in Prayaschitta. Hence the evil effects are washed off. The evil Karma will not follow you to the next birth. Sincere repentance, Japa, fasting and charity can destroy the evil effects of bad Karma. In repentance you actually suffer. This serves to wash off the evil effects of the bad action. Repentance must be done with a contrite heart. You must not repeat the evil action again.
Various kinds of Prayaschitta destroy various kinds of sin. If you find it difficult to consult the scriptures, consult Pundits and Acharyas and they will guide you. If you do not observe these rituals, you will be subject to Pratyavaya Dosha, the sin of omission.

Types of Prayaschitta

Fasting is a great Prayaschitta. It expiates any kind of sin quickly. - Sw. Sivananda

A complete Sanskrit Glossary can be found at:


Chapter XVIII: The Yoga of Liberation by Renunciation


(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
Learn from Me, O mighty-armed Arjuna, these five causes, as declared in the Sankhya system for the accomplishment of all actions!

The body, the doer, the various senses, the different functions of various sorts, and the presiding Deity, also, the fifth,

Whatever action a man performs by his body, speech and mind, whether right or the reverse, these five are its causes.

You are a toy in the hands of God. He holds the string. He is the Sutradhar. Do all actions from a sense of duty. - Sri Swami Sivananda


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

The Swami Vishnudevananda Instructions on Meditation Series

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

Here are the basic guidelines for the beginner.

7 - CHOOSING AN OBJECT OF CONCENTRATION - You will find that you need to stabilize your mental energy even further. The mind now needs to be trained in the art of concentration itself and for this you need to give your mind an object on which to focus. All previous steps are actually a preparation for this purpose – keeping the mind on a single object for more than a few seconds. Concentration is supported by a firm posture, a quietened breath, and focus on an energy Centre. This is still not meditation. Meditation is a state beyond concentration, which is reached only once the mind is perfectly concentrated. Yoga considers the use of mantras (words of power) as an essential tool for concentration. The practice is simple: repeat the mantra mentally and synchronize this repetition with your breath. It will help if you can feel the vibration of the mantra emanating from your concentration Centre. The breath, the concentration Centre and the sound of the mantra become one point. However, the mantra can also be repeated out loud, especially if you are becoming drowsy. You can also start the practice by repeating the mantra aloud, gradually lowering your voice to a whisper, then reducing it to the most powerful method, mental repetition. Always use the same mantra; the mind will attune itself to the sound and rhythm and will focus more easily. A mantra is a powerful tool, channelling two aspects of the mind – the desires to see and to hear – which can interrupt the flow of concentration when not properly directed. As you repeat the sound, you listen to it and at the same time visualize its form. You can also repeat a mantra and visualize any symbol of an uplifting nature. The symbol can be abstract or concrete. You can focus on light, the sun, or the sky, or on a symbol connected to your religious belief if you have one, such as Christ, Krishna, or Buddha; or the Star of David, the Cross, or OM. You can also focus on a positive quality like love or compassion, relating to it, not as an abstract concept, but as a living entity that you want to manifest through your actions and words. Make sure that the object of your concentration is of an uplifting nature: it should have the inherent power to take your mind to the infinite. In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali expands this idea even further by advising us to focus on anything of an agreeable nature, allowing unlimited scope for choice.

The mind consists of energy. The energy has to be trained to flow in a harmonious way through meditation. - Sw. Vishnudevananda

This rich series continues. Next month... "Disassociating from the mind". Lastly, there is "Pure Thought" and Samadhi to conclude.

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

Concentration increases by curtailing your wants and desires, by observing Mouna for two hours daily, by remaining in seclusion in a quiet room for one or two hours daily, by practicing Pranayama, by prayer, by increasing the number of sittings in meditation. - Sri Swami Sivananda


BAKED BANANAS - Serves 4 -8

Bananas are an excellent food source or as a breakfast food for active yogis as they contain a high carbohydrate content and potassium which is a natural muscle relaxant and can alleviate muscle cramps. Baked bananas can also be served with a muesli or yoghurt or a cereal / grain such as cooked oatmeal, oats or wheat porridge. No further sweetener need be added other than in the recipe.

4 bananas
1/3 cup maple syrup
½ cup orange juice
1/3 cup chopped or slivered almonds
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
Grated fresh coconut or toasted, unsweetened dried coconut for sprinkling (optional)

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Peel bananas and halve them lengthwise. Lay in greased baking dish.
Combine maple syrup, orange juice, almonds, cardamom and melted butter or margarine.
Pour mixture over the bananas and bake in oven for 30 minutes.
Serve at once, optionally topped with the grated or toasted coconut.

Option: Use honey instead of maple syrup.

This recipe from the Sivananda publication - "The Yoga Cookbook. Vegetarian Food for Body and Mind - Recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres" 1999.

Previous Recipes:
Other recipes can be found in the Sivananda publication - "Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion" – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010

Take Sattvic food only, such as rice, dhal, bread, fruits and milk. Give up meat at once. Observe mouna for two hours daily. Live alone for two hours in a room daily. Introspect. Meditate. Watch your thoughts carefully. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC, ATTC, Sadhana Intensive Courses


Aug 30 - Sep 28/14
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria

Aug 30 - Sep 28/14
TTC – English
London, England

Sep 06 - Oct 05/14
ATTC – English, Polski, Lietuvos, Русский
Ustka, Baltic Sea, Poland

Sep 07 - Oct 05/14
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA

Oct 05 - Nov 02/14
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India

Oct 05 - Nov 01/14
TTC - English 日本語 ภาษาไทย 台語
Phu Chaisai, Chiang Ria, Thailand

Oct 11 - Nov 09/14
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA

Nov 09 - Dec 07/14
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

Nov 16 - Dec 14/14
TTC – English, Français
Val Morin, QC- Canada

Dec 04 - Dec 31/14
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas

Dec 13/14 - Jan 11/15
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria

See full list of International Teacher Training Courses:

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See full list of International Sadhana Intensives and other courses/events:

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



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.

    In early August ATTC kicked off their first week with a Ganapati Homa at Samadhi Estates. The ten participants began under a cloudless sky.  A beautiful Kalasam Puja took place at the Subramanya temple. Dr. Kyriacos Markides gave a talk on his books regarding the Yogic equivalent in Christianity, and the always humble Hasu Patel performed beautifully during meditation and Satsang on her Sitar.  Dr. Bhatt arrived to begin her Ayurvedic consultations. Bharati bid us farewell and began her start back home. Big shoes will be needed to fill in writing the Weekly Report in her place.

    During mid-August two celebrations were held. Swami Shivabhaktananda's birthday with homemade Brazilian treats was celebrated by both staff and guests, and a gathering was held for Nikhila's farewell with a cake saying "Come Back Soon."  She leaves us to be with her family in India for a few months. The ATTC and most of the staff road tripped down to the Montreal Centre for Satsang and a beautiful Krishna Puja conducted by our Temple priest Harisha.  Delicious South Indian food was prepared by Sashi and Sivaram, Swami Vishnudevananda's nephew, and everybody had a great time seeing all the good work Sushila is doing there. A Bharanta Natyam dance was performed by the gracious Suba Parma evening, together with her daughter Madhumita, singing wonderfully mantras and hymns to different deities in the Karnataka style.  An Ayyappa Puja took place, with the deity being brought from the Subramanya Ayyappa temple on a procession through the Peace Trail to bathe Him in the waters at Samadhi Estates.  ATTC had a front-row view as they were having one of their daily lectures on the porch of Swamiji's house.  The Ayurveda cooking and nutrition course instructed by Dr. Sonal Bhatt began with 20 students.  We are looking forward to some of the good food they will be cooking up!  Saraswati arrived back from Europe to find the boutique sales have done well over the summer and start ordering to fill up the shelves once again. Prahlada had a quick trip to and from India to attend some family functions. we were able to observe the creation of a beautiful sand mandala in the Krishna Temple by Lama Tenzen who came to visit us.  He gave talks regarding many elements of Buddhism, and a procession was held to brush all of the various coloured sand together into one on Saturday afternoon.  It was then poured into Master's pond in a lovely ceremony, demonstrating non-attachment. Radha from Chicago continues with guiding the guests in many talks and lectures, much appreciated by all and inspiring the young staff to live a life of practice and service. A bonfire was held on Thursday evening.  Everybody munched on popcorn as Vasudeva, a long-time guest, told a wonderful poem and a former TTC student told a memorable story of Prahlada.  Chandrika and Ivan were invited to teach at a local camp for college students on the close by village of St. Jerome, helping on spreading Master and Swamiji's teachings to young people. The Ayurveda course with 20 students finished with some good food and even performed a dance together at the Saturday evening talent show where imitations of Swami Shivabhaktananda and Ivan had the crowd roaring with laughter by the hilariously gifted Shankara.  Our two young girls, Gigi and Bhavani, left us this week to go back home to Italy.  The sweet girls touched the hearts of the whole ashram and many tearful goodbyes were had. The ATTC concluded the 3rd week in high energy as the advanced Pranayama practice get's them pumped up. We look forward for the last week as the practices get more intense and pray that they don't let the worry of the final exam become a good part of their thoughts. At the Subramanya Temple the roof extensions and other projects continue in full swing, as Juan and Vyasa lead their teams in the different tasks. The airfield was populated with another 25 trees this year to conclude the idea of creating an avenue, providing not only direction for the traffic as well as shade for the thousands of devotees that come to the Temple during the summer months. The staff continue to work hard, getting as much done outdoors as possible as we see the signs of changing coming slowly on the colour of the trees. All is well in the Ashram.

Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early August it was quite peaceful with refreshing weather. Guests are enjoying the programme and show keen interest in all classes. We had a daytrip to Kanyakumari with over 20 guests. As usual we all enjoyed the Saturday night talent shows.

    During mid-August the guest numbers were boosted by a number of guests undergoing a two week panchakarma treatment. Feedback was very good. The guests were very happy with the standard of treatment and care shown by the staff headed by Dr Vishnu. Three outstanding events include Indian Independence Day on 15th. We chanted the national anthem during morning Satsang. On the same day Swami Rajeshwariananda and 4 other staff chanted the whole Ramayana in turns over 15 hours. This was the conclusion of the daily Ramayana readings during the Karkara month. Arun ji (head cook) conducted an Indian cooking workshop for the guests. It was much appreciated by all. We planned to do one every 2 weeks for each YV batch. In the background, maintenance works continued with an extensive electrification upgrading in anticipation of a high tension transformer being installed. Also we levelled a piece of ground near the ladies dorm to make space for a volleyball play ground. Annapoorna went home to Ukraine for a month. JP Singh joined the workstudy programme for 3 months. Krishna finished working on an online survey to send to all guests after check out. This should give us consistent unbiased feedback about our service. Pranams to all Sivananda Staff.

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

Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of August the inauguration ceremony for our yearly Sadhana Intensive 2 week course was initated. Ishwara Chaitanya specially came from Vilnius to assist in the course. Although it was raining quite a bit, this did not deter the enthusiasm of the students with their long sessions of pranayama. Dr. Van Stappen from Belgium came as our first guest-speaker of the month. She came for a few days and gave nice interactive presentations on non-violent communication. An additional training session for staff was also organized and much appreciated. We celebrated the anniversary of the Hanuman shrine with an festive Puja, many Kirtans and much joy. It was followed by the main temple anniversary with elaborate worship of all the deities, starting with Lord Ganesha and the celebration concluded at noon with the worship of the Navagrahas. All the Deities were beautifully decorated with special garlands coming from Paris, and we could feel the tremendous energy. We also celebrated Krishna Jayanthi with a Puja in the temple with full participation of all course participants and guests. Jnanadev, who is a professional tailor, made a beautiful new Dhoti for Krishna for the occasion. Stephen Quong was also here for a week and gave a series of lectures on the topic of vedic astrology. Dr Umakrishnamurti and Dr. Olga Mandodari Sokolova arrived towards the end of the month to give Certificate Courses on "Yoga Psychology and Mental Health" and "How to Design Healing Spaces with Vastu". It is worthwile mentioning that Uma inspired us all with her enthusiasm when she presented her devotional Bharata Natyam dance; she explained nicely the symbolic meaning of the gestures and mudras. Not only did she dance, but she made everybody dance also. Our third TTC of the year came to a happy conclusion: Everyone passed the test, and during the joyful get-together after the graduation ceremony we saw a very nice slide show of the main events of the TTC. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early August the Yoga Farm welcomed the Yoga of Recovery Course for Counsellors, a 10-day immersion combining Yoga, Ayurveda and 12-step teaching into one comprehensive course of study addressing addiction and recovery. This excellent course is ideal for Yoga teachers, counsellors, Ayurveda practitioners, etc., bringing this deep and ancient wisdom to others in recovery, and to understand the root causes of the addictive mind. Radha Krishna das and Atmajyoti taught the 5-day Beginner course to an enthusiastic group of yogis. The group enjoyed the teachings and developed a strong foundation for their home practice.

    During mid-August Swami Sitaramananda taught an Advanced Raja Yoga course (5 days) for staff and guests who appreciated the insights into the inner workings of their own minds. Parallel, she taught the Yoga of Recovery Counselors Course with Durga. It was a great success with students showing genuine appreciation for the Self transformation and Healing in a short 10 day time. The group came away with many tools to carry on their own practice and build a foundation for helping others with issues related to addiction. We thank Durga Leela for her tireless service in this most significant disease of our modern society. A highlight was the celebrations of Lord Krishna Janmastami with a Krishna and Navagraha Puja and Homa at the Krishna Temple which attains 18 years old. Ceremony was performed by our resident Pandit Sharma. Guests and staff rejoiced themselves with Krishna dances and chants. We hosted a beautiful concert with classically trained sarod player Chakrapani Singh, accompanied by Manjeet on tabla, presenting traditional ragas that uplifted all. A Stress Relief and Relaxation weekend retreat with Ananta Ch. was well attended, with focus on Proper Relaxation, Asana and Pranayama, and tools for increasing and managing prana for success in daily life. Om Namo Narayanaya to all the Sivananda family.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early August the Ranch was full of life and laughter with the Youth Camp in full swing. The kids were in the gardens, learning Permaculture, in the Temple learning Kirtan and the accompanying musical instruments, on the platforms learning yoga routines, in the kitchen learning to cook Ayurvedic food and on excursions to nearby lakes and waterfalls for hikes and swims. They are being taught how to live happily as a community and their faces are shining. Dr Kamlesh's five-day certification cooking course took place concurrently. We were treated to sumptuous and sattvic dishes every evening. The students were extremely happy with the training they received. Our Yoga Vacation program continued well as the guests enjoyed the beautiful weather and the daily workshops that were offered.

    During mid-August Srinivasan's daughter, Sivakami married her long time partner, Diego here at the Ranch.  Staff were busy with the preparations and carrying out the bride's every wish for a magical and spectacular wedding event. Sivakami and her mother, Sister Tao arrived and began the planning of a beautiful 4 day event, with many activities for the guests, who arrived from all around the world to share in this auspicious occasion.  Kanti Devi, Archarya of South America arrived with Ambika, Diego's mother, both from Uruguay. Swami Vashistha drove in to perform a Homa in honour of the couple. The marriage ceremony was performed by Rabbi Zoe, and took place on the barn platform, that was transformed into a magical forest setting, under the creative eye of our flower and garden staff, Ambika. While guests enjoyed the wedding cake after the ceremony, they were invited to joyfully dance on the lawn. Dr. Kemlash and his family prepared a grand Indian feast that was served to the guests at a reception in Kailas hall later in the evening.  We ended with the joyful celebration of Lord Krishna's birthday, Krishna Jayanti. The children from family week presented an adorable Lila of Krishna's childhood and joined in chanting and a beautiful Puja.  The evening ended with all attendants enjoying the over 16 prasads staff had prepared in offering to the Lord. Laughter pervaded the Ashram bringing about a connection of family, in many ways, but especially, a strong Sivananda family coming together in love. Staff sends Pranams to all! May the Gurus' blessings of be with us.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    In early August Swami Bramananda presented lectures during evening Satsangs on the topics of the practice & benefits of prayer. During Satsang we watched a video of Swami Swaroopananda presenting a Q&A
    session, which was held earlier in the year. Weather improved significantly so we were able to recommence our silent beach walks in the during morning Satsangs. We bid farewell to Swami Hridiyananda who has travelled back to Israel and will return for the start of our upcoming season.

    During mid-August Swami Bramananda presented lectures during evening Satsangs on the topics of building your home practice, providing guests with many practical techniques to incorporate yoga into their everyday lives. These were complimented by afternoon workshops, which gave tips for creating a sacred space for home practice and also how to maintain this. We enjoyed the many wonderful prasad dishes prepared for Sri Krishna Jayanti which we celebrated at the Bala Krishna temple. Work is coming along nicely with our new beachfront accommodations and we are still on track for these being ready for the beginning of high season. Staff are well and send lots of Prem. Pranams to all!

Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    By the beginning of the month the TTCs had settled in. They were very steady in their discipline and participated in all activities with great interest. The 10-days Yoga of the Heart course with Nischala Joy Devi and Bhaskara allowed the students to gain a lot of practical information how to teach students with heart condition and cancer. Rajashree Ramesh performed an accomplished and breath- taking Bharata Natyam dance and gave 3 additional workshops. Middle of August was a most inspiring time at the Retreat House with about 150 yogis attending the different programmes. The highlight was the Special Programme called Inner Peace for outer Peace with lectures by Swami Durgananda on Actions as seeds for peace and Yoga – a peace ceremony. Swami Sivadasananda gave several longer workshops on meditative asana and pranayama practice. The number of participants made us go to the village of Reith to use the large village hall. A 5 days Yoga and Psychology course with Dr Uma Krishnamurthi started with 40 eager students and inspiring lectures on how to deal with negative emotions, how to find mental balance through Yoga and on Radiant mental health. Dr Krishnamurthi was also speaking twice during Satsang and her insights were well received. A new guest speaker Sigrid Siebert, a nutritionist from Germany, gave three lectures on a modern and healthy diet for vegetarians, acid-base balance and preventing food allergies. TTC concluded with an elevating graduation ceremony. Olga Sokolova spent a few days here and had the full attention of the yoga guests for her interesting lectures on Vastu Shasta. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early August the Meenakshi Ashram was recharged with a sudden peak in the guest graph in the new season of yoga vacation course, adding new prana to the ambience. The guests tried their best to adapt, adjust and accommodate into the Yoga philosophy and Indian tradition. The common element sought by most spiritual seekers was 'balance' in every aspect and in life by itself. The well-structured Yoga Vacation course enabled this through a right dose of exposure to the major paths of Yoga. Also the fulfilling experience of staying in a rustic Ashram untouched by sophistication and modernism, while contemplating on the ideologies of yoga was apparent from their keenness. A wide spectrum of talent was displayed in one of the Saturday night shows, including an interesting martial art performance that focused on the techniques of defence through mind reading. The construction works in the new Satsang Hall proceeded at fever pitch; painting of steel structure is completed and a sample size of roof thatching is being done which will then wait for endorsement. Since its completion, the Mahakali Temple became our preferred venue for Satsangs, a refreshing change to meditate and chant amidst the most inspiring iconic backdrop of Nature.

    During mid-August "Friendly, Positive and Genuine"- such was the description about Meenakshi Ashram by our guests who are happy to be here for the Yoga Vacation program. There is a good number of Tamils this time as vacationers. In spite of the general repute of being shy they surprised us by breaking out of their shell especially in the talent night show performing Carnatic vocals, country style folk songs and 'Bharatha Natyam', almost making it a Tamil Tradition show. On the construction side, submersible motor was fixed in the borewell, the process which ended in a thrilling sight of a heavy stream of fresh water forcing itself up and out of the pipeline, the strength of which is unbelievable the locals say. It was exciting with many welcomes and celebrations; the return of our Director Anoopji from Canada after his six weeks trip, which paralleled with the 68th Indian Independence Day celebration on August 15th and followed the next day by Prahladaji's brief visit to meet up with the builder team conferencing about the construction works. Also the same day we were happy to celebrate the first birthday of Yadhvi, the baby of a couple who are TTC graduates from Meenakshi Ashram whose deep connection with this place made it their preferred merrymaking rendezvous for the occasion. We cheerfully welcomed Swami Satchidhananda back who was on a break since May to teach TTCs up north and for his intense personal sadhana in Gangothri. Naturally it was the 'sweetest' weekend too: Canadian chocolates, Cashew burfis for the Independent India, Gulab jamoons brought by special guests, Black Forest cake & vanilla ice creams in Birthday party, Sweets from Swamiji and topping it all a delicious 'Moong Dal Ghee Payasam' made by our chef. Long live such weekends! May Master and Guru be with us all. Peace and Pranams to the Sivananda family.

    TTC Reports in locations other than Ashrams:

    TTC Italy: The TTC inauguration took place at our temporary Ashram in Bracciano, an hour's drive from Rome. The seventeen students are mostly from Italy but include students from The Netherlands and Ireland.  Swami Rajeshwarnanda is teaching the main lectures, Swami Sankarananda is teaching the chanting and running the kitchen, Swami Jnaneswariananda is teaching the Bhagavad Gita and Anatomy, and Lalitabmika (Milan) is teaching the Hatha Yoga with Markandeya assisting. We were very happy to have Padmavati arrive from Vienna to provide translation for the first week. Yoga vacation guests also arrived throughout the week, enjoying the lively Satsangs and the guest programs. The location at Borgo Paola has a National Forest on its border, perfect for silent walks and a pool for a refreshing swim in the heat of the afternoon.

    The third week of TTC went smoothly as the students started their teaching groups and chanting in satsang. All the students were well prepared for both tasks, having worked very hard to master the asana instructions and the Bhajans. We held Mantra Initiation for 15 of the 17 students and gave their spiritual names. It was very inspiring for the teachers to see the sincere appreciation from the students. Om & Prem.

    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

    Om Namah Sivaya
    Om Namo Narayanaya from Bangkok! May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The highlight of the month was the annual summer retreat in the beginning of August. We spent 5 days in Finkenwerderhof, a location two hour from Berlin. 40 Yogis from Berlin, Hamburg and other cities in northern Germany joined on for the retreat. Everybody adapted very well to the classical Ashram schedule and enjoyed the program and the beautiful surrounding. As most of the students were quite new to yoga the lectures were based around the 5 points with many hints for the own practice at home which was very much appreciated by all. Daily walks, sometimes connected with swimming in the nearby lakes helped to relax everybody even more. In the Centre classes and courses went on smoothly, in the first 2 weeks in August most of the classes were outside on the platform, later on we had to stay inside due to colder temperatures. We had several nice weekend programs: A beginners intensive course took place with a good group of inspired newcomers who learned the basics of Asana and Pranayama practice within 2 days. A well received mantra workshop gave an insight to the mantras and students did a lot of chanting practice. In the monthly cooking workshop students cooked several easy dishes and the outcome was delicious. Krishna Jayanti was celebrated with a Puja. Many students brought flowers, there was delicious Prasad and many Krishna Kirtans were sung and the energy was very joyful and uplifted. Staff were active with the preparations for the TTC in Poland which is taking place in September. All staff are well. Pranams. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Prem & Om to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre
    In early August we organized the Shat Kriyas workshop which was well attended and the first Beginners morning yoga batch was started on Mondays. We started the month-long, 'Yoga Nidra' course also, which will be a regular feature with a weekly 'yoga nidra' class also starting from next month onwards for practice. This course is being highly appreciated and we are thankful to Sri Niranjana Ji for making this happen. A free manual and audio CD will be provided to all the participants at the end of the course. Rest all is fine and all the classes are going fine and we are seeing many more students in the open classes, everyone is cheerful and and the Centre is blessed with the positive vibrations of the Swamiji and master.

    During mid-August was calm and peaceful in the Centre. We started with the freshest batch of the ladies Beginners course and screened a very important Animal Rights documentary related to veganism, Earthlings (2006) after the ladies class and several students stayed back and understood the urgency of converting to this planet and animal friendly lifestyle/diet. Lots of questions and doubts were answered and solutions offered to adopting the most compassionate diet, vegan. We celebrated the Ganapathi Homam with chanted the name of lord Ganesha with full devotion and ardour. We organized the Advanced postures workshop for the interested students. Rest all is fine and all the classes are going on fine along with the "Active Relaxation" Course using the ancient techniques of Yoga Nidra. All the staff send Pranams to the Sivananda family. Blessings to all!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early August the weather already felt like autumn! A new Yoga 1 course started, and we were happy to welcome Swami Narayanananda to the Centre for a weekend of teaching and fellowship, which included a workshop on Yamas & Niyamas and a potluck barbecue in the garden. Lalita Chaitanya returned from a visit with family. The water-main construction project continued, so Bryn Mawr Avenue and adjacent streets were closed to traffic and parking during the daytime. This has had an impact on attendance at the Centre. We said goodbye to Janaki, who will continue as staff at the Ranch. We thanked her for her service, especially in the garden and wish her well on her journey.

    During mid-August, by the grace of the Gurus, all continued well. For the last session of the Bhakti & Kirtan course, students learned about and practiced doing Puja. We celebrated Krishna Janmashtami with a special Satsang, including Puja and chants for Sri Krishna. Several of our teachers and students are away on vacation, but the Centre enjoyed the help of some new Karma Yogis whose talents, energy, and good humour were inspiring and deeply appreciated. Construction continued on the street in front of both buildings. The air continued to taste more of autumn than of the "dog days" of summer. Pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi from the Centre in Chicago.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early August we had lovely weather. Most all the open classes were full and we started offering new open class times for a weekend that had good turn-outs. We started two new beginner courses. A few residents left but new ones filled their spots almost immediately.

    During mid-August Kumari finished two beginners courses with all attendees signing up for open classes. Open classes remain full with lots of drop-in backpackers. The house had a great diversity of residents bringing a beautiful energy to the Centre. All is well in Dalat. We feel a lot of blessings from Guru. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya

    In early August a sufficient number students enrolled for beginner course - morning batch. Open sessions and Shat-kriya workshop conducted received good participation. Attendance was low though as Rakhi celebrations were up in North India. We had many volunteer teachers arrive therefore, resident staff could spend more time for self-study. Anil returned after a good month of holidays. Also we are all set and ready for the beginner course for Gentle Yoga.

    During mid-August long holidays of Republic day and Sreekrishna Janmashtami celebrations directly reflected both positively and negatively to the activities of the Centre. Workshops scheduled weren't successful as we expected however attendance for open classes were impressive. We had a grand Janmashtami celebration at Centre, replacing the usual Satsang; we started Hawan at 8pm and were chanting Bhajans till 12am. Staff and students enjoyed the divine bliss for many hours & different kind of Prasad. With Gurus' blessings, everything goes perfectly. Om & Peace. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early August we started with two beginners courses (Yoga-1) at 06:30am and at 04:00pm along with weekend beginners course. The number of students for open class reduced due the heavy rain. The teachers meeting was conducted which was attended with good number of teachers specially the new. We have exchanged different views and discussed on how to run the Centre smoothly with their cooperation. Everyone participated and showed their full cooperation. After the meeting we had lunch together which was brought by the teachers. Karoona and Neelkant Ji left to Rishikesh for one week for a change. Satsang were attended by staff and guests.

    During mid-August we started two classes of Yoga-1. The long weekend - 15 -17 Aug say low numbers in students attendance. India celebrated its Independence day on 15th Aug and most of the people were away. Janmastami - Lord Krishna's birthday was celebrated with milk Abhishekam and Puja performed by Manjunath priest followed by Satsang. Almost 70 guests gathered and their energy and presence made the Devotional Chanting come alive. All staff are well and send their pranams. Om Namah Sivaya from Delhi! May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Om Namo Narayanaya!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    The Geneva Centre is closed until August 24th. We send our prayers to all. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early August we had good attendance, with the highest student count in several weeks. One of our staff, Mary, a doctor of Traditional Vietnamese and Chinese Medicine, taught a wonderful workshop on Reflexology and Foot Massage. The workshop was well-attended by nearly 20 students, some being staff and residents. Mary was very clear, simple and effective in her presentation, and the students enjoyed learning the points on the feet to improve organ function all over the body!  We had very hot weather and no rain, which left us quite hot, but students are still coming for the classes, and we are inspired to see people making the effort to come here.

    During mid-August we began a Yoga 1 course with nine students.  One of our outside teachers, Sivadas, was very happy to teach the course, after he taught a well-attended open house, and led these students to enrol. With many students all coming at the same time, we had to practice creative motorcycle parking! Swami Pranavananda taught a headstand workshop with many students learning the benefits of the headstand and making progress in their practice. Staff are in high spirits and happy to be blessed by the Divine Mother. All the staff were happy, with the Guru's blessings. We send Pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om Tat Sat.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early August we welcomed Mr and Mrs Kulkarni for a 5-day programme on Ayurveda and healthy living. They gave 2 cooking courses which were well attended and much appreciated. The topics were "Easy Ayurveda Cooking" and "Ayurveda Kitchen Pharmacy". There are 3 more lectures on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We have 50 bookings now for our annual summer retreat in Dorset in Gaunts House. Sundari came back after renovating her apartment. Francine, our resident moved out, but will continue to come for classes and karma yoga.

    During mid-August the yearly summer retreat took place in Dorset which included daily lectures on Ayurveda with Mr and Mrs Kulkarni. A sincere and harmonious group 50 participants joined the retreat. They enjoyed a beautiful silent walk in the forest with the very old trees. The students recharged nicely and enjoyed the Yoga-Ayurveda combination. One weekend at the Centre was used for refurbishing the downstairs asana hall. A close karma yogi and professional decorator painted the walls in a bright yellow colour, the effect is very invigorating. Just after returning from Dorset we celebrated the birthday of Lord Krishna with a Puja performed by our local Indian priest. Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya. Salutations to all! Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early August there was more activity at the Centre with students returning from vacation. We started a new Yoga 1 course and also have a Positive Thinking course. One Saturday evening we had a community evening and showed the documentary, Genetic Roulette about GMO's and how much they are affecting people's health.

    During mid-August we welcomed Swami Anubhavananda for his annual visit. Once again he inspired and lifted everyone with his humorous Vedantic exposition on Happiness, Happiness is not created - all we need to do is drop our acquired nature and allow our essential blissful nature shine through. Swami Omkarananda led a workshop on permaculture following an excellent article in the local newspaper about the permaculture projects she has initiated at the staff house and in the community. Class attendance is picking up as students return from summer vacation. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Pranams.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    In August, the Centre continued with a reduced summer schedule. Swami Dayananda came from Argentina to teach in the TTC in Aluenda, as well as Chandra from Uruguay, along with Lakshmi, Manuel and Vishnu. We have 26 course participants. We celebrated Lord Krishna's birthday with a small Puja. Before going to the TTC in Aluenda, Swami Sivadasananda visited the Centre of Madrid. Many students enjoyed a class and an inspiring Satsang. OM

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early August was special for us. We started work with our prime client TVS group of school. The last year we covered TVS Nagar school teaching and non teaching staff, where everyone of the students attended all the 15 fifteen days of Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation course. The school was closed for summer vacation and just reopened. This year the classes begun for Lakshmi school teachers and non teaching staffs where we are expecting the same. The first batch begun with 18 teachers. Beside this, we started a new beginner course at 6 am with good numbers of students. We held a Head stand workshop and energetic Satsang with teachers and students. Other usual classes continued well.

    During mid-August we introduced first time 5-day chanting class where 3 ladies and Centre staffs join for this course. In the course the participants learned Initial Prayer, Final Prayer, Shanti Mantra, Guru Prayer, Lalitha Sahsaranama, Vishnu Sahsaranama, Hanuman Chalisa and of course the Sivananda Chant. All of them enjoyed the chanting and the process of learning. They committed to join all the chanting classes. A Monday yoga beginner course started for ladies at 4 Pm. The TVS school classes and our open classes, Kids class and private classes went well with the gurus grace. Pranams from the Temple city Madurai to each and everybody in the Sivananda family. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Milano, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya from Northern Italy.
    May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early August we started a 3 classes Meditation Course with 13 students. On Wednesdays and Thursdays we also began the Beginners Yoga Course.
    Chandra came back from Buenos Aires. He then traveled to Spain so as to be at the TTC in Aluenda. We had a very active day with many children at the Yoga class and many interested people at the Free trial class. All the teachers, as always, helping us with the classes

    During mid-August we continued with the regular activities like pregnant, beginners, children and seniors classes. We prepared some candies and balloons for the Children´s Day. Children were very happy with it. Meditation course is still running on Mondays. Students show much interest. Thanks to the Masters we had a good number of students. Om and Pranams to everyone in the Sivananda Family from the staff at Montevideo.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early August classes continued to be well attended, the Saturday morning community class in the park is becoming popular, with over 40 people attending. Anandi from the camp stayed at the Centre for 2 days, supporting with operation of the Centre, her presence was welcomed. Swami Shivabhaktananda gave Satsang, the energy from the Satsang was vibrant raising the vibrations of the Centre. We thank Master and Swami ji for their continued grace.

    During mid-August we were pleased to see the 100th summer special card bought at the Centre. The pass has allowed many regular students to practice more regularly and seen new students attend, this has kept the vibrations positive and stable at the Centre. We are working on opportunities so people are encouraged to continue their practice in September and onwards. Swami Shivabhaktananda came to the Centre with 40 people from the Ashram (the ATTC`s and staff.) Sashi, Sivaram and Joanne kindly prepared a South Indian meal for all, everyone were extremely grateful for the time and care they spent on the preparation of food. The Centre was filled with devotion as Priest Harisha conducted a beautiful Krishna Puja. There were about 45 people (teachers, karma yogi`s and students) in attendance from the Centre. We thank Master and Swami ji for their continued grace. We are thankful to Master and Swami ji for their continued inspiration and presence. Pranams to all the Sivananda family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    One of the special events was a one day retreat with the topic "Healthy Back" in which participants learnt a lot how asanas make their backs strong and flexible and improve their body alignment. In our monthly Open House we presented the various activities of the Centre. The program included yoga trial classes, a meditation workshop, a small cooking class, an asana demonstration, a lecture about the benefits of the yoga practice and a video show about the yoga teachers training courses (TTC) and the yoga vacations. Further courses were a cooking course with the title "Light Summer Dishes" , a workshop  "Inner Balance – Peace of Mind" and a TTC preparation day. The spiritual festival of Krishna Jayanti was celebrated with a beautiful Puja. We are looking forward to an autumn full of interesting activities here in the Centre! We wish all a very beautiful summer. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya!

    In early August students are coming back to the practice after the cooler weeks of winter. Also for the Satsangs we are receiving new participants every week. The beginner's course starting have 5 students. We started the advertisement for the March 2015 TTC, which for the first time is organized in the city of Bariloche, located in the south part of Argentina, surrounded by mountains and lakes.

    During mid-August more students were coming back to the practice and very good attendance for the weekend workshop and Friday evening Satsang. Once again we enjoyed the Shiatzu massage course given by Ananda, a local Sivananda teacher. Now we are starting the advertisement for the September and October activities which includes a series of workshops on Ayurveda. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all this year.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early August the summer season hitting New York City during this time of the year has been making our backyard get a new outlook with blossomed flowers that have been attracting a wide variety of colorful birds. It feels so nice, refreshing and relaxing to have a tiny portion of Mother Nature back there!
    Classes were getting busier. Two Yoga 1 courses finished while another Yoga 1, a Meditation 1 and a Positive thinking 1 courses started. We saw our emotions manifest, as we had to say good-bye to Haridas after having completed his 4 months of service. We feel grateful with all his help here and wish him all the best in his new pursuits. Swami Narayanananda went to Chicago for a weekend to lead a program on meditation at the Sivananda Centre there. Later on in the afternoon of the same day Susan also took off as she was granted a few days off to recharge and visit other places in the city. A Ranch staff called Nirmala also came down from the Catskills to stay over and help us out before heading off to her next destination. Kanti Devi drove down from Canada to stay in the Centre for a couple of days before heading up to the Ranch on the Aug 13th. That same day Mahadev Chaitanya and Kamala also came down from the Ashram to stay over night. On the early morning some of the Centre staff went to Central park for a silent walk and did our asana practice while being inspired by the energy of the fresh environment and the quiet surroundings. Later on in the afternoon Mahadev Chaitanya taught the advance asana class at the Centre followed by the evening Satsang that was led by Kanti Devi. A good amount of people came and it was very inspiring for us to feel her motherly energy around and to listen to some stories about her life with Swami Vishnu. We look forward to new programs and adventures while serving in the midst of the Big Apple! 

    During mid-August, after having spent a few days in Chicago, Swami Narayanananda came back to the NY Centre. We started two new yoga courses with a good number of students enrolled. The current courses are continuing at a good pace. Swami ji went to the Ranch to attend Srinivasin's daughter Sivakami's wedding (to her now husband Diego). In the evening of the same day the Centre staff went out for a farewell dinner at a local Asian vegetarian restaurant with Ishwari, a Colombian staff member, before she left for the Ranch the next day.  Iswari spent 3 months in service at the Centre. At the Ranch she is assisting in the Family Week Program which will complete her commitment in the New York area. Ishwari is planning to continue serving in the organization for a while yet. We will miss her delicious meals, warm smile, and generous nature. We wish her the best and hope to see her again soon. One Sunday, as part of the evening Satsang, we celebrated Krishna Jayanti with a very simple but nice Puja. Visitors participated in the Abhishekam and the flower offering. It was a very special and uplifting night for all of us here. And….last but not least, Rama the sweetest, cuddliest resident here (OK, he's a cat) got a new scratching board. Rama is currently participating in our new, private, level 1 'Cat Scratching Board Course' being offered by Swamiji.  He soon may be able to progress to level 2. But, honestly speaking, Rama is just biding his time until our new carpet arrives. Coming up… Ram goes to the dentist… Stay tuned! All the staff is well and sending their pranams. All staff are well and sending their pranams. Om Namah Sivaya from all the staff here at the NYC Centre. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Calm summer with sun and rain. In spite of the holidays and the rain many new students visited the Centre to participate in the different activities of the month. We had workshops on the topics of "Yoga at home», »Reviewing the Sun Salutation". "Introduction to Meditation", "Kriyas and fasting". The staff enjoyed some days in Orleans for the Temple anniversary celebrations.  Many Karma yogis and teachers were there as a temporary staff to support the Centre. We celebrated Krishna Jayanti with an inspiring Puja and words about Lord Krishna and his lilas.   We had 3 inspiring lectures on Vedic Astrology with our special guest Stephen Quong – Umananda who stayed in the Centre for a week.  We will finish the month with the visit of Swami Kailasananda for a special programme. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    In early August we painted the walls of the main stars, it is much nicer now. Ivana left to Argentina and will come back in two weeks. We also are working in a knew design fro the brochures and decided to open the Yoga 2 curse because some people need more preparation before go to regular classes.

    During mid-August we painted the baseboard of the walls orange. It is very good!! Some students registered for the new Yoga 2 course and the classes are fine. We are having a Little problem with our neighbour the restaurant because the smell of the food is too strong at night, we will try to resolve this problem some how. Ivana went to Argentina for some personal things, bur she will come back to the Sanskrit course at the end of August. Pranams, from all the staff at Porto Alegre Centre.

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    In early August our Centre remained open during the month of August, close teachers are holding the fort while the staff are in Bracciano for the TTC, students who stayed in Rome during the holidays appreciated very much and people from other Centres are coming to the Centre also taking advantage that the Centre is open.

    During mid-August the second week of the TTC went smoothly as the staff and students settled into the routine. Padmavati returned to Austria and passed translating duties to Ananta and Jyoti who arrived from Parma with 7 month old Ravi.  Many yoga vacationers arrived for the Traditional Farragosto holidays of mid-August. The staff are fine. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with all. Om & Prem.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    During mid-August we started teaching at alternative location. Over a weekend, Swami Sitaramananda , Rajeshwari and Chandika came to San Francisco to pursue new location search for the Centre . While there Swami Sitaramananda  gave a Satsang lecture and staff taught at CIF building. One Sunday Krishna Janmastami Puja was performed by Gajananam and Savitri including a sweet Odissi dance performance by two young dancers. We pray that the prospect new location of SF Centre will come through, by Guru's grace. We maintained meanwhile connections with our students through emails and newsletters. Pranams to all from San Francisco Centre.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During mid-August we've started many new courses. A new Yoga 1 started on Wednesdays with 12 participates, Advanced meditation courses started on Sundays and Tuesdays, both with 10 students. On Mondays and Wednesdays Yoga 3 courses begun, each with 17. We had a very peaceful weekend which was dedicated for personal sadhana, rest and rejuvenation after a few intense weeks. We celebrated the Krishna Jayanti in a most festive way with many devotees, beautiful Kirtans, abundance of prasad and the inspiring presence and teaching of Swami Swaroopananda and Swami Prema Swaroopananda. Blessings and Peace to all of the Sivananda Family from the Tel Aviv Centre.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    In early August with the approach of the typhoon, rain and wind became strong for a few days. As the Bon vacation began, people started returning to their home town.Tokyo's population decreased so as the number of the student attending.  The new class started on the 6th for mother and children of which we scheduled 2 more classes during the summer vacation of the school children. Junko, one of the long time resident staff here and HCM Centre in Vietnam moved out on the 9th to begin new life in the suburbs.

    During mid-August it was hot and humid in Tokyo. On the 23rd, karma yogi meeting was held. We discussed about Swami Sita's stay in Tokyo Center scheduled on the second week of September. Also, Machiko introduced herself to Tokyo Center's teachers and karma yogis. Trial class on the 24th was fully booked with 20 students and many participants enrolled for Yoga 1 course afterward. The annual Awa-dance festival was held in this district one weekend, Koenji station was crowded with many tourists. Some students came late for the class as police closed some streets for the festival. We could hear the drum beat for all day long. May Master and Swamiji bless us to be able to provide this. Pranams.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During mid-August open classes were well attended. With continued interest the pre-natal class has been extended for another month. Saraswati made an excellent meal for the students with tapioca pudding which went down a treat. Janaki's Yoga Asana Symbol Series began and was well received with seven students attending. Tejas taught the free-trial class with 14 students attending and led Satsang with Sunday prayers. We started new Yoga 1 and 2. Janaki's workshop continued every Friday. The prenatal class was extended by the students requesting to include extra classes. The students and teachers were slowly getting back after summer vacation, classes were well attended. The Centre was quite quiet, as Tejas left for the Yoga Camp Ashram to prepare for his trip to India. Saraswati 2 was alone, and with the help of Shira she led Satsang. Kanti, the resident at the Centre, returned from Ballarus after her vacation. Bhakti was there to help out at the Centre. Maheswari returned from a trip to the Ashram, and was there to lead Satsang. Pranams to all. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early August we commenced our first Yoga 1 batch for ladies in the morning and a mixed batch in the evening. This is a part of our new Beginner's Course to better meet the needs of the beginners. Students are responding well to the new course. We started a Kriya Workshop covering the basics of cleansing the respiratory system through the practices of Jala and Sutra Neti. There was a good turn out of students despite the rain. Classes are continuing well with a consistent turn out of beginner's, intermediates and children (for weekend kids classes) The rains are coming down hard most mornings and evenings, but this hasn't dampened students coming to class. Overall it has been quiet at the Centre. Staff are focusing on the continued classes and on their own sadhana.

    During mid-August the Yoga 1 batch started for the ladies in the mornings. The mixed batch in the evenings completed their course.  In spite of heavy showers the classes for Beginner's, Intermediate & weekend classes for kids went fairly well.  Weekend yoga classes starting on the 1st Saturday also went well. Sandeep transferred to Madurai Ashram and Moni took charge at Trivandrum. All the staff members are fully engaged with their classes, regular karma yoga & their own practice. Pranams to the Sivananda family worldwide.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    August began with a seminar Yoga for the Back which was well attended. We also had a successful Open House with many new, young students. On another weekend we had an Introduction into Thought Power with many inspired participants. Due to the good weather some afternoon open classes took place in the nearby park, students enjoying the soothing breeze under the trees. Weekend Satsangs in general were well attended. Highlight of the month was the Krishna Jayanti Pooja. Staff lovingly made preparations for the first birthday celebration with the new Lord Krishna Murthi in the new temple room. Many participants came, we had a joyous celebration which inspired and uplifted the hearts of all. After the Pooja we had a bandhara in the adjacent asana room and shared the energy with students and teachers. This month staff were also taking the chance to prepare the next season by calling students for courses to come, updating the website and finalising the brochure, which will be printed 1st week of September. In our Yogahall on the 3rd floor construction works started for renovating the heating system. Sarasvati Chaitanya came from Geneva via Madrid to support the Centre. Swami Mangalananda who had supported the Centre in July left for Reith at the beginning of August for assisting with Yoga of the Heart. Ishwara was on family vacation for the month. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius
    In August we held seven days retreat in a place just half an hour away from Vilnius. Eighty students came from different countries like Russia, Belorussia, Latvia and different towns of Lithuania. Swami Shyamananda gave well appreciative Satsangs and lectures with different topics on Inner Peace, Service, Raja Yoga, Karma and Reincarnation, the Masters. Level of Prana day was coming up every and the teachings of the Masters were well deeply accepted. Children took part in some yogic activities and had lots of fun in a nearby lake. All students left grateful for the opportunity to tune more to the way of Yoga and Vedanta. Despite of temperature sometimes rising up to almost forty-plus this month we were happy to continue with many beginners and higher courses. We also received a small and inspired group of students for our monthly Open Day. All students participated in all activities of this day and we received several enrolments for the beginners course. Ishwara Chaitanya left for Orleans to teach and to serve in the Ashram. Brochure for the next season is finalized. Staff are well and inspired. Sending Prem to all the Sivananda family. OM.

Spread the message of love. Love rules without a sword and binds without a cord. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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