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Issue #04/2015 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize April 1, 2015
"When you love God, you love everything.  All are His manifestations.." - Sri Swami Sivananda

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
News
Sivananda Yoga FAQ
Hatha Yoga Tips
Yoga Sanskrit Glossary
Raja Yoga
Vegetarian Cuisine
Upcoming Events

International News - Ashrams
Yoga Camp Ashram, Canada
Dhanwanthari Ashram, India
Kutir Ashram, India
Chateau du Yoga Ashram, France
Yoga Farm Ashram, USA
Yoga Ranch Ashram, USA
Yoga Retreat Ashram, Bahamas
Retreat House Ashram, Austria
Meenakshi Ashram, India

International News - Centres
Berlin, Germany
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chennai, India
Chicago, USA
Dwarka, Delhi, India
Nataraja, Delhi, India
Geneva, Switzerland
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
London, England
Los Angeles, USA
Madrid, Spain
Madurai, India
Melbourne, Australia
Milano, Italy
Montevideo, Uruguay
Montreal, Canada
Neuquen, Argentina
Munich, Germany
New York, USA
Paris, France
Porto Alegre, Brasil
Rome, Italy
San Francisco, USA
Tel Aviv, Israel
Toronto, Canada
Trivandrum, India
Vienna, Austria
Vilnius, Lithuania

SPIRITUAL CALENDAR:
APRIL 2015
04 Full Moon
04 Hanuman Jayanti
05 Easter
15 Vishu (Malayalee New Year)
15 Ekadasi
18 New Moon
29 Ekadasi

MAY 2015
04 Full Moon
14 Ekadasi
18 New Moon
29 Ekadasi
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OM NAMAH SIVAYA!

NEWS

Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

We are glad to inform you that finally our San Francisco Sivananda Centre found a new location so we can continue serving in that city as we have for the past 40 years. While South India and Bahamas had their successful high seasons and continued to go with same strength as we write this, our Rudraprayag had highest numbers of teacher trainees this year, so has Vietnam and the Yoga Ranch Winter TTC. Our TTC diplomas reached the turning point of over 36,000.

In general, all city Centres worldwide are receiving more students for Meditation and Satsangs, where we experience people longing to go deeper inside. We are glad that Swamiji's teachings are getting more and more stronger and reaching many that are in need.

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

Pranams to all.

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Feel you are all-pervading Atman.  Live in Atman.  Rejoice in Atman. - Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. CAre there fulfilled prophecies in the Hindu scriptures?
A.

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

Q. If the Soul is immortal, why does Swamiji celebrate his birthday which belongs to the body?
A.

I do not celebrate my birthday. It is the devotees who do it. Celebration of such birthdays is equal to worship of Para Brahman. Worship of the Guru is worship of Para Brahman. The devotees take delight in celebrating the birthday, and they are benefited, uplifted. A spiritual wave is created year after year when the birthday is celebrated, and more and more people get a chance of knowing the existence of the Divine Life Society and my teachings. The celebrations of the birthday is an annual reminder to the aspirants of the purpose of their life. It is a fillip to their Sadhana. The pious, receptive attitude prevalent on such an occasion draws forth the grace of the Guru and God upon the devotees. The thoughts of peace, love, devotion, etc., sent out by the innumerable devotees that assemble together to celebrate the birthday go a long way to promote peace, harmony and spiritual well-being in the land. It is not without purpose that the Hindus celebrate the birthdays of religious leaders, saints and sages, such as Buddha Jayanti, Sankara Jayanti, Mahavira Jayanti, etc. The Hindu calendar is spotted with many such Jayantis and other holy days, so that the observance of these Jayantis and holy days may give the needed spiritual impetus to people and they may strive with increased zeal for the attainment of the purpose of life, viz., God-realization. The more we have of such special, holy days, the more we have the chance of being inspired to intensify our spiritual progress.

Q. I am convinced that praying to saints and worshipping them is absolutely wrong. They prayed to God and found salvation for themselves, and in like manner, we also can take care of our salvation without depending on any saint.
A.

No. It is not so. Saints and sages are worthy of our adoration and prayers, because they have shown us the ways to God-realization. The apprentice, who has just entered service in any field, is expected to have an attitude of submission and receptivity to his senior who trains him on the job, although the latter may be a man like himself. The same is applicable in the field of spirituality. By respecting saints and following their teachings, you grow in spirituality, you learn to love, and know God more adequately. May God bless you!

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

Saturate your mind with divine thoughts.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

DHANURASANA - The Bow - All levels
A bow shaped pose combining benefits of cobra and locust.
The full bow pose involves a good back contraction and stretch to thighs. An option for those who find it difficult to catch hold of both ankles, is to attempt the pose with one knee bent, holding on one ankle at a time. This is also a good way to work on increasing the stretch in each thigh before going on to the full version holding both ankles. Begin lying on the abdomen, stretch out legs on mat and arms in front, rest on forehead. Bend the right knee, reach behind and take hold of the right ankle with the right hand. On an inhalation, contract the back and push up the right leg as high as possible while keeping hold of the ankle, the arm is straight. Simultaneously lift up the head and chest. Keep the left arm and hand stretched out in front on the mat to support the body. Release with an exhalation. Repeat with the left knee bent, holding on the left ankle.

For the complete bow, lie on the abdomen with forehead on mat, keep knees apart, bend both knees and catch hold of the ankles. Keep the arms stretched out straight but relax the feet. Then with an inhalation, come into the full bow pose. Contract the back muscles, keep pushing the feet high and the knees will come high off the mat. Lift the head simultaneously, and look up. The arms are both straight, shoulders back. Tip- keep both feet at equal height. Adjust if necessary. Hold a few breaths and then exhale and release the pose. Lower first the head, chest and thighs to the mat, then release the ankles last. Relax in childs pose.

Rocking Bow Variation:
A variation can be added, by rocking on the front of the body in full pose. This requires more lift in the chest (more flexibility) and head and more contraction in the back muscles to start the rocking movement back onto thighs. Begin with a full inhalation, rock back, then exhale strongly and use arms and shoulders to pull body forward onto abdomen and chest. Repeat this rocking motion 3-6 times before releasing the pose as before.

BENEFITS:
Tones back muscles
Counteracts curvature of spine as in kyphosis so helps with posture and keeps spine supple.
Strengthens and stretches quadriceps muscles of thighs.
Keeps hips and shoulder joints flexible.
Helps gastrointestinal disorders, digestion, constipation and energizes female reproductive system.
A mentally energizing posture.

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

Space is no limitation. Distance is no barrier. Thou art all-pervading Soul.
- Swami Sivananda

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

PARASURAMA AVATARA
Rama with the axe, the destroyer of the tyranny of the warrior-caste, the Kshatriya race. The object of Parasurama Avatara was to deliver the country from the oppression of the Kshatriya rulers. Parasurama destroyed the Kshatriya race twenty-one times. Parasurama (Axe-wielding Rama), is the Sixth avatara of Vishnu, and a son of Jamadagni. He is also the first Sovereign Emperor known to man. He received an axe after undertaking a terrible penance to please Shiva, from whom he learned the methods of warfare and other skills.
As the story goes, King Kaartaveerya-arjuna (Sahasrarjuna) and his army visited Jamadagni, Parasurama's father and a brahmin sage. Jamagagni fed his guest and the whole army with his divine cow, Subarea. The king demanded to have the magical cow but Jamadagni refused because he needed the cow for his religious ceremonies. Later, King Kaartaveerya-arjuna (Sahastrarjuna) sent his soldiers to take the cow. Parasurama stepped in and killed the entire army and the king with his axe. In return, the prince beheaded Jamadagni.
The purpose of the sixth incarnation of Vishnu is considered to relieve the earth's burden by exterminating the sinful, destructive and irreligious monarchs that pillaged its resources and neglected their duties as kings.
However, unlike all other avatars, Parasurama still lives on earth even today. Secondly, he is an Avesha Avatara, a secondary type of Avatara. In such an Avatara, Vishnu does not directly descend such as that of Rama but instead enters the soul of a man with His form. Accordingly, unlike Rama and Krishna, Parasurama is not worshipped. But in South India, there exists one major temple commemorating Parasurama.

Other notes about Parasurama, the story goes on that Parasurama was struck by remorse at the King's wanton killings, and offered penance on a mountain top. The sea god Varuna responded, and offered Parasurama land equal to the distance he could throw his axe. Parasurama threw his axe from Gokarnam and it fell at Kanyakumari. As promised the sea gave way to land, thus giving rise to Kerala.
According to one legend, Parasurama also went to visit Siva once but the way was blocked by Ganesha. Parasurama threw the axe at him and Ganesha, knowing it had been given to him by Shiva, allowed it cut off one of his tusks.

Love knows no reward.  Love knows no fear. - Sw. Sivananda

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

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.

Renounce pedantry, erudition and learning and become child-like and silent. Now you will realize the Self. - Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

From Discourse II - Sadhana Pada - On Spiritual Disciplines
II.32. SAUCA-SAMTOSA-TAP-SAVDHYAYESVARA-PRANIDHANANI

"The Niyamas consists of cleanliness, contentment, austerity, self study, and self surrender.

Commentary:
The 'niyamas' are observances which cultivate positive qualities. They involve purification, stilling the mind, self-discipline, inquiry into the nature of the Self, and surrendering the personal will, or ego, to the Supreme will. Aside from cleanliness, one should cultivate indifference toward the body. Cleanliness means internal as well as external purification. A proper diet based on vegetarianism and natural foods, specialized yogic cleansing techniques, and the Yoga exercises keep the body internally pure and free from obstructions. Cleanliness also extends to the mind. Only when it is it is purified of all dross can it be a pure mirror for the reflection of the Self.

Walk in the foot-steps of the great Saviours and Saints of the World. - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

WHEAT FREE CREPES
A great option for those who are wheat or gluten intolerant. These quick crepes are so versatile, delicious for breakfast, a light lunch/dinner or a dessert. Be as creative as you like, fill them with something savoury or sweet and fold them, then top with a savoury sauce or sweet syrup, if desired. Serves 4-6.


Ingredients:
1½ cups stirred soy flour
1¾ cups rice flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
Pinch salt
1 -2 teaspoons honey
2¾ cups water recommended or more
4 tablespoons oil
Oil for frying

Directions:
Combine the soy and rice flours, baking powder and salt.
Add the water a little at a time, stirring so batter is smooth and desired consistency reached. Use more water if mixture is too thick or stiff.
Gradually beat in the honey and the oil, the batter should be very runny. This makes for a lighter crepe. A thicker batter, if preferred, will give you a pancake type texture.
Heat a heavy skillet over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and brush with oil.
Add enough batter to thinly coat base of pan and flatten the mixture with back of a spoon.
Fry until the Centre bubbles, turn it over and cook until golden brown.
Repeat with remaining batter to make 4-6 thicker/ larger crepes or 10-12 thinner smaller crepes.
Serve hot.

Variations:
For sweet crepes, serve with maple syrup, honey or a berry sauce on top.
For a more lavish crepe, use a fruit filling accompaniment such as fresh strawberries or other berries, or fried or baked banana* or apple. Serve with cream, vanilla ice cream or plain thick yoghurt.
For savoury crepes, suggest filling with a ricotta cheese and sour cream mixture in equal parts and adding sautéed mushrooms. Fold crepe over.

* Baked banana recipe also obtainable in The Yoga Cookbook. Featured in September 2014 Gurugram

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

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

Meditation and contentment are the secrets of good health and longevity. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC, ATTC, Sadhana Intensive Courses

2015

Apr 05 - May 03/15
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Apr 09 - May 06/15
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Apr 09 - May 06/15
ATTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Apr 26 - May 25/15
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

May 02 - May 30/15
TTC – English, Espaňol
Grass Valley, CA, USA
www.sivananda.org/yogafarm

May 09 - Jun 05/15
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

May 02 - May 17/15
Sadhana Intensive – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

May 09 - Jun 07/15
ATTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

May 10 - Jun 07/15
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

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

May 31 - Jun 28/15
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Jun 14- Jun 28/15
Sadhana Intensive
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Jun 02 - Jun 30/15
ATTC – English, 日本語 中文
Grass Valley, CA, USA
www.sivananda.org/yogafarm

Jun 14 - Jul 12/15
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Jun 28 - Jul 25/15
TTC – English, Français, Espaňol,
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be humble.  Be simple.  Be gentle.  Be sweet.  Be frank like a child.  You will enter the realm of eternal bliss.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - MARCH 2015

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    The Ashram was very peaceful and serene during the beginning of March. It was fairly quiet at the Camp. Staff then focussed on the painting and cleaning of the Subramanya/Ayyappa Temple, as its opening will take place on the 11th of April. Daily snowshoeing up and down the hill has been a great exercise. Temperatures have increased slightly and one can feel the heat of sun on the skin. We welcomed Manjunath back. He spent the winter in India and now is back to carry on the daily Pujas and rituals in the Krishna Temple and Samadhi Estates until the season starts for the other temple. We hosted Sashi and Sivaram (Swamiji's nephew) for a South Indian cooking workshop. It was a great success as the 35 attendants gathered in the kitchen for the entire afternoon, preparing for all a delicious feast. Apart from learning the preparations with Sashi they had a good entertaining time with Sivaram, with his many stories about Master Sivananda and Swami Vishnu. As the spring approaches we had a change over of staff, as those who stayed over the winter months are leaving and those who look forward for the busy summer months slowly arrive.

    During mid-March we had lots of clean up work outside as we saw snow again with heavy winds, undoing a lot of our shovelling efforts. Housekeeping staff were busy preparing all the rooms for the mid month weekend as we were fully booked. Over 55 guests participated in the juice fasting weekend most of them checking in on the Friday. The fasters were very happy and enjoyed the wealth of knowledge that Suzanne and Isabelle had to offer. They enjoyed beginner/gentle and intermediate yoga classes. Saturday evening guests went for a silent walk allowing them to be outside and get some fresh air. The fast finished on Sunday at 2pm. It was a successful and happy weekend for the guests who enjoyed everything from the workshops, sauna, classes and juice-ing. France, who is providing Thai Yoga massage was completely booked over the weekend. 60 guests checked out on the Sunday, making sure to keep the housekeeping and laundry staff on their feet! We had 4 guests staying for a week and lots of guests booking in for Dr. Madan Bali's program, "Yoga for Stress and Psychosomatic Disorders". Swami Shivabhaktananda returned from the USA after many flight delays. The Subramanya Temple was painted, looking fresh and ready for the opening, although we still have the last cleaning to do. Paul continued with the work on building a new room beside the dining hall at the Temple. Staff are all doing well and trying to maintain a steady practice. We look forward to the Easter celebrations and a slight increase in the temperature. Pranams to all! Om Namo Narayanaya to all Sivananda Staff from the Yoga Camp.



Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    At the beginning of March the one month dry weather spell broke with some heavy thunder showers. Fortunately we were able to disconnect the electrical equipment in good time to prevent damage due to the lightening strikes. We have an enthusiastic group of 10 new teachers who are daily  teaching each other under supervision. They are rapidly progressing to become capable teachers. Highlights of the week included; visit of Kerala Blog Express group composed of 35 blog writers touring Kerala sponsored by the Kerala tourism department, Kattakali dance performance depicting Daksha Yagyam. This is the first time that the story of Siva, Sati and her father, Daksha has been portrayed here. The fight between Veerabhadra, Bhadrakali and Daksha provided the dramatic high point of the dance. Students and staff celebrated Holi with gay abandon at the Lakeside on Saturday. It was a good opportunity to let off some steam. We welcomed Nasser from Iran to the staff and bid adieu to workstudy Iris with thanks for her selfless service particularly in the reception.

    Mid-March the Ashram staff were able to relax a bit between TTCs. Swami Gayatriananda, Swami Rajeshwariananda, Padmavati, Kalyani and Nataraj took the opportunity to visit the well known Subramanya temple at Trichendur. It was a blessing to visit this temple on the coast of Tamil Nadu. Back at the Ashram the new teachers class continued daily and we started a new afternoon Gentle Class  for the yoga vacationers. On Saturday the Ashram was invited to participate in a walk for International Womens' Day. The event had been postponed for 2 weeks due to the death of a senior government official. Over twenty guests and staff joined several hundred participants in Trivandrum. The week came to an end with the TTC initiation on Sunday. The total of 108 students added an auspicious edge to the event. This week we bid adieu to Omkari and Yukti and thank them for their selfless service. New staff Harshim has joined from the February TTC batch.

    After celebrating Sivaratri in the ashram in Neyyar Dam, a group of 18 yatris began the 4th annual South Indian Yatra, a 14-day pilgrimage to sacred and holy places in south India. The temples were noticeably less crowded this time of year, which was greatly appreciated by both the staff and guests. Along with our usual pilgrimage route some of the trip highlights included: sailing the famous Kerala backwaters with Vijay (Delhi – West), visiting Madurai ashram for the beginning of February TTC and the Ganapathi Homa, taking a dip in the surprisingly clean waters of Rameshwaram, asana class at sunrise with Suresh on the lawns of Brigadeeshwara Temple, a special abhishekam and viewing the "secret" golden leaves during arati in Chidambram Temple, Sanskrit lessons with Srinivas on the yatra bus, evening satsang in front of mighty Arunachala, traversing the tunnels in Kailasanantha Temple and coming out re-born, a private asana class with Prahlad in Chennai centre, traveling to the rock carved temples in Mahabalipuram with Dr. Vishnu, accidently crashing a wedding in Dikshina Chitra, and enjoying a bharatnatyam dance performance followed by a spectacular fireworks display for our last night together in Chennai. Pranams & Om Namah Sivaya from all staff at Neyyar Dam.


Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    The first TTC of the high season is slated for April 5th with another immediately following on May 10th. We are looking forward to teaching vibrant groups of students this year. May the Gurus' blessings protect and be with us all. Pranams. Om.



Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The "Yoga and Silence" Retreat at the beginning of the month went very well, it was a nice experience for everybody to focus on each and every activity in silence. Swami Bhagavatananda elaborated on the nice chapter on « Silence » from Bliss Divine by Swami Sivananda in one of the Satsangs. We had workshops on meditation, with explanation of the Mantras, Gita chanting, Likitha Japa sessions and Tratak ; the guests also enjoyed silent walks. Nataraj from Hamburg arrived to work on Swamiji's statue – he did the statue of master already last year. He is proceeding nicely ! The priest, Sree Krishna, came for a short visit and we had a nice Kanyakumari Puja. For one weekend Ananda and Iswari from Tours came with almost 60 students of their Yoga studio, all of whom were eager to have their first Ashram experience. We were fortunate to have Gauri and Kailas from the Paris Centre with us help with the teaching on that weekend. At the end of the month, we had the topic of  « Dynamic Asanas » : the guests enjoyed the longer holding of the basic asanas and were also guided to try out some new variations with individual corrections. In the lectures and workshops we covered the « benefits of asanas »,  the « Asanas, as key to concentration and mental balance » and covered the three levels of relaxation. We also had the opportunity to take the guest on Silent Walks. We said good bye to Ishwari, who left after serving wholeheartedly for some months and hope to welcome her back soon. Overall, it was a nice month, sunny for a few days with little rain only and temperatures slowly rising; snowdrops in the Ashram wood have bloomed already and hyacinths and daffodils in the gardens are coming. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of March the Yoga Farm energy was very dynamic with many guests coming for programs and to enjoy the warm, sunny Ashram days. Karuna devi led the 5-day Beginner Course focused on the 5 Points of Yoga. The group was enthusiastic and grateful for the teaching and their new-found practice. A weekend Ayurveda Massage Retreat was a great success with guests receiving therapies and attending talks by Bharata introducing the key teachings of Ayurveda for physical, mental and spiritual health as a complement to Yoga practice. Swami Vasishtananda led a small evening Homa at the Krishna Temple as part of Holi celebrations, with all making offerings to the fire for peace and well-being. Part of Holi tradition is to play with colors, with staff throwing and painting each others' faces and clothing. 

    Mid-March saw the Ashram welcomed Gajananam, here to teach the "From Form to Formlessness" course, sharing the Vedanta teachings on how one can relate to the world, the individual soul and to God. During the week, the Ashram staff turned their energy to karma yoga projects with a "garden party" in the afternoon, pulling weeds, working in the greenhouse and preparing beds; and a Housekeeping spring cleaning party to deep clean the guest cabins. Final touches to the Siva cabins were also underway. Spring brought many flowers and trees into full bloom with beautiful colors all around the Yoga Farm. Om Namah Sivaya to all blessed selves from the Yoga Farm.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    The first week of March was the first week of TTC. The students adjusted smoothly to new routine. They are an enthusiastic group and eager to learn.  The weekend program was lead by Mitchell Rabine. Mitchell teaches with wisdom and humour on deepening individual energy fields, by using the ancient Chinese exercise of Ti Chi.  Rabbi Zoe also joined us for a Sabbat ceremony one Friday evening and gave Satsang the next day, leading the congregation in melodious chanting of Om and Om Namah Sivaya.

    During mid-March we entered the third week of TTC, developing very nicely. The students started their teaching groups, evolving into yoga teachers.  It was another packed weekend for the Hiking and Yoga program. One Saturday, the TTC's had a day off. Over 40 guests, staff and students joined a hike that day at the beautiful state park Lake Minawaska. They arrived back at the Ashram in time for the afternoon asana class.  Elaine Valdov was with us and gave a talk on Yoga Peace Ambassadors. Staff are all well, strong in their Sadhana and send their pranams.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    At the beginning of March we started with the Graduation of our February TTC class with 47 new yoga teachers spreading peace in the world. We have been redesigning our karma yoga program over the past year. A new group arrived beginning of this month and participated in a five day orientation which teaches them subjects including: the lineage, the five points of yoga in detail emphasizing positive thinking and meditation, the four paths of yoga, and chanting. So far this has been a big success and participants begin their karma yoga with a deeper understanding and tools to get the most out of their time. We were greatly honored to have hosted the Zen Peacemakers Family gathering. The Family Gathering graced us with a series of talks from Roshi Bernie Glassman and Roshi Eve Myonen Marko on "Living a Life that Matters"- which included a Q&A session with Swami Swaroopananda. We enjoyed the musical stylings of "Kirtan with Ragani". Ragani was initiated by Swami Rama and personally trained in the Himalayan Tradition of yoga sciences, meditation and eastern music, including kirtan. Dale Buegel MD taught "Prana in Life Enchancement" for the first half of the weeks afternoon lectures. Dr Buegel MD is a faculty member of Kanyakumari, the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Society, as well as the GreenSquare Centre for the Healing Arts.

    Mid-March saw the "Feminine & Masculine in the World's Spiritual Traditions" Special Event. This brought representatives from leading religions to present the archetypes of the feminine and masculine. Daniel Matt, PhD, authority on Kabbalah and author, spoke on "Shekhinah: The Female Aspect of God in Kabbalah". Vasudha Narayanan, PhD spoke of "The Mother of the Universe" presented deities from the Hindu tradition. Judith A. Simmer-Brown, professor of religious studies at Naropa university and Buddhist practitioner spoke on "Dakini Wisdom of Passion". To wrap up this symposium Dr. Nathan Katz, professor and pioneer in Indo-Judaic studies, led a panel discussion with all five speakers. We welcomed John Kastner, long time devotee of the Ashram and an Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker to open our first ever symposium on Yoga and the Art of Forgiveness. Kastner showed his documentary "NCR: Not Criminally Responsible" and "Out of Sight, Out of Mind". The films illustrate what can happen when life confronts people with events that seem virtually impossible to forgive. John Kastner also hosted a panel discussion with the mother and father of one of the victims in his film. Lisa Ramshaw, MD, DPhil, psychiatrist and forensic psychiatrist presented as part of the symposium as well as Frederic Luskin from the Stanford Forgiveness Projects and author of Forgive for Good. We enjoyed having Swami Omkarananda with us this week. She was visiting the Ashram to present a course in Permaculture and Vedic Ecology. The Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Course with Marc Halpern and Marisa Laursen began this week and will continue until March 31st. Students learn the energetics of each asana and pranayama through the understanding of the nadis, chakras and vayus of the body. Om Shanti from all the staff in Nassau.


Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Beginning of the month there was another yoga week amidst winter beauty. The topic was Yoga body check with a variety of asana workshops. The guests also took advantage of relaxing Ayurveda massages with Mira. Highlight in February was the Sivaratri night which we celebrated in a festive mood. We did one Puja to the black Granit Lingam and the second on a beautiful metal Siva idol. Milk, ghee, curd and honey were flowing over the murti accompanied by constant mantra repetition. The night ended with a soft and peaceful energy which permeated the Retreat House even for the next few days. The guest otherwise were lucky with spring-like and warm  temperatures which made them stay outside on the Ganesha platform studying spiritual books. A workshop on prana and breathing, a cooking workshop and Satsangs on happiness and mind made the week a complete experience. Later on Swami Vasudevananda arrived from Munich for a weekend and gave 3 inspiring Satsangs on concentration and meditation. Padmavati from Vienna taught a special weekend program entitled Yoga - the gentle Way with detailed advice in how to practice in case of physical limitations. Mira shared her knowledge about ayurvedic and yogic cooking in two cooking classes. An inspiring lecture about thought power gave them an idea about the psychological aspect of yoga. Swami Keshavananda was guiding guests and staff on a long refreshing walk through the forest and we enjoyed the wonderful silence of the area around the Ashram. OM.


Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    Greetings from Meenakshi Ashram's growing green garden and our very first batch of plump tomatoes and sweet chikkus. Thanks to the gardening team, and drip irrigation system, for keeping the soil moist and fertile. The teacher trainees started with teaching workshops and chanting in Satsangs. A special meditation coaching for yoga vacationers was arranged by Swami Satchidananda for 3 days. A Lalitha Sahasranamam Puja was organized at the Temple. The next day evening we bid farewell to the youngest karma yogi Meghana who had been serving efficiently since August last year. One Sunday morning, priest Sajith prepared sweet pongal at the small yet powerful Kaali Temple just next to Ashram. Called as 'kalloothu', it is quite a charming location that attracts even film makers as a desired shooting spot and the temple is calmly located under a big shady banyan tree beside a large rocky pond added to its beauty by the backdrop of forest and hills.  After a short walk the guests and students were taken there to join in the offering in the midst of chanting. It would not be an exaggeration to say that it was one of those picture perfect mornings.

    Mid-March saw the last week of TTC, a busy time in the Meenakshi Ashram and also of the tolerable summer heat. One Monday was announced the study night for trainees, a special meditation coaching for the yoga vacationers by Swami Satchidananda and women staff day out. It was a good break for the staff who had been working hard and they filled their outing with fun, food and laughter. The artist from Kerala arrived to paint the prepared walls of the new Satsang hall. Wednesday was a shopping day for the Ashram. There was an interesting change in the schedule shifting the asana practice time of TTC between 2 and 4 pm giving the students extra hours to prepare for exam. After best using the Friday break the students were up and confident for the exam that Saturday. The day ended with graduation ceremony; 44 students successfully graduated and Swamiji Jnaneswarianada announced the last diploma number which was 35999 as just one short to begin the 36th chain. Talent show was enjoyable and a well deserving chill out time for the students. Sandeep left the same night to Neyyar Dam to teach in the upcoming TTC. Plus some of our karma yogis who worked for the course took leave of the Ashram. We bid farewell to Swami Jnaneswarianandaji and Janaki-ji. A little later Swami Satchidananda headed to Sikkim for TTC. All are well and conveying Pranams. OM.




    TTC Reports in locations other than Ashrams:

    TTC Vietnam:
    Om Namah Sivaya The TTC students adapted well to the routine, discipline and community life after one week. Special guests are Dr. Subrahmanya from Andra Pradesh, talking about importance of Guru to help us work out karma as well as Ambika (Jennifer Andrews) who shared about Ayurveda, herbs, and daily routine. They chanted well and improved in postures, homework, sitting quiet in meditation and are very attentive juggling with new Vedanta concepts. They enjoyed the silent walk around the lake and  day-off and went by bus on an outing tour and visited the Dalat Centre for lunch and other exhibition places displaying local arts and crafts. Authentic classical music with Vietnamese flute, drum and string instruments were a delight to all at the Saturday evening performance so much that many got up and danced ending up with a big happy circle. The weather has been very good and we are thankful for this opportunity to serve and share.

    Week 3 of TTC carried on strong and intense. The students started their lessons in Anatomy and Physiology with Swami Pranavananda. The kriyas were practiced on Monday morning by the lakeside and everyone was feeling cleansed after the process. At the end of the week we had a Puja workshop with all the students dressing in traditional Vietnamese ao dai dress. It was a beautiful ceremony ending with a procession on the terrace to worship life size Quan Yin (female Buddha). On Sunday early morning was the mantra initiation with 75 students participation and making the commitment to practice mantra. We also welcomed from Coimbatore, India, Dr. Ramkumar, who gave 3 Satsangs to the students on Ayurveda, Diet, and Nutrition.  The talks were very well received with lots of questions from the students.  We also welcomed a Vietnamese Doctor who specializes in cancer care and advocates Yoga for all his patients. Meanwhile Ambika and Therese were leading a group of 15 guests and 10 therapists through a deep cleanse of Pancha Karma; Sri devi led a Meditation Intensive 5-day course for guests and Durga Leela and Swami Sitaramananda were parallely teaching the Ayurveda and Yoga Counselors Course.The week ended with a traditional meditative Tea ceremony by Tea Master Amba accompanied by Meditative Buddhist local singing group. The Dalat weather continues to be gorgeous and charged of fresh air and prana. 

    TTC/ATTC Rudraprayag:
    The combined TTC and ATTC had an inspiring first week. Due to cold and rainy weather, everybody moved closely together in the indoor teaching rooms. By the weekend the sunshine returned and with it the view of the splendid lower Himalayas. On the eve of Holi we had a traditional bonfire, which represents the burning of the demon Holika and the safe emergence of the child Prahald from the fire. ATTCs and even some courageous TTCs shared in many kirtans that evening. On the first day off we took a walking excursion to the picturesque Koteshwara Mahadev Cave Temple, located at a peaceful spot where the Ganga forms a quiet pool. Dr Kamlesh arrived and gave a first power point presentation on the importance of proper diet according to Ayurveda.

    Students, staff and swamis went on a one day yatra to the Kartik Swami Temple. After a 2 hours drive by jeep and a one hour steep silent climb, we had a panoramic view of the upper Himalayas and darshan of Lord Subramanya on the mountain top. The TTC teaching groups filled all the platforms. The completion of the Bhagavata Saptaha with Sri Venugopal Goswami involved everybody into the depth of the wisdom teachings, the divine chanting and a deeply spiritual mood. Swami Gopalananda arrived from Paris for the second half of the course.

    TTC Bariloche - Argentina: 
    One more time, we are giving a Teachers´ Training Course in Argentina, but this is the first course in San Carlos de Bariloche, usually known as Bariloche. It is a city in the province of Río Negro, situated in the foothills of the Andes, on the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake. The city is located within the Nahuel Huapi National Park. In this amazing place, surrounded by the silence and immensity of the Andes Mountains, plenty of huge crystalline lakes inviting to introspection, the course is running smoothly. Thirty-three students started the course and a group of seven staff led by Kanti Devi taught the classes for the TTC and yoga vacation groups. Over the weekend, we welcomed sitar and table players who delighted us playing Classical Indian Music and they gave a workshop on Nada Yoga for the students and the yoga vacation group. During this first week the students seemed feel well immersed into the teachings and developing a connection with our beloved Masters.

    This is the report of the second week of the TTC taking place in Bariloche, Argentina. The weather has been lovely, with bright sunshine during the day al cooler at night, At sunrise, the crisp fresh air is very invigorating. We enjoyed a morning walk to the nearly lake where we immersed in meditation with the majestic Andes as a background.
    The TTC students remain very concentrated in their study and yoga practice and are very eager to learn. They have been accompanied by a small but enthusiastic group of yoga vacations, some of which are looking forward to join next year TTC. We enjoyed an inspiring conference by Professor Maite Fernández de Bobadilla from the Salvador University, about Yoga and Christianity, which walked us through different western theologists, remarking the many coincidences between both pathways. Another enlightening conference was given by Dr Teresa Franco (Narayani), a specialist in Ayurveda medicine, who helped us to understand the role of Ayurveda in the XXI century. We said goodbye to Vyasa and Gauri who went to Neuquén. Swami Premananda also traveled to Neuquén to teach several conferences. Some TTC graduates are gradually arriving to participate in the TTC refresher, which will begin next Monday. On Saturday night, the TTC talent show took place. It was a lovely enjoyable evening, with two short humorous play.

    In this is beautiful landscape of Bariloche, Patagonia we have spent the third week of TTC 2015. While TTCs are busy with their study and practice, on Sunday 22 teachers began to arrive for the first TTC Refresher carried out in Argentina. The turnout was very important, 27 colleagues willing to recall experiences of the lessons learned in their respective TTC. It was a loving, warm and very bearable meeting leaded by Kanti Devi, Swami Premananda and Swami Dayananda, who shared lessons with love and dedication. Counting up TTC, Refreshers and staffs we were a loving spiritual family of 70 people living and breathing Yoga within the teachings of our Masters. In this week arrived Dr. Brahmani with her husband Ariel, also teacher at Buenos Aires Centre and their little Rafael, to impart lessons of anatomy for TTC. Shiva Priya came also from Buenos Aires to teach anatomy for TTC Refreshers. We had the loving support with the presence of Jnana Dev from Neuquen, who also came with his wife, Gopi and their baby, Milagros. Today came from the city of Mendoza, Mahadev to show in the very early morning the Kriyas. He also came with his family Ambika and Chandrikita. All of them are TTC graduated. The presence of these beautiful kids inspired us to have a kids Camp here, soon! We shared both early mornings and evenings walks enjoying the beautiful and gorgeous landscapes of endless and colored mountains and pure lakes. This week we had a very Satvic and cheerful talent-show showing the human and artistic skills of students. We celebrated on Friday a Puja for the divine mother where students participated with great devotion. We had the honor to received Silvia Rissi, she is a great dancer who delighted us with Indian dances celebrating the end of Refresher course. We added to the warm goodbye a delicious pizza party! Also this week students received with intrigue and excitement their personal mantra and spiritual name, previously for the initiation they gathered wild flowers and fruits to assemble the offerings. This night everyone went to rest relaxed with his/her spiritual name. Om Tat Sat.



    SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Centres -



    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya
    We started with an open house, which saw a good group of newcomers, all activities like cooking workshop, asana demonstration, trial class and introduction to meditation were well visited. The weekend after we went to our annual springtime retreat: 40 people gathered for the weekend at Finkenwerderhof, a very nice place located in Northern Germany between Berlin and Hamburg. It was a good group of students, newcomers, many students and teachers. Participants came mainly from Berlin and Hamburg. Everybody enjoyed the classical Ashram schedule with Satsangs, Asana classes and lectures. The daily walks were highly appreciated, as it was the first warm weekend this year with lots of sun and high temperatures. On Sunday afternoon everybody was recharged and left happy. The two cooking workshops –one in the beginning and one in the end of the month- went very well. The first one was on the right usage of protein, the second one easy dishes for busy people. Both were well visited, all dishes came out very nice, people left happy and inspired. A preparation day as well as in introduction to meditation were other weekend courses this month. The regular activities of the Centre went on as usual, Yoga 1 courses are running smoothly as well as higher asana courses. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of March we opened two "Beginner Courses" and a lot of people showed up. We opened a "Meditation Course" and we cancelled the "Conquer of Anger" for due to lack of annotated. The "Trial Class" was delivered and a lot of people showed up.

    Mid-March was very hot and very quiet here at the Centre. There were no worshops and few teachers due to "TTC Course" and " Refresh Course". There were some Karma Yogis who came to help. Prem & Om to all.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre
    At the beginning of March we started new morning Beginners course, with good number of students. We had many activities going on. Prahladji directed a teachers' meeting where the main subject was on how to teach according to the Sivananda Guidelines. Teachers and Staff enjoyed a nice dinner after the meeting. The South Indian Yatra Group came for a class with Prahladji. During the afternoon the Yatra Group enjoyed a Kerala Feast dinner. Same day Chennai Staff and Prahladji went to teach a special Stress Management Program at the Reserve Bank of India. Thirty people attended the course with very good feedback at the end. The South Indian Yatra concluded their visit with a dance program and Tamil Nadu dinner. Fireworks accompanied the evening. Prahladji went back to Canada. Classes and all our daily activities continued nicely; all thanks to the Grace of the Masters.

    Mid-March saw the Centre begin three beginners batches with a good number of students: Evening Beginners, Gentle Yoga Beginners and Weekend Beginners. Nittin came back from Kerala and Arjun and Jishnu went back to their home places to arrange personal things. Rinjit, new Staff from Neyyer Dam, joined our Staff for three months. Swami Jnaneswarananda, after finishing TTC arrived. She led the Satsang with inspiring and energetic words from Swami Vishnudevananda's Upadesa. Also Yaspar and Parvati, Madurai Staff, attended. They are on their way to Sikkim TTC. The climate became hotter, but we are lucky to have the ocean breeze near. The month was pleasant, thanks to the Grace of the Masters. Teachers and staff are well and sending pranams to the Sivananda family.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    Greetings from Chicago Centre, where it was a very good beginning to March. Weather became warmer and sunnier, giving the city a more Spring-like feel and Chicagoans more spring in their step. Attendance for Satsang and open classes was up, new sessions of Yoga 2 and Yoga 3 began, and it felt like the Centre was thriving. We remain profoundly grateful for the grace and guidance of the Gurus, which makes all this possible.

    Mid-March saw we enjoyed a period of Spring-like weather followed by snow. It was Spring Break for many Chicagoans, and several teachers, students, and karma yogis were traveling, which made for a quieter environment. One weekend was lively, though, with a visit from Swami Shivabhaktananda, presenting programs called "City Sadhana: Life as a Learning Process," and Sushila, presenting a workshop called "Freeing Yourself from Habits." Both programs were well attended and well recevied. We were grateful for their presence, energy, and inspiration. As the latest batch of snow melted, Karma Yogis were making initial preparations for the gardening season. We looked forward to more warm, sunny weather. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of March both the weather and the positivity have been radiantly flowing at the Dalat Centre! We started teaching Yoga 1 in English at the Centre and have seen the students flourish with understanding of the Sivananda lifestyle and the breakdown of the asana poses. It has been lovely to watch the transition of how it has affected a resident into adjusting more comfortably in the open class. We have been fortunate to have such great helping hands around the Centre willing to assist and participate in karma yoga.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of March the climate showed impressive figures on all our papers and Centre is livelier now. We started a meditation course and a beginner course and another one on weekends. It was Holi on Friday - the festival of colors; we took a break from teaching after first open session in the morning. Rest of the day was solely for jollification - throwing colors, making and distributing ghujiya (a special sweet snack) with our students and some visiting staff. Other than that all other sessions like Gentle, Prenatal and regular open& intermediate sessions happened in a good pace. As usual we had Satsang on Sunday evenings with more students than we used to having.

    By the God's grace and Gurudev blessing all the activities went very well in the Centre, during mid March. We started new beginners course with sufficient numbers of students. All the classes and course continued very well. All the staff were busy with their karma yoga and enjoying their spiritual practice. We started the Navaratry Puja for next nine days every morning 4:45 to 6am. All the staff enjoyed the devi Puja. Otherwise weather was getting pleasant. Om.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    At the beginning of March we started with two beginners' course one at 6:30am and the other at 4:00pm. We also started the "Foundation to Meditation" course on Wednesdays. Due to the unexpected rain and the Holi holiday, the no. of students reduced. We celebrated the festival Holi with colors on Friday March 6th morning with the students from morning 6:30am class as they finished their yoga practice. We conducted a Shat Kriya workshop one Saturday which was attended with good no. of students. With the blessings of the Masters the rest of the activities awent well.

    During mid March, with the Grace of the Masters, we started two beginners' course one at 10:00am and the other at 6:30pm with good no. of students. On Wednesday March 11th Neelkanthji & Karoonaji left from the Centre for Maynmar. We conducted a flexibility on move (Surya Namaskar) workshop on Saturday March 14th. The Sunday Satsang was attended by good number of people and it was uplifting and energizing as usual. In general, the week was good and all the activities went well with the blessings of the Gurus. Pranams to All. Prem and Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    At the beginning of March a highlight included a special program with the south Indian priest. It started with a beautiful Krishna Murti Puja on Saturday and continued with a Sudarshana Yantra-Puja on Sunday. The energy was up, everyone left inspired and with shining faces. Before one of the Pujas one of our teachers was here with his wife and his one month old baby to receive the blessings from the priest. We chanted mantras in front of the Yantra and the baby was very quiet and sweet.
    The weekends were busy with an open day, a beginners' intensive course and a TTC-preparation day. We also had a fasting day with 10 students which went very well and everyone was inspired by the conjoint practice. The purification could be heard during the chanting in the evening Satsang after the fast which was especially energetic and harmonious. A few maintenance and household-projects were completed and the search for a new Centre continued with a detailed evaluation of possible new places.

    Mid-March saw Courses and classes continuing as usual. A Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 started with a good number of interested students. On the weekend we had a Yoga 2 crash course which was also well visited. Throughout the week we had nice support from karma yogis in various departments of the Centre. Deliveries for the boutique arrived which was restocked and rearranged. Om Shanti.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The beginning of March was a start after Tet for students so all are very positive and a lot of energy, more students coming to Satsang every Wed and Sun and morning and become more regular, most of them are foreigners. The Ho Chi Minh Centre welcomed 2 new residents from New Zealand and 1 old resident from Japan with Canadian citizenship staying in the Centre before Tet now coming back. The Centre started Yoga 1 with 14 students in one class. Most of Staff come to TTC in DaLat so only 3 in the Centre with 2 working during the day. Still the energy of the Centre was high and positive as we are all grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of March the main focus was on the new format London brochure, with two photo-shoots and proof reading taking place. Preparations for the London TTC and discussions with prospective bookers also continued.  A 10-day program of special themed classes has been running with Swami Jyotirmayananda and Girija, continuing the mission of raising the standard of classes. There was a successful 'Ayurveda in Daily Life Weekend' program with Angela Hope-Murray.  This attracted several new and enthusiastic students, and others who are known to the Centre but live further afield.  The participants were very pleased with the informative lectures and the cooking workshop and there was an air of joy in the Centre throughout the weekend.

    Mid-March saw a new wooden floor installed in the asana hall in front of the altar, replacing the floor that had been damaged last summer due to a flood. The floor is beautiful and is a nice uplift of the meditation area. TTC London and Wales retreat bookings continued to come in. One Thursday evening, a meeting with the council and the neighbours took place to feedback on the remedial measures taken by the Centre to alleviate the complaints of the neighbours about noise disturbance and parking issues. There was much appreciation from the majority of residents in attendance for what the Centre has done since the last meeting. A nice group of close Centre students joined for the Saturday workshop on the topic "Finding Meaning in Life". Staff are well and send OM & Prem to All.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    At the beginning of March Lakshmana left staff after 6 months of good service at the Centre. We wish him well on his return to 'the material world'. We had an excellent turn out for the Devi Puja at Satsang one Sunday night. Warm, sunny weather affected Centre attendance - the beach is more attractive! Sending our Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    At the beginning of March Lakshmi taught the Headstand asana to 9 students. During the weekend we began an intensive course for beginners. On Saturday we had an Open Day, with 24 people. Some of them registered for beginners courses. For the Easter Retreat we have at the moment 17 enrolments.

    Mid-March we began a course for beginners with 9 students. Gopala taught the Concentration workshop. On the weekend we had the conclusion with final exam of first aid course, which the Centre had organized for Sivananda TTC graduates from various parts of Spain. The themes of the Satsangs were "Guru" of Upadesha and "Proper diet".
    Rukmini returned to Lisboa after serving at the Centre for three months. Pranams to all.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    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.
    The students and staff are well. Om Namo Narayanaya to the Sivananda family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of March Kanti Devi travelled to Bariloche, Argentina is performed where the TTC. Chandra travelled to Bariloche and returned on Monday 9th. The Beginner course concluded and the meditation course, guided by Chandra began. The newest beginners' courses is full. The students are very excited and happy. Uruguay Karma Yogi, Bárbara arrived. She is Karma Yogi of Brazil TTC in Garopaba 2015. She will in the Centre for 2 months. Prema guided the Meditation with a significant number of students who sang with much devotion. The energy was wonderful! The rest of the activities were carried out normally.

    Mid March continued, with  the regular classes and meditation course. A  beginner course started on Mondays, with a beautiful group of the students showing interest for learning. The Wednesday meditation course finished. The students were interested in the practice and have got books and CDs to keep connected with it. The beginners course on Wednesday and Thursday kept going with a lot energy and enthusiasm. There were few people in Open Doors Journey, but many of them already inscribe themselves to the next beginners curses. The rest of the activities follow as usual. Om Shanti to all!!



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of March we began to see signs of Spring, and it is encouraging to know that winter will soon be passing. The Centre was fairly quiet due to spring break, as many students went away on vacation or spent time with their families. We were pleased to welcome a new group of 8 students to the Meditation 1 course. The group were curious and open to learning about the practice and philosophy of meditation. Roy, a long term teacher taught the course. His precision and care was appreciated by the students and Centre. A devotional chanting course also started. The group of 8 came to learn how to chant and gain more confidence. They also spent time learning about how to expand their Sadhana through the principles of Bhakti yoga.  
    We finished the week with a beautiful Satsang lead by Swami Shivbhaktananda. In celebration of 'International Women's Day, he spoke of Shakti and understanding the nature and effects of the female energy. It was wonderful. We are ever grateful for the guidance of Master and Swami ji.

    Mid-March arrived and the Centre continued with its regular schedule. Sankara led a chanting workshop at the beginning of the week, where 4 students learned how to correctly chant the opening and closing prayers. We began a new Sanskrit course on Tuesday evenings, with Mirabai teaching a few eager students. Sankara left for Toronto to celebrate his birthday and take care of some family affairs. Sunday came with a full kid's class of 10, some old and some new. A new teacher, Chloe, was there to assist and learn the structure of the class and to continue to assist in the future. Sunday also had a workshop on yoga and relaxation, with 9 students attending. The students were very interested and willing to do the asanas. Om Namo Narayanaya. Pranams from Montreal.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    At the beginning of March the special events were a yoga and fasting day, a workshop "How to Overcome Anger" and a further training day for yoga teachers with the topic "Pranayama and Relaxation". We also had a program with a South Indian priest who performed beautiful Krishna and Hanuman Pujas. We are looking forward to see you in the Sivananda Yoga Centre Munich!

    Mid-March starting were Yoga 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 21, 24, 30, 59, 114 and our longest running course 138. We had a further teachers training with the topic "Pranayama and Relaxation". The teachers were happy to get a lot of inspiration. They had a yoga class for their own practice, a lecture, a correction workshop and a Satsang. Pranams to all the Sivananda Family. OM.



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



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    At the beginning of March we welcomed back Karma yogi and cooking teacher Sri Devi from Japan, who will be staying with us for the month of March. The Centre was busy for Saturday's Open House, with around 35 new visitors arriving throughout the day. We were pleased to welcome Mahadev Chaitanya, who taught an advanced class, then led our evening Satsang with an inspirational talk on positive thinking.

    Mid-March was high in vibrations with Swami Sivabhaktananda and Sushila from Canada staying with us. They helped us with some major deep cleaning and painting activities, in particular the repainting of our largest asana room which has become much more bright and sattvic. It was a real blessing to have them both here with us and we were sad to let them leave for the Chicago Centre. The same day, Swami Omkarananda arrived from the Bahamas and stopped over for the weekend on her way back to Los Angeles. It was very inspiring to have her here. We also had three groups of students coming in from the next door Fashion Institute of Technology for a yoga class and a vegetarian meal, they left with sparkling eyes. Also the Karma yogis coming in from the city did a great job cleaning the backyard and it is now fully ready for flowers to be planted. We are all hoping that the temperatures will rise soon. All staff are well & sending pranams to all the Sivananda family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of March we felt the Masters giving us an uplifting week for the Centre with 3 powerful Pujas and the beautiful Sudarshana Yantra remaining in the Main Hall for five days. The South Indian priest Sri Krishna performed a Puja for Lord  Krishna on Wednesday evening, a Puja for Ganesha and Hanuman on Thursday and a Durga Puja on Friday. Everyone appreciated the Mantras and the kirtans chanted by Sri Krishna. A positive thinking course started on Monday and a Gita course  on Thursday. Both courses with little groups of motivated students. We had an Inspiring and busy weekend with a special program on the topic of the Beauty of Asanas with Ananta and a cooking class on the topic 'soups and healthy easy plates' with Ganga. The students were happy with the program and relax thanks to the 3 asana classes, the couching workshop and the Satsang given by Ananta. We all enjoyed the delicious food prepared by Ganga and her team. The spring is in the air beautiful sunny days, the chant of the birds and smiles in the faces of the people. Pranams to all. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    We finished a Wednesday Beginners' course with 6 students. We are still working with a problem in the structure of the big asana class as well as looking for new houses. We went to a city to look for a place for the South American Ashram, but the land was not good and very expensive. Vasudeva arrived. He will stay some weeks after recently finishing the TTC at Garopaba. We worked hard to find a new house, The one we are now has too many problems and with the help of the Masters we can start a new age to Porto Alegre Centre, with a better and bigger house in a better area of the city. The student numbers were growing and also were the challenges. May the Masters bless us in this project. Kalyani came from São Paulo and painted a beautiful mandala.

    During mid-March we worked on the big asana room. We also found a big house for the Centre in very good point of the city. Vasudeva left and Ambika helped us on the weekend. Pranams to the Sivananda Family.



Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    Mid-March saw Open classes running well. We started 2 "Yoga 1" courses. We held a vegetarian cooking workshop. The highlight of the week was a "108 Suryanamaskar" event, attended by 14 students. Pranams to all. Om Shanti to the Sivananda Family from the Rome Centre.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    After a 7-month hiatus and the selfless efforts of many karma yogis and supporters, the Centre re-opened to establish a foothold in San Francisco for Swamiji's mission and vision of peace, in the same place that Swamiji originally set foot in the West. The grand reopening of the Centre will be on May 3 with an Open House day. In the meantime a temporary asana class schedule will begin Tuesday March 12th. Visit our website for details. May Staff, Teachers, and Students throughout the world see a wonderful beginning to 2015 and that Master and Swamiji guide us in our Sadhana. Om Shanti. Pranams to all from the new San Francisco Centre.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of March the summer set back in, the temperatures rose dramatically and the sun shone bright in the blue sky. During the week we've started a new meditation course with 15 students and an advanced meditation course with 11. Introduction lectures were held both for Meditation and for Ayurveda both with 9 participants. The weekend was spent in the lush and green hills of the Galilee amidst grazing cows and wild horses. The time was usefully spent in sadhana and rest.
    We've concluded our weekend trip with a kirtan concert held in a yoga studio in Hifa (the biggest city in northern Israel) owned by one of our teachers. From there we headed to the airport where we bid farewell to Durga who've been with us for the past 4 months. She flew back to Canada were she'll join the Toronto Centre. She already has a return ticket to Israel issued for the end of the year. Om and Prem to all. Blessings and Peace to all the Sivananda Family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    At the beginning of March morning Satsangs at the Centre for the past few months were only attended by a few, due to cold weather, but the temperature became warmer, and more and more people were coming to the Satsangs. We enjoyed sharing Satsang with each other. Many karma yogis and students who graduated TTC in India at Feb 2015 were gradually coming to Tokyo Centre. Some of them were coming  very often to take class and do karma yoga to help the Centre. We welcomed them, grateful to receive their help. 

    Mid-March we held a headstand workshop. led by Tara. Students learned how to do headstands, studying the details. Some student had made correct pose in the class. Everybody practiced seriously with calm and easeful attitude. Many student came to the Hatha yoga class on weekend mornings. This is the time of year in which is most student gather in Tokyo Centre. One kind of cherry blossom is blooming in Japan which is beautiful colour of pale pink.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of March we started a new Beginner's course. Our evening Tuesday and Thursday meals for students was very popular as students appreciate having a dinner ready after the class and a long working day. It also helps create a strong sense of community, which is essential for supporting Sadhana. We trained a new karma yogis on reception, who were committed to spending several afternoons at the Centre. We reorganized some of the office filing system. Mayavan gave a Saturday workshop on the practice and theory of Sun Salutations. Students had the opportunity to learn in detail, how to do each step correctly as well as what the benefits of both individual postures as well as the overall practice.

    Mid-March saw had a new Y1 and Y2 starting. Open classes continued to go full capacity and strong. Satsangs were getting more and more numbers in recent weeks, with even morning Satsangs attracting more students. Maheswari gave a successful workshop on Bhagavad Gita one weekend, to a few enthusiastic students. After a bitter February, in March the weather was getting a bit better and the registrations for new courses has picked up. Prahlada made a quick visit to Yoga Camp. Both Saraswati (Saori) and Durga working hard and Centre was very sattvic and full of positive energy with many other Karma Yogis coming in to help.  All the outside teachers are quite involved and love what they are doing at the Centre, which helps their outside life at the Centre.  Saraswati is pushing for promotion with the new team in place and we are hoping that we can increase our Beginners numbers in the coming months.  Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    At the beginning of March a new beginners' batch started for ladies in the morning and a mixed beginners' batch in the evening. All were in a celebratory mood as Trivandrum's annual mammoth Pongala took place. It is a festival only for women; 40 lakhs (400,000) women assembled on the roads and pavements of Trivandrum. They cooked sweet pongal (rice pudding) on the streets as an offering to the Mother Goddess Aattu Kkal Amma. The most amazing thing is instead of cooking on a gas or an electric stove, they use the ancient method of placing their mud pots on bricks over a wood fire. The roads had to be closed, so there were no classes at the Centre that day. Instead the staff provided water, food and ingredients to Swami Rajeshwari Mataji from Neyyar Dam and many other female students, teachers and karma yogis whilst they cooked their pongal on the road outside the Centre and waited for one of a huge team of priests to come around to officially make their offering. A new cleaning staff (paid) joined the Centre. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Puja was conducted on Friday and Sunday Satsang, led by Swami Gayatri Mataji & Swami Rajeshwari Mataji.

    Mid-March saw the Ladies and Evening beginners' batches successfully completing their courses. All other classes went well. As usual, our regular priest conducted Lalitha Sahasra Nama Puja on Fridays. We did elaborate cleaning of the Centre. We arranged new stock of books in the Boutique. Sunday Satsang was led by Raviji. Pranams to all. Om Shanti.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In March there were many inspiring activities at the Centre:
    A cooking course on dishes for busy people, introduction into meditation and Yoga 2 weekend courses, Yoga 22, 34 and 72 were beginning, as well as a course on integral Yoga and a 2-day weekend fasting seminar. Staffs on projects mainly concerning maintenance and Centre design. Every week there will be specific projects to work on, f.e. the refurbishing of our wooden stools and the wooden tea counter in the reception area and work on knew small alters in the asana rooms of first and second floor. Many Karma Yogis again supported the Centre with maintenance projects and help in the kitchen, household, boutique and reception. We furthermore had two inspiring special programs. The first was with Swami Gokulananda, many students and teachers came to meet her again. The second special program was with the South Indian Priest who guided the celebration of 2 wonderful and inspiring Pujas in honour of Sri Rama and Sri Hanuman. Over the month Madhava Chaitanya went for an extended weekend visit to Munich and Swami Vidyananda taught a 5 day seminar on "Yoga and Stress-Relief" at the Tyrol Retreat House. Last but not least the Centre participated in a first meeting for preparing the UN World Yoga Day in end of June. The meeting had been initiated in by the Indian embassy in Vienna - further meetings are to follow. Om Namah Sivaya from Vienna. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius
    At the beginning of March we started several well-attended courses like Yoga 1, 2, 3 and Meditation course. We welcomed a good group of students for the cooking class named "Vegetarian Dishes for the Beginner". We learned how to prepare a balanced meal, as well as few easy to prepare sweets without sugar. Preparations, advertisement for the Yoga programs in different towns of Lithuania were in a good progress. Support of dedicated Karma Yogis helps to keep the Centre better organised and sattvic. We are happy Masters are sending many inspired and earnest students to learn way of Yoga.

    Mid-March saw a good week with many different courses starting: Y1, 2, 7, 10. We were happy to see good attendance for the regular courses and open classes. We had a nice group of rather more advanced students for the "Yoga at Home" workshop. Theory, practice and small message for inspiration from Bliss Divine were well accepted. Ishwara Chaitanya and Durga Devi went to two different towns of Lithuania to represent way of Yoga and different TTC possibilities. All Staff are well and send Pranams to all and everyone! OM.




    Develop pure love. Have a broad vision. Love all. Serve all. Behold the Self in all. - Sri Swami Sivananda

 
 

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