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Issue #09/2016 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize September 1, 2016
"Religion gives solace to the weary pilgrim in this earth-plane. It explains life's mysteries. It shows the path to the immortal abode." - Sri Swami Sivananda

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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

SEPT 2016
01 New Moon  
05 Ganesha Chathurthi
08 Swami Sivananda 's Birthday
13 Ekadasi
14 Onam
16 Full Moon
27 Ekadasi
30 New Moon

OCT 2016
01 Navarathri Starts  
11 Vijaya Dasami
12 Ekadasi
16 Full Moon
26 Ekadasi
29 Deepavali (Diwali) 
30 New Moon
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Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

The Summer of 2016 was extremely busy. We are blessed to have the high energy and pure teachings of Swamiji at the Headquarters. For August, life at the Yoga Camp/Headquarters was very vibrant, with many new innovative courses. Rooms were continually full with lots of guests participating in the programs, including a Sivananda Teachers Refresher course. We had many senior Swamis from Europe and United States visiting during August, bringing lots of prana and energy to the Ashram. At the Subramanya/Ayyappa Temple the number of devotees increased drastically. There were many improvements done to the infrastructure over the summer.

Europe is working so hard, as always, and so busy with many new programs plus a possible acquisition of our new Centre in Munich. Bahamas extended their high season to year long, as the Ashram is always with full of people, with many guests registering a year or more in advance to secure a space in the courses available. Israel aquired a new retreat location to help facilitate TTCs, ATTCs, Yoga retreats and Sadhana Intensives. United States, South Asian and Asian Centres and Ashrams are also growing at a rapid speed, with more satellite facilities secured for TTC and ATTC courses. A new Centre was acquired for Chengdu, China. Regardless of the weather, Indian Ashrams and Centres saw their regular programs well attended as they prepare for their upcoming high season.

We, as staff, feel Swamiji with us guiding our every move. All we just need to do is our part, treating each guest and student as God. May Master and Swamiji guide us in our Sadhana and service. Pranams to all.

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Meditation is the divine ladder that helps the aspirant to rise to the abode of immortal bliss of Brahman. - Sri Swami Sivananda

Q. How to put a permanent end to all doubts and questions?

As one advances in spiritual Sadhana and attains a greater and greater degree of evolution day by day, by regular and unremitting practice of the Yoga of Synthesis, the clouds of doubts, delusion and interrogation disperse by themselves. As the sun rises, the mist disappears. Even so, as you progress in the spiritual path by the Grace of Guru and God, all the intricate problems of life and death dissolve themselves into the ever-abiding Truth of existence. The only duty of man is to intensify the inner purity by graded integral Sadhana. Whenever doubts, troubles and the like arise, repeat any one of the following Mantras: Om Sri Rama Saranam Mama or Om Sri Krishna Charanau Saranam Prapadye or your Guru Mantra. There is no room for doubts to crop up on the attainment of God-realization, as the seeker is no longer the seeker, but God Himself.

Q. In my work of spreading the knowledge of Yoga, do you have any special advice to give?

Side by side with instructions on practical Yogic processes, place always stress upon the great importance of Sadachara, Yama and Niyama. Inspire the students with noble idealism. Spur them on to strive for a life of lofty virtue, active goodness and selflessness. You must stress the need for self-purification and self-mastery. The true inner Yoga is the transformation of the essential nature of man. The lower human nature should gradually give place to an illumined divine nature through a process of spiritualization of the entire being of man. This should be brought home in an effective manner, yet withal with great sympathy, understanding and insight. The aim is to attain divine consciousness.

Q. What is your conclusive opinion about rebirth? Do you really believe that there is rebirth?

Yes, undoubtedly there is rebirth. First of all, you have several miraculous instances of young boys and girls suddenly exhibiting great knowledge. A young girl, who has never studied any book, recites the Gita. How do you account for it except by the fact that she had mastered the Gita in her previous birth, and that by the grace of the Lord, that knowledge has come to the conscious part of her mind in this birth too? Further, rebirth is a necessity for the soul's evolution. Perfection cannot be achieved in one birth. Even to develop some cardinal virtues it might take several births. If you wish to attain Self-realization, you have to achieve perfection in all the virtues. You have to achieve perfect self-purification. So, rebirth is a necessity for the Jiva's evolution. Have you seen the caterpillar moving from one leaf to another? It will reach the edge of one leaf; then project itself; it will catch hold of another leaf, and then only will it entirely leave the first leaf. The Jiva, too, goes about like this. Even before it leaves one body, it has made another (gross or subtle) body according to its Karmas and desires; and it enters this new body with all the Samskaras and Vasanas.

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Persevere and be tenacious. You will get success in everything. - Sri Swami Sivananda



When practicing pranayama, the control of breath increases the flow of prana in the body, renewing and recharging energy for body and mind.

It is important to have mastered the full yogic breath for any pranayama exercise. To do this successfully, one must learn and practice abdominal breathing correctly. Full use is made of the respiratory muscles, filling and emptying the lungs to the maximum in a relaxed and controlled way.

Initial relaxation:

5 minutes of deep abdominal breathing is recommended in initial relaxation before yoga practice to fine tune your nervous system and prepare the body for pranayama or asana practice. For Beginners deep abdominal breathing can be practiced in the corpse pose with palms on abdomen and fingers apart facing the Centre line of abdomen. When breathing, attention is paid to feeling the movement between the first rib, navel and hips. Also notice the movement in the back of the body, around the kidneys and lower back and below the waist. Feel the fingers move apart on the abdomen and hands rising when inhaling, and feel the fingers coming together when exhaling and the hands moving down with the abdomen.

Full yogic breath in sitting position:

It is best to be sitting straight in a comfortable sitting position such as the cross-legged position- Easy pose or Lotus. When the spine is straight prana can move freely. It is also important to open the chest and to relax the shoulders down from the neck and not round the shoulders forward or the chest is constricted. Sitting on a cushion or rolled up mat can help develop the correct sitting posture. Hands are in Chin Mudra position.

When practicing the correct technique, inhale, expanding gradually first the abdomen then raising and opening the rib cage, then finally lifting the collarbone without lifting the shoulders. Be aware of the breath filling up the lungs in the front and the back of the body. Exhale slowly with control and begin by relaxing the abdomen, but keeping the head, neck and spine still aligned; then lower the rib cage and then slightly contract the abdomen to actively empty the lungs. All breathing is through the nostrils.

During asana practice, use the full yogic breath with the developed muscle control learned in practicing it to improve awareness of the spinal alignment, and a few full yogic breath cycles between one asana and another to replenish oxygen and concentration.

For Beginners to more advanced practitioners, the benefits are increased lung capacity, improving oxygen levels and decreasing carbon dioxide levels. The mind is calmed, the nervous system relaxed and concentration is improved. This helps before meditation or before or after asana practice.

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

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If your body is strong and healthy with much prana, you will have a natural tendency to produce health and vitality in those close to you. - Sri Swami Sivananda



Right Conduct; the instruction guide for all about the correct routines to follow in leading one's life.

Pratyahara is the most important limb in Yoga Sadhana. - Swami Sivananda

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Absolute Consciousness is Pure Awareness. - Sri Swami Sivananda


Chapter III: The Yoga of Action

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)


'They say that the senses are superior (to the body); superior to the senses is the mind; superior to the mind is the intellect; and one who is superior even to the intellect is He-the Self.'


'Thus, knowing Him who is superior to the intellect and restraining the self by the Self, slay thou, O mighty-armed Arjuna, the enemy in the form of desire, hard to conquer!'

COMMENTARY: Restrain the lower self by the higher Self. Subdue the lower mind by the higher mind. It is difficult to conquer desire because it is of a highly complex and incomprehensible nature. But a man of discrimination and dispassion, who does
constant and intense Sadhana, can conquer it quite easily.


Thus in the Upanishads of the glorious Bhagavad Gita, the science of the Eternal, the scripture of Yoga, the dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna, ends the third discourse entitled: "The Yoga of Action".

Youth is a state of the mind. It is not of time or period of life. Utilize well all opportunities. You can make your life sublime. - Sri Swami Sivananda


From Discourse II: "Sadhana Pada- On Spiritual Disciplines"


'"Pranayama" is inhalation, exhalation or retention of breath; it is regulated by place, time and number, and (becomes progressively) prolonged and subtle'.

Here all the variations in 'pranayama' are given, each yielding a different result. With practice, each breath and retention is prolonged and made more silent, and yogi develops more control and contraction.

Bear enmity to none. Do not vex others, and do not be vexed by others. - Sri Swami Sivananda


NUTTY PARSNIP SOUP - This easy to prepare, warming and satisfying yet light vegetable soup recipe taken from the Yoga Cook book: Soup Samskaras section was devised by Stephen Cooke, who was a guest chef from Australia. The peanut butter adds body and a nutty flavour to the sweeter vegetables particularly complementing the parsnip. Parsnips are higher in potassium than carrots and a good source of dietary fibre. Serves 4-6.

2 carrots, chopped
2 sticks of celery, chopped
3 parsnips, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme or cilantro leaves
1 ½ quarts water
1 to 2 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
Salt or tamari
Squeeze of lemon juice (optional)

Place the vegetables in a large pan with the herbs and water. Bring to a boil, half cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.
Leave to cool slightly, then transfer to a food processor or blender. Add the peanut butter and blend until smooth.
Return the purée to the pan. Season to taste with salt or tamari and add a little lemon juice, if desired. Reheat without boiling and serve at once.

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

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

When you meditate, the mind is freed from its distractive nature. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC, ATTC, Sadhana Intensive Courses


Sep 03 - Oct 01/16
TTC – English
London, England

Sep 03 - Oct 02/16
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria

Sep 03 - Oct 02/16
TTC – English, Polski, Lietuvos kalba, Русский язык
Ustka, Baltic Sea, Poland

Sep 03 - Oct 02/16
ATTC – English, Polski, Lietuvos kalba, Русский язык
Ustka, Baltic Sea, Poland

Sep 07 - Oct 05/16
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA

Sep 24 - Oct 22/16
TTC - English, 中文
Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Sep 25 - Oct 23/16
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India

Oct 09 - Nov 06/16
TTC - English, 日本語, ภาษาไทย, 中文
Phu Chaisai, Chiang Ria, Thailand

Oct 15 - Nov 11/16
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA

Oct 16 - Nov 13/16
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India

Oct 22 - Nov 20/16
TTC – English, Français, Deutsch, Espaňol, Italiano
Rudraprayag Himalaya Mountains, India

Nov 01 - Dec 01/16
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas

Nov 01 - Dec 01/16
ATTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas

Nov 06 - Dec 04/16
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

Nov 13 - Dec 11/16
TTC – English, Français, Español
Val Morin, QC, Canada

Nov 20 - Dec 18/16
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India

Nov 22 - Dec 20/16
TTC – Français
Orleans, France

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Forget the past. Begin life afresh. Face life boldly.
- Sri Swami Sivananda



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    Early August, reflected just how the summer has been running... like a marathon, and this month felt like the last mile. Everyone pulled forces to offer a good experience for the families who spent the annual Family Week with us. Children's laughter filled the Camp, parents chasing their children as the children chased butterflies, frogs, and other children... Parents were happy to leave their children in good company while they followed a full two hour class - a dream not many parents with young children get to live. Arjuna, Omkara, Kundalini, Durga Devi and Satya did a great job as kids and parents joyfully noted before leaving. We celebrated Kanti Devi's birthday, who expectedly with her motherly ways, went around to make sure every body received a piece of cake before she would accept to have hers. As one marathon ended, new ones started: Twenty enthusiastic teens joined the Teen Camp. This year, they were assigned projects, headed by Vyasa, so they get to learn some construction techniques and feel at ease using tools. Teaching Yoga for Kids and Teens training, led by Saraswati, took place over one weekend. Yet another beautiful group of participants left joyfully hoping to be back soon. The annual Ayurveda Wellness Course, with Dr Bhat, started with keen participants learning how to live ayurvedically. While she was here we celebrated Dr Bhat's birthday. Surya gave a course entitled "De-stress 101". Guests were very pleased to learn how to better manage their emotions and integrate Sadhana into their lives. On departure of the families from Family week it marked the time where we move back to the Krishna Temple from the Yoga Hall for Satsangs. During the ATTC initiation Kanti Devi's address welcomed participants to the course, mentioning its importance in one's life and Sadhana practice. An Ayurveda Massage Certification course was also initiated, led by Dr. Vishnu.

    Mid-August saw the colourful Ashram gardens fully decorating the area. The scent of flowers filled the air, the sun rays filtered through the trees in the morning, and the clouds in the evening. Most asana classes took place outdoors.  "If there's weather in Heaven, this would be it" a guest happily exclaimed. To make things better, bansuri and a sitar tunes heightened our spirits as Hasu Patel and G.S. Sachdev played what seemed like a divine music. Mandodari fascinated all with Vaastu Shastra knowledge. Her passion alone was inspiring. She explained many facets of the culture that we take for granted: The architecture, the count of 8, the colors, etc. The ATTC program continued with increased Pranayama practice, increased intensity and deeper stretches. The group is focused and calm with their faces glowing. Students appreciated the natural surroundings of Samadhi Estates, finding it conducive to the ATTC practice and learning. Squirrels, deers, ground hogs occasionally visit the classes bringing a smile to the group. The theme of Ayurveda continued to be a big highlight this month: The Ayurvedic Nutrition and cooking certification course with Dr Sonal Bhatt continued. Students learned the fundamental principles of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic nutrition. The course was balanced with both theory and practical hands on skills on Ayurvedic cooking preparing Tridoshic recipes: grains and moongbeans, vegetabes, seeds, and nuts. The smell attracted staff and guests who tried to sneak in and get a tasting. The Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Counsellor Certification course, also with Dr Sonal hBatt, continued as well. Students learned the fundamentals of Ayurveda with some ancient examination techniques, how they can help family, friends, and clients to protect and maintain their health with Ayurvedic lifestyle. Also in Ayurveda, 5 people continued the Panchakarma Detoxification. In the Ayurveda Massage Therapy Course, with Dr Vishnu, Gopan, Veena, and Sandhya, the students learned about the 3 Doshas, the basic principles of Ayurveda, made hot bundle treatments, and finally were ready to give massage to their clients. The Yoga Camp staff received the chance for a massage as the Ayurveda students needed models to practice on - a well deserved treat that brought a large smile on staff faces. Radha gracefully accompanies the guests on their journey, offering afternoon Q&A sessions. She finds it inspiring that people are coming to the sessions with deeper quests, asking for information about the significance of the rituals, deities, practice, and accepting the information. The guests enjoyed an informal introduction to the Yoga Camp through a walk in the trails. Some guests shared experiencing a deep deblockage after an asana class. They expressed enjoying having different teachers' perspectives into the practice. We have seen some remarkable transformations in a couple of people who came with obvious physical difficulties and have found a release and comfort in their own bodies. The kitchen continued to delight all as different cooks add their touch: Lebanese Fattoush and Hummus with Sita, and Indian Potato and eggplant Sabji, Hasu Patel, Uni and Tejas, and of course Ben's special Tofu meals. Construction projects continued at the Camp and in the Temple, with Vyasa, Shankara and teams. Other projects include brochure designing with Sita & Ruben; housekeeping, with a great trio of Samyukta, Trijana, and Kalyani and reception duties, with Emanuelle and team. The Camp enjoyed great energy as the staff flowed coherently together. We thank the Grace of the Gurus and Pray it Keeps flowing through all. May the Grace of Masters continue to bless all. Om Shanti. Om + Prem.

Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    During early August, Nataraj ji was happy to return to the Ashram after one week absence. He attended the World Yoga Festival, near Reading UK, plus took advantage of the opportunity to visit his family in the UK. Suresh ji and Anoop ji returned after one month stay at the Yoga Camp assisting TTC and Kids Camp. We also welcomed Swami Janardhanananda ji from Uttarkashi, staying with us for one month. We look forward to his input for Satsangs, YV lectures and generally guiding and inspiring the staff. Staff and guests were invited by Swami Tattvarupananda ji to attend the 10th anniversary of the Janaka Janani Krupa Gurukulam which accommodates about 30 boys. Everyone appreciated the positive effect on the boys' lives. Megha ji left the Ashram after coming to assist the Kids Camp and Ashram for three and a half months.

    During mid-August we started with celebrating India's Independence day. The staff sang the National anthem after the morning Satsang and some patriotic songs in the evening Satsang. Swami Janardhanananda ji shared some insights about India and her spiritual wealth during the Satsang. Also we concluded the month long chanting of Ramayana with a Puja, Arati and distribution of prasad in the Rama Hall. The Ashram staff and guests worked hard for the preparation of Krishna Jayanti with deep cleaning and painting of the Temple and the halls, among other things. We had some passing rain which gave some respite from heat. We welcomed Sakshi who joined us as full-time staff. She will be with us for 6 months. Nataraj ji and Kalayani ji travelled to Japan on a teaching tour. Om. Pranams.

Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Uttar Kashi.
    During early August, the mid-way point of the current TTC passed by smoothly. The students appreciated the Ganapathy Homa in the first week and the Mrtyunjaya Homa mid course.  Despite heavy rain, spirits remain high with the students preparing conscientiously for teaching their first classes.

    During mid-August the TTC A&P classes finished and the teaching practice groups were successfully concluded. The weather was very rainy but the students don't mind being inspired by the depth of the Yoga philosophy. They particularly enjoyed the Lalitha Sahasranama Puja. With Swamiji and Master's blessings, staff and teachers are also doing well. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In August we were blessed with the visit of Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda and many other European Swamis and staff. Swami Durgananda gave very inspiring lectures and Swami Sivadasananda gave very much appreciated Asana workshops and Satsangs. The staff received personal guidance from Swami Durgananda. We also celebrated the Temple week with grand Pujas to all the deities. On the 11th of August we celebrated the birthday of Swami Durgananda with a powerful Homa, presents and cake at the Temple. It was beautifully conducted by our priests and we are very happy to share the energy of Swami Durgananda's birthday, her devotion to Swamiji and her joyful presence. The Bhagavata Saptaha brought a beautiful atmosphere of bhakti, sweetness and high prana to the Ashram. The TTC (55 students) went well and we also hosted a Sadhana Intensive (35 students). Many of them did the Sadhana Intensive before, as some of them are coming for the third or fourth time and one for the 7th time! OM.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early August, the Yoga Farm was blessed with the visit of Swami Swaroopananda, Swami PremaSwaroopananda, Rukmini Chaitanya, Jnaneswari Chaitanya and staff Kumari for their visit to the Yoga Farm for the past month. As Swamiji and party departed we wished them safe travels. Meanwhile the Ashram staff had the opportunity for staff training, with workshops dedicated to teaching and practice, which included Satsang and Guru; teachings on Four Paths of Yoga; Introduction to Hatha Yoga Pradipika; and inspiring Sadhana teachings from Swami Sivananda. Staff also participated on an overnight retreat to Mt. Shasta to have Satsang at the home of Radha, a Sivananda teacher. The Krishna Temple wall project was near completion and the OM 1 and 2 cabins construction continued. The Ashram garden flourished with fresh melons, tomatoes, kale, squash, and fruits from the orchards.

    For mid-August we are blessed to have Srinivasan visiting, with Saraswati, on their travels through California. Srinivasan-ji gave a beautiful Satsang on family dharma and the Four Aims of Life which was greatly appreciated by all, especially our Family Campers. The Yoga of Recovery course graduated. It was a transformational experience for all. The group appreciated the deep Yoga and Ayurveda teaching and its application to the challenges of the addictive mind and its behaviors. We thanked Durga Leela for her dynamic teaching and selfless attention to the students. Durga then taught the 5-day "Foundations of Ayurveda" course. The 4-day Family Camp was in full swing, led by Tara and her husband, Ananda. This year we had 13 families participating with childrens' Yoga classes, morning hikes, arts and crafts, daily pond swimming and a beautiful trip to the Yuba river. We thank Bharata Surya for his teaching the 5-day "Marma Points" course, focusing on the fundamental knowledge of Marma for self-healing and healing others. Many students attending were massage therapists and Yoga teachers, seeking to broaden their skills in health and healing. Staff and karma yogis are very active with projects around the Ashram: the Krishna Temple wall project is nearly completed; the new Ganesha Shrine project commencing, to create new house for Sri Ganesha; OM Cabins 1 and 2 are moving forward. We all felt the grace of Master and Swamiji. Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Yoga Farm.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    Early August saw the final week for the ATTC. The review classes took place. The Ashram was very quiet and not a student in sight, as they were all off studying for the final exam.  The exam went very well and afterward, students gathered together for brunch in the main building.  Preparations for the graduation feast were started early in the day. Staff did a beautiful job decorating and setting up for the evening celebrations.  The day after graduation, both Swami Brahmananda and Swami Satyapremananda and Shyam and Mohini, departed the Ashram, back to their respective homes, after helping teach the ATTC. Swami Hridyananda arrived for a week to lead a guest program on Thought Power and Yoga Immersion. We offered a "Hiking and Yoga" weekend with many guests joining us for a 5 mile hike in the majestic state park, Lake Minnewaska. We had an early breakfast for the hikers and started out before the morning asana class was finished.  By starting early we were able to return early, in time for the guests to unwind in the sauna and still catch the 4 pm asana class.  There were a total of 23 participants, including 4 staff members. A good time was had by all!

    For mid-August the Youth Yoga Retreat had their talent show. The youth had a small but sweet graduation ceremony in the Krishna Temple with Swami Paramananda.  The next day was a big clean-up day to be ready to greet the 54 guests for Family Week. Radha headed to the Chicago Centre where she will cover the daily management of the Centre for Swami Satyapremananda, while Swamiji goes to the Yoga Camp and teach in the TTC Refresher Course. Omkari and Eka Jyoti led the Family Week participants in an orientation, jumping right in with asana classes and organized activities.  We also offered a "Yoga and Biking" weekend, led by long time karma yogi, Arjuna (Steve Miller), who happened to also be here with his young family for family week. Arjuna took the 9 participants on a beautiful ride in the magnificent Catskill mountains.  Even though the Ashram was full to capacity, there still remained a sense of calm and serenity, very typical to the Ranch environment. Swami Paramananda went into NYC with Dr. Kamlesh, where Swamiji taught the 4pm advanced class and Dr. Kamlesh gave the evening Satsang.  By the grace of Master and Swamiji, staff are handling the influx of guest very well and continued to maintain strong in their Sadhana, sending pranams to all. May the Blessings of Master and Swamiji grace all of our lives. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    During early August, we welcomed back the Ashram's manager Swami Brahmananda after his 4-week-stay at the Ranch in New York, where he was teaching in the ATTC. The next day we bid farewell to Swami Hridyananda, who traveled to the Ranch in New York State. We were very grateful for her stay throughout this year and for the many teachings she gave. We will welcome her back towards the winter, towards the high season. Many of the TTCs left and the Ashram pace slowed down little by little, settling into the summer season. We also bid farewell to Narayan Jyoti. He enriched the Ashram with his devotional chants and his Theta Healing Course. We welcomed back Parvati (Maria Fernanda Tresslar), who regularly assists in the TTCs. She gave workshops on the Power of Asanas and how to go deeper into the Asana practice. We enjoyed many Satsangs, given by the Senior Staff of the Ashram, on the topic of the Five Points of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda.

    For mid-August the overall topic for lectures was "Teachings by Swami Sivananda". Krishna Chaitanya read the inspiring article "How God came into My Life" by Swami Sivananda. Swami Brahmananda continued with Swami Sivananda's teachings on God. He read and elaborated on the very beautiful chapter on God, in the Bliss Divine, by Swami Sivananda. Narayani Chaitanya presented Swami Sivananda's teachings in poems, which were written by him. The topic was resumed by Sivakami, who read inspiring stories from a biography of Swami Sivananda. Last but certainly not least, Parvati Chaitanya went over Swami Sivananda's "20 Important Spiritual Instructions" and gave us some practical tips based on them. We welcomed Dr. Susan Lord, who gave 2 evening Satsangs and 4 noon workshops on the topic "From Stress to Resilience". As a medical doctor she was able to show the western scientific approach as well as the yogic approach. The guests and Karma Yogis followed her lectures with great interest. We offered teachings from the Bhagavad Gita, given by Swami Brahmananda. An inspiring and practical "Essentials of Yoga 1 Course" was taught by Krishna Chaitanya from the 17th until the 21st. The participants gained some knowledge about the foundation of Yoga - the 5 Points of Yoga - and received many practical tips of how to continue their practice. Om Shanti from all the staff in Nassau.

Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The month of August was rich in inspiring and informative programmes. The TTC came to a good start and the students joyfully engaged themselves in the studies and were taking an active part in all aspects of Ashram life. A group of close students came for the Further Training course with Prema on the Major Asana Cycles including the many details of asanas, asana sequences and perception of ones' body. Over 50 students arrived on the first Friday of the month for the Yoga of the Heart course with Nischala Joy Devi and Bhaskara. In a comprehensive 9-day intensive course the participants were led in to an integral experience which enhanced both their teaching skills and their own practice remarkably. Our guest of honour Sri Venugopal Goswami, the acharyas and the accompanying musicians arrived on the 13th of August for the conduction of the Bhagavata Saptaha. The seven days of "Eastern wisdom melodies" again brought the deep, inspiring yogic knowledge imbedded in joyful stories and singing to an attentive and thankful audience. For a prolonged weekend Swami Sivadasananda gave elevating asana-and pranayama workshops. Headstand and Scorpion were practiced in detail as well as the step-by-step activation of the respiratory system in the pranayama sessions. Swami Keshavananda gave a 3-days "Further training for Yoga Teachers" on Yoga Body Work, including a detailed study of the muscular system, postural alignment and prerequisites for a deep relaxation. The vacationers experienced the magnificent Kitzbühel mountains by joining the hikes through the marvelous surroundings. Swami Jyothirmayananda gave well received lectures on Raja yoga and the mysteries of the mind. For the first time we could offer this year a "Yoga and Music Summer School" with Shankara Schneider – who conducted various much appreciated Kirtan sessions and gave personal guidance on playing the Indian harmonium. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Meenakshi.
    During early August, we began as a start to the high season with an increase in the number of guests of variety of cultures. Staff were involved in group karma yoga, focusing different areas in the Ashram. We worked on outdoor space, which can occasionally be used for lecture classes and other activities. Talent Show was full of energy and laughter as everyone took part in a team game. All the guests and staff showcased their talents and participated in a group performance. Saju went to Madurai Centre to help out for a couple of days due to staff shortage there. Vignes left for his hometown. We thanked him for his efforts and dedication. We welcomed Ishwaraji at the Ashram for few days. The rest of Ashram activities continued quietly within the usual schedule.

    For mid-August we celebrated India's Independence day with great splendour. After morning Satsang, we did flag hoisting with shower of flowers followed by distribution of sweets to the guests. We also had payasam, the sweet porridge, prepared to be served during brunch. A Yoga Vacation schedule commenced with a new batch of guests. They found themselves enjoying the scenic beauty and serenity of Ashram surroundings, getting on with the routine Ashram life. The weather was quite pleasant with sun and rainy clouds playing hide and seek with each other, tricking us in deciding who the winner might be. Talent Show saw all the guests coming up on stage for displaying their talents with mostly singing, in which the entire audience was engrossed. The final performance had all the guests and staffs joining in for a group dance, much to the merriment of guests. We are praying for the health and well being of all. May our Gurus blessings and guidance grace all lives. Om Shanti. Pranams to all.

    TTC Reports in locations other than Ashrams:

    TTC Bracciano/ Italy: Om Namah Sivaya!
    Staff and Karma Yogis from the Rome Centre packed up cars and moving vans and relocated an hour away to our temporary Ashram at Borgo Paola, near Lake Bracciano. It is our 7th TTC in Italy and our 4th at this location which features water from a spring long famous for its health benefits and an ancient forest containing foot paths and bridges from Roman times. Altars were placed, the kitchen scrubbed and stocked, dorms and rooms prepared, and the boutique organized with the help of arriving TTC students who took quickly to the spirit of karma yoga. Twenty-one students (twenty women and one man) were initiated into the course, many from Italy but also from Israel, Norway, Switzerland, France, and Canada. The first week of the course went very smoothly with students and staff quickly settling into the routine. Swami Rajeshwarnanda is teaching Bhagavad Gita and the Hatha Yoga with the assistance of Lalitambika. Swami Sankarnananda is teaching the chanting and overseeing the kitchen (and preparing very sattvic and well received meals). Swami Jnaneswariananda is teaching the main lecture. Classes are taught in English or Italian with translation provided by Lalitambika and Markandeya. Yoga vacation programs were also going on this week, with students from around Italy and Switzerland coming to enjoy the tranquility of the location and the group Sadhana. On Saturday evening we had a concert by outside teacher Oscar Bonelli, an long-time student of spiritual and traditional music. He has traveled the world learning to chant and play music in the local traditions and has collected and learned hundreds of instruments, including reed, percussion, wind, and bowed instruments. On Saturday he gave us a sample of nearly 50 of these.

    TTC Aluenda/ Spain
    : Om Namah Sivaya. TTC Aluenda is developing very well, with an outstanding group of 37 students, all with great adaptability. One of them had to leave because of a family emergency but she holds her inscription for next year. The yoga vacation program has also many guests, some of them new and others regular Summer visitors. Staffs are well.


    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya
    Beginning of August our yearly summer retreat took place. Many students had registered for the five day retreat, mostly coming from Berlin and Hamburg and several other parts of northern Germany. The weather was nice most of the time, allowing to have one Yoga class a day outside and having silent walks in nature. Students tuned more and more to the Ashram rhythm day by day. Everybody enjoyed living in the yogic community and practicing together. The retreat concluded on Wednesday with a lecture and a last snack in the afternoon. We are very thankful to Mahadev, who came from Reith, and together with Berlin staff Divya wonderfully took care of the kitchen. In the Centre in Berlin classes and courses were running as usual. Many people who were not on holidays but stayed in Berlin came very regularly for Asanas and Satsangs. A Yoga Beginners course started with a good group of students, as well as a meditation course and several higher courses. Our monthly open house was a bit smaller but well received. One Saturday a cooking course took place where students learned how to cook easy dishes for busy people and prepared a delicious meal. The same day in the afternoon we had a well visited headstand workshop. One focus was on the preparation of the TTC and ATTC in Poland starting in the beginning of September. Packing was going on in full swing, it created a very nice Karma Yoga atmosphere especially on Saturdays where many hands were helping. Some maintenance had to be done in the cellar after a small flood we had due to heavy rain. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early August, Swami Premananda and Swami Dayananada returned from the TTC Colombia. Three Beginner courses started. On 6th August morning, we prayed for World Peace.

    For mid-August we continued studying the Bhagavad Gita. A new Beginner's Course started on weekends. We offered our "Yoga and Stress" workshop. On Sundays many people attended Satsangs. We gratefully had plenty of help from our karma yogis. Prem & Om to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China

    Om Namah Sivaya!
    During early August, we held steady stream of open classes and continued with the meditation and chanting courses. Searching for the new Centre also continued. We welcomed Saraswati, joining us again as staff. One weekend, staff retreated to the new TTC location, high in the mountains, to test it out.

    For mid-August we signed the lease for the new Chengdu Sivananda Centre space. We are very excited to move to a bigger space and within a more accessible neighborhood, which is about 25min walk from our current location. We focused on offering open classes and promoting the upcoming TTC. We also started renovation at the new Centre and continued packing at the old. Swami Pranvavananda left for Vietnam to continue his service in Ho Chi Minh Centre. We were very grateful for what he brought to the Centre and we wish him the best. May Guru's grace be with us to share the teaching. Prem & Om to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre.
    During early August, we started a morning Beginners, with good number of students. We successfully finished the evening & weekend Beginners. Eshwar Martin, a senior TTC teacher, visited our Centre. The rest of activities in the Centre were carried out as usual. All staff members performed their karma yoga duties, making sure that the Centre operated efficiently for the benefit of everyone.

    For mid-August we started an evening Beginners course. On 16th August Swamiji Sitaramananda and Narayananta left from Centre after their stop over. On 15th August Saraswathiji reached the Centre for conducting the "Teaching Yoga for Children and Teens" course. The rest of the activities in the Centre carried on as usual. Staff members
    performed their karma yoga activities efficiently and productively. With Blessings of 
    God and Masters, everything is fine here. Staff are well and wish you serenity and peace of mind. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!
    During early August, by the Grace of the Gurus, all continued normally, though many teachers, students, and karma yogis were away. Swami Satyapremananda returned from a three-month stay at the Ranch. A new 8-week Yoga & Meditation course began on Saturdays, with a full group of students. Our teacher, Siva, offered a workshop on Bhakti Yoga, telling stories from Srimad Bhagavatam. We gave special recognition and appreciation to Ishwara at Sunday evening Satsang. We were grateful to him for having looked after the Centre while Swami Satyapremananda was away. He prepared to make his way back to Brazil. We thanked him for his service, wishing him the best and praying the Gurus guide and protect him always.

    For mid-August we enjoyed a full range of summer weather, from hot and muggy to surprise storms to sudden chills. The Yoga 1 course came to a finish, with the students doing well and continuing in Yoga 2. The other courses also continued well. Radha arrived from the Ranch to look after the Centre for a week. Swami Satyapremananda left for a week to the Yoga Camp for the TTC Refresher program. We are forever grateful for the guidance and protection of the Gurus. We send pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Everything was good, by the Grace of Gurus. May Guru's grace be with us to share the teaching. Om Namah Sivaya.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    By Guru's Grace and God's will everything went very well in the Centre at the beginning of August. We started the 6 am and 4 pm Beginner classes on Mondays. We also started a weekend Beginner classes. Along with this, all our open classes and other special classes continued very well. The monsoon season started in Delhi for 2 weeks and its being raining here. From then on, the temperatures started to come down and slowly Nature is becoming more vibrate and active again. All the plants and trees in and around the Centre are glowing, keeping everybody around them energetic. Because of this we saw more students coming to the Centre for their practice. With Gurus blessings and Nature's grace, all of us are doing well.

    For mid-August we started with Beginners course 6 am and 4:00 pm with good numbers of students. All our open classes and other special classes went very well. We started a meditation course only for those who can come only in weekend, with 17 students. It was good to see a large number of people interested in meditation. With Gurus blessings, and Gods grace, all of us are doing good. We pray for all of you. Om Namo Narayanaya. Pranams.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    With the blessings of the Masters we started August with two Beginners' courses - one at 6:30am and the other at 4:00pm. We started a Yoga 2, Intermediate course on Tuesdays. A weekend "Foundation to Meditation" course started on Saturdays. On the same day, we started the weekend Intensive Beginners' course. We received four guests from Neyyar Dam Ashram for a two-night stay at the Centre during their North India trip. We conducted the usual Satsangs, as per scheduled times.

    For mid-August we started a Beginners course at 6:30am. We conducted a "Hip Opening" workshop, with Superna. The weekend meditation course completed successfully. The teachers meeting was conducted with a good numbers of teachers participating in the discussion of the importance of Satsang; how to improve the teaching skills and the importance of passing on the Masters teachings. Every one brought different items for potluck. We had very good get together after the meeting. We conducted the usual Satsangs to maintain the Centre's energy and to uplift our spirits. With the Grace of the Masters everything is going well at the Centre. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Noida, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Noida.
    With the Grace of Gurus during early August we started
    a Beginners course at 6.30 p.m with good number of students. We also started a weekend meditation course. The open classes continued very well. It was raining throughout most of August which may have reduced the number of students in class but the temperatures were quite pleasant.

    For mid-August we started another Beginners course at 6.30 pm. The weather is improving. The rains almost stopped so we hope that the number of students both in Open and Beginners classes will increase. We concluded the August weekend meditation course with three students.  On 20th August Aarathy ji joined as permanent staff. Rest of the activities are going well with the Grace of Gurus. With the Blessings and Grace of our Beloved Masters, we send Pranams and our best wishes to all the Sivananda family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    The summer schedule continued with four classes per week which are taught by close teachers and much appreciated by the students. The fall brochure arrived from the printer and the mailing was prepared. Staff are spending the summer at the Retreat House in Reith to support the special programmes and to recharge. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early August was very busy at the Hochiminh Centre. We started 2 new courses: a Meditation course and Yoga Beginner course in English, taught by Ganga, with good number of attendees. The private classes for the local company also started, taught by Dharmini, with 10 people coming 3 times per week for 2 months. A Kids Yoga series class ended after 2 months teaching in this summer. The kids loved to practice Yoga so much and promised to come back again next summer. The Saturday "Spiritual Movie Night" was very successful with 25 people coming to watch the documentary movie named "The Quest for Meaning". A Sunday Open House also was a success with more than 20 people arriving for the trial class and 20 other people for the Satsang. Last but not least, we also welcomed two new residents, Chandrika and Lachlan, as well as a new staff member Durga, who will commit her service with us for three years. We all feel so much blessing from the Gurus.

    During mid-August Swami Sitaramananda and Swami Narayanananda came for three days. Swami Sita led a wonderful Satsang with 64 people attending, the largest attendance ever for Satsang here.  Swami Pranavananda returned to the Centre after one month in China at the Chengdu Centre.  We started a Yoga One Course, with Balarama teaching a course for the first time.  We continued the Meditation Course, English Yoga One and also a Yoga Two and a Yoga Three course, as well.  We had a good turnout of seven people for the workshop "Yoga for Cancer Patients", taught by Dr. Huynh Hong Hanh. We are all so happy and inspired by the Blessing of the Master and Guru. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early August, we hosted a summer weekend programme with workshops on "Concentration, The Master Key to Success" and "The Next Step in Your Meditation Practice", special asana classes and themed Satsangs. The programme brought a very uplifting energy to the Centre. Preparations for the upcoming Summer Retreat in North Wales and for the September TTC are in full swing. After 6 weeks of building works, the renovations of the asana entrance entered the finishing stages. Decorating already started, lights installed and the sanitary equipment soon installed. Staff and students were all eagerly looking forward to the opening of the new entrance hall to the asana rooms which includes beautifully renovated changing rooms.

    For mid-August, after almost two months of solid work, the renovations of the asana hall entrance were nearing completion. The external and internal doors were installed and a first layer of paint was applied. Staff and students were all much looking forward to putting the freshly refurbished changing rooms and entrance to use. Prema, from Taiwan, gave a much appreciated and well attended advanced asana workshop in the Centre and we welcomed a sincere group of new yogis for the monthly Open House. We were very happy to have Reza, a close student, moving in as a resident in the Centre.  Preparations for the upcoming Summer Retreat and the September TTC were in full swing. We finalised the brochure planning mentioning upcoming activities to February 2017. Om Namah Sivaya.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    During early August, the weather is more pleasant so staff took more time to focus for their Sadhana. We started a Beginner's classes one weekend while all other yoga classes continued smoothly. Quite a few new students came to join Satsang, wishing to discover and learn about Yoga. We chanted Kirtan on Wednesdays and read Swami Sivananda's essay on Ahimsa. We did two Devi Pujas at the Centre's two altars. The energy of the Centre was light and uplifting. We were actively promoting TTC, hence students were asking more questions. The International Academy of Sound Healing conducted their training workshops at the Centre one weekend. 

    For mid-August we had Open House at the Centre. The students were very happy. Classes were well attended, a Yoga 2 course continued and new Beginners class was growing in numbers. Hamsa Chaitanya left for Taiwan to support Sw. Narayanananda with workshops and a retreat in Taiwan. Swami Sankarananda visited for a day of Om Namo Narayanaya chanting, Arati in "Shanti" (the Yoga for Peace Mobile) and lunch. Staff and Karma Yogis painted the Centre, brightening the space. Guru's Grace is prevalent, Jai Gurdeva! May Grace of the Guru continue to shelter and guide us. Pranams to all.  

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    August was a success in Madrid with many enrolments and new visitors. A Yoga 1 started with a group of 15. The trial class was also well attended. We focused on the preparations for TTC Aluenda, with the packing of uniforms and taking the last inscriptions. We have confirmed 37 students coming for the TTC. Saraswati Chaitanya went to Orleans for a few days to recharge. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India

    Om Namah Sivaya
    August started with a 10 am ladies Beginner course with good number of students. All other classes were doing well. A hip opening workshop was conducted with some of our regular students one Saturday. A Sunday Satsang was attended by group of people visiting Ramesharam. The rest is fine with Guru Kripa. 

    For mid-August a morning Beginner Course started on Mondays at 10 am. The free trial class was given for some people who had inquired about joining a long time ago. A Kriya workshop was conducted for the morning class students followed by a class. Sunday Satsangs were well attended by some of our students. All other classes were doing well, with Gurus Grace. Pranams to one and all from Madurai Centre. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi!!

    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay

    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early August, we continued normally with regular, elderly and children classes. Thanks to God and Gurus we started our Wednesday and Thursday Beginners courses with a very good assistance. On Fridays and Saturdays we had our weekly Meditation.

    We started the fifth and last Beginners course for August with a good number of interested students and also completed two other Beginner courses. We continued with an intense publicity campaign of all Centre's activities thanks to the wonderful Bhagavati's help. We had the visit of two pregnant students which helped to boost classes. For the staff there was intense service between the work of cleaning, cooking, maintenance, administrative tasks and teaching the yoga classes. Thanks to God and Gurus, everything resulted perfectly. Om Shanti!!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early August, we were fortunate to welcome 3 new karma yogis, this week:  Amrita and Luna, who just finished TTC in Val Morin, plus, Sanatani who completed TTC in the Bahamas. They all fill the Centre with wonderful new energy as they assist asana classes. The Centre felt ever more sattvic, thanks to Lakshmi's devoted work as she completed the deep cleaning. Narayani gave a beautiful Satsang on the life and teachings of Adi Shankara. Her enthusiasm, well researched and structured talk inspired students here.  On Fridays, more students attended the new OM Meditation sessions, with Omkara. Thanks to the wonderful weather we enjoyed, we had a record number of students for the summer at the class in the Park on Saturdays. We are ever grateful for Masters and Swamijis grace.

    For mid-August we were fortunate for more beautiful weather in Montreal and the Centre. We finished painting the exterior wall of the building. Yellow and white now adorn the entrance of the Centre. The students and teachers seemed to appreciate the bright change. We welcomed Bhavani who just finished Kids and Teen Camp at the Yoga Camp, staying with us for 2 weeks, bringing with her wonderful enthusiasm and energy. We had a wonderful Wednesday Satsang, with Sivaram, as students and teachers filled the Centre with wonderful chanting of the Maha Mantra. One Saturday morning we had a new record number of students attending the class in the park, thanks again to the wonderful weather we had. We were fortunate to welcome Dr.Vishnu from Neyyar Dam Ashram to join our Sunday Satsang. He gave a wonderful introduction to Ayurveda.  Gopan, director of Chennai Centre, taught a class and cooked an Ayurvedic meal, along with his wife Sandia, that everyone enjoyed.  We are ever grateful for Masters and Swamijis grace. Pranams to all!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    We had a successful Open House in August. Participants could get to know the Centre and its different activities: We offered a trial class, a lecture about the benefits of yoga, an asana demonstration, a meditation workshop, a cooking workshop and a video show about the yoga vacations and the teachers training courses. Despite the holiday season we keep our normal schedule for the Open Classes (except two noon-time classes). A number of students  came also for individual coaching on topics like the practice of asanas, meditation and yogic nutrition. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!
    During early August we were busy with regularly scheduled classes and ongoing courses, including Introduction to Meditation, Positive Thinking, Bhagavad Gita study, and Yoga 1 and 2. Two former NYC Centre staff members, Chandrika and Pranava, arrived for a weekend visit and Karma Yoga service. Akhil, the son of two active Sivananda teachers in Delhi, also arrived. He will stay through August to serve the Centre as he prepares to begin graduate studies at The New School in Chelsea at the end of August. Our monthly Open House had some of our regular karma yogis and teachers involved. Swami Paramananda arrived and taught the advanced yoga class as well as led Satsang. His lecture focused on the messages in Swami Sivananda's book "How to Cultivate Virtues and Eradicate Vices" as well as the need to maintain "an attitude of gratitude" even in the most difficult of circumstances. We also welcomed the arrival of Sonam, a Sivananda teacher in India, who will be serving at the Centre for the next three weeks. It was lovely to have her here again.

    For mid-August we Swami Paramananda and Sankara arrive to lead Satsang and hold a Devi Puja. The ceremony was very powerful and beautiful, allowing everyone to make offerings and receive blessings. The crowd participation and powerful prayers created a beautiful energy that lingered in the Centre for days. A surprisingly large crowd of 20 came to a Saturday chanting workshop, led by Shakti and Crystal, a Karma Yogi. Participants received technical instructions, translations for many of the chants they sing regularly and information on the power of Kirtan/Bhakti Yoga. But it wasn't all theory, the crux of the workshop involved chanting. Held in Swami Vishnu room, the workshop was a great success and something we hope to do again and possibly regularly. Swamiji arrived to teach the advanced asana class and lead Satsang, for which Dr. Kamlesh was the featured speaker. He delivered his talk on Ayurveda with both great information and advice as well as humour, explaining how Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga, Dr. Kamlesh provided useful information anyone can put to work on the road to balance. We said goodbye to our temporary staff member, Akhil, who started graduate studies at New School in Chelsea. We wished him well and know that he'll be back to the Centre soon. All the Staff is well and send their Pranams. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    This month we had a power cut and a huge storm which affected all the automatic doors of the building. The reception area was like a big waterfall. The staff and the students had a big shower trying to stop the flood. We were all focused taking out the water with buckets and towels. Thank God nothing got damaged. There was a terrorist attack in a village church in France.  Yoga is more needed than ever. For the evening Satsangs, we had extra chanting and the inspiring words of  the Masters on the topics of  peace, fear, love, prayer, and life. The Centre was blessed with some flash visits of Swami Kailasananda. Swamiji guided and gave support to everyone, she put special prana on some maintenance projects to make the house more welcoming. Swamiji gave also an inspiring Saturday Satsang, sharing a message of peace and hope with over than 90 people who came for the occasion.  The words of the Masters were  like a shower of positivity for everybody. There was a cheerful atmosphere with two yogi buses and many members of the Sivananda family passing by on their way to and from Orleans. . The Masters sent precious help to support the Centre, allowing the staff to enjoy some inspiring programmes at the Ashram. A meditation course started with a little group of 8 students. A two week intensive  Yoga 1 brought lively evenings. We had two workshops on the topics of prana and raja yoga. Many teachers were on holidays but the Masters kept sending enough help. A new team of temporary staff and an army of karma yogis sent by the Masters did some maintenance projects and enabled the smooth running of the Centre. Part of the new brochure is ready for printing. The new pictures done at the beginning of the summer and some more done in the last days give a refresh look to the brochure. The reception looks beautiful with new red chairs, a new wooden bench and new boards to display the porters. The changing rooms look more welcoming with new wooden benches. The boutique stock was reorganized. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    Staff send their pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om Om Om.

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    For August, the report was all was well for Sivananda Organization current TTC Italia. The earthquake in August was 100 miles from Bracing, the location of the August TTC. The TTC group did not feel the quake. We send our prayers to the victims and their families. Pranams to all from Roma. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    During early August, Swami Sankarananda was visiting and led the Bhagavad Gita class one Friday night, plus a 4-session Positive Thinking workshop over one weekend. He challenged us to question who has the thoughts and who changes them. He led a Sunday Satsang, too. We started a Meditation 2 course and finished a Yoga 1 course. We were promoting our new Senior Yoga class. Daya Devi came to help at the Centre from the Yoga Farm. We applied to be certified as a Green Business in San Francisco. The Gurus continued bring new students to the Centre.

    For mid-August the Gurus sent many new students to the Centre. One Saturday we offered a popular Hip Opening workshop within the context of a Sivananda class. It was a welcome extra challenge for many. One Sunday we offered a Yoga Nidra session. A Yoga 5 course also started that day. Pranams to all from the new San Francisco Centre.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early August, we were all so exited to welcome Swami Shambhudevananda back to the Centre. He arrived after a month long absence during which he was teaching in the July TTC at the Yoga Retreat Bahamas. He had only two days to recover from the jet lag as he was leaving soon to the new Ashram in Mata to lead a 7 days Sadhana Retreat. The retreat started with a very strong positive energy with over 30 participants. All the staff from the Centre joined the retreat and enjoyed the rich program, the gourmet food and the sattvic vibrations of Nature. As the staff drove back to the Centre we bid farewell to Minakshi Chaitanya who came for a short visit to Israel and flew back to the Yoga Retreat. We started a new series of lectures with Professor Yochnan Grinshpon from the Hebrew University. This visit Prof. Grinshpon taught the Yoga Sutras. The first lecture attracted an audience of over 20 participants. A new course of Positive Thinking started with 12 students and a new Yoga 1, with 24 students.

    For mid-August during a Sunday evening Satsang we had Miss Rachel Zolberg as our special guest. She hosted Swami Vishnu in 1971 when he visited Israel during the time of his peace mission. Moreover, she was the one driving him to the airport before his famous flight over the Suez Canal to Egypt. After the successful journey he visited her again, and she was given 24 hours to open a Yoga Centre (and she did !) Which was the first Sivananda Yoga Centre in Israel. Although 90 years old today, Rachel is very much alive and active in the field of Yoga in Israel. Her memories and stories about the early days with Swami Vishnu kept us all fascinated and extremely elevated. At the current Tel Aviv Centre, we started a new training course for teachers who would like to work with elderly people. The course was taught by Sita from the Jerusalem Centre with 6 people enrolling. A new Yoga I and Yoga 2 started, with 12 students each. We were happy to welcome Swami Hridyananda who came for a visit of several months and teach special courses and programs. Our weekend programs were phenomenal with record-breaking numbers of participants. Pranams to all the Sivananda Family from the Tel Aviv Centre.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    During early August, we were temporarily short of teachers as many teachers went on a summer vacation until mid August. We called for substitute teachers to cover those classes and several outside teachers came forward to help us with teaching classes. Thankfully, we have been able to operate all classes as planned without cancelling any classes. Rukmini, who graduated TTC in Vietnam this year, taught her first class. A Sanskrit course, taught by Kiran, started with 2 participants. This course is especially beneficial for those who consider taking ATTC in the future.

    For mid-August we had 3 typhoons approaching to Japan. The weather was rainy and windy for a week. We were thankful that many students came to the Centre despite the bad weather. The open trial class was successful, with 11 students attending. Among them, 4 registered for a Yoga 1 course. Sivadevi, a 2015  Neyyar Dam TTC graduate, joined the Tokyo Centre as a resident staff, staying here for 3 months. It will be the first time for her to be a full-time Karma yogi. We hope this experience will be fruitful for her spiritual learning. Om and Prem to all the Sivananda family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early August, we had two new Y1 and a Meditation course starting. Though it was a quiet time for classes, we had a full house for Sunday Satsangs. It was inspiring to see that. The summer of 2016 was quite warmer than usual, hence people were trying to keep away from the heat.  We had a couple of teachers from the July TTC start assisting and to do Karma Yoga at the Centre.  Karna and Shivani were here from Chile after finishing their Karma Yoga term at the Camp. Many students came to see Karna and visit. Narayan, from Japan, was also here visiting for the first time with her son Ishan, who just finished Kids Camp at the Yoga Camp Ashram. She visited Niagara Falls and other places in Toronto, with Ramapriya and Radha taking her around.

    For mid-August we started a new Yoga 2, while Open classes continued to be strong.  We had a special guest for Satsang with Father Charles Organ, from Nigeria. He gave a wonderful talk on how he was in India studying Vedanta in many Ashrams including the Sivananda Ashram and how it helped him to understand Christianity better. He emphasized that karma yoga was the path all of us should take. Serving from the heart. Father Charles was running a orphanage and a school for children, plus a program to service water supplies to many villages. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    During early August, we conducted a Head Stand workshop for the students, which helped them to improve their posture. All other classes went well. We did some gardening. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted on Fridays. Satsangs were led by Sri. Rajesh.

    For mid-August we conducted a Ganapathy Homa as it was the first day of the new Malayalam month. A Beginners' batch started for ladies. All other classes went well. Satsang was led by Sri. Rajesh. Pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    We had an inspiring month at the Vienna Centre and the Centre was quite active. For the summer time we offered 2 summer-courses over 8 weeks, with flexible attendance due to vacation time. A few courses started and we also designed a few workshops to attract students in the low season, for example a cooking workshop, an advanced asana class for 2,5 hours (with very good attendance), also the open class which emphasized shoulder- and hip-flexibility on Saturday. Also, we had a headstand workshop and a preparation day for TTC. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius.
    The final week of the TTC in Lithuania by the end of July was uplifting with Vedanta lectures, advanced Pranayama class and a lovely talent show. We welcomed Irina Kushelevich who gave a well-attended Bharata Natyam workshop and performed during the TTC graduation. The course ended in a high spirits with 34 shining yoga shiromanis. Both teachers and students expressed their gratefulness to be part of the course. Many helping hands joined to pack up the Lithuanian summer Ashram and bring the energy back to the Centre in Vilnius. Many students proposed to volunteer at the Centre after the course, as well as to assist in the classes. After the TTC at the beginning of August the main focus was to bring back the energy to the Centre. With the help of the students and teachers all the course items have found their place, lots of washing and cleaning was done. The new teachers started to assist during the asana classes and continued successfully. Narada, Pushpa, Greta, Shakti, Mirabai soon will be the great support of the Centre in teaching and other karma yoga projects. Wednesday evening Satsangs in August gathered not less than 30 souls and lots of joy and prana was felt in the chanting always crowned by the inspiring messages from the Sivananda Upanishads. August is the peak of holidays in Lithuania so we are very happy to have students even for the weekends for the morning Satsangs and classes. We were focused on preparing the Centre for the students to come back from the holidays and to start with new prana in September. With the help of karma yogis step by step Centre got deeper cleaning from outside and inside. Some Centre repair projects took place: all the windowsills were renovated and on Friday the main hall will be repainted. In the early August Swami Vairagyananda left to HQ for Sadhana and some rest for 3 weeks. OM.

    Live in Peace and Harmony with your neighbours and fellow men.
    - Sri Swami Sivananda

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