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Issue #05/2016 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize May 1, 2016
"Meditation helps self-purification." - 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:
MAY 2016
03 Ekadasi
06 New Moon  
17 Ekadasi
21 Full Moon

JUNE 2016
01 Ekadasi
05 New Moon  
16 Ekadasi
17 Mariamman Kodieatrum (Flag Hoisting)
20 Full Moon
26 Pongala Festival
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NEWS

Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

We are slow and steadily moving into Spring 2016, noticing the transitions of some Ashrams shifting from high season to low while others shifting from low season to high. By the grace of Swamiji every Ashram is seeing a very successful year of spreading Swamiji's teachings. Meanwhile, the Sivananda Centres continue to strive with lots of students arriving for classes, workshops and Satsangs. As the time goes it is becoming more and more evident that when we stick to the pure teachings from the original scriptures, as taught by Master and Swamiji, we are profoundly reaching and impacting many lives, with perfect timing. We are inspired to continue doing so in the future.  

Yoga Camp/Headquarters is also happy to announce their new website will be launched soon as the preparation for the high season begins.

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

Pranams to all.

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Temperaments are different in individuals, but all individuals have to aim at the attainment of a common goal, the achievement of a common purpose, the One common Consciousness Brahma. - Sri Swami Sivananda
SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. Can you please give me some detailed practical hints to get non-attachment in mind in our every action?
A.

Think that you are an instrument (Nimitta) in the hands of God when you work. Egoism and respectability will vanish. Don't expect fruits for your actions (Nishkamya). How can you expect fruits when another, viz., God, is working through you? Further, when you are aware that the world is full of miseries, what is the use of coming back again into the world ? You are a toy in the hands of God. He holds the string. He is the Sutradhar. Do all actions from a sense of duty. Reduce your wants. Lead a very simple life. Hate luxury. Control the Indriyas. Look at everyone and everything in the world as the manifestation of Narayana. Think that this world is illusory and a long dream. How can there be attachment now in the mind, my dear Ramachandra? If you do actions in this way, you will become a practical Yogi. I assure you. Cheer your spirit. Gird up the loins and engage yourself boldly in the daily battle of life.

Q. Will there be continuity of consciousness during suspension of breath?
A.

Hari Singh was a Hatha Yogi. He was buried underneath the ground in a box for three months in Ranjit Singh's court. He came back with life when the box was opened. Hatha Yogis block the Talu Chakra, the posterior nasal openings, with their elongated tongue that is obtained through Bahir Kechari Mudra Kriya of Chalan (moving the tongue frequently), Doshan (dragging the tongue with butter) and Chedan (cutting the frenulum lingua that is underneath the tongue). They drink slowly the nectar that dribbles from the Sahasrara Chakra through the opening in the palate. This instance of Hari Singh clearly indicates that the real "I" is entirely distinct from Prana. In spite of the suspension of breath, Hari Singh had continuity of consciousness.

Q. You have said in one of your lessons that the aspirant should fast only once a month. But Gandhiji and others have stressed the importance of fasting. They say that one should fast at least three or four times in a month. Moreover, they point out that fasting helps self-control. How is it that you do not allow frequent fasting?
A.

Fasting does help in self-control. But, too much fasting weakens the body and the mind and retards spiritual Sadhana. I am also a strong votary of fasting. Fasting is a great Prayaschitta. It expiates any kind of sin quickly. It has got a tremendous purifying influence on the heart. Read Manu Smriti. As the vast majority are afraid of fasting too much, I have prescribed only a day of fasting in a month. Young, robust, plethoric people can fast twice or thrice in a month if passion troubles them much.

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

Do not worry about obstacles. They will pass away. - Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

ANJANEYASANA - The Crescent Moon - Variation

Begin from hands to feet pose. Stretch back the right leg, while leaving the left foot on the mat. The left knee is bent and you are on the toes of the right foot. Push the right thigh down and come onto the right knee. With palms together, inhale and arch back, stretching arms and head back. You are now curved in the crescent moon shape, which is often called the symbol of yoga. Flexibility is needed for the pose and good balance. The back leg is the main support so that you can bend backward. The toes are another source of support, as is the left foot in front. With each exhalation, pull yourself a little further back. Breathe deeply. Come out of the pose and reverse your leg position to perform the pose on both sides.
Variation: From the crescent moon asana, with body upward and curved back, bring the back foot off the toes and flat with toes pointing back. Reach your hands back further to your maximum bend and down, arching the back. Hold leg behind you with both hands at the ankle and pull yourself back further with arms. The front leg remains bent at knee and foot flat on mat. Always reverse the leg position so pose is performed on both sides.

BENEFITS:
Opening the front hip crease, legs, thighs and arm pits
An opening of the shoulders, middle back and front of throat
A balance posture

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

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


Time is life. Utilize time profitably in spiritual pursuits. - Sri Swami Sivananda

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

KEVALA KUMBHAKA - Kevala: 'only'. Kumbhaka: 'breath retention' or 'cessation'

Kumbhaka is of two kinds - Sahita and Kevala. That which is coupled with inhalation and exhalation is termed Sahita. That which is devoid of these, is called Kevala (alone). When you get mastery in Sahita, then you can attempt this Kevala. When in due course of practice, the Kumbhaka subsists in many places without exhalation and inhalation and unconditioned by place, time and number—then that Kumbhaka is called absolute and pure (Kevala Kumbhaka), the fourth form of 'Regulation of breath'. Such powers as that of roaming about in space unseen, follow this last form of Pranayama. In Vasishtha Samhita it is said: "When after giving up inhalation and exhalation, one holds his breath with ease, it is absolute Kumbhaka (Kevala)." In this Pranayama the breath is suddenly stopped without Puraka and Rechaka. The student can retain his breath as long as he likes through this Kumbhaka. He attains the state of Raja Yoga. Through Kevala Kumbhaka, the knowledge of Kundalini arises. Kundalini is aroused and the Sushumna is free from all sorts of obstacles. He attains perfection in Hatha Yoga. You can practice this Kumbhaka three times a day. He who knows Pranayama and Kevala is the real Yogi. What can he not accomplish in the three worlds, who has acquired success in this Kevala Kumbhaka? Glory, glory to such exalted souls. This Kumbhaka cures all diseases and promotes longevity.

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

God is watching all your thoughts and movements. - Sri Swami Sivananda

BHAGHAVAD GITA

Chapter II: Sankhya Yoga

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
II.15. That firm man whom, surely, these afflict not, O chief among men, to whom pleasure and pain are the same, is fit for attaining immortality.

COMMENTARY: 'Dehadhyasa' or identification of the Self with the body is the cause of pleasure and pain. The more you are able to identify yourself with the immortal, all-pervading Self, the less will you be affected by the pairs of opposites('Dvandvas',
pleasure and pain, etc.) 'Titiksha' or the power of endurance develops the will-power.
Calm endurance in pleasure and pain, and heat and cold is one of the qualifications of an aspirant on the path of Jnana yoga. It is one of the Shatsampat or sixfold virtues. It is a condition of the right knowledge. Titiksha by itself cannot give you Moksha or liberation, but still, when coupled with discrimination and dispassion, it becomes a means to the attainment of Immortality or the knowledge of the Self.

Maintain always serenity under all conditions and circumstances. - Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

From Discourse I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"

I.37. VEETA-RAAGA-VISHAYAM-VAA-CITTAM
'… or by fixing the mind on one who has transcended human passions and
attachments.'

Commentary:
Another highly regarded object of meditation is a saint or sage who has attained liberation. A picture of an inspiring soul, such as Swami Sivananda, Buddha or Jesus may be kept on the altar or other place of meditation. He may be focused on either visually or mentally.

I.38. SVAPNA-NINDRAA-JNAANAALAMBANAM VAA
'...or (by meditating upon) knowledge gained in dreams or deep sleep'.

Commentary:
Many times the Truth is revealed by the superconscious during sleep. Usually this information is forgotten, and is only utilized by the subconscious. But if that knowledge is meditated upon consciously, great progress can be made upon the path.

Be calm. Be cheerful. Be courageous. Be self-controlled. - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

BAKED BUTTERNUT SQUASH -

Butternut squash has a high level of Vit A and is rich in compounds like B Carotene and Lutein which convert to Vit A in the body, are good for eyesight and skin and also high in B vitamins and fibre. They contain minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium. Acorn squash likewise is rich in dietary fibre, high in Vit B family, and is high in Vit C and mineral content. The fibre of these vegetables are good for regulating digestion and elimination.

The apple adds more fibre and a sweetness to the dish. The butternut and acorn squash seeds are a good source of dietary fibre and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, good for the heart. They have a nutty flavour.. Serves 4 - 6.

Ingredients:
1 butternut or 2 acorn squash
4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2 cups fresh whole wheat bread crumbs
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large eating apples, peeled and cut into chunks

Directions:
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cut squash in half and remove the seeds and stringy bits. Reserve the seeds for roasting.
Mix the melted butter or margarine with the bread crumbs, spices, and apples and spoon the mixture into the squash halves.
Place them in a roasting pan, cover with foil, and bake for about 45 min.
Remove the foil and bake 10 minutes longer to brown the tops.
Serve hot.
The butternut and acorn squash seeds can be roasted dry or tossed with some olive oil in the oven on foil and eaten as snacks or sprinkled on top of the prepared dish.

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

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

An aspirant must have purity of mind, a real thirst for knowledge and perseverance. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC, ATTC, Sadhana Intensive Courses

2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 03 - Oct 02/16
TTC – English, Polski, Lietuvos kalba, Русский язык
Ustka, Baltic Sea, Poland
http://www.sivananda.eu/en/yoga-teacher-training/teachers-training-course/ttc-venues/osteuropa.html#c2509

Sep 03 - Oct 02/16
ATTC – English, Polski, Lietuvos kalba, Русский язык
Ustka, Baltic Sea, Poland
http://www.sivananda.eu/en/yoga-teacher-training/teachers-training-course/ttc-venues/osteuropa.html#c2509

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

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

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

See full list of International Teacher Training Courses: http://www.sivananda.org/yoga-teacher-training/ttc-schedule.html

See full list of International Advanced Teacher Training Courses: http://www.sivananda.org/yoga-teacher-training/attc-schedule.html

See full list of International Sadhana Intensives and other courses/events: http://www.sivananda.org/courses/schedule.html

The essential condition of spirituality is the annihilation of desire for mundane objects. You should have Vairagya/dispassion.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - APRIL 2016

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    During April Dr. Madan Bali and his assistant Maria came up to host a special weekend guest program called "Yoga for Management of Stress and Psychosomatic Disorders". Every bed was sold out! His students came from all around Quebec. His emphasis was: be compassionate, love ourself, that we are all wonderful, beautiful and perfect as we are. He reminded us of Swami Vishnu's message "Health is wealth, Peace of mind is happiness, Yoga shows the way". It was truly inspiring to be in Dr. Bali's presence, he invokes love with every word and every gaze. Kumari came to host some courses and brought us some joy, light and inspiration. Her Satsangs were so very informative and charged with her infectious bhakti. The first course she gave was Teaching Yoga to Seniors. In the class she set the stage nicely, first by giving us a nice gentle class in the morning, followed by a very informative lecture after lunch, which also included some postures. Students learned that with age, stiffness sets in as the spine compresses and we lose joint mobility and balance, as well as muscle and bone mass. Some asanas can harm a student so some adaptive postures are needed. The second course was Yoga Therapy for Back Care: A practical Course for Yoga Teachers. In this highly informative course Kumari shared practical training in how to adapt the traditional Sivananda hatha yoga class to safely accommodate the needs of individuals with back issues. Students from both courses were filled with gratefulness and advanced understanding about how to guide the student with reduced mobility and back problems. Alain and Isabelle gave their bi-annual drumming workshop. A lot of eager spiritual newbies came from all over quebec for this workshop. Alain and Isabelle are such gifted and passionate musicians. The participants left charmed and jubilant. May the blessings of the Masters remain with us all. Pranams.

Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    At the beginning of April everyone's spirits were lifted by a few heavy down pours of rain which gave us relief from the heat wave which seemed to last indefinitely.  The AYUSH (Ayurveda Yoga Unani Siddha Homeopathy) Ministry has announced that it will offer Government of India Yoga Certification exam at Dhanwantari Ashram on 17th April immediately after TTC. Over thirty TTC students and some staff have shown interest to do the exam. Tuition classes are going on in the evenings to prepare for this exam. Haridas ji gave a talk and demo of Vedic Maths to the amazement of all when he calculated cube roots mentally within seconds. Other highlights of the month included bhajans with Rajamani Bhagavatar, Alaknanda's (Noida staff) wedding and mantra initiation with over forty students. We welcomed Sivakami from Delhi to conduct TTC A&P and sadly said good bye to Hanuman, after six month service.

    Mid-April saw the monthly Ayurveda Medical Camp with eight hundred sixty five patients. Extensive work was done to make a roof cover to shade the people from the elements. We were grateful to Swami Gayatriananda and other donors who made this possible. Twenty four people including six staff were initiated into the Fasting Detoxification Program. The course was conducted by Narayana and his wife Karen. Kids Camp initiation, with eighty nine kids, including two children from Korea and France. Bala ji, our long time staff underwent kidney donation operation for a family member who is suffering from kidney failure. Binoy and Sridevi, staff from Nataraja Centre had their house warming function. The Ashram donated towards construction of their home. We welcomed some new TTC graduates as staff, as well as Juan from HQ. We hope to make use of his metal working skills during his stay. We bid goodbye to Swami Gayatriananda, Avatar, Vijaya and Kamal with for their service. Pranams. Om.


Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Uttar Kashi.
    At the beginning of April the Ashram's high season got off to a good start. The new high season staff were initiated into the responsibilities around the Ashram and the Ashram was given a final clean all over in time for the arrival of the TTC students. The initiation of 29 students took place at 2 pm on Sunday 3rd April.  They were introduced to their first Satsang in the evening. The following morning, the traditional Ganapathy Havan took place giving a good start to the this first week of TTC. Lila came to teach the hatha yoga classes and support Swami Parameswariananda ji with the Satsangs, whilst Swamiji is giving the 2 pm lecture.  She also introduced the students to the purpose and joy of Kirtan in the chanting classes this week. Sukumari arrived ready to share the Bhagavad Gita with the students. The weather was kind; a little rain and cloud so it is not too hot in the day but also not too chilly in the early morning. Most students took the opportunity to explore Uttarkashi. We thank Swamiji and Master for a good start to the season.

    Mid-April third week of TTC went smoothly with the students successfully completing their teaching groups. The special event of the week was a Sudarsana Homa one Wednesday night to clear the atmosphere. And for the day off, the weather was good for a hike to Nachiketa Tal. It is believed that Nachiketa, a young boy who learnt the nature of the Self as a boon from Lord Yama, meditated by this mountain forest lake. With Master and Swamiji's Grace, all the students and staff are doing well.



Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The certificate course "Yogic Way of Cooking" course, taught by Swami Bhagavatananda, attracted many students. At the same time we had Asana Intensive Workshops during the first week of the month. We had a positive group of guests who enjoyed their stay very much, a mixture of beginners and intermediate/ advanced students, who appreciated the guidance and the corrections. The group practice helped them to relax and feel more comfortable in the postures. The silent walks also gave them a chance to connect to mother nature and thus to bring up their prana level. The workshop "How Yoga works – Posture, Flexibility and Anatomy", a 4 day Program with Padma from the UK went very well and was appreciated by her students. Also this month we had a "Intensive Meditation and Silence Retreat" started, given by Swami Kailasananda. For this Program we had a morning yoga class and an additional practice of meditation in the afternoon. Charles Poncet, senior disciple of Swamiji, came from Geneva for a one week stay at the Ashram to rest and rejuvenate, he also inspired us with daily discourses on the Bhagavad Gita in the evening Satsangs; it is always very inspiring to chant properly selected verses from this important scripture. The Ashram priests conducted inspiring Ramnavami and Hanuman Jayanti Pujas. Spring is in the air with daffodils and tulips coming out in every corner of the Ashram. It is a beautiful peaceful time and all are enjoying the beauty and serenity of the Ashram. The month was still a little cold, but Spring is on its way, flowers are blooming and our bee hives are very active when the sun is showing – their buzzing then can be heard already from a distance. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April the Yoga Farm Ashram was happy to welcome back Ananta Chaitanya, Annapurna and Sri Devi from their service in Vietnam programs. We also welcomed returning staff Anandamayi and Kartikeya. Many programs were under way at the Ashram: Karuna Devi taught the 5-day Beginner course with students learning the 5 Points of Yoga and gaining deep appreciation for their Yoga practice; Swami Dharmananda led the weekend Stress and Relaxation workshops identifying the sources of stress and the benefits of Yoga practices to create more flexibility in mind, increase prana for greater stress resiliency, and how to understand one's karma to gain perspective of one's life and see through the illusions in our mind. We welcomed Steven Weiss for the Principles of Asana Alignment course, teaching on injury-free Yoga asana practice, alignment principles and tools for integrating body, mind and spirit in one's practice. The Food as Medicine course, with Bharata Surya, was ofered. This excellent course combines Ayurvedic teaching with hands-on cooking workshops to expose students to the healing power of food through proper food combining, spicing and proper ingredients.

    Mid-April we had a Yoga 2 course with Ananta Chaitanya that focused on the Four Paths of Yoga.  The guests got a lot out of the teachings and really appreciated being in the Ashram environment. We had a course on Emotional Intelligence with Arun Deva, an Ayurvedic doctor who is also on the board of National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).  Arun Deva gave very inspiring talks at Satsang on Ayurveda Chikitsa and how to apply Ayurveda and yoga asanas for healing in our modern world. We had an Ayurvedic massage rejuvenation retreat, with Manas Kshirsagar, which was very much appreciated.  Swami Sitaramananda returned from her travels in Asia and was happy to be back at the green and flowery Yoga Farm.  The construction of new Om Cabins continued, led by Hara Mahadeva.  We also started the extension of our animal fence to give more space to our friendly animals.  We had a garden party as well where we cleared weeds and prepared all the beds in the garden for planting.  We then had a Satsang at Samadhi Estates with a slideshow of Swamiji's travels and teachings in India, China, and Vietnam. We were all feeling the grace of Master and Swamiji. Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Yoga Farm.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    The beginning of April saw the last week of the TTC.  To the delight of the students and staff, we had a snow storm! Many of the students and staff are International visitors and had never seen snow before. The TTC's had the advanced pranayama class one morning and the pregnancy & kids class in the afternoon.  They had the mantra initiation and we took the group photo in the afternoon.  The students had their final review classes, and the end of the Bhagavad Gita class, the Gita Arati was chanted and a special prasad, prepared by our priest, Sankara, was distributed.  You could begin to feel the festive energy the Friday Day Off for study, as staff went shopping for last minute preparations for the graduation and feast.  The students entered the exam on Saturday morning, full of joy. As they finished the exam and joined each other for the morning meal, you could sense the strong connection this group came to form with each other.  It was a lovely, calm, peaceful evening.  The feast, decorations, the entire prep for the graduation, was well planned and executed with organization and teamwork.  The following day the students began to leave the Ashram, ready to share the teachings of yoga with the world.  By the Grace of Master and Swamiji, another successful TTC was completed.

    Mid-April we celebrated the arrival of Spring with our first outdoor yoga class of the 2016 season.  The weather had been beautiful, with mild temperatures and sunny skies.  Paul returned back to the Ashram after several weeks in a rehabilitation facility where he was receiving physical therapy to help him with walking and basic self care skills.  The staff were keeping very busy, and with the nice weather, we washed all of the yoga mats outside and started wash and put up the staff tents.  The grounds were worked on during a karma yoga night, under the stunning full moon.  Staff also were busy working on the EBM report, reporting their respective departments.  Mahadev Chaitanya went into New York city to teach the weekly Bhagavad Gita class and give the evening Satsang at the Centre.  We had a huge turn out for the Passover Seder that was celebrated with Rabbi Zoe B.Zak leading the services. We offered a hiking weekend, with over 40 guests joining the staff on three different levels of hiking at nearby Lake Minnawaska State Park.  It was a festive weekend, with guests and staff celebrating the renewal of Spring.  By the grace of the gurus staff are happy and well. Staff were focused and regular in their Sadhana and send Pranams to all. May the Blessings of Master and Swamiji grace all of our lives.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    The April TTC and ATTC courses saw a great start as usual as they completed the first week in the course. We welcomed Tulku Sherdor, Imam Jamal Rahman, Rabbi Shella Peltz Weinberg and Father Vincent Pizzutto to present for the Interfatih Meditation as a Path to Enlightment Symposium that we hosted this past week. Guest speakers were representatives from the various traditions and the workshops presented included very inspiring teachings. Savitri Devi also offered her professional training course Yoga for Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment.

    Mid-April saw the Nature of Consciousness Science & Spirituality successfully held at the Ashram. Presenters were Peter Russell, Menas Kafatos, Shauna Shapiro, Swami Kashi Muktananda and Swami Brahmananda.  It was an extremely informative and thought provoking and enjoyed by all. The Yoga of Recovery Retreat with Durga Leela completed on April 18.  It was another year of this successful and valuable course and well attended. The Yoga of Recovery Certification for Counsellors course with Durga Leela and Swami Dharmananda graduated a successful course in the Durga Temple on April 24. Swami Kashi Muktananda graduated a wonderful course "Vedantic Meditation: Studies from the Vivekacudamani" on April 20.  A wonderful study on the work of Shankaracharya. Rukmini talked in the morning Satsangs on the subject From Darkness to Light:  The Need for a Spiritual Teacher.  These talks were informative and interesting. The Spring Family Holiday Program with Omkari and Aaron Jones returning to the Ashram, two well loved teachers, heard the flute flowing through the morning Ashram and lots of sweet little yogis chanting, practicing asanas, painting and generally having a wonderful time. Sivananda Teachers Reunion began on April 5 with Shyam and Mohini, Satyadev and Nirmala and other senior Ashram staff with lectures, workshops and connections with new and old members of the Sivananda Family. Passover Seder Celebration was led by our beloved Acharya Swami Swaroopananda and was highly inspirational. Among the participants were Bishop Trevor Williamson from Nassau and his congregation. It was a wonderful evening with a lot of singing, great food and was enjoyed by everyone. The Way of Nature, Reconnection and Renewal workshops began on April 23 with John Mlton a special guest who is a pioneering ecologist, spiritual teacher and shaman and Douglas Canterbury-counts who practices sacred psychology and specialties in neuropsychology. The April TTC and ATTC continued into their fourth week. Om Shanti from all the staff in Nassau.


Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    On April 1st the Retreat House was closed for one month. Swami Vidyananda and Narayani drove to Mittersill, a scenic retreat hotel higher up in the Austrian Alps, where the Sivananda Vacation Programs continued. The first group of 14 students enjoyed a weekend with yoga classes and lectures on "Yoga at home". As the weather stayed pleasant the guests could enjoy the beautful nature walks around the house. The central topic of the first week in Mittersill was " active relaxation and stressreduction" . We shared a lot of information on stress research, burnout, techniques for the relaxation of the nervous system and the hormones. The lectures on positive thinking and regulation of emotions through mantra-recitation were well attended. For the first time of our stay in Mittersill we could use the wooden yoga platform next to the garden pond. The presence of the very close by mountains which were still snow covered intensified the peaceful atmosphere of the yoga class. The second bigger seminar of the month was "meditation and inner balance". Lectures on the physical effects of meditation and a workshop on concentration and meditation were well attended. The asana classes focused on a detailed step by step approach to the different techniques of Pranayama. The Springlike temperatures allowed again several beautiful naturewalks. As the number of guests increased towards the middle of the month, Swami Keshavananda came to support the Programs in Mittersill. He gave dynamic yoga classes and two inspiring Satsangs. With over 30 guests per day the most frequented week of April followed. "Yoga and mountain hiking" was scheduled and we had the most beautiful walks in the fascinating surroundings of the "Hohen Tauern". "Yoga for a flexible spine" was the last subject during our stay in Mittersill. Problems of the back and body alignment were discussed in lectures and workshops and the guests enjoyed the combination of relaxation in the wellness rooms, yoga classes and the quiet atmosphere during meditation. On Friday, April 29, Narayani and Swami Vidyananda drove back to Reith to get ready for the arrival of the TTCs next day. OM.


Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Meenakshi.
    At the beginning of April the Yoga Vacationers welcomed the second week of their schedule with renewed vigor derived from the previous week. It was relatively hotter in the afternoons with the temperature within tolerable limits. In the evenings the sky would take on a cloudy look and then relapse back to normal. Then...there was a welcome change with a slight summer drizzle, much to the delight of guests who kept on speculating about the rains. The hard work and efforts put in by our gardening staff was paying off well with a rich harvest of tomatoes, brinjal and okra from our vegetable garden, thereby motivating them to put in their best towards cultivation. The Sivananda Rural Hospital conducted a Diabetic and Dental  Camp for the neighboring villages. The activities of the Ashram followed the normal routine. With the blessings of our Gurus all are doing well and are contented and happy as well.

    Mid-April the Ashram geared up for its first summer camp for kids. Cleaning and setting up of the dormitories, purchasing of sports items are all being done very enthusiastically by our karma yogis. Madurai city witnessed a tremendous rush on account of 'Meenakshi Thirukalyanam', a local festival celebrated with great pomp and splendour. The belief is that Meenakshi, an incarnation of Goddess Parvathy is married to Lord Siva during the month of Chithirai in Tamil calendar. The celebrations lasted for few weeks and is one of the major local attractions. We had some of the kids from our neighborhood coming for the morning yoga sessions. The Yoga Vacationers enjoyed their time at the Ashram and were getting on well with the daily schedule. The talent show had some scintillating performances by our guests. Thanking our Masters for blessing us with a joyful and blissful month. Om Shanti. Pranams to all.




    TTC Reports in locations other than Ashrams:

    ATTC DALAT, VIETNAM: The ATTC completed well with students graduating in gratitude and eagerness. We spent a week packing up the whole Ashram, storing things away till next year, with the hope to be able to lease this beautiful resort for longer time in the future. The two months of teaching TTC and ATTC, SI with full support of translators in Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese and Russian for TTC, were intense and rewarding at the same time. We said thanks to all teachers, staff and translators for their exemplary service. Swami Sitaramananda and Swami Narayanananda stopped by Sundari's affiliated Centre in Hanoi and did a Puja which is very well received by nearly 100 students. They will continue with a program of two days teaching of Hatha Yoga, followed by a week of programs in Chengdu, China. Swami Pranavananda resumes service in Ho Chi Minh City Centre and many staff return back to Grass Valley or to the Centres.

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    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April we put some Prana into courses and got good response by the students. A philosophy course entitled "Thought Power – Vital Power" started with a lively group of participants. The one day seminar on the topic "Fit with Yoga" was well received. Students were very happy to learn about different possibilities how to increase the energy by yogic techniques as Pranayama, Kriyas and proper diet. The three Satsangs were well visited and people left inspired and thankful. Weather was getting warmer. Flowers in the garden started to bloom and create a very lively and positive atmosphere. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Prem & Om to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China


    Om Namah Sivaya!
    At the beginning of April two Chinese students successfully completed the ATTC in Vietnam. Staff Sivani returned to Chengdu. While in Chengdu, Sundari focused on training Saraswati and preparing for upcoming the 3-day intensive at the Centre. We closed the week with an lively Open House, with many newcomers with diverse backgrounds. 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 April we started a morning beginners course and a weight loss program. We have received many enquiries from students about weight loss program and now we have included it in our permanent schedule with classes 6 days a week the program will be running for 3 months. One of our staff members Sathyamji joined the Centre again offering a great help to us in running the Centre. We were also prepping for the proposed construction work to start in few weeks time. We will be constructing additional staff and guest rooms, as well as one more yoga hall. The rest of the activities in the Centre were carried as usual, all staff members were performing their karma yoga duties and making sure that with the blessing of Swamijis the Centre operates efficiently and for the benefit for the local community.

    In mid-April we started evening beginners course with a good number of students. Weight loss program was successfully running and we are getting inquiries from people who would like to join. One of our staff members Unikrishnan joined the Centre again after completing TTC in Neyyar Dam. Other staff members Yogeshwar and Supriya have left Chennai and we wished them all the best and hope to see again soon in the Centre.
    Preparation for the planned construction work began and we expect it to start in the second week of May. The rest of the activities in the Centre carried on, as usual, all staff members were performing their karma yoga duties and making sure that with the blessing of Swamijis the Centre operates efficiently and for the benefit for the local community. With the blessings of God and Masters, we send Pranams to the Sivananda family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!
    At the beginning of April our all-new Atma Bodha course started with 9 students - off to an inspiring start. The other courses continued well. We welcomed Swami Shivabhaktananda for the weekend; he gave programs called "Yoga for Health and Happiness," which were well received by students. We were all uplifted by his visit. There were several days of wintry weather, including an icy morning, which seemed to have an effect on drop-in class attendance and on Chicagoans' morale. The City was doing a water-main replacement project along Broadway, the main street adjacent to the Centre. The project was projected to take a few months and has already turned getting around the neighborhood into very good training in patience.

    During mid-April, by the grace of the Gurus, the courses, including Yoga Yoga 2, Yoga 3, Positive Thinking 2, and Atma Bodha, continued well. Drop-in classes were quieter. The road construction along Broadway continued to make neighborhood traffic and parking more challenging than usual. The masonry of the original building at 1246 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue was in need of repair, and we have an agreement with a contractor to replace the crumbling portions of the exterior parapet walls, which were letting moisture into the building, and fix affected edges of the roof. We hoped to raise donations to help afford the project, which should take place over the summer, and among the events we were planning for this purpose is a 108 Sun Salutation Challenge in May. Staff are well, feeling grateful for all the blessings of this life and send Pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April one resident left and we welcomed a new one. We re-opened yoga class 6-7h15 am morning. A Yoga for Beginners class ran well. Also we had workshops "How to Teach Senior Yoga" with Padmavati. We welcomed back Saraswati, Sivashakti and new staff Mukunda from ATTC.

    Mid-April was beautiful here in Da Lat. Two residents stayed at the Centre. Open class was full with member students, new students and tourists. We re-opened Yoga Kids class by Sivashakti. And the workshop Balancing Asana was very successful. Om Namah Sivaya.

    https://sivanandayogavietnam.org


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April we started with the beginners course for 10:00 am and 6:30 pm batch. We conducted the balancing posture workshop in which we taught both the basic and intermediate asanas. We gave more details about each postures to help the students to improve their postures and focus. For two weekends we conducted yoga class for the "My angels Academy Slum Kids". These kids were going to play football game against bigger club teams in India. They seeked us to help with their yoga training. It was a good experience for us to teach them and also the kids enjoyed the classes. We put up a stall in a carnival which happened near the Centre. We were able to interact with lots of people living near to the Centre. Answering their questions helped us to sharpen our knowledge and understanding of the system. The response we got was also good. Our weekend beginners class ended. The Navaratri Puja started and will go on for nine days everyday, early in the morning. Apart from that all our open classes and beginner classes went well. We focused to improve on our special classes too. By Gods grace and gurus blessings all the staffs were doing regular sadhana.

    Mid-April we started with the beginners course for 10 am and 6:30 pm batch. We conducted the headstand workshop and "Yoga for Back" workshop. We went to teach the "My Angels Academy" kids. Apart from that all our open classes and beginner classes are went well. The special classes were also doing good. By Gods grace and gurus blessings all the staffs are doing well. We pray to the almighty for everybody. Om Namo Narayanaya. Our prayers to all. Om Namo Narayanaya. Pranams.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    At the beginning of April we with two Beginners' course one at 10am and the other at 6:30pm. We also started Yoga 2, the Intermediate course. As the Navaratri week started on April 8th, we scheduled a special Devi Bhajans evening with Parul. She performed the Sivananda Yoga Devi Chants during Satsang time. With the blessing of the Masters everything in the Centre is going well.

    Mid-April started a beginners' course at 10:00am & 6:30pm. We conducted a headstand workshop on Wednesdays on which the students benefited and progressed on their practice. We also conducted a Vegetarian cooking workshop one Saturday on which the students participated in the preparation. We all enjoyed the tasty Sattvic lunch. Dr. Narayana Swami came to the Centre for a night's stay and joined us for Sunday evening Satsang. 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.
    At the beginning of April Milan went back to Delhi Centre. We started two beginners courses with Kapoorji at 6:30am and 4pm. Didem was not feeling well. She got fever. Two outside teachers - Dasji and Rupali- supported us actively for the open classes. Now Didem is fine and she started her respected duties. Puja is doing well, takes responsibilities for Centre activities. Many of our old students started coming back and registered to open classes. We had a trial class with 3 students. Hopefully we get more students on upcoming weeks. We had a good Satsang. All other things we re good with Masters blessings. 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
    During the Easter holidays staff went to the Retreat house in Reith to support the Easter Program and to recharge. During this time the Centre had a reduced schedule of open classes with close teachers. Swami Sivadasananda was here for a meeting with a lawyer of Geneva City and Charles concerning the renovation of the building in which our Centre is located. The Pensioners' class which is held in cooperation with the city of Geneva started with a new motivated group and we had an open day with excellent attendance and many students booking for upcoming courses. On a Saturday we had a workshop about Yoga for the back which included a power point show and a plumb line - test. It was well received and the students enjoyed the familiar atmosphere at the Centre which looks shiny after a big Spring-cleaning and with fresh colorful plants on the terrace. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April we welcomed back the students and teachers from the ATTC in Dalat. We also started two new beginner courses with full attendance. The daily workshops on how to correct Yoga postures for our new staff and outside teachers continued, well received and appreciated by all.  Also we had a very successful cooking workshop, taught by Annapurna, and a nice Satsang led by Swami Pranavananda.  The Centre energy was bright and cheerful with the new staff learning to chant bhajans and singing throughout the day.  All the staff felt very happy and blessed to able to serve humanity.

    Mid-April saw a new record attendance. We started a Yoga Two Course in the afternoon and a Yoga One Course in the morning with a good number of students.  We had a workshop on anatomy about the cardiovascular system with nine people attending.  We continued the series of workshops for staff and teachers.  This week the workshops focused on how to teach.  We began to study how to teach open classes in English, and also how to teach the Yoga One beginner course with theory.  Many karma yogis came to help with the Centre's activities as well.Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.  

    https://sivanandayogavietnam.org


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April we had a detox and fasting day with 10 participants. It included a Kriya workshop. Girija conducted the Kriya workshop. The other teachings & the walk were shared by all the staff. We served vegetable broth and carrot juice with a little ginger. We celebrated Ram Navami. The Puja was conducted by the son of Dr. Shastri with plenty of explanations how a Puja works and the meaning of the different Mantras and parts of the Puja. A nice group of devotees came, half of them Indian. Radha, our new staff member, is doing well. She has been here for 3 weeks. She started teaching right away. The students liked her classes. 

    Mid-April and the Centre celebrated Hanuman Jayanti with a Puja. We also had a Satsang with explanations and some stories on Hanuman. Both evenings were inspiring and helping the staff and students to tune to Hanuman and his great qualities. We had a cooking course with Hira, focussing on how to make 5 different prasads. Girija, Radha and Savitri were also present. It created a happy feeling. Chandra started a Bhagavad Gita course. Salutations to all. Om Namah Sivaya.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    Sahadev from Shakti Rising joined us for a Kirtan evening. Many new faces came. Sahadev led us chanting through the Kirtan book, praising many different Deities. We all felt very uplifted after a few hours of chanting and listening stories of God's Lila. A beautiful Guru Puja was performed with new friends and long-time devotees. The Centre was filled with Bhakti for the Guru and warmth from the community. Hamsa Chaitanya visited the Yoga Farm Ashram from Thursday to Sunday. May Grace of the Guru continue to shelter and guide us all. Staff are well and are sending Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    Several new courses started with good attendance bringing a dynamic energy. Two graduates from TTC Rudraprayag started to assist in normal classes. Spring cleaning and renovation projects were done as preparation for the Special Program in May. After a successful Open day and the cooking course "Yogic diet for new vegetarians", we were happy to receive priest Yagneshwara Dixit for one week. Performing Pujas every morning and three elevating Pujas in the evening, the beautiful atmosphere created by the Mantras was appreciated by all. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The beginning of April started with two new Yoga beginner courses: 4pm for ladies and 6.30pm common batch with good numbers of students. We did a major cleaning in the Centre and in front of the Centre as well. A Headstand workshop was conducted for the beginner, as well as intermediate, students. We experienced a bit of relief from the heat in city as there was a good rain. We keeping up our commitments with our students outside and inside the Centre for their benefits. All classes went well, with grace of Gurus and Madurai Meenakshi Aman.

    Mid-April saw record temperatures with some days at 43 degrees celsius. We were able to retain our students for regular classes which directly shows that, thoughout the period of extreme heat in southern part of India, especially Tamil Nadu and Andhra Telengana, with people losing their lives, our students were still coming for daily classes, specially the 10am and 4 pm classes. We offered a new Monday Beginner course started with sufficient numbers of students. We started the Kids Summer Yoga Camp with 15 kids. Most of them are new to Yoga and our Centre. Kids enjoyed the first week. Other classes went smoothly by Kripa of our Master and Swamiji. Everything else was fine, with Gurus grace. Pranams to all from Temple city Madurai Centre. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi!!



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



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April we started with our Beginners courses on Mondays at 3:30 pm and on Thursdays at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Unfortunately, we could not start the Wednesday's course because we did not have the minimum of students registered. We continued promoting our 40th Yoga Festival.

    Mid-April we continued normally with the daily regular classes and the Arati. We celebrated Hanuman Hayanti. We had more assistance than previous weeks because of the weather was not so rainy. One weekend we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of our Sivananda Centre in Montevideo with different activities. We started on the Friday at 7:30 pm with a Satsang and finished on Sunday at 4:45 pm with Meditation. Om Shanti!!



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April the Montreal Centre was busy, as always, enjoying some Springtime snow storms and heavy rain. Nirmala joined the Centre for the week to help out while Nikhila was away. A Yoga 2 course started with students continuing from Yoga 1, and few older students joining in. Roy concluded Meditation 2 with 4 students, with many enquires for the next Meditation 1 course. Narayani led the Satsang and spoke about the 'Importance of Sadhana'. We started our first weekend beginner's course with 3 students. One Sunday it was a fun morning with many kids attending the kid's class which grew in numbers and bringing many families together at the Centre. We had over 50 students for Satsang and the meal. We did a lot of Spring cleaning and prepared for the arrival for the new display for the boutique. All the reception karma yogis are being trained to use the new Mind and Body software! With the feeling of Spring and good forecast for the weeks ahead, people were in good spirits. All the teachers and karma yogis continued to be a great support to the Centre. We are ever grateful for the grace of the Masters.

    During mid-April a Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 were running really well at the Centre. We had 3 groups of Yoga 1 and 1 group for Yoga 2. The students were very happy since they are feeling great after the practice. We had the 2nd session of Bhakti Yoga with Sivaram. We had a nice Satsang with Narayani who talked us about spiritual progress. One Saturday morning we had our "Yoga and Juice Fasting Program" with Suzzane, Bhagarathi and Ganga. The program was great and the students were so happy that they were asking to have this program monthly. We started a Joyful Sunday with the Kids Yoga class. During the afternoon we had a special yoga class with Swami Shivabhaktananda. The class was full and the students very happy to have his class. We enjoyed a great evening with Swami Shivabhaktananda who cheered with us an inspiring and uplifting Satsang. We were very grateful for the support of all karma yogis and teachers and for all their dedication and the beautiful energy they bring to the Centre. The community of teachers and staff continues to grow, we are ever so grateful for the support and inspiration. We are blessed to have the grace of our Master and Guru. Sending Pranams to all!!



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    In the last weeks we had several inspiring Satsangs with Swami Sivadasananda. A group of very motivated students took part in the start of a number of new courses; Y1 Beginners courses, a Weekend-Intensive Course 1, a course on "Thought Power through Positive Thinking" and "Yoga extra gentle and good for the heart" for people who need an extra gentle approach to the asanas with a good deep relaxation. We also had a successful cooking class on vegetarian protein sources and an Open House that drew good interest. A teachers' correction workshop on the topics of "How to correct individually" and "Hip-opening Asanas" was well received by the teachers of the Centre. The spiritual highlight these past weeks was Ram Navami, with a beautiful and uplifting morning Puja for which many close students came. We are looking forward to a lecture with Sigrid Siebert, a nutrition specialist, on the topic of a healthy vegetarian diet. OM.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    At the beginning of April Swami Sivabhaktananda kept us busy at the Centre. He and fellow Brazilian and resident staff, Ishwara, painted the vast majority of the Centre and he also used his maintenance expertise to fix up some things around the Centre. Swami led a workshop titled "Health and Happiness" and also led an evening Satsang. We had deaf yoga class. Pranava and Shakti returned to the Centre after being there to help out for the March TTC. Mahadev Chaitanya drove a car of karma yogis to the NY Centre and led the advanced asana class as well as the evening Satsang. There was a big turnout which means (hopefully) Spring is here! Mid month brings new courses and workshops.

    Mid-April we had the constant flow of students coming and going to classes. Yoga 1 and 2 classes continued as well as the Meditation Course, with Mukti Devi. The Living with Purpose Course with Mahadev Chaitanya continued. We participated in the Fashion High School's first Spring Health Fair. The high school is located just up the street from us. In fact we regularly see those students passing by the Centre every day. The Centre was one of a number of organizations who had a booth at the fair. Staff enjoyed demonstrating some of the asanas, talking to and answering questions about yoga from the students. We are hoping to see some of those students show up to the Centre to take a class or experience their first ever class one of these days. Apart from the classes and courses we've been tackling some in house cleaning and organizing that needs to be done. The kitchen and laundry space looked super. All the Staff were well and send their Pranams. With Guru's grace, we will be blessed and inspired to carry on his peace mission. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The Masters blessed the Centre with the presence of Swami Kailasananda who was there for some short visits.  Many close students teachers and karma yogis came to the Satsangs. The messages and the words of the Masters penetrated our souls and gave a fresh shower of inspiration. There was a beautiful Puja for the celebration of Ram Navami. The altar was blooming with the many flowers brought by the students. This month we had five workshops : "Sun salutation", "How to control anger", "yoga @home", "yoga at work" and "headstand".  Three special courses started: Gita, Raja yoga Meditation and Positive thinking. The open house was calm may be because of the beautiful weather or the school holidays. The Masters sent armies of karma yogis to support the Centre and to put prana in various projects. Karma yogis repainted the pittams of the main altar, cleared some spaces in the office and in the changing rooms and continued the research for the yoga-day celebration. They also assisted at the desk, the kitchen and the boutique and planted some new flowers. 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
    At the beginning of April we had a successful Open House. Many students brought family members and friends,  Teachers and new karma yogis helped nicely. We had many teenagers participating in the Open House and also on trial classes. We started a Raja Yoga Course and a Yoga 2. We celebrated Ramanavami, with special Puja, chanting and meditation. The celebration brought lots of energy to the Centre. Swami Sankarananda gave special asana workshop, students and teachers were very happy and energized after the challenging class. We also started 3 beginner courses.

    Mid-April we had our first kids class, it was a great success and all the kids looked forward continuing with the weekly class. We had a beautiful celebration for Hanuman Jayanti with Meditation, Puja and Hanuman Chalisa Chanting. Satsangs were getting more popular with a good group or regular students. We send Pranams from Roma. Om Shanti.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    At the beginning of April we offered a TTC info session at Wednesday night Satsang, a Chanting workshop one Friday and a Yantra Painting Workshop the following day. We started a Bhagavad Gita study group Friday evenings, which was enthusiastically received. To build up attendance at our evening classes, we are offering a promotion of 50% off the 7:15pm class for the month of April. Jesuit private high school students from nearby St Ignatious College Prep visited the Centre to attend asana class or Satsang as an assignment for their World Religions class. They are quite curious and surprise us by asking questions about the atman and Brahman! An update on the building renovation: fire and plumbing inspections were completed with only the final building inspection to go.

    Mid-April Swami Jnaneswariananda came for a weekend, just in time to lead the Friday evening Bhagavad Gita study. Saturday afternoon she summarized Chapters 4–6 of the Gita, reminding us that all Sadhana is sacrifice. Swamiji taught a 3-hour asana class one Sunday morning, followed by brunch. We held a productive teachers meeting that same afternoon. The Centre was asked to be the exclusive featured yoga studio in Yacht & Boat Life of San Francisco. Pranams to all from the new San Francisco Centre.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April we were busy in opening new courses and promoting upcoming ones. As soon as Bhargavi came back she started three new courses, a Yoga 3 on Sundays with 17; a Meditation course on Wednesdays with 15 and a Positive Thinking on Thursdays with 9. Upcoming soon is a Teenage Yoga course as well as Advanced Meditation and Advanced Positive Thinking. Amba, who stayed with us all through the month of March, left for several weeks as she makes an effort to find a job as a teacher for Mathematics. She hopes to find something soon and the join us again in the Centre until the new school year.

    During mid-April we focused on the final preparations for the Passover feast and the upcoming Yoga Retreat. A Yoga 1 opened, with 17 participants and an Advanced Meditation course, with 10. We were really excited to welcome Shankara Chaitanya who came back from the Yoga Retreat in the middle of the ATTC just for 36 hours in order to lead the Passover ceremony and the traditional feast. The Event was a great source of inspiration. Over 50 students and guests joined us. Shankara Chaitanya gave a beautiful explanations about the inner and spiritual dimensions of the holiday and its main scripture - the Hagada from which we read during the night. Bhargavi and Pranava with the help of devoted karma yogis, prepared a sumptuous feast, and decorated the main asana room in a very festive manner. We held a spontaneous free Saturday yoga class which was well attended with 18 students. The holiday's celebration was concluded with a traditional noon feast in which we hosted about 40 students. This feast was again very joyous with many holiday songs and deep spiritual teachings. Shankara Chaitanya safely returned to the Yoga Retreat, Bahamas. Pranams to all the Sivananda Family from the Tel Aviv Centre.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    At the beginning of April a Pilates workshop was held, fully booked with 21 students. The class was taught by Tara, a long time practitioner on both Pilates and Sivananda Yoga. She shared the basic Pilates method which can be used in asana practice. The number of students taking weekly "Tattva Bodha" classes taught by Kiran seems gradually increasing with 12 students joining the class. As for the staff situation, Marabai arrived to Tokyo Centre after spending 6 months in Ho Chi Minh Centre as a staff. She will be a big support for us during Machiko and Shanti Devi's absence.

    Mid-April: Shanti Devi, who had been in Vietnam for 2 weeks, came back to Tokyo Centre. We are glad to have four staff to share our duties now. Pundit Samavedula, who happened to be visiting Japan for a few days, came over to the Centre and performed Shiva and Krishna Puja. In spite of short notice, 13 guests attended the Puja. Many of them knew him from TTC or ATTC in Vietnam. Padmavati Masako taught 2 day workshop on "Gentle Yoga Teaching". The workshop was fully booked with 20 students. Also, many students joined for Satsanga before or after the workshop. We enjoyed singing Kirtans with a big group. Om and Prem to all the Sivananda family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April Yoga 1 started on Mondays and Meditation course on Fridays. We had Prana, Chakras and Astral body workshop, taught by Mayavan. Bhagavad Gita study group continued with very good student numbers. Prahlad went for the day to the Yoga Camp to participate in the Temple opening for the season. We had our monthly teachers meeting with about thirty teachers participating. After the morning Puja and the class led by Prahlad, we discussed current Centre matters and thanked teachers for their continuous support. Saraswati gave review of all the projects the Centre is involved with. We are prepared for the fundraiser for St Michael's hospital, asking teachers to help with volunteering at the event. The meeting ended with the lovely meal shared happily by all.

    During mid-April, apart from Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses, we also had a Yoga for Back Care course with Kumari who came from Ottawa to teach one weekend. A Meditation course and a Bhagavad Gita group continued with good group of students. Yoga class for younger children, as well as a class for older children brought nice energy to the Centre.  A Yoga in schools classes continued. Tuesday Saraswati taught teen relaxation group. Weather was very nice. Lots of students came for Friday and Sunday evening Satsangs. Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    At the beginning of April, with the blessings of the Gurus, two new batches started on Mondays. A mixed beginners' batch started in the evenings and a one month additional yoga class started for the parents whose children are participating in the Kids yoga class. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja were conducted on Fridays. One Saturday students were introduced to the practices of Jala Neti and Sutra Neti in a Kriya Workshop. Satsang was led by Sri. Sasikumar.  

    Mid-April saw a mixed beginners' batch started on Monday mornings. Suresh ji taught class for kids class students. All other classes went well. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Poojas were conducted on Fridays. Satsang was led by Sri. Rajesh. Pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April we started 8 new courses which brought a lively energy to the Centre after the vacation time. The devoted Centre karma yogis helped in all possible ways including another thorough clean-up of the basement. New posters were displayed and a postcard with the next events was distributed in the city. The new kitchen worked out very well having its first cooking workshop. The regular Saturday morning Puja radiated peace and harmony. The Centre looked bright and inviting with its high rooms and wooden parquet floors, typical for Vienna.

    Mid-April Swami Gitananda taught a workshop, "The Solar Plexus". Participants learned a lot about this important energy centre of our body. During the following practical class a lot of emphasis was put on deep breathing. The spiritual highlight was the celebration of Hanuman Jayanthi for which we performed a Puja. Swami Ramapriyananda went to Munich, continuing to the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House in Reith/Tyrol/Austria where the next TTC started at end of April. Swami Vasudevananda came from Munich to serve in Vienna for a few weeks. Staff are well and are sending Pranams. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius.
    Mid-April we started with several beginners courses. We had a beautiful Hanuman Jayanti celebration with a Puja, many chants, mantras and different stories on life of Hanuman. We had TTC prep day with two Satsangs, Asana classes, lecture with power point and silent walk. The Boutique was full of prana, filled up with new books received from India. Karma Yogis supported the Centre very well with various projects. Pranams to all the Sivananda family. OM.




    Today is your own. Tomorrow perchance may never come. - Sri Swami Sivananda
 
 

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