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Issue #11/2014 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize November 1, 2014
"God is the Inner Ruler." - 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
Bangkok, Thailand
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:
NOV 2014
03 Ekadasi
06 Full Moon
09 Swamiji's Mahasamadhi
11 Swamiji's Jalasamadhi
12 Subramanya/Ayyappa Temple Closing
18 Ekadasi
22 New Moon

DEC 2014
02 Ekadasi
06 Full Moon
18 Ekadasi
22 New Moon
31 Swamiji's Birthday
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OM NAMAH SIVAYA!

NEWS

Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

By the grace of Master and Swamiji all the Ashrams and Centres continue Swamiji's teachings to the full extent. The High Season begins this month in the Southern Hemisphere worldwide as well as in the Tropics. Due to your continued support, the Sivananda Organization is keeping itself very busy in imparting the teachings of Swami Vishnudevanandaji.

We are looking for your support in this project described below.

The Swami Vishnudevananda Archives Karma Yoga Project

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

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

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

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

Pranams to all.

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Behold the unity of all faiths, cults, creeds and religions. Respect the views, opinions and sentiments of all. - Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. Will a Jivanmukta also take birth?
A.

Some Jivanmuktas whose hearts are filled with mercy and Vyavahar Apeksha for Lokasangraha like the Buddhistic Arhats may, out of their own free will, take a birth like Sri Sankara, Sri Dattatreya or Jnana Dev. They need not do any Sadhana as they are born Siddhas. At once they appear as spiritual luminaries, do some spiritual preaching, write out some precious philosophical books, set aright some catastrophe, pass off quickly and merge in Brahman (Videha Kaivalvam). They are all Amsa-Avataras with special Isvara Kala (spiritual rays).

Q. How can a person, who has been thinking in a negative way for a long time, change to positive thinking?
A.

Start with some positive suggestive formulas: "I am hale and hearty. I am healthy. There is nothing wrong with me. I was under a misconception of my own abilities and capacities. Now I have realized my real nature". Do it with the help of some person advanced in Yoga or a devotee of the Lord. Start with a prayer to the Lord. Make prayer a part of daily life and 'a must' in life. All negative thinking will end and they will become quite normal.

Q. When the Jiva undergoes transmigration and takes another birth after leaving this physical body, is it necessary that we should perform the Shraddha ceremony for him? He is no more in the heavens. To whom will the ablations go?
A. The Pitris remain in heaven, Pitri Loka or Chandra Loka, for a very long period. The enjoyments in heaven and the peace of the departed soul are enhanced by the performance of the Shraddha ceremony. Likewise the sufferings of the departed soul in worlds other than heaven are mitigated by the performance of the Shraddha ceremony by his sons. Thus, in both cases, the performance of Shraddha is a great help. And even if the individual takes another birth immediately after his death, as happens in rare cases, the performance of Shraddha adds to his happiness in his new birth. So, it is the imperative duty of everybody to perform the Shraddha ceremony for his parents and forefathers. The Shraddha ceremony should be performed with great Shraddha or faith as long as you live. Faith is the main support for religion. The various religious observances imposed upon mankind by the Shastras tend to purify the ignorant man. The Shraddha ceremony, being one of the obligatory duties as per the injunctions of the scriptures, also tends to purify the mind. Besides this, the forefathers are also pleased and their good wishes and blessings tend to our material and spiritual growth.
 
Previous FAQs at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/faq/faq.html

Control the mind. Have a balanced mind. Coax the mind. Discipline the mind.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

CROW - KAKASANA - A balance pose to strengthen arms and shoulder girdle.

Start from a squatting position with legs and feet apart. Place palms on mat in front of you inside the knees with the elbows bent. Place hands apart, so they are facing inwards which takes strain off the wrists. Hands are apart as much as the feet. Spread the fingers to help with distribution of weight. Keep breathing rhythmically and looking straight ahead, lean weight forward into the arms and hands. Test your strength in arms and wrists. You may also have to adjust the distance of your hands from the body. Keep elbows bent outward. If not already on toes, come up on toes and keep knees pressed firmly into the upper arms. From here on, it is important to keep the chin forward and keep looking up so the head acts as a weight counterbalance. Lifting hips up, move weight forward and onto wrists and hands, allowing your feet to be weight free and start to leave the mat. Elbows are slightly bent and knees rest against or on upper arms. Hold your balance with toes on mat before further lean forward, ensuring you have sufficient strength in the shoulders, arms and wrists to perform this pose. If stable then proceed to move weight forward until you can lift feet completely away from the mat. The feet are held in alignment together. Keep chin forward. Hold up to 30 seconds.

BENEFITS:
Develop and hold balance, moving weight progressively from feet, legs and hips forward onto hands and arms.
Strengthen wrists, arms and shoulder girdle.
Increase wrist flexibility.
Strengthen triceps muscles.
Strengthen shoulder muscles.
Awareness of your body strength.
Strengthen your concentration and determination.


This yoga tip from the new Sivananda publication - “Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion” – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010. Other yoga tips at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/asana/101tips.html

There is some truth in everything. Views and opinions are subjective aspects.
- Swami Sivananda

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

SHRADDA: faith; a ritual performed for one's ancestors; an act that is performed with all sincerity and faith. The expression of heartfelt gratitude and thanks towards ancestors, for having helped them to be what they are today. A praying for their peace. It also can be thought of as a "Day of Remembrance."

Shraddha is the name of the series of ceremonies performed by relatives to help the departed soul. A Shraddha is not a funeral ceremony but a Pitri-Yajna or worship of departed ancestors, which worship, however, is something different from a Puja (ceremonial worship) to a god. It is performed by making offerings of round balls of rice, flour etc. with accompaniments of sacred grass (kusha grass), flowers, and sprinkling of water and with repetitions of mantras and texts from the SamVeda, the whole ceremonial being conducted, not in a temple, but at any sacred spot such as the margin of a river.

It takes many months for the departed soul to reach the abode of the Pitris or the souls of the ancestors. The word Pitris primarily means the immediate ancestors.

From The Bhagavad Gita
Chapter XII - Verse 5
(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
Greater is their trouble whose minds are set on the unmanifested; for the goal, the unmanifested, is very hard for the embodied to reach.

Non-attachment comes very slowly. It gives a new sense of freedom and peace. - Sw. Sivananda

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

 BHAGHAVAD GITA

Chapter XVIII: The Yoga of Liberation by Renunciation

XVIII.13. PANCHAITAANI MAHAABAAHO KAARANAANI NIBODHA ME;
SAANKHYE KRITAANTE PROKTAANI SIDDHAYE SARVAKARMANAAM.

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

XVIII.14. ADHISHTHAANAM TATHAA KARTAA KARANAM CHA PRITHAGVIDHAM;
VIVIDHAASHCHA PRITHAKCHESHTAA DAIVAM CHAIVAATRA PANCHAMAM.
The body, the doer, the various senses, the different functions of various sorts, and the presiding Deity, also, the fifth,

XVIII.15. SHAREERAVAANGMANOBHIRYAT KARMA PRAARABHATE NARAH;
NYAAYYAM VAA VIPAREETAM VAA PANCHAITE TASYA HETAVAH.
Whatever action a man performs by his body, speech and mind, whether right or the reverse, these five are its causes.

God helps you, only when you feel utterly humble. - Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

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

The Swami Vishnudevananda Instructions on Meditation Series

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

Here are the basic guidelines for the beginner.

10 - DISASSOCIATING FROM THE MIND - If the mind persists in wandering, simply disassociate from it, and watch it objectively, as though you were watching a film. Sometimes the mind is resistant and continues living in its world of imagination. To start with, you may find this a little frustrating, even discouraging. If this is the case, try another approach suggested by Swami Sivananda – The Attitude of Non-cooperation. Watch your mind with the feeling: I am not the mind, I am only the spectator of my mind. If you find you are caught up in your own emotions and cannot let go, this practice of detachment or of witnessing will help. If you can sustain this mode of thought even for a few minutes, your mind gradually slows down. You stop feeding your emotions and thoughts with your consciousness and, since consciousness gives life to everything, the emotions and thoughts will simply have no energy to live, and will lose strength and intensity. Powerful discrimination and a good level of emotional strength are required to maintain a distance from your thoughts even for a relatively short time and may prove demanding for a beginner. However, try to practice a little each day, and a powerful new habit will gradually develop.

The stillness and calm of Nature acts as a perfect setting for the practice of meditation. - Sw. Vishnudevananda

This rich series continues. Next month... "Pure Thought" and Samadhi to conclude.

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

Meditate "I am fearless, the Immortal Soul." Fear will vanish. - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

MEDITERRANEAN SALAD - Serves 4 as light main course or up to 10 as a side salad.

Mixed salad variety with added Mediterranean ingredients olives and feta cheese and vegetables for textural crunch. The dressing gives herbal freshness and fennel adds anise flavour.

Ingredients:
DRESSING:
1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 to tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 tablespoon fennel seeds, crushed
A few sprigs of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste

SALAD:
4 ounces romaine lettuce and/or spinach, torn into small pieces
20 ripe olives, pitted
10 ounces green beans, lightly steamed
2 tomatoes cut into wedges, or 10 cherry tomatoes
1 cucumber cut in chunks
3 carrots, cut in thin sticks about 2 inches long
3 sticks of celery, coarsely chopped
1 cup cubed or crumbled feta cheese or substitute with 1 cup sunflower seeds
Few sprigs fresh parsley to garnish

Directions:
Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside to let the flavours blend while assembling the salad.
Mix salad and vegetables, add feta cheese (or sunflower seeds), add dressing, mix well and serve garnished with sprigs of parsley.

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

Previous Recipes: 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

Practice Cosmic Love. Love all. Embrace all. Be kind to all. This will remove jealousy, hatred, etc. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC, ATTC, Sadhana Intensive Courses

2014

Nov 09 - Dec 07/14
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
www.sivananda.org/neyyardam

Nov 16 - Dec 14/14
TTC – English, Français
Val Morin, QC- Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Dec 04 - Dec 31/14
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Dec 13/14 - Jan 11/15
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

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

You are on the way to Wisdom.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - OCTOBER 2014

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    In early October we hosted Carole Morency, author of the book Yoga Tout, as she presented her workshops on senior yoga. Her insight on the body's ageing process and how we can move and act to keep well even in old age was well received. Anjaneya from Ottawa delivered an excellent lecture regarding Yom Kippur and Yoga, focusing in on the subject of forgiveness.  We said goodbye to a number of staff this week.  Lucia is off to her home country of Slovakia after a year as staff both at the Camp and Ranch.  Gauri and Vasya left back to Patagonia.  Vyasa finished a number of projects before he left.  And the always peaceful and smiling Nirmala headed back to Uruguay. Staff headed out for an outing at the Tam Bao Shan Temple, a Buddhist monastery nearby and Mont Tremblant.  We had a close call on our way back with the van and a truck who was trying to pass too many cars in a short stretch, but the Masters and Madhu's excellent driving abilities kept us safe. Swami Shivabhaktananda and a few of the staff travelled to Ottawa for asana class, Satsang and Puja at the Ottawa Centre one Sunday.  With the exception of one day of pouring rain, the weather still held up for our beautiful Fall.  Everybody enjoyed Swami Shivabhaktananda's parents who were here from Brazil for the past two weeks, helping out with the karma yoga and cooking some brazilian goods. All is well in the Ashram.



Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    We celebrated Dussehra (final day of Navaratri) with Puja in the temple. Many local staff and families came for darshan. For some time Ashram looked and sounded just like kids camp again.  One Friday night yoga vacationers squeezed into the Devi temple area for Satsang. Unfortunately we will have to stop this as guest numbers increase. We opened the Health Hut, to the much delight of guests and staff. To celebrate the start of high season we served free fruit salad and herbal cola in the Health Hut. Sivapad went home but will be coming back to assist with coming TTC. New staff this week include Pradeep, Sandeep and Nagraj.

    During mid-October we had frequent rains. Everyone enjoyed the cooking workshop one Saturday, with delicious local dishes prepared by our chef, Arun. Swami Rajeshwariananda, Nataraj and Kalyani went to Madurai for checking the construction process and to Chennai for the anniversary function. Annapoorna has is now confidently giving the Yoga Vacation lectures. We finished the asana coaching classes for teachers, led by Rajesh. They have been very helpful for teachers to share ideas and clear doubts. We are happy to welcome new staff Ambika from Arunachal Pradesh. Pranams to all Sivananda Staff.




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



Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The topic for the guests was "The Creative Power of the Mind". Shanti Devi and Girija came back from their home visit. Padmavati from Berlin arrived for the further training "Yoga and Pregnancy" one weekend; it was a very appreciative group and the programme was very successful. The weather was agreeable and guests were happy with a few afternoon classes on the outside platform. Swami Gopalananda and Nadapriya came from Paris for 2 days to recharge and to help with some account and teaching. We had a the visit of the priest from Reith for 2 days ; he conducted a nice Krishna Puja giving an inspiring introduction at the beginning about Krishna´s life. Swami Bhagavatananda came back from the TTC Poland. It is colder now and the weather does not allow classes on the platform anymore. On the other hand, the guests enjoyed the silent walk in the woods, which were lovely in their beautiful autumn colours now. Also, we had a rich harvest of pumpkins from our garden, and they will serve as a nice vegetable for some time now. Kailas went with Swami Kailasananda to Rudraprayag to teach at the TTC and Lakshmi went to Paris for a week. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Swami Sitaramananda and Swami Dharma finishing their stay in Gangotri, returning to Delhi.  From Delhi they went to Benares and witnessed the final Vijaya Dasami day as they did Arati along the Ganges river.  In Grass Valley, we began the month auspiciously with a five-hour Chandi Homa performed by Pundit Samavedula. Starting at 6am Punditji performed the initial Pujas and then recited the Devi Mahatmyam as we offered rice, ghee, coconut and jaggery to the homa for each of the 700 slokas, Prasad of fruits, pumpkin, and sweets were offered at the end of each chapter. Devi bhajans were sung before and after the recitation, keeping the energy very high. As the prasad was distributed to the participants at 11am, everyone could feel the presence of Devi in the Ashram. The Navaratri Pujas continued. That night, at the end of the Puja, all staff and guests left tools and books at the altar. All was uncovered and worshiped the following morning for the Vijaidasmi Puja. All three Devis were bathed and dressed and rose petals offered while chanting the 108 names of Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. The Radha-Krishna Hall was full of such loving energy that it was hard to leave.  We had the 'Food as Medicine' course with Bharata with 15 students. Bharata led the course, which included afternoon lectures on Ayurvedic  principles and then putting the theory into practice by cooking dinner for the Ashram each week. Everyone enjoyed the delicious results and we look forward to enjoying the recipes in the future from the staff who were in the course. Also, the Ashram is busily preparing for TTC.  We already have 45 students signed up and are doing our best to prepare for the new students.  We are deep cleaning all the cabins, yoga halls, reception offices, and other housekeeping areas, as well as beautifying the grounds by trimming the grass and bushes and planting flowers and nice plants around the grounds.

    During mid-October the focus was preparation of the Ashram for the arrival of the TTC students. All the staff worked together to prepare and beautify the buildings and grounds - every room cleaned from floor to ceiling, deer-proof flowers and foliage planted. An evening of group karma yoga reaped a sparkling kitchen with freshly scrubbed walls, counters, and floors. The floor of the new sunroom in Samadhi Estates was completed and the TTC women's changing room was redecorated and flagstone placed at the front entrance. Swami Sitaramananada returned from India with Swami Dharmananda in time to oversee the final touches of TTC preparation. We also welcomed Swami Vasishtananda who will now be the resident priest at the Ashram. He began his tenure with a beautiful Guru Puja attended by all staff and guests. We also welcomed Swami Lalitananda who is visiting the United States from Bangalore. More temporary staff arrived, as well as Shambu who will be taking charge of the kitchen for the next month. By Saturday afternoon nearly all the TTC students had arrived and were registered. Stephen Fiske, long time friend of the Ashram, held a Peace workshop in the afternoon and held a special concert in the evening, telling his story of meeting Swami Vishnudevananda and inspiring the students to 'go for it'. The inauguration was held in the Dakshinamurti Hall, with 40 students initiated into the course. Swami Vasishta performed Puja and students and teachers made offerings to the Guru parampara. True to Swamiji's vision, the group includes students from North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, ranging in age from 19 to 64! All seemed eager to begin their month under the guidance of Swami Sitaramananda. Om Namo Narayanaya to all the Sivananda family.




Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    Early October culminated in a significant gathering, focus and Centering practice for the final week of the TTC course. The TTC students progressed into experiencing pregnancy yoga, children's classes and practiced advanced pranayama this week. One Friday several yoga teachers joined us from NY Centre to take part in the teachers weekend. They inspired the new TTC graduates and staff in Saturday's teachers meeting by sharing the ethos and commitment of karma yoga that carries the NY Centre. Several long-term teachers who have served for over ten years at the NY Centre shared their experiences of staying connected to the teachings and in the supportive community of the Centres and Ashrams. The successful graduation of all the TTC students was shared in a joyous celebration and a delicious Indian feast. Several guests and family members of the students joined in the graduation ceremony and they uplifted the evening with an entertaining talent show. As several of the TTC students departed on Sunday, it was reassuring to know that this committed group of individuals are further extending the teachings of yoga and sowing seeds in extending the vision of Swami Vishnudevananda to communities all over the world.

    As the natural environment transforms in the approach of the upcoming winter months we embrace this time as an opportunity to cleanse and renew our focus and embrace change at the Ashram. We began with a group of eight guests participating in our fall Detoxifying Juice Fast. Each participant embraced the opportunity to rejuvenate and refresh their energy with delicious and nutritious salads an juices. Three students successfully graduated from the Yogis without Borders Course with Elaine Valdor. Several guests joined us over a weekend to participate in a Native American Sweat Lodge and Medicine Wheel Ceremony led by Heather Principe. This beautiful sacred practice was experienced by many newcomers as well as several returning guests to the Ashram. A palpable grounding and shift in awareness was created in the supportive energy of the Sweat Lodge and the Medicine Wheel ceremony. The renewal experienced in these passing weeks offers us the opportunity to embrace the quieter weekdays at the Ranch and develop our internal practice in maintaining the energy of the Ashram for the active weekends ahead. Staff sends Pranams to all! May the Gurus' blessings of be with us.




Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    Early October saw a very busy time at the Ashram. We were very happy to host about 40 adults and children from the Indian Association of Nassau. They participated in the offerings and led kirtan chants. We welcomed our first guest speakers for the new season: Rukmini (Ira Guevara) presented her program on Yoga and Aromatherapy to Relieve Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia. Her workshops were very well attended. Dennis Chernin presented his program on Meditation, Mantra, and Music. The Essentials of Yoga I: Establish Your Foundation one of our core courses was offered this past week and was also well attended by both guests and karma yogis. As a sign of the changing season we welcomed many new Karma Yogis and said goodbye to many others.

    During mid-October Virginia Frances Schwartz (Saraswati) presented a series of workshops using yoga as a tool for writing. Students learned through yoga, ways to shift from tamas and rajas to write from a sattvic Centre of calmness. Essentials of Yoga II was offered and we began the Power of Positive Thinking course with 13 guests and karma yogis participating. Many new guests arrived. Our weekend yoga classes were nice and full with the addition of students coming from Nassau. Om Shanti Staff are well and send lots of Prem. Pranams to all!




Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    A sun-filled autumn, misty mornings and star-filled night skies have been a special blessing to us. The guest enjoyed the outside afternoon classes and walks around Bichlach and on the Hahnenkamm mountain. Navaratri continued with some small but beautifull Pujas. We all brought some personal items to place at the altar on Vijaya Dashami. The strong Puja and precious blessings uplifted our personal Sadhana. At the weekend we had a special October Retreat 'Health for Meditation'. Swami Ramapriyananda gave some lectures on taking the next step in the inner yoga practice. Padmavati came especially to teach us the Gentle Approach to Yoga allowing us to experience the power behind the gentility. We said goodbye to several karma yogis that have been here for the past few weeks. Sadasiva left after serving wholeheartedly for 7 months. We had a small farewell gathering and wish him all the best on his spiritual path. The sunny autumn weather continues, but temperatures have dropped and the changing of the leaves is heralding the approach of winter. The guests enjoyed the program on expanding the asanas in the yoga classes and lectures on Vedanta. We had a TTC preparation weekend and a nice program on Ayurveda including a cooking workshop. Meantime great strides were taken on the new program for 2015 with Swami Ramapriyananda and Kaivalya working intensively. Swami Ramapriyananda went to Vienna for a special program including a teachers meeting. Swami Vasudevananda came for a weekend break. Some staff changes were made. Narayani came to support us and Swami Vidyananda left to serve at the Vienna Centre. OM.


Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    With the birth of October Meenakshi Ashram is getting quite proximal to the high season with the Teachers Training, FDP and Advanced courses in queue this time. Though the early monsoon tries to cool us down with its unexpected hails, our preparatory steps is kept up throughout and is almost touching its end. Since a couple of months the Ashram had been busy in giving itself a face lift: new changes in the temple periphery, new tea hut with a traditional cow dung smeared floor, new placards, new plants, new karma yogis and a new energy overall. We are looking forward to get on to our toes and serve super-busy.The yoga vacation strength has improved significantly which usually is the case in this time of the year.  Interestingly, it is a batch entirely of women guests in a wide age spectrum from as low as 20 to as high as 80. Bon voyage and best wishes to Sandeep who has left for Thailand to assist the TTC in Chiang Rai.

    During mid-October the TTC fever was getting contagious on every one at the premises and even those outside; for instance, our tailor. He is clearly one of the busiest person at the moment and probably the happiest too working his feet and fingers on the machine sewing a mass bunch of new uniforms. The pants are lighter and friendlier to wear. And so is Ganesh, our alumni, who is crafting the complimentary new age sling styled bags with a cosmic 'Om' touch, using one of the respected materials from the fabric world – the jute. We are excited to pack it with the brand new manuals, a brilliant and classy compilation, which truly deserves a loud applause. Thanks to the contributors. Our yoga vacation guests as well are teaming with us in enthusiasm to help in the preparatory works while earnestly going through the program. Closer to the end of the week was a significant flying visit made by Prahladaji and the in-charge personnel from Dhanwanthiri Ashram; Natarajji, Kalayaniji and Sureshji to contribute valuable suggestions on the construction side. Our tea hut is traditionally transforming with cow dung smeared floor and hurricane lamps, a signature look of the rural south. We are eagerly stepping on to the third week to bring in more make overs and face lifts in the Ashram at the same time are broadening our smile arcs to welcome the delegates. May Master and Guru be with us all. Peace and Pranams to the Sivananda family.






    TTC Reports in locations other than Ashrams:

    TTC Poland:
    It was the last week of the TTC in Poland, students enjoyed the advanced pranayama class and the more sophisticated asana variations as well as the final philosophy lectures. Angela Hope Murray came for an Ayurveda program with 2 inspiring lectures and a well received cooking workshop. The Indian dancer, Rajyashree Ramesh gave a dance workshop on the last day off, more than half of the TTCs joined in to learn to dance Gajananam and Shambo Mahadeva in Bharata Natyam style. Rajyashree gave also a beautiful dance performance at the graduation ceremony of the TTC. All 87 students passed the exam and were fully shining. Sunday morning saw many Om Trayambhakams for the departure of the different taxis and busses in all directions.

    TTC Thailand:  
    By the grace of Master and Swamiji our 5th TTC in Thailand has started successfully this week.  We have initiated 71 students in to the course, 25 Japanese, 15 Taiwanese, 8 Thai and the rest are international students.  Tripti did a lot of hard work arriving early and making sure that everything is in order.  Students are nicely settled down to the special facility that is created by PhuChaiSai resort owner Kunda with lots of love and devotion. We had already two silent walks one of which was to a nearby tree plantation where students enjoyed picking up tea leaves and meditating in the tranquility of the nature.  Thursday's bonfire brought together the group to a lighter note and Saturday Satsang was a delight to watch with high spirits.  They had their first day offf visiting Queen mother palace, Golden Triangle and Chiagrai night market.  Prahlada is leading the course with Vijay, Sandeep, Yashpal and Ivan from India helping different aspects of the course.  Japanese group are very comfortable in the able hands of Madhu and Yamuna,  Tawanese are nurished under Meenakshi and Amy while Thai group are very secure with Araya, Trpti and Prajna.  Prahlada had visited Madurai Ashram for some construction meeting on the day off, bring back with him some of the missing boutique items.  We are glad that TTC is serving not only spreading Swamiji's teaching also supporting the livelihood of local tribal people through Phuchaisai resort.  Pranams to all.




    SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Centres -
    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

    Om Namah Sivaya
    May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya
    We continued the celebration of Navaratri. The Indian priest was with us for the whole program and we had lovely Pujas with powerful yantras and all the goddesses got beautiful new dresses. Students showered the altar with flowers and the energy was uplifted in the whole Centre. Courses and classes were running as usual, students and teachers slowly come back from their holidays. On the weekend a small but enthusiastic group learned to do the headstand. One Sunday Gopika Chaitanya left for Munich after several weeks of dedicated service and the TTC Poland staff team returned at the same evening. We had a good participation in courses and classes this week, a small Yoga 1 course started with an inspired group of students. One weekend was full of special activities: cooking course with delicious vegetarian dishes, a workshop Yoga for the back, a well received Beginners intensive course. The open house one Sunday was very small but the people were seriously interested in Yoga and some registered for Yoga 1. We concluded with a nice Satsang with Sunday prayers and delicious Prasad. All staff are well. Pranams. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During mid-October Swami Premananda went to Chile, where he will be giving the teachings of the masters in the North,Centre and South of country. Jagadamba Chaitanya returned to the Centre, after having done karma yoga in the Montevideo Centre. Narayan, a yoga teacher, stayed at the Centre to help. We started a Beginners' Course. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Prem & Om.May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Prem & Om to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre
    We opened a new weekend beginner course and Navaratri Puja. We had the Free Trial Class, we are doing this to promote yoga amongst anyone and everyone who would want to experience a yoga class for free on the first Saturday of every month. And we got a new staff Avtar from Neyyar dam would like to thank Nataraj ji. Now we are looking forward to Celebrate 25 Anniversary (Silver Jubilee) of Chennai Centre which we started in the year 1989. We planned everything for celebration on 11th Oct 2014. We invited our chief guest Hon'ble Thiru Justice V.Ramasubramanian (Judge Madras high Court, Chennai) & Dr. M.Rajaram, IAS (secretary to Government) and all the trusty members & Staff of our Organisation. In Chennai city some political issues are happening. That's why we are getting less number of students in class. Rest of everything else was fine and classes are going smoothly all the staff are happy and continuing their Sadhana, by the grace of Gurus and God. All the staff send Pranams to the Sivananda family. Blessings to all!



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    During mid-October Satsang, classes, and courses continued well. A new Yoga 2 course began on Sundays. Lalita Chaitanya returned from a month-long stay at the Ranch. Radha and Ishwara, who took good care of the Centre for the month, returned to the Ranch. We thank them for their service and look forward to seeing them here again. The water-main and street construction that has been going on in front of the Centre for three months was finished, and the road has been repaved. Finally... driving, walking, biking, and parking in the area was much easier, and the Centre was more accessible once again. Pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi from the Centre in Chicago.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    Early October saw the Centre is still full of residents, 2 from Sweden, and 1 from the Philippines. They were very happy to attend a beginner's week of Yoga. At the end of the week, they were inspired to take the TTC in the very near future. We feel the energy of Guru going through us.

    During mid-October the Centre was still full of residents, The beginner courses finished and a new course for intermediate level opened, with many students signed up. A new ceiling has been made for the top floor. There is a lot of positive energy from Dalat. Guru blessed us. Om.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early October saw long public holidays of Dusshera and Gandhi Jayanti changing the energy level of our Centre. Poor attendance levels in Open classes and departure of Vijay-ji to Thailand often put us down as there is a massive list of tasks/duties to be done every day. Hope our cook - Saroj ji will be back sometime to relieve us from certain tensions. On 2nd Oct we ended Navratri celebrations with Satsang and Hawan. With Gurus' blessings, everything goes perfectly. Om & Peace. Pranams to all. .


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    Early October saw two beginners course one at 6:30am and the other at 4:00pm. We were fortunate enough to welcome Swami Sita, Swami Dharmananda, Binoy and Shreevidya on 1st Oct. Swami Sita and Swami Dharmananda left for Varanasi on 2nd. The number of students was reduced, due to the festivals followed by a long weekend. The remaining activities continued in harmony with the Blessing of the Gurus. All staff are well and send their pranams. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    Early October saw us blessed with a most beautiful 3-day special programme which transformed the small Geneva Centre into a mini-Ashram that was uplifted by the presence of Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda and our special guest Sri Venu Gopal Goswami. Swamiji's presence and words inspired staffs and students. Swami Sivadasananda gave 3 big Asana-classes as well as lectures about Prana, practical advices for physical and mental health and the Essence of Yoga. The evenings were enriched by discourses on the Divine Essence of Man by Sri Venugopal Goswami and accompanying musicians. All activities had good attendance and many Karma Yogis supported the Centre with diligent and devoted service. Navaratri was celebrated with morning Pujas, recitation of the Devi Mahatmyam and chanting of the Devi Mantras. After the programme the Prana remained high and we are grateful for the elevating and inspiring days.

    During mid-October a Y1 started and on the weekend a Yoga-intensive course started with a good group of students who brought a lot of prana to the Centre. One Friday we had a workshop about How to control Anger, with inspired students. They were actively participating asking many questions and bought books afterwards. A new teacher started to assist and in the office a laptop was installed as an additional computer to improve our office-situation. We send our prayers to all. OM.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early October we had the highest student count in several weeks, with well-attended courses and classes, and several new students joined courses from the open house one Sunday.  Navaratri concluded with many outside teachers coming for a beautiful Puja and delicious feast afterwards.  Kumari, who was staff before in the Dalat Centre, came to join us.  We said goodbye to Mary, who took ATTC and stayed as staff for the last six months, and will continue teaching courses.  We began a large Yoga 2 course, taught by our outside teacher Mangala.

    During mid-October the Centre was very busy with many students coming.  We began several new Yoga 1, 2 and 3 courses.  We had a balancing posture workshop taught by Ganga.  Open classes were well-attended.  The Centre is running very smoothly with Guru's Grace! All the staff were happy feeling Guru's blessings. We send Pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om Tat Sat.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early October the new brochure was received and turned out very nice. Staff have been actively distributing postcards for the upcoming Open House and we are preparing for the Yoga Show. We welcomed Sivajyoti from Poland who moved in as a resident for the upcoming 6 months.

    During mid-October the vegetarian cooking workshop which is usually taking place on Saturday afternoons was for the first time scheduled in the evening during the week. A good group of 15 students attended the workshop which featured easy recipes for busy people. The Peace Festival one Saturday brought many newcomers to the Centre. The programme included one hour of OM Namo Narayanaya chanting, a talk on How to develop inner peace, we watched Swamiji's Peace video and did many sun salutations for world peace. A beautiful Puja performed by a local Indian priest concluded a very successful day. Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya. Salutations to all! Om.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    Early October saw the Centre blessed with high energy since the Navaratri Pujas - we hope that this will bring more students to classes. We held an Open House on Saturday afternoon and are currently holding Yoga 1 and 2 courses and Positive Thinking and Intro to Meditation courses. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Pranams.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    A well appreciated cooking course took place with 23 students. The highlight was the special program with Swami Sivadasananda, with two workshop and beautiful and inspiring Satsang, about "Meditation" and "Divine Friendship". A teachers workshop took place too. There was a workshop "10 keys to success in life", and a new group of students came for the course  "Yoga and Heart". Gopala participated in the Yoga Festival in Valencia, where they distributed leaflets of the Centre , focusing especially on announcing the November Festival. One Saturday we started a kirtan group. 14 Centre teachers came to rehearse Kirtans with Jyothi, who chanted again with the students during the evening Satsang. OM.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early October Yashpal left for Thailand. Tejas took over in his absence. The weight loss course went well, now in it's second month. We are looking forward to teaching the TVS third batch. Heavy rains continued in Madurai. The Centre was running smoothly and all the staff are well, by Guru's Grace.

    During mid-October we started a beginners course. One Saturday we ran a Hip Opening Workshop. We finished 20 days of teaching TVS employees and we are looking forward to teaching the second batch very soon. We were in regular contact with Yashpal by skype. The students miss him dearly. By Guru's Grace all are well. Pranams from the Temple city Madurai to each and everybody in the Sivananda family. Om Shanti.





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



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early October saw us working at the office with archives. We cleaned and organized our cabinets. The office ended looking nice and tidy now. Vijaya Dasami was very beautiful. The altar shined with devotion of all participants. Beautiful flowers and delicious Prasad were offered. Some students and teachers brought their instruments and articles to be blessed during the Puja. Kanti Devi talked very nice about de meaning of this victory over our lower nature. People left full of joy and peace. One Sunday we had a special program for peace. We offered a free yoga class and meditation in the afternoon. It was a positive program and the students appreciate Yoga for peace and tranquility. The rest of the activities continued normally.

    During mid-October Nirmala came back from the HQ-Canadá and she is giving yoga classes as usual every Tuesday afternoon. One Wednesday, we had the Sirshasana workshop with a good number of students. We also started three new beginners courses with a great attendance of students who were very interested about the classes. We received Shivapriya from Buenos Aires - a Sivananda Yoga teacher who came so as to give two workshops. The workshops were: Yoga and Back and Yoga and Stress. There were two very cute groups of students who were very happy with the teachings. Shivapriya came with her daughter Uma who brought happiness and light to the Centre. Kashi arrived to the Centre - a beautiful being who came from Buenos Aires to help teaching at the Centre. We had the Karma Yoga Day, where volunteers showed great interest and willingness on tasks. Jagadamba Chaitanya went back to Buenos Aires. She was so happy for the experience at Sivananda Montevideo Centre. The rest of the activities continued normally. Thanks to the Masters we had a good number of students. Om and Pranams to everyone in the Sivananda Family from the staff at Montevideo.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early October saw the Centre operating well, there was lots of activities at the Centre with the continuation of Navaratri it kept the energy moving beautifully. Two yoga 1's completed, the students were encouraged and many signed up to yoga 2. A Meditation 1 started, 10 students signed up curious about the practice, the students were in a similar journey so there was a good bond formed with the group. We held the seasonal 'Juice and Silence day' a group of 10 came, it was wonderful that half the group were new to the Centre. They received lot's of care throughout the day, organic juices & broths, yoga workshops the day finished with a Ganesha Puja. The Centre was thankful to Chandrika who came from the camp to support for the day. One Sunday a 'Relaxation' workshop was held. We then had a devotional kirtan led by Gaura Das. Temporary staff, Sara, was being trained and stayed at the Centre for half a week, will be doing the November TTC at the Camp.

    During mid-October classes and courses continued to run well. A Yoga 1 started on Saturdays, the time and day has proven to be popular so we will be scheduling more for next year. We started a new course `Learning to chant`with Chandrika a long term teacher at the Centre, a small group subscribed to the course, they were keen to learn the chants and develop the devotional aspect of themselves. We started an inventory of all the books at the Centre and have decided to create a reference system to keep create some order with all the books at the Centre. We are pleased to see more people using the library since we moved it into the main sitting area. Vashista came from the Camp for a few days and the boutique renovations are finally complete. Ambika from the Camp came for a few days to set the boutique and conduct a full inventory. The Centre closed for the weekend and staff went to the Ashram, quite a few teachers and karma yogi's joined. It was a beautiful weekend and as usual there was lot's to be thankful for. We thank Master and Swami-ji for their continued grace. Pranams to all the Sivananda family.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    Early October welcomed Swami Durgananda and Swami Sivadasananda who came back from the special program in Geneva. Gopika Chaitanya returned from Berlin where she had supported the Centre in the last month. We held our monthly Open Day with a nice program for newcomers to get to know the Centre: trial classes, yoga demonstration, meditation workshop, small cooking class and TTC/yoga vacation information. We also had a special program on Ayurvedic nutrition with Dr. Kamlesh. Dr. Kamlesh gave a very interesting lecture on herbs and spices. The lecture was free and attracted many people. The highlight was of course the Ayurvedic cooking class. We were happy to have Swami Durgananda and Swami Sivadasananda with us for couple of days before the left to the TTC in Rudraprayag, Himalayas, North India on Sunday morning. Before Swami Sivadasananda gave an inspiring Satsang on Wednesday. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early October we continued with the Navaratri celebration. All the Pujas were beautiful and well attended especially the one led by Swami Vashistananda who came from the Ranch just for the occasion. The Sivananda Hall was packed. Swamiji delighted us with a traditional Devi Puja which included mudras, mantras and a couple of good stories.  We have a few women in our community who even showed up for the evening Pujas decked out in the colours of the Devi we were honouring that night. We concluded the Navaratri celebration with the final Puja, honouring Goddess Saraswati. We were impressed by the number of people who made it here for 6am that day. People who had brought their working instruments Thursday night to be blessed picked them up Friday morning. With regards to the courses we started two; Yoga 1 and a Yoga 2. There was a good registration for both. Nirmala, one of the staff from the Ranch, arrived to help at the Centre. Since Swamiji, Shakti, and Jnaneshwari were headed to the Ranch for the Teacher's and TTC graduation weekend Nirmala came to help Susan and Sri Devi 'man the fort'. She came by the Ashram van which was used the next day to transport the Centre staff and some of the outside teachers to Woodbourne. Raj, one of the senior teachers here, drove seven people. There was a pit stop, of course for some yogic treats on the way. It was great to have Nirmala's assistance and warm energy here for the weekend. Many of the local teachers joined the staff for a special Teachers weekend at the Ranch. The Centre staff returned from the Ranch with Lalita Chaitanya, from the Chicago Centre and Swami Vashistananda. Lalita, who had been involved in the TTC teaching, even had enough energy left to teach an advanced class here in the afternoon. We wrapped up with our regular evening Satsang.

    During mid-October it was never boring here at the Centre. If it's not the regular classes and courses or an Open House there is the never ending list of little 'home' improvement projects on the go. The Centre is looking really good these days with the new carpet, reorganized office space and the greenery that seems to pop up everywhere. If you are in the neighbourhood you should drop by for a visit. It's been the hunt for a new file cabinet for the office. Who would have thought it would be so difficult to find in this big city? Wednesdays and Saturdays are big food days here. We are proud to say that in the name of sustainability we have been supporting two local farmers markets here in the city since the spring. Susan was our 'gatherer'. She heads off early on these mornings, on foot and returns with the cart filled to the brim with an abundance of local produce. We've hosted a number of Ranch staff as they come and go to the Ranch. One weekend was especially busy as it was an Open House weekend. Srinivasan and Saraswati were here too. We appreciated Srinivasan starting the Open House off with the introductory talk. We had a good group and a number of students from a New Jersey college psychology class. Sri Devi cooked for the Open House ….her last meal here for us. No more macrobiotic sushi, soy yogurt, fig walnut bread, 'to die for' adzuki beans. 
    Mahadev Chaitanya taught the advanced class here one Sunday which we always look forward to. It was well attended. With him came Ommurti who will now be staying with us as staff. Lila Mayi came as well for a two days stay before she heads back to London for a while. It's always a joy to have well seasoned karma yogis here as they are ready to jump right into action.  Srinivasan led our Satsang one Sunday evening, with a talk on the full meaning of Swami Sivananda's teaching "bear insult, bear injury" from the perspective of all the different classical Yoga paths. Rama…little Rama…marked the end of the week with a little surprise for us all. Let's just say ….feathers, feathers everywhere. All staff are well and sending their pranams. Om Namah Sivaya from all the staff here at the NYC Centre. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    God gave us some extra summer days with sunshine and blue sky. It was an uplifting week with the continuation of the Navaratri Celebration. Monday was a day of departures. We thanked The Masters, all the Acharyas, the special guest and the invited staff for the inspiring programme that we had. The Karma yogis helped to organize the cellar and to clear the house to welcome the students for the different activities. The students like our new announcement sheet flyer that we did following the model of the London Centre. The students also looked at the A3 poster displayed in the reception area. They were happy to take home a wise sentence for the week from Swami Sivananda. We had a wonderful Puja for Vijaya Dasami done by the priest Yagneswara Dixit who passed by the Centre on his way back to india for two days. We had the Devi Mahatmyam reading , the Mahishasura Mardini, The108 names of Durga, Lakshmi and Sarasvati, many flowers, many mantras and a cheerful energy. On Saturday, the priest did a Puja for Ganesha, Siva and Krishna. At the end of the Puja we had also the chanting of the Lalita Sahasranama. There was a headstand workshop with a little group of 6 students. During the weekend, Swami Gopalananda went to Orleans to work on the accounts. Nadapriya went also to the Ashram to have some rest. Miriam (a new resident) arrived one Saturday. She was happy to be in the Centre but very tired because of the jetlag and after a long journey. Rainy week, calming and inviting to introspection. The staff started and finished with harmonium classes given by the karma yogi Nandini. Gauri left but she continued to come almost every day to help with the kitchen, the teaching and the karma yoga. The Centre was happy to welcome Swami Kailasananda, Swami Gopalananda and Nadapriya. Kailas came on his way to India. Swami Kailasananda and him left that Wednesday morning. The staff appreciated Swami Kailasananda's visit even if it was just a flash visit. Jnanadev has been very active the last days he put some prana organizing the food in the kitchen, he repaired the rings to support the tabla, he organized the cupboard of the Main Hall and he prepared two good snacks. Swami Gopalananda and Nadapriya put some prana on the preparations for new mindbody payment on line. We had a workshop on how to overcome fear and we started also a meditation course. Swami Gopalananda started a Raja Yoga course with a little group of motivated students and karma yogis, the staff was also there. We were all happy to have this opportunity to study. One Saturday, we had the cooking class. It went well with the perfect team of Ganga and Ananda. Many other karma yogis were also there. The workers re-started to work in the cellar and there are many mice in the house looking for a new home. After having many problems with the phones they are working again. The new brochure arrived, the students were happy to take it home. The Masters keep sending help. Lakshmi a temporary staff from Orleans arrived on Friday to give support to the Centre for one week. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    With Devi the blessings, we did a ceremony every day with one Puja and two Lalita Sahasranama for each Goddess. The Vijaya Dasami was full of energy with students and devotes with their work instrument.  

    During mid-October we worked a lot at the translation of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika for the Sadhana Intense at Garopaba 2015. We are also making the arrangements for the Kanti Devi tour at Brazil starting with a Satsang at Porto Alegre Centre on 16th October. Pranams, from all the staff at Porto Alegre Centre.





Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    During mid-October we had a very nice teachers meeting one Saturday after the Master Class, all the teachers enjoyed the 2 hour advanced class, the meeting brought nice energy to the Centre. We started a Meditation 1, Positive Thinking Course and another yoga 1. The staff are fine. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with all. Om & Prem.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Blessings and Peace to all of the Sivananda Family from the Tel Aviv Centre.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    Early October saw weekend Bhagavad Gita course starting on October 4th with Swami Cetanananda and 14 students attended. The course was opened by Saraswati Puja and Centre's staffs all joined for this auspicious ceremony. Some students kept their books on the altar to get blessing from Goddess Saraswati. Starting from October, we have increased the number of trial class from once a month to once a week. However, several people canceled the class on the 5th as typhoon was approaching to Tokyo and 8 students finally participated.

    During mid-October 10 students participated in headstand workshop one Saturday and all staffs were joined to assist the main teacher. Most students successfully learned to come up into headstand. Other students needed more time to learn the posture, everybody seems making a big progress. Chandrika, temporary staff, extended her stay for another 2 weeks. We are so happy to hear that as she is an excellent cook. The new thing for us is that we started singing Sunday prayer. We challenged to sing them each Sunday and it went much better each time. May Master and Swamiji bless us to be able to provide this. Pranams.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The Asana Halls look bright and inviting as new turquoise yoga mats and orange meditation cushions have been brought out, and we also have new meditation mats for Satsang. We had a few new faces at Sunday Satsang and also celebrated a birthday for Simone (one of the teachers) and enjoyed 3 different desserts at Satsang including a birthday cake made by Kanti and Bhakti. No new courses started, as beginner yoga, positive thinking, meditation 1, and prenatal courses were in progress. Prahlada left for Thailand TTC, but showed us how to make a very tasty peanut chutney before he left.

    During mid-October for the Tuesday evening vegetarian meal, two of the regular cooks (Vijay and Kiyo) worked together to learn from each other and create a delicious multi-dish meal. Durairaj guided some of the karma yogi's how to make dosas and chapatis, but more practice will be needed to keep up with his standard! In the yoga classes, a few of the beginner yoga classes wrapped up and we anticipate that the students will continue on to the next level or join open classes. Regular courses and classes were held on the weekends. There were no special workshops during the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend. Saraswati and Harsha left for Thailand for the Kids Camp. Pranams to all. Om.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    Early October saw rain pouring again. It affected the attendance of evening classes.  Ladies and Evening beginner's batches successfully completed their course. On the auspicious occasion of Mahanavami & Vijayadashami we conducted special Pooja and distributed Prasad to the students. A new weekend beginners' batch started on Saturdays. Open, Kids and Advance classes went on smoothly. Satsang was led by Kalyani ji.

    During mid-October we started a Yoga 1 batch for ladies in the morning and a mixed batch in the evening. The morning 6.15 batch completed their beginner's course. We had conducted a Saturday Kriya Workshop to cleanse the respiratory system through the practices of Jala Neti and Sutra Neti. Satsang was led by Sri. Moni. Staff Member Joji left after completing his 6 months of Karma Yoga in the Centre. We are grateful to him for all his services All the staff members are fully engaged with their classes, regular karma yoga & their own practice. Pranams to the Sivananda family worldwide.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The Centre's energy was uplifted after Navaratri and so were the students, teachers and staff. Also many courses started, among them Yoga 8, Yoga 45 and Yoga 67. Shanti Kumar Kamlesh arrived for his Ayurveda programme. He gave two lectures and a cooking course one Saturday. The programme was well attended and many students got inspired to change their diet towards a more healthy one. We also had a small Weekend Course Meditation. A new future teacher (TTC Reith 2014) started with assisting in classes and we will be glad to welcome her in the active teaching staff. Many Karma Yogis supported the Centre. Several new courses started, among them 2 Yoga 7, a Yoga 17 and Meditation Course 2. Highlight was the special programme with Swami Ramapriyananda from the Seminarhouse in Reith. She gave an asana workshop on holding the postures longer and a Satsang with an inspiring lecture on Ahimsa in everyday life. Many students and teachers came and participated in the elevating programme. One Sunday morning we had a teachers' meeting also with Swami Ramapriyananda. Many teachers had come to share the inspiration. After the meeting all sat together for a Kitcheree Bhandara, enjoying each other's company in the autumn sun flooded Yoga hall. Other courses, drop-in classes and Satsangs were well attended. Staff are well. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius
    Good courses of yoga 1 and yoga 2 were started. Navaratri Pujas were continuing with more lightness and more prana. Students attended the morning Pujas well. Vijaya Dashami saw close students and teachers, some brought flowers, some brought their instruments for the blessings of the Divine Mother. Centre's energy was uplifted by continuous Pujas and different Sadhana. Karma yogis helped us a lot. We were happy to see more students in the Centre for the Satsangs and for the classes.

    Mid October started with good Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses. One Sunday we had the successful Open day with more than thirty students participating in all activities of the day. We divided the trial class in two parts with different teachers, so everyone could get enough space and attention. There were many inscriptions for the Yoga 1,2,3 courses and also the Meditation course. The reception area was full of students with many questions and interest for not only courses but for the TTC in Lithuania 2015 as well. New Karma yogis joining us so we do more needful things for the Centre. Teachers who just finished TTC in Poland started to assist very well. Sending Prem to All. OM.






A true Sadak lives in the hearts of all, is true to their own heart, is pure, virtuous and serves all selflessly. - Sri Swami Sivananda
 
 

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