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Issue #09/2015 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize September 1, 2015
"The goal of Life is Self Realization. In order to achieve that, you must be good and do good; be truthful and pure in your daily life; cultivate discrimination, dispassion - all to support the correct attitude to Life." - 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:
SEPT 2015
05 Krishna Jayanti
08 Ekadasi
08 Master Swami Sivananda's Birthday
13 New Moon
24 Ekadasi
29 Full Moon

OCTOBER 2015
08 Ekadasi
12 New Moon
13 Navarathri begins
23 Vijaya Dasami
24 Ekadasi
27 Full Moon
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OM NAMAH SIVAYA!

NEWS

Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

Greetings to all from the Sivananda Headquarters. With the grace of Swamiji, the Sivananda Organization continues to grow, finding a way to give inspiration toward propagating Yoga, Meditation and spiritual growth.

We had an exceptionally busy Summer season for 2015 in the Northern Hemisphere. At the Yoga Camp in Val Morin, Canada all rooms were full throughout the season. The Ranch and Yoga Farm Ashrams also reported a high success with their energetic programs and courses this Summer. Yoga Centres mentioned how extremely busy they were while offering Swamiji's teachings, noticing a keen interest in mediation courses and increase of attendance in Satsangs. Europe's Ashrams and Centres continued with a vibrant series of courses throughout the Summer, often receiving advanced registrations well before the course dates.

Meanwhile, South America focused on expanding their TTC programs and touring the continent with information on the upcoming courses.

India increased its spiritual presence in its Centres, with priests regularly providing Homas and Pujas, noticeably increasing the prana of the Centres and supporting the students' spiritual inquiry.

On the upcoming birthday anniversary of Master Swami Sivananda, Sept 8th, 2015, there will be a new Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre opening in Noida, New Delhi, India with lots of rituals & Pujas. On this day there will be Ganapati Homa, the lighting of the oil lamp, special addresses, a demo class, chanting and Aarti, Prasad and a luncheon.

We thank you for your continued support toward the expansion the Sivananda Organization.

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

Bolo Sadguru Sri Swami Sivananda Maharaj ki - Jai !
Bolo Sri Guru Sri Swami Vishnu-devananda Maharaj ki - Jai !

Pranams to all!

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

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. The senses are generally turned outside. It is said that if they are turned inside, one will be able to attain Mukti. What is meant by turning them inside?
A.

Now, for example, think of Lord Rama and repeat Ram, Ram. When you mentally repeat Ram, keep a picture of Ram. The senses will be withdrawn. Now the eyes run towards objects and the ears run to various sounds. When you repeat Ram, Ram loudly, the ears hear only Ram, Ram; and they will not run. The inner eye will see only Ram's picture. The mind will be concentrated on God. It will not run towards objects. So, gaze within, introspect. You can do Pranayama also. Stop the breath. It is Prana that gives strength to the senses. You withdraw the Prana and try to centralize it so that the senses have no vigour to run outside. By gradual practice, the senses will be absorbed in the mind. The mind will be concentrated and will be absorbed in the Self. That is superconscious state, Samadhi. Practice daily.

Q. What is Nadi Suddhi in its technical sense? How to feel that one has attained perfect Nadi Suddhi?
A.

Nadi Suddhi means purification of the nerves (Nadis). Nerve is not the correct English term for Nadi. There is no appropriate word for Nadi in English. Complete fast, preferably without any liquid or solid food, practice of Asans and Pranayam, and intense physical exercise-- all go a long way in the elimination of fat and other unwanted matters and in the overhauling of the system to confer the benefit of Nadi Suddhi. Asans and Pranayam can purify the nerves, if done with the correct technique. When one attains Nadi Suddhi, the body becomes light. Stool becomes scanty. There is agility in movement and activity in demeanour. No trace of slothfulness or indolence can be detected. While walking, the body appears to be floating in the air. The tone of the voice changes from hoarseness or gruffness to mellifluence. Hopping, jumping and dancing while at work can be observed in one endowed with Nadi Suddhi. Something inexpressible forces the person to do this and to achieve something grand in his lifetime.

Q. What are the 'Sastras' - the age-old rigid principles of ancient Hindu religious scriptures? Have these principles not become time-barred due to the fast-changing conditions? I don't think any rigid principle can stand the test of time.
A.

Yes, the age-old, written or unwritten set principles of the ancient Hindu religious scriptures are termed 'Sastras'. But because of this, it need not follow that they should become time-barred. The fundamental tenets of right living are unchanging. There cannot be any sort of difference in the fundamentals. Modifications, alterations and adjustments are necessary; but these should be affected in the external modes of interpretation and methods of application to suit the changing times and the new environments of a new generation. There is no harm in changing the externals so long as it does not affect the fundamental principles. Fundamental virtues like truth, fellowship, non-injury, purity, justice, integrity, etc., will continue to be applicable to the life of humanity. Violation of these would always be a signal for coming calamity.

 

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

The real spiritual progress of the aspirant is measured by the extent to which he achieves inner tranquility. - Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP
PADA HASTHASANA - STANDING FORWARD BEND - a variation

Going into the pose:


Standing upright with feet together or almost touching together, inhale and stretch arms up alongside ears, neck is relaxed and straight, back is straight. Think of keeping the feet in even contact with the floor or mat. Spread the toes for more contact with the mat.

Exhale, bend forward from hips, with arms extended forward, stretching the body away from the hips. Make a tabletop line with the back and arms and head all in one line horizontally. The hips will draw back as counter weight while you are keeping the legs straight.

Still exhaling, bend forward aiming your head toward your knees or shins, and catch hold of your calves or ankles, clasping your hands behind them, or hold the big toes (index finger around big toe and thumb underneath, other three fingers are curled against the palm). Some may enjoy placing the hands under the soles of the feet. The knees are still held straight. Hold up to a minute with slow rhythmical breathing. Let the forward weight of the head and body help stretch the leg muscles gently. Rock weight forward onto the balls of the feet rather than the heels. If flexibility allows, take the arms behind the legs, holding the elbows and gradually work the arms down toward the ankles.

How to come out of the pose:

Inhale, release hands and come back up with bent knees rolling yourself gently back up with relaxed arms, leaving the head to unroll last. Come to standing position.

BENEFITS:
Ease stiff legs - if you are stiff from sitting for a long time, or have been inactive, this standing pose uses the pull of gravity and quickly lengthens muscles and ligaments from middle back to the heels.
It stretches muscles in hips and lower back muscles.
It helps sciatica.
It helps re-energise the body, increase mental alertness with more flow of blood to the brain.
Stimulate the spine, help sense of balance, helps overcome constipation.

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

No one who is thirsting for name, fame, power and lordship and enjoyment here, or elsewhere, can achieve success in Yoga.
- Swami Sivananda

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

BHAVA - Subjective state of being (existence); attitude of mind; mental attitude or feeling; state of realization in the heart or mind.

Character depends upon the quality of thought held in the mind, plus, the mental pictures and ideals entertained. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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

BHAGHAVAD GITA

Chapter IV: The Yoga of the Division of Wisdom

IV.42. TASMAAD AJNAANASAMBHOOTAM HRITSTHAM JNAANAASINAATMANAH;
CCHITTWAINAM SAMSHAYAM YOGAM AATISHTHOTTISHTHA BHAARATA.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
'Therefore, with the sword of knowledge (of the Self) cut asunder the doubt of the self born of ignorance, residing in thy heart, and take refuge in Yoga; arise, O Arjuna!'

HARI OM TAT SAT
ITI SRIMAD BHAGAVADGEETAASOOPANISHATSU
BRAHMAVIDYAAYAAM YOGASHAASTRE SRI KRISHNAARJUNASAMVAADE
JNAANAVIBHAAGAYOGO NAAMA CHATURTHO'DHYAAYAH

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

When anyone injures you, train yourself to cease to resent it. Try. Try. Try. - Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

From Discourse III: "Vibhuti Pada- On Divine Powers"

III.56. SATTVA-PURUSAYOH SUDDHI-SAMYE KAIVALYAM

'Kaivalya(liberation) is attained when there is equality between "sattwa" (purity) and "Purusha"(the Soul)'.

Commentary:
Liberation takes place when the mind has the same purity as "Purusha" itself. The purified mind recognizes its nature as "Purusha". The essence of this nature is, and always has been, bliss, freedom, peace, Self- sufficiency and perfection.

Remember and practice the six S's—Shanti (Peace), Santosha (Contentment), Satsanga (Association with Sages), Satya (Truthfullness), Serenity, and Seclusion. - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

BANANA CHOCOLATE PUDDING WITH BERRIES - A sattvic, sweet dessert
Here is protein and vegetables in a mousse! Tofu is extremely high in protein, iron, An easy and quick to make pudding dessert (ideal for a brunch or lunch dessert) that contains tofu, chocolate with bananas and fruit, and a thick creamy texture. The ingredients contribute protein and carbohydrates for stamina and magnesium to help relax muscles (or relieve muscle cramps. The fresh berries give appealing fresh contrast to the creamy richer texture of the pudding, but can also be optional. Serves 4-6.

Ingredients:
3 or 4 bananas
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup vegetable oil
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, grated
OR 2 ounces melted dark unsweetened baking chocolate and 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate grated plus add extra tablespoon honey.
10 ounces firm tofu, steamed
2 tablespoons honey
1 ¾ cups sliced ripe strawberries or other berries (optional)
Optional - extra sliced berries or use berries to decorate top

Directions:
Blend all ingredients, except the berries, in a blender or food processor.
Add ingredients one at a time and blend each addition until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Transfer the mixture to a serving dish and stir in the sliced berries.
Optionally, layer the berries on top.
The pudding does well to chill in the refrigerator before serving.

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

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

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

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC, ATTC, Sadhana Intensive Courses

2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 04 - Nov 01/15
TTC - English 日本語 ภาษาไทย 中文
Phu Chaisai, Chiang Ria, Thailand
http://www.sivananda.com.sg/thailand_ttc/index.htm

Oct 17 - Nov 14/15
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA
www.sivananda.org/yogafarm

Oct 17 - Nov 15/15
TTC – English, Français, Deutsch, Espaňol
Rudraprayag Himalaya Mountains, India
www.sivananda.eu/en/yoga-teacher-training-in-india.html

Oct 18 - Nov 15/15
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India
www.sivananda.org/madurai

Oct 26 - Nov 10/15
Sadhana Intensive – English, Français, Deutsch, Espaňol
Rudraprayag, Himalaya Mountains, India
www.sivananda.eu/en/yoga-teacher-training-in-india.html

Nov 08 - Dec 06/15
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
www.sivananda.org/neyyardam

Nov 15 - Dec 12/15
TTC – English, Français, Español
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Nov 20 - Dec 19/15
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Nov 22 - Dec 20/15
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India
www.sivananda.org/madurai

Nov 28 - Dec 26/15
TTC - English, 中文
Taichung City, Taiwan
www.sivanandayogafarm.org/course/ttc_taiwan

Dec 04 - Dec 31/15
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Dec 12/15 - Jan 10/16
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

Life is but a play. Play well thy part in this drama.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - AUGUST 2015

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    During the beginning of August the Yoga Camp Family Week, with Arjuna as host, began with around 35 families over the course of the week. They enjoyed kids yoga classes, arts and crafts, outdoor activities and special Satsangs with Arjuna. Omkara, Kundalini and Yamuna provided a lot of support with keeping the children well fed, happy and entertained. Teen camp also started on the same day with 20 teens. Apart from yoga classes and workshops, the teens helped with various duties like reception, maintenance, housekeeping, garden etc. Most of the teens were new and took some time to settle into the routine and get in tune with the teachings. Swami Atmananda continued with workshops and talks during Satsang. We had a lot of movement with guests checking in and out, with an average of 30 guests at least staying every day. Few TTC students stayed as karma yogis after the course and provided a lot of support for Family Week. Ken Whiteley lifted our spirits with a beautiful concert. He also gave a workshop for the families one Saturday afternoon making sure that everyone participated and sang along with him. Saraswati started the 'Teaching Yoga for Kids' certification course, with 11 students. Anoosha assisted her through out the course and the students were very pleased with all the tools they received. Work continued for the maintenance team at the Temple. With the help of the teens and staff, new flooring was laid down in front of the Mariamman Temple and Shiva shrine. Staff continued to work hard making sure to keep the focus on the guests and ensuring that they have a good experience. The auspicious ATTC inauguration took place with 8 students.

    Mid-August was hot and sunny, like a real summer. Dr.Sonal Bhatt started the Ayurveda for Nutrition and Cooking Certification Course, attended by 8 students. Through the week she conducted practical and theory workshops. The students cooked a special meal for dinner each night, with their graduating feast on Saturday. Hasu Patel played Sitar during morning meditation for a few days. Along with Subir Dev, a Tabla player, she performed a concert for all the guests and staff. We were busy with guests and workshops. ATTC continued to be a focussed group with the students starting with the advanced pranayamas. The Subramanya Temple was extremely vibrant and busy due to good weather. The maintenance crew worked tirelessly to clean up the Temple and plant new grass around Shiva. We did two karma yoga evenings with all the guests and staff at the Temple. It was very successful as a lot of work got done in little time. Vyasa along with his crew, almost finished building the new platform for dishwashing and laundry at the Annapoorna building. Kanti Devi and family left, returning to Uruguay after spending the Summer at the Camp. The kids took part in Kids Camp and helped Rajeshwari manage the Health Hut while Balarama helped with maintenance. We hope they come back next year! Staff are working hard as always, keeping up the spirit and energy of Swami Vishnudevananda for the guests. May Master and Swamiji's blessings be with us and that their light and teachings continue to guide us all.



Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    During the beginning of August the weather was kind, allowing the silent walks to the lakeside to take place. Guests and staff were able to assist the kitchen doing extra karma yoga in the form of wood carrying on alternate days.  Satsangs in the Temple on Friday nights were beautiful, with all the lamps lit in and around the Temple. Our internal auditors arrived to spend a week with us for the first quarterly audit which kept many of the office staff extra busy. Yully left for a trip to the North and to attend Sadhana Intensive at Netala in September.

    In mid-August the Ashram welcomed a new Yoga Vacation group. They were happy to help with wood carrying.  Onam festivities started with modest pukkalam display (flower petal designs) on the roadside. We celebrated 3 staff birthdays; Sathy, Bhavna and Arthur. Sathy has now returned to the UK. We will miss her dynamic energy. Pranams & Om Namah Sivaya from all staff at Neyyar Dam.


Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Please note: The Yoga Vacation program at Sivananda Kutir will not be available for the rest of 2015, due to a number of factors. Om.


Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of the month we welcomed Swami Durganandaji, Swami Sivadasanandaji, and our special guests for the Temple anniversary celebration. Swami Sivadasananda gave a wonderful lecture on Hatha Yoga. We had a Vastu Puja at the Temple in preparation of the 12th anniversary of the Temple installation. On Friday, August 07, was the official start of the Temple celebration with a powerful Puja to Lord Hanuman. The next day the priests performed Pujas to all the deities in the Temple: Ganesha, Krishna, Mookambika, Siva and the Navagrahas, which lasted from 6:00 am to noon. There was also a very special Puja to Kanya Kumari, to conclude her installation process. On August 11, we celebrated the birthday of Swami Durgananda with a wonderful Mahamrtyunjaya Homa at the Temple, followed by cake and presents.
    Prema from Taiwan arrived for her certificate course, 'Precision in the Asanas: Refine your teaching skills'. Omkari from Florence came and started her programme on 'Yoga and Anatomy' for the guest group. She also started to teach the anatomy for the TTC. This month also saw the initiation of the Sadhana Intensive course. We started in the traditional way with the priest chanting auspicious mantras and with the procession with Mantra chanting through the Ashram's grounds, stopping at the various shrines. Swami Kailasananda gave them guidance for their personal practice. Nataraj, who is a student of the course, brought with him the nice new statue of Swamiji, which he modelled a few months back. It found its place next to the statue of Master in the Temple. The Sadhana Intensive students also always enjoying the almond milk in the morning after taking the sankalpa in the morning. For one weekend Vincent Marechal came and gave two nice presentations on Ayurveda, which were quite informative and clear. The Yoga psychology week was given by Kamala from Australia. The teaching was very much appreciated by the students and they were happy to receive their certificate. The TTC course almost reached its conclusio, students went deeper into the context of the Bhagavad Gita, are enjoying their teaching groups, they had the Kriya workshop and many of them took part in a very sattvic talent show. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During the beginning of August the Farm had a Raja Yoga Sutras course, taught by Swami Narayanananda. The students studied the first pada and were inspired to deepen their practice. We had a staff training workshop on how to teach Stress Relief and Relaxation. One weekend we welcomed 35 weekend guests to the Ashram for the Stress Relief program. They had relaxing yoga classes and lectures on how to manage stress using yoga. We also welcomed guests for a short 5-day Juice fasting retreat. We all felt the blessings of Master and Swamiji.

    In mid-August we had a Beginners course, taught by Shantanu and Savitri.  The guests were inspired by the teachings of the course and intend to continue their practice as they go back home. We had an Interfaith Retreat with Swami Omkarananda from LA Centre.  She was joined by Lama Palden Drolma who is a western Tibetan Buddhist monk.  All the attendees were inspired by the teachings and the vision of unity from the Interfaith Retreat. Om Namah Sivaya to all blessed selves from the Yoga Farm.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    During the beginning of August the Youth Camp started with 10 aspiring young yogis following the discipline and practice of the camp, led by Omkari and Eka Jyoti. The youth were well behaved and blended in with the Ashram routine nicely.  Srinivasan was at the Yoga Camp in Canada leading a program on "The Highest Yoga".  Staff began to prepare for several special guests. Dr. Kamlesh and his family arrived to spend several weeks with us. While here, he will teach an Ayurvedic cooking course. Mr. Poornam, a long time karma yogi and trustee of our Ashrams and Centres in India,  arrived from the Yoga Camp to spend a weekend before visiting NYC. Gayatri, also arrived to assist Mr. Poornam while in the United States and to be his guide in NYC. P.C. Kapoor, director of the Delhi Centres, and his wife Sudha, arrived for a weekend on their way back to India. It was a full house, as guests joined us for the very popular Yoga and Hiking program. We had close to 40 guests join us for the hike at Lake Minnewaska. We offered two levels of difficulty, one for average ability and one more advanced. Mahadev Chaitanya then drove our special visitors into NYC, and also to he teach his regular Sunday advanced class at the New York Centre. P.C. Kapoor and Sudha returned to India and Mr. Poornam and Gayatri stayed a few days at the Centre while they toured NYC.

    In mid-August the Ashram was full of parents and children for annual Family Week.  We had a bon fire for the families, guests and staff with traditional smores and hot chocolate. Omkari, the teacher for Family Week, had songs and readings prepared for the evening.  Everyone had a fun time.  Having the children here with their purity and innocence is always refreshing. There were many activities planned for the families.  There were Temple tours, gardening, hiking and swimming.  There were also several chanting classes throughout the week, led by Radha. It was an overall a busy atmosphere.  We began to prepare for the upcoming September TTC, ordering uniforms and manuals and getting the boutique restocked for the students needs. Various construction projects were in progress, one of them is the replacement of windows in the Vishnu main building. Another project was the upgrading of the septic system, and the process of working with an engineer on the plans. Mavis Gewant joined us for the weekend for Yantra Painting workshops.  It was one of the largest groups to enroll for this program.  With the weather so mild, the group worked outside on the upper barn platform to pull inspiration from the spectacular views. John Beaulieu, who is the founder of a technique called BioSonic Repatterning, was here with his wife Thea, for an afternoon workshop and evening Satsang.  BioSonic Repatterning is a natural method of healing and consciousness development using tuning forks. John, in his humorous and down to earth approach, taught a hands-on workshop on using tuning forks.  The workshop had 30 participants, including many of the staff and work studies.  At the evening Satsang, John concluded the day with a short healing sound concert. All staff are well, strong in their Sadhana and send their Pranams to all.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    During the beginning of August we bid farewell to Swami Hridyananda who returned to the Sivananda Centre in Tel Aviv. We welcomed back Swami Brahmananda who started a three-day lecture on Swami Sivananda's 20 spiritual instructions. The power of prayer as a spiritual practice was a popular topic as we enjoyed many lectures referring to the importance of prayer. We also had the pleasure of learning more about the life and teachings of Swami Vishnudevananda during our well-attended workshops. We started our new program, "Living a Divine Life", presented by Swami Brahmananda. Registrations for the upcoming season have been plentiful. We are set to have our biggest season yet. We're expecting another rush of reservations as soon as we mail out our brochure.

    Mid-August was fueled with busy workshops, and interesting Satsang discussions. We enjoyed a three-day program on The Healing Power of Foods on Body, Mind, and Spirit. With this topic the ancient science of Ayurveda was introduced during several Satsangs and one well-attended workshop. We also had the pleasure of learning about the three Guna's and their subtle nature which underlie matter, life, and the mind. We began several discussions on the topic of the Practice of Meditation, presented by Swami Brahmananda. With the knowledge presented we were able to have a better understanding of the processes of the mind during the scared practice of meditation. To finish our week off we were pleased to welcome Shyam and Mohini who are joining us from the Yoga Warehouse in Fort Lauderdale. They presented the Power of Hatha Yoga course in the Recharge, Relax, and Rejoice program. New chefs have taken over the morning and evening kitchen which brought new menus of nutritious, tasty food for all to try. The Ashram did well after the lightning strike - damage has been assessed with replacement parts arriving soon by God's grace, almost everything was quickly up and running to full speed. ...also... the summer heat continued! Om Shanti from all the staff in Nassau.


Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of August a new yoga teachers' training course started. The group accommodated very well to the daily schedule. This group especially had a positive outlook and a heart-warming willingness to help and also to learn. Sree Krishna, the priest from South India conducted several elevating Pujas. Dr Annika Waldman, nutritionist from Germany gave a series of lectures on the subject of Vegetarianism in the Light of Science. The scientific basis of and research on vegetarian diet is growing every year. This gave us some invaluable tools with which we can make well informed choices concerning our diet. TTCs and Yoga Vacation Guests profited from these inspiring lectures alike. As the TTC teachings continued the students felt the intensity of the course more intensively but at the same time the group feeling stayed positive and strong and supporting each other seemed to be their second nature. Furthermore they had also great fun in planning and presenting a very nice talent show. At the beginning of August Prema from Taiwan visited the Retreat House  to give a well appreciated guest programme on 'Diving into the Asanas' for intermediate and advanced students. Her classes were offering guidelines on how to develop and deepen their practice.
    In the second week of August student numbers increased quite a bit with many coming for the Beginners Guide programme. The guests had the opportunity to learn the basic asanas and pranayama in carefully guidedyoga classes. Two lectures informed them on the topics concentration, meditation, breath and stress. As the summer season was in full swing Swami Ramapriyananda started a 5 days study course on Yoga Sutras with 15 participants, many long time students and teachers. Our special programme "Yoga Summer days" caused again a marked a growth in guest numbers. Swami Durgananda was present and gave invaluable guidance to many participants. Swami Sivadasananda led a four day asana workshop series on "Surya Namaskar, salutations to the Essence of Hatha Yoga". So great was the interest that the culture house in the village was used to comfortably accommodate all students. The Bhagavata Saptaha left us in high spirits and warm feelings. The structure of wisdom from the Srimad Bhagavatam encased in elevating sound structures, presented with vocal mastery is something rare and precious and we felt so blessed and grateful to be part of this seven day journey. The TTC ended with a lovely graduation celebration. 38 new and happy Sivananda Yoga Teachers left the Retreat House assuring us that the goodbye would not be forever. OM.


Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Meenakshi.
    During the beginning of August a fresh module of Yoga Vacation course commenced with a good strength of guests. Since all of them had previous exposures of asana a need for exclusive beginner session was not necessary. Staff continued their group karma yoga indoors in deep cleaning and organizing the storage rooms of housekeeping and karma yoga. A meeting with Ravi sir was organized, relating to the dormitory-room construction. The entire team was present including Engineer, Architect, Interior designer, contractors along with Anoopji, Sandeep and Anisha. Minimalism ideas, including using bunk beds for expanding the capacity of occupancy, was proposed along with other alternatives like cubic style bed space isolated by a partition/study-storage set up. The latter was considered to be approved before the designer was asked to produce 3D drawings of the same by Monday. Bathrooms were planned to have un-tiled walls and rough granite floors for a rustic finish, plus a modern FRP corner shower cubicle with a L rail curtain partition. On Saturday we received Meghana who will once again team up with us for about a month and continue her service. The talent show was predominantly musical, with songs and percussion. Construction above the administrative block proceeded at an intensive speed. Om Shanti. All are well and conveying Pranams.




    TTC Reports in locations other than Ashrams:

    TTC Braciano/ Italy: The first week of the 2015 Italy TTC went very smoothly as the students settled into the routine quickly and proved to be attentive students and joyful karma yogis. The main obstacle was the very hot weather in the afternoons, however the evenings were cool and staff and students certainly slept well. Swami Rajeshwarananda and Swami Jnaneswariananda shared teaching the main lecture, Swami Sankarananda taught the chanting, and Nagarajji, from Delhi, gave the Bhagavad Gita lectures.  Swami Rajeshwarananda taught the how to teach portion of the course, while Lalitambika from Milan and senior teachers taught the TTC practice class and guest program classes. We were blessed to have Padmavati, from Vienna, translating the Satsangs and classes into English or Italian, as necessary. We also had a nice group of guests for Yoga Vacation with classes and guest lectures being held outdoors on the covered platform. Staff, Students, and guests are all enjoying the exceptional food served from the kitchen under Swami Sankarananda's supervision.
    We celebrated Nagaraj's birthday with an Indian feast, cooked by Swami Sankarananda followed by ice cream for everyone. The students would not believe he is 87 years old and have taken inspiration in the benefits of a sattvic lifestyle.  That same evening we held the first TTC talent show which featured poems and songs in Russian, Farsi, Romanian, English and Italian, as well as dancing and music. They have proven to be a a very talented group hence we were looking forward to upcoming talent shows.

    The third week of the TTC went smoothly as the students started their teaching groups and anatomy and physiology lectures. Hot days followed by cold winds and thunderstorms occurred throughout but everyone adapted, adjusted, and accommodated as the variable weather added to the tapas of the course. Narada and Sankari arrived from Sicily to help in the kitchen for the third week and kept the students very happy with their excellent cooking and joyful spirit.




    SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Centres -



    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The start of August and we saw the Fall courses building up again as holidays come to an end. Yoga 1 as well as several higher courses started this week. On Saturday we had a cooking class with an inspired group of students who learned to cook easy dishes for busy people. The result was very tasty. One main project was the packing for TTC Poland. With the dedicated help of the work studies we managed to put all the material in boxes and sent to Poland. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Om & Prem. Om Shanti to All!



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre.
    During the beginning of August we started new beginners course on 3rd of August with a good number of students.  We were experiencing frequent rains this time of the year, and power cuts, but staff of the Centre successfully managed all these issues. Sadly, our long time cook Magi left the Centre because of personal reasons. In the meantime we have a chance to enjoy nice homemade food, prepared by Sandhya. The rest of the activities in the Centre were carried on as usual. Staff members performed their karma yoga activities efficiently and productively. With the blessings of God and Masters, everything was fine here. Teachers and staff are well and sending Pranams to the Sivananda family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    During the beginning of August we saw temperatures drop a bit and some chilly weather. Several teachers and students were away on vacation, making class attendance a little quieter and the teaching schedule extra busy for staff. The
    Positive Thinking course finished, and a new Meditation course began in the same time slot. By the grace of the Gurus, all else continued well The students in the Yoga classes showed good progress well, all the while expressing their appreciation. Staff send pranams and wishes for a happy, healthy and inspiring month of August.

    In mid-August the weather was rainy and the temperatures dropped a bit. The Meditation Course continued, with students really enjoying the course and the practice. The Thursday Yoga 1 Course finished. Saturday's Yoga 1 finished as well. Students were looking forward to Yoga 2. Attendance at Satsang grew steady again after several quieter weeks. More students were coming to the Advanced Class on Sundays. The garden enjoyed the cooler, wetter weather, hence we were harvesting more substantial amounts of food, including tomatoes, turnips, beets, and cucumbers. We felt great gratitude for the guidance and protections of the Gurus. Staff are well and send their pranams. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During the beginning of August seven residents from four different countries. Satsang on Wednesday and Sunday evenings were full and had great energy. Four residents left with uplifted and new attitudes on life. Staffs were very busy with classes and did maintenance. We fixed the rooms, storage and set up new things for the Centre. Saraswati was finding a new place for TTC and ATTC next year in Vietnam.

    In mid-August we saw a peaceful time at Dalat Centre. No resident stayed at the Centre, so the staff had more time for Sadhana and studying, also refreshing and organizing the Centre. The Kid's Yoga Back to School class started on Sundays, thanks to the successful Kids Summer Yoga course this summer. The Baking Workshop for the Moon festival was very successful with the beautiful results. We felt much blessings from Guru toward the Centre. We were grateful for the Guru's Grace which continues to guide us. Pranams to all Sivananda Staff. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During the beginning of August, by the grace of the Lord and the blessings of Gurudev, all went well at the Centre. Beginners' courses continued smoothly. Two beginner courses began and 3 ended, including a weekend beginners' course. We conducted three workshops: a balancing workshop on the 5th of August, Shat Kriya on the 8th and Pranayama workshop on the 9th. We concluded the week with a Devi Pooja. All's well here at the Centre. It was raining continuously and the temperature dropping. It looks like Spring has come.

    In mid-August a Beginners' course started on Mondays. We had two headstand workshops on Sundays. We had a good number of registrations for both the time slots. Otherwise, classes continued as usual. The office furniture was replaced with new computer table, creating a lot more space, and improving the look of the office. We hope all are happy and doing well. Om Namah Sivaya. Sending all our love and wishes. Pranams. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    During the beginning of August we started a Beginners' course at 6:30am. We started a Foundation to Meditation course on Wednesdays. Yully, a Neyyar Dam staff, stayed for two nights on the way to Dehradun and Uttrakashi. We conducted the usual Sunday Satsangs, attended by good number of students. The city of New Delhi saw more rain. With the Grace of the Gurus everything is going well in the Centre.

    In mid-August we started two Beginners' courses, one at 6:30am and the other at 4:00pm. We conducted a Pranayama workshop one Saturday. Very good number of people attended the workshop on the benefits of Pranayama, explaining and different techniques practiced, including Kapalbhati and Anuloma Viloma. Binoy and Shreevidya went to home for few days. With the Grace of the Masters everything continued well at the Centre.

    The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Kailash Colony, was pleased to announce, with Gurus' blessings, the opening a new Sivananda Centre in Noida, C- 46, Sector 50, New Delhi, on 8th September 2015. Pranams to All.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    During summer we had a reduced schedule of 4 classes per week which were taught by close teachers. The classes were well visited and much appreciated by the students. The he fall brochure was sent out and staff returned to Geneva to prepare the reopening of the Centre. Inscriptions and inquiries for upcoming courses and workshops are coming in and we are looking forward to welcome the students. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During the beginning of August we continued to have good attendance in classes and courses, starting a Yoga 1 course and a Yoga 3 course, both with eight students. We had a big turnout of both teachers and students for a special workshop on Yoga Anatomy, taught by our outside teacher Rama, who took TTC this year in Dalat.  Rama was studying for a Master's degree in Yoga at a local university.  The workshop focused on the benefits of the basic 12 postures on the internal organs.  Also, we had a workshop on the Practice of Nauli, taught by our staff Ganapati, which included asana and pranayama practice as well.  As a special promotion for the workshops, we offered six free workshops to members.  We finished a large meditation course, and many students are continuing to take Meditation 2.

    In mid-August we had 19 outside teachers come for a special teachers' workshop on "How to make corrections and adjustments."  Swami Pranavananda and Ganga led the workshop with Vietnamese translation, which was very productive, and the teachers all practiced with each other.  Amba brought a group of new people from her Womens' Support Program for a talk on the five points of Yoga.  We had a nice cooking workshop to learn the vegetarian version of some traditional Vietnamese dishes, and also a workshop on Yogic Diet. Ganga travelled to our Dalat Centre where she did some weekend workshops.  We had much interest and a good turnout of students for a new course which all the staff created together, featuring "Yoga for Mastering the Power of the Mind," which includes mainly theory of controlling the mind, discussion and homework, with some Hatha Yoga practice as well.  We started a Yoga One course with 19 eager students.  Om Sri Maha Lakshmyai Namah! We are happy and blessed to be a instrument of the teaching from our Master and Guru. Pranams.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    OM and Prem to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    During the beginning of August we had a very well attended first class for the new Yoga 1 on Tuesday nights. There was a lot of interest and inspiring discussion for the session on Islam and Yoga. Several new students came and brought good energy. Integral Yoga teacher, Jivana offered a workshop on Accessible Yoga one Sunday afternoon. We held a Devi Puja at Satsang on Sunday night. The Staff send their Pranams.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    This month we were with the final preparations for the Teacher Training Course, the Yoga Vacations and the Teachers' Summer School in Aluenda, which began on August 17. Swami Dayananda arrived from Buenos Aires, Chandra from Uruguay and Swami Sivadasananda to teach in the TTC. Also Lakshmi, Manuel, Vishnu, and Prema for advanced asanas. We also have a visit from the priest Yagneshwara and other special guests. During this month Gopika and Sundari have been helping at the Centre. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During the beginning of August two beginner Monday courses started at 6am for everyone and a 10am for ladies only. We finished the first batch of a 10 Dr. in Indias no - 1 Eye Hospital, Aravind Eye Hospital. The weather in Madurai City is extremely hot, It looks like the peak of Summer. A small diamond size sign board for advertising, was design for hanging in the electric pole in the near by streets. All Open classes, Private classes, Kids class and Beginner course continued well with Gods grace. Everything remains wonderful in the Centre. The Staff convey their Pranams to all. Om Shanti!!



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
    During the beginning of August we experienced so much rain.
    Laura, the secretary, didn't come on Monday and Tuesday because she was sick. So the Staff, Lalita and Vishwanatha, collaborated in the reception, doing cleaning and all the administrative tasks. Kanti Devi and Chandra continued in the Ashram with many activities. The new courses for beginners, began on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with full capacity. The meditations on Fridays and Saturdays were guided by Lalita. A large group consisted of students, teachers and people attending for the first time. The energy was very strong, creating a beautiful environment. The Staff and the teacher Omkari enjoyed the beautiful sunny day in the seaside resort La Floresta, a few km from Montevideo. They rode bikes, had lunch and meditated.

    During mid-August nice and warm weather helped us with lots of energy.
    A Monday Beginners' course was well attended. All classes and programs developed normally. The trial class was an excellent opportunity for some people interested in Yoga, encouraging them to register for Beginners' courses. Kanti Devi came back from Yoga Camp. She then finished details for a month long tour in Brazil in September. She will be leading 4 retreats, Satsangs, lectures, courses and asana classes. Teachers who took TTC in Garopaba, Brazil, the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Porto Alegre and the affiliated Centre in Franca, Sao Paulo, organized all the programs in 12 different cities. Students and teachers were eager to see her and practice Yoga together. The rest of the activities at the Centre continued normally. Om Shanti to all!!



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Greetings from Montreal. During the beginning of August the summer pass still being an attraction for the classes, although August is the last month for the summer pass, the people still buying it, we sold all that we had printed and we printed some extra passes. We had a new karma yogi, Veena, who just graduated from TTC this summer at Yoga Camp. She did very well, helping in clean up on Fridays and training for reception position. We had a very nice evening Satsang with Sivaram. We had a small morning Puja one Friday for Saraswati. We were very happy to receive Ally, a staff from the Yoga Camp. She was a good help for the cleaning up during the weekend.  We were very happy to have Nikhila for Sunday Evening Satsang. She leaded the Sunday prayers beautifully. We had a nice evening with a small and tasty indian dinner to follow, cooked by Mira, one of our karma yogis at the Centre.

    In mid-August a good number of students enjoyed the classes and special programs at the Centre. We enjoyed a nice Satsang with Sivaram. We had a small morning Durga Puja. We welcomed Hanuman, a really sincere karma yogi. He just graduated from TTC this summer. He was doing very well with cleaning and some maintenance work at the Centre. He welcomed some new students, who started the first class of Yoga I (thé Beginners course). The weather was beautiful. We were very happy to welcome our three special guests from the Himalayas - Swami Govindananda, Swami Janardanananda and Swami Hariomananda. Swami Shivabaktananda introduced them during a Sunday Satsang. The four Swamis shared a beautiful evening, with over 60 people. Our special guests shared their Sadhana experiences and a beautiful talk about happiness. The students and staff were very happy to be able to ask questions and to receive practical tools to improve in their Sadhana. After Satsang we all joined for a delicious Indian dinner. The energy at the Centre was beautiful with a feeling of peace, joy and happiness. We are ever thankful for Master and Swami ji's grace. Om Namo Narayanaya. Pranams from Montreal.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    Special events of the last weeks were a relaxation workshop, a workshop on "How to Develop Concentration" and a cooking class with the topic "Healthy Summer Dishes". Our monthly Open House was a good possibility for newcomers to get to know the Centre. We  had a very interesting lecture on "Yoga and Sleep" with Dr. Rubin Naiman, sleep researcher and clinical assistant professor at the University Centre for Integrative Medicine in Arizona, USA. Spiritual highlights were several Satsangs with Yoga Acharya Swami Sivadasananda. We also performed two Pujas on the occasion of Gurupurnima and on Swami Sivananda´s Mahasamadhi. OM.



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



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    During the beginning of August we started our Introduction to Meditation course with a considerably high number of students. People kept on calling the front desk for registration even after the course had already started. We celebrated Jnaneshwari's birthday. Kamala Chaitanya, who came down from the Yoga Ranch, joined us for this occasion. Once all the classes were over we all gathered together around a big fruit salad, ice cream and candles and wished her health, wealth, long life, and moksha. Shakti, Kamala Chaitanya and Sonam headed off to the Highline to attend the early meditation session that was going to be led by Shakti. It was again a really inspiring experience and about 30 people joined in. At the end of the session many of them manifested their gratitude for the opportunity to have this space and guidance. Kapoor ji and his wife came back from their trip. They stayed overnight and on the next morning Janaki came from the Yoga Ranch Ashram to pick them up and take them back to the Catskills, for their first visit ever. Kamala Chaitanya also returned with them as well as Neeti who went to help out in the kitchen operations for the busy weekend at the Yoga Ranch. Mahadev Chaitanya arrived to the Centre and with him, Mr. Kapoorji and wife came as they were flying back to India that evening. We also welcomed Mr. Poornam, a trustee of the Organization and Gayatri (Swami Vishnudevananda's caretaker) who are staying with us for a few days while exploring the city and enjoying their stay at the New York location.

    In mid-August we conducted the 3rd phase in the Introduction to Meditation course. The students were very inspired and very inquisitive. It was a great course. We started a Yoga 2 course on Tuesdays. Lalita Chaitanya blessed us with her prana and inspiration during Wednesday evening Satsangs. Ishwari also returned from the Catskills for a few days before she departed for Colombia. Sita, a senior staff of the Yoga Camp Ashram in Canada arrived at the NYC Centre for a few days. The same day Lalita Chaitanya and Sonam left for the Yoga Ranch Ashram. Sonam was eager to see it before she departed for Ireland. Mahadev Chaitanya taught the advanced asana class and led the evening Satsang with a very special introductory lecture and Q&A with Dr. Kamlesh on the topic of Ayurveda. The audience seemed to really enjoy the talk and we are looking forward to Dr. Kamlesh's cooking workshops. All the Staff is well, and with the Guru's grace we are blessed and inspired to carrying on his peace mission. Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In August we offered a Saturday Open House with the participation of ninety souls. They enjoyed the introduction to Yoga with the asanas demonstration, the yoga class and the introduction to meditation. Karma yogis and teachers continued to visit and assist Paula, who need some support and help with her physical condition, this gives staff and karma yogis  a different and nice way to serve. We had a beautiful Sitar concert during the Sunday evening Satsang performed by Dharma from Jerusalem well appreciated by all. Little by little the students come back from their vacations with the strong resolution to practice Yoga. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    During the beginning of August we saw a lot of activity at the Centre. We received a new staff member, Alexandre, who painted some windows, and helped with the Centre's routine. Siddharta left on Thursday and we started a Yoga 1 with 7 students.

    In mid-August we worked a lot to finish the work at the asana room. We started a Yoga 1 and Yoga 2, with good number of students. Caue, the new staff arrived and is working a lot. Alexandre left. Pranams to the Sivananda Family.


Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    During the beginning of August, while Swami Sankarananda and Swami Rajeshwarananda taught at the Braciano TTC, the Centre opened 3 days a week for the evening classes. The teachers took care of the Centre nicely noticing the students attended classes, despite the heat. Pranams to all. Om Shanti to the Sivananda Family from the Rome Centre.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    During the beginning of August, the San Francisco Centre was invited to be a Welcome Partner for the Grand Community Reception for the Prime Minister of India's visit to California in September. Sankari Chaitanya attended an enthusiastic launch meeting for the event. The Centre continued to gain new students. We had a successful Ayurveda lecture on digestion. The outside of the Centre looked vibrant with a new coat of yellow and white paint. Now we can order signage! Construction pushed forward with the bathroom and entrance renovation. Staff and teachers are grateful for Guru's grace received!

    In mid-August we had a bustling full-day program for 20+ Google employees at the Centre. They welcomed the orientation of asanas in the larger context of Yoga. We walked to the nearby park to give a talk on what depletes and builds prana. Two yoga classes and they were ready for more. The Google Kirtan group—complete with 2 harmoniums, tamboura, tablas, flute and electric bass—played at Satsang. All agreed that the day was a grand success and should be a quarterly occurance. Such a natural fit, and an encouragement for more of the same with other worker groups. The city also installed two bike racks out front of thé Centre. Pranams to all from the new San Francisco Centre.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During the beginning of August we were very happy to welcome Swami Hridyananda who came from Yoga Retreat for three months. We were also very delighted to welcome Durga who came back from Toronto. She left Israel in March after being with us for 5 months. We started a new Raja Yoga course with 14 students, taught by Jnaneshwari. Also we started a new Yoga 1 with 17 participants and held a very successful Teenage Yoga introduction class, after which 7 kids enrolled. One weekend was spent peacefully in the Centre, allowing the staff to get some extra rest and Sadhana.

    In mid-August we printed the new brochure for our Autumn Yoga Retreat and sent it along with our activities brochure to over 3000 people. A new Yoga 3 started on Tuesdays and Yoga 1 on Thursdays, both with 13 participants. Registration to the Q&A evening taking reached 80 people. To enhance our Swadyaya, promote our mutual Sadhana and elevate the spiritual vibration in the Centre and everyone's mind we've started the practice of Gita Parayana, reading a chapter of the Bhagvad Gita in Sanskrit with the Gita Dhayanam in the beginning and the Gita Mahatmya and Arati at the end. We've practice it every afternoon and it's a powerful experience and a source of inspiration to all of us. Om and Prem to all. Blessings of Peace to all the Sivananda Family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    During the beginning of August, under the influence of a typhoon, temperatures in the evening became moderate. The number of students for the evening classes showed a slight increase. We started YOGA2 course on Saturdays and YOGA1 courses on Sundays. There were 5 students for Yoga 1 and 9 students for Yoga2 enrolled. We also had a Kirtan workshop by Sivam and Mico, an Australian and a Japanese duo. The first part of the program was their concert using Indian slide guitar, tabla, harmonium, and their voices. After the concert, 20 participants made a big circle and enjoyed singing Kirtan led by Sivam and Mico. The workshop ended by a chorus of mantra with 22 people which produced powerful sound wave.

    In mid-August Bon vacation was over and the people gradually came back to the city to start working again. At the same time, the hottest season was over and the autumn wind began to blow. We had a "Earlobe massage workshop" taught by Harini, a professional massage therapists who took TTC in India earlier this year. 10 participants learned about the meridians corresponding to each area of the body. After the lecture, Harini showed them how to massage the ears by themselves. Students were amazed to find out their blood circulation of whole body improved by massaging the ears. A trial class one Sunday was fully booked with 23 participants. We were glad that several students applied to Yoga 1 course right away after the class. Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi. Om and Prem to all the Sivananda family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The beginning of August was quiet due to a long weekend. Still, we had good participation in both Satsangs that weekend. Started a Yoga 2, 8 pm Anantya teaching. with 3 students. The Prenatal continued into the 3rd class with Laxmi teaching. We had a successful Mandala drawing workshop with 12 students, Kanti teaching. Durga left for Tel-aviv, and Lakshmi, who had just finished TTC joined us. She was full of energy and enthusiasm. Using her knowledge and contacts as a physical trainer in gyms. she also knows the city quite well. The new TTC teachers are all here assisting classes and doing some Karma yoga, and happy to be part on the Sivananda family.

    In mid-August we started a Yoga 1. The prenatal class with Lakshmi teaching, came to an end after the 5th class. Janaki continued with her Asana Symbol series on Fridays. The classes were quite well attended. The climate is getting a bit cooler. We had a mix of warm and rainy weather. Maheshwari returned from taking care of her grand daughter and lead Satsang.  Subba Rao, a teacher from the Chennai Centre, was here for a couple of days, teaching a class and sight seeing in Toronto. He will visit his friends and relatives and return to the Yoga Camp before travelling to Chennai. Everyone here feels uplifted and inspired to continue the path given to us by Master and Swamiji.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    During the beginning of August a new Beginners' Monday Morning batch started. All other classes went well. We did an elaborate cleaning of the Centre. Karma Yogi, Anoop went home for a few weeks. Sajan returned to the Neyyar Dam Ashram. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted by our regular priest on Fridays. Sunday Satsang was led by Sri. Rajesh ji.

    In mid-August we conducted Ganapathy Homa, as it was the first day of the new Malayalam month. We also conducted a special Ganapathy Homa on the auspicious occasion of Ganesha Chathurthy and distributed prasad to the students. The current early morning Beginners' batch successfully completed their last week. All other classes went well. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted by our regular priest on Fridays. Sunday Satsang was led by Sri. Rajesh ji. Pranams to all. Om - Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The main highlight was the two day special programme on Vaastu with Olga Mandodari Sokolova from the U.S. She held an introduction into the topic during Satsang, which was to be followed by a lecture on Monday evening.  This special Satsang was very well attended by students and many teachers. Her second lecture dealt with the inspiring topic on how to create a personal meditation space. On Sunday we had an Open House. In spite of the hot weather - we had in the Centre rooms about 33°C - still a good number of enthusiastic newcomers visited the Centre to have a first Yoga experience and find out about our Centre. They received inspiration to come back soon for courses, drop in classes and meditation. This month we had a weekend introduction into meditation and one week later a weekend introduction into thought power with also good attendance. As the hot weather continued for the whole month all the afternoon drop in classes on Saturday were held in the nearby park with a good number of students. Everybody enjoyed the cooling breeze in the shade of the mighty trees. Ishwara started a two weeks family vacation. Swami Mangalananda supported the Centre for about three weeks with teaching and various Centre tasks. Gopika Chaitanya went to northern Germany for a week to supported the Berlin staff with a country side summer retreat. In spite of the high temperatures drop in, Yoga 1-courses and Satsangs are well attended. Many Karma Yogis are supporting the Centre in various departments. Staff are working on the new Centre brochure and are step by step putting the new programme online. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius.
    For the last week of July Vilnius Yoga Centre was continuing to work on the reduced schedule. Close teachers and karma yogis were taking care of the Centre, because TTC Lithuania held on Swami Durgananda's inspiring initiative was still going on at a retreat place by the small lake, just 30 minutes from Vilnius. The course saw fifty-six participants mostly from Lithuania, as well as Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia. The course was taught in English, Lithuanian and Russian languages with the translations. Satsangs, main lecture, Bhagavad Gita and asana classes filled up everyone`s daily schedule. Students were open, sincere and dynamic in learning new things. Swami Narayanananda started to teach the main lectures and Satsangs, Swami Vairagyananda focused on Bhagavad Gita, morning class for the Russian speaking and Ishwara Chaitanya, Durga Devi shared classes for Lithuanian group, gave series of Satsangs and guest lectures, Rajeshwari taught afternoon class and helped with translations into the Russian. We were happy to welcome Swami Sivadasananda, who gave a series of Satsangs, classes and led a theatre play with Kirtans. After completing the anatomy lectures, Ishwara Chaitanya treated the group to a cooking course, which was simply set up on the floor of the main hall. One evening students could enjoy as well a beautiful sitar concert. Thirty-two students took mantra initiation and received spiritual names. Swami Keshavananda has arrived in the middle of the course to inspire us until the end of the course, which was on August 2. Priest Yagneshwara stayed with us for four days and performed daily morning Pujas. Siva Murti and Yantra Puja for the Divine Mother were accepted very well with Abhishekam, mantras and offerings. Professor Beinorius gave very inspiring lecture on Upanishads and Bharata Natyam dancer Irina gave two workshops and beautiful performance on the official closing of the course. The final exam results were a good surprise. Even twenty students passed exam excellent and others passed very well. Students, Staff and Karma yogis are thankful for this profound experience and possibility to serve, to teach and to connect with each other in Sivananda Family. For the three weeks the weather was extremely hot for the Lithuanian climate – more than 30 degrees C in the shadow.  Despite the hot holiday season end weather students still were attending not only the classes, but Satsangs as well. The big nice support from the new teachers, graduates from the TTC Lithuania started to come: Kalyani, Dattatreya, Priya, Nirmala, Ausra started to assist in the open classes and some of them already taught alone. Getting experience they could become very good yoga teachers and this would allow Vilnius Centre to expand and to teach new interesting courses, little by little to introduce more yoga philosophy to the students. On the 13th of August early morning Ishwara Chaitanya left to Orleans to support and teach Sadhana Intensive course. On the last Saturday we had a cooking class with 14 students: ''Tasty and easy vegetarian meals for the beginners''. Our teacher Bharata was happy to share the knowledge and his special recipe of Pulao. The food was sattvic and tasty. Students were very inspired to get the needed spices and to start cooking at home. OM.



    Forget and forgive. You will have peace. - Sri Swami Sivananda
 
 

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