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Issue #04/2013 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize April 1, 2013
"He who has purified his mind becomes a centre of force." - Sri Swami Sivananda

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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

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chennai, India
Chicago, USA
Dwarka, Delhi, India
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London, England
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Madurai, India
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Porto Alegre, Brasil
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APRIL 2013
06 Ekadasi
10 New Moon
13 Subramanya Temple Opening
14 Vishu
19 Sri Ramanavami
22 Ekadasi
25 Full Moon 
25 Hanuman Jayanti

MAY 2013
05 Ekadasi
09 New Moon
21 Ekadasi
25 Full Moon 
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Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya
We are glad to inform you that by the grace of Master and Swamiji we are opening a new Centre on South Sathorn Road in Bangkok, Thailand. The Centre will be inaugurated by Swami Mahadevananda-ji on the 7th of April 2013, with many students and dignitaries in attendance. Mani Chaitanya will be Director of the new Centre, with three full time staff supporting to run two asana halls, one Puja Room, garden, swimming pool and lotus pond.The new Centre is walkable distance to all major foreign embassies and close to Lumphini Park, Bangkok's largest park.

We are happy to bring you the news of an addition to Sivananda family, Mr. Natarajan in India is been initiated in to Sanyas Ashram with the name Swami Satchidananda. We wish him all the best in the spiritual path.

In gratitude for your continued support towards Master and Swamiji's missions. May their blessings be with us always.
Pranams to all.

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The Guru will appear to you only through the Lord's Grace. - Sri Swami Sivananda

Q. Does a full-fledged Yogi not feel tempted to test his Yogic powers? Is such testing justified?

A full-fledged Yogi can never have the idea either to test himself or his powers. If such be the case, he should in no way be considered full-fledged or well-baked. It is only the raw, the ill-expanded and half-baked Sadhaks or Yogins that will have the inclination to test their own selves, i.e., their progress, by virtue of the powers they might have acquired. Yogic powers cannot but manifest in proportion to the amount of progress one makes in Yoga as per the injunctions laid down in the Yoga Shastras; and they are surely a detriment to one's further progress if even the slightest attention is paid towards them either to advertise oneself or to test oneself. Every day, every minute, nay, every second, will see some blissful experience or the other even without the wish of the Yogic aspirant. As these experiences manifest of their own accord, the aspirant is to remain indifferent and unconcerned and wonder at the glory of glorious God; and he should not care to have even a knowledge of the experiences. Only then, and then alone, can he be expected to have onward progress. A full-fledged Yogi is he who has attained Self-realization through the medium of Yoga and so there can never be any temptation in him to know who he is or how far he has progressed by dint of the powers acquired.

Q. The Atman is different from the body and is not affected by the latter's doings. The body is reborn a number of times according to its Karma and goes through life and death as per the Supreme Will. If this is so, then who goes to hell or heaven?

The real experiencer of anything, in an individualistic way, is neither the Self nor the physical body. It is the mind that is the Centre of individuality, that individualizes and imprisons a ray of the Atman in what is called the individual soul. And it is this mind, as embodied in the subtle body, that undergoes the pleasure of heaven or the pains of hell, or for that matter, any experience through a gross or a subtle body.

The mind appears to have consciousness on account of there being a ray of the Atman in it, in the form of a reflection, very much limited by its own constitution. Hence it will be clear that the individuality of a person is as much real or unreal as a reflection of a real object.

Though everything happens according to the Supreme Will, the Karma of the individual determines the form or shape of the experience that is to be had under the dispensation of this Will. It is not the Atman or the body that has any type of relative experience, though the body is a gross means of experience; it is the mind that has all this.

Q. If happiness cannot be gained in this world, can we not perform the prescribed rituals and go to heaven?
A. Yes, it is possible. Celestial enjoyment is superior to earthly enjoyment.  It is so much more subtle.  But there is one difficulty.  Enjoyment in the Heavenly plane cannot go on for ever. The Heavenly Plane is only a Bhoga Bhumi.  So is the Hell plane.  The Heavenly Plane and Hell plane are just planes of enjoyment. They are planes where man is rewarded or punished for actions done on earth. For Punya or merit, man is rewarded in the Heavenly plane. For Papa or sin, he is punished in Hell. Once the Punya or Papa are exhausted by enjoyment or suffering in the Heavenly plane or the Hell plane, the Jiva is automatically returned to the earth. There is no such thing as eternal enjoyment in The Heavenly Plane or eternal damnation in Hell. So, going to the Heavenly Plane is no permanent solution to man's problem of finding lasting happiness.  Lasting happiness can be found only in God and God can be reached only from the Earth plane.  Earth only is the Karma Bhumi where man can do Sadhana, where man can do Tapasya that will take him to God and eternal bliss. He cannot do Sadhana in the Heavenly plane. He can only enjoy in the Heavenly plane for meritorious deeds already performed on earth.
Previous FAQs at

Thinking of disease constantly will intensify it. Feel always "I am healthy in body and mind". - Sri Swami Sivananda


- Bhujangasana - All levels - These are basic versions for beginner, intermediate and advanced -

Classic cobra is contraindicated in pregnancy.

When lying on the abdomen, with legs and feet together, the toes are pointed not curled under. Forehead is on the mat to begin and hands are alongside the chest palms down, elbows close to the body. The fingertips are in line with the shoulders so that from an imagined aerial view of the posture, no hands are visible.

On an inhalation, beginners can lift the hands off the floor while lifting head, shoulders and upper back. Elbows are still close to the body and back. Hold 5 deep breaths and slowly come down to mat. Repeat 3 times.
Tips: Put shoulder blades close together when hands are lifted off mat. Look upward. Keep hands off floor to habituate use of back muscles. When coming back down to mat, only lower forehead on mat once body is down on mat.

Intermediate practitioners can leave hands on the mat while lifting the head and then the upper body. At first keep the chest on the floor. On another inhalation, the head can be raised further and the chest off the floor. Hold for 30 seconds, slowly lower body back to floor and repeat or relax a few breaths first.
Tips: Do not raise the hips up. Relax legs, keep feet together. Keep shoulders away from ears. Contract the neck and look up. Keep elbows close to body.

Advanced practitioners can come into the full pose with head, neck and upper body arched as much as possible. Hold for up to 1 minute, then lower body back to mat and repeat after few deep breaths.
Tips: Keep legs and feet together, hips are on mat. Arms can be straight with pressure applied on the hands. Drop shoulders, pull shoulder blades back away from ears. Extend neck.

Counterpose: Childs pose.


Develops a strong back by backward bending against the pull of gravity.
Tones front and back muscles.
Increases blood supply to ligaments of spine and vertebrae.
Removes tension from overworked back muscles.
Relieves kyphosis (exaggerated curvature of spine –"hunchback") and rounded shoulders.
Massage abdominal organs.
Combats constipation.
Alleviates menstrual problems.
Wakes up the adrenal glands (good in the morning)

This yoga tip from the new Sivananda publication - “Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion” – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010. Other yoga tips at

Practise Sirshasana, Sarvangasana, Matsyasana and Paschimottanasana and a few rounds of Sukha-Purvaka Pranayama in the early morning. You will possess wonderful health.
- Sri Swami Sivananda. Yoga Asanas, 2004, p62

When Reality is cognized the World no longer appears real. - Swami Vishnudevananda



Bhoga-bhumi - the stage/step/place where you can reap the fruits of your karma, but do not perform fresh karma; the place/land of experience and enjoyment.

Karma-bhumi - the stage/step/place where you can do fresh karma (good or bad deeds); the earth-plane; the place of action.

Bhumika - Step; stage; state; place; degree.

Bhoga - Experience; perception; enjoyment.

Karma - Action. Karma binds the Jiva/the individual soul, to the wheel of birth and death while operating through the Law of Cause and Effect.

Commentary from Swami Sivananda -

Remember, human birth is a most precious acquisition. It is a priceless gift of God, because it is only as a human being that one can strive for God-realization.  And having been born as a human being in this Earth plane, one should not loose the rarest of rare chances to work one's way onward, forward and Godward.
This life is precious. Time is precious. Earth life is nothing but energy spent in time.
The time at the disposal of humans is limited. Similarly, the energy at their disposal is limited. Waste of time is waste of life.  Waste of energy is waste of life.

A complete Sanskrit Glossary can be found at:

Satsanga gives the aspirant inner spiritual strength to face the struggle, overcome temptations, kill inner cravings and fill the mind with positive, divine thoughts. - Sri Swami Sivananda


Chapter IX: The Yoga of the Royal Science and Royal Secret


(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
Animating My Nature, I again and again send forth all this multitude of beings, helpless by the force of Nature.


These actions do not bind Me, O Arjuna, sitting like one indifferent, unattached to those acts!

COMMENTARY: Krishna speaks to Arjuna - There is no other cause of the Universe but Me. I alone, am the cause of the Universe. This is not a egoistic statement but one that a devotee can feel supported by and rely on, becoming free.

COMMENTARY: There is no other cause of the universe but Me. I alone am the cause of the Universe.

Enrich your blood through Japa, Kirtan, meditation, Sattva, Pranayama, Asanas, tomatoes, grapes, spinach, pure air and sunlight. - Sri Swami Sivananda


Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada - On Contemplations"

'"Samprajnata samadhi" (samadhi with consciousness) is accompanied by
reasoning, discrimination, bliss, and an awareness of individuality.'

Commentary from Swami Sivananda:
Those beings called angels or 'devas' are entities who, through plane, good actions and meditations, have attained a place, or this is the ultimate goal, but it is not. there is still duality, a sense of individuality. No mater how pure the ego is, as long as it exists, it
must be transcended for the knower, knowledge and known to become one.

'Samprajnata Samadhi' is not an end in itself but is a state attained along the path.

There are four kinds :
A. 'Savitarka' : Meditation on elements in time and space.
B. 'Nirvitarka': Meditation on elements outside of time and space.
C. 'Sananda' : Meditation on mind, accompanied by bliss.
D. 'Sasmita' : Identification with the unqualified ego.

When the mind fixes on gross external element or object and meditates on it, it is called 'savitarka' meditation. 'Vitarka' means question ; 'savitarka' , with question. Because it has no reality, all of reason is applied. This mode of meditation scrutinizes the elements and the universe that they may yield up their secrets and powers to the meditator.

The mind is responsible for the feelings of pleasure and pain. Controlling the mind is the highest Yoga. - Sri Swami Sivananda


APPLE FIG SALAD - A delicious fruit salad with yoghurt for a light breakfast or a quick dessert. Serves 6.

6 dried or fresh figs
2 eating apples and 2 bananas
1¾ cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons unsweetened dried coconut
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 tablespoons honey
½ cup plain yogurt, sour cream or *Toasted Nut Dream (optional)

*Toasted Nut Dream - A topping for fruit salad, pies or any other desserts. Serves 4-6
¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon hazelnuts
2/3 cup soy milk
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 to 2 tablespoons honey
Pinch of salt

Preparation for salad:

1. If using dried figs, soak them in cold water for 1-2 hours, then drain.
2. Cut the fresh or dried figs into quarters.
3. Stir the fruit, nuts, coconut, lemon juice, and honey together.
4. Serve at once, topped with yoghurt, sour cream or toasted nut dream, if desired.

Preparation for Toasted Nut Dream:

1. Toast the hazelnuts in a hot, dry skillet over high heat until lightly brown, leave to cool. Put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until creamy.
2. Can substitute almonds for the hazelnuts and add a few drops of vanilla extract.
3. Can substitute walnuts for hazelnuts and use maple syrup instead of honey.

Source: The Yoga Cookbook. Vegetarian food for body and mind - Yogic start to the day/ Sattvic sweets.Recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. 1999.

Previous Recipes:

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

Take pure food. You will have pure intellect and good memory. You will attain Self-realization with the aid of the pure intellect and good memory. - Sri Swami Sivananda


May 04 - Jun 02/13
TTC – Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria

May 05 - Jun 01/13
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas

May 05 - Jun 02/13
TTC – English, Nederlands
Orleans, France

May 11 - Jun 08/13
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA

May 12 - Jun 09/13
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India

Jun 01 - Jun 30/13
TTC – English
London, England

Jun 02 - Jun 30/13
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA

Jun 09 - Jun 23/13
Sadhana Intensive
Val Morin, QC, Canada

Jun 16 - Jul 14/13
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India

Jun 28 - Jul 26/13
TTC – English, Français, Espaňol
Orleans, France

Jun 28 - Jul 26/13
ATTC – English, Français
Orleans, France

Jun 30 - Jul 27/13
TTC – English, Français, Espaňol
Val Morin, QC, Canada

Jun 30 - Jul 28/13
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India

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See full list of International Sadhana Intensives and other courses/events:

Thinking of disease constantly will intensify it. Feel always "I am healthy in body and mind".
- Sri Swami Sivananda



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    In early March there were about 20 guests staying with us during the spring break holidays. Towards the end there were a few children running around the Ashram and playing in the snow. Guests enjoyed snow shoeing and the wood burning sauna during the weekends. One Thursday Swamiji took some of the staff, children and guests for Viking ( rollacoaster in the snow) as we had tickets from Christmas that needed to be used, it turned out to be fun and exhilarating! All the staff were excited for Sivaratri, as some of us experienced the all night celebrations for the first time. Sashi, Sivaram and Prema joined us from Montreal as did Otto and his family. The Mahalingam family, who sponsored the Puja arrived straightaway set up for the Puja's and feast. Unfortunately Harisha, our Priest, was not here to do the Puja's, so Swami Shivabhaktananda performed all four. They were conducted at 6.30pm, 9pm, 12 am and 3 am. We had a lot of energy through out the night, from the staff, devotees, guests and visitors from the local area. We chanted Om Namah Sivaya for a few hours and then moved on to Bhajans. There were over 80 people in the Krishna temple when we started, and towards the end we were about 40-50. Once the Puja was done, everyone was excited to eat because we teased by the aroma of the food from early in the morning! Everybody ate fast and then proceeded straight back to their rooms to sleep. The schedule continued as usual, and for the evening Satsang we did Likita Japa. One weekend we offered the Cooking Workshop with staff member, Neeti Bhatia. It has always been a popular weekend, so we were looking forward to having many guests. The guests spent most of the Saturday eating, as they had the cooking work shop from 12pm-3pm, followed by yoga class and more delicious food and chocolate cake. Guests had the opportunity to go snow shoeing around the Ashram trails and enjoyed a very cold silent walk that Sunday morning. Most of the guests checked out on Sunday pm, with 6 guests staying on for the week. The Subramanya Ayappa temple was prepped for the season. It immediately looked colourful, bright and festive. After being teased with Spring-like weather, Winter returned. We experienced a snow storm with at least 25 cms of snow. The mornings were biting cold but at least the sun was shining. We offered a weekend Juice Fasting and Detox event, with Suzanne Cliche. We welcomed 55 guests. Most of the guests were coming for the first time, which was a good sign, as it shows more people are getting interested in our courses and the Ashram. The regulars also arrived which is definitely a sign that Winter about to conclude when people started coming back to the Camp from the city!

    During mid-March we saw that Spring had sprung, or so they say! Thankfully, it was warm. Staff from Camp attended the Yoga Show in Toronto. We helped the Centre give out brochures and bring awareness to the various courses that the Organization offers. Many people were happy to know that Sivananda Yoga is still traditional and has managed to stay true to its teachings. This gave us the encouragement and confidence to continue with our service and mission of peace. Meanwhile back at the Ashram, the Subramanya Ayappa Temple was painted and almost ready for the Temple opening on April 13th. We will be blessed with the presence of the EBM for this occasion. We also painted the Krishna Temple. As for the Easter weekend we had many reservations! Ken Whiteley performed two concerts for us. We looked forward to seeing some familiar faces, serving the guests and enjoying the holiday. Salutations to the Sivananda family worldwide from Headquarters.

Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early March the usual dry season heat was broken by showers of cooling rain. Swamiji travelled to Madurai Ashram one Thursday for the mantra initiation and opening of the new Sivananda Rural Day Hospital there. The TTC came to completion with distribution of spiritual names, final exam followed by an elated graduation Satsang. The highlight of the month, of course, was Sivaratri. Many of the TTC students stayed on for this auspicious event. This year it was marked by sannyas initiation of Sri Natarajan to Swami Satchidananda. During his short period of service he has initiated many programmes including the Yoga Walk, the Sikkim training programme and Apollo hospital yoga classes in Madurai. Lakita and Murali offered the yoga vacationers a Raw Food workshop as part of learning about 'Proper Diet'. Colonel Nair celebrated his 70th birthday at the Ashram with prasad for the guests and staff. The 34th Ayurveda Medical Camp happened, with 1051 patients. As always, we are grateful to the doctors and other staff who support the Medical Camp. A television team filmed various aspects of the Camp and Ashram for Doordarshan TV, the national channel of India. We said farewell to Devayani, who completed one year service. We welcomed new staff members James, Aaron, Shibin, Jobish, Pranav and workstudy, Jinal. Priya arrived from Chennai to assist next the TTC. The TTC student number rose steadily over the weekend to 119. Om Namah Sivaya from all the staff at Neyyar Dam. May Master and Swamiji bless us all this year.

Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    Pranams from Netala, where we will see students from all over the world arrive for our first TTC of the high season on April 7th. May Master and Guru be with us all this coming season. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    We welcomed back Swami Bhagavatananda from Australia. For our guests we offered nice topics, among them, how to "Calm and Transform Emotions", a week long "Asana intensive", a "Yoga for the back", "Yoga at Home" and a certificate cooking course. The weather became a little milder, we are hoping to use the outside asana platform soon. We celebrated Sivaratri with a Puja: most of the guests stayed for the mantra chanting until midnight. The altar was beautifully decorated with new Siva statues and pictures. Spring is in the air, Girija is seen working in the garden a lot, planting new shrubs and vegetable seeds. The TTC refresher course in June has already over 100 TTC graduates booked, it should be very full again. The TTC season is starting soon with a first French TTC in April. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early March the Yoga Farm's Sivaratri celebration was very beautiful with high energy and great devotion from all. Kailas Chaitanya and Gajananam led the Pujas. Kirtan group, Shakti Rising, from Mt. Shasta joined in with Siva Bhajans. Their was great enthusiasm from the guests and staff as all bathed in the energy of Lord Siva's grace. The evening concluded with a great feast and sunrise. Leading up to Sivaratri, Gajananam presented the Hindu Mythology and Symbolism Weekend with readings from the Srimad Bhagavatam and Sri Krishna's lilas and their meanings. Longtime devotee Radha taught the 5-day Beginner Course with a wonderful group of new yogis. This sweet group dived into the teachings and emerged with great inspiration to cultivate their yoga practice.

    During mid-March we thanked Joan Lutz for presenting her "Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Psychotherapy" course. This course focuses on bringing yoga practices to psychotherapy for those experiencing PTSD. One weekend the Yoga Farm welcomed TTC graduate Gopi, who brought a group of his co-workers for retreat. It was a wonderful time for the group, Gopi presented a yoga talk on integrating yoga life into busy corporate life. In the evening Gopi and friends and several Yoga Farm staff presented lovely devotional kirtan. Bharata offered a wonderful Ayurvedic Cooking workshop.

    TTC Vietnam:
    This week was an intense week for TTC Vietnam. 70 students got their mantras and names and are happy. They did Kriyas and improved greatly in group teachings. They received the teachings and input of inspired special teachers and guests: Komilla Sutton, a Vedic astrologer from India - on her way to the US and giving them two lessons on karma and the planetary prospects for 2013. We also had the visit and sharing of two Vietnamese Buddhist monks who are senior teachers at the respected Vietnam Buddhist university. One of the Buddhist monks, a 72-year old monk, is a yogi practicing yoga for a very long time, and was very happy to know that traditional Yoga is being taught in Vietnam. On the weekend day off, some of the students participated in the tour to the nearby Black Lady mountain and visited the local colorful temple. At the Ashram, all of us enjoyed the local folk Vietnamese dance and Cham traditional dance as well. On Sunday night, we celebrated Sivaratri, with all night chanting and Pujas. It was a happy and high energy event with 50 people staying up till 5am. The grace of Lord Siva is abundant and we are sending our greetings to all: Om Namah Sivaya, Happy Sivaratri.
    The 4th TTC in Vietnam ended well with 80 students becoming Yoga Siromani. It was a good month overall with a not problematic good group of students. Their final talent show displayed the solidarity among them and their happiness. Durga arrived to VN to start the Ayurveda and Yoga course and Ambika to start the Pancha Karma course. Each one gave the students a lecture on Ayurveda. We like to thank all teachers and staff for making this month a success, and sent off with thanks Swami Narayanananda and Swami Pranavananda back to US, Durga Devi back to Holland. A few staff remain to carry on the teaching of Yoga Vacations, PK and Ayurveda and Yoga for 2 more weeks.

    During the last week at the Cu Chi, Vietnam, Ashram the TTC completed successfully graduation 80 new yoga teachers. All were inspired by the training and the graduation to bring the teachings of yoga back to their respective areas. The Ashram carried on holding more programs: beginning an Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness course, Pancha Karma Detoxification course and the Yoga Vacation programs. All the programs are well attended. Durga Leela and Ambika have flown in from California to teach these courses. All the students are very inspired thus far by the courses and enjoy spending time in Vietnam. While many of the TTC staff have departed back to their homes, Swami Sitaramananda continues on, teaching daily lectures for the Ayurveda Course. Ananta Chaitanya also is supporting the course teaching daily Hatha yoga classes incorporating the teaching of Ayurveda into the classes. Looking to the future of yoga in Vietnam, Swami Sita has been spending some time in her birth town of Da Lat coordinating the opening of a new yoga Centre there and finding the location for 2014 ATTC there as well. Da Lat is known as the city of eternal spring with its cooler weather and would be a perfect spot for the ATTC. We are all feeling the blessings of Master and Swamiji.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early March the Ranch brochure was in its final stages with proof reading and editing done before going to print. Planning for the March TTC continued with ordering of uniforms and supplies for the students. Our resident priest, Anoopji returned from India. He returned just in time for the big weekend of Maha Sivaratri. Gauri Devi, from the New York Centre, joined us to teach the weekend program "The Power of Asana Intensive". It was very well attended. Gauri Devi did an excellent job explaining the physical and energetic benefits of the twelve postures. A highlight was the celebration of Maha Sivaratri. Anoopji performed the powerful Pujas, while Srinivasan, Swami Sadasivananda and Swami Ambikananda, lead the attendants in all night Siva chanting. As the night progressed, the music and drumming built up an extraordinary energy that raised the spiritual vibration throughout the entire Ashram. All of the participants, which was one of the largest groups for this event in several years, stayed through until the final Puja had ended and joined in a bountiful feast of prasads and classical Indian dishes.

    During mid-March we entered into the first week of TTC with a small, but motivated, group of students. Srinivasan shared personal stories of Swami Vishnudevananda during the first morning Satsang and talked about Swami Sivananda's history and that of the Organization. We showed "In The Name Of Peace" movie for an evening Satsang. The Ganesha Puja was held in honour of the start of TTC, led by our priest, Anoopji, in the Annapurna Hall. The following Friday evening we had the weekly Devi Puja, which is always a beautiful and powerful ceremony. The hiking weekend event attracted many enthusiastic guests, for guided hikes in the majestic Catskill mountains. We had a full house for the hiking excursions. The guests left very happy and relaxed, with promises of returning soon. The staff send Pranams to all! May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    During mid-March we hosted the Neuroscience and Spirituality symposium with a group of 5 presenters: Swami Atmananda, Nathan Katz, James Austin, Daniel Drubach and Stephen Kaplan to explore the meeting point between contemporary brain research and the philosophies and practices of spiritual traditions. Dr. Marc Halpern began his course "Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Certification Course" and Kumari taught a Yoga for Seniors Retreat. The TTC students finished their 3 week of studies. Om Namah Sivaya. Pranams to all!

Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya

    In the end of February we had pleasant week for guests and staffs alike. Besides the regular programme we had 2 lectures on meditation, tratak and Puja with everybody. Beginning of March the spring weather brought an awakening of nature. We enjoyed the warm sunshine and morning and evening walks in mild temperatures. The snow melted fast allowing the crocuses to already come out. Chanting was on top of the agenda at the weekend with the Mantra Retreat. The chanting culminated in the celebration of Sivaratri. We were extremely blessed to celebrate this night of Siva at the Siva temple in our Kailash house. Siva accepted us wholeheartedly into his abode, smiling down on us as we worshipped him. Middle of March heralded the long awaited arrival of the new Kirtan book in German. An extended time of tireless translation has now made this comprehensive introduction into Kirtan accessible to the German speaking public. OM.

    TTC / ATTC Rudraprayag:
    Both the TTC and ATTC are steadily progressing in their practice and study, blessed by the purity of Ganga and Himalayas. Highlight was Sivaratri: after an extended abhishekam of the Sivalingam and a soul stirring Nada Yoga concert with Siva Bhajans by Sri Venugopal Goswami and musicians, the group chanting continued joyfully till the early morning.

    The last week of the course saw shining faces as the ATTCs were practicing Bhastrika in the early morning and the TTCs made good progress in their asanas. A special guest highlight was a fabulous Bharatya Natyam presentation by Ragunath Manet from Pondicherry. Everybody studied well and passed the exam. During the graduation Swami Durgananda reminded everybody to be patient and loving with their near and dear ones, as a tremendous energy had accumulated in the four weeks of sadhana. It was decided that a first Sadhana intensive will be held in Rudraprayag November 6th - 21st 2013. All Swamis and staff returned safely to their stations taking along many blessings from Ganga and Himalayas.

Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    All are well at the Ashram and conveying Peace and Pranams to the Sivananda family. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Classes and courses were running in a good swing. We did several poster runs for the upcoming open house, which then was quite successful: 43 people in two parallel trial classes, many of them enjoyed also the asana demonstration, cooking workshop and introduction to meditation. The house was full of inspired people, many registered for yoga 1 courses. One Saturday we had a successful cooking course on Indian dishes, well received and much appreciated, another weekend we had a workshop "Yoga@home". Several Yoga 1 courses started, all with good groups of newcomers. Highlight of the month was Sivaratri, which started with a Puja with many students, most of them stayed for some time for the Om Namah Sivaya – chanting. Till the end we had a small but dedicated group of students together with the staff. The energy in the Centre was uplifted, everybody left inspired after a warming Kitcheree.
    Main maintenance project was the painting of the meditation hall. With the help of dedicated Karma Yogis we repainted the whole room which is now shining again full of prana. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early March the highlight was the Sivaratri celebration with a vigil night dedicated to Lord Siva. About forty people participated in the first Puja. Some of them left after the second one, around midnight, but eighteen of them stayed until 6:00 a.m., when some people broke the fasting, eating kitchari and tasty Prasad. The chant of the mantra OM Namah Sivaya pervaded the Centre lifting and purifying the energy. We welcomed Ishwari and Hari, joining the work study program.

    During mid-March the number of students grew steadily as it does every year in March. The trial class had good attendance. Some new students registered after it. We were busy preparing everything for next Holy Week Yoga Retreat. There were at least 29 people registered. One Sunday we started a new course of four classes on "Positive Thought". We also offered a workshop on "Yoga and Stress Control" Prem & Om to ALL.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre.
    In early March all were well and in good spirits at the Chennai Centre. One Saturday morning, we offered a Head-stand Workshop, which was always in demand. The highlight was our Shivaratri Celebration. In honor of Shivaratri, we offered 21 rounds of Surya Namaskar for students in the 6.00 am class. Everybody enjoyed and did very well. In the evening we had Satsang, Siva Bhajans, Pooja and of course extra Prasad. A few students joined in. We are offering a few more private classes, along with our regular Open classes, outside classes and beginners' schedule. We introduced a Tuesday and Thursday Kids' Class, which was received with great enthusiasm from children and parents.

    During mid-March all staff and students were in good spirits! One Saturday & Sunday the Centre hosted a Kriyas Workshop. Students practiced the basic cleansing techniques and left cleansed and refreshed. Shankara arrived as a new staff. He was a recent TTC graduate from Neyyar Dam - a welcomed help around the Centre. Mahadev arrived for two days on his way back to Canada. He was teaching in Madhurai TTC. All Yoga 1 & 2 courses continued with strong numbers. The kids' classes saw over 50 children into the Centre each week. We planned the April workshops, courses and camps hoping to attract new students to the Centre. Blessing to all! We all remain in good health and send pranams. May all be well world-wide! Prem & Om to all from the staff at the Chennai Centre.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early March two Yoga 2 courses and one Yoga 3 course got off to a good start. We held our Sivaratri celebration at 9:30pm, with 35 people joining us for the first Puja, 20 of whom kept vigil with us all night. We ended at 5am Monday morning. It was a very special Sivaratri, by the grace of the Gurus, and many who attended are still talking about how beautiful and uplifting the Pujas and the kirtan were. Classes and courses continued to go well.

    During mid-March we held an Open House event on a Saturday. A small group of newcomers joined us for classes and lunch. Swami Narayanananda returned from Vietnam where he had been helping with TTC. All the staff sends Pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi from the Centre in Chicago.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early March the Centre's activities went very well. We started morning and evening beginners courses, with good numbers of students. We also started a new two week programme called "Weight Loss Yoga" at 10am, joined by good numbers of students. We had a Shivaratri Pooja for whole night all the staff and students chanted Om Namah Sivaya mantra and after that we had many kind of Prasad. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early March two new beginners' courses started on Mondays, as well as a weekend beginner's course. More than ten new teachers formed a group teaching practice as well as they started to assist the beginner classes. Many new teachers were assigned many Karma Yoga task cleaning the garden and planted new herbal plants, by their donation. We said good bye to Vanidevi, Ishwara and other teachers on their return to home. Sivaratri was celebrated in a big way. More than 60 students and teachers had participated till midnight with Abhisekam, chanting and dancing. Many sweets and flowers were received for Prasad from the students. The energy was so high and all the staff started to work towards the next day after midnight Arati. The data entries as well as new updates was going well with new staff members involved with many different tasks.

    During mid-March a new Yoga -1 started on Mondays. Teachers Teaching Group continued well with few teachers starting to assist the Beginners' Courses. We welcomed Swami Gayatri on her way to Himalayas. Amit went along with her to the Yatra. Many students before their North Indian Yatra by Swami Atma had visited the Centre for classes. Prenatal and Kids classes went well with increased numbers. New arrangements for the Mat storage area were made by Verenderji. All painting and other carpentry works were completed. Now 2staff have some more space to breath properly. New courses for Ayurveda have been designed and will be announced soon. Sunday Satsang went very well with the hall filled by many new students. By Swamiji's grace all are doing well. We send our Pranams to everyone. Prem and Om from all staff at the Nataraja Centre. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Om Namo Narayanaya!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    A highlight of the month was a lively and inspiring Open Day with many new students as well as some of our students from the United Nations visiting the Centre for the first time. All activities had excellent attendance and many of the students were interested in the TTC and other international activities. A cooking class with vegetarian spring-dishes had good attendance and everyone enjoyed the sattvic and tasty meal. Spiritual Highlight of the month was the celebration of Sivaratri with a devoted group of students. The chanting remained steady until the end and everyone felt uplifted and purified. A workshop about Yoga for the Back included a power point-show and a plum line-test. Everyone was interested in the posture-analysis and received recommendations for the personal practice. We also had a workshop about the mechanics of stress and a TTC-information. The couches in the boutique have new covers which brings a nice and fresh energy in the entrance area. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early March we started 3 new beginner yoga 1 courses, with full attendance. We welcomed Komilla Sutton from India for the special talk on Introduction to Jyotish. People are happy to know how the planets can effect their karma in daily life. We will start in May an outreach programs to teach yoga classes and theory on the 5 points of yoga for a group of 25 German tourists. The staff and karma yogis went to the Ashram for the celebration of Sivaratri. We stayed up until 4am doing 3 different Pujas chanting mantras and singing beautiful kirtan throughout the night. The staff and karma yogi went back to the Centre with the Siva Lingam also bringing the Sivaratri energy back to the Centre. We felt the blessings of Siva and grace of the Gurus.

    During mid-March we started 3 Yoga 2 courses which is a follow-up from the Yoga 1 course. The number of students for the open class has been increasing recently with the TTC finishing and teachers returning to the Centre. For this occasion we are honored to have Swami Sitaramananda for a special Satsang with 30 people in attendance including 20 TTC graduates from this year and years past. Everyone was happy to see each other again and inspired by the group energy and Swamiji's presence in the Centre. Swamiji talked about how the practice of brahmacharya can help to channel the ojas energy into the spiritual energy that leads to happiness and eventually moksha. One weekend we welcomed Narayan Chaitanya for the special advanced asana class with full attendance for the workshop, followed by Satsang, with more then 20 students attending. The students were inspired to deepen their yoga practice and to go beyond their initial resistance and realize yoga's full benefits. We were happy to have a new staff join the Centre, Narayani, who graduated TTC. We welcomed back Ganga from the Ashram Cu Chi, while Saraswati goes to the Ashram for the Pancha Karma course. All the staff were happy, with the guru's blessings. Pranams to all the Sivananda family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early March we continued the flyer runs and retreat promotion. Swami Kailsananda left for the TTC/ATTC Rudraprayag with inspiring words to the staff. We are grateful to the uplift that the Centre received during her stay. We had a successful Yoga for Healthy Eyes workshop one Saturday with Anjaneya, a close teacher and Karma Yogi. The highlight of the month was Sivaratri. Many Karma Yogis came to help with preparations so that the Centre was clean and shiny. All their efforts were felt during Sivaratri. The evening began with an Indian priest giving the first water and powder Puja to the big Sivalingam. Swami Jyotirmayananda arrived fresh from the TTC/ATTC in Rudraprayag. She led us through the celebration with beautiful Pujas and strong mantra chanting. There were 60 students at the start with 28 staying throughout the night. The festivities ended with a feast at 5am. Devotees stayed to help clean the Centre.

    During mid-March it was wintry cold in London with snowfalls. We offered two workshops themed "Back in Shape", studying the effects of yoga on back conditions. We also featured a fasting day with broth and carrot juice. The day also included a practical kriya workshop which was much appreciated by the participants. We are happy to see the growing number of inscriptions for the London TTC. The increased interest in TTC allows us to host a second TTC in the London Centre in September. Pranams to all the Sivananda family from the London Centre.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early March Sivaratri Pujas were well attended, with 50 people attending the first Puja and a solid group of 15 staying for the whole night. We started the evening at Satsang with Siva Kirtan and Bahamans, performed by a classical Indian singer. Her voice transformed us. Participants also enjoyed a Kirtan presentation by a local duo. This brought everyone together in a very focussed way for the first Puja. We all received the blessings of the energy of the Pujas. Swami Omkarananda offered a 5-session course on "Yoga of Death and Dying" which was well received - it was certainly an engaging topic! The last two weekend's special events were popular. We also offered two Yoga 1 courses, a Positive Thinking course and Introduction to Meditation courses.

    During mid-March we experienced Spring weather with good attendance at the Centre. The annual request for monthly pledge donations was sent, receiving a gratifying response. The new brochure for the Spring quarter has been printed with many interesting events planned for the next 3 months. We continued the slow work of building a new website for the Centre. All are well, by God and Gurus' grace. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    In early March a Y1 and an Intensive Y1 course started successfully this week. In addition to them, a new How to Control Your Emotions course began on Tuesday. It was a very busy and dynamic weekend at the Madrid Centre last week with a productive teachers' meeting where most of our teachers attended and a successful Open doors day on Saturday. On Sunday, the Sivaratri night was well-attended with many people participating in the chanting and 4 Pujas dedicated to Siva . A dedicated group of teachers, students, and visitors stayed with the staff until the 5 am Arati and shared a simple meal together. The atmosphere at all the events and throughout the weekend remained very positive and dynamic.

    During mid-March there was a national holiday, so the Centre functioned on a reduced schedule. Two new beginner courses started: a Y1, a Y2 and an Intensive Y3 course. We also had a well-attended weekend Headstand Workshop. Swami Atmaramananda was busy preparing for the North Indian pilgrimage. Gauri arrived to help with the Easter Retreat packing and preparation. Outide of the Centre there were more transportation strikes in Madrid, which made it difficult for students to come to classes. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early March a new beginner's course started at 6.00 am with sufficient number of students. On the 8th of March, we were blessed to have a meeting with Swami Mahadevanandaji, Sureshji and Anoopji at the Ashram, regarding Ashram and Centre development. Right after the meeting, we participated in inauguration of Sivananda Rural Medical Centre, inaugurated by the Swamiji. All the staff members of our Centre participated in the Mahasivarathri Jagaran, chanting Bhajans, "Om Namah Shivaya" mantra all night at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Meenakshi Ashram. It was a soul-stirring experience for us who were elevated by the abundant spiritual energy from all the Yoga Vacationers, TTC students, the Ashram staff and others. By the Grace of our Gurus, all is well at the Centre. Om Shanti..

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Milano, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya from all staff in Milano.
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early March a highlight was the Sivaratri. We had an enthusiastic Sivatri with the participation of 25 students at the beginning, 2 tablas, 1 harmoniun, 1 Peruvian Cajòn. It was finished by a courageous group of 11. It was a wonderful event, blessing the energy for the Centre. We offered a Meditation Course with 7 people. The normal classes returned to the normal assistance after summer. The weather was temperate and sunny.

    During mid-March a beautiful autumn arrived to the city. The early silent walk on Saturday mornings to the sea was wonderful. The Centre's activities continued very well. We finished all the beginners courses and other courses before the Easter week. Here in Uruguay, Easter is other traditional week of labor vacations so we organized all the activities of the month around of it. The staff from Montevideo met the staff from Porto Alegre went at the Easter Retreat, organized by the Buenos Aires Centre. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early March Spring was in the air in Montreal. The spirit of the Centre was light - full of bhakti and celebrations. Yoga 1 started, taught by Sundar. The 2 Gentle Yoga classes and Restorative Yoga class have been completely full. A 2-hour Yoga Nidra session was offered one Saturday with 16 people attending. New students came to the Centre for the first time for the workshop. A kirtan and vegetarian feast were offered in honour of Lord Krishna to the students, special guests lead the kirtan and lead it with bhakti and beautiful energy. The celebrations for Sivaratri started the next evening. The staff from the Centre and karma yogis went to the Ashram to join the celebrations of Lord Siva. The Centre organized an all night programme that included 4 Puja's by priest Siva, it started with a group of approximately 80 people and finished with 20 people at 5am!! The energy of the chanting lead and continued the spirit of the celebrations till the early morning. Lots of different sweet prasad was offered and shared throughout the night. It was good to have the community together and raise the vibrations of the Centre and be together for Sivaratri. We feel thankful for Swamiji's and Master's grace.

    During mid-March snow fell heavy for a few days in Montreal. This affected the student attendance. Within days the weather and attendance improved. The Centre welcomed three new energetic children to the kids class, it was also the debut of Ishwari the new kids class teacher. She recently finished her TTC in the Bahamas. Sankara Chaitanya held a weekend programme on 'Breathing and Vitality.' The course attracted many yogi's that do not usually come to the Centre. There was a variety of activities including Asana class, lectures, various practices of Pranayama and Tratak. The students were inspired to take what they learned and elements of the practice in their daily lives. One Sunday Satsang was peaceful. The group of 30 chanted beautifully, the evening ended with food. Attendees took the opportunity to talk with one other and connect. We feel thankful for Swamiji's and Master's grace. Pranams to all the Sivananda family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    One of the special events in the last weeks was the cooking course "Indian Yogic Food". We also held our traditional spring yoga and fasting retreat – one day of yoga sadhana (yoga classes, lecture, kriya workshop and Satsang) while fasting with carrot juice and vegetable broth. The spiritual highlight of the last weeks was the celebration of Sivaratri – one whole night dedicated to the repetition of the Siva-mantra. We are looking forward to the special course "Yoga and the Heart", a yoga philosophy course "Vedanta – a clear understanding of the human being" and a further training day for yoga teachers with the topic "Deep Relaxation". OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    Greetings from Patagonia, Argentina! Early March was very encouraging, prosperous and pleasant at the Yoga Centre of Neuquén. We started Beginners and Meditation workshops, and various kinds about the vital energy, vegetarianism, etc. We have the participation of students and people outside of the Centre, who were very satisfied with the workshops. Finally, there was a clear and cool evening to celebrate Sivaratri in which we sang Bhajans and mantras of Shiva with devotion and concentration to pay Homage to Lord Shiva in his day. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Pranams.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early March we continued to have new students coming to the Centre through the Living Social ad campaign. It has been a great success. We were very happy to welcome Gauri Devi back from India. One Saturday we had a successful cooking workshop (10 people attended). We went to the Ashram for Sivaratri. Many people from the NYC community attended. It was very inspiring.

    During mid-March we had a wonderful time here at the Centre with a visit from Gauri Devi, Srinivasan, and Saraswati. We also had a teacher's development workshop one Friday followed by a lovely teacher's and members potluck. We had a very large group of 54 for Satsang one Sunday. Two staff from the Ranch visited us here at the Centre for a few nights so they could attend a permaculture meeting in the city. It was very nice to have the support and community presence with us. Om Shanti. Om and prem to all the staff around the world! May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The Centre went through a joyous Sivaratri celebration with over 100 students participating, many of them stayed until the last Puja at 5 am, followed by a feast. The altar shining heaps of flower bouquets and garlands and the energy invoked by the Mantra chanting and Pujas remained strongly throughout the following week. Swami Kailasananda paid a visit to the Centre on her way to India and delighted everyone with an energetic and inspiring Satsang. Sudha left for the north indian pilgrimage, all joyous and exited to reconnect to Mother India. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    In early March Dharani and Hari went back to their home after two months at the Centre. We were all very thankful for their help. We finished two beginners courses. Sivaratri was very powerful with 35 people and 10 left at the sunrise. Pranams, from all the staff at Porto Alegre Centre.

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    n early March we were very happy to have Prahlad and Mr Trager visiting the Centre. Prahlad gave the Master Class while visiting. Many teachers, close students and other teachers from out Rome came to take part in the class. Everyone enjoyed the gathering very much. We celebrated Maha Sivaratri with Puja, Kirtan meditation and so on. We had new comers from outside Rome. The chanting was lovely, everyone brought flowers, fruits and prasad. The staff were well and sending their pranams. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with all. Om & Prem from Roma.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    In early March Yoga 1 courses continued this week, as well as Gajananam's Weekly Gita Satsang. We hosted a well attended Ayurvedic cooking workshop with Bharata from the Yoga Farm. Staff and students left the Centre for the Sivaratri Celebrations in Grass Valley, while Lalita stayed to mind the Centre and lead residents in an in-house Sivaratri kirtan. Pranams to all from San Francisco Centre.

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
    All activities at the Centre went smoothly by the grace of the Gurus. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with us all. Pranams and Peace to all the Sivananda Family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early March we had another successful week with a new Y1 and Y2 starting. Open classes continue to go very strong with all classes being full. Janaki gave a very successful workshop on Yoga and Cleansing. Prahlada was away in Rome most of the week to deal with the property acquisition there.

    During mid-March we started a Y1 and a Y4, with Prahlada. Open classes were full. Satsangs continued to have good response. We have also started two new courses for kids of different ages, that bring lots of Prana to our Saturdays. A highlight of the month was the preparation for the Toronto Yoga Show and Conference. Swami Shivabhakatanandaji came with Nikhila from the Camp, plus Susheela from Montreal Centre, to set up a booth at the show. They worked hard creating a beautiful space to display our publicity material and small amount boutique items. After set up, Swamiji and Susheela went back to the Camp, leaving Nikhila behind. The show was full and many new comers came to our booth, where we had the entire Toronto Karma yogi crew, arranged by Durairaj, with Nihikla giving out information. Saraswati gave a Satsang at the show and a lecture on "Mind and Mysteries" for a packed room of new students. Prahlada gave a big Meditation and Mantra lecture which was attended by 65 people, and next day a Hatha Yoga Intensive, with 14 students in attendance. People were so keen on discovering Swamiji's pure teachings of classical scriptures, which was very interesting among all the new age Yoga temptations at the show. Another highlight is the nice article in one of the Canada's major news paper, The Toronto Star, covering Centre activities. Pranams to all. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    By the grace of our Guru's all the activities of the Centre continued smoothly in March. Our staff sends pranams all in the Sivananda family. Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Several new courses began this month: a Pranayama course, some higher and special courses, a meditation course, a Surya Namaskar workshop, a headstand workshop and a large cooking course on Quick Vegetarian Dishes, and finally also a successful fasting seminar. Highlight of the month was the Sivaratri celebration which started on Sunday directly after the fasting seminar. Almost 40 teachers and students participated, chanting with bhav and prem and joining the Pujas. Some of them stayed until 4 o'clock in the morning and enjoyed a traditional kitcheree snack.
    We also had an Open House, which was very well attended. Many Newcomers registered for courses, the atmosphere was full of peace and joy. Though Easter Holidays started in the last week and winter returned with snow and cold weather, open classes and Satsangs continued to be well attended. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius
    In early March, after the successful opening the Centre in the new location, we continued to organize the Yoga Centre putting things in order. We started with two Yoga 1 courses on Mondays and Tuesdays. Open classes were also well attended. Students and teachers enjoyed the new Centre very much. For Sivaratri a group of 16 students and teachers attended. 11 of them were very inspired and stayed until the end of the feast at 4 a.m. We had our first cooking workshop in the new kitchen, with 19 students. Ishwara Chaitanya went to Poland where he assisted Swami Atmaramananda during a weekend program. Durgadevi looked after the Centre. In the new Centre we changed the timing of Sunday Satsangs and asana classes to the morning. This has proven to be a good decision as both morning Satsang and asana class are well-attended. Peace and Pranams to all the Sivananda Family. OM.

There are pitfalls in every step in Yoga. Therefore, have a Guru or guide to lead you on. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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