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Issue #08/2013 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize Aug 1, 2013
"Lead the divine life of truth, love and purity. Live to serve Humanity." - Sri Swami Sivananda

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
News
Sivananda Yoga FAQ
Hatha Yoga Tips
Yoga Sanskrit Glossary
Raja Yoga
Vegetarian Cuisine
Upcoming Events

International News - Ashrams
Yoga Camp Ashram, Canada
Dhanwanthari Ashram, India
Kutir Ashram, India
Chateau du Yoga Ashram, France
Yoga Farm Ashram, USA
Yoga Ranch Ashram, USA
Yoga Retreat Ashram, Bahamas
Retreat House Ashram, Austria
Meenakshi Ashram, India

International News - Centres
Bangkok, Thailand
Berlin, Germany
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chennai, India
Chicago, USA
Dwarka, Delhi, India
Nataraja, Delhi, India
Geneva, Switzerland
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
London, England
Los Angeles, USA
Madrid, Spain
Madurai, India
Melbourne, Australia
Milano, Italy
Montevideo, Uruguay
Montreal, Canada
Neuquen, Argentina
Munich, Germany
New York, USA
Paris, France
Porto Alegre, Brasil
Rome, Italy
San Francisco, USA
Tel Aviv, Israel
Toronto, Canada
Trivandrum, India
Vienna, Austria
Vilnius, Lithuania

SPIRITUAL CALENDAR:
AUGUST 2013
02 Ekadasi
06 New Moon
17 Ekadasi
20 Rakhi
21 Full Moon 
28 Krishna Jayanti

SEPTEMBER 2013
01 Ekadasi
05 New Moon
08 Master Swami Sivananda's Birthday
09 Ganesha Chathurthi
15 Ekadasi
16 Onam
19 Full Moon 
30 Ekadasi
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NEWS

Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya
 
Sivananda Yoga Camp/HQ is on high energy, as it just concluded a full TTC course, and has started a family week, with 28 families, biggest ever, as well the week long music festival.  All staff are putting their hearts to make the guests happy and keep the Camp clean and welcoming. The rest of the North American Centres are busy with their ever-expanding list of programs. European Ashrams and Centres are extremely busy as well, with their increased number of programs, plus preparing for the big birthday celebrations of Swami Durganandaji this month. An exciting new issue of Sivananda Yoga Life has been released, published out of the London Centre. All other Centres and Ashrams continue to spread the poignant messages and teachings of Swami Vishnudevananda-ji. Much 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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Do not worry about obstacles. They will pass away. - Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. Life or death, which is more dreadful?
A.

Life and death are both processes of gaining more and more fresh experiences in the progress of evolution tending towards the fruition of the wishes of the experiencer. Life is a scene where the individual puts on the dress or the form of a certain amount of desires special environment which can be fulfilled in the special environment afforded by it; and death is the time when the individual goes behind the screen and puts on a new dress to appear in another scene of life in order to fulfill another quality of desires which cannot find the required atmosphere for fruition in the present life, but demand a fresh suitable environment. Hence, when properly understood, neither of them is dreadful. Both are necessary processes of breaking barriers and tearing the veils in the path to Perfection. To the ignorant man, however, both are dreadful experiences. He imagines death to be more dreadful.

Q. If an individual is a Perfect Master, he is capable of functioning on all planes at the same time. He possesses to a remarkable degree the powers of clairvoyance and clairaudience. Can he not read the thoughts of the student before the student has time to utter them, before the student can bring out his questions? Can one who has such powers, even of thought-reading, be regarded as a Master?
A.

Clairvoyance and clairaudience are not always automatic processes. Unless the Master directs his attention towards someone, he need not necessarily be aware of the seeker's mentality and doubts. Imagine a seer or a Perfect Master who is ever aware of what everybody thinks! A Siddha does see and hear everything in Samadhi. This everything comes then to mean the Self or Atman or Supreme Consciousness where the individual thoughts and words cease to exist as such. Powers like thought-reading do not necessarily connote perfection; and perfection cannot be vetoed by the absence of these powers. A Perfect Master can acquire these powers if he so wills; but you cannot force him to.

Q. After one of the most complicated series of dialectics in "The Life Divine", Aurobindo finally concludes with a straight face: "And all these explanations explain nothing". Is there any point, then, any real benefit, in following through the thin thread of this tapestry?
A. In the ultimate sense, words do not explain Truth. But they give a hint by which one can know Truth directly in experience. Words have a relative value and they must be made use of, though they do not constitute our real aim. Relative obstructions to the knowledge of Truth can be removed through relative means and thus the absolute Truth can be realized.
 
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/she achieves inner tranquillity. - Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

HALASANA
- The Plough - All Levels


Caution: If you have slipped disc or other painful neck condition, seek advice before practicing.

Begin either from a lying down position on back, or taking legs over the head from the shoulder stand.

From mat: Raise legs and hips in 2 stages. Inhale and raise legs together to 90 degree angle. On next inhalation lift hips and support lower back with hands.
With control bring the legs over the head and point the feet to the floor.
Tip: Keep legs straight and back supported with hands.

If feet not on floor yet: Keep supporting lower back with hands. Breathe through the nose. Practice abdominal breathing. Hold the position 5 breaths and roll out.

If feet on floor: Extend arms flat on the floor behind back to increase flexibility of shoulder girdle. Keep arms close to each other as possible. Now interlock fingers and press palms against each other.

Variation: Take arms next to ears and try to touch toes. Move very smoothly.

Tip:
Keep knees straight and legs together with toes pointed to head.
Keep spine straight and focus on slow abdominal breathing. Think of the stretch as extending from fingers to neck and over back to feet in the plough shape. Hold up to 1 minute or half the time of shoulderstand.

Coming out of pose: Release hands, arms are flat on floor palms down to brake the descent. Raise the legs till parallel to floor. Then slowly roll the spine down to the floor.

Relax in corpse pose at least 8 breaths.

BENEFITS:
Keeps spine youthful, strong and elastic.
Loosens hamstrings.
Stretches entire back of body.
Helps flexibility of shoulder joints.
Increases blood supply of spinal nerves.
Improves digestion.
Soothes stressed nerves and tired brain.
Helps better coping with any claustrophobia.

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

Those who practice Halasana can never become lazy. - Swami Sivananda

The self-effort of today becomes the destiny of tomorrow. Self-effort and destiny are one and the same. - Swami Sivananda

As long as we hate and fear each other there will be no Peace. - Swami Vishnudevananda

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

SIDDHA
- One who has acquired supernatural powers and is capable of working miracles; a perfected Yogi.

Nitya Siddha [nitya siddh]: ever present
Siddhi: a supernatural power; a realization; an attainment

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

God is watching all your thoughts and movements. He will remove all obstacles. - Sri Swami Sivananda

 BHAGHAVAD GITA

Chapter XVI: The Yoga of the Division Between the Divine and the Demoniacal

XVI.10. KAAMAMAASHRITYA DUSHPOORAM DAMBHAMAANAMADAANVITAAH;
MOHAADGRIHEETVAASADGRAAHAAN PRAVARTANTE'SHUCHIVRATAAH.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
Filled with insatiable desires, full of hypocrisy, pride and arrogance, holding evil ideas through delusion, they (the demoniacal) work with impure resolves.

XVI.11. CHINTAAMAPARIMEYAAM CHA PRALAYAANTAAMUPAASHRITAAH;
KAAMOPABHOGAPARAMAA ETAAVADITI NISHCHITAAH.
Giving themselves over to immeasurable cares ending only with death, regarding gratification of lust as their highest aim and feeling sure that that is all.

XVI.12. AASHAAPAASHASHATAIRBADDHAAH KAAMAKRODHAPARAAYANAAH;
EEHANTE KAAMABHOGAARTHA MANYAAYENAARTHASANCHAYAAN.
Bound by a hundred ties of hope, given over to lust and anger, they strive to obtain by unlawful means hoards of wealth for sensual enjoyment.

Persevere. Slowly increase the time spent in religious practices, by reducing wastage in idle talks, and other useless pursuits. - Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

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

III.52. STHANY-UPANIMANTRANE SANGE-SMAYA-SMAYA-KARANAM
PUNAR ANISTAPRASANGAT
'On being invited by a celestial being, the yogi should not feel pleasure
or pride, for there is danger of a revival of evil'.

Commentary:
The higher the level attained by a yogi, the greater the temptations. Ego is the cause of any attachment or pride that might arise when the yogi attains the ability to commune with celestial beings. This would be his downfall.

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

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

TOFU QUICHE - Tasty when served on its own or suitable for festive occasions, entertaining and appeals to many tastes. Can be served hot or cold with a salad or vegetables or variety of accompaniments.

Ingredients:
Pastry Dough:
1 and ⅔ cups whole wheat flour
¼ cup corn oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
About 6 tablespoons chilled sparkling mineral water

Filling:
2 tablespoons oil
12 ounces thinly sliced seasonal vegetables
⅔ cup thinly sliced zucchini
9 ½ ounces firm tofu
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons tamari
1 to 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes or grated vegan cheese (optional)
Pepper to taste
1 red bell pepper, sliced into rings, cored and seeded
Parsley sprigs to garnish

Preparation:

Prepare the dough first. For the best results, make sure all ingredients are cold. Lightly combine the flour and corn oil, then stir in sesame seeds.
Add enough sparkling water to make a soft dough, but avoid over mixing. Allow to rest (preferable in the refrigerator) for at least 30 minutes.
Meanwhile heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
To make the filling, heat the oil in a skillet and sauté the seasonal vegetables for about 5 minutes, set aside.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and use to line a greased or lined 9 inch tart pan with a removable bottom.
Arrange the sliced zucchini on the dough and the sautéed vegetables on top.
Put the tofu, water, tamari, and yeast flakes or cheese if using, in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Season with pepper.
Pour the mixture over the vegetables and arrange the red pepper slices on top.
Bake in the oven for 40 minutes. Serve hot or cold, garnished with sprigs of parsley.

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: 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

Hear what is auspicious. See what is auspicious. Do what is auspicious.  You will soon attain Self-realization. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS

Aug 03 - Aug 31/13
TTC – English, Deutsch, Italian
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

Aug 31 - Sep 29/13
TTC – English
Sikkim, Himalayas, North India
www.sivananda.org/neyyardam

Jul 28 - Aug 25/13
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Aug 12 - Aug 27/13
Sadhana Intensive - English, Deutsch, Français, Espaňol
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Aug 04 - Aug 31/13
ATTC – English, Français, Espaňol
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Aug 16 - Sep 14/13
TTC – Español, Portuguese
En Aluenda, Zaragoza, Spain
www.sivananda.org/madrid

Sep 01 - Sep 29/13
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

Sep 07 - Oct 06/13
ATTC – English, Polski, Lietuvos, Русский, East, Keel, Kalba, язык
Ustka, Baltic Sea, Poland
http://www.sivananda.eu/en/yoga-teacher-training/teachers-training-course/ttc-venues/osteuropa.html#c2509

Sep 08 - Oct 06/13
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Sep 29 - Oct 27/13
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Oct 06 - Nov 02/13
TTC - English 日本語 ภาษาไทย 台語
Phu Chaisai, Chiang Ria, Thailand
http://www.sivananda.com.sg/thailand_ttc/index.htm

Oct 06 - Nov 01/13
ATTC - English 日本語 ภาษาไทย 台語
Phu Chaisai, Chiang Ria, Thailand
http://www.sivananda.com.sg/thailand_ttc/index.htm

Oct 20 - Nov 17/13
TTC - English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India
www.sivananda.org/madurai

Sep 08 - Sep 22/13
Sadhana Intensive
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Nov 10 - Dec 08/13
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
www.sivananda.org/neyyardam

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

Learn lessons of equal vision from the sun, the fire, the river, the flowers and the air.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - JULY 2013

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    Early July saw us busy at the Ashram with TTC and Kids Camp. The TTC students were very energetic and settling into the Ashram routine with no crises yet! We held a bonfire/talent night, all the students and staff gathered by the hill, past the pool and sang songs, danced, shared stories and jokes. We went up to the temple for the start of the Kaavadi festival, and enjoyed a concert with Atmarama Das and talks with Dr. Karim Ibrahim and Dr. Raymond Moody on science and spirituality. We had 53 kids attending this year's Kids Camp, most of whom have been coming for many years. It was nice to see them growing up, coming into their personalities even more every year, settling into the daily routine and getting to know everybody. We have many activities, like drumming, pottery, Sanskrit, meditation classes, and so on, so it is quite exciting. At the Ashram Juan, Vyasa, Pierre and Krishna continued with many projects, either building or fixing things. Gauri Devi is doing a wonderful job with the gardens. The flowers are in bloom and brighten up the grounds. The staff were happy and still full of energy as we looked forward to serving the Ashram.

    During mid-July we were in the midst of the hottest week of the year, but at least there is the pool to cool off in! Kids camp continued smoothly. Kids were all having fun, just being kids and teenagers, giving us only a slight headache at times! The TTC students did their Kriya's. It was an experience for all. They did a good job, then enjoyed a meditative class with Prahlad in the afternoon. One Saturday all the TTC's and guests went up to the Subramanya/Ayappa temple for the Pooja. Kumari arrived on the 12th to stay for 10 days as she is doing two programmes - Yoga for Back Care and Yoga for Seniors. Uma Vasudevan and Vasu Govindarajan performed classical Indian dance and Mrdangam on the 14th. Kaavadi was fast approaching. Ashram and Temple staff prepared the airfield and Temple for the biggest event of the year. The chariot was painted and cleaned by Erai and Soothi. The Health Hut is almost finished. Vyasa is making the furniture for it. In the meantime, we have a gazebo up just to give out some ice cream and juice on these hot days! Staff at the Ashram continued to do well, working hard with the TTC and Guest Programs. We look forward to serving the guests and students, as always. Salutations to the worldwide family from the Sivananda Headquarters.



Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    Early July saw a new Yoga Vacation batch and also our last Panchakarma and Detoxification Programme for the season. As a group they experienced 2 weeks of treatment, alongside special diet and lectures by Dr Vishnu. The Ashram hosted a friendly group of vacationers enthusiastically participating in discussions during lectures and Satsang.


    During mid-July we welcomed back Nataraj, Kalyani and Rajesh from teaching in Japan. We're very happy to have them back, not only because they brought back edible delights from Japan, but they were also missed! We marked the start of the new Malayalam month, Karkidakam, the month of penance and piety. We began with a beautiful Puja and an Arati in the temple to begin the readings of the Ramayana for the next 31 days, read by priest Muralidharan. A slight reprieve from the rain allowed for an amazing trip to Kanyakumari for the guests, stopping on the way to the Padmanabhapuram Palace. At Kanyakumari the weather was perfect enough for a swim, which the guests loved! On the way back we stopped at the Suchindram Temple - the perfect end to the day. Meanwhile back at the Ashram, classes progressed well, as we had good numbers for both the Beginners and Intermediate groups. We bid farewell to Murali and Lakita who are heading to the US for a month and Anandi who has returned to Italy for her visa renewal. We look forward to their return. We welcomed a new staff member, Asha, joining us for 6 months. All staff are in good spirits and send their pranams.

Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    Pranams from Netala. Uttarkashi was affected by the high monsoon floods and the high waters of the Ganges. We are hoping in 2 months time the roads will be restored and we will continue offering all the programs at Uttar Kashi Ashram. In the meantime, we are trying to move the August and September courses to an alternate location in Rishkesh with same teaching staff members. May Master and Guru be with us all. Om.



Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the end of last month we offered a "Yoga Fitness Programme" and a "Yoga and Gardening week" for our guests. Thus, we could prepare the Ashram for the upcoming courses, the third TTC of the year and the ATTC. Students from many countries and from all walks of life came to participate. Swami Atmaramananda came from Madrid to help with the teaching. At the start, our priests, Yagneshwara and Venugopal conducted a Ganapati Homa. Dr. Shastri came from the UK to teache Sanskrit to the ATTC students, as well as to the guests, as part of our "Wisdom of Ancient India" programme. It was nice that Swami Keshavananda came from Reith to take part in the ATTC for the first week. Also, we had a powerful Sudarsana Yantra Puja, with a chanting the Vishnu Sahasranama. Otherwise, we had a nice programme for the guests on the weekend, called "Asanas for concentration and mental balance". Philippe Bobola, quantum physicist, came on the weekend and gave 2 fascinating lectures about the links between spirituality and particle science. Master's Mahasamadhi was celebrated with a Puja at the temple with all guests and students actively participating in the Abhishekam, thus paying their respects to the Master. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early July saw a 3-day summer break in the schedule. Staff was able to go for a day hiking and swimming in Lake Tahoe in preparation for the 4th of July special weekend. The 14th Annual International Vedic Astrology Conference: Matching Karma with Vedic Solutions was a great success and inspiring for all. Swami Sitaramananda ("Four Yoga Paths as Remedials") welcomed many special Vedic Astrology teachers and featured keynote speaker Kailashnath Krishnan from Kerala, a Master specialist in Prajna Astrology, the art of divination. Other teachers include Dr. Bill Levacy ("Remedial Measures: Vedic Methods to Close the Gap"); Dr. Andrew Foss ("Karma and Free Will"); James Kelleher ("Amazing Saturn"); Dr. Rami Bleckt ("Career and Spiritual Life"); Sadasiva ("How to Evaluate the Strengths and Weaknesses of Planets"); Keiko Ito from Japan ("The Moon and Peace of Mind").  We thank Vedic priest Pandit Samavedula for lifting the energy of the Ashram through the performance of 3 Homas during the conference - Lakshmi Ganesha Homa to initiate the conference, followed by an extraordinary Navagraha Puja and Homa to propitiate the nine planetary energies. The conference concluded with a beautiful Shastipurthi Homa for Andrew Foss' 60th birthday and we are all blessed with the invocation of so many mantras and energies, blessing the World and lifting us all to another milestone on our personal and collective journey. 


    During mid-July we celebrated Master Sivananda's Mahasamadhi with staff leading the Akhanda Kirtan chanting in the Radha Krishna Hall. Swami Pranavananda performed a lovely Guru Puja and shared words about Master's life from the Sivananda Upanishad. It was a beautiful day for contemplating the perfected life of Swami Sivananda as we gather in Satsang together. The Ashram was also bubbling with energy with the Childrens' Yoga Camp. We have 26 campers enjoying the schedule of meditation, kirtan, asanas, eating vegetarian meals and fun activities such as making personal journals, temple walks and most popular "pond time". Angelika, a local musician, gave a workshop introducing many rare instruments to the children and gave a beautiful concert in the evening for the children and guests. We are all feeling the grace of the Gurus. Om Namo Narayanaya to all the Sivananda family.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    Early July saw the staff prepare the Ashram for the busy schedule ahead. G.S. Sachdev, world renowned flautist, was here for the July 4th holiday. He gave a workshop on classical Indian ragas. He also performed a highly uplifting concert to a full house. Shyam and Mohini arrived from Fort Lauderdale, where they run an affiliated Sivananda Centre, staying for a month helping out with the ATTC and guest programs. Swami Sadasivananda and Swami Narayanananda also arrived to spend the month teaching the ATTC. Then the ATTC students began arriving to the Ashram. Swami Ambikananda left for the New York Centre, where she will help to hold the space while Swami Sadasivananda is here for the month. The ATTC inauguration was held with Srinivasan and Swami Sadsivananda performing the initiations for the 14 students in the course. Durga Leela's Yoga of Recovery course closed with a Puja performed by our priest Anoopji, before Durga and her students departed the Ashram. The Ashram is busy and exciting, full of inspiration and dedication to Swamiji's mission.

    During mid-July the ATTC continued. The morning pranayama was always a welcomed practice at the Ashram, including the staff who have taken ATTC who could attend and help support the group. We were visited by Dhira Chaitanya, a Vedanta and Sanskrit scholar. He led the morning and evening Satsangs on Dharma. His lectures explored the universal truths of natural law from the Vedic perspective. He showed how these truths are applicable to everyone. We honoured Master Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi. We started the morning off with a brief silent mediation followed by special chanting to the guru. Out priest, Anoopji, performed a Guru Puja, with Srinivasan and Swami Sadasivananda assisting in the Abhishsheka. It was a moving and uplifting ceremony in honor of Masters' life and teachings. Immediately following the Satsang, staff began taking turns in akhanda chanting throughout the day in Swami Vishnu's Puja room.  Later in the day, Mahadev Chaitanya drove into New York City, with Anoopji and several staff, to perform a Puja at the New York Centre with Swami Ambikananda in Masters' honour. The energy on the Ashram was positive and full of gratitude for the the blessings bestowed upon us all by the Grace of Master and Swamiji. 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
    Early July saw a special focus on Kirtan, and a series of talks given by Sita Chaitanya and Narayani that centred around the art of positive thinking. We had a bright and inquisitive group of guests and karma yogis participating in an Introduction to Meditation course, led by Sivakami. Swami Brahmananda left for Israel, where he will stay for a month.


    During mid-July we had a Puja for the Mahasamadi of Swami Sivananda. Our meditation room was filled to capacity with guests,staff, karma yogis and residents of Nassau. There were many Prasad lovingly made by staff and guests. We also held workshops this week on various topics such as the Art of Concentration, The Science of Life -Introduction to Ayurveda and Building Your Home Practice given by senior staff at the Ashram. Om Namah Sivaya. Pranams to all!


Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Swami Durgananda and Swami Sivadasananda arrived, blessing us with their support. At the weekend we had a special programme with Deborah Bellamy, a coach in non-violent communication according to Marshall Rosenberg. In two very insightful and practical workshops we explored the intricacies and effects of language. Words can cause injury and suffering, but when transformed can also be peaceful. Everyone joined in with great enthusiasm and willingness to open themselves up. We closed the weekend with the strong conviction that non-violent communication provides us with a powerful tool to continue to contribute to Swami Vishnudevanandas mission for peace. The fits week of July pleasent warm summer weather has descended upon us, so we could have plenty of beautiful hikes and the asana platfom was at last in full use. Jivana Heyman from San Fransisco, California arrived to teach the certificate course 'Accesible Yoga'. The arrival of the 22 students, a mixture of yoga teachers and students with a personal interest in adaptation of yoga, marked the upbeat for the summer season. More staff arrived to spend some time at the Retreat House. Swami Durgananda took the time for personal guidance for which we were most grateful and Swami Sivadasananda graced us with some enlightening Satsang lectures. Later on during the month we had a beautiful summer week with radiant sunshine and students. During the certificate course 'Accesible Yoga' Jivana Heyman offered a dedicated and full programme, culminating in an especially warm atmosphere at the graduation on Saturday. At the weekend 22 teachers came for the Further Teachers' Training Course 'Yoga during Pregnancy' with Padmavati (Berlin). With her extensive experience as both a midwife and yoga teacher, she gave us valuable knowledge on teaching the expectant mother. Also at the weekend we had a mantra retreat. The energy caried on into the Satsangs in a full and vibrating Ganesha Hall. We ended this busy week in an embrace of Masters' loving energy at the Puja for Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi. OM.


Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    Early July saw a new Yoga Vacation program with a majority of foreigner visitors attending the activities regularly. We had just one of the students in the beginner's level but as he showed rapid progress in his asana practice we quickly combined the classes in a single gentle intermediate level. A few of the students also came with a strong determination to stay in the Ashram for an extended period of time. Maha Lakshmi, one of the outside teachers who is volunteering at the Chennai Centre, came over to stay with us for 3 days. She just finished the last ATTC here and with tremendous experience gave us amazing and energetic classes that we all appreciated so much. One Sunday morning we had a nice surprise when we visited Narayanasami's property for the silent walk as their hospital staff were all gathered at the entrance, getting prepared for an oncoming event on Diabetes. They were all welcoming as they delighted us with a nice Horlicks-like drink after the meditation session.


    During mid-July three of our Madurai Centre's staff joined us for the celebration of Swamiji's Mahasamadhi. We had a very energetic and special talent show as well. We had many reasons to celebrate! And we enjoyed indeed!!! Swamiji's Mahasamadhi was celebrated as usual in the Temple area, starting with a very uplifting Puja in the morning, conducted by our local priest. After that, staff and guests joined in the continuous Guru mantra chanting that took place till 6.00pm, concluded with a special prayer. A traditional Kerala feast was offered to the guests in the morning, lovingly cooked by our amazing kitchen magician, Sukumar ji (plus assistants). And not having enough with this, we also delighted our tummies with a nice pasta made by Madhava as a commemoration of Sabhir's birthday (a regular guest). We officially concluded one more Yoga Vacation program, thanks to God's grace and the blessings of our beloved masters. May Master and Guru be with us all. Peace and Pranams to the Sivananda family.




SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Centres -
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early July saw Swami Parameshwariananda, along with Kalesh from Himalayas, plus Swami Mahadevanda, along with Kunda return from the Kids Camp. A long discussion of the Madurai Ashram development took place along with the architect and Uma. Swamiji left the same night. We revised our Open class schedule and sent to all students. A Sunday headstand workshop was attended by our regular students. Satsang was peaceful with all taking part in the Sunday Prayers. The garden work continued in full swing with most of the cleaning work managed by Prajna, our Thai staff. Siham and Uma Krishna have been taking care of administration along with their teachings. The Centre is getting brighter everyday as we receive all the appreciation from all students about the energy and peaceful atmosphere.

    During mid-July one new Yoga-1 beginner course started. Prajna and Krishna did many cleaning and decoration work. Siham was busy preparing the contact list as well as teaching. All staff were busy with the Garden and removed all the garbage. We had a busy weekend of guests. Nataraj and Kalyani arrived from Japan. Arati, Nataraj and Kalyani along with Mani Chaitanya went for a day trip in Bangkok. Siham taught Sunday's free trial class with three students. We decorated Master's image with flowers and had a beautiful Satsang. Nataraj led the Satsang and gave a beautiful talk on Master's mission and teachings. Om Namo Narayanaya.

    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre
    Soi Prapanit
    South Sathorn Road - Soi 3 (Soi Suan Phlu)
    Thungmahamek
    Bangkok 10120
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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Mid July saw a bit lower participation in courses and classes due to the summer holidays and hot and splendid weather. A Yoga 1 course started and on the weekend a well visited Yoga 2 Intensive course took place. Students like the classes outside on the platform. More people registered for the upcoming retreat. Highlight of the week was the Gurupurnima Puja, held on Sunday evening during Satsang. Many teachers and close students participated and the energy was nicely uplifted by the presence of the masters. Swami Gokulananda came back from Reith on Sunday. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    May Master, Guru and Mother's blessings bring peace and love along the world. Prem & Om to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre

    Early July saw staff and students, cooling down a bit thanks to some rain that has felt like blessings from heaven. We started the week with a well-attended Beginners' Course at 6.00 am and the Weight-loss program at 7.30 am. The program started with 8 enthusiastic students ready to sweat some excess weight out under the experienced guidance of Gopan and our Ayurvedic doctor. During the week two more students joined in and at the end of the week some students reported they had already lost some weight! On Thursday we welcomed Swami Satchidananda to the Centre after having spent some time in Gangotri doing sadhana. Due to the bad weather in North India his sadhana included:  walking nearly 30 km from Gangotri to a camp in Harsil; being airlifted by helicopter all the way down to Dheradun and travelling on a packed night train to Delhi.  After taking some rest he will be conducting the Meditation Course.



    Mid-July finds all enjoying a not-so-hot weather thanks to some very welcomed cooling rain. We started with an only-ladies Beginners' Course at 9.30 am and a Meditation Course in the evening at 6.30. We held the Meditation Course from Monday to Saturday and were very happy to have all the fourteen students attending every day. The course went smoothly with the students making great progress under the guidance of Swami Satchidananda. We received very positive feedback at the end of the course and the students' promise they will keep on practicing till they meet again for a revision on 17th August. We started a well-attended Y2 Course. We celebrated Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi day with an early Pooja, Satsang with Swami Satchidananda, a yoga class and breakfast. Gopan and Sandhya cooked three different Prasad and Maggie cooked some very nice South Indian food which everybody enjoyed very much. In the evening we had some more students attending our regular Sunday Satsang. Our Weight Loss programme was going very well. It was nice to see all those sweaty and smiley faces at the end of each class! We all remain in good health and send pranams. Blessings to all! 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!
    Early July saw attendance a little quieter surrounding the 4th of July holiday. The Centre was closed for classes for the 4th, but in the evening we welcomed teachers, students, and karma yogis to our garden for a potluck and barbecue, after which we viewed fireworks from the top of a nearby high rise building. Swami Narayanananda left for the Ranch, where he will spend the month teaching ATTC. We continued to work on updating promotional materials and planning new courses and special events. The weather has grown warm and humid, typical for July in Chicago. The garden looked very lush.

    During mid-July a new Yoga 2 course started last week, as well as two new sessions of Yoga-1. At 6am Monday through Friday, we ran an Early-Morning Intensive, and students enjoyed the benefits of starting their days with the practice of asanas, pranayama, and meditation. Courses, classes, and Satsang continued well, by the grace of the Gurus, while Swami Narayanananda was away at the Ranch. All the staff send Pranams to the Sivananda family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi from the Centre in Chicago.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early July saw 2 beginner's batches begin. Atlanta left the Centre to back home Englandafter spending about 3 weeks here and promised to return soon. A new weekend batch started on Saturdays, receiving good numbers of students. The kid's class, gentle yoga and pre-natal classes all went on smoothly. A Puja was performed, giving bath to all the deities. The evening Satsang was attended by students and all the staff, leaving all enriched with spiritual peace and bliss. Otherwise all the activities continued very well.

    During mid-July started with 2 beginners batches, receiving big numbers of student in both. A meditation batch got started on Fridays. The kids classes, pre-natal and gentle yoga all continued smoothly, becoming more popular with every passing week. A bhandara was organized on the occasion of Gurudev Sivananda Mahasamadhi day. About one thousand people were given Prasad. All the teachers of the Centre and many other regular students were present there as karma yogis. Pranams to all. Om Shanti.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    Early July saw two new beginners' courses and one Weekend Intensive Course. Despite the continuing heat, all open classes are full, as always. The Mediation Intensive Course and the Headstand workshop were also well received. Regular Chanting for Divine Mother and other routine rituals continued with every staff involved deeply. We received Swami Parameshwari on her way to Thailand.

    During mid-July rain blessed us last continually bring the heat down. We started two beginners course as well as few workshops. We said good bye to Savitri with a dinner farewell with all staff attending. She will be going back to Germany and will find out her way back to us again after clearing the visa issues. Throughout her service she was adorable to all and took part in all activities. We all miss her cakes and her dedicated teaching with all weekend Intensive courses. Master's Samadhi celebrations were enjoyed by all by Paduka Puja and in the energizing Chanting. We send our prayers to all. 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
    Dr. Kamlesh concluded his programme with a well appreciated lecture about healthy diet and lifestyle according to Ayurveda and on a Saturday we had a workshop about the Art of Breathing. Courses and classes continued until the beginning of July and the mailing of the next general brochure was prepared with the help of karma-yogis.  Then the Centre was prepared for the summer-closure during which four open classes a week will be taught by close teachers. Staff left for the Retreat House in Reith and the Vienna Centre to support the programmes and to recharge. The Geneva Centre is closed until August 18th. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During mid-July the Centre honored and celebrated the Sivananda Mahasamadhi Day with a beautiful morning Puja. We picked Master's message for the Centre and for all the individuals whom joined the Puja ceremony. Right after that, we chanted his "om namo bhagavate sivanandaya" for 9 straight hours until evening Satsang with teachers and students taking turn for 1 hour each. The evening Satsang was very nice sharing about Master's life and teachings. The Centre was full of energy and his blessings after this day. The other Centre activities went well. Beginner Yoga course 1 and 2 started with lots of attendants. We started a kirtan course bringing lots of interested students. They learned how to pronounce and the meaning of singing kirtan in Sanskrit.  After the 1st class, they sang beautifully and sincerely. The  backward bending variations class was enjoyed very much. We were happy to be blessed by the Divine Mother, Master and Guru. All the staff were happy, with the Guru's blessings. Pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om Tat Sat.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early July saw a Yoga 1 intensive week-end gathering a small group of newcomers for a mini-retreat to the Centre. There was a lovely celebration for the Mahasamadhi of Swami Sivananda with the repetition of Master's 108 names, Guru bhajans, anecdotes from the book "I live to Serve" with intimate glimpses into Gurudev Sivananda's last days and delicious prasads. We are working on advertising the various special programmes that are coming up in the summer months both in the Centre as well as the annual summer retreat in the countryside of Dorset.

    During mid-July the special programme of Swami Kailasananda was held over one weekend. The programme included 3 much appreciated asana classes and elevating Satsangs on the topics Peace, detachment, "Health is Wealth" and applying yoga psychology in daily life. Many close teachers and students attended and the weekend has been very uplifting for the Centre, it's staff and students. We alsso saw a vegetarian cooking workshop with several newcomers to the Centre. Students loved the hands-on cooking experience as well as eating the food in the sunlit garden. Narada returned inspired from the Ashram in Orleans and we welcomed Vishnu back as a temporary staff for the upcoming weeks.Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    Early July saw many people away for the July 4th holiday week. A highlight was the arrival of three little blond 'goddesses' to our monthly Devi Puja at Satsang one Sunday night. Eight year old twins, Saraswati and Laksmi and three year old Kali, came with their grandmother. They also brought their parents who attended a Puja for the first time. All three of them offered individually to the deities, with much love and reverence and it was a delight for the other participants to experience the innocence of the young girls. Sivapriya has arrived from Florida to be staff - we welcomed her at Satsang.

    During mid-July we completed one Positive Thinking course and started a new one. We also completed an Introduction to Meditation course and started a new Yoga 1 course. Saturday evening many people came to watch the movie about the work of Jesuit priest Fr Greg Boyle who has compassionately and tirelessly worked with the gang kids in LA for many decades. It was an uplifting and inspiring message of hope. We celebrated Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi at Satsang with readings from Sivananda Upanishad. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Pranams.

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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    In the first weeks of July, the Centre gradually slowed down to a more relaxed summer pace. Still, in spite of the great summer heat and the start of the popular summer season in Spain, students continued to come regularly to the Centre for classes, courses, and Satsangs. Starting from 15th July, the Centre officially switched to a reduced summer schedule. Using the post-festival momentum in June and July, Lakshmi, aided by Ramdas, Jyoti, and Karuna, organized a major tiding up of the basement storage room and the office closets. Throughout the month of July, Lakshmi was also kept quite busy with TTC Spain work, including course participants´ registration, yoga vacation participants, organizing the TTC boutique orders and starting the actual packing for Aluenda. On July 14th, the Madrid Centre held a simple, but beautiful and moving evening ceremony in honour of Swami Sivananda´s Maha Samadhi led by Gopala (assisted by Jyoti and Karuna) who gave an inspiring talk about Swamiji´s life and read to us from Swamiji´s biography. On July17th, Karuna left for Reith to attend a Yoga and Psychology course with Dr Uma Krishnamurthi. In her absence, Jyoti was helped by Parvati, who joined the Centre as a work study for two weeks, and a group of close teachers taking turns staying at the Centre and helping with the daily Centre duties. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early July saw Yashpal in a meeting with TVS company MD Ms. Shobna Ramachandran for regarding yoga classes for their school teachers. The meeting went well and hopefully we will start this classes within 10 days. The Sunday Satsangs were quite energetic with many students and some outside teachers.

    During mid-July we started with a fresh morning beginner course. Classes went well with all the classes getting stronger each and every week after peak summer, specially kids class which has improved a lot more now that 20 kids are enjoying their weekends doing yoga. The Centre's staff members travelled to the Madurai Ashram to participate in the Puja on Master Samadhi Day. In the evening there was a special Satsang with many students and public attending. After Satsang and Arati, the Prasad was given to all people who participated. Everything went well, by Gurus' blessings. Om Shanti.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Melbourne, Australia
    Om Namah Sivaya from Melbourne.
    Early July saw the schedule reduced to one class per day, at 6pm, to accommodate packing and cleaning the Centre in preparation for moving the Centre to Sydney. Nataraj left after three months of service in the Melbourne Centre. Pranams to all.

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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Milano, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya from all staff in Milano.
    We continued with offering 12 classes, plus one Satsang, each week to a nice regular community of students at the Milan Centre. Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early July saw Kanti Devi traveling to Colombia to manage all the activities related to the second TTC at La Pintada, a place near the jungle and mountains. Chandra and the priest, Guru Prasad, went to Porto Alegre so as to continue with the activities there. We started the 4-class meditation course, with a large number of students. We also started one of the beginners courses on Wednesdays morning with few students due to cold winter. Regular, pregnant and children classes continued normally.

    During mid-July it was very quiet with regular classes, pregnant and children developed normally. We had classes with small groups of students due to the cold and rainy days. When the weather is better, classes continue with regular attendance. Kanti was still in Colombia directing the second week of TTC Colombia. Chandra and the priest Guru Prasad were in Porto Alegre, so as to continue with the activities there. The meditation course was a success with students being very interested. Om.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    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!
    In the last weeks we had a workshop with the title "Happy Back". The participants learnt how asanas help them to strengthen their backs, what they can do in case of back problems and how they can do to improve their posture. One of the highlights of the workshop was the plumb-line test which almost everybody did. Further special courses were a scorpion-workshop, a weekend course "Thought Power" and a teachers further training day with the title "Inverted and Balancing Poses". We also held our monthly Open House. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre Munich keeps its full schedule also during the summer and is happy to welcome you to our many events in the coming weeks! OM.



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



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    Early July saw a wonderful short week here at the Centre. The Centre was closed for the 4th of July holiday weekend. Swami Sadasivananda and the staff went up to the Ashram and had a lovely weekend there. Swami Sadasivananda stayed on at the Ashram to teach the ATTC. Swami Ambikananda joined us at the Centre in New York for a month while he is away.

    During mid-July we were alive and well, adjusting and accommodating to the NYC heat! Swami Sadasivananda remained at the Ranch teaching ATTC. We were blessed to have Swami Ambikananda at the Centre with us. We had a very successful Open House one Saturday. All who came were pleased and inspired. Anoop and Mahadev came down from the Ranch for Satsang for the Puja for Master Sivananda's Mahasamadhi. We were always grateful when they visit. We also welcomed a new resident, Vishnupriya. Om Namah Sivaya from all the staff here at the NYC Centre. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The summer finally arrived. The last two weeks have been extremely hot but always with a pleasant breeze or with the refreshing rain. The fans were cleaned and set in the asana halls, some plants went out to enjoy the fresh air and more of the students prefer to come to the evening classes when the sun is down. By the end of the month the number of students went down, because of the high temperatures and the holidays.  The Centre was blessed with two inspiring Satsangs given by Swami Kailasananda and some of her flash visits. Swamiji's words and presence gave joy and inspiration to everyone. We have also Swami Atmaramananda kindles and loving presence passing by in his way to the Ashram. At the beginning of the month we had an anger workshop with a small group of motivated and grateful people. This month we strengthen the connection with the masters with the celebration of the peace day, the Maha Samadhi of Swami Sivananda and Gurupurnima. The Masters send good support to help with the running of the Centre, the family grows: Swami Vairagyananda arrived to stay in the Centre until the end of August. The Centre felt cheerful with swamiji's lively way of being and with her beautiful singing. Sundari who did her TTC in Rudraprayag also arrived to stay as a work-study for three months. Some karma yogis are in the Centre for a couple of weeks and some others confirmed that they would come in August. OM.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    Early July saw Narayan and Sivani, teachers from San Paolo, who came to be Staff for one week. They were helpful with a lot in cooking, classes, brochure diffusion and cleaning. We also prepared the house for the arrival of the Bangalore priest, Guru Prasad.

    Mid-July was very auspicious. We welcomed SC Guru Prasad, a priest from Bangalore, India. Chandra also came to the Centre. We had Pujas, Abishekas, Yantra Puja and Homa, all enjoyed by students and visitors. Pranams, from all the staff at Porto Alegre Centre.




Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    The staff were well and sending their pranams. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with all. Om & Prem.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    Early July was blessed with a visit from Swami Sitaramananda for a workshop on the yamas and nyamas. Kailashanat Krishnan, a visiting vedic astrologer also spent a weekend at the Centre teaching about jyotish and performing prashna consultations for guests and the Centre. A beautiful Puja was performed in commemoration of Master Sivananda's Mahasamadhi. 

    During mid-July special guest Olga Mandodari Sokolova - Narayani conducted a worshop and evening Satsang presentation on the Fundamentals of Vedic Healing Architecture. 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
    Early July saw the rainy season officially ending, and the heat coming on to the city much earlier this summer with temperatures around 35℃). We welcomed Nataraj, Kalyani, Rajesh and Chandrika who stopped by at the Centre after Okayama TTC. We had a house full for the week. Natural-ji taught a 5-day asana & meditation course in the mornings, and Kalyani-ji did an evening meditation course, both with good number of students and karma yogis, while Rajesh taught one to two open classes a day. We invited some TTC graduates to the special Satsang night led by Natarajji. They shared the memoir of the course and some volunteered for the future karma yoga at the Centre. The busy week went by so fast like an arrow, and we said goodbye to the Neyyar Dam crew. We had a small Puja the next morning of Master Sivananda's Mahasamadhi.



    During mid-July the temperature went down at the beginning, but the sun kept shining pleasantly for the whole week. It was relatively quiet for July, but we are also short of teachers at the moment. There were 4 private classes of Yoga 1 & 2. In Sanskrit class, we are learning to write, read and sing Kirtans from the chant book. One Friday, Hikaru gave a talk to the new TTC graduates from Okayama on how to start up as a yoga teacher. A small group attended and Indian meals cooked by staff. We are in the process of making a database for all the graduates. TTC membership card is now given to those who register. Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early July saw a new Yoga1 of 7:00am and 6:30pm, with many students. Both open class and beginner course are busy despite being very uncomfortable weather all week. Madhu has gone back to the Yoga Camp. Durairaj returned from the Yoga Camp.



    During mid-July we started a Yoga 1, Yoga 2. We had an exciting week. A branch from the tree in the backyard broke during a storm and fell on the deck during class. We are happy it did not break any windows and throw glass into the class room. After some excitement we continued the class. We had to spend a considerable amount to remove the tree which had fallen on some cables. The deck has to be repaired. The rest of the week was sunny and bright, actually warm. Classes were quite hot. Students were also less in numbers. All were out enjoying the warm weather. Sunday was Master's Maha Samadhi Day. We sent out letters earlier to all teachers and had 28 people in Satsang. Simone, Daya Devi and Wendi brought Prasad. Maheshwari was leading the Satsang, we chanted some favourite bhajans of Master Sivananda then Maheshwari gave a small talk on Master. We also chanted the 108 names of Master and finished of with dinner and desert. Yogiraj came after a stay in hospital and all welcomed him. He seemed okay, but has some difficulty walking so has a walker to help him. Our resident Kantidevi left for summer months and will come back again in September. Om.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    During mid-July we held one new beginners class in the morning with a reasonable number of participants. One Sunday evening we had a free meditation workshop, which was well attended. The meditation workshop was followed by Satsang led by Natrajji who just arrived in the city after teaching a TTC in Japan. Other Sundays we had our public Satsangs at 6pm. Our prayers for and good wishes to each member of the Sivananda family. Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Vienna experienced midsummer temperatures during the whole month of July. Therefore the Saturday afternoon classes could be held in the park close by. The calmness of the place and the soothing energy of the big trees were much appreciated. Different courses started among which the beginner courses were attended very well. The Mahasamadhi Puja for Swami Sivananda was celebrated in high spirits and the participants joined the devotional chanting very cheerfully. Guru Purnima also brought a tender and uplifting energy for the whole Centre. Madhava accomplished  ATTC in Orleans and returned on the last weekend of July. OM.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius
    Because of the Midsummer Day on Monday the last week of June was shorter. We concentrated on preparation for the upcoming Yoga retreat. On Wednesday Yoga 1 course started. The cooking course had 10 students, who were happy to learn how to cook various vegetarian dishes using the spices and food ingredients in creative way. Karma yogi Sudama was very helpful and helped to implement many not big yoga Centre design projects that made yoga Centre even more cute.Karma yogi Madhavi from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, deeply cleaned the whole Centre. Renovation work was coming to an end. Students was happy to see how nicely yoga Centre is changing.And spiritual energy of the Centre is also growing. On Saturday morning Satsang we had 16 students - almost full meditation room. The first week of July we had yoga retreat in the countryside. It was an international retreat: students and teachers came from all over the Lithuania and also from Russia, Germany and Norway. Teachers from Berlin (Jnaneshwara) and Moscow (Shankari, Rajeshwari and others) supported the retreat very nicely with teaching some asana classes and giving prana. In total we had 65 participants. All the week the weather stayed nice and sunny. Half of yoga classes were taught in the open air. Students relaxed and recharged with lots of Prana by doing Sadhana in the nature. Many practical workshops were given. Students got a nice experience and  inspiration from the Satsangs and lectures. Besides everybody could enjoy sauna and swimming in the ponds, silent walk, sportive games and Sattvic movie. Food cooked by Karma yogis with love and mantras was excellent: tasty, Sattvic and various.Teachers and Karma yogis took care nicely of yoga Centre during the retreat. The week after retreat we sorted out the things after a successful yoga retreat. Russian yogis from Moscow shortly visited yoga Centre: they liked it very much and found it very inviting. Karma Yogis Jnaneshwara (Berlin) and Madhavi (Russia) stayed in yoga Centre a few days longer after retreat and helped a lot with maintenance, computer things, cleaning and teaching. Despite the holiday time and nice weather the Open day on Sunday was well attended by young people interested not only in yoga exercises, but also in Meditation. The third week of July one Yoga 1 course started with very interested in yoga students. We also had a cooking course on Saturday with 6 students. The week was culminated by very nice Guru purnima Puja on Sunday, which strengthened beliefs and gave lots of inspiration for Sadhana to the teachers and students. This week we concentrated on the planning of a new program (September-February) and a new brochure. Peace and Pranams to all the Sivananda Family. OM.




Adopt the triple motto: Ahimsa - Non-Violence; Satya - Truthfulness; Brahmacharya - Celibacy. - Sri Swami Sivananda
 
 

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