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Issue #07/2013 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize July 1, 2013
"Equanimity is Yoga. Serenity is Yoga. Skill in actions is Yoga. Control of the senses and the mind is Yoga. Anything by which the best and the highest in life can be attained is also Yoga. Yoga is thus all-embracing, all-inclusive and universal in its application leading to all-round development of body, mind and soul." - 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:
JULY 2013
03 Ekadasi
06 Kaavadi Festival Flag Hoisting
08 New Moon
09 Subramanya/Ayyappa Temple Anniversary
11 Krishna Temple Anniversary
14 Master's Mahasamadhi
19 Ekadasi
22 Guru Purnima
22 Full Moon 
23 Kaavadi Festival

AUGUST 2013
02 Ekadasi
06 New Moon
17 Ekadasi
20 Rakhi
21 Full Moon 
28 Krishna Jayanti
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NEWS

Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya
 
By the grace of Master and Swamiji we would like to bring very good news to you in this issue. We have just completed a first-ever Sivananda TTC in Japan which held a very positive and energetic response. We also had a huge event at the Sivananda Centre in Madrid, celebrating 40th anniversary. Madrid Centre is the busiest Centre in Europe. In Thailand, the first ever Kids Camp was held for 10 days at Khun Da's Phu Chai Sai Resort, teaching yoga to the hill tribe children. The children filled the hearts of the teachers while the teachers filled the lives of the children with yoga. See report in the Toronto Centre monthly report at the bottom of this Gurugram.

Our hearts and thoughts are with all those who were affected during the flash floods in Himalayas. Our Ashram in Uttarkashi also was affected by the floods. At this point in time we are unable to assess the damage as all the students are been asked by Government to evacuate the Ashram and our staff have been moved to the plains, where it is safer. Even though we are expecting very minimal damage to the Ashram, it will be the supply roads from Rishikesh to Uttarkashi that prevent the functionality of the Ashram. We are hoping the roads will be restored in two months time so we can 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.

Pranams to all.

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When the devotee grows in devotion there is absolute self-forgetfulness. This is called Bhava. Bhava establishes a true relationship between the devotee and the Lord. Bhava then grows into Maha-Bhava wherein the devotee lives, moves and has his being in the Lord. This is Parama-Prema, the consummation of love or Supreme Love. - Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. Why do we not remember our past lives?
A.

Such remembrance under our existing limitations would considerably complicate our present life. Therefore, the wise and beneficent Lord has so ordered our mental evolution that we cannot recall our past lives until such time as it is good and helpful for us to remember. Such instances may well form a cycle which is all clear to us when we come to the end of it, when we see a whole rosary of lives threaded upon the one personality.

Q. What is the difference between Jivanmukti and Videhamukti? As long as the body lasts how can there be Videhamukti?
A.

Jivanmukti itself is Videhamukti, but there is slight difference. In a Jivanmukta there is Svarupasana of the mind. In him Rajas and Tamas are destroyed, but the Sattvic frame of mind remains. It is on account of this Sattvic mind a Jivanmukta is able to do Lokasangraha. In Videhamukti there is destruction of the mind without form. Even Sattva is not there in him. So he cannot do any Lokasangraha.

Q. Can a man at the age of 45 enter into the Hatha Yogic practices? How can I get full vigour and vitality at this stage?
A. Yes. You must have sincerity, earnestness, faith, vigour and vitality. You must proceed cautiously, step by step. Over-exertion should be avoided. The Yogic practices will give you success if you observe Mouna, Mitahara and practice of Japa and meditation. Success in Asana, Pranayama, etc., depends upon the constitution. There are different exercises to suit different people. If you want vigour and vitality, become a true Brahmachari from this very moment. Be established in mental and physical Brahmacharya. Take Sattvic food. Develop Vairagya. Study the book "Practice of Brahmacharya". You will find practical exercises there for keeping up Brahmacharya s. A Perfect Master can acquire these powers if he so wills; but you cannot force him to.
 
Previous FAQs at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/faq/faq.html

Brahmacharya rejuvenates. It augments energy, nerve and brain power and vitality. It is the life-ray of man. - Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

SARVANGASANA - SHOULDERSTAND -
All Levels - Note: Practice caution in cases of existing painful neck condition or slipped disc - practice the beginner level only. Hold for less time if high blood pressure - up to 30 sec only.

Beginners:

1. The starting position is on the back with legs together and arms next to body, palms down.
Tip: Keep the chin down. Shoulders are kept down, away from the neck.

2. Inhaling, raise the legs together and lift to a 90 degree angle.
Tip: Keep legs straight. Relax shoulders, Keep head Centred.

3. On next inhalation raise legs and hips and place hands flat against lower back.
Tip: Keep weight on elbows, hardly any weight on shoulders or neck. Keep legs together and relax them, but keep knees straight.

4. Hold up to 1 minute.

Intermediate:

Stay step 3 of posture, with body and legs now in straight line. Hold close as possible to shoulder blades. Chin is tucked down into chest, forming a chin lock - Jalandhara Bandha. Tip: Keep arms as parallel to each other as possible. Keep the pressure of arms and hands against upper back. Keep back straight and legs together. Relax the feet. Aim to align legs, hips and back. Keep head straight and Centred. Breathe slowly and rhythmically, using deeper abdominal breathing. Hold position up to 3 minutes.

An advanced variation:
Remaining in full pose as in previous intermediate level, place both arms flat on floor, pushing them into the mat, palms face down. Hold pose up to 1 min keeping body straight and legs up.

All levels: to come out of position:
Come down slowly and gracefully with arms flat on floor, palms down and lower hips to the mat, bringing legs behind towards the floor. Brake with the arms and hands on the mat while rolling spinal vertebrae down on mat. When the back is flat on the mat, bring the legs slowly down to mat. (Use abdominal muscles.) Relax at least 8 breaths in corpse pose.

Counter pose: Matsyanasana - The Fish

BENEFITS:
Restores energy and balance
Improves metabolism
Tones thyroid and parathyroid glands
Relieves stress in shoulder and neck area, stretching shoulder muscles and neck ligaments
Prana concentrates in neck and upper spine
Improves blood supply to roots of spinal nerves - keeps the spine elastic
Helps varicose veins
Improves mood and brings mental clarity

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


Sarvangasana awakens Kundalini and augments the Jatharagni (digestive fire), It removes dyspepsia, constipation and other gastrointestinal disorders of a chronic nature. It energizes, invigorates and vivifies. Sarvangasana keeps a healthy thyroid. Healthy thyroid means healthy functioning of all the organs of the body.
- Swami Sivananda

Sarvanga means "all parts", which suggests this pose is concerned with all parts of the body. - Swami Vishnudevananda

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

VIDEHAMUKTI
- Disembodied salvation; salvation attained by the realized soul after shaking off the physical sheath as opposed to Jivanmukti which is liberation even while living.

JIVANMUKTI - Liberation in this life.

ISHWARAPRANIDHANA
- [Sanskrit] - Offering of one's Life to God (Ishwara)

PONGALA - The name 'Pongala' means 'to boil over' and refers to the ritualistic offering of porridge made of rice, sweet brown molasses, coconut gratings, nuts and raisins. The Pongala Puja is conducted in traditional Tamil style. Women devotees cook their Pongal Rice and offer it to Goddess Mariamma - one of the most popular Goddesses, particularly in the South India. Mariamma is also called Mari, Mariamma, Maryamman. In the Puranas she is known as Marika. In some places, Mariamman is invoked three times a year to regenerate village soil and protect the community against disease and death. She is a personification of the world's natural forces. Mariamman reminds people that their orderly world can be shattered at any time. Worshipping her makes one's view of reality less fragile.

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


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

 BHAGHAVAD GITA

Chapter XIII: The Yoga of the Division Between the Field and the Knower of the Field

XIII.15. SARVENDRIYAGUNAABHAASAM SARVENDRIYAVIVARJITAM;
ASAKTAM SARVABHRICCHAIVA NIRGUNAM GUNABHOKTRU CHA.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
Shining by the functions of all the senses, yet without the senses; unattached, yet supporting all; devoid of qualities, yet their experiencer,

XIII.16. BAHIRANTASHCHA BHOOTAANAAM ACHARAM CHARAMEVA CHA;
SOOKSHMATWAAT TADAVIJNEYAM DOORASTHAM CHAANTIKE CHA TAT.

Without and within (all) beings, the unmoving and also the moving; because of His subtlety, unknowable; and near and far away is That.


The Bhagavad Gita is the source of power and wisdom.  It teaches you to embrace Dharma(righteousness) and abandon Adharma (unrighteousness). It imparts lessons on ethics, philosophy, devotion and Yoga. Read one chapter a day for Sadhana. - Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

From Chapter II: "Sadhana Pada- On Spiritual Disciplines"

II.33. VITARKA-BADHANE-PRATIPAKSA-BHAVANAM.

'When negative or harmful thoughts disturbs the mind, they can be overcome by constant pondering over their opposites'. The yogi is ever alert, watching his mind. When he sees useless thought waves arising, he immediately replaces them with positive thoughts, thus creating new mental habits that are conducive to spiritual growth.

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

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

VEGETARIAN LASAGNE - A favourite lasagne recipe of Swami Mahadevananda for special occasions. Serve lasagne with a green salad. Serves 4-6.

Ingredients:
6 ounces spinach, steamed and squeezed dry
9 ounces firm tofu, crumbled and drained
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into matchsticks
2 zucchini, cut into matchsticks
1 quantity of tomato sauce
6 sheets of dried lasagne, cooked and drained
1 cup grated vegetarian cheese
2 tablespoons sunflower or sesame seeds
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
Tomato sauce - see recipe below

Preparation:

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Chop the spinach and mix it with the tofu. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Heat the oil and sauté the bell pepper and zucchini strips over medium heat for 3 minutes.
4. Spoon a layer of tomato sauce into a greased 10 x 8 inch baking dish. Cover this with a layer of cooked lasagne, then half the tofu and spinach mixture, and half the zucchini and bell pepper strips. Sprinkle with half the grated cheese.
5. Repeat the layers, then sprinkle the sunflower or sesame seeds and the yeast flakes, if using, over the top. Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes until bubbling and golden. Serve at once.

TOMATO SAUCE for LASAGNE - Use deep red, juicy tomatoes if possible and make sauce in advance and let stand few hours to bring out the flavour. Makes about 2¼ cups.

Ingredients:
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound mixed diced vegetables (zucchini, green bell pepper, carrot).
1 bay leaf
2 ½ cups fresh or canned tomatoes
⅔ cup tomato paste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or basil or 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch of pepper

Preparation:
1. Heat the oil in a skillet and sauté the vegetables over medium heat until soft.
2. Add the bay leaf, tomatoes and tomato paste and simmer for 45 minutes.
3. Add the herbs and season with salt and pepper.
4. Serve as a chunky sauce or puree in a food processor or blender for smooth sauce.

Option 1 for Tomato Sauce: To use for pizza topping, use 2½ cups yellow and/or green bell peppers, cored, seeded and chopped, instead of mixed vegetables. Add pinch cayenne pepper if desired.

Option 2 for Tomato Sauce: Can be used on vegetables and grains. Option 3 for Tomato Sauce: Instead of mixed vegetables use 2 sticks celery, chopped finely and 1 grated carrot.

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

Lead the life of goodness. To lead the life of goodness is to lead the life of all. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jul 06 - Jul 27/13
Kids Camp
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Jul 07 - Aug 04/13
ATTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Jul 08 - Aug 04/13
TTC – Espanol
Medellin, Colombia
www.sivananda.org.uy

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

The moment you turn your mind Godward, you will gain immense strength and peace.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - JUNE 2013

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    Early June was a time of change and transition, going straight from 1st gear to 5th! We spent a week preparing for the arrival of Sadhana Intensive and Juice Fasting students. Parameshwara and Janni arrived a few days early, giving them a few days to prepare for their course with 6 students. Gauri Chaitanya also arrived to staying at the Yoga Camp for the summer. While the new staff retrieved the airport pick ups, the rest of the staff, along with Swami Shivabhaktananda, Swami Gayatriananda and Harisha visited Arjuna and Kumari's Centre in Aylmer. Before going for Satsang and Ganesha Pooja, they took us to the lake near their house, where we had a lovely picnic and played some football. Later the Satsang and Pooja at the Aylmer Centre was very inspirational. It was nice to see many familiar faces. Later in the week at Yoga Camp, there night was another special Satsang, with Sripad BB Bodhayana Maharaja, giving a beautiful talk on Bhakti Yoga and devotion, leaving all the staff and guests in awe. Saturday morning after breakfast, all the staff and guests went for the Mariamman Abhishekam at the Subramanya Temple, visited by many devotees from Montreal and Toronto. By that weekend all the course participants arrived. We had a small initiation ceremony for the Juice Fasting students, the Sunday morning after Satsang. The Sadhana Intensive group had their initiation with Prahlada and Swami Shivabhaktananda at the Subramanya Ayappa temple in the evening. The courses have begun, and all the students seem to be doing well, so far! We have now moved Satsang to the summer schedule of 8 pm. We are moving forward at a good pace, preparing for the summer and the dynamic energy that comes with it.

    During mid-June we had a little bit of winter to shake us up and appreciate the Sun God even more, for now it is warm and sunny again! Sadhana Intensive (SI) and Juice Fasting are in the last few days of their course. SI students helpied Gauri Devi in the garden everyday, doing a lot of work. The are quite an energetic bunch. Juice Fasting students have been smiling the past few days as they break their fast soon, and can finally eat all the delicious food they have only been able to look at the last 10 days! Pongala festival started with the whole Ashram attending the Pooja with treats of spicy food after. The Priests did a lovely job dressing up Mariamman. It gave. us a lot of inspiration and devotion when they open the doors and we see her in all her glory and beauty. During the weekend we had about 25 guests checking in. Tejas, in charge of the guests programme conducted coaching classes and lectures for them. Renovation at Annapoorna is almost done. The Pool Platform has been cleaned and varnished, the decks at Samadhi Estates and Annapoorna will be painted as well as the platform around the pool. There were a lot of painting projects to do! We continued to visit the Subramanya Temple helping the devotees with the ceremonies. We are moving well with the work that is there, and next we clean up and prepare for the arrival of the TTC's. We are most excited that the summer season is just around the corner, we look forward to serving the guests and Ashram, as always. Summer was certainly fast approaching and we were excited to being busy and having the Ashram filled with energy! Salutations to the worldwide Sivananda family from Headquarters.


Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early June there is no doubt whether the monsoon season is here. We have been blessed with an abundance of rain each day. We're keeping the spirits and energy up for the guests and staff, through our vibrant Satsangs and plenty of guest participation. We bid farewell to the Meditation Group that joined us from the Trivandrum Center on the 10th of June and look forward to welcoming them back in the future. On 14th June, we held our 38th free Ayurvedic Medical Camp, and had a turn out of 826 patients. Our Panchakarma guests left the Ashram on the 15th of June, rejuvenated and refreshed. We also bid farewell to Siddhi, a workstudy from Poland. We thanked her for her selfless service. Steven also left for Srilanka to get his visa renewed and will be back in a week.

    During mid-June we settled into a quiet second week of the Yoga Vacation program. The beginner's and intermediate classes went well with students and staff all happy. We welcomed Steven back from Srilanka after getting his visa renewed. We bid farewell to karma yogi, Madhavi, who has helped a lot in reception as well as the role of Ashram photographer. Anandi took a few weeks break to tour north India and apply for a new visa. We daily thanked Master and Swamiji for all their blessings and support. Om Namah Sivaya from all the staff at Neyyar Dam. May Master and Swamiji bless us all.

    TTC Japan: Japan's first Sivananda TTC started on Sunday 9th June with fifty nine keen students. Barring one student all the students are Japanese. After months of planning and preparation the big day materialized with the invaluable help of the Japanese TTC team comprising Narayani, Chandrika, Sita and Vanidevi. The main teachers comprise Swami Mahadevananda, Nataraj, Kalyani and Ishwara. The location is a traditional Japanese hotel in the small town of Mimasaka City in the Okayama prefecture. The town is known for hot springs and natural scenery. The hotel has the distinctive Japanese decor and communal hot baths. Sattvic Japanese food is being lovingly prepared under Sita's watchful eye. Ganapati Homa was performed on the first day by Pundit Pandey from Tokyo. A performance of world music including digiridoo,drums, marimba and Japanese sitar, Sachin enlivened the first cultural programme. For the day off forty students and staff visited Izumo Oyashiro, home of the ancient deity Daikoku-sama, the creator of all things under the heavens. On the way back we stopped at Matsue for a boat ride on the town's canals and moat around the ancient castle where the old samurai houses have been preserved. Talent show was another treat with a magic show by the hotel owner, Mr O. His tricks left everyone spell bound. The course promises to be a good one with sincere disciplined students. TTC second week has been busy with mantra initiation, group photo and kriya practice all in the same week. Thirty nine students took mantra initiation. During the week the heat wave was broken by three of rain so on Friday students opted to have a quiet day. Yuko Nada and Kaori Nishikawa treated us to musical performance of the cello and Koto, traditional Japanese string instrument. They played a variety of pieces together and separately. Sita continues to spoil us with wonderful Japanese food and occasional surprises of pizza and pasta. Swami Mahadevananda had to leave on Friday for programmes at the Tokyo Centre and then onto Thailand. We wish him safe travels. We also thank Yogya for serving selflessly these two weeks. She has had to return to work.


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. All the students were been asked by Govenment to evacuate the Ashram. The staff were moved to the plains, where it is safer. Even though we expect very minimal damage to the Ashram, the supply roads from Rishikesh to Uttarkashi are what prevents the functionality of the Ashram. 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 May, we had Rajyashree Ramesh from Berlin giving an introduction into the art of Bharata Natyam; she gave a very entertaining and enriching workshop, making all the people present dance. Highlight of her visit was a most beautiful dance performance, depicting among other stories the slaying of Hiranyakashipu by Narasimha. We also welcomed Loïc Sallet, who gave a most interesting lecture about the proper use of the precious element water. It was both highly practical and at the same time very spiritual. The "Yoga and Stress management Course" in the first week of June gave us a nice opportunity to introduce the meditation techniques, talk about prana, the gunas, etc. The guests were taken on silent nature walks into the beautiful forest not far from the Ashram. In the "detoxification weekend", the guests were introduced into the basic kriyas. Then came our annual TTC Refresher , a programme, which was started last year in order to give the TTC graduates an opportunity to reconnect to the Masters and to the spirit of the TTC.  150 TTC graduates arrived on Thursday from all over the world and settled down joyfully.  The majority of the students stayed in tents, and fortunately the weather got warmer. The programme started with a powerful Ganapati Homa  performed at the temple by our two priests; for the whole course, we had 3 Yoga classes taught parallel for the different language groups; we were blessed with the guidance of Swami Durgananda, who gave inspiring lectures on the topic of "Swami Sivananda, his vision for the world" and "The Inspiring massage of Vedanta: We are all one!". Swami Sivadasananda, Swami Atmaramanada, Swami Ramapriyananda and Swami Narayanananda taught highly appreciated asana workshops where students could review corrections and teaching techniques and gain a deeper understanding of the asanas. Discourses on the Bhagavad Gita with inspired kirtan in the afternoon were another highlight of the day. After the course, some students stayed on for a few days for Karma Yoga. Their was a wonderful energy throughout the week and the students were very grateful and refreshed. We thank the Acharyas wholeheartedly for the energy and guidance shared generously during their stay. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early June the May TTC concluded with a wonderful graduation Guruparampara Puja, filled with words of inspiration from Swami Sitaramananda, sending the students off with high vibrations and the clear vision of Master and Swamiji to bring peace to the world through the yoga teachings. All the TTC gave words of thanks to Swamiji and the Ashram with several of the TTC choosing to deepen their commitment and remain as Staff at the Ashram. Many temp staff departed after their commitment came to terms so we had a turn over of staff and new energy. We installed a beautiful granite life-size statue and a fountain at the entrance of the reception building - a hand-carved graceful Lord Natural, weighing 1 ton, coming from Vietnam. California went through unusual incredible heat wave for a few days but we kept ourselves cool. The Ashram also welcomed the Intermediate Course, with Satyadeva and the Ayurveda Massage weekend, with Bharata, with an emphasis on stroke prevention and care. Dr. Timothy Mc Call and Priest Samavedula arrived as special teachers for "Yoga as Medicine" course and for unique course on Vedic rituals and mantras .

    During mid-June the Vrindavan Yoga Farm was bustling with many programs taking place. The Yoga Farm was blessed to have Pandit Samavedula presenting the Vedic Mantras course with teachings on mantra, instructions on Puja and personal Homa, and including teaching on symbolism. The course concluded with a beautiful Shanti and Ganesha Homa at the Krishna Temple. Dr. Timothy McCall conducted the "Yoga as Medicine" course, combining Yoga Therapy techniques, Ayurveda and Hatha Yoga. We had a full house for the Beginner Yoga Intensive weekend, many who are introduced for the first time to Yoga and the Ashram. The Ashram also welcomed Antonio Sausys for the Yoga for Grief Relief workshops. Antonio is an experienced teacher working with grief, offering tools and wisdom to increase our understanding of grief and help us to move forward on our spiritual journey. The Ashram was blessed with a beautiful musical Bhakti Yoga journey, led by Atmarama das. The devotional chants and music of Atmarama das inspired all with visions of the original Vrindavan under a bright full moon. The Ashram welcomed guests for the Hatha Yoga Intensive course, with Swami Pranavananda and Ananta Chaitanya, with afternoon readings from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and 5:00 am pranayama session to deepen personal practice. The 5-day Juice Feasting course with Parvati was a great success with fasters enjoying fresh vegetable and fruit juices and talks on detoxification and health. The Jyotish Beginners Course, with William Surface, introduced students to the fundamentals of Jyotish, Vedic Astrology. The Yoga Farm was a full house over the weekend as large group of guests enjoyed the Stress and Relaxation Weekend, with Lilamayi. The Yoga Farm was bursting with summer blooms as we have received a rare summer rain. The new Nataraj statue and fountain are nearly installed in front of reception area, creating a beautiful and inviting walk from the Peace Gate. We are all feeling the grace of the Gurus. Om Namo Narayanaya to all the Sivananda family.

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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early June the TTC started with an enthusiastic group of students. They were a diverse age group, ranging from 20 to 65. Our priest Anoopji, performed a Ganapate Homa to support the course. The TTC's settled in well. In the gardens, perennials were planted while the gardens took shape under the watchful eye of Swami Ambikananda. We began refurnishing the guests' room in the Ananda building with furniture purchased from IKEA. The maintenance team worked tirelessly on assembling the furniture. We hoped to have all the new furniture in place before the 4th of July holiday. For Srinivasan's birthday we celebrated with a cake after the morning Satsang and presented him with fir trees and berry bushes for outside his trailer. Swami Sadasivananda joined us to lead the weekend program on "Karma and Reincarnation". Swamiji introduced the concept of karma and reincarnation to a large number of participants, in his clear, straightforward and humorous style. We had an Open House one Sunday with 19 attendees curious to learn about Yoga and the Ashram. Several of the attendees made reservations to return as guests and two purchased 10 card class passes with the intention to start a regular hatha yoga practice. It was a joyful and successful weekend!

    During mid-June the TTC was into it's third week of classes and was going very strong.  The students kept with the pace of the advancing hatha yoga practice.  We had a Permaculture presentation one Tuesday, lead by Andrew Faust, a nationally recognized Permaculture expert.  Andrew's extensive knowledge of the present day environmental concerns were enlightening and thought provoking. The TTC were given a study night one Wednesday while staff enjoyed a movie night. Charles and Julia Yelton returned to the Ashram to complete the pond and flow form project start earlier in the year.  With the help of several staff and karma yogis, the water reticulation system was completed.  We now have 5 ponds on the property, connected by a cascading flow-form system, creating a soothing waterfall effect. One weekend program was on Vastu Shasta, taught by Olga Mandodari. It was well attended and a highly informative program on the ancient science of design and construction of buildings to influence health, peace and spiritual growth. Elaine Valdov joined us to lead a Satsang on her course, Yoga Peace Ambassadors. We also had the pleasure of a Bharatanatyam Dance Performance by Shubanjali's students of the Performing Arts School. It proved to be an inspiring week. The energy is high as we get ready for the full season. 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
    In early June Olga Mandodari Sololova (Narayani) gave a introductory program to the Indian practice of Vastu Shastra. She taught us the basic concepts of this ancient practice of design and construction to greatly influence peace and prosperity. We then explored the shamanic tradition with Theodore Tsavoussis. Discussions c entred on healing the light body, shedding the past stories and dropping limiting beliefs. We are in the process of packing away tents and tent huts for the summer season. The weather is warm and the ocean is calm and inviting.

    During mid-June 'Yoga and Aromatherapy to relieve stress, anxiety and depression' was a beautiful program offered this week by Aira Guevara (Rukmini). She offered educational lectures and experiential workshops which combined yoga and aromatherapy to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia and to promote relaxation. Ishwara taught an Introduction to Meditation in a series of 5 workshops for staff and guests. Sita Chaitanya gave a 4 day program on 'The Yogic Perspective of Anxiety and Depression' and yogic remedies. Om Namah Sivaya. Pranams to all!




Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The last week of May was also the the final week for the TTC and ATTC students. The TTCs had their advanced pranayama and did very well. Almost the whole group took mantra initiation on Friday and a radiant energy pervaded at the Retreat house. Also the ATTC students had a full week with final Vedanta and Raja Yoga lectures and long asana classes. The exam day was expected with excitement. All students passed and we had two joyfull graduation ceremonies. Swami Durgananda spoke most inspirational words to the shining graduates giving very practical advice to keep up the sadhana and stay healthy and disciplined. The day culminated with an exquisite raga music concert and a final get together. Departure proved to be quite an adventure as torrential rain showers had literally cut all roads out of the mountains due to flooding and landslides. By Sunday evening the roads started to open again. The following week turned quieter after the departure of the TTC's. The warmer weather and sunshine allowed for yoga classes on the platform again and we could now fully enjoy the lustrous spring on some beautiful nature walks. We focussed especially on postural alignment in the yoga classes and did a plumb line test. The theme of postural alignment continued at the weekend with the programme on Body Awareness in the Asanas with guest teacher Sita, co-director of the Sivananda Yoga Centre (affiliated) in Hamburg. OM.


Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early June the atmosphere at the Ashram remained serene while the weather in Madurai keeps on treating us with nice wind and occasional showers, giving the Yoga vacationers a chance to relax, recharge, learn and enjoy. They all seem very keen on learning the new asanas and absorbing the philosophical concepts that unfold as the course goes on. Saju left for a few days to visit his family in Kerala. The construction work at the Ashram continued gradually and successfully. Slowly, slowly the Ashram starts to get a new face! Everything seems alright, thanks to the Guru's grace. Later, loaded with unexpected, but meaningful experiences for all of us here. The previous batch of yoga vacationers came to the end and all left with a feeling of enthusiasm about introducing the yogic techniques in their daily lives. There was a very strange guest who visited us though! It was a virus that circulated around the Ashram, making some of the guests and staff fall sick. Fortunately it didn't go really bad and everybody recovered quickly. So one Wednesday we joined at the Shanti Nivas building for the evening Satsang, just to have a little bit of a change but especially because we wanted to light a fire along with a constant repetition of the Mahamrityumjaya Mantra, generating vibrations of health and harmony around us. It was very uplifting!!! We welcomed Nalini, our Ayurvedic massage therapist who came back from her home in Kerala after spending a month there and Madhava who was serving at the Madurai Centre. We are happy to have them with us again! We received a few new arrivals for the next Yoga Vacation batch. On Friday evening we all gathered together at the Ashram Kali temple to celebrate a Devi's Puja. It was so inspiring! We started with the Lalita Sahasranama and then concluded with the Mahishasura Mardini Stotram. The atmosphere was joyful and the energy of the place was very high! Everybody chanted enthusiastically! At the end, various sweet prasads were distributed making everybody's tummy and soul satisfied. One Saturday we had a very colourful talent show. Almost all the new Yoga Vacationers took part. It was a great opportunity to introduce ourselves and get to know each other. The next day we officially started the new batch, with a big "German participation" and all the while expecting more arrivals… let's see!

    During mid-June the Yoga Vacation program continued successfully with a reasonable number of guests. We held just intermediate level classes as all the students have previous experience in yoga. We have been visiting Narayananasami's place for the silent walks and have had a couple of the evening Satsangs outside, especially now that the full moon inspired and illuminated us with its natural light. One Friday we did the Devi's Puja at the Ashram temple, for which some of the guests dressed up in special outfits and participated with curiosity and devotion. For the talent show we had so much fun as well. We had a special performance of Bharatanatyam dance and the Italian dancer kindly offered to give us a short workshop the next day. We also had a few students coming over from our Centre in Madurai, as we held the occasional Yoga weekend retreat for them. We were sad to say good bye to our dearest director Anoop-ji, who left to Canada HQ for about a month to assist the TTC there. But happiness was also felt in our heart as we know it will be a great experience for him to keep growing and learning. We wished him all the best!!! Apart from that that everything kept flowing as usual with the grace 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
    In early June we said good bye to Swami Mahadevananda, on his way to Japan.The Centre has been going through many changes from the inauguration day. Mani Chaitanya and Uma Krishna have been working on the back office and setting up everything in order. Prajna, our Thai staff, have been working on with all levels of communications and translating many information in to Thai language. We have been getting many inquiries, plus, planning our new schedule for monsoon season, with many promotion packages. The garden work continued. All our outside Karma Yogis and teachers are regularly visiting the Centre and helping in every aspects of the new Centre. Though heavy rain have been poring through out the day the Centre has been receiving many inquires. We have started many beginners' courses with few students. Our Open class, offered five times a day plus, a few inspiring students, are regular from the day one. The new schedule for the monsoon season has been prepared. Response for our Facebook page was tremendous and many share our news. All staff are going around the city and distributing the brochures in all important locations. We have approached the Seven Eleven stores and made an agreement to distribute the brochure in all stores nearby. Siham left for a visa run and back on the third day.

    During mid-June we started two new beginners' courses. Highlight was Saturday Thai Open Class. We had more than 16 students that took part, after the class we had a photo session, followed by a group lunch. All staff were busy with the TTC introduction to new students. Siham and Devi cooked food for all. The new developed boutique was well received by the students. One Sunday the whole garden was cleaned. All worked hard more than 4 hours continually to bring the beauty. Staff are learning the Thai Universal prayers, led by Prajna every day. Om Namo Narayanaya.

    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre
    Soi Prapanit
    South Sathorn Road - Soi 3 (Soi Suan Phlu)
    Thungmahamek
    Bangkok 10120
    www.sivananda.org/bangkok | bangkok@sivananda.org


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Finally the summer arrived in Berlin and we prepared the platform in our small garden for asana classes outside and started to teach there. Students enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and being out in nature in the middle of the city.
    The monthly open house was full of Prana, many new students came, some of them had yoga experience and were interested in TTC. Several courses started in this month, among them good Yoga 1 courses with inspired groups of people, a meditation course and several higher courses. Students like these higher courses with the same group and same teacher. Weekend program was a Mantra day, with a Kirtan workshop, repetition of Mantras and a nice walk in one of the parks in the surrounding.
    One of the weekends we participated in the Berlin Yoga Festival, an annual event which unifies different Yoga schools, styles and teachers. It is an outside event close to a lake in a beautiful surrounding. Sita from our affiliated Centre in Hamburg taught a well-attended Yoga class and we distributed flyers and leaflets. 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
    In early June we saw a Beginners 1 starting on Mondays at 6:00 am. Curiously enough it is a male group. No ladies in it. Most probably, once schools are reopened, the ladies will be coming to the ladies group once again. We also had two Beginners-2 starting - one on Tuesday at 6:00 am and the other one on Saturday at 7:30 am. Gents and ladies were there; very happy with the variations they are learning and working very hard to improve their Surya Namaskar. We welcomed Shibin, from Neyyar Dam, to add to our new staff. He is planning to stay in Chennai for at least three months. We had a Headstand Level 1 Workshop one Saturday morning and, as usual, our very well-attended local children's class in the afternoon. We restarted our weekend pregnancy class in the mornings and welcomed our village children to their afternoon class. It seems that the rains have started, to the garden and to everyone's delight! We had a lot of wind, a lot of dust, and a lot of heat. It seems now all the rain has been raining in the North of India!

    Mid-June finds all present surviving the heat at the Chennai Centre. We started a well-attended evening Beginners' Course on Mondays. Our two Yoga-2 courses, one at 6:00 am and the other at 9:30 am, ran smoothly with all the students being very regular. Open classes continued, with fewer students than usual, most probably because of all the expenses people have when children return to school! Still, we had a very well-attended Headstand Workshop Level II on a Saturday. One Sunday, we welcomed Abha, from Kerala, as new staff. She is planning to stay with us at least for six months. We started some work in the garden area to add a fountain and to rehabilitate the pond which had some severe leaking problem. 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!
    In early June we ran an early morning intensive course. A group of students joined us daily at 6am for practice of asanas, pranayama, and meditation. The group attended steadily during the week and were appreciative of the boost the experience gave to their practice. As the weather became warmer we made more progress with the garden and started to harvest the first vegetables.

    Mid-June was steady here in Chicago. Much energy went into tracing a mysterious water leak at the Centre, karma yogis were very engaged in digging several deep holes to find the source of the water, which was finally discovered and repaired one Sunday evening in time for the end of our Satsang, now all is secure again by Masters and Swamiji's grace. All the staff sends 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 June started with the beginners batch in the mornings, receiving again good turnout of students. The meditation batch was also conducted. The staff, teachers and few students group returned after a refreshing 4-days yoga retreat from Gangotri. The weekend batch also started on Saturdays and Gentle Yoga class continued to gain more popularity everyday.

    During mid-June we got a fresh start once again with the morning beginner's batch. The Kid's Camp was enjoyed by the kids for 2 weeks. The workshops for Pranayam and Surya Namasakara were conducted. The Gentle yoga and Pre-Natal yoga was also going smoothly. The meditation course started. There is a good energy in the Centre, with one more new staff-joining in. The outdoor temperature rose once again. Weekend finished with morning Pooja and evening Satsang joined by many new students and teacher. Otherwise, all the Centre activities are going very well. Pranams to all. Om Shanti.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early June two new Yoga-1 courses started on Mondays. A headstand as well as a dynamic backward bend workshops were highlights. Still the temperature was high. Every staff member gave more energy to the garden. The Kids Camp went very well, learning the Yogic life along with different creative aspects taught by outside teachers and Karma Yogis. Manju Sharmaji was well, managing the kids camp with the help of few teachers. We welcomed a new staff member, Pixyish, who has started to teach few classes.

    During mid-June, apart from two Beginners' courses on week days we have started a weekend course. Our Prenatal class and the Kids classes were doing well with regular students. A little amount of rain brought some relaxation to city. The garden front lawn has been replanted and taken care by our Karma Yogi Dr. Bakaya. Our new kids t-shirts are famous now at the boutique. A dynamic forward bend, headstand a kriya workshop were conducted this week. Anujji has led the Sunday Satsang and shared his simple teachings. We send our humble pranams to all 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
    The Centre was blessed with a most elevating 3-day special program bringing a lot of prana to the Centre. Swami Durgananda gave an inspiring lecture about the Essence of Yoga, sharing her deep knowledge. Swami Sivadasananda gave dynamic asana-workshops and lectures about the Healing Power of Yoga and Yoga and the 10 senses.  The evenings were beautifully enriched by discourses on the divine Essence of Man accompanied by classical Indian Ragas. The activities had very good attendance and we had nice support from karma-yogis throughout the whole week. Swami Durgananda gave many practical advices about organizing the Centre and future projects. Students and staff were grateful for the elevating and inspiring program.
    We were happy to welcome Dr. Kamlesh for a program on Ayurveda and diet. It started with an informative cooking-class which was much appreciated by the students. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early June the beginning of summer finds all staff doing well at the Ho chi minh Centre. Two Yoga 1 courses started and a Yoga 2 course. A highlight was a Yoga Nidra workshop, taught by Deviyani. This workshop brought many interested students to learn the art of yogic sleep and deep relaxation. The Centre also had a kids yoga workshop which brought lively energy to the Centre. The kids enjoyed doing the yoga asanas and learning the 5 points in a playful manner.

    During mid-June we started a Yoga 2 course in Vietnamese. The Kids Yoga course is continuing with lots of creative activities and playful classes. The Centre is still working on the construction of building a new floor to use as a large yoga classroom and Satsang hall. The new floor will be finished in 2 more weeks. Staff were also busy with the new project of re-designing the website to make it more clear and functional.  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.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    It was a dynamic month in the London Centre where the regular Centre schedule is running parallel to the Yoga Teachers' Training Course. The Centre was turned into a real city Ashram: bunk beds were assembled, the basement reorganized and turned into a dormitory and one of the asana halls was transformed into a dining area. The 20 course students adjusted very well to their daily schedule of Satsangs, asanas and lectures and were very receptive as the teachings of the Masters gradually unfolded. The mild and sunny weather in the beginning of the course allowed for study- and relaxation time in the garden where an abundance of colorful flowers are in full bloom. The Centre saw this month several special programs. Swami Kailasananda gave a much appreciated Satsang on the topic "Simple living, high thinking" which was a source of inspiration for the continued sadhana of staff, teachers and students. There was a week-end program on the Science of Ayurveda including a cooking work-shop and a Vedic literature scholar delivered two lectures on the Power of Sanskrit and Gandhi. Pranams to all the Sivananda family from the London Centre. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early June the Summer vacation started here, with the schools now closed, so the Centre has been quieter, with smaller class attendance. Swami Omkarananda arrived back at the Centre after teaching Bhagavad Gita class at TTC, Yoga Farm.

    During mid-June we had no scheduled special events at the Centre but Brahma Swaroop, visiting teacher, offered a Sat and Sun afternoon Yoga-1 course. Swami Omkarananda started a new Positive Thinking course and also an Intro to Meditation course. The 5-week Vedic Astrology course completed. We have started our summer sale and expect sales of passes to be brisk! May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Pranams.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    The month of June started at full speed with the continuation of the various cleaning and maintenance projects all around the Centre in preparation for our big 40th Anniversary celebrations, which took place from the 7th until the 13th of June.

    Special guests for the celebrations included Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda, Sri Venugopal Goswami and his musicians, and staff from other Sivananda Centres.

    The highlight of our 40th anniversary celebrations was on Saturday, the 8th of June. The busy full day program at the Calasancio College included an asana class attended by 200 students, an asana demonstration led by Swami Atmaramananda, a beautiful kirtan choir performance led by Swami Sivadasananda, an inspiring lecture on peace by Swami Durgananda, and a moving concert for Peace with Sri Venugopal Goswami and his musicians. Special guests at the big event included his Excellency Sr Sunil Kumar Lal, nutritionist Ana Moreno, pharmacist and researcher Teofilo Calvo, and MD Carlos Fiel all of whom delivered short speeches and lectures to an audience of 400 +  Madrid Centre teachers, students, friends, and visitors. The celebrations continued throughout the following week with a variety of special events including a beautiful Sunday Puja, inspiring lectures by Swami Durgananda, popular asanas and theory workshops with Swamis Atmaramananda and Sivadasananda, and beautiful evening concerts with Sri Venugopal Goswami and his musicians. Throughout the week a strong and dynamic group of karma yogis worked enthusiastically to ensure the smooth running of the programs, and an elevated and inspiring atmosphere pervaded all events. The festival was very successful in bringing old students and teachers back to the Centre, rekindling their inspiration through the various events and getting guidance from the Acharyas. At the same time, many new karma yogis were stimulated to contribute their time and energy to the running of the program. Throughout the celebrations, the Centre kept as close to its regular schedule as space and time allowed, which was quite a feat in and of itself considering all the events taking place at and outside the Centre. Following the high festival week energy, a number of TTC candidates contacted the Centre, thus giving a positive push to the Spanish TTC in August. Immediately after the end of the 40th anniversary celebrations, Swami Atmaramananda and Jyoti left for Orleans to take part in the second edition of the TTC Refresher there. They both returned about a week later recharged and inspired. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early June, due to summer vacation, our classes got very much affected. Now schools reopens so we hoping to get back all our old students. We welcome Yashpal after having a great one month holiday. Madhav went back Ashram on Thursday. going well and fine all other activity in the Centre by the grace of gurus.

    During mid-June with the grace of the teachers, the activities ran smoothly. The climate in Madurai has improved a lot. A new Ladies Beginner course started on Mondays at 4 pm. One large Ashram sign board we had at our top roof has been completely damaged in severe storm, which has been removed. The garden net which recently fixed has also been damaged in storms. Everything went well, by Gurus' blessings. Om Shanti.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Melbourne, Australia
    Om Namah Sivaya from Melbourne.
    In early June we started a Yoga-1 and a Meditation course. Activity at the Centre is slowly, but surely, picking up. To start a new Centre without students need lot of patience and perseverance with help developing in inner strength from within as one learns to detach from the fruits. The staff who went through this experience know. We created a new evening free class which give the opportunity to the new students to come after work. We distributed lot of flyers to the MindBodySpirit Festival one weekend to promote our next Open House on June 15th .

    A mid-June highlight was a Sunday cooking class, taught by Nataraj, where the students learned the basic of vegetarian yogic cooking. Due to some economical difficulties the European Acharyas decided to move the Centre, here in South Melbourne, due to a high rent. We started to look for a new smaller and less expensive location, here in Melbourne and in Sydney. We pray that we going to get a nice new Centre with lots of students. Pranams to all.

    Melbourne Australia
    Swami Gopalananda
    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre
    86 Tope Street South Melbourne VIC 3205
    Australia
    +61(0)396450437
    +61(0)429927312
    www.sivananda.com.au


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Milano, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya from all staff in Milano.
    In June 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
    In early June we had an intense schedule with Beginners Yoga courses, Pregnancy Yoga and regular classes. Goura Nataraj arrived - a Brazilian Sanskrit teacher who was giving classes at Buenos Aires Sivananda Centre and now at the Montevideo Centre. Goura gave us a conference and an Intensive Sanskrit Course one the weekend. All the people who took the classes were very happy. Goura and his family then returned to Brazil. We also had a visit from Guruprasad Bhat - a priest from Bangalore, recommended by a priest within the organization. He was a and traditional priest - very kind and open minded. He offered a beautiful Yantra Puja and Homa. We had also the presentation of Montaña Gris ( Grey Mountain) a celtic group from Colombia very closed to us. They visited our TTC in Colombia 2012, Garopaba Jan 2013, and now in visit to Buenos Aires and Montevideo, while traveling through South America. They have and artistic, sattvic approach to spirituality and fantasy world. Swami
    Premananda came from Buenos Aires to help us with the Course. All this excitement increased the students attendance in the normal classes and Beginners courses. The karma yogis and students enjoyed it very much.

    Mid-June was very quiet, classes were offered with the usual crowd of students. We started an Beginners Intensive course on Mondays and Fridays. Swami Premananda, from Buenos Aires, continued staying with us. Every morning Guruprasad Bhat performed a Puja and concluding with the usual Satsang. Kanti Devi and Chandra went to Buenos Aires so to make some arrangements. 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 special asana workshops with yoga-acharya Swami Sivadasananda with the title "Anatomical Details of the Asanas" and a course "Body Consciousness in the Asanas". We also started a course with wisdom stories from the epic Mahabharata, a meditation beginners course and a course "Thought Power". Furthermore we had an Ayurveda special programme (two lectures and a big Ayurvedic cooking course) with Ayurveda acharya S.K. Kamlesh. An Open House attracted many interested newcomers. The Centre is well equipped for hot days: sunshades, fans and a/c in our large yoga-hall help us to guarantee well-temperated yoga-rooms even on very hot days. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In June the Centre ran very well in this cold week of June. We started a Beginners' Course and continued with the Meditation Course. Also, we had a workshop on 5 Principles of Yoga, as we continued with the regular classes and Satsangs. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Pranams.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    June was very nice here in the city. :-) We started a few Beginners Courses. We had the blessing of a visit from Madhavi (Molly Birkholm) on her way to the Ranch to lead a workshop. We also had a lovely workshop, Discovering Peace, on a Saturday with Sri Dhira Chaitanya (7 attended). One Sunday Mahadev Chaitanya and Anoop joined us for Satsang. It is always nice to have a visit from our family at the Ranch Ashram. Jagadamba's saw her last day at the Centre. She will be missed. 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
    Wonderful month for the Centre with fresh inspiration coming from the Orleans' TTC's refresher and from the weekend programme given by Swami Kailasananda at the end of the month. Swamiji gave a workshop on the topic finding the aim of life, she also gave an advance asana class with 73 participants and two beautiful Satsangs: one about Swami Sivananda's vision for the world and an other on how to apply the yoga psychology in our daily life. There was also an Open house day during the programme, the new comers participated to the different activities with a lot of focus and interest. Some of them stayed for Satsang and came back again the next day. 111 people came for the Sunday prayers, everyone felt uplifted by the chanting and the words of the MAsters. During the month, The Centre was blessed the visit of the priest Yagneswara Dixit who performed a special Puja. This month we had a positive thinking course starting with a group of motivated students. Four workshops were given: headstand, yoga at home, concentration and relaxation.There was a cooking class with easy recipes for people who are in a hurry, more than fifty people among the regular students, the participants and the karma yogis enjoyed a delicious meal. The participants of the Raja yoga course which ended, were eager to do karma yoga at the Centre, to continue to come to Satsang and t go for some time to Orleans this summer. Some prana was put in publicity: calling exhibitions and different city Halls in Paris to display posters and postcards. The staff team is reduced but with the help of a great team of karma yogis, the Centre continues to run smoothly. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    In early June we started a Beginners Course on Thursdays. One Saturday we held a meeting with the teachers to talk about the classes and courses planned for the next tree months and who will stay at the Centre when Tandava Chaitanya goes to France in August. One Sunday we cut from a banana tree in the back yard and ate a lot of bananas given by Mother Earth. The Satsangs saw more attendance as well as the classes.

    During mid-June a great event was a weekend Sanskrit course, with Goura Nataraj from Curitiba Brazil with 12 students attending. The classes at 8 pm were empty because of the protest that are happening all over Brazil. Everything started because of the bus ticket increase, but now the demands were against the World Cup, the education and health public system and corruption. Pranams, from all the staff at Porto Alegre Centre.



Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    In early June we started a new course, also we had a yoga class for kids in a school. All were very happy to have the yoga class. No more special news. All is well. 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
    In early June Narayan continued instruction for multiple levels of Positive Thinking and Meditation and Hatha Yoga Courses. Special Guest Executive Producer and Professor, David Ulansey, joined us for a special presentation of the film "Call of Life: facing the Mass Extinction" which featured interviews with leading scientists illustrating the scope and dire significance of the current loss of the biosphere on Earth due to Human activity. The film was well attended and a poignant conversation ensued afterwards with guidance from David and Narayan Chaitanya. Popcorn was served.

    During mid-June Narayan continued instruction for multiple levels of Positive Thinking and Meditation and Hatha Yoga Courses. Wednesdays evening Satsangs continued with Bhagavad Gita chanting and study, as Gajananam lead us deeper into Chapter 6. One weekend we hosted facilitators from the Positive Peace Warrior Network who introduced us to the history, theory, and technique of Kingian Nonviolence. With four long sessions students were very inspired, empowered and affirmed as many yogic principles and our commitment to peace and service were mirrored in the process. 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
    In early June we officially experienced the rainy season but it has been dry and sunny so far. A Yoga-2 class started with eight students. We were getting some last minute inquiries about the first TTC in Japan this month, mainly by the people who needed support for application and payment, etc. We started Satsangs on Wednesday nights, and the first one was led by Swami Mahadevananda who flew in the night before on the way to Okayama TTC. Ishwara from Uruguay also stopped by for a few days on the way to teach TTC. Yamuna left the Centre to assist after dedicating her time at the Centre for a month. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with us all. Pranams and Peace to all the Sivananda Family.

    TTC Japan: Japan's first Sivananda TTC started on Sunday 9th June with fifty nine keen students. Barring one student all the students are Japanese. After months of planning and preparation the big day materialized with the invaluable help of the Japanese TTC team comprising Narayani, Chandrika, Sita and Vanidevi. The main teachers comprise Swami Mahadevananda, Nataraj, Kalyani and Ishwara. The location is a traditional Japanese hotel in the small town of Mimasaka City in the Okayama prefecture. The town is known for hot springs and natural scenery. The hotel has the distinctive Japanese decor and communal hot baths. Sattvic Japanese food is being lovingly prepared under Sita's watchful eye. Ganapati Homa was performed on the first day by Pundit Pandey from Tokyo. A performance of world music including digiridoo,drums, marimba and Japanese sitar, Sachin enlivened the first cultural programme. For the day off forty students and staff visited Izumo Oyashiro, home of the ancient deity Daikoku-sama, the creator of all things under the heavens. On the way back we stopped at Matsue for a boat ride on the town's canals and moat around the ancient castle where the old samurai houses have been preserved. Talent show was another treat with a magic show by the hotel owner, Mr O. His tricks left everyone spell bound. The course promises to be a good one with sincere disciplined students. TTC second week has been busy with mantra initiation, group photo and kriya practice all in the same week. Thirty nine students took mantra initiation. During the week the heat wave was broken by three of rain so on Friday students opted to have a quiet day. Yuko Nada and Kaori Nishikawa treated us to musical performance of the cello and Koto, traditional Japanese string instrument. They played a variety of pieces together and separately. Sita continues to spoil us with wonderful Japanese food and occasional surprises of pizza and pasta. Swami Mahadevananda had to leave on Friday for programmes at the Tokyo Centre and then onto Thailand. We wish him safe travels. We also thank Yogya for serving selflessly these two weeks. She has had to return to work.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early June we started a Yoga-1 Weekend; a Yoga-2 & a Yoga-2M on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Open classes were very full. Satsangs were well attended. Saraswati and Anoosha concluded kids classes for the summer season. We had a pizza and ice cream lunch to say good-bye to them, with Saraswathi cooking for the children. We painted the deck so students could enjoy the classes outside. We put in a lot of energy into upcoming Yoga retreat, with close to 50 people registered for the weekend. Durairaj organized all the room allocation and carpooling and every one arrived there happy. Jiva, with Lisa and Kantidevi, prepared delicious meals for the entire weekend. Prahlada lead the retreat with Maheswari and Omkari giving some workshops. The retreat was a immense success, with 100 % full participation. All enjoyed the good weather, Yoga classes, Jeeva Amma's food and the outdoors. Prahlada had to leave a little early on the last day to travel to Yoga Camp to start the Sadhana Intensive Course, so Durairaj came up to conclude the Retreat. One of our teachers, Vikram, left for Kids Camp in Thailand to do the preparations before Saraswati arrives.

    During mid-June we started a new Y1 and Y2.  Open classes have many people who bought the summer special unlimited card. The full classes encouraged other students to be more regular in summer months. Durairaj, assisted by some enthusiastic Karma Yogis, planted some herbs in the backyard. Durairaj is well organized with getting lots of new Karma yogis doing different projects around the Centre. Everything looks clean and tidy. Satsangs were popular as we started seeing lots of new faces with keen interest in group meditation. Saraswati, Anoosha with Harsha left for Thailand to do the first-ever Kids Camp in Thailand. We put the final touches to our summer brochure and sent it out to printer. Our website has all information of the Centre's activities to December 2013. Om.

    Kids Camp Thailand - We have just completed the first 10 day-children's yoga camp in Thailand, in the beautiful Phu Chaisai  Resort. The resort is situated in the northern, mountainous part of Thailand and belongs to Khun Dha ,an owner who is committed to improving the lives of the hill tribe people living in the Golden Triangle area, in the close proximity of the resort. 

    We started the camp with only 12 children , out of which majority belongs to the neighbouring hill tribes. Most of the children are orphans living in dire poverty and suffering from lack of education and adult guidance. There were also few Thai children and some coming from the more prestigious, international schools.

    From the first day of the camp, it was clear that the children were extremely eager learners and ready to absorb every drop of the knowledge. We started our days with morning prayers that consisted of Arati and any other prayers children knew. That was followed by yoga class that progressively taught  all basic asanas, pranayama and relaxation. We were all very pleasantly surprised by tenacity with which the children applied themselves. During the day we held various workshops, arts, sports and games. Days were concluded by satsang during which the children sang Jaya Ganesha and were encouraged  to sing some of their spiritual songs and share some of their tradition with us. We went to several outings in the jungle, picked up some tea from the tea plantation and visited some tribal villages.

    It was a blessing and an honour to see how Swamiji's teachings brought  children together: rich and poor, different ages, cultures and languages. Hill tribes children do not speak English and so we communicated through Trpti, our dedicated translator, but mostly through the 'kids language'. 

    The last day of the camp, children had a graduation ceremony, during which they received our Kids' Camp certificate  in recognition of  learning yoga and also in recognition of being able to spend this time together in perfect harmony,although coming from very different traditions and backgrounds. We recognized not only the commitment of the hill tribe children but also the emerging empathy among the more privileged children who, we realized,  until then were not at all aware of any other lifestyle except their own. 
    They all  then  performed beautiful asana demonstration that was recorded and photographed  by some of the Thai newspapers and a drama piece they wrote themselves, depicting things they would like to change in the world and their ideas of how they would fix them. Swami Mahadevananda , Khun Dha , some relatives and resort staff, were present at the graduation.
     
    After the graduating dinner, some of us had to return to Canada. We were accompanied by flows of tears, hugs and promises that we will all meet again. Children promised they would continue to practice and we asked them to teach at least one more friend what they have learned. 
    Khun Dha and her family are very dedicated members of the community and they employ only local, Thai staff, most of whom belong to the impoverished hill tribes. They strive to provide employment, education and now Yoga teachings to the people who are plagued by physical and mental illness and addiction. 

    It was very inspiring to witness the resilience of the children, their innocence and commitment to growth. It was a small group and we debated for several months  if it was 'worth' holding a children's camp. At the end of the camp the happiness of the children and their love for each other were so overwhelming that we knew Swamiji's blessings were with us.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early June we started a new Beginners class. We held a Kriya workshop which had a reasonable number of participants. During one weekend, we organised a Yoga Meditation retreat at our Neyyar Dam Ashram. which was very well attended. The participants were largely students of the meditation courses conducted at the Centre and students of the Yoga classes at the Centre. A few teachers also attended the retreat. Participants arrived on a Friday and took part enthusiastically in all the activities of the Ashram ie morning and evening Satsangs, Asana classes, Lectures, Karma Yoga etc. As part of the retreat two classes were conducted by Sri Ravi Easwaran. These classes included outlining the nature of Karma Yoga and benefits arising from it. This was done to give the participants an idea of why Karma Yoga was an integral part of Ashram life. The rest of the lectures were on Vedanta - The qualities required in a Seeker - Sadhana Catustayam. The lectures were well received by the participants. The participants left on the Sunday evening and Monday morning, feeling very fulfilled. In view of the good response to this event, we are considering doing this two or three times every year.

    During mid-June we started a morning Beginners batch, with 12 students. All other classes were held, as usual. Due to the heavy rains, the attendance at the classes dipped somewhat. On 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
    In early June the Open Classes and courses were well attended. Swami Anantananda came from Orleans to support the Centre for 8 days. We offered a Satsang Special on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday with him. He gave inspiring Satsangs with many students and teachers attending. One Saturday we had a TTC Prep Class with some of the participants coming to the Centre for the first time. The whole group stayed until the end of the Satsang, especially enjoying the chanting and the lecture on Swami Vishnudevanandas Peace Missions. Prana in the Centre was high with many Karma Yogis supporting the Centre in various fields. Dr. Kamlesh came one Monday evening for a special programme on Ayurveda. His lectures on Ayurvedic Nutrition & Health and on Healing Herbs & Spices were well attended. A highlight of the week was the Ayurvedic Cooking Course one Saturday with over 50 participants. Many Karma Yogis arrived to make this possible. The dishes were excellent and everybody left the Centre inspired and satisfied. On the same weekend we had an Introduction into Thought Power which also was well attended. Swami Anantananda went back to Orleans for the preparations of the TTC Refresher.

    During mid-June Swami Mangalananda arrived for a week from Geneva to support the Centre. She gave open classes, courses and Satsang before her departure back to Geneva. One Saturday there was a headstand workshop, which was well attended. The participants left the Centre very inspired. Many Karma Yogis supported the Centre in the kitchen, maintenance, shopping, household and at the reception. Temperatures in Vienna were above 30°C throughout the whole week, therefore classes and courses were less attended. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius
    In early June our Centre was blessed with three Pujas, performed by Priest Yagneshwara, who arrived to Vilnius to stay for a week. Many students and yoga teachers took part in wonderful Yantra Pujas. Everybody was happy with shining eyes and very inspired, especially after Lalita Sahasranama Puja. One Saturday we had a small workshop Yoga@Home. Despite warm Summer weather, the yoga Centre was attended quite well. We were happy to have many courses going on: Yoga 1, 2 and 3. Also we concentrated on the upcoming yoga retreat, which will take place on the first week of July. Ishwara Chaitanya travelled to the Ashram in Orleans to take part and help in TTC Refresher, together with 6 teachers of the Centre. The renovation of the facades continued very successfully. The workers did their best, working from 6 a.m. in order not to disturbe the evening classes. The house looked very nice, fresh and sattvic.

    Mid-June was quiet because of the Midsummer Day holiday long weekend. We concentrated on preparation for the upcoming Yoga Retreats in July and August. Despite the summer time, we still have regular Yoga-1 courses. We had a Headstand workshop with 5 very eager-to-learn students. They all succeeded in the asana, conquering their fears, inspired and happy. Ishwara Chaitanya returned from the TTC refresher very inspired and ready to vigorously engage himself again in the work of the Centre. Also two karma yogis: Madhavi, from Russia, and Sudama, from Lithuania, joined our small team. They were very helpful, allowing us to realize various cleaning and development projects in the Centre. The workers finished the renovation of the two facades on the garden side and are working on the last one. The Yoga Centre was already looking much more sattvic. Warm weather allowed the staff to do their Sadhana in the open air in the garden. 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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