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Issue #7/2018 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize July 1, 2018
"Today many have turned away from the Rishis' ideals of service, love, sacrifice, renunciation, dispassion, devotion, meditation, hence there is suffering, unrest, war, exploitation and misery." - Sri Swami Sivananda

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
News
Sivananda Yoga FAQ
Hatha Yoga Tips
Yoga Sanskrit Glossary

Raja Yoga
Bhagavad Gita
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
Da Lat Ashram, Vietnam

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

SPIRITUAL CALENDAR
JULY 2018
07 Kaavadi Flag Hoisting
09 Ekadasi
09 Subramanya Ayyappa Temple Anniversary
11 Krishna Temple Anniversary
13 NewMoon
14 Masters  Mahasamadhi
22 Kaavadi Chariot Festival
23 Ekadasi
27 Full Moon
27 Guru Poornima

AUGUST 2018
07 Ekadasi
11 NewMoon
22 Ekadasi
25 Onam
26 Full Moon
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NEWS

Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

By the grace of Master and Swamiji, the Sivananda Organization Ashrams and Centres are running smoothly, imparting the ancient knowledge of Yoga and Meditation.

We are happy to inform you the International Day of Yoga celebrations on the 21st of June were very successful throughout the worldwide Sivananda Organization. Sivananda Centres Ashrams and Acharyas along with their staff, karma yogis and students did their very best to create demonstrations of yoga and events for this special day. There was much enthusiasm arranging and leading these public events, large and small, from cities to villages around the world. Pranams to all.

Grateful for your generous support we continue to share Swamiji's teachings, with devotion and dedication, without compromising the authenticity of the message.

This is a one time experience of your lifetime. Join us for a journey, a pilgrimage, through India on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Swami Vishnudevanandaji's Mahasamadhi. This pilgrimage is to honour the life and teachings of Swamiji, a yoga pioneer and international peace activist. Swami Vishnudevananda's unrivaled and courageous mission brought yoga to the West and is now recognized as a monumental achievement on a worldwide scale. Through his tireless work the seeds Swami Vishnudevananda planted in the late twentieth century have grown into mighty forces. Through his sacrifice the practice of yoga is now accepted internationally as part of mainstream culture. For this Yatra we begin the journey at his birth place, Nemmara, South India and end at Netala, Himalayas where Swami Vishnudevananda's body was consigned to his beloved river Ganges. Accompanied by senior swamis and disciples of Swami Vishnudevananda, we will criss-cross the great sub-continent of India, visiting temples and holy places, giving talks, seminars, conferences, yoga demonstrations and Satsangs in cities, towns and villages along the way. We will share the knowledge of Yoga and Vedanta in institutes of higher education, colleges, schools, local communities and our Sivananda Centres and Ashrams, bringing yoga to a wider public throughout India. Be part of this powerful spiritual journey by joining this auspicious Yatra. For more information contact: yogashowstheway@sivananda.org
www.sivananda.org.in/janmasamadhiYatra

Is it time to upgrade or enhance your Sadhana and yoga practice with a Sivananda Teacher Training Course or a Sadhana program? During the busy month of July 2018 the Sivananda Organization will offer 7 TTC's, 1 ATTC and 1 Yoga & Panchakarma Detoxification program. The month of August 2018 has 7 TTCs, 1 ATTC and 1 Sadhana Mangalam.

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

Asato Ma Sat Gamaya
Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya
Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya

Pranams to all.

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Brahmacharya rejuvenates. It augments energy, nerve and brain power and vitality. - Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. Should it not be considered as Himsa when we cut vegetables and fruits?
A.

Cutting vegetables is not Himsa. There is no real consciousness in plants and trees, although there is life in them. There is life in plants, sensation in animals, mentality in human beings and spirituality in sages. There is no Visesha Ahankara and reflection of Chaitanya in plants and trees. Hence they cannot experience pain. The tree will not say, "I am experiencing pain". The mind in plants and trees is not developed. It is quite rudimentary. It is Jada and insentient. Life on earth will be impossible if we take cutting vegetables also as Himsa. This is only splitting the hairs. This is the idle philosophy of those who take interest in vain discussions and arguments. Ignore trifles. Become practical.

Q. What is the difference between Japa and Meditation?
A.

Japa is silent repetition of the Name of the Lord. Meditation is the constant flow of one idea of God. When you repeat Om Namo Narayanaya, it is Japa of the Vishnu Mantra. When you think of the conch, disc, mace and lotus flower in the hands of Vishnu, His ear-rings, the crown on His head, His yellow silken Pitambar, etc., it is meditation. When you think of the attributes of God such as omniscience, omnipotence, etc., it is also meditation.

Q. If God is almighty and all-powerful, why can't He see that everybody does his actions properly?
A.

Everybody does his actions properly. A thief must pilfer things. A scoundrel must do wrong actions. These are Kartavya. Remember this world is Trigunatmic and relative. Every movement of the foot, every step, is an attempt towards Sat-chit-ananda. The world is a relative plane. Prostitutes, saints, rogues, beggars, kings are all doing their respective duties. Good and evil are relative terms. Evil exists to glorify good. Hatred exists to glorify love. A rogue is not an eternal rogue. He can become a saint within the twinkling of an eye when he is placed in proper Sattvic company.

 

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

Develop equal vision. - Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

TREE - VRKASANA - A balance pose.

A one legged standing balance pose demanding concentration and single minded focus. Meditative.
A long straight body and spine as in the trunk of a tall tree is the FIRST point of focus. The SECOND point of focus is the breath. Use the full yogic abdomen breath. The THIRD point of focus is the balance, rooting the standing foot into the mat. Take full balance on one leg and foot, place the sole of the other foot on the inside of thigh of standing leg. Take a few moments to feel stable and secure in balance, using the breath. Focus on a fixed point in front of you. Place hands in prayer position at chest Centre. Open the chest. Relax the shoulders. Keep head level. Keep the knee of bent leg up. When ready, slowly lift your arms above the head with palms together, arms by ears, being the tall tree. Hold up to a minute or longer. Release and repeat on opposite side.
Tip: For stability, keep the standing weight on both heel and toes. Alternate weight till finding your balance. Spread toes into mat to create a firm rooted base.

Half lotus tree
Take the pose further into an intermediate variation by assuming a half lotus position for the bent leg. Place the outside of the foot over the top of the other thigh. Then stretch up your arms overhead with palms together. Hold for desired length of time and switch sides.

BENEFITS:
Concentration: ignoring of distractions, practicing tratak with eyes.
Balance: practice on both sides of the body. Note vertical alignment of body while on one leg.
Increase strength of standing leg muscles.
Flexibility of bent leg & knee
The practice of prolonged rhythmical abdominal breath. r body strength.
Strengthen your concentration and determination.

This yoga asana is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram partly sourced and edited from the Sivananda Publication : "Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion" – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre – 2010.

Other yoga tips at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/asana/101tips.html

The body, the senses, the mind, etc., are not the soul, but belong to it.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

HIMSA - to harm
Himsa is a Sanskrit term which means "to injure or harm." It is derived from hims, meaning "to strike." Himsa manifests in this world as prejudice, treating others with contempt, physically or psychologically assaulting another. Even harbouring harmful thoughts toward others can be considered himsa. In short, Himsa is anything that generates suffering in oneself and in others.

All harsh and rude speech is Himsa (violence or injury). Using harsh words to beggars, servants or inferiors is Himsa. Wounding the feelings of others by gesture, expression, tone of voice and unkind words is also Himsa. Slighting or showing deliberate discourtesy to a person before others is Himsa. To approve of another's harsh actions is indirect Himsa. To fail to relieve another's pain or to neglect to go to the person in distress is a sort of Himsa. It is the sin of omission.

Ahimsa is the opposite of himsa. Ahimsa means "non-harming."

AHIMSA - non harming; non injury

Ahimsa is refraining from causing pain to any living creature. Ahimsa or non-injury, implies non-killing, but, non-injury is not merely non-killing. In its comprehensive meaning Ahimsa, or non-injury, means entire abstinence from causing any pain or harm whatsoever to any living creature, either by thought, word, or deed. Non-injury requires a harmless mind, mouth, and hand. Ahimsa is not mere non-injury, it is positive, cosmic love. It is the development of a mental attitude in which hatred is replaced by love. Ahimsa is true sacrifice. Ahimsa is forgiveness. Ahimsa is Shakti (power). Ahimsa is true strength.

Ahimsa is one of five yamas (ethical rules) described in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. The yamas serve as guidelines to ethical living and cultivating a life of harmony and peace. Ahimsa is the practice of non-violence. The other four yamas are:

Satya (truthfulness)
Asteya (non-stealing)
Brahmacharya (chastity)
Aparigraha (non-avarice)

The vow of Ahimsa is broken even by showing contempt towards another person; by entertaining unreasonable dislike for or prejudice towards anybody; by frowning at another; by hating another; by abusing another man; by speaking ill of others; by backbiting or vilifying; by harbouring thoughts of hatred; by uttering lies; or by ruining man in any way whatsoever.

Avoid strictly all forms of harshness, direct or indirect, positive or negative, immediate or delayed. Practice Ahimsa in its purest form and become divine. Ahimsa and Divinity are one.

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

The Upanishads, are revelations, not products of the individual mind and the intellect. - Sri Swami Sivananda

BHAGAVAD GITA

Chapter II: Sankhya Yoga

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)

jātasya hi dhruvo mṛityur dhruvaṁ janma mṛitasya cha
tasmād aparihārye 'rthe na tvaṁ śhochitum aphasia

II.27. For certain is death for the born, and certain is birth for the dead; therefore, over the inevitable thou shouldst not grieve.

COMMENTARY: Birth is sure to happen for that which is dead; death is sure to happen for that which is born. Birth and death are certainly unavoidable. Therefore, you should not grieve over an inevitable matter.


Renounce your ego and attain divinity through Self-realization.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

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

III.15. KRAMANYATVAM PARINAMANYATVE HETUH

'The cause of various transformations is the different natural laws'.

Commentary:
Whether change is brought about in the normal course of events, or it is due to the will of the yogi, it still proceeds from natural laws. Science is just beginning to discover and work with the many forces beyond gross physical perception that have been utilized by yogis for many thousands of years.


The Absolute knows Itself without any process of knowing. - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

CHOCOLATE AND CHICK PEA MOUSSE
- Serves 8.

An unusual mousse that is delicious, nutritious, yet low in fat and simple to prepare. Chick peas (also called garbanzo beans) are a good source of protein and calcium and are rich in fibre. They also have a low glycemic index. When a protein source such as chick peas which does not contain all the amino acids the body needs, is mixed with another protein such as dairy, e.g. yoghurt, then there is a more complete profile of amino acids. This mousse is baked and served warm. It can be served plain or with ice cream, decorated with fruit.

Ingredients:
⅓ cup plus 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups cooked chick peas, drained (about 1 cup uncooked)
6 tablespoons orange juice
1 and 1/3 cups unpacked light brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease an 8 inch round cake pan. Mix yoghurt and baking soda together and leave to fizz for 10 minutes.
Blend chick peas and orange juice in food processor or blender till very smooth.
When well blended, chick peas have a nice creamy texture. Add sugar, cocoa, and baking powder and blend till smooth.
Gently fold the yoghurt mixture into the chick peas mixture.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in oven for 50 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool in pan on a wire rack for about 15 minutes.
Serve warm or at room temperature and enjoy.

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

Previous Recipes: http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/diet/recipes.html

Kindness does not consist in gifts, but in gentleness and generosity. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC and ATTC Teacher Training Courses

2018

Jul 01 - Jul 29/18
TTC – English, Français
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Jul 01 - Jul 29/18
TTC – Espaňol
San Raphael, Antioquia, Columbia
http://www.sivananda.or.guy

Jul 05 - Aug 01/18
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Jul 14 - Aug 11/18
TTC – English 中文 Tiếng Việt
Da Lat, Vietnam
www.sivanandayogavietnam.org

Jul 22 - Aug 18/18
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Jul 28 - Aug 26/18
TTC – English, Deutsch
Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

Jul 29 - Aug 26/18
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Aug 02 - Aug 30/18
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Aug 04 - Sep 02/18
TTC – Espaňol, English
Aluenda, Zaragoza, España Spain
http://www.sivananda.se

Aug 04 - Sep 02/18
TTC – English, Italiano
Bracciano, Italy
http://www.sivananda-yoga-roma.it

Aug 05 - Sep 02/18
ATTC – English, Français
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Sep 01 - Sep 30/18
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

Sep 01 - Sep 19/18
TTC – English
London, England
http://www.sivananda.org/london/teachers_training_UK.html

Sep 01 - Sep 30/18
TTC – English lietuvių kalba polski Русский язык
Ustka, Baltic Sea, Poland
http://www.sivananda.eu/en/yoga-teacher-training/teachers-training-course/ttc-venues/osteuropa.html#c2509

Sep 08 - Oct 06/18
TTC - English, 中文
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
www.sivanandayogachina.org

Sep 09 - Oct 06/18
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Sep 30 - Oct 29/18
TTC - English, 日本語, ภาษาไทย
Phu Chaisai, Chiang Ria, Thailand
http://www.sivananda.org/thailand/SivanandaThailand.html

Oct 13 - Nov 10/18
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA
www.sivananda.org/yogafarm

Oct 14 - Nov 10/18
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India
www.sivananda.org/madurai

Oct 24 - Nov 22/18
TTC – English, Français, Deutsch, Espaňol, Italiano
Rudraprayag Himalaya Mountains, India
www.sivananda.eu/en/yoga-teacher-training-in-india.html

Oct 27 - Nov 24/18
TTC – English 中文 Tiếng Việt
Da Lat, Vietnam
www.sivanandayogavietnam.org

More 2018 TTC and ATTC courses can be viewed here.

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 individual Soul and the Supreme Soul are identical. This is explained in the Upanishads.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - JUNE 2018

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada


    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Sivananda Headquarters

    In June the warm spring weather continued. We had a few days rain which came as a nice thing for the gardens. We've had a few guests with us that have been partaking in the Ashram schedule. Mookambika and Swami Vairagyananda organized the lectures for them and making sure that the guests were well taken care of. The preparations for the juice fasting program began. We welcomed back Suzanne Cliche who has been leading these programs for many years now at the Camp. Helping her with the program, we also have Sushila and Isabelle. They came a few days before to set up and prepare. In addition to the Juice Fasting, we also had special guest Ram Vakkalanka with us. He came and offered a Nada Yoga program. The weekend was full of guests and during both Friday and Saturday evening Satsang we had the pleasure of hearing Ram play the sitar and explain a bit about Nada Yoga. The guests. as well as a few staff, were very happy with all the knowledge given during the weekend program and lectures with Ram. We all appreciated his beautiful music. We also started the preparations for the Sadhana Intensive program. The participants began arriving to begin setting up. We welcomed back our Director/Acharya Prahladaji to the Camp to lead the program. 26 participants signed up. We welcomed Swami Gayatri Mathaji and Suresh, both coming from Neyyar Dam to spend few weeks with us. The Ashram projects continued including the Ayurveda building where the construction crew has been working very hard to get the building done. Our maintenance crew also worked on various projects around the Camp. The repainting of the pool as well as other building project were completed. The staff continued to keep up with their duties and Sadhana.

    By mid June the Summer weather was established, along with the mosquitos! We were blessed with amazing sunrises and weather which were perfect for our bi-weekly morning walks. We had a few yoga vacation guests starting to stay in the dorms and even camping, participating in the Ashram schedule as well as celebrations at the Subramanya Ayyapa Temple. Swami Vairagyananda organized the lectures for the guests and making sure that they understood the various practices of the Ashram. The Sadhana Intensive program continued, led by Prahlada. We wrapped up the Juice fasting program, led by Suzanne. The participants looked all refreshed and serene after their program. They were interviewed for videos that we are creating and they all said they very much appreciated their experience. Some of the staff were really happy that time to time they been offered juice as well! One Friday evening, all guests and camp staff participated in the Mariamman Kodiyertram - Flag Hoisting at the Subramanya Apayya Temple. It was a blissful evening with lots of devotional chanting, sacred rituals, blessing, delicious prasad, of course the traditional hoisting of the flag that announced the beginning of the Pongala festival. There was even fireworks. Along the Sadhana Intensive program, the juicing program and the festivities at the temple, we also had a program led by Swami Vairagyananda about the art of positive thinking. Our yoga vacation guests as well as people from the surrounding towns joined for the day, benefiting from her talks. Other various Ashram projects are moving along. The crew worked hard to build the Ayurveda which now has as a roof and electricity. The maintenance team did a great job at keeping the camp spotless and pleasant for all to live in. The swimming pool was filled. We now have a big crew of karma yogis and they have been on various tasks including painting indoor and outdoor and lots of gardening. The gardens were blooming and perfuming the air, blessing us with their beauty. The staff continued to keep up with their duties and Sadhana. May the Grace of Master and Swamiji bless all. Om Shanti.


Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!

    Early June's guest batch of yogis settled in well at the Ashram without being too challenged by the schedule, chanting or the philosophy. Omkari gave Yoga Vacation lectures on proper exercise, proper diet and meditation. Swami Gayatriananda left for a visit to the Yoga Camp, accompanied by Suresh, who will attend Sadhana Intensive.  The weather was reasonable until strong winds built up with gales. along with rain, causing a lot of damage in the whole area. There was no power or internet for a couple of days. One Ekadasi day, several of the staff sat and chanted the entire Bhagavad Gita giving a good energy to the whole Ashram as well to themselves. We thank Master and Swamiji for the opportunity.

    Mid June we had a visit from a group of 80 people from 22 different countries. They were invited for a tour of Kerala by the Ministry of AYUSH and the Kerala Tourist Department to promote tourism in Kerala through Yoga. To welcome them, the staff worked hard to make the Ashram especially clean and tidy. The guests had a talk given by Kalyani, a tour, lunch and at departure a small bag with magazines and our brochures. Another yoga vacation commenced mid month, with Rohini who came to support the Ashram with her warm talks and Satsangs. Padmavati, who was with us for the last six months, travelled to Canada. We were thankful for her cheerful and kind assistance in the Ashram life. Marco left us, planning to return in January after completing the TTC in Orleans. The International Day of Yoga activities transcended time, space and age, reminding us the finest essence of yoga.  The activities started two days earlier at Neyyar Dam with a visit from 50 pupils of one of the local schools. On 21st, another two schools came to the ashram for a talk and mini practice. At the same time the ashram spread its presence to reach different villages and the capital of Kerala state, Trivandrum; Four teams from the ashram went for talks and demos to four schools where 300 to 400 children at each participated in the programme. Meanwhile, the ashram inaugurated the event "International Day of Yoga Celebration 2018" at the Jimmy George Stadium in Trivandrum. More than 100 people from different schools plus TTC students from Madurai and guests and staff from Neyyar Dam ashram attended lamp lighting and official launching of the Janma Samadhi Yaatra, followed by short speeches from the special guests, and then class with Yashpal. The evening session opened with talks about the 5 points of yoga; each point being explained by yoga and health specialists from governmental, academic and private area. Afterwards, about 86  people lay down on the mat for the class with Dayakar, including a 5 year old girl who did the surya namaskar as well as any child twice her age.  At the end of the Trivandrum functions, the International Yoga Day magazine and SYVC Training Manual were distributed along with brochures for the ashrams and centres. The staff and TTC students appreciated the opportunity that International Day of Yoga gave for contact with the general public and for the propagation of the benefits of Yoga. May all experience the magnanimity of our masters within. Peace and Pranams to the Sivananda family. Om.


Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India

    Om Namo Narayanaya from Uttar Kashi

    The May-June TTC concluded with the students graduating successfully. They, along with the visiting teachers, left the Ashram full of TTC memories. Swami Parameswariananda and Swami Janardanananda visited Gangothri for finalizing construction contracts for the steel reinforced retaining wall at the Cave.  With permissions from the local authorities given, we were happy to announce this work is to start immediately. May Master and Swamiji's blessings enable this work to go smoothly be with us all. We thank Master and Swamiji for the blessing of being in the company of the Himalayas and Mother Ganga. Om.


Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France

    Om Namah Sivaya

    The TTC is in the last week with an inspired group of students. One can clearly see that they are diligently working on their teaching technique and the outcome gives a very good impression. A last headstand- and asana correction-workshop was well received. The chanting was quite powerful during evening Satsangs and one night Swamis and staff shared spiritual stories with the students which everyone enjoyed. They had the advanced pranayama workshop and did quite good in their practice and on a peaceful morning 28 out of 47 took mantra initiation. For the guests we had a Yoga and nature walks-programme and apart from guided walks in the area around the Ashram we had an outing to the "Château de Chamerolles". We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed the time in the beautiful renaissance-park of the Château. Staff were busy with the preparations for the TTC Refresher. The beds and beddings for the newly set bungalow tents were placed inside so they are ready for the upcoming programme. Siva left for administrative- and family issues in Spain and Jérôme Malmaison arrived and will be doing karma yoga here for the next 3 months, with a special focus on the garden. The daily Om Namo Narayana chanting continues and on Saturday we had a beautiful Lamp-Puja for the divine Mother in the temple with both priests. Jagneshwara gave clear and precise explanations and instructions. Everyone enjoyed the lovely Prassad and the pure and strong energy after the ceremony. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Yoga Farm

    In early June we saw the last week of the TTC flowing smoothly, students studying diligently with all receiving Yoga Siromini diplomas in the final ceremony. Craig Webb spoke at Satsang about the power of dream and gave a morning Satsang kirtan session at the Durga Temple. Komila Sutton gave a weekend course on Jyotish, specifically on Saturn. Tara Durga Devi gave a weekend program on teaching gentle yoga which was appreciated by new TTC graduates and staff teachers, alike. We thanked Tara Durga Devi for her service during the TTC, acting as counselor to the students and sharing her experience with us all. Kids Camp preparations began in earnest, preparing the grounds for the children, sewing kid's uniforms and pre-organizing all the activities, overseen by camp director, Deviyani. Four TTC graduates joined the Ashram as counselors for the camp: Venugopala, Rama, Radha, and Jayalakshmi. Swami Sivasankari left, after spending the month here teaching in the TTC. Swami Dharmananda and Rudra left to attend the Sadhana Intensive at the Yoga Camp. We wished them an inspiring charge of Sadhana for the next 2 weeks. We looked forward to their return.

    By mid month we were busy with many programs overlapping at the same time. We had the Yoga Health Education Camp, with a focus on Diabetes. Karuna Devi led the Camp with workshops on proper diet, nutrition, gentle yoga and relaxation. We also welcomed for the first time to the Ashram, Ram Vakkalanka, who did a number of workshops on Nada Yoga and sound healing as well as a few talks about yoga philosophy and the evolution of yoga.  We had the Doctors and Nurses Retreat, led by Dr. Jain. The doctors shared about their experiences working in the disease care system and are looking for ways yoga can help. We also welcomed a group of beginners to the Ashram who learned about the 5 points of yoga. We initiated the 2018 Kids Yoga Camp entitled "Mission Possible", with 28 "Peace Agents" -children ages 7-14 - headed by Deviyani. We also had 4 Junior counsellors and 8 Kids' Camp counsellors, plus part time staff. Before Kids' Camp they spent a week preparing the counselors to welcome the kids with workshops on non-violent communication and effective ways to teach yoga to children. We also celebrated International Yoga Day at the Ashram with an inspiring lecture by Swami Sitaramananda on Health and Yoga. Swami Sita also traveled to SF Centre to give a talk to the students on Steps to Peace of Mind plus, Karma and Reincarnation. Still in SF, Swami Sita then went to the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco for a IYD yoga class and a question and answer session to hundreds of students. The Ashram enjoyed nice weather in June. The garden and grounds looked lovely. We are all feeling the blessings of Master and Swamiji. Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Yoga Farm. Om.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya

    Greetings from the Yoga Ranch, where by the Grace of the Gurus, the beginning of June and the first week of TTC went very well. Our monthly Yoga Immersion for Beginners course started, led by Ananda. We welcomed Mitchell Rabin, who led a weekend program, Chi-Kung & Therapeutic Theatre, which included Satsang talks and a Saturday afternoon workshop that left participants very inspired. TTC started Week 2 with enthusiasm. We welcomed Kamala Devi and Kashi, who arrived to serve. We wished Harasaka, Moksha Priya, and Hamsa our best as they departed at the end of their commitments. We started an Ayurveda Marma Therapy course, taught by Isvari and the monthly Positive Thinking course, led by Swami Satyapremananda. Swami Satyapremananda also drove down to New York Centre to lead Satsang, returning with Mahadevi, who arrived from Chicago Centre for a two week visit. Venugopala, long-time karma yogi at Chicago Centre and direct disciple of Swami Vishnu, arrived to serve for a few weeks. TTCs had their class on Kriyas on Thursday, a day off on Friday, and started Week 3 of Saturday. By the Grace of the Gurus, the students continued to do very well. One weekend program was led by direct disciples of Swami Vishnu. We had the honour to welcome Marilyn Rossner, who arrived from Canada with Bharata and Bren Jacobsen. Together with Srinivasanji, all inspired us with stories of Swamiji and his mission. Neeti arrived from the New York Centre to lead an Indian Vegetarian Cooking workshop, with wonderful results. Our Staff are well and send pranams to all from The Ranch. Om.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas

    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves

    In June we started the symposium "Connecting across Faiths and Disciplines" as part of the Ashram's 50th anniversary and Swami Swaroopananda's birthday celebration. We welcomed Jetsumna Tenzin Palmo, one of the first Westerns to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun; Peter Russell, a leading thinker on consciousness and contemporary spirituality; Prantik Kundu, a neuroscientist and biophysicist with specialties in magnetic resonance imaging and psychiatric disease; Shaykh Abdul Haqq, who is a prominent teacher of Sufism and Islamic mysticism; Amir Vahab, a celebrated composer and vocalist of Sufi and folk music from the Middle East and Central Asia; Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, who is the abbot of the Village Zendo in downtown Manhattan and Soto Zen priest and contemporary American Zen teacher; Swami Medhananda Puri, a distinguished traditional teacher of Vedanta from the Kailash Ashram in Rishikesh, Swami Brahmananda and Krishnan Namboodiri. We also welcomed many devotees, staff members and teachers, who arrived for the birthday celebration. We celebrated Swami Swaroopananda's birthday with a very inspiring celebration consisting of a Guru Puja. Afterwards, the Swamis, special guests, staff and devotees gave birthday blessings and words of gratitude. A delicious feast was served. Swami Swaroopananda offered a inspiring Q&A session, in which he answered questions about Dharma, spiritual teachers and life in the Ashram. We inaugurated the June TTC with a festive evening Satsang and a Guru Parampara Puja, performed by the priest. Niranjana and Surya from Portugal are the main Hatha Yoga teachers.

    We continued the celebration for the Ashram's 50th anniversary and Swami Swaroopananda's birthday mid June. As a culmination of the program, Krishnan Namboodiri performed a beautiful Shanti Puja in the main temple. We concluded the celebration with a touching concert with Paul and Tanya Hanna, close friends of the Ashram and local musicians from Nassau. Swami Hridyananda and Swami Shambhudevananda gave the program "Kirtan: Chanting the Divine Names", in which we joyfully chanted different Bhajans. We also offered an inspiring program "Mind - Its Mysteries & Control", given by Swami Brahmananda. He then continued with lectures during morning Satsangs to follow. Shyam and Mohini gave a very successful "Spiritual Film Festival" in which they showed various spiritual movies, followed by discussions during afternoon workshops. Senior Staff and Mohini taught a 5-day Essentials of Yoga 1 course. The priest conducted a beautiful Patanjali Puja in the main temple to celebrate the International Day of Yoga. Krishnan Namboodiri also gave a special Advanced Yoga Class during that afternoon. Om.


Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith or Mittersill, Tyrol, Austria

    Om Namah Sivaya

    A nice group from different countries came for the Yoga and Mountain Magic program. The sunny weather allowed long hikes. The beauty of the mountain lakes and waterfalls, the fresh air and graceful landscape were enthusiastically appreciated by all. On Friday, 9 students arrived for the seminar on Meditation and inner Balance. All participants were keen to receive new inspirations for their meditation practice at home. The seminar included a well-balanced mix of theoretical explanations and practical exercises in mindfulness, concentration, and meditation. All other guests shared the meditative yoga classes and a very relaxing morning walk-meditation. After the weekend everybody felt recharged and peaceful. On 21st June the International Yoga Day was celebrated with an outing to the nearby Black lake. There we had a free public yoga class directly on the water stage amidst a beautiful mountain scenery. Staffs and yoga vacationers enjoyed the lovely excursion alike. OM.


Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

    Om Namo Narayanaya from the Meenakshi Ashram

    The June Diabetic Camp had numerous villagers utilizing the opportunity to get themselves screened for their blood sugar levels while others came in continuing with the routine check up. Though genetic predisposition is one of the major determinants in the occurrence of Diabetes, one's way of life also contributes significantly to the prevalence of the disease. Aptly defined as 'Lifestyle Disease' by the medical dictionary, it literally has more than half of the world population in its vicious circle. It is now recommended by the Doctors to get a Diabetic Marker Test done when moving onto the 30's that helps in the early detection of Diabetes which enables one to plan their lifestyle and food habits accordingly. This considerably reduces the need of pharmacological agents to bring the disease under control which is one of the major goals of our camps. Praising the Masters for all the positive feedback garnered by the people. Om.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Resort, Tuyen Lam Lake, Da Lat, Vietnam

    Om Namah Sivaya, from Da Lat Ashram

    In early June the Ashram continued to be busy with many international guests visiting for the Yoga Vacation program. In addition we ran a Beginner Yoga course, with participants following a separate special program, taught by Vietnamese staff of the Ashram. They received a step by step introduction to an asana practice plus classes on theory and the 5 points of Yoga. We established a new twice weekly English class for staff, plus a weekly class for study of Bhagavad Gita to complement the daily chanting. We experienced a change of weather as a typhoon passed by, we had several days of rain and cooler weather. We welcomed back Sivashakti and Samadeva from their two month stay at the Dalat town Centre. Atmajyoti and Omkari left the Ashram to take over duties at the Dalat Centre. We have received many registrations for the upcoming Children's Camp and for the July TTC which are both nearing full capacity. We celebrated the International Day of Yoga with an Open House which was attended by around 50 local guests. We welcomed, as special guests, local government officials and representatives of the Yoga Federation of Lam Dong province. In the evening Satsang the children showed their new skills in asana in a short talent show. Om.

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TTC and ATTC Reports from pop up locations worldwide:

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SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Centres -

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya

    A good number of higher courses and a Yoga 1 course started. The weather was warm and sunny and students enjoyed many classes on our garden platform. On Friday the Centre participated in a meeting at the Indian Embassy for preparing the International Yoga Day 2018. On Saturday we had a further teachers training on Asanas for shoulders and hips. In spite of the high summer temperatures many teachers came for further inspiration and for expanding their knowledge. On Friday Swami Gokulananda went to Vienna to support the Centre with the special program. The summer brochure is almost finished, last corrections are being done. A highlight was the International Yoga Day, celebrated on Thursday, June 21st. In cooperation with the Indian Embassy and several other yoga schools, a big event was organized at a central location called Alexanderplatz next to the TV tower. Beside the common yoga protocol practiced by everyone, we lead a 10 minutes Sun Salutation with all participants which was very much appreciated by all. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Om Namah Sivaya

    By Gods Grace and Masters' blessings, all is going well and smoothly. Swami Premananda returned from Brazil. He gave workshops at the Sivananda Centres in Sao Paulo and in Porto Alegre. Heyra from Venezuela travelled back to her country after helping us for 3 months. Lotus, from Buenos Aires, left the Centre for a few days. She plans to return to continue helping. We started a new Beginners' Course. Swami Dayananda traveled to the province of Buenos Aires to lead some workshops. We continued studying the Bhagavad Gita with Swami Premananda.

    Later in June we prepared for International Day of Yoga. We had the presence of Sumedha, sent by the Embassy of India to explain about Yoga Day. Lotus returned from Buenos Aires. Also two new karma yogis joined us. We gave a "Yoga for the Back" program. We continued with the study of the Bhagavad Gita. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    During June we offered a weekend intensive on Yoga Sutra, with Swami Narayanananda. Students from different cities came together to join students and karma yogis from the Centre. Dharmadeva, from Xi'an, came to lead the hatha yoga portion of the course. Everyone was inspired by the simplicity and practicality of classical yoga. Besides that, Sivani came back from India to continue to teach the new Yoga 1 course. Open classes all went well, with new students joining us often.

    By mid month we organized another retreat with Swami Narayanananda, in Wutong Mountain area in Shenzhen, a major city in China right next to Hong Kong, during the dragon boat festival 3-day weekend. Nandini and Chandra, who graduated from Vietnam 2016 TTC, organized a group of 20 people from different parts of China who joined the program on teachings from Bhagavad Gita. Among the students, there were yoga teachers, yoga practitioners as well high tech business leaders. Everyone was inspired by the teachings of classical yoga. At the Centre, Swamiji also met with all the karma yogis and reminded us of the importance of karma yoga and karma yogis. Ambika attended the Kids Yoga Teacher Training in Vietnam. Besides that, Yoga 1 course and open classes all went well, with new students joining us often. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre.

    In June we started a morning Beginners' Yoga series with good number of students. We conducted a yoga awareness class at the Reserve Bank of India for about-to-retire employees. Two new staffs, Bavish (from Kerala) & Jagadesh (from Tamil Nadu) joined us for 3 months commitment. By mid month we were all very busy with forth coming Interntional Yoga Day preparations. We distributed 6000 pamplets in our major areas and advertised in the Times of India, Adyar Times, Omr Times, Adyar Special & Good Sunday newspapers. Our Kids Camp completed at the Gudur Ashram with a ceremony of kids with their parents and Gudur staff. We arranged lunch for them here with us and enjoyed a beach visit near our Centre. Senior teacher Manju ji from Delhi visited our Centre on her way back to Delhi after completing Kids Camp in Gudur Ashram. We all celebrated her birthday with a cake cutting, garlanded her with our traditional shawl and gifted her with Swamji's Yoga Life book. All kids with their parents, all staffs enjoyed the birthday cake feast. Still summers are presiding in Chennai. The Chennai Centre was busy all day on International Yoga Day with approximately 300 participants in the day's activities. The day commenced with the Ganapathi Homa, followed by an Introduction to Yoga Talk. We provided 3 free Asana classes throughout the day while maintaining the regular daily class schedule. Off-site, we also conducted a class for the central government employees of the CBI Directed Chennai. The day was concluded with a public evening Satsang and delicious dinner. With the Grace of God and our Masters, everything here is smooth & fine. Pranams! Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    In June we offered the Yoga 3 course and the Intro to Meditation series. We also hosted a very successful Karma Yoga Day, working in the garden with many karma yogis new and old assisting. We had the opportunity to introduce new people to the beautiful practice of karma yoga and the Sivananda Centre when one of our teachers, Siva, invited his coworkers at Blue Cross to attend through their community service program. One of our students even made idli and coconut chutney to feed our volunteers which they all enjoyed. Many students said they really enjoyed the event and requested to have another one soon! We also received a $2000 donation from Blue Cross for 100 hundred hours of community service served in 2017. Meanwhile we looked forward to Arjuna's arrival to the Centre to bring some prana and wisdom. Wishing you all well and sending extra Tryumbukums to the Brazilian Centre. For International Day of Yoga we planned a summer solstice sunrise sun salutation event on Lake Michigan which drew 18 people even though the weather forecast was for 100% chance of heavy rain.  We prayed that the rain would hold off until after the event and when it was finished and it rained to flood proportions.  There were about 6 people new to Sivananda who showed up, either from the article in the Chicago Yoga Magazine or from Facebook. It was always good to see new faces. Pranams to the Gurus for this opportunity for us to serve, grow, and love. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Omkari and Atmajyoti arrived early June and settled in nicely. They took over the duties transferred by Samadeva and Sivashakti.  Students came to classes and Satsangs regularly. After a successful Open House on June 3rd, we started two Y1 beginner courses, one in the morning and one in the afternoon to suit different availabilities, taught by Vimala and Atmajyoti. Other Beginners' courses and Yoga 2 continued steadily. We were blessed to have a new resident staying for 1 month. Despite the rainy weather in June students still came to classes and Satsangs regularly. A Beginners' Yoga1 continued steadily. Yoga 2 courses finished with most of the students registering for regular open class. Prenatal Yoga and Kids Yoga classes also ran well. We pray that Guru's Grace is always with us. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India

    Om Namah Sivaya

    By the grace of God and the blessings of Gurudev, everything is good here. In June a Yoga Beginners' course began on Mondays at 6 A.M. and 4 P.M. We conducted the shat kriya workshop one Sunday. All our classes continued well. We pray for the peace and harmony of the world. We send our Pranams to all. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India

    Om Namo Narayanaya

    With the blessings of the Masters we started June with a Beginners' course at 10:00am following our daily morning Satsang. Open classes & the Beginners' course at 6:30am also continued. We conducted a Headstand workshop for good number of students. A full day yoga and meditation retreat was conducted from 8:30am to 5:30pm for four participants who requested us to have a day off from their daily routine, break from work stress & learn the technique of mediation which can help them to relax. We also conducted another private session for a student who couldn't join the regular sessions. Abeba, Manjuji, Chaista, Bitanya and other teachers and kids left for the Kids/Teens Camp starting on 3rd June at Tapaswini Ashram, Gudur. The group were welcomed by Sandeepji, Gopanji & Vinod at Chennai airport then taken to Chennai Centre for lunch & rest before heading to Gudur. We celebrated the 4th IDY at R block GK1 park by conducting different classes like Open class, Surya Namaskar & Introductory class for beginners for our regular students & new comers. Continuing the celebration, we also conducted yoga class at Inter University Accelerator Center (IUAC) & at Magneti Marelli India Pvt Limited for the employees & their family members. With the grace of the Masters, everything else at the Nataraja Centre went well. We send our Pranams and hope everyone is happy and peaceful. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre

    Om Namah Sivaya. The last Yoga 1 course started before the summer closure (reduced schedule). We had the second class "Yoga in the park" with 12 students. On Saturday we had the workshop "opening the chest in wheel, fish and camel", with 10 students. The staff and Jnaneshwari are organizing a schedule for the teachers during July – Sept. The International Yoga Day events were organized by the Indian mission with programs from 8 yoga schools in Geneva. The event happened in the WIPO, next to the UN, where there is space for 300 people to practice Yoga. Each school presented either some Asanas, Meditations, Mantras or a Yoga Philosophy talk. The Sivananda Yogis presented a 20 minute asana session then we were able to distribute flyers of the Centre and Ashrams. The atmosphere was very nice. The opening of the event with the lighting the lamp ceremony and speeches of the Indian ambassador plus a video message from president Modi were very inspiring. The Geneva Centre will be partly closed for 3 months, due to the renovations, from July 1st to Oct 8th. The teachers will continue to teach classes in the Annexe during those 3 months. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In June Ganga Chaitanya returned to the Centre after her one-month trip to the Yoga Farm in the USA during the May TTC. In the Ho Chi Min Centre, we had good attendance in most classes. We offered two special workshops: Morning 108 Sun Salutations with 12 students, taught by Durga, and an afternoon Japa class with eight students, taught by Swami Pranavananda. Both workshops were very inspiring as we experienced the great power of the Yoga practice for body and mind. We began a Yoga One course with three students, taught by Durga.

    Mid June we had a wonderful surprise 60th birthday party for Swami Pranavananda. Many close teachers and students came for the celebrations, which included 60 presents, delicious food. The Dalat Ashram staff also made a very creative video. Ganga Chaitanya went to the Ashram in Dalat for the Kids' Camp. We started a Meditation course - eight sessions, with 17 students, the most students ever. We started a Yoga One course with eight students, and we had a Pranayama workshop with 16 students. We had a wonderful International Day of Yoga. Many Karma Yogi, staff and students had practiced Yoga together. The 4th International Yoga Day was organized by the Indian Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City and 7 provinces and cities, with the participation of 8000 people. Pranams to the Sivananda Family. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England

    Om Namah Sivaya

    As June began the TTC students were in week 2 of the course. They were flowing well with their routine. The priest, Yagneshwara visited to perform uplifting duties. The students were pleased to be doing their morning asana classes whist hearing the daily Pujas in the background. We were all delighted by the daily dressing of the murtis, bringing freshness to the meditation hall. The energy in the Centre felt further uplifted with the purification ritual and thorough abhishekam of the murtis. The Centre held an Introduction to Meditation full day program, gaining attention from responsive students. We had the visit of an Ayurvedic consultant, Angela Hope-Murray. She gave an introductory lecture to the TTC students. The new Practical Ayurveda book arrived to the bookstore. The interest was very positive among students and outside teachers. Various projects continued: the kitchen was shining after a week of thorough deep cleaning, plus, the house preparations were in full swing in expectation of the end of month Special Yoga Festival with the Acharyas and Sri Venugopal Goswami. The Centre was blessed by the presence of regular Karma Yogis coming in on set days every week, carrying tasks as they do over the years to help the day-to-day running. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya!

    In June the Summer season officially began in Los Angeles as students started their summer vacations. The weather turned hot accordingly. We continued to offer incentives for class passes, courses and workshops. The new class schedule brought in a few new local students. We offered a Positive Thinking course, a Yoga One and a Yoga Two course. It was very nice to be studying and learning together. In Gita class we observed Arjuna's physical and stress responses in Chapter Two, the universal human condition we can all relate to. Yoga is the practical teaching on Living. We looked forward to continuing our studies. Master Sivananda taught us Bhakti Yoga during morning and evening Satsangs as we read Master's words on the power of Prayer, Prostration and Devotion.

    As June continued, so did the Positive Thinking course. We discussed the characteristics of positives vs negatives using the Guna concept. We looked into how to cultivate more sattva and positivity via the five elements of nature. We celebrated Fathers Day with an intimate Satsang, reading Swami Sivananda's words on Bhakti Yoga. Yoga One and Yoga Two courses continued well with students bringing their questions. They gave positive feedback on how they experienced the benefits of simple yoga practices. We celebrated International Day of Yoga by offering a free yoga class at a nearby park located on the Marina, about 20 people joined, including a representative from the Yoga Institute in Mumbai. After a ninety-minute yoga class we showed the documentary "Yoga Life and Self Transformation" by Benoy Beh and enjoyed vegetarian sandwiches together as the sun sets over the marina. Many karma yogis helped with this outdoor event, everyone had a wonderful time. May the Blessings of Gurudev be upon all. Pranams. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!

    Everything went smooth this week after the beautiful special program. Focus was promotion of the TTC Aluenda in August and the new Centre brochure. On the weekend we had an interesting workshop Yoga for the back and a Positive Thinking course. Swami Santoshananda was in the North visiting a possible retreat place, Parvati and close teachers took good care of the Centre. Our celebration on the International Yoga Day on the 21st of June saw two large open classes and a meditation for peace at our Centre. We were happy to see many yogis from other schools join in. At the same time the Madrid Centre was represented in Oviedo (Northern Spain) with an event organized by the Embassy of India, including a lecture and a class taught by Gopala. The Centre's staff are well. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India

    Om Namah Sivaya

    We thank our Master and Guru for all blessings. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In June the Montevideo Centre had very good energy. We started Beginners' classes. Nandini gave the course on how to strengthen and relax the back. We prepared the Centre for the International Yoga Day on the 21st of June. The regular programs continued to be supported by the grace of Masters.

    By mid month the weather turned cold. Autumn finished and winter arrived, but we have the blessing of sunny noon hours. Dr Padma gave a special workshop on joint mobility and limitation. The teachers enjoyed it a lot. The regular programs continued normally, by the grace of our Masters. The regular classes developed very well. The International Day of Yoga was celebrated at the Centre on the 21st of June with many activities finished  with repetition of Om Namo Narayanaya. We then offered a vegetarian snack, prepared by Kanti Devi. We finished the commemoration in the Radisson Hotel. Here is winter. The program was organized by the Embassy and Consulate of India in Uruguay and several schools of Yoga. We offered the book about Spiritual Wisdom of Swami Sivananda to all participants. This book was edited for this event. Teachers, staff and students from the Centre participated full of joy. Love to all. May all live under the Masters' grace. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Montreal Centre!

    We are ever grateful for the grace of the Masters. Pranams to all!! Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!

    We had a wonderful week with our festival "Tap the Source". The whole Centre had turned into an Ashram with lots of karma yoga and numerous teaching activities going on the whole week. We were blessed by the presence of Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda and Swami Kailasananda who stayed with us giving Satsangs, workshops, lectures and guidance in individual consultations. Also Swami Ramapriyananda and several other staff from different Centres joined us for this week.

    We had different activities for the International Day of Yoga: We offered a free yoga class "Relax and Recharge", participated in an event in front of the town hall in the city center with open-air yoga classes and a headstand demonstration. Swami Vasudevananda participated in a public panel discussion with 150 people in the audience on "Yoga, Ayurveda and Indian Heritage" organized by the Indian consulate. Swami Naryanananda taught in the evening a big free yoga class in the Centre. We also had the special program on Ayurvedic nutrition with Ayurveda Acharya Shanti Kumar Kamlesh. He gave a lecture on the healing powers of spices and herbs and a successful cooking class. Greetings from the Sivananda Yoga Centre Munich! OM.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    By Guru's Grace and Masters Blessings we had a great and successful May. We welcomed Shankara, a full time staff from the Ranch who will be helping us here at the Centre for one month. Classes and courses continued to be steady. Swami Paramananda stopped by for a surprise visit just in time for w Wednesday Satsang! It was always a pleasure to have Swami ji here and as he went off to the Bahamas for two weeks, we wished him well on his trip. We held Open House day. Before the day, the staff went on a silent walk to Central Park, it was a nice treat to enjoy a little bit of nature and fresh air! Neeti went to visit family for a week. Shakti led the Satsang with Sunday chants and an inspiring talk on positive thinking. Srinivasan ji came by for a visit in between travels and led the Wednesday Satsang. We were grateful for the opportunity to have Satsang with him and we looked forward to seeing him back soon. We welcomed back Priest Shankara Namboodiri, accompanied by Swami Paramananda. A beautiful Durga Puja was held. Beforehand Swami ji taught the advanced class. This day brought together a lot of people. Huge gratitude was felt for such a high energy they brought. The classes continued steadily with new courses slated to start soon. All the staff are well and send their Pranams. We work with gratitude for this beautiful opportunity to serve. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France

    Om Namah Sivaya

    The Paris' residents started to get used to the strikes. In spite of the transportation issues and the long weekends, many students, teachers and karma yogis managed to come to the Centre. We had cheerful evenings with a nutrition course, a pranayama course, the regular meditation and positive thinking courses. There were also workshops on The yoga for the back, headstand, relaxation and The 12 basic postures. There was a good Open day. Many new comers were eager to start yoga. On the First May, there was a cheerful atmosphere with the traditional spring offering of lilies of the valley. We appreciated many flash visits of the Orleans' staff in their way from and back to Orleans.  Swami Kailasananda guide and listen to everyone. Swamiji had a positive lunch meeting at the Indian Embassy with some others yogis. The Centre appreciates the priest stay for some days. We had uplifting days with morning Puja's mantra chanting, the purification of the building and with a special Sri Yantra Puja. The staff enjoyed homemade doshas, Idlis and Sambar. Kailas gave an inspiring workshop on the topic of muscles to a little group of teachers. Rukmini did a couple of photoshoots for the new website. The first days of the month, we had the Om Namo Narayanaya chanting at 5:30 PM every day. The rest of the month, we continued with the chanting twice à week.  It help us to tune with the peace message of Swami Vishnudevananda and to tune with our inner peace. There was also an inspiring peace day with the " Om Namo Narayanaya" chanting, the Likhita Japa and the video "In the Name of peace". We all appreciated feeling in tune with Swamiji and the yoga message of peace. May harmony prevails in the World, may the whole world be in peace. This month we had two cooking classes. One little and calm with the staff and a big one with Doctor Kamlesh. There was a cheerful atmosphere with Doctor Kamlesh staying in the Centre. He gave a session of questions and answers. The Masters sent precious help to support the Centre. Prema came from Orleans for a couple of weeks. Sarada Devi came for three months as staff.  Both of them are of good support for the teaching, the reception, the kitchen and the office. They bring fresh and joyful energy to the Centre. Radhika had 10 days free, in order to take care of personal things. Asha went on holidays. Daya came at the end of the month to stay as a resident. Sarasvati went to London but will be back very soon. We are happy to have a big family. The promotion of the yoga day by the Eiffel tower had created a cheerful mood in the Centre. The invitation cards are very inspiring and people are grateful for the invitation. Prem from all. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America

    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil

    n the month of June the Centre kept its sattvic energy by the grace of our beloved Gurus. Swami Premananda stayed at the Centre where he gave a very nice workshop on the Bhagavad Gita. He also taught several regular classes. He was a big help and inspiration. The students felt very happy with his presence. Classes continued normally even with the characteristic winter cold weather. Satsangs had a good turnout of students and teachers. Lalita arrived to help us with the activities of the Centre. We continue with other our regular classes. Blessings and Peace to all of the Sivananda Family. Om.



Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves from Roma

    In June we offered a very well attended Satsang with lecture on Meditation, followed by an Special Yoga Day in Rimini, North-East of Italy. The program was organized by teachers in Rimini with a group of serious students from the area, led by Swami Rajeshwarananda. We promoted the next Yoga Retreat scheduled in July in the North of Italy plus the TTC in August. We also offered some new Beginners' courses. We were all well and send our blessings to the Sivananda Family! Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves

    In June we offered a Yoga 2 class with enthusiastic students, receptive to learning. Swami Dharmananda and Rudra visited the Centre from the Yoga Farm on their way to Sadhana Intensive at the Headquarters. Open classes continued to go well as we noticed a slight higher density of students. Chandrika left the Centre with Sivani taking her place as temporary staff. We focused our promotion efforts on Swami Sitaramananda's upcoming visit and programs for International Yoga Day. Swami Sitaramananda arrived to give an afternoon talk on Steps to Peace of Mind and to launch our International Yoga Day festivities. She continued the talk at Satsang. Swami Sivasankariananda attended the IAYT SYTAR conference in Virginia with Durga Leela. Parvati arrived to help at the Centre over the summer and hopefully longer. Krishna Das went back to the Yoga Farm. We started a Yoga 2 course. Swami Sitaramananda's talks for International Yoga Day included Karma and Reincarnation to a curious audience. We participated in the established weekly Yoga on the Labyrinth program at Grace Cathedral in downtown San Francisco. Hundreds of people come to take a yoga class. Swami Sitaramananda was interviewed by Darren Main in a side chapel following the class. She fielded many excellent questions. We offered a full day of free activities at the SF Centre on the 21st, International Yoga Day. We began with a Guru Puja, an extra yoga class and breakfast. Then visiting Nada Yogi Ram Vakkalanka gave an impromptu talk on the history of Yoga. He cooked a delicious Ayurvedic lunch for everyone. In the afternoon of Yoga Day, we held a brainstorming session about promotion and integrating health programming at the Centre. We then taught a pranayama session at the nearby park. The day ended with our regular evening yoga classes and Arati. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Sao Paolo, Brasil

    Om Namah Sivaya from Sao Paolo

    In June the regular classes continued. We felt a few warmer days during this winter. A new class of Beginners' Yoga started. We had the International Yoga Day with open and free classes, taught by teachers Ananta, Shakini and Ishwari. The presence of the visitors was invigorating. There was good energy in the Centre with the help of karma yogis and teachers. Om Shanti Shanti to all the Sivananda family. Om.

    http://www.sivananda.org.br/saopaulo/



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Even though the majority of staff were in the Bahamas Ashram in early June, the Centre in Tel Aviv continued to function as per usual with open classes and several courses being taught by replacement teachers. In honor of Swami Swaroopananda's birthday, Sri Devi travelled to the Ashram in Matta to assist in the Puja being held there, which was led by Narayan Jyoti. Many students of Swamiji came to join in the festivities. There was also a viewing of Swami Swaroopananda's Question and Answer session in the Bahamas.

    Later in June Pranava Chaitanya returned from the Bahamas and started a Meditation Course. Guy Dekel, a long time teacher, opened a course of 'Teaching Yoga to Children'. Pranava Chaitanya and Sri Devi travelled to the Ashram in Matta for a Sivananda Teachers' weekend. Around 50 teachers came together for Satsang, a pot luck meal, a wonderful yoga class and a workshop by Pranava Chaitanya - 'Positive Thinking as a Tool for Meditation'. Teachers also had the opportunity to speak about their activities within their communities and to mingle with one another. Pranava Chaitanya led a Sunday Satsang by reading from the newly released book about Swami Vishnu, a beautiful pictorial of "Swamiji". Highlighting his peace missions, Pranava Chaitanya inspired the Satsang attendees. Pranams and Peace to the Sivananda family from the Tel Aviv Centre. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves

    In June Ganga Chaitanya visited other parts of Japan and Yamuna who was here for a training moved to Shoji Lake Retreat Centre. We were so thankful for their help. Two batches of Yoga 2 course concluded. Some of them have already joined Satsang, learning and practicing Sivananda Yoga in a systematic manner. A new Yoga 2 course started, with 8 students attending. A Yoga 1 course completed with most of the students proceeding to Yoga 2. Also, a Jyotish workshop by Shinobu Tanabe was given one Sunday as the students learned how to read their chart on their own. Following the programs conducted at Tokyo Centre, Ganga Chaitanya led programs such as Vietnamese-style tea ceremony; handmade mala beads workshop at Shoji Lake Retreat Centre. Japan entered the rainy season, called Baiu in Japanese, starting June 6th. It usually lasts for a month or so. Trends show that this season is the most quiet period of time for the Centre.

    By mid month a special event for celebrating the 7th anniversary of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre Japan Tokyo was held. The Centre was immensely vibrant, joined by more than 220 guests. We offered 2 asana classes for free, performed a review of the 5 points of Yoga. Also, Swami Sitaramananda joined the morning Satsang from Yoga Farm via Zoom in which she gave a talk on "Steps to Peace of Mind." A beautiful Puja was conducted by Pandaji, with whom we have been having a great relationship since Tokyo Centre was established. More than 40 people participated in the Puja to celebrate this memorial day of the 7th anniversary. Throughout the week, many Karma yogis helped with a preparation for the anniversary event, spending a lot of their time and energy. We were thankful for their huge support to the Centre. On June 21st, the International Yoga Day, an outdoor asana class was offered for free of charge at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden located at the heart of Tokyo, joined by 30 students. By guru's grace, we were not caught in the rain in spite of the middle of the rainy season. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In June an early morning Yoga 1 course started. One Saturday Mayavan taught Yoga and Ayurveda workshop illustrating the connection of these two ancient sciences. Vikram and Janaki taught chanting to a group of students happy to learn about rhythm, melody and kirtan practice while enjoying a cup of tea at this lively community event. Our fundraising event for medical camps, a project led by our Meenakshi Ashram in India, went very well. We collected contributions of about $4000.00 that will go towards supporting Madurai's rural community with much needed medicines and medical treatments. Lots of students gathered for an inspiring evening, led by three extraordinary musicians  Nakeet, Maryem and Ernie Tollar. The event was concluded with a feast, contributed by close students and teachers. Prahlad left for the Yoga Camp Ashram to teach Sadhana Intensive.

    By mid month Shivapriya arrived from Japan to help out at the Centre for the summer. Saraswati went to visit her family for a week. A Mala making workshop was taught by Rose. The Centre was a bit more quiet so we fixed our online payment system that had some issues and updated photos for the new website. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    In June a Beginners' batch for ladies started on Mondays. All other classes went smoothly. The staff members were busy with their classes & karma yoga. 
    Yashpal ji came back from Uttarkashi. The staff member Jayalakshmi left the Centre to pursue her career outside. We wished her good luck. An early morning Beginners' batch started with good number of students. Ganapathy Homa was conducted on the first day of the new Malayalam month. The Karma Yogi, Barbara, went back to Switzerland. We wished her good luck. We celebrated International Day of Yoga with Neyyar Dam Ashram staff and guests in the Jimmy George Indoor Stadium. There we assisted yoga classes, held a question and answer session and sessions on 5 points of yoga and Natya yoga. Satsang was led by Yashpal ji. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Greetings from Vienna. Classes and courses went on as usual and a new Yoga 2 was starting last week. We received our new brochure from the printer with a wonderful and inspiring cover page, showing Swamiji practicing the basic postures and the sun salute. The preparations for our special programme gained momentum, on Friday Swami Gokulananda arrived from Berlin. Sunday was the big arrival day for our special guests, we welcomed Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda, Swami Annapurnananda, Narayani, Madalasa, Mahadev. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius

    Good Yoga 1 course started on Tuesday with 10 students different age and capacities.  Yoga 2 and higher courses continued. More students were coming for the Satsangs again. Nice workshop on Mantras and kirtans happened on Saturday. Our close teacher Nirmala very sincerely and with Love taught the students how to sing kirtans they like the most and eager to learn. More focus was given for the preparations for the upcoming TTC Lithuania, promotion and registrations for the Yoga vacation programs. OM.

    http://www.sivananda.org/vilnius/

    Lift veil after veil. There shines the self-luminous Atman. - Sri Swami Sivananda

 
 

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