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"Fundamental virtues like truth, fellowship, non-injury, purity, justice, integrity will continue to be applicable to the life of humanity." - 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
JUNE 2018
10 Ekadasi
13 NewMoon
15 Mariamman Flag Hoisting
23 Ekadasi
24 Pongola Festival
28 Full Moon

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
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NEWS

Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

Greetings from the Yoga Camp Sivananda Headquarters in Val Morin. With great pleasure we bring you the good news. At last the EBM and the Sivananda Organization decided to open a new Sivananda home in Vancouver, Canada. Since Swamiji's time there have been numerous requests to have a Centre in Vancouver. Even though intentions and thoughts were strong, the Organization did not have the sufficient resources to expand into Vancouver. Now, with the Grace of Master and Swamiji, we have experienced and dedicated staff who are willing to come and find a place in a prime location in Vancouver, where staff can live and teach like all our other Centres around the globe. Hence we are reaching out to you all. Help us to find a place or give us leads on who may be able to help us. Please send any of your suggestions input or leads to vancouver@sivananda.org

On the other side of the planet, the newest Sivananda Ashram - Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Tapaswini Ashram in Gudur, Andhra Pradesh, South India will be hosting its first two week Children's Yoga Camp, starting June 3rd 2018 with many children arriving from Delhi who will be on holidays during that time. The Gudur Ashram also offers regular Yoga Vacation programs for those who want to check out another new home of Swamiji's teachings.

The ISYC Ashrams and Centres will be humbly celebrating H.H. Swami Vishnudevananda Ji's Mahasamadhi Silver Jubilee in 2018 by organizing a Janma-Samadhi Yatra (JSY, Birth-Samadhi Pilgrimage). This will also be a curtain raiser for Swamiji's birth centenary decade. The Yatra will move from Nemmara, Kerala, India (Swamiji's birth place) to Netala, Uttarakand, Himalayas, India (Swamiji's Jalasamadhi place), starting on 24th September 2018. After visiting various holy places, Temples, Ashrams and affiliated Centres along the way the Yatra will conclude on the 11th November 2018, with a special program in Netala. For more information contact:  yogashowstheway@sivananda.org
www.sivananda.org.in/janmasamadhiYatra

During the busy month of June 2018 the Sivananda Organization offers 6 TTC's, 1 ATTC, a Yoga & Panchakarma detoxification program and a Sadhana Intensive at a variety of Ashrams around the world. The month of July has 7 TTCs, an ATTC and a Yoga & Panchakarma detoxification program. Is it time to upgrade or enhance your Sadhana and yoga practice with a Sivananda Teacher Training Course? Link below for more information.

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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God helps you, only when you feel utterly humble. - Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. How can a person, who has been thinking in a negative way for a long time, change to positive thinking?
A.

Start with some positive suggestive formulas: "I am hale and hearty. I am healthy. There is nothing wrong with me. I was under a misconception of my own abilities and capacities. Now I have realized my real nature". Do it with the help of some person advanced in Yoga or a devotee of the Lord. Start with a prayer to the Lord. Make prayer a part of daily life and 'a must' in life. All negative thinking will end and they will become quite normal.

Q. How does the power of concentration increase in my mind?
A.

Concentration increases by curtailing your wants and desires, by observing Mouna for two hours daily, by remaining in seclusion in a quiet room for one or two hours daily, by practicing Pranayam, by prayer, by increasing the number of sittings of meditation in the evening and at night, by Vichar and so on. These are all elements of your Sadhana practice.

Q. Why does God create rogues?
A.

As this is a relative world, there must be rogues and honest men. A rogue is not an eternal rogue. A rogue is the saint of the future. Roguery is a negative virtue. It is not a separate entity. Honesty will have no existence in the absence of roguery. The raison d'etre of roguery is to glorify honesty. Roguery and honesty are the obverse and the reverse of the same coin. They are mental creations only. Even a rogue has some virtues. There is neither absolute roguery nor absolute honesty. God Himself plays the part of a rogue in the world's drama for His Lila. There is neither John nor Peter.

 

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

There is some truth in everything. Views and opinions are subjective aspects. - Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

CROW - KAKASANA - A balance pose to strengthen arms and shoulder girdle.

Start from a squatting position with legs and feet apart. Place palms on mat in front of you inside the knees with the elbows bent. Place hands apart, so they are facing inwards which takes strain off the wrists. Hands are apart as much as the feet. Spread the fingers to help with distribution of weight. Keep breathing rhythmically and looking straight ahead, lean weight forward into the arms and hands. Test your strength in arms and wrists. You may also have to adjust the distance of your hands from the body. Keep elbows bent outward. If not already on toes, come up on toes and keep knees pressed firmly into the upper arms. From here on, it is important to keep the chin forward and keep looking up so the head acts as a weight counterbalance. Lifting hips up, move weight forward and onto wrists and hands, allowing your feet to be weight free and start to leave the mat. Elbows are slightly bent and knees rest against or on upper arms. Hold your balance with toes on mat before further lean forward, ensuring you have sufficient strength in the shoulders, arms and wrists to perform this pose. If stable then proceed to move weight forward until you can lift feet completely away from the mat. The feet are held in alignment together. Keep chin forward. Hold up to 30 seconds.
BENEFITS:
Develop and hold balance, moving weight progressively from feet, legs and hips forward onto hands and arms.
Strengthen wrists, arms and shoulder girdle.
Increase wrist flexibility.
Strengthen triceps muscles.
Strengthen shoulder muscles.
Awareness of your 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

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

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

VICHAR: Enquiry

Atma Vichar Shakti - Inquiry into the true Self. The enquiry of "Who Am I?". The mind is the tool provided for this quest.

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

Behold the unity of all faiths, cults, creeds and religions. Respect the views, opinions and sentiments of all. - Sri Swami Sivananda

BHAGAVAD GITA

Chapter XVIII: The Yoga of Liberation by Renunciation

XVIII.13. PANCHAITAANI MAHAABAAHO KAARANAANI NIBODHA ME;
SAANKHYE KRITAANTE PROKTAANI SIDDHAYE SARVAKARMANAAM.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
Learn from Me, O mighty-armed Arjuna, these five causes, as declared in the Sankhya system for the accomplishment of all actions!

XVIII.14. ADHISHTHAANAM TATHAA KARTAA KARANAM CHA PRITHAGVIDHAM;
VIVIDHAASHCHA PRITHAKCHESHTAA DAIVAM CHAIVAATRA PANCHAMAM.
The body, the doer, the various senses, the different functions of various sorts, and the presiding Deity, also the fifth.

XVIII.15. SHAREERAVAANGMANOBHIRYAT KARMA PRAARABHATE NARAH;
NYAAYYAM VAA VIPAREETAM VAA PANCHAITE TASYA HETAVAH.
Whatever action a man performs by his body, speech and mind, whether right or the reverse, these five are its causes.


Love all. Embrace all. Be kind to all. This will remove jealousy.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

From Discourse II: "Sadhana Pada- On Spiritual Disciplines"]

II.40. SAUCAT SVANGA-JUGUPSA PARAIR ASAMSARGAH
'From purification comes disgust for one's own body and a disinclination to come into physical contact with others.'

Commentary:
Cleanliness, both internal and external, and mental purification help to turn the mind towards the Divine. Through purification one sees quite clearly that beauty is only skin deep and that real beauty exists in the spirit only. When the body is kept immaculately clean, it becomes more easily apparent that it is but an instrument for carrying out the work of advancing toward God-Realization.
 
There is some truth in everything. Views and opinions are subjective aspects. - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

MEDITERRANEAN SALAD - Serves 4 as light main course or up to 10 as a side salad.

Mixed salad variety with added Mediterranean ingredients olives and feta cheese and vegetables for textural crunch. The dressing gives herbal freshness and fennel adds anise flavour.

Ingredients for DRESSING:
1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 to tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 tablespoon fennel seeds, crushed
A few sprigs of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste

Ingredients for SALAD:
4 ounces romaine lettuce and/or spinach, torn into small pieces
20 ripe olives, pitted
10 ounces green beans, lightly steamed
2 tomatoes cut into wedges, or 10 cherry tomatoes
1 cucumber cut in chunks
3 carrots, cut in thin sticks about 2 inches long
3 sticks of celery, coarsely chopped
1 cup cubed or crumbled feta cheese or substitute with 1 cup sunflower seeds
Few sprigs fresh parsley to garnish

Directions:
Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside to let the flavours blend while assembling the salad.
Mix salad and vegetables, add feta cheese (or sunflower seeds), add dressing, mix well and serve garnished with sprigs of parsley.

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

Whatever you eat, first offer it to the Lord. Take it as His Prasad. This will purify your food. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC and ATTC Teacher Training Courses

2018

Jun 02 - Jun 30/18
TTC – English
London, England
http://www.sivananda.org/london/teachers_training_UK.html

Jun 03 - Jul 01/18
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Jun 05 - Jul 02/18
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Jun 17 - Jul 14/18
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Jun 29 - Jul 27/18
TTC – English, Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jun 29 - Jul 27/18
ATTC – Français, English, Deutsch, Español
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jun 30 - Jul 29/18
TTC – lietuvių kalba Русский язык
Vilnius, Lithuania
https://www.sivananda.eu/lt/jogos-mokytoju-kursai/ttc-vietos/lietuvoje.html

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

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

A weak will is overpowered by the strong desire. Reduce your desires and live contentedly.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - MAY 2018

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada


    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Sivananda Headquarters

    Spring is in the air in May and the Yoga Camp is finally seeing sunny days. Most of the snow was cleared to make way for some spring cleaning. The EBM meeting finished then all the senior staff were taken up to the Subramanya Temple for Puja. Manjunath was able to make offerings and prayers for each of the different locations. All the members enjoyed the Temple food after the Puja and most of them departed that same day. It was such an honour to have them all here at the Camp and we look forward to seeing them all again, as always. Swami Shivabhaktananda departed Wednesday evening for India to lead the Char Dham Yatra. We had a total of 13 people on the 2 week Yatra. We prayed for their safe travel and looked forward to hearing about their journey. Meanwhile the Camp had some guests enjoying the sunny days with different lectures, workshops, and outdoor activities. We welcomed Kumari, a long time disciple of Swami Vishnu, to the Camp. She held a weekend "Slow Down-Enjoy More" workshop which brought in many guests even though the weekend was rainy. It was a perfect atmosphere for a gentle/slow down retreat. The staff were hard at work, setting up and cleaning the Camp. Now that the snow melted, we commenced with outside work that needs to get done before the summer season. With the help of guests many of the paths in the Ashram were cleaned. We finished opening the Annapurna building and our water pipes for the summer. Everyone pitched in to get all of this done. In addition, the staff were keeping up with their Sadhana.

    By mid month the Spring colours were beginning to blossom. Everything turned different shades of green. The smell of spring is in the air. It was beautiful to watch the transformation of the mountain colours as the days passed. Mookambika offered a few lectures and workshops throughout the week days for anyone who was interested. We continued with the biweekly chanting of the Lalita Sahasranama and Bhagavad Gita with a few guests joining here and there. We welcomed Upasana to the Camp. She has been coming and offering a "Yogic Path through Anxiety" workshop for a few years now and there is always a good response from guests. It was a long weekend here in Canada so the workshop was held for three days. In addition, we had the pleasure of having Prema, long time disciple of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnu, here at the Camp. She spoke during one of the Satsangs and told stories and memories she had of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda. Everyone felt inspired and felt the love of Master and Swamiji radiating from her as she remembered her experience with them. We hoped to have her back again soon. We also welcomed Swami Satyapremananda from the Yoga Ranch, New York State. She stayed with us for a little while. We're all always happy to have our Sivananda family visit from different locations. Meanwhile, the staff were busy in the Camp and Temple gardens. There was much cleaning and preparation needed. The Ayurveda building was well underway to being opened for the busy season. A new staircase, leading up to the Krishna Kutir and Ayurveda Building due to the construction, was rebuilt. Work in the Annapurna Building continued as all the staff were hard at work. Being outdoors was a nice change after the winter months. May the Grace of Master and Swamiji bless all. Om Shanti.




Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!

    In May the Ashram celebrated Swami Gayatriananda's twenty-fifth Sannyas anniversary with a Pada Puja. All the staff and children participated and received her blessings. Our Kids' and Teens' Camp concluded. After the parents' meeting the kids joined together for a mini Satsang and a well-rehearsed talent show. Parents were happy to see their children again, kids were excited to go home but also sad to leave their new friends. Staff were sad to see the kids go but also relieved to get back to normal schedule. They deserved a big congratulations for making the Kids Camp a success. The staff then settled into the low season schedule, keeping a daily group spiritual diary including a half hour of Om Namo Narayanaya chanting, daily new teachers' training classes and Sunday morning Guru Pada Puja. Work was underway for the construction of a new roof over the top floor of the Vishnu building - Dining Hall. This will provide a new asana space for up to sixty people. We welcomed Veena and her son, Nandi, from Camp for a few days. Peace and Pranams to the Sivananda family. Om.




Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India

    Om Namo Narayanaya from Uttar Kashi

    In May the 2nd TTC of the season began with initiation on Sunday 13th May and Ganapathy Homa on Monday morning. The weather was quite pleasant for the twenty nine students who are venturing forward in the Yogic path. They were guided by Kapoorji for the main lectures and Satsangs; Sukumari for Bhagavad Gita; Katyayani for Hatha Yoga and Dr Saravanan for Anatomy & Physiology.  Many of the students took the opportunity to visit the Cave at Gangothri and were inspired by the presence of the snow peaked Himalayas as well as Mother Ganga flowing by the Temple there. The Yatra group were welcomed for a visit to the Ashram after visiting Gangothri the previous day. They had a relaxing day doing Satsang and class together, then relaxing on the banks of Ganga after lunch. We wished them well for their onward journey to Kedarnath and Badrinath. We thank Master and Swamiji for the blessing of being in the company of the Himalayas and Mother Ganga. May Master and Guru be with us all. Om.


Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France

    Om Namah Sivaya

    n early May the TTC was in its second half and the Anatomy continued. They had the talk on Mantras plus the Kriya workshop. We had nice Satsangs, where spiritual stories were explained. During another evening Satsang we had the talent show with inspired performances. The vacation program "Yoga for the Back" started and we offered early pranayama sessions at 5h10. Most of the student who came were from the TTC! The certificate course with Kaivalya ended very positively and the students received their diplomas. New guests arrived for the 8th May Retreat "Mind: Its Mysteries and Control" and the certificate course with Swami Kailasananda entitled "Positive Thinking - Living Life with Joy". We had lectures and classes on the platform as the sun came back after a few cold and rainy days. The nice weather also supported the work in the garden which looked more beautiful every day. Swami Kailasananda and Narayana returned from Canada and also Swami Mangalananda after one week in Austria. Sita and Gauri (karma yogi from Paris) arrived at the Ashram to assist during the next programs. Kailas left for the London Centre for a few days to support a program there and Ananda arrived at the Ashram to stay with us during the next 4 months. We held a beautiful tabla and violin concert with two Indian musicians coming from Paris. Everybody really enjoyed the concert!

    The group for the TTC May arrived mid month and was inaugurated in a very nice ceremony with beautiful presentations from the students. The start of the course was accompanied by an auspicious Ganesh Homa in the Temple, the first public ceremony since the winter closure. Students were open and dynamic and seemed to be looking forward to the upcoming experience. The guest program was a "dynamic asana week". Then we had a big arrival day for vacationers for the long Pentecost weekend program "Yoga, Health and Rejuvenation" alongside the Yoga and Anatomy certificate course, with Padma, who arrived from London. Guests were very appreciative of the midday conferences, showing a lot of interest. The meet-the-staff-snack time was busy and the mid afternoon mantra chanting was well attended. Everyone was active during Karma Yoga hours with the TTC students leading enthusiastically by example. Madalassa left for Reith and Kailas left for Poland for a few days. With summer in view the garden platform and the forest platform were prepared and the altar on the garden platform was set up. As we had sunny weather both are now being used for asana classes in the afternoon. We offered a silent walk across the neighbouring fields with the sunset charming many on the way back. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Yoga Farm

    In May we were happy to welcome back Sw Sitaramananda and Sw Jnaneswariananda from the EBM meeting at the Yoga Camp. Sw Sitaramananda visited LA Centre and Sw Jnaneswariananda visited SF Centre shortly before returning the The Farm. Ganga Chaitanya arrived safely as well from Vietnam, for her summer visit. Yoga Farm programs included the Bhakti Yoga course, with Sw Vasishtananda, sharing the Vedic teachings of Bhakti Yoga with stories of devotion, Guru Puja and readings. We welcomed the large 60-people Yoga Bharati group for their annual weekend retreat, led by Raghu Ram-ji of S-VYASA University in Bangalore. Swami Sitaramananda gave a Satsang to the group from LA via zoom. Yoga Bharati, a Yoga Community Service organization based in San Jose, CA, follows the classical four paths of Yoga considered the Yoga Farm their home Ashram. We also thank Saraswati (Stacie Dooreck) for leading a weekend Chair Yoga training with 10 eager students. The Ashram energy was high with our spring/summer season beginning and the preparation for our upcoming TTC. Lots of grass was cut, plus painting, washing, fixing and retouching. The Ashram transformed into a beautiful sanctuary of peace and gratitude where the llamas, alpacas and goats roam freely. Purna, the Ashram dog, recovered from her wounds being attacked by neighbor's dog and Janaki, the bunny rabbit, ran in her homemade bunny run long cage. Staff, karma yogis, and guests are inspired to learn and receive the teachings.

    The second week of TTC saw the students very focused on their practice as they adapted themselves very well to the daily discipline. The group was very inspired with the philosophy lectures, asana practice and the beautiful morning Durga Temple walk and Satsang with Swami Sitaramananda. We thanked our special guests Mary Thompson, introducing Ayurveda Psychology and Dr. Suprabha Jain, speaking on Yoga and Health. Acharya Mangalananda and friends gave a beautiful devotional and uplifting Kirtan concert. The weather was warm and sunny allowing for afternoon TTC classes on the Yoga Deck. Projects underway included a new colourful Ashram welcome sign; the weeding of the lavender field; creating new boutique plans for approval. Construction will begin soon. 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 this year's slow-coming Spring transformations were at last in full progress and each day the Ashram blooms more beautifully. The weekdays in May were quiet in terms of guest stays, but staff were busy continuing to prepare the grounds and gardens for the busy season. Srinivasanji and Swami Paramananda returned from the EBM at the Camp, and then Swamiji traveled to the Bahamas for a two-week visit. Weekends were busy with a full house and programs that included a very popular Introduction to Yoga Weekend taught by Isani, a teacher and karma yogi at New York Centre whom we were glad to welcome. Nitya also came from the city, along with Aaron, Jessica, and Joanna, to lead the Spring Juice Detox weekend program. We were happy also to welcome Barabara Moss, who came to lead a Yoga & Osteopathy weekend program. Two new karma yogis arrived to the Ashram's work-study program: Rachelle and Carol.

    By mid-month a five day Positive Thinking course was taught by Swami Satyapremananda. We hosted the annual ASL (American Sign Language) retreat and had 13 participants learning how to teach yoga to the deaf community while taking quality time for themselves.  There was a lot of movement with several arrivals and departures. Swami Paramananda returned from two weeks of study at the Yoga Retreat in Nassau, and with him also arrived Shankara Nambroodhri, our Ashram priest, who just arrived from three months in South India. Both were warmly welcomed back. Srinivasan headed off to Fort Lauderdale to help Shyam and Mohini, directors of the Yoga Warehouse, celebrate the 20th Anniversary of this Sivananda Yoga Affiliated Centre. Meanwhile more weekend programs were offered: a Native American sweat lodge and a program on Japa Meditation, were both well attended. We were blessed with a Krishna Puja, performed by Ashram priest Shankara Nambroodhri. Swami Paramananda and Shankaraji went to the New York Centre, where Swamiji lead the 4pm advanced class and Shankaraji performed a Durga Puja during the evening Satsang, to bless the space. The Ashram Staff geared up for the start of the high season with deep cleaning, installing tents and planting the annuals in the flowers gardens. Swami Satyapremananda flew to Quebec for a ten day retreat at the Yoga Camp. By the grace of Master and Swamiji, all are healthy, well and inspired. Pranams to all from The Ranch. Om.




Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas

    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves

    Swami Kashi Muktananda continued his program "Foundations of the Advaita Vedanta Philosophy". We welcomed Jai Uttal, a Grammy-nominated sacred music composer, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist; and his accompanying musician Daniel Paul. They gave a very joyous and beautiful program, entitled "Awakening Bhakti: A Celebration of Divine and Human Love". We were honored to welcome back Swami Medhananda Puri, a distinguished traditional teacher of Vedanta from the Kailash Ashram in Rishikesh. This year he came to teach an intense 2-month-course on the Brahmasutras and other programs during Satsangs. We celebrated the April TTC and ATTC graduation with a beautiful ceremony and a special address given by Swami Medhananda. Senior staff gave inspiring Satsang lectures on the four paths of Yoga. We inaugurated the May TTC with a beautiful Puja conducted by the priest. We welcomed Surya, the main Hatha Yoga Teacher, from Portugal and the assisting teachers Narayana and Jagadambika from Colombia.

    Swami Medhananda continued with inspiring lectures in the evening Satsangs on Swami Sivananda's 20 Important Spiritual Instructions. We welcomed Satya (Priscilla Jabouin), who presented the program "Define YOU, Define YOUR Purpose: An Introduction to Live a Life YOU Love!" during several noon workshops; as well as Olga Sokolova Mandodari, who gave the afternoon workshops on "Creating Sacred Space with Vaastu Shastra". We started our annual Bhakti Yoga Retreat, for which we welcomed Radhanath Swami, and inspiring storyteller and Kirtan leader; Gaura Vani, Revati Prema, Ananta Govinda, Purusartha Das and many members of their families and the Hare Krishna movement. Each night we heard wonderful stories from Radhanath Swami and in the morning we had joyous concerts, infused with divine love and devotion. During the afternoons, the artists continued the Kirtan sessions, which were heard all through the Ashram. Krishna Chaitanya and Padmavati taught a 5-day Essentials of Yoga I Course to mostly Karma Yogis and a few guests. Swami Shambhudevananda taught a 6-day Meditation Retreat. Grace Van Berkum taught the 5-day "Gracious Living Detox Cleanse". Marc Halpern (Siva) and Andrea Deerheart taught the "Yoga Nidra Teacher Training Course". Om.




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

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Swami Durgananda and Swami Sivadasananda were there to give support in a beautiful inauguration of a friendly and open minded TTC group. All of them settled in quickly without complications. Within a few days the Jaya Ganesha was sung with enthusiasm and good participation. The Ascension Yoga Retreat was greatly uplifting and inspiring for all participants. The morning Satsangs with Swami Sivadasananda focussed on meditation techniques and Patanjali's eight steps. 25 students came for the further teachers training "breath work" which brought inspiration and joy to the group. Additionally the yoga guests and TTCs could join lectures on Ayurveda, Sanskrit and natural healing methods. At the beginning of the third TTC teaching week the Kriya-workshops were expected with curiosity and practiced with attention and concentration. In this week much time was spent in preparation of the Whitsun yoga events and the start of the Bhagavata Saptaha. Over 30 new guests arrived to spend an eventful weekend in the spiritual atmosphere of the Retreat House. In the Asana classes Swami Sivadasananda took care for the more trained students. He also uplifted the morning Satsangs by talking on the reasons for keeping up the Sadhana and understanding yoga as a state of being. The Bhagavata Saptaha started and right from the beginning the audience was taken into the depth of yoga philosophy empowered by wonderful stories full of practical wisdom and skillfully presented classical Indian chants. Lectures on healthy vegetarian nutrition supplemented the programs greatly.The weather was mixed but allowed some asana classes on the garden platform. The Yoga guests departed in a joyful mood and thankful for the many possibilities of reviving their yoga practice. OM.


Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

    Om Namo Narayanaya from the Meenakshi Ashram

    In May the Ashram held a Sivananda Medical Camp for the villagers near the Meenakshi Ashram. We had Surgical Camp as well, catering to the need of surgical procedures amongst the rural population. However on account of our limited treatment facilities, referrals are made to hospitals for a detailed analysis and planning of treatment. The Medical Camp was attended by several new cases in addition to the regular patients. The villagers live with the belief of a natural cure for their ailments as they consider it as a curse that had befallen them. Through the grace of our Masters our Weekly Medical Camps, albeit gradually, have helped us to meet the needs of rural population thereby cementing their faith in Medical Science. Praying to travel well ahead in our noble endeavour of campaigning health and wellness. Om.



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

    Om Namah Sivaya, from Da Lat Ashram

    Swami Narayanananda and Dharmini left the Ashram for a visit to the Tokyo Centre and retreat. A new group of guests arrived at the Ashram to follow our Beginner Week course. All enjoyed their introduction to integral Yoga practice and extended their stay when the course was over to further enjoy the atmosphere of the Ashram. A new group joined us with some of them for a juice fasting weekend. Along with a specially adapted diet, the fasting group took part in daily workshops on diet and health. Staff were doing well, following daily training workshops to improve teaching skills and English ability. We are daily thankful for Guru's grace and protection.

    Other news: By Guru's grace, the Ashram is doing well in its 2nd year of service. As the deadline for the deposit towards the extension to 10 years of our lease at the present Ashram location approaches, we have received many responses to our fund raising campaign from both Vietnamese and international students and friends. We send our words of thanks to all and pray for a stable opportunity of service at this beautiful location for many years to come. More support is needed in the upcoming few weeks. The Ashram was busy with a very diverse group of guests from many different countries. Our theme was "Stress-relief Through Yoga". Guests attended daily workshops on managing stress through yoga practice in addition to the regular practice. We enjoyed a Satsang outside on the mountainside. The group also took part in a longer trek into the forest area. Staff continued with daily training sessions to improve English and teaching skills. Swami Narayanananda left to lead the Satsang at the Dalat City Centre. Om.

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TTC and ATTC Reports from pop up locations worldwide:

    Nothing to report this month.




SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Centres -

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Three Saturday workshops took place this month. Scorpion workshop and sun salutation workshop helped students to improve their asana skills. The "How to Overcome Anger" workshop was well received. A highlight of the month was the Concert and Bhrata Natyam Dance. We welcomed for the second time Indranil Mallick and Partha Bose who gave a beautiful concert by Sitar and Tabla. The concert was followed by a Bharata Natyam Dance showing several mythological stories about Krishna, Siva, Ganesha and the Divine Mother. It was a joyful evening well received by all participants. The regular courses were also well visited. A Pranayama course started with a good group of students as well as a Yoga Beginners' course. The weather was splendid and many classes could take place outside on the platform. Everything was blooming in the garden - an oasis of peace very much appreciated by staff and students. Due to several bank holidays we were able to complete different maintenance projects around the house and in the garden. Two retreats in Russia were organized by the Affiliated Centre in Moscow and Siberian Teachers in the beginning of may with Swami Gokulananda (Berlin) and Durga Devi (Vilnius). The Moscow retreat took place in the countryside outside Moscow close to a lake in a quiet area. Teachers and students mainly from the Moscow Centre and from St. Petersburg participated in the 5 day retreat. Students enjoyed the classical retreat schedule with two Satsangs, two Asana classes, lecture and nature walk. Two workshops for teachers focused on Asana corrections and the teaching of sun salutation. For half of the students it was their first Yoga retreat. The energy was build up during the five days, students got more and more prana and everybody was shining at the end. On the last evening we did a bonfire at the lake with lots of Kirtans and open air meditation. On the last morning we had 6 students for mantra initiation. The day after we flew to Krasnoyarsk in Siberia and had a warm welcome by the local teachers. The retreat place was deep in the countryside close to a river in a beautiful surrounding. A good group of teachers, students and newcomers joined for the 3 day retreat. Students were very happy to connect to the teachings of the masters. Everybody left happy and recharged.

    By mid May Swami Gokulananda went to Poland for a weekend retreat together with Kailas from Orleans. Many of the teachers from various cities in Poland participated. They came together with their students. For some of them it was their first yoga retreat. The program was very successful, the weather was very warm and sunny. Some of the workshops could be outside with nice walks in the surrounding completed the program. Several students were interested in taking TTC this year. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Om Namah Sivaya

    By Gods Grace and Masters' blessings, all is going well and smoothly. Om.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    During May we started a new Yoga Foundation Course. We offered an Open House one Sunday. Some new students joined the trial class. Saraswati lead the Satsang about the power of sound. We enjoyed the Mantras and Kirtan so much. Open classes continued well. For two days we trained the new TTC graduates. We all felt the benefit from the training, like a review of TTC. Sivani and Rukmini went to India for the one-month Ayurvedic Abhyanga Course.

    There were 13 Chinese students join the next course. We offered the topic of Niyamas from Raja Yoga Sutras during Sunday Satsangs, sharing the scriptures and how to practice them in daily life. One Sunday morning we also had a Kirtan Workshop where everyone sang from the heart. Open classes also were doing well. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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

    The month of May went smoothly with our regular activities. Summers have set to peak in Chennai. Preparation work for the Meditation course and Kids Camp were in progress, with lots of enquires after our pamphlets distribution. We started a Ladies Beginners' course, with a good number of students. We finished Kids Camp on 16th May. The 13 kids who attended the ten day camp were very happy with the asanas and bhajans they learned. Our Special Beginners' course for Japanesse was completed. On the 20th, a special Satsang along with Lalitha Sahsra Nama Archana and Devi Pooja was conducted. Around 30 people attended the Pooja. The attendees participated in the Pooja very enthusiastically. After Arathi delicious chakrapongal (sweet rice) and fruit salad was given as Prasad. Our staff Chiharu came back on the 19th May, from Sri Lanka with a six month VISA. Our staff Preethi travelled home for a vacation. With the Grace of God and our Masters, everything continued to run smoothly. Pranams! Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    The month of May brought cooler temperatures but that didn't stop our students from joining us. We continued the Intro to Meditation course and finished a Yoga 2.  Due to popular demand we have added a Yoga 3 course to the schedule. Jorge, one of our dedicated karma yogis, returned after a long absence and he and Mahadevi began transforming the garden, preparing to area so we can plant some yummy food. One Sunday we had a special Satsang with Radha Gloria McCarthy, (a Sivananda Chicago teacher who has been teaching here since 1977 and took her TTC and the first ATTC with Swami Vishnu), on the topic of Karma, Reincarnation, and Modern Science. She shared the teachings of Swami Vishnu about the topic and then sited many accounts of people remembering their past lives that have been written in scientific journals to help us better understand this concept and inspire us to continue the practices that Swami Vishnu set for us. We had a great turn out and it was a wonderful event. It truly is a blessing to have such a wonderful community and feel the gurus' presence here. Staff were happy and well and sendings Pranams to all! Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In May we opened a Yoga for Beginners - Level 2 course and a Meditation for Beginners course. A lot of students signed up for those courses with enthusiasm to learn deeper into Yoga. The Centre set up the new system to managing student data base. The new staff get chance to teach a Beginner course, they got a lot inspiration and feel the blessed of Guru. Durga, staff of HCM, stayed 5 days at Centre and gave a workshop on 108 rounds of Surya Namaskar. Students and staff enjoyed it a lot. Swami Narayanan led Sunday Satsangs with many people enjoying it. They asked many questions and were inspired by him. We were blessed with students helping the Centre in the karma yoga program with cooking and gardening. We pray for the Guru's grace to be always with us. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India

    Om Namah Sivaya

    During the month of May an advanced postures course begin on Mondays at 10:00 A.M. which is a 2-week long course. An 8:00 P.M. open class time slot was added to the schedule from the people who are unable to practice yoga as they are working later in the day. A Yoga Beginners'' course began on Mondays at 10:00 A.M. and 6:30 P.M. A Headstand workshop was conducted to help people who are struggling with the headstand. Gentle Classes were helping people with special needs to practice yoga to whichever extent possible. Thanks to staff's dedication towards the Centre, the Centre is functioning well. An advanced postures course was offered, on students' request. Meditation course was completed successfully. A Yoga Beginners' course begins on Mondays at 10:00 A.M. and 6:30 P.M. Swami Shivabhaktananda who is the director of the Canada Centre visited the Centre. He also taught an energetic Yoga asana class and conducted a blissful Satsang and gave a wonderful talk on how pilgrimage (Yatra) teaches you the true meaning of life. Students and Centre's staff were very happy to listen to an inspiring talk by Swami Shivabhaktananda ji. 2nd part of the asana correction workshop was conducted to help teachers improve their teaching skills. An Advanced asana course come to an end. Thanks to staff's dedication towards the Centre, the Centre functioned well this month. By the grace of God and the blessings of Gurudev all is well here. We hope the same for all of you. We send our Pranams to all. Om Namo Narayanaya! Om.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India

    Om Namo Narayanaya

    With the blessings of the Masters we started May with with two Beginners' courses, one at 6:30am and the other at 4:00pm. Kapoorji left for Sivananda Kutir, Uttrakashi to teach the TTC. Shivani joined the Centre as a karma Yogi for 3 months. Kalyaniji visited us and conducted the Sunday Satsang on the way back to Neyyar Dam. Delhi had a storm which is strong enough to break a lot of trees including the one in front of our gate, plus broken telephone lines & even stopped people from attending the Sunday Satsang. With the grace of our Gurus we were able to offer a few private sessions for students who could not join the regular schedules due to health issues.

    Mid May saw two Beginners' courses, one at 10am and another at 6:30pm. The Foundation of Meditation of course was completed. Swami Sivabhaktananda and his team (including our staff Vipin) returned to the Centre from a 10 day Yatra. Swamiji stayed with us until 23rd May. He taught open classes, conducted Sunday Satsang and conducted a three day Yoga-3 course during his stay. We conducted Shat Kriya workshop which included theory, demonstration & practice. Sreevidya went back to Kerala as her mother was not well and needed her presence. Chandani came back from her trip and stayed with us for 4 days and taught open classes. With the grace of the Masters, the month of May followed the schedule, along with few private classes so everything went well at the Centre. 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. For the month of May the main focus of the Centre was on the Ayurveda program with Dr. Kamlesh. He gave two lectures on Introduction to Ayurveda and the 6 tastes/vitamins, proteins & minerals. We had the Ayurveda cooking class with 20 students. Our Karma Yogis helped us with vegetable cutting & other preparations. We transformed the main Asana hall into a kitchen. The course went well and the food was delicious. We received many students who are new to the Centre and some now want to become vegetarian. We had an Open House. We included a small cooking demonstration and it was a success. Many teachers helped. Some of the students stayed for the evening Satsang. One Sunday we had a Satsang with the Indian community of Geneva. They came and chanted many Bhajans during Satsang and also some classical Indian Temple Mantras. It was very powerful. They came with 20 people, some teenagers already played nice Tablas. The news is that 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 Annex, the small part of the Centre, but the staff will not be present, as there is no living space there. Om Sri Ramaya Namaha. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Om Namah Sivaya

    During the month of May the staff came back from the retreat in Dalat Ashram.  Meanwhile, we did a lot of construction and maintenance during the holiday to finish the resident rooms. We welcomed Swami Narayanananda and Dharmini on their way to Japan. The Open House was a success with 10 people attending. We finished all the courses of last month, such as meditation and restorative yoga with Ganga Chaitanya before she left for the US. We prepared the new courses for May.

    We had a very inspiring event to give people more understanding about TTC. Dharmini came from the Dalat Ashram, where the July TTC will be held, and ran two sessions one Sunday, each lasting about three hours. We began with an asana class, then a very well-done recent video about Sivananda Yoga and an informative slide show about TTC and the Dalat Ashram.  Many TTC graduates attended the sessions, especially to offer wonderful testimonies about TTC. Several people signed up for the course, and many people stayed afterwards to read brochures and talk with the teachers. The event reminded us of the great treasure which Master and Swamiji gave to the world. Pranams to the Sivananda Family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In early May we celebrated a Ganesha Puja for the removal of obstacles which was performed by a local Vedic priest. We received many auspicious offerings of flowers and fruit, filling the altar with an array of colours and our hall was filled to capacity by many devotees who came to be blessed. It was an evening of great positivity and energy. The Centre received a number of people for the Teachers Training preparation day, who were very enthusiastic and inspired by the teachings of the Masters. We also began our Beginners' Level 1 and 2 courses with lively students eager to learn. The Saturday morning Open Class is now full to the brim with many committed students returning every week. Our gentle class on Wednesdays is getting popular, with many regulars spreading the message to their friends, who are now also attending classes. Some much-needed painting of the walls around the altar of the hall was completed with vigour and enthusiasm by one of our students and with many hands, we were able to complete the task in time for the Satsang. The pictures of our Masters Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda radiated from the newly coloured orange wall and everyone felt very uplifted. The weekend continued with a workshop on 'How to Overcome Fear'. The workshop attracted many people and we were grateful to be able to study together from Master's book on this topic. The Centre saw much preparation ahead for our Open Days and weekend Retreat on Yoga Psychology with Swami Kailasananda. All other classes went well. All is well here with the blessings of our Gurus. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya!

    For the month of May the LA community joined in preparation for Acharya Swami Sitaramananda's annual visit to LA Centre. Swamiji and Hamsa Chaitanya arrived from Canada. Swamiji taught a weekend intensive workshop on "Yoga, Health and Well Being". Topics include Prana, Balance, Stress Management, Mental Health and Self-acceptance. Swamiji spoke about Yoga the three-levels of Health during Satsangs. Special yoga classes, lunch and karma yoga time are also part of the program. Swami Vasisthananda performed an elaborate Durga Homa, as well as a Satyamnarayan Puja. The Centre was elevated by the presence of Acharya and Swamiji, uplifted by the teachings and purified by the Homa and Puja.

    During Sunday Satsang we did a beautiful Guru Puja to honor our teachers, they are the Light which removes our ego-darkness. Students participated joyfully and the chanting was very uplifting. Afterwards karma yogis prepared very nourishing, wholesome soup for us to share as a community. The Centre focused on preparing for our Summer class incentive campaign, as well as planning for upcoming courses and programs. We had a promotional meeting with staff and karma yogis, putting energy into the different ways to better serve Los Angeles. Swami Dharamanda arrived while Hamsa Chaitanya was at the Yoga Farm. Students and karma yogis were all joyful, enthusiastic and very appreciative. May the Blessings of Gurudev be upon all. Pranams. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!

    At the beginning of May classes and courses continued with good attendance. The two directors of the new affiliated Centre in the Vasque Country were visiting a few days. Preparations for the special program in May "Connect with your source" started: new balcony flowers were planted and several maintenance projects were done. We had a cooking course "Tasty recipes for busy people" with 9 students. Everyone enjoyed the sattvic menu. Parvati came back from Orleans happy and recharged. Swami Santoshananda went to Munich for a short visit. A meditation course started and students were inspired to come to Satsang. Swami Santoshananda arrived on time for a successful Open Day. We also had a well visited workshop - "Yoga & Stress". A newsletter was sent for the upcoming special program and active promotion was done in the media. The 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

    For the month of May we experienced nice autumnal weather. We had a very good audience of students. We had a visit of Swami Dayananda from Buenos Aires. Her hatha yoga and vedanta classes were very inspiring. It was a good opportunity to many teachers and students to improve their yoga experience. Regular classes continued on as well. We started an Intensive Beginner's course. The topic of the Satsang was Bhagavad Gita, with a good participation of students. Kanti departed to participate in the Yoga Festival in Buenos Aires. The regular classes developed very well. Love to all. May all live under the Masters' grace. Om Shanti. Om.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Montreal Centre!

    The month of May continued to be busy and with strong class attendance. Two courses concluded - the positive thinking course with Narayani and the meditation 1 with Surya. We were blessed with the visit of two Acharyas Swami Sitaramananda and Kanti Devi. We welcomed Swami Sitaramananda and Hamsa Chaitanya. Swamiji led the evening Satsang with 34 students. Her talk "Stress and How Classical Yoga Practices Help" was very inspiring for everyone. All the students were very grateful for her presence. Pierre gave a Mala Making workshop with 10 students. The mala workshops have become increasingly popular over the past 6 months. We welcomed Kanti Devi for Sunday Satsang with 48 in attendance. She gave a talk on the importance of daily practice and sashana. We had karma yogis help with various projects. By the grace of the Masters and all the support of the community, everything ran well at the Centre. It was busy at the Centre during extremely nice weather. Class attendance was very good and the Beginners' courses continued smoothly. We conducted a morning yoga with meditation for Monday to Friday (6am - 8am) with 7 students. We started an Introduction to Ayurveda course with 6 students. Karma yogi's helped us with cleaning up the storage rooms and taking care of the new plants at the Centre. Classes had low attendance during a long weekend. Despite that we had 38 for Satsang given by Bhagirathi on the "Power of Thought". We look forward to the weeks ahead as we have many exciting projects and events. 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 the following special courses in the last weeks: A one-day retreat "Happy Back" in which the participants learnt how to strengthen their back muscles and improve their posture, an asana workshop on "Chest Opening Asanas" and a cooking class "Vegetarian Dishes for Busy People". Swami Sivadasananda gave several Satsangs and taught a session of the special asana course "Yoga for Body, Mind and Soul". We taught a weekend Beginners' meditation course and offered an Open House for new comers to get to know the Centre. The spiritual highlight was the program "Indian Temple ceremonies" with a South Indian priest who performed two Pujas. 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

    In the month of May the Centre kept its sattvic energy by the grace of our beloved Gurus. Blessings and Peace to all of the Sivananda Family. Om.



Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves from Roma

    The beginning of May was very calm due to the Labour Day weekend, we started a Yoga 1 with good attendance. We took advantage of the holidays to do a deep cleaning of the Centre. The attendance for Satsangs was also very good. Students or teachers coming from other cities during the holidays took part in the Satsangs making them very alive and full of energy. We had an special class for teachers one Saturday, followed by a teachers meeting. It went very well with many questions during the correction session. It was a very good meeting creating positive and high energy at the Centre. The other classes and courses went well, despite the very rainy week. We were all well and send our blessings to the Sivananda Family! Om Shanti. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves

    In the beginning of May we held our celebration/fundraiser in honor of the third anniversary at our "new" location. Swami Jnaneshwariananda gave the opening talk mentioning the Janma Samadhi Yatra and giving an update on the Yoga Health Educator Training. The evening continued with a delicious vegetarian feast, made by karma yogis in the Indian community. The 45 guests enjoyed bidding in the Silent Auction. The evening ended perfectly with an enchanting Kirtan session led by Mirabai and Uma Reed. Earlier, Rudrani led a Yoga Nidra session. A Meditation 1 course finished Sunday. All students wanted to continue with Meditation 2. Swami Jnaneshwari led a beautiful Satsang one Sunday evening. Peter Van Gelder played his soothing sitar for an appreciative audience. We had an Ayurveda for Pregnancy workshop with Soumya. She cooked the pregnant women a nourishing meal and taught them about Ayurvedic self-care tips. A Yoga 1 course started. Sunday Satsangs were well-attended, with students staying on for soup, and more. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Sao Paolo, Brasil

    Om Namah Sivaya from Sao Paolo

    The month of May was very blessed and auspicious. Swami Dayananda had joined us for a week. She administrated 4 workshops about Hatha Yoga focusing on Sun Salutation, Strength and Flexibility and also about Pranayamas. Many students and teachers had the opportunity to meet her and learn more about these aspects. We were all filled with prana and ready to put all learning into practice. We started another popular Beginners' Course. At the end of the week, our staff member Divyajyoti will leave the Centre to join Karma Yoga service at the Yoga Camp Ashram (Canada). Later in May we noticed low movement of students due to the temperature drop, quieter days waiting for the visit of dear Swami Premananda (Argentina) to the Centre of São Paulo. For the second time he will be here ministering lectures, workshops, meditations and involving everyone with his voice and mantras. 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

    For the month of May the staff focused on promoting upcoming courses as all the slots were filled with courses. Introductions were held for two new Meditation courses and also for Pranava Chaitanya's 'Guided Imagery' course, which she has not done for some time. The Centre was open for Satsang, a free yoga class and a Shabbat feast, ending with a beautiful concert by Narayan Jyoti. Even though the concert was advertised quite late, many people still arrived to listen to and join elevating chanting and an evening full of Bhakti. Many students also attended a Sunday evening Satsang, with Sivakami speaking about the sage Dattatreya and also celebrating the birthday of a long time karma yogi, Vishnu Yoram.

    The staff were able to slow down a little with most courses already being in progress. Two introductions to Meditation were held and Bhargavi Chaitanya's Integral Yoga course was completed. Pranava Chaitanya also taught a private Guided Imagery class. Outside teachers Guy Dekel continued to teach 'Yoga for Children', Eran Magon taught Ayurveda, and Durga Oran held a class for children. The staff had a restful Shabbat before preparing for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, whereby the community was invited to join a Saturday evening feast and then spend the night learning from the Torah, as per tradition for the holiday. The study was completed around 6 in the morning, after which the staff and a few brave guests, retired to bed. There was no Sunday Satsang due to this holiday. Pranams and Peace to the Sivananda family from the Tel Aviv Centre. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves

    During the month of May Swami Narayanandaji and Dharmini arrived in Japan from Vietnam Ashram. They gave a 3-day retreat program focusing on Bhakti Yoga at Shojiko Retreat Centre, by which the participants deepened their understanding about devotion. Then they moved back to Tokyo, and an Intensive Meditation Course taught by Swamiji, and workshops such as Advanced Asana Class, Vietnamese Vegetarian Cooking, etc. guided by Dharmini were offered at Tokyo Centre. Each and every class was attended by large number of students and the Centre had a full house. We were enormously grateful for them to have brought plenty of powerful energy. Particularly, many students enjoyed and appreciated the Meditation Course because it was an opportunity to learn directly from Swamiji the basic meditation techniques by Sivananda Yoga. Also, thanks to Dharmini's sunshiny personality, the advanced asana class and cooking workshop went well in a friendly atmosphere. The biggest holiday season throughout a year called Golden Weeks ended. A study group on Bhagavad Gita guided by Muktih was held, joined by 19 students. We offered a trial class on Sundays and many participants signed up for our membership. Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses also went well. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In May the Toronto Centre started a new Yoga One and Two workshops. Mayavan taught Practice of Pranayama workshop one Saturday. We introduced a Gentle yoga class on our permanent schedule and hope to be able to offer more classes. We continued with our Yoga and Stress Management course on Sundays. We taught 38 students as part of our community outreach. The Yoga Program for Youth that Saraswati wrote for Sick Kids hospital, was accepted to be presented at Canadian Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual conference in Halifax. Our yoga retreat in June was filled and we are working on providing few extra tent spaces for karma yogis. Prahlad attended the EBM meeting.

    We started our summer sale for 3 month class passes. We spent a week doing some planting as the nice weather finally established itself in Toronto. We had a beautiful wedding of Kanti and Yogesh at the Centre, two of our teachers who met at the Centre. They were wedded in the presence of close friends and family with the message by Swami Sivananda to hold on to the prayer as the shield for all obstacles they may encounter. Dr Sonal Bhatt taught "Discover Yourself Through Ayurveda" workshop one Saturday with ten students in attendance who greatly benefited from her profound knowledge. Victoria Day long weekend brought less students for classes and Satsangs as lot of them took opportunity of the beautiful weather to travel out of Toronto. Saraswati met with the program director of Robertson House (family shelter) to discuss the Fall programs. We taught 37 youth as part of community outreach. Anoosha came back from two years living in India, working as class teacher in Chennai public school. She will be spending next few months in Toronto and the Ashram. We send Om Namo Narayanaya to everyone. Pranams. Om.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    With the blessings of God and revered Gurus we had a successful May. The one month Kids Vacation Yoga Classes was successfully. Nataraj ji distributed certificates to all the participants. Along with that he had also started a 5 day long Meditation course, which will definitely help those students to attain tranquility of the mind. An early morning Beginners' yoga batch and a weekend yoga batch also started. All other classes went smoothly. A Beginners'' batch for ladies started mid May. Ganapathy Homa was conducted on the first day of the new Malayalam month. A two week Kids Vacation Yoga Class was successfully completed. As usual Lalithasahasranama Pooja was conducted on Friday by our regular priest. Satsang were led by Padmavati ji, Yashpal ji and Nataraj ji. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Greetings from Vienna.For the beginning of May Swami Mangalananda arrived from Orleans to go with Swami Gitananda to the weekend retreat in Rapottenstein in Lower Austria. A group of 16 students came for practicing asanas, pranayama and meditation, have silent walks in the wonderful nature around and listen to inspiring lectures. Apart from our weekly trial class, we offered a regular Open Day on Sunday mid-May. This gave us a good opportunity to explain the benefits of asanas pranayama, proper relaxation, the yogic diet and positive thinking and meditation. Open classes and courses are running smoothly and the students are very happy with the teaching. Om Shanti. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius

    This year May was very warm and many trees and different plants blossomed at the same time creating the Divine symphony of subtle scents. Staff Radhika and teachers and karma yogis took care of the Centre very nice while Durga Devi was absent - supporting the program and teaching in Moscow and Siberia retreats. Courses and classes continued as usual with bit less students because the weather was so warm as if it were the Summer time. The highest asana course was Yoga 13, we had Yoga 7 at 8 p.m. as well. We started deeper cleaning and tidying the Centre up from inside and outside to raise up the energy and bring more sattvic energy. We had the last until Autumn Open House on Sunday. We had few interesting seminars on Saturdays: Yoga teacher Narada gave a seminar on Yoga scriptures, dedicated to Ramayana. The lecturer himself was very inspired and taught with right bhava so that students derived lots of inspiration as well and there was a very good feedback. Yoga teacher Surya prepared and gave the workshop ''Yoga and sound sleep' based on the Masters book. Students not only could hear the interesting facts about the sleep and philosophy behind but there was a practical part as well: Anuloma Viloma, final relaxation, different Raja yoga techniques and Japa. Friendly team - Mother Parvati and Durga Devi gave a cooking class : students were shown how to cook 9 different dishes for yogic breakfast/dinner/supper. All could learn how to make ghee, chapattis, different spreads on bread, two types of soups and other tasty sattvic dishes. We tried new thing: students could taste the dishes right after they were prepared. All enjoyed. The promotion and preparation for TTC in Lithuania and yoga vacations continued. We had the last visiting program in a small town few hundred km from Vilnius with 17 students eager to practice and to hear about the possibilities to learn more and deeper during yoga vacations in July. OM.

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

    Mouna gives you peace. It removes anxieties and quarrels. It develops your will power. It conserves energy. - Sri Swami Sivananda

 
 

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