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Issue #03/2013 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize March 1, 2013
"Behold the Divinity in all beings. Feel the presence of the Divine everywhere." - Sri Swami Sivananda

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

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

International News - Centres
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
Tel Aviv, Israel
Toronto, Canada
Trivandrum, India
Vienna, Austria
Vilnius, Lithuania

SPIRITUAL CALENDAR:
MARCH 2013
08 Ekadasi
10 Sivarathri
11 New Moon
23 Ekadasi
27 Full Moon 
28 Holi
31 Easter

APRIL 2013
06 Ekadasi
10 New Moon
13 Subramanya Temple Opening
14 Vishu
19 Sri Ramanavami
22 Ekadasi
25 Full Moon 
25 Hanuman Jayanti
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NEWS

Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya
 
This year's Winter season has been very busy throughout the Organization. Record breaking attendance was seen in the past TTCs, plus an ever increasing appearance of Yoga Vacationers at the Ashrams. People are arriving to the Sivananda Centres around the world, for the first time to learn yoga and meditation, thanks to the diligence of Swamis and staff, creating innovative workshops in touch with the interests of the public, all the while, enriching people's lives with the 5 Points of Yoga.  

Meanwhile, we are excited to announce Swami Mahadevananda just returned from Shanghai for the third time in five months completing the goal of finding a retreat location for TTC/ATTC courses, plus, a new Sivananda Centre in China. This expansion to serve China, plus the opening of a new double asana room Centre on South Sathorn Road in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday, 7th of April 2013, exemplify the high energies of the Sivananda Organization towards supporting Swami Vishnudevananda's mission of promoting inner peace plus, Unity in Diversity - both relevant goals at this time.

As Centres and Ashrams fill with students it is evident that the Sivananda Organization is able to vibrantly serve and continue with Swamiji's vision in propagating Yoga in it's true spirit.

We thank each and everyone for your continued support towards the Organization.

May Master and Swamiji's blessings be with us always.
Pranams

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Develop fiery determination, iron will, burning dispassion and yearning for liberation. You will realize the Truth. - Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. How does the Yogi see the subtle rudiments of matter with his Yogic vision?
A.

As you would see the material objects with the help of a material instrument in the form of the eye, the Yogi would see subtler objects through the help of subtler instruments. Except in the plane of intuition, in all other lower planes, there exists a subject-object relationship as far as cognition is concerned. The only thing is: the instrument used in perceiving the object should be of the same material of which the object of perception is made. For further grasping of the exact vision of the Yogi, you yourself should become one.

Q. When everything is predestined and pre-planned by the Lord, why does man endeavour to do and undo things? Should one's repeated failures in respect of a certain work be also taken as the Will of the Lord? Is it a fact that we get what we deserve or is it that we are not really fit for what we actually aspire for? This doubt is eluding a clear-cut answer from my own limited brain.
A.

It is true that everything is predestined and pre-planned by the Lord; and only in accordance with the holy writ, everything takes place. God has given free will also to the individual to do right or wrong, to discriminate between the Preyo Marga and the Sreyo Marga. If one is endowed with true wisdom as to the fleeting and painful nature of the worldly enjoyments, one can exert oneself in the right direction to do or undo his Prarabdha, the portion of Karmas ripened for actual experience in this current birth. Without the Lord's special grace, none can make or mar himself. Even for realization, the Lord's grace is necessary. For obtaining the Lord's grace, intense Purusha Prayatna, otherwise known as Purushartha, which is voiced forth throughout the famous "Yoga Vasishtha" is to be put forth.

Whether it be failure or success in any undertaken work, it is but the effect of the Lord's grace and will alone. Accept everything in the light of Vedantic indifference. Be a silent witness and rejoice over the mystery of the Lord. Everybody gets what he actually deserves; nothing more, nothing less. The Divine Law is altogether different from man-made law. The Law and Verdict and Judgement of the Lord is final and unquestionable. No bribing business there. His Law is always impartial and uniform and even, with the whole of mankind, why only mankind, with the whole of His own creation.

Aspiration on the mundane side is but an expression of egoism that bursts forth in every moment of man's life through actions, thoughts and speech. Unless it is, as already stated, willed by the Lord, nothing mundane or spiritual is possible of attainment by any human being on earth. God actually helps those that help themselves, provided that the thing aspired for is in strict conformity with the injunctions of the holy writ. From the cradle to the grave, from birth till death, from the moment of awareness to that of eternal rest, the guiding factor of man should be self-effort, self-effort, self-effort and self-effort alone, based on surrender, without minding the results.


Q. How are life and meditation intermingled?
A. There is no man in the world who is not divine by nature. The divinity in man differs only in degree, but not in kind. Even the so-called atheist has got a ray of divinity in him. No man is devoid of the three Gunas--Sattva, Rajas and Tamas--in varying proportions. Whether one is a skeptic or an atheist or a nihilist or some other, that portion of Sattva that abides in man helps him do some virtuous actions, which result in further actions of like nature, either in this birth or in some future births. While he does actions of Rajas and Tamas, he also does Sattvic actions according to the degree of purity and Sattva in him. No man in the world  be he a robber, a thief, a pirate or some other-- commits vicious actions alone. Every man commits both virtuous actions and vicious actions in life. That is, he is prone to do mixed actions so long as he is under the grip of Prakriti. When virtuous actions are done, his mind naturally turns towards the divine, however slightly it be. A sense of inner joy he experiences, though he may not be able to express why. Meditation is essentially the quality of Sattva. When life is made ennobling, sure is the man to think of God. In this connection, the point worthy of remembrance is that Sattvic actions themselves are to be considered as worship or meditation. Meditation need not necessarily mean sitting in a lonely corner or sequestered spot and thinking over Rama or Krishna or Jesus or Mohammed or pouring forth verbal or mental prayers. Actions that tend to purify the grossness of the individual are to be collectively treated as meditation. Life is thus meditation coupled with Ajnana to an immeasurable degree in the case of an ordinary individual. If meditation is deliberately taken up on the instructions of a Guru who ought necessarily to be a more evolved soul, man cannot but perform good and selfless actions with Akartritva (non-doership) and Abhoktritva (non-enjoyership) Bhavas to make and feel his life more and more cheerful, more and more enlightening, more and more attractive. In the latter course which is but a deliberate step, man evolves more quickly with the speed of lightning, while in the former course man moves forward with the pace of a snail. Thus, life and meditation are intertwined.
 
Previous FAQs at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/faq/faq.html

Renunciation is the bestower of peace and immortality. - Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

TRIKONASANA
- TRIANGLE - All levels -

Stand with LEGS twice shoulder-width apart to begin. FEET in line, then turn out one foot swivelling out from the standing heel, both heels on a straight line. The turned out foot is the DIRECTION you are going to bend sideways towards. Inhale, then stretch up the opposite arm alongside EAR , hand stretched up above head and while exhaling, slowly bend side of BODY from HIP toward direction of turned out foot. Aim to keep both legs straight. Keep some weight on the back foot. Tip- keep ARM over the head alongside the ear and stretch it with the body to the side as far as possible, while looking UP. Keep HEAD aligned with spine. Keep ARM over head STRAIGHT as you can, reaching a little further with each breath. Slide the other hand down the leg of out turned foot. Important tip- keep the pelvis and HIPS SQUARE to the front of the body without rotating the one hip forward. The amount of side stretch will be determined by ability to keep the hips square while stretching sideways from one hip . The aim is to align the hips, trunk and arm in one horizontal line while body faces FORWARD. Hold up to a minute. Helpful tip -if unable to reach over the head with arm and bend sideways and keep leg straight, bend this leg you are stretching towards- keeping arm over head and aligned with trunk-and reach other hand to out turned foot. More advanced practitioners can practice the pose without bending the leg and can catch hold of calf or ankle with other hand .

Then repeat on the OPPOSITE SIDE, swivelling the forward foot back in line and swivelling out the opposite foot from the heel and stretch to that side.
Last of the 12 basic asanas before relaxation.

Benefits:

Lateral stretch and strengthens muscles on side of body.
Increases mobility of lumbar and thoracic spine.
Tones spinal nerves.
Stretches back and legs.
Helps balance.
Tones abdominal organs and improves digestion.
Strengthens concentration.

"Asanas make one firm, free from disease and light of limb." - Hatha Yoga Pradipika

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

Asanas are not mere physical exercises alone. They are something more than that. They have a spiritual basis. They help a long way in controlling the senses, mind and body. Body-nerves and muscles are purified (Sarira Suddhi and Nadi Suddhi). Kundalini is awakened….
- Sri Swami Sivananda. Yoga Asanas, 2004, p62

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

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

PURUSHARTHA -
[Sanskrit] human aspiration; individual exertion; self effort

Commentary from Swami Sivananda -

What you are now at present is the result of what you thought and did in the past. What you shall be in the future will be the result of what you think and do now. You find an environment which is best suited to the tendencies you acquired in a former life. You can create better conditions for the future. You can make your Karma what you choose. You can rise to a very high state of perfection. You can change your character, thoughts and actions. Bhishma and Vasishtha laced Purushartha, or exertion, above their destiny.

If every individual behaves according to his own nature only, if there is none who has no nature of his own, then there is no scope for individual exertion (Purushartha). In that case the teachings of the Shastras, which inspire people to right exertion would be quite purposeless.

Of the four grand objects of human aspiration—Purusharthas—viz., Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha, Dharma is given the foremost rank in the scriptures. Dharma alone is the gateway to Moksha, to immortality, infinite bliss, supreme peace and highest knowledge. Dharma alone is the primary Purushartha. Dharma is the first and foremost Purushartha. Through the practice of Dharma alone can you ever hope to achieve the crowning glory of all human endeavours, viz., Moksha which is the best and the highest of all desirable things.

In the Gita you will find: "Even the man of knowledge acts in conformity with his own nature; beings follow nature; what shall restraint avail." BG Ch. III-33


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

Become child-like and silent. Now you will realize the Self. - Sri Swami Sivananda

 BHAGHAVAD GITA

Chapter VII: The Yoga of the Division of Wisdom

VII.6. ETADYONEENI BHOOTAANI SARVAANEETYUPADHAARAYA;
AHAM KRITSNASYA JAGATAH PRABHAVAH PRALAYASTATHAA

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
Know that these two (My Higher and Lower Natures) are the womb of all beings. So, I am the source and dissolution of the whole Universe.

VII.7. MATTAH PARATARAM NAANYAT KINCHIDASTI DHANANJAYA;
MAYI SARVAMIDAM PROTAM SOOTRE MANIGANAA IVA

There is nothing whatsoever higher than Me, O Arjuna! All this is strung on Me as clusters of gems on a string.

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


Do not hate the evil-hearted, the jealous and the selfish. It is they who promote your salvation. - Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

Chapter IV: "Kaivalya Pada - On Realization"

IV.19. NA TAT SVABHASAM DRSYATVAT

'Nor is it (the mind) self-luminous, for it is in the realm of perception.'

Commentary from Swami Sivananda:
The mind is something that can be observed as an object, and not the source of knowledge, just as the moon is not a source of light but a reflection of the Sun.

IV.20. EKA-SAMAYE COBHAYANAVADHARANAM

'It cannot perceive two things at once.'

Commentary from Swami Sivananda:
Even though thoughts are formed in but a split second, still only one thought-form can exist in the mind at one time. So it is impossible for the mind to be perceiving itself while it perceives something else.

A saint has learned to renounce the objects of the world, all ambitions and all reputations - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

PASSION CAKE - A wholesome cake with sweetness and rich tropical flavour and a treat to share at any celebration or festive time, such as Easter. This quantity serves 8-12

Ingredients:
2 cups plus 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon apple pie spice (or ground all -spice can be used)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons soy flour
6 tablespoons water
1 ¼ cups packed brown sugar
½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 large very ripe banana
1/3 cup chopped dried figs
2 tablespoons golden raisins
1 tablespoon lime marmalade (or other citrus marmalade can be used)
1 and 1/3 cups finely grated carrots
¾ cup oil

Frosting:
7 ounces creamed coconut
About 6 tablespoons hot water
Grated zest of ½ orange
3 -4 tablespoons confectioner's sugar (icing sugar)
3 tablespoons orange juice
Scant 1 cup sweetened dried coconut, toasted

Preparation:

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and line bottom of 8 inch round cake pan.
2. Combine the whole wheat flour, baking powder and spices in large mixing bowl. Mix soy flour with the water and stir into the bowl with sugar and nuts.
3. Mash the banana and add it with the figs, golden raisins, marmalade, carrots and oil. Mix thoroughly.
Transfer batter to the prepared pan and level the top. Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes or until firm to the touch. Leave to cool in pan. Using a round-bladed knife, ease the sides of the cake away from the pan, then turn out and peel off the lining paper.
4. To make the frosting, mash the creamed coconut in a bowl with some of the hot water, using a fork, then beat in the grated orange zest, confectioner's sugar and orange juice with enough hot water to make a smooth consistency for spreading on the top and side of the cake. Sprinkle evenly with the toasted coconut.

Source: 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

Other recipes can be found in "The Yoga Cookbook- Vegetarian Food for Body and Mind - Recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres"

Sadhana should be as much a part of your daily life as eating, drinking and breathing. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mar 05 - Apr 01/13
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Mar 17 - Apr 14/13
TTC - Teachers Training Course – English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
www.sivananda.org/neyyardam

Mar 17 - Apr 14/13
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Apr 05 - May 04/13
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Apr 04 - May 10/13
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Apr 07 - May 05/13
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Apr 21 - May 11/13
Kids Camp
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
www.sivananda.org/neyyardam

May 04 - Jun 02/13
TTC – Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

May 05 - Jun 01/13
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

May 05 - Jun 02/13
TTC – English, Nederlands
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

May 11 - Jun 08/13
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA
www.sivananda.org/yogafarm

May 12 - Jun 09/13
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Jun 01 - Jun 30/13
TTC – English
London, England
www.sivananda.org/london/teachers_training_UK.html

Jun 02 - Jun 30/13
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Jun 09 - Jun 23/13
Sadhana Intensive
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Jun 16 - Jul 14/13
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Jun 28 - Jul 26/13
TTC – English, Français, Espaňol
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jun 28 - Jul 26/13
ATTC – English, Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jun 30 - Jul 27/13
TTC – English, Français, Espaňol
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Jun 30 - Jul 28/13
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India
www.sivananda.org/madurai

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

Think correctly. Decide carefully. Work diligently.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - FEBRUARY 2013

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    In early February we hosted many guests, some of whom were coming to the Ashram for the first time. They all enjoyed their stay doing karma yoga, attending Satsang, yoga classes and having coaching classes in the afternoon. The weather was a lot warmer for the season, so the guests were able to enjoy snowshoeing and graciously helping us with shovelling the snow. We also welcomed over 35 guests for the 'Snowshoeing Weekend with Kevin O'Rourke'. He led the guests snowshoeing around the beautiful Ashram trails during the day and also in the night. Beginner snowshoers were led on a level walk along the Ashram trails, while the advanced group waked up the hill, past the Subramanya Ayappa Temple. On night most of the guests opted to go for a night snowshoe walk. The sky was very clear and stars were shining brightly. There was hot chocolate, cookies and popcorn waiting for the guests after their walks, which they appreciated very much. The guests were very hands-on performing their karma yoga for longer than the hour required. Gauri Devi, our resident baking specialist, offered a special oatmeal chocolate chip cookie workshop. All guests attended the workshop and made enough cookies for everyone at the Ashram. The weather was mild and sunny, perfect for snow shoeing, with a little snow falling here and there. Swami Shivabhaktananda returned from India. We were very excited to have him back with us. Krishna started his Thai Yoga Massage Course. We enjoyed serving the guests and Ashram, as always. Salutations to the Sivananda family worldwide from Headquarters.


Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early February there was a lot of work to do after TTC - cleaning dorms and rooms, and updating the student data files. Fortunately Bheeshma, a TTC assistant and a computer expert, was able to install a program that automatically updates the guest records saving a tremendous amount of time and effort for the staff and karma yogis. One Friday a group of thirty people, including yoga vacationers and staff, set out to Madurai to participate in the Walk for Yoga event, arranged by Madurai Sivananda Centre. It was an inspiring experience to walk through the streets of Madurai in the early morning with over one thousand people in yellow T shirts, holding banners promoting Yoga. It was also a good opportunity to see Madurai Ashram and Meenakshi Temple. Despite the long drive everyone was happy and grateful for the care we were shown at the Centre and Ashram. We returned on Sunday morning in time for TTC orientation and initiation. Eighty-six students registered for TTC. Rohini and Gopal have joined the staff for six months and Siddhi (Poland) joined the work study program. Shivani transferred to Madurai Centre. Om Namah Sivaya from all the staff at Neyyar Dam. May Master and Swamiji bless us all this year.


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



Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    February started with a week programme on Raja Yoga, which was followed by a week on the topic of "Developing will Power, Concentration and Memory". We are in the low season now, the guest are enjoying the peace and calm of the ashram. Winter was still showing its presence by occasional snowfall; the snow usually melts away fast, but for once it was nice to see nature covered with a thin layer of snow for the whole day. Girija is pushing forward with the landscaping project and the professional company came to cut some dead trees in the garden and with the help of Karma Yogis we planted quite a few new fruit trees. We finished the month with a very successful "Teachers' Preparation Weekend' with quite a number of students, they were enthusiastic about their stay and plan to take the course soon. Swami Kailasananda, Swami Gopalananda and Swami Bhagavatananda went to Australia for the TTC close to Sydney and then on to Melbourne to look for a place to start a Centre. OM



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early February we welcomed several first-time guests for the 5-day Beginner Yoga Course, taught by Deviyani. The guests had a wonderful week learning the 5 Points of Yoga and enjoying the Ashram grounds and temples, and a sunny trip to the Yuba River. Kailas Chaitanaya led the Bhagavad Gita study course with many staff attending. The emphasis was on karma and dharma. The weekend offered the Ayurveda Cooking Workshops, with Bharata, explaining proper diet from an Ayurvedic perspective including hands-on practice in the kitchen. The Prana Pranayama weekend featured talks on Prana and ways to manage and increase prana. The Yoga Farm celebrated the Chinese New Year, "Year of the Snake", with a Krishna Puja in the Radha Krishna Hall, which featured a short presentation by devotee, Kai, who explained to us the meaning of the "Snake" in the Chinese Zodiac as a symbol of Wisdom and Charm. Swami Sitaramananda is in Cu Chi, Vietnam, for the TTC. Om Shanti.

    TTC Vietnam:
    By the grace of Guru, the 4th TTC in Cu Chi, Vietnam, was inaugurated with 81 students from many countries in Europe, America and Asia and translated simultaneously in Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese. Exceptionally this year we had 3 Homas prior to the TTC beginning: a Vaastu Homa, a Chandika Homa and a Ganesha Homa, conducted by priest from South India Pandit Samavedula. These Homas were extraordinary, duration from 3 to 5 hours each with lots of mantras, lots of exotic offerings and fruits and accompanied by a tour of the property to purify the atmosphere and ward off negativities. It is may be the first time since a very long time that such Vedic ritual is being conducted in Vietnam, after the Vedic Hindu past of Vietnam - from 3rd to 12th century. The students felt warm and strong, ready for the intensive course. We believe the Homas to be healing many people, the living as well as the departed from an ex-war-torn land. The students settled in nicely, a very good-natured, sincere, appreciative and mature group. During the week we hosted as well a dozen students for the Beginners Course and Yoga vacations.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early February Srinivasan and Saraswati returned from the Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas, after spending the month of January there, where Srinivasan taught Raja Yoga in the ATTC. They returned New York state to cold weather and a snow storm that left 4 inches of snow blanketing the Ashram. We had several guests join us for the Yoga Lifestyle Retreat. The guests attended workshops on the five points of yoga, took both asana classes daily and watched In The Name of Peace. Our weekend Open House was a huge success. We had 35 participants, several of them locals, with the majority coming up from New York City to explore the Ashram and learn about yoga. Many expressed an interest in taking the TTC and all left inspired to begin a meditation and yoga practice. The staff send Pranams to all! May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    In early February the Yoga Peace Symposium continued with presentations from Lifeforce Yoga instructor Amy Weintraub, Iranian classical musician Davod Azad, permaculturist Bill Wilson and Swami Omkarananda. Author and teacher Rodger Kamenetz gave several lectures and workshops on the aspects of Dreamwork. Saraswati gave courses in advance postures and perfecting one's asanas. Krishna began Satsang presentations on Yoga. The TTC students ended their second week of training. Om Namah Sivaya. Pranams to all! Om.


Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    End of January there was a Further Teachers Training on 'Backward Bending Asanas and Meditation Postures'. A small but very enthusiastic group took part.The dreary weather turned to proper winter with a good amount of fresh snow fall. Fortunately some guests were quite happy to help with snow shovelling. At the weekend a nice group of mainly beginners joined us. Beginning of February the yoga vacation guests enjoyed the outer and inner alignment in asanas and meditation as well. The plumb line proved to be an eye opener again. We ended the week with a regenerating walk on Sunday amidst glorious winter sunshine. Middle of the month we shared a beautiful Ganesha Puja together. Ganesha seemed happy with the lavish attention he received. We walked the path of Jnana Yoga with a series of lectures during the week on the vast topic of Vedanta. It proved to be a challenging as well as insightful philosophical journey. It was a good match with the other topic of the week, Expand your Asanas, bringing the physical and mental expansion together. We had an energetic weekend with many guests. With the added steady number of students coming from the neighbouring villages, the classes in the Ganesha Hall were almost filled to the limit. The Satsangs were lively and the programme packed with lectures on TTC Prep and Thought Power & Positive Thinking. Most guests left on Sunday, sounding the start of some quieter weeks to come. Swami Keshavananda and Mary left for the TTC in Rudraprayag. We wish them a safe journey and inspired stay in India. OM.


Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early February the third week of ATTC started well. The ATTC and Yoga Vacationers had Mantra Initiation, given by Swami Gayatriananda and Swami Shivabhaktananda. During a Cultural Night a Bhajan group of Shri Rajmani, and his group from Erode, performed at the Ashram, enlivening the atmosphere and making all the audience sing along. The next morning we had a special Satsang, with Swami Mahadevananda. A special day on the 9th of February saw all the ATTC students and YV, plus 50 YV from Neyyar Dam Ashram and Trivandrum Centre join to take part in "Walk for Yoga" in Madurai City. Almost 800 people joined from different colleges of Madurai and also from our Madurai Centre. The walk started from Madurai Centre and continued for 7 km. to reach the Thyagaraj College of Engineering where a Yoga programme was held in the auditorium. Academics and other dignitaries shared their views on Yoga as means of health and peace of mind for the community. An Asana demonstration took place, in which our YV also were happy to take part. It was a successful programme covered by the press. All are well at the Ashram and conveying Peace and Pranams to the Sivananda family. OM.



SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Centres -
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya
    End of January we had the south indian priest with us for one week. We had 2 powerful Yantra Pujas with Vishnu Sahasranama and Lalita Sahasranama and 2 Murthi Pujas for Ganesha & Siva and the Devine Mother. The energy in the centre was nicely uplifted and purified. We had active weeks with good participation in courses classes and Satsangs. Several higher courses started as well as a Course on thought power. A more advanced Asana Course started with a good group of people. Saturday specials were a preparation day for the TTC and a successful cooking course with a good group of students, who learned about easy dishes for busy people. The meditation seminar which was taking place during one of the weekends was well received, most of the students were new to meditation and enjoyed the practical part as well as the theory. Sunday started with a TV program in ARTE about the pilgrimage to the Himalayas 2 years ago done by a german film maker, then the meditation weekend continued. Our monthly open house went well with a good group of newcomers, many of them stayed for the whole program: Cooking workshop, Asana demonstration, trial class and introduction to meditation. End of February we went to a retreat at a very nice place 2 hours from Berlin. Swami Mangalananda from Geneva joined us for this event. Participants came from Berlin and Hamburg, most of them are students of the centres. Asana classes, satsangs and lectures were well received. It was deep winter there, the silent walks were in deep snow. Everybody enjoyed and left recharged full of prana.
    The new broschure was finished and was sent out to the students. We did some painting in the main corridor which now looks very fresh and sattwig again. Swami Annapurnananda left for India to teach at the TTC in Rudraprayag. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early February we had a long weekend in Buenos Aires due to the carnival holidays. Many people spent time at the beach, in the mountain or in the country side therefore the class schedule was reduced somewhat. Swami Premananda went to Uruguay. One Saturday we had a workshop called "Developing Concentration". Prem & Om to all for 2013.



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

    In early February our focus was the completion of two Yoga 1 Courses. Our 9:30 am Ladies-only and our Weekend Course also concluded with good feedback from the students. We were happy to see many beginner students joining our open classes for regular practice. Both our Saturday Village Kids' Class and Sunday Open Kids' Class were running, with strong attendance numbers, bringing over 50 children into the Centre! Swami Mahadevananda & Priya returned from Madurai after having participated in the Walk for Yoga. Later the same evening Swami Mahadevananda left for Bangkok where, most probably, we will be opening a new Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre very soon.

    Mid February finds all well at the Chennai Centre. We started two new ladies courses: Ladies' Beginners & Ladies' Yoga 2. We were also busy with several guests: Natarajan arrived from Madurai after the Yoga Walk to stay at the Centre for a week; Swami Mahadevananda had a quick stop-over in Chennai on his way back from Bangkok to Neyyar Dam. Karuna, from Madurai Ashram, was at the Centre for a short-stay. Shanti arrived, also for a short-stay at the Centre, on her way back from Madurai Ashram. Prahlada and Swami Sivabhaktananda arrived on their way back to Canada after the Madurai ATTC. They stayed for a couple of days. Swami Sivabhaktananda taught two classes during their stay! Our local community kids' class continued to attract many children from the near-by village. We all remain in good health and send pranams. Prem & Om to all from the staff at the Chennai Centre.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early February a new Yoga 2 course started, and a Saturday cooking workshop. Both went well and had full groups of students. Open classes and Satsang continued normally, while Chicago enjoyed its usual mix of winter weather. The Centre was fortunate to have a sincere group of teachers and karma yogis offering some extra help while Swami Narayanananda was away. A new Monday Positive Thinking course began, along with two Yoga 1s and a Yoga 2 continuing, plus, another Yoga 1 course came to a finish. All else continued well, by the grace of the Gurus. The winter weather in Chicago changed dramatically from day to day in February, and many students have been out with the flu. All the staff sends pranams of peace to all the Sivananda family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi from the Centre in Chicago.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early February there was a substantial rise in the student numbers, especially beginners. We started a new Yoga1 course at 10:00 am with good number of students enrolling for it. We offered a meditation course, starting after a long time absent. We also had a new Yoga1 weekend course, starting with quite a few students for that, too. Our 1-hour class also started again as the weather is a little warmer now. We installed altars in both our asana halls, giving our halls more energy and new look. One of our Karma yogis, Anil, just finished his TTC so will be joining us in the Centre. Om Shanti.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early February we welcomed Main-ji, returning from his TTC teachings and Indian Directors Meeting. A new Beginners' course started on Mondays. The Centre was busy with many staff coming and going, slowly gaining its energy again as we prepared for high season. The temperature was increasing so we saw the Open class numbers slowly picking up again. The workshop list was reviewed and will be advertised. Plans and advertisements for upcoming special classes with Prahladji is in progress. We were happy to receive Manjunath and will be doing some Pujas. The new T.shirts and other new stuff at the Boutique brought more energy to the reception. Mani Chaitanya left soon to Bangkok to join Swami Mahadevananda-ji. The main door was energized by the Chakra designs. Time schedule and other Centre activities were printed and displayed for individual use. Thanks to Balaji who donates the printing often. The new website design and other reception software updates were in progress, thanks to the Toronto Centre design. We have been showered by the blessings and guidance of Master, Swamiji, Acharyas and Senior staff every moment. We send our pranams to all. Prem and Om from all staff at the Nataraja Centre. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Om Namo Narayanaya!


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    A highlight of February was a one-week program with the South Indian priest: we had inspiring daily morning-pujas and three evening-Pujas which included two Yantra-Pujas and a Murthi Puja for Ganesha and Siva. Everyone participated actively and benefited from the pure and strong energy. On weekends we had a cooking-class for new vegetarians. Saraswati Chaitanya taught them to cook and eat like a yogi. We also had a TTC-preparation and a seminar for teachers which included a correction-workshop. The information and guidance given to the teachers as well as to the students was well received. A fasting day with an inspired group of students was very much appreciated and a good group came for a workshop about The Conquest of Anger. Research for various maintenance-projects was done and the new postcard for the upcoming open days arrived and is distributed systematically. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early February was closed for 4 days, Feb. 9-12, for the Lunar New Year Holiday celebrations. Taking advantage of this break, the staff enjoyed a short trip to recharge at the Golden Valley in Da Lat, a short bus ride from Hochiminh City. After that, the Centre opened again with a re-opening Puja ceremony, by Pundit Samavedula, from India. This Puja brought uplifting new energy to the Centre to start the new lunar year. Ganga and Gopi went to the Cu Chi Ashram to support the TTC in Vietnam. Other residents also joined the Yoga Vacation program at the Ashram in the peaceful countryside. The Open classes started to bring students back to their practice. The Open house was a success, taught by Saraswati, with lots of new students coming for the 1st time and signing up for the new course offerings coming soon. Pranams to all the Sivananda family.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early February a highlight was a weekend intensive course for Yoga 1 and Yoga 3. We had a group of enthusiastic students, some travelling from the north of England and Ireland. The daily schedule was more like an Ashram. This gives the students a real taste of Yoga as a lifestyle. They loved the experience. We also had an "Art of Contentment" workshop one Saturday, which was well attended. The refurbishment projects were completed. We were able to use the newly renovated Shanti Kutir for the weekend intensive courses. It looked and felt very sattvic. We thanked Vishvakarma for his time and energy in carrying out these renovations. Vishnu, temporary staff, returned to Paris. We thank him for his support during this busy time. We welcomed a new work study, Atmajyoti, from Denmark, staying with us for a few months. Pranams to all the Sivananda family from the London Centre.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    Early February was beautiful, but relatively cold in Los Angeles. Despite the cooler temperatures asana classes and Satsangs were well attended. Ayurvedic specialist Arun Deva visited the Centre for a talk on "The Dharma of Food". Karuna Mata (Rev. Karen McQueen) held a Holistic Breathwork Session at the Centre one Sunday and taught attendees to use conscious, whole body breathing to relieve stress. We welcomed Swami Omkarananda back from the Yoga Retreat, Bahamas. We had two Yoga 1 courses running, plus a diversity of weekend events. One Saturday afternoon, Yuling taught a vegetarian cooking workshop on 'Making Mochi' - the results were delicious and sweet! Marilyn presented a wonderfully relaxing evening 'Meditation to the Gong' workshop and participants were in bliss by the end. Edward Yu, a Feldenkrais practitioner, had a packed room for his session on 'The Art of Slowing Down'. Attendance was steady this month. All are well, by God and Gurus' grace. Om Shanti.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    The first week of February, we started the painting of 4 staff rooms on the 2nd floor . All centre activities: reception, changing rooms, classes, courses, and satsangs were temporarily moved to the second floor while the reception, boutique, and meditation hall were being emptied and painted. The atmosphere at the centre remained calm and positive throughout all the movements and changes with both students and teachers looking at the new improvised conditions more as an adventure than as an inconvenience. A strong group of close karma yogis came to the centre during the weekend to help with the cleaning and setting up of the already painted rooms. The painting of the center was finished on Monday and reception and boutique were cleaned and reopened in the afternoon of that day. In the next couple of days, staff and karma yogis worked on the deep cleaning and tidying up of the reception area, changing rooms, boutique, and meditation hall, and now the whole center looks positively refreshed and ready for the spring season. In addition to that, a thorough inventory of all boutique items was done. The priest Yagneswara arrived on Monday for a 5 day visit at our centre. During his stay, he performed daily morning pujas attended by staff and close students, a center purification, and two beautiful pujas (Ganesha puja and a lamp puja dedicated to mother Durga) which were both well attended by staff, teachers, students, and visitors of the centre. Over the weekend, Swami Atmaramananda and Gopala went to Barcelona where they held a very successful one-day Sivananda yoga event with lecture with asana demonstration, asana class and Satsang. In the absence of Swami Atmaramananda, Jyothi (staff) lead her first ever evening satsang which went very well. Karuna continued to work on her long-term boutique project, organizing the center's boutique orders, inventory and MindBody records. OM.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early February all efforts of the Madurai Centre was to organize and lead a group of 800-1000 people set out to participate in the "Walk for Yoga" event across Madurai City. Included in the group were Sivananda Swamis, Yoga Vacationers, ATTC students, teachers and staff from several Ashrams and Centres. Also included in the vast group were supporters from several colleges in Madurai. The walk started from Madurai Centre and continued for 7 km to the Thyagaraj College of Engineering. It was an inspiring experience to walk through the streets of Madurai in the early morning with a crowd of yellow T shirts, holding banners promoting Yoga. Staff from the new Sivananda Centre Madurai send their pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om Shanti.



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



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early February hot weather remained in Montevideo. It was also the week of Carnival, including 2 holidays - a traditional week in Uruguay of labor vacations. Even so, students come for classes and meditation. We received Ishwari from Medellin, Colombia, who will stay with us for 3 months as Staff. She just finished her TTC in Garopaba, Brazil. We did a big clean up at the meditation room, then we washed the pillow cases of the asanas mats and meditation cushions. We sent a newsletter promoting March programs as we prepared the brochures announcing our next months' activities. One Saturday we went on silent walk to the beach, early in the morning. It was a perfect, calm and sunny day. Friday Satsangs had a good number of students. Staff send pranams to all the Sivananda Family. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya

    Early February was extremely cold, however people still arrived for open classes and courses. Meditation 1 finished with the students showing interest in continuing their practice at Satsangs. Yoga 1 completed and most students registered for the Yoga 2 course. The Centre has continued to see a steady number of participants for the pre-natal classes. The Centre welcomed back two Karma Yogi's, just completing their TTC's - Shambu (Ernesto) in the Bahamas, and Mrityunjaya (Michael) in India. They were both eager to arrive back to the Centre and share their experience, also they shared their gratitude for the support network and central place of practice they have in Montreal Sivananda Centre. Friday evening Sankara Chaitanya departed for India, where he will be present at the Yatra, taking photos of the group on the wonderful journey. The Centre hosted the first in the series of Raw Cooking Workshops, the theme this time was fresh juices, nut milks and smoothies. Shambu and Durga (teachers at the Centre) taught the workshop with great knowledge and warmth. The group of 10 felt at ease instantly and learnt 6 easy recipes. The Sunday Restorative classes, lead by Bagirati, continued to be popular, plus, there were new people eager to attend. One weekend ended with a beautiful Satsang, lead by Mirabai, she read from the Bliss Divine the chapter on 'Love' in honour of Valentines Day. It was timely to hear about real love. The Masters teachings continued to support us to learn and grow with simplicity.

    There has been a consistent number of students for the open classes, Sunday open classes and advanced classes in particular was more populated in recent weeks. Yoga 3 finished, and the group were eager to sign up for the next Yoga 3 the week after!! The new TTC graduate, Shambu, started teaching the Yoga 1, to a large group of 11. They left the class with lots of enthusiasm and shared their excitement about coming back the week after. One Friday evening the Centre hosted a Tabla concert. It was well attended with over 45 guests. The energy in the Centre was high. There were a few regular students that attended, though mostly it was a new crowd of people that were interested in looking round the Centre and seeing what it could offer. The weekend ended with the Satsang, led by Gayatri. She read from a Swami Sivananda's book about 'hatred' and how to eradicate this vice by working on the virtue of service and love to others. It was very inspiring to hear. A hearty meal of Kitchari and salad was served to all that attended. We feel thankful for Swamiji's and Master's grace.  Pranams to all the Sivananda family.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    One of the highlight of our recent special programmes was "Yoga in Practice" (asana workshops, lectures and satsangs) with Swami Atmaramananda. We also had a further teachers training day on the topic "Hatha Yoga" and a programme on Indian temple ceremonies with a South Indian priest. We are looking forward to many special courses and workshops in the coming weeks, among them also our traditional yoga and fasting day on Sunday, 17 March. OM.




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




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early February we survived the winter storm. It was actually much more mild than predicted. But there was a bit of a drop in student attendance nonetheless. Srinivasan's Saturday program was cancelled due to the impending storm. Despite the weather, we started an Intro to Meditation course. Most of the students attended. Swami Sadasivananda began a Positive Thinking course. The students left the first class inspired and fulfilled. Courses and open classes continued. Renovating the boutique area proceeded nicely. In an attempt to bring new students into the Centre, we teamed up with Living Social for the first time. We offered discounted class passes, as well as monthly unlimited passes. It was very successful. 250 people purchased passes through Living Social. We are pleased to have the influx of new students. We also held a small teacher's lunch with some of the senior teachers here at the Centre so we could discuss and brainstorm the class schedule, courses being offered, and our upcoming 50th Anniversary (next year). We were trying to get an idea of what the students need as well as build our sense of community by connecting the teachers. We have also been using an online service, Signpost, to advertise the Centre online. This has also been very successful. We had a Stress Management Workshop one Saturday with a few new students attending. We were inspired and encouraged by the new energy in the Centre. Om Shanti. Om and prem to all the staff around the world! May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    February started with an uplifting weekend with the visit of the priest Yagneswara Dixit who celebrated three pujas, one for Ganesha and Krishna, one for the Sivalingam and a Devi puja with a Sri yantra and Lalita's sahasranama. One of the highlights of the month was the teachers' weekend. The teachers could enjoy inspiring Satsangs and dynamic asana classes with different emphasis. We offered workshops on how to improve the teaching and advised of how to adjust the postures. All teachers were grateful and happy wit the experience as well as more connected with the Masters and their teachings. The last Saturday of the month, together with the regular students 364 people visited the Centre for our monthly open house. The new students were very awake and eager to start their practice. During the month there was also a TTC preparation day with a small group of motivated people, a headstand workshop and a workshop on how to conquest fear. The Masters keep sending much support in the fomr of many inspired karma yogis. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    In early February we worked on painting the Asana room and preparing it to receive the new altar. The room where the altar was in will be a reception room. A lot of people attended the trial class and registered for classes and beginners courses. We were very happy with that. Pranams from all the staff at Porto Alegre Centre.



Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    Early February was filled with teaching and promoting our workshops. Our Headstand Workshop was very successful, with most participants managing to hold the posture for the first time. There was much joy at the triumph. Satsangs were also very joyful as we practised the Sunday Prayers and some new chants together. The pregnancy class continued to grow (in more ways than one!!!!!) and the open classes were well attended. The staff are well. The staff were well and sending their pranams. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with all. Om & Prem from Roma.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    In early February the Centre purchased and installed a new high efficiency washer and dryer set, and completed some other renovations to the laundry room. This will immediately lower our utility costs and make the rest of the laundering process move much more smoothly. Yoga 1 and 2.5, and Positive Thinking 1 and 2.5 concluded to make ready for our new set of courses later in the month. Gajananam's Wednesday night Bhagavad Gita study class continued as normal. We were blessed to welcome Karnamrita Dasi to the Centre to play a concert one Saturday night. The concert was very well attended and the energy was very sweet and intimate. Narayan spoke about our upcoming programs during a Sunday Satsang. He also gave his blessings before he leaves for Vietnam to teach in the TTC there. Pranams to all from San Francisco Centre.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Blessings and Peace to all of the Sivananda Family from the Tel Aviv Centre.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    In early February new Yoga 1 & 2 courses went well. The Trial class was fully booked again. Mr Naruse's lecture workshop about Swami Sivananda started on Sundays. Vanidevi left for Neyyar Dam Ashram with a small group of students to join their yoga vacation programme. There were a number of new karma yogis joining to help run the Centre, getting trained in teaching etc. All activities at the Centre went smoothly by the grace of the Gurus. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with us all. Pranams and Peace to all the Sivananda Family.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early February we started a Yoga 1 and two Yoga 2 courses. There was a very strong snow storm for three days that paralysed the city, so that decreased the attendance of students to our open classes and some courses that week. One Sunday we had "Open the Heart" a Back-bending workshop, with Janaki, where the students learned the symbolism and energetic benefits of this kind of asanas. That night Maheshwari led the Satsang, by telling the story of Krishna when he saved all the gopis and cowherds under the mountain, on how faith in the practice and in God can always be our refuge. We continued with the photo-shoot of some students doing asanas plus, working on the design of some flyers and the new website. As well, we were working on some maintenance projects. We celebrated Valentine's day decorating the Centre with beautiful quotes of Swami Sivananda about Love. We also had special prizes and surprises for our students with a lovely raffle, as they were picking heart-shaped quotes of Swami Sivananda. Lots of people won chanting books to keep their Bhakti yoga practice. We finished with a delicious Sri Lankan dinner. All our regular programmes ran smoothly with special activities and gifts for the kids class, celebrating Valentine's Day. Many people joined us for Sunday Satsang, were Saraswati talked about the relation of Yoga and Vedanta and the importance of practising Ahimsa before anything else in our Sadhana. We continued with different communication projects, designing the different flyers and the next brochure. As well, we painted the wall of the stairs to the basement.
    Pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om.




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




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Many students and teachers and Karma Yogis came this month for participating in and supporting the center's activities; the atmosphere was very light, inspiring and loving. Highlight of the month was Swami Ramapriyananda's visit to Vienna for a prolonged weekend. She gave a further teacher's training with the topic Teaching Yoga – the Next Step with many teachers participating in a very strong collective spirit. We also welcomed the active center teachers for the teacher's meeting which included a correction workshop on Pranayama and Meditation poses. Afterwards the official special program for all on Meditation@Home, consisting of a special Asana class and Satsang, was very well attended and received. Last Saturday we introduced a new seminar called Practice Day Raja Yoga, where both theoretical and practical aspects of Raja Yoga were combined. It was highly appreciated: Many inspired students stayed at the centre for the whole day. Courses and open classes are running well - in spite of the winterly weather conditions during the last weeks. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius
    Early February started with a big Yoga 1 course. We had also a "Yoga for the Back" workshop one Saturday which was very well attended. The last Open Day in the present Centre took place with many interested students. With the wonderful help of Karma Yogis we continued to move things to the new Centre. The construction work in the new place was coming to the end. The Centre looks very nice, with lots of light in the main asana hall. Everyone was looking forward to the opening on March 3rd. We were glad that more students attended the Satsangs. One Saturday a karma yoga party was organized at the new Centre. Students and teachers helped clean everything after the construction work. All of them liked the new location very much. Thanks to generous donations from teachers and students we started one more project - to take out the old dark entrance door and to put a new inviting glass door. With the help of karma yogis we continued to move the things to the new Centre. Peace and Pranams to all the Sivananda Family. OM.


Always do good to others. Try your best to make others, as well as yourself, better, wise and happy. - Sri Swami Sivananda
 
 

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