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Issue #03/2017 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize March 1, 2017
"As long as we hate and fear each other there will be no Peace" - 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
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
Melbourne, Australia
Milano, Italy
Montevideo, Uruguay
Montreal, Canada
Neuquen, Argentina
Munich, Germany
New York, USA
Paris, France
Porto Alegre, Brasil
Rome, Italy
San Francisco, USA
Sao Paolo, Brasil
Tel Aviv, Israel
Toronto, Canada
Trivandrum, India
Vienna, Austria
Vilnius, Lithuania

SPIRITUAL CALENDAR
MAR 2017
08 Ekadasi
12 Full Moon
13 Holi
24 Ekadasi
26 New Moon

APR 2017
05 Ramanavami
07 Ekadasi
11 Full Moon
11 Hanuman Jayanti
14 Vishu (Malayalam New Year)
22 Ekadasi
26 New Moon
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OM NAMAH SIVAYA!

NEWS

Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

2017 brings us an opportunity to honour and celebrate the 60th anniversary of Swami Vishnudevananda's arrival to the West and his mission of bringing Yoga to the people.

The Sivananda Organization is getting ready to celebrate 60 years of Swami Vishnudevananda's Yoga and Peace work throughout the World. In 1957 Swami Vishnudevananda started his journey to the West, sent by his Guru and teacher, Swami Sivananda while advising "People are waiting." Swamiji had vowed to his Master that his mission of teaching Yoga and Meditation towards Peace would keep a strict adherence to the ancient Vedantic scriptures from India. Sixty years later, Swami Vishnudevananda-ji's mission now embraces every corner of the World, reaching far and wide. Many countries and people who may have never heard of Yoga are now adopting the benefits, finding Peace and health in their lives and, in turn, spreading the knowledge of Yoga to others.

In addition, the Sivananda Organization strives towards offering the services Swamiji had always made a priority throughout his life with charitable works such as Ayurveda Medical Camps, Rural Medical Camps, outreach yoga classes in large cities, building houses for the poor and providing education for children. In 60 years, what began as small localized projects has now expanded to more areas and countries one could imagine. We thank you, the students and devotees, for the continued support to the Sivananda Organization so staff can continue Swamiji's mission, impacting the peoples of the World on their search for Peace.

Pranams to all.

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The self-effort of today becomes the destiny of tomorrow. - Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. The senses are generally turned outside. It is said that if they are turned inside, one will be able to attain Mukti. What is meant by turning them inside?
A.

Now, think of Lord Rama and repeat Ram, Ram. When you mentally repeat Ram, keep a picture of Ram. The senses will be withdrawn. Now the eyes run towards objects and the ears run to various sounds. When you repeat Ram, Ram loudly, the ears hear only Ram, Ram; and they will not run. The inner eye will see only Ram's picture. The mind will be concentrated on God. It will not run towards objects. So, gaze within, introspect. You can do Pranayam also. Stop the breath. It is Prana that gives strength to the senses. You withdraw the Prana and try to centralize it so that the senses have no vigour to run outside. By gradual practice, the senses will be absorbed in the mind. The mind will be concentrated and will be absorbed in the Self. That is superconscious state, Samadhi. Daily practice.

Q. What is the need to attain Moksha, Swamiji?
A.

To understand this you should resort to Satsang and study of scriptures. An intellect that is clouded by all sorts of desires and evil Samskaras will not be able to grasp even the need for Moksha. Such an intellect is Asuric. Read the Gita. Attend Satsang. Listen to the discourses of saints and Sannyasins. Then Viveka will arise in you. You will understand that this world is full of pain and sorrow. The bungalow, the motor-car, the little position and the small salary that you are having now will not then satisfy you. Your aspirations will grow. You will want to liberate yourself. What great labour goes into the preparation of the microscope lens? After a lot of grinding only you are able to peep into the beyond. Similarly, after a lot of study and Satsang only will your intellect even think of the Beyond.

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

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

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

Attain Truth through speaking the Truth and practicing Truth in all your daily actions and behaviour towards others. - Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

HALASANA - The Plough - All Levels

Continuation of the forward bend movement in Shoulder stand/Sarvangasana, amplifying Sarvangasana.

Caution: If you have ever experienced disc discomforts or other painful neck conditions, seek advice from your yoga teacher before practicing.

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

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

Tip:
Keep legs straight and back supported with hands.
If feet not on floor yet: Keep supporting lower back with hands. Breathe through the nose. Practice abdominal breathing. Hold the position 5 breaths and roll out.
If feet on floor, Extend arms flat on the floor behind back to increase flexibility of shoulder girdle. Keep arms close to each other as possible. Now interlock fingers and press palms against each other.

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

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

Coming out of pose: Release hands, arms are flat on floor palms down to brake the descent. Raise the legs till parallel to floor. Then slowly roll the spine down to the floor.
Relax in corpse pose at least 8 breaths.

BENEFITS:

Keeps spine youthful, strong and elastic.
Loosens hamstrings.
Stretches entire back of body.
Helps flexibility of shoulder joints.
Increases blood supply of spinal nerves.
Improves digestion.

Mental Benefit: Soothes stressed nerves and tired brain. Helps better coping with any claustrophobia.

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


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


Purity is the secret of God realization. Self restraint is secret towards strength of character. Dispassion is the secret of spiritual progress. - Sri Swami Sivananda

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

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

Nitya Siddha [nitya siddh]: ever present

Siddhi: a supernatural power; a realization; an attainment

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

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

BHAGAVAD GITA

Chapter XIV: The Yoga of the Division of the Three Qualities of Nature

XIV.26. MAAM CHA YO'VYABHICHAARENA BHAKTIYOGENA SEVATE;
SA GUNAAN SAMATEETYAITAAN BRAHMABHOOYAAYA KALPATE.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
And he who serves Me with unswerving devotion, he, crossing beyond the qualities, is fit for becoming Brahman.

XIV.27. BRAHMANO HI PRATISHTHAA'HAM AMRITASYAAVYAYASYA CHA;
SHAASHWATASYA CHA DHARMASYA SUKHASYAIKAANTIKASYA CHA.
For I am the abode of Brahman, the immortal and the immutable, of everlasting Dharma and of absolute bliss.

HARI OM TAT SAT
ITI SRIMAD BHAGAVADGEETAASOOPANISHATSU BRAHMAVIDYAAYAAM
YOGASHAASTRE SRI KRISHNAARJUNASAMVAADE
GUNATRAYAVIBHAAGAYOGO NAAMA CHATURDASHO'DHYAAYAH

Thus in the Upanishads of the glorious Bhagavad Gita, the science of the Eternal, the scripture of Yoga, the dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna, ends the fourteenth discourse entitled:

"The Yoga of the Division Of the Three Gunas"

Be calm. Be Cheerful. Be courageous. - Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

MEDITATION

This month Swami Vishnudevananda advises us on choosing the time and occurrence of meditation.

At the feet of Swami Vishnudevananda - Thoughts on Meditation.

Swami Vishnu-devananda would say that it is not possible to teach someone how to meditate, any more than it is possible to teach them how to sleep. Sleep overtakes us only when we detach our mind from its concerns. Meditation also cannot be forced, but unlike sleep, it is a conscious state. We need a degree of willpower to remain in the state of heightened awareness that occurs when we meditate. However, at the same time we need to relax, letting go of all expectations and desires. This subtle balance between the effort needed to sustain concentration on the one side and detachment from all distractions on the other is the art of meditation. We learn to focus the mind without struggle, yet maintain enough control to avoid a drift into reverie. To attain this state of relaxed awareness we need to prepare ourselves, and there are several steps that will help us. It is important to reiterate that meditation is a process, and as such, takes time. Be gentle and patient with your mind; do not expect miracles.

We continue with Swamiji's guidance:

2 - THE TIME
The most effective times for the practice of meditation are at dawn and dusk, when the
atmosphere is charged with special spiritual force. The most desirable time is Brahmamuhurta, the hours between four and six a.m. In these quiet hours after sleep, the mind and atmosphere are clear and unruffled by activities of the day. Refreshed and free of worldly concerns, concentration comes without effort. If this is not feasible, choose a time when you can retreat from daily activities and calm your mind. In the evening around sunset is also a good time or just before going to bed. With the mind freed from the tensions accumulated during the day and tuned to a higher state, you will quickly fall into deep sleep after meditating. At whatever time you choose, make sure you know you will not be disturbed by outside distractions.

3 - THE HABIT
It is important that you maintain consistency in your practice as well as meditating at the same time each day. The subconscious mind needs regularity to develop the habit of settling down and focusing easily. Start with fifteen to twenty minutes' daily practice and gradually build up to an hour. If you can't manage this, aim for thirty minutes daily. It is better to meditate every day for thirty minutes than once a week for two hours.
Even when you travel, meditate every day. As you establish the practice, you will actually feel the need to meditate every morning; if circumstances prevent you from practising, you will experience an inner discomfort, similar to how you feel if you start your day without washing. You will realize that meditation is a mental cleansing, necessary for mental wellbeing. You will find you do not want to miss even a single day of practice.

Remember: Face north or east to take absorb the favourable magnetic vibrations.

"Be gentle and patient with your mind; do not expect miracles. The more care and attention you give to the preparation, the more positive the results." - Swami Vishnudevananda

Excerpt from the book: "Swamiji Said – A Collection of Teachings by Swami Vishnudevananda in His Own Words"

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

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

TOFU QUICHE - Tasty served on its own or suitable for festive occasions, entertaining and appeals to many tastes. Can be served hot or cold with a salad or vegetables or variety of accompaniments. Serves 4-6.

Ingredients for

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

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

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

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

Other recipes can be found in the Sivananda publication - "Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion" – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010

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

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC and ATTC Teacher Training Courses

2017

Mar 04 - Apr 02/17
ATTC – Deutsch English Español Français
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India
http://www.sivananda.eu/en/advanced-teacher-training-in-india.html

Mar 05 - Apr 01/17
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Mar 12 - Apr 09/17
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Mar 19 - Apr 16/17
TTC - English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
www.sivananda.org/neyyardam

Apr 04 - May 01/17
ATTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Apr 04 - May 01/17
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Apr 09 - May 07/17
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

May 03 - Jun 01/17
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

May 04 - May 31/17
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

May 06 - Jun 03/17
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA
www.sivananda.org/yogafarm

May 14 - Jun 11/17
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

May 20 - Jun 18/17
TTC – Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

May 27 - Jun 24/17
TTC – English
London, England
http://www.sivananda.org/london/teachers_training_UK.html

Jun 01 - Jun 29/17
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Jun 03 - Jun 30/17
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Jun 18 - Jul 16/17
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Jun 30 - Jul 28/17
TTC – English, Français, Espaňol
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jun 30 - Jul 28/17
ATTC – Français, English, Español
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jul 02 - Jul 30/17
TTC – English, Français, Espaňol,
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Jul 05 - Aug 02/17
ATTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Jul 08 - Aug 05/17
TTC – English 中文 Tiếng Việt
Da Lat, Vietnam
www.sivanandayogavietnam.org

Jul 29 - Aug 27/17
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

Jul 30 - Aug 27/17
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Aug 03 - Aug 31/17
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Aug 05 - Sep 03/17
TTC – Espaňol, English
Aluenda, Zaragoza, España Spain
http://www.sivananda.se

Aug 06 - Sep 03/17
ATTC – English, Français, Español
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Aug 06 - Sep 03/17
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

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

Do not worry about obstacles. They will pass away.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - FRBRUARY 2017

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada


    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Sivananda Headquarters

    At the beginning of February the Yoga Camp had the privilege of a special visit from Swami Shankarananda from the Yoga Vedanta Centre in Rome. He led Satsang and read from Sivananda's Gospel of Divine Life. He taught a delightful yoga class and also concocted some delicious meals with his Italian cuisine touch. His presence brought a tranquil atmosphere at the Ashram. A fervent Puja was offered to Lord Rama. The strong energy hovered over the Camp. During Satsangs, we spoke about various topics related to love and family. A few staff members also went to a Puja for Lord Subramanya at Montreal Centre. The Ashram was filled with a spirited energy. Children and grownups were fond of the winter outings: snowshoeing on the Saraswati Trail, a full moon walk to the lake, hot chocolate and home made cookies. On the occasion of the Saint-Valentine's day, families found their way to a holistic lifestyle, in harmony with nature and the crisp air of The Laurentian Mountains. Children were happy with the special program of practicing yoga, hear some stories about Ganesha and Krishna, colouring mandalas and singing mantras. Another snow shovelling mission was organized around the Ashram grounds. More karma yogis got involved in the current project of typing of Swami Vishnu's interviews and talks. Other karma yogis helped with the flooring project and painting walls. Other Yoga Camp activities and maintenance continued as usual.

    During mid-February the Ashram had a Puja for Devi to celebrate the adoration of the Divine Mother of all things. During Satsangs, we read from The Yogi and Daily Readings, and we explored topics such as the power of the ego, thoughts, will and actions, faith and the limitations caused by the mind, and of course, silence. Reflecting the readings the weekend program focused on silence and how observing Mouna helps considerably to find peace alongside how miscellaneous talking can be a bad habit and often distracting the mind. From silent meals to meditative walks, guests practiced self-introspection. They had the opportunity to perform Trataka meditation in the Krishna Temple. The guests broke silence that Sunday at noon, shared their experience as a group, delighted with their weekend experience. They understood the objective of Mouna and left the Camp uplifted. That Sunday, a thorough clean-up happened in the kitchen. Meanwhile big group of karma yogis worked on the Yoga Camp website, from editing, to correcting and translating into French. Some others kept working on the flooring and painting project in the registration building. Other Yoga Camp activities and maintenance went as usual. We are blessed to be carrying Swami Vishnu's mission! Om Shanti.


Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!

    During the beginning of February the January TTC energy picked up in their fourth week with many students feeling like they did not want to leave the Ashram. We gave thanks to the Divine Mother with Lalita Sahasranama Puja, generating a very positive energy. Prahladaji made a lightning visit to the Ashram to meet the staff and students and inspect the grounds. He especially thanked the translators for their hard work. With two study sessions the students were able face the exam with confidence. Unfortunately, tragedy struck on Saturday afternoon when a TTC graduate drowned accidentally in the Neyyar Dam lake. Graduation proceeded but without the usual Talent Show and celebrations. Swami Sitaramananda raised the mood by focusing on expressing gratitude to the various people who made the TTC possible. As the TTC departed the dorms were once again overflowing with a big influx of new Yoga Vacationers. As always, we pray for Swamiji's protection and guidance. May the Grace of God and the Masters keep us blessing all. Pranams to all the Sivananda Family.


Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India

    Om Namo Narayanaya from Uttar Kashi

    May Swamiji and Master's blessings bring peace and happiness to all. Pranams to all. Om.



Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France

    Om Namah Sivaya

    During February the Ashram held a week on Yoga and Vitality. We had lectures on workshops on health, the 5 Points of Yoga, 4 Paths of Yoga and lots of chanting. We enjoyed the first Spring days with a wonderful excursion along the Loire River, which was like an ocean of flowers. We had a cooking weekend, with Ganga from Paris. It was well received with 3 lectures and one cooking workshop. Amba started teaching. She also helped a lot at the reception area, with the absence of Kalyani, our receptionist, who was on holidays. Narayana gave a Kriya workshop. All the new staff were learning something new, bringing good energy into the Ashram. We were looking forward to Sivaratri. Om Namah Sivaya.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Yoga Farm

    During the beginning of February the Yoga Farm sent prayers along with Swami Jnaneswariananda, who travelled to Taiwan and India. The Ashram keeps being blessed with much rain with more to come. Sunshine broke through long enough for the Ayurveda Agroforestry weekend with Spencer Nielsen teaching with permaculture and Ayurveda principles working with fruit trees and establishing plant guilds for healthy edible and healing ecosystems. Swami Dharmananda co-taught the Yoga of Leadership course with Leila Naderi, as a stepping stone to the TTC and Swamiji's vision to train peace ambassadors in the world. Students inquired into the qualities that define positive leadership, ethics (Yamas and Niyamas), and how to cultivate creativity and inspiration in oneself and others.

    By mid-February the Ashram received much more purifying rain, saturating the earth and bringing many seasonal streams coming to life. Bright yellow daffodils were blooming all around the Ashram grounds, bringing joy to guests and staff. The 5-day Beginner course, taught by Karuna Devi, was very inspiring for our guests. They learned and practiced the 5 Points of Yoga and greatly appreciated the regulated lifestyle of daily meditation, chanting, asana and pranayama and especially a Yogic cooking workshop. Swami Dharmananda led a Stress and Relaxation weekend group, with teachings on Prana and the Mechanics of the Mind in relation to stress, including teachings on the 5 Points of Yoga to reduce negative effects of stress in daily life. Staff and guests enjoyed a beautiful visit to the Yuba river for a short hike, pranayama and meditation. We welcome Omkari, current staff at LA Centre, who joined the Ashram for the next month. We all felt the grace of Master and Swamiji this month. Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves, from the Yoga Farm.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya

    During the beginning of February four eager students joined us for the Yoga Immersion week for Beginners. Swami Satyapremananda gave the daily workshops and some of the asana classes, along with other staff members. We were happy to unexpectedly welcome Swami Shambudevananda for a weekend, whose flight to the Bahamas had been cancelled due to weather conditions. The focus of the weekend Satsangs and workshops was the 'Yoga of Relationships', led by Srinivasan, Swami Satyapremananda, and Swami Shambudevananda. As always, the guests left inspired and refreshed. All are well and continue to enjoy the beautiful winter landscapes.

    By mid-February the staff prepared for a full Ashram. We welcomed some 47 guests for the Introduction to Meditation program. As Monday was a holiday, many guests stayed the Sunday night, too. Srinivasan led the morning and afternoon weekend workshops, and Swami Satyapremananda led the evening Satsangs and Monday workshop. We held separate well-attended beginner and open yoga classes. Good feedback was received by many first-time visitors. Kanti Devi joined as a karma yogi. Daria left the Ashram for a while. We look forward to her return, scheduled in May. The staff are well. Pranams to all from the beautiful Catskills Mountains! Om.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas

    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves

    During the beginning of February the Ashram welcomed Joan Borysenko, a cell biologist, psychologist, spiritual educator and authour. She presented the topic on "Writing Down the Light: A Conscious Retelling of Your Life's Story", in which she explained how we can rewire our brain by changing the stories, which we tell ourselves. Our priest, Krishnan Namboodiri, performed a Ganapati Vidya Homa, specially for the TTCs and their teachers in order to remove the obstacles and bestow knowledge during their course. We were happy to welcome Shaman, healer and ceremonial leader, Brant Second. He introduced to us the indigenous wisdom of the Huichol, one of the last traditional tribes in Mexico. In his workshops he taught the Dance of the Deer Ceremony and other ancient shamanic techniques. We bid farewell to Swami Brahmananda, who travelled to Columbia for a week, giving Satsangs and inspiring talks in a Sivananda affiliated Yoga Centre "Atman Yoga", in Medellin, Colombia. Meanwhile, at the Ashram we started a new program under the title "Searching Inside: Bringing Mindful Awareness to Life and Work", with Gopi Kallayil, who founded and teaches a weekly Yoga program for Google employees, called "Yoglers"; and Mirabai Bush, who works with organizations to bring contemplative principles to the workplace. They inspired us to incorporate our Yoga practice into our day to day life, especially when we are not in an Ashram setting. Arjuna gave a series of workshops during the "Beginners Yoga Immersion Week", in which the participants had a chance to build a strong foundation for their practice and empowered them to continue their practice at home. Iswara Chaitanya taught a wonderful Essentials of Yoga II course to a group of Karma Yogis, allowing them to go deeper into their studies and Hatha Yoga practice. Swami Hridyananda taught the Annual Meditation Retreat and Madhavi (Molly Birkholm) taught a week-long iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1 Teacher Training Course. 

    During mid-February we welcomed frequent visitors, Suba and Ramesh Parmar, to present Bharathanatyam Dance and Music and Preksha Meditation respectively. We also welcomed Ralph White, who presented multiple Satsangs and workshops on the "Quest for the Mysteries of Spiritual Experience", in which he took us on a journey through the history of the awakening of consciousness and spirituality. We welcomed back Swami Brahmananda, who was visiting Atman Yoga, the affiliated Sivananda Yoga Centre in Medellin. We started the Symposium "Nature of Reality", in which we explored the meaning of life through non-dual perspectives. Means Kafatos, who is an acclaimed scholar of quantum theory and consciousness, represented the aspect of Kasmir Saivism. Sally Kempton gave beautiful talks on Shakti from the tantric tradition. Debashish Banerjee, a professor of South Asian Philosophy and Culture, introduced Sri Aurobindo's life and his exploration of the nature of reality as well as Sankhya philosophy. Swami Brahmananda presented the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta and how to put it into practical terms. Senior staff and Narayani taught an Essentials of Yoga I course for new Karma Yogis, who just arrived to the Ashram. Narayani Chaitanya taught an Essentials of Meditation course, in which the participants were introduced to practice of meditation and received practical guidelines on how to meditate. Om.


Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria

    Om Namah Sivaya

    During the beginning of February the Retreat House Ashram was delighted to receive the priest Yagneshwara Dixit for a 5 day visit. Daily Pujas elevated the energy at the main altar and two beautiful Pujas for Ganesha and Saraswati were much appreciated by all. The January TTC went very well. The close-knit group applied themselves wholeheartedly, developing a nice group. A quiet and focussed atmosphere surrounded the mantra initiation. The Yoga Vacation guests enjoyed a special winter retreat on the psychosomatic effects of the asanas. We fitted regular walks into the daily program, making the most of the magical winter beauty.

    During mid-February the YV guests took part in the Yoga Relaxation Days. The focus was on releasing stress through different methods, be it with asanas, positive thinking, relaxed eating or mantra chanting. The YV guests enjoyed a gentle program for beginners. Satsangs were lively with everyone deeply involved in the chanting. Both TTC's students and guests led us in the kirtans. Preparations for the TTC in Rudraprayag and ATTC in Uttarkashi picked up in pace. Swami Ramapriyananda left for India. The main focus was the last week of TTC. Final lectures were given, the last classes taught and a big review prepared the TTC's for the exam, which everyone passed. It all came to a harmonious end with a very touching graduation ceremony. In the get-together that followed we enjoyed some impromptu moments reflecting on what has been a simply wonderful TTC journey. OM.


Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

    Om Namo Narayanaya from the Meenakshi Ashram

    During the beginning of February, and the 3rd week of ATTC, the students really came together as a group. There is great intensity among the students with respect to Pranayama. The energy of the group was felt during Satsangs where everyone immersed themselves in chanting and talks. The batch of Yoga Vacationers was a combination of beginners and intermediate practitioners, hence we conducted separate classes for them. Many students attended coaching classes to improve their asana and pranayama practice. It was a joyful week for all of us as we welcomed Anoop ji's new baby daughter to the Sivananda family. We wished the mother and newborn good health and happiness. On 7th February we celebrated Swami Gayatriananda's birthday with a Devi Puja, held at the Mahakali temple. The temple was decorated beautifully with lamps and flowers and everyone offered their prayer to the deity. The Puja concluded with special prasad, which was relished by all. The staff benefited from Swami Shivabhaktananda's contribution in group karma yoga, as he directed us towards meticulously gardening and weeding the open areas in the Ashram. One of the days, students, guests, and staff spent a couple of hours with Prahlad ji in cleaning the vast area and pond outside the Ashram. This followed by collection and disposal of many wastes and garbage. The locals were pleasantly surprised by the cleaning. One Saturday, the talent show was a display of some unique talents of our otherwise familiar group of ATTC students. There was a spectacular performance of hula hoop by a Yoga Vacationer, among dancing and chanting. Prahlad ji had a short visit to Neyyar Dam Ashram to address the new TTC and AWC batch.

    By mid-February we saw the last week of ATTC completed. There was great enthusiasm among the students as they took maximum advantage of the day off to prepare for the exam. The morning and evening Satsangs were very inspiring and full of energy with many coming forward to participate in chanting. By the grace of Master and Swamiji , the everybody performed very well in their exams. Many staff and students gave a helping hand in preparing for the graduation feast. The final Talent Show of the ATTC batch had students, yoga vacationers and staff indulging in some fun performances. A couple of students stayed back at the Ashram to volunteer as Karma Yogis. We were delighted to welcome them to our family. One Sunday, ATTC students, yoga vacationers and staff took part in the monthly Medical Camp, conducted by Sivananda Rural Hospital in assistance from Vikram Hospital. Everybody was very supportive and came forward to help the patients, especially the ATTC students. They were very happy to be a part of this cause. We also prepared for the meeting with Quality Council of India (QCI) representatives. The officials arrived at the Ashram from Neyyar Dam for the meeting with Prahlad ji and other staff members. The QCI officials conducted an audit and were happy with our work. We noted their suggestions and will incorporate the same for the upcoming courses. One night we had a stimulating talk by Mr. M. Dhinagar Vel, MD of India Foods Ltd who gave us an insight on healthy eating, motivating everyone to switch to natural and healthier eating habits. The talk culminated with Q&A session where many came forward to clarify their doubts regarding various ingredients and foodstuff.
    We bid farewell to Prahlad ji and Swami Shivabhakananda who left the Ashram after spending almost 6 weeks with us. We wished them safe travels. It was a truly enriching experience in their presence and we hoped that they visit us soon. In the meanwhile Kapoor ji and his wife made a short visit to our Ashram. New guests started arriving for the subsequent training course. Staff are thanking God and our Masters for their blessings. With prayers and regards from all Ashramites worldwide. Om.



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

    Om Namah Sivaya, from Da Lat Ashram

    At the beginning of February the Ashram saw a considerable shift in activity as Swami Sitaramananda arrived back from India. Final preparations for the start of the February TTC were made in many areas. Staff started to arrive from many different parts of the world. Our Satsang shifted again to the large Yoga Hall to accommodate the increasing numbers. We welcomed priest Pandit Samavedula, who visited from India to celebrate two Homa ceremonies, including both Chandi and Vastu Homas, and then a Ganesha Homa for the beginning of the TTC. The traditional ceremonies lifted the energy at the Ashram. The first TTC students started to arrive, with arrivals continuing over the weekend to be ready for the initiation of the course. Staff were inspired by the prospect of working with a large group of Vietnamese and international students, They pray for Master's and Swamiji's support, blessings and protection.

    Mid-February was momentous at the new Ashram, which saw the initiation of our first Teacher Training Course since the official opening. 82 Students from all parts of Vietnam and from all over the world arrived and well prepared and ready for initiation. All different aspects of the new Ashram had to come into full operation to deal with the needs of new students and the 28 staff and karma yogis supporting them. Students quickly adapted to the routine and took to their karma yoga tasks with enthusiasm, helping everything to run smoothly. Kitchen karma yogis rose to the challenge of providing the large number of meals to satisfy many different palates. The first week of classes ended with a talent show on the Saturday evening, when we heard traditional folk songs from the North and South of Vietnam. The evening ended with all participating in a rousing traditional dance to celebrate brotherhood and unity. We began our regular sunrise walk to the mountainside, providing a wonderful start for the students. We're also happy welcome a regular flow of Yoga Vacation guests who enjoyed the heightened energy during the TTC, plus participating in daily Yoga Vacation workshops. We feel every day grateful for Masters and Swamiji's grace. Om.

    vietnamyogaresort@sivananda.org


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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Students were coming back to their routine after the "60 years of Sivananda Yoga in the West" special program: A cooking course on vegetarian winter inspired a good group of students. We also had several seminars and workshops. First we had a day seminar entitled "Body and Mind in harmony". Students were happy to spend a full day in the centre and dive deeper into the practice. Then there was a very successful preparation day for TTC with a good group of participants, some of them already registered for one of the upcoming TTCs. Also a workshop on overcoming fear took place, where many students came to learn and to practice how to overcome this restricting emotion. At the end they all left joyful and inspired. The following weekend a workshop on Yoga@home was attended by an inspired group eager to get information on how to practice at home. The workshop was followed by a practical class where practice units with different duration could be experienced. People left happy and inspired. Also we had a Yoga 1 weekend intensive course with good attendance. One week later the second part of the weekend intensive course took place. It was also well attended. New curtains for the meditation room have been ordered to protect the Altar so we can use the room also for Asana classes if necessary. We received the new brochure from the printer and the bulk mailing of the brochure was completed. Students like it very much and start to register for upcoming courses and workshops. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Om Namah Sivaya

    During the beginning of February Swami Premananda, Swami Dayananda, Swami Sivapriyananda returned from the TTC Brazil. Lakshmi, who was a former student of the Centre, returned from the TTC course ready to join the group of teachers. We said goodbye and thanked to Ishwara of Spain very much for his help, who was helping us for four months. Swami Premananda gave a workshop of "Mantras and Prayers" and Swami Dayananda gave a "Pranayama" workshop. Pranams to all the Sivananda Family. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    After the Spring Festival Holiday, we came back to the Ashram to prepare for a Open House. The Family Yoga workshop was well attended and concluded with making rooster lanterns together. The afternoon lecture, on Five Points of Yoga, was very inspiring. The students and guests had a wonderful introduction to Hatha Yoga class. The 10% off offer on Open House Day attracted sign-ups for membership and courses. May everyone have a wonderful year of the Rooster! Om Namo Narayanaya to all the Sivananda family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India

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

    During the beginning of February our regular yoga classes continued smoothly. We started a new Morning Beginners with good number of students. Mr. Ajith Kumar from Trivandrum (TTC March 2016, Neyyardam) joined us as staff member on 08th of February 2017. Mr. Thomas went back home after finishing his Karma Yoga in our Centre. We wished him all success in his future tenure. Mr. Radhakrishnan left our Centre due to a personal reason. Renovation works in the Back House was underway. The works in the new building concluded. With grace of God and Guru's blessings everything is fine and healthy. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    Throughout the beginning of February the Chicago Centre renovation project picked up momentum as we moved towards having the space completed by Sivaratri. The finishing touches of paint, light fixtures, doors, hardware, etc were chosen. Staff were putting all of their energy to bringing this project to fruition. It's an exciting time to be part of the Centre. The Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses all continued very well, with new courses scheduled to start mid month.  Student attendance increased, including a regular group joining us for the morning Satsangs. We had an Open House, with 12 happy participants, eager to learn more about Yoga and the Sivananda community here in Chicago.

    By mid-February two new courses started: Positive Thinking & Meditation and a Yoga 2. All of the students from the previous Yoga 1 registered for Yoga 2, inspired to continue with the teachings. Several more joined the group that were looking to refresh their practice. The Open Class attendance continued to grow. The renovation work was full steam ahead with several different crews pushing ahead to get the downstairs ready for Sivaratri. The painting began and electrical outlets installed. Raghurama was successful in coordinating the subcontractors and is supervising every detail of the complex project. Radha picked the paint colors and shopped for the finishing touches, such as lighting fixtures, bathroom tile and vanity, and many of the finer details that go into making the space warm and welcoming. By the grace of Master and Swamiji, the job will be completed in time to celebrate Sivaratri at the end of February. By the grace of Master and Swamiji, staff are regular in their Sadhana and are doing well. Sending pranams to all! Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam

    Om Namah Sivaya

    During the beginning of February we opened a new Yoga 1 course for beginners and a pregnant class. All classes ran well. We had a Puja worship, with Master Panditjii and Ananta Chaitanya. Many students came. This Puja brought a lot of energy to the Centre and to all teachers and students. A great piece of news was the Vietnamese version of "Bliss Divine" was published. Many student bought it, with hopes that the teachings of Guru are always with them and lift them up in their daily life.

    By mid-February it was beautiful at the Da Lat Centre. New students of beginner courses were very excited as the teacher shared about traditional Yoga and how to do properly. Many of them did practice some yoga before. The Open classes were very crowded. We made one more room for yoga class which was a staff room before, so now we have 3 classrooms in total. We had a Sunday Satsang with Swami Narayanananda, on the topic of Sadhana. The Centre grows as we learn. We keep our practice regular and have faith in the Lord. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India

    Om Namah Sivaya

    By the grace of Guru and God's blessing the Dwarka Centre's activities continued on very well throughout the beginning of February. The weather continued to be a bit cold in the early mornings with day temperatures quite comfortable which was attracting more yogic practitioners to the Centre. We started a Beginners' class at 10 am and 6.30 pm. We conducted a yoga workshop for the back. Also, we had advance classes. Vijay ji returned from Neyyar Dam and conducted the Meditation and Satsang sessions after a gap of nearly a month. Everyone was very happy. Apart from that, all the open classes and special classes continued well.

    By mid-February the Centre's activities continued on very well. The weather was quite pleasant for the yoga practice, with a marked increase in number of students at the Centre. We started a Beginners' class at 6.30 am and 4 pm. We conducted a workshop on Positive Thinking. We had advance classes, as usual, on Wed, Sat & Sun and Trial class on Sundays. Vijay ji conducted the Meditation/Satsang session followed by distribution of Prasad and dinner, which was enjoyed by all. Apart from that all the open classes and special classes went well. We pray to the Almighty for peace and joy to everyone. Om Namah Sivaya. Om Namo Narayanaya. Pranams.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India

    Om Namo Narayanaya

    During the beginning of February we started with two Beginners' courses, one at 10:00am and the other at 6:30pm. We conducted the usual Saturday & Sunday Satsangs, open for students, their family and the people living in the community. With the grace of the Masters everything was going fine at the Centre.

    With the grace of the Masters, in mid February we started a Beginners' course at 4:00pm. We conducted a private Introduction to Yoga session for a group ten people from Spain. We also conducted few more private classes for the people who could't join the scheduled classes due to different reasons. We started the Wednesday "Foundation to Meditation" course plus, a Weekend Intensive Beginners' course. Nithya, who was with us for a month left for New York. All the regular weekly schedule of open class, gentle yoga, courses, Satsang, Kids yoga and prenatal yoga went well. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Noida, Delhi, India

    Om Namah Sivaya, from Noida

    With the Blessings and Grace of our Beloved Masters, we send Pranams and our best wishes to all the Sivananda family. Om.

    http://sivananda.org.in/noida


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre

    The highlight of the month was an inspiring special program with Yagneswara. We had a beautiful Ganesha-Puja and a powerful Sree Yantra Puja chanting Lalitha Sahasra Naama. A new Yantra board was bought and painted in preparation for the program and students came with flowers and Prasad. The energy of the Centre was wonderfully purified and uplifted. Weekends were lively with a successful cooking class with an attentive group and a nice Open Day. The spring brochure was sent out and thanks to active promotion through flyers and online we welcomed many new students. A new oven was installed in the kitchen and we had renovation work in the annex for a period of ten days. Scaffolding in front of the building started. Satya from Madrid arrived to be staff in Geneva for the next three months and also Ola from Poland visited us and nicely supported the Centre for a couple of weeks. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Om Namah Sivaya

    We look forward to another blessed year of teaching here in the City, especially with a beautiful Ashram nearby! Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihii.  


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England

    Om Namah Sivaya

    During the beginning of February we continued with the certificate course on 'The Power of Hatha Yoga'. There was much prana in the Centre with the residential students, and a good group of the general public attending every day. The group staying at the Centre fully embraced the spirit of Karma Yoga and gave their love and attention to the Centre by cleaning, organizing and assisting in the kitchen. During the evenings there were Satsangs including topics such as bhakti and wellbeing, silent walks and impromptu meditations when weather conditions prevented the walk from going ahead. The The Power of Hatha Yoga program came to a conclusion with the students showing much gratitude for the course. We also held a special weekend program entitled 'Positive Thinking - Living Life with Joy' which brought many newcomers to the Centre. The day culminated in a chanting Satsang and some words on the virtue of inspiration. We welcomed a new staff member to the Centre for one month stay. Preparation speeds up for the TTC which was fast approaching! 

    By mid-February our priest arrived to prepare the Centre for an auspicious start to the TTC. We had Pujas every morning, with the altar looking more radiant and bright as the TTC arrival day drew nearer. As the students arrived Spring was in the air and the sun was shining on the Peace Garden and streaming through into the reception. We had a Lakshmi Yantra Puja that evening, and afterwards sat together at dinner time and got to know one another. The Inauguration Ceremony and a Puja for Lord Ganesha was offered to remove obstacles for a smooth running of the course. A new workstudy joined the staff for a month, meaning we have many hands now! Spring flowers were popping up through the soil, and the buds on the bushes were growing fat, waiting to open and show their glorious faces. Staff and residents were feeling much gratitude to be a part of the journey of the new TTCs. May the blessings of the Masters be with us all. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya!

    During the beginning of February a nice group of Yoga One students started on Sundays, all inspired and excited to begin the course and start on their Yoga journey. All gathered for Guru Puja one Sunday evening to honor our teachers and the Light within. We had a Karma Yoga party to take down the tent-hut at staff's apartment, preparing for LA County Inspection. It was nice to clean up and refresh energy after a rainy winter. We are training TTC graduates to teach at the Centre, working with them closely. 

    By mid-February Swami Sankarananda visited Los Angeles with Prema in the Yoga for Peace RV. Swamiji gave a weekend workshop on Steps towards Peace, drawing inspiration from the modern American saint Peace Pilgrim. To arrive at the ultimate inner peace, Prema taught 12 steps of spiritual preparation, purification and relinquishment. Prema lived her life as a pilgrim, serving as great demonstration and inspiration. Students are happy to find her teachings mirror Swamiji's Five Points of Yoga, the teachings of Peace as eternal and universal. Swami Sankarananda shared more uplifting reflections and guidance to a larger group during a Sunday Satsang. A very happy Yoga One course continued. We saw students visiting from China, Italy and Germany. Omkari was away with family then to serve at Yoga Farm Ashram. Pranams.  



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!

    During the beginning of February classes were a bit smaller but trial classes were dynamic and many visitors arrived. The Facebook campaign gained a presence with more use of social media to promote classes and workshops. We had several new volunteers offering their time and service to the Centre. We also welcomed Sundari who will be supporting the staff team for the next three months. One weekend the Sivananda Madrid Centre was present in the Valencia Yoga Congress, with two large yoga classes and a well visited stand.

    By mid-February several courses started including a Positive Thinking and two Beginner's courses. The Centre saw many helpers and visitors, including a large Open Day, with 85 participants. We had a good number of enrollments with many interested in meditation and diet. Sunday Satsangs were inspiring for all, with strong chanting and prayers. Many teachers joined in remembrance for the recently departed Soul of Victoria, a long time teacher and devoted karma yogi of the Centre. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India

    Om Namah Sivaya

    During February the pleasant weather in Madurai supported our classes, with good attendance. A few private classes were conducted. A Monday Ladies' Beginner course started at 4 pm. All activities of the Madurai Centre continued as scheduled. Pranams to one and all from Madurai Centre. May Gurus blessings be with us always. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay

    Om Namah Sivaya

    During the beginning of February Kanti Devi and Chandra came back after Brazil TTC, ATTC, TTC Refresher and other programs. Kanti Devi led a very inspiring Satsang. After Satsang Chandra showed the students their experience in Brazil through beautiful pictures. Three Beginners' courses began with plentiful participation. Other courses ran well. After one of our Saturday trial classes, students signed on for March Beginners' courses. We continued teaching in front of the sea on Sunday mornings. One Sunday we had only three dedicated brave students, despite the storm threat in Montevideo.

    During mid-February we offered a special event - an asana class by Kanti Devi one Saturday morning. She taught to the Sivananda teachers who had the opportunity to refresh the teachings on classical asana class. Kanti Devi led both weekend Satsangs, giving inspired talks. The cleaning of the Centre was lovingly maintained by our teachers while the cleaning assistant is still sick. We had our first weekend sunny morning class, after the last two were cloudy, with many old students returning to the free class, including the homeless woman. The others activities continued. Om Shanti.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya

    We began February with icy, rainy and cold weather! This, however, did not deter students from coming for classes and courses. We started a Yoga 1 & 2 Intensive course on Tuesdays. Wednesday evening we began a Meditation course, with 6 students. Manjunath, along with the Subramanya Temple devotees conducted and sponsored the Thaipusam Puja, which celebrates the victory of Subramanya over the evil demon Soorapadman. There were over 40 in attendance with the energy very high. Swami Shankarananda arrived to stay with us at the Centre for a few days. He taught his popular North Indian cooking workshop to a group of 21 students. Despite a snow storm one Sunday there were 47 students for Satsang, most of whom came to see Swami Shankarananda. Teachers, karma yogi's and students continue to be an inspiration. We are grateful everyday for the blessings of the Masters. May they remain in us. Om Namo Narayanaya and blessings to all the Sivananda family. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!

    Beginning of February we had a special program with Swami Sivadasananda: asana workshops, teaching workshops for yoga teachers and satsangs. We held a TTC Preparation Day for people interested in partaking in any Yoga Teachers Training Course. We continued with our series of advanced asana workshops – we had workshops on the scorpion and on triangle variations. Our new open Meditation course was well received. Each week a special aspect of the meditation practice was highlighted. People who are quite new in meditation as well as those who already have some experience like to attend. OM.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    It was beautiful in New York City during the beginning of February. Swami Shambu Devananda came from Bahamas to visit the Centre. He gave a very well-attended workshop on the topic "Relieving Stress Through Yoga". It was insightful and we all learned a lot through it. After the workshop Swami ji led the Satsang and spoke about obstacles in meditation. We had a full house that evening. There was a snow storm in New York so we had to close the Centre post 12noon. Swami Shambu, who was supposed to leave back to Bahamas that morning, missed his flight and returned to the Centre after waiting the whole day at the airport. Swami ji had his flight rescheduled so he and Nicolas went to visit the Ranch returned for the rescheduled flight. We offered our regular deaf yoga class, with Gita, and also an Ayurvedic Cooking workshop, with Isani. The workshop was a total success and the students enjoyed being here and learning Indian cooking.

    By mid-February the weeks seemed to go by very fast. The sky was sunny and the air was chilly but still pleasant. Very dedicated karma yogis helped reorganize the boutique and label all the items and books for the inventory. Samyukta came back from California only to leave us the next week and go onwards to the Yoga Camp in Montreal. Swami Satyapremananda visited the Centre and gave Satsang. She spoke about Bhakti Yoga and left us all very inspired, as usual. Nicolas worked on updating the internal system for the Centre. The basement work was almost wrapped up. Nick, one of our karma yogis, spent a couple of days helping Neeti with the same. We enjoyed beautiful, warm and sunny days in NYC. All the Staff are well and send their pranams. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France

    Om Namah Sivaya

    God gave us an uplifting month with a teachers' weekend and some others visits of Swami Kailasananda. Ananta came from Orleans to give the teachers' program together with Swamiji. Swami Kailasananda gave a wonderful workshop on the topic "The Aim of Hatha yoga" and two powerful Satsangs. Swamiji's words and presence gave us inspiration and let us feel more in tune with the Masters and their teachings. Ananta gave a workshop explaining the importance of keeping the balance between the meditative mood and the dynamic aspect of the asana classes. He also gave a workshop-class on how to adjust variations and a big open class with teachers and students. The week after, Swamiji gave an awakening Satsang from a commentary of Swami Vishnudevananda on a description of Kali Yuga from the Srimad Bhagavatam. Swami gave also a program:  with an inspiring workshop on the topic of 'practical pieces of advice to have a successful life'.  A beautiful asana class with 75 students who looked fresh and full of energy after having taken the class. And a wonderful Satsang from " Thought power" on the topic of how to get ride from negative thoughts by applying pratipaksha bhavani. At the beginning of the month, Swami Kailasananda had a meeting with the owner of the building to talk about the renovations that they  will do this summer. We had also some meetings with the company who is doing the renovations to see some details before the starting of the works on the 6th. The renovations of the little asana room were carried out for one week and the renovations in the Meditation room followed the week after for two weeks. A professional plumber did some minor reparations in the kitchen and in all the bathrooms. The Meditation room looks luminous and spacious, it should be ready on the 24th for the Celebration of Sivaratri leaded by an Indian Priest. On the 10th the Swamis went to India. The close teachers: Gauri, Omkari, Jnanadev and Kaivalya supported the staff with the running of the Centre.  Swami Nityananda was back on the 21st. This month, there were workshops on the topics of:  'Yoga of Positive Relationships', 'Headstand' and 'Relaxation'. We had also a Gita intensive one week course with a very enthusiastic and focus group and a kirtan course and the usual positive thinking and meditation courses. The multidisciplinary researcher Philippe Bobola gave an interesting lecture on the topic "Science and Spirituality", appreciated by all the participants. OM.



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

    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil

    We are forever grateful for the guidance and protection of the Gurus. Pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om.



Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves from Roma

    During February classes and courses ran smoothly. Our advanced class had very good attendance. We had our second part of the workshop on Mantras. This program was popular with the students looking forward to maintaining this as a regular class. Swami Sankarananada left for Canada for bureaucratic purposes. Pranams and prayers for Peace to all from Roma. Om Shanti.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves

    During the beginning of February Swami Dharmananda visited the Centre on his way back from India. Swami Jnaneswariananda spent a weekend with us, teaching the Bhagavad Gita group one Friday night, leading a teachers' meeting on Saturday morning, presenting Peace Beyond the Emotions and a New Year's resolutions follow-up on the Saturday afternoon. Swamiji taught a three-hour yoga class that Sunday morning, after which we ate a hearty brunch together. Anandamayi led a Yoga Nidra session one Sunday afternoon. Sankari Chaitanya and Mahashakti took a 3-day diabetes lay educator training, with the idea of integrating yogic lifestyle teachings into the evidence-based curriculum. A very engaged Meditation 2 course ended.

    By mid-February a group of high school students from the Menlo School came for a half-day program, including introduction, asana class, vegetarian lunch, talk on Ayurveda by Ishwari, concluding with chanting. One student was inspired by a poster in the asana room of Swami Vishnu doing scorpion and proceeded to do it himself! Sankari Chaitanya attended Wisdom 2.0, a very popular conference "exploring the intersection of wisdom and technology." She taught two asana classes there. We went to Berkeley to "flyer" for the Yoga Health Educator Training. New Yoga 1, Yoga 2 and Positive Thinking courses started. A Meditation 1 course ended and another began. The Gurus continued to pave the way. We are very inspired to carry Swamiji's 60-year mission forward. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with us all always. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Sao Paolo, Brasil

    Om Namah Sivaya from Sao Paolo

    During the beginning of February we had a slight increase in the participation of students although the most remarkable was the activity on Open House Day, with a good participation of students and teachers. We also had a very participative Satsang with the direction of Krsna Das. The occasion was ideal to welcome four new teachers trained in Garopaba, who are very interested in starting to teach.

    By mid-February we finished the Beginners' course. Most students were intent on continuing their practice. We were having a large number of participant to Satsang which allows us to observe the well developed devotional aspect of the Brazilians. The new teachers continued to practice in their yoga classes and are very enthusiastic to help in the Centre. Teachers and students remain harmonious and very happy with the activities of the Centre. Om and Prem to all the Sivananda family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Om Namah Sivaya

    The beginning of February was an eventful and fruitful time in the Tel-Aviv Centre. Registration to the upcoming Passover Retreat in April took off and 25% of the rooms were filled up. Upcoming courses were intensely promoted with good registration. Sivaratri's atmosphere was in the air and many devotees from all over Israel were calling to participate in the festive preparations. We offered a concert with Shir Sofer, a multi-instrumentalist, who mesmerized us all with his Tibetan bowls, traditional Indian musical instruments and overtones singing. Over 60 people attended, amongst them many children. 

    By mid-February we focused all our prana in promoting the many new courses that will start in the next while. Registration progressed well as we enthusiastically filled up the whole program. Our new website was updated with many new pages and a new opening clip in the homepage. Amazingly enough it affected our SEO dramatically and our position, with many keywords, improved dramatically. A new Meditation course started with twelve students. We were sadly advised of the passing of a long time teacher, Omkar Ronen. Omkar had been teaching the Tuesday evening open class for many years and was always seen with a smile on his face. The staff dedicated Om Trayambakam for the safe journey of Omkar's soul and attended his funeral. Pranams to the Sivananda family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves

    During the beginning of February Maunika, a very dedicated karma yogi and teacher at the Centre over the years, gave a Yoga Jaya workshop. This was held for the first time at Tokyo Centre, with 11 students, including TTC graduates and intense students at asana classes. The program was greatly enjoyed and appreciated by the participants. It promised to be scheduled on a regular basis. New batches for Yoga 1 course started on Fridays and Sundays with 14 people in total attending. Many of them were interested in TTCs and/or Ashrams as they worked on this course with enthusiasm. Machiko, director of Tokyo Centre, left for Vietnam to support the TTC for a month as an interpreter. Kalini, a Neyyar dam TTC graduate in 2015, joined as resident staff, helping the Centre for a month while the director is absent. Her positive vibrant energy was such a positive influence over the Centre.

    During mid-February an asana workshop for stiff shoulders and backache relief was given by Meenakshi, a very dedicated asana teacher who graduated from the TTC in India in 2015. 10 people attended and enjoyed learning methods for stiff shoulder and backache relief through asana postures. Sita, a Thai TTC graduate in 2014, moved in the Centre as resident staff and will be here for 3 months. Vishnu, a monk and ex-resident staff, joined and stayed for a week to help the Centre provide new staffs with the training. The Centre was filled with a very positive and lively energy since the two joined us. A Sunday evening Satsang, led by Vishnu and his powerful singing, was very vibrant. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya

    At the beginning of February Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses started. Mayavan taught Yoga Asanas according to an Ayurveda workshop. He offered Ayurvedic perspective on twelve basic asanas and how to practice them taking into considerations Ayurvedic body mind types. Students and teachers appreciated his knowledge very much. Our teacher, Narayani, enthusiastically continued cooking Tuesday dinners for students, as Vijay was taking a break. We started reading Tulsidas Sri Ramacharitamanasa at morning Satsangs which reminded the senior students and staff of Swami Vishnudevananada as we used to read with him during long, winter days.

    During mid-February Ontario had a Family Long Weekend holiday which sent a lot of people out of Toronto. Regardless, we had good attendance at classes and Satsangs. Anantya taught our regular headstand workshop for students who needed some more instruction. Saraswati taught a two-hour relaxation workshop for injured workers, organized by downtown Community Legal Clinic. Their clients suffered range of physical and mental trauma and are all from low income communities. They enjoyed learning how they can manage stress. We offered them free courses at the Centre, which they were very excited to continue with. Some of them already visited the Centre the next day for the beginner trial class. Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    During the beginning of February a new batch started for ladies on Mondays. Open, Advance & Kids classes went well. Satsang was led by Sri. Arun. The director Rajesh left the Sivananda Organization to pursue his career outside. We wished him and his family good luck. Shibin took charge as the Centre's director.

    By mid-February a new batch was started Monday mornings, with a good number of students. All the Staff members were busy making all the arrangements for the Sudarshana Homa conducted during Sunday Satsang. This Homa was held for the accomplishment of every day tasks successfully, for prosperity, removing negative vibrations and improving mental and physical health. Around 75 people attended the Pooja. Satsang was led by Sri. Nataraj ji. We distributed Prasad to everyone. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria

    Om Namah Sivaya

    February was an inspiring month. Classes and courses were well attended and several higher courses were beginning also. Many beginners were inspired after the trial classes and registered for Beginners' courses. The headstand workshop this month was very successful, with all the 7 students being able to hold the posture for some time; on one weekend we offered an introductory course into the Positive Thinking. Also, our group-meditations with Mantra chanting on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays were attracting more and more students. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius

    During the beginning of February the Centre was full of different activities. Some students learned sun salutation in theory and in practice, with many corrections offered to the each participant. We held a workshop "Power of the Positive Mind", which was well accepted by a good group of the students. Yoga 1 and Y2 courses also started.

    By mid-February we started another Yoga 1 course. We held a TTC introduction day.
    Almost all the students stayed for the all activities. One subscribed to the upcoming TTC. We received a new TTC brochure from the printer and sent it to all the European Centres. A small photo shoot for the Centre's new brochure was done as well. The Centre was working on a reduced schedule because of public holidays. OM.


The real spiritual progress of the aspirant is measured by the extent to which he/she achieves inner tranquillity. - Sri Swami Sivananda
 
 

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