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Issue #3/2018 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize March 1, 2018
"Work out your salvation in and through this World." - Sri Swami Sivananda

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Yoga Sanskrit Glossary

Raja Yoga
Bhagavad Gita
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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

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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
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Montreal, Canada
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Munich, Germany
New York, USA
Paris, France
Porto Alegre, Brasil
Rome, Italy
San Francisco, USA
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Trivandrum, India
Vienna, Austria
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MARCH 2018
02 Holi
13 Ekadasi
13 Maha Sivarathri
17 New Moon
25 Ramanavami
27 Ekadasi

APRIL 2018
12 Ekadasi
15 Vishu (Malayalam New Year)
16 New Moon
26 Ekadasi
30 Full Moon
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Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

All International Sivananda Centres and Ashrams report a healthy attendance in asana classes and courses during the beginning of this year, enabling staff and teachers to humbly and wholeheartedly share the profound teachings of our Masters.

After much diligent chanting from all during February's Maha Sivaratri, the entire Organization reports increased prana in the Ashrams and Centres, which may just last until next year.

The Sivaratri celebrations at Dhanwanthari coincided with the initiation of two Brahmacharis - Mangala Chaitanya and Mookambika Chaitanya. Yamuna is now Mangala Chaitanya and Meenakshi is now Mookambika Chaitanya. May Master and Swamiji guide them to liberation.

February saw the auspicious celebration of Swami Gayatriananda's ninetieth birthday at Dhanwanthari Ashram. May Master and Swamiji's blessings shine opon her.

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

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

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

Pranams to all.

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This marvelous world is a great University of wisdom. Learn your lessons and become wise. - Sri Swami Sivananda

Q. Why is it that the life-span of the modern man is so short as compared to that of his ancestors?

Our ancestors used to have a well-regulated, disciplined life. They were not slaves of their senses as the modern people are. They used to do Japa, Pranayam, Sandhyavandana (Trikala) and Svadhyaya (study of religious books like the Gita, the Bhagavata and the Ramayana). They used to do charity and selfless service, and observe Vratas like Ekadasi, Sri Rama Navami, Sri Krishna Ashtami and Dattatreya Jayanti. They used to conduct spiritual conferences and pray for world peace and not for their own individual selves. They used to take plenty of physical exercise in the form of walking ten to twenty miles a day and at a stretch. They used to observe Yama and Niyama very rigidly. They used to live mostly in villages and not in congested areas. They were self-reliant and not dependent on others even for trivial matters. They used to have Kaya Siddhi as well as Vak Siddhi. When the present-day generation realizes the value of the way of ancient living, surely will it achieve all that it desires with the Prasannata (grace) of the Devas.

Q. How to put a permanent end to all doubts and questions?

As one advances in spiritual Sadhana and attains a greater and greater degree of evolution day by day, by regular and unremitting practice of the Yoga of Synthesis, the clouds of doubts, delusion and interrogation disperse by themselves. As the sun rises, the mist disappears. Even so, as you progress in the spiritual path by the Grace of Guru and God, all the intricate problems of life and death dissolve themselves into the ever-abiding Truth of existence. The only duty of man is to intensify the inner purity by graded integral Sadhana. Whenever doubts, troubles and the like arise, repeat any one of the following Mantras: Om Sri Rama Saranam Mama or Om Sri Krishna Charanau Saranam Prapadye or your Guru Mantra. There is no room for doubts to crop up on the attainment of God-realization, as the seeker is no longer the seeker, but God Himself.

Q. What are the marks of a wise man and a fool?

The fool reacts outwardly and emotionally under all circumstances, while there is no reaction in the sage. If at all the latter acts, such actions are not reactions to any immediate action, but are born out of the sage's Satsankalpa to serve humanity. Secondly, in all situations, the fool places himself first but finds himself last, while the wise man places himself last but finds himself first. Thirdly, the wise man retires silently as soon as he has done his work, but the fool remains to ear others praise him, and in some cases, if nothing like it is coming forward, he shamelessly asks for it. Kindly read also the Second Chapter of the Gita, wherein you will find a nice description of the Sthitaprajna.


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No spiritual effort goes in vain. - Sri Swami Sivananda

TRIKONASANA - TRIANGLE - Intermediate level

Mastering the basic Trikonasana with proper alignment and perfect balance gives a firm foundation to proceeding to the variations. With this balance you will gain control and concentration necessary for advanced variations. The triangle is a potent symbol for the divine principle in Hindu art. It is frequently found in the yantras and mandalas used for meditation. Pointing downward it represents Shakti, the dynamic female principle, pointing upward it stands for Siva the passive male force.

First bend to the right, then the left.

To begin, stand with feet well apart about twice shoulder width apart, paying attention to the alignment of the feet. For a lateral bend to the right, the right foot points to right, left foot slightly to the right. You can begin by standing with feet parallel and heels in line and then just swivel the feet into position. The left leg will not be static in energy. Take your weight equally in both legs and feet. The left foot should also be flat on the mat the length of the foot, the big toe and inner edge of foot planted firmly and the outer edge of the foot pressing into the mat, helping with balance.

The head and shoulders are centred. Stretching the left arm straight up against the left ear, inhale and lengthen the body. As you exhale, bend to the right and slightly forward to bypass the ribs, without turning the left hip forward. Slide the right hand down the right leg as far as you can reach. The left arm is now over the head still against the left ear. Keep it stretched out straight through to the fingertips, maintaining a long stretch along the left side of the body so with practice and increased flexibility, the right hand will be able to reach toward the right ankle and the body resembles a triangle shape. Ensuring that the left hip is not turning forward and the chest is remaining facing forward and hips square, slowly turn the head and look under the left arm. This head position reduces strain on the neck.

Throughout the full pose, both knees are straight. The hips are not twisted.

Hold the pose for several breaths in this position or up to a minute before releasing the pose and coming upright. Repeat the pose with a stretch to the opposite side, bending to the left.

Excellent lateral stretch to the lumbar and thoracic spine, toning spinal nerves.
Lateral stretch to muscles on side of body.
Augments the movement of the half spinal twist.
Helps proper functioning of the digestive system by moving food through the intestines and tones abdominal muscles.
The body becomes lighter and other asanas are improved.
Helps with balance and concentration.
Muscles of legs are strengthened.

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.

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Obstacles and unfavourable circumstances are God-sent chances to make you more steady and strong in will. - Sri Swami Sivananda



Sat: (Sanskrit) means "Truth"

Sankalpa: (Sanskrit: संकल्प) means an intention formed by the heart and mind.
A solemn vow, determination, or will. In practical terms a Sankalpa means a one-pointed resolve to focus both psychologically and philosophically on a specific goal. In yogic philosophy sankalpa refers to a resolution, a solemn vow, an intention, or a resolve to do something. From the Sanskrit roots, San, meaning "a connection with the highest truth; from the heart," and Kalpa, meaning "vow."

Examples: A Jnana Yogi can exhibit Siddhis through pure will or Sat-Sankalpa.
Actions are not reactions to any immediate action, but are born out of the sage's Satsankalpa to serve humanity.

A complete Sanskrit Glossary can be found at:

Let Prayer be the basis of your life. - Sri Swami Sivananda


Chapter II.52.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
When thy intellect crosses beyond the great realm of delusion, then thou shalt attain the indifference as to what has been heard and what has yet to be heard.

The mire of delusion is the identification of the Self with the not-Self. The sense of discrimination between the Self and the not-Self is confounded by the mire of delusion and the mind runs towards the sensual objects and the body is taken as the pure self. When you attain purity of mind, you will attain to indifference regarding things heard and yet to be heard. They will appear to you to be, of no use. You will not care a bit for
them. You will entertain disgust for them.


(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
When thy intellect, which is perplexed by the Veda text, which thou hast read, shall stand immovable and steady in the Self, then thou shalt attain Self-realization.

When your intellect, when tossed about by the conflict of opinions regarding the Pravritti Marga (the path of action) and the Nivritti Marga (the path of retirement or renunciation) if fed up with the bewildering doctrines and becomes immovable, without distraction and doubt, then firmly established in the true Self, then thou shalt attain Self-realization and knowledge of the Self (Atma-Jnana), attaining the real Yoga.

The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph. Self realization demands very great struggle. - Sri Swami Sivananda


From Discourse I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"

'At that time (when the thought waves are stilled), the perceiver rests in his own true nature.'

Commentary: That state of pure consciousness is achieved when the mind is no longer modified by the activities of thought waves. When the waves of a lake are stilled, one can see the bottom clearly. Likewise, when the 'vrittis' of the mind subside, one's essential nature (swaroopa) becomes evident. When the mind's agitation stops, the world no longer exists for the meditator, for he is in union with the Self.

When the mind undergoes phases of transition in enjoying the charm of the world, it cannot concentrate upon itself and direct the gaze within itself. - Sri Swami Sivananda


RICE SALAD - Serves 8

1½ cups long grain brown or basmati rice
2 ½ cups water
6 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, mint, basil, lemon balm (Melissa)
1 pound mixed vegetables, such as blanched asparagus or peas, avocado, bell pepper, carrot, celery, cucumber, fennel, pitted olives diced if necessary
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Place rice in a heavy pan with the water and bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 35 -40 minutes for brown rice or 20-35 minutes for white rice.
Leave rice to cool. Toss the cooled cooked rice with olive oil, lemon juice, gently with a fork rather than a spoon. Stir in the herbs and diced vegetables. Season with the salt and pepper.
Rice salad can be served right away or prepared in advance (2 hours prior) which enables rice to absorb the flavours.
To serve the rice salad: Use hollowed out bell peppers or tomatoes and fill with the salad. Or serve on a lettuce leaf, or chill rice a few hours in a lightly greased mold in refrigerator before turning out.
A SEEDED version of this salad can be prepared by replacing vegetables and herbs with 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds, 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, each toasted separately. Substitute 3 tablespoons tahini for the olive oil.

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.

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Always strive to lead an inner spiritual life. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC and ATTC Teacher Training Courses


Mar 03 - Apr 01/18
ATTC – Deutsch English Español Français
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India

Mar 04 - Apr 01/18
TTC – Espaňol
Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina

Mar 07 - Apr 03/18
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas

Mar 11 - Apr 08/18
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA

Mar 18 - Apr 14/18
TTC - English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

Apr 05 - May 03/18
TTC – English, Deutsch
Mittersill, Hohe Tauren, Austria

Apr 06 - May 03/18
ATTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas

Apr 06 - May 03/18
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas

Apr 08 - May 05/18
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India

May 05 - Jun 03/18
TTC – Deutsch
Tyrol, Austria

May 06 - Jun 02/18
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas

May 12 - Jun 09/18
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA

May 13 - Jun 09/18
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India

May 14 - Jun 12/18
TTC – Français
Orleans, France

May 27 - Jun 23/18
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India

Jun 02 - Jun 30/18
TTC – English
London, England

Jun 03 - Jul 01/18
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA

Jun 05 - Jul 02/18
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas

Jun 17 - Jul 14/18
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India

Jun 29 - Jul 27/18
TTC – English, Français
Orleans, France

Jun 29 - Jul 27/18
ATTC – Français, English, Deutsch, Español
Orleans, France

Jun 30 - Jul 29/18
TTC – lietuvių kalba Русский язык
Vilnius, Lithuania

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Time is the soul of the world. It is the richest treasure. Waste not even a second.
- Sri Swami Sivananda



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Sivananda Headquarters

    Early February at Yoga Camp brought a lot of fresh snow which was perfect for our family weekend. We had a few families join us for the Valentine's weekend. We had about 5 kids with us for the program alongside a couple of outside kids to join the classes. Because of the fresh snow, we were able to take them snowshoeing and sleighing. After all their outdoor fun they were treated to warm muffins and hot chocolate. Many staff members left the Ashram for some time including Swami Shivabhaktananda who travelled to Neyyar Dam for the ATTC. Meanwhile other staff at the Camp kept up with the painting project and shovelling the snow.

    By the middle of February the Camp was deep in snow. Although it was warmer weather, we had a lot of snow come our way, allowing for much shovelling for the staff. The staff kept up with their daily duties and Sadhana while continuing to work on the projects around the Camp. During Sivaratri, we had around 100 people at the peak of the celebration, joining us for the celebration of Lord Siva. The abundance of Indian food and chanting brought such great energy to the Camp. It was a night full of devotion and offerings. By the early morning everyone had left feeling the wonderful energy. Chandrika held a Silent Retreat for the guests. We had 17 guests sign up. So during the program most of the Ashram was in silence creating a great practice for everyone. They were taken on two silent walks and continued with the usual Sunday morning silent walk as well. The guests were pleased and were able to take techniques and new practices home with them. Other than the programs and daily schedule at the Ashram, everything ran smoothly. Mookambika, formerly known as Minakshi was in India, taking her vows. We all congratulate her and wish her all the best on the Sadhana path! May the Grace of Master and Swamiji bless all. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!

    In early February at Dhanwanthari Ashram there was much activity. Even though there was a break between TTC finishing and the ATTC starting there was a lot of activity going on. Jyoti (USA) conducted a four day Finding Your Voice program and Sarada (UK) conducted a three day Invoking Saraswati for Creative Writing program. Both were well received by the guests. Many staff travelled to Shornur to attend former paid staff, Unni and Rukmini's daughter and sister of Anoop and Sandeep, Sarita's wedding. We also celebrated Swami Gayatriananda's ninetieth birthday with visit to Potti Swami Pazhanchira Temple in the morning and Satsang with birthday cake in the evening. ATTC staff and other staff started arriving from Canada including Prahlada, Swami Shivabhaktananda, Subramanya, Mookambika Chaitanya (Minakshi), Vasishta, Jeeva, Kamala, Jeevachandra, Samyukta. Also Srinivas from Hyderabad arrived. We also welcomed a group of Swamis and staff from Europe to celebrate Swami Durgananda's seventy-fifth year anniversary. This will include Bhagavata Sapthah conducted by Venugopal Goswamy. ATTC was inaugurated on Sunday with ninety-one students which added to the high energy.

    By the middle of the month the Ashram was busy and exciting with the ongoing Bhagavata Saptaham by Venugopala Ji. We all had the opportunity to listen to the words of wisdom from Srimad Bhagavatam with soulful musical accompaniment. We celebrated the 75th year of Swami Durgananda Ji with special Puja. Swami Durgananda Ji is one of the senior-most disciples of Swami Vishnudevananda Ji. We are celebrating HH Swami Vishnudevananda Ji's Mahasamadhi Silver Jubilee in 2018 by organizing a Janma-Samadhi Yatra from October to November 2018.  Promotional activities were in full swing for the event in social and other media. Ongoing courses were the ATTC and the AWC. We celebrated Mahasivaratri with continuous chanting from dawn to dawn and special Poojas with great energy at Ashram noting the presence of several Swami's from many parts of the world! This major festival marked the remembrance of "overcoming darkness and ignorance" in life and in the world. The Sivaratri celebrations coincided  with the initiation of two Brahmaharis - Mangala Chaitanya and Mookambika Chaitanya. Yamuna is now Mangala Chaitanya and Meenakshi is now Mookambika Chaitanya. May Master and Swamiji guide them to liberation. Peace and Pranams to the Sivananda family. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India

    Om Namo Narayanaya from Uttar Kashi

    May Master and Guru be with us all. The Ashram will be reopen 3rd March 2018 with an ATTC. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France

    Om Namah Sivaya

    May all live under Master's and Guru's grace for this coming year. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Yoga Farm

    In early February at Grass Valley we had a Beginners' course with Rudra Manohara on The Five Points of Yoga.  We had some beautiful weather and took the opportunity to do staff river trip to the nearby Yuba River. We had the Ayurveda Massage Rejuvenation Retreat, taught by Ambika and a course on Vedic Mantras and Rituals, taught by Swami Vasishtananda. Also the students were inspired to learn the ancient Vedic Arts. We were happy to welcome back to the Ashram Swami Dharmananda and also Kartikeya after their time away. We were feeling the blessings of Master and Swamiji.

    During the middle of the month the Maha Sivaratri celebration was beautiful and inspiring for all. Swami Vasishtananda-ji led 4 Pujas as well as prepared the Prasads and morning feast. The many devotees and staff were immersed in the all-night chanting and Kirtan with Shakti Rising, touched by the Divine Vibrations of Lord Siva, feeling His blessing and Love. Swami Dharmananda led the 5-day Meditation course, sharing Raja Yoga psychology and the mechanics of the mind. Our guest teacher Sahadev led a sweet Hari Katha program on Saints and Sages as examples of great Bhaktas and Devotion, with music, chanting and video. Karuna Devi taught the Beginner Weekend to an eager group of first time guests to the Ashram, introduced to the 5 Points of Yoga and how to take the practice home. At the same time the AMRR guests received Ayurveda treatments and practical workshops with Ambika on daily and seasonal Ayurveda routines. We wished Swami AdiParashaktiananda safe travels as he departed for the upcoming Vietnam TTC. Karuna Devi also went to serve the SF Centre for the coming month. We could say we were all feeling the blessings of Master and Swamiji this month. Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Yoga Farm. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya

    Greetings from the Yoga Ranch. In early February we enjoyed a wide range of winter weather, including a several days of steady snow and sleet. Our weekday program was the monthly Yoga Immersion for Beginners course, led by Mahadevi. We welcomed Srinivasanji back from the Retreat. During morning Satsangs, he gave teachings on Positive Thinking, taking inspiration from Master's book "Mind, Its Mysteries & Control". Staff focused on maintenance projects around the Ashram and on strategies to improve outreach and our presence on social media. Swami Satyapremananda gave a workshop for staff interested in learning the Sanskrit alphabet and led the weekend program called "Paths to Peace," which focused on stories and symbolism of Lord Siva as an introduction to Sivaratri. Our staff beginning to plan and prepare for our Sivaratri celebration. The roads were very icy, which caused a few cancelations, but it didn't deter Shambhavi from arriving to serve for a few weeks. We were glad to welcome her back to the team.

    By the Grace of the Gurus February continued to be lively and inspiring. Swami Satyapremananda departed for a 10-day stay in Chicago to lead the Sivaratri celebration and some weekend programs. Meanwhile staff prepared enthusiastically for the Sivaratri celebration. Swami Paramananda flew in from the Bahamas to join the worship, led by Sankara Namboodiriji, which included 3 Pujas, a small dramatization of Siva and Parvati, and plenty of Kirtan through the night. In addition to the staff from New York Centre, who drove up from the city to join the celebration, there were 60 people joining the festival. Swami Paramananda traveled directly back to the Bahamas, where he was teaching the TTC. We had a last Puja with Sankara Namboodiriji before he traveled to India for a month. He was an inspiration. His Pujas were uplifting for the whole Ashram. We look forward to his return. In the meantime, Sitaram Chaitanya started conducting the early morning Pujas. The President's Day holiday weekend was busy, with many people joining Srinivasanji's program on Yoga of Relationships. Also, we welcomed Emily, Ganga, and Amy to the team. Our Staff are well, feeling grateful for the grace of the Gurus and sending pranams to all from The Ranch.Om.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas

    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves

    In early February Swami Sarvapriyananda continued his presentation on "Drig Drisya Viveka: Analysis of the Seer and the Seen" with inspiring lectures during the morning Satsangs. We started a new Symposium with the title "The Science and Spirituality of Sound Healing". We welcomed John Beaulieu, a naturopathic doctor, counselling psychologist, composer and sound therapist; David Moises Perez Martinez, an integrative psychiatrist, psychotherapist, life coach, and sound healer; Silvia Nakkach, a pioneer in the field of sound and transformation of consciousness, a Grammy-nominated musician, an award-winning composer, and a former music psychotherapist; Rev. Jorge Alfano, a disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and a world-renowned musician; and Jeff Dean, a musician, teacher, and founder of Drumming for Wellness. We had wonderful Satsangs and workshops about sound, music and healing. Krishnan Namboodiri conducted a Ganapati Vidya Homa for the removal of obstacles and the bestowal of knowledge for the TTC students and everyone present. We welcomed Brant Secunda, a shaman, healer, and ceremonial leader in the Huichol Indian tradition of Mexico. He gave an insightful program on "The Healing Way of Huichol Shamanism". We welcomed Vianna Stibal, a renowned spiritual teacher who taught her spiritual philosophy and meditation technique, ThetaHealing® throughout the world. She gave an inspiring talk on "Divine Timing". Pranava and other staff taught a 5-day Essentials of Yoga II Course. Narayani Chaitanya taught a 3-day Essentials of Meditation Weekend Course.

    By the middle of the month we welcomed Menas Kafatos, a quantum physicist, cosmologist, and climate-change researcher who works extensively on consciousness. He presented the program "Living the Living Presence and Qualia". He also gave a beautiful talk on "Maha Sivaratri: Meaning and History" from the view of Kashmir Shaivism. We celebrated a very festive and joyful Maha Sivaratri. During the day many Karma Yogis helped to decorate and make Prasads, so that when the night came, the platform was beautifully decorated and there was an abundance of Prasad for the Pujas. Krishnan Namboodiri and Vishnu Prasad Namboodiri conducted the 5 Pujas and 1 Homa during the night. Continuous chanting took place and we ended the celebration with a procession around the Ashram. We welcomed Dr. Nisha Manek, a medical doctor who also studied the human biofield and human intention as variables in healing. During her inspiring lectures on "Science of Intention and Realization of Human Potential" she showed how intention science is leading to the emergence of a new paradigm of medicine called "Information Medicine." Eben Alexander, who was an academic neurosurgeon for over 25 years until he had a near-death-experience; and Karen Newell, who spent a lifetime seeking wisdom through esoteric teachings, started their program "Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Heart of Consciousness". Arjuna taught 2pm workshops everyday as part of the program "Beginner's Immersion Week". Narayani and Bhargavi taught an Essentials of Yoga I Course for newly arrived Karma Yogis. Pranava taught an Essentials of Positive Thinking Weekend Course. Om.

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

    Om Namah Sivaya

    A new Yoga teachers' training course started towards the end of January. A group of 30 students from German speaking countries arrived, eager to dive into the yoga experience. The first two weeks went well with philosophy and anatomy lectures and regular asanas. In between the studying we went for a beautiful afternoon walk in the magical winter surroundings. We also watched Swami Vishnudevananda's peace video and had a beautiful evening Satsang sharing spiritual stories. The vacation guests enjoyed yoga classes on the topic of Asanas Strength and Flexibility. Another focus was the Meditation Experience. The meditation room in the Ganga house proved to be the ideal location for the longer meditation sessions that were a central part of this programme. Lectures on yoga philosophy and mind and positive thinking complemented the practice. More guests arrived for the Winter Retreat on the Psychosomatic Effects of the Asanas. In two lectures we explored the topic of physical and subtle energy and deep relaxation as a key to the connection of body and mind. Throughout the 3rd week of TTC the group stayed very focussed. The first teachings groups went well. The yoga vacation guest programme started with a cooking workshop. The guests enjoyed the delicious and easy to cook recipes. The Winter Retreat continued with the Meditation Experience. For yoga teachers we had a Further Training called Yoga Body Work. The teachers got a detailed training on anatomical details and corrections workshops. We were blessed by the presence of Swami Durgananda and Swami Sivadasananda for part of this week. Swami Sivadasananda inspired us in the Satsang lectures and he also taught several of the TTC classes. Swami Durgananda guided staffs on both organisational as well as personal matters. TTC ended in the 3rd february week with most of the students writing an excellent exam. We had a joyous graduation ceremony including the lion story and the story of Narada and his encounter with Maya. A group of over 20 guests who had stayed for the week also departed on Sunday in good spirits promising to return soon. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

    Om Namo Narayanaya from the Meenakshi Ashram

    Praying for the well being of all from all our Ashramites. Om.

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

    Om Namah Sivaya, from Da Lat Ashram

    Om Namah Sivaya from DaLat Ashram where in early February we continued with the many preparations for the upcoming TTC and ATTC courses, while at the same time running our Yoga Vacation program for a steady and increasing flow of international guests. Many projects were completed. We now have much more outdoor furniture for our dining area so that people can enjoy their meals in the natural surroundings of the forest. The shade screen over over the outdoor upstairs terrace was completed, giving us a large and useful space for asana practice. We were happy to receive the first version of a documentary film created by Benoy Behl to record the first Sivananda Yoga Health Educator courses that took place recently in California and Vietnam. Staff were busy cleaning and reorganizing to prepare for the upcoming busy time. Many of the Vietnamese staff left already to travel home for "Tet" celebrations, leaving a mostly international staff to look after the Ashram during the holiday period. Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Narayanananda and Ganga Chaitanya traveled to Hanoi to participate in the inauguration of a beautiful new building that has been purposely built for a Sivananda affiliated Centre there. 

    By the middle of the month preparations for and the celebration of Sivaratri had everyone busy. Staff gathered together to do Puja, keep vigil and chant the whole of the night. For all Vietnamese, the "Tet" holiday, marked the beginning of the lunar New Year. Many businesses were closed for a two week period around the holiday, when its traditional for families to gather together to celebrate. Many of our staff left to travel to their home towns for the holiday, leaving just a few plus a group of mostly international staff to handle the Ashram during the holiday period. Swami Sitaramananda left mid-week to join in the celebrations of Swami Durganandaji's birthday at the Neyyar Dam Ashram. we were joined by a group of guests from many different countries, including our first guest from Saudi Arabia. As people introduced themselves during the Satsang we really felt like a United Nations gathering. On the Lunar New Years Eve we celebrated with Satsang, then gathered outside with the light of a bonfire to wait to welcome the New Year. Participants shared their resolutions, writing them also on notes to be offered into the fire. At midnight sparklers were lit by everybody, creating a beautiful scene while we heard the loud noise of fireworks from nearby Dalat. Many guests stayed with us during that week, along with some new arrivals, keeping our Satsang full. Om.

TTC and ATTC Reports from pop up locations worldwide:

    No reports this month.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In February several asana courses started, among them a big Yoga 1 course. Our open current courses Yoga, Good For The Heart and the Kirtan course (students are not obliged to come 4 weeks in a row) are getting stronger. We had a further training for teachers on the topic "Step by Step into Asana Variations". An inspired group of mostly Centre teachers enjoyed practicing and teaching a more systematic approach into Asana variations. It was a lively group with much input and questions. Satsangs had good attendance, especially on Saturdays with the topic "Obstacles for Meditation". Swami Satyananda returned from a short stay in Reith for preparing ATTC in Netala. Swami Gokulananda left for attending the special program in Neyyar Dam. Many courses started, among them a Meditation 2 course and several asana courses. Highlight of the month was the Maha Sivaratri celebration. Many students and teachers were with us to experience the focus and intensity of mantra repetition on this special occasion. The altar was lushly decorated with an abundance of flowers the teachers and students had brought. After the final Pooja everybody sat together at a bandhara for some sattvic kitcheree. The energy was high. One weekend we had a cooking course on yogic nutrition with inspiring easy dishes for the principal meals of the day. A weekend course "Easy Steps to Thought Control" attracted students with practical advice on working with the mind. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In early February Swami Premananda and Swami Dayananda returned from TTC Brazil. We prepared for Sivaratri. We received Saraswati from Uruguay and Ananda who is Staff in the TTC of Argentina, who came especially to be in Mahasivaratri. We also incorporated a new karma yogi to the staff, named Ambika. Swami Dayananda gave a Pranayama Workshop. We also gave workshops, Conquest of Anger and Yoga Workshop of the Heart. We celebrated Sivaratri all night long mid month. Many devotees came to help with the preparation of the celebration. We also visited Parvati who is staff at the Neuquen Centre. We also celebrated the birthday of Swami Dayananda. We gave a Mantras and Prayers Workshop, led by Swami Premananda. One Saturday we gave a workshop on the Eastern Perspective on Life and Death. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    In early February we offered a Saturday one-day intensive. All staff taught it collectively and were very inspired by the depth of the teaching. In the end, we reviewed the year of the Rooster together and made new year resolution for the year of Dog. Both staff and students appreciated the course very much. Other than than that, open classes continued on well. We were also invited by a yoga studio to teach the 5 Points of Yoga and chanting, which were very new to the students and well received. As the Chinese New Year approached we closed the Centre during the new 10 days or so. We would like to wish our big family around the world a Happy New Year of the Dog. Om Namo Narayanaya to all the Sivananda family. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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

    On February 5th we started a morning Beginners' with good number of students. On the 8th Prahladji visited our Centre. He spent one day with us in the Centre which boosted up the energy of all staff. On 10th he left to Madurai Ashram. One of our staff Sita Lakshmi left on 6th of the month to assist the ATTC at Neyyar Dam. By the Grace of God and our Masters everything went smoothly. We started one Ladies Beginners' course at 9.30 am with good number of students. On 12th night our staffs did meditation and chanted Lord Shiva stotram as a part of Maha Shivaratri till night 12 am. Next day morning we did Ganapathi Homam and the same day Malavika from Kerala joined as a staff. On 14th of the month we concluded the Maha Shivaratri celebration by chanting Shiva Slokam. On the next day Radhika from Neyyar Dam joined as a staff whereas on 16th one of our staff Kaladharan went to his native for a short leave. All our staffs united for the group karma yoga of cleaning the topmost floor on 17th of the month and had a great time together. All other classes went well. By the grace of God and our Masters, everything continued smoothly with peace and unity. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    In early February we received three days of heavy snow, effecting class attendance. Terry's training on the Centre's daily protocol continued. Preparations for Sivaratri began with deep cleaning and marketing for the event. A new Meditation for Beginners course started on Saturdays and will run for three weeks. Radha departed for a two-week stay at the Yoga Retreat in Nassau, Bahamas. That same afternoon, Swami Satyapremananda arrived from the Yoga Ranch for a 10-day visit, to help run the Centre in Radha's absence. Radhika, a karma yogi from Pittsburgh, PA arrived to help out for a few days and to celebrate Sivaratri with the Chicago Sivananda community. A new Yoga & Meditation for Beginners course started, taught by Terry. MahaSivaratri was the highlight of the month, as staff and karma yogis prepared for the celebration, led by Swami Satyapremananda, with 4 Pujas and Kirtan through the night. Over the evening, 35 people joined together for the worship, 13 of whom stayed through the entire night. The last Puja finished at 5am. It was a wonderfully uplifting celebration. We had another special Puja, this one for Devi, with chanting of Sri Lalita Sahasranama. Swami Satyapremananda led a new workshop: Writing as a Spiritual Practice and Terry continued with session 2 of a Meditation for Beginners workshop. Mahadevi arrived from the Yoga Ranch for a 5-day visit. The aim is to introduce more NY staff to the Chicago community, building bridges and connection. The Sunday-evening Satsang, led by Swamiji, had a good turnout and a warm feeling of community. Sending inspired pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam

    Om Namah Sivaya

    We pray for the Guru's grace to be always with us. May the grace of the Masters be with you. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In early February the weather in Delhi improved. Beginners' Courses were held on Mondays at 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. To ensure that everyone received a chance to practice yoga irrespective of their physical and mental limitations, Gentle classes were conducted this month. Kids' classes successfully channeled the energy of the next generation. Prenatal Classes kept future mothers in good health and mood. A Headstand workshop was held helping practitioners struggling with Headstand to get better in the posture. A Trial Class was conducted, aimed at making participants understand what Yoga really is all about. Management of the Centre was in good hands of the hardworking and dedicated Staff. Happy Maha Shivaratri. The Maha Shivaratri celebration at the Centre was ecstatic! There was chanting and Rudra Abhishekam starting 9 P.M. to 3 A.M. in the morning. Meanwhile, Beginners Courses on Mondays were held at 6 A.M. & 4:00 P.M. Gentle classes continued. An all week-long Meditation workshop was conducted Mondays to Fridays at 6 A.M. and 6:30 P.M. to introduce participants to the life of Spirituality. By the grace of God and the blessings of Gurudev all is well here. We hope the same for all of you. We send our Pranams to all. Om Namo Narayanaya!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India

    Om Namo Narayanaya

    In early February at the Nataraja Centre we started one Beginners' Yoga course at 6.30 pm, with good number of students. We also started a  Meditation and weekend Beginners' course. The weather improved as it became warmer, however, the outside class at the children's school did not happen yet. All other classes were doing well, with the Grace of Gurus. Abeba travelled to Neyyar Dam to attend the ATTC. Swami Janardaananda ji and Suresh ji came to Delhi to meet the Minister of Ayush regarding the Janam Samadhi Yatra in September in commemoration of 25 years of Swami Vishnudevananda's Mahasamadhi. We started another Beginners' Course with a good number of students. The Meditation Course in its second week continued smoothly, well received by the students.

    Mid February the Centre witnessed high spiritual energy with the celebration of Mahasivaratri, in the traditional manner. The celebrations started in the morning with Om Namah Sivaya chanting by the staff and students. In the evening the priest did Rudra Abhishekam in which all the students and invitees participated. Parul Garg kept the energy up with her beautiful Siva Bhajans. The celebrations concluded at midnight with sharing of Prasad. With the blessings of the Masters February went well as planned with everything fine at the Centre. We send our Pranams and hope everyone is happy and peaceful. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre

    In February we had a visit of Yagneshwara and he performed two Pujas. It was well received and lots of students came, much more than usual. Ananta went to India with the group of European staff and Swamis. Ganapati is here for two weeks and helps as full time Karma Yogi. The Sivaratri celebration went well, Girija, for the first time, conducted the celebrations and received lots of support from the regular teachers. One teacher even brought his big Siva statue. It went until 1 AM, as the Geneva students are all working on the next day. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In early February we welcomed several visitors such as Saraswati and Lakshmi from China, then Radha Krishnadas from the Yoga farm stayed for a day. We had more than 20 teachers attend the special Jaya Asana class for teachers, followed with a very peaceful Satsang and feast, marking the year end program at the Centre. They all very much appreciated the chance to be a member of the Sivananda Yoga Spiritual community in HCM Centre. Ganga Chaitanya was away to accompany Swami Sitaramananda and Swami Narayanananda for few day for the Opening of the new affiliated Centre in Hanoi, of Sundari. We had an outdoor yoga class, taught by Durga, with 5 people attended. The Kids yoga class, taught by Kumari, was a lot of fun and well appreciated by the kids. We closed the Hochiminh Centre for the Tet Holiday (Lunar New Year) for few days while the staff travelled to the Ashram for the celebration of Maha Sivaratri. Pranams to the Sivananda Family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In February, on a sunny Saturday afternoon, we welcomed 13 students for the TTC. The small group was very international with people from Japan, Turkey, Brazil, USA, Switzerland, Poland, Germany, France, India and the UK. Spring was in the air and the sun was shining on the Peace Garden and streaming through into the reception. We were happy to welcome Madalassa to the Centre who came from the Ashram in Orleans to teach the asanas. Staff and residents were feeling much gratitude to be a part of this journey of the new TTCs. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya!

    We started February at the Los Angeles Centre with a Positive Thinking Weekend. Students wanting to make positive changes in their daily lives learned about the nature of thought and what it means to be positive. We looked into how a Yoga lifestyle aids our goal and discussed different Yogic tools and methods to work with the mind, emotions and intellect to maintain positivity. All attending were inspired to plant seeds of Happiness and Peace and to protect and nurture the growth of the Tree of Positivity. We concluded the current Yoga One course and will continue to Yoga Two. Meanwhile another Yoga One course was well received with students open and earnest in their learning and practice, asking lots of good questions. We prepared and participated in our Mahasivaratri celebration with Karma Yogis and students taking care of Puja items and making donations for the festival. We practiced lots of Siva Kirtans during Satsangs. May the Blessings of Gurudev be upon all. Pranams. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!

    In February classes continued with good attendance. The Open House was joyful with over 100 students attending and a lot of Karma Yogis helping during that day. We held an interesting weekend workshop "Yoga and Five Elements". Swami Santoshananda left to Neyyar Dam for the special program. Classes and several courses continued with good attendance. The Maha Sivaratri Puja was especially well visited, with many old and newcomers and strong chanting from all. Staff are well. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Thanking our Masters for all blessings and support bestowed. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi!!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In early February it was calm in the Centre, just before Carnival week. Kanti Devi and Chandra returned from the TTC Garopaba Brazil, Kaivalya who was  temporary staff in Montevideo for 5 months returned to Madrid. We continued the summer schedule, with less classes in hot hours after 15:30. Two Beginners' courses started with 14 people. Very good. We received Mahashakti, TTC Rudraprayad 2015, from Germany, who visited the Centre for one week. During the Carnival holidays the Centre was closed for a couple of days. Montevideo city was completely empty. The weather was beautiful, clear and blue skies, the sun was shining with the delicious fresh breeze wafting from the sea. In this peaceful atmosphere we celebrated Sivaratri. Kanti Devi led a profound ceremony full of pure love and devotion. The Kirtans sounded very powerful and everyone sung praising the Lord. We repeated Om Namah Shivaya making the entire Centre vibrate, expanding into city and the Universe. It was magnificent. Then delicious Prasad was offered with all kind of fruits, a vegan cake and our classical almond and raisin balls. Kanti Devi translated from Lord Shiva and His Worship Swami Sivananda, a passage about devotion. People felt very in touch with this celebration.
    Due to the proximity of TTC and Sadhana Intensive in Bariloche, Argentina it was busy at the Centre after Sivaratri. There were last minute registrations and many questions from the students. Lots of new teachers from TTC Garopaba 2018, came to the Centre for asana classes and Satsang. They wanted to extend the marvellous energy created during the courses. Now they are getting ready to assist, before teaching. Paola, our secretary, was on vacation part of this month so Kanti Devi and Chandra were taking care of reception, teaching and many other administrative tasks. Most of our teachers were still on summer vacation and thanks to God they were enjoying a wonderful weather. Regular classes continued on as well. Love to all. May all live under the Masters's grace. With Prem and Om. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In early February the Montreal Centre's attendance for classes remained very good except for two days where we had very bad weather. Apart from our regular schedule we ran five Yoga 1 and one Yoga 2 courses, plus a Positive Thinking course and a Meditation for Beginners course. Bhagirathi started an Ayurveda for Beginners course with 15 students. One Saturday we had a hip opening workshop. The Centre was busy this month. Apart from our regular activities at the Centre we participated on the Expo Yoga at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal. The event ran very well and we had a good group of Karma Yogis who gave us a great hand. We were very grateful for all their support. One Satsang was led by Atmaram, he gave a nice talk on the steps on the spiritual path. We are ever grateful for our Guru's grace.

    The mid-month classes ran smoothly and with good attendance. A Yoga 1 started on Saturdays. The Meditation for Beginners concluded. We continued with the Positive Thinking course and Ayurveda for Beginners course. We joined the Yoga Camp for Maha Sivaratri celebrations then we continued the Sivaratri celebration at the Montreal Centre. The students enjoyed very much the Puja and the nice energy that was created. One Saturday the Meditation Day Retreat brought 32 students to the Centre. During the retreat the students joined two meditation workshops, an OM chanting meditation, one gentle class and one meditative yoga class. Most of the students were new to the Centre and they were very grateful with the experience. One uplifting Sunday Satsang the Masters sent us 44 students gifted with Narayani giving the talk on the power of mantra. We were so blessed for the huge support and love that the Karma Yogis put in to the Montreal Centre. With Master and Swamiji's grace we can continue to serve and keep up the spirit! We send Pranams to all the Sivananda family! Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!

    Special activities of the last weeks were a "Yoga and Detox Day", an orientation day for people interested in the Yoga Teachers Training Course and an Open House. We also held a further teachers training day on the topic "Flexibility in Shoulders and Hips". We taught two asana workshops – one on side bending variations and one on the headstand-variation scorpion. Apart from our regular Kirtan workshop series we started a new workshop series on "Stories from the Yoga Scriptures". Spiritual highlight of the last weeks was the celebration of Sivaratri with Pujas and the chanting of the Siva-mantra during the whole night. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    In early February in New York we welcomed a new karma yogi and familiar face, Prasanta who stayed with us for one month. We were grateful to have him here! A mid week Satsang was led by special guest Jared Williams who talked about the importance of Permaculture. This topic brought new faces to the Centre and a new inspiration to everyone that came. One Saturday we held a cooking workshop with the fantastic chef, Jayanta, which was a success and very delicious. Everyone enjoyed his unique vegan dishes. Tandava led a Sunday Satsang, talking about the auspicious night of MahaShivaratri which we were all looking forward to! We have a good team of dedicated karma yogis and teachers all working hard to keep up Swami ji's mission.

    Om Namah Sivaya from a purified staff after the auspicious, devotional night of MahaSivarartri! We all took a road trip up to the Yoga Ranch to be a part of the Sivaratri ceremony. How grateful we were to have had such a night full of Siva! Just shortly after the celebration ended, we headed back to the city soaked in an interesting mix of high energy and exhaustion. Our energy lasted for the rest of the day! Special thanks to the outside Karma Yogis that ran the Centre during this time away. They kept up the Centre and took care of Lord Rama (our cat). God bless them. We welcomed Bhavani with excitement as she just became an American citizen! She is originally from Germany and has been doing full time service at the Yoga Farm. We were happy to have her here for those few days. Neeti started a course called "Yoga 2 with Meditation". This showed to be of interest to many as the course is nearly full! Tandava taught a Surya Namaskar Workshop with high energy and another good turnout. Sundays Satsang was led by Neeti ji where she took readings from Swami Sivananda ji's book- "Sure Ways for Success in Life and God Realisation". Afterwards, a five star soup was enjoyed, made by the talented chef, Devaki. By Gods Grace and Masters Blessings all is going very well and smoothly! May we all vigilantly continue our effort to receive Guru's Grace. We are all well and send our blessings to the Sivananda Family! Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Once again, the music of the rain kept us company for many days this month. The snow was also there bringing purity and calmness. There were some problems in the public transportation because of the weather. Some teachers and students couldn't come to the Centre because of the snow. This month, the Centre was blessed by the visits of Swami Kailsananda and the priest. We had special satsangs and pujas. Life gave us an uplifting teachers weekend on the last days of January with an inspiring teachers' weekend with Swami Kailasananda and Kailas.  During the weekend Swami Kailasananda gave a Vedanta workshop entitle 'Be The Self, be free'. As always, everyone was looking fresh and happy after the workshop. Kailas gave two asana's workshops to the teachers focusing on how to give the asana instructions clearly by steps and how to do adjustments. He also gave a big open class with many teachers. Everyone appreciated his visit and his generous attitude of sharing his knowledge and love for the asanas. Swamiji gave a satsang on the topic of Kirtan from a book of Swami Sivananda. Swamiji's words gave prana and joy to the over than hundred people who were there. That day in the evening, Swamiji did two Mantra initiations to 2 close students of the centre. The day of the moon's eclipse, everyone fasted and chanted the 'Om Namo Narayanaya' mantra to keep the vibratory level and send a message of peace. The first Saturday of the month, we had a special programme with the pluridisciplinary scientist, Philippe Bobola. He gave two interesting lectures on the topic of light. A little group of focused students were there. That day, Sivakami enjoyed giving a concentration workshop with a group of motivated students. The next day,  Swamiji had a long meeting with Philippe Bobola about the Anatomy classes that he will be giving during the ATTC'. Swamiji gave an inspiring satsang on the topic of the eighteen virtues (18 itys) to develop from Master Sivananda. Some of the new TTCs who had just graduated the day before where here. After the satsang many people came to ask questions. This month, workers did some renovations in the reception area. It looks quite bright with the new light fixtures. They will put some more spot light soon. A professional carpenter made an extra reception desk which is very useful on crowded days. The armies of karma yogis sent by the Masters focused on cleaning and maintenance projects. They cleaned all the asana mats with soap and sponge (over 160 mats, quite a task..) and they washed all the blankets of the asana halls in a laundry mat nearby. They repaired the toilets and fixed things here and there. The staff enjoyed putting prana in the new brochure. There was a cheerful mood with a photo shoot done by Rukmini who came from Orleans before going to India. The pictures turn out to be very good and joyful. Many of them are in the new brochure. This month, the Centre was happy to welcome many visiting staff and temporary staff who came to support the permanent staff for short periods of time. Parvati from Orleans will be staying for about 6 weeks. We had a couple of weeks with specially joyful mood in the mornings with some intensive  beginners courses and a meditation course. In the evenings, we had workshops on the topics of : Prana, concentration, relaxation and headstand. As well as a nutrition course, a positive thinking course, a pranayama course and meditation course.

    The celebration of Sivaratri brought a beautiful energy. The staff enjoyed the bhakti mood with the preparations of garlands, deity cloths and special Prasads. An army of Karma yogis was here to put a dose of sattva everywhere. That day, we had a Siva and Ganesha puja in the morning. The priest chanted mantras during the day and in the evening, he performed four pujas while everyone chanted OM Namah Sivaya. We had a big family for the first two pujas, 96 people were there. All of them were teachers, karma yogis, or close students. For the last two pujas we were around fifty people. The last puja ended by five. Parameshwara and his team prepared a delicious upma for breakfast. Everyone had left by six. The altar looked like a blooming garden. May Lord Siva be always in our hearts and may the mantra remain with us. The Centre was happy to see Swami Gopalananda who came for a couple of days to explain the accounts to Sivakami and to prepare the monthly accountant meeting. On the 17th we had our monthly Open house. The Masters send many students for the regular activities and the trial class. The new comers were open to the teachings of yoga and eager to start their practice. The credit card machine and the internet were not working properly that day and some students couldn't pay to register for the courses and buy cards. On Sunday the 18th, we had a beautiful Devi Puja in all her aspects, performed by the priest. There was a cheerful mood in the house with all the visiting staff and the energy of the mantras. Everyone  appreciates the sweet Asha, a new staff member who arrived from South India to stay as staff for the next 9 months. She's already in the rhythm of the Centre. The Masters keep sending help, students and inspiration. OM.

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

    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil

    Blessings and Peace to all of the Sivananda Family. Om.

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves from Roma

    We are all well and send our blessings to the Sivananda Family! Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves

    In early February at the San Francisco Centre we finished a Meditation course and started a Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 course. A 90-year old gentleman from the neighborhood came for his first yoga class, then returned with his daughter the following the weekend. So inspiring! We gave a private class to an 8-year old with attention deficit and were asked to do a class for an autistic child. We enjoyed the recent Sivananda Daily Readings: "Where is God? In his own glory", imagining hunger as life-fire or God himself. A highlight of the month was Sivaratri. We had an enthusiastic group who brought a bounty of flowers, fruit and Prasad! Gajananam led the first two Pujas, directing us to go deeper. We started a functional movement course and a Yoga 2 course. A Yoga 1 course ended. We welcomed Swami Adiparashaktiananda and Karuna Devi from the Yoga Farm and Omkari from LA Centre for a joyous Sunday Satsang. All participants shared their ideas about finding purpose in life. Blessings and Peace to all of the Sivananda Family from the San Francisco Centre. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Sao Paolo, Brasil

    Om Namah Sivaya from Sao Paolo

    In February the regular classes continued at the Centre. There were days of hard work and lots of energy. After Shivaratri the Centre was left with an auspicious energy. New teachers arrived, newly graduating in February's TTC Garopaba. We started a Beginners' course. Om Shanti Shanti to all the Sivananda family. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In early February at the Tel Aviv Centre preparations were done for Sivaratri! The staff researched Prasad recipes, coming up with ideas for altar decorations and most importantly, advertising the evening to interested students and devotees. The night shaped up quite well. Narayani (Ingrid), a long time teacher at the Centre, returned from a one month stay at the Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas, where she did her ATTC. Full of prana and enthusiasm, Narayani looked forward to resuming her weekly class. Sivakami held an Introduction to Meditation course and Pranava Chaitanya opened a Yoga 2 Course. Bhargavi Chaitanya led a Sunday Satsang on the topic of Sivaratri, explaining it's importance and encouraging students to come for the grand event. Tthe staff had a lovely trip to the Judean Desert, enjoying such historic sites as Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, having a dip in the Dead Sea and hiking in the beautiful Ein Gedi Reserve.

    Happy Maha Sivaratri! The celebraition began with Bhargavi Chaitanya transforming the Meditation Room into a place fit for the blessed union of Siva and Parvati. The altar and the deities were covered in new white cloths and filled with white and red roses. The following day was spent making Prasad and further preparing for the Pujas, with the staff fasting throughout the day in preparation for the evening. Bhargavi Chaitanya and Pranava Chaitanya led the four Pujas with many devotees, students and teachers, joining for the event that continued until six in the morning. The staff managed to gather energy post the Sivaratri festivities and held a 'Teachers Shabbat'. TTC graduates were invited to the Centre for a special Satsang, a free yoga class and a meal afterwards. Around 30 teachers attended the event, enjoying the opportunity to reconnect with one another as well as spend time at the Centre. Meanwhile the Centre continued to operate as usual, with Pranava Chaitanya holding an Introduction to Meditation as well as opening a Meditation 2 course. Sivakami also opened a Meditation course and led a Sunday evening Satsang on the topic of 'Life'. Pranams and Peace to the Sivananda family from the Tel Aviv Centre. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves

    In early February we offered two Yoga 2 courses and a Yoga 1 course, well attended by good number of students. We gave a Restorative Yoga workshop one weekend, attended by full house of participants. They had an experience of deep relaxation brought by restorative yoga. The workshop suited the Japanese people who were exhausted mentally and physically. 16 students joined us for a Sunday Satsang. Notably, the number of students attending Satsangs on a regular basis after they take the meditation course has been growing. Thanks to that, Satsangs have been getting more and more vibrant and uplifting.

    Mid-month we had a Karma Yoga party with 14 students attending and committed to selfless service such as renovating and cleaning the Centre. Removing all the tamasic energy accumulated has made the Centre so much brighter and clearer. Some students came forward to practice Karma Yoga spontaneously a few days later. We were certain that the idea of Karma Yoga was gradually spreading. A new Bhagavad Gita study class started on Saturdays, joined by 27 students. A few days ago, there was a rerun of the TV program about Sivananda Ashram that had been broadcasted nearly 10 years ago. We subsequently received more and more inquiry by phone or e-mail since then. We provided a vegetarian cooking workshop one Sunday. Many students learned about proper diet and vegetarian food. All in all, it was a lively high energy start for the year 2018. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In early February in the Toronto Centre we started two new Yoga 2 courses as well as a Yoga 1 course. We also had Sivananda Prayers chanting workshop one Saturday then we dedicated the Sunday Satsang to Sivaratri. We did Siva Puja and chanting with lots of students bringing nice Prasad, after which we had our dinner. Bhavana arrived from the Ashram to stay for a month and help with social media advertizing while she still continued with her advertizing duties for the Ashram. Prahlad travelled to India to teach ATTC in Neyyar Dam.

    A Yoga 2 course started mid February. For Maha Sivaratri a small group of students and teachers gathered to celebrate and chant though the night. A Prenatal course finished and kids and teen courses continued in their third week. Bhavana spent some time taking few video clips and photos of different classes at the Centre. Mayavan came to teach advanced class. Maheshwari taught the Bhagavad Gita course. Lots of people in Toronto were out of town for the February Family Day long weekend in Ontario. We send Om Namo Narayanaya to every one. Pranams to all. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    In early February at the Trivandrum Centre we started a Beginners' batch on Mondays. All other classes went smoothly. Yashpal ji went to Palakkad to attend Anoop ji & Sandeep ji's sister Saritha's wedding. Barbara from Switzerland joined the Centre as a Karma Yogi for a few months. Yashpal ji and the staff members went to Neyyar Dam Ashram to attend the ATTC initiation program.                                      

    A Beginners' batch started mid February. Ganapathy Homa was conducted on the first day of the new Malayalam month as well as Shivrathri. The Centre staff members & a few students went to the Neyyar Dam Ashram to celebrate Shivarathri. Another highlight of the month was the visit of Prahlad ji. He conducted a meeting for the staff members. He gave his valuable advice for the betterment of the Centre. A Sudarshana Homa was conducted one Sunday evening during Satsang. This Homa was held to accomplish every task successfully and also for prosperity, removing negative vibrations and improving mental and physical health. Satsang was led by Prahlad ji. Suresh ji and a few staff members from the Ashram also attended the Satsang. We had distributed Prasad to everyone. After the Homa we all had dinner together. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria

    Om Namah Sivaya

    The month of February was a very rewarding month at the Centre, with the energy building up to the spiritual highlight, the celebration of Sivaratri. By chanting the Siva Mantra OM NAMAH SIVAYA the whole night, wed invoke the blessing of Lord Siva. Everybody participated in the Abishekham to the Sivalingam with milk, water, yoghurt, ghee and honey. Regular beginners', as well as higher Yoga courses were starting; apart from these we had a headstand workshop this month, a Raja Yoga course, a meditation course and a special course focusing on the flexibility of the spinal column. On Mondays, we introduced an Open Meditation Class, while the chanting of Bhagavad Gita before the Satsang on Saturday is being kept up. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius

    The New Year started with new different courses and workshops. One of them – The Bhagavad Gita in daily life. The students were very open minded and interested though quite new to philosophy. They even could chant Gita Dhyanam together before studies. We had few interesting Saturday workshops as well. New one - on Sanskrit was given by Surya. Students could keep their focus for two hours and it became clear that we could give the second, bit expanded workshop on Sanskrit after some time. Datatreya gave an inspiring Kirtan workshop. It was more practical with some explanations about the power of sound, importance of proper chanting and clapping. Very helpful not only for the new students but for the teachers as well. The cooking workshop saw many students. The beginners in vegetarianism could learn how is possible to replace the usual non-vegetarian dishes and products with healthy and tasty substitutes. All the dishes came out very tasty and sattvic and were enjoyed by everybody. Different level courses starting from Yoga 1 to Yoga 10 took place successfully. The highest point of the month was Maha Sivaratri with the Puja and chanting of the mantra. More than 30 students and teachers joined the event joyfully. The closest teachers Surya and Nirmala performed the Puja publicly for the first time. The classes and courses were going on parallel. Some students were very inspired hearing the mantra chanted and after the class joined the Puja. New Vilnius brochure with the program for the half of the year came from the printer and brought lots of prana being distributed to the students at the Centre and outside. The applications for TTC Lithuania in July started to come: few registrations from Russia and few from Vilnius. We had an Open Day on Sunday in the beginning of month. It was not very numerous, but few students were really interested and registered for the beginners courses. Our staff Radhika took full responsibility of the Centre and she received a very good support from the teachers and karma yogis while Durga Devi was out for the program in the Dhanwanthari Ashram. Lots of snow created wonderful white sattva around, but very cold weather didn't help - many students and teachers has been sick and very happy to come back to the Centre after recovery. OM.

Spiritual awakening is a gradual progress of the unfolding of the Consciousness of the Divine. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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