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Issue #05/2013 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize May 1, 2013
"This marvelous world is a great University of wisdom.  Learn your lessons and become wise." - Sri Swami Sivananda

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Sivananda Yoga FAQ
Hatha Yoga Tips
Yoga Sanskrit Glossary
Raja Yoga
Vegetarian Cuisine
Upcoming Events

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

International News - Centres
Berlin, Germany
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chennai, India
Chicago, USA
Dwarka, Delhi, India
Nataraja, Delhi, India
Geneva, Switzerland
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London, England
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Madrid, Spain
Madurai, India
Milano, Italy
Montevideo, Uruguay
Montreal, Canada
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Munich, Germany
New York, USA
Paris, France
Porto Alegre, Brasil
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JUNE 2013
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20 Ekadasi
23 Full Moon 
23 Pongola Festival
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Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya
We appreciate your thoughts and prayers for our new Centre in Bangkok. Surely it will become a strong base for Sivananda Yoga Vedanta presence in South Asia. Master and Swamiji will be extremely pleased with this new addition. Your continued support is appreciated by all. 

Presently the Sivananda Yoga Camp/Headquarters is gearing up for it's busy season. We have the most exciting program prepared for 2013, with the support of a new, well-designed website. We encourage everyone to come to the Yoga Camp this summer. 

All other Sivananda Ashrams and Centres are doing wonderfully, by the grace of Master and Swamiji.

The Sivananda Beginner's Guide to Yoga will be reprinted in English language this Spring. SeeLondon Centre report below. 

In gratitude for your continued support towards Master and Swamiji's missions. May their blessings be with us always. Pranams to all.

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Diseases, worries, troubles can only affect the physical and the mental, but not the spiritual self, the Atman. - Sri Swami Sivananda

Q. If there is such an expression "the flight of the alone to the Alone", where is the necessity for a Guru or the grace of a Guru? God's grace will do, as it is said in the Upanishad?

How will you get God's grace? When you discipline yourself. How will you know how to discipline? By observing others that had walked the path successfully to the goal of perfection. Who are these men who had walked to the goal? It is these that are known as Gurus. So you need their help, their personal example, their encouragement and their grace. Thus, we have come round to the answer that a Guru is necessary, as well as their grace. Everything is necessary -- Atma Kripa, Guru Kripa and Isvara Kripa.

Q. Due to Prarabdha Karma, if a person is to suffer from a disease, or if he has to die young, will the repetition of the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra help him to overcome?

Prarabdha can be overcome by the grace of the Lord. The Lord's grace descends when there is sincere devotion - when one does Purushartha. Purushartha is possible when the mind is pure. The mind becomes pure when one does acts of kindness and charity. The laws of Nature do not operate when there is the grace of the Lord. His grace is all-powerful. We have the instance of Markandeya who conquered death by his Purushartha, by sincere devotion to the Lord. He was destined to die young, but when the Lord's grace descended, Lord Yama had no power to carry out his wish. So it is possible to overcome Prarabdha, by Teevra Purushartha.

Q. How can a person perpetuate the period of youth?
A. The Yogic method excels all other methods. It is the best and the cheapest of all prevalent systems of treatment. Take to intense Pranayama and Asanas. Both these help a lot in preserving Veerya (semen) and converting the vital energy into Ojas. Practice Sirshasan, Sarvangasan, Matsyasan, Halasan, Paschimottanasan, Padahastasan and Yoga Mudra, coupled with Bhastrika Pranayama. Practice Pranayama till the stage of Kevala Kumbhaka is reached. When there is no necessity either to breathe in or to breathe out, Veerya becomes steady; that is, there will be no discharge or emission in any form. The Ayurvedic prepAration "Chyawanprash" is a wonderful one in enabling the regular user to preserve youth for a very long time.
Previous FAQs at

Be ever blissful. Long for nothing. Fear nothing. - Sri Swami Sivananda



The benefits of a regular yoga asana practice include boosting self-healing, such as balancing of emotions.

Balancing the emotions. According to yoga, the chief cause of disease lies in difficult or negative emotions, such as anger, anxiety, desire, hatred and jealousy. This disturbs the body's natural balance and can lead to unhealthy choices such as overeating, eating unhealthy foods or smoking, to mention just a few. Such unhealthy lifestyle choices play a role in diseases common in modern society, e.g. high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disorders, gastro-intestinal problems etc.

Practicing positive thinking and meditation make it less likely that negative emotions occur which lead to negative lifestyle choices. Giving attention to the body by practicing the asanas and pranayama, as well as relaxation, makes it easier to mediate and think positively. Therefore all these elements come together in yoga - exercising by practicing
the asanas, proper breathing with pranayama techniques, relaxing properly and incorporating a healthy diet. The unity is implicit in the word 'yoga' which is a Sanskrit word meaning 'union'. Yoga helps the body find its natural balance and teaches the mind to be a responsible and intelligent controller of the body.

This yoga tip from the new Sivananda publication - “Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion” – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010. Other yoga tips at

"Meditation is the most powerful mental and nerve tonic. The holy vibrations penetrate all the cells of the body and cure the various diseases that human flesh is heir to. Those who regularly meditate save the doctors' bills. The powerful soothing waves that arise during meditation exercise a benign influence on the mind, nerves, organs and cells of the body. The divine energy freely flows like the flow of oil from one vessel to another, from the Feet of the Lord to the difference systems of the practitioner."
- Master Sivananda - from Practical Lessons in Yoga by Swami Sivananda. A Divine Life Society Publication. 1997

"We increase our wavelength in different ways. Our physical wavelength will change through the practice of asanas, or postures. The asanas that you practise are not just physical exercises to develop your muscles. They bring your physical and astral systems into harmony. Both systems become full of energy without resistance from each other." - Swami Vishnudevananda - from Vishnudevananda Upadesa - Teachings of Swami Vishnudevananda. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. 2009


- [Sanskrit]

Kripa - Divine Grace

Atma Kripa - The Grace of the higher Self; When a student finds enough will power within to free oneself from distractions and doubts

Guru Kripa - The Grace of the Guru; When a student is blessed by the teachings of a Guru

Ishwara Kripa - The Grace of the God; When a student finds inspiration from God

Shastra Kripa - The Grace of the scriptures; When the student freely connects to and learns from scriptures

The Divine Grace of Kripa is considered an turning point which catapults the student/sadhaka into a period of intense personal transformation, leading the path to Moksha/Liberation.

Commentary from Swami Sivananda -
The Grace of God and Guru, Ishwara Kripa and Guru Kripa will raise the aspirant to the heights of Spiritual Attainment. The aspirant who has tranquillity of mind; who has controlled the senses; who has developed serenity and power of endurance; who has faith in God, Guru and Scriptures; who has one-pointedness of mind and calling for liberation is answered by the Guru.

A complete Sanskrit Glossary can be found at:

Craving for objects becomes in the way of Realization. - Sri Swami Sivananda


Chapter III: The Yoga of Action


'Those deluded by the qualities of Nature are attached to the functions of the qualities. A man of perfect knowledge should not unsettle the foolish one of imperfect knowledge.'

Wherever there is Raga (Dislikes), there is Fear. - Sri Swami Sivananda


Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada - On Contemplations"

'"Samprajnata samadhi" (samadhi with consciousness) is accompanied by
reasoning, discrimination, bliss, and an awareness of individuality.'

Commentary from Swami Sivananda:
Those beings called angels or 'devas' are entities who, through plane, good actions and meditations, have attained a place, or this is the ultimate goal, but it is not. there is still duality, a sense of individuality. No mater how pure the ego is, as long as it exists, it
must be transcended for the knower, knowledge and known to become one.

'Samprajnata Samadhi' is not an end in itself but is a state attained along the path.

There are four kinds :
A. 'Savitarka' : Meditation on elements in time and space.
B. 'Nirvitarka': Meditation on elements outside of time and space.
C. 'Sananda' : Meditation on mind, accompanied by bliss.
D. 'Sasmita' : Identification with the unqualified ego.

When the mind fixes on gross external element or object and meditates on it, it is called 'savitarka' meditation. 'Vitarka' means question ; 'savitarka' , with question. Because it has no reality, all of reason is applied. This mode of meditation scrutinizes the elements and the universe that they may yield up their secrets and powers to the meditator.

In whatever situation God places you, it is only for your betterment - Sri Swami Sivananda


YOGA GRANOLA - Can be stored in airtight container for few weeks in cool place (not refrigerated). Serve with milk or yoghurt. Delicious even on its own. This recipe for granola contains no added oil. The nuts and seeds contain monounsaturated oils which are good for the health and the grains contain added fibre. The well balanced sweetness of this granola is achieved with maple syrup but it is not overly sweet even with the optional dried fruits. The maple syrup can be reduced if coconut is added, either dry shredded or fresh toasted coconut (about 2/3 cup). Makes 12-16 servings.

½ cup maple syrup
½ cup water
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ¾ cups rolled oats
5 cups rye, millet or wheat flakes
8 ½ tablespoons wheat germ or bran
¾ cup hazelnuts, almonds or any other nuts
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup sesame seeds
½ cup raisins or golden raisins
1/3 cup chopped dates or other dried fruits eg. figs/ apricots (optional)


1. Heat oven to 250F.
2. Combine the maple syrup, hot water and vanilla extract.
3. Mix the grains, nuts, seeds in large mixing bowl.
4. Stir in the maple syrup, water and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
5. Spread out the mixture on a large and lightly greased baking sheet.
6. Bake in the oven for about 1 hour, stirring three or four times to prevent it from burning. The granola is ready when it is lightly brown.
7. Mix in the dried fruit to the granola while it is still warm, breaking up the larger chunks. Leave to cool before storing the granola in airtight container.

Source: The Yoga Cookbook. Vegetarian food for body and mind - Yogic start to the day/ Sattvic sweets.Recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. 1999.

Previous Recipes:

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

Desire is the seed from which sprouts ceaseless births. Desire arises from a sense of imperfection or limitation, by identifying with the finite body, mind and ego. - Sri Swami Sivananda


Jun 01 - Jun 30/13
TTC – English
London, England

Jun 02 - Jun 30/13
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA

Jun 09 - Jun 23/13
Sadhana Intensive
Val Morin, QC, Canada

Jun 16 - Jul 14/13
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India

Jun 28 - Jul 26/13
TTC – English, Français, Espaňol
Orleans, France

Jun 28 - Jul 26/13
ATTC – English, Français
Orleans, France

Jun 30 - Jul 27/13
TTC – English, Français, Espaňol
Val Morin, QC, Canada

Jun 30 - Jul 28/13
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India

Jul 06 - Jul 27/13
Kids Camp
Val Morin, QC, Canada

Jul 07 - Aug 04/13
ATTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA

Aug 03 - Aug 31/13
TTC – English, Deutsch, Italian
Reith, Tyrol, Austria

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TTC – Français
Orleans, France

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Sadhana Intensive - English, Deutsch, Français, Espaňol
Orleans, France

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ATTC – English, Français, Espaňol
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TTC – Español, Portuguese
En Aluenda, Zaragoza, Spain

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ATTC – English, Polski, Lietuvos, Русский, East, Keel, Kalba, язык
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TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA

Sep 29 - Oct 27/13
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India

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Time is more precious than money.
- Sri Swami Sivananda



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    In early April we were running high on energy preparing for the arrival of the EBM for the meeting, and for the opening of the Subramanya Ayappa temple. We had over 15 guests one weekend, all of whom attended the 'Practice and Theory of Pranayama' work shop and classes, led by Swami Shivabhaktananda. Many of the guests were first timers, and they enjoyed their time doing karma yoga, attending coaching classes and a silent walk. On average we welcome 10-20 guests each weekend, as well as visitors from the local area. Another weekend we held a Japa Mala workshop, with Pierre Corvione (staff and long time devotee). Harisha, our priest from Kerala, arrived just in time to conduct the Puja for the opening of the EBM meeting and to prepare the temple for its opening. Swami Mahadevananda arrived from Thailand. Swami Kailasananda arrived from Paris. Swami Durgananda, Swami Shivadasananda, Swami Karunananda, Swami Jnaneshwariananda and Prahlada arrived soon after. When Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Narayanananda, Srinivasan, Mahadev Chaitanya and Kanti Devi arrived it was declared a full house. Then the long time devotees of the Subramanya Temple arrived for the opening, sponsoring the Puja, making the prasad and cooking the feast. We are very much looking forward to being in the company of our Yoga Acharyas, and serving them as they brought a lot of energy, helping us move onwards and upwards!

    For the opening of the EBM meeting, Harisha our priest, conducted a Puja during morning Satsang. After the Puja, there was a Brahmacharya initiation for Kanti (Chicago Centre). She was initiated by Swami Mahadevananda along with the other Acharya's and given the name Lalitha Chaitanya. It was a wonderful Satsang and initiation, as everone was present for it, and for the staff, especially the new ones, it was inspiring to experience the initiation and to be surrounded by all the Swamiji's and Acharya's who keep various aspects of Swami Vishnudevananda alive. We also had a Japa Mala workshop with Pierre Corvione running simultaneously with the EBM. We had a handful of guests and some visitors from the local area who attended the workshop. Amongst the abundant meetings of the Acharyas, an auspicious event took place the next day of EBM. Deities were prepared in the Krishna Temple for their journey back to the Subramanya Ayappa Temple. Harisha conducted the Puja. The deities were carried by long-time temple devotees and Ashram staff. Once the meeting concluded at 1pm, everyone went up to the Subramanya Ayappa Temple, in time for Subramanya's Puja. Swami Mahadevananda and Swami Durgananda sat with the priest and led everyone in Satsang. Srinivasan and Mahadev Chaitanya managed to stay for this event before leaving back to the Ranch for the TTC graduation. Sunday was a relaxing and quiet day, as the meetings were over. The staff all gathered to give farewell as everyone left. Kanti Devi remained till the 18th. We are lucky to have her stay longer and enjoy her Satsangs and wonderful cooking skills. Gita presented a workshop on how to create and prepare a herb garden. Swami Sadasivananda conducted a meditation intensive course. We were very happy having Swamiji Mahadevananda stay back after the EBM. Spring is finally here, with April rain appearing instead of snow.

    During mid-April, although we have been saying this for a few weeks already, spring is finally here, really! We are enjoying the warmth of the sun, and listening to the sound of water flowing down its path from the melting snow. The only downside is now we see all the damage the snow has done, which means there is a lot of work leading up to the season! We have been blessed with having a number of guests during the weeks and weekends. We offered a Guru and Devi Puja, after long time. It was uplifting for all, giving us some much needed prana. Gita conducted another workshop on 'how to prepare your herbal garden'. It was attended by 8 guests, lasting almost three hours. They learned the basics of creating a garden, choosing herbs, moving plants to prime areas of the garden, etc. The guests enjoyed the workshop very much. Swami Sadasivananda came to stay after presenting some workshops at the Montreal Centre. Monday we had a short Krishna Puja and initiation for the Meditation Intensive course with Swami Sadasivananda. 16+ students attended the course, well received by the guests, as Swamiji has a wonderful way of explaining concepts with meaning and humour. He conducted two workshops during the day, continuing with short talks during the evening Satsangs. Kumari conducted a 4-day programme on 'Yoga for the Aching Heart'. We have 20-30 guests attending both these weekend programs. We are looking forward to being busy and having the Ashram filled with energy! Salutations to the worldwide Sivananda family from Headquarters.


Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    During early the final high season April TTC went well. The students appreciated the A&P classes by Dr Rashmi Mehrotra Sivakami, based on her experience as a doctor, yoga student and teacher. Unfortunately the Jungle Trip had to be cancelled due to low water level in the dam making it impassable for the boat. Anyway students enjoyed the day off. Ganna, one of the TTC students from the Ukraine gave a very professional Bharatanathyam dance performance during Talent night. There was much staff movement as Dr Vishnu, Suresh and Rajesh went to Bangkok for the opening of the new Centre there. Murali, Lakita and Madhavi flew to Sri Lanka to renew their visas. Special events included a Sudarshana Homa with pundit Aji Shanti, plus a mantra initiation for sixty students. The TTC ended on a high note with the TTC feast and graduation. The following morning we celebrated Vishu, the Kerala New Year. Staff and guests were led with their eyes closed to the temple to witness the Vishu Kanni, a beautiful display of fruits, vegetables, flowers and auhomaspicious items such as a statue of Sri Krishna, picture of Master and Swamiji, a mirror for ones own reflection, oil lamps, incense and coins. All the staff were presented with new clothes. Swami Gayatriananda left for London, Nataraj travelled to Madurai Centre to offer a meditation course, Sasi Chaitanya transferred to Chennai Centre, Omkar and Sarveshi returned to Iran and Deepak returned to his home in Uttarkand. We thanked them all for their selfless service.

    During mid-April we began prepAration of the dorms for the Kids Camp. A new batch of Yoga Vacationers were quickly organized filling the karma yoga holes left by the departure of the TTCs. Many of the paid staff, plus some karma yogi staff and guests did selfless service at the monthly free Ayurveda Medical Camp alongside the volunteer doctors. An abundant 1,200 patients were treated. The guests were then treated to the complex and beautiful re-energising Pujas conducted by Aji Shanti for the Raja Rajeshwari Temple anniversary. More celebrations took place the following morning with Sri Rama Jaya Rama and Nama Ramayana chanting for Sri Ramanavami. They culminated with Arati and wada mala Prasad, as well as the sweet rice Prasad. Continuing with devoted celebrations, the monthly Ailiyam Puja and Pongal offering took place at the lakeside temple with plenty of Prasad offered. Meanwhile, we had the inauguration of the annual Kids Camp. Dressed in their white pants and blue t-shirts, 66 junior yogis were initiated with the three powders and presented chant books in the presence of slightly anxious parents. The parents left reassured that the Ashram staff will take proper care and that their children will benefit considerably in the Ashram environment. Manju and Arati from Delhi, Sharmila, Stephen, Moni (Trivandrum staff) and Maya arrived to join the Kids Camp staff team. Neyyar Dam Ashram high season was coming to a close hence a few more departures of staff. Rema and Max returned to their respective homes. We thank them for their service. We thank Master and Swamiji for all their blessings and support. Om Namah Sivaya from all the staff at Neyyar Dam. May Master and Swamiji bless us all this year.

Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    The North Indian pilgrimage: The second part of the pilgrimage went well. All the participants enyoyed tremendously their sadhana in our Himalayan Ashram in Netala. We had wonderfull meditations with the constant Om of Mother Ganga flowing strongly. The asana classes on the roof top were extremely energizing. We had an inspiring Darshan at the old UttaKashi Siva temple. The Bandhara organized by the Ashram saw 59 amongst the most respected Sadhus of the community join for Satsang : kirtan chanting followed by traditional offering of the food to the Sadhus. Our final day was blessed by a Ganapathi Homa. Then we were off to Haridvar and Delhi were we held our final concluding Satsang in the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre. All Yatris left very inspired with the feeling they had been nurtured spiritually by Mother India. Pranams from Netala, where we welcomed students from all over the world arriving for our first TTC of the high season. May Master and Guru be with us all this coming season. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The Easter retreat went well, with a group of positive guests mainly from France. As part of the programme, we had an amazing performance by renowned Bharata Natyam dancer Raghunath Manet who also played the veena as part of the programme. The beginning of April saw the start of our first TTC this year. A group of 43 trainees arrived, most of them from France, some from Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Mexico, Chile and Norway. Swami Bhagavatananda came from Paris to be part of the TTC teaching team. Jean James Garreau, who recently made a DVD about vegetarian nutrition, spoke about the topic "Feeding the World, how Vegetarianism can be a solution". Hervé Derycker, an astrophysicist, spoke about "Science, Consciousness and Spirituality". The majority of guests are staying for a whole week, we made use already of the outside platform. Our new priest, Venugopala Batt, arrived from India. The garden looks very beautiful with many flowers, spring is in the air. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early April the Yoga Farm welcomed back Swami Sitaramananda and staff from their time in Vietnam and Taiwan. Swamiji's trip was a great success, bringing Swami Vishnudevananda's vision of Peace to many aspiring yogis. The Ashram was blessed with a wonderful Beginner Jyotish (Vedic astrology) course, with Komilla Sutton. This course was an excellent entry point for those interested in the mystical science of Jyotish, and many staff were able to benefit from this ancient wisdom and science of Light. Shyam and Einat gave a delightful "Music of the Soul" program that featured "tone" singing and an evening kirtan concert bringing joy to all. This was in addition to the Ayurveda Massage Retreat, with workshops on daily routines with Ambika.

    During mid-April Swami Pranavananda taught a 5-day "Introduction to Meditation" course. The attendance was excellent, with both outside students and work studies staff attending. There was very lively discussions about positive thinking, the mechanics of mind and developing concentration, which the students really appreciated. We welcomed 30 students for the Beginners Intensive weekend. Shambhu das and Chandika led the yoga classes and group workshops. All the new students really enjoyed their stay and will be coming back. With the big group here we inaugurated the new sunroom dining hall. Students enjoyed their first meal in the new addition. Projects continued to move forward with the foundation being built for the installation of 2 Lord Vishnu statues at the Krishna temple, shipped here from Vietnam. We celebrated Earth day with a solar oven demonstration and a tour of our neighbour's property who is living off-grid with only solar panels to provide their energy needs. We are all feeling the grace of the Gurus. Om Namo Narayanaya to all the Sivananda family.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early April the TTC class began their teaching assignments. They also learned the more advanced asana variations. It was a busy week with many special activities planned for the TTC's. One Thursday night the staff and students went to a local teachers' home, Satyavati, for a bon fire. They sat around the fire and chanted, while hot chocolate and popcorn were enjoyed. It was a very fun and uplifting evening. On the day off, there was a football match between the staff and TTC. The game ended in a tie, leaving everyone in a joyful mood. We offered a weekend program was a deaf yoga weekend, lead by Lila Lolling. We had several first time guests from the deaf community join us for this special program. One Sunday evening we attended a Satsang at The Living Seed, a yoga studio in New Paltz, NY, about a 45 minute car ride from the Ashram. The staff and TTC students made the trip to help support the owner - a Sivananda trained teacher - by having Satsang together and chanting the daily chants. Swami Ambikananda gave a talk on Sadhana. Afterwards we enjoyed a potluck dinner. The month has been full and exciting, inspiring staff and students.

    Around mid-April, while preparing for the upcoming season, we had karma yoga nights at the Ashram. We started the karma yoga projects after performing Arati in the temple and a reading from Master Sivananda. Then the staff headed off to the gardens while we still had sunlight. Several staff were working on cleaning and painting Swami Vishnu's trailer. Anoopji, our priest, performed a Puja in honour of Sri Ramanavami. Immediately after the Puja, he and Mahadev Chaitanya left the Ashram to travel to the Chicago Centre for a weekend, where Anoopji performed two Pujas and Mahadev Chaitanya taught a program - "Hatha Yoga - The Path to Raja Yoga". Srinivasan also went into New York City to give a program at the Centre - "Yoga and Relationships". At the Ashram we had two programs, "Yoga at Home" with Keshava and a Native American Sweat Lodge with Heather Principe. The programs drew a large crowd for the weekend. To honour our connection with Nature, we had a silent sunrise walk. The staff send Pranams to all! May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    Around mid-April we were happy to welcome back Manu and Bhargavi (Grace) for the Spring Detoxification and Juice Fasting Programme April 21-30. Sita Chaitanya assisted with this course. Course graduations included the "Yogis Without Borders" with Elaine Valdov and Satyadev and Nirmala and "Chair Yoga Training" with Saraswati.The Interfaith Symposium, Meditation as a Path to Enlightenment from April 14-19 had many interesting participants. Tulku Sherdor, the Tibetan Buddhist executive director of Blazing Wisdom Institute; Sheik Abdul Haqq and Islamic Sufi and the national director of the Naqshandi Haqqani Sufi Order or America; Rabbi Alan Brill Professor at Seton Hall University; and Swami Sitarmananda from the Yoga Farm in Grass Valley. Two new courses were inaugurated; The Yoga of Recovery Certificate Course for Counsellors, with Swami Sita, Catherine O'Neill (Durga) and Kailash Chaitanya, plus the Self Inquiry and Silence course, taught by Swami Sita. We had a blissful Bhakti Weekend, listening to the sounds of David Newman (Durga Das), his wife Mira and their band members. One evening we watched a pre-recorded Q&A session with Swami Swaroopananda and heard many interesting questions and even more interesting answers on Yoga and the Spiritual Life. Swami Sitarmananda has been talking on the Yoga of Relationships with lectures and workshops presenting Bhakti Yoga theories and practices to shed light on human relationships and love. Om Namah Sivaya. Pranams to all!

Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda and Swami Keshavananda returned from the TTC/ATTC in Rudraprayag, bringing strong Himalaya and Ganga energy to the Tyrolean mountains. New as well as many close students arrived for the long Easter weekend. Several Karma Yogis also came to support us. Yagneshwara gave inspiring Pujas and workshops on mantras, mudras and mythology. At the asana special ' Asanas for a healthy back' plumb line pictures were taken, both at the beginning and at the end of the weekend, showing the benefits of Asanas in a clear way. Most inspiring were the lectures by Swami Durgananda on 'Consciousness beyond the Mind' on the teachings of the Raja Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. After this wonderful Easter Retreat everyone felt uplifted and full of prana and new inspiration.
    The Retreat house is getting ready for the upcoming TTC/ATTC in May. The implementation of a new online booking system is well on the way. At the end of the week the call of the cuckoo sounded the definitive start of spring. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    All are well at the Ashram and conveying Peace and Pranams to the Sivananda family. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The Easter weekend was dedicated to our annual Karma Yoga program with carpet cleaning and several other maintenance projects. Many karma yogis were very helpful during this weekend which gave a new uplift for the Centre's energy. An inspiring cooking workshop as well as a TTC prepAration day took place. For the monthly open house, a good group of newcomers joined the different activities like trial class, asana demonstration, cooking workshop and introduction to meditation. Spiritual highlight was the Ram Navami Puja which was conducted early morning. Some close students joined and enjoyed together with all staff the peaceful atmosphere. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early April the attendance to the activities continued growing steadily. Many new students enrolled in workshops and courses. A Meditation course and a workshop, "Conquest of Fear", started on Saturday mornings. We looked forward to the arrival of a Saraswati Murthi, from India. Meanwhile a new altar was being designed by Shankari, yoga practitioner and talented architect. We welcomed Nirmala (Argentina) and Catherine (Colombia). Both of them came as work study, Nirmala for only a couple of weeks, and Catherine for nine months. Prem & Om to ALL.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre
    The beginning of April saw all staff & student in good spirits! The Centre hosted a well-attended Hip Flexibility Workshop one Saturday. Gauri and Vyasa, our special guests from Argentina, left for Thailand where they will be attending the Bangkok Centre Inauguration. Jespal had a quick stop-over on his way back to the Madurai Centre. We concluded our March Y1 Weekend Beginners Courses and started our April batch of 6am Beginners. Around the Centre, there was painting and ongoing cleaning, keeping the space fresh & pleasant!

    Mid-April found all staff and students in good spirits! We said good-bye to Yogeshwari who served in Neyyar Dam for 2 years and at the Centre for a few months. We wish her all the best now that she returned to Japan, her native place. Many preparations were made for the celebration of Vishu, the Malayali New Year, as well as for the Tamil New Year. In honour of the auspicious occasion the Goddess Lakshmi was invoked through a small Pooja and the giving of gifts. All received a box of sweets and a new Rs10 coin. We concluded our March Y1 evening Beginners' Course and started our April ladies batch at 9:30 am. Our outside classes recommenced at the American International School, which was closed for two weeks for the Spring Break. The local community kids' class continued to attract over 30 children from the near-by village every Saturday! The highlight was our six-day evening Meditation Course, which gave students the opportunity to learn the theory & practice of meditation. We welcomed back Vyasa & Gauri. They returned from Thailand and will be our guests for the next week. Sasi Chaitanya returned to Chennai from Neyyar Dam. That evening we celebrated her birthday with delicious cake & ice cream. We had nice groups of visitors for Satsangs bringing nice energy to the Centre. More effort was made to promote the Centre with newly painted signs on all sides of the roof which can be seen by those driving or walking from a distance. In addition, a sign has been painted on the back of the Centre's van! Blessings to all! We all remain in good health and send pranams. May all be well world-wide! Prem & Om to all from the staff at the Chennai Centre.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early April we were happy to welcome back Lalita Chaitanya, formerly Kanti, who took Brahmachari Initiation at the Yoga Camp during the EBM meeting. Her full embrace of spiritual life has been an inspiration to students here. Local Karma Yogis looked after the Centre while staff were away at the Camp. All the staff sends Pranams to the Sivananda family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi from the Centre in Chicago.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early April all the activities continued very well. We started a new batch of Monday Yoga 1 at 6am, with good numbers of enthusiastic students. We started a meditation course at 6am also. We held a Navaratri Pooja at the Centre. The Pooja continued for next nine days. The Centre offered a new weekend course, Pre-Natal class, Kids class, Satsang and free trail class. Vijay returned from Neyyar Dam. Om Namah Sivaya Mantra and after that we had many kind of Prasad. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early April a new beginner Course started Monday at 6.30 am with 16 students. All open classes were filled alongside many workshops. We said good bye to Priyam after her 3 months work-study. Savitri and Anuj have been working on the Workshop schedule and Sajeev has been busy with all activities in the absence of Mani Chaitanya. We welcomed Swami Atma and more than 50 students from the North Indian Yatra. A special Satsang was held, followed by a delicious meal. The Centre was well prepared by many Karma Yogis a few days in advance, with the energy of the Centre kept high during the Satsang. We also welcomed Swami Satchidananda from Madurai on his way to Rishikesh and Gangotri. Uma Krishna visited us for his visa process before going to Bangkok Centre.

    Around mid-April two new beginner courses started on Mondays. Swami Satchidananda left to Gangotri. Ramanavami was celebrated in a simple way with special Prasad offered to Lord Rama. New air-conditioners were installed in all staff accommodation. A TTC orientation was taught by Mani Chaitanya. A small group of Korean students had Yoga demonstration by Kishore and Bhisma. Sunday Satsangs were moved to the Shiva Hall to accommodate more students. Likita Japa practice was restarted and all staff are doing well. By Swamiji's grace we send our Pranams to everyone from all staff at the Nataraja Centre. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Om Namo Narayanaya!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    Swami Mangalananda left for the North-Indian Yatra and Saraswati Chaitanya for the Retreat house in Reith to support the programme and to recharge. After Easter staff returned and we had a dynamic start with good groups of students for classes and courses. Highlight of the month was the program with South Indian priest Yagneshwara. We had two wonderful Yantra-Pujas for Rama and Durga where the 1008 names of the divine Mother were chanted. It was an inspiring experience for all present and uplifted the energy of the whole Centre. The weekends were active with a TTC-information and a very successful Open Day. Spring came to Geneva and we took the opportunity to plant fresh colorful flowers on the terrace. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early April we started 6 courses including 3 Yoga 1 beginners courses (2 Vietnamese, 1 English), a Yoga 2 course, a Yoga 3 advanced course, and a Meditation course. Over one weekend we had the foot massage reflexology workshop which brought 16 people to the Centre. They learned how there is a connection between the foot and the body organs and how by pressing the reflex points in the foot can heal pain in the body. Also we welcomed new staff, Durga and Deviyani who is visiting for 3 weeks from the Yoga farm. The staff were busy preparing for the Yoga Retreat at the end of the month in Da Lat, expecting 30 people for the 3 days retreat.

    Around mid-April we started a Yoga beginners course in Vietnamese while the other courses: Intro to Meditation, Yoga 1, Yoga 2, and Yoga 3 were running well. One weekend we had a successful Gentle Yoga workshop, taught by Deviyani, with 10 attendants. They were all happy to experience the deep relaxation and practice the modifications of the 12 basic postures. The upcoming 3-day yoga retreat was already fully booked before starting as students were excited to have a break from the city. The staff were busy making all the preparations for this event. We all felt the blessings of the mother divine. All the staff were happy, with the guru's blessings. Pranams to all the Sivananda family.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    We wish to announce that The Sivananda Beginner's Guide to Yoga will be reprinted in English. We are in the process of finding the best means of distribution of the books, and will be able to confirm a final price with delivery charge once we know how many copies are needed. Pranams to all the Sivananda family from the London Centre.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Pranams.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    A 5-day Easter retreat was led by Swami Vasudevananda with the support of staff and teachers of the Centre. A total of 35 students and 6 staff attended the retreat. The atmosphere throughout the 5 days in Aluenda was dynamic, friendly, open, and inspiring and the participants relaxed visibly as the days went by. Swami Atmaramananda returned from the two-week North India yatra. Close teachers Kanti Devi and Jyoti taught a very successful Cooking for Busy People Workshop attended by a group of eager and inquisitive participants Students and staff enjoyed Swami Atmaramananda's Satsangs on the value of time to work out changes in our life and detachment from the results of our actions. Swami Sivadasananda gave special program with a special Asana class , a very well attended Satsang on the topic of the different levels and uses of discrimination in daily life. Swamiji also led a beautiful and inspiring evening Rama Puja which was attended by almost 70 teachers, students, and visitors of the Centre. The Centre is preparing a special celebration: the 40th anniversary of the Centre. Staff and karma yogis visited the school (asana hall and concert hall) which we will be the seat of some of the main events and a meeting was held with about 40 close teachers, karma yogis, and students who are eager to help prepare the event. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    By the Grace of our Gurus, all is well at the Centre. In early April a new evening Beginners' batch commenced, with sufficient number of students attending. The Sunday Satsang was quite high energetic with many people. A free Meditation workshop was conducted by Yashpal one Sunday. We welcomed Nataral-ji from Neyyar Dam on Sunday who conducted a Meditation program and workshops on Asana, Pranayama, Diet, etc. We eagerly waited for rain since it is hot already for a long time. All the activities continued smoothly, with the grace of our gurus.

    Around mid-April the Centre started a new beginner course in the morning 6 am. We thanked Nataraj ji who found some time to teach the meditation course. There were 9 interested participants. He then gave a 5-day workshops on the 5 Points of Yoga. The main hall of the Centre was fully packed for all days of the workshop. Students enjoyed the courses and classes. Everything went well, by gurus blessings. Om Shanti.

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

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early April we returned to the normal activities in the Centre after Easter. The attendance increased a lot, calls, mails, facebook is a top. We had a open childrens' class, for the beginning of this class this year, very fresh. The Saturday afternoon open yoga journey for new people saw very good attendance. The students enjoyed it very much. A new temporary staff, Tushti from Maldonado, Uruguay came to the Centre for three months. The weather was wonderful, a temperate climate with sunny mornings. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early April the open classes and courses continued to be running well. A Meditation 1 course started, taught by Atman. The small group of attendees were keen and open to learn about the theory and practice of meditation. Wednesday evening Satsangs were filled with great energy. The chanting created positive vibrations for the attendees and Centre. On Sunday a North Indian cooking class was held by Sankara Chaitanya. He demonstrated simple sattvic dishes such as dahl, aloo gobi, rice, raita and halva so the students can incorporate these into their own lives and easily prepare this menu at home. The group enjoyed learning to make the dishes and had lot's of fun discovering how to make round roti's!! Sunday Satsang saw a slideshow of the South Indian Yatra. It was shown to the group of 35 people interested, keen to learn and see the journey and hear the commentary from Sankara. Sushila returned back to London in the middle of the week. Since her departure their has been extra support from many karma yogi's enabling the Centre to operate smoothly. The Centre was thankful for their time and commitment. There has been a constant flow of students at the Centre in April. A Yoga 1 finished, it was inspiring course, as a few young (14-16 year olds) attended and completed. They were vibrant, friendly individuals. We hoped that more young people will practice at the Centre. Other courses continued and a Yoga 2 started taught by Chandra, the group are eager to learn more about the Asana practice and look forward to joining the open classes soon. Sankara attended the Ashram in Val Morin with Atman for the opening of the Subramanya Temple and EBM meeting. The vibrations at the temple were raised with all the attendees, including the EBM Acharyas, many Swami's, other staff throughout the organisation, plus guests. It was an extremely encouraging time to be at the Ashram, the Temple was beautifully prepared by the staff at the Camp. One Saturday a Mindfulness course was facilitated by Emily Moody, it was successful 32 people attended the day. They appreciated the opportunity to have other tools to strive for inner peace. Sunday evening Satsangs were attended by special guest Matt. He shared his knowledge of the Upanishads and some history of India, the 42 attendees listen intently and were inspired to hear and be refreshed on this subject. The Centre welcomed returning karma yogi's and continue to appreciate the efforts of the individuals that support the Centre to operate daily, in particular the Friday clean-up team!! The clean-up allowed the Centre to shine for all, without interruption and do their karma yoga with love. We feel thankful for Swamiji's and Master's grace.

    Around mid-April it was an honour to have Swami Sadasivananda from New York Centre in Montreal for a weekend. The vibration of the Centre was raised greatly. Swami Ji delivered a talk on 'The Foundation of Your Life' based on the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. He spoke with great knowledge, depth and positivity. The 20 students and teachers from the Centre listened with care and appreciated the opportunity to learn and think about how they can apply these teaching's to their own lives. Sunday evening Swami Ji held the Satsang, with over 60 attendees. The Sunday prayers were energetic, the evening ended with an Italian meal for all to enjoy. The Centre was ever grateful for the students that continued to practice and share their beautiful energy, these dedicated individuals allow the Centre to have a purpose and live. We feel thankful for Swamiji's and Master's grace. Pranams to all the Sivananda family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    Special courses of the last weeks were a cooking class with delicious yogic recipes, a weekend meditation introduction course and a weekend course "Thought Power". We also had a prepAration day for the yoga teacher training course, an Open House and we started a Vedanta course. We were happy to have a couple of inspiring Satsangs with Swami Sivadasananda. We also celebrated the spiritual festivals Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanthi. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya!

    In early April everything is running smoothly and peacefully. We offered a second course of meditation in which the people are very interested in learning and knowing about the nature of mind and meditation practice. We continued with classes and general workshops, as well as a Saturday special class of teachers to see the issues and improve the teaching of yoga techniques.

    Around mid-April saw warm days of Fall, which is normal. We offered workshops on concentration and mantras. We did maintenance tasks, payment for services, study of yoga books, distributing flyers, etc. The classes and Satsangs continued to perform normally. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Pranams.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early April staff from the Ranch and Anoop, the priest, visited and did a beautiful Puja. There were 52 people in attendance. We had a very successful and inspiring Open House one Saturday with 62 attending. We were all very happy that the spring weather was finally coming to us here in NYC. Swami Sadasivananda led a very successful cooking workshop one Saturday. Everyone enjoyed it thoroughly. We also had a spring cleaning book sale outside in front of the Centre. We used it as an opportunity to be more visible in the community, sharing information about the Centre with neighbours and passersby. It was a very inspiring day. We were all very happy to welcome back Gauri Devi, Sarada Devi, and Mahakaanta who all returned to the Centre. It was good to have them back.

    Around mid-April we had a visit from Srinivasan who held a well-attended workshop one Saturday, leading the Satsang the following Sunday. Swami Sadasivananda left to lead a meditation intensive retreat at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp. We looked forward to his return next week. Om Namah Sivaya from all the staff here at the NYC Centre. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The Centre held a successful open house which attracted many new students. A day for world peace brought a very tranquil energy to the Centre with lots of chanting and writing of the peace Mantra "Om Namo Narayanaya" . Participants also got very inspired by the video "In the name of peace" about Swami Vishnudevanandas peace missions. Our south indian priest stayed for a week at the Centre, he did Pujas every morning and evening and celebrated the spiritual festival of Ram Navami with us. The altar is still shining and all the deities seem to be very much alive and smiling happily. Swami Kailasananda came a few times from the Orleans Ashram and inspired everyone with powerful Satsangs. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    In early April the big event was the Open House. We had 43 people visit attending two full classes, one at the asana room and other at the outside platform. The Satsang happened with a lot of energy plus, the dinner was delicious, made by Dharani, Hari´s mother and Narayani 2. Hari gave the asana room class, Tandava Chaitanya taught the platform class and Brahmani stayed at reception. Pranams, from all the staff at Porto Alegre Centre.

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    In early April the warm weather brought new and old students to the Centre, the attendance for the morning classes increased a lot. Padmavati stopped by the Centre on her way to the Yoga Ranch. We thanked her very much for all the help during the past months. We started new courses in the morning. The staff were well and sending their pranams. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with all. Om & Prem from Roma.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    In early April we enjoyed our usual Wednesday Bhagavad Gita class with Gajananam. Lalita taught Yoga1/3 and also led the headstand workshop routinely held on the first Saturday every month. Narayan was asked to be a guest speaker at Integral Yoga Saturday evening where he presented ideas about "The Dharma of Activism". He then led a similarly thought-provoking talk at our Satsang one Sunday night. Pranams to all from San Francisco Centre.

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

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    All activities at the Centre went smoothly, by the grace of the Gurus. In early April the weather got colder again. Although we were still relying on heating in the morning and evenings, Yoga 1 evening class started with good number of students. Trial class was also well attended with seven people joining the membership. Vanidevi left to attend the inauguration of Bangkok Centre. We prepared for promotion of the Centre and Okayama TTC, as the outdoor event season is beginning. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with us all. Pranams and Peace to all the Sivananda Family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early April was busy with a new Y1 and Y3. Open classes were consistently full as usual. Satsangs continued to draw more and more new people every week. Kids classes were going strong. We had Krishna visit from Val Morin to offer a successful Thai Yoga Massage weekend. Janaki started an Asana Symbol series workshop. Prahlada left to help out for Bangkok Centre inauguration. We welcomed back Bheeshma and Miki from their travel in India to be at the Centre for few weeks. Prahlada came back from Bangkok and next day went to the Yoga Camp to facilitate the EBM meeting arrangements as well to open the Subramanya/Ayyappa Temple. Weather in Toronto was warmer.

    Around mid-April we started a fresh Y1 and Y3. Open classes were always full. The meditation course was well attended. Kids classes were ever popular. Fortunately, our Satsangs are getting bigger. Durairaj worked very hard, keeping everyone happy. We were happy to inform you that our new and user friendly website went live. By the grace of Master and Swamiji the Centre was strong. Om and prem to all the staff around the world! Om

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    By the grace of our Guru's all the activities of the Centre continued smoothly this month. Kids Camp was successful with many children happily learning the points of Yoga. Our staff sends pranams all in the Sivananda family. Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    One of the highlights of the month was the weekend special program with Swami Gokulananda, from Berlin. The asana classes and Satsangs were well attended; also many teachers joined the program. The energy was dynamic and peaceful. Madhava assisted at the Easter programme in Reith and returned well recharged. Several special courses started: Tap the Source on ancient yogic scriptures, Thought Power, Pranayama 2 and several more higher courses. We had an inspiring Practice Day Karma Yoga that started with a morning meditation including Arati and a 60 minutes Asana class, followed by cleaning Asana rooms, kitchen, toilets, windows, clearing out the cellar, painting walls, helping in the shop etc. The lecture on Peaceful mind by acting with awareness at 2 o'clock was very well attended. Afterwards the projects continued and the day ended with a Satsang on Karma and Action. Ram Navami was celebrated with a well-attended Puja for which many inspired teachers and students came and the Centre was filled with a gentle and loving energy. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius
    The week before Easter was not very active, but still courses Yoga 1 and 2 were fully attended.. The Centre was very well supported by teachers, almost everyone was teaching twice a week. On the Easter Sunday the Centre was closed. The weather was almost like at a Christmas time: full of snow and quite cold. We had a good Open day: 25 people took part in a trial class and an Introduction into Meditation and Diet. Ishwara Chaitanya came back from North India Yatra inspired and ready to dive into the Centre duties. We had a wonderful Ayurveda program with Angela Hope-Murray. The three lectures and cooking class were well attended. Students were grateful to receive the knowledge of Ayurveda and many practical advises for their daily life. The birthday of lord Rama was celebrated on Saturday. Close teachers and students came for the morning Puja. Peace and Pranams to all the Sivananda Family. OM.

Work out your salvation in and through the World. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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