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Yoga Sanskrit Glossary
Raja Yoga
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Yoga Camp Ashram, Canada
Dhanwanthari Ashram, India
Kutir Ashram, India
Chateau du Yoga Ashram, France
Yoga Farm Ashram, USA
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Yoga Retreat Ashram, Bahamas
Retreat House Ashram, Austria
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Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya
Swami Mahadevanandaji's South Asia Tour 2012 was very fruitful, bringing Swamiji's teachings to many more places around the globe. It is interesting to see the tremendous amount of enthusiasm and dedication from the public in the goal to learn true, traditional yoga.

The Sivananda Organization is growing well, with the grace of Master and Swamiji. There are concrete plans for the first-ever Sivananda TTC in Japan, with another TTC coming soon in China. A new Centre in Bangkok is also in the works. Swami Sitaramanandaji is slowly expanding the teachings more and more in Vietnam with new TTC's offered. She will also travel and present at the Yoga Conference in China. The Ho Chi Ming Centre is flourishing according to Swamiji's teachings. Europe is extremely busy with all Centres filled to capacity. The aim to expand into various areas of Europe continues with new TTC and other programs springing up in all directions.

Bahamas and South India and South America just started their busy season. All Ashrams in North America are very busy as well with the Fall TTCs, plus some innovative new programs.

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

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During meditation you are in the presence of the Supreme Being. - Sri Swami Sivananda

Q. How does the mind differ from the Soul?

The mind is a special, limited particularization, or tool, of the Soul-consciousness. The Soul-consciousness is unlimited and all-pervading. The mind however, is the form of the collective of desires, and hence, it is inert. But it appears to be conscious and powerful while the Inner Self/the Soul is reflected through it. The mind is the experiencer of every condition in the universe, both objectively and subjectively. The Soul is the Absolute which is not really affected by any experience of the mind. The mind is mortal, while the Soul is immortal.

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

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

Q. I read your article in "My Magazine": "Fly from the company of worldly-minded persons. Those who talk of worldly affairs will pollute you. Your mind will waver. Run, run, run quickly to solitary places like Rishikesh. You will be safe in the spiritual path". May I come to you and lead the life of a Sannyasin?
A. Do not be hasty. Think well. Look before you leap. Mere emotion will not do in the spiritual line. The above instructions are for those who were already doing some kind of Sadhana. They will have to go in for seclusion for advanced practices. It will be better for beginners like you to perform Nishkama Karma Yoga for three years in the world by disinterestedly serving the sick and the aged persons. Suppose you remain with me as a Sannyasin, have you got the real strength of heart to face your mother when she weeps bitterly before you with a broken heart? Will you stick to this line if your father comes and threatens you? Will you be unaffected in your mind if a young lady tempts you? Will you be steady if you are affected by a disease? Are you prepared to sacrifice this body and life in the cause of Truth? Have you understood the glory and importance of Sannyasa and seclusion? Have you got an idea of the difficulties that Sannyasins have to face? Are you prepared to go from door to door and live on Bhiksha? How will you spend the whole day and night when you live in seclusion? Just decide all these points before you come to me. If you are sure that you are fit for Sannyasa, you can come here. I will serve you and help you well. I will take care of your spiritual welfare. I will make you a king of kings. There is nothing so pleasant as the life of renunciation. It is best suited for quick Self-realization. Glory to all Sannyasins!
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When the mind wanders, repeat some Stotras (Spiritual Verses), hymns, verses from the Gita and the Upanishads. - Sri Swami Sivananda


RAJA BHUJANGASANA - KING COBRA - Back Bend - An Advanced Posture - This pose stretches the front of the body.

Starting in Bhujangasana/Cobra position, step 1, place the hands next to the lower part of the ribcage.
Bend the knees, lifting the lower leg off the mat. Keep legs/knees apart with big toes touching each other.
Inhale, and lift the head and chest off the mat as high as possible while pushing down through the palms on the mat. Elbows remain bent and close to the body. Look up. If there is any slight chance there is lower back discomfort, come out of the posture, stop here and do not proceed.
Inhale. Lift the head and chest a level higher, straightening the arms, rising onto the fingertips. Bend the knees to bring the feet to touch the top of the head. Open the chest to the maximum.
Hold up to 30 seconds.
Inhale. Exhale and slowly lower the feet and chest back to the mat.
Rest in Crocodile/Makrasana pose for 8 breaths, then Child's pose/Balasana for 8 breaths.


Creates a complete backbend of the spine; healthy blood flow to each vertebra
Increases lung capacity
Contracts muscles of upper back and neck; when released increases blood flow
Opens chest
Invigorates the energy 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

The cause of pain is pleasure.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

For Peace, we must abolish lust, anger, greed, hatred, jealousy, envy and fear within ourselves. - Swami Vishnudevananda


- [Sanskrit] - [nyasa] renunciation; abandonment.

A member of the sannyasa order is known as a sannyasin (male) or sannyasini (female); one who abandons or resigns from worldy affairs. Brahman in the fourth order.

Commentary from Swami Sivananda -

Who is a Sannyasin?

A Sannyasin has a different angle of vision of the worldly affairs, looking upon everything from an absolutely different point of view. Just as the man who wears green spectacles sees green objects everywhere, so also a Sannyasin/Jnani sees the Atman everywhere through his new eye of wisdom. There is absolutely no personal element in him. He has not a bit of selfish interest. The lower self is completely annihilated. He lives for serving all. He feels the world as his own Self. He actually feels that all is himself only. There is not a single thought or feeling for his personal little self. He has cosmic vision and cosmic feeling. Just as the river has joined the ocean, he has joined the ocean of bliss, knowledge and consciousness. He thinks and feels and works for others.

A Sannyasin is absolutely free from worries, difficulties, troubles, tribulations, sorrow and anxieties under any circumstance or condition. He is always cheerful and happy. He is not a slave or victim of different moods. He is not moved a bit by sorrow, grief or persecution.

A Sannyasin has got all-round development. He has spotless or unblemished character. All sattwic virtues shine in him. He is an embodiment of mercy, sympathy, love, patience, serenity, etc. He has high qualities. The whole nature has been perfectly unfolded. All divine attributes are fully awakened in him.

The life of Jesus shows how a real Sannyasin will behave. A Sannyasin is a very good and extremely virtuous person, with no attachment to the world. He may live in the forest or in the city. He will always be thinking of God and of the welfare of other people. He will keep his mind and heart quite pure. He is without anger, without hatred, is truthful and kind. He wants no luxuries but just enough food to keep him alive. He wears very simple dress. He has no family and children and property. Yet he is extremely happy. He is wise and virtuous. He possesses divine qualities such as mercy, universal love, truthfulness, purity. He has control over his mind and senses. He is free from anger, lust, greed, pride, jealousy. He loves all. He always prays and meditates. He never does any harm to anybody. People respect and adore him.

A complete Sanskrit Glossary can be found at:

May divine grace illumine your spiritual path. - Sri Swami Sivananda


Chapter II: Sankhya Yoga

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)

II.31. Further, having regard to thy duty, thou shouldst not waver, for there is nothing higher for a Kshatriyas (warrior) than a righteous war.

COMMENTARY: 'Lord Krishna now gives to Arjuna worldly reasons for fighting. Up to this time, He talked to Arjuna on the immortality of the Self and gave him philosophical reasons. Now He says to Arjuna, "O Arjuna! Fighting is a Kshatriya's own duty. You ought not to swerve from that duty. To a Kshatriya (one born in the warrior or ruling class) nothing is more welcome than a righteous war. A warrior should fight."

May the divine power actuate you to perform great deeds. - Sri Swami Sivananda


Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada - On Contemplations"


'Or (by meditating upon) knowledge gained in dreams or deep sleep'.

Commentary from Swami Sivananda:
Many times the Truth is revealed by the superconscious during sleep. Usually this information is forgotten, and is only utilized by the subconscious. But if that knowledge is meditated upon consciously, great progress can be made upon the path.

May the divine grace transform you into divinity. - Sri Swami Sivananda



This is a cool weather favorite at the Sivananda Yoga Ranch. Butternut squash has a glorious colour, reminiscent of the glowing fall foliage in the area. Its creamy, sweet flavor enlivens any meal on a cold evening. Rich in Vitamin A, squash is also known to soothe acidic stomachs and helps counteract the effects of ill-considered foods. Serves 4-6

1 butternut squash
4 Tbsp butter, melted
2 cups fresh whole wheat bread crumbs
¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
½ tsp ground cinnamon
2 large eating apples, peeled and cut into chunks


1. Heat oven t0 350F. Cut the squash in half. Remove the seeds and stringy bits.
2. Mix the melted butter with the bread crumbs, spices and apples
3. Spoon the mixture into the squash halves.
4. Place squash halves into a roasting pan, cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
5. Remove foil and bake 10 minutes longer to brown the tops.
6. Serve hot.

Previous Recipes:

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

Desireless-ness, born of the love for the Eternal is called Vairagya. There can be no religion without Vairagya. - Sri Swami Sivananda


Dec 02 - Dec 29/12
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas

Dec 15/12 - Jan 13/13
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria

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The spiritual consciousness dawns during silent meditation.
- Sri Swami Sivananda



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    Early October at the Ashram saw the Fall in full swing as the leaves were dropping fast. During Pool contruction, the wooden frame was put back on the metal foundation that now forms the base of the pool platform. The staff chanted the Lalita Sahasranama at the Krishna Temple. Before the Canadian Thanksgiving the staff took the guests to a farm in Saint Joseph de Lac to pick apples. Thanksgiving was a beautiful weekend with the staff and guests decorating the dining hall and turning over the vegetable garden. We had a Thanksgiving feast on thé Saturday night and a Sufi concert during Satsang. On Thanksgiving Sunday we made a breakfast for the guests and them look them on a hike up to Mount Conder.

    Later in October, as we reached towards the end of the Fall season, some of the Ashram projects came to completion. The pool platform was restored to its former level status with the aid of a metal framework foundation and the varnishing of the second dormitory building completed. On Sattvic movie night, the staff saw a film about a monk looking for the reincarnation of his deceased master "Unmistaken Child". We had our first cold spell, with snow falling. One sunday the staff took a trip to Almer, just outside Ottawa to the affiliated Centre of Ajuna and Kumari, to participate in a Lakshmi Puja conducted by Harish, the temple priest. This was a prelude to the beginning of Navaratri. All the staff are well. Salutations from all at the Camp. Pranams for peace to all, from the Staff at Yoga Camp Headquarters.

Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early October we noticed the guest numbers rise with the start of the high season. The new guests enthusiastically helped with fire wood carrying on the first day of the new yoga vacation cycle. Through the low season we have managed to move the seemingly never-ending pile of cut rubber tree logs with the help of karma yogis. Ashram inspection was done in preparation for the high season. Maintenance jobs have started including painting and carpentry work. The Open Prison biweekly classes continued with Rajesh and Dayakar. They are much appreciated by the prisoners saying they feel more relaxed and energized after class. We wee happy to welcome Bharati (China) as staff and Raja as new workstudy. Nataraj made a short trip to Chennai for the first anniversary of the new building. Om Namah Sivaya from all the staff at Neyyar Dam. May Master and Swamiji bless us all.

Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    With Master and Guruji's blessings and guidance, we experienced and are grateful for a safe and enriching high season at Netala this year. We will re-open in April 2013 with a TTC, beginning April 13th. We send Peace and Pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early October we had an Asana Intensive week with a small but inspired group of guests. Nitya, the daughter of Ram and Sita from Hamburg also stayed as a guest and to recharge during school holidays. During the week Swami Kailasananda and Swami Bhagavatananda came back from Australia and Swami Anantananda came back from Poland. On the weekend we had for the first time a weekend "further training for Yoga teachers: How to teach Yoga over 50". We had a group of 11 teachers and Swami Anantananda and Kaivalya, teacher from Paris, gave the classes and workshops. We are still having some classes outside and are enjoying Yoga and beautiful autumn weather.

    During mid-October We had a week about "Yoga and stress management" with most lectures given by Swami Bhagavatananda. Swami Kailasananda came for several days to the Ashram to guide the staff and to work on various projects. On Saturday we had an open House with a small number of local people. During the week we had done several poster runs in the surrounding villages and in Orleans. This way we want to attract more local people. Also on the weekend we had with us Padmavati from Berlin, who came to teach a weekend "Further training for Yoga teachers: How to teach pregnant women". We had a group of 15 teachers, from various countries. There was a good energy in the Ashram. Most people left on Sunday and we are now going into the off sason with 3 Karma Yoga days and then the Ashram is closed from Oct 18 to Nov 16. We had a small open house for local students. The group enjoyed the class and was motivated to come back. Salutations to all. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early October the TTC October Yoga Farm was initiated with a Guru Puja and the reminders of Swamiji's mission to spread the Light across borders-- otherwise fire will destroy across borders. With US election and economical uncertainty, despite an unusual number of inquiries by hundreds, we received an unusually smaller number of students actually registering. Swami Sitaramananda and Swami Padmapadananda initiated the students while Swami Pranavananda and Kailas Chaitanya did the Guru Puja. It was a very uplifting day, reminding the whole Ashram population (a large group of staff at present) and the new TTC students of the values of living in the Gurukula, under the umbrella and protective shade of the Masters. Many returning staff gathered to help with the TTC, including Shambhu the cook who has completed 18,000 miles across the US on his bike for Peace. We had a very sweet Ganapati Homa as part of the TTC initiation ceremony performed by Pandit Ram Kishore at the Krishna temple.

    During mid-October the good spirit of Stephen Fiske "Go for it!" concert and the Ganesha Homa started the TTC first week. Students were doing well, getting acquainted to the Gurukula and were very receptive to all stories about the Gurus. We showed the Black and White video in YouTube filmed at the Yoga Farm in 1974 where Swami ji talked about himself, his meeting with Master, etc. We held a very lively kirtan concert with the group from Mount Shasta "Shakti Rising" which put the students and staff in a very good mood, with many on their feet dancing. Mary Thompson, from the College of Ayurveda, made them laugh with her Ayurvedic Pschychology stories depicting the doshic behaviours. The labyrinth received a face lift with all new mantra, colorful flags written by students. Staff worked hard and send pranams. We welcomed Jayanta a temp staff from Germany (TTC Vietnam). Om Shanti from the staff at the Yoga Farm.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early October with the season drawing to an end, the TTC coming to a close and Columbus Day long weekend, it made for busy times, full of prana, fare wells and a movement into the fall and winter season. The TTC saw their last week, finishing there individual teaching classes, and also reaching the peak of the advanced asanas.  Specialized classes were given in Pregnancy, where students were at times more than 9 months pregnant!  The children yoga class was given by Mira Benzen, who runs the Global Family Yoga.  The class was full of fun, asanas, games, and practical, useful aids for the students.  Mira stayed on to teach a program entitled "Planting Seeds"  Children Yoga TTC.  The course runs for 5 days at the Ashram and 3 of the students had signed up from September TTC. The TTC test was taken and all students graduated.   A delicious feast was made and enjoyed by all.  Many talents were displayed at the evening talent show after the graduation ceremony. The highlight of the celebration was a football (Soccer) Match (after the test was over) between TTC students and staff.  Using the professional goal posts given to Mahadev Chaitanya for his birthday, the prepped and trained staff were ready to score.  No injuries and a happy outcome for all. The weekend heralded a Native American Sweat lodge and Medicine Wheel, facilitated by long time spiritual teacher of the native way, Heather Principe.  Swami Sadasivananda, from the New York Centre held a few workshops on Positive Thinking, that were very well attended. Dr Kamlesh gave a very entertaining lively talk on Ayurveda during a Saturday night satsang, explaining the doshas and giving tips for a balancing them. Srinivasan left for the weekend to teach at the New York Centre.  Mahadev Chaitanya also left for Israel to take part in a course, taught by Swami Swaroopananda, on Raja Yoga. Swami Sadasivananda returned to the New York Centre after a one month stay at Ashram, giving the Bhagaved Gita lectures during the TTC. All staff were well. Though it was getting closer to winter, the Ashram was still vibrant with Fall colors - very welcoming for all.

    During mid-October the Ashram slowed down a little as the people left back to homes and work from those of whom stayed for a bit after the TTC. They enjoyed the short experience of staff life and assisted a few classes. Gardens continued with perrenial flowers being put in the earth before the major freezes of the winter. The huge pile of woodchips, donated by the local council, proved very useful in mulching path ways, and future vegetable beds. We had a biking weekend led by Srinivasan who took a group of guests and some staff for a 30 to 40 mile bike ride in beautiful weather and scenery. The sauna was on so they could ease their aching limbs. The art of proper relaxation was really practiced well in the last class of the day. Elaine Valdov entertained us all one evening in a talk on Peace initiatives in our lives, and hence in the World, using practical and spoken demonstrations. Staff send Pranams to All! May the Gurus' blessings of be with us.

    In late October Hurricane Sandy affected the living conditions in New York State. Srinivasan writes "We are all fine at the Yoga Ranch in New York State, though the hurricane knocked out our power. We do have a very good generator that runs our main building and we have moved the staff out of the other buildings until the power comes back on. Most of the state has lost power and we have no idea when the power will be back on. We are concerned that freezing weather is coming this weekend, but will drain all of the water pipes in the vacant buildings if we don't get power back by Friday. We also have a generator to operate our pump so we do have water for several hours a day. Gas stations are open though many of the roads are closed. Our phones are down but we have redirected our main phone line through a cell phone." Later power was restored in Woodbourne a little over a mile from the Ranch. The utility workers were overwhelmed with problems all over the state, so it is just a matter of time before they can facilitate the Ranch. There are utility workers coming into the East Coast from around the region, even some from Canada. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    In early October we had an inspiring program on the subject of "The Art of Concentration". Swami Brahmananda emphasized the importance of purifying the mind in order to concentrate. We started a five-day series of workshops on the subject of Positive Thinking with Bhargavi. The series of workshops will cover a full course on positive thinking based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda in his book "Thought Power" and also Emile Coue's teachings from  " Autosuggestion by the Method of Emile Coue". The preparations for the high season are growing more and more. Many benches and tables are being painted, the walk-in cooler is being renovated and a new lighting system is planned for around the Ashram.

    During mid-October Bhargavi taught a 5-day series of workshops on the subject of Positive Thinking.The students received many yogic tools how to work with the mind in order to reach mind control. Swami Brahmananda gave three inspiring satsangs on the topic of "Pranayama Sadhana". He explained the different advantages of the breathing exersises starting with the physical body and reaching our subtlest levels. At the end of the week we started a new subject  "Hatha Yoga- Theory and Practice".  The weather in the Ashram has gotten cooler and there is a strong wind coming off the ocean. We continued with preparations for the high season. Our maintenance crew was sanding, painting and our tent crew was busy setting up tents, all in a joyful spirit of karma yoga. Om Namah Sivaya. Pranams to all! Om.

Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early October the main focus was preparing of next year's programmes. Swami Sivadsananda arrived back from London. Newsletters were sent out for the Christmas special programmes and the Ayurveda cooking course in November. The guests had a nice yoga and hiking week and were blessed with sun and a splendid autumn atmosphere. Several of the TTC's stayed on for the workstudy program.

    During mid-October we had a interested group of guests, who came for the "Introduction into Yoga" Weekend. It was nice to see that the chanting of the mantras became more and more lively. Autumn approached, but for some afternoons we were still able to use the outdoor platform, which was very much appreciated by the students. Swami Vidyananda taught a Teaching Yoga to Children program for a group of TTC graduates, which brought much joy and inspiration. 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
    In early October we had good participation in the open classes. We held a well-received cooking course and a successful Open House with a good group of newcomers and some inscriptions for the upcoming Yoga 1 courses. Swami Atmaramananda and Karuna were here for a short stopover after the successful end of TTC Poland. They then left for Madrid.

    Mid-October saw an active scenerio with good participation in courses and classes. We focused on several maintenance projects in the boutique and the cellar. One Saturday we had a successful headstand workshop and a Yoga 1 Intensive, both with good groups of students. More registrations for the upcoming retreat continue. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Hello from Buenos Aires. In early October three new beginner courses started. One Saturday we had a workshop about Gods and Mythology of India. All the other courses, classes and workshops ran as usual. We continued with the preparation of the next TTC in Argentina. It will start mid October.
    Prem & Om to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre.
    In early October we began with a full day power-cut of the electricity which luckily ended just in time for the start of our evening classes. Such power-cuts are common in Chennai, but usually only for 1-2 hours daily. We celebrated the 1st Anniversary of our New Building. Over 100 guests joined this special occasion and enjoyed Satsang, South India dance and music and a lovely dinner.  We were blessed to have Nataraji as a Special Guest, leading Satsang, and inspiring the staff with his example of Selfless Service. We began our first Yoga 2 course. This is an exciting opportunity for students as it will provide a bridge between our Beginners' Course and our daily Open Classes.  One weekend we host a retreat to Thiruvannamalai. 28 students, lead by Hamsa and Sunitha, attended and participated in a visit to RamanAshram, in the Giri Pradakshina, a trek to Virupaksha and of course a yoga class.

    During mid-October all was well at the Chennai Centre. We began our first Yoga 2 Course for ladies on Tuesday mornings.  Many ladies from our Beginners Course were eager to join this course. It gave them the opportunity to get more guidance and become stronger in the 12 basic postures and some variations before entering the Open classes. On Tuesdays we had Arati, Prasad and dinner with our 6:30pm Yoga-class students. We planned to do this every Tuesday evening as an opportunity to bring outside teachers and students closer to the Centre. The food for dinner was donated by one of the students. Our 2nd 10-Day Spoken Sanskrit Course began, taught by Samskrita Bharat. It was a wonderful course which taught Sanskrit through the basics of spoken language.  We offered an early morning weekend Kriyas Workshop which introduced students to Hatha Yoga cleansing practices. It was a new experience for most students. Everyone enjoyed breathing with ease after Jalaneti! We all remained in good health and send pranams to all the Sivananda family. May all be well around the world!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    Early October was fairly quiet at the Centre. We were pleased to welcome Kanti back from her stay helping with the TTC at the Yoga Ranch.

    During mid-October we started several new courses, Yoga Beginner courses, plus Positive Thinking and Meditation, all were well subscribed. One Saturday Kanti taught a cooking workshop. We're settling in to Fall weather here in Chicago. Pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi from the Centre in Chicago.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The Centre's activities continued very well. Sending Pranams to all! Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early October we started two Yoga 1 courses. We welcomed Kapoorji from his trip to Canada. The Centre went through a massive cleaning to get rid of mosquito breeding. Sunday Satsangs were lead by Nagarajji. By Masters Grace all continued well.

    During mid-October, by the grace of Swamiji all was well in the Centre. Due to beginning of thé Navaratri festival the beginner courses did not start, but the open classes continued steadily. Preparation for Navaratri carried on. We send our Pranams. Om Namo Narayanaya!

    TTC Thailand: The Thailand TTC has started with 65 students from different part of the world. On Sunday 7th October night Swami Mahadevananda initiated all students and the expanded new Satsang hall was filled with pure Ashram energy. On Monday morning we had a beautiful Ganapathy Homa performed by Manjunath, our priest. Taught in English we have Thai, Japanese and Chinese translations with beautiful Karma Yogis. We also have the first-ever Yoga Vacation in Thailand with 4 students and many will be joining from next week onwards. On Wednesday morning Ivan and Kunda led the Silent walk and all enjoyed the beautiful country side filled with paddy fields. On Thursday a beautiful Thai dance and traditional drums were performed by the tribal community. Swamiji, staff and students visited the White Temple on Friday and enjoyed the Thai paintings and architecture. All are enjoying the peaceful atmosphere, the hospitality of the Thai culture and are attentively listening to the Yogic wisdom. We send Pranams to all from beautiful Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    In early October Courses and classes continued with good attendance. We had a teachers' seminar for which 10 teachers came, two of them from outside Geneva, which was very well received. We had a correction-workshop about the sun-salutation, an asana-class and a Stagna, with energetic chanting in the evening. Another new teacher from the Orleans-TTC started to assist open classes. Throughout the whole week we had excellent support from karma-yogis. Fresh plants in autumn-colors were planted on our terraces bringing nature to the Centre.

    During mid-October we had a special programme with a South Indian priest. The three evening Pujas (a Krishna Murti Puja, a Lakshmi Murti Puja and a Siva yantra Puja), daily morning Pujas and Vedic mantra recitations created a very strong and uplifting energy in the whole Centre. Y1 and Y2 started with good numbers of students. We also had workshops about Yoga@work and about the Art of breathing one Saturday. During that weekend many new students came to the Centre, some of them stayed for the whole days programme. All activities were well received. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early October we were busy at HCMC Centre. We started many courses and have many classes running with a good number of attendants. We bid farewell to Anandamayi, who was staff at the Centre for 2 months. She will return in Febuary, 2013 to assist the TTC. The filming of 30 sessions of Yoga classes for the Vietnamese TV channel was completed successfully, with Vani Devi and Saraswati filming the final portion on Yoga Theory. We signed another contract for 30 more filming sessions for next month as well. We hope it will help to bring more students to the Centre. We helped Padma prepare a course of 6 classes, which she will present at a Yoga conference in China, along with another TTC graduate, Fei Fei (from China). We edited 6 powerpoint presentations by Swami Sitaramananda on 5 points of Yoga that she will show in the conference, as well as helping her to teach in English, since she will teach 6 Yoga classes there as well. We welcomed Maxime, a short-term resident visiting from France, who stayed at the Centre for a few days. It was his first introduction to Yoga, and he enjoyed learning more about the Yoga practice and philosophy in his short stay here. One Sunday we had a successful Open House, with many students signing up for the upcoming Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses. We are all feeling the blessings of Guru's grace.

    During mid-October we started three Yoga 1 courses in Vietnamese and one Yoga 1 course in English, with a good number of attendants. The Positive Thinking course started on Thursdays with 2 groups, one Vietnamese and one English. The students were happy to learn the introductory theory about mind and thoughts. We had a Sun Salutation workshop with many new students. We discussed the meaning of Sun Salutation and how to bring a deeper dimension into the practice through coordination of movement and breath and Sun Salutation as a moving meditation, as well as giving detailed correction on the postures. The students were very happy to learn more about the internal aspects of the practice, as well as to correct their poses. We received two new residents to the Centre from Australia. They are two traveling yogis making a tour of different Yoga Centres and retreats in the major cities of Vietnam, and we are their first stop! They enjoyed the Sivananda Yoga class and getting to learn about the classical system of four paths of Yoga. Staff watched an inspiring documentary about the Sun and other planets from NASA one Saturday evening. It was very beautiful and awe-inspiring. All is well, by God and Guru's grace. Pranams to all the Sivananda family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early October we started with the completion of the inspirational Yoga and Music Festival. Swami Sivadasananda gave two very insightful, clear talks drawing from Master and Swamiji's writings. His last talk on "Tips for Success in Life" gave much food for thought.  We had an Open House with 32 students who were very happy with the teachings, resulting in good course bookings. The ambiance in the Centre was peaceful and contact with the soudants was good. The weather was particularly agreeable. Swami Krishnadevananda led a small workshop on "Cool Head, Balanced Mind" as well. We held our monthly Ganapati Homa. It was a beautiful and elevating evening creating a positive energy for all. Inscriptions and interest in the November "Healthy Cooking with Ayurveda" Certificate Course with the Kulkarnis continued to grow. A Karma Yogi spruced up the garden and the cherry tree received its first pruning. We continue to brainstorm on ideas for promoting the Centre.

    During mid-October Swami Krishnadevananda taught a new Raja Yoga course with 10 students. Bhima gave the "Yoga for Healthy Eyes" workshop. Students enjoyed the practices and commented how relaxed they felt afterwards. We also had a small Yoga 2 Weekend Intensive. Interest in the upcoming Healthy Cooking with Ayurveda certificate course continued to grow with a steady flow of bookings. Two new teachers from the recent TTC in Reith were assisting. Swami Krishnadevananda gave some nice Satangs, drawing attention to the Navaratri celebration. Planning continued for the Yoga Show Exposition at the end of this month. Om & Prem to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early October we were encouraged by a good turn out at Open House. There was a lot of interest in the meditation, positive thinking and other courses, as well as asana classes. The Yoga Centre was represented at the local farmer's market one Sunday morning. We held our monthly Devi Puja. Everyone mentioned thé were looking forward to the start of Navaratri. All are well, by God and Gurus' grace. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    In early October we welcomed the first of a new staff team with the arrival of Swami Atmaramananda from the TTC in Poland and of a new staff from Bulgaria, Karuna. Swami Gopalananda returned to the Paris Centre. A teachers' meeting was given by Swami Atmaramananda, emphasizing the 5 points of yoga, followed by a satsang and soup, all in a joyous and relaxed atmosphere. On Sunday was a cooking class which was very much appreciated by the students, many of which were resolute to change their eating habits. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early October we started a new morning beginners' batch with sufficient number of students. We had a review of the first meditation course, after six weeks in length, which were very positive mentioning how the participants received benefits and improved a lot by doing regularly their own. Participants are very excited for the next review which will held in six more weeks. On Sundays we started a chapter-bill-chapter series of Bhagavad Gita readings after competing thé Vedanta talk series. We hope we will see much interest from the public for this series. All the classes and activities going well by the grace of God and Gurus.

    During mid-October all the courses and classes went well, by the grace of Guru's. The Bhagavad Gita talk attracted more guests in the Centre. People enjoyed the talks. Our neighbour were complaining about morning and evening Satsangs, since those are getting disturbance by chanting and using instruments. Otherwise, everything was fine. Pranams to all from the new Sivananda Centre Madurai. Come visit the new Centre soon.

    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre
    444, K.K. Nagar,
    East 9th Street,
    Madurai - 625 020

    Mobile: +91.9092240702

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

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early October everything went normally - a new Beginners course started on Thursdays. We have been working with extra energy for the dissemination of the next TTC and the yoga vacations in Merlo. Kanti was still in Brazil leading the "Yoga for Peace" tour, and Chandra was in Porto Alegre. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays we enjoyed the Satsangs. Regular and pregnancy classes continued to develop as usual.

    During mid-October Kanti returned from the tour in Brazil. Regular and pregnancy classes continued as usual. We keep on putting energy spreading the next TTC and the ATTC in Garopaba, plus the yoga vacations and the "Yoga of the Heart" course by Nischala Devi that will also take place in Garopaba. The Friday, Saturday and Sunday Satsangs continued with good attendance. Staff send pranams to the Sivananda Family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early October our Centre was closed during the Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. Some of our staff went to the Ashram in Val Morin to celebrate with the people there. We also welcomed a new member, Sushila, who is from London. She will stay with us for the next 6 months. Besides that, on Mondays we started a Yoga 1 course and on Thursdays a Yoga 3 course. The weather was nice in Montreal. It is mostly sunny and temperatures are still above an average of 10 degrees Celsius.

    During mid-October we organized a Kirtan evening which was hosted by Nara Narayana Dasa, Edith Joyal and music group Premananda. About 50 people came to sing, dance and celebrate with us around a vegetarian meal. 40 devotees attended Satsang. The restorative yoga class was packed with 10 people attending. We also started a Yoga 1 class. The weather shifted so we got quite cold here with temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius. Pranams to all the Sivananda family from Montreal.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    In early October we had a first-time scorpion workshop in which students who are save and stable in the headstand could learn and practice the scorpion. We also started a Ramayana course with a group of ten very interested students. We told stories from the Ramayana and talked about the importance for our lives and spiritual sadhana. One Wednesday, a public holiday of "German Unity" commemorating the unification of former East and West-Germany, we had a nice Satsang about Vedanta – the Philosophy of Unity, in which we also remembered Swami Vishnudevananda´s flight over the Berlin wall. A group of students from the Munich Centre who had just finished the September TTC in Reith came full of prana directly from the TTC to the Sunday satsang. We were happy to welcome Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda and Swami Karunananda who had come from London. Sivani came from the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House in Reith/Tyrol, Austria, and continued to serve as staff in Munich.

    During mid-October we were blessed for almost the whole week by the presence of Swami Durgananda and Swami Sivadasananda in the Centre. It is always very uplifting and inspiring to have the acharyas with us. We held, for the first time, a one-day retreat with the title "Powersource Deep Relaxation". The participants had a full day of sadhana at the Centre and learnt a lot why the yoga practice is such an excellent tool to relax on a very deep level. One Saturday we had a cooking class "Vegetarian Cooking for Busy People". We taught how to cook quick and easy yogic dishes, what ingredients to use and how to take care to have a proper diet. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early October the classes were going well. Some teachers were organizing their trip to the upcoming TTC, to be held in Merlo, San Luis Province. We were very happy because two soudants enrolled for the TTC now!! The last Sunday at the Yoga Festival was rendered a Sivananda yoga class. We had good attendante with 15 students. Many leaflets were distributed!! It was a very positive experience. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Pranams.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early October the Centre welcomed Mira Binzen for a Family class and Satsang. We had 4 families attending the class. They lit up the Centre with their innocence and delight. It was a great introductory class for them and the Centre. We had a successful Open House one Saturday, with 15 students attending. The students took a keen interest in the teachings with most of them signing up for classes, courses and memberships. We started a feedback survey through Constant Contact, to receive the thoughts of the students attending, it has proved to be helpful and insightful. Srinivasan stayed with us for a weekend and lead the Saturday workshop on the "Power of Meditation", with 10 students attending. He also lead the Sunday evening Satsang which inspired many of the students, as he spoke of "What is the Real World?".

    During the end of October the NY Centre and all staff made it through the effects of Hurricane Sandy. The Centre was in "Zone C". Evacuations were done in "Zone A". Like a million other New Yorkers and the Ashram Ranch, the Centre was out of power and telephone service. The Centre's location is several blocks from the Hudson river so was not flooded. The storm was not spectacular, but because of the tide surge there was massive flooding in downtown Manhattan with both the Hudson and the East Rivers overflowing into the tunnels, subways, basements, etc. Fortunately the NY Sivananda Centre is on high enough ground not to be flooded. However, the transportation crises in NYC may cripple the City for quite some time. We send our pranams to all. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early October Swami Kailasananda and Swami Bhagavatananda returned from Australia after an inspiring Retreat and the first steps for a new Centre in Melbourne. Swami Gopalananda also arrived from Madrid to join Paris staff team. The main event was the Zen exhibition. Kailas, from Orleans, took care of the project with the help of teachers and karma yogis, lot of asanas demonstration were done and lot of leaflets distributed to many people. The second event was a special weekend with Swami Kailasananda on "Yogic Techniques for Success in Life" with a workshop on "Prana, Astral Body and Healing", with yoga classes and inspiring satsangs well appreciated by all.

    Mid-October saw the conclusion of the Zen exhibition. Kailas, from Orleans, took good care of the project with the help of teachers and karma yogis. A a good distribution of leaflets were handed to many people to announce our Yoga Festival in the beginning of November to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Centre. Swami Gopalananda went to Orleans for two days to help with the accounts. It looked like the water leak we had at the reception and in the bathroom was successfully repaired after several weeks of not being able to find the problem. We offered a cooking class taught by Sudha with seventeen participants. 62 people ate at the reception afterwards! Swami Kailasananda went to Orleans for a weekend and came back to host the Sunday evening satsang with the topic on "Questions and Answers" from Swami Sivananda, which was well appreciated by all. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    In early October Chandra went back to Montevideo because Lalita traveled to Chile. We finished a beginners course on Tuesdays. Friday Satsangs were full because of the birthday of one new student that bring a delicious cake and some friends.

    During mid-October we finished a meditation course with 6 students. Friday was a Christian holiday but we kept the Centre open for the evening class and Satsang. Pranams, from all the staff at Porto Alegre Centre.

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    Om Namah Sivaya to all the Sivananda Family!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    In early October we welcomed Swami Sitaramananda, with Ganga, on their way from Vietnam, as well as Narayan Chaitanya returning from India. We continued our Wednesday evening Krishna Puja, and concluded the Yoga 1 course. There was the 40th Annual International Vegetarian Association Festival here in San Francisco, and Centre staff were there all weekend with a booth talking to fellow vegetarians about yoga's correlation with vegetarianism. For one of the Sunday evening Satsangs we had a concert with Stephen Longfellow Fiske.

    During mid-October we started a new Yoga 1 course with a very good turnout and lots of interested new students. We had a concert with Kali Das, who along with Narayan Chaitanya on tabla led a very sweet kirtan.  We had a visit from Swami Padmapadananda from the Yoga Farm, in on some personal business. We saw off Gauri Chaitanya on her way to the Farm where she will be to help with Navaratri festivities. Narayan Chaitanya conducted yoga classes at the 2012 Northern California Permaculture Convergence in Castro Valley one weekend. Sunday prayers weber offert during Satsangs. Pranams to all from San Francisco Centre.

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

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    In early October we had three Yoga1 private classes. The Centre was closed one Saturday as we were asked to go to Miyagi prefecture in Tohoku Tsunami-affected area to do a Yoga class. The event for supporting the earthquake victims was sponsored by Indian Embassy and Fuji Television, one of the major terrestrial channels as their CSR activity. Traditional from both culture, Purulia Chhau from Culcatta and the local Shishimai Lion Dance were performed, and we conducted a gentle yoga session for the young and elder mixed crowd of around a hundred people. Eight of us in yellow T-shirts helped them and did asanas together. They have been living in the prefab temporary accommodation over a year since the quake, but seemed to be positive and in good health. We were grateful for the opportunity, and hoping to go back there and do some more classes regularly for them in the future.

    During mid-October the autumn sky was beautifully sunny in Tokyo. Morning satsang and the trial class one particular Monday were well attended, for it was a national holiday. Sri Gajananam from California arrived after touring a few other places in Japan, and conducted asana workshops and evening satsangs one weekend. He had a direct tuition from Swami Vishnudevananda. In his traditional asana classes, directions were given to focus internally in details, thus the classes very calming and meditative. During the Satsangs, he gave talks on meditation and encouraging messages to the beginner students, which were also inspiring to the teachers. Pranams to all. Om shanti. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with us all. Pranams and Peace to al the Sivananda Family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early October the Toronto Centre continued to be very busy all the time. The new courses had a good number of registrations, while open classes continued to be full all the time. We had a quiet Thanksgiving weekend.  Satsangs were becoming more popular.  Prahlada had been to the Yoga Camp and Montreal for a monthly check-in.

    During mid-October as busy student-wise. We started a new Y1 and Y2 in the evening and new Y2 in the morning. Open classes continued to be very full.  Satsangs were always well attended. One weekend we had a Yoga of Cleansing workshop with Janaki which was well attended and appreciated. Peace and Pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om.

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

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early October the Vienna Centre was blessed with the arrival of a South Indian Priest who performed several Pujas. There was a Krishna Murthi Puja, a Durga Murthi Puja and a Siva Yantra-Puja. Many students and teachers came to participate in these powerful ceremonies and from day to day we could feel the energy rise in the Centre. A number of higher courses starter. We also held a TTC prep workshop and an introduction into meditation, both well attended.

    During mid-October after installing a vibrant and elevating energy in the Centre the priest left for the Centre in Geneva to continue his service. We welcomed Swami Vidyananda back from Reith and Ishwara returned back to Reith after being here over the past weeks. Courses and open classes were well attended, especially the students from the pranayama course which had started in Septembre. They were eager to continue their practice in a second course. A highlight of thé emonth was the Open House with many new and interested visitors. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius
    In early October Prema, new teacher, who recently completed TTC in Ustka assisted for the first time and did very well. One Saturday we held a very nice and practical workshop titled "Yoga and Music", where everyone enjoyed chanting of kirtans and mantras. Our monthly Open Day received a nice, focused group of students where almost everyone stayed for the all activities of the day. Some of the students who came had received the leaflets distributed in the street by our karma yogis.

    During mid-October life at the Centre went smoothly with Yoga 1 Intensive series starting. We did a Peace Day with many different activities. In the morning we gave a satsang talking about Peace reading Master's words, followed by asana class and lunch. After that we chanted  mantras for peace  for one hour, continuing with Puja, Likita Japa and the movie "In the Name of the Peace". The day concluded with a lovely Bharata Natyam dance, given by Irina Kushelevich, a student of Rajyashree (Indian Bharata Natyam dancer closely associated with the organization). It was a very uplifting day inspiring us to continue with our Sadhana. OM.

Continue your Sadhana without any interruption. Sadhana is your best friend. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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