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Issue #09/2012 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize September 1, 2012
"This World consists of friends, enemies and neutrals, which affects you with pleasure and pain. This is only a creation of your mind - a product of ignorance." - Sri Swami Sivananda

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

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

International News - Centres
Berlin, Germany
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chennai, India
Chicago, USA
Dwarka, Delhi, India
Nataraja, Delhi, India
Geneva, Switzerland
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
London, England
Los Angeles, USA
Madrid, Spain
Madurai, India
Milano, Italy
Montevideo, Uruguay
Montreal, Canada
Neuquen, Argentina
Munich, Germany
New York, USA
Paris, France
Porto Alegre, Brasil
Rome, Italy
San Francisco, USA
Tel Aviv, Israel
Toronto, Canada
Trivandrum, India
Vienna, Austria
Vilnius, Lithuania

SPIRITUAL CALENDAR:
SEPTEMBER 2012
08 Master Swami Sivananda's Birthday
08 Krishna Jayanti
12 Ekadasi
16 New Moon
26 Ekadasi
31 Full Moon 

OCTOBER 2012
11 Ekadasi
15 New Moon
16 Navarathri Starts
24 Vijaya Dasami
25 Ekadasi
29 Full Moon 
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Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya
 
Greetings from the Ashram Yoga Camp in Val Morin, Quebec, Canada.

It was a rare privilege and delight to be at the Yoga Camp during the auspicious 50th Anniversary celebrations at Yoga Camp Headquarters. The abundance of orange robes lifted the energy of the Ashram. Senior Acharyas Swami Mahadevananda, Swami Sivadasananda, Swami Durgananda and Swami Kailasananda were all present for blessed celebration, alongside Swamis and senior staff from North and South America. The presence of Master and Guru was undoubtedly felt as the program proceeded from Homas to initiations; from profound teachings to Satsangs; from heart-felt stories to vibrant entertainments. Much gratitude was felt by all for the tenacity and endurance of Swami Vishnudevananda in creating and building this Ashram and Yoga Organization from the ground up, all for the love and devotion to his Guru, Sri Swami Sivananda Maharaj.

A detailed 3-part report an be found along with the Yoga Camp Report of the Sivananda International New section of this GURUGRAM. Also visit www.youtube.com then search SYVC 50th anniversary 2012

The Sivananda Organization family also received two new swamis - Swami Sivabhaktananda and Swami Karunananda - both initiated at the 50th Anniversary celebrations at the Yoga Camp. www.youtube.com then search "SYVC # 378 Sannyas Ceremony of 2 Swami's. 50th Anniversary 2012"

For the bookshelf, a new book has arrived to add to everyone's library. Yoga Camp is pleased to announce the release of a pleasant audio book, of Swami Vishnudevanandaji's "Meditation and Mantras".

An announcement: The blessed Father Dr. John Leslie Rossner left his body on Monday August 27th 2012. He made his transition peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, Swamis and staff at the Yoga Camp Ashram. Father John touched the lives of thousands of people who he met through his teachings. He loved to organize major events, including the International Conferences in Montreal. He was much connected to the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organization during all his years, spending much of his summers at the Ashram in Val-Morin and winters at the Sivananda Retreat Ashram in Nassau. The Sivananda Organization reaches out to his wife, Marilyn Rossner, sending their support to her and her staff at this time.

From Swami Mahadevananda in Japan: Om Namah Sivaya. John Rossner was a beautiful soul, true to himself until the end. Inspite of his suffering he was able to bear everything with love and devotion, giving a good example to all of us. It's very rare today to find a beautiful soul like him. We will miss him very much. May he ever abide in the eternal peace.

Prem and Om,
Swami Mahadevananda

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

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Consciousness is indivisible and homogeneous. - Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. When I sit for prayers, the lower mind wanders astray, but the other mind recites the Stotras without the slightest flaw, because of habit. But when I consciously try to recite the prayers, I sometimes miss the link, and have at times to repeat a Stotra from the beginning. Thus, are there two minds? How to overcome this difficulty?
A.

There are no two minds. The mind receives concentration little by little. The portion of the mind which is spiritually inclined, call it the higher mind, engages itself in Sadhana, whereas that part of the lower mind, which is more aware of its worldly Samskaras, runs along its set of grooves. Force of habit makes the repetition of prayers mechanical. The higher mind should be made to concentrate on the meaning, then the attention of the mind will be held and the lower part of the mind will have less opportunity to detract from the object in view. The whole trouble with careless Sadhana is that it tends to become mechanical without making an impression on the life of the aspirant.

Q. What is Nadi Suddhi in its technical sense? How to feel that one has attained perfect Nadi Suddhi?
A.

Nadi Suddhi means purification of the nerves (Nadis). Nerve is not the correct English term for Nadi. There is no appropriate word for Nadi in English. Complete fast, preferably without any liquid or solid food, practice of Asans and Pranayam, and intense physical exercise-- all go a long way in the elimination of fat and other unwanted matters and in the overhauling of the system to confer the benefit of Nadi Suddhi. Asans and Pranayam can purify the nerves, if done with the correct technique. When one attains Nadi Suddhi, the body becomes light. Stool becomes scanty. There is agility in movement and activity in demeanour. No trace of slothfulness or indolence can be detected. While walking, the body appears to be floating in the air. The tone of the voice changes from hoarseness or gruffness to mellifluence. Hopping, jumping and dancing while at work can be observed in one endowed with Nadi Suddhi. Something inexpressible forces the person to do this and to achieve something grand in his lifetime.

Q. Does the mental equilibrium of an advanced Yogi get affected when attacked by some serious disease? How does he react on such occasions?
A. Never. If there is any thought of the body or the disease or the bodily affliction or something that cannot be tolerated by the fleshy frame, remember that he is no advanced Yogi or saint or Sannyasin. He who has no thought of himself or the surroundings or the world, he who is Centreed in his own Self or his beloved Ishta Devata or gracious Guru, and he who is entirely oblivious of limitations of any sort, and identifies himself with the limitless, diseaseless, unconditioned, all-pervasive Brahman, is a true and advanced Yogi or Bhakta or Jnani; and not otherwise. He can have no match in the whole world in the matter of utter indifference either towards his disease or towards his limited, perishable body or the whole world. He always remains in his own Self and he never loses his balance under any circumstance. He firmly believes that he is the Infinite, the Absolute Brahman. He firmly believes that death awaits all and snatches away everyone at one time or the other and that the six Urmis  Shoka, Moha, Kshut, Pipasa, Jara and Mrityu-- are but common to all the Jivas, not necessarily mankind, and that he is the deathless, imperishable and eternal Brahman. Hence there can be no mental upset for him even amidst crucial tests.
 
Previous FAQs at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/faq/faq.html

Brahman, or the Absolute, is free from difference of genus, as between a tree and a rock, between one tree and another, between leaf and flower of the same tree. - Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

KAKASANA - Crow Posture - An All-Level Posture

Squat with your feet and knees wide apart. Position your arms between your knees, with your hands directly under your shoulders, then put your hands flat on the floor in front of you. Hands: Stretch your fingers wide and turn your hands inward slightly.

Bend your elbows, and turn them outward. Rest your knees against your upper arms. Next, rock forward until you feel your weight on your wrists. Stay in this position if you are unable to proceed further. Weight: This exercise is still useful even if you stop at this point, as your wrists support your weight and your forearm muscles are being stretched.

Weighting forward into the hands evenly, look forward to a dristhi point. Pause. When balanced, lift one foot off the ground, then the other, slowly moving forward, balancing into the fingers. Slowly raise each foot, then balance on your hands for at least 10 seconds.

Aim to increase your time in the pose to 30 seconds; with practice you will be able to hold the position for up to a minute. Remain as long as possible, balancing and concentrating onto the dristhi point. To come out, lower your feet to the ground, sit up, and shake out your wrists. If you are strong enough, repeat the Crow twice.

Beginners, if you are worried about falling onto your face, put a cushion in front of you.


Benefits:

Helps open the lower spine
Increases physical and mental balance
Develops mental tranquillity
Strengthens wrists, fingers and forearms
Stretches fingers, wrists and forearms
Increases breathing capacity
Increases power of concentration
Removes sluggishness

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

Adapt yourself to your surroundings and environments. Rely upon nothing other than God. You will enjoy peace and strength.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

If you take to yoga and yoga is going to be your goal, concentrate on how to make this yoga successful in all walks of life. - Swami Vishnudevananda

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

SAKSHI-BHAV -
[Sanskrit] - attitude of a witness

Commentary from Swami Sivananda -

If you wish to enjoy unbroken peace of mind, if you want to annihilate this false identification of the Immortal Sat-chid-ananda Atman with the perishable body, mind and senses, if you want success in all your undertakings and spiritual progress, too, always try to see without seeing, hear without hearing. Then alone will you ever have a balanced mind. Even though you see and hear, no impression will be produced. No Vritti will arise, because the Brahmakara Vritti is functioning. This is the Adhyatmic technique prescribed by Lord Krishna:

Yogasthah kuru karmani sangam tyaktwa Dhananjaya
(Dwelling in union with the Divine,pref rom actionswithout attachment).

How to see without seeing and hear without hearing? The Buddhi must be ever alert and in union with the Atma within. The nature of the mind is to flow outward towards the objects. Through its strength, the eye sees, the ear hears and the other senses function. The Buddhi, which does not discriminate, identifies these senses and the mind with the pure, untainted Atman and, as a consequence, imagines that the Atman suffers or enjoys. If, on the other hand, the Buddhi is in constant union with the Atman, you will be able to look on equanimously at the passing phenomena with Sakshi-Bhav (attitude of a witness). You will really understand the secret underlying Lord Krishna's utterance:

Guna guneshu vartanta iti matwa na, sajjate
(Realising that the senses move amongst sense-objects, he is not shaken)

This is a strange world. Even Lord Krishna and Lord Siva are censured. You will often come across people who violently criticize you. You will meet with repeated failures in your endeavours. In the worldly sense, you may be poor, diseased and miserable; but, if you practice the above Sakshi-Bhav Sadhana, you will ever be blissful, peaceful and wise. All your endeavours will be crowned with success. You will have rapid spiritual progress.

NISHPRAPANCHAYA - translated as "He is beyond world-consciousness", "He is transcendent", and "Who is above this world".
Grammatically, Nishprapanchaya is the derivative of a Sanskrit noun, niṣprapañca, where niṣprapañca is "unmanifest": niṣ- means the negative, and pra-pañca means "manifest, of the world".
Two Strotas [hymns of praise] to Swami Sivananda on the celebration of his birthday, Sept 08th.

Om Namah Shivaya Gurave
Om. Salutations to the Guru, who is Siva
Satchidananda Murtaye
His form is being, consciousness, and bliss
Nishprapanchaya Shantaya
He is transcendent, calm
Sri Sivanandaya te namaha

O Knower of Brahman! Salutations to Thee. O Siva incarnate! Salutations to Thee. O Omniscient! Prostrations to Thee. O Destroyer of worldly afflictions! Prostrations to Thee. O Achiever of Supernatural Powers! Salutations to Thee, O Destroyer of all sins! Salutations to Thee. O Great Sage Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj! Prostrations to Thee.

This wonderful Stotra, is worthy to be recited by the wise ones. This Stotra, being ever pure and beneficial, is like an attractive flower. May it exist as long as the moon and the stars exist.

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

Brahman is the realm of intuition or Pure Wisdom. There is no thought here. The Knower and the Knowledge blend into one. - Sri Swami Sivananda

If you take to yoga and yoga is going to be your goal, concentrate on how to make this yoga successful in all walks of life. - Sw. Vishnudevananda

 BHAGHAVAD GITA

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

XIV.18. OORDHWAM GACCHANTI SATTWASTHAA MADHYE TISHTHANTI RAAJASAAH;
JAGHANYAGUNAVRITTISTHAA ADHO GACCHANTI TAAMASAAH.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
Those who are seated in Sattwa proceed upwards; the Rajasic dwell in the middle; and the Tamasic, abiding in the function of the lowest Guna, go downwards.

XIV.19. NAANYAM GUNEBHYAH KARTAARAM YADAA DRASHTAANUPASHYATI;
GUNEBHYASHCHA PARAM VETTI MADBHAAVAM SO'DHIGACCHATI.
When the seer beholds no agent other than the Gunas, knowing that which is higher than them, he attains to My Being.

COMMENTARY: The seer knows that the Gunas alone are responsible for all actions and He is distinct from them.

XIV.20. GUNAANETAANATEETYA TREEN DEHEE DEHASAMUDBHAVAAN;
JANMAMRITYUJARAADUHKHAIR VIMUKTO'MRITAMASHNUTE.
The embodied one, having crossed beyond these three Gunas out of which the body is evolved, is freed from birth, death, decay and pain, and attains to immortality.


The old evil forces will try to regain an entrance into the mind. Keep a vigilant watch.. - Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

Chapter IV: "Kaivalya Pada - On Realization"

IV.34. PURUSARTHA-SUNYANAM GUNANAM PRATIPRASAVAH KAIVALYAM
SVARUPA-PRATISTHA VA CITI-SAKTER ITI

"Kaivalya" (liberation) is that state in which the "Gunas" (qualities of nature) (attain equilibrium and) merge in their cause, having no longer a purpose in relation to Purusha(the Soul). The Soul is established in its True Nature, which is Pure Consciousness.'

Commentary:
Liberation occurs when the gunas no longer have an effect. The three qualities of nature rest in balance, ceasing to go through change, for their purpose has been fulfilled. Then, the yogi can no longer be called an individual, for he is Purusha (the Soul) itself.

Satyam Jnanam Anantam (Truth, Wisdom, Infinity); Satchidananda (Absolute Existence, Knowledge, Bliss); Prajnanam (Consciousness); Abhayam (Fearlessness); Kham (Bliss); Vijnanam, Anandam (Wisdom, Bliss). This is Brahman. - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

SWEET POTATOES with PINEAPPLE

Ingredients:
5 large sweet potatoes, total weight about 3.25 pounds
2 tablespoons butter
1 very ripe, fresh pineapple, about 2.5 lbs
2/3 cup orange juice
1 tsp. ground cardamom
½ tsp salt

Preparation:

1. Heat the over to 375F. Scrub the sweet potatoes and bake them for 1 to 1.5 hours, until soft.

2. Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and reduce the temperature to 275F. Leave the potatoes until cool enough to handle, then peel and mash them with the butter.

3. Peel and core the pineapple. Cut into small pieces.

4. Combine the mashed potatoes, pineapple and other ingredients.

5. Transfer to a baking dish and bake about 40 minutes. Serve hot.


Previous Recipes: http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/diet/recipes.html
Other recipes can be found in "The Yoga Cookbook- Vegetarian Food for Body and Mind - Recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres"

Strengthen your will. Be bold. Be prepared. The hour of trial and test will come. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sep 30 - Oct 28/12
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Sep 09 - Sep 23/12
Sadhana Intensive
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Oct 07 - Nov 03/12
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA
www.sivananda.org/yogafarm

Oct 20 - Nov 18/12
TTC – English, Français, Deutsch, Espaňol
Ranikhet, Uttarakhand, North India
http://www.sivananda.eu/en/yoga-teacher-training-in-india.html

Oct 20 - Nov 18/12
ATTC – English, Français, Deutsch, Espaňol
Ranikhet, Uttarakhand, North India
http://www.sivananda.eu/en/yoga-teacher-training-in-india.html

Oct 21 - Nov 18/12
TTC - English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India
www.sivananda.org/madurai

Nov 11 - Dec 08/12
TTC – English, Français
Val Morin, QC- Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Nov 11 - Dec 09/12
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
www.sivananda.org/neyyardam

Nov 25 - Dec 23/12
TTC - English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India
www.sivananda.org/madurai

Dec 02 - Dec 29/12
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Dec 15/12 - Jan 13/13
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

See full list of International Teacher Training Courses: http://www.sivananda.org/yoga-teacher-training/ttc-schedule.html

See full list of International Advanced Teacher Training Courses: http://www.sivananda.org/yoga-teacher-training/attc-schedule.html

See full list of International Sadhana Intensives and other courses/events: http://www.sivananda.org/courses/schedule.html

Truth is silence.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - AUGUST 2012

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    Early August at the Ashram saw the ATTC in their first week, with sixteen students enrolled. Throughout the week Uma Sharma gave midday workshops on Katak dance to the guests which was very much enjoyed. The Ayurveda Wellness course, with Dr Sonal Bhatt concluded with five students graduating. It was a very close group and they all found the course very rewarding. As one Ayurveda course came to close another began with Dr Mark Halpern's Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Course. Uma Sharma's accompanying musicians Imran Khan and Mubarak Khan presented an evening of musical bliss. On Sundays all the staff sat on the stage to participate in Sunday prayers.

    Later in August, Yoga Camp was pleased to announce the release of an Audio Book of "Meditation and Mantras" by Swami Vishnudevanandaji, found in our boutique. Lama Tenzin gave a very nice satsang talk on dharma. The staff spent a week preparing the ashram for the second part of the 50th celebrations for the Camp. One Tuesday evening we showed the guests the film of Swamiji's Ganga Parikrama. Valentina, one of our staff here gave a very beautiful performance of Bharatanatyam dance. We offered an enjoyable bonfire Satsang under the stars one evening. Then there was the arrival of Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda and Swami Kailasananda from Europe. The next day the celebrations commenced with Swami Sivasdananda leading satsang and leading two chants by Swami Sivananda with an impromtu staff choir. He then spoke about sannyas. During the day all the Swamis of the EBM present talked about there experiences with Swami Vishnu and how they met him. This continued on during the Saturday afternoon gathering. Saturday was a very special day at the Ashram with a Devi Homa at Masters and Swamijis statues, followed by the initiation into sannyas of Sivadas Chaitanya, now known as Swami Sivabhaktananda and Meenakshi Chaitanya, now known as Swami Karunananda. In the evening Swami Durgananda lead Satsang and showed a film of Swami Vishnu telling stories at the Munich Centre in 1990, then there was a divine dance performance by Suba Parmar. Sunday morning concluded the celebrations with Swami Kailasananda giving Satsang on the subject of faith. We bid Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda and Swami Kailasanada a fond farewell in the afternoon. It was inspiring and heart-warming to have their presence here. Sunday evening closed with the Montreal based group Sufi Yogi giving a musican fusion performance of bhajans, Sufi chants and Kathak dance by Sudeshna Maulik. All in all, a very eventful and significant time at the Ashram. Pranams for peace to all, from the Staff at Yoga Camp Headquarters.

    50th Anniversary Yoga Camp Celebrations:

    Yoga Camp 50th Anniversary Celebrations News #1

    Om Namah Sivaya to all!

    What a rare privilege and delight to be at the Yoga Camp at this time and to be hearing from our beloved teachers ~ Swami Mahadevananda, Swami Sivadasananda, Swami Durgananda and Swami Kailasananda during this auspicious 50th anniversary celebration.

    On the eve of the start of the two day event, students and teachers that arrived early were treated to a beautiful bonfire Satsang complete with hot chocolate and popcorn while chanting and listening to Swami Sivadasananda's stories about our beloved Swami Vishnudevananda. It was clear from the start that everyone was gearing up for hearing more and more about Swamiji. There are so many stories and so many graciously able to tell us about him.

    In the morning ~ another chance to hear more about Swamiji during Satsang led by Swami Sivadasananda. The highlight of the Satsang was learning two new Swami Sivananda chants which as most of them do, have a clear and simple message on how to live through the yogic teachings.

    Then it was on to asana classes for all levels followed by a wonderful brunch. The sound of the power saw was prominent through part of the mid-day as the statues of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda and the area around them was spruced up in preparation for a special homa or fire offering.

    At noon, a group gathered in the yoga hall to hear stories about Swamiji from those who spent time with him, took TTC with him, sharing what it was like to be in his presence. Never a dull moment was pretty much the consensus from all. There were even a couple of stories from those who had never even met Swamiji but had been touched by him in some way through someone who did know him. Such was his power. Make no mistake ~ pretty much everyone has a story about how they found their way to the Sivananda family, some obvious and some quite subtle :)

    The next session brought us more of the up close and personal look at Swamiji and who he was that everyone came to hear about. The Archayas all took a turn sharing what it was like to meet Swamiji for the first time and how he showed them lessons they will never forget. It seems just like most Sivananda teachers and students, each one of the swamis were guided in some way to become a part of the organization after experiencing an encounter with Swamiji either directly or indirectly. They spoke about how you could never say no to him nor doubt that he knew exactly how things were going to play out at the Ashrams and Centres he created. This was especially true when money was tight and yoga was not so popular. They also agreed that they had often gone against some of their own wishes to please Swamiji, later finding out that he was always looking out for their best interest, no matter what. He gave tough love lessons and a lot of compassion to all who were devotedly by his side.

    Yet another special treat for the ATTC students and advanced practitioners came in a special class led by Swami Sivadasananda in the yoga hall. He took the group on a little journey to pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) through the breath and asanas while at the same time taking a few moments here and there to teach more details to look for in the poses. Refreshing and insightful for all plus a promise of a "to be continued" from Swamiji :)

    And as if the day wasn't full enough, everyone enjoyed a spirited Satsang led by Swami Mahadevananda. Then Swami Durgananda unveiled a recently found video of Swami Vishnu from 1990 taken by a student in Munich. Even though this talk was after having had a stroke, the fire in his eyes and his humor was still undoubtedly there as he discussed what it means to take sannyas and renounce all.

    Finally the beautiful Suba Parmar presented a Bharata Natyam classical dance of South India with elegance, flawless footwork and pure expressions of devotion.

    We look forward to more to come with the special homa and also a sannyas ritual, among other great happenings ahead on day two. Stay tuned for an update!

    Yoga Camp 50th Anniversary Celebrations News #2

    Om Namah Sivaya from all of us in Val-Morin!

    Just when we thought it couldn't get any more exciting ~ day two of our celebration was truly over the top!

    The day started with a chant-filled Satsang led by our dear Swamijis. Then Swami Sivadasananda shared Master Sivananda's thoughts on sannyas and explained taking on the role of a sannyasin is really more about the transformation of the mind, than just renouncing material things. It was a meaningful and informative look at a step that was about to be taken by two brahmachari Ashramites.

    As promised, Sivadasanandaji shared more about the senses and yoga in his morning class for the ATTCs and a few advanced practitioners among the guests. The awesome class ended with some pranayama theory and how it can reveal our inner light.

    After lunch, the homa! And what a very special time for all as the priest began the fire in the pit and the chanting began. Swami Vishnu would surely have been thrilled to see everyone gathered on the spot where he taught yoga but more importantly the spot where Swami Sivananda visited him after attaining Mahasamadhi in 1963. The group lined up to make an offering of coconut and ghee for this Durga homa, calling on the Divine Mother for her blessings leading up to the next part of the auspicious noon ritual.

    The Sivananda family has two new swamis and everyone got to witness a most inspiring and blessed initiation ceremony complete with the classical South Indian sounds of the Nadaswaram and Tavil drum which took the energy to the highest level. The excitement among the group also reached a very high level with smiles and cameras everywhere watching, some for the very first time, these sacred moments in the lives of two renunciates committed to the path of sharing love, compassion and the yogic teachings. After the ritual in front of the homa fire with all the Archaryas present, the symbolic dip in the pool and lock of hair cut, it was off to don their brand new orange clothing, returning to a round of applause and cheers of support as ~ Swami Sivabhaktananda and Swami Karunananda!

    The final afternoon Q & A session with Swami Mahadevananda, Swami Sivadasananda, Swami Durgananda and Swami Kailasananda was a most fascinating and intimate sharing of their personal thoughts on faith, staying on the yogic path in the face of pain, doubt and depression and the broader vision held that yoga is about helping people understand themselves. There was also a round of answers about Swami Vishnu's last messages to each of them as he prepared them for the time he would no longer be in his body. All agreed that it was tough but that his energy is always with them, no matter what and that is what helps keep them faithful to the practices.

    The very full day ended with a musical performance by the Sufi Yogi group and special guest kathak dancer Sudeshna Maulik adding beautiful expression to their sacred ecstatic music weaving Persian and Indian traditions.

    A truly unforgettable day for all here at the Yoga Camp and the clear feeling that the energy of our beloved Master Sivananda and Swami Vishnu endures forever here in the Laurentians!

    Yoga Camp 50th Anniversary Celebrations News #3

    Om Namah Sivaya from all of us at the Yoga Camp where we have wrapped up a truly deep, amazing and unforgettable weekend! The buzz is likely to continue for awhile.

    In the morning, a memorable Satsang with soulful kirtan and then some final words from Swami Kailasananda. She read from Swami Vishnu's Upadesha which really gave a lot of meaning to the whole celebration. First came the message from Swamiji that we are responsible for our own actions and that we can never blame anyone else for our suffering. Also that we should not waste time dwelling in negativity. The second message appropriately a send off for all with the promise - "wherever you are I will be in touch mentally and psychically"...see God in everyone and everything equally - that is the final instruction.

    It was a spectacular day weather wise and perfect for classes on the outdoor platforms. You could hear each of the spirited teachers loudly as well as the dozens of Indian families who came to enjoy and walk the Ashram grounds in their Sunday finery.

    After lunch, the rush was on for many who had to depart back home but also another group who came to stay as they hurriedly found their way to accommodations and settled in. They had to be feeling the great energy created by the events of the past two days :)

    Swami Mahadevananda led the evening Satsang's beautiful Sunday prayers with the help of staff on stage and then read from the Bhagavad Gita. He suggested a great way to use this book that "holds the key to immortality" is to open it at random and your message will be there because it speaks to the soul. He added "use it when you don't know what to do with your life."

    If you couldn't be with us this time, we hope you will come visit soon for a weekend, a week, a course, some karma yoga, whatever calls you to the Ashram.  In the meantime, keep in touch, keep the faith, keep practicing and keep sharing the teachings with devotion and love. That is the way we keep Swamiji's message alive every day.

    To our dear Sivananda family around the world, may Master and Swamiji bless you and bring you abundant joy and peace!

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Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    Early August - Yoga classes started at the nearby Open Prison. Twenty prisoners have shown interest to do class twice a week. We are sure yoga will bring more balance into their lives. A group of forty visitors from Church of South India, Trivandrum visited the Ashram for a talk, demonstration and prasad. They appreciated the serenity and natural beauty of the Ashram. Natarajan ji transferred to Madurai Ashram. We are grateful for his efforts for to set up the Open Prison classes. Yoga Vacationers will also miss his 2pm lectures.

    During mid-August a new Yoga Vacation batch started with reasonable numbers of people from around the globe, mostly had never been to an Ashram before. The two week Ayurveda Wellness Course concluded successfully with the students happy with all the knowledge and experience they had gained. We saw the end of a month daily Ramayana chanting by the priest - a traditional practice at this time of year. For Aillyam, the birth star of Swami Vishnudevananda, we conducted a Naga Puja and Pongal at the lakeside temples. The same day, Swami Rajeshwariananda returned from the North, happy to have visited Badrinath and Kedarnath, even if the rest of the Char Dham was not possible due to roads being damaged by rain. The work on repairing subsidence damage to some of the staff quarters rooms is well underway, with one side completely open with the subsiding section removed. It will take a month or so to complete the work. Local staff began 10 days of flower floor decoration (pu kollam), opposite the main gate, as a beginning to the Onam celebrations which continued to the full moon on the 30th August. 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
    We send Peace and Pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om Namah Sivaya from the Himalayas where we transition into the Sadhana Intensive program in September. Om.



Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In August we held the Sadhana Intensive with 40 people - the biggest course we had so far. About half of the participants have already done it before, some other did the ATTC last year. Swami Kailasananda presented the lectures and Swami Anantananda did the demonstrations of Pranayamas, Bandhas, etc...
    We had the temple ceremony week with a series of Pujas and Homas: Hanuman Puja, temple anniversary, Krishna's birthday and Maha Mrtintunjaya Homa for Swami Durgananda's birthday. The TTCs students did well. The group was very talkative, asking a lot of questions, hence all the lectures took a bit more time. We also had a programme with 20 participants on Vastu with Olga Mandodari Sokolova. It was very inspiring. The Ashram was beaming with energy & inspiration with up to 150 people per night. The mission of Master and Swamiji is getting stronger! OM Tat Sat. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early August - The Yoga Farm remained busy with guest programs, including the Vedanta & Silence course taught by Swami Sitaramananda. Students deepened their meditation practice, learned the practice of self-enquiry and personal study sessions with Swamiji. Other guests participated in the 5-day Yoga Beginner Course, taught by Lakshmana and Deviyani. Our weekend guests enjoyed the monthly Ayurvedic Massage and Rejuvenation Relaxation program with Kamala, who offered talks on Ayurveda as well as Ayurvedic Bliss Therapies and consultations. The Prana and Pranayama course focused on Hatha Yoga practice. It included talks on Prana as well as a beautiful trip to the Yuba River where guests enjoyed the cooling waters and pranayama on the riverside. California weather continued to be in the 100 F, so we made sure to cool ourselves.

    During mid-August the 10-day Vedanta & Silence course with Swami Sitaramananda concluded with much appreciation from students, who learned the fundamentals of practical Vedanta. Swami Pranavananda taught the Introduction to Meditation course, giving attendees the basic understanding of Raja yoga meditation practice. The Ashram welcomed Durga Leela who is offering the Yoga of Recovery for Counsellors Certificate course. This intensive course went to the heart of addiction combining Yoga, Ayurveda and 12 Step modalities. Swami Sitaramananda taught the yoga philosophy portion of the course; Kailas Chaitanya and Shakti assisted with the asana classes. In other news the Ashram held an evening Garden Party with all staff, karma yogis and guests getting their hands in the dirt to pull weeds, plant seeds and help transform the garden. Other projects included expansion of the Durga Temple deck and the new greenhouse is under construction. Om Shanti from the staff at the Yoga Farm.




Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early August the Ashram was busy with the start of Youth Camp on Monday. We had a lively group of young participants for the week long yoga intensive. This was Omkari's 10th year teaching the youth here at the Ranch. We had Gauri Devi visit us from the New York Centre for a few days. She lead a few Satsangs and taught a workshop to the guests on the Five Points of Yoga. The Permaculture course was well underway. The students steadily continued beautifying the Ashram grounds under the watchful eye and guidance of Julia and Charles Yelton. The 4th pond on the property was dug. Work continued on it through the end of the three week course. The students learned how to manage compost, enrich soil, dig swails and sheet mulch, to name a few of the hands on projects. One Sunday night several staff joined Mahadev Chaitanya on a trip to the New York Centre for an evening Satsang with Swami Sadasivananda. Swamiji talked about Dharma to a full house and afterwards everyone enjoyed a warm bowl of soup before heading back to the Ashram.

    During mid-August our Teen Camp was an extremely fruitful experience for the youth, learning about yoga under the guidance of Omkari and Eka Jyoti, two gifted and inspiring teachers. There was also a week-long Yoga Lifestyle Retreat for teachings on the five points of Yoga in daily life. Mahadev Chaitanya lead the daily workshops, covering all five points and motivating the guests to continue yoga practices at home. The Permaculture course teachers, Charles and Julia Yelton, lead the students in building the rebar structure for the willows trees, forming the living structure the will be a meditation garden. They also completed the pond and had a Karma Yoga night, inviting the staff and guests to work in the food forest, weeding and sheet mulching. It was a beautiful bonding time to have the entire Ashram working together as the sun set. Everyone enjoyed fresh baked cookies and hot chocolate afterwards, a pleasant interaction between staff & guests. Vasu and Uma Govindaraj, two long time devotees of Swami Vishnu, and their two daughters, were visited us for a weekend. Uma and the girls performed Bharata Natyam dance, while Vasu played mridangam. It was a very a enchanting performance. Staff send Pranams to All! May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Om Shanti.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    During mid-August the Ashram was dedicated to the subject of Bhagavadgita. Swami Brahmananda gave three inspiring Satsangs related to this topic. We had a two-day workshop on positive thinking with Bhargavi. Our kitchen went through a big transformation and preparations for the high season. Omkar Chaitanya worked hard to prepare the pumps, the walls and the electricity for the new tiles. A lot of new equipment was bought to serve the need of big amounts of guests. We started a new subject of "opening the spiritual heart with sacred chanting". We offered chanting workshops with Narayani and two special Satsangs full of bhajans and devotion. Om Namah Sivaya. Pranams to all! Om.


Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In August we had a 5-day certificate course on Yoga as Medicine with Timothy McCall, MD, from California. A large group of about 50 students attended. The daily 3-hour workshops covered a broad spectrum of information on how yoga can support healing and recovery. Swami Sivadasananda taught daily elevating asana workshops on related topics. The TTC went apace with steady attendance and keen interest in yoga philosophy. The guest group was growing every day and satsangs and chanting was strong and joyful with so many people in the main yoga hall. Dr Annika Waldmann, nutritionist from Germany, inspired us once more with her profound knowledge on vegetarian diet. Krishna Jayanthi was celebrated with a sweet morning puja. 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 Centres -
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In August the Eichenhof retreat came to a successful end. Students and staff enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere, Asana classes outside on the lawn, Satsangs, lectures and nature walks. We thanked Mangala Chaitanya for her support, as she departed to Orleans. School holidays in Berlin were finished. A strong yoga 1 course started with an enthusiastic group of students. We had a small headstand workshop one Saturday and a nice puja for Krishna Jayanti. The preparations for TTC in Poland continued, with registrations still coming in. Lakshmana went to Orleans for two weeks. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Hello from Buenos Aires. Prem & Om to all.



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

    Early August - All staff and students of the Chennai Centre were well and in good spirits! We saw the conclusion of our 10 Spoken Sanskrit Course which was a success. It brought together students from the Centre, community members and others, all in the spirit of learning this scared Vedic language. Beginners Courses continued going strong, bringing new faces into the Centre. We concluded our first batch of Yoga 2M students and hope to offer this course again in late August.

    During mid-August we welcomed Priya back from Canada, after more than 2 months. Hamsa was in Neyyar Dam. Sunitha went to our Padur location to cover classes. The Centre ran a two-day Surya Namaskar workshop on August 9th & 12th, with students completing 108 sun salutations! The Centre started the 9:30am Beginners Course with strong numbers. Our local community kid's class continues successfully with over 25 children from the near-by village joining us for free classes. The Centre hosted a retreat to our Madurai Ashram. Students enjoyed the Yoga Vacation Program there, plus visited 6 temples! 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 August - The Centre was very busy as we invited students to participate in an "Ashram Weekend". Students joined us for Satsang at 6am on Saturday and Sunday, then followed a full day's program of asana classes, meals, karma yoga, workshops and evening Satsang. The students greatly appreciated the opportunity for full immersion in a yogic lifestyle. Regular classes and courses went well, assisted by Master's and Swamiji's grace.

    During mid-August by Master's and Swamiji's grace, classes, courses and Satsangs continued while Swami Narayanananda was away at the Yoga Camp. Participants in the past "Ashram Weekend" were still talking about how much benefit they felt from the experience. Some of them have since brought friends to beginner classes to experience our practice. 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. Early August started with new yoga at 10am and 6.30pm with good numbers of students. By the help of our karma yogi, staff and teacher we have cleaned the main road of our Centre, which looks clean and tidy. We celebrated the Krishna Janamashtami with lot of Prasad, Bhajan and beautiful energy. We offered a Shat Kriya workshop weekend, a new yoga one and Satsangs.

    Mid-August started with new yoga one at 6am, with sufficient number of students. Open classes continued smoothly. We held a teachers' meeting and Satsang to follow. Otherwise, the Centre's activities went very well. Sending Pranams to all! Om Shanti.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya

    Early August - A headstand workshop was held. Krishna's Birthday was celebrated with lots of joy and light. The Centre was decorated with His feet and flowers. The Abhisekham had started at 9pm and musicians sung many His songs and glorified His Lilas. Most of the students had brought homemade Prasad and many danced with joy and celebration. His birth was read from the Bhagavatam and Swami Sivananda. Lots of new boutique item are displaced in at the reception area. We welcomed Madhu and Ambika from Tokyo Centre on their way to Himalayas. New colourful flowers emanated their fragrance from our garden.

    During mid-August two new Monday Yoga -1 started. Mani Chaitanya left to Varanasi with 17 students for a 3-day retreat. The Centre was tight with more work as Jaypal, Binoy and Srividya also left for their Onam holidays. We welcomed Nataraj from Neyyar Dam, who stayed with us for a week, conducting special courses and classes. Monsoon still continued, bringing less students for courses and open classes, but all enjoyed the comfort of coolness and the energy we receive from her. Pranams to all. Sending Pranams to all! Om Namo Narayanaya!



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre.
    In August the Centre was closed until mid month. While everything was prepared for the reopening of the centre after this six-week-summer closure, close teachers gave three open classes per week. These classes were well visited. Posters for upcoming programs and activities were put up and the brochure and the newsletter were sent out. Bookings for the next beginner's courses began. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya

    Early August was amazing at the Hochiminh Centre. We welcomed the new staff member, Anandamayi from Japan, who just finished TTC and ATTC at Yoga Farm. The open class received large number of attendants. We started two Yoga 1 courses in English/Vietnamese. Our Foot Massage workshop, taught by Dr. Nga, was a great success with more than 20 attendants. They learned the basic technique of self massage and practiced on them selves as well. At the same time, the Open House received good number of students as usual. We therefore expected good attendance in the new courses.

    During mid-August the staff and karma yogis at the Hochiminh Centre were in good spirits. We started the Yoga 2 course in English and Vietnamese, following Yoga 1 which has just finished. The Yoga 1 for Japanese opened for the 1st time with the good response from the students. While the summer came to an end, the weather was hot and humid, making the number of students for open classes lower than usual. We welcomed a new resident from Korea for one week at the Centre. The staff were busy with setting up the new fan page on facebook and preparing for the filming of the 30 sessions of asanas to be broadcasted by TV. We were all feeling the blessings of Guru's grace. Pranams to all the Sivananda family.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya

    Early August - The Centre's Olympic Yoga Challenge offer was strong. The students enrolled saw the benefits of a more regular yoga practice, i.e. better sleep, more energy, and calmer mind. Up to now, all those who've entered have reached Gold! The Olympic Games created a nice atmosphere in the city and Londoners seem to be in high spirits. The Certificate Course on Yoga Psychology and Positive Mental Health, with Dr Uma Krishnamurthy, continued for a week. The students enrolled are very inspired. Dr. Uma offered them her full attention, taking time when needed to do individual question and answers. The course ended on a joyous note with a short Bharata Natyam performance, group dancing and a free Introduction to Yoga Psychology talk. Attendance for classes was strong and we had much support from teachers and karma yogis.

    During mid-August the Centre continued to strive even with the commencement of summer holidays. Highlights were two weekend programmes - a Yoga 3 intensive weekend and a Sun Salutation workshop. Attendance for both was good and the students expressed their appreciation for the knowledge and techniques they acquired therein. Momentum continues to build as we near our annual Summer Retreat. We now have over 40 bookings, and expect the usual last minute bookings. We welcomed Chandrika back from an inspiring stay in Reith. OM & Prem to All.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!

    Early August - We celebrated Krishna Janmastami with a small puja during Friday morning Satsang. One Saturday we held a day of community building. We made Little Free Library boxes in the shade of the big trees on the front lawn of a local church. Pranava, the pastor, is one of our Sivananda yoga teachers. Yuling taught a vegan Asian cooking class at the staff house with many different varieties of delicious dim sum. Megda Das, visiting from San Francisco, entertained with a kirtan concert at Satsang one Sunday night. Attendance at the Centre picked up. Classes and courses are going well.

    During mid-August the focus continued on community building. Several students and staff went to the theatre one Saturday night top see a play called 'Doubt'. We were all still in doubt at the end of the performance! On Saturday and Sunday mornings we held gardening working parties in which some students helped others to establish a small food garden in their front yard. We were also delighted by a presentation from Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, who was visiting from New York. He showed three scenes from the movie 'Matrix' and then explained the meaning symbolically, especially relating it to the Bhagavad Gita. We all agreed that modern Hollywood presentations of the myths and ancient teachings can indeed be instructive and inspiring. Bharata, Sivananda teacher from Puerto Rica, visited us for the weekend on his way to the Yoga Farm.
    All are well by God and Gurus' grace. Om Shanti.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    In August, amidst a strong heatwave, the work on the terrace was finished, a full cleaning was done by a big karma yogi team. The result is beautiful and practical. An interesting Wordpress meeting for our new website took place. The preparations and commencement of the Aluenda Teacher's Training Course took place. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya

    Early August - We have settled down in our new Centre. So have the mosquitoes. As we practice Ahimsa, netting was urgently installed to save them from eminent death. Concrete steps were taken to build long term relationship with some companies so that we have fixed income of around USD 1000/- a month for in - company classes. With the help of Dr. Narayansami and T. R. Natrajanji from our Madurai Ashram we were able to have a one-to-one meeting with Chairman and Director of Aravind hospital group. We also had meeting with Executive Director of Auro Labes. Both these companies have shown interest in long term association with us. In the immediate future we will be setting up meetings with select company heads along with Sri Natrajanji. Kirshna Jayanti was celebrated with great vigour and enthusiasm from 6pm to till the time of his birth at 12 mid night. Incidentally, some of the neighbours, seeing our enthusiasm, joined us at 11pm for mid night Arati. We made plans to put our boutique in place in the near future. The weather turned for the good. Heavy rain was experienced, testing our new construction for leakages, plus our staff's commitment to Karma yoga as they had to keep the water away and still run the classes. Pranams to all from the Sivananda Centre Madurai.

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

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



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Om Namah Sivaya

    Early August was rainy and wet. We also had activity of students that started their beginners' courses. We celebrated the Krishna Janmasthami with a Puja. Karuna made a delicious chocolate Prasad. Regular classes and Satsang continued with good attendance.

    During mid-August the rains continued. We continued with beginners courses, plus a workshop on The Conquest of Fear. One Sunday Kirtan concert offered a concert with Gaston Geronimo. Lalita returned from Canada. Maheswara stayed with us until September. Brochures and posters were ready so as to begin with Garopaba's 2013 activities. Regular classes and Satsang continued with good attendance. Om Namo Narayanaya.



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

    Early August - Our yoga classes were successful and we have had several introduction and meditation courses running. Maitreya from the Camp began service as staff at the Montreal Centre. He graduated from July TTC and he already started to give a Yoga 1 course. Our free class in the park on Saturday mornings was very popular with over 35 students participating. Swami Sitaramananda from the Yoga Farm in California paid us a visit. She was accompanied by staff from California, Ananta Chaitanya and Shambu Das. She guided a Wednesday Satsang and visited some family members before heading for the Ashram in Val-Morin where the 50th anniversary of our organization was celebrated. Also, students who recently completed their TTC started to assist teachers during our yoga classes. The weather was incredibly hot last week with temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius. One Saturday, the air humidity reached high levels, followed by dramatic heavy rains on the Sunday. We started two new courses - a Yoga 1 course as well as a meditation course. The Centre is still crowded, with one day attendance peaking at 70 students. Renowned sitar player, Partha Bose, gave a concert. He was accompanied by tablas player, Indranil Mallick. Dr. Sona Bhatt, who was staying at Val Morin during the summer, was giving some private consultations at our Centre one Sunday. She also gave a conference on Ayurveda during an evening Satsang. Some weeks ago a storm caused a leak in our roof. We had it repaired.

    During mid-August the weather began to cool down a little. We even had some grey and rainy days. Bharata arrived from Val Morin to help Nirmala run Montreal's Centre. The new TTC teachers started teaching and doing karma yoga at the Centre. Also, staff went to the Ashram in Val Morin for a weekend. Towards the end of the month the weather was very nice with sun and temperatures not so hot. Pranams to all the Sivananda family from Montreal.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    In August we were happy to have Swami Durgananda with us which is always a great inspiration for everybody. One weekend we taught a beginners crash course to a very inspired group of newcomers. A team of karma yogis helped us in a joint karma yoga action to clear our cellars bringing them again into a nice order. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    The staff and classes continued as usual. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Pranams.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!

    Early August - The Centre began a new Positive Thinking Course with Swami Sadasivananda and the other Meditation, Yoga 1 and 2 courses. We were happy to welcome the Deaf Yoga Community to the Centre. Lila Lolling hosted 16 students for a hatha yoga class and a lecture on "Living Yoga in Daily Life." Sunday evening Satsang was interpreted by Lila, along with the mudras during chanting, and an inspired lecture by Swami Sadasivananda. Several of the Ranch staff came down for Satsang. It was a lively and joyful evening. We had many guests who stayed in the Centre.

    During mid-August Srinivasan stayed with us for a night on his way to the Yoga Farm. Swami Swaroopananda also visited for a few days. We hosted a group of 30 youths from Archana Youth Camp. The classes where taught by Gauri Devi and Chandrika. We ended with a lovely workshop by Sri Dhira Chaitanya on Sri Rama's Teachings on Devotion. We send our pranams to all. Om Shanti.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early August Krishna Jayanti was a joyful celebration. The puja was attended by a sincere group of students and teachers. A karma yogi, a professional designer, made beautiful clothes for the occasion and the Indian garland added to Krishna's beauty and charm. Students, staff and karma yogi's enjoy the calmer summer days in the centre with smaller classes and a quieter reception area. Various detailed projects were carried out by the many karma yogi's who are using a part of their holidays to give extra time to the centre. OM.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil.
    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

    Early August - The hardwood floor renovation concluded, completing the repairs to the guest room. Narayan Chaitanya began teaching resident teacher Savitri the Chair Yoga sequence so that she can substitute his gentle class while he is in India at Sadhana Intensive next month. We began a new cycle of courses, including a new Yoga 1 course. Meditations on the Gita continued with Gajananam on Wednesday evenings. One Sunday Satsang was lead by Narayan Chaitanya, who spoke on the idea of success and progress on the path.

    During mid-August Yoga 1, 2 and Positive Thinking and Meditation 1 continued. We neared the conclusion to chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita in the weekly Wednesday night Gita Satsangs. We hosted, "Our Daily Bread", a cooking workshop with Vishnu Das, teaching guests and staff the ABC's of bread baking. 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

    Early August - More people joined the membership after participating in trial classes recently. A new Yoga1 Saturday course started with 10 students. It was Vijay-ji's last week at the Centre, and many students attended his advance classes and pranayama workshop. Many also attended his last Sunday evening Satsang. After that, we had a farewell potluck dinner to express our thanks to his wonderful service at the Centre for the last two months. Vijayji was also invited by a TTC graduate to give three workshop classes and a Satsang in Fukushima one weekend, all of which went well. The profit was donated to the local charity for the earthquake orphans in the city.

    During mid-August, following Japan's traditional summer holiday season, we said goodbye to Vijayji, he flew out on 15th August. A karma yogini, Junko, who had been coming to the Centre for a while, joined us as a resident. She will mainly help us with cooking. Five new students joined the membership. Other activities were regular with the grace of the Gurus. Om shanti. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with us all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya

    In early August, with the grace of the Masters, the activities were normal. The attendance in the open classes was satisfactory. We started one each of Yoga1 & Yoga2 course. The highlight was the celebration of the Krishna Jyanti on August 10th. Most of the teachers and students brought lots flowers and decorated the altar in the meditation hall. During the Satsang a lot of Krishna bhajans were chanted and the stories about Lord Krishna were read. Different varieties of Prasad were distributed after the Arati. Prahlada came for a quick visit one Friday and returned back to Camp same day.

    During mid-August we started two Yoga1 and one Yoga2 courses with few students because of summer vacation. We also started a course on Meditation with good number of students. One Friday evening Satsang, the Kritan was performed by a group "SuryaChandra" for about one hour, which was attended by good number of teachers and students. The group chanted different Mantras which gave lot of energy to the Centre. 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 in August. Early August we started two beginners batches with good number of students. One Saturday we had a kriya workshop with 22 students. That evening we conducted Sudharsana Homa, with 75 people participating. We had Satsang with Nataraj.

    During mid-August we started morning beginners batch, with 15 students. One Thursday, we had a yoga demonstration for psychology students at SN College, in Trivandrum. We had a Ganapathy Homa and Lalithasahasranama Pooja. On Sundays we had 6:00pm Satsangs, conducted by Surendran Sir. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In August Madhava returned well recharged from Reith, ready to teach a beginners course, with 12 eager participants. Open classes continued to be well visited. We took the time to talk to students to inspire them for Karma Yoga and support the various center activities. We celebrated Krishna's birthday with many flowers, kirtans and prayers. A weekend introduction into meditation attracted a small group of students, who were also keen to afterwards continue their practice at the center. The mailing list was updated and prepared for the bulk mailing of the new Centre brochure arriving next week. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius
    In August we had a workshop titled: The Art of Breathing. We received a nice group of students for this theoretical and practical seminar on the relation between mind, prana, and breathing. Active preparations for the upcoming summer retreat near Vilnius were ongoing. We were happy to welcome Sarasota, coming from Russia, as a workstudy for the next three to four weeks. OM.



Brahman is the realm of intuition or Pure Wisdom. There is no thought here. The Knower and the knowledge blend in one. - Sri Swami Sivananda
 
 

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