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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

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chennai, India
Chicago, USA
Dwarka, Delhi, India
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London, England
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Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

Greetings to all. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Yoga Camp in Val Morin, Canada, where Swamiji started his headquarters, is beaming with high energy this summer. The Ashram is full with TTC students, Refresher Course atiendes, visiting Swamis and a plethora of guests for the entire month of July. Swamiji's energy can be felt very strongly. We are blessed with his grace.

Yoga Camp's 2015 Kids Camp ran successfully with a record number of over 100 kids, counsellors and staff altogether. The annual Kaavadi Festival at the Subramanya/Ayyappa Temple also saw record number of people in attendance, despite occasional rain. Swamiji's vision of bringing people together and bridging East and West was evident through all Ashramites organizing the Kaavadi event with their smiles and happy greetings. Noticably, the community appreciated their efforts. Just when the busy programs came to conclusion for July, in came Family Week with again, a record number of close to 40 families, totally 124 participants this year. The Yoga Camp Ashram was fully booked for a busy July. We are looking forward an equal vibrant August and September​.

Europe also was extremely busy with lots of programs and courses at the Ashrams and Centres. Their Staff are noticing the overwhelming number of people coming to take part in their programs.

Bahamas extended it's season this year, all the way into June and still the Ashram was still full of guests and students. Both the Yoga Ranch and Yoga Farm Ashrams in America successfully created a vibrant program for the summer of 2015, attracting an abundance of guests.

The above, plus all other International Ashrams and Centres, report their enriching and enlightening experiences while honouring Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi mid July, bringing the Organization together in deep gratitude for Master's teachings.

May Master and Swamiji bless us always in our Sadhana and service.

Pranams to all.

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Cultivate discrimination between the Real and the unreal. - Sri Swami Sivananda

Q. Does the soul take a new body within in one year after leaving the current body? Does it take ten years? How long does one live upon the subtler planes before reappearing on the Earth plane?

There is no definite period of time in this matter. In main, two factors decide this issue, viz., the nature of the individual Karma and the last impression before death. It may vary from hundreds of years to a few months even. Those that work out some of their Karmas in other planes in subtler regions take a considerable time before entering a fresh body. The interval is very long, for a year of the earth period passes off as a single day on the celestial plane. There is an instance cited where, seeing the amazement and admiration of foreign tourists at the imposing ruins of certain ancient monuments, a saint present in the vicinity remarked that some of those people had fashioned those monuments centuries ago. A very sensual individual with strong craving or one with intense attachment sometimes is reborn quickly. Also in cases where life is cut short by a violent death or a sudden unexpected accident, the Jiva resumes the thread very soon. Usually, in such cases of immediate rebirth, the Jiva often remembers many of the events of its previous life. It recognizes its former relatives and friends and identifies its old home and familiar objects. This sometimes leads to very queer developments. There are some instances where a murdered person, being reborn, has declared the manner of his death and revealed the identity of the killer in the recent past. But such cases of immediate rebirth are not common. Generally, for an average individual, the interval between death and rebirth happens to be a considerable period measured in terms of earth time. Persons who have done much good Karma spend a great deal of time on the Daivic plane before being born again. Great souls, spiritually advanced persons, wait for a long time before reincarnating.

Q. When the grace of Guru and God is there, why is the mind still not controlled?

There must be Purushartha also. Only when you do Purushartha, the grace will come. A professor will not answer the questions for you and make you pass. The Gita says, "Uddharet Atmanatmanam". One should raise oneself. Grace only helps one to raise oneself. Everybody should work out his own salvation. You may ask, "What is grace then?". If an aspirant gets letters from his preceptor, clearing his doubts, that is grace. If an aspirant comes here, takes Ganges bath and hears the lectures here, that is grace. Many people are thirsting, even croropathis (those who possess crores of rupees) are thirsting to come and bathe in the Ganges, but all do not get a chance of coming and having their wish fulfilled. If good books are available for Svadhyaya (study), it is grace. If one enjoys good health for doing Sadhana, that is grace. If God so wishes, He can give Mukti to the whole world in an instant; but He does not do so. Grace descends only when there is Purushartha.

Q. Is this Universe an accidental combination of jarring atoms? Please be kind enough to explain the evolution of the Universe.

The universe is not an accidental combination of atoms. The theory of evolution differs according to the different schools of philosophy. The most accepted view, however, is that of the Vedanta. According to it, the universe is a systematic organic whole directed by a supremely intelligent and omnipotent Being behind it. From the relative standpoint, the universe appears as a gradual unfoldment of the primordial matter into the visible gross effects, this matter being actuated by the all-pervading Consciousness Itself. The effects of this matter are, objectively, the five principles of sound, touch, form, taste and smell, giving rise to ether, air, fire, water and earth, and subjectively, the subconscious, the mind, the intellect, the ego, the sense-organs of perception and action, the vital energies and the physical body. All these effects appear as realities, though they are not so actually, because they are based on the one Reality which is the omnipresent Pure Consciousness. From the absolute standpoint, there is no substantial universe at all, except the temporary external form taken by the fluctuating imagination of the mental consciousness within.


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Enquire "Who am I?"  Search, understand, and realize, the Atman. - Sri Swami Sivananda

PIGEON - KAPOTASANA - beginner to advanced

Going into the pigeon:

From kneeling position on the mat sitting on heels, sit sideways to the left of your feet and extend the right leg back, toes pointed back. Support yourself with your hands beside you to help keep the spine upright and chest open. The left foot is in front of the right hip and outer left foot on mat. The left knee faces forward. Relax the right leg. Hold pose a few breaths then release and repeat on the opposite side.

Alternatively, from an inverted V position (hands on feet on mat with hips raised) swing the left leg forward, bending the knee forward and lower the body so that the left foot is in front of the right hip, and take the right leg back as above. Support with hands on mat as above. The spine is upright. Hold, release and repeat on the opposite side.

Taking it further to an advanced level - RajaKapotanasana:

Bend the right knee, catch hold of the inner right foot with the right hand. Place left hand on floor next to your left hip to help keep balance. Take your head back and pull the right foot close to the shoulder and turn the right elbow upward. Keep balance in upright position, using your legs to help the balance.

To come into full pose, bring the left arm over your head and left hand next to your right hand on your right foot. Aim to bring the right foot to the top of your head. You will be balancing on the back thigh and on the front leg. Hold, release and repeat on the opposite side.

Keep breathing rhythmically throughout the pigeon pose. As this is a pose involving much contraction of back muscles and opening of the chest, it is recommended to go to child's pose following the pigeon.

Develops spinal stretch and flexibility.
Stretches the front of the body, sternum, ribs and chest open.
Tones back muscles and helps develop a strong back.
Increases stretch of knee and leg muscles.
Helps develop excellent balance.

This yoga asana is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram sourced and edited from the Sivananda Publication “Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion” – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010. Other yoga tips at

Meditation and contentment are the secrets of good health and longevity.
- Swami Sivananda


VYAVAHARA - worldly, material, practical relations, the empirical truth of things, the practical life. When all vitality is sapped by unnecessary worry, anxieties, troubles and other worldly Vyavaharas, one cannot do any spiritual practice.

The way of living of Jivanmuktas or sages differs. One sage lives in a princely style. Bhagiratha lived this kind of life. Another sage lives in a beggarly manner. One sage is always in a meditative mood. He never works. He never talks. He lives always in seclusion. Jada Bharata lived this kind of life. Another sage lives in a busy crowded city. He plunges himself in service. He talks with the people. He delivers lectures, holds religious classes, and writes books, etc. Sri Sankara led this kind of life. This is due to Prarabdha. Every sage has his own Prarabdha. If all sages have the same kind of living and the same kind of Prarabdha, this world will be like a prison. Variety in manifestation is the nature of Prakriti. The Jnani who has desire for worldly activities or Vyavahara and works in the world is a Vyavahara Jnani. The Jnani who withdraws himself completely from the universe is a Samadhi Jnani.

Knowledge is the same in these two types of Jnanis. But the Samadhi Jnani enjoys more Ananda (Bliss) than the Vyavahara Jnani. The Samadhi Jnani is one who is ever absorbed in Brahman. He does not see names and forms. The world has entirely vanished for him. He is quite unable to work. He is a Muzub (a silent sage of the highest category). He is a Paramahamsa. Food has to be thrust forcibly in the case of a Samadhi Jnani.
A Vyavahara Jnani will experience pain when his finger is cut, but a Samadhi Jnani will not experience pain even a bit even if his leg is amputated. The case of Shams Tabriez of Multan would serve as an example to justify the truth of the above statement. When he was skinned out, he laughed and uttered Analhaq, Analhaq. 'Analhaq' means 'I am He', and corresponds to the Hindu 'Soham'.

A Vyavahara Jnani sees names and forms. A Vyavahara Jnani knows that this is Vishta (faeces), this is Chandana (sandal paste); this is a fool, this is an intelligent man; this is an Adhikari (a qualified person), this is a rogue, this is an honest man. But, he is not affected in his feelings. He is neither exalted when he gets success nor depressed when he fails. He neither loves an honest man nor hates the rogue. In this sense, he has Sama Drishti or equal vision.
The desire for work in the case of the Vyavahara Jnani is due to his Prarabdha. He uses his body and mind as his instruments just as a carpenter uses his tools. While working, he has not lost his Brahmic consciousness even for a second. He is settled always in the Chaitanya Svarupa or pure consciousness.

The Vyavahara jnani sees the whole world within himself. He sees nothing outside, just as you do. He sees through his Divya Drishti (divine perception) or Jnana Chakshus (divine vision), and not through the physical eyes. A Jnani, with the help of the powerful lens, the eye of Atman (the Self, God), sees the whole world with all the details of creation. He sees the astral body, the causal body with its Samskaras, the Pranic aura, psychic aura, magnetic aura, etc., of a man. It is very difficult for a worldly man with practical Buddhi (intellect) to mentally visualize how a Jnani sees the physical universe while he is working.

Be in the world, but not of the world. Lead a simple life. Lead a regulated life. - Sri Swami Sivananda

A complete Sanskrit Glossary can be found at:


Chapter III: The Yoga of Action


(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
'Renouncing all actions in Me, with the mind centred in the
Self, free from hope and egoism, and from (mental) fever, do
thou fight.'

COMMENTARY: Surrender all actions to Me with the thought:
"I perform all actions for the sake of the Lord only."

'Those men who constantly practise this teaching of Mine
with faith and without cavilling, they too are freed from

Life is short. Time is fleeting. Desire is rampant. Slay desire, the enemy of peace. - Sri Swami Sivananda


From Discourse IV: "Kaivalya Pada- On Realization"


'From these (threefold Karma of non-Yogis) is manifested fruition that corresponds to the desires or tendencies'.

Each person enters a life situation according to this past Karma. His reaction to the situation is determined by his desires or tendencies.

If he wants power or material wealth he will eventually receive them, but he must then suffer the pain that goes with them. If he wants only liberation, he must go through the discipline to achieve it, and that goal will be achieved.

The moment you turn your mind Godward, you will gain immense strength and peace. - Sri Swami Sivananda


A thick, creamy salad dressing which contains protein from chickpeas. An ideal simple alternative to yoghurt dressings or commercial soy salad dressings. Serves 4-6.

½ cup chick peas, cooked
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano (or fresh chopped oregano to taste)
Pinch of dried dillweed (or use small amount fresh dill instead of oregano)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper

Blend chickpeas in food processor until smooth.
Add all the remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth.
If necessary, thin with water or more oil to the desired consistency.
Chill before serving.

This recipe is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram, sourced from The Yoga Cookbook: Food for Body and Mind - Recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres" 1999.

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

He lives in the hearts of all, who are true to their own heart, who are pure, virtuous and who serve all selflessly. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC, ATTC, Sadhana Intensive Courses


Aug 02 - Aug 30/15
TTC – Français
Orleans, France

Aug 02 - Aug 29/15
ATTC – English, Français, Español
Val Morin, QC, Canada

Aug 02 - Aug 30/15
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India

Aug 14 - Aug 28/15
Sadhana Intensive - Deutsch, Français, Espaňol
Orleans, France

Aug 29 - Sep 27/15
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria

Sep 01 - Sep 30/15
TTC – English, Polski, Lietuvos kalba, Русский язык
Ustka, Baltic Sea, Poland

Sep 01 - Sep 30/15
ATTC – English, Polski, Lietuvos kalba, Русский язык
Ustka, Baltic Sea, Poland

Sep 06 - Sep 20/15
Sadhana Intensive – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India

Sep 08 - Oct 06/15
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA

Sep 26 - Oct 24/15
TTC - English, 中文
Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Sep 27 - Oct 25/15
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India

Oct 04 - Nov 01/15
TTC - English 日本語 ภาษาไทย 中文
Phu Chaisai, Chiang Ria, Thailand

Oct 17 - Nov 14/15
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA

Oct 17 - Nov 15/15
TTC – English, Français, Deutsch, Espaňol
Rudraprayag Himalaya Mountains, India

Oct 18 - Nov 15/15
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India

Oct 26 - Nov 10/15
Sadhana Intensive – English, Français, Deutsch, Espaňol
Rudraprayag, Himalaya Mountains, India

Nov 08 - Dec 06/15
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

Nov 15 - Dec 12/15
TTC – English, Français, Español
Val Morin, QC, Canada

Nov 20 - Dec 19/15
TTC – Français
Orleans, France

Nov 22 - Dec 20/15
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India

Nov 28 - Dec 26/15
TTC - English, 中文
Taichung City, Taiwan

Dec 04 - Dec 31/15
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas

Dec 12/15 - Jan 10/16
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria

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Desire is never satiated even if one possesses the wealth of the whole world. Life is short. Time is fleeting. Slay desire - the enemy of peace.
- Sri Swami Sivananda



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    In late June/early July, after finishing the Pongala festival, we headed straight to the Yoga Hall to start the TTC. The Yoga Hall looked beautiful with all the plants and decorations and everything seemed ready for the inauguration. The first days of TTC were blessed with good weather so classes could be held outdoors, which was appreciated by all. Running parallel to the course was the construction of the new roof and deck on the Annapurna building, making it suitable to receive the 70 plus children joining in the 2015 Kids Camp program. The maintenance crew worked hard to conclude the project and get the area clean for when the Kids Camp staff prepare for the arrival of the children. We hosted a special music program with Sachdev and Swapan Chauduri. They performed a wonderful concert and left everyone speechless with their mastery over their instruments and ability to lift the vibration. We went up to the Subramanya Temple for the flag hoisting ceremony, starting the Subramanya festival, that will culminate on the Kaavadi Chariot Festival on the 19th July. Hundreds of devotees were there and took part on the festivities. The energy was quite high and devotion could be felt and heard. Harohara, Harohara was the common word. Under that sound Lord Muruga was carried by the crowds around the Temple. On that same evening all the Ashram guests, staff and TTCs went up to join in the procession and also partake on the special feast that had been prepared. Fireworks were the icing on the cake to finish the inspiring and energizing day. The following morning we had the Kids Camp inauguration. It was a fantastic scene to see all 74 children and teenagers in uniform, sitting in the Krishna Temple and coming one by one to have the blessings of the Swamis. OM Namo Narayanaya was chanted through the entire ceremony. One could feel the peace and joy of the little ones. We were happy to welcome Swami Sankaranandaji who came from Rome to join us for three weeks. He was a great help in our kitchen and at Satsangs, bringing a lot of joy and devotion to the chants. Also we were fortunate that Swami Sivadasanandaji and Swami Ramapriyanandaji came from Europe for a week, leading the TTC Refresher program and inspiring us with talks, Satsangs, classes and workshops. Radha from Chicago came to add to our guest program team, sharing her knowledge and experience. The staff worked hard as usual, putting their hearts in serving the guests and keeping a Sattvic energy at the Ashram.

    In mid-July Yoga Camp was quite hectic with last minute preparations for Kaavadi. We were blessed to have Swami Jnaneswariananda back at the camp for a week long programme called  "How To Achieve Spiritual Progress Through Yoga Practice And Philosophy". Her insightful and jovial personality helped make the teachings understandable and inspiring. We had a beautiful Puja in honour of Master Sivananda's birthday at Master's Pond. Kapoorji, the director of the Delhi Centre in Kailash Colony and his wife Sudha arrived to help with the guest programme. Along with Ajanta, they cooked a delicious South-Indian meal for everyone. The staff and karma yogis enjoyed the delicious meal at Samadhi Estates. It was a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the dining hall. Everyone was grateful for the tranquil moments to be together. Kids Camp continued to keep up the energy of the Ashram. They were a constant reminder of joy in its simplest form... laughter. TTC students completed their 3rd week successfully. It is wonderful to see them practicing the teaching of each other on the platforms every chance they had. Saraswati, Director of Kids Camp taught the kids' class to the TTC. Swami Gayatriananda taught them how to teach yoga to elderly students and pregnant women.  Once again this year we had the blessing to see and hear the beautiful Bharatanatyam concert with Uma Vasudevan, Vasu Govindarajan and their daughter Swathi. The construction crew ended their work right on time for Kaavadi. The bathrooms got some extra privacy, by way of a dividing partition at the entrance. We had a very beautiful Puja up at the Temple with fireworks attended by many devotees and guest alike. The day of Kaavadi started with rain then cleared up for majority of the day. The musicians added a divine touch with their instruments, keeping the energy high. Devotees were very involved. The process filled them with good vibrations and positive energy. Those who participated in the festivities for the first time were at a loss for words in trying to describe what they were witnessing but enjoyed the truly unique experience of Kaavadi. By the time the deities were brought back to the Temple only a small group remained for the concluding Puja. This year we had a great ECO team from Montreal overseeing the recycling. They arrived early and they set up the entire grounds with giant recycling and garbage containers. The maintenance crew were especially pleased to say that this years' Kaavadi was so much cleaner than previous years. Staff, TTC students and guests alike enjoyed a late dinner of pizza, watermelon and ice cream, our traditional post Kaavadi surprise! Swami Vishnu always had a vision of uniting people from different walks of life; Kaavadi was a great example of unity in diversity. Pranams to all! Om Shanti.

Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early July a new Yoga Vacation started with a modest number of sincere seekers. The weather was very fine, allowing pleasant morning silent walks. We started offering yoga classes at the nearby Kerala Institute of Cooperative Management for their students and staff with 4 Sivananda teachers. About forty five people attended. We bid adieu to Srinivas ji and his wife Kumuda. Srinivas ji has been here for a month giving classes to guests and staff on Bhagavad Gita and Sanskrit. We will miss his valuable input. Despite the low season, staff and guests have kept busy with various activities. Staff and guests worked together as a group karma yoga to move fire wood from the valley to the kitchen. A group of Japanese students have been very grateful for Chika's translation during Satsangs and lectures. Staff continued with daily Om Namo Narayanaya chanting and new teachers classes. Construction work continued with renovation of the office passage and SIH kitchen. Anup and Sivadeep transferred to Trivandrum Centre.

    In mid-July we offered Master's Mahasamadhi celebration. The day started in the early hours as many patients arrived early to receive tokens to attend the medical camp. In the Ashram we celebrated with special Pooja and Abhishekam of Master's idol statue, performed by Aji Shanti and assistant. Staff and guests were touched by the ritual. A Kerala feast was served at 10am. As usual Medical Camp was well attended, with over 1000 patients with Gurus' blessings. We were happy to welcome Abhinav, a Dwarka teacher, for a weekend. He devoted his time to creating an exhibition on a Google platform called Cultural Institutes. We now have a contract to display our activities in India. Rama returned home after finishing his 6 month service here. We wish him well for his future. Staff are conveying their pranams to all.

Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. For the month of August we will be offering a TTC at the Ashram. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Both TTC and ATTC started at the beginning of the month, many of them came with the « Yogi Bus » from Paris ; with them also came Swami Gopalananda, who is teaching the early Pranayama class for the ATTC. Charles came from Geneva to teach the Sanskrit for the ATTC and the Gita to the TTC. The initiation ceremony for both courses began with the usual procession in the Ashram with Mantra chanting to visit the various shrines in the Ashram. Swami Kailasananda gave a nice welcoming address and then the students were presented with their uniforms and manual. After that it was inspiring to hear them tell their motivation to come for the course. The next day the priests performed a Ganapati Homa to invoke the blessing of Lord Ganesha. Soon the students were settling into their rhythm. Yoga classes are being taught according to the different language groups on the Asana platform, the Yoga Hall and the Temple platform, the guests have their classes on the lawn; the weather has been kind to us, there was no rain so far. Angela Hope-Murray gave lectures on Ayurveda. Another guest speaker, Philippe Bobola, physicist and biologist, gave well received and thought provoking lectures on Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Kamala from Australia delivered a series of lectures to the guests on 'Raja Yoga, the path of self-mastery'. Also this month, we had the certificate course on 'The Yoga of Sleep' with guest speaker Dr. Rubin Naiman from Arizona, USA; he gave 2 introductory lectures about the importance of both sound sleep and about becoming aware of the subliminal messages we are getting from our dream-world. Then 20 participants signed up for an interesting 3 days course, called 'The Yoga of Sleep'. The celebration of Master's Mahasamadhi on July 14 in the Temple with the 2 priests was a great event! OM.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya

    In early July the ATTC finished with a graduation feast followed by the graduation ceremony.  We thanked all the visiting staff, translators and students. Machiko left to go back to direct the Tokyo Centre. Ganga left for a trip to the Yoga Camp before heading back to direct the Ho Chi Minh Centre. We had a Jyotish beginners course, led by William Surface, which was well attended.  We also had the Vedic Mantras and Rituals course taught by Pandit Samavedula.  He taught the vedic mantras for Ganesha and Durga. We had a Ganesha Homa with Pandit'ji and Swami Vasishta assisting.  Swami Dharmananda returned after 2 weeks in Tokyo Centre.  Swami Pranava left to go back as full time staff in Ho Chi Minh Centre.  We started the 16th annual Vedic Astrology conference with Komilla Sutton, William Levacy, Sadasiva, and Bill Sinclair.  We also had the pleasure of having the visit of CV Anant, a young astrologer from India, whose father is a great Indian astrology Prof. Subramanyan. The conference focused on Conscious Self development and was a great success with Jupiter exalted still at this time. The staff received a well-needed break with a Passing on the Flame retreat, with Swami Sitaramananda, as they refine their teaching skills, receiving direct feedback from Swami Sitaramananda.  We also started the Kids Camp preparation on July 10th. We felt the Guru's blessings.

    In mid-July Kids Camp continued, with much excitement. The children got into the Ashram groove with Satsangs, yoga classes, karma yoga, arts and crafts, swimming in the pond, etc...  A highlight of the camp was the Yuba River trip which all the children enjoyed immensely.  Special guest Angelika came for a visit and performed a musical concert involving the children in the songs and dance.  We celebrated Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi with 4 hours of Akhanda Kirtan followed by a Puja in the evening by Swami Vasishtananda. All the children participated by doing Abhishekam to Master Sivananda. Bharata taught a Marma Points course.  He taught us how to remove blockages and restore health through these energy centres.  After graduating the children from Kids Camp we welcomed many families to the Ashram for Family Week, led by Tara.  We are all feeling the blessings of Master and Swamiji. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early July the Staff really pitched in and worked very hard keeping the Ashram maintained and running well. We transitioned into the new month with far fewer staff then we had in June and going into a far busier time of year. Lalita Chaitanya arrived from Chicago to spend the next several months at the Ashram, while our staff Iswara, runs the Chicago Centre in her absence.  Raghu Rama, former Ashram manager and long time disciple of Swamiji,  joined us for a month of karma yoga. The holiday weekend seemed more like a Sivananda Teachers reunion with so many former staff, karma yogis and students arriving! The 4th of July was a busy holiday as always with this year even busier then usual.  Gospel and folk singer, Ken Whitely, who's music communicates themes of freedom, love and spiritual aspiration, gave a performance. The sound of his music filled the entire Ashram and created a sense of joy.  With much excitement, we welcomed to the Ashram, Swami Swaroopananda and Swami Prema Swaroopananda with three of their assistants, Rukmini, Jnaneswari and Kumari, arriving from the Bahamas.  It has been several years since they've made a visit to the Ranch and we were very happy to greet them. Srinivasan gave a workshop on Yoga and Permaculture and how the two parallel disciplines embody dharma and healthy living.  At a Satsang, Swami Swaroopananda gave an inspiring question and answer program to a full house of spiritual seekers.  We held the inauguration of the ATTC and the Permaculture design course.  Srininvasan and Swami Swaroopananda both initiated the students. Having two direct disciples of Swami Vishnu at the inauguration was a wonderful honour for all in attendance. Swami Vishnudevananda's presence was very much felt by all.

    In mid-July the second week of ATTC and Permaculture Design course also celebrated the auspicious occasion of Master's Mahasamadhi.  We started the day off with a Puja in the Krishna Temple.   It was quite special this year with so many Swamis and staff from Nassau in attendance. Srinivasan, Swami Swaroopananda, Swami Prema Swaroopananda, Swami Hridayananda, Swami Narayanananda, Mahadev Chaitanya, Lalita Chaitanya, and Shyam all participated in the Puja rituals. Fresh flowers from our gardens adorned the Temple and were made into garlands for the murtis of Master and Swamiji, as well as several delicious prasads.  After the beautiful Puja, we made a procession to the Siva Temple as we all chanted "Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya".  At the Siva Temple, more flowers and prasad were offered.  We continued with Akanda Kirtan at the Siva Temple until the evening Satsang. Swami Hridayananda taught the week-long program and evening Satsangs on "Yoga and Happiness: Developing Inner Strength Through Yogic Methods". It was a well-attended program. Participants left with methods on cultivating higher states of mind. Swami Brahmananda arrived from Nassau to teach in ATTC the Vedanta philosophy portion of the course and also lead the evening Satsangs.  The topic of one of our weekend programs and Satsangs was on the Four Paths of Yoga. On the ATTC day off, Srinivasan took all the Swamis and senior staff on a hike at Lake Minnawaska.  It was a peaceful hike with many breathtaking views of the Shawangunk mountain region. We were inspired and filled with much gratitude and love for Master and Swamiji.  Staff are well and maintaining steady practice. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    >In early July we bid farewell to Swami Swaroopananda, Swami Prema Swaroopananda and their assistants Rukmini, Jnaneshwari and Kumari. We had a wonderful and eventful high season. Swami Swaroopananda gave very inspiring teachings. Together Swami Swaroopananda and Swami Prema Swaroopananda supported the Ashram staff. They then travelled to the Yoga Ranch and from there to Israel where they will spend the summer. It was a great week of uplifting vibrations and positive energy. Our TTC students completed their courses and exams. We joyfully celebrated their graduation in the main Temple. We quickly felt the change of pace as the summer season brought warmer temperatures and amazing electric storms.  Dr John Beaulieu graced us with five fascinating Satsangs on The Yoga of Sound - discussing the anatomy of sound, cymatics, and using feeling tones for the highest good. In perfect coordination with the TTC mantra initiation, Dr Beaulieu's group meditations used tuning forks & bija mantras. They were profoundly healing, leaving us all buzzing with inner sound.

    In mid-July everyone in the Ashram felt the powerful presence of Swami Sivananda as we celebrated the day of his Mahasamadhi with 12 hours of Akhanda Kirtan in the main Temple. We then enjoyed many delicious varieties of special prasad. Swami Brahmanada gave two inspiring talks on the life and teachings of Swami Sivananda-ji focusing on realizing the immortal soul and finding the truth beyond the dream of the ego, reminding us that even Samadhi is mere a state of the mind and must also be transcended. Our priest Krishan Namboodri & Swami Brahmananda were sent off with loving prayers for their safe and productive travels as they left the Ashram. Swami Brahmananda will join Swami Swaroopananda, Swami Premaswaroopananda and Swami Hridyananda at the Ranch in New York to teach, while Krishna-ji will travel to Canada. We were joined by Meenakshi Angel Honig for a series of lectures and practical workshops on "Yoga for a Healthy Back and Strong Core". She discussed stress management, the importance of non-violence in the yogic diet and physical practices to strengthen our core muscles as well as our core values & beliefs. Her serene yet passionate voice encouraged and uplifted us and her teachings supported the themes of ahimsa, overcoming anger with forgiveness & cultivating inner peace. Pranams to all!

Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    After the successful completion of the certificate course Yoga and Trauma Madhavi Birkholm continued a yoga and relaxation week for the guests. Madhavi explained about the latest research on meditation and restorative yoga techniques. The next highlight was the certificate course on Yoga and healing Herbs with Brigitte Addington, a wild herb specialist from Germany. For four days she led the participants on long walks to the surrounding woods and fields. Examination of plants and herbs was combined with informative talks on the history of medicinal and wild plants, the basics of phytotherapy, vitamin-rich dishes and delicious drinks. We had hot summer weather this month with some cooler days in between. Most of the classes could be held on the platform, much to the joy of our guests. In the workshop series every class focused on a different aspect of the yoga class or set of asanas. Several well received workshops on the sun salutation and asanas offered the guests additional personal guidance. Lectures on the topic of 'In Peace lies strength' were held. 16 participants arrived for the Certificate Course Accessible Yoga with Jivana Heyman, which we are hosting for the 5th year running. The course got off to a good start with a beautiful inauguration. Jivana also gave two lectures for the vacation guests. He shed a new and inspiring light on the subjects of suffering and death. Chandrika came from Munich and taught a programme on Yoga, Mind and Brain. Some fascinating brain studies were presented that showed that we can directly change the structure of our brain through yoga practices of asanas, pranayama and meditation. Chandrika has a unique gift to translate complex medical matter in simple words. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Meenakshi.
    In early July breezy days began with a free compliment of rains!  Interestingly, among our guest this time we have a family of three generations! Grandmother, Daughter and Grand daughter all are experiencing Meenakshi Ashram for the first time as participants of Yoga Vacation course. The guest strength has increased slightly. Weekend kids sessions are on the go. Also as per the request of the guest we have scheduled the evening session to start half an hour earlier for longer practice while in the mornings the 90 min basic class is presented both of which gives our guests a recommended time interval of half an hour before food. On the landscape side, pathway lamp shades are completed and lit up. A new powered lawn mower is in proposal to be purchased for garden maintenance. Staff continued their efforts in various areas of the garden for over an hour every evening after which they all enthusiastically teamed up on the court for a good badminton game. The weekly meeting on garden and landscaping was attended by Engineer Bharathiraja and Sandeep with Ravi sir, who participated through Skype. Tulasi ji from Dual Constructions made an informal visit during which she took the opportunity to inspect the garden, accompanied our Engineer in some garden related shopping then left the next morning to Neyyar Dam. One fine Sunday morning the guests were taken for a long walk to a dried river bed for meditation and chanting. We offered enriching Sunday prayers.

    In mid-July a good hike was seen in the guest program. It was quite a special gathering as many of them are recent TTC graduates from different parts of the world coincidentally meeting up at Meenakshi Ashram. Though arrived for yoga vacation they have thoughtfully packed the yellows and whites reliving the tradition at Satsangs through the dress code making it resemble a mini TTC.  To add to it, our July Japanese guest Yuko arrived, who always pays a visit at this time of the year to serve for few weeks at the Ashram. July 14th was a very special event in the Sivananda tradition that marked the 52nd anniversary of Swami Sivanandaji's Mahasamadhi. Special Satsang and Guru Pada Pooja was organized in the Temple on that beautiful morning after which staff took turns in the chanting marathon of Master's name in glory and honour. At brunch all staff joined together to serve to the guests a delicious elaborate feast spread over on banana leaf. Early in the evening special prasads were offered to over 50 villagers and towards dusk guests and staff assembled once again in the Temple to conclude the chanting with Arati and prasad. A surprise rain, at conclusion, graced the occasion adding to the auspiciousness. On the garden side, the lawn mower has been purchased and our gardener seem to be highly excited by this new assistant that has encouraged him to mow the bushy lawns in a short span leaving behind a well trimmed landscape now. Also it was very gratifying to taste our own tapioca that was harvested, as "kappa fry" a popular combination for kerala rice kanji in supper that evening. Two more Sivananda teachers, Sajeev and Valentina, arrived for Yoga Vßacation reaffirming a teachers' vacation week! At one of our talent shows, guests and staff equally rocked the stage. Special applause to Valentina's Bharatha Natyam session reflecting her 'Kalakshetra' training and Sollel, the French musician guest's beautiful vocal improvisations using our Harmonium instead of her Accordion. Staff took a short break into the city to watch the newsmaker film 'Bahubali' and are still spell bound.

    TTC Reports in locations other than Ashrams:

    No reports this month.


    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya
    An inspired group joined for a weekend course on thought power. It was mainly new students and it was their first course on this topic and they all enjoyed it very much. Despite really high temperatures we had a group of inspired students for the Open House this month and well visited classes and Satsang. We had a small seminar for preparation for TTC. Many of the morning and evening classes could take place outside, students really enjoyed the atmosphere there. We worked on the advertisement for the upcoming retreat and TTC Poland. More registrations came in for both courses. Several deep cleaning projects were done before the summer vacation. The Centre was well supported by the help of dedicated Karma Yogis for Boutique and other tasks. On Jube 14 in the morning at we had a beautiful Puja for Swami Sivanandas Mahasamadhi. A small group of close students and teachers participated. The Altar was nicely decorated, we had many flowers and delicious Prasad. Mantra chanting was very powerful. We finished with a short reading about Swami Sivananandas last days of life of the Sivananda Upanishad. Olga Mandodari Sokolova was with us this month, her program was very informative and inspiring. Especially the little meditation house (Vimana) she constructed according to Vastu was put together and all students from the lecture were able to sit in it and feel the energy. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July regular classes and activities coninued as usual.
    Swami Dayananda traveled to Canada to attend the TTC refresher. We said goodbye Paola, a temporary staff, who was 6 months with us. We started a meditation course with 7 students. We also had an Open House, with 12 participants. One Sunday we did not have our regular class because it was a voting day, but we had the regular Satsang. Om & Prem. Om Shanti to All!

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

    In early July our regular classes were conducted smoothly. We are getting more registrations for beginners course after International Yoga Day. One more new staff Nikita, from Mumbai, joined our Centre for karma yoga. She has completed TTC in April (Neyyardam). We started a morning beginners' course on 6th July and a weekend beginners on the 11th July with the total number of 50 students. The number of private lessons increased, teaching around 25 lessons a week now.  We ran regular maintenance works on the premises, fixing furniture and fixing our water supply system. As part of our mosquito free project, we planned to assemble mosquito screens and nets in the whole Centre building, covering all windows on all floors. The rest of activities in the Centre were carried out as usual.

    In mid-July we started 2 ladies beginners' courses, with a total number of 19 students.  On 14 July we organized a celebration of Swami Sivanandaji Mahasamadhi with the following program: morning Satsang and chanting with flower offering; a special fest lunch organized for the staff members; conclusion with Satsang, chanting, flower offering to the Swamiji and the offering of special parsed to staff. On the 17th, the beginning of Tamil month (Adi Masam), we performed a Ganapathy Homa were all students and staffs participated and benefited. We conducted a one day retreat in our Centre, organized and based on the normal Ashram schedule. 15 Students participated in the retreat, taking part in Satsang, yoga classes, lectures and doing karma yoga. We received very positive feedback from our guests and intended to organize such retreats on a regular basis. One of our staff members Nikitha left the Centre due to a family medical emergency. We prayed for her mother's speedy recovery. The rest of the activities in the Centre carried on as usual, staff members are performing their karma yoga activities efficiently and productively. With Blessings of God and Masters everything is fine here. Pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early July Ishwara arrived from the Ranch and started to settle in right away, learning more of the administrative aspects of running a city yoga centre. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali course and the Positive Thinking Part 4 course each came to an end, and a new Yoga 2 course began. Lalita Chaitanya left for the Ranch for a longer stay, Siddhi left to return to Finland for a few months, and Ishwara will be looking after the Centre for the summer. The Centre remained open for its regular schedule over the July 4th holiday weekend. The new brochure arrived. Two new courses started: Positive Thinking and Yoga 1. They are off to a good start, and by the grace of the Gurus, students seem happy, inspired, and steady in their practice.

    In mid-July, by the Grace of the Gurus, all went well. The weather continued to be unusual for summer seems, with many rainy, chilly days followed by an occasional hot and stuffy day. Class attendance was a little higher. Yoga 1, Yoga 2, and Positive Thinking courses continued to go well. The students seem pleased and inspired in their practice. Staff are well and send pranams to all. Om Peace, Peace, Peace.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July many residents came to the Centre to learn about spiritual life. They come from many different countries around the world: Netherlands, America, Australia, Ireland, UK, and Vietnam. We, staffs and residents felt full of Prana flowing up within us. We did a Puja ceremony to commemorate our master - Swami Sivananda (July14). All the residents were very happy enjoying Puja. We, the staff spent an hour chanting OM NAMO BHAGAVATE SIVANANDA. We felt Gurus's grace always with us. 

    During mid-July we were inspired to see many residents serious about spiritual growth and a yoga life style in the Centre. They all come from many different parts of the world: Netherlands, Japan, Australia, England. The garden project has resulted in the beautiful green vegetarian food in the garden. Our resident who is from Japan, showed everyone how to make sushi, miso soup, and Taboki. It was very successful with the participation of many residents, everyone was very happy learning making Japanese food. The Centre is now well known as a healthy Spiritual place in town. We all feel the blessing of Guru around. Pranams.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July, by the grace of the Lord and the blessings of Gurudev all's well at the Centre. 2 beginner courses morning and evening started as usual along with a weekend beginner course that started on the 4th of July, and the meditation course ended on the 5th. The weather is the same, but we expect rains. Besides that we did some changes near the reception, we got a granite altar made for Lord Krishna's murti. we ended with a Satsang.

    In mid-July, by the Grace of the Lord and the blessings of Gurudev all's well at the Centre. We started two new beginner courses. On the 14th of July, was a special day, we celebrated Swamiji's Mahasamadhi. We had special Surya Namaskar class at 6 a.m. , followed by Havan at 8 a.m.  We held a free advance class at 10:00am, and enjoyed refreshments soon after. And began preparations for our class with the kids from "My Angels Academy". The class ended at 6 p.m. after which we had the pleasure of serving the kids and our members during the bhandara at 6:30 p.m. It was a day well spent, the kids came with lot of positive energy and good vibes. The entire program ended at around 9:00 pm, before we all retired to bed. Regular activities continued to run smoothly, along with Satsangs. Hope all are happy and doing well. Om Namah Sivaya. Love and Light. Staff are well. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India

    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early July we started with two beginners' course one at 10:00am and the other at 6:30pm. Kapoorji and Abeba came back from Jammu after conducting Healthy living through Yoga and Pranayama workshop for power grid employees at their employee development Centre. The Sunday Satsang was attended by good no. of people(staffs, teachers, students and others) and it was motivating and energizing as usual.
    We started a Foundation to Meditation course on Wednesdays. Good number of students were registered for the 3 week course. We started an intensive weekend beginners' course on Saturdays. Kapoorji left to Canada. We are expecting him back at the beginning of August. It was raining almost the whole day on weekends and the weather improved a little.

    In mid-July we started with two beginners' course one at 10:00am and the other at 6:30pm with good no. of students. On the morning of the 14th, until 12:00pm, we (staffs in turn) chanted 'Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya' in remembrance of Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadi. The energy was very beneficial for all of us and for the Centre. We conducted our regular Sunday Satsangs, well attended by good number of people who devoted their time to recharge themselves and to get the blessing from the Gurus. The Satsang also helps to maintain the Centre energy. We are getting rains and the weather is improving. The regular schedules in the Centre is going well with the blessings of the Masters. All the usual activities in Centre is going smoothly with the Grace of the Masters. Om and pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    The Centre was prepared for the summer closure during which we have a reduced schedule of 4 classes per week. They are taught by close teachers and are much appreciated by the students. Staff left for the Retreat House in Reith and for the Centre in Munich to recharge and to support the summer programs. The Centre is closed for the summer. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July Hochiminh Centre was full of Prana. We welcomed back the senior staff Swami Pranavananda (yoga farm) and Mirabai ( Japan). The courses were  running well, as we started new courses of Yoga 1, Yoga 2, Kid Yoga with good number of students. The Open Class became so popular that we did't have enough room to fit all the students. With that urgent need for more space for class we renovated the Meditation room to make it bigger , removing the 2 bathrooms to make a big room for asana class and Satsang. We held a very successful Open House with more than 20 people showing up and they signed up for the upcoming courses. The energy is very high and we feel peace at the Centre by the blessing of our master and Guru. We we had the highest student count ever in this Centre, after a very successful Open House, with many new students coming for new Yoga 1 and Meditation courses.  We have almost completed a major remodelling of the meditation room on the second floor.  We removed two bathrooms, which leaves a very large room for asana class and Satsang.  This room is ideal, as it is only one flight of stairs up from the entrance, and very quiet and beautiful with large windows and a nice balcony with plants and a space for sitting outside.  As usual here, the students were very cooperative and agreeable to attending classes packed into the other three levels of the Centre, even with the prenatal class held outside on the third floor terrace!  Parking was another challenge, as one evening we had 50 motorcycles here at once, and we are planning to rent additional parking at a nearby house. We had well-attended "Yoga for Back Pain", and "Yoga for Heathy Skin" workshops.

    During mid-July we had nearly record attendance in the open classes and courses, and we finished two Yoga 2 courses, which will now become one Yoga 3.  We said goodbye and thank you to Mirabai, who was here for one year as staff and will now be staff in the Tokyo Centre.  We had a wonderful Mahasamadhi celebration, with many graduates of the Dalat TTC coming for Puja and high-energy chanting.  We completed the renovation of the second floor meditation room, with all staff helping to clean up and restore the room for Satsangs and asana classes.  We held two weekend workshops: "How to Add Protein to a Vegetarian Diet" taught by Sita and "How to Control of Blood Sugar" taught by Mary.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The TTC went very well, everyone passed the exam and the graduation day was blessed with beautiful sunny weather. The ceremony ended with an Indian feast and students lent a helping hand to organise the Centre for the return to the normal teaching schedule after their departure. We had inspiring Satsangs, classes and lectures, and also silent walks along the Thames. Angela Hope-Murray gave a lecture on Ayurveda and an Ayurvedic cooking workshop, her programme was well received by TTCs and Centre students. We are actively promoting the public yoga class in the nearby park as well as the summer retreat in Snowdonia. We were happy to welcome Swami Keshavananda who came to coordinate and prepare the Centre for the start of the renovations. With the help of many helping hands and much dedication, the middle house was fully emptied for construction. Drs Kulkarni arrived to deliver a 5 day Ayurveda programme which included lectures and two cooking workshops. All the events were well received by the student. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early July everything ran smoothly at the Centre as we are attracting more younger students since the arrival of new TTC graduate, Jayanti, as staff! We held a Devi Puja during a Sunday night Satsang, plus an Open House. Swami Omkarananda has started a summer school series on Interspirituality and Yoga which she is teaching at the local Episcopal church as well as at the Yoga Centre. 

    In mid-July the Centre had a very successful weekend of teachings about Vedic astrology with Komilla Sutton, who visited the Centre for the Vedic weekend. The focus was on Saturn and many people were reassured about how to work with the influence of Saturn's energy in the lives. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    It has been a quieter month. We had several beginners' courses, one intensive weekend. We had the visit of Marilyn Rossner. She accompanied us during the evening Satsang. Some people had the opportunity to hear messages from deceased relatives. During the conference she spoke about her experiences with Swami Vishnudevananda, also about the effect of drugs and the power of Yoga. Gopala completed a course on concentration and meditation. Since July 15 the Centre is running on the reduced summer schedule. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July we started two new yoga beginner course at 4 pm and 6.30pm with sufficient no of students. After conducting a free workshop for Aravind Eye Hospital Doctors nurses and staff  we started a course for their Doctors where 15 Doctors join in first batch. We hoping to cover full target group in the Hospital. We put a boutique in a nearby park for two hours one Sunday morning where we sold Yoga mats, T shirts and books. At the same time the Centre's activity schedule was distributed to all.

    In mid-July we started with two new Yoga beginner course at 4 Pm for ladies and mix batch  at 6.30 Pm. On Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi day, we had Homas, Puja and special Satsang which was attended by students and public. We had often rain which was quite relief from Madurai city heat. Classes in the Centre and out side going well with grace of Gurus. All are fine in Centre with grace of God and blessings of Gurus. Staffs are conveying their Pranams to one and all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Milano, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya from Northern Italy.
    Om Namo Narayanaya to the Sivananda family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July we had a lot of work in the Centre since the girl in charge of cleaning is not coming, so this is a good opportunity to work and get warm cleaning the Montevideo Centre on this cold winter. Although there were fewer activities the Centre had a beautiful time, with good turnout of students. Pregnant, elderly, children and regular classes developed normally. The trial class was an excellent opportunity for some people interested in coming to beginner courses. Devotional chanting course started with much enthusiasm and good predisposition of the students. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, Beginners Courses started with many students registered. The energy  was very positive.
    Many people came to the Free Yoga Class. Some students signed up to the next beginner's course. The rest of the regular classes, elderly, pregnant and children developed normally.

    In mid-July Winter installed in Montevideo, with low temperatures (15 to 5 C) and blue sky. We began a Devotional singing course. We delighted with the harmonious voices and the enthusiastic teacher, who prepared with love the program. Three beginners courses started with full capacity. Kanti Devi and Chandra offered a beautiful Pooja to commemorate Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi. During mid July's holiday in Uruguay, Kanti Devi, Chandra and Nirmala were doing intense karma Yoga at the Centre, cleaning the kitchen and meditation room. Rest of the activities run normally. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Greetings from Montreal. In early July classes continued well. Courses and workshops slowed down for the summer. The free community class in the park is growing, on Saturdays. In total 40 people attended. Many new and younger faces participated, it was a peaceful class and the students were pleased to practice in the outdoors. A new teacher has been trained, and will be giving the class for the duration of the summer. The Centre was closed for Canada day. We saw some the regular children from children's class head to the Ashram for kids camp. Also, regular teachers heading to the Ashram for the TTC refresher. We're sure that they will benefit from their time at the camp and gain further inspiration, and bring some of that energy back to the Centre. The TTC refresher concluded at the camp 9 teachers from the Centre attended, they found much inspiration in their time away. A few of the teachers will plan and hold a workshop for all teachers at the Centre in September, to draw out the teachings so everyone can learn parts of what they experienced. We were pleased to welcome Swami Sankarananda ji for Satsang and to teach the open class, accompanied by Nagaraj ji, Lalita Chaitanya ji and Ganga from the Vietnam Centre, who were at the camp. Many students, teachers and karma yogis attended. The Sunday prayers were beautiful with a high vibration, most people stayed for the meal after spending time connecting with one another.

    In mid-July our classes are continuing well. Ganga, from the Vietnam, stayed at the Centre for a few days, she arrived with a cheerful and relaxed energy. A small morning Puja was conducted for Masters Mahasamadhi. Swami Sankarananda ji came for Satsang and to teach the open class one Sunday. There was a warm welcome from all. A team of 18 karma yogis were organised by Chandrika a long term teacher at the Centre. Their role was to separate the garbage from recycling for Kaavadi, their efforts were greatly appreciated and it was a good contribution to the event. Om Namah Sivaya!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    End of June we had an Ayurveda and Nutrition special program with Ayurveda Acharya S.K. Kamlesh from Lucknow, North India. It started with an introductory lecture on Ayurveda and a  big cooking class on the following day. Participants enjoyed it very much and were impressed to see that delicious dishes can also be cooked in quite a short time. We also started a Raja Yoga course, had an Open House and a  further teachers training day with the topic "Teaching and Practicing Advanced Asanas". The weather was very warm but thanks to the good location of the Centre (with most windows going to the North side) and the air-condition in our yoga hall we could offer "well tempered" rooms to our students. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    Pranams to everyone! May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with all. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early July after having enjoyed an inspiring weekend at the Yoga Ranch we were happy to come back and reopen the Centre for evening classes. Regarding courses and classes there was nothing much unusual apart from the new Yoga 2 course on Tuesdays and the Deaf Yoga class on Saturdays. The Uruguayan staff Sofia left us after having spent two weeks at the Centre. We appreciate her great support and dedication. The Ashram staff Radha and Ricky came down to help us get the Centre ready for the special Satsang with Swami Swaroopananda ji from Bahamas. Next day arrangements started very early and around late afternoon time we welcomed the special crew that also included Swami Premaswaroopananda ji, Swami Hridyananda ji, Rukmini, Jnaneshwari and Kumari. They all came down from the Yoga Ranch in the van driven by Mahadev Chaitanya. Later on Kamala Chaitanya and Gopi also arrived from the Ashram and we ended up having a full house for the evening meet-up. Swami ji's Satsang was as usual full of energy and great humor and inspiration. All staff, students and visitors had to squeeze in the Sivananda room to be able to partake in this special occasion. The Centre was vibrating with lot of energy and after 2 hours of Satsang we all concluded the event with the traditional vegetarian soup that was served downstairs by the kitchen area. It was definitely a special event and still we have many more special Satsangs to come as the Centre will be pretty visited in July by different senior staff of the organization. How blessed we are!

    In mid-July the temperature in New York city has been picking up considerably these days making the AC a necessity for our yoga classes. Drop-in sessions and courses are going on very well and the staff and karma yogis have been working hard to keep the Centre nice and clean. Our Bahamian guests went back to the Yoga Ranch after having spent a night in the Centre. It was very inspiring to be around them and we really hope they come back to visit us soon. We welcomed Swami Narayanananda who came down from the Ranch to continue with the Meditation program. In the evening Swami ji led a Satsang imbibed with his particular charisma and wisdom. Ishwar, from Colombia, arrived to stay with us for a few days before heading up to the Ashram to join the Yoga for Children Training Course. She was a staff at the Centre last year and we really enjoyed having her around again. Swami Hridyananda came down from the Ranch to give a Satsang on the topic of emotions. She pointed out the beautiful way New Yorkers chant our Kirtans and it ended up being a beautiful night full of laughters and inspiration. It was again a very special time and we keep gearing up for the arrival of more Swamis and guests who are coming to visit us soon. Just one more thing… Our beloved furry friend Rama was taken to the vet for his annual check up and guess what? He is a super healthy cat! In Om and Prem.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of the month Swami Gopalananda went to the Ashram to support an ATTC and TTC there. We received many special visitors who gave lectures, talks, Satsangs, Pujas', courses and who uplifted the Centre. The Masters sent enough help to support the running of the Centre and the Swami Kailasananda came for an uplifting two day programme. She gave two beautiful asana classes and an inspiring Satsang. Swamiji came also once a week to give beautiful and inspiring Satsangs. Everyone appreciated Swamiji's presence, her weekly visits gave us the prana for many days. The south Indian priest Yagneshwara  Dixit performed some Pujas' for the staff and gave a talk on the The Ayurvedic Acharyas Sanjai and Anjani Kulkarni gave an ayurvedic four day course. The participants of the course appreciated the exquisite food and the deep knowledge that they generously shared. The psychologist specialist on sleep Rubin Naiman gave an interesting lecture on: The Yoga of sleep. Olga Sokolova gave an inspiring introduction of Vastu Shastra in an evening Satsang. She gave also a workshop on the topic of sacred spaces. We all enjoyed the lecture and the experience of Vimana.
    On The 14th of July bank holiday in France, we had a Beautiful Celebration of Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi. Many close students, teachers and karma yogis came to the Puja. There was a meditative mood with the mantras and cheerfulness with the Guru Kirtans. Colorful flowers. This month a Meditation course started with a motivated group of 11 students. We had workshops on the topics of yoga at work, concentration, headstand and meditation. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    In early July we had a very strong cold here in Porto Alegre, the winter arrived. We finished a Yoga 1 and Yoga 2. We worked a lot in the diffusion with the brochures. We also had a lot of rain here at Porto Alegre Centre, it looks like the Indian monsoons. We started a Yoga 1 on Mondays with 7 students. Prakasha from Rio arrived and helped with shopping and cleaning. Pranams to the Sivananda Family.

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    During mid-July Rome's temperatures increased and we cancelled the classes during lunch time. Some teachers went for holidays and Markandeya, a teacher from Milan, came to the Centre to help for a few days. Karma yogis stepped in and helped with the needed preparations for TTC and Yoga Vacations. Students from the Centre appreciated a Saturday morning class at the park. Om and prem. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    In early July four new TTC grads have graduated from assisting to teaching a full class. We welcome them to the teaching schedule. Another Yoga 1 course started with 11 students. Sankari Chaitanya spent the July holiday weekend at the Yoga Farm. The long weekend attendance was quiet at the Centre until Mahadeva was pleasantly surprised by seven students that Sunday morning. Our private student has signed up for three classes a week for another month. We are being featured on ClassPass—a monthly membership to a large network of fitness studios—and have received our first reservation. We are also running a Groupon promotion for yoga classes. A group of 15 underserved middle school students in a summer fitness camp visited the Centre for a short yoga class, Q&A session and cookies. In lieu of an Open House this month, we offered a community class with a simultaneous kids class on a Saturday afternoon and served a simple meal afterwards. It was a sweet event. We are pulling specific details together on our upcoming renovation.

    In mid-July our Puja for Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi was sweet. We had our first six reservations from ClassPass fitness card holders. They were very receptive. We had a good turnout for our Hip Opening Workshop. Demolition has begun on our bathrooms. Gajananam spoke at one of our Sunday Satsangs, speaking on the path of connecting to the Divine. The lesson culminated in chanting the Hanuman Chalisa. Pranams to all!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July the intense work of several weeks of renovations reached its culmination. The Centre looks very satvic and welcoming and we are ready for the visit of Swami Swaroopananda, Swami Prema Swaroopananda and their helpers. Many courses opened with nice numbers. We started a Yoga 2 on Sundays with 18 participants, and a Monday Yoga 1 with 18 students plus a meditation course with 22 students. For the Yoga 3 on Tuesdays, 12 students enrolled plus, 14 students enrolled for Meditation 2. Narayan, from the Yoga Retreat, landed in Israel and came to join us in the Centre for the next 6 months. Her integration in the Centre was perfect and immediate and her assistance is of a great help. One weekend we held a beautiful Kirtan Night with Narayan Jyoti and friends with 50 participants. Everyone were really uplifted and inspired. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    In early July cloudy days with occasional rain continued due to the wet season called "Tsuyu" . The number of students for morning and afternoon classes, easily affected by the weather, were sluggish. However, we had a substantial number of students for the weekend classes and evening classes. One Sunday trial class had 13 participants. On the same day, YOGA 1 course started with 10 new students. Machiko who had been helping ATTC as a translator in Yoga Farm came back to Japan on July 2 and returned to her duty in Tokyo Centre. We saw cloudy skies with occasional rain, then suddenly midsummer started. As the weather restored, the number of participants to the class increased weekends. We invited Narayani Noriko from Sizuoka for a briefing session of upcoming TTC in Thailand. Eleven participants gathered to join the session, some of them had to travel all the way from the distant part of Japan. They were asking various questions about TTC and the session went on successfully.

    Mid- July Mariko, who came back to Japan after completing her 3 months karma yoga duty in Yoga Retreat joined us as a full time staff. However, after stayed for 4 days, she had to return home due to her health condition. She was willing to come back to Tokyo Centre when her health condition restored. We held a program called "Sitar Yoga" which combined asana class with live performance of Sitar. The program was fully booked and all participants seemed to enjoy this unique opportunity under the candle lights.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July the weather was quite warm, but we could see the student attendance was normal. We had good registrations for the beginners classes.  Origin & Evolution of Yoga workshop was conducted by Ram Vakkalanka with 2 participants. Cancelled Raw food as we had only 2 registrations.  Vyasa & Gowri were here from the Ashram with their grand daughter Camila visiting Toronto. Tejas is here from India and the Ashram staying a few days to get himself oriented with Toronto before he settles down here.  

    In mid-July a Yoga 2 was started. The weather continued to be warm, All were enjoying the weather, A few teachers went to the Camp for the TTC refresher course  and came back with a lot of enthusiasm and energy, they are  looking forward to teaching the classes and courses with all they have learnt newly. The Indian sweets and Prasad workshop was cancelled as no one signed up. Durairaj went the Ashram to attend the Kavaadi festival. Sushila, director of the Montreal Centre was in Toronto and was there to lead Satsang. We do have the regular and a few new students coming for Satsang every week. A few regular students attending the morning Satsang too. Blessings and Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early July the increased number of students is still going strong. The current ladies and evening beginners' batches successfully completed their courses. Open and Kids classes went well. We have purchased provisions for the month. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted by our regular priest. Two new Karma Yogi's, Sita and Anoop from the NeyyarDam Ashram joined the Centre. Satsang was led by Kalyani ji. A new beginners' batch started for ladies on Monday mornings and a mixed beginners' batch in the evening. The numbers of students for both the batches are good. The current early morning beginners' batch completed. As usual Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted by our regular priest. Students were introduced to the practices of Jala Neti and Sutra Neti in a Kriya Workshop. A Sunday Satsang was led by Sri. Nataraj ji.

    In mid-July a new Monday beginners' batch started with good registration numbers. All other classes also went well. Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi Pooja was conducted. Around 120 people attended the Pooja and breakfast was served to all. One Friday, along with Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja, we had also conducted Ganapathy Homa as it was the first day of the new Malayalam month. A Meditation Workshop was conducted one Sunday evening. Satsang was led by Ravi ji. The staff and teachers are well. Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The month started with a the continuation of the special program with Ayurveda Acharya Shanti Kumar Kamlesh. He gave a second, interesting talk on Ayurveda which was well attended and which inspired the listeners to take further steps towards a more healthy diet. Highlight was the big Ayurvedic cooking course. Staffs had set up a cooking platform and heating plates etc. in the yoga hall for the cooking demonstrations. Although the room temperature was over 30°C and it was the first summer holiday weekend many students came and received comprehensive knowledge and tips for their personal cooking practice. The dishes were delicious and everybody left the Centre satisfied. This month our yoga in the park started again as we have it every year during the summer vacation period. It is an outdoor drop in class in the nearby park belonging to the Schwarzenberg Palace. The classes were peaceful and calm in the shade of the mighty sycamore trees. We also had a school class of 17 year old youngsters coming for an introduction into Yoga. They made their first asana-experience in a gentle Yoga class, had an Introduction into meditation and we also served a yogic vegetarian snack – some nicely spiced dhal-vegetable soup. They were deeply impressed by their yoga experience and by the peaceful and loving atmosphere in the Centre. After their vacation is over, they want to come again. The Centre is still blessed to host the Indian priest who is doing morning Puja every day in the Temple room. Many Karma Yogis are supporting the Centre, the energy in the Centre feels dynamic and full of love. A nice group of students came for the Mahasamadhi Puja in honour of Swami Sivananda. We all enjoyed the peace and stillness of dawn and everyone was uplifted and recharged by the vigorously recited mantras. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius.

    Do not bother about spiritual experiences. Go ahead with your Sadhana. Knowledge dawns of its own accord. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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