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Issue #10/2016 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize October 1, 2016
"Let your life be a radiance of purity, love, sacrifice and selfless service." - Sri Swami Sivananda

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Yoga Sanskrit Glossary
Raja Yoga
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Yoga Camp Ashram, Canada
Dhanwanthari Ashram, India
Kutir Ashram, India
Chateau du Yoga Ashram, France
Yoga Farm Ashram, USA
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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Geneva, Switzerland
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
London, England
Los Angeles, USA
Madrid, Spain
Madurai, India
Melbourne, Australia
Milano, Italy
Montevideo, Uruguay
Montreal, Canada
Neuquen, Argentina
Munich, Germany
New York, USA
Paris, France
Porto Alegre, Brasil
Rome, Italy
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Tel Aviv, Israel
Toronto, Canada
Trivandrum, India
Vienna, Austria
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Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

Greetings to all. We are happy to inform you, by the grace of Master and Swamiji, everything is running very smoothly in the Sivananda Organization. September was a fruitful and busy month with all Centres and Ashrams reporting more and more students seeking the teachings of Master and Swamiji, finding spiritual delight in celebrating Lord Ganesha's birthday and Swami Sivananda's 129th birthday with much devotion and dedication. This is surely to continue into October with the beginning of Navarathri.

We, as staff, are honoured to be able to offer a place, supporting students seeking the knowledge of Master and Swamiji.

May Master and Swamiji guide us in our Sadhana and service. Pranams to all.

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Be selfless. Mentally remove everything and be free. This is divine life. This is the direct way to Moksha/Salvation. - Sri Swami Sivananda

Q. Will not one be violating one's Dharma by embracing Sannyas and by not discharging his duties to his parents and dependents? Are one's relatives really dependent on him?

The notion that others depend on you is due to sheer delusion. God alone takes care of everyone. Being deluded, you think that you are supporting your kith and kin and undergo endless troubles, miseries and vexations. Even if you turn an anchorite, God will arrange everything and maintain your family. And no sin will accrue to you, provided you have intense Vairagya. Swami Ram Tirth had burning Vairagya; so he resigned his job, and leaving behind his wife and two young sons, took to Sannyas. Similarly, Lord Buddha renounced his kingdom and turned a recluse.

Q. How does the power of concentration increase?

Concentration increases by curtailing your wants and desires, by observing Mouna for two hours daily, by remaining in seclusion in a quiet room for one or two hours daily, by practicing Pranayam, by prayer, by increasing the number of sittings in meditation in the evening and at night, by Vichar.

Q. Please explain what is meant by Cosmic Consciousness?

It is a state of consciousness in which you are aware that God is all that there is, and what is more, that God is the link that connects all individuals. God is the Consciousness that illumines the entire creation. Realization of this Consciousness/God liberates one from bondage to passing phenomena, from the illusion of names and forms. This is the state of God-realization or Self-realization. After God-realization, the individual is completely merged in the Cosmic Consciousness, or God. It is like the rivers entering into the ocean; they lose their identity and you can no more distinguish the waters of the Ganges from the waters of the Godavari. The appearance of the world vanishes in the Reality of God, just as when the lamp is brought, the snake which appeared to be vanishes in the rope that exists.

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Let your eyes look with kindness, your tongue speak with sweetness, your hand touch with softness. - Sri Swami Sivananda


– All Levels –

Stand upright with legs together, inhale and stretch arms up alongside ears, neck is relaxed and straight, back is straight, not arched.
Exhale, bending forward from hips. Back, head and arms are in horizontal line. Weight is now distributed evenly on the feet.
Still exhaling, and drawing belly backwards, bend forward aiming to catch hold of calves or ankles, clasping hands behind them, or hold big toes in classical foothold (index finger around big toe and thumb underneath, other three fingers are curled against the palm). If difficult to catch toes with straight legs, a tip here is to bend knees slightly, grasp toes then try and straighten legs.
The knees are kept straight. They are not over-extended. Aim to bring head to shins while keeping legs straight. With each exhalation, while retaining the pose, one can feel the muscles and ligaments stretch, enabling further reach forward from the lengthening in the muscles. The weight is now distributed forward, more on the ball of each foot to feel the stretch through the legs. An advanced variation is to bring arms behind knees and hold the elbows, with each exhalation pushing the arms lower down the calves. Another further stretch to legs - bring palms of hands under soles of feet so one is "standing" on the palms of hands.
Hold the pose in which whichever variation is chosen, for up to 1 minute with slow rhythmical breathing.

To come out of the pose:
Release the hands and bend the knees. Inhale and slowly come up with bent knees and curved back, unrolling vertebra by vertebra with arms and head hanging, or hands sliding up front of legs. Return to standing position. Head comes up last.


Physical benefits:

Ease stiff legs- if you are stiff from sitting for a long time in chairs, this standing pose uses the pull of gravity and quickly lengthens muscles and ligaments of the whole posterior of the body from heels to middle of the back. It stretches hips and lower back muscles. It also prepares you for a triangle pose.

Other benefits: Brings blood supply to the brain, helps trim the waist when accompanied by a proper diet, helps overcome constipation.

Mental benefits:

The extra blood supply to the brain, the stimulation of the spine, and the activated sense of balance bring relief from a state of low energy. This tamas or low energy is characterized by sluggishness, inertia, sleepiness, forgetfulness and depression. (This is often found in the colder northern winter climates at this time of the year as characterized by Seasonal Affective Disorder).

If your body is strong and healthy with much prana, you will have a natural tendency to produce health and vitality in those close to you. - Sw. Vishnudevananda

This yoga asana is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram sourced and edited from the Sivananda Publication : "The Sivananda Companion to Yoga". The Sivananda Yoga Centre 2000.

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


CHITTA - The subtle energy that is the substance of the mind.

VRITTI - Thought-wave; mental modification; mental whirlpool; a ripple in the chitta.

A complete Sanskrit Glossary can be found at:

God has given you Buddhi to check passion. - Sri Swami Sivananda


Chapter V: The Yoga of Renunciation of Action


(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
With the senses, the mind and the intellect always controlled, having liberation as his supreme goal, free from desire, fear and anger-the sage is verily liberated for ever.


He who knows Me as the enjoyer of sacrifices and austerities, the great Lord of all the worlds and the friend of all beings, attains to peace.


Thus in the Upanishads of the glorious Bhagavad Gita, the science of the Eternal, the scripture of Yoga, the dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna ends the fifth discourse entitled: "The Yoga of Renunciation of Action".

Cling not to your ego, your lower self and limited mundane life. Soar high into the highest realms of eternal bliss. - Sri Swami Sivananda


Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"


'...or by fixing the mind on one who has transcended human passions and attachments'.


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

Commentary from Swami Sivananda:
Another highly regarded object of meditation is a saint or sage who has attained liberation. A picture of an inspiring soul, such as Swami Sivananda, Buddha or Jesus, may be kept on the altar or other place of meditation. He may be focused on either visually or mentally. Many times the Truth is revealed by the superconscious during sleep. Usually this information is forgotten, and is only utilized by the subconscious. But if that knowledge is meditated upon consciously, great progress can be made upon the path.

There is a nothing good or evil. Thinking makes it so. - Sri Swami Sivananda



Miso is high in protein (from soy beans) and a natural source of vitamin B12. Never boil miso because it destroys the vitamin content. No additional salt is necessary in this recipe because the miso is already salty.

This recipe blends East-West cuisines, and is unusual and delicious. For the miso sauce, use red ake miso or dark hatcho miso. If possible, make the sauce 6-8 hours in advance to let the flavours blend. Serves 4-6.

2 tablespoons oil
2 sticks celery, finely chopped
2/3 cup chopped fennel
3 tomatoes, diced
3 green bell peppers, cored, seeded and diced
½ carrot, grated
1 ¾ cups water
4 bay leaves
5 tablespoons miso
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
Pepper to taste
18 oz wholewheat spaghetti
Grated cheese or nutritional yeast flakes for sprinkling (optional)

*Optional: 5-7 ounces of cubed tofu can be added at the same time as the vegetables.

Heat oil in heavy pan and sauté the celery and fennel over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, green bell peppers, and carrot and sauté for 15 minutes longer.
Add the water and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the miso, butter or margarine, and basil. Season to taste with pepper.
Cook the spaghetti in boiling water until al dente (tender but still firm to the bite). Drain well. Remove the bay leaves from the sauce and stir in the hot spaghetti. Add the cheese or yeast flakes, if using.
Serve at once.

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

Previous Recipes:

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

More than food, water and fire, man's need is sympathy, kindness, and brotherhood. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC, ATTC, Sadhana Intensive Courses


Oct 09 - Nov 06/16
TTC - English, 日本語, ภาษาไทย, 中文
Phu Chaisai, Chiang Ria, Thailand

Oct 15 - Nov 11/16
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA

Oct 16 - Nov 13/16
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India

Oct 22 - Nov 20/16
TTC – English, Français, Deutsch, Espaňol, Italiano
Rudraprayag Himalaya Mountains, India

Nov 01 - Dec 01/16
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas

Nov 01 - Dec 01/16
ATTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas

Nov 06 - Dec 04/16
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

Nov 13 - Dec 11/16
TTC – English, Français, Español
Val Morin, QC, Canada

Nov 20 - Dec 18/16
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India

Nov 22 - Dec 20/16
TTC – Français
Orleans, France

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Love and respect the Saints of every faith.
- Sri Swami Sivananda



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.

    In early September we had a segment farewells, notably the departure of Prahlad, with his fatherly words of encouragement, and that of Swami Sivabhaktananda as he went for a tour in Latin America. Many guests remained for the Labour Day Long Weekend, before returning to a new season of work. The Camp seemed to be a different place as the summer season came to an end. The guests were finding a much quieter and serener place as the summer wound down. Nikhila taught a Sanskrit course, with students excited to learn how to pronounce and write this rich language. They enjoyed the course and joyfully took on the challenge of learning in such a short time. During Likhita Japa part of the course, people were inspired to write Om Namo Narayanaya, in Sanskrit. We also offered workshops on Raja yoga, took them on a walk in the trails, and gave asana coaching sessions. We had an Open House, which attracted 36 people. 4 people registered to the beginners course, starting on Tuesdays, while others said they will be visiting Sivananda Centres in their cities (mainly Ottawa and Montreal). During Sunday prayers, Chandrika introduced the Ramayana and continued the series for the coming few Sundays. A large group of staff maintained the energy at the Camp, going fully on with tasks of construction, painting of shrines, gates, Temples, bathhouses, steps, etc. Housekeeping team closed one of the bath houses, one of the dorms, the Annapurna building for the winter season. 

    Mid September started with a cooling breeze announcing the changing seasons. A few guests spent their week at the Camp, notably a lady and her niece who traveled from different corners of the planet to have quality time together. Luckily, the weather warmed up and we could go on walks in the trails and have yoga classes outdoor. Morning Satsangs featured a series of readings from Bliss Divine, talking about the purpose of Life, Sadhana, Freedom, etc. Everyone was invited to reflect on topics throughout the day and apply whenever possible. Guests expressed being intrigued by the difference in perspective about different topics, especially Freedom, which is highly perceived to be completely different. Evening Satsangs featured the Ramayana and the Story of Lord Ganesha. "Suddenly a whole new world opened up" said a guest when she heard all the stories. We had a Puja for Lord Siva at the Krishna Temple. Music and Kirtan filled the Temple with wonderful energy! A large group joined us for a hiking program. We hiked for hours one Saturday, enjoying the scent of the forest, the beauty of the changing colors as green merged with red in such beautiful scenes. The gardens supplied us everyday with new goodies: squash, zucchini, tomatoes, basil, etc. Tess and her daughter Brook made a delicious pizza using different herbs from the garden. We're so lucky to be able to enjoy the South Indian food, made by Unni. The Beginners Course started in French. A good 10 people group enjoyed the teachings of Jnana Dev, assisted by Emmanuelle. The students were happy to join the Siva Puja, "I did not know such a thing even existed! And I'm so glad it's close to home!" said one student, filled with wonder at the end of the Puja. On the staff side, maintenance work was ongoing mostly at the Subramanya Temple, in Samadhi Estate and Annapurna building. A new cabin was under construction by the Staff Cabins. Overall, the energy of the camp was sweet & flowing smoothly. We thank the Grace of the Gurus and pray it keeps flowing through all.  Om Shanti. Om + Prem.

Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    Early September was filled with high energy, with Master Sivananda's birthday anniversary. We celebrated with morning Guru Puja, Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya chanting and a feast for brunch. Sept 8 was also a very auspicious day for marriage. Former SIH doctor, Dr. Sreelakshmi and therapist Gopika entered into wedlock on the same day. Excitement steadily gained momentum for Kerala's major festival of Onam. Staff prepared Pookalam flower designs daily on the roadside. The agricultural paid staff offered an Onam meal in the Health Hut. Chinmaya Mission came to the Ashram with 200 school children to celebrate Onam with various activities. They enjoyed the Ashram's natural, peaceful atmosphere. We appreciated their youthful energy. Preparations for the high season started with regular maintenance inspections. We bid farewell to Govinda ji after 6 months of sincere service. Rudra ji transferred to Madurai Centre. Sivadas ji returned to the Ashram. We welcomed new staff Kailash, Ojasvini, Sivakami and Arjun.

    Around the middle of September a highlight was the panchayat (local authority) Onam procession. Tensions ran high as staff struggled to finish the float in time for the procession. In the end it was worth it. The setting was the dramatic scene of Narasimha devouring Hiranyakashipu in the presence of Prahlada, accentuated by recorded voices, sounds and bright flashing lights. King Bali and Vamana led the procession followed by staff, guests and paid staff ladies, immaculately dressed in Onam sarees. The street was lined with local people from the neighbouring village of Kalikad to Neyyar Dam eager to see the various displays and floats. As per last year Sivananda Ashram won the prize for best float. Dr Vishnu returned to the Ashram after a successful visit to the Yoga Camp in Canada. New staff Kalyani arrived from Toronto. Om. Pranams.

Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Uttar Kashi.
    In early September Ganapathy Homa was conducted for both Ganesha Chaturthi as well as for the start of the Sadhana Intensive program.  Bhandara was provided to celebrate Master's birthday.  Ninety sadhus were fed plus many local kids, as they came home from school.  The Sadhana Intensive students patiently took the test of serving food they were not allowed!  They stuck to their kitcheri with understanding. The program went well, although one student had an accident going for a bath in Maa Ganga, fracturing his ankle. The pain caused him to leave. May Swamiji and Master bless him with another opportunity later. With Swamiji and Master's blessings, staff and teachers are also doing well. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    After a busy summer season, Swami Kailasananda, Swami Bhagavatananda, Ananta and Girija left to teach in TTCs in Austria, Poland and London. We started the beginning of the month with a "One week yoga retreat at reduced rate" which always attracted guests with different levels of practice, followed by a "Yoga and anatomy week: Asanas, muscles and posture". It was a nice and sunny week at the Ashram. The guest had lectures and workshops on this topic, mainly concerning the benefits and the effects of the Asanas on the anatomy. On Friday of the same week we had a Teachers' Training Preparation Weekend started. The weekend was really nice, the students had a good energy and they were very interested in the practice; almost all of them decided to do the next TTC! The Satsangs were mainly given by Swami Gopalananda and Kailas. Spiritual highlight of last week were the two Pujas on the occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi on Monday and Swami Sivananda's birthday on Thursday.  The second week at the Ashram, we had a 'Yoga Psychology' and during the weekend we had 'Yoga for the family', with many children and their parents coming to the Ashram. The content of the lectures was based mainly on the 'Yoga Sutras of Patanjali'. There was a nice exchange between the guests during the whole week. The third week we started the weekend of 'Yoga for the family' and 16 children and their parents arrived at the Ashram. Three teachers came also for the weekend to help with the kids activities: Mahalakshmi, Padmavati (Pierrette) and Padmavati (Juliette). During the weekend the kids had yoga classes, games, Satsangs with stories, kirtans, etc. The group of children was very nice, they enjoyed the Ashram and they want to come back soon and for a longer time. On Monday we had a staff asana workshop guided by Swami Gopalananda (Q&A's) and on Thursday we had the staff svadhyaya also guided by Swami Gopalananda. We read some words from 'the Raja Yoga Sutras of Patanjali', talking more in detail about the 5 Kleshas. Few guests came for the "Yoga for the back" weekend taught by Kailas. The guests appreciated the workshops and yoga classes to improve the postural alignment, to increase the strength and flexibility of the back and got more knowledge about the back. Staff went to Paris for a day to participated to the special program with the Acharyas and Sri Venugopal Goswami. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early September The Yoga Farm began to feel a touch of autumn in the air as we moved into this beautiful season of the Ashram. Staff remained very active in their Sadhana and looking after the many guests who arrived, seeking shelter in this peaceful oasis. We celebrated Master's birthday with a wonderful program of Akhanda Kirtan, chanting of Master's name, a video showing Master Sivananda in Rishikesh and lovely Guru Puja and Puja workshop, led by Swami Dharmananda. We were very inspired in our honoring of Guru. Guru's grace was felt deeply by all. We thank William Surface for presenting the Beginner's Jyotish course, introducing the fundamental knowledge of the Jyotish chart and its practical use for understanding karma. Lilamayi taught the Stress and Relaxation weekend workshops with a large group of guests appreciating very much the Yoga teachings on how to increase and balance prana, the power of positive thinking, and the techniques of meditation. Karuna devi taught a weekend Ayurveda Cooking workshops with lectures on health and diet.  

    Around the middle of September the Ashram was full house with the Food as Medicine course taught by Bharata Surya teaching Ayurveda principles with hands-on cooking workshops. We welcomed Dr. Siva from the California College of Ayurveda for his Yoga Nidra Certification course, which was fully attended. The course focused on the origins of Yoga Nidra and application for reducing stress and anxiety. Swami Jnaneswariananda taught the Meditation Weekend with students being introduced to the classical meditation techniques and practices. With Swami Vasishtananda away to India, the staff and seva students dedicated themselves to taking care of the Temples and shrines around the Ashram, performing daily Pujas and Arati. The Ashram weather was beautiful with leaves beginning to fall from the trees. Projects around the Ashram continued with finishing of the OM cabins, revamping of the greenhouse, and painting of the Brahma Vidya Hall. We all felt the grace of Master and Swamiji. Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Yoga Farm.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early September we wound down from the last weekend of summer. We moved straight into the start of the September TTC.  The beginning of the week brought preparations for the arriving students. Shakti, director of the NY Centre, was with us for the month to teach the TTC practice class and assist in the How to Teach class. Students arrived just before the inauguration. We had 13 students taking the TTC, including Dharmini, a long time karma yogi. Classes started on the most auspicious day of Master Swami Sivananda's birthday. To celebrate Master's birthday, we had an early morning Puja outside on the barn platform. In conjunction with the Puja, our priest, Sankara Nambhoodri, perform a Ganapata Homa for the start of the TTC.  We welcomed over 25 guests for the Hiking weekend program.  Swami Paramananda took the hikers to the local state park, Lake Minnewaska, for a 5 mile hike through the majestic mountains. By the grace of Master and Swamiji, the first week of TTC ran smoothly, with students adjusting well to the new routine.

    Around the middle of September we had the first TTC "day off". The group took advantage of the time to study and rest, enjoying the sauna and beautiful weather.  Bharata, from South Florida, came up to join Srinivasan on the Climate Ride, a 300 mile bike ride from New York to Washington DC to raise money for our solar panel project.  Srinivasan and Bharata left for NYC to join the large group of riders. Bren Jacobson arrived for a weekend, and gave talks at the morning Satsangs on his time with Swami Vishnu as Swamijis' pilot during the peace missions. Marilyn Rossner joined us, and she gave talks at the evening Satsangs, also with stories about her time with Swamiji.  It was an inspiring weekend, giving us a deeper look into the life of beloved Swamiji.  There were several birthday celebrations.  Shakti, the director of the NY Centre, celebrated her birthday, and Swami Paramananda and staff Parameshwara, celebrated their birthdays as well.  It was celebratory weekend to say the least, with laughter, joy and good will abound. We could feel Swami Vishnus' presence and his blessings. By the grace of Master and Swamiji, staff are handling the influx of guests very well and continued to maintain strong in their Sadhana. Sending pranams to all. May the Blessings of Master and Swamiji grace all of our lives. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    In early September, we enjoyed a very beautiful Ganesh Chaturthi Puja to celebrate Ganesha's birthday. It was a delightful event with lots of sweets that Ganesha likes the most. September 8 was a beautiful day in the Ashram with uplifting vibrations for Sri Swami Sivananda's birthday. In the evening we had a beautiful birthday Puja and celebration and everyone went to bed inspired and happy. We warmly welcomed Bahamian presenter Deshon Fox, the author of "Insights from the Middle Theory," who gave workshops and shared the story of a sudden shift in consciousness he experienced and ways to have a balanced mind, balanced body and increased awareness in order to live an empowered life. Many good Satsangs and workshops were presented in September. Parvati Chaitanya spoke about "The Five Bhavas of Bhakti Yoga" and Minakshi Chaitanya presented "The Mind and Happiness." Krishna Chaitanya led a kirtan night that was enjoyed by all. Other Satsang topics this month included: "Pratipaksha Bhavana - Think the Opposite" and "Renunciation" presented by Minakshi Chaitanya; "Japa - Repetition of the Divine Name or Mantra" presented by Parvati Chaitanya; and Krishna Chaitanya gave a talk about "Cultivating Virtues through the Spiritual Diary." "The Joy of Right Living with the Yamas and Niyamas" was started by Satsangs on "The Practice of the Yamas or Restraints" by Swami Brahmananda, in which he captivated the audience with interesting and motivating teachings on how to purify the mind. He then continued with The Practice of the Niyamas or Observances."

    In the second half of September, Sivananda TTC graduate, Priscilla Jabouin (Satya) joined us for 5 days to share workshops on "Define You Define YOUR Purpose," which included many ways to use yoga to live a good life filled with happiness. "The Joy of Sivananda Kirtan" then took place again this year for 3 days, led by Sivananda TTC graduate Jim Gelcer (Siva) and everyone indeed felt joyful over these days. Ram Vakkalanka returned to present "Inner Healing Through Nada Yoga: Sacred Sounds of the Sitar," sharing stories and beautiful music as well as healing workshops based on his advanced studies in Nada Yoga. At the end of the month, several new Karma Yogis and guests participated in the 5-day course "Essentials of Sivananda Yoga 1" and received an introduction to the 5 Points of Yoga. They were very inspired to continue to practice and to learn more. We are expecting another rush of reservations in the month ahead as soon as we mail out our brochure. Om Shanti from all the staff in Nassau.

Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of September we were blessed with a program with Dr. Sanjay and Anjani Kulkarni on Ayurveda. Their vast experience in offered us an insightful series of afternoon lectures. Tips on improving health were given in terms of diet and lifestyle, easy to make home remedies from the kitchen pharmacy and how Ayurveda can guide a woman through all the stages in her life. We are very grateful for the knowledge that was shared so freely. 43 students arrived for the TTC. A mixed internationally oriented group tentatively took their first steps on the TTC journey. The vacation program was lovingly guided by Padmavati. Her years of experience proved a great asset to the Seminar House. We rounded the first week of with a beautiful lecture by Rajyashree Ramesh on Space and Emotion in Indian Dance. We started the second week with a sweet Ganesha Puja followed by an inspired Bharata Natyam dance performance by Rajyashree Ramesh. The evening cleared any hindrances for what would turn out to be several very eventful days. We thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of autumn, taking advantage of the exceptionally warm weather with classes outside and early morning silent walks on the dew covered hillsides. The guest classes and lectures Centred on the topic of breathing and vital energy and a step by step guidance in the Beginners Guide program at the weekend. The TTC has settled into the teaching rhythm and were faring well. Masters birthday was celebrated with an uplifting Puja. Highlight this week was the beginning of the Bhagavata Saptaha. We again are blessed to receive the profound teachings of the Srimad Bhagavatam and hear the soul-stirring music. In the 3rd week of TTC the students grew more and more confident and really came together as a group. They started practicing teaching each other and did the kriyas on Sunday morning. At the morning Satsangs Swami Sivadasananda and Swami Kailasananda held different lectures on 'Inspirations for your Practice'. It gave us something to look forward to every morning.  We continued the seven day Bhagavata Saptaha journey. With each evening the divine love progressed, bringing us all closer to one another in a profound way. All were touched by the dedication of Sri Venugopal Goswami to teach us year after year. The priest, Yagneshwara Dixit, arrived to give a program on South Indian Temple Meditations. We had daily Pujas at the main altar in the Ganesha hall, uplifting the energy in the Ashram. Also a beautiful yantra Puja was performed with Vishnu Sahasranama. In the last week we introduced the vacationers into the 12 basic postures and their variations as preventive care for the entire back. The "Yoga Body Check" allowed them to reading their bodies as a yoga book and to opening one chapter after the other through the regularity in the practice. The TTCs opened up for the deeper teaching of yoga in the advanced Pranayama classes and the Vedanta philosophy lectures in the afternoon. The month ended with a heartful graduation ceremony and all students and staffs in high spirits. Summer season has come to an end with the end of the month. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Meenakshi.
    Early September was in a celebratory mode with Ganesha Chathurthi with conduction of Ganapathi Homa to mark the celebrations during morning Satsang at Mahakali Temple and to appease Lord Ganesha to help remove all obstacles from our paths. We had a Guru Pooja to celebrate the birthday of Swami Sivananda. All the guests gathered at the Temple for the Pooja, seeking blessings of our Master Swami Sivananda. We also had special menu included in the brunch to share happiness and joy of the day. Saju left for Kerala to get a feel of Onam celebrations in the traditional Kerala way. We also had group karma yoga by the staff in order to paint the dormitory as part of preparations for the upcoming courses. It was also great fun for the staff to contribute their bit, in giving a newer and brighter shade to the dormitory walls while getting themselves also painted. Rest of the infrastructural modifications also continued, with the aim of getting completed soon. The yoga vacationers also had a happy and grand time letting themselves go in the serene surroundings of the Ashram.

    Around the middle of September was a bit hot with afternoons getting warmer, compared to the previous weeks. Though the evening sky was crowded with rain clouds we never had any rainfall. We also got the whiff of Onam festival going on at Kerala as most our staffs went to their homes to celebrate Onam and were updating us on their celebration plans. At the Ashram we had a feast prepared, with payasam and other delicacies, much to the delight of our guests. They were given a short update on the legend behind Onam festivities. The rest of the staff carried on with their Painting Karma Yoga, as part of upcoming TTC preparations. The thatched roof work of the tea hut continued with the side walls left open to allow for good circulation of light and air.
    There was a strike in Tamil Nadu one Friday, so the day off was postponed to the Saturday. A new Yoga Vacation batch began with considerable number of guests joining. Swami Shraddhananada left for Kerala to pay visit to another Ashram in Kollam. All our Keralite staff returned after spending a happy week with their families back home.
    All at the Ashram thank the Gurus for gifting us with a joyous and wonderful month. With prayers and regards to all. Om Shanti. Pranams to all.

    TTC Reports in locations other than Ashrams:

    TTC Chengdu/China: It has been an intense week in Chengdu, China, with all staff including Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Narayanananda and Ananta chaitanya who just arrived from Tokyo and Taipei, getting involved in the moving and decorating of the new SYVC Chengdu Centre, then a few days after, moving of stuff again to the Thousand Buddhas mountain 2 hours away from Chengdu to get ready to welcome the 2nd Chinese TTC. On Saturday we welcomed and initiated 30 serious students of different parts of China (including 2 Brazilians living in China) who knew us mostly through word of mouth, previous workshops in China, and personal recommendations. The location of TTC is spectacular on top of the mountain with pristine air and perfect silence. The vibrations are clean and inspired as it was a rebuilt old Taoist monastery. The facilities are brand new, very well equipped considering that we are at 5,500ft high and everything has to be moved up by cable. The students are serious and most of them were seeking for something deeper than what they can find in the  Yoga market in China. The good news is one of the students gave us a copy of the CIBY in Chinese, with drawings of Swamiji doing the postures. The course has simultaneous translation mostly by Sivani, the Chengdu Centre director. We have  many Karma Yogis helping as well as 2 staff from Vietnam: Ganga from Ho Chi Minh Centre and Sivashakti from Dalat Centre. Swami Sitaramananda will be teaching main lectures, Swami Narayanananda teaching Bhagavad Gita and Kirtan, and Ananta chaitanya will be teaching Hatha Yoga with a team of assistants and also Anatomy. We pray that the course will produce many serious staff, Karma Yogis and students so that the mission in China becomes stronger. Sitting on this dream place on the mountain top, we keep marveling ourselves on Guru's grace for gathering all these people and making this teaching transmission possible in this distant land. 

    The first week of TTC in Chengu, China went by quickly and uneventful with students very serious and attentive to everything, chanting nicely in unison. All went smoothly and the location is breath-taking, with pure and spiritual atmosphere and perfect for TTC as we are very private and free. There are no silent walks possible as it is still dark morning and evening Satsangs and climbing the hill is treacherous. The food is excellent. Students have a nice Talent Show and also watched movies of Swami Sivananda life and Swami Vishnudevananda's life as well as the slide show of Swamiji doing asanas. The team of staff and translators is doing well. On full moon day on the occasion of the Full moon festival, and Shradha, we did a Puja appreciated by all. We welcomed 3 guests on Yoga Vacations for 3 days during this period and gave a workshop on "Harmony at Home" on the day off to the guests on Yoga Vacations but attended by almost all TTC students. Family and relationships seem to be an important factor in China. 

    TTC Poland: The TTC and ATTC in Poland started very well on the 2nd of September.  20 ATTC students and 78 TTC students joined from many different mainly eastern European Countries to deepen their Yoga practice. They all settled in well and adapted to the TTC rhythm. The first week went very well, students were very motivated and focused. The indian priest Yagneshwara Dixit was with us and performed 3 wonderful Pujas which uplifted the energy of the whole place. Yoga Acharyas Swami Durgananda and Swami Sivadasananda arrived together with Sri Venugopal Goswami and the Musicians for a 4 day special program in the middle of september. The same day many Yoga Vacation guests also arrived, among them a good group of Sivananda Teachers from Poland and Lithuania, who all came to refresh their teaching skills at the teachers weekend. The musical program in the evening brought a very uplifting energy to the TTC place. Swami Durgananda blessed the event with a very inspiring lecture on Sunday on Sadhana for everybody present , TTCs, ATTCs, Teachers , guest and Staff. Swami Sivadasananda taught Asana workshops and gave very uplifting Satsangs. The weather so far was very warm and sunny so we were able to do silent walks along the beach as well as a bonfire Satsang all of which was very well received by all. The course is supported by a large team of dedicated teachers, translators and karma Yogis.


    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of the month Swami Gokulananda departed for Poland for teaching the TTC and ATTC Poland in Ustka. Swami Satyananda and Divya are taking care of the Centre for this month, supported by Swami Karunananda. This month`s highlights were Ganesha Chaturthi Pooja and Swami Sivananda Birthday Pooja. Some close students and teachers gathered for the early morning celebrations on Monday and Thursday, which spread a strong and loving energy in the Centre. Another highlight was a day seminar on active relaxation and stress reduction with many participants, most of them Sivananda teachers from northern Germany.They all showed high interest in the topic and enjoyed being in the energy of a Sivananda Centre again – which most of them are missing in their home town. This month also an asana special course on the spine, as well as a Bhakti Yoga course started with quite a number of students. In addition a headstand workshop took place and we had an Open House with some very interested young newcomers, which participated in the whole program. And at the end of the month there was a cooking workshop on Indian dishes. The menu was very tasty and inspired the students to take more care of a healthy and yogic diet. The weather still was remarkably warm, so the students were enjoying many classes on our asana platform. The work on the Centre brochure is also continued. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early September Last week we celebrated the anniversary of our beloved Master Swami Sivananda, early in the morning. We were few, but as always it was a very inspiring moment. We started two Beginners' courses. We continued with the study of "Bhagavad Gita". We gave the workshop, "Conquest of Anger". We were accompanied by Yamuna, from Colombia. She has been staff for 3 years in the Ashram Neyyar Dam.

    Around the middle of September we started an introductory course to Sanskrit. We continued with our studies of the "Bhagavad Gita." We gave a workshop on "Conquering Fear." Swami Dayananda returned from the TTC Spain. The karma yogis all contributed to the Centre. Prem & Om to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China

    Om Namah Sivaya!
    Early September was eventful. We welcomed Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Narayananda and Ananta Chaitanya to China. We did a Puja for the new Centre on Master Sivananda's birthday to celebrate and pray. We focused on packing for TTC and set up the Satsang Hall, Yoga Hall at this beautiful Taoism monastery in Qianfo Mountain. Ganga, director of Ho Chi Minh Centre, also came to support the 2nd TTC in China. We are very happy to receive the 30 TTC students to learn and experience the yogic way toward real peace and happiness. May Guru's grace be with us to share the teaching. Prem & Om to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre.
    In early September we start a morning Beginners' course, with a good number of students. We celebrated Vinayaka Chathurthy. Gopan and Sandhya came back from Canada. We celebrated Swamiji's birthday on the 8th of September. On the same day we did a Guru Pooja in the evening. The rest of the activities in the Centre carried on, as usual. Staff members
    performed their karma yoga activities efficiently and productively. 

    Around the middle of September we started evening Beginners' course and a fast track Beginners' course, with good number of students. The Centre's construction work continued smoothly. The rest of the activities at the Centre carried on as usual. Staff members performed their karma yoga activities efficiently and productively. With Blessings of God and Masters, everything is fine here. Staff are well and wish you serenity and peace of mind. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early September there was the Labor Day holiday. The Centre was closed for classes during the day but opened at 7pm for a special Satsang and Puja for Ganesha Chaturthi, which was attended by 15 people. Things picked up after Labor Day, with more people in Satsang and open classes and with registrations for new courses coming in. We had another special Puja for Master's birthday. The Bhagavad Gita study class resumed after a 4-month hiatus, and one close student who has just moved to Costa Rica joined us via FaceTime. Swami Sankarananda, who was traveling across the country giving "From Fear to Peace" programs, stopped through Chicago Centre and gave a wonderful Satsang, which was particularly well attended and inspiring.

    Around the middle of September two new combo courses started: Yoga & Meditation for Beginners, with 8 students and a Positive Thinking & Meditation course, with 12 students. Morning drop-in classes continued to be stronger. We received a good number of donations after starting a new appeal for fundraising for renovations on the original building at 1246 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Raghu Rama arrived to oversee the renovations, for which we are continuing to get estimates and gather at resources. Needed renovations include gutting the meditation room; repairing water damage, leaks, and plumbing; mold remediation; additional tuck pointing and masonry repair; and installing new drywall walls and ceiling, floor, and lighting. Arjuna arrived to look after the Centre for a few weeks while Swami Satyapremananda returned to the Ranch for a panchakarma treatment. Sunday evening's Satsang was extra special with everyone enjoying the company of several of Swami Vishnu's direct disciples together at the Centre, including Radha and Venugopala, both Chicago Centre's long-time teachers and karma yogis. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with us all always. We are forever grateful for the guidance and protection of the Gurus. We send pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early September it really quiet at DaLat Centre. We opened a new Yoga 1 class for beginners and took care of two residents. Now staff have more time for learning. We had a one hour training group every day. Sivashakti extended her stay in Chengdu for one month to support during TTC in China. Radhika visited her home for a break. Open classes and basic classes are filled of students although rainy weather in Da Lat. Positive energy pervades all Centre.

    Around the middle of September we opened two Yoga for Beginners courses. All classes and courses were full. One Vietnamese resident came for one month residency program. Slowly more and more Vietnamese knew of proper traditional yoga and participate in yoga life positively. The teachings of Master and Swamiji were pervading in Vietnamese community. The asana outdoor workshop was very successful with many students joining with enthusiasm. Staff Daya went to the HCM Centre and then her home in Ha Noi. She finished 6 months of her staff life, with many things she learned, having experienced the peaceful way of life which she can apply to help her community later. Radhika came back after her one week visiting home with new energy. Narayani moved from HCM Centre to Da Lat to learn new knowledge. The energy of Guru pervades the  whole Da Lat Centre. Guru's grace is always with us. Everything was good, by the Grace of Gurus. May Guru's grace be with us to share the teaching. Om Namah Sivaya.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah SivayaBy Guru's Grace and God's will everything went very well at the Centre in September. In early September we have started the Beginners' course at 10 am and 6:30 pm. On Wednesdays we conducted advanced classes both in the mornings and evenings. Students attended these classes with enthusiasm. All our open classes and other special classes continued very well. We celebrated Swami Sivananda-ji's 129 birthday anniversary. That morning we did Maha Mritunjaya Havan in the morning which raised positive vibration inside everybody who attended. In the evening we organized a classical dance performance from our students dance academy. We then provided a nice dinner for everybody who attended the program. All of our staff members helped us in every way they could to make it a day filled with joy. We saw the unity among us and the strength that gave us.

    Around the middle of September the Dwarka Centre's activities ran just fine. We started the Beginners course 6 am and 4:00 pm. We conducted the advanced classes both in the morning and evening, with good numbers of enthusiastic students attending these classes. All our open classes and other special classes went very well. We started a weekend meditation course. With Gurus blessings and Gods grace all of us are doing well. We pray for all of you. Om Namo Narayanaya. Pranams.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    With the blessings of the Masters we started September with the Celebration of Ganesha Chaturthi. The Priest performed Ganapati Homam, fire ritual, at 5:00am. Some students attended the program with staffs and Karma yogis. On the same day, we started two Beginners' course, one at 10:00am and the other at 6:30pm. We also started a "Foundation to Meditation" course. On Sept 8th, Swami Sivananda's birthday was celebrated by chanting Guru bhajans, Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya, and 108 Names of the Master. Nagaraj ji chanted the Names and read message from Swamiji's book. Binoy and Sreevidya went to home for a month holiday. We conducted the Sunday Satsang as usual, which was motivating and energizing for all of us. With the grace of the Gurus everything is going well at the Centre.

    Around the middle of September we started a beginners' course at 6:30 am. We completed the 2 weekend Intensive Yoga-1. The 'Foundation of Meditation" course continued. With the grace of the Gurus all the schedules at the Centre continued going well. We conducted the usual Satsangs to maintain the Centre's energy and to uplift our spirits. With the Grace of the Masters everything is going well at the Centre. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Noida, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Noida.
    With the Grace of Gurus early September started with a celebration of Ganesha Chaturthi. Staffs and few students participated on the program. The priest performed Havan, Ganapathi Homam, while we are chanting the name of Lord Ganesha. We started two Beginners' course on the same day one at 6:30am and 4:00pm. We conducted a Headstand workshop. We also started a weekend Beginners' course on Saturdays. On Sept 8th, we celebrated Swami Sivananda's birthday and the 1st anniversary of the Centre. We chanted Swamiji's names, Guru bhajans and discussed the improvement of the Centre and its growth. The celebration was concluded with Arathi, followed by a lunch. Staff member, Arathi travelled south. She will be back on Sept 14th.

    Around the middle of September we started two Beginners' courses at 10 am and 6.30 pm. The number of students increased with the change of weather. Satsang on Sunday evenings were well attended by staff and some students. All other activities went smoothly, by the Grace of Gurus. The rest of the activities went well, with the Grace of Gurus. With the Blessings and Grace of our Beloved Masters, we send Pranams and our best wishes to all the Sivananda family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    Staff arrived inspired and recharged from the Retreat house in Reith to prepare the reopening of the Centre which had a good start after the summer. Everyone was glad about the Centre being back to the full schedule. Satsangs and the outside classes at the United Nations Organization as well as the pensioners' class which is held in cooperation with the City of Geneva which resumed with good groups of students. A highlight was the participation at the Yoga & Art festival with a free class on a Sunday morning with 28 students. Some of our teachers supported and participated in the event and brochures and postcards were actively distributed. It was nice to see the Geneva Yoga community practicing and celebrating Yoga. On the weekends we also had a TTC information with students ready to take the course and a workshop about Thought Control. On a Saturday we had a successful open day with half of the students signing up for beginners' courses and four of them staying on for the TTC-information. The celebration of Ganesha Chaturthi and of Masters birthday with a Pujas brought many teachers as well as new students to the Centre. They came with beautiful flowers and Prasad and the altar is radiant and full of Prana. The renovation of the office was completed with new lights and a new printer being installed. A new teacher started to assist with teaching after taking the ATTC in Orleans in summer. Staff are focussing on the preparations for the upcoming special program and we are looking forward to welcome our guests. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early September we celebrated Swami Sivananda's birthday with a wonderful Puja with all staff and residents helping to set up and attending. Ganga went to China for TTC. We had workshops in Anatomy and Headstand, taught by Swami Pranavananda. We started a Yoga One course, with Sundaram. Narayani finished her Yoga Two course and then left for Dalat to help the Centre there. We continued to train the staff and outside teachers everyday with a one-hour workshop on how to teach asanas in English. With the Guru's Grace, the Centre was running well with many students.   

    Around the middle of September we finished several courses (Y1 by Balarama, Y3 by Ganga and Sundaram, M2 by Swami Pranavananda, and Y2 by Hamsa) plus, started a meditation course with five students.  One Sunday we had a Nutrition Workshop, taught by TTC graduate Narayan (Nguyen Dinh Tu). We welcomed a new resident, Jonathan, from Hong Kong. He has practiced meditation for years, and now is very happy to learn how to do asanas and pranayama. Daya came from the Dalat Centre for one week to complete her six-month commitment as staff. We are all so happy and inspired by the Blessing of the Master and Guru. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early September the TTC students had an auspicious first week of their course with devotional ceremonies celebrating Ganesha Chaturthi and the birthday of Swami Sivananda. Swami Kailasananda was with us for the first days of the course, inspiring staff and students with beautiful Satsangs, a meditative asana class and one of the main lectures. The construction company finalized the last details of the renovations which have resulted in beautifully crisp and clean changing rooms and entrance to the asana halls. The entrance stands out as a true Homage to the teachings of the Masters. Students and staff were eagerly anticipating the opening of the new space. Swami Keshavananda has been of much support assembling the new furniture and coordinating the renovations, as well as giving a well attended and much appreciated special program on Hatha Yoga in the Centre. We were happy to welcome Dr Nandakumar, director of the Indian cultural Centre Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for a weekend. He gave an inspiring talk on Ganesha, the first God and remover of Obstacles.

    Around the middle of September the Centre was buzzing with activities with the second week of the TTC, running parallel to the regular Centre schedule. The program "Healthy Living with Ayurveda" with Dr Kulkarni included five inspiring evening lectures and an Ayurveda cooking workshop. Many students took the opportunity to get advice on their diet during personal consultations. We welcomed Padma, senior physiotherapist and Sivananda trained teacher, for a much appreciated evening program on anatomy in relation to the yoga practice. One Sunday evening Satsang featured the video "In the Name of Peace". Many regular Centre students had never seen moving images of Swami Vishnudevananda and commented being very uplifted having discovered more about the life and teachings of Swamiji. Om Namah Sivaya.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early September open classes carried on. The new Beginners' class was developing well. Yoga 2 course concluded, with students feeling ready for open class, with sights on Yoga 3. Students and staff participated in Ganesha Puja followed by submersion of Ganeshas into Mother ocean. This was a purifying and elevating time for all. Staff was very glad to welcome Hamsa Chaitanya-ji back. We offered a Guru Puja and celebration of long-time Karma Yogi, Parameshwari's birthday.

    Around the middle of September we talked about meditation during Sunday Satsangs, learning about the nature of the mind and how to be detached during meditation. The Center prepared for Navaratri, by teaching Devi chants to new students Wednesday evenings. As usual, the community helped with Puja preparations and gathering Puja items. Staff polished all the murtis and plan to decorate for the festival. Staff Mirabai cleaned up the garden and now started a vegetable section at the staff residence. May Grace of the Guru continue to shelter and guide us. Pranams to all.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    The start of season brought many new visitors with well visited trial classes and many enrolments for beginners 'courses.  We celebrated Swami Sivananda´s anniversary with a Puja led by South Indian priest Yagneshwara Dixit The energy of the whole Centre was uplifted. Many teachers came also to great Swami Dayananda and Chandra as they returned from TTC Aluenda. They offered an inspiring yoga class and Satsang with the topic "Yoga and Christianism". The new TTC Aluenda graduates are coming regularly to the Centre and assisting in the normal classes. Students are very open to the teachings and we are happy to see many new faces and volunteers in this beginning of season. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India

    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early September the Vinayaka Chathurathi was celebrated in Centre. We started a new Yoga Beginners' course on Tuesdays at 6.30 Pm. On Gurus Day, Sat Guru Swami Sivanandas 129th Birthday was celebrated on 8th September with Madurai Centre students. Suresh ji, owner of Sarvana Hotel, offered 5 kg of sweets for all students as Prasad after Puja. Since people were busy with Ganesh Chathurthi festival outside of the Centre, there were less attendance in the ladies classes. Hiran reurned after a three week leave. We also welcomed Rudra from Neyyar Dam who will be with us for a few months. Sunil left for home and Onam. Everything else is fine and good in Centre, including staff.  

    Around the middle of September we started a new Yoga Beginners' course in the morning 6 am. Vignesh joined staff for short time. One Saturday a special cleaning Karma Yoga was done by all staff. Sunday Satsang went well with few guests joining from outside. Everything was fine at the Centre, with gurus and gods grace. Pranams to one and all from Madurai Centre. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi!!

    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay

    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early September we started the week with Ganesha Chaturthi celebration. Some students and teachers came and participated in the Pooja, directed by Kanti Devi. We began two Yoga Beginners' courses with a good turnout of students. On the same day we celebrated Swami Sivananda's birthday. Kanti Devi prepared a delicious Prasad for the Master. Despite the weather instability, we received a good number of students in regular classes which we offer daily.

    Mid September the Beginners Courses continued with lots of energy and good predisposition of the students to learn. We started many changes. Yamuna came from Buenos Aires Centre for a long time to help with classes and reception. She helped with karma yoga with much enthusiasm. We finished the rest of the Beginners' courses. Chandra came back from Aluenda, Spain TTC. Lalita went to Chile for one month and a half. We had an Ordinary General Assembly one Thursday afternoon, where we presented our economic state and a report for fiscal commission. Chandra led the presentation and some teachers and students participated. The rest of the class continued normally. Thanks to God and Gurus, everything resulted perfectly. Om Shanti!!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya
    With the sun shining and days still warm, early September was wonderful in Montreal! Yoga 1 & 2 intensive on Tuesdays and Thursdays started with 6 eager students. Swami Shivabhaktananda came to the Centre along with Manju (the priest) and Ashram staff to celebrate Master Sivananda's birthday. The Puja was beautiful with lively chanting from the over 62 students in attendance. Kids classes started on Sundays, with 6 old timers returning with excitement and enthusiasm. It was one of the quietest kids classes at the Centre! Gita returned from the Ashram, having graduated from ATTC. The students and teachers were surprised and happy to see her. Open classes continue to be full, with many students buying the 1/2 price membership and renewing their yearly passes. We continued the free class at the park till the end of the month, as the weather appears to be good till then. The bright yellow walls of the Centre continued to intrigue passers by and grab attention. With many of the old teachers returning from their summer vacations and new teachers joining us, the Centre is full of life.

    Around the middle of September we remained enjoying beautiful and warm weather in Montreal. The students were happy to walk or bike to the yoga classes. The Centre was full of life with many of the old students renewing their member card, which is half price for the month of September. We also have many new students becoming members and are very happy with the classes. We welcomed Trijana from Japan, staff at the Yoga Camp here to spend a week with us. She is a great karma yogi. She is been a great support for a deep cleaning at the Centre. We had Satsang, with Narayani who gave a nice talk about "Spiritual Progress".  We introduced a yoga class in Spanish for the Hispanic group in Montreal. We had a joyful kid's yoga class with 5 old timers and 3 new kids. Each week with close with our uplifting Sunday prayers with Uma from the Yoga Camp who gave us a nice Satsang and talk about "Yoga in my Life". The students were very happy to hear her experiences with Swami Vishnudevananda. We are ever grateful for Master and Swamiji's grace. Pranams to all!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    Mid-September we started a new open course with the title "Yoga for Body, Mind and Soul". The course will be every Friday from 6.30 to 8.30 pm. Its emphasis is on an integral yoga experience and it combines a short theory with detailed asana- and pranayama-training finishing with a meditation part. Another special course of the last weeks was our "Thought Power and Positive Thinking Course". We also had a cooking-course "Autumn-Kitchen" and an Open House for newcomers. Our two lunch-time classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 – 1 o´clock started again after a short summer break. We are looking forward to special programs (asanas and Satsangs) with yoga-acharya Swami Sivadasananda on the weekend 8/9 October and with a South-Indian priest (Pujas during Navaratri) from 1 – 11 October. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early September the nation celebrated the Labor Day weekend in which the Centre was closed. We re-opened the Tuesday afternoon and welcomed Chandrika, a returning karma yogi who came from the Ranch to help out for a few weeks while Rukmini is away. We are also glad to have Bhavani back, as well as Girija, who has now joined our staff. On September 7th, Arjuna led the workshop "Asanas: Postures of Stillness and Joy." There was a group of about 15 practitioners who were able to deepen their practice and explore the effect of the conscious practice of the 12 Sivananda Yoga postures. Arjuna also led Satsang that evening on the topic of "Five Things My Guru Taught Me." Arjuna shared some of his personal stories about his time with his guru. There were about 40 people. It was very well received. Everyone laughed and enjoyed the night. Saturday September 10th was our Open House. Those new to the Centre got an overview of the Sivananda philosophy, asana practice and meditation, along with a vegetarian lunch. The staff enjoyed the help of karma yogis who welcomed the newcomers. With there being a 10% discount on membership, we welcomed new members as well as those purchasing new class passes.

    Around the middle of September the Centre was busy with the start of a new sections of Yoga 1, Yoga 2, Introduction to Meditation, and Positive Thinking courses, in addition to regularly scheduled classes. We were well supported by outside karma yogis and teachers who have been coming to cover the desk, do housekeeping and other daily chores. Krishnapriya, the massage therapist of the Ashram came to join us to lead a special Satsang, sharing her deep knowledge and passion for healthy living and for discovery of the alchemy of flavors in food. She also gave a Basics of LifeFood workshop, where attendees learned techniques, watched demos, tasted the food and learned to make a rich enzyme diet. We also welcomed Srinivasan and Bharata who came to stay overnight as they were joining the NYC-DC Climate ride challenge starting on September 17. All the Staff is well and send their pranams. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    A month of Celebrations. Bhakti was in the air with many visits of Swami Kailasananda, a week visit of the South Indian priest Yagneswara and a special program with the Acharyas. For Krishnajayanti, we had a little Puja during the week and a big Puja on Sunday performed by Yagnesvara and accompanied by the beautiful music of Swami Vairagyananda who happened to be there. During the stay of the priest, he performed a Siva Puja, a Divine Mother's Puja,  the chanting of the Lalita Sahasrananma and of the Mahisasura Mardini stotra. We had also a little Puja for a staff birthday. This month we had also beautiful Pujas for Ganesha Chaturthi and the Master's birthday. There was a festive atmosphere with Ganesha's and the Master's loving energy accompanying all of us. Swami Kailasananda gave an inspiring 3 day program. Over than 90 people were there for a beautiful  Surrender workshop given by her.  Swamiji gave also an uplifting Satsang on the topic of pranayama. There was also did also  a mantra initiation and a  peaceful and meditative Integral class with 50 students.
    The Masters sent two new staffs who are already in tune with the rhythm of the Centre and precious help is coming from everywhere. There  was a yoga for the eyes workshop with a group of 20 motivated people. A Mantra course started as well as a  Positive thinking and Meditation course. The  Ayurveda Acharyas, Mr and Mrs Kulkarni came for a week course. The students appreciated the lectures and the workshops, specially the practical cooking class on the last day. There was a beautiful yellow butterfly flying in the Main Hall during the asana classes. This month we  had two successful Open houses and many new students coming on the regular days and for the trial classes. There was a festive mood with the preparations for the special program with the Acharyas and the storms of people  who visiting the house in the last Open house. On the 22th, we had an uplifting day with the presence of the Acharyas and the beginning of the special program, "the essence of life".  The Masters sent many cheerful karma yogis to support the Centre with the preparations. Swami Kailasananda gave an inspiring lecture on how to increase our will power and memory. Kailas came from Orleans to give a class on the topic "asanas to increase vitality". Sri Venu Gopal Goswami gave beautiful and inspiring discourse on how to connect with the soul and the true sense of life. Everyone appreciated the discourse and the music. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    Pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om Om Om.

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    In early September we offered a reduced summer schedule. We had a very nice celebration for Masters Birthday with a new teachers participating, bringing lots of flowers Prasad, fruits and being very grateful for the experience of TTC that changed their lives. The new teachers already started assisting. Sushila went back to London to finish her masters after 2 months serving at the Centre and in Bracciano during the TTC.

    Around the middle of September students were getting back to the Centre after the long holidays. We added new early morning classes to our schedule and the students are very happy about it. We focused mainly on advertising the ''Weekend Open House'' which was actually very successful with all the classes full to capacity, some classes we had to used our two rooms. We got many registrations for the upcoming courses. We held the biggest Satsang ever in the Centre. We thank Bhagirati from Montreal who helped us for almost 2 months and left back to Montreal. Pranams to all from Roma. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    Early September started with a festive Puja for Ganesha Chaturthi. We honored Swami Sivananda with a birthday Puja. Staff visited nearby Muir Woods for a hike to recharge. We had a good turnout for an Open House. Fred Luskin brought a crowd to Sunday evening Satsang to hear about forgiveness. After speaking about the mind "weaving a tale of injustice," he suggested "Centering into a place where you don't want anyone else to suffer." A Yoga 2 course began Sunday mornings.

    Around the middle of September the Centre was packed with activities. We offered another very focussed Yantra Painting Workshop one Saturday, in preparation for Pieter Weltevrede's visit in October. We hosted a classical Indian music concert with Ben Kunin on sarod and Rachel Unterseher on viola - an impressive duo! One Sunday we held a full-day retreat on Finding Balance, with participants from Google and Facebook offices. Karma Yogis bustled behind the scenes to keep it flowing smoothly. We started a Yoga 1 course, with seven students. Jai to the steady energy of the Gurus. Pranams to all from the new San Francisco Centre. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early September we were very happy to welcome Sivakami from the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas. Sivakami will be joining us as staff for several months. We also welcomed Ramya to continue with us as a resident of the Centre after a very short and successful trial period. On September the 8th we celebrated Master Sivananda's 129th birthday with a beautiful morning Puja, which was very well attended by long time devotees. We were also blessed to have Swami Swaroopananda and Swami Prema Swaroopananda attend the Puja. We thoroughly enjoyed a teaching by Swamiji who reiterated to us the grand impact of Swami Sivananda's mission as well as it's effects on the global scale. We enjoyed hearing Swamiji talk about how the Master was able to influence the shift in humanity's destiny towards a better and brighter future. We opened a new Meditation course with 18 students and Meditation 2 with 10 students. We also started a new Yoga 1 course with 12 students and a Positive Thinking course with 13. It was peaceful in the Centre, allowing the staff to take extra times to rest, practice and rejuvenate. 

    Mid September we were very excited to receive the link to the new website. After long and detailed work on its characterization, design & coding, it is now working beautifully and we will soon start to upload content on to it. We held a very successful Urban Hatha Yoga Retreat with Swami Shambhudevananda. 30 people participated and everyone was much elevated by the long and in-depth asana & pranayama practices. Two introduction classes were also held, one for Meditation Course and a second one for Guided Imagery & Positive Thinking. Both classes were well attended. Pranams to all the Sivananda Family from the Tel Aviv Centre.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    In early September we cerebrated Ganesha Chaturti by performing Ganesha Puja, with Swami Sitaramananda and Ananta Chaitanya. They left for China next morning, after completing all programs in Japan. We were so grateful for providing us spiritual guidance and inspiration. A new YOGA 1 course by Sivakami Masako, a long-term teacher at Tokyo Centre, started on Saturdays, with 10 students. The following day, we had a trial class with 8 students attending.

    Around the middle of September we started a new YOGA 1 course with 9 students enrolling. The teacher for this course is Bhakti, an outside teacher at present, who will be moving in as a resident member of staff for 3 months from the end of this month. Swami Cetanananda, from Kyoto, gave a 3-day lecture on the Bhagavad Gita from the 17th to 19th, a Japanese national holiday. The topic for the lecture was "Karma Yoga & Jnana yoga". It was attended by 27 dedicated students on day 1. Chandrika Hiromi who had been working at the mountaintop area of Mt. Fuji throughout the summer returned to the Centre, staying here for a short period of time. She is leaving Japan in early October to support the TTC in Thailand. Om and Prem to all the Sivananda family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early September morning Yoga 1 Beginners' course started this week. Regular classes continue with good attendance. Staff marked Swami Sivananda's birthday with a morning Puja and Satsang. Prahlad returned from the Yoga Camp Ashram where he spent the last three months. He led Sunday Satsang, attended by many close students and teachers. We focused on promoting all different Fall 2016 programs at the Centre.

    Around the middle of September another Beginners' Yoga course started. A group of students eager to learn about meditation practice, started the Meditation 1 course. 
    September always brings young people back to the Centre and so, after the summer break, Yoga for Younger Children started on Saturday mornings, as well as Yoga for Teens. We celebrated Radha's birthday with meal lovingly prepared by Prahlad and a delicious chocolate cake. We also wished Radha a happy journey to Europe where she will spend one month waiting for her visa in order to be able to return to Canada.
    Nikhila visited for few days from Montreal Centre and along with other staff attended wedding of Upasana, a close teacher of the Centre, that was marked by lovely ceremony performed by a priest from one of Toronto Temples. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early September we had conducted a special Ganapathy Homa on the auspicious occasion of Ganesha Chathurthy. We distributed Prasad to the students. Ladies Beginners' batch also started on the same day. All other classes went well. A special Pooja was conducted to celebrate Swami Sivananda's birthday. All were in a celebratory mood. People were getting ready to celebrate Onam which is the harvest festival of Kerala. Still people found time to do their regular practice. We, too, celebrated Onam at the Centre. The Staff Members & Karma Yogis arranged a beautiful floral decoration on the floor which is called 'Pookkalam' in Malayalam. In the afternoon we had arranged a feast for all the teachers & the staff members. Sri. Nataraj ji & Smt. Kalyaniji also celebrated Onam with us. Around 35 people attended the function. We had also distributed uniforms to the teachers. 

    Around the middle of September, due to Onam, there were no classes on the 14th, 15th, & 16th. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted by our regular priest on Fridays. We had also conducted Ganapathy Homa as it was the first day of the new Malayalam month. Satsang were led by Sri. Rajesh. All other classes went well. Pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    We had a good month with autumn coming and temperatures falling. The students came back after their vacation with renewed enthusiasm. In the Centre several higher Yoga courses were resumed, the trial classes on Thursday evenings had increased attendance and we had a very successful Open Day this month. Our regular chanting of the Bhagavadv Gita also started again, which takes place always before our evening Satsangs. We had a pranayama workshop explaining the intimate connection between breath - and thought – control, a cooking class called, "Proteins from Vegetarien Diet". Also, we had a day-seminar with the title "The Deep Relaxation". Spiritual highlights of the month were Ganesha Chaturthi, which was celebrated with a Puja and Master's birthday, also celebrated with a Puja on the 8th September. Please visit our Sivananda Yoga Centre when you happen to come to Vienna. Om Shanti. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius.
    In September the new beginners courses started well. After summer break we restarted with seniors, pregnant and kids classes. We performed Pujas for Ganesha Chaturthi as well as for the Master`s Swami Sivananda birthday. During the celebrations many kirtans were chanted, and we listened to stories and messages from the Master`s books. Altar was full of prana with different flowers offered by students. We had an Open day with three different introductions into proper diet, into yoga and into meditation. Trial class was devided into two groups: one was given in lithuanian and one in english language as we had some students from Germany and Russia. Teachers who finished TTC in Lithuania recently started to give first classes on their own. Swami Vairagyananda came back from the Ashram In HQ inspired and recharged while Durga Devi left for TTC/ATTC in  Ustka to teach and to serve. Karma Yogis are giving good support to help us to run the Centre. OM.

    Be kind. Be compassionate. Be honest. Be sincere. Be truthful. Be bold. Be pure. Be wise. Be virtuous. Enquire: 'Who am I'?  Know the Self and be free. This is the summary of the teachings of Siva.
    - Sri Swami Sivananda

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