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Issue #5/2018 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize May 1, 2018
"Spiritual progress is not measured by Siddhis or powers, but only by the depth of your bliss in meditation." - Sri Swami Sivananda

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
News
Sivananda Yoga FAQ
Hatha Yoga Tips
Yoga Sanskrit Glossary

Raja Yoga
Bhagavad Gita
Vegetarian Cuisine
Upcoming Events

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

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

SPIRITUAL CALENDAR
MAY 2018
11 Ekadasi
15 NewMoon
25 Ekadasi
29 Full Moon

JUNE 2018
10 Ekadasi
13 NewMoon
15 Mariamman Flag Hoisting
23 Ekadasi
24 Pongola Festival
28 Full Moon
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OM NAMAH SIVAYA!

NEWS

Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

We are glad to inform you that India high season is winding up but all 3 Ashrams in south are still running successful Yoga Vacation programs with still high number of guests. Europe is very busy as usual. Bahamas is very busy with full program and Ashram full of guests. South Asia and Americas are very busy as well. We are very grateful for all students support for the organization in spreading Swamiji's teachings.

The ISYC Ashrams and Centres will be humbly celebrating H.H. Swami Vishnudevananda Ji's Mahasamadhi Silver Jubilee in 2018 by organizing a Janma-Samadhi Yatra (JSY, Birth-Samadhi Pilgrimage). This will also be a curtain raiser for Swamiji’s birth centenary decade. The Yatra will move from Nemmara, Kerala, India (Swamiji's birth place) to Netala, Uttarakand, Himalayas, India (Swamiji’s jalasamadhi place), starting on 24th September 2018. After visiting various holy places, Temples, Ashrams and affiliated Centres along the way the Yatra will conclude on the 11th November 2018, with a special program in Netala. For more information contact: yogashowstheway@sivananda.org
www.sivananda.org.in/janmasamadhiyatra

During this month of May the Sivananda Organization offers 6 TTC’s and 2 Yoga Panchkarma Detox Programs at a variety of Ashrams around the world. The month of June has 7 TTCs, and 1 Sadhana Intensive… and so on. Link below for more information.

We wish you all a deep Sadhana practice. We thank you all for your continued support and encouragement. May Master and Swamiji's blessings be with us always.

Asato Ma Sat Gamaya
Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya
Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya

Pranams to all.

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There is really one Self which is the Absolute. The Relative Self is not something different from the Absolute Self, but it is only the Absolute Self experiencing, using the instrument of the mind. - Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. Why should we believe in God?
A.

The belief in God is an indispensable requisite for every human being. It is a sine qua non. Owing to the force of Avidya or ignorance, pain appears as pleasure. The world is full of miseries, troubles, difficulties and tribulations. The world is a ball of fire. The Antahkarana (mind, intellect, ego and the subconscious mind) charged with Raga (attachment), Dvesha (hatred), anger and jealousy is a blazing furnace. We have to free ourselves from birth, death, old age, disease and grief. This can be done only by faith in God. There is no other way. Money and power cannot give us real happiness. Even if we exercise suzerainty over the whole world, we cannot be free from care, worry, anxiety, fear, disappointment, etc. It is only faith in God and the consequent God-realization through meditation that can give us real, eternal happiness and free us from all kinds of fear and worries which torment us at every moment. Faith in God will force us to think of Him constantly and to meditate on Him and will eventually lead us on to God-realization.

Q. When the Jiva undergoes transmigration and takes another birth after leaving this physical body, is it necessary that we should perform the Shraddha ceremony for him? He is no more in the heavens. To whom will the ablations go?
A.

The Pitris remain in heaven, Pitri Loka or Chandra Loka, for a very long period. The enjoyments in heaven and the peace of the departed soul are enhanced by the performance of the Shraddha ceremony. Likewise the sufferings of the departed soul in worlds other than heaven are mitigated by the performance of the Shraddha ceremony by his sons. Thus, in both cases, the performance of Shraddha is a great help. And even if the individual takes another birth immediately after his death, as happens in rare cases, the performance of Shraddha adds to his happiness in his new birth. So, it is the imperative duty of everybody to perform the Shraddha ceremony for his parents and forefathers. The Shraddha ceremony should be performed with great Shraddha or faith as long as you live. Faith is the main support for religion. The various religious observances imposed upon mankind by the Shastras tend to purify the ignorant man. The Shraddha ceremony, being one of the obligatory duties as per the injunctions of the scriptures, also tends to purify the mind. Besides this, the forefathers are also pleased and their good wishes and blessings tend to our material and spiritual growth.

Q. If the Lord's grace will do everything for me, why should I do any Sadhana?
A.

God helps those who help themselves. God's grace will descend only on those persons who exert. The Lord's grace will descend in proportion to the degree of surrender. The more the surrender, the more the grace. You cannot expect the Lord to do self-surrender for you. Be up and doing. Strive. Plod. Persevere. The Lord will shower His grace upon you. Mira abandoned everything. She renounced kingdom, husband, relatives, friends and property. She remembered her Lord Krishna whole day and night. She shed tears of Prem. She sang His praise with single-minded devotion. She gave up food. Her body got emaciated. Her mind was ever absorbed in Lord Krishna. Only then did Lord Krishna shower His grace upon her.

 

Previous FAQs at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/faq/faq.html

Kundalini will drop down by itself through the force of Prarabdha. It will stop at each Chakra by itself. You need not exert to fix it anywhere. - Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

EAGLE - GARUDASANA
- A standing balance posture with concentration. - Intermediate level

Stand with both knees slightly bent. Prepare to take weight into your left leg and foot by lifting the right leg and foot a little off the mat. Root the standing foot and toes into the mat, find balance by alternating weight on heels and toes then settle into your point of balance, trying to equalize weight between heels and ball of foot. Take a few moments to stabilize balance. Once your balance feels secure then wrap your right leg around the standing left leg. The right thigh will be come over the left thigh and the outside calf of the right leg will be pressed firmly against the left outer calf. Lock your right foot behind your left calf while keeping the standing leg slightly bent. Keep the upper body as straight as possible without tilting forward. Now place the left upper arm into the right elbow and bring the palms together in front of your face. Keep the shoulders down as much as possible and let the arms do the work. Hold for up to 30 seconds. Breathe rhythmically. Release arm and leg and repeat on the opposite side, standing on the right leg and wrapping the left leg around and hooking the left foot. Put the right upper arm into the left elbow and bring palms together.

All standing balances benefit by fixing the gaze on an unmoving object and keeping the head level and the spine aligned with the head and neck. Concentrate on the breathing to help with the focus and balance, and to maintain stamina.

BENEFITS:
Finds your Centre of balance.
Practises focusing and ignoring distraction.
Practices steady eye gaze.
Strengthens leg muscles, bones and nerves.
Strengthens spinal column.
Aids flexibility in arms, legs and hands.
Increases circulation to limbs by the squeezing effect.
Presents whole body awareness.
Adds inner calmness.

This yoga asana is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram partly sourced and edited from the Sivananda Publication : "Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion" – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre – 2010.

Other yoga tips at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/asana/101tips.html

The whole trouble with careless Sadhana is that it tends to become mechanical without making an impression on the life of the aspirant
. - Sri Swami Sivananda

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

NISHKAMA: Desireless; Selfless

Nishkama Karma Yoga - Desire-less action; selfless action; the practice of doing actions without any expectation of the fruits (results, reactions or effects)
In the practice of Nishkama Karma Yoga, there is no loss of effort. There is no harm. There is no transgression also. Even a little of this practice can protect those from great fear of rebirth, of death with its concomitant evils.

An ordinary worldly-minded man can hardly hear the inner voice of Atma. He cannot get pure thoughts of Vichara also. Any Sattvic thought emanates from the Sattvic Buddhi. In the case of worldlings, all thoughts emanate from the mind only.
He who does Nishkama Karma Yoga and has purity of mind begins to entertain thoughts of God. Generally the mind raises various sorts of curious, fantastic thoughts. It deludes all. It may pretend to do Vichar. When it comes to practicality, it will do nothing. If there is serious determination in you to concentrate and meditate, and if you put it into actual practice for months steadily and if the longing for the Darshan of God or Self-realization becomes keen and acute, then alone think that all these kinds of thoughts proceed from your Sattvic Buddhi only.

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

Peace, cheerfulness, contentment, dispassion, fearlessness and an unperturbed state of mind under all conditions indicate that you are advancing in the spiritual path. - Sri Swami Sivananda

BHAGAVAD GITA

From Chapter II: Sankhya Yoga

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
II.67. For the mind, which follows in the wake of the wandering senses, carries away his discrimination, as the wind (carries away) a boat on the waters.

COMMENTARY: The mind which constantly dwells on the sensual objects and moves in company with the senses destroys altogether the discrimination of the man. Just as the wind carries away a boat from its course, so also the mind carries away the aspirant
from his spiritual path and turns him toward the objects of the senses.


Live in the Centre. Live in Om. Live in Truth.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

From Discourse II: "Sadhana Pada- On Spiritual Disciplines"
II.21. TAD-ARTHA EVA DRSYASYATMA. 
'The very existence of the seen is for the Seer'. 

Commentary: 
The seen, Prakriti, exists for and is subordinate to the Seer, or Self. Its sole purpose is to provide experience for the growth and Self-Realization of man. 

II.22. KRTARTHAM PRATI NASTAM APY ANASTAM TAD-ANYA-SADHARANATVAT. 
'Even though it (Prakriti) becomes non-existent for him who has fulfilled its purpose, it continues to exist for others for it is common to all'. 

Commentary: 
To one who has attained liberation, Prakriti ceases to exist, and its purposes has been carried out. But Nature, the phenomenal world, remains a common experience for those who have yet to realize the Self; it continues to exist for them.
 
Love all equally. - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

PUMPKIN TART
- Makes 2 x 8 inch pies

This recipe uses freshly cooked pumpkin. The dough is baked blind first before the filling is added and further baked till set. Makes a spicy satisfying tart for a dessert. A festive dessert for Thanksgiving. Serve with whipped cream or alternative creamy topping.

Ingredients for Filling:
1 medium pumpkin
7 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
4 ounces silken tofu
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch ground mace or freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
1 tablespoon soy flour

Ingredients for Pastry Dough:
2 ½ cups wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
4 tablespoons wheat germ or sesame seeds
2/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons corn oil
7 tablespoons chilled sparkling mineral water

Directions:
Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut pumpkin into eighths and remove the seeds and stringy bits. Place pumpkin in a baking tray, cover with foil and bake in oven for 45 to 60 min till soft.
Make dough: Sift flour and salt into large bowl. Stir in the wheat germ or sesame seeds. Blend in the oil until pieces are size of peas. Add the chilled sparkling water, little at a time, until the mixture is moist. Knead dough just enough to hold it together. Divide the dough in half and roll into two balls. Wrap in wax paper and chill 30 minutes.
Make the Filling: Remove pumpkin from the oven and peel it. Puree in a food processor until smooth. Add maple syrup, tofu and blend in. Add salt, spices and soy flour and mix in well.
Roll dough out on floured surface and line dough in two 8 inch pie pans with removable bottoms. Use fork to prick holes in dough lining. Bake in oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and fill the pie dough shells with the pumpkin filling. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F and bake pies 45 minutes until filling is set.

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: http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/diet/recipes.html

Fasting does help in self-control. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC and ATTC Teacher Training Courses

2018

May 05 - Jun 03/18
TTC – Deutsch
Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

May 06 - Jun 02/18
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

May 12 - Jun 09/18
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA
www.sivananda.org/yogafarm

May 13 - Jun 09/18
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

May 14 - Jun 12/18
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

May 27 - Jun 23/18
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India
www.sivananda.org/madurai

Jun 02 - Jun 30/18
TTC – English
London, England
http://www.sivananda.org/london/teachers_training_UK.html

Jun 03 - Jul 01/18
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Jun 05 - Jul 02/18
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Jun 17 - Jul 14/18
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Jun 29 - Jul 27/18
TTC – English, Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jun 29 - Jul 27/18
ATTC – Français, English, Deutsch, Español
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jun 30 - Jul 29/18
TTC – lietuvių kalba Русский язык
Vilnius, Lithuania
https://www.sivananda.eu/lt/jogos-mokytoju-kursai/ttc-vietos/lietuvoje.html

Jul 01 - Jul 29/18
TTC – English, Français
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Jul 01 - Jul 29/18
TTC – Espaňol
San Raphael, Antioquia, Columbia
http://www.sivananda.or.guy

Jul 05 - Aug 01/18
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Jul 14 - Aug 11/18
TTC – English 中文 Tiếng Việt
Da Lat, Vietnam
www.sivanandayogavietnam.org

Jul 22 - Aug 18/18
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Jul 28 - Aug 26/18
TTC – English, Deutsch
Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

Jul 29 - Aug 26/18
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Aug 02 - Aug 30/18
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Aug 04 - Sep 02/18
TTC – Espaňol, English
Aluenda, Zaragoza, España Spain
http://www.sivananda.se

Aug 04 - Sep 02/18
TTC – English, Italiano
Bracciano, Italy
http://www.sivananda-yoga-roma.it

Aug 05 - Sep 02/18
ATTC – English, Français
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

More 2018 TTC and ATTC courses can be viewed here.

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

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

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

Cultivate discrimination, dispassion and a correct attitude to life.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - APRIL 2018

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada


    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Sivananda Headquarters

    Although we are officially in Springtime we ended up getting another snowfall in early April! The Camp was once again freshly covered in snow and the snowblower had to be taken out once again to clean up the walk paths and shovelling that needed to get done. Then days became sunnier, and the reflection off the snow made the scenery seem even brighter. We began to incorporate the chanting of the Lalita Sahasranama and Gita 4 nights a week, led by some of the staff, to continue throughout the year. We had many guests come to partake in our Japa Yoga workshop with Mookambika. Mookambika Chaitanya returned from India. We were all very happy to have her back at the Camp with us. She led 2 weekend workshops along with a Q/A on Sunday. The weekend went very well with one of the workshops held in Samadhi Estates which is always inspiring for the guests. Everyone left with some new techniques and tips on how to continue their practice at home. In general, our April weekend programs saw many people registering. Meanwhile the staff continued with the painting around the Camp, finishing up in the Lodge. Another project that has been ongoing here at the Camp is the transcribing of Swami Vishnu's lectures. We were able to finish with all of the transcripts. The staff pulled together in order to get this done which was very nice. Everyone continued to get their duties done and keep up with their Sadhana.

    The snow continued into mid April this year. We had some icy weather arrive which made the paths a bit messy. Although the temperatures weren't too cold, it seemed we will still be seeing snow for a little while longer. Mookambika Chaitanya led various workshops throughout the day for the Ashram guests. They were all very eager to learn so she offered 2 different workshops a day. We help a Puja for Devi. One of our priests, Manjunath arrived and prepared the Subramanya Temple for opening day. There was much preparation to be done for the Temple opening. The deities were taken back up to the Temple after being with us in the Krishna Temple all winter. The Subramanya Temple opening ceremony had many devotees come to partake in the occasion. The Ashram guests were given a lecture on the 5 Points of Yoga with Swami Shivabhaktananda, before heading up to the Temple. The ceremony was beautiful and the food was delicious. Everyone was very happy to have the Temple open again. Manjunath will be helping us with the Temple for a while. Prahlad also came to the Camp to organize and run the opening. The staff were doing well. We had a couple new karma yogis join us. The staff are all working together to get things creating a nice energy at the Camp. May the Grace of Master and Swamiji bless all. Om Shanti.




Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!

    The month of April saw the current TTC progressing smoothly. Dr Vishnu gave an interesting Satsang talk about Ayurveda for both Yoga Vacation and TTC students, including the theory of panchamahabhutas (five great elements). Forty people enjoyed the backwater trip. Apart from the boat ride they also stopped in Varkala for a dip in the sea at sunset. Thirty-three people participated in a mantra initiation. May Gurus' grace inspire them in their Sadhana. Work study, Emine, left for Uttarkashi to do TTC there. We wish her a smooth journey and successful course.

    By the middle of April the directors and office staff were on tender hooks in preparation for the yoga school surveillance audit. It has been one year now since the Indian Sivananda Ashrams were certified as yoga schools by AYUSH and the Government of India. The audit consisted of checking our documentation and teaching abilities and facilities. We were thankful that Bhavna came from Delhi especially to help out. At the end, the lead auditor commented that he found significant improvements in our system. Nevertheless, we have a few points that need to be corrected. The TTC finished successfully with all but one passing the course. May Master and Swamiji guide them to liberation. Hamsa returned after her visit to Sri Lanka and Madurai. Peace and Pranams to the Sivananda family. Om.




Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India

    Om Namo Narayanaya from Uttar Kashi

    May Master and Guru be with us all.May Master and Guru be with us all. Om.


Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France

    Om Namah Sivaya

    The Easter programme ended with the graduation for the Yoga Pregnancy course and a well visited lecture with Angela Hope Murray on Dinacharya, a concept in Ayurvedic medicine that bases daily activities around the cycles of nature. Topic of the week was the Power of Positive Thinking with inspiring lectures and Satsangs, many of them including practical exercises. Swami Bhagavatananda returned from India and we are happy to have her back at the Ashram. Swami Kailasananda went to Paris for a couple of days but was back on Friday. Kailas left for a weekend of workshops in Paris and Charles arrived from Geneva to be with us for one week. The entrance to the Chateau is being repainted and is promising to look fresh and light. A project is underway to digitize (scan) many photos, including some of Swami Vishnudevananda, which were found on the attic. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Yoga Farm

    During April we were happy to welcome back the Sivananda Yoga Health Educator students for the 2nd module focusing on Ayurveda, A&P, and Yoga Philosophy. The students were last together in October and have returned inspired to resume their studies, many of whom have already begun to apply their Yoga Health Educator knowledge with their own students. Swami Jnaneswarianada, Sw Dharmananda, and Dr Suprabha Jain welcomed the students and initiated the course. The group dove into A&P with Sw Jnaneswariananda, Ayurveda with Mary Thompson, and introduction to western medical conditions and treatments with Dr Jain. Rudra taught the weekend “Stress Relief and Relaxation” workshop with many guests taking time to rejuvenate with Yoga classes and teachings to manage prana and positive thinking techniques. Projects include completion of the new front entrance driveway to the Ashram, new exterior stairway at Swamiji's house, painting the pond gazebo and deck repairs. The lavender fields continue to thrive! Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Yoga Farm. Om.




Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya

    Greetings from the Yoga Ranch. For the month of April the Ashram saw a very high volume of guests for this time of year, while the weather changed by the day between wintry then springlike. TTC entered Week 4 with enthusiasm. Our monthly Yoga Immersion for Beginners course began, led by Hamsa. We welcomed back Radha, who returned from Chicago after 18 months of service there. The TTCs had mantra initiation. Shakti and Neeti arrived from New York Centre, as well as several of the teachers from the Centre, for the East Coast Teachers weekend. Shyam and Mohini were here from Florida and taught special asana classes for the retreat. Radha led the other weekend program, which was very popular with the guests: Art of Deep Relaxation and Yoga Nidra weekend. The TTCs took their exam, and by the Grace of the Gurus, they did excellent work. Many of the graduating TTCs participated in the teachers meeting, along with Srinivasan, Swami Paramananda, Swami Satyapremananda, Shyam, Mohini, and all the Ashram staff who have completed TTC. We said goodbye to most of the TTCs, sending them off with our best wishes and blessings, as well as Prashanta, Brahmaswaroop and Emily, whose karma-yoga commitment finished at the end of TTC.

    The sudden big changes in weather continued into mid-April, with summery temperatures and everyone in short sleeves on one day, followed by snow and wind the next. Our monthly Positive Thinking course began, led by Gopi. Swami Satyapremananda traveled to New York Centre to lead the evening Satsang, returning to the Ashram soon after. The staff focused on preparing the Ashram for another busy weekend. We again had a full house and a waiting list. We were honoured to welcome Swami Paramatmananda, a senior disciple of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, who came from Arsa Vidya Mandir to lead a wonderful weekend program on Yamas & Niyamas. There were two other weekend programs, also popular: Native American Sweat Lodge with Heather Principe and Yoga for Back Care with Bharata, who joined us for the weekend from New York City. Shanti arrived to serve for a few months, and Nitya arrived to lead the cooking for a week. Our Staff are well, feeling grateful for the grace of the Gurus and sending Pranams to all from The Ranch. Om.




Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas

    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves

    The month of April we welcomed John Milton and Douglas Canterbury-Counts, who presented the program "The Way of Nature: Reconnection and Renewal". It was a special experiential retreat, which included lectures with references to Yoga, Vedanta, Buddhism, Taoism, Tantra and shamanic Traditions. We festively inaugurated the April TTC and ATTC. Satyadev and Nirmala arrived from Colombia to teach the Hatha Yoga portion in the TTC. Jnaneshwari Chaitanya gave a program during morning Satsangs on "Sadhana: Understanding and Maintaining a Daily Practice". We started a very special program with Swami Aparokshananda Saraswati, a disciple of Swami Dayananda Saraswati and a traditional teacher of Vedanta internationally. He gave inspiring teachings from the Bhagavad Gita on Karma Yoga during his program "Relevance of Karma Yoga in Modern Life". Rukmini Chaitanya taught a 3-day Essentials of Meditation Weekend Course. Isvari Mary Ann Johnson and Vidya Denise Chapman started the 7-day "Ayurveda Marma Therapy Course". Molly Birkholm and Ford Peck started their 6-day "iRest® Yoga Nidra Level 1 Teacher Training".

    By the middle of April Swami Aparokshananda continued his inspiring program "Relevance of Karma Yoga in Modern Life" during the evening Satsangs throughout the week and also gave an interesting program on " Different Meditative Practices for Enriching the Mind" during several morning Satsangs. Krishnan Namboodiri performed a Ganapati Vidya Homa, invoking the energy of Ganesha to remove obstacles and of the Divine Mother to bestow knowledge on all the participants. We welcomed Kumari Catherine Gillies, who gave the programs "Oh My Aching Back!" and "Living Through Change: Yoga for the Grieving Process" during noon workshops. Julie Lusk, who has more than 35 years of expertise in stress relief, yoga, relaxation training, guided imagery and meditation, stayed with us a couple of days for her program "Relax, Reflect, Revitalize", which she taught in the afternoon workshops. Theodore Tsavoussis, who earned professional certification in energy medicine, gave three afternoon workshops on "Healing the Light Body: Exploring Shamanic Medicine". We concluded the week with beautiful concerts filled with warmth, humour and devotion with Gina Sala and Daniel Paul. Parvati Chaitanya taught a 3-day Positive Thinking Weekend Course. Om.




Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith or Mittersill, Tyrol, Austria

    Om Namah Sivaya

    A week in Mittersill/Salzburg started in good spirits with a group of friendly guests who all had been here before. All of them needed rest from daily life affairs and were looking for a real retreat and for new inspiration. Lectures on stress management, a presentation on sound sleep in combination with relaxing yoga classes, were well received. Chanting during Satsangs was unusually strong and helped up to keep the mood. Fare well on Friday was sad but new resolutions for the next yoga vacations were made joyfully. The weekend-subject was "thoughtpower and positive thinking". Open minded, mainly new guests adapted very quickly to the daily schedule. Lectures on "world of thoughts, cultivation of positivity and creative, yogic life-management" were received well. The healthy mixture of yoga, wellness, good food and beautiful nature surroundings was much appreciated. OM.


Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

    Om Namo Narayanaya from the Meenakshi Ashram

    The month of April sailed by with the new group of Yoga Vacationers enrolling for the next program. Healthy yoga sessions, complete with philosophical interactions, snippetty tea times, gourmet meals, energizing and rejuvenating Satsangs; the guests enjoyed it all. The weather was changing colours with fine mornings getting sultry and humid as the day progressed with the night getting wrapped up in a mix of temperatures. Group Karma Yoga for the staff members had them engaged in clearing the pathway of thorns, plastics, wood and stone splinters well ahead of the upcoming Summer Camp for kids. Om.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Resort, Tuyen Lam Lake, Da Lat, Vietnam

    Om Namah Sivaya, from Da Lat Ashram

    Om Namah Sivaya from DaLat Ashram where the month of April was much quieter, supporting the steady practice of the Sadhana Intensive group who entered their second week of practice. All participants continued steady with the increased practices, right through to the end of the course which was marked with a special Puja and graduation ceremony for the students. We start to receive again a few international guests. We said farewell to several staff members who had been here to assist during the busy period. Om.

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TTC and ATTC Reports from pop up locations worldwide:

    Nothing to report this month.




SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Centres -

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Courses and classes were very good this month. During the Easter vacation we had an intensive course which was very successful, so that we spontaneously arranged a second level course the next week. Many regular 4 week courses started, among them a Pranayama course with a good group of inspired students and a meditation course with motivated participants longing to go deeper in their practice. The yoga philosophy course “Yoga wisdom for everyday life” attracted a good group of students, all of them keen on learning how to integrate Yoga philosophy into daily life. A small relaxation seminar was taking place on one of the Saturdays. The weather was warm as summer in the mid of April and we had the first outdoor classes on our garden platform behind the Centre. We did quite some deep cleaning around the house this month. Storage was cleared, window cleaning, asana platform painting and other maintenance projects were completed. Also our garden in front and behind the center was nicely made with vividly blossoming spring flowers. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Om Namah Sivaya

    The month of April the students started returning from their vacations. Aditya joined the group of professors who did the TTC 2018 in Brazil. Heyra de Venezuela is already adapted to the dynamics of the Centre. They started three Beginner Courses and two Meditation Courses. A new study cycle of Bhagavad Gita started, led by Swami Premananda. The Children's Yoga classes started again.

    By the middle of April Swami Premananda went to the Centre of Montevideo to participate in the activities of the Yoga Festival, directed by Kanti Devi. Harini, from Buenos Aires, TTC Bariloche, joined the group of teachers, to teach Yoga for Pregnant Women. Nandini (Ximena from Bolivia) who also took the TTC Bariloche 2018 returned to the Centre to stay for a few days to do Karma Yoga. On Saturday we gave a Yoga for the Back class. Om.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    In April open classes were going on smoothly. The Yoga Foundation Course also went on very well. We had day off for the public holidays. A highlight was the Satsang on Sunday where we did the Sunday Prayers together and shared reading from Thought Power. Ambika returned from Vietnam, Sivani went to Beijing, will meet with Swami Sitaramananda and Swami Adi Parashakti there. They will start a Retreat. A Yoga and Ayurveda Course, led by Swami Sitaramananda and Dr. Ramkumar, started in Chengdu. We did some preparations for that and looked forward to studying more!

    As April continued it was eventful and uplifting for us. We first welcomed Swami Sitaramananda and Swami Adi Parashaktiananda in Beijing after their Japan teaching tour. It was Swamiji’s 2nd time visiting Beijing after 9 years and Swami Adi Parashaktiananda’s first time in Beijing. Swamiji initiated the new affiliated Centre, Vidya Yoga Centre, which is located on the outskirts of Beijing in the Changping district. Around 20 students joined the three day retreat including beginners, experienced practitioners, TTC graduates, etc. Swamiji totally transformed the Centre space by all the different arrangements and students were all very happy to participate in Karma Yoga. The spiritual atmosphere was uplifted by all the teachings, and everyone was very inspired by the depth of classical yoga. We thanked Vidya Devi, the organizer, and her family for their great devotion and hospitality. Swami Adi Prarashakti was able to see the Great Wall in between the tight schedule, and also visited Tiananmen square with Swamiji. Sivani and Chinmayi traveled back to Chengdu with the swamis. Dr. Ramkumar also arrived on the same day to join us in Chengdu for the the five-day Yoga and Ayurveda Intensive at the Centre. Swamiji led Satsang on the same night and over 40 students came. Everyone was very happy and at the same time inspired by all the stories Swamiji shared. The Centre was packed. We started the Intensive immediately. 23 students from different parts of China came to join the program together with staff members and karma yogis. We had to hire a hotel conference room to host Hatha Yoga classes. Classical Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda knowledge was very much new to many students who are already yoga teachers. Everyone was eager to learn. Staff were very happy to have the teachers visiting again. The whole Centre was charged with energy. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre.

    We had a very strong start to April with a large number of students attending the new Morning Beginners Course. We did some karma yoga cleaning of the fans and all the posters in both asana halls. The Evening Beginners Course ended, segwaying to the second workshop of the month, Surya Namaskar. All the other classes continued well, with the blessings of our Gurus.

    The middle of April was rich of events and celebrations starting off with the Ladies Beginners course. We worked all together ​doing some Karma Yoga cleaning all the windows in both asana halls and painting the altar statues. We had Ganapati Homa with all staff and some students participating. The Pooja increased good vibrations and positive energy in the Centre. In the evening we decorated the altar and all around in preparation for Vishu Celebration. The day after we had Pranayama Workshop with a very good number of Students and then Sadhya Feast was extremely successful with 70 people coming. Everybody enjoyed the food and left the Centre with a big smile. With the Grace of God and our Masters, everything continued to run smoothly. Pranams! Om.

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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    April brought some snow showers but that is not stopping our students from coming to class. We started a Yoga and Meditation 1 course. They were a very dedicated and inspiring bunch. Spring cleaning began and we have scheduled our air ducts in the Annex to be cleaned and will start fundraising and seeking donations to help offset the costs. We were all looking forward to breathing a little deeper after the completion of this project. Lots of new courses have been scheduled including Yoga 2, a positive thinking course, meditation course and cooking workshop. Radha left for the Ranch and we thanked her for all her hard work and dedication to the Chicago Centre and to the Gurus. May the grace of the Gurus be with her on this next stage of her spiritual journey. Staff were happy and well and send Pranams to all! Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam

    Om Namah Sivaya

    The month of April we saw some staff changes. Durga Devi finished her 7 month staff contract and left Dalat Centre while Siva Shakti and Samadeva moved from the Ashram to Dalat Centre. They stayed in Dalat Centre for 2 months. The students came to Open classes regularly and enjoyed Satsangs. Jaya Devi, a resident, assisted Open classes to learn how to teach. 

    By the middle of April a Yoga Beginner course opened, taught by Samadeva. Siva Shakti trained Samadeva how to teach the Beginner course. He enjoyed teaching this course very much. There were more new students arriving to evening Satsang, led by Siva Shakti. They enjoyed it. We welcomed another Vietnamese resident to our Centre. She enjoyed practicing yoga lifestyle and vegetarian food. Resident, Jaya Devi (TTC March 2018) started to teach a full asana class. She taught confidently. We pray for the Guru's grace to be always with us. May the grace of the Masters be with you. Om.

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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India

    Om Namah Sivaya

    During the month of April the brochure got redesigned for this quarter including many new workshops and courses. Some changes in the timings and prices were made. A Beginner’s Courses started at 10:00 A.M. & 6:30 P.M. An Advanced Pranayama workshop was conducted and looking at the response from the students, soon Advanced Pranayama course will start regularly at the Centre. A weight loss course also started to help participants shed the extra inches. This course will last for 2 weeks subjecting participants to practice asanas, Pranayama and multiple rounds of Surya Namaskaras. Our Trial Class was conducted, aiming at making participants understand what Yoga really is all about. Washrooms were reconstructed on all the 3 floors, including the one on the ground floor. We had a teachers’ meeting and we discussed on several points for betterment of Centre as well as to Humanity. The Staff managed the Centre efficiently plus, were deeply engrossed in their spiritual practice.

    By the middle of April the weight-loss workshop came to an end resulting in happy students who lost considerable amount of weight by the end of 2 weeks. Yoga Beginners’ course begin on Mondays at 6:00 A.M. & 4:00 P.M., introducing a new set of students to Yoga. The Shat Kriya workshop was conducted to help participants learn techniques to cleanse their body using the elements of nature. Our Satsangs were as blissful as ever. The Trial Class conducted aimed at making participants understand what Yoga really is all about. The Staff was managing the Centre efficiently. By the grace of God and the blessings of Gurudev all is well here. We hope the same for all of you. We send our Pranams to all. Om Namo Narayanaya! Om.

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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India

    Om Namo Narayanaya

    With the blessings of the Masters we started April with a Beginners' course. We started the "Foundation to Meditation" course on Wednesdays at 10:00am. The course comprised of 6 classes, every Wednesday & Friday. A weekend Beginners' Intensive course was also offered. We received the pending payment of boutique from Rudraprayag TTC team & Dwarka Centre. We received donations from our students following our donation request for changing the old ACs which were not working properly during high summer months in the Asana Hall. As a result, the highest income was registered. We replaced the two ACs in Vishnu Hall.

    With the blessing of the Masters we started the middle of April with two Beginners' course, one at 6:30am and the other at 4:00pm with good number of students. The meditation course continued. The 8 limbs of Raja Yoga was explained, the 12 steps to Meditation plus, Tratak (Candle gazing) was practiced during the two classes. We conducted the "Summer Cooler - Salad & Drinks" workshop. Three variety of salads & two types of drinks were made by students with the guidance of the teacher. Everyone enjoyed eating together. Satsangs, open classes, gentle yoga, kids yoga, prenatal, special Sun Salutation class along with few private sessions and the Centre went well, with the grace of our Gurus. We send our Pranams and hope everyone is happy and peaceful. Om.

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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre

    For the month of April the Centre was open for all the open classes and Satsangs. Mahadev came to help for one week at the Centre. Girija spent the Easter week in Orleans and Ananta went to the UK, to join the Easter retreat of the London Centre, which took place in Wales. In Geneva spring is on the way. Om Sri Ramaya Namaha. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Om Namah Sivaya

    During the month of April Swami Sitaramanada and Swami Adiparashaktiananda left the Centre for Japan, after being in Vietnam for several months to teach the TTC, ATTC and SI, as well as several very successful and well-attending programs here in the Centre. We thanked them for bringing such wonderful energy, insight and inspiration to the Centre. The first week of April was very full with one of the highest student counts on record. We had a well-attended workshop for Prenatal Teacher Training, with Padma, with 15 people coming.  We held a workshop for making and using mala beads with visiting Dalat-Ashram staff, Dharmini, with 10 people attending.  We did a special class to train the February TTC graduates on how to teach open classes and courses in English with Tushti, attended by eight new teachers.

    By the middle of April we had the highest student count on record. Swami Pranavananda returned from Dalat after teaching TTC, ATTC and SI, full of energy and inspiration from the beautiful Ashram and those wonderful courses. Ganga Chaitanya taught the very popular Restorative Yoga Course, with six people coming, some from far away.  Also helping (translating and assisting) with the Ashram courses (TTC, ATTC and SI) was Padmavati. While translating for the SI for the third year in a row, she also just finished the written translation of the book Hatha Yoga Pradipika into Japanese, complete with the commentary of Swami Vishnu-devananda ji!  Although still working intensely to finish the book, she was able to teach a course training teachers how to teach Gentle Yoga, with 17 people attending. Everyone was happy to receive her positive energy. Pranams to the Sivananda Family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England

    Om Namah Sivaya

    All is well here with the blessings of our Gurus. All other classes went well. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya!

    A Yoga One Course began in early April, while students continued to gratefully expand their knowledge in Y2 and Y3 courses. Guru Puja brought students and staff together in gratitude and devotion. Jaya (Jeff Sims) offered a workshop on Pain and Yoga. Everyone learned tools for dealing with and reducing pain. Karma Yogis continued supporting in abundance. Hamsa Chaitanya went to the Ashram Yoga Farm for the SYHET course. She was accompanied by a Karma Yogi Joey who got to visit the Ashram for the first time! Deviyani arrived to help at the Centre during Hamsa Chaitanya's absence. May the Blessings of Gurudev be upon all. Pranams. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!

    At the beginning of April the Centre resumed full schedule after the Easter break. Two new courses started with good participation: a Vedanta course with Gopala and also a Pranayama course. We welcome Gopika, a close teacher, as resident for 10 days. One weekend was dynamic with 6 residents staying for the continuation of the first aid course for yoga teachers. We were happy to see so many yogis for the two-hour asana workshop “Psychosomatic Effects of Asanas”. Our Masters were sending lots of helpers in all departments of the Centre.

    By the middle of April we had a successful Open House day. Classes and courses continued as usual. The new TTC Aluenda website was seen online and several inquiries came regarding the course. Spring cleaning started and Masters sent lots of helpers. The Centre was shining. We welcomed new staff Samadhi who will be serving in Madrid. We held a peaceful Kirtan workshop and inspiring Sunday Satsang. The Staff are well. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Thanking our Masters for all blessings and support bestowed. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi!! Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay

    Om Namah Sivaya

    The month of April we started a Beginners’ course. There was a very good assistant of students. A new staff member, Abhaya, arrived. Chandra directed the Satsang with very good energy. We prepared the diffusion and organization of the Yoga Festival from 13th to 15th April. The regular programs continued to be supported by the grace of Masters.

    By the middle of April the courses and Regular classes developed very well. The highlight was the Yoga Festival. We started the celebration with a night Satsang, directed by Kanti Devi, with the participation of  Swami Premanda from Buenos Aires. Kanti Devi also prepared delicious Prasads. Staff and students participated with great devotion. Kanti Devi gave a yoga asana class to advanced students and Sivananda teachers. Swami Premananda gave a workshop “The Gift of Forgiveness”.  We repeated Om Namo Narayanaya for peace. Then Chandrashekar taught the yoga asana class with a topic “Sacrifice and Relax in the Practice of Asanas”. We  finished the Yoga Festival day with a Satsang, directed by Swami Premanada, with a projection of "Holy Temples of South India". We did a contemplative and meditation walk to the coast. After that  Lalita taught the asana class and short meditation after relaxation. Swami Premananda gave a beautiful workshop about mantras for the each day of the week. We closed the Yoga Festival with a short repetition of the mantra for peace. Regular classes continued on as well. Love to all. May all live under the Masters's grace. With Prem and Om. Om Shanti!! Om.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Montreal Centre!

    The month of April at the Centre saw a slow build up of returning students. Class and course attendance was stronger with the promise of Spring just around the corner. Swami Shivabhaktananda led the Satsang with 20 students. We started a Meditation 1 course. We cleaned the Centre and prepared for Prahlad's arrival. It was a jam packed weekend. Saturday morning Prahlad led an advanced class with 33 students and in the afternoon a 3 hour corrections workshop for the teachers. Sunday morning he taught advanced class with 32 students and in the afternoon led an Open House for TTC with 25 students. The 5 pm yoga class was packed with 38 students and the Satsang was lively with 97 in attendance. We were very grateful for his presence at the Centre and the students are already looking forward to his return.

    By the middle of April the class attendance was strong. Two new courses started: positive thinking course with Narayani and Meditation course for beginners. Satyabhama gave a workshop called “Yoga for the Eyes”, with 23 students. The students were very happy after the workshop. Swami Shivabhaktananda conducted the evening Satsangs. We were very grateful for his visit. The students were always happy for his dynamic and uplifting Satsangs. By the grace of the masters and all the support of the community, everything was running well at the Centre. Pranams! Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!

    One of the special events of the last weeks was a one-day asana retreat “Happy Back”. Swami Sivadasananda was here and gave several inspiring Satsangs. Furthermore we held a workshop “How to Overcome Fear” and had a lecture with our teacher and Ayurveda therapist Chandrika on Ayurvedic home remedies. We also started new rounds of the Meditation course and the Positive Thinking course as well as a Bhagavad Gita course. We performed two Pujas on the occasion of the spiritual festivals Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanthi. Greetings from the Sivananda Yoga Centre Munich! OM.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    By Guru’s Grace and Masters Blessings we had a great and successful April. A few new courses started including one new course. We introduced a “Positive Thinking & Meditation.” A Satsang was led by Tandava who briefed on Bhakti and Jnana Yoga. The Ranch Ashram, located upstate New York State, held an East Coast Teacher’s Meeting which a lot of the NYC Centre’s teachers attending, including Neeti and Shakti. Mokshapriya and Tandava stayed in the Centre. We held Open House day and it ran very smoothly with a good number of people! Everyone returned from the Ranch along with Swami Paramananda ji! Swamji taught the advanced class, followed by Satsang. His Satsang brought lots of familiar faces as always and he gave a step to step guide on how to Cultivate Vairagya. We were feeling blessed and with much gratitude for Swami ji’s visit.

    By the middle of April the flowers in our garden were blooming, looking a lot like Spring! One of our Satsangs was led by special guest Swami Satyapremananda. With her lovely chanting and storytelling, we felt very grateful for her visit! It was a lovely Satsang and we looked forward to having her back soon. Mokshapriya left for the Ashram for one week where she will be attending the Hatha Yoga Intensive. Saturday was a busy day with two workshops - one on headstands, taught by Tandava and the other on Pranayama, taught by Neeti. Shakti led the Satsang and talked about world peace. By Gods Grace and Masters Blessings all continued well. We work with gratitude for this beautiful opportunity to serve. We are all well and send our blessings to the Sivananda Family! Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Spring is in the air, life gave us pleasant weather with blue sky and a little rain. This month the Centre was uplifted a couple of Satsangs given by Swami Kailasanandaji and with some Pujas and ceremonies led by the priest. We had a  Sarasvati Puja led by  two priests, some extra mantras in an evening satsang, we had also a joyful Puja for hanuman Jayanti and a Sri Yantra Puja. This month, Sivakami enjoyed preparing and giving a Kirtan course and a Sanskrit course. We all enjoyed and learned a proper pronunciation of the Sanskrit sounds. She also enjoyed going to the ashram to teach a Sanskrit course for the staff. There were workshops on the topics: ‘how to overcome fear.’ ‘ the 12 basic postures’ and Yoga at home. We had the first month out of  three months of public transportation strike. By the end of the month the people started to get used.  God gave us a big family. Because of the strikes, Swami Kailasananda, the priest and whoever was passing by in Paris had to stay a little longer at the Centre. Rukmini stay for some days and she took beautiful pictures for our new website. On Wednesday 4th life gave us a perfect Satsang with Swami Kailasananda. We had beautiful Kirtans, Slokas recited by the priest and a beautiful letter of the Master. Everyone was uplifted by Masters’ words and the commentary given by Swami Kailasananda. There was a cheerful mood. In spite of the strike, 76 people were there for the Satsang. We had a cheerful weekend with a programme given by Kailas. He gave two very useful asana workshops for the teachers, an inspiring asana class for every one and a joyful and spontaneous Satsang. Rukmini did photo shoots of the workshops and a video with a drone. The Centre was happy to see Swami Gopalananda who came to work on the accounts and to give a Satsang. We appreciated his presence and his joyful and spontaneous Satsang on the topic of meditation from the 6th chapter of the Gita. Three intensive courses created a joyful mood during the two weeks of school holidays. There was a yoga 1 in the mornings and a meditation course and a nutrition course in the evenings. There were less students than usual for the open classes and for the Open House but there was a festive atmosphere with the holidays and the intensive courses. The Centre has a new teacher. Asha started to give Open classes every day. God gave us cheerful and uplifting  celebration of Swami Kailasanandas' birthday on Sunday the 22th. In spite of the holidays, of the strikes and of the beautiful weather, 120 people came to express to her their gratitude and love. Swamiji gave and inspiring Satsang from the book “Swamiji Said”. She got many flowers, two special Prasads, a healthy cake, a photo book from the Paris Centre April 2017-April 2018, and Prem from all. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America

    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil

    Blessings and Peace to all of the Sivananda Family. In April, classes went well. Teachers came to teach and also work at the reception because we do not have permanent staff. Kanti Devi visited the Centre and she gave very inspired programs. One course on Raja Yoga, Satsang and a special Yoga class for teachers to correct theirs asanas and to correct their students. We have also a meeting with the teachers to organize classes and programs. Lila from Livramento (another city) came to help. Right after the class for teachers, Kanti Devi went to the Airport. She had programs that afternoon in Sao Paulo. We have two karma yogis that come every week to help in our beautiful garden. Besides bananas, tomatoes (cherries), maracuja we have 5 nice papaya trees!!! They are full of fruits and also lots of flowers with the promise of more fruits. Also in April we were working on improving one of the cabins that leaks when it rains. We were ready to print more “Meditation and Mantras” books in Portuguese, that sold out, plus a new digital edition of Meditación and Mantras. Teachers gather for Arati at Ganesha Shrine. The Centre kept its sattvic energy by the grace of our beloved Gurus. Om.



Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves from Roma

    The beginning of April was rather slow after the holidays. We had a special class with Prema (model in the book "Yoga Your Home and Practice Companion") who visited Rome for a few hours, the theme was "Expansion in the Asanas”. The hall was full and the students were happy and inspired after the class. Also a new Yoga 3 and Yoga 6 started. We were all well and send our blessings to the Sivananda Family! Om Shanti. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves

    In the beginning of April we held our monthly Open House, followed by a talk on the Secrets of Ketu, by Komilla Sutton. Participants stayed for a potluck meal to continue the discussion with Komilla. We also offered a vegetarian Indian cooking workshop. Twelve happy students gathered around to learn and taste. A group of seven sincere students started a Meditation 1 course. A Yoga 1 course concluded.

    By the middle of April the second series of six classes on Vedanta and Sanskrit ended with Gajananam. We hoped to resume both classes in the summer. We offered a TTC info session one Saturday afternoon, including a free asana class. Our music concert series continued with a beautiful Santoor concert given by Arshad Syed. Part 1 of a workshop on Managing Stress in the Urban World, which focussed on Proper Breathing was held, with Bhavani. A Yoga 1 course started. Swami Sivasankariananda went to the Yoga Farm for the second module of the Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training. Sunday Satsangs were well-attended, with students staying on for soup, and more. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Sao Paolo, Brasil

    Om Namah Sivaya from Sao Paolo

    The month of April was joyful and busy with sunny days. Many students attended regular classes. The Centre was blessed with the presence of Acharya Kanti Devi. Sivananda teachers from Sao Paulo and other cities (Narayan and Shivani from Franca and Shivabandu from Ribeirao Preto) have also join us during Kanti Devi visit. Kanti Devi gave an inspiring lecture about "Raja Yoga for Mind Control" based on Patanjali teachings. Sunday Satsang and lecture was about "Mantras -A Divine Source of Energy". There were very auspicious days, renewing resident staffs and Centre energy.

    By the middle of April the Autumn weather was felt in the air. On April 9, our Acharya Kanti Devi, provided an interesting workshop for Sivananda Teachers about correction of asanas. Many students attended regular classes despite the cold weather. The Friday Satsang was very auspicious with Divyajyoti talking about Vairagya, based on Sivananda’s teachings from Kundalini Yoga book. We started a Meditation Course. Om Shanti Shanti to all the Sivananda family. Om.

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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Om Namah Sivaya

    The month of April the staff brought all their attention towards the annual Passover Retreat, allowing over 100 yogis to join and have four days of yoga classes, inspiring lectures, excellent vegetarian food, and a general sense of living the yogic lifestyle. The program included talks about sacred mantras, using yogic tools in ‘real life’ and a wonderful classical Indian concert, to treat the guests. The, almost, thirty children were given a special program by qualified teachers, and were very well taken care of throughout the retreat. The Centre is looking forward to hosting another retreat in the summer. At the Centre in Tel Aviv, Pranava Chaitanya finished teaching a Yoga 2 course and also led the Sunday evening Satsang on the Raja Yoga topic of ‘Mind and Senses’.

    By the middle of April after returning from the Yoga Retreat, the staff jumped straight back into the running of the Centre in Tel Aviv. A meditation and a meditation 2 course, as well as a positive thinking course, were successfully completed. Three introduction classes for new meditation courses as well as a positive thinking course, were held this week as well. The positive thinking course then opened successfully and also a course for 'teaching yoga to children', led by Guy Dekel, a long time teacher who was also leading the kids program at the Yoga Retreat. The Sunday Satsang was hosted by special guest 'Rama' who celebrated his birthday by leading a night of Kirtan at the Satsang. Many attended the evening and joyfully chanted the Sunday prayers, amongst other chants.Pranams and Peace to the Sivananda family from the Tel Aviv Centre. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves

    The month of April Swami Sitaramananda and Swami Adiparashaktiananda who had finished teaching at the TTC in Vietnam arrived in Japan. They offered various programs at Tokyo Centre from the following day. The topic of a talk given by Swami Sita was “Health and Stress.” For many people in Japan who have disease despite of their diligence and interest in yoga, the talks were very practical and they attained knowledge how to apply yoga to their day-to-day life. Asana workshops, taught by Swami Adiparashaktiananda, had full house of students. Prana and Pranayama workshop, especially, turned out to be a wonderful opportunity for a lot of students to experience actual effects of Pranayama exercise, thanks to a very detailed instruction by Swami Adi. We held an inauguration ceremony for Shojiko Retreat Centre located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan and well-known as one of spiritual spots. An opening special program at Shojiko Retreat Centre was attended by good number of participants; 11 people on Day 1, 15 on Day 2, and 19 on Day 3, and everyone enjoyed a yogic life just like one would in an Ashram. All staff for Tokyo Centre joined the ceremony in which a beautiful Puja was conducted, and we were deeply rejoiced that this is the first retreat facility of Sivananda Yoga Centre in Japan, which enables to provide an opportunity to experience a yogic lifestyle at deeper level.

    By the middle of April after all the programs in Tokyo Centre and Shojiko Retreat Centre were finished, Swami Sitaramananda and Swami Adiparashaktiananda left for China for an opening event of the affiliate Centre in Beijing. We were truly thankful for them to have elevated us and the Tokyo Centre with such a tremendous energy and powerful guidance. A temporary staff Radha left the Centre after a 4-month service and returned her hometown, and will be going to India to deepen her spiritual learning. We were also grateful for her dedication and commitment to the Centre. Regular courses, Yoga 1 and Yoga 2, have been going well. A new monthly class on Vedanta, guided by Yashashvin, was joined by many students despite being taught on the week day. A Senior Yoga Teaching workshop was given by Padmavati Masako with good number of people attending. New Karma yogis, Narayani, Tejas, and a TTC graduate Ikuko started a training for teaching a class. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya

    For the month of April the Toronto Centre started new Yoga 1, 2 and 3 course as well as Yoga for Little kids and Yoga and Meditation for Teens. Saraswati and Dr Upasana taught a workshop that was aimed to teach parents how to use yoga practice to help their children deal with anxiety they experience. The workshop was an intensive that some parents driving several hours from Toronto in order to attend. We also started a new series of courses for Sketch, a street youth drop in Centre. Our Staff spent some time organizing karma yogis for the upcoming Yoga Show. Chandrika was settling in nicely, while she continued her work on Japanese translation of Meditation and Mantras. We celebrated Bhavani's birthday with a small surprise party, held by close teachers and students. Nalini left for Japan to get her visa for Canada and we hope to see her back soon. We send Om Namo Narayanaya to every one. Pranams to all. Om.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    With the blessings of God and revered Gurus we had started 3 new batches of classes in April - a beginners’ batch for ladies; a one month Kids vacation Yoga classes and an additional yoga class for the parents whose children are participating in the Kids yoga class. All other classes continued smoothly. Barbara returned after her visit to Srilanka. Satsang was led by Yashpal ji.

    By the middle of April a Beginners’ batch started. Kids vacation Yoga classes were going smoothly. Ganapathy Homa was conducted on the first day of the new Malayalam month. We celebrated an auspicious day - ‘Vishu’. The festival follows the solar cycle of the Lunisolar Hindu calendar as the first day of month called Medam. We arranged ‘Vishukkani’. It means "that which is seen first on Vishu". Vishukkani setting consists of items such as rice, lemon, cucumber, coconut cut open, jack fruit, metal mirror (Vaalkannadi), yellow Konna flowers (Cassia Fistula) which bloom in the season of Vishu, holy Hindu texts, coins or currency notes, oil lamp (Nilavilakku), and an idol of the Hindu God Krishna. The tradition has been that one of the senior members of the house, lights up the lamps at dawn, then goes to each member of the family one by one, blindfolds and wakes each one up, walks them to the front of the setting. He / She then releases the blindfold so one can see the Vishukkani, and then greets the Vishu day. To celebrate Vishu we distributed new clothes to the staff members. Satsang was led by Yashpal ji. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria

    Om Namah Sivaya

    We celebrated Easter at the beginning of the month by speaking about the significance  of Lord Jesus. In the Satsang on Easter Sunday we read from the chapter on “Jesus” from Swami Sivananda’s book „The Lives of Saints“. Most of the staffs went to Reith for the Easter programme there. Summer came with temperatures rising, which inspired staff to continue with various cleaning and renovation projects. During April we had a back workshop, a Kirtan Workshop and a TTC preparation day. The month of April a Yoga 2 began, our outside class resumed, the trial class saw a few newcomers and the coaching classes also continued. Open Classes had a good attendance. Spring came with warmer temperatures, which inspired staff to continue with various cleaning and renovation projects. Greetings from Vienna. Om Shanti. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius

    The month of April Classes and courses continued as usual. We had a big kid’s class with Radhika. The priest Yagneshwara arrived to the Centre. We were blessed with two Pujas. Ganesha Siva Murti Puja was performed. All enjoyed the beautiful energies, even novices joyfully took part in Abhishekam and other ceremonies. The highlight was highly uplifting Sri Yantra Lamp Puja. High energy attracted students for the open day despite that the weather was like in summer time and everyone in the city preferred to stay outside. Almost all participants registered for Yoga 1 or 2 courses. OM.

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    Nothing can shake you. Difficulties will make you more strong and endow you with more endurance. - Sri Swami Sivananda

 
 

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