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Yoga Farm Ashram, USA
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|OM NAMAH SIVAYA!|
Om Namah Sivaya
Greetings from the Yoga Camp Sivananda Headquarters in Val Morin.
With Master and Swamiji's grace, the Yoga Camp/Headquarters is having an extremely busy summer with the diverse programs offered this year. The ever-popular Kids Camp filled the Ashram with much energy and enthusiasm this year. The idea of retreating to an Ashram for a summer break has also brought in an abundance of regulars to the guest programs at Yoga Camp, creating a network of interested yogis.
The annual Kaavadi Chariot festival, at the Subramanya Temple at Yoga Camp, saw a large increase in attendance over previous years. Kaavadi is the event of the year for many. It even had a tremendous amount of city and local support for the event.
The rest of the Organization has been very busy this summer, as Swamis and staff leave there posting to travel extensively around the world to support the extremely well organized programs available in other Centres and Ashrams.
While the Ashrams are very busy with teacher trainings and special programs, the city's Centres are thriving with a flow of new students. It is reported that staff are in cheerful, high spirits in the process of service and Karma Yoga.
Grateful for your generous support we continue to share Swamiji's teachings, with devotion and dedication, without compromising the authenticity of the message.
A one time experience of your lifetime, join us for a journey, a pilgrimage, through India on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Swami Vishnudevanandaji's Mahasamadhi. This pilgrimage is to honour the life and teachings of Swamiji, a yoga pioneer and international peace activist. Swami Vishnudevananda's unrivaled and courageous mission brought yoga to the West and is now recognized as a monumental achievement on a worldwide scale. Through his tireless work the seeds Swami Vishnudevananda planted in the late twentieth century have grown into mighty forces. Through his sacrifice the practice of yoga is now accepted internationally as part of mainstream culture. For this Yatra we begin the journey at his birth place, Nemmara, South India and end at Netala, Himalayas where Swami Vishnudevananda's body was consigned to his beloved river Ganges. Accompanied by senior swamis and disciples of Swami Vishnudevananda, we will criss-cross the great sub-continent of India, visiting Temples and holy places, giving talks, seminars, conferences, yoga demonstrations and Satsangs in cities, towns and villages along the way. We will share the knowledge of Yoga and Vedanta in institutes of higher education, colleges, schools, local communities and our Sivananda Centres and Ashrams, bringing yoga to a wider public throughout India. Be part of this powerful spiritual journey by joining this auspicious Yatra. For more information contact:
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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Pure, noble and good character, Sadachara, forms an indispensable part of spiritual life. - Sri Swami Sivananda
SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ|
|| I read your article in "My Magazine": "Fly from the company of worldly-minded persons. Those who talk of worldly affairs will pollute you. Your mind will waver. Run, run, run quickly to solitary places like Rishikesh. You will be safe in the spiritual path". May I come to you and lead the life of a Sannyasin?
Do not be hasty. Think well. Look before you leap. Mere emotion will not do in the spiritual line. The above instructions are for those who were already doing some kind of Sadhana. They will have to go in for seclusion for advanced practices. It will be better for Beginners' like you to perform Nishkama Karma Yoga for three years in the world by disinterestedly serving the sick and the aged persons. Suppose you remain with me as a Sannyasin, have you got the real strength of heart to face your mother when she weeps bitterly before you with a broken heart? Will you stick to this line if your father comes and threatens you? Will you be unaffected in your mind if a young lady tempts you? Will you be steady if you are affected by a disease? Are you prepared to sacrifice this body and life in the cause of Truth? Have you understood the glory and importance of Sannyasa and seclusion? Have you got an idea of the difficulties that Sannyasins have to face? Are you prepared to go from door to door and live on Bhiksha? How will you spend the whole day and night when you live in seclusion? Just decide all these points before you come to me. If you are sure that you are fit for Sannyasa, you can come here. I will serve you and help you well. I will take care of your spiritual welfare. I will make you a king of kings. There is nothing so pleasant as the life of renunciation. It is best suited for quick Self-realization. Glory to all Sannyasins!
||Why must I be bound by the laws of Prakriti and be limited by the phenomena of time, space, causation and substance, and above all, why must I get involved in this process of evolution and involution?
The eye cannot perceive itself. A man cannot stand on his own shoulders. Even so, all enquiry into the Ultimate Cause, the causeless Cause of all creation, is first confronted with a formidable wall of primordial ignorance. He who annihilates his ego to nothing at this point, and who thus obtains the grace of Isvara, gets through this wall and enters the Kingdom of the Infinite. Then he knows. But this knowledge cannot be communicated to others, as this great wall is obstructing others from perceiving the Truth. Therefore the ancient sage termed it an Ati-prasna or transcendental question. Suffice it to know that God has created this world in order to enable you to evolve and realize the Self, in order to serve all and love all as His manifestations. The dacoit of ignorance has kidnapped man from his palace of Self-awareness and brought him to a thick forest; when the man wakes up, he does not brood over how he came there, but tries to get out of the forest. Even so, the earnest Sadhak tries to break the chain of transmigration by attaining Self-realization.
|| Will a Jivanmukta also take birth?
Some Jivanmuktas whose hearts are filled with mercy and Vyavahar Apeksha for Lokasangraha like the Buddhistic Arhats may, out of their own free will, take a birth like Sri Sankara, Sri Dattatreya or Jnana Dev. They need not do any Sadhana as they are born Siddhas. At once they appear as spiritual luminaries, do some spiritual preaching, write out some precious philosophical books, set aright some catastrophe, pass off quickly and merge in Brahman (Videha Kaivalvam). They are all Amsa-Avataras with special Isvara Kala (spiritual rays).
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The first lesson in the scripture of man's life is prayer. Let Prayer be the basis of your life. - Sri Swami Sivananda
HATHA YOGA TIP
LOCUST - SALABHASANA - A list of variations
Lying face down with forehead on the mat, have arms stretched out in front and feet extended behind. Inhale and exhale completely. On the next inhalation, lift both arms and legs as high as possible. Hold breath or take a few deep breaths in the abdomen. Balance on the pelvis. Keep arms by ears when raising them and keep feet together. Relax neck and shoulders. Exhale, slowly release and repeat.
BOAT WITH INTERLOCK
Forehead down on mat and legs and heels together, place arms behind your back and hold your elbows or as close to elbows as possible. Exhale completely. On next inhalation, lift up your legs, head and chest simultaneously, as high as possible. Keep holding arms behind back. The whole back is contracted. Look up. Exhale and slowly release, repeat.
ADVANCED VARIATION WITH HIGH LEGS (Requires strong lower back)
Begin from locust position with chin on the mat, arms and elbows and hands tucked under the body, hands interlocked together or with clenched fists as preferred. On an inhalation, contract the lower back and quickly raise feet and legs up high, keeping legs straight. Continue quickly swinging the legs up and pushing strongly with your arms against the floor. Hold a few breaths and come out of pose, slowly releasing the contraction of the back.
ADVANCED VARIATION FEET TO HEAD (Requires strong lower back)
From the high leg variation, bend knees and lower feet as close to head as possible. The knees are apart. Hold for a few breaths and come out pose, releasing the contraction of the back slowly, using arm resistance.
Strong contraction of back muscles without undue pressure on vertebrae, therefore strengthening the whole back.
Strengthens lower back, abdomen and leg muscles.
Massages digestive organs, helping efficient functioning of the digestive system and intestinal elimination.
Thought, breath, movement and prana are brought together in one powerful contraction.
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.
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Hatha Yoga is a course of psycho-physiological discipline for the attainment of complete mastery over the body, the nervous system and Prana. - Sri Swami Sivananda
YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY
MAYA: The illusive power of God
Maya is powerful. Except, in very rare cases, where the Samskaras are very strong, a taste for a life of contemplation does not manifest itself in man. The Avarana of Avidya /the veil of ignorance is so thick that spiritual practice is not sufficient to easily pierce it. Life then only creates Samskaras which take shape in future births. No doubt, Satsang, Japa and Dhyana help a Sadhaka a lot. But, if at the same time you do Vichara, develop Viveka and cultivate Vairagya, then the progress is extremely rapid. Vairagya and Viveka are absolutely necessary. Without these, no amount of Satsang, Japa or Dhyana will produce immediate results. Because Maya is extremely powerful: she can be annihilated only through Dridha Vairagya, only through intense dispassion.
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Appearance indwells in Brahman. - Sri Swami Sivananda
Chapter III: The Yoga of Action
III.20. KARMANAIVA HI SAMSIDDHIM AASTHITAA JANAKAADAYAH;
LOKASANGRAHAM EVAAPI SAMPASHYAN KARTUM ARHASI.
(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
'Janaka and others attained perfection verily by action only; even with a view to the protection of the masses thou shouldst perform action.'
III.21. YADYAD AACHARATI SHRESHTHAS TATTADEVETARO JANAH;
SA YAT PRAMAANAM KURUTE LOKAS TAD ANUVARTATE.
'Whatsoever a great man does, that other men also do; whatever he sets up as the standard, that the world follows.'
Live in tune with the Infinite. Rejoice in the Self within. This is the great slogan of life. - Sri Swami Sivananda
From Chapter IV: "Kaivalya Pada - On Realization"
IV.19. NA TAT SVABHASAM DRSYATVAT
'Nor is it (the mind) self-luminous, for it is in the realm of perception.'
The mind is something that can be observed as an object, and not the source of knowledge, just as the moon is not a source of light but a reflection of the sun.
IV.20. EKA-SAMAYE COBHAYANAVADHARANAM
'It cannot perceive two things at once.'
Even though thoughts are formed in but a split second, still only one thought-form can exist in the mind at one time. So it is impossible for the mind to be perceiving itself while it perceives something else.
Live in the present, forget the past. Release hopes of the future. - Sri Swami Sivananda
CREAMY BAKED FENNEL
A delectable vegetable dish with a crunchy topping, good enough to serve at any dinner party. Fennel is a low calorie vegetable with a good fibre and potassium content in the bulb. Raw, it is sweetly aromatic with delicate anise-like aroma and flavour. When baked till tender, it has a delicious flavour. Ricotta cheese complements fennel in this recipe, or for a vegan diet, use silken tofu instead of cheese. The fennel bulb is first steamed for a short while on stove top then baked in the oven. Choose medium sized fennel bulbs that are fresh and pearly white. The fronds contain folic acid and B vitamin and can be used raw for garnishing. Serves 4.
2 bulbs fennel
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 cups fresh white bread crumbs
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons drained ricotta cheese
2/3 cup milk or soy milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
Slice the fennel bulb fairly thinly, or cut thicker slices in lengths on the diagonal. Reserve the feathery fronds for garnishing.
Place the slices in a steamer pan, pour the lemon juice over them. Cover and steam over simmering water on medium heat for 5 – 10 min, or just until the fennel begins to soften.
Transfer the fennel to an oiled baking dish.
While the fennel is steaming, toast the caraway seeds in a dry skillet over high heat for a few seconds, then crush them slightly.
Melt butter or margarine in a separate pan and fry the bread crumbs over medium heat until lightly brown.
Beat the ricotta cheese with milk, caraway seeds and salt.
Pour the mixture over the fennel. Sprinkle the bread crumbs on top and then the chopped parsley.
Cover with foil and bake for 25-30 min, until the fennel is tender.
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
This World can be saved only by those who have already saved themselves. - Sri Swami Sivananda
|UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC and ATTC Teacher Training Courses|
Aug 02 - Aug 30/18
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Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
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The individual Soul and the Supreme Soul are identical. This is explained in the Upanishads. - Sri Swami Sivananda
SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - JULY 2018
SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Sivananda Headquarters
The summer weather continued here in Val Morin in July. Most of our classes have been outside but some days it has been so hot we have changed the classes indoors. On the other hand the pool was very busy with people taking a dip to cool down throughout the day. We offered the "Conquer Your Habits" workshop. Maheswari and Mookambika coordinated the guest program very well. The guests reported they are well taken care of and gaining many tools to take home with them. Swami Vairagyananda started a "Mind, Its Mysteries and Control for Peaceful Living" weekend workshop, with a lot of yogis attending. She prepared many topics to cover, and they spoke about as many as they could. We welcomed Swami Sankarananda from the Rome Centre to the Camp. He stayed with us for about 3 weeks. We were all very happy to his return after having him with us last summer as well. He jumped right in to help with the construction of the Ayurveda building. His help is very much appreciated. In addition, we have Premaji with us at the Camp. She partook in many of the lectures and Kids Camp activities. The Temple Pujas have continued every evening and some of the staff and guests have been going up and getting the blessings. We had some live entertainment with Uma Vasudevan and her daughter Samyukta. They held a Bharatanatyam concert one Saturday evening which was beautiful. Everyone enjoyed the performance. Uma and her family have been coming since Swamiji's time. It is a blessing having her here with us. Meanwhile, much is happening at the Camp this July with multiple courses running at the same time. The Kids Camp is bringing a beautiful energy with the children running around the Camp. Our first Panchakarma participants finished their treatments. The transformation is great. They are all very happy with their results and experience. The TTC did Kriyas and began teaching. The group did very well and the growth since the beginning is great. The staff were busy assisting with all the courses plus the projects around the Camp. We finished the assembling the bricks around the Vana Durga shrine up at the Subramanya Temple. The preparation for Kaavadi began. The Ayurveda building construction continued. Everyone worked hard to make things move nicely. Everyone felt the energy of the Summer here at the Camp.
By mid July we remained busy with many projects and events at the Camp. We had mostly sunny days, but one weekend brought some rainy weather which was very much needed for our gardens. There were many arrivals of staff and guests in preparation for Kaavadi. Maheswari and Mookambika Chaitanya put a lot of effort into the guest programs, making sure they all participated in the daily schedule and lectures on the Bhagavad Gita. The TTC finished their 3rd week and prepared for the final days of the course. They were all continuing to grow and learn which is very nice to see. They had their final chanting class with Swami Vairagyananda which ended very nicely. The students were chanting throughout the Ashram and excited to continue practicing. We celebrated Kaavadi. There was an abundance of karma yogis that came to help that have been coming for years in the past, which was very nice. Seeing everyone again brought great energy and with the Grace of Guru the festival went very smoothly. There were thousands of people who came for the weekend filling the Temple and airfield. The devotion and faith that was seen from all the devotees was inspiring and although we were all tired from the long days, the energy of the festival was enough to keep us all going. We were all very grateful to all the karma yogis who came and participated. With that help everyone was able to enjoy and take part in the celebration. The Camp projects continued and much cleaning from Kaavadi to be done. The staff continued to keep up their Sadhana. May the Grace of Master and Swamiji bless all. Om Shanti.
Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
Om Namo Narayanaya!
In early July Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya chanting percolated through all walls and hearts in the Ashram. The Ashram Tulsi plants gave their leaves to consecrate the space for the Guru Puja; some were placed under the feet of the Guru (the Ashram's silver paduka) when the ceremony started. The aroma from flowers and incense, and the sound of mantras acted as an invitation for purification and the chanting from the Vedas carried us closer to the grace of Master, Swami Sivananda. Everyone in the Ashram - guests, staff, employees - all participated in the celebration of Master's Mahasamadhi anniversary during the Puja and then with the Akhanda Kirtan of the Guru mantra almost until sunset. Satya, Suresh and Anisha all returned to the Ashram whilst Luba and Sivadas finished their service at the Ashram for now, with plans to come back at some time in the future. The Monsoon rains continued. One could say they came to heal as this is considered especially good weather for the Panchakarma treatment which is being well attended at the Ayurveda clinic. The sun appeared amongst the clouds for short periods, leaving us warm enough for the next rain. In this atmosphere, the Yoga Vacation continued smoothly. On the staff side, Ananda went away for three months and Krishna for a couple days to visit his family. At the same time we welcomed a new staff member, Krishna Priya. May all stay under the grace of Master. May all experience the magnanimity of our masters within. Peace and Pranams to the Sivananda family. Om.
Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
Om Namo Narayanaya from Uttar Kashi
Mid July was spent doing laundry and cleaning in between the end of the 3rd and the beginning of the 4th TTC of the season. Despite on-going heavy rains, we saw the arrival of both students and teachers all looking forward to the up-coming weeks of study together. The initiation of 38 students took place. The teachers for the course Sw Parameswariananda, taught main lecture, Swami Hariomananda taught Bagavad Gita, Rekha from Hyderbad taught Hatha Yoga and Nataraj taught for Anatomy and Physiology. In addition there were six course assistants. May Master and Guru be with us all. Om.
Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
Om Namah Sivaya
Life keep giving us beautiful summer time. The holidays are in the air. Swami Nityananda went to Orleans to do the ATTC. Sivakami took care of the running of the Centre with the support of the staff, of some close teachers and karma yogis. The whole staff put some prana on the brochure and on the updating of the webpage. Arjuna who was staff last summer came to support the Centre for one week. He put prana on some maintenance projects. Omkari was also there for one week. In the middle of the month, life gave us an uplifting weekend with a puja led by the priest who came specially for the the Celebration of Master's Mahasamadhi and an inspiring satsang given by Swami Kailasananda the day after. Both puja and satsang help us to tune with the energy of Swami Sivananda. One Sunday the staff went to a forest nearby. They had a silent walk and they enjoyed doing their sadhana in nature. We had an intensive one week kid course with a little group of sweet yogis. We also had the regular positive thinking and meditation courses and two workshops: a concentration course and a spiritual stories' workshop. The open house was calm and successful. There was a big hail storm on Gurupurnima's day. There was a flood in the Centre. With the blessings of the Masters everything came back to normal. The day after, we closed the month with a peaceful atmosphere after the storm with the celebration of Gurupurnima. God gave us a beautiful puja led by the priest. The altar looked like a blooming garden and the energy of the Masters was very present. OM.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
Om Namah Sivaya from the Yoga Farm
In early July we sent our prayers with Swami Sitaramananda as she departed to Vietnam for the TTC, assisted by Swami Adiparashaktiananda and Kanti. We were happy to welcome back Swami Jnaneswariananda who was teaching in Nassau, Bahamas. Swami Vasishtananda led a beautiful Puja celebration for Master's Mahasamadhi in the Radha Krishna Hall, with all devotees offering flowers and prayers and feeling Master's grace. Staff led akanda kirtan throughout the afternoon. The Vedic Counseling course continued with teaching from Komilla Sutton on Jyotish; Durga Leela on Ayurveda Foundations; Swami Vasishtananda giving inspiring talks on Mantra and Bhakti Yoga; Swami SivaSankariananda teaching how to create Yantra; Swami Dharmananda teaching Yoga philosophy. The students were very inspired to deepen their study and Sadhana while looking forward to the next Vedic Counseling module at the end of August. Many new guests visited the Ashram for weekend retreats and 5-day Beginner courses, discovering the Yoga teachings for the first time. Staff and karma yogis were doing well, having just completed a new deck patio at Swamiji's house, ideal for Yoga classes and meditation. The staff visited the Yuba river to cool down from the hot summer weather.
By mid July the Vedic Counseling course concluded with teachings on Ayurveda from Durga Leela and the art and science of Yantra painting with Swami SivaSankariananda. Students completed their first 100 hours of the program very inspired to continue their studies. Bhavani taught an eager group of new yogis for a 5-day Beginner week. Our weekend Ayurveda Massage Retreat, led by Durga eLela, included daily Ayurveda talks and massage therapies. Guests enjoyed the beautiful summer landscapes of the Yoga Farm, walking the Moksha trail, trimming the lavender fields, dips in the pond and drinking in the cool starry night sky after the very hot days! We were all feeling the blessings of Master and Swamiji. 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, where by the Grace of the Gurus, life in the Ashram went very well. Family week was in full swing at the beginning of July. Arjuna, Omkari and Eka Jyoti lead the families in various activities and Satsangs and the traditional bon fire was on Wednesday evening, complete with popcorn, smores and hot chocolate. Staff, karma yogis, parents and children, sang songs, told stories and laughed around the bon fire under the beautiful summer twilight sky. Omkari also taught the Children's Yoga Teacher Training alongside running family week. It gave the students of the course the opportunity to see the teachings put into action. ATTC entered their second week, with all going well, and the early morning pranayama being one of the favorite parts of the course for all. We welcomed Ralph White, founder of the New School in NYC, who led Satsangs and workshops exploring the mysteries of the ancient Western world and esoteric schools of thought, dating back as far as ancient Greece. His presentation was fascinating, full of a rich history, as he followed the thread of the various mystery Centres and highlighted the gifts to the present age. Our weekly guest program was on the Yoga Essential (5 points) taught by Tara. There was a lot of movement with programs starting and concluding, keeping the housekeeping department very busy with guest rooms and Ashram upkeep, as well as the kitchen preparing meals for over 150.
By mid July Swami Brahmananda departed from the Ashram to return to Nassau, after 11 days here teaching the Vedanta portion of the ATTC lectures. The Youth Retreat started this week, lead by Omkari Tara Rachel Jones, with 15 tweens participating, and the Children's TTC graduated 9 yoga teachers. Shakti arrived from the New York Centre, just in time to teach the guest program, entitled "Positive Thinking". Shyam and Mohini had to return to Fort Lauderdale and Shakti took over teaching the ATTC morning practice class while Swami Paramananda took over teaching the early morning pranayama, both were taught by Shyam. We had two guest programs one weekend, on the theme of human connection and relationship, Sufi Songs of Love, performed by Amir Vahab and his ensemble, and The Yoga of Relationships, taught by Ananda Devi and her husband Michael. Many of the guests and karma yogis participated in the Saturday afternoon workshops, forming bonds and connection. By Sunday the crowds thinned out and staff, guests and ATTC's enjoyed an intimate evening Satsang chanting the Sunday prayers. Our Staff are well and send pranams to all from The Ranch. Om.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
July started with a beautiful Ganapati Vidya Homa for the removal of obstacles and bestowal of knowledge for the TTC students and all participants. We welcomed Swami Jnaneshwariananda from the Yoga Farm, who gave an inspiring 4-day program on "Karma, Dharma, and Free Choice" during Satsangs and noon workshops. We welcomed Atmarama Dasa, a devotional singer and composer of sacred music. He gave beautiful concerts during Satsangs and multiple workshops, in which he invited everyone to open their hearts and experience the beauty of devotional singing. We concluded with a powerful Puja for Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi. Swami Swaroopananda gave an insightful explanation of the event and Swami Sivananda's life. As part of the celebration, the priest lead a procession around the Ashram. Afterwards, Atmarama Dasa led another couple of beautiful Bhajans as we concluded the evening with various nicely prepared Prasads. Swami Shambhudevananda gave two Satsangs on "Steady Steps for Meditation". Rukmini Chaitanya and Narayani taught a 5-day Essentials of Yoga I Course for newly arrived Karma Yogis and guests. Swami Shambhudevananda taught a 3-day Essentials of Mediation weekend course.
By mid July we welcomed Giridhari Das (Gustavo Silva), a Brazilian self-help and spiritual teacher, author, and speaker. He presented the program "Self-Improvement and Self-Realization in Yoga" during multiple Satsangs. Davidson Elie, creator of Guided Drum Meditation and certified mindfulness meditation specialist from the University of Toronto and a percussionist of more than 22 years, gave the program "Guided Drum Meditation" in noon workshops. We welcomed Dr. ShamRang Singh Khalsa, a physician and practitioner of yoga in the Sikh tradition, a student of Yogi Bhajan for more than 40 years. In his program "The Radiant Self" he integrated Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation, and Western medicine to help people access their own abilities to heal. After his program he stayed for an additional week in the Ashram to teach the Anatomy and Physiology classes in the TTC. We welcomed Justin Gray, an award-winning bassist, composer, producer, and educator, who invented the "bass veena," a fretless instrument for Indian classical and Indo-jazz music performance. In his inspiring program "Integrating India Raga Music with Hatha Yoga" he explored topics like improvisation, tradition, creativity, and collective vibration. Swami Shambhudevananda gave a series of morning Satsangs on the topic "Yoga for Happiness and Peace of Mind". Swami Shambhudevananda taught a 3-day "Essentials of Meditation" weekend course. Om.
Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith or Mittersill, Tyrol, Austria
Om Namah Sivaya
The summer month of July was busy with a variety of different yoga programs for vacation guests, TTC graduates and participants of further education courses. Dr. Steven Weiss gave a much appreciated asana alignment course offering detailed power point presentations on yoga anatomy and intensive into depth alignment practice. The further Teachers Trainings course "Yoga for Children" went well. All participants enjoyed the playful and creative aspects which can be integrated into a Sivananda children`s class. 55 students came for the "Yoga of the heart" program with Bhaskara and Nischala Joy Devi. As always the students were greatly satisfied by the profound knowledge transmitted with lightness and lots of humor. All staffs and close students were celebrating a small puja in honor of the Mahasamadhi day of Swami Sivananda. The energy was strong and warm. This summer too the yoga vacationers enjoyed expanded nature walks offered by the herbs-specialist Brigitte Addington in order to discover a big range of different healing herbs, shrubs, trees and roots. The two cooking workshops and the program on the scientific aspects of yoga were well received by all participants. The end of the month saw the arrival of a big crowd of TTC Beginners'. After an intensive inauguration - ceremony the group felt ready to immerse themselves into the new and challenging TTC schedule in the upcoming month. OM.
Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Om Namo Narayanaya from the Meenakshi Ashram
July progressed smoothly with the staff indulging in the Group Karma Yoga duties, starting with weeding and gardening. The plans for a Medicinal Garden close to the Health Hut was properly tilled and manured. Surprisingly we experienced a marked difference in our climatic conditions with not even a hint of rain drop as compared to our contiguous state Kerala where the Rain God is literally pouring his blessings. Playing host to a modest number of Yoga Yacationers this time of the year, our Ashram is enthralling them with its serenity and greenery. Distancing them from their daily hectic schedule, they enjoyed their yogic retreat at Madurai so full of peace and joy. Om.
Weekly Medical Camp Report of Sivananda Rural Hospital, Madurai. Sunday, the 22nd of July. The camp this week addressed the issues related to raised blood sugar levels commonly known as Diabetes to the layman. Its reach is deep rooted and is medically known to spread its hazardous effects to other vital organs and body systems as well in the long run. A nightmare to even the Medical Science unless detected and treated from the onset of its attack, our regular camps prove to be a blessing to the rural masses. Considerable number of villagers are benefitting from our Diabetic Camps and they are in turn publicizing and creating awareness amongst their fellow beings. This is motivating them to avail timely and adequate medical help though at times they have to go to city hospitals. With the blessings of our Gurus we are hoping to provide the kind of treatment required here in the village itself saving the people their trouble of taking long travels to the city owing to which many fail to get themselves screened and treated. Om.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Resort, Tuyen Lam Lake, Da Lat, Vietnam
Om Namah Sivaya, from Da Lat Ashram
July began with much activity preparing for the arrival of TTC students, also of Swami Sitaramananda and all the staff helping for the TTC. The regular TTC program continued, while we hosted Yoga vacation guests. TTC students started to arrive, many of them coming from areas of Vietnam with a much warmer climate than Dalat, so taking advantage of a couple of days to acclimatize better before the beginning of the course. Staff celebrated the auspicious occasion of Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi with a Puja for all staff, then with continuous chanting for the day in the Krishna Temple. Days later all 85 students arrived and settled in from Vietnam, China and a few other international students. The course was taught in English and Vietnamese, with translation into Chinese. We were happy to welcome back Swami Sitaramananda, along with Swami Adiparashaktiananda who joined us for the first two weeks of the course. We also welcomed Ganga Chaitanya from the Ho Chi Minh Centre, one of the teachers of the Hatha Yoga portion of the course. International staff Tarini (Holland), Kanti Lakshmi (USA), Shakti (Canada) and Anandi (USA) also taught. Many Vietnamese Karma Yogis joined us for the course, including for the first time Dr. Hiền who will be on standby to deal with any health issues. All students were interviewed by the teachers, then then initiation of the course took place with a Puja to honour the Masters. We then launched into the first week of the July TTC. Students quickly adapted to the routine and the challenges of dealing with the rain, keeping up good spirits. We were happy to welcome Nataraj and Kalyani from the Neyyar Dam Ashram on their first visit to Dalat and to Vietnam. We also received Dr. Hung, who leads the oncology department of the Institute of Oriental Medicine in Ho Chi Minh City. Dr. Hung gave two lectures, on prevention of cancer and prevention of aging of the spine through using natural methods. Dr Hung's own system corresponds closely to Swamiji's 5 points of yoga, meaning his classes provided a useful reinforcement for TTC students' learning. We enjoyed a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony, with explanation of the tea and meditation culture, by Tea-Master Amba, Cô Mỹ. Also invited to the event were a local group of singers in the Buddhist tradition, who accompanied our tea drinking with traditional Vietnamese songs on meditation, creating a very peaceful and sattvic atmosphere. Students and special guests were invited to wear the local traditional "ao dai" costume, adding much color to the evening. Staff are doing well and look forward to the continuing TTC experience. We are grateful to the Masters for this wonderful opportunity to serve. Om.
TTC and ATTC Reports from pop up locations worldwide:
TTC Colombia: Sunday July 1st TTC started in San Rafael-Antioquia-Colombia, with 54 students from different countries: Canada, Mexico, Uruguay, Chile, Spain, United States, Argentina, Dominican Republic, France and Colombia. This beautiful Ashram is submerged in the mountains surrounded by rivers of clear crystal water and leafy woods that is where its name come from "Vanadurga Ashram, Yoga Sanctuary". It has been designed with Vastu principles and sacred geometry which produces a mystic and harmonious energy that you can easily feel since you arrive. Kanti Devi is the director from the course along with Swami Premananda and Swami Dayananda. Professors from Colombia Nirmala, Dyvia Shakti and Ishwari also support teaching asanas and managing functioning details. The students participate in the classes very enthusiastically, they are very Centreed and participative. It's been a quiet week and the teachings are being delivered with a lot of love, clarity and respect. The asanas room and meditation are beautiful constructions of Wood named "teca" and crystals which allow to see the harmonious environment from the Colombian jungle. The food has been incredibly delicious. We have a professional chef, Amalia, expert in Vegetarian food, every day presents a five star menu. Everything is elaborated in the kitchen, pannir, yogurt, kefir, almond milk, bread, ghee, jam, etc. Fruits and vegetables are form the Ashram orchard. The arepas (typical bread from the region made from corn) are made every day from a farmer next door. From the Karma Yogis which help sustain the Ashram there are people from Italy, Spain, Mexico, United Stated, Uruguay and Colombia. These have created a beautiful cultural interchange. Second Week: The second week from the TTC in Vanadurga Ashram started with renovated joy, the students, more motivated and energized started the week after a beautiful silent walk which was led by Kanti Devi, in a space nearby surrounded by mountains and rivers, meditating in a natural environment the feeling is of gratitude for the wonderful place. The asanas lessons progress toward a deeper comprehension and learning, in this second week the students start to teach the beginner's classes encouraged by Swami Dayananda and their own classmates, the exponents explain very clearly all the concepts that they learned delivering the teachings from the masters with love and dedication. This week we have the pleasure to have a lecture from Dr. Arango, who in a very relaxed and pleasant environment explained concepts from millenary cultures related with the Heart Chakra (Anahata), to close this lecture there was a meditation practice that ended with a beautiful hug from the heart who touched all the participants. During other of beautiful and starry night a bonfire took place in which all the students participate singing, playing instruments and performing different improvisations, showing the culture from their different countries, we enjoy a delicious vegan hot chocolate and some popcorn. The union and harmony between students and teachers is more evident. And continuing with Satsangs nights we also have this week the "Talent Show", some students perform in order to show their artistic expressions, dancing, acting and also performing some topics combining with the actual teachings, letting us know the cultural diversity we actually have. It was also performed a tribute to Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadi, making a flower offer and chanting mantras, in this auspicious day the offerings and intentions were all over the place and the presence and love of the Master is palpable more and more every day. We also enjoy the visit from Daniel and his band who took us through a delight of the senses with their spiritual and medicinal music, a vibrating performance with a great variety of instruments, raising the vibration and the cheering everybody up, filling our hearts with an exceptional warmth. Finally we end the week with a silent walk that ended in the Vanaduga Temple, which is located at the top of the mountain, in this beautiful Temple we can enjoy an spectacular view that shows the abundance of nature in this place, surrounded by mountains covered with fog and enjoying a fresh morning chanting mantras and praying we ended the second week, always being grateful to the Lord.
TTC Colombia: Third week of TTC Colombia 2018 starts in a special way, now the students choose their personal mantra and their ista devata so the initiation ceremony takes place, in an environment of joy and surrender, the ceremony is led by Kanti Devi, Swami Premananda and Swami Dayananda, at the end of the ceremony the traditional group picture takes place and it is taken in the Vanadurga Temple with a lot of excitement and participation of all the staff. In this week the anatomy lessons started taught by Swami Dayananda, who explains very clearly and with a lot of detail the functions of the different systems and also all the benefits of the asana practice in our body, also this week we have the kriyas practice in which the students participate with excitement and curiosity, as the day goes by we can feel a change in the energy and also the students experience the benefits of this practice. Also in this week we perceive a very festive environment due to the preparations for the official inauguration of the Ashram. We receive very important visitors: Swami Brahmananda, Swami Vashista and Krishnan Namboodiri, who perform Pujas, and prepare and purify the divinities and also share their knowledge with some lectures and explain with a lot of detail the procedures that they perform delighting all the assistants and also all the TTC and staff. In this opening rituals the divinities are install in the Temples, we have the participation of all the community from the surroundings and also from the city, with a lot of love and joy it is inaugurated officially the Vanadurga Ashram with a very special dedication to the Divine Mother. Finally we end the week with the traditional silent walk, which was led by Kanti Devi and again TTC´s and guests discovered the beauty of the nature which we can admire meditating near the river, chanting mantras and listening to stories from Swami Vishnudevananda so in this way we can acknowledge the opportunity of take the teachings of the master to the hearts of the people and also keep creating ties of peace and union in this international community.
TTC Lithuania: The TTC Asana teaching groups started and all TTCs made already a big progress and are able to teach the four beginner's classes quite nicely and starting to learn how to teach the basic Sivananda class. On the day off on Friday, a group of TTCs, staff and yoga vacation guests went on an outing to nearby Kernave, the historical hill forts of the first capital of Lithuania. They enjoyed a pick-nick there along with the magnificent view on the valley and the Neris river. Shankari from the affiliated Centre in Moscow arrived late Sunday night to support the teaching and translation for the Russian group for the last TTC week.
SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Centres -
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya
In early July several courses started, among them a Yoga 1 course with a small but very inspired group. We celebrated Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi day with a Pooja. Many teachers and close students participated. The altar was shining with flowers. The energy was very soothing and soft. 2 TTCs started their assisting classes. We look forward to having them in the teachers' team soon. Our summer retreat in August, in a nice retreat house close to Berlin, was very well received with many students registering. Mirabai went to Reith to the Retreat house. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Om Namah Sivaya
In early July we said goodbye to Lotus, our one month help. She went to the Centre at Neuquen, as staff for three months. We gave a "Conquest of Anger" workshop. Swami Sivapriyananda and Mrida from Buenos Aires were in charge of the Centre with the help of several karma yogis. By mid July the winter holidays began. It was very cold in Buenos Aires. We gave a workshop on Concentration. Several parents brought their children to try the Children's Yoga Class. There were also several people taking the Trial Class. Many Karma yogis appeared to help at the Centre of which we were grateful. By Gods Grace and Masters' blessings, all is going well and smoothly. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China
Om Namah Sivaya!
In July we celebrated Swami Sivananda's Maha Samadhi with students and karma yogis. All feel uplifted. We continued with the meditation course. Open classes went very well and well attended. Saraswati Devi returned back from her personal leave. We were also very happy that Chinmayi and Mangala joined Swami Sitaramananda in Vietnam with 10 Chinese students to learn classical yoga in Dalat.
By mid July our meditation course continued on mechanics of the mind. Open classes are very well attended. One more Karma Yogi Mahadeva was ready to teach open classes. We welcomed our new resident Luo Guilian to be with us for three weeks during her transition. The Staff were getting focused on last round of Sep TTC promotion. We closed the week with Satsang on happiness and concentration, which reminded all of us timeless teaching of yoga in the modern days. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre.
July started with a Ladies Beginners'' course with good number of students. QCI Classes successfully completed and exams where conducted. We celebrated Swami Sivananda's Samadhi day and all students, teachers ,staffs took part in the occasion. We all had good feast and evening Satsang with our students and teachers. Staff Jagadesh left for Pudhukottai to attend Jallikattu game (which is famous bull fight in Tamilnadu) and will be back to Centre within two days. The climate was pleasant and cloudy. An evening Beginners'' course with good number of students. Successfully completed morning Beginners'' course. Jagadesh and Babesh returned back to Centre. Everything went well at the Centre. At times we were experiencing little showers at night. With the Grace of God and our Masters, everything here is smooth & fine. Pranams! Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
Om Namah Sivaya!
In early July we had a week of hot, muggy weather. In spite of uncomfortable temperatures and many people being away on vacation, we had unusually good attendance for July. Three courses started: Yoga 1, Yoga 2, and Positive Thinking, all with good enrollment. By the Grace of the Gurus, they were off to a very good start. We resumed offering weekly Bhagavad Gita study classes with Swami Satyapremananda. One Saturday afternoon, she led a workshop "Writing as a Spiritual Practice". Participants requested that it become a regular offering. Staff were well, feeling particularly grateful for the proximity of Lake Michigan, where they enjoyed very prana-filled and refreshing asana practices after morning Satsangs.
By mid July we were blessed with a week of mild and lovely weather - unusual for summer in Chicago. There was particularly good participation at the evening Satsangs. The Yoga 1, Yoga 2, and Positive Thinking courses, as well as Gita study class continued well too. Course and program planning and promotion were the focus for staff. We are pleased to be in the process of training a couple of new teachers to begin to teach open classes. Staff were well and sending best wishes for an inspiring Guru Purnima to all. Pranams to the Gurus for this opportunity for us to serve, grow, and love. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
Om Namah Sivaya
In early July students came to classes and Satsangs regularly. We continued with 2 morning Beginners'' Yoga courses and afternoon with 20 students. Prenatal Yoga ran well with 3 students. Satsang was normal with 19 people. We had an Asana Workshop with 13 students. Vimala went home, Sundaram came to DaLat Centre, Omkari went to DaLat Ashram prepare for TTC. We prayed that Guru's Grace was always with us. We were happy to welcome Nataraji and Kalyani from Kerala Ashram who visited the Centre and gave a class and Satsang. The Special Satsang was full with 18 people and students very interested included a few new students. Because of the consistent rain, students came to classes less frequently. We continued with 2 Beginners'' Yoga courses. We pray that Guru's Grace is always with us. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
Om Namah Sivaya
Early July was energetic and eventful in the Centre. New students joined for various classes that we started. Also, all of our open sessions were getting full. We started the Beginners'' classes at 10 am and 6:30 pm, weekend Beginners'' classes and the weekend meditation classes as well. Apart from that, all special classes were also going well. Saturday was a celebration at the Centre for all those who are associated with teachings and essence of Swami Sivananda. We started the day early with a Havan and Puja to invite Swamiji's energy. The students and teachers arrived eagerly with devotion and brought whatever they could as offering to Swamiji. During the day we distributed the Prasads to all those who visited the Centre to share our joy. In the evening we had a classical music and dance program. Over a hundred people attended this event and filled the Ashram with awe and joy. We provided the dinner for all, cooked by staff member, Sanju. We saw people from various beliefs under one roof, celebrating and feeling a connection of brotherhood with each other because of yoga. All staff members in the Centre and outside the Centre helped immensely on that day. We felt blessed. We prayed for the peace and joy of everybody. The weather was beautiful here, thanks to the rains. Yoga Beginners'' course begins on Monday at 06:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Saturday Satsang was enchanting. One Sunday there was a special program for the kids to give them an idea of what we do in the kids' camp. We conducted things like happy assembly, asana class, games and Satsang. The kids had a great time. The Centre was thriving due to the efforts of the dedicated staff and by the grace of God and the blessings of Gurudev. We hope the same for all of you. We pray for the peace and harmony of the world. We send our Pranams to all. Om Namo Narayanaya! Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
Om Namo Narayanaya
Early July started with two Beginners'' course, one at 10am and the other at 6:30pm. We also started a weight loss course for the first time. The course included kriya, pranayama, Surya Namaskar and Asana which improves metabolism and loss fat naturally. The course continued for 12 classes on alternate days for 90min each. We had a special Satsang, focusing on Guru Bhajans, chanting Swami ji's name & reading messages from the daily readings, in remembrance of Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi. Kapoorji left for New York and we are expecting him back on August 9th. Shivani left on 10th July on her own to Assam after serving for around 2.5 months. The renovation of the Vishnu Hall window work was completed. The net to protect mosquitos from entering to hall and an aluminium sliding window with screen as installed. The Centre's activities went well, with the blessings of our Masters, as per the schedule of Satsangs, open classes, gentle yoga classes, kids' yoga and prenatal yoga, including few private sessions. The Sunday Satsang which was as usual uplifting & energizing. With the grace of the Masters, everything else at the Nataraja Centre went well. We send our Pranams and hope everyone is happy and peaceful. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
Om Namah Sivaya. In July the renovations were in full swing with the staff and everything else being moved out of the Centre. The altar has been moved to the Annex. The staff were getting ready to go to Orleans. The Geneva Centre will be partly closed for 3 months, due to the renovations, from July 1st to October. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Om Namah Sivaya
In early July we welcomed to the HCM Centre Swami Sitaramananda and Swami Adi Parashaktiananda, along with staff Anandi and Kanti, who all just arrived in Vietnam from the Yoga Farm to teach and support the July TTC in Dalat. Ganga Chaitanya also left to teach in the TTC. We had a special Prenatal Yoga workshop taught by close long-term outside teacher Padma and staff Mahashakti with six students attending. We started a course for Kids, taught by staff Lilamayi and Mahashakti with six kids. Some residents and outside teachers were teaching the Beginners'' courses. Generally more students are coming for courses and classes, especially mornings.
We continued to have good attendance for all programs as July progressed. We welcomed Nataraj and Kalyani, who visited Vietnam for the first time. Coming from Japan with some nice presents for the staff, they stopped here for two days on their way to the Ashram in Dalat. Nataraj led both a special asana class with 16 students, followed by a wonderful Satsang with 30 students. They also took two long tours of the surrounding areas. Durga began teaching two big courses, Positive Thinking with 11 students, and Yoga One with 15 students. Pranams to the Sivananda Family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
Om Namah Sivaya
July seemed calmer at the Centre. Students flowing in remain very inspired. Beginners'' courses started and students moved from one level to the next. The highlight of the mornings often remained, welcoming the senior students to the Centre as they were always early and cheerful. We were blessed by the presence of karma yogis sharing their talents for cooking, baking, reception etc. Swami Jyotirmayananda represented the Organization at the World Yoga Festival. The class was overflowing and students were happy to come in touch with the teachings of the Masters. The Centre hosted a TTC preparation day where students stayed until the end enquiring about their options. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
Om Namo Narayanaya!
In early July we celebrated Master Sivananda's Mahasamadhi Day at with a Sunday Satsang and a Puja. Afterwards we read a message from Swamiji about Master's Mahasamadhi. We were very moved and inspired by Swamiji's devotion to Master and Master's love for Swamiji. We continued to train three new teachers, meeting twice a week to learn and practice together. We were very grateful to have the Satsang and support. We taught Positive Thinking One, Yoga Two and Yoga Three. Students were all very sincere and focused on their learning and practice. We feel honoured to be sharing the teaching of Master and Swamiji with everyone.
By mid July some students returned from their summer vacation so we noticed a slight increase in yoga class attendance. We continued to focus on training new teachers, meeting twice as week for workshops and practicing together. They were doing well. We were organizing a Guru Purnima and TTC Refresher at Yoga Farm Ashram. Positive Thinking Two course went well, benefiting and inspiring both staff teacher and students. There was Yoga One, Two and Three courses in progress as well. We were uplifted by the hatha yoga energy. Sunday Satsang we read from Master Sivananda on the importance of training the mind and the yogic methods. Pranams. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
In July a reduced Summer schedule continued with good attendance. TTC Aluenda started in July so the Centre prepared by packing uniforms and last enrollments. We had a beautiful Mahasamadhi Puja with close students. Ishwari and Parvati left to Reith for the program "Yoga of the Heart". Classes continued with good attendance and a Beginners'' course started with 14 students. Sivani and Damodhara from the affiliated Centre in Bilbao came to support the Centre. Parvati returned from Reith happy and inspired. The Centre's staff are well. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
Om Namah Sivaya
We thank our Master and Guru for all blessings. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
Om Namah Sivaya
In early July we had winter school vacations and Mundial Football Cup. Classes and courses ran but without many people. We had a good trial class one Saturday morning. We performed a Pooja for Sivananda Mahasamadhi. Chandra offered stories of the Master's magnificence. Madhavi prepared us a delicious Prasad. It was a quite and cold winter week. This ceremony created a beautiful energy at the Centre. The intensive Beginners'' courses started with lots of energy. The rest of the activities developed normally. Love to all. May all live under the Masters' grace. With Prem and Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya from the Montreal Centre!
In early July the regular classes and courses ran smoothly. We started one Yoga 1 and one Yoga 2 and we also had a mini-intensive Yoga 1 (as an immersion week). We gave two workshops - a deep relaxation workshop and a "yoga for the eyes" workshop. This year's summer deeply implanted itself in Montreal this month. A lot of students and teachers have gone in vacation. Regardless we were there to offer them an oasis of peace and friendship. The students appreciated the cleanliness of the Centre too and the proficiency of our teachers. We welcomed Divya Jyoti - much help for the Centre for two weeks. We enjoyed the warm weather in Montreal. The sun began to illuminate the Big Hall upstairs all day long, offering a peaceful and serene atmosphere. The Centre was full of energy. We welcomed Swami Sankarananda from Rome, who gave a very inspiring Satsang, with the chanting particularly beautiful and joyful. Many of the students and karma yogis were very happy to see him. We were blessed to have very committed karma yogis who are always willing to serve, keeping the Centre always clean and inviting. We are ever grateful for the grace of the Masters. Pranams to all! Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre.
We had different events for the International Day of Yoga on 21 June: We offered a free yoga class "Relax and Recharge", participated in an event in front of the townhall in the city center of Munich with open-air yoga classes and a headstand demonstration and took part in panel discussion on "Yoga, Ayurveda and Indian Heritage". Further special activities of the last weeks were an asana alignment workshop with Steven Weiss, yoga-therapist and chiropractor from the US as well as an advanced asana-workshop on forward bent variations taught by one of the senior teachers of the center. We also had a special program on Ayurvedic nutrition with Ayurveda Acharya Shanti Kumar Kamlesh from India – it consisted of a lecture on the healing powers of spices and herbs and a big Ayurvedic cooking class. Our monthly Open House attracted a good number of interested newcomers. Furthermore we also held an intensive course "Easy Steps to Control your Mind" and had another one of our monthly kirtan workshops. One of the spiritual highlights of the last weeks was the puja we conducted on the occasion of Swami Sivananda´s Mahasamadhi on 14 July. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
Om Namah Sivaya!
In early July we welcomed the Kapoors from the Nataraja Delhi Centre who stayed with us for a little over a week. PC Kapoor ji led the Satsangs with a high energy. We were grateful for his presence, smiles and his inspiration! We started a Yoga 2 with meditation, led by Neeti; a chanting workshop led by karma yogi and strong voiced, Jayanta and a Pranayama series taught by long time teacher, Mukti Devi. Swami Jnanaeshwariananda came to visit and do the Satsang with a very well spoken talk on Practical Vedanta. She was here just for a short visit and then back to California. We were thankful for her presence and sharing of knowledge.
By mid July Shakti left to the Ranch to assist in the ATTC. Two staff remain to hold down the fort - Neeti and Mokshapriya! By the Grace of God and Masters' blessings July was great! We bid farewell to the lovely Kapoor family as they went off to The Camp for Kaavadi. Satsang was led by the sweet Arjuna. With the Satsang title being 'Five Things My Guru Taught Me', he won over everyone with his sincere, funny stories about Swami Vishnudevananda. With gratitude, we awaited his next visit! We continued on with the second class of the three class Pranayama Series which people seem to be fond of! We worked with gratitude for this beautiful opportunity to serve. All the staff are well and send their Pranams. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
Om Namah Sivaya
Life keeps giving us beautiful summer time. The holidays are in the air. Swami Nityananda went to Orleans to do the ATTC. Sivakami took care of the running of the Centre with the support of the staff, of some close teachers and karma yogis. The whole staff put some prana on the brochure and on the updating of the webpage. Arjuna who was staff last summer came to support the Centre for one week. He put prana on some maintenance projects. Omkari was also there for one week. In the middle of the month, life gave us an uplifting weekend with a puja led by the priest who came specially for the the Celebration of Master's Mahasamadhi and an inspiring satsang given by Swami Kailasananda the day after. Both puja and satsang help us to tune with the energy of Swami Sivananda. One Sunday the staff went to a forest nearby. They had a silent walk and they enjoyed doing their sadhana in nature. We had an intensive one week kid course with a little group of sweet yogis. We also had the regular positive thinking and meditation courses and two workshops: a concentration course and a spiritual stories' workshop. The open house was calm and successful. There was a big hail storm on Gurupurnima's day. There was a flood in the Centre. With the blessings of the Masters everything came back to normal. The day after, we closed the month with a peaceful atmosphere after the storm with the celebration of Gurupurnima. God gave us a beautiful puja led by the priest. The altar looked like a blooming garden and the energy of the Masters was very present. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
Early July we completed three Beginners' courses. We also celebrated Sivananda's Mahasamadhi with a beautiful Puja leaded by Lalita and Vasudeva. We had beautiful sunny days this month. By mid July we started another great group of Beginners' - the last Beginners' course for July. We also finished the brochure listing the activities for the remainder of the year. The regular programs continued to be supported by the grace of Masters. Blessings and Peace to all of the Sivananda Family. Om.
Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
In early July we celebrated a Puja in honour of Master's Mahasamadhi. We read stories and sang. No one wanted to leave. The Centre was blessed with a visit by Niranjan Babu and his wife. Niranjanji gave a talk on Vastu Shastra, and a second talk about incorporating mantra and yantra to energize space. Umarani gave a cooking workshop featuring specialties from Bangalore. What a feast. Pranava put together a new kitchen island for the Centre, which somehow makes the kitchen seem larger.
By mid July Swami Sivasankari went to the Yoga Farm for three days to teach two yantra painting sessions in the first Vedic Counseling course module. We held a Children's Yoga Open House. The children were extremely attentive and engaged, and wanting more. After asanas, we did a clay project based on stories of Hanuman. We also offered a mens' healing circle, Yoga for Diabetes and Yoga Nidra sessions. We offered a pain care asana class, a two-day course on body alignment and started both a Meditation 1 course and Yoga 1 course this week. We feel the Gurus' blessings. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Sao Paolo, Brasil
Om Namah Sivaya from Sao Paolo
In July there was low class attendance due to the cold weather in the city plus, the July vacations. We held a Puja to celebrate the Mahasamadhi of Swami Sivananda. Yoga practice week and Beginners' course. There may be frosty days of winter, but there's warmth of prana and love of the masters. The dear professor Chandrashekar (Uruguay) arrived to the Centre to lead lectures, courses, yoga class and meditation. There was good energy in the Centre with the help of karma yogis and teachers. May the masters continue to maintain prana and harmony in the Sivananda Centre of Sao Paulo. Om Shanti Shanti to all the Sivananda family. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
Om Namah Sivaya
Early July saw the celebration of Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi! Sivakami Chaitanya led a beautiful Puja in honor of Swami Sivananda, inspiring devotees further with his words and the beautiful energy created in the Meditation Room. Many attended the wonderful event and supported the Centre in the festivity. Apart from doing all the preparations for the Puja (many Prasads were involved!), Bhargavi Chaitanya held an introduction to the Meditation course as well as the Positive Thinking course. Sivakami Chaitanya opened her hugely popular Ayurveda and Cooking course, whilst Pranava Chaitanya finished her Meditation 2 and Guided Imagery courses. The staff also continued planning the program and promoting the upcoming Summer Yoga Retreat, which will be held at the beginning of August.
By mid July and after a healthy start to the second half of the year, the staff continued to promote many new upcoming courses. Two Positive Thinking introductions were held, as well as another two for the Meditation Course. Pranava Chaitanya also completed a Meditation 2 course. A very special Satsang was held one Sunday, featuring Ohad Rein, a talented kirtan musician who came all the way from Australia! Many attended the evening and thoroughly enjoyed the event. Pranams and Peace to the Sivananda family from the Tel Aviv Centre. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
In early July we celebrated the mahasamadhi of Swami Sivananda with Puja, joined by 25 students who had brought plenty of flowers and sweets for Prasad. Nataraji and Kaliyani from Neyyar dam Ashram and Sandeep from Tapasvini Ashram visited us at Tokyo Centre. Shortly after the arrival they led the evening Satsang. Nataraji gave a dharma talk for students in Japan, touching on the Mahasamadhi of Swami Sivananda. There are many Neyyar dam TTC graduates in Japan and they enjoyed a reunion after the Satsang. The Yoga 1 course completed. This was guided by a new permanent staff Narayani and it was her first time to teach Yoga 1, by which she deepened her spiritual learning. We offered a full-day program conducted by Nataraj, Kalyani and Sandeep. A theme set for the workshop was "Deep Immersion to Classical Yoga" based on Sivananda Yoga teachings. Nataraj gave talks on "How to apply 4 paths of classical yoga to modern life" and "Right action in worldly life - Essential of Karma yoga" at the Satsangs. Kalyani presented a class "Bhakti Yoga and Kirtan - Facing to God Within Ourself," and Sandeep guided two asana classes, joined by plenty of people. They left for Vietnam to teach upcoming programs. Staff and many Karma yogis were immensely inspired by their spiritual energy, and truly thankful for their visit to Japan. Meanwhile two Yoga 1 courses completed with 17 students graduating. We held a Sanskrit class taught by Vanidevi and a study session on Bhagavad Gita, led by Muktih, in which aspiring students deepened their spiritual learning. An Inversion Asana workshop was given by Mirabai. We shared the safe practice methods for headstand variations and handstand. Many students are in need for Sivananda Yoga teachings. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya
In early July Dr Sonal Bhatt taught an Ayurvedic Nutrition and Cooking workshop to 15 students who were delighted to learn both principles and practical parts of Ayurvedic cooking. Anantya taught an inversion asana workshop one weekend. We cleaned all the yoga mats and used the warm weather to dry them. We started a Yoga 1 and a Yoga 2 course and an Introduction to Meditation course with a nice group of students. Weather was very hot. Durairaj went with several students to the Ashram to participate in Kaavadi Pujas. We send Om Namo Narayanaya to everyone. Pranams. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
Om Namah Sivaya!
In July heavy rains continued to lash Kerala all month. An evening Beginners' batch started on Mondays. Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi Pooja was conducted. 25 persons attended the Pooja with breakfast served to everyone. A Beginners' batch for ladies started. All other classes went smoothly. Prema went back to Switzerland. Ganapathy Homa was conducted on the first day of the new Malayalam month. Satsangs were led by Yashpalji. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
Om Namah Sivaya
Greetings from Vienna. The month of July was very inspiring at the Sivananda Yoga centre in Vienna; although rising temperatures and the start of the school holidays coincided, still, the attendance was good, open classes and all the courses were well visited. In addition, we had a headstand workshop, a TTC preparation day, and a Sanskrit workshop. The spiritual highlight of the month was the celebration of Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi. Devotees brought flowers and special Prasad for the puja. We started to teach a special summer course until the school starts again in September. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius
The Vilnius Centre held the annual Lithuanian TTC in the country side, only half an hour by car away from Vilnius and next to a beautiful small lake and surrounded by agricultural fields and trees. After the staff had thoroughly cleaned and set up the rented retreat house, 22 aspirants from Lithuania, Russia, Latvia and Ukraine arrived and were initiated into the TTC on Sunday. They proofed to be a mature, focused group, eager to study and practice. The course was taught in Lithuanian and English with translation into Russian. Besides the TTC, yoga vacation programs also took place. Swami Sivadasananda gave an inspiring and well appreciated weekend program, many teachers and yoga students from all over Lithuania, Latvia and one from the Poland joined and filled the Retreat place to maximum capacity. Swami Sivadasanandaji gave several advanced asana classes as well as Satsang and lectures filled with humour and deep wisdom. He also led the celebration of the Mahasamadhi Puja for Swami Sivananda and his play "Swami Sivananda – Doctor, Yogi, Saint" was staged with the help of dedicated Karmayogis and received with great enthusiasm by both the TTCs and the weekend group. Many among the TTCs and yoga vacation guests took mantra initiation. Swami Bhagavatananda was teaching philosophy, chanting, Satsangs and some asana classes every time sharing love and experience. Besides TTC, Swami Bhagavatananda very enthusiastically lectured on Yoga Vacation program and raised it to a higher level. Durga Devi taught Bhagavad Gita, led Satsangs and gave afternoon classes for the Lithuanian group. Shankari from the affiliated Centre in Moscow arrived to support the teaching and translation for the Russian group for the last TTC week. The Vilnius Centre activities were being kept up during the TTC by the Vilnius teachers. OM.
Work out your salvation in and through this World. - Sri Swami Sivananda