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Issue #08/2016 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize August 1, 2016
"There are all shades and degrees of character from the highest to the lowest." - Sri Swami Sivananda

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

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

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

SPIRITUAL CALENDAR:
AUGUST 2016
02 New Moon  
14 Ekadasi
18 Full Moon
25 Sri Krishna Jayanthi
28 Ekadasi

SEPT 2016
01 New Moon  
05 Ganesha Chathurthi
08 Swami Sivananda 's Birthday
13 Ekadasi
14 Onam
16 Full Moon
27 Ekadasi
30 New Moon
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Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

Greetings to all.
Reflecting the energy of the entire Sivananda Organization, the Sivananda Yoga Camp/Headquarters is surrounded by high energy this month, concluding the Kavaadi Festival celebrations, a full TTC course and starting a new Teen Karma Yoga program, plus the ever popular annual Family Week. These programs, and more, are all part of the Sivananda Organization's worldwide effort to provide an ever-expanding list of supportive and educational programs around the topic of Yoga. Sivananda Centres and Ashrams continue to spread timely messages and teachings of Master Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda to new faces every day. Much gratitude for your continued support towards Master and Swamiji's missions. May their blessings be with us always.

Looking for a summer read? Sivananda "Yoga Life" magazine back issues can be found on the Sivananda website. Here is the link: https://www.sivananda.org/publications/yogalife/

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

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Thought must agree with your word and word agree with your deed. - Sri Swami Sivananda
SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. What is the technique of concentration on the 18 parts of the body as advised by Sage Yajnavalkya for the purpose of attaining Pratyahara? Please explain.
A.

The technique of concentration as given by Sage Yajnavalkya involves a process of withdrawing the mind and Prana gradually and step by step from one part of the body to another, starting from the two big toes of the feet and progressing upward through a series of successive concentrations, then withdrawals. Traveling through the several Centres of the body the journey leading finally to the crown of the head. By this process, the Mind and Prana are totally drawn away from the entire body and finally centred in the top of the head where the practitioner dives into deep meditation.

The first 9 of the 18 parts mentioned by Sage Yajnavalkya are given below:
1. The great toes
2. The ankles
3. The middles of the shanks/shin
4. The parts above the shanks and below the knees
5. The Centres of the knees
6. The Centres of the thighs
7. The anus
8. The Centre of the body, just below the waist
9. The genitals

Q. How does the Yogi see the subtle rudiments of matter with his Yogic vision?
A.

As you would see the material objects with the help of a material instrument in the form of the eye, the Yogi would see subtler objects through the help of subtler instruments. Except in the plane of intuition, in all other lower planes, there exists a subject-object relationship as far as cognition is concerned. The only thing is: the instrument used in perceiving the object should be of the same material of which the object of perception is made.

Q. How does a person feel when severing all relationships, with this mundane world, for embracing Sannyas?
A.

When there is a true spirit of Tyaga, in any, there can never be any idea of the old impressions of the world or of past relations with mundane existence. Even if the person embraces Sannyas without the indispensable Vairagya, he need not necessarily feel for the loss that he sustains, though the latent Vasanas, Vrittis and Samskaras still lie embedded in his mental consciousness. A true Sannyasi enjoys the utmost bliss when he cuts asunder all connections with the world.

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

It is in the nature of man to strive for happiness, but all the happiness which he can gain by his actions is only of limited duration. - Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

DIAMOND - Supta Vajrasana - Intermediate - Advanced Posture

Diamond is a complete backbend which gives a wonderful stretch to the front body. This posture revitalizes the solar plexus area.

Kneel first, tops of the feet flat on the mat, knees hip-width apart. Next, sit between the heels on the mat. Slowly lower the torso onto the mat using the elbows to guide, finally coming to a lying position, with the knees bent. Position your arms behind your head, each hand clasping the opposite elbow. Relax here of 30 seconds, belly breathing slowly and rhythmically.

For the advanced pose of the Diamond, continue by placing your palms flat on the mat on either side of the head, fingertips as close to the shoulders as possible. Inhale and push into the hands to lift the head and shoulders off the mat. Tilt head back and place top of head onto the mat, similar to the steps into Chakrasana. Lift the hips off the mat. Keep light weight on the head. To go further into the full Diamond, inhale again and push into the arms to raise the torso even higher so to assist moving your head closer to your feet increasing the arch of the back. Walk the hands closer to the feet, rest on the elbows, pushing them firmly into the mat. Extend through the spine. Extend the hips forward away from the body as you breathe deeply. Hold for up to 30 seconds.

To release, walk you hands away from the feet and lower the head and shoulders back to the mat. Next, to push up, place your elbows next to your lower back, push into the elbows to lift the torso up and into a forward bend, child's pose. Finally come to sitting position and extend the legs.

Counter posture: Child's Pose - Balasana

BENEFITS:
Activates prana to circulate from the solar plexus throughout the whole body
Stretches the whole front line of the body - the ankles, thighs and groins, abdomen, chest and throat
Revitalizes the solar plexus area
Tones the lungs with deep inhalations
Stretches the Psoas
Improves posture

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

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


The basis of body-building and spiritual growth is Brahmacharya. - Sri Swami Sivananda

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

PRATYAHARA

The withdrawal of senses from objectivity; the fifth rung in the Raja Yoga ladder.

In the practice of Pratyahara, the consciousness of the person is internalized so not experience the sense of taste, touch, sight, hearing and smell, taking the practitioner to the next stages of yoga – Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (mystical absorption), which is the aim of all yogic practices.

Pratyahara makes the mind calm.

Pratyahara is the most important limb in Yoga Sadhana. - Swami Sivananda

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

The enjoyments of the senses are transient and the senses themselves are worn out by too much enjoyment. - Sri Swami Sivananda

BHAGHAVAD GITA

Chapter II: Sankhya Yoga

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
II.67. 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.

Good character is like catching a contagious disease. Acquire it by Satsanga/the company of good people. This is the best way. - Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

From Discourse II: "Sadhana Pada- On Spiritual Disciplines"

II.55. TATAH PARAMA VASYATENDRIYANAM.

'From that comes the highest mastery over the senses'.

Commentary:
The senses are man's connection to the physical plane. When it is decided that is time to transcend the distractions of the world, the most difficult undertaking is mastery of the senses. Though perfection of 'pratyahara' the greatest obstacles to Enlightment are overcome.

Get up now. This is Brahmamuhurta (Auspicious Early Morning Time). Everywhere is Silence. Nature herself is at Peace. Now, retire peacefully into the inner chambers of your heart. - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

CHILLED CUCUMBER SOUP - Serves 4-6.

Ingredients:
750 ml natural yoghurt
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp oil
1 cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp pepper
250ml iced water
100g chopped walnuts
Fresh parsley leaves to garnish

Directions:
Combine the yogurt, salt and oil, stirring until smooth.
Add the cucumber, lemon juice, pepper and iced water.
Chill until ready to serve or add 125ml chopped ice and serve immediately.
Serve topped with a sprinkling of chopped walnuts.
Garnish with parsley.

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

A craving for comforts weakens your fibre. Lead a simple life. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC, ATTC, Sadhana Intensive Courses

2016

Jul 30 - Aug 28/16
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

Jul 31 - Aug 28/16
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Jul 31 - Aug 28/16
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Aug 07 - Sep 04/16
ATTC – English, Français, Español
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Aug 15 - Sep 11/16
TTC – Espaňol, Português
Aluenda, Zaragoza, España Spain
http://www.sivananda.es

Sep 03 - Oct 01/16
TTC – English
London, England
http://www.sivananda.org/london/teachers_training_UK.html

Sep 03 - Oct 02/16
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

Sep 03 - Oct 02/16
TTC – English, Polski, Lietuvos kalba, Русский язык
Ustka, Baltic Sea, Poland
http://www.sivananda.eu/en/yoga-teacher-training/teachers-training-course/ttc-venues/osteuropa.html#c2509

Sep 03 - Oct 02/16
ATTC – English, Polski, Lietuvos kalba, Русский язык
Ustka, Baltic Sea, Poland
http://www.sivananda.eu/en/yoga-teacher-training/teachers-training-course/ttc-venues/osteuropa.html#c2509

Sep 07 - Oct 05/16
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Sep 24 - Oct 22/16
TTC - English, 中文
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
www.sivanandayogachina.org

Sep 25 - Oct 23/16
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Oct 09 - Nov 06/16
TTC - English, 日本語, ภาษาไทย, 中文
Phu Chaisai, Chiang Ria, Thailand
http://www.sivananda.com.sg/thailand_ttc/index.htm

Oct 15 - Nov 11/16
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA
www.sivananda.org/yogafarm

Oct 16 - Nov 13/16
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India
www.sivananda.org/madurai

Oct 22 - Nov 20/16
TTC – English, Français, Deutsch, Espaňol, Italiano
Rudraprayag Himalaya Mountains, India
www.sivananda.eu/en/yoga-teacher-training-in-india.html

Nov 06 - Dec 04/16
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
www.sivananda.org/neyyardam

Nov 13 - Dec 11/16
TTC – English, Français, Español
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Nov 20 - Dec 18/16
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India
www.sivananda.org/madurai

Nov 22 - Dec 20/16
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

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


Dwell in the Divine. Live and move in it. Get absorbed in the Divine Flame.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - JULY 2016

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    During early July, the first week of TTC was intense and colourful. The students were quickly immersed in the Ashram activities: a Ganesha Homa, learning about meditation during Satsangs, learning to teach yoga classes, headstands, shoulder stands, a Puja at the Subramanya Temple. Although overwhelming for first timer, it is the perfect environment to help one detach from all they know and be fully present. Satsangs were quickly getting livelier everyday as the TTCs ease up to the prayers and chanting. The Subramanya Temple summer festivities started, devotional shouts could be heard from far, "Haro Hara! Haro Hara!" as the Subramanya deity toured around the Temple. Many devotees gathered, played music, prayed, and shared food. Many TTCs got to enjoy the event. It is a blessing to have access to the Temple activities and its colourful rituals. The Camp attracted a large team of karma yogis this summer, a lot of maintenance work, gardening, renovation, and cleaning is happening. Many of us assisted in the TTC, deepening our practice and intensifying our commitment to this life. Saraswati and Ganga came to visit from Vietnam, inspiring us with their simple and humble behaviour. Suresh and Anoop came from India to assist in the TTC. The kitchen offered great food with three cooks from three big food cultures: Indian, Italian and Lebanese. The Camp received another happy wave, and a sense of home coming, as the once TTC students, staff and long time members came to drop off their children to the annual Kids Camp. Mixed feelings were felt. Joy to be at the Camp, yet sadness, as the parents separated from their children. Some parents decided to spend the initial Kids Camp weekend at the Camp and enjoy a reconnection to their yoga practice. A vibrant and joyful energy reigned at the Camp. We sensed it in yoga classes, Satsangs, staff meetings and simply walking on the grounds. 

    Mid-July saw the second week of TTC, a colourful Master's Mahasamadhi and the kriyas workshop as highlights. The intensity of the program was felt and heard, especially creating a bond between participants. Tryambakams and Gajananams could be heard all over the Camp at odd times as they practiced together, or audible chanting for someone in the team whose family member is going through difficulty, etc. Kirtan continued in the kitchen during Karma Yoga time while washing the dishes, drying and cleaning. We enjoyed another lively ceremony at the Subramanya Temple, shared good Indian food, prepared by devotees and chanted to the flames of a bonfire in the airfield. Swami Sivananda's Mahasamahdi in the Krishna Temple was exceptionally beautiful as it combined all TTC, the children from the Kids Camp, all staff and guests. It was lovely to hear the kids chanting, watch them pour the milk over Master's statue and blend in with everyone. The kids added their joyful and bubbly energy to the Camp. The Ashram gardens received good care, with many Karma Yogis and guests joining in to weed, plant and shape the design. Preparations continued at the Subramanya Temple for the thousands of people expected to arrive for Kaavadi Festival. For a staff night, Bharata and Sita prepared a delicious Italian dinner, plus, Swami Sankarananda made his famous Tiramissu. May the Grace of Masters continue to bless all. Om Shanti. Om + Prem.



Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    During early July the monsoon downpours added to the quiet atmosphere in the Ashram. Steady work continued with the help of a mechanical earth mover in order to prepare the land on the southern side of the Ashram, for planting of various fruit trees. This area was previously occupied by rubber trees. One of our regular visitors, Binu is kindly donating many saplings. Suresh ji travelled to HQ, Canada, Rakesh ji went home for 3 weeks to attend his marriage. Anu ji took a short break to visit Chennai.

    Mid-July saw a break in the rains, enabling enjoyable silent walks to the dam and karma yogis to help out on the agricultural land. We celebrated Master's Mahasamadhi anniversary with a Guru Puja and Abhisekam in the morning and a delicious South Indian feast on banana leaves for lunch. Arun out did himself with 13 different items on the plate! One Saturday twenty people from the Kerala University Yoga Diploma Course visited the Ashram. Some of them were interested in doing TTC too. The Panchakarma Detoxification Program finished with rejuvenated, happy participants and about forty paid staff went on a four day Temple tour in Tamil Nadu with stay at the Meenakshi Ashram. We welcome new staff Sajeev from Delhi to the team. Om. Pranams.


Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Uttar Kashi.
    Having successfully completed their teaching groups in early July, the TTC students enjoyed the challenge of the advanced pranayama classes and were inspired by classes for pregnancy, elderly and children. In this last week of TTC the students were given the opportunity to express their gratitude at a Lalitasahasranama Puja.  The exam was written well and the students graduated with smiles, happy to be a part of Swamiji and Master's world family.

    With the June-July TTC completed, the Ashram became almost empty again mid July with the departure of students and visiting teachers and assistants. We thanked them for all their support.  But still the Ashram was busy with the celebration of the Master's Mahasamadhi and the feeding of visiting sadhus from the surrounding area. The Puja and Bhandara for Master's Mahasamadhi were preponed to 12th July as Swami Parameswariananda had to leave for Delhi. She then continued her journey on to the Yoga Camp for her first visit to Swamiji's first Ashram. We wished her a wonderful and inspiring trip. With Master and Swamiji's Grace, all staff are doing well. Om.



Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The Ashram was vibrating with TTC and ATTC this month, 55 students for the TTC and 25 for the ATTC. The courses were taught in French, English and Spanish. All swamis and staff shared the many classes and lecture. Charles Poncet from Geneva came to teach the Bhagavad Gita and Sanskrit. Many Karma Yogis from the Paris Centre and from other places came to help in the various Karma Yoga departments, as well as assisting with teaching and translation. Kamala Devi from Australia took care of the Yoga Vacation programme. Jivana Heyman from San Fransisco taught a certificate course "Accessible Yoga". He gave valuable hints of how to teach Yoga to people with handicaps, people in wheelchairs and older people. Philippe Bobola spoke about "science and spirituality" and taught a certificate course "science and expansion of consciousness". We also have a steady group of garden karma yogis taking care of the flower and vegetables. Our 2 priests are taking good care of the Temple with regular Pujas, and the murtis radiate a strong energy. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July the Yoga Farm was very high energy with the 17th annual Vedic Astrology Conference taking place with this year's theme, "Jyotish and Yogic Guidance in a Time of Stress and Crisis: Fortitude and Transcendence". Swami Sitaramananda was joined by special guest presenters Komilla Sutton (on upcoming Mars and Saturn conjunction ); Niranjan Babu (Introducing Vaastu Shastra); Master Class by James Kelleher (How to Give a Reading and Jupiter: the Secret Key); Bill Levacy (Identifying Stress Factors); Brent Becvar (Four Aims of Life); Andrew Foss (Living with Mars/Rahu); Bill Sinclair (Crisis and Trauma Counselling); Keiko Ito (Remedial Measures); Krishna Darshan (Karmas and their Indications). Vedic Priest Pandit Samavedula gave talks on Lakshmi Mantras and Vedic Rituals and with Swami Vasishtananda performing a beautiful Navagraha Homa and Ganesha Puja at the Krishna Temple to open the conference and receive Divine blessing. The conference was a great inspiring success for guests and speakers alike, providing better tools for self transformation, resilience to stress and coping. The 7 students of Jyotish Beginners' course were inspired to continue their learning.

    During mid-July we sent our prayers with Swami Sitaramananda as she traveled to India and Asia for the next 3 months for teaching and the 2nd TTC in China. The Yoga Farm was blessed with a beautiful Guru Purnima Puja/Homa at Swamiji's House. This special Mandala Puja/Homa was based on Vaastu sacred geometry, led by Swami Vasishtananda-ji, including 4 simultaneous Pujas and 4 Homas, performed by Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Jnaneswariananda and senior staff under the full moon. Guru's Grace was received by all as we shared our prayers for the world. Swami Swaroopananda read a message from Sivananda Upanishad about the unity in all religions. We gave thanks to Vastu expert Niranjan Babu and wife, Umarani, for their stay at the Yoga Farm and their recommendations to strengthening the energy of the Temples, shrines, staff housing and meditation space. We also give thanks and said goodbye to Siva and Amba for their continued support to Swamiji's mission there, as they returned to Vietnam.  We were all feeling the grace of Master and Swamiji. Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Yoga Farm.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    During early July the long holiday weekend allowed many of the guests to stay over an extra night.  Prem Sadasivananda gave another kirtan performance, bringing much energy and joy to all. The New York Centre staff returned to NYC after a long and rejuvenating weekend at the Ashram.  Staff had only one in-between clean up day after the busy weekend and the start of ATTC.  The students arrived and the inauguration set.  Five TTC students from the June TTC stayed on to take the ATTC, many of them said the reason they are taking ATTC is because they didn't want to leave the Ashram. The teachers for the ATTC were Srinivasan, teaching Raja Yoga and part of the Vedanta Philosophy lecture. Swami Brahmananda taught the Vedanta portion of the course. Swami Paramananda taught the advanced asana class, Swami Satya taught Sanskrit, Shyam taught advanced pranayama and the morning asana class and Krishnapriya taught the anatomy class. By the grace of Master and Swamiji, we also inaugurated the Ashram's first Teachers Refresher Course at the same time.  The Refresher Course will run for a week.  Swami Paramananda, Shyam and Mohini were the main teachers for the refresher, with the schedule consisting of daily advanced pranayama, two daily asana classes (the afternoon class is advanced asanas) and daily mid-day workshops on improving their teaching techniques.  Both courses were off to a good start.

    Mid-July saw ATTC entered the second week of classes. Swami Brahmananda arrived from Nassau, Bahamas Yoga Retreat to teach Vedanta for the ATTC.  The students were all doing very well and advancing nicely with their asana practice. Shyam and Mohini ran the Yoga Vacation guest programs this month and taught daily workshops and asana classes.  One weekend program included a visit from Rabbi Zoe B. Zak, who led the Satsang that Saturday night, with a Havdalah ceremony, the ending of the holy day Shabbat.  It was a beautiful ceremony, taking place under the evening sky, and in her usual joyous energy.  Shyam and Mohini taught a weekend workshop on the Power of Asanas for the guests and karma yogis.  One Sunday they went into NYC to teach the afternoon advanced class and lead the evening Satsang.  Swami Brahmananda also drove into NYC with Swami Paramananda to spend one night at the Centre before returning to the Bahamas to take part in the Guru Purnima ceremonies.  Staff maintained a strong Sadhana and send pranams. May the Blessings of Master and Swamiji grace all of our lives. Om.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    During early July we bid farewell to our Acharya Swami Swaroopananda, his assistant Swami Prema Swaroopananda and their assistants Jnaneshwari Chaitanya, Rukmini Chaitanya and Kumari. We are very grateful to have had them here for this wonderful season and having received their guidance. They departed for the Yoga Farm in California. Meanwhile, Swami Brahamananda led inspiring talks on the topic of "What is Yoga?" and some practical advice on how to keep a spiritual diary and create a daily routine. We welcomed Earle Birney (Nilakantha), a Buddhist practitioner and graduate of the Sivananda ATTC. He gave three workshops on "Uniting the Outer and Inner Experience". Nilakantha also started his Summer Teen Yoga Program. Krishnan Namboodiri performed a Ganapati Vidya Homa with everybody in the morning Satsang taking part in it, offering Ghee to the fire and flowers to a beautiful Yantra. Swami Shambhudevananda taught a 4-day "Introduction to Meditation Course" and the "Yoga of Essentials 1 Course".

    During mid-July we bid farewell to Swami Brahmananda, who travelled to teach the ATTC for a week in the Yoga Ranch in New York. Fortunately we will be able to welcome him back for a couple of days for the Guru Purnima. We welcomed Nathan Katz, who presented a very interesting 4-day program on "Spirituality: Mine, Yours and the World's". Swami Shambhudevananda taught a wonderful "Yoga of Essentials 1 Course". Right afterwards he began teaching another one of our core course: "The Power of Positive Thinking Course". On July 14th we celebrated Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi with various activities. The Priest conducted a Guru Puja and also an Ocean Puja during the morning Satsang. The whole Ashram enjoyed the delicious Prasad afterwards. During the day we had an Akhanda Kirtan of the Master's Mantra going on in the Temple. We welcomed David Moises, who presented his insightful approach on healing with sound. He also offered noon workshops and specials workshops for the TTCs. We welcomed Sri Devi (Marisa Laursen) from the Ayurveda College of California. She gave two interesting introductory talks on Ayurveda and digestion. Om Shanti from all the staff in Nassau.


Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early July, in the continuation of a pleasant summer season, we focused on the interesting topic of Vital Breath-Vital Energy. In the yoga classes we steadily increased the pranayama. The lectures gave clear insight into prana, thoughts and the astral body. Student numbers steadily increased. Most of the yoga classes took place on the big platform and we were even able to have one evening Satsang outside. The guest were very inspired to help with different karma yoga projects, thereby contributing to a strong community feeling. Our biggest project started, moving out of Kailash and the first and second floor of the Seminar House and into the new Skyline house. Swami Narayanananda and Mahadev joined the team to help with this big undertaking. We ended on a stormy note with heavy rain and wind, fitting with this time of change.

    Mid-July and it rained. Walks for the "Yoga and Mountain Magic" week were therefore not possible. However, this gave the guests more time to focus on Sadhana and read the inspiring words of Master and Swamiji. The topic of meditation also fitted nicely into the weeks' events. Morning and evening meditation were longer and the daily chanting of Om Namo Narayanaya before evening Satsang proved to be an excellent preparation for our meditation practice. The guests were also inspired to do a lot of karma yoga, thereby adding a valuable note to our sense of community. A beautiful Puja was performed for Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi. We felt very much blessed by Master's love and uplifting energy. At the end, Akash, our dog, made a short but much loved appearance, instantly melting the hearts of all present. Chandrika held a fascinating course on "How Yoga Works". The scientific perspective on yoga and the ancient knowledge from the scriptures were studied side by side in a series of highly informative lectures. The special asana classes in the morning allowed the students to integrate the information into an experience. The students were very inspired by all they learned. We also enjoyed lectures on how to find inner peace, plus, information on the TTC, all taking place in the newly reacquired Hanuman Hall, adding another dimension to the teachings. OM.


Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Meenakshi.
    Early July had been a pleasant and joyous one. The monsoon made its presence known in India with its signature wind blowing and rainfalls, contributing its share in Madurai, also. The Yoga Vacationers, though modest in number, went on to rediscover themselves in this spiritual journey of self discovery with their stay and routine schedule at the Ashram. Anoop left for our Yoga Camp Ashram in Canada to be of assistance with the summer programs scheduled there. Khilesh returned from his month long visit to his hometown in North India. The staff members engaged themselves in Group Karma Yoga activities, lending a helping hand to our guests, including cleaning and shifting of construction materials and bamboo poles from the area in the vicinity of Siva Hut. Being the low season time, the staffs immersed themselves in their Hatha Yoga practice as well setting aside time for their self study and other spiritual practices. The Talent Show saw some hidden talents of our otherwise familiar guests providing a sense of enjoyment and fun for all. Everyone enjoyed themselves with their stay in the calm and quiet surroundings of our Ashram, nestled in Nature's lap.

    For mid-July we had a Guru Puja at Mahakali Temple to commemorate the Mahasamadhi of our Master Swami Sivananda. Our priest arranged a beautiful Puja at the Temple by drawing sacred designs with coloured rice flour and invoking Gurus blessings by reciting of sacred hymns and performing hand gestures called Mudras. All our guests and staffs began the day by chanting Om Namo Bhagavathe Sivanandaya, with the positive and energetic vibrations reverberating through the air and filling our hearts with peace and ecstasy. The chanting continued throughout the day with all of us seeking blessings from Swamiji. A group of Neyyar Dam Ashram staff stopped at the Madurai Ashram as part of their travel itinerary. They stayed for a couple of days during their outings to Rameshwaram, Tanjore, Meenakshi Temple and other local sites in Madurai. A new group of people arrived for the Yoga Vacation program. We also welcomed a group of guests from Japan, here to imbibe the essence of Ashram life. The weekly Talent show was a small affair with the guests entertaining all as they displayed their skills. May our Gurus blessings and guidance grace all lives. Om Shanti. Pranams to all.




    TTC Reports in locations other than Ashrams:

    TTC Lithuania: The first week of the TTC has started in a good spirit, where many students opened up very well to the five principles of Yoga and the initial lectures of philosophy. All the lectures and classes to teach were distributed among the Staff. We have been welcoming more and more students for the Yoga Vacations. On Thursday we received priest Yagneshwara Dixit who introduced students into Pujas and some basic principles of the Bhakti Yoga rituals. In the Murti Puja for the Lord Ganesha almost all students participated in Abhishekam and offered their rice and flowers actively. The second Puja was Lamp Puja, with Sri Yantra. The second TTC week started well. Yagneshwara Dixit completed a well appreciated week of Pujas and lectures on Indian mythology. We had a talk given by Prof. Beinorius about the main statements of the Upanishads. It was received with much interest. We welcomed Swami Sivadasananda who gave a series of Satsangs and workshops for the teachers, TTC`s and guests. Many Yoga Vacationers arrived and we also received many teachers from Russia, Latvia, Estonia and different corners of Lithuania. Over one hundred students were present. We could feel lots of prana and inspiration. One of the specials was an enthusiastically enacted theatre play on the Kena Upanishad intertwined with Kirtan taken from "Upanishad Drama", by Swami Sivananda. The actors participated wholeheartedly both in preparation and in the final presentation. We were blessed with warmer weather.



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    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya
    We had a good month. Holiday season has started but many people are still coming very regularly, classes and courses were well visited. Two Yoga 1 courses started, both with inspired groups of students. Satsang participation was also good, many students are coming very regularly once or even twice a week. There were several new people joining the Satsangs and having their first experience in Mantra Chanting and meditation. Several weekend programs took place. Very inspiring was the one day seminar on Pranayama. The two practical classes with focus on Pranayama and the lecture were well received by all. We had a successful cooking course this month, all dishes came out delicious and due to good weather we could eat outside on the platform in the garden. We celebreated Swami Sivanandas Mahasamadhi and Gurupurnima, both by performing a Morning Puja. Close teachers and students joined for the Pujas and the energy of the masters was very present. We continued our regular correction workshops with the active Centre teachers. It was a very focused atmosphere, teachers were happy to deepen their teaching skills. We had very good support from Karma Yogis this month. They were helping with household, garden and maintenance projects. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early July we began two "Beginners' Courses". We had two holidays in Argentina. For this reason few students showed up those days. We offered a "Concentration Workshop".

    During mid-July we celebrated the "Mahasamadhi " of our dear Swami Sivananda. We received a lot students for the "Trial Class". We had the help of Karma Yogis for different tasks. Prem & Om to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China


    Om Namah Sivaya!
    During early July we are focused on promoting the upcoming programs and the September TTC, with Swami Pranavananda, as well as offering the same courses. Sivani took a 10-day personal break. Saraswati took care of the Centre. 

    Mid July was eventful with the visit of Swami Prananvananda. When he arrived he started teaching a special asana class and Satsang on stress management. We also had a classical yoga introduction weekend at the Centre, which inspired both the students and staff. Sivani returned to the Centre to resume her duties. Saraswati ended her four-month karma yoga service here at the Centre. We wished her a bright future, continuing the serving others with love. May Guru's grace bring classical Yoga to blossom on the land of China. Prem & Om to all.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre.
    In early July we started a morning Beginner's course, with good number of students. We offered a headstand workshop, again with very good number of students attended. Sunday Kalyani ji arrived from Neyyar Dam and led a Satsang. The Chennai Centre construction continued. The rest of activities in the Centre carried on, as usual. All staff members performed their karma yoga duties, making sure that the Centre operated efficiently, for the benefit of everyone.

    Mid July a morning ladies Beginners' course started, with good number of students plus, an evening meditation course, leded by Kalyani ji. A good number of students attended. On the 14th July Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi day was celebrated with chantings, arati, a feast. Many students and teachers participated. On 16th July we offered a Ganapathi Homam. The Centre construction continued alongside the rest of activities in the Centre. All staff members performed their karma yoga duties, making sure that the Centre operated efficiently and for the benefit of everyone. With the blessings of God and Masters, staff are well and wish you serenity and peace of mind.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!
    During early July the Centre was closed in honour of the Independence Day holiday. The week that followed was calm with sunny, warm weather. Attendance was quiet around the holiday weekend, but the Sunday evening Satsang was particularly lively and well attended. Open classes continued, though many teachers are away. We were pleased to welcome back two teachers who just graduated from June TTC at the Ranch, one of whom has already started to teach. The Yoga 3 Course finished. It was a very nice group of students.

    Mid-July saw the weather continuing its rapid fluctuations between hot and cold and sunny and rainy. The current Yoga 3 course finished and and new Yoga 2 started. We had a special Puja for Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi Swami Sivananda, which seemed to move things and the season itself forward. Teachers and students seem to be returning from their travels or breaks. Staff were grateful for the grace and guidance of the Gurus and wish an inspiring Guru Purnima to all. The Chicago Staff send best wishes for a happy, healthy summer to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early July we had 4 residents stay at the DaLat Centre: Three Westerners and one recently graduated Vietnam TTC teacher. We opened a new class for beginners after the Open House. Totally we have 3 classes for beginners at this time. All classes continue to run well.

    In mid-July we were grateful for the assistance of our four residents helping with the Centre and enjoying our residency program. We opened another Beginner course. Resident and student count increased. Staff are very busy at this time. One Sunday we had a special Kirtan workshop. Students attending this workshop enjoyed learning how to sing the Daily Chants and some other songs. Everything was good, by the Grace of Gurus. Om Namah Sivaya.

    https://sivanandayogavietnam.org


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    By Guru's Grace and God's will everything went very well in the Centre at the beginning of July. We started with new 6:00 am Beginner's course, with good numbers of students. One Saturday we had Kriya workshop and an advance class, followed by Satsang. One Sunday we had Satsang for all of our regular teacher and karma yogis. Otherwise everybody was well here. Our prayers to all.

    In mid-July we started with the Beginner's course for 10 am, plus a 6:30 pm batch, both with good numbers of students. We also started the weekend meditation classes on Saturdays. On July 14th we celebrated Sri Swami Sivananda ji's Mahasamadhi - a day full joy and inspiration. We had a Puja & Havan in the morning. In the evening we conducted special classes for more then 150 underprivileged kids from "My Angels Academy". We also served them dinner. All the kids were happy to see all the karma yogis arrive to help them. Apart from that, all our open classes and special classes are proceeding well. With Gurus blessings, everybody in the Centre were healthy and happy.  Our prayers to everybody. Om Namo Narayanaya. Pranams.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    With the blessings of the Masters we started July with two Beginner's' course, one at 6:30am and the other at 4:00pm. We also started 'Foundation to Meditation' course on Wednesdays. A good number of students attended the workshop 'Yoga for Neck and Shoulder', by Dr. Rashmi, which was conducted on the same day. The workshop covered what precautions to take during regular practice of asanas; how to perform the asanas correctly and how to strengthen neck and shoulders. We conducted a workshop of Gentle Yoga, meditation and stress management for Multiple Sclerosis patients and their caretakers (families) for MSSI Delhi. It was attended by 60 to 70 people, with the age group of 30 to 65. We explained the importance of following the "Five Points of Yoga" in daily life, hence improving the quality of life by working on the physical, mental and spiritual levels. The program was interactive and went well. MSSI Delhi requested us to program similar workshops in future. Meanwhile the Saturday morning and Sunday evening Satsangs were motivating.

    With the blessings of the Masters, we offered two Beginners' courses mid July - one at 10:00am and the other at 6:30pm. We celebrated Swami Sivananda's Maha Samadhi on July 14th by chanting 'Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya", reading from Master's daily reading book and Arathi. The Delhi weather was improving after getting heavy rains. We conducted the usual Satsangs to maintain the Centre's energy and to uplift our spirits. With the Grace of the Masters everything is going well at the Centre. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Noida, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Noida.
    With the Grace of Gurus, during early July we started a Beginners' course at 10:00am. We started a Beginners' & Y2 course at 6:30am, 4:00pm & 6:30 pm mid July. We had 4 students for the trial class. We experienced heavy rain in Delhi & Noida. Das ji took a short holiday, taking rest at home. We welcomed Kalesh V.P. as a new staff. For Master Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi on 14th July we chanted & pray for Master's blessings. With the Blessings and Grace of our Beloved Masters, we send Pranams and our best wishes to all the Sivananda family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    Courses and classes ended and students are inspired to continue their practice. After renovation-work on the ceiling in the annex the temporary office was moved back in its original place. The Centre was prepared for the summer and the fall brochure was sent to the graphic designer. The envelopes for the mailing were prepared and the research for a place for an autumn retreat came to a positive result.
    Staff left for the Retreat House in Reith and the Centre in Munich. In the beginning of the month the summer schedule started with 4 classes per week which are taught by close teachers. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early July the attendance was again nearly a record.  The Open House was very successful with about 39 people attending. Ten registered for courses. We started a Meditation Two course with Swami Pranavananda. Daya went to Dalat for one week to help in the Centre there. Twice a week staff and outside teachers led a group of about 13 children, some very young, in exploring the wonderful world of Yoga with many games, stories and animals!  With the Guru's Grace, the Centre is vibrating from morning to night with bhajans, laughter and heartfelt sharing, as all of the staff, teachers, karma yogis and students are happy to be part of the Yoga Teachings.  Swami Sitaramananda guided us with Skype Satsangs from the Yoga Farm. Ganga called in regularly to make sure the running of the Centre went smoothly.

    Mid-July saw the Centre full of prana from the Swami Sivananda Mahasamadhi and the Guru Purnima. The Swami Sivananada Mahasamadhi was celebrated by staff with a Guru Puja at 5 am in the morning and then continued with the chanting Swami Sivananda mantra throughout 12 hours. Staff, Karma Yogis and students were very happy to able to sit together one after another to chant and to remember the Master and the teachings. We also decorated the Centre with flowers everywhere, plus, made fresh flower garlands for all the statues and Master's pictures to lift up the energy of the Centre on that day. The evening Satsang was very inspiring while sharing stories of Swami Sivananda's life. For the Guru Purnima, we continued with the Guru Puja and group chanting of Guru mantra. All of these celebrations really brought people together, inspiring all of us. Meanwhile, Swami Pranava left to China. We also welcomed a new resident who will stay with us for 1 month. All others courses and open classes ran well. We started 2 new Beginners Yoga 2 course. A new project of rejuvenating the Garden was also started by our karma yogi, Khai - a professional gardener. We are all so happy and inspired by the Blessing of the Master and Guru. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.  

    https://sivanandayogavietnam.org


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early July the London Centre went through new renovations and after the first two weeks of solid work, the demolition phase of the asana hall entrance made way for the new construction phase. The wooden framework for the future changing room walls started to take shape. The renewed entrance should be ready just before the start of the next TTC in September. We were very happy to welcome Jaya who has been a long term resident in the Munich Centre and will now be serving in the London Centre as a full time staff. Saturday saw a well attended program which included a workshop "How to Combat Fear and Find Inner Serenity", followed by a themed asana class and a Satsang on "Bhakti Yoga, Bringing Sweetness to Life". Om Namah Sivaya.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    During early July a Yoga One course continued with enthusiastic students eager to improve their health and inspired to live a yogic life. Regular yoga classes continued well. This week Gaia.com (formally Gaiam TV) visited the Centre for a production of a 13-episode-series on History of Yoga. They interviewed Swami Sitaramananda via Skype with important questions regarding Master and Swamiji, the practice of Mediation, Vedanta philosophy, etc. They also spoke with Hamsa Chaitanya on the topics of Karma Yoga. As an illustration of Sivananda Yoga lineage and practice, they filmed the Sunday Satsang. During Kirtan everyone chanted so beautifully, we read Master's inspiring words on Life from Bliss Divine. Everyone felt honored and grateful to be part of the Mission, as Master and Swamiji's teachings continue to spread in the world, lifting us up and showing the way to Eternal Peace. After Satsang we celebrated Chandra's birthday. He has been a dedicated teacher and karma yogi at the LA Centre for more than 20 years. We celebrated his life of devotion and service with a warm party full of bake goods, sweets and warm soup made by a loving student. It was a week full of Love and Guru's Grace. 

    Mid-July was joyful and blessed as we gathered to celebrate Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi and the Guru Purnima. Celebration started with a beautiful Puja during our evening Satsang with lots of chanting, then continued with days of readings from Swami Sivananda. It all came together with a Guru Purnima to honour the selfless spirit of Master and Swamiji and to be grateful for the Teachings we are receiving. The Centre was decorated in festival. Master and Swamiji were adorned with lots of flowers, garlands and our admiration. It was ever uplifting and inspiring. Class and courses continued well. We will be adding classes in August. Staff is healthy and ever thankful for the opportunity to serve and to share Guru's Light with the world.  May Grace of the Guru continue to shelter and guide us. Pranams to all.  



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    The Centre supported the International Yoga Day organized by the Indian Embassy: we had a well visited yoga class and a special Satsang for Peace with many visitors from other yoga schools. Gopala was in Delhi to participate in the AYUSH conference and came back just on time for the highlight: over 1,000 students took part in the yoga class organized just outside Madrid. Dr Kamlesh joined us for one week to give a very complete "Ayurveda and Nutrition" program with two lectures and a cooking course with beautiful recipes and excellent information for all. Inscriptions for TTC Aluenda are coming in and a new interesting location for TTC 2017 was visited. Ishwari and Atma Jyothi went to Orleans for the TTC refresher and returned happy and inspired. We also welcome Emily (TTC Rudraprayag) as temporary staff for the Summer. At the end of the month Sita from London came to help us with several office renovation projects. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India

    Om Namah Sivaya
    July started with two new yoga beginner course at 6 & 10 am. Uni Krishnan left for home and Nalini ji came from Madurai Ashram to help us with teaching. Yashpal returned after one month vacation. The weather was pleasant. 

    Mid-July was eventful. A Monday evening batch of Beginners' Course started. On 14th July, Master Mahasamadhi day, a special Puja and Satsang was done in the morning and evening. On the 15th July, the Centre held its 4th Anniversary day in its new location. The same day Yashpal's birthday was celebrated with the evening class students. Nalini ji returned to the Madurai Ashram after helping a few days in Centre. All other classes continued to flourish, with Guru Kripa. Hari Om. Pranams to one and all from Madurai Centre. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi!!

    July started with two new yoga beginner course at 6 & 10 am. Uni Krishnan left for home and Nalini ji came from Madurai Ashram to help us with teaching. Yashpal returned after one month vacation. The weather was pleasant. 

    Mid-July was eventful. A Monday evening batch of Beginners' Course started. On 14th July, Master Mahasamadhi day, a special Puja and Satsang was done in the morning and evening. On the 15th July, the Centre held its 4th Anniversary day in its new location. The same day Yashpal's birthday was celebrated with the evening class students. Nalini ji returned to the Madurai Ashram after helping a few days in Centre. All other classes continued to flourish, with Guru Kripa. Hari Om. Pranams to one and all from Madurai Centre. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi!!



    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay


    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early July we continued with regular classes for elderly, children, pregnant and open classes. We started a July Beginners' yoga course. We offered a Friday and Saturday meditation course, with a very good assistance.

    In mid-July we continued with regular classes for elderly, children, pregnant and open classes. The course "Devotional Singing" had their second class. We started an Intensive Beginners' Course, with the maximum of students allowed. We offered a Yoga class, followed by a Meditation on Sundays at 10:00 am. Thanks to God and Gurus, everything resulted perfectly. Om Shanti!!



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


    Om Namah Sivaya
    The month of July and Summer is a joyful season in Montreal. We noticed many new students who really like the Centre and are very happy with the classes. We had a special kirtan night with Swami Sankarananda, which was organized to celebrate the retirement of Bhagirathi, an exceptional teacher and karma yogi, appreciated by all in the Centre. The Kirtan night was full of joy and devotion. Everyone was chanting with all their hearts. The teachers and karma yogis were very happy to see Swami Sankara. Later that week we shared in the beautiful Sunday prayers, led by Nikhila. We offered a special workshop about "Sound and Meditation" with Chintan Upadhyay, a Dhrupad Indian musician.  He shared his experiences in the process of sound and breathing and how this practice can drive you to experience the deep stillness within. We also had a Satsang with one of our teachers, Narayani, who gave us a nice talk about "How to Develop the Will-power". One Sunday we had a special Satsang.  We were very happy to have Swami Sankarananda (Rome) with us and to receive Chintan Upadhyay, who gave us a beautiful Indian Classical Concert, using 2 sitars as instruments, everyone was very grateful for this meditative concert experience. We are ever grateful for Masters and Swamijis grace.

    Mid-July and Yoga 1 and 2 courses were running smoothly. We had a Satsang with Narayani who gave us a beautiful and touching talk about Swami Sivananda's life and teachings to honor Masters Mahasamadhi. We welcomed Swami Sankarananda, from the Centre in Rome Italy, who stayed with us for the weekend. The karma yogis and students were very happy to see him, since he was the Montreal Centre director for a many years. He was very happy giving us a hand with maintenance! We also welcomed Saraswati and Ganga, directors of Vietnam Centre, who both spent their last night in Canada with us. Thankfully the nice weather, we continued the wonderful yoga classes at the park, since the summer is a great time in Montreal for outdoor activities. We had our uplifting Sunday prayers, with Swami Sankarananda, and a great talk with Surya about "The 4 Paths of Yoga". We were ever grateful for Masters and Swamijis grace. Pranams to all!



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany


    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    In the last weeks we had a one day retreat "Yoga for the Back", a cooking class "Quick and Easy Dishes for One or Two Persons" and a preparation day for the teachers training course. Yoga Acharya Swami Sivadasananda was here and gave a very inspiring Satsang about the "Power of Thoughts". We also had a highly interesting lecture on "Yoga and Sleep" with Dr. Rubin Naiman, US. Among our special courses of the last weeks were a Raja Yoga course and a weekend meditation introduction course. The spiritual highlights were two Pujas we performed for the celebration of Guru Poornima and Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi. OM.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA


    Om Namah Sivaya!
    July began with the July 4th holiday weekend, during which the Centre was closed. We re-opened the following Tuesday afternoon and welcomed Swami Paramananda and Chandrika, a former staff member, en route to the Ranch for ATTC. We wished her the best and were happy to have her back for a day. Ho Chi Minh Centre's director, Ganga, and Dalat Centre's director, Saraswati, the sisters who run the Centres in Vietnam, also arrived for an overnight visit; short but sweet. The Centre, as well as our hearts, were full after the visitors. Swami Satya Premananda arrived and taught the first class in a new 3-week Sanskrit course. She also led Satsang that night and discussed the finer points of maintaining a spiritual practice at home. The Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses finished and a new Yoga 1 began. Our July Open House was well attended. The staff enjoyed the help of many karma yogis who welcomed the newcomers and really made our spiritual community shine. Swami Paramananda taught a special advanced class one Sunday that was full of yogis, eager for Swamiji's asana instruction and Satsang. At the heart of his lecture was Patanjali's Yoga Sutra: Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodhah. In explaining. By removing the mind's modifications through meditation, yoga and other spiritual practices, this leads to Self Realization, Swamiji quoted the Gurus and managed to bring both a message and smiles to the crowd.

    Mid-July and New York yogis were beating the heat at the Centre as classes stay full despite the rising temperatures. We saw the start of a Yoga 2 course, taught by Bhavani and a Meditation course, led by Shakti. Swami Satya Premananda arrived at the Centre and taught the second evening Sanskrit course and led Satsang. Her talk focused on how Sadhana helps us activate our Higher Self within the human experience and shift toward compassion and acceptance, despite the trials of life. All the staff celebrated Swamiji's Mahasamadhi with a beautiful Puja. Later that day Neeti kicked off the ongoing Bhagavad Gita Study class, with a high attendance. We welcomed Shyam and Mohini. They came down from teaching ATTC at the Ranch to lead a special Satsang entitled "Relationships and the Goal of Life." They focused on how the spiritual path enhances the aspirant's relationships, particularly when all situations are approached from the mindset of what can be given rather than taken. "The U.S. Bill of Rights is fine, but we should really have a Bill of Duties," said Shyam, who also taught an advanced class at the Centre earlier that afternoon. It was a full Satsang during which we also celebrated the birthday of Chrystal, a long-time Karma Yogi at the Centre. It was a very special evening indeed. All the Staff were well and send their pranams. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the end of June, there was a cheerful mood with many yogis getting ready for the TTC refresher. The Swamis could enjoy almost the whole program in Orleans. The Masters sent precious help to support the Centre during those days. Many karma yogis and close teachers took care of everything. One week after the refresher the Swamis went back to the Ashram again. Shambhu took care of the Centre  for 10 days with the support of many karma yogis. Apart from the regular activities and courses, this month there was an" intensive" yoga 1 with 21 students. There was a well attended meditation course and well attended  workshops on relaxation, Kriyas, concentration and headstand. There was also a cooking class entitled 'Quick Vegetarian recipes for busy people'. The Centre was uplifted by two visits of the priest passing by on his way to the Ashram. The priest did two Pujas with the staff and led  the Lalita Sahasranama chanting. On the 14th of July we celebrated Swami Sivananda Mahasamadhi. In The Centre, there was meditative mood from morning to evening with The Celebration. The Main Altar seemed like a blooming garden with many flowers brought by the students. Beautiful opportunity to tune with the Master's energy.
    That day at night,  there was a terrorist attack in the South of France. The students were sad and silent. We had the Shanti Mantras and two Satsangs the followed days.  We had The Om Namo Narayanaya chanting some inspiring words of The Masters on the topic of peace and the practice of likita japa. We Celebrated Gurupurnima on the 19th with a small group of close students. Swami Kailasananda came to the Centre to give an inspiring Satsang on Wednesday the 20th. It was charged of positivity with the precious teachings of Swami Vishnudevananda. In spite of the holidays and the fact that it was during the week an late in the evening, around one hundred people were there. Swamiji went back to the Ashram the day after in the morning after giving time, prana and guided everyone. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    Staff send their pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om Om Om.



Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    During early July Swami Rajeshwarananda came back very inspired from helping at the TTC refresher in Orleans. Markandeya took very good care of the Centre with the help of teachers and karma yogis. We welcome Sushila, who will be at the Centre helping for 2 months. Swami Rajeshwarananda and some teachers and students from the Centre went to Abruzzi, 70 Km from Rome, to participate in a Yoga day, organized by a Sivananda teacher in the area. About 40 people participated, the program included 2 yoga classes, for complete beginners and and more advanced, breakfast, lecture and a delicious vegan meal in a very special place in the country side. People was very inspired and we got new students for the upcoming TTC and Yoga Vacations. Pranams to all from Roma. Om Shanti.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    During early July Swami Sankarananda arrived in San Francisco from India in time to join Sankari Chaitanya for an interfaith dialogue, hosted by the Brahma Kumaris, on Building Spiritual Resilience. Our Friday Gita class continue to do well. No special events because of the 4th of July holiday weekend. We did not cancel asana classes. The few students who did come, said they have been meaning to come for some time. We received sad news this week that one of our teachers, Katyayani (Cari Widmyer), left her body swiftly in a bike/car accident while visiting her parents in New York. We surrender to God's will and God's timing. Our prayers are with her and her family. All is well at the Centre, by Guru's Grace. Pranams to all from the new San Francisco Centre.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early July Summer 2016 set in very noticeably as temperatures rose to almost 40 degrees C, with 70% humidity. At the Tel Aviv Centre we continued with our renovation projects and the promotion of 11 new course that are about to open in the next couple of weeks. We had a very successful weekend program with many new guests and devoted students who joined our asana morning class (almost 50 students), vegetarian feasts and Kirtan concert on the Saturday evening.

    The main event of mid July was the celebration of Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi. We performed the special Puja during the morning Satsang and to our joy and surprise we were joined by almost 40 teachers and devotees. Narayan Jyoti came to lead the Kirtan all through the event, elevating us all. We held an introduction class on meditation with 20 participants, 10 of whom already registered to the course. We started the registration for our week long Sadhana Retreat that is scheduled for the beginning of August and will take place in the new Ashram in Mata. The renovation project continued successfully with the aid of many devoted karma yogis. Pranams to all the Sivananda Family from the Tel Aviv Centre.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    During early July, a "Trial class" held on a Sunday attracted 16 participants. Among them, 4 students purchased membership right after the class. On the same day, we also offered a "headstand workshop", taught by Tara. The headstand workshop showed to be very popular with a full house of 19 students. Seven karma yogis assisted the workshop. Both Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses started. 

    In mid-July the rainy season still continued in Japan with occasional heavy rains. We invited Swami Cetanananda from Kyoto and held a 3 day workshopon the topic "Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 15th". 31 students participated the workshop. Ho Chi Minh Centre's director, Ganga, and Dalat Centre's director, Saraswati, arrived in Japan after visiting U.S. and Canada. They taught several workshops during their stay: Vietnamese cooking, Yantra drawing and Advance Asana. They left for Vietnam on July 24th. Om and Prem to all the Sivananda family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early July was hot and summery. The number of students slightly dropped down due to Canada's birthday long weekend. However many people came for Satsang on the long weekend Friday and Sunday.  We had a headstand workshop, led by Ananthya with 14 people participating, including a quite few new faces which was really nice. Radha and Bhavani also assisted the workshop as we had many students.  Three of yoga courses ended with two new Y1s and one Y2 starting.  Saraswati and Harsha travelled to the Yoga Camp for the Summer. Open classes continued with full strength.  Morning and Evening Satsgangs were well attended. Bhavani left for Yoga Camp to be staff in the annual Kids Camp.

    A new Y1 started mid July, while open classes continued to be strong.  Satsangs were well attended, including in the evenings.  One of our teachers, Charu, did a well received Chanting workshop. Our Masters Mahasamadhi Puja was attended by all teachers and students where everyone was uplifted. Following the Puja we had a nice dinner together.  Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    During early July a new batch for ladies started on Mondays. The current early morning batch completed their last week. All other classes went well. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted on Fridays. Satsang was led by Rajesh. Every Sunday during Satsang Sri. Suresh ji talked about Upanishads.

    For mid-July a new batch started on Mondays. All other classes went well. Swami Sivananda's Mahasamadhi Pooja was conducted. We served breakfast to all who had attended the Pooja. The Director, Rajesh, and his family went for a holiday for a couple of days. We conducted Ganapathy Homa, as it was the first day of the new Malayalam month. Satsang was led by Sri. Rajesh. Pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Classes and courses as well as the meditation evenings on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday had good attendance in July. On the other hand we put some courses on hold due to vacation time and created a special 8 week summer course instead for students with flexible attendance. Master's Mahasamadhi and also Guru Purnima day were celebrated with a Puja. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius.
    During month of July the Centre was working on reduced schedule.
    The TTC in Lithuania started with thirty five students, twenty of them from the Lithuania and eleven Russian speaking. We had a harmonious inauguration ceremony where students got their introduction into the schedule and contents of the course. Although many students were new to Yoga many of them opened up very well to the five principles of Yoga and lectures of philosophy. At the beginning of the month we received  priest Yagneshwara Dixit who introduced the students to Pujas and some basic principles of the Bhakti Yoga rituals and Indian mythology. Prof. A. Beinorius, guest speaker from Vilnius stayed with us for one evening and gave a lecture on the main statements of the Upanishads. We were happy to welcome Swami Sivadasananda who stayed with us for 4 days. He gave a series of Satsangs and workshops for the teachers, TTC's and guests. We received Yoga Vacationers, as well as Sivananda teachers from Russia, Latvia, Estonia and different corners of Lithuania. Over one hundred students were present. One of the specials of this weekend gathering was an enthusiastically enacted theatre play on the Kena Upanishad intertwined with kirtans taken from the book, "Upanishad Drama", by Swami Sivananda. OM.




    Become a practical Yogi.
    - Sri Swami Sivananda
 
 

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