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Issue #12/2015 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize December 1, 2015
"Become ever blissful. Long for nothing. Fear nothing. God alone can protect you from the mundane troubles, tribulations and miseries." - Sri Swami Sivananda

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

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Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya
We are glad to inform you that without much turbulence and with much positivity, we are entering into December and the close of 2015, where all Sivananda Ashrams and Centres are getting ready for annual Christmas parties. Swamiji's annual calendar will be ready for distribution in December, while the Yoga Life magazine will be found on website. A hard copy of Yoga Life will be available in the nearest Sivananda Centre on or before Swami Vishnudevananda's birthday and New Years 2016.

A message from Swami Sivananda -

Blessed Self, as one advances in spiritual Sadhana and attains a greater and greater degree of evolution day by day, by regular and unremitting practice of the Yoga of Synthesis, the clouds of doubts, delusion and interrogation disperse. As the sun rises, the mist disappears. Even so, as you progress in the spiritual path by the Grace of Guru and God, all the intricate problems of life and death dissolve themselves into the ever-abiding Truth of existence.

The only duty of man is to intensify the inner purity by graded, integral Sadhana.

Whenever doubts, troubles and the like arise, repeat your Guru Mantra. There is no room for doubts to crop up on the attainment of God-realization, as the seeker is no longer the seeker, but God Himself. - Swami Sivananda

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

Pranams to all!

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

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

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 the Yogi see the subtle rudiments of matter with his Yogic vision?

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. What are the methods to develop unruffled serenity and mental composure under all conditions of life? Is absolute serenity possible of attainment?

Consider yourself as "dead to the world" or the world as nothing to you. Develop Atma Vichar Sakti. Identify not with the mind, senses and intellect or with any of the other modifications of the mind. Always be engaging yourself in the thought of the Divine. Have no thought of yourself or the surrounding world. Be absolutely indifferent to yourself, as you ought to be towards the surroundings, the various daily happenings and the worldly repercussions. Knowledge of the Self, when once attained, absolves one of all mental disruptions and psychic derangements. Where there is firm-grounded knowledge of the Self in the spiritual seeker, where there is the consciousness in him that "all indeed is Brahman, Sarvam Khalvidam Brahma" and that he is none other than that Supreme Brahman, and where he understands that all happenings-- good, bad or mixed-- are but passing phases on the screen of the world, there can never be any ill-balanced mental life. It is the mind that is the sole cause for bondage or Moksha. The mind is the substratum behind pleasure or pain, happiness or misery, success or defeat. Rise above the pairs of opposites by resorting to a Guru and his instructions. Study the lives of saints who underwent various trials and the books by realized souls. Develop the spirit of true surrender wherein you have no thought of body or bodily needs or self-protection even in the slightest degree and wherein you forget the idea of life and death altogether. Serenity is merely mental. Therefore, cultivate mental equipoise by gaining spiritual knowledge.


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Keep a fixed time each day for study of scriptures (Svadhaya). Study thoroughly and unhurriedly with an alert mind and without interruption. - Sri Swami Sivananda


Mastered the head stand? Try these leg variations with the head stand. After each variation, come back to legs vertical together in the Sirshasana. Try one or two variations per session until the movement of legs in this pose feels natural.

"Sirshasana invigorates, energizes and vivifies. It is a true blessing and a nectar. You will find real pleasure and exhilaration of spirit in this asana." - Swami Sivananda.

Variation 1: Legs to sides
In headstand pose, while exhaling, let gravity work with the legs, exerting its downward pressure and pulling the legs down in split leg position either side of the body. Hold up to a minute. Breathe with deep rhythmical breaths.

Variation 2: Legs to Front and Back
On exhalation, slowly take one leg forward and one leg back equally. Keep knees straight. Change legs after holding. Switch as many times as you can and hold the balance well for up to a minute. Breathe deeply and rhythmically.

Variation 3: Knees bent to sides
Exhaling, bend knees to sides and bring soles of feet together. Hold up to a minute. Keep knees equal height with each other.

Variation 4: One leg to ground
Exhaling, slowly lower one leg toward the ground as far as you can and inhale the leg up. Repeat the opposite leg. The upper leg stays vertical and the back straight.

Variation 5: Both legs to ground
Exhale and lower legs together slowly while keeping legs together. With inhalation, bring legs back up and repeat the movement.

Enjoy the added mastery in your Sirshasana pose, improving balance, coordination and focus while moving the legs.

This yoga asana is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram sourced and edited from the Sivananda Publications - "Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion" – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010 and "The Sivananda Companion to Yoga". The Sivananda Yoga Centre - 2000.

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

Without service, merely doing only pranayama and asanas, your ego will develop. Do not enter that state of ego culture. - Swami Vishnudevananda


nescience; ignorance of our true nature; all consciousness or knowledge, so long as it is restricted to the subject-object manifold.

This world of experience is due to the force of Avidya. It is the force of Avidya that plunges us into the ocean of Samsara. It is a negative power which makes us forget our divine nature. Avidya operates through the mind, and the mind functions through the time, space and causation. Avidya is an illusory power that disintegrates the Divine into a million different fragments. Pleasure, pain, desire, Karma, attraction, repulsion, delusion, pride, lust, egoism, anger, jealousy, the three bodies, five sheaths, are all effects of Avidya. Avidya is the source of all ignorance, sin and misery. Avidya is beginningless (Anadi) but it has an end.

As soon as one gets knowledge of the Self, Avidya terminates. Brahman appears as the world on account of Avidya, just as the rope appears as snake in the dusk. If we bring a lamp, the snake disappears, but the rope alone remains. Even so, when we get knowledge of Brahman, the appearance of the world will vanish. Avidya is not negative, but is positive (Bhavarupa). It is absence of Knowledge. It is erroneous knowledge. Avidya or Ajnana which constitutes the causal body is the cause for the two bodies, gross and subtle.

It is impossible to define the nature of Avidya. It is not real, because it vanishes when knowledge of the Self dawns. It is not unreal, because we experience it unlike the horn of a hare or a barren woman's son. It is not a non-entity as it is destroyed by Atma Jnana. It is through the force of Avidya that the ignorant Jiva has mistaken the impure mortal body for the pure immortal Self and says I am a Brahmin, I am a Pandit, I am a householder, I am beautiful, I am lean, I am a doctor, etc.

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

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Chapter X: The Yoga of Divine Manifestations


(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
The seven great sages, the ancient four and also the Manus, possessed of powers like Me (on account of their minds being fixed on Me), were born of (My) mind; from them are these creatures born in this world.


He who in truth knows these manifold manifestations of My Being and (this) Yoga-power of Mine, becomes established in the unshakeable Yoga; there is no doubt about it.

Thoughts must agree with your word and word with your deed. This will transform you into divinity. - Sri Swami Sivananda


From Discourse IV: "Kaivalya Pada - On Realization"


'Desires are held together by cause, effect, support and objects; and when these disappear, so do the desires.'

What gives momentum to desires is cause and effect, past Karma, the activity of the mind which creates the desires and the objects of the desires. When these foundations are removed so are the desires.

Let prayer come from the bottom of your heart. - Sri Swami Sivananda



Just right for the festive season, enjoy a delicious healthy lighter and aromatic fruitcake without added sugar.

1 orange
½ lemon
3 ½ cups fresh whole wheat bread crumbs
1 ¾ cups currents
1 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon mugi miso
4 tablespoons apple juice concentrate
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
9 ounces tofu, mashed
3 tablespoons barley malt syrup
2 eating apples, grated
1 ¼ cup walnuts, lightly toasted
2 tablespoons cold-pressed corn oil
1 cup rolled oats
Orange juice (optional)
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
4 ounces creamed coconut, shredded and dissolved in 1 ¼ cups water

Heat the oven to 325° F.
Line a 9 inch cake pan with parchment paper and oil on it.
Peel the orange and lemon. Slice the peel finely. Chop the flesh, removing the pips.
Stir all the ingredients with a wooden spoon, adding more juice or oats to achieve a consistency like thick, wet mud.
Spoon into the cake pan, cover with foil, and bake in the oven for 3 hours, or until firm to the touch.
Leave to cool on a wire rack for several hours, before turning out of tin.

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

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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; a hard life. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC, ATTC, Sadhana Intensive Courses


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

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


Jan 03 - Jan 31/16
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India

Jan 04 - Jan 31/16
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas

Jan 06 - Feb 03/16
TTC – Spanish, Portuguese, English
Garopaba, Brazil

Jan 06 - Feb 03/16
ATTC – Spanish, Portuguese, English
Garopaba, Brazil

Jan 10 - Feb 07/16
TTC – English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Farsi, Japanese, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam
Neyyar Dam, South India

Feb 03 - Mar 01/16
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Nassau, Bahamas

Feb 07 - Mar 06/16
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India

Feb 14 - Mar 13/16
ATTC – English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Farsi, Japanese, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam
Neyyar Dam, South India

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Dalat, Vietnam

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Neyyar Dam, South India

Feb 20 - Mar 20/16
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Rudraprayag, Himalayas, North India

Feb 20 - Mar 20/16
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Rudraprayag, Himalayas, North India

Feb 21 - Mar 20/16
TTC – English
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The mind is responsible for the feelings of pleasure and pain. Control of the mind is the highest Yoga.
- Sri Swami Sivananda



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.

    In early November the second week at the Yoga Camp was full of Swami Vishnudevananda's Grace. We celebrated his Maha Samadhi with a Puja at the Krishna Temple, and then we chanted Om Namo Narayanaya in relay all day. The energy was intense. We felt Swamiji present with us. The next day we celebrated Diwali. The Camp was decorated with lights from the main gate all the way to the Krishna Temple which, in turn, was glowing with lamps all around. The following morning, we held Satsang at Swamiji's house at Samadhi Estates. Bharata and Sita counted personal stories of their experience with Swamiji, bringing his energy and those moments to us that day. Staff chanted Om Namo Narayanaya all day in relay, which seemed to bond us tighter together in peace, as one family. A yogi, Shanti, and her baby daughter accompanied these events, adding a pleasant and innocent energy to the Camp. Later that day, we all went to Montreal Centre, where a large crowd of about 200 people joined the meal and the Diwali. Everyone participated in the Puja which was performed by the two priests from the Yoga Camp, Harisha and Manjunath. Finally, another intense and blissful time for us was the closing for the Subramanya Temple. Prahlada came from Toronto and so did many devotees, particularly Alex who brought his new born son Vishnu for blessings. Pujas were performed, and the statues were moved to Krishna Temple just in time for the arrival for the TTC. Krishna Temple was charged with energy welcoming Swami Rajeshwariananda, Kamala Chaitanya and TTC students. A group of 32 students received their initiation on that Sunday night. May Lord Ganesha clear all paths, and the grace of Swamiji bless this TTC course. On the staff side, the events of the week and the final preparations of the TTC kept everyone busy. The unexpected nice weather gave us the opportunity to complete outdoor projects at the Ashram and the Temple. Other duties continued as usual. May we all continue to receive the blessings of Masters.

    During mid-November we started with a Puja for Lord Ganesha, to clear obstacles along the Teacher Training Course. The hungry and energetic group of students went through the first week, some experiencing the Grace of the Ashram from day one, and others navigating through waves of excitement, passion, doubt, and curiosity. By the end of that week, the waves had calmed down as everyone was immersed in the course: chanting, studying, writing home work, and bonding well amongst each other and the staff. It was interesting to hear questions changing from "Why do we have to do so many rigid rituals?" to "Can I stay at the Temple for a bit after Satsang? Can I have a Ganesha statue"! Attitude transformation was remarkable too, from negativity around Karma yoga to "I love cleaning bathrooms/dishes now!" During Satsangs, Swami Rajeshwarianandaji and Swami Shivabhaktananda spoke on meditation. A drumming workshop took students and guests on a journey through music, exploring the power of sound in activating our energy. That evening an Iranian Sufi group, came and played a series of devotional tunes that kept all in awe and contemplation. Although highly demanding, the course creates a great concentration of energy as staff work together to ensure the students receive the teachings of our Masters in the best possible manner. The weather allowed for some outdoor work, fixing signs at the airfield, painting and construction work at the Subramanya Temple, etc. We had an inventory count at the boutique in preparation to placing orders for next year. Other work continued as usual. We welcomed Kamala Chaitanya that came from the Ranch to assist with the TTC. We are grateful everyday for the blessings of the Masters. May they remain alive in us. Pranams.

Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early November Bhagavata Saptaha prepared us for this very dynamic week. TTC initiation included a Ganapati Homa. One hundred and sixty three students and ten assistants joined the first course of the high season. Three quarters of the students are from India. The TTC profile had been changing in the last years with more Indian students probably related to an increased presence on Google search due to Google grant. We celebrated Diwali by lighting many oil diyas (lamps) around the Temples. This created a magical effect which was much appreciated by the students particularly those from India who were missing home. Dr Ananthapadmanabham together with his son, Kaushik and Dr Babu on mridangum gave wonderful veena concert. We were also treated to a Bhajan concert with Prof. Anantharaman from Chennai, a regular guest who likes to freely share his devotion in the Ashram. The Ayurveda Wellness Course started with six students from as far as America, South Africa and Australia. Swamis Gayatriananda returned from Canada. Janardhanananda reached from Uttarkashi and will be staying for few months to assist the Yoga Vacation program. We also welcomed Kannan back from Madurai Centre.

    During mid-November, despite the regular rains, the TTC students kept their spirits up and their uniforms mostly dry, We managed to conduct the kriya practice without getting rained on, unfortunately the silent walk was not so blessed as most students got drenched on the way to the lakeside. Yoga Vacation guests and TTC students enjoyed the Kattakali Prahlada story as part of the cultural program. Nataraj and five staff gave a yoga demonstration and talk at the All Saints College, Trivandrum for the inauguration of a conference on yoga and physical exercise for good health organized by the physical education department. Many research papers on yoga and physical exercise were presented during the two day conference. Kalyani got a break from checking EBM budgets by enjoying a piece of cake for her birthday. Narayana Chris stopped by briefly on his way to Madurai for the fasting program. Ravi Easwaran arrived to teach Bhagavad Gita and Lila Lolling arrived for the Adapted Yoga program scheduled after TTC, in the meantime she will be assisting TTC. Shivani, from Delhi, arrived from Delhi for ten day stay. We said good bye to Supriya who travelled to Madurai for the fasting program and then will transfer to the Chennai Centre. Hiran travelled to attend TTC in Madurai. Pranams & Om Namah Sivaya from all staff at Neyyar Dam.

Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Uttar Kashi. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The Ashram opened again after two weeks with the arrival of 67 TTCs. All staff and KYs worked very well together to prepare the rooms, the TTC sets, etc. Everything was in place to welcome the students! Saturday, November 21st was inauguration day: we started with the pilgrimage to all the shrines in the Ashram, the students received their uniforms, and the priest chanted auspicious mantras. Swami Kailasananda gave a nice introductory talk, Master and Swamiji were introduced and then all the students spoke about their reason to participate in the course. The next day the priest performed an inspiring Ganesha Puja in the morning. The Ashram is filled to capacity, for the coming four weeks we will have no guests. A few students are accommodated at Annapurna's place, a close teacher who leaves 5 minutes from the Ashram. The wooden platform in the woods of the Ashram is completed and will be a nice place for the students to do their practice during Sadhana intensive. Preparatory work continues for the new building construction project, which should start in the spring. We got the bank loan and are waiting for the permit. Many renovation projects took place during our 2 week yearly closing time, including upgrading our kitchen, building a new office for our technical director, working on the grounds, tidying the storage spaces, sorting out big boutique orders. The Ashram is now ready for the TTC and the busy Christmas and New year time. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early November we wished everyone a Happy Diwali! The last week of TTC was filled with inspiration as the Ashram celebrated Swamiji's Mahasamadhi and Jala-samadhi days with mantra chanting, stories of Swamji's life and a beautiful Diwali Puja to Mother Lakshmi, offered by Swami Vasishtananda. We were further blessed by a sublime classical sitar concert by Hasu Patel, accompanied by Samrat Kakkeri on tabla. This same day we also celebrated Swami Sitaramananda's birthday, making for a memorable evening for all. Nearly all the TTC received the blessing of mantra initiation the following morning at Swamiji's house and received their spiritual names that evening. This very sincere and serious TTC group graduated with inspired words from Swami Sitaramananda-ji and the other teachers, and also with wonderful words of appreciation from the TTC students themselves. Several of the TTC will remain as staff for the winter months. We thank all the karma yogis who came to serve the TTC and Swamiji's mission for the month and wish them safe travels.

    During mid-November the Ashram energy remained very high and all very inspired following the TTC, with the 10-day Vedanta and Silence course, taught by Swami Sitaramananda, with students receiving personal guidance from Swamiji in the study of the Viveka Chudamani and the teachings of Adi Sankaracharya. Concurrently we had the Permaculture Design course, presented by Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture, giving students the opportunity to develop design principles and knowledge to live in harmony with Nature and create sustainable living solutions. Swami Narayanananda visited the SYVC LA for a weekend to give workshops on Positive Thinking and Bhakti Yoga. Swami Jnaneswariananda attended a weekend at San Francisco Centre, teaching workshops on Bhagavad Gita. Ananta Chaitanya spent a week on the east coast USA, visiting family. Om Namah Sivaya to all blessed selves from the Yoga Farm.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya

    In early November we celebrated the Mahasamadhi and Jalasamadhi of beloved Swami Vishnudevananda. Srinivasan performed beautiful Pujas both days for Swamiji, that were powerful and touching.  We also celebrated Diwali with an Indian Feast, lighting oil lamps and candles and performing a Lakshmi Puja. We were only a few in attendance since most of our staff went into New York City to celebrated with the Centre staff.  But none the less, it was an inspiring evening, full of light.  We had a few guests staying with us during the weeks with many new guests arriving for the weekends.  We offered two programs, an Advanced Asana weekend, taught by Iswara and an Emotional Freedom Technique weekend, taught by Karen Arthur (Kamala). By the grace of Master and Swamiji, several karma yogis arrived for these weekends to help out. Staff greatly appreciated their service as the help was much needed. The temperatures remained cold with wind and rain challenging our outdoor chores but warmer weather was in the forecast so projects are being planned accordingly.  The floors in the staff trailer were completed, giving new life to a well lived-in structure. The new laminent floors were perfect for doing asanas.

    By mid-November the septic project was well underway taking a few weeks to complete.  Four staff members returned to the Ashram, a much welcomed addition, taking on responsibilities in reception, kitchen, laundry and housekeeping. The weather was warm and sunny so we offered a hiking weekend. A long time karma yogi, Arjuna, drove up from NYC to help out and lead the hike at beautiful Lake Minnewaska. Neeti also came from the New York Centre to give an Indian Cooking workshop one weekend. There were 10 participants manifesting a pre-Thanksgiving feast, enjoying the delicious Indian dishes she prepared with the students. Srinivasan and several staff drove into New York to help the NY Centre celebrate their annual Thanksgiving program. It was a busy and festive weekend, preparing us for the Thanksgiving week ahead and reminding us of all we have to be grateful for, especially to Master and Swamiji for the blessings of practicing and serving in this organization. All staff are well, strong in their Sadhana and send their Pranams.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    In early November the yearly 'Ayurveda Body Treatments Certification Course' took place and ended with a graduation ceremony. Taught by Lalita Devi, this 9 day course trained students in 4 traditional Ayurvedic treatments. Our new karma yogis and several guests joined in on the Essentials of Yoga 1 course, receiving inspiring teachings on enriching life through a regular yoga practice. Special guest Jeffrey Davis hosted several workshops and an evening Satsang on Wonder on the Creative Quest, about yoga writing and wonder, sharing techniques to develop focus, wonder and deep imagination. Kam Thye Chow returned to the Ashram to teach the level 1 Thai Yoga Massage course. This 6 day course ended with a graduation ceremony. In a series of 3 workshops and one evening Satsang on The Yoga of Vision, special guest Marc Grossman shared with us the underlying patterns that cause vision problems and ways to holistically improve eyesight. Dream therapist Tzivia Gover offered her program on The Yoga of Dreams during workshops and Satsang, sharing ways to use dreams as part of your spiritual practice. The Fall Cleanse, Detox and Juice Fasting program with Manu Dawson kicked off, easing the participants into the juice fast by starting with a raw food diet. The TTC was well on its way with a committed group of students. The weather was warm and steady so guests enjoyed many yoga classes on the beach platform.

    During mid-November we started a new program with special guest Steven Weiss on Principles of Asana Alignment. In a series of workshops and evening Satsangs he shared with us the fundamentals of alignment to keep asana practice safe and injury free. The Fall Detox program, with Manu Dawson, came to an end and a group of cleansed, happy guests returned home with new inspiration to take care of their health. Reiki Master Brett Bevell offered a series of workshops and an evening Satsang during the Yoga and Energy Healing Retreat, teaching us a variety of healing techniques from Reiki and other energy healing traditions. The Essentials of Yoga 2 course allowed karma yogis and guests to deepen their practice and understanding of Sivananda Yoga practices. Susan B. Lord, an integrative physician specializing in mind-body-spirit medicine, hosted the 4-day program From Stress to Resilience: Cutting Edge Science Meets Ancient Wisdom. During her workshops and Satsang lectures she brought together science and spirituality and shared several ways to facilitate self-awareness and expression for living a mindful life. We started the Food as a Spiritual Path program, by Daniele Giovannucci. During evening Satsang there was discussion on different ways which people relate to food and raised awareness on food issues and hunger in the world, challenging us to reduce waste of food. TTC entered their third week and progressed steadily. We've experienced several rain storms mid month. Om Shanti from all the staff in Nassau.

Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    The last weekend before the closing time of the Retreat House in Reith saw a good group of guests who came especially for relaxation and wellness for body, mind and soul. The Ayurvedic massages and sauna were fully booked, lectures on the various effects of the asanas and stress management techniques were well received. On Sunday everybody left recharged and satisfied. On Monday, 9th of November, after a 45 minutes drive from the Retreat House in Reith which led through marvelous mountain ranges Gopika Chaitanya and Swami Vidyananda arrived at the new Yoga location "Sonnberghof". After installing a little office and a meditation room the first yoga guests in this new place were received for the afternoon asana class. The main subjects of the first week there were stress management and relaxation techniques. We had exceptionally good weather which continued into the second week of our stay. The staffs spent quite some time to explore the new area to be able to lead the vacationers for some nature walks. As this yoga resort is a genuine hiking area we found beautiful paths to walk and to enjoy the marvelous view of the surrounding mountains. Towards the third week of our stay the numbers of guests were even more increasing. Around 15 guests were coming especially for a course on "meditation and experience of inner balance". OM.

Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Meenakshi.
    Pranams from Madurai.Mid-November was a period of relaxation and recharge for the quickly upcoming TTC. About 6 fresh yoga teachers from the previous TTC batch joined the staff team. Khilesh left to Uttarakhand for his wedding. While it was just the Yoga Vacationers who were enjoying the returning serene ambiance, the participants of fasting program were gradually checking in. Chris, the course director of Fasting and Detox Program arrived then program formally commenced with an initiation ceremony. More candidates for TTC arrived and settled in. Kapoorji arrived to teach Vedanta while Sandeep will be handling the Hatha Yoga sessions. On the opening day of TTC 39 students were initiated into the program. On the construction side, painting was completed in Yamuna Nivas and mezzanine flooring. About 1.5 acres of land was prepared for vegetable garden. The 3 Ongole heifers which are adding new charm to the premises were adapting well and taken care of. Om Shanti. All are well and conveying Pranams.

    TTC Reports in locations other than Ashrams:
    None to report this month.


    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya
    We had two powerful Pujas for Swami Vishnudevanandas Mahasamadi with a small but dedicated group of close students. The energy was uplifted and radiating in the whole Centre. Several courses started, a raja Yoga course, Yoga 1 and several higher courses. The reconstruction works went on successfully, we started to paint the ground floor and the creamy white new colour is brilliant and response from students is very positive. Saturday was again Karma Yoga day and we finished the preparation of the walls for painting in the new rooms. We concluded the week with a well visited Satsang and Sunday prayers. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Prem & Om to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India

      Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre.
      In early November we started beginners' course with a good number of students. It continued to pour heavily as well with most of the areas around are flooded. We were seeing lesser students because of the inconvenience caused by the rain throughout Chennai. Students were not able to reach the Centre on time for classes due to heavy rains. We also experienced long power cuts since the electricity wires burned out and took a long time to get fixed. Apart from that, all is good. On the 9th, we celebrated Swamiji's Mahasamadhi with a Guru Pooja. Most of our teachers and students joined in to receive his blessings.

      During mid-November we started off by doing Ganapathi Homa with some of our students joined in. It continued to pour heavily at an alarming rate, making things more difficult, as a result there is a huge drop in the students' number. The Centre was surrounded by water with too many mosquitoes around the kitchen area. We considered moving the furniture from the back building if things don't get better. With the blessings of God and Masters, everything was fine here. Hope all things are good on your side. Sending Pranams to the Sivananda family.

    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
      Om Namah Sivaya!
      In early November by the Grace of the Gurus all continued well. We started with Puja in honour of Swamiji's Mahasamadhi and a special Satsang and Puja for Diwali and Swamiji's Jalasamadhi. The Positive Thinking and Meditation course continued well, and the Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses came to a finish. We had a Sattvic Sweets cooking workshop. Kamala Chaitanya left for the Camp to assist TTC. We thanked her for her service and Sadhana here, look forward to seeing her back at the Ranch at in the New Year and pray that Master and Swamiji continued to protect and guide her always. There were several days of raw, windy weather, immediately followed by sunny, beautiful spring-like days, and attendance seemed to go up and down with the temperatures. We were grateful for the continuing rich harvest of greens from the garden and for all the blessings of this life.

      During mid-November all continued steadily, with very healthy attendance, in spite of the first truly wintry weather of the season. A new fully registered Yoga 1 course started on Tuesdays, as well as Yoga 2 on Wednesdays. Our resident, Hari, left to visit family and then will move into a vegetarian co-op in the neighborhood. We thanked him for his good company and contribution, praying the Gurus continue to guide and protect him, and hope that he will continue to be a presence around the Centre. Long-time teacher Radha (Gloria McCartney) led one of our Sunday-evening Satsangs and speaking on gratitude as Americans prepared for the Thanksgiving holiday. We gave thanks for our abundant blessings and for our whole Sivananda family. We felt great gratitude for the guidance and protections of the Gurus. Staff were well and send pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early November one resident left and one new residents came. The house was calm and peaceful with six residents and three staff members. Open classes were almost full of residents and students. many maintenance projects has been done by a male karma yogi from Ho Chi Minh. Saraswati, the director of the Centre, went to Ha Noi to celebrate the Opening of the affiliated Sivananda Yoga Centre in HaNoi - the third Sivananda Centre in Vietnam. Guru's grace is always with us. Pranams to all Sivananda Staff. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early November everybody was doing well here, guided by the Divine Grace and Gurus' blessings. We started with the Swami Vishnu's Mahasamadhi day. We had special Puja and Havan. We chanted "Om Namo Narayanaya" with our students and teachers. We then celebrated Diwali with a nice Puja for Devi. We had two special classes that day and gave gulabjamon to the soudants, made by our teacher Anilji. We had good number of students in both open classes and in beginners' class. We prayed for peace and happiness for everybody out there. We hope all the Sivananda family are happy and doing well. Sending all our love and wishes. Pranams. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early November the Diwali week started with an auspicious day on 9th Nov. The staffs & few students attended when a priest performed a Guru Pada Puja in remembrance of Swami Vishnudevananda's Maha Samadhi. Although our Master is always in our thought, in a special day like this helps us to strengthen our connection and get blessings from the Guru. Then we held Swamiji's Jala Samadhi and a Diwali celebration spirit. We had a special Satsang chanting Gurus Bhajans and Om Namo Narayanaya in the morning. As a Sivananda family we gathered together for special feast in morning, lit lamps to invite Goddess Lakshmi, chanted Shri Lalita Sahasranama and played with crackers by evening in celebration of Diwali. The usual Sunday Satsangs were conducted to uplift ourselves, praying for all and to maintain the Centre's positive energy. Due to holidays, the income and number of students reduced for a short period of time.

    During mid-November, with the Grace of the Masters, we started a Beginner's course at 10:00am. We conducted a private class for a group of 16 peoples on the same day. We were happy to receive Kapoorji, returning from Madurai after the Oct-Nov 2015 TTC. He was with us until he returned to Madurai for Nov-Dec TTC. We started a private class for a group of 4 people from Switzerland one Saturday. We were teaching them a Beginner's and a Meditation course. The winter already started in Delhi and so prepared ourselves for the season. Sunday Satsangs were conducted, motivating and energizing as usual. With the blessing of the Gurus everything is going well at the Centre. 

    Delhi Noida:
    In early November the Centre was in tranquility as our practitioners had taken some time out of Yoga practice to celebrate Diwali, evident in the income and student numbers of that week. We could then have some time for ourselves in the festive week and also enormous chanting of peace mantra on Swamiji's Mahasamadhi day and Jalasamadhi day. On that note we extended our gratitude to the Gentle Yoga practitioners who actually showed up every other morning with glowing faces and always with guardian like affection to all of us. We had finished an evening beginner batch and a meditation course. The modifications we expected to have on the compound wall could not progress as our resource person, Balaji, had their business affected in the heavy rain battered in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu. We wished a speedy recovery for all from any loss. We waited for Kapoor ji return to guide us on altering the operating cycle according to the real time situations. 

    During mid-November we hosted the visit of a nice bunch of Sadhakas and Sanyasins of ISYV family, after Rudraprayag TTC. Kapoor ji had also visited us many times, boosting our activities here. Our new altered class schedule for this winter commenced on the 23rd of November until the end of March. Our practitioners were readily informed of the time changes. With Guru's blessings, open sessions and Gentle Yoga sessions went well. We are looking forward to have Milan with us soon! Pranams.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    Courses and classes continued with good attendance. Sundari arrived from Paris to support the Centre. We had a nice open day with a many students completely new to yoga but very open and seriously interested. A spiritual highlight was a beautiful Deewali Puja where we received lovely flowers for the altar which is still shining and full of prana. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early November Swami Pranavananda, Ganga, and Saraswati (Dalat Centre) and outside teacher Mary all went to Hanoi to help inaugurate a new Sivananda Affiliated Yoga Centre. The Centre was actually the second one opened in Hanoi by a close teacher and Karma Yogi Sundari. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, a huge city in the north, two hours by plane from Ho Chi Minh City, and the new Centre will be very important for introducing Yoga and inspiring people to join the TTC and other courses and retreats offered in Dalat.  About 80 people attended the opening ceremony which included well-received words of welcome by Sundari, who explained the purpose of the Centre and why Hanoi needs the Classical Yoga Teachings.  There were many students, teachers and Karma Yogis, and also many new people, and some were not able to attend as the room cannot hold more people!  We had a nice Puja with beautiful large white marble murthis and lively chanting by all.  In the Ho Chi Minh Centre we had a wonderful celebration of Swami Vishnudevanandaji's Mahasamadhi with a Puja attended by 15 students.  We started a Meditation course with three students, and had two workshops, one on Nutrition taught by Narayan with 11 students, and one on Anatomy taught by Rama with 12 students. Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses finished this week. The staff were doing well and happy, with Guru's Grace, sending their pranams to all. Pranams. 

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early November there was a very positive mini-retreat in the London Centre for a weekend which included a Level 1 Intensive and a 2-day course entitled How to Boost your Immune System for the Winter through Ayurveda with Angela Hope-Murray. Both programmes attracted several new and enthusiastic students, and others who are known to the Centre but live further afield. All took the opportunity to spend the weekend practicing yoga and studying Ayurveda. Participants were very inspired by the informative lectures and the Ayurveda cooking workshop. There was an air of joy in the Centre throughout the weekend. The energy of the Centre was further uplifted by two evening Pujas for the Mahasamadhi of Swamiji and for Deevali.  The brightly illuminated altar with Deevali lamps and candles radiated a very peaceful energy which could be felt throughout the Centre. OM & Prem to All.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early November we did a Puja to celebrate Diwali and Swamiji's Jala-samadhi day. The altar was very beautiful with divya lamps everywhere. A new Yoga One course started on Tuesdays with enthusiastic students ready to receive Swamiji's teaching. Yoga Two on Monday evenings and Meditation One on Sunday mornings continued smoothly. Swami Omkarananda hosted a movie night one Saturday at the Centre. Sunday we all gathered to chant Sunday Prayers together and met some friends visiting the Centre for their first time.

    During mid-November it was a warm and sunny week at the Centre, both the weather and in our hearts. Swami Ramananda, of Integral Yoga, spoke at a Satsang about The Power of Love for Healing and Transformation, giving us practical methods to cultivate compassion in daily life. Swami Narayanananda came to visit from the Ashram and gave two workshops. Students learned about the nature of thoughts, what are positive thoughts and introduced us to the practice of Bhakti Yoga. During a Sunday Satsang Swamiji concluded with a talk on Building Relationships with Compassionate Communication - applying the teachings of Yoga to overcome common emotional difficulties. We prepared to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with positivity and melting hearts. The Staff send their Pranams. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    This month the Centre saw a lot of movement both in terms of visitors and staffs as well as of activities. We took the opportunity to clear out space, giving away old things, relocating house and altar storage and making available the use of a third small kitchen which is now used for prasad, altar and special programs. The new asana room, which is now called ´Ganesha´, has been much enjoyed by the students. Staffs Ishwara from Vilnius and Ishwari fromVienna arrived to support the Centre. In mid November we were happy to have the visit of Marilyn Rossner and Sister Leona. Marilyn took the time to speak to the staffs and gave an inspiring Satsang with many stories of Swamiji and his Peace mission. Swami Sivadasananda arrived for the special weekend festival – "Connect with the source" - and stayed with us for nearly one week. The festival program started with a highly interesting talk on the spirituality in today´s world by book author Emilio Carillo, drawing many people to the Centre. Swami Sivadasanda gave very inspiring workshops and Satsangs, and further inspiring lectures and classes were given by Lakshmi and Gopala. The program also included a teachers meeting. The festival was very well attended, prana was high and vibrant and everyone felt uplifted and inspired. Preparations for the Christmas play have begun and rehearsals will commence soon. Seven graduates from the last TTC Aluenda have started teaching. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During mid-November we started with lots of activity in regular classes. Students and several teachers continued rehearsal the songs for Christmas Satsang, as well as the advance students for asanas demonstration. Kanti Devi traveled to Spain and Israel so as to be at the EBM meeting. Chandra traveled to Brazil. On Saturday 21st November we had the Open House Day with a good number of people and visiting and registering for the Beginners Courses. The rest of the activities developed normally. The Staff convey their Pranams to all. Om Shanti!!

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

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early November we started with excellent climate. The days were very nice and spring like. Some students practiced advanced asanas and others began singing in the choir so as to be present at the Year End party. A Beginners Course started, with lots of energy. We did a Pooja so as to celebrate Swami VishnuDevananda's Mahasamadhi. We also had a beautiful Diwali ceremony. The Centre was recharged with energy. We lit every corner of the house. Teachers and students loved the celebrations.

    During mid-November it was busy at the Centre with a few painting and cleaning projects. Gita spent a week at the Ashram, enjoying the Satsang and the energy of the TTC before she left back to Mexico. Durga Devi helped paint the staff rooms. They are now bright and warm shades of yellow and orange. Another karma yogi, Sophie, spent a week working on the Centre's brochure. Kamala Chaitanya for a weekend at the Centre. Pierre conducted a mala workshop which was attended by seven students who were extremely pleased with what they had learned from him. Sunday morning was lively as always, we had 16 kids for the kids class, which has now been divided into two age groups. Kamala Chaitanya taught the asana class with special emphasis on stretching the shoulders, and led the Satsang with a spirited talk on the 'importance of giving'. The classes and courses continue to run smoothly and the students help in keeping up the energy of the Centre and the teachings of Master and Swamiji. Pranams to all! 

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early November was exciting and full of energy. We did Puja for Swamiji's Mahasamadhi, with 4 students joining us. We also started one of the biggest groups we have had for Yoga 1, with 14 eager students who brought in new energy to the Centre. We prepared the Centre for Diwali by cleaning the whole Centre, decorating it with lamps and sarees, giving it a very festive Indian feeling. A lot of karma yogis helped in setting up the Centre. Sashi and Sivaram attended the Puja for Swamiji's Jalasamadhi and stayed after to make their special banana kesari for the big Diwali feast. Diwali was a huge success with over 200 people at the Centre!! Swam Shivabhaktananda arrived with all the Ashram staff, the priests Harisha and Manjunath. It was bright and colourful as all the students are teachers were requested not to wear black or grey! Many brought along their family and friends, making it feel very much like little India. Albert with his wife, devotees from the Temple, cooked delicious Indian food for the feast. There were many new faces, and a large number of Indians. The wonderful karma yogis from the Centre and staff stayed after to help with the clean up. Many students and teachers expressed their gratitude for the celebration. Nirmala came to stay at the Centre for a weekend to manage the classes and workshops as Gita and Nikhila went to the Ashram for the Temple closing, along with 6 students from the Centre who signed up to do karma yoga at the Ashram. Sunday night we did a special Satsang, talking on 'Raising the Level of Consciousness' and Likita Japa. All students kept in mind the tragic events taking place around the world and those in need of positivity and love. The papers with 'Om Namo Narayanaya' were collected and will be sent in May 2016 to the Peace Bank in India. Classes and courses continued to run smoothly. There were only a few workshops left for the year. We worked on completing the program and brochure for 2016. Students, teachers and karma yogis continued to support the Centre and inspire the staff. We are ever grateful for Master and Swamiji, and hope they continue to guide us with their blessing. We are ever grateful for Master and Swamijis grace. Om Namo Narayanaya. Pranams from Montreal.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    Some of the special events in the last weeks were a Yoga Day on the topic "Prana and Pranayama – the Art of Breathing" and a further teachers training day with the title "The Power of Asanas". We also started the second part of the Raja Yoga course "Mind and Evolution" and an Meditation course 4 with the topic obstacles for meditation and how to overcome them. We also had the Ayurveda and Nutrition special program with Ayurveda Acharya Shanti Kumar Kamlesh with a lecture about Ayurvedic spices and a big Ayurvedic cooking class. We celebrated the spiritual festivals of Divali and  Swami Vishnudevananda´s mahasamadhi with Pujas. On Sunday 6 December we will have a yoga day with the title "Yoga and Deep Relaxation". OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    Early November the Centre filled with a variety of different classes. We had 2 FIT College groups join us for a 75 minute asana class followed by a vegetarian meal enjoyed by all! We also had one FIT group, so it was a nice change to the regular schedule and wonderful to have college students exposed to the Centre. We had a special Satsang for Diwali where we had a Lakshmi Puja. It was a really beautiful celebration since we lit up the Centre with tea lights and put up a few decorations, so it felt very festive. Everyone was really joyful and full of positive energy. We also had some staff from the Ranch join us for a special staff Indian Feast cooked by Neeti, which of course everyone loved! As for courses, we started Yoga 1 Beginners course and we also had the final Positive Thinking class. We had a deaf yoga class, which is always a really nice addition to our regular Saturday schedule. Some of the students stayed to eat afterwards. It was great to have them join us for lunch!

    Mid-November was eventful beginning with Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 on Mondays, which both went really well. Neeti went to the Ranch and led a workshop on Indian cooking, which was enjoyed by all who participated. We definitely missed her cooking while she was away! Srinivasan and Saraswati came to the Centre from the Ranch for our annual Thanksgiving Celebration. We had a very nice and productive evening while preparing decorations for the event (including Rama the cat who discovered a ball of cord and a bag he enjoyed hiding in). One of our senior teachers arrived in the afternoon to prepare her food for the Thanksgiving feast, which was amazing! Her tempeh was a hit! We had a beautiful Thanksgiving celebration, where some staff from the Ranch joined us, including Neeti who came back from a hardworking weekend leading her cooking workshop. We were very grateful for all the help we had preparing for this wonderful day, especially from all the dedicated Karma Yogis and Teachers who worked so hard in the kitchen preparing the delicious Thanksgiving feast! We were blessed to have Srinivasan lead the Satsang and speak about gratitude for Thanksgiving, where we had almost 90 people attend! Everyone felt very joyful and grateful to be apart of the celebration. We also had many people help us clean up at the end of the evening and we sure couldn't have done it without all of the hardworking teachers, karma yogis and staff! All the Staff are well and send their pranams. With Guru's grace, we are blessed and inspired to carrying on his peace mission.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    May God bless Paris with peace. On Friday the 13th of November the city was shaken by a series of terrorist attacks as you all know, leaving over a hundred people dead and several hundred injured. One week after the event, we had a beautiful Celebration of Peace day. Many students came to take classes and to participate in the chanting and the Likhita japa of OM Namo Narayanaya. We received e-mails and calls of some people who couldn't come but who wanted to express their solidarity saying that their hearts were with us. During the Evening Satsang we had the Video «In the Name of peace". Everyone felt inspired and recharged. May Swamiji's peace mission and the message of unity in diversity continue to spread all over the world. This month we had the inspiring celebrations of Navaratri, the Mahasamadhi and the Jalasamadhi of Swami Vishnudevananda which were celebrated with Pujas. The priest Kumara Swami was there for almost all the Pujas of the Divine Mother. high light of the week was the beautiful Celebration of the peace day on Saturday. Many students came to take classes and to participate to the chanting and the Likhita japa of OM Namo Narayanaya. We received e-mails and calls of some people who couldn't come but who wanted to express their solidarity saying that their hearts were with us. During the Evening Satsang we had the Video «In the Name of peace". Everyone felt inspired and recharged. May Swamiji's peace mission and the message of unity in diversity continue to spread all over the world. We did one minute of Silence at 12pm as recommended by the French Governement with staff and students for the victims and the families of the attacks.
    On Tuesday, the Centre was happy to welcome Swami Kailasananda and Sudha who came back from India. Swamiji gave an uplifting programme on Wednesday. 82 people came to the Satsang to listen to the message of the Masters of hope and peace.
    Thursday was a day of departures. Swami Kailasananda left in the afternoon to Orleans. Narayani went also to the Ashram for a few days. Vishnu went to London for two weeks.
    During the week, the swamis put some prana on the preparetion of the budget.
    On Friday, there was a cheerful atmosphere with the departure of the yogibus to Orleans. The new TTC's seem friendly and calm. On Sunday, the first rehearsal of the Christmas play took place. We enjoyed it and we found many ideas for the staging of the play. Swami Kailasananda and Sudha went to Rudraprayag for 5 weeks. Many karma yogis and teachers supported the Centre in their absence and thanks to them, it ran smoothly. Everyone appreciated the asana class and the Satsang given by Swami Kailasananda on November the 18th . In the evening of that day, 82 people came to listen to the message of the Masters of hope and peace. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    In early November we had the Swamiji celebration with a Puja for the Mahasamadhi and Jalasamadhi. We finished a Yoga 2 Course. Diwali was celebrated during the Friday Satsang and on Sunday we had a delicious vegetarian cooking course.

    During mid-November we finished a problem that occurred on the sewer system. We organized the garden. Caue a karma yogi, arrived and helped at reception, cleaning and shopping. Chandra arrived at the same day to help for Garopaba TTC and teaching. Pranams to the Sivananda Family.

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    In early November two courses of Yoga 1 and one Yoga 2 started. One Saturday we had special workshop on Sun Salutation, with Swami Sankarananda, a few people from outside participated in the program We welcomed Markandeya, a teacher from Milan, who helped at the Centre a few weeks while Swami Rajeshwarananda helps during TTC in HQ. Om Shanti to the Sivananda Family from the Rome Centre.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    In early November our Puja for Swami Vishnudevananda's Mahasamadhi ended auspiciously with a clap of thunder and some much needed rain! We offered a well-received workshop on alignment in asanas, basically anatomy in movement. On Tuesday, to celebrate South Indian Diwali, a student made a beautiful five-petaled rangoli of flowers and tea lights and we read the story of Krishna defeating Naraka. The Centre staff plus 7 students drove to the Yoga Farm for a 24-hour visit for their Diwali celebration on Wednesday. We started a Yoga 1 with 5 students on Thursday. We offered a Community Class on Saturday afternoon and hosted Hasu Patel and Samrat Kakerri for a wonderful concert attended by 30 guests.

    During mid-November our Satsang was powerful with six of us in attendance, all fond of chanting. The energy was so elevated, we continued chanting after arati. The highlight of the week was the weekend program on the Bhagavad Gita with Swami Jnaneswariananda. After an overview, she focussed on Chapter 2, concluding that we cannot avoid the battle with the inner foe, the mind. We think we've surrendered, but deep down, we still think we know best. Pranams to all from the new San Francisco Centre.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early November we celebrated Swami Vidhnu Devananda's Mahasamadhi and Jala Samadhi. Many devotees joined us for the Satsang and Puja during which Swami Swaroopananda shared with us many inspiring stories about Swami Vishnudevananda and the time he was personally guided by him. The Centre was also abundant with many new courses that started with very nice numbers. The Meditation course started with 15 participants. The Positive Visualization course opened with 13 students, and to the Karma Yoga workshop 11 students. 21 students joined our Cultivating Will Power workshop and 16 joined the Positive thinking course.

    During mid-November we completed the work on the January-June 2016 brochure, providing both an exciting and inspiring series of programs. The graphic design came out really impressive. A new Yoga For Children, a training program for teachers, started with 8 participants. Advanced Indian-Yogic cooking workshop started with eight students. We traveled to our new Ashram in Mata to celebrate their 1st anniversary. The place really evolved beautifully during the past year. We all wished them many more years of success on the spiritual and material levels. Blessings of Peace to all the Sivananda Family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    In early November we performed special Puja for the memorial of Swami Vishnudevananda's Jalasamadhi, and also cerebrated Diwali. The altar on the ground floor as well as the entrance to the Centre were displayed with a lot of candles and gave a surprise to the students. Yoga 1 course started on Fridays with 8 students. We had a briefing session of the upcoming TTC and other courses, both in India and in Vietnam. 14 students attended the session and posed various questions on TTC, ATTC and Sadhana Intensive. We were surprised to hear some of them came all the way from Osaka.

    During mid-November the temperatures dropped and rainy days continued. A 2-day workshop on Ayurveda started with 34 students. Most of the students never studied Ayurveda before and they were listening the lecture by Annapurna Tamiko with enthusiasm. Om and Prem to all the Sivananda family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early November regular classes and courses continued, along with the workshop on Managing Anxiety with Yoga. Most of our time was focused on the fundraiser, organized for Doctors Without Borders, specifically for their work with Syrian refugees in the refugee camps, sea rescue missions and within Syria. We had a dinner and music accompaniment, attended by around fifty students. The Centre organized a full day event "Trek the Yogic Path" that started at 6 am with meditation and continued throughout the day with classes and workshops for all levels as well as snacks and tea for those who attended. The day concluded with a Satsang, a concert featuring 3 local music bands and a dinner attended by over hundred people. Our fundraising goal was already doubled after accepting contributions until Nov 23rd. All karma yogis came together in a spirit of service and the energy at the Centre was very uplifting.

    During mid-November we started with a new Y1 and Y2. Then Saraswati started a new meditation course, with 25 students. Open classes continued to have strong attendance. We focused on organizing a Yoga Retreat with Prahlada, located outside of Toronto. We had 45 students (fully packed) attending, many were new to or those who live far from the Centre. The students enjoyed morning and evening Satsangs as well as beginner and advanced classes. Several workshops and nature walks were offered through the day. Our team of karma yogis cooked all the meals that even those new to vegetarian diet appreciated the food greatly. All left recharged and inspired by Master's and Swamiji's teachings. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early November a special Pooja was conducted on Swami Vishnudevananda's Mahasamadhi day. Around 60 people attended the Pooja. We had provided breakfast to the guests. With the blessings of God and revered Gurus we had started a Beginners' batch for ladies in the mornings and a mixed Beginners' batch in the evenings, with good number of students. Open, Gentle and Kids classes went well. A new cleaning staff member, Bindu, joined the Centre. We celebrated Deepavali, the festival of lights. We had burst crackers in the evening after the yoga class. On Fridays, as usual we had conducted Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja. One Saturday students were introduced to the practices of Jala Neti and Sutra Neti in a Kriya Workshop. The Director Rajesh came back from the Neyyar Dam Ashram. Satsang was led by Rajesh.

    During mid-November our current morning Beginners' batch successfully completed the course. All other classes went well. We had conducted Ganapathy Homa as the first day of the new Malayalam month. Our karma yogi, Sreejith, returned after successfully completing his TTC. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted on Fridays. Karma yogi Shyam went home for a few days. Sw. Govindananda ji led the Sunday Satsang. Pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    November began with an inspiring special program with Shanti Kumar Kamlesh on Ayurveda. Many students came for his two lectures and especially also for the cooking course on Saturday. Everybody got inspired to take better care in regard to a healthier diet. Many visitors came to our Open House this month. All participants followed the program with high interest. Another highlight were the Poojas for Swami Vishnudevanandas Mahasamadhi and for Diwali. For Swami Vishnudevanandas Mahasamadhi a group of inspired teachers and students came to share the energy of the early morning Pooja with the staff. On Diwali Pooja the Temple room was beautifully decorated with an abundance of candle lights. Many students and teachers attended the celebration with its strong and clear energy. Many courses started again, among them a Yoga 40 and a Yoga 79. We had a successful TTC prep seminar and began with our first rehearsal for this year's Christmas theater play. Mira from Reith came to support the Centre, as Gopika Chaitanya had left the Centre for teaching at a temporary resort in Mittersill in the Tyrolean Alps, together with Swami Vidyananda. The seminar on Yoga for the back attracted students, most of which participated the whole day to receive knowledge and inspiration for their own practice. We started planning the new Centre brochure and again many Karma Yogis supported the Centre – also with poster runs. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius.
    Early November was inspiring and active. The attendance for all courses and classes was much better than usual. A Beginners' course started with a good number of students, as well as the Meditation Experience course. One Saturday we had a cooking course: "Tasty and Quick Dishes for the Autumn". The course took place in the main asana hall where everyone could fit. Students were attentively listening and asking questions afterwards. All went very well and some completely new students were inspired to continue with Yoga 1 course or to come to the next Open Day. Divali celebration was beautiful and joyful. Many new students attended it. 

    During mid-November several courses started. One Saturday we had "Yoga at Home" workshop with many questions and many corrections for the practice of asanas. Students left happy eager to continue with different practices at home. A Yoga One Intensive took place one weekend with a good number of students. Some of them were inspired to continue with Yoga Two Intensive. We started the Christmas theater play rehearsals with first inscriptions arriving. We did an asana photoshoot for the TTC Lithuania booklet and poster. OM.

    Become a practical Yogi. - Sri Swami Sivananda


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