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Issue #07/2016 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize July 1, 2016
"Meditate and feel the living Presence within and around you." - 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:
JULY 2016
01 Ekadasi
04 New Moon  
09 Subramanya Kodieatrum (Kavadi Flag Hoisting) and Anniversary
11 Krishna Temple Anniversary
15 Ekadasi
19 Guru Poornima
19 Full Moon
24 Kavadi Chariot Festival
30 Ekadasi

AUGUST 2016
02 New Moon  
14 Ekadasi
18 Full Moon
25 Sri Krishna Jayanthi
28 Ekadasi
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OM NAMAH SIVAYA!

NEWS

Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

Greetings to all. The International Day of Yoga celebrations on the 21st of June was very successful throughout the entire Sivananda Organization. Sivananda Centres and Ashrams worldwide did their very best to create full day programs and events to participate in this significant day, in collaboration with each country's Indian High Commission, Embassy or Consulate. The Sivananda Swamis, staff, karma yogis and students all participated and, in some cases, led portions of the public events in city parks, churches and corporate buildings. A creative range of events in nearby neighborhoods and in the Sivananda Centres and Ashrams brought many citizens together under the umbrella of Yoga. Asana classes, demonstrations, Satsangs, workshops, fliers and vegetarian snacks or dinner were offered. Friends were made.

Individual reports of the International Day of Yoga can be found in the International News Section, at the bottom of this GURUGRAM, under individual Ashrams and Centres.

We are pleased to announce the expansion of the popular Sivananda Kids Camp, thanks to the Directors of Centres and Ashrams around the world. The opportunity for children to receive the benefit of Yoga is quickly reaching more locations than ever before. Kids Camp is now offered at several Sivananda Centres, plus in the Summer Programs of many Ashrams. The Yoga Farm Ashram celebrated its 25th year of Kids Camp, while the program is relatively new at both Delhi Centres and Madurai Ashram. View this you tube link of the Neyyar Dam Kids Camp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl_7g1-wHvA&feature=youtu.be May Master and Guru provide their blessings in the successful expansion of more Sivananda Kids Camp programs throughout the Organization.

The Sivananda staff report they are working hard in their Sadhana, staying tuned with Swamiji's energy. Their energy is high. Thank you for your continued support of the Sivananda Organization.

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

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Adapt yourself to your surroundings and environments. You will enjoy peace and strength. - Sri Swami Sivananda
SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. Life or death - which is more dreadful?
A.

Life and death are both processes of gaining more and more fresh experiences in the progress of evolution tending towards the fruition of the wishes of the experiencer. Life is a scene where the individual puts on the dress or the form of a certain amount of desires special environment which can be fulfilled in the special environment afforded by it; and death is the time when the individual goes behind the screen and puts on a new dress to appear in another scene of life in order to fulfill another quality of desires which cannot find the required atmosphere for fruition in the present life, but demand a fresh suitable environment. Hence, when properly understood, neither of them is dreadful. Both are necessary processes of breaking barriers and tearing the veils in the path to Perfection. To the ignorant man, however, both are dreadful experiences. He imagines death to be more dreadful.

Q. Can asceticism lead to enlightenment?
A.

Asceticism is really the austere life of sense-control and mental concentration lived for the purpose of devotional practices or spiritual meditations. True asceticism necessarily includes a strict observance of the moral and ethical disciplines, on the basis of which the higher practices are undertaken. Asceticism is a means to enlightenment in as much as it prepares the ground for meditation which leads to wisdom and realization. Sometimes, asceticism is taken in its narrower sense of bodily mortification alone. But this is a grave error and this alone cannot lead to enlightenment without the calming of the passions and discipline of the mind.

Q. How to develop Bhakti?
A.

By Satsang, by repeating the Lord's Name, doing Kirtan, hearing Kathas, reading the Ramayana, Bhagavata and the lives of Bhaktas - Bhakta Vijayam and Bhakta Lilamrita-- Vishnu Sahasranama, Narada Bhakti Sutras and Sandilya Sutras. You must develop Vairagya. This is important. Live amidst Bhaktas. Live in Ayodhya. Respect Rama Nama. You will develop Rama Bhakti. Live in Vrindavan. Study Bhagavata. Do Japa of the Dvadasakshara Mantra, "Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya". You will develop Krishna Bhakti.

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

Deep beneath the noise and storm on the surface, deep beneath the surging mental waves, there is that stupendous ocean of peace and stillness. Realize this through deep and intense meditation. - Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

EKA PADA SIRSASANA - One Foot to Head Pose - An Advanced Posture

One Foot to Head Pose is an advanced pose, providing a full stretch for both the lumbar and thoracic regions. Be sure to warm the body up properly before attempting this posture, being careful never to force or strain in any position.

1 - From Sukhasana, lift right leg and place the right foot into the left elbow crease. Bring the right arm around outside the right leg and clasp the hands into the Rocking Baby Pose. Rock side to side for a few minutes to help massage the hip socket.

2 - Release the right leg. Take ahold of the right foot with both hands and gently try to bring the sole of the foot flat against the breast bone. Slowly slide the foot towards the chin, then nose, then the forehead.

3 - Release and hold onto the foot with both hands. Drop the right shoulder enough to slide it under the right knee, resting the knee and upper right calf on the shoulder. Try to sit as tall as possible to avoid compressing the back and chest.

4 - Slowly straighten the right knee, bringing the foot behind the head with the left hand. When steady, bring the hands into Namaste. Hold for several breaths then try the other side.

BENEFITS:
Deep opening of the hip socket and adductor leg lines
Increased flexion and rotation of the hip joints

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


Sit and meditate. Watch the mind. If the mind wanders, think that you are the witness. - Sri Swami Sivananda

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

KRISHNA JAYANTI / KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI (see Calendar)

This is the birthday of Lord Krishna, the Eighth Divine Incarnation.

It falls on the 8th day of the dark half of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September). This is one of the greatest of all Hindu festivals. Lord Krishna was born at midnight. A twenty-four hour fast is observed on this day, which is broken at midnight.

The Lord appeared when the moon entered the house of Vrishabha at the constellation of the star Rohini, on Wednesday, the 8th day of the second fortnight of the month of Sravana, which corresponds to the month of Bhadrapada Krishnapaksha, according to the Barhaspatyamana, in the year of Visvavasu, 5,172 years ago (from 1945), which means 3227 B.C.

According to traditional sources, the Janmashtami is observed on the day when the ashtami tithi occurs at midnight. If the ashtami tithi AND the Rohini nakshatra occur on the same day, then the observance is considered to be doubly sacred; otherwise the observance is held on the day on which the ashtami prevails at midnight.  The vrata mainly consists of fasting, spending the whole night in the worship of Krishna, reciting hymns of praise and Krishna's pastimes, reciting prayers from the Bhagavata, offering arghya to Krishna, and the parana or the ceremonial breaking of the fast.  The next day is celebrated as Krishna Jayanti.

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

Though everything happens according to the Supreme Will, the Karma of the individual determines the form or shape of the experience that is to be had. - Sri Swami Sivananda

BHAGHAVAD GITA

Chapter II: Sankhya Yoga

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
II.49. Far lower than the Yoga of wisdom is action, O Dhananjaya (Conqueror of wealth, Arjuna). Seek thou refuge in wisdom; wretched are they whose motive is the fruit.

COMMENTARY: Action done with evenness of mind is Yoga of wisdom. The Yogi who is established in the Yoga of Wisdom is not affected by success or failure. He does not seek fruits of his actions. He has poised reason. His reason is rooted in the Self Action, performed by one who expects fruits for his actions, is far inferior to the Yoga of wisdom wherein the seeker does not seek fruits; because the former leads to bondage and is the cause of birth and death.

Faith and practice can enable you to overcome and and every obstacles in the spiritual path. - Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

From Discourse I: ""Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations" "
I.1. ATHA YOGAANUSHAASNAM

"Now Yoga is explained.'' The word 'Yoga' means Union. It refers to the process of
uniting the individual with the Universal Soul. It brings about that state of mind which is unruffled and calm in all situations.

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

GOMASIO -

A typical Japanese macrobiotic condiment both appetizing and highly nutritious. Gomasio is a tasty way to reduce salt consumption. It is worth making a large amount of this mixture at a time as it stores well.

Ingredients:
¼ cup sesame seeds, rinsed and drained
½ tsp unrefined sea or rock salt

Directions:
Roast the seeds in a hot oven for 10 minutes, stirring once.
Add the sea salt and roast for another minute.
Cool slightly, then grind with a pestle and mortar.
Store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

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

Be spiritually hungry. Then alone will the Lord fill you with Grace. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC, ATTC, Sadhana Intensive Courses

2016

Jul 01 - Jul 29/16
TTC – English, Français, Espaňol, Nederlands
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jul 01 - Jul 29/16
ATTC – Français, English, Español
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jul 03 - Jul 31/16
TTC – Espaňol
San Raphael, Antioquia, Columbia
http://www.sivananda.org.uy

Jul 03 - Jul 31/16
TTC – English, Français, Espaňol,
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Jul 07 - Aug 04/16
ATTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Jul 09 - Aug 06/16
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA
www.sivananda.org/yogafarm

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

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

In Samadhi or communion with the Lord, all clamouring of desire is silenced. All sound is stilled. There is perfect peace.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - JUNE 2016

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    For early June the Ashram gardens were shaping up and new colors emerged everyday. With that emerging life, tents are popping up like mushrooms, and a new rush flows to the Camp: Sadhana Intensive, Releasing Trauma, and the Juice Fast courses filled up the recently opened dorms. A new garden transformed between the dorms. The guests enjoyed the weather and went for walks, discovering the trails recounting the story of the Ashram, and admiring Swami Vishnu's work. The early morning walk to the nearby lake was noticeably brighter as the days were getting longer, offering spectacular views that always left us in awe. Deers and ducks often made an appearance during the walks, leaving us with a smile. One Saturday we went to Mariamman Temple, each of us with a coin which we wrapped with a cloth and offered to the Divine Mother. The work in Annapurna building continued. We also started the renovation of the roof of the straw bale constructed Main Lodge. Mountains of straw filled the back area, guests and staff joined hands to clear them away.

    Mid-June saw the kind of weather that makes the Canadian winter worth it. We got to live four seasons in one week. Moving from warm jackets, to t-shirts, and some even got to jump in their swimsuits and took a dive in the lake. The Mariamman Festival started, continuing daily for 10 days. The Deity was taken outside of the temple in a procession and then brought back. A feast was offered every night by devotees, enjoyed by all. The group doing the Juice Fast program with Suzanne, reported feeling "reset", energized, connected and well heeled. "The combined practice: yoga, Satsang, and fasting made the experience very spiritual.", said one participant. The Sadhana Intensive group brought the Camp a sense of serenity while doing their practice. Calm faces and a smoother pace was everywhere. The Satsangs had a special flavour as we read stories from Lord Krishna's childhood and reflected on their meaning. A sense of bonding and family grew as guests and staff joined hands in moving the straw which was removed from the Lodge roof during repairs. We had the first outdoor Satsang by the Samadhi Estate deck, after the Sunday walk. The Ashram gardens developed nicely by a lovely team of karma yogis, guided by Bas. Lilacs filled the camp with its sweet aroma and purple colour. New garden beds were laid down, hay was laid on the pathways, and a new gate entrance was set up with a little Ganesha shrine. A garden of flowers, rocks and plants brought life to the corner between the dorms and bathrooms. The work continued at the Annapurna building, setting up the kitchen, the roof, etc. May Master and Swamiji's blessings be with all of us. Om + Prem.


Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    For early June Janet joined as staff and Salil as a work study. Bhavana travelled North to visit family and assist TTC in Uttarkashi. Shanmugam went home to Chennai for two week break. Chandrika departed for Europe after one and half year service. We look forward to her return at the end of the year. We recently got the good news that Nataraj, Kalyani, Padmavati and Trivandrum teacher Ravi passed the Quality Council of India teacher level exam, held in April.

    During mid-June a new Yoga Vacation group started, with fifty students, which is encouraging at this time of the year. Col. Nair gave a talk on Hinduism on the last day of the previous batch. Firewood Group Karma Yoga continued with enthusiasm as people appreciated the physical work out and social atmosphere. Most of the old rubber trees were cut down, making space for new trees. We planned to plant various fruit trees which will supply the Ashram and attract many birds. We started making plans for the forthcoming International Day of Yoga, including a mass event at the new International Stadium in Trivandrum, sponsored by the Ministry of Health. By Gurus' grace, we managed to continue functioning at the Ashram, despite frequent and long lasting power cuts. A coil in the main electric panel and the battery in the main generator were not working over a weekend, causing considerable inconvenience. Om. Pranams.

    IYD 2016:
    The day kicked off at 8 am with 108 Surya Namaskar, performed by ashram guests and staff. The participants were fully charged with prana by the end of the practice. This was followed by a Yoga talk, a demo and a class for about forty students from the neighbouring Kerala Institute of Cooperative Management (KICMA). At 12 pm the local panchayat (local administration) invited us to give a Yoga talk, demo and trial practice to their members and the school children at the Neyyar Dam School. The children were visibly impressed by some of the postures. After a short lunch break staff and guests were off to Trivandrum to participate in an IDY event sponsored by the Ministry of Health. Over 400 youngsters participated alongside the Sivananda ashram guests and staff. The day finally ended on a high note with satsang at the Trivandrum centre and Erode Rajamani Bhagavatar group singing bhajans. We thank our Gurus for the opportunity to share this wonderful practice and energy with others.


Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Uttar Kashi.
    During early June the Ashram celebrated the anniversary of the Ashram's Sri Akhandeswara Mahadev Temple.  Ganapathy Homas, Mrityunjaya Homa, Devi and Vasathu Pujas were conducted by the three Kerala priests for the annual purification and energizing of the Temple.  At the same time a thorough cleaning took place as this was the week between two TTCs.  With less people in the Ashram the opportunity was taken to complete some additional painting of the new Akhanda Kutir both inside and out.  Everything was ready again for the new arrivals.  The fresh intake of students were initiated into the TTC with positive hopes of a great spiritual experience. 

    Mid-June flew by smoothly with hot weather finally arriving, after plenty of rain the previous weeks. Durgesh, the priest from Uttarkashi, came to conduct the Ganapathy Homa.  He conducted all the special Pujas at the Ashram during the TTC. The students fell easily into the routine of the schedule. Swami Parameswariananda headed the Vedanta and chanting classes; Swami Janardhanananda taught the Bhagavad Gita classes; Dr Chinook led the A&P classes and Koely from Delhi taught the hatha yoga classes, assisted by Anuradha, Shweta, Dedem and Bhavna. A planned trip to Gangothri was postponed due to a forecast of heavy rain. With Master and Swamiji's Grace the visit to Swamiji's Guha will happen. With Master and Swamiji's Grace, all staff are doing well. Om.



Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    For early June the TTCs were in their third week of the course. The dynamism of the group created a very positive vibration in the Ashram. It seemed to be one of the best TTC groups we had. They enjoyed classes on the outside platform whenever the weather allowed. They also presented a nice talent show. Cecile Dubois was here for two days and spoke about how to create a sattvic and healthy environment, plus, the effects of various kinds of radiation that humanity is becoming more and more exposed to. Sivakami again joined the Ashram staff team. Swami Kailasananda went to Paris one weekend, returning with Yagneshwara, who concluded his European tour. The two Ashram priests performed a wonderful Sri Yantra Lamp Puja. Ramanarayan started to come regularly to the asana classes in the afternoon. It rained a lot again. Unfortunately a huge poplar tree fell down, due to the soft ground. On descent it just touched the roof of the priest's kitchen, with luckily, no serious damage. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya
    With the TTC finishing in early June the Ashram was full of light and high energy with many programs running and full house of guests. The inspiring Passing the Flame workshops for TTC graduates, led by Swami Sitaramananda, offered guidance on how to teach, go deeper into personal Sadhana and to tune ourselves to the mission of Master and Swamiji. Day trips to Donner Lake and the Yuba River were beautiful and inspiring for all and excellent for group Sadhana and Satsang. The Restorative Yoga training with Sundari (Nora Benian) was very successful and provides techniques for those seeking modifications to their practice with emphasis on deeper states of relaxation. Sadhana Intensive was taught by Krishna Darshan and assisted by Ananta Chaitanya, with students undertaking rigorous pranayama practice, Satsang and a sattvic diet. Manu Dawson led the 10-day Juice Fast and Detox retreat. We welcomed Komilla Sutton for the very informative Vedic Astrology workshop on the Navamsha chart. 

    During mid-June the Ashram Yoga Farm was in its busy summer season, fully booked, with up to 4 courses and and activities going on at the same time. Staff was very busy serving. The Sadhana Intensive energy, with 18 students, was very high, with students going deep into their practice with advanced pranayamas, kriya practice and asanas. All the Ashramites benefitted from the dedicated Sadhana energy. The 10-day Juice Fast, with Manu Dawson, concluded with all participants grateful for the purification, guidance and knowledge gained from the course. The weekend Ayurveda Massage Retreat was very successful with participants having daily Ayurveda talks, therapies and consultations by Bharata Surya. The 5-day Beginners' Week, with Mahadeva and Radha Krishna das, introduced the Five Points of Yoga to new yogis in the making. The 25th Anniversary Kids Camp, directed by Deviyani, began with a beautiful initiation of the Camp, the introduction of all 30 children and the counselors. All the children were sweet and eager to learn Yoga, enjoying the Ashram food and swimming in the pond! Swami Sitaramananda and Mahadev went to LA Centre for a weekend program on Meditation and Mantras, while Swami Jnaneswariananda went to LA to send her Mother's ashes to the ocean. We sent off Tibetan monk, Tulku Sherdor, for the brilliant presentations in our evenings Satsangs on Awareness, Guru Yoga, Obstacles to Meditation, Devotion as well as the Beginners meditation workshops in the afternoon for guests. Staff and Swamis enjoyed the final meditation lesson with Tulku ji on the rock at the Yuba river. Swami Sankarananda travelled in India to place the ashes of Sw Arjuna-Krishnananda to Mother Ganga in Uttarkashi. We welcomed, as special guests, our Vietnamese contacts Siva and Amba who visited for the 45th Anniversary of the Ashram. 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
    For early June the Ashram saw the TTC's completing their first week of classes and transitioning into the second week smoothly. The students adjusted to the Ashram and course schedule nicely and seemed to have a familiarity with each other from the beginning. The energy increased with the increase of students. Staff are appreciating the assistance of the students in several of the karma yoga duties. One weekend program brought many new guests for the Yoga, Stress and Food workshops taught by Ambika (Katie Papo). We also offered a Beginners Meditation weekend program that a few guests were interested in attending. Staff were regular in their Sadhana and were focused during their karma yoga. By the grace of Master and Swami ji, all are inspired and happy.

    During mid-June the TTC course moved into the third week and started the teaching groups. It's was serious group of students, already teaching with a lot of confidence and knowledge of the sequence.  Swami Yatidharmananda, who was a personal assistant of Swami Chidananda ji, visited the Ashram for a few days and gave Satsangs on life with his Guru.  Staff and students enjoyed Swamiji's down to earth talks on life in Rishikesh with Swami Chidananda ji. We offered two weekend programs, one was a hiking weekend. Our staff, Prasanta and Jaya, took the guests to a local state park for a moderate hike up the mountain. The other program was a vegetarian cooking workshop with Jayanta, who came up from NYC to teach. Jayant, a professional vegan chef, shared his knowledge with very satisfied guests who attended the program. Srinivasan and Swami Paramananda went to the New York Centre for a special Satsang with Srinivasan, to commemorate International Day of Yoga. By the grace of Master and Swamiji, staff are doing well, keeping up their Sadhana, with the weekly Sadhana meetings keeping them inspired to practice. May the Blessings of Master and Swamiji grace all of our lives.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    For early June we celebrated Swami Swaroopananda's 61st birthday, with a 9 day symposium on unity in diversity. We welcomed many close friends of the Ashram - G.S. Sachdev, Swapan Chaudhuri, Shayk Abdul Haqq, Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein, Brant Secunda, Gaura Vani and Dr. Marilyn Rossner. Each concert, presentation, workshop and lecture were gifts for all who were present as well as for Swamiji. Swami Medhananda Puri, who teaches a daily session on the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, offered special Satsangs and offered a special birthday message following the Birthday Puja. Amongst these celebrations, 10 senior staff of the organization were initiated into Brahmacharya and Sannyas - Krishna Das, Iswara, Rukmini, Minakshi, Narayani, Parvati, Jnaneshwari as well as Bhargavi and Pranava from the Tel Aviv Centre became Brahmacharis - and are now Krishna Chaitanya, Iswara Chaitanya, Rukmini Chaitanya, Minakshi Chaitanya, Narayani Chaitanya, Parvati Chaitanya, Jnaneswari Chaitanya, Bhargavi Chaitanya and Pranava Chaitanya. Shankara Chaitanya from Tel-Aviv, took Sannyasa and is now Swami Shambhudevananda. The initiation was celebrated during a morning Satsang. The event was very moving and spiritually powerful for the initiated as well as for everyone who assisted in the celebration. Shyam and Mohini have come back to the Ashram and are offering a Spiritual Film Festival program. The TTCs were in their second week of the course and seemed to be doing fairly well. Om Shanti from all the staff in Nassau.


Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    For early June a group of seven guests joined the Retreat House for a week. Nearly all of them were new to yoga and wanted to experience the completeness and variety of the yogic methods. Beside a strong focus on physical and mental relaxation in the yoga classes we worked on, increasing the flexibility in the main joints of the body. In the lectures the five points of Swami Vishnudevananda were discussed. In particular, the meditation workshop and the talk on yogic nutrition were received very well. A weekend topic was "In Peace Lies Strength". The lectures on positive thinking and the mantra chanting workshop were well attended. The weather remained unsteady and allowed asana classes on the platform only once in a while. The guests also liked to meet in the shop for tea and snacks and discuss different questions on yogic lifestyle. Swami Keshavananda left for the special programs held in Munich. Swami Ramapriyananda and Pushpa returned from Vienna.

    Mid-June started with the Yoga Relaxation Days. Theory and practice of stress reduction and the different levels of relaxation, gave our guests more insight and several tools to apply in their daily lives. Even though we had an abundance of rain, we managed to do a lot hikes for the Yoga and Mountain Magic program. The guests were very appreciative for these opportunities, enjoying the surrounding nature to its fullest. One weekend we explored the importance of thought power and positive thinking. We celebrated the International Yoga Day with yoga classes, lectures, an asana demonstration and nice yogic-vegetarian snacks. A small but very interested group took part. All in all a peaceful and harmonious energy pervaded this special day. OM.


Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya. Greetings from Meenakshi.
    For early June a modest number of yoga vacationers reveled in the calm and quiet atmosphere of our Ashram. Preparations began for the conduction of second International Yoga Day on the 21st June. Staff from our Madurai Centre paid a visit to the Ashram. They spent some time here, savouring the scenic beauty of Ashram and surroundings.

    Mid-June was busy with the preparations for upcoming International Day of Yoga celebrations. We were busy with the designing of our invitation letter and the pamphlets to be distributed among the local Madurai people to create awareness about healthy life style through yoga practice. Also the chief guests to address the gathering to give talks on Yoga and its myriad of benefits were decided upon after meetings. The yoga vacationers went on with their usual routine with a new group arriving for the vacation program. According to our guests this is the best time to be around in India and be a part of Yoga Day celebrations. The weather here was mostly cloudy with the sky opening up with occasional showers to quench Nature's thirst. All of us had a wonderful time at the Ashram with the grace and blessings of our Masters. Om Shanti. Pranams to all.




    TTC Reports in locations other than Ashrams:

    No reports this month.



    SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Centres -


    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early June saw a good start with classes and courses running well. Due to good weather, more and more classes took place outside on the garden platform. Students loved it. A Yoga 1 course and several higher courses started. Other courses ran well. One Saturday afternoon a very focused group of students joined in for a headstand workshop. The next day we had a small Open House. People were very interested and positive, with several registering for Yoga 1.

    During mid-June classes and courses were well visited. The official event for the International Yoga Day was organized by the Indian Embassy in a park located close to the city Centre of Berlin. There was one asana class, presented together by 5 different Yoga organizations. Every school taught one part of the class following the common protocol of the Indian Government. International Academy of Traditional Yoga did the warm up exercises, Art of Living and Jivanmukti shared the Asanas and the Sivananda was Pranayama. The class was concluded with Vedic chanting and a short guided meditation by the Isha Foundation. Despite different lineages of teaching and different teachers it could be felt that it is all Yoga and it came together to perfect oneness. The class was followed by a question and answer session for the participants and the end formed the release of nice orange balloons up in the air. We had an inspired group of dedicated Karma Yogis and teachers, supported with demonstrating pranayama, laying out mats and distributing flyers and our 5 point Sivananda magazine, which was a hit. Back at the Centre, we did a special Satsang for the International Yoga Day with an inspiring lecture on Swami Sivananda and pictures about Swami Vishnudevananda's peace missions. Students left happy and inspired. We welcomed Divya, new staff from Lithuania, who did the TTC in Poland last year and will stay with us for the next months. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    For early June we met with nineteen teachers to finish up the planning for the activities on "International Yoga Day." Karma yogis offered their help at the Centre with several tasks. We continued with the "Bhagavad Gita" study group.
    The "Pranayama and Vital Energy" workshop, offered by Swami Dayananda, started with just a few students; as did "Yoga and the Back" by one of our professors. Many people new to the Centre attended the free trial class.

    During mid-June we welcomed journalists from ESPN, The Sports Channel, to film some of the Centre's activities and interview Swami Premanda and Swami Dayananda. Both Swamis also gave a conference at a local university and showed them the most important asanas. We continued studying the "Bhagavad Gita." We hosted a "Get to Know the Centre" day. Prem & Om to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China


    Om Namah Sivaya!
    For early June the Centre had a quiet week, due to the 3-day Dragon Boat Festival. We focused our energy on reconnecting with TTC graduates, existing members and to promote Swami Pranavananda's activities and TTC. We also spent quite some time compiling Swami Sitaramananda's articles, translated into Chinese. May Guru's grace bless the Centre to be grounded in Chengdu.

    Mid-June was busy for us. We had more new faces coming to try our yoga classes. A few old students were able to join us more often because of the friendlier schedule. We offered an open house one Sunday. Centre staff focused on improving how to teach and promoting long term courses. 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 June at the Centre we finished an evening beginners' course with good progress and happy students. We were extremely happy to welcome Swami Govindananda ji, who stayed at the Centre, sharing his knowledge with our staff and students. Swamiji conducted open classes for few days, plus, a blissful Sunday Satsang, which was attended by many outside guests. We had a meeting with the Trust members, outside teachers and Centre staff to discuss and agree on the plan for the International Yoga Day. Preliminary program was made, finalized with the stamp of the final approval. The rest of activities in the Centre were carried out, as usual. All staff members performed their karma yoga duties, making sure the Centre operates 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.

    IYD 2016:
    In the morning free yoga class jointly organized by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre and East Coast Walkers Association in Kottivakkam beach at 6.00 AM to 7.00 AM.
    In this free class more than 300 people were participated. At the same time in our yoga centre also we conducted some free yoga classes and video presentation. Programs were followed by, Morning 6.00 AM to 7.30 AM free regular class for all. More than 60 students were participated. After the yoga class, we provided breakfast at 8.00 AM to 9.00 AM. In breakfast, we served idly, pongal, sambar, chutney and herbal water. More than 100 people had breakfast. At 9.30 AM to 10.30 AM free ladies special class conducted. More than 75 students participated in this class. After the class we provided lunch at 11.00 AM. In lunch we served mixed fruit curd rice along with pickle and snacks. Above 75 people were had lunch. At 12.00 PM to 3.00 PM we gave yoga video presentation about Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda's life and other spiritual videos also. More than 15 people were watched videos. At 4.00 to 5.30 PM free open class for all. In this, more than 70 students were participated. At 5.30 to 6.30 PM free small introduction class. In this more than 80 students were participated. Right after we gave meditation, satsang and talk. The talk held by Mr. Selvanayagam about 4 paths of yoga and importance of yoga in our day to day life. More than 85 people attend the satsang. At 8.00 PM we provided dinner. In dinner, we served vegetable fried rice with gopi manchuri and sweets. More than 90 people had dinner. In this whole day more than 600 people participated in our yoga day celebration. Mean while media people also visited our centre. Our centre building was decorated beautifully by lights, rangoli and flowers. With the gurus blessing the program was successful. Om Shanti.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!
    At the Chicago Centre, a new Positive Thinking course started, as did a new Yoga 1 course, and Yoga 2 and 3 - all progressed well. Attendance for open classes was good, particularly in the mornings. The last day of Siddhi's 6-month commitment arrived. She started her travels back to Finland. We were very grateful for her spirit, Sadhana and service at the Centre and hope to see her back again in the future. We wish her the continued grace and guidance of the Gurus, always. The weather for early June saw frequent shifts between high and low temperatures, with sunny days followed by rain.

    During mid-June we felt Summer arriving, with hotter days alternating with occasionally pleasant and rainy days and with students and teachers starting to travel more. Yoga 1, 2, and 3 and Positive Thinking courses, as well as open classes, continued well, by the Grace of the Gurus. We took advantage of the summery weather to spend more time working in the garden, which featured marigolds, carrots, basil, turnips and different varieties of kale. Staff are well and 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
    After Open House on the 5th Jun, we opened two new courses for beginners. These classes were taught by Mukunda and Radhika. After being assistants for some time, Radhika and Mukunda had their first opportunity to teach a beginners' course. We had Yantra workshops, taught by Sivashakti. The students were very interested and focussed, including chanting while drawing and completing their own Mantra, with joy and peace. All other classes continued very well.

    During mid-June, to celebrate the International day of Yoga, we had "Asana Outdoor" and special Satsang on Sunday Jun.19.2016. In the Satsang, we played video "Yoga Life and Self Transformation" to help students understanding more about the benefits of Sivananda Yoga and why they should practice yoga from now. They really enjoyed the presentation and learned something from these events. Also, we opened a new course for beginners, taught by Karma yogi, Vidya Devi. We also ran three courses for beginners with Yoga Kids, Prenatal Yoga and open classes. Everything was good, by the Grace of Gurus. Om Namah Sivaya.

    https://sivanandayogavietnam.org


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    For early June the Centre started with a new beginners' course at 6am, with a good number of shining & enthusiastic students. Our regular open classes, kids classes and gentle classes continued well. We started a new weekend beginners course. We had peaceful Sunday Satsangs followed by prasad and dinner. Otherwise with guru's grace and lord's will, the Centre's activities went very well.

    During mid-June started with new beginners' course at 10am & 6;30pm with good numbers of shining & enthusiastic students. We started a Meditation course, with good numbers of students. Our regular open classes, kids classes and gentle classes went well. We had public Satsang, followed by prasad and dinner.  One Sunday we had teacher's meeting, talking on "how to correct students in basic Asana" plus, future planning for the Centre, attended by all our regular teachers. Otherwise, with Guru's Grace and Lord's will the Centre's activities continued in good shape. Our prayers to all. Om Namo Narayanaya. Pranams.

    IYD 2016:
    On International Day of Yoga this year, it was festive mood all across the Yoga community, especially at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, New Delhi. The teachers felt that it was their special day to share and propagate the knowledge of this ancient art amongst people, making them aware of the need to bring the body, mind and spirit in rhythm of life living it the Yogic way. An attractive poster was designed for the occasion and the copies were pinned at the Information boards of many housing societies of Dwarka sub-city. The response was overwhelming and people from all age groups gathered to participate in the event. The special open Yoga session was organized in the Satsang Hall of the Centre, which was hugely appreciated by the participants. Some of them especially came forward to share their experience of the class. They commented that the Centre should organize such Yoga events more frequently. Post practice, a healthy sprout salad and a rejuvenating mineral drink was served to every one.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    For early June, with the Grace of Gurus, we started a beginners' course at 6.30 am with good number of students. The number of open class students reduced because of the summer vacation. All other activities continued normally.

    With the Grace of Gurus mid June saw a second batch of Kids Summer Yoga Camp, with 25 children attending. We also started two beginners' courses at 10 am and 6.30 pm, with good number of students. We prepared for the celebration of International Yoga Day on 21st June. We planned four different classes: Open Class, Introduction to Yoga, Gentle Yoga for Senior Citizens and Surya Namaskar, at the nearby park early morning at 5.30 am. We conducted an " Introduction to Yoga " workshop on the same day, covering Five Points of yoga in four public sectors - corporate. All other activities at the Centre went well. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Noida, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Noida.
    During mid-June we started with two beginners courses at 6.30 am and 4 pm. All other classes ran well, with the Grace of Gurus. The number of students decreased because of summer vacations. There's hope the numbers will increase in coming weeks. 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
    For early June the Geneva Centre started a Y2 and a Y2-Intensive course, with a nice group of students. The work on the Fall 2016 brochure started and a new slideshow for our webpage was completed. Another main focus was the preparation for the IYD. Mailings were sent out and we had a productive meeting with the staff from the Indian Mission Geneva and representatives of other organizations to coordinate our participation at the event at the United Nations.

    During mid-June Staff and teachers supported the IYD at the United Nations Organization, which was organized by the Indian Embassy in Geneva. They appreciated the support from various yoga schools and did their very best to make this event a success. The atmosphere was peaceful and relaxed. The class took place indoors as the weather was unstable. The event ended with photo shoots in and around the UN-building. Everybody was happy to be there. Back at the Centre Mahadev taught a well-visited free yoga class for all levels, followed by a Satsang about Peace. A Y1 Intensive started, plus, we had a workshop about Yoga@Home with a nice group of students. The second Yoga Hall and the office were painted, looking fresh and sattvic. A slideshow was uploaded on our webpage showing pictures of the Centre. It had a very positive response. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early June, after a very good Open House at the Centre, we started a Yoga One course, with 14 students and a Yoga Two course, with 10 students, taught by experienced teachers Priya and Sarada. One Sunday about 30 people came for two very successful workshops.  In the morning we had "Yoga for Back Pain" with Swami Pranavananda. It was inspiring to meet new students who were very happy to learn how the classical Yoga postures improve health. In the afternoon we had "Advanced Asanas", taught by Krishnadas, a very enthusiastic Hatha Yogi, who taught in the Centre twice a week regularly for the last two years. We had a Yoga Two course with Dharmini and a Yoga One course with Daya. Some new teachers began teaching open classes. 

    During mid-June the staff, residents and teachers were busy preparing to visit the Indian Consulate for the International Yoga Day event. About 100 people came from the Sivananda Centre in Ho Chi Minh City (20 from TTC and 80 students). After several days of rehearsal, some of our teachers demonstrated asanas on stage.  At the Centre we celebrated IYD with a good turnout of 25 people for Satsang, 20 for the free asana class, and seven for the Planting and Prana workshops.  After Satsang we had a well-hidden birthday surprise celebration for Swami Pranavananda, complete with a very thoughtful slide show prepared by the staff.  We started a Kids' Yoga course with 13 children, a Meditation course, and a Yoga Two course.  With Gurus' Grace the staff and residents were all happy and working well together. We enjoyed the cooler weather as the rainy season has finally arrived!  Om Sri Maha Lakshmyai Namah! Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.  

    https://sivanandayogavietnam.org


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During mid-June we were happy to welcome Swami Kailasananda for a brief visit at the Centre for the TTC mantra initiation and a very well attended and most inspiring Satsang on 'Yoga - Choosing the Positive Path'. The lead up to the International Yoga Day celebrations kept staff on their toes with the preparations for 3 different events. The series of 3-day events, in collaboration with the Indian High Commission, started with a public class in Pottersfield Park, a riverside green right next to Tower Bridge. The TTC progressed with the Kriya workshop, anatomy lectures and the advanced pranayama class. Salutations to all. Om Namah Sivaya.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    For early June we continued to improve the Centre's facility and prepared for Swami Sitaramananda's arrival 6/17. The library, Puja cabinets and dividing curtains were moved to create a spacious class room; the altar re-positioned to no longer at an angle. The second room, now called Krishna Room, was also freshly painted with new window treatment and plants. It is now a better functioning class room. A loft bed was installed in the office/storage room to create additional storage and space for staff when hosting special guests. Lighting was updated all through-out. Students and devotees supported the project with participation, donations and encouragements.  
    One Sunday afternoon we did the a Krishna Puja to initiate the room, as Krishna is the main deity of the new altar. The same evening at Satsang we did a Guru Puja. We prayed to Lord Krishna and the Gurus for their Divine Grace, to make the us, and the Centre, better instruments for the Teachings of Yoga to flow through. 

    During mid-June it was a very inspiring time at the Centre. Swami Sitaramananda visited and taught a meditation weekend immersion. For two full days we began with a 2-hour meditative yoga class, followed by lunch, prepared by staff and loving karma yogis. In the afternoons Swamiji taught four 2-hour workshops on Meditation. Topics included: What is meditation? Why meditate? How to meditate? Meditation and Mantras, Japa meditation, Jnana Yoga meditation: qualifications and preparation, obstacles and experiences in meditation. Students were very attentive and engaged. Everyone was extremely grateful for the teaching and benefited greatly. Swamiji also led Satsang that Sunday and Monday. Attendance throughout mid June was high, despite a heat wave in LA. The Centre was filled with spiritual energy and inspiration. It was 10 months since Swamiji's last visit. She toured the Centre and gave instructions to continue facility improvements. We also had a staff meeting, with key karma yogis, about general directions and promotion for the Centre. Staff were well and are sending Pranams to all. May Grace of the Guru continue to shelter and guide us.  



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    During early June the Summer arrived to Madrid with temperatures up to 35 degrees Celsius. Classes and courses continued as usual. Preparations for the International Yoga day started with several meetings with the Indian Embassy and active promotion of the events. The new brochure was sent to the graphic designer. Enrollments for TTC Spain arrived to the Centre. One Saturday a small Open House day took place, with some inscriptions afterwards.

    During mid-June two beginners' courses started with good attendance. We continued the search for a possible TTC 2017 location. The new brochure was sent to the printer. Gopala and three close teachers distributed over 700 brochures just before an event for yoga schools. The evening Satsangs were strong, with nice chanting and very inspired students. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India

    Om Namah Sivaya
    During mid-June it was quite busy at the Centre with International Yoga Day preparations. We designed and printed quite nice invitations and invited all our students and well-wishers. The International Yoga Day celebrations were inaugurated by District Collector of Madurai. We conducted a Yoga class and talk in Sundaram Park nearby our Centre. An evening function was held in Madurai Meenakshi Ashram. An International Yoga Day special article was printed in the Hindu Times newspaper with our TTC picture and all other information about our IYD programs with an interview of our staff, Krishna (Unnikrishnan). We started a new morning beginners' course. Everything else was fine, with Gurus Grace. Pranams to one and all from Madurai Centre. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi!!

    IYD 2016:
    The second International Day of Yoga on 21st June was eventful with the fruition of elaborate preparations for its celebrations by Sivananda Centre and Ashram staff members. The program commenced with the Madurai Centre in association with Walkers Club organizing an early morning Yoga Asana session at 'Sundaram Park' for the local people who frequented the park for their exercise routine. All the guests and staff from Ashram also joined in to be a part of the program initiated by Sivananda Organization. The session was inaugurated by Dr. Narayanasamy, a trustee of Sivananda Ashram, who is also a well known public figure among the local masses. The function also had members of Walkers Club attending along with felicitation of some senior members of the club, sharing their experiences about benefits of regular exercise.

    The asana class was attended by around 200 people, including Sivananda Centre students and Ashram guests, in the company of cool, gentle early morning breezes and chirping birds. This, in turn, paved way to attract the attention of people around who came enquiring about our organization and our teaching schedule. We also invited them to the evening program scheduled at Meenakshi Ashram.

    At the Ashram in the evening, the celebrations culminated with programs attended by an exuberant group of people, including kids from neighbouring villages for whom we held free summer yoga classes and students of Vikram Nursing College. The function was presided over by Madurai District Collector, Sri. Veera Raghava Rao, Ex Deputy Collector Sri. Karuppaiya, Swami Swaroopananda from Madurai DLS, Dr. Narayanasamy and other honourable dignitaries adding grandeur to our celebrations. All the chief guests gave inspirational talks on Yoga and Healthy Lifestyle through Yogic practices. 

    We also had Yoga Asana demonstrations to the gathering along with enumeration of benefits associated with each asana. The audience was in awe of the multitude of benefits that could be derived by regular Yoga practice. We also awarded participation certificate to the kids, much to their delight. The program concluded with a dinner served to all the guests.

    We wholeheartedly extend our thanks to all those who joined us in our cause to spread Yogic teachings of our Masters to the community and also stood by us for the successful conduction of International Day of Yoga celebrations.



    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay


    Om Namah Sivaya
    For early June we started Beginners' courses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. We continued with the Elderly and Children's Classes. Thanks to God, the weather allows us to keep on promoting the activities for the International Yoga Day.

    During mid-June we continued normally with regular, elderly and children classes. The beginners had their second class and the Intensive beginners' course started on Fridays, with 8 students. We started the activities to celebrate the International Yoga Day with a Satsang. Thanks to God and Gurus, everything resulted perfectly. We offered a Yoga class followed by a Meditation on Sundays at 10:00 am. Om Shanti!!



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early June Summer finally dawned upon us in Quebec. Classes continued to become busier, due to the summer unlimited special pass for $100. It was a great offer and inspired students to make the most of the next 3 months! The Monday Yoga 1 course ended with 6 students continuing to Yoga 2. We started a Tuesday Yoga 2 course with 6 students. Around 20 students attended a lively Satsang, despite the warm weather outside. The summer brochure was sent for printing, after many last minute additions and changes. We started our summer class in the park on Saturday mornings, with 6 students. We expect more to join us in the coming weeks. A few changes were made to the class schedule, we removed the community class on Monday nights at 8pm due to low attendance and the 4:30pm advance class on Saturdays in order to give staff time to rest and prepare for the week ahead. With only one advance class a week we were able to focus and put more energy into the class. We already saw an increase in attendance. Swami Shivabhaktananda led Sunday night Satsang, giving a very inspiring talk on Prana. This was his last Satsang for the summer as he will be busy with the Ashram and various courses. We are always grateful for his support. In the early days of June we focussed on cleaning and preparing for an upcoming painting project. With many new karma yogis joining us we now have a detailed karma yoga list prepared that will keep all the karma yogis busy! The Centre continued to be full of energy, with the support of the karma yogis, teachers and students. We are every grateful for the grace of the Gurus.

    During mid-June, with temperatures soaring, students were happy, smiling and giddy with delight that summer finally arrived. Surprisingly, despite the sunny weather, classes were busy! Students continued to sign for the 3 month summer pass, which gave them unlimited classes for just $100. Yoga 2 courses ended with 7 students. We began a Yoga 1 & 2 Intensive with 4 students. Yoga class at the park attracted a few new faces amongst the regulars. Students continued to come for the 11 am class on the weekends. We had a group of 5 karma yogis help paint the main hallway and stairways. The walls have all been painting white, bringing more light into the Centre except for one wall that has been painted bright orange. Students are quite happy with the colour scheme! One Saturday we did a deep cleaning of the Centre and prepared for the International Yoga Day celebrations. We had a nice program prepared for IYD, beginning with a walk to Mont Royal and Satsang at the park. Throughout the day students attended an Indian cooking workshop, a relaxation workshop and an introduction to positive thinking workshop. The morning yoga class was busy with around 24 students. Prahlada gave a special asana class, attended by 25 students. We had around 70 students for Satsang led by Prahlada on the 'Spirit of Yoga'. Students were very happy with his talk as he pointed out few simple things that help clear the clutter in our minds. Satsang was followed by a delicious feast! We are very grateful to have the support of wonderful teachers, karma yogis and students that inspire us everyday, plus the guidance of Master and Swamiji. Pranams to all!



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany


    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    For early June Dr. Kamlesh left to Berlin after having finished a successful Ayurveda nutrition program. Our big Yoga and Music Festival started. On Sunday Swami Durgananda shared her long-time experience and practical wisdom in a lecture on the importance of Sadhana. She reminded us about the teachings of the Upanishads on the good and the pleasant paths and how yoga can help us to overcome tamas and rajas. One Saturday and Sunday we also offered two well-attended yoga teachers' further training workshops with Swami Sivadasananda and Swami Keshavananda, as well as two asana workshops for students, both with Swami Narayanananda and Swami Keshavananda. The Yoga Festival days ended with wisdom teachings from the yoga scriptures and divine music. We started a course "Thought Power and Positive Thinking" with a very motivated group of students.

    During mid-June was beautiful in the Centre with our big Yoga and Music Festival, themed, "The Essence of Yoga". Many long-time students as well as many who are relatively new came and participated in the different workshops, classes and lectures. Swami Durgananda gave a very inspiring talk with the title "The Meditation Experience". Swamiji reminded us that the practice of the Five Points of Yoga and a clear understanding that only meditation can ultimately can give us peace are absolutely necessary if we want to meditate. We continued with the yoga teachers' further training workshops. We were especially happy that also many of the Centre's teachers took part in all the workshops. Another highlight of the festival was a lecture and an asana-workshop, with Swami Sivadasananda, in which our big yoga hall was filled to the last place. The festival days ended with wisdom words from the scriptures and beautiful music. The Centre felt like a little Ashram with many karma yogis helping, some even staying for the whole festival at the Centre. Staff, residents and students want to thank the Acharyas for this wonderful week which brought a wave of prana and inspiration for everybody. OM.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA


    Om Namah Sivaya!
    For early June the Centre saw a steady stream of students in regular classes, plus, the conclusion of the Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses. One Saturday we had a well-attended headstand workshop with Shanti. We welcomed a new staff member Rukmini who came to the Centre after three months of karma yoga at the Bahamas Ashram to stay for six weeks. We also said goodbye to Sundari, who spent three months at the Centre. She went back to her home country of France. We were very grateful for all her dedicated service and wished her all the best. We offered a deaf yoga class, with Geeta. We had 8 students who also stayed for lunch after the class. We were blessed to welcome Swami Yatidharmananda to the Centre to lead Satsang. This was one stop on a tour Swamiji was making to pay tribute to his guru Swami Chidanandaji, a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda, on his 100th birthday anniversary. The house was packed and disciples of Swami Chidanandaji came from as far away as Louisiana to attend.

    During mid-June students flowed through the Centre for regular classes as well as the courses for Positive Thinking, Yoga 1, Yoga 2, Deaf Yoga and the FIT students. Swami Satya Premananda arrived and led Satsang that night. Among other things, she spoke about the juxtaposition of fickleness and perseverance, took questions from the audience and even did a demonstration to show how energy moves through the body. We promoted the 6/19 International Yoga Day event. We welcomed Srinivasan and Saraswati. For IYD we had many homemade treats and special decorations prepared for the occasion. Everybody on staff worked very hard. A steady stream of people came into the Centre for the event, including several new students and new yogis. Swami Paramananda arrived in time to teach a very well-attended advanced class that day. Srinivasan led Satsang and spoke about the importance of spreading yogic teachings and philosophy. We prepared for the 108 Sun Salutations Challenge on Sunday 6/26. Many students were excited about this event. All the Staff were well and send their pranams. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    For early June the public transportation strikes in Paris and heavy rains continued. The flowers bloomed beautifully. Sivakami went back to the Orleans Ashram. We missed her classes, the delicious food she prepared, her sweetness, her chanting and her calm way of handling everything. That same day Mahadev arrived from London to stay until June 28th. He was of precious help, cooking, working in reception, cleaning, chanting and bringing a cheerful mood to the Centre. The Masters continued sending help. Radha came for almost a week. Shambhu enjoyed giving a mantra workshop, with a good group of students. Everyone was motivated with the International Yoga Day celebration. The good news of a big class in Trocadero by the Eiffel Tower brought a cheerful mood. The Centre was blessed with Swami Kailasananda's presence. Swamiji led a meeting for the International Yoga Day and gave an inspiring Satsang on the topic of life from Bliss Divine. Swami Nityananda participated in a 3 day Sanskrit course. Swami Kailasananda gave a lecture on yoga at the Indian Embassy. She went back to Orleans, accompanied by the priest Yagneshwara, who passed by on his way back from London.

    During mid-June we experienced a festive week with the preparations of the peace day on 19th and International Yoga Day celebration on 20th June. God blessed us with a beautiful and peaceful celebration for the IYD. The day started with an Aarati and the departure to the Trocadero place. Swami Kailasananda gave an inspiring and peaceful class by the Eiffel Tower with around 250 students. The class was accompanied by a sitar. Kailas did the asana demonstration on a little stage. The ambassador was in the first row. In the afternoon we continued the IYD Celebration at the Centre, with around 500 people visiting the Centre. Swami Kailasananda gave an inspiring lecture on the topic of Yoga. Then we had three big classes in a row and the chanting of Om Namo Narayanaya, led by Swami Gopalananda. The IYD finished with a Puja for Peace led by the priest, Yagneshwara Dixit. There was a cheerful mood all day long. The Masters sent many hands to support the Centre. The day before we had the celebration of the Peace Day. That day, the Masters Blessed the Centre with an inspiring Satsang, led by Swami Kailasananda. 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
    For early June we started new courses, yoga 2 and 3 at the Rome Centre. The classes at the park were more popular, bringing new students to the Centre. Swami Sankarananda went to HQ to help with their high season for a few weeks.

    During mid-June we had a nice celebration of the International Yoga Day with a yoga class at the park plus a picnic. Teachers and students brought friends and family to participate in the class. It was very joyful. The IYD special occasion gathered many yoga teachers from different cities near Rome. During the same evening we had special Satsang. Pranams to all from Roma. Om Shanti.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    For early June a Yoga 1 course started at the Centre, as well as a two-session Yoga 1 Refresher course. A Meditation 1 course ended. Friday's Gita class was taught by Swami Jnaneswariananda. Swamiji spoke on the Yoga of Relationships, with the ultimate message being that we are all one. A teachers' class and meeting followed, including a potluck dinner. Swamiji taught a 3-hour yoga class one Sunday morning, followed by an Indian brunch for all. Sankari Chaitanya connected with fellow teachers at Passing the Flame at the Yoga Farm and began Sadhana Intensive.

    During mid-June Swami Sankarananda visited and taught the Gita class one Friday evening. A very special dhrupad singer, Nirmalya Dey, performed one Saturday night. The audience was elevated by the caliber and eloquence of the concert. Sankari Chaitanya returned after 7 days of Sadhana Intensive at the Yoga Farm, in time to make final preparations for International Yoga Day. All is well at the Centre, by Guru's Grace. Pranams to all from the new San Francisco Centre.

    IYD 2016:
    700-800 people were packed into the beautiful Grace Cathedral in San Francisco for a International Yoga Day Yoga class which ended with Swami Sitaramananda leading all in a resonating 7 Oms, then OM Shanti Peace prayers and Om Trayambhakams chanting in the church. Swami later continued with a lecture to 200 people attending in another hall in the church. The IYD was also celebrated all day at the SF SYVC with lectures, meditations and meals for all. It was a good day. Seeing all the young people lining up in every corner of the beautiful cathedral, wearing Yoga outfits and shorts (including the reverend) and doing Yoga asanas and meditation on the floor under harp music and nice spiritual songs. It was quite an amazing spectacle, testifying to the changes of our times.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    For early June all the permanent staff enjoyed an eventful and most auspicious week at the Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas. After arriving to the Ashram we started settling into the special birthday programs for Swami Swaroopananda's birthday. A grand and inspiring initiation ceremony was held during the morning Satsang, during which Shankara Chaitanya was initiated to Sanyasa and was named Swami Shambhudevananda. Bhargavi & Pranava were initiated, along with seven other senior staff of the Ashram, into Brahmacharya. The event was most elevating and joyous. The rest of the day was dedicated for final preparations for the Birthday event that took place the day after. The Birthday celebration for Swami Swaroopananda was another great picture of joy and blessedness with a special Puja, many special guests, and a lot of love and presents, offered to Swamiji. We had another day in Paradise to rest before we traveled back to Israel and arrived just in time to host over 50 people for a Holiday feast and a vigil night of spiritual study for the Holiday of Shavuot. Amba Sri Devi and Shanti did wonderful and dedicated work in keeping the Centre functioning, plus, preparing all the food for the holiday feast and decorating the Centre so beautifully for our arrival.

    After the exciting and inspiring week in the Yoga Retreat, we returned to the Tel Aviv Centre in mid-June. We were warmly welcomed by all the teachers, karma yogis and students who were so thrilled to see us back, newly initiated into Sannyasa and Brahmachaya. They were all receiving live updates of all the events via Facebook, creating a great deal of joy and excitement in the Centre. As for us, we had to focus our prana on intense promotion of upcoming events and courses, as we would be opening a new Yoga 1, two new courses of Yoga 3, a new Meditation course, an Advanced Meditation course, Advanced Positive Thinking course and an Advanced Positive Visualization workshop. We also promoted the International Yoga Day Event in collaboration with the Indian Embassy and Tel-Aviv municipality. We held the last lecture with Dr. Yochnan Grinshpon of the Hebrew University, on the subject of
    "The Upanishds and Adi Shankarachrya". We had a group of over 20 students who eagerly followed him through this program. All of them were waiting for the next series to start. The weekend was peacefully spent at the new Ashram in Matta, where a yoga retreat was held, focusing on the practice of Yoga Nidra. We had a perfect opportunity to rest, rebalance, practice and enjoy the peaceful nature. Pranams to all the Sivananda Family from the Tel Aviv Centre.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    During early June the rainy season settled in, usually, continuing for a full month. One Saturday, we offered "Vegan Thai Cooking" workshop, by Mirabai. 16 students attended the workshop and learned to make tasty Thai dishes without using any animal products. After the workshop, all staffs were invited to enjoy the meal, together with students. On a Sunday, we had a "Pelvis Adjustment Yoga" workshop, taught by Kuni, who had been teaching asana class in Tokyo Centre regularly before he moved to the western area of Japan, called Shikoku Island. His workshop was fully booked with 26 students. We welcomed Chandrika who came back from India. She planned to stay at the Centre about a week, then proceed to Fuji mountain. 

    During mid-June we welcomed many newcomers to the Centre. There was a free trial class one morning with 12 students attending. That afternoon, we had a briefing session of upcoming TTC and ATTC in Thailand, India and Vietnam. The first half of the session was free asana class and the second half was explanation of the courses. Narayani Noriko, the main translator for the courses both in Thailand and India came over to the Centre and taught the asana class then gave an outline of the courses. 20 students attended the session including 3 TTC graduates who were thinking about taking ATTC. Narayani and some students stayed after the briefing session to join Sunday Satsang as well. Om and Prem to all the Sivananda family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During early June several new Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses started as many students committed to the practice during the summer. We had quite a few new teachers who started to assist different courses and open classes. They were eager to practice what they learned during their TTCs. Many students inquired about doing karma yoga at the Centre. It is always nice to see how those students who may have started the practice a year ago are now very connected to the Centre and immersed in the practice. Saraswati finished the Meditation course with all students very interested to come regularly for Satsangs as well as spend time in the Ashram during the summer. 
    Our little garden in front of the Centre started to bloom. Prahlad travelled to the Headquarters Ashram to teach the Sadhana Intensive course.

    During mid-June we started an evening Yoga 1 course and morning Yoga 2 course.
    Our teacher Wendi led an outdoor yoga class in a large park close to the Centre and all government buildings to celebrate upcoming International Yoga Day. Staff and students walked silently to the park under the Sivananda Yoga Centre banner. Some passers-by decided to join the class, and then came back to the Centre after the event. One man said that he used to practice at the Centre but the life got busy and when he saw Sivananda sign he was very happy and joined the class. Lots of students joined the Satsang afterward and we talked about Swamiji's vision of yoga and how wisely he integrated this ancient knowledge into all our lives. Lots of students came for the Friday and Sunday evening Satsangs. Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    For early June a new batch commenced on Monday evenings. Students were introduced to the practice of Jala Neti and Sutra Neti in a Kriya Workshop. All other classes went well. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted on Fridays. Satsang was led by Rajesh.

    With the blessings of God and revered Gurus we had started mid June with 2 new batches. A new batch for ladies was started on Mondays. Along with that we had also started a 6 day long Meditation course, which will definitely help those students to attain tranquility of the mind. There was a workshop on Surya Namaskar for the students, which helped them to improve their postures. Satsang was led by Sw. Govindananda ji. Pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    For early June the Yoga and Music Festival found its blissful end and left a lingering energy of peace and sweetness all around. We would like to thank all visiting Swamis and Staff for their great support and especially Swami Durgananda and Swami Sivadasananda for infusing their experience and energy into the Centres' activities and the staff. The Centre had a tent at an Open Air Yoga convention, held at the Burggarten, a beautiful park in Central Vienna. In spite of heavy showers of rain every now and then, lots of people participated and enjoyed the free yoga classes and vegan snacks and freebies, provided by the host of the convention. It was mainly a young audience, eager to practice. The Centre distributed lots of brochures and vouchers. Some participants of the convention showed up the very same day at the Centre to redeem their voucher and partake in the afternoon class.

    During mid-June a Yoga 1 course started, also a Yoga 2 morning course, a Yoga 5, 46 and 85. Swami Shyamananda replaced Swami Bhagavatananda, who went back to Orleans. Our outside class came to end for the summer to start again in September. One Saturday we had a workshop for posture alignment and a back workshop. On the 20th June we participated in the International Yoga Day in central Vienna, organized by the Indian Embassy. Gopi, one of our teachers went there to demonstrate the asanas on the podium. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius.
    In early June all courses and classes went on as usual. Well attended Satsangs covered different topics, with readings from Bliss Divine and Meditation & Mantras. We sent newsletters in different languages, advertising special programs during the retreat and TTC. Many teachers from different corners of Lithuania and also from Russia enrolled for the Teachers' Weekend, with Swami Sivadasanada. OM.




    The divine light and grace will descend only upon the Sattvic or the pure mind, because only a pure mind can receive it. - Sri Swami Sivananda
 
 

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