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Issue #05/2015 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize May 1, 2015
"Wish good to all beings. This will enrich your life, make you happy and peaceful." - 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:
MAY 2015
04 Full Moon
14 Ekadasi
18 New Moon
29 Ekadasi

JUNE 2015
02 Full Moon
04 Kavadi Festival Starts
09 Subramanya Ayyappa Temple Anniversary
11 Krishna Temple Anniversary
12 Ekadasi
14 Masters Mahasamadhi
16 New Moon
19 Kaavadi Chariot Festival
27 Ekadasi
31 Guru Purnima
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OM NAMAH SIVAYA!

NEWS

Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

By the grace of Swamiji we are extremely happy to let you know that new temple construction in Uttarkashi was completed. The installation ceremonies are scheduled for 2nd and 3rd of May 2015. This temple is one of the unique South Indian architectural marvels and a first of its kind for Lord Siva in the Himalayan region.

We are also happy to inform you that there was a ground breaking ceremony conducted in our Bahamas Ashram, in anticipation of the upcoming construction of a new temple. Soon you will hear about fundraising and sponsoring opportunities for the Temple.

Our Executive Board Members recently met at our Headquarters in Val Morin, Quebec, Canada, Yoga Camp Ashram, to discuss the directions we all can make in going forward with Swamiji's mission and to preserve the teachings in its purity.

All other Ashrams and Centres are extremely busy with imparting the knowledge of Yoga and Meditation for the increasing number of eager students coming through the doors of the Organization.

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

Pranams to all.

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Non-attachment is life eternal. Renunciation is the bestower of peace and immortality. - Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. I know fully well that it is no use living in this false World. Everywhere I find misery alone. I intend to enter into the life of a Sannyasin, but I do not know where to find out a Guru. Kindly let me know what I have to do to become a Sannyasin.
A.

The World is a manifestation of the Lord. The World is the best teacher for you. You should not hate the World, but you should detach from the worldly life. The World cannot stand in the way of your attainment of Kaivalya. You must change the way of your living and viewing things. You will have to build a new mind and a new vision. Then the World will appear as heaven. You have not developed real Vairagya. It is a kind of temporary aversion on account of some mishap. You are unfit for taking Sannyas. You may fail to carry out the duties of a Sannyasin. You must ascend the spiritual ladder step by step. I will advise you to remain in the world and do Nishkama Karma Yoga for some years to purify the heart (Chitta Suddhi). You must develop humility, the spirit of self-sacrifice, Kshama, mercy, Visva-prem. These virtues can be acquired by selfless service alone. You must have the qualifications Sama (peaceful nature), Dama (self-restraint), Sarva-sanga-parityaga (freedom from all sorts of attachments), and perfect obedience to and implicit faith in the teacher before you approach a Guru for taking Sannyas.

Q. Should the means to achieve good ends be always good? Medicine tastes bitter, but cures diseases. Arjuna fought against the Kauravas to achieve good ends.
A.

God is pure consciousness. God is omniscient, all-knowing. God is Nirakara, formless or incorporeal. This physical body we wear has limited our universal consciousness. Consciousness is of various kinds, viz., physical consciousness, mental consciousness and absolute consciousness. You will experience the highest consciousness when you transcend the three bodies through constant and intense meditation. With a physical body and limited senses you experience the physical consciousness only. There are the other consciousness to explore.

Q. I am convinced that praying to saints and worshipping them is absolutely wrong. They prayed to God and found salvation for themselves, and in like manner, we also can take care of our salvation without depending on any saint.
A.

Indian thought has no hesitation in answering this question in the affirmative. Except the rank materialists, the Charvakas, the founders of all other systems of Indian thought boldly declare that "one should not adopt a foul means to achieve a desired end, however covetable that end may be". There should not be any doubt regarding this point.

Medicine, whether it be sweet or bitter, in so far as it does not do any harm to the patient or anybody else while curing the disease, should be considered as a means free from any fault. It is a fair means to achieve the end, viz., cure of the disease.

In the second example, Arjuna fought the Kauravas and killed them all, no doubt. But the battle fought by Arjuna was not an exhibition of cruelty, but an execution of one's own duty. The war fell to his lot as pure duty or Svadharma. Arjuna did not want it himself. He did not impose it on the Kauravas. He was challenged to it by them. He had to defend himself and his clan. As a Kshatriya, it was his sacred duty and moral responsibility to fight for the defense of his rights. Thus, Arjuna's fighting the battle being purely duty-bound, is thoroughly justified.

Sri Krishna has reiterated this point in several places in the Gita. On the contrary, if Arjuna had shirked away his responsibilities of fighting the battle, then he would have been failing in his Dharma. Hence the Lord's repeated commands to him: Svadharmamapi Chavekshya Na Vikampitumarhasi (Waver not from your own duty on seeing it in front of you), Yudhyasva Vigatajvara (Do thou fight, free from mental fever), etc.

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

This World, consisting of friends, enemies and neutrals, can affect you with pleasure and pain. This World is only a creation of your mind, a product of ignorance.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

DHANURASANA - The Bow - Advanced variations

ADVANCED ONE-HANDED BOW VARIATION:

Lie on abdomen and while supporting yourself with an outstretched left arm in front, catch hold of your right foot just below the big toe. The left foot remains outstretched.
On an inhalation, pull your right foot closer to your shoulder. Push up the chest higher and increase the back bend, while looking straight ahead. Straighten the left arm further to maintain balance on the mat.
When the right foot is close to the right shoulder, lift your right elbow higher to pull the foot closer. Your right arm should not be straight but the elbow bent toward the front, and your arm extending back. Bring the head back and look up. Your foot is close to the back of the head. (If you were to see yourself sideways, your head would be framed between your leg and foot behind with your arm and elbow in front.) Hold a few breaths. Then exhale and release the foot and lower the leg and forehead back to the mat. Repeat with the opposite leg and foot.
Relax in Child's Pose after the bow.

ADVANCED COMPLETE BOW:
Attempt when you have mastered the one-handed bow.

Begin as before on abdomen, bend both legs and catch hold of the feet. Place the fingers around the big toes and the tops of your feet. Breathe deeply and slowly. Keep the knees apart.
Bend elbows, while rotating the shoulders and pull your feet as close to shoulders as you can. Thighs are off the mat, lift the head and look straight ahead. Breathe rhythmically.
Continue breathing slowly and lift your elbows forward in front of your face, your feet will be pulled even higher. Extend the knees to help lift the feet higher. Bend your head back and look up. You now have an extreme back bend. Hold a few breaths and exhale, releasing feet and lowering legs and forehead to mat, or continue to gently pull the feet toward the forehead.
Relax in Child's Pose after the bow.

ADVANCED FEET TO HEAD BOW VARIATION:

From the Complete Bow variation, gently pull the feet until the soles of feet touch your forehead. The neck is extended to your maximum. Keep the knees apart. Hold for a few breaths for before releasing the feet, legs and forehead back to the mat.

Relax in Child's Pose after the bow.

BENEFITS:
A powerful anterior stretch from throat to knees.
Increased back bend with muscle tone and spinal elasticity.
Increased quadriceps stretch.
Increased flexibility to shoulder joints and chest.

This yoga asana is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram sourced and edited from the Sivananda Publication “Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion” – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010. Other yoga tips at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/asana/101tips.html

Cling not to your ego, your lower self and limited mundane life. Soar high, into the highest realms of eternal bliss.
- Swami Sivananda

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

KAIVALYA
liberation from rebirth; independence from all bondages and cycles of Life; the ultimate goal of Raja Yoga.

The Brahma Sutra (B.S. 2.1.33) says: God created the World - Lokavattu Lila Kaivalyam. The creation of the World has a purpose. This plane of existence is His play of creation where liberation and joy can be attained by learning the lessons.

Just as we cannot have a sun without rays, similarly, we cannot have God without the World process. It is His Svabhava, His Nature. - Sri Swami Sivananda

Introspect.  Watch the mind.  It will gradually grow calmer and calmer.  You will be able to find your defects. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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

BHAGHAVAD GITA

Chapter XVI: The Yoga of the Division Between the Divine and the Demoniacal

XVI.10. KAAMAMAASHRITYA DUSHPOORAM DAMBHAMAANAMADAANVITAAH;
MOHAADGRIHEETVAASADGRAAHAAN PRAVARTANTE'SHUCHIVRATAAH.

(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
Filled with insatiable desires, full of hypocrisy, pride and arrogance, holding evil ideas through delusion, they (the demoniacal) work with impure resolves.

XVI.11. CHINTAAMAPARIMEYAAM CHA PRALAYAANTAAMUPAASHRITAAH;
KAAMOPABHOGAPARAMAA ETAAVADITI NISHCHITAAH.
Giving themselves over to immeasurable cares ending only with death, regarding gratification of lust as their highest aim and feeling sure that that is all.

XVI.12. AASHAAPAASHASHATAIRBADDHAAH KAAMAKRODHAPARAAYANAAH;
EEHANTE KAAMABHOGAARTHA MANYAAYENAARTHASANCHAYAAN.
Bound by a hundred ties of hope, given over to lust and anger, they strive to obtain by unlawful means hoards of wealth for sensual enjoyment.

It is a shameful slur on you if you bear a grudge or ill-will towards anybody. - Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

From Discourse IV: "Kaivalya Pada - On Realization"

IV.11. HETU-PHALASRAYALAMBANAIH SAMGRHITATVAD ESAM ABHAVE TADABHAVAH

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

Commentary:
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.

and…

Discourse III: "Vibhuti Pada- On Divine Powers"

III.56. SATTVA-PURUSAYOH SUDDHI-SAMYE KAIVALYAM

'Kaivalya (liberation) is attained when there is equality between "sattwa" (purity) and "Purusha"(the Soul)'.

Commentary:
Liberation takes place when the mind has the same purity as "Purusha" itself. The purified mind recognizes its nature as "Purusha". The essence of this nature is, and always has been, bliss, freedom, peace, Self-sufficiency and perfection.

Be kind. Be compassionate. Be honest. Be sincere. Be truthful. Be bold. Be pure. Be wise. Be virtuous. Enquire: 'Who am I'?  Know the Self and be free. This is the summary of the teachings of Siva. - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

BORSCHT
A soup originating from Eastern Europe, using beets and other vegetables. It is warming and satisfying in winter and can be served cold in summer. The color of the soup is bright jewel red, nature's way of emphasizing the nutrient power of beets for the blood. Beets contain a compound called betaine which have good vascular properties, thereby reducing chances of clotting and plaque build up in the arteries. Beet fibre content is also good for heart health. They contain B complex vitamins in the root and potassium and other minerals such as folate (good for vegetarian diets). The beet is a complex carbohydrate vegetable and has a natural sugar content. This can give a quick energy boost. The beet leaves are rich in Vitamin C and contain beta-carotene as in Vitamin A hence best to cook leaves lightly. The leaves of the beet are so rich in nutrients that they should not be chopped off the beets and discarded. It is best to obtain organic beets. Serves 6-8.


Ingredients:
1 tablespoon oil
1 stick celery
1 bay leaf
4 raw beets, scrubbed and chopped to bite sized pieces (tip- if sliced thinly instead, they will cook more quickly and retain more nutritional value)
1 carrot grated
1 potato chopped in bite sized pieces
2 ¼ quarts of water
1 ¾ cups chopped beet tops, spinach or kale (optional) Chard or chopped cabbage are other options.
Juice of half lemon
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of paprika
1 teaspoon fresh dill, or 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed

Sour cream for serving, or soy cream, or plain yoghurt
Finely chopped fresh parsley to garnish

Directions:
Heat the oil and sauté the chopped celery until soft.
Add the bay leaf, beets, carrot, potato, and water.
Cover and simmer about 45 min till beets are tender.
Add the chosen greens and cook for 10 min longer.
Add lemon juice, salt, pepper, paprika and dill.
Before serving remove the bay leaf.
Serve hot, topped with spoonful of sour cream, or soy cream, yoghurt on top.
Garnish with fresh parsley.

Variations:
A recommended option is to prepare this soup with added chopped tomatoes (1 ½ cups) with the greens. Omit paprika and dill. Garnish with mint instead of parsley.
FOR COLD SUMMER BORSCHT, prepare the soup, remove the bay leaf, season the soup and add double the amount of lemon juice. Blend the soup into a purée and chill. Serve in bowls with the yoghurt, soy cream or sour cream topping and enjoy.

This recipe is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram, sourced from The Yoga Cookbook: 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

An ordinary worldly man lives in his emotions. He lives in his lower mind. He has no idea of intuition. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC, ATTC, Sadhana Intensive Courses

2015

May 02 - May 30/15
TTC – English, Espaňol
Grass Valley, CA, USA
www.sivananda.org/yogafarm

May 09 - Jun 05/15
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

May 02 - May 17/15
Sadhana Intensive – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

May 09 - Jun 07/15
ATTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

May 10 - Jun 07/15
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

May 18 - Jun 15/15
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

May 31 - Jun 28/15
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Jun 14- Jun 28/15
Sadhana Intensive
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Jun 02 - Jun 30/15
ATTC – English, 日本語 中文
Grass Valley, CA, USA
www.sivananda.org/yogafarm

Jun 14 - Jul 12/15
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Jun 28 - Jul 25/15
TTC – English, Français, Espaňol,
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Jul 03 - Jul 31/15
TTC – English, Français, Espaňol, Nederlands
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jul 03 - Jul 31/15
ATTC – English, Français, Espaňol
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jul 05 - Aug 02/15
ATTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Aug 02 - Aug 30/15
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Aug 02 - Aug 29/15
ATTC – English, Français, Español
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Aug 02 - Aug 30/15
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Aug 14 - Aug 28/15
Sadhana Intensive - Deutsch, Français, Espaňol
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Aug 29 - Sep 27/15
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

Sep 01 - Sep 30/15
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 01 - Sep 30/15
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 06 - Sep 20/15
Sadhana Intensive – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Sep 08 - Oct 06/15
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Sep 26 - Oct 24/15
TTC - English, 中文
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
http://www.sivanandayogachina.org/en/topic/ttc_chengdu_china

Sep 27 - Oct 25/15
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

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

Love all. Be one with all. See the One in all.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - APRIL 2015

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    At the beginning of April the Yoga Camp was inspired to host the EBM. We prepared the Ashram for the arrival of Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda, Swami Kailasananda, Srinivasan, Prahlad, Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Jnaneshwarianana, Swami Narayananda, Swami Keshavananda, Swami Annapurnananda and Mahadev Chaitanya. First to arrive was Swami Kailasananda, who gave a workshop for the guests and staff on the 'Power of Sound' and led Satsang in the evening. She also gave Satsang at the Montreal Centre. Swami Sitaramananda and Swami Narayanananda arrived after TTC in Vietnam. Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda, Swami Keshavananda and Swami Annapurnananda arrived from Europe and Swami Jnaneshwariananda arrived late in the night as well. The brothers, Mahadev, Sukhadev and Ramdas picked up almost everyone from the airport. Srinivasan, Mahadev Chaitanya and Kamala Chaitanya drove up to the Ashram reaching safe and sound. We had few guests staying with us and 6 karma yogis who specially volunteered to help during the EBM and temple opening. They were a great help to Ben who was cooking for the EBM, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. We were blessed to be in the presence of everyone especially during Satsang, as they inspired us with their chanting, talks and stories of Swami Vishnu. Manjunath conducted abhishekam for Krishna to inaugurate the next few days of meeting. This was followed by the Brahmacharya initiation of Kamala from the Yoga Ranch. Saturday morning was also an auspicious day as we brought up the deities that spent the winter in the Krishna temple back to their home at the Subramanya Ayappa Temple. Few families attended the ceremony from the morning whilst also preparing a feast for lunch. EBM, guests and staff went up to the temple for Subramanya's abhishekam which was followed by the feast. There were close to 40 devotees taking part in the celebration. It is a happy occasion when the devotees start coming to the temple, as they bring a lot of devotion and gratitude with them. The meeting ended in the afternoon on the Sunday. By 3.30pm everyone had already left, except for Swami Jnaneshwariananda who led Satsang in the night and left early Monday morning. The staff worked hard but are in deep gratitude of being in service to the guests and Swami Vishnu. We look forward to a busy week with Kumari's certification courses, and some really warm weather!

    During mid-April we enjoyed beautiful warm and sunny days. Kumari arrived to teach two certification courses. The first Teaching Yoga for Seniors from 13th-16th April was attended by 9 students.The second course Yoga Therapy for Back Care form 17 -19 was attended by 5 students. Their days were filled with workshops, asana classes and talks. They were all extremely happy with the course and guidance received from Kumari. The staff also benefited from having Kumari around as she is always kind and joyful. During the weekend we also had Alain conduct a drumming workshop, which was attended by 15 guests. His workshops are always popular as he is a very engaging and humble teacher. The guests all checked out on Sunday. Swami Shivabhaktananda left to Montreal on Sunday to spend a week there giving workshops and classes. There are a lot of projects up at the Subramanya temple that the maintenance crew are working on around the clock to have done before the crowd of devotees start to arrive. Staff are busy preparing the Ashram for spring and slowly summer. We are working on improving our current reservation system and continue to improve the new boutique system with the help of Premlee. The snow is almost gone and we can see all the work there is to do outside. We hope everyone is doing well. Pranams to all! Om Namo Narayanaya to all Sivananda Staff from the Yoga Camp.



Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    At the beginning of April the summer heat was relieved by a number of heavy downpours. Unfortunately the lightening also damaged our electronic equipment and internet system. Highlights included the cultural programme with Erode Rajamani Bhagavatar. The 7 member group lifted the mood with their powerful singing. On Friday we held the 58th Ayurveda Medical Camp with 1094 patients and 10 doctors attending. The camp continued despite the heavy rain. 25 students underwent mantra initiation at the Rajarajeshwari Temple with Swami Gayatriananda and Swami Rajeshwariananda.

    During mid-April the final week of TTC was smooth going as students had settled into the rhythm of the course. Energy levels were further boosted with the advanced pranayama practice on Thursday. Highlights of the week were a talk on vedic mathematics by Sri Haridas, Lalita Sahasranama archana on Thursday evening and ccelebration of the Vishu New Year on Wednesday morning in the traditional way where staff and guests are led with their eyes closed first thing in the morning to the temple to witness the kanni display of auspicious objects. This is wonderful way to start the day and year. TTC graduation happened on Saturday with a standing ovation for Sandeep. Being his first TTC he did an admirable job of teaching Hatha Yoga. Two of our staff have received spiritual names; Rahul - Rama, Hashim - Surya. Narayan (Chris) has arrived to prepare for next weeks Fasting Detox Programme. Chika has returned to Japan but we hope to see her back in soon with a new visa. Narayan (Will) has returned to Canada. We thank him for his selfless service.. Pranams & Om Namah Sivaya from all staff at Neyyar Dam.


Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    The next TTC of the high season is slated for May 10th. The Temple of Siva has been completed with the inaugural ceremonies in early May. We are looking forward to teaching vibrant groups of students this year. Pranams to all.



Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April we had a certificate course on Ayurveda with Swami Bhagavatananda. Then we had a full house for our Easter Retreat, including many guests who came for the first time. Swami Kailasanandaji gave an inspiring Easter Satsang with guests chanting songs from various backgrounds, christian, jewish, latin, spanish and gospel. A further training for Sivananda Teachers of 'How to Teach Yoga to Children' with Ananta was held: for the first time it was a training for 3 days, with some extra topics, such as Meditation for children, Yoga in schools and a picture show with children doing Asanas.  We also celebrated Hanuman Jayanti with a special Puja. Chandrika from Munich gave a certificate course on the topic of 'How Yoga works'. Her power point presentations were clear and quite interesting, she mentioned many scientific facts on Yoga. Nirvani from Norway brought with her 15 students from her Yoga school who stayed with us for a week. Then on 17 April we were happy to welcome Swami Durgananda and Swami Sivadasananda for our first « STAFF REFRESHER ». For 3 weeks the Ashram will be closed for the public to host all the European swamis and most of the staff for group Sadhana until we open again for guests on 8 May. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April the Yoga Farm welcomed springtime into the air and had many transitions in staff as well.  Swami Pranavananda returned after 8 months in Asia.  He will be at the Yoga Farm until at least the end of June before going back to Asia again. Swami Jnana has departed for a few weeks to go to HQ for the EBM and then to Chicago Centre.  Swami Dharma departed to Nassau to assist Swami Sitaramananda and the Ashram there.  The Food as Medicine course continued with Bharata teaching a hands-on approach to ayuredic cooking and all the Ashram enjoyed the delicious meals.  We had 8 beginners for a 5-days course in which Karuna devi taught the 5 points for perfect health. We welcomed 16 guests for a 2 days intensive led by Ananta Chaitanya. The busy week came to a climax with a Sunday open house in which we welcomed 28 interested participants who took an Ashram tour, had a yoga class and stayed on for dinner.  Many of them came from the local Sacramento city college and will be coming back again soon.  We bid farewell to Kumara who was staff for 4 months and welcomed Keshava (Japanese) back to the Farm who was here for 6 months last year.  With TTC quickly approaching, much energy has been put into spreading the word to help sign up last minute registrants.  The grounds are looking better then ever led by our devoted Hanuman'ji who has been doing inspired karma yoga beautifying the lawns and grounds.  We all feel the blessings of Master and Swamiji.

    During mid-April we had two courses, the Meditation for Beginners course with Swami Pranavananda and the Ayurvedic Detoxification and Rejuvenation Retreat with Gita Devi.  Both courses we very inspiring and uplifting for all those involved.  On the weekend, Arun Deva came to give a weekend course on Emotional Intelligence.  His talks were very deep with lots of wisdom coming through.  The Ashram continues to prep for TTC with many projects continuing on the garden, grounds, and maintenance.  We welcome back Swami Jnaneswariananda, Vaikunta and Chandika.  We all felt the Guru's blessings. Om Namah Sivaya to all blessed selves from the Yoga Farm.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    At the beginning of April it was time of movement and change.  Srinivasan, Mahadev Chaitanya and Kamala headed up to the headquarters in Canada for the EBM. Shakti returned from Colombia to serve at the Ashram for a few months before returning to the New York Centre.  The weekend was our busiest so far with over 60 guests arriving on Friday.  We had a Native American sweat lodge on Saturday and a Permaculture program over the weekend.  Both programs were well attended.  Given the fact that is was our busiest weekend, and both Srinivasan and Mahadev Chaitanya were away, staff did an outstanding job holding the space and taking care of the guests. The staff really pulled together to keep things running smoothly. Shakti and Radha took turns leading the Satsangs and Jared and Bhakti, the Permaculture teachers, gave a presentation on Permaculture principles. By the blessings of Master and Swamiji, we have another Chaitanya on staff.  During the EBM our staff Kamala took her vows of Brahmacharya and is now Kamala Chaitanya. We wish her all the best on her spiritual journey.

    During mid-April the very first Prison Project TTC was inaugurated on Tuesday in Ottisville, New York. A team of five teachers, including Srinivasan and Mahadev Chaitanya, left the Ashram at 5:15 am to arrive in time for morning Satsang at the penitentiary where the initiation was conducted.  There are 16 students in the course.  This is the first ever Yoga TTC in a US federal penitentiary.  The team did not arrive back to the Ashram until 8:30 pm.  This schedule went on for the entire week, with a day off on Saturday, giving the teachers a much needed day of rest.  The students are very grateful for the opportunity and are adapting nicely to the new routine.  There was a cooking workshop this weekend taught by Nitya.  We had a full house over the weekend and staff did a great job maintaining the Ashram and looking after the guests. Staff are all well, strong in their Sadhana and send their pranams.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    At the beginning of April the TTC graduation was on April 6th with 31 new yoga teachers. On April 9th we inaugurated a new group of TTC's as well as our first ever April ATTC. The 10-day spring detox with Manu Dawson began April 8th with the students meeting in the newly transformed Annapurna house which offfers them a kitchen prep area and a large screened porch for meals and lectures. Joseph Goldstein gave a wonderful program entitled Wisdom and Compassion. Many courses ran this week including 'Yoga and Positive Thinking for Kids' with Kate Bartram Brown, Overcome Pain with Gentle Yoga taught by Neil Pearson and a 3-day Introduction to Meditation Weekend course.

    During mid-April Swami Sitaramananda arrived to the Ashram this week after a lot of travelling in the past weeks. Swami Sita will teach the Raja Yoga in the current ATTC and offer other programs. 'The Nature of Consciousness' Symposium ran successfully this week. The symposium linked science and spirituality with talks by Peter Russell, Amit Goswami, Cassandra Vieten and Lothar Schafer. The 'Ayurveda and Wellness counselor Certification' course is taking place this week with Durga Leela and assisted by Swami Dharmananda and and Lila Mayi. We were happy to have Swami Shantananda return to the Ashram to teach a 3-day program on the 17th Chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. Swami Dharmananda offered a 'Meditation and the Mind' intensive course. The TTC and ATTC students finished their second week of studies. Om Shanti from all the staff in Nassau.


Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    End of March we held a Certificate Course Yoga and Stress Management with Swami Vidyananda and a Yoga Teachers' Training Preparation weekend. Ram Navami was celebrated with Rama Kirtans and inspiring stories from the Ramayana. Beginning of April over 80 joyful yogis plus many Swamis and Staff arrived for the Easter Retreat. After everybody had settled in, Swami Sivadasananda started with the first asana workshop entitled Power of Asana and the packed hall enjoyed Swamijis light humour and insightful instructions. The highlight was Swami Durganandas lecture about the qualities of nature and the necessity to lift ones practice on a more subtle level. Everybody was inspired to continue with more introspection. Our Priest Sree Krishna did a beautiful Hanumans Jayanti Puja and a delicate Hanuman Yantra decorated with Ram Mantras became the Centre of concentration. After many mantras and devotional kirtans the hall was filled with a sweat atmosphere: Sigrid Siebert, a nutritionist from Germany, shared her excellent knowledge on health and diet generously in lectures and question and answer sessions. The Easter Retreat ended  with guests leaving in good spirits and well recharged after having drawn new inspiration. OM.


Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    Greetings from Meenakshi. At the beginning of April we experienced atypical summer weather, with a pre-monsoon rainfall dousing the bitter heat in entire environment. The pleasant twist in climate brought by these April showers has pleased our guests making their program and Sadhana even enjoyable. Priest Sajith prepared a bulk quantity of food which was offered to the kaloothu Shakti temple and distributed the prasad to passersby.  Saturday was a picnic day to Srirangam, a temple town famed for Sri Ranganathar Swamy shrine and to Sirumalai, an optimally cold hillock located 1600ft above sea level nick named by the locals as 'little Kodaikanal'. It was a typical hillside village popular for its good yield of 'malapazham', a small yet expensive range of banana. As insisted by the villagers we were excited to trek through a steep rocky path uphill to find a Shiva temple at the summit. Pathway floor-level lamp shades were temporarily installed along the main pathway which was inspected by Ravi sir who came from Chennai to spend a couple of days and supervise in addition the landscaping works. Some interesting plans and proposals are in que which we might see it taking shape gradually. Also in this week we bid farewell to three of our karma yogis Daniela, In Soung Lee and Atmaram who were of good support all along. May Guru's blessings be with them in their journey of life.

    During mid-April it was festive time for Tamil Nadu and Kerala, marking the beginning of Tamil and Malayalam New Year. Both considered to be very auspicious and sentimental. Needless to say Monday was the day of planning the celebrations. The morning of Tuesday dawned with a Satsang in Sree Mahakali Temple owing to Tamil new year's day and ended at dusk distributing tasteful prasad, tamarind rice and sundal (steamed seasoned chick peas) to passersby. The Vishu celebrations that followed next day was the most exiting. A Classical setup of lighted lamps -symbol of knowledge, grains and fruits - symbol of health and  coins-symbol of wealth was made at the altar of Swami Vishnu hall. Since 4 am one by one staff and guests were guided to the hall blind folded only to open the eyes right on the altar to see the auspicious spread giving oneself a visually positive beginning of new year - traditionally referred to as "Vishu Kani ". This was followed by 'kaineetam' a combo of betel leaf, araknut and coins symbolically greeting prosperity. We also played fire crackers, sparkle sticks and flower pots. The guests were so thrilled to be a part of the celebrations. On Saturday night talent show was cheerful and entertaining. The week ended with Satsang and sunday prayers. Om shanti.All are well and conveying Pranams. OM.




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    TTC Sikkhim: The second week of the TTC has gone well in addition to the completion of the chanting classes and the start of the Bhagwat Gita classes, Maha Mtritunjaya Homa was conducted on Tuesday.  This created a good spiritual atmosphere.  A third Puja, a Devi Puja will be conducted in the 4th week.   Some students enjoyed a long day trip to Gangtok the capital city of Sikkim on the day off, whilst others took opportunity of an invitation to visit some local families and were treated to local delicacies.  The local sherpas and other tribal people are open and welcoming to us all.  On Thursday a music and dance performance was held exhibiting the local dress, dance and music culture. The children performing were aged between 8 and 14 years. Students and staff enjoyed the programme and look forward to another cultural group coming from Gangtok.  May the blessings of the sat gurus be with us all and may their presence be experienced here in Sikkim.

    The 3rd week of the Sikkim TTC went very well and as planned. The physiology and Anatomy classes were conducted by Dr. Rashmi with good feedback; 6 sessions were allocated to cover all the A&P in the new manual. On Thursday, the mantra initiation was conducted for 13 of the 22 students in the name of Swamiji and Master. As usual it created a very special atmosphere in the programme. A japa mala were distributed to each initiate to motivate them to continue their meditation and japa practise.   Also on Thursday we had a special Bhajan evening with a group of priests from the Char Dham temple complex at Namchi. It was a magical evening ending in ecstacy and spontaneous dance. On Friday no particular outing was planned but students got involved in cooking food for all. This was followed by an outdoor picnic and a music festival lasting over 2 hours. The music was lead by Yashpal ji and Swamiji along with venue staff and our own participants. All in all it was a great experience and a good break from the regular classes. On Sunday a group of 15 children from Gangtok added to the cultural experience of the TTC by performing dances and songs drawn from the local Nepali culture.  The Pregnancy class went well at the weekend and students are looking forward to kids class and pranayama sessions in the 4th week.  May the blessings of the Master and Swamiji be with us.


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    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya
    The spiritual highlight during the Easter weekend was the Puja for Hanuman Jayanti on Saturday evening which uplifted the energy in the Centre. Swami Gokulananda and Amba went to Reith for the Easter retreat, Swami Annapurnananda and Surya stayed back in Berlin to serve all the students who did not leave the city for Easter holidays. A well visited headstand workshop and a Mantra workshop with an inspired group were the other weekend programs this month. On Sunday middle of the moth the day of the open house was held. It was very successful, many people came for the different activities like Asana demonstration, cooking workshop, trial class and intro to meditation. The Centre was preparing for the departure of the Staff to the Staff Refresher in Orleans. Different Karma Yoga was passed on. Swami Annapoornananda, Swami Gokulananda and Ishwara Chaitanya left happily to Orleans looking forward to the refreshing experience. Amba and Suray stayed in Berlin to serve the students with the help of the teachers and close students. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April three beginner courses started, one of them intensive. We welcomed new karma yogis who approached for helping in various tasks. The newly graduated yoga teachers assisted senior teachers' classes. We had a workshop about Conquest of Anger plus, a well attended trial class. Prem & Om to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre
    At the beginning of April we began with a new Morning Beginners course and Weekend Beginners Course, both with good number of students. The climate was warming up, getting hotter every day. Thanks to the Blessings of the Masters everything went smoothly at the Centre.

    Mid-April began with new ladies batch, with good number of students. On 14th April (Tamil New year) we performed Ganapathy Homa with two of our regular priests. A good number of students and our staffs participated in the Homa and were blessed. Finally a nice prasad was given to all our students. On 15th we celebrated Vishu (Kerala new Year). All the staffs here were given new cloths with Vishu 'Kayneetam' to represent a small donation, as a custom of this festival. New staff member, Rishin, joined on 17th of this month to our Centre. Radha left from Centre on the 19th night back to Columbia.  As usual, all courses ran as normal. The climate was extremely hot in Chennai. The month was pleasant, thanks to the Grace of the Masters. Teachers and staff are well and sending pranams to the Sivananda family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    At the beginning of April we started a Positive Thinking Part 1 course as well as a new course, Positive Thinking Part 3. Both were off to a good start with full groups of enthusiastic students. The Part 3 course was created at the request of students who were interested in a deeper study of Vedanta. Shakti's saw her last day as staff, and we wished her farewell and pray that the Gurus continued to guide and protect her always. Karma Yogis stepped in to offer extra help, so all continued smoothly. Chicago enjoyed a period of very lovely Spring weather.

    During mid-April the Centre continued well. We were happy to have a visit from Swami Jnaneswariananda, who gave programs on Sanskrit and Chanting. Students, teachers, and staff found her presence, teaching, and humor very inspiring. Attendance at Satsang, classes, and courses remained steady, though the days with the most beautiful Spring weather tend to be a little quieter. Chicagoans were eager to spend time along the lakefront. Weather-wise, April can be a dramatic month here, with 40-degree shifts and surprise precipitation in all forms. Students in the current courses seemed particularly enthusiastic about both practice and theory. Those in the Positive Thinking 3 course, one of whom joining class via Skype, were already requesting Positive Thinking Part 4 and Part 5. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April, positivity was radiantly flowing at the Dalat Centre!  Three Yoga 1 Beginner courses started with full attendance of students in each class. The new karma yogis and students arrived to help with the Centre's projects which included:  a front door entrance garden project and a greening of the inside of the Centre environmental project. Every day we practiced a one-hour English class with the staff to learn how to teach yoga asana class in English. We also offered Kirtan every day to make the Centre's energy raise higher and increase the focus on our mission. We have a lot of joy and feel the blessings from the Guru just by living in the Centre.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April, by God's grace and Gurudev blessings, all the activities went very well in the Centre. We started new beginners course with sufficient numbers of students. All the classes and courses continued very well. We held a two hour weekend advanced class and kriya workshop attended by a good number of students. Otherwise, the weather was getting pleasant by the day.

    During mid-April, by the grace of the Lord and the blessings of Gurudev, all was well at the Centre. The Summer set in with its usual severity in temperatures. We prepared to greet it with open arms. We planned to get some shades for the asana halls, so the students don't experience any discomfort. Classes continued as usual. We had some new students join us for our pre-natal yoga course. We had two new beginner courses and an advance class. Sending all are love and wishes. Pranams. Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    April started with a beginners' course at 6:30am with good no. of students. We started Yoga-2. The Sunday Satsang was attended by good no. of people(staffs, teachers, students and others).It was more energizing and motivating for all of us. As the weather becoming more pleasant the number of students in open class is increasing. Everything is going good with the grace of the Gurus.

    Mid-April started the week with beginners' course at 6:30am. We also started weekend intensive beginners' on Saturday. A good number of students are registered for both beginners' course. There were two workshops in this week. One is know yourself on Wednesday and the other is Vegetarian cooking on Saturday. The cooking workshop was attended with more no. of students. The students enjoyed the variety and the taste of the sattvic food. The know yourself workshop motivated the participants to have inquiry about Self and understood the importance of meditation. The stress has been given at different times on the importance of attending Satsang to improve the quality of teaching and to spiritual growth. Recently, the teachers are reminded to attend Satsang as they are coming to teach regularly. Some regular out side teachers are coming to attend the Saturday morning or Sunday evening Satsang according to their convenience. As the result, the Satsang became more powerful and beneficial for all of us and for the Centre. With the Grace of the Masters everything is going smoothly at the Centre. Pranams to All.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    Spiritual highlight of the month was the Rama Navami Puja with many of our teachers as well as new students. On a Saturday we had a good open day. Many Karma yogis supported the Centre and more than half of the new students signed up for beginners' courses. Over the Easter weekend the Centre was closed for a few days. Swami Mangalananda spent some time in Vienna and Saraswati Chaitanya supported the retreat in Spain. The renovation of the building has started with some construction work taking place in the common areas and maintenance personal coming for evaluations. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April, after a long month waiting for all the courses, we started 5 courses such as the Yoga Beginner course, Level 1 and 3 in Vietnamese and English. Also a Meditation course brought a lot of students to the Centre. Most of the courses have full attendance, from 10-14 students each class, bringing the energy of the Centre very high. The staff remain positive with a lot of Karma yoga projects in the works, such as the set up new altar, library and office. We also prepared for the Yoga Retreat program at the end of the month. Open class and Satsang were still very popular, with high energy.

    During mid-April a very busy and blessed time passed at the Hochiminh Centre. We focused on the painting project, re-decorated the Centre room with lot of painting. This project brought everyone together, staff, karma yogis, resident painted 2-3 hours a day, joyful and happily. Our new staff also started their 1st ever teaching class for the open class, as well as assisting for the yoga beginner course. The open class and course was still popular, filled with students. We welcomed Narayan for the workshop of "Proper Diet for Peace of Mind" which was very well received by the students.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England

    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April the yearly Easter Retreat was held for the first time in North Wales. It came to a very successful conclusion. A sincere and harmonious group of 28 participants joined the retreat, which included daily workshops on Yoga and Stress management and Asana Expansion as well as beautiful silent walks amidst rugged mountains, pristine lakes, tumbling waterfalls and coastal scenery. Meanwhile at the Centre, we were happy to see how the staff team grew with the arrival of Damodara and Narayani as temporary staff members. Close student, Sofia, moved in as a resident. There was much joy in a kirtan workshop one Tuesday evening which focussed on the practice of simple chants. The Open House one Saturday brought an enthusiastic group of newcomers to the Centre.

    Mid-April saw the start of a 4-week Sanskrit for Beginners course, learning to write and read simple Sanskrit. We saw much staff and resident movement and renewal at the Centre, with adjustment to new roles and responsibilities for many. Swami Jyotirmayananda departed for the Staff Refresher in Orleans.  France-based karma yogi Manohara arrived from Paris for a week of karma yoga. His positive presence and teaching were immediately appreciated. The new arrivals have afforded more space for household de-cluttering and cleanliness to be addressed. We were happy to welcome  several first timers in the Saturday and Sunday Satsangs. Staff are well and send OM & Prem to All.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    At the beginning of April Janaki left and was replaced by Mirabai, who is visiting from Ho Chi Min Centre for 2 months. We held a Yoga of Creativity session with Stephen Fiske one Friday night and a kirtan concert by Temple Bhajan Band. This was well attended by visiting scholars who had been presenting at a 2 day symposium on Yoga Sutras at the local university. We held our monthly Devi Puja at Satsang one Sunday night. We offered Yoga1 and 2 courses, plus the Positive Thinking course.

    During mid-April attendance at asana classes has picked up and this last week we have seen the return of several students who had 'disappeared'. Swami Omkarananda has been teaching a Positive Thinking course at the local Episcopal Church. The 12 students are very open and appreciative of a new perspective and we concluded the last session agreeing that Jesus was a fine example of a 'positive' leader!Sending our Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    Special events of the last weeks were a preparation day for the yoga teachers training course, a further teachers training day "Pranayama and Relaxation", a "yoga and fasting day" and a cooking class "Soups and Healthy Snacks". We celebrated the spiritual festivals Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanthi by performing two Pujas. We are now looking forward to a program on Vedic Astrology with Stephen Quong in mid-May. OM.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Pranams from the Temple city, Madurai, to each and everybody in the Sivananda family from the Staff. 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
    Om Shanti to all!!



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April, the Centre was closed on Easter Monday. The Centre activities continued on the Tuesday. The highlight was Satsang with Swami Kailasananda ji one Wednesday evening. Swami ji arrived from the Camp with Swami Shivabhakatanada ji. Staff, teachers, karma yogis and students were delighted to be in her presence. Approximately 45 people attended. The Satsang was inspirational. She read from Swami Vishnudevanandas Upanishad 'Final Instructions' carefully stopping at each point elaborating how we can apply these to our daily lives. It enabled students at Satsang to reflect and learn about practical tools for change and better improve their Sadhana. We are deeply grateful for the warmth, love and kindness that Swami Kailasananda ji offered while she was at the Centre. We moved smoothly, ending with a successful engaging workshop on 'Expansion on the Twelve Asanas' exploring some of the variations in depth. Students were inspired to practice more regularly. We were ever grateful for the guidance of Master and Swami ji.

    During mid-April the weather changed dramatically with the sun shining most of the time. All classes and courses continued to move well. We were pleased with the attendance. A few Yoga 1 courses ended and most people subscribed to the Yoga 2. The Centre welcomed 3 new karma yogis that began training in various areas, such as cooking, housekeeping and maintenance. Their enthusiasm and presence was welcomed. Staff focused on scheduling, as well sharing the news of the morning program with Swami Shivbhaktanada. The program became quite full. We offered a raw food cooking workshop, 'How to Make Healthy Food On the Go'. It was a wonderful workshop taught by Shambu. The group was very pleased and felt the timing was good as the weather warms. A workshop for older people was held to keep them inspired to stay regular in their practice. Swami Shivabhaktananda also came to the Centre one Sunday evening to give the Satsang. People were thankful for his attendance. Om Namo Narayanaya. Pranams from Montreal.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    Monday was the last public holiday of the Easter weekend and many students and teacher returned recharged and inspired from the Easter retreat in the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House in Reith / Tyrol / Austria. On Saturday we had a successfull cooking class with the title "Soups and Snacks". One of our longer-running courses started this week in a new round as course Yoga 100. The students surprised the teacher Swami Narayanananda with a candle little arrangement in the asana-room and the recitation of poems on the occasion of the "anniversary" of the course. On Sunday Sivani came from Reith to support the Munich Centre in the coming weeks. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    Pranams to everyone! May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with all. Om Shanti.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    At the beginning of April the Centre was flourishing with the arrival of Spring. Along with the arrival of the long-awaited sunny days, we are again able to use our garden space. We noticed the buds on our newly planted tree. We also saw an increasing number of new students coming to the Centre. New Positive Thinking and Meditation courses are fully subscribed. By Master's and Swamiji's grace, our group of committed karma yogis is also grew so that we now have a good team helping to keep the Centre clean and welcoming. We welcomed Swami Narayanananda back from his trip to Canada, this time for a longer stay at the Centre.

    During mid-April we enjoyed the beautiful Spring weather here in New York. Classes were busy, especially on the weekends when we saw our asana room full to capacity. New courses were also well attended. Teacher Girija led an afternoon of classes and workshops for the Yoga of Recovery program. All staff are well & sending pranams to all the Sivananda family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In April God gave us a beautiful spring weather. We started with a bank holiday in France. Sudha came back from Spain where she was helping with the Easter retreat. Swami Gopalananda came back after a short stay in Orleans where he gave a support with the Easter program. Swamiji worked mainly on finalizing the accounts of 2014. We put some prana in the planning of karma yogis and teachers during the staff refresher. The teachers planning was almost full for the next five weeks. Many karma yogis have confirmed that they will come and support the Centre during the staff refresher. One Tuesday, there was a "Yoga at Home" workshop with a little group of close students. The staff went to the UNESCO for a lecture with the prime minister of India. He talked about India, education, unity in diversity and also about Yoga Day. Many Indians were there and they manifested their support with loud "Jai". The same day, Arjuna gave an open class. He was happy as well as the students. We had a meeting with the lady who will make the new shelves in our asana rooms. The work will be done in two days the last week of May. One Saturday we had a successful Open house. The rain and the clouds sent many students for the regular classes and the activities of the day. There were 72 students for the trial class. The new visitors were motivated to start with yoga classes and felt inspired with the teachings of the Masters. A wonderful time. Everyone said words of appreciation to the flowers in the entrance. They are blooming beautifully. The chant of the birds accompanied us during the morning meditations. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    At the beginning of April we started a Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 course. Unfortunately we had a problem in the location of a new house so we decided to stay where we are. We had a concert with the band The Darma Lovers. They are from the Tibetan Buddhism.

    During mid-April we had a cooking workshop with Narada, a very closed teacher and excellent cook. We are also varnishing the deck wood. Pranams to the Sivananda Family.



Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    During mid-April we focused at the beginning of the week on making the main asana room beautiful after it was freshly painted. We started two Yoga 1 courses. We had an Open House one Saturday. This was the first time that we had more experienced students present, who practiced Yoga before, than a new comers to Yoga. People left happy after the classes. Teachers and Karma yogis helped nicely. Swami Sankarananda left for the Staff Refresher in Orleans. Pranams to all. Om Shanti to the Sivananda Family from the Rome Centre.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    Grand Reopening Celebration with Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Vasishtananda, Swami Omkarananda, Komilla Sutton
    Sunday, May 3, 2015 8:00–9:00 pm
    You are invited to a packed day of celebratory events at our new location. Om Shanti. Pranams to all from the new San Francisco Centre.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April Shankara Chaitanya traveled to the Yoga Retreat to assist in teaching in the ATTC. It just so happened that it fell on his birthday, so he was fortunate to celebrate with us as well as in the Ashram. One weekend we held our 4-day annual Passover retreat. This was the first time Bhargavi and Pranava were fully in charge of the retreat's operation on their own. We had a nice group of 106 participants, of whom 25 were yogic children. Although the weather changed drastically in two days, from sunny spring to freezing winter, the retreat was a great success. We constantly get e-mails from guests, thanking for a wonderful and transformational experience. Our new brochure was offered on the internet, drawing a lot of interest. We received the printed brochures a couple of days later.

    During mid-April we returned from the 4 days Yoga Retreat and plunged right into intensive programs promotion. The printed brochure arrived and was mailed to over 3000 students. Atma Swaroop, a Sivananda Teacher from Haifa joined us in the Centre to help during the time that Shankara Chaitanya travelled to the Bahamas. He will stay with us 4 days every week. Many other karma yogis recruited themselves to give  a helping hand during this intense period. Many courses were about to start in the next two weeks and registration was coming along very nicely. Om and Prem to all. Blessings and Peace to all the Sivananda Family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    At the beginning of April Ananda Mai, from Dalat Centre in Vietnam, joined residence staff in Tokyo Centre. She helped the TTC in Vietnam last February to March. We held a Pawanmuktasana workshop by Yashashvin. Pawanmuktasana focus on mobilisation of the joints: Wrist, ankle, shoulder, elbow etc. Student were rotating, moving and stretching with comfortable breath. A Yoga1 course started. The students were interested in applying the skills of yoga to their own individual life.

    During mid-April Yoga 1, Yoga 2 and Meditation course continued very successfully. We held a Sivananda cooking workshop by Kalyani who is professional cooking teacher. Students were interested in vegetarian cooking because Vegetarian cooking is not popular in japan. They enjoyed making and eating the cookies made of Oatmeal, cashew nuts, raisins, sunflower oil etc. The weather was almost cloudy with rain sometimes. Om and Prem to all the Sivananda family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of April we started a Yoga 1 beginner course, as well as a Yoga 2 course. We also started another Prenatal course, run by our teacher Padma. One Sunday afternoon Janaki offered an Inversions Asanas workshop. Our karma yogis signed up for volunteering at our Yoga Show booth and helping set up the booth, drive and hand out flyers. Yoga Show and Conference draws lot of Yoga Centres from Canada and US that exhibit on the main floor of a large convention Centre in downtown Toronto. Our booth was very sattvic and sunny looking as it was bedecked in our signature yellow and white colors. It drew a lot of attention because we had a lot of karma yogis who were very eager to hand out flyers and enthusiastically explain  programs that the organization offers. Saraswati participated in the conference teaching a two hour workshop on Mind, its Mysteries and Control, following the guidance from Swami Sivananda's book. She also taught a four hour class on Applying Teachings of Raja Yoga Sutras Within the Meditation Practice. In this class she conveyed main concepts from the sutras and how they relate and benefit our practice. It was very nice to see how eager students were to learn  and how appreciative they were of Swamiji's teachings. Prahlada was away at the Yoga Camp.

    During mid-April, as the weather in Toronto warmed up into a whole week of Spring, a lot of students came to the Centre for open classes. We started a new Y1 and Y2. Our evening meals open to students were full, plus Friday and Sunday Satsangs were very well attended. We continued to have groups of teens from the mental health centre. It was very rewarding to see how they progressed in applying some some of the yogic practices on dealing with depression, trauma and other challenges. Vijay gave a very popular workshop on Indian Vegetarian cooking that was full and in the afternoon we had eight hour course on Chair Yoga with Anjaneya,  a graduate of TTC and ATTC . It was nice to see how our teachings can be adapted simply in order to benefit those who are not able to do regular class. Lots of teachers and students attended and were happy to expand the knowledge of our basic yogic principles. Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    At the beginning of April the Ladies and Evening beginners' batches successfully completed their courses. A 6-day Meditation Course started on Mondays. The daily Kids Yoga classes are doing well. Swami Rajeshwariananda Mataji conducted 3 days Chanting classes for them. We also started 12 days of Kids Yoga Classes at the nearby NSS Public School. The student numbers were less at the Centre due to a general strike one Wednesday. Our regular priest conducted Lalitha Sahasra Nama Poojas. One Saturday students were introduced to the practices of Jala Neti and Sutra Neti in a Kriya Workshop. One Sunday Satsang was led by Sw. Rajeshwariananda Mataji.

    During mid-April a new beginners' batch started for ladies in the mornings and a mixed beginners' batch in the evenings. The current early morning beginners' batch completed their last week. All other classes went well. We celebrated Vishu, the harvest festival of Kerala. To celebrate we distributed new clothes to the staff and had a Ganapathy Homa as it was also the first day of the new Malayalam month. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted by our regular priest on Fridays. Nataraj ji conducted a Headstand Workshop which helped the students to improve their posture. Nataraj ji also led that Sunday Satsang. Pranams to all. Om Shanti.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In the beginning of the month we celebrated Hanuman Jayanti Pooja. In spite of the Easter holidays many teachers and students helped with the preparations and also joined the celebration. The energy was joyous, loving and strong. Swami Vidyananda and Madhava Chaitanya in turns left for Reith to participate und support the Easter program there. Swami Mangalananda from Geneva came for a personal visit over the Easter holidays. Sivani left for Reith, where she will probably be staying for the next weeks. Our second highlight was the weekend special program Yoga Inspiration with Kailas from Orleans. Attendance was well for the three inspiring asana workshops and Satsang. On the same weekend we also had an introduction into thought power. During the week a dedicated Karma Yogi worked on refurbishing our small wooden altars in the asana rooms. Also staffs were busy preparing the Centre for their departure to the Staff Refresher in Orleans. Many Karma Yogis and teachers signed up for additional tasks at reception, kitchen and household, as well as for teaching to make it possible that the staffs could leave the Centre for three weeks. Narayani from Reith came to Vienna especially for coordinating and taking care of the Centre during the staff's absence. Last but not least the Centre also participated in a second meeting for preparing the UN World Yoga Day at the end of June. The meeting had again been initiated by the Indian embassy in Vienna. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius
    For the Easter Monday of April the Centre worked on reduced schedule, offering morning Satsang and asana class. We had TTC prep day and five students joined all activities. One Sunday we had a small but successful Open Day. Many inscriptions for Yoga 1 were made. Also, students continued to subscribe for the TTC in Lithuania, with thirty five students to date. We also offered several different courses. Our main focus was to continue to organise the Centre, teachers, karma yogis before the beginning of the Staff Refresher in Orleans. One yoga teacher and karma yogi stayed in the Centre for the whole time, taking care of all activities while Staff left for Orleans. Om Shanti OM.




    Do good to others in all walks of life, in the practice of love, mercy, truthfulness and purity. - Sri Swami Sivananda
 
 

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