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Issue #2/2018 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize February 1, 2018
"Desire is the seed from which sprouts ceaseless births. Reduce your desires and live self contented." - Sri Swami Sivananda

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Sivananda Yoga FAQ
Hatha Yoga Tips
Yoga Sanskrit Glossary

Raja Yoga
Bhagavad Gita
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
Da Lat Ashram, Vietnam

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
Milano, Italy
Montevideo, Uruguay
Montreal, Canada
Neuquen, Argentina
Munich, Germany
New York, USA
Paris, France
Porto Alegre, Brasil
Rome, Italy
San Francisco, USA
Sao Paolo, Brasil
Tel Aviv, Israel
Toronto, Canada
Trivandrum, India
Vienna, Austria
Vilnius, Lithuania

11 Ekadasi
13 Maha Sivarathri
15 New Moon
26 Ekadasi
31 Full Moon

MARCH 2018
02 Holi
13 Ekadasi
13 Maha Sivarathri
17 New Moon
25 Ramanavami
27 Ekadasi
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Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya

With the guidance of Master Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda, 2018 has already has brought high energy into the Sivananda Ashrams and Centres around the globe. Already there's an abundance of students signing up for the 2018 TTCs and ATTCs. The enthusiasm for seeking Peace through Yoga will be felt from Nassau to Neyyar Dam, from Garopaba to Grass Valley. Visit for Teacher Training Courses. and for the Advanced Teacher Training courses.

What point of yoga would you like to explore in 2018?

ATTC and TTC courses continue to be offered simultaneously at Ashrams and pop-up retreat locations world wide, with an ever expanding number of students attending. The total number of teachers graduating from Swami-jis mission is now well above 45,000, thanks to the Swamis, Teachers and Karma Yogis around the globe.

Your Health?
A variety of life enhancing courses such as Yoga, Fasting and Detox courses; Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness courses; Yoga and Panchakarma courses are frequently offered this year. Visit to view and sign up for the diverse collection of these yoga related courses.

How about a Yoga Vacation away from the city life?
For the vacationer wishing to enhance their yoga practice, there are nine permanent yoga retreat locations worldwide, as well as the popular pop-up locations offered by several Sivananda Yoga Centres. Visit to choose from one of the permanent locations, while pop-up retreat locations can be found by contacting your local Sivananda Yoga Centre.

Looking to deepen your Spiritual Journey?
There are 10 Sadhana Intensive courses in 2018. There is also an enriching Yatras/pilgrimage planned in South India in late 2018; a deep and inspiring forty-one day spiritual practice session, the Sivananda Sadhana Mandalam, offered mid year; not to forget an abundance of health and wellness Ayurveda courses around the World. Visit

We wish you all a deep Sadhana practice. May Master and Swamiji's blessings be with us always in 2018.

Pranams to all.

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You cannot practice Ahimsa (Non-Violence) without practicing Truth. - Sri Swami Sivananda

Q. Why do we not remember our past lives?

Such remembrance under our existing limitations would considerably complicate our present life. Therefore, the wise and beneficent Lord has so ordered our mental evolution that we cannot recall our past lives until such time as it is good and helpful for us to remember. Such instances may well form a cycle which is all clear to us when we come to the end of it, when we see a whole rosary of lives threaded upon the one personality.

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

By all means, consider yourself as dead to the world or the world as dead to you. Develop Atma Vichar Sakti. Identify not with the mind, senses and intellect or with any of the other modifications of the mind. Always be engaging yourself in the thought of the Divine. Have no thought of yourself or the surrounding world. Be absolutely indifferent to yourself, as you ought to be towards the surroundings, the various daily happenings and the worldly repercussions. Knowledge of the Self, when once attained, absolves one of all mental disruptions and psychic derangements. Where there is firm-grounded knowledge of the Self in the spiritual seeker, where there is the consciousness in him that "all indeed is Brahman, Sarvam Khalvidam Brahma" and that he is none other than that Supreme Brahman, and where he understands that all happenings-- good, bad or mixed-- are but passing phases on the screen of the world, there can never be any ill-balanced mental life. It is the mind that is the sole cause for bondage or Moksha. The mind is the substratum behind pleasure or pain, happiness or misery, success or defeat. Rise above the pairs of opposites by resorting to a Guru and his instructions. Study the lives of saints who underwent various trials and the books by realized souls. Develop the spirit of true surrender wherein you have no thought of body or bodily needs or self-protection even in the slightest degree and wherein you forget the idea of life and death altogether. Serenity is merely mental. Therefore, cultivate mental equipoise by gaining spiritual knowledge.

Q. Why does God not speak to me? What is the obstacle?

The self-surrender is not complete. There are still subtle Moha, subtle desires and egoism. The Indriyas are still powerful and outgoing. These are the obstacles. When these are removed, you can hear the shrill, sweet, inner voice of God. Impure souls mistake the voice of the impure mind for the voice of God.


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Sacrifice is truly the sacrifice of egoism. Realize the Self or Atman. You will then realize that Life is a waking dream. - Sri Swami Sivananda

CHAKRASANA - THE WHEEL - All levels, with variations

Beginner position: Lie on your back with knees bent and parallel although keep the knees apart. The feet are about hip width apart, and the feet flat on the mat. The feet are close to the body, hold the ankles. Take a deep breath and continue breathing deeply and rhythmically.
Inhale and push up the hips as high as you can, while keeping head, shoulders and feet on the mat. Hold for a couple of deep rhythmical breaths and then lower the hips slowly with control back to the mat. Relax on your back with bent knees, hugging knees to chest.

Intermediate position: To take the asana to the next level, bend the arms backward and place palms of your hands on the mat next to your ears with fingers facing shoulders. It is important not to have the hands far from the head and shoulders. Keep the feet flat on the mat with bent knees. Inhale, lift hips and push on the hands to lift the head. Gently place the top of the head on the floor. Elbows are pointing backward and arms are bent. Hands remain where they are. Either remain here for a few breaths before lowering head and neck and then hips back on mat or rest briefly here and go to full pose.

Full pose: On another inhalation, straighten the arms to lift the body up. The head is now lifted up. Look toward the mat. Extend legs as much as possible so body is in arched wheel shape. The feet are parallel and flat on the mat. If difficult to straighten arms to come into full pose, you can balance on the toes and then straighten arms, then lower heels. To come out of pose, bend arms, release head and neck carefully back on the mat then hips. Hold wheel pose only long enough that you have strength to come out of the pose carefully, lowering neck gently to mat.

Increases the muscle strength and flexibility of the back, arms and legs in this dynamic backbend
Increases sense of balance
In full pose stimulates all the energy Centres

This yoga asana is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram partly sourced and edited from the Sivananda Publication : "Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion" – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre – 2010.

Other yoga tips at

Things are dear, because the Self is mirrored in them. - Sri Swami Sivananda


MOHA:infatuation or delusion; subtle desires leading to egoism
The ignorance that prevents the understanding of Truth; the obstacle(s) of the Truth. In the "Hatha Yoga Pradipika," Moha is described as infatuation of the material that clouds the mind in search of Truth. Hatha Yoga is seen as one method of overcoming these obstacles to the Truth.

A complete Sanskrit Glossary can be found at:

A pure heart is necessary to know the Will of God - Sri Swami Sivananda


Chapter XII: The Yoga of Devotion


(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
Fix thy mind on Me only, thy intellect in Me, (then) thou shait no doubt live in Me alone hereafter.

If thou art unable to fix thy mind steadily on Me, then by the Yoga of constant practice do thou seek to reach Me, O Arjuna!

Equip yourself with these means: Hear. Reflect. Meditate. Then alone can you have Self Realization. - Sri Swami Sivananda


Discourse IV: "Kaivalya Pada- On Realization"

Introduction to the Fourth Chapter
The final chapter of Patanjali's Raja Yoga Sutras discusses 'kaivalya', liberation or independence. The full-blown yogi develops perfect discrimination, or the ability to distinguish the Real from the unreal. He is no longer addicted by the three gunas of nature, and can distinguish 'Purusha'(Soul) from 'Prakriti'(nature).

'"Siddhis" are attained as a result of birth, medicinal herbs, Mantras,
austerities or "samadhi"(Super-Consciousness)'.

Siddhis that are brought into the present life by birth indicate their attainment in a previous life, but it does not guarantee that the individual is making proper use of them in this life. Those gained through chemical means are not necessarily associated with any level of spirituality at all, and can be easily governed by the ego. Siddhis
achieved by Mantra repetition or tapas, austerities, are generally of a very high order as long as they are performed for attaining God-Realization rather than personal or material gain. Powers that come from 'samadhi' are the purest, for they come to the aspirant without being desired. It must be remembered that siddhis are not the aim but a by-product of the path to God-Realization.

Empty yourself of you egoism then the Divine will fill your heart to the brim. - Sri Swami Sivananda



A wholesome oven baked pie crust with a delicious fruit and nut filling cooked on stove top. The pie is chilled until set in refrigerator. Serves 8.

Ingredients for PIE CRUST:

2 ½ cups rolled oats
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon honey or date syrup
2/3 cup oil
2 1/3 cups sunflower seeds
Water for mixing

Ingredients for FILLING:

1 ¼ cups cashew nuts
5 ounces pitted dates
4 ½ cups water
2 tablespoons arrowroot
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 bananas, plus slices for decoration
1 ¾ cups chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch loose-bottomed round tart pan or spring form pan.

To make the piecrust:
Mix all the ingredients together, adding a little water to bind them.
Spread the mixture in the greased pan, using your hand to spread the mix and press evenly around the bottom and side of the pan.
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until golden.
Leave the pie shell to cool completely before removing from the pan.

To make the filling:
Put all the ingredients, except for the bananas and chopped walnuts, in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
Transfer the mixture to a pan and cook over low heat until thick.
Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
Slice the bananas into the pie shell.
Pour the cooled filling on top and decorate with banana slices and the chopped nuts.
Chill until set.

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:

Abstemious eating is the most important means of attaining longevity. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS - TTC and ATTC Teacher Training Courses


Feb 03 - Mar 02/18
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas

Feb 11 - Mar 10/18
TTC - English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India

Feb 17 - Mar 17/18
TTC – English
London, England

Feb 24 - Mar 25/18
TTC – Deutsch English Español Français Italiano
Rudraprayag, Himalayas, North India

Feb 24 - Mar 24/18
TTC – English 日本語 中文 台語 Tiếng Việt
Da Lat, Vietnam

Mar 03 - Apr 01/18
ATTC – Deutsch English Español Français
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India

Mar 04 - Apr 01/18
TTC – Espaňol
Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina

Mar 07 - Apr 03/18
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas

Mar 11 - Apr 08/18
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA

Mar 18 - Apr 14/18
TTC - English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

Apr 05 - May 03/18
TTC – English, Deutsch
Mittersill, Hohe Tauren, Austria

Apr 06 - May 03/18
ATTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas

Apr 06 - May 03/18
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas

Apr 08 - May 05/18
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India

More 2018 TTC and ATTC courses can be viewed here.

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If you are established in Ahimsa (Non-Violence), you have attained all virtues.
- Sri Swami Sivananda



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Sivananda Headquarters

    In early January activities slowed down at the Ashram. The majority of our New Year's family week guests and visiting staff departed, leaving the Ashram quieter than it had been in a long while. A few other guests continued to check in benefiting from the Ashram while they still could before the Ashram closed for Sadhana Week 5th to 12th of January. The weather remained cold as can be, with lots of snow on the ground. We also had a few stormy days with high winds, keeping us inside for the most part. Sadhana Week began and staff started to clear the furniture out the Lodge in preparation for painting and cleaning. We've been making use of this short period without guests to undergo those messier projects in the Lodge. During Sadhana week we gathered to do our own asana practice every morning and meeting again in the afternoon to chant the Bhagavad Gita together. Staff enjoyed this quiet occasion to focus on their spiritual practice.

    By the middle of the month the Camp was very busy again with many guests coming in for various programs. Minakshi offered a Positive Thinking and Meditation program with 15 guests signing up for the course. The program ran very well with the guests creating a very nice connection amongst themselves and immersing themselves into the daily Ashram schedule. They were given many tools to take home with them and left inspired and happy. The Ashram was full once again and full of energy. Special guest Emily Moody offered a Self Compassion workshop along with Samyukta who offered a Yantra workshop. There were over 55 guests who came for that weekend and enjoyed not only the courses and classes but also got to be out in nature and take advantage of the abundance of snow we have here. After their Saturday afternoon lecture we offered a snowshoe outing. Camp Staff continued with a few indoor projects. Our maintenance crew fixed up the rooms in the Lodge, doing a lot of painting. In addition there were renovations in our Annapurna building. We had fewer staff during this time of the year. Regardless, everyone happily helped out all around the Camp. We all said goodbye for now to Swami Vairagyanandaji who has been with us here at the Camp since the Summer 2017. She headed to India. We enjoyed having her here with us. Swami was a great help and support for the staff throughout her stay. May the Grace of Master and Swamiji bless all. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India

    Om Namo Narayanaya!

    In January the Yoga Ayurveda Cultural Programme concluded with dramatic a Bharatanatyam dance performance. This included stories of Prahlada and Bhasma asura, the asura who was granted the boon, from Lord Siva, of being able to turn anyone into ash by touching them on the head. After turning on Lord Siva, Lord Siva was forced to seek the protection from Lord Vishnu, who took the form of Mohini to trick the asura. The moral - intelligence (female at that) beats brawn. Little Camilla celebrated her sixth birthday with a little party in the Health Hut. Some of her school teachers attended. The annual multi-language TTC started this month with a full quota of one hundred eighty students including eight languages with support. We were happy to have Swami Ramapriyananda here for the month to teach main lecture and Swami Satyapremananda for TTC chanting and Yoga Vacation talks. Vijay and Sandeep were in charge of Hatha Yoga. Nagaraj ji taught Bhagavad Gita. It promised to be an exciting and interesting month. We also welcome Padmavati, Dayakar, Sundari, Meenakshi and Raghavan to the team. Praveen travelled to Madurai for TTC.

    The intense high energy of TTC remained in full force in January with the enthusiasm of all. The TTC group passed the challenging Shat Kriya practice. Guests and students enjoyed a santoor and tabla concert by Haridas and Ratnasree plus a backwater trip. As always Chandra (Iran) was able to celebrate his birthday in the Ashram with a special cake and many blessings. We welcomed Amrita for teaching TTC A&P and Sarada who will offer a short course, 'Invoking Saraswati - Creative Writing for Spiritual Practice'.  We were sorry to see Dayakar and family go after their relatively short but sweet stay. May Master and Guru be with us all. Peace and Pranams to the Sivananda family. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India

    Om Namo Narayanaya from Uttar Kashi

    The Ashram will be closed until March 2018. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France

    Om Namah Sivaya

    January was lively with well attended guest programs on Ayurveda with Mahati and The Power of Asanas which started with a good group of guests. It was followed by lectures and workshops about The Magic of Yogic Breathing which allowed the students to deepen their pranayama experience and expand their knowledge about the topic. Swami Kailasananda and Kailas left for Reith's program along with Rukmini who left for Paris for a few days. Everyone was back soon after for the start of the January TTC. The arrival day went smoothly and the students felt inspired by the inauguration ceremony, as well as the attending staff members. Many staff who had supported us during the special program went back to their Centres and new staff arrived to be with us during the next months, quickly familiarizing themselves with their new tasks.

    The TTC continued with their chanting, clapping alaong and becoming more coherent. The Anatomy lectures started. Padmavati arrived from Vienna to teach the main lectures and give Satsangs. She is a senior disciple of Swamiji. For two days Staff had a mid day Swadhyaya with Padmavati who shared her experiences in a loving a generous way. The Yoga Vacation program focused on Positive Thinking. Lectures and workshops on Improving Strength and Flexibility were also offered. The guests enjoyed a hands on cooking workshop in the big kitchen. One evening, we saw a beautiful Bharatanatyam performance by Anusha Cherer, preceded by insightful overviews of the stories told and symbols used. The next day everyone had the opportunity to participate in Anusha's dance workshop which was joyful and much appreciated. Madalassa and Amba arrived as well as two new Karma Yogis: Sivadas from Spain and Dhamodara from Canada. Narayana resumed Karma Yoga duties, rejuvenated after a week of Sadhana in the Ashram. For safety reasons the terrace in front of the Meditation Hall was closed and opened again two days later after scaffolding was secured. A common Peetham was prepared in the Meditation Hall to receive the small Murtis from the Temple and the next day after the morning Satsang they were moved from the into the Meditation Hall. We had a beautiful Shiva Yantra and Puja in front of a shining altar. Yagneshwara left for the Retreathouse in Reith and staff started doing the Arati in the morning for the Murtis in the Meditation Hall and small Temples. As the door of the Hanuman shrine was damaged, a Puja was performed to appease him, offering laddus and butter at his feet. It was a beautiful coming together of the staff, creating a peaceful and devotional atmosphere. We wish Gurus' grace on their Sadhana and an inspiring 2018. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Yoga Farm

    In January we started the New Year with Swami Sitaramananda joining us for morning Satsang from Vietnam via Skype. All staff and guests opened the Sivananda Upanishads to receive their New Year message, which Swamiji interpreted into practical Sadhana and what to focus on in 2018. It was also the start of a Positive Thinking course with Swami Sankarananda and a 5 day Juice Fasting for those who wanted to start the year with good resolves and a little tapas. The first weekend of the year was also busy, with a Beginners' weekend intensive course and Ayurvedic Massage and Rejuvenation Retreat (AMRR). The Beginners were introduced to the 5 points and AMRR participants learned about their constitution and enjoyed 'bliss treatments' and other Ayurvedic therapies in the Ashram. We took all staff and guests to Swamiji's House for evening Satsang. We said good-bye to Swami Sankarananda who left for programs in Los Angeles as he continued to travel for Peace. We thanked him for his service here for the month and look forward to his presence next year. Swami Adiparashaktiananda left to Vietnam for 2 weeks and Swami Vasishtananda left to attend the celebrations in Nassau for 10 days. We looked forward to their safe return. Swami Jnaneswariananda taught a Bhagavad Gita Course. Staff were inspired to study and hear the stories Swamiji shared. Rudra taught a Stress Relief and Relaxation course. Students learned practical techniques to relax. We also had special guest Joann Lutz with us who taught a course named "Trauma-Informed Yoga Practice".  Students learned how to adapt the yoga class to special needs.  We welcomed back Swami Vasishtananda from Nassau and Jagadamba from Vietnam. Swami Jnaneswariananda visited the SF Centre for a program. Ananda Mayi departed the Ashram to become a staff in SF Centre. We could say we were all feeling the blessings of Master and Swamiji this month. Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Yoga Farm. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya

    Greetings from the Yoga Ranch. The New Year started beautifully here at The Ranch. We started by saying good bye to some guests then continued a relaxing day with the Sauna on with the rest of the guests. Srinivasanji and Saraswati flew to the Bahamas for the ATTC course for the month of January. Sitaram Chaitanya also flew to the Bahamas to take the ATTC course. Also Swami Satyapremanandaji flew to India. It was a rest day for the rest of the staff with a nice movie night to end the day. Swami Paramanandaji gave beautiful lectures on the lives of saints. Due to a heavy snow storm, the flights from Israel were cancelled so we didn't have the Kirtan of the Heart with Narayn Jyoti. Also the Sweat lodge was cancelled, however half the guests showed up, despite the weather, for their Yoga Vacation and/or Kitchari Detox with Nitya and her helper, Joanna. We also enjoyed a "sound bath hour" with crystal singing bowls, provided by Hamsa.
    Meanwhile the Ashram staff worked on different projects around the Ashram. The kitchen was reorganized. Shankar put a lot of energy to updating the Instagram account with some new and improved posts. Swami Paramananda and a few of the staff traveled to the NYC Centre to continue the course on the Yoga Sutras and to lead the Satsangs which have been very popular. Swami Paramananda and Shankara Nambooridi traveled to the Chicago Centre to lead the weekend programs there. Shakti, our staff from the New York Centre came to the Ranch to lead weekend workshops for the "Advance Asana Weekend". Mukti Devi, a long-term staff member also was here to lead the "Do Good Be Good: The Joy of Right Living" course. The "Essentials of Meditation" retreat started. Our Staff are well, feeling grateful for the grace of the Gurus and sending pranams to all from The Ranch. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas

    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves

    In January we started the new year with a sunrise ceremony performed by our priest, which included the performing of Surya Namaskar during the chanting of Aditya Hridayam. We welcomed KP Khalsa, who gave interesting lectures on "The Twin Paths of Yoga and Ayurveda for Healthy Living", focusing on the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of multiple herbs. We welcomed Srinivasan. He will be teaching in the January ATTC and will be giving morning Satsangs on the topic "Foundations of Raja Yoga". We had a beautiful TTC and ATTC inauguration with a Guru Puja, which was conducted by our priest. We welcomed Swami Vashistananda, Radhakrishnan Namboodiri, who is Krishnan Namboodiri's son and Vishnuprasad Namboodiri from India. The priests arrived to conduct special ceremonies during our week-long celebration for the 50th anniversary. We started the celebration for the 50th anniversary with a Ganapati Vidya Homa, which was performed by the priests on the tennis court and included an explanation provided by Swami Vashistananda. The celebration continued during a special evening Satsang. The Bahamas' Minister of Education, Hon. Jeffrey L. Lloyd, and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Travis Robinson; Swami Swaroopananda, Srinivasan and Kanti Devi joined together on the stage for the Satsang. They gave inspiring speeches, honouring our relationship with the local community in Nassau. A local singer, Paul Hanna, a local musician and Iswara Chaitanya performed a short but touching song. Surya taught a 3-day Essentials of Positive Thinking Weekend Course. We also started a new symposium, titled "Interfaith Devotional Singing Festival: On the Wings of Ecstasy". We welcomed Davod Azad, a multi-instrumental musician of Iranian music; Tia Sharee, who sings and teaches gospel music; Narayan Jyoti, who shared with us ancient Jewish melodies from Eastern Europe; and Mirabai Ceiba, a duo consisting of Markus Sieber and Angelika Baumbach, who represented the Kirtan tradition. It was a very joyful and touching festival. Matthew Fox, an internationally acclaimed theologian, arrived to the Ashram to share his program "Creation Spirituality". Srinivasan continued with his program on Raja Yoga during the morning Satsangs. Surya taught a 5-day Essentials of Positive Thinking Course. Sending best wishes for a peaceful 2018. Om.

Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith or Mittersill, Tyrol, Austria

    Om Namah Sivaya

    We had two joyful weeks of special programmes for Christmas and New Years'. All local and visiting swamis and staff contributed wholeheartedly with workshops, classes and Satsangs, preparing delicious meals and prasads, guiding idyllic nature walks through the snow filled landscape, and sharing with guests and TTCs at the reception and in the boutique. The priest guided us through several uplifting Pujas. Our spiritual knowledge was expanded through some beautiful lectures that took inspiration from verses of Patanjali Maharishi and from Swami Sivananda's book How to Cultivate Virtues and Eradicated Vices. The guests participated in insightful lectures with Angela Hope Murray on Ayurveda and the Immune System. The highlight was a lecture with Swami Durgananda on New Years' day on the topic "High Goals- Where Yoga Can Lead Us". Swamiji's words were inspiring for students of all levels and will help to carry us in the coming year. Swami Kailasananda inspired us also with lectures on The Creative Power of Positive Visualisation, and Swami Sivadasananda with a workshop series on "the Living Spine". Throughout the first week of the New Year we were blessed by the presence of our guest of honour, Sri Venugopal Goswami for the seven- day journey of the Bhagavata Saptaha, which softened the heart and uplifted the mind. With the blessings of Master and Swamiji the two weeks Christmas and New Year programme brought fresh inspiration for persistent Sadhana and service to the students. The TTC students prepared well for the exam and many passed with "excellent". The graduation ceremony was celebrated with lots of gratitude and joy. After a warm hearted fare-well after which a few guests stayed on for a relaxing and peaceful yoga vacation. 33 participants arrived for the next TTC. After a beautiful inauguration ceremony, we look forward to sharing the next four weeks of the TTC journey. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

    Om Namo Narayanaya from the Meenakshi Ashram

    In January our Fasting and Detoxification program successfully concluded with the 9 participants who tried their hands in what seemed impossible initially, finally emerged victorious with their will power and mind power being put to severe test. On sharing their experiences some of them opened up on how they wanted to quit in between but ultimately ended up noticing the positive changes to their body and mind in due course. The program helped to break several fads and myths circulating around diet and fasting. Our first TTC of the new year kick started with 31 students enrolling for the course. They underwent initiation by their course teachers, followed by their introduction to the gathering. We prayed for our Master's blessings to guide them all through their thick and thin. Praying for the well being of all from all our Ashramites. Om.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Resort, Tuyen Lam Lake, Da Lat, Vietnam

    Om Namah Sivaya, from Da Lat Ashram

    January began with the first anniversary celebrations for the Ashram. The celebrations were followed by a much quieter Ashram, with just a few guests remaining and the newly arriving Yoga Vacation guests enjoying the tranquility. This group of guests were from many different countries, forming a very international group. Good weather meant we were able to do our early morning meditation walk and watch the sunrise from the mountainside. Staff were busy with many different preparations for the upcoming SYHET course. This was the first SYHET course to be held here in Vietnam. It moved into full swing immediately with participants following an intensive introduction to Ayurveda and health, taught by Durga Leela, along with classes on meditation and the mind given by Swami Sitaramananda, plus, a special series of asana classes and workshops led by Swami Narayanananda. The course was taught in English with simultaneous translation into Vietnamese and Chinese. Students were engaged morning until night time. Time for reflection and relaxation was provided with an evening program, led by Silvia Nakkach, showing how sound and voice are powerful in creating change in the mind and emotions. We also hosted film maker Benoy Behl who was busy filming different parts of the course activities. As many of the regular staff were taking the SYHET course, remaining staff and karma yogis were busy with the general upkeep of the Ashram and looking after a large international group of 20 Yoga Vacationers. All were inspired. We give thanks daily for Master's and Swamiji's grace. Pranams to all Sivananda family around the world! Om.

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    TTC/ ATTC Garopaba (Brazil): The TTC/ATTC 2018 in Garopaba started with an auspicious greeting and very beautiful weather. A group of 58 TTCs and 13 ATTCs were received at Enchanted Mountain, by 11 staff members. All the students enthusiastically met their roommates, their new routine and the space where they will spend their next 30 days. The day after the arrival, the initiation took place in an emotional way. Students from all over Brazil and South America told a little about their experiences and the reason for being in the Teacher Training Course. The group of ATTC came from many countries with their TTC taken from many different Ashrams in different years… The activities started, accompanied by the incessant rain that was present in the first week. But even in the absence of the sun, the temperature remained pleasant and welcoming. Despite the cloudy days, the group remained strong and united. The first day was welcomed with joy by the students who took the time to study, to review the classes attended, to relax and to walk a little around the beautiful region of beaches and mountains of Garopaba. Kanti Devi was at the Bahamas Ashram during this first week, but all her energy and teachings were present at the staff's evening meetings. We began the second week of TTC with two inspiring lectures by Dr. Shankara. One on the Power of Sound and the other on the Science of Yoga. The last lecture brought much data on the benefits of practicing Yoga in daily life. And a beautiful explanation of the 5 Principles of Yoga brought by Master Swami Vishnudevananda. We also offered the Sacred Sounds Retreat beginning during the second week of the TTC. Hence a welcomed lively group was present with the TTCs during the morning and evening Satsangs.

    The sun was radiant all week bringing energy and warmth to the future teachers. The staff remain active in their tasks under the supervision of Kanti Devi who came from the Bahamas bringing even more prana and vitality to the Enchanted Mountain. The group of students became more focused and united. They actively participated in classes and whenever they can, they took advantage of their free time to study. Notably, the ATTC class was committed to new studies and class dynamics. This was a productive time at the Garopaba TTC and ATTC, bringing many new experiences to the students, guided through the steps and teachings left by the Masters.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya

    January and the New Year started very well, the staff came back recharged and inspired from the Christmas programme in Reith. The preparations and decorations in the Centre for the upcoming special programme were completed and registrations continued to come in. The regular classes were well visited, the Prana in the Centre is high.

    We bode a warm farewell to all our guests of the special programme who traveled on to London. Staff focused on bringing rooms, halls and kitchens back to everyday condition and the Centre slowly returned to its regular rhythm. The energy in the Centre was high, student numbers where good this week. Many courses restarted after the Christmas break and students were happy to be back in their regular practice. Also a meditation course and a Yoga 1 weekend course started, both with good attendance. On Saturday we had an open house with cooking workshop, asana demonstration, trial class and introduction into meditation. The new Centre brochure was prepared for bulk mailing, it will be sent out the next week. We concluded the week on Sunday evening with a well visited Satsang with Sunday prayers. One of the Karma Yogis from Poland who had come for the special program stayed and supported the Centre for one more week. Om Namo Narayanaya and seasonal blessings to all the Sivananda family. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In January we began the new year with a lot of heat as temperatures rose. There were few students with many people on vacation. Two Beginner Courses started. We gave a Shirsasana workshop, two courses on Meditation, plus a Conquest of the Anger workshop. Dominic Mahalakshmi from France, arrived at the Centre. She will be with us for 1 month. We said goodbye to Karuna who traveled to Brazil to do TTC Refresher course. Mahalakshmi already adapted to the dynamics of the Centre. We were grateful to receive the help of many karma yogis. May Master and Guru be with us all. Peace and Pranams to the Sivananda family. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    In January we held an Open House, in the morning we invited the Chinese medicine doctor, Dr. Lu, who gave us a lecture about diet and health. 15 students attended, some of them also joined the trial Asana class and the night Satsang speaking on the Elements of Health. The Yoga Foundation course of December was finished in early January. The students all felt the benefits from the course, so much so they bought different class passes to continue their practice. Regular open classes continued well. The popular Yoga Foundation course started its next series immediately. We looked forward to see more and more students join this course. The regular classes in the Centre continued running smoothly with students all improving little by little. During one of the Sunday's Satsang, we had a wonderful night. Ambika gave the lecture "How Chanting Heals". After the chanting and lecture students felt very delightful and peaceful. Jaya to the steady practice, teaching and serving. May Guru's Grace keep the seed strong in China. Om Namo Narayanaya to all the Sivananda family. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre.

    In January we started morning Beginners' course with good number of students. This New Year, many of our old students rejoined in our Open classes. On 06th January, Mr. & Mrs. Mahadevan left to Bangalore. One new staff Arun, joined from Madurai Centre. Nowadays, the climate was very cool and pleasant, especially in the morning. All our students and teachers were preparing to celebrate Pongal (Harvest festival in Tamil Nadu) on the 15th of January.
    We started the Evening Beginners' course with good number of students. On the 16th, we introduced a 5 day free Yoga Awareness Program as a Pongal Offer, including Asana Classes and we received a very good response to it.  It was interesting for them and many students wanted to continue their practice, wishing to join the Open classes. We distributed 9000 pamphlets in our surrounding areas. We get many new students followed by it. On the 15th, one new staff Seethalakshmi from Canada joined with us and we gave a warm welcome to her.  One of our staff, Sathyamji went to his hometown due to some personal work, rejoining us later.  Our classes at American school restarted on 16th after their Christmas vacation. On 20th, Gopanji and family went to Kerala for 3 days, to attend one family function. On 21st, Swami Janardhananandaji and Sureshji (Neyyar Dam) visited our Centre along with 10 members, after finishing their Sadhana 21 at Gudur Ashram. We gave them a warm welcome and offered delicious Kerala meal
    as well. Everyone liked it very much and were very happy, too. On Sunday, 21st, we had a Special Satsang by Swami Janardhananandaji and we experienced a very lively and energy filled atmosphere with the presence of our teachers, current and old students along with their families. We distributed delicious prasad to everyone. It was a great get together. All together the month was very lively which brought lots of positive energy to our Centre and all staff. By the grace of God and our Masters, everything continued smoothly with peace and unity. Thanks to God and our Masters for everything.. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    In early January we had another very cold week here in Chicago, with temperatures and wind chill well below zero fahrenheit everyday. The extremely low temperatures had an impact on class attendance as the regular morning class numbers dropped considerably. We started a new Yoga 1, with a group of six students, several taking it for a second time. Radha was at the Yoga Ranch so Shambhu, a senior teacher at the Centre, lead the Sunday evening Satsang, on the topic of New Year Resolutions for Sadhana.  It was very well attended and Shambhu was very clear in helping students identify their goals, keeping them realistic, and how to use the spiritual diary. Meanwhile we looked forward to the weather warming up in the coming weeks.

    Swami Paramananda and Sankara Nambhoodri arrived from the Yoga Ranch to lead a week program.  Swamiji started by teachng a yoga class followed by a lecture on Yoga Sutras in Daily Life. Swamiji continued with the theme of the Yamas and Niyamas during an afternoon workshop. Sankara Nambhoodri came to Chicago to bless the Centre and make suggestions for optimum energy flow. He began with Pujas every morning during the morning Satsangs. Swamiji taught the 4pm two hour yoga class, to a full room of over 20 students, and Sankara Nambhoodri lead the evening Satsang with a public Puja, that was very well attended by 40 participants. Their presence helped to raise the spirits of staff, teachers and students, leaving us feeling inspired to carry on the mission of Swami Vishnu. Sending inspired pranams to all for the new year. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In January the Dalat Centre celebrated its 4th anniversary on the 7th January. Many students came to enjoy the whole day scheduled with an advanced asana class, an open house class, a vegetarian party, a Bhagavad Gita lecture and a Satsang. Shambo, Sivashakti, Saraswati, Sw. Narayana, from the Ashram came to support the event. Students were very happy and felt connected. The Open class and Beginners' class went well. We had a successful 2-day-workshop "Yoga of Voice" with Silvia Nakkach. Students loved it and enjoyed it a lot. The meditation course with Swami Narayananda went well. Students come to Satsang regularly. Open class and Beginners' class went well. We pray for the Guru's grace to be always with us. May the grace of the Masters be with you in 2018. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India

    Om Namah Sivaya

    January was very very chilly and foggy, here in Delhi We began the year with a Beginners Courses on Mondays at 6 a.m. & 4 p.m. The Kids' classes channelled the energy of our future generation in the right direction. Prenatal Classes kept future mothers in good health and mood. Gentle Classes helped people with special needs to improve their general health and practice yoga to which ever extent possible. Staff members managed the day to day functioning of the Centre efficiently while deeply engrossed in their Sadhana. We continued the Beginners Courses on Monday at 4 p.m. Our Meditation course sowed the seed of spirituality in the hearts of aspirants. Shat Kriya workshop was conducted one Saturday to teach participants the yogic techniques of physical body cleansing. Saturday Satsangs were as good as ever. We had a visiting staff Kalayani (Yako) for a week whose help was much appreciated. A Trial class was conducted to give participants an experience of how and what we teach in our Beginners' course. Thanks to our staff's dedication towards the Centre, the Centre functioned well. By the grace of God and the blessings of Gurudev all is well here. We hope the same for all of you. We send our Pranams to all. Om Namo Narayanaya!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India

    Om Namo Narayanaya

    In January, with the grace of the Masters, we started the 1st week of 2018 with our regular schedule of open class at 6:30am. Other than our regular daily schedule, we taught a private class for a group of 5 People. Abeba and Bitanya went to Rishikesh for a week. Ishwaraji arrived at the Centre. He taught an open class and conducted a Sunday Satsang. Through January we continued offered the Beginners' course at 4:00pm following our regular schedule of Satsang, Open class and Gentle Yoga class. The Bhagavad Gita study circle which happens twice in a month was conducted with diligent students attending. With blessing of the Masters January went well as per planned with everything fine at the Centre. We send our Pranams and hope everyone is happy and peaceful in 2018. We pray to Almighty for everybody. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre

    In January the Geneva staff spend the Xmas and New Year's time in the Ashram in Orleans, recharging in an atmosphere of collective Sadhana, Satsang and Bhakti. They returned on the 7th of January to Geneva. We were again blessed with the presence of Ganapati, who stayed a bit longer and helped the Centre. We offered a headstand workshop. We also had a course - "Yoga to Strengthen and Balance Your Nervous System". We had a workshop on standing poses. One Saturday we had a one day retreat on the nearby mountain "Salève" in a Buddhist monastery. We had a group of 11 students, with 3 teachers. Starting at 8:15 am from the Centre, we had a 1 hour drive there, we had 2 Yoga classes, one lecture on Yama & Niyama and one Satsang. The silent walk was short and inspiring amongst snowfall and wind. The next one day retreat will be in March. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In January we welcomed Swami Adiparashaktiananda ji from the Yoga Farm in California, USA for a short visit. He gave programs in advanced asana variations and led a wonderful high energy Satsang with about 40 people attending.  Special guest, Dr. Jain, arrived from California as well, to help teach the 15-day first module of the Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training (SYHET) Course at the Dalat Ashram, and enjoyed visiting Vietnam for the first time. Ganga Chaitanya and Durga were away at the Ashram attending the SYHET course as well. We continued here in the Centre with many students coming, and we were very inspired to see several outside teachers from recent TTC's begin to teach Hatha Yoga courses. We now have a new young kitten named Lalitaambika who is entertaining us with much love, energy and excitement about life! We welcomed Kumari from the Yoga Farm in California as a new staff. We started a series of Kid's Yoga classes with Kumari teaching. Durga Leela came by Ho Chi Minh City on her way to India after teaching Ayurveda in the Health Educator course in Dalat. She gave a wonderful talk at Satsang Sunday evening with about 50 people attending. We started a Yoga 2 course and many courses are going on nicely, taught by both staff and also outside teachers. Open classes were well attended, especially 6 am class. May Master and Guru be with us all. Peace and Pranams to the Sivananda family In January the Geneva staff spend the Xmas and New Year's time in the Ashram in Orleans, recharging in an atmosphere of collective Sadhana, Satsang and Bhakti. They returned on the 7th of January to Geneva. We were again blessed with the presence of Ganapati, who stayed a bit longer and helped the Centre. We offered a headstand workshop. We also had a course - "Yoga to Strengthen and Balance Your Nervous System". We had a workshop on standing poses. One Saturday we had a one day retreat on the nearby mountain "Salève" in a Buddhist monastery. We had a group of 11 students, with 3 teachers. Starting at 8:15 am from the Centre, we had a 1 hour drive there, we had 2 Yoga classes, one lecture on Yama & Niyama and one Satsang. The silent walk was short and inspiring amongst snowfall and wind. The next one day retreat will be in March. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Early January was very auspicious at the Centre leading up to the start of a seven day celebration of yoga entitled 'The Essence of Yoga'. The Centre was blessed by the presence and teachings of Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda and Swami Kailasananda. The festive daily program included dynamic asana workshops, elevating lectures, beautiful Pujas and evenings filled with refined classical Indian music accompanied by reflections on the true meaning of life. A highlight was an inspiring lecture with Swami Durgananda 'Obstacles and How to Overcome Them', lovingly sharing Swamiji's teachings on how to work with the ego as the main obstacle. Swami Sivadasananda gave a much appreciated teachers workshop and a series of themed asana classes which filled the halls to the brim. Swami Kailasananda's lectures were a source of joy and inspiration for the continued Sadhana of the attendees. It was the first bigger programme after the completion of the renovations to the Asana Hall entrance, standing as a true Homage to the teachings of the Masters. It has been very warmly received by all the students and well wishers of the Centre. The colours, views on the Peace Garden and abundance of natural light streaming in from the glass roof are making the entrance a very welcoming space. The seven day celebration contributed much to the energy of the Centre. We thanked Swami Durgananda, Swami Sivadasananda and Swami Kailasananda for all the energy shared through the teachings and their guidance of staff. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all for 2018. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya!

    In January LA had a high-energy beginning to 2018. Yoga classes are well attended with many new students. Swami Sankarananda taught a Positive Thinking Weekend workshop, teaching us to look into the nature of thoughts and learning the tools we can utilize to cultivate positive thinking. Karma yogis joined to serve a weekend lunch at the Centre for the students. Swamiji gave a Gita class. We began this year's study with Chapter Three where Lord Krishna speaks about Karma Yoga. A new Yoga 3 course began. We also added new classes for Beginners' which were well-received. Staff teachers are focusing on learning to teach classes and courses.
    After the Positive Thinking course, the LA Centre prepared for the Hatha Yoga Immersion Weekend, with Swami Adiparashaktiananda, to bring lots of new energy to the Centre. Karma Yogis and students helped with food shopping and improving the Centre, purchasing new meditation cushions, etc. We taught two Yoga 1 courses and a Yoga 3 course. Open classes also went well. The Guru Puja was very well attended, many regulars returned from holiday travels. The Centre's computer's hard drive crashed so students helped to raise money for a much appreciated new computer. We then worked on restoring the students' database and financial information with help from Karma Yogis. We welcome staff member, Diviya Jyoti, to join the teaching team. He has served at the Yoga Farm and the Yoga Retreat. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful opportunities of service and self-growth. May the Blessings of Gurudev be upon all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!

    In January our reduced schedule continued and we had two bank holidays as well. Some maintenance projects took place including painting one asana room on the first floor. The new Centre brochure arrived. On Sunday Swami Santoshananda arrived after supporting the Christmas special programs in Reith.

    Classes continued with good attendance and several courses started this week. The first Open House of the year was joyful: over 130 students came and most of them stayed for the full program: trial classes, meditation workshop, asana demonstration and vegetarian snack, we saw many shinny faces at the end. On the weekend we also had an interesting workshop "Yoga and digestive system": students enjoyed the Power Point presentation followed by a practical class. Evening Satsangs were especially well visited with many newcomers and strong chanting. Staff are well. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Thanking our Masters for all blessings and support bestowed. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi!!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay

    Om Namah Sivaya

    January started with very good energy with a very good number of students attending classes despite there being a holiday and very hot weather. Chandra travelled to Garopaba in Brazil to prepare next the TTC. Kanti Devi to Bahamas to celebrate its 50th anniversary. New inscriptions for 2018 classes went well. We continued with the meditation course in which two new students came. One Saturday we had the free trial class with many students attending. Some of them applied for the Beginners' course starting in February. Regular classes continued on as well. May all live under the Masters's grace for this coming year. Om Shanti!!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Greetings from the winter wonderland. In January Montreal's freezing temperatures, ice rain and storms did not stop our devoted students from attending classes, courses and Satsangs. We started our first Yoga 1 with 10 students. We offered a free workshop on sun salutations, attended by 10 students. Bhagirathi conducted a deep relaxation workshop, with 12 students. Notably the attendance for classes continues to grow in numbers and get stronger. Three new teachers started assisting asana classes and 3 new Karma Yogis joined our team. Swami Shivabhaktananda led the Satsang on Sunday nights, taking a reading from the Yoga Vasishta. Students, old and new, are taking advantage of our two offers - half price membership and half price 1 month unlimited membership. We had many registrations for our courses and workshops with lots of new faces coming in for free trial classes and enquiries. With a strong team of Karma Yogis, we were able to manifest our advertising campaign, website and office projects and put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. We are ever grateful for the Grace of the Gurus and the constant stream of Karma Yogis! With Master and Swamiji's grace we continued to serve and keep up the spirit! We send Pranams to all the Sivananda family! Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany

    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!

    We entered into the New Year with "Om Namo Narayananya" chanting and silent meditation. Many teachers and students of the Centre returned from their vacations in the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House in snowy Reith/Tyrol/Austria. In the first weeks of January many old and new students came to our classes and courses. Special events were a well attended Open House, a cooking class and an advanced asana-workshop on forward bent variations. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    By Gods Grace and Masters Blessings, 2018 started off really well. Most of the staff spent the New Year at the Ranch, staying up until 2 am with devotion! On the 2nd of January we reopened the NY Centre in the afternoon to begin the first classes of 2018! The courses were off to a good start with many people signing up in advance. Resolutions seemed to have been set! In the beginning of the week we were blessed with a visit from Prahlad, Saraswati and their son, Harsha, for a few days. It is always great to have them here and we await their next visit! A few days into January and we were hit with a huge snow storm! Temperatures hit a big low and we had to close down the Centre mid-day of the storm. Our Staff was snowed in! Sadhana was kept up and snow angels emerged! Mokshapriya had been away for the new year arriving after a bit of a delay due to the snow storm, but she made it! That Sunday's Satsang had a bit of a change, as well, since Narayan Jyoti was supposed to lead. However, the cyclone held him back. Adapt, adjust, accommodate was the key inspiration of that weekend! We were blessed with a visit by Swami Paramananda to lead both the advanced class and Satsang. He gave us all a fantastic reminder that the real resolution should be internal rather than external. A nice insight to start the new year off.

    We continued the month offering the Yoga Sutra course, Swami Paramananda's Satsang marathon and a yummy Chinese cooking workshop! All days were quite busy with classes and courses. Although over a few days, one by one, the staff caught an extremely catchy flu, however, all Karma Yogis came together to get done what was needed to be done! We were very grateful for that. Swami Paramananda's weekly January visit was a treat. Many people came and we also did a big, beautiful Puja with the priest Shankara Namboodiri. We said good bye to Shakti as she went to the Ranch to teach an Advanced Asana Weekend. The weekend cooking workshop with Siddhi created very delicious Chinese food! We also held a study group with the topic of "Asanas Beyond the Physical", taught by Mokshapriya. Sushila led a Sunday Satsang with an eloquent and well explained talk on the workings of the mind. All the staff survived the flu. We wish you all a wonderful year ahead with health, happiness and steady Sadhana! May we vigilantly continue our effort to receive Guru's Grace this time of the year. We are all well and send our blessings to the Sivananda Family! Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In January the music of the rain was there every day bringing calmness and fresh air.  The last and the first week of the year were calm with the reduced holiday schedule. The inventory was done in this period. The priest Yagneswara  stayed for one day on his way back to Orleans. He led a Puja for the staff in the morning of Friday  the 29th of December.  On the 31st Swami Gopalananda came to support the Centre with the accounts and with the beautiful Celebration of the new year and Swami Vishnu's Anniversary. The ninety two participants were grateful for the evening. We had an inspiring Puja, the resolutions, a delicious dinner, a kirtan concert, birthday candles and a silent meditation to start the year in peace. The new year was generous with the Centre. We were blessed with the presence of Swami Kailasananda who passed by and gave three inspiring Satsangs appreciated by all. Swamiji gave prana and guidance to everyone. Swami Gopalananda had to go back to Orleans after giving the first Satsang of the year. Girija came for a couple of days but she also had to leave. She worked on the Inventory, took care of the general organization of the Centre and gave the evening Satsang on Wednesday the third. Sivakami came back from the Ashram on the fourth to take care of everything while Nadapriya and Sundari went back to Spain after 10 days of precious help.  Rukmini was also in the Centre for a couple of days. Kaivalya assured the Satsangs of the 30th, the 6th and the 13th. Manohara gave the Satsang of the 7th. Omkari gave the Satsang on the 17th. Vyasa , Omkari and Ramdas stay in the house to support the Centre for around two weeks. During the month we had the regular positive thinking and meditation courses. There was also a Pranayama course, a nutrition course, a cooking class and a 'Yoga at Work' workshop. On the eighteenth, Swami Nityananda arrived from South America, she was very happy to be back and to find everything well thanks to the help of everyone but especially to the prana given by Sivakami who ran the Centre and as always to the guidance and presence of Swami Kailasananda and the blessings of the Masters. During the second part of the month The installation of the new lighting  finished in the small asana room, the meditation room and the reception. The Centre looks brighter. On Saturday The 21st, over than three hundred people were there for the regular classes and the activities of the Open House. The new comers were friendly and eager to start the practice. That day, The Masters sent an army of karma yogis. With their help, everything run smoothly. The last weekend of the year there was a programme for the teachers. Swami Kailasananda and Kailas came from Orleans to give special workshops, classes and Satsangs. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America

    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil

    Blessings and Peace to all of the Sivananda Family. Om.

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves from Roma

    In January the Rome Centre was open for a few classes as the teachers took care of the Centre. The staff came back from Reith very inspired to start the year. We had a good clean up of the Centre, a Satsang and Puja to begin the year. Teachers and students participated bringing many flowers and prasad. The message from the Masters was very inspiring. Many newcomers attended the Satsang. We started a new Beginners' course. We had an Introduction to Sanskrit course. May all be inspired every single day of this new year. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA

    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves

    In January Swami Sivasankariananda and Padmavati arrived back from the Yoga Farm on New Year's Day. We offered our first Open House for 2018. Swami Sivasankariananda spoke on Prana and Pranayama at the Kesari Satsang in Sunnyvale, to an Indian audience hungry for knowledge. Padmavati offered a Gentle Yoga Workshop on Back Health. Gajananam summarized Chapter 18 of the Gita, the culmination of a monthly Satsang series. One theme was suffering can either take us to depression or dispassion. Two Yoga 1 courses started plus a Meditation 1 course. A Yoga 2 course finished. Sivadas reduced his staff commitment to three days per week. Swami Jnaneswariananda came for a weekend. She taught the Bhagavad Gita course. We had a nice turnout for an information session on TTC one Saturday afternoon. Then it was Dosa Night, open to students and community by donation. We offered a Self Care Abhyanga Workshop, instructing about oils and the practice of self Abhyanga. Swami Jnaneswariananda spoke at Satsang. We were grateful for her clarity and wealth of examples. We were excited to announce we were taking appointments for Abhyanga and Shirodhara treatments at the Centre! We started a Yoga 3 course. Swami Sivasankariananda started with another Pain Care case study. Padmavati left for Japan. Blessings and Peace to all of the Sivananda Family from the San Francisco Centre. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Sao Paolo, Brasil

    Om Namah Sivaya from Sao Paolo

    Om Shanti Shanti to all the Sivananda family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Om Namah Sivaya

    In January, as the year began, the weather cooled down in Tel Aviv, but the Centre kept nice and warm by being very active with lots of courses and retreats both beginning and in the pipeline for the season. Sivakami has developed a new course entitled MPA where she will teach meditation, pranayama and asanas for student's on the go and a limited time to practice. The course filled up completely with 13 students signing up. She also opened a new Yoga 3 course. The Yoga Nidra course, taught by outside teacher Lakshmi, was completed. Lakshman and Durga, who both finished the 'Teaching Yoga to Children' course, began to finalize their preparations for their new course which will teach children yoga asana at two age levels. Staff were looking forward to seeing the shoe cupboard filled with tiny shoes! After more than two months of having closed Shabbats, the Centre was once again open to students on Fridays and Saturdays, where many enjoyed a free yoga class as well as three feasts and teachings. We had a very special Satsang with guest speaker Swami Kashi Muktananda, who came from India and spoke about the two paths of yoga according to the Bhagavad Gita. So many people came to attend the Satsang that not everyone could fit into the Meditation Room. The lecture had to be moved to the biggest practice room! Bhargavi Chaitanya had an introduction to Meditation, an introduction to Positive Thinking and opened a Positive Thinking 2 course. She also completed her eight week Meditation 2 course, which included teachings on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Sivakami opened a Yoga 1 course and also her popular 'Ayurveda and Cooking' course. Pranava Chaitanya, led a Sunday evening Satsang with stories from the Yoga Vasistha. We hosted another introduction to the Kids and Teenagers Yoga program, as well as opened up a new course on teaching yoga to pregnant women, which will be taught by Sita, from the affiliated Sivananda Centre in Jerusalem. The Staff are eager to continue the up beat energy of the new year. They notably are working hard on developing and promoting new exciting courses and retreats for 2018. Pranams and Peace to the Sivananda family from the Tel Aviv Centre. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves

    In January the Tokyo Centre was closed on New Year's Day and 2nd of January. We have made a fresh start during Satsang, receiving a New Year's message from the Upanishads. A special program "108 Sun Salutations" was offered, which turned out to be full house. A workshop on the Jyotish calendar was given, attended by good number of students, and also, a new Yoga 1 course started. A new Yoga 1 course started on Tuesdays. The Tuesday Yoga 1 course has been popular, always attended by a certain number of students despite the weekday. Also, we frequently provide a private class for the Beginner course, which suits some students who are busy as well as shy. A trial class was held one Sunday, which was a full house. Many of them signed up for our membership and enrolled in Yoga 1 course. All in all, it was a lively high energy start for the year 2018. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Happy New Year to all! In January the Toronto Centre's staff returned from the Yoga Camp Ashram where we celebrated Christmas and Swamiji's birthday. Lots of our teachers also joined us at the Ashram. The Centre reopened on 3rd of January with students slowly coming back to their classes. We have already received lot of registrations for our June Yoga Retreat. Amrita, a Yoga Camp Ashram staff member, came for couple of weeks to Toronto to help out and get some training in the Centre. We worked on gathering all the content to submit for the new website and improve our advertising. Weather improved mid January and we noticed students returning to classes. Nalini arrived from the Ashram to help out for some time at the Centre, while Amrita went back to the Ashram. Bhavani taught "Learn to Knit" workshop  as a community event one Saturday that helped focus while sharing experiences on the yogic path. We started a Bhagavad Gita course which was well attended. Satsang was very busy, with many close students and teachers attending as well as new students. We continued to work on our website, advertising, as well as teaching classes in our  community outreach program. We send Om Namo Narayanaya to every one. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India

    Om Namah Sivaya!

    In January the Trivandrum climate was very good. It's neither too hot nor too cold so students can really enjoy their practice. We started a Beginners' batch for ladies. Yashpal ji went to Rameswaram for 2 days. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was conducted on Fridays by our regular priest. One Sunday night the Director and the staff members went to Neyyar Dam Ashram to attend the newest TTC initiation program. The Centre's Satsang was led by Yashpal ji. Mid-January we offered a Ganapathy Homa since it was the first day of the new Malayalam month. A morning Beginners' batch started on the same day. We had a guest, Prema from Switzerland. She helped us for 3 weeks in the reception as well as teaching in the Centre. A one month Beginners' course started in the Maharaja College for women, with good number of students. It is the oldest college in the city. Sw. Ramapriyananda ji conducted an inspiring Satsang. It helped to increase the positive vibes in the Centre. Nataraj ji & Nagaraj ji also joined us for Satsang. After that we all had dinner together. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria

    Om Namah Sivaya

    Staff returned after their inspiring stay at Reith and Orleans for the New Year celebrations on the 2nd of the month. After the reduced Centre schedule for the holidays, students also soon came back. By Masters grace, one teacher has been added to our list of teachers. Many courses started and Swami Gitananda went deeper into the topic of mind control in her Raja Yoga II course. Our priest, Yagneshwara came from Orleans for the weekend program "Meditations from South-Indian Temples" and we were blessed to have a Ganesha Puja with him and a Sri Yantra Puja on the next day. Many teachers came for the chanting of the Lalitha Sahasranama and brought flowers. We could feel the powerful vibrations of the mantras after the ceremonies. Sending Master's and Swamiji's blessing to all. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius

    The New Year started with a very good for the Centre event: Radhika joined Vilnius Centre as a temporary staff. Good start with the new courses: Yoga 1, 2, 3 and 5. We had an Open Day on the 7th. It was nice to see many students eager to change something in their lives to the positive side, to start practicing yoga. Though not many registered for the Yoga 1 course, all were very thankful to receive the knowledge and would like to come back. We had Surya Namaskar workshop with 17 students in the middle of the second week. The students were satisfied with the opportunity to refine the movements of this wonderful exercise and realize that it is possible to go deeper into this practice. Satsangs saw fewer students as usual in the middle of the month maybe because of the cold weather and quite a few teachers of the Centre went to Berlin Centre to participate in the special programme there. The participants of the second Saturday workshop of the month "Yoga and healthy back" received answers to their questions and printed photos with their posture checked with the plumb line. We could notice that later evening courses are very popular: Yoga 1 course started with 11 students taught in two languages, Yoga 2, Yoga 3 and Yoga 5 continued. TTC Lithuania brochure in two languages has been prepared for the printing. Vilnius Centre brochure still in the process, but the events for next two month are already planned and advertised in the internet, posters and leaflets are available for the students at the Centre. We had a very successful cooking class one Saturday with 22 students plus few karma yogis. Bharata taught the course with the helpers. Dishes came out very tasty and sattvic though we had to start making them on the portable low heat stove in the hall and then to bring them to the kitchen to continue. 30 chapattis were made by Radhika and Datatreya. Students asked many questions and learned how to heat up the body during the winter time with the tasty spiced meals. Narayani from the other town came to support yoga Centre for one weekend and to organize a small photo shoot for the upcoming Centre brochure. OM.

Mental purity is of paramount importance for Self Realization. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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