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Issue #06/2013 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize June 1, 2013
"Time is the soul of this World." - 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
Bangkok, Thailand
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:
JUNE 2013
04 Ekadasi
08 New Moon
14 Pongala Festival - Flag Hoisting
20 Ekadasi
23 Pongola Festival
23 Full Moon 

JULY 2013
03 Ekadasi
06 Kaavadi Festival Flag Hoisting
08 New Moon
09 Subramanya/Ayyappa Temple  Anniversary
11 Krishna Temple Anniversary
14 Master's Mahasamadhi
19 Ekadasi
22 Guru Purnima
22 Full Moon 
23 Kaavadi Festival
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NEWS

Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya
 
2013 is promising to be a productive year in the Sivananda Organization with the addition of two new Centres - one in Bangkok, Thailand in April and now another in Melbourne, Australia. We congratulate the teams that put great efforts into opening these two Centres, adding them to the ever-expanding roster of locations to help spread the teachings of Master and Guru-ji.

Three new TTC locations have also been chosen for this summer: TTC Okayama, Japan in June 2013 … TTC La Pintada, Medellin, Colombia Medellin, Colombia in July 2013 ...and TTC Sikkim, Himalayas in September 2013. Visit these sites or www.sivananda.org/r/en/ttc_schedule to confirm locations and dates.

All other Sivananda Ashrams and Centres are doing wonderfully during this time. Much gratitude for your continued support towards Master and Swamiji's missions. May their blessings be with us always.

Other news: The Sivananda Beginner's Guide to Yoga will be reprinted in English, coming soon. Keep in touch with the London Sivananda Centre.

Also, the Sivananda Organization is seeking a talented member of the Organization who would be interested of playing a role in the production of and exciting graphic novel, based on the life of Swami Vishnudevananda. If your talents lie in transcribing a graphic novel script, based on the many rich stories written to date on Swami Vishnu, or illustrating a graphic novel, please contact Mani at the Sivananda Nataraj Centre mani@sivananda.org or Janaki at the GURUGRAM edit office janaki@sivananda.org

Pranams to all.

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Adversity is a key that opens the gate to eternal bliss. - Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ
Q. I have been reading the Upanishads and other scriptures and I find one and the same thing in all of them. They say that everything we come across is unreal, only God is real and that we have to think and understand the Truth by ourselves. How are we to do it, Swami-ji?
A.

Reading will help you only to a certain extent. Too much reading will land you in confusion. You should meditate and concentrate on one particular idea. That particular idea should serve as the eye-opener. Then alone will you get Vairagya; you will be able to understand the false nature of things. Take, for instance, the life of Sri Swami Sadasiva Brahmendra of Nerur. The mere uttering of the word 'wait' by his mother, when he asked her to serve food, inflicted such a blow on his mind and stirred it so well as to make him understand the Reality. You may be convinced intellectually that the world is false, only God is real and all the sense-enjoyments bring misery only. But this conviction is not strong. You may think, "Let me enjoy the sense-pleasures for five minutes". Thus you are deceived by Maya. All sense-pleasures are sugar-coated pills made by Maya. You must reflect on such Slokas as "Ye Hi Samsparsaja Bhoga Duhkha Yonaya Eva Te...". You should identify with the Higher Self which is infinity, eternity, immortality. Always think, "Suddhoham, Shantoham, Satchidanandoham". You will be elevated. Abhyasa and Vairagya are necessary. Tyaga and Tapas will give you tremendous powers. Be not cheated by the temporary pleasures of the world-- car, property etc. Be not unnecessarily worried by undue attachment etc. Do your duty and leave the rest to Him. He will take care of you.

Q. If escape from this world be the goal, where is the incentive for social work?
A.

Escape from the world is not the goal, but freedom from worldliness is what is desired. Social work has got its own valuable part in life until a certain stage, though after a time it is transcended by a higher consciousness. The value of social work, however, is purely subjective. It is not that one makes himself a great reformer or a saviour of mankind, but that he offers his ego as a sacrifice at the altar of universal love and so obtains purity of mind, which is the basis of all spiritual progress. For a realized soul, however, it is an urge born out of compassion for his fellow-beings.

Q. If an individual is a Perfect Master, he is capable of functioning on all planes at the same time. He possesses to a remarkable degree the powers of clairvoyance and clairaudience. Can he not read the thoughts of the student before the student has time to utter them, before the student can bring out his questions, as Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa did? Can one who has such powers, even of thought-reading, be regarded as a Master?
A. Clairvoyance and clairaudience are not always automatic processes. Unless the Master directs his attention towards someone, he need not necessarily be aware of the seeker's mentality and doubts. Imagine a seer or a Perfect Master who is ever aware of what everybody thinks! A Siddha does see and hear everything in Samadhi. This everything comes then to mean the Self or Atman or Supreme Consciousness where the individual thoughts and words cease to exist as such. Powers like thought-reading do not necessarily connote perfection; and perfection cannot be vetoed by the absence of these powers. A Perfect Master can acquire these powers if he so wills; but you cannot force him to.
 
Previous FAQs at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/faq/faq.html

The initial stages in Sadhana will be one of ups and downs. Obstacles and unfavourable circumstances are God-sent chances to make you more steady and strong in will. - Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

SURYA NAMASKAR -
Sun Salutations - All Levels - A series of counter stretches consisting of 12 positions each one smoothly and gracefully flowing into the next one. Regulates rhythmic breathing, One round consists of one sequence with right foot leading positions 4 and 9 and one sequence leading with left foot in 4 and 9.

1. Stand at front of mat with feet together and exhale, take prayer position with palms together. Tip: Keep head, neck and back aligned.

2. Inhale and stretch arms up keeping them next to ears. Arch back from waist, arms, head, chest back. Stretch out chest and abdomen. Tip: Keep hips forward and knees straight. Relax the neck.

3. Exhale and bend forward as far as possible placing hands on mat alongside feet with toes and fingertips in line. Attempt to bring head to knees. Keep back straight. Tip: Bend knees if unable to place palms of hands on mat with straight knees.

4. Inhale and place right knee back onto mat and keep left foot on mat. Look up and stretch the right thigh back. Point the right foot back. Hands remain in place. Tip: Keep left foot above left ankle.

5. Hold breath and tuck in toes R foot while bringing L foot to R foot, keeping legs straight. Tip: Keep body straight with head, back, hips and legs aligned.

6. Exhale and lower knees ,chest and forehead to mat. Tip: Keep hips raised. Keep toes curled under.

7. Inhale while lowering hips to mat, stretching out legs and pointing feet back, then sliding head and chest forward. Lift head and upper body, bending back and arching head and spine back. Tip: Keep hips on ground. Keep legs together and knees straight. Relax the shoulders, elbows close to body.

8. Exhale while releasing neck and upper back and come into inverted V shape by pushing up the hips and straightening the arms. Look down. Tip: Keep head down between arms in V position. Push back into heels on mat. Keep shoulders back.

9. While inhaling step R foot forward between hands with R knee above R ankle. Stretch L foot back, knee on floor and look up extending the upper back. Tip: If initially unable to step all way forward to between hands, lower the left knee first then step the right foot forward.

10. Exhale and bring L foot to R foot and bend forward from waist, keeping legs straight. Same as step 3.

11. Inhale and reach arms forward and stretch up and back over head, bending from waist. Same as Step 2. Tip: Keep hips forward and elbows straight.

12. Exhale, lowering arms slowly till hands by side. Look straight ahead at end of pose and keep head and spine aligned.

Repeat sequence, inhaling and exhaling into the prayer position as in Step 1. Take left knee to mat at Step 4 and step left foot forward at Step 9. Repeat sequence alternating legs and increase number of rounds building up from 4 to at least 12 rounds. If outdoors, face the morning sun.

BENEFITS:
Physical: Increases blood circulation and breathing capacity. Quickly stretches spine and many muscles throughout the body. Recharges the solar plexus.
Mental: Turns the mind inward away from distractions. Brings the mind to focus on body at present moment.

This yoga tip from the new Sivananda publication - “Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion” – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010. Other yoga tips at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/asana/101tips.html


Inwardly watch every little movement, becoming aware of every change that takes place in the body, especially the spine. The mind must be quiet and observant to do this, and after a few months of practice, this awareness will grow.
- Swami Sivananda

I always adore Surya, the sun, the beautiful Lord of the world, the immortal, the quintessence of the Vedanta, the auspicious, the absolute knowledge, of the form of Brahman, the Lord of the gods, ever-pure, the one true consciousness of the world itself, the Lord of Indra, the gods and men, the preceptor of the Gods, the crest-jewel of the three worlds, the very heart of the forms of Brahma, Vishnu and Siva, the giver of light.
- Swami Sivananda Yoga Asanas A Divine Life Society Publication: 2004 Section 1

Don't think that asanas are just physical exercises. Asanas belong to the system of Raja Yoga; yama, niyama, asana. It is the third anga, the third limb." Swami Vishnudevananda - from Vishnudevananda Upadesa - Teachings of Swami Vishnudevananda. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. 2009

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

VAIRAGYA
- [Sanskrit] - Non- attachment; Dispassion

Listen to what Swami Vishnu tells us - "What is the cause of all problems, individual as well as universal?The root which everything spreads out? Attachment. Attachment is the cause of all pain. For example, this glass is very special. I bought it at an auction and it was used by King George 100th!! King George 100th used this glass. It is MINE. D. said, "Is that so Swami-ji? Can you give it to me - I would also like to have it." "No way," I said, as I held it tight. When I go to sleep I lock it up in a special vault with a special lock and put on a special electronic alarm, so if anyone tries to touch it I will know. I am unable to sleep because of this glass. Any sound I hear I think someone is after my glass. L. is coming over. She is only trying to be friendly because of the glass. I trust no-one now. I ask Swami P. to check on D. to see what he is up to, but later I see Swami P. and D. outside talking together. Oh my God, they are plotting against me for my glass.
What we call love - L.O.V.E. becomes completely depleted because of attachment. This applies to anything. I just took an example of the glass, but it could be to anything, to money, to anything. Our main problem is that we get attached to various objects. And why do we get attached? Two things are the cause of attachment. The two causes of attachment are I-ness and Mine-ness. You want an object because you think you can get happiness from it. You then get attached to it. " It is mine. I own it." I-ness and Mine-ness are the root cause of all problems.

Swamis and Yogis also get into problems. " This is my Yoga Centre, my disciples, my money." They also get attached, but to different things. The purpose of life is to get rid of this problem. But we do not even know that we have it as a problem. We do not recognize the level of our attachment to things. Nor do we recognize the trap of attachment. Slowly Maya (illusion) binds us.

Attachments can come slowly. We are not aware that they are slowly creeping up on us. The movement is very subtle. This is why an aspirant should have purity, so he can understand and become aware of the subtle attachments, by which he can so easily be trapped. This problem is not because you are living in society. People who live in the Himalayas, the forest or in the jungles may not have attachment to the same objects as a city dweller, but they become attached to their kamandalus (water pot). They decorate them, put their initials on them and become possessive or envious of another's. Attachment is not about having or not having, a house or a big car. You can get attached to even the smallest thing and the same problem, the same pain, will result.

And the answer to this problem? … to be continued…

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

Destroy Moha first. Possess real Vairagya. Renounce the world on the very day you get Vairagya. Meditate and concentrate on one particular idea. That particular idea should serve as the eye-opener. Then alone will you get Vairagya; you will be able to understand the false nature of things. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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

 BHAGHAVAD GITA

Chapter XI: The Yoga of the Vision of the Cosmic Form

XI.51. DRISHTWEDAM MAANUSHAM ROOPAM TAVA SAUMYAM JANAARDANA;
IDAANEEMASMI SAMVRITTAH SACHETAAH PRAKRITIM GATAH.

Arjuna said (to Krishna):
'Having seen this Thy gentle human form, O Krishna, now I am composed and restored to my own nature!'

XI.52. SUDURDARSHAMIDAM ROOPAM DRISHTAVAANASI YANMAMA;
DEVAA APYASYA ROOPASYA NITYAM DARSHANAKAANGKSHINAH

Krishna said to Arjuna:
'Very hard indeed it is to see this form of Mine which thou hast seen. Even the gods are ever longing to behold it.'


The Bhagavad Gita is the source of power and wisdom.  It teaches you to embrace Dharma(righteousness) and abandon Adharma (unrighteousness). It imparts lessons on ethics, philosophy, devotion and Yoga. Read one chapter a day for Sadhana. - Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

From Chapter II: "Sadhana Pada- On Spiritual Disciplines"
I.47. NIRVICARA-VAISARADYE 'DHYATMA-PRASADAH'

II.27. TASYA SAPTADHA PRANTA-BHUMIH PRAJNA.

'Enlightenment is reached through seven steps'.

Commentary:
Patanjali begins his explanation of the eight limbs of Raja Yoga. There are seven limbs before the aspirant reaches 'Samadhi' (Super Consciousness).

II.28. YOGANGANUSTHANAD ASUDDHI-KSAYE JNANA-DIPTIR AS VIVEKA-KHYATEH.

'By practicing the various steps of Yoga, impurities are destroyed and spiritual illumination arises, which develops into awareness of Reality'.

Commentary:
The theoretical aspect of Yoga, having been dealt with, Patanjali now points out that following the practical steps is necessary.

Nothing is lost when the candle burns. No spiritual effort goes in vain. - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

SAVORY CHEESE MUFFINS - Makes 12 large muffins

Ingredients:
1¾ cups grated vegetarian cheese
2 teaspoons dried oregano
5 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup grated carrots
¾ cup finely chopped zucchini, or ⅔ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
Scant ½ cup canned corn kernels
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper
2¼ cups soy milk or buttermilk
1 cup oil

Preparation:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Set aside ½ cup grated cheese and t tsp oregano. Combine all the rest of ingredients, except soy milk or buttermilk and oil in a bowl. In a separate large bowl, mix the milk and oil together,

2. Add the milk and oil mixture to the dry mixture and fold together quickly until dry ingredients are moistened and evenly mixed.

3. Spoon into greased muffin pans. Mix the reserved cheese and oregano together and sprinkle on top of the muffins. Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes, until the skewer or fork inserted in muffin comes out clean. Serve at once.

Notes:
For vegan version, use soy cheese.
For wheat free version, replace whole wheat flour with buckwheat or spelt flour.
Substitute yellow cornmeal for half the whole wheat flour.
Use other fresh or dried herb combinations of your choice.

Source: The Yoga Cookbook. Vegetarian food for body and mind - Yogic start to the day/ Sattvic sweets.Recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. 1999.

Previous Recipes: http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/diet/recipes.html
Other recipes can be found in the Sivananda publication - "Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion" – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010

A craving for comforts can weaken your fibre. Lead a simple and hard life. Be strong; be sinewy. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jun 09 - Jul 06/13
TTC – English, Japanese
Okayama, Japan
www.sivananda.jp

Jun 09 - Jun 23/13
Sadhana Intensive
Val Morin, QC, Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Jun 16 - Jul 14/13
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Jun 28 - Jul 26/13
TTC – English, Français, Espaňol
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jun 28 - Jul 26/13
ATTC – English, Français
Orleans, France
www.sivananda.org/orleans

Jun 30 - Jul 27/13
TTC – English, Français, Espaňol
Val Morin, QC, Canada
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Jun 30 - Jul 28/13
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India
www.sivananda.org/madurai

Jul 06 - Jul 27/13
Kids Camp
Val Morin, QC, Canada
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Jul 07 - Aug 04/13
ATTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Jul 08 - Aug 04/13
TTC – Espanol
Medellin, Colombia
www.sivananda.org.uy

Aug 03 - Aug 31/13
TTC – English, Deutsch, Italian
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

Aug 31 - Sep 29/13
TTC – English
Sikkim, Himalayas, North India
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Jul 28 - Aug 25/13
TTC – Français
Orleans, France
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Aug 12 - Aug 27/13
Sadhana Intensive - English, Deutsch, Français, Espaňol
Orleans, France
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Aug 04 - Aug 31/13
ATTC – English, Français, Espaňol
Val Morin, QC, Canada
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Aug 16 - Sep 14/13
TTC – Español, Portuguese
En Aluenda, Zaragoza, Spain
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Sep 01 - Sep 29/13
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
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Sep 07 - Oct 06/13
ATTC – English, Polski, Lietuvos, Русский, East, Keel, Kalba, язык
Ustka, Baltic Sea, Poland
http://www.sivananda.eu/en/yoga-teacher-training/teachers-training-course/ttc-venues/osteuropa.html#c2509

Sep 08 - Oct 06/13
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
www.sivananda.org/ranch

Sep 29 - Oct 27/13
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
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Oct 06 - Nov 02/13
TTC - English 日本語 ภาษาไทย 台語
Phu Chaisai, Chiang Ria, Thailand
http://www.sivananda.com.sg/thailand_ttc/index.htm

Oct 06 - Nov 01/13
ATTC - English 日本語 ภาษาไทย 台語
Phu Chaisai, Chiang Ria, Thailand
http://www.sivananda.com.sg/thailand_ttc/index.htm

Oct 20 - Nov 17/13
TTC - English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India
www.sivananda.org/madurai

Sep 08 - Sep 22/13
Sadhana Intensive
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Nov 10 - Dec 08/13
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
www.sivananda.org/neyyardam

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

Strive, strive, strive. This is the sacred Mantra to success in everything.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - MAY 2013

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    In early May we had a very busy and exciting schedule. Arjuna started the Retreat Weekend with a short talk and introduction. He continued his talks through out the Retreat Weekend during the Satsangs. We conducted a Saturday Open House, with over 25 people attending it. They were given a tour of the Ashram, a basic yoga class, a vegetarian meal and a short talk on the 5 Points of Yoga. At the end of the Open House, the visitors browsed through the boutique purchasing many items! Arjuna conducted his 'Transformation through Yoga' workshop. After this workshop was Alain Beaulieu's drumming workshop, which most of the guests attended as well. They were happy with the different workshops available and enjoyed their time. Arjuna also taught asana classes as part of his retreat. To close the weekend he conducted an asana workshop from 12-1pm, in good time for the guests to attend and pack up before leaving. The Annapurna building (Kids camp) saw a makeover, with the office being extended, plus, the back room and kitchen receiving new flooring. Staff cabins were painted and cleaned, as the staff will soon move out of the main buildings into the staff cabins for the summer. We also offered a weekend course, Yoga for Seniors, with Carole Morency. We promoted this weekend while attending a conference for caregivers in St.Adele, as part of Laurentians Care. There were many people attending the weekend. Preparations were also in full swing for the summer which we are looking forward to very much!

    During mid-May we saw a very busy long Victoria Day Weekend. Carole Morency conducted 'Yoga Tout' Yoga for Seniors, which was attended by some seniors but also by most of the guests, regardless of their age! She gave talks during Satsangs, conducted two workshops and two yoga classes. She made sure all the guests were busy and active during the weekend. Surya also gave two workshops on how to create a yogic lifestyle. Between these two programmes, the daily Ashram schedule, karma yoga and Satsang, the guests had a very intense weekend! About 45 guests attended. Swami Narayanananda arrived from England to conduct a series of workshops and talks on the Bhagavad Gita. Swami Narayanananda then went to the Montreal Centre for Satsang followed by all the Ashram staff. Other arrivals were Swami Gayatriananda for the summer. The Subramanya Temple was very busy because of the long weekend. The Pongala area was packed with people cooking. Many of the devotees came down to the stoll through the Ashram grounds. Construction was ongoing at the Kids Camp building, Gauri Devi prepared the garden beds for planting. We also cleaned up the inside of all buildings, preparing for the summer. Summer was certainly fast approaching and we were excited to being busy and having the Ashram filled with energy! Salutations to the worldwide Sivananda family from Headquarters.



Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
    Om Namo Narayanaya!

    In early May we saw the conclusion of the Kids Camp. Energy was very high throughout Camp. The Parents Meeting went well, while the children were engaged in a thrilling treasure hunt for most of the morning and had lots of energy left over for an asana demonstration for the parents. The graduation ceremony was followed by a feast. Overall, the Ashram was filled with happy kids and happy parents. Last week also hosted our Vedic Math Course with Vandana Arora, with a good turn out of guests and some staff. Vandana provided everyone with scintillating math problems that were fun and certainly had people wanting more.

    During mid-May, after the excitement of the last few weeks, the Ashram settled back into it's quiet routine coming up on the end of the month's first Yoga Vacation batch. During Talent Show a few children from the kids camp enthusiastically jumped in at the opportunity to chant and share their wonderful energy with us. On the 14th we held our monthly Medical Camp in the village, with a turn out of 1,020 patients, attended to by 10 volunteer doctors, including Dr. Vishnu and the tireless Ashram staff. We also started a new Yoga Vacation batch as well as Panchakarma and Detoxification Program, led by Dr. Vishnu. Both are going well. Manju Sharma left for Delhi, Arati was transferred to the Madurai Centre, Thomas flew back to Italy and Raghuvir went home for a break. We thank them for their selfless service. We thank Master and Swamiji for all their blessings and support. Om Namah Sivaya from all the staff at Neyyar Dam. May Master and Swamiji bless us all this year.


Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    Pranams from Netala, where we prepared to welcome a full house of students from all over the world for the June/July TTC of the high season. May Master and Guru be with us all this coming season. Om.



Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    After the closing of the French TTC with a Lalitha Sahasranama Lamp Puja led by our 2 priests, graduation ceremony and a get together in the Boutique area, the next TTC was inaugurated. It was a smooth transition thanks to the positive team of karma yogis, several came from Paris for a few days. The inauguration ceremony included the usual procession around our park, guided by the priests with the pictures of the Masters and the chanting of Mantras and the Ganapathi Homa ceremony, invoking the blessings of Ganesha. We planted a new tree – a pink silk tree - on the Surya square (which is our newly created entrance area). Swami Kailasananda and the planting team, led by Girija, repeated mantras before actually putting the tree into the soil. It still looks humble with only a few leaves, but we already visualize a charming look of it when in full bloom next year. Also this month, we offered outdoor activities (guided walks along the Loire River and also to historical places in the area) to the guest and a "Yoga Vitality Week", giving guidance in the positive effects of asanas and the breathing exercises as well as the use of mantras. It is always nice to see how the guests are opening up during their stay in the Ashram to the practice and the philosophy of Yoga. The "Gardening Week" gave Girija a chance to share her knowledge on this field. Angela Hope Murray came to give lectures on Ayurveda and an ayurvedic cooking workshop. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early May the Ashram looked beautiful and ready to welcome the students. The May TTC began with a wonderful Initiation with introduction by Swami Sitaramananda and Puja performed by Swami Pranavananda with chanting by Swami Lalitananda, who came from India. Two days after sun eclipse, the TTC students that made it to the Ashram are a wonderful and serious group eager to immerse themselves into the Yoga teachings. As many as 9 students signed up but could not make it due to difficult times. All Staff and TTC received the blessing of elaborate Ganesha Homa at the Krishna Temple led by Vedic priest Pandit Samavedula as all offered their prayers for a successful TTC and the fast burning of karmas. The TTC teachers are for the Main Lecture: Swami Sitaramananda; for the Bhagavad Gita: Swami Omkarananda; the Hatha Yoga Team is: Swami Pranavananda, Ananta Chaitanya, Kailas Chaitanya,Tara, Durga Devi; Chanting: Kailas Chaitanya; Anatomy is being taught by Swami Pranavananda.

    During mid-May the TTC students had a wonderful first week as they dove into their Hatha Yoga practice and philosophy classes. The group was blessed to have Satsang with several special guests. Dr. Fred Luskin gave a wonderful program on Forgiveness, outlining the basic need for forgiveness as a means to expand human consciousness and move forward on the spiritual journey. Sitarist Hasu Patel gave a beautiful concert one Saturday evening, accompanied by tabla, sharing two ragas in the classical Gayaki style. This was followed in morning Satsang by Ganesh with classical chanting. TTC were struck by the genuine devotion of the performers. We are all feeling the grace of the Gurus. Om Namo Narayanaya to all the Sivananda family.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, New York, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early May Swami Ambikananda arrived from her visit to England where she spent 2 weeks with her family. She returned well rested and rejuvenated and just in time to attend a special Satsang and celebration for Swami Sadasivananda's 50th birthday. All of the staff from the Yoga Ranch went into New York City for Satsang at the Centre. It was an evening of uplifting chanting, story telling and gratitude for the many years of service Swami Sadasivananda has provided to the Organization. Afterwards, there was plenty of chocolate cake for everybody, enjoyed in a lighthearted and fun atmosphere. One weekend program at the Ashram, we offered a half price weekend to first time guests and it received an overwhelming response, filling the Ashram for the first time this year and giving us a taste of the season that's right around the corner. The energy and prana was very high with staff all pulling together to serve the guests to the fullest of our ability. The guests enjoyed their first time visit, with several workshops on the five points, beginners classes, walking tours, and a vegetarian cooking workshop taught by Gauri Devi. Gauri Devi gave the participants tips on cooking healthy vegetarian meals. Charles and Julia Yelton joined us for a Permaculture weekend. Staff and participants worked long days installing the flow forms connecting the ponds. The ponds collect rain water and will be pumped up from the lower pond to the upper pond and cascading down the flow forms in a waterfall effect. We also hosted an Open House one Sunday, with 9 local visitors interested in learning more about the classes we offer. As the guests and visitors were leaving after the inspiring weekend, many promised to return and several expressed interest in taking TTC. The staff send Pranams to all! May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    In early May the "How Did the Universe Begin?" Symposium continued until May 9 with excellent guest speakers: Swami Medhananda Puri, a senior monk from Kailash Ashram in Rishikesh, India; Daniel Matt, PhD. the world's leading authority on Kabbalah; Howard A. Smith, PhD., senior astrophysicist at Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics and Rev Heng Sure, PhD., ordained in the Mahayana Chinese Buddhist tradition who commenced Three Steps, One Bow pilgrimage for 800 miles in 2 years and six months. The Symposium concluded with an interesting summation and Q&A. "Coming to Joy" Workshop was from May 4-7 with Hana Matt, returning to the Ashram, focusing on the 18 methods described in Neuroscience, Yoga, Kabbalah and interactive classes, plus speaking at Satsang and engaging guests in lively workshop discussions. Bharvagi (Grace) hosted the successful "Yoga for Peak Performance in Sports and Life" began May 8. The course graduation was held in the Vana Durga Temple on May 12. A Weekend of Classical Indian Music and Dance "Sacred Sounds" began on May 10 with Anupama Bhagwat, a critically acclaimed sitaris; a leading disciple of Pandit Shri Bimalendu Mukherjee; Suba Ramesh Parmar, an award winning dancer in the South Indian Bharatanatyam dance style; Sanhita Nandi, a brilliant performer of voice and depth of musical acumen and Shyam Kane a tabla player for more than 30 years. Swami Medhananda Puri, who will be visiting the Ashram for most of the month of May, gave a wonderful series of lectures on the Foundations of Vedanta from May 10-12.

    During mid-May Swami Shantanananda, a disciple of Swami Chinmayananda, gave wonderful and insightful teachings on Cultivating Non-Attachment, teachings from the Bhaja Govindam from May 13-17. The Bhakti Yoga Retreat began on May 17-21 with Radhanath Swami and Gaura Vani. Many devotees of Radhanth Swami came to the Ashram to participate in the Retreat. Radhanath Swami who resides in Mumbai, India teaches devotional wisdom, was an inspiring story teller and enthusiastic kirtan leader. Gauri Vani along with "As Kindred Spirit" held morning kirtan and 3-hour noonday Kirtans on the garden platform. Gauri Vani's wife and 2 daughters gave a special performance of traditional Indian dance in one of the morning Satsangs, completely captivating the hearts of all. Everyone was sorry to see them leave and look forward to welcoming them to the Ashram again next year. On May 17 the Inauguration was held for the Meditation Immersion Course, taught by Swami Brahmananda, with many new practitioners attending. Om Namah Sivaya. Pranams to all!


Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In the Last week of April we had a certificate course Yoga and Stress management, which encompassed special asana classes and lectures on relaxation, flight-fight model, yoga psychology for mental relaxation and more. Swami Durgananda and Swami Sivadasananda arrived at the Retreat House on the same day the spring TTC and an ATTC groups arrived. A very friendly group mostly from Germany, Switzerland and Austria.. During the inauguration many mentioned spiritual motivations as the main reason for coming to the courses. During the Satsangs we enjoyed the recently published German translations of the Kirtan book and Vishnudevananda Upadesa. During occasional outdoor classes the view on the snowy peaks nearby was superb. During the first teaching week both the TTC and ATTC groups settled in and had a good first week. The staff were kept busy teaching the various classes and taking care of the Kailash guest house and the students staying there. The presence of the workstudies was most welcome. The ascension day weekend was wonderful. Swami Sivadasananda taught a series of classes on the evolutionary journey in the asana. Nina Fallwell's years of teaching experience allowed us to discover the infinite depth of the Sanskrit language. Most illuminating were the lectures on the Healing Power of Yoga by Prof. Andreas Michalsen, director of the Naturopathy Department at the Immanuel Hospital in Berlin. He presented a number of studies that scientifically prove the benefits of yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation. The ancient knowledge of yoga was put into a modern light with personal dedication. Under the guidance of Nina Fallwell, the ATTC's successfully completed their Sanskrit exam. Many close students came for the Whitsun extended weekend program. Also several staffs came from various Centres to help and rest. Throughout the week Yagneshwara Dixit performed daily Pujas at the main shrine and three Pujas during the evening Satsangs in the Yoga Hall. There was much interest also for additional workshops on mantras, mudras and mythology. 15 teachers joined the Further Training for Yoga Teachers 'Yoga Body Work' with Swami Narayanananda introducing asana corrections for intermediate and advanced students. The guests eagerly took part in the Asana special 'Body and Mind in Balance' with Swami Atmaramananda. But the absolute highlight for all were the lectures with Swami Durgananda on "Sadhana – steps to inner awakening". Swamiji presented many practical instructions from the yoga scriptures in clear words with a compassionate directness. It left shiny faces and a renewed inspiration. OM.


Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early May we started with a little bit of refreshing rain that cooled down the weather slightly; we had been experiencing so much heat recently. We welcomed Saju and Mini who came back from Kerala after spending a few days with their respective families. With the yoga vacationers everything was flowing in harmony. For the morning silent walks we visited Dr Narayanasami's property nearby the Ashram where we would walk around and chant under a very inspiring old mango tree. On the other hand both guests and staff have been taking advantage of the pleasant evenings to enjoy nice volleyball matches at the volleyball court in the Ashram. It's been a nice alternative to exercise and we have all had fun together!

    During mid-May we successfully finished the first Yoga Vacation course of the month and received a few new guests for the next batch. Regarding karma yoga, we concentrated all of our efforts in cleaning the whole Ashram, especially the area around and inside the Shanti Nivas building. We wanted to get it ready for the visit of 2 VIPs coming from Thailand (Kunda and her son from the Thai Royal Family), as well as Prahlad, who came all the way from Canada and some staff from Neyyar Dam Ashram. Shakti left to Chennai for few days. Apart from that that everything kept flowing as usual with the grace of our beloved masters. May Master and Guru be with us all. Peace and Pranams to the Sivananda family.



SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Centres -
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early May lots of energy was flowing all around the Centre as we welcomed more students and karma yogis. Kavitha and Siham have been teaching two classes a day, while Araya and Mika are bringing more Thai and Japanese Yogis to practice here. Students who have completed Yoga 1 are coming in daily for their Sadhana. The staff and karma yogis are always in action, taking great care of everyone at the Centre. Siham left for a visa run one Saturday, after teaching a morning class to 6 students, our biggest class since the Inauguration. One Saturday night Satsang was really lively as two recent graduates (TTC & ATTC) from Neyyar Dam & Madurai Ashrams joined us for a beautiful night of meditation and devotional chanting. Here at the Bangkok Sivananda Centre, we are all very happy to serve, love, give and carry our Master's mission.

    During mid-May the Bangkok Centre had a full house. We welcomed Maniji and Uma Krishna from the Delhi Centre. Siham also returned from her visa run. Many students came to practice with our new teachers. One weekend we had the first Kid's Yoga Class with 5 lovely children. Kavitha taught them some fun animal asanas while Krishna and Mirabai gave drawing and origami lessons. On the other side of the Centre, the children's parents enjoyed a practice in the Garden view studio. Preparation for the Kid's camp as well as the first Teacher's Meeting in Bangkok continued. Om Namo Narayanaya.

    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre
    Soi Prapanit
    South Sathorn Road - Soi 3 (Soi Suan Phlu)
    Thungmahamek
    Bangkok 10120
    www.sivananda.org/bangkok | bangkok@sivananda.org


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Spring season started with our annual fasting seminar. We had some new students as well as experienced fasters and all of them including the staff were shining after the weekend. The retreat to Neu-Schoenau, a peaceful place 2 hours north of Berlin was very successful, a good group of students participated. Everybody enjoyed the Asana classes, lecture, Satsangs and walks. The main topic of the retreat was Relaxtion, which was much appreciated by all the participants. The house is located in a beautiful countryside and everything was blooming due to the nice warm weather. Everybody came back fully recharged. Courses and classes were running nicely, a "Yoga of the Back"-Workshop took place on one of the Saturdays. The public holidays of the Asuncion day and Whitsun allowed the staff to focus on additional projects: Asana blankets were washed, the cellar clearing gave space and several maintenance projects were fulfilled. Our dedicated garden-Karma Yogi took care of the lawn and the flowers and everything is blooming nicely. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early May the attendance to the activities continued growing steadily. One Meditation course, two Beginners courses and one Intensive Beginners course started. Saraswati Muthi departed from India. In order to welcome Saraswati a new altar is being built and the meditation hall was painted and redecorated.

    During mid-May a highlight was the arrival from India of Saraswati Murthi. It happened just on Shankaracharya´s birth anniversary. The Divine Mother Murthi brought a new uplift for the Centre´s energy. Over the weekend Kanti Devi and Chandra came from Montevideo. That Saturday evening we had an inspiring Puja, led by Kanti Devi and Swami Premananda. May the Mother's blessings bring peace and love along the world. Prem & Om to ALL.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
    Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre

    In early May we were enduring the heat and getting along with our regular programs. One Monday saw the start of our biggest Yoga 1 course yet, with twenty six students arriving on the first day and more coming in throughout the week. Many of them do not speak English, so one of our teachers, Sabarinath, was invaluable in leading the class both in English and Tamil. We also had a new staff member arrive. Vignesh just completed the April TTC in Neyyar Dam and was eager to get some teaching experience and to help out around the Centre. A few days later, another graduate of the same batch, Atalanta, arrived to help out for a few days before continuing her travels. Our ten-day kids' summer camp ended with great success. All of the children's parents were in attendance on the final day to see what their kids have learned and to partake of some Indian sweets. A Forward-bending Workshop was well-attended one Saturday. Longtime staff-member Indira left the Centre to return to Canada. Our well-wishes and Trayambakams go with her. Sasi Chaitanya took a few days off to visit her family. She will be back soon. Blessings to all!

    Mid-May saw a new batch of beginner classes for ladies only and an intermediate group as well. All of our open classes continued with ease, regardless of the ever-present heat. Our karma yogi, Atalanta moved on to Delhi to continue her travels. New staff member Peter had to leave due to job requirements abroad. Vignesh also had to leave the Centre due to family issues. We hope everything works out well for all of them. We've been very busy preparing the Centre for the arrival of Khun Da and her son, members of the Thai royal family, plus Trpti from Bangkok, as they head to Madurai Ashram to oversee planning of the Ashram remodelling project. Prahlada arrived the next day from Toronto to continue onto Madurai with them. We were very glad to accommodate all. Shakti, Madurai Ashram staff, also came to the Centre for a short visit. We're happy to have her here with us. Blessings to all! We all remain in good health and send pranams. May all be well world-wide! Prem & Om to all from the staff at the Chennai Centre.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    During mid-May new Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses began. One Saturday night we had an evening of Kirtan, which was wonderfully uplifting. By the grace of the Gurus, all continued well while Swami Narayanananda was away. Karma yogis were contributing extra time at the Centre. With their help, the garden is now off to a good start, and we are making improvements on promotions for the Centre. All the staff sends Pranams to the Sivananda family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi from the Centre in Chicago.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dwarka Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In May everything went very well in the Centre. We started two Monday Y1 at 10am and 6.30pm, with good numbers of students. Open classes also ran very well in the mornings as well in the evenings. We offered a kriya workshop, an advanced class and Satsangs, attended by good numbers of students. The weather continued to get hotter and hotter everyday. Pranams to all Om Shanti.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    By the grace of Master and Swamijis all at the Centre went well. In early May Monday two Yoga -1 courses started, with more numbers despite of heat at 40 degree Celsius. Hip Opening and Headstand workshops were attended by many new students from the beginners courses. We welcomed Sukadev from Montreal on his way to TTC in Netala. Krishna taught the Kids class one Sunday, with many new kids added, creating much noise. This kept the staff busy through the class. A weekend Yoga-1 class ended with all students signing up for open classes. We held a reception meeting with many new amendments agreed upon to make it effective. More than 7 outside teachers contributed their insight.

    During mid-May we started two new Monday Beginners course. Mani Chaitanya and Uma Krishna left for Bangkok. A Spine and Flexibility workshop and a Backward Bending workshop were conducted. We welcomed back Sajeev from his home. We were also very busy with prenatal classes as well as a huge number of students attending the Kids class. Anujji's Sunday Satsang went smoothly. Everyone putting their energy to complete the long pending Data Entry in the system and hopefully we shall complete end of this month. Our active karma Yogis - Kishore, Amit and Bheeshma are very helpful in all part of the Centre activities. Garden was well managed by Dr. Bakaya with new flower plants for summer. We send our humble pranams to all from all staff at the Nataraja Centre. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Om Namo Narayanaya!


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Geneva Centre
    We had lively weekends with an open day which was actively promoted. A good group of very open and connected newcomers joined the different activities like asana demonstration, trial class and the introduction to meditation. On Saturdays we had a TTC-information as well as a Mantra- and Kirtan-Workshop where students were introduced in the theory and practice of devotional chanting which was well received. Although two weeks were quieter than usual student wise due to holidays, the atmosphere was lively and constructive: A main focus was a deep spring-cleaning of the Centre and various maintenance-projects in preparation of the upcoming special programme in June. With the help of dedicated Karma-yogis carpets and windows were cleaned and the bathrooms painted. A number of other small improvements can already be seen and are much appreciated by the students. Also the work on the next general brochure started. Spiritual Highlight of the week was an uplifting and joyful celebration of Rama Navami with many of our teachers as well as new students participating. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early May the Centre ran very well with its courses and open classes. We started 2 "Yoga 1" courses and one Yoga 2 course. The students finished the Yoga 2 and Yoga 3 courses and have now been coming regularly for open classes, filling the room to maximum capacity. During one weekend, the Hip and Hamstring Opening workshop, taught by Theresa, was well received by the students. The classroom was full of attendants and they enjoyed it very much. We are so blessed to have a wonderful staff team to serve the community better and follow the teaching of the Masters.

    During mid-May the weather became cooler, with rain every afternoon, as the seasons change to the rainy season. The new season is bringing new energy to the Centre. We started for the 1st time the "Yoga for Change" course, taught by Deviyani, which was well received by the students. This course was based on the material of the positive thinking manual, plus some practical techniques to help students change their negative thoughts into positive thoughts. Other courses also started were: two weekend Yoga 1 courses, taught in English and Vietnamese. And last we did a dessert workshop to make healthy sweets without using: eggs, dairy, wheat and sugar. The attendants were very happy to learn the way to create these and eat them without guilt. We are happy to be blessed by the love of the Divine Mother. All the staff were happy, with the Guru's blessings. Pranams to all the Sivananda family.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early May we started with a sunny bank holiday and staff enjoyed the extra time for Sadhana, rest and relaxation. Many Londoners left the city during the long week-end resulting in a calmer week in the Centre. The TTC preparations are advancing well and are combined with a general cleaning and organization of the Centre. One Saturday featured a well attended workshop on stress management, several students stayed throughout the day and combined the workshop with the full day-programme. The variety of flowers and colour made the garden most beautiful in this time of the year and students enjoyed it as a welcome extension of the Centre.

    During mid-May we spent a good week at the Centre leading up to a dynamic week-end. One Saturday featured a cooking workshop with the theme "Vegetarian Cooking for the Modern Lifestyle". The theoretical part of the class and the cooking demonstration were followed by a hands-on-practice with the students practicing a variety of cooking skills and menu selections. One Sunday, there was a Ganapathi Homa, performed by the South Indian priest. With many helping hands, the main asana hall was transformed in a temple with the Homa taking place indoors. Many close students and teachers participated and the Homa was a spiritual uplift for the Centre just before the start of the upcoming TTC. Pranams to all the Sivananda family from the London Centre.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early May we had a very successful weekend, with many new people attending the Centre for the eco-friendly events - "How to Make Your Own Eco-safe Household Cleaners and Body Care Products" and for the Eco-movie "Dirt". That Sunday was Mothers Day so we celebrated the Goddess with stories, mantra and Kirtan on Sunday afternoon and a Devi Puja at Satsang at night. The Centre was vibrant, with good attendance at morning Satsang these days. The staff house has 7 new 'residents' - 7 silkie chickens to help with maintaining and providing manure for the staff vegetable garden.

    During mid-May the energy at the Centre continued to be steady with good class attendance. We concluded the Positive Thinking and Meditation courses and started a 5-week "Introduction to Vedic Astrology" course with Bill Levacy, president of American College of Vedic Astrology. This brought many new people to the Centre. At the weekend we had sessions on Heartmath technology for healing Emotions and Heart Health, and two sessions with Cairo Rocha, energy healer from Nassau, Bahamas, who was passing through Los Angeles on his way to China. He shared his knowledge about the connections between the endocrine system and the chakras and also the powerful healing effects of 'grounding' - walking barefoot on the Earth! May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Pranams.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    The month of May started with a lot of inspiration and high energy following Swami Sivadasananda's visit with a number of special events at the end of April. The impulse given in April for the preparations of the 40th anniversary continued throughout the month of May with multiple sound checks completed by Swami Atmaramananda and Sita from London, rehearsals for the asana demonstration and for the kirtan choir, a Centre photo shoot, the start of a number of cleaning projects around the Centre, and work on the decoration plans. The 40th Anniversary brochures arrived at the Centre and were quickly distributed around the entrance and reception areas where they are attracting a lot of attention from students and teachers alike. As part of the anniversary preparations, Swami Atmaramananda and Gopala visited the Indian Embassy to meet with the Indian ambassador who expressed a desire to visit the Centre as well as to come to the 40th anniversary festival in June. At the end of April, the Centre participated at the Yoga Fair in Guadalajara (represented by close teachers Yashoda and Vishnu) and Swami Atmaramananda and Gopala conducted a successful Open Doors Yoga Day in Barcelona with a teachers meeting, a lecture, an asana class and a Satsang. Later in May, the Madrid Centre held a successful Open Doors day as well. In the beginning of May, Swami Atmaramananda conducted a very successful two-week intensive retreats and lectures program in Moscow and Krasnoyarsk. Upon his return from Russia, he did an extensive weekend visit in Reith, where he gave a number of Satsangs and asana workshops during the special events weekend there. In May, Karuna spent 10 beautiful days at the Sivananda Retreat House in Reith where she recharged completely and came back rested and inspired. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early May, by the grace of our Gurus, the Centre's activities were going on smoothly. We started a new beginners course on Monday evenings. Kids are enjoying their vacation classes. One Sunday we had Public Satsang with 7 people attending the Satsang. Everything went well, by Gurus' blessings. Om Shanti.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Melbourne, Australia
    Om Namah Sivaya from Melbourne.
    In early May we concentrated on promoting our next Open House and Kirtan evening to help attract more students to the Centre. A maintenance project to start the building of a separation in the women's changing room to improve the changing room especially as it is getting colder now in Melbourne. We updated our courses in FindYoga and printed 2000 flyers for the Open House. We are also organizing a small retreat for the end of the month with with Sydney teachers.

    During mid-May we offered our Open House to twenty-two students. It went smoothly as it was the second Open House. The people love the asanas demonstration, the yoga class, the snack and the introduction to meditation. On Sunday afternoon we had a Kirtan event with three kirtanists and musicians with years of experience which attracted a crowd of thirty six participants. It created a very nice and positive energy with mantra chanting and meditation between the chants. Pranams to all.

    Melbourne Australia
    Swami Gopalananda
    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre
    86 Tope Street South Melbourne VIC 3205
    Australia
    +61(0)396450437
    +61(0)429927312
    www.sivananda.com.au


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Milano, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya from all staff in Milano.
    In May we continued with offering 12 classes, plus one Satsang, each week to a nice regular community of students at the Milan Centre. Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early May the student attendance was regular. Special workshops and beginners' courses were offered, with good participation. We had a wonderful Retreat from 3rd to 5th of May in Santa Ana, Uruguay - a resort in the Coast of Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires. It was a sunny wonderful weekend. The place had a beautiful view and it was extremely peaceful. This event was really a blessing of the Masters. The group consisted of people from BsAs, Rio, from the country of Uruguay and Montevideo. Meanwhile, at the Centre, we received a new secretary, Valeria. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early May the lighter evenings seemed to motivate more students to attend evening open classes. Courses continued to run well. The energy of Spring has encouraged renovation work in the Centre. With the support and strength of karma yogi's the bathroom in the basement was demolished and cleared. Planning for the new bathroom began and hopefully installed very soon! Swami Shivabhaktananda and staff from the Ashram came to the Centre one Sunday. They bought a dynamic, joyful presence to the day and evening Satsang.

    During mid-Maythe Centre saw a fairly constant flow of students for the open classes. One Friday evening the Centre hosted a Kirtan. It was popular with over 15 people attending to express their devotion through singing. The next day we offered a day programme call "Fasting and Silence" to which we received 14 students. The day consisted of organic juices, broths, an open class, readings from Master and Swami Ji, a Yoga Nidra session, Om chanting, Lakita Japa and meditation. It ended with a beautiful Siva Puja, conducted by Priest Siva from Montreal. The students looked peaceful by the end of the day and so did the karma yogi's helping. It was the third time the Centre has hosted this day. By the evening it felt like vibrations of the Centre had been raised. The following Sunday Satsang was peaceful with a group of 35 people chanting beautifully. The evening ended with food as people talked ad connected with one another. We feel thankful for Swamiji's and Master's grace. Pranams to all the Sivananda family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    In early May, since we had promoted the activities of the Centre last week on the Groupon webpage we had many people calling and coming to the classes. Also the new beginners course taught by Swami Vasudevananda on Wednesday was quite large. With the help of our residents we bought new flowers for our balcony which is now looking very nice and colourful. Thursday being a public holiday we had a long weekend. Swami Vasudevananda and a number of students of the Centre went to the special programme in the Sivananda Retreat House in Tyrol / Austria. Many karma yogis who had stayed in town came on the weekend and helped us with various "spring cleaning projects". OM.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early May the Centre's activities were just fine. We had the presence of Gopika, a karma yogi from Bs.As, who helped with the tasks of teaching, cleaning, reception, etc. We started a meditation course for beginners'. The students already felt the benefits of the practice. Classes continued well.

    During mid-May it was a regular week for the Centre for Yoga, with open classes, a beginners' course, Satsang and general Workshops continuing. People consulted for classes and courses. We performed cleaning and general maintenance of the Centre. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Pranams.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    Early May was wonderful.

    During mid-May our large shipment of books from India arrived. We were excited to have our boutique fully stocked with inspiring books. Gauri Devi, Sarada Devi, Mahakaanta and Swami Sadasivananda went to the Ranch Ashram for a weekend and enjoyed the East Coast Teacher's meeting. We were happy to welcome a new resident, Jagadamba, who will be with us for a month. Om Namah Sivaya from all the staff here at the NYC Centre. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Paris, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Springtime with the chanting of the birds from the early morning, flowers blooming everywhere, rain and changing weather. Like every year on May there were many bank holidays and two weeks of school holidays. There were less students and teachers but thanks to the Masters enough karma yogis to support the running of the Centre and to allowed the staff to have a few days in Orleans to recharge in prana. The temporary staff was of great support assuming new extra responsibilities specially with the teaching. The neighbor's renovations works started. The workers built a scaffolding in the courtyard next to the office and the works might last until the fall. Thanks God, the noise is moderate. At the beginning of the month we had a lively Ayurvedic cooking class. By the middle of the month a Meditation course and a Raja yoga course started with motivated groups of students. We had a Yoga at home workshop with a little group of regular students and a Kriya and fasting workshop with a good group of focused students, who were feeling light and clean after the kriyas. Swami Bhagavatananda stayed most of the time in Orleans helping with the TTC and taking care of many things from there. Swami Kailasananda came to Paris almost once a week to attend several administrative things. The presence of Swamiji and her positive thinking is always very inspiring for the Centre. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    In early May we started a beginners course with 7 students. Lalita stayed at the Centre for 4 days and helped a lot with the classes and cooking. The Centre was empty because of Mothers' Day.

    During mid-May we finished a Beginners' course, with 6 students. The weather was really cold and humid so the attendance was less. We started to arrange the Kanti Devi's Tour in September, which includes a retreat near Porto Alegre in October. Pranams, from all the staff at Porto Alegre Centre.



Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    In early May students completed the level 2 on the Yoga Thai Massage with Krishna from Val Morin. Both levels finished successfully and the students went back home very happy after 12 days of program, Krishna then returned to Val Morin. The same day we welcomed Swami Mahadevananda at the Centre on his way to Calabria (south Italy) as part as his tour in Italy. Swamiji gave a lecture in the University of Calabria to a big group of students. Meanwhile in the Centre we planned and started our weekend special program with Swami Mahadevananda. On Swami's return to the Centre many new and regular students, as well as many teachers, participated in the two day program. Many Karma yogis and teachers helped during that weekend. The staff were well and sending their pranams. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with all. Om & Prem from Roma.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    In early May Narayan continued instruction for multiple levels of Positive Thinking and Meditation and Hatha Yoga Courses. One Wednesday night, staff, residents, and Centre students attended a film premiere here if San Francisco called "Occupy Love". SF Centre hosted the filmmakers and producers at the Centre for 3 nights and they conducted a workshop entitled, "Love in a Time of Crisis" focusing on the questions around spirituality and activism. Both events were well attended. One Sunday night we were joined by our long time friend and blessed visitor, Rama Mata, the wife and predecessor of the late, great modern master Sadguru Sant Keshavadas. She told stories of Rama and Hanuman in her sweet and electric style. Pranams to all from San Francisco Centre.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Blessings and Peace to all of the Sivananda Family from the Tel Aviv Centre.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with us all. Pranams and Peace to all the Sivananda Family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early May we started a Yoga 1 on Mondays, a Yoga 2 on Saturdays, Prenatal class on Wednesdays, a Meditation class 1 on Fridays and a Raw food workshop on Saturdays. The Meditation and the Raw Food was very well attended, with 10 for meditation and 6 for raw food. The weather was getting warm, so we decided to do some spring cleaning around and inside the Centre. We had about 10 Karma yogi's who volunteered. We planted some flowers in the pots in the front and did a lot of cleaning inside and outside the Centre. We prepared lunch with the help of a Karma yogi and enjoyed the lunch after the cleaning. We had more people offering to do Karma yoga at the Centre and hope to get a lot of cleaning and painting done with the warm weather. We also got the 90 min Class CD with Prahladji out in the boutique, and tidied up the boutique with the arrival of a few copies of some new books.

    During mid-May we started a Yoga 1 on Tuesday nights. We had a workshop by Ram, on Vedic Chanting which was attended by 4 students. Open classes continued to be full. We painted the backyard with the help of some Karma Yogis. The weather became warmer. Prahlada travelled to Montreal to visit Mr. Trager and to attend to some of the Camp work. Prahlada then left for India to help out the planning of Madurai Ashram construction. Kids classes were on, even though it was a Victoria Day long weekend. By the grace of Master and Swamiji the Centre was strong. Om and prem to all the staff around the world! Om.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early May we started a new Beginners course. On Wednesday, the 8th May, we offered a Headstand workshop for the benefit of students who had finished the beginners course. The programme was very well received and we plan to conduct similar workshops for Surya Namaskar and the Sarvangaasana cycle. A Kriya workshop was held on Saturday 11th May, which as usual, received good response. Our prayers for and good wishes to each member of the Sivananda family. Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Open Classes and Courses were running well and several workshops this month were also well attended, among them Yoga@Home and a headstand workshop. One weekend Swami Vidyananda went to a Yoga fair in Northern Italy to represent Sivananda Yoga there. Main source of inspiration for several Satsangs this month were talks given by Swami Vishnudevananda (from the audio archives). Maintenance project of the month was laying a new blue carpet in our guest room in the 1st floor, which we also use for teaching once a week. Madhava went to Reith for assisting at the Whitsun special program and later Swami Vidyananda also went to Reith during the TTC/ATTC. During this time devoted teachers took care of the Centre throughout the Whitsun holidays, giving open classes and Satsangs and keeping up the energy. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius
    In early May a Yoga 3 course was spontaneously organized - first Yoga 3 course in new Centre. The course was filled easily with eager to learn students. The cooking course one Saturday had 14 students, who were happy to learn how to cook various vegetarian dishes using the spices and food ingredients in creative way. One Sunday we had the Open House Day. Many people arrived, different in age, interest and experience. The students had a lot of interest in benefits of yoga and meditation. Durgadevi came back from the Yoga retreat in Russia, were she was supporting and helping Swami Atmaramananda during the program.

    During mid-May quite a few new courses started: two Yoga 1 courses began on Mondays and Tuesdays, with a nice interested group of yoga students. Two Yoga 2 courses, which started on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, were also quite well attended. The workers began to renovate the facades of the house. The entire building was thermo insulated and repainted in a nice primrose colour. We are looking forward to have a warmer and sattvic looking Centre house. We were concentrating and preparing the things for the special program, happening at the end of May, with Swami Atmaramananda. Students and yoga teachers from all over the Lithuania were planning to come. Peace and Pranams to all the Sivananda Family. OM.




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