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Issue #10/2013 Serve Love Give Purify Meditate Realize Oct 1, 2013
"Simplify your life, Purify your heart. Slay egoism and pride. Cultivate cosmic love. Practice self-discipline. Serve all, love all. Hear, reflect, meditate. Enquire and know thy Self. Live in the Eternal." - 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:
OCTOBER 2013
04 New Moon
05 Navarathri Starts
14 Vijaya Dasami
15 Ekadasi
18 Full Moon 
30 Ekadasi

NOVEMBER 2013
02 Diwali
03 New Moon
09 Swamiji's Mahasamadhi
10 Subramanya/Ayyappa Temple Closes for winter
11 Swamiji's Jalasamadhi
13 Ekadasi
17 Full Moon 
29 Ekadasi
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NEWS

Blessed Selves,
Om Namah Sivaya
 
We are happy to inform you that, by the grace of Master and Swamiji, everything is running very smoothly in the Sivananda Organization. The EBM, in turn, is guiding the staff in a positive direction, giving utmost care to the guests of the Organization. The staff report to be very inspired and working very hard. All Centres are thriving, with a high number of students attending workshops and classes. The Ashrams are very busy with an extensive and varied array of programs offered to yoga vacationer guests.

We are also happy to inform you that in the month of July 2013 Sankara Chaitanya, from Montreal Centre, was initiated into Sanyas Ashrama. He is now known as Swami Sankarananda Saraswati. We wish him all the best in his spiritual journey.  

May Master and Swamiji's blessings be with us always.

Pranams to all.

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Meditation raises the aspirant to the highest realm of divine knowledge, eternal joy and sunshine. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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

Firstly, 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. Can asceticism lead to enlightenment?
A.

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

Q. In an Ashram where you have gathered together young spiritual aspirants, promising to guide them in their rapid march to the Goal of life, viz., Self-realization, why do you encourage dance, drama and music?
A. The question betrays an ignorance of the fundamental principles of music and dance. They are divine. I should request you to remember that Lord Krishna with His inseparable flute and Mother Sarasvati with Her Veena remind you that music is divine. Lord Nataraja reminds you that dance had its origin in Him. The wickedness of man would misuse anything. Because pickpockets are found in abundance in a temple on a festival day, should we deny ourselves the blessings of His Darshan? It is a pity that these two divine arts-- music and dance  have been brought down to the level of sensuous entertainment. It is the sacred duty of every lover of God and of the fine arts to raise them to their original standards of purity and divinity. Music is Nada Yoga. It at once enables you to attain union with Nada Brahman, the sacred Pranava. Nritya or dance enables you to enter into Bhava Samadhi. Drama is a very powerful instrument for the dissemination of spiritual knowledge. What you cannot teach through hundreds of books and hours of lecture, you can bring home to the audience easily and effectively through a single play. Drama is an art-form that touches the heart. The very fact that the worldly man has taken such an interest in these three and misused them to fulfill his nefarious purposes, shows what a tremendous power they have over the heart and soul of man. What a blessing they will be if they are used for spiritual ends!
 
Previous FAQs at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/faq/faq.html

Those who are perfect Brahmacharins have lustrous eyes, a healthy body and mind, and a keen, piercing intellect. - Sri Swami Sivananda

HATHA YOGA TIP

PROPER RELAXATION 2 - CHILD'S POSE
- Relaxing in a forward bend

This pose stretches the back and muscles around the hips. The pose can be performed after back bends such as the cobra and locust where the muscles have been tightly contracted or after the headstand or half spinal twist.

Begin from sitting on the heels and leaning forward until the forehead comes to rest on the floor. Extend arms in front palms down on the mat stretching the back forward away from the hips. Drop the hips down and ease them back towards the heels. Then lay the arms back alongside the body with hands beside the feet and palms upwards on the mat. Relax the arms. If it is difficult to sit on the heels and the forehead does not reach the floor, (as in pregnancy) , then keep the knees apart with big toes towards each other. Fold arms in front of you on the mat with hands one on top of the other and rest the forehead on the folded arms. Take at least 8 deep rhythmical breaths before the next asana.

BENEFITS:
Stretches out the spine gently and soothes the back muscles.
Relaxes spinal ligaments
Spinal stretching invigorates the nervous system
Relieves compression of lumbar intervertebral discs
Relaxes the head and shoulders.
Eases the muscles around the hips.
Brings flow of blood to the brain, rejuvenating.

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

I am childlike in my Swabhava. So I mix with all. I become one with all. I am ever happy and joyful and make others also happy and joyful. I am full of educative humour. I radiate joy though humour. - Swami Sivananda

We should not confuse relaxation with laziness. In infancy the child relaxes naturally, some adults possess this power of relaxation. Such persons are noted for their endurance, strength, vigor and vitality. - Swami Vishnudevananda

YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY

PRANAVA; PRANAVA UPASANA:


Pranava: Om; the original Word. Upasana: Sitting near; worship or contemplation; devout meditation; to go closer to God.

Pranava Upasana is also known by the name Nirguna Dhyana, meditation on Om, Jnana Yoga or Brahma Upasana.

Panava Upasana is the classical method of meditation outlined in the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. It is also called Aum yoga and Aum yoga meditation. The fixing of the mind on the sound of the mantra "Aum" – the sacred syllable that both symbolizes and embodies Brahman, the Absolute Reality. The mantra is constantly repeated in unison with the breath.

Happiness is only within. Fix your gaze on the divine flame within, which is of the essence of the universal light, which only shines and spreads Peace. - Sw. Sivananda

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

Cultivate strong patience. You will succeed in every attempt. - Sri Swami Sivananda

 BHAGHAVAD GITA

Chapter I: The Yoga of Arjuna's Despondency

I.11. (Duryodhana to Drona describing the Kuru army)
"Therefore do ye all (Kuru warriors), stationed in your respective positions, in the several divisions of the army, protect Bhishma (symbolizing the Ego) alone."

I.12. His (Duryodhana's) glorious grandsire (Bhishma), the oldest of the Kauravas, in order to cheer Duryodhana, now roared like a lion, and blew his conch shell.

Another Quote from the BG:
Svadharmamapi Chavekshya Na Vikampitumarhasi - Waver not from your own duty on seeing it in front of you.

Concentrate to make the Rajoguna (excitement/activity) less and less prominent. Allow the Sattvaguna (purity) to become preponderant. Then alone the mind will become calm; the meditation steady and peaceful. - Sri Swami Sivananda

RAJA YOGA

I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"

I.37. VEETA-RAAGA-VISHAYAM-VAA-CITTAM.

'Or by fixing the mind on one who has transcended human passions and attachments'.

Commentary:
Another highly regarded object of meditation is a saint or sage who has attained liberation. A picture of an inspiring soul, such as Swami Sivananda, Buddha or Jesus, may be kept on the altar or other place of meditation. He may be focused on either visually or mentally.

I.38. SVAPNA-NINDRAA-JNAANAALAMBANAM VAA

'Or (by meditating upon) knowledge gained in dreams or deep sleep'.

Commentary:
Many times the Truth is revealed by the superconscious during sleep. Usually this information is forgotten, and is only utilized by the subconscious. But if that knowledge is meditated upon consciously, great progress can be made upon the path.

[from Chapter I: "Samadhi Pada- On Contemplations"]

I.17. VITARKA-VICHAARAANANDAASMITAANUGAMAAT SAMPRJNAATAH
'"Samprajnata samadhi" (samadhi with consciousness) is accompanied by
reasoning, discrimination, bliss, and an awareness of individuality.'

Commentary:
In their search to find out about matter, scientists employ this method. They concentrate on an element and experiment to discover its nature. Thus they have learned how to split the atom and utilize its energy for constructive or destructive purposes; Modern man can now push a button and explode a hydrogen bomb. Knowledge of something not only gives control over it, but over those who have no knowledge of it. One buys a certain brand of toothpaste in preference to another out of ignorance; the advertisers know human weakness. They claim that one brand has more sex appeal then other, thus play on the weaknesses of the mind. Everybody manipulates power in this way. Politicians concentrate their energies on outwitting each other and the public. They come up with such mantras as "Law and Order" and "Peace and Honor", and bombard the public with their energy in order to control the mass mind. Even some yogis and swamis use such simple, silly tricks and devices as tiger skins, turbans and beards to capture one's imagination and hence the mind, If the mind can be tricked, it can be controlled.

Sit for meditation. Close your eyes. Close your mind to every impression that arises from the five senses. - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE

CREAMY SWEET POTATO AND CARROT SOUP
For the coconut milk portion in this recipe, desiccated coconut is used to make your own coconut milk. Serves 4.

Ingredients:
5 ½ oz (150g) desiccated coconut
2 tsp grated fresh root ginger
1 lb 2 oz (500g) sweet potatoes, finely chopped
1 lb 2 oz (500g) carrots, finely chopped
32 fl oz (1 litre) vegetable stock
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh cilantro leaves to garnish

Preparation:

Making the coconut milk: Make in advance and store in refrigerator up to 24 hrs, or make it as you prepare the soup. Place the desiccated coconut in a bowl and pour 16 fl oz (500 ml) boiling, filtered water over it. Stir to combine and leave to soak for10 minutes. Then whizz in a blender on high for 1 minute. Leave for further 10 minutes and then pass through a sieve into a bowl, using the back of a spoon to squeeze out all the excess moisture. Discard the coconut remaining in the sieve.

Place the ginger, sweet potatoes and carrots in a medium sized pan and add the vegetable stock.
Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer about 15 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
Pureé the soup in a blender with the coconut milk and black pepper.
Serve garnished with fresh cilantro.

This recipe from the Sivananda publication - "Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion" : Proper Diet. Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre - 2010.

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

Cutting vegetables is not Himsa. There is no real consciousness in plants and trees, although there is life in them. There is life in plants, sensation in animals, mentality in human beings and spirituality in sages. - Sri Swami Sivananda

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

Nov 17 - Dec 10/13
Ayurveda Wellness Course - English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
www.sivananda.org/neyyardam

Nov 17 - Dec 14/13
TTC – English, Français
Val Morin, QC- Canada
www.sivananda.org/camp

Nov 24 - Dec 22/13
TTC - English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India
www.sivananda.org/madurai

Dec 04 - Dec 31/12
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Dec 14/12 - Jan 12/14
TTC – English, Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol/en

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

Through the practice of Yoga, the seminal energy, not the gross physical semen, flows upwards and enriches the mind. This has been declared by the sages.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS - SEPTEMBER 2013

SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Ashrams -

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

    Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from the Headquarters.
    For September let's start the report with a comment on the weather! It has been a cold and damp. The nights were cold, so cold that we were given a frost warning. We were covered in mist, this kind of weather is reminiscent to hill stations in India. We were all still adjusting ourselves into the winter schedule. As there are few of us now at the Ashram we were spreading our duties into several different departments, pulling in together until we are well adjusted. There have been a few guests staying during the week days. One weekend we had over 10 guests. One saturday we had our Open House event, which was attended by over 50 people! They were given a tour of the Ashram, an open yoga class, a delicious vegetarian meal and banana muffins, plus, a talk on the 5 Points of Yoga. We had 8 people sign up for the Beginners' Course which started on Tuesdays. The course was taught by Chandrika. One Saturday there was Pongala night at the Temple. Many of the long time devotees were present with their families and made the pongala together. The priests did an Abhishekam for Mariamman and dressed her up beautifully. We celebrated Master Sivananda's birthday by doing an Abhishekam for Master. Mahadev, Sukhadev, Ramdas, Shambu, Mohini and their 3 little ones, Bharata and Sita all attended the Pooja. Swami Shankarananda from Montreal also came for the Pooja. As soon as the Pooja was finished, all the staff except a few, Harisha and Swami Gayatriananda packed up in the white van and went to the Montreal Centre to do an Abhishekam and Pooja for Master and Ganesha. The Montreal Centre was very busy and the Satsang was packed with people and joy. After the Pooja, we all ate at the Centre and came back to the Ashram. It is always nice for us to visit the Centre and have the Centre visit us, as it keeps up the strong connection between us. On the 16th we started a week-long "Harvesting and Winter Preparations" programme. This programme was a series of workshops on harvesting herbs, planting, seeds, preparing and canning food for the winter, all natural skin products etc. It was conducted by Gita, Pierre, Uma, Sita, Mohini and Gauri Devi. As for the various departments at work: house keeping made sure all the seasonal buildings were clean and closed for the winter. Gauri Devi created new gardens, maintaining them plus, preparing the garden for the winter. Vyasa and Juan were busy with their projects at the Temple and Ashram, working together to build the bathrooms behind the Yoga Hall. The Maintenance dept did a general clean up of the grounds, painting and any other tasks required, Office staff were busy doing office things but most importantly entering the many TTC lists into the database. We were covered in the kitchen and for teaching classes. September was nice for us as we pulled together, working as a unit and keeping up the energy of the Ashram.

    During mid-September, Gita, Uma, Mohini, Sita, Pierre and Gauri Devi conducted a Harvesting and Winter Preparation programme, where they taught guests and staff how to make natural skin products, making bread, jam, preparing and canning food for the winter, composting, making herbal medicine and harvesting seeds. We had guests attend the programmes, as well as some staff. Swami Shivabhaktananda, Swami Gayatriananda and Harisha attended Satsang at the Montreal Centre, where they did a Pooja for Krishna. Bharata and Sita invited all the staff to their house for a barbeque. All the staff, plus one guest were there, enjoying a delicious tofu and veggie barbeque with pita bread, baba ganoush and salad. It was very nice, a bit cold, but we managed to stay warm by standing around the barbeque. As it was slowly moving into the winter phase of Ashram life, it is important that we all spend time together as a family, as it helps sometimes when the months get long, dark and tough! Vyasa and Pierre along with their team finished building the bathrooms behind the Yoga Hall. Vyasa and Gauri left the Ashram, after spending the whole summer with us, and helping the Ashram as needed, plus, teaching us some spanish along the way! As the weather was nice (fingers crossed) for a week, we planned to finish painting and staining anything outside. Swami Shivabhaktananda, along with some staff were invited for a programme in a Yoga Studio in a nearby resort of Mt. Tremblant. The programme includes yoga class taught by Swamiji, a vegetarian pot luck meal and Satsang. Pierre conducted the sweat lodge one weekend, with over 15 people booked. The staff worked hard, both for the Ashram and their Sadhana. This time is nice for us as we are pulling in together, working as a unit and keeping up the energy of the Ashram. Salutations to the worldwide family from the Sivananda Headquarters.



Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    Early September marked the beginning of Onam, the biggest harvest festival in the state of Kerala. For ten days staff made intricately decorated Pookalam (flower designs) each night leading up to the tenth day. On the morning of 8th Sept we celebrated the 126th birth anniversary of H.H. Swami Sivananda with a Guru Puja and Abhishekam, starting the day off with a beautiful calm energy. The yoga vacation programme continued to do well, with an enthusiastic group of guests. The lectures have also been a great exchange of ideas and discussions on Yoga. We wished Nataraj ji safe travels to Rishikesh for the Sadhana Intensive. Shibin has again recently joined the Ashram after the death of his father.

    During mid-September, Onam celebrations were in full swing. Each night a new pookalam design was made, more elaborate than the last. The final design truly showcased the talent of the Ashram staff, a 3D lotus with a shivalingam emerging through the Centre and hooded cobra, surrounded by a huge design of flowers. Truly spectacular. The Ashram guests and staff participated in the local Onam parade walking from the near by village back to Neyyar Dam, with banners and King Mahabali played by Anil, massage therapist. The festivities were marked with various drumming groups that raised the energy level of the event. Guests and staff had a wonderful time. Back to the Ashram schedule, the Beginners and Intermediate classes started on the 16 th and continued well, with a smaller group for each batch. The rain continued in full swing, but hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of the guests and staff. All staff are in good spirits and send their pranams.



Sivananda Ashram Kutir, Netala, Uttarkashi, North India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    Pranams from Netala where we held our annual Sadhana Intensive Sept 8-22th.. May Master and Guru be with us all. Om.



Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
    Om Namah Sivaya
    At the beginning of September we offered an Ayurveda Cooking certificate course with Sanjay and Dr Anjani Kulkarni from Pune. The students learned a lot, from the proper use of spices to cooking many different dishes to suit every constitution. There were many smiles on the faces of the students as they seem to appreciate the knowledge shared with them. Kailas led a week programme "Yoga and Nature Walk", showing the participants the beauties of the area, especially the Loire river valley. Vishwakarma is continuing to work on the new Hanuman shrine, the assembled oak beams are giving us an idea of how the structure will look like. Our priest, Venugopal, did his last Puja at the Ashram before leaving for his European tour and then back to India. We had a Puja for Swami Sivananda's birthday, which was very nice and reminded us of the blessing to be guided by this great Master and we also celebrated Ganesha Chaturti. Later in the month we offered a health orientated programme, "Proper Nutrition and Digestion with Yoga". The 2 day carrot juice fast was accepted by most of the guests; during this programme, Kailas gave a demonstration of the Kriyas. OM.



Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early September Swami Sitaramananda teaching Yoga Retreats in Ho Chi Minh, Dalat, and Hanoi, Vietnam. Swami Omkarananda arrived to lead the Interfaith Dialogue Retreat with focus on New Cosmology, and how as spiritual seekers integrate our own story with the "Universal Story". Wonderful special guest presenters are Joe Mitchell, a Catholic Priest and member of the Passionist community; Michael Nagler, co-founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at UC Berkelely and devotee of Eknath Easwaren; Rev. Peter Rood, an episcopal priest from Los Angeles. This wonderful retreat considered dharma, environment, non-violence and other topics. The weekend Intro to Meditation course was a great success with 23 students. Workshops and Satsangs were presented by Swami Pranavananda and Swami Omkarananda. Most of the guests were first time to the Ashram and new to meditation and were very inspired by the welcoming environment of the Ashram and the classical teaching.

    During mid-September, the Yoga Farm was happy to welcome back Swami Sitaramananda from her trip through Vietnam and Taiwan. It was a successful trip with large participation of students in Vietnam and Taiwan, reaching out to almost 600 students through many retreats and programs. Durga Leela and Bharata ran the Ayurvedic Detox Rejuvenation Retreat with participants attending daily lectures on Ayurvedic approaches to health, diet and personal routines, including treatments and consultations. Staff and guests dove into the Bhagavad Gita course with Kailas Chaitnaya, with teachings on karma, dharma and ways of understanding the challenges faced on the spiritual journey. Ananta Ch. and Shambu das taught the Beginner Weekend, introducing the 5 Points of Yoga and asanas to the group. 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

    Early September saw the first day of the TTC starting off with a very auspicious Homa to Lord Ganesha in honor of Ganesha Chaturthi.  The Homa was performed by our priest, Anoopji, outside on the barn platform, overlooking the beautiful valley and capturing the magnificent sunrise.  The students are adjusting well to the schedule and classes.  We celebrated several birthdays, nearly one a day. While the weather was still warm, we had a morning walk for the Satsang one Friday. The students enjoyed it so much they are requesting more walks.  We will have to get them in while the temperatures stay warm because the cold front is moving in quickly.  A weekend workshop was given by Swami Sadasivananda on "Faith", including a thought provoking, inspiring and moving lecture. It was well attended by staff and guests. Staff morale is high and their sadhana is strong.

    During mid-September the TTC's entered their second week of classes, with all the students well adjusted and eager to learn.  Bob 7 Crows Bourdon and his wife, JoAn Pawnee Parent, joined us for a week long program on "Native American Spirituality and Reconnecting with Nature".  They offered daily workshops, filled with story telling, singing, lectures and walks in the forest identifying healing herbs.  The TTC students were able to join for part of the program during their breaks between classes.  They also facilitated three sweat lodges, to accommodate the number of students, guests and staff that were interested in joining. Srinivasan was at the New York Centre for a weekend, giving a program on "Resilience and Balance".  He spoke about cultivating inner strength to maintain balance, by cultivating virtues, as enumerated by Master Swami Sivananda.  The autumn weather continued to grace us, with sunny blue skies and cool, comfortable temperatures. The energy of the Ashram was positive and full of gratitude for the the blessings bestowed upon us all by the Grace of Master and Swamiji. Staff were in good spirits and send pranams to all! May the Gurus' blessings of be with us.




Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    Early September saw Senior Staff giving programs on yogic nutrition and yogic remedies for depression and anxiety. We celebrated Ganesha Chaturthi with a beautiful Puja and offerings to Ganesha. The evening before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, Shankara Chaitanya gave a nice explanation of The Day of Atonement, it's universal meaning and how we can apply it personally. Ashram renovations included the pathways and re-shingling the roof over the kitchen storage. The beautiful summer weather remains. We have not yet felt the shift to autumn weather.

    During mid-September, we heard beautiful stories from the Srimad Bhagavatam. We also learned how hatha yoga, and specifically the Sivananda sequence balances the mind and the body. The weather was perfect to offer some of the yoga classes on the beach platform. Om Namah Sivaya. Pranams to all!




Sivananda Ashram, Retreat House, Reith, Tyrol, Austria
    Om Namah Sivaya
    We have been blessed with some warm after-summer weather. Perfect for mountain hiking and classes on the platform, which all enjoyed very much. In a most beautiful Bhagavata Saptaha, Ras Lila-The Vision of Cosmic Love, the poetic words of Sri Venugopal Goswami and melodious music filled our hearts and uplifted our spirits. The lectures with Swami Durgananda, `Paths to Inner Happiness`, made clear the importance of nurturing the third, inner dimension. Dr. Anjani and Sanjay Kulkarni, Ayurveda Acharyas from Pune, India gave a beautiful week long programme on 'New Vitality with Ayurveda'. The Further Teachers Training Course 'Strength and Flexibility' in the Asana with Prema was greeted with much enthusiasm. We welcomed Olga Sokolova for the long weekend certificate course 'Vastu Shastra'. Her passion to designing healing spaces truly inspired us all. All TTC students passed the exam and we ended with a joyful graduation and celebration. We are most grateful for all the time and effort that everyone both students and staff put into our yearly photo shoot. The loving preperations for Swami Sivananda's birthday Puja were reflected in the ritual celebration and Masters' immense blessings. OM.


Sivananda Ashram Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In September the yoga vacation kept on with no interruptions. Swami Satchidananda traveled to Chennai to give a course on meditation at the Centre there. Shakti took over the lectures as he will be back after a week to continue with the new batch. On the 8th we celebrated Swami Sivananda's birthday with a Guru Pada Puja in the Satsang hall. There was loads of Prasad and everybody seemed rejoiced at the end. At brunch time we had an amazing feast made by Aroghyam, the cook assistant as Sukumarji (main cook) had to leave for a few days to his home town. Throughout the day the continuous mantra chanting took place in the library and mainly staff joined in. We keep the karma yoga spirit up, gathering everybody in group projects to prepare the Ashram for the oncoming high season! Early September also saw us celebrating the Ganesh Chaturthi with a Homa fire ritual in the morning, conducted by the local priest. It was also a good opportunity to conclude the last Yoga vacation course with strong and positive vibrations. On the 9th we were invited for a function by Mamalam (a very close person to the organization) whose daughter was getting engaged. Some of the staff and 1 guest attended the event, driving for 2 hours to reach the place. All the female staff dressed up in sari and enjoyed the outing very much. Sajith Chaitanya who used to be staff in the Ashram has come back to spend some time here and has been giving us a hand with the asana classes and so on whereas Saju had to leave for a couple of days to attend a friend's wedding near Kannyakumari. Everybody is happy and warming up for new events to come.

    Mid-September was very busy for us. We welcomed some VIPs who came to attend a 2 days-meeting regarding the remodelling project of the Ashram. Among the visitors we had Kunda, her family and an architect coming from Thailand; Ravi coming from Chennai; Prahlad from Canada; Kalyani and some other Ashram staff coming from Neyyar Dam. The meeting run well and after concluding all left back to their respective places. In the early morning of the 16th Swami Satchidananda came back from Chennai after having spent a week at the Chennai Centre where he conducted a Meditation course. He immediately took over the Yoga vacation course lectures and Satsangs. The same day we had a nice feast at brunch time to celebrate the traditional Kerala Onam festival and in the evening treated our tummies again with a nice chocolate cake to celebrate Shakti's birthday. Saju and Nalini traveled to Kerala to visit their respective families. We are expecting them to be back in a couple of days. All the staff send their pranams and hope all are well and contented. May Master and Guru be with us all. Peace and Pranams to the Sivananda family.



    TTC Reports:

    TTC Aluenda/ Spain: The course continued with much enthusiasm: teaching groups including some asana variations, the final anatomy classes, advanced pranayama, challenging morning classes with visiting teacher Prema, several uplifting Pujas with visiting priest Yagneshwara and enjoying the mild sunny climate of Aluenda. A teachers weekend included a workshop with Gopala on concentration exercises taken from the books of Swami Sivanananda, a power point show on asanas and spinal alignment, and correction workshop of asana variations with Prema. A small group of yoga vacation guest was present throughout the week.

    TTC/ ATTC Utska/ Poland: The 6th TTC in Poland and the 2nd attc is taking place in Ustka, a small seaside resort on the baltic sea about 2 hours north of Gdansk. The staff arrived on Wednesday from berlin with some TTC material, the rest had been sent on 4 pallettes by truckl and was waiting for us. Two days were spent getting ready the meditation room, the kitchen which we overtake with a team of karma yogis and the boutique/reception  area. 97 TTCs and 37 ATTCs arrived safely and went through registration. Both initiations took place. The majority of the participants come from Eastern Europe: Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Bulgaria but also a few from the west:  USA , Greece, Columbia, Peru. The group was very harmonious and enthusiastic to learn and practice Yoga for one full month.




SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA Centres -
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early September we were happy to announce that by Master and Swamiji's grace the Centre has been registered as a Foundation in Thailand and officially approved as a non- profit organisation. We thank all Acharyas, staff and Karma Yogis who's guidance and hard work,especially Prahladji made this possible. Heavy rain is still going on and our front gate area is filled with water as it happens always in Bangkok. Two Beginners' Course is going on and 4 time open classes are regularly attended by few students. On Sunday, Kids had their chanting, stretching and Japanese Origami lessons from Mirabai. All  kids were happy to show to their parents of what they made and behaved well. We welcomed Amit from Delhi to be staff here and to assist in the upcoming TTC. Maniji designed the Beginner course teaching materials board in English and translated in Thai and printed . The lawn is rearranged and well with Amm's hard work and the compost has been well maintained by all staff. We modified the staff room to accommodate all staff. A new sitting arrangement was made at the boutique area. All staff are doing well with their hard work and going around distributing the brochure.

    During mid-September, the New schedule for coming months were prepared. The morning and evening open classes keeping the staff busy and all preparation for TTC is going on in full swing. Many cleaning projects are undertaken by Krishna and Amit. Om Namo Narayanaya!




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In September we held two beautiful Pujas dedicated to Master Sivananda and to Lord Ganesha. In both Pujas students were actively participating in Abhishekam, Kirtan singing and offered flowers with 108 names. Energy and mood was very positive and students looked more shiny afterwards. TTC preparation day received two students who stayed inspired in all activities of the day and are eager to do Teacher Training Course in Rudraprayag. Monthly cooking class was informative and was mainly focused on how to prepare proper meal and how to use spices. Karma yogis started to make new cloths for Divine Mother, for upcoming Pujas of Navaratri. Inscriptions for the retreat in October are slowly coming in. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During mid-September we saw good attendance in all classes. One new intensive beginners course started. We welcomed Ganga from Chile who is going to stay with us for three months. We are preparing everything for next TTC and Sadhana Intensive in Merlo. Also we are promoting TTC and ATTC in Brazil. May Master, Guru and 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 September, just one day after hosting a beautiful Satsang/Puja commemorating HH Swami Sivananda's birthday anniversary, our spiritually charged week continued on as we celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi (a Hindu festival) here at the Centre! Festivities began on Monday as the Centre was elaborately decorated and a small, clay-made Ganesha statue was set in place near our alter. A special Puja was performed and various fruits/sweets were offered in his honor. Three days later, as a means of concluding the tradition, all of the staff walked our blessed statue to the nearby ocean, completely immersing and allowing the statue to disintegrate under the water. To do this beautifully gives understanding to the words: "Form eventually gives away to formless, however, the energy still remains."  This past week also saw the welcoming of Swami Satchidananda (from the Madurai Ashram) who was in town to host yet another of his successful meditation courses. The course having a great turnout, students arrived enthusiastic to learn the basics of meditation, leaving at the end of the week with the confidence to carry on a regular practice. A pair of our staff members even attended the course to strengthen their spiritual practice! We also saw the departure of Bharati, a karma yogi who served at the Centre for the last 8 months. Thank you to Bharati for her wonderful contributions during her time here! Other than that, our various courses are running smoothly despite a slight drop in numbers due regular rain showers. Praying for the rain to "go away", we'll look to keep things going as we prepare for the coming week.

    During mid-September, we kicked off with the Centre welcoming some very special guests: Khun Da and party (from Thailand) and Prahlada (from Canada). Both visited briefly on their way to and from the Madurai Ashram, but regardless of how short their stay was, their presence and smiles were appreciated as always.  
    As for other events at the Centre, a beautiful Ganapathi Homam was held to invoke energies of prosperity, good health and happiness for the month. We also celebrated Onam, Kerala's harvest festival, with an amazing, Kerala-style feast being prepared for the staff by none other than Gopan's wife, Sandhya. Delicious and filling, a happy stomach is always a great way to start any new year! As for the rest of the week, our regular/daily classes continued as usual for our students, with the three batches of beginner students progressing nicely in their learning. We even have a regular group of pregnant women practicing yoga at our weekend prenatal classes, which is nice to see again. Other than that, the staff continues to be in high spirits as we look ahead to the coming week! We all remain in good health and send pranams. Blessings to all! 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!
    In early September a wonderful group of teachers and students joined us for our special Satsang and Puja in honor of Master Sivananda's birthday. Over the week a new Positive Thinking course started, as well as a new session of Yoga 2. On Saturday we had a Kirtan night. With the help of Karma Yogis we are working to make improvements and give a fresher, more open and welcoming appearance to both the meditation room at the main Centre and the boutique area of the teaching annex. After a week of hot weather, the air is beginning to taste of Autumn.

    During mid-September we held our last Early-Morning Intensive of the year: students joined us at 6am for pranayama, asana, and meditation practice, taught by Swami Narayanananda. A new, fully subscribed Yoga 1 course began Monday evening, as did a Sanskrit for Beginners course, in which students are learning the Devanagari alphabet and pronunciation. Other courses, classes, and Satsang continued well, by the grace of the Gurus. Work continues on improvements to our boutique area. All the staff send 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 early September we started with a beginner's batch in the morning. The Centre remained full of energy and buzz, with attendance of increasing numbers of students too. Good thing is that there still the demand for more classes slots, which very soon should start .A enchanting and elevating Satsang took place on Sunday, filling all the devotees with divine fragrance.

    During mid-September the Centre started the week with 2 beginner's batches welcoming the new group of students in the Centre. Everything else moved as per the routine smoothly entire week. The Centre is opening new batches and timings to accommodate the numbers and demand of the students. On sunday the Centre enjoyed the Satsang and enjoyed the bhajans. The gentle yoga, kid's yoga and pre-natal yoga went on smoothly. With the grace of Gurudev the Centre is filled with fresh positive energy. Pranams to all. Om Shanti.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre, Delhi, India
    Om Namo Narayanaya
    In early September we offered two new Yoga - 1 have been started with Anuj and Bheeshma teaching. A new meditation course as well as a new weekend beginners' course too started . The Weekend course filled with many students and we had to stop the registration due to lack of space n weekends. On Wednesday Spine and flexibility workshop was lead by Piyush. We are happy to have Sankara Chaitanya from Bahamas for few days. The updates on the website are going on and new images are added. Milon is looking after the painting part and every room has been repainted slowly along with busy classes on. Our Midday Chanting is going on steadily with few outside teachers join us regularly and keeping the good energy. A beautiful article on the Centre was published in a weekly newspaper and well written about the activities and the purity of the classical system. Swamiji's peace mission also was well explained well.

    During mid-September we started two new Yoga-1 courses. All other classes are going well and the Satsang attendances are slowly increasing. Few days of rain in the city has brought kind of cleansing to all. We send our prayers to all. 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
    In September, the UN-classes restarted after the summer-break in a new temporary location. Also a beginners-course and the pensioners-class, both held in cooperation with the City of Geneva, started with good attendance. An Open Day was successful with most of the students signing up for upcoming courses and a cooking-class inspired the students to try vegetarian recepies at home. In the beginning of the month we had a staff-change: Saraswati left for the Madrid Centre for one month and Sundari from Spain arrived to support Geneva. Krishna-Jayanti and Swami Sivanandas Birthday were celebrated with Pujas with many of our teachers and Karma-yogis attending, creating a devotional atmosphere. Highlight of the month was the program with Priest Venugopal Bhatt. We had a wonderful week with Pujas in the morning and evening. Everyone enjoyed the powerful ceremonies and the beautiful recitation of mantras. The program ended with a Siva-lamp-Puja with the chanting of the 1008 names of Siva which uplifted and purified the energy of the whole Centre and everyone present. We also had a staff-change: Saraswati left for the Madrid Centre for a month and Sundari from Spain arrived to support Geneva. Highlight of the week was a lovely Puja on the occasion of Swami Sivanandas Birthday with close teachers and Karma-yogis. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early September Swami Sitaramananda gave 2 Satsangs.  One was in Hanoi in North Vietnam with a total of 90 people attending.  Swamiji also led a yoga retreat in Hanoi for 40 about people.  We have found the new location for the new yoga Centre in Da Lat, about 8 hours from HCM.  It is a beautiful building in a quiet, clean city with fresh air.  We plan to start the new Centre in January 2014.  The Centre's activities had a lot of shakti or energy with Swamiji's presence here. We have started 2 beginner yoga 2 courses and a yoga for change course.  The open classes continue to have a full class of attendants.  Swamiji did a special Puja on Thursday to clean and refresh the energy of the Centre. We are so happy to have Swamiji, Master, and Gurus blessings.

    During mid-September Swami Sitaramananda led a Teachers meeting at the HCM Centre before heading to Taiwan and back to the US.  The teachers were very happy to see Swamiji and listen to the upcoming news for next year's programs. The staff are working hard on marketing and promoting the Centre's upcoming programs including TTC Vietnam 2014. Open classes are running well. We started a Yoga 1 in English with a good number of students.  We are feeling the blessings of the Divine Mother, Master, and Swamiji.  OM namah sivaya. We were happy to be blessed by the Divine Mother, Master and Guru. All the staff were happy, with the Guru's blessings. Pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om Tat Sat.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
    Om Namah Sivaya
    Early September was marked by an inspirational weekend programme with Swami Kailasananda who gave much appreciated Satsangs and three dynamic, advanced asana classes. Swami Kailasananda's visit brought much inspiration and encouragement to staff, TTC students and the many teachers and close students who participated. The same weekend saw the visit of Marilyn Rossner who was accompanied by Sister Leona. During 3 lively evening talks, memories of Swamiji were shared and the topic Life after Death was studied which was further enhanced by the individual spirit messages that were shared with participants. Both the programmes were very well attended and were a great uplift for the Centre. The TTC students have entered their second week and are very receptive as the teachings gradually unfold. They enjoyed several silent walks in the nature surrounding the Centre and along the river.

    During mid-September there was a much appreciated programme on Ayurveda with guest speaker Angela Hope Murray. The programme consisted of two theoretical lectures and a practical Ayurvedic cooking workshop, learning how to prepare balanced and nutritious dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We were happy to welcome Swami Bhagavatananda for the last two weeks of the TTC while Swami Kailasananda returned to Orleans after an inspiring weekend programme. The TTC students have entered their third week and are doing well, they are enjoying teaching one another and are improving. Om.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya!
    In early September we saw a busy time with not only the regular first weekend of the month events - (Open House and Deaf Yoga class) but also a full weekend of lectures and workshops from our visiting presenter, Fr Joe Mitchell from Earth and Spirit Centre in Kentucky. His theme for the weekend was Yoga, Cosmology and Christianity ... he left us with a much expanded understanding of the universe and our place in it as human beings. One Sunday night at Satsang we held a well attended guru Puja to celebrate master Sivananda's birthday. We are currently running a yoga 1, yoga 2 and yamas and niyamas course. Student attendance is picking up after the summer vacations.

    During mid-September we saw a weekend of lectures and workshops on Emotional Freedom Technique, taught by Rose who was visiting from East Coast. For many years she was a teacher at the Centre and we were pleased to welcome her back. participants were very appreciative of what she shared. Currently we are running a Yoga 2, a Yamas and Niyamas course and will start a Yoga and Ayurveda course. We are still enjoying warm Indian summer weather. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Pranams.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves!
    Despite the reduced summer schedule it was a dynamic month in the Madrid Centre. We had an increasing number of calls and inscriptions for the upcoming courses. Swami Sivadasananda and Radha Chaitanya came from TTC Aluenda to give a very inspiring program.  Saraswati Chaitanya arrived from Geneva to be in the Centre for the next few weeks. On September 8th we celebrated Master Sivananda´s anniversary with a beautiful Puja. Students and teachers were all filled with gratitude to Master for such a peaceful and uplifting day. Staffs and karma yogis have been preparing the Centre during this month, before the full teaching schedule starts. TTC Aluenda continued with much enthusiasm: teaching groups, the final anatomy classes, some challenging classes with visiting teacher Prema and several uplifting Pujas with priest Yagneshwara. Everyone enjoyed the mild sunny climate of Aluenda. The highlight of the month was the teachers weekend, with workshops and power point presentations about asanas and spinal alignment, as well as a correction workshop of asana variations with Prema. The course finished very successfully all the material was returned to the Madrid Centre with the help of a very focused group of karma yogis. On Sunday the 15th, Gopala and Jyoti went to a special celebration called "Contigo somos más Paz", in a large hall downtown Madrid. More than 600 flyers were distributed among the participants announcing the next Open Day as well as the October yoga retreat and we are looking forward to the results. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early September we started 2 Beginner's courses. Our staff Usha who has been serving us, before, during Feb - Mach was back on 3rd Sep. She will be staying with us for long term, in other words, for as long as our Gurus permit. On Sunday the 8th of Sep, the occasion of our beloved Master Sri Swami sivanandaji's birthday was celebrated in a grand and austere manner. Ganapathy havan, Lakshmi Puja and Guru Paduka Pooja were performed, in conjunction with scriptures, by two knowledgeable priests. A lot of students attended the function and received the blessings of our worshipful Master. Our patron and student Mr. Suresh, owner of Saravana Hotel, had sponsored brunch for 30 people, which was sufficient for more, in fact. Another longstanding student Sridevi had come in the wee hours of the morning and helped us with floral decoration. Manickavasagam, who is our regular Karma Yogi helped us with almost all our work and contributed hugely to the Centre. Jitender, a newly qualified teacher  helped us in many ways including taking photographs, which we will send soon. A young 7 year old girl, Mridula. our student's daughter, captured everybody's attention by singing ganesha song. Of course, we conveyed our thanks to one and all for making it a huge success. We started a beginner's course for Ladies at 4 pm on Tuesday the 9th. On Monday, Ganesh Chaturthi festival was celebrated at our Centre. An informal Teacher's meeting was conducted, after the Sunday Satsang, as there were enthusiastic teachers coming forward with their ideas and views. Sunil - a staff member of our Centre - left for Onam and we have got a young man Jishnu to serve us. All is well by the Grace of Satgurus.

    During mid-September we started with new beginner's course during the 6 am slot. On Friday Prahladji visited us and gave us valuable advice. Parched MDU received no respite from heat, with soaring mercury as high as in peak summer.Our young, new staff Jishnu misses TVM rain and greenery and is getting used to this unbearable weather. All is well by the Grace of our sadgurus. Pranams to each and everybody in the Sivananda family. Everything went well, by Gurus' blessings. Om Shanti.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Milano, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya from all staff in Milano.
    Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early September we had special afternoon Program of Anniversary of Swami Sivananda with asana class , the classical Puja, short lecture of Master Sivananda, Photos and Videos from Yoga Camp and TTC of Colombia 07/2013, ending with a vegetarian snack with wonderful specialities prepared by Kanti. Lalita is absent temporarily, and we have received a temporary  Staff,  Sharanian from India. She took the ATTC at the Yoga Camp. We had a special Ganesha  Puja directed by Kanti with participation of the karma yoguis, teachers and students. All we are surprised with a cold weather and some storms that decreased the participation of students. We started a beginners course and Jyoti an Karma Yogui from Buenos Aires arrived to stay the whole month. Kanti Devi is not going to a tour at Brazil this year so we are planning how to advertise the TTC Garopaba 2014. 

    During mid-September it was quiet. The spring wants to arrive. But we have some cold days. We have the karma of some little diseases in staff, but with very good spirit. Om.




Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    In early September Swami Sankarananda arrived back from Italy where he spent five weeks assisting with cooking and chanting class during the TTC. Everyone is pleased he has returned. Last Sunday, Swami Gayatri, Swami Sivabhaktananda, Gopala Chaitanya and most of the Ashram staff came down from Val-Morin to join us for Swami Sivananda's the anniversary where 75 people where present. We feel thankful for Swamiji's and Master's grace. Pranams to all the Sivananda family. Pranams to all the Sivananda family.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
    Om Namah Sivaya from the Munich Centre!
    In the last weeks we had two special Saturday afternoon workshops: A workshop "Peace of mind is happiness" and a Sun Salutation workshop. Our monthly Open House in September brought many interested people to the Centre. We celebrated the spiritual festivals of Ganesha Chaturthi, Krishna Jayanthi and Swami Sivananda´s birthday with little Pujas. We are looking forward to the special program "The Power of Hatha Yoga" with Swami Sivadasananda on 12 and 13 October. OM.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Pranams.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early September we were busy with new Yoga 1s, Yoga 2s, Positive Thinking and Meditation courses starting. The enrolments were encouraging and we are hoping to sustain a good level of attendance throughout the coming weeks. We had a successful Saturday Workshop on Balancing Postures led by staff member Bharata who has a doctorate in physiotherapy. The participants definitely looked steadier after the class than when they went in!!!! Satsangs continue to be well-attended. We said good-bye to Sarada Devi as full-time staff and and thank her very much for her loyal service in the Centre. She will continue to be a teacher and karma yogi here.

    Mid-September was very busy with an increase of student numbers and also the visit of Srinivasan with Saraswati. We had a great weekend programme with a workshop on Resilience and Balance through Yoga and a very nice Satsang both with Srinivasan . Students and staff were very happy and inspired. The Fall/Winter brochure was mailed and already we are getting a very good response from it. The staff are well and sending their pranams. 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
    In September the Centre had many uplifting visits. Swami Kailasananda who gave a two-day programme, a couple of beautiful Satsangs, a Puja for the celebration of Krishna Jayanti and two inspiring lectures. Olga Mandodari Sokolova who gave two captivating lectures on the topic of Vastu Shastra  and  the priest Venu Gopal Bhatt who stayed in the Centre for a whole week performing Puja's  morning and evening. Everyone felt recharged on prana thanks to the beautiful recitation of mantras, the delicious prasads and the powerful Pujas. He also performed a Puja for the celebration of Swami Sivananda's anniversary and for Ganesha Chaturthi. The Masters sent many students for the regular classes the courses and the different activities. There were workshops on the topics of Prana, sun salutation and Mantras. We had a meditation course and anutrition course as well as a cooking class.  The family keeps growing.  We were happy to welcome Swami Gopalananda who arrived back after a 9 month stay in Australia. Gauri who was coming as a karma yogi became staff. Vani Devi will arrive on the 29th to stay as a resident. By the end of the month we had a successful Open house with almost 400 students. OM.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
    Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil
    In early September we finished the beginners course on Wednesday and at this same day we started a Yoga Sutras Course with 6 students. On Saturday was a holiday so the assistance was a little bit lower than usual.

    During mid-September we started a new beginners class with six students enrolled. Daya Devi, from Curitiba, came to the Centre for Temporary Staff, giving a up grade in the store and in the decoration of the Centre. On Friday, September 20, at the Holiday, Karma Yogis Centre were dining on a delicious vegan restaurant with pizza, called Govinda. We were without phone for a problem in cable telephone company and despite the heavy rain we are receiving many entries for the next Open Day. Pranams, from all the staff at Porto Alegre Centre.




Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
    Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves
    In early September, after the completion of the TTC in Bracciano, Swami Sankarananda went back to Montreal and Swami Jnaneshwariananda went to Milan, we thank them for all their support. We had a busy week organizing at the Centre all the TTC material. We saw the last week utilizing the summer schedule . The Centre was open during all summer, teachers and Karma yogis helped during the month of August. We prepared the September programs. On Sunday we celebrated Master Birthday and Ganesha Chaturthi. Many teachers and close students showed beautifully their gratitude to Master, with a beautiful Satsang, chanting and Puja followed by a full indian meal and prasad. It was a great ceremony also to restart all the programs in September. We welcomed the new teachers just graduated in Bracciano.

    During mid-September we started 3 new courses of Yoga 1, with good attendance , also re-started the advance class on Saturday, students were happy to continue with the advanced practice after the summer break. Vishnu a karma yogi took good care of the Centre for 3 days while Swami Rajeshwarananda was in Reith. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with all. Om & Prem.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
    Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves
    In early September Courses (Yoga 1 and 2, Positive Thinking and Meditation) are continuing with very steady attendance. Wednesday evening satsung included a vibrant and touching poetry reading, with very enthusiastic students contributing original poetry. Mahashakti, a TTC graduate from Vietnam in March, arrived.  She will be a staff member and will be staying for three months. 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
    In early September the weather is getting pleasant but we had some heavy rain attacks as a typhoon was approaching. But considering that, all classes were well attended, including trial class and headstand workshop. Sitar yoga workshop on Sunday evening was the fourth in the series, the theme was anahata chakra. It was an inspiring session of asana and meditation to live sitar playing beautiful melodies. Pranams to all.



Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Om Namah Sivaya
    During Early September Prahlada, Saraswati and Harsha came back from the Yoga Camp bringing in much needed fresh energy. After a week break Durairaj has also come back to Centre.  We started a Yoga 1, 8 - 9.30 pm.  Asana Symbol Workshop with Janaki.  Open classes continued very strong, Satsangs are well attended.  We had many people registering for new courses and buying class passes. We had a very eventful week, First we have attended Swami Vishnu's Nephew Sivaraman's daughters marriage.  It was good to see all those people that Swamiji brought to west with their children and big lifes in Canada.  Masters B'day was celebrated grandly. We had almost 50 teachers and students attending. Most came with Prasad and flowers. The energy was very high and we all felt blessed to be there. Surprise was the visit of Swamiji's cousin Rajappan Nair and his wife Valsala.  Rajappan told about Swamji's child hood.  He just turned 85 and in high spirits. We also went with 5 Karma yogis to Hamilton to help out a Sivananda Yoga Teacher promote the Sivananda organization with handing out brochures at the Locke festival. Though it was raining we did mange to hold on till7 pm. Prahladji taught a class at the Yoga studio there in Hamilton, Which was in the basement Melrose church. The minister of the church was at the booth earlier in the day  encouraging us. was good for the Centre as new courses and workshops are been registered by many.  Open classes continue to be full and people are buying more class cards.  We also have started new kids classes with Saraswati and her assistants bringing in more energy to the Centre.  Saturday was a very busy and exciting day with the kids classes starting. We had the regular kids and a few new ones.  Inversions Asana workshop with Janaki was very successful.  We had very good attendance to classes and Satsang.  We have two new staff members one is Saraswati (Saori from Japan) who has recently finished her TTC at the Camp with a commitment of one year stay at the Centre, Sankara who has done TTC in India as  a temporary staff.  I am sure this addition certainly increase Centre activities and we wish them good luck in Swamiji's mission.  Prahlada left for Madurai Ashram to help with new construction plans with Architects and Engineers there.  Friday and Saturday Satsangs with Saraswati were full.  Morning Satsangs are well attended.

    During mid-September we started a new Y1 and Y2. Janaki started Asana Symbol Series course with good number of students.  Open classes continue to be very strong.  Satsangs are very popular.  In general Centre is very busy and staff are doing well.  We are having good energy at the Centre with the 3 Karma Yogis, working hard to make the Centre look its best for the winter. Doing a thorough cleaning job. and slowly doing a job of painting  the Centre completely.  Prahlada came back from his short trip to India.  Durairaj went for few days to Montreal for sight seeing with uncle who came from India.  Pranams to all. Joined by Centre staff and the job was finished within few hours. Om.





Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India
    Om Namah Sivaya!
    In early September we started a new beginners class with 12 students. On Monday we had celebrated Ganesha Chathurthi with Ganapathi Homa. On Saturday we had a Kriya workshop in the morning. The "Onam" season begins . Onam is a major festival in Kerala. According to legend Kerala was once ruled by an Asura(demon) called Mahabali.It is said that King Mahabali was a wise, just and ompassionate ruler and the people were very happy during his time. Mahabali was very generous and it is said that he always gave what was asked from him. Lord Vishnu, in order, to test his generosity, took the form of a dwarf -a Brahmin called Vamana and appeared before the King asking for alms. The King asked him to name what he wanted. Vamana said he wanted as much land as he could cover in three steps. Somewhat puzzled by the request and not imagining that Vamana was the Lord himself, the King granted the boon. Vamana grew in size and covered the Earth in one step and the entire skies in the second step and then asked Mahabali where he should place his third step. Mahabali realising now that this was no ordinary Brahmin asked him to place the third step on his head. Vamana's foot on the head of the King pushed him down to the nether lands. (Patala). Lord Vishnu revealed himself and pleased by the King's generosity granted him a boon. Mahabali who was very attached to his people asked that he be allowed to visit his people of Kerala once in a year. The boon was granted and this is the day celebrated as Onam. Mahabali is said to visit his people on the second day of the festival called Thiruvonam. It is perhaps the most important festival in the State of Kerala. On the eve of this festival , we had hosted a feast for all teachers on Saturday. Kalyanjiji from the Neyyardam Ashram  graced the occasion by her presence. On Sunday evening we had a Satsang led by Sri Ravi Easwaran.

    During mid-September the students were less in number on account of onam celebration.There was a procession of floats as part of onam celebration in the city. Floats of various  departments under government of Kerala was a visual treat for the people. OnTuesday two beginners batch were started. Ganapathi homa was conducted on Tuesday, marking the new month of Malayalam calendar. On Sunday we had  Satsang at 6pm. 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
    This first month after the summer vacation, several new courses started. Swami Sivanandas birthday was celebrated with many students teachers and also some newcomers, as was also Ganesha Chathurthi - the Puja was nicely decorated with flowers, many of them coming from the student's own gardens. The energy in the Centre was bright and warm, all were elevated and inspired. A south Indian priest arrived for a special programme. The Practice Day Bhakti Yoga started with Ganesha Pooja. Many teachers and close students joined the auspicious beginning of the programme. Later on students came for a Prasad workshop, and lovingly prepared several sweet and salty dishes. The Bhakti Day concluded with a grand Sudarshana Chakra Yantra Pooja arranged by the priest. The special programme then continued in the evening with a Sri Yantra Lamp Pooja and everybody was sitting among beautifully decorated lamps and joining the celebration. The energy was high and all left the Centre inspired and elevated. Satsang participation is gradually improving again now that the summer vacation is over. Many Karma Yogis supported the Centre. OM.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Om Namah Sivaya, from Vilnius
    In early September we still enjoyed a warm and sunny weather. Many students are coming back to the Centre and intensifying their yoga practice after the summer holidays. We started a nice beginner's course with 8 students started on Tuesday. After the summer vacation we feel people are very motivated  to learn the yoga or to intensify their practice. The main event of the week was Ganesha Chathurti Puja on Wednesday which was attended ny many students long-time and new. Ishwara Chaitanya and Durgadevi exchanged places: on Thursday Ishwara Chaitanya left to TTC Poland where he taught asana classes , led a cooking class with 150 people and met many of our  Lithuanian students. On Friday Durgadevi came back to Vilnius to care of the Centre in Ishwara's absence. sOn Thursday evening we received the new Vilnius Centre brochure from the printer.

    During mid-September we a nice beginner's course with 6 students started on Tuesday.
    On Wednesday Ishwara Chaitanya came back to Vilnius from TTC Poland where he taught a few yoga classes and assisted in the cooking course. On Thursday Durgadevi left to TTC Poland for the second time in order to help with translations and organization. One Saturday we had a cooking course "Vegetarian meals for beginners". The students learned how to cook simple yogic vegetarian dishes using the spices according to Ayurveda. We started the preparation for the upcoming Inauguration of the Yoga Centre with Swami Sivadasananda and Swami Atmaramananda at the end of October. OM.





The divinity of the all-pervading God is vibrant in every atom of creation. There is not a speck of space where God is not. - Sri Swami Sivananda
 
 

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