Issue #02/12 – February 01, 2012
Published from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Canada
Html formatted version of this guru-gram available at
OM NAMAH SIVAYA
THOUGHT OF THE MONTH
The World exists, because the mind functions dualistically.
- Sri Swami Sivananda
TABLE OF CONTENTS
* Sivananda Yoga FAQ
* Hatha Yoga Tips
* Yoga Sanskrit Glossary
* Vegetarian Cuisine
* Upcoming Events
* International News
* Yoga Camp, Val Morin
* Yoga Farm, California
* Sivananda Ashram, Kerala
* Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas
* Retreat House, Austria
* Chateau du Yoga, Orleans
* Sivananda Ashram, Netala
* Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
* Yoga Centre, London
* Yoga Centre, Berlin
* Yoga Centre, Munich
* Yoga Centre, Vienna
* Yoga Centre, Buenos Aires
* Yoga Centre, Chennai
* Yoga Centre, Chicago
* Yoga Centre, New Delhi
* Yoga Centre, Dwarka, New Delhi
* Yoga Centre, Geneva
* Yoga Centre, Los Angeles
* Yoga Centre, Madrid
* Yoga Centre, Madurai, India
* Yoga Centre, Montevideo
* Yoga Centre, Montreal
* Yoga Centre, New York
* Yoga Centre, Paris
* Yoga Centre, Rome
* Yoga Centre, San Francisco
* Yoga Centre, Tel Aviv
* Yoga Centre, Toronto
* Yoga Centre, Trivandrum
OM Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves,
We are blessed with the increase of attendance to our workshops, programs and
Teacher Trainings. Neyyar Dam and Bahamas are in the peak of their season,
offering exciting programs to full houses. Europe reports busy as usual, while
South American Centres and Ashrams are busy offering their TTCs. North American
Centres continue to be active throughout the winter, as well as the Ashrams,
even though it is considered low season. The Organization is blessed to serve the
plentiful number of students and guests worldwide.
In the spirit of Master and Guru, we would like to invite all TTC graduates to
the Worldwide Sivananda Yoga Teachers Reunion, this time held in Neyyar Dam,
Kerala, India this month. There is still time to book your travel arrangements
to join us on February 18th, 19th and 20th. This timely event creates a setting
for our over 27,000 worldwide web of ambassadors of Peace to re-connect with each other and wi
th Swami Vishnudevananda’s vision.
Visit www.sivananda.org/india/news.html#Voice for more details.
A personal pilgrimage in 2012 - An extensive and exciting South Indian Yaatra is
scheduled for 12th to 26th of March 2012. This is one of the most extensive
Yaatras the Ashram has offered, visiting Temples and significant spiritual
locations in Tamil Nadu and Kerala with perhaps a ride on an elephant fitted into the
itinerary. If interested, please visit www.sivananda.org/india/news.html#Yaatra.
On the other side of the globe, later this year, Yoga Camp HQ will mark its 30th
year with celebrations on August 3rd, 4th of 2012. Visit sivananda.org/camp for more details.
We thank you all for you continued support towards the Sivananda Organization. May Master and Swamiji's blessings be with us always.
Pranams to all.
If you want God, you must turn your back to worldly enjoyments. Give up sensual life, if you do not want death.
- Sri Swami Sivananda
SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ ~~~ Frequently Asked Questions
Q 1: You say, "Atman is our real Self and we are, in reality, universal and
absolute". You also say, "The personal relative self involves the idea of
individuality, but the Absolute does not ... The question arises-- are there two
selves? One involving individuality, and the other, without individuality but universal?
A: There is really one Self which is the Absolute. The relative self is not
something different from the Absolute Self, but it is only the Absolute Self
experienced through the adjunct or the instrument of the mind. An object has an
independent nature of its own, but when it is seen through a distorted coloured
glass, it also appears distorted and coloured. It does not however mean from
this that the object is both perfect and distorted at the same time; the
difference is only in the means of perception and knowledge. This is the case
also with the experience of the Absolute Self with the help of the finite mind
acting as the instrument of knowledge. The difference is in the medium of perception;
the Reality is one.
Q 2: What are the qualifications of a real Guru or a true guide? Is it possible
for an ordinary human being to select a real guide? If so, how?
A: A real Guru is a Srotriya and a Brahmanishtha, one who is learned in the
scriptures and established in Brahman. He who is wise, desire-less and sinless
can be a true teacher and guide. The Guru, by virtue of his wisdom and capacity,
draws towards himself the souls fit to be guided by him. When one feels that he
is thus spontaneously drawn to a Mahapurusha whom he cannot help loving,
admiring and serving, who is an embodiment of unruffled tranquillity, mercy and
spiritual experience, such a great one can be taken as the Guru. A Guru is one
in whom the disciple can find no defect and who serves as the ideal to be
reached by the disciple. In short, the Guru is God in manifested form, and when
Divinity is seen in a person, he can be chosen as the Guru. The relation between
the Guru and the Sishya is genuine and unbreakable, even as that between God and
man is. It is a natural law that when a certain event has to take place in the
universe, the conditions necessary for the same are brought about exactly at the
proper time. When the disciple is ready to receive the higher Light, he is
brought into contact with a suitable Guru by the Supreme Dispensation.
Q 3: What is Nadi Suddhi in its technical sense? How to feel that one has attained
perfect Nadi Suddhi?
A:. Nadi Suddhi means purification of the nerves (Nadis). Nerve is not the
correct English term for Nadi. There is no appropriate word for Nadi in English.
Complete fast, preferably without any liquid or solid food, practice of Asans
and Pranayam, and intense physical exercise-- all go a long way in the
elimination of fat and other unwanted matters and in the overhauling of the
system to confer the benefit of Nadi Suddhi. Asans and Pranayam can purify the
nerves, if done with the correct technique. When one attains Nadi Suddhi, the
body becomes light. Stool becomes scanty. There is agility in movement and
activity in demeanour. No trace of slothfulness or indolence can be detected.
While walking, the body appears to be floating in the air. The tone of the voice
changes from hoarseness or gruffness to mellifluence. Hopping, jumping and
dancing while at work can be observed in one endowed with Nadi Suddhi. Something
inexpressible forces the person to do this and to achieve something grand in his lifetime.
Destruction of desire is Moksha, or final emancipation.
- Sri Swami Sivananda
Previous FAQs at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/faq/faq.html
HATHA YOGA TIP
IN THE NAMES of the ASANAS - Here are some adjectives to help understand the names
of the postures:
SUPTA – Reclining - ie. Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose), Supta Baddha Konasana (
Reclining Bound Angle Pose)
PARIVTTRA – Revolved. Rotated - ie Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose)
ADHO – Downward – ie. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog)
MUK – Face – ie. Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose)
ARDHA – Half – ie - Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)
EKA – One - ie. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (One-Legged King Pigeon Pose)
PADA – Foot – ie. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (One-Legged King Pigeon Pose)
URDHVA – Upward - ie. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog)
UTTHITA – Extended - ie. Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)
PARSVA - side, flank - i.e. Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Pose)
BADDHA - bound - i.e. Buddha Konasana (Bound Ankle Pose)
Come! Learn the lessons in Yoga-practice. Meditate. Tear the veil. Go. Dwell in peace.
- Sri Swami Sivananda
There is nothing you own in this universe. If you say "it is mine", it will
leave you today or tomorrow; that's the inevitable law. - Swami Vishnudevananda
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
YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY
ASTEYA: Truth; honesty. The function of truth is to maintain harmony through
trust. It is better to be silent than tell a truth will cause pain or that
springs from a wrong motive. A truthful person has power, for what he says comes to pass, and his word becomes law.
This month’s online Gurugram has a Yoga Crossword and can also be found at:
Develop fiery determination, iron will, burning dispassion and yearning for liberation. You will realize the Truth right now.
- Sri Swami Sivananda
Complete glossary can be found at:
From Discourse II: "Sadhana Pada - On Spiritual Disciplines"
II.31. JATI-DESA-KALA-SAMAYANAVACCHINNAH SARVABHAUMA MAHAVRATAM.
'These (abstentions) are not limited by social structure, location, time or circumstances,
and they constitute the great (universal) vow'.
Laughter comes from stimulation, but a smile comes from inner peacefulness.
Satisfied with itself, the mind needs nothing else for its contentment, which
grows in proportion to awareness of the inner Self. The mind should not be
effected by external objects. They may be possessed, but with detachment. Do not
let them possess the mind. Austerity means curtailing the insatiable demands of
the senses. Drink water instead of coffee, practice silence instead of talking,
control greed by eating bland food, and counteract sleep by getting up early.
When the mind learns that its demands for pleasure will not be met through the
senses, it stops its useless wandering and turns inward. Control of the senses
clears the way for such powers as telepathy and clairvoyance. Study of spiritual
works and the scriptures helps to keep a person on the right path. Books alone,
however, can only take one so far, can lead to intellectual pride. Surrender to
the will of God is necessary, for ultimately everything depends upon His grace.
Wish good to all beings. This will enrich your life and make you happy and peaceful.
- Sri Swami Sivananda
BHAGAVAD GITA QUOTE
Chapter V: The Yoga of Renunciation of Action
V.3. JNEYAH SA NITYASANNYAASI YO NA DWESHTI NA KAANGKSHATI;
NIRDWANDWO HI MAHAABAAHO SUKHAM BANDHAAT PRAMUCHYATE.
(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
He should be known as a perpetual Sannyasin who neither hates nor desires; for,
free from the pairs of opposites, O mighty-armed Arjuna, he is easily set free from bondage!
COMMENTARY: A man does not become a Sannyasin by merely giving up actions due to
laziness, ignorance, some family quarrel or calamity or unemployment. A true
Sannyasin is one who has neither attachment nor aversion to anything. Physical
renunciation of objects is no renunciation at all. What is wanted is the renunciation of egoism and desires.
Sadhana should be as much a part of your daily life as eating, drinking and breathing.
- Sri Swami Sivananda
- from 'The Yoga Cook Book' – a collection of recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Centres
COCONUT CHUTNEY - This lovely chutney is simple to prepare. Its spicy tang is
cooled by the coconut, making it a suitable accompaniment for any meal. In South
India it is traditionally served with dosas and sambar for breakfast. Serves 4-6
100g (4oz) desiccated coconut
3 tablespoons chopped curry leaves
1 green chili, seeded and chopped
1 cm (½ inch) piece fresh root ginger, peeled and grated
1 carrot grated
1 tbsp ghee
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1 tbsp lemon juice
1-2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
Soak the coconut in just enough water to cover for 15 minutes. Squeeze out the liquid from the coconut.
Add the chopped curry leaves, green chili, ginger and carrot. Toss the mixture until everything is well mixed.
Heat the ghee in a frying pan. Roast the mustard seeds over high heat until
they “pop”. Add the ghee/mustard seeds to the coconut mixture. Mix well. Add the lemon juice, paprika and salt.
Serve at room temperature.
Option: Green Coconut Chutney - Add a bunch of chopped fresh coriander to the mixture.
More than food, water and fire, man's need is sympathy, kindness and brotherhood.
- Sri Swami Sivananda
Previous recipes can be found at:
03 - Ekadasi
07 - Full Moon
17 - Ekadasi
20 - Sivarathri
21 - New Moon
04 - Ekadasi
08 - Full Moon
09 - Holi
18 - Ekadasi
22 - New Moon
When you are free from attachment to all external objects, the mind will be at peace.
- Sri Swami Sivananda
Mar 03 – Apr 01/12
TTC – Français
Mar 05 - Apr 01/12
TTC – English, Français, Deutsch, Espanol, ???????, Hebrew
Mar 11 – Mar 21/12
Advanced Bhagavad Gita Certification Course
Mar 18 - Apr 15/12
TTC - Teachers Training Course – English, ??
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
Mar 18 - Apr 15/12
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
Mar 23 – Apr 01/12
Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Certification Course
Apr 05 - May 02/12
TTC – English
Apr 08 - May 06/12
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
Apr 14 - May 13/12
TTC – English, Nederlands
Apr 22 - May 13/12
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
Apr 26 - May 05/12
Spring Detoxification and Juice Fasting Program
Apr 29 - May 09/12
Advanced Raja Yoga Certification Course III: Vibhuti Pada
May 05 - Jun 03/12
TTC – Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
May 05 - Jun 03/12
ATTC – Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
May 06 - Jun 02/12
TTC – English
May 06 - Jun 02/12
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA
May 13 - Jun 10/12
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
May 26 - Jun 24/12
TTC – English
May 30 - Jun 27/12
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA
Jun 05 - Jul 03/12
ATTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA
Jun 10 - Jun 23/12
Val Morin, QC, Canada
Jun 17 - Jul 15/12
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, North India
See full list of international courses and events:
Think correctly. Decide carefully. Work diligently.
- Sri Swami Sivananda
SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS – January 2012
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams:
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Sivananda Headquarters, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya, Greetings from the Headquarters. In early January we started
busily with remaining holiday guests, then slowly the Ashram wound down as we
said goodbye to guests and prepared to enter Sadhana week with the staff. Swami
Mahadevananda left the Camp on the 3rd, to travel back to India. Prahlada,
Saraswati and family left on the 4th of January making their way back to
Toronto. It was a pleasure to feel their energy at the Ashram and in Satsangs
over the holidays. Visitors and staff kept busy with various workshops offered.
Shanti held Yoga Nidra workshops to get everyone into their deepest state of
relaxation. Kanti held a Chanting and Prayers workshop so that guests could join
in with their newly acquired Sanskrit and feel more at home in the Ashram. The
scent of fresh baked bread filled the Lodge after Kanti held a bread baking
workshop, making our breakfast even more delicious. Gita Parayana continued all
week, as attendees chanted a chapter each day. The Camp hosted a special weekend
from the 6-8th of January as Kevin Duquette came to lead snowshoe excursions.
Multiple walks were held each day for various skill levers. On Saturday everyone
went out under the full moon to walk the trails by night. The sprawling property
of the Camp was the perfect background to reconnect with nature and enjoy the
ABUNDANCE of snow. Upon completion of the walk, the snowshoers found themselves
at a bonfire for some chanting, chatting and cookies in the moonlight. On the
8th we said goodbye to our shoeshoe and yoga guests as they all checked out and
made their way home. Staff then perde for their week of Sadhana. Everyone looked
forward to the extra time for personal practice and group bonding that it will bring.
During mid-January we were closed for one week for the Staff Sadhana week.
Satsangs were led by a different staff member each day, so everyone could
experience leading a Satsang and imparting their knowledge. It also provided
variation, and a chance for staff to hear the different interpretations of the
teachings. At 8 a.m. the staff did their own practice, gathering together in
Mataji Hall to retain group energy. Karma Yoga continued as usual at 11 a.m.
with a break at 1 p.m to go into the Krisha Temple and chant a chapter from the
Bhagavad Gita. After Aarti, we read the English translation together and
discussed the chapter. At 5 p.m, again everyone would stop for a study hour, for
spiritual reading, to do asanas, Pranayama or whatever they felt would benefit
their practice. One night we had a Karma Yoga night instead of Satsang and all
got together to give the kitchen a group scrub. With the staff working as a
team, it was done quickly adding to another perfect opportunity to spend time
together. On the Sadhana Wednesday, anyone who felt up for the challenge snow
shoed up Mount Condor nearby. The view from the top was picturesque. It was a
clear, sunny day to enjoy it. On the Sadhana week Thursday evening, Satsang was
held in Samadhi Estates so everyone coulf feel the energy of Swami Vishnu
present. On Sadhana Saturday we had an Iron Chef competition for dinner. Two
teams competed, with broccoli as the special ingredient. Each dish had to
include broccoli, including the dessert. It was good fun and good food, and an
enjoyable way for everyone to be in the kitchen working together. The final day
of Sadhana week ended with a visit to Montreal Centre to participate in their
Sunday prayers. It was nice to see the larger Sivananda community and support
each other. Everyone agreed the Sadhana week was a wonderful chance to focus on
the personal practice and also a way to lift the group energy. It’ll help us to
support each other all through the cold winter months, plus seed harmony among
the staff. Everyone had a chance to relax, practice, study, and laugh. We will
recall memories and lessons from the week into our coming days.
Later in January the Ashram reopened with a refreshed and rejuvenated staff. We
welcomed back locals and regulars to classes and met new guests getting their
first taste of Sivananda. The staff implemented a packed guest program that was
brainstormed over Sadhana week. Each day multiple workshops and activities were
held so that visitors got a well rounded and fun filled week. Rudra led the
coaching workshop, allowing guests to work on asanas they found challenging or
didn’t fully understand. Chandrika 2 got heart rates up with snowshoeing and
cross country ski excursions, while Annapurna mellowed them out with Spiritual
Stories from Swami Sivananda. Claire and Kanti went over the 5 Points of Yoga
with guests to introduce them to all aspects of the yogic path. Miguel provided
some variation by giving a Tai Chi workshop, and Joanne led guests through a
cooking lesson (yielding some very delicious results!). Chandrika 1 gave a tour
of the Ashram, with a special stop at the goats’ house and the Peace Plane
Museum. Kanti Devi held a period of Q&A so that any lingering curiosities about
the Ashram were resolved. Shanti held her usual Yoga Nitra on Sundays plus,
nightly Gita chantings, maintaining relaxation and Centredness. The guests had
their own talents to share, as a group of Kung Fu students stayed with us one
weekend. One Sunday they showed us their personal practice, giving the staff a
very entertaining Kung Fu demonstration, as well as some ideas for future staff
outings. The entire staff came together to offer guests their very best. Staff
provided variation, information, practice and fun. Visitors left content and
impressed. The staff continued to ride on the energy and creativity brought
forth through our week of Sadhana. All staff and visitors at the Camp send Pranams
and prayers for Peace. Om Shanti.
Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France
Om Namah Sivaya. Our guests who came for the Christmas/ New Year programme
stayed on for a week and enjoyed the lectures on Ayurvedic principles, given by
Sanjay Kulkarni. Our priest also stayed the first week in January. We were happy
to have a Ganesha Puja and a Lalita Sahasranama lamp Puja. We also offered a
“Yoga Week for Beginners”, a “Meditation Retreat”, a weekend “Yoga at Home” in
January and a week with the title “You are the Architect of your Destiny”. Works
on our Permaculture project are continuing, as well as various renovation projects
at the Ashram. OM.
Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, India
Om Namo Narayanaya. In early January energy was high, preparing for TTC and more
Yoga Vacationers. Three temporary dorms and additional bathrooms were set up. As
expected, we had more students for TTC than the November group. One hundred
eighty seven students were initiated. Non-English groups and translators include
Iranian - Sara; Japanese - Yogeshwari and Chancira; German - Sivaram and
Nirmala; Spanish - Iswara; French - Amala; Tamil - Marksim; Hindi - Vishnu and
Malyalam - Sandeep and Supreetha. Also a number of teachers came to assist practice
classes. We welcomed Ananta from Canada to join the staff.
Later in January the TTC energy was high as they moved into the second week
smoothly. Kalyani finished the chanting classes and immediately proceeded to
Madurai Ashram to teach Bhagavad Gita for the TTC there. Nagaraj ji arrived from
Delhi to start the Bhagavad Gita here. A large group of YV and TTC took the
opportunity to visit the backwaters and Varkala beach on the Friday outing. One
Wednesday over 400 local people attended the free Sivananda Ayurveda Medical
Camp. As usual most of the paid staff participated to make the camp a success.
By Guru's grace, the camp caters to an increasing number of patients every
month. Coming up this month, we invite you all to join the first Sivananda
Teachers Reunion in India, to be held on the 18th, 19th & 20th of February 2012.
Visit http://www.sivananda.org/india/news.html#Voice for more details. Om Namah
Sivaya from all the staff at Neyyar Dam. May Master and Swamiji bless us all.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA
Om Namo Narayanaya. In early January we began the new year with a well-attended
Beginner Course, which as, for many, their first exposure to yoga in any way.
Shambu Das and RaguRam guided the new yogis through the 5 points, asanas and
pranayama, took the group on a relaxing river trip and enjoyed talks at the
beautiful Durga Temple. Parvati led a weekend Juice Fasting Retreat with
attendees taking part in 3 juices per day, daily talks on health, nutrition and p
roper detoxification, and time in the sauna to help release toxins. Unseasonably
warm weather continues to grace the Yoga Farm, the garden is being prepped for the
coming spring with new raised beds under construction.
Later in January Swami Padmapadananda led an enthusiastic group through the
5-day Introduction to Meditation course with new yogis learning the essential
tools to meditation, the use of mantras, concentration, the mechanics of the
mind, along with the necessity of bhakti yoga. Guest presenter Kiran Patel led a 2
-day course on Nonviolent Communication workshop, teaching the group fundamental
techniques to listening and expressing to each other with empathy and care.
Gauri Chaitanya gave fun, informative and lively Indian Vegetarian Cooking
classes which included the students cooking the Ashram dinners with much
appreciation from all. The rains have finally arrived for the winter season
giving much needed water to the garden and surrounding hills. Om Shanti.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Om Namo Narayanaya. In early January a German group of 18 students visited the
Ashram and stayed for two nights. All of them attended the Ashram's daily
programs. We started TTC on the eve of January 8th, with 24 students. Anoop
returned from a trip to Canada. All are well and conveying Pranams. OM.
Sivananda Ashram, Netala, Uttarkashi, Himalayas, North India
Om Namo Narayanaya. The Ashram is closed for the winter months. Courses return
in April 2012 with a TTC commencing on April 8th 2012. Peace and Pranams.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch Colony, Woodbourne, NY, USA
Om Namah Sivaya! Early January started with a 5-day Yoga Lifestyle Retreat. We
had several participants eager to start the new year off with a yoga practice.
Mahadev Chaitanya lead the daily workshops on the five points of Yoga. All
students left very inspired and motivated to start the new year incorporating
Swami Vishnu's five points in their daily life. Srinivasan left for the Bahamas
early in the week to teach in the ATTC. The weekend program was on the Conquest
of Anger, students learned about the causes of anger, forms of Anger and how
Yogic living works as an antidote for Anger. One Sunday the staff drove into New
York City for Satsang at the New York Centre. Swami Sadasivananda lead an inspiring
Satsang on the 5 kleshas.
Later in January we happily received our first main snow fall of the season,
making the Ashram beautiful in a blanket of white. The staff enjoyed exercising
in the fresh air while shoveling the snow. The construction in the Vishnu
building continued with renovations in Srinivasan's office, replacing the floors
and painting. One Wednesday the staff drove into New York City for Satsang at
the New York Centre. Swami Sadasivananda lead an inspiring Satsang. The weekend
schedule included a Beginners Yoga program. The guests were introduced to the
four paths of Yoga. They learned various methods on how to incorporate the
classical teachings of Yoga into their daily lives. The workshops were taught by
Mahadev Chaitanya. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all.
The staff send Pranams! Om Shanti.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas
Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves. Happy New Year! In early January Swami
Swaroopananda, Swami Prema and Jnaneshwari arrived to the Ashram. Srinivasan
also arrived with Saraswati and remained here for the month to teach the ATTC
students. On January 4th we inaugurated 45 TTC students and 22 ATTC students.
This is the first time we are running the courses concurrently. Kyriacos
Markides lectured this week on Christian Mysticism and Claudia Welch gave a
program on Balancing Hormones through Breath. Swami Tattvavidananda began a
series of lectures, discussing the virtues of a liberated sage; teachings from
the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The popular Detoxification and Juice
Fast program with Manu Dawson and Grace Van Berkum baigna,with 30 participants.
Later in January we concluded the 'On The Wings of Ecstasy: Interfaith
Devotional Singing and Sacred Dance Festival' with diverse performances by Juan
De la Sierra, Shantala (Benjy and Heather Wertheimer), Davod Azad, Silvia
Nakkach, Val Serrant and the Gospel Band of the Trinity Full Baptist Church.
Vianna Stibal taught the Theta Healing Basic and Advanced Teachers Training
courses. Dr. John Beaulieu and Silvia Nakkach co-instructed a 7-day course
entitled 'The Yoga of Sound and Voice'. The TTC and ATTC students concluded
their third week of studies. Om Namah Sivaya. Pranams to all! Om.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat House, Reith/Kitzbühel Tyrol, Austria
Om Namah Sivaya. We started the New Year with a full house including many
guests, visiting staff and inspired TTCs going into their 3rd week. Highlight of
the new year was our special program with special guests with most uplifting
raga music and spiritual discourses; and lectures and asana workshops with
Acharyas. Swami Durgananda giving inspiring lectures on Atma Bodha, Swami
Kailasananda workshops on concentration and meditation and Swami Atmaramananda
teaching well appreciated asana workshops. TTC s students continued to build up
energy and connect deeply with the teachings of the Masters and were rewarded
with a successful completion of the TTC for all 24 participants. Heavy snowfall
since Christmas contributed to the beautiful winter atmosphere. OM.
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres:
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya. We had a very nice New Years Eve with a good group of students
who enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere in the Centre. The new carpet looks very
sattwig and is appreciated by students and staff alike. The highlight of the
month was the yearly Special Program with many guests, Swamis and staffs. Swami
Durgananda gave a series of Lectures on steps towards Self-Realization, which
were highly appreciated and very well attended by an attentive audience of
students and yoga teachers eager to deepen their knowledge and practise of Yoga.
Swami Sivadasananda arrived spontaneously and gave two asana classes on the
weekend; these were enthusiastically received and the students filled the asana
hall to maximum. Swami Atmaramananda also gave a series of interesting lectures
on workings of mind. Swami Shymananda gave the Asana Workshops during the week.
Every evening concluded with elevating classical Indian music concerts which
opened the hearts of all. Saturday was the high light with almost 300 students
visiting the Centre. We had many students, who came not only from Berlin, but
also from other German cities as well as from Poland. The week after the Centre
saw a staff exchange: Rajeshwari Chaitanya left for Vienna and we welcomed
Swami Gokulananda who came from Vienna to Berlin. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America
Om Namah Sivaya. Hello from Buenos Aires. Visit the report from Montevideo for
the Garopaba TTC. Prem & Om to all.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India
Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre. In early January
all the staff were involved in doing karma yoga. They cleaned all the debris
left by the strong wind and the heavy rains that the cyclone brought to Chennai
on the last week in December. Thay also some remains from the 2011 construction
work. We started a Beginners’ Course with a good number of students. We started
an early morning Meditation Course on Tuesdays. We have changed the schedule of
some classes and added some more and we are having a very good feedback from the
students who are now coming back from their end-of-the-year holidays. We have
also been busy preparing a retreat with Swami Mahadevananda and the inauguration
of a new Yoga Hall at a Hostel outside Chennai. The inauguration will be on 20th Jan.
Later in January we started our third Beginners' Course of the month, with a
very good number of students. Swami Mahadevananda arrived, then we went to
Padur, halfway between Chennai and Mamallapuram, for a two-day retreat. As part
of the retreat, the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, at Padur, was inaugurated.
This new Centre is located in the premises of the Sai Baba Hostels and will work
as an extension of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai. The area of Padur
is full of IT companies with huge numbers of workers, all of them in need of
proper exercise, proper breathing, proper relaxation, proper diet, and positive
thinking. Also, as part of the retreat we listened to Prof. Anantha Raman, a
famous bhajan singer, and his group of musicians on evening. Swami Mahadevananda
taught two yoga classes and gave two lectures. One Sunday morning we had a nice
silent walk to a nearby Ganesha temple. After the yoga class and the lecture we
all came back to Chennai. Kumari came to the Centre from Neyyar Dam. She will be
with us till the end of March. We are all well and now back into our regular
schedule. All the staff are well and send pranams of peace to all the Sivananda
family for 2012.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
Om Namah Sivaya. In early January, the New Year started well with a puja to
celebrate Swamiji's birthday. Classes have been well attended, as was an Open
House event one Saturday which attracted a good number of interested newcomers
to the Centre.
Later in January a new Yoga 1 course began, well attended by attentive and
focused students. The Centre welcomed a new resident, Mahesvari, who is
enthusiastic about service and committed to sadhana. Satsang, classes, and
courses continue well while Swami Narayanananda is away in Vietnam.
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DWARKA Centre, Delhi, India
Om Namah Sivaya. In early January began with a new batch of beginners at 6.30am
and 4p m, with a good number of students attending. We also held a Shat Kriya
workshop one weekend. Vijay ji left for Meenakshi Ashram TTC and Mukund left for
Dhanwantari Ashram, both for one month. We welcomed Pranav back to the Centre
who will be with us for the next few months, and Rajesh who will be with us for
a month. Otherwise, by the master and guru’s grace our classes, courses workshops
and trial classes are going very well.
Later in January we began with a new batch of beginners at 6.30am and 4pm. We
also began a weekend beginners course on Saturdays. All courses began with a
good number of energetic and motivated participants. Otherwise, by the Master
and Guru’s grace, our classes, courses, workshops and trial classes went very well.
Pranams from all the staff at Dwarka. Om Shanti.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta NATARAJA Centre, Delhi, India
Om Namo Narayanaya. In early January the Centre had undergone a complete
cleaning and decoration to welcome Sw. Mahadevananda. Swamiji attended the Delhi
Music Festival, along with Uma Sharma. A special Satsang one Saturday was
attended by many teachers and students. Swamiji’s talk on Sacrifice was well
received and all enjoyed hearing of his many humorous Indian experiences. We
have started a new Yoga - 1 and a new Week end Intensive course.
Later in January we welcomed Jnanadev to be a staff for few months. Many new
teachers who have completed the TTC recently joined as a assistant teacher. A
special Puja was performed by priests from Visakapattanam. Samvedula Bhima
Narayana Sasthri performed Rudra Puja for Shiva and many teachers and students
took part and received the blessings. Swami Mahadevananda and Mani Chaitanya
left to Neyyar Dam for the International TTC. A Trial Class and the Kids class
had many good number of students. Two new Yoga1 also started. Satsang on
Wednesdays and Sundays were filled with many old students. A cooking workshop
was attended by 13 students. Prem and Om 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. Staff returned inspired and recharged from the Retreat house in
Reith where they took part in the special programs. The Centre had a dynamic
start after two weeks Christmas-closure as many people came in with New Year’s
resolutions. Courses began with good numbers of students. The pensioners’ class
which is held in cooperation with the City of Geneva continues with an inspired
group and the two classes at the United Nations Organization had many new
students. We are also happy about a big and lively children’s’ class which is
now taught by two teachers. On the weekends we had a good Open Day with
interested and motivated students and many inscriptions for upcoming courses as
well as a workshop entitled “Food for Life”. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Om Namah Sivaya. In January we experienced low attedance because of Lunar New
Year TET. The students and teachers busily prepared for new year which is the
biggest celebration of the Year in Vietnam. The whole country has a 2-week
holiday. Swami Pranavananda held the fort down and taught many small classes
when Ganga was busy helping to prepare for TTC in Cu Chi. We were also happy to
welcome back some of the Centre's senior teachers who travelled to India. The
Positive Thinking Course continued well with sincere students. Om Namo Narayanaya.
Cu Chi, Vietnam :
The Ayurveda and Yoga course taught by Swami Sitaramananda, Durga Leela, and
Ananta Chaitanya completed successfully with eleven students acquiring the basic
knowledge on constitution assessment, the disease process and how to get back
into balance, Yoga and Ayurveda therapies, and how to counsel the mind and
emotions, and thus facilitate the process of remembering our true nature. Yoga
Vacations continued with a steady stream of guests from around the world. We
thanked Kamala, Lalita, and Saraswati for the successful Ayurveda Spa. We are
preparing to receive the Yoga Psychology group. TTC applications keep steady.
Staff were well and enjoyed the weather and nice food. Later in January we
completed the Yoga Psychology course and prepared the facility to receive 70
students for TTC. Staff went on a break for 4 days to visit Dalat, Swami Sita's
home town in the mountains, and also visit Nha Trang and 2 Cham temples during
the Lunar New Year. The Beginners week, taught by Ananta Chaitanya, concluded
well with students from many countries being grateful to have found Sivananda
Yoga in Vietnam. We welcomed Swami Narayanananda from Chicago Centre who will be
helping with the TTC teaching.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
Om Namah Sivaya. In early January the first full week of the New Year picked up
nicely as the week progressed. We saw a sudden surge in student numbers, due in
part to all the New Years resolutions that have been put in place. Many new
courses began with good bookings. The highlight was the successful Open House
one Saturday. We took many bookings for courses. Interest in TTC was strong.
Work continued on designing the brochure. We welcomed Vishnu, a close teacher
and KY, for 2 weeks service in the Centre. Gopika moved in as a resident.
Later in January we had many new courses starting; Yoga 1,2,3 & 4, plus,
Positive Thinking. Bhima led a 2-part workshop on “Back in Shape” which helped
students to further understand the yoga techniques for a healthy back and how to
use the 12 basic postures to improve body alignment. Manesha, a close teacher
and KY, led a cooking workshop “A Journey through Indian Vegetarian Cooking”
that was well attended. The 18 students enjoyed the interesting array of dishes
and appreciate very much the “hands on” approach to preparation. Work continued
on the brochure. Vishnu, a close teacher and KY, left after 2 weeks of service in
the Centre. Om & Prem to All. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Om Namo Narayanaya! Om Shanti.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves! After a couple of weeks of reduced schedule and
staff team for the Christmas holidays, the Centre went back to full activity.
Several new beginners and meditation courses started. A special program on
Ayurveda was given by Dr. Kulkarni. The lectures on the practical day to day
application of Ayurveda and a cooking course were very well received. The students
were inspired to change their cooking and eating habits. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, India
Om Namah Sivaya. By the grace of God & Guru, the Centre ran well in January. In
early January all the activities, classes and courses went well by the grace of
guru's and god's. One of the staff Alaxia (Amala) went to help the January TTC
in Neyyar Dam. We visited Madurai Ashram for the starting date of January’s TTC.
Later in January we celebrated the Tamil festival, Pongal, with staff and some
students The festival was for three days. The staff were happy to receive a lot
of pongal from students. All the classes and courses going well and fine. The
staff sends their pranams. Om Shanti.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Milano, Italy
Om Namah Sivaya. In early January Milan was very quiet as the Christmas holidays
continued. Students and teachers slowly returned to their yoga mats.
Later in January Milan 'reopened' after the Christmas Holidays. Students started
to return to the Centre. Dhruva also returned from visiting family for a few
weeks. The boutique was stocked with new items from India and a good clean of
the asana rooms was made. New beginner courses started readily filling up.
Om Namo Narayanaya. Pranams.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay, South America
Om Namah Sivaya! In early January we saw a good amont of activity at the Centre.
On Tuesday the 3rd January, we had 50 students enrolled for the beginning of the
year. In January we will have a reduced schedule of classes but classes continue
with pregnancy, beginners, advanced, trial and regular classes. We were also
very busy preparing the final details before the departure of Kanti Devi and
Chandra for the TTC in Garopaba , Brazil. They left on Thursday morning so as to
be there for the whole month. Shakti (staff) went to Garopaba too, so as to do the TTC.
Later in January we had a good attendance of students, despite the excessive
heat. They were very happy with the air conditioning. We received a work study,
Agustina. She came from Buenos Aires, Argentina. One Saturday we offered the
free yoga class. A good number of new students came to the Centre. We began wall
repair work and painting in bathrooms, locker rooms, kitchen, patio and room
staff. Classes were regularly being developed through support provided by
teachers in this month. Little by little the advanced group is formed and they
are really enjoying the classes. Agustina (work study) returned to Buenos Aires.
She said that she lived a wonderful experience during her stay in the Centre.
Pranams to all the Sivananda family!
Garopaba, Brazil: The Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training course has been held in
Garopaba, Brasil for eight consecutive years now. This month the fourth Advanced
Teachers´ training course also took place. We’ve received a wonderful group of
students thirsty for knowledge and practice. There are people coming from
Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, C
olombia, Italy, United States, Germany, Canada, Spain and Holland. Communication
between different languages flowed as a result of the desire of knowing each
other and of learning about different cultures and customs. Kanti Devi, Swami
Gopalananda and Swami Premananda inaugurated both courses. Everything was in a
harmonious spirit. The night of inauguration, we enjoyed an incredible native
music concert, played by Daniel Namkay, with his more than 200 flutes collection
coming from all around the world. He also brought his instruments made of seeds
and different natural elements. We played music all together and immersed ourselves
in the wonderful world of the sounds of Nature.
We also watched some very inspirational videos about Swami Sivananda´s and Swami
Vishundevananda´s lives. The weather treated us lovingly. A soft breeze
refreshed our activities and allowed us a comforting rest at night. Rain
accompanied us too, of course!, as a way to remember us that here, we have
tropical weather. During the first Friday of TTC, the first free day, it was a
beautiful sunny day, so some of the staff members and some students enjoyed a
boat trip and sea baths, while others stayed at the Ashram and studied. Everyone
took a rest from the intense rhythm of the TTC course. Yoga vacation guests s
tarted arriving. They joined staff and TTC students for a variety of activities.
The Atlantic forest’s marvelous landscape gave us a show of its multicolor
shapes every day. Birds and butterflies flutter around as we walk to make us feel
part of this beauty.
The staff members spread out teaching in both courses, Yoga vacation, as well as
translations. Everybody collaborated happily and with enthusiasm. The second
week of TTC saw the students more and more attentive, orderly and quiet during
the classes. Around a Bon fire we shared some delicious hot chocolate and
traditional songs from the different countries where the students come form.
They sang their songs filled with joy and emotion. The weather continued to be
kind to us, allowing us to enjoy our classes and our rest. The ATTC´s day began
with the practice of pranayama at 5 am, all enjoying the spectacle of the moon
and the stars bathing the landscape with light. We enjoyed a kirtan concert,
lead by Gastón Gerónimo from Uruguay, accompanied by Mark from Belgium, playing
the bass and Mateo from Uruguay on percussion. Mateo is just 14 years old, and
he is a clear example of the strength of samskaras, as he plays like a Hindu who
has been studying and playing for forty years. We also attended a workshop lead
by Gastón where he taught us how to use our voice as an instrument for the
practice of bhakti yoga. After this experience, the chanting during the Satsangs
sounded like they have never sounded before, filled with prana and devotion. One
of the morning meditations took place in the “cachoeira” (cascade) where we
arrived after a walk by the forest. Wonderful! The power of Nature is always so
inspirational! We all meditated and to took a refreshing bath after Satsang!
Some of the Yoga Vacation attendees already left with others are arriving. Their
classes are being held regularly so they can enjoy the power coming from both
classes each day. We had another beautiful sunny free day that allowed us to go
to the beach, the cachoeira and the pool. The members of the staff went to Siriu
beach that offers more than six kilometers of white and soft sand surrounded by
beautiful deep green mountains. We walked back to Garopaba, where we stopped to
have coconut water, juice and the traditional ice cream. Unfortunately,
Subramanya, Anapurna and little Kumari had to go back to Rio de Janeiro for
personal reasons. Before their departure, we celebrate Subramanya´s birthday in
advance. The Dining room was decorated with balloons and forty candles lighting
a delicious chocolate cake. Versed, from Porto Alegre, joined the staff. Uma and
Nirmala from Uruguay are a great support for the courses’ daily activities. All
the teachers took turns to teach in all the languages, a challenging job and
well received by the students. Classes take place normally and everyone lovingly
appreciated the teachings. We continued receiving applications for the Teachers
Meeting and there is a huge excitement about the program to be held.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya. In early January a highlight was one of the Sunday Satsangs.
Eleven staff members from Val Morin attended. There was a very positive energy.
Everyone enjoyed the evening. As usual a fine meal was served. Altogether about
40 people attended. Gopal from Val Morin spent some days at our Centre to his
way to Delaware, in the United States. We started a Yoga 1 course, with 12
students and a meditation course, with 7 students. We had our first big snowstorm
with very cold temperatures.
Later in January we continued with a busy program. Neeti from Val-Morin gave a
North Indian cooking course one Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Music
was in the spotlight on Fridays. The evening's yoga classes were accompanied by
inspiring and relaxing music played by Ina and Guillaume. This was followed by
mantra singing during a concert by singer Lea Longo. Also, Satsang were well
attended on Sundays. It was freezing cold with temperatures as low as -20°C.
Pranams to all the Sivananda family.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya. We started into the New Year with lots of prana. Many people
came to our classes and courses and also the first of our monthly Open Houses
attracted many newcomers. We had a very nice special program “The Power of
Asanas” with Swami Keshavananda. We also organized a program “Ayurveda and
Health” with Dr. Kulkarni, ayurveda acharya from India, with two lectures and a b
ig cooking course. Further newly starting courses were a Meditation Introduction
course, a course “Thought Power through Concentration” and a preparation day for the y
oga teachers training course. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina
Om Namah Sivaya! Greetings from Patagonia, Argentina! In early January the
Centre opened the doors to the New Year and all baigna well. The students were
happy that we return the first day of the 2012 with our regular classes.
Later in January inspite of a really hot summer in Neuquén, with temperatures of
more than 40ºC, the Centre was fine!! We introduced a reduced schedule. Pranams to
all the staff. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
Om Namah Sivaya! In early January we started the New Year at the Yoga Ranch and
celebrated with a beautiful evening feast and midnight ceremony. Over the
weekend we held a successful Open House with 28 students, many whom registered
for courses, classes and memberships. The beginning of the year has inspired
many people to drop in for classes and sign up for the upcoming courses and
workshops. We completed the brochure and worked on more advertising projects to
distribute throughout the City. Swami Sadasivananda continued a Sanskrit course,
with a dedicated group of students and teachers.
Later in January we were fortunate to welcome two karma yogis for a week-long
service stay at the Centre. Mukti Devi and Sarah stayed with us and served
kindly. Sarah, a chef by profession, and Mukti Devi, a teacher, were a wonderful
addition to the Centre. In the evenings we began a Positive Thinking course,
with 17 students, two new Yoga 1s began with a full classroom of students and we
have continued the Raja Yoga and Sanskrit Courses as well. We held two FIT
classes this week, each class enjoyed a basic class and meal. During the weekend
Sri Dhira Chaitanya, from the Arsha Vidya Ashram, delivered a lecture entitled
"The Role of Emotional Maturity in Spiritual Pursuits", it was an insightful
talk with several students and teachers attending. One Saturday we held a
headstand workshop with a few students. Joe continued to renovate the Centres'
rooms, with great finesse and craftsmanship. All staff are well, sending
blessings to all other staff. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all. Om Shanti.
Centre de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta, Paris, France
Om Namah Sivaya. It was an eventful and uplifting month in the Paris Centre. The
first week of the year started with a 3-day special programme on Ayurveda
including two informative lectures and a much appreciated cooking class during
which students learned to prepare traditional, Indian dishes following Ayurvedic
guidelines. Swami Kailasananda gave a very well attended 3-day special programme
entitled Meditation and mental relaxation. The knowledge shared during the
workshops and Satsangs were a source of inspiration and encouragement for the
continued sadhana of students, teachers and staff. A South Indian priest
performed a deity puja and a yantra puja, uplifting the spiritual energy of the
Centre further. A residential teachers weekend brought TTC graduates from
different parts of France and some from abroad to the Centre. The programme
included workshops on how to correct postures, how to teach pranayama and on the
three levels of relaxation. A vibrant, professional Bharata Natyam dance
performance with 6 dancers filled the main asana hall to the brim. The energetic
dance performance, the colourful costumes and the devotional music gave a
vibrant Indian touch to the week-end and left the audience in awe. OM.
Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed selves. In January we focused on advertising for the
Centre and the Open House. We had a very good response with 79 people arriving
for the day’s activities. All the classes were full, with many people staying
for all the activities. A good number of teachers and karma yogis helped nicely
throughout the day. Many students registered for the upcoming Yoga 1, Meditation
1 and the cooking classes. We had a teachers meeting, consisting of an advanced
yoga class then Satsang. The teachers are inspired. 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 January a new Yoga 1 and Positive
Thinking & Meditation Courses started with both courses full to capacity. The
resident program is also quite full with all spaces filling by the week’s end.
With the new year arrival the energy as high. This was noticeable at Sundays
packed Satsang, where many faces that had been absent over the holidays have
returned with a sigh of gratitude and relief on their faces. Pranams to all
from San Francisco Centre.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
Om Namah Sivaya from the Tel Aviv Centre. We would like to wish you all a
bright, happy, healthy prosperous and peaceful year. In early January we focused
a lot of prana in the promotion of our upcoming winter yoga retreat and the many
new courses and workshops to come. Krishnadas left the Centre and took off on
his way back to the Yoga Retreat. After many months during which the Centre was
packed with so many staff members, we are now 3 staff members keeping the high
energy strongly vibrating and inspiring the Centre's many students. The weather
in Tel-Aviv was changing all the time in January, mostly sunny and cold but
sometimes very stormy and rainy. We started a new "communication project". This proj
ect was initiated in order to improve all aspects - monetary and infrastructure,
of our internet, cellular and phone Equipment and programs. What we've found
quite quickly is that with the right knowledge we can pay less and get much more.
The project was crowned as a great success.
Later in January we were very busy with many successful events, projects and courses.
Two new beginners courses started day after day, both well attended. For
Thursdays we have 14 participants and on Fridays, 17 students. On Wednesdays we
opened a new Pranayama workshop. In these four-meetings workshops, students
received a broader outlook on the work with prana and pranayama and their
relation to Tejas and Ojas. One Thursday we held a most successful introductory
lecture to meditation. All 8 participants registered right after the meeting,
and the course itself will open in two weeks with Shankara Chaitanya. Another
introductory lecture was held for the upcoming Positive Thinking course. A new
Raja Yoga course started on Tuesdays, with Shankara Chaitanya. The students were
inspired much by the material, and stayed after the class to discuss the
intricate points of the yogic philosophy. We increased the promotional efforts
for the many new courses, workshops and the winter retreat starting at the end
of month. The weather was very stormy in Tel-Aviv, with powerful winds, low
temperatures and a lot of rain. Despite the weather the activities in the Centre
continued to be vibrant, and students, old as well as new ones, were streaming
to the classes. A new Advanced Yoga course opened on Mondays, with 20 students.
Our introduction classes for Yoga and Meditation were well attended. One weekend
we held our Winter Yoga Retreat. We all traveled to the Galilee at the north of
Israel. Although the weather there was even colder, none of the guests missed
the beautiful morning silent walks in the meadows of Kibbutz Inbar. The retreat
focused on the practice of Meditation and Pranayama. Everyone came back fully
recharged physically, mentally and spiritually. Blessings and Peace to all the
Sivananda Family from the Tel Aviv Centre.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves. Early January started the new year with morning
Satsanga on the 4th with many devoted students and teachers. Lal enjoyed
Japanese sweet after the Satsanga. The 9-day workshop on "Intro to Vedanta"
started on Saturday the 7th with many students. One Sunday we had a workshop series of
"The Wisdom of India" with many students.
Later in January we had a 9-day Vedanta Intro workshop which ran for a whole
week. We had Satsanga just before the end of workshop and many students enjoyed Kirtan.
We also had workshop on the topic of "Yogic Life Style" with many students.
Weekend Yoga 1 started on Saturdays, with a good number of students. We had
three months series workshop of "Wisdom of India" on Sundays with many
enthusiastic students. One of the students, a Sivananda Teacher, attended the
workshop every time coming all the way from Shizuoka, two and a half hour bus
drive away from Tokyo. We also had a Sunday free trial class with many students,
some of them were not accepted reservation due to the room space. It was for the
first time held this year because of the fact that we were unable to do it due
to the 9-day Vedanta Workshop. Some of the attendees joined Satsanga and enjoyed
it very much. We welcomed the arrival of new staff. Om & Prem. May the blessings of
Master and Swamiji be with us all.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya. In early January, in the absence of the main staff who are
still at the Yoga Camp, the Karma Yogis and teachers opened for a very
enthusiastic group of new yogis of Toronto. Even though no courses, the open
classes were very full. Saraswati just got back in time to give her Meditation
class and a Satsang for a room full of people. Her message for New Years was
quite inspiring. We have lots of new registrations for the upcoming courses. New
students arrived with New Year resolutions. The Centre is been given a thorough
cleaning and remains very sattvic and inviting. We were very sad to see our
bright and young Alan leaving to stay with his parents, so the sign went up for a new resident.
Later in January two Y1, and two new Y2 plus all open classes were completely
full. The Centre was extremely busy, as many people came in with new years
resolutions. On Saturdays we started two kids courses, so it was quite vibrant
with parents taking regular open classes, and kids enjoying their classes with
Saraswati and Anoosha. We welcomed Ramapriya from Tokyo Centre who will be at
the Centre for 6 months to get training. She was overwhelmed to see how busy the
Centre was and slowly integrating in to Centre life well. Saraswati led
inspiring Satsangs on Fridays and Sundays. Our morning Satsangs continued on
very smoothly. We were extremely busy with two Y1 starting with a full room of
people. Another Y2 has also started. Saraswati started a new Meditation course
on Fridays, with 12 people. Weekend was busy once again with kids classes with
more kids joining, it was vibrant and quite nice energy with Anoosha and
Saraswati teaching. One Saturday Prahlada gave the popular headstand work shop.
Satsangs continued with good attendance. We had great weather with warmer
temperatures and without any signs of snow yet. Ramapriya adapted to the busy
pace of the Centre life and worked hard on her English. Peace and Pranams to all the
Sivananda family. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Om Namah Sivaya. Our staff wishes all in the Sivananda family a peaceful and guided
2012. Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi.
Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
Om Namah Sivaya. The New Years intensive beginners course hat a good number of
inspired participants. Madhava returned inspired from his stay in the retreat
house in Reith during the special programs there and courses and classes picked
up in full swing after the vacation and holiday time. We had a successful and
large cooking course and a very well visited open house, with many new students
also registering for the upcoming beginners’ courses. With the Centre running in
full swing we had a staff exchange with Berlin. We welcomed Rajeshwari Chaitanya
from Berlin and said farewell to Swami Gokulananda, who departed to Berlin.
Swami Vidyananda came from Reith for a successful special weekend program
entitled “Power of Asanas”, joined by many teachers, karmayogis and students. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnuis, Lithuania
Om Namah Sivaya. In early January the Centre came back to its usual schedule and
classes started to attract more students after Christmas and New year holidays
break. One Sunday we held our first Open Day of the year, which went very
successefully. We welcomed 28 new peuple. Half of the students subscribed for
the Yoga 1, 2, 3 courses, cooking workshop, meditation course. We could see that
many students had some physical problems and tensions and they wanted to do
something about it through the practice of Yoga. One woman was interested in the
TTC. Many students stayed for the whole open day and it was wonderful to see
them in the evening Satsang sincerely singing mantras and kirtans. All students
left thankful for this day.
Later in January we started with a good group in the Yoga 1 course. We
concentrated on the finalizing the mailing list and working on promotion of the
special program with Swami Atmaramananda. Karma yogis helped with distribution
of the posters and leaflets in the town. We were happy to see a nice group of
the students for the cooking class named “Classical Yogic Dishes”. The cooking
class went very well. We had especially many questions from two italian students
who also were profesional in Italian cooking. Our karma yogis supported the
Centre very nicely with cooking, cleaning, some office work and poster runs.
Durga Devi returned very inspired from Reith and Berlin where she was helping during
the special programs. OM.
Make Yoga the only purpose, aim, and real interest in your life. Plunge in Sadhana now, and realize God.
- Sri Swami Sivananda
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