miércoles, 2 de diciembre de 2009

Sivananda Gurugram - December 2009

Issue #12/2009 – Dec 01, 2009

Published from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Canada

Html formatted version of this guru-gram available at



Peace dwells in Silence. Silence is Brahma, the Absolute.
- Sri Swami Sivananda


* News
* 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 glad to inform you that in the month of October Swami Mahadevanandaji
visited Japan with Mani Chaitanya, for an intensive one week program, which was
a great success. Now there are plans to do a TTC only for Japanese students in
Thailand. The search is on for a suitable location. If any one can help in
finding a place please get in touch with us.

We are glad that 2009 is been a very successful year with two other new
centers: opening one in Luthuania, another in Milan, Italy. Also there were
many new TTC's around the world. The momentum is picking up for the World Wide
Sivannada Yoga Teachers' Reunion at the Yoga Camp in Val Morin in summer 2010.
Pranams to all.

To live in perfect goodness is to dissolve in the Infinite.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ ~~~ Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Can prayers cure diseases when doctors fail? Is it true that more things
are wrought by prayers than the world could dream of?

A: Doctors and medicines are only instruments in the hands of God. Unless God
wills, none can cure, or get cured. Man should do his best, with initiative,
enterprise and perseverance, but depend on God's grace for everything. To
bear with suffering, and accept it as a blessing of God in disguise, is
great wisdom. Prayer invokes the inner potentialities of the individual,
which flow only from God, and can certainly work miracles.

Q2: What are the methods to develop unruffled serenity and mental composure
under all conditions of life? Is absolute serenity possible?

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

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

Think truly. Speak truly. Live truly. Act truly.
- Sri Swami Sivananda


SHALABHASANA – Locust Pose - Level one

Lie on your belly with your arms by the sides of your torso, palms up, forehead
resting on the floor. Turn your big toes toward each other to inwardly rotate
your thighs. Exhale and lift your head, upper torso, arms, and legs away from
the floor. You'll be resting on your lower ribs, belly and front pelvis. Reach
strongly through your legs, first through the heels to lengthen the back legs,
then through the bases of the big toes. Keep the big toes turned toward each
other. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and stretch back actively through
your fingertips. Imagine there's a weight pressing down on the backs of the
upper arms, and push up toward the ceiling against this resistance. Press your
scapulas firmly into your back. Gaze slightly upward, being careful not to jut
your chin forward and crunch the back of your neck. Keep the base of the skull
lifted and the back of the neck long. Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then
release with an exhalation. Take a few breaths and repeat 1 or 2 times.

• Strengthens the muscles of the spine, buttocks, backs of the arms and legs
• Stretches the shoulders, chest, belly and thighs
• Improves posture
• Stimulates abdominal organs
• Helps relieve stress

Do as you would be done by. This is the gist of ethics. - Sri Swami Sivananda

Previous Yoga Tips at http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/asana/101tips.html


ANANDA – Bliss, happiness, joy

HIRANYAGARBHA - Cosmic intelligence, the Supreme Lord of the Universe; also
called Brahman

Jnana Yoga is the subtle and analytical path of wisdom. Mental purity is of
paramount importance for Self-realization. - Sri Swami Sivananda

Complete glossary can be found at:

From Discourse II: "Sadhana Pada - On Spiritual Disciplines"

'When non-stealing becomes firmly established, all wealth comes to the yogi'.

The more a yogi flees from material objects, the more they seem to come to him.
The purpose of this natural law is two-fold. The first is so that he may be
tested and confirmed in his renunciation. The second is so that he, as a wise
person, may appropriately dispense the wealth to
benefit mankind.

Seek internal peace of the Eternal, which will destroy all sorrows and pains
and lead to final emancipation. - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE - from 'The Yoga Cook Book'
– a collection of recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Centres

SWEET POTATO with PINEAPPLE – This lovely dish is part of the Yogic Feast for
the Winter Festival in the Sivananda Yoga Cookbook. Serves 4 -6

5 large sweet potatoes, total weight about 1.4kg (3¼lb)
25 g (1oz) butter
1 very ripe fresh pineapple, about 1 kg (2¼ lb)
150ml (5 fl oz) orange juice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 190C/375 F.
2. Scrub the sweet potatoes and bake them for 1-11/2 hours until soft.
3. Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and reduce the temperature to
4. Leave the potatoes until cool enough to handle.
5. Peel and mash them with the butter.
6. Peal & core the pineapple using a sharp knife. Cut into small pieces.
7. Combine the mashed sweet potatoes, pineapple and all the ingredients.
8. Transfer to a baking dish.
9. Bake for about 40 minutes.

Serve hot.

Wisdom of the Self is the ripe fruit of the beautiful flower of virtue.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

Previous recipes can be found at:



02 - Full Moon
12 - Ekadasi
16 - New Moon
28 - Ekadasi
31 - Full Moon ( Swamiji's Birthday)

With the wings of love and wisdom, fly to the immortal abode of Brahman.
- Sri Swami Sivananda


Nov 29-Dec 27/09
TTC – English
Madurai Ashram, South India

Dec 06/09 -Jan 02/10
TTC – International
Nassau, Bahamas

Dec 15-Dec 29/09
Fasting & Detoxification Program – English
Neyyar Dam, South India

Dec 19/09-Jan 17/10
TTC – English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol
Reith, Austria

Jan 03-Jan 18/10
Sadhana Intensive– English
Madurai Ashram, South India

Jan 03-Jan 31/10
TTC – Spanish, Portuguese, English
Garopaba, Brasil

Jan 06-Feb 02/10
ATTC – International
Nassau, Bahamas

Jan 10-Feb 07/10
TTC – English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Farsi, Japanese, Hindi, Tamil,
Neyyar Dam, South India

Jan 24-Feb 21/10
TTC – English
Madurai Ashram, South India

Jan 31-Feb 27/10
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
Feb 14-Mar 07/10
Ayurvedic Abhyanga Course (Ayurvedic Massage) – English
Neyyar Dam, South India

Feb 14-Mar 14/10
TTC – English
Val Morin, QC- Canada

Feb 14-Mar 14/10
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, South India

Feb 28-Mar 28/10
TTC – English
Madurai Ashram, South India

See full list of international courses and events:

True knowledge reveals itself. It is not taught. It embraces everything in
its fold.
- Sri Swami Sivananda


The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams:

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Sivananda Headquarters, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya, Greetings from the Headquarters. In early November the Ashram
was busy overall with painting projects in full flow. The garden bulbs for next
spring have been planted before the winter takes a hold on freezing the earth.
The weeks go by quickly and busy with quiet weekdays and busy weekends. All at
the Camp send Pranams and prayers for Peace. OM.


Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, India

Om Namo Narayanaya. In November we celebrated Swamiji's Mahasamadhi day with
completion of Bagavatam Saptaha, conducted meticulously by Hari Hara Chaitanya
and his team of four priests. Hari Hara Chaitanya himself conducted this
program on several occasions for Swami Vishnu. For the closing Puja, staff and
guests were up on their feet clapping and dancing to the chanting of "Om Namo
Bhagavate Vasudevaya" and the idol of Krishna was paraded down to Swami
Vishnu's kurtir for a ceremonial bath in the lake. The following day staff
were treated to a trip to Varkala, visiting Guru Narayana's Sivagiri Ashram,
Vishnu temple and finishing with a swim in the ocean. We welcomed several staff
before the TTC inauguration, including Swami Mahadevanada , Dr Mahadevan,
Shambu, Udayan, Janaki, Gayatri, Kalyani, Shakti, Yogasaravanan, Maneesha and
Ambika. Dr L Mahadevan and his team of doctors from the Sri Sarada Ayurvedic
Hospital are conducting a new two week course - the "Ayurvedic Wellness
Course". One hundred and fifty eight students were initiated for TTC, twelve
for the Ayurvedic Wellness Course, and eighty six guests for yoga vacation. All
staff worked extra hard to accommodate the new arrivals.

In mid-November the first day of TTC and Ayurvedic Wellness Course started with
a morning Ganapati homa. Everyone enjoyed a Mohiniattam classical Indian dance
performed by Aishwarya, from Gujurat. One Friday, the day off, eighty six
people ventured out for the Kanya Kumari day trip. Despite the large number,
everyone managed to enjoy darshan, a waterfall bath and a dip in the three
oceans. The increase in yoga vacationers, numbering one hundred, also enhanced
the energy in the Ashram.
Om Namah Sivaya from all staff at Neyyar Dam.


Sivananda Ashram, Netala, Uttarkashi, Himalayas, North India

Om Namo Narayanaya - Greetings from Uttar Kashi. Courses return in May 2010.
Pranams to all.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Om Namo Narayanaya. In early November the TTC went well. Apart from the regular
TTC schedule, a Sudarsana Homa, talent show and mantra initiation were
conducted. It was raining heavily throughout the first week of November. Swami
Tatwaroopananda and P C Kapoor arrived to teach Bhagavad Gita and Anatomy
classes respectively. Lakshmi Devi and Br.Manoj Chaitanya left as staff.
Sridevi (Nicole Herpich) from Spain and Pranava (Yael Gilboa) from Israel,
arrived to join staff. All are well by THE GRACE of Gurudev. The Mahasamadhi
celebration of Sri Gurudev was celebrated with havans, akhanda Japa and guru
Poojas with all the staff and TTC students participating. The new temporary
staff who joined us are Valerie Fernando and Vandana Kapadia. PC Kapoorji
concluded his classes on Anatomy and left back home to Delhi. Manisha Rawat
left for Neyyar Dam to be staff there. It is rainy season here and it is highly
welcomed by the local community as it helps the water situation and

In mid-November the first TTC of the season concluded successfully. The
diplomas were distributed to all the participants. This was followed by a
talent show program by the TTC yogis. A feast in the same day evening was
enjoyed by all. Apart from the usual TTC schedule classes we had a Devi pooja.
Swami Tatwaroopanandaji left back to his Ashram after the Gita Classes. Ananda
JK left the Ashram for a few days travel. Swami Padmapadananda left the Ashram
to be on staff at SYVC, Madurai. Pieter Scheffe from Holland and Narayan
(Stefan - from Germany ) joined as staff. Some of the TTC students were taken
on a pilgrimage to Rameswaram temple and Dhanushkoti sangam. The next TTC
registration started. All are well by Gurudev's Grace. OM.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch Colony, Woodburne, NY, USA

Om Namah Sivaya! Early November lead into a successful weekend, with lectures
on Dharma, Ecology and Spirituality designed by Srinivasan. A group of 9 fine
art students from Pratt Institute, travelled here for the weekend to learn more
about yoga and its philosophy. We had an Indian Summer during the weekend and
were able to enjoy the outdoors, with hiking and work in the garden. The staff
have been diligently working on sheet mulching the garden, protecting the soil
before the winter comes. Several of the staff are new teachers who have been
practicing and learning more about the art of teaching. Om Shanti. May the
Gurus' blessings of be with us all.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

Om Namah Sivaya! In November we had lovely Pujas, honouring Swamiji Vishnu-
devananda's Mahasamadhi and JalaSamadhi, which brought great inspiration to the
Staff and guests as we celebrated Swamjiji's legacy and energy. We also
celebrated Swami Sitaramananda's birthday at the same time with the Samadhi
Puja, a reminder of Swamiji that birth and death are two sides of the same
coin. The "Permaculture Certification Course" came to a close with close to 20
participants successfully completing the course. Some took the Dream Mastery
Lab with Craig Webb, from Montreal, Canada, who taught them to work with the
subconscious and the mind using biofeedback and modern sleep research. Swami
Pranavananda taught a 3 day Anatomy for Hatha Yoga course with the help of
Chiropractor Dr. Dale. We said goodbye to Krishna and Maha Shakti, who returned
to Uruguay after over 2 months in the Ashram, as well as Mahadevi and ShyamDas.
Swami Sitaramananda took 3 days ayurvedic retreat and gave programs in LA SYVC
over the weekend. Meanwhile, Vidya Chaitanya arrived to the Yoga Farm to be the
host for the Permaculture Design Certification Course this week. The course has
20 students, including 2 Staff and is taught by MidWest Permaculture.Brother
Rolph Fernandez returned from his tour to San Fransisco, Berkeley and Stockton.
He then began a course "Simplicity, Spirituality, St. Francis and Yoga",
presenting about St. Francis of Assisi, the monastic life and yoga. We also
began a Beginner's Yoga Course, led by Sivapriya and Sivadurgadas. New staff
got oriented and new teachers started teaching their classes with enthusiasm.
The Yoga Farm experienced great autumn skies and revitalizing air.

In mid-November we welcomed first-time guests with an Open House where guests
enjoyed a tour of the Ashram, an asana class, a delicious vegetarian meal and
concluded the day with Satsang. An Intermediate Yoga Course was led by Swami
Pranavananda and Kailas with several returning students from the Beginner's
Course, including one who flew all the way from London, England! The Yoga Farm
hosted a special weekend with a Deaf Yoga Retreat taught by Lila Lolling and
Sankara (Don Miller). It was a very beautiful experience as this was the first
exposure to Ashram life for the deaf yoga students. Staff and guests
participated at Satsang, learning mudras to sign "Jaya Ganesha" and connecting
with the teachings in a new and enlightening way. We were also treated to a
workshop on Vedanta with Swami Sitaramananda and a satsang on Vedanta and Self
Healing as well as an Ayurvedic talk by Sahadeva. Shiny bamboo flooring is
installed in the new Shanti cabins which have private bathrooms and loft while
the 2nd pond on the property is being cleaned out by Shambhu and bulldozer - a
big, muddy and necessary operation. Pranams to all.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas

Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves. In early November Swami Brahmananda spoke
about Meditation and the art of Mind Control. He interspersed this with talks
on the Bhagavad Gita which the staff and guests really enjoyed. The Teachers
Renewal Program began. There are 11 enthusiastic teachers taking part. Bharata
was here from Toronto to coordinate the program. We also enjoyed talks and
kirtan with Dr. Dennis Chernin, a holistic physician and student of Swami Rama
(Himalayan Institute). Topics were meditation, mantra and melody. We continued
to refresh and rejuvenate the Ashram by giving various buildings a new coat of
paint. Current construction projects include the new beach villas, an addition
to Swami Swaroopananda's hut, bathroom renovations and the new 2-story platform
for 'tent huts'. Many of the guest rooms were in various stages of completion
from renovation.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat House, Reith/Kitzbühel Tyrol, Austria

Om Namah Sivaya. The last week of the season the activities of the Retreat
House slowed down. A small group of guests enjoyed the calmness and intimacy of
the atmosphere. The topic of this week was "relaxation" and how to integrate
yoga in the daily schedule at home. Everyone was attentive and eager to learn
from the variety of yogic techniques. The Mahasamadhi of Swami Vishnudevananda
was celebrated with a Puja, meditation and mantra chanting. Swami
Ramapriyananda returned from Vrindavan. A first draft of the new brochure was
designed with full enthusiasm. The Retreat House will be closed until December
15, 2009.


Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France

Om Namah Sivaya. The Ashram is closed. Vacances de Noël et Nouvel An à l'Ashram
du 18 décembre 2009 au 3 janvier 2010


The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres:

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya. In early November had a nice week, filled with many new
courses. We started 3 beginners courses – one of them had been postponed for
one week. They had a very good attendance. The second part of a special course
"Expansion in Asanas" also started successfully with 16 students. There was a
TTC Preview with an excellent number of 12 participants. Many of them were
already decided to take the TTC and a few were registered before. We started to
organize the gifts for the students for the Centre Christmas Party. The staff
were also busy with many small maintenance and reparatory projects. Our steps
have new, shining carpets now.

In mid-November we had a good start on several courses. One weekend there was a
very well-attended cooking class, with the topic "Winter Kitchen". We taught
the students few nice yogic recipes for cold weather and also a few tips for
Christmas. The participants were enjoying delicious yogic food and good
atmosphere of eating peacefully together. We had also a nice kirtan workshop.
People were happy to sing together and open up to the power of sound. Swami
Atmaramananda came back from India and then went straight to Vilnius to give a
special weekend program and first Open House. Ananta left Berlin for Vilnius
centre. OM.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America

Om Namah Sivaya. Hello from Buenos Aires. Pranams and prayers for Peace. Prem &
Om to all.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India

Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre. In early
November the climate was improving from the previous hotter climate. We had
good showers of strong continuous rain. We had to shift the class due to the
rain, but still had regular students attending. We had Swami Mahadevananda
visit on his way to Neyyar Dam. We have good numbers in the day and evening
classes. The rest of the Centre's activities are fine. Pranams, and prayers for
Peace from the Chennai Centre.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

Om Namah Sivaya. Early November was fairly busy, with improved attendance in
our Open classes and good registrations for upcoming courses. We are working to
prepare the garden for winter, though we were still harvesting food daily. Om
Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DWARKA Centre, Delhi, India

Om Namah Sivaya. In early November previous to his trip to Japan, and before
leaving Delhi for Uttar Kashi, Swami Mahadevananda came to the Centre and we
all had the opportunity to talk to him. To celebrate Swami Vishnu's
Mahasamadhi, we had a beautiful Homa on 9th November. New Y1 courses started
with a good number of students. Even though the weather began changing to
cooler temperatures, we were all fine.

In mid-November two Y1 courses started. One the 16th and a new Meditation
course started on the 20th, with a good number of students. The temperature has
been dropping to 10–11 degrees in the morning and so has the number of students
attending the 6:30 am open class. However, the number of students attending the
10:00 am open class has increased. The rest of the open classes, including the
Advanced and the Kids class, are all running smoothly. Pranamas to all the
Sivananda Family. Om Shanti


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta NATARAJA Centre, Delhi, India

Om Namo Narayanaya. In early November two new Yoga 1 started on Mondays, with
many college students. Swami Vishnuji's Mahasamdhi was celebrated with a Havan
morning and Paduka Puja at evening. Potty Swamiji and Bhat Swamiji came back
from Netala and left to Trivandrum. Swami Mahadevananda and Lila visited, then
travelled to Chennai. Vinod and Srikumari left to Kerala after their long
service at the Sivananda Ayurvedic Kendra. We welcomed Vijay and Jalaja from
Kerala to take over the massages and treatments. Manju Sharmaji has been
continuing the Meditation Course. Weekly Prenatal & Kids class went well. More
than 20 students took part in the Trial class one Sunday. Sunday Satsangs went
well, with Parul playing harmonium, and chanting with her amazing voice.

In mid-November a new Yoga -1 started on Mondays. All have come from the Sunday
Trial class. A group of Psychologists from Germany tried an Introduction to
Yoga class. This programme, taught by Mani Chaitanya, included "Mind, its
barriers" and "Life beyond Mind". Swamiji's mission and life style itself the
evidence and methods to go beyond the borders and barriers using Yoga and
Vedanta were explained. Every doctor truly enjoyed the moment and felt what is
possible beyond their education of Mind. One Tuesday the Centre was decorated
to Welcome Swami Atma and other Yatris. A beautiful Satsang was organised and a
delicious South Indian lunch was served. Dr Bakaya has been preparing the
Garden for winter as the city is getting colder. The morning evening Open class
numbers are slowing down. Sunday Satsang brought new energy, with many new
students. Pranams to All. Om Namo Narayanaya!


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

Om Namah Sivaya. In early November we had a successful open day. Our karma
yogis helped to get the Centre into a good shape. We also had a Raja Yoga
course starting with an inspired group of students. One Wednesday we showed a
video of Swamiji during the Satsang. The students were fascinated by the
pictures of Swamiji, the Himalayas, the Om Namo Narayanaya peace bank.

In mid-November the Geneva Centre was blessed with Swami Sivadasananda's visit.
Many students attended his Asana workshops and Satsang with an inspiring
lecture, "How to Find Inner Peace". The Centre was full of new and old
students, but also from other cities and the UN. Two students took Mantra
Initiation. Courses continued. The Centre was still vibrating from strong
Sattva after this special program. Om Shanti.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England

Om Namah Sivaya. OM & Prem to all. In early November we held Swamiji's
Mahasamadhi celebration. Swami Krishnadevananda and Swami Gayatriananda led the
Puja with a group of close teachers and students. The celebration coincided
with the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Chandra Prince told
stories of Swamiji's historical flight over the Berlin Wall relating some of
his own stories of Swami during that memorable period. We were very happy to
have Swami Kailasananda here for a weekend programme on Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
The Satsangs and workshops were all linked to the subject matter and were
explained with great clarity and insight. Staff and students felt very inspired
and more in tune with Swamiji Vishnudevananda understanding and approach to
teaching this most precious of sciences. The staff also received much guidance
from Swami Kailasananda who managed to do a lot in a very short period of time.
Swami Gayatriananada left for Neyyar Dam. Chandrika, a close student, moved in
as a resident on the weekend.

Mid-November saw many students coming to the Centre. We had a very successful
Open House one Saturday. May new courses began and we had the first of two
workshops on the theme "Yoga in Daily Life". The first focused on Yoga at Home
and contained a "mini" yoga session and a "20 Minute Veggie Meal". The students
found the information very useful. A highlight was the Further Training for
Yoga Teachers weekend. We welcomed Sita from Hamburg for a long awaited weekend
on teaching yoga for kids and pregnancy. There was a nice group of teachers
from throughout the UK and Europe in attendance. They found the workshops to be
very informative and inspired. We thank Sita for her time, energy and
dedication. Preparations have already begun for the Christmas party on December
5th. New staff Saraswati and Tia are adapting well to the Centre. Staff are
well and send OM & Prem to ALL.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Om Namo Narayanaya! In mid-November we had a very busy time. Lila Lolling,
founder of the Deaf Yoga Federation, visited us from New York. She taught
classes, workshops and translated Satsang using sign language. As a 'hearing'
Sivananda yoga teacher and trainer she offers a wonderful service to the deaf
community. It was very uplifting and inspiring for us to experience the
powerful energy of the mudras which she uses to translate the daily chants,
kirtan and arati. We look forward to her returning again. At the weekend, Br
Rolph visited us for an interfaith weekend. His heart-warming stories from his
days as a Franciscan monk and more recently as an interfaith teacher really
touched us. We were joined on Saturday and Sunday afternoon by an Episcopalian
and a Methodist minister for dialogue sessions. One Sunday evening we
participated in a very well attended Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at a local
Methodist church and Vidya Chaitanya offered a reading from Taittiriya
Upanishad. At one Satsang, Peter Rood from the local Episcopalian church
described the development of the very active interfaith community in West Los
Angeles. Sending our Pranams to all.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves! In early November we prepared the last details
of the Yoga Festival. Swami Sivadasananda came after TTC and ATTC courses in
Vrindavan. Also many students and teachers from the province came to the Centre
to stay for the festival weekend. More than 130 students came for the first
asana class of the Festival. Most of them stayed for the whole day, enjoying
vegetarian meals, inspiring lectures with Nischala Joy Devi, our special guest,
meditation and mantra chanting. The next day we had a similar program. It was a
very fruitful experience for everyone who participated, from beginners to more
experienced students and teachers.

In mid-November Swami Gopalananda returned from India after an inspiring
Yatraa. We started a Yoga 1, Yoga 3 and Yoga 6. We held a Stress management
workshop, with 12 participants and a Yoga 2 Intensive, with 8 participants. The
main focus mid-November was the final preparation of the new brochure. Om
Shanti. Pranams to all.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, India

Om Namah Sivaya. In early November by the grace of God & Guru, the Madurai
Centre is running well. All the works and activities and classes continue
smoothly. Sanskrit class is also going well. We held Master's Mahasamadhi day
and celebrated the day with Vishnu Sahasranama & evening Satsanga. Due to heavy
rain the new beginner class was postponed. All other functions ran smoothly.
Staffs and students participated Pujas & Satangs. Om Shanti!!


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Milano, Italy

Om Namah Sivaya. Classes commenced mid-November at the new Centre. Om Namo


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay, South America

Om Namah Sivaya! In early November we continued with daily classes. We started
with Mahasamadhi day when Master left his physical body. To follow, Jala
Samadhi of Swami Vishnu, recalling the day his body was immersed in the river
Ganges. On Mondays we continued with the singing of Kirtan and on Wednesdays
with the mantra for peace. On Fridays and Sundays we enjoy the meditation. We
started an intensive beginner class.

TTC Argentina -
The harmonious humming of the birds continues while the TTCs start their third
We had several wind storms that made us sense the coming rain. It dignified us
with its presence for three nights with all its freshness and intense sounds.
This allowed the days to be fresher and easier to get by. Morning rose again
without a single cloud. We enjoyed spectacular nights where we could appreciate
all the moon phases. One of those magic nights we meditated on one of the
hotel's balconies. We asked for all the lights to go out and the stars alone
smiled at us from the dark sky, until a pail brightness arising from the
mountain started to announce the presence of our delightful satellite. While
the devotional songs resonated in the valley, they seemed to invite the night
to show itself in full splendor, and so it did, surrounding us with its light
and pale whiteness. Nobody wanted to move, we were all contemplative and
ecstatic, thanking god for this gift. Dr. Brahmani has been in charge of
teaching anatomy with precision and at the same time, making it understandable
for everyone. We enjoyed a sattvic talent show with poetry, music and the
classic presentation of a day in the TTC, with a marvelous imitation of Kanti
Devi by one of the students (with white hair, glasses, etc.) It was really fun.
At the end we all joined hands for a circular dance around the light, asking
for peace and harmony. We also had our first study night in which the staff
was able to share a relaxed moment in the quietest part of the hotel's park,
where we enjoyed delicious cakes prepared by Kanti and Madhavi. We took the
group picture with the mountain in the background. It wasn't a difficult task,
as there were few of us. We continued doing the morning walks. This time Vyasa
led us to a nature reserve, where a Aguaribay (typical tree in this area)
embraced us during the meditation and chants. This week we have received
several special guests who have enriched both students and teachers. Among them
Patricia Bell (Shiatsu), Brian O´Leary and his wife (science and Ovnis). The
Ayurvedic doctors Jorge Luis Berra and Dr. Gaston Cillo, in charge of the talks
and Ayurvedic consultations respectively. We welcomed Ananda who will stay with
us until the end. They all delivered their knowledge with simplicity yet
depth. We also did the mantra initiation, where we felt a strong devotional
energy and the Masters´ presence. That night Swami Premananda delivered the
spiritual names and everybody was happy and moved. Karuna and Genoveva keep
enjoying the beauty of the place, knitting, walking around and entertaining the
young ones with their sayings and youthful presence. On the day off, the TTC's
stayed in the hotel to study. The staff and grannies went on a fast route
around the city of Merlo and its surroundings. We visited a tree older than 800
years, with a powerful and serene energy. Its aged trunk, creased by time,
insinuates the beauty of life silently. Then we went to Pasos Malos (a regional
spa) and discovered a beautiful waterfall that was totally irresistible for
Kanti Devi and Chandra. The pure, fresh, crystal clear water was a strong
temptation for them. The more discrete ones just soaked their feet. We returned
to the Ashram life revitalized.

In mid-November we continued with daily classes. We started with intensive
beginner classes. On Mondays and Wednesdays we rehearse the choir for this
year's holiday party. On Mondays we conclude with the singing of Kirtan and
Wednesdays with the mantra for peace. On Fridays and Sundays we enjoyed the
meditation. Om Shanti to all!!


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya. In early November classes and courses continued as usual. On
the 11th we went for a short visit to Val Morin to attend the early morning
Puja for Swamiji's Jalasamadhi. That evening in the Centre we hosted a
beautiful concert with sitarist, Uwe Neumann, and sufi seetar player, Mr.
Nasser, who got together with a tablist and amazing Kathak dancer, Sudeshna
Maulik, for an evening of improvisation and musical dialogues. Pranams to all.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya. In early November we had a well appreciated programme with
special asana classes and satsangs with Swami Ramapriyananda. Many close
students and teachers came to the Puja we performed in the honour of Swami
Vishnudevananda. Swami Durgananda, Swami Vasudevananda and Meenakshi returned
well from the TTC/ATTC in Vrindavan.

In mid-November we were busy week many people coming to our courses and
classes. We held a TTC preparation day on Saturday. A group of eleven
interested students spent a whole sadhana day in the Centre learning a lot
about the TTCs and the possibilities of where to attend the course. One Sunday
we had a one-day retreat with the title "Better Eating – Better Living". We
started with a cooking class, continued with a lecture on "Yoga and Health
Food", a yoga class and ended the day with the Satsang and Master´s words on
mental and spiritual health from the "Bliss Divine". The participants were very
interested and enjoyed the complete programme. Pranams to all the Sivananda


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA

Om Namah Sivaya! In early November we were very happy to have Saraswati and her
daughter Elizabeth with us. Srinivasan led a well-received Satsang one Sunday.
A highlight was the Mahasamadhi and Jalasamadhi of Swamiji. We had a nice
group of students come for both occasions. We enjoyed the Pujas very much and
the story about Swamiji's personality, mission and his last days. Swamiji's
energy could be felt the whole week. All staff are sending pranams to all the
Sivananda family.


Centre de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta, Paris, France

Om Namah Sivaya. Early November started with a Puja for the Mahasamadhi of
Swami Vishnudevananda, which was attended by a small but sincere group of
students. The vibrational level of the Centre rose and could be felt even by
students coming to the Centre for their first Yoga 1 class. We were happy to
welcome Swami Kailasananda back from India. A beginner's weekend took place
for the first time in the Paris Centre, with a sincere and inspired group of
students. The program included four asana classes, three conferences, two meals
and a nice walk along the Canal Saint Martin.

In mid-November the professional renovations started for the floor upstairs. We
now have a direct link with the ground floor through the inner staircase which
provides a further shift of the Centre's energy to this new level. A "sound
sleep" workshop was given as well as a very well attended meditation course.
The Yoga Festival in the weekend was very successful and included an asana
demonstration, a trial class, various lectures and Swami Kailasananda gave a
much appreciated yoga class and an inspiring Satsang on the topic of physical
and mental health. The highlight was a Bharatam Natyam dance performance and
Veena concert of Raghunat Manet, which was breathtaking and left the students
in awe. Om Shanti.


Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed selves. In early November we had a Pranayama workshop
one Friday and a 3-hour asana class one Sunday, both programs had very good
attendance, karma yogis helped nicely during the weekend with different task at
the Centre. Om Shanti.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA

Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves. Early November started with Swamiji's
Mahasamadhi celebration. We had a guru Puja at the morning, Satsang and then
took turns chanting "Om Namo Narayanaya" continually all day. Later, staff and
Brother Rolph took all of the offered flowers and rice to the ocean and watched
the waves carry them away. Energetic Japanese staff member, Kumari, began
teaching her first Yoga 1 course. Brother Rolph continued giving inspirational
talks at morning Satsangs, and Gauri Chaitanya cooked beautiful Indian meals
until both departed one Wednesday. Overall it was another very inspiring time
here at the Centre.

In mid-November the rain trickled in slowly, breaking San Francisco's chain of
unseasonably warm days. We had the pleasure of having Lakshmi (TTC Oct. '08
grad) and Lalita (staff member at the Yoga Farm) with us for a few days. Yoga
I and Meditation courses carried on as usual. We celebrated the birthday of
staff member, Radha Devi, with baked apple crumble and the reading of "The
Birth of Lakshmi" from the Srimad Bhagavatam. One Sunday evening's Satsang was
a concert given by Mejda Das, Liquid Fire and Swami Dada Nabhaniilananda that
led everyone in attendance into a clear-skied, devotional wonderland. Pranams
to all from San Francisco Centre.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel

Om Namah Sivaya. Blessings and Peace to all the Sivananda Family.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya. In early November we were busy with most of the courses
running in full strength. Open classes did well as well. A lot of energy is
been put towards the upcoming open house with new posters and pamphlets. Work
on the new brochure had started. Prahlada took two van loads of students to
Yoga Camp for closing Subramanya/Ayyappa Temple. The Puja was beautiful and
Karma Yogis did a wonderful cleaning. All the devotees are happy to help bring
the statues down to Krishna Temple where they will be worshipped there for the
next 6 months. Every one returned to Toronto on the Sunday. While they were
away Saraswati gave beautiful Satsangs and a workshop on Yamas and Niyamas.
Our upcoming retreat is over booked, with great demand. We send Om Namo
Narayanaya to every one. Pranams to all.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Om Namah Sivaya. In early November, by the grace of our gurus, we are
functioning smoothly. We celebrated Swami Vishnudevananda's Mahasamadhi with a
guru Pooja in the morning, all our teachers and students participated in the
Pooja. We started the morning beginners batch with 23 students, On the same day
we started the yoga course at the Government Women's college, with 50 students
attending. We had a Lalithasahasranama Pooja. We welcomed Swami Mahadevanandaji
on his way to Neyyardam Ashram. On Sundays we held a public Satsang.

In mid-November all the activities of our Centre continued as usual. All the
classes were in full swing. On regular Fridays we held a Lalithasahasranama
Pooja in the morning. We conducted a Kriya workshop for the beginners. We had a
public Sunday satsang. All the staff and teachers are regular. Om Shanthi.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria

Om Namah Sivaya. In early November we celebrated Swami Vishnudevananda's
Jalasamadhi, with a Puja during evening Satsang, in loving memory, together
with the students. The work on the renovation of both student toilets in the
reception area was completed – with a very nice looking, shining result. One
Saturday we had a small TTC preparation seminar. We also held the third
rehearsal for this years' Christmas play.

In mid-November new courses began in Y1(2), Y2, Y5, Meditation. We also held a
successful headstand workshop. One weekend Swami Ramapriyananda came for a
special program entitled "Yoga-Source of Inner Strength". The seminar began
with a lunch for the teachers, followed by a teachers meeting in which most of
the active teachers participated. Then the main program began with a large
meditative yoga class for all, and the evening culminated in an inspiring
Satsang with the topic of the lecture on "Yoga – Path to Mental Happiness".


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnuis, Lithuania

Om Namah Sivaya. In early November the Vilnius Centre had a steady week with
much organising and planning done. Our third trial class attracted 7 keen
students. Energy was invested in preparing for the weekend programme with Swami
Atmaramananda. More posters were made and displayed around key areas in the
City to publicise our first open house. With the help from Berlin, initial
preparations were made for next Vilnius brochure design. Two recent TTC
graduates are assisting Bhima to learn to teach. They are doing very well. The
kitchen units and refrigerator cabinets were completed; the cooking area now
has more storage space.

In mid-November we felt a wonderful and uplifting weekend. Swami Atmaramananda,
Jnaneshwara and Ananta arrived from Berlin for the special weekend programmes.
Swami Atmaramananda and staff gave an inspiring programme consisting of
Satsangs, two dynamic Asana classes and a talk; about 60 people participated in
the programme. Sunday saw our first open house. 25 new Yogis came to the Centre
and enjoyed a talk on the 5 points of yoga with an Asana demonstration, a trial
class, an introduction to meditation, diet and to the TTC. All were very
positive and many enrolled for Yoga 1. Lalita, a new staff member arrived from
Paris full of Prana to serve at the Centre. Ananta, our Berlin Lithuanian staff
came to serve in the Vilnius Centre while Bhima is in Berlin.


Where there is no duality, there is no fear, no disease, no death.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

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