jueves, 4 de febrero de 2010

Sivananda Gurugram - February 2010

Issue #02/10 – Feb 01, 2010

Published from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Canada

Html formatted version of this guru-gram available at



True love is the greatest power on this earth. It rules without a sword and
binds without a cord.
- 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


Blessed Self,
Om Namah Sivaya

We are deeply saddened with the news of earthquake in Haiti and the amount of
people that got affected with this disaster. In the name of Master and Swamiji
some of the centers within the organization are raising some funds to be sent to
Haiti relief. In addition to what student pays for every dollar the organization
will add another 25 cents and send all that money to one of the following
organization. We pray all of you to please donate anything you can to either
International Red Cross or Doctors without borders.

May we all send out our strong prayers to help those who are suffering.

On another note: World Wide Sivananda Yoga Teachers Reunion: Please note that
there is new poster and enrolment application posted for the World Wide Sivananda
Yoga Teachers Reunion at the Yoga Camp website. Visit

Peace & Pranams to all.

Forgiveness is the greatest virtue, which shines forth in all its splendour in
the devotee. - Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ ~~~ Frequently Asked Questions

Q 1: Swamiji! I find a few places like Nagore, Shirdi, Tiruvannamalai and
Rishikesh ever full of Shanti and a kind of spiritual bliss. May it be, Swamiji,
that these places which have had the impress of the saint's personality, his
Tapasya and Siddhi, on the very atmosphere, retain that sanctity for a long

A: Yes, yes, and not only that, the saint himself may live in those places. The
liberated sage has the option to merge in Brahman or to live in a subtle form
and carry on the work of Lokasangraha, guiding aspirants, awakening in people a
religious fervour and so on. This motive is manifested in some Jivanmuktas in
accordance with God's supreme will. Therefore, the place in which the saint
practiced Tapas and attained Siddhi, which might again be chosen by the invisible
spirit of the saint as its permanent abode, becomes the abode of the saint's
divine qualities -- peace, bliss and wisdom.

Q 2: Can a person really help others in this world, or is it that such an idea
is due to a delusion in the mind? Is it not true that a man can rise or fall
only as a result of his own Karma and that the Karmas of others can have no
effect on him? Are not the circumstances that a person meets with earned by his
own actions? Can a person take initiative and change the circumstances of
himself as well as of others?

A: Surely one can take the initiative. He can do good to himself and to others.
He can determine the circumstances and environments. Just see how much one can
do for others, how much one can really assist them in the relative plane. One
can impart knowledge to the illiterate and the ignorant, extend monetary help to
the poor and the needy.
One can educate the orphans and contribute to the institutions that take care of
the children. Indeed, one can spend not only his entire earnings, but something
more! Why should there be any doubt in regard to one's being really helpful to
others? Take the example of Gandhiji. Did he not do immense service and good to
the nation and to the world at large?

Be virtuous. You are on the way to Wisdom. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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

Plank Pose is one of the positions in the traditional Sun Salutation sequence.
You can also perform this pose by itself and stay anywhere from 30 seconds to
1 minute. Start in Adho Mukha Svanasana – Down Dog. Then inhale, exhale then draw
your torso forward, lower hips down until the arms are perpendicular to the
floor and the shoulders directly over the wrists, torso on a 30 angle to the
floor. If there is too much pressure in the wrists then walk the toes back.
Press fingertips into the mat to engage the arms and shoulders. Tuck your
shoulder blades against your back line. Lift forward in the chest by spreading
your collarbones away from the sternum. Press your front thighs up toward the
ceiling, but resist your tailbone toward the floor as you lengthen it toward the
heels. Lift the base of the skull away from the back of the neck and look
straight down at the top of your mat to create a long line from top of head to
heels. Keep the eyes soft.

To engage the core muscles, step right foot to centre line raise left foot just
off the floor. Press into right big toe mound for 10 seconds. Repeat on other
side. Counter posture – Child's pose.

• Strengthens the arms, wrists and spine
• Tones the core & abdomen

Expand. Evolve. Grow. Forget not the goal. Awake. Achieve the goal.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

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

SAKSI CHAITANYA - It is in the nature of man to strive for happiness, but all
the happiness which he can gain by his actions is only of limited duration. The
enjoyments of the senses are transient and the senses themselves are worn out by
too much enjoyment. Further, sin generally accompanies these enjoyments and
makes men unhappy beyond comparison. Even if the pleasures of the world are
enjoyed as much as their nature permits, if they are as intense, as varied and
as uninterrupted as possible - old age still approaches and with it, death. And
the enjoyments of heaven are in reality not more enviable than these pleasures
of the senses. They are of the same nature although more unmixed and durable,
and they come to an end for they are gained by actions. Actions are finite and
their effects must also be finite. In one word, there is necessarily an end to
all these enjoyments and what avails us to strive for pleasure which we know
cannot sustain us beyond the moment of enjoyment? It is therefore the nature of the
man to look out for an unchangeable, infinite happiness (ananta sukha) - which must
come from a `being' in which there is no change if such a being can be found. It is
only from him that man attains an unalterable happiness. And if this be so, this
`being' must become the sole object of all his aspirations and actions. This
`being' is not very far - he resides in your heart. He is the saksi caitanya
(witness consciousness) who witnesses the activities of your buddhi (intellect).
He is the nirguna Brahman of the Upanishads.
TRUE BEING - True being is that which knows no bounds, neither physical nor
intellectual. It is unbounded, spiritual being. The nature of approach must
befit the nature of the object approached. The pathway can be known only when
the destination is known. The
indivisible, absolute and conscious nature of the reality signifies that life on
earth should be lived according to rigid laws - laws of dispassion towards
external existence and active awareness of the self as an unlimited being. It
also shows that all forms of physical and even intellectual indulgence are
deviations from eternal truth.
It shows that every desire for objectification of consciousness is suicidal in
the real sense.

Immortality is thy birthright. Realize this now and here.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

Complete glossary can be found at:

From Discourse IV: "Kaivalya Pada- On Realization"

"'Kaivalya' (liberation) is that state in which the "gunas"(qualities of nature)
(attain equilibrium and) merge in their cause, having no longer a purpose in
relation to Purusha (the Soul). The Soul is established in its True Nature, which
is Pure Consciousness.''

Liberation occurs when the gunas no longer have an effect. The three qualities
of nature rest in balance, ceasing to go through change, for their purpose has
been fulfilled. Then, the yogi can no longer be called an individual, for he is
Purusha (the Soul) itself.

Enquire who am I? Search, understand, and realize. There is only one Atman.
Feel oneness with all. - Sri Swami Sivananda
- from 'The Yoga Cook Book'
– a collection of recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Centres

CHOCOLATE CHICK PEA MOUSSE – Don't be put off by the unusual ingredients in this
recipe. It is an incredibly delicious and low-fat mousse. Serve plain or with fruit
or ice cream. Serves 8.

200 ml (7fl oz) yogurt
1 tsp baking soda
400g (14oz) cooked chick peas, drained
75ml (3 fl oz) orange juice
200g (7oz) cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Oil a 20cm (8inch) round cake pan.
2. Mix the yogurt and baking soda together and leave for 10 minutes.
3. Put the chick peas and orange juice in a food processor and blend until smooth.
4. Add the sugar, cocoa and baking powder and blend until smooth.
5. Very gently fold the yogurt mixture into the chick pea mixture.
6. Pour the batter onto the prepared pan and bake in the oven for 50 minutes.
7. Remove from the oven and cool in the tin on a wire rack for about 15 minutes.
8. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Control the mind. Have a balanced mind. Coax the mind. Discipline the mind.
Keep the mind fully occupied with practice of Sadhana. - Sri Swami Sivananda

Previous recipes can be found at:



09 - Ekadasi
12 - Sivarathri
14 - New Moon
25 - Ekadasi
28 - Full Moon

Character is like catching a contagious disease. Acquire it by Satsanga - the
company of good people. This is the best way. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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

Feb 28-Mar 28/10
TTC – English, Vietnamese, Chinese
Cu Chi, South Vietman

Mar 04-Mar 31/10
TTC – English, Français, Deutsch, Español, Hebrew
Nassau, Bahamas

Mar 06-Apr 03/10
TTC – English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol
Vrindavan, North India

Mar 21-Apr 18/10
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, South India

Apr 04-May 01/10
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas

Apr 11 – May 09/10
TTC – English
Uttar Kashi, India

Apr 24-May 23/10
TTC – English
London, England

See full list of international courses and events:

Discipline breeds character, character perfects the individual, individual
builds nation.
- 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 January the New Year
was very quiet in the Laurentian mountains. Lots of snow and cold temperatures
prevail which is usual for this time of year. A few guests still visited to keep
us on our toes!
Om and Pranams to all from the staff at Yoga Camp/ Sivananda Headquarters.


Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, India

Om Namo Narayanaya. In early January Swami Gayatriananda and Swami Rajeshwariananda
went on Yatra to Shabarimala where their endurance was tested as they climbed to
the top of the mountain. We had one hundred and seventy guests. By the end of
the first week we had about 120 guests but also almost 200 students for the TTC.
The Ashram welcomed a number of translators, in addition to Swami Mahadevananda
(returning from HQ and Thailand), Mani Chaitanya and Mr Nagaraj. The inauguration
of the international course was translated into German, Japanese, French,
Persian, Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, and Singhalese. All corners of the world were
represented by the students from Scandinavia, Europe, South Africa, Middle East,
Russia, Asia, Australia, North and South Americas, the largest group being 34
Japanese students. To accommodate everyone, temporary dormitories were set up
in Rama and Agastya Hall.
Mid-January saw TTC get off to a good start with a Ganapati Homa, with 201
students attending. Ashram orientation and karma yoga assignment helped tune
students to the Ashram. Swami Mahadevanandaji's Satsangs and lectures were sources of inspiration for students and staff
alike. Master Sivananda's video helped people to connect to the Gurus. The cultural programme saw a
performance of traditional Tamil temple music with wind instruments known as
Nadaswaram. Eighty six guests travelled to Kanyakumari on the day off. 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 April 2010
with a TTC, commencing April 11th 2010. Pranams to all.


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

Om Namo Narayanaya. In early January, all went well in the Madurai Ashram, by
Gurudev's GRACE. The first main program of the New Year - the Sadhana Intensive
- started with 32 yogis attending. The course started well. Taking advantage of
the cooler climate we planted a lot of tree plants at the Ashram. We started a
10-day Sanskrit course - reading, writing and speaking - in which almost all
staff participated. Later we thanked and said goodbye to Nadine Minnet-Tulasi ,
Yin Funghua, Sridevi, and Bharati after their short-term staff service in the
Ashram. Arup Chand joined as staff. As part of the fund-raising for the
construction of the Maha Bhadrakali temple, we started a website:
where we will be displaying the progress of the temple project. All staff in
the Ashram were well as they seriously practiced their regular Sadhana program.
Mid-January - All went well in the Madurai Ashram by Gurudev's GRACE. The
Sadhana Intensive Course concluded successfully. The second week of the course
had a Mahamrityunjaya Homa, Devi pooja and on the last day of the course a small
graduation ceremony and a feast. On Makara Samkranti day the whole Tamil Nadu
contingent celebrated the Pongal festival, signifying prosperity and abundance
and also the starting of the Uttarayanam - sun's northern journey. The first
ever 10-day Sanskrit course of the Ashram concluded successfully, which was
taught by Swami Advaitanandaji. All the recently planted plants were growing
nicely. All are well and conveying Pranams to all.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch Colony, Woodburne, NY, USA

Om Namah Sivaya! In early January Srinvasan and Gauri Devi travelled to the
Bahamas to help with the ATTC and the busy season at the Yoga Retreat. Here at
the Yoga Ranch it was quiet, giving the staff an opportunity to focus on
different projects, including: detail kitchen cleaning and organizing the

In mid-January the energy was building up at the Yoga Ranch. A group of dedicated
Karma yogis came up from NYC to help out with our library project. Meenakshi
(from NY Centre) came up for the weekend to lead our cross country ski program,
while Mahadev Chaitanaya was teaching Positive thinking workshops both programs
were well attended. Staff send Pranams to all!!


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

Om Namah Sivaya! In early January we had a wonderful program at the Yoga Farm
with Swami Sitaramananda leading a Positive Thinking Course with 20 students and
guests, mostly from Mount Shasta, California, who came with their teacher Radha,
a long-time devotee and TTC graduate. It was a transformative experience for all
as we learned techniques to recognize and understand the power of thought, how
to apply tools to overcome negative thoughts and realize our potential. Deep
wounds were given light and healing thoughts and hope and joy are in the air.
The staff also enjoyed an after-New-Year crisp early morning walk and meditation
at the Yuba River. We had a beautiful Guru Puja, led by Swami Pranavananda. We
bid farewell to our special guests Synne Kune Loh Skanda and his wife Deviyani,
who spent 10 days with us and shared inspirations, stories, team building
techniques and knowledge in Feng Shui, I-Ching. plus the power of Creative
thinking. We also said goodbye to Mahadevika (temp staff) after three months
service to the Ashram. We also thanked Karma Yogi Jeffrey and work-study Kyla
for their time at the Yoga Farm. Other staff, on leave during the holidays, came
back inspired for service.

Mid-January - Swami Sitaramananda and Gauri Chaitanya travelled to Los Angeles
for programs at the LA Centre. At the Yoga Farm we had a week-long Beginners
Yoga Course taught by SivaDurgadas. On Thursday the Beginners went to the Yuba
River for a walk and Meditation. That evening, January 14, we held an inspiring
Krishna Puja celebrating the Sun's movement into Capricorn (signifying the Sun's
re-birth) as well as the beginning of the Kumbha Mela Festival. For many of the
guests it was a new and uplifting experience as it was their first Puja! Over
the weekend Durga presented the Ayurvedic Massage and Rejuvenation Retreat.
Guests enjoyed learning about Ayurveda and received consultations and treatments.
Talks were given by Durga and Shambu.
The staff is doing well, the garden is abundant with greens and lettuces and the
llamas and goats have a beautiful new shelter. Om Shanti. Pranams to all.


Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas

Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves. In early January we are excited to announce
the completion of four luxurious air-conditioned beachfront villas comfortably
furnished with two double beds, a private bathroom with tub and shower, and
sliding glass doors to a large balcony with a breathtaking view of the ocean.
The balconies offer privacy and solitude for visitors who desire quiet time at
the Yoga Retreat during the busy season. The new villas are also equipped with a
private kitchenette for guests with special dietary needs or small children to
prepare the food they need or prefer to eat. The villas are designed with
characteristic Bahamian charm, made of wood and painted pastel green with white
trim. Reservations are being taken for the winter-spring 2010 season. Also new
at the Yoga Retreat for the many people coming for yoga vacations, teacher
training courses and other yoga and healing programs, we now offer "luxury" camping
accommodations. The large Tent Huts are comfortably furnished with
beds, nightstands, closets and electricity! In addition to the villas and tent
huts, the Retreat has undertaken an Ashram-wide renovation project, renewing
existing bathrooms and bathhouses, and adding private bathrooms and air
conditioning to some rooms so that visitors can enjoy Ashram life with these new
added comforts.

Mid-January - our yoga vacation program included a series of lectures by Dr.
Raymond Moody, a leading authority on the subject of Life after Death. He has
interviewed hundreds of people over the past few decades who have had near-death
experiences and shared with us their common experiences and other knowledge he
has gathered and experienced over the span of his career. Dr. Pema Dorjee, of
the Tibetan Medical College in Dharmasala, spoke of the healing practices of
Tibetan Medicine. We learned of health and disease from a holistic Tibetan
medicine perspective and how we can use mind, body, nutrition and other variables
to maintain health. The priest conducted a Ayyaappa Puja to celebrate the Tamil
New Year.

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

Om Namah Sivaya. In early January was again filled with many special programmes.
Asana workshops for the guests; winter walks amidst fresh new snow, followed by
hot tea and healthy snacks. The evening programmes created a cheerful mood and
uplifted minds with wisdom recitations and raga music. Swami Durganandaji was
talking to many staffs and students giving guidance for this New Year. Swami
Kailasanandas lectures and satsangs were much appreciated by all guests. Dr.
Kulkarni gave more lectures on Ayurveda as well as personal consultations. Dr.
Behman and many staffs left these days to continue to serve in the Centres. We
thank everybody very much. The new Reith brochure was sent to many addresses.

Mid-January saw the last week of TTC. The advanced pranayama classes and Vedanta
lectures obviously gave energy and inspiration. Dr. Annika Waldmann came for
lectures on vegetarianism and her scientific and clear presentation of the data
is more then convincing that a vegetarian lifestyle is most healthy. Everybody
graduated successfully and Sunday was the great departure day. Nobody left
without promise to come back soon. Om Namo Narayanaya!


Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France

Om Namah Sivaya. In early January the New Year's celebration was very inspiring:
the priest performed a Navagraha Yantra Puja. Guests participated enthusiastically
in the Mantra chanting and offering of flowers. We were reminded by Swami
Kailasananda to take the resolves for the coming year and stick to it also. We
had a lovely talent-show afterwards and entered the New Year with Peace Mantras.
Our Yoga vacation guests enjoyed the quiet atmosphere in the Ashram which
followed, showed a keen interest in the meditation and the mantras and they even
learned to chant a few songs. We had a nice group of Yoga vacation guests, who
enjoyed the asanas and the pranayama in the Krishna Kutir hall. The priest went
to Paris and we thank him whole-heartedly for the regular temple activities. We
finished the boutique inventory of 2009. Marc left for Paris to help with the
extension. Radha took the opportunity to help with the special programme there
on the weekend. Our Yoga vacation guests enjoyed the quiet atmosphere in the
Ashram, and showed a keen interest in the meditation and the mantras, they even
learned to chant a few songs. The contractors came to finish the road connecting
to the tent area. We had still a little snow, so the gardener was helping inside
Krishna Kutir with the preparing of the walls for painting. We said good bye to
Padmini and thanked her for her selfless service the last months. OM.


The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres:

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya. The New Year started with good attendance in classes and
courses. There was a successful continuation of the Christmas Intensive Course
for beginners. Many new students came to the Centre, eager to enquire about
yoga; many took the trial class and inscribed for the beginners´ courses. We were also busy with the preparation for the Special Program which
was very successful. We had nice Asana workshops followed by a series of
Lectures on Svara Yoga, by Swami Durgananda, which were highly appreciated and
well attended by a very attentive audience of teachers and close students eager
to deepen their knowledge and practise of Yoga. Every evening concluded with
elevating classical Indian music concerts which opened the hearts of all. People
enjoyed all the activities very much. Everybody was thankful and happy to be
able to participate in this mind-uplifting event. One weekend we started our
next Special Program on Ayurveda. We hosted two Ayurveda Acharyas from India.
They gave an excellent cooking class, with plenty of practical information and
tips for healthy cooking and two inspiring lectures. The students were impressed
and inspired by the simplicity and subtlety of Ayurvedic approach to health and
nutrition. 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 January
the climate was cooling. We started a evening batch of classes. The Ayurveda
camp was good located near the temple to give more publicity, which was good.
Udhyan and Janaki left to travel to Neyyar Dam. We also had a visit from Swami
Mahadevanada and Mani ji on the way to Neyyar Dam. We had Sandhya arrive from
Neyyar Dam. Sajeev left to Neyyar dam for assisting the TTC. Parvathi left to
her home for few days and helping out in the Madurai Centre. All Chennai Centre
activities are fine. Pranams.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

Om Namah Sivaya. In early January we had a fairly quiet start to the New Year,
though our Open House event one Saturday turned out to be busy, despite the very
cold temperatures outside. Registrations for new courses were strong. We
welcomed Mira as a new resident at the Centre. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DWARKA Centre, Delhi, India

Om Namah Sivaya. In early January we started a new Beginners course on Monday
4th and another one for Saturdays, with a good number of students attending.
Regardless of the cold weather and the thick fog, most courses have been running

Mid-January saw a successful Open House, a kids yoga asana class and the
commencement of two new Yoga-1 courses. Pranams to all the Sivananda Family. Om


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta NATARAJA Centre, Delhi, India

Om Namo Narayanaya. In early January comings and goings: Maniji left to Thailand
to join Swami Mahadevananda. Dr. Mamta and Uma Krishana too left to take the
TTC in Kerala. Two new Yoga -1 started. Yoga – 2 continued steadily.

Mid-January - We started three new Beginners Courses, one at 10:00 am, 4:00 pm
on weekdays and 4:00 pm on the weekends. The three of them have a good number of
students. To celebrate Makar Sankranti we had a homa on Jan 14. Regardless of
the cold weather and the persistent fog we were all well. All courses ran
smoothly. Our best wishes to all the Sivananda family. Prem and Om.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

Om Namah Sivaya. In early January the Centre reopened after the Christmas break
and the students were happy to have "their" Centre back. We had a successful open
house day with a sincere and interested
group of students. Half of them booked for upcoming courses. Also a class for
Senior Citizens started, with 26 students, which was organized in cooperation
with the City of Geneva. A highlight of the month was the programme with the
visiting priest which started with a beautiful Ganesha-Yantra-Puja and continued
with a powerful Durga-Puja with the chanting of the 1000 names of Durga. Mangala
Chaintanya arrived from Reith. Bhaskara came from Paris to take care of the
Centre. Om Shanti.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England

Om Namah Sivaya. OM & Prem to all. This month saw the New Year's Eve celebration
which was very successful and inspiring with 76 students.
Swami Krishnadevananda returned energized and refreshed from a stay in Sivananda
Yoga Retreat House in Austria. Late December and early January saw a lot of snow
and ice, which created transportation problems and prevented students getting to
their classes. Nevertheless, we had a thriving Open House with a lot of interest
in courses and TTC. The Ganapathi Homa this month drew a sizeable group. The new
brochure was received and the first half of the mailing was finished. We
welcomed Vyasa, a new resident to the Centre. It has been a very productive and
active month in the London Centre. Staff are well and send OM & Prem to All.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Om Namo Narayanaya! In early January we began a Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 course. Each
course was well attended and students enthusiastic about learning. We were very
busy with several workshops and special events. We held an advanced asana class
at the Centre one Sunday alongside a raw foods workshop at the staff house. One
Sunday evening Satsang, we hosted the Temple Bhajan Band, who sang lovely songs
of Krishna and then served us a nice meal.

In mid-January Swami Sitaramananda came to visit staff, teachers and students of
the Los Angeles Centre. We performed a Devi Puja and offered our prayers to
those who are suffering in Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake. Swami Sita
gave a lovely program on the Mahabharata and its lessons on dharma and karma. We
had a strong turnout of students and teachers who attended her lectures and
participated in the workshops. Participants were extremely interested in how to
interpret the stories of the Mahabharata for their own life learning. Staff,
teachers and supporters of the Centre gathered at the staff house for dinner
with Swami Sitaramananda. We had quite a bit of rain and our community garden,
as well as home garden, looked lovely. Om Shanti. Sending our Pranams to


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves! In January the Madrid staff were coming back
from the Xmas holidays in Reith, where they spent inspiring and relaxing days.
We restarted the full class schedule. Swami Gopalananada went to Brazil to teach
in the TTC and ATTC courses in Garopaba. Two new staff joined the Centre and
they are adapting well to the daily rhythm. Many people called to begin the yoga
practice. Some of the new teachers that took the last course in Aluenda are
joining as active teachers. Om Shanti. Pranams to all.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, India

Om Namah Sivaya. In mid-January, by the grace of God & Guru, our Centre continued
to run well. All the works and activities, classes ran smoothly. We started a
new class with two students. We had Pongal Holy Day. One Sunday morning Swami
Mahadevanandaji visited our Centre. Staff and students participated in Satsanga
and Devi Puja. Staff convey their Pranams to all. Om Shanti!!


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Milano, Italy

Om Namah Sivaya. In January the Centre was doing well with new students and new
members particpating. Sunday evening Satsangs attracted regular attendees. Om
Namo Narayanaya,


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay, South America

Om Namah Sivaya! In mid-January the Centre had at 20 hours attendees - the most
popular participation of students. We are experiencing summer in our country.
For the first hours the day is hard for the practice of yoga, but in the day can
see the improvements. We participated in the preparations by the conference
about philosophy and religion traditions of the India, with the presence Dr.
Rukmani in our Centre.
Open House day invited new students for the free yoga asana class. Om Shanti to

Report from TTC and ATTC in Garopaba:
We were delighted with the location's customary exuberant beauty, and thus
contributing substantially to the
achievement of the courses' objectives. During the second week, Devi blessed us
daily with rain, sometimes
serene, sometimes with all its shakti, resulting in more pleasant temperatures,
ideal for practice. For teaching and organizing the courses during the first
days we had the support of Swami Gopalananda, Swami Premananda, Kanti Devi,
Gopala, Mirabai; Subramanya, Anna Purna and their little daughter Kumari,
Ishwara and Sarada from Germany, and from Porto Alegre Lalita, Sri Devi and
Mirabai. The second week, Sarada, Sri Devi, Mirabai and Lalita from Porto Alegre
had to leave us, being substituted by the equally valuable collaboration of
Adriana and Radha from Buenos Aires and, as "work and study" staff, Uma, Anandi and
Maheshwari II from Uruguay, Omkari from Neuquén and Jnana Dev from Porto Alegre.
During the week, work continued intensely and harmoniously, the instructors
combined the teaching of Bhagavad Gita and Vedanta for the TTCs with Sanscrit
and Raja Yoga for the ATTCs, as well as the different classes of asanas. The
daily routine of Sadhana and study continued to benefit from synergies between
ATTC and TTC. We had the traditional fire place night after satsang, where we
heard songs from different regions and had a demonstration of "capoeira", a Brazilian martial art. Swami Gopalananda entertained us reading stories from
India, containing both humour and spiritual lessons. We had the visit from the
multifaceted psychiatrist Dr. Shankara, who guided us through the history of
alquimia and its relation to homeopathy. We had a talent show, where the
participants demonstrated their artistic abilities, with enthusiastic participation
of TTCs and ATTCs. There were high level music and dancing performances, as well
as a malabarism spectacle. In summary, it was a colorful night with lots of
humour. On Day Off some students went to nearby beaches such as Garopaba and
Ferrugem. Others opted for enjoying the serenity of the Ashram for study and
rest in a relaxed but concentrated mood. With most of the staff we went to
Siriú beach, taking a refreshing bath in the sea. From there we proceeded to the
"enchanted cascade", a beautiful park with a lot of autochthonous vegetation, with flowering
bromelias and multicolored butterflies, as the frame for a pristine water fall
with natural pools where we refreshed.
After the evening satsang we viewed the video "Gangaparikrama" on the last stage of Swami Vishnu's physical life and his pilgrimage along the
Ganges. We were impressed once more with the Master's image and his attitude
towards his physical body and its limitations. We then took up the sadhana
routine with renewed enthusiasm. The TTCs started with anatomy classes, whereas
the ATTCs continued with their practice and studies. We also had a Sunday
meditative walk to a nearby water fall, where we meditated under the sounds of
water and sang kirtan. Some students took the occasion for a refreshing bath.
That evening we chanted the Sunday prayers to Sri Rama.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya. For mid-January our Centre activities went well with Positive
Thinking and Meditation 2 courses in addition to the regular classes. We
experienced interest from new students and karma yogis who would like to be more
involved in the Centre. At the beginning of the month we were happy to welcome
Arjuna who joined staff from Toronto Centre. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya. We started 2010 with our traditional celebration where we
entered into the New Year with mantra chanting, meditation and resolves. The
first special courses in 2010 where a cooking course; a preparation day for the
yoga teachers training course; plus our first monthly open house. Many people
came and many took also advantage of our discount to book courses or buy cards
for the open classes. Swami Narayananda returned from Reith from the TTC.
Pranams to all the Sivananda Family.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA

Om Namah Sivaya! In early January brought a nice and very inspiring group of
students for our first Open House of the year. Many of them showed a great
interest in our classical teachings. Kumari did the talks with an introduction
to Five Points and an introduction to Meditation. Joe continued with the work on
Vishnu room, coming along nicely.

Mid-January - We were blessed with a visit by Dr Peme Dorjee, a Tibetan medicine
doctor who is a part of a Dalai Lama's team of physicians. He gave an inspiring
talk on the principles of Tibetan Medicine very similar to Ayurveda. He also
gave a consultation to all the staff. We begun a several new courses - Yoga 1S,
Meditation Course, Positive Thinking, The Bhagavad Gita (the 6th chapter) -
which are well attended. Minakshi went to the Ashram to lead a team of cross-country
skiers to help the Ashram, and have a little break. All staff are sending
pranams to all the Sivananda family.


Centre de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta, Paris, France

Om Namah Sivaya. A beautiful Ganesha Puja was performed by Jagneswara Dixit to
start the year and remove any forthcoming obstacles. Ganesha's name was repeated 1008 times, many beautiful Kirtans were sung, leaving the
student enthusiastic and elevated. We were pleased to welcome Dr Anjani and
Sanjay Kulkarni who gave three much appreciated programs about Ayurveda, amongst
which a lecture on Ayurveda for women. Professional renovations of the upper
floor continued, the first room was painted and furnished with a wooden floor
– the result was beautiful. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with all.
Om Shanti.


Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed selves. Happy New Year to all. May Master and Swamiji
Bless you and protect you in the New Year! In early January Sankara Chaitanya,
from Montreal, came to help at the Centre. He also visited the new Centre in
Milan. We started the year with many programs. Sankara Ch. gave a delicious
Indian cooking class, a Satsang and a Kirtan evening which was very much
appreciated. One Saturday we had an Open House with 3 trial classes, vegetarian
brunch, lecture on Yoga with demonstration of postures and lecture on Meditation.
Teachers and Karma yogis helped nicely during the day, people came from different
areas of Italy. One Sunday we had a 3-hour asana class and a nice Satsang, also
very well attended. We had a holiday in Italy so took advantage to paint the
reception and the men's changing room. We thank Sankara Chaitanya for all the programs and help during
his stay in Rome. Om Shanti.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA

Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves. Mid-January saw lots of heavy rain in San
Francisco. We had Rob, a website designer, visit for a few days. He took
pictures and got ideas for the finishing touches on the new website. All staff
and residents are doing well. Pranams to all from San Francisco Centre.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel

Om Namah Sivaya. In early January it was very busy and fruitful in the Tel Aviv
Centre. We started 3 new courses – Yoga 1 with 17 participants, Yoga 2 with 20 participants and Yoga 3 with 14
students. We travelled north to a beautiful Kibbutz where we held a spontaneous
small retreat with 35 teachers and students. During the retreat we held a fund
raising for a new parquet floor in the main asana rooms. The event was most
successful. The students loved the place and the special program. With the
fund-raising we were able to cover the whole parquet floor project. Another
project that was successfully completed was the acoustic sealing of our meditation

Mid-January saw stormy weather, but in spite of the many heavy rains that poured
down in Tel-Aviv, students streamed to the Centre and 3 new courses opened. Yoga
3 asana class started with 18 participants. Meditation & Meditation courses
commenced with 17 students each. We made all the preparations needed for the
parquet floor to be installed. We expect to get it early next week. Many
students came and joined us for a weekend program during which we showed the new
released film "HOME", which made a deep impression on us all. Blessings and Peace to all the
Sivananda Family.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya. We wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year. After
spending Christmas and New Year away our staff came back to open the Centre with
the first week very busy. In early January we had a new Y1 and Y2 commence
plus, open classes were full. Most of the upcoming courses filled up fast with
online registrations. Camilo is back from a visit to his family in Chile.
Kalyani is producing more new posters and brochures to promote the Centre.
Morning Satsangs were popular. Our upcoming retreat in Mexico is generating a
lot of interest in people. Visit www.sivananda.org/toronto/retreats-mexico.html.

Mid-January saw two new classes begin - Y1 and Y2. We also had Roufus starting
with healing drumming lessons for adults, and after school drumming lessons for
students. Saraswati started a new Meditation course. Open classes and Satsangs
were well attended. Our upcoming courses had good number of registrations.
Kalyani left for Mexico to get a proper Visa for her to stay in Canada. In
general the Centre is very busy and the New Year started off very well. Pranams
to all.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Om Namah Sivaya. In early January, by the grace of our gurus, all the activities
of our Centre are going on smoothly. One Monday we started two beginners' courses - one at 9:30 AM and the other at 6:15 PM. One Saturday we conducted a
Kriya Workshop for the beginners. We had weekly Lalithasahasranama Pujas and
public satsangs.

In mid-January we held a Ganapathi Homa. we conducted a Teachers' meeting with
Natarajji, followed by a satsang.
Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi.


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria

Om Namah Sivaya. The staff took turns with visiting the Austrian Retreat House
during the inspiring special programs there over the winter vacation time. We
finalized our new brochure and then welcomed the Priest for a wonderful and
inspiring two day special program: one day we had a sweet Ganesha Puja and the
other day we celebrated a powerful Sri Chakra Nava Devi Yantra Puja. The Centre
picked up the full schedule of courses again after the winter holidays: many new
courses, classes, workshops and seminars were well visited again. We also
welcomed Ayurveda Acharya. Kulkarni and his wife for another special program: an
interesting talk on "Ayurvedic Nutrition for better Health" and a delicious cooking course. Lakshmi, a new teacher of the Centre, taught
her first class and two new staff, Shambu from Hamburg and Vasudev from Spain,
arrived at the Centre. Finally the beautiful new brochure arrived from the
printer and was sent out to the students immediately. Om Namah Sivaya from

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnuis, Lithuania

Om Namah Sivaya. We had a fruitful and encouraging start to the New Year. The
first Open House and trial classes attracted many new students to the Centre.
The workshop "Yoga in the office" was well attended and appreciated. Many new courses started; a Yoga 1, Yoga 2,
Yoga 3 and Yoga 4. Overall student attendance has increased steadily since last
year. Much prana was concentrated on advertising and cleaning for the Centre.
Staff and Karma Yogi's worked on finalising the New Vilnius brochure. Om & Prem.


Teach your children to feel they are the future citizens of the World.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

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