domingo, 7 de marzo de 2010

Sivananda Gurugram - March 2010

Issue #03/10 – Mar 01, 2010

Published from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Canada

Html formatted version of this guru-gram available at
http://www.sivananda.org/gurugram

OM NAMAH SIVAYA

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THOUGHT OF THE MONTH
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When you love God, the entire world becomes dear to you. The highest use of life
is to live it in the service of all beings.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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* 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


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NEWS

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Om Namah Sivaya

May we all send out our strong prayers to support those who are affected by the
recent earthquakes in Chile and Japan.

This season is been very busy throughout the Sivananda Organization, especially
in India. Yoga Vacationers and Teacher Training Course students together total
close to 400 people at a time. Bahamas is been extremely busy, with lots of
programs and packed to capacity. All Centres and Ashrams seems to be full with
students, which is evident that the Organization is able to continue with
Swamiji's vision in propagating Yoga in it's true spirit.

We thank you all for your continued support towards the Sivananda Organization.
Pranams to all.

A reminder for The 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 http://sivananda.hdtwebhosting.ca/website/rttcregister.aspx.

Peace & Pranams to all.

Eradicate self-justification. Then alone can you annihilate your ego.
- Sri Swami Sivananda


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SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ ~~~ Frequently Asked Questions
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Q 1: I am observing fast on Ekadasi days. I hear that fasting will cut short the
life of man. Is it a fact?

A: Certainly not. By fasting, the body, mind, Prana and nerves will be renovated,
vivified. All the impurities will be destroyed. One can develop easily Sattvic
qualities. The mind becomes calm and peaceful. All the diseases can be destroyed
by fasting. If a glutton takes to fasting, they will find it difficult. A man of
Mitahara will take great pleasure in fasting. He can live for a longer period.
Constant fasts for long periods should be avoided. Gradual practice is necessary.
In the beginning, observe fast for a day in a month, then, once in fifteen days.
After some time, you can fast once a week.


Q 2: What is the easiest way for concentration?

A: Japa of the Name of the Lord. And a very important point to bear in mind in
this connection is that perfect concentration is not achieved in just a day; you
should never despair and give up your efforts. Be calm. Be patient. Do not worry
yourself if the mind wanders. Be regular in your Japa; stick to the meditation
hour. Slowly the mind will automatically turn God-ward. And once it tastes the
bliss of the Lord, nothing will be able to shake it.

Q 3: I have no desire to leave Grihastha life at this moment and yet I am very,
very keen to awaken the Kundalini Sakti. Is this possible? Will Your
Holiness help me?

A: Yes, you can stick to Grihastha Ashrama. But live as an ideal householder.
Support the other three Ashramas. If the duties of a householder are strictly
followed, there is no necessity for Sannyas. Become a true Brahmachari and give
up sexual intercourse completely. You have enough children. The practice of Yoga
strictly demands this from you if you desire to make real, substantial, rapid
spiritual progress. Train your wife also in the spiritual path. Let her also
repeat the same Mantra you are repeating and study religious books and observe
occasional fasts or live on milk and fruits. You can continue Sirshasan as usual.
Observe strictly the rules of right conduct. Be established in the practice of
Yama and Niyama. Purify your heart first before you awaken the Kundalini. Remove
completely jealousy, selfishness, anger, lust, Moha, pride, Raga and Dvesha. Then
Kundalini can be easily awakened. Yes. It is quite possible for you to awaken the
Kundalini. I shall help you in its awakening. Don't worry. Increase your Japa and
meditation. You can achieve spiritual success by remaining as a Grihastha, but
you must be a true Brahmachari in thought, word and deed.

Concentrate all your attention on the work at hand. Live this day well.
Yesterday has joined the hoary past, a finished product, on which you need bestow
no more attention. Tomorrow is yet a long way off; and it will bring with it
time enough for its work. Forget the past; ignore the future. Live in the
present. The future will take care of itself.
- Sri Swami Sivananda


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

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HATHA YOGA TIP
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ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA - Beginner

Lateral rotation is very important for achieving complete flexibility of the
spine, working on the rotation of all of the vertebrae as well as the rotation of
the hip joint. This asana is named after the great yogic sage, Matsyendranath.

Sit with legs extended in front and take both arms behind back palms down on mat,
fingers pointing back. Keep right leg straight while lifting and placing left
foot flat across right leg and on the mat outside right calf. Inhale. Lift right
arm straight up beside right ear. Exhale and bring right arm across and down
against outside of left leg. Reach and hold left ankle or foot. Slowly with
several breaths, turn hips, ribs and chest to the left, with chin to follow last.
Breathe and move slowly. Hold up to 1 minute. To release, slowly unwind/rotate
head first, then chest, ribs and hips. Repeat on opposite side. Counter posture –
Child's pose.

Benefits:
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- Helps improve flexibility of the spine
- Tones the roots of the spinal nerves
- Energizes the gastrointestinal system
- Enhances function of the large intestine
- Improves appetite

Meditate in Brahmamuhurta. Practice meditation regularly. Meditation leads to
eternal bliss. Therefore meditate, meditate. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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

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YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY
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MATSYA AVATARA – The Fish - Lord Vishnu's first Avatara. The form was a huge ish.
Lord Vishnu takes the form of a Matsya avatar (fish incarnation) to save the
seeds of live and the life of Manu. Matsya appeared at the end of the Cakshusha
manvantara to save the next Manu civilization, the seven sages, and the Vedas
from the universal deluge. The king Manu was washing his hands in a river when a
little fish swam into his hands and begged him to save it. He put it in a jar,
which it soon outgrew; he successively moved it to a tank, a river and then the
ocean. The fish then warned him that a Great Flood would occur in a week that
would destroy all life. Manu therefore built a boat which the fish towed to a
mountaintop when the flood came, and thus he survived along with some "seeds of
life" to re-establish life on earth.

HOLI - In days of yore, there were communities of cannibals in India. They caused
much havoc. They threatened the lives of many innocent people. One of them was
Holika. She took immense delight in devouring children. Sri Krishna destroyed her
and thus saved the children. This is the origin of the great festival of Holi. It
begins about ten days before the full moon of the month Phalgun (February-March),
but is usually only observed for the last three or four days, terminating with
the full moon. This is the spring festival of the Hindus. In the spring season
all the trees are filled with sweet-smelling flowers. They all proclaim the glory
and everlasting beauty of God. They inspire you with hope, joy and a new life,
and stir you on to find out the creator and the indweller, who is hiding Himself
in these forms.


Holi is known by the name of Kamadahana in South India, the day on which Cupid
was burnt by Lord Siva.

Another explanation is once upon a time an old woman's grandchild was to be
sacrificed to a female demon named Holika. Connected to this legend of the demon
Holika is Bhakta Prahlad's devotion to Lord Narayana, and his subsequent escape
from death at the hands of Holika. Prahlad's father, Hiranyakashipu, punished him
in a variety of ways to change his devotional mind and make him worldly-minded.
He failed in his attempts. At last he ordered his sister, Holika, who had a boon
to remain unburnt even in fire, to take Prahlad on her lap and enter into the
blazing flames. Holika did so. She vanished, but Prahlad remained untouched. He
was not affected by the fire on account of the Grace of Lord Narayana.

In North India, people play joyfully with coloured water. People stand in the
streets and sprinkle coloured water on any man who passes by, be he a rich man or
an officer. There is no restriction on this day. It is like the April Fool's Day
of the Europeans. People compose and sing special Holi songs.

On the festival day, people clean their homes, remove all dirty articles from
around the house and burn them. Disease-breeding bacteria are thereby destroyed.
The sanitary condition of the locality is improved. During the festival, people
play practical jokes with passers-by. A bonfire is lit towards the conclusion of
the festival.

Huge bundles of wood are gathered and burnt at night, and everywhere one hears
shouts of "Holi-ho! Holi-ho!"

On the last day of Holi, people take a little fire from this bonfire to their
homes. They believe that their homes will be rendered pure, and their bodies free
from disease.

Where there are kindness, humility and purity, there spirituality springs up,
saintliness shines, divinity descends and perfection manifests itself.
- Sri Swami Sivananda


Complete glossary can be found at:
http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/glossary/glossary.html

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RAJA YOGA
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From Discourse II: "Sadhana Pada - On Spiritual Disciplines "
II.33. VITARKA-BADHANE-PRATIPAKSA-BHAVANAM

"When negative or harmful thoughts disturbs the mind, they can be overcome by
constant pondering over their opposites.''

Commentary:
The yogi is ever alert, watching his mind. When he sees useless thought waves
arising, he immediately replaces them with positive thoughts, thus creating new
mental habits that are conducive to spiritual growth.


Draw strength and power from within. Atman is a magazine of infinite power and
strength.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

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VEGETARIAN CUISINE
- from 'The Yoga Cook Book' – a collection of recipes from the Sivananda Yoga
Centres
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NO CHEESE SAUCE – Serve this is vegan delight over steamed vegetables, grains or
legumes. Serves 6 to 8.

Ingredients:

5 tablespoons margarine
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3 1/3 cups soy milk
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 ounce nutritional yeast flakes
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
Salt and pepper


Preparation:

1. Melt the margarine in a pan.
2. Add the flour and cook over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes.
3. Whisk soy milk and cook until thick.
4. Add the mustard, yeast flakes, and nutmeg, if using.
5. Season to taste with salt and pepper

Thirst for the vision of God. Have real spiritual hunger.
- Sri Swami Sivananda


Previous recipes can be found at:
http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/diet/recipes.html

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SPIRITUAL CALENDAR
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MARCH 2010

01 - Holi
11 - Ekadasi
15 - New Moon
24 - Ramanavami
26 - Ekadasi
30 - Full Moon (Hanuman Jayanti)

Admit your faults and weaknesses. Then alone will you evolve.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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Feb 28 - Mar 28/10
TTC – English
Madurai Ashram, South India
www.sivananda.org/madurai

Feb 28 - Mar 28/10
TTC – English, Vietnamese, Chinese
Cu Chi, South Vietman
http://www.sivanandayogafarm.org/php_includes/course_page.php?id=189

Mar 04 - Mar 31/10
TTC – English, Français, Deutsch, Español, Hebrew
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Mar 06 - Apr 03/10
TTC – English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol
Vrindavan, North India
www.sivananda.org/at

Mar 21 - Apr 18/10
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, South India
www.sivananda.org/neyyardam

Apr 04 - May 01/10
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

Apr 11 – May 09/10
TTC – English
Uttar Kashi, India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

Apr 24 - May 23/10
TTC – English
London, England
www.sivananda.org/london/teachers_training_UK.html

May 01 – May 30/10
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA
www.sivananda.org/yogafarm

May 05 -Jun 01/10
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas
www.sivananda.org/nassau

May 08 - Jun 06/10
TTC – Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol

May 08 - Jun 06/10
ATTC – Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria
www.sivananda.org/tyrol

May 16 – Jun 13/10
ATTC – English
Uttar Kashi, India
www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi


See full list of international courses and events:
http://www.sivananda.org/ttc/schedule.html
http://www.sivananda.org/programs/international/index.html


Become silent. In Silence the truth will shine. Look within. Be still.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

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SIVANANDA WORLD NEWS – FEBRUARY 2010
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The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams:

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

Om Namah Sivaya, Greetings from the Headquarters. In early February the Camp was
very busy with projects. A lot of indoor work is being started and completed. The
weekends were busy and lively with at least 20 extra local students for class and
supper in the evenings. It was very inspiring local people enjoy to the Ashram
and even more so now. A group of Karma Yogi's came from the Montreal Centre to
help out, lead by Arjuna, staff member of the Centre. Lalita Ambika also spent
some time with us helping with some administration tasks. Sivadas Chaitanya
returned after a month away helping with the TTC courses held in Brazil. The
weekly Puja's continue in the Krishna temple, raising the energy levels. Om and
Pranams to all from the staff at Yoga Camp/ Sivananda Headquarters.

http://www.sivananda.org/camp

Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, India

Om Namo Narayanaya. In early February started with the new yoga vacation,
attended by two hundred guests. The cultural program featured a Vedic Mathematics
lecture by Mr Hari Das and a Barathanatyam Dance, by Usha Vasudevan. Lalita
Sahasaranama Archana in Dhanwantri Hall was attended by over three hundred
people. Lakitha japa of "Om Namo Narayanaya" was written in Sanskrit, English,
Malayalam, and Japanese during a Satsang. A slide show presented by Mani
Chaitanya promoted the beautiful location of a new TTC in Thailand. Another
successful TTC finished with a banana leaf feast, graduation, and talent show on
Saturday. The beautiful Nataraja statue in the Siva Hall, being 1 year old, was
in need of a polishing due to normal oxidation of the materials used in the
statue. It is made from panchaloha, meaning five metals; it is a five-metal alloy
of sacred significance used for making Hindu temple icons. Making panchaloha
images was a well kept secret for a long time and their colour changing
properties added to their mysticism. The composition is laid down in the Shilpa
Shastras, an ancient Sanskrit text on icon making. It is traditionally made as an
alloy of gold, silver, brass, iron and copper, with the later as the major
constituent. The group that created the statue were called in to polish it and
put on a metallic lamination. The lamination will prevent oxidation and any
deterioration for a period of 5 years.

During mid-February for Sivaratri enthusiastic 'Om Namah Sivaya' chanting was
done from 6 am until 5 am the following morning. Chanting started in the Rama
Hall with staff and guests rotating hourly, then evening arati by Swami
Mahadevananda and Potti Swami in the Siva Hall, the Raja Rajeswari Temple and the
Rama Hall, continuing through out night. Everyone had the opportunity to offer
ghee into the fire and tulsi at the Siva Puja. All were amazed at the end of the
Puja, to see Lord Siva and Parvati appear...two staff very well disguised! They
led the all night pradakshina of the Temple area along with chanting led by Swami
Mahadevananda and other staff. The chanting was accompanied by drumming so loud
no one could possibly fall asleep! Around 70 devotees, mostly staff and a few
guests, made it through to the morning, and were blessed with 13 sweet and
savoury prasad offered in arati at the Dakshinamurti shrine.

On Sivaratri, Sita, from Rio de Janeiro Brazil, was initiated into Brahmacharya
by Swami Mahadevanandaji. We wish Sita Chaitanya Master's and Swamiji's
Blessings, for her new life as a Brahmacharya. Another event in February saw
eleven students, from 8 different countries, attend a new Ayurvedic course
governed by Dr. Mahadevan and his team of doctors. It offered the perfect mix of
deep traditional knowledge as well as hands-on experience doing massages and
other Ayurvedic treatments. Besides this, students gained an understanding of the
three doshas, the body-mind constitution and how to use this knowledge to
determine proper diets and healthy lifestyles. A field trip to Dr. Mahadevan's
Sri Sarada Hospital, gave an opportunity to see the preparation of oils and
herbal medicines. The herbal gardens provided a view on how the herbs are grown
and harvested for use in the hospital. The trip also included a visit to some of
the South Indian Temples. An enthusiastic group of 72 students continued their
ATTC. With early morning pranayama, and advanced asanas being attempted, and
sometimes, mastered body's and mind's limits. Studies of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras
and an energetic Sanskrit lesson followed by an in depth lecture on Vedanta and
philosophy by Swami Mahadevananda. This left no doubt about our true nature - the
immortal, eternal self. Om Namah Sivaya from all staff at Neyyar Dam.

http://www.sivananda.org/neyyardam

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. Construction of the Asana Hall continued
despite cold temperatures and rain. It is expected to be completed by the end of
March. This will provide twice the space as the current hall. Also, demolition of
some very old and un-usable buildings began at Vishnu Kutir. This land will be
levelled and used to build more accommodations. As the new Asana Hall can hold
more people, the need for additional living space will be fulfilled. Pranams to
all.

http://www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi

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

Om Namo Narayanaya. In early February all went well in the Madurai Ashram, by
Gurudev's GRACE. The second week of the TTC went well with the usual schedule of
the course. Weekly talent show one Saturday evening, visit to the near by temple
of Lord Vishnu - Azhagar Koil, on the day off Friday, Sudarsana Homa, etc were
all events of the Ashram. The work on retention wall for the Devi Temple went
very well. The registration for the next TTC progressed well. We said good bye
for now to Kartikeya, Gayatri and Sourabh Puri. New staff joining us was Radhika,
from Russia.

During mid-February we had a very special puja for Mahasivaratri, a homa (ritual
in which offerings are made into a consecrated fire, which purifies the
atmosphere) and 24-hour akhanda japa (uninterrupted chanting). Students,
including 54 TTC participants, and staff participated in the celebration. A Sri
Maha Bhadrakali Temple in the Meenakshi Ashram, started in 2004 with stones laid
in a blessing ceremony, continues to be our dream. We would like to have the
Divine Mother's Temple sitting at the heart of our Ashram. The temple has been
designed to utilize the greater energy potential by using Vaastu principles. This
ancient Indian architecture combines all the five elements of nature (earth,
water, air, fire and ether) to purify the atmosphere, mind, body and spirit.
After considerable work to raise the level of the ground to support the
foundation structure, we are now building a soil retention wall for the temple.

We look forward to the momentum of the construction building up, so that the
development of the temple will become quickly more visible. Any donations, large
or small, of materials or money, are greatly appreciated. We thank you in advance
for your time and compassion. May the Divine Mother's blessings be with you
always and bring peace and happiness to you. All are well and conveying Pranams
to all. OM.

http://www.sivananda.org/madurai

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch Colony, Woodburne, NY, USA

Om Namah Sivaya! In early February we had a small change over of staff. Whle a
few staff left, we welcomed Vishnu Priya and Robin, both of them are graduates of
TTC here at the Ranch and were very happy to come back and to serve at the
Ashram. We held a cooking workshop, led by Chandrika. The small group of students
were inspired to see how vegetarian cooking can be not just delicious but also
quick and easy. Staff send Pranams to all!!

http://www.sivananda.org/ranch

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

Om Namah Sivaya! During early February it was very quiet with much rain. We
welcomed two new work-study yogis, Clint and Lindsey. Everyone was busy with
projects. Our close neighbor Michael taught us how to prune our trees. We
harvested some chard, kale and spinach from the greenhouse, and planted new seeds
there.

Om Shanti. Pranams to all.

http://www.sivananda.org/farm

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas

Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves. In early February our "Yoga of Chant" retreat
gave us 4 wonderful days of chanting with Krishna Das in evening concerts and
afternoon workshops. Our second TTC course of the season got underway with 50
students taking part. Swami Sitaramananda and Durga from the Yoga Farm began the
popular "Yoga of Recovery Certificate Course" for Counsellors. Arjuna, from
Ottawa, held a program entitled "Explore Bahamas, Explore Yourself!" which
includes outings such as Art and History tours of Nassau and a boat trip to a
nearby island. Dr. Timothy McCall gave us a series of lectures on "Yoga and
Medicine" and how to use the tools provided by yoga to maintain health. Krishna
(Uruguay) taught an "Introduction to Jyotish" course and Caroline Dupont gave a 4
-day course on "Enlightened Eating" and balanced holistic nutrition.

http://www.sivananda.org/nassau


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

Om Namah Sivaya. In early February a smaller group of guests were here at the
Retreat House, most of them staying the whole week. Topics were relaxation and
how to lead a yogic life style. A yogic, Ayurvedic cooking class was also
included and some guests were ready to become vegetarians. It was snowing almost
continuously for a few days, afterwards the weather turned bright presenting
nature in a most beautiful form. Amongst the office work many addresses were
entered into the mailing list and preparations for the next TTC and India travel
proceeded. Om Namo Narayanaya!

http://www.sivananda.org/tyrol

Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France

Om Namah Sivaya. The Ashram experienced much snow over the last few weeks; the
Ashram looked like a Christmas picture card. We had a very nice weekend with the
topic "Yoga for the Back". Swami Shyamananda left for India and Bhima came form
Lithuania. Staffs were trained in the various departments to manage in the next
few weeks while the Ashram was closed and to get the buildings ready for the next
season. Arjuna taught workshops. Lakshmana came from Paris. Radha went to
Vilnius. Marc also left to prepare for the Himalayan pilgrimage. The TTC and Yoga
vacation bookings were very steady. OM.

http://www.sivananda.org/orleans


The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres:

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya. At the end of January we had an Indian priest visiting the
Centre for one week. We had 2 Yantra Pujas and one Murti Puja in the evening for
the students and a daily morning Puja which uplifted the energy in the Centre
nicely. We had a small TTC Preview day for students interested in taking TTC. The
weekend seminar with Ishwara from Vienna on the topic of Yoga Body check was well
received. An inspired and interested group of students participated. The
Highlight of the month was Sivaratri which was celebrated with Om Namah Sivaya
Chanting and Pujas for the whole night with a good group of students and
teachers. On Sunday we had our monthly open house with many interested newcomers
with lots of yoga 1 inscriptions. OM.

http://www.sivananda.org/berlin

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

Om Namah Sivaya. Hello from Buenos Aires. In early February two new courses for
beginners started with a very good attendance. A crowded meditation course began.
The student attendance increased in all activities. Rama (Chile) returned after
doing the Advanced Teachers Training Course in Brazil. One Saturday we had a
Concentration Workshop. A highlight was the satsangs preparing the next
Sivaratri. Swami Premananda inspired everybody with lectures about Siva and what
Sivaratri means.

Pranams and prayers for Peace. Prem & Om to all.

http://www.sivananda.org/baires


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India

Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre. During February
the Chennai Centre held a retreat in Thiruvannamalai with Swami Mahadevananda.
Thirty students and teachers set off together on the second day of the 10 day
Karthigai Deepam (a celebration that culminates with a huge lamp lit at the top
of Holy Aranchala, using a cauldron with three tons of ghee). After a four hour
drive from Chennai, lunch was taken at the Siva Sannidhi Ashram, and after a
rest, we had a Hatha yoga class given by Swamiji. Evening time, we made an
energetic circumambulation of Arunachala, completing it in 4 hours with Swamiji.
The next day's program consisted of an early morning Siva Temple visit, a short
satsang and then we had an interesting question and answer session with Swamiji
for one hour, before returning to Chennai by evening. All appreciated this
informative and interesting trip. Pranams.

http://www.sivananda.org/madras


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

Om Namah Sivaya. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

http://www.sivananda.org/chicago

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DWARKA Centre, Delhi, India

Om Namah Sivaya. In early February we started weekend Beginners Courses at 8:00
am. Open classes and rest of the courses ran smoothly. Staff and students from
Kailash Colony and Dwarka Centre celebrated Mahasivaratri at the Nataraja Centre
in Kailash Colony. The celebration was conducted by Vedic Priests in the Shiva
Hall with all the traditional flower decorations. Puja started at 8 pm on 12
February - 4 Kaala Pujas were performed at 4 auspicious times during the night.
The Abhishekam for the Crystal Lingam continued with the students, using honey,
curd, rose water, coconut water, Kumkum, holy ash, herbal powders and flowers.
More than 45 students joined us for the rituals and chanting. Many stayed through
out the night. The chanting ended at 5 am with a final Puja for the Lingam,
followed by Arati. Many sweets were brought as Prasad. We felt Master's and
Swamiji's blessings were received through out the devotion. We are all well and
send Pranams to all the Sivananda family.

More news: After 3 years since opening the Dwarka Centre, the monsoons will no
longer flood the basement satsang hall. The open back stairwell has now been
closed with new windows. Another improvement was the completed fence in the back
of the building, giving more security and refinement to the building area. Dwarka
Centre is a 5 story building; 1 story for reception and office, and 3 stories are
used for the many different classes and workshops offered at the Centre. Pranams
to all the Sivananda Family. Om Shanti.

http://www.sivananda.org/dwarka


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta NATARAJA Centre, Delhi, India

Om Namo Narayanaya. In early February two new Yoga -1 classes started with 20
students in the morning batch. The climate is slowly warming up. The open class
numbers also slowly increased.

During mid-February we welcomed 40 psychologists from Germany for a day program
presented by PC Kapoor. He introduced the Yogic System and the 5 points of Yoga,
explaining the effect on different levels. Questions relating to the mind were
discussed, as well as how yoga is a systematic and scientific system and how it
can be practiced universally. Many doctors were not aware of the power of yoga
beyond the physical exercises. They were happy to know about this ancient system
that can be used as a tool to help with our problems. Prem and Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/delhi

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

Om Namah Sivaya. The programme with the visiting priest ended with a beautiful
Siva-Puja which again uplifted the energy of the Centre. Over a weekend we had a
very informative Ayurveda-programme with Sanjay and Anjani Kulkarni: The both
lectures about "Ayurvedic health tips" and "Women's health" as well as the
Ayurvedic cooking class were attended by an interested group of students who
really appreciated the opportunity to learn more about Ayurveda principles and
how to apply them in daily life. Another Highlight of the month was the programme
with Swami Sivadasananda which started with a satsang about "Inner strength
through meditation" and continued the next day with an Asana-workshop on "Yoga -
nectar for the nervous system". We also had an informal but informative teachers
meeting. Workshops about Yoga@Home, "Prana - the vital energy" and "Yoga for the
back" were well received and over the weekends a Y1- and a Y2-crash-course were
attended by interested groups of students. One of our students started to assist
the first time after her TTC in Reith. Maha Sivaratri was celebrated with a
beautiful Puja and chanting with a steady group of students. Om Shanti.

http://www.sivananda.org/geneva

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England

Om Namah Sivaya. OM & Prem to all. February started off with the elevating 5 day
Krishna Lila programme. Swami Durgananda, Swami Kailasananda, Swami Anantananda
and special guests were here for the special programme. We thank the Acharyas for
the energy and guidance received during this uplifting week, many projects and
discussed and much was accomplished in moving them forward. The Ayurveda
programme with Angela Hope Murray attracted eager students. A successful Open
House brought in 30 new visitors. We received the new book, Yoga-Your Home
Practice Companion, which is very popular amongst teachers and students.
Brochures of the new Residential Course in London are in hand which we are now
actively promoting. A large order of Sivananda Eco mats in many vibrant colours
has been received into stock. Renovation on the 1st floor Siva Kutir continues.
We have a new temporary office and the old office has been cleared out. Krishna
Kutir basement bathrooms are coming into fruition, the structure of the room has
been erected, new boiler piping, tiles, basins, showers and colour scheme chosen.
The roof garden was completed and looking as lovely as before. Jyothi returned
from her visit to New Zealand full of fresh energy and prana. Swami
Krishnadevananda underwent a successful knee operation. Swami Krishnadevananda,
Swami Anantananda and Durga departed on for Kumba Mela and Vienna. We were
blessed with a visit from Sita and Nitya who are staying with us for the week.
This month ended with a wonderful Sivaratri celebration with 88 participants.
Everyone was highly energised. And finally, contact from Gaunts House this week
meant the Easter Retreat is potentially on the agenda again. Staff are well and
send OM & Prem to All.

http://www.sivananda.org/london


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Om Namo Narayanaya! In early February Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses completed with a
very enthusiastic group of Yoga 1 students continuing to Yoga 2. Interest in the
courses was good. We have a large group for the new Positive Thinking course. The
new Meditation 2 course is also well attended. Open House, and the free chanting
workshop which followed, both drew a good attendance. Vishnuprem inspired an
enthusiastic group of advanced Hatha yogis in his monthly 3-hour class one Sunday
afternoon. He then stayed on and led satsang that evening. Ananta's father
visited briefly from DC for the weekend. Staff have been warding off seasonal
colds and are well. Om Shanti. Sending our Pranams to all.

http://www.sivananda.org/la


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves! In early February Swami Gopalananda returned
from Garopaba after an inspiring TTC and ATTC. We started a meditation course
with ten participants. We had a meditation intensive course one weekend with
twenty participants. The highlight was the cooking class, with twenty five
participants, taught by Saraswati and assisted by Vishnupriya, Mirabai and Gopi.
Most of the students had their first experience about Vegetarian diet. All left
happy to learn and discover a new way of eating. We had Lalita Sahasranama with
all staff and few teachers. Om Shanti. Pranams to all.

http://www.sivananda.org/madrid

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, India

Om Namah Sivaya. Staff convey their Pranams to all. Om Shanti!!

http://www.sivananda.org/maduraiCentre

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Milano, Italy

Om Namah Sivaya. In early February asana classes were small but steady. The
weather was very strange with snow in the morning and rain in the evening some
days. The students in Rome warned us that visitors would miss the sun here in
Milan during the winter! Om Namo Narayanaya,

http://www.sivananda.org/milano


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay, South America

Om Namah Sivaya! In early February the most popular participation of students
were at the 18:00 and 20:00 hour classes. It is now summer in our country. We
finished the ATTC and TTC at Garopaba. Our Centre received new graduate teachers
of yoga.

We finished the preparations for our conference about philosophy and religion
traditions of India with the presence Dr. Rukmani from our Centre. We also held a
free "open class" for new students which offered the students the possibility of
experiencing a Sivananda Yoga class. These students continued their study of yoga
in the beginners' course next month. Om Shanti to all!!

http://www.sivananda.org/montevideo


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya. Pranams to all.

http://www.sivananda.org/montreal


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya. One of the highlights was a programme with workshops on "Asanas
and Classical Hatha Yoga" and Satsangs with Swami Sivadasananda. We also held a
retreat on "Yoga and Stress Management" and a teachers training day with the
topic "How to Teach Beginners". In a weekend course "Introduction to Meditation"
participants learnt about Swami Vishnudevananda's 15 points how to meditate and
started to practice Tratak and meditation. The spiritual highlight was the
celebration of Sivarati with mantra chanting and Pujas. Pranams to all the
Sivananda Family.

http://www.sivananda.org/munich


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA

Om Namah Sivaya! All staff are sending pranams to all the Sivananda family.

http://www.sivananda.org/ny


Centre de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta, Paris, France

Om Namah Sivaya. Swami Kailasananda gave a weekend programme, which included a
workshop on thought power and two satsangs on the topic "The Truth is Within" and
"From Ego to Self respect". All programmes were well attended and gave
inspiration to the staff, teachers and students. A few days later an "Art of
Concentration" workshop was attended by 19 enthusiastic students. A wonderful
Sivaratri celebration took place with many students coming for the first time to
the yoga Centre and more than half staying from the beginning at 8PM until 5AM in
the morning in a very positive and devotional atmosphere. The energy level of the
Centre and of all the participants were uplifted by Siva's energy. Pranams to
all. Om Shanti.

http://www.sivananda.org/paris

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed selves. During early February Swami Rajeshwarananda
visited Pesaro, North Italy to give some programs, yoga asana classes, satsang
and two workshops, the programs were very successful and very much appreciated by
the local students. We celebrated Mahasivaratri with 20 people attending the
beautiful chanting and Pujas. On Sivatatri day we had snow in Rome after 25
years, every one was very excited. We started a new Raja Yoga Course with 8
people, and a Yoga 1. Om Shanti.

http://www.sivananda.org/rome

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA

Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves. In early February Kiran Patel kept up our
tradition (and strategy!) of leading a Heart-Centered Nonviolent Communication
workshop, just before Valentine's day. The practical workshop inspired students
to learn skills through role-playing and following guidelines popularized by
Marshall Rosenberg. They left armed with new "communication ammunition" which
will help fostering peace and harmony in their day-to-day communication with
others. Staff member, Kumari, concluded her Yoga 2 course. Lakshmi helped Swami
Padmapadananda to bring the Prison Project operation up to date. We had the
pleasure of having Nirmala, a staff member from the Farm, with us for about a
week. It was beautiful to hear her leading the Daily Chants at the morning
Satsang playing her guitar. Everyone's doing well!

Pranams to all from San Francisco Centre.

http://www.sivananda.org/sanfrancisco

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel

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

http://www.sivananda.org/telaviv


Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya. In early February we had a new Y1 and Y2 start. We had also
several Karma Yoga projects underway. A highlight was a beautiful Veena concert
given by a well-known Sri Lankan Veena Teacher. She gave a nice concert with
accompanied musicians for a roomful of enthusiastic students. Kalyani came back
from Mexico with a new work permit. Visiting with her was her brother for few
days to see Canada. Camilo continues with intense TTC registration process,
along with other Karma Yoga duties. We are happy to inform you that with Swami
Mahadevanandaji's blessings we have raised $4000 between India and Canadian
Centres and Ashrams, which we are sending it to Doctors without Borders, an
organization which is bringing lots of aid to Haiti and other countries around
the globe. Pranams to all.

http://www.sivananda.org/toronto

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Om Namah Sivaya. In early February, by the grace of our gurus, all the activities
of our Centre continued well as usual. We started a Monday morning beginners'
batch, with 20 students. We regularly held Lalithasahasranama Pujas and also a
Teacher's Meeting, with Mani Chaitanya, followed by a Satsang. Om Shanti Shanti
Shantihi.

http://www.sivananda.org/trivandrum

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria

Om Namah Sivaya. In February many new courses began, plus we had some inspiring
seminars on the weekends. Again some staff moves took place with Shambu leaving
to Munich, Ishwara visiting the Berlin Centre for a weekend seminar, Rajeswari
arriving from Berlin and Durga coming from London. The Sivarati celebration took
place with many students joining us for this energising and inspiring festivity.
Shortly after Swami Annapurnananda left for the Kumbha Mela Yatra and Sivani to
the Munich Centre. The staffs went on several poster runs and we sent out a nice
postcard to our inactive mailing list. We are currently working on different
maintenance projects and are happy about the karma yogis, who are supporting the
staffs in the Centre well. Om Namah Sivaya from Vienna.

http://www.sivananda.org/vienna

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnuis, Lithuania

Om Namah Sivaya. We held a very successful cooking workshop "Vegetarian cooking
for beginners". Later in the month we had an open house and a workshop in stress
management. The Centre received a boost of Prana and Inspiration by the visit of
Swami Atmaramananda and a South Indian priest. Swami Atmaramananda delivered
dynamic Asana classes, two inspiring workshops on "Prana" and the "Three levels
of consciousness" and uplifting Satsangs. The South Indian Priest performed 3
Pujas. Students and staff were very thankful for the inspiring programmes.
Sivarati was celebrated with a dedicated group of close students and the energy
in the Centre was uplifted. Om & Prem.

http://www.sivananda.org/vilnius


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