domingo, 2 de mayo de 2010

Sivananda Gurugram - May 2010

Issue #05/10 – May 01, 2010

Published from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Canada

Html formatted version of this guru-gram available at



God is immanent in the universe. - 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 were all blessed with the recent EBM meeting at the Yoga camp in Val Morin.
It was quite an inspiration to see all acharyas in one place, and planning the
organization activities, and making plans to extend Swamiji's vision and
mission. The meeting went very smoothly, with all the staff and Karma Yogis
feeling inspired and recharged. Last year's new addition of Milano and Vilnius
Centres are well appreciated by students in their respective areas. Bahamas
and India Ashrams are concluding their successful seasons. Europe continues to
expand their season to year-round. For the remainder of this season more focus
will be geared toward the Yoga Camp with an exciting program planned for
summer, including the much anticipated Worldwide Yoga Teachers' Reunion.
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

The Yoga for Inner Peace Event - A Reunion of Sivananda Yoga Teachers
August 12, 13, 14 2010
Yoga Camp, Sivananda Headquarters, Val Morin, Canada

Peace & Pranams to all.

When you love God, you love everything. All are His manifestations.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ ~~~ Frequently Asked Questions

Q 1: In all matters with which it is connected, science gives us a precise
account of how a particular thing is constructed and how it grows. We are also
given the successive signs that mark the growth. Are there, in the practice of
Yoga, any definite indication to measure the aspirant's progress--for instance,
some experiences that he would have after, say, three months of practice,
others which he would come upon after a year, and so on?

A: Various Yogas give various experiences. The practice of Pranayam and Hatha
Yogic Kriyas, for instance, would give a graded series of psychic experiences.
Seeing all kinds of ethereal lights and hearing certain Anahata sounds belong
to this category. Here, the sages who have propounded these Yogas have given
very definite stages of spiritual experience. As the Kundalini passes from
Chakra to Chakra, the Yogi has certain definite, verifiable experiences. That
is because each Chakra governs a particular Tattva, and its mastery, therefore,
gives specific experiences.

Similarly, in Tantrik Sadhana also, they have been able to give a definite
chart of spiritual experiences. Each Sadhana has its own particular Siddhi; and
therefore, the experiences of all Sadhaks following a particular Sadhana are
invariably the same.

But, these are all lower experiences of an inferior type. They are psychic
experiences which need not necessarily denote the aspirant's spiritual
progress. Even the Bhakta's experiences of horripilation, shedding of tears,
etc., though they are not so perfectly graded as those of the Hatha Yoga
practitioner, do not necessarily indicate spiritual progress.

When you enter the domain of the Spirit, you come into the sphere of the
Infinite. Infinite are the Yogas and infinite are the experiences too. Each
man's Yoga is his own. For, he has brought his own Samskaras and Vasanas and he
strives in his own way to reach the goal. These two, interacting on each other,
give him his various experiences. For instance, as he approaches the
transcendental, infinite, immortal Self, the aspirant would enjoy great inner
peace and indescribable happiness. He is not easily affected by what goes on
around him. Not only this, he is able to radiate peace and happiness to all
those who come into contact with him. He becomes good and radiates goodness.
This is the most important sign of spiritual progress. God is perfect goodness.
The aspirant who progresses towards the realization of God, therefore, grows in
goodness. His evil qualities slowly vanish and are replaced by sublime virtues.
If this most essential element is not there, then all other visions and sounds
are practically useless. By his mere presence the advanced Yogi is able to
inspire people to lead a good life, free from hatred and malice. His heart is
filled with cosmic love, and therefore, he serves all spontaneously and
selflessly. These are all real signs of spiritual progress.

But, beyond all these, is the ultimate experience. That is indescribable. Peace
and happiness, undisturbed tranquility of mind-- these are all great signs of
progress, but they do not constitute the goal. The goal is to become God. You
must become one with God. This is achieved through ceaseless practice of
meditation after establishing oneself in virtue and goodness. That supreme
experience, when the Yogi feels he is one with God, no words can describe.

Q 2: Swamiji, how did Maya arise in Brahman?

A: This is an Ati-prasna or transcendental question. You will find this
question coming up to your mind in various forms: When did Karma begin? When
and why was the world created? Why is there evil in the world? Why did the
Unmanifest manifest itself? And so on. The same question is asked by Rama in
Yoga Vasishtha and Vasishtha says: "You are putting the cart before the horse.
You will not be benefited by an enquiry into this question at all. Meditate and
realize Brahman. You will then know the answer to this question. The problem
itself will have dissolved by then". No one can answer this question. When
Knowledge dawns, the question itself vanishes. Therefore there is no answer to
the question at all. The Brahma Sutra says: Lokavat Tu Lila Kaivalyam. It is
only to pacify your doubt. It is really not an answer; for, there can be no
answer. Yet, the question will arise in the case of every seeker after Truth.
You cannot help it. You will have to use your discrimination, pacify the doubt,
and then through intense Sadhana and meditation, realize God. Then the doubt
will vanish. A great Yogi and Jnani was worried with this doubt for twelve
years. Then he told me: "The worry is over now. It troubled me for twelve
years. I could not find an answer. So I have given up that pursuit and have
taken to meditation, Japa and Kirtan. Now I find peace and progress". Faith in
the Guru, in the Grant Sahib, Kirtan, Japa, meditation and practice of
righteousness-- these will enable you to progress in the spiritual path and
will take you to That where there is no questioning possible.

Q 3: Why are philosophers called mad? Is there something wrong with the
philosophers or the people who call them so?

A: Compared to the man-of-the-world, a philosopher is a mad person in the sense
that the latter cannot take a lively interest in external appearance as the
former does. To the philosopher, the external world is only an appearance, but
to the man-of-the-world, it is all real and eternal. There is nothing wrong
with either of them, since the word 'mad' is used only as a mutual, relative
attribute. What the philosopher says, the layman cannot believe; and what the
layman experiences, the philosopher cannot.

Live in tune with the Infinite. Rejoice in the Self within. This is the great
slogan of life.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

Previous FAQs at



Once you feel proficient in the practice of the abdominal breathing you will be
ready to learn the Full Yogic Breathing. Sit in a comfortable cross-legged
position, or in corpse pose. Place one hand on the chest, other on the abdomen.
Shoulders are relaxed. Breathe in slowly; expand the abdomen, then the ribcage,
and finally the upper portion of the lungs. Begin the exhalation by relaxing
the abdomen, then lowering the ribcage, finally slightly contracting the
abdomen to actively empty the lungs. This is the Yogic complete breath.Repeat
inhale/exhale for 2 minutes.

By far the most important thing about good breathing is the Prana, or subtle
energy of the vital breath. Control of the Prana leads to control of the mind.
Breathing exercises are called Pranayamas, which means to control the Prana.


- Teaches how to make full use of the lung capacity
- Helps improve muscle strength when moving into, holding and releasing
an asana
- Helps quickly to replenish the oxygen used while practising an asana
- Helps improve awareness of spinal alignment
- Can be a perfect pick-me-up, replenishing energy throughout the day
- Quickly restores concentration

Kindness does not consist in gifts, but in gentleness and generosity.
- 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


VARAHA AVATARA – Varaha, the boar, was the third avatar of Vishnu. Varaha
Avatar dexterously recovered the sinking Earth from disaster and from the
demonic clutches.

Pralaya or Destruction of the Cosmos in the Great Flood, during the Satya Yug,
was followed by the beginning of a new Kalpa or cycle of existence. Brahma, the
Creator of the Universe, was engaged in the mighty assignment of the creation
of the cosmos. But Earth or Bhoomadevi, was in a topsy-turvy state, being
ravaged by the surging waves. Ultimately, the wretched Bhoomadevi sank to the
bottom of the measureless depths of the ocean.

Brahma witnessing such terrible misery fervently appealed to the Benevolent
Authority of Lord Vishnu, "O Lord, please come to my rescue and retrieve Mother
Earth". As he uttered this prayer with an attitude of absolute helplessness, a
tiny white boar, even smaller than the size of his thumb, appeared out one of
his nostrils. To his sheer surprise, the boar continued outgrowing, until it
has assumed a gigantic structure. Brahma realized the Boar or Varaha, as the
Protector, Lord Vishnu.

With a thundering roar, the Boar stormed through the clouds and zealously
plunged into the ocean. After a frantic search, the Varaha Avatar discovered
Bhoomadevi, stuck in the ocean-bed. Penetrating the ocean-bed with his tough
tusks, he dug up Bhoomadevi. Then, he carried Bhoomidevi upwards, towards the

Meanwhile, there arrived the disruptive demon or Asura, called Hiranyaksha.
Hiranyaaksha had turned out to be a formidable foe of the Devas or gods, after
achieving boon from Brahma, through a severe penance. He heinously used to
invite the Devas for combat, threaten them with his ferocity and defeat them
decisively. He approached Varuna, the God of water, for the malicious sport.
But Varuna understood his mal intentions, and own self-limitation, unsuitable
to be at par with the Asura`s stength. He refused and at the same time,
suggested Hiranyaksha to pose a challenge to Vishnu.

Hiranyaksha met Narada Muni, the Divine sage and a dedicated devotee of Lord
Vishnu, and gathered the news from him, that Vishnu was escalating upwards with
Bhoomadevi on his tusks, from the ocean. The impudent Hiranyaksha, blinded by
pride and overriding arrogance, leaped into the ocean. He noticed the Varaha
Avatar of Vishnu, bearing Bhoomadevi, and rushed to him, instigating the Lord
for a fight - "Hey beast, leave Bhoomadevi alone and come and fight me." The
Varaha, heedless of the Asura`s loathsome activities, first deposited
Bhoomadevi on the shore, to ensure her safety. He bestowed Divine Benediction
on Bhoomadevi, "May you fit into the Divine order".

It was time to ward off the evil with the greatest of valor, exercisable by
Vishnu only. A tremendous battle was generated. Simultaneously, Brahma, spurred
the wrathful Varaha, with the caution, "Twilight is approaching and in an hour
he will become more powerful and formidable. So, slay him quickly and rid us of
all menace." The urgency propelled the Lord to fiercely cast the crushing
deathblow upon the vicious Asura. The Asura was destroyed. The Bliss of peace
and order was returned to the Universe. Varaha Avatar, like Matsya and Kurma
Avatar, reinforces the inviolable truth, that God can take any form, while
coming to the rescue of the virtuous.

This world which consists of friends, enemies and neutrals, which affects you
with pleasure and pain, is only a creation of your mind which is a product of
- Sri Swami Sivananda

Complete glossary can be found at:


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

"The Yamas consists of non-injury, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence, and

The 'Yamas', or abstentions, make up the most basic of all spiritual practices.
They are the injunctions common to every religion. These forms of self-restrain
purify the individual and eliminate all of one's negative influences on others
and the environment. Violence to others, whether in thought, word or deed, must
be avoided. Non-injury means more than refraining from inflicting physical
pain. Mental pain can be far more devastating. When one is established in
complete harmlessness even wild animals will approach in peace. The function of
truth is to maintain harmony through trust. It is better to be silent than tell
a truth that will cause pain or that springs from a wrong motive. A truthful
person has power, for what he says comes to pass, and his word becomes law.

It is better to be silent than tell a truth that will cause pain or that
springs from a wrong motive.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

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




- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tbsp fresh dill or 1 tsp dried dill weed
- 500 ml (18 floz) natural yogurt
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- 300g (10oz) cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 potatoes, cooked & diced ( optional)
- fresh mint leaves


1. Roast the cumin seeds in a hot dry pan over a high heat until the aroma
starts to appear. Remove from heat and crush the seeds slightly with a
rolling pin.
2. Mix the seeds with the lemon juice, dill, yogurt, cayenne and salt in a
large bowl.
3. Stir in the cucumber slices and diced potatoes.
4. Serve garnished with mint leaves

To make Raita: Omit the mint and dill and add a bunch of chopped coriander

The objects of the world act as intoxicants. Money is opium. Man to woman,
and woman to man, is wine. Position is Ganja (Marijuana). Power is brandy.
Landed property is champagne.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

Previous recipes can be found at:

MAY 2010

09 - Ekadasi
14 - New Moon
24 -­ Ekadasi
27 -­ Full Moon

Develop a correct value of life here. It is not full. It is not perfect.
There is always a sense of want.
- Sri Swami Sivananda


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

May 01 – May 30/10
TTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA

May 05 -Jun 01/10
TTC – English
Nassau, Bahamas

May 08 - Jun 06/10
TTC – Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria

May 08 - Jun 06/10
ATTC – Deutsch
Reith, Tyrol, Austria

May 16 – Jun 13/10
ATTC – English
Uttar Kashi, India

Jun 02 - Jun 30/10
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY USA

Jun 03 – Jul 01/10
ATTC – English
Grass Valley, CA, USA

Jun 20 - Jul 18/10
TTC – English
Uttar Kashi, India

Jul 02 – Jul 30/10
TTC – English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol
Orleans France

Jul 02 – Jul 30/10
ATTC – English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol
Orleans France

Jul 04 – Jul 31/10
TTC – English, Francais, Espanol
Val Morin, QC- Canada

Jul 05 - Aug 08/10
ATTC – English
Woodbourne, NY USA

Jul 31 - Aug 28/10
TTC – English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol
Reith, Tyrol, Austria

Aug 01 – Aug 28/10
ATTC – English, Francais, Espanol
Val Morin, QC- Canada

Aug 01 – Aug 29/10
TTC – Francais
Orleans, France

Aug 15 – Sep 12/10
TTC – Espanol
En Aluenda, Zaragoza

Aug 28-Sep 26/10
TTC – English, Polski, Lietuviu, Russian
Ustka, Baltic Sea, Poland

See full list of international courses and events:

O Ram! You cannot avoid the Law of Karma. It is only the Self-knowledge that
can burn all Karmas. Your Karma will bring you happiness and misery, both,
according to your previous deeds. Feel: "Even this will pass away." Balance
the mind in pleasure and pain. Rest in the ever blissful Atman, which is
beyond the reach of Karma. Destroy Karma through the fire of Atma Jnana
(Knowledge of the Self).
- 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 April we were busy
getting the Subramanya/Ayyappa Temple ready for its re-opening. Staff, plus a
group of karma yogis from Toronto, finished the painting and cleaning in good
time.The small murtis, which had spent the winter in the Krishna Temple, were
taken back to the main temple and the energy transferred back to the main
murtis. Prahlada came to organise the day. Arjuna, from the Montreal Centre,
and some Sri Lankan & Indian devotees also came for this special day.
Manjunath, the priest, did Puja of all the deities with full abhishekam and
archana. The mood was very devotional. Vasudeva has gone to the Montreal Centre
for a couple of weeks.

During mid-April we were busy preparing the Ashram for the arrival of the EBM.
Swami Mahadevananda came back to the Ashram on Monday after three months in
India. Swami Durgananda arrived mid week with Swami Sivadasananda, Swami
Kailasananda, Swami Atmaramananda and Swami Bhagavatananda from Europe. We
later welcomed Swami Swaroopananda, Srinivasan, Swami Jnaneshwariananda, and
Swami Sitaramananda. The EBM meeting started with a blanket of fresh snow
outside and cooler temperatures again. Kailas Chaitanya from Grass Valley came
with Swami Sitaramananda to take vows of brahmacharya during the occasion of
the meeting and to receive the blessings of all the directors. Prahlada was
here during most of the week. Arjuna came from Montreal, Camilo from Toronto
with a group of karma yogis and Mahalaskhmi all to help during the weekend. The
staff felt blessed to have all the acharyas here in Camp and happy to have the
opportunity to serve them. We are also appreciative for the words of
inspiration given by some of the directors during our morning and evening
satsangs. Ishwara and Satyam came from India to spend the summer in Camp. Om
and Pranams to all from the staff at Yoga Camp/ Sivananda Headquarters.

Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, India

Namah Sivaya to all. In early April the TTC students were well into the rhythm
of the course as it moved into the halfway point. The students felt at home at
the Ashram. The many faces around them have now become familiar. Many of the
students received spiritual names and it has been lovely to hear the students
addressing each other by them. An intimate but powerful Puja to the Divine
Mother was held in the Rajarajeshwari temple, with the energy invoked there
enveloping all involved.

During mid-April the last week of the TTC was a festive one on several counts.
We celebrated Vishu, the Keralan New Year, where it is believed that the first
thing one sees in the morning should be something auspicious to ensure the
auspiciousness of the rest of the year. Everyone in the Ashram, both staff and
guests had the wonderfully surreal and dream-like experience of being summoned
from bed at 5:30am and led through the Ashram to the Rajarajeshwari Temple with
eyes closed, guided only by verbal instruction and anonymous hands. When
finally asked to sit and open one's eyes, one was greeted with the vision of
Krishna, Swamis Sivananda and Vishnu-devananda and the image of oneself
reflected in a mirror. All this surrounded by a cornucopia of fruits,
vegetables, nuts, seeds and flowers illuminated by the warm light of many oil
lamps. The festivities continued later in the week with Lalita Sahasranama
archana with all guests participating and of course with the TTC feast and
graduation after the TTC exam. The TTC graduation coincided with the unveiling
of the new carved wooden ceiling above the altar in the Siva Hall which made
the occasion all the more special. Om Namah Sivaya from all staff at Neyyar

Sivananda Ashram, Netala, Uttarkashi, Himalayas, North India

Om Namo Narayanaya - Greetings from Uttar Kashi. With the blessings of Master
& Gurudev the first week of TTC went very well in April. We started with a
Ganapati Homam followed by the course initiation ceremony with 32 international
students. Students enjoyed their first silent walk of the week along the banks
of Gangaji. On 15th April, we celebrated Vishu, the New Year. All students and
staff were blindfolded and led to the satsang hall. Once the blindfold was
removed the first vision of the day was darshan of Lord Krishna. The altar was
decorated beautifully and all students and staff enjoyed special prasadam and
received 5 rupees coin as dakshina for the New Year. We continued the morning
program with satsang at Samadhi rock. All students and staff took a bath in
Gangaji on this day before 12 noon in line with the conclusion and auspicious
time of Kumbha Mela. On the day off most students went to Uttar Kashi to visit
Vishwanath Temple and see the local area. Pranams to all.

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

Om Namo Narayanaya. In early April with the last TTC course of the season
finished we held a mini yatra to Rameswaram for a group of about 40 TTC
graduates and staff which was conducted successfully. The hi-season was
distinctly and auspiciously ended. The climate heated up considerably,
encouraging the departure of the last TTC graduates and temporary staff. A few
stayed back a few days longer to bid farewell to Swami Govindananda who decided
to leave the organisation. We wish him well in his continued pursuance of the
spiritual path. Anoop, director of Trivandrum Centre and Kalyani from Neyyar
Dam, arrived for a hand over of general Ashram affairs and to continue the Yoga
Vacation programme for an average of 6 guests brave enough to stay in the
intense dry heat of central Madurai. A few temp staff stayed on a few days to
assist during the last week before leaving for Kodai Kanal, a cool hill station
popular with foreigners in the hills a few hours away. A large troop of cheeky
monkeys from the neighbouring forest have also been visiting to check out how
the mangoes are progressing. Pranams to all.

During mid-April the Yoga Vacation programme continued despite the heat for the
4 guests at the Ashram. With the topic of positive thinking covered in the
lecture, the video "Messages from Water" was shown in satsang to demonstrate
the importance of taking responsibility for the quality of our thoughts. Staff
also busied themselves in tidying and closing up some of the dormitories which
will not be required until the hi-season. Mr Kapoor arrived from Delhi, to do
service at the Madurai Ashram, whilst Kalyani left to return to Neyyar Dam.
The week ended with a much welcome storm with heavy rain; a real blessing for
both plants and staff! All are well and conveying Pranams. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch Colony, Woodburne, NY, USA

Om Namah Sivaya! In early April we had two programs running concurrently one
weekend. On Workshop was on EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), led by Karen
Arthur. This technique involves tapping acupuncture points to release stress,
negative emotions, feelings and cravings. Our other workshop was led by our
resident permaculturist Michael Judd. The participants planted fruit trees and
annuals. We also celebrated the birthday of our long-time cook Shyam Modi,
starting with a Puja at 3 in the afternoon, followed by a mini satsang and a
glorious feast. Garden work began in full swing and our WWOOFers have arrived
for the season. All staff were well and happy as the sun shines warmly.

Mid-April bustled with guests, who came for either a yoga vacation, sweat lodge
with Heather Principe, deaf yoga retreat with Lila Lolling or a permaculture
weekend with Michael Judd. It was a beautiful weather for hiking and enjoying
the Spring. We wish all staff well and send our pranams.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

Om Namah Sivaya! In early April we welcomed back Swami Sitaramananda from the
Organization's first TTC in Vietnam. By grace of the Guru it was a successful
endeavour that brought love and light to all. Along the way Swamiji visited
Beijing, China and Taiwan. Upon arrival in San Francisco Swamiji taught a 2-day
intensive course with Durga at the College of Integral Studies in San Francisco
- "The Yoga of Recovery and Devotion". Swamiji and Durga presented Yoga
psychology as well as Ayurvedic principles as a means to pacify the mind and be
established in the Self. Devotion was at the heart of the course, with chanting
and a Puja, with all 35 students participating.

Meanwhile back at the Yoga Farm, Dr. Kamlesh and family presented a lively
Ayurvedic Cooking course, with guests and staff assisting with the preparations
of all the wonderful dishes. We also held a week-long Beginners Yoga Course,
taught by Sivakami. The students enjoyed the course very much with one student
staying on for the following Intermediate course. We offer our pranams to long-
time staff member Govindadas who returned to England after nearly 5 years
service at the Yoga Farm.

During mid-April we had a nice reunion with Swami Sitaramananda, and enjoyed
some pictures of the Vietnam TTC, with Dr. Kamlesh, who was just there at the
TTC last month. We finished the EBM reports, and Swami Sitaramananda and
Kailas departed for Val Morin for the EBM meeting. We had an intermediate yoga
week, with several guests, taught by Parvati. Ex-staff Gita Devi came with a
group of her yoga students for the pranayama weekend, with Swami Pranavananda
giving workshops, and Kalidas performing a Kirtan concert, which was well
received. Sundari returned from Nassau after a 2-week stay there. Keshava
headed the effort to mow the grass on the whole main area, and the new cabin
foundation frames were inspected and approved. We started to pour the concrete.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas

Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves. In early April twenty-eight students were
inaugurated for our April TTC. We also held the inauguration for the Advanced
Bhagavad Gita course, taught by Swami Swaroopananda. This course was Part II of
the course (Part I was given in May 2009) with 79 students participating.
Students included Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally as well as many
of their students from the Diamond Mountain University. Geshe Michael and Lama
Christie also gave a beautiful teachings on the Wheel of Life, a famous
painting done by the Buddha which explains how we can break the cycle of
Samsara. Peggy Phoenix Dubro taught a course on the popular energy healing
method she developed - EMF Balancing Technique.

During mid-April we held a Kali Puja outside on the tennis court, performed by
our priest Krishnan Namboodiri. Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally
concluded their teaching on the Wheel of Life. Parvati and Erich, students in
the Bhagavad Gita course, had a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony in the
temple. The beautiful ceremony was performed by Krishnan Namboodiri with the
staff and guests in attendance. Seventy-eight students graduated from the
Advanced Bhagavad Gita Course part II. Everyone enjoyed the course given by
Swami Swaroopananda and are looking forward to part III next year. Dr. Laurier-
Pierre Desjardins gave a program on the Healing Power of Yoga, giving us
insightful tips for our asana practice from his knowledge gained as both a
Hatha Yogi and an Osteopathic physician.

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

Om Namah Sivaya. In the beginning of April we celebrated Hanuman Jayanthi with
an elevating Puja and devotional chanting. Soon after many long-time and new
yoga students arrived for the Easter programmes. Swami Vasudevananda from
Munich taught several asana and anatomy workshops. Each one had a different
topic like vital capacity, muscle strength and flexibility and postural
alignment. For the further yoga teachers' training seminar Health is Wealth
with Swami Annapurnananda and Swami Keshavananda 15 participants gathered and
enjoyed the intense curriculum which reflected all aspects of teaching yoga to
beginners. The training even included a session on how to teach a cooking class
to beginner vegetarians. There was also a series of guest lectures with Swami
Ramapriyananda on yoga and health, developing will power, proper use of
emotions and wisdom of Vedanta. After Easter the week continued well with new
guests arriving. Work was done in the garden and the platform was cleaned in
order to prepare it for a new paint and we also did some preparation work for
the construction site in Kailash Buildung which is going to start soon. Swami
Durgananda gave much individual guidance to the staff and for the upcoming
summer programmes. Om Namo Narayanaya!

Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France

Om Namah Sivaya. At the begging of April staffs were active preparing the
Chateau departments for the Easter weekend programme. Swami Kailasananda, Swami
Atmaramananda and Swami Jyotirmayananda arrived for the Easter weekend. The
weekend was a great success, with Ashram full to its capacity. On Easter Sunday
we had the traditional Easter egg hunt, a football match (staff against the
guests) and a talent show in the evening. Sunny weather allowed us to lead our
guests on nice nature walks. Many students stayed after the retreat weekend to
benefit from this wonderful environment. With specific workshops and Satsang,
the following weekend explored the relationship between Yoga and how to
overcome Fear. The boiler room in the new Krishna Kutir was prepared to create
a workshop space. Arjuna left Orleans to serve in London for the England TTC.

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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya. We hosted Stephen Quong the Vedic astrologer for several days
in the Berlin Centre. He gave a series of very interesting lectures, which gave
us more insight on astrology, yoga and spirituality, proper understanding of
karma and free will and goal of life. Swami Atmaramananda taught a well
attended Raja yoga intensive course. During the Easter weekend the Centre got a
thorough cleaning, including all carpets. Sarasvati Chaitanya came back from
India as Swami Gokulananda having taken Sannyas in Vrindavan. All staff,
teachers and students were happy to see her back and wished success on her path
of service and renunciation. Swami Atmaramananda and Rajeshwari went to Poland
for the weekend to give a programme in Warsaw and Cracow. It brought many
people, who were interested in knowing the Sivananda integral approach to yoga.
In Warsaw there were about 230 students and in Cracow about 170. We also
promoted the next TTC in Poland in September. Many teachers and students
participated in the programme and it is nice to see, how yoga develops in this


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

Om Namah Sivaya. Hello from Buenos Aires. In early April all the current
activities were running as usual. Two meditation courses, the beginners courses
and classes are all with good attendance. We started the renovation of one of
the kitchens. Other maintenance projects are moving forward. The highlight was
the presentation of the Kumbha Mela pictures. A group of about 40 participants
delighted with pictures and short videos of the Yatra, while Swami Premananda
explained the meaning of that great experience. The show finished with the
Arati including the Ganga Arati Chanting.

During mid-April our meditation courses, beginners' courses, intensive
beginners' courses and classes were all with good attendance. The renovation of
one of the kitchens was finished. The other maintenance projects are moving
forward. We welcomed Kanti Devi and Chandra from Uruguay who came to share the
teachers' meeting. Almost all teachers who usually teach in the Centre were
present. Before the announcements Kanti Devi had lead the satsang and then we
had a yoga practice. Prem & Om to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India

Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre. All staff are
fine and send their Pranams to the Sivannada family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

Om Namah Sivaya. In early April the Centre has been busier over the past couple
of weeks with the arrival of warmer weather. We started a new Positive Thinking
course which filled up very quickly. We have welcomed two recently graduated
teachers from the Nassau TTC's. Garden work began in earnest as everything
starts to come to life again.

During mid-April we enjoyed the signs of a wonderful Spring in Chicago. By
Master's and Swamiji's grace classes and courses ran well at the Centre. Om
Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DWARKA Centre, Delhi, India

Om Namah Sivaya. During mid-April we started two Beginners' courses. We had a
Kriyas Workshop one Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 am. We started a Meditation
Course on Sundays, with a good number of enthusiastic students. Regardless of
the heat (42-44) all courses and classes are running smoothly. We are all good
and send Pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta NATARAJA Centre, Delhi, India

Om Namo Narayanaya. During mid-April a new Yoga 1 started. We celebrated the
Vishu - Malayalam New Year, in a traditional way. Maniji returned from his
Japan trip. The city climate has gone up 44 degree Celsius, but still we have
been managing all the classes with air coolers. Saturday and Sunday Satsangs
attendance were very good with the hall filled with many new students. Sunday's
Trial Class also was attended by many students. Prem and Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

Om Namah Sivaya. Highlights of April were a fasting day with sincere students
who appreciated the opportunity to fast with carrot juice and vegetable broth
and practice yoga together. The silent walk along the nearby river helped them
to connect with nature and their inner peace. A workshop about Karma &
Reincarnation attracted a sincere group of students and a new course for Senior
Citizens started with 26 students which was organized in cooperation with the
City of Geneva. The spiritual highlights of the month were Ram Navami and
Hanuman Jayanti which we celebrated with uplifting Pujas and mantra chanting.
The Centre closed for the Easter Holidays giving staff the opportunity to
support the Easter Retreats in Reith and Dorset from where we returned inspired
and recharged. Pranams to all. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England

Om Namah Sivaya. As expected April continued with much activity. The Easter
Retreat ran very smoothly and was evidently highly uplifting and rejuvenating
for all 66 in attendance. The first ever residential course at the Centre was a
success. It came to an uplifting end with students leaving very inspired. The
new Meditation and Positive Thinking 4-day Intensive evening courses proved to
be very popular amongst students in London. Three of each Yoga 1, 2 and 3 as
well as a Yoga 4 started this month. A group of enthusiastic 21 students
attended the Open House this month. We were happy to welcome Swami Keshavananda
to the Centre whose focus was to fully furnish the rooms for the upcoming TTS.
Swami Anantananda departed for Madrid over the Easter period. Saraswati
returned to London to help with the retreat. She was a much appreciated
support. We had an uplifting Ram Nava celebration and Hanuman Jeanie with a
beautiful Puja. The Yoga life shipments for the European Centres were
despatched. We also successfully made the move into the new office which exudes
perfect office ambience. Staff are well and send OM & Prem to All.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Om Name Narayanaya! In early April the Centre started a 5-week course on Hatha
Yoga of Recovery to teach the principles of classical yoga to those in recovery
from substance abuse and other addictive behaviours. Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses
were still in session with a new Yoga 1 course. We held a vegetarian cooking
workshop one Saturday during which students practiced cooking skills as well as
harvesting their own produce from our local organic, community garden. We were
pleased to host guests from the American University of Complementary Medicine
and LA Yoga magazine for an Ayurvedic Day at the Centre.

During mid-April we started a Yoga 1 course as other Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses
continued. Over the weekend, we had a guest speaker from a local dairy who
spoke about the benefits of raw milk for the immune system and the importance
of supporting local, family operated farms. We were fortunate in CA to be one
of the few states in the US where raw milk can be purchased in grocery stores.
We also held a Transition workshop one weekend to educate students on living in
harmony with our limited resources and raise awareness about the environment.
One Sunday, one of the Centre's teachers held an Art Journaling workshop as an
expressive and creative exercise for students. Vidya and Ananta returned. We
said goodbye to temporary staff, Shakti. All staff are well. Om Shanti.
Sending our Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves! A high light of April was the Easter Retreat
in Piedralaves, Avila with Swami Anantananda who came from London, Swami
Gopalananda, Madrid teachers and sixty participants. All enjoyed the practice
of asanas, pranayama, relaxation, meditation, satsangs, lectures, vegetarian
diet, and silent walks in the mountains area of Avila with a powerful and pure
vibration. We thank Swami Anantananda for his inspiring classes and lectures
well appreciated by all. We thank Gauri and Katyayani who stayed at the Centre
during the retreat. We had a good month with lot of classes and courses.
Satsangs over the month focussed on Patanjali Yoga Sutras, and a small and
dedicated group of students is coming to the morning satsangs. All staff are
well and inspired. Om Shanti. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, India

Om Namah Sivaya. By the grace of God & Guru, the Centre ran well during early
April. All the works and activities, classes continued smoothly. All other
functions are going smoothly. We start new beginner class with ten students.
Also kids' regular class started. One Thursday we got heavy rain, so we stopped
our evening open class. On Sunday evenings we held Satsanga with staffs and
students participating. Staff convey their Pranams to all. Om Shanti!!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Milano, Italy

Om Namah Sivaya. In early April the Monday after Easter was a holiday. The
Centre remained closed for the day. Classes continued the rest of the month. We
had a teachers meeting one Sunday.

During mid-April Swami Jnaeswariananda travelled to the EBM meeting in Canada.
Even with cancelled flights throughout Europe, by Swamiji's grace she made it
out via Paris before that airport closed. The Centre was kept open by karma
yogis. Om Namo Narayanaya,

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay, South America

Om Namah Sivaya! In early April we held a Kirtan workshop facilitating new
students to develop their chants. There was an increase in students in
pregnancy classes, many of them having their first-time in the practice of
Hatha Yoga. Wednesday and Thursday beginners courses also began. Advanced
classes on Wednesdays continue, along with the meditations on Friday
afternoons. One Saturday, we had the normal class and then the" test free yoga
class" for those who had not yet approached a Sivananda Centre and experienced
the benefits of Yoga. One Saturday we began the intensive beginners' course
weekend. On the same day we performed the Kriyas workshop, where we explained
the yogic techniques of purification. It was theoretical - practical and the
students could participate in the yoga class. Parallel started a study group
for teachers, with the theme: "The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali." To study we used
the book of Swamiji: "Meditation and Mantras", and another book translated from
Sanskrit by Dr.Rukmani: "The Sutras; with Commentary by Vyasa." We finished
with Karma Yoga Sunday where yogis provided cleaning, conditioning plants and
balance of library books among other activities.

During mid-April the regular classes developed normally. We continued with the
Kirtan workshop. WE also held a workshop on Karma and Reincarnation. Every
Tuesday we continued with the pregnancy Yoga Classes. On Wednesdays teachers
and students enjoyed the advanced yoga class. Wednesday and Thursday beginners
classes had good assistance. Meditations continued every Friday evening. Om
Shanti to all!!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya. In early April We began 5 new courses: Yoga 1, 2, 3, 5,
Meditation. We held a kriyas workshop. Swami Rajeshwariananda left to Rome to
continue taking care of the Centre there. It was very inspirational to have her
here. With the help of our karma yogis, we did a spring clean-up in our
basement. The Centre is full of energy with very good attendance to open
classes and satsangs. Alongside the Tamil community, the staff participated in
the opening of the Subramanya Ayappa Temple.

During mid-April these courses started: Yoga 1, 2, Meditation, Bhagavad Gita.
We were blessed with the visit of Swami Mahadevananda for the Satsanga. The
students and teachers felt very inspired after his visit. Shankara Chaitanya
returned form the Bahamas, bringing lots of fresh energy to the Centre.
Vasudeva went back to Val Morin to continue his work in the spring maintenance
projects. The Montreal staff travelled to the Camp Ashram for a weekend to help
with the preparation for the EBM. Pranams from Montreal. Om Namo Narayanaya.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya. Highlights of the last weeks were a couple of inspiring
satsangs with Swami Sivadasananda. Many people came for our monthly Open House
in April. They had a whole afternoon of programme: yoga trial class, lecture
and asana demonstration, meditation workshop, cooking workshop and video show
of the different places for yoga vacations. In the last weeks we also had two
Pujas on the occasions of the spiritual festivals of Ram Navami and Hanuman
Jayanthi. Pranams to all the Sivananda Family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA

Om Namah Sivaya! During mid-April we were busy with special cooking workshops
and a lecture by Dr Kamlesh. In a very humorous way Dr Kamlesh gave his
introductory talk to Ayurveda, followed by well-attended two workshops on
Ayurvedic Cooking. Swami Sadasivananda returned refreshed from the Ashram in
the Bahamas. Kumari and Minakshi did an excellent job of keeping the Centre
busy and well run. All staff are well & sending pranams to all the Sivananda

Centre de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta, Paris, France

Om Namah Sivaya. April started with our monthly cooking course given by
Arjurna, the topic was "vegetarian recipes for busy people". Two inspiring
Pujas took place, the first for the birthday of Lord Rama and the second for
Hanuman Jayanti. Lakshmana Chaitanya came back from India, having been
initiated into Brahmacharya in Vrindavan. Swami Kailasananda gave a well
appreciated special weekend program, with a yoga class, a a yoga for the back
workshop and a Satsang focusing on spiritual stories. Subhankar Chatterjee and
an Indian tablist gave an inspiring concert, attended by a small but devoted
group of students who felt inspired, relaxed and elevated by the powerful
bhajans. Pranams to all.

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed selves. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA

Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves. In early April Nirmala started teaching her
first Yoga 1 course with four aspiring students. Swami Sitaramananda came from
TTC in Vietnam to stay at the Centre here for a few days, and although jet
lagged and tired, she still made it to our Friday morning Puja. After having
departed from the Centre, we received a phone call from her later offering to
come back to talk at the satsang! Most of the people had not met her before, so
they enjoyed her humorous talk and answers to questions. Due to the severe
recession here (California has the highest rate of unemployment in the country)
we have offered our 10-class passes at a 30% discount to draw more students
into class. Everyone's doing well! Pranams to all from San Francisco Centre.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel

Om Namah Sivaya. During mid-April we held our traditional Passover Yoga
Retreat. Over 90 participants joined us for a 4 day retreat in the beautiful
vicinity of Kibbutz Harel. The weather was perfect. The special program was
excellent, featuring Shoham Vissman who gave a lecture on Creating a Sacred
Space, Hila Paz – Shanti Devi who took us to a journey of discovering the
Healing Potential of Our Vice, and a Healing World Music concert given by
Gerhard and Einat Fankhauser. All the Guests, special guests and staff, enjoyed
the mutual sadhana and sattvic atmosphere. Once we got back to the Centre we
focused all our energy on promoting upcoming courses. The New "Live Satsang in
Israel" Kirtan CD project is in its final stages. We hope to get the first 1000
copies in the next couple of weeks. Blessings and Peace to all the Sivananda

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya. In early April we had a very good start, with a new Y2 and Y2
commencing. Open classes continued with full capacity. Satsangs were well
attended. We worked on our new brochure, with lots of new programs planned for
summer and fall. Prahlada drove with Camilo and van load of Karma Yogis to
help out at the Yoga Camp, where the Subramanya/Ayyappa Temple reopened. As
well they all worked hard to prepare rooms for EBM meeting joining the Camp
staff. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Om Namah Sivaya. At the very outset we wish you all a very happy VISHU ! In
early April we conducted a Kriya workshop with 25 participants. The beginners'
class started on 5th of April. It is going on smoothly with about 30 students.
As you are aware the Director of this Centre Sri Anoop was transferred to our
Madurai Ashram. We bid him farewell on the 7th of this month. The poojas etc.
were conducted regularly. Last Sunday we had a satsang with Janaki & Udayan. In
view of the ensuing Vishu we have given gifts to all of our staff members and
also outside teachers who are actively associated with our Centre.

During mid-April, by the grace of our gurus, all the activities of our Centre
continued smoothly. We held our regular Ganapathy homa and Lalithasahasranama
archana Puja.

One Sunday we conducted a headstand workshop with Nataraj ji, followed by
Satsang at 6:00 PM. The kids' vacation class continued well with more than 50
students. All the staff and teachers are regular. Om Shanthi

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria

Om Namah Sivaya. We did a thorough spring cleaning of the Centre and Swami
Annapurnananda travelled to Reith over the Easter holidays and assisted with
the special programs there. Apart from the new courses beginning our weekends
were active with workshops, a small and successful TTC preparation course and
an Open Day. We had a staff change with Ananta returning back to Berlin and
Sivani arriving in Vienna from Reith. Om Namah Sivaya from Vienna.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnuis, Lithuania

Om Namah Sivaya. A nice yoga 1 course started and the open house brought a good
group of interested students. The Mailing list was fully updated and new
boutique items which came from India were priced and put for sale in the
boutique. A new vaccum cleaner was given as a donation to the Centre. We
started organizing the donation for constructing a wall, which will divide the
big room. This would create one more teaching room which is urgently needed
because of many courses running parallel at the same time. Om & Prem.

The sweetness of life is devotion. The fragrance of life is generosity. The
pivot of life is meditation. The goal of life is Self-realization. Therefore,
Serve. Love. Be pure and generous. Meditate and realize.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

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1 comentario:

  1. Nice posting. Do you know about this edition of the Gita?



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