Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya! In March the Centre was closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We started with online Yoga classes, via Zoom, together with Vienna, Munich and Reith and were very well received by the students. In the first week classes were all for free. Staff also started preparing renovation works in the Berlin Centre, freshly painting the interior walls. Every evening all staff participated at the online Satsang coming from the Seminar House in Reith, Austria. Each Satsang was the highlight of the day, giving the feeling of being connected with each other and keeping the energy elevated.

COVID-19 Notice:
In view of the government’s latest measures to contain the coronavirus, the Sivananda Yoga Centre Berlin will be closed from Sunday March 15th, until further notice. All stripe cards, flat rate cards and current courses will be extended as soon as the Centre is open again. Visit our live online yoga classes via zoom video switching. So you can roll out the mat at home and continue your practice in an interactive yoga class! Please contact us directly for questions and tips for Yoga @ Home:

Tel: +49 (0) 30/85 99 97 98
Mobile / WhatsApp: +49 (0) 152 38 45 91 55
E-mail: [email protected]

Best wishes for health and peace. OM.

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

Om Namah Sivaya. In early March Swami Premananda and Swami Dayananda traveled to Bariloche for TTC 2020. At the BA Centre Swami Sivapriya remained as Staff, with the help of karma yogis and teachers. Despite the coronavirus warning we had a yoga class with twenty elders. In Buenos Aires there remained some tranquility despite the news of the virus. We cleaned everything more than usual. A Beginners’ Yoga Course with many students commenced. Two new teachers from the recent TTC in Brazil joined the Centre’s group of teachers.

COVID-19 Notice:
The official resolution in Argentina to cancel classrooms and avoid meeting places has led us to define the closure of the Buenos Aires Centre. It is a complex situation and alien to our will. On the other hand, we must help the non-propagation of this virus by maintaining the standards provided by the official information media.

Try to strengthen your immune system, maintain a high level of personal hygiene, cleanliness and disinfection in your homes and places of coexistence, eat healthy and cultivate positive thinking. For this, meditation, prayer and the study of spiritual texts can help to overcome physically, mentally and emotionally this hard test that is presented in the path of all beings on this beautiful planet.

We ask you to continue the practice from your homes and for any queries do not hesitate to contact us. If changes or news arise, we will inform you.

We hope all of you are well. Pranams. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China

Om Namah Sivaya from Chengdu. May Guru’s Grace bless everyone. Om Shanti. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre. In March the Chennai weather was dry & hot. The entire Chennaiaite’s busy life slowed down not with the fear of Coronavirus but with the respect to our Prime Minister’s request for social distancing & precautions towards reducing the spread of infection, including the closing of shops, malls, theatres & traffic. The Centre remained opened for a little longer, instilling all precautions. Students and staff were educated on how to remain safe, explaining the measures to improve their immunity. All were very enthusiastic to attend the classes. But our gentle yoga for the elderly & the kids’ classes count was less. We held a short Meditation course for 3 days. The course was led by Uma. Seven new people attended with enthusiasm. We welcomed a new staff Deva from Madurai. Then publicly, a “Janata Curfew”, self-restraining order, was instilled by the government to stop spreading the infection. We closed the Centre, suspending all activities.

COVID-19 Notice:
Our Chennai Centre will remain closed due to order from the Government for “Corona social distancing” to stop the spread.

Praying for everyone to be safe & healthy. May all live under the grace of Master and Guru. Pranams. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

Om Namah Sivaya. The Chicago Centre is sending prayers to everyone in support of this cherished practice during this time. The guidance from the Gurus is paramount. The later part of March was quite jumbled, originally with plans of staff to remain at the Chicago Centre while closed, shifted in a couple of days, to relocate and stay at the Ranch in New York. Maitri, the Centre’s director, will remain at the Ranch Ashram during the closure of businesses in Chicago, supporting and receiving support while keeping up with Sadhana and keeping vibrations high for humanity’s healing. With love and hope that we can all hold a neutral space of support for each other and the rest of the world, in a haven outside of the realm of fear.

COVID-19 Notice:
The Sivananda Centres in New York City and Chicago, as well as the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch are closed to the public as a proactive measure to help stem the spread of the COVID 19 virus. Since then, the epidemic in the USA and especially in New York has grown exponentially. From the day we closed, we gathered our Centre staff at the Yoga Ranch to continue our practice, to support each other and to do what we can to continue with our mission of disseminating the Yoga teachings and support the Sivananda Yoga community in a growing isolated environment. Respecting social distancing, we started live Satsangs, study groups and asana classes using the growing social media software of Facebook Live and Zoom.

We are grateful to the Gurus for continuing to protect and inspire our Sadhana. We wish you awareness of Guru’s Grace. Pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam

Om Namah Sivaya from the beautiful DaLat Centre. In early March our Open House class received more attention from the neighborhood. We continued the Open House class everyday. During the COVID 19 crisis we only served the local Dalat students and not people from out of town or out of country. There is no case in the province and the government did not lock down the county yet. We have applied intensive hygiene measures for prevention, students have appreciated and cooperated well. Open class and Beginners’ Yoga course continued. Staff kept up their Sadhana and service, energy deepening. We pray for Guru’s grace and blessings for the new Centre. Om.

Swami Sitaramananda states; “This is a blessing in disguise. Turn in. Less travel, less movement. More practice opportunities. Clearer. Instead of being bored, see this event as an opportunity to look inward and go straight to your own goal of happiness. Indeed, it is a blessing in disguise. ”

Keep in touch with the teachings and Satsangs through our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vietnamyogaresort/posts/?ref=page_internala

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DWARKA Centre, Delhi, India

Om Namah Sivaya to all – In early March we started a Beginners’ Yoga course at 10 am and 6:30 pm with good numbers of students. Even though people were beginning to become concerned about the CORONAVIRUS pandemic, they still arrived to the Centre for their regular practice of yoga and various workshops. We started a meditation course with few enthusiastic students. We had teachers day where we discussed the points of teaching a class and an Asana Correction workshop, which the teachers appreciated.

COVID-19 Notice:
Due to the increasing frequency of NCV in our area we have been advised to keep the Centre closed until further notice. This is to ensure the safety of all our students. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta NATARAJA Centre, Delhi, India

Greetings from Sivananda Nataraja Centre. With the Grace of Gurus all is well at the Centre. The weather in Delhi improved and there fore the number of students increased at the beginning of March. We started two Beginners’ Yoga courses, at 10am and 6.30pm. We also started a weight loss program, with good number of students. We did a workshop on Pranayama and one on Kriya which were attended by good number of students.

COVID-19 Notice:
Due to the increasing frequency of NCV in our area we have been advised to keep the Centre closed until further notice. This is to ensure the safety of all our students. We will keep you posted as new developments occur. We will start offering classes and Satsangs on-line. Please stay connected – https://sivananda.org.in/delhi/ The staff are well at the Centre. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

Om Namah Sivaya. In mid March the Geneva Centre closed. We started with online classes and Satsangs. The classes went well, with people from various countries attending. The Satsang was a bit more difficult, in terms of sound and computer management. So we decided to mainly attend Satsangs through Reith, Austria and may be do one Satsang for the teachers in Geneva once a week. The Geneva teachers were very helpful. The renovation work outside the Centre but slowed down. We pray that all are well and that humanity is going to a higher level of consciousness, with more focus on love and unity rather than competition and separation.

COVID-19 Notice:
Due to recent government measures to contain the coronavirus, the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Geneva will remain closed from March 15, until further notice. All course cards will be extended as soon as the Centre reopens. We will soon be offering online yoga classes with the video zoom link. You can then roll out the yoga mat at home and continue your practice in an interactive yoga class! Contact us directly for questions and advice regarding Yoga @ Home:

Phone: 022 328 03 28
Email: [email protected]

With best wishes for health and peace. Om Namah Sivaya. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Om Namah Sivaya. In early March we took stronger actions on general and personal hygiene with the looming news of the Coronavirus. We allowed a maximum of 6 students in each class for social distancing measures, as instructed by Swami Sita. So we had less students but more classes to teach. One beginner class was separated into two classes. Satsang was held in the biggest asana room on the top floor for the first time, to keep the safe distance between 2 people, with 12 – 22 people attending. The staff was busier but stronger than ever. We then closed the Centre mid March.

COVID 19 Notice:
We closed the HO Chi Minh Centre after the latest announcement from the government.

Pranams to the Sivananda Family. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England

Om Namah Sivaya. Prayers and Greetings from London Centre. In early March the London Centre’s activities dramatically decreased after the government recommendations to stay and work at home as much as possible; to avoid travelling unless really necessary, and to avoid public places. There were many cancellations from our teachers. The Centre closed mid March. Chandra worked from home. Sivapriya continued work for a week and helped with various administration projects. Vishwarkarma spent one full day here to do maintenance work. His generosity with his time, skill and effort seems to be limitless. Dayan concluded her last day of karma yoga at the Centre and returned home. She did an excellent service throughout her stay at the Centre. We were very grateful to her for her contribution. For three days in a row, Colin was here all day and also did great service. He has been like a pillar for the Centre. The prana was mainly focused on preparing the Centre for closure during the Coronavirus crisis. Kailas went to the Orleans Ashram in France during this time of confinement. The online classes were set up from the Orleans Ashram for the London students. This new learning experience for all had us very grateful that we can continue to serve our students this way.

COVID-19 Notice:
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre London is now closed until further notice. We are offering classes and Satsangs online. For more information, please call us on +33 (0) 2 38 91 88 82. With best wishes for health and inner peace. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Om Namo Narayanaya. In early March we were pleased to welcome Swami Sankarananda to visit for a weekend, speaking on the topic of Faith. We explored false notions and imagined limitations. We looked at Chapter 17 of the Bhagavad Gita. We chanted bhajans and mantras. He suggested that it is impossible to live comfortably in these times, so we should live uncomfortably, step back and see the interconnectedness. He encouraged us to “spread the virus of Peace,” with the single goal of “God or bust.” Swamiji gave heartfelt answers to many questions and captivated the students with a few stories from his walking pilgrimage. We were grateful for his loving presence. Rukmini, who took TTC in 2008, joined our staff.

Due to the coronavirus, we stopped teaching even small yoga classes. We made a quick transition to teaching online—two Gentle yoga classes to complement the two 2-hour classes being taught online at the Yoga Farm. Swami Sivasankariananda started a 30-Day Pranayama Challenge on Instagram Live, offering sessions at 8:00am and 5:00pm with about 35 people in each session. Saturday morning we started a Yoga 1 course online—with 4 beginners tuning in on Zoom from Brazil. We made phone calls to half of our students, reaching out to offer support and alert them to the new offerings. They were extremely appreciative. SivaRam arrived from India via Hawaii. He will be resident for the near future. Rukmini left, flying to the east coast while flights were still available.

COVID-19 Notice:
The Sivananda Yoga Centre in Los Angeles is closed until California businesses are cleared to reopen. This challenging time is our opportunity to turn inward, deepen our practice and keep our community strong and healthy. Through Satsang and our collective positive thoughts, we support each other and the world. Visit https://sivanandala.org/ to view our online offerings: daily yoga classes, workshops and courses, plus Satsangs with Acharya Swami Sitaramananda. Boost your immune system by practicing all paths of Yoga; feel healthier and stronger in both body and mind. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves! The Madrid Centre closed March 13th, then focus was cleaning and disinfecting the Centre and setting up online classes via Zoom. Daily online classes started with enthusiastic response from the students. Staff are well.

COVID-19 Notice: Taking into account the latest measures announced by the Government, regarding the containment of the coronavirus and following the protocols recommended for the city of Madrid, the Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Centre announces the temporary suspension of classes, courses and meditations, as well as the closure of its facilities from today March 13 and until further notice. Both the class vouchers and the courses that are not used during this time, can be recovered later and we will adapt them, for their use, for the benefit of the students of the Centre. We also announce that we have started offering live yoga classes online through the video zoom program so that you can continue your practice in an interactive yoga class. You can contact us directly for questions and advice about practicing yoga at home:

Telephone: +34 91 361 51 50
Email: [email protected]

May we all contribute to stopping the spread of COVID-19. With our best wishes for health and peace. We are grateful to Master and Swamiji for inspiring so many souls on their path. Pranams to all. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, India

Om Namah Sivaya to all. Boost your immune system by practicing all paths of Yoga to feel healthier and stronger in both body and mind. Staff maintained their Sadhana, helping to keep the good energy of the Centre. We thank our Masters for all blessings and support bestowed. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay

Om Namah Sivaya! The Montevideo Centre finally reopened on the 2nd of March, with the blessing of the Masters. The construction workers continued working inside to complete the reparations… but the classes are running. Students and teachers were happy and content about the opening of the Centre and they appreciate all the effort put into it.

COVID-19 Notice: The official resolution in Uruguay to cancel classrooms and avoid meeting places has led us to define the closure of the Montevideo Centre. It is a complex situation and alien to our will. On the other hand, we must help the non-propagation of this virus by maintaining the standards provided by the official information media.

Try to strengthen your immune system, maintain a high level of personal hygiene, cleanliness and disinfection in your homes and places of coexistence, eat healthy and cultivate positive thinking. For this, meditation, prayer and the study of spiritual texts can help to overcome physically, mentally and emotionally this hard test that is presented in the path of all beings on this beautiful planet.

We ask you to continue the practice from your homes and for any queries do not hesitate to contact us. If changes or news arise, we will inform you. May the Grace of Gurudev and Swamiji be upon us all. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya and Greetings from the Montreal Centre! Boost your immune system by practicing all paths of Yoga; feel healthier and stronger in both body and mind.

COVID 19 Notice:
Due to the latest announcement from the Government of Quebec, the Montreal Centre is now closed. We will keep you all informed of any changes on our Facebook page. We continue sharing the teachings, now online so we can all continue with our Sadhana to stay positive and peaceful amidst the fast changing situations. Classes, courses and workshops can be found online: https://sivanandacanada.org/camp/online-courses/ Pranams to all. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya. In early March many people feared an infection of the Coronavirus and stayed at home, therefore attendance of of the Drop In Classes dropped. Fixed courses continued quite normally, with a new Beginners’ Yoga course continuing with 7 motivated students. Swami Vasudevannda came to Munich to stay for a weekend. Swami Narayananda returned from Rudraprayag, India. We had a workshop, “The Art of Relaxation”. A highlight for the teachers was further training – “Expansion in Gentle Asanas”. Many longterm teachers and also new teachers from the last TTCs participated. It was a joyful and inspiring atmosphere.

In our first week after closing the Centre mid March we contacted all course students via telephone and all other students via Newsletter to inform them about the closing and the online activities. Many students and teachers joined the evening online Satsangs and live Online Yoga class. Every day more and more students participated. All are very grateful to stay connected to the teachings of the masters.

COVID-19 Notice: In light of the government’s recent measures to contain the coronavirus, the Sivananda Yoga Centre Munich is closed. All stripe cards, flat rate cards and current courses will be extended as soon as the Centre is open again. Visit our live online yoga classes via zoom video switching. Daily at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. So you can roll out the mat at home and continue your practice in an interactive yoga class. https://muenchen.sivananda.yoga/ OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neuquén, Argentina

COVID-19 Notice:
The official resolution in Argentina to cancel classrooms and avoid meeting places has led us to define the closure of the Neuquen Centre. It is a complex situation and alien to our will. On the other hand, we must help the non-propagation of this virus by maintaining the standards provided by the official information media.

Try to strengthen your immune system, maintain a high level of personal hygiene, cleanliness and disinfection in your homes and places of coexistence, eat healthy and cultivate positive thinking. For this, meditation, prayer and the study of spiritual texts can help to overcome physically, mentally and emotionally this hard test that is presented in the path of all beings on this beautiful planet.

We ask you to continue the practice from your homes and for any queries do not hesitate to contact us. If changes or news arise, we will inform you. Om Shanti and Prem to everyone. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA

Om Namah Sivaya from Manhattan. In mid-March Mokshapriya travelled to the Yoga Ranch. We had to be especially mindful of the new orders issued by the State of New York to be sure we are following guidelines correctly. We connected the New York Centre and the Ranch Ashram to online teachings. We’ve been following the same Centre schedule with Satsangs on Wednesdays and Sundays, both led by Srinivasanji. We also have been connecting online via Facebook for a Srimad Bhagavatam study, led by Srinivasanji each weekday morning. As we move forward, we are looking to connect students of New York City Sivananda Centre and the Ranch Ashram as much as possible in these times. We are sending our blessings for all to stay healthy, positive and strong in Sadhana!

COVID-19 Notice:
The Sivananda Centres in New York City and Chicago, as well as the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch are closed to the public as a proactive measure to help stem the spread of the COVID 19 virus. Since then the epidemic in the USA and especially in New York has grown exponentially. From the day we closed we gathered our Centre staff at the Yoga Ranch to continue our practice, to support each other and to do what we can to continue with our mission of disseminating the Yoga teachings and support the Sivananda Yoga community in a growing isolated environment. Respecting social distancing, we started live Satsangs, study groups and hopefully soon – asana classes using the growing social media software of Facebook Live. Yoga classes, Satsangs and Courses are available on Live Facebook and Zoom.

Staff were grateful for the community and the grace of the Gurus and send pranams to all. May Gurudev’s blessings continue to light our path. Om.

Centre de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta, Paris, France

Om Namah Sivaya. In early March we chanted Om Namo Narayanaya with the students to elevate the peace vibrations of the planet. We continued our study of the Bhagavad Gita and Sanskrit course with many dedicated students. Omkari gave the headstand workshop appreciated by students. She also gave the anger workshop much appreciated by the students. Gopala visited Paola, a long term teacher of the Centre. We brought her food and helped her with shopping. We also took some preventive measures against the spread of coronavirus. We bought hand disinfectants for students which were placed at the entrance, in the student toilets and in the kitchen. We also disinfected the handles several times a day. The students are also asked to practice at home if they feel flu like symptoms. Student number have declined marginally as a consequence. Daya helped to input new dates in Mindbody for courses. The oven was repaired and Ananda baked the cookies. The students were very happy to see the cookies. Parvati continued to assist and she was very happy to teach a part of an evening class. For Satsang we had melodious devi and krishna kirtans and the conference on Devi from Bliss Divine. Kaivalya gave an inspiring Satsang from Swami Sivananda’s Daily Meditation with general tips on how to spiritualize our life. Swami Jyotirmayanada came from Orleans Ashram and gave the evening Satsang on the topic of contentment from Raja Yoga Sutras. Another highlight was a cooking class with Sivakamai where 16 students enjoyed the demonstration of recipes on the topic of easy recipes for busy people. Vyasa and his team prepared a delicious meal for everyone staff students and karma yogis. A busy and positive environment.

COVID-19 Notice:
The Sivananda Yoga Centre in Paris is now closed until further notice. We offer online lessons and Satsangs. We look forward to continuing to serve you this way. Let’s put into practice one of these key instructions from Swami Sivananda: “Adapt to all situations”. Take care of yourself, take care of others. See you online. With all our wishes for health and peace

Contact us at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Neuville aux bois at +33 (0) 2 38 91 88 82 or +33 (0) 1 40 26 77 49. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America

Greetings from Porto Alegre. In early March there was a little bit of public tension created with the first confirmed case of COV-19 in Porto Alegre, plus 70 unconfirmed cases.

By mid March the Porto Alegre Centre was closed due to the lock down in the city. We started giving online classes by Zoom, with good acceptance every day. We hope this situation passes soon as we grow and uplift through all of this. Wishing to all of you health and peace.

COVID-19 Notice:
In compliance with the municipal decree of the mayor of Porto Alegre, starting today we at the Sivananda Centre will be closed doors, gathered in meditation and internal practices to keep the energy high and vibrating so that this cycle is brief. We will return with our activities to the general public as soon as we are allowed again.

We recommend that you keep your personal practice, the practice of Yoga is an excellent ally to go through this period, where we need even more to keep the mind calm and the heart calm. Eat well, drink plenty of water and get a good night’s sleep to keep your immunity strong.

Lesson plans started in March will be extended as of the Centre’s reopening date. Any questions you have regarding the practices please contact us via email. We remain united!

Any changes will be communicated immediately via e-mail.

Try to strengthen your immune system, maintain a high level of personal hygiene, cleanliness and disinfection in your homes and places of coexistence, eat healthy and cultivate positive thinking. For this, meditation, prayer and the study of spiritual texts can help to overcome physically, mentally and emotionally this hard test that is presented in the path of all beings on this beautiful planet. We ask you to continue the practice from your homes and for any queries do not hesitate to contact us. If changes or news arise, we will inform you.

May all live under Master’s and Guru’s grace. Om Shanti. Om

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves. In March, Despite the state of emergency in 14 provinces in the North of Italy due to the CoronaVirus, the situation in Rome was normal, following many regulations. Students attendance was normal with classes and courses running smoothly. We started a Meditation Level 2 and a Yoga 4, with many students. Restrictions increased day by day. On 8th March we received the decree, closing all wellness and sport centres. From 9th March everyone had to stay at home throughout Italy, except for work and emergency reasons. We used this shut down time to clean the Roma Centre, changing our website and doing Sadhana. The Students appreciated very much the online yoga classes. We get over 70 people in each class, connected from all over Italy and abroad. Also many people are connecting for Satsangs. All this created very positive energy and support of spiritual community. We continued the meditation courses online, level 1 and 2 and we added more courses on positive thinking, plus other workshops. We started painting the meditation room. Students took refuge in the Masters’ teachings to deal in these difficult moments trying all together to keep the spirits high. Sending Love and prana to all of you.

COVID 19 Notice:
At this moment, the Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Roma Center wants to continue to be close to all of you, offering free online lessons, until it is possible to reopen and resume normal activities.

In order to attend, we ask you to send an email to [email protected], and only after sending the email will the access link be sent to you.

If you can, we ask you to make a free offer for the yoga class and the courses: in this way you will also help the center to cover the expenses that we will continue to face during this closing period. In the confirmation email that we will send with the access link, you will also receive the bank details in order to make the donation. Any offer of any amount will be sincerely appreciated. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA

Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves. In early March Swami Adi Parashaktiananda returned from Vietnam to be director at the SF Centre. Devi Dasi taught a chair yoga class at the Rosa Parks Senior Centre. We welcomed Swami Sankarananda from Arizona to the Centre for evening Satsang. We had a Devi Puja to celebrate the Divine Mother. We welcomed William to teach an immersion on Jyotisha. 8 students attended and were happy to have an intro. to this vast knowledge. We had an Open House and welcomed 4 new students to the Centre. They had a free yoga class and students signed up for upcoming courses. We had a nice Satsang with a dedicated group with soup afterwards. With Coronavirus in the news we aimed to keep the energy positive and high to reduce any fears. We are feeling the blessings of Master and Swamiji. We are always thankful to our teachers and Gurus that have created the space to hold so much important work. May the Truth be spread far and wide. Om.

COVID 19 Notice:
The SF Center is closed for 2 weeks effective immediately. Dated – Saturday, March 14, 2020

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Paulo, Brasil

Om Namah Sivaya. May the Masters continue to pour prana and harmony onto the Sao Paulo Sivananda Centre. Om Shanti Shanti to all the Sivananda family. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel

Om Namah Sivaya. In early March a new Yoga 1 and Meditation 2 course started with nice numbers. Registration for the upcoming workshops with Swami Shambhudevananda proceeded very nicely. The garden received a supply of new plants and was looking colorful and fresh. We had a very successful Open House. Over 70 people joined us for Satsang, meals and yoga classes. The energy was happy and joyful. During one Sunday evening Satsang, Swami Shambhudevananda talked about the spiritual meaning of the Purim holiday, during which people dress up in customs, similar to halloween. It was very interesting and inspiring. May the Master’s grace be with all. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

Om Namah Sivaya. In early March we held a Pawanmukta Asana workshop navigated by a Vedanta teacher Yashashvin. The students enjoyed the joint-relaxing method with slow movement. ShantiDevi gave a Puja workshop for which keen students brought flowers and prasad, turning out a beautiful time to learn about Bhakti Yoga. Many students stayed at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. On the other hand, some enjoy a walk in the park since we have cherry blossoms in full bloom in Tokyo. May Master and Swamiji’s grace be with all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya. In early March we did some boutique reorganizing and washed all meditation pillows. Several schools responded with further interest in classes and we arranged class for one of their mental health initiatives. Maheswari finished Bhagavad Gita course with a group of very inspired students and started another new session right away. Gopala taught our international class in French and everyone loved it. He also upgraded our baking standards to the very high level.

COVID-19 Notice:
The Toronto Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre is closed at this time. In this challenging time, it is important that we don’t stop our spiritual practice, as that’s where we get our strength! Keeping that in mind, we will provide you with Yoga, Satsang and Courses support online. Visit: https://sivanandacanada.org/toronto

We send Om Namo Narayanaya to everyone. Pranams. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Om Namah Sivaya. In March the whole world was suffering of COVID-19, since Coronavirus is at its second phase in India, Govt of India motioned into high alert mode to control it from proceeding to Phase 3. Social places, Temples, Colleges, Schools, Shopping malls, Cinema theaters, etc are completely shut till 31st March to avoid mass gatherings. Some states in India are completely shut down or in curfew. The Trivandrum Centre also closed as per the government direction. As a result we offered free online classes for all who is locked down at home and need some help in this atypical time. Meanwhile, at the Centre all staff followed safety guidelines from the Ministry of Health of India, keeping distance, keeping cleanliness and sanitizing anything coming from outside. As we are not allowed to go out of the Centre, we have chance to go inward by keeping up our Sadhana. Keep up your Sadhana and prayer for one and all in the planet. Praying for world health and peace – OM NAMO NARAYANAYA.

COVID-19 Notice:
Due to the increasing frequency of NCV in our area we have been advised to keep the Centre closed until further notice. This is to ensure the safety of all our students. We will keep you posted as new developments occur. In the next few days we will start having classes and Satsangs on-line. Please stay connected.

We pray for one and all’s health in our large Sivananda family. Pranams to all from the Trivandrum Centre. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria

Om Namah Sivaya. In March the Vienna Centre staff became familiar with setting up and teaching classes online and were grateful for the support and guidance in this process. The feedback from the students and teachers was very positive and inspiring. We enjoyed connecting with many of them in a new way. Also winter curtains were stored away, the spring cleaning continued and the wall where pipes had been replaced was repaired and painted. The Satsangs from the Retreathouse in Reith were the highlight at the end of each day. We are grateful to be in this beautiful and protected place. OM.

COVID 19 Notice:

In view of the government’s latest measures to contain the coronavirus, the Sivananda Yoga Center Vienna will be closed from Saturday March 14th until further notice. All stripe cards, flat rate cards and current courses will be extended as soon as the center is open again.

Visit our live online yoga classes via zoom video switching. So you can roll out the mat at home and continue your practice in an interactive yoga class! Please contact us directly for questions and tips for Yoga @ Home:

Tel: 01 586 34 53
Email: [email protected]

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnuis, Lithuania

Om Namah Sivaya. In mid March when the Vilnius Centre closed we immediately started deeper cleaning of the Centre, washing, doing postponed office projects, editing some books. We hope that with the help of quarantine situation at least one book will be prepared for printing. Quite soon the idea of teaching online started to unfold, the preparatory work engaged the mind greatly and it was very interesting to learn new technical things. So other projects were bit postponed as we fully concentrated on setting up the teachings online. We started with the three classes. Many students registered for the classes. It was a good idea as we had the opportunity to meet our students in Zoom online and even talk a bit after the class. Every day we called our teachers and students, asking about their situation, encouraging them to attend the classes and Satsangs online and to stay connected. A few newsletters were sent out. The Satsangs from Reith online allowed us to feel like a family and derive strength and faith for everyday work and Sadhana. Health and Peace to all.

COVID-19 Notice:
The Sivananda Yoga Centre in Vilnius closed since Friday, March 13, according to the latest government anti-coronavirus measures. Starting March 19 we offer free live yoga classes through Zoom Video Communications. Sign up here: https://www.sivananda.lt/ So you will be able to roll your rug at home and continue your yoga practice with an interactive lesson! Contact us if you have questions or need tips on how to practice yoga at home.

Phone: +370 6 487 2864
Email: [email protected]

With best wishes for health and peace! OM.

When the mind wanders, repeat some Stotras (Spiritual Verses), hymns, verses from the Gita and the Upanishads. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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APRIL 2020

02 Ramanavami
04 Ekadasi
08 Full Moon (Hanuman Jayanti)
14 Vishu (Malayalam New Year)
18 Ekadasi
22 New Moon

MAY 2020

03 Ekadasi
07 Full Moon
18 Ekadasi
22 New Moon

Keep your heart tranquil, pure, empty of desires and thoughts. – Sri Swami Sivananda

Glossary

OM (AUM):

This sacred syllable, sometimes written AUM, is the original mantra. The Sanskrit letter represents the journey of the human spirit towards eternal peace.

OM is everything.
OM represents all.
OM is the basis of your life, thought and intelligence.
OM is the name or symbol of God, Isvara or Brahman.
OM is your real name. OM covers all the threefold experiences of man.
OM stands for all the phenomenal worlds.
From OM this sense-universe has been projected.
The World exists in OM and dissolves in OM (AUM).

AUM: “A” represents the physical plane, “U” represents the mental plane and astral planes, the world of spirits, all heavens, “M” represents the deep sleep state, and all that is unknown even in your wakeful state, all that is beyond the reach of the intellect.

All words which denote the objects are Centred in OM. Hence the World has come from OM, rests in OM and dissolves in OM. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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