Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya. There will be no classes in the Berlin Yoga Centre until further notice. The yoga shop is open and we are still there for you by phone and email. Call us if you have any questions: 030 85 99 97 98 Let yourself be inspired by what online yoga has to offer. We wish everyone health and inner strength.

Meanwhile the online classes and online courses were well visited in March by the Berlin students. Many students of the Centre participated in the Online Sivaratri Celebration. Everybody was happy to be able to celebrate this event together. Online classes and courses continued with good participation. The lockdown in Germany was extended into April. Staff are all well, teaching online from Berlin and Reith. OM.

http://www.sivananda.org/berlin

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

Om Namah Sivaya. The Buenos Aires Centre offers face-to-face on-site classes on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 7pm and Sundays 5pm. There is a beautiful and spacious room, with the appropriate sanitary measures – a space to connect with you! We will wait for you! Any sum you can contribute will be grateful from the heart. You can contact us for any questions about practicing yoga at home through e-mail: [email protected] or by calling 11 4804 7813. Continue your  practice from your homes. For any queries do not hesitate to contact us. If changes or news arise, we will inform you. We salute you with a fervent desire for peace and health for all. We hope you are all well. Pranams. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/baires

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China

Om Namah Sivaya from Chengdu. We prayed for the students, by Guru’s Grace. We also prayed the whole world will go through this crisis with blessings from Lord Siva and Gurus. May Guru’s Grace bless everyone. Om Shanti. Om.

http://www.sivanandayogachina.org

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre. We are happy to announce that we are open. Our Centres and Ashrams are following MHA guidelines closely to ensure the safety and comfort of all. The continued practice of social distancing and limited class sizes are to meet these requirements. These guidelines will be posted in all our Centres and Ashrams. Please familiarize yourself with these safety precautions: MOH Guidelines for Yoga Institutions. We look forward to having you at the Centre and practicing together. We are also continuing online classes. Please visit www.sivananda.org.in/online-yoga for online classes.

For the beginning of March the main highlight was the 30 days weight loss program, 6 people have signed up. We also started a morning Beginners’ Yoga with 5 people. We were all happy to welcome back Gopan from Neyyar Dam Ashram. We celebrated Mahasivarathri by chanting whole night, proper Covid measures were followed as per the Ministry of Health. Surprisingly our Kid’s class numbers rose amid the Covid situation in Chennai. As we are facing the second wave of the virus ,there is a slight chance for another lockdown in the month of May. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been followed by us. People from the department of health visited the Centre weekly to make sure we were maintaining the Covid protocols. We conducted a workshop on headstands which attracted quite a number of students. On the same day we did our first Instagram live, with Uma Natarajan, a senior teacher. We had a live Q & A session on the topic Five Points of Yoga. We had an enchanting Sunday evening Satsang, led by Gopan along with our staffs, students & families.

In mid March, 15th Monday we started three Beginners’ Yoga batches (both online and in-person) with few students. Kalki went to Madurai Ashram. Main highlight was the online weekend workshop on the topic Nourishing Nutrition, conducted by Suneetha Sapur, a clinical Nutritionist who has worked as a consultant at Apollo Hospitals and Microsoft. The workshop went well, it was quite an interactive session with 15 participants. Apart from that, we continued our regular chanting of Om Namo Narayanaya every evening, Vishnu Sahasranama on Thursdays & Lalitha Sahasranama on Fridays. We concluded each week with a Satsang. All our staff are happy & doing their Sadhanas. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/madras

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

Om Namah Sivaya from the Chicago Centre. We are grateful to the Gurus for continuing to protect and inspire our Sadhana. We wish you awareness of Guru’s Grace. Join us online for courses, studies, Satsangs and yoga classes. Take good care! Om and prem.

http://www.sivananda.org/chicago

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam

Om Namah Sivaya from the beautiful DaLat Centre. With thanks to Guru’s blessing, our Centre maintained strong energy to serve the community in March. All of the classes went well.

Our Centre held the strong energy to serve the community. All classes went well in early March. Beginners’ Yoga courses and online pranayama meditation practice classes continued smoothly with positive feedback. We will have a 3-day course on proper diet and a Yantra painting and meditation workshop.

By mid March, Thanks to Guru’s blessings, our Centre kept strong energy to serve the community. We had a 3-day proper diet workshop and a yantra painting and meditation workshop. We had Sunday Satsang with Swami Narayanananda. We also offered a basic Ayurveda course and a 108 rounds of Surya Namaskar workshop and a vegetarian cooking class. We hosted 1 resident for 4 nights. She was very helpful and enjoyed her stay very much. Shakti Devi ended her term. We welcomed Nirmala back to the Centre. Nishtha and Hamsa Devi also came to support the Centre. Tirtha participated in the Gentle Yoga Teacher Training Course in the Ashram. We did our best to keep our Sadhana strong and maintain energy. We pray for Guru’s grace and blessings. Om.

https://sivanandayogavietnam.org

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DWARKA Centre, Delhi, India

Om Namah Sivaya to all. We are happy to inform you that our Centre is open. We look forward to practicing together. We’ll also be continuing with our online classes, courses & programs. For details, please visit www.sivananda.org.in/online-yoga The staff are well at the Centre. May Master and Swamiji bless all in continuing on the yogic path. Om.

In March some highlights were, we started a “Beginner Batch” in the morning and evening. The daily schedule of Dwarka Centre is, from Monday to Friday time intervals are: 6 to 7:30 am, 8 to 9 am, 10 to 11:30 am, 4 to 5:30 pm and 6:30 to 8 pm. At weekends we skip the early morning class and provide the 8 am to 9:30 class. The rest is the same on Saturday. On Sunday we just provide a class from 8 am to 9:30 am and a free trial class from 10 to 11:30 am. We’re also providing online classes (Kids, Beginners’, Open) which were conducted online and onsite. All of these classes were provided by the Centre. The staffs of the Sivananda, Dwarka take care of the Centre by doing some Karma Yoga like (mopping, dusting, cleaning statues). The staffs play an important role in keeping the Centre clean and green by gardening. The most important is to work at the reception where we show people “the path of yogic life”. We provided a free trial class with every Sunday for connecting people with the path of Sivananda Yoga and Vedanta. We were also set-up online/offline Satsang every Sunday at 6 pm. In which “Native Indians”, as well as people from abroad, join the Satsang. People’s who live nearby also joins the Satsang and we provide them with some holy offerings.

http://www.sivananda.org/dwarka

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta NATARAJA Centre, Delhi, India

Greetings from Sivananda Nataraja Centre. We are happy to announce that we are now open. Our Centres and Ashrams are following MHA guidelines closely to ensure the safety and comfort of all. The continued practice of social distancing and limited class sizes are to meet these requirements. These guidelines will be posted in all our Centres and Ashrams. Please familiarize yourself with these safety precautions: MOH Guidelines for Yoga Institutions. We look forward to having you at the Centre and practicing together. We are also continuing online classes. Please visit sivananda.org.in/online-yoga for online classes. Please stay connected – https://sivananda.org.in/delhi/

We started March with a Beginners’ Yoga course at 6.30am & 4pm and also started a weekend Meditation course with good number of students. The number of participants in open classes increased gradually. On 11th March we celebrated Maha Sivaratri. We diligently followed the SOP in all the classes and poojas in the Centre, issued by Ministry Of Health Govt. Of India. On line classes also did well.

By mid March we started a Beginners’ Yoga course at 10am. The weekend Meditation course is going on smoothly. The number of students in open class is increasing. The new staff Bharti and Priyank Singh started teaching open classes and gentle yoga. PC Kapoor returned to the Centre after teaching TTC at Madurai. With the Grace of Gurus, the Nataraja Centre and staff did well this month. Pranams to all. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/delhi

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

Om Namah Sivaya. We continued with online activities. The staff also participated in the European online workshops, classes and Satsangs. With best wishes for health and peace. OM.

http://www.sivananda.org/geneva

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Om Namah Sivaya. In early March the Hochiminh Centre was back to a normal schedule after reopening. We started the new yoga restorative class, taught by Jagadamba with 7 students attending. Open classes and the Beginners’ Yoga course continued slowly back to normal with regular attendants. Our staff was so blessed to be able to go to the Dalat Ashram during Sivaratri to celebrate the festival. Another highlight was a weekend Satsang with 25 attendants. We are happy to be able to share and to serve others following Gurus’s mission.

All the Centre’s activities went back to normal by mid month. Classes and Satsangs were receiving more students. All the special classes, such as Yoga for Cancer Survivor patients, Restorative Yoga, Beginners’ Yoga course continued to have good number of attendants. We finished the Beginners’ Yoga course taught by Karunadevi, and started the new Beginners’ Yoga course taught by Phuong Thu – our karma yogi. We pray for everyone’s health and inspiration to keep practicing and teaching! May the Sivananda family worldwide be safe and continue the wonderful teachings, in all ways possible. Om.

https://sivanandayogavietnam.org/ho-chi-minh-center/

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England

Om Namah Sivaya. The London Centre is temporarily closed for onsite classes. We currently offer online classes and courses. You can reserve your online yoga class or course via MindBody. For more information, please call us on +44 (0) 208 780 0160 or if would like to receive our daily newsletter.

Online in March we repeated 108 times the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra collectively with our online students, for healing and protection of our fellow human beings. With the warmer days coming, more attention was brought to our Peace Garden. Two karma yogis of the Centre, Marian and Sasha, put their heart and soul into anything that can help make our garden thrive. A number of new courses were planned for the upcoming weeks: Stress Management, Positive Thinking, Meditation, Cooking and Beginners’ Yoga. Jaya will teach some of the Beginners’ Yoga courses. Savitri will teach everything else. We enjoyed a beautiful celebration of Maha Sivaratri. We performed 2 Pujas, following the online Pujas guided by Yagneswara Dixit, and joined in for the rest of the celebration with our Ashrams in Reith and Orléans. 5 students came here to participate in the energy of the Centre. Ragunath Manet shared a very inspiring and lively Indian dance workshop. We were looking forward to his course.

As March marched on everything continued to go well at the London Centre, still in the context of a national lockdown. We continued with the chanting of the weekly Om Namo Narayanaya, together with the Paris Centre. We offer a short and sweet kirtan workshop right after, a moment spent in the soothing energy of bhakti, and to which we were very much looking forward to each week. We also chanted the Maha Mrityunjaya 108 times at least once weekly with whoever wants to join amongst our students. Marian and Sasha became as active as the birds in the opening Spring season: they appear more often to take care of Swami Vishnudevananda’s Peace Garden. We had a nice little meeting and we will put some energy in producing a little bit of compost going forward. Still regarding the “garden department”, we bought two planters, handmade by a local carpenter. We look forward to starting the planting and growing some new plants. We followed the lovely online workshop with Indian dancer and artist Raghunath Manet, who always shares his contagious energy and enthusiasm for Indian classical culture – a beautiful and joyful way to conclude the week. Weekends were very calm here at the Centre. May the Masters’ blessings and protection be with all of you, always. With best wishes for health and inner peace. Om Tat Sat. OM.

http://www.sivananda.org/london

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Om Namo Narayanaya. Blessed Sivananda Yoga Community, 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 our website for 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.

In March the LA Centre remained closed due to a surge in Covid cases, hence the LA Centre staff continued to live and teach from the Yoga Farm Ashram. All continued well with the online TTC. Days were full. Mentees were inspired. Swami Sivasankariananda made a quick trip to LA, dropping off Sivadas and picking up mail and boutique items at the Centre. She got back in time for a sweet Sivaratri celebration with three beautiful Pujas with Swami Vasishtananda. Many students joined online to obtain Siva’s blessings. A Yoga 2 online course finished. We were grateful for our weekly music classes with Hasu Patel. Hearts are light.

The days continued to be long and full as the TTC continued to grow strong. Students found their stride in the teaching groups. We celebrated the one-year anniversary of the 30-Day Pranayama Challenge! We sent Sivananda books to those who have been regular throughout. It had been wonderful and steady Sadhana group. We offered a Hip Opening workshop and the Art of Processing Emotions workshops. A Raja Yoga Sutras 2 course ended, as well as a Yoga 1. It is an honor to support this mission. May our reach grow wider and wider. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/la

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves! Enjoy Yoga at home. We offer you a wide schedule 7 days / week, always with live online classes. If you prefer now, you can also have an unlimited 24-hour pass. NEW! Access to recorded classes within subscriptions. Classes and courses continued in good spirits! We were happy to remain open despite the Corona situation in Madrid. Several online seminars started and students were tuning well to this mode of teaching. The TTC-OL continued with an inspired and open minded group. We looked forward to the next course on the 5th April.

In early March Sivaratri celebration brought lots of prana to the Centre, joining the online European program until midnight. The TTCOL second week went well and students were shining. Enrolments were received for the upcoming Easter Stress relief program in Almería, South Spain. Staff are well and sending our best wishes for health and peace. We were grateful to Master and Swamiji for inspiring so many souls on their path. Pranams to all. OM.

http://www.sivananda.org/madrid

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, India

Om Namah Sivaya to all. Due to the unpredictability of the on-going Covid-19 situation nationally and locally we have had to change our opening dates. We request that you contact your local Centres and Ashrams directly for their latest update. Free online Yoga classes, courses and programs are available during the Covid-19 pandemic. Boost your immune system by practicing all paths of Yoga to feel healthier and stronger in both body and mind. We thank our Masters for all blessings and support bestowed. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/madurai

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay

Om Namah Sivaya from the Montevideo Centre. During March the Centre’s activities continued to be very positive, both in person and online. We had a sunny start to the month with pleasant temperatures. Our students were very grateful to be able to take classes. Chandra taught a lot due to the absence of several teachers. We started a new Beginners’ Yoga course course with 13 students, taught by Dr. Padma. She continued with the Ayurvedic Counseling for Health Balance. Kanti Devi started an online Vedanta philosophy course. Students were very happy and grateful. They appreciated her clarity and simplicity in delivering this rich knowledge. Sivaratri was a great experience. The South American Centres joined the European Centres in part of the celebration. From this corner of the world we appreciated the beauty of Indian dance through the dancer Ragunath Manet. Then we participated in the Puja led from India by the priest Yagneswara Dixit. Then we began the transmission in Spanish with a Portuguese translation, where different stories of Lord Siva were related. Different teachers offered devotional songs and we ended with a beautiful arati. The reunion with many students and teachers, who do not participate regularly in our Satsang was very beautiful. We were united through devotion to the Lord Siva and our hearts were full of love and peace. We sincerely thank all the Swamis and staff who allowed us to carry out this beautiful spiritual celebration, overcoming the difficulties of place and time for the benefit of all. Online students were very happy with the classes and courses. We finalized the details for a next TTC online that will begin on April 5. We pray intensely for peace and harmony in this world. May the Grace of Gurudev and Swamiji be upon us all. Om Shanti. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/montevideo

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya and Greetings from the Montreal Centre! We have an extensive lineup of classes online.
Visit https://sivanandacanada.org/montreal/class-schedule/
Visit https://sivanandacanada.org/montreal/Covid-19-regulations/ for more information. May God’s grace and the teachers’ blessings always remain with us and guide us into being of impeccable service to the people around the world. Pranams to all. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/montreal

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya. The Munich Centre is closed because of the lockdown in Germany. All Staff are residing in the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House in Reith / Tyrol / Austria. Meanwhile students are thankful to participate in the online Satsangs, classes and courses. Let yourself be inspired by the extensive live online yoga offer. Call us if you have any questions: 089 700 9669 0 We wish everyone health and inner strength. OM.

http://www.sivananda.org/munich

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA

Om Namah Sivaya from Manhattan. The Centre remains closed as we wait for the government directives to restart operations. We successfully continued to teach classes and courses in conjunction with the Ranch Ashram and Chicago Centre. https://sivanandanyc.org/ We send our blessings for all to stay healthy, positive and strong in Sadhana! Join us online for courses, studies, Satsangs and yoga classes. May Gurudev’s blessings continue to light our path. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/ny

Centre de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta, Paris, France

Om Namah Sivaya. The Paris Centre continued to chant daily online the Om Namo Narayanaya for peace chant. We also chanted the mantra onsite with a group of students and karma yogis. The first part on the chanting online was with the whole world, led by Swami Kailasananda and the second part was led by the Centre’s staff. We ended the chanting session with meditation, Aarati and Prasad.

In early March Life gave us inspiration with the Celebration of Sivaratri and with the visit of Swami Kailasananda. For Sivaratri, there was a group of close teachers onsite. We chanted the mantra with the Sivananda family online, we offered two uplifting Pujas with the priest from Bangalore and we danced with Ragunath Manet from India. After the online celebration we continued to chant onsite, to dance, to do a last Puja and to meditate until the early morning. Everyone ate and helped to clean the house before leaving at six am after the curfew. Many teachers were there for the uplifting and cheerful Satsang given by Swamiji. She commented some inspiring words of Swami Sivananda on the topic of forgiving our mistakes and seeing them as a way of overcoming fear and of getting close to serenity, calmness and peace. We were a big family for that morning staff Satsang. We celebrated Ganapati’s birthday with an inspiring letter, Om Tryambakam, a gift and the practice of Ganesha mudra. Swamiji and Ganapati went back to the Ashram after the Satsang with the Indian food order in the car. For a public afternoon Sunday Satsang, we chanted the Sunday prayers and some inspiring words on the topic of alertness from Master Sivananda. We enjoyed chanting Om Namo Narayanaya for peace, daily. We continued to read the Gita in the mornings. We had an online meditation course with a little group of motivated students. The online positive thinking course level two continued with inspiring commentaries from the students. There were also two practical asana workshops onsite on the topics of spinal twist and forward bends. The students of the Monday’s gentle course appreciated their practice under the sunshine surrounded by the beautiful plants in the main hall. The Masters keep sending armies of karma yogis to support the running of the Centre and to put a dose of sattva in the house. Some close students stayed in the Centre over night to participate to the life of the Centre. We were all grateful for the opportunity to do collective Sadhana online, guided by the Acharyas, the senior staffs and the gurubais. We appreciated the courses, classes and Satsangs online. Sivaratri was still in the air. The mantra remained with us.

Mid March we were grateful to life for being able to open the Paris Centre, in spite of the new lockdown of the city. God gave us cheerful mornings with the practical courses in the Main hall. The participants of the courses appreciated their practice under the sunshine surrounded by beautiful plants. As usual we chanted Om Namo Narayanaya for peace, daily online accompanied by some teachers onsite. The afternoon courses and classes were very calm. In the evenings we had the regular online classes and courses, before the online Satsangs with Reith and Orleans. There was a stress management onsite course with Omkari and Girija. We had an asana workshop on the topic of relaxation and the regular meditation and positive thinking online courses. For the public Satsangs, we had many kirtans and some inspiring words from Swami Sivananda on the topics of attitude in adversity and application from ‘religious education’. The Masters keep sending precious help to support the Centre. Some close teachers came to stay one or two days with us. Spring was felt in the air. The plants in the Main Hall were blooming. We did many calls and sent personal e-mails to inform the students that the Centre will remain open. Everyone was happy to know that they could continue to come for Satsangs, courses and karma yoga.
May God and the Masters protect the Paris Centre. May the Divine Mother destroy all negativity and bring love and peace. May Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda continue to guide and to inspire all of us. With all our wishes for health and peace. OM.

http://www.sivananda.org/paris

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

Greetings from Porto Alegre. We remain united! Wishing to all of you health and peace. May all live under Master’s and Guru’s grace. Om Shanti. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/portoalegre

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves. The Roma Centre is closed and we are teaching only classes online. Share the new rules of behavior, be well and safe together. Sending Love and prana to all of you. OM.

http://www.sivananda.org/rome

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Sao Paulo, Brasil

Om Namah Sivaya. Om Shanti Shanti to all the Sivananda family. Centro Internacional Sivananda de Yoga e Vedanta Sao Paulo is temporarily closed. May Master and Swamiji bless us with patience in our personal studies and practice. May all be well. Om.

https://www.sivananda.org/saopaulo

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel

Om Namah Sivaya. The Tel Aviv Centre is closed and all courses are offered online.

In March Swami Shambhudevananda finished teaching the Bhagavad Gita course, on the sixth chapter. The students very much enjoyed an in depth and friendly explanation of the scripture. This was already the seventh workshop he has led on the Gita. Pranava Chaitanya continued to help students as a mentor with the online teacher training course(TTCOL). Despite all the challenges the students had a quick progress and became excellent teachers. Bhargavi Chaitanya opened a Yoga 3 course, where at the end of each lesson the students sang a few minutes of mantras accompanied by harmonium and then opened a message for the week from the Sivananda Upanishad. We opened a new whatsapp group of vegetarian yogic recipes in which an amazing recipes were sent every day. It gives a lot of inspiration to hundreds of students in order to encourage them for proper yogic diet. Some students already reported they tried the recipes and are enjoying the app very much. We celebrated the Mahasivaratri. We prepared 72 Prasads! All the teachers and karma yogis brought lots of fruits, Prasad and flowers. There was a very great abundance. It was an amazing celebration full of singing, devotion and blessings.

By mid March Parnava opened a Yoga 2 course. Bhargavi opened “The Power of Thought” course. This is a 4-session workshop based on the book by Swami Sivananda “How to Cultivate Virtues and Eradicate Vices”. Parnava opened a new meditation course with 16 students. The first time since Covid19 shut down, we opened a frontal course in the Centre.  We were very excited to see students returning to the Centre. A student of the Centre invited the staff to travel to the north of Israel. The staff had a wonderful guided tour of blossoming nature, fish, birds and other animals and enjoyed a wonderful weekend. The Centre remains closed due to the general lockdown. May the Master’s grace be with all. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/telaviv

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

Om Namah Sivaya. The Tokyo Centre’s doors are open, as well as Online.

During March the Tokyo Centre remained open, however, the Japanese Government declared an emergency, imposing restrictions for outing during the night time for Tokyo residents and the neighboring prefectures. To abide by this, the classes scheduled at night hours were offered online only.

We gave a workshop on Bhakti yoga in which we introduced 9 paths to cultivate Bhakti. We offered a TTC briefing session joined by good number of people, receiving many questions, which exhibits their high interest in the program. Yoga 1 was well in its progress. Machiko from the Shojiko Retreat Centre, accompanied by a cat, stayed here at the Tokyo Centre to help us with the class operation, etc.

Mid March Swami Sitaramananda gave a talk online in the evening Satsang one Sunday, in which Swamiji introduced the yogic lifestyle offered by SYVC and Ashrams available for people to practice it. It was a good opportunity for those who feel stressful and are unable to go out freely under this Covid-19 circumstance to rethink their own life. A 108-round Sun salutation workshop was held, by which we enjoyed dynamic movement and nice stretch of whole body in preparation for the Spring. We offered a workshop to learn how to play harmonium. Some of the students were not familiar with any musical instrument and some others are interested in kirtan, with all students committed to the practice. May Master and Swamiji’s grace be with all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.

http://www.sivananda.jp

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya. Toronto is in full lockdown. Due to new Ontario provincial government health measures the Centre had to close again. It is a preventative measure the government introduced in order to regulate the increase numbers of Covid cases. We continued to teach online, maintaining contact with our students and teachers. May Master and Swamiji’s blessings bring all good health and peace and that we continue to be useful for many. We send Om Namo Narayanaya to everyone. Pranams. Love to all. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/toronto

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Om Namah Sivaya. Due to the unpredictability of the on-going Covid-19 situation nationally and locally we have had to change our opening dates. We request that you contact your local Centres and Ashrams directly for their latest update. Join us through online classes, courses and programs online.

In March all our Courses and classes did well. A bit increase in student numbers are seen every week. A highlight of the month was Maha Sivaratri Celebration where we chanted Bhajans and Mantra Chanting of Om Namah Sivaya from 6 pm to 12 in the night. It was attended by our inside and outside teachers, along with our students. Around 45 people joined and enjoyed the Jagaran. We continued to schedule some online classes. We welcomed Natraj ji and Swami Gayatri Ma for conducting Sunday Satsang. The weather became hotter and hotter, to reach its peak by this month.

Mid March started with an Evening Beginners’ Yoga course with 7 students. Our Morning and Evening open classes were seeing more students. Everything was well and good at the Centre. We had a lot of deep cleaning in and around the Centre to ensure that all of our students felt secure while coming and practicing Yoga in the Centre. Yashpal went to Neyyar Dam Ashram to be part of the Inauguration of New TTC. Sunday Satsang was led by Mira with staff and few guests. All is well otherwise. Sending Prem and Om to all from our family of guests and staffs. Our thoughts are with you all and we pray that you keep well and positive during these challenging times. Keep up your Sadhana and prayer for one and around in the planet. Praying for world health and peace – OM NAMO NARAYANAYA. Please stay connected. [email protected]

http://www.sivananda.org/trivandrum

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria

Om Namah Sivaya. The Vienna Centre is closed because of the partial lockdown in Austria. Staff are in the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House in Reith/Tyrol in Austria. Students are thankful to participate in the online Satsangs, classes and courses. Let yourself be inspired by the extensive live online yoga offer.
Teachers support us with translating online-activities. For further details please see the weekly report of Reith. We visualize to open in spring and serve the students. The testing and the vaccination gives us hope.
Call us if you have any questions:
Tel: +43 (01) 586 34 53
Mobile / WhatsApp: +43 680 3127237
We wish everyone health and inner strength. OM.

http://www.sivananda.org/vienna

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnuis, Lithuania

Om Namah Sivaya. A good amount of our students and teachers stayed connected by zooming online courses, sessions and Satsangs from Austria.

http://www.sivananda.org/vilnius

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APRIL 2021

07 Ekadasi
12 New Moon
14 Vishu  (Malayalam New Year)
21 Ramanavami
23 Ekadasi
27 Full Moon  (Hanuman Jayanti)

MAY 2021

07 Ekadasi
11 New Moon
14 Akshaya Thritheeya (Vamana Incarnation)”
16 ADI SANKARA JAYANTHI
23 Ekadasi
26 Full Moon

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APANA – a vayu; the negative vital air; the opposite to prana (positive vital air)
Hatha Yoga means the Yoga or union between ‘Ha’ and ‘Tha’. ‘Ha’ means the sun. ‘Tha’ means the moon. Prana is known by the name of sun. Apana is known by the name of moon. Hatha Yoga is the union of the Prana and the Apana.

KUMBHAKA
– retention of breath during pranayama practice; a pause where there is no exhalation and no inhalation.
When both air currents are completely stopped, one is said to be in Kumbhaka. Through Kevala Kumbhaka, the knowledge of Kundalini arises. Kundalini is aroused and the Sushumna is free from all sorts of obstacles, attaining perfection in Hatha Yoga. You can practice this Kumbhaka three times a day. He who knows Pranayama and Kevala is the real Yogi. This Kumbhaka cures all diseases and promotes longevity.

Saturate your mind with divine thoughts. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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