Hatha Yoga Tip VRKSASANA - TREE - A standing balance posture - Beginner and intermediate level Sanskrit: vriksa or vriksha (वृक्ष, vṛkṣa) meaning "tree" and asana (आसन) meaning "posture". Begin by standing straight and focus on a spot in front of you. Transfer your balance to one leg while breathing slowly and standing firm on the foot. Lift the other foot to place it flat on the inner thigh of the standing foot. Use your hand to help place the foot in the correct position. Your knee will be bent at a right angle [...]
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Sivananda Yoga FAQ Q 1: What is the difference between Japa and meditation? A: Japa is silent repetition of the Name of the Lord. Meditation is the constant flow of one idea of God. When you repeat Om Namo Narayanaya, this is Japa of the Vishnu Mantra. When you imagine the conch, disc, mace and lotus flower in the hands of Vishnu, His ear-rings, the crown on His head, His yellow silken Pitambar, etc., this is meditation. When you think of the attributes of God such as omniscience, omnipotence, etc., this is also meditation. [...]
Vegetarian Cuisine CORN FRITTERS This recipe utilizes chick pea flour and whole wheat flour with corn for a tasty snack item. Can be served with chutney. Makes 24-30 small fritters. Ingredients: • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour • ½ cup chick pea flour (besan flour) • 2 ¼ cups fresh corn kernels (cut off cobs) or canned corn kernels, drained • 4-6 fresh green chilies (optional) • ½ teaspoon turmeric • 1 teaspoon salt • ¼ teaspoon pepper • Juice of 1 lemon • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and [...]
Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Sivananda Headquarters, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada Om Namah Sivaya, Greetings from the Headquarters. During April we enjoyed teaching the online classes and reaching students who are sometimes connecting with us from another part of the globe. We introduced 21 home Sadhana challenge program in order to inspire students to practice regularly. The program worked very well as many students appreciated being connected to teachers to guide them daily in their practice. We recorded some inspiring kirtans that will be part of our [...]
Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany Om Namah Sivaya! In April the Centre was closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Online classes were well visited as well as the online Satsangs which were transmitted from Reith. Highlight was the first Online Easter Retreat. The Centre was involved in the technical part of the meetings and all went very well. Many students from the Centre participated. The Retreat uplifted us all, staff were participating in many activities. The virtual community with all Swamis, staff, teachers and so [...]
Gurugram May 2020 | Preface Greetings from the Sivananda Headquarters. NEWS Presently, we are in the most difficult period of our lifetime with this strange COVID-19 virus pandemic. Our prayers and hearts goes out to everyone as we watch COVID-19 bring, not just one country but the entire World to a stand still. In the beginning of this pandemic, humanity was in shock and disbelief how quickly this virus could spread. Every Sivananda location worldwide was shut down overnight. In the quiet we were reminded of Master and Swamiji's teachings - when everything is [...]
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 [...]
Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Sivananda Headquarters, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada Om Namah Sivaya, Greetings from the Headquarters. In March the COVID related seclusion and lockdown has taken a new turn for us. We had only one guest staying with us. While she was here, she was given personalized attention and classes for asanas, philosophy, kirtan and any interaction she needed. She was attended by Jagadamba, Bhavana and Swami Vairagyananda for classes. Finally, the guest left promising to come back as soon as the Ashram reopens. Now [...]
Vegetarian Cuisine CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES These vegan truffles are the perfect Prasad. Makes 20 large or 40 small. Ingredients: • 2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar • 1/2 cup chopped nuts • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder • 4 tablespoons coconut oil • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1 to 2 tablespoons soy milk • Hot chocolate mix for coating Directions: 1. Combine the confectioners sugar, chopped nuts, cocoa powder, margarine, and vanilla extract in a bowl. Slowly add the soy milk; the mixture should be sticky, but not runny. 2. Chill until firm, then form [...]
Sivananda Yoga FAQ Q 1: What is Vairagya? A: Vairagya is the opposite of raga. It is dispassion or non attachment. It is indifference to sensual objects herein and hereafter. Vairagya thins out the fatty sensual mind. It turns the mind inward (antarmukh vritti). This is the most important qualification for an aspirant. It is the one and the only means to enter into nirvikalpa samadhi. There are four stages in vairagya: 1. Yatamanam. This is an attempt not to allow the mind to run into sensual grooves. 2. Vyatirekam. In this stage some [...]