Gurugram January 2023 | Preface Om Namah Sivaya Blessed Self The Acharyas, swamis and staff members of the Sivananda organisation wish you a new year filled with expansion, inspiration and determination to move forward in your sadhana! May the blessings of the Divine and our Masters be with you and your family at this special time. Times continue to be challenging as we know, and strength is needed to maintain our faith and discipline. But together we can remain inspired and determined. The Christmas and New Year Celebration were a time of joyful sharing [...]
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Vegetarian Cuisine PAYASAM Ingredients: 1 litre (1 ¾ pints) milk or soya milk 3 cardamom pods 75 g (3 oz) basmati rice, rinsed 2 tablespoons cashew nut pieces 3 tablespoons raisins 125 ml (4 fl. oz) date syrup or honey Preparation: 1. Bring the milk almost to the boil in a pan, reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently. 2. Remove the seeds from the cardamom pods, discarding the husks. Crush the seeds slightly and add to the milk. Add the rice, cashew nuts and raisins. Cover the [...]
Hatha Yoga Tip CROW – Kākāsana – Beginner Strengthening the arms and the shoulder girdle is a main concern in any physical exercise programme. Instead of using weights, the Yogis developed balancing asanas such as Crow and its variations. In these, the body weight shifts from the feet, legs and hips to the hands, arms and shoulders. Relax afterwards in Child’s Pose. Benefits: PHYSICAL • Helps to develop strength and flexibility in the wrists • Strengthens the tricep muscles • Strengthens the shoulder muscles MENTAL • When you are practising this pose, you have [...]
Sivananda Yoga FAQ Q: Why should we believe in God? A: Belief in God is an indispensable requisite for every human being. It is a sine qua non. Owing to the force of Avidya or ignorance, pain appears as pleasure. The world is full of miseries, troubles, difficulties and tribulations. The world is a ball of fire. The Antahkarana (mind, intellect, ego and the subconscious mind) charged with Raga (attachment), Dvesha (hatred), anger and jealousy are a blazing furnace. We have to free ourselves from birth, death, old age, disease and grief. This can be done [...]
Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada Om Namah Sivaya. The first week of December passed by like a short moment. The TTCs did very well and kept up their positive attitude in learning and being together. We were happy to have all except one student taking mantra initiation, which was an uplifting moment for all of us. The Krishna Temple was filled with the calmness of everyone who took part in it. The Kriya workshop saw quite a few students doing all the [...]
Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany Om Namah Sivaya. The month started well with a Yoga Beginners course, some higher courses, as well as Meditation and Thought Power. The courses all ran well with students who were inspired to learn and evolve. Students like the continuous practise in fixed groups. Many Karma yogis supported the Center throughout December to prepare for the upcoming special program in January: furniture was moved, deep cleaning projects and several maintenance tasks were done. We also had a very successful [...]
Gurugram December 2022 | Preface The year is already coming to an end, and it is a good time to reflect on the lessons it brought, to learn and grow from them and move forward on our path with renewed determination. Swami Sivananda said that at the end of the year, one should take the inventory of one’s actions, reflect what qualities have been developed, and check whether our mind has become more balanced. He invites us to study the balance sheet of our karma. As the world continues to move through great challenges, [...]
Sivananda Yoga FAQ Q: What is the easiest way for concentration? A: Japa of the Name of the Lord. And a very important point to bear in mind in this connection is that perfect concentration is not achieved in just a day; you should never despair and give up your efforts. Be calm. Be patient. Do not worry yourself if the mind wanders. Be regular in your Japa; stick to the meditation hour. Slowly the mind will automatically turn Godward. And once it tastes the bliss of the Lord, nothing will be able to shake it. [...]
Hatha Yoga Tip CRESCENT MOON - Añjaneyāsana – All Levels This asana stretches the hip flexors (iliopsoas) in the pelvis, which are often shortened due to our sedentary lifestyle, and cause stiffness in the lower back. Relax afterwards in the child’s pose. Beginner: 1. Kneel on the floor, then take your right foot forwards between your hands. Stretch your left leg back, placing your left knee on the mat. Keep your front calf vertical. Breathe slowly and rhythmically. 2. Inhale, and take your hands in front of your chest in Prayer Position. Keep your [...]
Vegetarian Cuisine PLUM PUDDING Ingredients: 200 g (7 oz) chopped dates 200 g (7 oz) raisins 200 g (7 oz) currants 200 g (7 oz) sultanas 100 g (4 oz) prunes, chopped 100 g (4 oz) mixed peel 225 g (8 oz) Barbados sugar (or use extra dates and barley malt syrup instead) ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg ½ teaspoon mixed spice 175 g (6 oz) wholewheat breadcrumbs 50 g (2 oz) chopped almonds 225 g (8 oz) vegetable suet 50 g (2 oz) wholewheat flour 285 ml (9 ½ fl oz) orange juice, [...]