Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany It was a busy August. We started a beginners course for Ukrainiens taught in Ukrainien language. It is a big group and the students are very grateful for this opportunity. Several other courses started, among them a yoga beginners course with an inspired group of newcomers eager to learn the basics of asanas and pranayama. Classes and satsangs were also well attended. We went on our annual summer retreat started in a wonderful location two hours north of Berlin [...]
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Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada End of July, marked the end of a very succesful Kids’ camp. To commemorate the two-weeks camp success, during the graduation ceremony, the children did a lively asana demonstration, chanted a kirtan and presented a small theatre play about Lord Hanuman. We were all delighted at their energy and self-discipline. The Teachers’ training course batch of July-August was completed on high notes. Some of the students stayed on for a few weeks as the karma yogis. There [...]
Sivananda Yoga FAQ Q: The senses are generally turned outside. It is said that if they are turned inside, one will be able to attain Mukti. What is meant by turning them inside? A: Now, think of Lord Rama and repeat Ram, Ram. When you mentally repeat Ram, keep a picture of Ram. The senses will be withdrawn. Now the eyes run towards objects and the ears run to various sounds. When you repeat Ram, Ram loudly, the ears hear only Ram, Ram; and they will not run. The inner eye will see only Ram’s picture. [...]
Vegetarian Cuisine Crispy granola This is lovely served with fresh yoghurt or simply as an alternative to home-made muesli. Serves 4. Ingredients: 3 tbsp maple syrup A few drops of vanilla extract 1 tbsp ground cinnamon 200g (7 oz) rolled oats 75g (2 ½ oz) oat bran 75g (2 ½ oz) sunflower seeds 60g (2 oz) pumpkin seeds 150g (5 ½ oz) raisins Preparation: 1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius (325 degrees Fahrenheit/Gas 3) 2. Mix the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon with 3 tbsp hot water. 3. Mix the oats, [...]
Hatha Yoga Tip Shoulderstand - Sarvāṅgāsana – Beginner and Intermediate The pressure of the chin against the chest and the inversion of the body in Shoulderstand creates the energy flow of Hatha yoga – the union in the solar plexus of the ascending ‘Ha’, or sun, energy with the descending ‘Tha’, or moon, energy. Always practise Matsyāsana (Fish) as the counterpose, then relax in Śavāsana (Corpse Pose) for at least eight breaths. BENEFITS Physical • Tones and revitalizes the thyroid and parathyroid glands. This improves and balances the metabolism of literally every cell in [...]
Gurugram September 2023 | Preface Om Namah Sivaya Blessed Self It was an eventful summer of celebrations : the Yoga Camp celebrated its 60th anniversary and the Ashram in France its 20th anniversary. Kantidevi, Swami Sitaramananda and Swami Sivadasananda spent some time at the Yoga Camp to be part of the celebration. Both events brought vibrant activity, high energy and very grateful students. The Yoga Ranch was also full of life and happy faces with a well attended TTC and successful guest programmes. There were sannyas and brahmacharya initiations in various ashrams. We welcome [...]
Gurugram July 2023 | Preface Om Namah Sivaya Blessed Self The highlight of this month was the celebration of the international Yoga day. Most centres and Ashrams organized special events, some programmes were held in conjunction with the Indian Embassies. Classes and asana demonstrations were held in many cities. The teachings of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda were received with much interest and gratitude. There was a sadhana intensive course at the Yoga Farm and the Yoga camp as well as a successful teen as well as Kids Camp at the Dalat Ashram. A [...]
Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada Om Namah Sivaya. We received two groups of students for the week-long retreat "Cultivate Good Habits". We were happy to see good interest and attendance in all activities. All students got a small task of Karma yoga and were helping in the kitchen, gardens and housekeeping daily. Different staff went to Montreal to give Satsangs, workshops, asana classes and just to help with any chores that needed to be done in the Centre. The weather is very [...]
Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany Om Namah Sivaya. Our courses and classes were well visited. Students like the regular practise. The weather is finally getting warmer and for the first time this year the class could be on the platform in the garden. On Thursday a meditation course for beginners started with an inspired group of new students. On the weekend we did a workshop on “How to Overcome Anger”. It attracted a good group of participants, all keen to learn about the topic. [...]
Hatha Yoga Tip Tree Pose – Beginner Standing on one leg demands concentration and single-mindedness rather than physical prowess. To help you find your point of balance, alternate your weight between your heel and toes. 1. Stand up straight, focusing on a spot in front of you for balance. Breathe slowly from your abdomen. Lift your left foot and place it against your right thigh. Point your left knee outwards. 2. When you feel secure in your balance, release the hold on your foot and place your hands in Prayer Position in front of [...]