Sivananda Yoga FAQ Q: How was it possible for Sri Sankaracharya to have devotion to Sakara Brahman when he was an Advaitin and his philosophical treatises prove that he believed in the nameless and formless One? A: It is because Jnana and Bhakti are essentially the same! Look at the various Stotras that he has composed. They indicate clearly that he had developed devotion to a very high degree. Atmanivedan or self-surrender leads to Jnana; and Jnana is synonymous with Para Bhakti. People nowadays condemn Bhakti and think that it is inferior to Jnana Yoga. They [...]
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Gurugram October 2023 | Preface Om Namah Sivaya Blessed Self May you stay well and focused on the Divine source. Om and prem Swami Kailasananda on behalf of the Acharyas of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta centres Join us for the monthly Sivananda "Meditation for a Peaceful Planet" on Sunday 5th of November, 2023 at 2pm CET. Check our website for information. https://sivanandaorleans.org/unite-for-a-healthy-planet Donations: Your donations and financial support would be very gratefully received by any of the International Sivananda Yoga Centres and Ashrams. Please contact any Sivananda Ashram or Centre on how to [...]
Gurugram November 2023 | Preface Om Namah Sivaya Blessed Self This month saw the uplifting celebration of Navaratri, dedicated to the glory of the Divine Mother. May her blessings, protection and compassion be with humanity at this difficult time on our planet. May Goddess Durga give us the strength and power to remove the ignorance and selfishness from our mind. May we be inspired by Goddess Lakshmi to focus on developing positivity, sincerity and humility. Finally, may Mother Saraswati grace us with the vision of the unity of all life. Our centres in Israel [...]
Sivananda Yoga FAQ Q: What is God? A: If I give you a good slap on your face, who knows that slap? That knower (Vetta), that knowing subject, is God. When a strong desire is satisfied or gratified, that blissful state wherein the mind finds rest is God. That which sparkles or glitters in your eyes is God. That which prompts you to think is God, the Lord of the mind. The source (Yoni) or support (Adhishthan) for your mind, Prana, senses and body is God. The tree exists. It shines. It gives delight. These three [...]
Vegetarian Cuisine Vegetable coconut curry This delicious curry is mild and sweet in flavour. It involves a little preparation the night before but is quick to make on the day. Serves 4 Ingredients: 150g (5 ½ oz) unsweetened organic desiccated coconut 125g (4 ½ oz) dried chickpeas, soaked overnight in 5oo ml (16 fl oz) water 3 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp coriander seeds ½ tsp fennel seeds 2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) 3 cardamom pods, seeds only ½ tsp ground cinnamon pinch ground cloves ½ tsp ground ginger 25g (1 oz) fresh root [...]
Hatha Yoga Tip Fish – Matsyāsana – All Levels Fish bends your spine in the opposite direction to shoulderstand and is the counterpose to the shoulderstand cycle. Spend at least half as much time doing fish as you spend doing shoulderstand. After you have practised fish, you will find that you experience a much deeper relaxation in the resting position of corpse pose. BENEFITS Physical • Relives stiffness in the neck and shoulders • Corrects any tendency to round the shoulders • Strengthens the arm muscles • Expands the rib cage • Helps to [...]
Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada Om Namah Sivaya We had a wonderful weekend for the Thanksgiving celebrations. Teachers from Montreal and Toronto joined the retreat and gave a lot of support for asana classes and various other karma yoga tasks. During Satsangs and lectures, we covered relevant themes such as Gratitude, Love, Service, Sadhana, Developing good Habits, Ultimate Wellbeing. All guests and staffs really enjoyed this very inspiring celebratory week-end. During the month, we held various other retreats "The Healing power of [...]
Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany The Navaratri Pujas were well visited; a good group of dedicated students joined all pujas in the morning. Students brought flowers and prasad; it was a very uplifting festival for all. We had special workshops such as “Yoga for the back”, “Easy yogic dishes” with enthusiastic groups of students. Staff were busy preparing for the weekend retreat, which was held in our usual retreat location 2h north of Berlin. The location is beautiful, very pure nature and we are [...]
Gurugram December 2023 | Preface Om Namah Sivaya Blessed Self We wish you strength and new insights in your sadhana. Om and prem Swami Kailasananda on behalf of the Acharyas of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta centres Join us for the monthly Sivananda "Meditation for a Peaceful Planet" on Sunday 7th January, 2024 at 2pm CET. Check our website for information. https://sivanandaorleans.org/unite-for-a-healthy-planet Donations: Your donations and financial support would be very gratefully received by any of the International Sivananda Yoga Centres and Ashrams. Please contact any Sivananda Ashram or Centre on how to proceed. [...]
Hatha Yoga Tip Corpse Pose: Śavāsana – Complete yogic relaxation Śavā means ‘dead body’. When one performs this āsana, it gives the appearance of a dead body. • The body should be straight; make sure that the head is not twisted to one side. • The back is flat on the ground. • Legs are straight but not tense. • Feet are at least 1/2 meter (2ft) apart. • Toes are relaxed and ‘falling’ out to the sides. • Arms are at a 45-degree (approximate) angle from the body. • Hands are relaxed with [...]