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Gurugram February 2018 | Preface

Blessed Self,
Om Namah Sivaya

With the guidance of Master Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda, 2018 has already has brought high energy into the Sivananda Ashrams and Centres around the globe. Already there’s an abundance of students signing up for the 2018 TTCs and ATTCs. The enthusiasm for seeking Peace through Yoga will be felt from Nassau to Neyyar Dam, from Garopaba to Grass Valley.

What point of yoga would you like to explore in 2018?

ATTC and TTC courses continue to be offered simultaneously at Ashrams and pop-up retreat locations world wide, with an ever expanding number of students attending. The total number of teachers graduating from Swami-jis mission is now well above 45,000, thanks to the Swamis, Teachers and Karma Yogis around the globe.

Your Health?
A variety of life enhancing courses such as Yoga, Fasting and Detox courses; Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness courses; Yoga and Panchakarma courses are frequently offered this year. Visit to view and sign up for the diverse collection of these yoga related courses.

How about a Yoga Vacation away from the city life?
For the vacationer wishing to enhance their yoga practice, there are nine permanent yoga retreat locations worldwide, as well as the popular pop-up locations offered by several Sivananda Yoga Centres. Visit to choose from one of the permanent locations, while pop-up retreat locations can be found by contacting your local Sivananda Yoga Centre.

Looking to deepen your Spiritual Journey?
There are 10 Sadhana Intensive courses in 2018. There is also an enriching Yatras/pilgrimage planned in South India in late 2018; a deep and inspiring forty-one day spiritual practice session, the Sivananda Sadhana Mandalam, offered mid year; not to forget an abundance of health and wellness Ayurveda courses around the World. Visit

We wish you all a deep Sadhana practice. May Master and Swamiji’s blessings be with us always in 2018.
Pranams to all.

You cannot practice Ahimsa (Non-Violence) without practicing Truth. – Sri Swami Sivananda

Upcoming Courses

Feb 03 – Mar 02/18
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas 11 – Mar 10/18
TTC – English
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, South India 17 – Mar 17/18
TTC – English
London, England
teachers_training_UK.htmlFeb 24 – Mar 25/18
TTC – Deutsch English Español Français Italiano
Rudraprayag, Himalayas, North India

Feb 24 – Mar 24/18
TTC – English 日本語 中文 台語 Tiếng Việt
Da Lat, Vietnam

Mar 03 – Apr 01/18
ATTC – Deutsch English Español Français
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India

Mar 04 – Apr 01/18
TTC – Espaňol
Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina

Mar 07 – Apr 03/18
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas 11 – Apr 08/18
TTC – English
Woodbourne, NY, USA 18 – Apr 14/18
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India 05 – May 03/18
TTC – English, Deutsch
Mittersill, Hohe Tauren, Austria

Apr 06 – May 03/18
ATTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas

Apr 06 – May 03/18
TTC – English, עברית
Nassau, Bahamas

Apr 08 – May 05/18
TTC – English
Netala, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, North India

2019 TTC courses can be viewed here on the NEW Sivananda website.

See the full list of other international courses and events:

If you are established in Ahimsa (Non-Violence), you have attained all virtues. – Sri Swami Sivananda

Raja Yoga

Discourse IV: “Kaivalya Pada- On Realization”

Introduction to the Fourth Chapter
The final chapter of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga Sutras discusses ‘kaivalya’, liberation or independence. The full-blown yogi develops perfect discrimination, or the ability to distinguish the Real from the unreal. He is no longer addicted by the three gunas of nature, and can distinguish ‘Purusha'(Soul) from ‘Prakriti'(nature).

“Siddhis” are attained as a result of birth, medicinal herbs, Mantras, austerities or “samadhi”(Super-Consciousness)’.

Siddhis that are brought into the present life by birth indicate their attainment in a previous life, but it does not guarantee that the individual is making proper use of them in this life. Those gained through chemical means are not necessarily associated with any level of spirituality at all, and can be easily governed by the ego. Siddhis achieved by Mantra repetition or tapas, austerities, are generally of a very high order as long as they are performed for attaining God-Realization rather than personal or material gain. Powers that come from ‘samadhi’ are the purest, for they come to the aspirant without being desired. It must be remembered that siddhis are not the aim but a by-product of the path to God-Realization.

Empty yourself of you egoism then the Divine will fill your heart to the brim. – Sri Swami Sivananda

Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter XII: The Yoga of Devotion


(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
Fix thy mind on Me only, thy intellect in Me, (then) thou shait no doubt live in Me alone hereafter.


If thou art unable to fix thy mind steadily on Me, then by the Yoga of constant practice do thou seek to reach Me, O Arjuna!

Equip yourself with these means: Hear. Reflect. Meditate. Then alone can you have Self Realization. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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Spiritual Calendar


11      Ekadasi
13      Maha Sivarathri
15      New Moon
26      Ekadasi

MARCH 2018

01      Full Moon
02      Holi
13      Ekadasi
17      New Moon
25      Ramanavami
27      Ekadasi


MOHA: infatuation or delusion; subtle desires leading to egoism

The ignorance that prevents the understanding of Truth; the obstacle(s) of the Truth. In the “Hatha Yoga Pradipika,” Moha is described as infatuation of the material that clouds the mind in search of Truth. Hatha Yoga is seen as one method of overcoming these obstacles to the Truth.

A pure heart is necessary to know the Will of God. – Sri Swami Sivananda