Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya. There is a TEMPORARY CLOSING OF THE BERLIN YOGA Centre from 2.11.2020
There will be no classes in the Berlin Yoga Centre until further notice. The yoga shop is open and we are still there for you by phone and email. Call us if you have any questions: 030 85 99 97 98 Let yourself be inspired by what online yoga has to offer. We wish everyone health and inner strength.
Meanwhile the November online courses and classes ran well. We continued teaching some of the online classes, shared with Reith. Students were grateful and many of them participated very regularly in the same class, reflecting their same routine as if the Centre was open. For the TTC Online the Berlin staff were part of the team with mentoring and translation. Around the house we prepared the garden for the winter and continued the painting project. The women’s changing room project started. A few close teachers were still able to come for Karma Yoga, supporting the Centre by cleaning, polishing altar brass and ironing. Best wishes for health and peace. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America
Om Namah Sivaya. While waiting for the go ahead to reopen the South American Sivananda Centres we are continuing yoga classes online. These classes are free, but we need to make a solidarity call to collaborate in the form of a donation or voluntary contribution that allows us to pay the rent, until the activity resumes. Any sum you can contribute will be grateful from the heart. You can contact us for any questions about practicing yoga at home through e-mail: [email protected]
or by calling 11 4804 7813. Continue your practice from your homes. For any queries do not hesitate to contact us. If changes or news arise, we will inform you. We salute you with a fervent desire for peace and health for all. We hope you are all well. Pranams. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China
Om Namah Sivaya from Chengdu. We prayed for the students, by Guru’s Grace. We also prayed the whole world will go through this crisis with blessings from Lord Siva and Gurus. May Guru’s Grace bless everyone. Om Shanti. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre. We are happy to announce that we are now open. Our Centres and Ashrams are following MHA guidelines closely to ensure the safety and comfort of all. The continued practice of social distancing and limited class sizes are to meet these requirements. These guidelines will be posted in all our Centres and Ashrams. Please familiarize yourself with these safety precautions: MOH Guidelines for Yoga Institutions. We look forward to having you at the Centre and practicing together. We are also continuing online classes. Please visit www.sivananda.org.in/online-yoga for online classes.
Meanwhile the city of Chennai was ** weather in early November. COVID positive cases keep rising. We started an Express Beginners’ Yoga batch, with 7 students. We held a wonderful celebration for Swami Vishnudevananda’s Mahasamadhi day. A special Puja was held in his remembrance and a great, Kerala-style feast was prepared and enjoyed by 30 people including our staffs. The number of students in the open class dropped due to heavy rain and the festive season. We welcomed PadmavathiJi & Rajeevnath. Celebrated Diwali in a low-key manner. A group of yogis accompanied by NirmalaJi, PadmavathiJi & Santhosha went to Tirupathi. We had our Sunday evening Satsang, led by Gopan, with a few of our old students attending along with our staff. We continued our daily chanting of Om Namo Narayanaya for peace and also VishnuSahasranama. Our staff ShanthiVijaya left home (9/11/2020) for Diwali.
We offered a Ganapathi Homam, celebrating the new Tamil month “KARTHIKAI”. The student numbers increased gradually. We tried new strategies in social media to improve our reach in a nearby radius. On 18th November Venugopala (Our Staff) left the Centre. We welcomed two Karma yogis (Priya & Sundaravarshini). Nirmala Chaitanya went back to Madurai for TTC, on the same day, staff member Shanthi returned to the Chennai Centre from her vacation. Our online classes with SivanandaIndia have come to an end, as we are decentralizing our online classes. We expected to start online classes from December. We had Sunday Satsang, led by Gopan. We continued our daily chanting of Om Namo Narayanaya for peace. All our staffs are happy & doing their Sadhanas. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
Om Namah Sivaya from the Chicago Centre. We are grateful to the Gurus for continuing to protect and inspire our Sadhana. We wish you awareness of Guru’s Grace. Join us online for courses, studies, Satsangs and yoga classes. Take good care! Om and prem.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
Om Namah Sivaya from the beautiful DaLat Centre. With thanks to Guru’s blessing, our Centre maintained strong energy to serve the community with all of the classes well attended in November. All of the classes went well. We had Yoga Kids courses with 7 children, a headstand workshop with 5 students, a deep relaxation Yoga with 1 student. Our Gentle Yoga class became more and more popular with 11 seniors joining the class now. We had a Calligraphy and Application to Mantra workshop and a Jaya Asana workshop. We went to the De Lat Ashram to attend the Homa for Swami Sita’s birthday. One residential student will be here for 2 weeks. We are doing our best to keep our Sadhana strong and maintain energy. We pray for Guru’s grace and blessings. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DWARKA Centre, Delhi, India
Om Namah Sivaya to all. We are happy to inform you that our Centre is open. We look forward to practicing together. We’ll also be continuing with our classes, courses & programs. For details, please visit sivananda.org.in/online-yoga The staff are well at the Centre. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta NATARAJA Centre, Delhi, India
Greetings from Sivananda Nataraja Centre. We are happy to announce that we are now open. Our Centres and Ashrams are following MHA guidelines closely to ensure the safety and comfort of all. The continued practice of social distancing and limited class sizes are to meet these requirements. These guidelines will be posted in all our Centres and Ashrams. Please familiarize yourself with these safety precautions: MOH Guidelines for Yoga Institutions. We look forward to having you at the Centre and practicing together. We are also continuing online classes. Please visit sivananda.org.in/online-yoga for online classes. Please stay connected – https://sivananda.org.in/delhi/ The staff are well at the Centre. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
Om Namah Sivaya. The Geneva Centre is closed.
We continued with online activities. The staff also participated in the European online workshops, classes and Satsangs. The main highlight in early November was the Deevali celebrations. Europe offered a combined online Satsang with all the European Centres, incl chanting and meditation. Ananta told the story of the battle of Rama and Ravana, symbolizing that light always wins over darkness. We also celebrated Ananta’s 50th birthday. We had a few online classes and Satsangs. With best wishes for health and peace. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Om Namah Sivaya. The Ho Chi Minh Centre is open.
In early November the Centre was blessed to have a busy month with students arriving regularly for open classes, courses, workshops and Satsangs. We started 3 new courses: Beginners’ Yoga, taught by Mangala; Pranayama and Kriyas, taught by Mahashakti; and Beginners’ Ayurveda, taught by Jagadama. We also offered the workshop Art of Concentration in Action, taught by Mahadevi.
As November progressed the Hochiminh Centre was blessed to have many students come for new courses such as: Beginners’ Yoga, taught by Staff Mahashakti with 11 students attending and the Beginners’ Ayurveda course taught by Jagadamba with 4 students attending. The Centre was full of Joy because of the devotional energy from the Kirtan Workshop, attended by a group of karma yogis and 25 attendants, led by Jagabamba. Last but not least we offered 2 trial classes on deep and consciousness relaxation which were taught by Chandhika with full room capacity. The Satsang and open classes continued to have many people come regularly. We all felt the divine mother blessing for all the staff and students on our path. We pray for everyone’s health and inspiration to keep practicing and teaching! May the Sivananda family worldwide be safe and continue the wonderful teachings, in all ways possible. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
Om Namah Sivaya. The London Centre is temporarily closed for onsite classes. We currently offer online classes and courses. You can reserve your online yoga class or course via MindBody. For more information, please call us on +44 (0) 208 780 0160 or if would like to receive our daily newsletter.
Meanwhile the staff looked forward with optimism and calmness to the next month and what it may bring. With best wishes for health and inner peace. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Om Namo Narayanaya. Blessed Sivananda Yoga Community, the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Los Angeles is closed until California businesses are cleared to reopen. This challenging time is our opportunity to turn inward, deepen our practice and keep our community strong and healthy. Through Satsang and our collective positive thoughts, we support each other and the world. Visit our website for our online offerings: daily yoga classes, workshops and courses, plus Satsangs with Acharya Swami Sitaramananda. Boost your immune system by practicing all paths of Yoga; feel healthier and stronger in both body and mind.
In November Swami Vishnu’s Maha Samadhi Day was honored by staff with a sweet Puja. We supported the last week of the online TTC by observing group teaching, mentoring and teaching the Prenatal and Children’s Yoga class as well as leading a Puja Workshop for the trainees. The radiance of the students at graduation shone through even on Zoom. Their eloquent testimonials were heartening. The festive Diwali Puja was offered online, as was a Yoga Nidra session the following day. Swami Sivasankariananda taught a two-hour Demystifying Meditation workshop for Ayurveda clients of Dr Bharathi. They were engaged and asked perceptive questions. Great to collaborate. A Positive Thinking Course ended and a Meditation 1 Course started. Our ninth 30-Day Pranayama Challenge began with a steady, interested audience. Our garage room renovation is nearing completion. New Seva Study volunteer Ishwari came out of quarantine. We were hearing of students who are struggling with loneliness. We were also hearing how students who are enrolled in courses look forward to connecting each week. May our reach grow wider. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves! Enjoy Yoga at home. We offer you a wide schedule 7 days / week, always with live classes. If you prefer now, you can also have an unlimited 24-hour pass. NEW! Access to recorded classes within subscriptions.
In November a meditation course was offered with 7 students. Also a new online anatomy webinar with Gopala saw 60 followers. Several housekeeping projects took place, clearing space and creating a new laundry area in small terrace. The TTCOL first week went very well. The spiritual highlight was the celebration of Diwali with 3 daily Pujas and an inspiring online Satsang with all the European Centres. Other online classes and courses continued with good attendance. A Yoga 1 presential course started with 6 students. Our focus was the international Zoom programs, with many interesting topics to translate. Staff are well. Sending our best wishes for health and peace. We were grateful to Master and Swamiji for inspiring so many souls on their path. Pranams to all. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, India
Om Namah Sivaya to all. Due to the unpredictability of the on-going COVID-19 situation nationally and locally we have had to change our opening dates. We request that you contact your local Centres and Ashrams directly for their latest update. Free online Yoga classes, courses and programs are available during the COVID-19 pandemic. Boost your immune system by practicing all paths of Yoga to feel healthier and stronger in both body and mind. We thank our Masters for all blessings and support bestowed. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
Om Namah Sivaya from the Montevideo Centre. The Montevideo Centre is open.
We started November with a special activity remembering Swamiji Vishnudevananda’s Mahasamadhi. Everything was prepared to do it online. The altar looked very beautiful, with many flowers and incense. Teachers and students from different countries participated. The ceremony was simple but at the same time carried out with a lot of love and respect. The week was sunny although the spring breeze was present every day. Classes at the Centre continued their normal course, despite the current situation in Uruguay. Infections from the pandemic increased and there was a general state of caution. We maintained strict sanitary protocol. We celebrated Diwali online. The Centre was illuminated as the Om Namo Narayanaya mantra was repeated. The ceremony was broadcasted from the meditation room which was very well attended and appreciated. The participants from their homes also lit their own candles, offered flowers while repeating the mantras. A very loving atmosphere was created during the event. Kanti Devi and Chandrashekar prepared everything with great care and affection. Dr. Padma also participated in the ceremony. The TTC online continued.
By mid November the weather was good, hot and sunny. The students followed their practice with great devotion, despite the fact that most of them have given up due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in our country. Dr. Padma continued with the Chair Yoga workshop. South American online Satsangs were very successful. We prayed intensely for peace and harmony in this world. May the Grace of Gurudev and Swamiji be upon us all. Om Shanti. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya and Greetings from the Montreal Centre! Visit https://sivanandacanada.org/montreal/COVID-19-regulations/ for more information. May God’s grace and the teachers’ blessings always remain with us and guide us into being of impeccable service to the people around the world. Pranams to all. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya. The Munich Centre is closed because of the partial lockdown in Germany. Staff are in the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House in Reith / Tyrol / Austria. Students are thankful to participate in the online Satsangs, classes and courses. From November 1st 2020, due to the lockdown, there will be no more on-site lessons at the Centre until further notice. Let yourself be inspired by the extensive live online yoga offer. Call us if you have any questions: 089 700 9669 0 We wish everyone health and inner strength. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
Om Namah Sivaya from Manhattan. The Centre remains closed as we wait for the government directives to restart operations. We successfully continued to teach classes and courses in conjunction with the Ranch and Chicago. We send our blessings for all to stay healthy, positive and strong in Sadhana! Join us online for courses, studies, Satsangs and yoga classes. May Gurudev’s blessings continue to light our path. Om.
Centre de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta, Paris, France
Om Namah Sivaya. The Paris Centre continues to give its courses online. Face-to-face classes are suspended until further notice following recent decrees related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During November the Paris Centre remained closed. God gave us an uplifting week with the beautiful celebration of Divali online by the Sivananda family in Europe and the Pujas led by the priest from Bangalore. The Paris’ students were very grateful to the Sivananda family for the precious daily programs online. The students were present for the Satsangs, the Pujas, the mantra chanting, the courses, the workshops, the lectures, the special programs and the asana classes. Many of the students went online with Orleans, entrusting to God their relatives chanting the Maha Mrtyunjaya Mantra for their protection. Over 140 Paris’ students were there for the Fire of Yoga. Daya and Vyasa took care of the plants and they continued to put a dose of sattva in the house. Vyasa continues to support the Centre with the links and the changes in the mindbody platform. The Centre was happy to welcome Sivakami who stayed few days in the Centre before going to India to see her family. Her father passed away the day of her departure. Swami Kailasananda guided and helped her to be at peace. The teachers and close karma yogis appreciated the personal greetings and invitations for a weekend’s program. During this gentle November Fall, surrounded by multi coloured leaves, we are united by the Sadhana.
The Paris’ students continue to participate actively in all the classes, Satsangs, mantra chanting, courses, special programs and activities proposed by the Sivananda Organization. Practicing online keeps the Paris’ family together. Everyone feels very grateful. May the Divine Mother destroy all negativity and bring love and peace. May Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda continue to guide and to inspire all of us. With all our wishes for health and peace. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
Greetings from Porto Alegre. We remain united! Wishing to all of you health and peace. May all live under Master’s and Guru’s grace. Om Shanti. Om.
Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves. The Centre is closed and we are teaching only classes online. A good sized group joined the open classes. We had a course for teachers on how to teach yoga to seniors. Some teachers joined the program specially from parts of Italy where citizens are in complete lock down. The course was very much appreciated. Our weekly Satsang was very popular with more and more students participating. Share the new rules of behavior, be well and safe together. Sending Love and prana to all of you. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves. The San Francisco Sivananda Centre is permanently closed. Please visit the Yoga Farm Ashram and Los Angeles Centre for a list of online classes and courses.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Paulo, Brasil
Om Namah Sivaya. Om Shanti Shanti to all the Sivananda family. Centro Internacional Sivananda de Yoga e Vedanta Sao Paulo is temporarily closed. May Master and Swamiji bless us with patience in our personal studies and practice. May all be well. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
Om Namah Sivaya. The Tel Aviv Centre is now closed and all courses are offered online.
At the Centre in November we started with the celebration of the MahaSamadhi Of Swami Vishnudevananda. The Puja took place in the Mata Ashram with a group of close devotees. The Jala Samadhi was celebrated at the Centre with teachers and friends. After the Puja we watched together a movie on the life of Swamiji and a video of one of the Acharyas talking about the peace missions. The energy was very special and powerful. We felt grateful and blessed to have received the teachings of yoga from Swamiji and to be able to serve his mission. A new Pranayama course started and Raja Yoga, Meditation, and Ayurveda courses ended.
Mid November saw the Mata Ashram celebrate its 6th year anniversary, located in the beautiful Jerusalem mountains and managed by the dedicated, long term teachers, Govinda and Durga. The staff joined them for the celebration with a Puja, a Kirtan concert and a festive meal. At the Centre, we opened a new Yoga 1, Meditation and Thought Power courses. May the Master’s grace be with all. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan
Om Namah Sivaya. The Tokyo Centre’s doors are open, as well as Online.
Happy Diwali! At the beginning of November we offered an Ayurveda course in 5 daily sessions. A new Yoga 1 course started, joined by a big group comprised both of the students coming to the Centre and those practicing at home online. On the same day, we gave a Handmade mala beads workshop, in which the attendees lovingly made their own mala beads, an important item for meditation, preparing for a meditation practice. A Meditation 101 workshop was held, giving a simple guided meditation and a talk on the workings of the mind. In addition, we conducted a Puja to celebrate Diwali during evening Satsang. May Master and Swamiji’s grace be with all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya. Toronto has gone into full lockdown for one month. We started an online meditation course and new gentle yoga course. We continued to stay in touch with teachers and work hard to offer courses and classes online. Dr Sundar offered Pranayama workshop, connecting to his extensive research. The workshop was very well received. Staff spent a weekend at the local farm owned by one of the teachers as the weather was very warm and it was beautiful to do Sadhana outside.
In November, due to new Ontario provincial government health measures the Centre had to close again. It is a temporary measure that the Canadian government introduced in order to regulate the increase numbers of COVID cases. We continued to teach online, maintaining contact with our students and teachers.
Meanwhile the staff at the Centre prepared the gardens for the winter with our teacher Jaya who has been helping throughout the closure. We did a lot of administrative work and prepared several workshops and courses. Several teachers are now teaching regularly. We had nice Diwali Satsang. Toronto still requires the Centre to be closed as COVID cases were on the rise in November. May Master and Swamiji’s blessings bring all good health and peace and that we continue to be useful for many. We send Om Namo Narayanaya to everyone. Pranams. Love to all. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Om Namah Sivaya. Due to the unpredictability of the on-going COVID-19 situation nationally and locally we have had to change our opening dates. We request that you contact your local Centres and Ashrams directly for their latest update. Join us through online classes, courses and programs online. Sending Prem and Om to all from our family of guests and staffs. Our thoughts are with you all and we pray that you keep well and positive during these challenging times. Keep up your Sadhana and prayer for one and around in the planet. Praying for world health and peace – OM NAMO NARAYANAYA. Please stay connected through [email protected]
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
Om Namah Sivaya. The Vienna Centre is closed because to the complete lock down. From Tuesday, November 3rd, there will be no more on-site lessons at the Centre due to the lock down until further notice. Let yourself be inspired by the extensive live online yoga offer. Call us if you have any questions:
Tel: +43 (01) 586 34 53
Mobile / WhatsApp: +43 680 3127237
We wish everyone health and inner strength.
Early November the Centre’s staff joined the Munich and Reith staff at the Retreat House Ashram. Other staff continued with tasks at the Centre and support of the online activities. We had an active 2nd week in the continued light lockdown with good support from dedicated Karma Yogis. The big Yoga hall was freshly painted in a focused effort and a new video camera arrived and was set up in the online-studio. Staff taught the online-classes and supported the online-TTC. We also actively contacting students to inspire them to join further online courses. An online Beginners’ Yoga course continued with inspired students. A spiritual highlight was the celebration of Diwali with a beautiful Puja in the morning and a another joyful online-celebration together with all the European Centres in the evening. Staff planned and prepared their departure to Reith, as the lockdown in Austria was extended. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnuis, Lithuania
Om Namah Sivaya. In November, courses classes and Satsangs continued successfully. We continued teaching open classes once a day online. Yoga 1 online started with 4 students. The first class was not easy to teach, because students were not ready to learn online – they had no experience how to use their devices in a way that teacher could see them properly. It is a big responsibility and more prana and care was needed. The other Yoga 1 started with a couple, who comes to the Centre for the private class – it is allowed officially. Our students and teachers were very grateful for the wonderful uplifting weekend programs with Dr. M. Rossner, Ayurveda teachers, Pujas with the priest and especially for the inspiring Hatha Yoga classes and workshops with Swami Sivadasananda. Some close teachers come in the morning for meditation, Satsang and Sadhana together. Health and Peace to all. OM.
NISHKAMA KARMA YOGA
desire-less action, selfless action. nish: without; kama: desire.
More generally, it means action performed without desiring or fearing the consequences; action performed with indifference to the outcome. It is used to describe the practice of doing actions without any expectation of the fruits (results or reactions or effects).
“In the practice of Nishkamya Karma Yoga, there is no loss of effort. There is no harm.” – Swami Sivananda
Nishkama Karma Yoga is another name for Karma Yoga, which is one of the main themes of the Bhagavad Gita. The practice of Nishkamya Karma Yoga destroys sins and impurities of the mind and causes Chitta Suddhi or purity of the Antahkarana. Knowledge of the Self dawns in a pure mind. Knowledge of the Self is the only direct means to freedom.
In the mind there are three Doshas, viz., Mala (impurities like lust, wrath, greed, etc.), Vikshepa (tossing of the mind), and Avarana (veil of ignorance). Mala is removed through Nishkamya Karma Yoga; Vikshepa by means of Upasana (worship); and Avarana by means of study of Vedantic literature and Jnana. Nishkamya Karma Yoga purifies the heart and prepares the mind for the dawn of knowledge (Jnana Udaya).
The following passage records how Sri Ramana Maharshi once demonstrated Nishkama Karma Yoga:
Mr. Rangachari, a Telugu pandit in Voorhees’ College of Vellore, asked about Nishkama Karma. There was no reply. After a time Sri Bhagavan [Ramana] went up the hill and a few followed him, including the pandit. There was a thorny stick lying on the way which Sri Bhagavan picked up; he sat down and began leisurely to work at it [sic]. The thorns were cut off, the knots were made smooth, the whole stick was polished with a rough leaf. The whole operation took about six hours. Everyone was wondering at the fine appearance of the stick made of a spiky material. A shepherd boy put in his appearance on the way as the group moved off. He had lost his stick and was at a loss. Sri Bhagavan immediately gave the new one in his hand to the boy and passed on.
Love all equally. – Sri Swami Sivananda