Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya. The Berlin Centre is now open. Students were very happy to be able to practice on site again. The weather was splendid hence all classes were outside on the platform in the garden. Swami Annapurnananda put a lot of effort into the flowers and the lawn and it looks very green and beautiful. Online classes also continued with students reporting their happiness that we remain offering online classes. We continued Satsangs at the Centre on Sunday evenings with the first Satsang for the first time again upstairs in the meditation hall. Students were very grateful to be able to sit in front of the main altar again. We chanted the Sunday prayers together and the energy was uplifted in the whole center. Everybody left happy and uplifted. Students, teachers and staff are looking forward to meet students of the Centre in person once again. Staff are all well. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America
Om Namah Sivaya. We now offer with face-to-face on-site classes. There is a beautiful and spacious room, with the appropriate sanitary measures – a space to connect! We will wait for you! 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, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre. 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.
Apart from that, we continued our regular chanting of Om Namo Narayanaya every evening in June, Vishnu Sahasranama & Lalitha Sahasranama. We concluded each week with a Satsang. Chennai city has seen a relaxation in lockdown after a month. On 21st June (International Yoga Day) we led yoga classes online. We started the Yoga Day with Satsang, apart from the regular online classes, we organized a class for Rotary Club Chennai, participants were excited to learn about the Five points of yoga, it was quite an interactive session. We did an open class on Sivananda India social media platform. We concluded the day with Satsang. All our staff 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. In June our Centre kept the strong energy to serve the community. Thanks to Guru’s blessing, our Centre can keep the strong energy to serve the community. All classes went well. We had online Satsangs with Swami Sita. We continued to run offline classes independently and online classes in cooperation with Ho Chi Minh Centre and Ha Noi Centre. Directors of the three Centres had weekly online meetings to ensure smooth operations of the current programs, and also to discuss new programs. Dalat staff members joined multiple online training courses such as Anatomy, Posture Correction and Adjustment, and Vedanta for Beginners.
We had an online Satsang with Swami Sita. An online basic meditation course started with 18 students. We joined the 108 Sun Salutation Challenge via Zoom together with students, karma yogis and staff members from Dalat Ashram and Ho Chi Minh, Dalat and Hanoi Center on the occasion of International Yoga Day June 21st. We continued to run offline classes independently and online classes in cooperation with Ho Chi Minh Center and Ha Noi Center. Directors of the three centres have online meetings weekly to ensure smooth operations of the current programs and discuss new programs. We had an online Satsang with Swami Sita in celebration of International Yoga Day. We will start the Non-Violent Listening Course by Swami Narayanananda. Dalat staff members continued their study through multiple online training courses including Swami Sita’s course Vedanta for Beginners.We did 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 look forward to practicing together. We’ll are continuing with our online classes, courses & programs. For details, please visit sivananda.org.in/online-yoga The Covid-19 pandemic situation has escalated in Delhi keeping students at home for now. The staff are well at the Centre. May Master and Swamiji bless all in continuing on the yogic path. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta NATARAJA Centre, Delhi, India
Greetings from Sivananda Nataraja Centre. The Covid-19 situation has escalated in Delhi and all of India, keeping students at home for now.
On 21st June we celebrated 7th International Yoga Day. The Centre was closed because of a lockdown due to Covid-19. We gave one class for the employees of Power Grid Corporation,a Government undertaking on the Microsoft Team platform. More than 250 employees along with the chairman and other directors of the corporation attended the introductory Yoga Asana and meditation class for 90 minutes. The class was well appreciated. The Nataraja Centre conducted another class for Mody University on Zoom and Youtube, attended by about 150 students and faculty members. The trial class on the theme “Health Is Wealth, Peace Of Mind Is Happiness, Yoga Shows the Way” Swami Vishnudevananda ji. The Five points of Yoga were explained and demonstrated the 12 basic asanas. The students practised the asanas. The class was very much liked by the participants. The staff are well at the Centre. May Master and Swamiji bless and protect all while continuing on their yogic path. Please stay connected – https://sivananda.org.in/delhi/ Pranams to all. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
Om Namah Sivaya. We continued with online activities. The staff also participated in the European online workshops, classes and Satsangs. With best wishes for health and peace. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Om Namah Sivaya. In June the Hochiminh Centre went through a lot of changes because of the Covid-19 ‘s reoccurrence in Vietnam.
As June continued the Hochiminh Centre remained closed. Because the Covid situation in Ho Chi Minh City was getting more serious, there was social distancing and lock down for the whole city, so people had more time to take care of their health. With the grace of Gurus, our online courses blossomed with a lot of participants. Besides continuing all the well attended courses which were started from before, we started teaching a new online Kiryas and Pranayama course, taught by Mahashakti. A highlight was the starting of a new online course “Vedanta for Beginners”, taught by Swami Sitaramananda, with 92 people attending in total. The course was taught in English and translated to Vietnamese, Japanese with people who came from Vietnam, China, Japan and the USA. They were all inspired to learn and practice Vedanta in daily life. Last but not least, we continued to have regular meetings to report news and planning schedules together with other Centres and the Ashram in Vietnam. We were all blessed and happy to be a part of a big Sivananda Yoga family.
The Hochiminh Centre wrapped up all the online courses which started in June and prepared for our new online courses in July. We finished the online courses such as Anatomy and Physiology for yoga teachers, Adjustment and correction yoga poses and Pranayama and Kriyas, Advanced Asana. We also started the new Ayurveda for Beginner online course taught by Shambhu with 27 students in attendance. To celebrate the International Yoga Day we did a big program in cooperation with Dalat Ashram and other Centres in Vietnam to gather more than 300 people doing 108 rounds of Sun Salutation online together.
Other courses and Satsangs are still going well with a lot of participants. Staff was doing Mantra Chanting, Sadhana, and Satsang daily with lots of inspiration. We were happy to share the yogic wisdom to help more and more people find their peace in this crisis time. 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 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. May the Masters’ blessings and protection be with all of you, always. With best wishes for health and inner peace. Om Tat Sat. 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. Meanwhile, we are combing through the reopening regulations for LA County “fitness Centres”, as we begin envisioning reopening the LA Centre in the coming month or so.
In June the LA Centre remained closed due to Covid-19 cases, hence the LA Centre staff continued to live and teach from the Yoga Farm Ashram. TTC continues smoothly. We participated in two Homas celebrated by Swami Vasishtananda – one for protection from ill effects of the solar eclipse and the other for Radha’s Shastipurthi. Blessings abounded. Courses were: a Concentration Course, Beginning Sanskrit and Meditation 1 course. One weekend we offered a talk – Demystifying Meditation – and a Hip Opening Workshop. A private student started another package of eight classes. Plans for reopening the LA Centre were well under way. We have been grateful for the unexpected seven months at the Yoga Farm.
By mid June, we continued to support the Yoga Farm online TTC—teaching, demonstrating, observing group teaching and mentoring. Swami Sivasankariananda attended a few sessions of the annual SYTAR conference (Yoga Therapy)—notably Swami Sitaramananda’s Vedantic meditation to open the conference, the global panel on the state of Yoga Therapy around the world (which also included Swami Sitaramananda), a session on PolyVagal Theory with Stephen Porges and a very comprehensive presentation on reaching out to the underserved. The two staff drove back to Los Angeles after seven months sheltering in the warm embrace of the Yoga Farm. May the Gurus guide us as our reach grows wider and wider. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves! Welcome to the oasis of peace amid the pressures of everyday life in the city. The Sivananda Yoga Centre in Madrid is the place where you can recharge and reconnect with yourself. Visit https://www.sivananda.es/protocolo-sanitario/
Staff are well and 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 pandemic situation we recommend you contact your local Centres and Ashrams directly for their latest update. Free online Yoga classes, courses and programs are always available during the Covid-19 pandemic. We look forward to having you at the Centre and practising together. Please familiarise yourself with these safety precautions at https://www.mohfw.gov.in 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. During the month of June the Montevideo Centre’s activities continued to be very positive, both in person and online. We had a cool and sunny start to the month. Students kept coming to the Centre, despite the intense pandemic situation. We started a new Beginners’ Yoga course, taught by Chandrashekar. Dr. Padma continued with online Ayurvedic Counselling. We had students on the waiting list, from Uruguay and Argentina. Online classes kept pace. Yoga teacher training for children continued to progress. Vani Devi from Rio de Janeiro a Friday Satsang. It was very beautiful. Teachers from Sao Paulo accompanied the Kirtans doing chorus. Chandrashekar performed Saturday Satsangs. He shared a very inspiring reflection about Faith. We had two programs. We inaugurated a special week of Yoga before the International Yoga Day. By zoom many teachers and schools participated in the classes, talks and presentations. Kanti Devi welcomed everybody and led the meditation before the program commenced. We offered the regular South American Satsang with Kanti Devi, speaking about Yoga, the essence of the practice and the goals according with the traditional teachings of our beloved Gurus.
Mid June was intense as we prepared for International Yoga Day. The weather was very cold. The cleaning of the main asana room, windows and reception intensified as the Centre was chosen to close the IYD program. Together with the Embassy of India and other yoga schools in Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay we created a program not only for the 20th but also for the 7 previous days with classes and talks on Yoga, Sanskrit, philosophy, social work and Ayurveda. Twenty people came to the Centre, including yoga teachers, photographers and various karma yogis. The program ended with mantras and a message from Kanti Devi, addressed to all participants as the closing of the event. It was streamed on Zoom, Facebook Live, and Instagram. That evening Kanti Devi led our usual South American Satsang focus on the IYD. Many people participated and the words of the Masters vibrated throughout America bringing peace and harmony to all listeners. An inspiring week of hard work and joy. Students and teachers continued participating, very thankful for the opportunity to gather for meditation. 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! We have an extensive lineup of classes online.
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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya. In June we had, for the first time in a long time, Kirtan chanting during Satsangs. The official COVID restrictions on chanting were suspended. It was very nice to once again sing together the Jaya Ganesha, Kirtans and the Sunday Prayers. We had a successful trial class – almost all participants booked into the next Yoga 1 Beginners Course. Also our special extra gentle yoga class developed nicely with many of familiar participants coming back after the lockdown. We started the first Yoga 1 Beginners Course after the reopening of the Centre. It was very nice to again have a direct teaching experience! Also our trial class attracted a few newcomers. Every day regular students of the Munich Centre returned after the lockdown, telling us how happy they are that they can practice again with us here on site. We wish everyone health and inner strength. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
Om Namah Sivaya from Manhattan. We successfully continued to teach online classes and courses in conjunction with the Ranch Ashram and Chicago Centre.
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 is open. We continued to chant daily online the Om Namo Narayanaya for peace chant. We also chanted the mantra onsite with a group of students and karma yogis.
Life gave us long sunny days in early June. Little by little the students returned to the Paris Centre. There were some new Beginners’ Yoga courses and two new open classes. We anticipated there will be more activity in the evenings with more courses, a Satsang and a couple of extra open classes. There was an asana workshop with the topic, Balancing Postures. A group of karma yogis were trained to help in the reception. Some new teachers assisted the asana classes. We did the weekly Puja online from Bangalore and chanted the Mahisasura Mardinini and the Lalita Sahasranama. Swami Nityananda came back from Orleans. Swami Jyotirmayananda visited us. Swamiji gave an inspiring evening Satsang from Swami Sivananda’s book, Thought Power. One evening Satsang we had inspiring words from Master on the topic of karma yoga and many Kirtans a cappella. There was a cheerful mood with the presence of close students and karma yogis at the Centre. Precious help was there to put a dose of sattva in the house and to update the weekly tasks. We put prana into the planning of teachers and karma yogis schedules and to create a couple of new Beginners’ Yoga 1. We held a special program with Swami Kailasananda including an asana class by the Eiffel tower to celebrate International Yoga Day.
By mid June Life gave us an uplifting week with two visits of Swami Kailasananda and gurubais from Orleans. Swamiji gave an inspiring workshop with precious teachings on ‘how to live our life with joy’. That day, Parvati gave an asana workshop entitled opening the rib cage and experience longer pranayama. She gave many practical tips to go deeper in our practice. Narayana gave an asana class with visualizations. Swami Kailasananda listened and guided the staff, some teachers, close karma yogis and students. We had a cheerful public Satsang in the evening on the topic of heroism from the Universal Companion. There was the Celebration of International Yoga Day with a Satsang given by Swami Kailasananda. The class by the Eiffel tower was cancelled because of the demonstrations in Paris. Narayana gave the open class at four o’clock on the topic the art of visualization in the asanas. Swamiji gave an inspiring talk on the topic of yoga from Bliss Divine. There was a strong storm during the silence meditation. We chanted The Om Tryambakham 54 times for the health of the planet. There was a cheerful mood in the Centre with the presence of Swami Kailasananda. Swamiji listened to everyone and guided the staff. Swamiji, Narayana, Sarada Devi and Pushkar, the dog, left to Orleans after Satsang. In spite of the public strikes, the students came to the Paris Centre. That day, God gave us the music of the rain, the Sunday prayers, many mantras and inspiring words of Master from the Universal companion. There was a cheerful mood with the presence of close students and karma yogis. Precious help was there to put a dose of sattva in the house and to update the weekly tasks. There was more activity in the evening with more courses, the Satsang on Wednesday evenings and a couple of extra open classes. We did the weekly Puja online from Bangalore and chanted the Mahisasura Mardinini and the Lalita Sahasranama. 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, Tel Aviv, Israel
Om Namah Sivaya. In June we went to the Sivananda Mata Retreat House to celebrate Swami Swaroopananda’s birthday. Many devotees came. We had a beautiful Puja with lot’s of Prasad. Then we had a zoom celebration with the Bahamas Ashram with many beautiful greetings. People from all over the world took part. Meanwhile we continued to work on our garden and the entrance at the Centre. We worked hard to promote the many new courses in the Centre, with some students still preferring to join online and some taking courses by listening to recordings. We planned a special program for the 50 year anniversary of the Tel Aviv Centre and the International Day of Yoga.
Mid June we did a we had a wonderful weekend retreat with Swami Shambhu Devananda, Pranava Chaitanya and Bhargavi Chaitanya with the help of karma yogis. 22 students participated in a beautiful program of yoga classes, Satsangs, yogic feasts and lectures. We had old time students as well as new students participating. We were very excited to see the Tel Aviv Centre full of people after the Corona lockdown. This is our first retreat since year and a half. Students greatly enjoyed the weekend and expressed interest in joining other activities in the Centre. Just before the retreat we painted some walls inside the Centre and decorated them with mandalas and beautiful Indian patterns in a variety of beautiful colours. We also made a beautiful new window at the reception area. We continued to work on the Centre’s entrance and we have a new lovely seating area. One of the cats has already chosen a permanent place to sit 🙂 Swami Shambhu Devananda completed a guided imagery course. We promote the Centre’s courses with great enthusiasm. May the Master’s grace be with all. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan
Om Namah Sivaya. The Tokyo Centre transitioned to the Shojiko Retreat Centre. In June a Vedanta for Beginners course, navigated by Swami Sitaramananda, started at the Yoga Farm in California, for which we provided a Japanese translation service. We were grateful for this opportunity that we can expose ourselves to the important teachings through these 3 weekly sessions. Daily online asana classes were popular, joined by good number of students. It was a good opportunity for TTC graduates all over the nation to see each other. Saturday evening Satsangs with Swami Sita were appreciated by regular dedicated students. May Master and Swamiji’s grace be with all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya. We continue to teach online, maintaining virtual contact with our students and teachers as a preventative measure during these times of Covid-19. Ontario government extended yet another lockdown due to the rising cases, the variants and the lack of the vaccines. May Master and Swamiji’s blessings bring all good health and peace. May 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. In early June student numbers increased slightly, the increase coming mainly from the Satsangs. Half of the Satsang participants were Centre newcomers. They were young people with a more holistic interest in Yoga. Due to a change in Covid regulations the Centre shifted back to the regular class schedule with 90 minute classes, which was much appreciated by students and teachers. Staff continued in the online activities as teaching and hosting classes, courses and Satsangs. We were grateful for the devoted Karma Yogis who supported the Centre. Our Staff received their 2nd vaccination.
Staff continued their Sadhana and duties. 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.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
Om Namah Sivaya. Participation in our on-site yoga classes and evening meditations is possible if you have been tested, vaccinated or recovered, please bring proof with you. We continue to offer an extensive online and live schedule. https://wien.sivananda.yoga/kalender-yoga-online/
During June the Vienna staff commenced teaching small groups of students in the open classes, Yoga 1, Yoga 2 courses and Satsangs. Our elder students diligently attend the senior class, enjoying the fresh made nutritious soup afterwards.
By mid June temperatures in Vienna were hot. A core of students kept attending the classes and Satsangs regularly. Staff were preparing the International Day of Yoga. On Sunday 20th the Indian Embassy organized a small event in a historic park close to the Centre. Due to Covid restrictions not more than 50 participants were allowed. The Vienna Centre supported the event with 8 teachers and 2 students, practising the asanas of the protocol. The weather was sunny and warm, everybody enjoyed the collective outdoor practise. Karma Yogis kept supporting the Centre. Staff are well. We wish everyone health and inner strength. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnuis, Lithuania
Om Namah Sivaya. We were very glad that despite the abnormal tropical heat in Vilnius lasting almost for a whole week, students came for the courses Yoga 1 and Yoga 2. Open classes saw fewer students. The team of translators of various European events online were still faithfully serving the whole week. OM.
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Ever live within your income. Save when your are young. Spend when you are old. Never run into debt. – Sri Swami Sivananda
SIDDHIS: Psychic powers manifested as by products of spiritual advancement through personal Sadhana practice, such as meditation, mantra repetition and yoga.
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 and 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. Those who misuse Siddhi power for destroying others are themselves destroyed in the end.
The repetition of Gayatri Mantra, Pranava Mantra, OM Namah Sivaya, OM Namo Narayanaya, OM Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya Mantras, done with Bhava, faith and devotion will bestow a Mantra Siddhi.
When the mind wanders, repeat some mantras, stotras (spiritual verses), hymns, verses from the Gita or the Upanishads. – Sri Swami Sivananda