Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya. In June the Berlin Centre teachers and Karma Yogis took good care of the Centre as all staff travelled to the Retreat house, Reith, Austria to support the special programs for the Ascension weekend and Whitsun. It all worked out very well at the Centre. Students were happy that classes and Satsangs were taking place and teachers were happy to support. One Karma Yogi took care of the garden, where everything starts to bloom now. Swami Annapurnananda returned to the Centre.
Mid month saw a Yoga 1, Yoga 3, Yoga 5 and Yoga 121 started as well as a Yoga Anatomy course and the continuation of the long term online-course “Thought Power”. One weekend we had a Yoga 1 Intensive course with a nice group of students. another highlight was the Ayurveda program, with Dr. Kamlesh from India, who came to Europe for the first time after the pandemic. The program started with a lecture, which included a power point presentation about the 6 tastes, plus, and a joyful and inspiring cooking workshop where we all enjoyed the traditional Ayurvedic balanced Indian dishes. On the occasion of the International Day of Yoga Swami Gokulananda participated in an event organized by the Indian Embassy. It was quite hot mid June, so some classes were smaller than usual, but students were happy. We were inspired by an uplifting Satsang about Love.
Staff are all well. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America
Om Namah Sivaya. We are grateful to be able to offer daily yoga classes through Zoom. Please join us! 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] Call: 11 4804 7813.
For any queries, 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. May Masters blessings always guide us. Pranams. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre. In early July we successfully completed the Kids’ camp. Most of the kids joined our weekend regular kid’s yoga class. We started a new Morning Beginners’ Yoga batch. We planned to conduct a free class on the nearby beach on International Yoga Day. We planned to start the roof maintenance work. Chennai weather was very hot with temperatures reaching 100°F. Hoping for better weather in the upcoming weeks.
During mid June the Chennai Centre continued regular activities at the Chennai Centre. We focused more on the IDY programs scheduled at the Centre, plus, we received permission from the Greater Chennai Corporation & POLICE department to organize a free trial class on the beach. We advertised in multiple newspapers, 2000 pamphlets were distributed and several banners were posted in the nearby area. We also organized a 3 day online workshop, led by Uma Natarajan.
All our staff are happy & doing their Sadhanas. Praying to our Master and Swamiji to guide us always with their blessings. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
Om Namah Sivaya from the beautiful DaLat Centre. Thanks to Guru’s blessing, our Centre kept the strong energy to serve the community. In early June the Open House went well with 6/7 students registering for yoga classes. The Kirtan workshop, hosted by Harini, ran successfully with a total 18 online & on-site attendees. We had a Jaya Asana Class & event “Experience a Day of Yogic Lifestyle” – A chance for people to experience & enjoy yoga life in the Centre. Vidya, a new staff, after a week training, started to teach the All Level Class. Sivashakti Chaitanya was busy with Kids Camp in the Ashram for 10 days. Staff member Harini left temporarily for 2 weeks for a family affair. Anandi (from the Ashram) arrived to support & stay in the Centre for 2 weeks.
By mid June we opened a new Beginners’ Yoga course with 4 students. The free event to celebrate the International Yoga Day happened successfully with a total 41 attendees. Everyone enjoyed and was inspired by all activities: outdoor asana, open house, communication Karma Yoga (trash picking) workshops, Satsang with Swami Narayanananda, free meals etc. We also opened a Calligraphy Course on writing Mantras (offered by Karma Yogi) with 2 online & 3 on-site students. Mrs Trang (resident) joined a private course and was happy with life in the Centre. She left on 16th June. We offered another Beginners’ Yoga course and a Yoga for Kids course. Sivashakti Chaitanya travelled to Hanoi for Kid Yoga & Nature Camp from 23th June to 8th July. Harini returned to the Dalat Centre and Anandi returned to the Ashram after 2 weeks here.
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. Namaste. The Dwarka Centre’s activities went well during June 2022. We were happy to start a Monday Beginners’ Yoga Course at 6 am & 6:30 pm with good numbers of students. Open classes went well. We offered a kriya workshop.
Mid June: We started the Beginners’ Yoga course at 6 am with a good number of students, Good to see more people in the meditation course at 6:00-7:00 am. We offered a Havan workshop, attended by many students. Regular classes went well.
May Master and Swamiji bless all in continuing on the yogic path. Pranams to one and all. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta NATARAJA Centre, Delhi, India
Greetings and Namaste from Sivananda Nataraja Centre. With the Grace of Gurus everything was fine at the Centre for June 2022. We started a Beginners’ Yoga’ Yoga’ Yoga course at 10am & 6.30pm with only 6 students. We concluded an advanced meditation course on Friday. On Sunday evening Satasang was attended by some of our outside teachers which gave a lot of energy to the Centre. With the Grace of Gurus all is well and the staff are doing good. On Sunday our cook Jaypal came back after spending about one month at home. We started a Beginners’ Yoga’ Yoga course followed by open classes online for the employees of Power Grid Corporation a Government public undertaking for fifteen days. The weather in Delhi is hot and humid.
Mid month we started a Beginners’ Yoga course at 10am & 6.30 pm with a good number of students and also started a course on the foundation of meditation at 6.30 pm. We prepared to conduct yoga classes at different corporate offices on 21st June – International Day of Yoga. The Nataraja Centre staff were doing well.
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. All levels of asana classes and Beginners’ Yoga courses continued in June.
With best wishes for health and peace. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Hanoi, Vietnam
Greetings from the Hanoi Centre. Thanks to Guru’s blessing, our Centre can keep strong energy to serve the community online and onsite. In June all classes went well. We had Satsang online with Swami Sita on Thursdays. We offered a workshop “Yantra with Saraswati” with 5 students. The staff’s Sadhana was steady.
Mid month all classes went well. We opened a workshop – Handmade Mala Beads, with 17 students. We opened a workshop “How to Play Harmonium” with 9 students. Saraswati led both workshops. We organized International Day of Yoga with many programs such as: Yoga Asana Outdoor; Workshop for teachers and students; Jaya Asana, Variations Asana; Yoga for Beginners and a Satsang. About 40 people joined in the IDY program. We had Satsangs online with Swami Sita with one topic – “The Mission of Sivananda Yoga”.
The Hanoi staff’s Sadhana is steady. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Om Namah Sivaya. In June 2022, thanks to Guru’s blessing, Ho Chi Minh Centre received plenty of energy from our students, karma yogis and newcomers. Firstly, a Beginners’ Yoga courses successfully finished in joy and inspiration for the students. Most of them will continue their practice with the Open classes. We had Satsang on the topic of International Children’s Day. Besides, 14 newcomers joined the Open House. The shoe shelf was redesigned, making our reception area look more neat and clean. Also, the membership system was well-organized with the help of Shakti and Lila. Ganga Chaitanya and Narayani left the Centre for Kid’s Yoga TTC in Dalat Ashram. Narayani’s time as a staff member also ended, in gratitude for the Gurus. Additionally, we welcomed back Devika from Dalat Centre. On the whole, our staff were youthful and dynamically engaged with their Sadhana practice. They were excited to prepare for the new courses in June.
Mid month the Hochiminh Centre had great opportunities to serve the community as some new courses and services were successfully open. Firstly, a Meditation for Beginners course and Yoga for Beginners course started with deep connection between teachers and students, in which most of them felt inspired from the first day. Besides, another Yoga for Beginners course ended on Tuesday. There was Surya Namaskar workshop under Amrita’s instruction. Another highlight was our Abhyanga service’s official grand opening. Thanks to Guru’s blessing, the service attracted many people attention, therefore, it is fully booked in the first 2 weeks. Those who took the first treatment found it beneficial right away, so they registered for the next treatments on the spot. We continued the project of recontacting with the old students. Also, we made eye pillows for the boutique and did some gardening. Many people, including karma yogis and friends introduced by our old students came to join Satsangs. Saraswati arrived to the HCM Centre to teach some new workshops on yantra, handicrafts and Satsang. We prepared our best to organize the most successful series of events. On the whole, our staff engaged with their Sadhana and were well-connected as a family in Guru’s house.
We are grateful for every chance to serve. We pray for everyone’s health and inspiration to keep practicing and teaching! May the Sivananda family worldwide be safe. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
Om Namah Sivaya. In June 2022 several UK based students participated in the Bhagavata Saptaha from their homes by joining the online transmission. They commented on feeling very blessed to receive the teachings directly in their homes. The Centre functioned on a reduced schedule with teachers and karma yogis taking care of the Centre. Nine students joined the group transport to the Ashram for the Spring Bank Holiday Retreat, the first full retreat since the pandemic years. A new retreat in October 2022 was in the planning process. We also worked on organizing the first post-pandemic residential retreat here at the Centre for this summer.
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. In early June the days were beautiful. Swami Pranavananda and Swami Sivasankariananda shared the teaching of a Beginner Retreat Weekend with a full schedule of talks and yoga practice. We participated in the Sivananda Organization’s Unite for a Peaceful Planet effort, stressing the efficacy of mantra chanting. Hasu Patel arrived and was enamoured with the new Centre. We enjoyed her Music Immersion Week. Two courses finished: Yoga 1 and Positive Thinking 1. A SIHY student continued for 3 more sessions. We taught a private class for a family of four, all at differing levels and very supportive of each other. Los Angeles experienced severe drought conditions during Spring 2022, hence there were mandates limiting watering. We laid wood chips in the garden to keep any moisture in. We enjoyed the garden’s bounty. We harvested a very large zucchini and many yellow squash. Swami Sitaramananda and Swami Adiparashaktiananda arrived as we prepared for the 50th Anniversary celebration in Los Angeles. Students of the Friday evening yoga class stayed for dinner and the Bhagavad Gita class, taught by Swami Sita. The Saturday event, held outdoors on the deck, began with a Satsang and Swami Sitaramananda’s talk on the Sivananda mission today, plus, a workshop on the topic Yoga of Relationships. Pundit Samavedula arrived to lead a Ganesha Puja; the power of the mantras. His voice pierced our hearts. The blessings spread far and wide. Karma Yogis prepared a welcome feast. Finally, we presented Swami Sita with a beautiful cake and commemorative gift. The students and guests received 50th anniversary t-shirts and Swami Sitaramananda’s last book. The group was a perfect cross-section of both longtime and new students. All staff then either flew or drove to the Yoga Farm for the inaugural 50th Anniversary Homa. The LA Centre will be closed for a few days. We felt so much gratitude for the richness of our lineage and teachings and the transformation of our lives.
During mid June the LA staff enjoyed the warm atmosphere at the Yoga Farm’s 50th Anniversary celebration, surrounded by special guests who have supported the Ashram for years. We witnessed the beautiful initiation ceremonies of Swami Hamsananda and Atmashakti Chaitanya. We offered our oblations into the home with Pundit Samavedula. Swami Sivasankariananda taught a workshop on Relaxation and Stress, led a morning Satsang on the topic of holistic healing and taught an asana class for the ATTC group. Swami Pranavananda and Ganapati headed back to LA to receive weekend guests. Swami Sivasankariananda drove back to LA in time to join the final two sessions of the 50th Anniversary celebration online. Retreat guests participated in a Pranayama Workshop and a talk on meditation. A Yoga 2 course ended. We were grateful for the new karma yogis who are coming forward!
It is an honor to serve. 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. In June 2022 the Centre welcomed back Swami Santoshananda returning from Reith. A small group of inspired students joined the Yoga and Hiking retreat in Sierra de Gredos, near Madrid. The Madrid Centre was invited by the Indian Embassy in Madrid to give an introductory class and a short lecture for the Embassy employees. We also participated in the pre- International Yoga day activities, actively promoting the event. A Yoga 1 started with 13 participants. The Summer 2022 reduced schedule started as temperatures were already very high in Madrid. All was peaceful.
A highlight of mid-June was the celebration of the International Yoga Day on Sunday 19th June in collaboration with the Indian Embassy in Spain as well as other yoga schools in Madrid. It was a successful event with over 500 participants in downtown Madrid in a beautiful location in front of the Royal Palace. The Centre actively participated in the presentation of the yoga class protocol with over 400 Centre flyers distributed among the participants. The extreme Summer temperatures took a break for everyone to enjoy this inspiring celebration.
We are grateful to Master and Swamiji. Staff are well and sending our best wishes for health and peace. Pranams to all. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, India
Om Namah Sivaya to all. We thank our Masters for all blessings and support bestowed. May all be blessed with equanimity and steadiness in practice. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
Om Namah Sivaya from the Montevideo Centre. We are happy to serve, love to all. We pray 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. In June the student numbers improved. The Sunday Kids’ Yoga class also increased in numbers. The Centre’s karma yoga team expanded. Three new freshly graduated TTCs started to teach with a few more either returning to teach or getting trained to teach soon. We welcomed Bader Soma, a Kirtan singer, and two other musicians who came to chant mantras during the Satsang. About 65 people attended, students, teachers and staff alike and all enjoyed the inspiring music and the positive energy of the chanting as well as the delicious food served as Prasad after the Satsang.
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. June 2022 teachers and karma yogis took care of the Centre while Swami Vasudevananda and Swami Vidyananda where still for the special program and TTC in the Retreat House in Reith / Tyrol / Austria. New courses started where a Yoga 3 course and a new round of our Tuesday advanced course. Our teachers Chandrika and Jaya gave the Satsangs.
Mid June and during the second week of the Whitsun holidays, the weather was very hot with temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius. Fortunately we could keep our rooms in a comfortable temperature range with the help of our sun blinds and air conditioning.
We participated in an open air event for the International Day of Yoga, organized by the Indian General Consulate. We taught the main asana class to a good group of 80 yoga enthusiasts arrived despite the hot weather. At our information desk we talked to interested people and informed them about the local yoga activities in the Munich Centre.
Staff are well and inspired. We wish everyone health and inner strength. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
Om Namah Sivaya. 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. Life gave a cheerful mood with a big family in the house in June. Bhakti was still in the air, with the two last days of the online Saptaha course and the presence of the Acharyas and of Sri Venugopal Goswami. We were blessed with the presence of Swami Kailasananda. Swamiji gave an inspiring public Satsang, appreciated by all from the Patanjali Raja Yoga Sutras and commented by Swami Durgananda. In spite of the long weekend there was a good attendance for the regular classes. Life gave precious help to put prana in the planning of the upcoming season. There was a Raja Yoga course with a little group of motivated students. The Masters sent armies of karma yogis to support the Centre and put sattva into the house. Vasishta enjoyed taking care of the boutique with the guidance of Rukmini. Swami Kailasananda prepared the house to welcome the Acharyas and our special guest with the assistance of karma yogis and staff. Swamiji put also prana on the planning of the Celebration of the International Yoga Day. Chandra created a flyer for the event. He did also a postcard promoting the Open House. Swamiji guided a little maintenance tour to oversee maintenance projects in the house. Rukmini did a successful photo shoot for the new brochure. We did a final picture with Swami Kailasananda, the staff and the teachers at the reception area. For the weekend Satsangs we had inspiring words of Master on the topics of Sadhana and love from Bliss Divine. Life gave us a big family for the evening Aratis and the morning Satsangs. We did a Krishna Puja, led by the priest from Orleans. Swami Kailasananda led most of the morning Satsangs and the evening Aratis. Swami Sivadasananda led a morning Satsang, reading an inspiring letter of Master and some words on the topic of Maya from Bliss Divine. We chanted for world peace online and onsite. After the chanting we did Japa and Likitha Japa with the karma yogis and some students.
After the EBM the Acharyas departed the Centre. The Centre was blessed by their visit. We had a beautiful Satsang with a big family. Swami Nityananda went to Orléans for the Academy retreat. Gopala enjoyed giving the evening Satsang on the topic “Spiritual Stories” and a letter from Swami Sivananda and Swamiji on Sadhana’s goal and Peace. He gave also an inspiring evening Satsang on “Saints” from Sivananda letter and a message of Asanas’s from Swamiji. Kaivalya and Vasishta gave inspiring Satsangs on the topics of Raga-Dvesha and will power. Vasishta put prana on the boutique and he guided the karma yogis on different maintenance projects. He also gave a workshop on the symbolism of the asanas. Gopala put prana into the accounts. He led the daily Om Namo Narayanaya for peace and gave an introduction to TTC. The Masters sent precious help. Ananda came for a couple of days to support the Centre. All the staff enjoyed teaching and taking care of the Centre. We started the promotion for the Celebration of the Yoga Day.
Mid June: God gave us a beautiful celebration of International Yoga Day. In spite of the hot wave a good number of students came to the Centre. Swami Kailasananda gave an inspiring lecture on how transform ourselves in order to transform the world. Swamiji ended the lecture with a guided meditation and the Om Namo Narayanaya chanting for world peace. The meditation room was full for Swamiji’s programme. There was a cheerful mood. There was an open class in the afternoon with heroic students who practiced in the hot weather. The Masters sent precious help. There was a Festive atmosphere with the presence of the karma yogis and the students. Everyone was happy to have the new brochure that Vasishta finished just on time to distributed to everyone. The Priest led an uplifting Yantra Puja for peace. We celebrated the priest’s birthday at the end of the Puja. The Masters keep sending precious help. Ganga who was staff last year and Manusri who was recently in Orleans as a karma yogi, together with a big team of karma yogis were of great support to the Centre. Padmini travelled home. We already missed her beautiful personality, always ready to serve with joy and her gratefulness towards life. She mentioned she might return for karma yoga while she is in Paris. The Centre has a new teacher. Vishnupriya who has been doing karma yoga regularly gave a class to the staff in the morning during the Sadhana. She was confident and precise. She gave also an open class the same day in the afternoon. The project of organizing the cellar started. We sorted out some things to put in the bin and to give away. The students seem to be back. Vasishta put prana on the brochure selecting pictures from the last photo shoot and doing the graphics. He also gave an inspiring Satsang on how to cultivate virtues from Master’s book on that topic. The staff went on a one day trip to the sea with our Gurubais from Orleans. The karma yogis took care of the Centre guided by Vasishta. God gave us a festive atmosphere during the preparations and the celebration of International Yoga Day, plus, the presence of Swami Kailasananda, the priest and our gurubais from Orleans. God gave us a refreshing rain and a big family for the morning Satsang. Swamiji, the Gurubais and the priest went back to Orleans. We had the Sunday prayers in the evening Satsang and inspiring words of Swami Sivananda from the last part of the chapter of Love from Bliss Divine The Master gave us also a bhakti letter for Madhavi’s birthday. At the end of the Satsang, Manooshri accompanied the Ganga Arati with the tablas.
May Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda continue to guide and to inspire all of us. With all our wishes for health and peace. OM.
Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
Om Namah Sivaya. June 2022 started with the staff of the Centre celebrating Swami Swaroopananda’s birthday at the Yoga Retreat Bahamas. The Centre was taken care by few devoted teachers and karma yogis who taught the classes, cleaned and watered the plants. The Centre was briefly closed for the Shavuot holiday.
Mid month we had an evening Satsang on the subject of control of mind, with Bhargavi Chaitanya. Sivakami Chaitanya opened a new meditation course. Pranava Chaitanya opened a new Beginners’ Yoga course. We put a lot of energy to promote our open classes in the Centre. We welcomed new teachers arriving to the Centre after finishing their TTC. We guided them and helped them to start teaching yoga classes and helped them create yogic daily schedule. We also promoted a yoga teachers weekend where we practiced together our meditation and asanas. The teachers participated in lectures and had the chance to met each other. Have a wonderful, blessed July!
May the blessings of the Masters be upon us all! Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Shojiko Retreat, Japan
Om Namah Sivaya from the Shojiko Retreat. In early June we gave a weekend retreat program “Sanskrit for Beginners’ Yoga” by Vanidevi, for which 4 students stayed here at the Shojiko Retreat. Karma yogis also came here all the way from Tokyo to help us, enjoying a reunion with staff in person for first time in long time. One of the April online TTC graduates started to teach an asana class online. The COVID pandemic seemed to gradually move toward an end, however, online asana classes were to be continued, by which many students committed to Sadhana.
ATTC at the Yoga Farm went well, for which we remotely provide the Japanese translation service online. New Yoga 2 course started on Sundays, in which Yoga 1 graduates continued to learn about Yoga, more in depth. More and more students joined us for online Satsang this month, and those who started to tread the spiritual path with asana practice deepened their understanding on meditation and Kirtan.
May Master and Swamiji’s grace be with all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya. In June we started a new Gentle Yoga course and a Beginners’ Yoga course. Students also joined a new early morning pranayama practice course on Saturdays. We also started a new Bhagavad Gita course and Yoga Sutras. We had several karma yogis help with advertising and cleaning up the Centre. We also had a nice visit and lunch with new students who had been practising with us online for two years but have not been at the Centre yet. It was very nice for all of us to meet and they expressed how grateful they were for all the teaching they received during the pandemic.
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. Namaste to all from Trivandrum Centre, Kerala, South India. In June, all was well, with gods and gurus grace. We started an evening Beginners’ Yoga course with sufficient students. All other regular classes continued. We said good bye and good luck to our staff Arikrishna who was serving in the Centre from past six months. Also we welcomed Mayank and Aadithya who will help us for two months. The weather was pretty good. Sunday Satsang was led by Yashpal attended by few people from outside.
We started a Ladies Beginners’ Yoga course and an all levels open class. The weekend Kids’ Yoga class continued to be popular. The staff kept well with all activities, along with their own Sadhana. Mayank and Adithya came from Neyyar Dam Ashram to help and support the Centre while Yashpal was away for a month to support Netala TTC. Sunday Satsang was led by Yashpal, joined with some guests.
Praying for world peace – Om Namo Narayanaya. 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 all around in the planet. Please stay connected. Pranams to all from Trivandrum Centre Kerala South of India. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
Om Namah Sivaya. In early June we had the 2nd week where teachers and Karma Yogis were devotedly taking care of the Centre while the staff were supporting the Ascension Day and Whitsun Retreats in the Retreat House in Reith/Tyrol, Austria. Courses and classes were well visited, also the Satsang on Whitsunday, which was given by Padmavati from the affiliated Centre in nearby Klosterneuburg. Centre teachers supported the online activities, with translations for the staff teaching and hosting online from Reith.
By mid June we started a big Yoga 2 course and also 2 Intermediate Yoga courses. The highlight was the celebrations on the International Day of Yoga in the Prater Park in Vienna, in front of the picturesque big ferris wheel. The weather was sunny and about 200 participants gathered to join the common practice of the Yoga protocol. Among them were 14 Vienna Centre students and teachers in addition to the staff supporting the event. Everybody enjoyed the guided open air practice in the sun. On Corpus Christi Day the morning Online Satsang was coming from Vienna, in the evening there was an additional evening Satsang at the Center. Satsangs were well attended. Again and again some newcomers joined in.
We wish everyone health and inner strength. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnuis, Lithuania
Om Namah Sivaya. In June 2022 Parvati led yoga teachers while taking care of the Vilnius Centre, as well as asana classes and Satsangs while Durga Devi participated in the Bhagavata Saptaha at the Retreat House in Reith. The sharing with the gurubhais gave new strength to continue the service in Vilnius Centre. Several students of the Centre attended the Saptaha online with a translation into Lithuanian, thanks to Swami Vairagyananda. Students enjoyed asanas on the platform in the garden and started registering for the upcoming yoga vacations and teachers weekends in July. Durga Devi participated in several meetings online to organize the IYD festival in Lithuania. It was decided that the celebration would take place at City Hall and the asana class would be led by the teachers from Sivananda Yoga School. Vilnius Centre will be active in service with some organization and teaching/demonstrating.
Later in June yoga teachers and karma yogis nicely took care of the Centre, so all usual activities continued successfully. Despite the summer time, students visited the Vilnius Centre regularly. We had an open yoga class for the upcoming IDY Yoga Day. People from the city registered for it very enthusiastically, but only half came. On that occasion, asana classes were free for the Centre students as well, given separately from the newcomers. After the class everyone was offered a fantastically delicious fresh vegetarian soup, cooked by Mama Parvati. Unfortunately, due to the rain, we were unable to conduct the class on the platform. Together with teacher Chaitanya, we spent five hours cleaning the facade area of the Centre. With the compressed water, we cleaned the paving tiles and all the corners, so everything shone with sattwa and prana, the pavement regained its red color. We had a friendly asanas class outside plus a lunch together. There was a good sense of spiritual family.
We are very grateful to the teachers, who support the Centre so well. OM.
PRANAYAMA – Pranayama During Meditation
If you do concentration and meditation, Pranayama, comes by itself. The breath becomes slower and slower. We will practice this Pranayama daily unconsciously. When you are reading a sensational storybook or when you are solving a mathematical problem, your mind is really very much absorbed in the subject-matter. If you closely watch your breath on these occasions, you will find that the breath has become very very slow. When you see a tragical story being enacted in the theater or a film-show, when you hear a very sad striking news or some glad tidings, when you shed tears either of joy or sorrow, or burst into laughter, the breath is slackened—Pranayama comes by itself. In those Yogic students who practice Sirshasana, pranayama comes by itself. It is obvious from these examples that when the mind is deeply concentrated on any subject, the respiration slows down or stops. Pranayama is being done automatically. Mind and Prana are intimately connected. If you turn your attention to watch the breath on those occasions, it will regain its normal state. Pranayama comes by itself to those who are deeply absorbed in doing Japa, Dhyana or Brahma-Vichara (enquiry of Atman).
Prana, mind and Virya (seminal energy) are under one Sambandha (connection). If you can control the mind, Prana and Virya are controlled by themselves. If you can control Prana, mind and Virya are controlled by themselves. If you control the Virya by remaining as an Akhanda Brahmachari without emission of even a single drop of semen for 12 years, mind and Prana are controlled by themselves. Just as there is connection between wind and fire (light), so also there is connection between Prana and mind. Wind fans the fire. Prana also fans the mind. If there is no wind, fire or light gets steady. Hatha Yogins approach Brahman by controlling Prana. Raja Yogins approach Brahman by controlling mind.
In this Pranayama you need not close the nostrils. Simply close the eyes if you practice it in a sitting posture. Forget the body and concentrate. If you practice this during walking, just feel minutely the movement of the air that is inhaled and exhaled.
Pranayama While Walking
Walk with head up, shoulders back and with chest expanded. Inhale slowly through both nostrils counting OM mentally 3 times, one count for each step. Then retain the breath till you count 12 OMs. Then exhale slowly through both nostrils till you count 6 OMs. Take the respiratory pause or rest after one Pranayama counting 12 OMs. If you find it difficult to count OM with each step, count OM without having any concern with the steps.
Kapalabhati can also be done during walking. Those who are very busy can practice the above Pranayama during their morning and evening walks. It is like killing two birds with one stone. You will find it very pleasant to practice Pranayama while walking in an open place, when delightful gentle breeze is blowing. You will be invigorated and innervated quickly to a considerable degree. Practice, feel and realize the marked, beneficial influence of this kind of Pranayama. Those who walk briskly, repeating OM mentally or verbally do practice natural Pranayama without any effort.
Pranayama in Savasana
Lie down on the back, quiet at ease, over a blanket. Keep the hands on the ground by the side and legs straight. The heels should be kept together, but the toes can remain a little apart. Relax all the muscles and the nerves. Those who are very weak, can practice Pranayama in this pose while lying on the ground or on a bedstead. Draw the breath slowly without making any noise, through both nostrils. Retain the breath as long as you can do it with comfort. Then exhale slowly through both nostrils. Repeat the process 12 times in the morning and 12 times in the evening. Chant OM mentally during the practice. If you like you can practice the ‘easy comfortable posture’ also. This is a combined exercise of Asana, Pranayama, meditation and rest. It gives rest not only to the body but also for the mind. It gives relief, comfort and ease. This is very suitable for aged people.
The breathing in men and women is very irregular. In exhalation the Prana goes out 16 digits and in inhalation only 12 digits, thus losing 4 digits. But if you inhale for 16 digits as in exhalation then you will have rhythmical breathing. Then the power Kundalini will be roused. By the practice of rhythmical breathing you will enjoy real good rest. You can control the respiratory Centre that is situated in medulla oblongata and other nerves also, because the Centre of respiration has a sort of controlling effect on other nerves. He who has calm nerves, has a calm mind also.
If the units of exhalation and inhalation are the same, you will have rhythmical breathing. If you inhale till you count 6 OMs, exhale also till you count 6 OMs. This is breathing in and out in a measured manner. This will harmonize the whole system. This will harmonize the physical body, mind, Indriyas and will soothe the tired nerves. You will experience full repose and calmness. All the bubbling emotions will subside and the surging impulses will calm down.
There is another variety of modification of rhythmic breathing. Inhale slowly through both nostrils for 4 OMs; retain the breath for 8 OMs (internal Kumbhaka); exhale slowly through both nostrils for 4 OMs; and retain the breath outside (external Kumbhaka) for 8 OMs.
Repeat the above process a number of times according to your strength and capacity. You can gradually increase the duration of inhalation and exhalation after some practice of 8 OMs and the period between breaths to 16 OMs. But never try to increase the duration until you are sure that you have power and strength to do so. You must experience joy and pleasure in doing the same. You should not feel any undue strain. Pay considerable attention to keep up the rhythm. Remember that the rhythm is more important than the length of breath. You must feel the rhythm throughout your whole body. Practice will make you perfect. Patience and perseverance are needed.
The divine light and grace will descend only upon the Sattvic or the pure mind, because only a pure mind can receive it. – Sri Swami Sivananda