Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya! By mid May the city of Berlin was visibly coming back to life. Most of the shops and also cafes opened but Yoga Centres were still closed. We continued with the online program with students giving good response to the classes. Some teachers and close students brought flowers and vegetables to the Centre, all want to support and are waiting to be able to return to the Centre. The painting of the Centre’s walls continued and has now reached the main Asana hall on the 1st floor. Staff are grateful to be able to serve in this way and everybody is enjoying the daily evening Satsangs online together. All are well.
Best wishes for health and peace. OM.

COVID-19 Update:
In view of the government’s latest measures to contain the coronavirus, the Sivananda Yoga Centre Berlin is closed until further notice. All stripe cards, flat rate cards and current courses will be extended as soon as the Centre is open again.

Visit our live Online yoga classes via Zoom video switching. https://berlin.sivananda.yoga/yoga-kurs-kalender/ So you can roll out the mat at home and continue your practice in an interactive yoga class! Please contact us directly for questions and tips for Yoga @ Home:

Tel: +49 (0) 30/85 99 97 98

Mobile / WhatsApp: +49 (0) 152 38 45 91 55

E-mail: [email protected]

http://www.sivananda.org/berlin

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America

Om Namah Sivaya.

COVID-19 Update:
The Buenos Aires Centre is closed during South America’s COVID-19 lockdown. Please visit the Buenos Aires website to participate in any Online class, Satsang or course. This way you will have Yoga at home. You just need a good internet connection and download a free Zoom application. The normal Yoga classes and Satsangs (meditation meetings) will have no cost. We would like to thank those who can contribute a donation that allows us to pay the costs of renting and maintaining the Centres.

The official resolution in Argentina to cancel classrooms and avoid meeting places has led us to define the closure of the Buenos Aires Centre. It is a complex situation and alien to our will. On the other hand, we must help the non-propagation of this virus by maintaining the standards provided by the official information media.

Try to strengthen your immune system, maintain a high level of personal hygiene, cleanliness and disinfection in your homes and places of coexistence, eat healthy and cultivate positive thinking. For this, meditation, prayer and the study of spiritual texts can help to overcome physically, mentally and emotionally this hard test that is presented in the path of all beings on this beautiful planet.

We ask you to continue the practice from your homes and for any queries do not hesitate to contact us. If changes or news arise, we will inform you.

We hope all of you are well. Pranams. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/baires

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China

Om Namah Sivaya from Chengdu. In early May we offered a 2-day meditation introduction intensive at the Centre. Three students, one karma yogi and staff joined the course together during the holiday time. Students practiced meditation with the support of theory, asana and pranayama. All were inspired and felt refreshed after the course. Sivani finished the 10-class Yoga 1 course as well. Open classes went smoothly. Ambika steadily taught online during her medical quarantine near the border. We offered a Laskmi Puja to honor women, mother, the Yin energy and mother earth which reminded us to be grateful and humble.

Mid May open classes went well. We continued new Karma Yogi training. We welcomed Ambika back after she finished her 2nd stage quarantine at home. The online Gita study course with Swami Dharmananda also concluded for now, and all students look forward to the new session in June. We went through our book inventory together and updated our online boutique. Also, we have a “non-residential resident” now. Jaya Devi from Chengdu joined us during the day time for nutritious food and positive company as she is healing herself from a big surgery. We closed this peaceful month with Satsang on direction of life and power of choice, which inspired all. We pray the whole world will go through this crisis with blessings from Lord Siva and Gurus. May Guru’s Grace bless everyone. Om Shanti. Om.

http://www.sivanandayogachina.org

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre. Healing prayers from the Chennai Centre to all those who suffer physically & psychologically during this pandemic. Chennai experienced a scorching summer weather in early May and also continued to develop more Corona virus cases also distributing to other states through essential services people. We remained under lock down, continuing to stay inside even though the Government further relaxed the rules, with lot of restrictions. We are continued our online classes & Satsangs, engaging more students. All our staffs are doing their Sadhanas.
We are praying for the infected to get well soon and the other people to have sound psychological & spiritual health.

Chennai weather was at its peak, with scorching heat with summer showers here and there to only to increase the heat. COVID 19 infections were increasing alarmingly in the city. With various lockdown measures not helping the spread, Government not allowing any mode of transport from & to Chennai even though other districts in the State are in a relaxed lockdown. We concentrated on online classes, offering various physical, intellectual & meditation classes and courses for our students working with other Ashrams & Centres.
Thanking each one involved in serving the public during these difficult times, wishing and praying for good health for each soul in the Universe to live physically & mentally well. All our staffs are doing their Sadhanas.

COVID-19 Update:
Our Chennai Centre will remain closed due to order from the Government for “Corona social distancing” to stop the spread. Due to the lockdowns announced by the Indian government, we will not be accepting any new visitors or guests to the Chennai Centre until July 1, 2020. During this phase, we’ll be offering various classes, courses & programs Online. Details regarding this can be found at sivananda.org.in/Online-sessions. Our thoughts are with you all and we pray that you keep well and positive during these challenging times. May all live under the grace of Master and Guru. Pranams. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/madras

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

Om Namah Sivaya from the Chicago Centre. So blessed we are to have this stabilizing practice. It has been an absolute gift to be able to share the teachings. It’s also been an unexpected treat to get to tune in and learn from other teachers and Swamis throughout the Organization. In May we were doing well at the Chicago Centre. Our Teachers checked in on each other every once in a while as we each, in our own way, worked our way through this unknown territory. We continued with classes, considered new formats to teach (i.e. working with Mind-Body again) and constructed a variety of game plans for the rest of summer and autumn. The leak from the roof was patched by a dear karma yogi/teacher. We’ll get to test its efficacy over the next week with more rain in the forecast. Rain, heat, lightning, lush green, and humid air told us Summer was finally among us – Midwest weather heaven! We are grateful to the Gurus for continuing to protect and inspire our Sadhana. We wish you awareness of Guru’s Grace. Take good care! Om and prem!

COVID-19 Update:
The Sivananda Centres in New York City and Chicago, as well as the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch are closed to the public as a proactive measure to help stem the spread of the COVID 19 virus. Join us from home for an Online yoga class! https://sivanandayogaranch.org/event/online-yoga-class-schedule-may-25-31-copy/
Though we no longer have any income stream since the closings, we know that you too are being challenged economically and we are making all of our sharing free of charge. However, if you have the means, and would like to help, we will accept any donations to help support our full-time staff during these challenging times. Suggested donation: $8/class

http://www.sivananda.org/chicago

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam

Om Namah Sivaya from the beautiful DaLat Centre. In early May we reopened the Centre and started the classes again. Old students returned to practice. There were 7 people taking “Yoga for Beginners” course. We offered one free trial class for newcomers until the end of May. We had 2 Satsangs with Swami Narayananda, with about 10 students. We had a Reopening Puja with Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Pranavananda and Swami Narayananda. As well as a Buddha Purnima Puja.

In our second week after reopening the number of students gradually increased. Old students returned and some newcomers showed interested in the Beginners’ Yoga courses and the Meditation course in June. Some students attended the classes very diligently. Their positive response, love and support reminded us to work harder on the Karma Yoga path and feel grateful for the teaching of Gurus. We had a Satsang with Swami Narayananda, which was inspiring to the students and Karma yogis. A cozy dinner after the Satsang with Swamiji, 4 Karma Yogis, and the staff delightfully strengthened our connection in a way that all of us felt being loved and supported. We are doing our best to keep our Sadhana strong and maintain energy. We pray for Guru’s grace and blessings. Om.

COVID-19 Update:
Swami Sitaramananda states; “This is a blessing in disguise. Turn in. Less travel, less movement. More practice opportunities. Clearer. Instead of being bored, see this event as an opportunity to look inward and go straight to your own goal of happiness. Indeed, it is a blessing in disguise.”

Keep in touch with the teachings and Satsangs through our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vietnamyogaresort/posts/?ref=page_internal
Contact us for advice and instructions to register immediately.

https://sivanandayogavietnam.org

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DWARKA Centre, Delhi, India

Om Namah Sivaya to all.

COVID-19 Update:
Due to the lockdowns announced by the Indian government, we will not be accepting any new visitors or guests to the Ashram until July 1, 2020. During this phase, we’ll be offering various classes, courses & programs Online. Details regarding this can be found at sivananda.org.in/Online-sessions. Please like our Facebook page to stay notified about live open classes, Satsangs & other programs. Our thoughts are with you all and we pray that you keep well and positive during these challenging times. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/dwarka

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta NATARAJA Centre, Delhi, India

Greetings from Sivananda Nataraja Centre.

COVID-19 Update:
Due to the lockdowns announced by the Indian government, we will not be accepting any new visitors or guests to the Ashram until July 1, 2020. During this phase, we’ll be offering various classes, courses & programs Online. Details regarding this can be found at sivananda.org.in/Online-sessions. Please like our Facebook page to stay notified about live open classes, Satsangs & other programs. Our thoughts are with you all and we pray that you keep well and positive during these challenging times. Please stay connected – https://sivananda.org.in/delhi/  The staff are well at the Centre. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/delhi

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

Om Namah Sivaya. In May we started a Mahabharata course 3, focusing mainly on the philosophy behind the scripture, the 4 goals of life, Dharma and Karma, symbolism of the characters. We also continued with online classes and the idly one hour TTC mentor session in the mornings (Girija has 2 students from the French TTC in Orleans and Ananta has 1 student from the German TTC in Reith). The corona virus restrictions in Switzerland slowly reduced later in May. With best wishes for health and peace, Om Namah Sivaya. OM.

COVID-19 Update:
Due to recent government measures to contain the coronavirus, the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Geneva will remain closed until further notice. All course cards will be extended as soon as the Centre reopens. We will soon be offering Online yoga classes with the video Zoom link. You can then roll out the yoga mat at home and continue your practice in an interactive yoga class! Contact us directly for questions and advice regarding Yoga @ Home Online classes, Satsangs and courses.

Join the Sivananda TTC Refresher – this year Online, Thu 4th June to Sun 7th June. Deepen your vision, expand your knowledge and share the peaceful message of yoga.

Also,
SIVANANDA YOGA Teachers’ Training Course is available Online (TTCOL)
9 June – 6 July 2020
Live Online Yoga, Workshops, Webinars and Group Meditations.

Phone: 022 328 03 28
EMail: [email protected]

http://www.sivananda.org/geneva

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Om Namah Sivaya. In early May Sunday Satsang was online with an inspiring talk by Swami Sitaramananda ji, on the topic:  “Breathe and Relax, Live in the World but do not be of the World.”  With the Grace of our Masters, and the outstanding wisdom and diligence of the Vietnamese people, we joyfully welcomed students back for our first week of normal functioning after the shutdown period of more than two months during March and April.  We offered the usual open classes everyday, with many students coming.  Swami Pranavananda returned to the Centre from Dalat. We said goodbye to temporary staff, Mangala, who left to return to her hometown. Ganga Chaitanya held two 90-minute classes everyday for additional training of TTC graduates in:  1. posture correction with seven people, and 2. how to teach open classes bilingual with eight people. We had a workshop in Macrame, taught by resident Hamas, with 24 people. Ganga Chaitanya taught two workshops on Ayurveda with seven students and advanced asana with eight students. Generally all are especially grateful to again share the Yoga teachings live.

We started a Meditation course, taught by Swami Pranavananda with 13 people and a Prenatal course taught by Mahashakti with five people. We continued the training of recent TTC graduates every weekday morning from 6 to 9:30 am, taught by Ganga Chaitanya, with eight students attending nearly all of the classes, and everyone very interested to learn how to teach bilingual all-levels classes and do asana adjustments. Other courses and classes continued with very good attendance. We also had a big turnout for Satsangs on Sunday evenings.  We prayed for everyone’s health and inspiration to keep practicing and teaching! May the Sivananda family worldwide be safe and continue the wonderful teaching in all ways possible. Om.

https://sivanandayogavietnam.org/ho-chi-minh-center/

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England

Om Namah Sivaya. Prayers and Greetings from London Centre. In May the London Centre’s Online classes continued from the Orleans Ashram. This new learning experience for all had us very grateful that we can continue to serve our students this way. OM.

COVID-19 Update:
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre London is now closed until further notice. We are offering classes and Satsangs Online: https://sivanandalondon.org/class-schedule/
For more information, please call us on +33 (0) 2 38 91 88 82. With best wishes for health and inner peace. OM.

http://www.sivananda.org/london

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Om Namo Narayanaya. In May we connected to our Online community by teaching two Gentle Yoga classes to complement the two 2-hour classes being taught Online at the Yoga Farm. Hasu Patel taught an Indian Classical Music course for five afternoons. She showed us scales and vocal exercises and embellished concepts by playing sitar and tabla! Swami Sivasankariananda taught a course called Cultivating Contentment, sharing readings from Swami Sivananda, the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Vasishta. We repeated the Pranayama Course with some students taking it a second time, enjoying the support of the practice. We planted our vegetable garden, half in a patch by the back fence and half in the raised bed Karma Yogi Russ built for us. We are getting a steady stream of online orders for books. Life at the Centre is busy, but at the same time, simple and quiet.

We started a 5-session “Love in Action” course with rich discussions on duty and service. A Yoga 1 course, meeting weekly for five weeks, ended. Our third 30-Day Pranayama Challenge on Instagram started, with a mix of regulars and newcomers. We were very inspired to participate in the Yoga Farm’s Eco-Yoga Memorial Weekend Program. The quality of speakers was excellent and the topics so timely. Our offering was an Eco-Yoga workshop for Children. SF teacher Sarah Watkins taught a yoga class including a tribute to sun and wind power, the water bottle pose, earth complaints (volcano, tornado, etc) and a sequence “from farm to table” and then surprised the children with “earth salutations”. We discussed re-purposing and re-using with the children, then did artwork as a love letter to Mother Earth. Midweek, Swami Sivasankariananda and Radha Chaitanya rented a large truck and drove to SF to help clear out the San Francisco Centre. The sun is shining and the garden is growing.

COVID-19 Update:
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 https://sivanandala.org/ to view 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. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/la

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves! The Madrid Centre was closed in May. Daily Online classes started with enthusiastic response from the students. Free Online classes continued with the Madrid program expanding with new courses and workshops. Students were grateful and inspired. With our best wishes for health and peace. We are grateful to Master and Swamiji for inspiring so many souls on their path. Pranams to all. OM.

COVID-19 Update:
Dear yoga student, As you know, the Sivananda Yoga Centre has been closed to the public since March 13. The Sivananda Yoga Centre in Madrid has been open continuously since 1973 and we would love to be able to continue sharing yoga in Spain when this situation ends and we can resume normal activity. For this reason, we make a solidarity contribution call in the form of a voluntary donation in order to cover the rental costs until then. Any voluntary contribution you can make will be warmly received. Thank you.

Taking into account the latest measures announced by the Government, regarding the containment of the coronavirus and following the protocols recommended for the city of Madrid, the Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Centre announces the temporary suspension of classes, courses and meditations, as well as the closure of its facilities. Both the class vouchers and the courses that are not used during this time, can be recovered later and we will adapt them, for their use, for the benefit of the students of the Centre. We also announce that we have started offering live yoga classes Online through the video Zoom program so that you can continue your practice in an interactive yoga class.

Join the Sivananda TTC Refresher – this year Online, Thu 4th June to Sun 7th June
Deepen your vision, expand your knowledge and share the peaceful message of yoga.

Also,
SIVANANDA YOGA Teachers’ Training Course is available Online (TTCOL)
9 June – 6 July 2020
Live Online Yoga, Workshops, Webinars and Group Meditations.

You can contact us directly for questions and advice about practicing yoga at home:

Telephone: +34 91 361 51 50
Email: [email protected]

http://www.sivananda.org/madrid

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, India

Om Namah Sivaya to all. 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.

COVID-19 Update:
Due to the lockdowns announced by the Indian government, we will not be accepting any new visitors or guests to the Ashram until July 1, 2020. During this phase, we’ll be offering various classes, courses & programs Online. Details regarding this can be found at sivananda.org.in/Online-sessions. Please like our Facebook page to stay notified about live open classes, Satsangs & other programs. Our thoughts are with you all and we pray that you keep well and positive during these challenging times. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/madurai

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay

Om Namah Sivaya from the Montevideo Centre. In May Dr Padma completed the five days Yoga and Ayurveda workshop. It was very instructive and people were happy with it, already asking for new dates in the future. Classes and Satsangs continued online. We added more classes to the online schedule. We started advertising for TTC online in Spanish. We found lots of interest on it and also many questions. Little by little the country opened to more activities. We continued preparing the Centre to reopen. Weather has been mild and sunny. We pray for peace and healing. May the Grace of Gurudev and Swamiji be upon us all. Om.

COVID-19 Update:
The Montevideo Centre is closed during South America’s COVID-19 lockdown. Please visit the Buenos Aires website to participate in any Online class, Satsang or course. This way you will have Yoga at home. You just need a good internet connection and download a free Zoom application. The normal Yoga classes and Satsangs (meditation meetings) will have no cost. We would like to thank those who can contribute a donation that allows us to pay the costs of renting and maintaining the Centres.

Try to strengthen your immune system, maintain a high level of personal hygiene, cleanliness and disinfection in your homes and places of coexistence, eat healthy and cultivate positive thinking. For this, meditation, prayer and the study of spiritual texts can help to overcome physically, mentally and emotionally this hard test that is presented in the path of all beings on this beautiful planet.

NEW! Online Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Online – TTCOL
4 WEEKS / 6 DAYS A WEEK – June 9 to July 6, 2020

Since the initial restrictions in most countries remain in force for an indefinite period of time, we have been thinking of creative ways to continue offering the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course. Since the coronavirus-motivated official shutdown, we are sharing online yoga classes and group meditations with an enthusiastic reception from yoga practitioners everywhere – yoga helps to better cope with the stress of isolation. The connection to the universal energy of yoga brings balance and positivity. For all these reasons, we have decided to offer the first online Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course in Spanish. https://www.sivananda.org.uy/curso-formacion-de-profesores/formacion-de-profesor-de-yoga-online

Meanwhile, we ask you to continue your personal practice from your homes. For any queries do not hesitate to contact us. [email protected] If changes or news arise, we will inform you.

http://www.sivananda.org/montevideo

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya and Greetings from the Montreal Centre! Boost your immune system by practicing all paths of Yoga. Feel healthier and stronger in both body and mind.

COVID 19 Update:
Due to the latest announcement from the Government of Quebec, the Montreal Centre is now closed. We will keep you all informed of any changes on our Facebook page. We continue sharing the teachings, now Online so we can all continue with our Sadhana to stay positive and peaceful amidst the fast changing situations. Classes, courses and workshops can be found Online: https://sivanandacanada.org/camp/Online-courses/
Pranams to all. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/montreal

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya. In May the Munich Centre remained closed and Staff are in the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House in Reith / Tyrol / Austria. Students were happy to participate in the Online Satsangs, classes and webinars. All are very grateful to stay connected to the teachings of the masters. OM.

COVID-19 Update:
In light of the government’s recent measures to contain the coronavirus, the Sivananda Yoga Centre Munich is closed. All stripe cards, flat rate cards and current courses will be extended as soon as the Centre is open again. Visit our live Online yoga classes via Zoom video switching. Daily at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. So you can roll out the mat at home and continue your practice in an interactive yoga class.
Also, join the Sivananda TTC Refresher – this year Online, Thu 4th June to Sun 7th June
Deepen your vision, expand your knowledge and share the peaceful message of yoga.
Also,
SIVANANDA YOGA Teachers’ Training Course is available Online
9 June – 6 July 2020
Live Online Yoga, Workshops, Webinars and Group Meditations.
https://muenchen.sivananda.yoga/
OM.

http://www.sivananda.org/munich

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA

Om Namah Sivaya from Manhattan. In early May the weather was certainly strange. Just when it looked like it would be getting warm, it suddenly turned cold. It snowed, it hailed! We didn’t know what to make of it. Otherwise, we were doing well, continuing the courses, the Gita Study group, doing the major kitchen cleanup which takes time when there are no Karma Yogis around! 🙂 A plan to shine all the lamps and other Puja stuff is next.

By mid May the Corona Virus situation seemed to be improving in New York City. Also the sun started smiling on us. In these times we were very grateful to have a Yoga practice which is so vital to give a structure and discipline to the day. The Centre teachers continued to teach a variety of classes. These have been combined with the online classes offered by the Ranch. The weekly Gita Study progressed well with a dedicated group of aspirants. The scriptures course concluded with a daily midday meditation session added. Cleaning wise, the lamps were cleaned to shiny like new. The kitchen clean up continued – slowly but steady! We send our blessings for all to stay healthy, positive and strong in Sadhana! May Gurudev’s blessings continue to light our path. Om.

COVID-19 Update:
The Sivananda Centres in New York City and Chicago, as well as the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch are closed to the public as a proactive measure to help stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Since then the epidemic in the USA and especially in New York has grown exponentially. From the day we closed we gathered our Centre staff at the Yoga Ranch to continue our practice, to support each other and to do what we can to continue with our mission of disseminating the Yoga teachings and support the Sivananda Yoga community in a growing isolated environment. Respecting social distancing, we started live Satsangs, study groups and hopefully soon – asana classes using the growing social media software of Facebook Live. https://www.facebook.com/yogaranchcommunity/ Yoga classes, Satsangs and Courses are available on Live Facebook and Zoom.

http://www.sivananda.org/ny

Centre de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta, Paris, France

Om Namah Sivaya. See Orleans Ashram report.

COVID-19 Update:
The Sivananda Yoga Centre in Paris is now closed until further notice. We offer Online yoga lessons, Satsangs, meditations and now an Online Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training (TTCOL). We look forward to continuing to serve you this way. Let’s put into practice one of these key instructions from Swami Sivananda: “Adapt to all situations”. Take care of yourself, take care of others. See you Online https://sivanandaparis.org/cours-de-yoga/. Contact us at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Neuville aux bois at +33 (0) 2 38 91 88 82 or +33 (0) 1 40 26 77 49.
TTCOL – https://sivanandaorleans.org/fr/formation-de-professeurs-de-yoga-sivananda-en-ligne/
With all our wishes for health and peace. OM.

http://www.sivananda.org/paris

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America

Greetings from Porto Alegre. We continued teaching online classes while the Centre is still closed. Wishing to all of you health and peace. May all live under Master’s and Guru’s grace. Om Shanti. Om.

COVID-19 Update:
The Porto Alegre Centre is closed during South America’s COVID-19 lockdown. Please visit the Buenos Aires website to participate in any Online class, Satsang or courses. This way you will have Yoga at home. You just need a good internet connection and download a free Zoom application. The normal Yoga classes and Satsangs (meditation meetings) will have no cost. We would like to thank those who can contribute a donation that allows us to pay the costs of renting and maintaining the Centres.

To contribute, follow the bank details:
Itau bank
Aug 0604
CC 38887-6
On behalf of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre
CNPJ 04.274.368 / 0001-07

We recommend that you keep your personal practice, the practice of Yoga is an excellent ally to go through this period, where we need even more to keep the mind calm and the heart calm. Eat well, drink plenty of water and get a good night’s sleep to keep your immunity strong. Any questions you have regarding the practices please contact us via email. Any changes will be communicated immediately via e-mail. We remain united! Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/portoalegre

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves. In May the online classes and courses went well, with Meditation Level 2, Positive Thinking, Beginners’ Yoga classes, Yoga 1, Intermediate classes and Satsangs. Students from all over Italy and from other countries are participating regularly and feel happy to be able to follow the practice online. Students took refuge in the Masters’ teachings to deal in these difficult moments trying all together to keep the spirits high. Sending Love and prana to all of you.

COVID 19 Update:
At this moment, the Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Roma Centre wants to continue to assist all of you, offering free Online lessons, until it is possible to reopen and resume normal activities. Online yoga classes, morning and evening hours; Satsang and meditation sessions and a TTC from 1st to 30th August 2020. In order to join, we ask you to send an email to [email protected], and only after sending the email will the access link be sent to you. Important: book each lesson separately, for each activity, you will receive the link corresponding to that activity. To book, write to: [email protected] with your name, telephone number and e-mail address.

If you can, we ask you to make a free offer for the yoga class and the courses: in this way you will also help the Centre to cover the expenses that we will continue to face during this closing period. In the confirmation email that we will send with the access link, you will also receive the bank details in order to make the donation. Any offer of any amount will be sincerely appreciated. OM.

http://www.sivananda.org/rome

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA

Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves.

We are always thankful to our teachers and Gurus that have created the space to hold so much important work. May the Truth be spread far and wide. Om.

COVID 19 Update:
The Sivananda Yoga Centre San Francisco is closed until California businesses are cleared to reopen. Visit https://sivanandala.org/ to view our Online offerings: daily yoga classes, workshops and courses, plus Satsangs with Acharya Swami Sitaramananda. 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. Boost your immune system by practicing all paths of Yoga; feel healthier and stronger in both body and mind. Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/sanfrancisco

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Paulo, Brasil

Om Namah Sivaya. Om Shanti Shanti to all the Sivananda family. Om.

COVID-19 Update:
Centro Internacional Sivananda de Yoga e Vedanta is temporarily closed.

https://www.sivananda.org/saopaulo

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel

Om Namah Sivaya. Since the Centre closed due to the Corona virus we have been offering all the online classes for free with the option to donate. We started a new method where students were required to buy passes for the classes. The online courses we offered had a good number of participants who joined live and many more who watch the recordings later on. Swami Shambhudevananda opened a Pranayama course with 18 students and Pranava Chaitanya opened a Meditation course and a guided imagery course with 13 students in each. We have a dedicated group of karma yogis who help with all the technical support, which allows the staff to focus on promoting more of the Centre courses. We plan to open the Centre for normal activity in the middle of June, by God’s grace. May the Master’s grace be with all. Om.

COVID-19 Update:
Tel: +972 3 6916793
[email protected]

http://www.sivananda.org/telaviv

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

Om Namah Sivaya. In May we continued Online asana classes via Zoom. Various workshops were given for the last half of the Golden Weeks: Vedanta study session using a textbook named Iswara Namaha written in Japanese, two Ayurveda workshops focusing on different aspects, Asana Adjustment workshop, talk on better understanding of Vegetarian, and Yoga Nidra workshop navigated by Anandamayi, a Japanese staff at the Yoga Farm. The programs were successful with good number of participants. We offered a trial class and 10 people who live in remote areas joined, which is maximum in capacity for a class via Zoom.
A new Yoga 1 course started on Tuesdays, joined by 5 students who are filled with enthusiasm for learning about Yoga, ending up asking so many questions for each class. We gave a Restorative Yoga workshop, which helped people relax more deeply in this ongoing stressful situation. The website of the Tokyo Centre was modified, by which enables credit payment. We faithfully thanked Vanidevi who helped with the website construction. Sivakami and Kalyani, both non-resident Karma yogis, resumed teaching a class remotely via Zoom. Karma Yogis kept connected with the Centre even though the situation doesn’t allow them to come to the Centre physically. After the COVID-19 situation is over we were thinking of continuing Online workshops because of their popularity. Also, hand-made masks are selling very well at our Online shop. May Master and Swamiji’s grace be with all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.

COVID-19 Update:
Due to recent COVID-19, the Shojiko Retreat Centre is currently closed. We continue to offer Online asana classes via Zoom through the tokyo Centre. From June, extra Satsang will be added to the Tokyo schedule on Tuesdays & Fridays. Hoping the situation will get better soon.

http://www.sivananda.jp

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya. In May we continued Online yoga courses and classes. Our students continued to eagerly participate in several Bhagavad Gita courses that Maheswari was teaching. Many were also joining our daily open classes. Toronto saw snow early May and although everyone is trying to keep spirits up we still craved sunshine. Veena taught Introduction to Ayurveda. We started a few painting projects around the Centre and are hoping to finish all deep cleaning and painting during the Centre closure. One of our teachers, Jaya, appeared regularly in the backyard to do some gardening for us. Staff enjoyed our weekend intensive Sadhana with Mayavan, leading all pranayama and other classes.

Several new courses started mid month with our regular students online. We had a lovely Healthy Brunch workshop one Saturday where Mookambika, Gopala and Nalini shared some of their favourite quick recipes. Students were already looking forward to more ideas they plan to share in the future. Early pranayama and meditation had a lot of regular students who joined us in practice, led by Mayavan. Our Sunday prayers group enjoyed spending Sunday afternoons together with the staff. We continued to update our programs. All our regular classes were still free and open to everyone who wanted to join. As the weather became nicer we spent more time working in the garden which helps us connect with nature and balance many hours spent in virtual world. Staff continued with their regular Sadhana and karma yoga and are very disciplined with their schedule. We send Om Namo Narayanaya to everyone. Pranams. Love to all. Om.

COVID-19 Update:
The Toronto Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre is closed at this time. In this challenging time, it is important that we don’t stop our spiritual practice, as that’s where we get our strength! Keeping that in mind, we will provide you with Yoga, Satsang and Courses support Online. https://sivanandacanada.org/toronto/online-yoga-from-sivananda-yoga-toronto/

http://www.sivananda.org/toronto

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Om Namah Sivaya. Keep up your Sadhana and prayer for one and all in the planet. Praying for world health and peace – OM NAMO NARAYANAYA. Om.

COVID-19 Update:
Due to the lockdowns announced by the Indian government, we will not be accepting any new visitors or guests to the Ashram until June 1, 2020. During this phase, we’ll be offering various classes, courses & programs Online. Details regarding this can be found at sivananda.org.in/Online-sessions. Please like our Facebook page to stay notified about live open classes, Satsangs & other programs. Our thoughts are with you all and we pray that you keep well and positive during these challenging times. Please stay connected. [email protected] Om.

http://www.sivananda.org/trivandrum

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria

Om Namah Sivaya. The Vienna Centre temporarily closed and Staff are at the Retreat House in Reith. The students participated in the online programs from the Retreat House and the European Centres. We appreciated the possibility to continue to teach and to learn on line, share the Yoga experience and stay in contact, thanks to modern technology. We are grateful to be in this beautiful and protected place. OM.

COVID 19 Update:
In view of the government’s latest measures to contain the coronavirus, the Sivananda Yoga Centre Vienna will be closed until further notice. All stripe cards, flat rate cards and current courses will be extended as soon as the Centre is open again. Visit our live Online yoga classes via Zoom video switching. Yoga is suitable for everyone and can also be learned Online. So roll out your yoga mat at home and continue your practice in an interactive yoga class!

Please contact us directly for questions and tips for Yoga @ Home:
Tel: 01 586 34 53
Email: [email protected]

http://www.sivananda.org/vienna

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnuis, Lithuania

Om Namah Sivaya. In May the Vilnius Centre remained closed. Meanwhile, we offered Online asana, meditation classes, workshops and happy that more and more of our students and teachers try the classes. Five days of the week our students sign in to the online intermediate asana class once a day and on the weekend they join asana workshops given from the Retreat House and lectures, Pujas from India. The early May weather was very warm, like in the middle of the summertime, so it is, even more, delighting that a good amount of our students and teachers consciously choose to spend their leisure with yoga.

One Intermediate yoga class online was offered to the students mid May and two classes of Yoga for beginners. Fewer students take part in these classes because the Government loosens many restrictions and sports clubs are opening, so students started to think that soon the Centre will be reopening. If the weather gets warmer we could think about offering classes on the open air platform in our beautiful garden. We started a Saturday morning Satsang for the Sivananda teachers in Lithuanian, zoomed from the Centre. All were very happy to reunite again, to meet each other at least in zoom after the two-month lockdown.
The Satsangs from Reith Online allowed us to feel like a family and derive strength and faith for everyday work and Sadhana. Health and Peace to all. OM.

COVID-19 Update:
The Sivananda Yoga Centre in Vilnius has been closed since Friday, March 13, according to the latest government anti-coronavirus measures. We continue to offer you lessons, seminars, meditations Online for free. We invite you to actively participate. We will provide information shortly on when we are going to open, what the timetable will be and the conditions of the visit. Sign up here: https://www.sivananda.lt/ So you will be able to roll your rug at home and continue your yoga practice with an interactive lesson! Contact us if you have questions or need tips on how to practice yoga at home.

Phone: +370 6 487 2864

Email: [email protected]

http://www.sivananda.org/vilnius

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JUNE 2020

02 Ekadasi
05 Full Moon
12 Mariamman Flag Hoisting
17 Ekadasi
21 New Moon
21 Pongala Festival

JULY 2020

01 Ekadasi
04 Kaavadi Flag Hoisting
05 Full Moon (Guru Poornima)
09 Subramanya Ayyappa Temple Anniversary
11 Krishna Temple Anniversary
14 Masters  Mahasamadhi
19 Kaavadi Chariot Festival
20 New Moon
30 Ekadasi

When one rises to the state of Samadhi, he does not make the mistake of doubting as to whether it is lower or higher or the highest. He knows what it is without doubt, quite naturally. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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Free from worldly activities or concerns.

Make patience thy strength. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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