Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya! Students were coming back to their routine after the “60 years of Sivananda Yoga in the West” special program: A cooking course on vegetarian winter inspired a good group of students. We also had several seminars and workshops. First we had a day seminar entitled “Body and Mind in harmony”. Students were happy to spend a full day in the centre and dive deeper into the practice. Then there was a very successful preparation day for TTC with a good group of participants, some of them already registered for one of the upcoming TTCs. Also a workshop on overcoming fear took place, where many students came to learn and to practice how to overcome this restricting emotion. At the end they all left joyful and inspired. The following weekend a workshop on [email protected] was attended by an inspired group eager to get information on how to practice at home. The workshop was followed by a practical class where practice units with different duration could be experienced. People left happy and inspired. Also we had a Yoga 1 weekend intensive course with good attendance. One week later the second part of the weekend intensive course took place. It was also well attended. New curtains for the meditation room have been ordered to protect the Altar so we can use the room also for Asana classes if necessary. We received the new brochure from the printer and the bulk mailing of the brochure was completed. Students like it very much and start to register for upcoming courses and workshops. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America
Om Namah Sivaya. During the beginning of February Swami Premananda, Swami Dayananda, Swami Sivapriyananda returned from the TTC Brazil. Lakshmi, who was a former student of the Centre, returned from the TTC course ready to join the group of teachers. We said goodbye and thanked to Ishwara of Spain very much for his help, who was helping us for four months. Swami Premananda gave a workshop of “Mantras and Prayers” and Swami Dayananda gave a “Pranayama” workshop. Pranams to all the Sivananda Family. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China
Om Namah Sivaya. After the Spring Festival Holiday, we came back to the Ashram to prepare for a Open House. The Family Yoga workshop was well attended and concluded with making rooster lanterns together. The afternoon lecture, on Five Points of Yoga, was very inspiring. The students and guests had a wonderful introduction to Hatha Yoga class. The 10% off offer on Open House Day attracted sign-ups for membership and courses. May everyone have a wonderful year of the Rooster! Om Namo Narayanaya to all the Sivananda family.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre. During the beginning of February our regular yoga classes continued smoothly. We started a new Morning Beginners with good number of students. Mr. Ajith Kumar from Trivandrum (TTC March 2016, Neyyardam) joined us as staff member on 08th of February 2017. Mr. Thomas went back home after finishing his Karma Yoga in our Centre. We wished him all success in his future tenure. Mr. Radhakrishnan left our Centre due to a personal reason. Renovation works in the Back House was underway. The works in the new building concluded. With grace of God and Guru’s blessings everything is fine and healthy. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
Om Namah Sivaya. Throughout the beginning of February the Chicago Centre renovation project picked up momentum as we moved towards having the space completed by Sivaratri. The finishing touches of paint, light fixtures, doors, hardware, etc were chosen. Staff were putting all of their energy to bringing this project to fruition. It’s an exciting time to be part of the Centre. The Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses all continued very well, with new courses scheduled to start mid month. Student attendance increased, including a regular group joining us for the morning Satsangs. We had an Open House, with 12 happy participants, eager to learn more about Yoga and the Sivananda community here in Chicago.
By mid-February two new courses started: Positive Thinking & Meditation and a Yoga 2. All of the students from the previous Yoga 1 registered for Yoga 2, inspired to continue with the teachings. Several more joined the group that were looking to refresh their practice. The Open Class attendance continued to grow. The renovation work was full steam ahead with several different crews pushing ahead to get the downstairs ready for Sivaratri. The painting began and electrical outlets installed. Raghurama was successful in coordinating the subcontractors and is supervising every detail of the complex project. Radha picked the paint colors and shopped for the finishing touches, such as lighting fixtures, bathroom tile and vanity, and many of the finer details that go into making the space warm and welcoming. By the grace of Master and Swamiji, the job will be completed in time to celebrate Sivaratri at the end of February. By the grace of Master and Swamiji, staff are regular in their Sadhana and are doing well. Sending pranams to all! Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
Om Namah Sivaya. During the beginning of February we opened a new Yoga 1 course for beginners and a pregnant class. All classes ran well. We had a Puja worship, with Master Panditjii and Ananta Chaitanya. Many students came. This Puja brought a lot of energy to the Centre and to all teachers and students. A great piece of news was the Vietnamese version of “Bliss Divine” was published. Many student bought it, with hopes that the teachings of Guru are always with them and lift them up in their daily life.
By mid-February it was beautiful at the Da Lat Centre. New students of beginner courses were very excited as the teacher shared about traditional Yoga and how to do properly. Many of them did practice some yoga before. The Open classes were very crowded. We made one more room for yoga class which was a staff room before, so now we have 3 classrooms in total. We had a Sunday Satsang with Swami Narayanananda, on the topic of Sadhana. The Centre grows as we learn. We keep our practice regular and have faith in the Lord. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DWARKA Centre, Delhi, India
Om Namah Sivaya. By the grace of Guru and God’s blessing the Dwarka Centre’s activities continued on very well throughout the beginning of February. The weather continued to be a bit cold in the early mornings with day temperatures quite comfortable which was attracting more yogic practitioners to the Centre. We started a Beginners’ class at 10 am and 6.30 pm. We conducted a yoga workshop for the back. Also, we had advance classes. Vijay ji returned from Neyyar Dam and conducted the Meditation and Satsang sessions after a gap of nearly a month. Everyone was very happy. Apart from that, all the open classes and special classes continued well.
By mid-February the Centre’s activities continued on very well. The weather was quite pleasant for the yoga practice, with a marked increase in number of students at the Centre. We started a Beginners’ class at 6.30 am and 4 pm. We conducted a workshop on Positive Thinking. We had advance classes, as usual, on Wed, Sat & Sun and Trial class on Sundays. Vijay ji conducted the Meditation/Satsang session followed by distribution of Prasad and dinner, which was enjoyed by all. Apart from that all the open classes and special classes went well. We pray to the Almighty for peace and joy to everyone. Om Namah Sivaya. Om Namo Narayanaya. Pranams.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta NATARAJA Centre, Delhi, India
Om Namo Narayanaya. During the beginning of February we started with two Beginners’ courses, one at 10:00am and the other at 6:30pm. We conducted the usual Saturday & Sunday Satsangs, open for students, their family and the people living in the community. With the grace of the Masters everything was going fine at the Centre.
With the grace of the Masters, in mid February we started a Beginners’ course at 4:00pm. We conducted a private Introduction to Yoga session for a group ten people from Spain. We also conducted few more private classes for the people who could’t join the scheduled classes due to different reasons. We started the Wednesday “Foundation to Meditation” course plus, a Weekend Intensive Beginners’ course. Nithya, who was with us for a month left for New York. All the regular weekly schedule of open class, gentle yoga, courses, Satsang, Kids yoga and prenatal yoga went well. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Noida, India
Om Namah Sivaya, from Noida. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
Om Namah Sivaya. The highlight of the month was an inspiring special program with Yagneswara. We had a beautiful Ganesha-Puja and a powerful Sree Yantra Puja chanting Lalitha Sahasra Naama. A new Yantra board was bought and painted in preparation for the program and students came with flowers and Prasad. The energy of the Centre was wonderfully purified and uplifted. Weekends were lively with a successful cooking class with an attentive group and a nice Open Day. The spring brochure was sent out and thanks to active promotion through flyers and online we welcomed many new students. A new oven was installed in the kitchen and we had renovation work in the annex for a period of ten days. Scaffolding in front of the building started. Satya from Madrid arrived to be staff in Geneva for the next three months and also Ola from Poland visited us and nicely supported the Centre for a couple of weeks. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Om Namah Sivaya. We look forward to another blessed year of teaching here in the City, and now with a beautiful Ashram nearby! Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
Om Namah Sivaya. During the beginning of February we continued with the certificate course on ‘The Power of Hatha Yoga’. There was much prana in the Centre with the residential students, and a good group of the general public attending every day. The group staying at the Centre fully embraced the spirit of Karma Yoga and gave their love and attention to the Centre by cleaning, organizing and assisting in the kitchen. During the evenings there were Satsangs including topics such as bhakti and wellbeing, silent walks and impromptu meditations when weather conditions prevented the walk from going ahead. The The Power of Hatha Yoga program came to a conclusion with the students showing much gratitude for the course. We also held a special weekend program entitled ‘Positive Thinking – Living Life with Joy’ which brought many newcomers to the Centre. The day culminated in a chanting Satsang and some words on the virtue of inspiration. We welcomed a new staff member to the Centre for one month stay. Preparation speeds up for the TTC which was fast approaching!
By mid-February our priest arrived to prepare the Centre for an auspicious start to the TTC. We had Pujas every morning, with the altar looking more radiant and bright as the TTC arrival day drew nearer. As the students arrived Spring was in the air and the sun was shining on the Peace Garden and streaming through into the reception. We had a Lakshmi Yantra Puja that evening, and afterwards sat together at dinner time and got to know one another. The Inauguration Ceremony and a Puja for Lord Ganesha was offered to remove obstacles for a smooth running of the course. A new workstudy joined the staff for a month, meaning we have many hands now! Spring flowers were popping up through the soil, and the buds on the bushes were growing fat, waiting to open and show their glorious faces. Staff and residents were feeling much gratitude to be a part of the journey of the new TTCs. May the blessings of the Masters be with us all. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Om Namo Narayanaya! During the beginning of February a nice group of Yoga One students started on Sundays, all inspired and excited to begin the course and start on their Yoga journey. All gathered for Guru Puja one Sunday evening to honor our teachers and the Light within. We had a Karma Yoga party to take down the tent-hut at staff’s apartment, preparing for LA County Inspection. It was nice to clean up and refresh energy after a rainy winter. We are training TTC graduates to teach at the Centre, working with them closely.
By mid-February Swami Sankarananda visited Los Angeles with Prema in the Yoga for Peace RV. Swamiji gave a weekend workshop on Steps towards Peace, drawing inspiration from the modern American saint Peace Pilgrim. To arrive at the ultimate inner peace, Prema taught 12 steps of spiritual preparation, purification and relinquishment. Prema lived her life as a pilgrim, serving as great demonstration and inspiration. Students are happy to find her teachings mirror Swamiji’s Five Points of Yoga, the teachings of Peace as eternal and universal. Swami Sankarananda shared more uplifting reflections and guidance to a larger group during a Sunday Satsang. A very happy Yoga One course continued. We saw students visiting from China, Italy and Germany. Omkari was away with family then to serve at Yoga Farm Ashram. Pranams.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves! During the beginning of February classes were a bit smaller but trial classes were dynamic and many visitors arrived. The Facebook campaign gained a presence with more use of social media to promote classes and workshops. We had several new volunteers offering their time and service to the Centre. We also welcomed Sundari who will be supporting the staff team for the next three months. One weekend the Sivananda Madrid Centre was present in the Valencia Yoga Congress, with two large yoga classes and a well visited stand.
By mid-February several courses started including a Positive Thinking and two Beginner’s courses. The Centre saw many helpers and visitors, including a large Open Day, with 85 participants. We had a good number of enrollments with many interested in meditation and diet. Sunday Satsangs were inspiring for all, with strong chanting and prayers. Many teachers joined in remembrance for the recently departed Soul of Victoria, a long time teacher and devoted karma yogi of the Centre. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, India
Om Namah Sivaya. During February the pleasant weather in Madurai supported our classes, with good attendance. A few private classes were conducted. A Monday Ladies’ Beginner course started at 4 pm. All activities of the Madurai Centre continued as scheduled. Pranams to one and all from Madurai Centre. May Gurus blessings be with us always. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi!!
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
Om Namah Sivaya! During the beginning of February Kanti Devi and Chandra came back after Brazil TTC, ATTC, TTC Refresher and other programs. Kanti Devi led a very inspiring Satsang. After Satsang Chandra showed the students their experience in Brazil through beautiful pictures. Three Beginners’ courses began with plentiful participation. Other courses ran well. After one of our Saturday trial classes, students signed on for March Beginners’ courses. We continued teaching in front of the sea on Sunday mornings. One Sunday we had only three dedicated brave students, despite the storm threat in Montevideo.
During mid-February we offered a special event – an asana class by Kanti Devi one Saturday morning. She taught to the Sivananda teachers who had the opportunity to refresh the teachings on classical asana class. Kanti Devi led both weekend Satsangs, giving inspired talks. The cleaning of the Centre was lovingly maintained by our teachers while the cleaning assistant is still sick. We had our first weekend sunny morning class, after the last two were cloudy, with many old students returning to the free class, including the homeless woman. The others activities continued. Om Shanti!!
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya from the Montreal Centre! We began February with icy, rainy and cold weather! This, however, did not deter students from coming for classes and courses. We started a Yoga 1 & 2 Intensive course on Tuesdays. Wednesday evening we began a Meditation course, with 6 students. Manjunath, along with the Subramanya Temple devotees conducted and sponsored the Thaipusam Puja, which celebrates the victory of Subramanya over the evil demon Soorapadman. There were over 40 in attendance with the energy very high. Swami Shankarananda arrived to stay with us at the Centre for a few days. He taught his popular North Indian cooking workshop to a group of 21 students. Despite a snow storm one Sunday there were 47 students for Satsang, most of whom came to see Swami Shankarananda. Teachers, karma yogi’s and students continue to be an inspiration. We are grateful everyday for the blessings of the Masters. May they remain in us. Pranams.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya. Beginning of February we had a special program with Swami Sivadasananda: asana workshops, teaching workshops for yoga teachers and satsangs. We held a TTC Preparation Day for people interested in partaking in any Yoga Teachers Training Course. We continued with our series of advanced asana workshops – we had workshops on the scorpion and on triangle variations. Our new open Meditation course was well received. Each week a special aspect of the meditation practice was highlighted. People who are quite new in meditation as well as those who already have some experience like to attend. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
Om Namah Sivaya! It was beautiful in New York City during the beginning of February. Swami Shambu Devananda came from Bahamas to visit the Centre. He gave a very well-attended workshop on the topic “Relieving Stress Through Yoga”. It was insightful and we all learned a lot through it. After the workshop Swami ji led the Satsang and spoke about obstacles in meditation. We had a full house that evening. There was a snow storm in New York so we had to close the Centre post 12noon. Swami Shambu, who was supposed to leave back to Bahamas that morning, missed his flight and returned to the Centre after waiting the whole day at the airport. Swami ji had his flight rescheduled so he and Nicolas went to visit the Ranch returned for the rescheduled flight. We offered our regular deaf yoga class, with Gita, and also an Ayurvedic Cooking workshop, with Isani. The workshop was a total success and the students enjoyed being here and learning Indian cooking.
By mid-February the weeks seemed to go by very fast. The sky was sunny and the air was chilly but still pleasant. Very dedicated karma yogis helped reorganize the boutique and label all the items and books for the inventory. Samyukta came back from California only to leave us the next week and go onwards to the Yoga Camp in Montreal. Swami Satyapremananda visited the Centre and gave Satsang. She spoke about Bhakti Yoga and left us all very inspired, as usual. Nicolas worked on updating the internal system for the Centre. The basement work was almost wrapped up. Nick, one of our karma yogis, spent a couple of days helping Neeti with the same. We enjoyed beautiful, warm and sunny days in NYC. All the Staff are well and send their pranams. Om.
Centre de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta, Paris, France
Om Namah Sivaya. God gave us an uplifting month with a teachers’ weekend and some others visits of Swami Kailasananda. Ananta came from Orleans to give the teachers’ program together with Swamiji. Swami Kailasananda gave a wonderful workshop on the topic “The Aim of Hatha yoga” and two powerful Satsangs. Swamiji’s words and presence gave us inspiration and let us feel more in tune with the Masters and their teachings. Ananta gave a workshop explaining the importance of keeping the balance between the meditative mood and the dynamic aspect of the asana classes. He also gave a workshop-class on how to adjust variations and a big open class with teachers and students. The week after, Swamiji gave an awakening Satsang from a commentary of Swami Vishnudevananda on a description of Kali Yuga from the Srimad Bhagavatam. Swami gave also a program: with an inspiring workshop on the topic of ‘practical pieces of advice to have a successful life’. A beautiful asana class with 75 students who looked fresh and full of energy after having taken the class. And a wonderful Satsang from ” Thought power” on the topic of how to get ride from negative thoughts by applying pratipaksha bhavani. At the beginning of the month, Swami Kailasananda had a meeting with the owner of the building to talk about the renovations that they will do this summer. We had also some meetings with the company who is doing the renovations to see some details before the starting of the works on the 6th. The renovations of the little asana room were carried out for one week and the renovations in the Meditation room followed the week after for two weeks. A professional plumber did some minor reparations in the kitchen and in all the bathrooms. The Meditation room looks luminous and spacious, it should be ready on the 24th for the Celebration of Sivaratri leaded by an Indian Priest. On the 10th the Swamis went to India. The close teachers: Gauri, Omkari, Jnanadev and Kaivalya supported the staff with the running of the Centre. Swami Nityananda was back on the 21st. This month, there were workshops on the topics of: ‘Yoga of Positive Relationships’, ‘Headstand’ and ‘Relaxation’. We had also a Gita intensive one week course with a very enthusiastic and focus group and a kirtan course and the usual positive thinking and meditation courses. The multidisciplinary researcher Philippe Bobola gave an interesting lecture on the topic “Science and Spirituality”, appreciated by all the participants. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil. We are forever grateful for the guidance and protection of the Gurus. Pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om.
Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed selves. During February classes and courses ran smoothly. Our advanced class had very good attendance. We had our second part of the workshop on Mantras. This program was popular with the students looking forward to maintaining this as a regular class. Swami Sankarananada left for Canada for bureaucratic purposes. Pranams and prayers for Peace to all from Roma. Om Shanti.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves. During the beginning of February Swami Dharmananda visited the Centre on his way back from India. Swami Jnaneswariananda spent a weekend with us, teaching the Bhagavad Gita group one Friday night, leading a teachers’ meeting on Saturday morning, presenting Peace Beyond the Emotions and a New Year’s resolutions follow-up on the Saturday afternoon. Swamiji taught a three-hour yoga class that Sunday morning, after which we ate a hearty brunch together. Anandamayi led a Yoga Nidra session one Sunday afternoon. Sankari Chaitanya and Mahashakti took a 3-day diabetes lay educator training, with the idea of integrating yogic lifestyle teachings into the evidence-based curriculum. A very engaged Meditation 2 course ended.
By mid-February a group of high school students from the Menlo School came for a half-day program, including introduction, asana class, vegetarian lunch, talk on Ayurveda by Ishwari, concluding with chanting. One student was inspired by a poster in the asana room of Swami Vishnu doing scorpion and proceeded to do it himself! Sankari Chaitanya attended Wisdom 2.0, a very popular conference “exploring the intersection of wisdom and technology.” She taught two asana classes there. We went to Berkeley to “flyer” for the Yoga Health Educator Training. New Yoga 1, Yoga 2 and Positive Thinking courses started. A Meditation 1 course ended and another began. The Gurus continued to pave the way. We are very inspired to carry Swamiji’s 60-year mission forward. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with us all always. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, São Paulo, Brasil
Om Namah Sivaya from Sao Paulo. During the beginning of February we had a slight increase in the participation of students although the most remarkable was the activity on Open House Day, with a good participation of students and teachers. We also had a very participative Satsang with the direction of Krsna Das. The occasion was ideal to welcome four new teachers trained in Garopaba, who are very interested in starting to teach.
By mid-February we finished the Beginners’ course. Most students were intent on continuing their practice. We were having a large number of participant to Satsang which allows us to observe the well developed devotional aspect of the Brazilians. The new teachers continued to practice in their yoga classes and are very enthusiastic to help in the Centre. Teachers and students remain harmonious and very happy with the activities of the Centre. Om and Prem to all the Sivananda family.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
Om Namah Sivaya. The beginning of February was an eventful and fruitful time in the Tel-Aviv Centre. Registration to the upcoming Passover Retreat in April took off and 25% of the rooms were filled up. Upcoming courses were intensely promoted with good registration. Sivaratri’s atmosphere was in the air and many devotees from all over Israel were calling to participate in the festive preparations. We offered a concert with Shir Sofer, a multi-instrumentalist, who mesmerized us all with his Tibetan bowls, traditional Indian musical instruments and overtones singing. Over 60 people attended, amongst them many children.
By mid-February we focused all our prana in promoting the many new courses that will start in the next while. Registration progressed well as we enthusiastically filled up the whole program. Our new website was updated with many new pages and a new opening clip in the homepage. Amazingly enough it affected our SEO dramatically and our position, with many keywords, improved dramatically. A new Meditation course started with twelve students. We were sadly advised of the passing of a long time teacher, Omkar Ronen. Omkar had been teaching the Tuesday evening open class for many years and was always seen with a smile on his face. The staff dedicated Om Trayambakam for the safe journey of Omkar’s soul and attended his funeral. Pranams to the Sivananda family.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan
Om Namah Sivaya. During the beginning of February Maunika, a very dedicated karma yogi and teacher at the Centre over the years, gave a Yoga Jaya workshop. This was held for the first time at Tokyo Centre, with 11 students, including TTC graduates and intense students at asana classes. The program was greatly enjoyed and appreciated by the participants. It promised to be scheduled on a regular basis. New batches for Yoga 1 course started on Fridays and Sundays with 14 people in total attending. Many of them were interested in TTCs and/or Ashrams as they worked on this course with enthusiasm. Machiko, director of Tokyo Centre, left for Vietnam to support the TTC for a month as an interpreter. Kalini, a Neyyar dam TTC graduate in 2015, joined as resident staff, helping the Centre for a month while the director is absent. Her positive vibrant energy was such a positive influence over the Centre.
During mid-February an asana workshop for stiff shoulders and backache relief was given by Meenakshi, a very dedicated asana teacher who graduated from the TTC in India in 2015. 10 people attended and enjoyed learning methods for stiff shoulder and backache relief through asana postures. Sita, a Thai TTC graduate in 2014, moved in the Centre as resident staff and will be here for 3 months. Vishnu, a monk and ex-resident staff, joined and stayed for a week to help the Centre provide new staffs with the training. The Centre was filled with a very positive and lively energy since the two joined us. A Sunday evening Satsang, led by Vishnu and his powerful singing, was very vibrant. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya. At the beginning of February Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 courses started. Mayavan taught Yoga Asanas according to an Ayurveda workshop. He offered Ayurvedic perspective on twelve basic asanas and how to practice them taking into considerations Ayurvedic body mind types. Students and teachers appreciated his knowledge very much. Our teacher, Narayani, enthusiastically continued cooking Tuesday dinners for students, as Vijay was taking a break. We started reading Tulsidas Sri Ramacharitamanasa at morning Satsangs which reminded the senior students and staff of Swami Vishnudevananada as we used to read with him during long, winter days.
During mid-February Ontario had a Family Long Weekend holiday which sent a lot of people out of Toronto. Regardless, we had good attendance at classes and Satsangs. Anantya taught our regular headstand workshop for students who needed some more instruction. Saraswati taught a two-hour relaxation workshop for injured workers, organized by downtown Community Legal Clinic. Their clients suffered range of physical and mental trauma and are all from low income communities. They enjoyed learning how they can manage stress. We offered them free courses at the Centre, which they were very excited to continue with. Some of them already visited the Centre the next day for the beginner trial class. Pranams to all.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Om Namah Sivaya. During the beginning of February a new batch started for ladies on Mondays. Open, Advance & Kids classes went well. Satsang was led by Sri. Arun. The director Rajesh left the Sivananda Organization to pursue his career outside. We wished him and his family good luck. Shibin took charge as the Centre’s director.
By mid-February a new batch was started Monday mornings, with a good number of students. All the Staff members were busy making all the arrangements for the Sudarshana Homa conducted during Sunday Satsang. This Homa was held for the accomplishment of every day tasks successfully, for prosperity, removing negative vibrations and improving mental and physical health. Around 75 people attended the Pooja. Satsang was led by Sri. Nataraj ji. We distributed Prasad to everyone. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
Om Namah Sivaya. February was an inspiring month. Classes and courses were well attended and several higher courses were beginning also. Many beginners were inspired after the trial classes and registered for Beginners’ courses. The headstand workshop this month was very successful, with all the 7 students being able to hold the posture for some time; on one weekend we offered an introductory course into the Positive Thinking. Also, our group-meditations with Mantra chanting on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays were attracting more and more students. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnuis, Lithuania
Om Namah Sivaya. During the beginning of February the Centre was full of different activities. Some students learned sun salutation in theory and in practice, with many corrections offered to the each participant. We held a workshop “Power of the Positive Mind”, which was well accepted by a good group of the students. Yoga 1 and Y2 courses also started.
By mid-February we started another Yoga 1 course. We held a TTC introduction day.
Almost all the students stayed for the all activities. One subscribed to the upcoming TTC. We received a new TTC brochure from the printer and sent it to all the European Centres. A small photo shoot for the Centre’s new brochure was done as well. The Centre was working on a reduced schedule because of public holidays. OM.
God is watching all your thoughts and movements. He will remove all obstacles. – Sri Swami Sivananda
SIDDHA – One who has acquired supernatural powers and is capable of working miracles; a perfected Yogi
Nitya Siddha [nitya siddh]: ever present
Siddhi: a supernatural power; a realization; an attainment
Learn lessons of equal vision from the sun, the fire, the river, the flowers and the air. – Sri Swami Sivananda