Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya!
There will be no classes in the Berlin Yoga Centre until further notice. The yoga shop is open and we are still there for you by phone and email. Call us if you have any questions: 030 85 99 97 98 Let yourself be inspired by what online yoga has to offer. We wish everyone health and inner strength.
Meanwhile the online classes and online courses were well visited in February by the Berlin students. They were happy to see all of the staff on the screen. A Beginners’ Yoga weekend course started with a motivated group of students, happy to learn yoga online. Many of them participated regularly in Satsangs, morning pranayama and the Ayurveda courses. Also the further training courses for teachers online are well received. The lockdown in Germany was extended to March. Staff are all well, teaching online from Berlin and Reith. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America
Om Namah Sivaya. The Buenos Aires Centre now offers face-to-face classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm and Sundays 5pm. There is a beautiful and spacious room, with the appropriate sanitary measures – a space to connect with you! We will wait for you! Any sum you can contribute will be grateful from the heart. You can contact us for any questions about practicing yoga at home through e-mail: [email protected]
or by calling 11 4804 7813. Continue your practice from your homes. For any queries do not hesitate to contact us. If changes or news arise, we will inform you. We salute you with a fervent desire for peace and health for all. We hope you are all well. Pranams. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China
Om Namah Sivaya from Chengdu. We prayed for the students, by Guru’s Grace. We also prayed the whole world will go through this crisis with blessings from Lord Siva and Gurus. May Guru’s Grace bless everyone. Om Shanti. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre. We are happy to announce that we are now open. Our Centres and Ashrams are following MHA guidelines closely to ensure the safety and comfort of all. The continued practice of social distancing and limited class sizes are to meet these requirements. These guidelines will be posted in all our Centres and Ashrams. Please familiarize yourself with these safety precautions: MOH Guidelines for Yoga Institutions. We look forward to having you at the Centre and practicing together. We are also continuing online classes. Please visit www.sivananda.org.in/online-yoga for online classes.
For the beginning of February we started a new Beginners’ Yoga course. Roof renovation the the Chennai Centre went well, but this might be the reason for the slight drop in students at 9:30 Classes. We tried our level best to not disturb our students’ practice while the maintenance continued. Gopan & Santhosha went to Madurai Meenakshi Ashram. We organized a two day workshop on Pranayama one weekend which attracted quite a number of participants. Apart from that, we continued our regular chanting of Om Namo Narayanaaya every evening, Vishnu Sahasranama on Thursdays & Lalitha Sahasranama on Fridays and regular Satsangs.
We started with a new Beginners’ Yoga batch mid February. We welcomed our new staffs Ankit (Shiven) & Roopesh. They arrived with Nirmalaj Chaitanya & Srinivas. On the same day our Centre director Gopan went to Neyyardam for a two week treatment. Our roof renovation work finished. We began a new online private class at 5:00 am IST, with a lovely couple from Hong Kong. Social media promotions went well. Nirmala Chaitanya went back to Madurai with Kalki & Vedha. Satsangs were led by Sandhya. All our staffs are happy & doing their Sadhanas. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
Om Namah Sivaya from the Chicago Centre. We are grateful to the Gurus for continuing to protect and inspire our Sadhana. We wish you awareness of Guru’s Grace. Join us online for courses, studies, Satsangs and yoga classes. Take good care! Om and Prem.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
Om Namah Sivaya from the beautiful DaLat Centre. With thanks to Guru’s blessing, our Centre maintained strong energy to serve the community in February. All of the classes went well. Thanks to Guru’s blessing, our Centre kept the strong energy to serve the community. A Beginners’ Yoga course finished in time before Lunar New Year. We had Yoga Nidra workshop with 5 students. We closed the Centre on the occasion of Lunar New Year, resuming operations on 16th February. We opened 2 new Beginners’ Yoga courses right after Lunar New Year Holiday. The students were happy to be back to practice. We offered a Yoga Nidra workshop. We’ll also offered a Kriyas workshop, and a 108 Sun Salutations workshop. We did our best to keep our Sadhana strong and maintain energy. We pray for Guru’s grace and blessings. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DWARKA Centre, Delhi, India
Om Namah Sivaya to all. We are happy to inform you that our Centre is open. We look forward to practicing together. We’ll also be continuing with our online classes, courses & programs. For details, please visit sivananda.org.in/online-yoga The staff are well at the Centre. May Master and Swamiji bless all in continuing on the yogic path. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta NATARAJA Centre, Delhi, India
Greetings from Sivananda Nataraja Centre. We are happy to announce that we are now open. Our Centres and Ashrams are following MHA guidelines closely to ensure the safety and comfort of all. The continued practice of social distancing and limited class sizes are to meet these requirements. These guidelines will be posted in all our Centres and Ashrams. Please familiarize yourself with these safety precautions: MOH Guidelines for Yoga Institutions. We look forward to having you at the Centre and practicing together. We are also continuing online classes. Please visit sivananda.org.in/online-yoga for online classes. Please stay connected – https://sivananda.org.in/delhi/ The staff are well at the Centre. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
Om Namah Sivaya. We continued with online activities. The staff also participated in the European online workshops, classes and Satsangs. With best wishes for health and peace. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Om Namah Sivaya. We pray for everyone’s health and inspiration to keep practicing and teaching! May the Sivananda family worldwide be safe and continue the wonderful teachings, in all ways possible. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
Om Namah Sivaya. The London Centre is temporarily closed for onsite classes. We currently offer online classes and courses. You can reserve your online yoga class or course via MindBody. For more information, please call us on +44 (0) 208 780 0160 or if would like to receive our daily newsletter.
Online in February we offered a “One Week of Sadhana” program to all of our students, free of charge. About 100 students registered. Many of them expressed enthusiasm and gratitude for this special event. We had our first online Satsang. It was a bit of a test and some technical parts needed improvement but it was important to do it to reassure the mind that it is possible, in a rather simple way. The days were quite full throughout the week, with so many activities going on each day (4 to 6 online activities daily). We also concluded our 3 courses with the GPC company, which to be honest did not attract too many students, as the courses were offered free of charge to all the employees of the company. The outcome was that not many committed, but whoever followed the teaching enjoyed the courses very much. Savitri taught 2 courses and Kailas, one. Savitri and Sivapriya gave lots of their prana, enthusiasm and dedication to keep our students happy. Only a few yogis came to the Centre on a regular basis in spite of the lockdown. Because of the small number and how dedicated they are, the feeling was one of a little family sharing the teachings of the Masters on a daily basis, here at the London Centre.
The construction slowly started on our direct neighbor’s property. Scaffolding was put into place on both sides (garden side and street side) of the house. We had 3 bookings for the TTC-OnLine, which brings our number of TTC-OL registrations for March to 5. This is probably the highest number of UK registrations for a TTC-OL so far. We received confirmation that we would receive two grants from our council (local government body), which represent a substantial financial support in these very challenging times. We had very warm Spring-like days mid February, holding our first asana practice outdoor. Lots of people could be seen walking outside, in particular on the banks of the Thames River. The lockdown in the UK became tighter and tighter by the day. People were not allowed to run or cycle anymore in certain places. Karma yogis kept arriving regularly to support the Centre (Marian, Sasha, Kanti Devi (Gosia), Pina, and Rukmini). Our continued study of Master’s book “Vedanta in Daily Life” in the morning online Satsangs was most inspiring. We continued management of a dense class and course schedule. With best wishes for health and inner peace. Om Tat Sat. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Om Namo Narayanaya. Blessed Sivananda Yoga Community, the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Los Angeles is closed until California businesses are cleared to reopen. This challenging time is our opportunity to turn inward, deepen our practice and keep our community strong and healthy. Through Satsang and our collective positive thoughts, we support each other and the world. Visit our website for our online offerings: daily yoga classes, workshops and courses, plus Satsangs with Acharya Swami Sitaramananda. Boost your immune system by practicing all paths of Yoga; feel healthier and stronger in both body and mind.
In February the LA Centre remained closed due to a surge in COVID cases. The LA Staff lived at the Yoga Farm Ashram. Energy was high for the last week of the US TTC. Swami Sivasankariananda and Radha Chaitanya were busy observing the teaching groups. Swamiji taught the class on how to teach for prenatal and children, plus a Puja Workshop, and the final Asana and Pranayama classes. All students seemed strong, confident and ready to teach! Graduation ceremony with Swami Sitaramananda was a joy. We fit in Art of Processing Emotions for LA Centre and finished three 5-session courses: Raja Yoga Sutras (Chap 1), Meditation 1 and Yoga 1.
By mid month daffodils were blooming at the Yoga Farm. Our third 8-session Global Village grief support group started, facilitated by Swami Sivasankariananda and psychotherapist Yael Melamed. The groups were magical in their ability to connect participants with themselves and each other through the unpredictable and ultimately life-affirming process of grief, all through teaching, sharing and yoga. We offered Art of Processing Emotions workshops. A Pranayama 1 course finished. Swamiji and Ananda drove Ishwari back to LA and looked after the Centre for 2 days. It is an honor to support this mission. May our reach grow wider and wider. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves! Enjoy Yoga at home. We offer you a wide schedule 7 days / week, always with live online classes. If you prefer now, you can also have an unlimited 24-hour pass. NEW! Access to recorded classes within subscriptions.
Classes and courses continued in good spirits! We were happy to remain open despite the Corona situation in Madrid. Several online seminars started and students were tuning well to this mode of teaching. The TTC-OL continued with an inspired and open minded group. We looked forward to the next course in March.
The Centre was well visited in February due to the nice weather. Karma yogis cleaned the patio, preparing for Spring. Two new online webinars started: Yoga and Stress Relief and a Meditation Course in Spanish. Enrollments for the March TTC-OL continued. Staff are well and sending our best wishes for health and peace. We were grateful to Master and Swamiji for inspiring so many souls on their path. Pranams to all. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, India
Om Namah Sivaya to all. Due to the unpredictability of the on-going COVID-19 situation nationally and locally we have had to change our opening dates. We request that you contact your local Centres and Ashrams directly for their latest update. Free online Yoga classes, courses and programs are available during the COVID-19 pandemic. Boost your immune system by practicing all paths of Yoga to feel healthier and stronger in both body and mind. We thank our Masters for all blessings and support bestowed. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
Om Namah Sivaya from the Montevideo Centre. During February the Centre’s activities continued to be very positive, both in person and online. We finished our Beginners’ Yoga course and those students registered for regular classes. Chandra continued teaching a lot, due Summer vacation for teachers. Dr. Padma prepared a very special free program, offering counselling in Ayurveda. The idea was to inspire healthy and positive new habits in daily live. We continued teaching in this South American TTC Online, organized by the European Centres. Also, we started announcing another TTC-OL in March. Chandra and Mahadev were working in a new web page. One Satsang was led by Vani Devi from Brazil. It was very inspiring to see lots of our teachers that usually accompanied us during TTC in Garopaba for years. It was full of music and sincere devotion. Swami Dayananda led a very beautiful talk from Swami Chidanandaji’s teachings. Kanti Devi shared the knowledge from Swami Sivananda and his book about, how to get a deep sleep. Simple and profound, Gurudev gave us a new perspective to improve our life and make it divine.
The students continued with their usual practices at the Centre, thanking the possibility of doing the practice despite the current pandemic conditions. We still maintained a strict sanitary protocol. Dr. Padma continued with the Free Ayurvedic Counseling and Beginners’ Yoga course. The February TTC-OL finished led by the European Centres. Everything was prepared very nicely for the teachers and students participating from several different countries. The ceremony was simple, but at the same time carried out with a lot of love and respect. Kanti Devi and Chandrashekar continued with Satsangs. Meanwhile we continued translating some articles from the new Yoga Life.
We are excited for the March TTC-OL, again held in conjunction with the Sivananda Yoga Centres of Europe. 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! We have an extensive lineup of classes online.
Visit https://sivanandacanada.org/montreal/COVID-19-regulations/ for more information. May God’s grace and the teachers’ blessings always remain with us and guide us into being of impeccable service to the people around the world. Pranams to all. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya. The Munich Centre is closed because of the lockdown in Germany. All Staff are residing in the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House in Reith / Tyrol / Austria. Meanwhile students are thankful to participate in the online Satsangs, classes and courses. Let yourself be inspired by the extensive live online yoga offer. Call us if you have any questions: 089 700 9669 0 We wish everyone health and inner strength.
Online: Mid February we taught an English online yoga class for students of the Technical University in Munich. The University Department for Study and Teaching invited us from time to time as they want to make their students acquainted with yoga as a method for stress reduction. Students enjoyed the class very much giving lots of positive feedback. We hope that some of them will join one of our next online beginners courses. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
Om Namah Sivaya from Manhattan. The Centre remains closed as we wait for the government directives to restart operations. We successfully continued to teach classes and courses in conjunction with the Ranch Ashram and Chicago Centre. https://sivanandanyc.org/ We send our blessings for all to stay healthy, positive and strong in Sadhana! Join us online for courses, studies, Satsangs and yoga classes. May Gurudev’s blessings continue to light our path. Om.
Centre de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta, Paris, France
Om Namah Sivaya. The Paris Centre continued to chant daily online the Om Namo Narayanaya for peace chant. We also chanted the mantra onsite with a group of students and karma yogis. The first part on the chanting online was with the whole world, led by Swami Kailasananda and the second part was led by the Centre’s staff. We ended the chanting session with meditation, Aarati and Prasad. Life gave us inspiring moments. Karma yogis and staff enjoyed teaching and doing collective Sadhana, both online and onsite. We continued reading the Gita, with the commentaries from Master, during the morning Satsangs then participated in the evening Satsangs with Reith and Orleans. We had a public Satsang onsite with many kirtans and some inspiring words of Master on the topic of prayer. There was a nutrition course, a positive thinking course and a meditation course onsite with a couple of participants. There was a positive thinking course online with 37 cheerful students. Everyone was motivated with the onsite Anatomy course, given by Saraswati for two weekends. The Masters kept sending precious help.
God gave us a joyful day with the Celebration of the marriage of Vyasa and Daya, residents of the Paris Centre. We had a morning Puja online with the priest and then an uplifting Puja for the Divine mother at noon, led by Swami Kailasananda. It was a beautiful moment. Many of the Paris’ teachers where there. After the Puja there was a special Prasad prepared by Vyasa and a beautiful meal for everyone, prepared by Maria Enid and her team. The staff and a group of teachers accompanied the couple for the Civil Ceremony, which ended with an Om Tryambakam. The Sun was there giving beautiful light. Returning to the Centre we chanted Om Namo Narayanaya for peace. We had an evening Satsang with Swami Kailasananda and a big family of gurubais.
In spite of the early curfew, the quiet time with the school holidays and the beautiful Spring weather, the students seem to be gradually coming back. There was a cheerful atmosphere at the Centre with some onsite programs. The online daily Om Namo Narayanaya chanting for peace and the online asana classes continued. We started a new Positive Thinking Level 2 online with a group of motivated students. Jayabharati, one of our close teachers gave an interesting onsite anatomy workshop on the topic of the hip. Parallel to the regular activities, there was the second part of an onsite anatomy course about the knee and the correct alignment, led by Saraswati. The participants and the teacher were happy. We continued to read the Gita in the mornings during Satsang except on Fridays when we do the Puja with the priest from Bangalore. For the two public afternoon Satsangs we had many kirtans, the Sunday prayers, and some inspiring words from Master on the topics of peace and life. Girija put prana into the boutique display, in the kitchen, in the reception, in the little garden of the courtyard and everywhere else in the house to make it welcoming for everyone. The staff felt uplifted by the online courses, workshops and evening Satsangs with Reith and Orleans. They were all beautiful. We enjoyed being all together for the meditation, the chanting and the Arati. We enjoyed the lectures, especially the one given by Swami Kailasananda on the topic of Swadhyaya. Everyone felt very grateful. May God and the Masters protect the Paris Centre. May the Divine Mother destroy all negativity and bring love and peace. May Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda continue to guide and to inspire all of us. With all our wishes for health and peace. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
Greetings from Porto Alegre. We remain united! Wishing to all of you health and peace. May all live under Master’s and Guru’s grace. Om Shanti. Om.
Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves. The Roma Centre is closed and we are teaching only classes online. Share the new rules of behavior, be well and safe together. Sending Love and prana to all of you. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Paulo, Brasil
Om Namah Sivaya. Om Shanti Shanti to all the Sivananda family. Centro Internacional Sivananda de Yoga e Vedanta Sao Paulo is temporarily closed. May Master and Swamiji bless us with patience in our personal studies and practice. May all be well. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
Om Namah Sivaya. The Tel Aviv Centre is closed and all courses are offered online.
In February we concluded an inspiring Pranayama course, taught in English by Swami Shambhudevananda. All the students left felt revitalized and happy to continue practicing at home. We had three new courses starting: Meditation, Patanjali Yoga Sutras and a basic meditation course. We held our Sunday night Satsang on the topic of Dharma from the book Sivananda Daily Readings. We worked on promoting morning courses to fit comfortably into the quarantine schedule of our students.
We finished a Yoga 3 course where students dove deeper into their practice with advanced asanas and able to experience the more subtle aspects of the practice. We started four new courses: Two Yoga 1 courses, one of which is being offered in the morning time, a Guided Imagery course, and a Pranayama course taught in English with Swami Shambudevananda. The weekly Sunday Satsang was given on the topic of “How to Eradicate Hate” which was inspiring to all in attendance. The staff assisted the Yoga Retreat Bahamas to promote the February 24th Online TTC-OL among the potential Israeli students.
The Centre remained closed due to the general lockdown. May the Master’s grace be with all. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan
Om Namah Sivaya. The Tokyo Centre’s doors are open, as well as Online.
During February the Tokyo Centre remained open, however, the Japanese Government declared an emergency, imposing restrictions for outing during the night time for Tokyo residents and the neighboring prefectures. To abide by this, the classes scheduled at night hours were offered online only. A trial class was offered online as well as in-person, with good number of participants, most of who proceeded to sign up for membership. The meditation course composed of 5 sessions in 3 weeks was successfully completed. This course was navigated by Chandrika, who arrived in Canada last week with no problems, and the final class was given live from Canada. Yoga 1 and Yoga 2 continued well. The monthly Sanskrit class was offered with students keen about learning it. We offered an Online Handmade Mala workshop for first time, in which participants were so creative that they made their original malas that turned out very unique with arrangement of bead colors. We gave a workshop on pranayama and prana, by which we received feedback from the students that it was a great opportunity to rethink their diet and lifestyle. May Master and Swamiji’s grace be with all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya. Toronto is in full lockdown. Due to new Ontario provincial government health measures the Centre had to close again. It is a preventative measure the government introduced in order to regulate the increase numbers of COVID cases. We continued to teach online, maintaining contact with our students and teachers.
In early February Maheswari started an online Positive Thinking course with a group of students who all shared how important it was to them to connect at this time and keep spirits up. She also continued with Bhagavad Gita study group on Sundays. Our regular Gentle Yoga students all signed for new class session. A Meditation course started as well. It is nice to see new teachers getting comfortable teaching online after going through the practice classes with the staff. Toronto was still a good blanket of snow in February and all staff enjoyed sledding and spending time outdoors.
Mid month we started a new online Beginners’ Yoga 1 course on weekends as well as other regularly scheduled courses. A few new teachers joined the online teaching team, receiving weekly updates and tips about teaching online. Several students were happy to give their video testimonies, all very inspiring. Saraswati came back from the weekend Family Day holiday visit from the Yoga Camp Ashram. Nalini and Mookambika went sledding and hurt their back on a very steep hill but seemed to recover well. May Master and Swamiji’s blessings bring all good health and peace and that we continue to be useful for many. We send Om Namo Narayanaya to everyone. Pranams. Love to all. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Om Namah Sivaya. Due to the unpredictability of the on-going COVID-19 situation nationally and locally we have had to change our opening dates. We request that you contact your local Centres and Ashrams directly for their latest update. Join us through online classes, courses and programs online. Sending Prem and Om to all from our family of guests and staffs. Our thoughts are with you all and we pray that you keep well and positive during these challenging times. Keep up your Sadhana and prayer for one and around in the planet. Praying for world health and peace – OM NAMO NARAYANAYA. Please stay connected. [email protected]
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
Om Namah Sivaya. The Vienna Centre is closed because of the partial lockdown in Austria. Staff are in the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House in Reith/Tyrol in Austria. Students are thankful to participate in the online Satsangs, classes and courses.Let yourself be inspired by the extensive live online yoga offer. Call us if you have any questions:
Tel: +43 (01) 586 34 53
Mobile / WhatsApp: +43 680 3127237
We wish everyone health and inner strength. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnuis, Lithuania
Om Namah Sivaya. In February we offered 5-6 yoga classes, one asana trial class and Meditation trial class. One or two teachers arrived in the early mornings to have a small Satsang together and keep up the energy at the Vilnius Centre. A few teachers arrived to the Centre for a short visit just to donate nice flowers for the altar. OM.
The Karma of the individual determines the form or shape of the experience in this World. – Sri Swami Sivananda
SAKSHI – Witness
NIMITTA – Cause; Instrument
BHAV – Feeling; perception; direct experience; mental attitude; subjective state of being; attitude of mind; state of realization in the heart or mind; a right feeling and frame of mind; right intention; right imagination; right mental disposition; purity of thought. Bhava is a Sanskrit term; there is no proper equivalent in English. It means mental attitude or mental disposition. Bhava is internal feeling. There are three kinds of Bhavas, viz., Sattvic Bhava, Rajasic Bhava and Tamasic Bhava according to the nature of the quality that predominates in man. Sattvic Bhava is divine Bhava. It is Suddha Bhava. Just as thought or memory or will can be cultivated or developed by practice, so also, Bhava can be developed.
Sakshi Bhav – The attitude of remaining as a witness.
Nimitta Bhav – The attitude of performing as an instrument of God. A devotee that always thinks that God does everything and they are only an instrument (Nimitta), directed by the hands of God, then this is Nimitta Bhava. The Bhavas of a Bhakta and a Vedantin differ. The Vedantin entertains Sakshi and Akarta Bhavas. The Bhakta entertains Nimitta Bhava. The Vedantin develops Brahma Bhava. The Bhakta develops Dasya Bhava, and so on.
If anyone injures you, forgive and forget the injury done. You will gain immense spiritual strength. – Sri Swami Sivananda