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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves. For early April, due to Songkran, the Thai New Year holidays, we had a quiet week as students traveled or prepared to travel out of Bangkok. We started a new Yoga 1 Beginner Course taught by Savitri. Mirabai’s private Yoga 1 course continued, and Shobal taught a trial class with many new students. All staff used the week for maintenance works in and around the house and are keeping up their Sadhana.

During mid-April it was quiet due to the Thai New Year, Songkran, with many students travelling outside Bangkok. Savitri’s and Mirabai’s yoga 1 beginner course continued as per the schedule, and more students attended the open classes towards the weekend. On Sunday, we were glad to welcome Mani Chaitanya back to Bangkok who led Satsang with an inspiring talk on bhakti yoga. Om Namo Narayanaya! Om Namah Sivaya!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya. The two spiritual highlights were the Pujas for Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti. Both were celebrated during the morning Satsang. Many close students and teachers joined together with the staff at 6am. Students brought flowers for the altar and the energy was very clear and positive. Some people stayed for group Asana practice afterwards, which was very inspiring. The monthly open house brought a small but inspired group of newcomers who enjoyed learning about the different aspects of yoga. Preparation day for TTC and a fasting weekend were the other weekend programs this month. The packing of the sound system, decoration material etc for the Vilnius special program was done and sent to Vilnius. During the Easter vacation the Yoga Beginners intensive took place with a good group of students. Swami Gokulananda and Swami Annapurnananda went to Reith for the Easter retreat, Swami Vairagyananda took care of the Centre with the help of dedicated Karma Yogis. OM.

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

Om Namah Sivaya. For early April we saw a new teacher began to give classes. We are still signing people up for the easter retreat. There was a general strike in the city but we were open as a normal day. We gave the “Conquer of Anger” workshop. We continued with the “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” course.

During mid-April the Centre was open. We had a wonderful Yoga Retreat from with 32 people. The retreat was conducted by Kanti Devi who gave wonderful talks about The Upanishad. Our Temporary staff Karen took mantra initiation, now she is Radhika. Prem & Om to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre. For early April we remained warm, sunny and energetic. We started with the new morning beginner’s batch and the weekend beginner’s batch which were both well received by the soon-to-be-yogis! The staff members were happy and peaceful and continue their Sadhana. The Satsangs brought a lot of positive energy for all the participants.

During mid-April we organized the Ganapati Homa on the 14th April which coincided with the Tamil New Year. The same day we celebrated the local traditional festival called “Vishu” also. Many devotees participated in the chanting and enjoyed the special function thoroughly. All the other yoga classes went off normally and we started off with the new ladies beginners batch full of several fresh and eager students. May the spirit of Swami Ji guide us forever. All the staff send Pranams to the Sivananda family. Blessings to all!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

Om Namah Sivaya from Chicago. For early April we were happy to welcome Swami Narayanananda back to the Centre for a few days. The highlight was a special Satsang with him one Wednesday evening, which included a Puja to initiate our new murtis of Master and Swamiji. A good group of teachers and students joined us, making it a beautiful evening. Chicago enjoyed a few days of really nice weather, and some planting has started in the garden. Many of the greens that were covered by the greenhouse tunnels over the winter are already coming back, so we are looking forward to having fresh garden greens to eat very soon.

During mid-April we celebrated Hanuman Jayanti with a special Puja. One Saturday we had an open house, which was attended by a wonderful group of students who were actively engaged and appreciated our practice. Although it was a holiday weekend, attendance remained steady. The weather continued to be changeable, but we are seeing the first of the plantings, including snow peas, rutabaga, and turnips, come up in the garden. By the grace of the Gurus all continues well. Pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi from the Centre in Chicago.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam

Om Namah Sivaya. For early April we started a Yoga 1 Course for 5 consecutive days, Open Classes were full capacity everyday. We redecorated the reception area with an information board, a banner of 5 points of Yoga and TTC pictures. One Saturday we hosted the weekly Open Lunch with Vietnamese cuisine. Students and staff enjoyed the communal meal. We all feel the blessing of the Gurus at the Centre.

During mid-April, despite the rainy season in Dalat, the Open Classes are still full to capacity. The Headstand workshop one Sunday was very successful. Open lunch was held one Saturday with Japanese cuisine with 8 students attending. It was satisfying as everyone enjoyed the food. All is well in Dalat. We feel a lot of blessing from Guru. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DWARKA Centre, Delhi, India

Om Namah Sivaya. During mid-April we started with fresh batch of beginners course at 6am with good numbers of students. Satsangs were joined by staff and students. otherwise all well in the Centre. Pranams to all. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta NATARAJA Centre, Delhi, India

Om Namo Narayanaya. For early April we had a good week with two new Yoga 1 Beginner Courses taught by Praveen and Bhishma, and a Yoga 1 Weekend Intensive taught by Bhishma. Sunday Satsang was led by Manju Sharmaji. We said goodbye to Ajay after one year of service, and we wish him all the best for his journey.

During mid-April we started a new Yoga 1 Beginner Course taught by Uma Krishna, who was stopping in Delhi on his way back to Bangkok. Mani Chaitanya returned to Thailand. Later in that week all ended quietly with a well-attended Satsang. All staff are well and send their pranams. Om Namah Sivaya from Delhi! We send our prayers to all. May the Gurus’ blessings of be with us all. Om Namo Narayanaya!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

Om Namah Sivaya. For early April we had a good week with two new Yoga 1 Beginner Courses taught by Praveen and Bhishma, and a Yoga 1 Weekend Intensive taught by Bhishma. Sunday Satsang was led by Manju Sharmaji. We said goodbye to Ajay after one year of service, and we wish him all the best for his journey.

During mid-April we started a new Yoga 1 Beginner Course taught by Uma Krishna, who was stopping in Delhi on his way back to Bangkok. Mani Chaitanya returned to Thailand. Later in that week all ended quietly with a well-attended Satsang. All staff are well and send their pranams. Om Namah Sivaya from Delhi! We send our prayers to all. May the Gurus’ blessings of be with us all. Om Namo Narayanaya!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Om Namah Sivaya. For early April we sent off the group of international teachers that came to Vietnam to teach TTC and ATTC. Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Pranavananda, Swami Narayanananda, Ananta Chaitanya and others left Southeast Asia after teaching here for more than two months. We are were pleased to receive 150 copies of the first edition of the “Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga” in Vietnamese. It is now on sale at the Centres in Ho Chi Minh and Dalat. The Centre activities continued with new courses starting (Meditation Course, Yoga-1 and Open Classes as usual. We put our energy into construction work and finished setting up the new meditation room. We also painted the library in Lakshmi pink and had around 20 guru pictures printed and framed in big sizes to decorate the 4 floors of the Centre. Shakti, a newly graduated TTC and vegetarian-restaurant owner, offered her knowledge of Vietnamese cuisine to a small group of students who greatly appreciated the tasty, nourishing food. All is well in Ho Chi Minh City.

During mid-April we continued with painting jobs and hanging of big-sized Guru pictures around the house. Ganga started teaching a Yoga-1 course in Vietnamese. Vani Devi started a Meditation Course. Open Classes and public Satsangs continued as usual. Many people stopped by the Centre last week to purchase the CIBY in Vietnamese that was just published two weeks ago for the first time. Staff and students are doing their best to stay cool in the Vietnamese heat in April. The local swimming pool around the corner is well appreciated these days. All the staff were happy, with the Guru’s blessings. We send Pranams to all the Sivananda family. Om Tat Sat.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England

Om Namah Sivaya. For early April we had a most inspiring teachers weekend about correct body alignment with Sita from Hamburg. We had a group of 15 teachers here, many of them stayed overnight. One weekend was about how we can refine our asana practice and also how to hold your body in daily life. The teachers participated in karma yoga, Satsangs and it felt like a true Ashram. There were inspiring evening Satsangs on various topics, like the true world order. One Sunday we had a lovely silent walk with full sunshine along the river, which added fresh prana to the experience. We also celebrated Rama Jayanti with a Puja. Salutations to all! Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Om Namo Narayanaya! For early April Vishnupriya has been doing a great job looking after all Centre activities because Swami Omkarananda was unwell for a week following her travels. We had a busy weekend of workshops including an excellent slide show of photos taken by one of our students after a recent visit to India and Nepal. All is back to normal at the Centre now.

During mid-April we hosted to local Hindu/Catholic dialog event for lunch one Tuesday. Our small lounge room expanded to contain all 14 participants and the conversation was very animated around the topic of ‘Compassion’ from both the Hindu and Catholic perspectives … One Saturday evening the main yoga room was filled with students who came to experience the healing energies of the gong as offered by Marilyn, our percussionist. Swami Omkarananda left for a one week visit to the Yoga Farm where she is teaching a course on Vedic Ecology. May the Gurus’ blessings of be with us all. Pranams.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves. Reflecting the coming of spring, the atmosphere at the Madrid Centre remained dynamic and uplifted throughout the month of April. A number of beginner and philosophy courses started successfully this month and the Centre also held a host of special events, including a much anticipated Vegetarian Cooking course with Gauri and Atma Jyoti, an extended weekend program with Swami Sivadasananda with popular asana classes and beautiful and inspiring evening Satsangs, a lively Open Doors day, and a well attended Rama Puja. The main project of the month was the promotion and carrying out of the big Easter retreat in Aluenda led by Swami Atmaramananda. The Madrid staff was happy to also welcome Ishwara Chaitanya from Lithuania who joined us for the retreat. The Easter retreat was well attended with about 50 students plus the staff and a good group of work studies and 12 kids. Parallel to the retreat, which ran very successfully for the adults, there was a full program for the kids with yoga classes, Satsangs, walks and recreational games such the very well appreciated daily soccer tournament. At the same time, the Madrid Centre, which functioned on a reduced holiday schedule, was nicely calm and quiet with good holiday attendance of both morning and afternoon classes. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, India

Om Namah Sivaya. For early April we had a very special Puja and Satsang for the occasion of Lord Ramanavami. We announced and advertise some New Summer program in news paper and flier. The TVS group of teacher sawing their enthusiast for keeping up the classes even while they have summer leave in the month of May. We said good bye to Rahul who were with us in the Centre for nearly two month and done good job. In the Centre all the classes are going smoothly by the grace of God and Gurus.

Mid-April was quite good week for the Centre received good numbers in Morning Beginner course started with 13 students. Even the crazy hot in Madurai we still keeping track on students no in all the open classes. The Malyalam new year and Hanuman Jayanti was celebrated with students and in the eve Satsang Hanuman Chalisha were chanted by all staffs. Sunday Satsangs saw a good number of participants. Everything is going well with the grace of our God & Satgurus. Pranams to each and everybody in the Sivananda family. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay

Om Namah Sivaya. For early April we had a very quite week, Eastern is a classic week of vacation in Uruguay. The mind of our students was in the preparation of this vacation week. We do not have people for the workshops and courses. The participation in weekly classes was good. The weather is windy with sun at noon and early in the afternoon.

During mid-April we had normal classes from Monday to Wednesday. Easter is a classic week of vacation in Uruguay. The Buenos Aires Centre organized a retreat from Thursday to Sunday. We met all the staff from Porto Alegre, Buenos Aires and Montevideo Centre. It was a wonderful retreat with wonderful weather. Om and Pranams to everyone in the Sivananda Family from the staff at Montevideo.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Milano, Italy

Om Namah Sivaya from all staff in Northern Italy. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya. For early April regular students arrived back from the Ashram, after a rejuvenating weekend. Where Swami Shivabahktananda held a special program on Pranayama. It was good to hear the students share their experience to staff and other students about the Camp. We hoped that the Montreal weekends for students continue to grow, and the connection becomes greater. Another Montreal weekend has been scheduled for June and September 2014. A Meditation 1 course started, a small group of participants where keen to learn about the practice and application for self. A yoga 1 and 2 also commenced. Staff and two guests at the Centre (Roberta and Uwe) went to the Ashram for a Krisna Puja one Friday morning. The energy at the Camp felt positive and grounded. It was a wonderful experience to be in the company of the EBM and Senior staff. It was a auspicious occasion for the Centre. Swami Kailasananda and Swami Bhagavatananda arrived from the Camp with Swami Shivabhaktananda. The vibrations were raised by their presence. Swami Bhagavatananda taught an asana workshop ‘Increasing awareness in Asana’s,’ it was well attended and the participants enjoyed the stillness that was facilitated by Swami ji. Swami Kailasananda conducted the Satsang. The Sunday prayers created a wonderful spirit, approximately 70 people attended. The highlight was talk on ‘Sublimating negative habits with yoga.’ People listened carefully, it allowed them to reflect and learn about practical tools for changes, and how to better improve their lives. We are deeply grateful for the warmth, love and kindness that Swami Kailasananda and Swami Bhagavatananda gave while they were at the Centre.

During mid-April the Centre was blessed to have Swami Kailasananda and Swami Bhagavatananda stay overnight before their departure back to Europe. Staff appreciated the Satsang given by Swami Kailasananda the Monday morning, the vibrations of the Centre were lifted. During the Easter holidays the Centre remained closed during this period. Swami Shivabhaktananda came to the Centre to give Wednesday Satsang. He bought a group of staff from the Ashram to give a farewell to Yamuna, as she leaves to pursue her life as a teacher and beyond. We are thankful for the time and energy she dedicated to the Centre. We are thankful to Master and Swami ji for their continued inspiration and presence. Pranams to all the Sivananda family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya. One of the special activities was a workshop with the title “Overcoming Fear” in which practice and theory focussed on techniques to change our thought patterns and increase courage and inner stability. The monthly Open House in March was again a possibility to get to know the different activities of the Centre: we had yoga trial classes, a yoga asana demonstration, a lecture on the benefits of yoga, a meditation workshop, a small cooking class and a video-show on the yoga vacation programme, the teachers training course and the Ayurveda nutrition courses. We are looking forward to our next cooking class with the topic “Easy Vegetarian Cooking” on Saturday, 5 April and our Yoga and Fasting Day on Sunday, 6 April. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina

Om Namah Sivaya! For early April we had a teachers’ meeting where 11 of the local teachers participated. In the afternoon we had the Mantras workshop, there were 4 participants on it. We say goodbye to Swami Premananda after spending 2 months helping here in the Neuquén Centre. There is a possible renewal contract of the house, where all the activities are developed, that we have been negotiating due to it expires at the end of April. During mid-April Swami Premananda returned to Buenos Aires Centre. We had regular classes. The Centre was closed due to Easter. May the Gurus’ blessings of be with us all during 2014.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA

Om Namah Sivaya! For early April we saw staff changes and new courses starting. We heartily welcomed Swami Narayananda as new director of the Centre. He arrived on the weekend along with Srinivasan and we held a special Satsang to welcome in Swamiji. We look forward to his guidance and stability and know the Centre will thrive under his directorship. Also during the weekend we held a very nice cooking workshop entitled Simple Ayurvedic Cooking, given by one of our close teachers Isani who used to be a chef in a hospital in India. We were all treated to a delicious sattvic meal one Saturday evening. We held four classes for the students from the neighbouring Fashion Institute of Technology. The students were delighted with the classes and responded with great enthusiasm to the teachings. Spring is in the air in the City and the staff are sending their pranams. Om Namah Sivaya from all the staff here at the NYC Centre. May the Gurus’ blessings of be with us all.

Centre de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta, Paris, France

Om Namah Sivaya. This month brought us beautiful days, many flowers blooming everywhere and a cheerful mood in the air…the staff appreciates being in the Centre tuning to the energy of the Masters, teaching and learning so many things daily. Swami Kailasananda was there the last days of Marc and led Puja for the beautiful Celebration of Hanuman Jayanti the 15th of April. The Centre was blessed with the presence of the two South Indian priests who stayed a couple of days with us. They performed two public Pujas, 3 Pujas for the staff, the purification of the building and the daily recitation of the Vishnu and the Lalita Sahasranama. One of the main Pujas with a Sri Yantra for the Divine Mother and the thousand names of Durga. The other for all deities and with powerful recitation of mantras. There was a weekend programme with Kailas, he gave two dynamic asana classes and an asana workshop. We were happy to welcome Swami Gopalananda who came back from the India Yatra. Swamiji did a beautiful Puja for Rama Navami and he gave an inspiring course of the study of the Viveka Cudamani. The Centre was cut off from the world with no computers nor phone connection for five days. During this time, it ran like in the ancient days, manual registration of the students and of the accounts. The atmosphere was very calm. This month we had a headstand workshop and a cooking class, 2 meditation courses and one positive thinking course. Gauri went to Orleans to give a vegetarian cooking weekend and to support the Ashram for almost two weeks. The last week before Easter there was a joyful atmosphere with the rehearsals of our new theatre play. For the Open house, there were fewer students than usual for the regular classes but many motivated new visitors. All the staff went to Orleans to Celebrate Easter and the birthday of Swami Kailasananda. Many close teachers and karma yogis were there to help with the running of the Centre. The staff came back from the Ashram recharged by the wonderful of the retreat. OM.

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

Om Namah Sivaya from Brasil. During mid-April we had a long holiday here in Brazil, for Easter. The Centre was closed during this period because Tandava Chaitanya went to a retreat at Buenos Aires Argentina. We started a meditation course with 18 students. The beginners course started on Monday with 2 students. Pranams, from all the staff at Porto Alegre Centre.

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed selves, from the Centre in Roma. The staff are fine. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with all. Om & Prem.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA

Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves. Pranams to all from San Francisco Centre.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel

Om Namah Sivaya from the Tel Aviv Centre. For early April we managed complete the registration for our upcoming Spring Yoga Retreat. A new Yoga 3 with Bhargavi opened with 18 students. Introduction lectures for Meditation and Guided Imagery were successful with a high rate of registrations. Preparations for Passover are at their peak, as we expect about 50 guests to join us for the traditional Passover feast. Major plumbing work was done in our kitchen and boutique area, as an underfloor pipe licked and had to be replaced. The outcome was very satisfying as we got an upgraded water pipes system.

During mid-April we had a most inspiring and active week in the Centre. We celebrated the Passover traditional feast in a festive atmosphere with 47 guests. The ceremony was 4 hours long with beautiful teaching and chanting of the holiday songs. We bid Rukmini farewell as she flew back to the Bahamas, and on the same day we drove north to Kibbutz Tuval where our Spring retreat was held. We had 88 participants. The classes were packed! We were welcomed by a perfect weather and the green mountains of the Galilee, which created the perfect scene for the retreat. Blessings and Peace to all of the Sivananda Family from the Tel Aviv Centre.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves. May the blessings of Master and Swamiji be with all during 2014. Pranams.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya. For early April the Centre experienced warm, sunny and absolutely lovely weather. Students and teachers walked into the Centre with a smile, a smile only the sun could possibly bring! Our Yoga 1 and 2 courses are running strongly, with many registrations for the next set of courses starting towards the end of the month and early May. The wonderful children from Hinks residential care visited for their yoga class, Saraswati and Upasana lead two classes- teens and kids, followed by snacks. We continued to host students at the Sivananda community through delicious food on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Friday evenings we were busy with the advanced class, followed by Satsang with Saraswati. We cleaned the Centre and did Puja. The open class at 10.30 was full, and the kids’ classes were action packed and fun! We started a new Yoga 1 course, as well as a 12pm Yoga 2 course on Sundays only. We continued with Yoga 1 and 2 courses and a workshop on Yoga for healing the mind, with Janaki, attended by 6 students and teachers, free trial class and advanced class. Saraswati led Satsang with about 14-18 teachers and students, followed by delicious kitcheri, as the saying goes: Simple food = higher thinking. Prahlada returned from the EBM at the Yoga Camp . Many of the students and teachers are excited for the return of Durairaj. Apart from regular duties, we are promoting the various courses and programmes through social media and poster runs, doing some spring cleaning at the Centre, and keep the students engaged and positive. We continue to keep up with our Sadhana, helping us to move onward and forwards!

During mid-April we had a new Y1 started this week, while Open classes continued to strong all the time. Satsangs were well attended. Our Kids classes with Saraswati 1 and Bhakti went as well. We had a Easter egg hunt with the kids running all over the Centre searching for the eggs. It was a lot of fun and good energy along with the good weather. We were sad to see Nikhila returning to the Yoga Camp, we miss her dearly. We welcomed Durairaj from India with many of the students paying him a visit and collect their goodies. The Easter weekend was quiet due it being a holiday. Never the less we had the Centre opened. Upcoming workshops are receiving good registrations. Pranams to all. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Om Namah Sivaya. During mid-April we began with two basic courses starting on Mondays at 9.30 a.m and 6.15 p.m., with several enthusiastic students joining the classes. The intermediate level sessions and the Vacation classes for Kids followed their routine schedule. We had Ganapathi Homam marking the beginning of Malayalam month, Medam. ‘Vishu’, one of the major festivals of Keralites, was celebrated. The festival follows the age old tradition of ‘Vishu-Kani’, an arrangement comprising of vegetables, fruits, pulses and the like along with special yellow Cassia flowers that blossoms during this season, to be seen the first thing in the morning, to invoke the blessings of Lord Krishna upon us. Small children are given token gifts by the elders in the family on this occasion. We had a workshop on Meditation, during which the gathered people were given an insight into the role Meditation can play in their daily lives as a stress-buster. This was followed by Meditation and Satsang at 6 p.m led by Ravi Ishwara. Pranams from the staff at Trivandrum.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria

Om Namah Sivaya. One highlight this month was a Swami Vishnudevananda memorial day, starting with a morning Puja for Swamiji and followed by a yoga class. For lunch we had homemade pizza and ice cream for everybody. In the afternoon we watched a movie with Swami Vishnu talking about his early years. After a second yoga class we had Satsang on Swamijis peace missions. One senior teacher, who had met Swamiji quite often had come and told us some inspiring stories. Students, teachers and staff were joyful and inspired throughout the day. Furthermore we had many workshops, weekend-seminars and courses and also celebrated Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti with love and joy. Many students and teachers came for the morning Pujas and most of them stayed for collective Sadhana and breakfast, creating a strong collective Prana in the Centre. For Easter the staff departed to join the special Easter programme in Reith, leaving the Centre to close Karma Yogis and teachers who were strongly inspired to take care of reception, classes and Satsangs over the Easter holidays. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnuis, Lithuania

Om Namah Sivaya. For early April Durga Devi came back after Himalayan Pilgrimage very inspired and from the very first day joined our small team. A small Meditation course started. We had a wonderful Puja for Rama Nayvami. 20 Yogis were there. Our karma yogi from Poland Sundari took care of the garden – now it looks fresh and all the trees and bushes are preparing to bloom and spread their prana. The main focus of the week was on the preparation for the upcoming biggest event – Sivananda Yoga and Music festival on the 9-12 of May.

During mid-April the Centre was full of prana and courses Yoga 1,2 and 4 were going on successfully. We had very nice Hanuman Puja with 16 participants. OM.

You need not try to become the Self or the Atman. You are already the Self. The Atman. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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MAY 2014

10 – Ekadasi
14 – Full Moon
24 – Ekadasi
28 – New Moon

JUNE 2014

09 – Ekadasi
13 – Mariamman Flag Hoisting
13 – Full Moon
22 – Pongala Festival
23 – Ekadasi
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Prana assumes five forms viz., (1) Prana, (2) Apana, (3) Samana, (4) Udana and (5) Vyana. Of these five, Prana and Apana are the chief agents. The principal Prana is called Mukhya Prana. The Prana, joined with Ahamkara, lives in the heart.

The seat of Prana is the heart; of Apana, the anus; of Samana, the region of the naval; of Udana, the throat; while Vyana is all-pervading. Vyana moves all over the body.

The function of Prana is respiration; Apana does excretion; Samana performs digestion; Udana does deglutition (swallowing of the food). It takes the Jiva to sleep. It separates the astral body from the physical body at the time of death. Vyana performs circulation of blood.

The aim of Life is to realize your unity with the Self. – Swami Sivananda

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