Sivananda World News: The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya! Summer vacation ended at the beginning of this month, students slowly returning to their regular rhythm of practice. One highlight was the Ganesha Puja. Close students and staff joined and the energy was sweet and positive and elevated our meditation room for several days. We also had a well attended weekend course on thought power “Easy steps to thought control”. Students left the course highly inspired to work on their energy level and thinking patterns. The next highlight was Swami Sivananda’s Birthday which was celebrated with a morning Pooja. The Altar was nicely decorated and the energy was loving, warm and intense. Master’s energy was clearly present still some days after the celebration. Our Open House this month was also well attended. A nice mixed group of newcomers joined for the whole program and was inspired to start their Yoga practice right away. Finally we had a one day weekend seminar on Yoga for the back including a workshop “Happy back”, which were both well attended. The participants were very interested to experience the holistic approach to a healthy back. One main activity in the Centre was the final preparation for the TTC and the Yoga vacation program in Ustka, Poland. In an inspiring collective effort staff and many Karma Yogis were packing the equipment which was shipped to Poland. Some days later Swami Gokulananda departed for Ustka for teaching the course. Satsangs and classes were well attended. All are well. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America
Om Namah Sivaya. Swami Dayananda returned after helping in TTC Aluenda Spain. Swami Sivapriyananda returned from ATTC at the Sivananda Headquarters in Canada. We celebrated the birthday of our master Swami Sivananda with many devotees in an atmosphere of bliss. We chanted special prayers for peace because of the sufferings that are causing the climatic catastrophes. We also began a Beginners Course. Om Namah Sivaya to all the Sivananda family. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China
Om Namah Sivaya. September was eventful at the Centre. We welcomed Swami Sitaramananda, Swami AdiParashaktiananda, Radha Krishna Das from Yoga Farm and Sivashakti from Dalat to Chengdu. Swami Adi Parashaktiananda taught an open class, which was full. Swami Sitaramananda led an inspiring Guru Puja on the morning of Sept 8th, Master Sivananda’s 150th birthday, right after she arrived in Chengdu. Staff and students were really touched by the essence of guru disciple guruparampara relationship. We finished our first 10-class Yoga 1. Students were inspired by the completeness of the teaching, and they enjoyed the pace of the course. We will keep offering the course in this format, meeting 2-3 times per week. Our August Meditation course also concluded. Besides normal Centre activities, we packed everything to the mountain to prepare for the upcoming TTC, and welcomed all the TTC students at the Centre and sent them to the mountain. All staff members were eager to learn and serve at our annual big event, TTC with Swami Sitaramananda. The Centre was full of positive energy with Guru’s grace. 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. We saw an energy filled, vibrant beginning to September. On the 6th of September Prahlad ji arrived at our Centre and the next day, he visited Madurai Ashram. On the 7th we finished the Ladies Beginner’s course for one of our Corporate clients. On 7th evening, our Trustee Members and Madurai Director, Anoop ji also arrived at our Centre, in connection with the inauguration of our new Ashram at Gudur (Andhra Pradesh). Our Centre was filled with positive energy with the presence of everyone. On 8th morning everyone gathered at our Centre to travel to Gudur for the Inauguration Ceremony. We had a nice trip to Gudur and the Ashram got inaugurated in a vibrant environment. We reached back to Chennai Centre in the evening and Prahlad Ji left to Delhi Centre soon after. Next day, Nataraj ji, Kalyani Ji and Yespal also left to Trivandrum. Swami Janardhanananda Ji arrived at our Centre for few days. Evening, we had special Satsang in which Swamiji delivered a good speech to us regarding the importance of Yoga in modern life. The eve was filled with energy by the presence of very old students, their families, guests and staff. Altogether, we had a wonderful week and we all feel blessed with the presence of Swamiji at our Centre.
Special Report from GUDUR: We are happy to announce that on Friday, 8th September, 2017, the birth anniversary of Master Swami Sivananda, a new SYVC Ashram has been inaugurated in India. The new Ashram is called Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Tapaswini Ashram and is located in a rural area near Gudur in the state of Andhra Pradesh about 3 hours journey north from Chennai. The inauguration function was conducted smoothly in the presence of Prahlada, who welcomed the chief guest, the local MLA (Member of Legistive Assembly) Sri Pasam Suneel Kumar, and introduced our Trustees – Dr Narayanasamy, Sri Ravindrakumar, Dr M Rajaram, Smt Lalithamma and Sri Ananthakrishnan who had graced the occasion and also a number of India branch directors. Other local VIPs were Smt. Thirumala Setty Bujjamma, MPTC Kadivedu and Smt. Kalicheti Sumathi, Sarpanch Kammavaripalem. Before beginning the formalities, the Ashram Temple was visited for the blessings of arati to the Divine Mother. Ganapathy Homa and other Pujas had been conducted from early morning filling the area with new prana and sattva. Moving in to the good sized yoga hall, lamp lighting and felicitation speeches took place, followed by Jaya Ganesha and some kirtan, before the staff / teachers of the Chennai Centre gave a yoga demonstration. The latter was particularly well received by the many children and teachers who had come from the local schools. And as with all special occasions, everyone was fed a full South Indian lunch plus ice cream. It was a joyful event with many smiles. We look forward to the Yoga Vacation programme beginning on 1st October in this beautiful leafy green Ashram. Thanks to God and our Masters for everything is being running smoothly. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA
Om Namah Sivaya. In September Radha and Arjuna spent the Labor Day off training on the new MindBody registration system. Arjuna started teaching a Meditation course on Tuesdays. Radha left for the Yoga Ranch where she will participate in the Sadhana Intensive for 2 weeks. We celebrated Master Sivananda’s birthday with a Puja in the evening, making it available for more to attend after work. We had two workshops one Saturday – a hatha yoga class on balancing poses, taught by Lalita and Arjuna’s infamous Yoga for Men hatha yoga class. Afterwards, there was a karma yoga day, led by Lalita, cleaning up and preparing the garden for the cooler weather. Staff are inspired and regular in their Sadhana. Sending pranams to all! Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam
Om Namah Sivaya. May the grace of the Masters be with you. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DWARKA Centre, Delhi, India
Om Namah Sivaya. September was special because of Master’s Birthday and also Onam. Regular classes were held throughout the simultaneous preparations for the special events, including giving out invitations and ordering t-shirts for the occasion. Staff, with the guidance of Sanju, prepared delicious items for all the outside teachers to celebrate Onam. We enjoyed paysam, kerala rice, sambar, avial, and different pickles which made us nostalgic of Ashram feasts. All the hard work paid off as all the teachers went home fully satisfied. On the 8th we celebrated Swami Sivananda ji’s birthday, starting off the day with powerful Havan and in the evening we had a small Satsang after which we witnessed an incredible Bharatnatyam performance by artists of Ganesh Natyaranjini. We devoured rich food soon after Aarti. About 200 people turned up. We were overjoyed to see so many people come and connect with each other and the Centre because of Master Swami Sivananda. Arjun left after 3 months of service. All the staff visited the Kailash Colony Centre to take part in a Satsang led by Prahlad ji, with all feeling energized and positive after spending time in his company. We hope everyone is happy and peaceful. We pray to Almighty for everybody. Om Namo Narayanaya!! Pranams!!
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta NATARAJA Centre, Delhi, India
Om Namo Narayanaya. In September we started two Beginners’ courses which started at 10:00am and 6:30pm along with our regular class schedules. We celebrated Swami Sivananda’s 130th birth anniversary on Sept 8th by chanting ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya’ and Guru Bhajans. The preparation to celebrate the 25th anniversary continued. Our chief guest of the the Nataraja Silver Jubilee Celebration, Praladaji arrived at the Centre. The celebration was for two days, on Sept 9th and 10th. The program started Saturday morning at 6:30am with Ganapathi Homa and continued by inaugurating Devi Hall which is the new class room made by renovating the store room on the 1st floor. Vijayji taught special open class at 8am and Prahladaji taught an advanced yoga class at 10am. The lunch served at 12:30pm after watching a 19 minute video showing Swami Vishnudevananda’s journey from childhood. Prahladaji lead the teachers meeting at 3:30pm, in which he discussed the importance of attending Satsang and requested teachers to continue their support for the Centre while spreading the teaching of the Masters. The next program was a cultural program. During this program one of our teachers Sangeetha performed Ganapathi Vandana, the Mishra Brothers performed Indian Classical music, Our student Riya performed Kathak and the Internationally acclaimed Kathak dancer Simran performed Kathak. The program continued on the next day with a “Pranayama & Meditation” workshop with Prahladaji at 6:30am. Supernaji/Yamuna taught a special open class at 8:00am while Prahladaji taught the 10am advanced yoga class. Prahladaji conducted the Sunday Satsang at 6:00pm followed by potluck. All the programs during the Silver Jubilee celebration were attended by very good number of students, teachers and their families. We distributed specially printed T-shirts which is 75% sponsored for teachers and annual members. Mamlan ji and his family visited us during that weekend. Binoy and Sree Vidya went for holiday to their home for a month. With the Grace of the Masters, everything went well. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
Om Namah Sivaya. Salutations to all! Om Namah Sivaya. In Geneva we had a long weekend, a bit of an extension of the summer holidays, with many people leaving the city. The highlight of September was the Puja for Master’s birthday. We had a celebration with many close students and teachers. One of the longterm teachers made 2 Prasad and some students brought flowers. It was a wonderful celebration. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Om Namah Sivaya. In September we returned to the city from the big holiday weekend retreat in Dalat to open the Centre and resume the programs here. We had a good turnout for our Open House, and a special workshop to cook the traditional Vietnamese “Moon Cakes”, taught by Ganga Chaitanya. Many people came for Sunday evening Satsang as well. It is inspiring to see many TTC graduates and other people who have attended the Dalat Ashram now coming here for classes, Satsangs as well as Karma Yoga. We started a new Beginners’ course and continued the training of July TTC graduates, many of whom are now assisting the open classes. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England
Om Namah Sivaya. In September we offered a TTC here at the London Centre. We hosted a beautiful mix of nationalities, students from as close as London and as far away as Ethiopia. Students were introduced to the Masters, meditation and were treated to an asana demonstration on the first evening. As well as the main lectures, Gita, and chanting classes, we also held a talk on anatomy by one of our close students who is a physiotherapist. The asana classes built up in pace, with the students very much enjoying the practice. For the birthday celebrations of Swami Sivananda, we held Puja. Sivani left to transfer to Paris after six months of dedicated service in the Centre. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Om Namo Narayanaya! In September open classes went well. Yoga One Course concluded with everyone continuing on for Yoga Two. We had a wonderful Puja for Swami SIvananda’s birthday. All were very inspired by Master’s service to humanity. As we prepared for Navaratri, veteran and new students joined together to help with the celebration. Hamsa Chaitanya returned from Asia, where she was serving in Vietnam. Many Karma Yogis joined in to help while she was away, including Shambu who was visiting from Chicago. He taught classes, as well as offered Thai Yoga massage to students at the Centre. May the Blessings of Gurudev be upon all. May we vigilantly continue our effort to receive Guru’s Grace. Pranams.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves! Students are slowly returning after the Summer holidays and many newcomers are joining as well: the trial class on Monday saw 22 participants and a Yoga 1 started with 14 students. Four new graduates from TTC Aluenda started assisting in open classes. Staff were busy preparing for the new season: web updates were done, a newsletter sent and all the material from Aluenda stored away. Swami Santoshananda went to the Retreat House in Reith to support the special program and recharge. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, India
Om Namah Sivaya. Namaste. Thanking our Masters for all blessings and support bestowed. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi!!
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay
Om Namah Sivaya! Hari Om! The September highlight was the celebration of Swami Sivananda’s birthday with a beautiful Pooja, led by Kanti Devi. She also made a delicious prasad. We began the next Beginners’ course. Yoga classes in general ran well. Yamuna, the staff member that was here for a year, went back to Colombia. May all live under the Masters’s grace. Om Shanti!!
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya from the Montreal Centre! In September the Montreal Centre was partially closed for the Labour Day Long Weekend, which resulted in a lot of students attending the Monday evening class. Attendance was strong due to our 1/2 price membership special with many students renewing their memberships and unlimited passes. Swami Shivabhaktananda along with many staff from the Ashram joined us for Satsang to celebrate Master Swami Sivananda’s birthday. Manjunath performed a beautiful Puja for which we had 70 in attendance. The night ended with many sweets, cakes and cookies, everyone left on a spiritual and sugar high! We started a big Yoga 1 course with 12 students as well as a Yoga 2 with 14 students. We started our first kids class for the season. This year we have 2 classes, 7-10 yrs and 11-13 yrs, one after the other. We had energetic groups of 45 that attended the Satsangs, many familiar faces coming back after the summer. 3 new karma yogis joined our team as we continued with maintenance and painting projects from the summer. We were every thankful for the steady stream of inspiration from the students and staff and for the grace of the Guru’s. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany
Om Namah Sivaya. Special courses in the last weeks were a “Yoga @ Home” day with lots of information and inspiration how to practice yoga at home and a cooking class “Vegetarian Cooking for Busy People”. Furthermore we had a „Thought Power and Positive Thinking“ course and a weekend meditation introduction course. We also held an information day for the Yoga Teachers Training Course. Our monthly Open House which is a good opportunity to get to know the different Centre activities was well attended. We started with two open courses for which students can come at any time without registering in advance. One of them is an open meditation course – each session a specific aspect of meditation will be explained and practiced. The other one is the course “Yoga for Body, Mind and Spirit”. The two hours of each course session consist of a more intense asana and pranayama practice, some theory and a short meditation. We performed Pujas on the ocassions of the spiritual festivals of Ganesha Chathurthi and Navaratri. And we are looking very much forward to the special program on “Asana Alignment” with chiropractitioner and yoga therapist Steven Weiss, US, on 7 and 8 October. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA
Om Namah Sivaya from Manhattan. In September we started refreshed and full of Prana from our Labor Day weekend at the Ranch. Opening the Centre’s doors again on Tuesday, a flock of familiar faces came for the open classes. Neeti also had her last class for the Positive Thinking course and some students considered taking the next upcoming Meditation Course! We were blessed with a visit from Swami Satyapremananda. She came to lead the Satsang, a very beautiful Satsang. She gave a special session on her favorite thing – KIRTAN and explained the meaning of Hara, Hari & Hare. It just shined right through how much she loves chanting. The energy was high and everyone left with a smile on their face! As always we were grateful, grateful & grateful! We also welcomed a new Karma Yogi to the Centre. Her name is Stella, originally from Colombia, an artist as well as computer savvy! She helped us with housekeeping and creating graphic designs for the Centre. We were happy to have her on the team! Padmavati from Philadelphia arrived. Originally from Japan, she has spent a lot of time serving in California at the Yoga Farm. She came to hold a 2 day course on “How to Teach Yoga for Seniors” which successfully happened one Saturday and Sunday. It was a very good and extensive course. Everyone that took the course were more than satisfied. We thanked Padmavati for her lovely presence and sharing of knowledge! We wished Shakti off as she went to the Ranch for Sadhana Intensive! We were very excited for her and she is too, although she remains humble about it. We looked forward to seeing her after the course. In the evening, Neeti held the Sunday Satsang. We chanted the classic Sunday Prayers and then Neeti gave a talk on Karma Yoga as well as referring to some verses in the Bhagavad Gita. The superb Satsang was followed by a wonderful kitchari, made by Tandava! All of our staff are doing great. We send our pranams! Om.
Centre de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta, Paris, France
Om Namah Sivaya. The Centre is back in shape after 2 months of major renovations. The Masters sent an army of karma yogis to clean layers and layers of dust from everywhere. Swami Kailasananda guided everybody to bring the sattva back little by little. The Main Altar came to life again. The priest stayed in the Centre for few days, he did many Pujas and the purification of the building. The energy came back with some inspiring Satsangs given by Swami Kailasananda, the visit of the priest, The Masters’ Anniversary, many Pujas, an uplifting programme given by the Acharyas and the Celebration of Navaratri. The staff team changed. Shambhu went home to have a family life. Radhika left the staff life but willo continue to come as a karma yogi. Sivani came from London. Arjuna will stay for one year. Sivakami twisted her ankle on top of the broken elbow she had. But she’s ok and the elbow is healing. Little by little Sivakami finds again her rhythm. Sivani is already in tune with the Centre. She has been of great help since her arrival at the beginning of the month. Arjuna is a precious support for the Centre. The priest performed Pujas for: the Murtis of the Main altar, for the Sivalingam, a Puja for Ganesha, a Puja for all the mothers Puja, Krishna Puja, Guru Puja and a Sudarshan Yantra Puja. He also broke a coconut in the courtyard. After having this huge tent for 2 months, everything seems possible in the courtyard. The neighbors got used to Satsangs and Pujas. He led the chant of the Lalita Sahasranama and the Mahishasura Mardini stotra daily. The students appreciated the building looking fresh and different. The Centre looks festive and beautiful. They also appreciated to be again in the energy of the Centre. In between all the special events and the preparations, the staff went on little yatra to an Indian Temple a ten minutes’ walk from the Centre. For the Open House, 465 students visited the Centre for the regular classes and the activities of the day. 138 people were there for the trial class. The new comers got inspired by the energy and the teachings of the Masters. That day, during the evening Satsang the priest chanted some mantras and told a little guru story. Life gave us an uplifting time with The 60 years’ five day Celebration, the presence of the Acharyas and The Navaratri Pujas. The Masters sent good help to support the Centre. Swami Durgananda gave a lecture which inspired all of us with a fresh, straight forward and deep words on the topic of “how to develop intuition”. Swami Sivadasananda gave asana classes which refreshed our practice and gave a deeper feeling of the practice. Swamiji gave also an interesting lecture entitled ‘The transforming power of sound”. Swami Kailasananda gave two inspiring lectures on the topics of ‘Concentration: the key successes’ and ‘Sattva: The energy of purity’. She also did a photo presentation about the Life of Swami Vishnudevananda. The teachings of the Srimad Bhagavatam and the music with Sri Venugopal Goswami were nectar to our souls and prem to our hearts. During Navaratri we had the fourth first Pujas in the morning with the staff and the fifth one on Sunday in the evening with the students. For all the Pujas we had the Devi Mahatmya. Swami Gopalananda and Swami Mangalananda came from Orleans each one for one day to attend the programme. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Porto Alegre, Brasil, South America
Greetings from Porto Alegre. September was intensive in the Centre. Lots of yoga classes and people practicing. We had a big Karma Yoga work party in our backyard for two days and a half cleaning and revitalizing. Also, we did some translations of teachings of Swamiji Sivananda to Portuguese, from texts and videos where we can listen to his voice. Om.
Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy
Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed selves. In September we continued with the summer reduced schedule as many people were still in vacation. We celebrated Master’s Birthday with a Satsang and Puja in which many of the new teachers attended and gave lots of energy to the occasion with beautiful chanting and lots of Bhakti. Karma Yogis participated in a deep cleaning of the Centre. Pranams and prayers for Peace to all from Roma. Om Shanti.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA
Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves. In September Gajananam led a beautiful Puja for Swami Sivananda’s birthday. Karma yogis prepared food for a meal afterwards. Swami Sivasankariananda spoke about Swami Sivananda at the Integral Yoga’s Satsang. We offered our popular Hip Opening workshop, plus a Yoga for the Joints workshop for seniors. We started three courses: Yoga 1, Yoga 4 and Positive Thinking. Om.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Paulo, Brasil
Om Namah Sivaya from Sao Paulo. In September we experienced two auspicious days, two days of activities with Swami Shivabhaktananda from Yoga Camp, workshops and classes of Hatha Yoga. Teachers were present, students and visitors. Much prana and love. Om Shanti Shanti to all the Sivananda family.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
Om Namah Sivaya. In September we were blessed with the arrival of Swami Swaroopananda, Swami Prema and Swami Shambhudevananda to the Centre for a stay of several months. The staff, many devotees and students welcomed them warmly. We all celebrated the 130th Birthday of the Master Sivananda with a beautiful morning Puja joined by many devotees. Jnaneshwari Chaitanya, Rukmini Chaitanya and Kumari also arrived from Nassau. Soon after they arrived Swami Swaroopananda and Swami Prema were busy directing the staff of the Bahamas Yoga Retreat on how to safely protect the Ashram and the staff in the face of Hurricane Irma. Our schedule offered a new Yoga 1 with 17 students, a Yoga 3 with 12 and a new “Ayurveda & Cooking“ workshop with 7 participants. Pranams to the Sivananda family.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan
Om Namah Sivaya. In September Mukti Devi finished her 3-month service as a staff and returned to her parent’s place. Kiran who had been a resident at the Centre for 4 years became a staff after graduating TTC in Vietnam in July. He was assigned for more duties at Tokyo Centre besides teaching Vedanta and Sanskrit classes. Masao, a former staff at Toronto Centre, was on a temporary stay in Japan. He offered a special class “How to Teach Sivananda Open Class” for the TTC graduates with 16 students attending. On the following day, he gave a workshop “How to Live a Yogic Life in a City” targeted for students in general. After the workshop, an evening Satsang was joined by 18 people who adore Masao’s warm personality and his sense of humour. He concluded all the programs at Tokyo Centre with a talk and Q&A. In addition to the programs by Masao, we offered “Pawan Mukta Asana Workshop” taught by Yashashvin and a trial class taught by Kumari Noriko with a good number of attendants for the both classes. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Om Namah Sivaya. In September Prahlad, Saraswati and Harsha returned from the Yoga Camp where they spent the whole summer. We offered a Puja for Swami Sivananda’s birthday, attended by many teachers and close students who brought fifteen different kinds of prasads! Anjaneya came from Ottawa to teach Chair Yoga course that was well attended. Many students returned after the summer, ready to start courses and classes. Atmaswaroop did a lot of office organizing and learned social media promotion, while Emmanuelle did a lot of thorough cleaning and gardening before she returned to the Yoga Camp. Pranams to all.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Om Namah Sivaya. In September, due to Onam there were no classes on 4th, 5th & 6th. Janna from New York joined as a Karma Yogi. Yashpal ji arranged a day trip to Vagamon. It is a hill station located in Idukki district of Kerala. Some of the outside teachers and a few staff members went there for a very pleasant trip. Yashpal ji went to Gudur, Andhra Pradesh to attend the inaugural function of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Tapaswini Ashram. A special Pooja was conducted to celebrate Swami Sivananda ji’s birthday. We gave prasad and also served breakfast to 30 students and teachers who attended the Pooja. Lalitha Sahasra Nama Pooja was also conducted on the same day.
Satsang was led by Smt. Kalyani ji. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria
Om Namah Sivaya. In September several higher courses were starting after the summer break and the open class students came back from their vacation. Also all the staffs are back now and are fully established in their respective Karma. We had a kirtan-workshop explaining and chanting our basic Kirtans and Mantras. The celebration of Master Sivananda’s 130th birthday was very nice with a beautifully decorated altar. OM.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnuis, Lithuania
Om Namah Sivaya. Durga Devi left to Ustka to support the TTC Poland for two weeks. Teachers and karma yogis took good care of the Centre. The second September week many teachers and some students left to Ustka TTC (Poland) for the very interesting program – the one week Autumn school for the teachers and the Bhagavata Saptaha to learn and to draw inspiration. The reduced team of teachers and karma yogis kept Centre alive, clean and cute so the students didn’t notice any lack of attention and felt good. The Open day on the 10th of September was successfully organized and taught by them as well. On the 23rd of September the cooking class: “Classical Energizing Yogic Meals for the Beginners’’ was given very successfully by senior teacher Bharata with the help of Parvati and 3 karma yogis. Very special Navaratri time with everyday beautiful very well attended Pujas gave a lot of prana to the Centre: students come back, novices registers for the different courses, the Centre is fully alive and filled with many good souls, karma yogis. OM.
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JIVANMUKTA: a liberated being. Someone who has gained and assimilated true Self-knowledge, or a sage who is liberated while still living. The state that creates a Jivanmukta is referred to as Jivanmukti (Self realization) which is the aim of yoga.
Be frank and as simple as a child. Then only you will get the divine light. – Sri Swami Sivananda