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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya! Beginning of September we celebrated Krishna Jayanti. At the end of the Pooja a little procession went to our Krishna at the reception area to decorate Him with flower buds and do Arati. We had an open house with a good number of newcomers coming to get to know the Centre and to have their first Sivananda Yoga experience. Swami Gokulananda and Ishwara left for TTC & ATTC Poland in Ustka. Our next Pooja was to commemorate Swami Sivananda’s birthday. Many teachers and students were coming to pay reverence to our Master and to celebrate. The meditation room was nicely decorated with flowers and the energy was full of love and peace. On one weekend we had a workshop on the power of Mantras. Another spiritual highlight was the Ganesha Pooja for Ganesha Chaturthi with close students. One weekend workshop was called “Happy Back” which nicely inspired some long term students to keep up their practice with a new focus. OM.

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

Om Namah Sivaya. By Gods Grace and Masters’ blessings, all is going well and smoothly. In late August we celebrated “Krishna Janmastami”. Many people arrived for the ceremony in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. We continued with the study of “Bhagavad Gita”. We gave a “Shirshasana” workshop. Also many people participated in an “Open Class” for all those who do not know Yoga.
Later in September we celebrated Ganesha Chaturti, as always we all celebrated it full of joy. We also received the visit of Swami Sivabhaktananda. He gave workshops for a week. Students and teachers came to the Centre to listen to his workshops full of spontaneity and wisdom. We began a Vedanta Course with Swami Dayananda. We also had lunch with more than 20 teachers. Swami Dayananda gave a special workshop for teachers. Swami Premananda traveled to India to participate in the Janma Samadhi Yatra. Many Karma yogis helped the Centre of which we were grateful. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chengdu, China

Om Namah Sivaya from Chengdu. One September 2018 highlight was the latest TTC. We welcomed Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Narayanananda, Swami Adi Parashakti Ananda to Chengdu Centre. Swami Sitaramananda led a wonderful Satsang with full house on “Why We Are We Busy?” which inspired Centre students, karma yogis and staff members.
Everyone appreciated the heightened energy at the Centre from the visiting Swamis. Staff were fully engaged with TTC preparation for 38 students from all over China and a few from CA and Australia. Staff worked hard to transport everything required to run the TTC then setup an Ashram setting in a Taoist monastery in the Qianfo Mountains. The TTC students registered on the most auspicious day, Master Sivananda’s birthday. During the TTC China, the Chengdu Centre, staffed by

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre. September started with a Ladies Beginners’ course with good number of students. We conducted a Kriya workshop where students greatly benefitted. Gopan & Sandhya returned to Chennai Centre. We started a Ladies Beginners’ course mid month. Our Japanese Beginners’ course continued successfully with good number of students. Our karma yogi, Somu, left for 2 year Vedanta course in the Chinmaya Mission. In Chennai the climate was good in September. With the Grace of God and our Masters everything is smooth & fine. Pranams! Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

Om Namah Sivaya from Chicago, where, by the grace of the Gurus, we were off to a good start in September. The air began to taste of Autumn. The Centre remained open as usual on the Labor Day holiday, for morning Satsang and the afternoon Open Class. Those who came were very happy to have the chance for group practice on their day off. A Yoga 3 course started on Tuesdays. We celebrated Master’s birthday with a Puja during the morning Satsang. It was very sweet and beautiful. Swami Satyapremananda offered a workshop on Writing as a Spiritual Practice. Though several regular teachers and students were out of town for family activities and for Rosh Hashanah, we still had lively attendance for Sunday evening Satsang.
As September evolved we enjoyed beautiful Fall weather. By the Grace of the Gurus all continued well. We welcomed Arjuna from Ottawa for a 3-week visit. Four new courses started: a Yoga 1, a Meditation Course and a Positive Thinking Course, as well as, a special course that Arjuna taught called “Yoga for the 3 Bodies.” The Yoga 3 group continued into their second week. Our Bhagavad Gita study continued steadily with a regular group. Arjuna led two special workshops one weekend: Yoga for the 3 Bodies and Yoga for Men. Staff are well, ever grateful for the grace of the Gurus and send pranams to all. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DÀ LAT Centre, Dà Lat, Vietnam

Om Namah Sivaya from the beautiful Dalat Centre. In September we celebrated Swami Sivananda’s birthday with a Puja, reading a message for the day from Sivananda Upanishad. All felt a stronger connection to Guru on that day. We also held an Open House event this week with 15 newcomers attending. Regular classes and Satsangs are well attended, our Beginners’ courses with 9 students each continue steadily. Our Prenatal Yoga course also continued well. Sunday Satsangs were fully packed with some new faces. We give thanks for Guru’s grace. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DWARKA Centre, Delhi, India

Om Namah Sivaya. With the guru’s blessings, the Centre functioned effectively and the staff was dedicated to working towards the progress of the Centre. In early September the Centre started with the Beginners’ classes on Mondays, both at 10:00 am and 6:30 pm. All the open classes and special classes went well. Apart from the classes we also celebrated Swami Sivananda’s birthday with a Havan in the morning and special Satsang in the evening. May Swamiji’s blessings be with us always!
During mid September the Centre continued to run efficiently with two Beginners’ classes starting at 6 am and 4 pm on Mondays. We also started a weekend Beginners’ class at 8 am on Saturdays. We offered the popular kriya workshop and a correction class. The correction classes were introduced as a trial in September, conducting these classes without charges to help the students to improve their postures. We received a good response from the students so we hope to continue it in the future. All the open classes went well. The gentle classes, Prenatal classes and kids classes went well too. Satsang were held on Saturdays. The monsoon ended and slowly the signs of winter is showing in Delhi. This climate shift made people susceptible to diseases. A couple of the staff member’s health was affected. With divine grace and gurus blessings they recovered fast. Otherwise, the Centre ran efficiently and the Staff was doing well. We hope that everybody in the Sivananda family is healthy and happy. We pray for the peace and well being of the whole of humanity. We send our Pranams to all. Om Namo Narayanaya! Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta NATARAJA Centre, Delhi, India

Om Namo Narayanaya. With the grace of the Masters, we started September with two well attended Beginners’ courses. We celebrated Sree Krishna Janmashtani with a special program. Professional Indian classical musicians, The Mishra family, performed Bhajan Sandhya and good number of teachers, students & their families attended the program. The regular BG study circle was held weekly. Kapoorji went to Bangalore for treatment and we are expecting him back on 18th Sept. We celebrated Swami Sivananda’s Birthday with a special Satsang, including chanting of Guru Bhajans & ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya”. With the grace of the Masters, all the classes and Satsangs are going fine as per scheduled and the Centre is doing well.
Mid month, we started the week a Beginners’ course at 6:30am and a “Weight Loss Through Yoga” course at 8:00am. We conducted Satsangs every morning and mornings & evening on Sundays. The Satsangs kept us in tune with the Gurus and helped us to stay positive and focused on the path. With the grace of the Masters Swami Vishnudevananda & Swami Sivananda, September at the Nataraja Centre went well. We send our Pranams and hope everyone is happy and peaceful. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

Om Namah Sivaya. Pranams to the Gurus for this opportunity to serve. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Om Namah Sivaya. In early September Swami Pranavananda returned to Ho Chi Minh City after a month-long stay in Dalat. The staff returned to the Centre from an energetic holiday weekend retreat in Dalat. Ganga Chaitanya left to help teach the TTC in China. We had a very well-attended Open House, with 26 people, taught by Mahashakti and Lilamayi.
Mid September we started a 3 session workshop about Yoga for Cancer, by Vietnamese doctor Quan Van Hung. Karma Yogi, Tarini, finished teaching her massage retreat course. We started a Beginners’ course taught by Devika. Mahashakti and Balarama went to the Dalat Ashram for six weeks to learn Ayurveda massage and then apply their new Ayurveda skills in the detox retreat. We were happy to continue spreading the wisdom of Yoga follow the teachings of the Master and Guru. Pranams to the Sivananda Family. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England

Om Namah Sivaya. Beginning of the month we had a Kirtan-workshop with some of the students staying for the whole day. A headstand workshop also was well attended. New teachers are assisting. We had a successful retreat in Snowdonia. One spiritual highlight of the month was the celebration of Krishna Jayanti. A nice group of students came and brought flowers, fruits and Prassad. The puja with an Indian priest and the following feast were enjoyed by everyone and the altar was shining with all the flowers, radiating a strong and peaceful energy. We had a Positive Thinking workshop. Yagneshwara was here from Orleans for a special programme on one weekend with daily morning pujas; he did a Ganesha Puja, continued with the celebration of Masters’ birthday on Saturday and ended with a beautiful Sri Yantra lamp Puja on Sunday. It was nice to see the altar shining with all the gods being beautifully dressed and decorated with flowers. A Meditation course started with good groups of students. Ganesha Chaturthi was celebrated with Kirtans and a special modakam Prasad on Thursday and with a Puja on Friday. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Om Namo Narayanaya! September’s highlight was the celebration of Master Swami Sivananda’s birthday with a beautiful morning Puja. Later in the day we watched videos and listened to Bhajans, led by Sri Swami Sivananda-ji! Many devotees gathered to create, each our own, clay-Ganesha! We had Prasad and Arati for Blessings from Sri Ganesha. and now await Puja next week followed by a procession to their oceanic submersion. Yoga 3 completed, Yoga 1 continues and Positive Thinking began their first week in gathering tools for Peace of Mind. Karma Yogis joined in the flow of energy, with an increase of service, preparing for workshops and general Centre needs. All new Karma Yogi Teachers were enthusiastically determined to teach more and more.
Mid month we completed our Ganesha Chaturthi Celebration with a beautiful Puja and procession to the ocean. All attendees were joyous and beaming! We offered Prasad, chanted Kirtan and told stories of Sri Ganesha! Everyone was glad to release their clay Ganesha and allow the dissolution of obstacles. Classes carried on with a steady increase of students returning from vacations. Yoga 1 continued happily and Positive Thinking students were engaged, able to apply the tools of PT and raise their thoughts in daily life. Restorative Yoga Teacher Training was taught by Sundari, with a class full of restoration and relaxation. Yoga teachers and students alike attended the course, offering their knowledge to others. Karma Yogis sustain their contributions to the Mission and all are gratefully enlivened! May the Blessings of Master and Swamiji continue to light the way. Jai Gurudev! Pranams. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves! In September we were happy to see the students returning after the Summer. Mahadev returned to Reith after one month of sincere service to the Centre. On Sunday Chandra gave an inspiring Satsang with the celebration of Krishna Jayanti. The Centre prepared for the season with new posters, web updates and media promotion. Another highlight was the Puja for Swami Sivananda´s birthday which took place in a joyful atmosphere. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, India

Om Namah Sivaya. Namaste. We thank our Masters for all blessings and support bestowed. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay

Om Namah Sivaya! In early September we distributed many brochures in different neighbourhoods to promote this month’s activities. Many new faces came for Beginners’ courses. We offered a trial class and also a children’s class. We have now nine little souls coming with their asana mat. All of them very interested in the practice. All the activities ran smoothly. We had a very nice celebration to pay homage to Swami Sivananda on his birthday. Kanti Devi led Satsang giving a very inspiring lecture about the life, work and mission of Swami Sivananda. We sang Kirtans to the Guru and then we repeated a mala of Om Namo Bhagavate Sivananda, offering petals to Gurudev’s murthi. Abhaya prepared the altar with care and devotion. Students and teachers participated with joy. Everyone was very thankful to Swami Sivananda for his teachings and loving inspiration in our spiritual lives. At the end, we shared a delicious Prasad prepared by Kanti Devi and some devotees. The Sunday morning asana class was showing to be very popular. Sundays create an amazing atmosphere at the Centre because the city is quite and free of noise. The students appreciated the practice and the silence.
Mid month we continued with normal daily classes plus, Abhaya taught a special workshop on Surya Namaskar. The students liked it a lot. Chandra returned from Aluenda, Spain, full of energy. We had a very nice celebration to commemorate Ganesha Chaturthi, who removes obstacles in the spiritual path. Abhaya prepared the altar with care and devotion. The students and teachers participated with joy and respect. Kanti Devi and Chandrashekar performed the Puja. Chandra talked about Ganesha and the story with Kubera. The people laughed and enjoyed all details. Kanti Devi talked about faith and the meaning of the celebration. Then she invited the audience to repeat the Gayatri Mantra of Sri Ganesha. At the end delicious Prasads were distributed, prepared by Kanti Devi, Abhaya and some devotees. We welcomed Swami Shivabhaktananda from September 17 to 20, conducting workshops “How to structure the Personal Practices of Yoga”, “Asanas to Correct the Postural Alignment”, “The Expansion of Consciousness Though Devotion”. There was a very nice concurrence of students and teachers. Swami Shivabhaktananda directed the Satsangs in the mornings with all the students invited. Delicious prasads, prepared by Kanti Devi, Abhaya and some devotees were distributed at the Satsangs. Regular classes and rest of the Centre activities and Satsangs developed normally. Love to all. May all live under the Masters’ grace. With Prem and Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya from the Montreal Centre! The summer in Montreal was mainly sunny nice and warm. In early September the cool weather started to slowly come in, giving the feeling that summer finished and fall was in the air. We were happy to welcome Vishnu and Ambika from the Yoga Camp, as they joined us as a Centre staff and settling in quickly. Rocio left the Centre after one month of service. We were very grateful for such a great job. We welcomed Chintan who gave a Dhrupad concert, Indian classical music and a Dhrupad workshop. The performance and the workshop were very appreciated by the students. We celebrated Swami Sivananda’s birthday with a beautiful Puja. We were blessed by the presence of the priest Manju from the Yoga Camp, Swami Vairagyananda, Atmaram and Prema, who had the blessing to meet Swami Sivananda. Prema’s beautiful chanting, her sharing of stories and some lessons from Swamiji filled the ceremony full of love and devotion, with a strong feeling of the Master’s presence. We were blessed to have very committed karma yogis who are always willing to serve, keeping the Centre always clean and inviting. We are ever grateful for our Guru’s grace. Pranams to all! Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya. One of the special events of the last weeks was a “Yoga@Home” workshop where participants learned how to integrate a regular yoga practice in their daily lives. We also had an information day for the Yoga Teachers Training Course, a course “Thought Power and Positive Thinking” and a weekend intensive beginners course. After the end of the summer holidays we resumed our weekly kids classes (for children from age 6 – 12) and teen yoga classes (for teenagers from age 12 -16). We celebrated the spiritual festivals Krishna Jayanthi, Master Sivananda´s birthday and Ganesha Chaturthi. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Neuquén

Om Namah Sivaya. One of the special events of the last weeks was a “Yoga@Home” workshop where participants learned how to integrate a regular yoga practice in their daily lives. We also had an information day for the Yoga Teachers Training Course, a course “Thought Power and Positive Thinking” and a weekend intensive beginners course. After the end of the summer holidays we resumed our weekly kids classes (for children from age 6 – 12) and teen yoga classes (for teenagers from age 12 -16). We celebrated the spiritual festivals Krishna Jayanthi, Master Sivananda´s birthday and Ganesha Chaturthi. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA

Om Namah Sivaya and Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Highlights of September were Master Sivananda’s Birthday, Priest Shankara Namboodiri’s Puja, Ishwari’s Satsang and the staff’s fast excursion to the Ranch! We welcomed back Shakti, completely the return of the usual omnipresent crew! We were blessed with a Devi Puja led by Ashram Priest Shankara Namboodiri along with Swami Paramananda. A great number of people attended. We were very grateful for their visit. Then came Swami Sivananda’s Birthday! We celebrated with a morning Puja open to the public. The devotion was high and it was such a lovely way to start the day! We offered our Open House as well as a trip! After the Open House, we all went up to the Ranch to enjoy a concert by Prem Sadasivananda and what a fantastic time it was! We spent the evening and on Sunday morning we were on our way back to the city with Ishwari. Ishwari, from the Wellness Centre, gave a Sunday Satsang with the topic of the flow of awareness. It was a highly inspirational talk tying together Ayurveda and emotions. By Masters’ Blessings and the Grace of God, we passed another good month with gratitude. Until next time, all the staff are well and send their Pranams from New York City. Om.

Centre de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta, Paris, France

Om Namah Sivaya. We had a beautiful and cheerful celebration of Krishna Jayanti with the Altar looking like a blooming garden. On this auspicious day, we also celebrated Rukmini’s birthday. We offered a four day positive thinking course starting with a motivated group of 19 students. There was a yoga for the health of the eyes workshop with 26 people. Swami Kailasananda and Kailas gave a seven-day special program with Satsangs, Puja for Masters’ birthday, classes and workshops. Kailas gave a Kirtan and a concentration workshops, as well as special asana classes every day with an average of 75 students. Swami Kailasananda gave most inspiring Satsangs every evening on the topics of : Dharma and Ramayana, how to develop one’s character, as well as a 3 day course on Vedanta. We were happy to celebrate Swami Sivananda’s birthday. Swami Kailasananda led the puja with much prem. During the puja Bhavana, a Carnatic singer, chanted beautifully guru bhajans. Her six years old child chanted a sweet Krishna song. There was a cheerful mood. We red some of the Master’s letters where he talks about himself from the Sivananda Upanishads. At the end of the puja, everyone got a little card with Swami Sivananda’s picture and a message of peace. OM.

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

Greetings from Porto Alegre. In September we had Nandini’s birthday where we went to lunch to a vegetarian Malaysian restaurant with some of the Centre’s teachers. We had a special open class on a national holiday in Brazil. Lalita and Nandini led the Puja offered for Swami Sivananda’s birthday. We celebrated and remembered our Master with so much love. We also started two Beginners’ courses.
As September progressed the weather got better with more students arriving to the Centre to practice. We offered a Puja to Ganesha celebrating his birthday in the early morning; led by Lalita and Nandini. While finishing the early September group of Beginners’, the last group of Beginners’ started immediately. We were very happy to receive Swami Shivabhaktananda on his South American Tour 2018. We had a nice weekend full of activities with him – Satsangs in the early mornings; pranayamas and asanas practice; courses of meditation in the afternoons. A lot of teachers came to lunch and share time with Swami Shivabhaktananda at the Centre. We were really happy for his inspiring presence. We also received new visitors at the Satsangs. Everything was supported by the grace of Master and Swamji. Blessings and Peace to all of the Sivananda Family. Om.

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed selves. In mid September, at the Rome Centre, we returned to the regular schedule after offering the TTTC and Yoga Vacation, north of Rome. Students returned to the Rome Centre slowly after the holidays. Meanwhile we focused on the publicity for a Saturday Open House, which was very successful. All the programs were full and we had to make two groups in different locations to give the opportunity to the newcomers to try a class. We also had many registrations for the new courses as we offered 10% discount during the day. Many students came back to attended the Satsangs. We also celebrated Ganesha Chaturhi with a Puja, Satsang and beautiful Kirtan. Our staff are well, steady in their Sadhana and sending pranams to all. We send our blessings to the Sivananda Family! Om Shanti. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA

Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves. In September, Swami Sivasankariananda returned from the Yoga Farm for a few days, before returning for the next module of the Yoga Health Educator Training. Komal taught an asana class in Sunnyvale one Saturday morning. Krishna Das and Padmavati ran an Open House to a group of enthusiastic new students. Outside teachers led a Men’s Yoga Circle. Krishna Das and Padmavati went to Integral Yoga for Kirtan with Acharya Mangalananda to celebrate Master Sivananda’s birthday. Krishna Das gave a Permaculture workshop and Sivajyoti led a TTC Info session. Outside practitioner, Soumya, ran a Sunday afternoon program on Ayurveda for pregnancy. A Yoga 1 course started. Swami Sivasankariananda and Parvati remained at the Yoga Farm. We felt the Gurus’ blessings. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Paulo, Brasil

Om Namah Sivaya. As September began we could feel Spring approach. Everyone felt the warmer weather. Teachers were active with their classes. A Beginners’ course started with new students arriving. We received Swami Shivabhaktananda with all his experience in Yoga, illuminating the Sivananda Center of São Paulo with lectures, Hatha Yoga classes and meditations. Good cycles approached, with the love of the Masters always guiding us. May the Masters continue to maintain prana and harmony in the Sivananda Centre of Sao Paulo. Om Shanti Shanti to all the Sivananda family. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel

Om Namah Sivaya. The beginning of September was one of the most festive times of the year! Celebrations at the Centre began with Bhargavi Chaitanya’s birthday, which was honoured with a special Puja, especially attended by Swami Swaroopananda and Swami Prema Swaroopananda. The next day an even bigger Puja was held for Swami Sivananda’s birthday, with many devotees and students coming to celebrate the auspicious event. The evening was filled with joy as Kirtan was chanted and Prasad was offered, with Swami Swaroopananda telling stories of Swami Sivananda, as told to him by Swami Vishnudevananda. After all the excitement of the Pujas, staff began preparing for two days of festivities for the Jewish New Year. Three feasts were held and many students, as well as families, joined the staff in celebrating a sweet new year.
We send our greetings mid month – Happy Jewish New Year! In tradition with unity in diversity, the staff celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, this week. The community of the Centre was treated to three feasts and teachings from the Torah, infused with yogic analogies, to help bring in a sweet new year. Swami Shambhudevananda led the feasts, with Swami Swaroopananda attending and addressing the devotees, wishing them a prosperous year filled with Sadhana and grace. Swami Shambhudevananda also led a weekend retreat in the Israeli Ashram in Matta, inspiring 20 students to develop their personal Sadhana, whilst motivating them to come to the Tel Aviv Centre to practice karma yoga and devotion. His workshops were otherwise about the theory behind hatha yoga practice, with advanced yoga classes being taught throughout the retreat. After a successful retreat with Swami Shambhudevananda, the Ashram staff looked forward to beginning the promotion of their upcoming retreat in October, with Swami Brahmananda, who will be arriving from the Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas. During the New Year holidays the staff were still able to continue managing the Centre’s schedule with two Yoga 2 courses and an introduction to a new Meditation course, with Bhargavi Chaitanya. Pranams and Peace to the Sivananda family from the Tel Aviv Centre. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tokyo, Japan

Om Namah Sivaya. In September Sri Nivas, who taught Yoga Sutra and Sanskrit at ATTCs in India and Thailand, visited us at the Centre and gave a workshop on “Relationship Between Yoga and Veda”. Many TTC graduates attended. Bharata, a staff member at HQ in Canada and a long time spiritual student under a guidance by Swami Vishnudevananda, visited our Centre. He led a morning Satsang, sharing some stories of Swami Vishnu. We were grateful for Narayani Noriko who brought him all the way to Tokyo Centre plus gave interpretation support. Phrayuki Naratebo, a Japanese monk from a Buddhism Temple in Thailand, gave a Dharma talk on peace of mind, from the Buddhism point of view. Following the talk, we celebrated the birthday of Swami Sivananda with a Puja.

Mid September we gave a workshop of making a Ganesh statue with clay to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. 10 students made unique Ganesh statues on their own by which they received blessings from Ganesh. The Tokyo staff continued to offer Puja to Ganesh everyday since then. A Kirtan workshop was held, joined by 12 students. We practiced a Siva Kirtan chanting, creating such uplifting and lively energy. We gave a weekend Yoga 1 & 2 Intensive course, designed to provide a comprehensive program that included accommodation at the Centre, meals, etc. Students enjoyed learning Yoga in an intensive manner according to the same schedule as Ashram. They were inspired by teachings of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda. A large group of 24 students joined in a Sunday evening Satsanga, which created immensely vibrant atmosphere. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya. In September the Toronto staff returned from the Yoga Camp Ashram after the Canada Labour Day weekend and started preparing the Centre for the 2018 Fall season. We did a lot of cleaning of the Centre. We refreshed the boutique area and organized the basement and reception. Weekend Yoga 1 Beginners’ course started with ten students and a Parental course started, with our teacher Padma. Lots of people joined in Lalita Sahasranama chanting before evening Friday Satsangs. We offered a Puja for Swami Sivananda s birthday. Vijay gave Indian Cooking workshop. We welcomed Dr Vishnu, giving a very engaging talk on basic concepts and principles of Ayurveda and consultations. Anoosha went to Boston for her graduate studies and Harsha began grade 11. All staff are well. We send Om Namo Narayanaya to everyone. Pranams.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Om Namah Sivaya. With the blessings of God we started an early morning asana batch on Mondays with good number of students as September rolled in. Prema came back from Bangalore. Karma Yogi, Jyothi, went home for a few days. A special Pooja was conducted to celebrate Swami Sivananda ji’s birthday. We gave Prasad to the students and the teachers who had attended the Pooja. Satsangs were led by Yashpal ji. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi. Om.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria

Om Namah Sivaya. Greetings to all from Vienna. After the holidays we saw the students returning to their regular schedule. In September we offered the workshop “Conquest of Fear” and we also had a TTC preparation day. The spiritual festivities of the month were Krishna Jayanti, Master’s birthday and Ganesha Chaturthi. The Open Day towards the end of the month brought a few newcomers to the Centre. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnuis, Lithuania

m Namah Sivaya. The fresh graduates from the recent TTC in Lithuania are coming to the Centre to connect to the energy of the Masters again. On Thursday Durga Devi left to Poland to support TTC and ATTC in Ustka and to get inspiration. Centre teachers with Mother Parvati took the responsibility to take care of the Centre. A nice Satsang with archanam, Kirtans and inspiring stories was held for Krishna Jayanthi on Sunday. The weather in September was unusually warm, so few classes we could have on the new platform in the garden. On Wednesday our close teacher Surya led the Satsang dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The Saturday workshop on the stories from the scriptures, specifically Mahabharata draw not only students but the teachers as well. Our teacher Narada managed very well to balance some theory, the stories and few Kirtans, so the nice Bhakti mood was created. We had the first Open day after the summer. Very successfully our teachers could manage the Centre alone without the staff who left to the TTC in Poland. OM.

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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.

Prayer invokes the inner potential of the individual which flow only from God. Prayer can certainly work miracles. – Sri Swami Sivananda