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2nd International Day of Yoga

June 2016

In September 2013, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully lobbied the United Nations to dedicate the 21st June each year to the ancient discipline of yoga. The International Yoga Day celebrations aim to raise awareness of the many benefits of practising yoga. The following is a synopsis of the participation of Satyananda Yoga Greece in the World Yoga Day Celebrations.

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Greek Satyananda Yoga Festival

November 2015

The first in a series of Greek Satyananda Yoga Festivals was conducted in Salonika (Northern Greece) on Sunday 29 November 2015. The festival was a resounding success with 1000 participants attending a plethora of workshops and talks.

Experienced Satyananda Yoga instructors presented on topics such as kriya yoga, Satyananda Yoga Nidra, yoga for children, yoga and meditation, the management of psychosomatic diseases and the history of yoga. Participants had the opportunity to experience the many positive benefits of yoga practice and a yogic approach to daily life.

The highlight of the day was a talk by Swami Sivamurti on the topic “Know Thyself”. The theme expresses an inner wisdom widely acknowledged and has been presented in many beautiful philosophies and teachings worldwide. Swami Sivamurti elucidated on how Satyananda Yoga’s practical techniques can enable one to connect with vitality, joy and inner peace in order to know thyself.

The next Satyananda Yoga Festival will be conducted in Larissa/Volos in April 2016. Greek Yoga Festivals will be conducted throughout the next year and act as a build up to the celebration of the 40 years of Satyananda Yoga in Greece which will take place in Athens, 2017.


The Progressive Training Course

October 2015

The Progressive Training Course was conducted from 1-30 October at Ganga Darshan Vishwa Yogapeeth under the direct guidance and inspiration of Swami Niranjanananda.

Approximately 60 participants were shortlisted for the course, from 20 different countries. The course presented the opportunity to connect with Sri Swami Satyananda's original teachings. Participants also caught a glimpse into Swami Niranjan's innovative and groundbreaking vision of yoga for the contemporary age.

This was presented through themed sessions called 'Yoga Chakra'. Whereby the future direction of Satyananda Yoga - Bihar Yoga was outlined. He described the origin of yoga, and the major exponents of yoga throughout history. During the hatha yoga classes a distinct emphasis was placed upon deepening ones personal experience of yoga, as the surest way to become an effective yoga teacher in order to transmit vidya (knowledge).

The following are some impressions from participants.

The Progressive Training Course was an extremely unique and special experience. It felt like an initiation of sorts, with so much to follow up on now in order to yield the fruits from the seeds that have been planted.

The highlight was to receive an abundance of teachings directly from Swami Niranjan. He beautifully struck a balance between Sri Swami Satyananda's teachings and his new emerging vision of yoga. I will never forget the classes!

Swami Karmamukti

The Progressive Training Course 2015 was a clear proposition to all the participants for a life transforming experience via the vidya (knowledge) of yoga.

Swami Niranjanananda directly presented The Wheel of Satyananda Yoga otherwise known as 'Yoga Chakra' as it was originally devised by Swami Sivananda and Swami Satyananda.

Swami Niranjanananda invited all participants to be part of the second chapter of yoga, which started after the World Yoga Convention, by commiting our selves to the experience of yoga vidya and the teachings of our guru's.

The classes taught by Swami Niranjan are beyond words to describe, it was a true blessing !

Jg Tushtibhav

The course that I participated in was perfect! I feel a deep appreciation to Swami Niranjan that he directly taught so many classes. He inspired me to reconnect myself with sincerity to yoga sadhana. He gave me tools to sustain the positive side of my personality through the new yamas and niyamas which are: happiness, japa, forgiveness and namaskara. His main emphasis was to learn to live yoga in order to imbibe the vidya (knowledge) of the Satyananda Yoga tradition. I look forward to returning in two years time for the follow up course!

Swami Bhaktiratnananda

The Progressive Training Course was a deep, beautiful, wonderfully enriching experience.

LEARNT about Satyananda Yoga - Bihar Yoga tradition, deeper aspects of yoga, new practices, the 'wheel of yoga' and the progression of yoga according to the Satyananda Yoga tradition.

EXPERIENCE the classes which were absolutely superb as taught by Swami Niranjan. Seva and the beautiful ashram atmosphere. I have never done shatkarmas with 120 people and had such fun!

RECEIVE an abundance of knowledge, wisdom and care. Swami Niranjan was constantly giving to us on all levels. The organizational team was doing such a great job, the program flowed smoothly and done with a lot of care.

GROW inspired by Swami Niranjan to take the next step in yoga.

CONNECT with goodness, positivity and creativity.

Thank you!!

with love and appreciation

Swami Savikalpananda


Guru Poornima 2015

July 2015

This Guru Poornima celebration attracted numerous guests, both internationally and from around Greece. The seven day program entitled ‘Connecting with the Source’ was dedicated to ‘guru shakti’, that force which is inherently creative and benevolent. The program culminated on Guru Poornima and gave an opportunity for students to express their thanks to the guru for the gifts of knowledge, love and grace which are bestowed on the sincere seeker.

The program also included daily satsang with Swami Sivamurti, yoga classes, pooja, havan, chanting, music, dance and theatrical performances. During the Guru Poornima celebrations the ashram was beaming with high energy, beauty, and flanked in abundance of decorations and summer colors. It was an enriching and enlightening experience for those who attended.

The 30th anniversary celebration of Satyanandashram Hellas. Paiania

Swami Satyananda inaugurated Satyanandashram Paiania in 1985, almost 10 years after Swami Sivamurti established the first center in the town of Kalamta. The 30th anniversary celebration of Satyanandashram Paiania was truly memorable and acted as a prelude to the 40th celebrations of Satyananda Yoga in Greece which will be celebrated in 2017.

Delivering the keynote address, Swami Sivamurti described how the ashram named ‘The True Bliss Ashram’ by Swami Satyananda was first discovered and attributed the achievements of the ashram through Sri Swami Satyananda’s grace.

A message from Swami Niranjanananda was conveyed during proceedings, the following is an extract from his good wishes;

“The 30 years of Satyanandashram Hellas, Paiania should be commemorated by each one with a sankalpa to take the next step to begin to live yoga. If you are able to do that then Satyanandashram Hellas will be a shinning light emanating the vision of Sri Swami Satyananada”.

A special musical program was hosted by Swami Savikalpananada together with fellow musicians in Jagadambar mandir. Everyone was amazed at the musician’s ability to raise the vibration! Around 300 devotees and well-wishers took part in the festivities.

During the celebratory program participants shared their stories about how the ashram has helped them in transforming their lives, together with the current and past presidents of Satyanandashram Hellas sharing their colorful experiences of the early years in the ashram.

The residential ashram at Paiania (east of Athens) was established to provide an opportunity for yoga practitioners to immerse themselves in yogic lifestyle as well as to provide yoga teacher training. Satyanandashram Hellas, Paiania has played a significant role in promoting and popularizing the traditional systems of yoga within Greece.

In keeping with the anniversary celebrations on the same day during the Hellenic Affiliated Teachers of Satyananda Yoga meeting, it was announced that international Yoga Alliance Foundation has granted membership to Satyanandashram Hellas.


Women’s Symposium 2015

June 2015

Satyanandashram Hellas conducted the 8th Women’s Symposium from 26 -28 June 2015. One hundred and fifty women from around Greece converged at Satyananandashram Paiania for one of the most memorable Women’s Symposiums ever! Every moment was magical, the creativity of the women came to the fore.

All the presentations conducted by the women were of a very high caliber and involved the topics that they have been working on throughout the year, namely Head, Heart and Hands, Swami Sivananda’s 18 ITIES, pratyahara and the kleshas.

We welcome the women’s suggestions and ideas for next season, please contact Dev Shakti for more information.

The following are some impressions from the women’s symposium

Hari Om Swami Sivamurti,

I want to thank you from the depths of my heart for the moments we spent at the symposium this year.

During this symposium at the opening you spoke about how change is in the air and we all felt this. At this year’s symposium there was a sense of harmony between us! I feel we have begun to mature and we have applied the qualities that we have discussed in our meetings.

Thank you very much!

Om, prem & shanti

Swami Bhakti Ratnananda (For Athens Women’s Group)

Hari om,

The Thessaloniki Women wish to thank Swami Sivamurti for the magnificent banquet and the beautiful moments we lived together during the symposium. As a group we feel the need to express our gratitude which has filled our hearts with strength and optimism.

We also want to thank Swami Sivamurti for the trips she made over the winter to be with us and helping us along our path.

With respect and love

Kalyana (For Thessaloniki Women’s Group)

Hari om,

On behalf of the team I would like to convey the most sincere thanks to all the organisers for a wonderful event and many, many thanks to Swamiji, for her warmth and hospitality.

Janaki (For Volos Women's Group)

Hari om,

Thank for the wonderful experience at this years symposium we experienced a wonderfully diverse group of women. The days together were full of love, gentleness, serenity, creativity, balance, harmony, kindness, humility, and respect!!

Every time we come to the ashram, and every time we leave it feels as though the soul is just that little lighter. Once again the team of Kavala, participated with great joy in the women symposium, we look forward to next year’s symposium!

Hari om tat sat

Nirmalratna (For Kavala Women’s Group)


Good Wishes on International Day of Yoga

“Yoga is a discipline to improve the quality of life; a philosophy to attain peace. If you want to experience health, if you want to experience peace, and to evolve, make yoga a part of your lifestyle.”

Swami Satyananda

21st June 2015

21st June 2015, was declared the International Day of Yoga and represents the international recognition that yoga has gained as a holistic approach to physical wellbeing, mental peace, and emotional balance. Across the globe, millions of people have embraced yoga to attain health and harmony, and to explore their inner potential. The acceptance of the International Day of Yoga proposal, adopted with a record consensus vote at the United Nations General Assembly, was a historic moment for India.

On the occasion of the first International Day of Yoga we offer our deepest respect to the ancient science of yoga, a science of transformation and spiritual evolution perfected and handed down by the ancient sages and seers of humanity over the ages. This is our real spiritual heritage.

To honour and benefit from this heritage, we need to connect with the teachings, the wisdom of yoga as a lifestyle. Only when yoga becomes a lifestyle, there is enhancement of physical health and stamina, development of mental clarity and inner creativity, and an experience of peace and fulfillment from life.

The yogic lifestyle is based upon the precepts of practice, awareness, attitude, action, detachment and discrimination. Awareness is the ability to observe and understand the environment, conditions, situations and events that influence us. Attitude involves developing a positive and creative outlook on life, and the ability to convert the negative influences into positive inspirations to improve and encourage others to improve also. Action involves an understanding of how we act, think and interact in the world, which should be assisted by viveka (discrimination): knowing just from unjust, right from wrong, appropriate from inappropriate and universal from limited.

This day is of special importance for the disciples of Swami Satyananda Saraswati, as it marks the fruition of the vakya, the vision and the prophecy of our guru, when in 1963 he proclaimed:”Yoga will emerge as a mighty world culture and change the course of world events.”

It was Sri Swami Sivananda who realized that the need of modern society was not Vedanta and high spiritual scriptural knowledge, but rather practical, simple, applicable yoga. Yoga was to address the needs of modern man, on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level and provide a complete method of transforming the human personality. In 1963 yoga was an unknown word in the West, and in India considered a practice for sannyasins and sadhus who lived in seclusion. As Sri Swamiji said “There was a time when seclusion was a necessity but times have changed and now everyone can practice yoga. Peace and wisdom are everyone’s birthright and everyone should make an effort to achieve it.”

The disciples of Sri Swami Sivananda, such as Swami Venkatesananda, Swami Satchidananda, Swami Chidananda, Swami Sivananda Radha, Swami Nadabrahmananda, and Swami Satyananda took yoga from Rishikesh, a small hamlet in the foothills of the Himalayas, to all the corners of the globe.

Today, history recognises the International Day of Yoga. For me it is a day to honour and respect the vision of my Guru, a vision he proclaimed over fifty years ago, and dedicated his life towards. The first International Day of Yoga is an occasion of great significance, for when the words of the guru manifest, all are blessed by the grace, auspiciousness and beauty they reveal.

As a sannyasin my first duty is to my guru, Swami Satyananda, and to honour him, his mission and vision of yoga, I have chosen to spend the first International Day of Yoga at the Samadhi of my Guru, at Rikhiapeeth.

As a sannyasin I have dedicated myself to working for yoga as a science, a lifestyle and a culture, as I follow the instructions of my guru to develop and live the vidya of yoga, sannyasa and spiritual life.

Bihar School of Yoga has been receiving numerous invitations from across the world and also from many national organizations, NGOs and government departments, requesting the institution to guide and participate in the celebrations in different locations. The sannyasins of Bihar School of Yoga have lent their full support to the International Day of Yoga and they are conducting a program in Munger to encourage the community and family, to embrace yoga not only as a set of practices, but as a component of daily life.

For the last 53 years, Bihar School of Yoga has worked towards this day, as have other institutes of yoga such as the Divine Life Society, Iyengar, Kaivalyadham, S-VYASA, Moraji Desai and many others for whom every day is a day of yoga, and every moment is a yoga moment.

On this day I wish to acknowledge and thank all the supporters of yoga, all those who have worked to uphold this ancient wisdom of our ancestors so that the future generations may benefit from the wisdom, purity, and grace of its teachings.I wish to thank all those who have walked along the path of yoga, whether as teachers, students or wellwishers and friends; you have all contributed to the light of yoga which is now shining in every corner of the world.

I wish to extend my good wishes to all those who have been inspired by the tradition and the teachings of yoga. I hope and pray that inspiration and the spirit of yoga remains with you and in turn, you are able to assist others on the path of yoga and yogic living.

The resolution for the International Day of Yoga was cosponsored by 175 of the 193 member nations of the United Nations, and it is through their goodwill that this international celebration of yoga is possible. The openness and enthusiasm with which the world community has embraced yoga and the collective goodwill that yoga has inspired, is a matter of great happiness and joy which all can share, and history will remember forever.

Best wishes to students and aspirants of yoga on this day.

Hari Om Tat Sat

"By proclaiming 21 June as the International Day of Yoga, the General Assembly has recognized the holistic benefits of this timeless practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the United Nations."

BAN KI-MOON

United Nations Secretary-General

SATYANANDA YOGA AT THE FIRST OPEN YOGA DAY CELEBRATIONS ATHENS

June 2015

The aim of the first International Day of Yoga was to support & promote the philosophy of yoga. The cultural organization of the municipality of Nea Smyrni hosted the first open yoga day under the auspices of the Indian Embassy of Greece and in collaboration with The Hellenic Association of Yoga. It was conducted in a natural parkland environment on the summer solstice with over twenty different yoga schools represented, workshops and yoga classes were offered throughout the day. It is estimated that approximately 1000 people attended.

MAKING YOGA A PART OF OUR LIFESTYLE

Swami Sivamurti spoke at the official World Yoga Day celebration in Athens on the theme "Yoga: know thyself. The key to a complete life". Even though yoga has become a household word in Greece, there are still misunderstandings about what yoga actually is. She explained the origins of yoga and that it is more than just making the body flexible or some type of religion.

In ancient times, philosophers such as Socrates believed that without expanding awareness and consciousness one could not fully evolve and experience one’s innate qualities. He famously devised the term “Know thyself” in order to help people awaken their dormant potential. So at that time yoga was used as a tool to understand and experience the Self. Therefore yoga in ancient times and today is a means to “Know thyself”.

Yoga is a vast subject that covers every part of our lives. Satyananda Yoga provides tools to manage our mind, emotions & behavior, in order that whatever one faces in life is meet skillfully, with joy optimism and creativity. It provides techniques to adapt to change and handle crisis which is very important in Greece today.

The main message of Swami Sivamurti’s talk was to make yoga part of our everyday life. What is learned in the yoga classroom should be taken into our everyday life where one start’s to live yoga. This is the importance of making yoga a part of one’s lifestyle. Swami Sivamurti's talk was warmly and enthusiastically received.

Also during the Open Yoga Day celebrations Satyanandashram Hellas was represented by Swami Aparokshananda and Swami Kaivalyananda who gave a kriya yoga class which sparked much interest amongst the audience. Satyananda Yoga classes were also conducted by Sannyasins Vedamurti and Durga Shakti on the topic yoga nidra and Swami Bhakti Ratnananda on the meditation technique of antar darshan. All classes were well attended, with a variety of students from different yoga schools in the audience.

WORLD YOGA DAY CELEBRATIONS IN SATYANANDASHRAM PAIANIA

Swami Aparokshananda led the ashram residents, visitors and kriya yoga course participants in a special yoga program at Satyanandashram Paiania. Reference was made to the theme of World Yoga Day which is “ harmony and peace”. He acknowledged the unique contribution Satyananda Yoga tradition has made to yoga in Greece.

During the evening program in the ashram Sannyasin Poornanananda taught the meditation technique of pratipaksha bhavana (oppositional thinking) as part of the first world yoga day celebrations.


My Experience of a Yogic Lifestyle Retreat

April 2015

This year at Satyanandashram Hellas inspiring Yogic Lifestyle Retreats have been conducted on the themes of Opening the Heart and Head, Heart and Hands. The following are some participants experiences from these retreats.

I write to express the enormous gratitude I feel for having the chance to have spent some time in the ashram. The true reason for my coming was the need for inspiration and faith. Before my arrival I didn't believe that a better state of being in relation to happiness, love, gratitude, goodness, even a certain type of serenity was attainable for me. Now I have faith and motivation. It was a magical journey that helped me feel my heart. I am deeply touched by the genuine goodness of the people in the ashram. What's really surprising to me is my strong desire to come back soon!

Aleksandra (Bulgaria)

I would like to forward a heart filled thank you to everyone at Satyanandashram for making our stay so wonderful, everybody benefited so much from this week in the ashram including myself!

Sannyasin Divyamurti (Sweden)

We would like to thank you all for a very successful and enhancing Yogic Lifestyle Retreat. Upon completing the retreat the participants left inspired with many new understandings, excited and bubbly. They went through a deep experience with many layers yet to be unfolded.

The seminar was rich in content and experience, and that gave the students a feeling that they received much more than they expected. It was a great privilege to get so many teachings from Swami Sivamurti Saraswati. We are very pleased that the students could meet Yoga on such a high level.

Sannyasin Atma Sanyam and Livia (Israel)

Our next yogic lifestyle retreat will be conducted Saturday 5 - Sunday 13 September 2015.


Yogic Lifestyle Retreat
September 2014

Many people who practise yoga dream of visiting an ashram and are curious about the whole experience. We are told that an ashram is a place of hard work physically, mentally and emotionally as well as being a refuge or retreat. This dream became a reality in September 2014 when a group of us visited Paiania.

 

The ashram is situated in a beautiful mountainous area outside Athens.
Rooms are shared and provide clean, comfortable, basic accommodation.
The first shock comes at 4.30am when the bell rings! The day starts with a yoga class at 5.00am, while it’s still dark outside. Although initially this is a shock to the system, it gets easier and is a wonderful way to start the day.
The rest of the day is spent doing various activities: seva yoga, talks, gardening, cleaning, lunch duties etc until 8.30pm..
All the food provided is vegetarian and freshly prepared each day with great care.
To drink there is a choice of sweet black tea or Greek Mountain tea (Sideritis), which has many health benefits. Each person washes their own plate/cup/cutlery and keeps it for the duration of the retreat.

Gradually you will adjust to living in an ashram and this is when the whole experience begins to make sense. Any problems that occur are not the place or the people you meet there– the problems arise from within. There is huge positive energy in the ashram and one’s growing self awareness helps one to make positive and permanent changes. It is an inspirational place.
The teachers present challenges on many different levels but are also there if you wish to talk on a one to one basis. In fact you learn from everyone, including the other students.
There is also lots of laughter and fun. We had a great ‘session’ singing in the kitchen while chopping vegetables. Our trip coincided with two celebrations related to Swami Satyananda and there was more singing and dancing. The Greek people are very warm and love a good party. We even had birthday cake.
An ashram is not about material comforts and in fact it is liberating to follow a routine and live simply. The overwhelming feeling is one of positive, joyful energy. I look forward to a return visit next year and will finish with a quote from Swami Satyananda.


‘In order to progress conflict is necessary. Without these opposing forces you cannot possibly evolve. Comfort and pleasure are death because they do not give you any kind of push to go ahead in life. Difficulties and problems are actually the accelerators of human evolution. Divine and spiritual knowledge comes to one who accepts and understands the nature of conflict. No difficulty is here to stay.’

Joyce Boyle, Ireland

 


Long awaited new Music CD "For you"
Just released…
February 2014

 

The perfect union of rhythm and melody.

Embark on a musical journey to the core of your existence, in the company of the power of primeval mantras, the magic of music and a rainbow array of emotions.

With their many years of deep and profound experience in the yoga of sound, kirtan and bhajan, Swami Savikalpa and Swami Karuna Ratna unite their melodic voices, to uplift us to the infinite expression of freedom and the transformative power of sound.

The CD is available to all our members.

Bon Voyage!

For more information, please contact Satyanandashram Hellas or the Satyananda Yoga Centres in Greece.

 

Name Play Length
01. Gam Ganapataye
Swami Savikalpa Saraswati & Swami Karuna Ratna Saraswati

0:26 min
02. Sita Ram
Swami Savikalpa Saraswati & Swami Karuna Ratna Saraswati

0:25 min
03. Govinda Narayana
Swami Savikalpa Saraswati & Swami Karuna Ratna Saraswati

0:21 min
04. Namah Shivaya
Swami Savikalpa Saraswati & Swami Karuna Ratna Saraswati

0:21 min
05. Jay Ambe
Swami Savikalpa Saraswati & Swami Karuna Ratna Saraswati

0:22 min
06. So Hum
Swami Savikalpa Saraswati & Swami Karuna Ratna Saraswati

0:21 min
07. Govinda Narayana
Swami Savikalpa Saraswati & Swami Karuna Ratna Saraswati

0:22 min
08. Jaya Mata Kali
Swami Savikalpa Saraswati & Swami Karuna Ratna Saraswati

0:20 min
09. Hey Maha Lakshmi
Swami Savikalpa Saraswati & Swami Karuna Ratna Saraswati

0:22 min
10. Shivananda Yogi
Swami Savikalpa Saraswati & Swami Karuna Ratna Saraswati

0:22 min

 




Antar Mouna, The Serene Mind

On Sunday 1 December 2013, Swami Sivamurti gave a seminar on the Satyananda Yoga meditation technique, Antar Mouna (literally translated as inner silence). The location was the newly opened Zen Center at Platia Agias Irinis near Monastiraki in central Athens.

Swami Sivamurti elucidated on how one can develop a serene, quiet mind through the Satyandanda Yoga meditation technique par excellence, Antar Mouna, to an audience of around 120 people. This was a unique and rare opportunity to hear from a recognised achyara (master of yoga).

The first part of the program included a yoga class followed by an intriguing introduction to the mind, yoga and meditation. Swami Sivamurti demystified many complex concepts and explained the profound impact meditation can have on one's life. During the talk she said, 'When the mind is calm we can experience the reality beyond the body mind and senses'.

Swami Sivamurti gave a guided meditation on Antar Mouna, followed by a light snack and tea. Participants had the opportunity to express their understanding and share their experiences in small groups. In closing, the floor was then open to all participants to direct questions to Swami Sivamurti.

The following are some impressions from the seminar

An unforgettable experience. This seminar had all the components of an excellent seminar, yoga class, theory, meditation, workshop, and a chance to meet new people!

Eleni, Athens

Although I have been practicing meditation for some time I received some important pieces to the puzzle today that took me further along the journey to myself. Thank you so much.

Kostas, Athens

I listened with interest to Swami Sivamurti's talk on meditation. I did the meditation practise and was suitably impressed. For the rest of the day I carried with me a sense of calmness.

Christina, Evia






Yoga in the Park

'Yoga in the park' has started up for quite a while now by the Satyananda Yoga centre in Paiania when the Yoga centre in Athens asked me if I could teach some lessons in the National Gardens on Sundays. In the beginning, I saw this as an act of duty – as seva, as Sunday is a day I dedicate to my mother who is experiencing some health problems. What however began as a duty, turned out to be a great source of joy for me. To begin with, as I strolled through the sunny and peaceful streets of Athens,passing by the statue of the Unknown Soldier and the Evzones, many childhood memories came back to me before arriving at the beautiful National Gardens, planted with great effort and much love by Queen Amalia, 160 years ago. There, the Satyananda Yoga centre had chosen a beautiful part of the garden for the lessons and so many people would come – most of them not associated with the yoga centre, that I began to ask them where they had heard about this from. Two English women told me that they had noticed a women walking past with her yoga mat, and they asked her where she was going and she informed them that there are yoga lessons in the park every Sunday, so they both came the next Sunday. Someone read about it in a freepress magazine such as 'Lifo.' Arriving at 11.00 am I wouldn't see anyone. But slowly, people would appear from the bushes and the trees with their yoga mats and sometimes, we were as many as 20 people. Doing yoga in the outdoors brings about the feeling that, although we all know theoretically that we are 'one with nature' we actually feel it when we are amongst nature. One looks towards the sky and one sees a wonderful blue sky, the lush-green plants and looking a little further up the path, you see children with balloons. Once there were many young children with their parents observing us and some parents would even attend the class with their children. A beautiful young woman brought us a book as an offering for thanks, for the yoga centre's library.Each time was a different unique experience in itself. Another woman had heard about it from facebook and had come from quite afar, with many health problems. She sat down and just observed the lesson. A foreigner – a writer and artist, observing from a distance said that he was meditating throughout the whole lesson and remembered that when he was younger, he used to do this very often and how beneficial it had been for him.

Once there was another yoga group doing a lesson, and they finished a little before us and their teacher asked us if we were going to do Yoga Nidra, which we were, as some of these students enjoyed yoga nidra very much, so 6-7 people joined in with our group and did Yoga Nidra.We did lessons until November – the weather was beautiful until then.
I am very grateful that I was given this Sunday duty and I want to express my appreciation for the experience to have been able to teach yoga in the park within the National Gardens.

Atmabhava



World Yoga Convention and Golden Jubilee 2013 held in Munger, India

The World Convention and Golden Jubilee of Bihar School of Yoga was a resounding success, with over 56 countries and 22 out of 28 states of India represented at the convention. There was attendance of more than 20,000 and live streaming of the convention to thousands across the world.




The following are some impressions from some friends of yoga who attended the World Yoga Convention & Bihar School of Yoga Golden Jubilee

It was a very rich uplifting experience with many speakers who had a lot of interesting topics that prove the benefits of yoga to mankind. Although so many people attended the atmosphere was serene and relaxing and so very well organised.

Swami Om Murti (Greece)


This was my first yoga conference. I was more than impressed by the different speakers and their depth of knowledge on yoga. There were so many wonderful kirtans and dance. It was a once in every 20 years experience, how often does that come around? I loved the experience so much, that I have decided to return as soon as possible!

Shakti (Greece)


Back from India and the World Yoga Convention with a renewed sense of commitment and direction to share these ancient teachings for the health and well-being of all. Om shanti!

Gyanbindu (America)

 

 


 

Swami Sivananda's 18 ITIES & the practise of Pratyahara
New Book release by Swami Sivamurti

In April 2013, the "Swami Sivananda's 18 ITIES and the practise of Pratyahara" was the topic of a series of seminars given by Swami Sivamurti in India. An in-depth seminar at Ganga Darshan in Munger now forms the basis of her new book with the same title, published by the Yoga Publications Trust.

The 18 ITIES, are eighteen positive qualities or virtues. The practise of these qualities forms an important basis for spiritual life.

Swami Satyananda made the practises of pratyahara the hallmark of Satyananda Yoga/ Bihar Yoga. Swami Niranjanananda further developed pratyahara by making it a practise to be lived and experienced twenty-four hours a day. He emphasises a yogic lifestyle, and therefore, brings the practise of the 18 ITIES back to the fore as an integral part of his teaching.

In her new book Swami Sivamurti presents these two lifestyle-oriented practises. Each ITY is described in detail along with relevant stories and anecdotes to give a rich appreciation of the underlying concept. She also relates each quality to a stage of pratyahara. The book provides the aspirant a platform to systematically work with these concepts as a sadhana to be lived and experienced in everyday situations.

This book will motivate and guide you not only to practise yoga but to live yoga.

 


 

 

New Yogic Cook Book:
Nutritious Vegetarian Food

The aim of yoga is to cultivate a physical, mental, and psychic balance, so that one can experience the higher states of their being. This can be achieved with a balanced vegetarian diet that includes all the essential minerals and vitamins. In order to improve one’s health, keep the body strong and facilitate spiritual evolution, a diet that is nutritious, easy to digest and free of toxins is recommended.

In Yogic Cooking, the basic rules of yogic cooking are presented along with 56 delicious and easy to prepare recipes for all occasions.

The cookbook, Yogic Cooking is published by Garuda Hellas A.E, Thessaloniki, Greece, and is available on request through email, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or from the Yogabooks.gr website

 


 


Cooking with soul...

On 28 July 2013 we organised a COOKING SESSION FOR TTC PARTICIPANTS. Swami Jnanamudra introduced them to the basic principles of yogic cuisine. Following the theoretical part, the 'would be' yoga instructors, together with Jnanamudra's guidance, prepared a typical yogic meal, subji, rice & dhal. It was 'yogilicious!'
With the introduction of the basic principles of Indian cuisine, we started our class early in the morning. First, we learnt the recipe. Then students had the opportunity to put what they had learnt into practise. By the end of a very successful cooking class, we celebrated with singing a yogic song - kirtan!




 

Cooking for TV

On 8 August 2013, a TV crew from B&B visited the ashram, to film a TV SHOW ON COOKING. While the camera was rolling we prepared the meals. Upuma, sauces - red and white atcha, sabji, dhal. After explaining the use of the four basic spices in yogic cuisine, cumin seed, mustard seed, cumin powder and turmeric we took a few photos, and then we served food to the guests!

 


 

Guru Poornima July 2013

This year the ashram celebrated one of the biggest events on the yogic calender, Guru Poornima, which is a time set aside to honour all spiritual teachers, in particular Swami Satyananda, the founder of Satyanada Yoga. The following are some impressions from participants who attended the celebrations at Paiania ashram.

We would like to express our gratitude for the invitation to attend Guru Poornima. It was one of the best Guru Poornima of our lives. We felt so at home, full of a feeling of lightness, joy and energy. The whole atmosphere was suitable for introspection and to experience His presence.
We will take with us this energy and this feeling.Thank you!

Mukti Dhara & Nityabodha (Greece)


I was lucky to be able to overcome numerous obstacles with the grace of guru and participate in Guru Poornima at the ashram.It was so wonderful to see the ashram full, not only by the grace of guru but also by the dedication of disciples towards Him in so many different ways. The program was very beautiful, harmonious, and full of surprises! The seva yogis were attentive to every detail. The darshan of guru, the process of initiation, the chanting, the theater, the music and the opera were wonderful. I wish to continue to come to future celebrations and bring my friends so more and more people can be benefitted from Satyananda Yoga. I am deeply grateful.

Lakshmi Prasad (Greece)

The next Guru Poornima celebrations will take place from Sunday 6 - Sunday 13 July 2014. The full moon of July 2014 falls on Saturday 12 July.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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