Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in comments
Search in excerpt
Search in posts
Search in pages
Search in groups
Search in users
Search in forums
Ashram News
Ayurveda
Chanting
Community Voices
Featured
From Our Presenters
Interfaith & Interspiritual
Our Lineage
Presenter Spotlight Q&A
Q&A with Swami Swaroopananda
Recipes
Reviews
Science & Spirituality
Specialized Yoga Trainings
Uncategorized
Videos
Yoga Lifestyle & Practice
Yoga Philosophy & Teachings
facebook_blue_circle_25px twitter_blue_circle_25px youtube_red_circle_25px pinterest-icon_round_25px instagram_circle_25px tripadvisor-round

Swami SivanandaSwami Vishnu

Sivananda Bahamas Blog

Expand Your Horizons …

Inspiration and ideas on yoga philosophy, practice, and lifestyle. Enjoy, tell others, and return often.
 

Subscribe to Our Blog

Get the latest news from our blog in your Inbox.

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

 

FACEBOOK ACTIVITY

The Yoga of Sound program with Russill Paul (Anirud Jaidev) and guest featuring Iswara ... See MoreSee Less

2 hours ago

Name that feelings when you are at the dock waiting for the boat to take you to the ashram ...... (Instagram from: @stephlowey18) ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago

Michael Ricci, Lidia Flores and 23 others like this

View previous comments

Charu ShankarHome away from home :)1   ·  3 days ago

Grace WelkerAlmost home ...3   ·  3 days ago

Sharon AvitalRestless anticipation3   ·  3 days ago

David GibsonAnandoham1   ·  3 days ago

Saraswati Sylvie BoisclairAt last...home.2   ·  3 days ago

Yelena GorodetskayaSweet anticipation2   ·  3 days ago

Susan KasloffYes!!!1   ·  3 days ago

Laurie HefnerBlissful1   ·  3 days ago

Catherine PompeoHome at last! ♡♡♡♡1   ·  3 days ago

Angela Daceyanticipation1   ·  3 days ago

Rohini Mattsonperfection1   ·  3 days ago

Alena GuslevaHomecoming2   ·  3 days ago

Michael StarkOm Namah Sivaya1   ·  3 days ago

Sarah BargasRajas!1   ·  4 days ago

Albert GehtComing home2   ·  4 days ago

Isabella Chayne BoutilletteNervous, excited & happy!2   ·  4 days ago

Orli ZivBliss1   ·  4 days ago

Jennifer WoodsThat absolute bliss is within reach ♥1   ·  4 days ago

Susan Lynn WhitmarshBliss!!1   ·  4 days ago

Peggy StroudPure JOY, serenity-ahhh1   ·  4 days ago

Shanna KaminskiAt peace1   ·  4 days ago

Lisa DiMatteoperfection.1   ·  4 days ago

Alexandra Shambhavi StutmanHappiness Great expectation. :-)1   ·  3 days ago

Angela Jones StillBlissful3 days ago

Peter IocovelloExhale, Ahhhhhh, peaceful, nourishment2 days ago

Comment on Facebook

We are *VERY* pleased to announce a special event June 2 — 8, 2015.
A Celebration of Hope and Peace. Swami Swaroopananda’s 60th Birthday! (With a very special guest <3 Click for more details)

bit.ly/Swamiji60
... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago

Michael Ricci, Alexandra Shambhavi Stutman and 23 others like this

Alexandra Shambhavi StutmanWow! Sounds awesome!2 days ago

Śāntanu YogiIs it a surprise birthday party? 😉4 days ago

Comment on Facebook

 
Breaking Barriers | sivanandabahamas.org

Breaking Barriers

Dear Friends,

I am sending you blessings from the beautiful and peaceful Paradise Island in the Bahamas, and I invite you to join us for another season of learning, expansion and joy. My Guru, Swami Vishnudevananda, arrived here 45 years ago and immediately felt the strong spiritual currents and healing vibrations that surround this land. He turned it into a yoga ashram in order to help as many people as possible and to serve humanity in the best possible way. He left his body 19 years ago, and since then we have been trying our level best to continue his mission.

What exactly was his mission? When he came to the West, he felt that he had to teach yoga and Vedanta to individuals in order to help them to heal on all levels and to progress on their spiritual path. However, following his 1969 grand vision, there was a shift in his mission. He felt that there was something fundamentally difficult with the karmic situation of mankind and due to his great compassion and love for humanity he was determined to do something about it. He saw planet Earth engulfed by fire and people trying to escape. It was clear to him that there was nowhere to escape and that the only solution to this situation was to break down barriers and to unite.

So, the focus of his mission shifted toward breaking barriers, both literally and symbolically. He broke physical barriers by flying over war zones; he broke religious, cultural, and racial barriers by bringing together leaders from various religions and people from diverse cultures; he invited scientists to bridge gaps between science and spirituality; he gathered speakers with diverse backgrounds including healers, psychics, army generals, and political leaders, to name a few. He welcomed everyone, he embraced them all. He foresaw a time of great transformation, in which humanity will have to face the fact that if we do not learn to live together then we may all die together.

I believe that this time, the time to learn to live together, is upon us. I believe that there is never a better time than now for us to make vigorous efforts to break barriers, just like Swami Vishnudevananda did.

I invite you to join this mission. I welcome you to visit the Ashram and experience the multiplicity of names, forms, shapes, religions, and cultures. Through this multiplicity we eventually discover the underlying unity; we bathe in the love and Grace of God as we celebrate the unity in our diversity; we realize our oneness with the entire creation, with God, with the Guru, and with our own essential nature, which is nothing but absolute peace, joy, and bliss.

Om Shanti, Om Peace
Swami Swaroopananda, Director


http://www.sivanandabahamas.org/wp-content/uploads/Swamiji_b.jpgSwami Swaroopananda

Swami Swaroopananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda. A practicing yogi from a very young age, Swami Swaroopananda has dedicated his life to the practice and teaching of yoga. He taught in Yoga Teacher Training Courses around the world and is currently teaching advanced yoga philosophy courses and lectures internationally. He is Director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and Acharya (spiritual director) for the Sivananda centers and ashrams in the Bahamas and the Middle East. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.