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We are thankful for you! This includes everyone past, present, and future that visits the ashram.

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Saraswati Sylvie BoisclairAnd I'm greatful for having found this piece of heaven on earth in this lifetime! Thank you swami vishnu devananda and swami sivananda and of course Goddess.3   ·  20 hours ago

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Sivananda Online SatsangOm Om Om call us on Skype: sivanandasatsang Special Sivananda Online Satsang with Nataraji, director of Kerala Ashram, at 11 AM GMT on Saturday 29 November ,LEBANON: GMT + 2 LONDON: GMT FRANCE, ITALY, GERMANY: GMT + 1 DELHI: GMT + 5:30 TAIWAN: GMT + 8 THAILAND: GMT + 7 JAPAN: GMT + 9 FLORIDA, NEW YORK: GMT - 5 LOS ANGELES: GMT - 8 TORONTO: 6 AM IRAN: GMT + 3:30 ARGENTINA: GMT - 32 hours ago

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Take Time to Relax in Savasana by Katie Papo (Ambika)

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Sandy De JesusOh how I wish I were there today!5   ·  2 days ago

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Sivananda Online SatsangOm Om Om call us on Skype: sivanandasatsang Special Sivananda Online Satsang with Nataraji, director of Kerala Ashram, at 11 AM GMT on Saturday 29 November ,LEBANON: GMT + 2 LONDON: GMT FRANCE, ITALY, GERMANY: GMT + 1 DELHI: GMT + 5:30 TAIWAN: GMT + 8 THAILAND: GMT + 7 JAPAN: GMT + 9 FLORIDA, NEW YORK: GMT - 5 LOS ANGELES: GMT - 8 TORONTO: 6 AM IRAN: GMT + 3:30 ARGENTINA: GMT - 32 hours ago

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Community Voices - my first yoga class |sivanandabahamas.org

Community Voices: First Yoga Experiences

Do you remember the details of your first yoga experience?

 

Yoga came to me unexpected. My first yoga experience was initiated by a close friend. One rainy evening, she asked me to join her at a new studio in Vancouver, Canada. I was very hesitant and had previously made up my mind that I didn’t like yoga. She asked me several times to go, and mostly to support her, I attended.

When I arrived at the building, it wasn’t what I expected. I had to ring a buzzer, walk through a courtyard, up some stairs, and finally to a door with just a number on it. Upon entering, the smell of burning incense tickled my nose and I saw some mystical statues and photos looking back at me. I was greeted by her partner, who I knew as a boat-loving Vancouverite, but what I didn’t know, was that he was also a yoga instructor.

He introduced me to yoga that evening. During my first class, I learned that he lived  for several  years with Swami Vishnudevananda, at the young Sivananda Headquarters in Canada. After that evening I was hooked, and I can say that my life has been forever changed.

I am now a long-time Sivananda Yoga teacher spreading the wisdom of yoga around the globe with my company, Nectar Yoga. I truly believe “what’s for you won’t pass you”, even if you’re not looking.

—Amrita

 

I had attended some yoga classes in New York City and became quickly frustrated that I could not (and felt I would never be able to) get into the poses that others were doing with ease. A few years later, I tried yoga again, but with a different attitude that I would only focus on my body on my mat, on my breathing, on the instructions of my teacher. And yoga has transformed and benefited me ever since.
—Mark A.

 

I began yoga in 2000. I had 5 young children at the time and was running a business with my partner. Very stressful time! Yoga was my escape, my refuge. Something I could do for my Self and my own well-being. It was challenging but I loved it.

The biggest challenge I had was finding the time and being able to go to classes consistently. I would manage to go once or twice a week for a while and then I would let life get in the way and stop for 3 months. My yoga teacher was amazing and very attentive to his students. Occasionally when I was not getting to class he would give me a friendly call and encourage me to come back.  It always worked and slowly I became more and more consistent. I simply loved the quiet space and the physically demanding postures. My body and my mind began a slow transformation.”

—Omkari

 

I remember my first class very well. I attended a Hatha Yoga class with my old teacher Pilar who had trained at one of the Sivandanda ashrams. It was early in 2005.

It was all very new to me. I was a little anxious. I found it difficult to remember all the different asanas especially the different parts to Saludo al Sol (sun salutation) and to co-ordinate the breath. I persevered though. At the end of the class we lay in Savasana and my mind was jumping around like a monkey. I thought: you think they’d mind if I left early? I didn’t leave though. I persevered.

Now I attend yoga classes twice a week. It’s like going home, comfort food. Some of the asanas are like my favourite shoes or jumper. They just fit.

—Katie