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2012-13 Teacher Training Courses

December 4 - 31, 2012
January 4 - 31, 2013
February 3 - March 2, 2013
March 5 - April 1, 2013
April 4 - May 1, 2013
May 5 - June 1, 2013

Immerse yourself in the practice of Yoga and gain the skills to teach it to others. Experience a profound transformation. Make the world a better place.


Foundation Yoga Courses
Foundation Courses


Yoga for Beginners
May 11 - 15, 2012
June 4 - 8, 2012

Intermediate Yoga
May 16 - 20, 2012
June 9 - 13, 2012

Yoga For Peace
Yoga for Peace Symposium: Changing the World from the Inside Out

Elaine Valdov, Daniele Giovannucci, Kenneth Johnson, Dada Nabhaniilananda, Andrew Cunningham
May 7 - 12, 2012

Yoga & Sports

Grace Van Berkum and Randi Smith
May 12 - 16, 2012

Swami Prakashananda
Cultivating True Love: Teachings from the Bhaja Govindam

Swami Prakashananda
May 13 - 18, 2012

Antonio Sausys
Yoga for Grief Teacher Training Level 1

Antonio Sausys
May 14 - 20, 2012

Chair Yoga Training

Stacie Dooreck (Saraswati)
May 18 - 20, 2012

Cairo Rocha
Natural Healing: The Doctrine of Signatures

Cairo Rocha
May 18 - 21, 2012

Rubin Naiman
The Yoga of Sleep: Sacred & Scientific Practices to Heal Sleeplessness

Rubin Naiman
May 21 - 24, 2012

Kathy White
Introduction to the Work of Byron Katie® - Find What Is True for You

Kathy White
May 25 - 28, 2012

Atmarama dasa
Songs of the Beloved

Atmarama dasa
May 30 - June 2, 2012

Swami Vishnu
Inspiring Stories: My Time with the Guru

Brahmachari Shankar and Sita Chaitanya
June 3 - 7, 2012

Rev. Celeste Barrett
You and Your Purpose

Rev. Celeste Barrett
June 8 - 10, 2012






Om Namah Sivaya!

Blessed Yogis & Yoginis,

We conclude another beautiful month in the tropics with many programs, courses and events, and we are already preparing for next season. We're excited to have officially opened up the registration for the Yoga Teacher Training Courses for 2013 and the end of 2012. The wintertime is the perfect time to attend: deepen your Yoga practice, learn how to share the benefits of Yoga with others, and keep warm — all at the same time! Please see our website for dates so you can join us in Paradise this upcoming season! We look forward to greeting you here.

The Yogic Response to Suffering

Swami Swaroopananda discusses the yogic path to respond to and transform suffering in the world through service.

A Self-Realized Being Never Ceases to Serve
Q & A with Swami Swaroopananda

What happens when a realized person dies? Does he ever choose to come back to help others?

Answer: A Self-realized being does not die, and a Self-realized being never ceases to help others; a Self-realized being always helps others. That's one of the characteristics of a Self-realized being.

A Self-realized being does not die because death is an illusion due to ignorance. He never truly dies because he has conquered death. He has transcended death. You may see that his physical body dies, but this is an illusion, this is not real.

You may remember, in the Bhagavad Gita, that when Arjuna desired to abandon his duty and refrain from battle, Lord Krishna basically said to him, “Look, I don't have any desire to fulfill; there is nothing that should be attained that is not attained by me. And even so, I act.” He points out to Arjuna that everything He does, He does for the welfare of all beings. Like the Lord, the Self-realized person also exists for the welfare of all creatures, of everyone. A Self-realized being never ceases to serve. A Self-realized being is the greatest servant of all. So there is service before Self-realization, and there is service after Self-realization, and although the nature of the service before and of the service after is different, there is a similarity.

The difference is that a Self-realized being has a very great capacity to serve, an extraordinarily great capacity to serve. So a Self-realized being truly can serve to a degree that is beyond our comprehension, and he serves not just generally -- it's not just a general type of serving -- he also serves in a specific way, in a very personal way. There are many many ways in which a Self-realized being serves, many many ways, and he never ceases to serve; he always serves.

Swami Swaroopananda is the Acharya (spiritual director) of Sivananda Yoga Centers and Ashrams on the West Coast of the United States, in the Middle East, and in the Bahamas, and is one of the foremost disciples of Swami Vishnudevananda. This article is from one of his spontaneous question and answer sessions, which he frequently offers at Sivananda centers and ashrams all over the world.

NEW 'Library & Resources' Section Online

We invite you to browse our NEW Library & Resources Section on our website for an ever-expanding source of inspiration and information. During our Easter & Passover Symposium and Celebration, Rick Hanson presented a three-part series on "Yoga & Sacred Healing". During his lecture on “Using the Mind to Change the Brain to Free the Mind”, he spoke about practical ways to master the mind. You can try this simple technique today:

Taking in the Good

  1. Look for positive facts, and let them become positive experiences.
  2. Savor the positive experience:

    • Sustain it for 10-20-30 seconds.
    • Feel it in your body and emotions.
    • Intensify it.
  3. Sense and intend that the positive experience is soaking into your brain and body, registering deeply in emotional memory

For more information and to view the complete set of presentations, click HERE.

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and the co-founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He has practiced meditation for over 35 years. His latest book, Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom shows readers many effective ways to light up the brain circuits that relieve worry and stress, and promote positive relationships and inner peace. www.rickhanson.net


Ashram News. . .
Easter & Passover Symposium Celebration: Yoga & Sacred Healing
April 1-10, 2012

Swami Sivananda taught that the first wealth is health. Health is the basis of all virtues and as such is an invaluable asset to any spiritual aspirant. Indeed, one who has good health has hope, and whoever has hope has everything. During our Easter and Passover Symposium, we explored healing methods under various traditions and learned how to connect to the Divine Energy for healing and spiritual prosperity. The video below highlights our Passover Seder Celebration held on April 6th with Swami Swaroopananda.

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