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The Ashram's 2012-2013 New Season

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Upcoming Events

2012-13 Yoga Teacher Training Courses (TTC)

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

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Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course (ATTC)

January 4 - 31, 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.

Thai Yoga Massage

Thai Yoga Massage
(Level 1)

December 11-16, 2012

Gain a strong foundation in the key elements of Thai Yoga Massage and learn how to perform a full 90-minute customized session.

Foundation Yoga Courses

Yoga For Beginners
Yoga for Beginners

December 3 - 7, 2012
January 9 - 13, 2013

Intermediate Yoga
Intermediate Yoga Course

December 8-12, 2012
January 14-18, 2013

Intro to Meditation
Introduction to Meditation

November 15-19, 2012
December 18-22, 2012
January 20-24, 2013

Positive Thinking
Positive Thinking Course

November 20-24, 2012
March 1-5, 2013

Dennis Chernin
Meditation, Breathing & Holistic Healing

November 11-15, 2012
Dennis Chernin

Swami Brahmananda
The Yoga of Devotion: Practicing Bhakti Yoga

November 12-16, 2012
Swami Brahmananda

Cairo Rocha
The Cause of Disease: An Overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine

November 16-18, 2012
Cairo Rocha

Yoga Therapy for Stress Reduction

November 18-22, 2012
Nora Benian (Sundari)

Thanksgiving Celebration & Family Program: Discover the Joy in Gratitude

November 19-25, 2012
Arjuna, Swami Brahmananda

Susan Lord
Step Out of Stress: Ultimate Self-Care Retreat

November 23-25, 2012
Susan Lord

Sivananda Yoga Teacher Renewal

November 25-Dec 1, 2012
Swami Brahmananda, Shyam, Mohini

Music Is Medicine: Cultivating Inner Peace & Manifesting Abundance with Music

November 25-29, 2012
Martin Klabunde, Wing Man Rita Law

Deshon Fox
The Middle Theory: A Guide To Balance

November 29-Dec 3, 2012
Deshon Fox

Beginners Retreat
Beginners Yoga Weekend Retreat

November 30-Dec 2, 2012
Senior Staff of the Ashram

Nora Benian
Restorative Yoga & Healing Therapies

December 2-6, 2012
Nora Benian (Sundari)

Swami Brahmananda
Karma Yoga: Love in Action

December 2-4, 2012
Swami Brahmananda

Paul Epstein
Healing Chronic Pain: The Body-Mind Syndrome

December 5-9, 2012
Paul Epstein

Joseph Mitchell
The Practice of Yoga in a Christian Context: Putting on the Mind of Christ

December 8-11, 2012
Joseph Mitchell

Yoga Therapy & Self Thai Massage

December 10-16, 2012
Nora Benian (Sundari)

Om Namah Sivaya~

Dear Yogis and Yoginis,

With the New Year just around the corner, now is the time to prepare your body. mind and spirit to another year of health and prosperity and learn how to share the gift of yoga and healing with others, allowing us all to make the best of 2013. Get certified to offer a 90-minute customized Thai Yoga Massage session to heal and rejuvenate the body; take your first steps in meditation to calm and expand your mind and uplift your spirit with a heart opening kirtan program.

Select your program or training and make your reservations to join us this season. We are looking forward to greeting you at the Ashram.

Om Shanti. Om Peace.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas

A Message from Swami Swaroopananda for the 2012-2013 New Season

Swami SwaroopanandaDear 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

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.

Is There An End To Suffering?

Swami Swaroopananda discusses suffering in yoga philosophy, and how to bring suffering to an end.

Healing Chronic Pain with Dr. Paul Epstein

For many individuals with chronic pain symptoms, the healing process involves -- not masking or getting rid of the pain -- but actually opening to the pain, listening to the pain, seeing the pain as a teacher and guide, and engaging in a healing process integrated with therapeutic modalities and treatments. When we make the choice to have the courage to face the pain, allow it, and find its meaning and message, we can heal the underlying root cause of pain. This principle of pain is universal, whether in a physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual context.

During his upcoming program at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Dr. Paul Epstein, ND, will help students understand how to relate to pain mindfully and compassionately, with unconditional presence. Participants will explore the nature of pain, which is an integral part of our lives and they will acquire tools to avoid the development of feelings of resentment and anger towards pain that only aggravate the situation.

The essence of Dr. Epstein's teaching is to guide people to explore and live questions, to see with new eyes and to embrace their pains, wounds and burdens... re-membering into their essential wholeness. He supports the conscious engagement of each patient's inner wisdom and heart of compassion: their inner healer. By employing skillful means and practicing understanding, intention, and effort, students will embark on a healing journey as they begin to work through old conditioned patterns and un-learn their own pain.

Healing Chronic Pain: The Mind-Body Syndrome will take place from December 5-9, 2012. For more details and to register, please see the program web page.

Dr. Paul Epstein, ND is an international teacher and speaker with more than 25 years’ experience in mind-body integrative medicine and its clinical application. As a teaching expert in mindfulness-based mind-body therapeutics, he integrates the “classical” naturopathic principles with his background and training as a mindfulness meditation and Buddhist Dharma teacher, interactive guided imagery guide, yoga instructor, and internal family system psychotherapist.

As a practitioner, he integrates a whole-person integrative approach with contemplative psychotherapy, guiding each patient’s self-healing journey and connecting with his or her spiritual path. He maintains a private practice in Westport, Connecticut, and mentors healthcare professionals to integrate mind-body therapies in their life and clinical work. He specializes in treating patients with chronic and stress-related disorders and mind-body syndromes, transforming pain and illness into a journey of self-healing and an opportunity for spiritual awakening and happiness. His web site is

Christmas & New Year Symposium

Join us this holiday season for a gathering of spiritual leaders, mystics, and musicians from the world’s major spiritual traditions. Bathe in their wisdom, love and compassion. Expand your horizons and discover unlimited joy and freedom by breaking artificial barriers and celebrating the underlying unity in our diversity.

For more details and to register, please visit the program web page.


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