|Newsletter - November 2012|
The Ashram's 2012-2013 New Season
December 3 - 7, 2012
December 8-12, 2012
November 15-19, 2012
November 20-24, 2012
November 11-15, 2012
November 12-16, 2012
November 16-18, 2012
November 18-22, 2012
November 19-25, 2012
November 23-25, 2012
November 25-Dec 1, 2012
November 25-29, 2012
November 29-Dec 3, 2012
November 30-Dec 2, 2012
December 2-6, 2012
December 2-4, 2012
December 5-9, 2012
December 8-11, 2012
December 10-16, 2012
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.
A Message from Swami Swaroopananda for the 2012-2013 New Season
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 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.
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
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 www.drpaulepstein.com.
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.