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Contentment is derived from the approach and attitude toward the external world, not from the objects themselves.

—Swami Vishnudevananda

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Community Voices

10 Amazing Things About Living at the Ashram

  The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat welcomes students, yoga vacationers, spiritual aspirants, distinguished presenters from around the world — and Karma Yogis for the Residential Study Program. Karma Yogis enroll for at least one to three months o …

Life Change Through Yoga Teacher Training

The Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC) was created not only to train people to become yoga teachers but to become ambassadors of peace in the world. Now more than ever, we need people committed to their own personal transformation through yog …

Community Voices: Pivotal Books on the Spiritual Path

Is there a book that was pivotal to you on your spiritual path?   Which book? How did it impact you? Please share your story below and inspire others. (It doesn’t have to be long to be inspiring!)

Feeding the Ashram: Chef Ambika and the Brunch Shift

by Grace Welker (Annapurna Devi) It’s 6:30 am on a Friday in mid-October. While the rest of the ashram community are in satsang transitioning from silent meditation into the daily chant, I am gathered with the kitchen’s brunch crew to begin preparation …

Community Voices: Using Yoga to Heal Illness and Chronic Conditions

Have you used yoga to heal an illness or chronic condition?   What happened? How did yoga help? Please share your story below and inspire others. (It doesn’t have to be long to be inspiring!)

Advanced Yoga Teacher Training: A Conversation with Amelia Travis

When she graduated from the Teacher Training Course (TTC) as a Sivananda Yoga teacher four years ago, Amelia Travis had no idea that a business concept formed during that training would lead back to Sivananda, this time to the Advanced Teacher Training …

Singing to God: The Resurgence of Kirtan

Chanting, kirtan, devotional music — by whatever name you call it, the lure of ancient call-and-response singing in the name of God is on the rise. “Chanting wakes up our hearts,” says kirtan singer Luna Ray, who opened the On the Wings of Ecstasy devo …

Community Voices: First Yoga Experience

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 hesitan …

Community Voices: Yoga and Religion

Has yoga changed your relationship with your religion? In what ways?   I went to Catholic school when I was young. I went to church camp and sang in the church choir. But at some point all of this drifted away. I stopped going to church. I never t …

Community Voices: Spiritual Names

If you have received a spiritual name, what has been the effect for you? How do you feel about your name? Do you use it in daily life   I was given a spiritual name after completing the TTC in 2008. I feel a bit shy about using it. I have been tea …
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