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"Youth, the most impressionable period, offers the best opportunities for yogic culture. The inner education, training in character building and in the practice of yoga has the best effect on a person while still young. When children learn and practise yoga from a young age, they will have a firm spiritual outlook on life, which no one will be able to break or shatter later on."

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On the path of Karma Yoga, you eventually obtain knowledge of the Self and realize One in all and All in one.

The sense of separateness is removed and selfishness eradicated. Karma Yoga develops a broad and liberal outlook on life and you begin to feel oneness and unity.

The Sivananda Bahamas ashram provides the perfect setting to put the teachings of Karma Yoga into practice. Learn more about this transformative and life changing program here: bit.ly/1MHk2Wj
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It's time for another Saturday Night Kirtan Session!

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sivanandabahamas.org Nina Rao learned traditional chants (bhajans) from her grandfather in a village in south India when she nine years old. The chant...

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Kannon showing to teens express yoga.

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To anyone that doesn't know the Sivananda Sequence.

Enjoy this cute and very quick run-through! 😁

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Kannon showing to teens express yoga.

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Watch: An Investment Banker-Turned Yogi Brings Healing to War Vets

video interview and blog post by Sura

Molly Birkholm was an investment banker in New York City when she nearly died in a serious taxi cab accident. After an SUV struck them sideways while running a red light, Molly experienced near-death injuries, enduring a fractured skull and a severe spinal injury. After witnessing her cab driver become decapitated, Molly suffered from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Recurring nightmares and an extreme fear of driving in cars led her to yoga and a specific meditation practice called yoga nidra. Yoga nidra, translated as the “yoga of sleep,” was instrumental in helping Molly recover from PTSD. Molly’s journey of healing eventually led her to leave her job on Wall Street and travel through Asia, where she lived in ashram in India and became certified as a Sivananda Yoga teacher.

Upon her return one year later, Molly had no idea what she would do next. After marrying her husband and moving to Florida, she was invited to volunteer a few hours a week teaching wheelchair yoga to vets at the Miami Veteran’s Administration. What happened next was what Molly describes as, “unbelievable and completely unexpected.” War veterans experienced overwhelmingly positive results. Both Molly and the staff saw veterans experiencing alleviation from their PTSD, insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. Her classes soon expanded to the 3-month Residential PTSD & Substance Abuse treatment programs, outpatient PTSD treatment programs and even the acute mental-health ward. The program went so well that in 2008, the Department of Defense Center of Excellence rewarded the program with a $262,000 grant to conduct clinical research measuring the effects of iRest yoga nidra on veterans with PTSD.

Clinical research is validating that yoga and meditation are effective in helping soldiers and vets heal from PTSD. In a study conducted by the Department of Defense at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, researchers found that a secular form of yoga nidra called iRest, which has been widely adopted by the military, helped to alleviate symptoms associated with PTSD, reduce combat stress and trauma. Participants reported feeling less anxiety and increased feelings of safety. Another research study measuring the “Effects of Sensory-Enhanced Yoga on Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel” found that the individuals participating in the yoga program showed significantly greater improvement in 16 of 18 mental health and quality of life factors over the individuals who were not practicing yoga.

As Molly’s programs at the Miami VA grew, she co-founded Warriors At Ease, a non-profit organization that has now trained and ‘deployed’ over 500 yoga and meditation teachers into military communities.

Molly Birkholm (Madhavi) is a recognized leader in Sivananda Yoga, iRest™ Yoga Nidra, and treating trauma with yoga and meditation. She is the co-founder of Warriors at Ease, an organization that builds yoga programs in military communities, where her curriculum has been taught to over 100,000 veterans. Molly serves as the Director of Yoga Programming and Yoga Therapy for the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas and as Director of Human Trafficking Relief for the Integrative Restoration Institute. A leader of worldwide retreats and teacher trainings, she has four iRest Yoga Nidra CDs and is the author of an upcoming book.

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