Special Programs & EventS
LIVE ONLINE SATSANGS, YOGA CLASSES AND MORE!
A selection of web offerings from Sivananda Yoga Vedanta ashrams and centers
●●● SATSANGS ●●●
● Twice daily, 6am and 8pm
ONLINE SATSANGS WITH ASHRAM STAFF AND/OR SPECIAL GUESTS from the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in The Bahamas (free via Facebook Live)
● Twice weekly, Sundays and Wednesdays, 7:30pm
ONLINE SATSANGS from the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch in Upstate New York (free or by donation via Facebook Live)
● Twice weekly, Sundays and Wednesdays, 9pm EDT
ONLINE SATSANGS WITH SWAMI SITARAMANANDA streamed by the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Northern California (free or by donation via Zoom)
● Monday through Friday, 6:30am
SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM STUDY WITH SRINIVASAN from the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch in Upstate New York (free or by donation via Facebook Live)
●●● YOGA CLASSES ●●●
● Mondays and Saturdays, 8-10am
ONLINE ALL-LEVELS YOGA ASANA CLASSES from the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch in New York (by donation via Zoom)
● Daily 5-7am and 1-3pm EDT
ONLINE ALL-LEVELS YOGA ASANA CLASSES from the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Northern California ($4 – $8 via Zoom)
● Daily 7:30-9am and 2:30-4pm EDT
ONLINE GENTLE YOGA ASANA CLASSES from the Sivananda Yoga Center in Los Angeles ($4 – $8 via Zoom)
●●● COURSES ●●●
● Wednesday April 1 – Sunday April 5, Noon – 1:30pm
ESSENTIALS OF POSITIVE THINKING: When You Choose Your Thoughts, You Create Your Reality, from the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in The Bahamas ($59 via Zoom)
●●● OTHER ●●●
● By Appointment
STRESS RELIEF ONLINE COUNSELING: A service to help maintain physical, mental and spiritual well-being, available in 12 languages, sponsored by Sivananda Yoga Health Institute – Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Northern California (by donation via Zoom)
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ON TEMPORARY CLOSING DUE TO COVID-19
YOGIC PRACTICES THAT CAN STRENGTHEN YOUR RESISTANCE
Yoga teaches many ways to keep your body clean and boost your immune system
● Jala Neti – Keep your nose clean!
Jala Neti is a technique used by yogis to stay disease-free. Nasal hygiene is maintained by removing mucus containing trapped bacteria, viruses and fungi through simple nasal irrigation. It also makes breathing practices (pranayama) deeper and more pleasurable. All you need is a neti pot, non-iodized salt and lukewarm water. For more information, see YW Store information below and our short instructional video.
● Kapalabhati – Keep your lungs clean!
Kapalabhati, the first breathing exercise in the Sivananda Yoga practice sequence, is a yogic kriya (cleansing technique) for the lungs. Forceful exhalations expel old, stale air from the lungs, making space for fresh, oxygen-enriched air. Daily kapalabhati practice in a well-ventilated space is highly recommended to keep the respiratory system clean and strong. Included in YW CDs, see below. (Our Yoga Warehouse 2 Go recordings are now available for free streaming or downloading.)
● Proper Diet (vegetarian or vegan) – Keep your food clean!
The Yogic diet helps us attain a high standard of health, a keen intellect and serenity of mind. Foods to boost the immune system are fresh, organic and easy to digest. Ayurveda (the Vedic science of self-healing) recommends taking ayurvedic herbs and also cooking with immune-boosting spices, such as turmeric and ginger. (Check out our Immune-Boosting Spice Mix in the YW Store item below.) We also recommend the documentary films Forks Over Knives and The Game Changers (both on Netflix) for some fascinating and motivating information!
● Proper Relaxation – Keep calm and carry on!
An adequate amount of good-quality sleep helps keep the immune system strong. Before going to sleep, practice auto-suggestion, which we do at the end of every Yoga class, to relax each part of the body, including the mind. This also can be done for 10-15 minutes at a time a few times per day to help us disconnect from stress, anxiety and tension.
● Mantra chanting – Enlist the power of vibration!
The Om Trayambakam Mantra, which we repeat three times at the conclusion of each Yoga class, is a life-giving mantra. Yogis teach that this mantra wards off death by accidents of all kinds and has a great curative effect for diseases. It is also a Moksha Mantra and bestows liberation. Included in YW CDs or streamed or downloadable classes, see below.
● Meditation – Your mind can be a strong ally!
Swami Sivananda writes that meditation acts as a powerful tonic and that the energy generated in the practice penetrates all the cells of the body and helps to cure all diseases. Modern science has established that meditation reduces stress, controls anxiety, helps to regulate blood pressure and even results in measurable and beneficial changes in the brain. Learn more in the book Meditation and Mantras, see below.
AVAILABLE FROM THE YOGA WAREHOUSE STORE
● Yoga Warehouse 2 Go audio CDs
For your home practice, including the guided relaxation, we offer a two-CD set consisting of two Yoga classes (one with Shyam and one with Mohini). Both conclude with auto-suggestion and the Trayambakam Mantra. Please let us know if you would like us to email you a free written copy of the Trayambakam (Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra). (Our Yoga Warehouse 2 Go recordings are now available for free streaming or downloading.)
● Ceramic neti pots and salt
Beautiful handmade pots and a good-quality salt. We are happy to email free additional instruction on how to use a neti pot.
● Organic Ayurvedic Immune-Boosting Spice Mix
A delicious blend of turmeric, ginger and other spices for your cooking and eating pleasure
● Meditation and Mantras
This classic book by Swami Vishnudevananda starts by answering some simple questions about meditation. It then progresses through different techniques of mediation and gives practical instructions on how to start and maintain a meditation practice.
Call or email us to arrange a time to shop in person, or we will be happy to mail any items if you purchase them over the phone.
MEDITATION AND KIRTAN GATHERING (SATSANG)
Beginners and followers of all traditions welcome
April 5, 7pm
Satsang, which means “association with the wise,” is a key element of the practice of Yoga. It consists of guided and silent meditation followed by kirtan and an easy-to-follow reading and/or talk on Yoga philosophy or psychology.
In satsang, people of different levels – from beginners to more experienced practitioners – meditate together. This kind of group practice creates a strong spiritual atmosphere which allows a deeper experience of meditation.
Our chant book reflects the inclusiveness of the Sivananda lineage, with a section of chants for each of the main Yogic deities, as well as chants in English and Hebrew. Many of the Sanskrit chants are followed by translations. Our Daily Chants (Jaya Ganesha) and a few bhajans are usually accompanied by harmonium and simple percussion.
We recite Swami Sivananda’s Universal Prayer and conclude satsang with arati, an offering and receiving of Divine Light. We also share prasad, a sweet offering.
Beginners and members of all traditions are welcome. This is a free event although donations are gratefully accepted. Please arrive at least five minutes early.
“As Satsang is the only safe boat to take you to the other shore of Bliss or Moksha [liberation], you should all try as best as is in your power, never to miss it.” – Swami Sivananda
SPIRITUAL MOVIE NIGHT
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
Date and time to be announced
Lloyd Vogel is an investigative journalist who receives an assignment to profile Fred Rogers, also known as Mr. Rogers. He approaches the interview with skepticism, as he finds it hard to believe that anyone can have such a good nature.
Director Marielle Heller told Entertainment Weekly: “It’s a story for our times, a story about kindness and family connection and trying to tap into our better selves.”
We will also be showing an excerpt from the 2018 documentary about Rogers, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
By donation. Please arrive early; doors close once movie begins.
March 13, 2020
THE YOGA WAREHOUSE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Because of the uncertainty of the current situation, we are temporarily suspending all activities
For weeks now, we have been closely monitoring the situation with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). During that time we have worked hard to maintain a clean sattvic space and taken extra precautions for the safety of our students and teachers.
Unfortunately, it has become increasingly clear that when it comes to this pandemic we are in a time of great uncertainty, with many troubling unknowns. The limited availability of coronavirus testing is particularly disturbing, especially when there is growing evidence that people with COVID-19 may be at their most infectious before they start to feel unwell.
Therefore we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close the center. The last thing we want is to be involved in spreading a dangerous disease even as we are teaching a way to attain physical and mental health. Please understand that we simply consider this to be the most prudent course of action and that no one associated with the center has to our knowledge fallen ill or tested positive for the disease. We also want to emphasize the temporary nature of the closing and will adjust the expiration date on everyone’s class cards when we reopen.
We are also exploring the possibility of using 21st century technology to continue our mission of promulgating the ancient teachings of yoga. If you haven’t signed up to receive our occasional emails please go here so that you can stay up to date with the latest YW news.