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March Monthly Subscription
Focus: Bhakti (devotion) & Asana (steady posture)

Monday, March 1 - Wednesday, March 31

March Subscription

WITH Neeti, Sitaram Chaitanya, Isani, Srinivas Pulluri, Mokshapriya, Swami Shantananda, Rabbi Zoe B. Zak & other Certified Sivananda Yoga Teachers

Monthly Subscription with Weekend Yoga Classes: $59
Monthly Subscription with Daily Yoga Classes: $75

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This Month’s Focus: Bhakti (devotion) & Asana (steady posture)

What is included?

  • Weekend Hatha Yoga Classes (Sat & Sun) 90 mins each

Hatha Yoga Classes
Take Classic Sivananda Hatha Yoga classes in our Online Community! In these 90 min classes you’ll be guided through Pranayama (charging and balancing breathing exercises), Sun Salutations, a series of Yoga Asanas (steady postures) and an extended final relaxation.

Inclusively available on Weekends (Sat 8 am & 4 pm) (Sun 8 am & 3 pm) 90 mins each During registration there is an option for daily yoga classes as well.
Also available HERE.

  • Bhagavad Gita Study Classes Mondays 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 60 mins each

Gita
Taught by Neeti
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most important texts in the Hindu tradition and is part of the teaching material in the Sivananda Teacher Training Courses. It is said that Lord Krishna incarnated many years ago to establish righteousness and provide mankind with the knowledge of Yoga.

In the Bhagavad Gita (part of the great epic “Mahabharata”), Lord Krishna teaches Arjuna – who represents the individual. In this dialogue between teacher and disciple, Krishna teaches in detail about the different paths of Yoga and their application in daily life.

We will systematically study the Gita chapter by chapter. This includes chanting the original sanskrit text, reading the verses and discussing their meaning and application in daily life. The study group is open for anyone to join who is interested.

Come and share the joy of studying this ancient scripture.

This study is inclusive in the Monthly Subscription.
It is also available HERE.

  • Pranayama & Sun Salutations Mornings Monday – Friday @ 5 am – 6 am 60 mins each

Pranayama & Sun Salutations
Gift yourself the powerful practice of morning Sun Salutations & Pranayama. Sun Salutations practiced daily, it brings great flexibility to spine and joints and keeps the waist trim.
Starting your day with pranayama relaxes nerves, cleanses the respiratory system and you willfeel the healing benefits of breathing exercises physically, mentally and spiritually. Notice the difference throughout your day after these reinvigorating breathing exercises!

These sessions will guide you through the practices of sun salutations, kapalabhati & anuloma viloma.

This is for all levels, although we recommend you already have knowledge of the practices. Please email us if you have questions about the practice- ranch@sivananda.org

These sessions are inclusive in the Monthly Subscription.
It is also available HERE.

  • Srimad Bhagavatam Study Monday – Friday @ 6 am – 7:30 am 90 mins each

Srimad Bhagavatam
Each morning, join us from the Ashram for a 30 min meditation, Daily Chants (Jaya Ganesha) and study on Srimad Bhagavatam.

The Srimad Bhagavatam consists of eighteen thousand Slokas, three hundred and thirty-two chapters and twelve Skandhas. The book is named Bhagavata because it speaks of the glory of Bhagavan or Vishnu. It is one of the most authoritative of Hindu scriptures. It is a work of great repute in India. It exercises a direct and powerful influence on the opinions and feelings of the people. It has acquired a wonderful hold on the minds of Hindus. It contains the essence of all the Puranas.

In Srimad Bhagavatam alone the history of the universe is systematically dealt with.

Lord Krishna is the central figure of this unique book. It is an authoritative book on devotion. Bhagavatam teaches devotion that is associated with Jnana (Bhaktiytikta-Jnana). It does not divorce knowledge from Bhakti. It teaches that Jnana is extremely helpful to its perfect attainment. In Bhagavatam the treacle of Bhakti is mixed with the elixir of Jnana.

These sessions are inclusive in the Monthly Subscription.
It is also available HERE.

  • Sri Hanuman Chalisa Chanting 30 mins

Hanuman Chalisa
Led by Sitaram Chaitanya
Come join our morning Hanuman Chalisa Chanting group!

Shri Hanuman Chalisa is a hymn dedicated to Shri Hanuman, the great devotee of Lord Rama

The ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ is composed by Saint Goswami Tulsidas, the author of the Tulsi Ramayana (Ramacharitamanasa). Composed of 40 verses filled with praises for Lord Hanuman, the Hanuman Chalisa is composed in Avadhi. This dialect of Hindi was spoken in Ayodhya, Lord Rama’s birthplace. 
 
Benefits of Chanting Hanuman Chalisa- 
-Calms the mind
-Instills a sense of gratitude and humility 
-Effective remedy to overcome depression and negative thinking
-Bestows protection from adversities 
-Blessings from Hanuman, who stays in the heart of the devotee 
-Removes doubts
-Removes fear
 
About Hanuman: 
SRI HANUMAN is worshipped all over India—either alone or together with Sri Rama. Every temple of Sri Rama has the murti or idol of Sri Hanuman. Hanuman was the Avatara of Lord Siva. He was born of the Wind-God and Anjani Devi. He is also called by the names Pavanasuta, Marutsuta, Mahavira, Bajrangabali and Pavankumar.

Hanuman was the living embodiment of the power of Ram-Nam. He was an ideal selfless worker, a true Karma Yogi who worked desirelessly. He was a great devotee and an exceptional Brahmachari or celibate. He served Sri Rama with pure love and devotion, without expecting any fruit in return. He lived only to serve Sri Rama. He was humble, brave and wise. He possessed all the divine virtues. He did what others could not do—crossing the ocean simply by uttering Ram-Nam, burning the demon-king’s city of Lanka, and bringing the sanjeevini herb to restore the life of Lakshmana. He brought Sri Rama and Lakshmana from the nether world after killing Ahiravana.

Hanuman possessed devotion, knowledge, spirit of selfless service, power of celibacy, and desirelessness. He never boasted of his bravery and intelligence.

He said to Ravana, “I am a humble messenger of Sri Rama. I have come here to serve Sri Rama, to do His work. By the command of Sri Rama, I have come here. I am fearless by the Grace of Sri Rama. I am not afraid of death. I welcome it if it comes while serving Sri Rama.”

See how humble Hanuman was! How deep was his devotion to Sri Rama! He never said, “I am the brave Hanuman. I can do anything and everything.”
This workshop is inclusive in the Monthly Subscription,
It is also available HERE.

  • Sri Lalita Sahasranama Chanting 60 mins

Lalita Sahasranama
Led by Srinivas Pulluri
Learn the significance and some of the beautiful translations of the 1000 names. Each name of the Divine in the Sahasranama refers to a different quality or attribute of the Divine. 

Benefits of Chanting Sri Lalita Sahasranama
-Atmosphere is purified 
-Purifies the mind
-Uplifts mood
-Long, contented life
-Gained self confidence
-Feel more close to the Devi for and receive blessings/overall protection
-Removes fear 
-Relieves malefic effects of planets 

Lalita Sahasranama (thousand names of goddess Lalitha) is an ancient Sanskrit text praising the virtues, -aspects, greatness and manifestations of Mother Divine. It is believed if recited with devotion Sri Lalitha, the Mother Divine fulfills both spiritual and material aspirations, and bestows Karya Siddhi (fortune of getting good things done successfully).

Chanting the thousand names of Devi enlivens the qualities within us, helps us gain the ability to see clearly and become grateful of the beauty in the world around us. May the blessings of the Divine Mother be bestowed upon all! 

This program is inclusive in the Wellness Month.
It is also available HERE.

  • Workshop: Puja- Daily Workshop & Divine Offering 101 90 mins

Puja Workshop
Taught by Sitaram Chaitanya
Learn how to do Puja (worship ceremony) at home. A part of the legacy of classical Yoga passed on to us from our gurus, is the practice of Puja, or symbolic worship of the divine. In all of our Sivananda Ashrams and Centers worldwide we have received our current format of Puja from Swami Vishnudevananda. Sitaram Chaitanya, who performs this Puja daily at the Sivananda Yoga Ranch, will be guiding you on how to bring this practice to your home.

About Puja:
Puja is ritual worship wherein a visual or concrete representation of God is treated as an honored guest. They are welcomed, bathed and dressed in fine garments and jewels, garlanded, offered flowers, incense and food, and praised with hymns and mantras. The devotee attempts to externalize his/her inward love for the Supreme.
Puja is one of the different modes of Bhakti Yoga, the devotional approach to mystical union. Even the Vedantins are extolled by the greatest of non-dualists, Sri Shankara, who recommended this form of worship in order to steady and purify the mind. Lord Krishna states in the Bhagavad Gita that worship of the devas and of God is to be considered the sattvic or pure type of austerity of the body.

What you will learn in this workshop:
-The traditional Puja done at Sivananda Ashrams daily
-The items needed for Puja
-The meaning behind the offerings
-Proper order of Sanskrit mantras and verses used
-Recitation of 108 Names of Krishna
-Recitation of 108 Names of Swami Sivananda

Also included in this workshop:
-PDF Text for Daily Worship (downloadable to save)
-Recordings to do Daily Puja at home (downloadable to save)

Who should take this workshop:
This workshop is available to everyone. No special requirements/ knowledge are needed. Puja is a bhakti (devotional) practice, with this practice one develops an expansion and openness of the heart.

This workshop is inclusive in the Monthly Subscription
It is also available HERE.

  • Workshop: Balanced Mind, Balanced Asana 120 mins

Balance
Taught by Isani
The qualities of steady (sthira) and comfortable (sukha) should be present in our Asana practice. In this practical workshop, we will explore how to bring Steadiness, thru understanding the body-mind connection. Learn how to bring Balance/Comfort to our asanas by increasing both attention and intention principles in the postures. You will experience a full practice of Meditation, Pranayama, & Sivananda Asana Sequence.

Suitable for all levels, some knowledge of the Sivananda sequence is helpful.

This workshop is inclusive in the Monthly Subscription.
It is also available HERE.

  • Workshop: Hip Opening 90 mins

Balance
Taught by Mokshapriya
Outside of our physical habits, the muscles around the hips are often tight in response to habitual environmental and mental stresses. Through systematic stretching of the hips, you can release this stored stress and calm down the mind.

The Importance of Hip Opening-
There are 840,000 yoga asanas in the Hatha yoga practice- the goal is meditation- to sit steady in one asana. Hip opening helps us to feel comfortable enough to stay steady in a meditative posture.

Physically, hip opening creates more range of motion, improves circulation and prevents injuries from overly tight hip flexors (psoas), abductors, and hamstrings.

Emotionally and energetically, hip opening releases unnecessary tension by releasing stagnant, disturbed energy built up over time.

Spiritually– The connection between the mind, emotions and body are often most noticeable and felt in the hip area. By gently and slowly stretching, an awareness is developed of the path necessary for releasing this tension.

In this workshop we will explore hip opening postures based from the traditional practice of the Sivananda sequence exploring the greatness of the simplicity of staying in an asana. We will also incorporate variations to deepen stretching and free stagnant energy to create more flexibility and relief.

This workshop is inclusive in the Monthly Subscription.
It is also available HERE.

  • Spring Equinox: 54 Sun Salutation Challenge approx 60 mins

Balance
Taught by Isani
Spring ahead with a Sun Salutation Challenge!

The session will be entirely guided. We will start as per our tradition with a short initial relaxation and the opening prayer. We will do 27 salutations on the right side alternated with 27 on the left.  We will conclude the session with a nice, well-deserved final relaxation.

In Hindu mythology, the Sun God is worshipped as a symbol of health and immortal life. The Sun Salutation originated as a series of prostrations to the sun. It is a series of twelve positions coordinated with the breath performed as one continuous exercise to stretch and warm up the entire body. It is designed to prepare the body for the Asanas (postures) practice.

This workshop is inclusive in the Monthly Subscription.
It is also available HERE.

  • Workshop: Navavidha Bhakti- Nine Modes of Bhakti 60 mins
  • Balance
    Taught by Swami Shantananda
    Navavidha bhakti comprises the nine ways to express devotion or develop devotion for God or the higher Self. 

    Bhakti yoga is one of the main paths of yoga that a practitioner can follow on the path to Self-realization and is the path most followed in India. The name comes from the Sanskrit root word, bhaj, meaning “to adore/worship God.” Thus, it is the path of love and devotion. Bhakti is sometimes described as “love for love’s sake.”

    In this discourse, gain a deeper understanding of the nine modes of bhakti and how to utilize these paths in your journey towards the Supreme. 

This workshop is inclusive in the Monthly Subscription.
It is also available HERE.

  • The Start of Passover Celebration 120 mins

Balance
Led by Rabbi Zoe B. Zak
Join us online for an uplifting celebration of freedom and resurrection that includes a Passover reading of the Aggadah, book of Passover stories.

This program is inclusive in the Monthly Subscription.
It is also available HERE.

How the March Monthly Subscription works:

-Tuition: $59 grants you access to all the March Monthly Subscription programs.

-All programs will be streamed LIVE on the platform Zoom.

With the subscription, recordings of the weekend workshops/discourses are available.

Connection Information

Mar 1 – Mar 31 (Eastern Standard Time)
Streamed Live on Zoom.
Use the Pre-register button to receive Zoom login details by email. Zoom can be used on desktop or a mobile device, but please note that Zoom’s recent privacy and security updates require that you create and sign in to a personal account.


 

Neeti

Neeti is a senior teacher and dedicated staff for over a decade. Neeti has taught countless courses in India and Canada, and has been teaching regular workshops and courses in Sivananda centers and ashrams.

Sitaram Chaitanya

Sitaram Chaitanya is a devoted brahmachari serving full time at the Sivananda Yoga Ranch Ashram for many years. Sitaram Chaitanya regularly performs Puja in the main ashram temple each morning with joy, devotion and discipline.

Isani

Isani is a senior teacher within the Sivananda Organization and has been practicing and teaching at the NYC Center and Ashram since 2007. Her own avid approach as a practicioner of Hatha Yoga is reflected in her teaching that instills strength and flexibility in her students both on and off the mat. She teaches with compassion and believes when one teaches, two learn!

Srinivas Pulluri

Srinivas Pulluri, a traditional teacher from India, of Yoga, Vedanta and Sanskrit.
He is an avid speaker in Vedanta and Yoga philosophy who has been traveling to various countries, shedding light to many minds about yogic practices. He holds deep knowledge and understanding of yogic living and inspired thousands of students during his illustrated career as a Traditional teacher. He is a faculty at International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams in India and Thailand.

Mokshapriya

Mokshapriya is a full time staff member of the Sivananda Yoga Organization since 2017. She regularly teaches Hatha Yoga Classes & Courses and assists in Teacher Trainings. She teaches with dedication and practicality.

Swami Shantananda

Mesmerized by Pujya Swami Chinmayananda in the 1960s, Brahmachari Raghavan served Pujya Gurudev as his traveling secretary for a few years. After completing his Vedanta course in Mumbai, he traveled to Taiwan, where he successfully managed his own business and taught Vedanta part-time. He was instrumental in founding CM in Hong Kong and Taiwan. In 1992, he received sannyasa diksha from Pujya Gurudev and became Swami Shantananda. Since then, Swamiji has dedicated his life to Mission work and Vedantic teachings, and is presently the resident acharya of Chinmaya Mission New Jersey. As a speaker, Swamiji’s talks are filled with wonderful insights into life and people respond instantly to his wisdom and affectionate nature. In 2001, as his personal tribute to Pujya Gurudev, to commemorate the 50th-year celebrations of Chinmaya Mission, Swamiji undertook and completed 50 Gita jnana yajnas all around the world.

Rabbi Zoe B. Zak

Mokshapriya is a full time staff member of the Sivananda Yoga Organization since 2017. She regularly teaches Hatha Yoga Classes & Courses and assists in Teacher Trainings. She teaches with dedication and practicality.

Details

Start:
Monday, March 1
End:
Wednesday, March 31

Venue

Online Course
NY

Organizer

The Sivananda Yoga Ranch
Phone:
845-436-6492
Email:
yogaranch@sivananda.org
Website:
sivanandayogaranch.org