Om Namah Sivaya
Thanks to all of you who made UN International Day of Yoga possible!
Contruction and renovation of the new Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre at the Shree Mahalakshmi Temple in Vancouver is well under way and we’ll keep you posted on the re-opening date. In the meantime enjoy the beautiful summer.
Sri Venu (E.R.Y.T. 500)
June 21st 2015 will mark the first International Day of Yoga thanks to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative with the United Nations. We of the International Sivananda Yoga Organization in Vancouver are proud to support this great event made possible by the International Day of Yoga Organizing Committee of Vancouver presided by Prameyaji Chaitanya of the Shree Mahalakshmi Temple.
Join Vancouver’s finest yoginis and yogis such as Kareen Zebroff, Sandra Sammartino, Jeffrey Armstrong, Gary Gopal Bello, Maala, Maggie Reagh, Georgina Varveris, Padma, Nirmala Raniga, Rukmini Prameya, Padmasri, Melody, Alison and many others.
Our special guest is internationally acclaimed First Nations Elder and Yogi, Chief Phil Lane Jr.
Yoga Acharya and MC, Sri Venu, representing the International Sivananda Organization, will introduce you to Vancouver’s most dedicated yoga teachers for great yoga classes, testimonies and kirtan with live harmonium. Our outstanding musicians and singers include Shri Yogish on tabla, Yuvraj Singh, voice and guitar, and our other musically talented guests.
1- 10am at the Plaza of Nations downtown Vancouver
Come and chant at our Kirtan at 3pm!
Register at: www.unidycanada.com
An other great event in Vancouver is held at 12pm at Hillel House of UBC, 6145 Student Union Boulevard
Program includes Yoga with Naseem Gulamhusein, Maitreyi Yogacharini and Sri Venu Acharya
Ayurveda with Neelam Toprani
Nutrition with Manjari Kansal
Register online at: www.eventbrite.ca
Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To mark the international recognition of yoga, here’s a little bit of history that shows how important Canada’s role has been in the establishement of yoga around the world.
Canada’s major role in bringing yoga to the West
In 1957, after 12 years at the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh, Swami Vishnudevananda on instructions from his guru, Swami Sivananda, came to the West to bring the teachings of yoga. After two years of teaching and touring in North America, Swami Vishnu took the Canadian citizenship and established the first Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Montréal, Canada, in 1959. To date there are close to 60 Sivananda locations (ashrams, yoga centres and affiliated centres) around the world. In 1962, Swami Vishnudevananda founded the first large ashram in the western world on a 250 acres piece of land in the Laurentian Mountains near Montréal where he also created the first Yoga Teachers’ Training Course outside of India in 1969. Over 30,000 teachers have since been trained in the Sivananda TTC and ATTC programs around the world including Vancouver. Yoga Acharya Sri Venu, Vancouver’s Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre Director, started his full time training directly with Swami Vishnudevananda in 1971 and became one of the first yoga teachers trained in the West. Sri Venu is also a graduate of the International Meditation Institute of India.
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams and Centres are recognized worldwide for teaching yoga authentically, preserving its purity and tradition dating back several thousand years. They also offer a wide range of programs and even the possibility for spiritual growth through Karma yoga as a temporary or full time staff program participant.
The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres is a non-profit organization named after Swami Sivananda, one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the 20th century and founded by his disciple Swami Vishnudevananda. The International Head Quarters is still in the Canadian Ashram near Montréal, Québec.
The mission – to spread peace, health and joy through yoga. All are welcome to come to our ashrams and centres to learn not only about how yoga can help maintain a healthy body but also how yogic philosophy, applied in daily life, can help maintain a peaceful mind and spirit.
In 1965 Swami Vishnu’s meeting with the Beatles while they were shooting the movie Help in the Bahamas, changed the life of the Fab Four. They remained life long friends of Swamiji and also continued their spiritual journey with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and with the Krishna Consciousness movement.
In the 70s and 80s, the now famous Canadian/Indian Swami Vishnu, started his peace missions aboard Garuda, his small airplane painted by Peter Max. He risked his life and flew over war zones showering them with peace leaflets and flowers to bring awareness to the importance of non violence. He was nicknamed the Flying Swami. His plane is now in a museum at the Val Morin Ashram near Montréal from where he led his mission around the world.
Swami Vishnudevananda made the yogic teachings understandable and available to all by simplifying them into five points, showing specific ways to develop physical and mental health as well as spiritual growth through ~ Proper Exercise (Asanas), Proper Breathing (Pranayama), Proper Relaxation (Savasana), Proper Diet (vegetarian), Positive Thinking (Vedanta) and Meditation (Dhyana).
Together with Swami Sivananda he is responsible for the revival of the synthesis of yoga tradition, which integrates the four paths of Yoga (Karma, Bhakti, Raja/Hatha & Jnana).
In 2011, Indian/Canadian Swami Vishnu’s major role in bringing yoga to the West and reviving it in India also, is brought to Television Networks and Theatres around the world by his long time disciple and television broadcaster Sri Venu in his feature film documentary Planet Yoga. Co-produced by CBC/Radio-Canada and InformAction Films, Planet Yoga was directed by Carlos Ferrand. Released at the Vancouver and Montréal Film Festivals it was later broadcast on CBC/Radio-Canada and on other Television networks around the world including ARTÉ in France and Germany.
For more information on Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati, Swami Vishnudevananda
and the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Vancouver please contact director Sri Venu at email@example.com