Namaste dear friends,
As I was walking under Vancouver’s blue sky on a beautiful Spring of 2015 morning. A thought came to me. What inspired me? The blossoming Cherry trees, Sakura, as our Japanese friends call them? Perhaps, but here it is. I started on my Yoga & Meditation journey at age 16. Now I’m 61.
16 vs 61! Interesting reversed numbers aren’t they? The difference between the two is 45. For those interested in Vedic numerology, 4 + 5 is 9. 9 is a very sacred number. Multiply it by any number and add the result. It will always be 9.
9 x 12= 108. 1 + 8 = 9 etc. etc. 108, that’s the number of beads on your mala
My point is that at 61 I’ve never felt better and Yoga and Meditation have a lot to do with it. So yes, I left my big corporate job in broadcasting a few years ago to dedicate myself to Yoga even more. Running the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in Vancouver is an example and co-producing the feature film documentary Planet Yoga is an other. I finally realized my long time dream and brought together broadcasting and Yoga in this great production released in 2011 at the Vancouver International Film Festival. In Montréal, where I’m from, it ran in French and English in two distinct theatres for more than 6 weeks. It’s been broadcasted on CBC/Radio-Canada and other fine television networks around the world ever since. Amongst many things it tells the story of how the full synthesis of Yoga was brought to the West by my Guru Swami Vishnu Devananda in 1957. In 1959, he founded, in Montréal, the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organization. We have trained more than 35 thousand yoga teachers in our Centres and Ashrams around the world since 1969.
Thanks for your interest in Yoga,
Sri Venu, E.r.y.t. 500
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Vancouver
|Sri Venu (Stéphane Boisjoly) Born in Montréal Sri Venu is a Canadian from Abenaki First Nation and French ancestry. He started to practice Yoga and Meditation daily in 1969. In 1971 he moved to the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in Québec to study full time with Swami Vishnudevananda. One of North America’s most experienced Yoga Acharyas, Stéphane (Sri Venu) started to teach at the Sivananda Headquarters in 1972 and continued his advanced training in the Sivananda Ashram California and in British Columbia until 1976. Also a graduate of the International Meditation Institute of India his studies take him to the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, Auroville in Pondicherry, the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh and Kullu-Manali in the Himalayas. Founder of the Vancouver Sivananda Centre, Sri Venu teaches traditional East Indian Yoga, Meditation, Philosophy and Chanting. Sri Venu is also a professional Television broadcaster and has recently held the position of Regional director of French CBC-Radio Canada in Vancouver and of Broadcast Manager of the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010 and of the London Olympics in 2012. With Production Company InformAction and Director Carlos Ferrand he completed Planet Yoga in 2011, a documentary feature film on Yoga around the world and the role of Swami Vishnudevananda in bringing it to the West. This feature film has been released in Film Festivals and Theatres and has been broadcast on Television Networks around the world including CBC/Radio-Canada. Sri Venu also trains Yoga and Advanced Yoga Teachers at the Sivananda Centre, at Langara College in Vancouver and other fine Yoga Institutions. He is registered (E.R.Y.T. 500) with the Yoga Alliance and Registered Senior Teacher with the Yoga Association of BC.|
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