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Swami Sitaramananda Blog

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How to Meditate for Beginners

Learning how to meditate for beginners starts in day-to-day life by detaching from activities so you can close your eyes and go into meditation.

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Why take the Food as Medicine Certification Course

Food is essential to life. In the form of food only, we are able to absorb the 5 basic elements - ether, air, fire, water and earth - that will sustain the physical body. Food is also one of the three external sources of Prana or life force available to us; the other...

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Learn to Focus with Yoga Psychology

Yoga psychology analyzes different mental states to find ways to overcome the distracted mind and learn to focus.  If we can do this it will lead to peace, bliss, and true freedom.

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The Science of Relaxation

In Sivananda yoga we learn the science of relaxation which relieve stress in body, mind and spirit and helps us be calm and peaceful.

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Transforming Fear into Faith and Courage

Transforming Fear into Faith and Courage by Swami Sitaramananda 3 AUGUST, 2018 In Yoga philosophy, the teachers or wise people (the rishis) discuss about the relationship between the individual Self and the Absolute Reality.  They help us to understand the mysteries...

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Old Age, Desire and Anger

Why is it that as people age it seems they become more negative, not all of them, just a lot of them? In life either you follow your desires or you try to live a desireless life. Know that you can never reach satisfaction by fulfilling your desires. Your desire will...

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Moong Dal Dosa (Pesarattu)

These thin pancakes make a wonderful snack with coconut chutney or served with some subji (cooked vegetables). 1/2 cup rice and 1/2 cup green moong dal 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp hing(opt.) 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger Soak the rice and green moong dal...

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Yoga and Ayurveda’s Approach to Addiction

Our culture is confused about addiction on all levels,and it’s important to recognize ways in which Yoga and Ayurveda balance the current medical system. Allopathic physicians are excellent for diagnosing and treating many illnesses, but due to the constraints of...

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Power Drink

 Power Drink The Power Drink was first introduced to us by Dr. Kamlesh, reputed Ayurvedic Physician. This very nutritious drink is a real tonic. Dr. Kamlesh recommends taking it as a breakfast. Almonds are said to be excellent for the brain. Dry fruits provide you...

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Easy Granola Recipe

Easy Granola Recipe Homemade granola is a great breakfast or anytime snack. Made with whole oats, granola is high in fiber and protein, in addition to being packed with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.     8 cups rolled oats     2 cups sucanat (or 1½...

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Tabbouleh Recipe

Tabbouleh is a wonderfully versatile dish that can be served as a fresh salad, side dish or appetizer served with hummus and pita bread or crackers.    1 cup bulgur wheat    ½ cup boiling water    2 cups finely chopped parsley    2 cups finely chopped mint    Juice of...

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Baba Ganoush Recipe

A cool eggplant dish with a smoky exotic flavor, baba ganoush can be served as a appetizer with warm pita bread, or as a vegetable side with falafel, tabbouleh or your favorite grain dish.   1 large eggplant 2 tablespoons of tahini 2 tablespoons of olive oil...

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Yoga of Recovery: Applied Ayurveda and Health

Yoga of Recovery (YoR) integrates the wisdom of yoga and Ayurveda with modern recovery tools, including the principles of 12-step programs. It is open to all who are looking to overcome self-destructive or addictive tendencies. This powerful combination is proving to...

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Baked Butternut Squash Recipe

Baked Butternut Squash Recipe Butternut squashes creamy rich flavor enlivens any meal on a crisp day. Rich in vitamin A, squash is also known to sooth acidic stomachs and help counteract the effects of impure foods. Serves 4-6. 1 butternut squash  (or 2 acorn squash)...

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Nutty Parsnip Soup Recipe

Nutty Parsnip Soup Recipe As warm and comforting as it is delicious, this recipe was devised by a guest chef from Australia. The peanut butter adds body to the soothing, apple like sweetness of the parsnips. Serves 4-6.   2 carrots, chopped 2 celery stalks,...

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Yoga Nidra: The Art of Conscious Relaxation

Yoga Nidra has been entering the main stream now for nearly a decade. Few however know what it is. Those who do associate it with deep relaxation. Indeed, a successful practice of Yoga Nidra brings a person into an unrivaled state of relaxation. No wonder Yoga Nidra...

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How Hatha Yoga Heals

Learn how hatha yoga heals by waking up the tamas or inertia, calming the rajas or over-activity, and nurturing the sattva or calmness and purity.

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Cranberry-Orange Muffins

Cranberry-Orange Muffins A gluten-free and vegan breakfast treat made with oat flour. Perfect for that holiday sweet craving on a cold day, but with a much healthier approach. 1 1/2 cups oat flour (make by finely grinding rolled oats in a Vitamix or food processor) 2...

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Chair Yoga: Yoga is for everyone!

Have you heard yourself or others say: “I can’t do yoga until I feel better”? Injury or illness, age or other limitations (including working all day at your desk), may prevent you from getting on a yoga mat on the floor or to stand to do certain yoga postures, as you...

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Your Mind is Your Best Friend or Your Worst Enemy

Observe the MindYou are the observer of the mind. You are the witness of the mind. The mind is not you. It is your instrument. It is your tool. It is like when you drive a car. You don't say the car is me. The car is a tool. You can stop it, you can start it , you can...

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Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and acharya of the US West Coast centers and Ashram.  Swamiji is also the acharya of the Sivananda mission in Asia, especially in Vietnam, where she hails from.

Swami Sita met Swami Vishnudevananda at the Val Morin Yoga Camp in 1981 and had served in the headquarters ashram in Canada for 6 years before Swamiji sent her to many different centers and ashrams, notably San Francisco center in 1989 and from 1995 as full-time director of Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA.

Swami Sitaramananda has taught many international Teachers’ Training Courses in California, Vietnam, China, Taiwan and India.

Swamiji is the author of a Positive Thinking Manual, Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy, (translated into Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese) and Swamiji Said: A Collection of Teachings by Swami Vishnudevananda in His Own Words.  Swami Sita is responsible for the Vietnamese translation of The Completed Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda.

A selection of Swamiji’s audio lectures on Yoga Life, articles, and webinar presentations are available on this blog.

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