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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 Juice of...

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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, chopped 3...

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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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17 Loving Reminders for a New Year

17 Loving Reminders for a New Year by Swami Sitaramananda Om Namah Sivaya, Blessings and New Year greetings from the Sivananda Ashram in Dalat Vietnam! I am sitting on top of the mountain in Central Vietnam looking out to the lake, the distant mountains, and the pine...

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Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup A favorite among guests and staff that is sure to deliver the warmth and comfort during these colder months. 1 quart of vegetable broth 2 lbs. carrots, peeled and chopped 2 tsp ginger, peeled and finely minced 2 tsp curry powder 1 tsp ground cumin...

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The Path to Spiritual Success through Yama and Niyama

Success is when we are able to break through the chain of karma. In other words, success is being able to retrain ourselves not to repeat the same pattern of conditioned behavior which makes us unhappy. The reason we are not happy comes from the fluctuations of the...

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How to Avoid Unhealthy Habits

To keep our minds from falling into repetitive negative patterns, we make our minds so focused on positive thoughts that there is no space for a negative thought or habit to enter. Events happen so that we can be molded into a better person. When we are faced with a...

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6 Vastu Tips for Reorganizing your Living Space

Tips from Niranjan Babu, a visiting Indian expert teacher on Vastu The front (main) door is the door that allows energy to flow into the habitation, residence or business. Our scriptures mention that a properly constructed and placed front door not only brings...

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The Importance of Practicing Hatha Yoga Every Day

The first thing we teach you when you come to yoga is that you are not the body.  That's the first thing.  It is not the last thing.  It is the first thing.  We teach you that you need to take care of the body but you are not the body.  That is the...

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Understanding Why We need to Meditate and the Benefits

"Meditation is the 'cessation of mental activities.' When your thoughs reduce by just 20 percent, you will experience relief and a self of self-control." - Swami Sivananda Meditation lies at the heart of any yoga practice.  Once you feel comfortable practicing the...

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Treating Addiction through Yoga

Many people suffer from addictions because the mind has a natural tendency towards addiction. Continuous thought patterns develop a habit and we hold on to it thinking that this is just who ‘we’ are.  The easiest and most effective way to remove these habits is to...

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Training Peace Leaders through Yoga

“The only way to change society is like changing a cotton cloth to a silk one — by changing each thread one by one.” – Swami Vishnudevananda Unity in Diversity In 1968, while meditating in the temple at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat on Paradise Island, Swami...

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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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