Self Enquiry: a meditation method to make you feel stronger in time of COVID 19

An on line satsang with Swami Sitaramananda 03/30/2020


Today we will introduce you to a new way of thinking that will help you to feel strong in the time of fears and anxieties due to epidemic Covid 19.  We are facing an unknown “enemy” and our daily life is being put to a halt. We feel that our health and wellbeing are being threatened.

We are faced with uncertainty. Existential questions long time not dealt with, come to a surface. Now is a great opportunity to think deeply and find peace and strength through a new understanding of “who am I”. This new understanding of ourselves and our environment shed light to our problems of fears and anxieties and makes us feel stronger.

The practice of Self enquiry:

Asking the question “Who am I?” and breaking the habit to be yourself.

Vedanta philosophy is a powerful philosophy coming from the ancient Vedas. It gives us new insights and solutions to our problems.

  • It says that we need to solve our problems from a different level of consciousness than the one we are familiar with.
  • It is about seeing our own self and our environment differently.
  • To do so, we need to think deeply and endeavor to distinguish between what is unchanging and what is changing.
  • Something unchanging is real. Something changing is illusory.
  • To get to the unchanging, we need to question what we believe about ourselves and our perception of the universe we see around us to be true.
  • The whole meditation exercise is about asking ourselves “who am I?”
  • And breakdown the false identifications- You do not know who you are, but you know who you are not.
  • What remain is the “I”
  • By doing so we recover the Self and feel stronger and happier.
  • We free ourselves from sufferings and fears resulting from our attachment to the false Self.
  • We realize it is a habit we carry for a long time
  • Therefore the meditation needs to continue over time
  • We become more and more detached
  • It takes strength and sharp intellect to do so.

Our habitual mind keeps reproducing the past illusions

Things are not the way we think them to be. The reality we see is the reality of our mind projections. The classical story of “snake and rope” illustrates well our situation. In the darkness , this person saw a snake and jump in fright. Someone who is not afraid of snake brought the light to shine upon the snake. Under the light, It turns out that it is a simple and innocent rope. The rope looks like the snake but is not the snake. The rope did not become a snake, and the snake did not become a rope. All what is happening is in the mind. The mind has already the fears of snakes, therefore projected “snake”. One’s thought and memory is being superimposed upon the truth. In the same manner, in the darkness of our spiritual ignorance, We keep seeing scary and stressful things. And reacted in fears.

When we dare to enquire, the knowledge sets us free. As we see things as they are and not what we imagine it to be.

Why do we keep seeing the same thing?

In order to really be free,
we have to revisit the past illusions
Personal and collective
In order to wake up.
Revisiting our scares and fears
And see them for what they are.
Not real,
In our mind.
Become familiar with our mind patterns
Help us to recognize them.
We keep seeing the snake
But also become stronger with time
As the memory of rope becomes more and more
and we can transcend the vision of “snake”
to see the “rope”
Our fears resulting from our weakness become more and more
And we become more and more stronger.
Self enquiry helps us to do so.

How to unveil the Self and be free of the habit to be ourselves?

First, you are not the body:
Upon asking the first question “Who am I”
The first answer is  I am the body
The body is made of the 5 gross elements
Earth, water , fire, air and ether.
It is made of food
We are born with our constitution There are 3 types according to Ayurveda, the ancient science of medicine
You can be solid , earthy , supportive and steady , made of Earth and water
You can be fiery , sharp , active , inquisitive, made of Fire
You can be quick, sensitive and moving like air in space
The body constitution gives the predisposition
To think and be this way or that.
We are not seeing the same thing.
As our constitution veils us.

However whatever constitution or body type we are,
The body is born, grows, decays and dies
At due time
It is not meant to be forever,
It is not ourselves
As it keeps changing.
If we line up different photos of ourselves
At different times of our lives,
From being a baby toddler to an adolescent, a grown up, an adult, and photos of ourselves in our thirties, fourties, sixties
The body looks totally different in size, shape, weight
And yet we pointed out to each photo and recognized the same “me” exclaiming  “ this is me!” , “this is me” !
Think about this, there is a “me” that is not the body .
The body is our instrument
In our journey,
Not ourselves.
Mistaken identity with the body gives fears and anxieties
Specially the fear of death.
The body journey is a chapter in the book of our lives
Not the whole story.

I am not my gender, male nor female
I am not my race, black, white, yellow
I am not my age, young, old, older
I am not my physical beauty or appearance
I am the driver of this body vehicle.
I am not the color or shape of the vehicle
I am not my muscles, my bones, my lungs, my heart
My arms and legs
My nose, tongue, eyes, skin, ears
I am the driver of this body vehicle
And these organs and limbs are my instruments
I am the subject and these are the objects.
I am consciousness and not the sum of body parts.
Detachment towards the body
Not overly worry about it as yourself
But as the caretaker of the instrument
Gives you strength and health.
Free you from the fear of death
Which is paralyzing
In this time of virus threat.

The second identification is with the prana – life force

The prana energizes the body and gives it life
Prana is changing, sometimes low, sometimes high
Balanced and unbalanced
Prana comes with the air we breathe
The earth, water, fire, and etheric space.
We can identify with what we feel,
Energetic or tired
Strong or sick
Blocked or flowing
Acting and enjoying
Moving here and there
Or staying still and shelter in place
But we are not our prana, life force.
So be aware, take care of your prana
Do pranayama to purify and regulate
your prana and emotions,
but we are not the prana.
Therefore stay detached from it.

The third identification is with our mind and emotions.

Who am I?
I am worried, angry, fearful, joyful, sad, grieving.
Our states of mind and emotions
Kidnapped our identity
We lose ourselves in our emotions.
And become what we feel.
The senses are connected to what we feel
And keep us revolving between pleasures and pains
They set the stage for the mind and emotions to play
Its comedies or dramas
But comedy turns to drama and drama turns to comedy
Snake turns to rope and rope turns to snake
Nevertheless, the sense of I is lost, drown in the emotions
Of all our relationships
Which make us feel ups and downs,
Happy and unhappy
Loved and separated
Stay still, turn within,
Happiness is within
Love is already there
Calm down, detach
I am not the mind and the emotions.

Fourth, I am not my ego and intellect:

I can tell the story of my life
Over and over again
To one person, hundreds people, thousands
To my children, grandchildren,
Yet I am not my story
Even though I might be attached to it.
My story even well rehearsed
From life times to life times
Generations to generations
Keeps changing
As my lessons keep changing.
I keep acting out what I think myself to be.
My level of consciousness
My level of self awareness
My level of being the silent witness
To myself.
My understanding of who am I 
Separated or connected
Isolated or together
Alone or involved
Unstable or stable
Worthy or unworthy
Proud of accomplishments
Better or worst

Achiever, intelligent or a failure,
My level of self knowledge is changing
Therefore it is not me, the unchanging.
Truly, there is something beyond the ego stories
That can not be described
This is who I am, the background of things,
The movie screen
On which the movies, stories play
And yet unaffected
Detached Witness I am .
The calming of the mind and the ego,
The realization of the silent witness
The observer of my thoughts
The consciousness awareness itself
Makes I feel strong
I found myself and not losing myself
When I detach myself from my stories
And stop justifying
I am not my ego.

My fifth level of identification is more subtle

As it speaks about my purpose.
As my question becomes deeper,
I realize that I have been there, done that
For a long long time.
The purpose of this birth
And its lessons
Is revealed.
As far as the “I” is
Conditioned, attached
My sense of purpose is distorted.
Now I realize the purpose of this birth
My journey is
From karma to dharma
And I am blissful and happy
No more fear
No more separation
No more doubt
No more agenda
I am consciousness and bliss.
I am free

Meditation is thinning out the veils:

Seeing through the illusions of self and others.
Turn within and solve our problems from
A different level of consciousness.
It can only get better
We are not loosing anything
Only gaining in strength and courage
To face our lives
By being ourselves.
This meditation and Self enquiry are forced upon ourselves
In this time of crisis when all established habits are being questioned,
And reinvented.
The more the veils are thin,
The happier and steadier we become.
The more this world will come to peace
As we understand that myself and yourself are one.
Unity in diversity.
Celebrate our interdependence
And let go of our fears
Clinging to the past
Projecting in the future

There is only one Truth

There is not your truth and my truth
Because both are only reflections.
There is only one sun
Reflected in many surfaces
Reflected in rock surface, the light shines little
Reflected on water, it becomes distorted with the waves
Reflected on wood surface, the light is dim and stable
Reflected on shiny mirror, the light is bright and the image sharp.
There is only one consciousness
The same in all beings
Whether mineral, animal , human , superhuman,
We are one
The differences are external
But the essence is one.

We do not know the truth and act out of ignorance

Forgetting the big picture,
Forgetting to do self enquiry
Forgetting the search of truth
Forgetting our purpose
We become greedy, senseless, abusive towards animals, nature
Not thinking, not respecting
Constantly Creating pains to others
For our own pleasures.
This time is the time,
We need to wake up and turn inwards,
Question our ways
Cease to blame,
But taking responsibility
Stop the killing
Of innocent animals
Their abuse and torture
Become vegetarian
Stop the wasting of resources
And the appropriation
Of planet earth
Stay still and Meditate
Everything you want is right
Here and now.

There is only one truth

We are waves of the same ocean
We are clay becoming different ugly pots and beautiful vases
We are gold turning into different shapes and forms of ornaments
We are spirit and consciousness in the guise of different classes of man
Corona virus is equalizer
Can affect rich, poor, statesman and beggar the same,
What ever you are and where ever you are.
Start our self enquiry
Listen to the teachings of the scriptures
And the wise of all times
Even if you can not understand completely
This is the time for us to practice this meditation
wake up and Learn what you can
To Remember ourselves
Stay away from past and future
Be in the moment present
See the essence and not the manifestations
Respect the differences as it is in essence one.
Come back to unconditional love
Of Self and Others
The Love and the Truth will set you free!

Om tat sat

Swami Sitaramananda

Video – Yoga for Health and Healing

Sivananda Yoga: Health Educator Training – Documentary film by Benoy K Behl

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  1. A landmark event in the field of Yoga and of Health Management is the founding of the Sivananda Institute of Health and Yoga in California, USA. The institute’s first 2-year Yoga Health Educator Training Course was launched at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm at Grass Valley in California in October, 2017.
  2. It was followed by the launch of this intensive training course at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Dalat in Vietnam in January 2018.

Swami Sitaramananda, Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

  1. This yoga health education-training course, is a yoga therapy course. But we don’t use the word yoga therapy, because the idea that is that we are not talking only about disease and curing of disease, but we are talking about health and well-being…

Swami Sitaramananda, Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

  1. ….we are educating people to approach the person that has disease as a total person, that means their body, their mind, their emotions, the circumstances of their life ….

Swami Sitaramananda, Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

  1. In order to regain health, we need to think of the three levels of health. Our spiritual health, when we recognise the truth of our own nature, our mental health when we become very calm and be able to be concentrated.
  1. And our emotional health that comes with the mental health is when we have love in our heart. And our physical health, is when our body function properly, under the intelligent control of the mind.

Swami Sitaramananda, Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

  1. So our soul quality, is remembering who we are, that means remembering our essential nature, that is good, that is pure, that is true, that is brilliant, that is knowledgeable, that is eternal, that has no fear, no worry, no anxiety, there is no comparison, no conflict to anybody, that is pure love, so this is a quality of life.

Swami Sitaramananda, Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

  1. Happiness is within, but we are looking for it outside. So the idea of yoga, is to look for it at the right place, by looking within.
  1. Instead of like a person that lost her needle and go outside looking for it, because it’s bright outside, there is light. And inside the house where she lost it is too dark.
  1. So we all the time running, running, running……..looking for our happiness outside…..
  1. So now we need to calm the illusion down and looking inwards. So that’s the process of yoga.

Swami Sitaramananda, Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

  1. Swami Sivananda was a medical doctor and he always concerned about health.
  1. He wrote about 30 books on health itself and about two-three hundred books on different topics of yoga philosophy and yoga life.
  1. Because he was a medical doctor and he helped people to heal. Then he realised the people suffer from something else.
  1. He can cure from the physical ailment, but because suffer from something else. That’s how he became a monk and he became the doctor of the soul.

Swami Sitaramananda, Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

  1. Swami Vishnudevananda ji, he came to this country in 1957 in USA, San Francisco….
  1. …And he realised that the people are not healthy and that’s how he has to start to teach health. And he combined the teaching in a five points called five point’s yoga lifestyle for health and peace of mind.
  1. So proper exercise, proper breathing, proper relaxation, proper diet, means vegetarian diet, positive thinking and meditation…. that we call the five points yoga life, that the health educator will be based their teaching on, the five points how to get back to your true nature of health.

Sat Bir S. Khalsa, Harvard Medical School, MA

  1. I think modern medicine, has some gaps. Modern medicine is largely focussed on treating symptoms, treating outcomes and not as well focussed on prevention of those outcomes.
  1. And also not focussed on the interface between, the mind and the body. Modern medicine tends to be, a bit divided between psychiatry in one hand and physical medicine on the other hand.
  1. And the two really don’t talk to each other and yet obviously the mind and body are inextricably linked. So yoga addresses that, that link between mind and body.

Landon Gallant, Student, Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course

  1. I played soccer for 28 years and the last half of that time was a very high speed, very aggressive, very physical nature game that I played and

  1. In 2013 me and two guys ran across entire United States in 157 days and we did this to help our………….cancer families.

  1. When we went across the United States, we visited over a 120 hospitals and cancer research facilities.
  1. And I would go and sit with these doctors, some of the best ……..doctors on this planet. And I would sit with them one and one and I asked the questions, the families never got a chance to ask.
  1. All these doctors that I have talked to, don’t really have a holistic background, don’t have nutritional background, don’t have a lifestyle enhancement background.
  1. Scientifically they are brilliant, but when it comes to how to live and how to heal without chemo, without radiation, without poisons, without toxins, you know 100% of the time, that just wasn’t there, heart breaking to see that, very heart breaking to see these families are so desperate for a better way to heal as opposed to these poisons are being offered to them.

Swami Sitaramananda, Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

  1. Swami Sivananda say that we are the, author of our own health or disease.
  1. So what that means, that means that we have the power in our hands, to heal ourselves. So we need to know and be more aware, of our thoughts and mind and know, have the basic knowledge of the connection between the body and mind.

Swami Dharmananda, Sivananda Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA

  1. The yoga health educator and the medical system can work together, to provide real lasting health and wellness and actually what we talk about is a positive state of health.
  1. Not simply in absence of disease, but just knowing that what I am eating, how I am going about my day, my definite working relationships even the kind of work that we are doing in our lives that’s it’s a positive state in every aspect.



Swami Dharmananda

Sivananda Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA

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  1. When we talk about yoga practice, for instance it’s not simply for young fit bodies.


  1. But it’s for people of all ages, or all physical capabilities. In fact it’s not really about limitation as it were, but actually expanding inner selves, our own view of ourselves, that we are not actually limited.


Tara Durga Devi

Gentle Yoga Teacher, Grass Valley, CA

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  1. ­Gentle yoga, is a way of practicing the asanas which are the postures, that move the energy through the body, in a more gentle way, so that it becomes accessible to people who may have an illness, who are lack of strength or lack of mobility, or aging process and just starting to want to move their bodies.


Tara Durga Devi

Gentle Yoga Teacher, Grass Valley, CA

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  1. When we are stressed our immunity system goes down and our digestive go down. And so gentle yoga, gives people a chance to calm the mind and to move the energy, through the body in such a way that it………..the relaxation response, which then aids in the healing.


  1. And also aids their mind, through accept things as they are and then work with themselves in a better way.


Tara Durga Devi

Gentle Yoga Teacher, Grass Valley, CA

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  1. The gentle yoga class again like, it affords us the opportunity to learn about how our mind is working against us.


  1. How we are pushing ourselves and it really takes courage and I think when people come to gentle yoga, they are looking for something different than just exercise.


  1. They intuitively know something is not working and they are also yearning for some more information beyond just the physical body. Especially if there is any illness and you are working with that.


  1. And also in ageing we start to as you age you start to notice, the people around you, they are not there anymore, they are lost. Since you start to question what is life about? how do I deal with death, these bigger issues? How do I deal with my own ageing?


  1. And so when they come to a gentle yoga class, we give an opportunity to slow down and have time to reflect. And like I said, the teachers sets an atmosphere of love and compassion and it’s not about doing, it’s about being.




Silvia Nakkach

Nada Yoga Teacher, CA

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  1. As I going back to the source of, who we are as pure vibration. So the more we connect with sound, pure sound it feels like we are connecting with the true self. The ancient traditions they all and alter in memorial times and traditions and worlds being using sound to heal as a gateway to expand consciousness, going beyond the confinements of personality.


  1. Sound is a most intuitive form of psychology, it change you immediately.



Swami Sitaramananda

Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

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  1. So in this course we put together the yoga philosophy, yoga psychology in relation to health. We also teach the health educator into Ayurveda and the process of healing of Ayurveda that is also the Vedic science, it’s based on that ancient wisdom.




Mary Thompson

Ayurvedic Practitioner, CA

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  1. I was very excited, when I was approached by Swami Sita,

in working with the development of the Sivananda yoga health education course….


Mary Thompson

Ayurvedic Practitioner, CA

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  1. Ayurveda is often said to be a sister science yoga. You can think of them as twins, they come from the same parent. Where yoga works with balance of the mind and helps one to achieve their spiritual goals, Ayurveda focuses more on balance of the body, to help one have the strength, the stamina, the endurance to achieve their goals.


Swami Jnaneswariananda

Sivananda Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA

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  1. I was trained as a bio medical engineer. I have a doctorate in bio medical engineering.


Swami Jnaneswariananda

Sivananda Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA

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  1. So my contribution to the yoga health educator’s training is the anatomy in physiology, some of the study of the pathology.


  1. We have other doctors that are discussing medical interventions, standard medical interventions. My purpose is to provide the students with enough backgrounds, in anatomy, in physiology that they have a real understanding, of the traditional medicine, terms and procedures.



Brendan Keogh M.D.

Ontario, Canada

  1. I am a family physician in Norwood which is a small town in Ontario….


  1. I tried physio, I tried chiropractitioners, tried massage therapist, all whom I knew, all whom are good people. But they didn’t fix my back. Somebody said just try yoga. And it did fix that. So that was the proof for me personally. So here I am, about 15 years since I start the yoga and increasingly I am being attracted personally to the Sivananda Yoga.


  1. I am seeing and meeting people, it’s a remarkable thing. I am not talking about just fixing the back and body but yes that. And now I am studying that the future, our whole world looks much better with Sivananda Yoga. So I am here to stay, I will recommend for anybody who wants to ………. There is a physician program starting up. ­


  1. There is lot of failure in western medicine. So much obesities, so much diabetics, high cholesterol, mental health, depression, addiction stuff. And I send them to the services that available. But increasingly I find I personally convinced we can save the healthcare system …… and make people feel better if we can introduce them to Sivananda Yoga.




Swami Sitaramananda

Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

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  1. ….the scientific medical discoveries and advancements can help, can join together with that wisdom, teaching of ancient classical yoga and meditation systems.


Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen

Charite University Hospital, Berlin

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  1. We are here in Berlin at Charite University and since many years, we do research in yoga in the application of yoga, for patient care….


  1. …So in fact, I think yoga is a very important part of modern medical care for a lot of patients, that is what our research data imply.



Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen

Charite University Hospital, Berlin

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  1. We are here, a general hospital with a lot of patients and all the cost of the treatment is reimbursed by the insurance company. It is not a private hospital, it is a standard university hospital.


  1. ….we now have in the hospital three full time yoga teachers, as part of our therapist team.


  1. And I think this is very nice, so that we just regard yoga as a standard treatment and it is just included in the professional staff.



Suprabha Jain MD

Mt. Diablo Medical & Wellness Center, CA

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  1. As I started to practice medicine, I realised that the health care model, which we are so used to is, so much deeply rooted in disease management only. So the wellness side or the healthy side of the person is, completely or pretty much ignored.


  1. So I always looking for a system of medicine, system of health which will address the healthy side of the person as well.


  1. ….And in the allopathic model, the western medicine model as we know, that we have sort of divided the human body and we have specialised the care depending on different body parts.


  1. So there are so many specialities and super specialties. So it’s time now to bring everything all together in one unity and empower the individual, because the healing powers really are, well within the person.


  1. So science of yoga and Ayurveda, they are traditionally designed that way, to keep a person totally healthy and not only healthy but mentally peaceful.



Suprabha Jain MD

Mt. Diablo Medical & Wellness Center, CA

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  1. Sivananda Yoga Ashram, produces lot of yoga teachers and they have done hundreds and thousands of them over the years. But I realised that these yoga teachers, they need to become more familiar with the traditional health care system as well.
  2. So that they can be useful with their expertise, with their training for medical establishment, for medical doctors. So this particular course, allows them to learn academically, as well as practically to be part of the health care system, to work with the doctors hand in hand in the care of the patient.



Suprabha Jain MD

Mt. Diablo Medical & Wellness Center, CA

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  1. So the patient gets to have the medical care he or she needs, but along with that he learns the philosophy and the science and the wisdom of yoga and Ayurveda as well to stay healthy and to promote more wellness in him.



Priya, Student

Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training Course

Grass Valley, CA

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  1. Both my parents were physicians, my mother was a family practitioner and my dad was a general surgeon.


  1. My father actually was diagnosed with lymphoma, when he was 54 and he passed away five months later.


  1. And I remember, when he was first diagnosed, his immediate reaction was, I don’t want chemotherapy, I don’t want any of it.


  1. I think I was 19 at the time and I was upset and I cried and said please go and get treatment and everything.


  1. And so he did, he went through the chemotherapy and in the end he was hospitalised, he was breathing artificially, he wasn’t conscious, he didn’t look like himself, we couldn’t really communicate with him.


  1. ….that’s the kind of death he had and I think in his heart, he knew that he didn’t want that and he knew, that there must be some other way.


  1. And I noticed the same thing with my mother towards the end of her life. Though she took medications and she had surgeries and treatments. But I think she didn’t want to die in the hospital. And I think it was much the same thing, she knew that wasn’t the way, she knew it wasn’t ultimately going to heal her. But she didn’t know what else to do.



Priya, Student

Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training Course

Grass Valley, CA

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  1. ….so, a few years ago I think it was four years ago, I was planning to have an ……. procedure that, at the time I was convinced, I needed and I needed to have.


  1. One night I dreamed that my father called me…and this point my fathers has been dead for many years, but in my dream he called me and he said Priya no hospitals, there is nothing wrong with you, no hospitals….



Priya, Student

Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training Course

Grass Valley, CA

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  1. I think that I have been led to yoga and I am being led to the Sivananda health educator program for a reason, because I think there is something there, that’s is missing that a lot of people are craving and not getting. So there is something, there is something here that people need.



Anu Ramaswamy

Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course

Grass valley, CA

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  1. I have this condition that’s called the restless leg syndrome, its also called Willis-Ekbom disease. It’s an nerve neuromuscular pain in the leg and I had it for but 15 -20 years.


  1. And a since it is the neuromuscular condition, the medicines are neurological invasive to the nervous system….


  1. ….meditation and pranayama actually helps me, keep the pain either in control or pretty much not experience it all, which helps me also not take the medicines that’s one.


  1. The second is for diabetes,


….I used to take the highest dose of ………its about six months ago, now I don’t take them at all. Again about six months ago, I was diagnosed with early onset of retinopathy, which is because of the combination of the high blood pressure and high sugar.


  1. And the last time I went for my test, about two months ago the doctor kept looking, kept looking she said I can’t find your retinopathy. She said you have pretty much reversed it….



Anu Ramaswamy

Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course

Grass valley, CA

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  1. So my doctor, who has been treating me for the last year or so is so excited, that she wants me to finish my training, come back and start teaching her yoga. She said she would be looking forward to it.


Swami Narayananda

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Vietnam


  1. In this course, there is a particular emphasis on the health aspects. So promoting health, on all levels physical health, mental, emotional health and spiritual health.




Swami Narayananda

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Vietnam


  1. So we say that, that in many cases there are the, health systems that were in place, the medical systems that were in place that are very much focused on dealing with people symptoms and that are very much focused on usage of a, different usage of drugs and surgery.


  1. And we see that, there are many problems there and in many cases that there is not working. And we know that there is a whole body of knowledge, of how to live, how to conduct your life and how to interact with the world, how to interact with each other. If we follow it, this can along promote health, can avoid health problems.



Durga Leela

Ayurvedic Practitioner, CA


  1. I think there is a great usefulness for Ayurveda in the modern world especially in modern site, modern medicine, because we need to be able to recognise, our own self.


  1. And Ayurveda gets us, first strongly with this idea of constitution. The modern medicine, tends to emphasize this one size for us all and certainly its based on, very efficient research in science. And yet we also have to be able to recognise what’s true for us, so that becomes more of a recognition of our own inherent nature….


  1. So we have an appreciation for the unique self, that we are and we can take measures to balance that.

Durga Leela

Ayurvedic Practitioner, CA


  1. So the need of the view of the self, is most important today. Especially in a world of, where attention is taken by the media, by externals distractions increasingly so more and more.


  1. And so the training of the Ayurveda in Yoga, within the health education process is for us to take the attention within and become more aware, pay more attention to what’s happening within us.


  1. As we engage in the modern world,


….And then we can remain intact even with the demands of the modern life.




Clinical Psychology PHD Student, New Mexico University

Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training Course, CA

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  1. One of the things that, I have been really drawn to, about yoga is that, it has higher standards for health.


  1. Whereas modern medicine, the modern psychology, the focus is on absence of disease. But there is very little focus on, flourishing on happiness, on bliss, on enjoying life.


  1. And yoga, on other hand says that health, is being happy, experiencing bliss, experiencing love, being in touch with yourself. So it’s a higher standards for what we need to accomplish in order to really live our lives fully.




Clinical Psychology PHD Student, New Mexico University

Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training Course, CA

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  1. One of the powerful aspects of this training is, Swami Sita…in the energy that she brings to this course.


  1. …. Its clear that the knowledge that flows from her head, she is not really reading from anything, there is so much knowledge and organisation and understanding in her mind that comes out so clearly .


  1. We also need to bring that same strength, that same energy in order to help, to heal those we are working with.



Prof. Dr. Shani Robins

Stanford University, USA

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  1. My name is Shani Robins. I teach at several universities, including Stanford University for Health College. And it has trans………psychology and I am a psychologist and I am clinical counsellor as well….



Prof. Dr. Shani Robins

Stanford University, USA

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  1. ….just the healthy body helps tremendously. And so if we can help that, with the exercise part of yoga that alone is wonderful. But then of course, we can go way beyond that, in terms of calming down the mind.


  1. And so the more calm we are, the more open we are to others. So the empathy and compassion starts coming up around that. So as a psychologist empathy, mindfulness, compassion those are highly correlated skills, that with lot of good things in life, positive relationships, success in a workplace, getting along with others, health.



Kumari, Student

Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training Course

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  1. I have suffered from anxiety and depression all my life, starting in my adolescence.


  1. And I never, really got the healing that I needed from the conventional psychiatric care. The healing that I got from the ashram, was really holistic and overwhelming sense of relief.

Esther Seegers

Ayurvedic Practitioner

Sivananda Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA

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  1. I have just seen the chaos, that’s basically going on, among teenagers and especially the ……..abuse that is going on in the high schools.


  1. And they need help, they have no idea where to turn to and they are all basically numbing their feelings, they are numbing their true nature, because they have the feeling they are not able to be who they are and yeah there is not enough compassion or it just, they need help, they need help at the end of the day and I think yoga can give us that.



Sarahjoy Marsh

Yoga Teacher & Therapist, Portland, USA

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  1. …..when we use yoga now, in the addiction field we actually, trying deliberately to help people built new skills to tolerate the impulse to use the old skill, so build that skill they can come into and use, such as getting comfortable feeling, uncomfortable about growing and evolving.


  1. That’s actually a life skill, we overlook at all the time but, with an addiction is preventing us from growing. So we need yoga to teach us, how to get comfortable feeling and feeling uncomfortable even about joy and recovery and expansion and possibility…..


  1. ….And the addiction ends up actually, falling away as a resource that’s now out-dated and was once over-used. And yoga becomes the stabilising force, in our lives.




Dr. Fred Luskin

Director, Forgiveness Projects, Stanford University

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  1. I am a psychologist, I have a PhD from Stanford in counselling and health psychology.


  1. Then I did a both a pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship in preventive cardiology at the Stanford School of Medicine…..



Dr. Fred Luskin

Director, Forgiveness Projects, Stanford University

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  1. Most people have no idea, what actually causes health.


  1. Most people don’t think about health, until they get sick. And most people have very little understanding of the role of their mind and their emotions in anything, like they are just basically doing in their life with not that much sort and awareness and when their physical being is impacted, they feel second sometimes they try to get help.


  1. So a health educator, would be very important in reminding people of the multiple ways, that people can be healthy of the multiple channels with which they can work on themselves….


  1. ….a training like this brings a spiritual element to it, but brings a tangible reminder that the yogi tradition has three thousand years of practice, in helping people be well.



Hamsa Chaitanya

Director, Sivananda Center, Los Angeles, CA

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  1. First of all health is our birth right. Health is not absence of disease, it’s our natural state.


  1. Once we have established that, diseases is when we forget that fact and we get other balance than the manifestations could be disease or other discomfort.


  1. ….yoga can show us ways to reconnect. And to reclaim our heritage and turn back to ourselves, back to our natural state of health.






  1. In the recent past, science and technology had been separated from spirituality. However, much scientific research done in the last four decades has confirmed the far-reaching benefits of Yoga and Ayurveda.
  2. The world is today reaching out to integrate this ancient wisdom with the modern developments in medicine and psychology.


  1. The intensive 2-year Yoga Health Educator Training Course is an exciting initiative of the Sivananda Institute of Health and Yoga. Here, scores of students are working with doctors, to learn to contribute to the mainstream health care system.


  1. They are learning to add the dimension of holistic health promotion, through ancient wisdom, through the science of Yoga and Ayurveda.






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Jaya Ganesha is the Daily Chants at the Sivananda Ashram.  Ganesha represents the remover of obstacles.

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