Rare appearance in San Francisco!
Swami Sitaramananda will also lead Satsang at 6pm.
Peace of mind is difficult to attain because our minds are always changing. We restlessly pursue happiness outside of ourselves, preoccupied with our own self-interests, egoistic ambitions and opinions. Caught up in this cycle of seeking fulfillment everywhere but within, we fail to perceive or remember our true nature, which is already Blissful and Perfect.
1. Wake up tamas by meaningful activities, such as regular exercise, taking yoga classes, and regular exposure to satsang (spiritual discourses), as well as attending short yoga retreats where one can engage in selfless service, or Karma Yoga.
2. Pacify rajas. Learn to live in the moment by not planning too far in advance for the future or worrying about the past. Start to question and examine your own motives and learn to discriminate between that which is lasting and truly important, and that which is illusory, or a construct of your own imagination.
3. Increase and nurture sattwa. Experience less and less ups and downs and gain increasing compassion and pure love for all beings.
By practicing these three steps starting today, you will begin to fill your life and the lives of those around you with peace, joy, contentment, harmony, and balance. Swami Sivananda said:" A brilliant future is awaiting you!"
Swami Sitaramananda is a monastic from Saraswati order from the Sankaracharya-Sivananda lineage, expert teacher in Yoga Philosophy and Yogic methods from the 4 classical paths of Yoga for more than 30 years. She is senior disciple of Himalayan Yoga Master Swami Vishnudevananda, who is a direct disciple of H.H. Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh. She is presently acharya of US west coast Centers and Ashrams, as well as Asia, especially Vietnam from where she hails. She met Swami Vishnudevananda in Val Morin, Canada at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp in 1981 and has devotedly served her Guru and her Guru's organization—the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers—since then. She has been director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA for 20 years. Swami Sitaramananda has taught many international Yoga Teachers Training Courses in California, Vietnam, Taiwan and India and is also teaching regularly at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in Nassau Bahamas.
She is the author of Positive Thinking Manual, Essentials Yoga Practice and Philosophy (translated in Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese) and Swamiji Said, a collection of teachings by Swami Vishnudevananda in His Own Words, as well as two poem books. She is responsible for the Vietnamese translation of The Completed Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda. Some of her audio lectures on Yoga Life, articles and webinar presentations can be found on the website yogafarm.org.