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60th Anniversary Celebrations
Swami Vishnudevananda arrived in San Franscisco in 1957 as a young monk from India. He had no money, no fluency in English nor was he knowledgeable about the Western culture or lifestyle. What he did possess was a bright, focused, dedicated and positive soul with a deep love to serve humanity. But above all, Swamiji carried the blessings of Swami Sivananda to whom he dedicated all his work in the West.

Swami Vishnudevananda was a great activist for world peace and throughout his mission in the West, Swamiji was constantly looking for ways to bring to the world’s attention the need for peace and demonstrated practical ways to achieve this peace. Swamiji created many Yoga Centres in the West which he envisaged to be spiritual oases amid the pressures of city life – sanctuaries of peace for people to recharge and to develop their yoga practice in a positive environment. The London Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre has developed over the last forty years to become a source of inspiration and a spiritual home for many generations of yoga practitioners in the UK.

We will hold a 7-day celebration to mark the 60th anniversary celebration of Swamiji’s work in the west which will start with a 60th Anniversary Yoga Festival. We very much look forward to having you with us on this joyful occasion.
Sivananda Centre in London
Bhakti, the Nectar of Love
January 14 – 20
HONOURED GUEST: Sri Venugopal Goswami,
Radha Raman Temple, Vrindavan, North India
Bhagavad Acharya Sri Venugopal Goswami Bhagavad Acharya Sri Venugopal Goswami, Bhakti Yoga Acharya is a spiritual teacher in a family tradition of more than 500 years. His father initiated him into the teachings of the classical Bhakti scriptures in the Radha Raman Temple. For many years, Sri Venugopal Goswami studied under the world famous Indian vocalist Pandit Jasraj, an award-winning leading exponent of classical Hindustani music.
With the participation of :
Swami Durgananda Swami Sivadasananda Swami Kailasananda Swami Jyotirmayananda Swami Annapurnananda
is Yoga Acharya for Europe and senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda.
is Yoga Acharya of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in Switzerland & Spain.
is Yoga Acharya of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in England & France.
is the director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in London.
is a dynamic and experienced yoga teacher who presently teaches at the Munich centre.
Saturday January 14 - Festival of Yoga and Creativity
All festival activities are free of charge
20% reduction on level 1 – 4 courses and class cards
10.30 am Asana class "Asanas to spark creativity" with Swami Kailasananda
12noon Vegeterian lunch 
1 pm Awaken the inner artist: painting yogi workshop 
2 pm The power  of enthusiasm in voice and speech
3 pm Dandiya Raas (traditional folk dance from Gujarat associated with Holi and Navaratri) dance steps for beginners
4 pm Asana class "From tension to joy" with Swami Sivadasananda
4 pm How to make perfect chapatis (Indian flatbread)
4.45 pm Saree draping tutorial
5.30 pm Vegetarian snack
6 pm Peace concert with Sri Venugopal Goswami


Sunday January 15
1pm Musical Theatre: "Krishna Jai"
2pm Pictorial overview “Celebrating 60 years of Swami Vishnudevananda’s work in the West”
with Swami Durgananda
4pm Asana class: “A flexible back, key to health” with Swami Sivadasananda
6pm Bhagavata Saptaha: “Reconnecting to the heart” with Sri Venugopal Goswami
Monday January 16
4pm Asana class: “Stimulating the solar plexus with asanas and pranayama” with Swami Sivadasananda
6pm Talk: “Joy, the Light of the Higher Self” with Swami Kailasananda
7pm Bhagavata Saptaha: “From human love to divine love” with Sri Venugopal Goswami
Tuesday January 17
4pm Asana class: “Dissolving tensions through deep breathing” with Swami Kailasananda
6pm Talk: “Breath, the essence of life” with Swami Sivadasananda
7pm Bhagavata Saptaha: “Pearls of devotion” with Sri Venugopal Goswami
Wednesday January 18
4pm Asana class: “Dynamic forward bends” with Swami Annapurnananda
6pm Lecture: “Yoga, choosing the positive path” with Swami Kailasananda
7pm Bhagavata Saptaha: “Bhakti, the nectar of love” with Sri Venugopal Goswami
Thursday January 19
4pm Asana class: “Classical asana variations of Swami Vishnudevananda” with Madalasa
6pm Lecture: “Inspiration from the life of Swami Vishnudevananda” with Swami Sivadasananda
7pm Bhagavata Saptaha: “Simplicity, peace and harmony” with Sri Venugopal Goswami
Friday January 20
4pm Asana class: “Beyond physical relaxation” with Swami Kailasananda
6pm Talk: “Relax and channel mental energy through sound vibration” with Swami Jyotirmayananda
7.30pm Bhagavata Saptaha: “Rasa Lila, the Divine Play” with Sri Venugopal Goswami
Saturday January 21
6pm Satsang with Swami Kailasananda
Sunday January 22
6pm Satsang with Swami Sivadasananda

Talk: Members £7, Non-members £10, Concession £8.50, 1 tick on class card
Yoga Class: Members £7.50, Non-members £11, Concession £9, 1 tick on class card
Bhagavatha Saptaha: Free of charge. Donations welcome.
Pictorial overview: Free of charge. Donations welcome.
Musical theatre: Free of charge. Donations welcome.



Karma; shaping one's destiny

Saturday January 28

'Life is a voyage in the infinite ocean of time, where scenes are perpetually changing. We are here as passing pilgrims. Our destination is Unity. The great central aim in life is the coming into a conscious realisation of Oneness. Make life a perpetual joy. Life is your greatest gift. Take hold of each day as if it were the last and use every second profitably. Spiritual life gives meaning to human life and imparts glory to it.'
Swami Sivananda


The workshops and satsangs will be given by Swami Jyotirmayananda, director of the Sivananda Yoga Centre London. She is an inspired and experienced teacher.

Day programme

Workshop: 'Karma: shaping one's destiny'


- Understanding and applying the law of cause and effect
- The art of controlling and re-directing your thoughts

- Cultivating positive habits
- Yamas and niyamas: tools for self-reflection and inner growth

- Shaping one's destiny day by day: how to keep a spiritual journal

4pm Asana class: 'Deepening the relaxation experience'

6pm Satsang: 'Simple living, high thinking'


                  Non-members : £25 / Members £20 / Concessions: £17
Asana class:              Non-members: £12 / Members £8 / Concessions £7.50
Satsang:                      Free of charge, donations are welcome

Full Day (2 asana classes, lunch & workshop): Non-members: £50 / Members £39 / Concessions: £35

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