June 7-28, 2021
Be the Light: 21 Days of Bliss
FREE LIVE SYMPOSIUM
Monday, June 7, 6am and 8pm ET
Tuesday-Monday, June 8-28 8pm ET
We invite all new, returning, and longtime members of the Sivananda community to come together for a joyful celebration in honor of the Sivananda lineage and the celebration of the birthday of the ashram’s director and acharya, Swami Swaroopananda.
A direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, Swami Swaroopananda has been a practicing yogi from a very young age, and has dedicated his life to the practice and teaching of yoga. Swami Swaroopananda is the acharya, or spiritual preceptor, and director of the Sivananda centers and ashrams in the Bahamas and the Middle East and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.
Two live satsangs on his birthday, Monday, June 7th, will include teachings, stories, a special puja, a play presented by the ashram staff, talks by special guests, and other surprises. We have also filled 21 days with music, dance, explorations of consciousness, healing, and spiritual diversity with renowned guest presenters in honor of this auspicious occasion.
Monday, June 7
6am and 8pm ET
Swami Swaroopananda’s Birthday Puja and Celebration
Join us at morning satsang on Swamiji’s birthday for a special Guru puja performed by our priest Krishnan Namboodiri, tributes from ashram staff and guest speakers, presents, cake, and other surprises.
At evening satsang delight in a special play directed by Iswara Chaitanya and presented by Ashram staff in honor of Swamiji’s birthday.
Tuesday, June 8
Concert with Atmaramadasa “Krishna: The Essence of Bhakti”
Experience the beauty of devotional singing and jubilant kirtan with Atmarama Dasa. You will be invited to open your heart and soul. Atmarama performs sacred bhajans and Sanskrit chants with transcendent devotion and inspiring spiritual purpose. His unique combination of flamenco guitar and Indian ragas creates an atmosphere of profound spiritual vibration and ecstatic bhakti bliss.
Wednesday and Thursday, June 9-10
Space, Time and the Meaning of Life with Dr. Menas Kafatos and Dr. Subash Kak
In human lives space and time seem to be fundamental. If there is a reality, it seems to be shaped by space and time.
What would our lives be like if space and time were actually dependent on Consciousness? What if space and time were not what we usually think of them but were tied to mathematics? What if space was not 3-dimensional but instead was tied to a number, called e, with infinite, non-repeating digits? How would that change the cosmos?
Subhash Kak and Menas Kafatos examine these intriguing ideas and lead us to levels of reality from the quantum, to black holes, to the vast universe itself.
Friday, June 11
Where Yoga and Ayurveda Meet Through Scripture with Dr. Marc Halpern
Vedic teachers of India left us a body of knowledge to end suffering; that knowledge is called “Ayurveda,” a holistic healing science recorded at the same time as the teachings of its sister science of yoga. With the growth of yoga in the past decade, Ayurveda and its comprehensive teachings have also become more widespread, increasingly influencing our modern approach to healing the body and the mind.
We invite you to join us for this inspired teaching as together we explore how ancient scripture shows us how to end our suffering and create optimal health and peace of mind.
Saturday, June 12
Questions and Answers on Yoga and Spiritual Life
Join us for an evening of Q&A with Swami Swaroopananda. Ask anything you ever wanted to know about yoga practice, philosophy and the spiritual path. The answers are steeped in rare wisdom and deep understanding of the teachings and practice of yoga. Swami Swaroopananda is renowned for his clear, concise, and complete answers. While presented in simple terms, his answers are illuminating and hold within them vast knowledge. He dispels doubts and fears, clears troubled minds, and inspires the listeners to strive and advance on the spiritual path and become better citizens of the world.
Monday, June 14
Dr. Marilyn Rossner on The Eternal Journey of the Soul
Join well-known intuitive Marilyn Rossner for talks on the intriguing topic of life after death. A longtime friend of the ashram, Marilyn will share her knowledge of mysticism and life after death experiences and offer us messages from beyond — as well as practical advice for life on this plane. She will also weave in personal stories of her encounters with the ashram’s founder, Swami Vishnudevananda.
Tuesday, June 15
Kirtan Concert: Surrender your heart to the inner light of healing with Narayan Jyoti
Take a journey into your heart through chanting of ancient mantras. Narayan Jyoti’s unique voice takes listeners through a transformative experience that helps soothe pain and creates a special atmosphere for surrendering ourselves to divine inspiration.
Tuesday, June 15
Sacred Sound: Science and Nada Yoga with Dr. John Beaulieu
Discover methods to integrate sound waves, chanting, and yoga for optimal healing and personal growth. Sound therapist John Beaulieu will draw upon ancient principles and modern scientific research in this inspiring satsang talk.
Wednesday, June 16
Singing the Light with a Gospel Singing Yogi Concert with Ken Whiteley
Join us for a uplifting and inspiring concert with award winning musician, performer, songwriter, record producer, and Sivananda Yoga teacher Ken Whiteley. Experience the great joy and release of gospel singing as Ken shares his extensive experience and great love of traditional gospel music.
Thursday, June 17
Pangu Mystical Qigong with Master Ou Wen Wei
Based on simple yet powerful techniques, Pangu Shengong is a mystical qigong system that uses the power of the universe for healing. Come hear from Master Ou, the originator of Pangu Shengong, in this captivating talk that includes the incredible possibilities available when working with qi energy.
Saturday, June 19 & 20
Fundamentals of Vedanta with Swami Medhananda Puri
Monday, June 21
Patanjali Puja for International Day of Yoga with Krishnan Namboodiri
The International Day of Yoga was officially established by the United Nations in 2015 to raise worldwide awareness about the positive outcomes of practicing yoga. We celebrate the International Day of Yoga with special events, including pujas, workshops, and celebrations led by ashram priest Krishnan Namboodiri and the senior teachers of the Yoga Retreat.
Monday, June 21
Bharatanatyam Dance with Suba Ramesh Parmar and Swamimalai K. Suresh
Join us for a very special performance with Suba Ramesh Parmar. This distinguished artist has imbibed the spirit of Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance form that originated in the temples of Tamil Nadu, India. Suba manifests its grandeur through her lightning fast footwork, impressive expressions, and impeccable gestures.
Swamimalai K. Suresh
Tuesday, June 22
Ancient Vedi Wisdom on Swadharma: Soul Propensity and Soul Purpose with Acharya Shunya
The Sanskrit word swadharma represents soul propensity. Your sense of purpose evolves more clearly if you know your swadharma. When we live, and act by swadharma, we feel more inwardly guided, protected, inspired and satisfied. But if we are unaware of our swadharma, then we simply follow the scripts laid out for us by others. Come discover your ‘Swadharma’ in this special session led by Acharya Shunya, Vedic Master Teacher, Bestselling Author and first female head of her Vedic Lineage from India. This is a rare opportunity to contemplate the original wisdom with real life benefits. The concept of swadharma will be explained in simple terms for beginners and advanced students alike, with no prior knowledge required.
Wednesday, June 23
Dr. Nathan Katz on Peace and Peacemaking
Swami Vishnudevananda founded the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas in 1968 with a mission to spread peace in the world through yoga and Vedanta. He himself undertook peace missions to troubled areas of the world, and he created the first Yoga Teacher Training in the West, with a goal of training people to take their yoga peace training into the world. Join Dr. Nathan Katz and explore how inner peace brings peace into the outer world.
Friday, June 25
The Sufi Way with Sheikh Abdul Haqq
Join us for a captivating talk with Shaykh Abdul Haqq Sazonoff, the national director of the Naqshandi Haqqani Sufi Order of America. He is a disciple of the famous Sufi Master, Shaykh Nazim Adil Al-Haqqani from Cyprus. Shaykh Abdul Haqq Sazonoff travels all over the world teaching Sufism and Islamic mysticism in universities, churches, synagogues, temples, and spiritual centers of diverse faiths.
Sunday, June 27
Living and Healing with Art In-Spirit Action with Erik Kucera
Experience a different connection between spirituality, art and healing. With the right stimulation of your visual senses, increase your overall well-being and understanding of the messages behind the process of co-creation. Learn about living in art as a process of expression and healing based on the spiritual and Vedic wisdom of the ancient cultures. This webinar will unlock the secret to the creative process, including understanding the energies and powers influencing you. It will share how to use art to stimulate healing and well-being process on a daily basis. temples, and spiritual centers of diverse faiths.
Monday, June 28
The Role of Christianity in Western Civilization and What it Can Offer Towards the Emergence of a Global Spiritual Consciousness: A Personal Assessment with Kyriacos Markides
Kyriacos C. Markides, PhD offers his expertise on 30+ years of studying Christian shamans, saints, mystics, hermits and healers, and how these perspectives can contribute to a shift in global spiritual consciousness.