Yoga Vacation Program
June 2 — 9, 2023

Swami Swaroopananda's Birthday Celebration

Swami Swaroopananda, Menas Kafatos, Ramesh Parmar, Suba Ramesh Parmar, Master Ou Wen Wei, and Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat

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.

We will enjoy Classical Indian Dance, a special Q & A on Yoga and Spiritual Life with Swami Swaroopananda, talks on science and consciousness, musical offerings, and Sivananda teachings from senior ashram staff.

With a special birthday puja on the morning of June 7, a birthday feast, gift-opening ceremonies, addresses by Swamiji’s devotees from the ashram and around the world, and a most amazing birthday cake… we encourage you to be with us during this joyful time.


MISSION STATEMENT

The vision behind this symposium is to celebrate Unity in Diversity by gathering spiritual leaders from all traditions, musicians, artists, dancers, scientists, philosophers and scholars. We gather these variety of minds to expand our knowledge and horizons. Doing so is in accordance with the mission of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishudevananda. This mission of Unity in Diversity is now the foundation of the Sivananda organization, of which Swami Swaroopananda-ji is one of the most senior spiritual leaders.


SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

Discover the 8 days and nights of wonder and see what the ashram has in store for both in-person and virtual attendees of the symposium held in celebration of Swami Swaroopananda’s birthday and the Sivananda lineage. Daily Schedule coming soon!

Swami Swaroopananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda. A practicing yogi from a very young age, Swami Swaroopananda has dedicated his life to the practice and teaching of yoga. He taught in Yoga Teacher Training Courses around the world and is currently teaching advanced yoga philosophy courses and lectures internationally. He is Director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and acharya (spiritual director) for the Sivananda centers and ashrams in the Bahamas and the Middle East. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.

Menas Kafatos, PhD, is a quantum physicist, cosmologist, climate-change researcher and philosopher who works extensively on consciousness. He studied with renown physicist Philip Morrison at M.I.T., who was a student of J. Robert Oppenheimer. He has 47 years of experience in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research, and he holds seminars and workshops for individuals and organizations on the natural laws that apply everywhere and are the foundations of the universe.

Menas is the Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics and Director, Institute for Earth, Computing, Human and Observing (Institute for ECHO) at Chapman University in California. He is member of the Romanian Academy of Science and the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST); an international scholar with the Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering also serving as an advisor on the BK21 Plus Eco-Leader Education Center at Korea University in Seoul, Korea, an affiliated researcher at the National Observatory of Athens, Greece as well as international scholar at several countries.

Menas has authored 345-plus articles and published or co-authored 22 books, including The Conscious Universe and Looking In, Seeing Out, and has many social media and blogs. He is also co-author with Deepak Chopra of the New York Times bestseller You Are the Universe, which has now been translated into 20 different languages, the latest being Greek and Korean. Menas is often interviewed for international television networks, newspapers, and radio.

Ramesh Parmar is a successful entrepreneur with a history of establishing, operating, and selling mobile software companies. He is a graduate of the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course and a regular practitioner of Jain Preksha meditation.

Suba Ramesh Parmar, Founder, Shubanjali School of Performing Arts, NJ is a highly sought after dancer, teacher, and choreographer, and a proponent of the vintage Pandanallur style of Bharatanatyam. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Presidential Scholar’s “Most Influential Teacher Award” (2015) by the Obama Administration and the most recent “Lifetime Achievement Award” by Spandana, NJ. She has received rave reviews for her exemplary original dance productions, including ‘Santa N’ Shiva,’ Rendezvous with Shubanjali’, ‘Splash the Wonder,’ ‘Tales of Krishna,’ ‘Chauladevi,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Lured by the Myths’, ‘Oneness’, ‘Tribute to the Legends’, ‘Tattva Tapas Tejas”, TATHASTU, among many others. She has been regularly performing for the Sivananda Organizations worldwide for over 29 Years in US, Canada, Bahamas, South America and Europe.  She is an excellent storyteller and through the medium of Indian classical dance, brings to life the philosophy and stories from Mythology making them understandable to global audiences.

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Master Ou Wen Wei is a Qigong Grandmaster and the originator of the unique Pangu Shengong system through which he has successfully healed patients suffering from cancer, heart disease, and other chronic conditions. He is the author of 12 books including The Path of Life and Pan Gu Mystical Qigong.

Swami Hridyananda is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and senior staff at the  Yoga Retreat. She has spent over 35 years teaching different aspects of yoga, as well as teaching in Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses. She also teaches meditation, thought power, chanting, and supports individuals on their inner transformative journey.

Swami Brahmananda is Manager of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and senior staff of the Sivananda organization. A long-time practitioner of yoga, he regularly teaches yoga philosophy and meditation for the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses as well as meditation immersion courses. He is a much-loved, inspiring, and knowledgeable teacher.

Swami Paramananda is the manager of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch and longtime teacher of Sivananda Yoga Teacher Trainings in the Bahamas, New York, and India. A much-loved teacher admired for his humor, warmth, and devotion to the practice, he seamlessly weaves classical yoga teachings into modern daily life.

Jnaneshwari Chaitanya is a senior staff member and teacher of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat. An experienced and devoted practitioner, she is an inspiring and insightful teacher of Yoga and Vedanta in Yoga teachers training courses and many of the ashram programs. Jnaneshwari Chaitanya is known for her clear and pure way of communicating the knowledge and its application in daily life, and is especially known for her skill in teaching the Bhagavad Gita.

Rukmini Chaitanya is a senior staff member of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas, and the personal assistant to Swami Swaroopananda, the Acharya, or spiritual director of the Ashram. She regularly teaches the Bhagavad Gita during the Sivananda Yoga Teacher training as well as other courses on the Bhagavad Gita, Vedanta, positive thinking, meditation, and yoga philosophy.

Rukmini Chaitanya is known for her enthusiastic and inspiring teaching style as well as for her devotion to the lineage and the scriptures. She is dedicated to each of her students and has an innate desire to share knowledge with them. She brings a great deal of clarity to every topic and is highly appreciated for her capacity to unfold complicated topics and present them in a coherent and pure way.

Krishna Chaitanya is a physical therapist, senior staff member of the Yoga Retreat, and senior instructor of Hatha Yoga in the Teacher Training Course and other courses. He has taught for more than 20 years and specializes in working with the elderly population. He teaches Adaptive Yoga, Chair Yoga, and has many years experience helping individuals with all kinds of physical limitations.

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Parvati Chaitanya is a senior staff member of the ashram with many years of experience teaching, studying, and practicing yoga. She currently serves the ashram as caretaker of the gardens.

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Narayani is an advanced Sivananda Yoga teacher (RYT 500), staff member at the ashram, and a hatha yoga instructor in yoga teacher trainings. She is a much loved teacher, teaching with love, devotion and great clarity.

Kumari received her Yoga Teacher 200 in 2013. She is an assistant teacher in TTC at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas, and an assistant teacher in online Yoga Therapy Courses and Webinars (Chair Yoga, Adaptive Yoga, Yoga & the Health of the Spine).

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