Hari Om


Revered Devotees of Swami Sivananda,

It has become quite obvious that many of you are ignorant about the dangers you face and, moreover, the dangers to which you are exposing others. Many have the virus without being aware of it, but these asymptomatic people can be infecting those with whom they come into contact. Moreover, a person can slowly change from asymptomatic to feeling slightly below par; then suddenly, within the space of just an hour, pass from feeling mildly unwell to needing intensive care in a hospital.

Those who are most at risk of dying are those with comorbidities, including any one – just one – of the following few examples:
Overweight (above body mass index); Diabetes; Respiratory tract disease; Heart problems; Poor circulation; Hyper- or hypothyroidism; Tuberculosis.

If you already have an illness – any illness – God help you. Keep away from every selfish fool who does not respect the virus. Better still, keep far away from everyone, and do not allow them into your home.


You have been in contact with everyone in whose company your friend or family member has been. If you receive into your home anyone who is not your spouse or partner or resident family member, you are putting at risk not only yourself. You could be an asymptomatic menace to many.

Don’t be selfishly complacent. Moreover, adopt the manners of the refined aristocracy, who are taught that it is ill-mannered and antisocial to cough or sneeze near others. That standard should become the new norm for all.

The virus can survive on metal and plastic for up to seventy-two hours. It is carried, airborne from those who laugh, shout or even sing loudly, and for many metres (not only two) from those who cough or sneeze. Fans and air conditioners also spread it.

Those of you who do not watch both international news as well as local news could be out of touch with the reality of this menace.

Please become properly informed, and proceed accordingly.

Prem & Om,
Swami Isvaramayananda

Online Classes

The Sivananda School of Yoga is running online (Zoom) Hatha Yoga classes. At present classes are held as follows:
Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8.30 am (South African time)
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9.00 am (South African time)
Mondays and Fridays at 17.30 pm (South African time)
A group of seven teachers currently take the classes and with some of the classes the teachers alternate.
All teachers are volunteers and receive no payment. If you wish to donate to the Sivananda Ashram (Sivananda School of Yoga), which survives through the regular donations of its supporters, the banking details are as follows:
Sivananda School of Yoga
Nedbank Ltd
Account Number: 1975003217
Branch code: 198765
Please also note we are now hosting Satsang on Saturdays at 17h00, via Zoom. Please email us for the Zoom link.
For your further spiritual nourishment, please enjoy Swamiji’s discourses from our previous Satsangs here:
  • 23 May 2020 (± 11 min) — to read this discourse click here.
  • 30 May 2020 (± 33 min) — to read this discourse click here.
  • 06 June 2020 (± 25 min) — to read this discourse click here.
  • 20 June 2020 (± 25 min) — to read this discourse click here.
  • 4 July 2020 Gurupurnima Satsang — to read this discourse here.
  • To listen to a compilation of extracts from the music from our Gurupurnima Satsang, click here.
(The Q&As have been omitted.)
If you have friends who wish to join the classes please ask them to email the ashram at Sivananda.Joburg@gmail.com
Because of the numbers of people who join the classes we request that you mute your microphones unless requested to do otherwise by the teacher.
Enjoy, stay safe and breathe,
Yours in Sri Gurudev


For information about downloading the Zoom App on your laptop, tablet or phone etc, and for other general info about joining a Zoom meeting, please refer to the link here.

Upon contacting us on Sivananda.Joburg@gmail.com, you will receive an invite with a Zoom Link via email and for your calendar.

Your Zoom Invitation will look something like this “https://zoom.us/j/1234567890”. Please store this link (e.g. in your online calendar) so it can be found when the class begins.

Alternatively, you could select the option within the Zoom app to “JOIN” a meeting, and then select the Meeting ID number we send to you (i.e. in the link above, the Meeting ID number would be the ten digits 1234567890.)

Please increase your volume on your device if necessary, but select to “mute” yourself.

With prayers to you for a peaceful lockdown, breathe slowly and deeply, and enjoy.