Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm is a non-profit organization serving the spiritual community by teaching yoga, meditation, Vedanta, and yoga philosophy through relaxing yoga retreats.

Instructors 7

Swami Sivasankariananda

After 18 years of teaching and service at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Los Angeles, Swami Sivasankariananda joined the staff at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in May 2014. She has served as director of the San Francisco Center since February of 2015. She completed her TTC at the Yoga Farm in 1997 and ATTC there in 2008. She has been on yatra in the north and south India and Mount Kailas. She loves to teach and is particularly fond of the Bhakti Yoga practices. She took sannyas in 2017 and she is a certified yoga therapist.

Swami Dharmananda

Swami Dharmananda is one of the main teachers of Hatha yoga and meditation at the ashram. He took sannyasa vows in 2013 and is the assistant director of Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm. Swami Dharmananda is keenly interested in yoga psychology and philosophy, presenting the classical teaching in a practical and accessible way to people of all faiths and backgrounds.

Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, who is a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda. She was nominated an acharya by him in 1989 and is presently the acharya of United States West Coast Centers and Ashrams as well as Asia, especially Vietnam and China. She has been the director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm for more than 20 years and has taught many international teacher training courses in California, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, and India, and is also teaching regularly at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas.

Swami Jnaneswariananda

Swami Jnaneswariananda joined the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in 1995 and has been the director of centers and ashrams in Canada and Italy. She teaches Hatha yoga, meditation, anatomy, and Vedanta at teacher training courses in North America, Italy, and India. Swami Jnaneswariananda took vows of sannyas in 2001. She is currently a senior teacher at the Yoga Farm in Grass Valley. She teaches with great enthusiasm and humor.

Swami Narayanananda

Swami Narayanananda was born in London. He is now based at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California and teaches internationally. He has been involved full time in yoga since 1996 and took teacher training in India in 1999. He is a disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and has been a senior teacher of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta organization for 17 years, teaching in countries such as India and Vietnam, and, most recently, at Sivananda Yoga Center in Chengdu, China. He teaches yoga and meditation.

Swami Adi Parashaktiananda

Swami Adi Parashaktiananda is a dedicated Sadhak and Hatha yoga practitioner and teacher graduated from Sivananda teacher training course in 2007 at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California. He took the first monastic vow from Sivananda lineage in 2011. He has been traveling yearly to Vietnam as Swami Sitaramananda's assistant and has been teaching the Hatha yoga classes for the teacher training course. He has also been traveling to Chengdu, China to help teach the teacher training course there.

Swami Vashistananda

Swami Vashistananda comes from the Namboodri lineage in Southern India, Kerala. He was the personal priest of Swami Vishnudevananda and has been a long-time teacher of Bhakti and Vedanta in the Sivananda organization ever since. He has been at the yoga farm since October 2014.

Reviews 10

Frances Kelly

from United States, August 2018

"Stress Management Retreat"

This retreat was absolutely fantastic!

The facilities - truly beautiful, grounded in nature; the teachers, best in the world, gifted and talented; the program - comprehensive, taught from a very positive approach (considering the negative topic) the food - delicious, michelin star quality.

As a practitioner of yoga for 18 years, this retreat was by far the best yoga experience of my life! Highly recommend

Choua Vang

from United States, July 2018

"Overview of retreat"

When I first arrived, I was nicely welcomed in the office, which I appreciated. I enjoyed the food as well. I also liked the peace and quiet that the Ashram provided for the weekend.

Nou Vang

from United States, July 2018

"Relaxing"

very relaxing and isolated area, quiet

Gail Rushmere

from Canada, June 2018

"Excellent! Go there."

Holds as pure as it can to the lineage. On top of daily practice ( what you will teach ) The sanskrit, theory and background is excellent!

Sheldon Jacobs

from Canada, April 2018

"Great unique place "

SAYF will have an impact on you in days - you can do as little or as much as you want - well thought out delicious vegan food - survived decades on volunteers - that says something right there - it's a spiritual community - easy for beginner, great for those wishing to extend their practice , classes in yoga, breathing, meditation, chanting and lectures everyday , loved my cabin, llamas and goats wandering around, super relaxing and healthy, seems a bargain for what they offer, all instructors, leaders emanated what they preached devoid of judgement or ego, outstanding 3 days, it's unpretentious and draws people from all over the world, I can't imagine you would soon forget your time there whether days or months

Joe Krammer

from United States, February 2018

"Amazing first Ashram experience"

The positive vibrations and amazing multi-daily spiritual practices of yoga, meditation, chanting, lectures and deep devotional activities. The grounds were beautiful as well.

Anonymous

from United States, October 2017

Marine Bertrand

from France, June 2018

"Vraiment une retraite en pleine nature"

Le lieu, au mileu des collines de la Grass valley est vraiment propice à la paix.

Testimonials 3

Barbara S.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm Website

I appreciate the gentle yoga because I receive more direction to pay attention to what I am capable of doing, being gentle with myself, I learn alternative ways of doing each asana or stretch offered and feel more of a sense of community in the gentle class environment.

Julie A.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm Website

I have been doing gentle yoga for two years now. Six months after my failed back surgery, I was in worse pain than before. I started going to gentle yoga classes one day a week and now go three times a week. The benefits are many. The less vigorous class with modified poses in gentle yoga enable me to carry out most of the poses with ease. It has taught me balance, relaxation and meditation and improved my memory and concentration. Learning how to relax through breathing exercises has taught me to fall back to sleep whenever I wake up in the middle of the night and to get rid of headaches. It is amazing how the power of gentle yoga has enabled me to do the things I love to do, without which I would have been afraid to do because of my chronic pain.

Paula L.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm Website

At 72, I strive to age competently. A major practice to that end is gentle yoga-for strength, flexibility and relaxation three essentials to ensure my lifes continuing high quality. Asana modifications, based on individual students' limitations, are demonstrated, supervised and encouraged. Without this feature, given my age and condition, I would not be able to experience the benefits of yoga.

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