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.
Yoga Teacher Training (3)
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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
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.
from United States, July 2018
very relaxing and isolated area, quiet
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!
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
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.