Om Namah Sivaya,
Blessed Sivananda Yoga Farm Community,
Warm holiday greetings and thank you for your support this past year. Your contribution is crucial to sustain the Ashram’s mission to bring health education, mental positivity, and spiritual awareness to our troubled world.
Together, let’s see to our brilliant future as an individual and as a collective by diving deep in the wisdom of yoga methods and vedanta self affirmations to connect to our strength and invincibility.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Yoga Farm relies upon your support. Your generosity this holiday season will enable the Yoga Farm to remain financially strong and able to offer diverse programs throughout the coming year:
- Online/onsite Yoga classes everyday
- Free live Satsang sessions available to all
- Daily Prayers for Peace, Happiness and Health from our temples.
- Special Satsang talks on line/onsite with our Acharya Swami Sitaramananda.
- A rich podcast offering diverse range of topics
- Many helpful articles available online
- Online/onsite bookstore full of wisdom, yoga and ayurveda products
- Holistic Health Education Retreats on stress management, back pains and spinal health, lifestyle and diabetes, heart diseases and relaxation and many other health issues that plague our world.
- Advanced Yoga Therapy Training (SYHET): 800 hours pioneering training in holistic health and yoga as complementary and alternative medicine
- Ayurveda and Yoga Health consultations
- Yoga of Recovery to address the issues of addiction and recovery
- Detoxification and rejuvenation retreats
- Cooking and Healthy Diet workshops
- Regular courses and conferences on Eco-yoga
- Vedic Knowledge to enhance lifestyle from Yoga (science of oneness), Vedanta (science of Self), Ayurveda (science of health and nutrition), Jyotish (science of light) and Vastu (science of space, housing and environment )
- Regular ayurveda massage and rejuvenation retreats.
- Free 30-minute Stress Relief Counseling session available in the Yoga Farm website.
- Divine music , concerts and divine plays to uplift spirits.
- Online / onsite Yoga Teacher Training courses. Scholarships for these valuable trainings open for all depend on your generosity. Sponsor a student!
Also we make our efforts to improve the environment by:
- Lavender care and essential oil production. We are excited to start seriously this distilling of our lavender harvest thanks to the donation of a distiller machine. Plans are to plant more lavender . We have so much land and we pray that yoga, lavender will help calming our collective anxiety!
- Animal care (hello from our llamas, alpacas, goats, cats, dogs and from the deer and birds on our land)
Thanks to many benefactors’ donations, we are happy to put efforts in a newly redesigned garden and greenhouses for flowers and vegetables. We envision this redesigned garden to be efficient, productive and attractive. More hands and hearts are needed to contribute to a sustainable world. The ashram is maintaining many orchards on the large property ( 80 acres) , and our majestic oak trees are classified as landmarks.
Yours in peace, Om Shanti,
Swami Sitaramananda and all the Yoga Farm Swamis & Staff
***New!! in 2022***
We plan to complete the reconstruction of our old bathhouse complex by: revamping our massage and consultation huts, adding another building 500 square feet housing a dry sauna and a steam box, lockers for our tenters, as well as a new laundry and linen room! Your donations will make this dream come true!
Make your tax-deductable donation today
Checks can be made payable to:
Sivananda Yoga Farm
and mailed to:
14651 Ballantree Lane
Grass Valley, CA 95949
NEW TAX RULES FOR 2021
Donors who itemize returns may deduct 100% (up from 60%) of their 2021 adjusted gross income.
Donors who do not itemize returns may take an additional above-the-line deduction for gifts up to $300.
Donors aged 70½ or older may make a gift directly from their IRA plans for as much as $100,000.
The ashram is currently open for specific onsite courses which you can find scheduled on our Program Calendar. We are NOT open at this time for personal yoga retreats or for drop-ins.
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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm
COMMUNITY, CONNECTION AND NATURAL LIVING
LOS ANGELES, VIETNAM, ASIA
The LA center has been in operation for more than 50 years since the 1970s. In 2019, we moved the center to a new location. The center is now in a beautiful, historical building in the West Adams neighborhood. We have daily satsangs, yoga classes, workshops, and courses. Please come by for a visit.
Health is Wealth
Peace of Mind is Happiness
Yoga Shows the Way
Check out our Blog
LEARN, INSPIRE, TRANSFORM
Our Sivananda Yoga Farm Blog has numerous articles, videos, and talks given by our senior teachers over the years.
Diseases do not happen like right away, let’s say you are angry, you are resentful, it stays in the system for a long time; resentment is like rust, slowly, slowly it eats your body as it eats your mind; so then slowly slowly, after ten years of resentment, you develop some kind of problem, for example, problems on the liver, arthritis problem. Any physical health problem always has some kind of equivalence in the mind. If you are grieving, for example, you were crying, or you never really recovered for years, then you might one day have a problem with the lungs.
There are different definitions of meditation. One of the definitions, the classical way, is the definition according to Patanjali. According to Patanjali, meditation is at the seventh rung. That means seventh step of the eight steps ladder of yoga, a Raja Yoga system. That means you have to prepare yourself, in order for you to be able to be still. Yamas and niyamas are the two first rungs in Taja Yoga, guiding you to have proper behavior that will not bring about any kind of reaction, that will bring about peace.
The topic of today is an important topic, a philosophical topic. It is the topic of detachment. Those who study Vedanta in the TTC, you know that it is part of the practice of Vedanta to learn to detach so that your mind and heart are not so involved in everything that is temporary. You remain yourself.
Karma is action and consequence of action. It Implies that we are born as consequence of past action and thought. Action comes also in terms of thoughts. This life has a cause and what we do in this life will have a consequence in the future. So, we have to see the big picture to understand your life at the present. There is a reason for certain things to happen that way, and there is a way you can then get out of it, alleviating it.
Love is selfless and unconditional. Conditional love is selfish and emotional. Emotions need to be purified to become pure love. Emotions come from our lower mind and our subconscious mind which carries impressions of the past. Yoga teaches us to purify the usual, habitual, tainted love, in other words, our lower mind and to activate our higher mind.
You need to understand why we meditate, then you can practice meditation for a long time and more seriously. The reason why we meditate, or we do yoga, is because in classical yoga, and yoga means meditation – meditation means yoga, there’s no separate thing. People think yoga means we’re doing some exercise and going to meditation is Zen meditation, or vipassana meditation or something separate. However, In the ashram, everything we do is included in the word meditation, and everything is preparation for meditation. Everything is meditation, everything is preparing you for meditation.