Coconut Banana Bread (vegan)

Coconut Banana Bread (vegan)

Vegan Coconut Banana Bread Recipe

Rudra Manohara

Rudra Manohara

Yoga Farm Staff

Rudra Manohara is a Yoga Farm chef, course instructor, staff member and teacher of Classical Hatha Yoga. He is professionally trained and has over 15 years experience in both the culinary arts and massage bodywork therapy, as well as a background in theatre and dance.  View Profile >


  • 4 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sucanat or brown sugar
  • 2 cups dried, unsweetened flaked coconut (1/2 cup reserved for topping)
  • 3 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet or bitter chocolate chips *optional*


1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ baking pan or Pyrex dish.
2. Whisk together in a large bowl the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon powder, nutmeg, salt, brown sugar and 1 1/2 cups of dried coconut.
3. Combine in a separate bowl the mashed bananas, melted coconut oil, coconut milk and vanilla.
4, Mix together the prepared dry and wet ingredients, just until combined (do not overmix). Gently fold in the chocolate chips, if using.
5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of dried coconut on top.
6. Place on middle rack of oven and bake for about 1 hour, or until golden brown on top and toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
7. Let cool at least 1 hour before slicing and enjoy!
A close-up shot of some fresh baked vegan coconut banana bread.
This vegan coconut banana bread makes a delectable and healthy treat!


Below are some tips on how to optimize this recipe for the best taste and effect on health and well-being.

Chocolate Chips

This ingredient can be omitted based on your personal preference. For a healthier option, use dark chocolate chips or low sugar chocolate chips.
 If chocolate may be aggravating to your Ayurvedic constitution (dosha), or if you are allergic, you can experiment with carob chips as an alternative.

Banana Ripeness

For banana bread, the perfect banana is one that is mostly yellow with several brown spots. If it has any green on it, even on the stem, wait a day or two. Mushy, slightly over-ripe bananas can work great especially if you don’t want to eat them raw
Three ripe bananas on a table.
Soft, ripe bananas with brown spots are best for making vegan coconut banana bread.

Ayurvedic Considerations

Ayurveda is a sister science of Yoga that specializes in customizing diet based your constitution (dosha). We recommend learning more about your dosha through an Ayurveda class, a consultation with an Ayurvedic practitioner or an online dosha quiz.
For Vata dosha, which tends to be more dry and active, bread with yeast can be aggravating as they have a lot of air element. This Banana Bread may be less aggravating since it is moist and rich and has no yeast. To further its pacifying effects on Vata, we recommend slathering on some ghee (clarified butter) or coconut oil if you are vegan. Eating it while it’s still warm and soft will also help pacify Vata.
If you have Pitta and Vata tendencies, it is especially recommended to skip the chocolate ingredient, as it can be overstimulating, heating and drying.
Pitta is the dosha that is hot and sharp. If you are predominately Pitta dosha, leave the chocolate chips out as it can be too heating. The moist, whole grains and coconut milk/flakes in the bread will already pacify Pitta. You can also use a little ghee or coconut oil, but don’t go overboard as too much oil can aggravate Pitta. Let the bread cool down a little longer before eating.
Kapha dosha tends to be heavy, moist and stable. This heavy, moist and dense banana bread might not be the best option for Kapha Dosha. If you do decide to try it, don’t go overboard – start with a small piece, and skip the extra ghee or coconut oil.
Kapha individuals should favor dry and light grains over heavy and moist ones. If you are Kapha and you must try this banana bread, try toasting a thin piece until crispy and garnish with teaspoon of ground flax, pumpkin and/or sunflower seeds on top and a pinch of cinnamon.
Ayurvedic ingredients in a cup: cocnut flakes, herbs, coriander, and turmeric.
Adding ayurvedic spices to your food can aid with healthy digestion.

Seasonal Considerations

Ayurveda also considers different diets and lifestyles for each season in order to align with the body’s natural needs.
Ayurveda emphasizes cooling ingredients such as yogurt, cucumber, fresh fruit and salad to balance excess heat in the body.
In Autumn, it is recommended to eat grounding, sweet foods such as squash and use warming spices like cinnamon or clove.
In winter, the body needs a balance between sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes in the form of warm, hardy stews to keep the body warm, blood flowing and clear mucous.
Spring time is a time for detoxification and light, pungent, bitter and astringent foods such as sprouts or lemons are encouraged.
When to Eat this Banana Bread
We recommend this banana bread for late autumn or early winter because of its balance of warming spices and grounding wholesome ingredients. We recommend late autumn and not early because it is a better time for a detoxifying kitcheri cleanse to prepare the body for the transition of seasons. It would not be an ideal food for springtime when the body is trying to get rid of excess toxins and weight built up during the winter. It can be a cooling dessert in the summer time if served room temperature and eaten in moderation.
If you are interested in learning more about healthy diet and nutrition, check out our cooking and detox courses at the Yoga Farm.

Swami Vishnudevananda Asana Gallery

Swami Vishnudevananda Asana Gallery

Swami Vishnudevananda Asana Photos

Swami Vishnudevananda was made the Hatha Yoga Professor at the age of 18 upon arriving at the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh, India.

He said that all of his past life knowledge of hatha yoga came back to him when Swami Sivananda initiated him and touched his third eye.

Enjoy these Swami Vishnudevananda asana photos of Swamiji as a young man in India performing asanas basic, intermediate, and advanced.

Savasana – Corpse Pose

Swami Vishnu lying in Corpse Pose



Sun Salutations


Headstand Cycle

Headstand, legs apart, Lotus Headstand, Scorpion


Shoulderstand Cycle

Shoulderstand variations, Plough, Knees to Ears, Wheel, One leg up, Lotus Fish


Sitting Forward Bend Cycle

Legs apart, one leg lotus, butterfly, ankle twist, frog’s pose, shooting bow, foot behind the head


Backbending Cycle

Cobra, King Cobra, Full Locust, Full Bow, Diamond, Pigeon


Twisting and Sitting Postures

Half spinal twist, Full spinal twist, Vajrasana, Padmasana


Balancing Postures

Crow, Side Crow, Peacock, Handstand, Tiptoe, Cock pose, One knee one foot pose


Standing Postures

Standing forward bend, Triangle, Twisting triangle, Head to foot pose, Nataraj Dancer pose


Savasana – Corpse Pose

Why take the Food as Medicine Certification Course

Food is essential to life. In the form of food only, we are able to absorb the 5 basic elements – ether, air, fire, water and earth – that will sustain the physical body. Food is also one of the three external sources of Prana or life force available to us; the other two are oxygen and sunlight. According to the Upanishads, the mind is composed of the most subtle vibrations of food. Therefore, Ayurveda, the science of life, points out that knowledge of proper diet/food-Aahar- is the main foundation for attaining optimum health and achieving balance and well-being. .

At the physical level, food is the only substance responsible for tissue buildup. The quality of our tissues as well as the ratio of wear and tear are mainly determined by the quality of food that we ingest. Ayurveda acknowledges two distinct metabolic processes where digestion occurs:

The first one takes place along the gastrointestinal tract starting in the tongue and ending in the colon where water absorption for feces formation occurs. The second stage deals with the assimilation or re-absorption of the food that is going to form the tissues in the liver. . These processes get affected with improper food taken through time. Agni, the digestive fire, weakens which in turn, prevents food from transforming effectively, paving the way for the accumulation of undigested matter or Ama. Disease appears as a result of Ama not being eliminated in due time. .

The involvement of Prana is expressed through Agni’s transformational functions of food in the form of Pitta along the g.i. tract in combination with the energies of movement and cohesion; that is the expression of the Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha, the functional intelligence primarily behind the digestive processes and also everything in relationship to health and disease. .

Whatever we eat also creates an effect in the mind. Ayurveda does not classify food in terms of carbohydrates proteins, fats, etc. Food is rather classified like the gunas or qualities of the mind- Sattvic (pure, balancing), Rajasic (stimulating, agitating) and Tamasic (inert, dulling).  What we eat is what we express. The quality of food that we feel drawn to ingest generally reflects the predominating guna of the mind. Since 80% of all diseases come from the mind and the mind is under the control of the gunas, food therapy is an essential component for healing the mind. .

Our inherent intelligence has programmed us to use food as therapy or medicine. Ayurveda offers a wide range of parameters, like the science of the 6 tastes, an extensive repertoire of spices and rich and diverse vegetarian food that will help promote digestion and sustain life at the physical level, provide strength stamina and enthusiasm at the energy level through regulation of Prana and Agni and balance of Doshas at the energy/vital level and control of mind and balance of emotions.

About Bharata Surya Javier Lopez (Bharata Surya) is a Sivananda Yoga Teacher and a certified Ayurveda Practitioner, Counselor, Pancha Karma specialist and Marma therapist trained in the US and India. For the last 15 years he has led a private practice and dealt in multiple corporate scenarios leading stress and pain management programs. He is actively providing marma therapy services at the Yoga Farm Ashram & SYVC Centers in California.

Please join us for the Food as Medicine: Ayurvedic Nutrition and Cooking Certificate Course.  Bharata will share Ayurveda’s principles of six tastes and three constitutions to build recipes for restoring health and balance.  Theory and hands-on practice learning to how to cook and the proper use of spices and herbs.

This course is part of a series of modules offered by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organization in collaboration with Acharya David Frawley (Vamadeva).


Video – Yoga for Health and Healing

Video – Yoga for Health and Healing

Sivananda Yoga: Health Educator Training – Documentary film by Benoy K Behl

  1. A landmark event in the field of Yoga and of Health Management is the founding of the Sivananda Institute of Health and Yoga in California, USA. The institute’s first 2-year Yoga Health Educator Training Course was launched at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm at Grass Valley in California in October, 2017.
  2. It was followed by the launch of this intensive training course at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Dalat in Vietnam in January 2018.

Swami Sitaramananda, Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

  1. This yoga health education-training course, is a yoga therapy course. But we don’t use the word yoga therapy, because the idea that is that we are not talking only about disease and curing of disease, but we are talking about health and well-being…

Swami Sitaramananda, Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

  1. ….we are educating people to approach the person that has disease as a total person, that means their body, their mind, their emotions, the circumstances of their life ….

Swami Sitaramananda, Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

  1. In order to regain health, we need to think of the three levels of health. Our spiritual health, when we recognise the truth of our own nature, our mental health when we become very calm and be able to be concentrated.
  1. And our emotional health that comes with the mental health is when we have love in our heart. And our physical health, is when our body function properly, under the intelligent control of the mind.

Swami Sitaramananda, Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

  1. So our soul quality, is remembering who we are, that means remembering our essential nature, that is good, that is pure, that is true, that is brilliant, that is knowledgeable, that is eternal, that has no fear, no worry, no anxiety, there is no comparison, no conflict to anybody, that is pure love, so this is a quality of life.

Swami Sitaramananda, Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

  1. Happiness is within, but we are looking for it outside. So the idea of yoga, is to look for it at the right place, by looking within.
  1. Instead of like a person that lost her needle and go outside looking for it, because it’s bright outside, there is light. And inside the house where she lost it is too dark.
  1. So we all the time running, running, running……..looking for our happiness outside…..
  1. So now we need to calm the illusion down and looking inwards. So that’s the process of yoga.

Swami Sitaramananda, Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

  1. Swami Sivananda was a medical doctor and he always concerned about health.
  1. He wrote about 30 books on health itself and about two-three hundred books on different topics of yoga philosophy and yoga life.
  1. Because he was a medical doctor and he helped people to heal. Then he realised the people suffer from something else.
  1. He can cure from the physical ailment, but because suffer from something else. That’s how he became a monk and he became the doctor of the soul.

Swami Sitaramananda, Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

  1. Swami Vishnudevananda ji, he came to this country in 1957 in USA, San Francisco….
  1. …And he realised that the people are not healthy and that’s how he has to start to teach health. And he combined the teaching in a five points called five point’s yoga lifestyle for health and peace of mind.
  1. So proper exercise, proper breathing, proper relaxation, proper diet, means vegetarian diet, positive thinking and meditation…. that we call the five points yoga life, that the health educator will be based their teaching on, the five points how to get back to your true nature of health.

Sat Bir S. Khalsa, Harvard Medical School, MA

  1. I think modern medicine, has some gaps. Modern medicine is largely focussed on treating symptoms, treating outcomes and not as well focussed on prevention of those outcomes.
  1. And also not focussed on the interface between, the mind and the body. Modern medicine tends to be, a bit divided between psychiatry in one hand and physical medicine on the other hand.
  1. And the two really don’t talk to each other and yet obviously the mind and body are inextricably linked. So yoga addresses that, that link between mind and body.

Landon Gallant, Student, Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course

  1. I played soccer for 28 years and the last half of that time was a very high speed, very aggressive, very physical nature game that I played and

  1. In 2013 me and two guys ran across entire United States in 157 days and we did this to help our………….cancer families.

  1. When we went across the United States, we visited over a 120 hospitals and cancer research facilities.
  1. And I would go and sit with these doctors, some of the best ……..doctors on this planet. And I would sit with them one and one and I asked the questions, the families never got a chance to ask.
  1. All these doctors that I have talked to, don’t really have a holistic background, don’t have nutritional background, don’t have a lifestyle enhancement background.
  1. Scientifically they are brilliant, but when it comes to how to live and how to heal without chemo, without radiation, without poisons, without toxins, you know 100% of the time, that just wasn’t there, heart breaking to see that, very heart breaking to see these families are so desperate for a better way to heal as opposed to these poisons are being offered to them.

Swami Sitaramananda, Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

  1. Swami Sivananda say that we are the, author of our own health or disease.
  1. So what that means, that means that we have the power in our hands, to heal ourselves. So we need to know and be more aware, of our thoughts and mind and know, have the basic knowledge of the connection between the body and mind.

Swami Dharmananda, Sivananda Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA

  1. The yoga health educator and the medical system can work together, to provide real lasting health and wellness and actually what we talk about is a positive state of health.
  1. Not simply in absence of disease, but just knowing that what I am eating, how I am going about my day, my definite working relationships even the kind of work that we are doing in our lives that’s it’s a positive state in every aspect.



Swami Dharmananda

Sivananda Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA

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  1. When we talk about yoga practice, for instance it’s not simply for young fit bodies.


  1. But it’s for people of all ages, or all physical capabilities. In fact it’s not really about limitation as it were, but actually expanding inner selves, our own view of ourselves, that we are not actually limited.


Tara Durga Devi

Gentle Yoga Teacher, Grass Valley, CA

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  1. ­Gentle yoga, is a way of practicing the asanas which are the postures, that move the energy through the body, in a more gentle way, so that it becomes accessible to people who may have an illness, who are lack of strength or lack of mobility, or aging process and just starting to want to move their bodies.


Tara Durga Devi

Gentle Yoga Teacher, Grass Valley, CA

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  1. When we are stressed our immunity system goes down and our digestive go down. And so gentle yoga, gives people a chance to calm the mind and to move the energy, through the body in such a way that it………..the relaxation response, which then aids in the healing.


  1. And also aids their mind, through accept things as they are and then work with themselves in a better way.


Tara Durga Devi

Gentle Yoga Teacher, Grass Valley, CA

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  1. The gentle yoga class again like, it affords us the opportunity to learn about how our mind is working against us.


  1. How we are pushing ourselves and it really takes courage and I think when people come to gentle yoga, they are looking for something different than just exercise.


  1. They intuitively know something is not working and they are also yearning for some more information beyond just the physical body. Especially if there is any illness and you are working with that.


  1. And also in ageing we start to as you age you start to notice, the people around you, they are not there anymore, they are lost. Since you start to question what is life about? how do I deal with death, these bigger issues? How do I deal with my own ageing?


  1. And so when they come to a gentle yoga class, we give an opportunity to slow down and have time to reflect. And like I said, the teachers sets an atmosphere of love and compassion and it’s not about doing, it’s about being.




Silvia Nakkach

Nada Yoga Teacher, CA

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  1. As I going back to the source of, who we are as pure vibration. So the more we connect with sound, pure sound it feels like we are connecting with the true self. The ancient traditions they all and alter in memorial times and traditions and worlds being using sound to heal as a gateway to expand consciousness, going beyond the confinements of personality.


  1. Sound is a most intuitive form of psychology, it change you immediately.



Swami Sitaramananda

Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

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  1. So in this course we put together the yoga philosophy, yoga psychology in relation to health. We also teach the health educator into Ayurveda and the process of healing of Ayurveda that is also the Vedic science, it’s based on that ancient wisdom.




Mary Thompson

Ayurvedic Practitioner, CA

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  1. I was very excited, when I was approached by Swami Sita,

in working with the development of the Sivananda yoga health education course….


Mary Thompson

Ayurvedic Practitioner, CA

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  1. Ayurveda is often said to be a sister science yoga. You can think of them as twins, they come from the same parent. Where yoga works with balance of the mind and helps one to achieve their spiritual goals, Ayurveda focuses more on balance of the body, to help one have the strength, the stamina, the endurance to achieve their goals.


Swami Jnaneswariananda

Sivananda Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA

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  1. I was trained as a bio medical engineer. I have a doctorate in bio medical engineering.


Swami Jnaneswariananda

Sivananda Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA

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  1. So my contribution to the yoga health educator’s training is the anatomy in physiology, some of the study of the pathology.


  1. We have other doctors that are discussing medical interventions, standard medical interventions. My purpose is to provide the students with enough backgrounds, in anatomy, in physiology that they have a real understanding, of the traditional medicine, terms and procedures.



Brendan Keogh M.D.

Ontario, Canada

  1. I am a family physician in Norwood which is a small town in Ontario….


  1. I tried physio, I tried chiropractitioners, tried massage therapist, all whom I knew, all whom are good people. But they didn’t fix my back. Somebody said just try yoga. And it did fix that. So that was the proof for me personally. So here I am, about 15 years since I start the yoga and increasingly I am being attracted personally to the Sivananda Yoga.


  1. I am seeing and meeting people, it’s a remarkable thing. I am not talking about just fixing the back and body but yes that. And now I am studying that the future, our whole world looks much better with Sivananda Yoga. So I am here to stay, I will recommend for anybody who wants to ………. There is a physician program starting up. ­


  1. There is lot of failure in western medicine. So much obesities, so much diabetics, high cholesterol, mental health, depression, addiction stuff. And I send them to the services that available. But increasingly I find I personally convinced we can save the healthcare system …… and make people feel better if we can introduce them to Sivananda Yoga.




Swami Sitaramananda

Acharya, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, CA

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  1. ….the scientific medical discoveries and advancements can help, can join together with that wisdom, teaching of ancient classical yoga and meditation systems.


Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen

Charite University Hospital, Berlin

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  1. We are here in Berlin at Charite University and since many years, we do research in yoga in the application of yoga, for patient care….


  1. …So in fact, I think yoga is a very important part of modern medical care for a lot of patients, that is what our research data imply.



Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen

Charite University Hospital, Berlin

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  1. We are here, a general hospital with a lot of patients and all the cost of the treatment is reimbursed by the insurance company. It is not a private hospital, it is a standard university hospital.


  1. ….we now have in the hospital three full time yoga teachers, as part of our therapist team.


  1. And I think this is very nice, so that we just regard yoga as a standard treatment and it is just included in the professional staff.



Suprabha Jain MD

Mt. Diablo Medical & Wellness Center, CA

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  1. As I started to practice medicine, I realised that the health care model, which we are so used to is, so much deeply rooted in disease management only. So the wellness side or the healthy side of the person is, completely or pretty much ignored.


  1. So I always looking for a system of medicine, system of health which will address the healthy side of the person as well.


  1. ….And in the allopathic model, the western medicine model as we know, that we have sort of divided the human body and we have specialised the care depending on different body parts.


  1. So there are so many specialities and super specialties. So it’s time now to bring everything all together in one unity and empower the individual, because the healing powers really are, well within the person.


  1. So science of yoga and Ayurveda, they are traditionally designed that way, to keep a person totally healthy and not only healthy but mentally peaceful.



Suprabha Jain MD

Mt. Diablo Medical & Wellness Center, CA

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  1. Sivananda Yoga Ashram, produces lot of yoga teachers and they have done hundreds and thousands of them over the years. But I realised that these yoga teachers, they need to become more familiar with the traditional health care system as well.
  2. So that they can be useful with their expertise, with their training for medical establishment, for medical doctors. So this particular course, allows them to learn academically, as well as practically to be part of the health care system, to work with the doctors hand in hand in the care of the patient.



Suprabha Jain MD

Mt. Diablo Medical & Wellness Center, CA

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  1. So the patient gets to have the medical care he or she needs, but along with that he learns the philosophy and the science and the wisdom of yoga and Ayurveda as well to stay healthy and to promote more wellness in him.



Priya, Student

Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training Course

Grass Valley, CA

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  1. Both my parents were physicians, my mother was a family practitioner and my dad was a general surgeon.


  1. My father actually was diagnosed with lymphoma, when he was 54 and he passed away five months later.


  1. And I remember, when he was first diagnosed, his immediate reaction was, I don’t want chemotherapy, I don’t want any of it.


  1. I think I was 19 at the time and I was upset and I cried and said please go and get treatment and everything.


  1. And so he did, he went through the chemotherapy and in the end he was hospitalised, he was breathing artificially, he wasn’t conscious, he didn’t look like himself, we couldn’t really communicate with him.


  1. ….that’s the kind of death he had and I think in his heart, he knew that he didn’t want that and he knew, that there must be some other way.


  1. And I noticed the same thing with my mother towards the end of her life. Though she took medications and she had surgeries and treatments. But I think she didn’t want to die in the hospital. And I think it was much the same thing, she knew that wasn’t the way, she knew it wasn’t ultimately going to heal her. But she didn’t know what else to do.



Priya, Student

Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training Course

Grass Valley, CA

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  1. ….so, a few years ago I think it was four years ago, I was planning to have an ……. procedure that, at the time I was convinced, I needed and I needed to have.


  1. One night I dreamed that my father called me…and this point my fathers has been dead for many years, but in my dream he called me and he said Priya no hospitals, there is nothing wrong with you, no hospitals….



Priya, Student

Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training Course

Grass Valley, CA

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  1. I think that I have been led to yoga and I am being led to the Sivananda health educator program for a reason, because I think there is something there, that’s is missing that a lot of people are craving and not getting. So there is something, there is something here that people need.



Anu Ramaswamy

Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course

Grass valley, CA

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  1. I have this condition that’s called the restless leg syndrome, its also called Willis-Ekbom disease. It’s an nerve neuromuscular pain in the leg and I had it for but 15 -20 years.


  1. And a since it is the neuromuscular condition, the medicines are neurological invasive to the nervous system….


  1. ….meditation and pranayama actually helps me, keep the pain either in control or pretty much not experience it all, which helps me also not take the medicines that’s one.


  1. The second is for diabetes,


….I used to take the highest dose of ………its about six months ago, now I don’t take them at all. Again about six months ago, I was diagnosed with early onset of retinopathy, which is because of the combination of the high blood pressure and high sugar.


  1. And the last time I went for my test, about two months ago the doctor kept looking, kept looking she said I can’t find your retinopathy. She said you have pretty much reversed it….



Anu Ramaswamy

Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course

Grass valley, CA

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  1. So my doctor, who has been treating me for the last year or so is so excited, that she wants me to finish my training, come back and start teaching her yoga. She said she would be looking forward to it.


Swami Narayananda

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Vietnam


  1. In this course, there is a particular emphasis on the health aspects. So promoting health, on all levels physical health, mental, emotional health and spiritual health.




Swami Narayananda

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Vietnam


  1. So we say that, that in many cases there are the, health systems that were in place, the medical systems that were in place that are very much focused on dealing with people symptoms and that are very much focused on usage of a, different usage of drugs and surgery.


  1. And we see that, there are many problems there and in many cases that there is not working. And we know that there is a whole body of knowledge, of how to live, how to conduct your life and how to interact with the world, how to interact with each other. If we follow it, this can along promote health, can avoid health problems.



Durga Leela

Ayurvedic Practitioner, CA


  1. I think there is a great usefulness for Ayurveda in the modern world especially in modern site, modern medicine, because we need to be able to recognise, our own self.


  1. And Ayurveda gets us, first strongly with this idea of constitution. The modern medicine, tends to emphasize this one size for us all and certainly its based on, very efficient research in science. And yet we also have to be able to recognise what’s true for us, so that becomes more of a recognition of our own inherent nature….


  1. So we have an appreciation for the unique self, that we are and we can take measures to balance that.

Durga Leela

Ayurvedic Practitioner, CA


  1. So the need of the view of the self, is most important today. Especially in a world of, where attention is taken by the media, by externals distractions increasingly so more and more.


  1. And so the training of the Ayurveda in Yoga, within the health education process is for us to take the attention within and become more aware, pay more attention to what’s happening within us.


  1. As we engage in the modern world,


….And then we can remain intact even with the demands of the modern life.




Clinical Psychology PHD Student, New Mexico University

Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training Course, CA

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  1. One of the things that, I have been really drawn to, about yoga is that, it has higher standards for health.


  1. Whereas modern medicine, the modern psychology, the focus is on absence of disease. But there is very little focus on, flourishing on happiness, on bliss, on enjoying life.


  1. And yoga, on other hand says that health, is being happy, experiencing bliss, experiencing love, being in touch with yourself. So it’s a higher standards for what we need to accomplish in order to really live our lives fully.




Clinical Psychology PHD Student, New Mexico University

Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training Course, CA

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  1. One of the powerful aspects of this training is, Swami Sita…in the energy that she brings to this course.


  1. …. Its clear that the knowledge that flows from her head, she is not really reading from anything, there is so much knowledge and organisation and understanding in her mind that comes out so clearly .


  1. We also need to bring that same strength, that same energy in order to help, to heal those we are working with.



Prof. Dr. Shani Robins

Stanford University, USA

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  1. My name is Shani Robins. I teach at several universities, including Stanford University for Health College. And it has trans………psychology and I am a psychologist and I am clinical counsellor as well….



Prof. Dr. Shani Robins

Stanford University, USA

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  1. ….just the healthy body helps tremendously. And so if we can help that, with the exercise part of yoga that alone is wonderful. But then of course, we can go way beyond that, in terms of calming down the mind.


  1. And so the more calm we are, the more open we are to others. So the empathy and compassion starts coming up around that. So as a psychologist empathy, mindfulness, compassion those are highly correlated skills, that with lot of good things in life, positive relationships, success in a workplace, getting along with others, health.



Kumari, Student

Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training Course

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  1. I have suffered from anxiety and depression all my life, starting in my adolescence.


  1. And I never, really got the healing that I needed from the conventional psychiatric care. The healing that I got from the ashram, was really holistic and overwhelming sense of relief.

Esther Seegers

Ayurvedic Practitioner

Sivananda Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA

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  1. I have just seen the chaos, that’s basically going on, among teenagers and especially the ……..abuse that is going on in the high schools.


  1. And they need help, they have no idea where to turn to and they are all basically numbing their feelings, they are numbing their true nature, because they have the feeling they are not able to be who they are and yeah there is not enough compassion or it just, they need help, they need help at the end of the day and I think yoga can give us that.



Sarahjoy Marsh

Yoga Teacher & Therapist, Portland, USA

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  1. …..when we use yoga now, in the addiction field we actually, trying deliberately to help people built new skills to tolerate the impulse to use the old skill, so build that skill they can come into and use, such as getting comfortable feeling, uncomfortable about growing and evolving.


  1. That’s actually a life skill, we overlook at all the time but, with an addiction is preventing us from growing. So we need yoga to teach us, how to get comfortable feeling and feeling uncomfortable even about joy and recovery and expansion and possibility…..


  1. ….And the addiction ends up actually, falling away as a resource that’s now out-dated and was once over-used. And yoga becomes the stabilising force, in our lives.




Dr. Fred Luskin

Director, Forgiveness Projects, Stanford University

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  1. I am a psychologist, I have a PhD from Stanford in counselling and health psychology.


  1. Then I did a both a pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship in preventive cardiology at the Stanford School of Medicine…..



Dr. Fred Luskin

Director, Forgiveness Projects, Stanford University

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  1. Most people have no idea, what actually causes health.


  1. Most people don’t think about health, until they get sick. And most people have very little understanding of the role of their mind and their emotions in anything, like they are just basically doing in their life with not that much sort and awareness and when their physical being is impacted, they feel second sometimes they try to get help.


  1. So a health educator, would be very important in reminding people of the multiple ways, that people can be healthy of the multiple channels with which they can work on themselves….


  1. ….a training like this brings a spiritual element to it, but brings a tangible reminder that the yogi tradition has three thousand years of practice, in helping people be well.



Hamsa Chaitanya

Director, Sivananda Center, Los Angeles, CA

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  1. First of all health is our birth right. Health is not absence of disease, it’s our natural state.


  1. Once we have established that, diseases is when we forget that fact and we get other balance than the manifestations could be disease or other discomfort.


  1. ….yoga can show us ways to reconnect. And to reclaim our heritage and turn back to ourselves, back to our natural state of health.






  1. In the recent past, science and technology had been separated from spirituality. However, much scientific research done in the last four decades has confirmed the far-reaching benefits of Yoga and Ayurveda.
  2. The world is today reaching out to integrate this ancient wisdom with the modern developments in medicine and psychology.


  1. The intensive 2-year Yoga Health Educator Training Course is an exciting initiative of the Sivananda Institute of Health and Yoga. Here, scores of students are working with doctors, to learn to contribute to the mainstream health care system.


  1. They are learning to add the dimension of holistic health promotion, through ancient wisdom, through the science of Yoga and Ayurveda.






Moong Dal Dosa (Pesarattu)

Moong Dal Dosa (Pesarattu)

These thin pancakes make a wonderful snack with coconut chutney or served with some subji (cooked vegetables).
1/2 cup rice and 1/2 cup green moong dal
1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp hing(opt.)
1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
Soak the rice and green moong dal in water the night before preparation, or at least 4 hours. Drain soaked rice/moong dal when ready. Blend with spices, freshly grated ginger, and enough water or buttermilk as needed to make a thick batter (similar to pancake batter).
Heat a non-stick griddle over medium heat. Pour about 1/2 cup of batter onto hot pan, making a thin round pancake by spreading the batter out in a spiral pattern starting from the center. Cook until golden brown, then flip and cook just the same. Drizzle with ghee and/or serve right away.