Swami Vishnudevananda, the founder of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams and Centers, was the first yogi in the West to teach Childrens' Yoga. We carry on this tradition at the Ashram by offering our annual Childrens' Yoga Camp, a ten-day overnight summer camp teaching children ages 7-14 yoga, for the past 25 years.
The Childrens' Yoga Camp offers the opportunity for children to practice the teachings of yoga in a fun, inspiring, and energetic way in the peaceful natural environment of the Ashram's 80 acres of beautiful land in the Sierra foothills, offering twice daily practice of asana (yoga postures), meditation, calmness and relaxation, compassion, healthy living, nature studies, hiking, painting, sketching, daily swimming in the pond, participating in outside games and play time, a drama production with music and costume crafting, and trips to the refreshing Yuba River. Karma Yoga will be introduced to the campers, including chores around the farm, cooking and gardening workshops, and caring for the animals.
Our Childrens' camp has been held every summer since the early 1980's, for youth ages 7-14, and is led by our staff of certified and experienced Sivananda Yoga teachers.The ratio of counselors to children is 1:4, children have comfortable bunk-bed accommodations in camp cabins, and wholesome organic vegetarian meals are served 4 times daily. All children will benefit from daily Yoga classes and breathing exercises combined with relaxation. They will learn about and practice mediation, the value of Karma Yoga ( selfless service ) and have their own children's satsang with daily singing and inspiring stories. There will also be plenty of time for swimming, fun and games, and special activities outside the Yoga Farm.
The camp is an uplifting environment and ideal to create a foundation for your child's peaceful and healthy development.
We also offer a position for Junior Counselors, for campers who have been in our camp before, outgrew camp age and want to come back. Please contact us for more information.
7:00 am Wake up
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Childres' Morning Satsang Singing, Stories,
9:00 Yoga Class
10:00 am Brunch and Cleanup
11:00 am - Noon Activity
(Nature walk, arts & crafts, etc.)
1:00 pm Lunch and Community work
2:00 pm Afternoon Activity
(swimming, workshops, excursions, etc.)
4:00 pm Yoga class
5:00 pm Showers and Relaxation
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Childrens' Evening Meditation and
8:30 pm Quiet Time
9:00 pm Lights Out
What To Bring
Swim suits and any swimhelpers your child might need (like a vest or goggles etc.), sun hat and sun protection, easy to slip on shoes, small bag, pack, or extra bag for hiking and river outings, games to play for the kids (please no computer games though! We want to focus on simple things like nature), waterbottle.
For more information about Children's Yoga Camp, call the Yoga Farm at 530-272-9322
The total cost of the camp is $650. For multiple children attending from one family, there will be a 15% discount starting with the second child. We can give individual discounts for single parents, please talk to us. If you are lacking funds to cover the cost for your children, please contact us.
Supplementary Application Form
Please download the Supplementary form and send back to us via email to [email protected]
Swami Dharmananda is one of the main teachers of Hatha Yoga and Meditation at the Ashram. He took sannyas vows in 2013 and is assistant director of the 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.
Christine Ortaliz (Deviyani)
Deviyani served as staff at the Yoga Farm for more then 3 years. She has taught numerous open classes, courses, and helped teach in TTC many times. She has been organizing the childrens yoga camps for the last 5 years and is the lead counsellor for the camps.