Recharge and Renew
AT THE YOGA FARM
Guest Information Details
Open to guests year round, the Yoga Farm welcomes people from around the world and provides a peaceful setting in which to find a way back to a holistic lifestyle in harmony with nature. Additionally, our guests testify to the effect of a sense of stress relief and moreover they feel an improved physical, emotional, and spiritual health. You can join for a day, a week, or longer.
The Daily Schedule
08:00am Asanas and Pranayama (All-Lervels Yoga Class)
10:00am Organic Vegetarian Brunch
11:00am Karma Yoga (Selfless Service)
04:00pm Asanas and Pranayama (All-Lervels Yoga Class)
06:00pm Organic Vegetarian Dinner
08:00pm Satsang (Meditation, Kirtan chanting and Lecture)
To keep up the spiritual atmosphere of the Ashram, the participation in the morning and evening meditation and one Asana class daily are mandatory. Programs are subject to change or cancellation.
What to Expect in the Yoga Class
The Sivananda Yoga class at the ashram is a 2 hour group session with a teacher. The class starts with initial relaxation and pranayama followed by a series of 12 basic postures which are designed by Swami Vishnudevananda. An important feature is that the postures alternate with periods of relaxation with an accent on breathing. In addition, the energizing sun salutations series in the beginning prepares the body for the postures and avoid injury.
Moreover, students are encouraged to focus inwards and get in touch with their body. The teachers will periodically remind the class to follow the rhythm and to observe one’s limitation and not force the practice. Furthermore, the general philosophy of this system of teaching is promoting self awareness, gentleness, and balance between effort and relaxation.
Also, the students can rest as needed as it is important to respect the body limitations. Moreover, when in the posture students are encouraged to breathe, focus, and relax. Finally, the final relaxation is the cream of the practice where students spend 15-20 minutes in guided, deep relaxation.
In case you have any injuries or health conditions, please be sure to communicate to our yoga teachers prior to the beginning of class so that we can adjust and adapt the postures for you.
Meditation, Kirtan Chanting, and Lecture
Satsang is a group meditation followed by call and response devotional chanting and an informal talk on the practical philosophy of Yoga and Vedanta. Chant books are provided to help you to follow along and participate in the devotional chanting. In essence the practice of chanting is universal and based on the power of sound and is not sectarian.
The purpose of satsang is to uplift one’s mind in the company of spiritual seekers and find fresh inspiration by listening to teachers, special guests, and yogic scriptures. Also, the heartfelt, group kirtan chanting along with music uplifts the spirit and opens the heart. To sum up, satsang renews the inspiration and enthusiasm for yoga practice to enhance one’s life.
Organic Vegetarian Meals
Eating a plant-based diet has been conclusively shown to be good for health and well-being. Furthermore, it is detoxifying and nutritive at the same time. In addition, the meals are freshly prepared with love and care by dedicated karma yogis. Also, the ashram uses mostly organic, locally produced fruits and vegetables.
The buffet meals offered are lacto-vegetarian. We also have a permaculture vegetable garden and grow some of our own food and flowers.
Please note that meat, fish, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, black tea, and eggs are not served in the ashram.
The meals are offered at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm with a small fruit snack served in the afternoon. Additional snacks are available in the boutique if needed.
In case you have any special dietary restrictions please mention so on your application form and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Animals, Wildlife, and Nature
The property is part of a biodiverse ecosystem called a Blue Oak Woodland. There are several waterways that pass through the ashram and large heritage oak trees interspersed with grassland and shrubbery on rolling hills. Hundreds of different species of flora and fauna can be spotted.
Home to affectionate llamas, naughty goats and elegant alpacas, the animal pen is a source of joy for adults and children alike. Interestingly, there are many deer that make their home at the ashram. At dusk, they will walk around throughout the ashram and even come up close to some of the buildings looking for greenery to eat.
The ashram is on 80 acres and has multiple hiking paths. In order to respect the delicate balance of nature, please stay on the trails and do not approach or disturb wildlife. Please also be aware that there are thorny blackberry bushes and poison oak off the trails. It is best to avoid walking in any tall grassy areas, as there may be rattlesnakes and ticks.
Peace Miracle Labyrinth
As a matter of fact, the way we walk a labyrinth can offer insight into the way we walk through our lives. Additionally, while walking, you can coordinate your breath with your steps as you release concerns and other burdens. Equally important, is to contemplate peace on earth while repeating the mantra “Om Namo Narayanaya.” Finally, on the way out, you may repeat the peace mantra out loud, feeling the peaceful vibration generated being brought to the whole world.
The pond is available for swimming as there is a gazebo and dock with ladder for entry. Also, there is a boat for those not wanting to swim. Additionally, during the summer months, the pond is a popular destination to get a quick cool down or to just sit next to under the weeping willow trees.
As a matter of fact, the pond is a favorite activity for children’s yoga camp in the summer.
ORGANIZE YOUR TRAVELS
Sivananda Yoga Farm Boutique
The ashram boutique is open daily, offering an extensive selection of books and CDs, clothing for yoga classes, yoga mats, meditation cushions and shawls, mala beads, altar kits, other yoga related items, gifts and spiritual paintings. Certain food supplements, notebooks and toiletries are also available. The Health Hut also offers natural snacks and drinks during courses.
Enjoy a diverse selection of health food goodies and yoga accessories, including yoga mats and bags, incense, malas (prayer beads), and decorative items for your home altar. In fact, the boutique is a favorite hangout for all the students and guests.
10:45am – 11:.45am
6:45pm – 7:45pm
“We are part of a big family held together by love.”
– Swami Vishnudevananda
What to Bring
Some important items for your stay:
- Yoga mat
- Meditation cushion
- Meditation shawl or blanket
- Japa mala (prayer) beads
- Pen and notebook
- Water bottle
- Slip-on sandals or slippers (indoor-only)
- Both comfortable and warm clothes which cover shoulders and knees
- Rain gear
- Walking shoes for relaxed nature walks
- Personal toiletries
- Ear plugs (the ashram is a shared environment)
- Alarm clock
- Travel mug or tumbler (for hot tea)
- For tent space only: bring your own tent, bedding, and towels
The Well-Being Center
In our well-being center we offer therapies and massages by appointment year-round. Some Ayurveda therapies offered include: Abhyanga: four-hand, warm-herbal-oil, full-body massage Shirodhara: warm, herbal oil flow over the energy center between the eyebrows Swedhana: herb-infused, full-body steam treatment Marma Therapy: specialized massage technique for healing damaged tissue, detoxification and release of tension for enhancing proper energy flow
The library is just behind the main Yoga Hall. It has an assortment of books from many different spiritual writers. It is open daily and is a nice spot in the ashram to relax, recharge, and inspire. Please see our reception if you would like to borrow a book.
Our pure drinking water comes from a well in the Ashram grounds. Guests can refill water bottles from our sinks or from the water dispensers in each of the buildings.
Coin-operated washing machines are available during daytime hours. We have clotheslines for drying. Laundry soap can be purchased in the boutique.
GETTING TO THE YOGA FARM
The Ashram is situated near highway 49 between Auburn and Grass Valley, just one hour from Sacramento and three hours (without traffic) from San Francisco and is easily accessible by car or by Amtrak (train and bus).
Allow Google Maps to navigate your trip by tapping the arrow below.
By Air to San Francisco:
Public Transport – Take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) from SFO to Richmond station. BART is at SFO, is marked well, but you can also ask at information and they will easily guide you. Trains run every ten or fifteen minutes or so depending upon the time. This is about $7, purchase a ticket at the station. In Richmond exchange to Amtrak for ongoing travel to Auburn station. They are both in the same station, BART is upstairs and Amtrak down. Go to Amtrak.com to book, there you will see service that is mostly connecting. Part of your travel to Auburn will be train, some bus. Give yourself at least 60-90 minutes between arrival at SFO and departure from Richmond. Please contact us to tell us your planned arrival time at Auburn, we will add you to our pickup list. If you are delayed on your day of travel, Amtrak will honor your ticket for the next train. Please call us to advise and we will adjust accordingly.
By Air to Sacramento airport:
Public Transit – We recommend that you take Amtrak.com train or bus service from Sacramento to Auburn station and we will have one of our staff pick you up in Auburn to transport you to the Yoga Farm. From Sacramento Airport you may take either YOLO bus (approximate cost $2.25 but will require a walk of 6-7 blocks) or Supershuttle (approximate cost $15 direct) to the Amtrak station in Sacramento and transfer there (Amtrak fare is ~$16 each way). Please stop at the information booth at the Sacramento airport after arrival to inquire the options for this leg of your travel. PLEASE NOTE that Amtrak offers bus service from Sacramento to Auburn. Although the schedule is shown on the Amtrak website it is not possible to purchase tickets online for bus travel. For this you will need to arrive at the Sacramento Amtrak station with a few minutes early and purchase the ticket there. Please contact us at least one day ahead of your travel and advise your plans so that we may arrange to meet you when you arrive in Auburn. Supershuttle – is also available if you would like a direct ride to the ashram or to Auburn.
From I-80 exit in Auburn and onto Hwy. 49 North towards Grass Valley. Go 11 miles to Wolf Road (traffic signal light) and turn Left. (note that right side of the intersection is Combie Rd.) Go 1.8 miles and turn right onto Duggans Rd. Go 2 miles to the end of the road and turn left on Lime Kiln Rd. Go 2.4 miles – (the road becomes McCourtney Rd.) (continue straight). Continue 1.2 miles and turn left on Ballantree Lane. (You will note an Adopt-a-Highway sign 1 mile ahead of the turn that the “Yoga Farm removes litter”) Go 0.9 miles to the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm driveway and turn left (It is marked by a big sign.) Please drive 10 MPH ONLY on Ballantree Lane.
The Yoga Farm is an ashram with a very special spiritual atmosphere practicing classical yoga. To be here is to share in the practice, honoring both our highest selves and that of others. In order to truly tap into all the rejuvenating effects, we encourage everyone to attend both Satsangs and yoga classes daily.
We also ask that silence is observed from 10:30 pm to 6:00 am so that all can have a restful sleep and a peaceful mind before morning Satsang. The more you can tune in and really soak in the natural peace of our environment and community, the better your body and mind will feel overall. You can begin by detaching from your cell phone, especially during Satsang.
If using it as a recording device during the spiritual lecture (as it is a nice way to deepen your learning), please ensure that you have put it into silent/airplane mode and turned off all alarms and noise making apps before leaving your room. Inner peace is an amazing gift to share. Remember the practice.
Ashram rules play an essential part in maintaining the pure environment and elevating vibrations necessary for the practice of yoga and meditation.
- Attendance at the morning and evening meditation and one yoga class daily is mandatory.
- Alcohol, tobacco, meat, fish, eggs, coffee and drugs are prohibited on the premises. Pets are not allowed. We cannot cater to personal dietary preferences except the yogic-vegetarian meals. Absolutely no drugs. No taking, distributing or dealing in or around the premises. If you learn of others keeping, taking or distributing drugs you are obliged to report this to the Ashram director immediately.
- All deposits and payments made to Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm are non-refundable unless canceled within the first 24 hours after making your reservation. If you need to cancel or reschedule at any time after this initial period we are happy to accommodate you; your payments will be converted to an Ashram credit which you may use for up to twelve months from the time of cancellation for either course tuition, accommodations, or both. In case of early departure a credit note can be issued (not valid for purchase of shop articles. No cash refund.)
- Check-in time is 2:00 pm – 7:30 pm
- Check-out time is by 12:00 pm
- Please wear loose, modest clothing – no tight clothing. Public nudity is not allowed.
- The Ashram is not responsible for any loss of valuables.
- Please help maintain the peace and purity in the meditation room.
- Cooking, candles and incense are not permitted in the rooms or tents.
- The playing of music is not allowed (except with headphones).
- No mobile phones in yoga classes, meditations or lectures.
- Please keep silence after 10.30 pm.
- One hour daily community service (Karma Yoga) such as gardening, maintenance, organizing etc… would be greatly appreciated.
- Photography, audio and video recording requires previous written authorization of the course directors.
PLAN YOUR VISIT