Holistic Health Retreats

Lifestyle Medicine and Natural Healing

Health is Your Birthright


Experience for yourself the benefits of a daily combination of these time-tested Yoga techniques and get back your positive health. Health is in your hands and in the hands of Mother Nature. It is not in the hands of the doctors and the big Pharmaceutical companies who only address symptoms.

Health is your birthright. It is natural to be healthy. There are three levels to positive health: body, mind, spirit. Learn how these levels of our being interact with each other and influence each other. Health and healing is not just dealing with symptoms.

5 Points of Yoga


Proper Exercise Asanas

Proper Breathing Pranayama

Proper Relaxation Savasana

Proper Diet Vegetarian

Positive Thinking & Meditation

These 5 Points of Yoga are termed “lifestyle medicine” and are accepted by mainstream doctors such as Dr. Dean Ornish (Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program) (see his new book “UnDo It!“).

Sivananda Yoga Health Education Camps and Intensives offer these 5 Points of Yoga Life and their application to specific health conditions. Sivananda Yoga Health Educators will give you a free Yoga health assessment before the program.

Holistic Health


Work with doctors and holistic health practitioners who understand the holistic approach to health and healing. Yoga Health Education Camps and Intensives are there for all to educate themselves and to help loved-ones in the prevention of disease.

2 yoga students smiling and happy showing exemplifying health

Yoga for Cancer Wellness

The Sivananda Yoga Health Education Camp for Cancer Wellness is a 5-day retreat for those already diagnosed with cancer, survivors, caregivers, and family members suffering from the stresses of cancer. Yoga teachings and practices are designed to support and enhance quality of life focused on prevention, gentle Yoga exercise and diet, and spiritual health.


  • points of Yoga for Integral Health: Yogic Approach
  • Importance to recharge vital energy . Understanding Prana
  • Conscious Relaxation and stress.  Yoga Nidra
  • Anti cancer vegetarian diet
  • Meditation and understanding of thoughts and emotions

Yoga for Chronic Pain

Pain seems to be conscious and cognitive. Persisting pain is related to changes in the physical body and neuroplastic changes in the nervous system. The “danger button” is constantly activated. Pain changes us in many ways. There are equally many ways to change it back. Develop skills to keep your body, breath and mind calm. Put some evidence-based pain self-care processes in your pain care toolkit. There is hope for finding more peace and ease.


  1. Acute and chronic pain conditions and management.
  2. Breath Awareness and Breath Regulation – Pain is changeable;
  3. Reset the protective systems
  4. Mind body awareness – Become a pro at feeling non-pain sensation
  5. Body Tension Regulation and Release – Stay at the edge of pain
  6. Awareness of Thoughts and Emotions – Interconnection
  7. Anti  inflammatory vegetarian diet
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Teaching yoga with student on floor demonstrating

How to Prevent and Manage Diabetes using Yoga

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a group of metabolic disorders characterized by chronic hyperglycemia due to relative insulin deficiency or resistance or both. [29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes, but 8.1 million may be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition.]  The successful management of diabetes revolves around an individually tailored nutritional and lifestyle plan, Yoga exercise , breathing and meditation regimen. Use of medication if needed . Regular monitoring by patient and physician, and supportive education are an integral and important part of management.

Yoga for Stress Management

More than 70% of doctor visits are due to diseases or health conditions caused by stress. Stress adversely affects physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual health if untreated for long periods of time. This 5-day Camp will help you to recognize the sources of stress in your daily life and provides the Yogic tools to increase one’s stress resilience and cultivate a positive outlook on life as we address our lifestyle choices and how to change them through:

  • eating a balanced, vegetarian diet
  • limiting caffeine and alcohol
  • proper sleep
  • regular exercise (asana)
  • conscious breathing exercises (pranayama)
  • regular meditation
  • creative pursuits
  • spiritual diary writing
  • recognizing factors that trigger stress response
flowers growing from a vine
Person doing the tree posture with eyes closed

How Yoga can get you out of depression and mood swings?

“Do you have these symptoms of depression? problems sleeping, loss of weight or gain of weight, disinterest in your body hygiene and care, disinterested in hobbies or pleasures you were interested in before, problems in concentration and accountability, difficulty to do work or daily tasks, frequent mood swings , increased feeling of isolation and loneliness, difficulty in communications, indulgence in bad habits you have let go of before like cigarettes smoking, drinking, feeling worthlessness and even having suicidal thoughts?

We invite you to come to understand the five facets and layers  and manifestation of depression. You will  meet and have workshops with psychologist and Yoga  teacher who will give you physical and mental health tips to go to the root cause of depression. 



At my most recent doctor’s appointment, I had a fasting blood sugar level over 130; one day this week it was as high as 166.  Then I came to the ashram for the Diabetes/Health weekend. On Saturday my blood sugar was down to 119. On Sunday it was 115.  I learned it was not just diet, but relaxation, sleep, nature, meditation, as well as the freshest food and fun with my fellow classmates that are part of the yoga approach. Many thanks to Karuna and Priya for a wonderful weekend.


September 30, 2018

I’m a first timer. To be honest, I almost left on the first night due to feeling so very out of place.  I told myself that I’m here to experience life and so I did.  I wish I could stay longer.  The meditation alone is life changing.  The morning and evening satsang is so grounding and allowed me to connect to all  those in the camp.  Although I don’t have any major health issues, I was educated on [the] best foods for my body.  I am already planning a trip back – maybe with my husband next time.



September 30, 2018

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

Upcoming Dates

The Yoga Health Education Camps are 5-days, while the Yoga Health Weekends are 2-days.  The base tution for the Camps are $190 + accommodations.  The price of the weekends are $90 plus accommodations.  The prices listed below are for tenting accommodations.  Please see more details to see package prices for other accommodations.

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Open Dates RECORDINGS 15-Day Holiday Retreat Dec. 2020 – Classical Yoga and Self-Healing with Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Swaroopananda, Acharya Mangalananda, Benoy K Behl, Swami Jnaneswariananda, Swami Narayanananda and Swami Adi Parashaktiananda


Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda is a senior acharya of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers and is director of the Sivananda Ashram Vedanta Yoga Farm, California and the Sivananda Yoga Resort and Training Center, Vietnam.  She is acharya of China, Taiwan, and Japan as well. Swamiji is the organizer and teacher of the Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training…

Swami Dharmananda

Swami Dharmananda is assistant director of the Yoga Farm and is in charge of the Karma Yoga program.  He is a faculty of the Sivananda Institute of Health (SIHY) and is one of the main teachers of Yoga Philosophy and Meditation at the Ashram. He took sannyas vows…

Hamsa Chaitanya

Hamsa Chaitanya is a senior staff teacher at the Yoga Farm, taking TTC in 2010 and Advanced TTC in 2014. Hamsa Chaitanya took Brahmacharya vows in 2014.  She graduated from the the Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training in 2019 and is a Certified Yoga Therapist specializing in Stress…

Swami Sivasankariananda

Swami Sivasankariananda, director of the Los Angeles Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, served as director of the San Francisco Center from February of 2015 to September 2019. She returns to LA where she lived for 20+ years. She completed her TTC at the Yoga Farm in 1997 and ATTC there…

Ananda Mayi

Ananda Mayi is a full-time staff, hails from Japan, and took TTC at the Yoga Farm in 2014 and ATTC in 2015.  She is currently enrolled in the 800-hour Yoga Health Educator Course.  She enjoys teaching yoga to both advanced and beginners and especially loves kirtan chanting.  She…

Maha Lakshmi

Maha Lakshmi (C-IAYT) is a teacher of Classical Yoga for many years and graduated the Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training program in 2020. A student of Ayurveda, a practitioner of the Four Paths of Yoga, and a dedicated student of Swami Sitaramananda and the teachings of Sivananda Yoga,…

Sandhya Dharmadas, PT, DPT, OCS

Sandhya Dharmadas has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and board certification in Orthopaedics, with advanced training in pelvic floor rehabilitation and residency training in Orthopaedics. She completed fellowship training in Manual & Movement Sciences. In her private practice, she specializes in rehabilitation of patients with pelvic floor and…

Rudra Manohara

Rudra Manohara is a Yoga Farm 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. In support of community development and…

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