• $108.00 to $225.00

Date & Time Details:
- Friday, September 4 - Monday, September 7, 2020
- $108 - 225 sliding scale (or $20 per session)
- Recordings are included with the conference
- If you prefer to attend single sessions then click here.

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Labor Day Weekend: Live Strong & Breathe Deep w/ Yoga, Vedanta, Ayurveda, & Jyotish

with Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, Andrew Foss PhD, Swami Sitaramananda, Durga Leela, Mary Thompson (Mahavidya), Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar, Swami Jnaneswariananda, Swami Dharmananda, Manas Kshirsagar and Swami Vashistananda

September 4 - 7, 2020

This Labor Day Weekend we are offering special workshops on how to be Strong and Free from Anxiety with Ayurveda, Jyotish, and Yoga during Covid19 times.

We have many special guest speakers that will enlighten us on topics about Yoga, Ayurveda, Jyotish, Vedanta, and more.  You can sign up for the whole weekend or choose the talks that interest you and sign up for just a few.

Detailed Schedule of Talks

Friday, Sep. 4

12 – 1 pm    – “Intro on How to have a retreat from home” with Swami Dharmananda
2 – 3:30 pm – “Nutrition & Cleansing for Stress management” – Mary Thompson
4 – 6 pm      – Yoga Class
7:30 – 9 pm – “Facing fears, anxiety in Covid time, using yoga and vedanta philosophy and techniques” – Swami Sitaramananda

Saturday, Sep. 5

6 – 7:30 am – “Liberation and Bondage seen through Jyotish” – Andrew Foss
8 – 10 am     – Yoga Class
12 – 1:30 pm – “Medical Astrology and the current public health crisis” – Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar
2 – 3:30 pm   – “Ayurveda & Women’s Health” – Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar
4 – 6 pm       – Yoga Class
7:30 – 9 pm  – “Yoga of Recovery” – Durga Leela

Sunday, Sep. 6

6 – 7:30 am  – “Jyotish and Vedanta” – Andrew Foss
8 -10 am        – Yoga Class
12 – 1:30 pm – “How to strengthen respiratory cardiac system” – Swami Jnaneswariananda
2 – 3:30 pm   – “Immortality of the soul according to b.Gita. chap 2” – Swami Dharmananda
4-6 pm            – Yoga Class
7:30 – 9 pm   – “Ayurveda & Health” – Durga Leela

Mon., Sep. 7

6 – 8:00 am  – “Detoxification and Purification” – Manas Kshirsagar
8-10 am         – Yoga Class
12 – 1pm       – “Neuroplasticity and pain” – Swami Sivasankariananda
2 – 3:30 pm  –  “Final Puja” with Swami Vashistananda

Presentation Summaries

“Ayurveda Astrology: How to survive a collective and individual bad transit” with Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar
Jyotish is a helpful tool to understand an individual chart as well as nations, world events and collective humanity.
Various transits, eclipse and planetary motions can affect many of the world events including pandemics. Covid 19 has affected the whole world and has helped us understand the unexpected adversity and novel way to heal and bridge hearts. We will look at the basics of Vedic Astrology and decode the impact of planetary transits.

“How to Strengthen Womens’ Health in Time of Crisis” with Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar
Women’s Health is affected by the pandemic significantly as they balance their work, family, children and their individual health. The pandemic has generated lot of fear and anxiety that has affected our hormones, sleep and digestion.
Ayurvedic tools are very effective in boosting the immunity and daily self care rituals are proving to be the best tools for prevention. We will learn about the 5 Sense therapy, Important Spices, healing foods and time tested herbal formulations. We will also learn about some daily rituals to optimize your health & well being.

“Liberation and Bondage seen through Jyotish” & “Jyotish and Vedanta” with Andrew Foss
These two talks will look at the meaning of bondage and what is meant by liberation and how they can be studied using the Vedic chart.

Bondage and Liberation can be said to be the principal topics of Vedic Astrology. Bondage or bandhana in Sanskrit is not only unfortunate situations like being confined to hospital but also marriage, becoming wealthy, having many close relatives and so forth. Anything one acquires is now dependent on one in some ways and that is one meaning of bandhana. Liberation is the inner state where the soul is no longer experiencing the binding effect of the world.

Vedanta is the knowledge that comes ‘at the end’ of the Veda. If, as the Gita says, the Veda is concerned with the world, then Vedanta is the wisdom that brings liberation. This wisdom is also derived from the Veda and is called the 6th subordinate limb of the Veda. Jyotisha, Vedic Astrology, is considered the 6th limb of the Veda and is thus intimately connected to Vedanta, when properly understood. For this, Jyotisha must contain the knowledge of liberation, not just that of bondage.

“Facing fears, anxiety in Covid time, using yoga and vedanta philosophy and techniques” with Swami Sitaramananda
Vedanta philosophy points out to our true immortal Nature, our consciousness that is untouched , unhurt, all knowledge, eternal and blissful. Yoga techniques help us to control our mind and allow us to see our true self, thus liberates us from all fears and anxieties. This is the precious teachings of Sivananda Yoga vedanta center, the combination of both Yoga and Vedanta.

“Yoga of Recovery” with Durga Leela
YoR reframes the addiction problem and solution according to the Vedic perspective. This reframing allows all of us to see our current involvement in the one addiction process that is alive and well within most of us.

“Ayurveda & Health” with Durga Leela
Health designates a process of adaptation. Ayurveda is a holistic science where there is a personalized approach towards the management of health and disease. Ayurveda’s central concept is oriented in predictive, preventive and personalized medicine – it provides us with a way to balance through self-understanding and self care, activating our organic coping capacity in the face of risk, stress, uncertainty, pain, and sickness.

“Nutrition & Cleansing for Stress management” with Mary Thompson
Our food has the power to uplift our state of mind and bring ease to our way of being or to do the opposite and worsen our stress. By bringing attention to our dietary choices we can better prepare ourselves internally for the stresses we are exposed to externally. This class will discuss the Gunas of foods, beneficial foods for managing our state of mind, and the dining habits that will calm the nervous system, support digestion, and improve our overall health.

“How to Protect the Respiratory and Circulatory Systems” with Swami Jnaneswariananda
We will review the basic functioning of the heart and lungs and how they work to support all the cells in the body. We will also review what is known about Covid-19 and why it is not another influenza. With this ground work, we will look at how yoga and a few changes in lifestyle and nutrition can help strengthen and protect these vital systems.

“Immortality of the soul according to Bhagavad Gita chapter 2” with Swami Dharmananda
Our chief duty in life is to realize our Eternal nature as Atman. Sri Krishna delivers practical guidance to help us recognize the binding thought patterns (karmas) in our mind and sets us on the journey to transform these thought patterns into selfless actions that sustain our well-being through life’s daily challenges.

“Detoxification and Purification” with Manas Kshirsagar
The guiding principle of Ayurveda and the other Eastern healing arts is the interconnection of all things. We aren’t simply an isolated collection of atoms and molecules, but are an inseparable part of the infinite field of intelligence. From this holistic perspective, health isn’t merely the absence of illness or symptoms ― it is a higher state of consciousness that allows vitality, well-being, creativity, and joy to flow into our experience. In contrast, illness is a disruption ― a blockage in the flow of energy and information that creates a sense of separation or alienation from the field. Symptoms and sickness are the body’s signal that we need to restore balance, eliminate whatever is causing the blockages, and reestablish the healthy flow of energy and information. Detoxification and Purification is the best way to attain such refinement.

Date & Pricing Details

– Friday, September 4 – Monday, September 7, 2020
– $108 – 225 sliding scale (or $20 per session)
– Individual Sessions also available
– Recordings are included with the conference


Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar
Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar is a classically trained Ayurvedic physician and a gold medalist from prestigious Pune University. A Rig Vedic Bramhin by tradition and an accomplished Clinician by training adds tremendous value to his clients and students alike. He is an insightful Medical Astrologer and Vedic Counselor. www.ayurvedichealing.net
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Andrew Foss PhD
Andrew Foss, PhD, is the author of the book Yoga of the Planets, Their Mantras and Philosophy. He is the creator of Shri Jyoti Star, the world’s best software for Vedic Astrology. He is the President and co-founder of BAVA, the British Association of Vedic Astrology and the…
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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…
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Durga Leela
Durga Leela is founder of Yoga of Recovery, a comprehensive program integrating Ayurveda and Yoga with recovery tools for a holistic mind, body and spirit approach for those affected by addiction and self-destructive behaviors. Yoga of Recovery is currently offered as workshops, retreats and certificate courses. Durga holds…
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Mary Thompson (Mahavidya)
Mary Thompson, C.A.S., P.K.S., (Ayurvedacharya), is a graduate of the California College of Ayurveda and senior teacher with certifications as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Pancha Karma Specialist. Mary is a graduate of the first graduating class of the College in 1997. In 2008 she received the Charaka…
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Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar
Dr. Manisha is an accomplished Ayurvedic Physician and is teaching and practicing ayurvedic medicine in the west for over two decades. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Licensed Esthetician and specializes in Clinical Nutrition. She offers regular workshops on Ayurvedic Cooking, Skin & Beauty, Panchakarma therapies and Ayurvedic…
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Swami Jnaneswariananda
Swami Jnaneswariananda joined the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in 1995 and has been director of centers and ashrams in Canada and Italy. She teaches Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Anatomy, and Vedanta at Teacher Training Courses in North America, Italy and India. Swami Jnaneswariananda took vows of Sannyas in 2001.…
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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…
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Manas Kshirsagar
Manas Kshirsagar is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. He comes from a Rig Vedic Bramhin tradition with an extensive Ayurvedic background. He graduated from Aloha Ayurveda Academy and completed his BS in Health and Physiology from Maharishi University of Management. He is an acclaimed Wellness Consultant, and expected to…
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Swami Vashistananda
Swami Vashistananda comes from the Namboodri lineage in Southern India, Kerala and has been a long-time teacher of bhakti and vedanta in the Sivananda organization ever since. He has been at the Yoga farm since October 2014 and does ceremonies at all the ashram temples and shrines.  Swamiji…
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