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Swami Sitaramananda Blog

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Yoga and Permaculture Ethics

Yoga and Permaculture Ethics Krishna Das teaches and helps coordinate Yoga and Permaculture programs at the Sivananda Yoga Farm.    View Profile > "Yoga is permaculture and permaculture is yoga life." - Swami Sitaramananda There is a strong ethical congruence...

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Give the Gift of Yoga this Holiday Season

Give the Gift of Yoga this Holiday Season This Holiday Season, offer the perfect gift of peace to you loved ones. A Yoga Retreat is a wonderful gift and is a great way to rejuvinate, relax, and reconnect. The Sivananda Yoga Farm is offering 15% off for all program...

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Recipe for Medu Vada

Recipe for Medu Vada Medu vada is an Indian fritter made in a doughnut shape, with a crispy exterior and soft interior. A popular food item in South Indian and Sri Lankan Tamil cuisines, it is generally eaten as a breakfast or a snack. 1:  one pound Urad Dal      ...

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving and Kirtan Concert at the Yoga Farm

We will have our Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday at 5:00 pm. Here is the Thanksgiving Menu - Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Shredded Kale Salad with Toasted Sesame Seeds and Orange Green Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Shredded Carrot, Sunflower Seed Dressing Lasagne...

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Announcement for Fire Victims

If you are victim of the recent California fires in Paradise and in Malibu, and have lost your property and home. If you are distraught and upset in this crisis situation. The Yoga Farm community and Ashram is established in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California...

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Coconut Banana Bread (vegan)

Vegan Coconut Banana Bread Recipe 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...

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Gaining Self Awareness

Learn practical skills and tools for gaining self awareness which helps you become more peaceful and connect with the Divine.

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The Ayurvedic Effects of Asana Practice

By David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva) From the book Yoga for Your Type by David Frawley and Sandra Kozak (Lotus Press) According to the philosophy of Yoga, the physical body is a manifestation of consciousness. It is a crystallization of karmic (behavioral) patterns...

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What is Yoga Meditation?

This page describes in a detailed protocol what Yoga meditation is and also shares a short video of Swami Sitaramananda explaining further.

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Ananda Mayi’s Teriyaki Tofu Cakes

Ananda Mayi's Teriyaki Tofu Cakes   (Serves 4) 1lbs. block extra-firm Tofu, coarsely crumbled 1 cup of cooked Quinoa 1/2 cup cooked Oats 1/2 cup Carrot, finely chopped 2 Tbsp ground Flax and/or Chia seeds 2 Tbsp Sunflower Oil Salt and Black Pepper, to taste Preheat...

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Spiritual Guidance

Spiritual guidance that comes from living in a spiritual community that follows a guru lineage is essentially the teaching of life lessons.

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How to Meditate for Beginners

Learning how to meditate for beginners starts in day-to-day life by detaching from activities so you can close your eyes and go into meditation.

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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...

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Learn to Focus with Yoga Psychology

Yoga psychology analyzes different mental states to find ways to overcome the distracted mind and learn to focus.  If we can do this it will lead to peace, bliss, and true freedom.

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The Science of Relaxation

In Sivananda yoga we learn the science of relaxation which relieve stress in body, mind and spirit and helps us be calm and peaceful.

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Transforming Fear into Faith and Courage

Transforming Fear into Faith and Courage by Swami Sitaramananda 3 AUGUST, 2018 In Yoga philosophy, the teachers or wise people (the rishis) discuss about the relationship between the individual Self and the Absolute Reality.  They help us to understand the mysteries...

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Old Age, Desire and Anger

Why is it that as people age it seems they become more negative, not all of them, just a lot of them? In life either you follow your desires or you try to live a desireless life. Know that you can never reach satisfaction by fulfilling your desires. Your desire will...

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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...

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Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and acharya of the US West Coast centers and Ashram.  Swamiji is also the acharya of the Sivananda mission in Asia, especially in Vietnam, where she hails from.

Swami Sita met Swami Vishnudevananda at the Val Morin Yoga Camp in 1981 and had served in the headquarters ashram in Canada for 6 years before Swamiji sent her to many different centers and ashrams, notably San Francisco center in 1989 and from 1995 as full-time director of Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA.

Swami Sitaramananda has taught many international Teachers’ Training Courses in California, Vietnam, China, Taiwan and India.

Swamiji is the author of a Positive Thinking Manual, Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy, (translated into Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese) and Swamiji Said: A Collection of Teachings by Swami Vishnudevananda in His Own Words.  Swami Sita is responsible for the Vietnamese translation of The Completed Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda.

A selection of Swamiji’s audio lectures on Yoga Life, articles, and webinar presentations are available on this blog.

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