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Yoga Life – 5 Points of Yoga

Yoga Life – 5 Points of Yoga

In this podcast Swami Sita introduces us to the concept of living an integral Yoga Life. Many people start practicing yoga asanas but as one continues to practice one also starts making changes to their life.

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[Video] Lydia Nielsen Talks About Permaculture

[Video] Lydia Nielsen Talks About Permaculture

This video is for anyone who wants an introduction to the details of permaculture, how important it actually is, and the impact it can have on a local level, on a local climate, through coming together as a community and using our shovels.

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Kirtan Chanting with Swami Vishnudevananda

Kirtan Chanting with Swami Vishnudevananda

This recording is of Swami Vishnudevananda singing kirtan music.  Swami Vishnudevananda lived with his master Swami Sivananda for 12 years. In 1957 he traveled to America, and in the early 70´s came to Europe, founding international Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers...

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Yoga Teachings on Selfless Love | Part 2

Yoga Teachings on Selfless Love | Part 2

In this talk Swami Sitaramananda will teach about our negative emotional patterns and we can turn this instead into Selfless love.  The main practice to do this is through Bhakti yoga (the yoga of devotion).  By doing this we uplift our self and others...

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Yoga Teachings on Selfless Love | Part 1

Yoga Teachings on Selfless Love | Part 1

In this talk Swami Sitaramananda will teach about our negative emotional patterns and we can turn this instead into Selfless love.  The main practice to do this is through Bhakti yoga (the yoga of devotion).  By doing this we uplift our self and others...

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Understanding the Addictive Mind

Understanding the Addictive Mind

In this podcast Swami Sitaramanandause talks about the use of yoga to heal addictions.  Yoga teaches us to practice self surrender and by doing this we can understand better how the mind works.  When the mind is very active there are many thought waves which...

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The Yoga of Relationships

The Yoga of Relationships

In this podcast, Swami Sitaramananda talks on how The Yoga of Relationship teaches us about emotional patterns that we usually follow within relationship.

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Vegan Sesame Tofu Recipe

Vegan Sesame Tofu Recipe

This healthy, sugar free, savory vegan tofu recipe is an Asian inspired delight! It makes a delectable treat for any occasion. Additionally, it's an important protein addition for vegetarian and vegan diets. Adding black sesame seeds, cilantro, and orange peel gives...

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Permaculture Updates from the Yoga Farm

Permaculture Updates from the Yoga Farm

The Yoga Farm has been making efforts to implement permaculture in our community, little by little. Through our various courses and Permaculture Service Days, our wonderful volunteers and guests have been helping us reach our goals.

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Overcoming Chronic Pain

Overcoming Chronic Pain

Pain is the main reason people go to the doctor. Unfortunately, 20% of American adults suffer from moderate to severe chronic pain , as do 13% of North American teens and 10 to 30% of the adult population of Europe.

Its effects are physical, psychological and spiritual. Acute pain is typically a pain with a specific, identifiable cause, and a pain like twisting your ankle that resolves relatively quickly. Additionally, pain becomes chronic when it lasts three to six months.

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Yoga and Permaculture Ethics

Yoga and Permaculture Ethics

Living in positive relationship with everything and everyone around us is the foundation of yoga life and permaculture practice. In this article, we will examine the links between the ethics of both permaculture and yoga.

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Give the Gift of Yoga this Holiday Season

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

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

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

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)

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

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

The Ayurvedic Effects of Asana Practice

According to the philosophy of Yoga, the physical body is a manifestation of consciousness. It is a crystallization of karmic (behavioral) patterns created by the mind. The key to working with the body, therefore, is to understand the consciousness behind it, much of which lies outside our ordinary awareness.

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What is Yoga Meditation?

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

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

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

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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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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