The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres is a non-profit organization named after Swami Sivananda, one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the 20th century and founded by his disciple Swami Vishnudevananda.
The mission - to spread peace, health and joy through yoga. All are welcome to come to our ashrams and centres to learn not only about how yoga can help maintain a healthy body but also how yogic philosophy, applied in daily life, can help maintain a peaceful mind and spirit.
In 1957, Swami Vishnudevananda on instructions from his guru, Swami Sivananda, came to the West to bring the teachings of yoga. He established the first Sivananda Yoga Vedanta centre in Montreal, Canada, in 1959 and to date there are close to 60 Sivananda locations (ashrams, yoga centres and affiliated centres) around the world. Over 35,000 teachers have been trained in the TTC programs.
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams and Centres are recognized worldwide for teaching yoga authentically, preserving its purity and tradition dating back several thousand years. They also offer a wide range of programs and even the possibility for spiritual growth through Karma yoga as a temporary or full time staff program participant.
Swami Vishnudevananda made the yogic teachings understandable and available to all by simplifying them into five points, showing specific ways to develop physical and mental health as well as spiritual growth through ~ Proper Exercise (Asanas), Proper Breathing (Pranayama), Proper Relaxation (Savasana), Proper Diet (vegetarian), Positive Thinking (Vedanta) and Meditation (Dhyana).
Together with Swami Sivananda's revival of the yoga of synthesis tradition, which integrates the four paths of Yoga (Karma, Bhakti, Raja, Jnana), a well-balanced Sadhana (spiritual discipline) is achievable by those sincerely seeking for a change in their lives.
Welcome to your Yoga retreat in the beautiful Sierra foothills of Northern California! Since 1971, the ashram has been an oasis of peace and tranquility for people from all walks of life to come and find themselves. We are happy to announce a variety of new programs and courses developed overt the past few years, as well as improved accommodations. While remaining true to the classic teachings handed down by our masters, the ashram has broadened our approach to include the Vedic sciences of Ayurveda, Jyotish, Vaastu, mantras and ceremonies, as well as the modern applications of Yoga therapy.
Yoga and meditation remain the most effective methods to recharge the body and mind and to relieve the tension and stress of modern life. Take time to slow down, enjoy nature and reconnect to a wholesome way of life, re-inspire yourself with new thoughts and perspectives, uplift your spirit with daily chanting, and apply techniques to increase your awareness and joy.
Come for a drop-in Yoga vaction of a few days or weeks and gradually walk the path towards the deeper aspects of Yoga - from imporving fitness and relaxing and restoring energy to maintaining health, calming the mind, and eventually even becoming a counselor and Yoga teacher for others.
During holidays and throughout the year, the Yoga Farm organizes conferences and symposiums to bring together special guest teachers and artists from around the world to share their expertise with us. Take time to review our calendar and website four our full schedule of events. Sign up for our e-newsletter, tune in to our webinars, and find us on facebook to bring your connection with the teachings into your daily life.
Swami Sitaramananda is acharya for the centers in California and Asia.
The San Francisco Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center has a long history. It was located at 1200 Arguello Blvd for 27 years until 2014. It has relocated to the Parkside/Sunset neighborhood.
The Los Angeles Sivananda Yoga Vedanta cener is located in Marina del Rey
The Vietnam Sivananda Yoga Vedanta center has two locations in Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh city and in Dalat.
Other Asia locations
This Asia page is dedicated to the efforts by SYVC to spread the teachings of yoga and peace to other countires in Asia.
To create a beautiful environment and an oasis of peace in a chaotic world where people from all walks of life can come together to practice yoga, meditation, and get in touch with their True, Divine Self.
To help all realize their highest potential and find inner peace. Inner peace will bring outer peace.
- We relate to people as their inner nature and do not judge or value ourselves based on race, gender, occupation, performance, material conditions or personality.
- Be in the world and not of the world.
- Simple living, high thinking.
- Adapt, adjust, accommodate-highest yoga.
- Group positive intentions and prayers make miracles.
- We serve everyone equally with respect.
- We respect traditions and understand there are values in timeless teachings.
- Worship sages, saints and our gurus. The blind can't lead the blind.
In 1971, Swami Vishnudevananda returned to California and founded the third ashram in the young Sivananda International organization: the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm on 40 acres of land located in the Gold Country of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California. The "Yoga Farm," as Swami Vishnu-devananda nicknamed the ashram, remained his favorite place for personal retreat and is where he wrote "Meditation and Mantras." For almost 20 years the ashram remained in its original state: a farmhouse and pond surrounded by rolling hills and majestic oaks, saturated with the songs of wildlife.
In 1974, the Yoga Farm hosted the first Sivananda Teachers' Training Course on the West Coast. Yoga practitioners are increasingly aware of deeper and subtler aspects of classical yogic teachings, and seek a retreat where they can deepen their practice, renew their inspiration and further educate themselves. The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm responds by maintaining a pure atmosphere where people rediscover their Divine Self. It is a spiritual, non-sectarian, non-profit organization run entirely by dedicated Yoga teachers who selflessly teach this ancient system. It is a spiritual, non-sectarian, non-profit organization run entirely by dedicated Yoga teachers who selflessly teach this. "Sivananda Yoga is qualified in Time Magazine article on Yoga as "moderately difficult" and is "One of the world's largest schools of Yoga, Sivananda calls for the rigorous application of Yoga postures, breathing exercises, relaxation, vegetarian diet and study of scriptures. May require lifestyle changes" (p.63, Time april 23 2001)
The ashram has been renovated over the past 15 years to better accommodate demand for Yoga, meditation and immersion in Nature. The accommodations – cabins on the hills, and new deluxe shanti cabins – are beautiful and comfortable, keeping to the spirit of "simple living and high thinking." The programs are more and more diversified keeping to the powerful teachings of classical yoga at the same time bringing in modern ideas and current well-known teachers. The ashram has become a flourishing spiritual institution whose presence is known locally, nationaly, and internationally.
"Health is wealth, peace of mind is happiness, yoga shows the way." Swami Vishnudevananda
"Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize." Swami Sivananda
This is my first time at the Yoga Farm and first time ever doing yoga. What I experienced and learned in the last 2 days were amazing. Things I can and will put into my daily life. I will be back and encourage my children and grandchildren to come also. Living so close, only 1 hour away is a blessing to know this is here. Rosemary, Arboga (Feb. 2013)
I want to thank you for the opportunity to experience this weekend. I would come back to rejuvenate myself and to share this experience with my friends and family. I would not have had the courage to try yoga but I was surprised how non-judging the yoga class was and was encouraged to do what you can do. I could not do so much of the poses but for what I could do it was beneficial. Thank you. Barbara (Feb. 2013)
We (Yoga Bharati) could not meet you before leaving but would like to express our deepest regards and Thanks to all the staff of Sivananda Ashram. We appreciate the hard work that Ashram staff put in to make us comfortable. Below are some emails from some of our students regarding their experience in the Ashram: - Coming to the retreat was a life changing experience for me and my family. Can't thank enough the YIC faculty for introducing that place to us as i never knew the existence of such a place so close to bay area and yet so full of bliss and tranquillity. - Last weekend was indeed a wonderful experience for all of us...the atmosphere was so serene, calm and peaceful that we totally felt at home there, and Savita's organization and coordination added extra comfort levels to our stay. My whole family enjoyed the lectures and the other sessions at the ashram and felt very comfortable making friends with fellow students and faculty. - Thank you for arranging such a wonderful retreat truly it was a unique experience whick i will cherish for long time. - Ashwini (June, 2012)
My experience at the Ashram was truly outstanding: exceeded any and all expectations. The staff/teachers were kind and knowledgeable and made me feel very welcome. The food was incredibly delicious and abundant. Overall, the Ashram community vibe was a positive, transformational experience, and i will be back. - Nicole Pierce, (February 2012)
Thank you to all the staff for volunteering to make this possible. I feel inspiried by my two days here. It definitely supports overall well-being. The food and the location were very relaxing and appropriate. Going home, I'll take aaway info from the workshops. - Tyler Hopkins (January 2012)
Thank you for making the yoga farm such a beautiful, peaceful, and positive place to come. Everyone was helpful, respectful, and open. I enjoyed everything, but especially appreciated the kirtan. I hope to come back and will encourage other to come. - Shannon Robertson (January 2012)
Our whole family has been attending classes and trainings at the Yoga Farm since 1976. It is a place of relaxation and renewal for us. The specialty classes are inspirational and practical. The atmosphere is serene and inviting. The food is absolutely wonderful!!! May your life be filled with peace, love and joy. - Tara Crane, Stockton, CA (December 2011)
This was a blessed experience and I want to thank everyone for their kindness of spirit. It is impossible to put into words what my visit meant but to say I will be back and I treasure my time here. I will carry my brighter light out to the world and share the divinity that Sivananda Yoga Farm shared with me. Om Namah Sivaya --Jessica Nagel (January, 2010)
A big heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful people who make this ashram the place it is. It was a blissful experience for me for sure. I did the Beginner's Yoga course and was here for 1 week. The spirit and energy here has uplifted me and filled my 'cup' getting me ready to enjoy each and every moment of my life, making me become more selfless and loving. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I hope to be back here soon. --Seema (San Jose, CA June, 2010)
I can't thank you enough for this experience. Not only was the Intro to Meditation course enlightening, but my entire week was constantly filled with learning and growth. A surprise bonuse was Sundari's voice coaching session that made me realize that I can actually sing! I've always been too ashamed to sing on my own, but Sundari's tips led me to be able to hit notes and project like I never thought possible. I'll be back soon. --Erin Rice (February, 2011)
It was a remarkable experience to learn and practice in such a supportive, filled with love and depth of the teaching environment. The field of the lineage is very strong at the ashram. One can feel the presence of the teachers at any moment which is invaluable on the path of spiritual growth. Thank you all who invested so much in us! --Alene Korenkov (New York, NY, October, 2010)
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