Vedic Counseling Course: A Self-knowledge Course 350-Hours (FULL COURSE)









This Vedic Counseling course goal is to help serious Yoga Teachers, Ayurvedic Practitioners and Vedic Sciences Practitioners to acquire additional and practical skills to be able to help their students or clients on the path of positive living and high thinking. 

The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm has been for years the forum of the teaching of vedic sciences such as Jyotish (vedic astrology, science of time), Ayurveda (the science of healing), Tantra (the knowledge of universal patterns of energies underlying visible and invisible worlds, includes science of mantras, yantra, and sacred myths) and Vastu (science of space and placement) and last but not least, the science of Yoga and Vedanta philosophy. 


Course Hours

The course compriseds 350 hours of residential study, offered in small modules of 5 days each - (except the first module which is 10 days) with expert teachers on these vedic subjects. The course will be spread in a one and half year teaching span.

100 Hours - Yoga / Vedanta (science of Self-realization)

75 Hours - Jyotish/Vedic Astrology (Science of time)

75 Hours - Ayurveda (Science of healing)

25 Hours - Vastu (science of space and place)

75 Hours - Tantra (universal energy patterms including mantra, yantra, and sacred mythology)

Total = 350 Hours


Taught by

This course is taught by eminent teachers in the Vedic fields with many years of experience and expertise - 

  • Swami Sitaramananda, Komilla Sutton, Durga Leela, Niranjan Babu, Olga Mandodari, Swami Vashistananda, Swami Jnaneswariananda, Swami Dharmananda, Swami Sivasankariananda (see bios below)


Schedule / Curriculum of Modules

The program comprises of 350 hours of residential study and is offered in 6 modules of 5 days each (except the first module which is 10 days) with expert teachers in these vedic fields.  The study will be spread in a one and a half year span.

MODULE 1 - July 9 - 18, 2018 

Curriculum: 40 Hrs Yoga/vedanta, 15 Hrs Jyotish, 12 Hrs Ayurveda, 12 Hrs Vastu, 20 Hrs Tantra

Module 1 Teachers: Sw. Sitaramananda, Komilla Sutton, Durga Leela, Niranjan Babu, Sw. Vasishta, Sw. Sivasankari

MODULE 2 - Sep. 1 - 5, 2018

Curriculum: 25 Hrs Ayurveda, 25 Hrs Tantra

Module 2 Teachers: Durga Leela, Sw. Vasishta, Sw. Sivasankari 

MODULE 3 - Nov. 16 - 20, 2018

Curriculum: 25 Hrs Yoga/vedanta, 22 Hrs. Tantra

Module 3 Teachers: Sw. Sitaramananda, Sw. Jnana, Sw. Vasishta, Sw. Sivasankari

MODULE 4 - June 21 - 25, 2019

Curriculum: 21 Hrs Yoga/vedanta, 30 Hrs Jyotish

Module 4 Teachers: Sw. Sitaramananda, Sw. Jnana, Komilla Sutton

MODULE 5 - Aug. 2 - 6, 2019

Curriculum: 13 Hrs Yoga/vedanta, 22 Hrs Jyotish, 14 Hrs Ayurveda

Module 5 Teachers: Sw. Jnana, Sw. Dharma, Komilla Sutton, Durga Leela

MODULE 6 - Nov. 11 - 15, 2019

Curriculum: 8 Hrs Jyotish, 23 Hrs Ayurveda, 12 Hrs Vastu, 6 Hrs. Tantra

Module 6 Teachers: Sw. Sitaramananda, Durga Leela, Olga Mandodari, Sw. Vasishta, Sw. Sivasankari


Program Goals

  • Teach the basics of classical Vedic Sciences including Jyotish, Ayurveda, Vastu, Tantra, Yoga and Vedanta
  • Promote wholistic interdisciplinary approach, opposed to compartmentalisation of knowledge
  • Create enlightened counselors and life coaches to assist people towards wholeness and spiritual awareness
  • Improve quality of life and uplift society by showing the path to dharma and to alleviate suffering
  • Bring physical, mental, and spiritual health and well-being to all by the application of these Vedic Science techniques



Completion of the Sivannada Yoga Teachers Training Course is recommended but not required.



After completion of all 6 modules you will receive a 350-hour certificate of completion from the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm.



Full Course - $2400 Base Price
Module 1 (10 days) - $900
Module 2 - 6 (5 days) - $500 each module

**Accommodations Cost is Not included in the Tuition price


Teacher Biographies

Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, who is a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda. She was nominated acharya by him in 1989 and is presently acharya of US West coast Centers and Ashrams as well as Asia, especially Vietnam and China. She has been director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm for more than 20 years and has taught many international Teachers Training Courses in California, Vietnam, China, Taiwan and India and is also teaching regularly at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau Bahamas. She is the author of Positive Thinking ManualEssentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy (translated in Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese) and Swamiji Said, a collection of teachings by Swami Vishnudevananda in His Own Words as well as two poem books. She is responsible for the Vietnamese translation of The Completed Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda. Some of her audio lectures on Yoga Life, articles and webinar presentations can be found on the website.


Komilla Sutton

Komilla is co-founder and Chair of the British Association for Vedic Astrology. She is an internationally-renowned consultant, teacher and lecturer. Indian born, Komilla Sutton is one of the pioneers in making this subject more accessible for Western readers. She is author of Vedic Love SignsVedic AstrologyThe Essentials of Vedic Astrology, Lunar Nodes: Crisis and Redemption and Indian Astrology.


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 the RYT-500 qualification, having completed both the Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course and an Advanced Yoga Teachers Training. She is also extensively trained in Meditation and Vedanta. She is a Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist, trained at the California College of Ayurveda and also in Kerala, India. She is Director of the Ayurveda Programs at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm and a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). She is also a member of Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).


Niranjan Babu

Bangalore Niranjan Babu is a scholar in Vastu, Astrology, Mudras, Mantra Shastra, Gemstone and Meditation. He is the son of the most famous Vedic astrologer of all times B.V. Raman, who has been chosen as the Jyotishi to explain the science of Vedic astrology to the United Nations. He inherited from his Father the traditions of Jyotish and Vastu and is presently the publisher of Vedic astrology Magazine started by his Father since 1895.  He has authored several bestseller books in English and regional languages of India. He has lectured, conducted seminars and given professional consultations to individuals, corporate layouts, temples, etc in India, North America, Europe and other parts of the world that include Russia, France and Belgium.  Niranjan Babu has the intuition of an expert and will teach you not only the sciences of Vastu but the insights that will make this vedic science accessible to all, not only for life enhancement but also for Self Realization.


Olga Mandodari

Olga Mandodari Sokolova, is a certified Vaastu Shastra Consultant. She studied at the International Institute of Mayonic Science & Technology in Chennai, India under Dr. V. Sthapati Ganapati, a world renowned traditional architect of Southern India who relies on Vaastu principles in his projects. Ms. Sokolova earned her MS degree in Civil Engineering from the Architectural University of St. Petersburg, Russia and Associate of Arts and Associates of Applied Science in Interior Design from the Montgomery College, Rockville MD, USA and received Ph.D. from The Open International University for Complementary Medicines, Colombo, Sri Lanka affiliated with The International Institute of Integral Human Sciences, Montreal, Canada.


Swami Vashistananda

Swami Vashistananda comes from the Namboodri lineage in Southern India, Kerala. He was the personal priest of Swami Vishnudevananda 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.


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's Training Courses in North America, Italy and India. Swami Jnaneswariananda took vows of Sannyas in 2001.  She is currently a senior teacher at the Yoga Farm in Grass Valley.  She teaches with great enthusiasm and humor.


Swami Dharmananda

Swami Dharmananda is one of the main teachers of Hatha Yoga and Meditation at the Ashram. He took sannyas vows in 2013 and is assistant director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm. Swami Dharmananda is keenly interested in yoga psychology and philosophy, presenting the classical teaching in a practical and accessible way to people of all faiths and backgrounds.


Swami Sivasankariananda

After 18 years of teaching and service at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Los Angeles, Swami Sivasankariananda joined staff at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in May 2014. She has served as director of the San Francisco Center since February of 2015. She completed her TTC at the Yoga Farm in 1997 and ATTC there in 2008. She has been on yatra in north and south India and Mount Kailas. She loves to teach and is particularly fond of the Bhakti Yoga practices. She took sannyas in 2017 and is a certified yoga therapist.