Vedic Astrology, Jyotish, and Vedic Counseling

Learn the ancient art and science of the Vedas

Jyotisha / Vedic Astrology


Vedic Astrology or Jyotisha is the science of light.  At the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm we offer many courses from beginners to advanced.  We have a yearly Jyotish conference which started in 1999 with some of the most famous names in Jyotish coming to the ashram for the event.  We also offer twice yearly Jyotish beginners courses. Some of the topics that we discuss in our courses are:

  • Differences between Vedic and Western astrology
  • Karma and reincarnation
  • Destiny and free will
  • The 9 planets, the 12 houses, the 12 signs, the effects of planetary aspects
  • The main yogas in the chart
  • The constellations of the moon called Nakshatras
  • The principles of chart interpretation – individual karma, samskaras and mental tendencies, personal duty, mission, work and spiritual path, individual health, potential diseases, weak areas, difficult periods, and ayurvedic constitution
  • Practical examples of chart analysis
  • The yogic remedial measures – counteracting the negative effects and strengthen the favorable effect of the planets
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Jyotish Beginners Course

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to study Vedic Astrology for Beginners in an easy to understand but comprehensive course. This intensive course is designed to give a comprehensive understanding and grounding in the principles of Vedic Astrology. The course will cover the Vedic Philosophy on Karma and the basics in chart reading. Students will be introduced to:
  • the Planets,
  • the Signs,
  • the Houses,
  • Rahu Ketu (the nodes of the Moon)
  • the Nakshatras,
  • Vimshottari Dasha system (the unique Vedic System of prediction)
  • Gochara (Transits)
The course will end with Chart analysis.

Vedic Astrology Conferences

The Yoga Farm has hosted Vedic Astrology conferences for the past 20 years.  These conferences bring together the best and brightests names in Vedic Astrology.  Each conference has a specific theme which the astrologers give their talks about. Some past themes:
  • 2018:Self Awareness with Yoga and Jyotish
  • 2017:Exploring the Inner Journey through Yoga and Jyotisha
  • 2016:Jyotish and Yogic guidance in a time of stress and crisis: Fortitude and Transcendence
  • 2015: Jyotish Guidelines for Conscious Self Development
  • 2014:Understanding the Mind through Jyotisha
  • 2013:Matching Karmas with Yogic and Vedic Solutions
  • 2012:Finding Soma in Jyotish, Ayurveda, and Yoga
  • 2011: Focus on Medical Astrology
  • 2010:Dharma and Freedom From Karma
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Vedic Counseling Course

The Vedic Counseling course is designed to help serious Yoga teachers, Ayurveda practitioners and Vedic Science practitioners to acquire additional and practical skills to better serve their students or clients on the path of positive living and high thinking. The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm has been the forum for the teaching of the Vedic sciences for many years and includes Yoga and Vedanta philosophy, Ayurveda (the science of healing), Jyotish (Vedic astrology), Tantra (science of mantra, yantra, and sacred myths), and Vastu (science of sacred space). The Vedic Counseling course is comprised of 350 hours of residential study, offered in small modules of 5 days each (first module is 10 days), led by expert teachers in their respective field.

Upcoming Dates

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July 11 - 16, 2021 Bhagavad Gita Study Course – Chapter 7 $358.00


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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 Signs, Vedic Astrology, The Essentials of Vedic Astrology, Lunar Nodes: Crisis and Redemption and Indian Astrology.

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Niranjan Babu

Bangalore Niranjan Babu (http://niranjanbabu.com/) 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…

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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 editor of the BAVA journal Gochara. He is a Jaimini Scholar and has lectured extensively on Jyotish and Ayurveda worldwide. He has a BA and MA from Oxford University in Physics and and a PhD in Computing Science. Web site:  VedicSoftware.com

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Krishna Darshan

Krishna Darshan, who hails from Uruguay, is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and has been a yoga and meditation teacher for more than 28 years in South America, Europe and USA. He has been the main Hatha Yoga instructor in numerous International Yoga Teachers Training Courses and has an in depth knowledge of the practice of Hatha and Raja Yoga and Vedanta philosophy. He is an able yogic sadhana counselor and he is a Jyotish teacher and consultant, certified by the American College of Vedic Astrology (ACVA). (levels 1 and 2) and also by the council of Vedic astrology…

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Keiko Ito

Keiko Ito, from Tokyo, started studying western astrology from a young age, and started with Jyotish in 2003 with her teacher, Komilla Sutton. Traveling regularly to India with Komilla to deepen her Vedic knowledge, Keiko was part of the faculty at the “Fresh Talents of Vedic Astrology” in India (2013, 2014), at the “BAVA Conference” in London (2013, 2015) and at the “Annual Vedic Astrology Conference” at Yoga Farm in California (2013). She regularly holds Jyotish-themed workshops at Sivananda Yoga Tokyo Center, is a full-time translator in four languages and a part-time Vedic astrologer with clients in Japan and Europe.

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Bill Sinclair

Bill Sinclair began studying Vedic Astrology in 2002. He began his studies under Ronnie Dreyer and continues his studies under the guidance of Komilla Sutton.  Bill holds a Level 1 Jyotish Certification from the American College of Vedic Astrology.  He also holds the Jyotish Shastri Diploma from Komilla Academy of Vedic Studies in Chandigarh, India. Bill maintains a private consultation practice and can be contacted at [email protected] and www.billsinclair.com.  Bill is a member of the Council of Vedic Astrology (CVA) and has studied in the US, UK, and India.

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Olga Mandodari Sokolova

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…

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William Surface

William Surface is a professional astrologer certified through the Council of Vedic Astrology and is the recipient of the CVA Jyotish Visharada. He has completed Komilla Sutton’s 3 year Jyotish Course and is also a member of the British Association of Vedic Astrology (BAVA). He also holds a B.A in Humanities from the University of Chicago. Born and raised in New York City and now residing in Portland, Oregon William has been a student of yoga since 2001. The teachings of yoga have had a profound effect on my life, and eventually brought me to the study of Vedic Astrology.

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Sam Geppi (Sadasiva)

Sam Geppi (Sadasiva) is the author of “The Ascendant-108 Planets of Vedic Astrology”. He was hired by Dattatreya Shiva Baba to teach the first Astroved University of Vedic Sciences Vedic Astrology Certification Program in 2010. He founded The American Academy of Vedic Art and Science in 2011, and is currently teaching the first Vedic Astrology Certification program through the Academy to more than 60 students. For free classes and newsletters visit his site at: http://vedicartandscience.com

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