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Celebrating 50 years of the Sivananda Yoga Farm (1972-2022)

Teaching Peace of Mind, Health, Wellness, and Self-Realization to the community for 50 years.

Sivananda Yoga Farm (1972 – 2022)

YOGA LIFE IN TUNE WITH NATURE

Group of Yogis sitting meditating on Siva Hill

Join us for our 50 Year celebration

June 11 – 17, 2022

The Sivananda Yoga Farm is happy to celebrate 50 years of teaching health, peace, unity in diversity, and self-realization.  Please join us over this week for a full program of special satsangs, workshops, pujas, homas, and celebrate all that the Yoga Farm has offered over the past 50 years as we set our intention for looking forward to the next 50 years to come.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

1-3pm Arrival and Welcome
4-6pm Open Yoga Class
6pm Dinner
7:30-9:30pm Satsang: Kirtan Concert with Acharya Mangalananda

Sunday, June 12, 2022

6-7:30am Satsang: Swami Sitaramananda – 50 years celebration photo slideshow
8-10am Open Yoga Class
10am Brunch
11am Karma Yoga
12-3pm Puja and Homa to Celebrate 50 years (at Krishna Temple)
Testimonials from 50 years
, Tshirt Gifts from YF commemorating 50 years

4-6pm Open Yoga Class
6pm Dinner
7:30-9:30pm Satsang: Stephen Fiske Peace Concert

Monday, June 13, 2022

6-7:30am Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting and lecture
8-10am Puja / Homa Celebration at Durga Temple
10am Brunch
11am Karma Yoga
1-3pm  Stephen Fiske Peace Workshop
4-6pm Open Yoga Class
6pm Dinner
7:30-9:30pm Satsang: Meditation and Chanting

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

6-7:30am Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting and lecture
8-10am Puja / Homa Celebration at Durga Temple
10am Brunch
11am Karma Yoga
1-3pm  Swami Ramananda Workshop
4-6pm Open Yoga Class
6pm Dinner
7:30-9:30pm Satsang: Hasu Patel Concert

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

6-7:30am Satsang: Olga Mandodari on Vastu Design
8-10am Open Yoga Class
10am Brunch
11am Karma Yoga
1-3pm Olga Mandodari Vastu Workshop
4-6pm Open Yoga Class
6pm Dinner
7:30-9:30pm Satsang: Silvia Nakkach Concert 

Thursday, June 16, 2022

6-7:30am Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting and lecture
8-10am Yoga Class
10am Brunch
11am Karma Yoga
1-3pm Durga Leela Workshop on Yoga & Ayurveda
4-6pm Open Yoga Class
6pm Dinner
7:30-9:30pm Satsang: Komilla Sutton on Yoga and Jyotisha

Friday, June 17, 2022

6-7:30am Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting and lecture
8-10am Yoga Class
10am Brunch
11am Karma Yoga
1-3pm Departure and Goodbye

Yoga means union. It shows us to unite all our life-force by directing them inward.

– Swami Vishnudevananda

History of the Yoga Farm

Since 1971

In 1971, Swami Vishnudevananda returned to California and founded the third ashram in the young Sivananda International organization: the Sivananda 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)

Modern Day

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 and 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, nationally, and internationally.

The Sivananda Yoga Farm is part of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, which Swami Vishnudevananda founded in 1963 in honor of his teacher, Swami Sivananda. Today, the organization is comprised of 11 ashrams and more then 30 centers in major cities across the world. More than 45,000 Yoga teachers have been trained by the organization to date. Swamiji’s mission in the West started upon his arrival in San Francisco in 1957. He was sent to America by Swami Sivananda with 10 rupees and the instructions that “People were waiting”. He founded the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley in 1971. At that time, he came yearly to the Farm in Grass Valley for teaching and for seclusion.

Since 1995, the Yoga Farm has been directed by Swami Sitaramananda, a gifted speaker and teacher of yoga and meditation and direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda. She has been serving since 1981 worldwide in the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centers (SYVC), especially in the west coast of the US and in Asia. She is resident at the Yoga Farm for several months per year, where she leads the daily satsang sessions (meditation, chanting, and lecture) and personally instructs and coaches resident students. Swami Sitaramananda was ordained in 1985 as a sannyasin in the lineage of Saraswati, one of the 10 classical monastic orders founded in India.

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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center (SYVC)

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. 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.  To date there are close to 60 Sivananda locations (ashrams, yoga centres and affiliated centres) around the world. Over 45,000 teachers have been trained in the TTC programs. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams and Centers are recognized worldwide for teaching yoga authentically, preserving its purity and tradition dating back several thousand years. We 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 Sivananda

(1887-1963)

Swami Sivananda is one of greatest sages of modern India. After a successful career as a doctor he renounced the world, practiced intense meditation and attained self-realization. As a prodigious author he published more than 300 books and pamphlets, thus spreading all aspects of Yoga and philosophy in simple yet profound words. In his ashram, the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh, Himalayas he trained many outstanding disciples. In 1957 he sent one such disciple, Swami Vishnudevananda, to teach Yoga in the West.

Read about the life of Swami Sivananda >>
Visit the Divine Life Society website >>

Swami Vishnudevananda

(1927-1993)

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 in many cities. He was a dynamic Hatha and Raja Yoga master, bringing the classical teachings of Yoga and Vedanta in its purest form to the West. Swamiji was also a tireless campaigner for world peace who brought the message of peace to many troubled spots all over the world. 

Read more about the life of Swami Vishnudevananda >>

Photo Gallery of Swami Vishnu asanas as a young man >>

Swamis of the Yoga Farm

Swami Sitaramananda at the Sivananda Yoga Farm smiling and teaching

Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Jnaneswariananda

Swami Pranavananda

Swami Sivasankariananda

Swami Dharmananda

Swami Sitaramananda at the Sivananda Yoga Farm smiling and teaching

Swami Adi Parashakti

Swami Sitaramananda at the Sivananda Yoga Farm smiling and teaching

Maha Lakshmi

Hamsa Chaitanya

Radha Chaitanya

Special Guest Presenters

Sivananda Yoga: Health, Peace & Unity

Documentary Film by Benoy K. Behl

Memories from our 45th Year Celebration

1971 – 2016

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