International Yoga Day

With Swami SitaramanandaSunday, June 21, 2015
9:30 am–8:30 pm





An exciting day to celebrate the recognition of Yoga as a powerful, holistic force for healing and well-being.


Proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi and declared by the United Nations General Assembly, this first-ever International Yoga Day is being celebrated at the Sivananda Centers and Ashrams around the world.



Collaborative event at Marina Green Park

Hosted by the Consul General of India, Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok

In association with Brahma Kumaris  •  Isha Foundation  •  Niroga Institute  •  The Art of Living  •  Overseas Volunteer for a Better India  •  Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center  • Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco  •  Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute  •  Yoga Institute of North America


9:00am Check in begins

10:00–10:25am - a mini-Sivananda yoga class near our booth

10:30am - Inauguration begins

10:45am - A common yoga protocol is being practiced at official International Yoga Day celebrations around the world

11:30am - Brief presentations from seven yoga traditions follow, including Swami Sitaramananda

1:30pm - Kirtan concert with Jai Uttal

(Be sure to look for the Sivananda booth!)


Please bring a refillable water bottle, yoga mat, sun screen and wind jacket. Zero waste event. Family friendly.

You are encouraged to ride your bike or take public transportation.


Mandatory preregistration on the official website: Bring confirmation of your registration to the event.




Independent afternoon program at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
(1185 Vicente St at 23rd Ave)


3:30pm  Refreshments


4:00pm  YOGA TALKS

Gopi Kallayil, Chief Evangelist for Google Brand Marketing

Komilla Sutton, Vedic Astrologer

TOPIC: Jyotish and Yoga, How They Relate to and Support Each Other

Knowledge of Vedic Astrology is essential to the Yogi as it opens the inner world, helping us understand what karma we have brought into this life—both our weaknesses and strengths. Many yogic practices are directly related to the being in harmony with the Sun, Moon and the zodiac.


4:30pm  Silent meditation and chanting


5:00pm  YOGA TALK: Swami Sitaramananda, director Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm (Grass Valley, CA); Executive Board Member; Acharya for West Coast and Asia

TOPIC: Unity in Diversity - Sivananda Yoga Path to Peace


6:30pm  Light supper


7:15pm  Screening of Benoy K. Behl's documentary Yoga: An Ancient Vision of Life (2014, 65 min). Benoy Behl will be in attendance. We will also discuss a new Sivananda movie on Unity in Diversity: A Tradition to Inner and Outer Peace.


Use the yellow "Register" button below for the program at the Center. Use the link in the text above to register for the Marina Green event.

Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda is a monastic from Saraswati order from the Sankaracharya-Sivananda lineage, expert teacher in Yoga Philosophy and Yogic methods from the 4 classical paths of Yoga for more than 30 years. She is senior disciple of Himalayan Yoga Master Swami Vishnudevananda, who is a direct disciple of H.H. Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh. She is presently acharya of US west coast Centers and Ashrams, as well as Asia, especially Vietnam from where she hails. She met Swami Vishnudevananda in Val Morin, Canada at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp in 1981 and has devotedly served her Guru and her Guru's organization—the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers—since then. She has been director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA for 20 years. Swami Sitaramananda has taught many international Yoga Teachers Training Courses in California, Vietnam, Taiwan and India and is also teaching regularly at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in Nassau Bahamas.

She is the author of Positive Thinking Manual, Essentials 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