150 miles away in Grass Valley
RETREAT Need some time away? Immerse yourself in the Yogic lifestyle. Whether you want to jump-start your yoga practice or go deeper in an established practice, time at our affiliated ashram will give you the boost you need. Recharge in a peaceful environment for a day, a weekend or longer. Basque in the pristine energy.
ACCOMMODATIONS The Ashram has been renovated over the past 15 years to better accommodate demand for Yoga, meditation and immersion in Nature. The accommodations–Om Cabins, Siva Cabins and deluxe Shanti Cabins–are beautiful and comfortable, keeping to the spirit of “simple living and high thinking.” Tenting is also an option. 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.
45-YEAR HISTORY The founder, Swami Vishnudevananda, arrived in San Francisco in 1957, sent from India by his guru, Swami Sivananda. He proceeded to set up an international organization to spread the classical Yoga teachings. In 1971, Swami Vishnudevananda returned to California and founded his third ashram, 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 Vishnudevananda nicknamed the ashram, remained his favorite place for personal retreat and is where he wrote Meditation and Mantras.
TEACHING TEACHERS 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.
Sivananda Yoga is qualified in a Time magazine article on Yoga as “moderately difficult” and goes on: “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)
“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 two 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 (February 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 (February 2013)
“We (Yoga Bharati) 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 the YIC faculty enough for introducing us to that place 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 which 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.” —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 one 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 bonus 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)