- Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm
- 14651 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, CA, 95949, USA
- May 4 - Jun 1, 2019 (29 days)
- Tent - Bring Your Own - $2,400.00 Om Cabin - Dormitory (3-4 beds) - $2,850.00 Siva Cabin - Double (shared) - $3,800.00 Deluxe Shanti Cabin - Triple (shared) - $3,600.00 (All prices include $2,400.00 base amount)
About This Event
This 4 week course, which offers a profound personal experience, will allow you to transmit the knowledge of yoga to others. The spiritual essence of yoga is learned through a combination of repeated practice and inspirational lessons. Among the many benefits that students report are greater spiritual awareness, a sense of connection with the divine, a new-found sense of self-discipline, enhanced self-esteem, improved power of concentration and increased strength and flexibility.
A teaching certificate from the International SYVC is awarded upon successful completion of this immersion course. The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center (SYVC) has trained over 45,000 yoga teachers to date since 1969. The curriculum includes asanas, pranayama, meditation, Vedanta philosophy, anatomy/physiology, Bhagavad Gita, mantra and kriyas. Please inquire for a brochure and application form.
5:30 am……………………..Wake Up
6:00 – 7:30 am……………Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture
8:00 – 10:00 am………….Yoga Asana and Pranayama Class
10:00 – 10:45 am………..Vegetarian Brunch
10:45 – 11:45 am………..Karma Yoga (Selfless Service)
12:00 – 1:00 pm………….Kirtan or Bhagavad Gita Class
2:00 – 4:00 pm…………….Main Philosphy Lecture
4:00 – 6:00 pm…………….How to Teach Yoga Class
6:00 – 6:45 pm…………….Vegetarian Dinner
6:45 – 7:45 pm…………….Free time for Homework completion
8:00 – 9:45 pm…………….Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture
1 day a week will be free, but satsang still must be attended.
Upon successful completion of the course, students receive the Certificate of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, entitled Yoga Siromani.
This training is registered by and fulfills the requirements for the 200-hour certification, for which graduates of the program are invited to register.
– Hatha Yoga Theory, The Astral Body
– The nadis (energy channels) and chakras (energy centers).
– Yoga Asanas, The Sun Salutation and the 12 basic yoga postures.
– Advanced Variations
– Effects of asanas on the physical and astral body
– Deep relaxation, Release of blocked energy
– Pranayama Kapalabhati, Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breath)
– Meditation, Twelve Guidelines for Meditation
– Mantras and mantra initiation (if requested)
– Techniques of meditation
– Mechanics of the mind
– Positive thinking techniques
– Psychology of the Spiritual Aspirant
– Law of karma, Vedanta philosophy
– 4 classical Yoga paths : Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga
– 8 limbs of Yoga and Jnana Yoga (vedanta philosophy and techniques of self enquiry) .
Anatomy and Physiology
– The effects of hatha yoga on major body systems
– Yogic Diet and Nutrition
– Ethical, health and spiritual reasons for vegetarianism
Bhagavad Gita Study
– commentary of the Bhagavad Gita, which is the most read classical scripture. It gives universal teachings on how to do your duty and conduct yourself in the battlefield of life.
– Positive emotional effects of chanting
– Correct pronunciation and mental attitude
– Mantra and sound healing
– Practice of opening of the heart to the divine
Tent – Bring Your Own – $2,400.00
Tent – Ashram Provided – $2,850.00
Om Cabin – Dormitory (3-4 beds) – $2,850.00
Om Cabin – Double (Dorm) – $3,300.00
Siva Cabin – Double (shared) – $3,800.00
Siva Cabin – Private – $4,400.00
Deluxe Shanti Cabin – Triple (shared) – $3,600.00
Deluxe Shanti Cabin – Private – $5,400.00
(All prices include $2,400.00 base amount)
Arrival and Departure
Arrival: The course will begin in the Afternoon of Saturday with registration at 11:00 am. Please plan to arrive by Friday.
Departure: The Graduation Ceremony will be in the evening on Saturday. You can plan departure the following day.
The Sivananda TTC has been a wonderful experience – I learned a lot about yoga and particularly appreciate the holistic approach to living well and finding inner peace. The teachings of the Guru’s are inspiring and profound. The support system provided by the wonderful staff members and teachers created a very conducive and encouraging environment for such an intense program.
– Vivian Lee, Singapore
Before I came to TTC I had a vague idea of the spiritual goal of life and my idea about how to attain this goal was completely wrong. I got lost in the details of daily mundane life goals and thought that happiness would come eventually and I progressed with their achievement. I have never had such clarity about my life’s purpose and thanks to the teachings that I received I leave with not only a lot of powerful tools to help me along the way but also a warning of all the obstacles that I will face along the way and how to address them!
– Rosa Michaelis, Herdecke, Germany
The Sivananda teacher training course is truly a transformative experience. It is an immersion in the traditions of an ancient lineage of yogic wisdom. If you are only looking to earn a certificate to teach asana classes you will get a lot more than you expect. If you have a longing for the truth and would like to further the path to peace; this is it.
– William Kingori, Chico, CA
What to Bring
Required texts: “Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga”
by Swami Vishnudevananda
“Bhagavad Gita” commentary by Swami Sivananda
Recommnded texts: “Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy”
by Swami Sitaramananda
“Yoga: Your Home Companion” by SYVC
Other: slip on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight.
All books and materials are available in our boutique.
My Experience: I loved TTC. Every part of it. Really. I was always marveling at how seamless and spacious it all felt even in the midst of a tighter schedule. And then I remembered where the teachings came from. The staff at the ashram were all so supportive and kind. The teachers amazing and just breathed what they taught/teach. I felt nourished physically, mentally and spiritually from arrival through departure and it stays with me. I think some of the effect on me is trust. Deeper faith and trust in God which I practice through Sivananda yoga. I feel more relaxed, peaceful and often able to stay in the moment. TTC did change my life on many levels. An obvious change has been that I have let go of teaching Vinyasa and other asana practices and focused on teaching Sivananda. I had been worried if people would appreciate it here in Fairfield county but they do and who was I to doubt. And I don’t have to come up with sequences and playlists so I can spend more time sitting, breathing etc. My Advice to future students: Take it easy and breathe, do your homework, pay attention in lectures etc, trust the teachers when they say it’s all ok. Remember this is your guide, your friend and don’t take any one thing too seriously. Dance with it all and laugh. Enjoy it it passes way too soon.
Venue HighlightsOpen to guests year round, the Yoga Farm welcomes people from around the world and provides a peaceful setting in which to find a way back to a holistic lifestyle in harmony with nature. Additionally, our guests testify to the effect of a sense of stress relief and moreover they feel an improved physical, emotional, and spiritual health. You can join for a day, a week, or longer.
06:00am Satsang (Meditation, Chanting, Lecture, or Silent Walk)
08:00am Asanas and Pranayama (All-Lervels Yoga Class)
10:00am Organic Vegetarian Brunch
11:00am Karma Yoga (Selfless Service)
04:00pm Asanas and Pranayama (All-Lervels Yoga Class)
06:00pm Organic Vegetarian Dinner
08:00pm Satsang (Meditation, Kirtan chanting and Lecture)
To keep up the spiritual atmosphere of the Ashram, the participation in the morning and evening meditation and one Asana class daily are mandatory. Programs are subject to change or cancellation.
AccommodationsThe Yoga Farm accommodations are separate cabins that are nestled under trees with beautiful surroundings. If you would like to register, please click on the links below and it will bring you to the Yoga Vaction registration page for the accommodations of your choice. The rates below include daily Satsangs, organic vegetarian meals, Hatha Yoga classes and access to ashram facilities. Learn more by checking out our Guest Information page. Special courses and events have an additional tuition rate. You can check our Program Calendar for a full listing of events. We also welcome day guests, but please let us know ahead that you are coming. There is a holiday surcharge during Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year.
Deluxe Shanti Cabins
These extremely comfortable and spacious cabins are tastefully furnished and decorated. Watch the deer wander by from the front porch with sun shade. For your comfort, an air conditioner, propane heater and ceiling fan are provided; furnishings include a desk/table and chairs, dresser/wardrobe and a sitting area. A small refrigerator, dishes and cutlery are provided.
Our original Om Cabins are placed in a peaceful and tranquil setting, on a gentle hillside overlooking the pond and surrounded by the natural beauty of the Ashram. Each cabin is named for a different virtue, such as happiness or contentment. Each cabin is furnished with a dresser, desk, night stand, ceiling fan and propane heater.
Guests may bring their own tent or rent out an ashram tent and camp on the land. Sleep closer to nature in the fresh, open air. There are deck platforms designated for tenting.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineEating a plant-based diet has been conclusively shown to be good for health and well-being. Furthermore, it is detoxifying and nutritive at the same time. In addition, the meals are freshly prepared with love and care by dedicated karma yogis. Also, the ashram uses mostly organic, locally produced fruits and vegetables.
The buffet meals offered are lacto-vegetarian. We also have a permaculture vegetable garden and grow some of our own food and flowers.
Please note that meat, fish, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, black tea, and eggs are not served in the ashram.
The meals are offered at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm with a small fruit snack served in the afternoon. Additional snacks are available in the boutique if needed.
In case you have any special dietary restrictions please mention so on your application form and we will do our best to accommodate you.
DirectionsThe Ashram is situated near highway 49 between Auburn and Grass Valley, just one hour from Sacramento and three hours (without traffic) from San Francisco and is easily accessible by car or by Amtrak (train and bus).
By Air to San Francisco:
Public Transport – Take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) from SFO to Richmond station. BART is at SFO, is marked well, but you can also ask at information and they will easily guide you. Trains run every ten or fifteen minutes or so depending upon the time. This is about $7, purchase a ticket at the station. In Richmond exchange to Amtrak for ongoing travel to Auburn station. They are both in the same station, BART is upstairs and Amtrak down. Go to (contact info blocked) to book, there you will see service that is mostly connecting. Part of your travel to Auburn will be train, some bus. Give yourself at least 60-90 minutes between arrival at SFO and departure from Richmond. Please contact us to tell us your planned arrival time at Auburn, we will add you to our pickup list. If you are delayed on your day of travel, Amtrak will honor your ticket for the next train. Please call us to advise and we will adjust accordingly.
By Air to Sacramento airport:
Public Transit – We recommend that you take (contact info blocked) train or bus service from Sacramento to Auburn station and we will have one of our staff pick you up in Auburn to transport you to the Yoga Farm. From Sacramento Airport you may take either YOLO bus (approximate cost $2.25 but will require a walk of 6-7 blocks) or Supershuttle (approximate cost $15 direct) to the Amtrak station in Sacramento and transfer there (Amtrak fare is ~$16 each way). Please stop at the information booth at the Sacramento airport after arrival to inquire the options for this leg of your travel. PLEASE NOTE that Amtrak offers bus service from Sacramento to Auburn. Although the schedule is shown on the Amtrak website it is not possible to purchase tickets online for bus travel. For this you will need to arrive at the Sacramento Amtrak station with a few minutes early and purchase the ticket there. Please contact us at least one day ahead of your travel and advise your plans so that we may arrange to meet you when you arrive in Auburn. Supershuttle – is also available if you would like a direct ride to the ashram or to Auburn.
From I-80 exit in Auburn and onto Hwy. 49 North towards Grass Valley. Go 11 miles to Wolf Road (traffic signal light) and turn Left. (note that right side of the intersection is Combie Rd.) Go 1.8 miles and turn right onto Duggans Rd. Go 2 miles to the end of the road and turn left on Lime Kiln Rd. Go 2.4 miles – (the road becomes McCourtney Rd.) (continue straight). Continue 1.2 miles and turn left on Ballantree Lane. (You will note an Adopt-a-Highway sign 1 mile ahead of the turn that the “Yoga Farm removes litter”) Go 0.9 miles to the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm driveway and turn left (It is marked by a big sign.) Please drive 10 MPH ONLY on Ballantree Lane.