Fundamentals of Vedic Healing Architecture (Vaastu Shastra)

  • Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm
  • 14651 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, CA, 95949, USA
  • Oct 13 - 15, 2019 (3 days)
  • Tent - Bring Your Own - $250.00 Tent - Ashram Provided - $280.00 Om Cabin - Shared - $280.00 Om Cabin - Private - $410.00 Siva Cabin - Shared - $390.00 Siva Cabin - Private - $490.00 Deluxe Shanti Cabin - Shared - $390.00 Deluxe Shanti Cabin - Priv

About This Event


“Do you know that you are on the molecular level 99.99% “Empty” Space? You have very little actual matter in you and you have much more Space between the spinning electrons and protons that compose your molecular structure.  Do you know that our scientists calculated the approximate mass of our Universe and found that almost 85% of the mass is missing? Scientists call it “dark matter” and are still trying to figure out what the “dark matter” is. Is it an intergalactic medium called filaments or brown dwarfs or something else?

Would you like to know from the position of Vaastu Shastra more about “empty space”? If you do then you will find in detail that the “empty space” is not empty at all. You will find that the “dark matter” is described as a specific subtle light energy in ancient shastras and you will know much more details about that.  You will know that the subtle light energy is vibrating and pulsating and by doing that it organizes specific energy patterns called Mandalas in the space around us and in us too! Do you know that you need to align your house and your bed with the grid of energy to be more at peace with the environment because you are 99.99% light energy? Do you know that yoga can teach you how to synchronize yourself with the Cosmic Energy? All that you can learn at Sivananda Ashram’s classes and workshops and at Vaastu (contact info blocked)”

Vaastu Shastra and Good Sleep

Understanding principles of the structure of our Universe is understanding yourself. Science by now already knows that we are more than 99% “empty” space. We are made of atoms and atoms are composed of protons, neutrons, electrons, and “empty” space. This is what science is saying but ancient Vedic scriptures like Vaastu Shastra saying that space is not empty but filled with the subtle energy. This subtle energy is made of Particles of subtle light and sound called Paramanu as mentioned earlier. So this NOT an empty space! This space  or field of energy is actually giving its own energy to everything around us.

Moreover, this subtle (invisible to the naked eye) energy field is not something abstract but according to Vedanta is the consciousnesses by itself. It vibrates, pulsates and emanates subtle light and subtle sound which allows different material particles to appear to in the front of our eyes in the electronic microscopes. There are definite laws of existence, laws of movement of energy (spinning, flowing), laws of manifestation of particles and overall all laws of appearance of all material forms. There are rivers of subtle energy in the space. We need to know about these rules. Vedatna and specifically Vaastu Shastra has a lot to share with you. So we can help ourselves to live our life better and with more joy. Believe or not but if you know at list some basics how great Space-Consciousness works then you can live happier and healthier life. For example, Swami Sivananda in his book “How to Get SOUND SLEEP” on page 36 mentioned, “Sleep with your head toward East. Do not sleep with your head towards North. You can sleep with your head towards West and South.”

Would you like to know why it is recommended to sleep toward East? Watch this video and if you want to know more details about why you need to sleep toward East. Or may be you want to learn how to organize better your space at home and much more then you can also sign up for the upcoming Vaastu Shastra workshop in July at Grass Valley Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California,

Have a nice sound sleep and very productive day!


By understanding how healing architecture creates balance between the living energies of people and nature, you can make change that positively affects your health, prosperity, and spiritual bliss.

This course is dedicated to the devoted teacher, Padma Bhushan Dr. V. Sthapati Ganapati.

Re-discover the ancient science of Sthapatya Veda and Vaastu Shastra through the teachings of Brahmarishi Mayan. By understanding how healing architecture creates balance between the living energies of people and nature, you can make change that positively affects your health, prosperity, and spiritual bliss.

An eye-opening Vaastu Shastra course, focused on residential architecture and design, will be presented in the form of an interactive lecture full of in-session exercises and discussions. The course  will present and further clarify complex concepts with slides, audio, and movie clips.

No prerequisites are necessary for this course and it is open both to professional architects as well as a laymen.


November, 11 Monday

6:00 AM 7:30 AM Vastu Mandodari 1.5

8:00 AM 10:00 AM Vastu Mandodari 2

12:00 PM 3:00 PM Vastu Mandodari 3

Day 2 November, 12 Tuesday

6:00 AM 7:30 AM Vastu Mandodari 1.5

8:00 AM 10:00 AM Vastu Mandodari 2

11:00 AM 2:30 PM Vastu Mandodari 2.5

Recommended Books

by Dr. Ganapati Sthapati:

1. Building Architecture of Sthapatya Veda (400 pages) – this is a “bible” for Vaastu design and construction.

2. Building Architecture of Sthapatya Veda, Illustrations Volume II (126 pages)

3. Shilpi Speaks series – 18 Vaastu Purusha Mandala (49 pages)

4. ‘Shilpi Speaks’ Series No. I An Overview of Mayonic Aintiram (16 pages)

5. Mono Science and Technology of Mayonic Origin – Ayadi Calculations (42 pages)

6. Key Notes on Mayonic Science and Technology of Indian Origin (109 pages)


Olga is an extraordinary teacher of Vaastu, with great enthusiasm and power of conviction coming from her inheriting of the shakti of her divine teacher and guru, Dr. Ganapati Stapathi, a most renown divine architect of India and the world. The science of Vaastu not only helps you practically to know how to improve your space and your environment, but also to open your awareness to the mystery of the universe and feel the grace to be part of the breath of life. —Swami Sitaramananda, Director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm

In twelve hours, we went from the creation of the universe to how to create living space in harmony with this universe. Amazing. —Hara Mahadeva/Mike Hutchinson, engineer and builder, Grass Valley, CA

Olga Mandodari Sokolova’s Vaastu course brings another extraordinary proof that spirituality and science are one indissoluble union. It’s a true blessing to keep discovering this truth and I am grateful to Mandodari for sharing these priceless teachings. —Bharata/Javier Lopez, Ayurveda practitioner, Grass Valley, CA

This course gave me a renewed awareness of the need to bring consciousness of our essential nature into the world we live in, both in our intentions and into our relationship to our physical environment. —Mark D., architect, Nevada City, CA

It is important to learn a technique on how to alter our living surrounding to nurture not only a healthy life but for positive spiritual growth and harmony with natural surrounding and living space. This is important knowledge for everyone. Thank you Dr. Ganapati Sthapati for training a teacher such as Olga Mandodari Sokolova to spread this ancient wisdom of space. —Sankara/Clement Lam, Yoga teacher and Yoga therapist, Vancouver Islands, Canada

What made the most impact on me was the spiritual aspect and vastness of Vaastu, going back so many thousands of years and how important it is to reflect the universal laws of nature and the cosmos in our homes, cities, and world for lasting peace. —Elise Mahesh, Dallas, TX

Amazing to have access to this ancient teaching through such a sincere, passionate teacher conveying wisdom learned from her esteemed guru. It gave me insights into yantra painting. It expanded my thinking. I love how the concepts of Vaastu Shastra connect with yoga philosophy. I love to see that opening awareness to the spaces we frequent—and seeing them as alive—changes our relationship to them. Can’t wait for more. —Rajeshwari/Agnes Anderson, Graphic designer and Yoga teacher, Los Angeles, CA

Arrival and Departure

Arrival is Sunday, November 10, and the course will conclude Tuesday, November 12th and 2:30pm.

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 Highlights

Open 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.


The 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.

Om Cabins
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
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Eating 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.


The 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.

By Car:
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.

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