After 18 years of teaching and service at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Los Angeles, Swami Sivasankariananda joined the staff at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in May 2014. She has served as director of the San Francisco Center since February of 2015. She completed her TTC at the Yoga Farm in 1997 and ATTC there in 2008. She has been on yatra in the north and south India and Mount Kailas. She loves to teach and is particularly fond of the Bhakti Yoga practices. She took sannyas in 2017 and she is a certified yoga therapist.
Dr. Anthony Lopresti, DO graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1973. He works in South San Francisco and one other location and specializes in Family Medicine and General Practice. Dr. Lopresti is affiliated with John Muir Medical Center Walnut Creek.
Dr. Jain was born in India. For many years she was recognized as one of the finest yoga students and learned the in-depth science of yoga while getting her formal school education. She joined Henry C Downs, MD an integrative medicine practitioner, in 1999 in Walnut Creek, CA. She got the opportunity to start her own medical practice in 2000. She has since then developed, designed, and delivered many ways of treating and managing true health and has coached her loyal clients the science of inner well being.
Colin has been a permaculture enthusiast and advocate since 2011. He enjoys sharing teachings on design, principles, ethics, medicinal plants, edible forestry, ecology, and sacred regenerative knowledge. His goal is to spread seeds of awareness and inspiration for people to bring collective healing to each other and the planet. He completed a Permaculture Design Certificate, 200-hour yoga teacher training, and gentle yoga teaching training at the Sivananda Yoga Farm and has been teaching and designing ever since.
Tara Durga Devi has been teaching yoga and meditation for 32 years and was co-founder and owner of The Yoga Center, an affiliated Sivananda Yoga Center in Stockton, California. She has been trained in yoga therapy and is a graduate of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course (TTC) and Advanced Yoga Teachers Training Course (ATTC). Tara Durga Devi is one of the rare yoga teachers trained by Swami Vishnudevananda with whom she took TTC in 1976.
Swami Dharmananda is one of the main teachers of Hatha yoga and meditation at the ashram. He took sannyasa vows in 2013 and is the assistant director of Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm. Swami Dharmananda is keenly interested in yoga psychology and philosophy, presenting the classical teaching in a practical and accessible way to people of all faiths and backgrounds.
Swami Sitaramananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, who is a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda. She was nominated an acharya by him in 1989 and is presently the acharya of United States West Coast Centers and Ashrams as well as Asia, especially Vietnam and China. She has been the director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm for more than 20 years and has taught many international teacher training courses in California, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, and India, and is also teaching regularly at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas.
Swami Jnaneswariananda joined the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in 1995 and has been the director of centers and ashrams in Canada and Italy. She teaches Hatha yoga, meditation, anatomy, and Vedanta at teacher training courses in North America, Italy, and India. Swami Jnaneswariananda took vows of sannyas in 2001. She is currently a senior teacher at the Yoga Farm in Grass Valley. She teaches with great enthusiasm and humor.
Swami Narayanananda was born in London. He is now based at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California and teaches internationally. He has been involved full time in yoga since 1996 and took teacher training in India in 1999. He is a disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and has been a senior teacher of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta organization for 17 years, teaching in countries such as India and Vietnam, and, most recently, at Sivananda Yoga Center in Chengdu, China. He teaches yoga and meditation.
Swami Adi Parashaktiananda is a dedicated Sadhak and Hatha yoga practitioner and teacher graduated from Sivananda teacher training course in 2007 at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California. He took the first monastic vow from Sivananda lineage in 2011. He has been traveling yearly to Vietnam as Swami Sitaramananda's assistant and has been teaching the Hatha yoga classes for the teacher training course. He has also been traveling to Chengdu, China to help teach the teacher training course there.
Swami Vashistananda comes from the Namboodri lineage in Southern India, Kerala. He was the personal priest of Swami Vishnudevananda and has been a long-time teacher of Bhakti and Vedanta in the Sivananda organization ever since. He has been at the yoga farm since October 2014.
Stacie Dooreck (Saraswati) is the creator of "Sunlight Chair Yoga: Yoga for Everyone" book and teacher training. A Sivananda yoga instructor since 1995, she is also certified in Gentle, Integral, Kundalini, and Prenatal yoga. She leads the chair yoga teacher training at Sivananda ashrams in USA and Bahamas. She also teaches at companies, senior homes, libraries, and community expos. In 2011, Stacie was featured on CBS Channel 4 Miami News Healthwatch teaching "Yoga for Seniors" and on KQED / NPR radio in 2013.
Jivana Heyman is the founder of Accessible Yoga, co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, manager of the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco, California, and an Integral Yoga Minister. With over 20 years of training and teaching in a traditional yoga lineage, Jivana has specialized in teaching the subtle practices of yoga: pranayama, meditation, as well as sharing yoga philosophy. He has led over 40 yoga teacher training programs over the past 16 years and created the Accessible Yoga teacher training program in 2007. His passion is making yoga accessible to everyone.
Nora Benian (Sundari) E-RYT 500, is a yoga therapist, professional counselor, and Thai yoga massage practitioner, and has a diploma in Homeopathy. Nora teaches yoga workshops and teacher trainings across the continent and in the Caribbean, specializing in Restorative, Yin, Therapeutic, and Hatha yoga. The lectures, classes, and courses she offer provide the foundations, theory, and practicum necessary for her students to teach these styles of yoga to their students confidently. Her knowledge and experience in yoga are extensive.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Krishna Darshan is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and has been a yoga and meditation teacher for more than 28 years in South America, Europe, and the USA. He has been the main Hatha yoga instructor in numerous international yoga teacher training courses and has an in-depth knowledge of the practice of Hatha and Raja yoga and Vedanta philosophy. He is an able yogic sadhana counselor and he is a Jyotish teacher and consultant, certified by the American College of Vedic Astrology (ACVA) and the Council of Vedic Astrology (CVA).
from United States, July 2018
"Overview of retreat"
When I first arrived, I was nicely welcomed in the office, which I appreciated. I enjoyed the food as well. I also liked the peace and quiet that the Ashram provided for the weekend.
from United States, July 2018
very relaxing and isolated area, quiet
from Canada, June 2018
"Excellent! Go there."
Holds as pure as it can to the lineage. On top of daily practice ( what you will teach ) The sanskrit, theory and background is excellent!
from Canada, April 2018
"Great unique place "
SAYF will have an impact on you in days - you can do as little or as much as you want - well thought out delicious vegan food - survived decades on volunteers - that says something right there - it's a spiritual community - easy for beginner, great for those wishing to extend their practice , classes in yoga, breathing, meditation, chanting and lectures everyday , loved my cabin, llamas and goats wandering around, super relaxing and healthy, seems a bargain for what they offer, all instructors, leaders emanated what they preached devoid of judgement or ego, outstanding 3 days, it's unpretentious and draws people from all over the world, I can't imagine you would soon forget your time there whether days or months
from United States, February 2018
"Amazing first Ashram experience"
The positive vibrations and amazing multi-daily spiritual practices of yoga, meditation, chanting, lectures and deep devotional activities. The grounds were beautiful as well.
from United States, October 2017
from France, June 2018
"Vraiment une retraite en pleine nature"
Le lieu, au mileu des collines de la Grass valley est vraiment propice à la paix.
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I appreciate the gentle yoga because I receive more direction to pay attention to what I am capable of doing, being gentle with myself, I learn alternative ways of doing each asana or stretch offered and feel more of a sense of community in the gentle class environment.
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I have been doing gentle yoga for two years now. Six months after my failed back surgery, I was in worse pain than before. I started going to gentle yoga classes one day a week and now go three times a week. The benefits are many. The less vigorous class with modified poses in gentle yoga enable me to carry out most of the poses with ease. It has taught me balance, relaxation and meditation and improved my memory and concentration. Learning how to relax through breathing exercises has taught me to fall back to sleep whenever I wake up in the middle of the night and to get rid of headaches. It is amazing how the power of gentle yoga has enabled me to do the things I love to do, without which I would have been afraid to do because of my chronic pain.
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At 72, I strive to age competently. A major practice to that end is gentle yoga-for strength, flexibility and relaxation three essentials to ensure my lifes continuing high quality. Asana modifications, based on individual students' limitations, are demonstrated, supervised and encouraged. Without this feature, given my age and condition, I would not be able to experience the benefits of yoga.