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29 Days 200-Hours Yoga Teacher Training California

  • Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, 14651 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, California 95949, USA

Overview

California Yoga Teacher Training

The spiritual essence of yoga is learned through a combination of repeated practice and inspirational lessons. This 4 week course, which offers a profound personal experience, will allow you to transmit the knowledge of yoga to others. Reap the many benefits of yoga including a 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.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily chanting and lectures
  • Kirtan and Bhagavad Gita studies
  • Yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology
  • 200-hour yoga teacher SYVC certification
  • 28 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 28 days with instruction
  • English
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During the training course, you will be accommodated at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm which is situated in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada mountain range at an elevation of 2000 feet. The hills that make up the ashram land are populated by oaks and pines. The beautiful Yuba, bear and American rivers are nearby, offering wonderful hikes along the river gorges. Lake Tahoe is not far away to the east.

Types of accommodation

Om cabins

This pleasant and simple lodging can be booked as single, double or dormitory-style for four (with 2 bunk beds). The 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. Om cabin guests share a nearby bath house.

Siva cabins

Nestled at the base of Siva Temple Hill and offering a beautiful view of the valley, these five cabins are the newest accommodations. They feature an outdoor porch, bamboo wood flooring and are built with high grade materials and can be booked for either single or double occupancy. Furnished with a side table, dresser and propane heater, each cabin has a private bathroom, including shower.

Deluxe Shanti cabin

About 50% larger than the Siva cabins and located close to the central yoga halls, these extremely comfortable, 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. Options for single, double, or triple occupancy are available. The Shanti cabins include private bathrooms with showers.

Ashram facilities

Drinking water

The pure drinking water comes from a well in the ashram grounds. You can refill water bottles from the sinks or from the water dispensers in each of the buildings.

Boutique

The ashram boutique is open daily, offering a range of spiritual books, inspirational CDs, clothing for yoga classes, mats, meditation cushions, and other yoga-related items. Also available are a selection of natural personal care items, dietary supplements, essential oils and Ayurveda remedies.

Laundry

Coin-operated washing machines are available during daytime hours. There are clotheslines for drying. Laundry soap can be purchased in the boutique.

Sauna

The sauna is wood-fired and available for you on Fridays seasonally, and during certain weekend courses.

Vrindavan pond

Maybe the most striking natural feature at the Yoga Farm is the pond. The large pond lies at the center of the ashram at the bottom of long green grass field. There is many fish, birds, turtles, frogs, and other animals and reptiles that make use of the pond. It is beautiful to watch the fountain and sit by the pond to contemplate and read a book or to meditate on the sound. The pond is swimmable as there is a gazebo and dock with ladder for entry. There is also a boat for those not wanting to swim. During the summer months, the pond is a popular destination to get a quick cool down or to just sit next to it under the weeping willow trees.

Curriculum

The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center (SYVC) has trained over 32000 yoga teachers to date since 1969. The curriculum includes asanas, pranayama, meditation, Vedanta philosophy, anatomy / physiology, Bhagavad Gita, mantra and kriyas.

Hatha yoga

  • Hatha yoga theory and 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 the astral body
  • Proper posture alignment
  • Deep relaxation, the release of the blocked energy
  • Pranayama kapalabhati, anuloma viloma (alternate nostril breath)
  • Advanced pranayama exercises

Meditation

  • Twelve guidelines for meditation
  • Benefits of meditation
  • Mantras and mantra initiation (if requested)
  • Yoga philosophy and psychology
  • Techniques of meditation
  • Mechanics of the mind
  • Positive thinking techniques
  • Obstacles to meditation
  • The five points of yoga according to Swami Vishnudevananda

Yoga philosophy

  • Psychology of the spiritual aspirant
  • Law of karma and Vedanta philosophy
  • 4 classical yoga paths including Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Raja yoga
  • 8 limbs of yoga and Jnana yoga (Vedanta philosophy and techniques of self-enquiry)
  • Teaching the sun salutation and the 12 basic postures
  • The basic class
  • Teaching beginners and intermediate students
  • Adapt teaching to special groups

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 on 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

Kirtan

  • Positive emotional effects of chanting
  • Correct pronunciation and mental attitude
  • Mantra and sound healing
  • Practice of opening of the heart to the divine

Certification

Upon successful completion of this immersion course, you will receive a teaching certificate from 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 you are invited to register with the Yoga Alliance.

Daily schedule

  • 05:30 Wake-up call
  • 06:00 - 07:30 Satsang (meditation, chanting and lecture)
  • 08:00 - 10:00 Yoga asana and pranayama class
  • 10:00 - 10:45 Vegetarian brunch
  • 10:45 - 11:45 Karma yoga (selfless service)
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Kirtan or Bhagavad Gita class
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Main philosophy lecture
  • 16:00 - 18:00 How to teach yoga class
  • 18:00 - 18:45 Vegetarian dinner
  • 18:45 - 19:45 Free time for homework completion
  • 20:00 - 21:45 Satsang (meditation, chanting and lecture)

Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, who is a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda. She was nominated acharya in 1989 and is presently acharya of US West Coast Centers and Ashrams as well as in Asia, especially Vietnam where she hails from. She is the director of Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm for more than 20 years and has taught many international teachers training courses in California, Vietnam, China, Taiwan and India. She is also teaching regularly at 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 2 poem books. She is responsible of the translation in Vietnamese of the "Completed Illustrated Book of Yoga" of Swami Vishnudevananda.

Swami Jnaneswariananda

Swami Jnaneswariananda joined the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in 1995 and has been director of centers and ashrams in Canada and Italy. She teaches Hatha yoga, meditation, anatomy, and Vedanta at teacher training courses in the 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 Dharmananda

Swami Dharmananda is one of the main teachers of Hatha yoga and meditation at the ashram. He took Sannyas vows in 2013 and is now an assistant director of the 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.

Ananta Chaitanya

Ananta Chaitanya is a dedicated Sadhak and Hatha yoga practitioner and teacher graduated from Sivananda teachers training course in 2009 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 teachers training course. He was also part of the teaching team for the Sivananda Sadhana Intensive 14 day’s course, which emphasis is the daily practice of pranayama.

The training will be held in Grass Valley, California, USA. Nevada City is nearby, and Sacramento is an hour's drive away.

Activities
  • Boating
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Swimming
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Labyrinth
  • Lake
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • Laundry

During the training, you will be served two organic, delicious vegetarian meals per day according to the traditional principles of yogic diet. Every meal is lovingly prepared with fresh ingredients and mild but tasty spices. Though the menu changes daily, there are usually a salad bar, a soup, a grain, a protein, and at least one vegetable dish, as well as oatmeal, yogurt, and granola at lunch. There will always be options for vegan and gluten-free diets.

Meals are served in the dining hall / sunroom, which has just recently been enclosed.

Exclusions

If you enjoy snacking midday, you can get some snacks from the ashram boutique at an additional cost. The boutique is open from 11:00 to 12:00, and 18:45 to 19:30. The boutique carries a variety of snacks, including fruit, nuts, granola bars, juices, teas, drinks, chocolate, and a variety of other snacks. Several health food stores are located in the surrounding towns as well, if you need to bring some snacks with you. There is a refrigerator available in the common area that you can use.

Besides practicing yoga and meditation, you can do a variety of activities around the ashram. There are several points of interest worthy of your visit.

Animal pen

Home to affectionate llamas, naughty goats and elegant alpacas, the animal pen is a source of joy for adults and children alike.

Moksha trail

Enjoy a gentle walk through natural fields. Follow the trail up the hill to Durga Temple for contemplation.

Peace miracle labyrinth

The design is based on a sacred geometry and matches the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France, built between 1194 and 1250. The labyrinth in the ashram was built by dedicated Karma yogis. The peace miracle labyrinth offers a twenty-minute meditative walk. Take a breath, ask a question, step inside and walk the labyrinth to find your answer. Unlike a maze, there is only one way in and out. The labyrinth is a purposeful path of twists and turns, a metaphor for life. The labyrinth has appeared in a variety of forms in many cultures and traditions around the world for thousands of years. Typically circular in design, the shape symbolizes the unity of life. The labyrinth at the ashram is patterned after a turf labyrinth in southwest England. Walk the peace miracle labyrinth to find inner peace.

Permaculture gardens

Yoga life is deeply connected to Mother Nature. The Yoga Farm is located on 80 acres of beautiful land with meadows, creeks and ponds, landmark oak trees, and a variety of domesticated and wild animals. These resources provide great possibilities to move closer to full sustainability through expanding Yoga Farm’s already-large food forest, organic vegetable garden, well water and solar power systems.

Siva temple hill

Enjoy a more vigorous hike. Count the 108 steps up Siva Hill to reach the highest point of the ashram and pay homage to Lord Siva. Drink in a beautiful view of the surrounding golden hills.

Temples and shrines

A number of colorful temples and shrines are located on the grounds of the ashram. They honor various aspects of the divine. You are welcome and encouraged to visit them. When going for a walk, you may hear the beautiful cadence of Sanskrit being chanted. Pujas or prayer rituals and ceremonies are performed regularly at these sacred sites by the priest. Please feel free to observe them at a respectful distance.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm provides a wellbeing center that offers a variety of treatments at an additional cost. Whether it is a therapeutic massage, Ayurvedic bodywork, or an Ayurvedic consultation, your investment in your own wellbeing offers a learning experience in tuning in to your body's innate wisdom. In between programs and asana classes, consider taking time to integrate your experience and attend to your personal needs with a one-one- treatment or consultation. The skilled practitioners combine expertise and experience with compassion.

Thai yoga massage

Thai yoga massage is an ancient spiritual healing art based on yoga and acupressure. In this system, the practitioner guides you through a series of applied yoga postures while gently stimulating the body's energy lines and pressure points.

Head, neck and shoulder massage

This massage targets the specific areas of the body where many of us hold stress. It relieves aches and tightness, and improves circulation.

Stone therapy massage

This ancient healing treatment combines a massage with the application of gently heated stones. This treatment relieves soreness and produces soothing and meditative states of peace, calm and balance.

Ayurvedic consultation

Discover your own personal constitution and learn the basic tools to keep your body, mind, and spirit in balance through diet, lifestyle, and other tools for healthy living.

Ayurvedic bliss therapy

A beautifully relaxing and luxurious full body treatment that includes an herbal oil massage, followed by a soothing, steady stream of oil poured gently over the forehead to calm and purify the mind. The experience ends with a full-body herbal steam treatment, nourishing the skin and removing toxins.

Ayurvedic body treatment

The treatment begins with a dry, silk glove exfoliation, followed by an application of herb-infused oils. This treatment nourishes and detoxifies leaving the skin smooth and silky.

Ayurvedic energy balancing

This treatment focuses on opening and balancing energy flow according to the marma system. Marma points, similar to acupressure points, are stimulated with circular motions using an application of herbal transdermal creams.

Vigorous herbal oil treatment

A vigorous, rhythmic treatment using herb-infused oils specific to your constitution. This treatment breaks up adhesions, stimulates lymphatic flow, and clear impurities.

Ayurvedic sinus treatment (Shiro-Abhyanga-Nasya)

This treatment begins with an application of oil on the head, neck, and shoulders and a facial lymphatic treatment including aromatic steam and herb-infused nose drops. This treatment clears impurities from the head, opens the sinuses and stimulates the flow of energy in the head and neck area. A full-body oil treatment is also included in the treatment.

  • 2 daily vegetarian meals
  • 200-hour yoga teacher certificate from SYVC
  • 28 nights’ cabin accommodation
  • Daily satsang, meditation and chanting
  • Daily yoga asana and pranayama classes
  • How to teach yoga classes
  • Kirtan
  • Lectures on yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology
  • Studies on Bhagavad Gita

Driving directions from 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.) and 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 miles per hour on Ballantree Lane

Arrival by airplane

You can book your flight to either San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Sacramento International Airport (SMF).

Arrival by train

From San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

You can book a train service from San Francisco to Auburn station and Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm will have one of their staff pick you up. BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) departs from San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Look for the "BART" signs or ask at any information booth for directions. Travel on BART to Richmond Station and transfer there to Amtrak Station (a short one minute indoor walk). From there, continue on Amtrak to Auburn Station. Please contact Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm at least one day ahead of your travel to advise your plans so that they may arrange to meet you upon arrival in Auburn.

From Sacramento International Airport (SMF)

It is recommended to book Amtrak train service from Sacramento to Auburn station. Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm will have one of their staff pick you up. You may take the airport shuttle to the Amtrak station in Sacramento and transfer there. Please contact Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm at least one day ahead of your travel and advise your plans so that they may arrange to meet you when you arrive in Auburn.

Distances

  • Sacramento - 1 hour

What to bring

Required texts

  • “Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga” by Swami Vishnudevananda
  • “Bhagavad Gita”, a commentary by Swami Sivananda

Recommended texts

  • “Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy” by Swami Sitaramananda
  • “Yoga: Your Home Companion” by SYVC

Other

  • A flashlights
  • A meditation shawl or a blanket
  • A yoga mat
  • Loose, comfortable clothing
  • Slip on shoes
  • Writing materials
For information about the booking conditions, please send Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm an inquiry.
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    9 out of 10

    "The meditation course I took at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm was truly amazing. The area was so beautiful and the staff was very friendly. I really appreciate how regimented the schedule was. I was looking for something that had structure, but still allowed time for relaxation and reflection. This was a perfect balance. I stayed in a shanti room, which is clean and has everything you need AC, a fridge, table, small dresser, and it's own bathroom. Overall I highly recommend Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm. It was the perfect trip for me to deepen my meditation practice, while meeting amazing people."

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  • Review by Melissa Revelez
    10 out of 10

    "In many ways, the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm changed my life! I graduated from TTC in May 2015. I learned so many wonderful life lessons and had a warm, loving, and fun time. I returned home with a greater sense of myself, my purpose, and what I hold to be sacred. My time there heavily illuminated my path. I have been teaching yoga ever since and feel I am opening my heart to living my best life each day. Thank you, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm!"

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  • Review by Lori Washington
    10 out of 10

    "In May, 2015, I took the TTC course at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm and I can honestly say that not a day goes by that I do not but some of the teachings to use. I am so thankful for my time there. I look forward to visiting again soon. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by Annabelle Anavadyangi Dasi Younger
    10 out of 10

    "Very beautiful setting and such friendly folks. I would love to see a calendar of events on your Facebook page. Thanks! Namaste."

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  • Review by Komilla S. from Bentwood, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I have been to Sivananda Yoga farm many times on personal trips. This last time, I was there to attend and speak at a Jyotish conference. As always, it is a greatly uplifting experience. It is set up like an Indian ashram with yoga, spiritual discourses, and Vedic knowledge. Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the visit always feeds the soul."

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  • Review by a traveler from Cambridge, USA
    10 out of 10

    "So good! I love the Sivananda Yoga Farm. After my first visit to the farm in December 2014, it has changed my life. I really enjoy the pure energy that is encapsulated and the sincerity of all the staff and guests. Most people come to the Yoga Farm with intention. It's not a place that someone usually stumbles upon and decides to go to. This makes the entire experience very enriching as the topic of discussion are usually more spiritual and deep. I liked it so much. I recently completed my month long yoga teacher training at the ashram. Again, the spiritual focused nature and intention of the ashram gave me an experience that would've been hard to replicate elsewhere. Lastly, I love the fact that this place is just in California. People don't have to travel to Peru or India to have a deep spiritual experience in a community of like-minded people. Every honest seeker is welcome here!"

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  • Review by Heidi K.
    10 out of 10

    "If you want to find a structured retreat away from civilization, then Sivananda Yoga Farm is for you. It's about three hours north east of San Francisco and it's very relaxed and chill. The retreat has a set schedule that includes morning mediation, yoga, talks, and chanting. Of course, all the food is locally grown, organic, vegan, and very delicious. If you need to get away for a weekend or want to come here during one of the retreat events, then this place is for you. I would highly recommend staying in the newer Shanti cabins as they are very clean and also very cozy. Also, the talks and meditations are very beneficial. I would love to come back at some point during the summer when we can do yoga on the outside deck overlooking the pond."

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  • Review by Daniel R. from Palo Alto, USA
    10 out of 10

    "If you're looking for a place to get away from everything, this is it. Yoga Farm is a rare home where you can be around good people, good food, and good living to find and remember what it's like to step off the hamster wheel. Be warned though. It's the kind of place people go for a few days and just don't want to leave!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Palo Alto, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I've been with my family to this ashram a couple of times over the past few years. It is truly a serene place. It's an ashram in true sense not a retreat. All volunteers are very genuine, caring, and really love their work. You have to help out with karma yoga which can include cleaning the kitchen, restrooms, etc. Believe it or not, you will love it. There is something great and peaceful about this place. This is very tough to explain. It has to be experienced."

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  • Review by Sean D. from Raleigh, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I spent a week at the Yoga Farm in January 2015 for a meditation for beginners workshop. While the workshop was for beginners, I'd suggest that it is best enjoyed by those with prior yoga experience. The farm is beautiful. The staff was gracious and genuinely friendly. I learned a lot about yoga, meditation, and myself. Staying longer than a couple days has many advantages. I got used to the schedule, which is filled with satsang, asana practice, karma yoga, meals, etc. I had a chance to hike the property and see the llamas and goats. More importantly, I was able to connect with more of the staff residing at the farm. As happy as I felt by the end of my visit, I was also sad to leave. I look forward to heading back with my wife, who I know would love it even more than I did."

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Grass Valley, United States

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm is a non-profit organization serving the spiritual community by teaching yoga, meditation, vedanta, and yoga philosophy.

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29 days / 28 nights

Departure:
Saturday June 3, 2017
(29 days / 28 nights)

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