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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coin-operated washing machines are available during daytime hours. There are clotheslines for drying. Laundry soap can be purchased in the boutique.
The sauna is wood-fired and available for you on Fridays seasonally, and during certain weekend courses.
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.
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.
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.
The training will be held in Grass Valley, California, USA. Nevada City is nearby, and Sacramento is an hour's drive away.
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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.
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.
Home to affectionate llamas, naughty goats and elegant alpacas, the animal pen is a source of joy for adults and children alike.
Enjoy a gentle walk through natural fields. Follow the trail up the hill to Durga Temple for contemplation.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
This massage targets the specific areas of the body where many of us hold stress. It relieves aches and tightness, and improves circulation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A vigorous, rhythmic treatment using herb-infused oils specific to your constitution. This treatment breaks up adhesions, stimulates lymphatic flow, and clear impurities.
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.
San Francisco International Airport
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Sacramento International Airport
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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
You can book your flight to either San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Sacramento International Airport (SMF).
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.
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.