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29 Days Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in California, USA
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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, 14651 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, Nevada County, California 95949, USA

Revitalizing Yoga Teacher Training in USA

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm invites you to join their advanced yoga teacher training course (ATTC) next summer. This course allows graduates from the Sivananda yoga teacher training course (TTC) to deepen their spiritual practice and study of Hatha yoga, Vedanta philosophy, Raja yoga, anatomy, and Sanskrit. This course is another opportunity to practice under guidance in a supportive atmosphere with long-time (up to 30 years) yoga practitioners and teachers. This advanced yoga teacher training course will give you a boost of energy and clarity. The program is similar to the 200-hour yoga teacher training course and should not be perceived as a course only for experts.

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  • Advanced yoga practices
  • Meditation, chanting, and lecture sessions
  • Certificate of yoga acharya upon completion
  • Vendata philosophy, Sanskrit, Bhakti, and Karma yoga lectures
  • Supportive atmosphere and experienced teachers
  • Vegetarian brunches and dinners
  • 28 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Yoga styles

28 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin), Japanese
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During this program, you will be accommodated at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm. You can choose to be accommodated in tents or cabins.


Guests should bring their own tent, sleeping bag, and a tarp if during the rainy season. Sleep closer to nature in the fresh, open air. There are deck platforms designated for tenting.

Om cabins

Pleasant, simple lodging can be booked as single, double or dormitory-style for four (with two 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, nightstand, ceiling fan, and propane heater. Om cabins' guests share a nearby bathhouse.

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 cabins

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 sunshade. 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.

Couples sharing accommodations

Please note that the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm is a classical monastic yoga community and retreat, and in joining them for your stay, you agree to abide by the rules of the ashram. Brahmacharya (abstinence) is observed here, this means that they maintain separate accommodations for men and women. Exceptions are made for married couples, couples in long-term relationships (at least three years or more together), and for families staying together in the same cabin. No additional unrelated guests are allowed in these mixed gender accommodations.


Special authorization needed to bring pets.



Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive certificate affiliated with Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy and Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams. Registration with Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy and Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams meets the identified standard set by the organization.

Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy of Rishikesh is situated in the Himalayas, and the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams’ headquarters is in Val-Morin, Quebec, Canada. The title Yoga Acharya means master of yoga.



  • The twelve basic postures in depth
  • Practice of classical advanced variations
  • Precise corrections
  • Deeper understanding of Hatha yoga


  • Extended practice of Anuloma Viloma
  • Advanced pranayamas
  • Proper use of the bandhas


  • The philosophical schools of India
  • Analogies of the supreme reality
  • Study of Vedantic meditation techniques
  • Explanation of Vedantic mantras

Raja yoga

  • In-depth study of the Yoga Sutras from Patanjali
  • The mind, its mystery, and control
  • Detailed study of the eight steps of Raja yoga

Bhakti yoga

  • The nine types of Bhakti
  • The five attitudes of devotion


  • Learning the Sanskrit alphabet
  • Correct pronunciation and spelling of the mantras and hymns

Anatomy and physiology

Study of the nervous system, brain, endocrine glands, and how they relate to the practice of asanas, pranayama and meditation

Kirtan (mantra chanting)

  • Positive effects on the emotions
  • Correct pronunciation and mental attitude
  • Learning of classical Sanskrit songs


  • Subtle aspects of the vegetarian diet
  • Proper nutrition according to the three dosha theory of Ayurveda

Karma yoga

Karma yoga is the yoga of selfless service, a devotional practice. It is service performed without any expectation of result or reward for the person performing it. It is dedicating all your thoughts and actions for the greater good. All visitors are encouraged to join the staff (all non-paid volunteers) in this service during your daily scheduled Karma yoga hour. The act of offering your services for the benefit of others purifies the heart and takes you further along the path in your spiritual evolution.


In Sanskrit, Satsang means the company of the highest truth. It refers to the company of a guru or company with an assembly of people who listen to, talk about, and assimilate spiritual knowledge. This typically involves listening to or reading scriptures, reflecting on, yogic teachings, or discussing how to integrate these into one’s life. The daily Satsangs are about two hours and are held first thing in the morning and in the evening after dinner. The Satsang is 30 minutes of silent meditation, about 20 minutes of chanting, and an hour talk, presentation, or performance by one of the teachers or many guest speakers.

Daily schedule

  • 04:30 Wake up
  • 05:00 Advanced pranayama class
  • 06:00 Satsang (meditation, chanting, and lecture) or silent walk
  • 07:45 Asana class - one hour
  • 09:00 Anatomy and physiology lecture
  • 10:00 Vegetarian brunch
  • 11:00 Karma yoga
  • 12:00 Raja yoga or Sanskrit lecture
  • 14:00 Main lecture (Vedanta, Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga)
  • 16:00 Advanced asana and pranayama class
  • 18:00 Vegetarian dinner
  • 20:00 Satsang (meditation, chanting, and lecture) or special program

Required texts to bring

  • The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda
  • Meditation and Mantras by Swami Vishnudevananda (mandatory)

Recommended texts to bring

  • Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy by Swami Sitaramananda
  • Yoga: Your Home Companion Companion by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers

Guidelines and rules

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm asks that you do not bring any meat, eggs, drugs or weapons of any kind to the ashram. No smoking, alcohol, drugs, or nudity are permitted on the ashram grounds. To maintain the purity and spiritual purpose of the ashram, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm asks that all guests and residents follow the schedule of events of their daily program.

Yoga mats

You will need a yoga mat for the daily asana classes, but if you do not have one or cannot bring one with you, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm has many mats available for guests to use. They also offer new mats for purchase at the ashram boutique.


Swami Dharmananda

Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Jnaneswariananda

Swami Narayanananda

Swami Adi Parashaktiananda

Retreat location

This yoga teacher training program will take place at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in California, USA. It is situated in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada mountain range at an elevation of 2,000 feet. The historic gold mining towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City are nearby, and the city of Sacramento is an hour's drive away. 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.

Nearby places

  • Sacramento - 1 hour’s drive

Unique features


  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Swimming


  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Labyrinth
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Tour assistance


During this course, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm serves two buffet-style organic, delicious vegetarian meals per day according to traditional principles of the yogic diet. Every meal is lovingly prepared with fresh ingredients and mild but tasty spices. Though the menu changes daily, they usually serve a salad bar, a soup, a grain, a protein, and at least one vegetable dish, as well as oatmeal, yogurt, and granola at lunch. The meals are served in the dining hall / sunroom which has just recently been enclosed. There will always be options for vegan and gluten-free diets. Absent from the menu are meat, fish, fowl, eggs, garlic, onions, and caffeinated beverages.

If you enjoy snacking midday, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm recommends buying some snacks from the ashram boutique. The boutique is open from 11:00 to 12:00 and from 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. They have a refrigerator available in the common area for guest use.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • A gentle walk through natural fields
  • More vigorous hike up the Siva hill
  • Pampering yourself with a variety of different styles of massage and bodywork at the well-being center
  • Swimming in the pond
  • Walking meditation through the Peace Miracle Labyrinth

What's included

  • Advanced yoga practices
  • Satsang sessions (meditation, chanting, and lecture)
  • Certificate of yoga acharya upon completion
  • Vendata philosophy, Sanskrit, Bhakti, and Karma yoga lectures
  • Silent walk
  • Anatomy and physiology lecture
  • Raja yoga sessions
  • Guidance of experienced teachers
  • 28 nights' accommodation
  • Vegetarian brunches and dinners

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Auburn

  • From the I-80 exit in Auburn, go onto Highway 49 north toward Grass Valley.
  • Go 11 miles to Wolf Road (traffic signal light) and turn left.
  • Please note that right side of the intersection is Combie Road.
  • Go 1.8 miles and turn right onto Duggans Road.
  • Go two miles to the end of the road.
  • Turn left on Lime Kiln Road.
  • Go 2.4 miles (the road becomes McCourtney Road) and continue straight.
  • Continue 1.2 miles and turn left on Ballantree Lane.
  • You will note an Adopt-a-Highway sign one mile ahead of the turn that the Yoga Farm removes litter.
  • Go 0.9 miles to the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm driveway.
  • Turn left (it is marked by a big sign).
  • Please drive 10 miles per hour only on Ballantree Lane.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Sacramento International Airport (SMF).

From San Francisco International Airport (SFO), take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to Richmond station. It 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 USD, you can purchase your 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 is downstairs. Go to Amtrak website to book. There, you will see service that is mostly connecting. Part of your travel to Auburn will be by train, some by bus. Give yourself at least 60 - 90 minutes between arrival at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and departure from Richmond.

Please contact Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm to tell them your planned arrival time in Auburn. They will add you to their pickup list and have one of the staffs pick you up there to transport you to the yoga farm. If you are delayed on the day of travel, Amtrak will honor your ticket for the next train, please call Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm to advise and they will adjust accordingly.

From Sacramento International Airport (SMF), Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm recommends that you take Amtrak train or bus service from Sacramento to Auburn station and they will have one of their staffs pick you up in Auburn to transport you to the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm.

From Sacramento International Airport (SMF), you may take either Yolobus (approximate cost is 2.25 USD but will require a walk of six to seven blocks) or SuperShuttle (the approximate cost is 15 USD for a direct journey) to the Amtrak station in Sacramento and transfer there (Amtrak fare is around 16 USD each way). SuperShuttle is also available if you would like a direct ride to the ashram.

Please stop at the information booth at Sacramento International Airport (SMF) 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 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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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