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Swami Sivasankariananda, C-IAYT, director of the Los Angeles Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, served as director of the San Francisco Center from February of 2015 to September 2019. She returns to LA where she lived for 20+ years. She completed her TTC at the Yoga Farm in 1997 and ATTC there in 2008. Swamiji has been on yatra in 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 is a certified yoga therapist.
Swami Dharmananda has been the assistant director of the Yoga Farm for many years and is in charge of the Karma yoga program. He is a faculty of the Sivananda Institute of Health (SIHY) and is one of the main teachers of yoga philosophy and meditation at the ashram. He took sannyas vows in 2013 and 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 Adi Parashaktiananda is a dedicated Sadhak and Hatha yoga practitioner and teacher. He took the first monastic vow from Sivananda lineage in 2011 and has been traveling yearly to Vietnam as Swami Sitaramananda’s assistant since then. Swamiji has been teaching the Hatha yoga classes for the Teachers Training Course (TTC) and has also been traveling to Chengdu, China to help teach the TTC there. He teaches a seven-day Hatha yoga sadhana course and the 14-day Sivananda sadhana intensive course, whose emphasis is on the individual practice of pranayama. Swamiji took sannyas vows in 2017.
Swami Jnaneswariananda has been director of centers and ashrams in Canada and Italy and has taught many teacher training courses worldwide, including in India. She is currently a senior teacher at the Yoga Farm in Grass Valley. She teaches with great enthusiasm and humor. Swami Jnaneswariananda has a Phd. in Biomedical Engineering and is a member of the faculty of Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training program. She is an excellent teacher of anatomy and physiology and yoga philosophy.
Swami Sitaramananda is a 39 years experienced yogini and yoga and meditation teacher. She has been director of the Sivananda Ashram Vedanta Yoga Farm for 25 years and now is also director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga resort in Vietnam. She is the main teacher in the 800-hour Yoga health Educator Training and has taught for many years in India, China, Japan, and Taiwan. Swamiji is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and is a talented spiritual teacher with a clear and humoristic explanation of difficult philosophical topics.
Swami Vashistananda comes from the Namboodri lineage in Southern India, Kerala and was the personal priest of Swami Vishnudevananda. Swamiji 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 and does ceremonies at all the ashram temples and shrines. Swamiji teaches and does story-telling with much inspiration and humor.