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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm - Yoga Teacher Training

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Last year both Radhika Jenn Warr and Kailas Kelly Wonka of ChocolaTree obtained their yoga teacher certifications at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in California. Now, in this coming October, The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm opens its doors to all who would be available.

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.


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 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

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.

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

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

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.



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