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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm

In 1971, Swami Vishnu-devananda returned to California and founded the third ashram in the young Sivananda International organization: the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm on 40 acres of land located in the Gold Country of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California. The "Yoga Farm," as Swami Vishnu-devananda nicknamed the ashram, remained his favorite place for personal retreat and is where he wrote "Meditation and Mantras." For almost 20 years the ashram remained in its original state: a farmhouse and pond surrounded by rolling hills and majestic oaks, saturated with the songs of wildlife.

In 1974, the Yoga Farm hosted the first Sivananda Teachers' Training Course on the West Coast. Yoga practitioners are increasingly aware of deeper and subtler aspects of classical yogic teachings, and seek a retreat where they can deepen their practice, renew their inspiration and further educate themselves. The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm responds by maintaining a pure atmosphere where people rediscover their Divine Self. It is a spiritual, non-sectarian, non-profit organization run entirely by dedicated Yoga teachers who selflessly teach this ancient system. It is a spiritual, non-sectarian, non-profit organization run entirely by dedicated Yoga teachers who selflessly teach this. "Sivananda Yoga is qualified in Time Magazine article on Yoga as "moderately difficult" and is "One of the world's largest schools of Yoga, Sivananda calls for the rigorous application of Yoga postures, breathing exercises, relaxation, vegetarian diet and study of scriptures. May require lifestyle changes"

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Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda is the Director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California, and a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda. She has many years of experience teaching meditation, Yoga philosophy and positive thinking all over the world. She has authored a Positive Thinking Manual and is an expert in the art of teaching positive thinking and how to deal with the mind and emotions.

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Swami Pranavananda

Swami Pranavananda took the vow of Sannyas in 1995. He is a gifted teacher who is the main hatha yoga teacher at the ashram and teaches the Anatomy and Physiology section of our Teachers Training Course. He co-directed the San Francisco Center for five years. A talented musician, he enjoys leading kirtan and bhajan chanting sessions during satsang.

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Ananta Chaitanya

Ananta Chaitanya graduated TTC in 2009 and has remained Staff since then. He served in Los Angles Yoga Center in 2010 and in San Francisco Yoga Center in 2011. In 2012 and 2013 he traveled to Vietnam as Swami Sitaramananda's personal assistant helping teach the Hath Yoga classes for the TTC. Ananta ch. also assists Durga Leela in teaching the 12 days Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Certification course integrating ayurvedic principles onto the yoga mat. Ananta ch. has called the Yoga Farm in Grass valley his home now for the past 4 years. He loves living in a community close to the land and has helped assisting the Permaculture Design course and overseeing the blossoming vegetable garden.

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