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Arrival: Sunday, August 4
Departure: Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tuition: $795

Accommodation options for the 10 night stay, per person:
Tent - $500
Dorm (4 person) - $650
Cabin (2 person) - $850
Cabin (1 person) - $1400
Deluxe Shared (3 person) - $950
Deluxe Shared (2 person) - $1200
Deluxe Cabin (1 person) - $1950

Click for Accommodation Descriptions
Dates given are when you should plan to arrive and leave and may not be actual dates of instruction. All deposits and payments are non-refundable.



The Sivananda Yoga farm is in the Sierra foothills.



The yoga farm has been entirely renovated over the past 15 years.



One of the interiors of the new shanti cabins.



The yoga farm is in a beautiful location.


Yoga of Recovery for Counselors

Sunday, August 4—Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Durga Leela • Swami Sitaramananda •

This original and comprehensive 10-day certification program offers a holistic and complete view of the problem of addiction and its solution. It is ideal for yoga teachers and health professionals, and useful for people with family histories of addiction or family members with addictions.  Upon completion of the course you will have the skills to introduce the healing potential of the holistic sciences of Ayurveda and yoga into your own life and those around you.


  - Root causes of addiction
  - Addictive tendencies of the doshic types
  - The role of prana in recovery (diet and exercise-
      hatha yoga)

  - Understanding the gunas our
     spiritual/psychological natures

  - Four paths of yoga for those in recovery
  - Raja Yoga and 12 steps
  - Ayurvedic nutrition
  - The importance of proper daily and seasonal routines
  - Key recovery tools - satsang-support-fellowship
  - Ayurvedic counseling profiles
  - Detoxification and herbal therapies

Daily Schedule

6:00 - 7:45 am    Morning Satsang: meditation, chanting,
                          talk on yoga
8:00 - 10:00am   Yoga Psychology/Philosophy with
                          Swami Sitaramananda

10:00am             Brunch
11:00-12noon      Karma Yoga (selfless service)
12:00 - 3:00pm   Ayurveda/Tools of Recovery Workshop
                          with Durga Leela

3:00 - 4:00pm     Free Time
4:00 - 6:00pm     Afternoon Hatha Yoga Class
6:00pm               Vegetarian Dinner
6:45 - 7:45pm     Open 12-Step Meeting (optional, every
                          other day)
8:00 - 9:45pm     Evening Satsang: meditation, chanting and
                          talk on yoga


This course is open to anyone but maybe of particular interest to therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, sponsors, yoga teachers, Ayurvedic practitioners. All health professionals dealing with people who are recovering from addiction, people with family members with addiction and/or histories of addiction.
Please note that many people feel a great benefit from attending the retreat and the course together. The retreat is usually offered immediately before or after this course. This allows you to see how the coursework is presented to and received by a varied audience of people in recovery.


Upon successful completion of the training students receive a co-certification signed by the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and the course instructors.
The training is registered by and fulfils the requirements for Yoga Alliance certification. Certified yoga teachers graduating from this program may receive credit RYT500 accreditation with the Yoga Alliance.

Continuing Education Units (CEU) available
Course graduates earn credits toward graduate degrees from the Open International University.

This program is eligible for:

  - 81.5 hours for nurses
  - 81.5 hours for mental health counselors
  - Applications pending for social work and substance
     abuse counselors

  - 108 hours for yoga instructors (YA

See CEU page for more information


"As a recovering addict and drug counselor, I'm always looking for ways to become a better person - so that I may be stronger and able to share my experience, strength, and hope with others who still struggle. While doing research on addiction I stumbled upon this certification course... Yoga of Recovery.
Going through this certification course was the best thing I have ever done for myself! It strengthened me at the very core of my existence and gave me tools that allow me to have inner peace in the most chaotic situations.
Both Durga and Swami Sitaramananda bring a wealth of information and take you on a journey back to basics: love, kindness, and humility.
Anyone who deems themselves unworthy needs this course. Anyone who is lonely, sad or hurting needs this course. You will finally see there is no need for suffering and see yourself as perfect, just as you are."
-Hillary S, Feb 2009


Durga LeelaAbout Durga Leela
Durga Leela is the founder of Yoga of Recovery, a comprehensive program that integrates Ayurveda and Yoga with recovery tools for a holistic mind, body and spirit approach for all those affected by addiction and self-destructive behaviors. Yoga of Recovery is currently offered as workshops, retreats and certificate courses. Durga is a person in long term recovery. She holds the RYT-500 qualification, having completed both the Sivananda Yoga teachers Training Course and an Advanced Yoga Training. She is also extensively trained in Meditation and Vedanta. She is a Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist, trained at the California College of Ayurveda and also in Kerala, India. She is the Director of the Ayurveda Programs at the Yoga Farm in California and a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). She is also a member of Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Swami SitaramanandaAbout Swami Sitaramananda
Swami Sitaramananda is a Yoga, Meditation, and Vedanta teacher for more than 30 years. She is presently the main teacher of the Yoga Teachers Training Courses offered at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA where she is serving as the director for more then 17 years. She also teaches at other Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centers in India, Bahamas, Asia, as well as Centers along the West Coast USA, including her birth country, Vietnam. She is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnu-devananda. She was nominated by her teacher as Goraknath acharya (spiritual teacher, one of the holders of the lineage) in 1989. Her lectures are based on the four classical paths of yoga as well as the 5 points of Health.