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Arrival: Thursday, August 1
Departure: Sunday, August 11, 2013

Tuition: $450

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.



Meditation and Self-Study Certification Course

Thursday, August 1—Sunday, August 11, 2013
Swami Sitaramananda •


This ten day meditation immersion is ideal for sincere aspirants, yoga teachers, therapists, and health professionals. The course offers an opportunity for you to know your mind under the guidance of an experienced meditation teacher. You will learn the basic techniques of meditation according to the 4 classical paths of Yoga.


  - Basic techniques of meditation according to the four
     classical paths of Yoga
  - How to create space for meditation
  - The use of mantras and visualization
  - Thought power and transformation
  - How to maintain a spiritual diary
  - How to practice self-observation and develop awareness
  - Mechanics of the mind
  - Concentration theory and practice
  - Mental and emotional obstacles to meditation
  - How to deal with the subconscious
  - Theory of karma
  - Purification of the three bodies
  - Prana and pranayama


Some experience in meditation is recommended but not required.  There are no pre-requisites

Daily Schedule

6-8am Meditation, Chanting and short talk on Yoga
8:00 - 10:00 am : Pranayama practice and self study practice
10am Organic Vegetarian Brunch
10:45 - 11:45 Karma Yoga
12:00 - 1:00 pm : personal meditation practice
1:00 - 4:00 pm : meditation theory and coaching
4-6pm Yoga Class
6pm Organic Vegetarian Dinner
8-10pm Satsang - meditation, chanting and lecture
10:30pm Lights Out

Arrival and Departure

The course will begin at 8:00 pm on Thursday, August 1st with Initiation of the course,
and will end Sunday August 11th after the final workshop

We recommend that you spend at least a few days at the Yoga Farm before the start of your course. This allows your body and mind to rest, re-energize and be nourished by the ashram environment. You can then bring your study feeling relaxed and refreshed. You may also wish to stay for some days after the end of the course to allow the learning from your study to integrate more fully into your consciousness within the supportive environment of the ashram. 

What to Bring

Books:  - Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy by Swami Sitaramananda
            - Positive Thinking Manual
            - Meditation and Mantras by Swami Vishnu-devananda

Also bring Slip-on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight.
All books and materials are available in our boutique.


To reserve a place for this course, please register online or email Then please call to give us your credit card deposit and confirm your reservation.

A deposit paying for your first night's stay is required for your reservation. Please note that in case of cancellation, no refund will be given. A credit note for other programs at the Yoga Farm (valid for one year) will be given.


Hello!  I took Swami Sita's Meditation course a few years back and cannot recommend it highly enough.  It remains one of my most valued reference points for what human existence can afford us when we put ourselves into the context of superb teachings and time-tested methods.  I will regret not participating in it this year, but hope to experience it again some other time!  It is a most worthwhile effort to put it on again and again! Hail to our great teachers! And my warmest regards to Swami Sita.
Christian Damek, Sonora, CA, May 2013

Tuition Discounts

TTC Graduates 10%
Seniors (60+) 10%

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.