Realize the True Vision of Yourself

This weekend series of workshops dedicated to
cultivating positive virtues to Realize the Ideal Vision of Yourself.

Gain tools and techniques in practical life application of the Ancient Yogic teachings for Health and Peace of Mind.

Joy is found in daily life through Cultivation of Virtuous such as:

  • generosity
  • forgiveness
  • mercy
  • tolerance
  • adaptability
  • courage
  • patience
  • balanced state of mind
  • Cosmic Love

 

Compassion is the attitude of the mind which impels one to help all creatures who are afflicted.
Love is the greatest healing power in the world. It is Love that sustains life.

 

 

Special attention will be given on how to overcome the negative emotions of:

  • guilt
  • shame
  • anger

  

 

1. Raja Yoga: Developing Emotional Wisdom

  • Cultivate wisdom
  • Know which feelings and emotions are present without being
    lost in them
  • Understand the nature of emotions and their energizing “call to action”
  • Release harmful habits and self-sabotaging tendencies

 

2. Understanding Guilt, Shame and Anger 

  • In this workshop we define guilt, shame, and anger
  • Understand the dynamic effects these negative emotions can have in our life
  • Identify and Nurture virtues to counteract negative emotions

 

3. Steps to Forgiveness and Self-Healing

  • Yogic Teachings offer a conscious path to self-healing through forgiveness
  • Learn a 9-step practice to forgiveness combined with classical Yoga wisdom
  • Nurture a conscious and loving relationship with your Divine Self

  

4. Satsang – Ahimsa: Cosmic Love
Join the Sivananda LA community in

  • Meditation to focus and calm the mind
  • Uplifting Music paired with Chanting of high-vibrational hymns
  • A reading on Ahimsa: Cosmic Lovethe journey of the individual soul to Universal Consciousness

 

*Completion of this course offers 11 CEUs through Yoga Alliance*

 

 

Swami Dharmananda

Swami Dharmananda

Senior Teacher of Traditional Yogic Knowledge

Swami Dharmananda is a senior Yoga and Meditation teacher at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA. He teaches Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Meditation, Positive Thinking, and more, with a keen interest in Yoga-psychology and how to guide others in finding Peace of mind within themselves. He presents the Traditional Yogic Teachings in a practical and applicable way for daily life.

Meditation for Health & Peace of Mind

Learn:

∙ What is meditation?
∙ Why meditate?
∙ How to meditate?
∙ Techniques of Meditation according to the four Classical Paths of Yoga

 
 
Gain:

∙ Tools to overcome obstacles encountered in Meditation
∙ A sustainable and balanced meditation practice
∙ Ability to integrate Meditation practice into your lifestyle.

 

 

This Workshop offers an opportunity to step back and recognize the thoughts in your mind under the guidance of an experienced Meditation Teacher.

 

Swami Jnaneswariananda

Swami Jnaneswariananda

Swami Jnaneswariananda joined Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in 1995 and has been director of centers and ashrams in Canada and Italy. She teaches Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Anatomy, and Vedanta at Teacher’s Training Courses in North America, Italy and India. Swami Jnaneswariananda took vows of Sannyas in 2001. She is currently a senior teacher at the Yoga Farm in Grass Valley. She teaches with great enthusiasm and humor.

Sivananda Yoga Open House Free Introduction

“Simple Living, High Thinking.” -Swami Vishnudevananda

 

FREE INTRODUCTION

Every month the Center provides this free introduction for anyone interested to learn about and experience a traditional Yoga practice.

It is also an opportunity to become familiar with our courses and workshops, and the peaceful way of life practiced here at the Center. This event is suitable for total beginners. Find out what yoga is and how it affects the body, mind and spirit.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

3:00pm

Introduction to the Center and Yoga
A talk on the five principles for a balanced healthy lifestyle

3:30pm

One Hour Introductory Yoga Class
A 60-minute beginner’s asana class, ending with an introduction to Meditation
4:30pm Talk with the Teachers
Ask questions, learn about other programs at the center.

 

WHAT TO BRING

Wear or bring loose, comfortable clothing that will be suitable for doing the yoga – Bring a yoga mat (if you have one) or towel, to place on the mats we provide

Community Night Movie: Mahabharata part 1/4

“The Message of Mahabharata is Truth and Righteousness.”

This month we will begin to watch the Mahabharata (part 1 of 4), a great epic which propagates the unhindered practice of Dharma, or right action. The Mahabharata contains one hundred thousand verses and is the essence of all scriptures. 

This version of the Mahabharata by Peter Brook is 5.5 hours long.
We will watch the entire movie in 4 sections, on the first Saturday of each month: April, May, June, and July

 

 

Community Night

▻10 minutes Meditation – sitting silently, observing the breath
▻10 minutes of the daily chant
▻60-90 minutes inspiring entertainment, engaging the senses in a positive way

-light snack provided.
-feel free to contribute a snack of your own*

*please no meat, fish, egg, garlic, onion, or mushroom

Durga Puja w/ Pundit Mani-Sharma

Join us for Durga Puja

a celebration of victory over negative thoughts and tendencies.

Mother Durga is symbolic of intelligence, mercy and beauty in all things.

In this Durga Puja we will offer water, scented powders, flowers, mantras, the ringing of a bell, and sweet foods; symbolically we offer up our negative tendencies and self arrogating principle which is responsible for suffering as the sense of separation.

 

**Your offerings of monetary donation, flowers and fruits may be given to one of the volunteers on Sunday (preferably before 6pm)**

 

 

Durga represents the Divine Mother. She is the energy aspect of the Lord. Without Durga, Shiva has no expression and without Shiva, Durga has no existence. Shiva is the soul of Durga; Durga is identical with Shiva. Lord Shiva is only the silent witness. He is motionless, absolutely changeless. He is not affected by the cosmic play. It is Durga who does everything.

Shakti is the omnipotent power of the Lord, or the Cosmic Energy. The Divine Mother is represented as having ten different weapons in Her hands. She sits on a lion. She keeps up the play of the Lord through the three attributes of Nature, namely, Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas. Knowledge, peace, lust, anger, greed, egoism and pride, are all Her forms.

The Mother’s Grace is boundless. Her mercy is illimitable; Her knowledge infinite; Her power immeasurable; Her glory ineffable; and Her splendour indescribable. She gives you material prosperity as well as spiritual freedom.

Approach Her with an open heart. Lay bare your heart to Her with frankness and humility. Be as simple as a child. Kill ruthlessly the enemies of egoism, cunningness, selfishness and crookedness. Make a total, unreserved, and ungrudging self-surrender to Her. Sing Her praise. Repeat Her Name. Worship Her with faith and unflinching devotion. Perform special worship on the Navaratri days. Navaratri is the most suitable occasion for doing intense spiritual practices. These nine days are very sacred to the Divine Mother. Plunge yourself in Her worship.

Pundit Mani-Sharma

Pundit Mani-Sharma

Vedic Priest

Pandit Mani Sharma had Upanayanam (initiation into study) in 1989 as a 7-year old and started his study in a Gurukulam for 10 years until 1999. He went on to study further until 2002. After studying he had a 2-year apprentship as a Hindu Preist until 2004. He has been a professional Pundit (Vedic Priest) since 2004.

Yoga & Ayurveda: Emotional Wellness w/ Arun Deva

How do we understand the emotional body?

In Ayurveda the mind begins in the heart, reaches downwards into the gut and upwards into the brain. The connections are easy to see as seats of feelings, instincts and sensation/thought. All our instincts and our rational thinking revolve around the mediating emotional state. In Vedic terms this is described as rasāvāda: the revealing of our Essence.

Ayurveda

∙ Indian Holistic Medical System
∙ Practiced for over 5000 years
∙ Sister science to Yoga.
∙ Explains how our interrelationship with nature’s cycles, rhythms and patterns affect our daily lives and how awareness can bring true health, balance and wellness.

Arun Deva

Arun Deva

DASc, AYT, E-RYT/500, YT

Arun Deva, DASc, AYT, E-RYT/500, YTRx, teaches yoga therapy and Ayurveda across the globe. Having started his studies as a child growing up in India, he has made his home in Los Angeles for the past 37 years. Arun is the founder of Arunachala Yoga & Ayurveda and teaches Ayurvedic and Yogic lifestyle workshops, writes articles for different peer reviewed publications and currently chairs the committee creating Standards for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).

Sivananda Yoga Open House Free Introduction

“Simple Living, High Thinking.” -Swami Vishnudevananda

 

FREE INTRODUCTION

Every month the Center provides this free introduction for anyone interested to learn about and experience a traditional Yoga practice.

It is also an opportunity to become familiar with our courses and workshops, and the peaceful way of life practiced here at the Center. This event is suitable for total beginners. Find out what yoga is and how it affects the body, mind and spirit.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

3:00pm

Introduction to the Center and Yoga
A talk on the five principles for a balanced healthy lifestyle

3:30pm

One Hour Introductory Yoga Class
A 60-minute beginner’s asana class, ending with an introduction to Meditation
4:30pm Talk with the Teachers
Ask questions, learn about other programs at the center.

 

WHAT TO BRING

Wear or bring loose, comfortable clothing that will be suitable for doing the yoga – Bring a yoga mat (if you have one) or towel, to place on the mats we provide

Sivananda Yoga Open House – Free Introduction

Join us in this Free Introduction to Classical Yoga through a Traditional Teaching.

  • Brief talk on the Lineage of Teachers, dating back to the great Master of India, H.H. Sri Adi Sankaracharya (800a.d.)
  • 60 minute Sivananda Yoga Class
  • Tea time / Q&A with an experienced Sivananda Yoga Instructor.

 
**All are welcome**

Chanting Workshop

Chanting Workshop

If you love to chant or want to learn, come for a relaxed afternoon of Kirtan (mantra chanting) and good company. Practice the traditional call-and-response Sivananda daily chants, experiment with rhythm, become confident to lead chants, learn new ones. It’s easy, and uplifting.

Mantra chanting is the most joyful when done in a group. The awakening energy develops devotion and selfless love, a wonderful complement to your hatha yoga practice.

New Year Resolves Workshop

New Year Resolves Workshop

New Year Resolves Workshop with Swami Sivasankariananda

Swami Sivasankariananda, 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.

New Year and Swami Vishnu Birthday Celebration

New Year and Swami Vishnu Birthday Celebration

“May you become a true Jyoti (light) to lead humanity towards peace, light and immortality. May you all become true messengers of Master.” —Swami Vishnudevananda

9:45pm Mantra Chanting
10:15pm Guru Puja
11:30pm Peace Mantra Chanting into the New Year
12:15am Prasad and refreshments

Welcome the New Year with a Guru Puja to honor Swami Vishnudevananda’s birthday and his Mission of World Peace

Program includes Guru Puja, group meditation and chanting of Peace Mantra to bring in the New Year.

Together we will pray for inner peace and well-being for all; offering up our impurities to receive Divine blessings and start blissfully anew.

You are welcome to bring your own offerings of flowers and prasad.

5-Week Positive Thinking Course

5-Week Positive Thinking Course

Description

This course will meet for 5 straight weeks from 6-7:30 pm on Friday night.

If you haven’t considered the power of thought, think again!

We will cover theory of the mind which will enable you to develop a positive attitude toward life, gain mastery over negative habits and increase self-esteem and confidence. Achieve what you really want through Yoga and mind-control techniques.

This course offers many practical tools for empowering yourself, improving everyday life and achieving what you really want.

Curriculum

  • What is thought? Thought power
  • 4 paths of yoga for positive thinking
  • Planting the tree of positivity

Beginners are welcome.

Textbook

Positive Thinking manual

Dates

Positive Thinking – Level 1 is offered as a 5-week course meeting once per week for 90 minutes.

Register

Please describe your yoga experience
5-Week Yoga 1 Beginners Course

5-Week Yoga 1 Beginners Course

Description

This Beginners Yoga Course is ideal for beginners, or those new to Sivananda Yoga. This course gives you the full yogic experience, progressively introducing yoga asanas, breathing exercises, meditation, mantra chanting and yoga philosophy and it will cover the first 3 of the 5 points of Yoga.  The course will help you understand the system that is followed in all of our open classes.

Curriculum

• Step-by-step guide in 11 of the basic 12 postures, with explanation of benefits of the postures
• What is classical yoga? Intro to the tradition of lineage of the yoga masters
• What is the purpose and what are the methods of classical yoga?
• Basic philosophy about happiness, health, life, freedom
• Difference between yoga asana and physical exercises
• Yogic techniques of breathing
• Yogic techniques of relaxation

Text book

“Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy” – Swami Sitaramananda
available in our boutique

Dates

The course meets five consecutive Saturdays at 10:30am.

Register

Please describe your yoga experience
Price: $ 125.00
2-Hour Asana Variations Class

2-Hour Asana Variations Class

Description

Listen to your body, boost your energy, bring positive challenge to your yoga practice. Following the structure of a classic Sivananda yoga class, variations will be woven in as options for deeper practice. This class is not meant for complete beginners, however, you do not have to consider yourself an advanced practitioner to participate.

Register

Price: $ 18.00

5-Week Meditation Course

Description

Meditation is the key to achieving peace of mind in a stressful and competitive world, filled with endless temptations and “weapons of mass distraction.” Experience the benefits of meditation in just five sessions. Dynamic practical instructions are given in mind control, concentration, and classical meditation techniques. Regular practice will enhance mental, physical, and spiritual well being. This course gives numerous practical tools for empowering you and improving everyday life.

Curriculum

  • The power of thoughts, secrets of the subconscious mind
  • How to develop concentration and willpower
  • How to establish a personal meditation practice

Textbook

Introduction to Meditation

Dates

This 5-session course meets once per week; 90 minutes each session.

Prerequisite

Attendance at Positive Thinking Level 1 is recommended

Register

Please describe your yoga experience
Price: $ 125.00