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:
balanced state of mind
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:
1. Raja Yoga: Developing Emotional 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 Love – the journey of the individual soul to Universal Consciousness
*Completion of this course offers 11 CEUs through Yoga Alliance*
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.
∙ What is meditation? ∙ Why meditate? ∙ How to meditate? ∙ Techniques of Meditation according to the four Classical Paths of Yoga
∙ 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 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.
“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
▻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
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.
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.
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.
∙ 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.
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).
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.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
1:30 PM PST
“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.
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.
The power of thoughts, secrets of the subconscious mind
How to develop concentration and willpower
How to establish a personal meditation practice
Introduction to Meditation
This 5-session course meets once per week; 90 minutes each session.
Attendance at Positive Thinking Level 1 is recommended
Prana is the universal principle of energy or force. “Whatever moves or works or has life, is but an expression or manifestation of prana.” Breath is the external manifestation of prana. With the regular practice of pranayama—or controlling prana—you can store this energy in your brain and nerve plexi. You need an abundance of prana to be healthy and strong. Hatha Yoga has developed this to a science.
In this 5-session course, we will introduce and practice kapalabhati and anuloma viloma (alternate nostril breathing), in addition to sun salutations and relaxation.
Learn a safe practice you can do daily,
building up the number of rounds over the course of the five weeks at your own pace.
Balance and calm the mind.
Tone your body, internal organs and digestion.
We will look at classic sitting positions, kriyas and anatomy of breathing.
Build your awareness of energy, while consciously building, storing, purifying and chanelling prana.
Swami Sivananda says, “A Pranayama practitioner will have a light body free from disease, very fair complexion, a sweet melodious voice, and pleasant smell from his body. He will have good appetite, cheerfulness, a handsome figure, good strength, courage, enthusiasm, a high standard of health, vigour and vitality, and good concentration of mind.”
The practice is easy and the benefits immediate. Cultivate the discipline, with the encouragement of the group practice.
The course meets 5 consecutive Sunday mornings. (A weeknight course can be scheduled on request.)
A restorative yoga sequence typically includes five or six poses, where you are supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for five minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends.
• rejuvenates the body on a cellular level to give a sense of deep relaxation, quieting the mind and bringing mental clarity.
• helps relieve stress, anxiety, headaches and insomnia, as well as pain.
• is especially helpful when you are tired or feeling “burnt out.”
• assists in restoring balance to the immune system function.
• enhances your meditation practice.
Rest in your true Nature. No experience necessary. Bring bolsters, straps and blocks, if you have them.
Please pre-register so we can be sure to have enough props for you.
New Year, New You! What’s your New Year Resolution for 2020? Are you ready to get yourself back from the “holiday mode” and kick off strong? Let Ayurveda, “knowledge of life” re-center and reset your mind and body through natural healing.
Ayurveda, dates back 5000 years to the ancient Sanskrit text Vedas from Indus Valley. It is a system of healing that examines physical constitution, emotional nature and spiritual outlook in the context of the universe.
In the workshop your will learn:
Fundamental principles of Ayurveda.
You are what you eat – how food and meal time affect our body and mind.
You are what you think – how practicing mindfulness affect our body.
Drop in for portions of the program— Or check in by 7:00pm Thursday 2/6 to enjoy two days at the Ashram. Swamini is a witty and extremely wise teacher. Do not miss this rare and delightful opportunity to learn from her in Los Angeles. Afternoon talks on the Mundakopanishad, which describes the nature of the Brahman. When sages have attained the Atman, they become satisfied with their knowledge, their purpose is fulfilled. They become free from desires, and are tranquil.
Thursday • 2/6
7:30pm Satsang: The Yoga of Objectivity: Mind-Bending Ways of Being in the Present, Part 1 (Satsang begins with meditation and chanting)
Friday • 2/7 6:00am Satsang
8:00am Asana class
10:00am Vegetarian brunch provided
11:00am Karma Yoga (service)
12:00–2:00pm Two Birds, One Truth: Lessons from the Mundakopanishad, Part 1
4:00pm Asana class
6:00pm Vegetarian dinner
7:30pm Satsang: The Yoga of Objectivity: Mind-Bending Ways of Being in the Present, Part 2
Saturday • 2/8
6:00am Satsang: The Yoga of Objectivity: Mind-Bending Ways of Being in the Present, Part 3
8:00am Asana class
10:00am Vegetarian brunch provided
11:00am Karma Yoga (service)
12:00–2:00pm Two Birds, One Truth: Lessons from the Mundakopanishad, Part 2 3:00pm Checkout or stay for:
4:00pm Asana class
6:00pm Vegetarian Dinner
Per session: Talks $29 each Meals $10 each Asana classes $16 eachNo charge for Satsang For the Residential Retreat option: Private room $348 or dorm room $248 for 2 nights
Shared same-sex bathroom Includes 2 vegetarian brunches and 1 dinner, 2 yoga classes, 2 satsangs (attendance required) 1–2 hours of Karma Yoga
Check in 7:00pm Thursday; check out Saturday
We request a non-refundable deposit of $100, credit card only.
Refundable only if cancelled within 24 hours of booking.
Advance reservation required. Call 310-822-9642 or email [email protected]
Inquire about secure parking.
A yantra is a powerful meditation tool, both through the process—plotting the mathematical structure and systematically painting it—and as a symbol of the mantra it represents (with a central focal point). Focus and quiet concentration are required. The visual and nonverbal right hemisphere of the brain is enlisted. With the inner silence comes self-awareness. Watch your experience and find the center again. Encountering the symmetrical, geometric pattern fosters inner harmony.
Elevate your consciousness by connecting to the Divine, the universal cosmology.
We begin with the Ganesha yantra, pictured above, carefully drawing the sacred geometry, then painting with the specific colors of the Ganesha energy. Participants work at their own pace. If you have already painted the Ganesha yantra, you will have the opportunity to paint a planet yantra.
All materials provided, but you are welcome to bring a pencil, eraser, compass and/or straight edge with metric measurements. No experience necessary. Please sign up in advance.
Drop in for workshops, asana classes and meals or check in by 7:00pm Friday 1/24 and enjoy the whole weekend.
Asana classes $16
For the Residential Retreat option:
Private room $380 or dorm room $280 for 2 nights (total, including tuition)
Shared same-sex bathroom
Includes per day: light breakfast, vegetarian lunch and dinner, 2 yoga classes, 2 satsangs (attendance required), 2 workshops
1–2 hours of Karma Yoga
Check in 7:00pm Friday; check out Sunday
We request a non-refundable deposit of $100, credit card only. Refundable only if cancelled within 24 hours of booking.
Extra fee for secure parking: $10 per day
Advance reservation required. Fill in the form below or call 310-822-9642 or email [email protected]
Nearest airport is LAX. Take Uber/Lyft from there (10 miles).