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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm
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14651 Ballantree Ln, Grass Valley, CA, US
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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm

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Rural, Residential, Intentional Communities, Community, Educational

Project Summary

Our mission at the Sivananda Yoga Farm is to spread peace, health and joy through yoga. All are welcome to come to our ashram to learn not only about how yoga can help maintain a healthy body but also how Yogic philosophy, applied in daily life, can help maintain a peaceful mind and spirit. The goal of yoga is inner and outer peace and the realization of unity in diversity.

Project Description

:::ॐ:::MISSION:::ॐ::: Practicing and teaching the ancient yogic knowledge of health, peace, unity in diversity and Self-realization. :::ॐ:::VISION:::ॐ::: To help all realize their highest potential and find inner peace. Inner peace will bring outer peace. :::ॐ:::VALUES:::ॐ::: We relate to people as their inner nature and do not judge or value ourselves based on race, gender, occupation, performance, material conditions or personality. Be in the world and not of the world. Simple living, high thinking. Adapt, adjust, accommodate-highest yoga. Group positive intentions and prayers make miracles. We serve everyone equally with respect. We respect traditions and understand there are values in timeless teachings. Worship sages, saints and our gurus. The blind can’t lead the blind. :::ॐ:::ORGANIZATION:::ॐ::: International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers is a 501(c)3 non-profit. The organization is run 100% by dedicated volunteers and is fueled by the spirit of Karma Yoga (selfless service). :::ॐ:::PROGRAMS:::ॐ::: The Ashram offers daily Yoga classes, guided meditation, chanting, spiritual lectures and organic vegetarian meals. Several programs are offered year-round with renowned teachers. Program topics include: Yoga Teacher Trainings, Yoga Therapist Trainings, Ayurveda, Meditation, Vedanta, Vastu, Vedic Astrology, Cooking Classes, Detox/Fasting, Holistic Healing, Permaculture, Nature Immersion and so much more. :::ॐ:::PERMACULTURE PROJECTS:::ॐ::: In the Ashram we are committed to sustainable and regenerative practices. We have had solar panels since 2007, which produces half of the Ashram’s energy. We also have a large vegetable garden, greenhouse, and fruit orchards. Many crops have been produced i.e tomatoes, zucchini, kale, chard, broccoli, amaranth, asparagus, potatoes, marigold, rosemary and so much more. The property is laden with bountiful fruit and nut trees such as apple, plum, peach, jujube, walnut, fig, pomegranite, almond, persimmon, and mulberry. In the Spring of 2017, the Ashram planted over 2,000 lavender plants on about 2 acres of property. Lavender is a drought-tolerant plant that grows perfectly in the dry California climate. In 2018 we started practicing no-till farming in the lavender fields. No-till agriculture protects topsoil, builds fertility, and prevents erosion. The abundant harvest of lavender flowers are used to make essential oil. An annual permaculture design course (PDC) has been offered since 2008, helping students to learn more about our practices. We have a monthly Permaculture Service day to welcome volunteers who would like to work on the land. With the help of students in our permaculture programs, we are working on small, slow permaculture projects such as converting our orchards into a food forest. The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm is actively seeking people interested in yoga who have practical skills in permaculture, gardening and landscaping for the ashram’s upkeep. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please visit our website and fill out our Karma Yoga with Garden Focus application and specify your skills on the form. :::ॐ:::ECOLOGY:::ॐ::: The property is nestled in a biodiverse Blue Oak Woodland. There are several meandering brooks and large heritage oak trees interspersed with grassland and shrubbery on rolling hills. Hundreds of different species of flora and fauna can be spotted. Home to affectionate llamas, whimsical goats and elegant alpacas, the animal pen is a source of joy for adults and children alike. There are many deer that make their home at the ashram. At dusk, they walk around throughout the ashram and sometimes come up close to some of the buildings looking for greenery to eat. The ashram is on 80 acres and has multiple hiking paths.


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