The Sivananda Yoga Ranch

Est 1974

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The Yoga Ranch was founded in 1974 by Swami Vishnudevananda to provide a peaceful retreat structured around a full immersion into Yogic living and nurtured with the natural beauty of the lush mountains.

The simple living close to nature quiets the mind and prepares it for meditation and the high thinking of the Vedanta philosophy. Asanas (yoga postures), Pranayama (breathing techniques), vegetarian meals, chanting, and working together in Karma Yoga help complete the Yoga experience.

Programs and Courses

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Teacher Training Course (Jun 16 - Jul 13, 2024)

Teacher Training Course (Jun 16 - Jul 13, 2024)

Our 4-week Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC) is a life-transforming experience that gives participants a firm foundation in classical yoga, and qualifies them to inspire and teach others. Successful graduates of the TTC earn an internationally recognized 200-hour certification accepted by the worldwide Yoga Alliance.

Karma Yoga Program

Karma Yoga Program

Experience the unique gifts of Karma Yoga, or selfless service, the foundation of all yoga practice. Be a part of a global community of practitioners looking to do good in the world, to deepen their practice, and to live for something bigger than themselves.

Yoga Courses and Retreats (available May 2024 - Sep. 2024)

Yoga Courses and Retreats (available May 2024 - Sep. 2024)

Our courses and retreats offer opportunities to learn, grow, and integrate mind and body. Experience the best in holistic learning, earn certification, and gain techniques to share your experience with others.

Residential Program (available September 2023 – April 2024)

Residential Program (available September 2023 – April 2024)

The Ashram residential program requires a minimum 1 month stay (29 nights/30 days).

  • “Yoga is a life of self-discipline built upon the tenets of simple living and high thinking."

    – Swami Vishnudevananda

Karma Yoga

In Person Program

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The Karma Yoga (Selfless Service) Program requires a minimum 1 month stay (29 nights/30 days)



We realize that many people are working from home and can benefit from a long-term stay at the Ashram to support your practice and to immerse in the nature and the spiritual vibrations of the Ashram.

Meditation is the royal path to freedom.

Join us in meditation and satsang Sunday and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm (Eastern Time).

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Sivananda Yoga Teachings

The Five Points of Yoga

After closely observing the lifestyles and needs of people in the West, Swami Vishnudevananda, the founder of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, noted that the ancient wisdom of yoga can be synthesized into five basic principles, which can easily be incorporated into our own lifestyles to provide the foundation for healthy living. It is around these five principles that the activities at the Sivananda Yoga ashrams and centers are based.


Proper Exercise Sivananda Yoga | 5 Points of Yoga(Asanas)

Enhances the flexibility of the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments and stimulates circulation. Flexibility and strength of the spine keep the body youthful.


Proper Breathing Sivananda Yoga | 5 Points of Yoga(Pranayama)

Connects the body to its battery, the solar plexus, which is a storehouse of energy. Stress and depression can be overcome by breathing more deeply with increased awareness.


Proper Relaxation Sivananda Yoga | 5 Points of Yoga(Savasana)

Relieves the body of existing stress symptoms (including muscle tension and breathlessness) and also helps develop resistance against external stress factors. Once body and mind are freed from constant overload they are at ease and perform more efficiently.

Sivananda Yoga | 5 Points of Yoga


Sivananda Yoga | 5 Points of YogaProper Diet (Vegetarian)

Promotes health and has a positive effect on body and mind. It is natural, simple to prepare, easy to digest and absorb. It is based on proper food choices and causes the least harm to other living beings and the environment.


Sivananda Yoga | 5 Points of YogaPositive Thinking and Meditation (Vedanta and Dhyana)

Eliminates negative thought patterns and provides an experience of inner peace by controlling the mind through meditation. This is the key to peace of mind.

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500 Budd Rd

Woodbourne, NY 12788