The Sivananda Yoga Ranch
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
Reconnect with a Yoga Retreat
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.
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.
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.
“Yoga is a life of self-discipline built upon the tenets of simple living and high thinking."– Swami Vishnudevananda
In Person Program
The Ashram residential program requires a minimum 1 month stay (29 nights/30 days).
The Karma Yoga (Selfless Service) Program requires a minimum 1 month stay (29 nights/30 days)
Meditation is the royal path to freedom.
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.
Enhances the flexibility of the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments and stimulates circulation. Flexibility and strength of the spine keep the body youthful.
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.
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.
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.
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.