Our Lineage & Teachings
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.
International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers
One of the great saints of modern times, Swami Sivananda is the inspiration behind the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center. Born in India, he served for many years as a medical doctor before renouncing worldly life and establishing the Sivananda Ashram and Divine Life Society in Rishikesh. A prolific writer, he authored more than 300 books that offer knowledge and spiritual guidance to millions around the world. His mission can be summarized by his saying: “Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize.”
Recognized worldwide as an authority on Hatha and Raja yoga, Swami Vishnudevananda founded the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in 1959. After spending 10 years with his guru, Swami Sivananda, Swamiji was sent to the West to disseminate the teachings of Yoga and Vedanta. He was a visionary, dynamic leader for world peace, and he wrote the practical classics Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga and Meditation and Mantras.
The Flying Swami
Swamiji's Peace Missions
The Five Points of Yoga
The asanas not only produce a strong, healthy body, but as exercises in meditation they provide deep and powerful inner benefits.
These specific breathing techniques align us with our natural energy, creating physical and mental rejuvenation and promoting optimum health.
Yoga teaches three levels of relaxation: physical, mental, and spiritual. Savasana is a vital part of keeping the body, mind, and spirit healthy.
A Yogi eats with awareness, choosing food that has the most positive effect on the body and mind and the least negative effect on the environment.
Life is evolving and accelerating. With Vedanta and meditation, the mind becomes calm and steady. Meditation is especially helpful for those with stressful lives.
“You can have calmness of mind at all times by the practice of yoga. You can have restful sleep. You can have increased energy, vigour, vitality, longevity, and a high standard of health. You can turn out efficient work within a short space of time. You can have success in every walk of life.” – Swami Sivananda
Realization of Unity in Diversity
Our mission at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch 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.