This 10-day advanced course features vedantic meditation, the practice of group scriptural study, personal self-inquiry and the practice of outer and inner silence.
There will be personal coaching and guidance by Swami Sitaramananda in the study of Viveka Chudamani, the “Crest Jewel of Discrimination” by Sankaracharya. Enter into the peaceful silence of the inner Self through the practice of external silence. Come away with deeper self-knowledge and a sense of clarity and peace.
5:30 am Wake up bell
06:00 – 07:00 am – Meditation alone at a chosen location
07:00 – 10:00 am – Swadhyaya, guided study of scripture, in a group with the teacher
10:00 – 10:45 am – Vegetarian brunch, sitting alone in Mouna (silence)
11:00 – 12:00 pm – Karma yoga, interactions as needed, still in Mouna
12:00 – 02:00 pm – Silent reflection, journal writing, study time
02:00 – 04:00 pm – Dialogue with the teacher, group dialogue
04:00 – 06:00 pm – Asana/pranayama practice in silence
06:00 – 07:00 pm – Vegetarian dinner, sitting alone in Mouna
07:00 – 08:00 pm – Mantra chanting/writing in a group, spoken chanting allowed, but no conversation
08:00 – 10:00 pm – Meditation in a group or alone, study on assigned reading, summary writing…no sleep allowed before
10:30 pm Lights out
“With the direct and compassionate guidance of Swami Sitaramananda, I had the confidence to clearly look at my emotions, thoughts and actions and the negative and positive results that stem from them. Swami Sitaramananda was able to make a practical connection between the insights from Shankara’s Crest Jewel of Discrimination and everyday life. I now have an understanding of how to apply this wisdom to become more aware and mindful of my emotions, thoughts and actions. With this training in self-awareness I feel confident in my abilities to make life-affirming decisions. For me the course was truly transformative!”
– Padma (Nina Nguyen) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“This is a course that will wake you up to who you really are and accelerate your progress on the spiritual path. Swami Sitaramananda is a brilliant and insightful teacher of the Vedantic texts. I highly recommend this course to serious spiritual seekers. Thank you for guiding us with such insight through Vivekachudamani. You were able to see things that we could not. It is the right teaching at the right time. The path ahead is much clearer now.”
“I now have the answers to so many of my questions.”
– Cynthia, Canada
“I found a teacher, a genuine tradition, a supportive community and a place where I can ask every question without fear.”
– Leslie, NY
Certificate of Completion from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, International.
Arrival & Departure Information
• 1st day – 2:00pm
• last day – 12:00pm (room checkout, please stay of for workshop)
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Swami Sitaramananda is a senior acharya of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers and is director of the Sivananda Ashram Vedanta Yoga Farm, California and the Sivananda Yoga Resort and Training Center, Vietnam. She is acharya of China, Taiwan, and Japan as well. Swamiji is the organizer and teacher of the Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training (SYHET) program, an 800-hour program on yoga therapy, accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
Swami Sitaramananda is the author of “Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy” (translated in Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Russian), “Positive Thinking Manual”, “Karma Yoga Manual”, “Meditation Manual”, “Swamiji Said, a collection of teachings by Swami Vishnu” in His Own Words. She is responsible for the Vietnamese translation of “Completed Illustrated Book of Yoga” (CIBY) and “Meditation & Mantras” by Swami Vishnu. Many of her video & audio lectures on Yoga life, philosophy, and psychology as well as articles and webinars can be found on this website.
Swami Sita is an ardent supporter of the integration of the Vedic sciences such as Vastu, Jyotish, Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta. She is an international teacher of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Courses and Advanced Yoga teachers’ Training courses, as well as Meditation and Vedanta & Silence Courses both in Sivananda Ashrams in Vietnam and in Grass Valley, CA.
The Ranch's Daily Schedule
6:00amSatsang or Silent Walk
8:00amHatha Yoga Class
12:00pmAfternoon Program& Free Time
4:00pmHatha Yoga Class
Satsang & Yoga Classes
Satsang consists of a 30-minute silent meditation, followed by 30 minutes of spiritual chanting (kirtan), and finishes with 30 minutes of spiritual lecture.
Daily attendance at both Satsangs and Hatha Yoga Classes is encouraged for your health and well-being and to maintain the proper rhythm and atmosphere of the ashram community.