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Yogis Beyond Borders JOINS Yoga Peace Ambassadors (Certification Course)
with Dr. Elaine Valdov

Sunday, June 30, 2019 - Friday, July 5, 2019


Yogis Beyond Borders JOINS Yoga Peace Ambassadors at the Sivananda Yoga Ranch (Certification Course)


Dr. Elaine Valdov

Tuition: $350 + Accommodation or Ashram day rate

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Yogis Beyond Borders (YBB) and Yoga Peace Ambassadors (YPA) inspire and empower you to become an “activist of the heart” – exploring and developing ways to put “your passion for creating a better world” – INTO ACTION. Both YBB and YPA share the same objective: to be of service to humanity.

YBB helps yoga teachers to take the healing power of yoga out into the world – to local communities, underserved areas around the globe, and into post conflict regions. YPA helps both yoga teachers and yoga practitioners to create humanitarian initiatives focused on meeting the challenges of the world today — from eradicating hunger and poverty to empowering women, from providing a sustainable environment to ensuring quality education and health for all, etc.

We are very pleased to offer a new combined YBB/YPA program this year, where participants can benefit from both YBB and YPA. This provides the opportunity of working on humanitarian projects, adding a humanitarian focus to one’s work or practice, and/or taking yoga into the world – creating or joining existing programs. As a result of the combined programs, participants will take part in the regular YBB/YPA coursework, plus be able to attend special lectures and workshops focusing on their specific area (s) of interest. Yoga teachers, from all yoga traditions, and yoga practitioners are eligible to attend YBB/YPA and become certified.

The YBB/YPA Program Covers the Following Topics:
1) Finding and exploring your passion in life — your “Life’s Calling”;
2) Exploring how to tie your passion to practical ways that make a difference in the world;
3) Developing concrete leadership skills that help make your passion a reality;
4) Exploring self, to release obstacles that may stand in the way of following your calling;
5) Creating a YBB project (taking yoga into the world) and/or a YPA project (humanitarian program / initiative) — that matches your passion;
(Note: For those participants who already have a project “in the making”, or program that is already in existence, we provide guidance for developing your next steps.)
6) Increasing your knowledge of challenges that the United Nations is working on (see UN.org Sustainable Development Goals), and exploring ways you can join millions who are working to accomplish these goals (connecting your passion with helping on local to international levels);
7) Exploring UN International Days and Decades – seeing how to create projects or events around these international days that are celebrated around the world and/or created to bring world attention to profound areas of national to international concern;
8) Finding possible YBB/YPA programs to join.

Examples of additional YBB topics covered in special lectures and workshops (Topics change depending on interests and needs of participants):
1) Understanding benefits of yoga in recovering from trauma and heightened stress situations;
2) Helping others deal with emotional stressors and conflicts, caused by living through traumas and other difficult life situations;
3) Learning basics in working in disasters, as first responders (following Red Cross guidelines);
4) Building an enhanced yoga practice with humanitarian projects;
5) Exploring special yoga mantras and other yoga practices, that connect with specific humanitarian issues and international days, etc.

Registration Information

The course tuition (listed above) is for the whole program. Your accommodation rate includes meals, Satsangs, and Hatha yoga classes which are offered daily.

Program Schedule


2:00pm      Check-in
4:00pm      Hatha Yoga Class
6:00pm      Dinner
8:00pm      Satsang*
10:30pm    Lights Out

Monday – Thursday

5:30am      Wake Up Bell
6:00am      Satsang* or Silent Walk
8:00am      Hatha Yoga Class
10:00am    Brunch
10:45am    Karma Yoga
12-3:45pm    Yogis Beyond Borders/Yoga Peace Ambassador Program
4:00pm      Hatha Yoga Class
6:00pm      Dinner
8:00pm      Satsang*
10:30pm    Lights Out


5:30am      Wake Up Bell
6:00am      Satsang* or Silent Walk
8:00am      Hatha Yoga Class
10:00am    Brunch
11-1:00pm     Final Program Workshop
12:00pm    Room Check-Out

* Satsang – 30-minute silent meditation, kirtan / chanting, spiritual lecture.
Daily activity schedule, and/or possible changes, will be announced at morning Satsang.

Arrival & Departure Information

•   Sunday – 2:00pm onwards
•   Friday – 12:00pm (room checkout)

Planning to arrive and depart here by bus?  See more information.

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Dr. Elaine Valdov

Elaine Valdov is a representative to the United Nations, a peace and human rights activist and conflict resolution specialist. She is the Founder and President of International Young Leaders’ Vision Summits, Yoga Peace Ambassadors and Yogis Beyond Borders. Dr. Valdov has held many NGO positions at the UN, including Chair – Executive Committee of NGOs Affiliated with the Dept. of Global Communications; Secretary General – Youth Assembly at the UN; Chair – NGO Committee for the University of Peace. She lectures internationally and is best known for her champion of causes and creation of peace initiatives for the UN Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World – and – the UN Sustainable Development Goals: working on issues from eradication of poverty and hunger, empowering women, providing for a sustainable environment, and health and education for all. She is also a practicing psychotherapist in NYC and a professional coach focused on “Finding Your Role in Creating a Culture of Peace”.

The Ranch's Daily Schedule

5:30amWake Up
6:00amSatsang or Silent Walk
8:00amHatha Yoga Class
11:00amKarma Yoga
12:00pmAfternoon Program
& Free Time
4:00pmHatha Yoga Class
10:30pmLights Out

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.

Sivananda Yoga Ranch


Sunday, June 30, 2019
Friday, July 5, 2019


Sivananda Yoga Ranch
500 Budd Rd
Woodbourne, NY 12788


The Sivananda Yoga Ranch