The Karma Yoga Program
Karma Yoga Program
Sivananda Yoga Ranch
Interested in serving others? In deepening into yourself?
Karma Yoga, or selfless service, is the first of the Four Paths of Yoga, and according to the great yogis like Swami Sivananda, it is the foundation on which all Yogic practice is based.
Time and again, the teachings of yoga guide us to the wisdom of purifying our heart. There is no better way to achieve this than through selfless service.
Our Karma Yoga program at The Yoga Ranch is an amazing opportunity to be a part of a non-profit Sivananda organization that extends the world over – a global community of practitioners looking to do good in the world, to deepen their practice, and to live for something bigger than themselves.
Come experience the unique gifts of Karma Yoga. Open into yourself. Cultivate lasting friendships. Observe the transformation that comes with selfless service.
Serve. Love. Give. Purify. Meditate. Realize.
"The salt of life is selfless service.The bread of life is universal love."- Swami Sivananda
The Yoga of Selfless Service
What is Karma Yoga?
Karma Yoga is the practice of giving our actions for the good of the action itself, with no thought of personal reward. It is where we begin stepping into our highest expression by aligning our focus to the benefit of humanity.
When action is done without the expectation of fruits, then all the negative qualities like egoism, hatred, jealousy, ideas of superiority, and selfishness begin to vanish. We develop a broad and liberal outlook on life and feel oneness and unity.
You do not have to be a Yoga teacher in order to join the Karma Yoga Program – all that is needed is the willingness to serve and learn to lead a Yogic life.
A Peek In
Why Karma Yogis Love Us
Joining a Community
Camraderie is a wonderful thing. Having one common path shared by all means the net experience is richer than most can initially imagine. The Yoga Ranch is a place where everyone does the work. Those who come to vacation help out. Certificate & Teacher Training students help out. The senior staff work extra long hours to help out. We are all truly blessed to share in this tight-knit community in action.
Our Lineage & Tradition
With its founding over 40 years ago by Swami Vishnudevananda, our ashram is one of the original pioneers in bringing the teachings of Yoga to the West. Continuing to forge this path is Srinivasan, the ashram director and direct disciple of Swami Vishnu, and Swami Paramananda, the manager and leading authority on Hatha Yoga. An abundance of Vedantic wisdom is shared daily.
Karma Yoga Program
With the covid-19 lockdown the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch is currently closed to the public. When we do open, it will be conditional on being able to maintain proper “social distancing”. We are a small group of serious practitioners, studying, working, and practicing together as a classical yoga ashram with residents staying a minimum of one (1) month. If you would like to join our spiritual community, committed to a disciplined yoga life of sadhana and service we are taking applications. We are offering a special program for those of you who would like to make working with land in our gardens a focus of their service. If so, please complete the application for Yoga and Sustainable Gardening.
General Yoga Sadhana and Service Program. (1 month minimum)
Working at the Yoga Ranch while studying classical Yoga can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Whether you come for a short time or an extended stay, participating in the community both spiritually and physically helps with the upkeep of the Yoga Ranch and also helps to foster and deepen the values instilled by a Yogic lifestyle. You will be expected to participate in 4-5 hours of ashram service daily. The program cost is $750/month if staying in your own tent. Otherwise, the cost is $1,000/month for accommodation in a Shared Room. If you wish to continue with your practice after the three month period we will consider you for a long term staff position. All new residents are required to stay in a 7 day quarantine while we are honoring the covid-19 shutdown before participating in the group activities.
Yoga and Sustainable Gardening Program. (1 month minimum)
This program is open during the gardening season, from May 1 – September 30. When the gardening season finishes, participants will be allowed to transfer the remainder of their stay to the General Yoga Sadhana and Service Program. The Ashram has a very productive vegetable garden, green house, landscaped flower gardens, fruit trees, berries, composting, canning, etc. as part of our practice of sustainability. Working with the land is an important dharma in these times, as well as being personally grounding and healing. Combined with the rigorous ashram sadhana, the garden work completes the sadhana routine. You will be expected to do a minimum of 4-5 hours service daily in the gardens.
- Morning and evening Satsang (meditation, chanting, lecture)
- Staff meeting
- 2-hour yoga class
- Selfless service (5-6 hours for Karma Yoga Program, 6-7 hours for Advanced Karma Yoga Program)
- Personal time and relaxation
- Study time