Welcome to Our Wellness Center
The Sivananda Yoga Ranch Wellness Center is a wonderful addition to your yoga retreat or weekend getaway.
Our Wellness Center offers a variety of healing opportunities perfectly suited to help you feel rejuvenated, relaxed, and renewed. Our therapists are also yoga practitioners, dedicated to the lifestyle and teachings of our founders. The Yoga Ranch also has a traditional wood-burning Russian Banya Sauna to aid in your detoxification and relaxation.
Open June through October only.
Therapeutic bodywork promotes overall health, enhances your yoga practice, and supports a healthy lifestyle. Healing sessions are custom tailored to each client’s particular needs. Our caring and knowledgeable therapists are experienced in a wide variety of bodywork modalities. We combine Western and Eastern methods, ancient, and modern, to fit the needs and desires of the individual.
Therapeutic bodywork has a profound effect on the whole person; calming the nervous system, improving circulation, and strengthening the immune system. It is a powerful way to relax and heal.
Therapeutic Bodywork Sessions:
• 60 minutes – $90
• 90 minutes – $120
Thai Yoga Therapy
Thai Bodywork originated in India and is based on Ayurveda and yoga. The technique combines massage with yoga-like positions during the course of the session. Thai Yoga Therapy is performed on a mat on the floor; both client and practitioner are dressed in comfortable clothing, allowing ease of movement and flexibility. No oils or creams are used.
Thai massage techniques use the thumbs, elbows, palms, forearms, feet, and knees. It includes rocking, rhythmic muscle compression, assisted yoga positions, and stretching, working along energy meridians to completely relax and rejuvenate the client.
Thai Yoga Therapy Sessions:
• 90 minutes – $140
Hot Stone Therapy
Hot stone therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness, and increases circulation and metabolism. Each hot stone session features the placement of smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body to allow for deeper relaxation of the muscles. Our professional massage therapists then incorporate a customized massage, with the use of hot stones and oil with aromatherapy, to create a healing and relaxing experience.
Hot Stone Therapy:
• 90 minutes – $140
Therapeutic conditioning sessions are designed to teach you how to work with any movement-related difficulties. They offer support with spinal pain, joint pain, neck pain, muscle or skeletal injuries, and movement restrictions in any particular yoga asana or daily life. Personalized attention is given to your specific issues. Suggestions for individualized core strength and cardiovascular programs will be included.
• 45 minutes with 15min follow up – $75
Ayurveda and Yoga
Ayurveda and yoga are the original holistic systems of care for body, mind, and spirit. Together, they allow for health as a basis for spiritual awareness, not just as an end unto itself. Ayurveda provides daily balancing practices for our mind-body senses that support the yogic path.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda literally translates to ‘science of life’ or ‘knowledge of life’ and has its foundation in the Vedas. Ayurveda is an ancient system of holistic living, which was transmitted by the sages thousands of years ago. It is also based in direct perception, intuition, experience, and practice. Ayurveda emphasizes the unity of spirit, mind, emotions, and physical body.
Ayurveda sees the universe as a manifestation of consciousness. The world we experience is seen as the physical result of subtle forces at play. Universal energy and universal matter are intertwined and experienced in our very being; every thought, experience, and action.
The energies of creation, preservation, and dissolution of all life are contained within the conceptual five elements: space, air, fire, water and Earth. The interaction of the subtle and gross forms of these elements are patterns of energy called the three doshas.
Panchakarma is a process for releasing toxins and disturbed dosha from the body, followed by rejuvenation. The Panchakarma process consists of three phase; Purva Karma, Pancha Karma and Paschat Karma. Each phase is equally important.
The process requires a two to three week commitment; the preparatory phase at home, the 5 to 7 days in residence at the Yoga Ranch, and the rejuvenation phase at home. All of this is done under the one-to-one guidance of a practitioner. Panchakarma is a sacred process that has profound healing effects on all levels of being: body, mind, emotions, and spirit. It allows us to remember our true nature as divine.
I. Purva Karma
Purva Karma is a preparatory phase, usually done at home. It is designed to soften and loosen the toxins in the body. It consists of a restricted diet, daily internal and external oleation, self massage, and other individually prescribed practices. This phase takes a minimum of one week.
II. Pancha Karma
Pancha Karma (or panchakarma), the actual five actions of cleansing, are done in residence at the Yoga Ranch. These may include purgation and enemas. These are supported by a mono diet fast, cleansing herbs, asana, pranayama, meditation, silence, journalling, spending time in nature, and rest.
III. Paschat Karma
Paschat Karma, the rejuvenation phase, includes the reintroduction of an appropriate balancing diet and an appropriate daily ayurvedic routine, along with internal and external oleation. This phase lasts at least a week and may be completed at home.
The Three Doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha
The primary interaction of fire (metabolism) and water (flow and lubrication). Pitta metabolizes the nutrients in all cells. Pitta governs transformation and light, manifesting as digestion, assimilation, body temperature, intelligence, and discrimination.
The primary interaction of space (that which connects all) and air (that which creates movement). Vata provides for the movement of nutrients to all cells. Vata governs growth and life, manifesting as breathing, bodily movements, creativity, and flexibility.
The primary interaction of water (flow and lubrication) and Earth (solidity). Kapha lubricates and maintains the structure of all cells. It governs maintenance and love, manifesting as body structure, lubrication of joints and skin, immunity, love, and acceptance.
"Dwell in the divine.Live and move in it.Get absorbed in the Divine Flame."- Swami Sivananda
Everything affects us on both the subtle and the gross levels. The way we engage, interact, and digest the world around us is through our five senses. Ayurveda teaches what may create harmony for us as an individual and how to integrate it through our five senses.
We learn how to make decisions about all aspects of life, and we see the relationship of cause and effect (obvious or subtle) for each of us. There are therapies and practices to balance each dosha and keep each dosha balanced. Specific types of meditation – asana, pranayama, mantra, daily routine, nutrition and herbs, touch and oil therapy, aromatherapy, chromotherapy, and gem therapy – can address the unique needs of our body-mind, allowing us to fully express our essential self.
Ayurveda Oil Body Treatments (Bliss Therapy)
The treatments consist of a brief assessment, an Abhyanga and either a Shirodhara or Nasya treatment and ends with a sauna and shower. The Sanskrit word ‘Sneha’ translates as both ‘love’ and ‘oil’ or ‘fat’. Ayurveda has for centuries used warm oil treatments to purify and nourish the body-mind-senses.
These treatments clear and balance the energy points (Marma) and channels (Nadi). They also balance the patterns of energy movements (Vayu) in the body-mind. This allows for the free flow of the body-mind’s innate intelligence bringing awareness, harmony, and self-healing.
A Shirodhara is the application of a slow, fine stream of warm organic oil continuously poured on the third eye, then flowing over the forehead and scalp. Once again, the oil is mixed especially for you.
This treatment calms the mind by inducing slower brain wave function (Theta), which allows for deep relaxation. It also relieves tension and discomfort in the head, neck, and shoulders.
Shirodhara can alleviate headaches, anxiety, nervousness, and other stress-related symptoms. It allows for expanding awareness and produces feelings of well-being, balance, and joy.
An Abhyanga applies a combination of organic seed oils and essential oils or herbs, selected specifically for you, to the body-mind. The oil is applied by a single practitioner with light friction and gentle pressure with specific strokes designed to stimulate, clear, and balance the energy patterns of your body-mind.
The treatment stimulates lymph and blood circulation and supports hormonal balance. It helps strengthen all the tissues of the body, thereby supporting the immune system. And, it feels wonderful!
A Nasya is a treatment of the face and nasal passages, using specially formulated organic oils and gentle heat. Herbal oil drops are applied into the nose, which Ayurveda sees as the doorway to the brain and mind.
Energy points (Marma) are stimulated and lymph is encouraged to flow. Nasya clears obstructions in the sinuses, relieves tension, pacifies nerves, and clarifies mental processes. It can also alleviate insomnia, sinus conditions, and ringing in the ears.
Our Detox & Rejuvenation Program
Juice fasting is the fastest and safest way to eliminate toxins from the body. The process is supported by detoxifying herbs and supplements and is designed to create a transformation not only on the physical level, but also on the mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.
The program begins gradually with a few days of raw food followed by fruit and vegetable juice fasting, and it ends with a raw food diet for the last days of your stay.
You will also enjoy special yoga classes and lectures on nutrition.
- All organ systems of the body become cleansed
- Relieve congestion in the body & improve eliminative functions
- Balance digestion
- Increase absorption of nutrients
- Aid in weight reduction
- Relieve tiredness and re-energize the body and mind
- Reduce skin problems and ease pain and inflammation
This course is open to all. However, if you have a severe chronic condition or are on medication, please consult with your doctor before registering for the program.