New Years Retreat

Presented by Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Narayanananda, Ganga Chaitanya, SaraswatiFriday, December 29, 2017 – Monday, January 1, 2018













This short yoga retreat is in Southern Vietnam, Dalat, located in the beautiful Tuyen Lam Lake.  It offers a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a yoga retreat that follows the Sivananda Ashram schedule. Take advantage of the visit of two senior Sivananda yoga teachers to re ect on how to bring love and peace into our daily life with yogic approaches. Beginners are welcome.

  • Classes are taught in English with Vietnamese translators available throughout the retreat.
  • Recommended reading: Essentials of Yoga Practice
  • Please bring a yoga mat.
  • Wear warm, loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Books and CDs are available for sale during the retreat.
  • No alcohol, non-vegetarian food or tobacco are allowed

Classical Yoga

Classical  yoga was taught in the Himalayas by Yogi Swami Sivananda and by Swami Vishnudevananda internationally. This international, holistic form of Yoga encompasses far more than simple posing and stretching. Yoga will introduced to:

The Five Points of a Healthy Yogic Life

  • - YOGIC EXERCISES bring peace and well-being. These exercises are not aerobic and can be completed by people of any fitness level.
  • - YOGIC BREATHING increases energy levels and balances the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
  • - YOGIC RELAXATION controls stress and helps achieve spiritual and mental peace. Melt away the stress of city living.
  • - YOGIC DIET (vegetarian) helps to revitalize the body and improve digestive health.
  • - POSITIVE THINKING & MEDITATION helps to under stand your inner core and unlock your potential. Calm the mind and remove negative energy.

The Four Classical Paths of Yoga

  • - KARMA YOGA :Serve all sel essly
  • - BHAKTI YOGA: Pure love towards all
  • - RAJA/HATHA YOGA: Balance energy, concentrate, meditate
  • - JNANA YOGA: Realize happiness as your true nature

The Masters

SWAMI SIVANANDA (1887–1963) is a Himalayan yogi from South India. He was a medical doctor and a well-known modern sage—a teacher of the sythesis of yoga, which integrates yoga practice and philosophy in daily life. His motto is: Serve, Love, Give, Purify,

SWAMI VISHNUDEVANANDA (1927–1993) founded the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers (ISYVC) and taught the synthesis of yoga in America and in the West, beginning in 1957, from the lineage of Swami Sivananda. He presented the classical yogic teachings in a simple manner called the Five Points of Yoga, now with more than 35,000 yoga teachers around the world. The ISYVC is currently teaching his method, known as “Sivananda Yoga,” through nine ashrams and 28 centers worldwide, in many other affiliated teachers and centers around the world.

Program Schedule

  • 05:30 Wake up
  • 06:00–07:30 Satsang: Meditation, Chanting and Talk
  • 08:00–10:00 Sivananda Hatha Yoga Class
  • 10:00–11:00 Vegetarian brunch
  • 11:00–11:45 Walk
  • 12:00–13:30 Workshop
  • 14:00-16:00 Main Lecture
  • 16:00–18:00 Sivananda Hatha Yoga Class
  • 18:00–18:45 Vegetarian dinner
  • 20:00–21:30 pm Satsang: Meditation, Chanting and Talk

Detailed Topics

  • Orientation and Introduction of SivanandaYoga
  • What is Classical Yoga?
  • Workshop: Sun Salutation and Asana
  • How our mind works? What is positive thinking?
  • Why meditate?”
  • Peace  “How to work with three Gunas to progress towards peace of mind?”
  • Pranayama - Positive thinking techniques
  • Love - How to apply classical yogic approachesin daily life for harmonious relationships and emotional wellbeing?

Rules program:

To ensure energy for the program, students must participate fully in the meditation and yoga classes twice a day is mandatory.

Dietary salt, eggs, onions, garlic, black tea, coffee, alcohol, tobacco is not used during the program.

What to bring

Please bring yoga mats, scarves and pillows to meditate (if any). Students can purchase these at the center boutique (small meditation pillows are provided with the meditation room.)

Bring clothes spacious, comfortable but discreet for yoga classes and daily wear, we recommend that you bring rain jackets or umbrellas, sunscreen, flashlights, notebooks, T-shirts, cotton trousers, pajamas, sneakers or sandals for walking and meditation, sandals to wear in the center ...

Heaven cool in the morning and evening, sunny day, from 18 - 24oC. Being in the rainy season so there will be light rain in the afternoon. The class will take place indoors or outdoors in the fresh air of open space, depending on weather conditions. Bring sunscreen or hat if necessary.

Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda is an international teacher of  Yoga, Meditation, and Philosophy for more then 35 years.  She is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and is a representative of the teachings of International SYVC in Vietnam.  She is in charge of West coast USA centers and Asia centers.  She is presently the main teacher of the Yoga Teachers Training Courses offered at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA where she is serving as the director for more then 20 years.  She also teaches yearly at other Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centers in India, Bahamas, Japan, and China as well as Centers along the West Coast USA, San Francisco and Los Angeles and has taught in her birth country, Vietnam, since 2010.

Swami Narayanananda

Swami Narayanananda, who was born in London, England, has been a teacher of Yoga and meditation in the International Sivananda Yoga vedanta Centers since 1999. He has served in the ashrams in California and New York, also as director of the centers in New York and Chicago. He is a regular teacher for our Teacher Training and Advanced Teacher training courses in the USA, India and Vietnam. Swami Narayanananda has a compassionate and accessible teaching style firmly based in his own practice and in the study of scripture.

Ganga Chaitanya

Ganga My Hoang graduated from International Sivananda Yoga teacher training course 2009 and Advanced yoga teacher training course 2010 in Yoga Farm, Grass Valley USA. She is also a graduate of the "Yoga as Medicine", "Yoga Psychology", and "Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness" course. After a few months service at the Sivananda Yoga centers in San Francisco and Grass Valley she returned to Vietnam and assumes responsibility of directing the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Ho chi minh City.


Saraswati graduated from International Sivananda Yoga teacher training course 2010 in Vietnam. She is also a graduate of the, "Yoga Psychology",  "Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness" course and "Ayuvedic massage therapist". She has been a volunteer staff at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta center in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam since 2010. After a few months service at the Sivananda Yoga centers in New Plymouth, New Zealand and Grass Valley, California she returned to Vietnam and assumes responsibility of directing the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Dalat City. She enjoys teaching beginner courses, yoga for kids along with ayurveda and healing.