Teachers at the Sivananda Yoga Farm

The Teachers at the Sivananda Yoga Farm include senior Swamis, special guest teachers from specialized areas and resident staff that have been trained in the Sivananda Yoga teachings.

Dr. A.R. Ramadas

Hailing from Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala, Dr. A. R. Ramdas is currently offering his services in the field of Ayurveda care and Ayurveda teaching in the capacity of Medical Director of Punarnava Ayurveda, in one of the hospital clusters at Vaidyagrama Ayurveda Village in South India. Vaidyagrama is a‘Green’ ,eco friendly Ayurveda hospital that follows the principles of an ideal Ayurveda center as prescribed in the classical Ayurveda texts, yet that suits contemporary times. He inherits a strong family tradition of a long line of ayurveda practitioners, serving the community for more than half a century. Dr. A.…

Dr. Ramkumar

Dr. Ramkumar is the Founder-Director of Punarnava Ayurveda, an institution committed to Authentic Ayurveda for Universal Well-Being. He is a lifelong student of Ayurveda and other traditional Indian knowledge systems. Over the last 15 years, he has given talks and conducted workshops in the Americas, Africa, Europe, Australia and South-East Asia propagating health and happiness through Ayurveda. Dr.Ramkumar has also been the prime mover behind a series of International Conferences on “Ayurveda & Yoga – where science meets consciousness”. This series began in 2006 and the V edition was held in December 2015. The primary objective has been to inspire…

Durga Leela

Durga Leela is founder of Yoga of Recovery, a comprehensive program integrating Ayurveda and Yoga with recovery tools for a holistic mind, body and spirit approach for those affected by addiction and self-destructive behaviors. Yoga of Recovery is currently offered as workshops, retreats and certificate courses. Durga holds the RYT-500 qualification, having completed both the Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course and an Advanced Yoga Teachers Training. She is also extensively trained in Meditation and Vedanta. She is a Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist, trained at the California College of Ayurveda and also in Kerala, India. She is Director of…

Komilla Sutton

Komilla is co-founder and Chair of the British Association for Vedic Astrology. She is an internationally-renowned consultant, teacher and lecturer. Indian born, Komilla Sutton is one of the pioneers in making this subject more accessible for Western readers. She is author of Vedic Love Signs, Vedic Astrology, The Essentials of Vedic Astrology, Lunar Nodes: Crisis and Redemption and Indian Astrology.

Lila Lolling

Lila Lolling, ERYT500 and YACEP, is a light-hearted and knowledgeable yoga teacher with nearly twenty years of experience in the field of classical yoga. She is a dedicated yoga practitioner who has lived and taught in traditional yoga ashrams in America and India over the course of her yoga studies. She is the founder of the DeafYoga Foundation and Saraswati Yoga School. For nearly a decade, she has been adapting yoga postures for a multitude of populations. Lila is a compassionate, honest, and sincere yoga teacher who offers all who study with her inspiration to live a life of peace, joy,…

Silvia Nakkach

Silvia Nakkach (SARASWATI DEVI)  MA, MMT, is a Grammy-nominated musician, award-winning composer, voice-culturist, psychotherapist, and an accredited authority in the field of sound in yoga and transformation of consciousness. Nakkach holds Master’s Degrees in Psychology, Music Psychotherapy, and Music Composition from Mills College in Oakland, California. In addition to her many academic credentials, she has devoted more than 30 years to the study of classical Indian music and raga singing under the direction of the late maestro Ali Akbar Khan. For more than 12 years she was on the faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies ( San Francisco, CA), where she created…

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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…

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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.

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Swami Pranavananda

Swami Pranavananda, hails from the USA, and has been a Yoga and Meditation teacher since 1995 in the US and abroad.  He teaches mainly the Hatha Yoga and Anatomy sections for the TTC courses.  He was the director of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA for a few years.  Currently he is serving in Vietnam teaching in the Hochiminh center.  He enjoys taking classes to learn Vietnamese.

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Ganga Chaitanya

Ganga Chaitanya graduated from International Sivananda Yoga teacher training course in 2009 and Advanced yoga teacher training course 2010 at the Yoga Farm in Grass Valley USA. She is also a graduate of the “Yoga as Medicine”, “Yoga Psychology”, and “Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness” course.   She has been the director of the very dynamic Sivananda Yoga Centre in Ho chi minh City since 2011 and took her brahmacharya vows in 2017.

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Saraswati

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 was staff at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta center in Ho Chi Minh from 2010 – 2013.   In 2014 she assumed the responsibility of directing the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Dalat City and in 2017 she is assistant director of the new Sivananda Ashram in Dalat.  She enjoys teaching beginner courses, yoga for kids along with ayurveda and healing.

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