I spent a week at sivananda last week, It was wonderful, I am no stranger to yoga, but still found out the experience unique. The teachers are knowledgeable, experienced and passionate about what they do. The senior teachers have the depth of knowledge about the culture I was born and brought up. I felt very peaceful, something I have not experienced in a long time. The food is served only 2 times a day but still I like the concept, it is all veggie and delicious. I loved swami omkaranadas lectures. I lived in a cabin with no email and Internet no tv, which is what I asked for, it is an ashram.
No comes the not so good part, the trainees, I don't know what thier problem is, during karma yoga they are pushy and authoritative. They feel that volunteers are their subordinates, they neither appreciate the help no manage work properly. As an other person mentioned I spent more time than needed doing karma yoga, the last day I took off a few minutes early(literally 10 minutes). I was questioned and warned, if it was not an ashram I would surely smacked him. I lost some respect but no institute is perfect. The yoga and meditation classes are priceless. I would still highly recommend, but if only people like can bring it to the mgmt attention.
I am planning to return sometime next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm is a world class retreat which offers guests and students a comprehensive learning experience in classical Yoga and Meditation. Set on 80 acres in the Sierra mountain foothills of California, in gold country, guests are treated to amazing views, clean and spacious accommodations and a dedicated all volunteer staff here to help you. Whether you are on a journey of self discovery, self improvement, or simply want to learn how to practice Yoga Asanas and Pranayama to improve your physical health, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm is here to help you. Please join us and be amazed. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm Hotel Grass Valley