Yoga Vacation Program
May 9 — 12, 2024

Self Healing with Yoga, Vedanta, and Ayurveda Symposium

Swami Sitaramananda, Swami Dharmananda, Ramkumar Kutty, and Durga Leela

The process of what we call holistic healing is not just healing of the physical and mental bodies, it is seeing your own self in a new light. Self-Healing is returning to our true nature and removing the obscuration of the mind through Yogic and Ayurvedic practices, and through healing karma.

The Yogic and Vedantic approach to Self-Healing is based on the subtle understanding of a philosophical, consciousness-based interpretation of reality. Self-Healing is about treating the total person where the Self/Atman occupies the central role, and we understand that the Atman governs the body and mind from within. From this perspective, we prioritize our practices to discover, strengthen, and protect the connection to Self. The Ayurvedic approach to Self-Healing is based on the respect and understanding of Nature’s divinity and wisdom.

This is the complete spiritual path offered to ready spiritual seekers and health-conscious individuals in a nutshell. Taught by Swami Sitaramananda, the Acharya of Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California, she will be joined by Swami Dharmananda, also of the Yoga Farm, Dr. Ramkumar Kutty, Ayurvedic physican from the Punarnava Ayurveda Community in Combiatore, India, and Durga Leela, the founder of Yoga of Recovery. Received condensed gems of wisdom from years of practice and teaching that will help you to go straight to the goal, knowing what is important, and what is not, to be successful in life and in Self-realization.

Swami Sitaramananda has been an international teacher of yoga, meditation, and yoga philosophy for 35 years. A direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, she is a senior acharya of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in Vietnam and head of the West Coast Sivananda centers in the US and the Asian centers in Vietnam, Japan, China, and Taiwan. Swami Sitaramananda has served as Director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California, for more than 20 years and is the main teacher of the Yoga Teacher Training Courses offered there. She also teaches annually at Sivananda ashrams and centers in India and Asia.

Swami Sitaramananda has studied Ayurveda, the Indian science of healing and has a unique passion for the study of Jyotish (Vedic astrology). She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree University of Quebec of Montreal and a doctorate in therapeutic counseling from the Open University of Sri Lanka. Over the years, she has counseled and taught many thousands of people from diverse backgrounds in ways to improve health, peace, and happiness.

Swami Dharmananda is the assistant director and spiritual advisor to staff and students of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California, where he teaches yoga and meditation in the Teacher Training Course. He presents the classical teachings in a practical and accessible way to people of all backgrounds.

Dr. Ramkumar Kutty is a lifelong student of Ayurveda and other traditional Indian knowledge systems and an internationally renowned speaker. He is a founder-director of Punamava Ayurveda, and institution committed to universal wellbeing through authentic Ayurvedic practice. He works in collaboration with Yoga of Recovery, facilitating profound healing through cleanses and Panchakarma.

Durga Leela is an Ayurvedic and Yoga Therapy Specialist and the founder of Yoga of Recovery®, a comprehensive program that integrates Ayurveda and yoga with recovery tools for those affected by addiction and self-destructive behaviors. She teaches a holistic approach to recovery, integrating mind, body, and spirit. She overcame her own struggles with addiction and is a grateful member of 12-step fellowships for over 20 years. She is the author of Yoga of Recovery: Integrating Yoga and Ayurveda With Modern Recovery Tools for Addiction with a foreword by David Frawley.

May 9

morning satsang
What is Self Healing? | Swami Sitaramananda

noon workshop
Life and the Five Causes of Stress | Swami Dharmananda

2pm workshop
Living an Ayurvedic Lifestyle: Daily Routines for Stress | Durga Leela

evening satsang
Healing Karma | Swami Sitaramananda

May 10

morning satsang
Ganapati Vidya Homa

noon workshop
Managing Prana | Swami Sitaramananda

2pm workshop
Conscious Training: Sadhana | Swami Dharmananda

evening satsang
16 Guna Types | Dr. Ramkumar Kutty

May 11

morning satsang
Imbalances of the Mind (Manovikaras) | Dr. Ramkumar Kutty

noon workshop
Sublimation of Desire | Swami Sitaramananda

2pm workshop
Positive Thinking | Swami Dharmananda

evening satsang
Finding Purpose: From Karma to Dharma | Swami Sitaramananda, Durga Leela, Dr. Ramkumar Kutty

May 12

morning satsang
Selfless Love: Bhakti Yoga | Swami Sitaramananda

noon workshop
Yoga of Relationship | Swami Sitaramananda

2pm workshop
Devotion: The 12th Chapter of the Bhagavad Gita | Dr. Ramkumar Kutty

evening satsang
Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti


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