While Yoga is being practiced nowadays at gyms and yoga studios, there are more committed ways of practicing that offer the possibility of living a yogic life, in the company of a dedicated community and under the guidance of swamis and gurus. This ancient form of practicing has been present throughout Yoga’s history and still stands today. I refer to what’s offered in an Ashram, a specific facility entirely dedicated to Yoga’s lifestyle. The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm was founded in 1971 by Swami Vishnu-Devananda a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda who trusted him to spread the good word and practice of Yoga in the West.
The ashram has become a flourishing spiritual institution whose presence is known locally, nationally, and internationally and for the past two decades has been directed by Swami Sitarmananda, an ordained sannyasin in the lineage of Saraswati, one of the 10 classical monastic orders founded in India .She is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnu-devananda and was gracious enough to respond to my questions in this interview.