Ongoing Classes

Jivana Yoga is based in the ancient traditions of India. It offers practical lifestyle and yogic knowledge to help support the way towards true inner happiness.

Sadvidya Foundation offers western students an opportunity to study various ancient Indian sciences including Yoga, Ayurveda, cooking, and meditation. Sad-Vidya is a wing of knowledge, imparted by the great Indian sages, that carries a sincere student to the ultimate goal of Realization. You are invited to come and develop an authentic yoga practice and deepen your understanding of what it means to live a yogic lifestyle in today’s world.

In depth Jivana Yoga Program information

Jivana Yoga is appropriate for all levels of practitioners. Classes consist of Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath work) and Meditation and Relaxation.

Live Online Classes

with Kristin Laak

Mondays: 8:30 – 10:00am PDT
Register, Join from around the world!

Thursdays: 9:00 – 10:30am PDT

Register, Join from around the world!

Saturdays: Introduction to Jivana Yoga Course


    • Jivana Workshops (Practice, Talk and Yogic/Āyurveda Cooking) are held every four months.
    • Open to all Introduction to Meditation and Āyurvedic Cooking Workshops are held every six months.


Please contact Kristin Laak

Upcoming Workshop

Yoga & Meditation Day Retreat

Sadvidya Foundation – Sebastopol, CA

Join us for a nourishing half day retreat focused on understanding the relationship between lifestyle and happiness. We will experience the benefits of Yoga as it supports our inner wellbeing, while enjoying a traditional South Indian community lunch.

Registration: [email protected]



9:00 – 10:30 Asana, Prānāyāma, Meditation

10:30 – 11:00 Tea & Fruit Served

11:00 – 12:00 Yoga Philosophy Talk & Discussion

12:00 – 1:00 Ayurvedic Cooking Instruction

1:00 Communal Lunch Served

Life should lead us to an unsurpassed experience of inner-happiness, naturally available to all human beings.  For this experience to unfold and reappear within us, the right condition of body and mind is required.  A simple and practical approach to realign and balance our human system is through an ideal lifestyle, synchronized and attuned to the core principals of nature. This workshop offers a taste both in practice and theory of this ideal lifestyle which supports our ability to live happily through the enrichment offered by the natural experience of inner joy and happiness.

Please join Kristin Laak & Dr. Gillian Lerner for a refreshing and nourishing experience to support the inner journey.

Appropriate for all levels. This workshop is a wonderful opportunity to gain insight and practical tools to support a new, or established meditation practice.

Offered on a donation basis, recommended donation $95 (no one turned away).

Kristin Laak has dedicated the last 37 years to the practice and study of Yoga. She is devoted to the work of Dr. Shankaranarayana Jois, her teacher since 1994. Kristin is a board member of Sadvidya Foundation, and its US director of the Jivana Yoga Program. Through her heartfelt commitment towards truly understanding human nature and many years of personal practice, Kristin is known for helping others to realize their own authentic connection to a healthy lifestyle and Yoga.

Dr. Gillian Lerner​​ ​​is a clinical psychologist and longtime student of yoga and meditation, working in private practice and teaching workshops focused on yogic lifestyle, ayurvedic cooking and wellbeing. She has been travelling to India for​ ​over 20 years, and has been studying Ayurveda and Yoga philosophy with Dr. Shankaranarayana Jois since 1999.