To maintain the purity and spiritual purpose of the ashram, all guests are required to participate in both morning and evening satsangs, and two yoga classes daily. Silence is requested after 10:00 pm. No meat, fish, eggs, alcohol or smoking are allowed at the Ashram. No cell phones are allowed. Please dress modestly. Pets are not permissible.
The daily schedule was put together by Swami Vishnudevananda when he first started offering Yoga Vacations. The day is full, but allows enough time for private study or for the enjoyment of the stunning gifts of Mother Nature in the forests, rivers and lakes surrounding the ashram whatever the time of year.
Look at our calendar of events for theme weekends or special events on various topics related to health, yoga or spirituality.
Daily Schedule (mandatory)
- 5:30 am: Wake up
- 6:00 am: Satsang (or Silent Walk)
- 8:00 am: Yoga class
- 10:00 am: Brunch
- 10:45 am: Karma Yoga (selfless service)
- 12:00 pm: Optional activity (e.g. coaching class, walk or seasonal activity)
- 2:00 pm: Lecture, activity or free time (depending on season)
- 4:00 pm: Yoga class
- 6:00 pm: Dinner
- 7:30 pm/8:00 pm in summer: Satsang
- 10:00 pm: Lights off
A typical day
The first yoga class starts at 8:00 am, consisting of a short relaxation, breathing exercises, the sun salutation, 12 basic postures including variations, and a final guided relaxation. The practice of Asanas (yoga postures) and Pranayama (breathing exercises) harmonizes body, mind and spirit, relieves tension and stimulates the blood circulation and the proper function of the internal organs.
At 10:00 am is the Brunch. The meals served at the Ashram are lacto-vegetarian, plentiful, nourishing and tasty.
10:45 am is time for Karma Yoga, selfless service. The guests are welcome to join in with the staff for an hour or so in the up-keeping of Ashram. Karma Yoga brings the idea of unity and equanimity, duties being performed in order for the whole to function properly.
At 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm optional activities (such as asana coaching, talks about yoga or outings such as canoeing or snowshoeing) are available, otherwise you can enjoy some time off to relax in the library or in the sauna, or go for a walk in the beautiful surrounding nature.
4:00 pm is the second yoga class, followed by dinner at 6:00 pm and then the evening Satsang.