“Live in love. Breathe in love. Sing in love. Eat in love. Drink in love. Talk in love. Pray in love. Meditate in love. Think in love. Move in love. Die in love.” – Swami Sivananda
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
The daily schedule is based on the 5 points of Yoga taught by Swami Vishnudevananda. The bell rings at 5:30 am and again at 5:50 am to remind all guests to come to morning Satsang. The early morning hours are very conducive for the practice of meditation, for the mind is refreshed and calm after the night of sleep and not yet engaged in the daily activities. The Satsang consists of half an hour of silent meditation, followed by chanting of kirtans and a short talk on the philosophy and psychology of yoga.
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.
At 10:00 pm the lights go off and it is time to go to bed and enjoy a sound sleep.
Yoga classes run twice daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. All levels are welcome, including beginners. There is no need to book in advance, just come to the Reception and pay on arrival. The cost of a class is $10. It is also possible to purchase a 10-class pass for $90 or a 3-month unlimited class pass for $195. All students are required to report to Reception before going to class to purchase their class or show their pass. Please see also the dates of our Open House and Beginners Courses.
Workshops And Courses
The Yoga Camp organises and hosts regular workshops and courses about subjects related to yoga, health and spirituality. Please see the ashram Calendar for details and call us to check if the event is open to non-residents. There is a charge for outside participants. Please check events details or call the Camp for more information and to register.
Yoga Class + Vegetarian Meal
Students attending a yoga class are welcome to stay for the vegetarian meal which is served right after. Brunch is at 10:00 am and dinner at 6:00 pm. If you want to stay for the meal, please be sure to tell the Reception before you go into the yoga class so that you will be added to the list for the kitchen counts. Please note that it is not possible to come for a meal only – this is reserved to students who come to the yoga class. The cost of the meal is $10. The class passes cannot be used towards the meals.
A great way to connect to the energy of the ashram is to attend satsang: meditation, chanting and discourse on yoga philosophy. Meditation starts promptly and the doors are locked for half an hour during the silent meditation. The doors open again 30 minutes later when the chanting begins to let the latecomers in. Satsang is free – visitors wishing to make an offering can bring flowers.
Please note that there are sometimes variations to the program, such as a silent walks or cultural programs.
During the winter, Wednesdays and Sundays morning there is a Silent Walk. Thurday evenings the Satsang is held in Samadhi Estates, Swami Vishnudevananda’s house. Mondays and Wednesday evenings there is no Satsang, nevertheless, the Temple remains open and all are welcome do go inside and sit for meditation and chanting.
When there are special programs, such as concerts, dance performances or guest speakers, we usually ask for a donation of $15, payable at the Reception. For more information check the Calendar or Contact us.
For more information about Yoga’s sister science and India’s traditional system of health, Ayurveda, please go to Swami Vishnudevananda Ayurveda Clinic. Consultations and treatments with the resident Ayurvedic doctor and massages are open to non-residents.