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The two-week yoga vacation is based on The Five Points of Yoga formulated by Swami Vishnudevananda for radiant health and inner peace.
The Five Points of Yoga include:
- Proper Exercise - asana
- Proper Breathing - pranayama
- Proper Relaxation - savasana
- Proper Diet - vegetarian
- Positive Thinking and Meditation - Vedanta and dhyana
These points promote a healthy and harmonious yogic lifestyle.
The structured two-week Yoga Vacation program follows a daily schedule with satsang, asana classes and lectures.
- Rest, relax and rejuvenate in a peaceful and beautiful natural setting.
- Meet people who wish to give a new direction to their life through the teachings of yoga.
- Have a full yoga experience.
- Get guidance on implementing positive changes in your life.
- Deepen your knowledge on topics such as the benefits of asana, vegetarian diet, stress management and meditation.
We offer separate asana classes for beginner and intermediate students. The minimum stay period varies at each ashram:
To get the maximum benefit we recommend the full two-week program.
Classes are optional on the day off, once a week usually Friday. Guests are expected to attend morning and evening satsangs on this day.
Day trips to places of interest are regularly arranged on the day off.
Basic Ashram Schedule
|0520 hrs||WAKE UP BELL|
|0730 hrs||TEA TIME|
|0800 hrs||ASANA CLASS|
|1100 hrs||KARMA YOGA|
|1230 hrs||COACHING CLASS (optional)|
|1330 hrs||TEA TIME|
|1600 hrs||ASANA CLASS|
|2200 hrs||LIGHTS OUT|
The daily schedule may change from time to time according to need. The entire schedule is mandatory.
Kindly note, the spoken and teaching language of the ashrams is English.
Definition of Terms
Satsang: Satsang consists of silent meditation, chanting and a talk or reading on the philosophy of yoga and Vedanta. It will help you develop a meditation practice.
Karma yoga: Karma yoga is the practice of selfless service which helps guests to feel part of the ashram. You are expected to do up to one hour of selfless service per day within the ashram.
Lecture: Talks covering the 4 paths of yoga, "The 5 Points of Yoga", Vedanta philosophy and other topics in yoga.
Asana Class: We offer separate morning and afternoon beginners and intermediate classes. For beginners, classes follow a two week structured course commencing on 1st and 16th of each month. Students are introduced to the practice of pranayama and the 12 basic postures. For intermediate students we follow the regular Sivananda class including variations.
Brunch/Dinner: Simple Indian style vegetarian meals.
Accommodation is simple. We offer dormitory accommodation and a limited number of shared twin rooms with attached bathroom at Neyyar Dam and Uttarkashi. Those preferring twin rooms should book early. We cannot guarantee twin room bookings. There are separate dormitories for men and ladies. Tent space is available at the Neyyar Dam ashram. Please bring your own tent. Single accommodation is not available at any of the ashrams.
What to bring
Comfortable clothes, sandals, toiletries, personal items, meditation shawl for cool evenings, yoga asana mat or pad, meditation cushion, notebooks, pens, towels, and a torch.
These items can usually be purchased in the ashram boutique.
Foreign Nationals are required to bring their original passport with a valid visa for India.
Advanced booking for Yoga Vacation at Sivananda Kutir, Uttarkashi is recommended as well as twin share room bookings at Dhanwantari Ashram, Neyyar Dam. Please contact individual ashrams for further details: Dhanwantari Ashram, Neyyar Dam; Sivananda Kutir, Uttarkashi; and Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai.
Rules and Guidelines
To maintain the spiritual atmosphere we ask all ashram guests to comply with the ashram rules.
The ashram reserves the right of admission and students may be asked to leave if their behaviour goes against the ashram's rules and teachings.
Ashram rules and guidelines
Dates and Donations
Dates and donations are subject to change without notice. For all programs guests are subject to the suggested donation in effect at the time of final payment.
Swami Vishnudevananda developed a training program for yoga teachers with the vision to develop messengers of peace.