Outreach Community Programs
Swami Vishnudevananda’s mission was to spread peace in the world. We keep this mission alive by supporting a wide range of programs and projects in the local communities in which our Ashrams and Centres are located as well as those further afield—including medical camps, prison outreach, yoga in schools, hospital and community centres as well as support for the socially disadvantaged.
Prison Project USA
Sivananda Yoga Ranch Prison Outreach Program — Bringing the teachings of yoga to prisons
Every year the Sivananda Yoga Ranch in upstate New York sends many hundreds of books by Swami Vishnudevananda and Swami Sivananda to prisoners across the USA, funded by the generosity of our guests and students. Our volunteers also answer sackfuls of letters from prisoners asking for guidance on the practices of yoga and meditation. We also teach yoga and meditation in local State and Federal Correctional Facilities.
For further information on the Sivananda Yoga Ranch Prison Outreach Program go to sivanandayogaranch.org/prison-project-program
Medical Camps India
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams in India provide free medical help to local villages where medical facilities can be very limited.
Sivananda Dhanwantari Ashram, Neyyar Dam Each month a team of eight to twelve Ayurveda doctors headed by Dr Vishnu, director of the Sivananda Institute of Health at the Ashram, provides free consultations and prescriptions for up to one thousand local people, treating ailments ranging from simple back ache to diabetes, obesity, arthritis and heart conditions.
Sivananda Kutir, Himalayas A free weekly medical camp at our Sivananda Kutir in the Himalayas run by local doctor Dr Chandok provides consultations and free medicines to nearby villagers.
Sivananda Meenaskhi Ashram, Madurai Swami Sivananda Rural Hospital, Kadavur, Madurai Sponsored and supported by Dr V Narayansamy and the Sivananda Ashram the hospital, a five-minute walk from the Ashram provides specialist as well as general services to many hundreds of local people. Outpatient Camps including surgical, eye, women’s health and diabetes are held periodically and a mobile clinic visits outlying areas where transport facilities can be limited.
Community Work Canada
We have succeeded in bringing yoga into schools in the Toronto area and to many community centres in Montreal as well as supporting local charities representing a wide range of needs.Outreach Programs
Extensive program of after school yoga teaching in the secondary system in Toronto
Yoga classes in hospitals
Montreal LGBTQ Community Centre – weekly free class
Christmas food/clothes drive – Sun Youth Organisation
All year donations of clothes – Old Brewery Mission
Sketch Agency for street-involved youth
Robertson House – shelter for homeless mothers with children
Birchmount Residence – shelter for homeless senior men
Hincks Dellcrest – youth mental health center
Christie Refugee Center Christmas drive
Donations to Aum Pranava Gurukula, India
Donations to TERDOD, Centre for Rehabilitation for Seniors in India
Fundraising for Shanti Gurukulam in India
Sumedha—a self-development and personality development school for children