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Ashram Rules & Guidelines

The ashram is an abode of peace and shelter from the pressures of worldly life.  It provides a safe space for personal development and the pursuit of spiritual ideals.  People come from many walks of life and from every corner of the world to experience the profound spirituality of ancient India, and the centuries-old disciplines of Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda.

Maintaining a positive spiritual atmosphere requires the involvement and participation of all guests and staff.  In this regard we request your cooperation in observing the following rules and guidelines.

Nudity is forbidden. Men and women should cover their shoulders, midriff and legs. Tight fitting, transparent and revealing clothing is not permitted in the ashram.  This includes:

  • Shorts above the knee
  • Leggings of any kind (even when worn with tunics or kurtas)
  • Low cut tee shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Spandex jeans

Guests’ behavior and dress code should be respectful of Indian culture and enhance the spiritual atmosphere of the ashram. Observance of the ashram dress code should be maintained at all times including during asana classes or swimming in the nearby lake, pond or river.

Smoking, alcohol, drugs, meat, fish, eggs, garlic or onions are not allowed. Pets are not allowed.

Mobile/cell phones are only permitted in designated areas outside of class times.

Photography, video, audio recording during classes and ceremonies is only permitted with the permission of the ashram director.

To respect the local culture and the monastic tradition, kindly restrain expressions of affection such as hugging or kissing in public. Guests are advised to observe celibacy (brahmacharya) as part of the spiritual discipline.

Male and female dormitories are separate. Men are not allowed in the ladies' dormitory and vice versa.

Couples are not allowed to share rooms during Teachers Training Courses, Advanced Teacher Training Course, and Sadhana Intensive.

The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams of India disapprove of and condemn any form of harassment directed at guests, staff or visitors.  Specifically, no harassment, proposals or innuendos with a sexual connotation will be tolerated during any program or activity organized by the Ashrams.  Guests participating in such programs and activities are accordingly made aware of this policy and invited to apply it in their personal behavior during their stay.  Any guest who thinks he/she may be the victim of unsolicited advances or any other form of sexual harassment is asked to notify a senior Swami or Director immediately in order for corrective action to be undertaken without delay.  Complaints made to a senior Sami or director will be treated confidentially and the alleged violator or any third party will not be advised of the complainant’s identify without the latter’s consent.

To maintain the spiritual purpose of the ashram, all guests are required to follow the entire ashram daily schedule. As a mark of respect for the teacher and as a practice of self discipline, guests are required to be on time and to remain for the duration of each program. In the event that you need to be absent from any event or to leave the ashram premises, permission should be obtained from the Ashram Director. Asana classes are open to resident guests only.

Karma yoga is an integral part of the daily schedule and provides an opportunity for guests to integrate into the ashram community. Guests are required to offer up to one hour of karma yoga per day.

Guests may leave the ashram on the weekly day off. Guests should attend morning and evening satsang. There are no lectures and coaching classes on the day off.  Morning and afternoon asana classes, and of course tea, brunch and dinner are still available.

Guests are requested to observe silence during meals and between 10:30pm and 7:30am daily.

Lights out after 10:30pm daily.

The ashram cannot accept responsibility for guest's personal belongings. A safe keeping facility is available at reception.

Please check the minimum stay at the relevant ashram before booking. An initial minimum payment is required upon arrival and registration. This payment is non refundable or transferable in the event of early departure.

All guests and visitors are required to register at reception upon arrival. Check-in time is after 2pm and check-out is before 11am. Upon check out, please return keys and bedding to the reception and settle any outstanding bills.

Daily donation rates include classes, food and accommodation. 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 payment.

Personal cheques are not accepted for payment. Check individual ashrams for methods of payment.

The Indian concessional rate is not applicable for non-resident Indians (NRI), Indian nationals working or living abroad, foreign nationals working or living in India, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Person of Indian Origin (PIO).

Indian nationals may be asked to provide evidence of Indian nationality. Misrepresentation of information will result in liability to pay the full fee or dismissal from the course.

Foreign students/guests must bring their original passport with a valid visa for India to cover the duration of their stay.

The spirit behind the discipline and rules are to ensure that the ashram life discipline is maintained, enabling you to obtain maximum benefit from your ashram experience and spiritual practice.

You are advised to become familiar with the cultural information before coming to the ashram.

Sivananda Centers and Ashrams are mostly run by dedicated volunteer staff, with varying experience, who offer service as part of their spiritual discipline. Your understanding and patience is appreciated.

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