Sadhana Intensive is a programme devised by Swami Vishnudevananda based on his own hatha yoga sadhana in the Himalayas. Swami Vishnudevananda often said that six months of this intensive practice gave him the energy to carry out his mission of spreading the teachings of yoga in the West for next 40 years.
This course is based on individual self-practice divided into two or three sessions per day. The emphasis is on intense and prolonged pranayama. Students work towards eight hours of hatha yoga per day which is balanced by the study of classical scriptures.
The course demands a high level of self-discipline and students are guided according to individual needs. Students are expected to remain within the Ashram premises throughout the course with no free days, no access to telephone or email and a strict sattvic diet (salt, spice, tea and sugar free).
The highly-controlled environment is vital for this type of practice.
This two-week course requires some preparation from the student. Interested students are advised to prepare by following a regular daily hatha yoga practice and a sattvic lifestyle. Sound physical and mental health is a pre-requisite.
Sadhana Intensive affords a unique opportunity to extend the limits of our capabilities, strengthen our stamina and develop self-confidence with long lasting effects.
Kindly note that the course is taught in English only.
Sadhana Intensive courses are open only to Sivananda Teachers Training Course (TTC) graduates. A copy of your TTC certificate should be included with the application form.
An internationally-recognised certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organization (ISYVC) is awarded on completion of the course. The diploma is entitled 'Yoga Bhaskara'.
- Explanation and practice of advanced pranayama, bandhas (locks) and mudras (seals).
- Daily self-practice of asana.
- Practice of shat kriyas (cleansing techniques).
- Meditation and chanting.
- Keeping spiritual diary.
- Study of:
Viveka Chudamani by Sankaracharya A standard text on Vedanta philosophy.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swatmarama with commentary by Swami Vishnudevananda.
Srimad Bhagavatham for the practice of bhakti yoga.
The daily schedule includes:
- Practice of kriyas.
- Morning and evening satsang with meditation and chanting.
- Two or three practice sessions of asana and advanced pranayama incorporating bandhas and mudras.
- Study of Hatha Yoga Pradipika / Viveka Chudamani / Srimad Bhagavatam.
- Morning almond milk drink, brunch and dinner.
Participation in entire daily schedule is mandatory.
The course director may change the schedule according to the need of the students.
- Viveka Chudamani by Sankaracharya.
- Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swatmarama with commentary by Swami Vishnudevananda.
- Srimad Bhagavatham
A Sadhana Intensive Manual is supplied as part of the course donation.
The texts are usually available in the Ashram boutique or can be purchased from any of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres (ISYVC) or order from the catalogue of the London Centre.
Course Dates and Donations
For a list of upcoming course dates and donations click here.
Accommodation is simple. Dormitory, shared twin and single rooms are available. Couples are not allowed to share rooms during the course. Separate dormitory space for men and ladies.
See How to Register for instructions on applying and paying for courses and programmes.
Dates and donations are subject to change without notice. For all programmes, guests are subject to the suggested donation in effect at the time of final payment.
To maintain the spiritual atmosphere we ask all Ashram guests to comply with the Ashram rules. Kindly refer to the Ashram Rules & Guidelines and Cultural Information for more information. The Ashram reserves the right of admission and students may be asked to leave if their behaviour goes against the Ashram rules and teachings.
If you cancel your registration before the start of the course we will refund your original payment less an administration fee of US $150.
For a no-show, no refund will be issued.
Once the course starts, if you decide to leave within five days, we will refund your original payment less an administration fee of US $450. After five days no refunds will be issued.
Students leaving the course before completion are required to return all teaching materials and uniforms.
What to Bring
Personal toiletries, towel, asana mat, meditation cushion, comfortable footwear, warm clothing and shawl are useful. The Ashram boutique stocks most of these items including books, stationery and clothing. Some warm clothing may be needed in December and January.
Remember to take your TTC uniforms and a copy of your TTC diploma. Students are expected to wear their uniforms during satsang and lecture times.
Uniforms are not provided for the course but are usually available for purchase at the Ashram boutique.
Foreign Nationals are required to bring their original passport with a valid visa for India. A tourist visa is acceptable for this yoga programme.
Other Sivananda Courses
- Advanced Teachers' Training Course
- Fasting and Detoxification