Yoga Vacation

Recharge and rejuvenate with our Yoga Vacation programme— in the land where Yoga was born.

Available year-round, the Yoga Vacation programme in India offers the chance to immerse yourself fully in the yogic lifestyle and to dive deep into the ancient teachings of India. You can leave behind the stresses and strains of daily life to rediscover the joy of living in the idyllic setting of a traditional Indian Ashram. Come to experience the profound benefits that yoga brings to mind, body and spirit. During your stay, discover new ways of thinking and increase your spiritual knowledge through daily talks. Perfect your own practices and clear doubts with individual guidance from our teachers.

Immerse yourself in the calming atmosphere of the Ashram, making new friends with like-minded people from all corners of the world. You will begin to discover your true nature and develop skills to improve the health of body and mind. The programme will help you to establish a solid foundation to living a life of peace and happiness.

Based on the Five Points of Yoga of Swami Vishnudevananda the Yoga Vacation promotes radiant health and inner peace. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned practitioner you will increase your vitality, positivity, and ease of being as a result of daily yoga practice, healthy vegetarian diet, silent meditation sessions, and uplifting teachings. You will experience some of the devotional practices, traditional to India, that are an integral part of your stay here. Your mind will expand and your heart will open.

Yoga Vacationers are required to follow the Ashram’s Daily Schedule, which includes plenty of time for socialising, learning, and relaxing.  All guests attend morning and evening satsang, the afternoon lecture and both yoga classes each day to make the most of their stay and to contribute to the community experience.

Each day starts and ends with Satsang, a practice that is at the core of Ashram life. Here we meditate silently, join together to joyfully chant and listen to an inspiring talk or reading on yoga. Yoga asana classes are held twice a day at 8am and 3.30pm. We offer separate classes for beginner and intermediate students. The classes are based on the classical twelve basic asanas, along with pranayama and the sun salute. The focus is on mastering these basic asanas from which variations are then added to further strengthen the practice.

Our meals, served twice a day at 10am and 6pm, are based on a healthy vegetarian diet, using as much as possible seasonal and locally-sourced food.
Karma Yoga at 11am each morning gives you the opportunity to help around the Ashram but also to meet like-minded practitioners and be a part of the Ashram community. It is an important aspect of the schedule and opens you into a more subtle understanding of yourself. The first path of the Four Paths of Yoga, Karma Yoga is the foundation on which all yoga practice is based.
Our daily 2pm workshop/lecture takes you into the deeper practices of yoga, explaining the theory, philosophy and psychology behind them that will serve to enhance your practice and expand the mind.

The Sivananda Meenakshi offers many programs throughout the year on many interesting and uplifting topics. They are suitable for beginners and open to all. There is no additional fee to participate in the special programmes; the regular yoga vacation daily rate applies.


Many of the programmes explore the intricate connections between mind and body, allowing you to dive deeply into spiritual and yogic practices in a safe environment and with experienced teachers. These programmes are designed to introduce specialised topics within the philosophy and practice of yoga and to go deeper by putting the concepts into practice while at the Ashram. A focus will be on how these concepts and techniques can be applied in daily life back at home.


The following 6-day special programmes will be offered on an ongoing basis within the yoga vacation programme, running from Monday to to Sunday, with a day off on Friday. You are encouraged to come for the entire program although your attendance for all of the six days is not mandatory. The programmes begin on Monday at 12:00 pm and end on Sunday at 1:00 pm.


Oct 7 – 13, 2019
Meditation Intensive

Explore the techniques and tools of meditation in this 6-day intensive.


Oct 14 – 20, 2019
Positive Thinking: Preparing the Mind for Meditation

Cultivate awareness of how changing our thoughts can lead to a more fulfilling meditation experience.


Dec 2 – 8, 2019
Creative Writing and Yoga

Explore how a disciplined practice of yoga and meditation can help you to write more fluidly and encourage new ideas.


Dec 23 – 29, 2019
Go Deeper: Symbolism of the Yoga Asanas

Explore a different aspect of asana practice each day to deepen your understanding and awareness of their effects.


Dec 30, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020
The 3 Bodies of Yoga

Understand the subtle anatomy of prana, the chakra system, and how the asanas and pranayamas relate to each other.


Jan 6 – 12, 2020
Yamas and Niyamas

Explore the ethical framework within the Raja Yoga path and how to reflect on the precepts in everyday life.



Mar 16 – 22, 2020
Pranayama Intensive

Understand the significance of yogic breathwork and its effect on the mind and subtle body as well as how go a little deeper in your practice and to create a disciplined pranayama practice at home.


Apr 20 – 26, 2020
Advanced Yoga Asana Retreat

Go a little deeper within your asana practice, working systematically towards the more advanced asanas and variations.


Apr 27 – May 3, 2020
Beginners’ Intensive

A great introduction to ashram life and yoga for first-timers to experience asana and pranayama practice plus the philosophy behind Swami VIshnudevananda’s 5 Points of Yoga.



May 4 – 10, 2020
Yoga for Healing

Explore the kriyas (cleansing actions) of yoga as well as some more modern cleansing and detoxification practices and their effects on the body. We will also explore the role of the mind and thoughts in creating the conditions for healing to take place.


May 11 – 17, 2020
Chanting & Bhakti Yoga Week

Learn how the practice of chanting helps channel and sublimate negative emotions. Also, gain comfort in using your voice to lead bhajans (chants) and accompanying them rhythmically. The week will include a visit to some local temples and explanation of the practice of worship.



5.20am Wake up
6am Satsang (group meditation, chanting and talk)
7.30am Tea
8am Asana Class (separate classes for beginners and intermediate students)
10am Brunch (Indian vegetarian meal)
11am Karma Yoga (selfless service)
12.30pm Asana Coaching (Optional)
1.30pm Tea
2pm Lecture (talks on various yoga topics)
3.30pm Asana Class (separate classes for beginners and intermediate students)
6pm Dinner (Indian vegetarian meal)
8pm Satsang (group meditation, chanting and talk)
10.30pm Lights out

The daily schedule may change from time to time according to need. The schedule is mandatory unless otherwise indicated.

  • Things to bring – comfortable clothes, sandals, toiletries, personal items, meditation shawl for cool evenings, yoga asana mat, meditation cushion, notebooks, pens, towels, water bottle and torch. You can also purchase these items at the ashram boutique.
  • Guests should be familiar with the Ashram Rules & Guidelines before their arrival.
  • The daily schedule may change from time to time according to need. The entire schedule is mandatory unless otherwise indicated.
  • Day trips to places of interest can be arranged on the day off.

Prices per night/person for programme and bed and board

Ashram Date Season / duration Prices / Night
Prices / Night
Meenakshi Ashram
Madurai, Tamil Nadu
From 1st & 16th each month
(minimum 3 nights stay)
Low Season (July–Sept) Rs. 340 Dorm
Rs. 1140 Twin share
Rs. 1740 Single
Rs. 690 Dorm
Rs. 1140 Twin share
Rs. 1740 Single
High season (Oct–June) Rs. 380 Dorm
Rs. 1240 Twin share
Rs. 1840 Single
Rs. 790 Dorm
Rs. 1240 Twin share
Rs. 1840 Single

Advance booking is necessary for room accommodation only. Contact the concerned ashram directly.

For all accommodation, two bed sheets, a pillow with cover and a mosquito net are provided.

Our accommodation is simple and functional.  There are separate dormitories for men and ladies. We also have spacious twin-share and single rooms.  All accommodation areas have shelving and hanging space. For each guest, a bed with a mattress and supports for mosquito net, plus 2 bed sheets, a pillow with cover and a mosquito net are provided.

  • Dormitories: Separate for men and women and built as double-occupancy cubicles. Shared bathroom facilities are provided with cold water.
  • Twin-Share and Single Rooms: Twin-share and single rooms have attached bathrooms with hot water.

Please Note: couples are not allowed to share twin rooms during the courses.


Twin-sharing Room