Founded by Sri Swami Vishnudevananda, disciple of Sri Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres organisation with locations around the world is dedicated to the teaching of classical Yoga and Vedanta to promote physical, mental and spiritual health. The Organisation is recognised internationally as one of the most important and authentic yoga institutions in the world. Our founder Swami Vishnudevananda synthesised the essence of yoga into five principles that could be easily incorporated into daily life. These comprise the core teachings of the four paths of classical, traditional yoga and make the wisdom of the ancient sages easily accessible to beginner and the more experienced alike.

Welcome to Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Tapaswini Ashram, situated in Gudur town of Andhra Pradesh, South India. Discover classical yoga and meditation in the traditional ashram setting. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced in your practice, we offer courses and retreats for all.

  • Designed to recharge your batteries and rejuvenate body and mind leaving you feeling inspired and revitalised
  • Experience the power of yoga with twice daily asana classes, meditation and talks on yoga philosophy
  • Open your heart with bhakti yoga and kirtan
  • Serve with the ashram community through karma yoga
  • Visit for a few days, a week or two, or more and experience the tremendous benefit of taking a break from the relentless stresses of everyday life
  • A great way to go on holiday or work away from the office or home and really feel a difference!
  • Continue your work and enjoy ashram life simultaneously
  • Balance your working hours spent in front of the computer with daily Asana classes, Satsang, Meditation, suited as per your free time
  • Let the serene ashram environment and Sattvic wholesome meals help you get more productive and focused in your work
  • Carry your Personal hotspot and Laptop
  • Visit for a few days, a week or two, or more and experience the tremendous benefit of taking a break from the relentless stresses of everyday life
  • Develop the skills to teach yoga asana and meditation
  • Gain a solid grounding in the classical yoga tradition
  • Deepen your spiritual connection to yoga
  • Open yourself to profound inner transformation
  • Establish a firm foundation of discipline that promotes physical, emotional and spiritual growth
  • Build a strong base from which to teach others naturally and with confidence
  • Certified by Indian Yoga Association (IYA) and Yoga Alliance (North America)

The Sivananda Experience

Yoga Vacation

Join our Yoga Vacation programme, designed by Swami Vishnudevananda and offered in our beautiful Ashrams around the world. Daily yoga and meditation sessions, healthy vegetarian food, inspiring spiritual teachings with like-minded people in an idyllic setting bring mental and physical relaxation and spiritual growth. We are open year-round and we welcome all.

Yoga Teachers Training

Gain a solid foundation in the classical yoga tradition in our life-transforming residential courses held at our Ashrams worldwide. You will awaken and strengthen your own yoga practice as well as build a firm foundation in classical yoga from which to teach others instinctively and confidently connecting to a tradition and lineage passed down through millennia.


Personalised therapies and detoxification programmes that are based on the understanding of each individual’s constitution using herbal medicines and oils, diet, exercise and lifestyle regimens, to bring health and harmony to body and mind. Our Ashrams offer an extensive range of workshops, retreats, training programmes and certification courses on the science of Ayurveda.

Travel Information

By Air

Via Chennai International Airport – 160 kms away. From the airport, you can take a pre-paid taxi directly to the Ashram (approx. 3 hrs journey)

From Chennai Airport, you can take a Metro service (opposite the airport) to reach Chennai Central Railway Station. There are various trains available to Gudur Junction Railway Station (see more info below under By Train)

Via Tirupati Airport – 80 kms away. From the airport, you can take a pre-paid taxi directly to the Ashram (approx. 1.5 hrs journey)

It is suggested to contact the ashram by email well in advance for having a taxi available for you at the airport.

By Train 

Direct trains to Gudur Junction Railway Station are available from many cities including Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi and other major cities.

You are advised to book rail tickets as soon as possible. Trains are often fully booked in high season (December and January) due to local festivals, so you may need to allow for this when planning your time of travel. Train e-tickets can be booked up to three months in advance via the internet. Train information can be obtained via Limited seats in higher classes are available for credit card bookings via

Bus Service

You can reach Gudur Bus Stand from Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and other major cities. From Gudur bus stand, the ashram is 13 kms away. You can take a bus going to Vidya Nagar or Kota. The route is:

Chillakur Mandal – Kadivedu – Guthavaripalem

Guthavaripalem is the bus stop which is in front of the Ashram

By Auto Rickshaw

Auto rickshaws are easily available from Gudur Junction Railway Station and Gudur bus stand to the ashram for a minimum charge of 250/-approx.  From Gudur Junction Railway Station the ashram is 15 kms away.