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SADHANA INTENSIVE Course in Rudraprayag, Himalayas, India
20 October – 4 November 2014
26 October – 10 November 2015
Dates include arrival and departure days
The Sadhana Intensive is a two-week yoga course based on the classical teachings of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. It was designed by Swami Vishnudevananda, who based the course curriculum on the intensive Hatha Yoga practice which he himself followed during a period of intense Sadhana retreat in the Himalayas. Swami Vishnudevananda often said that this intensive practice gave him the energy to carry out his mission of spreading the teachings of yoga in the West for nearly 40 years.
This course is based on individual practice divided into two or three sessions per day, with the emphasis on an intense and prolonged practice of advanced pranayama. Students work towards eight hours of hatha yoga per day.
Swami Vishnudevananda (1927–1993)
In the morning, the students meet with their teachers and receive instructions for the practice of the day. Students are guided individually in their practice. All meet again at midday for an inspiring study of some of the main classical scriptures of yoga. Reading from these scriptures will enrich the Hatha Yoga experience.
It is a unique course since students have time for deep introspection through prolonged individual practice. It affords a unique opportunity to extend the limits of our capabilities, strengthen our stamina and develop self-confidence with long lasting effects. Many students choose to take this course several times, with each time a deepening of their yoga experience.
A lecture-free day during the Sivananda Teachers' Training Course in Rudraprayag, Himalayas, March 2013
The emphasis of the course is the practice of pranayama more than of asanas. The course starts with 2 practices a day for the first week, then increases to 3 practices a day. Each session lasts for 2 to 3 hours.
- 12 basic asanas
- Concentrated periods of advanced pranayama of progressive intensity
- Explanations and practice of Mudras, Bandhas and Mantras
- Recitation of Sanskrit verses to lift the energy of body and mind
- Study of classical scriptures on Hatha Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Vedanta philosophy
- Meditation practice
- Spiritual diary
- Likhita japa (writing of mantras for mental peace)
- Practice of Mouna (silence) at certain moments of the day to preserve the vital energy
- Mantra chanting and devotional rituals
The daily schedule includes:
- Practice of kriyas (cleansing techniques)
- 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
Participation in the entire daily schedule is mandatory. There may be occasional changes to the schedule according to the needs of the students.
This course is for graduates of the Sivananda Teachers' Training Course only.
The Sadhana Intensive requires a high level of self-discipline and preparation. Participants should have a sound physical and mental health. They should follow a vegetarian diet for at least 6 months before the start of the course and practice kapalabhati and anuloma viloma daily for at least 6 months before taking the course.
Constant adaptation to local customs is required, as well as inner openness and sincere acceptance of the instructions given by the teachers.
Before enrolling, please meet or telephone with any of the European Acharyas or Swamis. This is to gain a better understanding of the spiritual nature of the course and to answer any further questions you may have. This personal course introduction by a Swami is essential for enrolment.
Triple room: 1,090 €
Double room: 1,370 €
Single room: 1,745 €
Special price for the triple room for Eastern European nationals residing in an Eastern European country: 990 €
For UK only:
Triple room: £910
Double room: £1,145
Single room: £1,460
All rates valid until 31 August 2014
Down payment: 300 € (£250), the outstanding balance is due at the Centre where you enrolled 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the course.
Included are the administrative costs, tuition, room and board.
Not included are ground transportation to and from Delhi, tips, laundry service as well as any other additional service. Please book your own flight to Delhi.
It is recommended to purchase a travel health insurance policy through your travel agency.
Certificate and training units
International certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organization (ISYVC) is awarded on successful completion of the course. The diploma is entitled 'Yoga Bhaskara'.
|Sadhana Intensive||173 units of 45 min or 130 units of 60 min|
The following texts will be studied:
- The Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Yogi Swatmarama with commentary by Swami Vishnudevananda: this classical text on Hatha Yoga explains in depth: Asanas, Pranayama, Mudras and Bandhas as well as the process of awakening the Kundalini.
- Viveka Chudamani of Sankaracharya: a basic text on Vedanta philosophy which describes the practical ways to realize the Self and how to prepare oneself for this realization.
- The Srimad Bhagavatam by Vyasa Maharishi is one of the most important scriptures on Bhakti Yoga. Listening to the stories and the philosophy of the Bhagavatam will fill the mind with universal love and will melt the heart. Opening of the heart is one of the keys to accessing the deepest levels of Hatha Yoga.
are Yoga Acharyas (spiritual directors) and senior teachers of the Sivananda Yoga Centres.
Sanjay Kulkarni, Ayurveda Acharya, from Pune, India
Mr Kulkarni uses his profound expertise in Ayurveda to give practical advice on how to prevent disease and develop radiant health.
- Lectures on understanding your body type, which is very helpful when making food and lifestyle choices
- Personal health consultations available (extra cost)
Monal Resort is located 3 km from Rudraprayag, on 3 acres (1.2 hectares) of pristine land, surrounded on three sides by the lesser Himalayan Range. The resort has 53 rooms, each of which has its own private balcony, most of them with a view of the majestic Garhwal Himalayas.
Spacious rooms (1–3 beds), private bathroom, electric or AC heater, water kettle, white linen bed sheets, quilt with quilt cover or two blankets, one pillow, bed cover.
Monal Resort accommodates up to approximately 80 students. Beyond this number, participants will be staying at Narayan Pilgrims' Hostel, which is located directly opposite Monal Resort. The room furnishing is a bit simpler and includes a shared balcony, private bathroom, electric or AC heater, white linen bed sheets, two blankets, one pillow, bed cover.
Drinking water and teas
Teas will be available on a self-service basis between the activities. Mineral water is available at extra cost.
An almond milk drink in the mornings and two lightly spiced Indian/Western style yogic vegetarian meals at brunch and dinner, served buffet-style.
Meditations and lectures will be held on a spacious roof terrace (covered) overlooking the Alaknanda River and in the Patanjali Hall. Besides four scenic open air asana platforms, the resort gardens offer a number of small pavilions for your individual practice.
Breathing the fresh Himalayan air is a boon for health throughout your stay. The old pilgrims' footpath to the high Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath passes right below Monal Resort. It leads to a large Ghat (bathing steps) by the Alaknanda River at just a few minutes walking distance. On the way you come by a small Siva Lingam Shrine where you can get blessings from a local pundit. The same footpath takes you through an impressive landscape of rocks and cacti, crossing the river over a small hanging bridge, to the Rudranath Temple (2 km distance) right above the river confluence. According to mythology it is here that Lord Rudra (Siva) taught music to the sage Narada. All worship in this temple is done by female priests.
Telephone and mobile phone
Every room has a telephone and can be reached via the reception at these numbers:
+91 (0) 1364 233-901 to -905 (5 lines)
Mobile phone coverage for Airtel, Idea and Vodafone. Sim cards available at Delhi International Airport, requires copy of passport/visa and 1 photo.
Most foreign SIM cards do allow Internet roaming access.
Yoga accessories: yoga mats, meditation pillows, asana outfits, shawls for meditation, yoga books, mantra CDs, translation headphones and more.
Outside laundry service at extra charge; collection and return of laundry every evening.
Valuables can be put into a safe, which will be opened once a day.
Check in/Check out
Check in at 2:00 PM
Check out at 10:00 AM
Rudraprayag is an ancient pilgrimage town (20,000 inhabitants) at the point of confluence of the Alaknanda and Mandakini, which are both tributaries to the River Ganges. Altitude of 890 m, 370 km away from Delhi. The area carries the spiritual thought currents of generations of spiritual seekers and pilgrims who walked and prayed in these pristine natural surroundings.
Main Badrinath Road,
246 475 Rudraprayag
Phone: +91 (0) 1364 233901 to 905 (5 Lines)
Telefax: +91 (0) 1364 233160
Helpline No.: +91-9837240675, +91-9675198764
The Sivananda Yoga Centres suggest you travel from Delhi to Rudraprayag by Yogibus:
Chartered 27 seater or 10 seater AC coach
Suggested arrival time in Delhi, October 20 latest at 3:00 AM. A Yogibus escort will be available at the Delhi International Airport Terminal 3 arrivals area in front of the Food Street Lounge as of 4:00 AM. The Yogibus departs at 5:00 AM.
If you are arriving before October 20 in Delhi, the meeting point is at 4:00 AM at the Hotel Shanti Palace (near the airport).
One-way charge: 5500 INR (or 70€), including breakfast in the bus and a full lunch stop half way. Mineral water is included on the AC coach.
The Yogibus will arrive in time for dinner at Monal Resorts Hotel in Rudraprayag.
Departs November 4 at 6:00 AM from Monal Resorts Hotel in Rudraprayag, arrives at Delhi International Airport at approx. 10:00 PM
Enrolment for Rudraprayag–Delhi will take place in Rudraprayag itself.
From Delhi to Haridvar, plus 5 hours' taxi drive.
From Delhi to Dehradun, plus 5 hours' taxi drive.
Visa requirements (Important!)
For the Sadhana Intensive course, only the following types of visa are accepted by the local authorities in India:
- Student visa (STD or S Visa)
- Yoga visa (Y Visa)
- Entry visa (X Visa)
Visa applications should be submitted only after one's place has been confirmed for the course.
- Under no circumstances will anybody arriving with a tourist visa be able to participate in the course.
- The average validity for visas given by the Indian Embassies for this course is 3 months. Please be aware that visa validity starts with the date of issue.
- The required proof of enrolment will be sent to you once your enrolment and downpayment have been received.
- Please do not accept a visa which is valid for longer than 6 months as it requires one to undergo a complicated registration process once in India.
- Once issued, check that your visa does not contain the following condition: “Registration required within 14 days after arrival in India”. If it does, do not accept the visa from the Indian Embassy.
A scanned copy of your Indian visa needs to be sent by email to rudraprayag-himalayas(at)sivananda.net
Remember to take your TTC uniforms. 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.
Yoga mat, meditation pillow and shawl (also available at the Sivananda Boutique in Rudraprayag), sandals, sweat pants and sweat shirts, writing pad, torch, alarm clock, private toiletry items, soap, clothesline, money belt.
It is advisable to keep a copy of your visa, passport and plane ticket separately in your luggage.
Comfortable clothing adapted to the traditional lifestyle of India is required: No figure-hugging clothes, no halter tops, shorts or short skirts.
Please pack a scarf and cap, warm socks and sweaters. Also sunscreen and sun hat.
Please ask your pharmacy for a small kit of medicines appropriate for India. Please consult with your physician or tropical medical service about vaccinations.
- Cancellation before the start of the course: A credit note will be issued for the course payments received. A 50 € administration fee will be deducted.
- In case of early departure: A credit note for the full amount of the course will be issued minus the following: the days present in the course, the hotel room rate for the remaining days, and a 50 € administration fee.
- The credit note will only be issued four weeks after the course completion date and will not be issued at the course location.
- Credit notes are non-transferable and can only be used by the individual whose name appears on the credit note. Credit notes are valid for two years and can be used in any Sivananda Yoga Centre or Ashram in Europe, except Italy. Please note: Credit notes cannot be applied to boutique purchases or Ayurveda massages. In Reith (Austria), the credit note cannot be applied to room and board fees.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre Putney
51 Felsham Road, Putney, London SW15 1AZ
Tel. +44 020 8780 0160
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Retreat House
Bichlach 40, A-6370 Reith bei Kitzbühel, Tyrol, Austria
Contact: Swami Vidyananda, Coordinator of TTC North India
Phone: +43 5356 67404-21
(preferably Mon–Sun, 11 AM–4 PM Central European Time)
Booking and payment need to be made at the same centre.