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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, Trivandrum
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, Trivandrum Situated in the sylvan surroundings of the Neyyar dam and forests just outside Kerala's capital city, Trivandrum, is the 12-acre Sivananda yoga ashram. "Our approach is more holistic, offering yoga, devotion, and philosophy," says Swami Sivaswaroopananda, the 46-year-old Italian doctor who came to India "for a more meaningful life" more than a decade ago and is now its director.

The school, set up in 1977 by Swami Vishnudevananda, a disciple of Swami Sivananda, offers structured yoga "vacations." There are two two-week-long vacations a month. Peak season is November to April, and tariffs range from $12.50 to $15 per head for a twin room, $8.75 to $11.25 per head for dormitory or tent-style lodging. During the Christmas-New Year period, there's a special culture, philosophy, and fitness camp offering a mix of ayurveda and yoga ranging from $13.75 to $18.75 a day.

The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram is set in 12 acres of tropical splendour in the foothills of Kerala's Western Ghats. The natural beauty of Neyyar Dam, the forested surroundings, the cool green coconut tree groves and colourful flower-filled views, all offer an ideal atmosphere for the practice of yoga and meditation.

The ashram program covers classical yoga techniques, taught in a warm and friendly environment, helps to instil in guests a deep awareness of the spiritual essence of life

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram
Neyyar Dam P.O.
Thiruvananthapuram Dist (Trivandrum)
Kerala 695 572
telephone: + 91 471 227 3093 / + 91 471 2272703
mobile: + 91 (0) 9495 630951

Swami Vishnu Devananda in Shivananda. Give your life a boost, develop positive thinking, radiant health and inner peace through the practice of ancient yogic techniques for balanced living. The yoga vacation is based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda. It is designed to help you develop a strong practice which can be incorporated back into your daily life at home.

Living in the ashram following a simple, structured daily schedule, allows you to focus on yourself for two weeks (or more!!). The term vacation usually implies doing nothing, perhaps lying on a beach. Swami Vishnudevananda adopted the term 'Yoga Vacation' because the structured schedule allows you to relax completely in a way a beach or travel holiday doesn't. All you have to do is be here, relax and participate.

Yoga Vacation
Dates Accommodation Donations
1st - 14th and 16th - 29th of each month apart from YACP Twin Room Low season Rs 500
High season Rs 600
Dormitory Low season Rs 350
High season Rs 450
Tent Low season Rs 350
High season Rs 600
*minimum stay 3 days

Yoga Ayurveda Cultural Program - YACP
Celebrate the festive Christmas and New Year period with Indian music concerts, dance performances, talks on yoga and Ayurveda in addition to the regular Yoga Vacation program.Excursions to places of interest and Ayurvedic treatments are available at an extra cost.

Yoga Vacation
Dates Accommodation Donations
21 Dec 2008 - 4 Jan 2009 Twin Room Rs 700
Dormitory Rs 550
Tent Rs 550
*minimum stay 3 days

Ayurvedic Treatments in Shivananda. Please Note
Yoga Vacation donations are per person per night and include all classes, meals and accommodation.
High Season is from 1st October to 30th April
Low Season is from 1st May to 30th September
YACP donation differs from Yoga Vacation donation.

Yoga Vacation program and YACP, email to confirm availability specifying required accommodation. We cannot always guarantee your first choice of accommodation. Advanced reservation is recommended, especially for twin rooms. We will confirm accommodation availability by email.

We advise you to book and arrive the day before the Yoga Vacation program begins and leave day after the program ends. A minimum donation for 3 nights accommodation is required on arrival.

Attendance of the entire ashram daily schedule is mandatory.
Classes are optional on the day off, once a week usually Friday. Guests are expected to attend morning and evening satsangs on this day.

Day trips to places of interest are regularly arranged on the day off.
The ashram accepts payment in Indian rupees, credit card (Visa and Mastercard not American Express) and travellers cheques. We do not accept foreign currency cash payment, direct bank transfer nor personal cheques.

No refunds will be given, but a credit note may be issued. Credit notes are valid for one year from date of issue and can be used for courses and programs at any of the ISYVC centres or ashrams but cannot be used to purchase boutique items.

Teachers Training Course (TTC)Course outline
This one-month course is a profound experience that helps to establish a firm foundation of inner discipline. The course is based on the traditional gurukula system ('guru's house') in which students live and study with the teacher. The Teachers Training Course (TTC) is an intensive and transformative experience taught by disciples of Swami Vishnudevananda. Yoga Postures in Shivananda. The curriculum includes instruction in asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, chanting, mantras, yoga philosophy, diet, kriyas (cleansing exercises to purify the body) and study of the Bhagavad Gita.

A sincere desire to learn and openness to yogic techniques is required - a basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is preferred, but not essential.
Students will develop the skills to teach yoga asana as well as improve their own personal practice.

An internationally recognized certificate from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (ISYVC) organization is awarded on successful completion of the course. The diploma is entitled 'Yoga Siromani'. The course is officially recognized by the Yoga Alliance in the USA and Canada for the 200 hours Registered Yoga School Standards.

Daily Schedule
¤ 0520 hrs - Wake up
¤ 0600 hrs - Satsang
¤ 0800 hrs - Asana, pranayama class
¤ 1000 hrs - Brunch
¤ 1100 hrs - Karma yoga
¤ 1200 hrs - Bhagavad Gita lecture or chanting class
¤ 1400 hrs - Main lecture
¤ 1600 hrs - Asana, pranayama class
¤ 1800 hrs - Dinner
¤ 2000 hrs - Satsang
¤ 2200 hrs - Lights out

Attendance of the entire TTC daily schedule is mandatory.
Students are given one day off per week, usually Friday but this may change according to the course program.

Definition of Terms
Satsang: Satsang consists of silent meditation, chanting and a talk or reading on the philosophy of yoga and Vedanta. It will help you develop a strong and steady meditation practice.
Lecture: Talks covering the 4 paths of yoga, "The 5 Points of Yoga", Vedanta philosophy and other topics in yoga.
Asana Class: Two classes, one giving you the chance to develop your own practice.
Karma Yoga in Shivananda. Sun salutations and the twelve basic postures will be taught along with advanced variations. The second class is devoted to 'How to Teach" incorporating:
» How to teach beginners the sun salutation and the twelve basic postures
» How to teach the basic open class
» How to teach children, the elderly and prenatal yoga
» The theory and practice of shat kriyas (the six cleansing techniques)
Pranayama: Basic practice of kapalabhati, anuloma viloma (alternate nostril breathing) with an introduction to advanced pranayama.
Karma yoga: Karma yoga is the practice of selfless service which helps guests to feel part of the ashram. You are expected to do up to one hour of selfless service per day within ashram.
Bhagavad Gita: Considered one of the greatest spiritual texts of the world and the bible of yoga.
Chanting (kirtan): Opens the heart and purifies the mind. Correct pronunciation of Sanskrit and a devotional attitude is important.
Main lecture: Topics include:
» Vedanta Philosophy
» The four paths of Yoga: Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga (the path of devotion, Raja Yoga (mind control), and Jnana Yoga (the
path of wisdom and realization).
» Program psychology of the spiritual aspirant
» Karma and reincarnation
» Kundalini yoga
» The three bodies and their functions
The main lecture requires a daily homework summary.
Anatomy and Physiology: The effects of asana on the major body systems. Yogic diet and fasting.
Meditation: Guideline to meditation. Benefits of meditation. The use of mantras and mantra initiation.
Brunch/Dinner: Simple Indian style vegetarian meals.