Sivananda Vidya Peetham

Hatha Yoga Intensive (HYI)

Course Dates ( for all, click here)

Apr 15 - May 01, 2017 ( arrival days - Apr 13, 14, 15 - departure day May 2,3,4 )

Course Location

Amboli, Sindhdurg District, Maharashtra, India.

Course Details

Hatha Yoga Intensive is a program 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.
Hatha Yoga Intensive affords a unique opportunity to extend the limits of our capabilities, strengthen our stamina and develop self-confidence with long lasting effects.


Hatha Yoga Intensive courses are open only to Yoga Teachers Training Course (YTTC-1) graduates from SYVP and ISYVC ( )

A copy of your YTTC-I certificate should be included with the application form.

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.


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 a spiritual diary.

Study of classic yoga texts:
Viveka Chudamani by Sankaracharya, a standard text on Vedanta philosophy.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swatmarama with commentary by Swami Vishnudevananda.
Srimad Bhagavatham, a classical text on Hatha Yoga with many devotional stories for the practice of Bhakti yoga

Daily schedule

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 the entire daily schedule is mandatory.
* The course director may change the schedule according to the need of the students.

Recommended texts

• Viveka Chudamani by Sankaracharya.
• Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swatmarama with commentary by Swami Vishnudevananda.
• Srimad Bhagavatham
. * These texts are included in the course donation.

Assessment and Certification

A certificate of training from Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham (SYVP) is awarded on successful completion of the course.

Course donation

The donation mentioned here applies only to non-Indians and non-resident Indians. Indian nationals may please contact SVYP directly for information on the course donation

US$ 1600 per person - for single occupation
US$ 1500 per person - in double sharing room
US$ 1400 per person - sharing in 6-bed dormitory.


Swami Govindananda Saraswati, Robert Sankara Moses and Swami Nivedanananda and trained staff members.

What to bring

Two pairs of Yoga Teachers’ Training uniforms (white pants and yellow T-shirts) for wearing at satsang and lectures. Casual comfortable clothes, yoga mat, meditation shawl, toiletries, notebooks, pens, slip-on sandals, Warm clothing for very cool nights & cool mornings/evenings and clothes for warm days, rainwear, flashlight, insect repellent, alarm clock, travel mug/tumbler, water bottle, sunscreen...etc
Many of the things from above are available for purchase at our boutique
Uniforms are not provided for the course but are usually available for purchase at the ashram boutique.

How to Register

Email SYVP if you are interested in attending the course. Please send the completed application form (downloadable from the website or sent by request from SYVP) to .

A copy of the diploma of YTTC certificate should be sent with the application form.
Please make a deposit donation of US$300 to secure your place on the course.
Once the application is received, the applicant will be sent the instructions on how to pay the deposit as well as how to pay the balance of course donation.

Email us if you are interested in attending the course.

Please Note

The balance of the course donation should be remitted at the latest by the day of joining.
Course donations are non-refundable, however any unused amount may be transferred, minus an administration fee of US$300, to another course within one year of the original course starting date. Alternatively, a credit note may be issued minus the administration fee. Credit notes are valid for one year from date of issue and can be used for any other courses/ programs or for anybody recommended by the depositor and also for boutique items or any other supplementary services.

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