Sivananda Vidya Peetham

Hatha Yoga Intensive (HYI)

Course Dates & Location

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Arrival days – April 15,16, 17, 2018 - Departure days May 3,4,5, 2018 - Amboli, Sindhdurg District, Maharashtra, India.

Arrival days - Sept 10, 11, 12, 2018 - Departure days - Sept 28, 29, 30, 2018 - Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, India

Course donation

The donation mentioned here applies only to non-Indians and non-resident Indians for all courses in India. Indian nationals may please contact SVYP directly by email: for the details of the subsidised course donations applicable to them.

US$ 2000 per person - single accommodation.
US$ 1700 per person - sharing double room
US$ 1600 per person in Dormitory of 12 people.

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 ( )
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 Adi Sankaracharya, a standard text on Vedanta philosophy.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Yogi 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 Adi 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.


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

What to bring

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 provided for the course

How to Register

To download the Application Form Click here...

Please download the application form, print it, fill all the required information, scan it and then send the completed application form to

A copy of the diploma of YTTC certificate should be sent with the application form.
Once the filled up application form is received and accepted, the applicants will be informed of how to remit the deposit payment.
Indian nationals : To finish the formality of registration one has to send a non-refundable deposit donation of Rs 5000
Non-Indian nationals : To finish the formality of registration one has to send a non-refundable deposit donation of USD 300.

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.

General Information

Please read course details as well as the course location information carefully before making a decision to register.
Total number of participants for any course is around 50.
Admission to any course is on first come first serve basis.
All the courses are taught in English, there is currently no translation facility available into any other language.
Students should plan latest to arrive on the arrival day and depart on the day of departure.
It is recommended that Participants spend at least a few days in the course location before the start of your course. This allows the body and mind to have a little time to rest, re-energise and be nourished by the ashram environment. Participants can then begin their study feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Participants may also wish to stay for some days after the end of the course to allow the learning from the study to integrate more fully into their consciousness within the supportive environment of the ashram.
If one decides to arrive early and also to stay longer, please register for the course program for those additional days. The guest need to pay the daily donations for the extra days.

Please see Calendar of events for the programs offered around the time of your visit.

Dates and donations are subject to change without notice.
For all programs, guests are subject to the suggested donation in effect at the time of final payment.
To maintain the spiritual atmosphere we ask all ashram guests to comply with the ashram rules. Kindly refer to the Ashram rules and guidelines for more information.
The ashram reserves the right of admission and students may be asked to leave if their behaviour goes against the ashram rules and teachings.

Students are also welcome to contact the ashram directly if they would like to stay on in the ashram after the course participating in the volunteer staff program. The volunteer staff program is an excellent way to deepen one’s experience and understanding of yoga teaching.

Email if you need further information.