Sivananda Vidya Peetham

Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, India

Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham ( will conduct a Yoga Teachers’ Training Course – Level 2 and a Hatha Yoga Intensive at the Chinmaya Tapovanam in Uttar Kashi, Uttarakhand state, Himalayas,India.
The ashram Chinmaya Tapovanam is a branch of Chinmaya Mission founded by Sri Swami Chinmayanandaji. Uttar Kashi is a holy town on the banks of the Holy river Ganga deep in the Himalayas.


Hatha Yoga Intensive


Sept 12 - Sept 28, 2018
( Arrival days are Sept 10, 11, 12 , Departure days are Sept 28, 29, 30 2018 )


Chinmaya Tapovanam
Ujeli, Uttar Kashi,
Uttarakhand state
Himalayas, India

A travel about 160 km from Rishikesh takes one to this place.

Course details

Please visit the page on YTTC-1 for details
The main teachers for this course are Swami Govindananda, Swami Janardanananda, Swami Nivedanananda, Robert Sankara Moses, and Mani Raman.


The ashram has facility for single accommodation, double sharing and also dormitory with 3 or 4 beds.

Admission is on a first come first served basis.
To maintain the sanctity of the campus, we accommodate guests on the following conditions:
• No consumption of alcohol & non-vegetarian food
• No smoking either on campus or outside while undertaking the course.
• Should follow the yogic way of life while in the ashram.


The main meals are provided daily twice at 9.30 am and 5.30 pm. The food is based on the South Indian tradition. Menus are vegetarian, simple, nutritious... and good tasting! Prepared with love and care according to yogic dietary principles, two buffet style, lacto-vegetarian meals are served daily. Absent from the menu are meat, fish, fowl, eggs, garlic, onions and coffee. A cup of tea is available at 7.00 am and 1.00 pm !!!

WiFi facility

WiFi facilitiy is not available in this location.

Mobile phone usage

Mobile phone signals from all major companies ( BSNL, Reliance, Airtel, Vodafone ) are available in the ashram compound. Guests may acquire a SIM card if they wish so, once they arrive in the ashram.
Use of mobile phones in all classes, dining areas and also inside the rooms are prohibited due to the respect to other’s privacy.


Incoming and outgoing post services are available at the Ashram reception.
Provide our postal address to your correspondents.
The postal address is as shown above.


Library facilitiy is not available in this location for YTTC-1 students.

Safe Keeping

Valuables may be stored in the safe provided in the wardrobe in the guest rooms. The ashram encourages guests to use that facility and do not have any facility in reception areas. However this facility is provided at the Guest's own risk.
Do not leave valuables openly in the rooms as petty theft may occur. We recommend you not to bring high value items to the ashram as we cannot guarantee the facilities to secure them.


Batteries - a separate disposal bin is located at reception.

Money exchange & Travel arrangements

Tapovan Kuti, Uttar Kashi is situated in a slightly remote area. In the nearest bank – 2 km away – there is ATM facility where one can en-cash credit cards. It is highly recommended that the students encash ( if needed ) before reaching Uttar Kashi.


All guests must provide a valid government ID proof on arrival.
Foreign guests are required to present a valid passport and visa


You are advised to contact your local medical centre regarding any necessary vaccinations or medicines for your trip to India.

Other facilities

All the facilities shown below are charged and payment is made in Indian rupees only.

1. Laundry Service

An independent and affordable laundry service is available

2. Health Hut – Canteen

Fruits, juices, health drinks and other natural food items – honey, Kerala spices, cow ghee..etc are made available on demand ( depending on the seasons and availability )


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, flashlight, insect repellent, alarm clock, travel mug/tumbler, water bottle, sunscreen


One can travel to Uttar Kashi either from Dehradun or Rishikesh/Haridwar which are situated on the foothills of the Himalayas. Dehradun is the closest city, where one can reach either by train or flight. Haridwar/Rishikesh are also major centres where one can reach by train or bus or taxi service.

By Plane

All major Indian domestic carriers serve Dehradun Airport from New Delhi (1 hour), Kolkata (45 minutes). Prepaid taxis (approximately Rs. 2500) are available from Dehradun to Uttar Kashi, which is approximately 6 hours drive on the winding road alongside the gorgeous Bhagirathi - Ganga river. Those who alight at New Delhi International airport may travel to Haridwar or Dehradun either by flight or train (about 6 hours travel) or by arranged taxi service. From Haridwar/Dehradun the best way is to hire taxi to Uttar Kashi.

By Train

The closest railway stations are Haridwar and Dehradun. These stations are connected to all different parts of India. The journey on the all air conditioned Rajdhani or Jan Satabdi Express is 5 hours from Delhi. Like at the Dehradun Airport, pre-paid taxis are available for the 6 hours drive up to Uttar kashi. If you want us to arrange for your pickup, the approximate cost of sending a taxi from Uttar Kashi to collect you is Rs. 2500.

Please email your train/plane arrival details to: if you want us to arrange your pick up. (This is not included in the course donation).

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.

Email: if you need further information.

How to contact the ashram in Uttar Kashi directly:

Please visit for details