Sivananda Vidya Peetham

Hatha Yoga Sadhana Intensive (HYSI) - Level 1

Duration - 4 weeks & 2 weeks

Course Date, Location & Donations

Course location is Amboli, Maharashtra, India. Please find the details of location here

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The daily course donation includes two sets of uniforms, course manuals, main text books, food & accommodation from the last arrival date to the first departure date, tuition as per the daily schedule shown below and the use of ashram facilities.


Hatha Yoga Sadhana Intensive course is open only to graduates of Yoga Teachers Training Course (YTTC- level 1 - 200 hours) from Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham and Iint'l Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.
This four-week / two-week long courses 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 an important pre-requisite.

Course Details

Hatha Yoga Sadhana Intensive is a program devised by Swami Vishnudevananda ( Swamiji called this : Sadhana Intensive ) 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 used to be only for 2 weeks duration originally designed by Swami Vishnudevananda.
Now this course in its 4 week long format, gets extended, first week is used to gradually reach into the intense practices, 2 weeks of intense practices will follow ( up to 9 hours of sadhana per day ) and the last week will make one stabilise the sadhana to go back to the daily life.
SIVANANDA YOGA VIDYA PEETHAM offers this course in its both - 4 weeks and 2 weeks - formats.
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 nine 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 days off, no access to telephone or email and a strict sattvic diet ( free of salt, spice, tea and sugar...etc). The highly controlled environment is vital for this type of practice.
Hatha Yoga Sadhana Intensive affords a unique opportunity to extend the limits of our capabilities, strengthen our stamina and develop self-confidence with long lasting effects.


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 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 and other trained staff members.

How to Register

Please fill in all the required information in the application form by online itself, then submit the completed application form. The applicant should also email the diploma of the YTTC-level 1 - 200 hours, while sending the filled up application form.

Fill in the Course Application Form - Click here

Once the filled up application form is received and accepted the applicants will be informed by email, of how to proceed further in the registration process.
To finish the formality of registration:
Indian nationals : Need to send a non-refundable deposit donation of Rs 5000.
Non-Indian or non-resident Indian nationals : Need 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.
The average number of participants for this course is around 20.
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.

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.