Sivananda Vidya Peetham

Hormone Yoga Retreat

Course Location, Dates & Donations

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

Please find all course names and corresponding donations

for Indian Nationals here for non Indian Nationals here

The daily course donation includes 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.


The Hormone Yoga Retreat is open to all beginner/advanced students who wish to deepen their knowledge and application of some of the teachings of yoga. Participants do not need to be yoga teacher.

Course Details

Hormone Yoga is a combination of Hatha and Kundalini Yoga combined with special pranayamas, prana channelizing techniques and anti-stress exercises, to support and heal the glandular system. Both men and women suffer from increasing imbalances in the endocrine system due to the high demands of everyday life. They are treated almost exclusively with hormone replacement therapy by western medicine, which can have numerous side effects, as well as it deprives the hormone system of the capability to find back to balance on its own.

Nowadays almost every woman has PMS-problems and the natural cylces in a woman's life have no recognition as something wonderful and natural, that we should live in tune with for it's harmonious functioning. The pressure of society drives a men and women to function on the same level everyday. Then later, the transition into midlife and menopause becomes the next stressful event in life and the social demand for eternal youth and beauty do the rest. Even in India doctors complain that there is a growing number of men at the age of 35-45 years who are suffering from typical symptoms of testosterone deficiency, such as fatigue, sleep disorder, erectile dysfunction or depressive moods, often due to chronic stress.

Hormone Yoga (HY) uses the body's own self-healing and regulatory power to balance physical, mental, spiritual and energetic imbalances connected with the endocrine system. Also for men hormone yoga is well suited to bring vigor and vitality to the whole system, especially the hormonal glands. In young women HY is suitable to alleviate PMS symptoms or increase the chances for pregnancy. From age 35 HY is ideally suited as a preventive tool, to vitalize the hormonal system and in menopause, it relieves much of the unpleasant side effects (hot flashes, insomnia, migraine, depression, joint pain, dry mucous membranes, long bleeding etc.). HY also helps to recognize the spiritual potential in times of change in life.

In this Retreat you will learn special asanas, kriyas and breathing techniques. Visualizations and anti-stress exercises are another intrinsic part of the practice, as a stressful lifestyle is the hormone killer par excellence. Along with beneficial exercises for the hormone system found by Shakti in her years of teaching hormone yoga to students and yoga teachers alike, you will learn how to practice the classical hormone yoga sequence as given by the Brasilian yogini and doctor of psychology Dinah Rodriguez, who first started to study the effects of yoga on the endocrine system in 2001 and still, past her mid eighties, travels world wide to share her findings and teachings about Hormone Yoga Therapy.

You should not participate in this retreat, if you suffer from breast cancer, severe endometriosis, large fibroids, or in case you are pregnant. If you are unsure please contact us and ask your doctor for advice, if you are allowed to do pracitices which might increase your hormone levels.

Curriculum for Hormone Yoga Retreat

The hormone yoga exercise series
the role of the endocrine system in the body
changes of the hormonal system in the course of life - understanding the female and male body
exercises on specific topics such as activation of the abdomen, hip opening, stress reduction, increasing self-awareness
breathing and meditation techniques
understanding the different phases in life as a natural cycle and their chance for spritual growth

Daily Schedule

06:00 am
Meditation, chanting and lecture or silent walk (90 mins)
07:30 am
Tea Time
08:00 am
Hormone Yoga Class (105 Minutes)
09:45 am
10:15 am
Seva time - selfless service (60 mins)
01:00 pm
Lunch Time
2.00 – 3.15 pm
Main Lecture on Hormone Yoga
3.30 – 5.30 pm
Regular Hatha Yoga class.
5:30 - 6.00 pm
07:30 pm
Meditation, chanting and lecture or silent walk (90 mins)
09:30 pm
Lights out

• Changes in the program may occur from time to time as per the prevailing conditions.

Recommended texts

For further understanding you may read "Hormone Yoga" by Dinah


Shakti Simone Lehner is a graduate biologist and naturopath and was trained as a Yoga Teacher with the German Association of Yoga Vidya Teachers (BYV) and the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers (ISYVC) in India between 1999 and 2001. In 2003, she opened the Yoga Vidya Center Speyer, Germany together with her husband Maheshwara. With a good sense of humor and practicality and her deep passion for yoga, Shakti teaches from her 19 years experience of yoga practice, teaching and training of yoga teachers in Germany, India and the US. Shakti is continously studying all aspects of Yoga and has further training in Ayurveda, Yoga Nidra™, Hormone Yoga and Yoga Therapy, Meditation, Yoga Philosophy and Spiritual Coaching.

Yoga Acharya Sudarsan and other staff members will be assisting the course.

How to register:

Please fill in all the required information in the application form by online itself, then submit the completed application form.

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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 one month before the starting date of the course.

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.

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.