The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram is a traditional ashram nestled in the tropical splendour of south India. It provides a serene and spiritual environment for yoga and meditation practitioners of all levels, from beginners to advanced. The ashram offers a variety of programs, including yoga vacations, teacher training courses, and ayurvedic treatments that are personalized to each individual’s constitution.
For those seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a yoga vacation at the Sivananda Ashram is the perfect getaway. Whether it’s a few days, a week or two, or more, visitors can experience the tremendous benefit of taking a break from the relentless stresses of everyday life. The yoga vacation package is designed to recharge one’s batteries and rejuvenate the body and mind, leaving them feeling inspired and revitalized. The program includes twice-daily asana classes, meditation, talks on yoga philosophy, bhakti yoga, and kirtan, as well as the opportunity to serve with the ashram community through karma yoga.
For those interested in becoming yoga teachers, the Sivananda Ashram offers a comprehensive teacher training program that provides the skills and knowledge needed to teach yoga asana and meditation. The Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course (TTC) is certified by the Indian Yoga Association (IYA) and Yoga Certification Board (YCB, Govt of India). During the program, students will gain a solid grounding in the classical yoga tradition, deepen their spiritual connection to yoga, and establish a firm foundation of discipline that promotes physical, emotional, and spiritual growth. Students will also build a strong base from which to teach others naturally and with confidence.
The Sivananda Ashram is also home to the Sivananda Institute of Health, which offers a range of Ayurvedic therapies, including herbal medicines and oils, diet, exercise, and lifestyle regimens. The personalized therapies and detoxification programs are based on each individual’s constitution, providing a unique opportunity to experience the healing effects of classical Ayurveda in the peaceful environment of the ashram. Ayurveda is a sister science to yoga, and when practiced together, forms a total system of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
The Ashram is set in twelve acres of tropical beauty in the foothills of Kerala’s Western Ghats. The natural beauty of Neyyar Dam lake, the forested surroundings, the cool green coconut tree groves, and colourful flower-filled views offer an ideal atmosphere for the practice of yoga and meditation. The Ashram is part of a global network recognized internationally as one of the most important and authentic yoga institutions in the world. It was founded by Swami Vishnudevananda, who synthesized the essence of yoga into five principles that could be easily incorporated into daily life, making the wisdom of the ancient sages easily applicable to our modern life.
Visitors can reach the ashram by air, taxi, bus, or train, and the staff are available to help with travel arrangements. The Sivananda Ashram in Neyyar Dam is one of several Sivananda Centers and Ashrams in India, including the Dwarka Centre in Delhi West, Nataraja Centre in Delhi South, Chennai Centre in Tamil Nadu, Meenakshi Ashram in Tamil Nadu, Tapaswini Ashram in Andra Pradesh, and Sivananda Kutir in Uttarakhand.