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Sadhana Intensive

Generating Willpower & Strength

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Sadhana Intensive is a two-week program devised by Swami Vishnudevananda based on his own Hatha Yoga Sadhana in the Himalayas. He 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 the next 40 years.

Highlights Include:

  • Concentrated periods of Pranayama of progressive intensity
  • Daily self practice of asana
  • Discussion and practice of mudras (seals), bandhas (locks), mantras
  • Study of classical scriptures on Hatha Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Vedanta Philosophy
  • Practice of shat kriyas (cleansing techniques)
  • Meditation and chanting
  • Keeping a spiritual diary

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Course Curriculum

Increasing the Vibration

Swami Vishnudevananda and the Advanced Yoga Teachers Training Course Sadhana Intensive

“Far beyond your intellect, far beyond your understanding, lies inexhaustible knowledge and wealth, strength and power, peace and joy.” – Swami Vishnudevananda

Going Beyond Limitation

The Sadhana Intensive affords a unique opportunity to extend the limits of our capabilities, strengthen our stamina and develop self-confidence with long lasting effects. The 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 also a prerequisite.

This course is based on individual self-practice divided into two or three sessions per day. The emphasis is on intense and prolonged Pranayama. Twice each day, the students meet with their teachers and receive instructions. Students are guided individually in their practice which is balanced by the study of classical scriptures.

Study the Scriptures

Viveka Chudamani by Sankaracharya
A powerful, basic text on Vedanta philosophy which describes the practical methods towards realizing the Self and the necessary preparations for doing so.
The Srimad Bhagavatam by Vyasa Maharishi
One of the most important works on Bhakti Yoga. Listening to these stories fills the mind with universal love and opens the heart – key to experiencing the deepest levels of Yoga.
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Yogi Swatmarama
This classical text on Hatha Yoga explains in detail asanas, pranayama, mudras, bandhas and the process of awakening the kundalini. Includes commentary by Swami Vishnudevananda.
  • "Sadhana is the purpose for which we have come to this place."

    – Swami Sivananda

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Due to the intense nature of this course, there are only two accommodation options:

Personal Tent – $1,250
Single Room – $1,950


• Copies of the sacred texts
• Kriya set (including Neti Pot)
• Meditation cushion, meditation shawl (recommended)
• Asana mat
• Your TTC Uniform (2 yoga pants, 2 t-shirts)
• Comfortable as well as warm clothing (covering shoulders and knees)
• Torch (flashlight)
• Sandals or slippers for indoors
• Walking shoes
• Personal toiletries
• Towel
• Laundry Soap
• Water Bottle and Travel mug or tumbler (for hot tea)
• Rain gear
• For tent space only: bring your own tent, bedding, and towels


Sadhana Intensive courses are open only to Sivananda Teachers Training Course (TTC) and Sivananda Advanced Teachers Training Course (ATTC) graduates.

Good physical and mental health as well as a high degree of self-motivation are required due to the very intensive nature of the course. As a preparation we recommend you practice 15 – 20 rounds of Anuloma Viloma every day for at least 3 months prior to the program.


Upon successful completion, the participant receives a certificate of completion the title “Yoga Bhaskara” from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.



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