Sivananda Ashram and Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy


Price: FREE. You can take free morning yoga classes at Sivananda Ashram or free 2-month Yoga Course at The Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy. Check this link for more information about The Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy.

Available courses: morning yoga classes at Sivananda Ashram, 2-month Yoga Course at The Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy (now only for locals).

Food: provided.

Certification: certificate is provided, but only for locals.

My impression: I visited this ashram two times, but nobody could tell me anything certain about the accommodation prices and yoga courses. They just sent me a lot of times to different places and finally one guy told me, “No rooms,” and, “we have a free yoga class from 6.00 to 7.00 AM every morning.” Nevertheless, I found later on the Internet the information about The Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy and its 2-month yoga course. Currently this yoga course is not available for the foriniers, only Indian men can study there. Foreigners didn’t obey the discipline, they went out after 9 PM, they didn’t want to follow the rules, and because they were asked to keep the discipline, they usually left the academy in one or two weeks (the course is free!). That’s why now the course is not available to foreigners. This information was provided to me by Swami Chidananda and Swami Yogaswarupananda whom I met personally. Swami Chidananda and Swami Yogaswarupananda also told me that there were no good yoga courses in Rishikesh and recommended me to learn yoga at KaivailyaDham Yoga Institute in Lonavla (near Pune, Maharashtra).