Sadhana Intensive is a two-week programme developed by Swami Vishnudevananda. It is based on the traditional yoga practice that he followed when he spent more than six months doing intensive Sadhana in the Himalayas. Swami Vishnudevananda often mentioned that this period of intensive practice is what gave him the energy to spread the teachings of yoga in the West for nearly 40 years.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Sivananda Teachers’ Training Course, as well as good physical and mental health due to the very intensive nature of the course.
A high degree of self-motivation is required for all aspects of the course.
Course location: Rudraprayag, Himalayas, North India
Course location: Orléans, France
The course is based on individual practice with the focus on intensive Pranayama practice. In the mornings the students meet with their teachers and receive instructions for the day, plus individual guidance for their own practice. At mid-day, the group meets again for the inspiring study of classical yoga texts.
Participation in the morning and evening meditation sessions.
- Basic postures and advanced asanas
- Concentrated rounds of pranayama with a gradual increase in intensity
- Explanation and practice of Mudras, Bandhas and Mantras
- Meditation practice
- Spiritual diary
- Mouna (at certain times of the day) to conserve the vital energy
Study of yogic works
- Viveka Chudamani by Sankaracharya: A basic text on Vedanta philosophy which describes the practical methods towards realising the Self and the necessary preparations for it.
- Srimad Bhagavatam by Vyasa Maharishi is one of the most important works on Bhakti Yoga. Listening to these stories fills the mind with universal love and opens the heart, which is the key to experiencing the deepest levels of Hatha 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.
The Sadhana Intensive programme is composed of 173 training units (TU) of 45 minutes’ duration:
- 106 TU Asanas, Pranayama, Kriyas
- 46 TU Meditation and Kirtan
- 18 TU Philosophy / Study of scriptures
- 3 TU Individual talks