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Two Months Yoga Course

The Academy course was instituted during the early years of the Ashram, and serves the purpose of instructing students of all ages who come to the Ashram to be educated in Yoga, Vedanta, philosophy, ethics and meditation. The various courses are taught by senior Swamis in the Ashram as well as by visiting professors.

There are generally three courses offered each year (traditionally March-April, May-June, and August-September) at the Ashram to men who are Indian citizens, between the ages of 20 and 65. Applicants who are Graduates are preferred, but more importantly they should have a keen spiritual aspiration and deep interest in the practice of Yoga and Vedanta. Applicants should also be fluent in English and be of good health.

Over the two-month duration of the course, the students will have a comprehensive course of study including class in the History of Indian and Western Philosophy, Philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali's Yoga System, Asanas, Pranayama, and Meditation among others.


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Applications are hereby invited for undergoing the 100th residential YOGA-VEDANTA COURSE of two months' duration, i.e., from 03rd May to 30th June, 2024. This Course will be held in the Academy premises at the Headquarters of the Divine Life Society, Shivanandanagar, Rishikesh.

The details are as follows:

1. It is open to Indian citizens (Men) only.

2. Age Group: Between 20 and 65 years.

3. Qualifications:

(a) Preferably Graduate with keen spiritual aspiration and deep interest in the practice of Yoga-Vedanta.

(b) Must be able to converse in English fluently as the medium of instruction is English.

(c) Should have sound health.

4. Scope and syllabus of the Course:

(a) An outline study of History of Indian and Western Philosophy, Studies in Upanishads, Studies in Religious Consciousness, The Philosophy of the Bhagavadgita, Patanjali's Yoga System, Narada Bhakti Sutras and The Philosophy of Swami Sivananda.

(b) There will be final examination after the completion of syllabus.

(c) Asana, Pranayama, Meditation and Karma Yoga. Lectures, Group discussions, and Questions and Answers, will also form part of the Course.

5. There will be no charges for training, boarding and lodging. Pure vegetarian food (Breakfast and two meals a day only) will be provided. Smoking, drinking and use of intoxicants are strictly prohibited.

6. The Application Form and Prospectus can be had from the Registrar through post or downloaded from our website Candidates can also apply for the Course using Online Mode through the link given in our website Duly flled Application Form should reach the undersigned by-31st-Mar-2024.

7. The aim of the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy is not merely academic equipment of students, but to prepare the students for a successful life in the world and to facilitate the living of a wholesome life with an integrated personality. The Course conducted in this Academy is more of the nature of an all-round discipline than merely providing students with scriptural learning or textual information.

For other details please write to:

The Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy,
The Divine Life Society,
Shivanandanagar, Distt Tehri-Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Himalayas, INDIA
Phone : 0135-2433541 (Academy)

(i) The selected student alone is expected to come. He is not permitted to bring along any other family member or relative with him.

(ii) The above syllabus (vide 4) is subject to slight alterations without previous notice, in case such a need arises.

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