Recharge and Renew
AT THE YOGA RESORT AND TRAINING CENTER
Open to guests year round, the Yoga Resort and Training Center welcomes people from around the world, and provides a peaceful setting in which to find a way back to a holistic lifestyle in harmony with nature. Our guests often testify to the effect of a sense of stress relief and the experience of improved physical, emotional, and spiritual health. You can join for a minimum of 3 days, for a week, or longer.
The Daily Schedule
Designed by Yoga Master Swami Sivananda, the daily routine at the Yoga Resort is the core of a practice to restore good health on all levels:
8:00am Asanas and Pranayama
10:00am Vegetarian Brunch
11:00am Karma Yoga
4:00pm Asanas and Pranayama
6:00pm Vegetarian Dinner
7:30pm Satsang – Meditation, Kirtan chanting and Lecture
What to Expect in the Yoga Class
The Sivananda Yoga class at the ashram is a 2-hour group session with a teacher. The class starts with initial relaxation and pranayama followed by a series of 12 basic postures which was designed by Swami Vishnudevananda.
An important feature is that the postures alternate with periods of relaxation, with an accent on breathing. The energizing sun salutations series done at the the beginning of the sequence warms up and prepares the body for the postures and helps to avoid injury.
Students are encouraged to focus inwards, and to notice carefully sensations in the body. The teachers will periodically remind the class to follow the rhythm and to observe personal limitations, never forcing the practice.
The general philosophy of this system of teaching is promoting self awareness, gentleness, and balance between effort and relaxation.
Students can rest as needed as it is important to respect the body limitations. When holding a posture students are encouraged to breathe, focus, and relax. The final relaxation is an essential part of the practice, when students spend 15-20 minutes in guided, deep relaxation.
Please be sure to communicate any information on injuries or health conditions to our yoga teachers prior to the beginning of class so that we can adjust and adapt the practice for you.
Meditation, Kirtan, and Lecture
The purpose of satsang is to uplift one’s mind in the company of others and find fresh inspiration by listening to teachers, special guests, and studying Yoga scriptures. Our morning and evening “satsang” practice consists of group meditation followed by call and response “kirtan” chanting and a talk on the practical philosophy of Yoga and Vedanta. Sheets are provided to help you to follow along and participate in chanting as you wish. The practice of kirtan chanting is based on the healing power of sound vibration and is considered to be universal, not sectarian. The heartfelt singing, along with music uplifts the spirit and opens the heart.
Satsang can renew inspiration and enthusiasm for yoga practice to enhance one’s life.
Organic Vegetarian Meals
The Yoga Resort uses mostly organic, locally produced vegetables. Meals at the ashram are freshly prepared with love and care by dedicated karma yogis. Following Yoga tradition, meals are vegetarian, including a limited amount of dairy items. Eating a plant-based diet has been conclusively shown to be good for health and well-being, it is detoxifying and nutritive at the same time.
Meals are offered at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, with a small fruit snack served in the afternoon. Additional snacks are available in the boutique if needed.
In the case that you have special dietary restrictions please mention on your application form and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Please note that meat, fish, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, black tea, and eggs are not served in the Yoga Resort. We ask guests not to bring these items onto the Yoga Resort property.
Guests enjoying Yoga Life
The Yoga resort is situated high up on a hillside, so that a walk around the property gives some wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, with the center of Dalat city on the distance. One of the most popular activities for our guests is an early morning walk to a look-out area on the hillside to watch the sunrise.
The Dalat Plateau is internationally known as an important area for bird watching, with many species that can be seen in this area alone. Within the Dalat region the Tuyen Lam Lake area where the Yoga resort is situated is specially well known as a site of interest for “birding”. The Resort has areas of both pine forest and mixed, broadleaf forest that are home to many different species.
The Yoga Resort is situated in the midst of pine forest that is a typical part of the Dalat area landscape. The Resort also has areas of original, untouched “broadleaf” forest with many different varieties of trees and plants, and within a short walk has access to large areas of mountainside forest that is home to many different varieties of birds and animals. A guided walk in the forest is a highlight of their visit for many of our guests.
Walking Meditation Labyrinth
The Labyrinth offers a twenty-minute meditative walk. Together with awareness, take a breath, ask a question, step inside and walk the labyrinth to find your answer. Unlike a maze, there is only one way in and one way out. The labyrinth is a purposeful path of twists and turns, a metaphor for life. Walking the labyrinth can be a meditation practice and a walking prayer.
Tuyen Lam Lake
Tuyền Lâm Lake is a man-made lake in Đà Lạt city, in Lâm Đồng Province, Vietnam. It is one of 21 National Tourism Areas. Trúc Lâm Temple can be reached by cable car. At the Yoga Resort we have a beautiful view of the lake from the walk up to the scenic lookout.
Sivananda Yoga Resort Boutique
The Yoga Resort boutique is open daily, offering a selection of books, CDs, clothing, yoga mats, meditation cushions, shawls, mala beads, other yoga related items, gifts and pictures. Some food supplements, notebooks and toiletries are also available. We also offer snacks and drinks.
10:45am – 11:.45am
6:45pm – 7:20pm
Explore all that Da Lat has to offer
There are many local waterfalls within an hour drive.
A narrow bridge runs behind the scenic waterfall at this popular park with ostrich & elephant rides. Visit site
Cable Car and Truc Lam Zen Monastery
Da Lat City and Market
Dalat City has a large lake in the middle of it which provides a pleasant route for walking.
At the market local produce such as fresh artichokes, dried fruits, vegetables and more are available throughout the day. In the evening the roads around the market are closed to traffic and the night market of Dalat spills onto the surrounding streets.
ORGANIZE YOUR TRAVELS
What to Bring
Some important items for your stay
- Yoga mat (we have for rent $5 for a week)
- Pen and notebook
- Water bottle
- Slip-on sandals or slippers (indoor-only)
- Both comfortable and warm clothes which cover shoulders and knees
- Rain gear
- Walking shoes for relaxed nature walks
- Personal toiletries
- Ear plugs (the ashram is a shared environment)
- Alarm clock
- Mosquito repellent
- Travel mug or thermos (for hot tea)
- For tent space only: bring your own tent and sleeping bag
In our well-being center we offer therapies by appointment year-round. Ayurveda therapy includes Abhyanga, a warm-oil, full-body massage for detoxification and release of tension for enhancing proper energy flow
GETTING TO THE YOGA RESORT
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Dalat Lien Khuong airport, 45 minutes drive
from the Yoga Resort, is served by daily flights
from major cities in Vietnam. International
travelers are advised to fly to Ho Chi Minh
City, from where there are many connecting
flights to Dalat. Pick up from Dalat Lien
Khuong airport by a local taxi company can
Dalat is 300 km from Ho Chi Minh, 660km
from Da Nang, 135km (3 hour drive) from Nha Trang/Cam Ranh, the closest beach town.
The Yoga Resort and Training Center is an ashram with a special atmosphere for the practice of classical yoga. To be here is to share in the practice, honoring both our highest self and the highest self of others. In order to truly tap into all the rejuvenating effects, we require everyone to attend both Satsangs and at least one yoga class daily.
We also ask that silence is observed from 10:30 pm to 6:00 am so that all can have a restful sleep and a peaceful mind before morning Satsang. The more you can tune into the natural peace of our environment and community, the better your body and mind will feel. We recommend that you minimize cell phone use. Please ensure that you have put your cellphone into silent/airplane mode and turned off all alarms and noise making apps before leaving your room.
As the yoga resort is a community and place of yoga and meditation practice, we ask that all guests and visitors be respectful and modest. Guests are invited to dress in loose, comfortable clothes suitable for warm days and cool evenings.
Clothing that covers your shoulders and knees is best, especially while in Satsang. We recommend bringing a shawl or wrap. For more information, check the the local weather forecast to assist you in your planning.
The Sivananda Yoga Resort and Training Center is an environment based on the premise that people come to focus within for self knowledge and practice positive relationship. We discourage promiscuity, and will not accept harassment or We ask that all guests and residents abide by the ethical guidelines of yoga.
Ashram rules play an essential part in maintaining the pure environment and elevating vibrations necessary for the practice of yoga and meditation.
- Attendance at the morning and evening meditation/satsang and at least one yoga class daily is mandatory.
- Alcohol, tobacco, meat, fish, eggs, coffee and drugs are prohibited on the premises.
- Pets are not allowed.
- We cannot cater to personal dietary preferences except the yogic-vegetarian meals.
- Absolutely no drugs. No taking, distributing or dealing in or around the premises. If you learn of others keeping, taking or distributing drugs you are obliged to report this to the Ashram director immediately.
- Full payment for the duration of stay is required upon arrival. All deposits and payments made to Sivananda Yoga Resort and Training Center are non-refundable unless canceled within 24 hours of booking. If you need to cancel or reschedule at any time after this initial period we are happy to accommodate you; your payments will be converted to an Ashram credit which you may use for up to twelve months. In case of early departure a credit note can be issued (not valid for purchase of shop articles. No cash refund.)
- Check-in time is 2:00 pm – 7:30 pm
- Check-out time is by 12:00 pm
- Please wear loose, modest clothing – no tight clothing. Public nudity is not allowed.
- The Yoga Resort is not responsible for any loss of valuables.
- Please help maintain the peace and purity in the meditation room.
- Cooking, candles and incense are not permitted in the rooms or tents.
- The playing of music is not allowed (except with headphones).
- No cellphones in yoga classes, meditations or lectures.
- Please keep silence after 10.30 pm.
- One hour daily community service (Karma Yoga) such as gardening, maintenance, organizing etc. is voluntary but greatly appreciated.
- Photography, audio and video recording requires previous written authorization of the administration.
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