Life is a Play for one who is absolute Balance. - Sadhguru
July 12, 2019 - Feb 21, 2020
Life is a Play for one who is absolute Balance. - Sadhguru
July 12, 2019 - Feb 21, 2020
Sadhanapada at Isha Yoga Center is an offering from Sadhguru to spend 7 months to transform oneself through focused sadhana, including yogic practices and seva (volunteering), and be immersed in the powerful consecrated spaces at the Yoga Center. This time from Guru Purnima to Mahashivratri is viewed as most supportive for one’s spiritual growth.
“I’m like manure. If you keep it on your head, it will be no good. If you look up to it, it will fall on your face. But if you sink your roots into me, for sure you will flower.” – Sadhguru
The daily schedule for Sadhanapada consists of:
Participants will deepen existing kriyas, learn hatha yoga and have the opportunity to take advanced level programs.
An opportunity to offer oneself through volunteering and contribute to Isha’s myriad activities and make the possibilities offered by Sadhguru a reality in people’s lives.
Spending time at the powerfully energized spaces at the Yoga Center, such as Dhyanalinga or Linga Bhairavi, are a tremendous support for one’s wellbeing and inner growth.
Participants may take part in festivals and spiritually significant events at the Yoga Center, including Guru Purnima, Krishna Jayanti, Diwali, and Mahashivratri.
This is a tremendous possibility to enhance your sadhana in the consecrated environs of the Isha Yoga Center.
Develop a stronger, balanced body
Gain mental clarity to find your direction in life
Learn to walk through life with least amount of friction
Know the exuberance of living in a consecrated space
Break through compulsions and limitations
Contribute to Isha's work through your unique skill-set
To find out more, kindly fill out the interest form and a volunteer will get in touch with you shortly.
Those who wish to participate will need to stay at the Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore for seven months, from Guru Purnima to Mahashivratri.
I was doing different jobs, living in different countries. So there was always that restlessness. I think that one of the biggest things that I didn’t even realize before was how much tension I had. So these seven months of Sadhanapada have been really explosive for me and just the sense of joy and clarity and balance that I got here is really incredible.
– Nora, Germany
Earlier, I would spend an enormous amount of time thinking about myself – my career, my relationships, my health and my finances, my joys, my sorrow. After coming to Sadanapada, I have experienced a few moments of emptiness within me and received a lot of what life has to offer. I realized the immensity of this ‘life’ and the insignificance of this ‘I’. Now, I aspire for emptiness and stillness, so that I can be fully receptive to the wonders of what life has to offer to me.
– Akram, India (Kerala)
It’s a weird sensation being light like a feather but strong at the same time…. For me Sadhanapada means liberation – liberation from the old ways. Earlier I was stressed all the time or depressed or angry or anxious – I was anxious about everything all the time. So Sadhanapada has freed me from all of that, from that state of continuous anxiety.
– Paulina, Mexico
Sadhana is slowly breaking all my resistance and I want to surrender completely to it so all the walls of resistance break within me. I feel humbled and privileged for the fact that we ourselves have come as volunteers and we got an opportunity to go through a structured program like this where other volunteers are making things happen for us. Being grateful seems to be a very small word.
– Rupal, India (Mumbai)
It would have taken me years, if ever, to establish the level of Sadhana that I am sustaining here.
– Andre, France
Sadhanapada is the biggest turning point in my life and the best decision I have ever taken. What this program has given me is phenomenal that nobody can give me in my entire life. The time spent here has helped me realize that the only one person to work on is me. Earlier I was blaming outside situations for things that were happening within, but Sadhanapada has scrubbed off so many things for me in thoughts, emotions and body. So, thank you Sadhguru for giving us this big opportunity and for allowing me to be in place where everything from waking up to food to shelter is taken care of and I just need to learn how to be.
– Akshay, India (Mumbai)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the basic criteria to apply for Sadhana Pada?
Attending the Inner Engineering program (Full course with initiation into Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya) is mandatory to participate in Sadhanapada. Also it is essential that you be in good mental, emotional and physical health due to the rigorous nature of the schedule and activity.
Participating in Isha Hatha Yoga programs (Surya Kriya, Angamardana, Yogasanas) and Advanced Isha Yoga programs (BSP, Shoonya) is highly recommended.
Understanding of basic English language is required, as it is the medium of instruction (only Tamil translation is available).
After that, there will be an online interview and health assessment for each applicant.
The Volunteers’ Coordination Department (VCD) will then inform you about the status of your application.
Can I apply along with my spouse or family member?
Yes couples and family members are welcome to apply. Each person must fill out their own application form and go through the application process separately.
Program details and Fee
Is there a fee to participate in Sadhanapada 2019?
Once you meet the eligibility criteria, there are no fees for the program. But you should come here with total commitment and willingness to be here for the entire duration of the program.
What is the duration of the program?
This is a 7-month program which requires you to be at the Isha Yoga Center continuously from Guru Purnima (July 2019) until Mahashivratri (February 2020). The exact commencement date of the program will be communicated to you by email or phone upon confirmation of your participation.
Will I be able to communicate with my family during this period?
We encourage all participants to keep communication to a minimum during this time, so that they can focus on the sadhana and the program.
Can my family come to meet me in the ashram?
Yes, they can come and meet you outside of scheduled sessions or activity. If they wish to stay, make sure to book a stay for them in the cottages in advance.
Will I be able to leave the ashram for a short duration during the program?
To reap the most from this conducive time of the year, it requires a commitment to be intensely focused upon one’s growth for 7 continuous months. So, one should not plan to take any break or leave the supportive environment of the Yoga Center during the program. However, in case of emergency situations, the program coordination team will look at such cases on an individual basis.
Daily schedule /activity
What will I be doing at the Isha Yoga Center during this period? What will my schedule be like?
The Sadhanapada program is a very disciplined and intense process. It will require 100% involvement in all sessions and full commitment from the participants.
The day begins promptly at 5:30 am and usually ends in the night by 9:30 pm. Practice sessions will be in the morning and evening. For the remainder of the day, participants will be supporting in Isha Foundation activities at the Yoga Center through seva (volunteering).
The Yoga Center follows a two-meal system – brunch and dinner, with juice/kanji in the afternoon.
100% attendance in all sessions is mandatory.
Participants are expected to follow the program schedule strictly.
All participants must stay in the Isha Yoga Center premises for the complete duration of the training program, unless they are going on a trek or excursion organized by the Yoga Center.
Where will I stay during the program?
Accommodation is provided within the Yoga Center.
Singles and those applying alone: Participants will share a dormitory with common bath and toilet facilities. Men and women will be given separate accommodation.
Couples: If you are attending the program with your spouse and would like to stay together, please indicate this in your application form.
What food will be provided during my stay?
Two wholesome vegetarian meals will be provided, as well as fresh fruit juice or kanji in the afternoon. The first meal is at 10:00/10:45 am and the second at 7:00/7:45 pm.
The kitchen will not be able to accommodate any specific dietary requirements, hence the participants will have to arrange for it themselves.
Packing and Clothing
What will I need to bring with me?
The Volunteers’ Coordination Department will inform the Sadhana Pada participants about what they need to bring with them for the program.
Is there any specific dress code that I have to follow in the ashram?
Indian clothing style is modest, so please bring clothing that covers the shoulders, midriff and knees at all times for both men and women. Proper attire includes: ankle length pants for both men and women (no capris or shorts) and long shirts that cover the upper arms and thighs. Traditional Indian clothing such as kurtas, dhotis/panchakacham or pant for gents and salwar kameez , kurtis or saris for women are recommended. Please avoid tight clothing such as shirts and jeans – both for your own comfort and as a sign of respect for the local culture.
What are the medical facilities available at the ashram?
Isha Yoga Center will provide basic first aid and medical assistance. Any serious medical conditions such as asthma, chronic ailments, allergies, heart conditions, physical disabilities, injuries and history of mental imbalances/disorders, must be informed to the Volunteers’ Coordination Department well in advance.
Withholding any information about one's current or prior medical condition can lead to your application or participation being rejected at any stage of the program.
Is an Indian visa required?
Yes, please plan to apply for your visa at least one month in advance of your travel in order to allow for the necessary processing time.
Can I come on a tourist visa for Sadhanapada?
No, a tourist visa will not be appropriate for this program.
What type of visa should I apply for?
The coordination team will guide the confirmed Sadhanapada participants as to what type of visa to apply for and will also provide the necessary documents required from Isha Foundation to apply for the visa.
Should I get immunizations prior to traveling to India?
It is best to follow the advice of your local health professional and/or your respective country's national health service regarding which immunizations you should take before traveling.