Rules & Guidelines

Maintaining a positive spiritual atmosphere requires the involvement and participation of all guests and staff. In this regard we request your cooperation in observing the following rules and guidelines.

Intoxicants & Prohibited items

Alcohol, smoking, drugs and non - vegetarian meals are not allowed.

Cellphones are permitted in designated areas only.

Prior consent is required for photography, video and audio recording during lectures and practicals.

Dress Code

Men and women should be modestly dressed at all times.Shorts above the knee, low cut tee shirts, tank tops and spandex jeans are not allowed - shoulders, midriff and legs must be covered at all times.

Male/Female Relations

Hugging or kissing in public is forbidden. Guests are advised to observe celibacy (brahmacharya) as part of the spiritual discipline.

Male and female dormitories are separate. Men are not allowed in the ladies' dormitory and vice versa.

Couples are not allowed to share rooms during any course taken.

The Sithanna International Yoga Academy(A body of Himalaya Pravas) of India disapprove of and condemn any form of harassment directed at guests, staff or visitors.

Specifically no harassment, proposals or innuendos with a sexual connotation will be tolerated during any programme or activity organized by the Academy. Guests participating in such programs and activities are accordingly made aware of this policy and invited to apply it in their personal behaviour during their stay. Course attendees are encouraged to report all misdemeanours to senior staff or the Academy head.

Medical conditions

If you have a medical ailment, please consult your doctor about the suitability to taking any of SIYA's courses. The Academy will take no responsibility for illnesses/injuries suffered during any of the classes.


Meals should be consumed at least 2 or 3 hours before any class.

It is preferable to bathe before asana practice rather than after as bathing will dissipate energy.

Hygiene in terms of body and clothes should be observed by all students taking class.


To maintain the spiritual discipline of the Academy, all students are required to adhere to the Academy's daily schedule and to remain for the duration of each course. In the event that you need to be absent from any of the class, permission should be obtained from the Academy Head.

Latecomers to any class will not be allowed to participate if it is full or after 15 minutes.

If a class is missed, no make-up classes will be available.

Classes missed during courses cannot be made up or substituted with classes from another course or with open classes.

Class rules & requests

No repositioning of mats will be allowed in class. Permission to assist fellow students must be obtained from the teacher. Mats must be placed neatly in the cupboards after use.


Registration for all courses and workshops must be done in advance.

Cancellations & Refunds

No refunds will be entertained. A credit note will be issued if a course is cancelled up to two days before the event commences and may be used for any other class/course.

The Academy reserves the right to cancel classes/courses without prior notice. Cancellation of a course by the Academy will result in a full refund of any monies paid.

Day Off

Students are permitted to leave the Academy on the weekly day off with written permission if not going with the trip arranged by the Academy. Morning and afternoon asana classes, tea, brunch and dinner are still available on days off.

Karma Yoga

Karma yoga is an integral part of the daily schedule and provides an opportunity for students to integrate into the ashram community. Guests are required to offer up to one hour of karma yoga per day.

Personal Belongings

The Academy will not accept responsibility for the loss or damage of guest's personal belongings.

Please ensure the safe-keeping of your valuables.

Payments & Donations

Academy rates include classes, food and accommodation. Dates and payments are subject to change without notice.Check with the Academy for methods of payment.

Passports & Visas

Foreign students/guests must bring their original passport with a valid visa for India to cover the duration of their stay.


The spirit behind the discipline and rules is to create an environment of cohesive practice for all the guests, enabling you to obtain maximum benefit from the ashram experience.

You are advised to become familiar with the cultural information before coming to the academy.

Sithanna International Yoga Academy is run by dedicated staff, with varying experience, who offer service as part of their spiritual discipline. Your understanding and patience is appreciated.

To perform every action artfully is yoga

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