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Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy

The Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy is a school of the Divine Life Society located within Sivananda Ashram, near Rishikesh. Its aim is to train seekers in the practice of yoga as a general discipline for personal integration as well as human welfare. The courses last two months and are open only to Indian men.


The Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy was set up by Swami Sivananda in 1948 to give systematic training to resident and visiting seekers.

Course Syllabus

The course follows the regular spiritual practices as followed by everyone in the Ashram. Students are expected to wake up at 4:00 AM and participate in daily meditation and mantra chanting which is followed by a series of lectures in the following subjects:

  1. History of Indian Philosophy: The Vedas, the Upanishads, Jainism, Buddhism, Nyaya, Vaiseshika, Samkhya, Yoga, Vedanta (Sankara, Ramanuja, Madhva)
  2. History of Western Philosophy
  3. Socrates (Concept of Virtue)
  4. Plato (Doctrine of Ideas)
  5. Aristotle (Metaphysics and Causation)
  6. St. Augustine
  7. St. Thomas Aquinas
  8. Kant (Critique of Reason, Ethical Norms)
  9. Hegel
  10. Indian Ethics: Four Purusharthas, Varna, Ashrama, Dharma, Karma, Moksha
  11. Philosophy of Swami Sivananda
  12. Studies in Religious Consciousness
  13. Study of the Bhagavad Gita
  14. The Despondency of Arjuna
  15. The Three Yogas: Karma, Bhakti and Jnana
  16. Daivi Sampat and Asuri Sampat
  17. The Concept of Svadharma
  18. Nature of Sthitaprajna
  19. God, World and Soul
  20. Study of the Upanishads
  21. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
  22. Narada Bhakti Sutras
  23. Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation
  24. Karma Yoga
  25. After the daily lectures, students engage in Karma Yoga around the Ashram. Students are then trained in Asana and Pranayama.

    External links

    • Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy Prospectus

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