Advanced Sadhana Course
(14 or 20 days Advanced sadhana retreat)
Sadhana Kutir, San Carlos-Uruguay
14 days option:
November 30th to December 13th
20 days option:
November 30th to December 19th
This is an intensive practice retreat,
with a special focus on advanced pranayama and study of
the classic text “Hatha Yoga Pradipika”.
Is a time of seclusion and introspection to dedicate full
time to the practice of Yoga to control the Prana and induce
a meditation state and spiritual awakening.
According to the classical yoga scriptures, Hatha Yoga is
a preparation for Raja Yoga or meditation.
Hatha Yoga is not just about stretching the body and being
flexible, but it is rather a science to control the body
and Prana in order to control the mind.
The course is especially intended for Sivananda TTC or ATTC
graduates, but we open it also to other experienced and
sincere yoga practitioners who live a yogic lifestyle and
want to deepen their inner experience and learn the Hatha
Yoga classical tradition as taught by Swami Vishnudevananda.
We teach this course only to small groups in a seclusive
place in the middle of the Nature, an ideal place for this
kind of practices.
To take this course you don´t
need to be very flexible or have any particular physical
acomplishments, neither to be able to hold your breath for
long time or anything like that. But, you need to make sure
that you have not being consumming any toxics like alcohol,
tobacco, or any kind of drugs for at least several months
before the course begins. This is very important. The advance
practices of pranayama can produce adverse results if the
physical body or the psiquic body are intoxicated.
There would be a natural progress
on that through the practice in the course. The most important
requisite is that you are able to follow a daily routine
and discipline, follow exactly what the teachers ask you
to do, go to bed early at night and get up very early in
the morning, as well as to follow the other rules mention
This course begins with a 14 day part
and continues after with an optional level of 6 extra days.
So after the initial 14 days you have the option to stay
for up to 20 days in order to go into deeper levels of practice
and study. The second level is just a continuation of the
first level, you cannot come just for the second level alone.
You have to take the first part even if you have already
taken it before.
The idea is to help each one to progress
from the level they are now, in order to have a deeper direct
spiritual experience by spending a dedicated time for sadhana
in an appropriate environment.
In this course we have some group practices
as well as individual practices. In the beginning there
are more group classes and then gradually we give room to
more time for individual practice according to the guidance
of the teachers.
The following will be the daily schedule
for the beginning of the course, but it will be adjusted
and changed during the course along with the progress in
up and personal practice of some kriyas
pranayama, group practice
Meditation and Mantra chanting
08:00 – 09:30
It will be alternating between group class and individual
09:30 – 10:00
10:00 – 11:00
11:00 – 12:00
Students will be asked to perform one hour of selfless
service to keep up with the community needs
personal sadhana and rest. Students will be given some
practice to do during this time (pranayama and Japa),
about one hour, and then some time to rest
Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Yoga sutras and the theoretical/philosophical
understanding of hatha and raja yoga
(sometimes group class, other times individual practice)
Pranayama (sometimes group class, other times individual
meditation and mantra chanting
This is an international bi-lingual course,
taught in English and Spanish.
Some classes will be taught in English with simultaneous translation
to Spanish and some will be in Spanish with translation to
The retreat is still small and there
is a limited capacity. Only small groups will be taken.
in advance!! Limited capacity
of study :
- Philosophy, practice and aim of hatha
yoga and its relation to raja yoga
- Detailed analysis of the 3 bodies,
5 koshas and the effects of the various practices
- Yoga and the 3 gunas
- Yoga and the 3 ayurvedic doshas
- How to balance and increase prana,
tejas and ojas
- Yogic diet
- The environment for practice
- Common obstacles and aids to the practice
- Study and practice of yogic kriyas,
asanas, pranayamas, bandhas, mudras
- How to advance in the practices according
to different levels of experience and according to different
physical/mental individual conditions
- Pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi
in the hatha yoga system
This course is directed by Krishna
Darshan and Maha Shakti.
To see more information about them click here.
in the form that will appear in a new page and we will
send you information about how to reach the place according
to where you are coming from.
There are 12 beds available total within the main house and
cabins, those are in shared rooms.
If you want to keep your privacy, please bring your own tent.
There is plenty of tenting space available in beautiful natural
Beds in dormitory’s or cabins are only available to
the first people who request them. After that there will be
only tent space.
We have a couple of tents available, only for those who request
them first. If you don’t want to travel with your own
tent, let us know immediately to reserve one for you if they
are still available.
El Silencio is not a
hotel or hostel . It is a family house where we follow the
ancient and traditional "Gurukula" system, where
the students live for a while with the teacher, like a family.
That´s why we don´t have a housekeeping service.
Each person should take care of cleanning his/her own space
and we will share the cleaning of common areas like toilettes,
kitchen, class room , etc. During the course and stay at "El
Silencio" , we ask you to observe the following
rules, to help maintaining a Sattvic atmosphere in the place
Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or take any drugs, meat or fish
* Very important:
It is mandatory (unless there is an emergency) to keep complete
silence between 22:00hr and 05:00hr. No talking, chatting
or listening to music during this time, to respect all the
people that is already in bed
* Observe ahimsa
or non-violence towards anybody in body, action, speech and
* Do not hunt,
kill or harm any animal
* Do not pollute
the place by leaving garbage of any sort
* Respect and
keep silence as much as possible, avoid shouting, screaming
or loud music
* Please participate
in the practices as much according to your physical capacity
and follow the instructions of the teachers explicitly only
not light any fire, incense nor candles in the whole property
including tents or bedrooms
Only authorized staff will be in charge of incense and
other fire related items.
• Yoga mat
• Notebook to take notes
• The book: Hatha yoga Pradipika, with the commentary
of Swami Vishnudevananda
• Neti pot, used to practice
Neti kriya. Contact us if you don´t have one.
• If you are going to stay in a tent, please bring your
own sleeping bag or blankets and towel
• Boots. If you like to walk in the wild nature it is
useful to wear boots to prevent thorns and mud especially
if it rains
• Toiletries items
• Bathing suit (there is a river in the property)
•Proper clothing: During this time the weather is usually
warm and pleasant, but nevertheless it can be cool sometimes
in the early mornings or evenings, so make sure you have some
warm cloths for those times.
to reach the place
We are 21km away from San Carlos
city, Maldonado state, 40km from Punta del Este city and around
160km from Montevideo, capital of Uruguay.
you are flying to Uruguay:
Arrive at Montevideo city's Carrasco
international airport (MVD) and from there take a bus
to San Carlos (2 hours long). From San Carlos there are buses
that will leave you 1km away from "El Silencio",
we will be there waiting to pick you up if you let us know
in advance. . You can also come from San Carlos by taxi. After
you register for the course we will send you more detailed
information about the transportation and a map and bus schedule
to see which one fits your connections best.
you are coming from Montevideo
By car: We will send you
a map with detailed instructions on how to reach us. It's
From "Tres Cruces" bus
station: There are many daily buses from Montevideo to
San Carlos. From San Carlos there are buses that will leave
you 1km away from "El Silencio", we will be there
waiting to pick you up, if you let us know in advance. . You
can also come from San Carlos by taxi. After you register
for the course we will send you a map and bus schedule to
see which one fits your connections.
in advance!! Limited capacity