A 14 day programme held at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala.

Programme outline

Panchakarma means five treatments to remove toxins from the body and to support the natural rhythms of the body. It is a minimum of 14 days preventive and/or curative treatment to detoxify and cleanse the body and mind. It reinforces the immune system and leaves the body healthier, stronger and free from chronic ailments. The Panchakarma Detoxification Programme is an unique opportunity to cleanse and rejuvenate physically and mentally in a pure, spiritual, yogic environment. One should approach the program with the idea to retreat from normal life and use the time to connect to body, mind and soul. During your stay in the ashram you can also benefit from the 5 Points of Yoga i.e.

  1. Proper exercise (Asana)
  2. Proper breathing (Pranayama)
  3. Proper relaxation (Savasana)
  4. Proper diet (Vegetarian)
  5. Positive Thinking (Vedanta) and Meditation.

Panchakarma treatment is also indicated for healthy persons as it will boost the immune system. During the treatment program you will be provided with information about Ayurveda, Panchakarma and how to follow an Ayurvedic diet according to your constitution. Special treatments are also available for: rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, neck pain, disc problems including slipped disc, degenerative diseases, anxiety and other mood disorders.

This package includes

  • Twin share room accommodation; AC or non-AC.
  • Ayurvedic, vegetarian diet.
  • Daily doctor's review.
  • Ayurveda talks on principles of Ayurveda, body constitution, diet and importance of panchakarma.
  • Ashram schedule - yoga asana classes, satsang (group meditation, chanting and talk) and lectures on yoga, as the treatment schedule permits (included in the panchakarma package).

Consulting Doctor

Dr. P.R. Vishnu BAMS, MD

Education: Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (Ayurveda
Acharya), Bapuji Ayurvedic Medical College, Shimoga, Karnataka
(affiliated Rajiv Gandhi Health University, Bangalore, Central Council
of Indian System of Medicine, Delhi), 2008,MD in panchakarma

Areas of interest: Neurology, rheumatology, skin diseases, autoimmunity disease, degenerative diseases, lumbar spondylosis.

Professional experience: Sri Sarada Ayurvedic Hospital, Derisanamcope,
Kanyakumari Dt., Tamil Nadu, 2008 - 2009

  • Work at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwanthari Ashram (SYVDA): Joined in 2009.
  • Ayurveda Wellness Course, SYVDA - coordinator and teacher.
  • Ayurveda Abhyanga (massage) Course, SYVDA - coordinator and teacher.
  • Ayurveda therapy course coordinator and teacher ,yoga camp Canada
  • Ayurveda medical camp coordinator and main doctor in neyyar dam
  • Teaching anatomy physiology in yoga ttc program in India and abroad
  • Treated more than 6000 panchakarma patients with very great results


  • Ayurveda & Health Indigestion, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta
    Centre, India newsletter, January 2011
  • Ayurveda & Health Home Remedies, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta
    Centre, India newsletter, March 2011
  • How Yoga Helps for Degenerative Diseases, Punarjani
    magazine, April 2011
  • Regular writer in dinesh yoga magazine Iran

Contact details: SIHdoctor@sivananda.org

Panchakarma Detoxification Programme Details

Panchakarma is done in two steps:

     1. Preparation stage - to liquefy toxins and eliminate them naturally through 2 daily treatments:

  1. oleation: Abhyanga (oil massage) and oral administration of oily substances,
  2. sudation: vigorous pounding all over the body with hot packs filled with medicinal powder or leaf (kizhi).

     2. Elimination stage - removal of toxins after 3 to 7 days of treatment with vomiting, purgation (virechanam), medicated enemas and nasal administration of medicated oil (nasyam).

12 days Abhyanga (oil massage)

12 days Abhyanga (oil massage) to mobilize and liquefy toxins from the tissues, release muscular tension, improve circulation and give mental relaxation.

12 days Kizhi (hot bundle)

12 days Kizhi (hot bundle) process by which the whole body or specific parts are made to sweat by the application of warmed medicinal herb powder, leaf or hot rice tied into a cotton cloth. Kizhi serves to liquefy and help eliminate toxins, to release the pain of strained muscles (sciatica etc.) and give flexibility to the body.

7 days Dhara

7 days Dhara 
process by which medicated oil (thailadhara), or a decoction of herbs with buttermilk and gooseberries (takradhara), is poured in a continuous stream on the forehead for a period 20 to 30 minutes. Enhances the effect of Panchakarma and calms the mind and emotions.

7 days Nasyam

 7 days Nasyam 
inhalation of medicated oil drops, usually done after a massage. Its purpose is to purge and rejuvenate tissues and organs of the head and neck (nose, larynx, ears, eyes, etc.). Nasyam improves oxygenation which has a direct influence on brain functioning. Treats common cold, sinusitis, allergies, headaches, migraines, etc.

Drinking of oil or ghee (clarified butter)

Drinking of oil or ghee (clarified butter) as part of the preparation stage to liquefy toxins.

Virechanam (purgation treatment)

Virechanam (purgation treatment) part of the elimination stage.

3 oil enemas

 3 oil enemas part of the elimination stage.

2 decoction enemas

2 decoction enemas 
part of the elimination stage.

Hot water bath is included after each treatment in the ayurveda clinic.

Please note: treatments may vary according to your particular needs.

The program includes a health checkup with the following tests:

  • determination of body constitution
  • blood pressure
  • urine protein and sugar
  • blood electrolytes
  • lipid profile
  • liver function
  • serum creatinine
  • blood sugar levels
  • haemaglobin concentration
  • ESR

Daily Schedule

05:20 hrs     Wake up
06:00 hrs     Satsang (meditation, chanting, talk on yoga)
07:30 hrs     Tea
08:00 hrs     Treatment Period
13:30 hrs     Herbal Tea
14:00 hrs     Yoga lecture (optional)
15:30 hrs     Asana Class (optional)
18:00 hrs     Dinner
20:00 hrs     Satsang(meditation, chanting, talk on yoga)
22:30 hrs     Lights out

Due to the Panchakarma schedule participants might not be able to attend all the classes. You are encouraged to participate as much as possible in the ashram schedule especially morning and evening satsang.

Definition of Terms

Satsang: Satsang consists of silent meditation, chanting and a talk or reading on the philosophy of yoga and Vedanta. It will help you develop a strong and steady meditation practice.

Asana class: There are usually both beginners and intermediate classes running at the ashram. For those with no experience or experience from another school are recommended to join the beginners classes where the basic pranayama, sun salutation, and the twelve basic postures are taught in a systematic step by step manner.

Pranayama: Basic practice of kapalabhati, anuloma viloma (alternate nostril breathing).

Karma yoga: Karma yoga is the practice of selfless service which helps guests to feel part of the ashram. You are expected to do up to one hour of selfless service per day within ashram.

Chanting (kirtan): Opens the heart and purifies the mind. Correct pronunciation of Sanskrit and a devotional attitude is important.

Meditation: Guideline to meditation. Benefits of meditation. The use of mantras and mantra initiation.

Brunch/Dinner: Simple Indian style vegetarian meals.

Course Dates and Donations

For a list of upcoming PDP dates and donations click here. 

Please note that Panchakarma treatment is also available throughout the year as part of the Yoga Vacation programme.


We recommend twin share accommodation for participants to ensure privacy and tranquility. For accommodation details click here.

Single accommodation is not available.

Two sheets, a pillow, pillowcases and mosquito net are provided.

Registration & Cancellation

See How to Register for instructions on applying, paying and cancellation policy for courses and programs.

Dates and donations are subject to change without notice. For all programs, guests are subject to the suggested donation in effect at the time of final payment.

To maintain the spiritual atmosphere we ask all ashram guests to comply with the ashram rules. Kindly refer to the Ashram rules and guidelines for more information. The ashram reserves the right of admission and students may be asked to leave if their behaviour goes against the ashrams rules and teachings.

What to Bring

Comfortable clothes, sandals, toiletries, personal items, meditation shawl for cool evenings, yoga asana mat or pad, meditation cushion, notebooks, pens, towels and a torch.

These items can usually be purchased in the ashram boutique.


Foreign Nationals are required to bring their original passport with a valid visa for India.

Further Sivananda Courses

Panchakarma Detoxification Programme participants may be interested in the Ayurvedic Wellness Course, Fasting and Detoxification Programme, and the Yoga Teachers' Training Course (TTC).