Living Yoga Training – DRESS CODE

In general, members and guests are advised to wear clean, loose-fitting, modest clothing. Please wear:

  • Dressier clothes for Satsangs and special programs (people wear white often, but it is not required)
  • Respectful attire at Ashram shrines
  • Appropriate underwear with garments
  • Men must wear shirts

Please refrain from wearing:

  • Shorts & Jeans – During special programs, Satsang or meditations (unless covered by a wrap) at the following locations:
    • LOTUS (Light Of Truth Universal Shrine
    • Chidambaram Mahasamadhi Shrine
    • Guru Bhavan Meditation Hall
  • Tight pants or tops, low-cut tops, halters, thin straps, or mid-riff-revealing clothes
  • Short shorts, low-rise pants or mini-skirts
  • Unclean or ragged clothing
  • Bikinis

“My experiences have made me question what an easeful, peaceful, and useful life requires me to do. I now have a flavor of what living like a Yogi entails. I feel I have begun to feel the benefits of this place that does all it can to help me ‘live the way.’ Reducing distractions, being in good company, following a routine of practice with established guidance has been key to my learning.” Andrew S.


PLEASE BRING – All your personal items:

  • Alarm clock
  • Bathing suit and beach towel for swimming
  • Earphones – if bringing a tape or CD player.  (Please limit to tapes or CD’s that are uplifting and support your inner spiritual journey.) NOTE:  here are no headphones to be worn during SEVA at any time. 
  • Flashlight
  • Hats – to protect against summer sun or to keep the head warm in the winter
  • Hatha Clothes – loose, comfortable & modest
  • Hatha Mat – or a large towel – for classes
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, dental items etc.)
  • Satsang Clothes – Dressier, more formal clothing.  (Many wear white but it is not required).
  • Slip on shoes – such as clogs, mules or sandals because we do not wear shoes indoors.  Please bring closed-toe shoes and a hat or scarf for serving in the kitchen.
  • Slippers for indoor use only in Sivananda Hall & Dorms, only if you prefer.
  • Umbrella


  • Alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco. (Abstention from alcohol, illegal drugs, and tobacco applies on and off grounds during your participation in the LYT program.)
  • Projects or anything that may draw your attention away from your inner journey.
  • Any more than is needed for a month’s stay. Space is limited and rooms must be kept clean and neat. Storage space is limited to the overhead bunk, dresser and closet area.
  • Pets

Thank you for your cooperation in helping to maintain a yogic environment here at the Ashram.