FAQ – Post Registration

To make your journey a comfortable and beautiful experience, here are some answers to many inquiries that will help you plan and prepare for your trip to the Ashram.

For any other questions or concerns, please contact us at: ia@nithyananda.org

 

PAYMENT OF COURSE FEES

  • How do I register and pay for the program?

    Visit the registration page to register for the program.
    This registration form does not include payment. Once you register online, you will receive an email
    with payment details.

    Payment methods

    • Credit Cards
    • Wire transfer
    • Cashier’s Check

    Payment Confirmation email – Confirms the payment you initiated.
    Note: You can make payments in multiple installments, or you are welcome to make the entire payment. Also, first installment can be paid via Cashier’s check and second installment through wire transfer.
    Make sure all your payments reach us on or before the registration deadline (15 days before the start of the program).

    Program Disclaimer:

    Admission to the program is made solely at the discretion of Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam. Your registration does not guarantee admission to the program. Any violation of the code of conduct required in the Ashram may result in termination from the program at any time.

  • Can I pay part of the course fee and the balance amount upon arrival in Bidadi?

    All participants are required to complete the payment by the registration end date. If you wish to pay any outstanding balance upon arrival at the Ashram, please note that you will be solely responsible for making these arrangements. We cannot assure accommodation or meals or any such arrangements if you are not able to pay the balance of your payment for whatever reason. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you complete your payment before arriving in Bidadi.

    It is important that you clarify and finalize your payment details before leaving for India to avoid any confusion, delays and disappointments.

    For more information, please contact IA Support Team:
    USA / CANADA
    Please contact: Ma Praba
    Email: ia@nithyananda.org
    Phone: 1-800-265-3386 or 909-908-8080

    INDIA/OTHER COUNTRIES:
    Please contact: Ma Shantatma
    Email: ia@nithyananda.org
    Phone: +91 77609 82230

REFUND POLICY

  • What is the refund policy for the Inner Awakening / eN-Genius program?

    If for any reason a customer is unable to attend the Inner Awakening/eN-Genius program, the customer can request that their program payment be applied towards a future Inner Awakening/eN-Genius program within one year of original payment. However, there are No refunds.
    All such requests must be emailed, along with original email payment receipt to ia@nithyananda.org. Inner Awakening/eN-Genius payment transfer requests occurring after the first day of the Inner Awakening/eN-Genius program will not be eligible to transfer payment to a future Inner Awakening/eN-Genius program. Please contact ia@nithyananda.org if you have any questions or for more information.

VISA

  • Do I need a visa to travel to India?

    A visa is required for entering the country if you are not a holder of a valid Indian Passport.

    Who should be listed as the references in India on the visa application form?
    For references in India:

    Ma Shantatma
    Phone: +91 77609 82230

    Address:

    Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam
    Nithyanandapuri Off Mysore Road,
    Bidadi, Bangalore District – 562 109,
    Karnataka, INDIA

PASSPORT

Please check the expiration date of your passport. Make necessary arrangements for renewal so that your passport does not expire while you are attending the Inner Awakening Program.  Make five photocopies each of your passport photo page and Indian Visa page.

CURRENCY/FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Exchange a small amount of money for Indian Rupees (INR) before you leave so that you can pay for the Taxi transportation from the airport to the Ashram (costs approximately $35 US which is approximately 1,500 rupees) and for any other items you may wish to purchase immediately upon your arrival (e.g. food, bottled water). You may also convert money at the official money exchange counter located inside the airport.  The currency exchange counter near the exit of airport is open 24 hours.

  • What is the best way to carry money to India?

    Traveller’s checks are considered the safest way of carrying money while traveling. Converting traveller’s checks to Indian Rupees (INR) in India is advisable since all commercial transactions are mostly in INR.

    Credit cards are also a good way, and relatively safe. They are useful for shopping inside the Ashram and in most cities. They are not useful for taxis and some other basic things.

  • When and where can I find a money exchange counter when I reach Bengaluru (Bangalore)?

    Foreign currency can be converted at the official money exchange counters inside the airport. In addition, foreign currency exchange is available at the Ashram. Please inquire at the Welcome Center (reception area) where arrangements will be made for money exchange.

  • How much money should I bring?

    It is not recommended to carry more than $1500 US for the 21-day IA Program. As most of the basic requirements for food and accommodation are provided, please have enough money for expenses such as:

    • International phone calls made at the paid phone booth.
    • Any purchases made at the Life Bliss Galleria (Visa /MasterCard also accepted)
    • Taxi service from and to the airport
    • Any other personal shopping.
  • Where can I find the nearest bank?

    The bank nearest to the Ashram is in Bidadi which is approximately 15 minutes away. Bengaluru (Bangalore) city is approximately 1 hour away. Please check with the Welcome Center (reception area) for more details.

VACCINATIONS & MEDICATIONS

  • Are vaccinations required?

    Vaccinations and immunizations are not mandatory to enter the country or to attend the program. However, please seek your doctor’s advice regarding your need for vaccinations and immunizations and whether you are fit to travel to India before leaving the country. You may also refer to the Center for Disease Control website for traveler’s health information at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx.

  • Should I bring any medications?

    If you take prescription medications or are on continued medication, please bring enough supply to cover your entire time away. Do not discontinue or disrupt any ongoing medication schedule. It is advisable to carry medication for any situation that you anticipate due to change in place, weather and food.

    You may want to include:

    • Vitamins or electrolytes (e.g. powdered Vitamin C or electrolytes that dissolve in water)
    • Tylenol, Advil, fiber supplement (Metamucil), laxatives, Imodium (or anti-diarrhea), Tums, Aspirin, cold/flu medicines, cough drops (if you use any of these types of medicines)
    • Essential oils (such as oregano oil, colloidal silver, tea tree oil, lavender) if you use these.

    Please note: For legal reasons any medicines used for treatment of fever, cough, cold, flu, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, allergies, electrolyte imbalance, and vitamin deficiency etc …will not be available at the convenience store located on-site. Please bring these medicines with you or you may purchase these types of medicines from Bidadi. Please also be aware that it may take time to acquire these medicines from Bidadi. Hence, treatment of your condition could be delayed. To avoid any inconvenience, please plan accordingly.

ARRIVAL AT BIDADI (Bengaluru / Bangalore, India)

ACCOMMODATIONS

  • What type of accommodation is provided?

    Shared rooms (up to 3-4 people) with attached bathroom for participant Level 2, Level 3 and Level 2+3 and dormitory (25-60 people) are available for participant level 1. Accommodations are allotted on a first come first serve basis based on the date of full payment of program.

    Inner Awakeninng level1  (4 days)

    stay one night before or one night after the program

    Total 5 nights accommodation at no extra cost

    Inner Awakenign Level 2 (10 days)

    stay one night before AND one night after the program

    Total 12 nights accommodation at no extra cost

    Inner Awakening Level 3 (11 days)

    stay one night before AND one night after the program

    Total 13 nights accommodation at no extra cost

    Inner Awakening Level 2+3 (21 days)

    stay two nights before AND two nights after the program

    Total 25 nights accommodation at no extra cost

    Charges for Accommdation:

    If you wish to stay longer at the ashram, in addition to the above mentioned complimentary stay  period, you can do so based on availability.

    1. dormitory accommdation – Rs. 500/- per night per person

    2. Room Accommodation – Rs. 1000/- per person per bed per night

    Kindly check on the availability by calling +91 80 2727 9999.

    Men and women are housed in separate dormitories.

  • Can I get individual accommodation?

    No, accommodation for all participants is shared.

  • Do I need to take my own bedding and towels? What type of bed will I be sleeping on?

    Single-sized bunk beds are provided in the shared rooms.  Dormitories have single upper and lower bunk beds. Each participant will be provided with bedding which includes one bed sheet, one pillowcase and a light blanket. You are encouraged to bring your own linens if you wish to have a top sheet or are sensitive or particular about your bed linen.  Clean bed linens will be provided every few days.

    **Towels are not provided. Please bring quick drying, thin towels.

  • Where do I keep my belongings?


    Each participant who is staying at the Ashram will be given a locker to secure valuables. Please bring a medium sized lock for your locker. Alternatively, you may carry your valuables in a pouch / bag that is kept in your possession at all times and for which you are fully responsible.

    Standard sized suitcases can be stored under the bed. Please bring locks (combination or key locks) to lock your suitcases.

  • What are the bathroom facilities like?

    In the shared rooms, there is an attached toilet and shower in each room. In the dorms, shared bathroom facilities are provided at the end of the hallway.   There are many individual shower stalls, toilet stalls and sinks.

  • Is it noisy sleeping in the dormitory?

    As with shared accommodations, it is up to all to be considerate of others. However, if you are sensitive to noise, you may wish to bring earplugs and an eye band for sleeping.

FOOD & WATER

  • What kind of food will be served?

    Indian Sattvic and continental options will be available to all participants. Continental option includes food like salad. Indian Sattvic food is vegetarian food without onions or garlic. (eggs and meat will not be served at any time).

    On your registration form, indicate any special diet requirements that you may have and we will try to accommodate you as best we can.

    Note:If you required any special diet during the program, please e-mail to ia@nithyananda.org

  • Is filtered water available?

    Filtered water for refilling of water bottles is provided at all times. You are advised to bring a water bottle as it is highly recommended that you drink plenty of water. Bottled/mineral water is also available for purchase at the convenience store located on-site.

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES

  • Can I carry my hair blow dryer or any other electrical appliances?

    You may bring electrical appliances like hair blow dryer, mobile phone chargers and other essentials. A voltage converter is needed to convert the power to 220 volts.  A wall plug adapter appropriate for India is also needed. The adaptor can be purchased at the convenience store located on-site.

INTERNET & PHONE ACCESS

  • Can I bring my laptop?

    Bringing a laptop, cell phone, mini DVD player or any other entertainment equipment is not advisable. However, if work or other commitments require you to check email, you may bring your own laptop. Please note that you must take complete responsibility of your property.

  • Will there be internet access?

    Wireless access to the internet is available. An internet café is also available for occasional use of the internet in the hall.

  • Where can I make phone calls?

    A pay phone service is available for long distance and local calling whereby you pay per use (pay by cash).

WEATHER

  • What is the weather like during the year?

    Maximum Minimum
    Bangalore Weather in April 34°C / 93°F 22°C / 72°F
    Bangalore Weather in July 28°C / 82°F 19°C / 66°F
    Bangalore Weather in December 26°C / 79°F 16°C / 61°F

    The city of Bangalore experiences very favorable weather throughout the year. The warmest month in Bangalore is April and the coldest month is January. Participants who are sensitive to the sun should wear sun block, hat and sunglasses for protection. Slight drizzle (light showers) can be anticipated.

CLOTHING

  • What kind of clothes should I pack?

    Bring loose comfortable clothes that allow you to easily do yoga postures and meditations. Clothes made of cotton are conducive for warm or hot daytime temperatures. Please bring atleast 2 sets of black clothes for daily yoga sessions and white clothes for the regular meditation sessions.

    A shawl, light cardigan or fleece jacket should be kept handy for the drop in temperature in the morning and evening or for rainy days. A small compact umbrella is useful.

  • Is there a dress code to be observed in the Ashram/during the program?

    In adherence to the Ashram dress code and with respect to the Vedic culture, men and women participants are not to wear tank tops, tube tops, shorts and hot pants. Please also refrain from wearing scooped necklines, transparent or tight-fitting clothing. Please dress modestly in clothing that covers your shoulders, midriff and legs to the ankles. Despite the climatic demands, your co-operation and understanding in this matter is highly appreciated.

  • Where can I purchase the recommended type of clothes?

    Loose comfortable western clothing (track pants, t-shirts, long skirts, loose trousers) can be purchased in your city prior to departure.

    Indian salwar-kameez (two-piece pajama-type outfits) and sari for women and the kurta /pajama-type two-piece outfit and dhoti for men may be purchased through your center’s Life Bliss Galleria (if available), or in the ashram or in local Indian stores.

  • How many sets of clothes should I pack?

    A minimum of 7-8 sets of clothes to last through the week is highly recommended. Due to the warm temperature and perspiration, it is not hygienic to wear clothes more than once without washing.

  • Where can I wash my clothes?

    Complimentary laundry service is provided.  The drop off location and times will be announced.  Clean clothes will be returned to your rooms at regular intervals. You will be required to hand-wash your undergarments and any delicate clothes. You may purchase laundry detergent and clothes pins from the on-site convenient store or you may bring detergent/pins of your preference with you

    Please note that you will be required to mark your room number and IA ID number on the inside of your clothes using a permanent marker if using laundry service.  With this in mind, you may want to bring clothes which you do not mind marking or hand wash your clothes.

FOOTWEAR

  • What kind of footwear should I pack?

    Semi-covered, open, breathable and easy to slip-on and slip off footwear (e.g. flip flops, sports sandals, crocs) are recommended. Pack one pair of footwear as a back-up. Depending on individual preference and comfort, a pair of socks may also be included.

TOILETRIES & OTHER ITEMS

Please bring all the toiletries needed for your stay (e.g. soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotions, feminine products, makeup, and lip balm). You can purchase some toiletries from the convenience store located on-site; however, if you have certain product preferences, it is best to bring those items with you.
Additional suggestions:

  • Mosquito repellent
  • First aid ointments for cleaning / healing minor scrapes / cuts
  • Enriched cream for feet and cracked heel cream
  • Bandages and gauze
  • Sun block or sunscreen
  • Wet wipes
  • Hand sanitizer (if you use this)
  • Flashlight (small one)
  • Alarm clock
  • Backpack – for carrying books/water bottle etc to the hall each day. A shoulder type bag may be provided for you but for comfort/space, you may wish to use your own backpack
  • Duffle bag or extra bag for items which are given during the program

MEDITATION HALL SEATING

Floor and chair seating is available. On the floor, you may sit on clean covered mattresses or floor mats. If you need back support, floor chairs are available to use. Cushioned plastic type patio chairs are available for chair seating. You may wish to bring a small flat cushion, which is useful for both floor and chair seating as well as for sitting in the temple or under the Banyan Tree.

CONVENIENCE STORE

A convenience store is located on-site where you may purchase toiletries, snacks, and other small items. Arrangements may be made to acquire some items not regularly stocked. Please speak with the convenience store attendant.

DAILY ROUTINE

  • What kind of daily schedule can I expect?

    The routine is subject to change and cannot be guaranteed. You can expect the daily routine to start at 5 am with a session of Nithya Yoga/eN-Fitness conducted by Yogacharyas (Nithya Yoga ordained teachers). Morning satsang and breakfast follows. After which the first classroom session starts at approximately 10am. Typically two tea breaks, lunch and dinner are scheduled and the sessions will last until late night.

RETURN ARRANGEMENTS

  • For which date do I book my return ticket?

    Three days of accommodation is free before and after the program. If you would like to extend your stay, you are welcome to do so but please make the necessary arrangements in advance with the Welcome Center (reception area). The continuation of the same accommodation arrangement is not guaranteed and is based on availability.

  • How do I arrange for my return trip from the Ashram to the airport?

    Please contact the Welcome Center (reception area) 2-3 days ahead of your departure date from India to arrange for taxi transportation.  Please allot adequate travel time to the airport including the mandatory 3 hours for check-in time at the airport.

  • Can I stay at the Ashram for a few days extra after the completion of my program?

    To stay in the Ashram for a few extra days after the completion of the program, you are required to inform the Welcome Center (reception area) at the earliest time possible. There will be a charge for accommodations after the completion of the program if you are not volunteering.

  • Can I stay after the end of the program and volunteer at the Ashram for a few days or for few months?

    Free accommodation is provided for all program participants 3 days before and after the program. However, if you want to stay longer or arriving earlier than that, please inform the IA support team by email (ia@nithyananda.org) or when you arrive in the Ashram for the program.

    In the event that you want to return for a few months after the program and volunteer at the Ashram, you must inform via email (ia@nithyananda.org) of your intention.

    Mention your skills and experience so that your volunteer opportunity can be matched appropriately.

    Once the Ashram approves your request to volunteer, you will be required to complete the Volunteer Application form and provide your passport and visa information.

NITHYANANDA DHYANAPEETAM ADDRESS & CONTACTS:

Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam
Nithyanandapuri, Off Mysore Road, Bidadi
562 109, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Email: ia@nithyananda.org
Website: www.innerawakening.org