Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhan Samsthana (SVYASA), popularly known as Swami Vivekananda Yoga University was set up with an objective to make yoga a socially relevant science. It is engaged in research on applications of yoga in health, education, management. They are working on getting yoga accepted as an adjunct system of therapeutic value by modern medical world. Some of their achievements include training of 50,000+ yoga teachers in India and abroad, establishing biggest yoga therapy home and research facility called Prasanti Kuteeram, have yoga centers in over 26 countries, treating 250000+ patients across the world besides publishing research papers and conducting workshops.
I happened to visit Prasanti Kuteeram, which is located 7 kms away from the Bannerghatta National park. As you approach national park from Bangalore, road forks and if you take the left and go towards Jigni, at the Jigni chowk you can take a right and then follow the signs for Vivekananda Ashram to reach kuteeram. It is setup almost in the middle of nothing, a simple place with simple people. After you reach Kuteeram, you can go to the reception, where they will explain you the various things they do, the courses and the therapies that they offer. The most popular thing apparently is the weekly therapy programs, where people are taken in on the recommendation of the resident doctor, and they have to spend a week in the kuteeram, and have to live as per the daily routine there, which includes yoga, pranayama, meditation, prayers, satvik food, satsanga, lectures, deep relaxation techniques, devotional sessions. Some of these sessions are common for everyone and some are specific to the groups that have common problems like obesity, back ache. There are special programs for stress management and positive health.
The campus has various residential facilities from dormitories to deluxe rooms. It has a small book shop cum convenience store for daily use items that you may need during your stay in the campus. You can get books on yoga and how yoga can help cure the common ailments. There are gardens with benches right under the huge trees, where you can sit and just feel the nature around, with one off people passing by you. There is a building for resident doctors and a dining hall. The timings for the dining are fixed and you must eat during that time. You get simple vegetarian food, but it is amazingly tasty. I enjoyed eating there as part of community eating, and would recommend it to anyone visiting the campus.
It is a very serene place to spend a day or a week at. You will get an almost perfect environment to be with yourself.