Kaivalyadhama Health and Yoga Research Center

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Kaivalyadhama Health and Yoga Research Center
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Kaivalyadhama Health and Yoga Research Center
LocationLonavla, Maharashtra, India
TypeHealthcare, Education, Research
Opened1924; 98 years ago (1924)

The Kaivalyadhama Health and Yoga Research Center (abbreviated Kaivalyadhama), founded by Swami Kuvalayananda in 1924, is a spiritual, therapeutic, and research center with a specific aim to coordinate ancient yogic arts and tradition with modern science; he founded the journal Yoga Mimamsa at the same time.[1] Kaivalyadhama is located in Lonavla, Maharashtra, India, with smaller branches elsewhere in India, France, and the United States.

Kaivalyadhama performs scientific and philosophico-literary research as well as provides Yogic and Ayurvedic healthcare and education.

It also houses a Naturopathy center and hosts some 250 students per year for its various courses. Students come from India and abroad, primarily from China, Japan, Korea, France, United States, and Canada.

Kaivalyadhama is a public charitable trust which receives some funding from the Government of India.


Kaivalyadhama was established in 1924 by Swami Kuvalayananda in Lonavla, Maharashtra, India. Swami Kuvalayananda led the facility, which was primarily used to further his scientific research into the yogic arts, until his death in 1966.[2]

Kaivalyadhama publishes the quarterly Yoga Mimamsa journal; Swami Kuvalayananda founded it in 1924.[3]

In 1944, the Philosophico-Literary Research Department was created in order to explore the interpretation and translation of traditional yogic texts.

To help train others in the theoretical and practical aspects of yoga, the Gordhandhas Seksaria College Of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis was opened in 1951. The College was named after Gordhandas Seksaria, the father of donor Sheth Makhanlal Gordhandas Seksaria, a philanthropist and industrialist. Shri B. G. Kher, the then Chief Minister of Bombay State, formally inaugurated the college in October 1951. The first convocation was held in May 1953 where Shri H.V. Divetia, Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat University, delivered the convocational address.

In 1962, Kaivalyadhama was declared an "All India Institute of Higher Education" by India's Ministry of Education.[4]

In 2004, India's Human Resource Development Ministry affirmed it as a national resource center for the introduction of yoga in schools.

In 2019 the Government of India's Yoga Certification Board under the Ministry of AYUSH declared Kaivalyadhama a "Leading Yoga Institution".[4]


Library and Philosophico-Literary Research Department

Kaivalyadhama sits on 180 acres of lush forest on the edge of Lonavla, Maharashtra, India. The campus consists of eight primary buildings which house its five departments: Scientific Research, Philosophical-Literary Research, Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis, Central Administration, and the Shrimati Amolak Devi Tirathram Gupta Yogic Hospital and Health Care Center. In addition, several buildings house students and visiting staff. Kaivalyadhama can house up to 150 students at a time.

Two kitchens serve daily Ayurvedic meals for students, faculty, and staff, often using locally grown rice and on-site cows for milk. Meals are strictly vegetarian. A naturopathy center provides herbal massage and steam-bath treatments for patients and visitors.[5] Extensive Ayurvedic gardens provide many of the naturopathic remedies. Several smaller buildings provide classroom spaces for asanas and lectures.

The Gupta Yogic Hospital and Health Care Center provides treatment facilities utilizing yoga, naturopathy and Ayurveda. It is open to both indoor and outdoor patients. For individuals who suffer from specific ailments, a tailor-made programme is designed with the most appropriate treatment prescribed. A resident medical officer and visiting Ayurvedic physicians provide care and consultations. There are also facilities to handle the disabled and elderly.

Degrees and programs[edit]

The Gordhandhas Seksaria College Of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis at Kaivalyadhama grants degrees, diplomas and certificates for several specializations. There are a total of seven courses for yoga students, yoga teachers, academics, students of Ayurveda, medical professionals, and school teachers.[6]

  • Bachelor in Yoga
  • Diploma in Yoga Education
  • Diploma in Yoga Therapy
  • Certificate Course in Yoga
  • Certificate in Introduction to Yoga and Ayurveda
  • Certificate in Introduction to Traditional Texts of Yoga
  • Reorientation Programme for Medical Professionals
  • Orientation Programme for School Teachers


Kaivalyadhama has 18 full-time faculty members whose specialties includes the areas of study of ancient Sanskrit texts and manuscripts of yoga, psychology, philosophy, yoga practice and teaching methodology, yogic therapy and counseling, anatomy and physiology, and Ayurveda,[7]


  1. ^ "Tune in to the Yogic way", The Times Of India, Mumbai, 25 October 2004. Retrieved on 12 November 2012.
  2. ^ Wathen, Grace "KAIVALYADHAMA & YOGA POSTURES", Livestrong.com, Austin, 1 July 2011. Retrieved on 12 November 2012.
  3. ^ Yoga-mimamsa. WorldCat. ISSN 0044-0507. OCLC 1198762403. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Recognitions". Kaivalyadhama. 2019.
  5. ^ Ramchandani, Anita "Spirit Centers - The higher reaches of yoga" Archived 2012-10-04 at the Wayback Machine, Lifepositive.com, New Delhi, September 2000. Retrieved on 12 November 2012.
  6. ^ Kaivalyadhama education web page Archived 2012-08-02 at the Wayback Machine kdham.com
  7. ^ Kaivalyadhama faculty web page kdham.com

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