Frequently Asked Questions about
Venues Reopening

Why do Siddha Yoga venues have new entry requirements?

Siddha Yoga venues are managed by the Siddha Yoga Foundation Limited in Australia, which has a responsibility to provide a safe environment in all Siddha Yoga venues. It also has a duty of care under Work Health and Safety (WHS) and Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) laws to protect the health and well-being of staff and volunteers/sevites, regardless of state boundaries and public health orders.

The new entry requirements have been carefully considered as the best balance between welcoming attendance and protecting the health and safety of all who attend.

Why do entry requirements differ across different types of Siddha Yoga venues?

There are different types of legal responsibilities depending on the type of venue. The Siddha Yoga Foundation is legally responsible for the operations of the two Ashrams in Australia.
Chanting and Meditation Groups are operated by volunteers/sevites and in most cases the venues are private homes. Through consultation with the local Siddha Yoga community and the owner of the host venue, they decide if further safety restrictions are necessary. Siddha Yoga Centres are run by a steering committee who implement SYF and SYDA Policies and Guidelines.

Why do the safety measures put in place go beyond current state government conditions?

The Siddha Yoga Foundation Limited in Australia has a responsibility to provide a safe environment in all its venues. It also has a duty of care under WHS and OHS laws to protect the health and well-being of staff, volunteers/sevites and visitors to its venues, regardless of state boundaries and public health orders.

The new strains of the COVID-19 virus, BA-4 and BA-5, are many times more transmissible than previous strains and evade immunity from past COVID-19 infections and vaccinations. Case numbers, hospital admission rates, and death rates are rising even more rapidly than in previous waves. Health authorities are alarmed and advise increasing public health mandates, particularly wearing masks while indoors in public settings. Mandates are unpopular, so governments only go so far as to recommend mask wearing and other precautions. 

A high proportion of the Australian Siddha Yoga community are in health groups at significant risk of COVID complications and mortality, as well as the debility of long COVID. The Foundation, therefore, takes the advice of health authorities and mandates safety measures in its venues, including the wearing of masks by sevites, and by visitors at least during the high risk activity of singing.

An excellent summary of the evidence for the benefits and adverse effects of wearing masks can be found in a recent summary by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Why is it necessary to register online before attending events?

The online registration process allows easeful communication about the new entry conditions and helps people to confirm that they meet them.

It allows people to take personal responsibility about whether to attend, knowing in advance the conditions the Foundation has put in place to minimise the risk of COVID transmission. 

There are many other benefits to pre-registration:

  • We have reduced the attendance capacity to allow for adequate physical distancing, and pre-registration helps us to manage how many people can attend.
  • It provides you with certainty that you have a place inside the hall or satsang venue.
  • It will allow easeful contact tracing if necessary.
  • It will help the Siddha Yoga Foundation comply with government regulations (like Work Health and Safety, Occupational Health and Safety)

Do I need to set up an account on the Siddha Yoga Community Portal?

With our recent website refresh it is now possible for every member of our community (who has computer or smart phone access) to set up their own personal account. This provides access to many ways to support your engagement with the Siddha Yoga community.

However, for the regular Siddha Yoga events open to the public, it is not necessary to have a Community Portal account to register online. It does, though, make it quicker to complete the process if you are signed into your account.

As well as registration for events and activities, signing into your account will give you access to a new Seva Portal and information to support your seva; access opportunities exclusive to Community Portal account holders as well as making it easier to purchase items from the online Siddha Yoga bookstore and to make donations online.

What if I can’t register online?

If you are having difficulties registering online, we invite you to contact (this email is regularly monitored and a person will get in touch to help you).

In some cases there may be Registration sevites at the venue who can help you register. It’s very important that those who have access to email and internet do pre-register. This frees up onsite registration sevites to support those people who are unable to register online.

Do I need to show proof of vaccination to attend a Siddha Yoga event?

No, it is not required to show proof of vaccination before entering a Siddha Yoga Ashram. However some smaller venues in peoples’ homes may require proof of vaccination. Please read the specific declaration and consent form conditions carefully before you register for an event.

What are the requirements for attending a Siddha Yoga event?

You are asked to agree to a health declaration and consent form before registering for an event or entering the venue:

  1. I confirm I am NOT feeling ANY flu-like symptoms, I don’t have an increased temperature and I do not feel I am getting a cold. I also confirm that I have had none of these symptoms for the past 10 days.

  2. I confirm I have not come into contact with anyone in the last 10 days who has recently tested positive for COVID, or is awaiting test results.

  3. I agree to comply with the COVID safety measures in effect at the venue, (these may include maintaining physical distancing, using the hand sanitiser provided and wearing a correctly fitting mask during chanting, or other activities).

  4. I agree that I am personally responsible for my own health and well-being at all times I attend the venue and will not seek to hold the venue or its leadership responsible for any health issues I may have or may develop when attending the venue.

    Plus any other requirements of specific venues

Why do we need to wear a mask while chanting?

According to the World Health Organisation, the COVID virus is transmitted mainly through the air. It can be passed on by activities like speaking, sneezing or coughing which emit small airborne droplets. The droplets may land on a person directly, or on a surface and then be picked up. Singing is a particular risk because this generates an aerosol of tiny particles which stay in the air for hours. The risk of transmission is increased indoors. Scientific evidence shows that wearing a well-fitted face mask significantly reduces the spread of air-born infections, including COVID-19. The US Centre for Disease Control has reviewed multiple clinical trials world-wide and recommends wearing masks while indoors, especially while singing.

Read: Conversation article about a large controlled clinical trial by Australian scientists in Bangladesh. Lancet article Jan 2021 on the effectiveness of masks.

Why has the capacity of our Hall/satsang venue been reduced?

To reduce the risk of transmission of viruses we are implementing physical distancing recommendations of 1.5 meters between each person. This reduces the number of people who will fit into our hall or satsang area.