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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat added 3 new photos. (3 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Dawn Landen NantzBeautiful! Can't wait to return1   ·  13 hours ago

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Did you know that you can now register and make payments online using our brand new website? We are always striving to make your visit as easy as possible.

Have a look now: www.sivanandabahamas.org/
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Special Offer for October 2014 No Yoga Vacation Fee!

To celebrate the launch of the 2014-15 season, we’re waiving the daily Yoga Vacation fee for the month of October. You pay only for your accommodations — and take advantage of the Summer/Fall rates! Explore our wide range of housing options. Learn more: www.sivanandabahamas.org/special-offer-october-2014/
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Barbara LillibridgeShould be Barbara on the beach :))).1   ·  3 days ago

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Saraswati Sylvie BoisclairNew green bowls! How lovely!!! Can't wait to be at the ashram in October! :) Love & Light everyone xoxo5   ·  6 days ago

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Jessica Bayoneti remember that cuisine! c'est magnifique1   ·  5 days ago

SunLight Chair Yogayes! Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat is a perfect yogic diet. Colorful, well balanced and nutritious vegetarian food.1   ·  5 days ago

Jennifer Mountlooks amazing...just another reason I'm so wishing I could go there1   ·  5 days ago

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Community Voices: Spiritual Names |  sivanandabahams.org

Community Voices: Spiritual Names

If you have received a spiritual name, what has been the effect for you? How do you feel about your name? Do you use it in daily life

 

I was given a spiritual name after completing the TTC in 2008. I feel a bit shy about using it. I have been teaching yoga classes in my small, rather conservative community and do not use my spiritual name, although I am beginning to also sign my name using it in communications/reminders of classes with my students.
—Vani Devi

 

There have been many instances when using my spiritual name outside of the ashram, where the faces looked at me questioningly upon hearing it. However, there have been just as many instances where it was received without any puzzling look whatsoever. It’s really 50-50 between the two reactions to my spiritual name. Some are confused because they’ve never heard a name like that before and others know instinctively that it is a name of a spiritual nature. Those are the ones who usually smile, knowingly, about its origin.
—Sundari

 

When I received my spiritual name, I was a bit overwhelmed. It felt like a big responsibility. Since then, I have realized that for me it is an invitation to honor the deity whose name I now share. I like that. I like my spiritual name and I like using it at the ashram as it makes me feel part of the community and something larger than myself.
—anonymous

 

While I was not interested in receiving a spiritual name at first, when I heard my name for the first time, I fell in love with it. My name means “mother,” which for me was the perfect name. I have worked with children for more than a decade, and I am always my highest and best self when I am with them. The name really does something to the subconscious upon hearing it. Sanskrit is a vibrational language; even when you just hear the sounds without knowing what they mean, you are affected on some level. When I hear my spiritual name I am reminded of my essence, my purpose in the world, and when I am at my best. I become inspired to serve the world, even in just a small way, with devotion, grace, and joy.
—Ambika