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Yoga Vacation Program

Rest, relax, and recharge.

The Yoga Vacation Program offers the perfect balance between activity and leisure time. Enjoy daily yoga classes and silent meditation sessions. Expand your horizons with mid-day workshops and inspiring evening talks. Treat yourself to a healing session or a private yoga class. Take quality time alone or connect with others.

 
Take a family yoga vacation | sivanandabahamas.orgAt any time of the year, you are welcome to come and enjoy a program rich with lectures by world-renowned speakers, daily yoga classes, delicious vegetarian meals, and plenty of time to relax in a tropical paradise. Choose from a variety of accommodation options to suit your personal needs while enjoying all the learning opportunities available at the ashram.

During your stay with us, we invite you to discover how powerful the tools of yoga can be in your personal evolution, helping you to live in constant peace with yourself, humanity, and nature.

Sivananda Bahamas Yoga Vacation Program - relaxing | sivanandabahamas.orgThe Yoga Vacation Program offers you the ideal way to take a break from your everyday life. Whether you are new to yoga or a well-established practitioner, a Yoga Vacation will help you quickly find your way back to balance. Come alone, with a friend, or bring the whole family. You’ll return home more peaceful, energized and better able to joyfully carry on with your daily routine.

The Yoga Vacation Program is also a great way to add a day or two to either side of a course of training.

 

What makes our Yoga Vacations unique? In addition to our location and yoga lifestyle immersion, we offer an extraordinary program of talks, workshops, and performances — all included in your stay.

Through the Yoga Vacation Program, we welcome more than 200 distinguished presenters each year — spiritual teachers of different traditions, scientists, healers, religious leaders, authors, and musicians, each one a jewel in their discipline. Come and be inspired.

See what’s happening when you plan to stay with us:

Upcoming Yoga Vacation Programs

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Yoga Vacation Program
July 5 — 9, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
Acquire yogic wisdom related to depression and anxiety and get a better understanding on the workings of the mind.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
July 10 — 12, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
Kirtan is a sure way to transcend the mundane preoccupations of the mind and enjoy the bliss of the Divine.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
July 12 — 16, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
Discover invaluable teachings relating to one of the most common and destructive forces in your life, anger.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
July 16 — 19, 2015
Meenakshi Angel Honig
Learn seven easy steps to align, tone, and strengthen your back and your core.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
July 17 — 19, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
Learn how to forgive even in the most challenging situations and relieve the burden of anguish.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
July 19 — 23, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
This is an opportunity to learn intricate advanced asanas and receive personal guidance.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
July 24 — 26, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
What does it mean to be a saint? Join this inspiring exploration of saints from around the world.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
July 26 — 30, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
Explore the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and learn its ancient lessons on the science of meditation.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
July 31 — August 4, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
Learn how to combine yoga with your daily routine to find peace, calmness and lasting happiness.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
August 5 — 8, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
A series of talks exploring the power of prayer that will inspire you to embrace prayer as a regular spiritual practice.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
August 9 — 13, 2015
Swami Brahmananda
Learn to become the master of your destiny and architect of your own fate.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
August 13 — 16, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
During this program, we learn to use yoga to harmonize our thoughts and understand how to fortify the mind to overcome negative emotions.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
August 17 — 19, 2015
Patti Symonette
This program focuses on the relationship of food to mental, physical, and spiritual health.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
August 20 — 22, 2015
Vanessa Ingraham
In this program, we will use yoga, breath-work, botanical medicine, homeopathy, mind-body techniques, and more to discover true healing.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
August 23 — 27, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
Learn how to achieve perfect relaxation on all levels: physical, mental, and spiritual.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
August 28 — 30, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
Learn how to combine yoga with your daily routine to find peace, calmness and lasting happiness.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
August 30 — September 3, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
Learn how to cultivate patience and reduce stress through inquiry, self-restrained love, and meditation.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
September 1 — 3, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
Study how the "stress response" works and how to manage it by detecting the early signs and applying yogic techniques.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
September 4 — 7, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
Anchor your busy life for a long weekend of yoga classes, walks on the beach, and healthy meals.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
September 8 — 10, 2015
Deshon Fox
In this program, you will gain powerful insights on how to achieve balance in all areas of life.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
September 11 — 13, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
This weekend offers the opportunity to transcend depression and anxiety by igniting a radical shift in your perspective.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
September 13 — 15, 2015
Celebrate the Jewish New Year with the ashram's staff and guests from the local community.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
September 16 — 18, 2015
Theodore Tsavoussis
Come explore shamanic medicine, an ancient transformational approach to healing the mind, body, and spirit.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
September 23 — 25, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
During this program, we learn to use yoga to harmonize our thoughts and understand how to fortify the mind to overcome negative emotions.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
September 26 — 30, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
Explore practical techniques to bring more contentment and peace into your daily life as you dive into this mystic stream of joy that joins the ocean of immortal bliss.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
September 28 — October 1, 2015
Aira Guevara (Rukmini)
Discover the potent healng potential of essential oils.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
October 2 — 3, 2015
Stacie Dooreck (Saraswati)
Come learn gentle yoga postures in chairs, chair yoga sun salutations, meditation, breath work and chants. Sitting never felt so good!
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
October 2 — 5, 2015
Dennis Chernin
Immerse yourself in Bhakti Yoga, a combination of meditation, breathing techniques, sound vibrations, and mantra.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
October 6 — 9, 2015
Krishna Das
Do you find practicing yoga postures difficult due to injury, obesity, sickness, or other physical constraint?
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
October 9 — 11, 2015
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat
Learn how to use yoga, meditation, self-inquiry, and other practical mind-body-spirit tools to transform stressful patterns of thought and behavior.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
October 11 — 15, 2015
Olga Mandodari Sokolova
Create peace and tranquility through an ancient approach to design.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
October 13 — 16, 2015
Deshon Fox
In this program, you will gain powerful insights on how to achieve balance in all areas of life.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
October 14 — 17, 2015
Swami Brahmananda
Discover your inner bliss through the practice of Karma Yoga.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
October 16 — 19, 2015
Steven Michael Pague
Delve into Qigong through a blend of easy-to-learn, beautiful movements designed to increase vitality, strengthen immune function, enhance creativity, and achieve harmony and balance.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
October 19 — 21, 2015
Ed Harrold
Come discover the power of the breath through guided experiences designed to create transformation.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
October 21 — 25, 2015
Ram Vakkalanka
Nada Yoga is a wonderful confluence of the science of yoga and the art of music.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
October 23 — 26, 2015
Connie Numbers
Live from the highest expression of who you really are.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
October 25 — 28, 2015
Theodore Tsavoussis
Come explore shamanic medicine, an ancient transformational approach to healing the mind, body, and spirit.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
October 27 — 29, 2015
Swami Brahmananda
Dive into the teachings of the most important scriptures in yoga, the Bhagavad Gita.
 
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Yoga Vacation Program
October 29 — November 1, 2015
Virginia Frances Schwartz
Experience how yoga can be a writer’s most powerful tool.
 
 
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Yoga Vacationers are invited to follow the ashram’s Daily Schedule, which includes plenty of time for the beach as well as socializing, learning, and relaxing.  As a spiritual learning center and community, we request that all guests attend morning and evening satsang and both yoga class per day to make the most of their stay and contribute to the community experience.

Morning Start the day at 6:00 a.m. with the serenity of early morning meditation. The clear sea air and radiant dawn aid the mind to focus and the body to be still. Half an hour of silent meditation is followed by joyful chanting, a spiritual talk or reading, and closing prayers. Next at 8:00 a.m. comes a two-hour class of asanas (yoga postures), pranayama (yogic breathing techniques), and relaxation that invigorates and refreshes the body and mind. Brunch awaits at 10:00 a.m.

Midday Create your own optimal afternoon schedule. Take an experiential workshop, attend a lecture or enjoy a healing art session. Study, swim, relax on the beach, or go snorkeling. Have a snack break at the Health Hut, meet new or old friends or take time to read a book in the tropical gardens.

Afternoon Start the third part of your day with a 4:00 p.m. yoga class. Feel how your body achieves maximum stretch at this time and the great progress that can be made. Observe as your breath gets calmer and your mind clearer in the serenity of your afternoon practice. Dinner will await you at 6:00 p.m. After dinner, take an early evening walk on the beach, enjoying the beautiful sunset.

Evening Satsang (meditation, chanting and talk) completes the day at 8:00 p.m. During the evening satsang we usually enjoy a concert, a dance performance or a talk by one of our special guests. Lights-off is around 10:00 p.m.

The cost for the Yoga Vacation Program is:

November 20 – May 31: $32 per day plus accommodations

June 1 – November 19: $18 per day plus accommodations

This includes your meals, yoga classes, daily workshops, and satsangs, as well as access to our beautiful beach and the ashram grounds and amenities. These rates include a 7.5% Bahamian VAT tax.

Accommodations are additional. The total cost for your stay depends on your choice of accommodations.

Accommodations

Our housing options are designed for a range of budgets and personal needs and vary from self-pitched tents to luxurious beachfront suites to comfortable cabins. All of our accommodations are welcoming and simple, and the diverse spectrum allows you to relax and enjoy your time with us at the ashram.

Choose your room at the ashram. Accommodations include your lodging and meals. Rates are determined by length of stay and by season:

  • Winter/Spring Season: November 20 – May 31
  • Summer/Fall Season: June 1 – November 19

Please note: Minimum 2-night stay year-round. Minimum 4-night stay December 22, 2015-January 5, 2016.

The rates below are per person, per night, and are listed in US dollars. As of January 1, 2015, a Bahamaian VAT tax of 7.5% applies.

Payments: We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, travelers checks, cash (US dollars), and US certified bank drafts to the name Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat. We do not accept personal checks. All deposits and payments in US dollars only.

Beachfront Deluxe Suite

  • Inside Beach Deluxe Accommodations | sivanandabahamas.org

Enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean from your own spacious, private balcony. Our luxurious Beachfront Deluxe Suites are furnished with two double beds and include a private bathroom with tub and shower, a kitchenette (no stove), and air-conditioning. These rooms are available for reservations of two or more persons only.

No. of nightsWinter Summer
1 – 6 nights$147$136
7 – 13 nights$137$128
14 – 20 nights$131$121
21 nights or more$126$116
 

Oceanview Deluxe Room

  • Oceanview Deluxe King Room

Welcome to our newest room, set in a palm tree grove with ocean views from a private balcony. This beautifully appointed room with contemporary design features a king-sized bed or 2 XL twin beds and includes a private bathroom with tub and shower, a kitchenette (no stove), a closet, desk, and rocking chair, and is fully air-conditioned. This room is available for reservations of two or more people only.

No. of nightsWinter Summer
1 – 6 nights$140$129
7 – 13 nights$130$121
14 – 20 nights$124$114
21 nights or more$119$109
 

Garden Room with Bath (shared)

  • Garden Room with Bath Accommodations | sivanandabahamas.org

Featuring their own bathroom, our Gardens Room with Bath are shared rooms with 2 single beds. Situated in various locations throughout the ashram, these rooms provide simple furnishings, including shelves and hooks for clothing and personal items, and air conditioning. If you register for this shared room by yourself, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to your room.

No. of nightsWinter Summer
1 – 6 nights$131$121
7 – 13 nights$123$113
14 – 20 nights$116$107
21 nights or more$111$103
 

Garden Room Single (private)

  • Garden Room Single Private Accommodations | sivanandabahamas.org

For those seeking solitude, our Garden Room Singles feature 1 single bed and provide simple furnishings, including shelves and hooks for clothing and personal items, and air conditioning. Situated in various locations throughout the ashram, including the main building, shared bathrooms are a short walk away.

No. of nightsWinter Summer
1 – 6 nights$127$116
7 – 13 nights$119$108
14 – 20 nights$113$103
21 nights or more$108$99
 

Beach Hut (shared room)

 
  • Inside Beach Hut Shared Accommodations | sivanandabahamas.org

Fall asleep to the soothing sound of the ocean waves. Providing sensational views of the ocean, our Beach Huts are shared rooms with 2 single beds, air-conditioning, and simple furnishings, with shared bathrooms a short walk away. If you register for this shared room by yourself, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to your room.

No. of nightsWinter Summer
1 – 6 nights$120$109
7 – 13 nights$112$102
14 – 20 nights$106$97
21 nights or more$102$93
 

Garden Room (shared)

  • Garden Room-Shared Accommodations | sivanandabahamas.org

Simple and comfortable, our Garden Rooms are shared rooms with 2 single beds. Situated in various locations throughout the ashram, these air-conditioned rooms are simply furnished, including shelves and hooks for clothing and personal items, with shared bathrooms a short walk away. If you register for the Garden Room by yourself, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to your room.

No. of nightsWinter Summer
1 – 6 nights$109$99
7 – 13 nights$103$93
14 – 20 nights$98$88
21 nights or more$94$84
 

Garden Room Double (private)

  • Garden Room Double Private Accommodations | sivanandabahamas.org
Perfect for couples, our Garden Room Doubles feature 1 double bed and provide simple furnishings, including shelves and hooks for clothing and personal items, and air conditioning. Situated in various locations throughout the ashram, shared bathrooms are a short walk away.
The prices below are per person for double occupancy.

No. of nightsWinter Summer
1 – 6 nights$109$99
7 – 13 nights$103$93
14 – 20 nights$98$88
21 nights or more$94$84
 

Dormitory

  • Dormitory Accommodations2 | sivanandabahamas.org

Meet interesting people from all over the world. Our single-gender Dormitories are simple and comfortable, furnished with 3-4 single beds and located in various locations around the ashram. Bedding and towels are provided and shared bathrooms are just a short walk away.

No. of nightsWinter Summer
1 – 6 nights$94$83
7 – 13 nights$88$77
14 – 20 nights$84$73
21 nights  or more$81$70

Tent Hut Single (private)

  • Tent Hut Single Accommodations | sivanandabahamas.org

Enjoy the outdoor camping experience with indoor comforts in these 10’ x 10’ straight-walled tent. Our Tent Hut Singles are comfortably furnished with a single bed, a nightstand, closet, bedside lamp, and electrical outlet, with towels provided. Shared bathrooms are a short walk away. *Not available in summer.

No. of nightsWinter Summer
1 – 6 nights$79
7 – 13 nights$74
14 – 20 nights$70
21 nights or more$67

Tent Hut Double (private)

  • Tent Hut Single Accommodations | sivanandabahamas.org

Enjoy the outdoor camping experience with indoor comforts in these 10’ x 10’ straight-walled tents. Perfect for couples, our Tent Hut Doubles feature 1 double bed and are comfortably furnished with a nightstand, closet, bedside lamp, and electrical outlet, with towels provided. Shared bathrooms are a short walk away. *Not available in summer.

No. of nightsWinter Summer
1 – 6 nights$79
7 – 13 nights$74
14 – 20 nights$70
21 nights or more$67

Tent Space

  • Tent Accommodations | sivanandabahamas.org

Pitch your tent near the beach, the bay, or amongst the palm trees in the garden and create your own private space in the ashram. Bring your own tent, camping gear, mattress, bedding and towels. You are welcome to bring a tent up to a size of 10’X10′. *Not available in summer.

No. of nightsWinter Summer
1 – 6 nights$69
7 – 13 nights$64
14 – 20 nights$61
21 nights or more$58

Swami Vishnudevananda’s Five Points of Yoga

 

Swami Vishnudevananda created the Yoga Vacation Program so that people could return from a vacation truly relaxed and renewed. His Five Points of Yoga are built into each day at the ashram and offer you an immersion in a yogic lifestyle.

  • Proper Exercise: Yoga exercises focus on the health of the spine, its strength and flexibility. By maintaining the spine’s flexibility and strength through exercise, circulation is increased and the nerves receive their proper supply of nutrients and oxygen. The exercises also affect the internal organs and endocrine system.
  • Proper Breathing: Yoga teaches us how to maximize lung capacity and how to control the breath. This increases vitality and mental clarity.
  • Proper Relaxation: By learning how to deeply relax all the muscles of the body, you can thoroughly rejuvenate your nervous system and attain a deep sense of inner peace. Yoga teaches us how to achieve this state of complete relaxation.
  • Proper Diet: The Yogic diet is a vegetarian one, consisting of pure, simple, natural foods which are easily digested and promote health. The Yogic diet will help you attain a high standard of health, keen intellect and serenity of mind.
  • Positive Thinking and Meditation: We become what we think. Through methods of positive thinking you will learn how to entertain positive and creative thoughts which contribute to vibrant health and a peaceful, joyful mind. Meditation opens the door to intuitive knowledge and realms of eternal bliss. The mind becomes calm and steady.
 

Plan your Yoga Vacation for any time of the year — it’s always perfect here in Paradise! You can participate in the Yoga Vacation Program for any length of time; even a weekend stay will recharge your body, mind and soul! If you’ve had little previous exposure to yoga and wish to get the most out of your visit, we recommend that you plan a one- or two-week yoga getaway. This ensures that you will experience the equivalent to 3-6 months of weekly yoga classes.

Interested? Click on Register Now button in the sidebar to enter your dates.

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