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There is a mysterious power in prayer. Prayer can work wonders. It can move mountains. It should come from the bottom of your heart with feeling.

—Swami Sivananda

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Sivananda Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas is an amazing place to spend a vacation. It’s on a small island next to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The most important thing for me was to practice yoga and relax. The atmosphere in the retreat is extremely tranquil. The teachers and staff are professional, so one can have great improvement in the yoga practice.

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Community Voices

A Pivotal Moment in Fish Pose: Sivananda Yoga Posture Stories

By Bea Doyle Over time, our experience of yoga asanas evolves beyond the physical — the postures become our teachers and companions, showing us our relationship with ourselves and the world. Enjoy this collection of stories submitted by Sivananda Yoga …
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Why Long-Term Karma Yogis Keep Coming Back

A spiritual center of learning, teaching, and practice, the Sivananda ashrams all run on service … and the Bahamas ashram is no different. Karma Yogis, practitioners of selfless service, go beyond the traditional definition of volunteer. The Karma Yoga …
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Grounding through Shoulderstand: Sivananda Yoga Posture Stories

By Sri Devi (Jennie Hastings) Over time, our experience of yoga asanas evolves beyond the physical — the postures become our teachers and companions, showing us our relationship with ourselves and the world. Enjoy this collection of stories submitted b …
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The Power of Savasana

By Ali Shevlin (Rukmini) Over time, our experience of yoga asanas evolves beyond the physical — the postures become our teachers and companions, showing us our relationship with ourselves and the world. Enjoy this collection of stories submitted by Siv …
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The Wrong Triangle Pose: Sivananda Yoga Posture Stories

By Mark Hanuman Geraghty Over time, our experience of yoga asanas evolves beyond the physical — the postures become our teachers and companions, showing us our relationship with ourselves and the world. Enjoy this collection of stories submitted by Siv …
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A Rush of Blood to the Head with Standing Forward Bend

By Nora Sundari Benian Over time, our experience of yoga asanas evolves beyond the physical — the postures become our teachers and companions, showing us our relationship with ourselves and the world. Enjoy this collection of stories submitted by Sivan …
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Finding Balance, the Space Between Extremes: Sivananda Yoga Posture Stories

By Daniel Rama Over time, our experience of yoga asanas evolves beyond the physical — the postures become our teachers and companions, showing us our relationship with ourselves and the world. Enjoy this collection of stories submitted by Sivananda Yog …
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Lightening up in the Spinal Twist: Sivananda Yoga Posture Stories

By Carolyn Uma Berry Over time, our experience of yoga asanas evolves beyond the physical — the postures become our teachers and companions, showing us our relationship with ourselves and the world. Enjoy this collection of stories submitted by Sivanan …
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The Ugliest Bow: Sivananda Yoga Posture Stories

By Katie Ambika Papo Over time, our experience of yoga asanas evolves beyond the physical — the postures become our teachers and companions, showing us our relationship with ourselves and the world. Enjoy this collection of stories submitted by Sivanan …
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Learning to Love the Locust: Sivananda Yoga Posture Stories

By Mahadevi (Robyn Hennon) Over time, our experience of yoga asanas evolves beyond the physical — the postures become our teachers and companions, showing us our relationship with ourselves and the world. Enjoy this collection of stories submitted by S …
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How Cobra Lifted Me Up: Sivananda Yoga Posture Stories

By Stacie Saraswati Dooreck Over time, our experience of yoga asanas evolves beyond the physical — the postures become our teachers and companions, showing us our relationship with ourselves and the world. Enjoy this collection of stories submitted by …
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Paschimothanasana and Breaking My Own Resistance: Sivananda Yoga Posture Stories

By Surya Over time, our experience of yoga asanas evolves beyond the physical — the postures become our teachers and companions, showing us our relationship with ourselves and the world. Enjoy this collection of stories submitted by Sivananda Yoga prac …
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How Halasana Became Family: Sivananda Yoga Posture Stories

By Shahar Arjuna Kovetz Over time, our experience of yoga asanas evolves beyond the physical — the postures become our teachers and companions, showing us our relationship with ourselves and the world. Enjoy this collection of stories submitted by Siva …
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Making Peace with Sun Salutations: Sivananda Yoga Posture Stories

By Annapurna Devi (Grace Welker) Over time, our experience of yoga asanas evolves beyond the physical — the postures become our teachers and companions, showing us our relationship with ourselves and the world. Enjoy this collection of stories submitte …
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Conquering Headstand at Age 61: Sivananda Yoga Posture Stories

By Padmavati Over time, our experience of yoga asanas evolves beyond the physical — the postures become our teachers and companions, showing us our relationship with ourselves and the world. Enjoy this collection of stories submitted by Sivananda Yoga …
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Personal Stories: Connecting with the Sivananda Yoga Postures

Each week for the next 12 weeks, we will be posting a new posture story on our blog, following the sequence of the Sivananda Yoga practice. All are true stories from brave souls who were willing to share their inner workings and private relationship wi …
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10 Amazing Things About Living at the Ashram

  The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat welcomes students, yoga vacationers, spiritual aspirants, distinguished presenters from around the world — and Karma Yogis for the Residential Study Program. Karma Yogis enroll for at least one to three months o …
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Life Change Through Yoga Teacher Training

The Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC) was created not only to train people to become yoga teachers but to become ambassadors of peace in the world. Now more than ever, we need people committed to their own personal transformation through yog …
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Community Voices: Pivotal Books on the Spiritual Path

Is there a book that was pivotal to you on your spiritual path?   Which book? How did it impact you? Please share your story below and inspire others. (It doesn’t have to be long to be inspiring!)
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Feeding the Ashram: Chef Ambika and the Brunch Shift

by Grace Welker (Annapurna Devi) It’s 6:30 am on a Friday in mid-October. While the rest of the ashram community are in satsang transitioning from silent meditation into the daily chant, I am gathered with the kitchen’s brunch crew to begin preparation …
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Community Voices: Using Yoga to Heal Illness and Chronic Conditions

Have you used yoga to heal an illness or chronic condition?   What happened? How did yoga help? Please share your story below and inspire others. (It doesn’t have to be long to be inspiring!)
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Advanced Yoga Teacher Training: A Conversation with Amelia Travis

When she graduated from the Teacher Training Course (TTC) as a Sivananda Yoga teacher four years ago, Amelia Travis had no idea that a business concept formed during that training would lead back to Sivananda, this time to the Advanced Teacher Training …
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Singing to God: The Resurgence of Kirtan

Chanting, kirtan, devotional music — by whatever name you call it, the lure of ancient call-and-response singing in the name of God is on the rise. “Chanting wakes up our hearts,” says kirtan singer Luna Ray, who opened the On the Wings of Ecstasy devo …
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Community Voices: First Yoga Experience

Do you remember the details of your first yoga experience?   Yoga came to me unexpected. My first yoga experience was initiated by a close friend. One rainy evening, she asked me to join her at a new studio in Vancouver, Canada. I was very hesitan …
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Community Voices: Yoga and Religion

Has yoga changed your relationship with your religion? In what ways?   I went to Catholic school when I was young. I went to church camp and sang in the church choir. But at some point all of this drifted away. I stopped going to church. I never t …
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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 tea …
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