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—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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Recipes

Back-to-School Snack: Feel-Good Granola Bars

It’s that time again! This on-the-go snack is packed full of protein and healthy fats to keep you fuller longer. You can choose your favorite nuts or seeds, as well as dried fruit. In this recipe we chose sunflower and pumpkin seeds for their many heal …
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Bright and Refreshing Mango Nice Cream

  Fill your ice cream craving … without the guilt. Try our fruit-only ice cream recipe that you can make at home to cool you off all summer long. With just a few ingredients and a short prep time, you can enjoy this quick recipe as a dessert or a …
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Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

These are the perfect veggie burgers for a light dinner or lunch on-the-go. Black beans are high in protein, fiber, and essential minerals, and sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A. While their high nutritional content will help you feel …
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May Recipe: Gigi’s Famous Tahini Sauce

This yummy and versatile recipe can be used as a delicious topping for veggie burgers, as a dip with vegetables, cooked with eggplant, and more. Make a batch and see for yourself!   Ingredients 1 cup (250 ml) tahini paste 1 cup (250 ml) boiling wa …
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Simple, Creamy, Dairy-Free Broccoli Sauce

Creamy can be healthy too — with the right recipe. This wholesome Simple, Creamy, Dairy-free Broccoli Sauce can be used in all kinds of meals and is the perfect complement to pasta, rice, and vegetable dishes. This recipe is especially handy when you h …
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Warming Winter Vegetable Stew

Nourish your body and warm up your insides with this delicious, creamy stew — perfect for the winter months. Not only is it protein-packed, but the variety of veggies adds plenty of vitamins for immunity. It’s also gluten and dairy-free. Recipe ½ cup c …
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Creamy Tomato Sauce Recipe

You’d never guess that this sauce is healthy, but it is — it’s also delicious and nutritious. And you only need a few ingredients. Enjoy with your favorite pasta dishes, bean recipes, or with veggies. Ingredients 1 tomato ½ cup of tofu (silken or soft …
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Health Hut Green Smoothie

Our Bahamas Boutique & Health Hut green smoothie recipe is the perfect pick for starting off the new year on a healthy note. At Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, we started serving up smoothies several years ago in our little health hut, helping our g …
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Shredded Sweet Potato Salad: A Delish Vegan Side Dish

from Grace Van Berkum This recipe is an easy, delicious, and nutritious side dish to bring to a Thanksgiving potluck or to serve at your family table. No-bake!   Shredded Sweet Potato Salad 2-3 sweet potatoes or yams 1 cup unsweetened, shredded co …
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Healthy Breakfast — Oatmeal Banana Pancakes

From Joelle Rabion We’ve always been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day — and it is! It literally ‘breaks the fast’ and resets your metabolism, allowing you to launch your day as your best self. So, it’s important to use quality …
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Easy, Guilt-Free Banana Nut Squares

From Clarissa Kussin DID YOU KNOW: Bananas are one of the most nutritional and healing fruits readily available today. They are 76% water and are packed with vitamins C and B6 and minerals such as potassium, copper, and manganese. Their high water/nutr …
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Beet, Carrot, Watercress Tricolor Salad

From the Sivananda Yoga Cookbook This refreshingly healthy Beet, Carrot, Watercress Tricolor Salad draws on three powerfully beautiful and nutritious vegetables. Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium …
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Masala Chai and Sheera Sweets

from Geeta Inamdar These two “sweet treat” recipes were generously shared with us by Geeta Inamdar, who has been coming to the ashram with her husband and children for years — her daughter is a graduate of the Sivananda Teacher Training Course! Masala …
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Blueberry and Spinach Salad

from Chef Ambika This simple, super-nutritious Blueberry and Spinach Salad is a wonderful accompaniment to a winter soup or stew, as well as a welcome contribution to any potluck. In addition to a delightful variety of flavors and textures, it provides …
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Fresh Morning Juice Recipe

  From Petra Rakebrandt   This tropically inspired juice will get your day started with a boost! Each of the ingredients is packed with a handful of health-promoting benefits, including anti-inflammatory and digestive properties. It is especi …
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Cuban Black Bean Soup Recipe

From the Sivananda Yoga Cookbook There’s nothing like a hearty soup to warm us up in the colder weather. Black beans are warming by nature, offer a healthy dose of both protein and fiber, and are believed to help strengthen kidney energy. In this tradi …
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Split Moong Bean Dal (Dhal) Recipe

  We are grateful to Dr. Govinda and his wife, Pramila, long-time friends of the ashram and both graduates of the TTC and ATTC, who live in Nassau and brought this delicious dish as prasad (a food offering) on the 6th night of our Navaratri celebr …
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Ayurveda Recipe: Aloo Gobi (Potato and Cauliflower)

  from Bharata Surya A go-to Ayurveda recipe, this classic dish is one of the most popular vegetable dishes in Ayurveda and Indian cooking. Not only is it very tasty, it uses some of the main spices in Ayurvedic cooking (these spices help in the d …
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Savory Watermelon Salad

recipe from Grace Welker (Annapurna Devi) This Savory Watermelon Salad is my favorite summer recipe with its surprising blend of sweet and salty flavors. It is very cooling on hot summer days — and is always a hit at potlucks. In terms of quantities, j …
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Chocolate Truffles

From the Sivananda Yoga Cookbook These chocolate truffles, created by Prema, one of our affiliated teachers in London, are irresistible. They are outrageously sweet — the perfect prasad. Ingredients 2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar 1/2 cup chopped nuts 2 …
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Brown Rice Sushi Rolls and Arame Salad with Sesame Seeds

We are grateful to Akiko (Sri Devi), a Sivananda Yogi in Japan, for these fantastic recipes, full of flavors, colors, and nutrients. Perfect for a brunch gathering, a special evening meal, or a potluck with yoga friends. A Karma Yogi and cooking instru …
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Potato and Zucchini Casserole

Yogic cooking is meant to be as simple, fresh, and energy-giving as possible. This Potato and Zucchini Casserole with creamy zucchini and a cheesy potato crust is a delicious entree from Yoga Mind and Body, published by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centr …
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Chia Power Protein Bars

Unique to the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas, these healthy energy-boosting bars are a great snack. Thanks to Karma Yoga Donna for sharing the recipe. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS 3/4 cup chia seeds (high in protein, fiber, omega 3’s) 1 1/4 cup dates (hig …
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Spinach Kitchari

Recipe from Pranava This is a balancing dish full of health. Light and nutritious, it is popular for cleansing and wonderful for winter dinners. Serves 2-4. INGREDIENTS 1 cup green mung beans 1 cup basmati rice 7-8 cups water 2 cups washed spinach (or …
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Chocolate Chickpea Mousse

An unusual mousse that is delicious, nutritious, yet low in fat and simple to prepare. Chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) are a good source of protein and calcium and are rich in fiber. They also have a low glycemic index. When a protein source suc …
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Vegetarian Holiday Roast

Recipe by Arjuna This delicious recipe provides a rich, nourishing entrée for any holiday table. As a meal, it is usually served with mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, roasted squash, and Brussels sprouts. Arjuna, a longtime Sivananda yogi and professi …
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Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

Recipe from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres website. This hearty and nourishing version of Split Pea Soup offers rich flavor and makes a filling meal in and of itself. Makes 7 cups. Ingredients: 2 tbsp. of oil 1 tsp. of basil 1/4 tsp. …
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Mung Dal Kitchari Recipe

Enjoy this cleansing and nourishing Mung Dal Kitchari Ayurvedic recipe from Lalita Devi, Director of the ashram’s Well-Being Center.  Makes 6-8 servings Ingredients 1 cup mung dal ¾ cup white basmati rice 4 tablespoon ghee 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (pe …
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Picnic in the Sun Summer Recipes

These three refreshing recipes (Fruit Brochettes, Cold Sesame Noodles, Papaya Zing) from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres’ The Yoga Cookbook offer creative and nutritious additions to your summer gatherings. Fruit Brochettes 1 tablespoon maple syrup …
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Chick Peas with Tomato Sauce and Coconut Milk

recipe from Etay Efrat (Iswara) The owner of a vegetarian food-delivery business in Shoham Israel, Iswara regularly includes this surprisingly easy and delicious dish in his menus. The recipe combines Mediterranean and Asian ingredients with a vegan It …
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Pomegranate Power Smoothie — with Bok Choy!

Thanks to the always-inspiring Grace Van Berkum for this super delicious, health-promoting recipe. Enjoy this Pomegranate Power Smoothie that boasts substantial health promoting benefits and is great for digestion. Strawberry and pomegranate phytochemi …
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Gracious Living Creamy Apricot Salad Dressing

Oddly delicious and always nutritious! Recipe thanks to Grace Van Berkum. 1 handful 6-8 soaked organic apricots (Soak your dried fruit in water overnight, or at least a few hours. This makes it easier to digest and also easier to blend as it softens th …
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Chocolate Superfood Smoothie

Recipe contributed by Grace Van Berkum. * handful of raw cacao beans * Sunwarrior plant-based chocolate protein powder * 3 tbsp dandelion root powder * 3-4 cups of unsweetened coconut milk (or almond milk) * 1 frozen banana * 1 cup frozen papaya * 1 tb …
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Creamy Tomato Miso Dressing

Thanks to Grace Van Berkum for this yummy recipe! 1 tomato handful of walnuts handful parsley 1 tbsp miso juice of 1 fresh lemon 1/4 cup 100% extra virgin cold pressed olive oil 1 cup water 1 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp turmeric Blend till smooth & creamy.
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Creamy Papaya Pudding

Raw, vegan, nutritious, easy, and delicious! Gracious Living Creamy Papaya Pudding is an easy to digest, anti-inflammatory pudding that is great for breakfast, snack, or dessert. It offers protein, calcium, enzymes, essential fatty acids and fiber. Mor …
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Cashew Goji Superfood Cookies

Recipe shared by Grace Van Berkum The following recipe can be a healthy, nutrient dense breakfast, snack, or dessert that will provide you with sustainable energy. It’s an excellent source of protein and essential fatty acids too. 1 1/2 cups cashews 2/ …
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Vegan Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

from Grace Van Berkum Chia seeds, nature’s little powerhouse, are an amazing superfood providing calcium, alkalinizing, absorbable protein, and anti-aging antioxidants. (Yes, this is where the famous chia pet came from!) They are also high in omega-3 f …
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