While heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, there are many simple ways it can be prevented. Join Ayurveda experts in our 6th annual Ayurveda symposium to explore the physical, emotional, and spiritual layers of heart issues and their healing potential.
By engaging in heart-healthy practices, you can improve your quality of life and inspire your loved ones to do the same. Discover time-tested ways to avoid cardiovascular disease and treat your heart with the physical, emotional, and spiritual care it deserves.
Marc Halpern (Siva), DC, is a chiropractor, Ayurvedic doctor, and Sivananda Yoga teacher. Founder and President of the California College of Ayurveda, he is the author of the popular book Healing Your Life: Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda and the creator of the bestselling recording Yoga Nidra and Self-Healing. A leader in the field, Marc is also cofounder of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and President of the National Council on Ayurvedic Education. He authored three textbooks and co-authored several published research papers, receiving numerous awards for his service in Ayurveda in both India and the United States.
Marisa Laursen (Sri Devi), C.A.S., P.K.S., A.Y.T., is the Lead Faculty at the California College of Ayurveda, where she is also involved in curriculum development. Marisa‘s certifications include Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist, Pancha Karma Specialist, and Sivananda Yoga Teacher, among others. She is a contributing writer to various magazines including the Ayurveda Journal of Health. Marisa is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and a former Member of the Board of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. She teaches a variety of Ayurvedic workshops at various locations worldwide.
Alakananda Ma is the founder of Alandi Ayurveda Gurukulu and board member of the Colorado Ayurvedic Medical Association and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. She graduated as a physician in 1976 and did her post-graduates studies in Ayurveda and yoga with the renowned Dr. Vasant Lad. An Ayurevda practitioner since 1989, she is the author of three books.
Denise O’Dunn is the founder and director of the Florida Academy of Ayurveda and president of the Balance and Bliss wellness center. She is a certified Ayurvedic practitioner, licensed massage therapist, and certified yoga instructor. She began studying yoga in 1970 and graduated from Florida Vedic College in 2005. Denise is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and has served as president of the Suncoast Yoga Teachers Association and on its board of directors.
Dr. Jose Ruge Rubiera is a medical doctor and specialist in internal medicine in Brazil. Having completed his post-graduate studies in Ayurvedic medicine, he is now the president of the World Movement for Yoga and Ayurveda and the honorary president of the Portuguese Association of Ayurvedic Medicine.
He took his vows of Sannyas with Swami Madhavananda Shankaracharya in 2004 and received the name Swami Narayananda. He combines his loves of yoga, Ayurveda and medicine in his work with the Suddha Saba Yoga and Ayurveda Ashram in Brazil.
This Yoga Vacation program is included in our all-inclusive accommodation rates, which include meals, yoga classes, satsangs, and daily Yoga Vacation workshops, as well as access to our beautiful beach and the ashram grounds and amenities.
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.
Payments We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, cash (US dollars), and US certified bank drafts to the name Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat. We do not accept personal checks or travelers checks. All deposits and payments in US dollars only.
Deposits To guarantee your reservation, a $300 deposit is required per person. The balance is due at least 14 days before your arrival; we will send you an email reminder a week before we process the balance.
Our rates are seasonal
The rates below are per person, per night, and are listed in US dollars. A Bahamian VAT tax of 12% will be added.
Delight in breathtaking, wide-open views of the sparkling ocean from your own beachfront private balcony. Our Beachfront Deluxe Rooms are simple and spacious, furnished with two double beds and include a private bathroom with shower and tub. You will have a miniature refrigerator, kitchen sink, tea kettle, and tableware. These rooms are air-conditioned and available for reservations of at least two adults.
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Relax into gorgeous views of the turquoise ocean from your balcony, and be within a stone’s throw distance from our beachfront yoga platform. Choose from either one king bed or two extra-long twin beds, and enjoy your own private bathroom with shower and tub. These spacious rooms also have a rocking chair, desk, and kitchen area with a small refrigerator, kitchen sink, tea kettle, and tableware. Fully air-conditioned, these rooms are available for reservations of at least two adults.
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Our Garden Rooms with Bath are shared rooms with two single beds and a private bathroom with shower and tub. Within a short distance from the bay, these rooms include simple furnishings, a small refrigerator, tea kettle, and air conditioning. If you choose this room as a solo traveler, you can expect to share it with a roommate of the same gender.
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Ideal for solo travelers, our Garden Room Singles offer a comfortable space with one bed, simple furnishings, and air conditioning. Single rooms are situated in various locations throughout the ashram, including within our main building. Depending on the location of your room, various shared bathrooms are available within a few seconds walking distance.
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Fall asleep to the relaxing sounds of ocean waves. Our Beach Huts are comfortable, simple, and seconds from the beach. These shared rooms feature two single beds, simple furnishings, and air-conditioning. Full bathrooms are located within one minute’s walk from your room. If you choose this shared room by yourself, you can expect to share it with a roommate of the same gender.
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These Garden Rooms are shared rooms, situated within various locations of the ashram. Featuring two single beds and air conditioning, these rooms are simply furnished with shared bathrooms nearby. If you choose this room as a solo traveler, you can expect to share it with a roommate of the same gender.
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The Garden Room Doubles allow for single or couples occupancy. They feature one double bed, simple furnishings, and air conditioning. Situated in various locations throughout the ashram, shared bathrooms are always close by. The prices below are for one person, single occupancy. For couples occupancy, the prices per person are the same as those for the Garden Room (shared); see above
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Make friends with interesting people from around the world! Our single-gender Dormitory accommodations are simple and comfortable, furnished with 3-4 single beds. They are located in various parts of the ashram, and shared bathrooms are nearby. Bedding and towels are provided.
Sleep in the fresh, tropical air while still enjoying indoor comforts — including a single bed, electrical outlet, simple furnishings, and a nightstand with bedside lamp and fan. It’s the easiest camping you’ll ever do, while you’re safely surrounded by your Tent Hut neighbors. Towels and bedding are provided for you, and shared bathrooms are a short walk away. Tent Huts are available from November through June.
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Perfect for couples and close friends, our Tent Hut Doubles feature one double bed and allow you to sleep in the Bahamas breeze. Sized for two people, these Tent Huts are comfortably furnished with a simple closet, nightstand with bedside lamp and fan, and electrical outlets. Towels and bedding are provided for you, and shared bathrooms are a short walk away. Tent Huts are available from November through June.
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Many of our guests are nature lovers. Set up your tent near the beach, bay, or amongst the palm trees. Create your own sacred space within in the ashram to reconnect with nature and sleep close to the earth. And you won’t be completely alone — get ready to meet “tent neighbors” from around the world! Bring your own tent (sized up to 8’x8’), camping gear, mattress, bedding, and towels. Tent Spaces are available from November through May.
Are you new to the idea but want to give it a try? View our blog for some good tenting tips.
Churning the Ocean of Consciousness | Marc Halpern
Living and Loving Through The Heart: An Ayurvedic and Yogic Perspective/Introductory Track:
Denise O’Dunn Learn Your Ayurvedic Constituton (Prakruti) | Marc Halpern
Yoga Nidra Practice/ Introductory Track: Denise O’Dunn Learn Your Ayurvedic Imbalance (Vikruti) | Marc Halpern
Prevention of Heart Disease Through Lifestyle | Marisa Laursen
Prevention of Heart Disease Through an Ayurvedic Diet – Part I | Marisa Laursen
Prevention of Heart Disease Through an Ayurvedic Diet – Part 2 | Marisa Laursen
Consciousness and the Heart: The Three Gunas | Jose Rugue Rubiera (Swami Narayananda)
Ayurvedic Psychology Prana-tejas and Ojas | Jose Rugue Rubiera (Swami Narayananda)
Spiritual Practices for the Heart | Jose Rugue
Disease of the Physical Heart and the Three Doshas | Alakananda Ma
Herbs for Treating Heart Disease – Part I | Alakananda Ma
Herbs for Treating Heart Disease – Part 2 | Alakananda Ma
Closing Panel with All Presenters
All Courses (including the Yoga Teacher Training Course): Plan to arrive the day before the course begins and depart the day after it ends.
Yoga Vacation Programs: You choose your arrival and departure dates and can attend all or part of a particular program or special event.
Room check-in time: 3 pm
Room check-out time: 11 am
Fly directly to Nassau International Airport. Please note: the Bahamas is an independent country and you will need a passport to travel here. Most citizens from the US, Canada, and European countries do not need a visa to visit the Bahamas (you can verify whether you require a visa to enter the Bahamas at Bahamas.com or by contacting your local Bahamian Consulate).
Please note Visitors from some countries are required to have vaccinations before they can enter the Bahamas. Please check with your travel agent or local consulate to find out if you are required to have any vaccinations before your trip.
After collecting your luggage and passing through customs, Call us from a courtesy phone or airport pay phone (they take US coins) at 363-2902 or use WhatsApp (+1-242-559-3642) — let us know you are on your way and we will send our boat to meet you at our dock in Nassau. Then take a taxi to our dock at Elizabeth on Bay Marketplace and Marina in downtown Nassau. You can pay for the taxi with American or Bahamian dollars (you can use either currency throughout the Bahamas and at the ashram).
Our boat will pick you up from the dock and bring you to the ashram (an easy five-minute boat ride).
Please visit the Planning & Pre-Arrival Information for more details about your stay at the ashram, including What to Bring, Internet, Money, etc.