Fifty years ago, in January 1968, Swami Vishnudevananda founded the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas. Since then, tens of thousands of people have traveled to the ashram to visit, teach, study, live, and serve, immersed in the Sivananda lineage and practices.
This week, we celebrate the birth of the ashram and honor its rich history as a gathering place for spiritual practice, conversation, and exchange and the teachings of yoga and Vedanta. We also look forward and invoke the next 50 years and our vision to serve as a beacon of light for the world.
We welcome you to this auspicious event. Throughout the week, there will be:
• Ceremonial pujas
• Sharing of stories
• Enlightening presentations
• Inspiring performances.
We bring together people from the Sivananda community who worked closely with Swami Vishnudevananda. They will share their firsthand accounts and stories of his teachings, courageous humanitarian actions, and dedication to bringing yoga and Vedanta to the world. We also welcome new and longtime friends of the ashram who join us in advancing our mission and contribute to the ashram’s growth and impact.
We are also proud to welcome The Bahamas’ Minister of Education, Hon. Jeffrey L. Lloyd, and Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, MP, Minister of Tourism and Aviation, who will be participating in this auspicious event.
Swami Swaroopananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda. A practicing yogi from a very young age, Swami Swaroopananda has dedicated his life to the practice and teaching of yoga. He taught in Yoga Teacher Training Courses around the world and is currently teaching advanced yoga philosophy courses and lectures internationally. He is Director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and acharya (spiritual director) for the Sivananda centers and ashrams in the Bahamas and the Middle East. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.
Srinivasan is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, a member of the Board of Directors of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, and a practicing yogi for over 35 years. He is Director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch in Woodbourne, New York, and the acharya (spiritual guide) of the Sivananda centers and ashrams of the eastern region of the US. Srinivasan is an instructor in the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course and the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course and offers various programs throughout North America.
Kanti Devi is an advanced Sivananda Yoga teacher and direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda. She is the director of the Sivananda Centers in South America, as well as Teacher Training Courses in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia. She received the title of Acharya of the Sivananda centers of South America in 1990, and she organized the first Teacher Training Course in Uruguay. She has taught in many international Teacher Training Courses, translated several books of Swami Sivananda, and organized various symposia and retreats.
Suba Ramesh Parmar is an award-winning dancer of the South Indian Bharatanatyam dance style. Founder of the Shubanjali School of Performing Arts and the recipient of many awards, she is known for grace and dynamism in her expression and movement. She performs regularly at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers together with her gifted daughter Madhu Parmar.
Ramesh Parmar is a successful entrepreneur with a history of establishing, operating, and selling mobile software companies. He is a graduate of the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course and a regular practitioner of Jain Preksha meditation.
Kamala is a long-term disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and an experienced Sivananda Yoga teacher with a profound knowledge of yoga philosophy. She is the editor of the books Vishnudevananda Upadesha and Samadhi. Kamala is from Australia and directs a yoga school in the Blue Mountains.
Alan Ginsberg (Dr. Gopala) is a licensed acupuncturist and was the personal acupuncturist for Swami Vishnudevananda. He is a longtime friend of the ashram and provided acupuncture treatments for the staff for many years. He was elected “Best of Boston” in acupuncture by Boston Magazine. Dr. Gopala has studied extensively with many masters, including Dr. So, who began the first acupuncture graduate program in the United States. He also studied with Tao Master Mantak Chia, Qigong Master Ou Wen Wei, and Master Yogi Bhajan. Dr. Gopala also provides lifestyle counseling to diverse people from around the world.
Tanya and Paul Hanna are Bahamian music icons as well as producers, songwriters, musicians, and vocalists. They have toured in the Caribbean, the United States, Canada, and Hong Kong. Paul and Tanya have performed with top R&B artist Jeffrey Osbourne, as well as Grammy winners Jeff Haynes, Gary Haase, Roger Ryan, Stan Getz, and Chick and Gail Corea. Recipients of many awards, they are also wellness advocates and are actively involved in their local community.
Swami Brahmananda is Manager of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and senior staff of the Sivananda organization. A long-time practitioner of yoga, he regularly teaches yoga philosophy and meditation for the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses as well as meditation immersion courses. He is a much-loved, inspiring, and knowledgeable teacher.
Arjuna is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and the director of Yoga Sivananda, an affiliated-Sivananda Yoga Center in Gatineau, Quebec. He has been a professional vegetarian cook for 25 years and has been teaching family yoga programs in Sivananda centers and ashrams for many years. Arjuna’s approach is dynamic, personal, and inspiring, and includes many instructive stories from his time spent with Swami Vishnudevananda.
Krishnan Namboodiri is a Tantric priest from South India, trained in the classical tradition of mantras (sacred sounds), pujas (prayer ceremonies), homas (fire rituals), and yantras (sacred geometric designs). He performs many daily and special rituals for the ashram.
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.
IMPORTANT Enjoy the lower tax rate — register before September 30, 2018!
The Bahamian tax rate is increasing to 12%. Register before September 30, 2018 for any stay that ends before June 30, 2019 to take advantage of the current rate of 7.5%. Deposit or full payment required at time of reservation. After September 30, 2018, the 12% rate will apply to all new reservations, and/or changes to existing reservations.
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
Stay longer and save! A 5% discount on accommodations is available for stays of 14 nights or more and applies to the duration of your stay.
The rates below are per person, per night, and are listed in US dollars. A Bahamian VAT tax of 7.5% 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.
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.