What is the yogic prescription for health and healing?
Yoga professionals and medical doctors share a common goal — to bring health to the ones they serve. Swami Sivananda began his career as a successful medical doctor and was a strong advocate for physical health. When he renounced his medical career to focus on providing deeper levels of spiritual healing to humanity, he often integrated his knowledge of medicine with yoga and spirituality to help people heal.
We see increasing cases of this integration today, with medical professionals and yoga experts coming together to provide the best care for those in need. This collaboration benefits doctors because they can better help their patients, and it advances the yoga community by relating its ancient knowledge to modern medicine.
In this special event, you will hear from the founders and teachers of the Sivananda Yoga Health Educator program in California who have brought yoga teachers to the next level of yoga service by educating them to work in medical communities — bringing the healing aspects of yoga and Ayurveda into the western medical framework.
Topics of this symposium include:
Join us as we explore the exciting future of integrating these two worlds: western science with its medical techniques, and eastern science with its capacity of multi-faceted healing. Gain a well-rounded perspective on how yoga and medicine can work together, and return home with a balanced understanding of healthy living.
The Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training is a two year 800-hour program accredited by The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). The next start date for this program is in October 2019. You can learn more about it here.
Swami Sitaramananda has been an international teacher of yoga, meditation, and yoga philosophy for 35 years. A direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, she is a senior acharya of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in Vietnam and head of the West Coast Sivananda centers in the US and the Asian centers in Vietnam, Japan, China, and Taiwan. Swami Sitaramananda has served as Director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California, for more than 20 years and is the main teacher of the Yoga Teacher Training Courses offered there. She also teaches annually at Sivananda ashrams and centers in India and Asia.
Swami Sitaramananda has studied Ayurveda, the Indian science of healing and has a unique passion for the study of Jyotish (Vedic astrology). She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree University of Quebec of Montreal and a doctorate in therapeutic counseling from the Open University of Sri Lanka. Over the years, she has counseled and taught many thousands of people from diverse backgrounds in ways to improve health, peace, and happiness.
Swami Dharmananda is the assistant director and spiritual advisor to staff and students of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California, where he teaches yoga and meditation in the Teacher Training Course. He presents the classical teachings in a practical and accessible way to people of all backgrounds.
Durga Leela is an Ayurvedic Specialist and the founder of Yoga of Recovery, a comprehensive program that integrates Ayurveda and yoga with recovery tools for those affected by addiction and self-destructive behaviors. She teaches a holistic approach to recovery, integrating mind, body, and spirit. She overcame her own struggles with addiction and is a grateful member of 12-step fellowships for over 18 years.
Ramkumar Kutty, is a founder and Director of Punarnava Ayurveda in India, an institution committed to authentic Ayurveda for universal well-being. He is a lifelong student of Ayurveda and other traditional Indian knowledge systems. For the last 15 years, he has given talks and conducted workshops in the Americas, Africa, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia propagating health and happiness through Ayurveda. He is also engaged in the creation of a self-sustaining authentic Ayurveda healing community in South India.
Mala Cunningham, PhD, RYT-500, is a counseling psychologist and certified yoga therapist. A clinical assistant professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, she teaches courses in medical yoga and mindfulness to health professionals. Mala is the president of Positive Health Solutions and founder and director of the Cardiac Medical Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program.
As co-director of Medical Yoga Initiatives at the University of Virginia, Mala researches the effects of yoga and mindfulness on lupus patients, as well as teaches professional formatting of medical yoga programs for health professionals. Mala is a senior disciple of Swami Satchidananda and has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 35 years.
Suprabha Jain, MD, is the founder and director of the Mount Diablo Integrated Wellness Center, with expertise in diverse fields of medicine and holistic health. A yoga practitioner since childhood, she was drawn to the healing arts and trained as a medical doctor. After practicing western medicine for many years, she noticed dramatic health improvements for her patients when she applied her yoga and Ayurveda knowledge, as well as other integrative techniques to support her medical background. Suprabha now works closely with other physicians, therapists, and practitioners of western and eastern medicines to provide a full scope of options for those in the healing process.
Arun Deva, DASc, AP-NAMA, is a graduate of the American Institute of Ayurveda, an Ayurvedic practitioner, and yoga therapist. He is the founder of Arunachala Yoga and Ayurveda, and has served both the national and state Ayurvedic Associations for more than 15 years. Arun teaches internationally, including in yoga teacher training courses, conferences, and on television and radio. A certified yoga teacher and Ayurvedic yoga therapist, he has a clinic for treatments and consultations in panchakarma and yoga therapy in Los Angeles and West Hollywood.
Swami Hridyananda, a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, is senior staff of the Yoga Retreat and has spent over 30 years teaching yoga and Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses, and supporting individuals on this transformative journey.
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.
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 and MasterCard. We do not accept American Express, Discover, personal checks, or travelers checks. All deposits and payments in US dollars only.
Deposits To guarantee your reservation, a $300 deposit is required. 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.
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.
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.
Yoga for Health and Healing | Swami Sita
Perspectives and Practices on Healing as a Yoga Health Educator | Swami Sita
Swami Vishnudevananda: 5 Essential Holistic Health Practices | Swami Dharma
How Yogis Can Support Doctors | Mala Cunningham
Neuroscience and Yoga: How and Why Yoga Works | Mala Cunningham
A Strong and Healthy Gut | Suprabha Jain
Consciousness is the Ultimate Cure: From Western Medicine to Ayurveda and Yoga | Suprabha Jain
From Medication to Meditation | Suprabha Jain
Medical Yoga: Theory and Clinical Application |
Panel with Part I Presenters: Integrating Yoga Into the Western Medical Model | Part 1 Presenters
Let the Heart Lead the Way for Healing | Swami Dharma
Social Factors Play an Important Role in the Outcome of Disease | Durga Leela
Classical Spiritual Foundations of Ayurveda: Becoming a Doctor of the Soul | Dr. Ramkumar
Prescriptions from the Doctor of the Soul | Dr. Ramkumar
Fitting Yoga Into Your Day Ayurvedically | Arun Deva
Passover Seder | Swami Swaroopananda
Behavioral Rejuvenation | Dr Ramkumar
Time as a Healing Tool | Durga Leela
What is Ayurveda Yoga Therapy? | Arun Deva
Sunrise Service | Swami Swaroopananda, Bishop Trevor Willianson
The 6 Methods of Practicing Yoga and the 3 Stages of Life | Arun Deva
Important Health Indicators You Can Self-Measure | Dr. Ramkumar
The Exciting Future of Yoga Service Through the Sivananda Institute of Health | Swami Sita
A Protective (Rakshana) Practice | Arun Deva
Sharing our Healing Presence and Wholeness | Swami Dharma
Panel with Part II Presenters: Ayurveda in Conventional Medicine | Part II 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.