Yoga is more than posture — it is a comprehensive synthesis of philosophy, devotion, service, and deep knowledge. The methods are many, but every yogic path leads to spiritual transformation. Explore the synthesis of yoga through the lens of Sri Aurobindu, other spiritual leaders, and the teachings of diverse yogic paths — while discovering the unity in diversity of them all.
Examine the Synthesis of Yoga as taught by Sri Aurobindo, a renowned yogi and Indian philosopher. From these teachings you will better understand the diverse paths to remove ego, pursue spiritual freedom, and release attachments. With similarities to Swami Sivananda’s four paths of yoga, his teachings in Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti yogas all point toward spiritual liberation. You will also learn about Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Tantra, and Vedanta, along with Sri Aurobindo’s yogic experiences and spiritual pursuits.
To further assimilate these assorted spiritual concepts, you will gain knowledge on the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and Kashmir Shaivism and how they can be compared to the psychological and cosmological models of the yogic teachings. By integrating concepts of consciousness, spirituality, and tradition, you will better understand the breadth, depth, and synthesis of yoga.
Debashish Banerjee is Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of South Asian Philosophy and
Culture and Doshi Professor of Asian Art at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. The author of two books, The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore and Seven Quartets of Becoming: A Transformational Yoga Psychology Based on the Diaries of Sri Aurobindo, from 1992-2006, Debashish served as president of the East-West Cultural Center in Los Angeles, an institution dedicated to the dissemination of Indian spiritual culture and the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo in the US.
Menas Kafatos, PhD, is a quantum physicist, cosmologist, and climate-change researcher who works extensively on consciousness. He has 44 years of experience in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research, and he holds seminars and workshops for individuals and organizations on the natural laws that apply everywhere and are the foundations of the universe.
Menas is the Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics and Director of the Center of Excellence of Earth Systems Modeling and Observations at Chapman University in California. He is an international scholar with the Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering also serving as an advisor on the BK21 Plus Eco-Leader Education Center at Korea University in Seoul, Korea as well as an affiliated researcher at the National Observatory of Athens, Greece.
Menas has authored 310-plus articles and published or co-authored 19 books, including The Conscious Universe and Looking In, Seeing Out, and maintains several Huffington Post blogs. He is also co-author with Deepak Chopra of the New York Times bestseller You Are the Universe, which has now been translated into 18 different languages, the latest being Greek. Menas is often interviewed for international television networks, newspapers, and radio.
Robert McDermott, PhD, is the president emeritus and professor in the California Institute of Integrative Studies programs in philosophy, cosmology, and consciousness. With more than four decades of expertise, his publications include The Essential Aurobindo, Six Pillars: Introductions to the Major Works of Sri Aurobindo, The New Essential Steiner, and Steiner and Kindred Spirits, and more. He also directed the film on Sri Aurobindo, Avatar: Concept and Example.
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.
|Beachfront Deluxe (per-person, shared)
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.
|Oceanview Deluxe (per-person, shared)
Our Bayside Rooms with Bath have two single beds and a private bathroom with shower and tub. Within a short distance of the bay, these rooms include simple furnishings, a small refrigerator, tea kettle, and air conditioning.
|Bayside Room with Bath (per-person, shared)||Winter||Summer|
Private or shared:
The Classic Room with Double Bed allows 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
|Classic Room with Double Bed
Ideal for solo travelers, our Classic Single Room offers 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.
|Classic Single Room
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.
|Beach Hut (per-person, shared)||Winter||Summer|
Private or shared:
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.
|Garden Room (per-person, shared)||Winter||Summer|
Private or shared:
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.
|Tent Hut Double (per-person, shared)
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.
|Tent Hut Single
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.
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.
Introduction | Panel
Synthesis of Yoga | Swami Brahmananda
Upanishads and Samkhya/tattvas from point of view of Sri Aurobindo | Debashis Banerjee
Siva: Siva sutras and tattvas | Menas Kafatos
Siva and Jnana Yoga | Menas Kafatos and Robert McDermott
Synthesis of Yoga | Swami Brahmananda
Sakti in Saivism and Tantra/Kundalini | Menas Kafatos
Karma Yoga and Gita | Robert McDermott
Shakti and Karma Yoga | Robert McDermott and Debashis Banerjee
Synthesis of Yoga | Swami Brahmananda
Gita (emphasizing relationship of Divine/Guru and disciple) | Robert McDermott
Bhakti in Tantra and SA | Debashis Banerjee
Bhakti Yoga and Discussion | Panel
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.