Daily Life at the Ashram
The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat provides an immersion experience into the daily practices of a yogic lifestyle.
Please see Planning & Pre-Arrival Information to find all the practical details about a stay at the ashram in one place, including What to Bring, Internet Access, etc.
The yogic diet is a vegetarian diet that is conducive to the practice of yoga and progress in spiritual life. It draws on a balance of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, milk products, legumes, and nuts and seeds, in both raw and cooked forms. Based on the ancient science of Ayurveda, a yogic diet promotes health and balance, reduces stress, and increases vitality, energy, and joy in your life.
Two buffet-style lacto-vegetarian meals are served at the ashram daily, at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, prepared with love and care according to yogic dietary principles.
Both brunch and dinner offer nourishing vegetable, grain, and/or bean dishes as well as hearty soups. Brunch also includes delicious fruit, homemade granola, or freshly made yogurt. Raw fixings to make your own salad are offered at both meals, as well as our own baked bread. You are also welcome to enjoy a cup of our daily herbal tea selection.
Enjoy your meal by the ocean, in the tropical gardens, or in the main dining area amongst other yogis staying at the ashram.
Boutique and Health Hut
Our cozy, welcoming Boutique offers an inspiring collection of inspiring books and music, products by our guest speakers, healthful snacks, and other yoga products.
Browse through our latest selection of organic cotton shirts, skirts, and traditional attire from India. Check out our selection of yoga accessories, yoga mats and bags, incense, decorative objects and statuary & other items for your personal shrine.
The Health Hut kitchen offers fresh-baked goods daily, as well as smoothies and other homemade and consciously selected treats. We invite you to peruse our natural beauty products, soaps and other toiletry items too.
Please note that you can use American or Bahamian dollars at the Boutique (you can use either currency throughout the Bahamas and at the ashram). We also accept credit cards.
The full Boutique and Health Hut are open from December to June. We offer a smaller selection of items off-season from July to November.
Free wireless internet is available for guest use throughout the ashram. We have cellular phone coverage (via the local Bahamian carrier), as well as phone cards to use for our pay phones.
A Skype phone is also available, which requires a Skype account and balance prior to your arrival.
Well Being Center
The Well Being Center offers a variety of healing modalities for you attend to the needs of your body and mind. Enjoy nurturing and healing treatments and consultations with one of our skilled practitioners. Visit the Well Being Center page for details on available services.
The ashram has laundry facilities on the premises with tokens and laundry powder for sale in the Boutique.
Please note that there are no safety deposit boxes available at the ashram—you are responsible for your personal belongings and valuables.
Boats to Nassau
The ashram boat provides service to and from Nassau on an hourly basis.
|Departs Yoga Dock||Departs Nassau|
|7:40 am||7:45 am|
|10:30 am||10:35 am|
|11:00 am||11:04 am|
|12:00 pm||12:05 pm|
|1:00 pm||1:05 pm|
|2:00 pm||2:05 pm|
|3:00 pm||3:05 pm|
|3:35 pm||3:40 pm|
|6:30 pm||6:35 pm|
|7:15 pm||7:20 pm|
The Daily Schedule creates the rhythm of each day at the ashram and applies to the whole community — yoga vacationers, course participants, teacher trainees, Karma Yogis, and staff.
|6:00 am||Satsang: meditation, chanting, and lecture or Silent Walk|
|8:00 am||Yoga Class (asana, pranayama, and relaxation)|
|4:00 pm||Yoga Class (asana, pranayama, and relaxation)|
|8:00 pm||Satsang: meditation, chanting, and a talk or performance|
Yoga Classes Learn more about yoga classes at the ashram.
Satsang During satsang, we come together as a community for meditation, chanting, daily prayers, and spiritual learning. At the Yoga Retreat, morning satsangs feature senior ashram staff and spiritual leaders as well as visiting teachers and guides from Sivananda ashrams and centers worldwide. In the evening, students enjoy a diversity of special programs, festivals, concerts, and symposia with distinguished guest presenters offered each night.
In order to maintain a proper ashram atmosphere, attendance at two daily satsangs and yoga classes is expected. Non-vegetarian food, drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are not permitted on the premises. We also recommend maintaining silence from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am daily to ensure a pleasant night’s sleep for everyone.
The Bahamas is a year-round destination, with 300 days of sunshine a year. Average temperatures in the summer run 80 to 90 degrees (27 to 32 Celsius) and 70 to 90 (21 to 27 Celsius) in the winter.
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