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Swami SivanandaSwami Vishnu

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Eat sparingly. Breathe deeply. Talk kindly. Work energetically.

—Swami Sivananda

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We’ve assembled the questions we hear most often in one place to make it easier for you to get them answered.

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8:00am – 7:00pm EST
 
From US and Canada:
1-866-559-5167
From all countries:
1-416-479-0199
From the Bahamas:
242-363-2902

This is a place where you can really get deep relaxation, spiritual progress and unwind from everyday stress and activities. I find that the energy here is very warm and welcoming. The staff are very nice and friendly, the ocean is beautiful, and the water is clean with great healing properties.

—Guest, Zagreb, Croatia

Getting to the Ashram on Paradise Island

We are located on Paradise Island, just across the bay from Nassau, Bahamas. Wherever you travel from, for the last leg of your trip, we will ferry you across the bay.

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.

 

From the Airport

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).


The boat schedule from the dock in Nassau to the Yoga Retreat dock is as follows:

7:45 am
10:35 am
11:05 am
12:05 pm
1:05 pm
2:05 pm
3:05 pm
3:40 pm
6:35 pm
7:20 pm

A special boat will be sent for airport arrivals and departures that are more than a 30-minute wait from a scheduled boat or outside the hours of the boat schedule.

We look forward to greeting you at the ashram!

Arrival and Departure

Room check-in time: 3:00 pm
Room check-out time: 11:00 am

Yoga Vacationers choose their arrival and departure dates and are welcome to stay with us for the entire duration of any Yoga Vacation Program, as well as for a longer or shorter stay.

If you registered for course, including the Yoga Teacher Training Courses, please plan to arrive at least one day before the start of the course and to leave at least one day after the graduation.

Whenever possible, we recommended you spend a few days in the Yoga Vacation Program before the start of any course to allow your body and mind time to rest, energize and be nourished by the ashram environment; you can then begin your studies refreshed and rejuvenated. You may also wish to integrate a few extra days into your stay after the completion of your course to allow the teachings to absorb.


What to Bring

As the ashram is a spiritual community and study center, we ask that clothing be respectable and modest. Guests are invited to dress in casual, comfortable clothes suitable for warm days and cool evenings.

Around the ashram, summer attire is completely appropriate, including shorts, skirts, and summer tops (although halter tops, low necklines, and short shorts and mini-skirts are not).

Of course, bathing suits are worn on the beach; we simply ask that you wear a cover-up on the way to and from the beach.

In satsang and the temples, knees and shoulders should be covered; we recommend bringing a shawl or wrap.

Other useful items to bring for your stay at the ashram include:

  • Yoga mat
  • Meditation cushion (optional)
  • Meditation shawl (for satsangs)
  • Slip-on sandals
  • Swimsuit
  • Beach towel (they are not provided)
  • Sunscreen
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Rain gear
  • Toiletries, including soap
  • Alarm clock and watch
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Travel mug or tumbler
  • Water bottle
  • Dry snack foods (nuts, energy bars)

For tent space only: bring your own tent, bedding, and towels.

Please note that there are laundry facilities onsite. Tokens for the washer and dryer, as well as laundry soap, are available for purchase at the Boutique (Reception during the summer).

Weather

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.

Current weather from The Weather Channel.

Bahamas Weather and When to Go from TripAdvisor.

Weather in the Bahamas from Climate and Weather.

Day Guests/Drop-In Rates

If you live in the area or you’re just passing through, consider joining us for the day. We are happy to welcome people who would like to participate in the ashram’s educational activities and/or share a meal with us.

 

Day Pass

The cost of a Day Pass is $45 per day (plus a 7.5% Bahamian tax). This price includes two meals, two yoga classes, Yoga Vacation workshops, and two satsangs.

You are welcome to join our 8:00 am or 4:00 pm yoga class; join our Yoga Vacation workshops at 12:00 pm and/or 2:00 pm, have your brunch (10:00 am) or dinner (6:00 pm) with us, as well as attend satsang — a meditation, chanting, and study gathering at 6:00 am or 8:00pm. Also consider a treatment at the Well Being Center

 

Drop-In Yoga Classes and Meals

The cost for an individual yoga class or meal is $10*

10 Class/Meal passes are $70* and 5 Class/Meal passes are $40*.

* plus a 7.5% Bahamian tax.

 

Getting Here/Boat Schedule

If you are coming from Nassau, you will need to coordinate your timing with our boat, which leaves from our dock at Elizabeth on Bay Marketplace and Marina (walk all the way down to the dock for our boat). The ashram is not accessible by car.

If you want to attend morning or evening satsang or have other schedule needs, please call us so that we can arrange for a boat for you.

 

From the Ashram From Nassau
7:40 am 7:45 am
10:30 am 10:35 am
11:00 am 11:05 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


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