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In honor of our 50th anniversary, we welcomed Kamala to share stories of our founder, Swami Vishnudevananda. As his biographer, she is able to share stories such as how Swami Vishnudevananda founded the ashram, how he influenced the Beatles in their spiritual practices, and other stories about his life. The Beatles story begins at 42:00!

#thebeatles #georgeharrison #celebratingourhistorywelcomingourfuture #50yearsofashramlife #sivanandabahamas #bahamasyogasivanandabahamas.org In honor of our 50th anniversary, we had the pleasure of listening to Kamala, a devoted direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and his...
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In the light of our 50th Anniversary a beautiful compilation of historical images of Swami Vishnudevananda and this very spot we are still gratefully holding up!

#celebratingourhistorywelcomingourfuture #50years #SAYRanniversary #sivanandabahamas #ashramlifeEnjoy these historical images of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas and Swami Vishnudevananda from the 1970s and 1980s. In 2018, as we celebrate 50 ye...
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Thank you for this #pearlofwisdom Brant Secunda!
Om Namah Sivaya

Thank you for this #pearlofwisdom Brant Secunda!
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Enjoy this enjoyable and beautiful talk by Swami Swaroopananda about meeting Swami Vishnudevananda and how that has changed his life forever...sivanandabahamas.org In honor of our 50th anniversary, Swami Swaroopananda, Acharya and Director of the Sivananda Yoga Retreat speaks of his starting point w... ... See MoreSee Less

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Karma Yoga Couple Discovers Serenity at the Ashram

When Hoa Tran, 50, and Kevin Wicks, 40, came to the ashram as karma yogis, they were already trained as yoga teachers but sought something deeper. “We wanted to do something more profound with our practice, so we came here to learn more,” Hoa says.

In addition to Hoa’s training as a yoga teacher, she was also trained as an Ayurveda Body Treatment Practitioner and an Ayurveda Health Counselor. Kevin also had special training in Thai Yoga Massage, so their deep background in the healing arts drew them to the restorative energy of the ashram.

Though they came for the first time as karma yogis, they returned to the ashram most recently as students of the month-long, immersive Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC). While they already held yoga certifications from other schools, the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course offered a balanced and well-rounded perspective to connect them more deeply to the Sivananda lineage. “The training helped us feel more involved in the organization,” Hoa says.

Hoa and Kevin said their experience in the TTC was different than their first stay at the ashram as karma yogis because the challenges were different. “The first time I came to the ashram, I dealt with my ego a lot. I had this idea that I already knew better,” Hoa says. Kevin said he dealt with the same inner resistance. But the end of their first stay as karma yogis, they felt their hearts surrender to the ashram’s sacred yogic practices, which prepared them to open-heartedly enroll in the TTC.

“Life is so simple and meaningful here,” Hoa says. “We didn’t want to go home!” Kevin said one of the most valuable lessons he learned is that whether you are a karma yogi or student, your actions are an offering to God. “It’s like offering flowers to an altar,” he says. “Your actions are to serve others. You’re easing their suffering.” Hoa agreed, “This place really shifted me from the inside out. It taught me the meaning of love.”


Curious? Find out more about Karma Yoga Programs at the ashram.

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  1. Andriette

    She Hoa helped me to learn the Gajananam…she was fun and she was great … I passed Ttc …. it was difficult but many lessons learned there from. They are a great couple and she chants very loudly but beautifully
    Om shanti

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