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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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1-866-559-5167
From all countries:
1-416-479-0199
From the Bahamas:
242-363-2902

I spent 10 days at the ashram and had an absolutely wonderful stay. I think this is most relaxed and centered I have ever returned from a vacation. If you are looking for a vacation that will help you take a step back, relax, and meet others with similar goals, this a perfect vacation for you!

—Guest from Baltimore, Maryland

Essentials of Yoga I: Establish Your Foundations


Upcoming Dates

First time at a Sivananda ashram? Looking to bring more yoga into your life?

Jumpstart your own yoga practice — whether you are new to yoga or have experience in classes. Gain practical knowledge about yoga and discover keys for enriching your life and building your own yoga routine.

Enjoy one workshop per day, teaching you the foundations of yoga, plus a once-daily yoga class taught by a senior teacher — designed to help you improve your postures in a more private setting. The rest of the day is yours to attend other ashram programs and enjoy the beach.

People who take the this course say that it greatly enhances their understanding of yoga and experience at the ashram and is a special opportunity to make friends with other travelers.

In Essentials of Yoga I, you will:

  • Learn a routine of essential yoga postures for daily tuning up your body, building strength, balance, focus, and physical intelligence
  • Find out how to benefit from better breathing, how to de-stress, how to stretch, and how to relax
  • Experience extensive guided practice
  • Gain exposure to yoga theory and philosophy
  • Discover how meditation, a healthy diet, and positive thinking contribute to well-being
  • Receive personalized attention and answers to your questions.

*****

Yoga brings in perfection, peace, and lasting happiness. You can have calmness of mind at all times by the practice of Yoga. You can have restful sleep. You can have increased energy, vigour, vitality, longevity, and a high standard of health. You can turn out efficient work within a short span of time. You can have success in every walk of life. Yoga will infuse in you new strength, confidence, and self-reliance. —Swami Sivananda

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Testimonial

I just completed the 5-day “beginners yoga course” in the Sivananda Ashram Yoga retreat in Bahamas. I have been practicing yoga for sometimes now in various gym and yoga studio locations. I always felt there is much more to yoga than just yoga exercises and I was longing to learn about yoga philosophy and inner peace. This class did just that.

The instructor had vast knowledge on the subject and was passionate about transferring this knowledge to the student. We learned about meditation, breathing techniques, relaxation, diet and exercises. A very classical yoga asanas practice.

This class will benefit anyone regardless of their history of yoga practice. It will enhance the lifestyle and help control the mind.

—TripAdvisor Review



Cost

Tuition
5-day course: $240. Add 6 nights accommodation.

Please note A 7.5% Bahamian VAT tax will be added.

Plan to arrive on or before the day before the course start date and depart on or after the course end date.

Please note A 7.5% Bahamian VAT tax will be added.

Stay a little longer. If your schedule allows, consider staying for 2 to 5 days of the Yoga Vacation Program before or after your course to fully integrate your experience. You will enjoy all that the ashram has to offer—healthy meals, yoga classes, meditation, spiritual practice, opportunities for relaxation, community talks, teachings, and performances — as well as optional daily workshops on topics of yoga, health, and spiritual inspiration.

Total cost depends on your choice of accommodations.

Accommodations

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.

Choose your room at the ashram. Accommodations include your lodging and meals. Rates are determined by length of stay and by season:

    • Winter/Spring Season: November 1 – June 30
    • Summer/Fall Season: July 1 – October 31

Program tuition is additional. The total cost for your stay depends on your choice of program: Yoga Vacation, experiential course, or Teacher Training. All guests must be registered for a program.

Please note: Minimum 2-night stay year-round.

The rates below are per person, per night, and are listed in US dollars. A Bahamian VAT tax of 7.5% is NOT included and will be added.

Payments: We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, cash (US dollars), and US certified bank drafts to the name Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat. We do not accept personal checks or travelers checks. All deposits and payments in US dollars only.

Beachfront Deluxe Suite

  • Inside Beach Deluxe Accommodations | sivanandabahamas.org

Enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean from your own spacious, private balcony. Our luxurious Beachfront Deluxe Suites are furnished with two double beds and include a private bathroom with tub and shower, a kitchenette (no stove), and air-conditioning. These rooms are available for reservations of two or more adults only.

No. of nights Winter Summer
1 – 6 nights $159 $136
7 – 13 nights $148 $128
14 – 20 nights $141 $121
21 nights or more $136 $116
 

Oceanview Deluxe Room

  • Oceanview Deluxe Twin Room

Welcome to our newest room, set in a palm tree grove with ocean views from a private balcony. This beautifully appointed room with contemporary design features a king-sized bed or 2 XL twin beds and includes a private bathroom with tub and shower, a kitchenette (no stove), a closet, desk, and rocking chair, and is fully air-conditioned. These rooms are available for reservations of two or more adults only.

No. of nights Winter Summer
1 – 6 nights $147 $129
7 – 13 nights $137 $121
14 – 20 nights $130 $114
21 nights or more $125 $109
 

Garden Room with Bath (shared)

  • Garden Room with Bath Accommodations | sivanandabahamas.org

Featuring their own bathroom, our Gardens Room with Bath are shared rooms with 2 single beds. Situated in various locations throughout the ashram, these rooms provide simple furnishings, including shelves and hooks for clothing and personal items, a refrigerator, and air conditioning. If you register for this shared room by yourself, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to your room.

No. of nights Winter Summer
1 – 6 nights $138 $121
7 – 13 nights $129 $113
14 – 20 nights $122 $107
21 nights or more $117 $103
 

Garden Room Single (private)

  • Garden Room Single Private Accommodations | sivanandabahamas.org

For those seeking solitude, our Garden Room Singles feature 1 single bed and provide simple furnishings, including shelves and hooks for clothing and personal items, and air conditioning. Situated in various locations throughout the ashram, including the main building, shared bathrooms are a short walk away.

No. of nights Winter Summer
1 – 6 nights $133 $116
7 – 13 nights $125 $108
14 – 20 nights $119 $103
21 nights or more $113 $99
 

Beach Hut (shared room)

 
  • Inside Beach Hut Shared Accommodations | sivanandabahamas.org

Fall asleep to the soothing sound of the ocean waves. Providing sensational views of the ocean, our Beach Huts are shared rooms with 2 single beds, air-conditioning, and simple furnishings, with shared bathrooms a short walk away. If you register for this shared room by yourself, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to your room.

No. of nights Winter Summer
1 – 6 nights $127 $109
7 – 13 nights $119 $102
14 – 20 nights $112 $97
21 nights or more $108 $93
 

Garden Room (shared)

  • Garden Room-Shared Accommodations | sivanandabahamas.org

Simple and comfortable, our Garden Rooms are shared rooms with 2 single beds. Situated in various locations throughout the ashram, these air-conditioned rooms are simply furnished, including shelves and hooks for clothing and personal items, with shared bathrooms a short walk away. If you register for the Garden Room by yourself, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to your room.

No. of nights Winter Summer
1 – 6 nights $112 $99
7 – 13 nights $106 $93
14 – 20 nights $101 $88
21 nights or more $97 $84
 

Garden Room Double (private)

  • Garden Room Double Private Accommodations | sivanandabahamas.org
Our Garden Room Doubles feature 1 double bed and provide simple furnishings, including shelves and hooks for clothing and personal items, and air conditioning. Situated in various locations throughout the ashram, shared bathrooms are a short walk away. The prices below are for one person, single occupancy. For double occupancy, the prices per person are the same as Garden Room (Shared); see above.

No. of nights Winter Summer
1 – 6 nights $138 $120
7 – 13 nights $130 $112
14 – 20 nights $124 $106
21 nights or more $118 $102
 

Dormitory

  • Dormitory Accommodations2 | sivanandabahamas.org

Meet interesting people from all over the world. Our single-gender Dormitories are simple and comfortable, furnished with 3-4 single beds and located in various locations around the ashram. Bedding and towels are provided and shared bathrooms are just a short walk away.

No. of nights Winter Summer
1 – 6 nights $80 $83
7 – 13 nights $75 $77
14 – 20 nights $71 $73
21 nights  or more $69 $70

Tent Hut Single (private)

  • Tent Hut Single Accommodations | sivanandabahamas.org

Enjoy the outdoor camping experience with indoor comforts in these room-sized, straight-walled tents located at various sites throughout the ashram. Our Tent Hut Singles are comfortably furnished with a single bed, a nightstand, closet, bedside lamp, and electrical outlet, with towels provided. Shared bathrooms are a short walk away. *Not available in summer. Open for sale November 1.

No. of nights Winter Summer
1 – 6 nights $82
7 – 13 nights $77
14 – 20 nights $73
21 nights or more $70

Tent Hut Double (private)

  • Tent Hut Single Accommodations | sivanandabahamas.org

Enjoy the outdoor camping experience with indoor comforts in these room-sized, straight-walled tents. Perfect for couples, our Tent Hut Doubles feature 1 double bed and are comfortably furnished with a nightstand, closet, bedside lamp, and electrical outlet, with towels provided. Shared bathrooms are a short walk away. *Not available in summer. Open for sale November 1.

No. of nights Winter Summer
1 – 6 nights $82
7 – 13 nights $77
14 – 20 nights $73
21 nights or more $70

Tent Space

  • Tent Accommodations | sivanandabahamas.org

Pitch your tent near the beach, the bay, or amongst the palm trees in the garden and create your own private space in the ashram. Bring your own tent, camping gear, mattress, bedding and towels. You are welcome to bring a tent up to a size of 8’X8′. *Not available in summer. Open for sale November 1.

Want to learn more about sleeping in the open air at the ashram? View our blog for some good tenting tips.

No. of nights Winter Summer
1 – 6 nights $69
7 – 13 nights $64
14 – 20 nights $61
21 nights or more $58



This program will be led by senior staff members of the ashram, all with many years of experience teaching, studying, and practicing yoga.





Daily Schedule

Your course schedule has been designed by the presenter to provide a holistic educational experience, and includes course presentation time, meal times, and free time for you to enjoy the beach and the grounds and participate in the ashram’s daily programs. Lines in bold type indicate required course times.

Morning and Evening Satsang: community gatherings for meditation, chanting & teachings; sometimes a silent beach walk.

Yoga Asana & Pranayama Classes: available on outdoor ocean and bayfront platforms (beginner and intermediate levels offered twice daily).

DAY 1
6:00am – 8:00am Morning Satsang
8:00 am Yoga Asana & Pranayama Classes
10:00 am Brunch
11:00 am Ashram Welcome & History Tour (meets at Reception)
11:30 am Inauguration Ceremony
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Course Session
4:00 pm Course Yoga Asana & Pranayama Class

6:00 pm Dinner
8:00 to 9:45 pm Evening Satsang

DAY 2 – DAY 4
6:00am – 8:00am Morning Satsang
8:00 am Course Yoga Asana & Pranayama Class
10:00 am Brunch
11:00am – 12:00pm Karma Yoga/Free Time
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Course Session
4:00 pm Yoga Asana & Pranayama Classes
6:00 pm Dinner
8:00 to 9:45 pm Evening Satsang

LAST DAY
6:00am – 8:00am Morning Satsang
8:00 am Course Yoga Asana & Pranayama Class
10:00 am Brunch
11:00am – 12:00pm Karma Yoga/Free Time
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Course Session
2:00 pm Graduation Ceremony

Regular ashram schedule the rest of the day


I decided to enroll in the beginner’s course with my sister. I highly recommend that all of the people who consider themselves “beginner” at yoga and those who are great at the yoga exercises offered in classes but don’t know much about the philosophy behind it take the beginner course. It will give you a chance to really focus on things that matter to you and could easily change your life forever.
—Leslie

The course was a transformative experience. I learned about the meaning, purpose and intention of the asanas, but in addition the whole universe of spiritual practice has unfolded before me.
—Judith

I would not have missed this powerful introduction to the foundations of Sivananda Yoga (principles, philosophy, asanas) for the world. Also, the people who I met in the course were amazing. The experience provided an opportunity to develop deep attachments in a short time. The teacher was brilliant and created an atmosphere conducive to learning. Magic quality.
—Siobhan



Guest Information

Arrival and Departure

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

Getting Here

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.



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