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Sivananda Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas is an amazing place to spend a vacation. It’s on a small island next to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The most important thing for me was to practice yoga and relax. The atmosphere in the retreat is extremely tranquil. The teachers and staff are professional, so one can have great improvement in the yoga practice.

—Guest from Tel Aviv, Israel

Yoga Vacation Program

Simplify, reset, and reconnect with yourself.

The Yoga Vacation Program was designed by Swami Vishnudevananda to ensure that real relaxation and rejuvenation are achieved for the body, mind, and soul. Whether you are new to yoga or a well-established practitioner, the Yoga Vacation Program will help you quickly find your way back to balance in an optimal environment for spiritual growth, healing, and relaxation. Come retreat from the stressors and distractions of everyday life and discover a healthier, happier you.

 

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Immerse in a yogic lifestyle
Increase your vitality, positivity, and ease of being as a result of daily yoga practice, a healthy vegetarian diet, silent meditation sessions, and uplifting teachings.

Connect to nature’s healing
Enjoy the restorative power of the natural world as you take in the fresh sea air, 
the sounds of the waves, and the beauty of the tropical gardens.

Meet interesting people
Experience the pleasure of good company through connection with kindred spirits 
from around the world at meals, on the beach, in classes, and in satsang.

Explore inspiring topics
Discover new ways of thinking and being, deepen spiritual knowledge, learn 
body-mind practices, and celebrate the diversity of life through mid-day workshops and inspiring evening talks. Each year, we invite hundreds of guest presenters to the ashram — scholars, spiritual teachers, scientists, and artists — to offer a rich tapestry of engaging talks, performances, and workshops as part of the Yoga Vacation Program.

Browse the calendar below to see what’s happening when you plan to stay with us — or to plan your stay to coincide with a particular program or presenter.

Experience well being
While you are here, consider making an appointment for an integrative healing session through our Well Being Center.

 

During your stay with us, we invite you to discover how powerful the tools of yoga can be in your personal evolution, helping you to live in constant peace with yourself, humanity, and nature.

 


What makes our Yoga Vacations unique? In addition to our location and yoga lifestyle immersion, we offer an extraordinary program of talks, workshops, and performances — all included in your stay.

Through the Yoga Vacation Program, we welcome more than 200 distinguished presenters each year — spiritual teachers of different traditions, scientists, healers, religious leaders, authors, and musicians, each one a jewel in their discipline. Come and be inspired.

See what’s happening when you plan to stay with us:

Upcoming Yoga Vacation Programs

Yoga Vacation Program
December 2 — 4, 2016
Swami Hridyananda

Let this become a turning point in your life as you ignite a radical shift in your perspective.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 3 — 5, 2016
Krishna Chaitanya

Do you find practicing yoga postures difficult due to injury, obesity, sickness, or other physical constraint?

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 5 — 8, 2016
Michael Hattwick

Come explore the timeless teachings of Kabbalah, the spiritual and mystical tradition that lies deep within and behind Judaism and Christianity.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 6 — 9, 2016
Father William Meninger

Father William Meninger will guide us on a journey into the heart of two great literary masterpieces, the Bhagavad Gita and the Cloud of Unknowing.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 7 — 8, 2016
Father William Meninger

Father William Meninger will share with us a Christian interpretation of the ancient Zen koans and imagery that depict a seeker of truth’s journey toward enlightenment.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 9 — 12, 2016
Lama Karma Chötso

Come learn Lojong, a mind-training technique in the Tibetan tradition that helps to cultivate empathy for the suffering of others.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 10 — 14, 2016
Nora Benian

Practice releasing tension and stagnant energy and ways to safely and gently work through injuries and chronic pain.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 12 — 15, 2016
Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa

Learn techniques and practices to promote flexibility, muscular strength, stamina, concentration, and hormone balance.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 14 — 17, 2016
Gregg Krech

Learn about Naikan, a method of self-reflection from Japan that promotes compassion and develops the qualities of empathy and sensitivity.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 15 — 18, 2016
Steve Gorn

Steve Gorn shares luminous ragas of Indian classical music played on the bansuri bamboo flute and tabla drum.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 17 — 19, 2016
Zoe Weil

During this program you will have the opportunity to put your values into practice to enrich your own life while contributing to a better world.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 19 — 21, 2016
Dan Hines

Live in perfect alignment with your deepest values and recover your courage to act with integrity and authenticity.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 19 — 21, 2016
Tom Spector

This meditation program is for everyone — especially those who believe they can’t meditate.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 25 — 27, 2016
Snatam Kaur

Join Snatam Kaur, one of the most inspirational singers of devotional music of the Sikh tradition.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 26, 2016 — January 1, 2017
Sandrine Remy (Sanatani)

During this family yoga holiday, kids will be introduced to yoga through short asana classes, chanting, crafts, storytelling, and lots of games and fun.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 26, 2016 — January 1, 2017
Sara McCullough (Jnaneshwari)

In this program, teens 12 to 17 experience an immersion in the foundations of yoga practice, philosophy, and lifestyle.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 28, 2016
Swami Swaroopananda

Ask anything you ever wanted to know about yoga practice and philosophy and the spiritual path.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
January 2 — 30, 2017
Srinivasan

An in-depth journey into the theory and practice of Raja Yoga with a special focus on the yamas and niyamas.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
January 2 — 5, 2017
Rachel Fiske

Learn how to recognize, claim, and express the energies of the Divine Feminine through ritual, breath, mudra, and asana.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
January 3 — 6, 2017
Vianna Stibal

Join a renowned spiritual teacher and come into alignment with your true purpose on the Divine path.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
January 3 — 7, 2017
Tao Porchon-Lynch

Explore the eternal energy of yoga with Tao Porchon-Lynch, an inspiring “98-years-young” yoga master.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
January 7 — 10, 2017
Sister Greta Ronningen

Using meditative practices, we will immerse ourselves in the sacred and explore ways in which we can engage with the world as agents of Divine Love.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
January 9 — 12, 2017
Rubin Naiman

Learn how to address insomnia and improve the quality of your sleep based on an integrative body, mind and spirit approach to sleep and dreams.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
January 11 — 15, 2017
Daniele Giovannucci

Join a world leader in the conversation on food, hunger, and sustainable development.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
January 12 — 14, 2017
Sat Bir Singh Khalsa

Find out what’s happening in the exciting new field of yoga research.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
January 13 — 15, 2017
Pranava

The yamas and niyamas (ethical guidelines) are the first two steps of the Raja Yoga system.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
January 28 — 31, 2017
Aira Guevara

Discover the potent healing potential of essential oils.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
January 28, 2017
Swami Swaroopananda

Ask anything you ever wanted to know about yoga practice and philosophy and the spiritual path.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
January 29 — February 1, 2017
Benjy and Heather Wertheimer (Shantala)

Come explore the ancient practice of devotional chant and immerse yourself in the luminous ocean of music through voice, mantra, devotion, movement, and meditation.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
February 1 — 3, 2017
John Perkins

In this inspiring program, shaman and economist John Perkins calls on us to join the greatest revolution in history: the Consciousness Revolution.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
February 1 — 3, 2017
Krishna Chaitanya

Do you find practicing yoga postures difficult due to injury, obesity, sickness, or other physical constraint?

 
Yoga Vacation Program
February 3 — 5, 2017
Deepak Chopra and Menas Kafatos

Take a peek into the horizons of a new understanding of the nature of reality through the lens of quantum mechanics with coauthors Deepak Chopra and Menas Kafatos.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
February 5 — 11, 2017
Arjuna

Immerse yourself in the basics of yoga and gain a strong foundation for your practice.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
February 6 — 8, 2017
Joan Borysenko

Come rewrite your own narrative as a “medicine for the soul,” helping to foster greater health, happiness. and well-being.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
February 8 — 10, 2017
Brant Secunda

Explore the path of traditional Huichol shamanism with renowned shaman-healer Brant Secunda.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
February 10 — 11, 2017
Rukmini Chaitanya

It is said that the only way to light a candle is with another candle; this is the relationship of the student and teacher.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
February 12 — 14, 2017
Swami Brahmananda

Dive into the teachings of the most important scriptures in yoga, the Bhagavad Gita.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
February 13 — 14, 2017
Suba Parmar

Join us for a very special program of performances and workshops with Suba Parmar.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
February 13 — 17, 2017
Shyam and Mohini

Come discover how the classical teachings of yoga can help you find and sustain a rich, loving relationship.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
February 14 — 15, 2017
Ramesh Parmar

Preksha Meditation is an ancient Jain meditation technique to discover oneself through one’s inner eye.

 

 

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Yoga Vacationers are invited to follow the ashram’s Daily Schedule, which includes plenty of time for the beach as well as socializing, learning, and relaxing.  As a spiritual learning center and community, we request that all guests attend morning and evening satsang and both yoga class per day to make the most of their stay and contribute to the community experience.

Morning Start the day at 6:00 a.m. with the serenity of early morning meditation. The clear sea air and radiant dawn aid the mind to focus and the body to be still. Half an hour of silent meditation is followed by joyful chanting, a spiritual talk or reading, and closing prayers. Next at 8:00 a.m. comes a two-hour class of asanas (yoga postures), pranayama (yogic breathing techniques), and relaxation that invigorates and refreshes the body and mind. Brunch awaits at 10:00 a.m.

Midday Create your own optimal afternoon schedule. Take an experiential workshop, attend a lecture or enjoy a healing art session. Study, swim, relax on the beach, or go snorkeling. Have a snack break at the Health Hut, meet new or old friends or take time to read a book in the tropical gardens.

Afternoon Start the third part of your day with a 4:00 p.m. yoga class. Feel how your body achieves maximum stretch at this time and the great progress that can be made. Observe as your breath gets calmer and your mind clearer in the serenity of your afternoon practice. Dinner will await you at 6:00 p.m. After dinner, take an early evening walk on the beach, enjoying the beautiful sunset.

Evening Satsang (meditation, chanting and talk) completes the day at 8:00 p.m. During the evening satsang we usually enjoy a concert, a dance performance or a talk by one of our special guests. Lights-off is around 10:00 p.m.


The cost for the Yoga Vacation Program is:

Winter/Spring
$32 per day plus accommodations (November 20, 2016 – June 30, 2017)

Summer/Fall
$20 per day plus accommodations (July 1 – October 31, 2017)

This includes your meals, yoga classes, daily workshops, and satsangs, as well as access to our beautiful beach and the ashram grounds and amenities.

Please note A 7.5% Bahamian VAT tax is NOT included and will be added.

Accommodations are additional. The total cost for your stay 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 20, 2016 – June 30, 2017
    • Summer/Fall Season: July 1 – October 31, 2017

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 persons 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 King 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. This room is available for reservations of two or more people 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
Perfect for couples, 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 per person for double occupancy.

No. of nights Winter Summer
1 – 6 nights $138 $99
7 – 13 nights $130 $93
14 – 20 nights $124 $88
21 nights or more $118 $84
 

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 October 23.

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


Swami Vishnudevananda’s Five Points of Yoga

 

Swami Vishnudevananda created the Yoga Vacation Program so that people could return from a vacation truly relaxed and renewed. His Five Points of Yoga are built into each day at the ashram and offer you an immersion in a yogic lifestyle.

  • Proper Exercise: Yoga exercises focus on the health of the spine, its strength and flexibility. By maintaining the spine’s flexibility and strength through exercise, circulation is increased and the nerves receive their proper supply of nutrients and oxygen. The exercises also affect the internal organs and endocrine system.
  • Proper Breathing: Yoga teaches us how to maximize lung capacity and how to control the breath. This increases vitality and mental clarity.
  • Proper Relaxation: By learning how to deeply relax all the muscles of the body, you can thoroughly rejuvenate your nervous system and attain a deep sense of inner peace. Yoga teaches us how to achieve this state of complete relaxation.
  • Proper Diet: The Yogic diet is a vegetarian one, consisting of pure, simple, natural foods which are easily digested and promote health. The Yogic diet will help you attain a high standard of health, keen intellect and serenity of mind.
  • Positive Thinking and Meditation: We become what we think. Through methods of positive thinking you will learn how to entertain positive and creative thoughts which contribute to vibrant health and a peaceful, joyful mind. Meditation opens the door to intuitive knowledge and realms of eternal bliss. The mind becomes calm and steady.
 



Plan your Yoga Vacation for any time of the year — it’s always perfect here in Paradise! You can participate in the Yoga Vacation Program for any length of time; even a weekend stay will recharge your body, mind and soul! If you’ve had little previous exposure to yoga and wish to get the most out of your visit, we recommend that you plan a one- or two-week yoga getaway. This ensures that you will experience the equivalent to 3-6 months of weekly yoga classes.

Interested? Click on Register Now button in the sidebar to enter your dates.

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