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“Inspiration is spiritual inexhaustible wealth. It gives joy, peace and bliss eternal!”

—Swami Sivananda

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The setting is gorgeous with white sand beach and emerald green-blue Caribbean sea. Food is delicious and wholesome. The energy in the ashram is amazing. Accommodation is simple and clean, in line with yogic living.

—Guest from Ottawa, Canada

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
September 24 — 27, 2017
Aira Guevara (Rukmini)

Learn how to use powerful and healing essential oils.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 28 — 30, 2017
Krishna Chaitanya

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 30 — October 3, 2017
Terry Meer (Hanuman)

Discover practical tools to develop community wealth, design a thriving eco-system, and positively influence your environment.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 1 — 4, 2017
Olga Mandodari Sokolova

Learn practical strategies to maximize peace, harmony, and prosperity in your home.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 3 — 6, 2017
Krishna Chaitanya

Learn how to achieve perfect relaxation on all levels: physical, mental, and spiritual.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 6 — 9, 2017
Steven Michael Pague

Delve into Qigong through a blend of easy-to-learn, beautiful movements designed to increase vitality, strengthen immune function, enhance creativity, and achieve harmony and balance.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 8 — 11, 2017
Elena Amato (Uma)

Journey through a diverse collection of meditation techniques to discover the path that best serves your personal and spiritual evolution.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 8 — 10, 2017
Parvati Chaitanya

Come explore the 20 Spiritual Instructions of Swami Sivananda and how they can inspire your life and spiritual practice.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 11 — 14, 2017
Dale Buegel

Learn to work with prana in hatha yoga postures, breath, and meditation.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 13 — 15, 2017
Visvambhar Sheth, Bali Rico, Dhanya Rico, Radha Baptista, and Kish Rico

The Mayapuris will lead us in the ancient practice of Kirtan, or chanting, the heart and soul of devotional yoga.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 15 — 19, 2017
Virginia Frances Schwartz (Saraswati)

Experience how yoga can be a writer’s most powerful tool.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 17 — 19, 2017
Minakshi Chaitanya

Learn to control your mind and emotions for inner peace and enlightened living.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 19 — 22, 2017
Antonio Sausys

Manifest your full potential by removing blockages in your body’s energy systems with three gentle yet powerful sequences.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 20 — 22, 2017
Iswara Chaitanya

Swami Sivananda described sadhana as spiritual movement that is consciously systematized.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 22 — 25, 2017
Steven Weiss

This program will explore the fundamentals of alignment used in all asana and yoga therapy.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 25 — 29, 2017
Dennis Chernin

Immerse yourself in Bhakti Yoga, a combination of meditation, breathing techniques, sound vibrations, and mantra.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 29 — November 2, 2017
Meenakshi Angel Honig

Learn seven easy steps to align, tone, and strengthen your back and your core.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 31 — November 2, 2017
Parvati Chaitanya

Learn to become the master of your destiny and architect of your own fate.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 2 — 5, 2017
Sylvie Boisclair (Saraswati)

Come explore the 20 Spiritual Instructions of Swami Sivananda and how they can inspire your life and spiritual practice.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 5 — 8, 2017
Daniele Giovannucci and Dennis and Kathy Lang

Create a healthy relationship with food, the environment, and the planet.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 6 — 10, 2017
Swami Brahmananda

Join us to honor Swami Vishnudevananda, his legacy, and our lineage.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 8 — 10, 2017
Jenny Bird

Open your heart and voice to the sacred music of many world traditions.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 9, 2017

Join us for this special day of puja and prayer to honor the Mahasamadhi of our founder and guru Swami Vishnudevananda.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 10 — 12, 2017
Linda Graham

Gain skills in using self-directed neuroplasticity as a genuine support for wisdom and inner peace.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 15 — 17, 2017
Sanatani (Sandrine Remy)

Learn to detox in the comfort of your own home.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 17 — 20, 2017
Latif Bolat

Open your heart with ancient music, poetry, and stories from the Turkish mystic Sufi tradition.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 19 — 21, 2017
Douglas Canterbury-Counts and Jaya Canterbury-Counts

Serve humanity through the path of karma yoga and experience spiritual transformation.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 20 — 25, 2017
Sanatani (Sandrine Remy)

In this Thanksgiving program, children will be introduced to yoga through short asana classes, chanting, crafts, Karma Yoga, storytelling, and lots of games and fun.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 20 — 25, 2017
Swami Brahmananda and Arjuna

Celebrate Thanksgiving at the Sivananda Ashram Bahamas and immerse yourself in the joyful mood of gratitude!

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 26 — 29, 2017
Brett Bevell

Learn and experience the latest developments in energy healing.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 27 — 28, 2017
Swami Hridyananda

Learn about mantra initiation, how to choose your own personal mantra, and how to use a japa mala.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 28, 2017
Swami Swaroopananda

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 30 — December 3, 2017
Karnamrita Dasi

Explore and experiment with the basic concepts of classical Indian ragas and the harmonizing gifts that they offer.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 1 — 3, 2017
Mavis Gewant

Learn how to paint yantras, sacred geometric patterns that Vedic astrologers have used for ages.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 3 — 7, 2017
Swami Brahmananda

Join us on a journey exploring the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, as described by the great yogi Patanjali Maharishi.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 3, 2017
Tanya and Paul Hanna

Leave the stresses of daily life behind and soothe your soul with beloved Bahamian musicians and friends of the ashram, Paul and Tanya Hanna.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 4 — 6, 2017
Mavis Gewant

Learn the imagery, colors, elements, deities, and mantras associated with each chakra.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 4 — 6, 2017
Anna Scorik (Ambika)

Experience an inspiring introduction to the basic approach and practices of ThetaHealing and hear how it is used to create instantaneous physical and emotional well-being.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 6 — 8, 2017
Vasudha Narayanan

Come learn teachings from the Hindu traditions, including stories of devotion and traditional songs and prayers, as well as philosophical texts and narratives.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
December 7 — 9, 2017
Mavis Gewant

By working with specific colors and mantras, this meditative painting practice will connect you to the deeper energies of the planets, creating more harmony, peace and energy.

 

 

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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 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 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. 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


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.

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