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—Swami Sivananda

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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

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 6 — 9, 2016
Deshon Fox

In this program, you will gain powerful insights on how to achieve balance in all areas of life.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 10 — 16, 2016
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 15 — 19, 2016
Priscilla Jabouin

Awaken and expand your intuition and heart to start paving a path toward your personal mission.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 17 — 20, 2016
Jim Gelcer

Jim Gelcer (Siva) will teach you the words and melodies of the Sivananda daily chants and more.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 20 — 23, 2016
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 23 — 26, 2016
Ram Vakkalanka

Nada Yoga is a wonderful confluence of the science of yoga and the art of music.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 26 — 30, 2016
Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat

Learn how to deepen your meditation practice by following the instructions of Lord Krishna, the Supreme Being Himself.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 1 — 9, 2016
Krishnan Namboodiri

Celebrate the Shakti (power) of the Divine Feminine manifested as Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 1 — 4, 2016
Dale Buegel

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 5 — 8, 2016
Olga Mandodari Sokolova

Create peace and tranquility through an ancient approach to design.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 10 — 12, 2016
Iswara Chaitanya

Learn how to use yoga, meditation, self-inquiry, and other practical mind-body-spirit tools to transform stressful patterns of thought and behavior.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 13 — 15, 2016
Brett Bevell

Learn and experience the latest developments in energy healing.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 15 — 19, 2016
Virginia Frances Schwartz

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 18 — 21, 2016
Tzivia Gover

This program helps you enhance your yogic lifestyle by developing a deeper relationship with your dreams.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 23 — 26, 2016
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 24 — 27, 2016
Krishna Chaitanya

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 26 — 29, 2016
Ana Maria Velazquez

Reawaken your inner child while learning how to share the gift of yoga with children ages 3–12.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 29 — November 2, 2016
Dennis Chernin

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 30 — November 1, 2016
Parvati Chaitanya

What does it mean to be a saint? Join this inspiring exploration of saints from around the world.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 1 — 4, 2016
Jeffrey Davis

An integrative exploration of what moves, inspires, and sustains us.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 3 — 6, 2016
Mira Binzen and Claire Stillman

Become empowered to care for your own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 3 — 6, 2016
Sylvie Boisclair

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, 2016
Steven Weiss

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 5 — 9, 2016
Tessa Bielecki and Father Dave Denny

Come experience the sacred in the ordinary, the power of poetry, and the stages along the spiritual path from wonder to shattering to glory.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 8 — 11, 2016
Sondra Loring

Through the use of poetry, mythic stories, chanting, breathing, and simple moving meditations, unleash the wealth of knowledge you embody deep within.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 9, 2016
Krishnan Namboodiri

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 — 13, 2016
Paul Epstein

Take a personal health retreat.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 11 — 13, 2016
Ragani

Join a participatory, cross-cultural musical experience as you take an inspirational journey into the world of kirtan.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 18 — 21, 2016
Jeff Migdow

Using movement, intention, breath, and sound, we will also learn techniques to access prana directly through the chakras in our daily yoga practice.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 21 — 26, 2016
Sandrine Remy (Sanatani)

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 26 — 27, 2016
Samani Rohini Pragya and Samani Satya Pragya

Applied non-violence aims to focus on strategies and methods of pursuing peace and social justice through non-violence.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 26 — 28, 2016
Sivakami

Learn the principles of healthy and balanced way of eating and cooking from a yogic perspective.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 27 — 29, 2016
Beth Spindler

Come experience some sweet rejuvenation from a stressful world and learn to live a more grateful and empowered life.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
November 29 — December 2, 2016
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 — 4, 2016
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 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.

 
 
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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:

November 20 – May 31: $32 per day plus accommodations

June 1 – November 19: $18 per day plus accommodations

This includes your meals, yoga classes, daily workshops, and satsangs, as well as access to our beautiful beach and the ashram grounds and amenities. These rates include a 7.5% Bahamian VAT tax.

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 – May 31
    • Summer/Fall Season: June 1 – November 19

Our already low summer accommodation rates just got even better — save 20% on accommodations when you visit any time between now and October 31, 2016! (Applies to all room types except Beachfront Deluxe Suites.)

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. As of January 1, 2015, a Bahamaian VAT tax of 7.5% applies.

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, 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.

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