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“A cheerful thought in you produces cheerful thoughts in others!”

—Swami Sivananda

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What a beautiful heart space Sivananda Yoga Retreat is and such a lovely flow: one moment you’re taking a yoga class, the next listening to incredible teachers from many different backgrounds or swimming in the warm clear blue Caribbean sea and soaking up the rays on beautiful paradise beach.

—Guest from Leeds, United Kingdom

Yoga Vacation Program

Simplify, reset, and reconnect with yourself.

Retreat from the stressors and distractions of everyday life and discover a healthier, happier you. Our 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.

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
August 17 — 19, 2018
Jeff Migdow

When your energetic channels flow freely, you attract positive influences into your life.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
August 19 — 23, 2018
Swami Brahmananda

Discover your inner bliss through the practice of Karma Yoga.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
August 20 — 21, 2018
Pranava Chaitanya

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
August 21 — 24, 2018
Manu Dawson

Nutritionist Manu Dawson guides you in the fundamentals of a healthy vegetarian yogic diet — from soup to nuts.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
August 23 — 25, 2018
Krishna Chaitanya

Study the milestones that the spiritual aspirant must reach to attain God realization.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
August 24 — 26, 2018
Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa

Explore natural remedies and experience your ageless self.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
August 26 — 28, 2018
Swami Brahmananda

Jnana Yoga is the path of Self-knowledge that leads to the direct experience of our God-Self.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
August 27 — 29, 2018
Nathan Katz

Join the leading scholar of India’s Jewish communities, and relax and unwind with his inspiring stories about four Indian mystics.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
August 29, 2018
Swami Swaroopananda

Swami Swaroopananda answers aspirants’ questions, clears troubled minds, and inspires listeners to advance on the spiritual path.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
August 31 — September 3, 2018
Ragani

Sing the ancient mantras of India and access a joyful, meditative state.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 4 — 6, 2018
Iswara Chaitanya

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 6 — 8, 2018
Swami Brahmananda

Learn the four paths of yoga and discover the best one for your personality.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 10 — 13, 2018
Swami Prakashananda

Unravel the mysteries of this ancient yogic text under the guidance of a spiritual teacher.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 11 — 14, 2018
Beth Spindler

Expand your capacity to heal yourself and others with the basics of yoga therapy.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 13 — 15, 2018
Krishna Chaitanya

Learn Hatha Yoga practices that you can continue at home in your daily routine.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 16 — 18, 2018
Swami Brahmananda

Forgiveness is the natural state of the soul. Learn how to forgive, even in greatly challenging situations.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 17 — 19, 2018
Ana Maria Velazquez (Anandi)

Share the gift of yoga with the children in your life — and reawaken your inner child.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 19 — 21, 2018
Iswara Chaitanya

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 19 — 21, 2018
Dale Buegel

Engage with your more subtle senses and discover powerful ways to take your personal practice to the next level.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 21 — 24, 2018
Saraswati

Overcome worry and anxiety and learn strategies to take home … all in a peaceful yoga setting.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 24 — 26, 2018
Swami Dharmananda

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 24 — 27, 2018
Virginia Frances Schwartz (Saraswati)

Bring your creativity to life through the written word — and learn yogic techniques to support your creative process.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 27 — 29, 2018
Minakshi Chaitanya

Create a positive environment around you and explore what it means to be in the company of truth, wisdom, and goodness.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 28 — 30, 2018
Jim Gelcer

Mantra chanting is filled with positive vibrations, health benefits, and spiritual connection.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
September 30 — October 2, 2018
Parvati Chaitanya

The pure vibration of the sounds will clear away all dark and heavy thoughts, uplift your spirit and nourish your heart.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 2 — 5, 2018
Rabbi Zoe B Zak

Heal and forgive through sacred intention, prayer, and music in a joyous and supportive space.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 4 — 6, 2018
Minakshi Chaitanya

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 5 — 8, 2018
Theodore Tsavoussis

Use shamanic practices to release fear, drop limiting beliefs, and heal your personal history.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 7 — 9, 2018
Krishna Chaitanya

Study the milestones that the spiritual aspirant must reach to attain God realization.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 8 — 11, 2018
Charu

Chant along with the Sanskrit prayers in the Sivananda tradition and better understand the healing power of sound vibrations.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 9 — 17, 2018
Krishnan Namboodiri

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 9 — 11, 2018
Krishna Chaitanya

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 11 — 13, 2018
Narayani Chaitanya

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 12 — 15, 2018
Mira Binzen

Come regain a sense of balance and return home feeling confident, connected, and calm.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 14 — 16, 2018
Parvati Chaitanya

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 16 — 19, 2018
Stacie Dooreck (Saraswati)

Learn chair yoga for limited mobility, recovery, or for daily yoga in your office chair.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 17 — 20, 2018
Swami Shambhudevananda

Learn devotional practices to cultivate Bhakti and deepen your relationship with the Divine.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 19 — 21, 2018
The Mayapuris, Kish Rico, Visvambhar Sheth, Bali Rico, Dhanya Rico, and Radha Baptista

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 21 — 23, 2018
Narayani Chaitanya

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
October 21 — 26, 2018
Swami Shambhudevananda

In this program we will delve into the four paths of yoga — Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Jnana Yoga — and explore how the lessons of each path can be integrated into our lives to attain true wisdom and union with the Divine.

 

 

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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.

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IMPORTANT: Enjoy the lower tax rate — register before September 30, 2018!

The Bahamian tax rate is increasing to 12%. Register before September 30, 2018 for any stay that ends before June 30, 2019 to take advantage of the current rate of 7.5%. Deposit or full payment required at time of reservation. After September 30, 2018, the 12% rate will apply to all new reservations, and/or changes to existing reservations.

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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

Delight in breathtaking, wide-open views of the sparkling ocean from your own beachfront private balcony. Our Beachfront Deluxe Rooms are simple and spacious, furnished with two double beds and include a private bathroom with shower and tub. You will have a miniature refrigerator, kitchen sink, tea kettle, and tableware. These rooms are air-conditioned and available for reservations of at least two adults.

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

Relax into gorgeous views of the turquoise ocean from your balcony, and be within a stone’s throw distance from our beachfront yoga platform. Choose from either one king bed or two extra-long twin beds, and enjoy your own private bathroom with shower and tub. These spacious rooms also have a rocking chair, desk, and kitchen area with a small refrigerator, kitchen sink, tea kettle, and tableware. Fully air-conditioned, these rooms are available for reservations of at least two adults.

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

Our Garden Rooms with Bath are shared rooms with two single beds and a private bathroom with shower and tub. Within a short distance from the bay, these rooms include simple furnishings, a small refrigerator, tea kettle, and air conditioning. If you choose this room as a solo traveler, you can expect to share it with a roommate of the same gender.

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

Ideal for solo travelers, our Garden Room Singles offer a comfortable space with one bed, simple furnishings, and air conditioning. Single rooms are situated in various locations throughout the ashram, including within our main building. Depending on the location of your room, various shared bathrooms are available within a few seconds walking distance.

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 relaxing sounds of ocean waves. Our Beach Huts are comfortable, simple, and seconds from the beach. These shared rooms feature two single beds, simple furnishings, and air-conditioning. Full bathrooms are located within one minute’s walk from your room. If you choose this shared room by yourself, you can expect to share it with a roommate of the same gender.

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

These Garden Rooms are shared rooms, situated within various locations of the ashram. Featuring two single beds and air conditioning, these rooms are simply furnished with shared bathrooms nearby. If you choose this room as a solo traveler, you can expect to share it with a roommate of the same gender.

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

The Garden Room Doubles allow for single or couples occupancy. They feature one double bed, simple furnishings, and air conditioning. Situated in various locations throughout the ashram, shared bathrooms are always close by. The prices below are for one person, single occupancy. For couples occupancy, the prices per person are the same as those for the 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

Make friends with interesting people from around the world! Our single-gender Dormitory accommodations are simple and comfortable, furnished with 3-4 single beds. They are located in various parts of the ashram, and shared bathrooms are nearby. Bedding and towels are provided.

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

Sleep in the fresh, tropical air while still enjoying indoor comforts — including a single bed, electrical outlet, simple furnishings, and a nightstand with bedside lamp and fan. It’s the easiest camping you’ll ever do, while you’re safely surrounded by your Tent Hut neighbors. Towels and bedding are provided for you, and shared bathrooms are a short walk away. Tent Huts are available from November through June.

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

Perfect for couples and close friends, our Tent Hut Doubles feature one double bed and allow you to sleep in the Bahamas breeze. Sized for two people, these Tent Huts are comfortably furnished with a simple closet, nightstand with bedside lamp and fan, and electrical outlets. Towels and bedding are provided for you, and shared bathrooms are a short walk away. Tent Huts are available from November through June.

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

Many of our guests are nature lovers. Set up your tent near the beach, bay, or amongst the palm trees. Create your own sacred space within in the ashram to reconnect with nature and sleep close to the earth. And you won’t be completely alone — get ready to meet “tent neighbors” from around the world! Bring your own tent (sized up to 8’x8’), camping gear, mattress, bedding, and towels. Tent Spaces are available from November through May.

Are you new to the idea but want to give it a try? 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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