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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

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
February 22 — 25, 2017
Amit Goswami

Discover transformative aspects of quantum physics, such as nonlocality (communicating without signals) and discontinuity (taking quantum leaps without intermediate steps).

 
Yoga Vacation Program
February 24 — 26, 2017
Krishna Das

Join one of the foremost devotional singers in the world for evening kirtan concerts and afternoon workshops with musical prayer.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
February 25, 2017
Krishnan Namboodiri and Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat

Celebrate this auspicious all-night event with traditional fire and prayer ceremonies and continuous Siva chanting from dusk until dawn.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
February 26, 2017
Nina Rao

Enjoy the guided chanting of  sacred devotional hymn and discover how this ancient practice is still relevant today.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
February 27 — March 2, 2017
Arjuna

Learn to integrate yoga into your daily life from a direct disciple of  Swami Vishnudevananda.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
February 27 — 28, 2017
Silvia San Miguel (Surya)

Take care of yourself physically and mentally, discover how to recharge with relaxation techniques, and develop a positive-thinking mind.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
February 28, 2017
Swami Swaroopananda

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
March 1 — 3, 2017
Shimshai

Enjoy chants and their healing intentions so you can better experience the beauty of life and your own true nature.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
March 3 — 5, 2017
Jnaneshwari Chaitanya

In serving others, you discover new depths of love and joy within yourself.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
March 11 — 13, 2017
Frederic Luskin

Learn to forgive and find peace within yourself.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
March 12 — 14, 2017
Swami Hridyananda

Reconnect with your essential self through yogic practices and allow your natural state of joy and balance to emerge.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
March 13 — 15, 2017
Mavis Gewant

Through the joy of sacred painting, balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and get in touch with your creative self.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
March 14 — 16, 2017
Kam Thye Chow

These ancient techniques allow you to practice adjustments in a yoga class with confidence, precision, and depth.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
March 16 — 18, 2017
Mavis Gewant

Balance your energy centers with healing practices and sacred art.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
March 18 — 20, 2017
Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa

Explore tools, practices, and herbs for enhancing natural beauty and accessing your full potential for vibrant health and well-being.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
March 19 — 21, 2017
Mavis Gewant

Connect to the energies of the planets as a creative practice, and to improve your spiritual and mental well-being.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
March 20 — 26, 2017
Swami Kashi Muktananda

Study a Vedic text that questions the nature and purpose of being human.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
March 21 — 23, 2017
Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara

It is said that when we ‘wake up’ to who we really are, we serve the world.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
March 22 — 24, 2017
Silvia San Miguel (Surya)

Based on the Five Points of Yoga taught by Swami Vishnudevananda, you will learn solutions to managing your stress response.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
March 23, 2017
Swami Swaroopananda

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

 
Yoga Vacation Program
March 24 — 26, 2017
Russill Paul

Enjoy entering into effortless states of deep meditation and relaxation through expertly crafted live music and chant.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
March 25 — 28, 2017
Pranava

Learn how to look for happiness in the right places.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
March 26 — 28, 2017
John Douillard

Balance and repair the microbial cells in your digestive tract — where 80 percent of the body’s immunity comes from.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
March 28 — 30, 2017
John Milton and Douglas Canterbury-Counts

Explore your most natural path on this earth.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
March 30 — April 1, 2017
Gina Salá

Experience empowering, clarifying practices in Bhakti chant, sound tantra, and mantra, to feel the Divine from within.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
April 2 — 4, 2017
Swami Brahmananda

Raja Yoga, the royal path of mind control, is the most comprehensive and scientific approach to God-Realization.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
April 2 — 5, 2017
Julie Lusk

The sunshine, ocean breezes, and Sivananda community will wash away your troubles with yoga, chanting, inspiring talks, and friendship.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
April 3 — 5, 2017
Peter Russell

Through guided exercises, connect to your true Self and effortless being.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
April 5 — 7, 2017
Stephen Sinatra

Learn how modern science is supporting the wisdom yogis have known for thousands of years.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
April 6 — 8, 2017
Pranava

Discover the connection between the food we eat, our thoughts, and how to create a peaceful, positive state of mind.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
April 7 — 8, 2017
Davod Azad

You will sing Sufi devotional songs, and explore the rhythms of Sufi music.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
April 10, 2017
Swami Swaroopananda

Enjoy a delicious vegetarian feast, a reading of the Haggadah, Passover chants, and teachings on Passover’s relationship to yogic principles.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
April 17 — 22, 2017
Tara Rachel Jones (Omkari) and Aaron Jones

Children will enjoy a wide range of activities, including yoga, crafts, and stories from Passover, Easter, and yogic scriptures.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
April 18 — 21, 2017
Swami Shantananda

Learn to recognize the great unity of all beings.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
April 18 — 20, 2017
Pranava

Build a strong meditation practice and discover the path of Raja Yoga, the “royal path” to fulfillment and inner bliss.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
April 23, 2017
Tulku Sherdor

After the Medicine Buddha empowerment ceremony, you are authorized to perform the short spiritual practice for your own wellbeing and for others.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
April 28 — 30, 2017
Catherine Gillies (Kumari)

The natural cycles of life revolve around change. Grieving allows the hurting, wounded self to heal and become whole again.

 
Yoga Vacation Program
April 29 — May 2, 2017
Jai Uttal

Let the practice of chanting guide you to express devotion and love.

 

 

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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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