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5 Days Sivananda Yoga Vacation in Bahamas

  • Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas

Overview

Yoga Vacation in Bahamas

For nearly 50 years, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in Bahamas has been a leading destination for people seeking a spiritual environment to study and practice yoga and develop a healthy lifestyle. Celebrating a lineage of yogic masters, our yoga vacation offers a rare combination of a traditional ashram with the feel of a Caribbean resort.

The Yoga Vacation Program offers the perfect balance between activity and leisure time. Enjoy daily yoga classes and silent meditation sessions. Expand your horizons with mid-day workshops and inspiring evening talks. Treat yourself to a healing session or a private yoga class. Take quality time alone or connect with others.

Highlights

  • Morning and evening meditation
  • Yoga classes in the morning and afternoon
  • Learn proper exercise, breathing, relaxation, diet, and positive thinking
  • Take an experiential workshop or visit the wellbeing center
  • End the day with daily chanting
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Deluxe suite

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.

Deluxe 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, a closet, desk, and rocking chair, and is fully air-conditioned. This room is available for reservations of two or more people only.

Shared garden room

Featuring their own bathroom, our shared garden rooms offer shared accommodation 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.

Dormitory

Meet interesting people from all over the world. Our single-gender dormitories are simple and comfortable, furnished with 3 to 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.

We invite you to take a 'yoga vacation.' At any time of the year. You are welcome to come and enjoy a program rich with lectures by world renowned speakers, daily yoga classes, delicious vegetarian meals, snorkeling, and plenty of time to relax in a tropical paradise. You can choose from a variety of lodging options to suit your personal needs, while enjoying all the learning opportunities available at the ashram. Come and be inspired!

Shwami Vishnudevanandas mission

We are a traditional yoga ashram with a mission to teach classical yoga. All are welcome to come to our ashram, we learn from all traditions, and actively promote Unity in Diversity through interfaith and interspiritual dialog, including perspectives from science and the arts.

We seek to promote outer peace in the world through inner peace, by sharing the wisdom and practices of yoga and contributing to a positive shift in consciousness on the planet. The ashram was founded by Swami Vishnudevananda, and named in honor of his teacher, Swami Sivananda, and continues to teach in the lineage of the two great yoga masters.

Below is an example of how a typical day will be like in our ashram:

Morning

Start the day at 6:00, 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, comes an hour and a half session of asanas (yogic postures) and pranayama (yogic breathing techniques) that invigorates the body and mind. Brunch awaits at 10:00.

Midday

Create your own optimal afternoon schedule. Take an experiential workshop, attend a lecture or enjoy visit the wellbeing center. Study, swim, relax on the beach, or go snorkeling. Have a snack break at the boutique, 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 16:00 yoga class. Feel how your body achieves maximum stretch, and the great progress that can be made at this time. Observe how your breath gets calmer and your mind clearer in the serenity of your afternoon practice.

Dinner will await you at 18:00. After dinner, you can take an early evening walk on the beach and enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Evening

Satsang - meditation, chanting and talk completes the day from 20:00 to 22:00. During the evening satsang, we usually enjoy a concert, a dance performance or a talk by one of our special guests.

To maintain the atmosphere of the ashram, we recommend that guests attend both morning and evening satsang, and at least one asana class per day.

The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat is located across the bay from Nassau, Bahamas, on one of the finest beaches in the world. It is truly an island paradise and a sanctuary of peace and natural beauty.

With its pristine white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and five and a half acres of lush tropical gardens, this yoga vacation provides the ideal environment for practice, rest and rejuvenation.

Activities
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Spa
General
  • Beach
  • Cafe nearby
  • Garden

We serve two wholesome, delicious vegetarian meals a day according to traditional principles of yogic diet. Every meal is lovingly prepared with fresh ingredients and mild but tasty spices. Though our menu changes daily, we usually serve a salad bar, a soup, a grain, a protein, and at least one vegetable dish, as well as oatmeal, yogurt, fresh-baked bread and fruit at brunch. There will always be options for vegan and gluten-free diets.

If you enjoy snacking midday, the Health Hut is open from 1 to 3 p.m. and after lunch and dinner. The Health Hut carries a variety of snacks, including smoothies, fresh-baked cookies, fruit, nuts, dried fruit, paninis, juices, drinks, and a variety of other snacks. A variety of cafes are also open in Nassau, which is a five-minute boat ride across the water.

You may arrange your own free time during your retreat. Free time is completely up to you! You may choose to attend an inspiring workshop, browse our selection of books and yoga essentials at the boutique, or have a relaxing Ayurvedic treatment at our Wellbeing Center for an additional cost. Remember to schedule your treatments in advance.

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Access to beach, ashram ground and amenities
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Meals
  • Satsang, daily workshops
  • Airplane tickets
  • Taxi to the boat dock

Arrival by airplane

Fly directly to Nassau International Airport (please contact your local Bahamian Consulate to verify if you require a visa to enter the Bahamas). After collecting your luggage and passing through customs, call the ashram at 363 2902 to let the organizer know that you are on your way. Take a taxi to the dock, located at Elizabeth on Bay Marketplace and Marina.

Once you reach the dock in Nassau:

A boat will pick you up from the dock (in accordance with boat schedule during day time, and upon your arrival for late night arrival) and bring you to the Yoga Retreat (an easy five-minute boat ride).

The boat schedule from the dock in Nassau to the ashram is as follows:

  • 07:45
  • 10:35
  • 11:05
  • 12:05
  • 13:05
  • 14:05
  • 15:05
  • 15:40
  • 18:35
  • 19:20

A boat will also be scheduled, as needed, for visitors attending evening satsang.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas an inquiry.
  • Review by Donald from Toronto
    10 out of 10

    "A beautiful Yoga Ashram retreat you must get to once in your lifetime - It should be on anyone's Bucket List. Amazing Ayurvedic food. Beautiful and modern cabins and facilities. It will reset your soul...."

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  • Review by Rebecca P
    10 out of 10

    "We visited for a week in March 2016. It was easy to find the dock and it was a short wait for the boat to take us to the ashram. There was a bit of a wait for the check in process, but if you are rushed and stressed, then this is the first lesson from the ashram - slow down!"

    "The rooms were sparse and spotless. The bathrooms were always clean and there always seemed to be a bathroom and shower available when we needed one."

    "The food was fantastic. Lots of variety, very fresh, and prepared with love and grace."

    "The beach is wonderful. Quiet, clean, and away from crowds. Some people from the huge resort (Atlantis I think?) would wander over sometimes. "

    "The yoga program is good. Sivananda is not my usual style of yoga. After a few days we skipped morning Satsang and went to the beach at 5:30 to practise Aquarian sadhana instead. While they say that classes are mandatory, it wasn't enforced. Which was wonderful because sometimes after an intense morning class it was good to rest or swim or nap."

    "Overall it was a blissful, peaceful week and it was very very difficult to leave and return to life in the city."

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  • Review by Neil D
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I went to the Ashram for our honeymoon - not a traditional choice, but one which reflected our deepest hopes and intentions for our future together, and a life based on the highest spiritual values. The daily routine of life at the Ashram promotes a connection to those values, a connection to what is real and true. Meditation, kirtan, hatha, mindful, and yet delicious meals, and a very high caliber of educational programs presented by Ashram staff as well as visiting teachers, all combine to create inner peace and a blissful connection to the divine. We came back spiritually refreshed and recharged, ready to face the challenges of daily life in the mundane world. "

    "All in all, a blissful experience that I look forward to repeating."

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  • Review by Andrew from Perth, Australia

    "From the moment I stepped off the boat and into the ashram I could sense the peace and tranquility. I didn't stay in the ashram but did 5 intermediate classes. I preferred the morning classes at 8am, a bit quieter and great way to start the day. I have done a lot of bikram yoga and found these classes rejuvenating and relaxing. The flow of the class also allowed me to feel and reconnect more with my body. The class runs for about 2hrs. The teachers are professional and happy to help. The staff are also very friendly and helpful. If you need to unwind this is a great place to start. The beautiful beaches are only steps away."

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  • Review by Wayne

    "The Sivananda Ashram was a very enjoyable vacation for my wife and I. We had been looking forward to it and the only disappointment was having to check-out when it was time to leave. We had gone to the Ashram because of a week long program that we were interested in (Yoga for Peace). We were impressed with the speakers that were coming for this event and though it would be a great opportunity to simple stop our busy lives and do some yoga and meditation. We stayed at one of the newer buildings that overlooked the beach. The room had a balcony that overlooked the turquoise water and white sands (I have never been to the Caribbean and this was "just like the Caribbean travel brochures"). The room had its own kitchenette and bathroom. We never used the kitchenette because all the meals were provided and very good. I have to admit I really enjoyed the air conditioning at night - while my wife insisted on keeping the sliding balcony doors open during the day and evening. The meals were vegetarian with a soup of and about 4 vegetable dishes plus salad and bread. The seating was in a variety of picnic tables where we could meet other people from around the world. We typically ate at the picnic tables, although we also took our meal trays to the platform overlooking the ocean and ate there. There was a boutique in the Ashram where we could get necessities and an occasional extra snack. The snacks were a bit pricey, but that kept our extra consumption down. We didn't need that chocolate anyways! The best part was actually being able to do yoga twice a day. I typically do yoga zero times per week and started off in the beginners class before switching the the intermediate class (although there was not much difference between them as far as effort and length of time poses were held). The instructors taught the poses to the beginners as we went along (I done Sivananda Yoga many times at the New York Sivananda Yoga Ranch - and I knew the routine). By the end of the week my moves were fluent and smooth again. All in all, it was a great week-long vacation. It's not for everybody, but it comes highly recommended from this desk-sitting, computer-posture, stiff and inflexible (but more flexible now) man."

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  • Review by Jennifer from Minneapolis, USA

    "Sivananda is truly a little slice of paradise. Tucked in between the large cruise ships and Atlantis is a quiet, peaceful oasis. The accommodations are simple but all you need. The food is delicious, the staff friendly, a nice variety of classes or workshops, gorgeous beach and the blue blue sea. It was everything I needed. The endless offerings of teachers that come to share their knowledge is inspiring. I went for a chanting retreat and stayed in a tent hut and had a wonderful time. I hope to visit again and maybe someday I will return to participate in the karma yogi program. If you're looking for an affordable vacation as well as an uplifting spiritual experience, Sivananda is for you. Om namah shivaya!"

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  • Review by Paula

    "My husband and I spent 10 glorious days at this ashram. My heart is full from this visit. The staff members are wonderful, kind, intelligent, devoted to their studies. The speakers who happened to be there the week of our stay were wonderful, and I assume the quality of the speakers remains high throughout the year. The food is delicious, the other ashramites (vacationers, karma yogis, teacher trainees) were delightful, respectful, and friendly. The natural setting is gorgeous. The only things that would improve this place (and these are minor quibbles) would be: designated "quiet" or silent areas or times of day (as many other ashrams have), and holding classes on the Garden West platform instead of the Bay platforms, which are quite noisy and make it hard to hear the teacher. Hari om. Om shaanthi."

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  • Review by Francoise from Ottawa, Canada

    "I was with two friends the first week of May. Our goal was to do yoga, meditate, swim, eat vegetarian food and rest and that's what we did! We each had our own room with air conditioning and enjoyed the atmosphere of friendliness and spirituality of the ashram. We will surely come back."

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  • Review by Meredith from Bismarck, USA

    "My good friend visited the ashram last year and convinced me to go with her this year. So I did. Best decision ever! I knew going in this would be crunchy and minimal. But I went in with an open mind. The room had all that I needed. AC private bath (yes I'm spoiled) and a beach view. It was a perfect way to de-stress from my busy nursing job, all at my own pace. The food was amazing, fresh bread and all the soups I just loved. I knew nothing about yoga but I dove in learned, and with help I got a little better. I enjoyed the nightly meditation, chanting and speakers. I know I will come back and visit in the YVP. But could I come and do 3 months as a nurse in the karma yoga study program? Perhaps?? If the need is there! It was by far the best most relaxing vacations I have ever taken! Cheers, Meredith"

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  • Review by Alena Kammerer from Nuremberg, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "My stay at Sivananda Yoga Retreat by far excelled my expectations. I chose it mainly for Yoga and the landscape but it had so much more to offer. I will split it up in categories as there is so much worth to mention."

    "Yoga: being able to practice yoga twice a day on a platform overlooking the beach and ocean, listening to the sound of the waves while so already is a dream to come true. Add varying very advanced and capable teachers leading you through practice and you are in Sivananda Yoga Retreat on paradise Island Bahamas."

    "Inner Balance: if you are searching for a place full of peace and love - that's the place to go. Also if you are - like me - not a quite spiritual person. Sivananda Yoga offers the right amount of spirituality and inner balance for everybody. You can but are not forced to join in on meditations, workshops and practices all day long. Besides the place itself and its people - from Yogis, teachers, employees, and also guests - make you feel welcomed and balanced and happy. Its hard not to find inner Balance and freedom in Sivananda Yoga Retreat."

    "Satsangs: to be honest - having to attend a Satsang twice a day starting each time with an half hour meditation will never become a habit of my own. BUT you are always allowed to skip if you just not feel like going and attending really is a good experience despite sleepy legs. I was positively surprised by how nice Sanskrit mantras sound and how easy it is to just sing along. There, too, you have something for everyone. Doesn't matter if you are already quite advanced or just beginning, if you are young or old. At Sivananda Yoga Retreat you can just Start at your level and learn. I enjoyed every Satsang I attended a lot and was very lucky to be there at Easter Sunday where they arranged a Easter service featuring a Baptist father, a most famous spiritual leader and medium and the actual director of the ashram to lead the service together supported by a choir."

    "Food: it is so fresh and tasty. Though I am not a vegetarian in regular life and had my doubts about having to be one for four days, I got to love every meal they served. It is a everyday wide variation of fresh vegetables and other healthy ingredients, provided and served by very friendly and caring people. I never knew what depth of variety and creativity you can bring into vegetarian food before I stayed at Sivananda Yoga Retreat. Afterwards I almost didn't want to go back on meat and also just felt starting to clean my body from within. Having four days of Sivananda vegetarian diet made a long-term influence of what I am going to eat in the future. It just showed how thankful your body becomes by not being filled with food that has no nutrition to offer."

    "Sleeping: I chose sleeping in one of their tent huts as I rather not sleep in joined bedrooms and also didn't feel right sleeping in a more luxury like room - which they also would provide. For me it was just right. You've got light, fan, a real bed, closet, opportunity to charge your cell and enough space for yourself. You can also get a lock but that won't be necessary."

    "Amenities: they have several showers, loos and sinks spread over the ashram. There are some rush hours for the showers but you either avoid them easily or wait shortly to get your turn. Some of them are already a bit old but thanks to a very thorough cleaning staff they seem to be cleaned every hour. I rarely saw such ever clean facilities elsewhere. Plus they are currently building an additional new site with bathrooms which probably will also relax rush hours to an extend."

    "Nature: well, it is called paradise island for a reason. Plus you have all those cute cats and the dog Napoleon to live along in this fantastic place on Earth."

    "People: I really have to praise the people. Starting off with a very meticulous cleaning team, most of them bahamian origin. People doing their Karma Yoga Training and are therefore doing their service hours providing food and other things devotional. The Yoga teachers which are all awesome. Really. The speakers from the Easter symposium which I was lucky to attend. Their workshops where just brilliant and inspiring and differed widely in content. Sivananda Yoga Retreat inhabitants. Don't know how to call this group, but they are the heart of SYR, planning and organizing all the activities, leading satsangs, having open ears for everybody, and much more. And also the "regular" guests. Its a perfect place to go by yourself as you will meet so many interesting and nice people all day long. And probably stay in contact afterwards, too."

    "Schedule: it is quite a schedule to attend to - if you like to. Starting every morning at 5:30 am with the ringing bell to wake everybody up. At 6 am the morning Satsang starts with a 30 min silent meditation followed by singing mantras and a Short lecture to varying topics. Short break from 7:30-8 am. At 8 either Yoga vacation program or Yoga teaching Training class starts. At 9:45 brunch is served. At 12 and 2 pm there have been workshops for free to attend though I am not sure this is all year long regular. At 4 pm Yoga, at 6 pm dinner. At 8 evening Satsang starts. 10:30 pm lights are shut off. Though it can be a tough schedule if you arme determined to attend it all, you feel recovered from within though a little bit exhausted at the same time sometimes."

    "Overall: it was one of the most beautiful, active, informative, inspiring and intensive vacations I had and lasts on even after leaving as it really influences your further life in so many ways. I am very happy and thankful for this experience and highly recommend Sivananda Yoga Retreat on paradise Island Bahamas to everybody. "

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  • Review by Amanda Biffle from St. Simons Island, USA
    9 out of 10

    "I had a wonderful experience at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat! The food was healthy and tasty, and the classes were great for practitioners of all levels. I would highly recommend this place if you are traveling alone as it is a great escape from every day stresses!"

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  • Review by Laura Cohen
    9 out of 10

    "The retreat was amazing. Helpful reception, delicious food and chanting that uplifts the soul. An overall healing and fun experience!"

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  • Review by Luisa Rubines
    9 out of 10

    "An incredible experience, I enjoyed very much all the satsang, chanting and yoga. The surroundings made this experience even more unique, the silence, the ocean etc. Thanks very much to all those that made possible all this. I will try my best to go back next year for the TTC. Thanks so much all gratitude, love and peace."

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  • Review by a traveler from New Jersey, USA
    10 out of 10

    "If you love camping and yoga, you'll love this place! If you don't love camping, you might enjoy it if you get a room with a private bathroom.I visited the ashram on the Vacation Program. I stayed for five nights in a tent hut and was very comfortable. As a solo traveler I liked the privacy of the tent hut rather than rooming with a stranger. The ashram is a small village nestled between the bay and the ocean and there are concrete pathways that wind through the palm trees and lush vegetation. The location is truly magical and it's a blessing that the rates are so affordable.Have an Ayurvedic Body Treatment. This is an energy treatment that consists of warm oil rubbed on the body through friction rather than a traditional massage. Warm oil is then streamed over the head. I recommend it, but know that it will take several washes before all of the oil will come out of your hair. Afterwards it feels like you've been dunked in oil, so you should plan accordingly.Be aware of the temperatures forecasted for your stay. There are no interior spaces other than your room, and if it's chilly/windy/raining it can really impact your experience. Luckily I brought an electric heating pad with an extension cord for my tent hut.Bring your own tea bags. There are electric kettles at the kitchen but I brought my own electric kettle for my tent hut. They serve three choices of "tea" at meals but it's hot water boiled with fennel or ginger or cloves and apples.Bring a small Tupperware container. At breakfast, I saved a small snack to eat in the afternoon as only two meals a day were not enough for me.On the Vacation Program, you aren't required to follow the set schedule for Satsang and yoga. I did what felt right for me and no one cared or noticed what I did or did not attend.If you stay in a tent hut bring an eye mask and earbuds. On the bayside I heard sirens throughout the night and on the oceanside the huts are next to a water treatment tank.If you're thinking about it, just go! And book your stay for as long as possible. Waiting for the boat to take us across to Nassau to travel home, there's one sentiment everyone had, "I wish I stayed longer!""

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  • Review by Erin from Wisconsin, USA
    8 out of 10

    "Nice yoga retreat on an AMAZING beach! I stayed in a shared garden room with a bath. It was clean and basic but fine for the week I was there for a professional training. The food was fantastic and healthy. There are many places to sit and clear your mind and relax on the property and plenty of walking and swimming space on the beautiful beach. Very easy to get to by cab from the airport and I, like many others, was a woman traveling alone and felt very safe. Atlantis and Starbucks are right down the beach if you need coffee or a big piece of chocolate cake. Wifi is turned off during satsang....otherwise good service all day. As a vacationer or if you're there for a training, it is suggested but not required you attend satsang and yoga class."

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  • Review by Margaret
    10 out of 10

    "This is a special place that is very easy to visit and join into mindfulness and healthy habits-- with 2 times daily 105 minutes of yoga classes and robust vegetarian meals served buffet and family style. Traveling with my 20 year old daughter, we arrived in Nassau on New Year's Eve Dec 31 2015. We took a $30 taxi ride (flat rate) to the "yoga retreat" dock and waited about half an hour. The boat transfer (smallish motor boat) took us across the bay to the Ashram private dock. We checked into our garden hut (2 beds, private bathroom), for a 4-day yoga vacation. Good food, great yoga practice (beginner, intermediate or advanced). Many folks there were repeat visitors, who have come back multiple times a year, for many years. It is clean, well-staffed and has the best beach on the island. No caffeine, no tobacco, no alcohol, no TV at the Ashram. The day is so active, by the time 10 pm rolled around, we were ready for bed. After 4 days we felt rested, relaxed, exercised and ready to rejoin the world. Highly recommend visiting the Ashram. You'll want to go back again and again."

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  • Review by Norma from South Carolina, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Best food anywhere. Karma yogis always ready to help with anything. Common bathroom, showers and wash basins impeccable. One large family and everyone with a smile. Speakers were captivating. Early meditation set the pace for a great day every day. Silent walk on the beach was spiritually motivating. Slept in a tent hut and it was very comforting with lots of clean linens and towels as needed."

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  • Review by Judy from Maryland, USA
    10 out of 10

    "After visiting last year with my 2 adult children, we are planning to visit again next week. It is an unusual place, an "intentional community" where people from all over the world come to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and study together and participate in the classes and events. The beach is exquisite and very quiet. The living quarters are varied. We found them to be clean and comfortable and fun. The meals are served family style and are delicious, but be warned that they are all vegetarian. A big contrast from the high rise hotels at the other end of the island."

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  • Review by Alan from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I came on here on the recommendation of two friends who had experienced yoga here. I came to embrace the full ashram experience and to do so over the time period of my wife's sudden and tragic death one year earlier - it was an important part of my healing process. I was not disappointed on any aspect. As I was not totally sure of what to expect I came with a total open spirit and attitude. I booked the "Positive Thinking" and "Introduction to Yoga" courses - both were excellent. I gained a new perspective on meditation and especially on the complete spectrum of a yogi life. The staff were warm, understanding and compassionate. That all being said this is not for everyone - if you're looking for upscale accommodations, "westernized" yoga and if you're not willing to adopt the full ashram experience openly then this is not for you. It clearly was the "right place" for the many repeat guests that I met during my ten day stay."

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  • Review by Martha
    10 out of 10

    "It is a nice place for peace and quiet, to find yourself. Welcome by reception was very helpful; everything well coordinated. Members of staff are very accommodating... We had the best type of room: ocean view, comfortable beds, plenty of space, balcony, normal bathroom, kitchenette. The yoga and meditation programs are lead by very enthusiastic yogis; I'm a beginner and they were very kind and careful helping so I didn't do more than I could. Food was gourmet; the best hummus ever, best pizza also (and I have being in Grimaldi's) Convenient boat to take you to/from the Ashram), like private beach... Hardly 5 people at the time; calm and clean water... We did snorkeling and saw a few variety of fish. It is next to Atlantis, if you crave for modern stuff too :) the boutique has everything you need at very convenient prices... Clothes with nice designs too... I would be back tomorrow if I could... Loved the place!!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Well, you can't beat the value of this lovely garden spot that shares a beach, but not an attitude, with the massive Atlantis resort. The deluxe beachfront rooms have private balconies that overlook the powder-sand beach with that crystal-clear Bahamas water. The rooms, which can only be booked if you have at least two people, also have private bath and a refrigerator, which we used mostly to keep cold water. Other accommodations are not quite as nice. Some have shared bath facilities that you have to go outside and down a path to get to, so be careful to read the descriptions about what you're booking. This is an ashram, where people live and worship (although they don't really call it that), and they do have rules which you must abide, including no alcohol, no smoking, and no meat, fish or eggs allowed on the premises. They also don't want you to have coffee, but you can walk down to the Starbucks at Atlantis or do what we did and bring your Starbucks Via packets with you. The price of your stay includes two delicious vegetarian, mostly vegan, meals per day, two or more yoga classes (I did three daily) and, if you're up for it, morning and evening meditation, chanting and a lesson or program of some sort. The food is plentiful and really, really good if you love vegetables, as I do. Definitely, this is not the place for every vacationer, but if you just want to kick back, relax and eat healthy food, go for it. The yoga classes aren't hard. You can do it!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "This place is like paradise! I did my yoga teacher's training in the Sivananda ashram in India and am familiar with the schedule of the ashram. I went during the busy time of the year and thus the place was totally packed!!! I believe the food quality suffered a lil because of that. Other than that, everything about this place was simply amazing. We got one of the worst rooms (right next to the dining hall!) but if didn't really matter as we were hardly ever in the room. The beach behind the ashram is to DIE FOR!!! The ashram feel was obviously a lot more authentic in India but this place is great as a balance of vacation plus spiritual journey :) The classes are really nice - if you have an idea of what SVN classes are like. I'll def be back!"

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  • Review by Lisa from Fort Lauderdale, USA
    10 out of 10

    " This was an amazing experience for me and my friend. Both of us are yoga enthusiasts but are not yogis by any stretch of the imagination. We go to our local studio when we can and hopefully get a few classes in a week. We were set to go on a yoga retreat at a hotel in the Keys last May but it was cancelled. We found this ashram and since we live in South Fla., it is not too far away. As many reviewers have said, this is not a hotel!With that said, the beachfront room we had was clean and livable and had a million dollar view. The AC cooled down the room quickly and the first night, I was freezing and I needed an extra blanket. There are other room options available but we wanted AC and a private bath (and a water kettle to heat up water). The ashram is beautiful. The grounds are lush and tropical. The boat ride over was easy breezy. Check-in was simple. You must understand what you are here for. It is not a yoga retreat that we see advertised at the local yoga studios. It is not fancy and it is a particular style of yoga that is practiced here. Prior to visiting, it may be advisable to check out the style on you-tube.I prefer a challenging flow class. This is not that. It is a series of 12 poses that are held for up to 2 minutes with sivasana in between. The poses are done in a particular order and they change a little but mostly you get sun salutations, headstand (which I cannot do. It did not matter), shoulder stand, bridge, fish etc. There are 2 breathing exercises done before this all starts. So, I imagine that it is much different than what most people are familiar with.I did not love it but I did not hate it either. It was somewhat meditative and hearing the waves and the seagulls was magical! I did see a review stating that the beachfront platform is never used. This was used for all of the intermediate classes except for the one morning it rained. When it rains, the classes are held at the front of the ashram on a covered deck. It is also a beautiful spot with a nice breeze. We attended one meditation and satsang just to see what it was like. Well, it was interesting and different and everyone should do it once while you are there. It is part of the experience.As someone else here said, there is a "mandatory" schedule but as a yoga vacationer, you can do what you want and that is what we did! Met some lovely people. Everyone was super nice and the yoga instructors were more than happy to answer any questions or help in any way. The food is good. Everything was flavorful. The homemade bread is made in the morning and you smell it being baked while you are practicing yoga!You also see all of the veggies and fruit being chopped and peeled so you know it is fresh as can be! It is served cafeteria style (all dishes are stainless steel) and I never had to wash my dishes while I was there but would have been glad to if asked. You have to understand that breakfast is going to have a lot of vegetables. There is fruit too along with jam, butter, and peanut butter. Homemade granola is available as well.Yes, you do see some of what was at dinner the night before at breakfast but there is an abundance of new, fresh stuff as well. The location is beautiful and the beach is probably one of the most beautiful I have seen and I have been to beaches all over the world! So, even if you are a bit out of sorts with the ashram idea, the beach is worth the price of admission! It is also a 10 minute walk to Atlantis so, although it is not encourage, we went to visit a few time.It is a nice diversion but a shock to the system after being in such a peaceful place for a few days! So, in a nutshell, if you want a true ashram experience and are open-minded and willing to embrace what Sivananda has to offer, you will be fine and will love it. If you are expecting anything else, wait for one of those yoga retreats to Costa Rica or Mexico that I occasionally see organized."

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  • Review by Beth G. from Pine Beach, New Jersey
    10 out of 10

    " Things I wish I had known: bring your own tea bags, hot water is available all day long. Bring fewer clothes. You won't need much. Everything else I felt truly prepared for. If you are a female, try to go when you are not menstruating - you will get more out of the asana experience, and facilities are difficult for managing your period. Things I did know - be prepared to be flexible with your showering routine, you will most likely be sharing bathroom time.Bring flip flops, loose clothing, a large refillable water bottle and refill it all day long, bring a journal and some self-development books you've been meaning to get to. Bring a bathing suit and your own beach towel, and spend some time at the beautiful, relaxing beach. Bring a few kind bars, protein bars, or granola bars, though you will be surprised that you are really not more hungry. Whether you are a beginner or advanced, you will find growth and peace through this experience.It's not just about the asana, this true ashram emphasizes spiritual development with silent group meditation twice per day, followed by chanting and lecture. No worries, though, everyone is free to experience or not experience - take what you can. There are no judgements here. If you can, schedule a massage or Ayurvedic reading. This is the type of place where you will find very experienced therapists. I had a Thai yoga massage on my first full day at the ashram, and I have no doubt it contributed to my being able to get deeper into my yoga poses. And, finally, the food is excellent, whole food, and you will likely not be hungry. "

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  • Review by Shepaksova from Russia
    10 out of 10

    " Reading all the reviews, my mom and I were skeptical about this place. We are both relative beginners when it comes to yoga and yogi culture. Our experience surpassed our expectations by leaps and bounds! It was incredible! Yoga: This was the highlight! There are beginner and intermediate classes offered at both times. They include wonderful breathing exercises followed by sun salutations and asanas. The teachers are kind and accommodating.There are always modifications offered for all levels. My mom has never done yoga before and has an elbow injury so she was nervous to try it. She ended up loving it. Room - beachfront deluxe: This room is definitely worth the splurge! Everything was new and clean. Great washroom, new ac, memory foam mattress. The ocean view and sound was stunning. All necessities were there (towels, beach towels, soap, lots of tp, bug spray).No room service but you can switch your towels and sheets at designated times. Satsangs, speakers, performances: One thing to note is that no-one is forcing you to do anything. If you want to wake up at noon and chill on the beach all day, you can. However, the special guest speakers are worth hearing and the satsangs (at least the evening ones) are worth attending. The satsang chanting might seem a little weird at first but it can be very fun if you open your mind and get into it.The whole culture of the ashram is definitely different from city life but it is very interesting... And you can take from it what is useful for you. Food: Food was great! Fresh, nothing processed. A variety if salads, cooked veggies, some fruit, rice, soups, pasta or stir fry, fresh baked bread and daily surprises (like pizza and ice cream). Enough food and variety to fill you up and give you clean energy for the day.We are not vegetarians but felt so happy and satisfied with the meals. This truly was an incredible, enriching vacation and we can't wait to go back again! "

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  • Review by Lisa from Sydney, Australia
    10 out of 10

    " Coming here as a Karma Yogi (for the beach, the sunshine and the yoga), I quickly got sucked into a spiritual vortex that has become truly life changing. Not only was I able to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean, listen to amazing guest speakers from all walks of life (quantum physics and Jewish mysticism anyone?) and eat food that has been blessed to the point of perfection, but I also discovered a path that I feel that I can stay on forever.The ashram was able to provide me with guidance on how to live a life without discouraging my own traditions and has truly given me a new outlook on life. If you need to recharge your batteries and to be in a place of peace and harmony (with the occasional YMCA playing from a party boat, just to break the ice and put a smile on your face) then this is the place to be. Welcome to Paradise! "

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  • Review by Kelly A. from Canada
    8 out of 10

    " I went to the ashram and got an excellent nutrition workshop by Katie Papo who actually taught me things about nutrition I did not know (and I know nutrition). I wish all nutrition experts could be as forward thinking and educated on nutrition as Katie Papo - great work - when you come back to the ashram I look forward to signing up for your courses! Room Tip: If you want privacy get a Tent condo - great for relaxing and grounding. "

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  • Review by Janet K. from New Jersey, USA
    8 out of 10

    " This is a true Ashram - not a hotel. The point is meditation which is achieved through diet (2 meals per day - vegetarian - period), exercise (yoga - excellent), service (yes you will work on the ashram), group meditation and chanting (early morning on the beach is best). Bedrooms are sparse - most don't have private bathrooms, many stay in tents. There is no room service - you are expected to serve. The bells will awaken you very early in the morning. If you follow the rules - you will achieve meditation and complete relaxation. The only drawback is the Atlantis Hotel is a short walk down the beach "

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  • Review by Effi

    "The physical space is sweet, very cute, and rustic but charming, there were aspects of my stay that I enjoyed very much and others I found quite dissapointing, I wish I had known that, if I was going to be there over a weekend I could expect to feel like I was sleeping in a night club for 3 nights in a row, or there would be lots of noise from cruise ships and party boats, but mostly the night club noise was a shocker and would have been good to be prepared for that, or people waking up at 4:30 am and having crazy loud conversations every day in common sleeping areas without regard even when asked in a polite manner, noise was an issue for me, there were lots of spaces where one could sit to think or write or meditate or whatever which was fantastic.The one thing that I found a bit difficult was that on a few occasions I heard and saw "yoga" staff talking to or treating "local staff" in a completely rude and disrespectful tone, that from a yoga retreat which would if I'm not wrong would be more respectful of the way they communicate, kinda of a bummer."

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  • Review by Dawn from USA
    6 out of 10

    "I did the beginners yoga, and the classes, teachers, and lectures were very good (8 out of 10). I learned a great deal about yoga, meditation, and breathing techuniques to help me improve my practice. It was wonderful to be outdoors doing yoga as well as the Satsang's which I enjoyed morning and evening.The facility amenities were basic. My single room was small clean and tidy with AC but no sink. The bed mattress was very thin and hard on a wooden base which I found uncomfortable, especially after a full day of yoga practice.The food was very good, however the timing of the meals was very strict and one felt rushed to get in line and eat at the given times of 10:00am and 6:00pm. The communal women's bathrooms definitely needed to be upgraded and cleaned more during the day to accommodate the number of guests (5 out of 10).The beach was beautiful and the ambiance of the retreat was warm and friendly. This was a retreat to recharge and learn, which I definitely achieved. Even though the place needs some upgrades it is a place of peace and joy!"

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  • Review by Hollie from Pennsylvania, USA
    10 out of 10

    "My daughters and I went to the Ashram on a Yoga Vacation and it was absolutely amazing! What a beautiful place - scenery, accommodations and spirit. It was an excellent value with clean rooms (I did not see one bug except for the flying ones!) and good clean healthy food. The true value was in the yoga and meditation practice that was available with a wonderfully supportive and helpful community.I had not done yoga before and I was a little intimated for about a minute! Then I felt so welcome and so supported that I was able to really expand my knowledge and practice and feel totally comfortable. Bring sunscreen because the beach is beautiful and leave the computer, etc at home. There is wifi which I used for periodic check ins with home but aside from that, prepare to leave the world behind and become a part of something amazing!Room Tip: If you usually need the bathroom in the middle of then night, chose a room close the bathrooms."

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  • Review by a traveler from Montpelier, Vermont
    8 out of 10

    " I have stayed at this ashram a number of times each time staying a week to two weeks. The yoga twice a day is incredible. I have never gone on a vacation and come away feeling so good as when I have stayed here and done this program "

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  • Review by Lizzie from Oakville, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "When I went to the ashram I found more than what I was looking for. My goal was to become a yoga teacher, which I accomplished, and I also found a deeper understanding of my own spirituality, with more knowledge than I could have imagined. This is not a place to just touch the surface of yoga but a place where true yoga is practiced, lived, and taught.You can learn as much as you want, the search for knowledge is encouraged and everyone is welcome. They bring speakers and musicians from all over the world to teach, share, and play for us. Every morning and every night you have the chance to learn something amazing from leaders on their fields. I am not a vegetarian but the food was so delicious and there was such a variety of options that the transition was seamless and painless.I not only became a yoga teacher, I found myself some amazing and like-minded loving friends. The beach is so beautiful it would have made my trip worth it on itself. This is a very powerful spiritual place to grow and bloom. I loved it so much I have returned to take two extra courses!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Indianapolis, USA
    10 out of 10

    " You better truly be a yogini if you want to experience an ashram communal lifestyle. No frill accommodations - small rooms or tents. It is a spiritual experience with excellent communal vegetarian food that is served in vats cafeteria style. The gong rings at 6 a.m. for chanting, then breakfast, then 10:00 a.m. asanas. Then lunch, rest time with great swimming in the sea. 4:00 p.m. yoga class again, dinner, gong rings for chanting, meditation and incredible guest speakers on different themes. See website. Be careful with people taking things. Someone took my favorite Keen sandals before meditation. I was very upset but finally they were returned the day I left. Be prepared for that kind of Karma!"

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  • Review by Parvati from Vienna, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I was thinking about why I love this place so much and why I come here from so far away. In one sentence, I feel at home. Once you come by the boat and you enter the wonderful garden, youll feel like immediately leaving your daily life behind you. The surroundings make it easy to relax. You attend 2 meditation sessions a day, have the possibility to do asanas and pranayama twice a day, and you get delicious fresh foods. The wonderful side effect is that every time I go, I lose weight without being hungry.There are so many nice people to talk to and you will never feel lonely. My main purpose of coming here are the swamis, who lead you sometimes only by their presence, to peace, and happiness. Im looking forward to coming back as soon as possible and for as long as possible."

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  • Review by Marina from East Brunswick, New Jersey
    10 out of 10

    "I visited Sivananda Yoga Retreat Bahamas in March 2014. The place is located right on the most beautiful beach. The life in the ashram is simple and modest. But the energy is very high. The day is full of activities - meditation, chanting, yoga classes, karma yoga, workshops, and beach time.The teachers are excellent. I took the beginner yoga class. It completely changed my understanding of the philosophy of yoga. From 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., my energy level was high. I was in peace and harmony. It is also a place for soul healing. I am planning to come back soon to learn more."

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  • Review by Sivan from Tel Aviv, Israel
    10 out of 10

    "This yoga retreat is located on a breathtaking beach. The yoga platforms are on the water creating the perfect view for the practice of asanas, meditation, chanting, or just eating great vegetarian meals. I have been in the ashram mainly for the teachers training course. This course was one of the most important, life-changing experiences that I had. This place allows you to look inwards, absorbing your true self with love and compassion.I arrived on my own and left with a lot of meaningful friendships from all around the world. I highly recommend this place during the high season or low, for solo travelers who seek to deepen their spiritual quest, for couples who look for a quite simple and meaningful vacation, and even for families that wish to give depth and simplicity to their loved ones.The most amazing thing in this place, other than the great yoga teachers, is great food, amazing beach, and interesting people. The whole place is run by yogis and volunteers who give their heart to the people around them and maintain the magic of this sacred place on paradise. "

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  • Review by Julie from Montreal, Canada
    9 out of 10

    "I had the information about the ashram Sivananda Bahamas from a Montreal yoga teacher. I booked without knowing what it would be like. I did this trip by myself. I really enjoyed participating in the ashram routine, the meditation and yoga sessions, both happening twice a day. The environment was exactly as presented on the website. It is called "Paradise Island": it is truly a small piece of paradise!The food was delicious and fresh. The tent huts and sanitary installations are perfectly clean and comfortable. The people I met there, the staffs as well as other visitors, were interesting and open minded. I truly recommend this experience. I did already to all of my family and friends. And I will definitely book another retreat in the following months."

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