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