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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in the USA.
The Sivananda Yoga Ranch offers you this wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of city living. This yoga retreat is designed to recharge your energy, rejuvenate your body and mind, and leave you feeling inspired, refreshed, centered, and peaceful. You will have a chance to do a peaceful country walk or relax and detoxify in the wood burning sauna. There will be plenty of free time for whatever your choice. This yoga retreat is a unique opportunity to relax, a break from the stresses and strains of your daily life. It is not like any other holiday you have experienced.
Ashrams usually represent a return to a simpler way of living, which is very different to a hotel. Generally there is a more communal atmosphere and often an expectation that guests will pitch in with whatever needs doing.
Sivananda Yoga Ranch's single rooms are perfect for visitors seeking private sleeping quarters. Each of these rooms is furnished with one single bed and a dresser and / or closet and includes the use of shared bathroom facilities.
The ranch's double rooms are an excellent option for visitors who are seeking more private room accommodations with only one additional roommate. They are very well suited for couples or a two-person registration. Each of these rooms is furnished with a twin bed and a dresser and / or closet and includes the use of shared bathroom facilities.
The ranch's single-gendered shared rooms are ideal for visitors who seek a more reasonable accommodation rate while still having all the comforts of being indoors. Bedding and towels are provided. Each of these rooms is furnished with 3-4 single beds per room (typically one bunk bed and one single bed) and includes the use of shared bathroom facilities. Please note that if you are registering individually, you will be sharing a space with roommates.
The yoga ranch's camping option is ideal for visitors seeking private sleeping out under the stars. You can reconnect with nature on the ranch's 77 acres of rolling forested hills in the Catskill Mountains. Each of the yoga ranch's campers is offered the use of the shared indoor shower and restroom facilities. Please bring your own tent, tarps, pillows, bedding (or sleeping bag), camping, and rain gear.
Sivananda Yoga Ranch's single apartments are a superb choice for visitors seeking a quieter and private experience. Each of these rooms is furnished with one single bed and a dresser and / or closet and offers a private deck, sitting area, private bathroom, and private bedroom.
The ranch's shared apartments are perfect for families or a small group of friends looking to share in a comfortable and private dwelling space. Each of these rooms is furnished with three or four single beds, sitting area, and a dresser and / or closet and includes a private bathroom.
Available year round, Sivananda Yoga Ranch's yoga vacation program is designed to recharge your energy, rejuvenate your body and mind, and leave you feeling inspired, centered, and peaceful. Whether you are new to yoga or a well-established practitioner, this yoga vacation program invites you to step outside the challenges and complexities of everyday life and return to what’s important. You will reconnect with yourself and immerse yourself in Sivananda Yoga Ranch's traditional ashram environment set on 77 acres of beautiful wooded land in the Catskill Mountains. You will transform your life.
This powerful and harmonious program is based on the Five Points of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda. The secret is in tuning to the ashram’s daily schedule. You can come for a weekend, a week, or better yet, stay for a couple weeks to experience the complete benefits a yoga lifestyle offers. You will begin to discover your true nature and develop skills to improve the health of your body and mind. You will establish a solid foundation to living a life of peace and happiness. The yoga ranch also offers special theme retreats to enhance your experience even further. These range from learning how to cook great vegetarian food to enjoying the performances of special music guests from around the world and much more.
The Sivananda Yoga Ranch, an inspiring community of kindred spirits working together, is the perfect environment for you to practice Karma yoga (selfless service) on your yoga vacation. All guests are encouraged to participate for 45 minutes to an hour a day. Helping around the ashram not only gives you the opportunity to meet like-minded practitioners, connect, and be a part of this community, but it’s also a yogic gift that opens you into a deeper understanding of yourself. Being the first path of the Four Paths of Yoga, Karma yoga is the foundation on which all yogic practice is based.
After closely observing the lifestyles and needs of people in the West, Swami Vishnudevananda noted that the ancient wisdom of yoga can be synthesized into five basic principles, which can easily be incorporated into your own lifestyle to provide the foundation for healthy living. It is around these five principles that the activities at the Sivananda Yoga Ranch and the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center New York City are based.
The asanas not only produce a strong healthy body but as exercises in meditation, they provide deep and powerful inner benefits.
These specific breathing techniques align you with your natural energy, creating physical and mental rejuvenation, and promoting optimum health.
Yoga teaches three levels of relaxation, which are physical, mental, and spiritual. Savasana is a vital part of keeping the body, mind, and spirit healthy.
A yogi eats with awareness, choosing food that has the most positive effect on the body and mind and the least negative effect on the environment.
Life is evolving and accelerating. With vedanta and meditation, the mind becomes calm and steady. Meditation is especially helpful for those with stressful lives.
Please note that satsang consists of silent meditation, kirtan / chanting, and spiritual lecture.
Nestled in the beautiful rolling Catskill Mountains, just 100 miles outside New York City, the Sivananda Yoga Ranch is a peaceful haven where people of all walks of life come together to practice yoga, meditation, and get in touch with their true divine self.
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You will get daily delicious organic vegetarian brunch and dinner. The Sivananda Yoga Ranch is strictly vegetarian. Meat, fowl, fish, and eggs are not allowed on the grounds. Moreover, garlic and onions are also not allowed in the yogic diet.
You will have access to the traditional Russian banya or wood-burning sauna during this retreat. The traditional Russian banya or wood burning sauna is a favorite among guests seeking detoxification, wanting to soothe sore muscles, or simply looking for a warm place for reflection. The panoramic view of the pond and forest as you step inside is ideal for contemplation and deepening the sense of relaxation. There is a rinse-only shower located inside and outside the sauna building. This is a co-ed sauna so please wear a bathing suit. This place is open on Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Please book your flight to arrive at LaGuardia Airport (LGA). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
Although there are several airports in the greater New York City area and they all have shuttle / transit service to New York’s Port Authority, the one Sivananda Yoga Ranch recommend is LaGuardia Airport (LGA) for it is being the easiest in getting to the Port Authority and then taking the bus to the Sivananda Yoga Ranch.
Traveling to the Sivananda Yoga Ranch by the short line bus takes roughly two-half hours. The trip requires two bus tickets which are one ticket from New York City to Monticello and another ticket from Monticello onto Woodbourne. The cost is roughly 34 USD in total for the two tickets (68 USD for round-trip).
For the guests’ convenience, Sivananda Yoga Ranch happily offers both pick-up and drop-off shuttle service from the Citgo bus stop in Woodbourne.
Your initial bus trip purchase from New York City onto Woodbourne can be made at the Port Authority in New York City. Your return bus trip can be purchased there as well, or here which will be at a 10% discount to what it costs in the New York City.
If you are already made it to the Port Authority, please let the bus services ticket agent (stationed on the 2nd floor) know you’d like to purchase a bus trip through Monticello onto Woodbourne (two tickets which are 34 USD each).
Once you complete the first leg of the trip and arrive in Monticello, please give us a call to let Sivananda Yoga Ranch knows. The next bus ride from Monticello to Woodbourne is a local route, making stops at places like Walmart, the gas station, and the grocery store. Please let the bus driver know that you want to get dropped off at the Citgo gas station in Woodburne, and welcome to the life in a small town.
Sivananda Yoga Ranch will be waiting for you at the bus stop. If for any reason you arrive and the shuttle service isn’t there waiting to greet you, please give Sivananda Yoga Ranch a quick call and Sivananda Yoga Ranch will be right there to pick you up.
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