Last year I spent 10 days as a vacationer at the Ashram. This ideal setting is perfectly beautiful, especially as a winter escape from Canada. I was warned to bring some snacks because I cannot wait until 10 am to eat. I quickly learned to package up some of the wonderful home made bread and peanut butter for a mid day snack. Doing 4 hours of Yoga a day was too much for my body. On days I didn't want to push that, I did other things. Being an Ashram there are differences from a traditional vacation property, the chanting, temple, 4 hours of yoga a day, no coffee. Knowing this before I went made all the difference. If you come expecting Club Med drinking and partying you will be upset. If you come to find some peace, experience a different culture and perhaps learn or deepen your yoga practice you will be thrilled! I will return again and again. I miss being there! I loved it so much I came back for Yoga teacher training this year. This is not an easy program, it certainly had enormous personal challenges. I came home with far more than I imagined. The rigorous schedule was challenging. The lectures, Bhagavad Gita with Shankar, philosophy, physiology with Swamiji and chanting with Ishawara were incredible. I feel so fortunate to have been taught by these incredibly knowledgeable people. The people I met, other students, staff and volunteers and the vacationers were exceptional. As with any population, some people are easier to be with than others and this too provided me tremendous learning I am blessed to have. Most of the staff are volunteers some more professional than others. Whether I enjoyed the beach, afternoon workshops, yoga classes or socializing, my experience was tremendous. I highly recommend this property to anyone for who needs some nourishment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Yoga Retreat is a spiritual center & retreat place offering courses and workshops and yoga vacation. The daily schedule includes two yoga classes, two Satsangs (meditation sessions) and two vegetarian meals. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Hotel Paradise Island
- Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas/Paradise Island