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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch

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500 Budd Rd, Woodbourne, NY 12788-0195
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#1 of 2 Specialty lodging in Woodbourne
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The Yoga Ranch was founded in 1974 by Swami Vishnudevananda to provide a peaceful retreat structured around a full immersion into Yogic living and nurtured with the natural beauty of the lush mountains. The simple living close to nature quiets the mind and prepares it for meditation and the high thinking of the Vedanta philosophy. Asanas (yoga postures), Pranayama (breathing techniques), vegetarian meals, chanting, and working together in Karma Yoga help complete your Yoga experience. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the propagation of classical Yoga teachings. Experience the empowerment to transform health, relationships, and attitude through practices focusing on the body, mind, and spirit. Awaken a deep inner appreciation for dharmic (sustainable) living. The Yoga Ranch invites you to come explore this adventure in healthy living.
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Maheshwari wrote a review Jan 2020
Naples, Florida2 contributions2 helpful votes
A sanctuary of healing and spiritual growth!! The perfect place to get away breathe in the fresh Catskill mountain air and recharge in a peaceful, clean, natural environment. I came here after the death of my mother when I was broken and consumed with grief, darkness and sadness. The warmth, love, and kindness of the Karma Yogi staff along with the meditation, chanting, and yoga opened my heart and allowed the light back in. The Well-Being Center staff was absolutely wonderful. The treatments literally reconnected me to my body. Thank you so much Ishvari, Krishna Pria, Parameshwara, and Maheshwari for your skill, patience, and love. I will be forever grateful. There is delicious organic vegetarian/vegan food freshly made for every meal. The ashram has its own garden and greenhouse and is lovingly overseen by Sitaram Chaitanya. The grounds are beautiful with gorgeous flower gardens tended by Ambika and gentle hiking trails surround the property. The Ashram offers two Sivananda yoga classes and a variety of interesting workshops. The wood burning Russian sauna is very popular. (pack a bathing suit) The beautiful Satsangs start with meditation and chanting, usually followed a teaching. If you are fortunate to have Satsang with Swami Paramananda or Srinivasan, you will be inspired by their knowledge, devotion, and humor. This experience enabled me to return home and deal with the aftermath of my mother’s death in a clearer and saner manner. It is truly a spiritually charged haven.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Amos R wrote a review Jan 2020
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So happy to have found an authentic Yoga place- with Swami Paramananda as a lead - and a great welcoming attentive team on board that enabled the framework to keep the journey into self - Simple, warm with great vegan food, exceptional sauna, clean accommodation... Amos Rabin
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Room Tip: rooms are clean and simple- the main attraction is the shared public space
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Josefina H wrote a review Jan 2020
New York25 contributions20 helpful votes
I went by myself to visit this place for the first time. I thought that taking public transportation would be difficult. It was easy from New York city to the center. Riding the bus was comfortable and switching to the second bus was also a nice experience.Being there with nature was a relaxing time to disconnect from every body and from everything. It was a wonderful trip. I stayed a few days.The service was excellent and the food was exotic. I enjoyed all activities in the center. I felt safe being in this environment alone.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Colleen M wrote a review Dec 2019
Omagh, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
It was my first time ever at a place like this. Living in NYC and being new to they city, I found it hard to adapt or feel settled. I went there and I felt uncomfortable that there were no locks on the door. Immediately, after to speaking to Tijas, he sorted my situation and moved me. He didn't make me feel silly or out of place. He accommodated as best he could which was perfect. Paul, another member was a friendly face and a lovely honest person. Any question I had about what certain things were like the 'Satsang Chanting' he was welcoming with his information. Everyone was extremely nice. I would definitely go again. The yoga was tough but as a beginner I never felt out of place. It really changed my whole perception on vegan food, yoga and meditation. Thank you to everyone at the ranch!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Room Tip: It was cold when I was there so I brought my own blanket and pillow case as the rooms are basic....
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Michael Minenno wrote a review Nov 2019
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Life at the ashram is full of life and positivity. A place where people from all over the world come to better themselves through living a yogic lifestyle. The food is amazing and abundant. Nothing but good times here 🙏🏽
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Tess Q wrote a review Oct 2019
New York City, New York13 contributions4 helpful votes
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4.8 Rating. Love this place. Blogged about it. Went during the summer for a Hike and Yoga Week; returned in the fall for a Positive Thinking workshop. Get ready for a cleansing experience, spiritually and physically. Though I spoke to several friends who regularly visit both the Ranch and Paradise Island, I knew very little about ashram life and - like many first-time guests - took a day or two to surrender to the rhythm and rituals of the place. No coffee, no dessert, no meat, very spartan but clean and comfortable rooms (with great hot water pressure!), very little intervention from the outside world. Lots of yoga, meditation, nature, 2 delicious and satisfying organic vegan meals a day, interesting guests and staff, all in a beautiful mountain setting. So much can be said about the healing that can happen here. Hope i'm able to maintain the healthy habits back home -
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: I stayed in an apartment with private bath. Note: Many rooms have shared bathroom facilities.
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Esther F wrote a review Sep 2019
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It’s been actually a few Octobers ago that I stayed at the Sivananda Yoga Ranch as a volunteer for a month. It was an enriching experience in a place where the practice of yoga is comprehensive, rigorous and fun! The beautiful scenery, the tasty food, the inspiring teachers... it all induces to deepen in your practice, while relaxing and meeting committed people. The Sivananda teachings resonated with me and it just felt right to be there, it felt like home; the stay nourished me and prepared me for what was coming next in my life. I’m grateful for everyone and everything I encounter at the ranch. I recommend spending time at the Sivananda yoga Ranch as a volunteer or as a guest even if it is just for a weekend! Om
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Zara T wrote a review Sep 2019
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I spent over a month at the Ashram for Yoga Teacher training. It is the most wonderful place, and the epitome of peaceful. It is in a beautiful location, is well run by thoughtful and compassionate people, and has delicious food and beautiful vegetable and flower gardens. I loved walking the trail through the woods on the property. I loved waking up every morning and watching the sun rise over the mountains. I loved the elegant simplicity that is imbued throughout the Ashram. I cannot imagine a better yoga teacher training experience. Every day in Satsang (group meditation/chanting/learning session), Asana classes and lectures, and all the time in between, my mind was filled with meaningful knowledge and divine spirit that helped me to learn not only about teaching yoga, but about how I can be a better person and life a more fulfilled life. If you want to deepen your yoga practice, do it here! I slept in my tent the entire time, which was so much fun, and nice to have my own private space too. I did not mind at all using the (very clean and nice looking) shared bathroom facilities. The community feeling at the Ashram is heart-opening. The rituals and celebrations were joyous. Swami Paramananda is a delightful person and adept manager. All of the staff to a great job. I can't speak highly enough about the Yoga Ranch. Go - for vacation, for a workshop, a training course - but be careful because you may not ever want to leave! Jai!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Marjorie Cohen Vera wrote a review Sep 2019
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As a New Yorker and an at-home yogini in search of a TTC program, I had a bewildering menu of options to choose from. But in seeking an authentically classical, traditional experience that would take me away from the daily grind of city living and totally immerse me in a holistic practice, I found the perfect choice in the TTC program offered by the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch. As the “elder stateswoman” of my group, I was terribly nervous about sharing a “dorm” after decades of being a married person and a mother of young adult children myself - and also of being able to keep up with everyone in class. I went in with the intention of finding my headstand; I came out, quite a bit more physically battered and still without quite having attained that headstand, but having undergone such an ineffable internal - yes - transformation, that I am still overcome with the power of the experience. I connected with my roommates immediately though I was 20 years older than the older one of the two (!), and the group as a whole was so diversely talented and committed and loving. The Catskills setting is stunning and was so uplifting to experience on morning meditation walks. The vegetarian meals were delicious and pleasurable to share in the company of fellow TTCs, karma yogis and guests alike. The only minor quibble I might offer is that some daily fruit would have been appreciated. The schedule was grueling as anticipated, but we all became quickly acclimated and dove in to the rich lectures enthusiastically - Swami Paramananda is charismatic and charming and ridiculously aspirational in his asana practice and teaching. I really miss his joyous Jaya Ganesha at the start of satsang. Swami Satyapremananda is a brilliant Gita scholar, warmly relatable, and also a beautiful kirtan leader. How I loved kirtan at satsang! I never could have expected how my heart would soar during communal chanting! Shakti and Marie, the Dynamic Duo of asana classes, brought such energy, focus and attentiveness to each class, and compassion and sensitivity to our individual capabilities. I really cannot express adequately how incredibly grateful I am to have been able to give myself this birthday present (yes, I had the most humbling, beautiful birthday at the ashram in the middle of the TTC). I am already looking forward to the ATTC next summer! To anyone seeking a short respite from the realities of the workaday life, I encourage them to go in with an open heart and mind, understanding that this is in fact a spiritual community and not a spa resort (though there are excellent yoga classes and workshops and a sauna). And, without question, the TTC program is unparalleled - but again, fair warning, beyond the asana training, it is highly structured, academic, and spiritual all at once. A trainee who goes in prepared to be challenged on all fronts will emerge a fuller, richer person. Om Shanti Shanti 🕉
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Rachel M wrote a review Sep 2019
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I stayed here in a tent for a month for teacher training. Whether staying long term or for a couple days, I highly recommend this lovely ashram to anyone looking to disconnect externally and connect within. It was a nourishing experience for me - delicious healthy food, welcoming community, serenity of nature, talented teachers, sweetly decorated temples, and of course all aspects of the practice. I took meditative hikes through the woods on the property to connect, which always gave me a deep sense of renewal. The sauna is indulgently hot, helping support your body’s detox. The gorgeous sunrises are a daily reminder of the miracle of life. If you’re not familiar with classical yoga, you might like to spend some time on the ashram website to learn about the depth and intent behind the design of every detail from diet to schedule to the asana sequence. It’s all intended to provide the proper support for your practice. Come as you are - you do not need to have any prior experience nor to wait for that elusive perfect moment. Keep an open mind and relax, and you may find all kinds of magic here, especially that which lies within.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Nearby attractions include The Arati Store (4.4 miles) and NY Cosmic Golf (2.4 miles).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Tony's Woodridge Family Restaurant, Le Chocolat of Woodbourne, and Fallsburg Bagels & Bakery.