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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas

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On the Beach Nassau Bahahamas, 4777 New Providence Island
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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.
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Vacation700739 wrote a review Aug 2021
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Something not right with the senior swamis- no compassion, no empathy and they don’t practice what they preach. An idyllic retreat and an idyllic location. At surface level, it was wonderful. But the senior swamis are IMO hypocritical. I find it hard to understand how a senior Swami who practices yoga and vedantic lifestyle can be grossly overweight. However the senior Swami here seems to enjoy a gluttonous lifestyle and I heard from one karma yogi he has pizza shipped over from Nassau (hardly the sattvic diet they preach). Two of the senior staff I encountered, whilst lovely people, appear timid and meek and almost scared to me. It really didn’t sit well with me. Having now read about the allegations of abuse within the organisation, this might be an explanation of what I witnessed. It’s not right for me to speculate, but I would offer a word of caution to anyone wanting an authentic tic yogic experience. I had a wonderful time at the ashram, but throughout my 4 weeks there, something didn’t and never has sat well with me about the conduct of the senior leaders. What is now unfolding in the press seems to support my personal experience and gut feeling. Do your research before you attend
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Bell543 wrote a review Jun 2021
Atlanta, GA1 contribution3 helpful votes
My name is Stuti. My parents are from India, my first language was Hindi and I have been reciting Sanskrit verses since I was a toddler. My name has always been difficult for white people to pronounce and they end up calling me "Studi." On the boat to the retreat, a white volunteer asked my friend (also Indian) and I our names. I said "Stuti" and pronounced it correctly. The boat motor was very load and he could not hear me. He asked me to repeat it a couple times and he still could not hear/ understand. Finally I said "Studi" and he was able to hear that. Since it took him so long to hear me, I said something like "yeah, it's a hard name" and he said "there are plenty of people here who have Sanskrit names, I think I can handle Studi." Stuti is Sanskrit by the way. I did not tell him this, I was so surprised someone could be that ignorant that I didn't know what to say. In check in, I did not want to deal with this kind of dilemma again, so I told the person at check in my name was "Studi". This European white person in the check in room started saying Stuti over and over again, with "correct" pronunciation (he had quite good pronunciation but it was not completely right.) I don't know why he was doing that, like he thought he needed to tell me how to pronounce it. Later at dinner, my friend and I ended up having a long conversation with two white girls who "lovvveeee yoga and spirituality." Towards the end of the conversation, we realized we had never introduced ourselves and they asked our names. I said I was Stuti and my friend (who also has a Sanskrit name) introduced herself. They asked us if those were our real names or our "spiritual" names (many people who are at this retreat long term assign themselves "spiritual" Sanskrit names). We told them they were our real names... how can these people who love yoga not realize that these names are part of our real everyday culture just like David and John are names from the Judeo-Christian culture? I was honestly just really shocked at the ignorance. The yoga was ok, if you are not an Indian person with a Sanskrit name, maybe you will enjoy this experience.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Romi B wrote a review Mar 2020
Molezzano, Italy2 contributions
I really enjoyed the yoga vacation in the ashram. Very authentic, good people, amazing food, good&positive vibes. Beautiful private beach. In case you’re seeking for a spiritual journey and experience this is definitely the place.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Elana F wrote a review Feb 2020
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I was recently at the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas it was so wonderful. I have been to the Val Morin location and decided to visit Nassau too. It offered wonderful yoga and healthy food and was just the healthy week I needed to try some rest and be active as well. Wonderful peaceful place.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from SivanandaBahamas, Guest Relations Manager at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas
Responded 28 Feb 2020
Thank you, We are so glad you had such a wonderful visit at the ashram, and that you enjoyed the wonderful Yoga classes and healthy - tasty food. Come back to us soon.
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AlexisChesney wrote a review Feb 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
This is my fifth time to the yoga retreat. It has become my annual gift to myself for self-care and deepening my spiritual practice. I love the community here. I appreciate the opportunity to meditate, chant, do yoga and learn about the teachings everyday. Accommodations are clean and simple. There are two delicious healthy vegetarian meals served per day. There is always someone presenting on an interesting topic. The beach is absolutely gorgeous and quite private. People are very kind, friendly and respectful. For me, this ashram provides the perfect intersection of spiritual community and the ocean.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from SivanandaBahamas, Guest Relations Manager at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas
Responded 28 Feb 2020
Thank you Alexis, We are so glad you found the ashram so nourishing and keep coming every year for self-care and deepening your spiritual practice. We love that you love our community, the accommodations and the tasty vegetarian food, and that enjoy our activities including meditation, chant, asana classes, teachings and the beautiful beach. Looking forward to seeing you back soon.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas
Which popular attractions are close to Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas?
Nearby attractions include Kay's Fine Jewelry (1.1 km), Tag Heuer Boutique (1.0 km), and Diamonds International Nassau (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and breakfast buffet.
What food & drink options are available at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Matisse, Athena Cafe & Bar, and The Bearded Clam Sports Bar.
Are there any historical sites close to Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Queen's Staircase (0.9 km), Fort Charlotte (2.6 km), and Fort Fincastle (1.3 km).
Does Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.