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December 4 - 31, 2013
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June 19 - 23 & July 3 - 7, 2013

July 15 -18, 2013


July 25 - 29, 2013

June 24 - 28 & August 8 - 12, 2013
JUNE 2 - 6
Gracious Living Yoga Lifestyle Retreat
Grace Van Berkum
JUNE 3 - 8
Energy Applied to Health
Cairo Rocha
JUNE 10 - 14
Create Your Sacred Space: Introduction to Vastu Shastra
Olga Mandodari (Narayani)
JUNE 14 - 16
Healing the Light Body: Exploring Shamanic Medicine
Theodore Tsavoussis
JUNE 17 - 21
Yoga and Aromatherapy to Relieve Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Aira Guevara (Rukmini)
JUNE 20 - 23
Depression and Anxiety: Yogic Perspective and Remedies
JUNE 24 - 26
The Power of Asanas: Uncovering the Effects on Your Body, Mind and Spirit
Maria Fernanda Tresslar (Parvati)
JUNE 28 - 30
Yoga for the Spine: Back Awareness Workshops
Michael Pyfrom
JULY 29 - AUG 1
Make Peace with Your Mind: The Conquest of Anger

As the high season winds down here at the Yoga Retreat, the close-knit community of the ashram begins to shine. If you're looking for a more personal experience, with one-on-one attention from our experienced instructors, now is the perfect time to visit the Retreat.

This month, our senior staff can assist you with creating a stable base for your practice with one of our Foundation Courses. June also features a variety of programs on how to cope with emotional issues in unique ways, like how to use aromatherapy to deal with stress, anxiety or depression or how asanas affect your mind and spirit. Dr. Michael Pyfrom will also present workshops on Yoga for the Spine.

So, come, connect with that still space inside your heart, find your bliss, and join us at the Ashram soon!

Om Shanti. Om Peace.
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas
Love, Wisdom, and Realized Souls
Swami Swaroopananda discusses love and wisdom as they relate to the paths of Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga, as well as the role of love and suffering for Realized Beings.

The Way of Faith and How to Find It
Q & A with Swami Swaroopananda

What is faith, and how does one acquire it?

Answer: First of all we have to understand that faith is not blind belief but a way of knowing that does not come through the five senses, or through the intellect, but through the avenue of higher intuition, an intuition that is the result of the purification of the mind, and more importantly, the purification of the heart.

How do we purify the heart? In yoga we purify the heart by the practice of karma yoga, or selfless service to all fellow beings. The method is very simple: In small ways, we have to start serving others. We also have to stop thinking that we are the most important people in this universe, because we are not. In karma yoga, the most important person is our fellow being. The idea is that this I-I-I-me-me-me has to go gradually. Usually, when we come to a place we think, "What can I get out of it?" Rarely do we think, "What can I give to it?" This is how our psyche works. In karma yoga, this ego-centric tendency is replaced by the love of our fellow beings and the desire to alleviate or remove the suffering of our fellow beings, to improve their situation, to cheer them, and this can take many forms.

Every moment offers us an opportunity to serve, although it's not really an issue of quantity - how much did I serve? Even small service is important. For example, there is a person in the Bahamas who in my opinion is a saint. I've known him for many years; Swami Vishnudevananda also knew him. He is Christian, and he is like the Mother Theresa of the Bahamas. He's a saint. One day I asked him, "What is your secret?" He said, "It's very simple. Every day you should do one good deed. That's it. Every day, do one good deed. Simple." I meditated upon this and I found it profound, and also true. So when it comes to karma yoga, it's not the quantity that counts, it's the persistence. We have to persevere. The ego-centric tendency has to go. Interestingly, the person who will benefit the most from this practice is the karma yogi himself! People ask how to be happy. It's very simple. Make another person happy, cheer another person; it is the easiest way. You can be egotistic the whole day, and just one act of karma yoga is enough. It doesn't have to be a lot to purify the heart, and when the heart is pure, faith will come. It will come to the degree that the heart is pure.

Faith is not what people think. It is not blind belief; it is knowledge. I remember reading from the New Testament when Jesus was asking his disciples, "Can't you believe without seeing?" It's easy to believe after seeing, right? Everyone can do it. But can you believe without seeing? Faith is like this; faith is knowledge, not through the senses or the intellect, but through a much higher faculty. The way to achieve it is practical and it would definitely benefit everyone: karma yoga, selfless service to our fellow beings.

Om Shanti, Om Peace
Swami Swaroopananda, Director


Swami Swaroopananda is the Acharya (spiritual director) of Sivananda Yoga Centers and Ashrams on the West Coast of the United States, in the Middle East, and in the Bahamas, and is one of the foremost disciples of Swami Vishnudevananda. This article is from one of his spontaneous question and answer sessions, which he frequently offers at Sivananda centers and ashrams all over the world.

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Yoga Retreat Awarded 'Certificate of Excellence'
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An Easy Pranayama Practice While Walking
From the Science of Pranayama by Swami Sivananda

Walk with head up, shoulders back and with chest expanded. Inhale slowly through both nostrils counting OM mentally 3 times, one count for each step. Then retain the breath till you count 12 OMs. Then exhale slowly through both nostrils till you count 6 OMs. Take the respiratory pause or rest after one Pranayama counting 12 OMs. If you find it difficult to count OM with each step, count OM without having any concern with the steps.

Kapalabhati can also be done during walking. Those who are very busy can practise the above Pranayama during their morning and evening walks. It is like killing two birds with one stone. You will find it very pleasant to practise Pranayama while walking in an open place, when delightful gentle breeze is blowing. You will be invigorated and innervated quickly to a considerable degree. Practise, feel and realise the marked, beneficial influence of this kind of Pranayama. Those who walk briskly, repeating OM mentally or verbally do practise natural Pranayama without any effort.

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