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December 4 - 31, 2013
January 4 - 31, 2014

February 3 - March 2, 2014
March 5 - April 1, 2014
April 4 - May 1, 2014
May 5 - June 1, 2014

October 5 - 9, 2013
October 27 - 31, 2013
December 1 - 5, 2013

November 24 - 28, 2013

October 10 - 14, 2013
December 15 - 19, 2013
OCT 31 - NOV 3
NOV 1 - 3
Meditation Weekend Retreat  
NOV 9 - 17
Ayurveda Body Treatments Certification Course
Lalita Devi 
NOV 10 - 15
Thai Yoga Massage Level 1
Kam Thye Chow
NOV 11 - 14
Advanced Asana Course
Sylvie Boisclair (Saraswati) 
NOV 14 - 17
Gracious Living 4 Day Liquid Detox
Grace Van Berkum 
NOV 16 - 20
NOV 17 - 22

NOV 18 - 22
Ayurvedic Nutrition: The Art of Conscious Eating
Marisa Laursen (Sri Devi) 

To celebrate the upcoming opening of our high season, we are offering a 25% discount off all November and December course tuition fees to those who register by September 30th.

(The Ayurveda Body Treatment Certification Course is excluded from this offer.)


If you haven't visited us yet this summer, we invite you to take advantage of this time when our senior staff can provide dedicated one-on-one attention to you and your needs. Come for a yoga vacation -- rest and relax, enjoy the beach and a variety of presentations -- and leave feeling rejuvenated and recharged on all levels.

September's offerings include our popular Foundation Courses, introductory programs on Positive Thinking, Yogic Nutrition or Meditation and then the month winds down with instruction on Proper Relaxation Practices. Perfect!


We are also providing a new "Early Bird" promotion for any upcoming 2013-14 Teacher Training Course: a savings of $200 valid until the end of September. So if you're interested in expanding your personal practice or would love to share the knowledge of yoga with others, this is a wonderful time to sign up. Check our website for more information and to register. 


And lastly, to celebrate the upcoming opening of our high season, we are offering a 25% discount off all November and December course tuition fees to those who register by September 30th. (The Ayurveda Body Treatment Certification Course is excluded from this offer.)

So if you've never visited us before, or if you'd like to come see us again, take a look at our calendar and plan your get-away today!

Om Shanti. Om Peace.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas

What is the relationship between grace and karma?
Swami Swaroopananda Q&A: What is the relationship between grace and karma?
World: Real, Unreal or Both?
Q & A with Swami Swaroopananda

If everything is Brahman, is there really any such thing as an individual's past life? Or is there really just a collective evolution?

Both exist, but we first need to understand that many systems of philosophy have appeared within India. There are different points of view, and different ways that Ultimate Reality is described in India, and even within the history of India. Within the school of Advaita Vedanta, which is the school to which we belong, it is indeed said that "All is Brahman." All is that Absolute Reality, which is of the nature of existence, consciousness and bliss. There is only one reality, and there is nothing second to it. Within this teaching it is not accepted that there is Brahman, and also something else.

Nevertheless, even the teachers of this school, the school of Advaita Vedanta, had to acknowledge that they could not deny our common, conventional, empirical experience. Indeed, we experience multiplicity, variety, diversity. We experience duality. How can we deny our own experience? We cannot.

Therefore the teachers of this non-dualistic Vedanta spoke about two levels of reality: one level of reality, which they called conventional, or relative reality, and another level of reality, which they called Ultimate or Absolute Reality. Absolute Reality, according to the teaching of Advaita Vedanta, means there is no second to it; there is nothing else. It is also changeless, while the empirical reality is changeful.
Read the rest of the Q&A here.

Om Shanti, Om Peace
Swami Swaroopananda, Director


Swami Swaroopananda is the Director of the Yoga Retreat. To learn more about him and his upcoming teachings on advanced topics like the Bhagavad Gita, Raja Yoga and more, please visit
Russill Paul & The Bhakti Boys
Russill Paul & The Bhakti Boys 
Join Russill Paul & the Bhakti Boys for
The Yoga of Sound March 21 - 22, 2014

Allow the sacred power of sound to bring you fully alive during two days of high-energy chanting and devotional bliss. Through mantra recitation and ecstatic kirtan you will experience the transformative power of sound. 
Gracious Living Chocolate Superfood Smoothie
Recipe contributed by Grace Van Berkum & Gracious Living



* handful of raw cacao beans
* Sunwarrior plant-based chocolate protein powder
* 3 tbsp dandelion root powder
* 3-4 cups of unsweetened coconut milk (or almond milk)
* 1 frozen banana
* 1 cup frozen papaya
* 1 tbsp maca powder
* 1 tsp bee pollen
* 1 tsp Lucuma powder
* natural sweetener of choice
* handful of ice

Blend till smooth and creamy.  Sprinkle with cacao nibs.

Grace Van Berkum is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Sivananda Yoga Teacher, Certified Personal Trainer, and raw, vegan recipe creator. She is passionate about the healing powers of live foods, yoga, positive thinking, and connecting to nature. She runs empowering and life-changing Gracious Living Yoga Nutrition Surf Retreats in Nicaragua, and around the world, inspiring people towards healthier lifestyles and living their best life possible. Grace will be teaching in the following courses at the Yoga Retreat:
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