Sivananda Yoga Retreat, Paradise Island, Bahamas

The beginning of March saw us traveling to Nassau, Bahamas and then on to the aptly named Paradise Island. My first Ayurvedic speaking gig during the trip has finally taken place! It was GREAT to be back in the flow and speaking to people about Ayurveda. It was an introduction to Ayurveda done at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas. The following are some pics and commentary on our visit there.

This is just one of the many yoga platforms at the retreat, but it is the first thing you see on arrival.

This is a pic Michael took of me actually giving a talk.  I wish I had worn the white pants on this day, since this is the day he showed up with the camera, but hindsight is always 20-20. The talks went very well and our time at the ashram was very special. We were well taken care of and met many wonderful people.

This sign greets you upon arrival and is a good simple introduction to the philosophy behind Sivananda Yoga. People from all around the world visit here and its philosophy is acceptable and adaptable to all.

Across the harbor is the docking platform for cruise ships visiting the Bahamas. It is quite the contradiction to stand with your feet in the simplicity of the ashram and to see these huge ships carry passengers and their money into Nassau for a shopping spree. At any one time there were as many as six cruise ships docked a few hundred yards from the yoga platform at the ashram. Apart from their horns and bells, you’d never know they were there.

This is the exterior wall of the temple, where everyone gathers for satsangs (talks) twice per day. This is where I gave my talks. This is a picture of Siva in meditation with the River Ganga flowing from his hair.

This is our last view of the ashram as we’re getting ready to head back to Fort Lauderdale. Keegan (in the green shirt) is feeding some fish off the dock.

Life lesson: Live simply that others may simply live. Okay, Mother Theresa said it first, but it really did apply to our time at the ashram, especially when we contrast it to our trips to the Atlantis next door. (see the next blog post…)


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One Response to Sivananda Yoga Retreat, Paradise Island, Bahamas

  1. Sharon Miller says:

    Well it was really nice to see a picture of you, Mary, since you are the one usually taking the photos. Great haircut. You look fabulous. – The contrast between the gigantic cruise ship and the innocent/simple Yoga Retreat was startling. They are the reminders to simplify one’s life and to realize what is really important. Now if only I would stop buying stuff, stop complaining and stop wishing I was in the Bahamas, Paris, London and Rome. Obviously, I have a lot to learn. Life’s Lesson: I’m not sure what it is, but I am sure you know what it is and maybe by hanging around you, that some of your wisdom will rub off on me. AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MICHAEL.

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