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Relaxing Yoga Retreat USA
Join this relaxing yoga retreat to relax and reconnect with nature, rejuvenate your body and mind, and leave you feeling inspired, refreshed, centered, and peaceful. Located just two hours from New York City, Sivananda Yoga Ranch provides an ideal environment for meditation, contemplation, rest, and relaxation. Sivananda Yoga Ranch is a wonderful, sacred space where guests and students alike can come and discover yoga's powerful tools for personal growth.
- 2 daily traditional yoga practices
- 1-hour daily Karma yoga (selfless service)
- 2 daily silent meditation, mantra chanting, and contemporary spiritual lecture
- Access to a traditional Russian banya (a wood-burning sauna)
- 2 delicious organic vegetarian meals per day
- 2 nights' accommodation
StylesHatha, Sivananda, Karma
LanguagesSpoken languages: English
Sivananda Yoga Ranch's single rooms are perfect for visitors seeking private sleeping quarters. Each of these rooms is furnished with one twin bed and a dresser and / or closet and includes the use of shared bathroom facilities.
The ranch's double rooms are an excellent option for visitors who are seeking more private room accommodations with only one additional roommate. They are very well suited for couples or a two-person registration. Each of these rooms is furnished with two twin beds and a dresser and / or closet and includes the use of shared bathroom facilities.
The ranch's single-gendered shared rooms are ideal for visitors who seek a more reasonable accommodation rate while still having all the comforts of being indoors. Bedding and towels are provided. Each of these rooms is furnished with 3-4 twin beds per room (typically one bunk bed and one single bed) and includes the use of shared bathroom facilities. Please note that if you are registering individually, you will be sharing a space with roommates.
BRING YOUR OWN TENT
The yoga ranch's camping option is ideal for visitors seeking private sleeping out under the stars. You can reconnect with nature on the ranch's 77 acres of rolling forested hills in the Catskill Mountains. Each of the yoga ranch's campers is offered the use of the shared indoor shower and restroom facilities. Please bring your own tent, tarps, pillows, bedding (or sleeping bag), camping, and rain gear.
Sivananda Yoga Ranch's single apartments are a superb choice for visitors seeking a quieter and private experience. Each of these rooms is furnished with one twin bed and a dresser and / or closet and offers a private deck, sitting area, private bathroom, and private bedroom.
The ranch's shared apartments are perfect for families or a small group of friends looking to share in a comfortable and private dwelling space. Each of these rooms is furnished with three or four twin beds, sitting area, and a dresser and / or closet and includes a private bathroom.
Sivananda Yoga Ranch Yoga Vacation USA Program
Available year-round, Sivananda Yoga Ranch's yoga vacation program is designed to recharge your energy, rejuvenate your body and mind, and leave you feeling inspired, centered, and peaceful. Whether you are new to yoga or a well-established practitioner, this yoga vacation program invites you to step outside the challenges and complexities of everyday life and return to what’s important. Reconnect with yourself. Come immerse yourself in our traditional ashram environment set on 77 acres of beautiful, wooded land in the Catskill Mountains. Transform your life.
This powerful and harmonious program is based on the Five Points of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda. The secret is in tune to the ashram’s daily schedule. You can come for a weekend, a week, or better yet, stay for a couple weeks to experience the complete benefits a yoga lifestyle offers. You will begin to discover your true nature and develop skills to improve the health of your body and mind. You will establish a solid foundation to living a life of peace and happiness. The yoga ranch also offers special theme retreats to enhance your experience even further. These range from learning how to cook great vegetarian food to enjoying the performances of special music from guests from around the world and much more.
The Sivananda Yoga Ranch, an inspiring community of kindred spirits working together, is the perfect environment for you to practice Karma yoga (selfless service) on your yoga vacation. All guests are encouraged to participate for 45 minutes to an hour a day. Helping around the ashram not only gives you the opportunity to meet like-minded practitioners, connect, and be a part of this community, but it’s also a yogic gift that opens you into a deeper understanding of yourself. Being the first path of the Four Paths of Yoga, Karma yoga is the foundation on which all yogic practice is based.
SIVANANDA YOGA RANCH'S TEACHINGS
THE FIVE POINTS OF YOGA
After closely observing the lifestyles and needs of people in the West, Swami Vishnudevananda noted that the ancient wisdom of yoga can be synthesized into five basic principles, which can easily be incorporated into your own lifestyle to provide the foundation for healthy living. It is around these five principles that the activities at the Sivananda Yoga Ranch and the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center New York City are based.
PROPER EXERCISE SIVANANDA YOGA, FIVE POINTS OF YOGA (ASANAS)
The asanas not only produce a strong healthy body but as exercises in meditation, they provide deep and powerful inner benefits.
PROPER BREATHING SIVANANDA YOGA, FIVE POINTS OF YOGA (PRANAYAMA)
These specific breathing techniques align you with your natural energy, creating physical and mental rejuvenation, and promoting optimum health.
PROPER RELAXATION SIVANANDA YOGA, FIVE POINTS OF YOGA (SAVASANA)
Yoga teaches three levels of relaxation, which are physical, mental, and spiritual. Savasana is a vital part of keeping the body, mind, and spirit healthy.
PROPER DIET (VEGETARIAN)
A yogi eats with awareness, choosing food that has the most positive effect on the body and mind and the least negative effect on the environment.
POSITIVE THINKING AND MEDITATION (VEDANTA AND DHYANA)
Life is evolving and accelerating. With Vedanta and meditation, the mind becomes calm and steady. Meditation is especially helpful for those with stressful lives.
Please note that satsang consists of silent meditation, kirtan / chanting, and spiritual lecture.
- 06:00 Satsang
- 08:00 Hatha yoga class
- 10:00 Vegetarian brunch
- 11:00 Karma yoga
- 12:00 Optional activity
- 14:00 Lecture or free time
- 16:00 Hatha yoga class
- 18:00 Vegetarian dinner
- 20:00 Satsang
- 22:30 Lights out
You will get daily delicious organic vegetarian brunch and dinner. The Sivananda Yoga Ranch is strictly vegetarian. Meat, fowl, fish, and eggs are not allowed on the grounds. Moreover, garlic and onions are also not allowed in the yogic diet.
THE FOLLOWING MEALS ARE INCLUDED:
THE FOLLOWING DIETARY REQUIREMENT(S) ARE SERVED AND/OR CATERED FOR:
Things to do
- Ayurveda program
- Country walking
- Detox program
- Hot stone therapy
- Thai yoga therapy
- Therapeutic bodywork
- Therapeutic conditioning
You have access to the traditional Russian banya or wood-burning sauna during this retreat. The traditional Russian banya, or wood burning sauna, is a favorite among guests for seeking detoxification, wanting to soothe sore muscles, or simply looking for a warm place for reflection. The panoramic view of the pond and forest as you step inside is ideal for contemplation and deepening the sense of relaxation. There is a rinse-only shower located inside and outside the sauna building. This is a co-ed sauna, so please wear a bathing suit. This place is open on Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
What Is Included
- 1-hour daily Karma yoga
- 2 daily classical yoga practices
- 2 daily vitalizing satsang including silent meditation, mantra chanting, and contemporary spiritual lecture
- Access to a traditional Russian banya
- Organic vegetarian brunch and dinner per day
- 2 nights' accommodation
How To Get There
ARRIVAL BY AIRPLANE
Please book your flight to arrive at LaGuardia Airport (LGA). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
Although there are several airports in the greater New York City area, and they all have shuttle / transit service to New York’s Port Authority, the one Sivananda Yoga Ranch recommend is LaGuardia Airport (LGA) for it's being the easiest in getting to the Port Authority and then taking the bus to the Sivananda Yoga Ranch.
ARRIVAL BY BUS
Traveling to the Sivananda Yoga Ranch by the short line bus takes roughly two-half hours. The trip requires two bus tickets which are one ticket from New York City to Monticello and another ticket from Monticello onto Woodbourne. The cost is roughly 34 USD in total for the two tickets (68 USD for round-trip).
For the guests’ convenience, Sivananda Yoga Ranch happily offers both pick-up and drop-off shuttle service from the Citgo bus stop in Woodbourne.
Your initial bus trip purchase from New York City onto Woodbourne can be made at the Port Authority in New York City. Your return bus trip can be purchased there as well, or here which will be at a 10% discount to what it costs in the New York City.
If you are already made it to the Port Authority, please let the bus services ticket agent (stationed on the 2nd floor) know you’d like to purchase a bus trip through Monticello onto Woodbourne (two tickets which are 34 USD each).
Once you complete the first leg of the trip and arrive in Monticello, please give us a call to let Sivananda Yoga Ranch knows. The next bus ride from Monticello to Woodbourne is a local route, making stops at places like Walmart, the gas station, and the grocery store. Please let the bus driver know that you want to get dropped off at the Citgo gas station in Woodburne, and welcome to the life in a small town.
Sivananda Yoga Ranch will be waiting for you at the bus stop. If for any reason you arrive and the shuttle service isn’t there waiting to greet you, please give Sivananda Yoga Ranch a quick call and Sivananda Yoga Ranch will be right there to pick you up.
- A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
- The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.