from United States, April 2018
"It’s an Ashram...very rustic. "
People who worked there were very nice
from United States, February 2018
"Excellent value for money"
Everything was great. I had such a relaxing and self reflecting weekend. Amazing for the soul.
from United States, January 2018
Great food and workshops. Very productive time to reconnect with yourself and escape for the city.
from United States, December 2017
"Fantastic get away"
The food was great, they accommodated my vegan lifestyle. The sense of community was beautiful. Yoga classes were fun and challenging. The rooms were small but for a get away experience it was perfect.
a traveler Afghanistan
A bit of advice for those not familiar with Sivananda yoga: come with an open mind. During my first experience with Sivananda, I was a bit overwhelmed by all the chanting and spirituality. (My yoga background up to that point had involved hip hop yoga classes in Boston, often followed by a pint.) Despite my initial skepticism, I've found that I keep coming back. Their philosophy offers a holistic path toward happiness: proper exercise, proper breathing, proper relaxation, proper diet, meditation and positive thinking. It's a philosophy that people from any faith can agree with, and the New York ranch is the perfect place to experience it. The nature is divine, the food is delicious, and the yoga is simultaneously relaxing and energizing.It is true about the old buildings and the squeaky floors, but after a full day of activities (5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.), I slept like a rock. The bathrooms are clean, the hot water works, they have a sauna, and the all-volunteer staff were very friendly and welcoming. They also had guests of all ages and all levels of yoga experience, which made for a nice diverse group.I went during the winter months when there were fewer guests. It's likely a lot busier in the summer, which can be good or bad, depending on your preferences.
Nik New York, USA
First, be mindful this is an Ashram not a resort. You are there to experience the yogic lifestyle they offer to include the meditation, chanting, and lessons. I took the cooking workshop with Neeti on Indian Spices. The food was wonderful and she was an excellent teacher. I checked in Friday and stayed through Sunday Morning. Saturday runs from 6AM to 9PM at night so it is a long day but I left his place feeling more relaxed than I ever have in my life. I had only been exposed to Bikram Yoga prior to this weekend and had never experienced meditation. Everyone at the Ashram to include the guests were friendly. The atmosphere is totally laid back and the vegetarian food (I am a meat eater) was ABSLUTELY delicious. The volunteers spend hours preparing the two daily meals. It is true the dorms are loud - these are very old camp buildings with thin walls so if you are a light sleeper bring ear plugs, but the beds are very comfortable. The lessons during Satsang were wonderful and you can attend Satsang at any of their locations for free. I will definitely incorporate a visit to this Ashram at minimum once a year and I took home knowledge that will improve my health and wellbeing for a life time.