I loved the whole retreat but I've decided to write my review about the Yoga for Beginners course:
I took this very basic course and loved it. I had just started yoga before coming down to the ashram and thought that I did not have any bad habits. My yoga teacher had recently completed her yoga teacher training at the Bahamas retreat before I started working with her. So she was fresh off training, extremely eager to start her practice and very attentive to all her students. I got more than my fair share of instruction and support at her classes. But I thought since I am already here at the Sivananda Retreat, why not take this course?
And WOW my appreciation of yoga went from black and white to not only colour but HD. My yoga practice was basically promising but there were huge omissions in my basic understanding. There was no time for any breathing practice, no discussion about diet, the philosophy or the spiritual nature of yoga during my one hour sessions at home. A new world opened up for me, the practice of yoga made so much more sense. The whole ashram experience was enhanced for me with this five day course. I believe that the grounding I received during the fifteen hours of the course will assist my personal home practice.
As an older beginner, (sixty year old woman), I found a lot of comfort being told that I did not always have to do what everyone else in the group was doing. There were so many alternatives presented that I feel that I can continue my growth through yoga for many years ahead. The individual attention I received to my asanas greatly helped me fine tune my positioning, and even got me over my fear of attempting the head stand.
The teaching was first class, extremely professional and genuinely kind and supportive. The group was small and we all had a great deal of fun.
I would encourage anyone new to yoga to take the course to get the most out of the yoga retreat experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Yoga Retreat is a spiritual center & retreat place offering courses and workshops and yoga vacation. The daily schedule includes two yoga classes, two Satsangs (meditation sessions) and two vegetarian meals. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Hotel Paradise Island
- Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas/Paradise Island