Residential Study Program (Karma Yoga)

Immerse yourself in the yogic lifestyle and ashram life by participating in our Karma Yoga Residential Study Programs. Allow the practice of selfless service to open your heart and connect you to the divinity within yourself and within all beings.

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What is Karma Yoga?

Karma Yoga or "selfless service" is one of the Four Paths of Yoga. The act of offering our services for the benefit of others purifies the heart and takes us further along the path in our spiritual evolution. Egoism, jealousy, resistance, ideas of superiority, and all the kindred negative qualities vanish in the act of selfless service. You develop humility, pure love, sympathy, tolerance, and mercy. The sense of separateness is removed and selfishness eradicated. Karma Yoga develops a broad and liberal outlook on life and you begin to feel oneness and unity. On the path of Karma Yoga, you eventually obtain knowledge of the Self and realize One in all and All in one.

The ashram provides the perfect setting to put the teachings of Karma Yoga into practice. As part of a community of like-minded people and guided by the ashram’s senior staff you can deepen your knowledge and practice of yoga, open your heart, learn useful skills, and enjoy the beautiful white-sand beach, as well as participate in ashram programs in your free time. You do not have to be a yoga teacher in order to join the ashram’s Karma Yoga programs – all that is needed is willingness to serve and to lead a yogic life.

 

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"Karma yoga, or the practice of selfless service, is the best preparation for the practice of meditation. Without purifying the heart and the mind from selfishness and other negative emotions, success in meditation is not possible. The ashram is the best setting for such a practice. Serving others with joy, in the company of other spiritual practitioners, is a safe way to practice Karma Yoga and eventually attain success in meditation and enjoy the bliss of the spiritual life."

— Swami Swaroopananda, Director and Spiritual Preceptor,

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas

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