Yoga Vacation Program
March 23 — 31, 2024

Annual Easter Symposium

Yoga for Healing

Swami Swaroopananda, Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar, Dr. Shyam Ranganathan, David Newman (Durga Das), Bishop Trevor Williamson, Trinity Global Cathedral Gospel Choir, and Senior Staff of the Yoga Retreat

Swami Sivananda taught that health is a positive state. It is not simply negation of disease. It is our birthright, as natural as being born. Throughout millennia, humans have explored this immense healing potential within and the spiritual truths from which it emerges.

Experience your own radiant inner health. This symposium brings together leaders representing Ayurveda, Yoga Philosophy, and Kirtan to inspire health and healing. Together we will further our understanding of the nature of healing from a spiritual perspective, grounded in experience and tradition. Through afternoon workshops, participants have the opportunity to explore these modalities for their own  personal healing journey and as healers themselves.

Spring is a season of rebirth and renewal, a holy time for many, when individuals of diverse faiths and beliefs engage in spiritual practices and rituals that hold great meaning and opportunities for healing. We invite you for a time of celebration, learning, and healing.

Yoga philosophy does not quarrel with any religion or faith and can be practiced by
anyone who is sincere and willing to search for the Truth.

—Swami Vishnudevananda



Swami Swaroopananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda. A practicing yogi from a very young age, Swami Swaroopananda has dedicated his life to the practice and teaching of yoga. He taught in Yoga Teacher Training Courses around the world and is currently teaching advanced yoga philosophy courses and lectures internationally. He is Director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and acharya (spiritual director) for the Sivananda centers and ashrams in the Bahamas and the Middle East. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda) is a classically trained Ayurvedic physician, Medical Astrologer, and researcher with over 30 years of Clinical Experience.

He is a bestselling author, motivational speaker, and an acclaimed educator in the field of Ayurveda & Integrative Medicine. He has traveled the globe popularizing Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation, and Natural Medicine. He has chaired and designed curriculum for several Ayurvedic schools including Mount Madonna College of Ayurveda, Kerala Ayurveda Academy, and Maharishi University. He is an adviser to the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Dr. Suhas has formulated very successful herbal products generating millions of dollars in revenues. He is routinely featured in many popular podcasts, radio & television shows. He is an adviser to the Chopra Center and is the Director of Ayurvedic Healing, an Integrative Wellness and Pancha Karma Clinic in Santa Cruz, CA.

Among his most popular books are The Hot Belly Diet, Change Your Schedule Change Your Life, Panchakarma, and The Art & Science of Vedic Counseling.

Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar, BAMS, DY&A, Esthetician is an experienced Ayurvedic physician who specializes in women’s health, skincare and beauty. She has traveled to over 30 countries teaching Yoga & Ayurveda. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher and was also trained at the Indian College of Naturopathy. She has conducted numerous workshops on Ayurvedic Home Remedies, Beauty from Within, and Herbal Formulations.

She teaches regularly at numerous Ayurvedic schools and has formulated a product line of herbal teas, supplements, spice mixes and a line of skincare. Her popular books include Enchanting Beauty, Ayurvedic Reference Guide Book, and Panchakarma:The Ayurvedic Science of Detoxification & Rejuvenation.

Dr. Shyam Ranganathan (MA South Asian Studies, MA and PhD Philosophy) is a field-changing researcher, scholar, author, and teacher of philosophy, and an expert in the neglected traditions of Indian moral philosophy.

He is the author, editor, and translator of over 50 peer-reviewed, scholarly works including Ethics and the History of Indian Philosophy (MLBD 2008 and 2017); the Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Ethics (2017); and Hinduism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation (Routledge 2018).

Dr. Ranganathan is a specialist in translation. He wrote his PhD dissertation on the topic of how we can understand texts without projecting our beliefs onto them. He translated Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra (Penguin 2008).

In 2019, after over 20,000 teaching hours and 3000 students, Dr. Ranganathan founded, an initiative to bring anti-colonial, anti-Eurocentric, research-based education about Yoga and Philosophy to Yoga teachers and practitioners.

Shyam is a E-RYT-500 and CYA-RYT Gold. He is a member of the Department of Philosophy, and York Center for Asian Research, York University, Toronto.

David Newman , Durga Das, is a renowned sacred mantra artist and inspirational teacher.
His album Love Is Awake was #1 on iTunes World Music, and his book The Timebound Traveller was #1 on Amazon. He brings his mission of peace and universal love into many charitable endeavours, including bringing mantra into institutions such as prisons, psychiatric centres and homeless shelters.

Bishop Trevor Williamson presently serves as the Founding and Senior Pastor of the Trinity Global Cathedral Baptist Church in Nassau, Bahamas. Along with his wife, Pastor Sharon Williamson, he leads The Trinity Global Cathedral Gospel Choir. The choir provides musical, educational, and social opportunities in Nassau for people of all ages and walks of life to come together and sing with soul.

The Trinity Global Cathedral Gospel Choir from Nassau, Bahamas is led by Bishop Trevor Williamson and Pastor Sharon Williamson. The choir provides musical, educational, and social opportunities in Nassau for people of all ages and walks of life to come together and sing with soul.

Swami Hridyananda is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and senior staff at the  Yoga Retreat. She has spent over 35 years teaching different aspects of yoga, as well as teaching in Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses. She also teaches meditation, thought power, chanting, and supports individuals on their inner transformative journey.

Swami Brahmananda is Manager of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and senior staff of the Sivananda organization. A long-time practitioner of yoga, he regularly teaches yoga philosophy and meditation for the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses as well as meditation immersion courses. He is a much-loved, inspiring, and knowledgeable teacher.

Swami Paramananda is the manager of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch and longtime teacher of Sivananda Yoga Teacher Trainings in the Bahamas, New York, and India. A much-loved teacher admired for his humor, warmth, and devotion to the practice, he seamlessly weaves classical yoga teachings into modern daily life.

Jnaneshwari Chaitanya is a senior staff member and teacher of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat. An experienced and devoted practitioner, she is an inspiring and insightful teacher of Yoga and Vedanta in Yoga teachers training courses and many of the ashram programs. Jnaneshwari Chaitanya is known for her clear and pure way of communicating the knowledge and its application in daily life, and is especially known for her skill in teaching the Bhagavad Gita.

Rukmini Chaitanya is a senior staff member of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas, and the personal assistant to Swami Swaroopananda, the Acharya, or spiritual director of the Ashram. She regularly teaches the Bhagavad Gita during the Sivananda Yoga Teacher training as well as other courses on the Bhagavad Gita, Vedanta, positive thinking, meditation, and yoga philosophy.

Rukmini Chaitanya is known for her enthusiastic and inspiring teaching style as well as for her devotion to the lineage and the scriptures. She is dedicated to each of her students and has an innate desire to share knowledge with them. She brings a great deal of clarity to every topic and is highly appreciated for her capacity to unfold complicated topics and present them in a coherent and pure way.

Krishna Chaitanya is a physical therapist, senior staff member of the Yoga Retreat, and senior instructor of Hatha Yoga in the Teacher Training Course and other courses. He has taught for more than 20 years and specializes in working with the elderly population. He teaches Adaptive Yoga, Chair Yoga, and has many years experience helping individuals with all kinds of physical limitations.


Parvati Chaitanya is a senior staff member of the ashram with many years of experience teaching, studying, and practicing yoga. She currently serves the ashram as caretaker of the gardens.


Narayani is an advanced Sivananda Yoga teacher (RYT 500), staff member at the ashram, and a hatha yoga instructor in yoga teacher trainings. She is a much loved teacher, teaching with love, devotion and great clarity.

Kumari received her Yoga Teacher 200 in 2013. She is an assistant teacher in TTC at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas, and an assistant teacher in online Yoga Therapy Courses and Webinars (Chair Yoga, Adaptive Yoga, Yoga & the Health of the Spine).

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