Yoga Vacation Program
October 11 — 15, 2024

Reflection, Celebration, and Remembrance Symposium

Theodore Tsavoussis, Swami Brahmananda, Swami Shambhudevananda, Bhargavi Chaitanya, and Krishnan Namboodiri

Come experience this unique program designed to celebrate the diversity of cultural traditions and engage participants in a meaningful exploration of Navaratri, Yom Kippur, and Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This program offers a platform for reflection, celebration, and remembrance, highlighting the significance of these observances within their respective communities.

Navaratri, a Hindu festival celebrated over nine nights, signifies the triumph of good over evil and is dedicated to the worship of the goddess Durga. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the customs, rituals, and spiritual significance of Navaratri, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for Hindu culture.

Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, is a solemn occasion for reflection, repentance, and seeking forgiveness. We will explore the themes of repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation, where you can draw parallels to your own experiences of seeking forgiveness and making amends.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day honors and celebrates the diverse cultures, histories, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. In this program, participants will learn about the rich heritage and resilience of Indigenous communities, engage in dialogue about the importance of recognizing and preserving Indigenous wisdom and how it relates to shamanism.

This symposium seeks to create a space where people from diverse backgrounds can come together to learn, celebrate, and honor these important cultural observances. By fostering dialogue, understanding, and solidarity, this program aims to promote respect for cultural diversity and strengthen intercultural relationships within every community. Join us as we embark on a journey of reflection, celebration, and remembrance, embracing the richness of our multicultural tapestry.

Offered as 4 satsangs and 5 workshops (subject to change).

The presentations associated with this Yoga Vacation Program begin with a 6am satsang on the first day of the program and conclude with a 90-minute noon workshop on the last day of the program.  Click here to read more about the Yoga Vacation Program details and view the ashram schedule for yoga classes and meals during your stay. We suggest you arrive at least one day prior to the start of your program for the optimal experience.


Theodore Tsavoussis earned professional certification in energy medicine from the Light Body School of the Four Winds Society. The program was developed by Alberto Villoldo, who spent more than 30 years in the high Andes and the Amazon, training with master shamans. Theodore has traveled to numerous sacred sites in South America, where he worked with indigenous shamans and wisdom keepers. He practices energy medicine in Nassau, Bahamas.

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 Shambhudevananda is a senior staff member at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas and a practitioner of yoga and meditation for more than 20 years. A member of the Sivananda organization since 1995, Swami Shambhudevananda regularly teaches Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga philosophy for the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses and advanced courses. He is a much-loved, knowledgeable, and inspiring teacher.

Bhargavi Chaitanya is an experienced yoga teacher and has been a staff member in the Sivananda organization since 2006.  Bhargavi Chaitanya teaches courses on yoga, meditation, positive thinking, the power of thought, cooking workshops, advanced yoga courses, yoga for adolescents, and more. She is known for her gentle teaching style and for the inner peace and love her students are experiencing while taking her classes.

Krishnan Namboodiri is a Tantric priest from South India, trained in the classical tradition of mantras (sacred sounds), pujas (prayer ceremonies), homas (fire rituals), and yantras (sacred geometric designs). He performs many daily and special rituals for the ashram.

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