Relax and Rejuvenate
Yogic Living in the Catskill Mountains
Greetings from The Ranch
Welcome to our Catskill Mountain retreat, just two hours from New York City, where we provide an ideal environment for meditation, contemplation, rest and relaxation. The Yoga Ranch is a wonderful, sacred space where guests and students alike can come and discover Yoga’s powerful tools for personal growth.
Come by yourself, bring a friend, or bring your whole family. Come up for the day or spend a couple weeks with us. Our volunteer staff is always happy to welcome and assist you in your stay. We look forward to seeing you.
A Guest Favorite
The Daily Schedule
8:00am Hatha Yoga Class
10:00am Vegetarian Brunch
11:00am Karma Yoga
12:00pm Optional Activity
2:00pm Lecture or Free Time
4:00pm Hatha Yoga Class
6:00pm Vegetarian Dinner
10:30pm Lights out
* Satsang consists of: silent meditation, kirtan/chanting, spiritual lecture
Hatha Yoga Classes
Sivananda Yoga is a traditional, slow paced, meditative class that helps encourage flexibility, strength and vitality in the body while calming the mind. Both the morning and the afternoon Hatha Yoga classes are two hours and suited for all experience levels.
Each class includes pranayama (breathing exercises), warm-ups including Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar), 12 basic asanas (postures) and deep relaxation. The focus is on mastering the basic asanas from which variations are then added to further deepen the practice.
You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat if you wish, although we do have community yoga mats that you are welcome to borrow should you need one. Please avoid wearing low cut or see-through clothing. If you have any injuries or health conditions, please be sure to communicate to our yoga teachers prior to the beginning of class to ensure your safety and to educate you about which variations are nicely suited for you.
A Common Question
“What is ashram appropriate attire?”
Great question. Here’s the quick and easy answer. As the ashram is a spiritual community and place of practice, we simply ask that clothing be respectable and modest. Guests are invited to dress in casual, comfortable clothes suitable for warm days and cool evenings – much like you might at home among friends.
Around the ashram, typical seasonal attire, including shorts, skirts, and summer tops, is completely appropriate (though halter tops, low necklines, and the the less modest alternatives are not). As a general rule of thumb, clothing that covers your shoulders and knees is best, and especially during Satsang.
In Satsang and the temples, knees and shoulders should be covered. We recommend bringing a shawl or wrap. Of course when relaxing in the Russian Sauna, bathing suits are worn. And that’s it. Pretty easy, right? Here’s the local weather forecast to assist you in your planning.
Saturday & Sunday, 12 pm – 7 pm
Guidelines for your Russian Banya Experience
- Wear a bathing suit.
- Please keep talking to a minimum.
- Drink plenty of fluids before and after your sauna experience.
- Be aware that water and pipes in the sauna are extremely hot. Please use caution when using the showers.
- Once the shower runs for a few moments, the water will become colder.
- If you notice that the sauna heat is low, please notify the staff. Only Yoga Ranch staff is allowed to stock the sauna with wood.
- Take all belongings with you. If you forget something in the sauna, please go to reception and check if it has been brought to our Lost and Found.
- Close the doors and turn off lights when leaving.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
The Ashram Boutique
Our onsite boutique offers a vast collection of classical Yoga books from the leading authorities on Yoga – including Swami Sivananda and several of his disciples – as well a wide selection of Yoga music, meditation tools, and other Yoga products to help you deepen your spiritual practice. Enjoy a diverse selection of health food goodies and yoga accessories, including yoga mats and bags, incense, malas (prayer beads), and decorative items for your home altar. We’re easy to find – we’re just to the left of the front desk. If the doors are open, come on in! We love having visitors.
"Only in ashrams can students really start on the spiritual path, do intense sadhana and get into the vibration."- Swami Vishnudevananda
What to Bring
Useful items for your stay include:
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Taking the Bus Here
How the Process Works
Traveling to the Ranch by the Shortline bus takes roughly 2.5 hours. The trip requires two bus tickets: one ticket from New York City to Monticello and another ticket from Monticello onto Woodbourne. The cost is roughly $34 total for the two tickets ($68 round-trip).
For our guests’ convenience, we happily offer both pickup and drop-off shuttle service from the Citgo bus stop in Woodbourne.
Your initial bus trip purchase from NYC onto Woodbourne can be made at the Port Authority in NYC. Your return bus trip can be purchased there as well, or here – at a 10% discount to what it costs in the City.
Bus schedule from NYC
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Address & Contact
Sivananda Yoga Ranch
500 Budd Road
Woodbourne, NY 12788
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Ticket & Travel Information
Already made it to the Port Authority? Great. Please let the bus services ticket agent (stationed on the 2nd floor) know you’d like to purchase a bus trip through Monticello onto Woodbourne (two tickets: ~$34).
Once you complete the first leg of the trip and arrive in Monticello, please give us a call to let us know. The next bus ride from Monticello to Woodbourne is a local route, making stops at places like Walmart, the gas station, and the grocery store. Please let the bus driver know that you want to get dropped off at the Citgo gas station in Woodburne; and welcome to life in a small town!
We will be waiting for you at the bus stop. If for any reason you arrive and our shuttle service isn’t there waiting to greet you, please give us a quick call and we will be right there to pick you up.
Flying into New York
Although there are several airports in the greater New York City area, and they all have shuttle/transit service to New York’s Port Authority, the one we recommend is LaGuardia Airport for its being the easiest in getting to the Port Authority and then taking the bus to the Sivananda Yoga Ranch. Please see above for additional taking the bus details.
The Yoga Ranch is an ashram with a very special spiritual atmosphere. To be here is to share in the practice together, honoring both our highest selves and that of others. In order to truly tap into all the rejuvenating effects of a yoga vacation, we encourage everyone to attend both Satsangs and yoga classes daily. We also ask that silence is observed from 10:30 pm to 6:00 am so that all can have a restful sleep and a peaceful mind before morning Satsang.
The more you can tune in and really soak in the natural peace of our environment and community, the better your body and mind will feel overall. You can begin by detaching from your cell phone, especially during Satsang. If using it as a recording device during the spiritual lecture (as it is a nice way to deepen your learning), just ensure that you have put it into silent/airplane mode and turned off all alarms and noise making apps before leaving your room. Inner peace is an amazing gift to share. Remember the practice.
These guidelines are presented as a tool for maintaining the spiritual atmosphere of the Yoga Ranch. By honoring the spiritual nature, all who come here are able to enjoy introspection, connection, and rejuvenation on all levels of the psyche. We appreciate your willingness to honor these sacred guidelines for the benefit of all.