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I am so grateful the Sivananda Ashram exists. Again I visited and experienced inner peace. If you need to contemplate or look at your life form a distance in order to get away a bit, this is the place to do it. This time the...More
I have done many yoga retreats throughout the past few years, all of which I have loved but, sadly, this was not one of them. For travelers who have not been there before and are not familiar with the center in NYC (which I was...More
Many thanks for all the staff ! Great energy, full of welcoming smiles and kindness. My stay were very nice thanks to all of u! Will miss the place, the classes & the satsang! Thanks for the super vegetarian food! A lot of work but...More
Om Namah Shivaya, I feel a need to share this special information because I believe that the energy we cultivate is very transforming. I wanted to thank the Karma Yogis at Sivananda for the healing you cultivate in your practices, making the world a more...More
This was a perfect weekend away. I love visiting an ashram because of the spiritual peace found there. This is a beautiful location; I could have just stared at the distant mountains all day. The yoga practice was amazing; I felt relaxed and reflective during...More
Amazing experience. Awesome location and views - lots of greenery and fresh air. Great people all around. Very helpful, pleasant and helpful. Great yoga teachers. Fairly busy daily schedule. A great way to rejuvenate yourself away from the daily hustle and bustle of the city....More
I have been coming to Sivananada every weekend that I am free as I always come back with my life batteries fully recharged from this place. I am learning to enjoy more and more the teachings of Hatha yoga and the yogi life philosophy that...More
Hello! I cannot day enough positive things about Sivananda Ashram. It is a beautiful, majestically magical place. Located on 77 acres of gorgeous mountain terrain with temples, ponds, flower gardens, a farm, solar panels, a forrest, sweat lodge, trees, bees 🐝 and so much more!...More
I have been here several times and always have a great experience and leave feeling uplifted. It's not only a wonderful escape from the city, and a great place for yoga & meditation, but the community is superb. Great place to meet awesome people. The...More
I went for few days as a guest to recharge my batteries, detach a little from everyday busy routines and find some peace and quiet. It was very pleasant! I loved the morning and afternoon yoga classes, the walks in the woods, the healthy food...More
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
10:45am 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, 11am – 7pm
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
Bus schedule to NYC
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.
Please review our Complete Ashram Guidelines, Rules & Policies.
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.