About this listing
After the whirl wind of travel, being far from home, it's nice to get quiet & cozy - let down for a while. If you enjoy good food and community, you'll probably get on swell in our simple, yoga home. At Yoga Nivas, you might just find inner peace!
Yoga Nivas means to be well and abide in the home of Yoga. This is an ashram that is simple, cozy and laid back. It's a suburban style brick rancher, doing double duty as a home studio, bnb and family home.
Are you already on the spiritual path? Great! Come stay with us to incubate those dreams and wonderful ideas of yours! This is a great inexpensive retreat house where you can delve into the holy, explore the spiritual and mindful path and delve into deep conversations on yoga!
Fear not! If you are of the light or intellectual variety, we also love to play a good game of late night scrabble with a steaming cup of tea! My son and I enjoy conversations on many subjects. Yoga Nivas attracts travelers, UT students--mostly Masters and PHD candidates, and all different kinds of intellectuals, artists, and enlightened humans; if you are thus, join us!
Now for the house. It's best to have a car! Although we're located only 10 minutes down from the University of Tennessee, if you take our road bike, it's a good half-hour through the back streets! We're just 20 minutes down the road from the airport-- Tyson McGee and getting to the Smokey Mountains and Appalachian trail is an easy and beautiful ride.
If you don't have a vehicle, we can get you a cab and there are small car rentals in town where you can easily rent by the week/month. and from downtown and the airport for small We also have a trusted road bike as well!
This family-oriented home-stay is perfect for you if you are already into earth-logic, natural and organic foods, local farming and the pursuit of true happiness and wholeness. We are located in an area of the suburbs that is quiet, relaxed and easy to get to, just about 8 minutes from downtown.
Our home also has a big, loving dog, Oscar, who will soon become your friend if you are an animal lover. We have 3 bedrooms, one with half-bath, a shared common bathroom, full kitchen, and fully equipped yoga studio with mats, blocks, props.
For going out, we have easy access to downtown, theatre and the Smokey Mountains. Our house is smoke free. We offer a choice of 2 rooms. One has a twin bed, and can sleep up to 2 people, one has a queen bed with half bath. We host both individuals and families who seek a more comfortable, home centered environment while traveling where you can cook good food.
Whether you are in town for a concert weekend, professional work, educational event, or just visiting friends and family, our yoga home provides a peaceful and healing environment for energizing your heart and mind.
We have a quiet, wooded backyard for afternoons, and a comfortable dining space and sunny sitting room for evening meals, computer work and reading. We only use Wi-Fi and being in the woods, it can be spotty--best access is to take yourself down to one of our many coffee shops if you really need to get online a lot! Our house is where you come to UNPLUG!
Yoga Nivas, in Sanskrit means to dwell or abide within. While you are here, for a small fee, you can opt for a Private Healing Yoga Session in Kundalini Yoga or Crystal Earth-based Reiki.
For the more serious seekers, we also offer an intensive pranayam or vegetable juice fasting and detox-weekend program. Please contact Ajeet once you've booked your reservation for pricing.
Our yoga teacher used to say that god lives in cozy homes. We like to think of our place as sweet and simple. Guests should expect to become an extended part of the yoga family here with good vibes, and great food!
Your weekend stay includes simple organic breakfast, juice and vegetables in season and for longer stays, we take you to our local farmer's market and 3 rivers market-our local coop.
The South Knoxville neighborhood is a quiet suburban subdivision, within 10 minutes of downtown, and UT--University of Tennessee--with local shops and a Market Square. UT's row of eateries and bakeries offer yummy treats and the live music and theatre in Knoxville is booming, with the Opera, Tennessee Theatre and The Bijou Theatre-- one of the Souh East's best live music venues, all within 15 minutes of our house!
And, for the family, we are just a little less than forty-five minutes away from some incredible hiking in the Smokey Mountains. You can ride the Cherahola Skyway, you can visit Pigeon Forge and the malls, or you can bliss out and hike the Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachian Trail. We are also just under an hour away form Hot Springs, North Carolina, a great place for rafting and hot-tubing.
National Park, 110 miles from Chattanooga/Lookout Mtn., 200 miles to Atlanta/Alpharetta, 120 miles to Abington, VA, a great family vacation spot in the south.
Our front and back yard, woods, walking trails and a wildflower woods about 2 miles down the road.
We interact with our guests daily and expect our guests to have the same holistic approach and food style as we do. We eat only farm-raised foods, organic vegetables and dairy; no fast food!
Ours is a family style place, and we love enjoying games and meals with our guests; expect to be come one of our family.
You can request extra detox options if you are interested in doing juicing. There is an extra charge for the cleanse options.
I love it's view of the mountains, it's quiet and peace.
In this town, more policy was given to cars than to transport, so if you like to and want to get around locally, drive your car half-way to downtown, then explore on local buses and trolleys. Or, if you are in great shape, borrow or rent a bike from UT and cycle into town--in takes about an hour each way.
Our home is about 45 minutes from the gorgeous Smokey Mountains, Lakes, Dams and wonderful sprite waterfalls. If you love hiking, take some time to do a loop on our Appalachian Trail, see a trailhead, paddle on the French Broad or go see some live music at The Blue Plate Special, downtown.
We have wi-fi and a new laundry room! You come into the home through the yoga studio so be mindful if there might be a class going on! We leave our shoes, the outside world and all worries/stress from it, at the front door!
Interaction with Guests
We live where we work so often times we get to share about one meal together. We are a happy and friendly home so you'll see a lot of us during the week although because I do yoga, it's usually soft atmosphere. I also travel at least once a month and when I'm away, the the house is quiet.
We live in the suburbs. The neighborhood is very walkable! You can take Oscar for a stroll or just go for an afternoon or weekend walk. There are woods nearby and the neighborhood is friendly and easy going.
There is convenient transportation once you get downtown, especially if you are here going to an event. However, you do want a car because of our proximity from downtown--about 9 minutes driving. You can bike downtown in nice weather, about a 23 minute cycle or even walk--about an hour each way!
Other Things to Note
Since I am a healing artist, I do have a large bank of references for local healers, massage therapists, acupuncturists, yoga classes, private nutrition counseling, natural health care and thai bodywork. I also offer a Relax into Radiance private yoga weekend which includes 2 Kundalini Yoga, meditation, and pranayam sessions along with a 2-day juicing detox. There is an extra fee for this service.
We like our guests to arrive during the day, and to let us know the expected time of your arrival! We are an early to bed, early to rise home!
We are a non-smoking house, and we a non-alcohol abode as well. We are a yoga studio as well and keep a strict holistic kitchen. We like to share meals with our guests and ask that they be happy with making food ~ please no junk foods, no fast foods, no soda.
It's our home, so you must be happy and easy-going around the animal world! We also are mostly vegetarian so if you like the animal world to snack on, you need to bring your own!
Please be responsible for keeping the room tidy, washing up the dishes that you use and taking the time to smile and share your wonderful energy with us. We all pitch in to do the cleaning--the dishes, the bathroom and the laundry.
Our beautiful launderette is just a few blocks away as we don't have a W/D at present! We are happy to take your down to the local laundry room as it's a study in community living! The atmosphere is funky and sweet! And usually takes about 2 hours to do the washing--we wind up running errands in between, food shopping etc.
Our yoga studio is also our home so please bring your best to the practice and to your stay here!
I offer private yoga sessions to guests for a small fee. These sessions are only for those people who are ready to go deep and to be authentic to themselves and to their practice--to open up and be humble as to where their is strength, healing is.