About this listing
Our yoga ashram is a simple, cozy suburban style brick rancher, doing double duty as both a in-house yoga studio and healing space.
Already on the spiritual path? Great! Come stay with us to incubate those wild and wonderful ideas of yours!
Your guest bedroom is private with a twin bed, full dresser and lots of closet space.
Our yoga ashram is a simple, cozy suburban style brick rancher, doing double duty as both a in-house yoga studio and healing space.
Already on the spiritual path? Great! Come stay with us to incubate those wild and wonderful ideas of yours! This is a great inexpensive retreat house where you can delve into the holy, spiritual and mindful path.
Fear not, we also love to play a good game of late night scrabble and enjoy edifying conversations on many subjects. Yoga Nivas attracts traveling 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 now have wi-fi and a new laundry room.
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 please let us know around the time you will be getting here. We love to communicate beforehand
We are a Non-smoking house, and we a non-alcohol abode as well. We are also keep a strict holistic kitchen, no junk foods, no fast foods, no soda--just good home made organic fare.
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.
Ajeet has been very friendly and welcoming, and her house is comfortable. I had a good overall experience while staying at her place. I would recommend her place to anyone who might be traveling to Knoxville.
I had a wonderful stay at Yoga Nivas Ashram. It is clean and comfortable and most importantly warm. I felt like I was home. Ajeet was very responsive via email. Her dog Oscar is my new favorite dog. I highly recommend a stay there.
I'm really glad that I found this place. Ajeets lifestyle, food, home is very sustainable and healthy ... thus is the atmosphere and the talks I enjoyed having with her. Though there are times when a lot of people are around you can always find some quiet time in your private room. The neighbourhood is really quiet and perfect to just go for a walk with oskar... it'll be hard to not love this dog. The first days the WiFi didn't work for me to Skype thus guess what Ajeet did? She got a new contract and router. Isn't that just a perfect example for a caring host? I definitely recommend you to stay here whether for a short or a long term, its just perfect
Ajeet is a wonderful person. She made me feel at home and she was hospitable. The house was quiet and the Oscar was nice as well. The neighborhood was safe and quiet as well.
Ajeet est une personne très accueillante et sa maison de Yoga permet de se mettre à l'aise rapidement sans soucis d'espace ou autre. Une expérience que je vous recommande à tout ceux de passage dans le Tennessee.
Ajeet is a very welcoming person, her home provide a great serenity. Fast you can settle in without problems. An recommanded experience for all people who come to Tennessee !!!
A home away from home!
I had to stay in Knoxville for 2 months for work, and it was a real pleasure being Ajeet's guest. Had I chosen a serviced apartment, I would have been bored and clueless about a lot of things, whereas instead, I was greeted by Ajeet and helped out on a variety of things. For example, she was very accommodating in helping me find a car or means of transport, and was very caring and expansive (doing groceries together, carpooling, showing me around the area etc.)
I have never lived in a house with a dog (an initial concern), but Oscar (the house dog) is a real treat, well behaved, and will quickly become your friend, greeting you when you return to the house and occasionally asking you to play with him :-)
The house is generally well-kept, and the room is large so as to have privacy when one wants it. It has plenty of drawer and wardrobe space for to stow away clothes and personal items.
In terms of location, it is close to downtown: a few minutes by car or a ~25 minute bicycle ride. It also has easy access to Alcoa highway (although the area itself is very quiet), and thus allows you to get to any other part of the town quickly.
All in all, it was a pleasurable stay and would definitely recommend Ajeet as a host!
I absolutely loved living with Ajeet. Her house was very relaxing and clean. She was a very hospitable host and I would recommend anyone coming through Knoxville to stay with her.
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About the Host, Ajeet
I am the owner of Light Tree ~ Healing Home & Yoga Bnb. We host passion-driven artists, travelers, scientists, happy parents and children, who access their true essence of Self through yoga, dance, meditation and natural, sustainable living.
I am a yogi and performance artist and I enjoy traveling to communities around the world, leading workshops, sharing my work and teaching. As my 17 year old son puts it, "Ajeet helps to smooth out the rough edges of a busy day, or put a higher curve in a smooth day". I've also been told after a healing session with me, it's like where there were hills, there is only speed bumps. I like this analogy.
I teach from a somatic view--it's all in our bones~ our heart and mind, emotions and illness ~ weave their web of peacefulness or stress that holds our world in place. I'm working right now teaching my children's yoga program, Dancing Spider Yoga which helps both parents and teachers share and learn yoga, while giving them 100% of the tools they need to bring yoga into their community and family.
While you are here, I'll have clients for yoga classes, Full Moon gatherings and healing sessions. If you like, go to my website, (website hidden), and book a session for yourself. It'll take the rough edges off your travel and give you good sleep. I'm also here to share stories, good food recipes, and good simple laughter.
In the summer I teach an Acting Course through the University of Tennessee through Kids U! My program, Got Talent! is an improvisational acting and theatrical class for elementary aged children. During the year, I lead Children's Yoga Teacher Trainings, Yoga Class in Kundalini & Meditation and am part of a larger network of peace makers and social activists, artists and healers in the south east region.
I live in the suburbs, so going hiking and visiting farms is a must! I'm part of several local community organizations, and am a beloved arts-driven social activist, permaculture student and intentional community expert. In this line of work, I help women and men uncover what is holding back their passion in life, and through the lens of yoga and meditation, absolutely reduce their stress so that they can embrace all of life with grace, radiance, and deep bliss
As a yoga and performing arts-in-education specialist I have taught at Natures Way Montessori School, Knoxville County Magnet Schools, Children's Hospital, YMCA, The Glowing Body, Helen Ross Mcnabb Mental Health Center, Sisters of the Rainbow, Knoxville County Public Defenders Office, and the Public Library.
I am available for a private session as a great way to 'get grounded' once you arrive! If you would like to schedule a Relax into Radiance day during your stay at Yoga Nivas, it would include a 1 hour healing, followed by a detoxifying juice. For more information on these sessions, please visit my site, (website hidden)