About this listing
Our yoga ashram is a simple, cozy suburban style brick rancher. It is both a house & studio where you will feel both at home and cozy
Come stay with us to incubate your creative ideas, write your next, newest novel or just relax around the house.
Light Tree and Yoga Nivas hosts individuals who are traveling and wish to do yoga while they are away from their usual studio.
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.
We live in the suburbs and ours is a very laid back and comfortable home.
We interact with our guests daily and expect our guests to have the same holistic approach and food style as we do. We eat farm-raised foods, organic vegetables and dairy; no fast food! The space is quiet and peaceful.
Ours is a family style place, and we like to eat together, play board games and enjoy some meals with our guests; expect to be come one of our family during your stay. The space is cozy and we have a shared kitchen.
If you are interested in a DAY OF MIND PEACE & Balance, you can schedule that upon your arrival. This is done in our home yoga studio.
Because we are off the main highway and a good 30 minute bike ride downtown, you do want to have a drive your car! If you are coming to go to UT, there is a bus about a ten-minute walk from the house and local buses and trolleys take you downtown for as little as 3.00 a week. Or, if you are in great shape, borrow or rent a bike from us or UT and cycle into town--in takes about an hour each way.
Our home is about 45 minutes from the gorgeous Smokey Mountains too! Its waterfalls, lakes, dams are wonderful to enjoy in late summer and early fall. If you love hiking, take some time to do a loop on our Appalachian Trail, see a trailhead, or go see some live music at The Blue Plate Special, downtown.
BIKE TRAILS to Knox Area Greenways, Ijams, and the Smoky Mountains are only a half-hour to hour drive away and routes accessible from the house. We are 45 miles from Smokey Mountain 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 door is almost always open! We live in a simple and safe neighborhood and a lot of us know one another here. You will have access through the front door and I work during the day and receive packages, too.
Interaction with Guests
I like to get to know all my guests personally. My son is going to the university and we have been hosting going on four years now. It's like having the world come to your doorstep! I like to interact with my guests and am happy to share my knowledge of yoga and meditation with you. However, I am a professional teacher and so if you are interested in having a one-on-one spiritual counseling or a private yoga session, just ask me!
We live in the suburbs, nice wooded lots, family feel, friendly neighbors, ice-cream truck in the summer!
We are about 4 miles to public transit and we have a bicycle for rent to go to the university and downtown. It takes about 50 minutes round trip. You can walk to the bus stop--about a ten minute walk and catch a bus downtown.
Other Things to Note
We do have a large dog, Oscar. He is very friendly and does like to bark! I think he is very sweet, however you need to like dogs and enjoy their talking
We are a non-smoking and no alcohol family.
Our home is easy-going, however in our home, godliness is cleanliness!
If you are staying past a week we expect you to join in with house chores.
We leave our shoes at the door. We eat healthy, organic foods.
We cook and clean up after ourselves in the kitchen
We do our best to be quiet in the evenings and be mindful of our needs.
Ajeet was a wonderful host. She made me very comfortable in her home. I would readily stay in her home again.
Ajeet is a wonderful person. her home is simple but elegant, lived -in but not unclean-it feels good! Her dog is a darling. She was great to chat with and helped my son with some yoga advice. We hope to stay with her again.
We were so happy to meet ajeet and stay in her cozy home. It was a nice change from the box hotels, and we really felt like friends visiting more than guests. Ajeet is lovely, so are her son and wonderful dog! We miss them, and would definitely recommend staying there!! :-)
I enjoyed my week's stay at this delightful little B&B, and had a great time with lots of laughter and sharing with the host, Ajeet Khalsa. I would book again (and plan to) in the future. Edw. Blomgren
All in all our stay with Ajeet was great. She is definitely a very sweet and enthusiastic host and even invited us to her friend's houseparty for the 4th of July where we had a great time.
If you are into yoga and spirituality then this is the right place for you.
You should be dog friendly to stay there.
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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)