Integral Yoga School
Established by Sri Swami Satchidananda in 1977
Located within Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville, Buckingham, VA, USA
Currently serving children ages 4-12, grades K-5
“School should be a place where children develop their own identities and good qualities.
Each child has something special, something unique to give the world. So we should look into
that natural tendency and develop it. That is what you call education.”
~H.H. Sri Swami Satchidananda
Now in its 35th year, the Vidyalayam relies upon the precepts of Integral Yoga: Truth, Non-Violence, Spirit of Dedication, Service, and Universal Love. The curriculum provides educational studies based on spiritual teachings, ethical training, and academic excellence. Children who have matriculated from this program have developed ethical roots and have the wings to achieve whatever they wish. Essentially they have “learned how to learn” and can apply, integrate, and move forward creatively in their areas of interest.
The entire school day is a lesson in yogic living. Such Yoga practices as Meditation, Hatha Yoga (physical postures), Kirtan (devotional chants and song), Karma Yoga (selfless service), and vegetarian diet assist the students in disciplining the mind, developing concentration, and purifying the body. With a concentrated, focused mind and a healthy body, the student is able to pursue academic studies successfully.
Studies incorporate core curriculum of reading, writing, social math, science, social and cultural studies, and the arts. Using a thematic approach, children of all ages and abilities can study together indoors, outdoors, and in various venues within the Ashram and on field trips. Topics have included Cultural studies of peoples and religions around the world, human anatomy, nature studies, organic gardening, beginning use of computers, and more. Students do projects together, alone, and with adults as guides while learning to be effective in the many varied ways of getting goals accomplished. The classroom can be anywhere. The focus is to work and serve together today, to build the better communities of tomorrow.
“The primary goals of Integral Yoga and the Vidyalayam education are to realize inner peace,
to maintain physical and mental well-being, and to become a useful citizen of the world.”
~H.H. Sri Swami Satchidananda
Peace and happiness are the birthright of everyone. The purpose of the Vidyalayam is to offer a peaceful, protected environment at helps children realize and maintain that inner peace. As society becomes more and more “one world, one universe”, our children are being prepared to learn about various cultures, seek unity within diversity, and serve on international scene.
At this time we encourage our yogic national and international children in this age group to join us the first or last month of the school year (late August-Sept or late April-May) to experience the yogic personal and academic growth. As there is interest, we would consider up to full year international students (accompanied with their parent(s) living in the community). For older children, if there were interest, we would consider developing a boarding program.
For further information please contact:
Yogaville Vidyalayam, Parent Representitive: Poorna Metro
Classroom phone 434 969 4383
Principal’s cell phone 434 989 4585
108 Yogaville Way Buckingham Virginia, USA 23921