Yoga Vacation in Tulum

Yoga Vacation in Tulum

With its white sand beaches, lush jungles, and ancient ruins, Tulum has become a magical destination for visitors from around the globe. This December, join Yoga teachers Leticia Padmasri and Rukmini Ando for a blissful week of relaxation and exploration in this famed town on the Mayan Riviera .

You will enjoy:

  • Daily Yoga practices in a private studio nestled in the jungle
  • Locally-sourced vegetarian cuisine prepared onsite at your villa
  • Discussions on a variety of topics (such as core awareness, Ayurveda, and Raja Yoga) woven throughout your experiences

The only difficult part of this restorative week will be deciding how to spend your free time—will you lounge on the nearby beaches, snorkel through the cenotes (underground rivers), traverse the abundant ancient ruins, or zipline in the canopies?

This nourishing vacation is the perfect way to experience being one with the body, breath, and mind in the divine presence of nature.

Yoga Vacation in Tulum

Letícia Padmasri, M.A., E-RYT 500 is a certified Integral Yoga teacher in Advanced Hatha level and Raja Yoga. She holds bachelor’s degree in exercise science, a master’s degree in education, and has dedicated many years towards exercise physiology, Yoga, and Ayurveda. She teaches and administrates workshops in Yogaville and Brazil, and is one of the main instructors for the Basic and Intermediate Integral Yoga Teacher Trainings.


Yoga Vacation in Tulum.jpg2Rukmini Ando B.S., RYT 500 started her Yoga journey over ten years ago. She completed her Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Integral Yoga Teacher Trainings at Yogaville and has been teaching since 2010. She is also a fine artist, specializing in oil on canvas and portraits. She holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and currently serves as Program Development Director at Yogaville.

See her art at Rukmini’s Art



Double Room
$995 per person

Triple Room
$895 per person

Private Room Single Occupancy
$1,395 per person

Hotel check-in: 2 pm & check-out: 12 pm.

* Includes all breakfasts and dinners, Hatha Yoga classes, group meditation, and evening talks. Does not include airfare, airport transfers, or excursions.

Couples or single accommodations are available. Children are welcome.

$50 off when full payment is received by September 25, 2015.

Basic Integral Yoga Hatha Teacher Training
Spring 2016


The Basic Integral Yoga Hatha Teacher Training at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville is a month-long residential program consisting of over 200 class hours.

This comprehensive Yoga teacher certification provides a strong foundation for personal and spiritual development, a space for nurturing your own practice, and the skills necessary to become a knowledgeable Yoga teacher. You will learn to teach each portion of the Integral Yoga Beginners’ Hatha Yoga class, including asanas (Yoga poses), deep relaxation, pranayama (breathing practices), chanting, and meditation.

Additionally, You Will Explore:

  • Classes in vegetarian diet
  • Instruction in basic anatomy and physiology
  • Chanting instruction—for personal practice and class settings
  • Raja Yoga (the science of the mind and yogic lifestyle)
  • Jnana Yoga (the study of Self-inquiry)
  • Bhakti Yoga (the path of devotion; including chanting, worship, and self-surrender)
  • Karma Yoga (the practice of selfless service)
  • Conducting and publicizing classes

Read more about the transformative benefits of our one-of-a-kind residential teacher training program.

Prerequisites: Applicants should be regular practitioners of Hatha Yoga for six months, preferably one year.

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Certification: Graduates receive a diploma certifying them to teach Integral Yoga Hatha Beginners Level I classes and are awarded 200 Yoga Alliance hours.

Integral Yoga is a registered school of the Yoga Alliance—a voluntary alliance of organizations and teachers dedicated to uphold the integrity of Yoga—and provides ongoing support for Yoga professionals in the United States.

About the Instructors

Leticia Padmasri 2014Letícia Padmasri, M.A., E-RYT 500, is a certified Integral Hatha Yoga teacher in the Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced levels, as well as a certified Raja Yoga teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, a master’s degree in education, and has dedicated many years towards the study of exercise physiology. Her interest in the body’s structure and function, combined with her love for the philosophy of Yoga, supports students in experiencing the true depth of the Yoga asanas.

She teaches Hatha Yoga and workshops in Yogaville and Brazil. She is Yogaville’s primary anatomy and physiology teacher, and has been administrating Yoga teacher trainings and workshops at the Academy since 2008.

Ram Wiener

Ram Wiener, RYT 500, is one of our foremost administrators and teachers at Yogaville. He is an instructor for the Basic Hatha Yoga teacher training and a certified Meditation, Raja Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Gentle Yoga and Intermediate Hatha Yoga teacher. He teaches on a variety of different topics ranging from the different branches of Integral Yoga to Spanish lessons for our Yogaville children. Ram is also the Vice President of Programs, overseeing the Integral Yoga Academy, all of our teachers’ programs, the Department of Program Development and Advertising, as well as the Ashram businesses. In addition to all of this, Ram, being a native of Central America and fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English, has organized many successful tours in Latin America, including ones to Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru.


Yoga & Mindfulness for Healing the Body, Mind, & Emotions: A Five-Day Retreat

 Registration begins Friday at 4 pm; program begins Friday at 8 pm and ends Tuesday at 2 pm

This retreat will focus on strategies for healing the body and mind through Yoga and mindfulness techniques.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Established and powerful scientific ways in which you can rewire the brain, releasing old patterns and introducing new, healing energy
  • Hands-on healing methods designed to help with emotional balance that can impact on anxiety, depression, addictions, anger, stress, and other emotional and mental issues
  • Tools for helping and assisting with physical healing issues

The first three days will offer a workshop format introducing you to the concepts and practices that Mala uses with her clients. The next two days will give you time to integrate these practices and experience their benefits.

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The field of neuroscience shows that we can change our brain patterns—and therefore change our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, which introduces healing into our system. 

These ideas and tools are on the cutting edge of neuroscience and therapy.  Come learn what neuroscience, Yoga and mindfulness have to offer you.


I’ve never ever experienced such a magical combination of learning high quality information with a very high spirituality that tightly hugged my heart.

The program exceeded my expectations. It incorporated the intellectual, spiritual and physical beautifully.

Awesome! Excellent job speaking, organizing and presenting all of the information.

Mala’s skill, knowledge, professionalism, and accessibility exceeded my expectations.

About the Presenter 

Yoga and Mindfulness at Yogaville

M. Mala Cunningham, Ph.D., is a Counseling Psychologist in private practice in Charlottesville, VA. and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia Nursing School.  Dr. Cunningham is the President of Positive Health Solutions and is the Founder and Director of Cardiac Medical Yoga.  She is a senior disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda and has been practicing and teaching Yoga for over thirty-five years.  She is also a widely recognized authority in the field of Yoga Psychology and Medical Yoga and has been featured in numerous radio, print, and TV interviews. See more at Mala’s Website.

Dive Deep Within

Registration begins Tuesday 4:30 PM and Program ends on Friday at 12:00 PM

Dive deep within and experience your Cosmic Self.

That Self, as Peace and Joy, is always there, for THAT is the REAL YOU!

During this retreat, we will go deep inside to reveal The True You.
As the deep Artesian well provides the purest water, venture below your normal surface living, to uncover the Light of the Ocean of Pure Awareness.

That Light of Awareness radiates from within you and inspires all the activities of your life.

Come, join this midweek retreat:

* Where through Yoga and meditation practices, you will explore deeper levels of your Self.

* Where deeper awareness enables you to uncover the abundance of peace and joy already within you.

* Where gaining steadiness in the Cosmic Self will allow this Peace and Joy to manifest in your life.

Dive Deep Within at Yogaville

Swami Gurucharanananda, lovingly referred to as “Mataji” is a senior monk-disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda Maharaj.
She is one of our most inspiring speakers and most popular teachers in Yogaville and sought out around the world for her counsel.
She enjoys waking you up! leading guided meditations, Hatha yoga classes and meditation workshops, and is a loved mentor/counselor to retreatants and guests.

She reads from Sri Gurudev’s talks and teachings during lunch, offers Guru-Puja and has a joy-filled smile for everyone!

Retreat with A Course in Miracles: Yoga of Forgiveness

Registration begins Friday 2:00 PM, Program begins Friday 4:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM

Yoga of Forg Logo2  “Forgiveness is the key to happiness.”—A Course in Miracles


Join us on Easter weekend for this program based on Christian principles and terminology. A Course in Miracles focuses on “The Forgiveness Principle”– a crucial aspect of the path of Yoga and key to our emotional health. This weekend will explore the place of forgiveness in our spiritual practices. A Course in Miracles can be seen as a form of Christian Yoga, practicing forgiveness, which accelerates our progress in reuniting with our true Self.

Watch A COURSE IN MIRACLES -TV with Barry (Bharata) Wingham, Marianne Williamson and Guests

Forgiveness ends any conflict. The Course’s principles can guide us through those times when forgiveness doesn’t come easily. It can help us open our hearts and restore health to our bodies and joy to our hearts.

Through application of Course principles, you can learn to:

• Release any guilt, fear or worry about anything in your life
• Regain control of your life by illuminating the link between forgiveness and karma
• End long-standing conflicts, arguments and criticisms, making peace with anyone or any condition in your life
• Undo any condition or addiction that causes you to suffer
• Forgive mistakes, misdeeds or estrangements in your life
• Strengthen the connection with your Inner Teacher and Guide
• Forgive and be forgiven

Discover and use simple procedures of the Course like the “Holy Instant” to overcome fear, anger or depression. You can become a “Happy Learner” in life, and transform unhappiness to the happiness that is your birthright. Transform over-seriousness into happy laughter.


  • Why your part is essential in the world’s healing
  • How to tell Truth from error and reality
  • How our judgement injures us
  • Why there is nothing to fear, ever
  • Why we are never upset for the reason we think
  • Why we see only the past
  • That time is an illusion, “although a persistent one”
  • Why Peace cannot be outsourced

Join us in learning how forgiveness and Yoga can combine to catalyze a transformed experience of love for yourself, others and the world.


Thank you. My weekend at Yogaville was truly a life changing experience from me. The course in forgiveness came at the exact moment I really needed it in my life. And I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet you and everyone else that was there that weekend. I’m looking forward to moving forward down this path. ~Breia Allison

“Beloved Bharata you have shared such loving and peaceful spirit that really joined us all together. Thank you for sharing this powerful wake-up call. I am believing.” ~Damayanty Eberle

“Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the Retreat with A Course in Miracles and how it has inspired me. I rediscovered where I need to put my attention. I was pretty lost in the world of form and illusion for awhile and was suffering quite a bit.  I feel reconnected to spirit thanks to you and all the loving people of Yogaville.” ~Melissa Alsbergas

Wow!!! Bharata, thank you so much. I have thought of all the lessons learned in class all week long. This bonus is truly welcomed and will help in keeping me focused on the Holy Spirit ( not the Ego) and staying in peace. ~Ilka Chavez

“Bharata offered an intellectually stimulating program based on the Course in Miracles. A consummate professional knowing the information inside and out, he created the perfect container for the intrigued participants who were full of deep questions. Many commented that they wish the program was longer, a week if not at least 5 days long. Bharata’s humor came through subtly keeping a nice balanced atmosphere throughout the weekend.” ~Sita


Bharata IYTA Editor photoBharata Wingham, a student of A Course in Miracles since 1980, is a versatile teacher best known for teaching Laugha Yoga®, Laugha Nidra® and laughing meditation.

He hosted and produced an internationally distributed TV program on A Course in Miracles for thirteen years.

Bharata is also an Integral Yoga® instructor, guiding students in physical postures, deep relaxation and meditation. He is the author of A Course in Miracles: An Ancient New Idea and Laugha Yoga: Combining the Joy of Laughter and the Bliss of Yoga.

Satsang Concert with Krishna Das

Satsang with Krishan Das
Saturday, May 23rd 7:30 pm in Sivananda Hall

Click here to register for Yoga of Devotion Weekend



Krishna Das is a Western musician who has created a wave throughout the American Yoga scene with his rousing, soulful kirtans. He has led kirtan on a regular basis in Yoga centers all over the world, has taught with Ram Dass and sung for many saints and Yogis in the US and India.

By simply chanting from the heart and making kirtan fun, Krishna Das has ignited a new enthusiasm for chanting these ancient sacred mantras. His music was recognized by the American Recording Academy when his album ‘Live Ananda’ was nominated for 2012 Best New Age Album and he performed kirtan at the pre-telecast Grammy ceremonies in February 2013.

In 1970, he made his first trip to India and became a devotee of Neem Karoli Baba. Since then, Krishna Das has made numerous pilgrimages throughout India, meeting teachers and saints of many spiritual traditions on his quest to open and purify his heart. He has studied Buddhist meditation and has been initiated into Tibetan Buddhist practices by lamas from various lineages.



 Registration begins Friday at 4 pm; program begins Friday at 8 pm and ends Sunday at 2 pm

Yogaflow, Yoga nidra, pranayama, dharana, and dhyana are all woven together by Jnana flow. Systematically introduced, TriYoga sequences unite pranayama and mudra with dynamic and sustained asanas.

Experience the inherent qualities of this magical flow, including:

  •       Rhythmic pacing
  •       Relaxation in action
  •       Wavelike spinal movements
  •       Economy of motion

TriYoga, the art and science of YogaFlow, includes the full range of Yoga practices. It is taught over forty countries by over 1,400 certified teachers. Fifty-four TriYoga centers and communities have been established, in areas including in Australia, Austria, China, Denmark, Germany, India, Russia, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States.

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Once again, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for your willingness to help so many along the path to wherever we need to go this lifetime. It’s simply a blessing to behold and I am so truly grateful. —Risa, USA, Dec. 2014

You are the gift of bliss in the sacred flow, opening mystic doors, unveiling the truth, making it real until we feel a spark ignite the magic sight revealing our own pure inner light, flickering in the brilliant glow of devi’s super conscious might. —Anasuya, USA, Feb. 2015

Blessings to the Supreme for inspiring you with Kriyavati thirty-five years ago. Utmost gratitude to you for surrendering to this inspiration, for developing it into the most beautiful spiritual practice and for sharing it so purely and generously with all of us! —Detlef, Germany, Jan. 2015

Devi Dance, Mysore, India


Yogini Kaliji in Tirupati, India

About the Presenter 

TriYoga - The Ancient Yoga

Yogini Kaliji is internationally renowned as a yogini and founder of TriYoga®. Traveling extensively, she has taught TriYoga on a daily basis for over thirty years. Integrating Eastern thought and Western tradition, she has presented more than forty keynote addresses at Yoga conferences and other venues worldwide, and has been featured widely in the media. She was featured in the book Secrets of the World’s Inspirational Women.

Kaliji, guided by Kriyavati siddhi, has systematized asana (posture), pranayama (breathing practices), and dharana (concentration techniques) from Basics to Level 7, and over 1000 hasta mudras (hand gestures) have expressed through her.

In addition, Kaliji is co-founder of Chant Club®, a music ensemble presenting Sanskrit chants in call-and-response style. She is a vocalist and plays harmonium and keyboard. Inspired by her love of animals,Kaliji has practiced the vegan plant-based lifestyle for over thirty years.

Kaliji was given the title “Yogini” by H. H. Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore, India. In 2006, in recognition of Kaliji’s global humanitarian service, Sri Swamiji and Datta Peetham honored her with the Vishwa Bandhu award. Vishwa Bandhu translates as friend of the universe, a caring relative of humanity.

Kaliji’s presence, her mastery of the flow and the ageless wisdom inherent in TriYoga have inspired and transformed countless lives.

Yoga for Emotional Balance: Transcending Fear, Anger, & Depression

Registration begins Friday at 1:30 pm; program begins Friday at 3:30 pm and ends Sunday at 12 pm

How often do negative thoughts and feelings keep you from happiness? Learn to transform your emotions by calming and balancing the body first through Yoga postures and breathing.

This workshop includes:

  • Exploring the psychological impact of Yoga postures
  • Relaxation techniques to heal stress
  • Breathing practices to increase day-to-day coping skills
  • Simple, enjoyable imagery to feel and heal emotions
  • Four keys to protect yourself from other people’s negativity
  • How to take Yoga off the mat and into daily life

This is a great session for Yoga Teachers as well as students.

After balancing your body, you’ll be ready to use the power of the mind to understand and transcend fear, anger, and depression. Using the subtle practices of Yoga, you can release the energy that gets blocked in negative patterns, freeing yourself to lead a more dynamic, creative life.

Our goal is to integrate the mind and heart so we feel peaceful always. There is much more to Yoga than just the poses; this workshop will explore many levels of emotional release.


I love Swami Vidyananda—she is unpretentious, funny, incredibly knowledgeable, honest, and very real. – Past participant

About the Instructor

Yoga for Emotional Balance YogavilleSwami Vidyananda began practicing Yoga in 1969. She has been teaching Integral Yoga and training Yoga Teachers since 1973. She became a Swami (monk) in 1983. She has taught and trained Yoga teachers throughout the US and Canada, as well as Australia, Europe, and India.

She presently lives in Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Virginia, where she teaches all branches of Integral Yoga, including Hatha, Raja, and Jnana Yoga, meditation, and yogic lifestyle. She continues to travel widely, training Yoga teachers and specializing in workshops on Yoga and the emotions, stress management, and mid-life meaning.

Before becoming a Yoga teacher, Vidyananda worked as a broadcast news producer and reporter. Since 1983 she has produced and edited dozens of Yoga videos, audio recordings. and DVDs for Integral Yoga including the best-selling Yoga with a Master with Swami Satchidananda. Vidyananda herself is featured in the audios and videos: Yoga for Stress Management, Hatha Yoga Class for the Emotions, and the best-selling Deep Relaxation and Guided Visualization for Healing.

Over the years, Vidyananda has taught Yoga for many different populations, from college students to corporate managers, prisoners to pregnant women. She has taught Yoga in therapeutic programs such as the Smith Center Cancer Retreats and Yoga for persons with eating disorders. She trained as a hospital chaplain at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.Vidyananda founded the Integral Yoga Teachers Association, and directed it for seven years, and served as Chairperson for the Integral Yoga Teacher’s Council.

Outside of teaching, Swami Vidyananda served as director of the Montreal Integral Yoga Institute. For many years she traveled with Sri Swami Satchidananda, serving as his translator into French. She taught and translated at the European Yoga Union Conference in Zinal, Switzerland, for ten years.

Vidyananda’s wisdom and heartfelt enthusiasm have made her one of Integral Yoga’s most widely traveled teachers. She has a practical approach to Yoga and spirituality, making it real for everyday life.


Living a Yogic Life: Yoga off the Mat

Registration begins Friday at 4 pm; program begins Friday at 8 pm and ends Sunday at 2 pm

This year, treat yourself to a gift that will enrich every aspect of your life!

Join us for this joyful weekend and:

  • Learn ways to rest in your natural state of happiness, which is your birthright
  • Discover how to lengthen the experience of peace, joy, and content that you feel after your Yoga class
  • Explore practical, time-tested ways to assist in maintaining your peace
  • Discover how to minimize your suffering and maximize your well-being by focusing on self-care

We will we discuss how to take these teachings home by learning simple methods to develop a regular and enjoyable spiritual routine.
This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who would like to recapture their childlike happiness and ease.  Hope to see you there!

About the Presenter

Living a Yogic Life at Yogaville

Sumati Steinberg, R.N., is a gifted Spiritual Life Coach, senior disciple of  Sri Swami Satchidananda and an Interfaith Minister who grew up in Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Virginia. Born with an intense spiritual desire to realize her true nature, she began joining her father in meditation before the age of two. In 1979, by the grace of her guru, she received mantra initiation thus beginning her earnest daily spiritual practice. She and her three children were blessed to attend the school in Yogaville, where they were taught to love and feel compassion for all beings.

By maintaining a healthy balance of worldly and spiritual life, Sumati obtained a bachelors degree in nursing from UNC-W and has served in the medical field for over twenty years. She currently heads the comprehensive wellness program at Kyanite Mining Corporation in Dillwyn, Virginia.

As a Raja Yoga teacher, meditation instructor, nurse wellness coach, and lively public speaker, she loves bringing the joy of Yoga into all aspects of her life. As a humanitarian, Sumati serves on several boards to help promote wellness, prevent illness, and to promote peace. She serves her local community by responding to physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual emergencies as needed. She embraces each moment fully and enjoys sharing her wisdom to help others live their lives to the fullest. Sumati, her beloved husband, children, and grandchildren continue to call Yogaville their home.