Joyful Movement: Alexander Technique & Joint Freeing Series—Pavanmuktasana

Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM

Discover balance and freedom using the Alexander Technique Movement Principles. The vehicle of movement will be, Pavanmuktasana, The Joint Freeing Series. This beautiful and ancient practice from India, is a simple and clear way to open and strengthen the body, while coordinating movement and breath. Gently prepare for a more in depth asana practice or any other activity of your choice.

Learn the gentle practice of moving each joint through it’s natural range of movement while developing the habit of moving freely and easily, breathing deeply. Finding the place where you are to be in a deeply relaxing and satisfying place. A place for all your activities, without tension and excess effort.

Get acquainted  with the different types of joints in your body:

  • Gliding
  • Saddle
  • Ellipsoidal
  • Pivot
  • Ball and Socket
  • Hinge

We all have these joints…do you know how to use yours?

Our time together is designed to:

  • Open the body and mind to freedom
  • Create habits that promote health
  • Release tension and pain, while moving freely
  • Express your authentic and true self
  • Roll back the clock and have fun

The way a person moves and thinks about how they are moving creates their movement result.

Knowledge is power, knowledge is bliss.


I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed and learned from the Joint Freeing Series workshop at Yogaville. Right off the bat on Friday night you identified the issue I have, trying to walk since my hip arthritis has gotten so bad.  It is such a relief to walk normally again!  Every now and then I catch myself slipping back into my awkward flatfoot walk, but I immediately feel the difference and make a correction. –Beth

Hope is really an amazing teacher! Her teaching comes directly from her own experience of physical pain, and 25 years of practices of Alexander technique that helped her as well as many other students to relieve the suffering.  Moreover she always brings full joyfulness to the class so that everyone will be playing with their bodies and joints.  And through the laughs and fun all pains will automatically be relieved   –Ray

Dearest Hope: Because of who you are and the great knowledge you impart… I am sitting, standing, walking and sitting in half lotus for meditation with absolutely no pain!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for “joint free Yoga”! With immense gratitude!   –Minakski


Joyful Movement at YogavilleHope Mell’s passion and purpose is helping people find freedom in their bodies. Freedom of movement and movement without pain. She found Integral Yoga in 1967 and began her studies with Sri Swami Satchidananda. She was certified to teach Integral Yoga Hatha in 1974.

Marjorie Barstow came into Hope’s life in 1979 and she began learning The Alexander Technique. She was certified to teach by the Alexander Alliance in Philadelphia in 1988. Mukunda Stiles was her Structural Yoga Therapy teacher and mentor, graduating  in 2005.

Over three decades she has refined her skills and developed a unique approach that synergistically combines the unique powers of Yoga and the Alexander Technique, that is adaptable to everyone.

Hope’s dream is that everyone has enough freedom in their lives to live their purpose fully.

Affirmations for Inner Peace: Core Teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda

Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM

We will explore one of Sri Swami Satchidananda’s greatest gifts to the world — his Affirmations for Inner Peace — in which he recorded the essence of Integral Yoga in brief and potent form.

By incorporating affirmations into your daily practice you can reprogram your psyche with supremely positive thoughts with the power to liberate you from the age-old, negative mental “tapes” which hold you back from living the best life possible.

Subjects include:

●      Your True Self

●      Supreme health

●      Unconditional love

●      Transcend sorrow

●      Remember your goal

●      Master the mind

●      Infinite consciousness

You will see how delving into these gems of ancient wisdom and making them a part of daily practice can uncover your highest self.  Finding “mottoes” for your life, which you always remember and din into your consciousness, provides an anchor for you in times of joy and challenge.  Learn how your inner thought environment can also become one of your greatest forms of loving service to those around you.

This weekend will enable you to fully understand these teachings and how to utilize them for a life full of peace and joy, love and light.

“Paraman & Lakshmi’s program has enhanced my life & spiritual practice.” –Participant


Affirmations for Inner Peace at YogavilleRev. Paraman Barsel has taught Raja and Jnana Yoga, Meditation and all aspects of Integral Yoga for over 40 years.  He served as director of the Washington, D.C., and New York Integral Yoga Institutes and as president of first Yogaville-West and Yogaville-East, and presently serves on the Ashram’s Spiritual Life Board.


Rev. Lakshmi Barsel is a senior Integral Yoga teacher. She has taught Raja Yoga and Meditation, scripture classes on the Bhagavad Gita and the Thirukkural. She has a Ph.D. in Linguistic Antrhropology and presently serves as the director of  the Satchidananda Prison Project.

Working with the Koshas: A Breathe Deeply Yoga Therapy Program

Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM


Join Brandt Bhanu Passalacqua, Yoga Therapist and founder of Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy, for a weekend of working with the koshas, the 5 aspects of the self. Learn practices to balance and rejuvenate the body, breath, mind, and heart so that we connect to our innate bliss.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • The 5 aspects of the self (koshas) that make us human
  • How to identify what aspects of ourselves (what koshas) need balancing and
  • Physical, breath, mind, meditation, and yoga practices that address these imbalances to bring us closer to unity.

Brandt will share his insights into this ancient model based in his work with hundreds of people and their wide range of conditions. This workshop is appropriate for all students of yoga and teachers who are interested in working with a holistic model of healing and self expansion. No yoga therapy experience required.

Yoga Alliance CE Credits available


Peaceful Weightloss Workshop

Brandt Bhanu Passalacqua is the creator of Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Peaceful Weight Loss™ through Yoga. He has been enjoying yoga and the healing arts since 2002 after overcoming obesity and a life-threatening autoimmune illness. His personal journey serves as an inspiration to countless others and informs his compassionate, humorous, and down-to-earth teaching style.

His practice integrates a background of Yoga Therapy in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and Structural Yoga Therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, Medical Massage, a variety of meditation lineages, and plain old common sense to help people realize their goals.

Spending much of his time working with individuals suffering from a wide variety of dis-ease including obesity, eating disorders, acute and chronic physical complaints, chronic diseases and mental conditions, Brandt also runs training programs in Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy, Peaceful Weight Loss through Yoga, and Thai Yoga Massage. Brandt resides in Western Massachusetts with his family.

Relax and Rejuvenate with Restorative Yoga

Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM


“The human body is a temple. Keep it strong and supple. Treat it gently.” ~Swami Satchidananda

Relax and Rejuvenate with Restorative Yoga at Yogaville 2Restorative Yoga is a simple, effective antidote to stress, tension and anxiety. In this practice, the body is placed in gentle, supported asanas or poses. These poses literally hold and maintain the physical body while the mind lets go of stress, worry and tension.  Since the poses are supported by props, they can be held effortlessly for an extended period of time.  This results in a state of deep relaxation, where the innate intelligence of the body balances and reintegrates the entire system to its natural state. When the body is easeful and the mind becomes calm, one can experience the Peace within.

Restorative Yoga uses props such as bolsters, blankets, and pillows, whatever is effective, to support the practitioner in the various postures. These supported poses enable one to receive the benefit of the asana without exerting muscular effort.  A simple, restorative pose is very effective when one is feeling fatigued or stressed in daily life.  The supported poses are also beneficial during times of major life changes, crises or when recovering from an illness or injury.

The practice of Restorative Yoga takes one’s awareness deep within creating a meditative state enhancing rejuvenation and healing.

In this workshop you will experience:

  • Balanced sequences of Restorative Yoga Poses
  • Restorative Poses for stress management, relaxation and rejuvenation
  • Restorative Poses which enhance the breathing capacity
  • Simple Restorative Poses for everyday practice
  • Other healing aspects of Restorative Yoga

All props will be supplied for your use during the workshop. This program is open to students of all levels and styles of yoga practice.  Individual assistance and guidance will be offered to all participants.

“Satya presented what Yoga stands for in every minute of her classes. Her demeanor, presentation, vocalization, etc.: Calm & Peaceful.”
“An inspiring and truly restorative weekend!”
“Satya presented all the material clearly and made the class very easy to understand.”
“The instructor was perfect- so warm and welcoming”
“Good mix of practice, learning and breath work.”
“Great tips. Material I can use for myself and students.”
“Satya is really grounded and knowledgeable and I enjoyed her teaching. I clearly received the lesson I needed to learn this weekend and that will be very helpful for me in the future.”
–Program Participants


Relax and Rejuvenate with Restorative Yoga at Yogaville 3 - CopySatya Greenstone E-RYT 500, has been a student of Sri Swami Satchidananda and teacher of Integral Yoga for over forty years.  She shares the teachings of Integral Yoga in many diverse settings with students of all ages and backgrounds. She combines a natural, practical, down to earth approach to yoga with a gentle humor. First and foremost she is a yogini, and her teaching is an extension of the experience gained from her yoga practice.

She is a primary teacher for the Basic and Intermediate level Integral Yoga Teacher Training Programs. While serving as Teacher Training Coordinator, she helped develop and teach the Gentle Yoga Teacher Training Program. Satya is certified in Therapeutic/Restorative Yoga and has been practicing and teaching Restorative Yoga for 15 years. In 2011, she developed and taught the first Integral Yoga Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Certification Course which she continues to offer annually.  She gently adapts the Yoga practices to individual needs and always finds a way to encourage and inspire her students.

It’s Never Too Late to Start a Yoga Practice

Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM


Do you want to start a yoga practice, but feel intimidated by what you see in magazines, the gym or on TV?   Do you feel that yoga is only for the young and flexible?

There is a yoga practice for your body, and at your comfort level.  Come to a safe, protective environment and begin your yoga practice. One can begin the practice of yoga at any age and experience the benefits.
In this workshop, you will be guided in practicing yoga asanas (physical poses), and pranayama (breathing techniques) at your personal level.  All yoga practices can be adjusted to the needs of the individual.  You will learn the most important aspects of yoga to incorporate and include in your regular practice.
Included in the Workshop:

  • Adaptations for the Basic Integral Yoga poses
  • Gentle, safe breathing practices (pranayama)
  • Guided deep relaxation
  • Introduction to meditation practice
  • Instruction in the use of props
  • How to develop a home practice
  • Questions & answers and personal instruction

This program is appropriate for men and women of all ages, who are mobile and want to stay that way. Participants must be able to get up and down off the floor (but it need not be graceful).

“Those of us, who didn’t think we could do Yoga, have discovered how wonderful Yoga can be. It’s beneficial and it is really real.” –Program Participant

It’s Never Too Late to Start a Yoga Practice at YogavilleSatya Greenstone, E-RYT 500 has been a student of Sri Swami Satchidananda and teacher of Integral Yoga for over forty years.  She shares the teachings of Integral Yoga in many diverse settings with students of all ages and backgrounds. She combines a natural, practical, down to earth approach to yoga with a gentle humor. First and foremost she is a yogini, and her teaching is an extension of the experience gained from her yoga practice.

She is a primary teacher for the Basic and Intermediate level Integral Yoga Teacher Training Programs. While serving as Teacher Training Coordinator, she helped develop and teach the Gentle Yoga Teacher Training Program. She has also developed and teaches Training Programs in Restorative Yoga, Adaptive Yoga and Yoga and Meditation for Children. She gently adapts the Yoga practices to individual needs and always finds a way to encourage and inspire her students.

Shakti Healing! Lunar Rites & Practices for Women, Mothers and Daughters

Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM.

A Wise Earth Ayurveda Credit Points toward NAMA accreditation.

This course is for both women and men.

Drawing on her rich life experiences through the journey of ovarian cancer, and her awesome spiritually-packed journey, Maya Tiwari stands tall in a presence that is every woman’s. This courageous woman of ancient origins and native wisdom—world-renowned Vedic master and spiritual leader—offers a revolutionary solution to restoring wellness, wholeness and harmony in our world through Shakti-Medicine!

That is, Maya teaches us about the maternal life force that reclaims the Shakti energy necessary to restore health, wholeness, love and joy within. Maya introduces the Shakti rituals, and lunar rites that nourish and heal a women’s nature. In strengthening the maternal energies of our children, men, animals, forest, waters, sky and the earth herself, we are firing up the Shakti and invoking the Mother Consciousness—that  maternal memory that heals our wounds, refines our creative force and brings forth love, light and wisdom for all.

In this Wise Earth Ayurveda program, you will learn:

  • To invite the Goddess into your heart through her Lunar meditation and Shakti mantras, mudras, and rites of passage
  • The exquisite rituals that bond mothers and daughters, women and men through the sacred principles of Shakti

In present day, we are witnessing the breakdown of the maternal memory and therefore the erosion of Mother Consciousness. Packed with immense levels of stress and pathology, our women and daughters are shunning their powerful feminine nature. As our humanity, and wellness and intelligence depend on Mother Consciousness, we must restore the Shakti connection—vital for our youth, our women and men if we are to grow a compassionate and healthy humanity.

Maya offers a revolutionary solution to restoring wellness in our world through Shakti-Medicine. Learn about:

  • The Mother Consciousness—maternal life force that restores health, wholeness, love and joy within
  • The Lunar meditation that supports and guides our womanly journey with the turn of the moon
  • Shakti mantras, mudras and rites of passage that help to form an indelible bond between mother and daughter, wife and husband, family and community

As our inspiration and harmony depend on the wellbeing of the Shakti energy, we must restore this primordial feminine power—vital for the wellness of Mother Nature, women, children, men and community at large.

This course is for both women and men.

“Maya Tiwari is a Goddess. Her work on the female power of Shakti has saved my life, first from breast cancer 5 years ago, and now I am able to use this extraordinary education to help heal my family.” -Julie Albertsson

Shakti Healing at YogavilleMaya Tiwari is a spiritual leader and teacher, praised by the Parliament of World Religions for her work in fostering wellness and interfaith understanding. Maya founded the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda, Mother Om Mission and the Living Ahimsa Foundation. She received the prestigious Dhanvantari International Award in 2011 for her pioneering work in Ayurveda education and the Rishi Award.

Maya Tiwari is an ovarian cancer survivor and a best-selling author.

Her latest works, Love! A Daily Oracle for Healing, Women’s Power to Heal and her powerful Shakti Anthem and Shakti Lunar Meditation CD’s will be available during this workshop.,

Wise Earth Ayurveda Credit Points available toward NAMA accreditation.

Yoga Couples’ Retreat: Live in Love Together

Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM

They say love makes the world go round.  Yet, sometimes the stressors of the world catch up with us to erode our most loving relationships. Is your vibrant relationship under stress?  Do you long to be more deeply engaged in your life together but feel you are drifting apart?  Are you sharing a truly loving experience in your relationship?

Bring your partner and join in on this special retreat for couples, dedicated to helping you resolve to live by your relationship’s most important equation.

We will spend the weekend diving into the depths of what your loving relationship means to you and explore how to keep it alive and thriving.  Gain inspiration and practical tools to keep communication channels open, release old patterns and stories that block you from experiencing the deepest connections, apply simple techniques to sustain and nurture your loving relationship.

Healthy, loving relationships are worth investing in. Enjoy this couples’ weekend retreat as you learn to meet the challenges that career, child-rearing, household, illness and society can bring to bear on your relationships.  Establish balance and gain insights to navigate life’s rough spots while staying joyfully connected to your loved one.

  • In this couples retreat you can expect to have fun learning:
    Exercises in compassionate listening and finding our own authentic selves
  • Tools for deepening your friendship and understanding
  • Reinforcing your values and visions for the future using relaxation, contemplation, and meditation and breathwork
  • A marriage checklist for renewal and adjustment
  • Warm, nurturing and playful experiences to rekindle and encourageexpressions of appreciation, love, and joy
  • Partner Yoga to bring heart and soul, body and mind together

Yoga Couples’ Retreat-at YogavilleRevs. Bhagavan and Bhavani Metro bring fifty years of intimate relationship experience into their workshops, offering freely of their own struggles, successes and insights.  Personally guided by Sri Swami Satchidananda, they have gleaned rich techniques and used the Integral Yoga teachings to support their intimate, loving, compassionate and joyful relationship.  Bhagavan and Bhavani are surrounded by a large loving family that is composed of thirty-four members and five generations living within a few miles of their home at Yogaville.  With their great enthusiasm, joy, humor and compassion, the Revs. Metro share their collective life wisdom and experiences by offering workshops and lectures.

“The Metros’ Couples Retreat gave us just the inspiration and information needed to move through some difficult areas and refocus on the joy in our relationship.  We are so grateful to have shared this time with them.  Their faith, warmth, humor and example of relationship gave us great hope and we look forward to our next retreat with them.” — Program Participants

“The Retreat gave us just the inspiration and information needed to move through some difficult areas and refocus on the joy in our relationship.” —Program Participant Couple

Spring into Summer: Practice, Sweat, Reflect and Play

Registration begins Friday 2:00 PM, Program begins Friday 4:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 2:30 PM

Spring into Summer5 smallWrap up spring and leap into summer by joining us for an unforgettable weekend of community and inspiration. The tranquil Virginia countryside at Yogaville provides a safe haven for reflecting on the year so far. Reaffirm your priorities and nurture your goals for a fulfilling 2015.

This opportunity is a gift to re-evaluate, recharge, and rediscover your most valuable and meaningful self in a space that allows you to reflect in stillness, push your barriers, and ignite a spark for a change. Come detach from your daily routine and reinvigorate your practice.

Mimi and Hawah have over 25-years of combined teaching experience. They’ll guide you through uplifting asana classes, transformational pranayama sessions, deep meditation, and enlightening discussion circles. Best of all, you’ll be immersed in a powerful Sangha (community) of committed individuals.Spring into Summer4

Join us for friendship and fellowship, and leave feeling invigorated with a renewed sense of purpose and momentum.




Spring into Summer2Hawah Kasat is an artist, author, educator, and community organizer who co-founded One Common Unity, a non-profit organization located in Washington, DC. He has dedicated his life to teaching about solutions to violence and ways to peace, and has traveled to over 30 countries in the past 12 years to facilitate interactive workshops, perform poetry, and teach yoga.

The Poetry of Yoga

The Poetry of Yoga

Hawah holds certifications in both Jivamukti and Sivananda Yoga. He has spent the past 12 years also learning from other yoga traditions including Ashtanga Yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, Vinyasa Flow, and Iyengar Yoga. He maintains a Vipassana Meditation practice and also practices Kung Fu, specifically training in Shaolin, Tai Chi, Li Hu Ba Fa, and Baguazhang styles, with Sifu Liu Xiao Ling. He is featured as a monthly commentator in Mantra Yoga + Health Magazine.

One Common Unity (non-profit organization):

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MMimi Riegerimi Rieger, E-RYT has been practicing yoga since 1998 and has been teaching for over ten years. Her physical journey began with ballet at the age of four through her teens and progressed to martial arts and yoga in her twenties to the present day. Mimi is registered through Yoga Alliance and received her yoga certification in 2003 at the Ashtanga Yoga Center in Washington, DC.

In 2005, she became the first certified Budokon® teacher in the area and is the Regional Director of Budokon® Yoga for Budokon® International. In 2009, she received her Progressive Ashtanga Yoga certification and in 2010 received her Rocket Vinyasa Yoga certification both under David Kyle. She is featured in many health publications and is a contributor to local and national media outlets.







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LifeForce Yoga® to Manage Your Mood  

Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM


LifeForce Yoga Practitioner 1In Yoga, one shoe doesn’t fit all—all bodies, all levels of experience, all moods.

Learn how to assess the mood—yours and your students, and design a menu of practices to meet you where you are. LifeForce Yoga interweaves the power of an ancient discipline with current scientific findings. In a safe and accepting environment, you’ll learn yoga practices that can help you maintain your optimum mental health and methods to safely release chronically held tension and repressed emotion in the physical and emotional body.

We’ll practice:

  • Pranayama and kriya breathing techniques that regulate the emotions
  • Meditations that lift the mood
  • Creating affirmations (sankalpa)
  • Guided visualizations (bhavana)
  • Tones that regulate the emotions (mantras)
  • Hand gestures that affect different areas of the chakra system and the body (mudras)
  • Yoga asanas suitable for all levels
  • Nondual partner sharing

You’ll leave feeling refreshed and renewed with ancient strategies to revitalize your practice and manage your mood.  Medical professionals and Yoga teachers will learn techniques they can use to help their clients focus, relax and have greater access to their feelings.

Fulfills the prerequisite for the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training.

“No matter what your mood, Amy’s unique LifeForce Yoga program will bring you balance and joy. I loved this practice!” —Lilias Folan, PBS Host; author, Lilias! Yoga Gets Better with Age


Lifeforce Training at YogavilleAmy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT 500, is the founding director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute and has been a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health for over 20 years. She is the author of Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books) and Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management (W.W. Norton, 2012). She offers professional trainings and workshops for mental health and yoga professionals and speaks at medical and psychological conferences internationally. She is involved in on-going research on the effects of Yoga on mood. Amy’s evidence-based LifeForce Yoga protocol is in use in healthcare settings worldwide and is featured on the award-winning CD and the DVD series LifeForce Yoga to Beat the Blues. She edits a newsletter that includes current research, news and media reviews on Yoga and mental health, archived on


Yoga and Mindfulness for Healing the Body, Mind and Emotions

Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM

This workshop will focus on strategies for healing the body and mind through yoga and mindfulness techniques.  There are established and powerful scientific ways in which we can re-wire the brain and the mind for releasing old patterns and introducing new healing energy.  The field of neuroscience shows that we can change our brain patterns and therefore change our thoughts, feelings and behaviors and therefore, introduce healing into our system.

Participants will learn 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. In additional, physical and medical problems can also be influenced by yoga and mindfulness techniques.

Participants will also learn tools for helping and assisting with physical healing issues. These ideas and tools are on the cutting edge of neuroscience and therapy.  Come learn what neuroscience, yoga and mindfulness have to offer you.

Program Participants Testimonials:

“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.”


Yoga and Mindfulness at YogavilleM. 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.