Celestial Chakras: Astrology a Guide for Exploring the Chakras

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

The chakras are powerful centers in our body-mind-spirit fields that serve to channel the subtle energies that animate our lives. Through our practice of Yoga, we bring these energies into balance and develop a greater awareness of their effects. Astrology identifies patterns in the heavens above us that are reflected in our individual psyches, providing insights into our character.

In this workshop you will:

  • Explore the chakras and learn ways to experience them energetically with Yoga
  • Make use of clues from your individual astrology chart to see how your chakras and life issues resonate with each other
  • Learn how to use the symbolism of the planets with asanas, pranayama and the vibration of sound and light

When you register for the weekend, we’ll collect your birth information (date, time and location) so we can set up your astrology chart. Get ready to enliven your sense of subtle energies in your Yoga practice and promote conscious healing.


I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone curious about the subtle forces that govern our daily lives. — Virginia Thomas


Celestial Chakras at YogavilleMadhavan Mark Wolz, RYT-500, teaches Yoga and meditation and practices therapeutic yoga in New York. He is trained in the Integral Yoga® tradition. Mark also practices astrology; he is certified for both consulting and teaching. He has served on the board of the National Council for Geocosmic Research, and he lectures at meetings and conferences.

Mark holds a B.S. in psychology and an M.A. in anthropology and Southeast Asian studies. Mark is committed to using both Yoga and astrology to cultivate individual and collective responsibility as we integrate body, mind, and spirit and reach toward conscious healing for ourselves and the planet.


Awakening: Realizing Your True Self

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

Awakening Realizing Your True Self at Yogaville



Sages and mystics from various faith traditions throughout the ages have experienced and described an awakened state, characterized by perfect peace and unending bliss, filled with wisdom and compassion.



In this workshop, experience:

·    Time-tested methods of Yoga

·    Proven systems to ultimately attain the awakened state

·    Practices that will lead to a more balanced, healthy, and harmonious life

In this exploration into the theory and techniques of Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Jnana Yoga, you will discover ways to deepen your own spiritual journey.

I took this course to have space to reflect and rejuvenate as I move forward into some decisions I’ve made. I feel refreshed, at peace, and energized along with gaining insight, awareness, and an epiphany or two. –Participant


Awakening _Realizing Your True Self at Yogaville

Swami Karunananda is a senior disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda. In 1975, she was ordained as a monk into the Holy Order of Sannyas. She has over forty years of experience teaching all aspects of Yoga, and now specializes in workshops, retreats, and teacher training programs that focus on the science of meditation, the philosophy of Yoga, personal transformation, and breathing techniques for better health and well-being. She developed—and for twenty-five years, taught—the Integral Yoga Teacher Training programs in Raja Yoga and in meditation.

Swami Karunananda served as president of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in Virginia and in California, as well as director of the Integral Yoga® Institutes in San Francisco and in Santa Barbara. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees and sits on the Spiritual Life Board at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in Virginia.

Because of her interests in fostering interfaith harmony, she is featured in the interfaith documentary With One Voice. She also compiled and edited the Lotus Prayer Book, a collection of prayers from various faith traditions, and Enlightening Tales as told by Sri Swami Satchidananda. She served as contributing editor for The Breath of Life: Integral Yoga Pranayama, and was a senior writer for the Integral Yoga Magazine. A newly released publication of hers, Awakening: Aspiration to Realization through Integral Yoga, describes the spiritual path and provides guidance for the journey.

Health Matters A Guide to Conscious Healing

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

Remarkable progress has been made in the scientific understanding of how Yoga and a healthy lifestyle can prevent and reverse disease.

Integrate Yoga, herbs and Western medicine into your life for conscious self-healing.

In this informational and experiential workshop you will:

  •    Learn how to apply the latest research in the root causes of illnesses
  •    Learn ways essential mind-body-spirit approaches can be applied for optimum health
  •    Discover how herbs can be used to nourish and help the body and mind
  •    Use simple formulas to improve eyesight, immune system, digestion, hair growth, etc.
  •    Learn about what is missing in your diet and real concepts about vitamins, minerals and environmental toxins

Explore the power of a Yoga framework to create and maintain healthy choices, experience enduring love within and fully understand the spirit of the human journey.


Health Matters at Yogaville

Dr. Amrita McLanahan is a nationally recognized authority on preventive medicine, nutrition, stress reduction. As a Director of Stress Management Training at the Preventative Medicine Research Institute for the past twenty years, she worked with Dr. Dean Ornish to document prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and cancer. She is the author of Surgery and its Alternatives and medical consultant for Dr. Yoga.


Health MattersJohn Margabandhu Martarano has served as Director of the New Jersey Integral Yoga Institute, at the request of Sri Swami Satchidananda, for almost forty years. Margabandhu is a Senior Certified Integral Yoga Instructor, proficient in all aspects of Yoga, having learned directly from Swami Satchidananda in the early years.

Professionally, Margabandhu has a BA in Education, is a Certified Massage Therapist, specializing in Acupressure and Reflexology, is a Master Herbalist and has been in practice as a Holistic Health Educator and Herbal Specialist for forty years.  He has studied with many experts over the years including Viktoras Kulvinskas, Smoky Santillo, and Dr. Ralph Alan Dale. Margabandhu is also the Director of the Well Being Center in Montclair, NJ, a holistic center specializing in all aspects of health and healing.

Born to Balance

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


Balance is essential for everything you do with your body. It is important for health and well-being, and crucial for safety and independence in later years. In this workshop, you will learn about the systems and techniques needed for working with balance. 

Students will study the three systems of balance: the vestibular, proprioception (body awareness), and visual, as well as the following three technique levels. 

  • Level 1: Helps beginners/ senior citizens develop a strong foundation
  • Level 2: Adds challenges to the foundational skills for people who already have a strong sense of balance
  • Level 3: Assists athletes, performers, or others with exceptionally strong balance who want to excel in their personal training 

It is never too late to begin working on your balance.  As Yoga practitioners or teachers, you should have a thorough understanding of how balance works and how to leverage it for yourself or your students.

This workshop is appropriate for personal use and for teaching.

These techniques use the feet as the base for stabilization. You will learn skills for developing a stronger mind-foot connection, and how to apply these techniques to specific Yoga poses.  You’ll explore the role of core strength in balance and how it is essential for good posture.

You’ll also learn to train the arms and legs to help us with our balance and assist you in regaining and/or maintaining it.  Many of these techniques are adopted from the circus arts and dance.

For example, imagine you have tilted slightly off balance.  Your impulse may be to flail your limbs around in a franticly.  With training, the arms and/or legs will move in the opposite direction of the fall and counterbalance you back to center.  Essentially, you can reprogram your unconscious motor memory!

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Born to Balance at YogavilleJacob Felder has been teaching Yoga and Meditation since 1985. He began practicing Yoga in 1969 and has remained faithful in his practice ever since. In the early ‘80s his passion took him to Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, VA where he lived, studied, and trained for four transformative years.

Over the decades, Jacob’s passion for body awareness led him into the performing arts.  In 2001 he began studying and training as a professional circus-style acrobatic balancing artist. Since that time he has developed spell-binding performances for festivals, parties, and conventions.  He is also a professional dancer and choreographer.  He has trained in a wide array of dance genres including ballroom and Latin rhythms as well as modern, jazz, ballet and acrobatic dance forms. He has spent years studying the anatomy behind balance and Yoga along with the science behind meditation.

Jacob has produced two DVDs: Yoga Two-gether  and Gentle Yoga with Yogi Jacob.  He is the author of Meditation: The Awareness Approach as well as written numerous articles.

Jacob is certified with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level.  He continues to further his yoga education in order to share his expertise and keep current. www.jacobfelder.com




Taoist Autumn Retreat: Cultivate & Contemplate

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

Embrace the moment that you are in.

This four-day retreat will teach some of the fundamental practices of the Integral Way passed down from the Ni Family Traditions. This tradition, transmitted through an unbroken succession of seventy-four generations, is maintained by Grandmaster Ni Hua-Ching and his sons Dr. Mai Shing Ni and Dr. Dao Shing Ni.

Participants will be introduced to:Taoist-Autumn-Retreat-at-Yogaville3

  • Tai Chi
  • Eight Treasures Qigong
  • Merry-Go-Round circle walking
  • Taoist meditation, study group, medicine, and Yoga
  • Wisdom of the I-Ching

The purpose of the retreat is to cultivate our energy and contemplate on our place in the subtle realm of the universe.


Taoist Retreat at YogavillePaul Olko is a naturopath, herbalist and Asian bodywork therapist. He has been associated with the Ni Family Traditional practices since 1989, and travels to Los Angeles each year to advance his own practice. He is certified by the Chi Health Institute of the college of Tao in the Ni family’s Eighteen-Step Harmony-Style Tai Chi and has been a Yoga teacher since 1972. He lives in Charlottesville, VA.  where he has an active practice in the healing arts and teaches Taoist movement arts on a regular basis.
Taoist-Autumn-Retreat-at-YogavillePeter Stege is certified by the Chi Health Institute of the College of Tao in Los Angeles, CA. in meditation, Cosmic Tour Ba Gua, and Harmony style Tai Chi. He is a senior instructor in Eight Treasures Qigong and  several forms of Tai Chi. Peter has completed the Infinichi Medical Qigong  and is the director of the Advanced Traditional Practice Program.
He currently lives in Las Vegas, N.M. He is a licensed by the state of New Mexico as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. He has taught classes in the movement arts since 1980 and enjoys working with others on the path of self-cultivation.

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.

Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy: Working with the Koshas

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

Join Brandt, Yoga Therapist and founder of Breathing Deeply Yoga, for a weekend of working with the koshas (the five aspects of the self).

In this workshop you will learn:

  • The five aspects of the koshas that make us human
  • How to identify which koshas need balancing
  • Physical and mental Yoga practices that address these imbalances

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 will share his insights into this ancient model based in his work with hundreds of people and their wide range of conditions. Learn practices to balance and rejuvenate the body, breath, mind, and heart so that we connect to our innate bliss.

Brandt Passalacqua is the creator of Breathing Deeply Yoga 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.

Brandt spends much of his time working with individuals suffering from a wide variety of diseases including obesity, eating disorders, acute and chronic physical complaints, chronic diseases, and mental conditions, and also runs training programs in Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy, Peaceful Weight Loss through Yoga, and Thai Yoga Massage. He lives 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 2


Restorative Yoga is a simple, effective antidote to stress, tension, and anxiety.

In this practice, the body is placed in gentle, supported asanas (poses) with the use of props, allowing the the mind to let go of stress, worry, and tension. When the body is at rest and the mind becomes calm, one can experience the peace within.

In this workshop, you will experience:

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

All props will be supplied. This program is open to students of all levels and styles of Yoga. Individual assistance will be available.

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 the entire system returns to its natural state.The supported poses are also beneficial during times of major life changes, crises, or when recovering from an illness or injury.


Satya represented what Yoga stands for in every minute of her classes. Her demeanor, presentation, vocalization, etc.—calm and 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. [Lots of] 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, which will be very helpful for me in the future.


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

One can begin the practice of Yoga at any age and experience the benefits. Come to a safe, protective environment and begin your Yoga practice. This workshop provides gentle instruction in all aspects of Integral Yoga. 

Learn about:

  • 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
  • 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).

There is a yoga practice for your body, and at your comfort level.

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 Yogaville

Satya Greenstone 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.