Joint Freeing Series: Pavanmuktasana: With Alexander Technique Movement Principles

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

Join us for a unique opportunity of self exploration blending the Joint Freeing Series and Alexander Technique. The Joint Freeing Series is an ancient practice of systematically moving each joint in the body through it’s natural range of motion.

While coordinating the breath with movement stale energies and habits are replaced with free and creative life force. The integration with Alexander Technique is the magic that addresses our natural balance and freedom of movement.

This workshop is designed to:

• promote ease of movement

• build strength and balance

• release stress

• breathe more deeply

• become your authentic self

• roll back the calendar…and enjoy our life


My belief is true healing occurs when you receive building blocks the body can use to heal itself. With Hope Mell I received this type of true healing. She is absolutely incredible and she will lead you to health. Go see her and experience this for yourself.   Denise T.

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

Hope Mell helped me learn to walk naturally. She saved my left arm from eventual paralysis. The Alexander Technique has increased my quality of life beyond expectation. Hope has impacted my neck and lower back in a considerably positive way. I can now imagine a life without pain as long as I practice the simple adjustments in body posture that she has suggested. I’m grateful that I met her. Hope’s gentleness and compassion are her greatest gifts. I highly recommend her as a healer and health advocate.  Kip

Joint Freeing at YogavilleHOPE MELL, ATT, RYT500, specializes in movement and body awareness therapy. In 1967 she began studying Integral Yoga with Sri Swami Satchidananda and received certification from Integral Yoga in 1974.

The Alexander Technique became a key part of her life and teaching when she met Marjorie Barstow in l979. Hope was certified to teach the Alexander Technique by the Alexander Alliance, Philadelphia in 1988. In 2007 she completed the Structural Yoga Therapy training with Mukunda Stiles. In 2009 Hope began working with Big Yoga® founder, Meera P. Kerr, to adapt yoga for anyone challenged by extra weight, stiffness, injury or neglect, and received her Big Yoga Teachers Certification in 2010. 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.



Healthy Relationships in Yoga and the Path of Heart

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

“We are all Relatives” – Lakota Sioux Expression

Jeevakan will utilize his long practice in Integral Yoga and his grounding in the American Indian spiritual path to explore the power of Integral Yoga to connect us to our minds and bodies, our partners and family, our community and world, and to realize our place as an integral expression of the universe and Spirit.

True health and relationship is realizing our relationship to our own mind and body, our family, our friends and the world at large. Integral Yoga can provide the fine tuning for us to experience these healthy relationships naturally. We will use some basic practices and study to experience and explore, develop tools and techniques to help us in our own quest for health and integration.

Introduction (Friday evening)

A. Personal Introductions

B. Introduction to Yogic Breathing and how to apply daily

C. Deep Relaxation

D. American Indian Topic: “We Are All Relatives”
Healthy Relationship with our Body and Mind (Saturday morning)
A. Gentle Hatha Yoga

B. Introduction to our Human Body and Mind Integration

C.  Presentation by Leticia Padmasri and/or Dr. Amrita

D. Keeping your Peace – Yoga practices (Pratipaksha Bhavanam, the 4 Keys, Meditation)

E. Walking Meditation
Healthy Relationship with our Partner and Family (Saturday afternoon)
A. Working as a Team – Tools:

a) Taking time together – Mindfulness

b) Listening – Quieting the Mind, focus techniques

c)  Serving others together – Karma Yoga

B. Using a Yogic Lifestyle as a framework to grow and integrate – (Diet, Yoga Practice, Ahimsa, Service)

C.  Negotiating by Requirements – (How to successfully communicate with partners, family, in business, and in our jobs)

Healthy Relationship with the World and the Universe (Sunday morning)
A. Our Relationship to Nature, Our Environment, Our Earth (Guided Relaxation and Meditation)

B. Black Elk Presentation (the Spirit, the Universe)

C. Indian Drumming, Singing, and Dance (Dhyani, Emily)


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Jeevakan Abbate
- Longtime student of Sri Swami Satchidananda since 1970
– Served in 3 Satchidananda Ashrams and as Executive Secretary for the Los Angeles & Santa Cruz Integral Yoga Institutes
– American Indian tribal member of the Salish & Kootenai tribes of the Flathead Nation from Montana
– Founded and ran Native Technologies Inc., a Computer Systems/Telecommunications Small Business with his wife, that provided advanced computer systems and telecom services to Indian tribes & the federal government for 16 years
– Certified in Integral Yoga Hatha, Integral Yoga Stress Management, and Crosby Quality Process Management
– Has integrated his practice in Integral Yoga  with that of traditional native Indian practices of purification, sacrifice, and prayer
– Has taught Integral Yoga Hatha  in the California prison system, including Soledad & Tracey prisons
– Now residing with his wife, Priya, in the Yogaville community



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Delving into the Deep Rest of Authentic Yoga Nidra

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

Delving into the Deep Rest of Authentic Yoga Nidra 1

This Yoga Nidra/Deep Relaxation weekend de-stressing program will deeply rejuvenate your body while fortifying and strengthening the mind allowing you to let go and rejuvenate.

Advanced Yoga Teacher, Transformational Life Coach and Meditation Master, Stacy Kamala Waltman (Kamala) will be leading this weekend workshop.  Her programs are world-renown for taking people on an inner journey of self-awakening.

Yoga Nidra is the ultimate power nap of deep healing and profound restoration.  It is the perfect antidote to stress, depression, exhaustion and overwhelm.  The best part of Yoga Nidra is that you don’t have to do anything other than lay in an easy and comfortable relaxation pose called Shavasana, listen to Kamala’s transformative voice and mentally follow her instructions.

Successfully practiced, Yoga Nidra helps calm the mind, teaches us how to let go rather than hold on, calms anxious energy, diminishes depression, increases access to inner knowledge, creativity, develops the memory and deeply relaxes the entire body.

Delving into the Deep Rest of Authentic Yoga Nidra 5Developing the capacity to witness thoughts rather than being attached to them is also cultivated in Kamala’s Yoga Nidra program.  As you learn how to deeply relax in Yoga Nidra and train the mind, you will transform your relationship with your entire life.

Throughout the weekend Kamala will be working with subtle energy levels in a scientific yet spiritual practice of Yoga Nidra. As a program participant you will be encouraged to journal as you develop the capacity to notice and experience these inner subtle states of being.


–“Yoga Nidra is a great tool, one that I turn to frequently. Training with Kamala in the art of relaxation through Yoga Nidra meditation has helped me tremendously and has started to spill over into my everyday life. The more I practice with the tools she gave me the more I am able to “meditate” throughout my day and during all things. Her practice has trained me to let go of thoughts and old patterns, which had previously turned into stress and tension in my body. Yoga Nidra has helped me “relax” into every task. Kamala is the ultimate guide for guided meditation/Yoga Nidra…she is warm, loving and compassionate!” ~ Julie Crane from North Carolina

–“Kamala’s voice is truly amazing.  It resonates with a depth and peace of many years of deep yoga practice.  It allowed me to reach a place I didn’t even know existed.  I recommend this program to anyone and everyone!” ~ Jim Wilkston

–“The Yoga Nidra weekend workshop with Stacy Kamala Waltman not only allowed me to deeply relax, it also helped me identify ways in which I distract myself. The successive Yoga Nidra meditation sessions allowed me to begin to learn to “disarm” distractions and work toward a more healthy way of being. Before participating in this workshop, I had taken and enjoyed individual Yoga Nidra classes. However, there is really no comparison between taking a single class once a week at your local yoga studio and the extensive positive work and deep rest that is achieved in this longer workshop with Kamala. I would sign up for her workshop again with great enthusiasm and will recommend it heartily.” ~ Christi A.

Enjoy an Integral Yoga article on Yoga Nidra:

Kamala WaltmanStacy Kamala Waltman is a Stress Management Coach and Yoga Nidra Master with numerous credentials including: Certified Integral Yoga Meditation Teacher, Yoga of Recovery Certified Teacher, Certified Life Coach, Certified Stress Management Teacher, Certified Integral Yoga Raja Yoga Teacher, Certified Yoga of the Heart – Cardiac and Cancer Teacher and she is also e-RYT500 certified.

In 1979 she received mantra initiation from Sri Swami Satchidananda’s Integral Yoga and has served in diverse settings ever since including the March of Dimes, Humane Society, Mercy Hospital as well as homeless and abused children’s centers. She is an accomplished facilitator — using her mediation skills for The Vibrant Economy Team on the Bend2030 Vision Project, and has served as a commissioner on the Oregon Governor’s Commission on Women.

Stacy Kamala’s Sleep Recovery Program was recently featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and she offers a 5-CD Yoga Nidra program on  She is a sought-out presenter giving workshops and programs in a variety of subjects in several settings including Yogaville. For questions regarding this workshop, please contact her at or

Where Social Media and Yoga Meet: The Business Side of Yoga – 2015

Yoga Alliance Hrs: 13 (approximate)

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

Integral Yoga Programs is pleased to offer you tools that can help your business propagate.

Kamala Waltman 2014 2You’ve taken all the Teacher Training certification courses you need to launch your business or career as a credentialed Yoga Instructor. Now it’s time to let the world know who you are and where prospective students can find you. You need to declare what differentiates you from other teachers in your area. The gap between being certified and marketing your message can be daunting.

This three-day workshop with Social Media Specialist, Stacy Kamala Waltman, will show you the basic tools of how to set up your business in the following social media vehicles: Pinterest, Facebook (personal and professional pages), YELP, e-Newsletter and Twitter. Interweaving these basic social media channels will help your marketing efforts and is integral to staying in front of your customers.

Kamala Waltman 2014 1 Course prerequisite: This is a basic social media course that can be applied to any setting – not necessarily yoga. Please come to class with laptop, notebook or similar device so you can work on your material during the workshop. You must have a logo to use (does not have to be professional) and a variety of photos available for hands-on application of these social media principles. You will need to know how to use your computer and access your files.

Kamala WaltmanStacy Kamala Waltman, E-RYT 500, gives social media training in a variety of settings and has served as Social Media and Marketing Director for Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville. Her extensive knowledge has helped hundreds of people thrive in the world of Social Media Marketing.

Stacy Kamala Waltman is also a Stress Management Coach with numerous credentials. Her Sleep Recovery Program was recently featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and she offers a 5-CD Yoga Nidra program on She is a sought-out presenter giving workshops and programs in a variety of subjects in several settings. For questions regarding this workshop, please contact her at or

Foundations of Ayurveda and Yoga Certification Course – 2015

Yoga Alliance Hours: 55 (approximate)
CEUs available: Inquire with
Certificate issued jointly from American Institute of Vedic Studies (AIVS) and Yogaville

Course Details:

Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences for healing, integration and transformation on all levels of our being. Traditional Ayurveda focuses more on the treatment side of this process (Chikitsa) for body and mind, while Traditional Yoga aims more at self-development and Self-realization (Sadhana).

yoga_and_ayurveda_sws_and_durga1Modern Yoga has sometimes tried to create a therapeutic model, but, until now, this has been largely apart from Ayurveda or restricted to asana only. Such a model is limited and seldom reflects the greater Yoga tradition or the Ayurvedic ramifications of Yoga philosophy and psychology. This course aims at providing a more traditional model of Yoga therapy based upon Ayurveda, the medical aspect of the Yoga tradition.

Ayurveda is now recognized as one of the most important systems of mind-body medicine available and its popularity is spreading throughout the world. This comprehensive program covers the main Ayurvedic concepts and language.

This is a thorough, foundational course for students based on the books and distance learning programs of Dr David Frawley and taught in the Integral Yoga tradition. The course is designed for students of all kinds. There is no required medical background for those wishing to take the course. You may already have a background in Yoga, such as gained by graduates of our TT or some kind of previous Yoga training.

Topics of Study:

Philosophy of Ayurveda, 3 Gunas, 5 elements, 3 doshas, 20 Qualities, 5 Subdoshas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha, Subtle Doshas – Prana, Tejas and Ojas, Digestion (agni), and waste elimination (mala), Constitutional Examination, Mental Nature

Upon successful completion of the training students receive a co-certification signed by the Integral Yoga and the American Institute of Vedic Sciences (AIVS).

Yoga of Recovery Retreat Wholehearted RecoveryDurga Leela, E-RYT 500, is a Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist, trained at the California College of Ayurveda and also in Kerala, India. She leads several Ayurvedic Retreats at International Sivananda Yoga Ashrams. Durga has been involved with the 12-Step Fellowship for over 10 years. She completed her Sivananda Yoga teachers Training Course in May 2002, the Meditation Immersion Course in January 2005 and the Advanced Yoga Teachers Training Course in March 2006.

“Durga brings a profound understanding of the psychological issues associated with addiction and recovery to her knowledge of the powerful healing traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda in her retreats and teaching. A recovery retreat led by Durga initiates and supports the process of deep inner work to create lasting change. Attending one of the Yoga, Ayurveda and Recovery Retreats is a personal gift that can last a lifetime.”

Felicia M. Tomasko
Editor, LA YOGA Ayurveda and Health magazine
Board member, National Ayurvedic Medical Association
Boardmember, California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine


  • I liked the course very much. It has created an awareness of Ayurvedic wisdom that has almost instantly become part of our life. It has given a good foundation, to further explore Ayurveda.
  • The course met my expectations. My intention was to get a firm foundation in principles of Ayurveda to understand its application. The course did just that.
  • Truly higher than my expectations
  • Higher than my expectations

Can you share with us how it has helped you?

  • It has given me better understanding and appreciation of Ayurveda as a holistic healing science of the Vedas.
  • Given me, as a physiotherapiest, an extra/new way to see/explain/treat people. I consider it to be an excellent compliment to my western training.
  • I know basic knowledge on how to do constitutional assessment
  • Yes I do, this course is going to heal myself and my loved ones

Also, Did it help you personally to be more aware of your own issues?

  • Quite immediately! I was seeing the ‘play’ of doshas in my own body during the course.


Meditation Teacher Training – 2015

Yoga Alliance Hrs: 105 (approximate) RYT 500
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Yoga is now mainstream. People of all ages, in all walks of life, are taking classes in studios, universities, businesses, government offices and gyms. Once people experience the benefits of Yoga, they usually want to go deeper in their practice. Hatha Yoga is only the beginning, a doorway to the peace and joy that Yoga has to offer.

Our Meditation Teacher Training program will enable you to go deeper in your own practice and guide your students to go deeper in theirs. You will receive instruction in the theory and techniques of meditation, including mantra, visualization, breath awareness, witnessing, and prayer. You will also learn classic yogic breathing techniques and how to refine and develop them. You will learn different ways to incorporate meditation into Hatha Yoga classes. After completing the training, you will have the knowledge, skill and confidence to teach a six-week meditation course.

The course is available to certified Yoga instructors of all traditions who have had a daily meditation practice for at least six months.

Swami KarunanandaSwami Karunananda, E-RYT 500, has been an Integral Yoga teacher since 1971 and has taught in various settings, including hospitals, mental health centers, businesses, prisons, schools and colleges. She has led many workshops, retreats and teacher training programs, focusing on the science of meditation, the philosophy of Yoga and yogic breathing techniques for greater health and well-being. She developed the Integral Yoga Teacher Training programs in Raja Yoga and in Pranayama and meditation. Swami Karunananda has also served as President of Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia and in California, as well as Director of the Integral Yoga Institutes in San Francisco and Santa Barbara. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees and as the Chairperson of the Spiritual Life Board at the Ashram in Virginia.

 “Swami Karunananda is extraordinary. She brings so much knowledge, commitment, skill and inspiration to her teaching—all from the depths of her vast experience of Yoga. It was a joy to study with her.”

——Teacher Trainee

Swami PriyaanandaNew Year’s Silent Retreat-What Really Matters-Moving into the New Year with Vision and Focus at Yogaville December 2012, E-RYT 500, is a senior disciple of Swami Satchidananda with 30 years of experience in the practice of Integral Yoga. She began her studies at the IYI NY in the early 70’s and later moved to California serving in the LA, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco IYI’s. In the 80’s she moved to the Connecticut Ashram where she served with Dr. Amrita McLanahan at IY Health Services and later managed the Distribution Division. When the Ashram moved to Buckingham, she moved to Northern Virginia where she served as the Executive Secretary of the IYI for several years.

Asana Sequencing: Unlocking the Power of Combination

New on campus this year, Peat Purol brings his teaching from Peace Yoga in Belair, MD to Yogaville,

On our mat, just as in life, how we place one asana after another, or one foot after another affects how and what we experience in our practice and lives. In this workshop we will study the anatomical, physiological, and energetic relationships between asana families. We learn how to safely and effectively sequence an asana practice to create a desired effect in the mind/body/spirit, target specific areas, and prepare for internal practices.

As we explore the art of sequencing we will examine the mirror it holds to how we ‘sequence’ our daily lives. Looking at how and when to place stability, flexibility, power, endurance, opening, creativity, meditation, and rest within our practice. We will also look at how learning the framework of yoga asana sequencing can help balance the ‘asanas’ we hold in our day to day life.

There will be plenty of theory in this workshop, but more importantly there will be time to apply these theories. While this class is designed for yoga instructors it is open to anyone seeking to develop a home asana practice.

Unlock Power of PosePeat Purol started practicing yoga in 2008 and has been in love with it ever since. He began teaching Yoga in 2011 in his home town of Bel Air, MD. Peat has a grounded and genuine style of teaching Yoga. He encourages his students to build a strong foundation in basic practices so that they can then safely, confidently, and most importantly, joyfully take steps to further their practices and more fully embrace life. Through an eclectic mixture of different yoga styles, spiritual teachings, philosophies, and internal martial arts like tai chi,  he creates an atmosphere and practice that acknowledges the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the individual.

The Yoga of Communication: Dealing with Conflict from the Heart

Join one of Integral Yoga’s most accomplished devotees, Swami Asokanananda,, as he shares the legacy of Gurudev, Swami Satchindananda, as well as his own lifetime of learning on this challenging topic.

The goal in difficult communications is to take a frightening interaction and make it into a means to deepen the relationship. We want to strike a balance of ahimsa (nonviolence) and satya (truthfulness). We want to make it safe for each person to get information and feelings out in the open.

Good communication is ultimately not a technique. If we don’t care about people or only care about them based on some self-interest, no technique is going to save us from poor relationships. But if we are rising into the Heart—the 4rd chakra—and starting to really care for others, we will find our relationships with others can transform from struggle to serenity.


The Yoga of Communication at Yogaville 2Swami Asokananda, E-RYT 500, a monk since 1973, is one of Integral Yoga’s foremost teachers. His teaching comes out of his own practice and experience, having absorbed the wisdom of his Guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda since the age of nineteen. While he enjoys sharing the practical wisdom of the Yogic philosophy, he also loves his practice of Hatha Yoga, and is one of our primary instructors for Intermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. He presently serves as president at the New York Integral Yoga Institute. Before this position, he served as the President of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville® and Integral Yoga® International.


Yoga and Life Coaching – Upgrade Your Story: Engage Your Inner Alchemist

“We are a compilation of our stories, which become true by the very fact that we repeat and identify with the energy patterns holding them together.”   —Stacy Kamala Waltman 

Yoga and Life Coaching – Upgrade Your Story 1 Our power does not lie in trying to control outward circumstances. Our power is found in the direction we choose to focus our thoughts. Most often, we are not conscious of our internal patterns of thought and therefore remain unaware of those areas where we don’t utilize our freedom to choose. Identify the stories you tell yourself about your life. Decide what you want to keep and what you want to let go of—then practice disengaging from disruptive stories and retrain yourself to look at and interpret your life through a new life-enhancing lens.

We need to retrain ourselves—sometimes daily, sometimes hourly and, often, moment-by-moment—because the habitual stories we tell ourselves have a life of their own. When we believe these negative and self-defeating stories about ourselves and draw evidence of their truth from our selective perceptions and interpretations, it is difficult to change our experiences in the world. These perceptions limit our vision and our experience of life. It’s time to change that!

Yoga and Life Coaching – Upgrade Your Story 3Professional Life Coach and advanced Yoga teacher Stacy Kamala Waltman will lead you on this journey blending yogic practices with Life Coaching skills to help you transform your life.  Using visualization, asana, various concentration and meditation techniques and her expert insights and skilled guidance, your inner alchemist will be activated. Join Stacy Kamala Waltman for this dynamic workshop and open to an enhanced sense of self and a fresh vision for your life.

Kamala WaltmanStacy Kamala Waltman is e-RYT500 certified, Certified Meditation Teacher, Yoga of Recovery Certified Teacher, Certified Life Coach, Certified Stress Management Teacher, Certified Raja Yoga Teacher, and Certified Yoga of the Heart – Cardiac and Cancer Teacher. Her Sleep Recovery Program was recently featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Stacy offers a 5-CD Yoga Nidra program on and is a sought-out presenter giving workshops and programs in a variety of subjects in several settings including Yogaville in Buckingham, VA.  For questions regarding this workshop, please contact her at or


“I had been a little out of tune and this workshop came to me when I most needed it. 

Our lives are closely connected with so many other people that we start to feel a little lost and enmeshed in their stories. Kamala’s Upgrade Your Story workshop helped me dig deeper and understand better how I perceive and present myself. It helped me understand what’s my story! 

Kamala has this aura about her that immediately put us all at ease. She articulated stories and emotions so beautifully and with a great sense of humor. It was a spiritual experience mixed with an equal dose of practical work. Her professional background helped a lot with discussing work. She set the right tone and energy for everyone in the workshop to contribute effectively. 

My biggest take away from this workshop was to not take life so seriously and be more playful. I have also been practicing her meditation techniques and it’s really helped me focus on being more mindful and present. I am very grateful and cherish those 3 days in her course!”

   ~ Ujjwala K., Oct. 2013

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Awakening to Your True Self

Do you feel fulfilled in your life, in your job, in your relationships and in your recreation?

Often, this is not the case.

During this retreat we will learn powerful techniques to get in touch with our True Self and from there manifest authentic thoughts and emotions in our daily life.

In this retreat we can expect to:

·      Discover what is blocking us from experiencing our True Self

·      Release blockages which restrain our manifestation of creative energies

·      Replace fear with courage

·      Learn to allow the flow of Love and Joy to enter each moment

·      Find our own Peace and inner Stillness

·      Enter a new consciousness of Being where fulfillment is ours.

Awakening to Your True Self at YogavilleRevs. Bhagavan and Bhavani Metro bring forty years of yogic experience and teaching into their workshop, offering freely of their own struggles, successes and insights.  Over the last  33 years, their company, New Age Builders, built most of the buildings at Yogaville.  Their large family is comprised of  5 generations living at Yogaville.

Personally guided by Sri Swami Satchidananda, they have gleaned rich techniques from the Integral Yoga teachings to support a loving, compassionate, intimate, and joyful journey.


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