Building Your Sadhana: The Sweetness of Steady Practice

Mid-Week Special Interest Retreat

Registration Times 4:00-4:45 pm

In Patajali’s Yoga Sutras, he tells us that our sadhana – our spiritual practice – must be well attended-to, without pause, for a long time and in all earnestness in order for us to see progress towards lasting happiness.  This can seem too difficult for us and we might be tempted to give up!  However, we can see wonderful results in a short time when we understand the benefits of practice and its obstacles.  Most importantly, we have to design a realistic plan for success in sadhana!  The results will encourage us to continue onward. 

In this retreat we will:

  • Identify the benefits of regular practice for a spiritual seeker

  • Look at the essential elements of a steady practice and discuss each in    detail

  • Figure out why it is so challenging for spiritual seekers to begin and maintain practice

  • Find specific ways to overcome these obstacles

  • Design a personal sadhana plan that is perfectly suited to the life of each participant

  • Discuss checks and balances and getting the support we need to continue to grow in spirit

 Building Your Sadhana - The Sweetness of Steady PracticePrashanti (Carroll Ann) Friedmann has been a yoga teacher since 2007 and has her 500-hour certification through Integral Yoga.  She is studying to become an Integral Yoga Minister.  She has graduate degrees in religion from Princeton Seminary and the University of Virginia.  She teaches Raja Yoga and religion classes at the University of Virginia and in the Charlottesville community.  Her “regular job” is Chief Financial Officer of Trademark Tours LLC.  Prashanti belongs to a “Yoga family” – her husband and four children all practice some form of yoga.  They travel to India each winter to study asana, meditation, pranayama, scripture, chanting and Sanskrit with venerable teachers.

Re-igniting the Sacred Fires

Mid-Week Special Interest Retreat

Registration Times 4:00-4:45 pm

 The immortal soul (spirit) has plenty of time to decide on and to plan its Earth expedition(s). Well-supported with preparation and guidance from “Home”, we arrive flaming with spiritual purpose!

Then, daily life happened – the struggles, the dualities, the logistics of survival, the dense material merry–go–round. The fire, however, has not been quenched – but like a pilot light remains at the back of the burner, still glowing.

* This workshop will seek to re-ignite the sacred fires, to bring them into our awareness, and to experience the joy of inviting them back to living flame in a circle of like-minded seekers.

* We will work together, utilizing the wonderful teachings and practices of Sri Swami Satchidananda’s Living Yoga, as well as exercises, journaling, crafting, sharing and supporting the sacred fire of our spirits.

* We will experience the lessons of the Medicine Wheel and the connection to the power and vitality of nature as helper to the Sacred Child Fire.

“Great Spirit teaches us the sacred and the true and helps us to find our way back home into our hearts with you. ~From the prayer of Handsome Lake, prophet and elder


Rev. Dhyani Simonini is a longtime devotee of Sri Swami Satchidananda.  She became an Integral Yoga Minister in 1990.  She retired from Buckingham County High School, where she taught English, drama, and speech for thirty-one years and was instrumental in establishing the operation of a Student-owned Touring Theatre Company which specialized in public service tours.  She is currently captain of the Disaster Action Team (DAT) for Buckingham County through the American Red Cross.

Her lifelong love of Native American spirituality led her to becoming involved with phonetic transcription of the sacred songs and rituals.  She transcribed for Walker Calhoun, sacred firekeeper of the Cherokee nation, and for Doris Riverbird Woman, clan mother of the Lenape nation, who later adopted her and made her her legal representative for “all things Native American.”  She created a Native American medicine wheel on her property which she hopes will serve as a gathering place for Native ceremony and, later, intends to create a center for indigenous people on the property.

Energizing your Life

Mid-Week Special Interest Retreat

Registration: 4:00 pm-4:45 pm

Are you finding yourself low on energy? Unable to keep up with your daily routine?

Too tired at night to enjoy yourself? Losing your zest for life? Hummmm!

Then this may be just the retreat for you.

 In this workshop we will:

  • Learn simple practices to reenergize your life with Deep Relaxation, Breath work, meditations

  • Discover and remove blockages to your natural supply of energy

  • Recharge your heart chakra with a focus on gratefulness

  • Renew your body with easy yoga techniques

  • Balance work and play

  • N-joy the presence within the present

Energizing your Life at YogavilleRevs. Bhagavan and Bhavani Metro bring forty years of yogic experience and teaching into this retreat, 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 an energetic, loving, compassionate, and joyful journey through life.

They invite you to come experience a restful, peaceful and enlightening retreat.


Surfing in the Sea of Change

Mid-Week Special Interest Retreat

Registration Times 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

It may seem that there’s nothing you can do about the speed of change in your life. The economy fluctuates, your career has ups and downs, and important family decisions often need to be made quickly. This retreat will help you to have more options than you thought possible to “surf” the waves of change with balance, courage & joyful discovery.

Stress can be the impetus moving you to find and master the vast power of your inner being. Yoga practices and ancient wisdom provide the key to a creative joyful life.

This special interest retreat is for both, beginners and experienced students, as they seek to develop their potential mastery over the challenges of daily life.

Surfing the Sea of Change at YogavilleSwami Vidyananda, E-RYT 500, has enjoyed many different roles in her life, including radio news reporter, translator for Swami Satchidananda and video producer. She has been teaching Integral Yoga since 1972. She is a versatile teacher, specializing in workshops on Stress Management as well as Yoga and the Emotions. Swami Vidyananda has taught in the US, Canada, Europe, India and Australia. She currently lives and teaches Integral Yoga at Yogaville, VA.


SURFING IN THE SEA OF CHANGERev. Devaja Ciccolella came to Integral Yoga through a work associate in 2001.  Since then he has completed his certification in Integral Yoga Hatha level 1 & 2. Early 2004 found Rev. Devaja living at the San Francisco IY center, taking on the service as office manager, teaching Hatha classes, attending integral Yoga workshops.

In 2004 Rev. Devaja moved to Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville where he continued certifications in Raja T.T. and Laughter Yoga T.T.

In 2011 Rev. Devaja was ordained an Integral Yoga Minister and recently was given the honor to serve as the Director of I.Y Minister Seminarians.



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The Spirit of Health: Keeping Your Resolutions for a Happy & Healthy New Year

Mid-Week Special Interest Retreat

Registration Times 4:00-4:45 pm

How many times have you made New Year resolutions to have a healthier, happier lifestyle, only to find that the inspiration and dedication needed to manifest your resolve, dissolves very quickly!

On this retreat Dr. Amrita M.D., our Yogaville Integrative Medical Practitioner, will:

1. Inspire you to live a healthy yogic lifestyle

2. Share with you ways to feel good inside and out

3. Give helpful ways to radiant health

4. Share many ideas on how to begin and maintain your

healthy diet and lifestyle

Enjoy this retreat, so you can serve yourself and your family better and be an inspiration to all. Treat yourself to this timely Gift!


The Spirit of Health at Yogaville2Amrita (Sandra) McLanahan, M.D., is a nationally recognized authority on preventive medicine, nutrition, stress reduction and primary family health care.

As a Director of Stress Management Training at the Preventative Medicine Research Institute for the past 20 years, she worked with Dr. Dean Ornish to document the benefits of dietary change and stress management to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Dr. McLanahan is the author of the book Surgery and it’s Alternatives:  How to Make the Right Choices for Your Health, and is the medical consultant for the book Dr. Yoga.



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Supercharge Your Wellbeing: Lovingkindness Diet & Lifestyle

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


Fruit BowlIf you want to feel supercharged & contribute to the well being of all, this workshop is perfect for you!

You will discover how the Lovingkindness Plant-Based Diet & Lifestyle:
Supercharges your health, increases your energy, boosts your immune system & improves your overall feeling of well-being!

Reverses heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, autoimmune diseases & a multitude of other health issues
Alleviates animal abuse, world hunger, water pollution & shortages, deforestation, climate destabilization & ocean devastation.

Fun & easy ways to transition to a plant- based diet
How to naturally glide into your ideal weight
Resources for delicious & nutritious recipes & menus
The ramifications of your food choices
The spiritual, psychological & physiological benefits of practicing Ahimsa (non-violence)
Creative ways to lovingly share your journey with your family & friends including handouts to take home

Non- vegetarians: Learn how to gracefully transition into being a vegetarian.Supercharge Your Wellbeing2

Vegetarians: Learn how to gracefully transition into being a vegan.

Vegans: Learn how to gracefully transition into being a thriving vegan & educator.
All of this & more in a beautiful, loving, fun & supportive group setting nestled in the heart of Yogaville! Transform your life & transform our planet one delicious bite at a time!


Supercharge Your Wellbeing at YogavilleMeenakshi Angel Honig, E-RYT 500, is dedicated to peace and loving kindness. She has studied with the highly revered and deeply loved Yoga Master His Holiness, Reverend Sri Swami Satchidananda, since the age of 16. Meenakshi Angel is an internationally acclaimed certified Integral Yoga Instructor & Teacher Trainer with over  40 years of Teaching experience including television instruction. She served as the premier Mind, Body, Spirit  Yoga Instructor & Stress Management Consultant at the Grand Wailea Resort on Maui for over 17 years. She currently teaches on Maui as well as on her national & international Teaching Tours.

She is the Author of 9 Books & has produced 4 DVDs & one CD.

Her work is endorsed by Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. John Gray, Alan Cohen & Sri Swami Satchidananda.

Dao Flow Yoga for Women’s Health: Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life

Dao Flow Yoga for Women’s Health at Yogaville2Dao Flow is a yoga style for women’s health that expands the traditional actions of yoga poses to illuminate the healing energetics of the acupuncture meridian system. Dao Flow gives women potent, everyday tools to fully step back into their lives–healthy and full of potential. Women can be strong, healthy, authentic, and vibrant throughout their whole lives.

During this immersion workshop you will learn Dao Flow Yoga techniques that braid together The Dao, Chinese medicine acupuncture meridians, and modern medicine together with yoga to balance your jing/essence, rasa and ojas, the analog to hormones. Come learn how to sync your cycle with lunar and solar energies, and to pack qi/prana deep into the pelvic bowl–your personal fountain of resiliency and youth. Discover how radical presence is the only self-care technique you really need! Dao Flow Yoga for Women’s Health at Yogaville3

  • Learn the Fundamentals of Dao Flow Yoga.

  • Learn To Optimize and Heal Your Hormones

  • Learn Yoga techniques to turn on your Endocrine Glands

  • Discover the Two Main Female Cycles: The Solar and Lunar Rhythms of Nature

This workshop is appropriate for women of all life stages and skill levels. Whether you are a seasoned yogi or brand new to the art, you’ll find this workshop revitalizing, inspiring, and transformational. 50% didactic, 50% experiential/practice.

Dao Flow Yoga for Women’s Health at YogavilleDr. Robin Saraswati Markus, DAOM, E-RYT, is a holistic gynecologist whose yoga practice began in 1998 in Southern California studying primarily within the Ashtanga yoga tradition with Tim Miller. She completed her first teacher training with him in 2003 and soon after began integrating yoga with Chinese medicine in her medical practice. She has been spreading her love of Yoga for women ever since. She is the founder of Nourishing Life Center of Health: Integrative Medicine for Women, which weaves together Chinese medicine and Yoga, along with modern medicine, into one healing cord.



Integral Yoga and Ayurveda – A Divine Partnership for Radiant Health

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

Join Letícia Padmasri in a weekend workshop focused on:

  • Doshas

  • Proper Diet

  • Daily Regimens, and

  • The link between the Integral Yoga Hatha sequence and balanced constitutions.

Yoga and Ayurveda are related healing disciplines originating as part of a greater system of Vedic knowledge. Yoga is a system of spiritual practices and Ayurveda is a system created for healing purposes. Both provide an understanding of how the body works and how the health of the body is dependent on the health and balance of the mind. Each functions as independent intact systems but each overlaps into the other on several levels.

Integral Yoga Hatha uses physical postures, breathing practices, deep relaxation, chanting of mantras, purification procedures, and meditation to bring one into physical and mental stillness, which can lead one into an experience of Supreme Peace. Ayurveda uses herbs and a daily regimen as well as these yogic practices tailored to our individual needs to restore our basic nature, which is perfect health and peace.

During this workshop you will identify your unique, individual constitution and explore how the lively, full-spectrum asana sequence of Integral Yoga balances it. We will discuss how to adapt your yoga practice according to Ayurvedic principles when the need arises such as: change of seasons, aging, digestive complaints, insomnia, anxiety and other common problems.

Integral Yoga and Ayurveda at YogavilleLetícia 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 Degree in Exercise Science, a Master Degree in Education and many years of dedication towards Exercise Physiology. Her interest for the body’s structure and function combined with her love for the Yoga Philosophy support students in experiencing the depth of the Yoga asanas. Letícia teaches Hatha Yoga classes along with personal training where she integrates the Eastern and Western Philosophies. She teaches workshops in Yogaville and Brazil, and is one of the Trainers for the Integral Yoga Teacher Trainings, as well as the Anatomy & Physiology Teacher. She also has been administrating Yoga teacher trainings and workshops at the Integral Yoga Academy since 2008.

Neurogenic Yoga: A Revolutionary Technique in Trauma Healing

Neurogenic Yoga3Neurogenic Yoga™ is a revolutionary new technique in trauma healing and stress reduction.

NY is an integrative method that combines yoga asana and pranayama with Neurogenic tremors. These tremors are a natural response of the body and the nervous systems way of discharging long-held tension or unconscious muscle contraction in order to restore the body to wholeness.

Neurogenic tremoring is based on Dr. David Berceli’s technique of Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises™ (TRE™) which has been taught successfully worldwide for decades.

Benefits include:

●       Release chronic tensionNeurogenic Yoga4

●       Discharge emotional and physical trauma

●       Increase energy and flexibility

●       Improve sleep and mood

●       Decrease of aches, pains and symptoms of fibromyalgia and sciatica

This workshop not only allows you to experience Neurogenic Yoga™ within different varieties of yoga classes, but also gives you a foundation for understanding the tremor response. Learn about the history and origin of Neurogenic Yoga™ and how it helps to release stress, tension and trauma patterns.

Most people describe the tremoring experience as pleasant and report many improvements in their physical and emotional state.

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Neurogenic Yoga at Yogaville1Maria Alfaro, E-RYT, Neurogenic Yoga™ Trainer and TRE™* Trainer  is a native Italian who lives in California. She teaches yoga since 1997 and she is also a

Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises™ (TRE™) trainer. Maria leads workshops and trainings nationally and internationally. She is one of two Neurogenic Yoga lead instructors.

You can contact her with any questions or concerns you may have about the workshop at:

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CEUs available to massage therapists and bodyworkers.

Put Spring Into Your Step & a Song Into Your Heart: Yoga to Reduce Stress, Prevent & Reverse Disease

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


Relax, Rejuvenate and Recharge with this enriching weekend. Enjoy the abundant beauties of May at Yogaville, while learning and experiencing optimal approaches to health and healing.

In the peaceful environment of the Ashram, Learn how to :

●       Prevent and Reverse disease

●       Take time to rest, reflect and de-stress.

The workshop will be both informational and experiential.

Dr. Amrita will focus on the overall relationship of lifestyle and health, getting to the root causes of dis-ease, how yoga, nutrition, exercise, massage, aromatherapy and other complementary techniques can help create the best possible wellness and connection to body, mind, spirit, nature, community and purpose.

Cinmayi (Cynthia) Moore will facilitate exploring a variety of skills for making peace portable in everyday life. You will integrate what you already know about physical balance, nutrition, movement and yogic breathing practices, and also practice some new stress management skills that help you achieve the “easeful mind, peaceful body and useful life”.

Sampada Desai will integrate yoga and psychotherapy, helping you increase awareness of sensations in the body, stay more focused on the present moment, empower you to make effective actions for a purposeful and peaceful life and access your inner self through body, movement and breathing to tap into suppressed emotions and tensions.

This retreat is for everyone – including those who simply would like to have an inspiring health-oriented yoga weekend, anyone facing a personal health challenge, and health professionals seeking to learn more about integrating yoga and other natural methods into their practices.


Put Spring Into Your Step & a Song Into Your Heart1Amrita (Sandra) McLanahan, M.D., is a nationally recognized authority on preventive medicine, nutrition, stress reduction and a primary family health care. As Director of Stress Management Training for 20 years, she worked with Dr. Dean Ornish to document the benefits of dietary change and stress management to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease and cancer.




Put Spring Into Your Step & a Song Into Your Heart2Sampada Desai, MA, LPC, RYT, CLL, is a licensed professional counselor with a master’s degree in clinical psychology. She has over 25 years of clinical experience in various settings. She currently works as psychotherapist at an alternate school in Lynchburg, VA, assisting children and adolescents with emotional and developmental disorders. She also maintains a private practice at Desai Counseling and Yoga.





Sierra Exif JPEGCinmayi Moore MS, RDN, CDE has been a manager in teaching hospitals and healthcare settings and a project manager in a variety of settings (spa/resort, academic, retirement, restaurant and ambulatory care). She is a Duke trained, Integrative Health Coach, Integral Yoga Instructor, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and Diabetes Educator. She wrote the book titled: Stress Management for Managers.