Basic Meditation

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


A calm and focused mind can achieve anything, and the beautiful science of meditation provides perfect tools for that calm and focus.


  • Soothes the mind
  • Reduces stress
  • Brings you in touch with the peace within
  • Provides spiritual, emotional and physiological benefits
  • Enables you to become the master of your own mind
  • Is profound, simple, easy to learn and quickly rewarding

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to meditate
  • Ways to use meditation throughout the day and in various situations
  • A variety of techniques to enhance your meditation

Regardless of your previous experience, you will go home with the knowledge and inspiration to develop clarity, calmness and concentration that lead to self-mastery.


MATAJI NEWSwami Gurucharanananda, lovingly referred to as “Mataji,” is a senior monk-disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda Maharaj.  She is one of our most popular teachers, at Yogaville and abroad.  Mataji serves in many capacities through Guest Services.

She enjoys waking you up! leading guided meditations, Hatha Yoga classes, and meditation workshops, and is a loved mentor/counselor to retreatants and guests.  She reads from Sri Gurudev’s talks and teachings during lunch, offers Guru-Puja and has a joy-filled smile for everyone!

The Four Main Paths of Yoga: An Experiential Retreat

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

The three “H’s”—the Hand, Heart, and Head, when stacked on top of each other form a wonderful ladder to help us climb to a more fulfilling life rooted in Spirit.

  • The “Hand” corresponds to Karma Yoga: How to use the actions of our daily life to purge our past karma rather than accumulate new karma.
  • The “Heart” corresponds to Bhakti Yoga: How to form a living relationship with the Divine to transcend the limitations of the ego.
  • The “Head” corresponds to Jnana Yoga: How to use our discriminating intelligence to penetrate through the illusion, called “Maya,” and wake up to the One Self.
  • The fourth path is Raja Yoga, which integrates the other three approaches so that we can develop into a well-rounded human being and a balance, mature soul.

“Asokananda was very accessible, highest level of expertise.”

“Swami Asokananda is brilliant, very loving, genuine and caring. Very well prepared to meet needs.”

“I enjoy any program with Swami Asokananda as he takes me to a new level of consciousness.”
—Program Participants


The-Four-Main-Paths-of-Yoga-At-YogavilleSwami 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.

Radiant Health and Serenity Labor Day Weekend Retreat

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

This powerful four day retreat is a unique transformational lifestyle immersion into the scientific and spiritual healing power of the Ayurvedic and Yogic lifestyle, along with the modern day wisdom of Holistic Medicine.

Dr. Michael Sullivan, will offer a detailed explanation of the foundational principles of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine for health and longevity, learning to understand its principles and how to apply them in daily life, toward nutrition, rejuvenation and balance.

This dynamic program will include:

  • Daily Yoga classes, accommodating all levels of students, with expert instruction in the asanas that form the foundation for the more advanced yoga practices. You will come to understand the power and purpose of the asanas and their spiritual intention on the 8-limbed path of yoga.
  • Presentation of modern day research and science, validating the health benefits of yoga, meditation, vegetarian diet and nutrition
  • An in depth explanation of the Tri-Dosha theory of Ayurveda (Vatta, Pitta, Kapha) and its practical applications for balance and a healthy lifestyle.
  • Learn to deepen your capacity for breath and access to Prana (life force) by learning the breathing practices (pranayama) for dramatically increased energy and vitality.
  • Tap into the well of stillness and unbounded consciousness that is your heritage, with guided meditation techniques and Yoga Nidra, the yogic sleep, for dramatic stress reduction, profound relaxation and deep healing.
  • Understand the essence of yoga through Patanjali’s 8-limbed system and how to take your yoga off the mat, for a life of clarity, joy and balance.

This unique health retreat, is suitable for beginners and advanced students, teachers and health practitioners. in addition to group meditation. Enjoy beautiful nature hiking trails in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the banks of the James River and group meditation at the exquisite LOTUS Temple.

*Personal treatments and individual consultations are available at an extra cost

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Radiant Health and Serenity at Yogaville (2)Dr. Michael Muktan Sullivan, D.C., D.Ay., founder and director of Riverview Spa, The Ayurveda and Yoga Center near Yogaville, is a diplomate of Ayurvedic medicine from the International Ayurvedic Institute and has studied and worked at the Ayurvedic Hospital in Coimbatore, South India and has completed advanced studies in Ayurveda in Pune, India.  He also has been a Chiropractor and a Yoga teacher for over 30 years.  Dr. Sullivan is a popular lecturer on back care, Yoga, meditation, holistic health and anatomy and he has lead workshops on Ayurveda, nutrition, Yoga, and meditation at various yoga and retreat centers throughout the United States and abroad.  His 28 years as a student of Sri Swami Satchidananda, founder of Satchidananda Ashram – Yogaville (who was under his personal care many times) directly influenced and inspired his vast understanding of Ayurveda and the Yogic lifestyle, which he enthusiastically lives and passes on to all those who visit Riverview Spa.  He maintains a close relationship to Yogaville, where he lectures and teaches.


Radiant Health and Serenity at YogavilleRenata Gregori Sullivan, C.Y.T., has been teaching Yoga for over 15 years.  She was a professional singer and actress, before devoting herself to the study and practice of Yoga, with some of the greatest Teachers and Masters of our time.  Her classes are dynamic and inspiring, combining luxurious Thai Yoga Massage informed adjustments, creative sequencing, transitions and variations, that make the postures more accessible, along with healing breath work and chanting with the harmonium, to create a joyful, heart opening and soul satisfying experience.  Renata teaches workshops, trainings and retreats in Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage and has several instructional DVDs.  She is the Director of the Yoga Program at Riverview Spa, the Ayurveda, Yoga and Chiropractic Center near Yogaville.  She maintains a close relationship to Yogaville, where she teaches, lectures and leads Kirtan.

Transforming Stress into Awakened Living: Relax ~ Reflect ~ Revitalize

Difficult times happen: Work stress, sickness, relationship problems, dissatisfaction, and confusion. These times can help us grow if we’re equipped with the right tools, techniques, and attitude needed. Otherwise, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and suffer from insomnia, body aches, sickness, worry, or emotional pain.

Whether you’re in the midst of stress of want to be ready for the next cycle of stress, this enjoyable workshop provides the practical mind-body-spirit formula you need to manage tension and maximize energy.

During this program you will:

  • Uncover the positive and negative dynamics of stress
  • Explore practical strateties for instant and long-term stress relief
  • Experience deep relaxtion through Yoga Nidra and guided imagery to support health and awaken self-understanding
  • Practice meditation for peace within and to identify the method best for you
  • Learn to transform daily stress into energized living
  • Leave feeling relaxed and energized with a plan in hand for transforming everyday anxiety into awakened living.

The natural beauty of the Yogaville community will clear away your troubles with Yoga, chanting, inspiring talks, and friendship.


JulieLuskJulie Lusk, MEd, E-RYT 500, focuses on opening, balancing, and strengthening the body-mind-spirit connection through yoga, meditation, therapeutic relaxation, and guided imagery based on more than 30 years of experience. She is an internationally published author whose books include Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief, and Yoga Meditations: Timeless Mind-Body Practices for Awakening. Julie is president of Wholesome Resources.  The retreats, trainings, and seminars she presents are relaxing, reflective and revitalizing.  She is talented in bringing the best out in others through her depth of knowledge, natural lightheartedness, and caring nature. For more information go to:

The Buddha Diet: Creating a Positive Relationship with Food

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

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According to an old Zen saying, Enlightenment is eating when we are hungry and sleeping when we are tired. Yet, for many of us, the relationship we have with food is often distressing and complicated. We often eat for reasons other than hunger (stress, sadness, anxiety, boredom…) and experience suffering as a result. However, eating can be a joy, not a struggle!

In this workshop:

      • Learn how to transform the way that you eat
      • Discover how to overcome the difficulties you may have had with “dieting” and restrictive eating
      • Explore how your emotions influence what and how you eat
      • Be able to develop a pleasant and balanced connection with food and the place it occupies in your life
      • Learn set of skills and strategies based on mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and energy psychology that will give you the ability to create healthy, nurturing eating patterns that are permanent

Inspired by the story of Siddhartha Gautama’s journey to enlightenment, the focus of this workshop will be on the connection between self-compassion and self-nourishment.

      • You will learn how the key to developing a positive, healthy relationship to food and eating comes from feeling good about yourself, respecting yourself, and treating yourself kindly.
      • By developing your capacity for self-compassion, your relationship with food will naturally change.
      • In accepting yourself without judgment (through unconditional self-love), you will effortlessly gravitate towards healthy, satisfying food choices.
      • In the end you’ll be making decisions about food based on how much you love and care about your body, eating only what serves your best interests.

AndyMatznerAndy Matzner is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist and stress management consultant. He also teaches mental health skills and psychology at Virginia Western Community College. Andy has studied emotional freedom techniques (EFT) and hypnosis for many years, and has completed Reiki I and II training. In addition, Andy enjoys using sound to help people find deep relaxation and healing; some of his favorite instruments include singing bowls, gongs and drums. Andy is the author of several books, including The Buddha Diet: A Guide to Creating a Positive Relationship with Food and Eating (2012) and The Tarot Activity Book: A Collection of Creative and Therapeutic Ideas for the Cards (2013).

Osteoporosis, Yoga & Bone Building

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

  • How can my yoga practice improve my bone density?
  • How does my diet affect my bones?
  • What do I need to know about calcium supplements?
  • What do bone density test numbers really mean?
  • Does stress affect my bones?

One of our major concerns as we grow older is the thread of osteoporosis, the loss of bone density. Medical doctors have found that through simple weight-bearing exercise, proper diet and lifestyle, we can reduce—and even prevent—this tendency toward soft, fragile bones.

  • Explore the positive relationship between yoga and bone health
  • Learn how to adapt yoga postures and techniques to maintain, sustain and regain bone density
  • Take a holistic approach exploring the many factors that affect bone health including diet, activity, supplements, medications, lifestyle, stress reduction and more
  • This workshop is open to all levels of yoga student and yoga teachers.

“Kay is an exceptional teacher – the program was exceptionally good – every woman in the world should be able to take this program. We had incredibly good karma!” –Program Participant


Osteoporsis yoga and bone building at Yogaville SMALLKay Hawkins, CYT, holds teacher credentials in Integral Yoga and from the American Viniyoga Institute, where she is also is certified as a yoga therapist. Kay and her colleague Dr. Nirmala Limaye, OB GYN, developed the osteoporosis intervention protocol following work done in the late 90s for the National Osteoporosis Foundation in Washington, D.C. Kay’s passion in yoga is in empowering mid-life stage women to take charge of their health and wellness. Contact Kay at:

Osteoporsis yoga and bone building at Yogaville2Mary Lynn Tucker, R.N., M.S.N., is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Integral Yoga Instructor whose public health nursing career has been in providing patient, community, and professional education with a wellness and integrative medicine perspective.   She has taught Yoga since 1998, including group and individual sessions for people with cancer and chronic illness.  She served Integral Yoga Institute as faculty in teaching the Yoga for Cancer Patients Teacher Training.  While retired from nursing, she continues to practice and share the healing benefits of Yoga and meditation with others.



Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork 

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


Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork- at Yogaville2Experience beautiful sequences of exotic stretches and Thai Bodywork techniques, also known as assisted Yoga. Thai Bodywork is marma therapy and synthesizes acupressure, rhythmic compressions, ancient breathing arts and meditation to produce profound rest and rejuvenation. Mantras for the marmas and chakras will also be included.

Features of this course:

  • Study a 3000-year old traditional Southeast Asian folk art, which creates inspired tranquility and radiant whole health
  • Enjoy strengthened vitality through bandhas, pranayamas, and meditation techniques for personal focus and effect
  • Experience simple procedures to assist in rapidly eliminating dis-ease, both physical and emotional
  • Discover how to balance and harmonize Shakti/Chi to enhance immune system and hormonal health, balance mental energy and stimulate higher levels of consciousness
  • Receive bodywork as you learn! We learn by giving and receiving. This is a hands-on course.
  • Learn self-thai for self care. This is a great thing to add on to yoga classes, or for the busy healer.
  • A manual with a 90 minutes sequence is included.
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Thai Yoga Bodywork is it’s own thing. Backgrounds in massage and yoga are helpful but no experience is necessary. In Thailand you don’t go to a preliminary massage school first, or yoga training. Maybe your father is a doctor and you learn from him and go with him to the herb shop or hospital. You learn Thai Massage with it’s pressure points, stretches and compressions from the beginning.

If you are continuing your practice we will have new asanas or katas to share. If you are beginning your journey you will leave with a foundation.

One Master in Thailand put it this way when asked about levels, “There is just one level. Then you die.” The best practitioner is always the best student. This is an open level course. Come begin or continue the healing journey.

16 NCBTMB (organization that grants national ce’s for massage therapists) units available for massage therapists  are available for the course as well. YA Credits available for yoga teachers. This course is suitable for yoga instructors, nurses, massage therapists, personal trainers, martial artists, medical professionals, health-enthusiasts, musicians, dancers and all interested in dynamic vitality and loving compassion (metta). Some people take it to learn and share with their family.


“For the past two years I have trained closely under the guidance of Sudevi. She is the embodiment of the sacred  teachings that have been passed down to her and this ancient wisdom is expressed with grace during her trainings. Sudevi blends her extensive knowledge of yoga  and bodywork into her teaching style of Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork. Sudevi is able to impart the medicinal and pranic healing aspects of the work which are part of the Thai culture and Thai Massage lineage. Keeping the Thai flavor fresh, she returns bi-annually to Thailand leading student study tours. ” I want to go again!!!”     —Ashley Semola, LMT, Integral Yoga Teacher


Thai Yoga Bodywork1Sudevi Linda Kramer, LMT, E-RYT-500, M.A. is a highly sought-after Vedic Conservatory certified teacher of Nuad Borarn/Vedic Thai-Yoga Bodywork. Studying annually in Thailand, she leads international student study tours. She trained closely with Mukti Michael Buck before teaching on her own and leading retreats. She is duly certified in Integral and Jivamukti Yoga and was graced by Sri Swami Satchidananda and yoga masters Sharon Gannon and David Life.

Sudevi is a licensed massage therapist and was inducted into the World Massage Hall of Fame for her contributions to Massage at Berea College in June, 2010. She has maintained a private healing practice for 17 years and is a frequent presentor at yoga and retreat centers, massage schools, and spas. Sudevi is also trained in Thai reflexology and herbal treatments. She maintains a strong meditation practice and considers it to be the foundation for her work. Additionally Sudevi holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri as well as teaching certifications in various forms of energy medicine and healing technologies. Sudevi has been a student of esoteric studies since she was 19 and her certifications are too many to list.

To contact Sudevi about her courses email:

Loving Within: Women’s Yoga and Meditation Retreat—5 Years Running!

Registration begins Thursday 1:30 PM, Program begins Thursday 3:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM


Loving Within-Women's Yoga at Yogaville2In the heart of every woman lies a deep well of wisdom, compassion, creativity, skill, serenity and strength. Surrounded by nature, experienced instructors and supportive women we will tap into the inner self to reveal the power and wisdom of every woman.

We will uncover and face the inner obstacles that work against us so we reduce the struggle and begin to heal. In the serenity and beauty of a world renowned spiritual center in the beautiful mountains of Virginia, we will:

  • Practice Kundalini and Hatha Yoga, meditation, mantra, inspiring discussion, body and spiritual wellness and journaling
  • Lovingly unveil our most authentic selves
  • See the reflection of our deepest heart and fullest potential as women, daughters, mothers, sisters, partners, and friends

Loving Within-Women's Yoga at Yogaville3 resized smThe program is for all ages, capabilities and spiritual paths.  The retreat provides a toolkit of techniques created for the modern woman to help us continue the transformation and maintain stability while balancing home and work.

Expect to leave feeling luminous, transformed, enlightened and empowered.

“The retreat was so much more than a yoga and meditation retreat – it was a life transforming experience – and I felt like I made 20 great new friends! Can’t wait until next year!”
–Virginia Retreat Participant

“…The yoga and meditations taught by Mary and Suzanne provided a gateway to walk through that door to one’s heart–to experience it safely in all of its power of experience. I continue to feel the awe of that weekend… and continue to correspond with the women from the retreat. ”
–Massachusetts Retreat Participant

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“The yoga retreat weekend gave me the opportunity to connect with fellow women and Mother Earth like never before.”
–Pennsylvania Retreat Participant

“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about our wonderful yoga retreat in the mountains of Virginia and really look forward to the one next year. When I look back and reflect on the profoundness of the yoga retreat, I am once again transported to a place of perfect beauty, contentment and stillness.  It makes me smile big inside my very being because I know that it is mine whenever I want and always will be!”
–Maryland Retreat Participant

Other Participants

“Inspired, gifted teachers.”

“Sharing in small groups, laughing with other women, the teachings and the yoga…”

“Seeing old friends, making new connections, getting support from the group.”

“Experiencing such a warm and open welcome from every woman at the retreat.”

“I liked the opportunity to spend time in silence.”

“Awesome, lovely, heartfelt!”


Loving Within-Women's Yoga at Yogaville resize smMary Straub Pargas, B.A., E-RYT 500, has been instructing women’s classes, intensive retreats, and one-on-one therapy for over 15 years. She is a Certified Integrative Yoga Therapist (RYT 500), Certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Instructor (200 hour) with Advanced Certifications in Vitality and Stress, and Mind and Meditation. She is also a Certified Pregnancy Yoga Instructor as well as a Holistic Coach and Spiritual Guide. Mary holds certifications in CranioSacral Therapy, Massage Therapy, Acupressure, Reiki and other Healing Modalities.

Mary has degrees in Applied Health Science with a double major in Education and Public Health and a minor in Biology from Indiana University and University of Louisville.

Mary’s personal healing journey started at a young age. When Mary was sick for three years in her mid-twenties, 12 different western medical doctors could not find the reason for her pain and suggested she have some organs removed and apply for disability. Through yoga, diet, holistic healing, and embracing a new way of relating to the world, she healed herself in 9 months. Now 20 years later, with many years of lifestyle changes, certifications, and spiritual self-study, Mary dedicates herself to the service of women, children, and families, hoping to show others a path of
peace for the mind, body, and spirit.

Mary is passionate about healing through body movement and holistic therapies in conjunction with western medicine. She enjoys educating her students and clients with science and physiological changes as well as energy flow, chakras, emotional/mental healing techniques, and ancient yogic philosophies. Program design is one of Mary’s gifts as she continues her work with many years of creating and facilitating women’s classes, programs and retreats. She believes women are in their highest when gathered together with the purpose of healing and self-growth.

Mary has passionately facilitated her business with Yoga Therapy and Holistic Healing for 15 years. She is the co-director and co-teacher of the annual fall Loving Within Women’s Yoga and Meditation Retreat and she is the creator and director of the annual winter Anchor into Stillness Women’s Yoga and Meditation Retreat. She designed and facilitates a bi-annual Women’s Yoga Telecourse that is 5 years running called The Art of Being a Woman. Mary has designed and facilitated many women’s workshop series with topics like Healing the Chakras, Full Moon gatherings, Sutras for the Aquarian Age, and Holistic Healing for Stress and Trauma with yoga, acupuncture, and therapeutic group work.

Mary created and starred in a pregnancy yoga video in partnership with James Madison University to bring yoga and health education to low income pregnant women who need government assistance in the WIC (Women, Infants, Children) government program. Now, these women in Virginia and 3 other states can download for free a yoga program including yoga exercises for pregnancy, healthy tips for diet and lifestyle, and relaxation techniques.

Mary feels blessed to live in Virginia in the company of the mountains, her husband Fernando, and such kind, heart-centered people. She enjoys traveling, outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, biking, and swimming. During her daily home yoga and meditation practice, Mary is in constant gratitude for the health of her body, the peace inside, and the ability to serve others.

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Suzanne McCahill Perrine, BA, E-RYT 500, began teaching Yoga in 2005 after over 10 years of teaching ballet and Pilates. Inspired to connect to others in her community and spread the joy and healing potential of yoga, she opened The Center, Harrisonburg’s first dedicated yoga and Pilates studio. After two years of study in the Anusara Yoga tradition with teachers, John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, Christina Sell, Elena Browner, Suzie Hurley, Amy Ippoliti, and Douglas Brooks, Suzanne felt a strong desire to encourage her students to have fun, relax, and enjoy the splendid journey that yoga offers them both on their mats and in their lives.

Her teachings fuse inspirations received from every-day life, poetry, poignant articles, or current events with a solid bio-mechanical awareness and therapeutic alignment based asana. This combination helps students to get in touch with their bodies, replacing discomfort and fear with awareness and love, and elevates their appreciation for their bodies and the full spectrum life’s offerings. Her classes can be uplifting, humorous, and playful, or meditative, internally focused, and subtle. Suzanne is also a registered Thai Yoga Bodyworks teacher and delights in helping others through the powers of touch. She continues to find more joy in her life since discovering Yoga and meditation and sharing it with others. She is also eternally grateful to her husband, children, family, and teachers who have helped to pave this incredibly beautiful path and open doors she never even knew were closed before her yoga practice.

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Joy of Health Through Yoga Retreat


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

Join us for this relaxing, health-filled retreat, designed to help you detoxify and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit and to give you tools and motivation to continue to make your health a priority when you return home. Every morning and evening, nationally recognized holistic health physician, Sandra Amrita McLanahan, M.D., and Sumati Steinberg, R.N will outline recipes for success in their healthy-living workshop.

They will discuss yogic techniques and dietary considerations that can assist you in:

• Losing weight

• Decreasing high blood pressure, cholesterol & stress

• Preventing & Reversing diabetes, heart disease & cancer

• Relaxing & Re-energizing

You will spend two restful nights and three relaxing days in our beautiful LOTUS retreat house overlooking the James River. Each morning you will greet the day with guided meditation and Hatha Yoga classes. You will continue to refresh and de-stress body, mind and spirit with optional noon and evening meditation and Hatha Yoga class.

“Sumati and Amrita were wonderful speakers and knowledgeable. Very helpful, going out of the way… to help us with our individual needs.”

—Program participant

Joy of Health Retreat at YogavilleDr. Amrita 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.


Joy of Health Through Yoga Retreat at Yogaville (2)Sumati Steinberg, R.N., B.S.N., C.Y.T., is a Nurse Wellness Coach and member of the Yogaville/Integral Yoga Community, since 1973.  As Dr. Amrita’s personal assistant for 8 years, she learned healing practices that promote wellness and prevent illness.  Sumati furthered her education by obtaining a bachelors degree in Nursing.  She currently manages the wellness program at Kyanite Mining Corporation.  For over 20 years, she has served her community by being on-call for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual emergencies.  Sumati lives in Yogaville with her beloved husband, children, and grandchildren.


Understanding the Bhagavad Gita

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

The Bhagavad Gita is a 2,500 year old Sanskrit text that offers profound insight into the deeper practices of yoga. As the seeker in the Gita metaphorically prepares for the battle of spiritual transformation, he asks his teacher a series of questions. In his answers the teacher explains the many challenges and stages of the yogic spiritual path.

In this program we will explore themes from the Bhagavad Gita that are meaningful for us as modern yoga practitioners.

Each session of this retreat begins with a teaching from the Gita that adds insight to the practice of asana and pranayama. The daily schedule includes:

  • Early-morning internal practices
  • Late-morning pranayama and energy-raising practices
  • An integrative afternoon practice

Learn an active practice that raises the questions, allows you to apply the teaching, and helps you move beyond the obstacles of fear and doubt that have perpetually challenged yogis and yoginis.

Understanding the Bhagavad Gita at YogavilleYoganand Michael Carroll, E-RYT500 founded Pranakriya Yoga in 2005. He is a Master-Level teacher in the Kripalu Yoga tradition. Through many years of intensive study and practice of Swami Kripalu’s work, Yoganand has gained a profound ability to distill and interpret esoteric yoga texts and techniques.  After studying with Kripalu Yoga masters in India and America, Yoganand taught at the Kripalu Center for more than 15 years before founding Pranakriya Yoga, which he developed from the original teachings of Swami Kripalavandaji and reconfigured to meet the needs of Western yogis in today’s world without taking away from the ancient teachings.

Yoganand serves as the Founder and Dean of Curriculum for the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts, leads trainings and retreats around the country and world and works to keep the history of Tantric Hatha Yoga alive. Students will find that Yoganand teaches from a place of deep experience and learning and that he shares his understanding in ways that allow them to cultivate and experience greater vitality in their own lives.  Yoganand is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT500 level teacher and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists -IAYT.