The Buddha Diet: Creating a Positive Relationship with Food

Registration begins Friday at 4 pm; program begins Friday at 8 pm and ends Sunday at 2 pm

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

  • In this workshop:
    Learn how to transform the way you eat
  • Discover how to overcome the difficulties you may have had with restrictive eating
  • Explore how your emotions influence what and how you eat
  • Be able to develop a pleasant connection with food and the place it occupies in  your life
  • Learn a set of strategies based on mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and energy psychology to create permanent, healthy, and nurturing eating patterns

Learn to develop a positive relationship with food, which comes from a place of self-respect and self-love.

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. Come and see how eating can be a joy, not a struggle!

About the Presenter 

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.

Andy enjoys using sound to help people find deep relaxation and healing; some of his favorite instruments include singing bowls, gongs, and drums. He is the author of several books, including The Buddha Diet: A Guide to Creating a Positive Relationship with Food and Eating and The Tarot Activity Book: A Collection of Creative and Therapeutic Ideas for the Cards. 

Osteoporosis, Yoga, & Bone Building

Registration begins Friday at 4 pm; program begins Friday at 8 pm and ends Sunday at 2 pm

One of our major concerns as we grow older is the thread of osteoporosis, or, the loss of bone density. Doctors have found that through simple weight-bearing exercise, proper diet, and lifestyle choices, we can reduce—and even prevent or reverse—bone loss.

  • 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 students and Yoga teachers.

We’ll answer questions like: 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?


Kay is an exceptional teacher! The program was exceptionally good–every woman in the world should to take [it]. We had incredibly good karma!—Program Participant

About the Presenters 

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Kay Hawkins, CYT, holds teacher credentials in Integral Yoga and Viniyoga. She is also 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. Visit Kay’s Website

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 for people with cancer and chronic illness since 1998 and served in teaching the Yoga for Cancer Patients Teacher Training.


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Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork 

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

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Experience exotic stretches and Thai bodywork—a synthesis of acupressure, rhythmic compressions, ancient breathing arts, and meditation.



  • Study a 3000-year-old traditional Asian folk art that creates radiant whole health
  • Enjoy strengthened vitality through bandhas, pranayamas, and meditation techniques for personal focus
  • Experience simple procedures to assist in rapidly eliminating dis-ease—physical and emotional
  • Discover how to harmonize Shakti/Chi to enhance the immune system and hormonal health, balance mental energy, and stimulate higher levels of consciousness
  • Receive bodywork as you learn!
  • Learn Thai self-care techniques—a great thing to add on to Yoga classes

A manual with a 90-minutes sequence is included. NCBTMB units available for massage therapists. YA Credits available for Yoga teachers.

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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.

Thai Yoga Bodywork is its 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 through pressure points, stretches, and compressions in 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.


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

About the Presenter 

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Sudevi Linda Kramer, is a highly sought-after Vedic Conservatory teacher of Vedic Style Thai-Yoga Bodywork. She is a certified teacher in Integral Yoga and Jivamukti Yoga, a Pranic Healer and Reiki Master. She studied Chiang Mai, Thailand. Sudevi holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri and graduated in Massage Therapy.

To contact Sudevi about her courses email: Sudevi’s email


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Loving Within: Women’s Yoga and Meditation Retreat

 Registration begins Thursday 1:30 pm; program begins Thursday 3 pm and ends Sunday at 12 pm.


In the heart of every woman lies a deep well of wisdom, compassion, creativity, skill, serenity, and strength. Tap into that inner Self in the serenity of Yogaville.Loving Within-Women's Yoga at Yogaville2

  • Practice Kundalini and Hatha Yoga, meditation, mantra, inspiring discussion, and journaling for spiritual and physical wellness
  • Lovingly unveil your most authentic self
  • See the reflection of your deepest heart and fullest potential as a woman, daughter, mother, sister, partner, or friend

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

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The program is for all ages, capabilities and spiritual paths.  The retreat provides a toolkit of techniques created for the modern woman to help you continue the transformation and maintain stability while balancing home and work.
Surrounded by nature, experienced instructors, and supportive women, you will tap into the inner Self to reveal the power and wisdom of every woman.  You will uncover and face the inner obstacles that work against you so you reduce the struggle and begin to heal.


The retreat was so much more than a Yoga and meditation retreat – is 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

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

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Inspired, gifted teachers.—Participant

[I loved] experiencing such a warm and open welcome from every woman at the retreat.—Participant

I liked the opportunity to spend time in silence.—Participant

Awesome, lovely, heartfelt!—Participant

About the Presenters 

Loving Within - Women's Yoga2Mary Straub Pargas, B.A., E-RYT 500, has been instructing women’s classes, intensive retreats, and one-on-one therapy for over fifteen 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, twelve 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 nine months. Now twenty 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 fifteen 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 five 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 three 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.

Loving-Within,-Women’s-Yoga-and-Meditation-RetreatSuzanne McCahill Perrine, BA, E-RYT 500, began teaching Yoga in 2005 after teaching ballet and Pilates for over ten years. 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 asanas. 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. Find more information at

Joy of Health Through Yoga Retreat

 Registration begins Friday at 4 pm; program begins Friday at 8 pm and ends Sunday at 2 pm

Join us for this health-filled retreat, designed to help you detoxify and rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit and to give you tools and motivation to continue making your health a priority when you return home.

Dr. Amrita and Sumati will outline recipes for success, discussing yogic techniques and dietary considerations to assist you in:

  • Losing weight
  • Decreasing high blood pressure, cholesterol and stress
  • Preventing and reversing diabetes, heart disease and cancer
  • Relaxing and re-energizing

Spend relaxing days in our beautiful LOTUS retreat house overlooking the James River.

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Each morning you will greet the day with guided meditation and Hatha Yoga classes. You can 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

 About the Presenters

Joy of Health Retreat at YogavilleDr. Amrita McLanahan is a nationally recognized authority on preventive medicine. 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.


Joy of Health Through Yoga Retreat at Yogaville (2)Sumati Steinberg, RN, is a gifted Spiritual Life Coach, senior disciple of H.H. Sri Swami Satchidananda and an Interfaith Minister who grew up in Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Virginia. Born with an intense spiritual desire to realize her true nature, she began joining her father in meditation before the age of two. In 1979, by the grace of her Guru, she received mantra initiation thus beginning her earnest daily spiritual practice. She and her three children were blessed to attend the school in Yogaville, where they were taught to love and feel compassion for all beings.

By maintaining a healthy balance of worldly and spiritual life, Sumati obtained a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from UNC-W and has served in the medical field for over 20 years. She currently heads the comprehensive wellness program at Kyanite Mining Corporation in Dillwyn, Virginia.

As a Raja Yoga teacher, meditation instructor, nurse wellness coach, and lively public speaker, she loves bringing the joy of Yoga into all aspects of her life. As a humanitarian, Sumati serves on several boards to help promote wellness, prevent illness, and to promote peace. She serves her local community by responding to physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual emergencies as needed. She embraces each moment fully and enjoys sharing her wisdom to help others live their lives to the fullest. Sumati, her beloved husband, children, and grandchildren continue to call Yogaville their home.


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Understanding the Bhagavad Gita

Registration begins Friday at 4 pm; program begins Friday at 8 pm and ends Sunday at 2 pm

Together, we will explore the Bhagavad Gita and focus on themes that are meaningful for us as modern Yoga practitioners. This 2,500-year-old Sanskrit text that offers profound insight into the deeper practices of Yoga. 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 teachings, and helps you move beyond the obstacles of fear and doubt that perpetually challenged yogis and yoginis.

About the Presenter 

Understanding the Bhagavad Gita at YogavilleYoganand Michael Carroll founded Pranakriya Yoga in 2005. He is a Master-Level teacher in the Kripalu Yoga tradition and serves as the Founder and Dean of Curriculum for the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts, leading trainings, and retreats around the country and world. Yoganand has gained a profound ability to distill and interpret esoteric Yoga texts and techniques. See more at

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Raja Yoga Foundation Course

Registration begins Friday at 4 pm; program begins Friday at 8 pm and ends Sunday at 2 pm

Dive deep into The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the classical text on Raja Yoga, through lectures, guided exercises, journaling, and spiritual support sessions.

This course provides a unique opportunity to:

  • Study the Sutras in depth
  • Learn how to apply the teachings in life
  • Further enhance your experience as you learn some basic Sanskrit instruction of the Sutras

These teachings are a beacon of hope, a fountain of wisdom and a source of guidance for those who seek true happiness and fulfilment. Take the plunge! One week can change your life forever. 

This program is designed to be beneficial for both those new to the teachings of Raja Yoga as well as for experienced practitioners.

Please bring your book The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, by Swami Satchidananda.

Course Prerequisites: Please ensure that you have read the following Sutras:

  • Book 1: Sutras 1 – 16; 21 – 42
  • Book 2: Sutras: 28 – 55; 1-12
  • Book 3: Sutras: 1, 2, 3

About the Presenter 


Nalanie H. Chellaram is a modern spiritual teacher and a true soul doctor dedicated to selfless service. 

She was born in 1954 into the Harilelas, a distinguished Indian family. Swami Satchidananda, her beloved Guru, was a close family friend during her childhood. Now, Nalanie travels the world to spread a message of wisdom, compassion, and love based on the philosophy of Yoga.

She is the founder of the Integral Yoga Center Gibraltar and George Harilela Hall in Sotogrande. She gives satsang there and at international locations. 

In March 2008, Nalanie was placed on the Second New Years Honours List by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for her “services to humanity.” She also received a Humanitarian Award from the Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville later that year. 

In 2009, Nalanie set up an association called Service in Satchidananda, a non-profit international collective of charities established in honour of Sri Swami Satchidananda and based on his core teaching of selfless service. You can access a playlist of her speeches on YouTube.


The Injury-Free Yoga Practice

Registration begins Friday at 4 pm; program begins Friday at 8 pm and ends Sunday at 2 pm

Join Dr. Steven Weiss as he shares his thirty-five years of expertise in Yoga alignment in this fascinating and detailed exploration into asana and its principles of alignment.

In this workshop you will:

  • Discover how to specifically align your body, following the natural and anatomical design of the human body
  • Learn universal principles to all styles of Yoga and apply to all asanas—one human structure—one basic blueprint for alignment
  • Explore the use of asana as a form of therapy
  • Learn how to address current injuries and how asana can be a preventative practice
  • Begin to recognize common misalignments made in Yoga poses that result in injury
  • Not only will the alignment principles presented in the workshop keep your practice safer, it also helps you reach the best of your potential in flexibility and strength.

This class is on-the-mat, taught completely through asana practice. There is limited lecture, allowing you to learn while doing. This workshop is designed to immediately transform your practice with instructions you will use in every asana.

This is an excellent program for students who are ready to refine their practice and bring attain their next level. Yoga teachers of all traditions will benefit greatly from this workshop as they learn to recognize injuries and simple ways to share alignment principles with their students in classes or one-on-one sessions.

About the Presenter

Injury Free YogaSteven Weiss is a holistic chiropractor and nutritionist, yoga therapist and yoga teacher. He teaches anatomy, alignment principles, Yoga therapeutics, and nutrition for Yoga teacher trainings in the United States and around the world. Dr. Weiss is the author of The Injury-Free Yoga Practice and the Integrative Alignment Yoga Therapy Manual. See more at Injury Free Yoga Practice

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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.

Supercharge Your Well-Being: The Loving-Kindness Plant-Based Diet and Lifestyle


Registration begins Friday at 4 pm; program begins Friday at 8 pm and ends Sunday at 2 pm

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Transform your life and transform our planet one delicious bite at a time!
You will discover how the loving-kindness plant-based diet and lifestyle improves health, energy, immune system and overall feeling of wellbeing, reverses a multitude of health issues, and alleviates animal abuse, world hunger, water pollution and other environmental issues. 

Feel supercharged and learn:

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

Learn how to gracefully transition from being non-vegetarian to vegetarian, from vegetarian to vegan or from vegan to a thriving vegan and educator.

About the Presenter 

Supercharge Your Wellbeing at Yogaville

Meenakshi Angel Honig, E-RYT 500 has studied with Sri Swami Satchidananda since the age of 16. She is a certified Integral Yoga Instructor & Teacher Trainer with over forty years of experience. She served as the premier Mind, Body, Spirit Yoga Instructor and Stress Management Consultant at the Grand Wailea Resort on Maui for over seventeen years. She is the author of many books and DVDs. See more at



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