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Meditation Teacher Training
May 30 – June 11, 2017

 Greetings of Peace from Yogaville!

Thank you for your interest in our Meditation Teacher Training program. For more than 30 years, students from all over the world have come to participate in our residential Teacher Training programs. This letter contains the program information: curriculum, daily schedule, accommodations and an application form. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact us.

Yoga is now a mainstream practice, enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life.

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 enables 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 gain experience incorporating these different meditation approaches into your Hatha Yoga classes.

After completing the training, you will have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to teach a six-week
meditation course.

Integral Yoga is a complete science that cultivates and maintains the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of the individual. The non-competitive approach and meditative exploration of the Integral Yoga practices create an indrawn awareness that allows each student to access the deeper and more subtle aspects of being. Our comprehensive certification program provides a strong foundation for personal and spiritual development, an appreciation for nurturing a personal practice and the skills to become a knowledgeable and professional Yoga teacher.

The Integral Yoga training process cultivates the teacher’s ability to create a safe environment in which their students can realize their full potential, gain self respect and learn to be of greater service to others.

The most effective teaching comes from direct experience. Our residential programs are designed to offer you the experience of living the teachings of Yoga and give you the tools you will need to pass these great teachings on to others. During your stay, you will immerse yourself in the yogic lifestyle and transform your body, mind and spirit. Our residential programs offer a supportive and nurturing environment for practice and study away from the distractions of everyday life.

The program begins on May 30, 2017, starting with registration at 10 am and ends after lunch at 2 pm on June 11, 2017.

The daily schedule is very full; it is designed to help you fully realize the benefits of the Yoga practices and to offer you the optimum environment in which to study and learn. Each day begins with meditation at 6 a.m., followed by a Hatha Yoga class. During the day, you will have training courses, workshops, practice sessions, a noon meditation at the beautiful LOTUS Temple and some free time. This schedule covers six days and five nights a week. You are expected to stay at the Ashram for the entire time to successfully complete the program.

This course trains you to teach a 6 week meditation course, which will provide your students with the information, experience, and motivation that a new meditator needs in order to begin and develop a regular meditation practice. Your curriculum includes instruction and training in the following:

  • Theory of meditation.
  • The principal techniques of meditation, including mantra, witnessing, and visualization
  • Overcoming obstacles to meditation practice
  • Answering questions about Yoga and meditation
  • Maintaining a spiritual diary
  • Developing a personal practice routine and a long-term practice plan
  • Deepening and refining your own practice
  • Integrating your meditation practice into daily life
  • A syllabus for a 6-week meditation course

Swami Karunananda, E-RYT 500, is a senior disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda. In 1975, she was
ordained as a monk into the Holy Order of Sannyas. She has had over 40 years experience teaching all
aspects of Yoga and specializes now in workshops, retreats, and teacher training programs that focus on
the science of meditation, the philosophy of Yoga, personal transformation, and Yoga breathing techniques
for better health and wellbeing. She developed, and for 25 years has taught, the Integral Yoga Teacher
Training programs in Raja Yoga and in Meditation.

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

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

The course is available to certified Yoga instructors of all traditions, who have had a regular daily meditation practice for at least six months. We recommend that all students not trained through Integral Yoga familiarize themselves with the Integral Yoga method of teaching Hatha Yoga by taking classes at an Integral Yoga Institute or from an IY teacher.

Information on Integral Yoga teachers in your area can be obtained from the online Teachers Directory at or by contacting the Integral Yoga Teachers Association at 434-969-3121, ext. 177.

If live classes are not possible, you may purchase and practice with the DVD Yoga with a Master from the
Integral Yoga Multimedia Centre (Shakticom) at Tel: 434.969.1347. Also recommended is
the Guided Relaxation CD by Sri Swami Satchidananda.

At the end of the course, graduates receive a diploma certifying them to teach Integral Yoga Meditation.
Integral Yoga is a registered school of the Yoga Alliance, a voluntary alliance of organizations and teachers dedicated to uphold the integrity of Yoga, establish voluntary national standards for Yoga teachers, and provide support for the Yoga professional in the United States.

Integral Yoga may award 104 hours towards Yoga Alliance registration with the completion of this course.

Attendance is required for all sessions from the program orientation on the first day through the coursework on the last day. This includes all morning and afternoon practices of Hatha Yoga and meditation.

You will enjoy three healthy vegetarian meals daily, served buffet style, with a salad bar. The diet includes simple, deliciously prepared fresh vegetables, whole grains, legumes, tofu and some dairy. No meat, fish or eggs are served.

Accommodation choices vary and include dorm, private room with shared bath and private room with private bath. Or you may bring your own tent and camp at one of our sites.

If you choose a dorm accommodation, you will board in our modern dormitory, Vivekananda Vihar, conveniently located near the classrooms, meditation hall and dining hall. Men and women are housed separately. We have rooms that accommodate up to six people. Generally, we are able to arrange accommodations so that the smaller rooms house two or three people and the larger rooms house four or five people. Private rooms are available at an additional price.

Please keep in mind that private rooms are limited. If a private room is your top choice, we recommend securing your reservation by applying early, especially during the summer season.

The tuition for this course is $1,450.00. The prices for our various accommodations are as follows:

  • Tent site: $590.00
  • Dormitory: $865.00
  • Private room/shared bath: $1,190.00
  • Private room/private bath: $1,430.00

Because of the rigorous daily schedule, we are unable to grant any work scholarships in lieu of payment for the course. Also, we are not able to accommodate children.

If taking Meditation Teacher Training and Integral Yoga Pranayama Teacher Training in succession, you will receive a 10% discount on both programs. The following additional discounts are available:

  • International 10%
  • Senior Citizen 10%
  • Student Discount 10%
  • Service members and Veterans 10%

Please note: There is a 20% discount limit per application.An Early Bird discount of $100 is offered for a full payment by March 1, 2017.

If you are employed by an Integral Yoga Institute, please check with your IYI manager for details regarding a discount for this program.

Limited partial scholarships are available for students who can demonstrate financial need. Those wanting aid must submit a scholarship application with the program application. Please contact the Teacher Training Administrator for further details and a scholarship application.

To submit an electronic application, visit the Teacher Training section of Alternatively, you can download, complete, and mail or fax a paper application. Please submit your application, health form, and a $100 non-refundable application fee by 4/30/2017 to:

Teacher Training Administrator
Satchidananda Ashram—Yogaville
108 Yogaville Way
Buckingham, VA 23921
Fax: 434.969.1303

When your application is received, you will be contacted for additional information. Upon approval, you will receive an acceptance letter with detailed information on what to bring, travel directions, Ashram lifestyle, and accommodations. Upon acceptance, a $400 deposit is required to secure your space, due within one week of acceptance.

In order for your application to be considered please submit no later than May 20, 2015, with full payment enclosed. After this date please check with Teacher Training Administration for availability before applying.

If you cancel 45 days or more prior to the first day of the training, you will receive a refund less $150. If you cancel between 30 and 45 days prior to the first day, you will receive a refund less $300. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the start date, you will receive a refund less $500.

You may transfer the amount paid (less a $25 transfer fee) to another program within a 12-month period. No refund will be given after the start of the program.

Please direct questions about the course to the Teacher Training Department at 434-969-3121, ext. 153 or Please direct questions concerning accommodations, travel arrangements and payment to the Ashram Reservation Center (ARC) at 1-800-858-9642 or 434-969-2048 or by email at

Thank you for your interest in this Integral Yoga Teacher Training Program. We are enclosing an application form, and we look forward to hearing from you soon. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Ever Yours in Yoga,

Radha Coakley
Teacher Training Administration
434-969-3121 ext. 153

Sita Rose
Teacher Training Administration
434-969-3121 ext. 139