March 25 Update
Hari Om! Greetings of Peace and Love,
Thank you for all of your prayers and love during this time. We are extending the temporary closure of Satchidananda Ashram—Yogaville through April 30, 2020.
While we are staying inside, the Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) is launching a new website with free, live online content, including Hatha Yoga classes and meditations. We’re relying on our yoga practices (along with guidance from the CDC) to help keep our bodies strong and our minds calm during this time. Please continue to keep in touch with us through social media and share your prayer requests with us.
We will continue to closely monitor the news and make calm and caring decisions on how best to be of service in each moment. Our prayers are with you all. We will come through this together.
Let us all dedicate our lives for the sake of the entire humanity. With every minute, every breath, every atom of our bodies we should repeat this mantra: “dedication, dedication, giving, giving, loving, loving.”— Sri Swami Satchidananda
Rev. Siva Moore
March 13, 2020
Hari Om! Greetings of Peace and Love,
The Ashram administration has continued to carefully monitor the evolving news of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Virginia and around the world. In response, we have taken many precautions to help maintain a safe environment at the Ashram, supportive of everyone’s health, well‑being, and spiritual growth. We are grateful to have not yet observed virus activity at the Ashram, and are committed to continuing to mindfully and proactively respond to the situation.
At this time, the World Health Organization has announced there is a global pandemic. Virginia and nearby D.C. have declared states of emergency, and the Governor of Virginia has issued guidance for non-profits to limit large public events. During this challenging and unpredictable time, it is important we live from our hearts. Your well-being continues to be our highest priority.
Satchidananda Ashram—Yogaville is temporarily closing from March 16 through 31.
We have made this decision to help protect the health and well-being of our guests and community. The Ashram is committed to following the guidance of health professionals who, in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, advise limiting large public events.
The Ashram’s facilities will be closed to guests from March 16 through March 31.
We anticipate reopening on April 1, and will update you if that changes.
Ashram staff will remain on site to care for the facilities and maintain the spiritual vibration of the Ashram. We will also be using this time to perform a deep clean.
During this time:
We encourage you to stay connected with us through our digital channels: Satsangs through LiveStream, podcasts, the Yogaville blog, and social media. From around the world we can come together in the shelter of the teachings and our practice.
Please plan for a great summer together. Learn more about our offerings here.
Continue to practice the tips on helping everyone stay healthy and keeping others healthy from the CDC.
We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and make decisions one day at a time in alignment with our core values, emphasizing integrity, love and compassion, and faith and trust. We encourage everyone to check on friends and neighbors, support each other with loving kindness, and rest in awareness of God and Guru’s grace.
We will send updates about any developments in our plans. We encourage you to check our website for current information. We will come through this together.
“You are not given the light by anyone—not even by a spiritual teacher. You are that light.”
— Sri Swami Satchidananda
Rev. Siva Moore
March 6, 2020
Satchidananda Ashram—Yogaville is sending our heartfelt prayers to all affected by the coronavirus and their families and friends. We are actively monitoring news updates as the situation continues to evolve around the world and in the United States.
Currently, there is no known exposure to the coronavirus COVID-19 on-site at Yogaville. Out of our deep concern for the health and well‑being of our guests, staff, and community, we are taking proactive steps and would like to share the following information with you.
Satchidananda Ashram—Yogaville’s Response
We believe it’s important for us to maintain a high level of awareness and to take action to maintain a safe environment at the Ashram that supports everyone’s health, well‑being, and spiritual growth. We are taking these steps:
- We are actively monitoring updates and guidance from governmental and health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
- We are encouraging staff and community members to stay home if they begin to present any symptoms.
- We are consulting with our local health department for recommendations and region-specific updates.
- We are adding additional measures to complement our cleaning procedures.
How You Can Help
We request that you follow these guidelines to help yourself and others during this time:
- Please reschedule your visit if you present with any symptoms of COVID-19 (such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath) or if you have recently traveled, or have had close contact with someone who recently traveled, to any of the affected countries or regions.
- We recommend that you also consider rescheduling if you have a compromised immune system.
- Please remember that someone wearing a protective medical mask is not necessarily sick.
- Practice these preventive actions from the CDC.
If you choose to cancel due to illness or travel concerns, please contact the Ashram Reservation Center at [email protected] or 855.752.0437 to receive credit to your account and reschedule your visit for a later date.
It is important for us to come together as a community and support one another during this time. Your contributions and thoughtfulness will help to keep our community healthy and peaceful. Satchidananda Ashram—Yogaville continues to vigilantly evaluate and monitor the situation and will share relevant information with our community through our website on the page yogaville.org/coronavirus which will soon be posted. We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your cooperation.
“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious.”—Sri Swami Satchidananda