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with Amrita Sandra McLanahan, M.D., Sampada Desai, E-RYT 500, LPC, Laughter Leader, M.A.

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This mid-winter pick-me-up retreat will add a heap of sunshine to your season. You’ll explore how Yoga and food choices can work for you, helping you to glow from the inside out.

In this retreat, Dr. Amrita McLanahan, Yogaville’s celebrated integrative medical practitioner, and Sam Desai will discuss how to improve your health using Yoga, psychology, meal strategies, and plant-based foods.

You will learn:

  • Techniques to begin and maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle throughout the year
  • Joyful and easy ways to add superfoods and spices to your life
  • Emotional eating

Enjoy this retreat as a gift to yourself and bring joy within.



Dr. Amrita is my favorite presenter…WOW!!! She is so full of knowledge and understanding. I could listen to her for hours and hours!! Her sense of humor is a bonus!! — Gigi

I have been in workshops before with Sam and had an idea of what to expect. My expectations were definitely met. Sam is very knowledgeable and experienced and teaches with great warmth. — JoAnn Whiteley

Official time for check-in: 4 pm and check-out: 2 pm

About the Presenters

Food for ThoughtDr. Amrita McLanahan is a graduate with High Honors of Swarthmore College, and she has an M.D. degree from Wayne University and a Family Practice Specialty from the University of Massachusetts.

For twenty years, she served as Director of Stress Management for Dr. Dean Ornish’s research using Yoga and lifestyle changes to reverse heart disease and cancer. She now practices Integrative Medicine at Yogaville.

Dr. McLanahan has made multiple study trips to India and Asia, where she visited centers that use Yoga and other natural means to prevent and treat disease. She is the co-author of the book, Surgery and its Alternatives and helped to write the books, Dr. Yoga and After Cancer Care, and she appears in two DVDs, Living Yoga and Health, Yoga, and Anatomy.


sampada desai SamSampada Desai is a licensed professional counselor with training in clinical psychology and over 25 years of clinical experience. She currently works as a psychotherapist at Centra Health in Lynchburg, Virginia, and maintains a private practice at her agency, Desai Counseling and Yoga. Born and raised in India, Sam brings to her workshops a unique blend of Western psychology and Eastern mindfulness approaches like Yoga, including  meditation, deep relaxation, healing imagery, conscious breathing, and laughter meditation.

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