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All Inclusive
  • Shared Dormitory: Bottom Bunk – $3,650.00
  • Private Dormitory – $3,650.00
  • LOTUS Guest House – $3,650.00
  • (All prices include $3,650.00 base amount)

Program cost is $3650 per person.
Complimentary accommodations are booked on a “first come first served” basis.

Date & Time Details: Check-in:*
3–5 pm
2 pm
*Photo ID (Drivers License or Passport) is required at Check-in for all Guests

Contact: IY Academy
434.969.3121, ext. 1116

Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ

Tentative Schedule: Teacher Training Daily Schedule

Financial Aid and Equity Discounts: Financial Aid and Equity Discounts are available. Please apply first and then request a Financial Aid or Equity Scholarship application from the Academy once you have been accepted.

Credits: Program offers Integral Yoga 300-hour credits

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Meditation Teacher Training

with Swami Karunananda, E-RYT 500, Swami Priyaananda, E-RYT 500, Satyam Penn, Ph.D. and Montina Sraddha Cole, JD

July 22 - August 4, 2024

For Yoga teachers and health professionals.

Our whole life experience is based on the condition of the mind, how we perceive and respond to situations. Meditation enables us to understand and gain mastery over the mind, helping us to improve the way we experience our lives.

Practical and profound—these words describe meditation best. Practical as it strengthens the mind, allowing it to be clearer and calmer. Profound because this leads to greater harmony in our relationships, efficiency in our work, and emotional balance as we move through daily life. Because of the mind-body connection, our physical health improves greatly as well. There is real personal transformation that is available to all of us through meditation.

Ultimately, meditation enables us to transcend the mind and realize our true nature, which is a state of supreme peace and joy, free of all sorrow, fear, suffering, and delusion. Swami Satchidananda would say: “Meditation is the most important practice. Most of our problems in life would be solved if we meditate regularly.”

The Integral Yoga Meditation Teacher Training will show you how to deepen your own meditation practice and guide others in establishing a practice of their own. This teacher training is for Yoga teachers and healthcare professionals.

The curriculum includes:

  • Meditation theory
  • Principal meditation techniques, including: mantra, witnessing, Self-inquiry, visualization, and prayer
  • The role of asana (posture) and pranayama (yogic breathing) in meditation
  • Obstacles to meditation practice and how to overcome them
  • Methods for integrating meditation into daily life
  • Instruction in leading guided meditations

You will develop a personal practice plan and emerge with the knowledge, skill, and confidence to teach a six-week course in meditation. In a world struggling to find peace, meditation is a time-honored practice that will empower you and your students to discover the peace within and share it with others.

Training Information


This course is available to healthcare professionals and certified Yoga instructors of all traditions who have had a regular daily meditation practice for at least six months. Applicants should be familiar with the Integral Yoga style of Hatha practice. If not, you can subscribe to and practice various Integral Yoga classes. There is also a YouTube video available of our Level 1 class. Also recommended is the Guided Relaxation CD by Swami Satchidananda. Please verify if you can qualify for enrollment by contacting us (info below).


If you have any questions, please contact the IY Academy at or 434.969.3121 x116 before submitting your application and non-refundable application fee.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities


There are no words to describe the feeling I get from being with Swami Karunananda. Her words just draw me right in. I love her use of storytelling, both traditional and from her life. She is brilliant, as well as kind, authentic, and really funny! What an inspiration! — Jnana

This experience has enriched my life and every past of my being. I am forever grateful for this course supporting this significant start to a new chapter in my life. — Bhuvaneswari

Such a wealth of knowledge, I’m so blessed! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! — Pam Farwham


Swami Karunananda, E-RYT 500
Swami Karunananda has had 50 years’ experience teaching all aspects of Yoga. She designed and conducts teacher training programs in Raja Yoga and in Meditation. She served as president of Satchidananda Ashram in California and in Virginia, and as director of the San Francisco and Santa Barbara Integral Yoga Institutes. She compiled and edited The Lotus Prayer Book and Enlightening Tales as told by Sri Swami Satchidananda. Her book, Awakening: Aspiration to Realization through Integral Yoga, makes the Yoga teachings accessible and provides inspiration and guidance for the spiritual journey.
Learn more about Swami Karunananda, E-RYT 500
Swami Priyaananda, E-RYT 500
Swami Priyaananda is a senior disciple of Swami Satchidananda with thirty years of experience in the practice of Integral Yoga. She served in the Integral Yoga Health Services division and the Distribution Department at Satchidananda Ashram in Connecticut, as well as Executive Secretary and Coordinator of the Living Yoga Training program at the Ashram in Virginia. Currently, she is Vice President of the Office of Spiritual Development and Manager of Satchidananda Archives.
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Satyam Penn, Ph.D.
Satyam Penn is a seminarian in the Integral Yoga Ministry and has studied Integral Yoga since 1985. He teaches and conducts research on Sanskrit and the history of Yoga and Vedanta philosophy. He teaches Sanskrit and Hindu theology at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville and other Yoga centers. He is also a Professor at the University of Toronto, where he studies spoken language processing and computational linguistics. He has over 100 publications, with the top one accruing 1,581 citations. His lab revolutionized speech recognition with its work on neural networks, which received the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Best Paper Award. He has led…
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Montina Sraddha Cole, JD
Montina Sraddha Cole has been practicing Integral Yoga since 2003, and is certified to teach Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Meditation, and Stress Management. She is a student and teacher of applying the ancient wisdom of Yoga to modern day challenges. She is an attorney and the Founder and Principal of Jai Green Consulting LLC, which provides holistic tools and solutions for sustainability, focusing on integrated climate policy, racial equity, and resilience. She practiced energy law in corporate law firms for nearly 20 years, and served in the public interest sector for nearly a decade, including as the first Senior Counsel…
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