Teachers

Swami Karunananda, E-RYT 500

Swami Karunananda, 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 over 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, VA.

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 publication of hers, Awakening: Aspiration to Realization Through Integral Yoga, describes the spiritual path and provides guidance for the journey.

Events with Swami Karunananda, E-RYT 500

Transformation: Practical Approaches for Letting Go
March 20, 2020

Feeling stuck in undesirable habits, environments, or relationships? Wondering why you can’t let go? Make a change using yogic principles and practices. Join Swami Karunananda to learn about the nature of attachment and how to harness the energy of your will, emotions, and intellect to free yourself from suffering and affect positive change in your life. Now is the time to actualize your potential and realize your goals. Learn how forgiveness issues can be resolved and released. This weekend, you’ll explore: Affirmation Visualization Meditation Prayer Witnessing and analyzing the mind With every thought, word, and deed, we pave the way…

200-hour Integral Yoga Teacher Training – Spring
April 13, 2020

Gain a strong foundation for personal and spiritual development, a space for nurturing your own Yoga practice, and the skills necessary to become a knowledgeable Integral Yoga teacher. This comprehensive, 200-hr Yoga teacher certification is a month-long residential program where you will learn to teach each portion of the Integral Yoga Level I class, including asanas (Yoga poses), deep relaxation, pranayama (breathing practices), chanting, and meditation. Additionally, you will explore: Classes about the benefits of a vegetarian diet Instruction in basic anatomy and physiology Chanting instruction—for personal practice and class settings Raja Yoga (the science of the mind and yogic…

Raja Yoga Teacher Training
July 13, 2020

For Yoga teachers and health professionals. Enrich your teaching and personal practice with Raja Yoga, the science of meditation based on self-mastery. Raja Yoga presents the philosophy and psychology of Yoga in a systematic way, guiding one to greater peace and balance in life and spiritual realization. The entire world is yearning for peace. The one enduring solution is to experience peace in our own hearts and then express it in our lives. Raja Yoga provides a comprehensive approach to attain that goal that addresses all aspects of life: physical, mental, social and spiritual. It is a pathway to freedom…

200-hour Integral Yoga Teacher Training – Fall
October 25, 2020

The 200-hour Integral Yoga® Teacher Training at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville  provides a strong foundation for personal and spiritual development, a space for nurturing your own practice, and the skills necessary to become a knowledgeable Yoga teacher. This comprehensive Yoga teacher certification is a month-long residential program consisting of over 200 class hours. You will learn to teach each portion of the Integral Yoga Level I class, including asanas (Yoga poses), deep relaxation, pranayama (breathing practices), chanting, and meditation. Additionally, you will explore: Classes about the benefits of a vegetarian diet Instruction in basic anatomy and physiology Chanting instruction—for personal practice and…

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