Workshops

Midweek Seminar: Relax, Renew, and Experience the Joy Within

with Amrita Sandra McLanahan, M.D.

October 15 - 17, 2019
Join us for a healthy measure of midweek wellness that will provide you with powerful yet simple tools to help you feel refreshed and at ease. Midweek Seminars not only offer special lectures to help you deepen your practice, but also allow the time, space, and guidance to relax and go within. This is the perfect opportunity to embrace the quiet of the Ashram and the knowledge of its teachers.

Yogic Science to Break Habits and Addictive Behavior

with Mukta Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D.

October 18 - 20, 2019
A life of freedom, health, and autonomy is your birthright. Discover practical techniques to heal from the effects of harmful substances and addictive behaviors during this instructive and experiential training.

Kid’s Yoga Program – October

with Nitya Griffith, E-RYT 200, CRYT

October 25 - 27, 2019
Bring your children with you this weekend! This is a childcare program for guests who come to visit with children ages 5–11!

Yoga for Amputees Fundamentals: Teaching to Wholeness

with Marsha T. Danzig E-RYT 200, C-IAYT, M.Ed.

October 25 - 27, 2019
This program is appropriate for Yoga professionals, amputee Yoga practitioners, physical therapists, occupational therapists, prosthetists, and recreational therapists. You will leave this weekend with effective, repeatable, and inspiring tools for your amputee clients that are beneficial for the body, mind, and spirit.

Awakening Bhakti: A Celebration of Divine and Human Love

with Jai Uttal, Visvambhar "Vish" Sheth and Gaura Vani

October 25 - 27, 2019
Join Grammy-nominated artist Jai Uttal for a kirtan and Bhakti Yoga workshop that will fuel your soul and help reconnect you with the Divine.

Saturday Concert with Jai Uttal

with Jai Uttal, Visvambhar "Vish" Sheth and Gaura Vani

October 26, 2019
October 26, 2019, $30 advance purchase / $40 at the door As part of Awakening Bhakti Weekend Workshop, Jai will perform a special concert for the Saturday night satsang. All are welcome.

Dissolving Your Barriers to Joyful Living

with Sampada Desai, M.A., LPC, E-RYT 500, CLYL, CLYT

November 1 - 3, 2019
Book now and get 20% off listed prices. Offer valid until Oct 14, 2019.
Interweaving her skills as a psychotherapist, Yoga teacher, and laughter leader, Sam will help you rediscover joyful living.

Meditation for an Active Mind

with Swami Vidyananda, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

November 1 - 3, 2019
If you’ve tried meditation or mindfulness, you may have discovered that your mind suddenly became very active, making it seemingly impossible to meditate.

The Art of Ayurvedic Nutrition

with Aruna Patki, BAMS, LMBT, NCBTMB, RYT 200

November 8 - 10, 2019

This program is being held at our Shri Nivas Retreat Center.
For more information about the this retreat center please click here.
Book now and get 20% off listed prices. Offer valid until Oct 21, 2019.
Join us for an enlightening weekend in which you will learn Ayurvedic diet principles and how to achieve optimum health.

iRest Yoga Nidra Immersion Program

with Robin Carnes, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, MBA

November 8 - 11, 2019
Learn the principles and practice of iRest Yoga Nidra meditation and experience the variety of ways iRest can be used on and off the mat during this experiential workshop.

Clarity of Mind: Essentials for Brain Longevity

with Jane Stelboum, RYT 500, E-RYT 200, Certified Brain Longevity Specialist

November 15 - 17, 2019
Book now and get 20% off listed prices. Offer valid until Oct 28, 2019.
Looking to live life with clarity and vitality? Concerned about your brain health? Join Jane Stelboum to learn how Yoga practices and lifestyle choices can help you achieve brain longevity through this engaging and experiential workshop.

Application of Medical Yoga into Healthcare

with Dilip Sarkar, M.D., FACS, CAP, C-IAYT, Amrita Sandra McLanahan, M.D. and M. Mala Cunningham, Ph.D., C-IAYT

November 15 - 17, 2019
Explore the field of lifestyle medicine and medical Yoga through mindfulness meditation, stress management, guided imagery, and breathing strategies.

Midweek Seminar: Getting to Know Your Self

with Swami Gurucharanananda "Mataji" and Siva Buechner, RYT 500, B.A.

November 19 - 21, 2019
Explore the power of Yoga practices to purify and transform your body and mind. Reconnect to your True Self and let it shine through your life as peace, joy, love, and light.

Elevate Your Soul: The Power of Divine Sisterhood

with Faith Hunter, E-RYT 500

November 22 - 24, 2019
This program into the self is ideal if you are open and ready to create a radical shift in your life. Throughout the weekend, Faith will guide you through a spiritual journey layered with gentle flows, Your heart will open with healing chants, transformational sounds, expressive creative writing sessions, and sister circle conversations. Come be inspired, awaken dormant energy, and take home practical tools to elevate your soul.

How to Keep Improving as a Yoga Teacher

with Swami Asokananda, E-RYT 500

November 22 - 24, 2019
Becoming a true teacher of Yoga involves a never-ending quest to continue learning and improving your skills. Join Swami Asokananda this weekend to enhance your teaching abilities so that you can better serve your students.

Loosening the Knots

with Raama Das Bell, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP

November 22 - 24, 2019
Book now and get 20% off listed prices. Offer valid until Nov 4, 2019.
Release physical tension that manifests in the body and mind. Join us this weekend to discover the secrets of the Tantric tradition and learn a complete, foundational toolkit for your yoga practice.

Everything Comes to You: Yoga of Gratitude

with Bharata Wingham, E-RYT 200, CLYT

November 29 - December 1, 2019
Book now and get 20% off listed prices. Offer valid until Nov 11, 2019.
Join Bharata Wingham for this weekend focused on what allows us to effortlessly be grateful in life. Going to the heart of what we can undo, not on what we must do to be grateful. Centering on developing an ability to experience gratitude regardless of everything that might seem to get in the way.

The Art of Prayer

with Prema Mayi and Eric Archer

December 6 - 8, 2019
Immerse yourself in sacred sound and mantra study, discuss philosophy, enjoy Yoga, and practice meditation. Experience the intimacy of music, poetry, mandalas, and storytelling as foundations of meditation and spiritual practice.

Navigate the Holiday Season with Yoga and Ayurveda

with Letícia Padmasri, M.A., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

December 6 - 8, 2019
During the holidays, we are often preoccupied with the season’s hustle and bustle. Join us for a Yoga tune-up this holiday season.

Total Relaxation with Restorative Yoga

with Satya Greenstone, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

December 6 - 8, 2019
Restorative Yoga is a simple, effective antidote to stress, tension, and anxiety. In this practice, your body is placed in gentle, supported asanas.

Finding Freedom: How Wild It Is to Let It Be

with Tara (Becky) Eschenroeder, E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP and Narayani Noelle Whittington, E-RYT 500

December 13 - 15, 2019
Navigate toward freedom from discontentment, attachments, and self-doubt by cultivating trust and acceptance during this weekend of self-exploration.

Free All-Day Laughter Yoga Workshop: Live, Laugh, Love! 2020

with Bharata Wingham, E-RYT 200, CLYT

January 4, 2020
Join us and spend a day Laughing for No Reason! And experience the Joy of Laughter and the Bliss of Yoga with Bharata Wingham, a "Laughter Ambassador." Laugha Yoga® is an ancient, new idea for reconnecting us to our true self. Through prolonged Laughter sessions, laughayama (breathing practices), meditation and Laugha Nidra® (guided deep relaxation) we can reach a profound level of peace, joy and relaxation.

Basic Meditation: A Journey to Peace

with Reverend Bhagavan Metro and Janaka Avallone, RYT 500, B.S.

January 10 - 12, 2020
Meditation has the potential to significantly reduce stress and enhance how much you enjoy life. Your genuine desire to learn combined with self-discipline and the guidance of experienced practitioners is a powerful recipe for your ultimate freedom.

Make Your New Year’s Resolution Last: Aspire, Ask, Act, Achieve

with Swami Gurucharanananda "Mataji"

January 17 - 19, 2020
This weekend, bring an aspiration with you. You’ll apply the 4 A’s and witness how applying this sequence will move you towards success. The “4 A’s” are essential steps to achieve anything in life. Each “A” represents an intention to follow through until you succeed. You can even reach the highest goal of realizing spiritual union!

Experience the Joy of Health

with Amrita Sandra McLanahan, M.D. and Ramakrishna Sackett

January 24 - 26, 2020
If you know the scientific benefits which support living a healthy lifestyle, you can better navigate daily life. Even more, experiencing a retreat can establish you firmly on your road to achieving and maintaining optimum wellness. This health-filled retreat is designed to help you detoxify and rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit.

Adapt, Adjust, Accommodate: Reduce Stress with Gentle Yoga

with Ranjani Bayne, RYT 200 and Rukmini Ando, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP

January 31 - February 2, 2020
Release tension in the body, calm the mind, and experience inner peace during a playful weekend with Ranjani and Rukmini.

Building Resilience: Winter Practices for Self-Care

with Debora Nitya Jackson, E-RYT 500

February 7 - 9, 2020
According to Ayurveda, Yoga’s sister science, Winter is a natural time to reflect inward and recharge to prepare for Spring’s renewal. You will participate in thoughtfully designed practices to help you align with the cycles of nature, boost your immune system, and create a daily and self-care routine that is customized to your individual body type.

Agape AUM: Evolutionary Music Weekend

with Paradiso and Rasamayi

February 14 - 16, 2020
Treat yourself to a meditative weekend of sound healing with award-winning musicians, Paradiso and Rasamayi.

Create Your Happy Body

with Hope Mell, RYT 500, ATT

February 21 - 23, 2020
Joyful Movement is a powerful practice that combines the principles of the Alexander Technique with the age-old practice of the Joint Freeing Series.

Become a Better Guide: Teaching People with Limited Mobility

with Aramati Akke Hulburt, E-RYT 500

February 28 - March 1, 2020
Join Aramati Hulburt for a workshop designed to teach you how to keep your students safe and allow them to get more out of their practice.

The Feng Shui of Yoga: Creating Harmonious Spaces

with Nitya Griffith, E-RYT 200, CRYT

February 28 - March 1, 2020
This workshop weaves together two ancient philosophies and lifestyle practices to create an incredible path for harmony, health, abundance, and well-being. Nitya’s personal, authentic approach will give you tangible insights you can apply to your own home and life for immediate results.

Strengthen Your Container with the Chakras: Re-Membering Wholeness

with Karla Helbert, LPC, E-RYT 200, YACEP, C-IAYT

March 5 - 8, 2020
This program is being held at our LOTUS Conference Center.
For more information about the retreat center please click here
The power of your own energy system can help you move through life-altering, painful events. Designed to support you on your personal journey toward a natural state of wholeness, this retreat will assist you in exploring the deep wisdom held in your energetic body.

Loosening the Deep Seated Knots

with Raama Das Bell, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP

March 6 - 8, 2020
Do stiff muscles prevent you from getting on the Yoga mat? Do you find it difficult to breathe fully and evenly? Are racing thoughts driving you crazy? Loosen the deep seated knots that bind you during a weekend designed to release physical and mental tension.

Bringing Yoga Therapy into Hospitals and Academia

with M. Mala Cunningham, Ph.D., C-IAYT

March 12 - 15, 2020
Are you a Yoga therapist seeking work in an academic or hospital environment? Join Dr. Mala Cunningham to learn planning strategies, marketing tactics, negotiation techniques, interviewing skills, and important formulas to successfully implement your ideas into a hospital environment or academic setting.

Unlock Your Creative Inspiration: Breath, Sound, and Movement

with HuDost

March 13 - 15, 2020
Using creativity as a spiritual practice can open up space within your being and allow you to become a healthier, happier human. Join award-winning musical duo HuDost for a weekend aimed to foster health, prosperity, love, and connection with the source.

Yoga for Detox: Spring Cleaning for Body and Mind

with Satya Greenstone, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

March 13 - 15, 2020
In Spring, a time of rebirth, we yearn for vibrancy and rejuvenation within. Join Satya Greenstone to shed old habits and adopt new revitalizing practices in a supportive, healing environment. Rest and rejuvenate with Restorative Yoga sessions and enjoy delicious vegetarian and vegan meals

Transformation: Letting Go of Attachments and Making Changes

with Swami Karunananda, E-RYT 500

March 20 - 22, 2020
Feeling stuck in your habits, environments, or relationships? Wondering why you can’t let go? Now is the time to actualize your potential and realize your goals. Join Swami Karunananda to learn how to use yogic practices to make positive changes in your life.

The Spiritual Art of Memoir: Discovering the Invisible Thread of Grace

with Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.

March 20 - 22, 2020
In this workshop, the bones of your spiritual journey will emerge through your memoir writing. Other like-minded individuals will be your mirror, and you will come together to make meaning and share the legacy of your life.

Discover the Heart of Yoga: Asana and Pranayama

with John Schumacher, CIYT, C-IAYT

March 27 - 29, 2020
The path we will explore this weekend is one laid out by Patanjali as interpreted by Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar. In the practice of asana and pranayama, we can see the manifestation of all the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga.

Yoga of Forgiveness: A Course in Miracles Retreat

with Bharata Wingham, E-RYT 200, CLYT

April 10 - 12, 2020
The course’s principles can help guide you through times when forgiveness doesn’t come easily. It can help you open your heart, restore your health and joy, and resolve conflicts.

Friday Concert with Christie Lenée

with Christie Lenée

April 17, 2020
Join us for an intimate concert with Christie Lenée. As part of Living in Your Truth: Be Fearlessly Free Workshop, Christie Lenée, the 2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, will perform a special concert on Friday night. All are welcome.

Living in Your Truth: Be Fearlessly Free

with Tara (Becky) Eschenroeder, E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP and Christie Lenée

April 17 - 19, 2020
How often do you wish for more instead of being content with what you already have? How could letting go of attachments allow you to live more fully and deeply? Explore these questions and begin to work toward answers as you contemplate yogic philosophy for guidance in trust and acceptance.

Taking Ayurveda to the Mat

with Letícia Padmasri, M.A., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

April 17 - 19, 2020
Yoga and Ayurveda, the ancient Vedic healing practices, function together to balance your body and mind and improve vitality.

Sacred Sounds: Healing Sounds

with Jonathan Goldman and Andi Goldman, LPC, M.A.

April 24 - 26, 2020
Discover the secrets of sound healing with the internationally acclaimed teachers, Jonathan and Andi Goldman.

Mindfulness, Compassion, and Difficult Emotions

with Susan Carol Stone, Ph.D.

April 24 - 26, 2020
Difficult emotions can be overwhelming and stifle the joy in life. How can you work with difficult emotions so you can peacefully live in the present moment?

Gentle Chair Yoga Weekend: Stay Healthy and Happy

with Swami Vidyananda, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT and Special Guests

May 1 - 3, 2020
You know there are many benefits to Yoga and mindfulness. You know that staying strong and flexible is essential for health and happiness. But if you’ve tried a class and felt worse afterward, you may have given up on Yoga. With Gentle Chair Yoga, you’re in for a treat!

iRest Yoga Nidra Immersion – 2020

with Robin Carnes, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, MBA

May 14 - 17, 2020
Learn the principles and practice of iRest Yoga Nidra meditation and experience the variety of ways iRest can be used on and off the mat during this experiential workshop.

Mantra Initiates Reunion: Rekindling the Fire for Spiritual Growth

with Swami Asokananda, E-RYT 500 and Special Guests

May 15 - 17, 2020
This program is being held at our LOTUS Conference Center.
For more information about the retreat center please click here
Just as temples need to occasionally have their energies restored and re-infused, just as it is helpful for couples to renew their marriage vows, so also can disciples benefit from returning to their initial intention and re-establishing their desire for spiritual growth.

Yoga for Everyone: Creating Inclusive Accessible Yoga Spaces

with Dianne Bondy, E-RYT 500

May 15 - 17, 2020
Join celebrated Yoga teacher and social justice activist Dianne Bondy for a series of workshops that seek to make Yoga an inclusive practice for bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities.

Kid’s Yoga Program – May 2020

with Nitya Griffith, E-RYT 200, CRYT

May 22 - 25, 2020
Bring your children with you this weekend! This is a childcare program for guests who come to visit with children ages 5–11!

Yoga of Devotion: A Retreat with Krishna Das

with Krishna Das

May 22 - 25, 2020
Join world-renowned musician Krishna Das in an experiential weekend filled with kirtan (chanting of sacred sounds). In this special concert and kirtan workshop, you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in chanting holy mantras with the Grammy-nominated “rockstar of Yoga.”

Krishna Das Saturday Concert

with Krishna Das

May 23, 2020
As part of his annual Yogaville 4-Day Retreat, Krishna Das will perform a special concert for the Saturday night Satsang. All are welcome.

Yoga for Hips and Knees

with Loren M. Fishman, M.D., B.Phil. (Oxon.) and Gabriella Barnstone, C-IAYT, RYT 500

June 5 - 7, 2020
In this program, we will go over the anatomy of the hips and knees, describe and explain the most common difficulties that befall them, and then show you how to teach the healing poses for each condition that affects each joint.

Yoga of Recovery – WEEKEND: Between the Mat and the Meeting

with Durga Leela, E-RYT 500

June 18 - 21, 2020
Quite simply, this weekend is for those who struggle and suffer. Those who are beginning to suspect that the way they’re living is not sustainable.

Yoga and Kayaking – June

with Bhaskar Deva

June 26 - 28, 2020
Join Bhaskar Deva for an invigorating weekend of Yoga and kayaking down the peaceful James River—connecting with nature and yourself.

Yoga of Recovery Symposium

with Durga Leela, E-RYT 500 and Reverend Jan M. Brown, MSc, B.A.

June 26 - 28, 2020
This symposium offers provisions for the journey for everyone affected by addiction in our communities.

Yoga and Kayaking – July

with Bhaskar Deva

July 10 - 12, 2020
Join Bhaskar Deva for an invigorating weekend of Yoga and kayaking down the peaceful James River—connecting with nature and yourself.

Yoga and Kayaking – August

with Bhaskar Deva

August 31 - September 2, 2020
Join Bhaskar Deva for an invigorating weekend of Yoga and kayaking down the peaceful James River—connecting with nature and yourself.

Love Me Rituals: Self-Care for Yoga Teachers, Bodyworkers, and Healers

with Dana A. Smith, E-RYT 500, CLC

October 2 - 4, 2020
Do you find that you spend most of your time taking care of others and little to no time taking care of yourself? Join Dana Smith to learn daily “Love Me” rituals that will soothe your mind, body, and soul. You will explore several different self-care practices that you can take home with you.

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