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For over forty years, Integral Yoga has been serving the yoga community with the world-renowned yoga teacher training. This basic certification is a hands-on program designed to give you all the knowledge and qualifications you need for success as a yoga teacher. This intensive program is led by the best instructors, giving you the foundation you need to teach and practice yoga with confidence. This residential program immerses you into an ashram environment so you can live the life of a yogi. During your free time, you can enjoy the natural serenity of the 750-acre wooded property, enjoy sunsets from the overlook, walk to the Lotus Lake, swim in the James River, study in the yoga library, or relax and socialize at the local cafes and dining hall.
Accommodation choices vary and include dorms, private rooms with a shared bath, and private rooms with a private bath. You may also bring your own tent and camp at one of the tent sites. If you choose dorm accommodation, you will board in the modern dormitory, Vivekananda Vihar, conveniently located near classrooms and the meditation and dining halls. Men and women are housed separately. There are rooms that accommodate up to six people. Generally, Yogaville is able to arrange accommodations so that the smaller rooms house two or three people and the larger rooms house four or five people. Private rooms are available at an additional price. Please keep in mind that private rooms are limited. If a private room is your accommodation choice, it is recommended to secure your reservation by applying early, especially during the summer season.
The most popular accommodations are the dormitory accommodations, which comprise of a shared room and shared bathrooms. There are two dormitories, Vivekananda Vihar and Ramalinga Nilayam, which are centrally heated and air-conditioned. The rooms are able to comfortably accommodate from two to eight people in upper and lower bunk beds.
Another accommodation option is the Lotus Guesthouse. Each room in the six unit guesthouse is equipped with a small refrigerator, queen size bed, and full bathroom, while each room in the nine unit guesthouse is equipped with a queen size bed, a full bathroom, but no refrigerator. The newest Lotus Guesthouse has 22 private rooms and bathrooms. Twelve have a full size bed, two have a single bed, and eight have two single beds.
For a quieter option, you may pick the camping option. Set off in a quiet, wooded area adjacent to the Lotus Guesthouse is 12 campsites. Campers have use of the bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities nearby Vivekananda Vihar dormitory. Camping is available from March 15 to December 1. Please bring your own tent, bedding, and towels. Also, all tent sites have tent platforms for a more comfortable and dry camping experience.
You will receive a carefully crafted education in this Integral Yoga approach to teaching Hatha yoga. You will be taught how to give clear instructions and list the benefits for each of the core postures, breathing practices, chants, and meditation in the classic sequence and you will be able to lead students in the traditional style deep relaxation.
You will study and practice the various aspects of Integral Yoga, including meditation, breathing practices, chanting, selfless service, yoga philosophy, and more. When you graduate, you will have the knowledge and experience to stand before a group and teach a class with confidence and ease.
Each day begins with meditation at 06:00, followed by a Hatha yoga class. During the day, you will have training courses, workshops, practice sessions, a noon meditation at the beautiful LOTUS Temple, and some free time. This schedule covers six days and five nights a week. You are expected to stay at the ashram for the entire time to successfully complete the program.
Integral Yoga is a complete science that cultivates and maintains the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of the individual. The non-competitive approach and meditative exploration of the Integral Yoga practices create an indrawn awareness that allows each student to reconnect with deeper and more subtle aspects of being. The comprehensive certification programs provide a strong foundation for personal and spiritual development, an appreciation for nurturing a personal practice and the skills to become a knowledgeable and professional Yoga teacher. The Integral Yoga training process fosters the teachers sensitivities to help create a safe environment for their students that allow them to realize their potential, gain self-respect and learn to be of greater service to others. The Integral Yoga system of Hatha yoga is utilized by the Commonweal Cancer Help program and Dr. Dean Ornish in his book, Dr. Dean Ornish's program for reversing heart disease.
The curriculum includes the following:
Instruction in teaching the yoga postures, deep relaxation, and breathing techniques
Guidance in your personal yoga practices
Monitored teaching practice
Classes in vegetarian diet
Instruction in basic anatomy and physiology
Meditation workshops focusing on a variety of effective meditation techniques
Instruction and practice in chanting - both for personal practice and teaching
An in-depth course in Raja yoga: The philosophy and psychology of yoga covering such topics as the nature of the mind, the science of meditation, and yogic lifestyle guidelines
How to set up, publicize, and conduct classes
Study and practice of the other branches of Integral Yoga
Jnana yoga: The path of discrimination or self-analysis, inquiry into the nature of the self, and witnessing the mind
Bhakti yoga: The path of devotion, which includes chanting, worship, and self-surrender
Karma yoga: The path of dedicated action and selfless service
Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville is a vibrant spiritual center founded by Sri Swami Satchidananda. A unique yoga community, it serves as an oasis for spiritual unfoldment, benefiting residents and guests alike. Situated on the banks of the James River in Buckingham, Virginia with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop, it encompasses over 600 acres of serene, wooded landscape. Five sacred sites, including the LOTUS temple, provide a variety of options for meditation, prayer, and spiritual gatherings. The members have come together from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities to live the simple yet profound teachings of Integral Yoga, based on maintaining our natural condition of an easeful body, peaceful mind, and useful life.
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You will enjoy three healthy vegetarian meals daily, served buffet style, with a salad bar. The diet includes simple and deliciously prepared fresh vegetables, whole grains, legumes, tofu, and some dairy. No meat, fish, or eggs are served.
Meet like-minded people
Read about yoga and spirituality in the library
Please arrive into Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
Public transportation from your area into Charlottesville is available via Amtrak or Greyhound Bus. There is no public transportation from Charlottesville to Yogaville. You may wish to rent your own car or contact Yogaville Satchidananda Ashram for their provided pick-up and drop-off service in Charlottesville.