Living with Your Nervous System

  • Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram
  • 108 Yogaville Way, Buckingham, VA 23921, United States
  • Dec 7 - 9, 2018 (3 days)
  • Dorm - Bottom Bunk - $420.00 Dorm - Top Bunk - $420.00 Dormitory - Private - $490.00 LGH - Single - $540.00 LGH - Double - $540.00 LGH - Family room - $540.00 Shri Nivas - Private Room and Bath - $540.00 (All prices include…

About This Event

Racing heart, sweaty palms, nervous jitters—we are all familiar with the involuntary stress response of the autonomic nervous system, also known as “fight or flight”. While a short-term stress response can be helpful for navigating situations safely, lasting stress can have a negative effect on well-being. Yoga is a practice that can help you reclaim and maintain the health of your autonomic nervous system.

The autonomic nervous system sometimes has a mind of its own. It can cause reactions such as tense muscles, anger, and fear, which can last longer than the threat, linger after the mind has regained equilibrium, and which the mind can’t control. We can consciously use yogic practices to shorten that lag time and bring the body and mind back into harmony with each other.

Discover how the autonomic nervous system works, assess your autonomic patterns, and learn a variety of practices from the Integral Yoga tradition which are effective in harmonizing this system, including postures, breathing practices, deep relaxation, and meditation.

Heal autonomic nervous system dysregulation as you:

Learn how various Yoga practices influence the autonomic nervous system

Discover how the latest findings in neuroscience confirm the value of yogic practices

Become familiar with the basic brain structures and learn to regulate the brain’s trauma center

Bring greater awareness to bodily sensation

Experience a guided chair Yoga sequence, including warm-ups and trauma-informed postures

Calm symptoms of trauma, anxiety, and depression with yogic breathing techniques

Take home scripts and practices to continue experiencing the benefits of a nervous-system informed, trauma-sensitive approach to Yoga

Balance your nervous system, increase your self-mastery, and develop greater present-moment awareness during this weekend of learning.

Included in this program are the basics of the autonomic nervous system and how it becomes dysregulated, evidence-informed elements of Integral Yoga which rebalance the system, and trauma-sensitive Yoga practices which can be practiced at home for maintaining nervous system health.

Didactic and experiential, this program will focus on teaching skills which can be practiced in any situation to create an immediate effect.

While it may be a helpful adjunct, this introductory weekend is not a treatment for health conditions. If you are having disabling symptoms, please consult your medical professional before registering.

Course Information


None. This workshop is suitable for Yoga teachers, Yoga students, or anyone who has an interest in maintaining optimal health and reducing the symptoms of psychological trauma, anxiety, and depression.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Yoga Alliance (YA):  Approximately 7 contact hours

Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate of your program’s total contact hours. For more information, email (contact info blocked).


This course was life changing, both personally and professionally. — Melissa Bickford, LMFT

I have been using a lot of your techniques everyday. Clients feel an immediate relief. I appreciate all your wisdom and your teachings. — Pushpa Autrey, Psychotherapist

In this course I was awakened to the real meaning of Yoga, which previously I thought of as just an exercise. I am also grateful for learning the chair yoga and the different scripts on how to incorporate breathing and meditation techniques in a clinical setting. I feel that while I am not a psychologist, these practices will be very useful in public health settings among people with a variety of diseases. — Marion McNabb, M.A., Public Health; Ph.D. Candidate

Truth is One, Paths are Many. ~Sri Swami Satchidananda, Yogaville Founder


Venue Highlights

Yogaville is home to the Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS). The LOTUS is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world faiths and spiritual paths. The vision, design and inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, LOTUS was dedicated in 1986. It demonstrates, “Truth is One, Paths are Many.” In the peaceful countryside of Virginia, the doors of LOTUS are open to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs.


The all-inclusive prices of our accommodations provides you with three delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals daily, meditation, and Hatha Yoga classes in addition to other activities.

The most popular accommodations we have are Dormitory Accommodations – shared room and shared bath. We have two dormitories, Vivekananda Vihar and Ramalinga Nilayam, which are centrally heated and air-conditioned and convenient to meals and programs.

Lotus Guest House (Private Room)
Each room in our six unit guest house is equipped with a small refrigerator, queen size bed and full bath. Each room in our nine unit guest house is equipped with a queen sized bed and full bath, and no refrigerator.

Set off in a quiet, wooded area adjacent to the Lotus Guest Houses are twelve campsites. Campers have use of the bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities nearby Vivekananda Vihar dormitory. Camping is available from March 15th to December 1st.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Organic, vegetarian/vegan food
Labeled ingredients
Gluten-free and vegan options
Salad bar
Large herbal tea selection
Coffee is available for purchase at Mandala Cafe


Yogaville offers transportation from the airport, train and bus stations in Charlottesville, VA. If you are driving Google Maps has reliable turn-by-turn directions. (contact info blocked)HyMby4mr74t

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