Yoga of Recovery: Healing the Habits that Bind Us – Module A

  • Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram
  • 108 Yogaville Way, Buckingham, VA 23921, United States
  • Sep 12 - 19, 2019 (8 days)
  • Shared Dorm - Bottom Bunk - $1,350.00 Shared Dorm - Top Bunk - $1,350.00 Dormitory - Private - $1,640.00 LGH - Single (Full Bed) - $1,790.00 LGH - Double (2 twin beds) - $1,790.00 LGH - Family room (Queen Bed) - $1,790.00 Tent-Site - $1,165.00 (All

About This Event

Yoga of Recovery® is the first comprehensive course to combine Ayurveda and Yoga with traditional recovery tools and 12-step principles to offer a more holistic mind, body, and spirit approach to addiction and self-destructive behaviors.

This program invites you to undertake heartfelt self-reflection in regard to the addictive processes in your life. You will be intimately guided to use science, Yoga, and spirituality for your unique recovery process.

Gain a profound understanding of the roots of addictive personalities and learn about the many healing tools for self-destructive habits. Explore how the ancient sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda can help you deepen your connection with yourself and choose new behaviors out of self-love.

Learn emotional regulation, self-soothing techniques, and deep relaxation. You will have the opportunity to participate in group sharing and discussions and attend optional 12-step meetings. Explore your own addictive behaviors and heal them at the root level.

Private Ayurvedic consultations and body treatments will also be available (additional fee and pre-booking required).

The weekend workshop, Yoga of Recovery: Wholehearted Recovery on September 12–15, 2019, is part of this training.

Certification Information

“Yoga of Recovery: Healing the Habits that Bind Us” is Module A of a longer, in-depth certification program. Everyone is welcome.


Open to all. We suggest at least three months of continuous sobriety from alcohol/chemical dependent guests, as we are not a medical/detox facility (if this is the level of care you need please seek appropriate help immediately). Please contact us if you feel able to attend in your early sobriety—we’d like to ensure that the retreat is the best option for you. Those with eating disorders or behavioral addictions (relationships, gambling, spending, etc.) should have enough stability to embark on this work.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Yoga Alliance (YA):  Approximately 50 contact hours.

You can input your contact hours using your YA log in information.

Integral Yoga 300-hour Mentored Program: 50 hours towards RYT 500 designation

Yoga Therapy: This is one of the elective modules to become certified as an Integral Yoga Therapist

Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email (contact info blocked).


Durga Leela is a treasure. She’s one of the best instructors I’ve ever had. — Past Participant

I was struggling with myself. This program gave me the strength I needed. It was a week that was very valuable and won’t be forgotten. — Past Participant

A way to sum up my experience best would be to say that it was “the best 11 days of my life.” The time that I spent at the Ashram with all the other participants in the YoR certification program that have been touched by the disease/dis-ease of addiction was very helpful to me to say the least. The knowledge that Durga shared with us about the relationship between the philosophy and practice of Yoga, an Ayurvedic diet and daily routines, and the connection to the 12 Steps created a shift in me and an understanding of myself that gave me hope that maybe “if” I use these tools, I could finally move forward in my life without my attachment and addiction to alcohol and drugs. The 6 Tenets of Yoga of Recovery are especially profound in creating that understanding of oneself and of life in general. — Past Participant

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.

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I teach yoga part time and am a mom of two toddlers full time. I love my life, but goodness do I need a break. My husband and I have been putting off our wedding ceremony for 4 years because life has gotten in the way. We haven't had a single night alone since our family has grown. I wouldn't change a thing about our lives now, but it would be so wonderful to remember what it's like to 'just be us.' Antrim

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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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