Raja Yoga for Health and Wellness

  • Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram
  • 108 Yogaville Way, Buckingham, VA 23921, United States
  • Sep 20 - 22, 2019 (3 days)
  • Shared Dorm - Bottom Bunk - $420.00 Shared Dorm - Top Bunk - $420.00 Dormitory - Private - $510.00 LGH - Single (Full Bed) - $560.00 LGH - Double (2 twin beds) - $560.00 LGH - Family room (Queen Bed) - $560.00 Tent-Site - $360.00 (All prices includ

About This Event

Raja Yoga is the path of kings—the royal yogic tradition of eight major steps to enlightenment. Following this path of wisdom, you can experience the answers to the basic questions of life, including who you are and what you are supposed to be doing here, from the inside out.

In this workshop, you will focus on the health and healing aspects of this wisdom journey.

You will:

Gain an understanding of each of the 8 limbs of Raja Yoga

Explore Raja Yoga in the context of health and disease

Use Yoga to address the root causes of illness

Learn helpful Yoga practices for when your willpower is low

Learn to exercise gentle compassion rather than judgment

Know yourself as infinite love and peace

You will examine the first steps of Raja Yoga, ethical clarity and practice, in regards to their physical and psychological benefits. Learn practical ideas for applying ethical observances and abstentions in your day-to-day life.

The next step, asana (posture), will be considered in light of the latest scientific evidence of its benefits and the specific diseases it can help prevent.

The fourth rung of the Raja ladder is pranayama (breathing exercises). New scientific studies have documented exactly how these breathing exercises can affect the body and brain and prepare you for the next step in Raja Yoga, pratyahara (sense withdrawal). Current culture doesn’t focus much on our choices in regards to the senses. However, choosing a beneficial sensory input instead of just a temporary pleasure can be a very joyous journey. We’ll give you ideas about how to make this doable and fun.

The last three steps of Raja Yoga begin with concentration. You’ll have an opportunity to practice and understand the benefits of these essential actions. As the mind quiets, you can have a glimpse of your essential, peaceful nature.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Yoga Alliance (YA):  Approximately 12 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).



Dr. Amrita was fantastic! Very upbeat and entertaining. The vast knowledge just articulately flowed from her lips—so much info in such a short time, all understandable due to her humor and energy. Thank you! — Claudia Hedeen

Dr. Amrita has a lot of great information and she’s very interesting and engaging. — Mahadeva

Raama Das is an amazing teacher. He is knowledgeable, caring, genuine, and supportive… I highly recommend Raama Das and look forward to taking more and more of his workshops. — Ambika Cristelli

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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