The Art of Joyful Movement: Alexander Technique and Pavanmuktasana

  • Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram
  • 108 Yogaville Way, Buckingham, VA 23921, United States
  • Aug 30 - Sep 2, 2019 (4 days)
  • Shared Dorm - Bottom Bunk - $540.00 Shared Dorm - Top Bunk - $540.00 Dormitory - Private - $670.00 LGH - Single (Full Bed) - $740.00 LGH - Double (2 twin beds) - $740.00 LGH - Family room (Queen Bed) - $740.00 Tent-Site - $455.00 (All prices includ

About This Event

Joyful Movement is a powerful practice that changes the way you move and alleviates pain and discomfort. Combining the principles of the Alexander Technique with the age-old practice of Pavanmuktasana (the Joint Freeing Series), this workshop offers a revolutionary approach to easeful movement. Learn transformative techniques that have helped those suffering from physical pain and limited mobility find relief.

The Alexander Technique will enable you to find your natural balance, see the connection between your thinking and movement, and create change in your life. When complemented by Pavanmuktasana to efficiently rehabilitate your joints, you will discover the secret to transforming your body and mind.

Hope Mell draws on her three decades of study and experience, guiding you through an easy approach to change.

Presenter Interview

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Yoga Alliance (YA):  Approximately 8 contact hours.

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

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).



Hope Mell is an excellent, inspiring teacher. This workshop on Alexander Technique and Yoga opened my mind and body to a new awareness. I felt like a child again! — Susan B. Grabara

Great tips for living a pain-free life. — Melanie Hester

Hope is a wealth of knowledge and provides superb training. The workshop was so helpful to reduce and relieve pain and learn the proper way to use the body. — Tina Cavallaro

I had an amazing time at the Joyful Movement course. It taught me that simplicity is oftentimes the solution to what might be perceived as a complex issue. I felt so grateful to be in Hope’s uplifting and enlightening presence. — Clemens Walter

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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