Asana Unlocked: Reframe Your Understanding, Renew Your Practice

  • Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram
  • 108 Yogaville Way, Buckingham, VA 23921, United States
  • Aug 22 - 25, 2019 (4 days)
  • Shared Dorm - Bottom Bunk - $595.00 Shared Dorm - Top Bunk - $595.00 Dormitory - Private - $725.00 LGH - Single (Full Bed) - $795.00 LGH - Double (2 twin beds) - $795.00 LGH - Family room (Queen Bed) - $795.00 Tent-Site - $510.00 (All prices includ

About This Event

Join Gary Kraftsow in a workshop designed for students and teachers of all levels who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of asana (Yoga posture). Practitioners will learn to use asana as a means to better understand their bodies and begin to transform their present conditions. Teachers will further their understanding of what is happening in their students’ bodies, and learn how to use adaptation in asana to move their students toward transformation.

Yoga is an ancient system that includes a set of practical tools to help us heal and transform. Asana is one of those tools and can help practitioners create a conscious relationship with their bodies in order to develop, maintain, and/or rehabilitate their structures. It is often the gateway that leads to the study of other tools such as pranayama (breathing practices), meditation, chanting, and mantra. Building a strong foundation through practice creates sturdy roots to help practitioners access the deeper promises of Yoga.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Yoga Alliance (Ya):  approximately 15 contact hours.

You can input your contact hours using your Ya login 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).


Tentative Schedule

Thursday: Introduction to Viniyoga Asana Principles

Asana is a tool to help you understand and transform your present condition, not a goal nor an end in itself. In Viniyoga, the function of asana takes precedence over the form, and we utilize the breath to initiate movement. Both form and breath can then be adapted to serve the goals of the practitioner. This will help to accustom the body to gain the most benefit from each posture.

Friday: The Biomechanics of Asana

Explore the core principles and purposes of the five different directions of movement in asana: forward bend, backward bend, lateral bend, twist, and axial extension. Learn about “release valves” in asana and how you can use yogic tools to replace dysfunctional movement patterns with healthy ones.

Saturday AM: Form Adaptation in Asana

The goal of asana is to serve the practitioner, not the posture. Study how to adapt the forms of the asanas to serve the functional needs of your body. Learn to make the postures useful and relevant for you, which will help you to further your own transformation.

Saturday PM: Breath Adaptation in Asana

Krishnamacharya once told Gary that if you are not using breath in asana, you are only doing calisthenics. Explore the importance of coordinating breath and movement in asana practice, the use of the directional flow of breath, and how breath initiates movement in asana.

Sunday: The Art and Science of Sequencing

In Viniyoga, we say that sequencing should be effective, efficient, and elegant. Well-Sequenced asana practice is logically ordered, context-specific, manifests an intention, incorporates the tools related to the intention, and provides maximum functional benefits with minimal risks.



Gary Kraftsow is a gifted instructor full of enthusiasm and knowledge. You feel his passion and he shares his wisdom and personality. — Wendy Bonvechio

Gary Kraftsow’s Yoga is the real deal. I feel the therapeutic effects in my own body and look forward to learning more. — Lynda Barrow

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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