The Art of Ayurvedic Nutrition

About This Event

Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old holistic science, is the mother of all alternative medicine and the key to prospering psychologically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Join us for an enlightening weekend in which you will learn Ayurvedic diet principles and how to achieve optimum health.

Ayurveda considers tri-doshic theory (elemental theory) as the basis of health and disease. In this workshop, you will learn about the wisdom of the doshas (constitutions) and how they contribute to health. Discover the compatible foods for your prominent dosha and learn how to improve gut health with a balanced diet.

During this weekend, you will learn:

Ayurvedic dinacharya (daily routine)

Healthy ways of eating food

An Ayurvedic approach to food combining

The qualities and uses of Ayurvedic teas, herbs, and spices

Hands-on approaches to making Ayurvedic recipes, including a tea (decoction), a sweet dish, a mono-cleansing meal (khichari), and a vegetarian soup


Knowledge of your predominant dosha. Click here to assess your dosha online.


Aruna Patki, an Ayurvedic Practitioner at "Ayurveda Healing Spa," is an amazingly intuitive Ayurvedic practitioner. I learned how to eat for my Pitta/Vata type and what kind of lifestyle changes I needed to make to support my ongoing health and healing.  I can't say enough about Dr. Patki's abilities and warm bedside manner. She is a blessing in my life and I am so grateful to have been under her care! Thank you Dr. Patki for being you! — Karen Pierce, Psychotherapist, Life and Leadership Coach

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.


  • A/C 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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