Create Your Happy Body: Combining Alexander Technique and Pavanmuktasana

About This Event

Are you frustrated by pain in your body, stiff joints or restricted movement? Create your happy body and transform your movement with the Alexander Technique and Pavanmuktasana (the Joint Freeing Series).

The Alexander Technique offers a greater sense of self while bringing a revolutionary approach to finding your natural balance and exploring the connection between thinking and movement. The Joint Freeing Series offers simple and accurate movements to rehabilitate joints and gently open the body.

The choice to never move the same painful way again is yours. Living life in even mild pain can be an emotional and energy depleting experience. The opportunity is here to learn the techniques that have transformed the lives of many who have suffered from pain and difficult movement.


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

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

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 C.

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 W.

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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