Adapt, Adjust, Accommodate: Reduce Stress with Gentle Yoga

About This Event

Release tension in the body, calm the mind and experience inner peace during a playful weekend with Ranjani and Rukmini. During this workshop, you will be supported on your healing journey with gentle and nurturing Yoga practices including sessions of Chair Yoga, Restorative Yoga (asanas with props), Yin Yoga, and Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation).

You will be welcomed in a safe and inclusive space. This program is accessible and suitable for every body.

The tentative schedule for this program includes:

Friday Evening

A gentle Hatha Yoga class using the wall as a prop (you won’t have to move up and down off the floor!), followed by a relaxing Yoga Nidra session to help you unwind from your travels.


An informative talk about stress management with Ranjani, who has been living, serving, and training at Yogaville for four years. After that, you will participate in a Chair Yoga class and then finish off the day with a rejuvenating Restorative Yoga session. You will also have the opportunity to take a guided tour of Yogaville, as well as attend our Saturday night Satsang (spiritual gathering).


A philosophical Raja Yoga talk with Rukmini, a five-year Yogaville resident. After that, you’ll experience a blissful Yin Yoga session and eat a healthy vegetarian lunch so that you are prepared to safely travel home.


Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Yoga Alliance (YA):  Approximately 7 contact hours.

You can input your contact hours using your YA login information and Rukmini Ando as the program’s teacher.

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).



I think that “Gentle” must be Ranjani’s middle name. She is a special Yoga instructor with extraordinary gentleness, knowledge, patience, and pacing. While I’ve been at the Ashram for a month this summer, her Monday morning Hatha classes have been one of the highlights of my stay. Ranjani is a one-of-a-kind Yoga instructor. I highly recommend her program. — Siva Wick

Ranjani created a compassionate holding space where I experienced physical movement as a spiritual practice. In her class, I caught a glimpse of peace as my own true nature. And again, thank you!!!—Lisa Wilson

Having experienced taking a class from Rukmini during my stay at Yogaville, I have to say that she is a very gifted Yoga teacher indeed. Her voice is gentle and warm, and her pacing is as close to perfect as I have ever experienced. The sequence she taught was so spot on that I asked her permission to use that one myself in one of my classes. This was an all-level class with many teachers in it and she modified each pose to be both easier and more difficult accommodating each person’s practice. I can't wait to return to Yogaville and experience her masterful teaching again. — Thomas B.

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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