Yoga of Recovery – WEEKEND: Between the Mat and the Meeting

About This Event

Learn Ayurvedic healing tools for all addictive tendencies. Ayurveda helps us recognize our acting out behaviors and addictive tendencies, and the needs and vulnerabilities that underlie them at the bio-psycho-social-spiritual levels. You'll discover ways to embody recovery and live empowered lives of emotional sobriety, one day at a time. Ayurveda is the science of self-healing through understanding our personal tendencies.

Quite simply, this weekend is for those who struggle and suffer—those who are beginning to suspect that the way they’re living is not sustainable. Those who feel the pain of the stress and striving of life, and feel the loneliness. Those who notice that there's a range of behaviors and substance, whether it be drinks, shopping, drugs, gambling, medications, or acting out in relationships, that you resort to yet you still feel something is lacking. And now you’re ready to say, “I’m done with it!”

You'll learn about your triggers and how they are impacted by time and environment. From this, you can come to recognize the stability and potential that you are capable of and by using simple, practical, stress-relieving, and self-soothing daily routines. We all need a strong foundation in health to face the challenges and stresses of daily life without resorting/relapsing into bad habits and old addictive behaviors. For Yoga practitioners and those in 12 step recovery—this information guides us between the mat and the meeting!

This weekend program is an option for those who cannot take the entire course, Yoga of Recovery® –MODULE, June 18–25, 2020.


Open to all. We suggest at least three months of continuous sobriety for alcohol/chemically dependent guests, as we are not a medical/detox facility. Please contact us if you feel able to attend in your early sobriety—we’d like to ensure that the retreat is the best option for you. Those with eating disorders or behavioral addictions should have enough stability to embark on this work.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 12 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).


The teacher’s knowledge and generosity were outstanding.—Pat Ramirez

The program gave me the tools to improve my self-care and stabilize me on my continuing path of recovery. The Ashram community at Yogaville provides loving support along the way. — Past Participant

The sessions were great. Duga did an amazing job of blending and making sense of the Yoga and 12-step principles. — Past Participant

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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