Yoga and Kayaking – July

About This Event

Space is limited. Sign up early.

Yoga and Kayaking workshop is being offered on three weekends this summer:

June 26–28

July 10–12

July 31–August 2

Join Bhaskar Deva for a weekend of Yoga and kayaking down the peaceful James River—connecting with nature, yourself, and new friends. This is an invigorating way for beginner and intermediate kayakers alike to weave Yoga with the joy of the outdoors.

Each day begins with morning meditation, Hatha Yoga, and of course, a delicious, hearty breakfast. After an instructional orientation, you’ll launch your kayak, and your adventure down the river begins! Explore many miles of the lush, historic James River under the expert guidance of our trip leaders.

This adventure is designed for your enjoyment. Experience the art of navigating the river by listening to and observing the currents. You’ll stop for meditation on the banks of the river, inspired by the magical sound of the flowing water. Before returning, you will nurture your body with Yoga poses meant to soothe your muscles.

Tuition includes kayak rental.

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Ability to swim and to have fun.


Skilled staff will guide us in safety and proper paddling each day throughout the trip.


Beginner to intermediate kayakers are most welcome.

Back up plan

If the river floods (very rare) kayaking will be on a lake.

Please register early for this program as space is limited.

What to bring

The 12 Essentials:

1)  Swimsuit

2)  T-shirt

3)  Sun hat with neck strap

4)  Sunglasses with neck strap

5)  Sunscreen

6)  Lip balm

7)  Water shoes (such as Tevas)

8)  Gloves (to prevent blisters)

9)  Lightweight rain jacket

10) Water bottle

11) Small towel

12) A sense of fun and adventure

Kayaks, life jackets, meals, and water will be provided.

Tentative Schedule


Evening introductions, orientation, and a special tour of LOTUS–Light Of Truth Universal Shrine


Meditation, Hatha Yoga, breakfast, and then kayaking on the James River. The trip starts with 2 hours of kayaking, a break on an island for stretching, meditation, and lunch. Continue with another 2 hours of kayaking. Deep relaxation class, dinner, and evening Satsang program.


Meditation, Hatha Yoga, breakfast then kayaking on the river for 1–2 hours. Lunch at the Ashram.


I do this program every year! This is my favorite program in all of Yogaville! There is no better way to enjoy nature than with new and old friends in a beautiful setting on the James River. — Courtney Zawisa

This program offers two relaxing kayaking excursions with yoga and meditation in the morning and evening. It’s a perfect weekend escape and very well organized. — Dana Whitley

It’s funny how a few days at Yogaville so richly enriches my life. It’s just what I needed. It’s hard to leave. — Kara Dodge

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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