Mental Health, Brain Science, and Yoga

About This Event

Research has shown that mindfulness, meditation, and Yoga practices have the ability to positively impact mental and emotional health. Yoga, neuroscience, and mindfulness powerfully influence resiliency, emotional health, and healing related to anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, and mood states. During this workshop, learn about integrating Yoga and mental health through research, theory, and practice sessions.

Explore concepts of well-being and health through the lens of brain science, neuropsychology, and Yoga practices. Learn how chronic stress and trauma influence behavior and mood states as well as the influence of the vagus nerve and vagal toning on healing.

The workshop will include:

A review of polyvagal theory, stress, and Yoga

How Yoga and meditation practices influence our neurobiology, brain, and hormones

Current research on neuroscience, mental health, and Yoga practices

Discussion on neural plasticity, neurogenesis, and brain resiliency

Specific practices that help with anxiety and depression

The importance of the vagus nerve and vagal toning.

Neuro-therapies for healing by both practitioners and for self-healing

Practices that rewire the brain and positively impact mood states

Research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and how trauma affects mental health and physical health outcomes

A discussion of how childhood trauma impacts the brain and body differently than adult trauma, single-event trauma or chronic patterns of trauma

This program welcomes the general public, mental health professionals, Yoga teachers, Yoga therapists, and healthcare workers.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 29 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 IY(contact info blocked).


Understanding the neuroscience of Yoga shifts it from foreign to familiar. I enjoy visualizing my brain circuits being altered and benefitted through meditation and Yoga practices. — Hank Wall

This class offers an excellent introduction to the research that supports the healing power of yoga and meditation practices. Dr. Cunningham does a wonderful job of guiding experiential practices to deepen the understanding of how this happens through practice. — Kelly Sills

I think this program is very helpful for those struggling with anxiety, mild-depression and emotional blues. — Lisa Rados

This was the best thing I could have done for myself. I learned and grew so much. Mala’s depth of knowledge is profound and Yogaville and its staff are amazing. Great content. Great environment. — Katie Kirkley

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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Mental Health, Brain Science, and Yoga

at Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram

  • Aug 12, 2020 - Aug 16, 2020 (5 days)