Yoga to Deepen Meditation

About This Event

The goal of all Yoga practice is to realize the true self, which is described as permanent peace and happiness. Meditation is the doorway to this experience. Yoga practices are preparation for meditation. Each practice has a purpose and a particular focus. In this workshop, we will practice Integral Yoga with the intention of deepening our meditation experience.

In this workshop, we will practice:

Asana: physical postures to keep the body supple and strong and to establish a comfortable meditation posture.

Pranayama: breathing practices to regulate energy and thoughts

Mantra japa: Repetition of mantras to focus the mind and open the heart

Yoga Nidra: to relax the body and withdraw the senses

Restorative Poses for breath awareness, relaxation, and meditation

Meditation techniques including developing the witnessing attitude

Overcoming common obstacles that arise in meditation

All Yoga practices will be focused on establishing and/or deepening a regular and meaningful meditation practice.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 7 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).


A great overview of preparation for meditation. Satya inspires and informs. I also got great tips for concentrating my mind and hope to continue deepening my practice with these tools. — Julie (Vani) Roa

Any time spent with Satya Greenstone is a blessing. If you are interested in deepening your meditation practice, this course will be very beneficial. — Rachael Kalin

For me, this class will become the cornerstone of moving my meditation practice forward. The tools, teachings, strategies will be invaluable in all aspects of my mindful life. — Rich VanSant

I’ve never experienced so much grounding and clarity in my meditation. Satya truly embodies and teaches the goal of Integral Yoga as taught by Swami Satchidananda. — Jessica Lonsberry

It was a wonderful experience. Many thanks for putting together this program. Satya is such a great teacher! — 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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