A Trip to Yogaville

As a fairly open-minded gal, I’ve always enjoyed learning about spirituality and different lifestyles. I’ve practiced yoga for several years and finally got the chance to visit an ashram this past weekend at YogaVille.

welcome to yogaville

If you’re not familiar with Yogaville, it’s an ashram or a spiritual community based around Integral Yoga as taught by Sri Swami Satchidananda located in little ole’ Buckingham, Virginia.

yogaville

We arrived later than scheduled on Friday evening, but dinner was saved for us. The food is all vegetarian and dairy is only allowed on weekends.

arriving for dinner

After dinner, we headed over to the Lotus for meditation. Talk about a gorgeous building.

the lotus at night

Then it was time to check into our room and rest, but not before I took in the handbook.

yogaville handbook

Each day was jam-packed with events like meditation, yoga, life talks, and meals starting at 6:00am all the way to 9:30 pm.

schedule at yogaville

We started our Saturday morning with meditation and Integral Hatha Yoga.

basic hatha yogaA couple hours later, it was time for breakfast, finally. 😉

cereal yogurt bowl

I got crafty with my yogurt bowl. Oh and just a few flavors of tea to choose from… 🙂

tea at yogaville

After filling our bellies, we attended a wonderful talk on “Yoga in Daily Life.” My favorite part was a story about a farmer who was asked about the weather. The farmer answered the weather will be great, even though he didn’t know the weather prediction because he chooses a positive outlook no matter what.

Find positivity in spirituality

Find positivity in spirituality

Following the inspiring talk, we headed through the trail to the Lotus for meditation.

Yogaville trails

Then it was time for lunch.

yogaville lunch

Next we got to tour the Ashram.

arial yogaville

tour of yogaville

We attended another Hatha yoga class and then it was time for dinner.

yogaville dinner

That evening we watched a DVD of Sri Swami Satchidananda and one of the yoga teachers gave her story and tool kit for life. It was such a fun evening. We sang songs and all came together as one.

Satchidananda

The next day we got to sleep in until meditation at 6:20 am. 😉

rainbow chakras

After meditation, we had Hatha yoga and then breakfast.

Another day, another breakfast bowl

Another day, another breakfast bowl

Afterwards, we attended another beneficial talk by Sr. Mukti called “Expanding Your Practice.” She was so energetic about her life at the ashram. Her spirit was truly infectious. She told us about the amazing health benefits of practicing yoga and that you only need 10 minutes out of your day to practice deep breathing or a few poses. It’s amazing how valuable deep breathing can be.

finding inner peace with food

Next we headed to lunch where we listened to a reading from Satchidananda’s book.

Sri Swami Satchidananda

Sri Swami Satchidananda

We listened to a chapter on eating, which was really neat. He advises to eat for nourishment, not for the tongue. We are what we eat and it’s very easy these days to think we are hungry, when actually, we just want to eat for enjoyment. We should distract ourselves when this happens or drink water. If we’re still hungry, go eat, otherwise the feeling will subside. In actuality, we need a lot less food then we think we do.

discipline yourself

After lunch we decided to walk around the Ashram a bit and then practice attempt our headstands.

headstands at yogaville

We attended our final yoga class, Joint Freeing Yoga. The benefits hit you the next morning, and boy, do you feel lose!

Joint Freeing Yoga

Before leaving the ashram, we grabbed a quick dinner. After we ate, we said “goodbye Yogaville” and everyone in earshot said so long. Such friendly, lovely people.

the world of yogaville

I can honestly say I enjoyed every moment at Yogaville. There was no pressure to follow their beliefs, move there or act any sort of way. I highly recommend anyone interested in calming the nerves, feeling more free, meditating, practicing yoga, or just seeing another side of life to attend Yogaville.

meditating at the lotus

My posture has improved in just the short weekend I spent there and I feel so much more relaxed. (Believe me, that’s a HUGE accomplishment because I have the energy of a 5 year old sometimes- it’s weird.)

yoga crow pose

Thank you Yogaville for providing such a peaceful serene weekend.

if you don't have peace...

Have you been to an Ashram before? Interested in going to one?

Om Shanti Shanti!

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14 thoughts on “A Trip to Yogaville

  1. I’ve never done yoga before but I’m interested in trying a class. I can’t say that I would practice it spirituality or attend a spiritually-driven class but I’ve heard that it is a wonderful workout and a great way to relax 🙂

  2. Michael says:

    I like the notion of eating for nourishishment rather than for the tongue. Obviously, it’s a concept that’s been lost here in the land of instant gratification and double cheesebugers. If you consider the abbreviated amount of time we spend each day eating for enjoyment (I bet less than thirty minutes), you’d think that ditching those unhealty eating habits in favor of nutritional food would be a cinch. The reason, of course, that it’s anything but easy is because we have learned to overvalue and anticipate high fat, starchy and sweet foods over a lifetime. I bet that if you had the motivation to wean yourself off those foods, you’d find a whole new meaning to eating. I’m not speaking first hand, mind you, since I’ve not done it; somehow, thought, I suspect I’m right here.

  3. Wow this is such an amazing experience! I would love to do something like this. Thank you for sharing 🙂 Also, way to go on the crow pose! I’m relatively new to yoga and trying to work on inversions and tougher poses like that.

  4. ranchcookie says:

    That sounds so wonderful! I hope I am able to experience a weekend there in the future! Thanks for introducing me to it!

  5. This sounds like such a cool experience! I haven’t caught the yoga bug yet, but if and when I do, I’d love to go to a retreat like that! 😀

  6. Kaitlin says:

    Sounds like a fascinating trip! I’m interested in the nourishment aspect – we trick ourselves into thinking we are hungry based on emotions or boredom. How fun!

  7. What a great looking place!

  8. Beth says:

    Wow – i Love this!! What a fabulous get-away!!

    I am now even MORE determined to GET TO that place!!

    Thank you Alex for such a thorough and informative (and inspiring!) review!! I feel so nourished and enlightened just by READING all this!! 🙂

    The pics of the food are making me hungry! And those classes & programs sounded so wonderful — I especially loved your account from one of the readings from Satchidananda’s book about eating and the idea of “eat for nourishment, not for the tongue” … Pretty counter-intuitive to many of our ingrained “American” ways & upbringings.. But I HAVE to believe that is some WISE advice & quite a healthy mindset right there!!

    MANY THANKS again Alex!! Where do I sign up??? 😉

  9. Cindy says:

    Sounds like an amazing experience! So peaceful and healthy.

  10. Tricia Massey says:

    I have ALWAYS wanted to attend a Yoga retreat!!!
    Did not know we had one sooooo close….Thanks for the Info!
    lets plan to do it again!!

    Tricia

  11. kamalajyoti says:

    Hi all, there is a discount running right now at Satchidananda Ashram Good through: 1/10/14 – 2/28/14. Check it out!:
    http://www.yogaville.org/products/guest-stays/?utm_source=January+2%2C+2014&utm_campaign=January+2%2C+2014&utm_medium=email

  12. I’m 63, just started my 8th year of yoga. It’s never too late to come to yoga!

  13. […] I’m about to hit the road for a weekend retreat at Yogaville. […]

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