Satchidananda Ashram – Yogaville
Did you know that Virginia is home to the Satchidananda Yoga Ashram? An Ashram is where yogis practice and live. Yogaville, as it is affectionately called, is the ashram developed and built by the Founder of Integral Yoga, Sri Swami Satchidananda.
Not only does Yogaville host hundreds of workshops every year with teachers like Erich Schiffmann, Sally Kempton, Krishna Das, Gary Kraftsow and Amy Weintraub, but you are also treated to the experience of living in an ashram.
While you are able to opt out of any ashram activities, you are encouraged to wake and join meditation and hatha yoga classes in the morning, a visit to the Lotus Temple and meditation at noon and Integral or Restorative yoga classes in the early evening.
The meals are vegetarian with many of the vegetables grown on the community’s several acres of land. Members of the ashram and all program participants are invited to three delicious meals a day. There are several residential options which vary in price and range from $ – $$$.
Union Yoga Seasonal Retreats
At the turn of each season, Union Yoga offers an afternoon of focused exploration, in-depth practice and a discussion of tools for self-care. Each retreat will vary slightly in theme, with a core of Yoga and added elements ranging from nutrition and clinical herbalism, to thai massage and creative writing. Take a day to care for yourself and prepare for the shift in your internal and external environment with this ritual gathering.
The retreats are held in a gorgeous, centrally located private studio, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, just 5 minutes West of the Boars Head Inn. Lilly Bechtel, a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Sara Agelasto, Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and Clinical Herbalist, oversee your experience with great care.
The day will include a small lecture, time for questions and discussion, a guided meditation and an hour and fifteen minute restorative yoga practice. Beginners are welcome as well as more experienced practitioners and the price range is affordable $$-$$$
Common Ground Healing Arts
Common Ground Healing Art’s mission is to “improve wellness throughout our community by expanding opportunities for accessible complementary health care, with a focus on evidence-based practices such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and massage.” Common Ground is conveniently located right downtown in a gorgeous, renovated space in the historic Jefferson City Center.
Common Ground hosts workshops with Senior Teacher, Kofi Busia, annually but consider treating yourself to a day of a yoga and meditation classes complemented by an acupuncture treatment or a massage! Choose any day of the week that suits you (except Sunday) as Common Ground is open 9-6 M-F, and 9 -2 on Saturdays.
Enjoy lunch downstairs in the cafe or wander over to the Historic Charlottesville Downtown Mall for exotic tea and delights at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar or to the Juice Laundry for an out-of-this-world smoothie. Since Common Ground Healing Arts is so affordable $-$$, you will definitely have money left over to indulge in a delicious meal.
Floyd Yoga Jam
If your idea of a retreat is to practice yoga during the day and chant kirtan and dance the night away, then Virginia’s only Yoga, Music and Arts Festival is for you. Celebrate the first weekend in September far away from the crowds at the beach. Tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains, your soul might just thank you for breathing in the pristine air, soaking in the fresh water and planting your feet on the earth.
Practice Yoga with Katie Silcox, Twee Merrigan or the dozens of other teachers and listen to or join in on a session with Sean Johnson and David Newman. Tickets are reasonably priced at $215 for the 4-Day weekend and includes Camping in the Valley or the Enchanted Forest!
Veritas Winery Yoga & Hiking
Spend a day or an extended 4 days at Veritas Winery. Be pampered with twice daily yoga and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains with native yoga teacher and personal fitness trainer, Lynsie McKeown.
Pricing Includes three nights accommodations, all meals paired with wine, prepared by Veritas Winery Executive Chef, Joel Walding and Farmhouse Chef, Andy Shipman.
If you cannot attend the 4-day extended stay, you can participate in a mini – retreat which includes yoga, farmhouse brunch, vineyard hiking, wine-tasting and education for $150.