Program Begins

Oct. 3

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Meditation for an Active Mind

with Swami Vidyananda
Price: $95.00–$145.00 – Sliding Scale Tuition

“Meditation is the key to Everything.”—Sri Swami Satchidananda

In this online workshop, learn to use strategies for meditation with an active mind. If you’ve tried meditation or mindfulness, and wondered what to do about the obstacles that arise, then come join us for a refreshing look at uncovering peace of mind. Learn to use strategies such as body scans, breath, and mindful witnessing to calm your active mind.

There are hundreds of studies that show us the benefits of meditation: it calms the mind, and reduces stress and anxiety. It can promote good health and emotional resilience. We need all of this in these times of change, challenge and stress.

Your COVID life may be busier than ever, or suddenly feel meaningless and boring. And our electronic devices bombard us with news, views, and info-tainment to help keep the mind active day and night. You may want to meditate, but not find the time. Or perhaps you sit to practice and bump into distractions and complex emotions. All of this is an opportunity to use meditation for profound growth and inner healing—if you know what to do with these obstacles as they arise.

Learn useful tools, such as:

  • Body-based meditations
  • Making friends with the breath
  • Developing the witness (mindfulness)
  • Discovering the deep benefits of meditations, even when they seem unfocused

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned practitioner, most of us go through periods where the mind itself is a challenge to finding peace and freedom from stress in meditation. This workshop will show you the deep benefit of meditation, especially at these times.

Live sessions with Swami Vidyananda on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 am–12:30 pm and 2–4 pm EDT.

In addition, you will have access to the Ashram’s Live Hatha Yoga classes at 5 pm, recorded Ashram meditations, and inspiring talk with Sri Swami Satchidananda. You will also have access to an online social community to connect and communicate with other participants about this course.

The main program sessions are live and all sessions are in EDT. The live sessions will be recorded and posted to the Online Programs access page if you are unable to join us live for that session. Recordings* are usually posted within one day and are available to program participants and presenter(s) only.
*You're welcome to turn off your camera if you don't wish your image to be recorded.

You will have access to the video recordings for 8 weeks after the program ends, until November 29.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities


Swami Vidyananda makes meditation easily accessible and gives great tools for personal practice. Her class has been motivational and inspiring. — Past Participant

Swami Vidyananda is a profound thinker and a very insightful teacher. It is a privilege to attend any of her lectures. — Sumeeta S.

Swami Vidyananda’s way of showing the teachings of Integral Yoga along with her experience and stories makes it all so accessible. It’s a blessing to be in her presence. — Nieda P.

Swami Vidyananda is so fun and spontaneous. She made meditation into something even I can do and showed how to use it in daily life. — Program Participant 


  • 1

    Meditation for an Active Mind

    • Student Walkthrough – How to Navigate this Course

    • Welcome to Meditation for an Active Mind

    • Resources, Materials, and Assistance

  • 2

    Day 1 | Oct. 3

    • Morning Sadhana

    • LIVE – Session 1 with Sw. Vidyananda – 10:30 am–12:30 pm EDT

    • Lunch Talk

    • LIVE – Session 2 with Sw. Vidyananda – 2–4 pm EDT

    • LIVE – Integral Yoga® Hatha – 5–6:30 pm EDT

    • LIVE – Saturday Evening Satsang – 7:30–9:30 pm EDT

  • 3

    Day 2 | Oct. 4

    • Morning Sadhana

    • LIVE – Session 3 with Sw. Vidyananda – 10:30 am–12:30 pm EDT

    • Lunch Talk

    • LIVE – Session 4 with Sw. Vidyananda – 2–4 pm EDT

    • Congratulations!

    • Program Evaluation – Help us create amazing experiences

    • LIVE – Integral Yoga® Hatha – 5–6:30 pm EDT


Senior Sannyasi, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Swami Vidyananda

Swami Vidyananda has been practicing Yoga since 1969, and teaching Integral Yoga internationally since 1973. She has served as a Yoga Therapist since 1979. She co-developed the Integral Yoga Stress Management Teacher Training program with Swami Ramananda.

Vidyananda has taught in many therapeutic programs, including Smith Center Cancer Retreats, and Yoga for persons with eating disorders. She has taught Yoga for Stress Relief around the world. She trained as a hospital chaplain at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.

For many years she traveled with Sri Swami Satchidananda serving as his translator into French. She lives in Yogaville, Virginia, where she teaches Meditation and all branches of Integral Yoga.

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In this online workshop, learn to use strategies for meditation with an active mind.