Lecture and Course Offerings

Swami Vidyananda teaches classical Yoga for the modern mind. The following is a sample of the courses she has taught around the world.

Hatha Yoga: postures, relaxation and breathing

Swami Vidyananda teaches Integral Yoga® Hatha based on the style of Swami Satchidananda. She teaches therapeutic Hatha Yoga for stress management, emotional healing, and persons with physical limitations. She teaches chair poses for energizing breaks at work, and adaptive chair yoga for less active and senior students.

Integral Yoga Hatha is comfortable, enjoyable, and envigorating. By including deep relaxation, breathing, and meditation, it leads to a profound experience of peace and well being, and aids in healing.

Program titles include:

  • Integral Yoga Hatha, Levels 1, 2, and 3
  • High Performance Stretching (for athletic, corporate, and school settings)
  • Stress Release Hatha Yoga (chair and mat)
  • Mind-Body Healing through Hatha Yoga
  • Gentle Hatha Yoga (for seniors, healthcare, or “out of shape” students)
  • Hatha Yoga for Emotional Balance



Meditation is the foundation of personal transformation. It leads to everyday happiness and deep peace. Through meditation, stress is naturally reduced and creative living is enhanced. Vidyananda teaches classical meditation theory and practice. She has also adapted meditation for stress reduction, and is expert at helping students with active minds to find focus and peace through simple, relaxed meditation techniques.

Program titles include:

  • Self-Mastery Through Meditation
  • Relaxed, Simple Meditation
  • Meditation for an Active Mind
  • 27 Ways To Enjoy A “Bad Meditation


Integral Yoga Stress Management

Studies of Stress management have shown that the best approach is one that integrates mental and physical techniques for stress release. Integral Yoga does that and more: it puts us in touch with our unshakeable, peaceful center. The techniques are simple, fast, portable, and don’t add stress to your busy day.

Swami Vidyananda developed the Integral Yoga Teacher Training for Stress Management in collaboration with Swami Ramananda, Luis Surya Sierra Phd., and Jo Jaya Applebaum MA.

Program titles include:


Yoga and the Emotions

Integral Yoga has powerful tools for transforming emotions and integrating blocked energy. Vidyananda’s approach to Yoga for emotional healing includes:

  1. Exploring the psychological impact of Yoga postures
  2. Relaxation, Breathing and imagery for emotional healing
  3. Yoga psychology based on Raja Yoga.

Program titles include:

  • Transcending Fear, Anger, and Depression
  • Relaxed, Cheerful Yoga
  • Yoga for Emotional Healing
  • Spiritual Psychology
  • 8 Steps to Positive Self-Regard


Raja Yoga

Swami Satchidananda’s Integral Yoga is based on The Yoga Sutras of Sri Patanjali, which are the foundation of Yoga philosophy and practice. The Sutras teach classical Ashtanga Yoga (the eight-fold path), meditation, and a deep understanding of the nature of the mind. Swami Vidyananda’s courses cover the practical application of the Sutras. She also teaches Raja Yoga for Yoga Teacher training, both for Integral Yoga and other Yoga schools.

Program titles include:

  • Raja Yoga: The Mind, Its Mysteries and Its Mastery
  • Raja Yoga for Yoga Teachers
  • Four Keys To Successful Relationships
  • Access To Higher Guidance: Listening to Intuition


The Koshas

We function on many levels: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. Classical Yoga teaches how to work through these different layers (called Koshas, or subtle bodies) to integrate our whole being and recover our happiness and health. This is the basis for mind-body healing and emotional balance. Vidyananda teaches the koshas as a component of Yoga teacher training, stress management, and Yoga and the emotions.

Program titles include:

  • Yoga and the Subtle Bodies
  • Mind-Body Yoga For a Healthy Life
  • Understanding the Koshas (Yoga teacher training)


Jnana Yoga

Jnana Yoga teaches how to use the intellect to develop the inner witness, and to rise above the struggles of the mind itself. Jnan has the same root as Zen, and it’s the Yoga path that is closest to Buddhism.

Program titles include:

  • Wisdom Yoga
  • Self-Mastery through the Mind’s Eye
  • Who Lets Go? Practical Jnana Yoga


Other programs include

  • The Wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita
  • The Breath of Life: Introduction to Pranayama
  • Vegetarian Cooking
  • Public Speaking—Stress Free and Enjoyable
  • Laughing Yoga
  • Bhakti Yoga: the path of chanting, prayer, and devotion
  • Yoga at Work: Karma Yoga in Action
  • Yoga for Mid-Life Meaning
  • Awakening and Purpose in Later Life
  • Understanding Karma and Re-incarnation
  • Developing Creativity In Daily Life

Yoga Teacher Trainings

  • Integral Yoga Hatha Teacher Training, Levels I and II
  • Stress Management Yoga Teacher Training
  • Meditation Teacher Training