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Our story began in Buckingham, VA, at an ashram surrounded by beautiful countryside.

The Light Of Truth Universal Shrine at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, in Buckingham, Virginia.

The Light Of Truth Universal Shrine at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, in Buckingham, Virginia.


It's 1980. In Charlottesville, Virginia -- home to the University of Virginia and (of course) Thomas Jefferson -- organic foods are almost impossible to find. 

That's where we came in. We bought Blue Mountain Trading Company and we began offering local & organic produce, guilt-free packaged foods, and great-quality supplements. After changing our name to Integral Yoga Natural Foods in 1985 -- a moniker that reflects our Yogaville* roots -- we expanded, transformed, and, in the process, became a local institution. We have become a premier outlet for the fine products of local bakers, farmers, coffee-roasters, tofu-makers, kombucha-brewers, tea-blenders, artists, writers, and many more. 

Integral Yoga Natural Foods is the oldest standing original organic food and supplement outlet in Charlottesville.

 

*Integral Yoga Natural Foods is associated with Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, founded by Sri Swami Satchidananda—one of the great Yoga masters to bring the classical Yoga tradition to the West in the 1960s. He taught Integral Yoga® (Yoga postures, meditation, classical Yoga philosophy), and introduced students to a vegetarian diet and a more compassionate lifestyle. 

 

 

 
Sri Swami Satchidananda

Sri Swami Satchidananda

He was an esteemed spiritual leader whose message of peace—both individual and universal—has been heard around the globe. He received many honors for his humanitarian service. In 2014 (his birth centennial), he was posthumously honored with the James Parks Morton Interfaith Award.

Swami Satchidananda also founded the Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS), a unique interfaith shrine that honors the spirit that unites all the world religions, while celebrating their diversity.