It’s All About Community

104 classes
19 participants
17 charities

But wait, there’s more?  Yes, folks, there’s even more with Virginia Yoga Week and it’s all about celebrating our community.  We’ve got 3 amazing community events listed below.  Best of all, you can purchase raffle tickets at any of these events with the chance to win a basket of goodies from our sponsors, Whole Foods, and smartwater®, massages from Apurva Wellness and Radiant Sun Therapies, or a green design consult from Tamburro Interiors. Tickets are $2 or 3 tickets for $5, proceeds to be split among all charities!

Sunday, June 12 – Opening Event
Love Your Body Day
9am-4pm @ Reston Town Center
Proceeds to benefit Reston Interfaith
Opening Event Schedule

Friday, June 17
Yoga on the Potomac
6:30-9:30pm @ Collingwood Library & Museum
Proceeds to benefit Give Back Yoga & YoKid
$20 suggest minimum donation
Please arrive by 6:15pm to complete our waiver, or fill it out online and bring it with you to the event.

Collingwood Library & MuseumSchedule:
Invocation with Maureen Clyne 6:30-6:45pm
Family Yoga with YoKid 6:45pm-8pm
Flow Yoga with Kathy Judd 6:45-8pm
Speakers & Snacks 8-8:30pm
Yoga Nidra with Karen Soltes/Kirtan with Wynne Paris 8:30-9:30pm

Refreshments courtesy of  Whole Foods, Honey Drop and smartwater®

Sunday, June 19 – Closing Event
Free Yoga in the Fresh Air
3:30pm-5:30pm @ Montgomery Park in Old Town Alexandria 
corner of North Royal and Montgomery Streets

Acro yoga demo + intro to Acro
Flow Yoga with a restorative savasana
Hear the sweet sounds of the crystal bowls
Meet & Mingle!
FOOD DRIVE to benefit 2 and 4 legged critters!
Raffle drawing and MORE!

Refreshments courtesy of  Honey Drop and smartwater®

Proceeds to benefit Carpenter’s Shelter, King Street Cats, Dogs XL Rescue, and Dog World Rescue.

Complete our waiver online and bring it with you to the event.

Pure Prana

Pure PranaExperience is a great teacher

Come and delight in being yourself, even better.

What classes do you offer?
Diversified.  elemental, and universal.  We offer over 26 different styles of yoga amongst our 66 weekly classes, creative weekend workshops and holistic yoga teacher training.

What motivates you to practice today? 
Humanity, evolution, the possibility of peace, understanding, joy, surprises.

What effect has yoga had on your students?
Yoga awakens and enlightens, reminding practitioners of organic sensibilities, discernment, and how to navigate themselves and all relationships.

What do you enjoy most about the yoga community in VA? 
Its passion and commitment to the practice. Also the way the community supports its members – both on and off the mat.

Check out the class offerings from Pure Prana during Virginia Yoga Week!

Apurva Wellness

Monu HarnalMonu Harnal
Yoga Teacher

What classes do you teach?
I teach Hatha Yoga based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda.  I offer a range of classes from the fundamentals of yoga, beginning asana and pranayama classes to more advanced classes.  Meditation is incorporated in each session.

What motivates you to practice today?
I practice yoga in order for the modifications of my mind to decrease.  The motivation to practice yoga is to bring me back to center – to the present.

Apurva Wellness

Students at Apurva Wellness

What effect has yoga had on your students?
My students progress in each session – mostly in physical awareness while practicing asanas and relaxation.  My students also recognize the subtlety in how prana is vital to the modification of their mind, in turn understanding a deeper level of self.

Tell us about the charity you chose
Vatsalya Gram is the charity organization we dedicate karma yoga classes. Vatsalya Gram’s mission is to stop the possibility of orphanage by connecting women and children who came from abusive and broken homes. In turn, creating a village of maternal love.

What do you enjoy most about the yoga community in Virginia?
The Virginia yoga community is sincere in learning the essence of yoga.  The community welcomes knowledge of yoga in the various forms it is presented.

Yoga at Apurva Wellness Center is based on small group and/or individual classes.  The path to wellness is a transformational journey.  As a yoga teacher it is vital for me to give my full attention to each student while they are on their journey to better understand their body, mind, and ultimately, their sprit. 

Check out the class offerings from Apurva Wellness during Virginia Yoga Week!

East Meets West Yoga Center

East Meets WestDawn Curtis, Owner

What classes do you teach?
East Meets West Yoga Center offers a variety of yoga classes and meditation class opportunities.  We are open 7 days a week, offering classes morning, mid-day, and evening.  We offer Kundalini, Vinyasa, Hatha, Prenatal, Senior/Gentle yoga, Children Yoga, Sunday morning meditation, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses throughout the year.

What motivates you to practice today?
Our instructors believe they are in service for the greater good of all.  It is our mission to help guide those that come to class to practice yoga and to help them to cultivate a deep understanding of, not only their physical bodies, but also the inner landscape of the energies within so that they can multiply their wisdom and share with others.

What effect has yoga had on your students?
At East Meets West Yoga studio we believe the most effective way of creating peace in our world, communities and families is to first create peace within ourselves.  East Meets West mission is to provide a nurturing environment where one can discover the joys of yoga and the profound benefits of a regular spiritual practice.  It is a place to learn the ancient system of yoga and other transformative practices, which integrate, heal and nourish the body, mind and spirit.  Our hope is to serve our community through the practice of yoga as a transformative tool towards understanding and acceptance of our physical, mental and emotional selves, ultimately creating peace of mind and peace of heart.

Tell us about the charity you chose?
Reston Interfaith is the charity we have supported for many years.  We chose Reston Interfaith because it touches the lives of so many families in the area who need assistance.  Every family deserves to have life filled with hope.

What do you enjoy most about the yoga community in Virginia?
We enjoy the diversity of the yoga community in Virginia, and are proud to be part of the growing community of yoga studios in Virginia.

Check out the class offerings from East Meets West Yoga Center during Virginia Yoga Week!

Radiant Sun Yoga

Lisa GregoryLisa Gregory
Founder & Co-Owner

Kundalini Yoga & Pilates

What motivates you to practice today?
I have been practicing Sadhana in the Amrit Vela for over 7 years straight.  It is my motivating force.  I love all aspects of my practice, especially chanting.  I am currently making my first cd of yoga chants that will be available in about a month!

What effect has yoga had on your students? 
They are physically more sound and balanced, mentally calm and spiritually aware of their growing consciousness.

What do you enjoy most about the yoga community in Virginia?
I am happy to see the recent growth of yoga’s popularity in Virginia and in the number of new studios popping up in the area.

I have been practicing Kundalini yoga for 20 years now, since the ripe old age of thirteen.  Yoga has been a great part of my life that has developed me in ways that continue to serve me everyday.  Sadhana is the foundation of my practice, a 2 ½ hour combination of chanting, yoga and meditation every morning.  Through Sadhana I have become in tune with my creativity and with the divine within myself and all beings.  I am grateful to open the doors to Radiant Sun and teach the techniques that have helped me transform my life.

Radiant Sun Yoga is a brand new offshoot of Radiant Sun Therapies.  We also offer Hatha and Mat Pilates classes as well as private Pilates classes. Downstairs from the Yoga Studio, we have Massage Therapy, Counseling, Reflexlogy and Reiki, and are delighted to be a part of the growing yoga community in Virginia.

Check out the class offerings from Radiant Sun Yoga during Virginia Yoga Week!

Inner Power Yoga

Tiffany Coombs
Prana Flow Yoga Instructor
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Fridays

What motivates you to practice today?

I practice because there is always something new to discover about my body and about myself each and every day. I practice to bring peace to myself in order to bring peace to others. 

What effect has yoga had on your students?
I love that my students feel comfortable asking questions. An important aspect of the practice is self-inquiry, and the fact that students are noticing and wondering about things in a particular asana or perhaps the entire class shows that they are looking beyond the seemingly superficial and seeking greater knowledge so that they can better understand themselves and their practice.

What do you enjoy most about the yoga community in Virginia?
I love that Virginia has so many styles of yoga to offer and that there a place for everyone!

Inner Power YogaInner Power Yoga provides a supportive, welcoming, warm and eco-friendly space for all to cultivate a healthy, positive and empowered way of life through the practice of yoga. All levels are welcome to join us in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga classes.

Check out the class offerings from Inner Power Yoga during Virginia Yoga Week!

Unity Woods Yoga Center

Unity Woods Yoga CenterIyengar



+ specialized classes in
Gentle Yoga
Yoga for Back Care
Restorative Yoga
Seniors’ Yoga
Teen Yoga
Yoga & Meditation
Prenatal/Postnatal  Yoga

What motivates you to practice today?
Yoga can provide each of us with improved health, serenity, and expanded awareness. At Unity Woods, our purpose is to offer uncompromised quality yoga instruction to as extensive an audience as possible.

What effect has yoga had on your students?Unity Woods Yoga Center
We estimate that we have taught more than 40,000 different students in our 30 year history. But our influence has not been limited to only our own students. Many of the more senior yoga teachers in the Washington and Baltimore areas were long-time Unity Woods students. Members of the next generation of teachers and studio owners are coming to classes and workshops now to refine their practice and teachings and see how we do things.

In an age when everything is instantaneous and superficiality abounds, we have continued to stress excellence and commitment as the means to fulfilling our mission: To offer uncompromising, quality yoga instruction to as extensive an audience as possible. That is the reason we exist, and it’s why we will continue to do our utmost to serve our students and our community.

If you are offering karma classes, how/why did you choose the charity?
Unity Woods is supporting The Arlington Food Assistance Center, which is located near our studio in the Ballston neighborhood. It’s a community-based non-profit that provides supplemental groceries to needy families in Arlington.

At Unity Woods, we teach only Iyengar Yoga. Iyengar Yoga instructors must train for years and pass rigorous assessments to receive certification to teach. This is unusual at a time when teachers can be certified in a month in some other methods. Our teachers are thoroughly grounded in anatomy, philosophy, and all aspects of yoga asana.

Iyengar Yoga is far more than simple exercise. What elevates the practice of asana from exercise to yoga is intelligent action and the infusion of awareness throughout your entire being when practicing the poses. When you refine what might otherwise be purely mechanical movement with intelligent action, you transform your practice into a meditation in motion that illuminates the previously dark, unconscious areas of your body and mind with the light of awareness.

Check out the class offerings from Unity Woods Yoga Center during Virginia Yoga Week!

Dancing Mind Yoga

Kristen HendricksKristen Hendricks
Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher

Dancing Mind Yoga is an affiliate Baptiste studio located in Falls Church, VA

Kristen’s schedule
Sundays, 9:30-11am
Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6pm-7:30pm + Basics, 7:45pm-9:15pm

What motivates you to practice today? 
I am motivated to practice because of the tremendous growth I have received- physically, mentally and emotionally- throughout my consistent yoga practice during the last two years.  I used to walk with my head hung low, eyes down to the ground, afraid to make eye contact with the world around me.  Every time I practice I feel like my eyes are opened and I see the world differently than I did before.

What effect has yoga had on your students? 
One of my students in particular, a man in his fifties, has lost 40 pounds.  Another student has decided to stop using prescription pills.  Yoga has inspired my students to see the world differently and be the change that they want to see in the world.

What do you enjoy most about the yoga community in Virginia? 
My Virginia yoga community is like a second family.  I have hundreds of brothers and sisters willing to support me and cheer me on in life.

If you are offering karma classes, how/why did you choose the charity? 
People for Haiti is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing long-term support for the people devastated by the Haitian earthquake of 2010. Made up of volunteers, People for Haiti is a group of concerned citizens who donate their time, expertise, and money to getting aid on the ground, to directly impact the people of Haiti. Dancing Mind Yoga established a weekly Community Class as a way to directly support the efforts of People for Haiti and make yoga available to students of all economic levels. Price for the class, on 6/17 at 6pm, is $10.00, and all proceeds are donated to the People for Haiti Foundation.

The DMY community is a “BADASS”, rocking, loving, nurturing community.  We offer classes, workshops, private sessions, massage and acupuncture.  There is something for everyone!

Check out the class offerings from Dancing Mind Yoga during Virginia Yoga Week!

River’s Edge Yoga

Margaret TownsendMargaret Townsend
Owner, River’s Edge Yoga
Founder, Virginia Yoga Week
Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Mysore, Bellydance
Silver Sage, Yoga Mom Yoga Baby

” No man can step into the same river twice, he is not the same man and it is not the same river”

What motivates you to practice today?
There are days when the first breath is a challenge, the bed beckons, 5 am comes early  and yet I come to the mat, take the breath and move forward into the day. The quote above inspires me everyday as I come to the mat. Life is ever changing, yoga is ever constant. A friend, at times a nag, but always a faithful friend.

What effect has yoga had on your students?
Students  often come to the mat weary, stressed from the day to day of life, work, commuting, or past injury. New students are often tentative as they step into the studio for that first class, but as they take their spot on the mat, take the first breath, find their bodies, calm the monkey mind, the aches and pains, stress and mental chatter begin to slip away. The sound of the breath becomes steady and rhythmic, their journey begins. I am honored to be a part of their journey to balance, calm and peace.

If you are offering karma classes, how/why did you choose the charity?
Karma classes are a part of the core philosophy at the studio. The choice  for Virginia Yoga Week was hard as so many folks are doing such good work. I serve on the board of YoKid and see the great work that the organization provides for children who might never have the chance to experience the benefits of practice, for their bodies, their minds and their spirits. The Exalted Warrior Foundation inspires me with it’s work with those coming home after acts of great courage and sacrifice. The work of Annie Okerlin, and all involved with the Exalted Warrior Foundation, is true compassion in action. My choice of Mid Atlantic Pug Rescue was  an easy one;  life was made much brighter by the friendship of a rescue pug named Charlotte who shared the mat with me as we taught yogis at Senior Centers throughout the area.

What do you enjoy most about the yoga community in Virginia?
I have been blessed to work with many studios, teachers, and yogis over the past several years sinc founding VYW and I am eternally touched by the generosity of spirit within the Virginia Yoga community. My awareness of the generosity of spirit within the community inspires me in my work at River’s Edge as I work to create a cozy, green space where all feel welcome to come in and play.

River’s Edge is located in Old Town North within two blocks of the water front with  easy parking and a great community of yogis. I invite all  to come visit us at the River.

Check out the class offerings from River’s Edge Yoga during Virginia Yoga Week!

Tranquil Space Arlington

Mary Catherine Starr
Studio Manager & Teacher 

Vinyasa Yoga, Yin, Restorative, Yoga + Meditation
Baby + Me & Prenatal yoga

What effect has yoga had on your students?
Although it varies for each student because yoga is such an individual, personal practice, we often receive feedback about how yoga has helped our students to ease stress, cultivate mindfulness, and increase body awareness, flexibility, and strength. Our students typically start practicing for the physical or mental benefits of yoga, but often find that the practice goes much deeper for them once they begin to make it a regular part of their daily life.

If you are offering karma classes, how/why did you choose the charity?
Our karma class will benefit the Tranquil Space Foundation, an organization that we chose because it is closely linked to our studio and it represents our core values of initiative, passion, community, creativity, and compassion. The Tranquil Space Foundation focuses on expanding opportunities for girls and women to develop their inner voice through yoga, creativity, and leadership activities. Its signature program, TranquilTeens, provides workshops for girls in grades 9-12 through partnerships with schools and community organizations. Tranquil Space Foundation also contributes to programs and organizations aligned with its mission. Learn more about the Tranquil Space Foundation and get involved at!

What do you enjoy most about the yoga community in Virginia?
The yoga community in Virginia is very dedicated, compassionate, fun-loving, and giving. It has been exciting to grow with the Arlington yoga community over the past few years, and we feel honored to be a part of it. 

We are conveniently located one block from the Virginia Square Metro at 3528 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201. Our entrance is near the back of the building. There is plenty of free street parking and an adjacent lot exclusively for our students. We hope to see you soon!

Check out the class offerings from Tranquil Space Arlington during Virginia Yoga Week!