Sacred Well Yoga Studio

Sacred Well YogaCindy Wargo
Director

www.swys.net

What classes do you teach?
Sacred Well Studio offers several levels of Hatha Classes based on the student’s needs and proficiency. We also have several specialty classes including Yoga for 50+, Vinyasa, Kids, Gentle, and Prenatal.

What motivates you to practice today?
Stress management, my yoga practice helps me to look at the world through rose-colored glasses!

What effect has yoga had on your students?
I see some students when they come in are tight everywhere, shoulders up, scowling, generally looking miserable and stressed. But the post-savasana bliss leaves them looking fabulous, glowing, and smiling. You can actually see the change in their physical body.

Tell us about the charity you chose.
We hold a Class for Charity as part of the Falls Church First Friday festivities. The first Friday of each month is a donation-based class and 100% of all funds collected go to our charity of the quarter. We choose charities that are local, based on the “think globally, act locally” philosophy. Our charity this quarter (and for VYW), Culmore Clinic, is a free clinic in Falls Church that offers services to people below the poverty level that live in our community.

What do you enjoy most about the yoga community in Virginia?
We’re very supportive of one another. I’ve found that other teachers and studios are always willing to talk and share ideas.

Since 1999, Sacred Well Yoga Studio, LLC has offered Hatha yoga classes in the City of Falls Church.  Sacred Well is a community-based studio in which students practice in a safe, non-competitive environment. We hope that you will come try a class with us!

Check out the class offerings from Sacred Well Yoga Studio during Virginia Yoga Week!

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The Health Advantage Yoga Center

The Health Advantage Yoga Center

Anusara®
Iyengar

www.healthadvantageyoga.com

What classes do you teach?
Yoga classes at The Health Advantage Yoga Center are based on the Anusara® style taught by John Friend and the Iyengar style developed by B.K.S Iyengar. Courses are heart-oriented and spiritually inspiring with a focus on each person’s optimal alignment in the poses. Classes are taught progressively and instructors encourage students to listen to their bodies and move at their own pace. Deep relaxation is taught in each class after completion of the postures. Classes include Gentle Yoga, Yoga 1 through Yoga 4, Vinyasa, Yin, Prenatal, and classes for kids and teens.  Our newest classes are Movement, Breath & Meditation, and Lunchtime Yoga.

What effect has yoga had on your students?
Our students have reported that yoga has reduced their stress, helped them sleep, improved their moods, made them more aware of their bodies, increased their flexibility and strength, and reduced aches and pains. 

Tell us about the charity you chose.
Our karma yoga class to benefit Reston Interfaith is on Saturday, June 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Reston Interfaith has served the Reston, Herndon, and Fairfax communities since 1970 and is well-known for the aid it has provided so many.

What do you enjoy most about the yoga community in Virginia?
The people we meet through yoga are so caring and giving that it is always a pleasure to be around fellow yoginis.

The Health Advantage Yoga Center features well-trained, professional instructors, progressive teaching methods, a non-competitive and encouraging atmosphere, a flexible make-up policy for missed classes, and a beautiful light-filled facility.   We offer a week of free sample classes each quarter before the beginning of each session.  Come join us!

Check out the class offerings from The Health Advantage Yoga Center during Virginia Yoga Week!

Flow Yoga, Go With It!

Flow Yoga Leesburg
Students at Flow Yoga in Leesburg

Marcia Hoffheins, Manager

Vinyasa Yoga Classes

www.gowithityoga.com

What motivates you to practice today?
The practice brings inner peace, strength and joy to my life.

What effect has yoga had on your students?
I/We see people transform – not just physically but spiritually and emotionally. We’ve seen yoga create a great sense of community and coming together of people that would probably have never met each other had they not found their common light.

Tell us about the charity you chose.
We are  offering Karma classes all month for CARE – an organization that helps those in our community who otherwise could not afford to keep their pets. We support many organizations every year on the national and local level – we believe that our pets need the same CARE and support/love that we are able to give to one another.

Flow Yoga offers a variety of classes based on 2 systems – Ashtanga and Universal Yoga. We are dedicated to enriching the lives of all those who come through our doors, for sharing all of our knowledge and delivering more than a physical practice to those who attend our classes.

Check out the class offerings from Flow Yoga, Go With It! during Virginia Yoga Week!

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.

www.pureprana.com


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

www.apurvawellness.com

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

www.eastmeetswestcenter.com

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!