If you’re new to Richmond or new to yoga, this is the perfect place to start exploring. Project Yoga Richmond, known to regulars as PYR, is a non-profit organization and classes are pay what you can. You’ll feel zero pressure to commit to anything, and won’t feel like you’re breaking the bank if you just want to give it a try. In-studio class fees support the amazing outreach programs that PYR offers in the community such as Yoga for Autism, Yoga for Recovery, Yoga for Seniors, Yoga for Teens & Kids and Yoga for Court Involved Youth. So, you can feel good knowing you’re supporting a great cause.
PYR is full of character and kindness. Its unique studio space has a retro vibe, and the volunteers who greet you upon arrival are genuinely welcoming. PYR’s schedule includes a variety of class times and styles of yoga including Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, Meditation, Prana Flow, Heated Vinyasa, and Gentle. Classes are filled with people from varying backgrounds, experience levels and body types. Instructors are passionate about the practice of yoga as well as the mission of the organization. Many of the studio instructors also teach the various outreach programs.
PYR hosts regular workshops with well-known yogis such as Faith Hunter and Rolf Gates. You may also have seen PYR’s Saturday Salutations classes at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the Spring and Summer. These classes are open to everyone and online donations can be made prior to the class.
Morgan Howell, the Sexual and Domestic Violence Services Coordinator at Hanover Safe Place, and a regular at PYR says, “The minute I walk in the door, I feel at peace. The staff, volunteers, and other students are kind and real which makes the space welcoming and safe to explore an authentic yoga practice. The instructors are all whole-hearted and extremely gifted. The community created by PYR has come to feel like family. When I contribute to PYR, I know my money is going toward bringing healing and peace to others who may not otherwise be exposed to yoga.”
If you’re looking for a friendly place to explore various yoga styles, ask questions, or be an active participant in a community driven cause, PYR is the place to go!
For more information about PYR click HERE.
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