James River Yoga is located in the heart of downtown Lynchburg, VA on the James River near restaurants, galleries, bicycle trails, farmer’s market, Amazement Square, unique shops and the Blackwater Creek Trail. Founded in 2011 by local yoga teachers Nancy Allen and Donna Everhart, James River Yoga is in the Riverviews Artspace at 901 Jefferson Street. The bright and sunny, 1300 square foot studio is in a renovated warehouse in Lynchburg’s charming revitalized riverfront area.
“I love your studio so much, great vibe, nice people, gorgeous space, perfect location. I really like looking at actual trees while doing tree pose – not to mention sky and birds and beautiful rolling hills.” Cyndi Lee, founder of OM YOGA, author of Yoga Body, Buddha Mind, and May I Be Happy, (among other books).
WHY YOGA? Our yoga practice provides us with a way to face challenge with equanimity. When faced with the unknown, we yogis learn to stop – we breathe – we open to grace. That is, we step into a flow of energy and spirit that supports us and connects us to something greater. We can embrace challenge from the inside out. More significant than the end result is our PROCESS: the ongoing fusion of mind, body and spirit that IS yoga. We also strengthen our muscles and increase our flexibility so that we can prevent injury and ease or eliminate chronic pain; we develop equanimity in the face of the ongoing change that is reflected in our minds and bodies; we increase our oxygen levels and energy through deep, yogic breathing; with see from new perspectives (upside down and twisted, anyone?); and, we join with a community of practitioners who are supportive and welcoming. Try yoga at James River Yoga Studio!
WHY JAMES RIVER YOGA? We offer a variety of yoga classes, including: Anusara Inspired (alignment based) – Kripalu – Extra Gentle (modified) Yoga and Yoga for Healing. We also offer STOTT Pilates Mat classes for beginners and advanced beginner/intermediate. We host regular workshops with both visiting teachers and James River staff, and we can tailor special events for your group.
WHO CAN DO YOGA? As a beginner or more advanced practitioner, you have your choice of class style, teacher, and time.
WHAT IS THE COST? We offer both “class pass” and “session” classes. SESSION classes are taught in blocks of 10 weeks, with each week building upon the skills developed the week before. A CLASS PASS provides the option of attending any class other than the session classes. Our classes vary in length; we have 1 hour, 1 hour 15 minute, and 1 and a 1⁄2 hour classes. 10 week sessions are 90 for 1.5 hour classes and 75 for 1 hour classes. Class passes are 90 for a 10 class pass and 75 for a 5 class pass. You can drop in to any class for $10.
IS YOGA A RELIGION? The practice of yoga, by strengthening the body and making it more flexible and resilient, also serves to strengthen our spirit. Just think of the last time you were really under the weather and what a difference that made to your disposition and outlook on life… Yoga seeks to expand the heart and our capacity for compassion and tolerance. And, we begin by practicing patience and kindness toward ourselves as we learn new poses on the yoga mat; we breathe, we connect to something greater, and we try not to judge ourselves when we don’t ”succeed” like we think we should; we try not to compare ourselves harshly to others. To the extent that the practice of yoga seeks to integrate the mind, body, and spirit, then it is a spiritual practice. Yoga is not a religion, but many people find that their yoga practice complements and deepens their connection to their chosen religion by encouraging self-awareness and mindfulness in everyday life. Yoga is an uplifting and expansive celebration of life’s goodness and of the goodness in all of us. You are welcome to join the celebration!
OUR MISSION at James River Yoga is to inspire individuals and build community by offering quality yoga instruction with experienced, licensed, professional teaching staff in a supportive environment. Our teachers bring an abiding love for yoga and its students to every class.
Browse our website to learn more about our schedule, teachers, and classes and stay tuned for upcoming special events!
The new 10-week session for yoga and beginning pilates classes starts the week of June 16; you can register online now for Yoga for Beginners, Level II Yoga, and STOTT Pilates Mat for beginners. A NEW YOGA FOR BEGINNERS CLASS BEGINS THURSDAY EVENINGS! THE FIRST CLASS IS JUNE 20 AND IT MEETS FROM 5:45 TO 6:45!
THE LAST THURSDAY A.M. BEGINNERS CLASS WILL BE ON JUNE 13 AND NATASHA’S LAST SATURDAY CLASS WILL BE ON JUNE 15 (at least for the summer).
We are also adding a GENTLE YOGA CLASS; beginning Monday, June 17, our new teacher, Jen Brewer will teach Gentle Yoga from 12:15-1:15, another class pass option.
As always, if you have to miss a class during the session you can make up in any other class. You can drop in anytime to check out a session class. Just click the RED link on the home page or on the Class Fees page; if you are registering for a session, click theYoga/Pilates Sessions Tab at the top of the page and you will see the list of classes to choose from!
Check out the schedule for some modification to STOTT PILATES class times and note that adv. beg./int. pilates is now a class pass option.
Mats, blocks, straps, eye pillows bolsters and other props are available for student use and support. Bring along your own water or water bottle (there is a water fountain at the studio) and towel if you need one.
Visit our MindBody Online site for purchases! when you are directed to the page to make your purchase, click on the appropriate tab at the top of the page (for example, the YOGA/PILATES SESSIONS tab to sign up for an upcoming session).
- Please arrive on time to class – with clean feet and in clean clothes
- Avoid eating a big meal 2-3 hours before class
- Please refrain from use of perfumed products or cologne – some of your fellow students and teachers are “scent-sitive”!
- Dress in comfortable clothes that allow you to stretch
- Speak to your instructor about all health concerns