A NOTE ABOUT PARKING: Now that in-person visits are picking up at the studio and neighboring businesses, please make sure to park only in the spaces designated JRY Parking (during weekday business hours); if those are full, just park at the bottom of the lot behind PURE GYMNASTICS next door – there is a path connecting our two businesses.  NOTE: This is not an issue evenings and weekends, when you can use any space in the lot at the studio.

Join us for class every day at James River Yoga – where peace flows like the river! 

James River Yoga Studio is a collection of skilled and experienced teachers with roots in the local community. Our reputation has grown over time and continues to grow through word of mouth and referral from health care professionals. We are proud of the collective way we run the studio – keeping our fees low, supporting our students and one another, and welcoming newcomers to our community. WE TEACH GROUP CLASSES, WITH ATTENTION TO EACH INDIVIDUAL IN THE GROUP AND AN AWARENESS OF WHICH POSES ARE SAFE FOR THE EXPERIENCE AND ABILITIES OF THE CLASS AND STUDENT.  We thank you for your encouragement and enthusiastic support and we look forward to seeing you in class!  


 Loving being here in Lynchburg, VA at James River Yoga with such open-minded and     open-hearted people. Lila Rasa Brown, RASA YOGA.

I was on a high the rest of the day, not because my body moved so fluidly or with great strength (my hope for one day…) , but because I had such a great time and am so happy to find a Yoga home…  Kristin

 These past six months with you at James River Yoga have been absolutely wonderful for me!  I wanted to shoot you a quick e-mail just to thank you for all of the time and effort you put into all of your classes.  I’ve never been a very athletic person, and finding a way to exercise and have fun has always been difficult for me. Although I might not be naturally great at yoga, I’m okay with that.  I really enjoy it, and I have seen myself improve so much in just 6 months! In your classes, I learned about my body and my mind, and how they relate to one another.  I truly feel more at peace with my body, and I walk around a little bit more confident because of it! You are truly a wonderfully gifted teacher, and I am forever grateful that you chose to share your gift with your students!  Thank you for teaching me the practice of yoga, the practice of patience with myself, and the practice of trying!  I will continue to practice using the foundation I learned from you! A thousand thank you’s would never be enough! – (Nancy’s beginner yoga student) Lauren Bradley

I woke up this morning with no ache or pain in my back and hips for the first time in weeks. Maybe months. !!! Could one time with Nancy have done that??? I am amazed !!  Carol Brown.

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.  

Nancy AllenWHY 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!

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?  Feel free to drop in for $15 to any class and check out the most appropriate teacher, level and day/time for your needs. DROP INS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME IN ANY CLASS, AT ANY TIME.  Check out our CLASS FEES page for more detail on purchasing class passes.

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!  

Mats, blocks, straps, eye pillows bolsters and other props are available for student use and support.  Bring along your own water or water bottle and towel if you need one.

Student Information – for more detail, see our Yoga Etiquette page.

  • Please arrive on time to class – with clean feet and in clean clothes
  • Please remove shoes once you enter the studio; leave them in cubbies
  • 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