Nadia Gooray, Executive Director

Nadia discovered PYR in 2014 just prior to her move from Rochester, New York, to Richmond. She had been working for an incredible yoga studio, Breathe Yoga, for 8 years where she experienced many firsts, including her first yoga practice, and was honestly nervous about uprooting from her much-loved community. Her fiancé, Nate, had been living in Richmond for several years and while grabbing coffee one day, he noticed J. Miles wearing a PYR t-shirt. After googling PYR and learning about its mission and service work, he shared the link and said, “I think this is the yoga community you’re looking for.” From the moment she entered PYR’s space, she felt welcomed, grounded, and at home.

Yoga has provided Nadia with a sense of belonging and a deeper connection to herself and others. It has been a source of healing, growth, amazing friendships, and inspiration.

Nadia brings experience and a passion for outreach programming, staff training and development, and community engagement, and is excited to be part of this collaborative, vibrant community. When she’s not on her mat, Nadia enjoys running, exploring the hiking trails along the James River, volunteering for the Reading Buddies program at FRIENDS Association for Children, discovering new favorite restaurants in RVA, and listening to ‘90s R&B.




Board of Directors

Rebecca Schinsky, President
Riot New Media Group

Nitika Achalam, Vice President
True Grit Yoga and Botanica

Sara Goode, Secretary
Cigna – Mid-Atlantic Market 

Zachary Petry, Treasurer
Virginia Community Capital

Kim Catley
VCU School of the Arts

Sarah Ann Jennings
Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation

Anna Meshejian
Capital One Financial

Emily Millhiser

Meagan Moore

Joan Shepard
The Coleman Institute

Rebecca Gricus Thompson
Shockoe.com, LLC

Carver Weakley
Virginia Commonwealth University

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