New Class/April Class of the Month: Vin/Yin with Shannon!

We are thrilled to be adding long-time PYR Ambassador, Shannon Somogyi, to our weekly studio schedule for Vin/Yin every Tuesday evening at 7-8pm!

Here is a bit about Shannon and her relationship with yoga and Project Yoga Richmond:

The opportunity to find stillness and calm first brought me to yoga. Meditation was my first initial draw and from there I got into asana as well.

Every time I come back to the mat is an opportunity to reconnect with my highest self. My practice forces me to slow down and work on ME. As a wife, mother, daughter, friend, yoga therapist, and small business owner, I cannot give the best of me unless I have it to give. So that’s why I practice. “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”

Our practice teaches us to slow down and listen. Not only to ourselves but others too. This pause allows more connection to our authentic selves and our communities.

PYR allows me to give back to my community. I love how much our team, volunteers, and supporters give back as well. We really do have an amazing group of yogi’s!  I see PYR  helping to bring yoga to everyone in the community. By doing so, we are showing our community how to heal, grow, and thrive.

Shannon first got involved with PYR 6 years ago when she attended Y12SR training with Nikki Myers. In that training, Shanna met PYR Co-founder, Dana Walters, over a love of yoga and paddleboarding and loved the vibe of PYR. It wasn’t long after that Shannon started attending regular events, classes, and volunteering whenever she could. 

She has taught a number of our programs in the community, including Yoga for Autism at the Founder’s Center of Commonwealth Autism and Yoga for Youth at Albert Hill Middle School.

What can YOU expect on the mat during Vin/Yin with Shannon?

Class will start with a gentle warm up, and move to a Vinyasa sequence to link breath and movement. This Vinyasa portion will allow participants to focus on breath and awareness while building internal heat. From there we will move on to the Yin portion, slowing down the pace with poses to focus on the fascia. Holding poses anywhere from 2-5 minutes each.

Check it out for yourself! Don’t miss Vin/Yin with Shannon every Tuesday form7-8pm!

Best Yoga Studio in RVA?

Here are 5 reasons why we think you should vote Project Yoga Richmond for Style Weekly’s Best Yoga Studio in RVA!

  1. We are more than a yoga studio, PYR is a non-profit dedicated to making the benefits of yoga accessible to all
  2. We offered over 23,500 yoga experiences across RVA in 2017
  3. We are the only pay-what-you-can studio in the region
  4. We host Saturday Salutations at the VMFA

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  5. Our pay-what-you-can and community events support 23 reoccurring yoga and mindfulness community partnership programs across the Greater Richmond region
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Richmond Magazine Volunteer Feature: Sara Anderson

Do you ever wonder how non-profits work? We have to admit, one of the primary factors that keep our organization and community thriving is the hard work and dedication of our volunteers.

Our volunteers pour their hearts, talents, and time into making the benefits of yoga accessible. Without volunteers, we can honestly say that Project Yoga Richmond would not be where it is today. We are thrilled to see that Richmond Magazine values the impact volunteers are making across the Greater Richmond region, and in particular honoring one of PYR’s very own beloved volunteers, Sara Anderson.

Sara has been supporting PYR as a volunteer for over four years. You can most likely find her during the summertime in the early mornings greeting the community at Saturday Salutations at the VMFA to help us unroll mats across RVA.

 

Be sure to check out this special Richmond Magazine feature about Sara and the volunteers across RVA that keep our community thriving!

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How Does Yoga Support Students with Special Needs?

This sneak-peek into our monthly Freedom Yoga: Yoga for Special Needs demonstrates the ways yoga develops a positive sense of self and builds confidence in students. Unroll your mat with us the second Saturday of every month at 12:30pm at PYR’s studio for Freedom Yoga to be a part of this impactful class and/or make a donation online today to support the benefits of our programs!

6 Benefits of Yoga for Children with Autism according to Autism Parenting Magazine:
  1. Increased Social-Communication Skills
  2. Awareness and Expression of Emotions
  3. Reduced Anxiety
  4. Reduction in Challenging Behaviors
  5. Increased Body Awareness
  6. Positive Sense of Self

Bring these benefits to your community by practicing for Freedom Yoga on Saturday to support yoga for everyone in your community!

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