The Project Yoga Richmond Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of Nadia Gooray as the organization’s first Executive Director, effective immediately.

The hiring of an Executive Director marks an important transition for PYR, as we begin to lay the strategic groundwork that will guide our organization for years to come. As Nadia notes, “The coming year will be about strengthening and refinement. PYR is uniquely positioned in Richmond to offer affordable trauma-informed yoga trainings for instructors as well as for other professionals and community members who wish to understand how yoga can support healing and build resilience. We are developing the framework of a training model to continue our impact in offering spaces for yoga, inquiry, and community building.”

Nadia joined PYR in 2015, first as the Outreach and Volunteer Manager, and most recently serving as the organization’s Program Director.  She believes that the tools of yoga and meditation create conscious, positive change on an individual and community level, and is passionate about working with PYR to make the benefits of yoga accessible to all.  After attending Brown University, and working in development at Garth Fagan Dance, Nadia came to PYR and Richmond from Rochester, New York, where she worked for 8 years in program development and community engagement at Breathe Yoga.  She completed her 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification through Yoga Works in March 2017. In June 2018, Nadia completed the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program.  When she’s not on her mat, Nadia can be found exploring her Church Hill neighborhood, listening (and singing) to ‘90s R&B, and discovering a new favorite Richmond restaurant.  

Upon her appointment, Nadia noted, “I’m thrilled to be part of an organization whose call to action is to increase access to the health and social benefits of yoga to communities across greater Richmond.  Since its founding in 2010, PYR has built a deep, vibrant network, with the purpose of supporting and creating a more just and connected community. I am honored to tap into this energy and leverage our strengths as we set out to grow PYR’s impact and reach in the coming years!”

Project Yoga Richmond is a 501 (c3) non-profit founded in 2010 by five dedicated yogis and students of Arlene Bjork: Jonathan Miles, Dana Walters, Michelle Martello, Pam Cline, and Wendy Warren. Upon the sudden death of their beloved teacher, these five yogis created PYR as a way to make the benefits of yoga accessible and affordable to all, through a pay- what-you-can studio and community partnership programs across the Greater Richmond Region. In 2017, PYR provided 23,824 yoga experiences to individuals of all ages, abilities, and income levels.

Please join us in congratulating Nadia on her new position as the Executive Director of Project Yoga Richmond!

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