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The Integral Yoga® Center of Richmond was founded in 1981 by Reverend Shanti Norris and Prahaladan Mandelkorn. It was a very successful program and included credit courses at Virginia Commonwealth University.

In 1993, Nora Vimala Pozzi became director of the center and in 2000 the IYC opened a location in Carytown, next to Ellwood Thompson’s Natural Market, where if offered more than 30 classes per week with a staff of more than 15 Integral Yoga Teachers. Prior to that, Nora Vimala taught IYC classes at schools, universities, hospitals, recreational facilities, corporations, government agencies and correctional facilities. This was the community outreach offering education to the public on the health benefits of yoga as well as its history and philosophy.

In 1999, IYC offered the first Teacher Training Program in the Richmond area. This was the beginning of a new facet of IYC, where the formation of new yoga teachers, offered for many years an opportunity to more than hundred students to deepen their understanding and practice of yoga as well as to share it with others.

Today, at its new location on 213 Roseneath Rd, behind the Temple Beth-El and at the heart of Carytown and the Museum District, the IYCoR continues to support and be a resource for yoga teachers and students alike, and to educate the Richmond community about the different branches of yoga: Raja Yoga (yoga philosophy); Bhakti, the path of ritual and devotion; Japa Yoga, the path of chanting; Jnana Yoga, the path of self-inquiry and study of the sacred books; Karma Yoga, the path of selfless service; and of course, Hatha yoga, through the many classes of different levels of proficiency adapted to the individual needs. It also offers individual sessions offering a therapeutic approach of Yoga to many health and lifestyle conditions.

The IYCoR continues to educate the public on the yogic principles of peace and non-violence, the environment and health, topics that are at the heart of the yoga tradition, as roled-modeled by Mahatma Gandhi, and many inspiring masters of yoga and peace leaders who embodied those principles.

Integral Yoga® Center of Richmond is an affiliated School of Yogaville, promoting the teachings of Swami Satchidananda -its founder and spiritual leader-through classes, workshops and trainings offered by its director, Vimala, and a staff of certified teachers, graduates from both, Yogaville and the Richmond IYC Teacher Training Program.

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FROM THE “Raja” Yoga Mat

Dear Students, Teachers and friends
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IYCoR Response to the COVID-19 Challenge

We are CLOSING the IYCoR (Integral Yoga® Center of Richmond) studio temporarily until MARCH 31, 2020, due to COVID-19 Challenge! With a heavy heart, but with the health and safety of all our students in mind, we arrived at this difficult decision. Please read our NOTICE below: "In an abundance of caution, and in response to the spread of the COVID-19 Virus in Central Virginia, the Integral Yoga® Center of Richmond (IYCoR) will be CLOSED beginning Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 31. This decision was made with great care to maintain the health and wellness of our community. Because this is a quickly evolving situation, the IYCoR may remain closed longer than March 31 based on guidance from local health officials and the Center for Disease Control... (click "Current Classes" to read more)



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