ANNE Budhevi Fletcher

Anne’s interest in yoga began in 1985 when she attended her first yoga classes in Richmond – in the basement of a church on Park Avenue in the Fan. She also studied Tai Chi for many years before focusing on yoga in 2009. Over the past seven years, Anne has practiced various forms of yoga, from Hatha, to Vinyassa and Power Yoga. It was after a day visit to the Ashram at Yogaville that she became interested in Integral Yoga – because of its spiritual and inclusive approach. Anne completed her Yoga Teacher Training through the Integral Yoga Center of Richmond in April 2016. She was given the name “Bhudevi” the Hindu goddess representing Mother Earth. This is an appropriate name given Anne’s interest in gardening and sustainable living practices that honor the Earth.

ANNE teaches: Earth Yoga

  • Saturdays @ 10:30pm

CARO (Carolyn) Kincaid-Anderson

Caro’s journey into yoga began in 2008 with a desire to simply improve her physical health. In the years that followed, the positive impact hatha yoga had inspired Caro to deepen her practice by immersing herself in the basic teacher training at the Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville, VA. In the Spring of 2012, Caro earned her 200-hour certificate in the Integral Yoga tradition and immediately began teaching classes in the small community where she lived. By teaching regularly at the local YMCA, at a doctor’s office, a church, and the men’s and women’s cross-country collegiate teams, Caro learned to adapt every class to the varied abilities of the participants. Students are gently reminded to honor the body and to, in the words of Sri Gurudev, “Take it easy, but not lazy.”  Caro believes that each person is their own best teacher and that her role is to facilitate the individual’s journey into yoga by offering non-judgmental, caring guidance and support.

CARO teaches: Beginners/Mixed Yoga

CAROL Bodhini Mahan

Carol Bodhini Mahan is a native of Richmond, Virginia.  Yoga has been part of her life for over four years.  It has helped her  not only gain flexibility but to realize positive change is achievable. By setting small achievable goals a bit at the time, her life has been transformed in mind, body and spirit. Carol believes we all struggle with different issues in our lives, and the good news is Yoga can provide tools to survive the challenges we face each day. She completed her 200-hour Integral Yoga teacher training in April 2016 and is looking forward to sharing what she has learned in a fun, playful and safe environment at the Integral Yoga Center of Richmond, VA. She invites you to join her on her continuing journey with Yoga and all it has to offer.

CAROL teaches: Yoga for Everybody

  • Sundays @ 10:30am


Deborah trained with Satya Greenstone in Yogaville in the practice of restorative yoga and now teaches restorative yoga in Yogaville. Her Basic Yoga Teacher Training came from the Himalayan Institute. She has a Master’s degree in counseling and studied with Sandra Barnard at the Full Spectrum Center in Meadville, PA.

DEBORAH teaches: Restorative Yoga 

  • Mondays @ 10:00am
  • Wednesdays @ 6pm

DURGA Sylvia Nofsinger

Durga Sylvia Nofsinger is a 500-hour advanced Integral Yoga hatha teacher. Sylvia studied in Yogaville and continues to live part-time in the Yogaville community. She is a hormone yoga therapy teacher for menopause, and diabetes. She is a Thai yoga therapist trained in Chiang Mai, Thailand and in America with Sudevi Linda Kramer. Sylvia is a certified pilates mat and apparatus teacher, prenatal yoga teacher, Shamanic Reiki Practitioner and full body MELT Instructor. She began dancing at age five at the Wise School of Ballet. Sylvia studied dance at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC where she graduated with a B.A. in French and International Studies. Sylvia studied physical therapy at VCU/MCV and taught anatomy and physiology at Reynolds Community College in Richmond, VA.

DURGA teaches: Mixed Level Yoga

  • Thursdays 9am

NITIKA Collins Achalan

Nitika’s yoga roots run deep as her mother planted the Hatha seed when she was just a small girl. A life long love of all things yoga has been blooming since! When she completed her first 200-hour teacher training, the complex path of living yoga was further revealed. Nitika constantly seeks out new training to grow her own practice and teaching. She has studied with yoga greats in order to safely guide students through sequences in Integral Hatha Yoga Intermediate, Yoga for Children, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Athletes, Yoga for Arthritis and more. Nitika believes everyone’s yogic journey is unique and each one takes real work, but no one has to go it alone. Her passion for the science of yoga shines through with her service to the community.

NITIKA teaches: Continuing Yoga

  • Wednesdays @ 7:30pm

NITYA Lydia Griffith

Lydia Nitya Griffith has spent over ten years on a spiritual journey inspired by the teachings of her guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda. Over the years Nitya has become a master in teaching children’s yoga throughout the Richmond, Virginia community, by using her gifted voice and creative sense of story telling to create a unique classroom format based in traditional hatha yoga. In 2006, she co-created and is director of The Yoga with Nitya Kids Yoga Camp for kids and teens. She has been featured on Richmond’s Local Cable Access Channel and on the Channel 6 Morning Show. Nitya has been a certified Integral Yoga Teacher since 2005 and her biggest passion is teaching children of all ages. Nitya’s goal in teaching yoga to young and old is to learn to Live Yoga – peaceful of mind, easeful of body, purposeful in our lives with grace, compassion and love for all. Nitya is an E-RYT200 with a CRYT and is registered with Yoga Alliance. Nitya has launched her national brand of “Yoga with Nitya” with the release of her kid’s yoga DVD, book A Child’s Journey into Yoga, and new book Yoga with Nitya Cookbook; Eating Local, Seasonal, and Vegetarian for a Healthy Life.  Nitya has 15 years of experience as a certified Feng Shui consultant and Master Chinese Astrologer.

NITYA teaches:

  • Mixed Level, Sundays @ 4:30pm
  • Yin Yoga, Sundays @ 6pm

RAM Dharmabandhu Bhagat

Ram is an educator, activist, arts innovator, peacemaker, drummer, and visionary. Ram Bhagat has been teaching and transforming communities for 30 years. Ram taught chemistry, environmental science, and human anatomy for Richmond Public Schools. The award winning science teacher developed an innovative Arts Integration curriculum to stimulate creative problem solving and critical thinking. Bhagat incorporated drumming, dance, and drama (3D) into his science classes to teach chemical bonding, scientific method, and cardiac circulation. Currently, Ram is committed to healing trauma in classrooms, communities, and consciousness. He is an international conflict resolution trainer for the Richmond Peace Education Center (RPEC) and the visionary behind the Richmond Youth Peace Project (RYPP), a dynamic program that is promoting a culture of nonviolence to the city’s youth, through innovative, youth-led peacemaking initiatives. In the late 1990s, Ram co-founded Drums No Guns, a world percussion ensemble that inspires people of all backgrounds to challenge gun violence. “The drum lifts us,” he has said. “The drum connects us; the drum is a powerful force – I use the drum to unite people of all ages, of all races.” Dr. Bhagat believes when we lose touch with the natural rhythms of our bodies and our world, we also lose the ability to sustain healthy communities. He contends, “violence is an extreme case of a community out of balance, a form of social arrhythmia, where disconnection, mistrust and alienation prevail. His unique approach to cultural awareness and resilience is Healing Communities with Rhythm, based on the art and science of yoga. Dr. Bhagat has been studying yoga with Dr. Janeshwar Upadyay since 1975. He completed the Integral Yoga teacher certification program in 2001 and developed a yoga curriculum for high school students. Dr. Bhagat is working on his certification to become a STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) trainer at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. He is actively involved in addressing racial trauma in the Black community, using Emotional Emancipation Circles.

RAM Bhagat will be teaching Yoga Drum Dance

TAYLOR Vasudeva Whitehouse

Taylor began taking yoga classes out of curiosity eight years ago and his curiosity continues today under the teaching of Nora Vimala Pozzi. Nora always says “you don’t know what you don’t know.” That phrase, along with the continuing desire to learn has lead Taylor to become a teacher (RYT 200) through the Integral Yoga Center of Richmond and Integral Yoga Academy. With Taylor’s education and work background as an engineer, he has grown to love the unlimited, yet systematic methods and teachings of Integral Yoga. Taylor hopes you will take a glimpse into what can be a path to a easeful body, peaceful mind and useful life and perhaps get to know yourself a bit better.

TAYLOR teaches: Beginners Yoga

UMA Melinda Nolen

In the spring of 1983, UMA took Integral Yoga Teacher Training with Prahaladan Mandelkorn in Richmond. She received her certification and was given her yoga name, Uma, by Swami Satchidananda at Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville, in Buckingham, Virginia. In the fall of 1983, she started teaching yoga in Richmond, VA. At that time, Richmond Integral Yoga had six or seven Certified Integral Yoga teachers and they taught in schools, churches, and community centers in Richmond and surrounding counties. UMA was part of the first and ONLY yoga in Richmond! In 1986, Prahaladan and Shanti Mandelkorn left Richmond and moved to Yogaville. UMA became Co-Director of the Richmond Integral Yoga Institute with Marilyn Sarojini Miller. Marilyn and UMA coordinated six to seven teachers who taught at various locations in and around Richmond, VA.

UMA teaches: Continuing  Yoga

  • Thursdays @ 6pm

FROM THE “Raja” Yoga Mat

Dear Students, Teachers and friends
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Next KIRTAN (Chanting): Friday June 15, 6-7pm Lead by Nitya Lydia Griffith Summer Kirtans: July 20 & Aug 17 Third Friday of the month, 6-7pm
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