Yoga in Glen Allen VA

Yoga is Magic

“Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame.” — B.K.S. Lyengar

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Yoga Class Calendar

Yoga Pricing

New Student Special
Two weeks of Unlimited Yoga for $40!
Start your first 2 weeks of practice with unlimited classes. This is a great way to check out all the classes we offer. New students only.

Yoga Memberships
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*Easy Auto-Pay. 30 day cancellation notice required.

Limited (5 classes per month) – $80
Unlimited (Unlimited classes per month, includes 15% off workshops and private sessions) – $120

Yoga Class Packs
Each class card pack has to be used by the date of expiration and requires no commitment.

10 Classes (6 Month Expiration) – $150
20 Classes (1 Year Expiration) – $260

Yoga discounts are available for Access Package Clients.

Private Yoga Sessions

One-on-one or group setting. A group of friends or company team building. Private yoga instruction can be a great way to customize an experience to your exact needs. Whether you are a beginner wanting more one on one time or looking to advance and deepen your practice, private instruction can be a great supplement or replacement to large group classes. Contact us for pricing and to schedule your session.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? ” — Marianne Williamson

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Our Philosophy

At Thrive: Mind, Body & Soul we believe that yoga is for everybody and EVERY BODY. We are dedicated to making yoga accessible and enjoyable for everyone. To teach with compassion and love. Provide a safe space, a sanctuary, where people of all backgrounds can heal, nurture, and empower themselves through the practice of yoga and create a thriving community interested in continuous growth that you can call your second home.

Yoga Classes

“Practice and all is coming.” — Sri K. Pattahbi Jois

STRENGTH & STABILITY

A great class for beginners to start with! Simple breathing and a consistent stationary sequence make this a wonderful class to learn basic postures and get into your comfort zone on the mat. It is designed to build strength and stability throughout the entire body, as well as overall health and well being. The consistent nature of the class creates harmony of mind, body and soul. Ideal for beginners as well as those with a current yoga practice.

GENTLE YOGA

In this class we will focus on connecting the mind, body, and breath while we slow down from the fast pace of our lives. We offer a gentle challenge, but also balancing effort and ease to find that sweet center. An amazing class for beginners as well as those with a current yoga practice.

RESTORATIVE

Offers a sequence of restorative postures designed to heal the mind, body, and soul from chronic stress and fatigue.This is a gentle class with the aid of props – blocks, bolsters, blankets, and straps. This practice is great for anyone looking to slow down, to relieve stress, to calm the excessive mind chatter, or even those recovering from injuries. All levels welcome.

YIN

Yin is a fantastic way to increase or maintain flexibility as it focuses on the areas around the joints. You’ll immediately notice more open hips, buttery muscles and a major mind detox. In the long run, it will lubricate joints, release the fascia of the body, increase flexibility and positively affect your practice. This class will have you on the floor most of the time, using as many props needed to create as little effort as possible while holding poses for a prolonged period.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is yoga?

Yoga is the process of coordinating breath with movement. The physical postures (or poses) build strength, flexibility and balance, and also require mental focus. The process of focusing the mind on the breath, and bringing awareness into the body, leads to less stress, more happiness, and a sense of relaxation and wellbeing. Yoga is NOT a religion, although many people do experience feelings of spiritual vitality or joy during or after their yoga practice simply because the practice quiets the mind and offers opportunities for people to get in touch with feelings of compassion and gratitude.

What are some of the health benefits of practicing yoga?

A consistent yoga practice builds strength, flexibility, and focus and also reduces stress. Yoga has been proven to reduce anxiety and help manage chronic conditions and pain. Doctors are incorporating yoga into treatment plans for persons diagnosed with low back pain, osteoporosis, cancer, depression and anxiety, among other conditions.

Do I have to be flexible to practice yoga?

You do not have to be young, flexible, strong, or willing to go upside down to practice yoga. You only need to be willing to show up on your mat and try to do your best. If you have particular health concerns, please consult your doctor before beginning a yoga practice and after obtaining your doctor’s approval to begin or resume a yoga practice, discuss your health concerns and questions with your yoga teacher so they can suggest modifications to keep you safe and comfortable in your practice.

What do I wear to class?

Comfortable clothing which allows you to move. You do not need to purchase clothes specifically made for practicing yoga. Shorts or sweatpants and a t-shirt will work just fine. Many people find long pants or leggings more comfortable than shorts, but it is entirely up to you. We ask that you wear clothing which provides adequate coverage so that you are comfortable in your practice.

What do I need to bring to yoga class?

The most important thing to bring is yourself, your willingness to do your best and listen to your body. We recommend bringing water and a yoga mat but if you do not have one we have you covered!

Should I eat before yoga class?

It is best not to eat a meal within two hours before coming to class. If you are hungry, eat a light snack, such as a piece of fresh fruit, or drink some juice or coconut water.

Commonly Used Yoga Terms

Thrive: Mind, Body & Soul is dedicated to making yoga accessible and fun for our clients. We want to be clear in our instruction and so we make sure to explain poses and exercises in ways which are easily understandable. If you have a question about what we mean when we are teaching, please just ask. Here are some common yoga terms you will hear:

Chaturanga

A half push-up; the body is in plank position and then is lowered down (maybe just one inch, maybe half-way to the floor), elbows are kept close to the body and the shoulders should go no lower than the elbows; this position is an essential part of the sequence of poses which make up the vinyasa flow in vinyasa classes.

Drishti (Eye Gaze)

Drishti is the point of focus that is held with the eyes in attention. It is directly related to the ability to concentrate. The specific point of focus can be anything. Focusing on one spot on the floor, or on the wall, helps with balance, and allows the mind and nervous system to calm. If the gaze is scattered around the room, the mind will become distracted. In postures where the eyes are closed, as in meditation, the gaze can be upward toward the forehead center, or third eye.

Intention

An intention is key to setting the universe in motion to allow what we desire to flow into our lives. In our practice, and our lives, our intention becomes a way of Being; a way of practicing, or a way of living that is in accord with the energy that will bring forth that which we seek. “Intention organizes its own fulfillment” -Deepak Chopra

Namaste

At Thrive: Mind, Body & Soul, we close our yoga practice with an expression of gratitude and then by saying “Namaste” which literally means “I bow to you” – it represents the essence of one person acknowledging (bowing) to the essence of others.

Pranayama

Prana means energy and yama means to lengthen. Pranayama is the conscious control of the breath, and through this control we are lengthening or manipulating the energy of the body. The purpose is to channel the life force energy into the spine, up through the central nervous system and out through the peripheral nervous system, using the breath as the vehicle. The breath is the most vital component to life and the core of most yoga practices. “The breath is cord that ties the soul to the body.” – Paramahansa Yogananda

OM ॐ

OM is said to be the most powerful of all yogic mantras or incantations. The chanting of OM can be felt in the entire body It quiets the mind and gives an overall sense of peace and well being. There are four parts to the OM; A, U, M, and silence at the end. Each part is equal in length. The Mandukya Upnishad states that OM is all “what was, what is, and what shall be.” OM represents the universe and all its energy: all planes of being, all phases of existence. It encompasses the entire range of creation.

Savasana

We end our yoga practice in savasana, or corpse pose, which is a pose that asks you to lie on your back, with your eyes closed and your palms resting on the mat facing up, coming into complete stillness; many people find this final pose of rest the most challenging pose of their practice because we are so used to going all the time, that it is very difficult to become still and quiet; we believe savasana is the most important pose of the practice because it requires stillness both for the body and mind, and allows you to feel, appreciate and integrate all the benefits of your yoga practice. For this reason savasana is an essential part of the practice, so please do not leave until after savasana, when practice is formally closed by the teacher saying Namaste.

Vinyasa

A method of yoga in which you transition, or flow, from posture to posture synchronizing breath with movement. Essentially the breath dictates the movement and the length of time held in the postures. Vinyasa is defined by the Sun Salutation, a series of six poses that create the foundation of the class.

Yoga Tips & Etiquette

When in the yoga studio please consider the following studio etiquette:

Many students come to yoga class early specifically to relax and meditate. Enter the room quietly and set up your mat. If you want to chat before class, come out into the lobby. It’s usually a lively place to meet and greet your friends. Talking during Savasana is not appropriate. Ideally, you want to lie there quietly, as long as you can. Please refrain from cleaning your mat and other distractions during this time.

Personal Belongings

Place your personal belongings in a cubbie before entering the practice space. This includes shoes, cell phones, keys and bags. The only things to take into the practice space are your yoga mat, a bottle of water and a positive mental attitude. Coat hooks and cubbies are just inside the studio door and you can store belongings there, please do not wear shoes in the practice space.

Cell Phones

Silence your cell phone before entering class. It is very distracting for other students to hear the beep, ring or vibrate of a cell phone from inside the yoga room and it disrupts the energy and flow of the class.

Arrive on Time

If it is your first yoga class, you must be on time. New students will not be able to enter late. Try to get to class ten minutes before class starts. Be mindful of how you place your mat on the floor-try not to unfold it with a loud “flap!” But unroll it quietly in respect to your neighbors.

Give Everyone Room To Practice

Work with other students in the classroom to maximize both personal yoga space while still making enough room for everyone. As the room fills up during our most popular class times, please work together to create enough space for everyone and create a good flow of energy throughout the room.

Follow Your Instructor

The reason to partake in a yoga class is to follow the instructions of the teacher. Doing your own moves, unless you are doing modified poses for an injury, or modified poses of pregnancy, can be confusing for the other students.

Honor Your Body

Yoga is a personal practice not a competitive or comparative one. Each of us has our own individual levels of strength, flexibility, and experience. That’s what makes the practice so fun! Your body may express the postures in a way that is unique just to you. So don’t push it too far, too soon. You are the only one who knows how you’re feeling at any moment, so listen to the wisdom of your body and take care of yourself. Never force yourself into any posture and modify wherever necessary. No posture is worth injury. Remember every day is different.

Keep Variations Appropriate

Keep in mind the level of the class you are attending. If some of the poses are too hard, it is fine to take a more basic variation of the poses being taught, listen to your body. The teacher will offer you the option to take a more advanced variation when appropriate.

Leaving Class

It is fine to step out of class if you need to. The best time to go is when there is a period of rest. If you must leave before class is over, sit by the door and roll your mat up quietly. It is better to leave before the final rest (Savasana) instead of during.

Lost & Found

Please take your belongings home each day. Call right away if you leave something and we will be happy to hold it for you. Mats left longer than two weeks will be donated.

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