I found out about Yoga Source from a visiting yogi from RVA who was taking a class at my home studio in Baltimore. I happened to overhear her telling someone she was in from Richmond and stopped her for a recommendation. Turns out she was not only a member but also a teacher there! (Help, I didn't get your name! If you're reading this let me know!)
The studio is located in a strip mall in Carytown, so it's not a long drive or Uber ride from anywhere downtown. I was staying about 10-minute drive away at the Quirk Hotel near VCU.
Like so many studios, Yoga Source has a Mindbody online signup system. Once I got to the studio, I just filled out my info and signed my waiver electronically on a new tablet system they'd recently set up.
What Made It Special
Even before I set foot inside, I knew this would be a great studio to visit because of its location. Carytown is one of my favorite parts of Richmond and the studio is located in the heart of it, just steps away from Carytown Cupcakes and 10 Italian Cafe. This area is also a thrift store mecca for those who enjoy secondhand hunting.
The studio space was upstairs and off the street, so even the bustle of W. Cary didn't interrupt the flow of class. Everybody was super sweet and the class - albeit a Monday at 8:30 - wasn't crowded.
I took Yaco Murphy's Yogaworks 2 class which was a 90-minute vinyasa class with a lot of prop use. I'd never been to a YogaWorks signature class before and I feel that in addition to getting a good sweat in at a fairly quick pace, I also learned a lot about alignment. I also enjoyed an awesome conversation with Yaco afterwards.
Why I'd Go Back
Yoga Source offers Iyengar and Astanga classes as well as the typical fare. I was super excited to see that Iyengar rope wall I've been hearing a lot about. I've not yet had the opportunity to take an Iyengar class at any studio, so next time I visit Richmond I intend to do that!
Probably because of the Iyengar offerings, there were TONS of props at our disposal. Even some that I've never used before - like folding chairs! Yaco taught us a warrior sequence using the chairs as a prop and I can tell you my legs are STILL talking about it.
While I only had enough free time to take one class during my quick Richmond trip, Yoga Source offers some pretty good introductory offers. If I can swing a longer getaway I'd love to sample more of their class offerings and teachers.
Any RVA yogis out there? Where do you like to practice?
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