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The terms yoga and vinyasa derive from the Sanskrit roots of yuj meaning ‘to join, to yoke, or to make whole’, nyasa meaning ‘to place’, and vi meaning ‘in a special way.’ Gentle Vinyasa yoga, then, is a practice ‘to join or make whole through placing in a special way’ our body, mind, and spirit. There is a conscious connection of breath and movement during a vinyasa practice. Focusing attention on that connection through purposeful movement according to an individual’s own ability can bring about the many benefits of yoga. Those benefits can include building strength and flexibility, lowering blood pressure and heart rate, better quality rest and sleep, stress management, increased mental and physical energy, and an increased sense of overall well-being.


This six week series is perfect for beginners to learn yoga and a chance for experienced practitioners to dive deeper into their practice. Yoga is easily adaptable for all abilities and body types. One guiding principle for a yoga practice is described as ‘effortless effort’, meaning the individual moves mindfully through a sequence of asanas, pranayamas, and meditation according to their own ability and comfort. Instruction will be given for proper positioning, breath technique, and guided meditation in a safe and nurturing environment. 

About Uma


I have lived in many places, but have always considered the Blue Ridge Mountains my home. After earning my BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, I enjoyed living in Richmond and starting a family. In 2008, we wanted a little more space and headed for the hills. I have loved settling in Staunton and raising my two children in this community.

I am an herbalist and have been working in the Natural Health field for many years. My interest in herbs and plants led me to study in Charlottesville at Sacred Plant Traditions in their Herbal Foundations class. After earning a CNHP (Certified Natural Health Professional) from Trinity School of Natural Health, I began my clinical Herbalist Training with Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine. I am currently working on my own herbal practice while earning hours to become a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. One of my favorite modalities is flower essences, a plant-energy based practice. I have also collaborated with other holistic health practitioners in our area to create a Community Wellness Day; a free event to make holistic health practices available to everyone. 

My teaching experience has been lifelong. I have taught swimming, music, art, and herbal classes.  I earned my RYT200 in July 2020 and am very excited to teach yoga. Yoga, to me, is a spiritual-energy practice. The physical aspects reinforce my ability to attune myself to the pulse of life and my environment. It has helped me keep my balance through many transitions and has become the activity I look forward to every day. My morning meditation and pranayama has made the most dramatic changes to my entire well-being. Teaching yoga allows me an opportunity to share in this experience with my community.