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New Yoga Studio Opens in Goochland

Goochland County is now home to Heart of Yoga, a new yoga studio that believes that at the heart of yoga lies peace, compassion and the willingness to serve. Located in Manakin-Sabot, Heart of Yoga’s mission is to share the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga by meeting students wherever they are in their life and practice. Co-owners, Deirdre Nanda Devi Turner and Karen Kalyani Levitt offer compassionate, quality instruction in yoga, Pilates and wellness, in a supportive, nurturing environment.

Classes range from extra gentle to advanced and include seven-week beginner sessions in yoga and Pilates, as well as mixed-level vinyasa and yin yoga. The overall focus is on connecting the mind and body and includes yoga breathing (pranayama) and deep relaxation (yoga nidra). The studio offers donation classes to military personnel, police officers, firefighters and EMTs.

Heart of Yoga plans to offer wellness workshops as well as classes on the MELT Method, a physical self-care system promoting increased flexibility, range of motion and relief of certain types of chronic pain.

Location: 1903 Manakin Rd., Manakin-Sabot. For more information, visit