212 E. Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219
2016 Class Schedule
Closed July 4th Monday
Monday - Friday 6:00 - 8:00 Mysore
Monday - Saturday 9:30 -11:00 Mysore
Sunday 9:30 - 11:00 Led Full Primary Series
Monday 5:30 - 8:00 Mysore
Tuesday 6:00 - 7:00 Sitting Meditation
7:00 - 8:00 Mysore
Wednesday 5:30 - 8:00 Mysore
Thursday 6:00 - 7:30 Led Full Primary Series
The Led Full Primary Series classes are taught "in unison" for students either familiar with Ashtanga Yoga -- or fit and with a passion for challenge -- to practice in sync together as a group. There is not much detailed instruction in this class but students new to the practice will be advised how to modify certain difficult poses, skip impossible ones -- and rest as needed.
The Mysore classes are blocks of time during which students arrive, practice, and depart according to their own schedules, energy, and extent of learning -- while receiving individual attention and instruction. Mysore classes are the traditional and best way to learn the practice. They're like getting semi-private lessons tailored to your unique situation, while other students around you are practicing at their own (and different) paces and rhythms in accordance with their unique abilities and levels of learning.
Brad Ellsworth teaches the Sunday 9:30 am Led Full Primary Series & Mysore classes.
Matthew Conover teaches the Tuesday night Meditation & Mysore class.
Robbie Norris teaches all other classes.
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by Robbie Norris
George, 53, is a lifelong denizen of Richmond’s Blackwell neighborhood. He was introduced to yoga practice in jail, hasn’t missed a single class, and practices daily on his own between classes. Many thanks to Sheriff C.T. Woody, and Internal Program Director Sarah Scarbrough, PhD, for keeping the yoga program going strong. And thank you, David[…]
Marcellus Walker, 27, surprised the hell out of me when he handed me this letter on Monday, March 23rd. As the packed room of 20 men rested at the end of the Richmond City Justice Center (Richmond City Jail) yoga class, I realized I wanted to know more about this young man who looks like[…]
Instead of leaving jail with the usual mentality of wanting to stuff one’s starved senses with all manner of worldly pleasure, my awesome friend, Billy Scruggs, remains fully aware of how good it feels to be clean, clear, patient and focused — and is attending “90 meetings in 90 days” to be sure never to[…]
Three Years: From Richmond City Jail to Richmond City Yoga Logan was a scrawny 20-year old junky when in June 2011 he attended my yoga classes for a month during his stay in the Richmond City Jail. Although I could see he was a nice boy underneath his problems, he wasn’t at jail long enough for[…]
Last Thursday night, April 17, I mentioned to the men of my Richmond City Jail Yoga class that if they find the yoga especially helpful, enjoy writing, and don’t mind being identified, I would be happy to post their opinions. When occasionally I ask students to write, typically I just tell them to write “whatever[…]
Ruth Tracey, 23, had been a long-time shoplifter. On her last night in jail she gave me a remarkable letter (reproduced below) that shows how timely it was for her to receive instruction and encouragement in the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. Enthusiastic and grateful for being introduced to a happy way of life that[…]
Recently Oxford University published a study showing that even a little bit of yoga over a short period is beneficial to inmates. “We found that the group that did the yoga course showed an improvement in positive mood, a decrease in stress and greater accuracy in a computer test of impulsivity and attention,” say Dr[…]
Kristen Lamb, who is to be released soon from the city jail, is a beautiful 32-year old; for the last 10 months she has been in prison for what most readers of a yoga blog would consider a trivial offense. Meanwhile Kristen has an 11-year old daughter at home in North Carolina who has missed[…]
About six years ago I met Ty Landrum at a Tim Miller workshop at Jennifer Elliott’s “Barn” in Charlottesville. Ty had been practicing yoga for only a year or so, but already his practice was remarkably strong, fluid, precise and imbued with a beautiful meditative quality. Subsequently, we became acquainted in a friendly way, seeing[…]
Funded by an anonymous donor, the Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia has made an unrequested, non-competitive, $12,500, 6-month grant to Broome Street Temple, run by renowned Ashtanga Yoga teacher Eddie Stern. Broome Street Temple is using the grant to support the teaching of Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series to Richmond City Jail inmates. I offer[…]