February Volunteer of the Month: Virginia Atkins

Our volunteer of the month for February is VIrginia Atkins! 

Virginia began practicing yoga in earnest when she retired in 2006. At that time, she was practicing almost daily at Dew Yoga in Stamford, CT and reaping the benefits of regularly being on her mat. In 2012, Virginia decided to take her teacher training and enrolled at Kripalu for the 200-hour certificate. Upon completion, she began to teach a Karma Yoga class at Dew each Sunday morning whereby all proceeds from the class and the equivalent of her salary were donated to a local charity. Virginia returned to Kripalu in 2014 to complete her 500-hour certification.

In 2015, Virginia moved from CT to live full-time in NYC – a life long dream. After a few false starts, she found Reflections Center for Conscious Living and Yoga, which she says, “felt like home the moment I walked through the door. After one Sunday morning class I mentioned to the teacher than I would like to find another volunteer teaching position. Through her, I learned of Kula for Karma and the amazing contributions they are making.”

Virginia registered to become a yoga instructor with Kula, and immediately was made aware of an opportunity to teach at the Dublin Cancer Center associated with Mt. Sinai Hospital. Virginia now finds herself happily teaching at a residence associated with the Jericho Project. She says, "I am delighted to be guiding the yoga practice of a group of veterans that is more grateful for the experience than I ever could have imagined.  It is incredibly rewarding.”

Thank you for all that you do, Virginia! We are so grateful for you.