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Virginia Atkins

I began practicing yoga in earnest when I retired in 2006.  At that time I was practicing almost daily at Dew Yoga in Stamford, CT and reaping the benefits of regularly being on my mat. In 2012, I decided to take my teacher training and enrolled at Kripalu for the 200-hour certificate. Upon completion I began to teach a Karma Yoga class at Dew each Sunday morning whereby all proceeds from my class and the equivalent of my salary were donated to a local charity. I returned to Kripalu in 2014 to complete my 500-hour certification.
 
In 2015 I moved from CT to live full-time in NYC, fulfilling a life long dream. After a few false starts I found Reflections Center for Conscious Living and Yoga, which felt like home the moment I walked through the door.  After one Sunday morning class I mentioned to the teacher that I would like to find another volunteer teaching position. Through her I learned of Kula for Karma and the amazing contributions they are making.
 
I now find myself happily teaching at a residence associated with the Jericho Project. 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. I am also teaching a class of Breast Cancer survivors at Bellevue Hospital, which is particularly rewarding as I also am a cancer survivor.