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Board of Directors

Founded in 2016, Virginia Community Yoga’s (VCY) mission is to serve the community by offering classes, workshops and wellness services centered around the practice and teachings of Yoga. 

Our vision is to provide a safe, supportive environment where individuals and families can come to create a diverse, compassionate and sustainably-growing community in an atmosphere that inspires personal growth and mindfulness of living. 


Our focus is to make yoga accessible to all regardless of age, income, race or religion.  We strive to bring the teachings of Yoga and the lifestyle guidance of health and wellness to our community.  


Dr. mica deckard, phd, ryt-200
-executive director, VCY
-assistant professor of sociology & criminal justice, ODU
- trauma-informed criminology
- evidence-based public policy
- mixed methods experimental research
- community reentry and
  violence prevention


Christine Harrell
-Founder & Board President
-500hr ryt/e-200 ryt
- yoga alliance certified           educational provider
-ayurvedic lifestyle counselor
-prison yoga project teacher

Ty Harrell

-200hr ryt

-Y.T.t. Yoga philosophy

-Nonviolent communication


Dr. Sunil Menawat, M.D.
- Vedanta philosophy
- family medicine
- Mayo clinic fellow


dr. Danielle stern, phd,  
e-200 ryt;-500hr ryt 
-director of community
education and outreach
-co-founder of bhav brigade

-jail project lead instructor
-trauma-informed, restorative,
yin & yoga nidra 

Our Teachers

Community. Diversity. Radical Inclusion.

All of our teachers volunteer their time to improve their community through unity in yoga. Our teachers have over 30 years and 5,000 hours combined experience in a wide variety of yogic traditions, practices, and specialties. 

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