Kunga Yoga

What is Kunga Yoga?

You may have seen, or heard, the word “Kunga” here at In Balance Yoga, but what does “Kunga” actually mean?

‘Kunga’ is a Kinyarwandan word that means “to help” or “to serve”. Inspired by a group of children that survived the Rwandan genocide, Kunga Yoga is an approach to Yoga, rather than a style of Yoga. The Kunga Yoga community believes in using Yoga as a path of service. Most importantly, serving ourselves with the time we spend on our yoga mat. As we explore the practice deeper, we may start to recognize how we can also better serve others. As we strengthen our own container through Yoga, we are more capable to bring our practice off of the mat and in to our world. Kunga Yoga was founded by Kristin Cooper-Gulak and her partner Loren Gulak.

There will not ever be a difference physically between a Kunga class and any other class at In Balance Yoga. The difference is in the intention of the class. We use monthly Kunga Yoga themes to inspire a practice that is beyond our physical asana practice. During Kunga Yoga classes we encourage students to take their practice off of the mat and offer it in whatever way will better serve themselves, their environment, and their community. Some examples of Kunga monthly themes are 10 minutes of shavasana, expressing gratitude using non-violent communication, the power of positive thinking, and motivational music, to name of a few.

In honor of our service based practice, In Balance Yoga chooses to donate a minimum of 5% of the proceeds from each Kunga class, workshops, teacher trainings, festivals, retreats and 100% of proceeds from special community events and festivals to Homes of Hope Orphanage, the Farm Sanctuary and Yoga Village.

To learn more about Kunga Yoga, participate in any of the classes with the word ‘Kunga’ in the name. We also hold fundraisers and community events that support these efforts.

Save the Date for our next Kunga Festival, June 1 – 3, 2018!

To learn more about Homes Of Hope in India visit:

Karma Yoga

Karma yoga is translated as “the yoga of action”—that is, using the ordinary actions of your life as a means of “waking up.” Essentially, everything you do—from household chores, like washing the dishes, to “important” duties, like your job—becomes a way of nourishing the universe that nourishes you. Karma yoga can also be expressed through the practice of seva, or service. When you give to others, you free up space within yourself to receive this same loving-kindness.

In Balance Yoga Studio will offer regular donations classes at the studio. 100% of the donations go towards each organization or charity.

Feel good doing something that makes you feel good! Then, you can turn every practice into an expression of seva.


If you have a donations class you would like for us to host and help support your cause, please contact us at

Previous Donation Classes
Project Esperanza
Bike the US for MS
MS Walk
Food for the Poor Inc
NRV Interfaith Food Pantry
NRV Interfaith Childcare Center
Pulaski County Humane Society
Stretch for the Cure – National Foundation for Cancer Research
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – Breast Cancer Research
Children’s Miracle Network
Montgomery County Humane Society
Micah’s Backpack
Free Clinic of the NRV
Secondary School in Pretoria, South Africa
Precious Gems Academy
United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd
Breast Cancer Survivors – Blue Ridge Affiliate, Komen
Feeding America Southwest Virginia
“Double Your Dollars,” a new initiative with the Blacksburg’s Farmers Market
Boston Marathon and Brookline Mental Health Community Center
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
Bike & Build Program
Valley Interfaith Child Care Center
Blacksburg Battles Cancer
Chi Delta Alpha’s Mission Trip to Peru
Blue Ridge Land Conservancy
Andrew Lincoln and nonseminomal germ cell
Preetirang Sanctuary
Students Helping Honduras
Diphetago Creche, preschool in South Africa
Bosnia Peace Fellow
Shanti Yoga Ashram Nepal
Syrian Refugees
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
St. Francis Service Dogs
VT Relay for Life
Relief Efforts in Chennai
Blacksburg Yoga Collective – Fundraiser for Yoga Mats
Christiansburg Library
Montgomery County Christmas Store
Creating Social Change Club – Rwandan non-profit OPDE
WUVT Radiothon
Blacksburg Library
Special Olympics – Torch Run
Cuban Acapella group “Vocal Vidas”
Catalyst Foundation
Lewis Heslip Foundation
VT Global Medical Brigades
Movement for Meaning – Domestic Violence
Farm Sancutary
Homes of Hope Orphanage
Yoga Village
Be Kind Blacksburg
Education in Guatemala
Friends of Animal Care and Control
Southwest VA Food Bank
American Red Cross – Relief for Hurricane Harvey
Trini Foundation
Saha Global: Clean Water
Autism Awareness
Global Water Dances
Wounded Warrior Project
Blacksburg Refugee Partnership
Project OM
Service Dogs
Vietnamese Student Association
Hurricane Harvey
Camp Dragonfly Forest
InStill Mindfulness
Engineers without Borders
Havana Cathedral Preschool, Cuba
4,000 Miles XCountry for Cancer
Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation
VT Contemporary Dance
Uterine Transplant Research at Baylor
Service for Sight
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Local Family in Need 

Upcoming in 2018:
Service for Sight
Sigma Delta Pi
Make-a-Wish Foundation
VT Service Without Borders
Compassionate Care Fund

Building Community
Here are a few resources in our local community who share the same desire to acknowledge a more healthy and peaceful lifestyle.

Eucalyptus Massage Therapy
201 South Main Street
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Blue Ridge School of Massage & Yoga
2001 South Main Street
Colony Park, Suite 106

Akke’s Yoga Place
2401 South Main Street, Suite J

The Yoga Studio
2001 S. Main St.
Colony Park, Suite 2 540-961-0586

The Breathing Space
Weekly Yoga classes offered by Anna Pittman
Life Transformation Consultant for private sessions
Group work and Teacher Trainings are on going

The Weight Club

Reiki Stress Reduction and Relaxation
Nicola-Jayne Aymes, IPHM
(949) 439 – 6062

Dancing Dog Tees
by Mary Brown

Simply Clean Meals
Clean eating made easy with meal plans, grocery lists and
cooking tutorials.

Rolfing Structural Integration
with Chris Pohowsky

Annie Kay’s Main Street Market
1531 South Main Street

Eats Natural Foods
708A North Main Street

The Center for Creative Change
205 Washington Street SW

Artwork by Amity Dewey

Blacksburg Yoga Collective

Full Bloom Birth
Julie Fox
Childbirth Classes & Doula Services

Maureen McGonagle
Certified Massage Therapist
703 314 1737
305 Washington St. SE, Blacksburg, VA

Downey Dog Yoga
1301 Downey Street
Radford, Va 24141

Rhythm of Birth
Shalene Massie
Doula Support, Birthing From Within® Child Birth Preparation Classes
Prenatal and Postpartum Bodywork
(540) 759-4056

Trebel School of Fitness
112 – B Country Club Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Are you interested in weekly meal delivery to In Balance Yoga? We are a partner in this service for you so that you can easily enjoy healthy meals each week.

HazelBea Catering is proud to announce a way to help you save time and eat better; with food! HazelBea At Home is a healthy weekly meals program that is cooked from scratch with local, fresh ingredients and delivered to In Balance once per week. Our meals are most often paleo, vegetarian, or family-friendly.

Here’s how it works:
1. You choose what meals and how many servings you want
2. We deliver
3. You reheat

All of our packaging is compostable or recyclable and is freezer, microwave, and oven safe up to 250 degrees. Ingredients and reheating instructions are included. Enjoy time with your family and leave the cooking to us.

Check out this link below to see how it works…

Contact with questions and to learn more!

1512 N. Main Street

Blacksburg, VA 24060