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 the Kunga Theme of the Month 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, November 9 – 11, 2018!

Click Here to Learn More: Homes Of Hope in India

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 or community class you would like for us to host and help support a cause close to your heart, please click above to download our form and email to:

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

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.

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Contact with questions and to learn more!

1512 N. Main Street

Blacksburg, VA 24060