In Balance Yoga Studio offers regular donations classes. 100% of the donations collected go towards the sponsoring organization.
Our Saturday 4:30 PM donations class benefits diversity scholarships for yoga teacher trainees.

Previous Donation Classes

4,000 Miles XCountry for Cancer
Active Minds Mental Health VT
Aerial Yoga – Kids with Special Needs
Aid to the Blind
Amazon Conservation
American Cancer Society
American Red Cross – Relief for Hurricane Harvey
Andrew Lincoln and nonseminomal germ cell
Apple Ridge Farm
Autism Awareness
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
B Plus Foundation for Kids With 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 New School
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
Contemporary Dance Ensemble
Creating Social Change Club – Rwandan non-profit OPDE
Creating Space BYC
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
Dressember Campaign
Education in Guatemala
Engineers without Borders
European Roma Rights Center
Farm Sancutary
Feeding America Southwest Virginia
Fight Against Acute Myeloid Luekemia
Food for the Poor Inc
Free Clinic of the NRV
Friends of Animal Care and Control
Global Education Quality
Global Education Equality (FEARless)
Global Water Dances
Guatemala Service Trip
Habitat for Humanity
Havana Cathedral Preschool, Cuba
Hawaii Red Cross – Volcano Displacement Help
Heart Health
Holistic Trauma support for New Immigrants
Home Health & Hospice – Servant Heart
Homes of Hope Orphanage
Hurricane Dorian Response
Hurricane Florence Relief Fund
Hurricane Harvey
InStill Mindfulness
Joe Spaulding 2 Kidney Transplant
Jewish Film Festival
Juvenile Diabetes Research
Learn for Life School in India
Lewis Heslip Foundation
Make-a-Wish Foundation
March of Dimes
Micah’s Backpack
Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center
Montgomery County Christmas Store
Montgomery County Humane Society
Mountain View Humane
Movement for Meaning – Domestic Violence
MS Walk
National Alliance for mental Illness
NRV Interfaith Childcare Center
NRV Interfaith Food Pantry
NRV Women’s Resource Center
NRV Time Bank
Ovarian Cancer Research
Precious Gems Academy
Preetirang Sanctuary
Project Esperanza
Project OM
Pulaski County Humane Society
Relay For Life
Relief Efforts in Chennai
Ronald McDonald House
Rwandan Project
Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation
Saha Global: Clean Water
School House in Vietnam
Secondary School in Pretoria, South Africa
Service Dogs
Secondary School in Pretoria, South Africa
Service for Sight
Service Without Borders
Serve Our Willing Warriors
Shanti Yoga Ashram Nepal
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Sigma Delta Pi
Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society
Southwest VA Food Bank
Special Olympics – Torch Run
St. Francis Service Dogs
Stretch for the Cure – National Foundation for Cancer Research
Students Helping Honduras
Students Supporting Brain Injury
Summer Camp for kids with Disabilities
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 Panhellenic: Circle of Sisterhood
VT Relay for Life
VT Service Without Borders
VT Womens Rugby Team
Walk to End Alzheimers
Women’s Resource Center in the New River Valley
Women Facing Poverty and Oppression
Wounded Warrior Project
WUVT Radiothon
Yoga for sight
Yoga Village
Youth Development Center in Ethiopia

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, TBD

Click Here to Learn More: Homes Of Hope in India