Integral Yoga® Staff

Rev. Vimala Pozzi

Rev. Vimala Pozzi

Integral Yoga® Staff

  • E-RYT 500
  • PRYT

Richmond, Virginia US




In 1995, after working 13 years as an architect, Nora Vimala Pozzi, E-RYT500, PRYTYcat, transitioned from part-time to full-time owner and director of the Richmond IYC and a Yoga Educator. She became director of the Teacher Training Program in 1999 and a Yoga Therapist in 2001.

Her yoga postgraduate teaching certifications from Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville, include: “Advanced Hatha Yoga”, “Yoga for Stress Management”, ”Raja Yoga” (Yoga philosophy and psychology), having also served as faculty for the teacher training program since 2006. She is also certified in “Prenatal Yoga”, “Yoga for Kids and Teens”, “Yoga for the Heart” (Nischala Devi’s program, based on Dr. Dean Ornish’s program to reverse Heart Disease), and “Yoga for People with Cancer and  Chronic Illness-YCat” (Jnani Chapman’s program) where she is also senior Faculty. She attended Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program for Health Care practitioners. Vimala is a also a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and Certified Group Facilitator, as well as a Reiki Master. Vimala is currently serving as trainer for the TAIY (Therapeutic Applications of Integral Yoga) the 300hrs course for the IAYT  “grandparenting” process towards the IAYT’s individual therapist registration.

Nora Vimala offers yoga classes for various levels of ability and health conditions, yoga therapy—individual and group sessions, lectures and workshops on various subjects related to yoga, stress, health and mindfulness. She has been a speaker and presenter at many yoga conferences and at events for various public and private organizations. She also teaches and lectures nationally and internationally in English and Spanish, which is her original language.

The Last Phone Call

Suddenly, I was surprised by these few tears in my eyes. What is it now? What triggered it? Here, in this space, many things can trigger my memory, and many memories can be called upon. But it was clear as crystal. Absolutely no doubt. It was that last phone call I had with my mother…before she died; uncalled for, unexpected, unplanned, without advanced notice.

The Yoga M.D.

Love heals, loneliness is at the root of illness, a good natural diet can prevent and reverse many illnesses, as well as Yoga, deep breathing, and exercise.” These are components of Dr. Dean Ornish’s revolutionary method to reverse heart disease (and some cancers), with whom she worked to develop this life-saving method.

Integral Yoga: the Path to Wisdom Within

For me, yoga meant a series of things I couldn’t do: contorted body poses, uneven breathing practices, and the ultimate torture—trying to quiet the mind. Then I took a class in Richmond, Virginia, taught by Nora Vimala Pozzi, and realized I had it all wrong.

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy may seem like an unusual name for a therapy that deals with the body and the mind. Often we think of therapy when we need address pain or discomfort, either physical or emotional.

Individual Yoga Therapy

What is a Yoga Therapy session?
As opposed to a yoga group class, an individual yoga therapy session may be needed or required for different reasons:

Popular Lecture Topics

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    The Life and Teachings of Swami Satchidananda