Baltimore Yoga Village builds on the strength of each individual to create a supportive community of health and wellness, spiritual growth, and self respect. It is a safe space for everyone of every ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, age, and culture to explore authentic and accessible teachings of yoga as well as other ancient, tried and tested, healing and expressive modalities.
In 2007, Anjali, who was teaching at The Ahimsa Yoga Centre, purchased the assets of the space to begin a new vision. Hers was a vision of a multi-faceted community-oriented place where people in Baltimore could meet each other and become like a true village of support to each other while rooting in a likeminded environment where everyone appreciated the healing peace of regular yoga and meditation practice. She brought on teachers, only the best and most sincere human beings she could find, who believed in the roots of yoga and meditation and also had skill in making the teachings easily accessible to everyone. Adding classes from prenatal and momma-baby yoga to classes for the elders like yoga for arthritis, Anjali believed that when younger and elders came together, there was always a greater potential for exciting natural knowledge of our people to come forward. Weekly events, teacher trainings, and eventually the entire renovation of the “hampden” Mill Centre space gave it new life and began to bring more people to our tucked away city sanctuary. Still not packed, there is room in classes for teachers to give personal attention to students and get to know the needs of everyone involved. BYV cares more about quality than quantity.
Meanwhile in 2009, Quantum Yoga in the Lake Falls Village shopping centre went out of business and Anjali acquired this space as well, now expanding the community across two close but very distinct Baltimore neighborhoods. It has been her dream, since growing up in Southwest Baltimore and trucking across town to go to school each morning, to bridge some of the divides of Baltimore neighborhoods, who goes where, and who has access to what. She began to hire teachers who would teach across both spaces and diversified the teaching styles offered there. Both spaces named Baltimore Yoga Village, class passes and memberships became usable across both locations.
Baltimore Yoga Village has grown as its community has grown, now over a decade old, into a place that has birthed many businesses, relationships, music bands, health and wellness collaborations, and more, as people have gotten to know each other. The number of classes offered has more than doubled and we strive to have something for EVERY BODY each day, including $6 community cash-only classes as well as the BYFree program, which offers free wellness services, at several off-site locations in the city. We offer sound healing, meditation weekly, yoga asana, chanting, special needs classes, and even some forms of dance and qigong. Everything is centered around community and joy. We have even entered in partnerships with local small businesses which promote other healthy products so that community members receive discounts across town for being regulars at BYV. Most noteworthy is our partnership with Metta Integrative Wellness Center, who now rents our outer office rooms in the Mill Centre Location, providing massage, acupuncture, reiki, aroma therapy, and more. Our goal is to bring the services as authentically as possible to everyone, in peaceful environments, such that everyone has time each day to go inward to the peace and joy that is all of our true natures.