At Baltimore Yoga Village is a safe space for everyone of every ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, age, and culture to explore the 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 aligned with teachers, only the best and most sincere human beings, who believed in the roots of yoga and meditation and also had skill in making the teachings easily accessible to everyone. Teachers added momma-baby yoga to classes for the elders like yoga for arthritis. Anjali believes that when younger and elders come together, there is always a greater potential for exciting natural knowledge of our people to come forward. Eventually the entire renovation of the “hampden” Mill Centre space gave it new life 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.
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 teaching 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. Both spaces named Baltimore Yoga Village, she hoped the studio locations would bring more commonality to who meets and greets together.
Baltimore Yoga Village has grown as its community has grown, into a place that has birthed many businesses, relationships, music bands, health and wellness collaborations, and more, as people have indeed gotten to know each other. The number of classes offered has more than doubled, including $6 community cash-only classes. From sound healing, meditation weekly, yoga asana, chanting, special needs classes, and even some forms of dance and qigong, everyone is sure to find the teacher and time that works best for their bodies and minds.. Everything at BYV is centered around community and joy. We have established great partnerships with teachers; and most noteworthy is our partnership with Metta Integrative Wellness Center, who also rents our outer office rooms in the Mill Centre Location, providing massage, acupuncture, reiki, aroma therapy, and more. Our goal is to open the door to a peaceful environment, such that everyone has time each day to go inward to the peace and joy that is all of our true natures.