Bend is located on Charlottesville’s historic downtown pedestrian mall. We focus on supporting women during their child bearing years through pre and post natal yoga, educational offerings, and supportive services.
It is our mission to empower the body, mind and spirit with breath, strength, and energy during the transitions that define women’s lives.
Our Mamaste yoga class is a prenatal class for pregnant women 12-40 weeks. This class prepares moms for a positive birth experience while teaching breathing techniques, pelvic floor toning and overall strength. Emphasis is placed on stress reduction and community building; moms share prenatal experiences, concerns and advice. (Moms may attend earlier in their first trimester with instructor permission.)
Our Sweet Peas yoga class (babes 6 weeks to pre-crawling + Mama) focuses on helping moms rebuild core strength, alleviate tight chest and arms, learn relaxation techniques, and incorporate baby into their workout. Babes are welcome in any mood – asleep, fussy, hungry – and breast/bottle feeding, changing diapers, sleeping babes are all allowed and welcomed in class.
We serve the unique needs of children through playful and exciting exercises. We offer yoga classes for children 6 weeks to 18 years of age, in a non-competitive and stress-free atmosphere. The yoga practice incorporates aspects of overall physical health, encourages body awareness, and promotes a focus on breathing. Through fun and engaging classes, children will develop stronger bodies and minds and an enhanced sense of themselves.
We want you and your kids to breathe in deeply safe, clean air while practicing yoga. In the studio, we use only environmentally-friendly and safe cleaners, and tea tree oil (with antibacterial properties) to clean the mats and the studio. Our blankets are cleaned with organic, phosphate-free detergent.
Bend has made every effort to use environmentally friendly materials during construction. We believe in building a community through relationships and have used local builders, designers, laborers, and suppliers as much as possible. The lobby and hallway floors are made of cork, a renewable resource, and bathroom floors are made of Marmoleum, which is made of natural renewable materials that are asthma and allergy friendly and SMART certified with no VOC’s or toxic chemicals. The floors in the yoga studios are made of non-toxic EVA foam, which contain no BPA or phthalates. We also used NO-VOC paint throughout the studio.
All of our apparel is made of 100% organic cotton or bamboo and printed with child-friendly and CPSC-compliant phthalate-free inks with no VOCs.
If you would like to have water at the studio, please bring your own bottle. We have a water fountain for clients to use.
WE REQUIRE ONLINE SIGN-IN FOR CLASSES; any classes with no one signed in 45 minutes prior to start time will be cancelled and appear red on schedule. We also offer drop-in spots however cannot guarantee a spot – please refer to online schedule before heading to class. Clients can cancel online sign-up 30 minutes prior to class start time.