Marisa Vrooman Orpha Events

“Lilly and Sara of Union Yoga Retreats were exceptional to work with on all counts. They provided a level of customer service that my discerning clients expect, along with a beautiful and grounding yoga class. The practice they led enabled my clients and their guests to center themselves the morning of their wedding. The energy that Union Yoga Retreats created in the space was palpable and contagious. Their dedication to their practice and to customer service is a gem to find. I will definitely be suggesting more group yoga and Union Yoga to lead it!”

– Marisa Vrooman, Orpha Events, 2017

Emily Morrison“Union Yoga offered a graceful and grounding yoga practice to open our annual board retreat. Lilly’s gentle manner and open presence create a safe atmosphere where all feel supported. Her intuitive teaching style encourages movement and playfulness. With an emphasis on physical technique and natural breath flow, Lilly’s teaching is inspired and centering, perfect for any group or individual seeking to deepen their yoga practice.”

-Emily Robey Morrison, Executive Director of the Front Porch Music School, a local non-profit in Charlottesville.

“Arranging a yoga class for my wedding day was one of the best decisions I made, and Lilly was a wonderful teacher. I went into the class feeling stressed and thinking about all the little details I wanted to work out, and left feeling that whatever happened, I would enjoy and savor each moment of the day. Guests of all levels enjoyed Lilly’s class, which she led with compassion and humor. She incorporated breathing and movement exercises that helped us to release our jitters and feel more grounded, and created a wonderful space for us to connect to each other within. I would absolutely recommend Lilly for a wedding day yoga class!”

-Alice Chapman, Bride, 2016

“Lilly Bechtel gave me individual yoga lessons over a couple of years. She was careful to adjust her recommendations to my stated wishes for progress in alignment and offered suggestions that were very helpful. She taught me principles of movement, to which I, still, refer, even though I have not worked with her for some time. Best of all, she taught me that even when I do not have stated principles to which to adjust myself, in a given exercise, I can find them through careful work. This has been a wonderful gift.”

-Sonia Fox, Charlottesville, VA

Margaret Mucklo in Supported Sarvangasana“I started lessons with Sara to learn yoga basics and I’ve been studying with her ever since. She’s a knowledgeable and patient teacher who offers an abundance of encouragement. She designs our sessions to challenge me to the next level of accomplishment and always inspires me to improve. I highly recommend Sara to anyone—from newbies to experienced students of yoga.”

– Peggy M, Nelson County, VA

Ronda I - Headshot“The practice of Iyengar has been my yoga of choice for the last four years. I have been a student of Sara’s for some time and it is always a treat to work with her. She is curious and constantly evolving the ways she shares the joys of yoga. As a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, she’s knowledgeable, accommodating to various experience levels and offers a special sprinkling of coaching to encourage you to the next level!”

– Ronda I, Charlottesville, VA

“Lilly, of Union Yoga, created a beautiful and purposeful yoga practice and meditation session for myself, my husband and our guests on our wedding day. She created a heart opening, joy-filled and contemplative class sharing her enormous grace and skills as a yogi and facilitator. We’re so pleased to have shared our most memorable of days with Lilly and Union Yoga.”

-Jenna, Bride 2017

I drove from Raleigh, NC for the Winter Yoga Retreat and loved it. I felt restored and at peace when I left. Thank you! Fantastic.

-Catherine King, 2018

“To set the tone and intention for my birth blessing, I knew that I wanted to be led through a nourishing and gentle yoga class. Upon inquiring with Union Yoga Retreats, I was so thankful that they would host the event for me. The space in which we practiced is holy in its own right, and the thoughtful and loving presence of Lilly was exceptionally delightful. I wholeheartedly recommend mothers to be to look into gifting themselves and their loved ones with this sacred practice to either begin or punctuate their celebratory day.”

-Sidney Hall, Mother To Be, 2018