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Using the principles of traction coupled with relaxation, specialized props which facilitate realignment and energy flow, our 90 minute classes teach each student how to improve flexibility and strength. 

2019 Class Schedule

CLASS SCHEDULE: All classes are not in the same location. Take time to scroll to bottom of the box below for further details. Call Kathleen at 302-981-0777 for further information.

MorningNoon After Work Evening
Monday5:30 pm
Very Near
Yoga Studio
Private classes
can be booked
on request
Tuesday9:30 am
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Yoga Studio
Wednesday 5:30 pm
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Yoga Studio 
Thursday9:30 am
Very Near Yoga Studio
11:30 am
Chair Yoga
(call for registration)
 4:30 pm
Very Near
Yoga Studio 
Friday9:00 am
Saturday8 - 10 a.m.
Working on Your Practice
Very Near Yoga Studio
*Note - please call in advance
before attending Saturday classes. 

Studio Locations

Very Near Yoga Studio
Gilpin Place Apartment Bldg.
1301 Gilpin Avenue, Ground Floor
Corner of Gilpin & Franklin
Wilmington, DE
Phone: 302-981-0777
Class cost: Based on $22 per class; the senior discount applies to able-bodied students.

* Newark Parks & Rec Adult Fitness
This class runs during the school year only.
George Wilson Center
220 New London Rd.
Newark, DE
Note: Preregister @ (302) 366-7000 ext 9416

Students at Very Near Yoga
  1. Pricing & Policies
    Our classes are small enough for you to fit in at any level of age or flexibility. In each class you will be developing at your own rate of learning based on the Iyengar method of teaching to the individual. Our pricing is higher than the larger studios based on personalized instruction. Classes run in 8 week segments based on $22 per class. Note: Financial difficulties...? Please let us know and we can work together so that you can regularly attend classes. Drop-in students who do not wish to register for a series are permitted in any class, if there is space (first come, first served). Drop-in students may come for a first class & decide to become a regular part of ongoing classes. You may commence your series mid-term, by permission of the teacher.
  2. THE SCHOOL YEAR (Please note changes for 2018)
    All Series are based on 8-week segments which are to be paid for at the beginning of the 2 month period.
    Continuing students are allowed to join ANY class to make up one of the 8 classes which were pre-paid. All make-up classes must be completed before the end of that 8 week period (you may therefore come more than once in a given week).
    The lump sum payment for a 2 month series is non-refundable. Every effort to accommodate a special circumstance will be made. However you must bring the situation to the teacher's attention immediately.
    Attractive gift cards with envelopes are available for you to give an individual participation at $22/class in group classes or private classes at $70/hour. Gift certificates are valid for 12 months from date of purchase.
Stretching at Very Near Yoga

What's New

To give you a better idea of how different our classes are from the norm, look at the above image showing Chair Yoga with props.

We are celebrating our 20th year of continuous operations! Thank you to all of our students who have passed through our studio and those who have been with us throughout!

Regularly scheduled classes for 2018 are now posted. The Fall Series 2018 begins the first Tuesday after Labor Day. We will continue our regularly class schedule through mid-December. The Winter/Spring schedule commences the second week in January 2019.

Enrichment of my teaching and personal practice has been deepened in 2017/2018. Many thanks to Practice Yoga Studio in Philadelphia and Simply Yoga in Princeton, NJ for hosting their workshops.

Kathleen Wright

What is Yoga

Yoga takes the individual student step-by-step to under-STAND the technique of coming alive to one's own balance, strength and flexibility.

Life is rushed and some yoga classes are taught in a fast-paced, rushed manner that does not contribute to learning on a deep level. Yoga is slow, steady learning process thats extends your brain from the bottom of your foot to the top of your head. This takes time!

The use of props, for instance, including blocks and belts to help you stretch when you "just can't reach that far"; bolsters and blankets used to gradually open the back and hips that have become "too stiff to bend that way"; chair, walls and floor to assist the spine in extension eventually will allow all of you who are new to yoga to use it as "the golden key which unlocks the door to peace, tranquility and joy". 

muscle groups


 At the Very Near Yoga Studio, your experience will be as though you were attending a mini-workshop.

Our classes offer great solutions for the problems of aging and the stress of modern life. Using the principles of traction coupled with relaxation and deep breathing, using specialized props which facilitate realignment and energy flow, our 90 minute classes present the student with the techniques to carry on the process at home.

As the above illustration shows, the muscle groups of the rib cage, lower back, glutes and hamstrings are all connected, but separate. Upper torso flexibility is an important component of oxygenating the heart and lung functions. Integrating the systems of heart and lung function with lower body mobility, we will get you out of your rocking chair!


I started learning Hatha Yoga at a time when I thought I was getting older and wanted to stay young: I was only 30 years old. That Christmas Day 1976 B.K.S. Iyengar delivered an address to the International Yoga Teachers Association meeting in India. Now, my truly older self is much stronger, flexible, balanced. With yoga as our "teacher", I want to help other older adults to find better health than they ever expected to have … I have!

Overall, I have come to see how our physical characteristics and shapes mirror what goes on mentally and emotionally, as well as in/on the body. Whether we know it or not, the habits of a lifetime are still with us. Just as we learned to walk, or toddle, learning to balance in defiance of gravity at age one or two years old, watching our parents and others & imitating their stance and gait, this is still going on. When I was very young, say around 7, my father recognized in me a rhythmic ability & from that age & for about the next 7 years, I took dance instruction in all its forms. I loved it, although I was very shy and did not like "performing" as we did every year giving a dance recital for our parents. What I did not understand at the time, however, that I eventually did develop because of the practice of yoga, was good posture and the missing self confidence that made my shyness show on the outside. It was my dance teacher in San Mateo, California that first introduced to our acrobatics class the wonder of yoga stretching... I was only 11 years old and I still relish the memory of that first feeling of what yoga can be.

When I turned 30 years of age, looking for a way to stay youthful, my friend from age 9, Gina & I began a search for some form of exercise that we liked enough to stick with. My dance training as a kid did not have much kick left in it, so after we'd taken a number of classes in modern dance, ballet, folk dancing, etc., we stumbled upon a yoga class with a young man who had just returned from an extended stay in India. He & many others from the West Coast had discovered the genius of B.K.S. Iyengar who was revolutionizing the practice of Hatha Yoga from the university town of Pune. Bill M, our teacher, was a carpenter by trade & was making some of the wooden props that are used in Iyengar-style yoga and he & others in San Francisco like Judith Lasater, Manuso Manos and Richard Rosen were beginning to publish the YOGA JOURNAL under the auspices of the CYTA (California Yoga Teachers Association). That would have been around 1976 or so and I had just begun a business career after having graduated from the University of California at Davis with a BA in French, wanting to go into international business. I remember how my yoga teacher, Bill M, had spoken of his disenchantment with the politics of the yoga community & the business of yoga, but never did I imagine that after 20 years of my own successful business career that I would drop out of that stream and enter into teaching yoga as a means of making a living and serving as a restorative to my soul.

Restorative yoga: what does that mean? When I began to understand my own body I learned that there were clinical names for the type of spinal misalignments that I was "laboring" under scoliosis, lordosis, and kyphosis … the last two commonly known as "swayback" and "dowager's hump". Restoring the spine to its natural alignment and extension was a process that began with just using the wall as a prop to assist me in standing up. Yoga poses and breathing done with folded blankets under my neck & spine allowed me to open the stiff areas of my shoulders & upper back helped release the "dowager's hump". Hip & legwork done with a chair underneath me began to release the "swayback".

My business career involved a lot of desk work and air travel and the pains I had been developing from too much sitting and slouching had become impossible to ignore. I was also needing the restorative of a spiritual sort. Being in the business world exposes one to so much compromise that is "part of doing business", or so one is told. All the years from 1982, when I came to live on the east coast until 1990, my business career took precedence and I enjoyed it, but the yoga that I had learned in San Francisco stayed with me in the form of the book LIGHT ON YOGA written by B.K.S. Iyengar around 1966. His concise overview in the Introduction provides a foundation as to how to practice the 8 limbs of yoga. I was unable to locate a teacher until 1994 or so when I started studying in Philadelphia with Joan White.
 Never mind what the business world offered in terms of stability & financial security, in 1990 I had decided to quit the business career and to devote myself to the study, practice, and commitment to the twin sisters of Vedic Philosophy, yoga, and astrology (Jyotish), and by association ayurvedic medicine. I will be a lifelong student of these, but I owe an incredible debt to B.K.S. Iyengar and his personally trained teachers who keep the lineage of his teacher T. Krishnamacharya of Mysore, India, alive and thriving. I was able to open my small yoga studio in Wilmington Delaware, the Very Near Yoga Studio, in 1998 and I am constantly supported by many devoted practitioners who come year after year to pursue with me this amazing Iyengar style of learning the science of mind and body called yoga.

There's more to this autobiography than I can possibly write, but, stay tuned, for the riding of the wave of this lifetime.

Very Near Yoga Studio
Gilpin Place Apartment Bldg.
1301 Gilpin Avenue, Ground Floor
Corner of Gilpin & Franklin
Wilmington, DE 19806



Phone: 302-981-0777