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Surya Chandra Healing Yoga

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Our 200 and 300 hour Yoga Teacher, 900-hour Yoga Therapist Certificate, and Specialty Certificate programs offer you a unique opportunity to become a student again. Expand your knowledge of yoga, enhance your therapeutic skills, and connect with a sanga.

Join us every week as we take our practices off the mat and broaden our knowledge of everything from class sequencing and sanskrit to case studies and the Bhagavad Gita.

Unwind and relax on a yoga retreat or vacation with JJ. Immerse yourself in daily yoga, healthy eating, and heartfelt community while exploring new and unique locales.


our mission

Grounded in the ancient texts of India, SCHYS programs offer comprehensive and integrated study of the art and science of therapeutic yoga. Taught through the wider perspective of teachings from multiple traditions, our programs focus on the experiential learning process. SCHYS Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists are empowered to bring holistic health and healing to their students and clients. We teach you to find harmony in your life by balancing the opposites.


SCHYS Yoga Therapy Certificate program is accredited by the Accreditation Committee of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Our Executive Director, JJ Gormley also serves on the IAYT Accreditation Committee.

Book with JJ

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JJ Gormley, MS-CAM, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

JJ is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and Holistic Nutritionist with a Master of Science degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (MS-CAM). She serves as the Executive Director of Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School and Surya Chandra Yoga Sanga, a 501c3 dedicated to bringing yoga therapy to communities in need.

JJ Gormley began her yoga journey in 1979 when her roommate gave her yoga classes as a gift. Her interest in yoga was slow to grow, but she soon found herself studying from a variety of yoga traditions, including: Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikram, Integral, Iyengar, Kripalu, Kundalini, and Sivananda. By 1989, JJ found herself teaching her colleagues at the high school where she taught mathematics. Just a few years later, JJ traded high school math for teaching yoga full-time at her own studio in Arlington, VA. In 1994, JJ opened Sun & Moon Yoga Studio - this small studio quickly became a community staple, with over 1,500 students, 25 teachers, 3 locations, and an office staff of 8.

JJ has since let go of her beloved studios – focusing her career on training students to be teachers, and teachers to be students at Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School (SCHYS). Built on the foundations of TKV Desikachar and the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and influenced by her experiences in other yoga traditions, SCHYS has trained hundreds of highly qualified and sought-after teachers and Yoga Therapists. JJ's Yoga Therapy program is one a select group around the world to receive accreditation from the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT). JJ travels around the country teaching teachers of yoga to be students and training them to be Yoga Therapists.

Book a Private Session with JJ

JJ offers private Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda, and Holistic Nutrition consultations at the Total Wellness Center in Orange, VA. She is known for her ability to create a supportive environment where she leads clients toward their strengths – mentoring them to transform current habits and make changes for the better. Most importantly, JJ teaches from the heart, taking the time to work with each client as an individual – knowing that we are each a unique being with our personal path toward health, balance, and wellness.

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Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy is a proven method of intervention for many chronic conditions, including (but not limited to): auto-immune issues, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, as well back, neck, shoulder, hips, knees, issues. Fortunately, Yoga Therapy is complementary to all other healing modalities - offering you an opportunity to reduce your stress and allow your mind and body to open itself to the healing process.

Call (540) 672-2428 or email to book your appointment today!

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Holistic Nutrition

JJ uses a blend of herbal medicine, nutrition, massage, spiritual insight, practical experience, scientific analysis, and creativity to bring you toward a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle based on your unique and individual needs. This is personal medication at its best.

Call (540) 672-2428 or email to book your appointment today!

While these methods are highly effective, they do not return you to health overnight - it is important that you be willing to practice and make lifestyle changes as advised. JJ takes into consideration your capacity, considering both available time and finances, and develops a practice that will fit within your lifestyle. You can count on a safe and judgement-free zone of encouragement when you work with JJ.

Contact JJ to schedule schedule a consultation for either Yoga Therapy or Holistic Nutrition (or both!). The first 15-minutes of your initial consultation are free and $90/session. Purchase a 5- session package for $375 or save and buy a 10-session package at $600. 

JJ is available for private appointments Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Call (540) 672-2428 to book your appointment today!

Healing Yoga with JJ at the Total Wellness Center

Healing Yoga with JJ at the Total Wellness Center | 331 N Madison Rd, Orange, VA 22960

Healing Yoga with JJ at the Total Wellness Center | 331 N Madison Rd, Orange, VA 22960

Healing Yoga with JJ offers yoga classes for all skill/comfort levels. Classes include:

  • Intro/Level 1 Mondays 5:30p-6:30p

  • Chair Yoga Tuesdays 3:00p - 4:00p

  • Level 2 Wednesdays 5:30p-6:30p

All classes are offered at the MedSpa/Total Wellness Center of VA at 331 N Madison Rd, Orange, VA 22960. Call (540) 672-2428 for more information!