Master yogis possess the ability to twist themselves into incredibly compact shapes, allowing them to store themselves in overhead compartments to avoid exorbitant baggage fees. Cram into a cubbyhole with today's Groupon: for $60, you get one month of unlimited yoga classes at In Balance Yoga (up to a $125 value) in Blacksburg.
In Balance Yoga folds human dough into delicious people pastries, stretching them spiritually and baking them in hot-yoga ovens. Certified instructors impart an array of disciplines, letting newcomers select experience-appropriate classes and allergy-sufferers avoid styles that practice cat pose or downward dog. Gentle flow focuses on movement and alignment, easing bodies into the forms and conventions of yoga. Hot yoga raises room temperatures, warming the collagen in joints, which allows students to safely indulge in deeper, more relaxing stretches. Malleable muscles increase vasodilatation and release endorphins, reducing stress. Wedding physical experimentation to spiritual meditation, restorative yoga focuses on breathing to reach a state of mental tranquility while supporting the spine through a sequence of poses. Vinyasa, meaning placement with purpose, incorporates advanced techniques, such as forward folds, backbends, and spleen flips.
Bring a mat and claim floor space in the soothingly illuminated studio. In Balance recommends arriving 10 to 15 minutes in advance, as doors may be locked after class begins to seal out angry stress mobs.
In Balance Yoga
In Balance Yoga's owner Nicole didn't just want to start a yoga studio, but a community that could share in growth through the practice. Today her studio is not only a gathering place and welcoming nest for practitioners, but it also hosts anywhere from 14–20 different types of yoga classes at a time. Some follow vinyasa or ashtanga traditions, while others add in strength-building workouts and some tune out the outside world by adding in meditation.