Yoga emphasizes seamless transition between poses, a skill set adopted by the Navy to teach cursive flag semaphore to its sailors. Spell out serene stances with today's Groupon: for $45, you get 10 classes at The Yoga Studio in Blacksburg (a $100 value).
Yoga maven Noëlle Dijoud soothes her students with two distinct yoga styles, each of which inspires deep introspection in addition to sustained poses. Svaroopa yoga dissolves deep tension in the spinal muscles with precise postures and careful spinal alignments guided by hands-on adjustments by an attentive instructor, helping to unfurl knotted musculature and inspire a deeply affecting sense of serenity akin to floating in a pool of packing peanuts. Kripalu yoga emphasizes mindful breathing to augment its sequence of flowing asanas as students synchronize breath and movement to create one cohesive action. The 90-minute classes meet multiple times a week, with separate sessions to help beginners develop fundamental skills and more advanced classes where seasoned students can supplement their practice with guided meditation. Noëlle recommends combining the two styles of Yoga and advises visitors to bring their own yoga mats, blankets, and water, although some mats may be available at the studio or the nearby foam quarry.
Inner Joy Yoga
After leaving a career as a professional dancer in Europe, Inner Joy Yoga's founder, Noëlle Dijoud, moved to the United States to study yoga, mastering a wide range of disciplines. In the positive, inviting atmosphere of Inner Joy, her students train in the mind-body awareness of Kripalu or the gentle, restorative techniques of Svaroopa.