In Balance Yoga
"There is a blessing hidden in every trial in life, but you have to be willing to open your heart to see them."
Thank you, Metta-Mats for joining us this week at In Balance Yoga and for our vibrant new rental mats!

Thank you, Jonny Walker (VT Alum) & Metta-Mats for sharing your passion, business, creativity and quality mats with us this week during our one week residency.  

Haven't checked them out yet:  rent a mat from us or last day of the residency is this Friday, 2/3:  4:30 - 5:45 pm during Vinyasa Level 2/3 with Kim Picklap.

Metta-Mats is a green company that creates their mats from recyclable, renewable, biodegradable, 100% natural tree rubber base. Metta-Mats is committed to making the world’s most vibrant, highest performing, environmentally friendly yoga products in the industry and we are proud to have them at In Balance Yoga - Jonny's first studio.
Donations to Support the Lewis Heslip Foundation - Stretch & Strengthen with Jennifer McDonald this Saturday
Saturday, 2/4, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, $10 minimum donation

Please join us this Saturday, 2/4, from 2:00 - 3:00 pm for a Donations Class for the Lewis Heslip Foundation.  You may sign up online or show up day of. 

Jennifer McDonald will lead a class for all levels focused on stretching and strengthening. This is a donations class where you can donate as much as you are able. A minimum donation of $10 is suggested.

Captain Lewis J Heslip lived a life we would all to aspire to. He was a perfect example of a kind, compassionate, physically fit, strong and loving man. While enjoying a bike ride on May 24, 2016 he suffered a cardiac event and passed away instantly. He touched so many people in such a positive way the Lewis J Heslip Foundation was created to honor him and all the wonderful work he did for our community. 

The Lewis J Heslip Foundation has raised $20,000 with the short term goal of $25,000 to create an endowment. Each year a student attending New River Community College will be chosen to receive a full scholarship based on his or her leadership skills, motivation, desire to further his or her education and their financial need. 

The foundation will also support Project 14, a leadership program Captain Heslip was developing to enable his fellow officers, as well as anyone in the community interested, to attend leadership training and other developmental opportunities. 

This spring the foundation will start "Live Your Dream" for children who do not have financial means and or a support system to "live their dream". This will include things such as participating in sports, summer camps, any type of lessons dance, piano, horseback riding, etc. The mission is to provide children who do not have the financial resources with the opportunity to live their dream through not only financial support but also a mentorship program.

NuPowerYoga Sculpt Training at In Balance Yoga w/ Cindy Lunsford  - Deadline to Register is March 10th, Few Spots Remaining!
March 24 - 26, 2017
Want to get certified in NUPOWER Yoga - Vinyasa Power Flow + Focused Strength Training with Nubell weights and receive 12 CEU's?  

Deadline to Register - March 10th - only 8 spaces remaining!

The NuPowerYoga method was designed by an expert team of RYT’s, MD’s, PhD’s and movement therapists to create balance strength and flexibility throughout the body. A typical NuPower class combines high energy, low impact, body weight resistance and a flowing series of yoga postures. It also combines muscle building and fat burning strength exercises used in athletic conditioning! Each participant will receive a NuPowerYoga Manual, a certificate of completion and 12 CEU’s for Yoga Alliance.  Join Nicole and Keala for this training during Cindy's 3rd visit to In Balance Yoga!  Limited to 10 people.
Schedule 3/24 - 3/26
Friday: Master Class TBD
Saturday:  8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
$649 to register

The link to sign up for the NuPowerYoga sculpt course at In Balance Yoga on March 24-26 is located here:
*AND email us at that you have registered with NuPowerYoga

Excited to add these classes on our new schedule in the new studio space coming summer 2017!  Let us know if you have any questions!
Interested in our next 200 Hour Teacher Training?  Join us for our 3 Week Immersion this July partnering with Kunga Yoga!  
July 10 - 28
We are excited to announce that In Balance Yoga is partnering with Kunga Yoga and hosting our first 200 Hour Kunga Yoga Teacher Training, 3 Week Immersion Format in July of 2017 at In Balance Yoga.  

Interested in the 3 week immersion 200 Hour Kunga Yoga Teacher Training?  

WHEN:  July 10 - 28, Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm, with weekends off!

For more information on Kunga's 3 Week Immersion at In Balance Yoga visit our website here
We created a FAQ Video to answer questions about the program with Kristin from Kunga Yoga and Nicole (In Balance Yoga) - view here to learn more!
Kunga Yoga Teacher Training Information Session with Kunga Senior Teacher, Noelle Whittington 

Sunday, 2/26, 1:30 - 2:30 pm with Noelle and Nicole
Monday, 2/27, 5:30 - 6:30 pm with Noelle and Nicole
Saturday, 4/8, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Kristin and Nicole
Kunga Yoga Mission Slideshow & Presentation:  1:30 - 2:30 pm at In Balance Yoga

- What is Kunga Yoga?  Mission, 3 Platforms & Slideshow with Noelle
- Learn more about Homes of Hope Orphanage with Noelle & Nicole
- About Kunga Yoga Teacher Training - 3 Week Immersion at In Balance Yoga

We are excited to host guest Senior Kunga Yoga Teacher, Noelle Whittington, February 26 - 27th.
Tentative Schedule Below:

Sunday, February 26

Kunga Slow Flow with Asanas & 2 Pranayamas:  2:30 - 3:45 pm  (All Levels)
Kunga Yoga Teacher Training Q&A:  3:45 - 4:45 pm
Kunga Heated Vinyasa Level 2/3 Class with Live Savasana:  4:15 - 5:45 pm
Kunga Yoga Q&A:  5:45 - 6:15 pm
Kirtan with Noelle:  7:15 - 8:15 pm
Monday, February 27

Hot 5Elements Earth Flow:  9:45 - 11:00 am with Noelle
Kunga Flow All Levels with Noelle:  4:30 - 5:30 pm
Kunga Yoga Teacher Training Q&A with Noelle and Nicole:  5:30 - 6:30 pm

More information coming soon with Noelle's visit to Blacksburg!  Prices TBD
Founder of Kunga Yoga, Kristin Cooper-Gulak will join us April 8 - 9th!  

Tentative Schedule:

Saturday, April 8

Kunga Hot Slow Flow, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Kunga Yoga Teacher Training Q&A:  11:30 - 12:30 pm
Yoga Off the Mat:  Introduction to Non Violent Communication:  4:00 - 6:00 pm, $25

Sunday, April 9

Teaching Yoga to Trauma Sensitive Populations:  8 - 9:30 am, $35
5Elements Water Flow:  10 - 11:30 am
Thai Yoga Massage:  11:30 am - 1:30 pm, $25
Potentially one more  : ) hoping Kristin drums for us at some point over the weekend!
What does Kunga Yoga mean on our schedule?

Kunga is the word for service!
In Balance Yoga will give 5% of proceeds from 3 Kunga yoga classes per week to Homes of Hope Orphanage in India, the Farm Sanctuary or Village Yoga.  

Join us and help support these organizations and our mission of service:

Monday, 9:45 - 11:00 am for Kunga Hot Yoga 2 with Nicole
Tuesday, 4:30 - 5:30 pm for Kunga Hot Yoga 2 with either Nicole/Keala
Thursday, 9:45 - 11:00 am for Kunga Vinyasa with Nicole

The classes will also incorporate the Kunga monthly theme. February theme is inspiring music!  "Music with a Positive Message"
Guest Teachers at In Balance Yoga 
Wednesday:  2/8:  4:15 - 5:30 pm 

Wednesday:  2/15:  4:15 - 5:30 pm

Friday, 2/24:  3:00 - 4:15 pm

Save the Date for other incredible guest teachers:

Noelle Whittington from Wilmington Yoga Center & Kunga Yoga:  Feb. 26 - 27 

Cindy Lunsford from NuPower and Nashville:  March 24 - 26

Kristin Cooper-Gulak from Kunga Yoga:  April 8 - 9

J. Miles Back Again:  Thursday, April 13, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Lisa Rapp from St. Louis and Jivamukti Yoga:  May 7, 3:45 - 5:45 pm

Community Classes at In Balance Yoga

Wednesday, 2/15, 9:00 - 10:00 pm:  Community Hot Yoga with Sarah Nguyen
Tuesday, 2/21, 9:00 - 10:00 pm:  Community Vinyasa with Melanie Norton
20% off Friday, February 3, 2017
The first Friday of every month receive 20% off regular class packages for our First Friday's special. Call the studio from 4 - 7 pm or purchase online with promocode:  FIRSTFRIDAYFEB
4 Part Vinyasa Sequencing Workshop with Jeanmarie Paolillo
Sequencing 1:  Effects of Postures for Sequencing 
March 11, 2017 • In Balance Yoga • 1:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
In this workshop, we will take a look at each major grouping of asana - considerations in preparing for those asana and what those asana prepare for within the larger scheme of a class.
Sequencing 2: Key Principles 
April 8, 2017 • In Balance Yoga • 1:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Sequencing is a critical aspect of any high-quality asana class. The postures chosen and the order in which they are presented will affect a student's experience significantly. In this workshop, we will look at the considerations in ordering postures in a meaningful way to create safe and dynamic sequences.
Sequencing 3: Considerations and Structure in Sequencing 
May 6, 2017 • In Balance Yoga • 1:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Creating a sequence is like writing a story; each has a beginning, middle, and an end. There is a logical crescendo toward the climax of the storyline, followed by a thoughtful cooling down and a resolution or ending. In this workshop we will look at the theory behind structuring a class and factors that need to be considered in sequencing.
Sequencing 4: Advanced Asana 
June 10, 2017 • In Balance Yoga • 1:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

In this final workshop of the series, we will work through some real-life applications of sequencing. We will create sequences around advanced asana and explore the considerations inherent in teaching these to open level classes.
This workshop is part of the In Balance Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training program.  
**Open to the Public - Price TBD

Jeanmarie Paolillo, author of The Vibe-A-Thon, is a certified professional coach and yoga teacher trainer. She leads trainings and workshops on the physical and philosophical aspects of yoga; how the mind works; meditation and mindfulness, and the energetic body internationally. 

The fundamental purpose of this work for Jeanmarie is learning to be present in the moment. She lives in the passionate belief that all things in life are possible and that manifestation requires an understanding that everything is the culmination of our thoughts. The journey of presence leads the practitioner to a place of awareness regarding the life they are creating so they can consciously create their lives - as evidenced by her own leap from the corporate world after 20 years and her relocation to Southwest Virginia. She is known for her compassion, practicality, clarity, insight and sense of humor. Through this combination, Jeanmarie facilitates others on their path while receiving lessons from those she works with. 
Jeanmarie has been featured in Natural Health Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Yoga Journal and has appeared on and the CBS Morning Show. She is part of the Expert Network for a featured contributor to The Daily Love and an Architect for Change on . She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University, is recognized as ERYT500, has received a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology and is a Certified Professional Coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). The Vibe-a-Thon is her first book.
Hot Yoga Donations Class for the Catalyst Foundation with Sasha

Join us Tuesday, 2/7/17 from 9:00 - 10:00 pm for a hot yoga donations class.  100% of proceeds donated.

The Vietnamese Student Association at Virginia Tech and In Balance Yoga together will host a donation class to raise money for the philanthropy: The Catalyst Foundation. This foundation builds communities in Vietnam to provide basic needs, education, and job opportunities to fight against human trafficking. Please help us support this philanthropy!  
Catalyst Foundation Description:
"For children and families living in extreme poverty in Vietnam, Catalyst Foundation is a humanitarian organization that supports community programs to provide basic needs, job opportunities, counseling and education to prevent the trafficking of young children. We believe that through these support mechanisms, the cycle of poverty can be broken and we can be the catalyst for hope. There is no simple option to stop trafficking. Catalyst Foundation believes there is only a holistic approach to ending this tragedy. Through education and community development, we are giving these communities and its daughters HOPE!"
Meditation Journey with Nicky Aymes
Thursday, 2/9, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Root Chakra: Grounding to Mother Earth Meditation Journey

With the help of aromatherapy, sound therapy, crystals, and voice techniques, Nicky Aymes, will guide you through a meditation. Regular rate to attend.

Community Pool Yoga at Blacksburg Aquatic Center
2/9, 2/23, 3/9, & 3/23

Join us every other Thursday from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm at the Blacksburg Aquatic Center for a free community pool yoga class.  All ages and levels welcome!  Pool yoga supports the body, upending your relationship with gravity.  It is low impact, ideal for people with joint pain to improve their strength, flexibility and range of motion.  

Turns out, floating in savasana while supported by two noodles is pretty blissful! : )

Partner Yoga with Nicole + Tom
 Saturday, 2/11, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

No partner or experience necessary! All levels welcome. Even if you have never practiced yoga! Come have fun with Tom Gorman and Nicole Boyle. Nicole will lead us through Partner Yoga and Tom will help us learn to fly!

Drop-In rate or class package to attend. Sign up ahead of time online!

Entering the Abode of the Heart - a back bending workshop with Sarah Fischer visiting us from Richmond
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Rate Early Bird Student: $25
Rate Early Bird Non-Student:  $30

Backbending postures open your heart and lift your sprits.  These poses are powerful medicine for battling stress, depression, and the winter blahs.  In this workshop Sarah Fischer will teach you key physical alignment cues from Ashaya Yoga® to help you find greater power and ease in your backbends. Sarah will also introduce inspirational yoga philosophy to support you in re-connecting with your own Heart and living from its wisdom.  You will come away feeling strong, uplifted, and wildly open-hearted!
Bio: Sarah Fischer: E-RYT200, RYT 500, Licensed Ashaya Yoga Teacher, & Life Coach   
Sarah has been teaching yoga since 2007 and has been licensed to teach Ashaya Yoga® since 2015.  Sarah brings acceptance, humor, wisdom, and spaciousness to help yoga students move from frustration to inspiration and growth in the practice of backbends and life!  She is also a life coach and lives in Richmond, VA with her family.
Morning Intensive with Andre Foisy - Wednesday, 6:30 - 7:30 am 
Each Wednesday, 6:30 - 7:30 am
For all levels: incorporate a modern understanding of the body in order to address the demands of modern life!
Classes begin with a down-to-earth meditation, pranayama (breath work), then move through seated poses and core work before sun salutations, inversions, backbends or other more challenging "apex" poses.

Classes help students to strengthen places where they are weak, physically and emotionally and helps students gain strength and flexibility quickly and safely. For students who are flexible already, this style helps students to develop the strength to go into deep poses safely. Classes incorporate skillful hands-on assists. Students will see meaningful, lasting results from this practice!

Mat Pilates Now Each Week on the schedule with Jennifer M.
Each Wednesday, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
This class will include a brief introduction to the 5 basic principles used in STOTT pilates and a mat-based pilates workout. The class is a dynamic workout focusing on strengthening core muscles, improving flexibility, and body weight exercises that challenge and tone the entire body. All levels are invited to attend and modifications can be provided. 
Yoga for Toddlers @ In Balance Yoga with Candy
Sunday, 2/19 & 3/15, 3:00 - 3:50 pm, $15

Join us on Sunday, 2/19 & 3/15 from 3 - 3:50 pm for Yoga for Toddlers.  Breathe, bend & bond with your toddler!  A fun-loving, supportive, and active yoga practice filled with dozens of Itsy Bitsy Yoga® poses designed just for your toddler. At a time when children naturally explore movement, Itsy Bitsy Yoga® builds confidence in their moving bodies, and encourages their creative spirit both in and out of class.

Age:  18 - 36 months.  Drop-In Rate to attend.  ($15, includes both Parent & Toddler)

Candy L. Beers-Kim, M.S., R-DMT, a pediatric sleep and attuned families consultant  just moved here from Yoga Source in Richmond, VA.  Welcome to Blacksburg and our community.
Community Chair Yoga Class with Karen 
2:45 - 3:45 pm
Grounding Flow with Leia:  Donations for TreeSisters 
Saturday, 3/4, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Join Leia for this Tree Pose Themed Grounding Flow.  100% proceeds donated to the TreeSisters.
Imagine if it was normal for all of us to give money for trees every month to consciously balance both our taking and our warming....we could reforest our planet in no time.
TreeSisters is about building a huge engine of change in the form of a global network of women working together to re-robe the planet as fast as possible.
We are developing 3 core strategies:
1) How to build a global network of women, and resource, empower and inspire them to work together to effect major change. A women led global crowd funding campaign for swift reforestation is doable, practical and needed now...
2) How to reforest the tropics within 10 years. How to build a collaborative map of steps to show how money raised in the global north can effect enormous change if deployed through existing reforestation and avoided deforestation initiatives in the field...
3) How to build bridges of care and shared responsibility between the two.
Free Yoga for Breast Cancer Patients & Survivors with Karen C.
Saturday, 3/18, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

A couple of years ago, Karen had the opportunity to take a free course from the Christina Phipps Foundation, which teaches yoga instructors how to teach a class for breast cancer survivors and patients currently going through treatment for breast cancer.  (

The class had physicians, physical therapists, oncologists, plastic surgeons, etc. speaking and educating the group as to what breast cancer patients/survivors are going through, or could be going through. The class has also proven to be beneficial to the group as survivors and patients supporting one another. 
Save the Date and join us and Karen on Saturday, 3/18, 2:30 - 3:30 pm for this FREE Community Class
Find Your Zenfandel with In Balance Yoga + Beliveau Estate Winery
Thursday, 3/23, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Save the date: calling all yoga and wine lovers: we are collaborating with Beliveau Estate Winery for the 3rd time featuring this special event. More information to come, mark your calendar and let your friends know, too!
Make a Purchase to Help Fund Education in Guatemala - Display located on the Front Desk at In Balance Yoga

Thank you to everyone who has purchased a bracelet made in Guatemala and through your purchase supported 'bright but needy' students in Guatemala through
The Mayan women who make the beaded items receive an income to help support their families in a region where jobs are scarce and wages low.  100% of sales from the Mayan Beads provide funding for the tuition and school expenses of Middle School students in Guatemala.  

Look for this beautiful beadwork displayed at In Balance Yoga!

For more information visit:  Mayan Beadwork here, find them on Facebook or email:
Semester Pass (4 months of unlimited yoga) 
 $300 for students ($75 per month) and $350 non-students ($87.50 per month) 
Check the webscheduler for our up-to-date schedule each day and to pre-register for class or use the app - Mindbody Connect.
PRIVATE LESSONS for  INDIVIDUALS or GROUP Classes available.  Call or email the studio to schedule.
CORPORATE MEMBERSHIPS available.  Contact us to learn how to help your organization make wellness a priority.
PARKING: Check out Eheart Street (parallel to Clay Street).  Parallel park on Eheart or park in the parking lot.  We validate parking at Kent Square for two hours when you practice at the studio.  Bring your ticket and show the front desk and receive two Kent Square ticket vouchers.  
After 5 pm on a weekday or any time on a weekend - park at the Town of Blacksburg across from In Balance Yoga.  

QUESTIONS about which class is for you?  Please contact us via email at or 540.961.1030 
Parking Reminder
September 15 - 16, 2017

In Balance Yoga plans to open our new doors SUMMER OF 2017 and we invited Jimmy Barkan to teach for a GRAND OPENING in the FALL of 2017 and he said YES!  Be the first to purchase your tickets for this event and in our new space.  We hope this event sells out!  Don't miss it.  Jimmy usually travels to Australia, UK, Costa Rica, NY and now add Blacksburg!  GO HOKIES!

He will offer two classes:  30 minutes of clinic with a 90 minute class to follow.
Friday, 9/15:  4:30 - 6:30 pm:  Barkan Method Hot Vinyasa, Level 2/3 
Saturday, 9/16:  9:30 - 11:30 am:  Barkan Method Hot Yoga Level 1 

Purchase in advance:  $50 for one, $85 for both
@door - $60 for one - $95 for both
Healthy Eating in 2017:  End Cravings Now - Free Online Workshop
 February 26 @ 7:00 pm

Learn simple & effective strategies to end your sugar cravings!
February 26 @ 7:00 pm

Sugar seems to be everywhere and in everything. It's no wonder the average American eats 3 times the amount of sugar they should in a week! Join Katie Haines, Certified Health Coach, for this free online workshop and get a handle on your relationship with sugar.
Grab your favorite blanket, a cup of tea, and watch online. You'll learn:
  • How to find hidden sugar
  • How to control sugar cravings
  • 2 common mistakes people make when ditching sugar
  • What sweet treats you CAN eat
To reserve your spot, click here >>>

Katie Haines, CHC

Katie Haines is a certified health coach for busy women. She helps them find ways to make eating healthy a little bit easier and drop all that food guilt. Formerly of Christiansburg, Katie now lives in Maryland with her two-year old son and husband.

Grateful for Our Community!
Hope to practice with you soon! Thank You For Your Continued Support!
If you have any questions, please let us know.
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