What guidelines should I follow when I practice yoga?

Listen to your body!  Respect pain. Pay close attention to your body's innate feedback system. Distinguish between the discomfort of moving a stiff body and pain caused by overdoing or excessive demand on a joint. Sudden or severe pain is a warning. Most postures can be modified; JUST ASK! Balance work and rest. Yoga is about building energy.  Breathe properly. Without fully expanding your lungs, the muscles you are exercising cannot be adequately supplied with oxygen.


Can I talk during class and ask questions?
We love questions and love interacting with our students. Always ask us questions however please help us respect the quietness of the studio before and after class.


I am really fit. Will Yoga challenge me?
No matter what condition you are in, Yoga is a great way to enhance or surpass your current fitness level. Try it. You'll be hooked.


What is the most important thing I need to know before taking Hot Yoga?

Be well hydrated.  80% of Americans are chronically dehydrated without taking hot yoga.  HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!

Remember, this is a lifetime practice that can always improve, deepen and advance! This is your practice. Do not compare where you are today to others. Just practice and find your yoga glow!


What does Namaste mean?
Namaste is a customary greeting when individuals meet and a farewell when they part. Namaste is spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest. In Hinduism it means "I bow to the divine in you." Namaste is a  gracious form of extending friendship in love, respect and humility.


Is yoga covered by my insurance?

We joined United Healthcare's Wellness and Fitness Reimbursement Program. If you are a United Healthcare Member and purchase a monthly membership at In Balance and practice 12 x per month, you will receive a $20 reimbursement from UHC. The wellness program that pays you back for getting fit! Let us know if you are interested in joining! It is really simple!


If you have any other questions, please email us or call.

inbalanceyogastudio@gmail.com
540.961.1030

Yoga Class Etiquette

What are the benefits of yoga?

Whatever your age or physical condition, yoga can help you vastly improve the quality of your life and health. The word "yoga" comes from Sanskrit, meaning to yoke or discipline, to unite, to make whole. Yoga helps connect the body, mind and breath improving our well-being physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.


How do I get started?

Arrive about 20 minutes early! The classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis.  You may sign up online through our webscheduler or with our app, Mindbody Connect.  When you arrive to take your first class, you will be greeted by an instructor and asked to fill out a brief waiver form. You may also download the waiver from our website.  Download Waiver.

 

I'm a beginner, which class should I attend?

We offer many class options for beginners.  Our Hot Yoga class is a beginner friendly series.  If the heat isn't for you yet, please try Yoga for Beginners, Restorative/Therapeutic, Yin, Gentle Flow, Hatha or Gentle Yoga.  Please print this waiver and bring in for your first visit.


What if I'm not flexible?

Don’t let your inflexibility keep you away! You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga. That is like saying you are too dirty to take a bath.  Just come, try, practice and see your flexibility improve!


What should I wear?

Remove your shoes at the door and change into your bare feet. Wear comfortable clothing that will not overheat or overly bind.  Please do NOT wear perfume, and we recommend not wearing makeup or jewelry.

 

What should I bring?

Bring water, a towel, and a yoga mat if you have one. You can rent a mat at the studio or we have mats for purchase.  


Should I eat before class and how hydrated do I need to be?

Eat at least two hours before class and wait at least a half hour after class to eat. You may feel nauseous or tired if you eat too close before practicing.  It is best to practice yoga on an empty stomach. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after class. Stay as hydrated as possible by drinking water throughout the day before you practice.
Arrive Early to Class

We will lock the doors when class begins so arrive 5-10 minutes before start time or 10-15 minutes early if you are a new client.   Try to remain in the class until released or all cool cloths are down (in hot classes).  


Injuries

Let your instructor know of any injuries or conditions that may affect your practice.  Skip poses that aren't serving to heal and soothe, or try a different variation.  ​ 


Electronics

Leave cells phones and socializing out of the yoga room.  It is great to share class with people you know, but it can be distracting to yourself and others to have a loud or extended conversation. 

Frequently Asked Questions

In Balance Yoga • Blacksburg, Virginia 


Towels

Bring a towel and your own mat if you sweat a lot, and arrive clean and free of strong scents or fragrances.  (we rent mats for $3)  Also, please use a tissue or wash cloth under the eye pillows.


Honor

Honor your edge.  Don't push it in class or compare your practice to another's.  Work from where you are, not from where you think you should be. 


Reflection

Take time after class to reflect on your practice.   Even if you just remember one thing that you connected with, soon you will have a full toolbox for your own personal practice.  Enjoy a cup of tea and ask your instructor any questions you may have.