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In Balance Yoga- DBI Business Member of the Month

15 Jun inbalancelogo
Downtown Blacksburg, Inc is proud to present our Business Member of the Month for June 2016-In Balance Yoga.
We often hear, “I’m not flexible, I can’t do yoga!”  That’s like saying you are too dirty, so you shouldn’t take a bath.  Yoga can help reduce stress,  calm your mind, increase flexibility, improve balance & strength and many other benefits.  IMG_1300
In Balance Yoga offers a variety of classes, including Hot Yoga, bikram, Vinyasa, Gentle, Restorative, Yin, Prenatal, and Yoga Basics in downtown Blacksburg.  We offer classes for all levels of experience.  Beginners are welcome!  We are enjoying practicing yoga outdoors with pool yoga at the Clay Corner Inn and Paddleboard Yoga at Claytor Lake State Park as well as during the Summer Solstice events at Cabo Beach and the Alexander Black House.  This summer we have also scheduled a mat Pilates class and barre classes to try.
We are open everyday with over 40 classes offered each week.
Student and Senior pricing is available.  We also have family and corporate packages available.  Interested in private lessons or private group classes?  Contact the studio for more information.
IMG_1278The first Friday of every month we offer 20% off our regular class packages for our First Friday Special.
Community and service is important to us.  If you have a cause you would like to support, please let us know and we will host a donations yoga class with 100% proceeds benefiting the cause.  We have hosted over 50 community classes and 15 donations classes since January of this year.
We love inviting guest teachers from our community to teach at In Balance Yoga and build the yoga community in our area.
About the owner
Yoga was the first exercise Nicole found and practiced consistently.  She soon discovered yoga was not just the physical, it helped her mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  Yoga opened doors to self-care, holistic healing and how to take care of yourself and feel good.  She wanted to share this movement and connection with others.

Nicole Fitzwater Boyle grew up in Blacksburg, Va. She attended the University of Virginia, and after 15 years of living away from the New River Valley returned home to her roots and her and her husband, Justin,  purchased In Balance Yoga in the summer of 2013 from founder Becky McDaniel Crigger. Nicole has been practicing yoga for over 10 years in studios all over the country and even internationally.

Before becoming the Owner of In Balance Yoga, Nicole worked in development with both aVirginia Tech and the University of Virginia for 5 years, 7 years in sports marketing with CBS Sports (University of Maryland, Virginia, LSU, Utah and corporate) and advertising with BBDO New York on the Gillette account.

Nicole hopes to cultivate a community of service at In Balance to impact those in need in the area.  In Balance Yoga is service oriented.  Working with clients with autism, a work study program with Blacksburg High School with teenagers with special needs, relationship with the Adventure Program for yoga during their after school program, volunteering to teach classes at schools, churches and libraries in the area.  In Balance Yoga has offered over 50 free community classes and 15 donations classes with 100% of the proceeds donated to the cause since January 1st of this year.

In Balance Yoga is grateful to the wonderful teachers on their staff offering a variety of classes to meet each client where they are.

Nicole is thankful to her husband, Justin, who helps with the studio every day. They have a dog, Ogden and a cat, Hobie. Nicole’s advice: practice yoga with as many teachers in as many places as you can…to learn and live as much as possible.  Be receptive.

Nicole used to travel over 200 days a year with her job with CBS Sports and she would drop in at yoga studios to practice wherever she was that week.  These yoga studios were her 2nd home and community.

Our Mission
To provide our yogis with a community of movement, breath, mindfulness, sweat and service in a space they feel at hOMe – “Welcome Om!”

bSAVE THE DATE for SUP Yoga at Claytor Lake this summer!
6/16, 7/7, 8/4 and 9/1 – Thursdays, 5:30 pm
6/4, 6/25, 7/30, 8/27 and 9/18 – 10:00 am
Email the studio to reserve your board.  Limited to 12 per class.

Yoga for Teens
Blacksburg Public Library is hosting an actives oriented summer reading program called “Read for the Win” in June and July.  In Balance Yoga is going to offer a short info/demo on yoga for our teens to promote attendance for the program.
Hope you can join us on Wednesday, July 6, 2:00 – 3:00 pm.


In Balance Yoga was founded in December of 2009.  Thank you for your continued support over the years.

Like us on Facebook
Instagram:  @inbalanceyogablacksburg
Twitter:  @In_Balance_Yoga

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Back on Track

14 Nov Dr Logan Brooke

Post written by Nancy Moseley

Dr. Logan Brooke is not only a practicing chiropractor, he is also a patient.

“It’s the best kept secret in healthcare,” Dr. Brooke of the downtown Blacksburg location of Tuck Chiropractic admits, “I get adjusted once a week for prevention.”

Dr. Brooke received his chiropractic license in 2005 and moved to Blacksburg from Ohio when Tuck Chiropractic recruited him in 2009.  He decided to pursue the profession after having a positive childhood experience with a chiropractor. A Biochemistry major from Bowling Green State University, he took classes in college that would allow him to transition easily into chiropractic school, allowing him to evolve his childhood passion into a career.

Chiropractic medicine is typically used as a complement to traditional healthcare treatments and benefits people who suffer bodily discomfort due to any number of factors, both physical and mental. This type of therapy concentrates on using manual techniques to adjust the spine, joints and other soft tissues.

“People who come to see us can generally be grouped into three categories, those with physical, emotional or biochemical issues.”

These issues can include any number of health situations from chronic headaches and scoliosis to digestive problems or even unresolved financial stress. The practice attracts a lot of families and 1/3 of Dr. Brooke’s patients are under the age of 24.

“Usually one member of the family starts to see us for a specific reason and then the entire family starts to come. It ends up being a positive experience for everyone.”

The office itself is located on North Main Street on the same block as the new Waffle House and next door to 622 North. All Tuck Chiropractic locations, twelve in total stretching from Galax to Bedford, support a “green” healthcare initiative, believing that making a dedicated effort to benefit the environment will ultimately benefit the patient.

Dr. Brooke’s office has switched to a digital system of record keeping and note taking, nearly eliminating all paper waste. Energy consumption is also kept to a minimum by turning off all electronics and therapy machines when they are not in use. I went by for this interview while the office was closed for lunch and noticed that the waiting room lights and all interior office lights were also turned off. Just that one hour a day of saving energy can make a significant annual impact.

As with most businesses located in the Downtown Blacksburg community, maintaining a strong liaison to Virginia Tech is vital to the success of the practice. However, to depend on a revolving tidal wave of students 8 months of the year, Dr. Brooke admits, is not a sustainable way of doing business. It’s a challenge, but a welcome one, to find a way to stay connected to the local population as well.

“I love the small town feel of Blacksburg. I think we all do a good job of supporting each other by patronizing local businesses as much as possible. I also love running into my patients in the grocery store. It gives me a unique opportunity to grow relationships outside of the office.”

One of Dr. Brooke’s favorite parts of his job is helping build an overall wellness foundation for his patients. It is so rewarding, he notes, to watch them achieve their personal health goals. Dr. Brooke is also an avid triathlete with lofty health goals of his own. He participates in at least two triathlons a month and this summer completed seven total throughout the state of Virginia.

Still, this all begs the question, shouldn’t we be trying to avoid needing a chiropractor at all? There is a misconception surrounding chiropractic therapy, as Dr. Brooke candidly said at the beginning. It’s not always used as a reactive form of alternative medicine, but a preventative one as well. It’s not all careless cracks and pops, but an intentional regimen of procedures that are tailored to each individual’s needs.

“People have to learn to overwhelm their body with good stress, while simultaneously decreasing negative stress. Simply understanding the difference is a huge lesson.”

At the end of the day, it’s all about improving the patient’s quality of life. By being aware of simple things like hydration, sun exposure, regular exercise, correct posture and a general positive mental attitude, we can be in control of our own health journey. But when real life happens, as it tends to do, places like Tuck Chiropractic are at the ready to steer us gently back on course.

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Tuck Chiropractic is located at:
620 N. Main St.

Patient Hours:
Monday 8-12 & 2-6
Tuesday 8-12 & 2-6
Wednesday 8-12 & 2-6
Thursday 8-12 & 2-6
Friday 8-12 & 2-6
Saturday 8-10

Let’s Get Physical!

6 Nov

Post Written by Lauryn Tamburello and Laureen Blakemore

UPDATE: 1/12/12- We are sad to announce that New Tech Fitness closed its doors in December 2011

Walking through the front doors of New Tech Fitness, (which is conveniently located across from Next Door Bake Shop and boasts ample parking onsite) I am immediately struck by a friendly, clean, welcoming, healthy environment. The gym smells and looks clean and bright- a side effect of the massive wall of windows surrounding the entire space. Great to work out in natural light and if you don’t care to watch the televisions it is refreshing to enjoy the beautiful view of the not too distant Blue Ridge Mountains while feeling the burn!

I am delighted to meet Jennifer Miller, “the Fitness Instructor Machine”. Jennifer is the Group Fitness Supervisor of New Tech Fitness, and brings quite a bit of credibility to not only Blacksburg, but across the U.S. Jennifer moved from Knoxville, TN where “I worked for Bally initially and was in the right place at the right time to become a supervisor and now am teaching other teachers across the country.”

Jennifer has been certified for 15 years with the American Aerobics Association International/International Sports Medicine Association (AAAIISMA), which is based out of Pennsylvania. With this certification she is sent throughout the states when needed to teach new classes and workshops. She is also the co-owner of Plain Jane Fitness, which teaches current fitness instructors unique, more specialized techniques such as different workouts you can do with the “bosu ball.”

With this intensive resume, it’s no surprise one of the main attractions to New Tech Fitness are the group fitness classes, and note some days there are up to 15 different class options! Astounding to pick up the schedule and be spoiled for choice- Should I opt for the Healthy Backs Class, which is the only one in town taught by a certified Personal Trainer, New Tech Fitness Manager, Jocy Surface? Or should I try Zumba, Body Pump, Body Flow or that crazy fun indoor cycling workout for cardiovascular conditioning, fat burning, and sculpted legs? I think I need to “sculpt my legs” but the fat burning, hip churning latin-inspired dance moves of Zumba sort of captures my interest…..   Other attractions include a low crowds, no wait for equipment, space in classes (because the classroom is huge!), and the variety of equipment meets all fitness levels. Apparently I could even try out the Aquatic Program which is great for arthritis and joint training and takes place at the heated indoor pool at Hawthorne Suites.

Such variety of equipment, however, can be intimidating, but not for long as most of the employees of New Tech are fitness professionals and trainers with advanced degrees in Physiology and Kinesiology.  Having this experience leads New Tech to being on the cutting edge of fitness but always suggesting safe exercise options.

Last year you might’ve seen the New Tech’s float in the Christmas parade, I don’t think you could miss two spin instructors on bikes advertising the ever-popular spin class. You will also find them at Summer Solstice Fest, teaching Zumba to the crowds, Gobblerfest and involved in VCOM events. New Tech even sponsored a “Biggest Loser” type event in 2010 working with many community partners to make fitness fun for everyone.

As for parents on the fence about going to the gym because they can’t leave their children, New Tech offers Childwatch, which is available to members for a small fee. College students staff this service and use the time constructively by playing and doing activities instead of propping your child in front of the TV. Childwatch hours vary daily which can be found here on their websiteNew Tech Fitness even offers Toddler Time several times a week. Toddler Time offers fun and games for the NTF Childwatch kids in the small fitness studio and is a big hit with the tiny participants!

New Tech Fitness is about more than the obligatory “workout to look good”, New Tech Fitness strives to take your health and fitness goals personally. They give the support and encouragement that is needed to help you achieve the results you desire and deserve. They offer the whole body fitness and wellness approach including the newly opened “Blacksburg Nutrition Store” onsite which is the ONLY nutrition store in Blacksburg. The store is owned and operated by Brian Jardine, a Tech graduate. At New Tech Fitness you get the whole package-personal training, nutrition and fitness advice, a family friendly environment for ALL ages and the best massage therapist in town! Licensed Massage Therapist Dorrie Ditton’s massage therapy studio is an oasis of calm in the center of a busy fitness center that offers convenience without sacrificing privacy.

During our interview on Tuesday, Jennifer invited me to attend her H.E.A.T group fitness class that evening. H.E.A.T. is a High Energy Athletic Training class which is “intense cardiovascular exercise using plyometrics, calisthenics, and kickboxing with intervals of muscle-building strength. Fast paced and challenging”. Each week the classes are different, so you never get used to the workout or know what’s coming. In this particular class it was set up circuit-style; we did a couple minutes of group cardio then partnered up for a weight training or plyometric station and repeated the process 9 times- it kicked my butt! Two days later I’m still feeling it in my calves and abs and that’s when you know you’ve gotten a great workout🙂

New Tech Fitness Announcements:

Every month, New Tech offers one free class and in November it will be Power Yoga on Tuesday the 15th from 6:45-8pm.

Saturday, November 19th there will be a 2 hour stationary bike class called Tour de Tech and it will be led by a team of instructors!

Community Discounts

VT Student Discount Memberships (including semester long memberships), Corporate Discounts (which includes VT Faculty) and Blacksburg High School athletes are offered a discounted rate of $15/month accompanied by a coach’s note.

Classes and hours are announced on their Facebook page and website. You can follow New Tech on Twitter.

New Tech Fitness also offers a FREE Member Advantage Card rewarding members with special incentives and discounts at a variety of participating businesses including Awful Arthur’s, Tuck Chiropractic and Next Door Bake Shop.

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