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Ellen Goldlust

Ellen Goldlust grew up in Northern Virginia and moved to Blacksburg with her family in 2000 after living in Charlottesville;  Madison, Wisconsin; and Conway, Arkansas.

After dabbling in yoga on and off for years, she began practicing more seriously in 2011 while in the midst of a divorce. As her 2015 midlife crisis, Ellen decided to obtain her 200-hour certification, and she completed that training with Nicole Boyle at In Balance Yoga in Blacksburg in June 2016. In October 2016, she also completed BlossOMing Yoga’s Restorative Training.

For Ellen, yoga has been a way to help heal spiritual and physical injuries, and that’s the approach she takes in her classes, which focus on opening the body, releasing tension, and creating an inner calm that yogis can take with them off the mat. Ellen teaches a variety of styles but particularly enjoys gentle flow, prenatal, and aqua yoga.

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Leia Jones

Leia is an artist, dancer and yoga teacher. She is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor and has a degree in Dance and Choreography from Hollins University.

Leia is currently pursuing her 500hr certification in Therapeutic yoga from the Wilmington Yoga Center. Her yoga practice is inspired by observing our deep connection to all things on a fundamental level. She has experienced firsthand how Yoga helps eliminate the stress, anxiety and unhealthy habits that keep us from accessing greater presence. Her unique soulful teaching approach combines an emphasis on breath, alignment and intention.

Leia hopes to inspire more joy, freedom and peace through the healing practices of yoga, dance and meditation.

"There were many things in my youth that I'm not proud of...they were loose threads...untidy parts of myself that I wanted to remove. But when I pulled on one of those threads...I unraveled the tapestry of my life." -Captain Jean-Luc Picard