My favorite yoga studio is The Yoga Room, located on Colley Avenue in Norfolk’s Ghent neighborhood. For nearly four years, I have literally spent hundreds of hours here. Although the location has evolved over time, the theme remains the same – a kind, loving, encouraging place to practice yoga.
Studio name / City or neighborhood
The Yoga Room/ Colley Avenue /Ghent
Style(s) of yoga taught there
Beginner/Basics, Gentle and Restorative, Vinyasa (or Flow), Prenatal – there is something for everyone, no two classes are the same. The owner and lead teacher, Diane Malaspina, created a space where every level of student can find classes that are safe, well guided, and inspiring.
Something about this yoga studio that makes it special is…
I have tried many yoga studios, but this one has kept me coming back for more. Quite frankly, I know I am in good hands here. Proper alignment, avoiding injury, using props when needed, and not taking yourself too seriously are consistent themes offered in the many classes taught by Diane and the other talented instructors.
What is the studio’s origin story?
Hitting a crossroad after ending a career as a Psychology professor, Diane decided to embark upon a 30 day meditation with the intention of being open to what she was going to do next. By day 20, all signs were leading to opening a yoga studio in Ghent.
Ideal first class for a beginner
It depends – if you are looking for an overall beginner class that teaches each classification of pose and elements of flow then the Basics class. If you are looking for a deep stretch, relaxing class then the Gentle/Restorative class. There is also a class called Meditational Flow – Foundations for folks wanting to learn the fundamentals of vinyasa and inversions and arm balances.
Ideal first class for an experienced yogi
The Meditational Flow and Saturday morning Flow classes are the most challenging – yet alignment is focused upon and the class is intelligently sequenced so that folks with some experience can find the pose that is appropriate for them. You will see other yoga teachers in the Saturday morning Flow – its fun and challenging.
Tips for getting the most out of your experience at this studio…
Have an open mind and leave a competitive attitude at the door. Yoga is about growth and expansion – the teachers will help you find what that means on any given day.
Mirrors / No mirrors
No. Classes are taught in such a way that students are encouraged to listen and refine through their own body awareness. “Embodiment” is a skill that is learned through consistent practice. Hands on adjustments and posture demonstrations are offered throughout the class to help students with the postures.
Is there a new-to-the-studio introductory offer?
No. The studio keeps prices consistently lower than the going rate in town. The idea is that clients leave feeling as though they get a quality experience for a good value. No “sales” or promotions, just easy, consistent pricing. Drop in is $13, class passes and monthly passes are available – no automated debit – pay as you practice.
The thing I hear the most about yoga from friends and people I meet is that they are scared to try it. I assure you, with the long list of major health problems I had when I started coming to this studio, I was probably the most apprehensive of anyone. I not only felt at home right away, but even went on to complete a 200 hour Teacher Training at The Yoga Room. Without the love and support I’ve found here, I would never have had the courage to do it on my own.
The Yoga Room is located at 1703 Colley Avenue in Norfolk. Phone: 757-828-7746.