KUNGA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING AT IN BALANCE YOGA

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Kunga 300 Hour Yoga & Lifestyle Teacher Training at In Balance Yoga • August 2018 – July 2019

The format is one weekend a month.  The weekend could be Friday – Sunday or there are four Thursday – Sunday weekends (depending on the module).

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Deepen your knowledge of yoga by learning advanced techniques in gentle yoga and meditation, anatomy, restorative, kids, pre/postnatal, business basics, yoga business basics, senior yoga, assisting and, most importantly, about yoga off the mat and as a form of service.

“Kunga” is a Kinyerwandan word meaning “to serve or help”. The mission of all Kunga Yoga teacher training programs is to offer the teachings of yoga as a path of service to the planet, it’s people, and all beings. We encourage you to meet our faculty, talk to our programs directors and grow your practice on the mat with us. Join the In Balance Yoga Studio family.

REGISTER TODAYThe 12 Kunga Modules & Tentative Dates with Kunga Faculty: Kirstin, Noelle, Nicole & More: 

(All modules available a la carte or as part of the 300 Hour 1 Year Program)

Kunga Anatomy of Yoga Teacher Training (1/4/19 -1/6/19) with Jess Hartman


Take your practice to a deeper level with this hands-on anatomy course

*Required 300hr Service Leadership Track

Specifically designed for yoga teachers and serious practitioners of yoga, this teacher training presents the anatomy and function of the major muscles and joints and how they are involved in yoga Asana. Review the anatomical structures of the body and learn how yoga can help to treat and prevent injuries. Work with an experienced physical therapist and learn how to assess and modify an asana practice for injury prevention and treatment. Lecture topics include the physiology of pranayama, core stabilization and how anatomy provides the base of our entire asana practice, as well as specific musculoskeletal issues and injury prevention.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • how to prevent injuries
  • how to modify poses for injuries
  • how to use asana, pranayama and meditation as therapy

DATE & TIME 
Friday, January 4th 
5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday, January 5th 
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, January 6th 
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Kunga Detox Vinyasa Yoga (2/1/19 – 2/3/19) with Nicole


Detoxify and Take Your Fitness to a New Level

*300 Hour Service Leadership Track Required Training

This yoga detox workshop will teach you asanas (postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques), and various forms of movement that will help release built up toxins in the body, creating a cleansing effect and moving you towards clarity of the mind, and freedom in the body. Burn more than 800 calories in each practice while releasing toxins and stress, followed by deep stretching and relaxation.

DATE & TIME
Friday, February 1st
5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday, February 2nd 
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, February 3rd 
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Kunga Restorative Yoga Teacher Training (3/1/19 - 3/3/19) with Noelle & Nicole

RESTORATIVE YOGA IS A DEEPLY RESTFUL, REJUVENATING PRACTICE OF YOGA THAT HELPS US LEARN HOW TO RELAX THE BODY AND MIND THROUGH SUPPORTED YOGA POSTURES AND BREATHING PRACTICES

Part of the Kunga Yoga Service Leadership 300hr Track + Kunga Yoga Therapeutic Essentials 300hr Track

Benefits of Restorative Yoga include:

  • General physical and mental relaxation and rejuvenation
  • Movement and release of lactic acid and lymphatic fluid in the body, increasing immune function
  • Lower blood pressure & cortisol levels
  • Increased body-mind-spirit connection through mindfulness meditation
  • Activation of the relaxation response through the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Gentle flush of the internal organs through deeper breath work (Pranayama)

The Kunga Restorative Yoga Teacher Training certification is for students and teachers of all levels seeking to reduce tension and stress, and learn the art and skill of preparing sequences and teaching restorative yoga for all populations. This training includes therapeutic applications for pregnant women, students with cancer and practices for those simply seeking more relaxation and reduction of anxiety.

DATE & TIME
Friday, March 1st
5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday, March 2nd
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 3rd
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Kunga Vinyasa Teacher Training*** (4/4/19 – 4/7/19) with Noelle & Nicole

Learn to integrate mind, body, and spirit through creative, strong, vinyasa flow practices

The Kunga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training certification is a transformational program for the yogi and the teacher seeking to integrate mind, body, and spirit through creative, strong, vinyasa flow practices. Students going through the program for personal enrichment will be challenged in a way that is safe, strong, and deeply transformative. Teacher Trainees will learn how to create and offer efficient, and effectively sequenced classes using anatomical principles and vinyasa krama theory. You will also receive a detailed manual with sample class sequences, and content guiding you through the entire process for becoming a strong, effective, and impactful teacher. Training includes mixed levels Power Flow classes, intermediate and advanced postures (with optional modifications), vinyasa methodology and vinyasa krama theory, ayurveda, and teaching techniques for all levels of vinyasa practitioners.

IN THIS TRAINING YOU WILL LEARN:

*How to sequences for all families of themed classes: Hip Openers, Backbends, Forward Bends, Twists, Arm Balances, Inversions
*How to sequence your class for an advanced or “peak” posture
*How to handle mixed levels of students in various settings
*How to teach with confidence, clarity, and ease
*How to enhance alignment and offer a safe but motivating experience for all
*How to Weave Themes/Philosophy into your classes
*How to incorporate music wisely for various classes
*How to create a personal practice that is personal and sustainable for your needs

In addition, you will learn:
*Classical and Innovative Sun Salutations/Namaskars
*Verbal secrets, teaching tips, pacing, demonstration & tying it all together
*Hands On Assisting guidelines and tips
*Principles of the Ayurvedic Effects of Asana
*Living yoga practices & self-care routines

Kunga Vinyasa Teacher Training Manual
Your take home manual includes the following:
-Vinyasa Krama Sequencing
-Sample Power Flow Classes
-Details on all Families of Asanas, Levels, How to Sequence
-Teaching Tools, Verbal Guiding, Sanskrit Translations
-Music Theory, Suggestions, and Tools
-Creating the environment for your class
-How to Safely teach mixed levels, therapeutic needs
-Opening Invocations
-Readings & Resources

This training is open to all levels of students and teachers (with or without 200 hour certification.) This certification is a required module for participants towards 300hour certification.

DATE & TIME 
Thursday, April 4th 
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Friday, April 5th 
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday, April 6th 
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday, April 7th  
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

More About Kunga Yoga Programs:
Kunga Yoga certification programs are committed to consistent, clear, and detailed standards ensuring that our trainees have the ability to teach with the highest level of skill while honoring their own unique voice. Our trainings give participants the secrets, tips, and tools to be able to teach classes that cohesively integrate the philosophy, principles and technical know-how that are the standards of the Kunga Yoga Methodology. The mission of Kunga Yoga is offer the practice of yoga as a path of service for the individual, the community, and beyond!

Vinyasa for All Levels:
This certification and training is for all aspiring and experienced yoga teachers wishing to learn to teach effective, safe, and strong Power Flow yoga classes. Any practitioner at any level of yoga experience who seeks a greater understanding of Power Flow/Vinyasa Yoga is welcome into our trainings. Participants in our Kunga Yoga programs sometimes go through the program for personal enrichment, and others for professional training. We welcome and encourage both, and offer our trainings in a way that is both challenging, and permissive-for many this is a deeply enlightening and deeply transformative way of approaching the practice. We do request that you show up with an open mind, and full commitment!

Kunga Senior Yoga (5/3/19 – 5/5/19) with Noelle & Nicole

Yoga is for Every Body

BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR SENIORS INCLUDE:

  • Lower resting heart rate, lower blood pressure, and increased circulation, helping with hypertension
  • Improved joint function from low-impact, weight bearing movement, helping with arthritis & osteoporosis
  • Increased balance, flexibility, and range of motion
  • Increased connection of body, mind, and spirit through mindfulness meditation
  • Connection to community

As more and more baby boomers are feeling the aches and pains of getting older, it becomes increasingly important that yoga teachers expand their skills sets to learn to modify their practices to meet this need. This yoga teacher training is designed for yoga teachers who wish to learn practices and techniques for working with older populations.

Kunga Senior Yoga is a safe, effective, practice of yoga designed to meet the needs of all levels of senior practitioners. Senior Yoga includes movement and postures to improve strength, balance, and joint function, as well as breathing and relaxation techniques.

Teacher Trainees will become certified Senior Yoga Teachers, and will be prepared to teach Yoga classes for seniors who are new to Yoga or just beginning an exercise program, as well as active seniors who are advanced practitioners. Teacher trainees will be certified to teach Senior Yoga in a variety of settings such as public group classes and one-on-one private sessions to special populations including seniors with Osteoporosis, Arthritis, and Hypertension.

DATE & TIME 
Friday, May 3rd
5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday, May 4th 
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, May 5th
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Kunga 5Elements Flow & Ayurveda Teacher Training (5/30/19 – 6/2/19) with Nicole

5Elements Flow Yoga is a model of five creative, dynamic vinyasa flow practices within the Kunga Yoga School developed by Kristin Cooper-Gulak and inspired by the teachings of Ayurveda. 5Elements Flow is based on the “panchamahabhutus”; or the five great elements of nature, and is for students of all levels. This practice teaches a deeper understanding of the elements through unique namaskars and posture sequencing, and offers the practitioner a toolbox of five flow practices which correlate with changing seasons and life cycles. This palette of creative practices-from deeply grounding to highly energizing-creates a foundation for sustaining a lifelong yoga practice.

The 5Elements Flow model includes the following classes:
5Elements Earth Flow
5Elements Water Flow
5Elements Air Flow
5Elements Fire Flow
5Elements Space Flow

All 5Elements Flow practices are set sequence classes, meaning that the same sequence of namaskars and asanas are taught every time in every class.

5Elements Flow Yoga Teacher Training Certification is for aspiring and experienced teachers wishing to deepen their knowledge of vinyasa “flow” practices, and the ayurvedic effects of asana. Ayurveda is known as the sister science of yoga, and teachers with this understanding of the ayurvedic effect of asana can more fully support their students and private clients with a plethora of tools and options applicable to the individual’s needs. Participants will also learn the secrets of vinyasa sequencing of families of asanas and peak poses, as well as practical teaching tools. Vinyasa or “Flow” practices are the most popular style of yoga practiced across the U.S., and the tools gained in this certification can be applied in multiple settings. Upon completion of this training, you will be certified to teach all five of the 5Elements Flow Yoga practices. All participants receive a complete manual with photo glossary.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
All 5Elements Flow Class Sequences
Classical and Innovative Namaskars
Sequences for all families of themed classes: Hip Openers, Backbends, Forward Bends, Twists, Arm Balances, Inversions
How to teach 5Elements Flow to all levels of practitioners
Verbal secrets, teaching tips, pacing, demonstration & tying it all together
Music Tricks, Tips & Tools
How to Weave Themes into your classes
Principles of Ayurveda & the Panchamahabhutus
Abhyanga Self-Care Routines

DATE & TIME
Thursday, May 30th 

9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Friday, May 31st 
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday, June 1st 
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday, June 2nd 
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Kunga Kids Yoga Teacher Training (7/5/19 – 7/7/19) with Kristin & Nicole


Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. –Aristotle

*300hr Service Leadership Track Module

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • how to sequence a yoga class for various ages of children
  • how to help children tap into their own strength
  • how to incorporate breath work and postures in a fun, playful environment

Kunga Yoga, born out of the commitment to children and community, now offers the opportunity to learn to create and lead yoga practice for children, ages 2-18, that builds on the Kunga Yoga foundational principles. This 18-hour training will equip certified yoga teachers, classroom educators and caregivers with the skills to incorporate breathing, asana, and mindfulness practices into playful, child-centered yoga classes. Grounded in developmental psychology, Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences theory, and yoga traditions. Kunga Kids yoga teacher training will engage participants in discussion, games, activities, songs, creative movement and guided visualization designed to stimulate yoga teachers’ creativity. By developing the skills to adapt yoga practice for age groups and individual learners with different needs, Kunga Yoga teachers can empower Kunga Kids to tap into their own strength to cultivate self-awareness and self-moderation, while introducing them to the global community.

DATE & TIME 
Friday, July 5th 
5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday, July 6th 
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, July 7th 
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Kunga Pre/Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training (8/16/19 - 8/18/19) with Noelle & Nicole

Led by Noelle Whittington
Empowering women to nurture themselves before, during & after pregnancy

*300 Hour Service Leadership Track Required Training

BENEFITS OF THIS PROGRAM:

  • Aids in stress reduction, flexibility and relaxation
  • Prepares body for labor positions
  • Use yoga to facilitate an active, upright birth
  • Learn how certain postures can help keep the abdomen tight, preventing sagging and reducing the appearance of stretch marks
  • Use gentle twists to alleviate tension in shoulders,neck and spine
  • Learn how breathwork can aid in natural abdominal breathing during 1st/2nd stage of labor
  • Understand how Yoga will allow you to tune into the body, listening and accepting what is physically and emotionally happening in the body
  • Learn which Asanas done during pregnancy can help to relax the body and mind after baby is born

This 3-day Kunga Pre/Post Natal yoga teacher training is designed for yoga yeachers, yoga teachers in training, midwives, doulas and bodyworkers who work with pregnant women and pregnant women. The intention of this training is to help your students prevent common discomforts of pregnancy while helping to enrich the childbearing experience. Through lecture, discussion, partner participation, self-reflection and practice of the fundamental elements of prenatal yoga, this training helps prepare and empower teachers to guide women through birth and into motherhood.

DATE & TIME

Friday, August 16
5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday, August 17
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, August 18
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Kunga Service Leadership: Yoga for PTSD + Special Populations Teacher Training*** (9/19/19 – 9/22/19) with Nicole

“It’s not where you’re from, it’s not where you’re at, it’s what you do.”

IN THIS TRAINING, YOU WILL:

  • cultivate compassion, self-compassion and self-esteem
  • forge powerful relationships
  • learn specific awarenesses for working with underserved communities
  • get inspired to reach your fullest potential and make a lasting impact on the lives of others
  • learn practical tools for reducing suffering in classrooms and communities
  • learn about the connection between yoga, neuroscience, and trauma
  • explore creative, dynamic, and FUN activities to build your leadership muscles
  • learn to cultivate diversity and cultural awareness
  • network and create with other like-minded students/leaders in a supportive environment

Despite tough economic times, donations, volunteerism, and social activism are on the rise. The Kunga Yoga Service Leadership Training is for yoga teachers, students, activists, community leaders, and anyone feeling the call to give back and help others. This training is for those that wish to make a difference but don’t know where to start, and also for seasoned activists needing to refill their cup. The Kunga Yoga Service Leadership Training offers the opportunity to explore the process of leadership development through self-inquiry and transformation, so as to become effective community leaders and outreach facilitators. From this foundation of leadership, and development of a personal purpose and mission statement, participants develop their own service project, and gain the specific “hard skillset” teaching techniques for working with trauma-sensitive and special populations.

WHAT TO BRING:

Spiral Notebook
Journal
2 Magazines of any kind
Required Texts:

“Trauma Stewardship”-Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
“Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga”-Emerson

Recommended Texts (not required):
“At-Risk Tools For Teachers Manual”-Yoga ED
“Give Smart-Philanthropy that Gets Results-Thomas Tierney, Joel Fleishman

DATE & TIME

Thursday, September 19
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Friday, September 20
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday, September 21 
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday, September 22
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Kunga Gentle +Meditation Yoga Teacher Training (10/18/19 – 10/20/19) with Nicole & Noelle

Enrich your yoga practice with gentle yoga + meditation

*300hr Service Leadership Track Required Training

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Pranayama, Meditation and Asana to balance full Chakra system
  • Instruction and practice of Metta, loving-kindness meditation
  • Motivation for continuing with a daily meditation practice

In the past yoga schools had a rich meditation practice that has been lost in many modern traditions. This workshop is rooted in the Buddhist style of vipassana, or insight meditation. In addition we will explore walking, mantra (repetition of specific phrases) and kundalini (a style of yoga practiced to release latent energy coiled at the base of the spine) meditation practices. These techniques for expanding awareness and releasing painful mental habits are useful no matter what your religious or spiritual orientation. Gentle Yoga is a slower paced practice that is accessible to people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels.

We will start with the most ancient forms from which Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain meditation have sprung. After learning these techniques we will explore how they can be incorporated into a modern practice and taught to our students.

DATE & TIME
Friday, October 18th
5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday, October 19th
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, October 20st
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Kunga Hands On Assisting Yoga Teacher Training*** (11/7/19 – 11/10/19) with Noelle & Nicole

Safely support your students in deepening their understanding of alignment

You will also learn:

  • how to approach assisting as an art
  • safety issues and guidelines
  • dynamics of the student-teacher relationship
  • how to step out of your “comfort zone” and into the student’s practice space
  • the “core 4” secrets of confident assisting
  • specific tricks for assisting quickly and efficiently within flow based practices
  • relaxation and savasana as applied to assisting theory and techniques

The Kunga Yoga Hands-On Assists teacher training will provide you with concrete skills for effective, safe and intelligent hands-on assisting for your students. The Kunga Yoga approach to assisting safely supports the student in deepening their understanding of alignment within the postures; rather than using assists to “correct” or seek perfection.

This workshop is open to students and teachers of all levels. Teachers will receive specific tools for offering safe, and powerful assists with confidence and ease. Students and teachers-to-be will learn advanced alignment and gain a deeper understanding of the practice through touch. All participants will give and receive assists through partnering and with the program leaders. All participants will receive a manual including a photo glossary of over 50+ assists and relaxation and savasana assists.

DATE & TIME
Thursday, November 7
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Friday, November 8
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday, November 9
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday, November 10
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Kunga Finding Passion in the Business of Yoga (12/6/19 – 12/8/19) with Nicole

Ever wondered how to turn your dream of being a yoga teacher into a successful career or how to take it to the next level? Join senior Kunga Yoga teachers and yoga professionals this weekend to learn how to make your dream a reality.

BENEFITS OF THIS PROGRAM/PRESENTER’S APPROACH

  • learn how to solidify your vision and mission
  • create and build stronger student relationships
  • market yourself to studios and venues
  • understand how to create a budget and make your business profitable
  • gain valuable tricks of the trade from senior teachers

DATE & TIME 
Friday, December 6 
5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday, December 7
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, December 8
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

***= Four Core Kunga Curriculum Modules

Investment:

$4,800 Total

Kunga does offer payment plans – a 6-month plan and a 12-month plan dividing up the $4800.

Email InBalanceYogaStudio@gmail.com to be on our interest list.

TUITION OPTIONS

$4800
$4400  – SAVE $400! When you pay in full.

REGISTER TODAYPAYMENT PLANS

6 month payment plan – $800.00/month + $25 admin fee Start 6 mo. plan 

12 month payment plan – $400.00/month + $25 admin fee Start 12 mo. plan

KUNGA YOGA SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarship Application

In Balance Yoga will be offering Needs Based Scholarships and Kunga Community Scholarships to dedicated students who qualify. To apply for a scholarship, download and complete the application along with your two essay responses. Email completed submissions to: nicole@inbalanceyogastudio.com

Scholarships for the Kunga Program are competitive and we encourage students to apply as soon as possible.

*Scholarship awards are not a full – scholarship. Students are awarded a discount to attend the program and help off-set teaching certification investment.


MYCAA QUALIFIED YOGA PROGRAM

If you are a military spouse, you may qualify for the MyCAA program. The MyCAA program is a career development and employment assistance program offered by the military for military personnel and their spouses. MyCAA provides a maximum educational benefit of $4,000. MyCAA approved.

EARN CONTINUING EDUCATION YOGA CREDITS

  • 300 CEU Hours toward RYT500
  • $25 Additional CEU certificate due at time of registration if not taking the entire track
  • Participation in full track required to receive RYT500

NEED A PLACE TO STAY?

Visiting from out of town and looking for accommodations during our trainings?

Green Street:  Two, well appointed, modern condos are available for rent on Green Street.  Each condo sleeps 6, and has 2 full baths, a two car garage, porch, a fully equipped kitchen and includes bed and bath linens.  These two welcoming condos are located within walking distance of downtown Blacksburg and are adjacent to the Huckleberry walking/biking trail.  For more property details, photos and rates, please visit www.BlacksburgVisits.com. Please mention In Balance Yoga Studio in your inquiry to receive a 15% discount during the event.

Otey Street:  This historic Blacksburg residence is the former home of Frank Leigh Robeson, a physics professor and the namesake of Robeson Hall at Virginia Tech.  This charming house has beautiful woodwork, original art pieces and furniture, a lovely deck and gazebo all in downtown Blacksburg in close proximity the Huckleberry walking/biking trail.  The house sleeps 10, has 2 and a half baths, a fully equipped kitchen and includes bed and bath linens.  For more property details, photos and rates, please visit www.BlacksburgVisits.com.  Please mention In Balance Yoga Studio in your inquiry to receive a 15% discount during the event.

Clay Corner Inn

Who teaches the program at In Balance Yoga Studio?

Kunga Faculty

Our Yoga Teacher Trainings are led by Yoga Leaders from our dynamic teaching faculty. Experienced guests lead portions of our programs so that the students benefit from a wide variety of techniques, approaches, and skill sets.

Kristin Cooper, ERYT500

The Founder of the Kunga Yoga 200/500hour Teacher Training School is Kristin Cooper, ERYT500. Kristin teaches advanced modules and retreats and often teaches along with a group of highly experienced Kunga Yoga faculty locally at the Wilmington Yoga Center location. Kristin’s teaching background includes teaching full time since 1999 and training hundreds of yoga teachers nationally and internationally since 2003. She has worked with children, seniors, and students living with cancer and HIV, and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Kristin has worked privately with celebrity clients Katie Holmes, Ashley Judd and Cheryl Hines, and is founder of the Wilmington Yoga Center and Kunga Yoga. She traveled for several years at the beginning of her career as a teaching assistant and percussionist for Shiva Rea, working as a mentor for Shiva’s Prana Flow 500hr Teacher Training. Kristin is also a guest presenter for various teacher training schools in the U.S and has assisted the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health Teacher Trainings. Her training background includes several trips to India and Thailand, with ongoing study in Thai Yoga Massage in the Lek Chaiya tradition, Ayurveda, and yoga along with studies in vegan living and macrobiotics at the Kushi Institute. She has enjoyed the benefits of a vegan diet and lifestyle since 1994 and shares her love of all things plant-based with passion! Her primary vinyasa studies began with Shiva Rea in 2000 and have continued for many years, and she has completed a wide range of trainings and certifications including Kripalu yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Kundalini, YogaDance, Yoga for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Advanced Pranayama, Meditation, Ayurveda, Kids Yoga, Therapeutics, Non-Violent Communication, and studies in bodywork and nutrition. She enjoys incorporating many teaching methods and theories into her trainings and feels that all forms and philosophies inform one another and have the same goal of union, or “yoga”. Kristin has contributed to Yoga Journal and has been interviewed by the Huffington Post for her social entrepreneurship models and work with Homes of Hope Orphanage India. She is the creator of Rhythmic Flow Yoga w/live drumming and founder of Kunga Journeys: international volunteer retreats working with orphanages in developing countries. Kunga Journeys are led by Kristin and her percussionist husband, Loren Gulak. The Kunga team is grateful for the opportunity to use yoga as a platform and tool for collaboration, education, connection, and fundraising for underserved children around the world. For info on Kristin and upcoming service events, please visit: www.kristinyoga.com

Noelle Whittington, ERYT500

Adjunct Faculty Noelle Whittington, ERYT500 leads 200 and 300 hour Kunga Yoga Lifestyle Teacher Trainings. Noelle is also a Professional Level Kunga Yoga Leader, completing a 350 hour advanced apprenticeship certification with Kristin Cooper-Gulak; and is currently pursuing her 1000hour Kunga Yoga certification. She is deeply committed to the Kunga Yoga mission of service, spending much of her time in India and in the U.S. working with and for the girls of the Homes of Hope Orphanages in Kerala, India. Noelle has been teaching since 2006, beginning her yoga studies at the Nosara Institute in Costa Rica, and studying Thai Yoga Massage in Chaing Mai, Thailand, completing advanced-level certifications in the Lek Chaiya tradition. She is a certified Pilates Mat and Pilates Reformer teacher, completing over 250 hours in advanced anatomy and pilates technique training and is also a certified 5Elements Flow Yoga Teacher Trainer and certified Kunga Vinyasa Trainer. Her additional certifications include Interdisciplinary Yoga, Fluid Power Yoga, and Thai Yoga Therapy. Noelle’s primary teachers include Ashley Ludman, Kristin Cooper-Gulak, and Larry Hobbs. She has also completed trainings with Hilary Garivaltis in Ayurveda, Marlysa Sullivan in Anatomy of Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga, David Emerson in Yoga for Trauma and PTSD, and Pre and Post Natal Yoga with Heather Till. Noelle has assisted Anusara-based Seaside Yoga Teacher Trainings and Transformation Retreats with Ashley Ludman and has led retreats to Ambergris Caye, Belize, with Elizabeth Cramond RYT. Due to her dynamic classes and community following, Noelle has been chosen as an ambassador of both Manduka and Lululemon. Yoga, music, dance, service work, and travel are her passions, and she enjoys incorporating these experiences into her teachings to create a safe, fun, and effective experience appropriate for all ages and levels. Noelle enjoys empowering the student to connect with their inner teacher.

Nicole Fitzwater Boyle, ERYT500, YACEP

Nicole is a Blacksburg native. She attended the University of Virginia and graduated with a B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce in 2001, 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 Becky McDaniel. Yoga found Nicole in January 2006 and they have been inseparable ever since.  Nicole has practiced in studios all over the country and even internationally, focusing on the Bikram, Barkan, Baptiste, Ashtanga, Dharma Yoga traditions and most recently – the Kunga Yoga School.   Her teachers include D’ana Baptiste, Becky McDaniel, Dharma Mittra, Jimmy Barkan and Kristin Cooper-Gulak.  Nicole is grateful to her mentors and influencers over the years:  Brittanie DeChino, Cindy Lunsford, Justin Blazejewski, Brendan Lentz, Lisa Rapp, Akke Hulburt, Lizzie Clark, Jennifer Elliott, Jeanmarie Paolillo, Colleen Dwyer and Noelle Whittington to name a few.

She completed her:

  • 200 Hour Foundational Teacher Training with Becky McDaniel in 2013 at In Balance Yoga Studio
  • 500 Hour with Sri Dharma Mittra in NYC at the Dharma Yoga Center, Life of A Yogi program in 2014
  • 300 Hour with Jimmy Barkan in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in the Barkan Method of Hot Yoga in October 2017
  • Began her third 300 Hour Certification with Kunga Yoga School at Wilmington Yoga Center in March 2017
  • Began two-year apprenticeship under Kristin Cooper-Gulak with Wilmington Yoga Center and the Kunga Yoga School beginning her Professional Kunga Yoga Trainer Certification in 2017
  • Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Colleen Dwyer in 2015 & 2016 at In Balance Yoga studio
  • Certified in First, Second, and Advanced Degree Reiki Master with Nicola-Jayne Aymes, International Center for Reiki Training and Holy Fire from 2014-2015 at Reiki Journey
  • Reiki for Animals with Nicola-Jayne Aymes in 2015 at Reiki Journey
  • Advanced Art of Assisting with Baptiste Yoga in 2015 with Brandon Compagnone
  • Anatomy Workshop with Akke Hulburt and Chris Pohowsky (20 CEUs) 2016 and 2017
  • Kunga Yoga 5Elements Flow & Ayurveda Yoga Teacher Training with Kristin Cooper-Gulak at Wilmington Yoga Center (32 Hours) in May 2016 and with Noelle Whittington in December 2017 at In Balance Yoga Studio
  • Five Hour Yin Training with Cindy Lunsford in November 2016 at In Balance Yoga Studio
  • Attended Service Retreat with Kunga Yoga and worked at Homes of Hope Orphanage in India in December 2016 – January 2017
  • Kunga Yoga Service Leadership: Yoga for PTSD and Special Populations Teacher Training in March 2017
  • NuPower Method: Power Yoga + Strength Training in March 2017
  • Certified in Aerial Yoga with FlyDog Yoga in April 2017
  • Kunga Pre and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training at Wilmington Yoga Center in October 2017
  • Kunga Yoga for Seniors Teacher Training October 2017 at In Balance Yoga Studio
  • Kunga Yoga Hands on Assisting Teacher Training, November 2017 at Wilmington Yoga Center
  • Attended Mindbody University, November 2017, Boston, MA

Nicole teaches at In Balance Yoga and anywhere she can throughout the New River Valley Community.  She has taught at Floyd Yoga Jam since 2015.  Nicole teaches heated and non-heated Flow, Barkan Method, Power Flow + Weights, Dharma Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Pool Yoga and Paddle Board Yoga regularly and private sessions and groups.

Before having her dream job and becoming the Owner of In Balance Yoga, Nicole worked in development with both Virginia 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 loves to share movement and breath and to meet each student where they are on their mat. Yoga helped her find her true self and self-care and she hopes to cultivate a community of service at In Balance Yoga to impact those in need in the area and beyond. Nicole is grateful to her husband, Justin, who helps with the studio every day. They have a dog, Ogden, and a cat, Hobie. Nicole has been a practicing vegan since September 2014.  Nicole’s advice: practice yoga with as many teachers in as many places as you can…to learn and live as much as possible.  Travel! Be receptive.   #practice #alwaysastudent #lifelonglearning #movement #community #service #om

Jessica Hartmann, PT + RYT500

Jessica Hartmann is a full time Physical Therapist and Kunga Yoga Teaching Specialist on faculty with the Kunga Yoga School. She is a graduate of Duquesne University with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy, and has over ten years of experience as a manual therapist in a variety of clinics.

Jessica is also a graduate of the Kunga Yoga Teacher Training with Kristin Cooper and Katie Serino and is currently completing her Kunga Yoga 500 Hour certification. She has completed trainings in Professional Yoga Therapy, Kunga 5Elements, and Kunga Power Vinyasa. Jessica has taught therapeutic yoga in clinical settings for over three years, and is currently working on completing her Professional yoga Therapy
Certification in order to continue combining her career with her passion for yoga.

Jessica is a firm believer that yoga can truly be used as medicine. She is extremely excited to see yoga continually being recognized by medical communities both as a preventative measure as well as a treatment tool. She believes yoga is fantastic both for injury prevention and relief, and would like to continue educating others about the human body and it’s beauty in our yoga practice. Jessica enjoys teaching group classes and individual sessions focused on the principles of anatomy and biomechanics.

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