Nicole grew up in Blacksburg, Va. She attended the University of Virginia, and after 15 years of living away from the New River Valley has returned home to her roots and her and her husband purchased In Balance Yoga in the summer of 2013 from founder Becky McDaniel Crigger. Nicole has been a yogini since January 2006 and has practiced in studios all over the country and even internationally, focusing on the Bikram, Barkan, Baptiste, Ashtanga and Dharma Yoga traditions. Nicole studied with D'ana Baptiste for two years at Centered City Yoga in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2007 and 2008.
She completed her:
• Foundational 200 Hour with Becky McDaniel Crigger in 2013
• 500 Hour with Sri Dharma Mittra in NYC at the Dharma Yoga Center, Life of a Yogi program in 2014
•Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Colleen Dwyer in 2015 & 2016
• Level II and Level III Advanced Hot Yoga with Jimmy Barkan in 2015 & 2016
• Certified in First, Second, and Advanced Degree Reiki with Nicola-Jayne Aymes, International Center for Reiki Training and Holy Fire from 2014 - 2015
• Reiki for Animals with Nicola-Jayne Aymes in 2015
• Advanced Art of Assisting with Baptiste Yoga in 2015
• Will complete her 300 Hour with Jimmy Barkan in the Barkan Method in October 2017
• Anatomy Workshop with Akke Hulburt and Chris Pohowsky (20 CEUs) January - May 2016
• 5 Elements Flow & Ayurveda Yoga Teacher Training with Kristin Cooper and the Kunga Yoga School (32 Hours) May 2016
• Five Hour Yin Training with Cindy Lunsford
• Nicole started a two year apprenticeship under Kristin Cooper-Gulak with Wilmington Yoga Center and the Kunga Yoga School and is working towards receiving her Professional Kunga Yoga Trainer Certification.
• Began her Service Leadership: Yoga for PTSD and Special Popula•ions, March 2017
• NuPower Sculpt: Power Yoga + Strength Training, March 2017
• Certified in Aerial Yoga with FlyDog Yoga, April 2017
• Attended Service Retreat with Kunga Yoga and worked at Homes of Hope Orphanage in India, Dec 2016 – Jan 2017
• Began her 3rd 500 Hour Certification with Kunga Yoga, March 2017
Before 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. Nicole loves to share movement and breath. Yoga helped her find her true self and she hopes to cultivate a community of service at In Balance to impact those in need in the area. Nicole is grateful 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.
Christie began practicing yoga and meditation in 2010 as a remedy for anxiety and a means of connecting with her body in a positive way after years of gymnastics training. Through a regular practice she found yoga to be a pathway to inner clarity and calm as well as other numerous forms of healing. She was inspired to share these benefits with others and received her 200-hour RYT certification from Shambhava Yoga in 2014. Her goal as a teacher is to provide a safe and welcoming space for anyone wishing to connect more deeply to their body, mind, and spirit. She enjoys teaching yogis of all levels and styles and sees her role as a teacher as one of a student as well—every moment is an opportunity for spiritual growth! She is beyond grateful for the opportunity to be a teacher and for the lifelong journey that yoga provides.
Nicola-Jayne Aymes, IPHM "Nicky" is delighted to bring to In Balance Yoga Studio a very unique kind of guided Meditation class, practiced while lying in the Savasana position, that will help heal the Body, Mind & Spirit. A certified International Practitioner for Holistic Medicine, Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher & Practitioner in Reiki Healing, both in the Tibetan & Holy Fire Lineages for Adults, Children & Animals. Nicky will help you connect to your Soul so you can heal on all levels, spiritual & physical, and create the life you have always dreamed of. She also holds certifications in Advanced Aromatherapy, Crystal Therapy, Sound Therapy, Indian Champissage (similar to Cranial Sacral), Crystal Reflexology, Certified Life Coach and Neurolinguitics, as well as a Certified Teacher in Healing through guided Meditation. Nicky Teaches Reiki & Meditation and gives Reiki sessions in both the USA as well as Spain.
Nicky comes from generations of healers. She is Clairsentient & Claircognizance "Clear Feeling & Knowing" which refers to a person who has the ability to feel and know what is hidden and acquire psychic knowledge of where a person needs healing. With these clairs one has the ability to tell the physical makeup, health condition, personality and the character traits to help oneRelease their Past, LIVE THEIR NOW to Create their Future.... You can find out more about Nicky and what she does by visiting her website www.ReikiBlacksburg. com
Laura begrudgingly began practicing yoga ten years ago in an effort to rehabilitate running injuries. Over time, she grew to love the practice and its remarkable capacity to transform. Eager to share her love of this practice with others, she completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2015. Laura sees yoga as a means of investigating and patiently altering patterns in our bodies and our lives to find greater freedom and joy. She is grateful to teach and practice with the In Balance community.
I practiced Ashtanga Yoga for many years as a student of Jeff Tiebout and through his tireless effort I became convinced of the power of yoga as a tool for self healing. This foundation led me to seek my certification training in 2003 with David Life and Sharon Gannon, co-founders of the renowned Jivamukti Yoga School. I have been teaching yoga since 2005. I hope to honor all my teachers by teaching with the same dedication, love and selflessness with which I have been taught. My yoga classes reflect the knowledge of 22 years of study in anatomy and physiology as a licensed massage therapist. I teach a disciplined class with an emphasis on fluid breathing. Each class is infused with chanting, music, philosophy and deep relaxation. My intention is to create a non judgemental atmosphere where inner knowledge can be accessed and deep contentment is experienced.
Lynn spent the past 10 years on the island of Kauai where she discovered the gift of yoga. She completed her teacher training at Yoga Hanalei in 2009 and has been teaching and practicing non-stop ever since. She recently followed her heart back to the New River Valley and is so excited to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with the Blacksburg community. Lynn's natural and supportive teaching style helps creates a safe and collaborative environment for deep personal investigation.
My name is Beatriz Gutierrez and I originally come from the Canary Islands of Spain. I have been practicing yoga for over fifteen years.
After finishing my degree in agricultural engineering and working in that field for a couple of years I traveled to the northeast of Scotland and lived for five years in an Ecovillage and Spiritual Community called Findhorn where I apprenticed as a potter. I found meaning, vocation and learned about sustainable living and meditation.
Being a potter requires many hours sitting and that's why I maintain the discipline of my yoga practice, also it helps me to deepen in my creativity.
I intend to teach and practice my yoga with the same devotion and dedication that I put into my ceramic craft. My pots and my yoga teachings intend the same thing: I want to inspire those around me in a positive way. To help raise consciousness, awareness, love and compassion.
Annie deeply appreciates the relaxation and wholeness that come from connecting breath with motion in the refined way of the sacred science we call yoga. She has been a yogini for 19 years. She received her E-RYT 200 certification through In Balance Yoga Studio.
Nicole grew up in the small town of Petaluma, California. She moved to Blacksburg to attend Virginia Tech and immediately fell in love with the rolling mountains and lush farmland that surround the college town, reminding her of her hometown. She practiced several forms yoga on and off for a couple years before moving to Blacksburg, but it wasn’t until she discovered In Balance that she found a practice that really resonated with her and began a regular yoga practice. She has since completed her 200 hour teacher training through In Balance and finds inspiration for her classes in music and nature.
Thea moved from Denver Colorado to the NRV 15 years ago. She found yoga 12 years while in training to become a Massage Therapist at the Blue Ridge School of Massage & Yoga. There she began her first 200-hour yoga teacher training with Jeff Tiebout learning Ashtanga krama yoga. Thea was hungry to learn more and dive deeper. She continued to learn with Anna Pittman taking her level one 200-hour program. Happy to be a student of yoga she continued and took level 2 at The Breathing Space and will finish her 500-hour certification in July 2015. She is currently training with naturopathic Dr. Robin Murphy at the Lotus Health Institute and will receive her 200 hour qigong teacher training in 2016. Her approach is holistic and she asks you to come to class with a open heart & mind to open the door to new possibilities.
Travis Kendrick (RYT 500) is fresh to the area (and this coast) after finishing his MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of California - Irvine. He joined the Mill Mountain Theatre team in Roanoke as Education Associate, and is excited to be back in Virginia after being raised in Hopewell. Travis has a passion for self-expression through movement. He likes to think of the yoga practice as a moving meditation - an opportunity to "dance" through the physical postures, exploring how movement translates internally by using the breath as a channel between the physical body and mind. Certified through Yoga Alliance to teach Vinyasa Flow & Interdisciplinary Hatha Yoga, he completed his 200 hour yoga teacher training program at Frog Lotus Yoga in North Adams, Massachusetts and 500 hour advanced teacher training with Frog Lotus Yoga International in Thailand. Travis continued his yoga training in New York City by participating in the Yoga Vida Advanced Yoga Instructor Mentorship Program. He has taught all different styles in levels all over the country, and is excited to 'return to his roots' in Virginia!
Lisa completed her 200-hour foundational Yoga Teacher Training at In Balance Yoga in June 2016. She became a serious student of yoga after taking classes to supplement her ballet training and teaching career. Gaining so much more than the strength, balance, and flexibility that she was seeking, she wanted to delve deeper into the yogic tradition and found grace, joy, and peace in the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of the practice. Lisa brings elements of dance to her practice and her teaching and loves sharing the joy of movement, the tranquility of stillness, and exploring the space between the two with an open mind and heart. She is thrilled to be teaching Hot Yoga, Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga classes.
Keala Mason hails from Harrisonburg, Virginia. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Art & Art History and her Masters degree in Kinesiology. Keala previously worked as the Coordinator of Sport Clubs & Youth Programs at James Madison University Recreation. She was a fitness instructor and yoga instructor at JMU throughout undergraduate, graduate school, and as a professional. She has taught at four different mind/body studios in Harrisonburg ad is also an adjunct faculty member at James Madison University and Blue Ridge Community College. She completed a 200 hour certification through YogaFit and a 250 hour teacher training with Evolation. Keala is a seasoned instructor in numerous fitness formats (TRX, barre, aerobics, dance, cycle); she loves inspiring people to find the type of exercise that best fits their lifestyle! Her hobbies include yoga, running, fitness & wellness, reading, watching movies, writing and spending time with her college sweetheart.
Jeff has been a student of yoga since 1978.He has taught yoga for 26 years and offered his own yoga teacher training program for the last seven years. He is the founder of the Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga. Jeff’s love of yoga practice grows from the deep and joyful experience yoga shows us- “ Yoga illuminates the path that leads us home to our hearts.”
Holly was drawn to yoga for the spacious, quiet stillness she experienced when she rolled out her mat. An agnostic seeking spiritual fulfillment, she found that the act of offering her breath opened and softened her heart. After years of dealing with anxiety, she learned to surrender some of her long-held attachments to control and felt whole for the first time. Her practice lead her to discover the importance of self-love and nurturing, which she wanted to share with others. In 2010, Holly completed her 200 hour teacher training with Becky Crigger and Dr. Graham Schweig in Blacksburg, Virginia, and has been lucky enough to study under Shiva Rae, Gary Krafstow, and many others. She is certified to teach Hot, Vinyasa, and restorative yoga, but her teaching style is playful and a bit unorthodox. In her classes, she emphasizes philosophical introspection, creativity, and vulnerability. She believes that as the yogi deepens his or her practice, he will ultimately find a blissful balance between ambition and softness. Her sequences are focused on tapping into not only the physical body, but the emotional and energetic bodies as well. Making personal connections with her students is very important to Holly, so she invites anyone and everyone with and open mind and heart to join her in this sacred journey.Holly graduated from Virginia Tech and now works with non-profits in Harrisonburg as an Americorps VISTA. In the next few years, she hopes to pursue a master's degree in counseling and a 500 hour Yoga Therapy certification so that she may eventually build a private practice of somatic and talk therapy to help individuals cope with anxiety and depression.
Danah is excited to have the opportunity to share her love of yoga in her hometown. A professional choreographer/dancer, yoga has always been a part of her life. In 2009 she decided to deepen her studies and began to teach and share her practice with others. She is grateful to be a part of the IBY family.
Susan took her first hot yoga class at In Balance in August 2010, and has been a part of the studio since. She loves the combination of exercise, relaxation and attachment to the universe that yoga provides. Practicing yoga also felt like she finally had found somewhere where she belonged. She wanted to deepen her yoga practice so she took the teacher training. It was one of the best decisions of her life! She has found that her dharma (life purpose) is to share yoga with the world. She wants to continue her study of yoga and hopes to do a 500 hour teacher training in 2014! Susan’s specialties are Hot Yoga and restorative Yoga. Her certifications include 200 RYT in December 2012, Restorative in October 2013 and Reiki in January 2014.
Leia Jones grew up in the beautiful mountains of Floyd Virginia. Her first experience of yoga and meditation was at Blue Mountain School as a child, where it was part of the daily curriculum. Always being a mover, Leia pursued dancing, finding her own voice through creative expression. She continues to study and teach a multitude of dance styles. Wanting to deepen her understanding of yoga, in 2012 she decided to study under Anna Pittman at the Breathing Space in Blacksburg Virginia. During this training her love for the ancient art of yoga, its limbs and philosophy was nurtured and expanded. Her yoga practice is inspired by the beauty of the natural world and by observing our deep connection to all things on a fundamental level. She believes yoga can help cultivate love and compassion and help release stress, anxiety and unhealthy habits. Leia is an artist, dancer and yoga teacher. She has a degree in Dance and Choreography from Hollins University, and is a certified 200 hr Hatha Yoga instructor. Her personal practice is rooted in the unification of yoga and dance. She has learned that mindful movement has the ability to quiet the mind while reconnecting us to our joyful-spirit. Her unique soulful teaching approach is an exploration of movement, intention and breath.
Erin began practicing yoga in 1997, and teaching yoga in 2008. She is an RYT 200, having received her 200 hour Hatha Yoga teaching certification from Anna Pittman. She has additional training in both Vinyasa and Yin yoga, studying with Stephanie Keach and Sarah Powers. Her classes focus on movement and breath with attention to alignment, energy movement, and stress release.
Through eight years of practice, yoga has provided Catherine with a profound sense of peace and gratitude. Catherine believes that part of her role as a yoga teacher is to teach peace by example. Her studies of both yoga and ecology have given her a profound appreciation and love for the natural world. She believes that part of the beauty of yoga is the enrichment of the inner life, in concert with a powerful sense of community. She specializes in restorative yoga and meditation, prenatal yoga, hot yoga, and vinyasa. She completed her 200-hour teacher training at In Balance Yoga and has also completed training in restorative yoga and Reiki. Her classes encourage finding balance between effort and relaxation, and are both uplifting and grounding. She encourages connecting mind and body to fully experience the present moment. She believes that yoga helps us find within ourselves a vast wellspring of unconditional love, innate wisdom, and boundless joy.
Ivi "Saraswati" Brenner, RYT500, is a Holy Fire Reiki Master originally from New York. She has resided in Blacksburg with her family for the past 17 years. Yoga became a tool for her to work with anxiety and depression. This led to her pursuit of additional alternative healing modalities and certifications in: Therapeutic Yoga with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal; Ayurvedic Specialist training with Kathryn Templeton at the Himalayan Institute ashram; Tantric Hatha Yoga with Kathryn Templeton and Sue Neufeld; Meditation with Rev. Padma Pria; Reiki; Reflexology with Elisha Reagle; and Aromatherapy from the Blue Ridge School of Yoga and Massage. She is currently enrolled in a three year healing internship with Lynn Boggess. Additionally, she has taken various trainings with Yogarupa Parayogi Rod Stryker and meditation with Rolf Sovik at the Himalayan Institute ashram. Ivi has extensively studied various styles of meditation and pranayama (breathwork) to help her clients move through their lives with less effort and greater freedom. She is profoundly grateful for her family, friends, practices, teachers, Becky Mcdaniel Crigger and Nicole and Justin for supporting her on her path. Ivi teaches 3 classes weekly at In Balance. She currently offers private sessions with these practices by appointment only to individuals interested in achieving greater balance, health, freedom and joy in their lives.
In Balance Yoga was founded by Becky McDaniel Crigger in December 2009. Becky decided to pursue her calling and attend seminary in the Episcopal Church at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. She sold the studio to her childhood friends and Blacksburg natives, Nicole and Justin Boyle in July 2013.
Bethany has been practicing yoga for over a decade. She started at studios in Rhode Island where she grew up and attended college. In 2010 and 2011, she decided to explore the practice that had become such an integral part of her life on a deeper level by attending Level I and Level II teacher training with Baron Baptiste. She is 200 RYT certified and has taught yoga at a Baptiste Affiliate Studio and led yoga assistant trainings in Northern Virginia for over 4 years. Recently, she moved to Blacksburg for her pre-doctoral internship towards the completion of her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She is thrilled to have found the In Balance Yoga community.
Bethany sees yoga practice as an avenue for creating change in our bodies, minds, and lives. Through her yoga practice she has learned how to face challenges on her mat by modifying poses, when necessary, and accepting the support of her teachers and her community to challenge her to accomplish things she never thought she could do - both on the mat and off. As a teacher, her intention is to encourage her students to work with their unique bodies as she supports them in challenging beliefs they hold about what they can and cannot accomplish on their mat and in their lives through a rigorous and sweaty practice.
Brittni Woolwine is local to the Blue Ridge Mountains. She began practicing yoga in her teens for stress management. In 2011 Brittni completed her 200 hour Ashtanga based yoga teacher training with Jeffrey Tiebout, at the Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga where she also completed her training in massage. As a yoga instructor and certified massage therapist with degrees in both Psychology and Dietetics from Virginia Tech, Brittni is passionate about whole body wellness. Brittni has found both physical and mental healing and growth within her yoga practice. As an instructor her goal is to share these gifts by encouraging her students to always be present and breathe their way through their asana practice as well as through their lives outside of the studio.
Emily grew up in Blacksburg where she began practicing yoga as a teenager. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in hot yoga and vinyasa with In Balance Yoga. She is grateful for many teachers that have inspired her in the New River Valley and elsewhere. Her classes integrate creativity and alignment, linking fluid breath with movement. Emily believes that attention to detail is the first step to eventually releasing control of the small stuff to become fully present and aware. She is inspired by the spaciousness and presence that yoga cultivates. Emily loves sharing yoga with others and strives to make her classes accessible and welcoming to all.
Jojo has been sharing the practice of yoga with others since 2010. She stumbled across the path in 2008 while focusing on her interior design career after college. She craved more soulful movement and community connection after working the 9-5 from a cubical. She found it while in Richmond, Va, where in 2010, she received her 200-hour certification through Yogaworks with Anne Van Valkenburg. After passing up PTO and a salary for a career in teaching in 2011, she spent a few years in Charleston, SC teaching for multiple studios and sharing the practice corporately. She then found herself in NYC for her 300-hour certification with Yogaworks under the mentorship of Heather Seagraves in 2015 and continued to teach for studios in both Brooklyn and Manhattan. She’s landed back in her hometown of Christiansburg and is super excited to share the practice with this blossoming yoga community.
Her yoga classes are a blend of dynamic movement with a heightened awareness for physical alignment, breath, and laughter. After experiencing hip and neck injuries and having to modify her own practice, she has deep physical respect of her own body and offers this awareness to her students. Jo explains yoga to others as a window to bravery, ownership, acceptance, and a platform for learning what we want out of life for ourselves and the world around us.
Kim discovered Yoga in 1999 as a way to relieve the stresses of working in the hospitality industry and has never looked back. She completed a 300-hour teacher training certification through Moksha Yoga Center in 2006 in Chicago Illinois with Daren Friesen. Kimberly also taught Beginning Yoga Studies as an adjunct professor at Columbia College’s Dance Center for 8 years. She has been a yoga instructor in both the group and private setting at many of Chicago’s Studios. Presently, Kimberly is working her way through Rod Stryker’s Para Yoga teacher training program, having completed 7 of a 9 tiered program and is also a student of Samudra: Global School of Living Yoga with Shiva Rae. She is grateful to have studied extensively with many yoga masters and is honored with every opportunity to teach students.
Born in Washington DC and raised in Arlington. Virginia, Juliana attended her first yoga session when she was 15 years old. Juliana's mother introduced Juliana to yoga by enrolling them in a hot vinyasa class at Down Dog yoga studio in Georgetown. Many classes later, Juliana enrolled in a yoga teacher training program offered by Rolf Gates, "master instructor" and the following year met the program requirements for 200 RYT certification in Vinyasa Flow. Currently a physics major at Virginia Tech, Juliana has taught yoga classes through the university's sports and recreation department over the past two years. Juliana is actively pursuing opportunities to take greater advantage of her training and experience and re-enter the studio environment. Juliana's classes are challenging with a focus on applying effective breathing technique. Students attending her classes should be ready to breath, flow, and sweat!
Sarabeth grew up in Roanoke and eventually moved to Blacksburg to study finance at Virginia Tech. As a full time student, she realizes the importance in making time to step onto the mat. She has been teaching yoga for two years and began practicing in high school. Sarabeth studied under Becky Crigger and completed her Foundational 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2013. She concentrates her practice on hot yoga but enjoys the occasional flow of vinyasa. Sarabeth aspires to fill her classes with creative sequencing to build sweat, balance and strength. She hopes students will let go, have fun, work hard and keep working for what they believe in. She believes anyone can use yoga as a modality of relaxation in the midst of everyday life. She wishes to make her classes welcoming to all ages and skill level.
A long- time Blacksburg resident, Betsy Walker recently completed her 200 hour Foundational Yoga Teacher Training certification. Betsy began to appreciate the mental, physical, and spiritual well- being that yoga cultivates over a decade ago, but more recently decided she wanted to share the practice of yoga with others as an instructor. After her 10- month training program with Satsang Yoga at In Balance Yoga, she is thrilled to be teaching the hot series, vinyasa- style classes, and working with private clients.
In addition to her passion for the practice and philosophy of Yoga, Betsy loves reading, traveling, horseback riding, and spending time with her husband, family & friends, and sweet dogs.
Eileen became a certified yoga teacher in 2000 through Frog Lotus Yoga Studio in North Adams, MA. She began teaching vinyasa yoga in Blacksburg in 2001. Rob initially discovered the miracle of yoga through Eileen's classes and began a regular practice in 2003. Together they completed Dharma Mittra's 200 hour teacher training in 2007 in New York City and have been teaching together since. Freely borrowing from the many amazing teachers they have had the privilege to study with, and all that they have learned in their own practice and with each other, Rob and Eileen offer playful but demanding classes suitable for a variety of levels, from beginner to advanced. They are more focused on the experience of the practice than the specific details of alignment and "getting the pose right."
Candy was known in Richmond, VA where she recently moved from for her calm energy, patience, and inviting heart. She believes wisdom comes from loving and trusting one's body as well as being able to enter a place of not knowing and surrendering to the process. She started her yoga practice at Penn State University, where she completed her undergraduate degree in psychology, with a focus on developmental theory. With a passion for how the body stores our early experiences, she completed her master's degree in dance/movement psychotherapy at Pratt Institute. While at Pratt, she focused her studies on attachment, interpersonal neurobiology, and nonverbal communication between infant and caregiver. Receiving her certification in Itsy Bitsy Yoga with Helen Garabedian was the perfect fit for her interests. In her classes, she invites parents to tap into their innate wisdom, to connect with their baby on a body level, and trust the authentic process of becoming a new parent. Candy aims to create an environment where her students (both babies and new parents) feel safe being honest about their experience. After becoming a mother herself, Candy found a way to marry all of her interests and now practices as a pediatric sleep consultant. She is passionate about offering evidenced-based information to parents, so they can feel confident making decisions around the delicate issue of infant and toddler sleep.
Hannah grew up in Blacksburg, Va. She has been practicing yoga since 2005, and during that time has come to develop deep respect for the transformative effects of the practice. She completed a 200-hour teacher training in 2009 at Kripalu, which gave her a foundation in principles of breathwork and alignment that has greatly inspired her teaching. Hannah has also studied some of the more athletic forms of yoga including Ashtanga, Forrest, and Vinyasa, and she appreciates the benefits that can be achieved by rigor and intensity. However, Hannah strives to honor the spectrum of yoga's benefits by balancing the physical practice with contemplation and stillness, as she has found the cultivation of quiet space to be a wonderful medicine for the stresses presented by life. She is grateful for the opportunity to teach and practice with the amazing community at In Balance Yoga.=
Miranda grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia but has been a lifelong Hokie... so much so that after she graduated from Virginia Tech she couldn't stay away for very long and returned to work and live in Blacksburg. Miranda took her first hot yoga class at In Balance in January 2011 when she was drawn to yoga as outlet for the stresses of everyday life, both mentally and physically. Five years later she began her journey as a yoga teacher in the same space. She completed her RYT-200 certification with Nicole Boyle in June 2016 and will compete Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Colleen Dwyer in October 2016. She is very excited to practice with the Blacksburg yoga community!
Ginger began taking yoga classes in college as a way to unwind from a long run or some other strenuous physical activity. It wasn’t until going through some challenging life events that she discovered the greater healing properties of yoga. Yoga helped her connect to her body and spirit in healthy and gentle ways instead of constantly being in opposition of both. Yoga helped her to find the space for deeper self-awareness and to calm the constant chatter in her head. After practicing daily for about a year, Ginger decided she wanted to take her practice further by pursuing her 200 hour teacher training certificate through In Balance Yoga studio in Blacksburg. She is excited to give back to her Blacksburg yoga community, to share all the wonderful benefits that yoga has brought to her life, and to continue to learn from the amazing teachers and students past, present and future.
Kim received her 200 hour teacher training in 2010 from Yoga District in DC, where she studied under Jasmine Chehrazi, Michelle Mae, and Amy Dara Stolz. Aware that we are all juggling many pieces of our lives, Kim uses yoga as an opportunity balance and recharge. Her classes provide just enough focus on alignment to ensure we are actively using muscles, combined with a steady pace linked to breath that allows tensions to release. Expect to challenge yourself at your own level, in a welcoming environment that allows each student to find their own practice.
Janet (RYT-500) started her yoga journey years ago on a whim. She has since learned that yoga, like all things in life, is a process, one that requires patience, persistence, and commitment, to the breath and the way we lead our lives. She now takes her yoga with her on all of her journeys in life, from the safe confines of the yoga studio to the amazing expance of the mountains, the desert, and the sea. She enjoys sharing her joyful experiences, encouragement and humble gratitude as she invites her students to embrace the human experience.
Maureen McGonagle grew up in Arlington, VA, and moved to Blacksburg, VA in 2007 to attend Virginia Tech. Blacksburg has since become her home, falling in love with the irreplaceable beauty of these mountains and strong sense of community. Her interest in yoga was first cultivated during her time in India, where she spent three weeks living at a yoga ashram in Rishikesh. Upon graduating from college, Maureen decided to continue on this path and embarked on a 200-hour, 15 month Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Anna Pittman at The Breathing Space. This program proved to be one of the most transformative periods of her life, and provided her with the tools and wisdom to begin to access and explore deep inner contentment, awareness, and divinity through the practices of the eight-limbs of yoga. Maureen has since embarked on a Level II, 300-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Certification, also with Anna Pittman at The Breathing Space. She has been teaching at In Balance Yoga since May 2012.
Jennifer McDonald decided after working in medical sales for over 13 years it was time to pursue her true passion….fitness. As part of her rehab program as a breast cancer survivor she discovered STOTT PILATES®. Pilates also offered her benefits for her triathlon training, trail running and cycling. She enjoyed Pilates so much she started her training certification shortly after taking her first class.
Jennifer is a STOTT PILATES® certified instructor for mat and reformer, Total Barre, and NuPower Yoga. She is also an ACE certified personal trainer and certified in the Pink Ribbon Program (Post-operative workout enhancing recovery for breast cancer survivors). She enjoys working with clients of all levels and helping them to reach their fitness goals. As a runner she enjoys helping those working to correct postural imbalances to enable them to run pain and injury- free. She also enjoys working with senior clients who like to keep “moving” and improve their balance. Her STOTT PILATES® continuing education training has focused in the areas of Zenga, Reformer classes for men and Athletic Conditioning.
In addition to Pilates, she competes in triathlons, participates in cycling events with her husband, enjoys trail running with friends and practices yoga. Her two children also keep her busy with their various team and individual sports.
Jennifer Miller has worked in the fitness industry for more than 20 years. She is a master trainer for the American Aerobics Association International / International Sports Medicine Association and owner of Plain Jane Fitness, a fitness education company. She is a continuing education specialist for the American Council on Exercise and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She is a featured trainer on Fit Net, an exercise app developed in Blacksburg. More than 15 years ago, she discovered Ashtanga Yoga by accident and fell in love with the athletic nature of the practice. She has been a student and teacher of Ashtanga since that time. She is passionate about exercise and wellness and relies on her Yoga practice to keep her body strong and mobile.
Anna Pittman began her career as a modern dancer. From 1984 – 1990 she studied the Limon style of modern dance from a practicing Zen teacher who used improvisational work as a means to access the un-integrated emotions harbored in the body and sub-conscious. At the same time, Anna studied Hatha and Raja Yoga with Carla Sgroi of the European Yoga Alliance for 5 years in Milan, Italy.
Peggy was drawn to yoga in 2011 at a time when her brother was healing from heart valve repair and hip replacement surgeries. She found the yoga practice of movement connected to breath to be powerfully healing. Upon retiring from Va Tech in 2013 she began a daily practice. Wanting to deepen her personal practice, she completed a 200 hour Satsang Foundational Yoga Teacher Training Certification in May 2015 through In Balance with Courtney Barr and Amy Gallagher. She followed that with a Restorative Yoga Teacher training with Colleen Dwyer in October 2015, and will complete a 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification with Anna Pittman at The Breathing Space in October 2016. Peggy believes that yoga is a map guiding us home to a place of peace and relaxed openness in each moment. She loves a meditative flow centered on the ebb and flow of our essential breath. When not on the mat, Peggy can be found near the golf course with her husband, Theta, and golden retriever, Mulligan. She is so appreciative to Nicole Boyle and all of the wonderful teachers and opportunities at In Balance. Lastly, Peggy is deeply grateful to Anna Pittman for guiding her in this transformative journey of awakening.
Devin is originally from California, but has called Virginia home since 2008. She initially began her yoga practice as an undergraduate college student, but didn’t get serious about it until 2014 when she committed to making yoga and wellness a regular part of her life. Hot Yoga is her passion but she has also come to enjoy and appreciate Vinyasa. She completed her 200 hour teacher training course through In Balance Yoga and likes to thoughtfully incorporate music into her classes.