Guided Meditations

As a commitment to our Summer Love initiative, we’ve been creating guided meditation videos for you to use on your own time. Now that we’ve got a couple up and running, you can find all of our guided meditation videos (and those soon to come) here! Enjoy, and please share! While you’re at it, check… Read more »

A Direct Experience

“There’s courage involved if you want to become truth. There is a broken open place in a lover.” -Rumi I was away for a week with three facilitators, and approximately 125 participants. Along with very comfortable tank tops and yoga pants I packed a three-ring binder with plenty of paper, Post-It notes (various colors and… Read more »

Summer Love

What you practice becomes stronger, and at Balance, we’re practicing Loving-Kindness. That’s not just a bumper sticker or refrigerator magnet. It’s not hippie (although we love ourselves some hippies ✌🏼❤️😁).  It’s science. The study of the brain has unveiled to us the concept of plasticity. Yep. You can change your brain. We’re hard wired with a… Read more »

Answers in Silence

“To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.”― Deepak Chopra I’m going to tell you this and initially, it’s going to… Read more »

We have two lives

“And on this journey, please, choose love.” I’ve ended every class in 2016 with these seven words.  Like every mantra, it’s made an impact on my daily life. “Choose love” is a tough mantra to let go of. It’s resonated with so many people and, in many ways, it’s become synonymous with the studio. And… Read more »

Disconnecting to connect

Yesterday, my boss sent me the following video, and it paused me. Simon Sinek speaks about how relationships are formed by small conversations, that a culture is built one person at a time. As much as he’s not speaking about mindfulness, boy is he.   So, beginning Saturday, December 31st, I’ll be taking a two week… Read more »

What connects us

This week, Balance won the ‘Best Yoga Studio in Rochester’ award. And, to me, it’s a win for our community and for those of us who believe in the power of connection. Did the win give my ego a little boost? Yep. Did it make me fill with pride? Sure did. Does it make me feel… Read more »

Mindfulness saves

I have two amazing jobs that I completely love; it’s engaging work. On any given day, I travel from school to school- I meet with teachers, administrators, work with students, and athletes. I plan with colleagues. I shift from a kindergarten to an AP mindset. Then, I head to the yoga studio to teach and… Read more »

Holding space for shades

I’m currently 42, and over the last several months I’ve observed some really incredible sunsets. I’ve also been awed by the clouds, which I’m certain have always been in the sky and near that same sun I’ve recently and keenly noticed. There’s just been something about the vibrant and meshing colors of the sun and… Read more »

One more time

I’ve got the whole sell-out-a-stadium, triple-platinum, grammy-award-winning singer’s soul without a lick of talent to support it, but, man, when I’m cleaning our studio with Bonnie Raitt or The Eagles, I am astounding. One of my favorite — on repeat — songs is The Eagles classic, ‘Take it to the Limit,’ and the lyrics that have always… Read more »

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    Simple? Very funny

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    “It’s never simple to keep things simple.” -Richie Norton Paradoxically, I’m obsessed with simplicity. I’m actually a bit obsessed with the pursuit of simplicity. This work in mindfulness is partially to thankfully “blame.” I’ve been thinking about how simple gratitude is: a sunset, a laugh, a hand in another. How easy it is to melt… Read more »

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    The story behind ‘choose love’

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    “…And the point is, to live everything.” These seven words are certainly the tattoo I have been searching for. They’re definitely the deep waters I need to swim in. They are seven beams of light converging into an understanding that life is simply not meant to be understood, it’s meant to be lived. It’s that simple,… Read more »

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    The dimming

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    I do not enjoy slowing down. I never feel like I have enough time to do everything that I want to do in my day, so I tend to overcompensate. I’ll push myself to do everything that I do have the time to do extra hard, to make sure that I don’t walk away upset, feeling… Read more »