Balance was brought into existence in 2013 to serve compassionate, mindfulness-based yoga experiences that promote mental, physical and spiritual growth to help navigate the stressors of everyday life.
Founder and co-owner. E-RYT 500, qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher
"I've taught yoga and meditation for 15 years and I've had a distinguished career as an english teacher, instructional specialist and curriculum writer."
"My classes consist of lively and dynamic flows paired with great music, it's essentially mindfulness-meditation in motion. You'll receive tools to navigate discomfort and as a result you'll grow, change and feel balance."
Co-owner. RYT 500, Relax & Renew® Restorative Teacher, Level I
"I teach beginners, intermediate and experienced yogis with compassion and awareness. I will meet you where you are with a strong focus on alignment and breath."
"My specialty is Restorative yoga. I create a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the true healing benefits of deep rest, renewal and restoration."
My classes emphasize alignment and strength paired with introspection. We'll dive deeply into postures with a focus on body-awareness and safe muscle development.
My intention is that you take some of that newfound awareness with you off of your mat and into your every day life.
My classes are truly are everyone. I will encourage you to find 'your' practice through a variety of poses, words and music. I will help you find your edge through breath and movement.
My goal is that you learn more about yourself so that you can live your story out loud off your mat.
My classes are fun and energetic and allow for participants to challenge themselves within a safe environment. I provide clear and detailed instruction, as well as model poses, all while encouraging participants to move through class in a way that feels right in their body.
My attention to alignment benefits those who are new to the yoga practice as well as seasoned practitioners. Variations of poses are always given.
My classes are applicable to yogis young and old, seasoned or new. Together, we break down poses to speak to their anatomical ins-and-outs and to support proper alignment. We build organic heat through anatomically-oriented, mindful movement.
My extensive background in massage therapy allows me to speak specifically to our muscles and to educate practitioners on our body's subtle nuances, and to awaken to those nuances both on and off the mat.
I teach a vinyasa style yoga class with many opportunities for modifications, which makes my classes appropriate for all levels.
I love to mix it up by using a variety of poses that will keep you challenged in a fun, playful way.
When I teach a class, I lead you through an alignment-based yoga practice that's both playful and challenging.
It's my goal to not take myself too seriously, or this yoga practice too seriously. Life is too serious already, so let's have some fun and let it all go on the mat!
Hannah grew up dancing in the Rochester and Buffalo area. She attended the Draper Center for Dance Education and Pittsford Dance Studio.
After high school, she moved to New York City where she graduated with a BFA Commercial Dance degree at Pace University. In NYC, she performed choreography by Talia Favia, Lauren Gaul, Scott Jovovich, Dee Caspary, Rhonda Miller, and Karla Garcia with the Hamilton National Tours cast for Broadway Cares.
She recently presented work at the Young Choreographer’s Festival in NYC. She currently resides in LA where she is pursuing dance professionally and is currently represented by Go2Talent.
My 'Fusion' class is a balanced blend of the Yoga and Pilates practice; it combines the fluid movement of Yoga flow with the mechanical precision of Pilates. 'Fusion' will offer mindfulness, fine tuning of the muscles and the melding of two thoughts of wellness. You will stretch, strengthen and lengthen the body.
Stephanie, currently residing in Eugene, OR, is a 200 hr RYT Instructor from upstate New York. Her teaching style is a slower flow. It implements motivational messaging, breath work, stretching, core work and flow. When Stephanie is not on the mat you can find her out in the woods exploring, hiking, and taking pictures to document her journey, or sometimes at the local brewery enjoying a tasty craft beer!
E-RYT 500 • My practice began in 1996 when one day in the gym I decided to take an “easy little stretch class” or so I thought! At the end of that class I walked out with such a feeling of peace and clarity. I knew I had found a new way to stay physically AND emotionally fit in mind, body, and spirit. I had to know more. With a professional career in musical theatre, yoga kept me flexible, balanced, and calm both onstage and off. Eleven years later my practice and need to know more led me to YogaWorks where I completed 200 hours of teacher training. In 2009 I completed 500 hours of therapeutic training at Golden Heart Yoga. Level 1 with Baron Baptiste was in 2011 along with trainings in Yin Yoga and as a Doula. 2013 was the beginning of my Balance home in Webster, NY with founder, Erica Ebert. We met years before when we both moved back home and have had a lasting friendship ever since. My yoga influences have been many.
I’ve had the extraordinary gift of taking classes and trainings all over North America with some of the best teachers. The fascination and love for Yoga continues as I teach, train and learn from my students both privately and in group classes. My classes are safe, challenging, humorous, and suitable for all levels. Some may say I kick their ass! I say I empower whatever part of their anatomy/spirit/ass needs it! Emphasis is on proper alignment and breath work and discovering how strong you are when body, mind and spirit work together. It is so fulfilling to experience and watch peoples lives changing....including mine! I am so excited to venture into the virtual on-line world along with superstar Stephanie Leigh. We’ve got a fantastically fierce training in store! See you on the screen and mat!