Susan discovered yoga shortly after beginning aerial circus training. Yoga provided the perfect balance for her body and mind. While weaving in and out of both practices separately for a few years, eventually they merged, leading her to aerial yoga teacher training through Om Factory in New York City. Focusing on safety, her classes blend yoga poses with playful movement utilizing the aerial hammock.
Dana Sherman-Chakan, E-RYT 500 has been teaching yoga since June of 2010. Her classes are intelligently sequenced, energetically balanced, well-rounded and she has the ability to deeply connect with her students. In addition to her yoga teaching career, she is studying Nutrition and Integrative Health at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Her class offerings include Vinyasa, Mellow Flow, Strength & Conditioning, Restorative and she regularly teaches private lessons and specialized workshops.
Alyssa Chestnutt has been a licensed massage therapist since 2017. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), is a Certified Sports Massage Specialist, and has 2 years of experience in providing swedish, deep tissue and sports massage.
Her current focus is on providing CBD infused massage treatments for easing pain, reducing inflammation, healing scar tissue and for treating conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, as well as reducing symptoms involved with anxiety, depression, and PMS.
Terry came to yoga in 2012 to help build strength, flexibility and balance in her body. Through her yoga practice she found a sense of peace and personal enrichment. Terry teaches Mellow Flow class on Mondays at 6:00 PM. Balance You will move through this gently paced highly accessible Mellow Flow class to enhance flexibility, relieve stress, calm the mind and balance effort with ease.
Corinne Farrell is here to help you create a balanced body and mind. To that aim, she studies extensively in the fields of Yoga, Personal Training, Cycling, Kinesiology, Massage Therapy, Slacklining & Acrobatics. She’s known for her masterful approach to all things kinesthetic, and happily offers her extensive knowledge to help you live a richer, fuller, more active life.
Lisa Galico, RYT 200, started practicing yoga in 2010. In 2016, she discovered restorative yoga and immediately felt the benefits of calming the nervous system. She enrolled in a restorative yoga teacher training and then started teaching a weekly class. This class led to a passion for teaching yoga. Lisa completed the 200 hour Boundless Yoga Teacher Training at Balance Yoga and Wellness in 2017. She also has certifications in Adaptive Chair Yoga, Horse & Yoga Integration, and two degrees of Reiki. She tailors her classes to meet the needs of the students, and hopes to inspire others to be their most authentic selves.
Ramah is a 200 hour trained LiveLoveTeach Vinyasa teacher, a Baron Baptiste Certified
Instructor, and a Level 3 Radiant Child Yoga Instructor. Her dedication to yoga has had a
profound effect on the most important role in her life, being a wife and a mother to four beautiful
Yoga came into Priya’s life at an early age. Priya’s mother, having practiced under B.K.S. Iyengar for 3 years, taught her growing up. In 2008 she began a dedicated physical practice, originally seeking only that; however, what unveiled was a mindful practice that provided tools to improve overall well-being. In 2010 she combined her love of travel and yoga and went to Bali for an immersive 200HR Hatha Yoga certification. Since, she’s received certifications in Vinyasa Yoga (100HR) from Balance Yoga & Wellness, Bhakti Flow Yoga (120HR) from Rusty Wells of Urban Flow. Priya has also been trained in The Art of Physical Adjustments, Reiki Level 1, Prenatal, Restorative, Yin, Aerial, and Trauma Informed Yoga.
Emma Kate Keller, 500HR RYT, ChildLight Yoga Teacher and CHHC, was introduced to yoga in college, where she saw first hand the many benefits that yoga and mindfulness could bring to a person dealing with past pain and the struggle of young adult life. It was not until she attended an Ashtanga class in 2015 that she fell in love with yoga, and one year later started her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. Emma's passion is helping
children and teenagers find balance, release negative energy and get to know their true selves with the use of yoga, mindfulness and wellness practices. You can find Emma teaching infant through teenager classes and workshops at Balance Yoga.
Brandon Kotsko, RYT 500, began yoga as a means of variation from standard exercise. What started as attending occasional classes bloomed into a soulful experience and journey. His practice and commitment grew steadily, and then attended Twin Cities Yoga Collective’s 200hr RYT Teacher Training Program. Brandon’s passion for yoga continued to grow, and continued his education through the Boundless Yoga School's 300hr Advanced Studies Program, earning his 500hr certification. Brandon leads All Level Vinyasa and Beginner/Level 1 classes and is available for private lessons.
When I started this journey in massage therapy in 2004, it was intended to be a temporary layover until I figured out “what I wanted to be when I grew up,” then the best thing happened, I fell in love. Manipulating tissues, relieving pain and seeing the joy and thankfulness on my client’s faces solidified that I had indeed, found my place. I am honored and thankful to be able to share this love with my clients. I specialize in Swedish and Therapeutic Massage, certified in Trigger Point Therapy, and always eager to learn new techniques!
Elizabeth Mason MPH RN CPYT BUTI, comes to us born and raised in Tunkhannock, PA. Throughout the past 16 years she has gained wisdom and expertise in pregnancy and childbirth through her experiences as a Birth Doula, Homebirth Midwife Apprentice, Labor and Delivery RN, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, Childbirth Educator, and Level II Reiki Practitioner. Elizabeth joins us here at Balance Yoga after completing her 85hr Prenatal Yoga Instructor Training in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. Her aim is to create and facilitate a supportive space for women to gain access to information, coping techniques, body awareness, increased mental and physical strength, as well as tools to connect with intuition and instinct needed to remain empowered and active participants through the childbearing process.
Caleigh views herself as a forever student of yoga, learning from her own teachers, life experiences, and now students. She is overjoyed to guide students in finding their own path. Her light-hearted, energetic classes encourage focus on the present moment by exploring deeper connections between body, mind, and spirit.
A recovery, by definition, is a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength. There are many experiences we seek to recover our hopeless state of mind and body from, including addiction, illness, life-changing experiences, anxiety, PTSD. Recovery yoga is for individuals seeking to strengthen mind and body through meditation, breath work, vinyasa and restorative yoga. The purpose of this class is to create a space where you can be, as is, and build your skills towards peace and serenity. Beginners welcome.
Eva Ofcharsky-Simpson, RN, offers metaphysical healing sessions at Balance Yoga. Eva’s certifications and education include: Reiki Master, IET Master Practitioner, CTA Practitioner, Atlantean Crystal Healing. Eva also serves as a volunteer board member of Camp Bravehearts, a non-profit organization that offers retreat weekends and other programs for cancer survivors.
Cristina Spradlin has been a student of yoga for six years and since has earned 300 hours of yoga teacher training. She has been teaching in NEPA for two years and has cultivated a deep love for not only the practice, but how it has ultimately led her closer to herself. Cristina is also passionate about martial arts and is currently a first degree black belt, an avid boxer and practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Jacqueline received her Acupuncture Master’s Level Diploma from the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine, Montclair, N.J., in 2014. As required for the program, she also completed courses in Biology, Pathophysiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Pharmacology, Physical Examination, and both Eastern and Western Nutrition. Her three-year education included working in the school’s on-site Acupuncture clinic, as well as an Externship at the VA Medical Center in East Orange, N.J.
She has treated patients previously diagnosed with a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, insomnia, infertility, PTSD, depression/anxiety, eczema, asthma, trigeminal neuralgia, coughing, colds and much more.
Passionate about her discipline, Jacqueline describes Acupuncture as “a Vital Source of Health Care, where Medicine and Science meet Art and Spirit.”
Schedule your Acupuncture Appointment today, and bring harmony and vitality back to your body and mind.
Dina Stewart discovered Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga in 2009 which became a turning point in her life. She found her strength, her voice & her passion. In May 2012, she completed training through the Always at Aum Yoga School to obtain her 200 hour RYT certification. In November 2013, Dina graduated from Boundless Yoga Training at Sundari Yoga in Stroudsburg, PA with her 500 hour RYT certification, has been actively teaching for over four years and has been upholding a daily physical practice.
Heidi is so thankful and excited for the opportunity to have participated in the 200 - Hour Boundless Yoga Teacher Training at Balance Yoga & Wellness. She is looking forward for the chance to share the joy and gifts experienced through Yoga with others, and her beginner friendly classes are designed for anyone who is interested in getting started with Yoga!
Diane is a firm believer that small acts of kindness can change the world, so her dedication to the Karma Krew is the perfect opportunity to share that passion with others.
A lover of simple pleasures, especially cooking, hot tea, a good book, or a walk in nature, she is finding the most enjoyment seeing the wonder of the world through the eyes of her two grandsons.
Marah aspires to guide others on their journey to a healthy life by finding simplicity and balance in their daily lives. Sharing her love for nature and returning to our roots Marah promotes healing through movement, nutrition, and alternative therapies. She is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher and enjoys bringing people together through their practice. Yoga has been a part of Marah’s life for the past decade and she believes everyone can benefit from the practice. Marah has a strong desire to learn and strives to educate others on how to live happy and healthy. She completed her M.S in Holistic Natural Health & Nutrition and is currently studying at the doctorate level at the University of Natural Health. She studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine and brings those theories of balance and simplicity into her practice
Maria graduated from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy, with a focus on Swedish, Therapeutic Deep Tissue and Sports Massage. She was also certified in Manual Lymph Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy from the Dr. Vodder School, which taught her how to help heal the body after surgeries and injuries. In 2008, she graduated from the Chicago School of Thai Massage with a certificate in Traditional Thai Massage and is certified in Pre-Natal Massage as well. Maria has also been an esthetician/ skin care therapist since 2003.
Maria has spent 2+ years living, traveling and studying in India, and became YA Alliance certified in teaching Ashtanga Yoga (200 hours from Ajarya Yoga in Rishikesh, India) and Traditional Tantric Yoga (500 hours from Shrikali Ashram in Goa, India, where she continues her studies in the winters). She also completed a three month intensive Ayurvedic program from PVA Ayurvedic College in Kerala, India, where she studied the 3,500+ year old science of Ayurveda, one of the most ancient forms of natural medicine in the world.
My grandmother introduced me to Kundalini and Hatha yoga when I was 15. It quickly became a tool for coping with my parent's dramatic divorce. Into and throughout adulthood I would frequently return to periods of yogic practice as an emotional last resort when life became unmanagable. Now I maintain a yoga practice to prevent becoming overwhelmed by life's inevitable struggles. It is a powerful tool in my arsenal to fight for and maintain wellness. Being a teacher is beautiful because I am able to share this resource with others, fully believing in the magic and healing power of the yoga.
Bryan Dewey is a recent graduate of teacher training from Kundalini Yoga East in New York City, RYT® 200, and is excited to share Kundalini Yoga with Northeastern Pennsylvania. He also has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and an M.A. in Philosophy from Binghamton University, and is a student of the philosophies of Hinduism and Yoga.
Upon experiencing a vinyasa class, Jason was drawn to yoga as a moth is to a flame. He began practicing yoga in 2009 at a time in his life when his mind was muddled and his body was weakened from past injuries. The flow between asanas clarified his mind, strengthened those weaknesses, and made space within to grow. Desiring to take his practice to a higher level, Jason took part in the Twin Cities Yoga Collective in the fall of 2013.
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