364 Main Street (REAR ENTRANCE) Wakefield MA
781-245-YOGA (9642) OR 617-506-YOGA (9642)
Owner, Teacher and Reiki Master, Christy Dole came to her yoga mat for the first time in her early twenties. Back then it was a good switch up to her vigorous workout routine. She fell in love with Yoga when it taught her ways to free herself from heavy or negative thought patterns. It literally changed her life! She is honored to pursue her dream and open up a space for other spiritual seekers to practice yoga and receive holistic treatments. Why Wakefield? Well, her husband is a native and she really loves the lake!
Christy is a 200 hr RYT and Registered through Yoga Alliance. She received her 200hrs at A Yoga Practice in Georgetown Ma and her Children's Certification through Color Me Yoga. In 2013 she received her Hip Hop Certification from Back Bay Yoga under the leadership of Lynne Begier and Goldie Kaufenberg. Her studies continue as she embarks on a 5 month mentorship under one of Boston's Best, Ame Wren. She is Intermediate Level Integrated Energy Therapy and a Reiki Master.
Her classes are taught with a fun mix of compassion and humor. Her approach and philosophy is that Yoga is for every BODY and everybody. She loves to take new classes, learn new modalities and share Yoga and energy healing with anyone whose interested.
Christy teaches All Levels, Gentle Yoga, Hip Pop Yoga, and Yummy Restorative.
Reiki and IET are available by appointment and Reiki trainings will be held throughout the year.
Kate believes that everyone can find their bliss in a regular yoga practice. Her classes include a focus on proper alignment that is designed to be accessible to all levels of practitioners. Infused into her classes are encouragement, humor, and an emphasis on the shared human experiences within the group. Kate’s passion lies in guiding practitioners to feeling strength and comfort in their mind, body, and soul.
Since coming to the practice reluctantly five years ago, Kate has learned that even the most cynical of practitioners (ie herself) can find outer and inner strength through yoga. Once she realized the amazing power of yoga, she furthered her yogic journey by completing her 200-hour training with B Yoga Center in Melrose. Kate will be teaching Gentle Yoga Thursdays at 7:30pm starting January 2013.
Monica found her yoga practice in her twenties as a way to compliment her running routine. What she didn’t expect was to find a deep connection to herself, to discover the roots of her fears, and to evolve from self destructive habits into loving compassion for herself and those she meets. Monica enjoys teaching from a place of compassion, but still evokes a challenging class that uses fun sequencing and good alignment to help free up the body and open the heart. She received her 200 hr yoga certification and pre-natal yoga certification in 2011 at South Boston Yoga. Monica is also a certified holistic health coach, a new mommy, and a dog lover. Monica teaches Mommy and Me Yoga and Pre-Natal Yoga at Balance
Vanessa began her yoga practice in 2010 in Argentina, learning very quickly the Spanish word for shoulders and hips. Upon returning home she completed her 200 hour training at Back Bay Yoga Studio with Kate Greer and Lynne Begier. Since then she has been teaching yoga to adults and children alike; she recently completed a 20 hour children's yoga teacher training with Radiant Child Yoga.
When she's not in baddha konasana, Vanessa works at the Acera School in Melrose where she teaches math, theatre and the occasional downdog. She has used yoga as a path for healing and transformation and is grateful to bring this ancient tradition to those who are seeking.
Vanessa is grateful to bring this ancient tradition to the students at Balance. She will be teaching Gentle and Candlelight Flowdown.
Lisa Poirier OTR/L, CYT, CHHC- Lisa has been a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist since 1992 after graduating from Quinnipiac University. In addition, Lisa has been practicing yoga since 2002 and immediately noticed the physical and mental benefits from this ancient science. Her passion for yoga grew and ultimately steered her down the path of becoming a yoga teacher.
She graduated from Finding Inner Peace Yoga School and 2006 and since has taught many workshops, yoga classes and individualized yoga sessions. She has had extensive ongoing training with some of the leading yoga therapists in the world such as Joseph LePage, founder of Integrative Yoga Therapy and Gary Kraftsow, founder of the American Vini yoga Institute. She is also a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Most recently she graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and enjoys helping teens, adults and seniors incorporate healthy living into their lives
Lisa teaches at Balance Thursday evenings at 7:30pm GENTLE YOGA and will be launching a TEEN YOGA program this August as well as a Wellness Coaching program this FALL!
Meet Tegan..."I honestly can't remember the first time I practiced yoga. I just remember liking the similarity to dance and enjoying the quiet personal sanctuary my mat offered me, which kept me coming back for more. My practice has been slowly and steadily growing over the past ten years and with it igniting a curiosity for a deeper understanding of Yoga.
A few years ago, feeling burnt out as a body worker, I decided to satisfy that curiosity and study with Paul Dallaghan, a student of Pattabhi Jois, on Koh Samui, Thailand for my teacher training. Paul teaches in the tradition of Ashtanga but with a modern view to appeal to the western world.
With focus on alignment and yogic philosophy, my approach allows for playfulness and modifications for every-body. Inspired by the teachings of Kriya Yoga, I encourage my students to simply "get up and do", and the rest will follow-commitment to action, surrender to the mystery."
Tegan teaches at Balance Tuesday's at 6:15pm ALL LEVELS and will be bringing a workshop class called CORE AND RESTORE this Summer!
Melissa Straz Yoga Instructor, RYT 200, Reiki Master
Melissa has been practicing Yoga and Reiki since 1996 when she was in high school. Through high school, college, graduate school and 10 years working in higher education, yoga has been the one thing that always was able to help Melissa stay grounded and focused. She believes that yoga, when practiced regularly, can have a profound influence on your life emotionally, mentally and physically. Using the power of Reiki when assisting Melissa hopes to magnify the healing power of both Reiki and Yoga. Melissa completed her 200 hour training through Finding Inner Peace and she also completed levels 1, 2 and 3 of the Radiant Child Yoga Teacher Training and loves sharing yoga with adults and children. Melissa teaches Beginners Vinyasa and Gentle Yoga at Balance.
Amy Sinclair had her first taste of yoga in high school, but didn't begin a serious practice until 2012. After running her first half marathon, Amy needed a way to rehab her body, so she stepped back on the mat and quickly fell in love. Yoga helped Amy connect with her body and mind on a deeper level, and she found much more than strength and flexibility on the mat. Amy's teaching style is light-hearted and playful, but also challenging. Amy hopes to bring the joy she found through a regular yoga practice to as many people as possible. She received her 200hr RYT from B Yoga in Melrose MA.
Amy is teaching Early Morning Flow and All Levels
Marie has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching Gentle Hatha Yoga for 2. She started her own practice of Mindfulness Meditation 4 years ago and has participated in a 7-day professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli.
Marie exercises the mind and body daily through yoga and meditation to stay healthy and finds remarkable benefits for Stress Reduction. She has earned an Advanced Certificate in Mindfulness from Lesley University and currently attends there in pursuit of a Psychology degree. Marie will be teaching Gentle Yoga and teaching Meditation Sunday's at Balance.