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Amy Di Lillo: The Diviner

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A woman of the world, Michigan raised Amy DiLillo’s journey to Massachusetts came by way of Texas and the exotic countries of Japan, Singapore and Thailand.

Amy’s journey with yoga began 20 years ago.  Teaching for over 15 years, Amy loves how yoga quietly shifts mood, posture, breath and the energy of her students and herself.  Her favorite pose is Eagle because it makes her feel grounded, yet ready to take flight.

IMG_2054cleansmallAfter many years of dedication to her yoga, Amy will achieve a substantial milestone this February when she completes her RYT 500.  This education provides significant insight into the therapeutic yoga Amy delivers in class.  Amy is drawn to energy practices and that might not be a coincidence.  Her grandfather was a Michigan farmer and practicing water diviner (aka: water witch!)  Using a fresh Y shaped branch clasped in his hands, Amy’s hands on the branch under his, they would walk the family acreage looking for the right spot to dig a well.   She recalls feeling the branch gently vibrate and tilt down toward the earth revealing water lines deep within. He told her she had the “power”!

Amy lives in Cohasset with her husband Tom, their 16-year old son Dimitri and two fabulous felines.  G a feral feline who was born under their house in TX has moved with them to MI and now MA.  Siam, a well-fed feline rescue cat appeared on their MI doorstep and has not missed a meal since.IMG_3451bssmall

In her spare time Amy loves to walk (or snow shoe) at the many gorgeous beaches and parks in the area.  In addition to being a yoga teacher, she is corporate cross-cultural trainer who works with either American executives about to live abroad or foreigners moving to the US.  Passionate about many things, Amy strives to support LGBT Equality, Civil and Women’s Rights.  “It’s all yoga, really…, she says.  “it’s about being present and uniting.”

Amy can be found teaching 8 am Yin Yoga on Mondays and Fridays. Thursday Evenings @6:15 for Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra. She is often also offering workshops using essential oils as well as Restorative and Nidra workshops.

The Power of Community

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February is Share the Love month here at Balance Studio and our 3rd annual Share the Love team teaching classes are underway.  Our teacher teams give you a little extra love and attention from postures cues and adjustments to shoulder massages!  These classes are a perfect opportunity to meet and experience the special talents and styles of teachers you may not yet know.  If you haven’t had a chance to get to one of these classes, give yourself a little love and attend one before the end of the month.Check out our Schedule.

Community is such a powerful thing and presently a member of our Balance community is facing an extremely challenging situation.   Lisa Norton’s son Will, a freshman at Cohasset High School, is battling Ewing Sarcoma.  A rare form of cancer, Will is enduring a long and exhaustive battery of treatments at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Many in the Balance Community have been supporting the Norton Family with rides and meals.   The Studio has decided to dedicate its fundraising efforts at the 2017 Yoga Reaches Out (YRO) event to Will Norton.  Since its inception, YRO has raised over $2,000,000 for organizations that impact the health, education, and well-being of children.  YRO Founder Sarah Gardner mobilized yogis to come together to raise money for childhood illnesses after her newborn daughter’s health crisis.  This year Sean Corn, an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching will headline the YRO event at Gillette on April 30th.

Prior to the YRO event, on March 23rd a dedicated team of Balance Studio instructors will join together to team teach, offer hands on assists and share a variety of yoga styles in a very special class to raise funds for YRO.  Please join us on March 23rd in support of the Norton Family and possibly again on April 30th at YRO.

In January, in conjunction with the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness in Hingham, Balance Studio hosted our initial Living Well: A Mind Body Retreat.  This all-day retreat featured 15 workshops, interactive lectures and movement-based classes led by over a dozen local professionals from a wide range of wellness disciplines.  Attended by 50 men and women, the response to the event was so overwhelming we will host a second Living Well Retreat in Cohasset on May 13th, (the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend).  Stay tuned for details!

Kate Krumsiek: Yoga Balls to Tennis Balls

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2L1A5612-2For many of us, our fascination with anatomy began with a song connecting our hand bone to our arm bone.  For Yoga Tune-Up®
instructor Kate Krumsiek, her passion for anatomy is at the center of her teaching.

Equipped with yoga therapy balls and a sense of humor, her science-based classes use postures and techniques focused on anatomy and body function.
Kate believes understanding the body’s function helps us move with age and opens the doorway to a heightened awareness of body movement as we move.  Kate does not have a favorite pose, but instead loves knitting together movements designed to improve range of motion in joints, increase stability and support functional movements that can be transferred to day-to-day life.

Kate’s favorite aspect of teaching is connecting with students, some of whom suffer chronic aches and pains or are overcoming injuries.  Kate finds it endlessly rewarding to address student questions and discuss how strategies and techniques learned in class can be integrated into everyday movements like carrying groceries to help students to rehabilitate on and off their mats.

Kate grew up in Weymouth on a small street of only eight houses.  She moved to Cohasset 15 years ago and lives with her husband Mike, three teenage sons and their dearly loved Labradoodles Mac and Poppy.  Interestingly, Kate and her cousin married FullSizeRender (1)E279CF55-1956-4F01-9696-90164CCFBF89brothers. While living in Newton together, the cousins met the pair of brothers living in Allston.  Their combined seven children are not only first cousins, but second cousins too!

 

Kate is also a rabid Roger Federer who proudly displays his fan calendar and follows all hisunknown
tennis exploits.  She recently reveled in his winning his 18th Grand Slam at the Australian Open at age of 35 over his 30-year old rival, Rafael Nadal.  She is pursuing tickets to this summer’s US Open in hopes of watching him win again the finals.

In addition to teaching, Kate is a regular contributor to the Yoga Tune Up® website and YogaDork.  She is constantly researching new trends and techniques to cover in her writing and bring to her students.  “I love to build my toolbox of strategies to customize movement for my students and myself”, she says.

Kate can be found regularly Monday evenings @6:15 – 7:15 pm teaching Yoga Tune Up® and again on Thursdays 9:30-10:30 am for Foundational Flow. In addition she offerers Yoga Tune Up® workshops and currently Stand Well to Live Well with Cindy Doody coming up in March.

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