Balance Retreats to Stowe Mountain Ranch

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”    Retreats are, by definition, an opportunity to take a vacation from everyday anxieties and stressors: to ‘unplug’ from the ongoing chatter, and to recharge the body, mind and spirit before returning to reality. Getaways coordinated bt balance Studio in Cohasset to the Stowe Mountain Ranch Yoga Retreat promote the same benefits, along with a healthy dose of yoga, equestrian activities, wholesome gourmet meals made from fresh ingredients, and the pristine splendor of the adjacent valley and the Von Trapp Family Woods.

Owner Kellie Lynch opened balance Studio in 2007 as the ultimate destination on the south shore for comprehensive yoga, Pilates and barre classes. Twenty – seven certified instructors lead a full schedule of health and fitness- enhancing classes ranging from Yin, Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga, to barre cross-training, Pilates on the mat and Pilates on equipment- as well as a hybrid workout that encompasses a variety of techniques from all three categories.

Building on her goal to help people of all ages lead a healthy lifestyle, Lynch introduced Balance Studio’s first Stowe Mountain Yoga Retreat last year, to rave reviews. Participants at all levels, fro people who had never tried yoga before to those that practice daily, were able to inhale the crisp mountain air, savor the majestic landscape, relax in the outdoor hot tub and indoor cedar sagl5BSuNYolyO6vtLfjPy2cF1negx3MC9pPfR0PFyVEauna, and enjoyed one morning and one evening yoga class each day.

But perhaps the most distinctive elements of the retreat involved daily activities with the ranch’s stable of horses.h1yUSqWk_0NjwIOyHeTu6Xw36dkygxsUMQcwBxokHNs








” This portion of the retreat enable s people build a connection with a horse” Lynch explains. “we start off with trail walks and then trail runs, and we take them out into a field that is part of the Von Trapp Family Woods. Once we’ve developed a rapport with the horse, we do a series of yoga postures atop the horse”KxV4MtUinrBVxObenxNLXlWscNk-dYYUD-MDfghxha8

Assisted by spotters, each participant engages in poses they feel comfortable attempting, from the relatively simple child’s pose to more complicated moves like one-legged downward-facing dog. “It’s harder than it looks,” Lynch says with a smile. ” But it’s a wonderful experience.” This years retreat has been schedule dot coincide with peak foliage season.   ”

  • This article appears in February’s South Shore Living Magazine 2016. by Jennifer H. Mcinerney.

Balance is returning to Stowe Mountain Ranch September 29th- October 3rd 2016

Accommodations range from $550-$675 pp depending on room selection. Deposit of $200 required to reserve your spot.

Tentative/ Sample Schedule :

Stowe Mountain Retreat Daily Itinerary

Thursday September 29:

4-5:30 pm Check In

5:30 Welcome Wine and Cheese Reception

7:00 Dinner served

8:00 Open Evening to relax, Hot Tub, Sauna

Friday  September 30:

8-9:15 Morning Yoga Practice

9:30 Breakfast

10:30-1:00 Meet and help ready the horses, Trail Walking/riding with         horses in Von Trapp Family Woods

1-2:00 Lunch @ ranch house

2-5:30 Options include: Hike to waterfall, Explore Stowe Mountain  Area, Shop  downtown Stowe

6-7:15 SPA Yoga

7:30 Dinner Served

8:30 Group Bonding activity

Saturday October 1:

8:-9:15  Morning Yoga

9:30 Breakfast

10:30-12:30 Yoga on the Horses

1:00 Lunch @ ranch house

2:00 Options include: Stowe Oktoberfest (downtown Stowe), Hiking,

Shopping, exploring the area

6-7:15 SPA Yoga

7:30 Dinner Served

8:30 Bonfire and Music

Sunday October 2:

8:30 Morning Fusion Class

10:00 Brunch

12:00 Retreat Wrap up and check out.

Depending on the weather, yoga classes and meals can be taken outdoors on the deck.

New Teachers & New Classes at Balance


We’re so excited to offer more in the New Year to our regular weekly schedule!


Kate Krumsiek is bringing Yoga Tune Up® to Balance Studio, Monday Nights 6:15-7:15 pm. Kate says “Helping students identify and address postural habits that impair efficient, effective movement in the body” is what Yoga Tune Up is all about!  Calling all athletes, weekend warriors and those of you who think you are too inflexible to do yoga. This class will change your mind about yoga.



jillbwJill Jardine will be leading “Soulful Sundays”, Sundays starting 1/17/16 12:30-2 pm. Jill is a well known, South Shore yoga teacher and professional astrologer. She blends her class with fun, enthusiasm, Sun Salutations, mantras, chanting and movement. She welcomes all students to add her blend of soulfulness to your Sundays


IMG_2977kkbssmallKristine DeFonce is one of our most recent Balance Studio Barre Teacher Training graduates! She will be teaching  a mixed level barre class on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm. Kristine is a nurse at MGH in the cardiac unit when she’s not at the Barre! She is passionate about the benefits of barre and is looking forward to getting your heart pumping with fun & energetic classes!

Other New Classes on our weekly schedule include:

Mondays : Yoga Tune Up® @6:15-7:15 pm

Tuesdays: Foundational Flow @5:50-6:30 pm

Wednesdays: Yin & Meditation @ 7:15-8:15pm

Thursdays: Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra @6:15-7:30 pm

Fridays: Spa Yoga @ 6:15-7:30 pm

Sundays: Kundalini @ 9:30-10:30 am & Soulful Sundays @12:30-2 pm

What’s your game plan for 2016?

Happy New Year! Hoping your holiday season was all that you dreamed it could be.  beginingssmall
The holidays are behind us and a whole new year filled with opportunities and possibilities lies ahead. Have you committed to your 2016 goals?
Most changes, whether minor or significant start with an intention. An intention starts with an idea or desire for change, it then moves towards a goal which in turn creates an action plan. Growing up, my father always said, “Make a plan and work your plan”: it’s an ideology that has always motivated me towards my goals in life. I am so excited for my growth potential and that of Balance Studio in 2016!
I have always loved January, for me, it’s a time to re-set, re-evaluate and set up my plan for the coming year.  What’s your game plan?  Better health, stronger or more flexible body, a better way to manage stress?  We hope that Balance Studio will play a big part in your coming year. With the closing of two local yoga studios, we are hoping to bridge the gap left by their absence. We have ramped up with new classes, a few new teachers and an expanded schedule. Whether you are coming back to Balance or experiencing the studio for the first time, we hope you will find the Balance community a supportive and welcoming studio for all of your 2016 health and wellness goals.
While change can be difficult, statistics state that it generally takes 21 days to form new habits. While these 21 days may seem daunting at first, the rewards that come from a commitment to better health are life changing. What’s not to love about feeling the clarity, strength and accomplishment that comes from healthy living! Whether you are starting a new fitness routine or simply adding another element to your current practice, we are excited to support you with your intentions, goals and actions for the coming year.
Looking forward to seeing you at Balance!

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