As the owner of Balance Studio, Kellie Lynch is able to combine her passion of yoga and Pilates with her love of family, friendship, and career. Kellie began practicing Pilates over 15 years ago, after a successful career in the business world and the birth of her three daughters. Prior to the opening of Balance Studio, Kellie ran a small Pilates studio out of her home. Demand for her classes quickly increased, and Balance Studio opened in the heart of Cohasset Village in 2008.
Kellie has been classically trained and certified through Peak Pilates and further completed her Yoga Certification at Open Doors in 2006. By fusing her knowledge of Pilates with classical yoga philosophy, Kellie designs her classes with an emphasis on form, flow, and breath and demonstrates the mind-body connection. In 2007, she combined her love of Pilates and yoga and introduced the Barre method of fitness to Balance Studio. While Kellie has reached her goal of providing the South Shore with an impressive range of yoga, Pilates, and barre classes, she has no plans of slowing down! Kellie is consistently looking for ways to improve the studio and meet the needs of her growing clientele.
As an expert nutritional counselor at Balance Studio, Shannon Lynch is passionate about the benefits of eating a well-balanced diet filled with natural foods that nourish the body appropriately. Shannon became a certified health coach in 2008 through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, though her personal experience with nutrition stretches much further back. As a child, Shannon suffered frequent asthma and severe allergy attacks, and found that through proper nutrition, she was able to eliminate her need for medications altogether. Shannon felt inspired to guide others through dietary cleanses and changes in order to improve overall health.
Shannon became a certified yoga teacher at the Kripalu Center in 1993 and later became certified in Pilates through Momentum Studio under Aline Alexander. She has taught Pilates since 2002 and loves the profound improvement she has seen in her own life. Shannon is passionate about using her knowledge of nutrition, yoga, and Pilates to help guide others towards a more holistic and balanced lifestyle!
Stephanie Leads her classes with a warm open heart and pragmatic spirituality. She creates a fun relaxed atmosphere where her students can practice creative flow. After many years of dance training, Stephanie found a new creative outlet in yoga. Her 200 hour certifications were through The White Lotus Foundation as well as Open Doors. She recently completed Shiva Rea’s 500 Hour program. Additionally, she has completed ongoing training workshops that affect her style with other teachers including Baron Baptiste, Barbara Benaugh, Seane Corn, Sadi Nardini & Beryl Bender Birch. Heavily influenced by Shiva’s Prana Vinysasa Flow, Stephanie uses innovative sequences, poignant music, and warm humor to inspire students on and off the mat.
Lyn Pompeo – Yoga started for me about ten years ago. It was a few years later that I discovered Vinyasa/Power yoga and that has been my practice ever since. I love the physical challenge, but it is the mental game that gets me more. Yoga helps me flow with the universe and shows me the grace that is the universe and makes me feel I am exactly where I am supposed to be. It’s that yoga bliss which always keeps me coming back for more. I hope to share this with my students with a class both physically challenging and spiritually opening.
Jan Burkhardt ~ Yoga is a journey. Not an end destination. My favorite quote from Rolf Gates: “The prize is in the process”
I began practicing yoga in 2002. I was an avid runner and certified Spin instructor and I loved the stretching, flexibility and strength a daily yoga practice offered. Yoga evolves with you; I now love my yoga practice for the quieting of the mind it offers: one breath at a time; being present. being still. being fully conscious and aware of myself and the world.
In 2006 I completed a 200 hr. certification through Open Doors Power Yoga with Richard Lanza. In 2009 I attended the 200 hour certification through South Boston Yoga Body Awakening Teacher Training with David Vendetti. In 2010 I completed a 4-month mentorship with Master Instructor Jacqui Bonwell. I am Reiki Level 2 certified.
My class setting is sacred, nurturing and safe. My teaching will be physically challenging with an emphasis on alignment and mindfully spiritual.
Kim Spear began practicing yoga 8 years ago focusing on the Vinyasa style. From the instant she first stepped onto her sticky mat, she felt the power of this practice. For Kim, yoga offers the opportunity to stay physically fit but more importantly it offers the opportunity to practice being present. Emotions that tend to be ignored or stored away daily are instantly brought to light and released on her mat. Her yoga practice has
helped her to listen to the voice of her heart. She became a teacher to offer these opportunities to her students.
After almost a decade of climbing the corporate ladder, and six years of casually exploring her yoga practice, Ashley realized that the only time she was truly at peace was on her mat. She finally surrendered to the fact that her life was not working for her, and decided to take a leap of faith, and start on a journey toward becoming her best self. She completed the 200 hour teacher training at Open Doors Power Yoga Studios and has been teaching ever since.Ashley’s teaching journey continued at Equinox in Boston, where she completed the Yoga Tune Up® Level 1 teacher training. She continues to study with amazing teachers, and has started her 500 hour training with Beryl Bender Birch.
Recently her greatest challenge and greatest joy was the birth of her daughter, which has reminded her that the present moment is everything, and to be truly present is to be truly alive.
Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the thinking mind (Sutra 1:2, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali); breath and movement combine to bring students to a place of stillness… Ashley believes in creating a challenging flow, providing modifications to make the practice accessible to all levels, and maintaining a keen awareness of breath.
Sue Richardson BS,CYT, first practiced yoga as a compliment to her running practice but soon discovered the added benefits of inner peace, balance, and healing. This discovery lead her to Finding Inner Peace Yoga School where she deepened her own practice and became certified as yoga teacher. She believes in the positive changes a yoga practice can bring to our lives and is honored to share this gift of yoga with others. Sue has continued her training through workshops with Seane Corn, Gary Kraftsow, Joanne Flaherty, and Jacqui Bonwell.
Elizabeth has been practicing yoga now for 18 years. In 2003 she received her teaching certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Elizabeth was introduced to yoga following her recovery from breast cancer and found that her practice was enormously helpful in regaining a sense of balance in her life. She retired from a career in banking and systems analysis to pursue a more holistic path. One of her greatest joys is to help people find and restore their center of calm, peace and well being using a gentle, spiritual, and nurturing approach through her teachings of yoga. She is also a practicing Reiki Master.
Elizabeth lives on the south shore of Boston, in Scituate, MA, and now winters in St. Martin.
Jennifer WillmsAfter spending the first half of my life as a dancer I found my way to pilates and barre classes at Balance Studio, and I began to deepen my own yoga practice at the same time. Slowly yoga really began to speak to me deeply, ultimately inspiring me to attend Marianne Well’s teacher training program in Costa Rica. It was this experience that I realize now was only the beginning of my training, as a teacher, and as a student of yoga. The highlight of my year this year was the retreat I attended with Sarah Powers (Insight Yoga) focused on yin yoga, mindfulness and meditation. I continue to learn, study and teach with an emphasis on yin yoga, gentle vinyasa flow, meditation, and bringing yoga outdoor whenever possible!
Kathy found yoga over 10 years ago after experiencing a hamstring injury. In the first class she fell in love with the practice. Yoga relieved her physical injury; but more remarkable was the tranquility she felt on her mat. Kathy regards yoga invaluable in handling life’s ups and downs, so she teaches to share the gifts of the practice. Kathy believes yoga allows practitioners to genuinely connect with their inner nature so they find greater ease and simplicity in living life in this busy world. Recognizing there is no end to learning, Kathy considers herself a continual student of yoga and life’s teachings, and is deeply grateful to all her teachers. In Kathy’s class students can expect guided movement founded on breath, an incorporation of props for modifications, options for challenge, and a sense of humor with lighthearted playfulness. Having completed her 300 Hour training at Sacred Seeds Yoga School she is an RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200 Hour training with Balance Studio and she is certified in Balanced Athlete – Level 1.
Amy Di Lillo
Amy started her yoga practice in the late 90’s, while living in Singapore and in Bangkok Thailand. Inspired by the diverse instructors she encountered in South East Asia, she became a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with the Yoga Alliance (through YogaFit) upon returning to the states. In addition, she has received numerous specialty certifications in: kids, seniors, pre/post natal, back, pranayama, therapy, bodyrolling, Thai yoga and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Amy has enjoyed numerous workshops with inspiring teachers like: Tias Little, Cyndi Lee, Gary Kraftsow, Rodney Yee and Elise Browning Miller. Amy is currently working toward my RYT500 with an emphasis in Therapeutic Yoga. Amy is also certified in Yin Yoga and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. She finds that these courses continue to inform my eclectic, viniyoga teaching style. Amy loves the fusion of ancient yogic wisdom and modern fitness principles and strive to create a playful and accessible yoga experience.
Aveen grew up in Canada, and has a passion for sports, the outdoors, fitness/wellness, and nutrition. Her father, a doctor, has truly been an inspiration to her. As she grew up, she saw her father’s kindness, support and his encouragement, change peoples’ lives. Aveen graduated from McGill University and now lives in Cohasset. She is studying through the American College of Sports Medicine for her certification as a personal trainer. She believes that incorporating healthy eating into lifestyle choices is an integral part of achieving long term health, fitness and physical goals. She teaches the Barre Method of Fitness, which she believes is an unbeatable work out. The music is awesome, and the results speak for themselves. Helping her clients focus on the technical Method of Barre is the key to their success. Much of life is mental, and training her students to work on the physicality of each exercise brings sustained results. She feels fortunate to see, first hand, how these achievements motivate her clients towards continued success. Their sense of well being spills over into all aspects of their lives. Empowering her clients to believe in themselves and thrive, gives her profound professional satisfaction.
Susan Browne has been practicing Yoga for 20 years and teaching for 17. She holds professional-level teaching certification in Vinyasa, Kundalini and Yin Yoga. She is certified in Ayurveda/Yoga Therapy, Thai Yoga Bodywork, and Reiki, and continues to study asana, energy anatomy, Yoga Philosophy, and meditation with teachers internationally. Susan’s approach to instruction reflects her desire to share the unparalleled high that is the result of strengthening, balancing and awakening the body and mind through asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation. With both humor and compassion, she seeks to guide students into the ultimate experience of Yoga: satchittananda, the knowingness and bliss that is the true nature of all human beings.
Lissie believes that there is a Yogi in everyone! She aims to help her students discover how yoga can accentuate and benefit their lives in the way it has hers. As an educator she feels it is important to offer clear and concise language when leading a class. She enjoys exploring variations of the asanas creatively and effectively within a practice. Her classes offer traditional elements of the vinyasa as well as some exploration and inventiveness within the poses.
Lissie uses both deliberate and subtle cues to intensify and connect with the poses in hopes that the experience will reveal a deeper connection to the practice and postures. Her flows are purposefully constructed emphasizing careful alignment for a safe practice while gradually opening the body and the mind through the traditional breath and movement. The accompaniment of musical selections are consciously arranged to accentuate the practice.
Lissie is Reiki certified and a 200 hr CRYT graduate of Balance Studio’s teacher training. She hopes that her students walk away with a renewed sense of calm and of themselves as a yogi!
From the start of my study, yoga combined a variety of interests for me– fitness, breath, alignment, intellect and clarity of mind. I’m inspired by work that incorporates a strong anatomical focus and have become an Integrated Yoga Tune Up® teacher, as well as a regular contributor to their popular blog (http://www.yogatuneup.com/blog/author/kate-krumsiek/). This work, along with my YogaWorks certification, enables me to offer my students a customized practice for their efforts on the mat and increased awareness of their movement off the mat. I want to teach asana, for sure, but more importantly, I want to open students up to the art of listening to their inner selves to guide a personalized practice that serves their needs for that day – wherever they may be.
Kim has been teaching Yoga on the South Shore since 2004. Kim is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher with intensive training in mindfulness meditation and Yin Yoga. She is also a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist (700 hour training course) specializing in private practice. Supported by her yoga therapy training, Kim’s mission to assist clients with mindful movement, personal introspection and creating balance in dealing with life’s everyday demands.
Kim’s interest in mindfulness practices coupled with daily meditation and Yin Yoga, has led her to become more involved in the more contemplative forms of Yoga practice. Kim’s yoga classes weave humor and intelligence into a sequence of long holding Yin poses to enliven the meridian system. Her concentration of standing slow flow Yoga poses to strengthen the physical body safely, create introspection and moment to moment awareness. Joy and a lightness of being during practice is an important quality that Kim tries to instill in her students.
Trish began her yoga journey almost 15 years ago, but it wasn’t until she became an injured marathon runner, that she witnessed firsthand the restorative nature of yoga. Amazed by the physical strength, flexibility, mental focus and renewed and joyous creative spirit that yoga created for her, she just knew she had to teach!
Trish is a 500-hour instructor in therapeutic essentials, and a Massachusetts General Hospital stress management educator. She is has numerous specialty certifications include instructing Vinyasa, breath work therapies, Yin yoga, SPA yoga, meditation and teaching mind/body stress reduction strategies.
Yoga and mediation’s scientific based effects on the brain, central nervous and immune. and combining yoga with medicine is Trish’s passion. She is employed at several integrative medical centers and works with patients with autoimmune illnesses and a variety of mental health conditions.
By offering a wide variety of classes ranging from vigorous Vinyasa-flow to slower-paced calming Yin, Trish is able to connect to students of any level and age. Trish’s playful, heart-centered teachings, combine alignment, meditative breath, and spirit to encourage students to reconnect to self, renewal and joy!
Izzy’s passion for exercise started at a very young age. She has been dancing ever since her mother signed her up for ballet at the age of 4, and continues to dance today. As she entered college, she was searching for something to fill an empty void where her teenage gymnastics life used to be. In 2011, she discovered yoga and became instantly hooked! It is the perfect mix of athleticism and grace. A few years later she started hearing about a new fitness method called barre. As a former ballet student she knew she had to try this class! As it became difficult to travel into Cambridge for ballet on a regular basis, barre became her go-to dancer workout. It helps maintain her posture, “find her center” as said by Ballet instructor Liz Lapuh, obtain lean and strong muscles, and most importantly, it’s fun! In 2015 Izzy became a barre instructor through the barre teacher-training program at Balance Studio. Izzy is also a certified personal trainer through ACE and has a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a minor in dance through the University of Massachusetts Boston. She loves to help others achieve their fitness goals and making people happy. She is very approachable and has lots of energy, so don’t be shy to ask her a question or have a chat.
I have always been drawn to the human figure. The fact that each one of us is based on the same foundation but can all be so beautifully unique is enthralling to me. I began exploring this fascination in college as a painting and photography major. Still or in motion my work always incorporated the human form. After college, my awe led me to massage school in New Mexico. Here I learned the fundamentals of human anatomy as well as the meaning of “balanced mind and body”. The mind must be kind to our bodies, both in spirit and in health, to truly appreciate our time in the here and now. As a barre instructor, I want to encourage you to appreciate the function of your body; to educate you to train yourselves tall, to open your hearts, to build your strength and for you to see the beauty in your individual shapes and beings. You are all beauties…you should know it and own it!
Carissa is an energetic beach loving soul. She first fell in love with Barre shortly after finishing her nutrition degree at Framingham State University. Carissa was amazed at the sincerity and helpfulness of the teachers at Balance. The environment of the studio is the best she has encountered and she decided to join them to help teach others. In the spring of 2015 Carissa completed her Barre teacher training to further her knowledge and passion of Barre. With her background in nutrition she knows the importance of regular exercise and after pursuing a number of different avenues she absolutely loves the results from barre! Carissa loves bringing her energy and spunk into class!
Mike first came upon yoga obliquely. He was taught various asana as “stretches” while working with personal trainers for years. After learning of their origin his interest was piqued, so he decided to take the plunge and try out a vinyasa class three years ago. He instantly felt something click on a personal level. While Mike relished the challenge posed by the physical asanas, it was the meditative focus that yoga grants its practitioners that allowed him to gain a deeper appreciation for the practice. This was more than a workout, it was something intrinsically special.
Mike constructs flows with purpose. The movements, timing, and cues all come together to form an experience that satisfies both body and mind. His focus is on his students safety and their ability to express the various postures to the best of their own physical limits. Everyone is different, and having an instructor that provides modification, both physically and vocally, allows for every student to feel as though they are an integral part of class.
Mike finished his 200hr. YTT at Balance Studio this year, and the experience ended up being one of his most cherished memories. His hope is for his students to appreciate both the physical challenge yoga offers as well as its inherent serenity.
Jill JardineJill Jardine, M.A. Counseling Psychology, has been a yoga teacher since 1989, when she began teaching yoga to students and teachers at New Milford High School in Connecticut. Since then she has pursued a yogic dharmic path as a certified teacher in yoga and Sanskrit mantra, and as a professional Astrologer and therapist. Parashakti Jill is a Reverend in Sanskrit Mantra, the Yoga of Sound. She teaches metaphysical, self-help, Yoga and Vedic workshops for the past 25 years. Jill is a student and teacher of “Jyotish – the language of light” – Vedic Astrology and Vedic planetary mantras. Jill is currently taking Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training to become a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. Jill teaches Yin Yoga, Meridian Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga. Kundalini Yoga is Jill’s new favorite form of yoga, being inspired by her teacher, Susan Browne, of Balance studio.
Kristine is a Registered Nurse on the Cardiac Surgical Step Down Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. She moved to Hingham in 2013 and took her very first barre class at Balance Studio on New Years Eve of that same year and was instantly hooked!! Kristine’s love of Barre remained and she completed her teacher training through Balance Studio in the fall of 2015. Kristine is extremely excited to be apart of the Balance Studio Community and look forward to delivering fun, energetic & challenging classes!
The arts and movement have been passions for Darlene since childhood. She began dancing at five, and at age ten, accompanied her mother to yoga class when so few existed. Early on she adopted a lifestyle that included eco-consciousness, self-study and being kind.
From the late 80’s thru 2001, Darlene taught dance as a moonlighting career. Her yoga practice was a quiet personal pursuit. A natural transition from dance, she certified in Pilates mat and in 2003 obtained a Yogilates™ certification in NYC. Still loving asana, she studied with several of yoga’s international luminaries: Dharma Mittra, Cyndi Lee, Manju Jois, and Glenn Black. After obtaining her 200-hr Yoga Alliance certification she operated her own studio for seven years. In December 2012 a broken back halted everything. She credits her recovery to: yoga and Pilates. During this time she pursued further Pilates studies and in 2015 certified through the Pilates Method Alliance, the national governing body dedicated to the classical teachings of Joseph Pilates. Darlene loves both disciplines and is a compassionate teacher who respects all levels of students, understanding the constraints of aging upon athletic performance.
Audrey began practicing yoga when her second son was born in 1991. “I left that class knowing I had found my salvation.” I started practicing in the Kripalu tradition with my teacher, Maria Baldwin, to whom I owe everything. After moving to CA I was asked to teach a class at my gym. I was so lucky to be able to take many classes in many traditions increasing and expanding my knowledge and my teaching. Two years later we returned to MA and I became certified thru F.R.A. studying again with my first teacher Maria Baldwin and subsequently Gary Kraftsow in the Viniyoga tradition. It made so much sense to me as it is an adaptable, therapeutic style of yoga appropriate for anyone interested in the benefits of yoga. It can be a strong or gentle practice depending on the intention. After many years of practice I feel so blessed to be able to pass on my knowledge and expertise and I feel my style is eclectic and authentic.
Erin fell in love with dance and performing from a very young age. After graduating college with a degree in music, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in musical theatre. Erin has been performing professionally across the country and all over the world for over fourteen years. She has performed as a dancer in Tokyo Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, numerous Broadway national tours and renowned regional theatres. In addition to performing, Erin has been a choreographer and instructor with Broadway Connection, teaching master classes in dance across the country. She first discovered Barre six years ago while living in Manhattan and has been hooked ever since! It is the perfect combination of two of her passions: fitness and dance. She worked at Exhale in New York City where she was able to take classes and learn from some of the top Barre professionals in the industry. Erin recently moved back to the South Shore and received her Barre certification through Balance Studio. She is excited to share her love and passion for dance, fitness, and Barre with her clients. Erin is also the founder of Stage Door Studio, a performing arts studio in Scituate harbor. www.stagedoorstudio.org
Kerry began her yoga journey at the Yoga for Athletes Studio in Vail, Colorado in the year 2001 where she practiced for 3 years. This continues to be the style that she teaches. In September 2004 she obtained her certification in Power Flow Yoga and began teaching at the Center Club in Newtown,PA and Lambertville,NJ. She became the Yoga Director of both Center Clubs in August 2005.
Since returning to Massachusetts in 2008, Kerry has taught and lead classes and workshops including Adjusting and Assisting Yoga Postures, Arm Balance and Inversions, Core Strengthening Yoga and The Art of the Sun Salutation and is also on the staff of the Balance Yoga Teacher Training program.
She has studied with such yoga masters as Sean Corne, Stephanie Pappas, Rolf Gates, Jason Crandell, Ana Forrest, Shiva Rea, Gary Kraftsow and Rodney Yee. She attends workshops, conferences and yoga intensives throughout the year always staying on top of new and exciting forms of practice while perfecting existing ones.
Kirstie St. Martin
My yoga journey began 10 years ago. I was an avid, soccer player, runner, and athlete but I knew there was something missing. Discovering yoga was like finding a key to a whole new world that I never knew was out there. It was world of strength, flexibility, mental clarity, and a blissful sense of peace. I continued taking yoga throughout my college years and teaching career.
As a kindergarten teacher I began using yoga with my students right away. I could feel the energy shift in the room as the children became calmer and more focused. Being able to offer this change in perspective and giving students tools to create this sense of calm was so powerful to me. I knew that I wanted to share this gift with as many people as I could.
I completed my 200 hour CYRT training through Balance Studio over this past year. It was easily one of the most incredible experiences that I have been a part of. I could not be more thrilled to be sharing my practice as a teacher at Balance. I hope that my classes will always be a safe place for my students to land. We will have some fun, change up our perspectives, and leave feeling balanced and ready to take on the day!
After spending her adult life as an enthusiastic athlete and fitness instructor, Keri inexplicably lost her eyesight. Blindness deepened her spiritual journey, and when her vision miraculously returned, yoga started to transform her life in a major way.
In 2006, she traveled to China to study yoga, pranayama and meditation with SchoolYoga Institute. It was during that summer that her love for the physical practice, as a means to uncovering profound truths, grew. Recently, Keri has enhanced her education by enrolling in Kripalu’s 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training, and completing Transformational Meditation with Jonathan Foust, Advanced Asanas with Michelle Dalbec, and Leading Vinyasa with Coby Kozlowski.
Keri’s teaching style strives to inspire freedom through mindful movements that nourish inner strength and encourage acceptance.
Arianna is a classically trained ballet dancer who studied at Boston Ballet as a child and continued on to The Hartt School at The University of Hartford where she received a BFA in Ballet Pedagogy in 2007. Due to injuries sustained from dance Arianna started taking Pilates 13 years ago as part of her physical therapy rehabilitation. Her kinesiology based degree and her love for movement continued to flourish for years while living in New York City. After hanging up her pointe shoes she decided to hit the books and work toward becoming certified in Pilates, an art form that had kept her body safe during years of physically demanding work. Now back in Massachusetts teaching at Balance Studio her love of movement is stronger than ever.