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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diana Durka has been teaching fitness classes for over 20 years. Her passion for health and wellness lead her to a career in the Fitness Industry as a Corporate Director and Manager for a National Fitness Company. In 2001 she left the corporate world and decided to focus on her private training business. After an injury lead her to yoga, she fell in love with the strength and flexibility that came with the practice, and became certified in 2002. As an instructor, she hopes to help students deepen their own practices through breath and movement. Using her fitness background, Diana has developed a unique athletic vinyasa flow style of yoga that challenges students physically while focusing on breathing, movement and developing a solid mind-body connection. In addition to teaching yoga she also runs fitness boot camp classes in Hingham and trains clients privately. www.dianadurka.com.
Elizabeth Rogers has been practicing yoga for more than 14 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 then 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. Elizabeth is also a practicing Reiki Master.
To Jennifer, yoga feels like coming home. She believes yoga is therapeutic to the mind, body, and spirit. She healed lower back pain with yoga as well as gained an undeniable peacefulness and mindfulness to her life. Jennifer has a Masters in Teaching from Simmons College. The love for teaching and yoga inspired her to complete her 200 hour teacher training through Sanctuary Studios in Plymouth, MA. As a yoga teacher, she loves what she does. Yoga is a healing tool that can connect us all. Her hope is that she can connect with her students and help them to experience the transforming benefits of yoga.
Maureen St. Croix loves sharing her passion for yoga, ayurveda and spiritual growth with others. As a teacher, she constantly grows by learning from her students. She believes the yoga community is a place where all teachers are students and all students are teachers. She has a passion for music, which she uses to strengthen the rhythm of breath and life, both on and off the mat. Her classes use the full extent of the mat so that anyone who attends can work on diversifying their practice. Maureen also infuses her classes with some ayurdeic knowledge to keep her classes fresh as they evolve with the seasons. After receiving her 200 hour cerification in Vinyasa flow, Maureen is currently working on her 500 hour Prana Flow certification with Coral Brown, a senior teacher of Shiva Reah. Maureen has also completed a prenatal certification with Shiva. She has taken continuing education credits with Sadie Nardini and Maria Garre (yoga and ayurveda). She hopes to see you in class and invites you to come move around the mat with her.
Regina’s Yoga journey began five years ago. Being a mother of four, she found that Yoga centered her physically and emotionally. She is the graduate of Jacqui Bonwell’s 200 hr Yoga Teacher training, Radiant Child teacher Tarining and Balance Studio Barre Method and Reiki Certified. After years of practice, she decided to share with others what yoga has given her. Beyond the physical benefits, Regina’s intention for her students is that they leave her class feeling balanced and spiritually nourished. Her Children are her greatest teachers. Regina felt the need to compliment her yoga practice and decided to try out barre. Yoga had always been her passion but she found barre to be helpful in lengthening and strengthening her muscles…complimenting her physical yoga practice. After falling in love with the effects it had on her body she decided to take the next step an become a Balance Barre teacher, after completing the Balance Barre Teacher training through Balance Studio. Regina enjoys sharing both her passions of yoga and Barre with her students!
Kristie was first introduced to barre five years ago and immediately loved the change of pace! After years of running, spinning, aerobics and muscle mix classes, she was eager to try something different. “After the birth of my third child and many trips to the chiropractor, I finally decided to hang up the running shoes and really embrace barre. I bounced back much more quickly than after my first two pregnancies. Once I realized I could stay in shape not by sweating, but by shaking, I was hooked!” After taking classes in Cohasset, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Washington DC, Kristie felt inspired to share her passion for barre through teaching. As a busy mom of three, Kristie understand that many of her students need to pack an awesome workout into an hour class. Kristie brings an upbeat enthusiasm to each of her classes and loves combining a tough workout with fun and energizing music!
Stephanie has always had an interest in fitness, with a passion for running, completing the Dublin and Boston Marathons, as well as various half-marathons and road races.
In May 2012, after being frustrated with reoccurring injuries, she decided to try something different and attended her first barre class at Balance Studio. ”I was instantly hooked. She found that Barre challenged her to really push herself, while focusing on building superior core strength. “Its changed my body, especially my flexibility.” She still incorporates some running, but balances it weekly with barre, pilates, and yoga. (And barre is definitely the priority in that mix!)
After years spent in the advertising world, and then running her own successful business for 6+ years, Stephanie feels more fulfilled than ever being part of the Balance team. “I look forward to sharing my love of the barre method in my classes, meeting new faces, and challenging my students to reach their fitness goals.” Stephanie lives in Hingham with her husband Rob, son Chase and two crazy (but adorable) dogs.
Kelly Sullivan first practiced barre after completing her first half marathon in 2011. Running had always been her passion but found barre to be helpful in lengthening and strengthening her muscles in a different way. After falling in love with barre classes she decided to take the next step and become a balance barre teacher, completing the Balance Barre Teacher Training through Balance Studio. Working full time in the corporate world, is the perfect outlet that helps balances her life!
Meg has always enjoyed leading a health lifestyle and sees physical fitness as a way of life. She enjoys combining various forms of exercise to achieve optimal results. She discovered barre after the birth of her first son, two and half years ago. Barre was the perfect exercise to help strengthen Meg’s core after a c-section. After months of practice, she saw results that she hadn’t seen from years of running, spinning and boot camp classes. She felt leaner and more toned than ever before. She was hooked!
In the fall of 2013, Meg decided to take her barre practice to the next level and become a certified instructor. She wanted to share her passion for barre with others. She feels fortunate to be part of the amazing group of barre teachers at Balance. Come check out one of Meg’s classes, you’ll pulse, you’ll shake and you’ll have fun while getting a great workout.
Meg is also a certified spinning instructor and a marketing guru. She lives in Hingham with her husband, two young boys and french bulldog pup.
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!
Kim began practicing yoga after many years of running road races and marathons. Once an avid pharmaceutical salesperson in Boston, she abruptly switching gears, had twins in 2006 and made her home in Cohasset. When one of the twins was diagnosed with autism, she found peace on her mat at Balance Studio. After a 3 year love affair with vinyasa style power yoga, she completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Open Doors in the spring of 2012. Her patience, her parenting, and her spark flourished! Kim feels compelled to share the power of the mind body connection in yoga with others. She is hoping to share how allowing yoga into one’s regular daily routine can deepen LIFE way beyond one’s physical yoga practice– far beyond just practice on the mat.
Sara joined the Balance Studio several years ago to rebuild her core strength after giving birth to three beautiful daughters. Beginning with the Pilates reformer classes, Sara soon joined her first Barre class and was instantly hooked. She found Pilates and Barre classes to be the perfect combination for a full body workout. Sara completed her Barre Teacher Training at the Balance Studio, and hopes to become a certified Pilates instructor. A native of Cohasset, Sara currently resides in Scituate with her husband Matt and daughters, Abby, Bridget & Cate.
Deb has been practicing yoga for the past ten years and completed her yoga teacher training through Balance Studio in Cohasset, MA. She is committed to sharing yoga’s focus on structural and mental balance as an important counterpoint to our modern lifestyle.
She is passionate about the many ways yoga can help the specific needs of athletes and recently received a certification in teaching yoga to athletes. Deb has begun working towards her RYT500 with Sage Rountree whose teaching philosophy and focus on sharing yoga with athletes she finds deeply inspiring.
A lover of props and modifications, her teaching style is one of support and inclusiveness. We are where we are.
Erin is originally from Fairfield Connecticut where she grew up playing a variety of sports and developed a love for exercise and nutrition. After receiving her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Connecticut, she moved to Boston to work at Mass General Hospital. She later worked for Glaxo Smithkline selling HIV drugs in the San Francisco area.
Now back in the Boston area and after many years home raising her three daughters, Erin is happy to return to work following her passion for exercise. She has always been a fitness fanatic, addicted to the physical and emotional benefits it provides. She was first introduced to Barre in Connecticut while visiting friends and family and was immediately fascinated by the body transforming results. She was also thrilled to find a low impact exercise that could have such a dramatic effect on reshaping her body without stressing her joints.
Erin became certified as a Barre instructor through Balance Studio in 2012. As a Balance Barre instructor Erin hopes to motivate and inspire others to share her passion for Barre and overall health.
For 18 years I was a freelance court reporter in Boston and then San Francisco. I retired from that career and we returned to the east coast to raise our two sons, taking advantage of gyms and health club facilities that offered babysitting. In addition to weight training and machine workouts, I thoroughly enjoyed the variety of classes offered at that time. I became AFAA certified in the ‘90s and completed an aerobics certification course.
Pilates became a practice that challenged and motivated me more than anything I had yet experienced. I became certified through Power Pilates in Mat I and II, and through Balanced Body was certified to teach the Reformer. I began teaching Pilates mat in the basement of our home in Wellesley and, at the same time, taught Pilates mat at Lasell College. I purchased a home Reformer and did one-on-one teaching as well
We located to Hull full-time in July 2012. In May 2013, I joined the wonderful staff at Balance Studio and continue to work with and, hopefully, challenge the dedicated students they serve. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with such a professional, committed and talented studio and clientele.
“Yoga has helped me understand that life is a precious gift never to be taken for granted, not one moment – even the tough times. Yoga continues to teach me patience, gratitude and so many other positive things. I became a teacher in order to share my love of yoga with others so they may connect more deeply to themselves and find peace.” Kathy completed her 200 hr yoga teacher training through Balance Studio in Cohasset, MA.
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. 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.
Sonja Keller Bircher is a Pilatesinstructor and Yogateacher. Originally from Switzerland she holds a Bachelor in Physiotherapy and a Master in Musculoskeletal & Sportsphysiotherapy. She got to know the Pilates method during her master program in Australia in 2003. The way to strengthen the core and thus working towards increasing performance and injury prevention fascinated her so much that she completed her comprehensive Pilates education with Polestar Australia in 2004. Ever since then she integrated the work of Joseph Pilates into physiotherapy, pre- and postnatal clients as well as her work with Athletes.
In 2011 she completed a 200hrs yoga teacher training and has been teaching Vinyasa Yoga besides Pilates. With practicing yoga she discovered a place where she finds peace and happiness, mindfulness and her true self.
In 2012 Sonja completed a certification in pre and postnatal yoga as well as a certification in Meridian Yoga. She also started her second comprehensive Pilates education, this time with Peak Pilates.
Sonja is co-author of the books, Medical Fitnesstraining and Assessments in the Rehabilitation (both written in German).