Owner 200-hour from The Baptiste InstituteHow do you find your balance? Reading a good book is one of my first loves. It takes me somewhere else—I get to experience other cultures, time periods and places. When I put the book down I have a refreshed perspective on my own life. I find I am more curious, creative and present to my own story.With no limitations, what would you do? Can I have the ability to freeze time like Zack Morris in Saved by the Bell? If yes, then I would do that all the time to sneak in naps.Why yoga? I was diagnosed with cancer when I was 24. At 32 I was diagnosed with an aggressive autoimmune disease. For a long time I felt betrayed by my body. Through yoga I have found a new sense of trust in this vehicle which holds my soul. Yoga has allowed for me to love, accept and appreciate my body.Which Sanskrit word most resonates with you? Slappin da bass (That’s a joke. If you don’t get the joke, watch the movie “I Love You, Man”)How did you start practicing yoga? I started really practicing yoga when I discovered Baptiste Power Vinyasa at Balanced Yoga. Prior to that I dabbled in a number of different styles - mainly Bikram and Ashtanga. I still love those styles… it just sort of depends on my mood and what I need on a given day. Most days I need Baptiste.
200-hour RYT Desk ManagerWhat drew you to Balanced Yoga? Since relocating to Columbus from Portland, OR, in March, Balanced Yoga has been my yoga community.What is your favorite style of yoga? I love them all! I feel like I vary and deepen my practice by dabbling in a wide variety of styles, but Baptiste is my home base.Who is your hero and why? I think I have a plethora of people who add up to be my hero. They all have different character traits, skills, talents, and gifts that inspire me to become a better version of myself.What keeps you busy outside the studio? Dancing, rock climbing, painting, sewing, cooking, trail running, and playing with my nephews.If you didn't live in Columbus, where would you choose to live? In a camper van- traveling here and there and everywhere.
Director of FinanceWhat drew you to Balanced Yoga? Leah WestwaterWhat is your spirit animal? FishWhich Native Cold-Pressed juice flavor is your most preferred? Grapefruit or beetWho is your hero and why? My grandma, who faced a lot of challenges with grace and loveWhat keeps you busy outside of the studio? Family
Facilities ManagerHow long have you worked with Balanced Yoga? Since 2014If you didn't live in Columbus, where would you choose to live? I think it would be fun to be a nomad. I love exploring and learning! The mountains & the ocean are calling my name. I would love to explore the Southern Hemisphere.What is your spirit animal? A disco ball and the octopus.What keeps you busy outside of the studio? I try to minimize the busy in my life. I spend my time with plants, animals, sunshine, good company, and taking meandering strolls.What is your favorite style of yoga? Forrest and Kundalini
Director of Retail Assistant Studio ManagerWhat drew you to Balanced Yoga? The amazing woman and owner - Leah Westwater.If you didn't live in Columbus, where would you choose to live? My home country - England!What is your spirit animal? The lionWhat keeps you busy outside of the studio? My 2 kids Ella and Finn, our pet dog Scout, making bread, enjoying friends and drinking red wine!Which Native Cold-Pressed juice flavor is your most preferred? Sweet Beet or Magic Milk
Desk StaffWhat drew you to Balanced Yoga? Five years ago, during my second pregnancy, I started prenatal with Abby Dorn and I was hooked.What are your some of your short-term or long-term goals? Short term: Embracing today Long term: Making a differenceIf you didn't live in Columbus, where would you choose to live? Somewhere warm by a beach.What is your favorite style of yoga? I like all styles, but Ashtanga is my happy place.Who is your hero and why? Anyone who can do it all, because they must have super powers and I need them!
Director of Marketing Studio Manager 200-hour from The Baptiste InstituteHow long have you worked with Balanced Yoga? I've been with Balanced Yoga full time for a year, but I began volunteering here in 2014.What are your some of your short-term or long-term goals? Love. A joyful heart. To share grace. To help people (me included!) find the worthiness they already have within them.What keeps you busy outside of the studio? Adventuring around or hanging at home with my handsome and kind husband. Reading. Eating tacos. Concerts.What is your favorite style of yoga? Greg Fisher. I started with a lead foot for power, sweat-dripping yoga, but I've found myself craving a softer, slow class lately. My heart will always go on for Baron Baptiste, though.If you didn't live in Columbus, where would you choose to live? Austin, Texas! New Zealand! Bali! Everywhere!