Co-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.
Co-owner of Balanced Yoga 200-hour from Cleveland Yoga 200-hour from The Baptiste InstituteTell us about an “a-ha” moment when teaching or on the mat. When I first started practicing, one of my teachers had us in plank pose, and after what felt like ages she said, “You can stay. You are strong enough. Your mind will give out before your body ever will.” I had a renewed sense of strength. And from that day forward, I listened to my mind giving out quickly, and I talked my body into staying. That moment has transformed my practice on and off the mat. Epic.How do you find your balance? Yoga, deep breaths, meditation, journaling, nature walks, conversations with friends, and simply checking in by asking myself the question: “How are you, really?” (Yes, literally, all of the above needs to be done for me to maintain balance).Which Sanskrit word most resonates with you? Moksha: liberation. Love the way it sounds in both languages, and the way it feels when I allow myself to really embody it.How did you start practicing yoga? I dabbled a bit as a fitness supplement, but got serious about it when my best friend passed away in college. I had heard of the tremendous healing benefits of the practice, but never did I put them into action until I truly “needed” to. My practice kickstarted as a grieving process, which quickly turned into a passionate lifestyle. Now, I live to share it with people of all walks of life, no matter what their reasoning is for showing up in the studio.When not at the studio, where’s your go-to spot in Columbus? If we’re talking food, you can catch me at NorthStar, Whole World or Portia’s in Clintonville. If we’re talking booze, you can find me sipping on IPAs at Bodega or Seventh Son in the Short North. If we’re talking outdoor adventures, you’ll see me wandering the Scioto Mile until I hit Bicentennial Park. Something about stepping outside of the city and seeing the bigger picture of Columbus helps me see a bigger picture of life in general.
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!
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
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
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!
Desk StaffWhat drew you to Balanced Yoga? The warm welcome I received and continue to receive every time I walk through the door. Not only is the staff lovely, but very few studios offer such a variety of classes in such a beautiful setting. Balanced Yoga provides you with the opportunity to grow your practice in a variety of ways and also take the time to explore.What are your some of your short-term or long-term goals? Some of my short term goals are to do a headstand without the wall and wake up every day with hair like Chaka Khan in the 1970's. Long term goals are breaking down barriers that exist within our communities and ensuring all people have access and the ability to become what they want.If you didn't live in Columbus, where would you choose to live? San Sebastian, Spain. Go there now.Who is your hero and why? All the dope queens and kings that are working each day to make the world a better place.What keeps you busy outside the studio? Reading, family, friends and scheming with my fiance.