Instructors

 

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Amy received a 200-hour certification from YogaWorks. She has been a student of yoga since the birth of her first child in 2000. Yoga has always been a much needed physical outlet for Amy, as well as an opportunity for spiritual growth. While exploring the many styles of yoga, she always envisioned herself eventually sharing the gift of yoga through teaching. Amy enjoys sharing the healing power of yoga with her students.
Ann is a graduate of two 200-hour yoga teacher trainings, including YogaWorks. She views yoga as a blessing that brought balance to her life while caring for her ailing mother and working as a lawyer. In addition to her 200-hour trainings, Ann has participated in numerous Kripalu workshops, and studied at the Himalayan Institute’s ashram in Allahabad, India, which have brought a new depth to her practice and taught her that yoga provides fulfillment both on and off the mat.
 
Ann and her husband, Ron — also a lawyer —, are the owners of YogaBalance. They speak about the business of yoga several times per year at yoga conferences around the country.
Brittany received her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training certification through a local Yoga Alliance course in Fair Haven, NJ. She has been practicing yoga for about 10 years, and teaching for 3. She focuses on strength-building, vinyasa flow classes that build heat and encourage flexibility during her classes. She is currently in nursing school, and if she is not teaching or practicing yoga you can find her doing some other type of physical activity or catching up on some much needed sleep!
Debra Zarnay E-RYT 500, YACEP, has been teaching yoga since 1994, studying BKS Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga. Debbie spent 36 years in the dance industry before becoming an Aerobics Instructor and Personal Trainer in 1995. Having a ballet background, a love for yoga, and being a Personal Trainer, Deb developed Zarnay Yoga to further enhance her students’ flexibility and balance. After owning two Yoga Studios in New England, she continues to teach, certifies teachers (one on one), and offers Workshops where ever she goes! Debbie completed the Y12SR Certification, (Yoga for 12 Step Recovery), in November 2013.
Dee was introduced to and fell in love with Yoga in college. Over the years, she always came back to the practice of Yoga to reconnect with body, mind, and spirit in both good and challenging times. She earned her YogaWorks 200 hour certification in 2015 here at YogaBalance. She has been teaching Yoga for Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Manchester for more than a year as part of an employee wellness program. Dee also teaches a weekly class for the Granite YMCA. She is excited and grateful to bring her lifelong love of Yoga to students at YogaBalance.
Elise received her 200-hour certification through YogaWorks in 2017. She has practiced yoga regularly for over two years, beginning with her last job where they had yoga classes offered on site. During that class, she developed a passion for the physical practice as well as the spiritual development and enjoyed the stress-relieving benefits of yoga. She has been taking what she has learned through training and has been able to apply it by teaching yoga classes at her current place of work, where she teaches all levels. Elise is excited to have you practice with her and continue learning more about yoga with her in class.
Emily began taking yoga classes in 2010 with her dance team to improve her flexibility and strength. It wasn’t until about 5 years later that she discovered yoga is more than just a physical practice. She noticed that practicing yoga made her mind feel more at ease, focused, and peaceful throughout the day. Emily received her Classical Yoga RYT-200hr certification in September 2017 from YogaLife. She believes that a strong connection between the mind and body is fundamental to self-discovery and personal growth. Yoga has helped her own personal growth in so many ways and so she is excited to share the many benefits of a yoga practice through her teaching.
Emma began practicing yoga in 2009. Her interest was initially focused on the physical asana but has evolved into practicing in such a way that honors body, mind, and spirit. Emma received her YogaFit certification in 2013 and since then has taught Yoga at the YMCA and other local studios. She started at YogaBalance as a Studio Assistant in 2014 and finished her YogaWorks RYT-200hr through YogaBalance in 2016. She is also trained in Prenatal and Senior Yoga instruction. Emma hopes that the strength, empowerment, and connection she relays in her teaching style can be taken off the mat and into students' daily lives.
Gen Mackenzie is ERYT200 and RYT500 (Rolf Gates, Jacqui Bonwell and David Vendetti). She likes to teach a well-balanced class- delivering strength and flexibility for both body and mind. She is known for her fun choreography and eclectic music selection. “Yoga is a lifelong journey and my own experience has taught me that the challenges we are presented have the potential to lead us to amazing growth. I use my own practice to quiet down enough to see the new path presented to me.” Gen is dedicated to bringing yoga to those in recovery. She recently completed the Y12SR Teacher Training, a program that integrates yoga and The 12 Steps. When she isn't at the studio, she can be found outside on a walk, or leading yoga classes with her friends in the recovery community.
Irene started at YogaBalance in 2010 as a Studio Assistant (one of our best, ever!), and graduated with her 200-hour YogaWorks Certification in 2014. She is also trained in Prenatal Yoga instruction. She started practicing yoga before college as a method to relieve stress and to gain greater flexibility and strength, and she also strives to achieve greater spiritual knowledge. With a particular interest in teaching yoga to military personnel, Irene seeks to help all her students to maintain a lifelong yoga practice.

Jean-Marie has been teaching various styles of yoga since 2006.  She attended her first yoga class in 1995 when she was a group fitness instructor, and she immediately incorporated yoga postures into her classes to promote flexibility.  She subsequently received her 200-hour YTT certification in Anahata Integral yoga, and her 500-hour certification in Shakti yoga.  As a perpetual student, Jean-Marie has an ongoing self-study practice, which consists of daily meditation and being present in each moment.  She invites you to experience her diverse teachings in each of her YogaBalance classes.

Jenn received both a 500-hour certification and a 200-hour certification in Shakti Flow from At Om Yoga, another 200-hour certification from YogaWorks, a 200-hour certification from O2 Yoga, and yet another 200-hour certification in the Yoga of Energy Flow. When Jenn walked into her first yoga class, she immediately fell in love with the practice. In addition to maintaining a full-time corporate career, she realized her dream of becoming a yoga teacher, and she also owned a successful yoga studio for several years prior to joining the YogaBalance team. Jenn’s classes mix various styles of yoga, so each class is different, fun, interesting and challenging. She invites you to experience the benefits of yoga at YogaBalance.
Jessica is a graduate of Yoga Works 200 hour certificate program. Her first yoga class was right here at YogaBalance in 2010. Jessica has been diligently practicing Vinyasa Flow, Align, Hatha and Gentle yoga since that time. Yoga has become a way of life for her. In addition to her love of yoga, Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Master Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She continues to find balance with her career and passion for her yoga practice. Jessica feels grateful to share what YogaBalance has offered her with her students.
Kate holds the highest level E-RYT 500 certification and also the YACEP accreditation from Yoga Alliance.  She received her RYT 500-hour certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, her RYT 200-hour certification from YogaWorks, and her RYT 200-hour certification from Zarnay Yoga. Kate also passed the industry's most rigorous YogaWorks Certification Assessment and is a YogaWorks Yoga Teacher Trainer leading RYT-200hr Training Programs here at YogaBalance. Kate's teaches Restorative Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Meditation, Align and Flow classes. She focuses on mindful alignment, intelligent class sequencing, and using the breath to help students tap into their subtle energy and create a state of inner calm and ease. Kate is also the Manager of YogaBalance, where her tenacity and business acumen have helped create one of New England's top yoga studios.
Maryjean came to yoga through her years in fitness and ballet training. Her personal yoga practice became her passion. She loved the external physical gains that her body made in flexibility and strength. She soon realized the true “power” of yoga lies in its ability to cultivate internal balance and clarity of mind and went on to complete her 200hr Yoga teacher training at the Kripalu Center. As an external and creative student, Maryjean continues to study all forms of yoga, allowing her practice to change and evolve and guides her classes with precision, enthusiasm, and safe alignment allowing her students to reach their goals for both body and mind.
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