Erica first began her journey into health ten years ago. She studied at the National Personal Training Institute in Winter Park, Florida. She received her CPT and spent two years as a Personal Trainer. It was during her training at NPTI when she went to her first yoga class. It only took Erica one class to realize that Yoga was going to change her life. The connection she felt on the mat was nothing she had ever experienced before. Through this connection she gained insight, self-empowerment and peace.
Erica traveled to Ubud, Bali in 2014 to receive her 200hr Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Zuna Yoga. She then returned to Watertown, NY and taught on the Fort Drum Army base. In the summer of 2015 she was introduced to a new passion, Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga. She has spent the past two summers teaching yoga on Paddleboards. In the Winter of 2016 Erica traveled to Cambodia to complete her 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Zuna Yoga. Through the intense study and practice of Meditation, Pranayama and Yoga Nidra, her practice completely transformed.
Erica returned home from Asia this past April, with a mission to share the gift of yoga and meditation with her hometown community. She believes strongly that the attributes we cultivate on the mat transcend into our daily lives. Yoga helps us become beautiful human beings. This past June Erica went to Sarasota, Florida for Aerial Yoga training at CircuSoul Yoga. She is also an Ace certified group fitness instructor and Certified TRX Suspension Trainer. She is currently creating a business plan for a local agricultural grant. She plans to supply her juice bar and other local businesses with fresh produce from an eco-greenhouse. Eventually this Agricultural Project will spread nationally across the U.S to show local communities how to be more sustainable and to not leave any citizen hungry.
JoAnne lives in Carthage and works full time in Watertown, NY. Anyone who knows her knows she is passionate about YOGA! Simply put, yoga changed her life. She came to yoga late in life and, like many, was drawn initially for the physical aspects as she was not feeling comfortable in her body – not feeling fluid. As she immersed herself in a regular yoga practice, she soon discovered the practice of yoga was so much more. It encompasses mind and spirit as well. After practicing yoga for a few years, she knew she had to teach and share the gift of yoga. She earned her 200 hour certification from Infinite Light Yoga in Syracuse where her training consisted of pranayama (breath work), meditation, yogic history and philosophy, asana (postures), assisting, anatomy and physiology, to name just a few elements.
JoAnne is also a level I and II Reiki Practitioner. She is a member of Yoga Alliance and a certified PiYo Instructor. She is currently studying Ayurvedic principles and ashtanga (power) yoga method. She truly believes that everyone and every “body” – no matter their age or fitness level, can practice yoga and will truly benefit from it. She offers classes for all fitness levels, providing modifications for those with injuries and ailments. Comfort and safety are essential! Yoga is truly a gift you give yourself!
As an athlete, Tanna started yoga as a means to escape back pain, and was astonished to find it not only physically but mentally healing, and decided that she must share it with others! She has been for the last 10 years, and forever will be, a yoga student Tanna has been teaching since 2015. She attained certification at the Infinite Light Yoga School, trained by Tony Riposo, Advanced Certified Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher. She strives to provide a quality yoga experience for every body, regardless of age, ability or level of fitness. She is committed to guiding and inspiring you on your journey to mental and physical growth in a nurturing and non-competitive environment. She offers very detailed, guided instruction in postures (asana) and would be honored to share her experiences with you as you embark upon your own personal journey.
LeAnn grew up and has lived in NNY her whole life. She is a happily married, self employed momma of two boys. She has always been athletic, but struggled finding time and energy getting back into fitness after her first pregnancy. She went to a Power Yoga class with a friend and was instantly hooked. She felt that she had completed an amazing strength workout but also received the peacefulness she so desperately needed. She focuses on balancing the intensity of faster paced power poses with the mental clarity that traditional yoga offers. She developed a new love for pushing her body to its limits. By taking it up a notch, she gained strength in the beauty of yoga. LeAnn started Crossfit in 2013 to further test her physical limits. She found that the strength and flexibility from Yoga were making her intense workouts easier and recovery times shorter. She decided to introduce this type of practice to people like herself, who crave to push their limits but also need a recovery only Yoga can offer. She earned her 300hr Power Yoga certification in 2015 from Aura Wellness. She is always ready to introduce this active form of Yoga to everyone.
Jenna is a native to Northern New York. Growing up she found her passion in dancing and was an active member in the South Jefferson Dance Company. She continued her love for dancing in college where she co-created the Cortland Dance Company and led the group for four years while working on her Bachelors in Health Education. She currently works full time as a Middle School Counselor in the local area.
After college Jenna lived in both Buffalo and Saratoga. There she discovered and found a love for group fitness and explored a variety of ways to stay active and fit. One of them was Barre class, which combined elements of dancing, technique and group fitness. After moving back to Watertown, she knew the area would benefit from this new and unique type of exercise. In May of 2016, she completed her hours to teach Barre class with Balanced Body Barre in Rochester, NY.
Barre class incorporates precise movements to strengthen specific muscles groups using proper form. Strengthening work is followed by stretches to release tension and class is done with the support of the barre for balance. Light resistance weights, small balls and resistance bands are also used in class to add variety and challenges. You do not need to be a dancer to participate in body barre. Modifications are given for all levels of fitness and the only pre-requisite is a positive attitude and willingness to try something new. We look forward to seeing you in class!