Balanced Rock is a Yosemite-based non-profit that has been inspiring health and well-being through programs and classes since 1999.
Paula joined the Yosemite area community in 2011 seeking the soul solace only a wild landscape could offer. She is honored to serve as business director, instructor, and guide for Balanced Rock, and aspires to share an attitude of empowerment and joy with colleagues and course participants. Paula is a masterful yoga instructor who most deeply enjoys practicing and teaching in nature’s outdoor studio. Her yoga classes combine movement and breath work to increase physical awareness, strength, and mental clarity.
Heather is both a yoga instructor and an accomplished backcountry guide with Yosemite destinations, as well as trips in the Himalayas, under her belt. Among other outdoor education jobs, she has been a NatureBridge (formerly Yosemite Institute) field instructor, a volunteer mountaineerig ranger in Denali National Park in Alaska, and instructor at Naturalists at Large. Her yoga classes blend Ashtanga flow, Iyengar alignment, and a strong connection to the rhythms and patterns of the natural world.
Jon-Paul has been a resident of Catheys Valley since childhood. In adolescence, he realized that healing and spirituality were his calling. Jon-Paul graduated from the California College of Ayurveda (CCA), in 2002, and established Blue Oak Ayurveda shortly thereafter. He is also a certified massage therapist, trained in myofascial release, trigger points and Ayurvedic Abyanga, Shirodhara, and Swedana relaxation and cleansing treatments. His yoga instruction is a creative blend of Vinyasa flow practice infused with his deep knowledge of health and wellness practice.
Deeply familiar with Sierra Nevada ecology, Breezy just completed her doctorate in Ecosystem Ecology. Breezy began practicing yoga in 2003 to enhance her balance, core strength, and mental acuity as a collegiate rower. Later she studied Iyengar Yoga for five years with Jeri Stewart at the Moscow Yoga Center in Idaho. During this time, she also received a Masters of Science in Leadership in Physical Education and Recreation, worked as a graduate assistant in the Wellness Program at the University of Idaho, and designed and tested an evaluation and assessment tool for group fitness instructors.
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