We are an Eclectic group of Yogis looking forward to meeting you.
The Yoga Bala team welcomes you to our loving space. We take pride in helping our students reach their fullest potential with strong hands and a compassionate heart. Body Alignment, adjustments, and hands on teaching is our tradition at Bala. We are here to TEACH you everything we have learned from our teacher and pass on the lineage of traditional Yoga with a modern day style.
Lori attended her first yoga class in 1999 and fell in love. She tried many styles of yoga during the subsequent years. Lori became certified in Corporate yoga in 2008 and Radiant Child Yoga in 2009. She obtained her (220 hr) Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Certification in 2010 and completed 1 of 5 (62 hr) Level 2 modules during 2012. Desiring more training in traditional yoga, Lori completed the (200 hr) Ashtanga Yoga Immersion with Karrie AuBuchon. All eight limbs of yoga are a lifelong practice for Lori. Her next training is to teach yoga to Veterans with PTSD. Lori teaches breathing and meditation classes, crystal bowl meditations and gentle yoga classes.
Karrie AuBuchon is the founder and owner of Yoga Bala. She has been a dedicated yoga practitioner since 1991. Karrie is a yoga instructor and fitness trainer with certifications from Tim Miller Primary and Intermediate series of Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga for Parkinson's Disease, Mini Yogis, Yoga Education, and International Sports Sciences Association. She is also certified at the highest level 500 E-RYT with Yoga Alliance. Karrie attended the Krishnamacharya Yoga Festival in San Francisco in 2003 where she was able to learn from the highly renowned T.K.V Desikachar. In 2004, she traveled to India for a month long study under the guidance of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois; the true master and creator of the Ashtanga Yoga System, and his grandson Sarath Rangaswamy. Karrie has had the privilege of learning from some of the most highly regarded yoga instructors including: Noah Williams, Tim Miller, Dominique & Matt Corigliano, Rolf Naujokat, Maia Heiss, John Friend, Kate Potter and Baron Baptiste. Karrie’ s primary training and personal practice are with the traditional practice of Ashtanga Yoga which is true to her heart. She also enjoys mixing it up a bit in her Vinyasa Flow classes which combine the practice of Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow and Anusara. Karrie encourages all of her students to move past their own pre-conceived limitations, let go, and enjoy. Though she teaches yoga in its true traditional form, lightheartedness and laughter are a part of every class. Karrie regards Noah Williams and Kiki Flynn's instruction, to be the single most influence for the development of her yoga practice. It is because of their words of wisdom she founded Yoga Bala.
Meaghan Sutter has been practicing yoga for 14 years and as has grown from student to teacher. As a student, her teachers have included John Friend, Kate Potter, and Karrie AuBuchon. She has been commited to her practice on a daily basis and has learned to integrate her knowledge of body mechanics into her teaching of yoga. In addition to her commitment to yoga, Meaghan received her Masters Degree from Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Orlando, Florida and earned Magna Cum Laude in 2011. While studying, she was trained extensively in Eastern and Western medical philosophies, acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition. Meaghan is a Acupuncture Physician and Doctor of Oriental Medicine and is Board Certified by NCCAOM, which is the highest certification one can obtain in most states.Meaghan is a National Certified Massage Therapist since 2003. She also attended school at the Florida Keys Learning Institute in Key West, Florida completing a 500 hour program in the sciences, theory, practice and application of Therapeutic Massage. In October 2006 Meaghan traveled to Thailand to continue her education in massage and study a specific modality of traditional Thai Massage. There she attended the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai, which has earned the Royal Award bestowed by his Majesty the King as an outstanding school with highest standards. Thai Massage, like Yoga is an ancient art of body therapy for healing, health and transformation. It is an interactive manipulation of the body using passive stretching, compression, and gentle pressure along energy lines, which in tune has a uniquely relaxing and therapeutic affect. These movements help to adjust the skeletal structure, increase flexibility, relieve muscular and joint tension, stimulate internal organs, and balance the body’s energy system. This style of massage is performed on the floor using a mat and the client is to wear loose comfortable clothing. Meaghan believes yoga and massage to be a natural match for tension and stress relief! Meaghan looks forward to expanding her yoga practice and sharing what she learns with you. To learn more about Meaghan visit: http://www.portorangeacupuncture.com
Carol is a retired school teacher and is now enjoying being a student of yoga and life. Carol began practicing yoga 9 years ago, she loved the benefits physically and mentally and decided to deepen her practice by joining in on her first Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 at Yoga Bala. Soon after Carol's graduation she was offered a teaching position. Carol enjoys teaching gentle and restorative classes, and loves to pass on the amazing benefits of health and wellness yoga has given her. Carol has been an instructor at Yoga Bala for two years now, and would like to continue learning and growing in her practice for ever.