Who We Are

Balance is a very special yoga studio, and it is with great pride since 2002 that we share the many tools of yoga to enhance and enrich our community. Balance is also a Wellness Center, providing a multitude of holistic services to support and IMG_1997 encourage optimum health and wellness to all people.

Our mission is to continue to serve and provide you with a variety of services, workshops and continuing education to further explore this bountiful quest of self discovery. Offering Ayurveda, Acupuncture, Yoga therapy, Vedic Chanting, and Yoga Philosophy (Patanjali Yoga Sutra) Study.

“ Within the city of Brahman, which is the body, there is the heart, and within the heart there is a little house. This house has the shape of a lotus,and within it dwells that which is to be sought after, inquired about, and realized. ”— Chandogya Upanishad 8:1:1,2

 

 

THE FOUNDER & THE DIRECTORS:

STACY PLASKE, E-RYT 500

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Stacy is the founder and owner of Balance Yoga & Healing Arts Center in Huntington, NY since 2002. In late 2014 she was blessed with the opportunity to become a co-owner of Balance Yoga with Danielle Tarantola and Michelle Gegwich, two dearly respected friends and colleagues.  Stacy is an E-RYT500 (Registered Yoga Teacher) having graduated from The Long Island Yoga Teacher’s Training Institute as well as the Healing Yoga Foundation, and has been teaching yoga full time as well as running Balance Yoga Center for well over a decade. Stacy continues to study the 8 limbs of yoga with passion, trust, and surrender and honors the Traditional Hatha Yoga traditions within The Krishnamacharya Lineage,  particularly the Ashtanga Yoga Method as taught by the late  Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.  Stacy received Pattabhi Jois’ blessing to teach the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga in 2006 and in 2012 received her Level II Authorization from Sharath Jois to teach both the Primary & Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga. (www.kpyayi.org)

Stacy now continues to study Ashtanga Yoga, meditation, and yoga philosophy in Boulder, CO with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor at The Yoga Workshop. (www.yogaworkshop.com) as well as in Miami, Fl with Tim Feldman (www.miamilifecenter.com), and in India with Sharath Jois.  In NY she takes self practice on her mat and studies The Yoga Sutra as well as Vedic & Yoga Sutra Chanting with Danielle Tarantola.  (www.yoga-foundation.com)  Stacy is extremely dedicated to the continual study and application of the many transformative tools of yoga for her own personal journey towards a more gracious, easeful existence as well as sharing her experiences with her students. She is a truly devoted, inspirational teacher whose love and application of yogic principles shines through in all aspects of her being.

 

 

danielle-tarantolaDANIELLE TARANTOLA

Danielle Tarantola, founder and director of Yoga Foundation, is certified by the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation at Teacher, Teacher Trainer, and Yoga Therapist levels. Continued and extensive teaching, practicing, and studying inspire her to ensure that yoga’s profound wisdom comes through clearly, simply, and with total relevancy for our modern times and conditions.

Michelle Gegwich

photo-michelle-gegwichI have been practicing yoga for over 17 years.   My journey began at Yoga Zone with Alan Finger.  I was immediately hooked to the connection of movement with the breath.  I completed my ISHTA teacher training  in 1999 with Alan Finger, Lisa and Charles Matkin at Yoga Zone in NYC.  My primary practice is vinyasa- although over the years I have explored most other traditions, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini and Yin yoga.  I have so many favorites about yoga- but my most favorite is the human connection- the sense of community that comes from practicing in a studio like Balance, with like-minded people on their own parallel journey.  Yoga has kept me on a path of self exploration and discovery.  Yoga prepared me physically for the pregnancies and births of my two wonderful sons, ages 9 and 12.  My devotion to the practice of yoga prepares me everyday for my roles as a wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend.  To me, yoga is…breathing, smiling, laughing and loving.

 

 

Our Teachers

 

Tommy Miller

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Tom has been practicing yoga since 1998 and began teaching Yoga in 2003. He holds a 500 hour Yoga Teacher Certification and has spent extensive time studying and teaching at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Nassau, Bahamas. He has been a Massage Therapy instructor at the New York College of Health Professions in Syosset, NY since 2000, where he teaches Swedish, Thai and Medical Massage.  He currently teaches Yoga privately and at various Yoga studios on Long Island.

Tom considers the individual needs of his students and bases his class on what each individual needs for their unique circumstances regarding their body posture, mind, energy, and injury and/or limitations.  His class is easy enough for the beginner but also challenging enough for the advanced student. Tom empowers each student with the tools to make dramatic shifts within themselves. Through his clear and skilled instruction, students discover new depths within their hearts and new heights in their asana practices.

 

Maryanne Cannon

unnamed-3 Maryanne Cannon discovered yoga in search of a kinder, gentler way to care for her mind/body after the birth of her daughter in 2000. She was working as a Physical Therapist Assistant and Personal Trainer when she was introduced to Baron Baptiste Power Yoga. Maryanne began a lifelong study and practice of yoga philosophies implementing them into her life and work.  After moving to New York in 2007 to raise her daughter she received her 200-hour certification through Suzanne Cardinal’s Into This World Teacher Training. Maryanne ran a small home studio for a diverse group of students for five years. After a year off to practice and study,  Maryanne  was invited to teach at Balance Yoga and Healing.

Maryanne creates a fun, safe and nurturing space for her students to explore their experience, play their edge and enjoy the practice. She encourages clients to work at their level of comfort with lots of permission to be true to themselves and their yoga practice. Yoga and Meditation are a passion and Maryanne continues to study her many mentors namely Richard Freeman, Dharma Mittra, Cyndi Lee and Pema Chodron, the lost goes on and on . . . . . .

Maryanne is a lifelong student eternally grateful for the many gifts she has experienced through her practice and teachings. She attends classes, trainings and workshops whenever possible.

 

 

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Laura Binder has been practicing yoga since 2004 in various styles including Iyengar, Anusara, and vinyasa flow. She received her vinyasa flow teaching certification through Laurie Ahlemann at the Long Island Yoga School in 2010, and teaches in several studios on Long Island as well as in private settings.
Laura’s teaching philosophy is that yoga is for every body, no matter what age, gender, size, degree of flexibility or strength. Her open level vinyasa flow classes emphasize being true to your practice and honoring your body, while having fun and discovering your fullest potential both on and off the mat.

 

 

 

Elana  Weiss

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Bio coming soon!

 

 

 

Meet the rest of the holistic team here!