Balance is a very special yoga studio, and it is with great pride that we can share the many tools of yoga to enhance and enrich each one of us, both individually, as well as collectively. Balance is also a Wellness Center, providing a multitude of holistic services to support and 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 massage therapy, ayurveda, acupuncture, reiki energy work, yoga therapy, vedic chanting, sound healing and yoga philosophy 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
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 science of yoga extensively and honors many Hatha Yoga traditions, 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) In NY she studies The Yoga Sutra as well as Vedic & Yoga Sutra chanting with Danielle Tarantola. (www.yoga-foundation.com) Stacy is extremely dedicated to the continued learning and sharing of the many powerful and transformative tools of yoga with her students and makes sure to meet and support each of them where they are on their path. She is a truly inspirational teacher whose love and application of yogic principles shines through in all aspects of her being.
Danielle Tarantola, founder and director of Yoga Foundation, is certified by theKrishnamacharya 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.
I 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.
Ellen Cleary E-RYT is the manager of Balance Yoga and Healing. After a lifetime in the business world using yoga to quiet the mind after a rough day, she retired to take up residence at home base. It didn’t last long until she was asked to take on the management of Balance Yoga allowing the owner to travel and study a bit more. She now has the luxury of bringing together and enjoying both the business and the holistic world of yoga.
Ellen has been practicing yoga for most of her life. Her training and certification as a 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher/Therapist was done with Jeff Migdow, M.D., one of the founders of the Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training as well as an MD and Holistic Practitioner. She has also trained with Rodney Yee, Gabriel Halpern, Nischala Joy Devi, Mukunda Stiles—Structural Yoga, T.K.V. Desikachar and Erich Schiffman who she continues to study with. She is a Past Board member of the New York Yoga Teachers’ Association.
Ellen specializes in working with beginner students; mature students; those with physical or mental limitations. She has additional certifications for working with women cancer survivors; those with Dystonia and Parkinson’s Disease, MS and myofacial displacement. She is passionate in her love for yoga and other healing modalities and in spreading that love to others knowing yoga is open and available to everyone no matter what. Thank you for the privilege.
I began practicing yoga in 1989 at Jivamukti Yoga Center in NYC with Sharon Gannon and David Life. I am forever grateful for their loving, stern guidance. Their teaching taught me the discipline required for the practice. My first training was with Sivananda Yoga lineage. I was then drawn backto thf vinyasa which lies in the Ashtanga Yoga practice taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois. I am blessed to call Richard Freeman my teacher as his discipline, knowledge and humor has affected my teaching in more ways then I may know. I am grateful to have studied with his teacher Sri K Pattabhi Jois. It is with gratitude that I attempt to pass on what I have learned.
Janet Seals loves yoga and considers the opportunity to share the physical and spiritual benefits of Yoga a blessing. Janet believes Ashtanga is a moving meditation: the marriage of breath and movement, and through that practice one can gain an inner knowledge of oneself leading to enlightenment.
She has been practicing yoga for nine years and completed her 200 hour Hot Yoga Teacher Training in the summer of 2013. She is a dedicated Ashtanga yoga practitioner and a triathlete. When Janet is not on her mat or teaching a vigorous Ashtanga class, you will find her running a commercial window company. She is also the mother of three wonderful children.
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.
As a yoga practioner for over 13 years, Ami decided to share her experience and the great benefits of yoga with others through teaching. In 2012 she completed her 200-hour teacher training through YogaWorks. Ami has explored many types of yoga including Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Anusara. In addition to her YogaWorks teacher training, she has completed over 100 hours of Anusara training. Ami also holds a Masters degree in Education and a MBA in management.
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.
Amy J. Cohen, MA E-RYT 200/RYT 500, CYKT, Speech Pathologist
Amy has been a yoga practitioner for over 15 years. As a full-time Pediatric Speech-Pathologist and Special Educator she wanted a way to bring her love of children and yoga together. YogaKids entered her life 8 years ago when she registered for the 4 day Foundations class. Not sure what her expectations were, by the end of the 3rd day she registered for the full YogaKids certification. Over 9 months, Amy worked on the Advanced Training (an intensive study of over 300 hours utilizing the YogaKids principles), and became a certified YogaKids Facilitator/Trainer (CYKT). The intensive study concluded with 8 days of training with YogaKids International Founder, Marsha Wenig in New Buffalo, Indiana.
In 2008 Amy continued her yoga studies at Om Sweet Om Yoga in Port Washington, NY and became a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher. She completed her 500 Hour Yoga Alliance registration in October 2013 with Cora Wen of Yoga Bloom and is working towards becoming a Yoga Therapist with Cora Wen of Yoga Bloom and become certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Amy has done additional training with Erich Schiffman, Leslie Kaminoff, Leslie Howard, Gabriel Halpern and David Swenson and Shelly Washington. If it wasn’t for her local teachers Jeff Logan and Gail Grossman and Lisa Bondy this journey would not have been possible. Amy currently teaches YogaKids classes for children and special needs populations, teens as well as adult classes. She is also a Master Trainer for YogaKids International and offers the 4-Day Foundations Training, ½ day Trainings (Taste of YogaKids, Yogakids Grows Up, Tools for Schools), as well as a mentor for YogaKids Apprentices.
Yoga has changed my life! My mission is to bring yoga to as many people (both young and the young at heart) as possible….Just imagine!! Amy is so happy to be part of the family of teachers at Balance yoga. Her classes focus on the breath and alignment of the body while flowing through poses and guiding her students into what feels right for them at that moment. In addition to yoga Amy enjoys running, gardening, music and her cats.
Melissa began her yoga practice during pregnancy as a way to relieve sciatica. After practicing Iyengar yoga for a few years, she discovered Vinyasa yoga and a new world opened up by connecting the breath with movement. In 2008, during a bout with breast cancer, when a physical practice was not possible, a beloved teacher and friend introduced her to the healing benefits of meditation, chanting and pranayama. This same friend then convinced her to begin her teacher 200 hour training with ISHTA yoga, which she completed in 2010.
Melissa lives in Greenlawn and is blessed mom to three amazing boys who inspire her every day. She also is an elementary school teacher who subs in local school districts. Melissa is honored to be a part of the Balance family.
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.
Bio coming soon!