About Inga & the Studio
Inga Balciuniene CYT,
First certified to teach yoga through “Light and Easy Yoga”in 2009, Inga currently holds multiple certifications, including ” Hart of Yoga” certificate from ”Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram” Institute in Chennai, India. In her personal practice and teachings, Inga follows Sri T. Krishanamacharya’s tradition and teaching authentic yoga style . In her yoga classes besides asanas Inga teaches proper breathing technique, deep relaxation and meditation. She offers adult (beginners, mixed level, or advanced), senior and kid’s yoga classes. She also offers Healing Yoga sessions (yoga therapy), Workshops, Teacher Training and Mentorship.
Imga has studied under some of the most well known instructors in the yoga industry: Virginia Williamson, Roy Eugene Davis, Erich Schiffmann, Donna Farhi .She is inspired by various Yoga masters, especially: Ray Long, John Scott, TKV Desikachar.
Yoga is not only for adults – we have Kids yoga classes too! Starting at three years old they can enjoy kid’s yoga classes, where active yoga poses combined with slow yoga posses. Kids love to “play” yoga! It is so beneficial for them: it inspires creativity, and provides a sense of calmness and relaxation, they learn something new, and develop self-discipline.
Yoga and Massage Studio welcomes kids with special needs. Yoga is something you can understand without words so they too can join in on the fun filled experience.
Older kids attend classes with their parents and or grandparents. Three generations practice yoga together: youngest student is three years old, and the oldest is 82! Because there is no age limit to practice yoga.
Yoga and Massage Studio offers yoga parties for kids and adults, so you can celebrate yoga style!
A Personal Note From Inga
Yoga is my life, my passion, my happiness
8 years ago I was a gym client, working out with the fitness machines and bored while doing so. You know how it is: you start with enthusiasm, after a month you go because you are paying the monthly fee, later on you go to the gym less and less. You make hundreds of excuses not to go to the gym, because it is boring, you don’t see changes in your body and you are not losing weight. Sometimes you feel jealous of perfectly shaped men and women hanging around you. The gym works for some people, but not for everyone. Then I started trying all different type of classes: body sculpture (I didn’t like lifting weights), cycling (my knees were hurting), pilates were too hard for me and finally I found a yoga class. My eyes opened wide, the class was gentle, easy and flowing. I didn’t notice how one hour went by and was gone. After class I felt like after a vacation: happy, relaxed and energized. After the first yoga class I understood, that yoga could be my passion.
Step by step practicing yoga changed my life. I got more flexible, and I feel like I became ten years younger, never did I feel so good. My immune system got better, my metabolism got faster (I checked that with the metabolism machine), I become aware of my body and changed my diet. I lost weight! Now I’m in control of my life. Everything changed in my life: instead of going shopping a few times a week I was reading more, meditating, and just being outside at the parks and beaches. I’m not stressed anymore. I started saving money too! I didn’t plan all thoughts and changes just happened. I feel happy ever day of my life.
My friends noticed the difference, and they said: “Inga if we have problems you always say just to do yoga” I believe it is true, because after gentle stretching, breathing, meditating- everyone feels better. But how can yoga help with your financial problems, or relationship problems? Easy when you are relaxed, feel good and are comfortable in your body you start looking at your problems from a different side and all of sudden they just don’t look that big and finding a solution is much easier then before.
Yoga is an all life study. I find myself learning every day, by observing my students and helping them understand their bodies. Everybody can practice yoga! There is not age, body type or flexibility limits. You have to adjust poses (Asana) to fit your body, and then just breathe, relax, and enjoy the experience of a lifetime.
Now I can’t imagine my life without yoga. I got certified to teach yoga, and opened my own yoga studio! My first place was tiny; I could only fit four people in there. I was surprised that people liked my classes; soon they were coming back with their friends and family. Then I realized that the space was too small and rented a bigger place where I stayed about a year. Now I have my dream yoga studio with a water fountain, candles on the wall, massage room and beautiful people who work with me.
Roshan who has great experience in teaching belly dancing. Scott Helm with 15 years of experience of doing massages, you could say he has the magic touch, also he teaches Qi-gong classes. And finally Raquel Mendoza offers reiki massages. Many special events are held at “Yoga and Massage” studio in Cape Coral; Kirtan nights, Crystal and Tibetan bowls sound concerts, Yoga & Wine nights, which is where you enjoy wine and healthy foods (followed by the recipes for them) after yoga class in the candle light. Yoga is not an exercise it is a life style!
Aja Reeser – yoga teacher
Roshan-belly dancing instructor