About Inga & the Studio
Inga Balciuniene, CYT
First certified to teach yoga through “Lithe and Easy Yoga” in 2009, Inga currently holds multiple certifications, including “Heart 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.
Inga 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
9 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 . Now I have my dream yoga studio with candles on the wall, a massage room and beautiful people who work with me.
Yoga is not an exercise – it is a life style!
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Christine began her yoga journey in Brooklyn, New York where she first was deeply inspired to dedicate herself to her practice and teachings of yoga. Her purpose is to encourage students to open themselves up to the endless possibilities of positive change in their lives, by finding balance within the mind, body and spirit.
Vinyasa Yoga is known as a moving meditation. Enjoy mindful movements initiated by the breath as well as develop strength and flexibility through a variety of accessible poses. In a beginner’s level class students will learn proper alignment, linking breath with movements, and various breathing techniques as well as meditation methods. Suitable for All levels. Modifications or props are given as well as opportunities for optional poses or vinyasa.
“Intelligence comes into being when the mind, the heart
and the body are all harmonious.” -J Krishnamurti
Shantell grew up in a small town southwest of Chicago and moved to Lee County in 1993. She is the oldest of three, and the proud mother of two. Shantell believes the practice of yoga allows a person to become more comfortable in their own body. Yoga helps to keep the body strong, flexible, and relaxed. Focusing on the inward flow of energy, it creates oneness between the mind and body. Physical exercises, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, and meditation can all be included in Shantell’s yoga classes.