Gary has always had an interest in sports medicine/athletics that around 2007 turned into a Massage Therapy education at Northwestern Health Sciences University. That education, being very clinically based and focusing on rehabilitative massage, was the IMPETUS for studying Orthopedic Massage and eventually becoming a National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer.
At this point in time, Gary is primarily focusing on postural and functional limitations that have become rampant in our society and culture; in both personal training and manual therapy capacities. “I like to break movement down into the simplest form and get back to the foundations of movement. I’m still working on those skills to truly recognize those deficiencies in movement, but we’re all in a process of change.”
Roxie has taught in the fitness industry for 25 years. She takes great joy in seeing others take care of themselves and gives them the permission they sometimes need to put themselves first in the care ladder. She started teaching aerobics at the Winona YMCA in 1987 and later added step and other core and fitness workouts, most recently adding Silver Sneakers in 2009. She started practicing Yoga in 2002, and in 2012 ventured into teaching Yoga with certification in YogaFit Level 1. She loves building friendships and feels the exercise is a bonus! She is grateful that her active class has found a great home at In Balance Yoga & Fitness.
Personal fitness to me is not solely about looking a certain way; instead it is about starting to find and do the things that I have always aspired to do. My favorite goals for people are ones that have nothing to do with something in the gym. They are the ones like ‘I want to be able to play catch for a half hour with my kids in the yard without getting winded.’ Or ‘I want to be able to go out hiking with my friends instead of going out to eat.’ If you can be challenged to be your best with me for 30 or 60 minutes, you will find that your everyday activities and adventures will become much easier and more enjoyable.
Hobbies aka Adventures:
Horseback riding; mud runs, especially the Tough Mudder; Running; Rollerblading; Tennis; Fishing; Archery, and much much more.
I grew up dancing and when I found Zumba, I fell in love with it right away! I love how Zumba makes me feel energized, upbeat and like a party. I started taking Zumba classes in college and loved it so much I wanted to become a certified instructor to share this amazing experience with others. Midwestern grown, I got my Zumba certificate in Rosedale MN, and am bringing the fun right back to the community I live in. I love that I can teach a workout class to people that's fun and motivational.
Heather took her first yoga class in 2005 and instantly fell in love with the practice, both on the mat and as a way of life. She received her 200 hour RYT certification from the Yoga Center of Minneapolis in 2012 and has been teaching ever since. She has additional training in Thai Bodywork, Kids' Yoga, and Partner Yoga and is always working to expand her practice and knowledge base.
Heather has a passion for yoga, fitness, and general mind/body wellness and feels honored to be able to share each of these things with her students. She strives to make yoga accessible to everyone while keeping students challenged in their personal practices. She is new to the area and is thrilled to be a part of the team at In Balance!
In Balance YOGA & FITNESSLLCRiver Falls, WI
~~ leslie stelling
Leslie comes to In Balance Yoga & Fitness with over 10 years of dance fitness teaching experience at various locations in the Twin Cities. Her dance fitness journey began when she signed up for a hip-hop aerobics class with a friend in college at UW-La Crosse. She was hooked after the first class and dance fitness has been part of her life ever since. Leslie has a strong passion for fitness and health and hopes to spread the love through teaching. When she's not teaching classes, you will find Leslie with a coffee in one hand and kiddos in the other and you'll probably run into her at Target. Her family includes her husband of 11 years and two daughters ages 7 and 2. Between teaching classes and running kiddos around, she serves on the board for the Hudson Area Moms group as the secretary. She also loves a good glass of red wine, a bowl of popcorn and binge-worthy TV. Leslie grew up in Eau Claire and is proud to call western Wisconsin home.
~~ LINDSEY BARIS
Lindsey is an organic-veggie-farm yogi. She works at Rising Sun Farm with her husband and father-in-law. She believes there is nothing better for the hard working body than a good yoga practice. Lindsey has been practicing yoga since 2000. She has used yoga as a means of mental clarity, peacefulness, maintaining strength and flexibility, and connecting with the inner self and believes this is possible for everybody.
Lindsey has her 200-RYT certification in Hatha yoga. She had been trained in Anusara, Iyengar, restorative, and prenatal yoga. With her training in Iyengar, she is an advocate for using props in class to allow students to get the full benefits of the poses. She teaches alignment based, heart opening yoga with focus on the inner self.
Yoga is about love, compassion, openness, balance, and the connection between the mind, body, and soul that can be practiced on and off the mat. Her goal is for everyone to leave her class refreshed, relaxed, and empowered.
IF YOU ARE A YOGA OR FITNESS INSTRUCTOR LOOKING FOR A HOME STUDIO, PLEASE CONTACT US.
~~ HEATHER BAAR, personal trainer
*B.S. in Education; Health & Human Performance UW-River Falls
*Personal Trainer & Nutritional Consultant; NPTI
*ACPT certification (Advanced Certified Personal Trainer)
*TRX Suspension TRAINING LEVEL 1 QUALIFIED TRAINER
I have always been very passionate about health & fitness. I am an avid runner and have enjoyed lifting weights all my adult life. I enjoy being active with my husband Nate and our two children Karissa and Blake. My interest in personal training began with experiencing how difficult it can be, mentally and physically, to achieve goals on my own, especially after having children. Even with my college education and my marathon running experience, I was not equipped with the tools to reach the goals I had set. I found myself wanting more out of my workouts. I also realized with my basic routine, I wasn’t getting to where I wanted to be on my goals, so I decided to work with a trainer. This inspired my passion for health & fitness even more and I began to think about making a career change. I knew I wanted to do something where I could work with people, help people, and build relationships while sharing my love of fitness. I found the National Personal Training Institute and knew it was a perfect fit for me! I design workouts to hit all areas of fitness using a variety of exercises and equipment. Leaving my teaching career was difficult, but through my career in personal training/group instruction, I have found tremendous joy in working with others on their fitness & health journeys!
~~ PAULA KLEIN
Paula received her 230 hour yoga teacher training from the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. She teaches a variety of yoga classes, including gentle, power vinyasa, restorative and flow, to help students undo the damage done on their bodies throughout the day and allow them to safely build strength and flexibility. See her Yoga with Paula Facebook page for more information on her classes!
paula is also certified in core bar, AFAA Primary Group Exercise as well as CPR, AED and First Aid.
When she’s not teaching yoga, Paula loves to spend time with her husband, new daughter and dog, try new restaurants in the area and spend as much time as possible by the water. Paula is happy to help anyone learn more about yoga and help them meet their fitness and health goals in any way she can.
~~ Emily jacobson
Emily is a licensed acupuncturist who has been practicing tai chi on her own for her own health benefits since 2012. She received her Tai Chi teacher training certificate in 2016 at Tai Chi Healthways in San Diego, CA. As a licensed acupuncturist, Emily teaches Tai Chi as a medicine and as an exercise for strength and balance, for mental, emotional, and physical health. As an acupuncturist Emily started teaching Tai Chi so her patients would have the opportunity to fully integrate the health benefits that they receive from their acupuncture treatments by allowing them to work with moving and tonifying Qi (chi) on their own. Likewise, Emily feels that even the general public can benefit from Tai Chi without her officially serving in the capacity as their acupuncturist, because she feels that Tai Chi provides each individual with a form of self-administered “acupuncture” by encouraging Qi movement without the use of needles.
In Emily's words, Tai Chi is a practice that involves a sequence of slow, gentle, and intentional movements that enhance strength and balance by engaging the small intrinsic muscles that don’t get exercised and/or used regularly throughout our daily lives. By engaging in a regular practice, participants may experience health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, expanding lung capacity, regulating blood sugar levels, stabilizing moods and stress levels, reducing anxiety, increasing memory and focus, and enhancing a general sense of well-being.
Emily is a mother of two kids and an engaged member of her community by volunteering in various capacities and serving on local boards. She enjoys supporting the arts (especially community theater) and spending time with family and friends. Emily believes that physical activity is a must to maintain optimal levels of health and enjoys moving her body in a variety of way. You may see her biking around town, hiking along the lower kinni, paddling her kayak, in a local yoga class, or even doing Tai Chi in the park!
Emily hopes that you will join her to try out this effective ancient practice to see if it is a fit for your needs.
~~ Tonya Schmitt WWW.MYMINDFULsOULUTIONS.COM Tonya is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, nearing 500 hour completion, with an emphasis on trauma healing. She holds a 100 hr Warriors certificate from YogaFit, health & wellness coaching certifications from Dr. Sears & Universal Class and fitness instructor certification from NETA. Tonya also holds a certificate in Executive Director Leadership. She earned a bachelor's degree in Biology and a master's degree in Life Science. Oh, and she is a Reiki Master, who has studied Medicine Wheel. She thrives where hard-core science and ancient traditional wisdom meet! Tonya is fond of these things: playing in the leaves with her kids, going for walks in sub-zero temps with her husband, music in the park along the river and yoga practice by the fireplace. Also creating household items out of found natural objects, and dancing spontaneously!
~~Stacy Solberg, Owner
Stacy grew up on a wheat farm in Montana and knows what peace is all about. She went to school to become a dental assistant and has been in that profession for over 31 years. Fourteen years ago she was in a car accident that changed her life. She found Yoga and it helped ease her pain. She immediately fell in love and wanted to teach it. She took YogaFit Level 1 in Hudson, Wisconsin. She then took CorePower's 200-HR certification training. And, she keeps on adding to her knowledge base. She's trained in Yin Yoga, YogaFit Therapeutic Back, YogaFit Sweat, YogaFit Seniors, YogaFit Strength, YogaFit Pre/Postnatal, and YogaFit Ayurveda and Yoga training. She also is current in CPR, AED, and First Aid. Stacy is happy to be part of the In Balance Yoga & Fitness team and looks forward to bringing Yoga to everyone she meets.
~~ ANJELICA KINNEY
Anjelica is an aspiring Art Therapist and was drawn to yoga for its healing qualities that delve into the mind, body, and beyond. She is a firm believer that no matter where you at in life you can come to the yoga mat and benefit from taking time to give back to your body. Yoga isn't about touching your toes, but rather about learning your perceived limitations on the way down and triumphing them. She is a 200- RYT in Hatha yoga and also holds a training in Yin yoga. She thoroughly enjoys teaching these to others and helping people feel at peace on the mat in hopes that this translates to our every day actions. Outside of the studio she is a birth doula, women's domestic abuse advocate, Reiki healer and a student of life.
Her philosophy of teaching is based in empowerment and connection of the mind-body through ones breath. No matter where we are on our journey there is always more to learn and understand about ourselves and each other. It is her hope that through attending her classes we can all see how at the root of it we are far more connected than we are separate. And above all we deserve to give back to ourselves through being present and promoting understanding and peace within ourselves.
“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?” ― Sri S. Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras
The yoga saying, “When the student is ready the teacher appears” applies to Deb’s yoga journey. Deb found yoga in 2008 during a particularly stressful time in her life. She was amazed at the mind and body benefits derived from incorporating yoga in her life. Deb also found she could take the yogi philosophy from the mat and extend it to her day job as a Human Resources Coordinator. Wanting to share the gift of yoga with others, Deb has been teaching Gentle/intermediate flow Yoga classes the past four years and HAS RECENTLY COMPLETED her 200 RYT hours instructor training with YogaFit. Deb’s passion is a Yoga flow of gentle/intermediate poses followed with a guided relaxation at the end of class.
While Deb is a native of River Falls, she calls the Big River area (between Prescott and Ellsworth) home with her husband. Their family includes two adult sons, one daughter-in-law and two adorable granddaughters. Of the many roles Deb has, her most cherished is being “Grandma Debby”!