Nani Bacon: Founder and owner of Balance Yoga
Nani's yoga journey began in Denver, CO, with CorePower Yoga. An avid student since the late 90's, Nani felt a passion to spread the joy and enlightenment she gained from her practice to others. Trained and certified by the original CorePower founders, Nani's enthusiasm and love for yoga and for her students was contagious, and in 2009, she was named "One of Denver's Fitness Stars" by the Denver Post. Nani is certified in Power Yoga, Hot Yoga, Hot Power Fusion, and Sculpt Yoga and has advanced certification from an intensive training program in Pahoa, Hawaii in 2006. As owner of Balance Yoga, Nani continues to seek out and participate in advanced training programs and bring that knowledge back to Balance. including a new focus on Guided Meditation and Singing Bowl Meditation. Nani just finished a 2 year appointment as one of Austin's Lululemon Yoga Ambassadors. Nani's passion is helping grow and nurture the mindful, burgeoning yoga community in Lake Travis. Nani has a daughter, Zoe, in college, and a son, Reid, at LTHS. Her husband, Bart, co-owns the studio and looks after their mutts, Rosie and Moose.
Melissa Afflerbach: Studio Manager
Texas born & raised, Melissa has been a continuous student of yoga since 2004 and has been guiding students through the beauty & flow of many different styles of yoga for many years, Melissa completed her 200 hr under the International Yoga Federation in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she is certified to teach 7 styles of yoga; Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yoga Integral, Restorative Yoga, Artistic Yoga, and Traditional Hatha Yoga. In 2010, She completed her Level 2 Advanced Power Vinyasa training with Core Power Yoga in Denver Co. Building confidence and inspiring others through her passion for yoga and contagious positive energy, Melissa brings a fun-loving, easy-going, and ecstatic experience to each of her classes. Melissa’s passion revolves around holistic health, nutrition, fitness & being a mom. She enjoys trying local foods, traveling, drinking a good cup of coffee, and spending time with her husband, Matt, & her two sweet daughters, Chloe and Lillah. Melissa has been with Balance for 7 years!
My love for yoga started with a teacher that I met in 2004. I was inspired by her courage and promised to try a class. After the first week, I was hooked and practiced for 4 years before going to Yoga Yoga here in Austin to receive my 200 hour teacher training certificate. I originally found my love of yoga through the hot series, and decided to take the hot yoga training at CorePower in Denver, CO. I am a perpetual student of yoga and love learning from other teachers. The most rewarding part of teaching is being a witness to the transformation of students on physical and emotional levels! One day I hope to visit the birthplace of yoga in India. I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma but have lived many places over the years. When I am not teaching or practicing you will find me working as a domestic engineer, playing with my son, husband and dogs or studying Anthropology.
Sara-Mai has been coaching athletes of all ages and abilities for 20 years now; from rowing, to cycling, to group-fitness and of course, yoga. After a successful career coaching NCAA Division I rowing, Sara-Mai found yoga in 2006 when looking for a new way to cross train for her own competitive rowing career. Sara-Mai's classes are informed by her athleticism and her interest in Buddhist breathing practices and studies. She believes yoga is the key to finding both your inner athlete, and your inner guru. Sara-Mai completed a Masters Degree in Sport Management at the University of San Francisco in 2004 and is a 1999 graduate of Tufts University. She is a 200 hour yoga certified via Core Power Yoga and has completed several hours of continuing education in meditation, Tibetan Buddhist yoga, and breath work. Off the mat, she can be found adventuring through the Texas Hill country and beyond, with her husband and two dogs.
After 24 years in the medical field as a psychiatrist sales specialist, Dayna is furthering her love of anatomy and physiology by teaching students how to incorporate yoga into their lives. She completed a 200 hour program through The Living Yoga Institute and was certified by Yoga Alliance in 2010. She is now 150 hours into her advanced certification to become a Yoga Therapist and will complete her studies in 2017. Dayna is also a certified personal fitness trainer through AFAA since 2010 and practices smart nutrition as a Juice Plus distributor. On the side, Dayna sings and plays guitar at Emmaus Parish and sings in her sister’s roots boogie band, Debra Watson & the Smokin’ Aces. Dayna specializes in making challenging yoga accessible for yogis of all ages, regardless of injuries or illness. She teaches privates, chair yoga, corporate yoga, and power Vinyasa classes. The two loves of her life are Bill Culwell and Sao Paulo, her Portuguese water dog.
Gillian found yoga in 2012 after years of being a ballet/ballroom dancer and battling anxiety; the first time she stepped on to her mat she found breath, calm, and peace. She came to Austin in 2014 from the frozen tundra of Chicago. Austin was not only the warm paradise she was looking for but also the community she craved. Her students know her for her ability to combine mindfulness with humor and her love for pizza. Gillian has a 200-hour training vinyasa as well as hatha fusion; in October of 2016 she completed her training to become a Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor. Now using those skills, she helps students navigate the physical experiences of anxiety, PTSD, and trauma. Her goal is always for you to have a good conversation with your body and leave knowing (and loving) a little more about yourself.
Adrienne Kendall: began teaching in 2005, four years after a dear friend brought me to my very first hatha flow class in Austin. This yoga journey has led me through learning many different practices, from Sivananda to Anusara, Ashtanga to Prenatal, restorative to heated vinyasa, and back again. Along the way, I've realized that the key to any successful practice is simply coming back to the mat, every single day. Off the mat, I'm a mother to 3 beautiful children, 2 dogs, and 20 chickens in a little yellow solar house in Dripping Springs, TX
Kathy’s yoga journey began in 2013 after her third child was born. Yoga helped Kathy find physical, spiritual, and emotional balance and continues to do so to this day. Kathy is a licensed Physical Therapist and has been practicing for the last the ten years. For the last four years, she has worked exclusively with the Geriatric population. She believes yoga is medicine and has a place in the healthcare of our future. She received her 200 hour Power Yoga Training through Corepower in the fall of 2014. She is currently pursuing a post graduation certification to become a Professional Yoga Therapist. When teaching, Kathy encourages proper biomechanics and uses her Physical Therapy knowledge to modify poses so they are accessible to all students. Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, hiking, and boating.
Kathy McKinney, PT, DPT, PYT-C
Mama, wife, yoga teacher and lifelong student, Tricia’s passion for yoga began with the first class she took at Balance Yoga in 2011. Everything about yoga completely resonated with her from the physical practice and community to the teachings. Fueled with a desire to understand the practice deeper, she received her RYT-200 certification from Del Sol Yoga under the guidance of Claudia Castro-Leverett and Thomas Leverett and has been teaching (vinyasa, fusion flow, yin, gentle, kids’, and meditation) ever since. Tricia is committed to supporting every person on their path towards their highest self. She teaches with a desire to serve and share the wholeness and connection that is accessible through yoga and meditation. Forever grateful to all her teachers, past, present, and future and to the practices of yoga and meditation which promote healing, peace, and freedom.
Perla was born and raised in Mexico City. Her introduction to yoga was due to when her friend Mery Hamra invited her to a Vinyasa class in 2003. Even though she really liked the class, at first her practice was a way to "rest" from both her swimming and gym routines. But, as time went on, she continued experimenting and underwent an internal transformation which resulted in the will to focus 100% on yoga. Perla has lived in Miami and Austin and along the way has had the opportunity to practice vinyasa, ashtanga, and hatha yoga. She moved to Lakeway in 2008 and is honored to be a part of the balance yoga family since the first day they opened and share the benefits yoga has given her.When she doesn't practice yoga, she enjoys cooking "from scratch" just like her mom and grandmother, as well as reading books from spiritual teachers Eckhart Tolle and Osho.
Laura Sander began studying yoga in 1998. As an athlete, she looked to yoga to bring harmony and balance to her mind and body. She began teaching yoga in 2004 after completing the intensive 200-hour Teacher training program at The Chicago Yoga Center. There, she learned various styles of yoga including Iyengar, Hatha, and Ashtanga yoga under Suddah Wexler. She has traveled and studied with many wonderful teachers such Manju Jois, Richard Freeman, and Paul Grilley. After finding a love for golf, she completed her Level 1 and 2 Yoga for Golfers Certification under Katherine Roberts in 2011. Laura enjoys teaching many styles of asana practice and is influenced by Asthaga, Hatha, Bikram, and Yin yoga. She teaches self-awareness and self-acceptance in the present moment. Laura believes yoga has the extraordinary power to heal and feed the soul. She enjoys sharing her energy with students and loves helping transform their bodies to be stronger, leaner, and more flexible in a more mindful way.
My journey into yoga happened after 20 years of competing in triathlons. I went into Yoga kicking and screaming until I realized it was exactly what I needed to balance my body from years of endurance training. I started practicing yoga for the physical benefits of strength and flexibility and after these changes started to happen I became interested in the mental and more spiritual benefits of the practice. I hold 200-hr certifications in Kripalu and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with many years of training with senior teachers. Because of all the incredible benefits yoga can offer, I became a yoga instructor in Germany where I lived for 7 years before recently moving to Lakeway. I currently practice and teach Ashtanga, Power Vinyasa and Vinyasa style classes. I know that the practice of yoga is a practice that people of all ages and physical abilities can participate in to enhance their lives both physically and mentally. I tell my students that the practice of yoga on and off the mat is our greatest teacher.
I moved to Austin in 2010 with hopes of elevating the quality of my life and building a like-minded community. With this aim in mind, I began my yoga journey. Though the practice had initially been about the physical benefits, I began to appreciate its spiritual nature when I read the Dalai Lama’s book, An Open Heart. This piqued my interest, so I began my 200 hour teacher training at Dharma Yoga, an Austin based studio founded by Keith Kachtick. Dharma Yoga explores traditional Indian philosophy through the lens of Buddhism. It offered me tools to take a step back from the chaos of life, breathe, and see things from a new perspective. Yoga continues to foster awareness, compassion, and gratitude in my life, qualities I like to incorporate into my classes. My style is gentle, flowing vinyasa that creates a space to grow, explore, and discover your own passion for yoga, a passion that will keep drawing you back to the mat. Through the practice, I hope you will discover the inner wealth and outer health that yoga can provide..
Balance Yoga is locally owned & operated. Our owners and staff are invested and involved in this community...just like you.
Balance Yoga is located in the heart of Lakeway, minutes from anywhere in the Lake Travis 620 corridor.
Balance Yoga offers many styles of yoga, with many opportunities for beginners and lifelong yogis, and the only guided meditation in the area.
Our instructors are Yoga Alliance Certified, and the studio features state-of-the-art climate control for optimal control of conditions.
1010 Ranch Road 620 South • Suite 100 • Lakeway TX 78738 • 512.263.8794 • email@example.com
Balance Yoga is conveniently located in the heart of Lakeway on the SW corner of RR 620 South and Lakeway Blvd.
HOURS OF OPERATION: Our lobby is open & staffed 20 minutes before and aftter each class. Check schedule for times on a given day. Doors are locked during class times.