As a Physical Therapist and Nationally Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach & Inter-faith chaplain, Balance Through Movement Founders and Lead Faculty are yoga educators that have developed a whole-person approach that is gentle, mindful, and empowers students with yoga-inspired tools - and the guidance to access them.
We use lecture, practicum, discussion, independent reading and research, embodied practice, small group exercises, and play to explore and integrate our comprehensive curriculum.
Our entire team is passionate about helping others discover the tools that are appropriate for them through the exploration of biomechanics, neuroscience, mindful self-compassion, and the brain/body connection. Our visiting faculty and graduates that serve as mentors throughout the training are listed below.
Masters in Physical Therapy, BA in Exercise and Sport Science, Yoga Educator, and Balance Through Movement Founder
A Physical Therapist since 1998 and a yoga instructor since 2008, Laura Terry combines the science of Physical Therapy and the mind/body integration of yoga in her teaching. Laura has her own private practice of Yoga and Physical Therapy in Chapel Hill. Learn more here about Laura and her practice.
NBC-HWC, E-RYT 500, Yoga Educator, and Balance Through Movement Founder
With a focus on behavioral change and compassion-based interventions, Whitney is a National Board Certified Health & Wellness coach working in leadership development. She supports clients to build and maintain physical, emotional, & spiritual health through cognitive inquiry, mindful awareness, and somatic exploration. Discover more about Whitney here.
Swami Ramananda is the Executive Director of the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco and a greatly respected senior teacher in the Integral Yoga tradition, who has been practicing Yoga for over 45 years. Ramananda offers practical methods of integrating the timeless teachings and practices of Yoga into daily life, and transforming the painful aspects of human experience into steps toward realizing one’s full potential. Learn more here.
AmariYah is an energy healing facilitator and educator living in central Ohio. They currently offer relaxation sessions through Reiki, a gentle Japanese healing system. AmariYah helps clients connect with their personal power, a practice of rest, and community. She is passionate about uncovering pathways to healing for and with oppressed people. Learn more about AmariYah here.
A former special educator and current instructional designer, Jessica is a teacher at heart and a 2019 Lead With Compassion yoga teacher training graduate. Her classes encourage participants to meet themselves where they are with self-compassion and deep listening and focusing more on what yoga feels like on the inside than what it looks like on the outside. For Jessica, yoga has been a pathway for easing anxiety, finding self-acceptance and self-compassion, and cultivating balance in mind and body. Learn more here.
Radha Bhakti, originally from Toronto, Canada, is a lifelong practitioner of Bhakti Yoga. She has spent the last 15 years teaching yoga principles and mentoring young men and women about yogic philosophy and holistic care. In her day job, she works as a Management Consultant, in Organizational Effectiveness.
Ruth blends deep tissue & relaxation techniques with a strong anatomical awareness of strength imbalances to help athletes, and those recovering from injury, surgery, and illness. She uses foam rolling, self-massage, joint stability work, and restorative postures in private practice and public classes. Find more about Ruth here.
Charity is a March 2020 BTM graduate and holds a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from UNC-CH. Her capstone (part of the BTM yoga teacher training curriculum) and Ph.D. research explored the mechanisms and impact of stress on the human body primarily through the lens of Black, Feminine identifying bodies. Find more about Charity including her affirmations, self-portraits, and poetry here.
In a Summer of 2022 accident, Franzi became paralyzed from the chest down, and since then, modified yoga has continued to be a consistent source of healing from the physical and emotional trauma of her injury.
Dr. Jonathan Rosenthal is a neurologist in New York City, currently chief resident physician at New York University. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree is Neural Science and his Doctor of Medicine degree both at NYU. He has a particular clinical interest in neurophysiology and epilepsy, and will be completing fellowship at Weill Cornell-New York Presbyterian Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering. His work on TBI was recognized by the American Academy of Neurology Young Investigator Award. Learn more about Jonathan's work here.
Molly’s personal health journey led her to intimately understand the human body’s capacity to heal and the role that nervous system health plays in that healing process. It is her greatest passion to share this knowledge with others through movement practices focused on shifting one’s dominant nervous system state from Sympathetic (fight/flight, or “stressed”) to Parasympathetic (rest/digest, or “safe”). Learn more about Molly here.
Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who integrates body wisdom and self-compassion for all bodies into her private psychotherapy practice. She is pursuing Relax and Renew® Level 1 Restorative Yoga certification with Judith Hanson Lasater in hopes of bringing more peace and balance to an overstimulated populace. Learn more about Rachel here.
More faculty coming soon!