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.
Alicia Fajardo is the creator of the Fajardo Method of Holistic Biomechanics™, a methodology emphasizing the role of the autonomic nervous system in our everyday health and well-being. She combines her B.S. in Exercise Science and education in Dance with 32 years of experience teaching movement through weight training, dance, aerobics, Pilates, and Gyrotonic®. Alicia’s professional approach uniquely views the body as an integrated unit incorporating mind, body, and soul. Discover more about Alicia 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.
A Massage Therapist and Professional Yoga Therapist, Helen’s current practice focuses on helping people feel at home in their bodies and harnessing the power of the mind. 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 2020 Lead With Compassion yoga teacher training graduate and currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Nursing Science at UNC-CH. She studies 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.
Gwenaëlle (Gwen-Eye-Yell) Thomas is a Neuro-psycho-pharmacologist and rising 5th-year Neurobiology PhD candidate and National Science Foundation fellow at Duke University. Gwenaëlle’s interest is in improving drug therapy to minimize side effects and further understand how precision medicine could be combined with neurophysiology to improve the quality of life for those living with mental illness. Learn more about Gwenaëlle here.