Our Teachers

Our teachers here at Balance are individuals just like you. They are not cookie-cutter yoga teachers, they are all unique and highly qualified. Every teacher at Balance is insured and certified, and always more than ready to answer your questions. They will encourage, challenge, motivate, and help you on your yoga journey.

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Nani Bacon

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 founder and previous owner of Balance Yoga, Nani continues to seek out and participate in advanced training programs and bring that knowledge back to Balance. 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, a recent graduate of LTHS. Her husband, Bart, looks after their mutts, Rosie and Moose.


Dayna

Dayna Culwell

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 is certified by Yoga Alliance. She is now a Certified Yoga Therapist, with 1,000+ hours of training. Dayna received her certification as a Postural Neurologist in July 2019. She now speaks at local community events on Posture and Back pain. Dayna is a certified personal fitness trainer through AFAA 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. After the loss of her first husband to cancer, Bill has blessed her with two step-children, Simone and Garrett. Their grand-daughter Colette is 2 years old.



Adrienne

Adrienne Kendall

Over the last 20 years of being a yoga student and then yoga teacher, Adrienne has explored a wide range of practice and teaching styles, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Gentle, PreNatal, Heated Fusion Flow, Guided Meditation and Yin Yoga. Currently, Adrienne specializes in teaching Vinyasa styles, with an emphasis on strength building, intentional movement, and moving meditation. Off the mat, Adrienne is a wife and mother to 3, originally from Austin, now residing in beautiful Dripping Springs, TX.



Tricia

Tricia Raring

Mama, wife, yoga teacher and lifelong student, Tricia’s passion for yoga began with the first class she took at Balance Yoga. 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

Perla Ryley

Perla was born and raised in Mexico City. She moved to Lakeway in 2008 and is honored to be a part of the Balance Yoga family since the first day they opened. She started practicing yoga in 2003 and got her 200 hr. certification at CorePower Yoga. She is currently studying Kriya Yoga to further immerse herself into the spiritual journey. In her classes you can expect core strengthening, meditation and self-realization while listening to a blend of music from around the world.



Laura

Laura Sander

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 i s influenced by Ashtanga, 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.

Terri

Terri Tokar

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.


Amy

Amy Palmer

Amy began her yoga journey when she started practicing yoga as a tool to alleviate her anxiety. She found the use of breath, meditation and presence yoga provided to be key in managing her panic attacks. As her practice grew, she discovered the physical benefits to be valuable as well. The one thing she truly embraces and loves about yoga is that learning is never ending. Every time you place yourself on the mat, you experience something new. Yoga is a philosophy that allows the physical to compliment and nurture the mental, emotional and spiritual sides of every individual. She believes yoga is for everyBODY and the benefits can be utilized off the mat in every aspect of our lives. Amy received her 200-hour RYT from CorePower Austin. Outside of yoga, she is also a massage therapist and enjoys a wide range of hobbies to include reading, paddleboarding and enjoying her pack of puppies – two adorable Yorkies and a beautiful German Shepherd.



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Morgan Moulckers

Morgan fell in love with yoga in high school after years of gymnastics. She sought out hot yoga for the physical challenge but was immediately captivated by the yogic philosophy and mental elements. Morgan adopted a dedicated practice and found her community at Balance Yoga. She now practices a wide variety of yoga including power vinyasa, hatha, bikram and yin yoga. As her practice deepened, her mentor, Joel, encouraged her to pursue her dream of teaching yoga. She received her 200-hour certification from CorePower Yoga and her 500-hour certification under Leah Cullis at Wanderlust. Morgan is excited to share the beauty of yoga with others and be part of their personal journey. Off the mat, you can find Morgan doing handstands, playing with her kitty and planning future travel.