Sarah Scott was born and raised on the outskirts of Richwood, Ohio, Sarah Scott could not wait to move away from home. After living in California and Colorado for 14yrs, Sarah and her family were happy to move back to Ohio. Sarah has been in the healthcare field for over 25yrs, a registered nurse for 19yrs, and has been practicing yoga for 15yrs, teaching in both urban studio and gym settings. She is certified in trauma informed yoga and is an in-patient yoga practitioner working weekly with individuals, including adolescents, individuals coping with depression, anxiety, and addiction, not to mention, providing chair yoga to Alzheimer's and dementia patients. Sarah has been honored to facilitate supportive yoga classes for the SANE (sexual-assault nurse examiners) state conferences. She has provided yoga at all of Ohio ASSIST Post Critical Incident Seminars for the last 2yrs, focusing on aftercare and PTSD support for safety service personnel throughout the state of Ohio. She facilitated corporate wellness yoga for the Wendy's Corporation Innovation Center. She has supported the Richwood-North Union Library with their yoga program and assisted the North Union School District in finding their calm. Opening Balanced Tree Yoga Studio was important to Sarah because she feels strongly that EVERYONE, no matter where you are in your life- no matter your strengths or limitations, your age, or your past experiences .......YOGA will encourage self-compassion, self-love, happiness, and growth.
Jennifer Davis has been a resident of the Richwood community since 2001. She has been an educator for 20 years and has been practicing yoga for 4 years. She received her RYT-200 in 2016 and has also received training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She also has training in Yoga and Mindfulness for Children. She has taught classes in both urban and gym settings. Her goal is to share the benefits of yoga with the Richwood community.
Leah Connor is a current resident of Marengo, Ohio and has lived in Ohio her entire life. She has been a preschool, special education teacher for 7 years. Leah has been practicing yoga for 13 years and received her RYT-200 in 2017 through an amazing teacher training program designed for educators called Breathe for Change. This program focuses on teaching movement and mindfulness to young children. Leah is also a certified Birth Doula and loves supporting women through pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Leah's goal is to bring self-love and mindfulness strategies to people in every life stage.
Cory Hamilton was born and raised in Northern Ohio and has been a resident of Union County since 2005. She has been employed as a legal advocate for crime victims since 2011 and is passionate about assisting survivors throughout the justice system and beyond. Cory is trained in trauma informed care and believes in a holistic and individualized approach to healing. She has practiced yoga for 4 years as her avenue for self-care and is honored to help lead others in their yoga journey at Balanced Tree.
Allie Burghardt was born and raised in Texas. (Texas will always be home Y'all) She came to Ohio with her husband and daughter in 2008. She was an interior designer, a middle school math teacher, and PTO mom before coming into her fitness career. Allie is a certified Personal Trainer , with newly added Functional Fitness Specialist training. She has been teaching group fitness classes for 5 years. Allie's goal is to help others be the best versions of themselves, and to witness their personal transformations every step of the way. To encourage and motivate them to get moving and stay active.
April McMillan loves to help individuals to experience the best version of themselves. April is a MSW, LSW who has taken the love of yoga and combined it with her life experience as a social worker since 1998, April has spent time working with individuals in child welfare, hospice, gerontology, and mental health. It was the combining of yoga and the social work experience that truly began to transform how April lived life and ultimately shared yoga with others. April was first introduced to hatha yoga in early 2016 and immediately fell in love with the practice that immediately transformed how she viewed life. Since that time, April has done several intensive self studies in her yoga journey, but also has shared space with Becky Morrissey, Judith Lasaster, Josh Summers, and Graciela Mercedes to help further the love and sharing of yoga to all beings! April enjoys helping to make yoga accessible to all beings and an authentic, judgement free, connection based practice. April's yoga experience includes, hatha yoga, restorative yoga, yin yoga, and mindfulness techniques. When April is not on the mat she is living her best life with her husband, Jon, of 21yrs and counting. They have 2 sons- Isaac and Gabriel, and rounded out their zoo of a household with 4 pets. April believes that everyone has the ability to love greatly and make the world a better place.
Patti McCain received a yoga class as a gift from a fellow yoga lover, her aunt. She fell in love with the challenging her flexibility and strength. In 2018, after a 17yr battle with eating disorders, restorative yoga and mindful movement became her jam. Patti is a firm believer in the philosophy that ANY BODY is a yoga body and her classes with focus on accessibility for all shapes and sizes. She operates a judgement free zone. She received her 200hr training through the Mat Happy Studio in 2019, and plans to continue quenching her thirst for knowledge by becoming a trauma certified yoga instructor. Patti is also a Reiki Level II practitioner. Off the mat, she is headed back to school to become a social worker, spending time with her 3 children, cuddling her menagerie of pets, hiking with her hubby, and focusing on her own recovery and body acceptance.
Allie Burghardt CPT, FFS
E-RYT 200, TSY,MSW, LSW