Sarah Scott was born and raised on the outskirts of Richwood, Ohio. After living in California and Colorado for over 14yrs, Sarah and her family were excited to move back to Ohio. Sarah has been in the healthcare field for over 26 years, a registered nurse for 20yrs, and has been practicing yoga for 17yrs, teaching in hospital, urban studio, and even gym settings. She is certified in trauma informed yoga & accessible yoga, and is an in-patient therapeutic 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 present and 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 3yrs, focusing on aftercare and PTSD support for safety service personnel throughout the state of Ohio. She has a huge passion toward health and wellness, and is a provider of one-on-one wellness mentoring. She facilitated corporate wellness and yoga for the Wendy's Corporation Innovation Center. She has supported the Richwood-North Union Library with their yoga program, assisted the North Union School District in finding their calm, and has helped the Athletic Department sports teams stay injury free. 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 21 years and has been practicing yoga for 5 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 8 years. Leah has been practicing yoga for 14 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 5 years as her avenue for self-care and is honored to help lead others in their yoga journey at Balanced Tree.
Amber McKenzie is a 2020 graduate of the Balanced Tree YTT program, but has been practicing yoga for many years. What started as a way to stay injury free while marathon training, became an unexpected, (and on-going) journey of self-reflection and love. She is proud to be a voice for the voiceless through volunteering for several central Ohio animal advocacy organizations, as well as CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence in Columbus. Amber is the proud mama of 2 dogs, Lyric and Adan, and a rotten (but adorable) cat named Puck. Her love of yoga is surpassed only by her love for her husband, Heath, of 20yrs. Together they will travel almost anywhere to see live music, and love spending time at their home in Marysville. Growing up in a small town, Amber understands the importance of bringing yoga to ALL communities. She truly believes that everyone can benefit from yoga and is thrilled to guide others on their own journey.
Kelsie Elkins is a 2020 YTT graduate. She has fallen deeper into her practice over the past few years, and could not be more thankful. Originally taking her YTT for a mind, body, soul, and self-love journey, and along the way she fell deeper in love with the way yoga makes her and those around her feel. With some encouragement, she took a big, exciting step and gave teaching a shot. Her desire is to learn and grow with every person she comes across at the studio. Sharing and receiving the love and light that each and everyone of us has to offer.
Heather France began taking yoga classes as an alternative form of treatment to aid in managing hip pain. As time went on, her practice evolved into both a mind and body experience. Intrigues by her broadening perspective, she decided to take teacher training at Balanced Tree Yoga Studio to evolve her practice. After graduating in 2020 she decided to commit to helping others begin their own practice. Heather is an avid nature photographer. She enjoys traveling, live music, and gardening at her home in Richwood
Bobbi Craft started yoga after hip replacement surgery to regain strength and flexibility. She quickly fell in love with the practice and decided to learn more. She is a July 2020 graduate of the BTY YTT program. She belives yoga is for everyone regardless of age or health conditions. Bobbi has lived in Richwood almost her entire life and enjoys the small town community. Married for over 30yrs to her husband Butch and together they raised one grown son, Kyle. As a couple they they enjoy concerts as well as spending time with friends and family. Bobbi's other hobbies include reading, photography, and gardening. She believes there is no better therapy than playing in the dirt (and yoga). She is feels blessed to be part of the community of caring that Balanced Tree Yoga Studio has cultivated and looks forward to seeing you at the studio!