As a child Joanne watched her Mother practice Yoga in the living room. She would join her mom and cobblers pose was Joanne's position of choice. Joanne walked into her first yoga class in 1997 and never looked back. Her very first class was a Bikram advanced class (whew!). She has studied Iyengar, Ashtanga and Bikram.
Joanne is co-director of Perfect Balance Yoga and her ideal is to introduce Yoga to people so they might experience the joys of what yoga can do for them.“Yoga is a wonderful and true embodiment of all that is good for you. The benefits achieved by practicing Yoga are unmatched by any other form of exercise. I love the peacefulness and mindfulness. Taking care of myself, body and spirit is very important, Yoga gives me peace, it gives me balance, and it gives me an overall feeling of goodness”.
Joanne has studied with many instructors in the Bay Area. Since returning to Fresno she studied with Nancy Wubenhorst and feels very grateful to have been instructed by the Ashtanga Yoga Master, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Lindsay received her RYT 200 at Buddhi yoga in La Jolla, CA. and has been in love ever since. “After my very first class I was hooked! I immediately felt so much better and much more mobile. I knew this was the path for me and if I could just help one person through yoga and have them find what I found then I'd be happy.” Lindsay has taken great strides to better her life through exercise and nutrition. She says yoga was the missing puzzle piece. “I began eating healthy 5 years ago when I became aware that I had chronic acid reflux. I cut many things out of my diet to help my condition naturally rather than taking medications. Meat and dairy free for over 2 years has helped me immensely. I am more present and don't worry as much. I also gained much physical strength from yoga and feel stronger then ever. Lindsay worked out in the gym consistently and she still often finds herself in the gym but there’s nothing that compares to the strength that yoga gives her physically and mentally. Lindsay enjoys playing sports, going for hikes, modifying her car, and spending time with her dogs and family!
Robin came to her yoga practice later in life, and still possesses a great passion for growth. Starting this part of her journey as a practitioner 8 years ago, Robin undertook the RYT 200 hour program in 2014. Always eager to share the benefits yoga brings to her mind, body and spirit, teaching seems a perfect trajectory for Robin’s life arc. An architect by profession, an enthusiastic runner and ever evolving student of life, Robin guides students through asana and pranayama practice to mindfully unite experiences both on and off the mat. A valley native, Robin enjoys travel and outdoor adventures with husband Ralph and two canines, Kona and Posey. Their two adult sons are included on many such sojourns. Robin loves sharing life’s discoveries, big and small, with all fellow travelers.
Life is full of gifts that make it beautiful and enjoyable. Truly, Yoga has been one of life's gifts to me. Upon discovering how life can be once you apply a Yoga practice to it--I developed a desire to share this knowledge by becoming a teacher. I believe that leading a person through this experience is to lead them to a happier, healthier, life.
My approach is gentle and encouraging, I encourage students to listen to and let their body be their guide.
I truly believe Yoga is for every body!"I discovered Yoga in 2006, in 2007 I completed Beth Shaw's YogaFit instructor course, and was Certified in 2008. I love being a yoga student and continue to learn from other teachers and through my own practice.
Lisa Lopez Williams
Lisa Lopez Williams
Lisa tries to live by the words, “Be Here Now.” In July 2015, she completed her 200 hour Teacher Training with Perfect Balance Yoga Studio. She believes yoga is an excellent vehicle to integrate body, mind, and spirit. She hopes students will feel refreshed, balanced, and nourished after participating in class. Lisa is a certified InterPlay Leader. She has a BA in Liberal Studies from California State University Fresno and a Masters in Theology from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley with an emphasis in Worship and the Arts. In addition, she also holds a California Teaching Credential and presently works for Madera Unified School District. Yoga and meditation are important part of Lisa’s life that helps her to live each moment more mindfully.
Liz has an extensive athletic background. For the last ten years, she has been Co-Director of Just Us Girls: La Femme Sportive (a woman’s athletic network). Liz has competed in triathlon, marathon, half marathon, master swimming, open-water swimming, cyclocross and cycling for many years. She is well-versed in maximizing her workouts/trainings with limited time. Discovering her breath and a sense of peace at Perfect Balance Yoga Studio in October 2010 proved to be an exhilarating experience for Liz. So inspired by that sweet breath, she completed the 200-Hour Teacher Training program in June 2011 and teachs Yin/Gentle Yoga as well as Basic Yoga. Liz loves to teach with humor and variety, mixing in Pilates with her asana. Ever the student (and a voracious reader), she studies other forms of yoga, currently Yin and Anusara. Determined to keep the aging process at bay and to increase her flexibility and strength, Liz practices yoga regularly as she keeps putting one foot in front of the other, with a smile.
Kendra is yoga instructor who is committed to a lifestyle of wholistic wellness and healing. Her journey with yoga began back in 2010 when she started practicing yoga and became a vegetarian. What started out as short term challenge become a new way of experiencing the fullness of life. "As my practice deepened I realized yoga isn't just about the Asanas (postures/poses) but it's also about breathing (pranayama), meditation (dhyana), surrendering to process and making peace with the body through non-violence." Kendra received her 200hr (RYS) teacher training at "Breath of Life Yoga" In Crete,Greece from Yogi Harish Chandra. "Teaching at perfect Balance studios is such a privilege, learning from practitioners who have taught for 15+ years has deepen and enhanced my practice. Kendra is currently attending LMU with hopes of becoming a Certified Yoga and Somatic Movement Therapist.
I have been practicing yoga for over 15 years and I decided that I wanted to deepen my practice and share my passion with other people. In 2014 I started taking teacher training immersion with Shiva Rea creator of Prana Vinyasa Flow®. I would soon take a path that would bring so much knowledge, body awareness and a profound transformation. After many injuries, I wanted to heal, and learn to how to slow down, let go of the stress and tension in my body! I want to laugh, and move freely with my body, find that fluid movement in the breath and Asana.
Lisa has been a practitioner of yoga since 2010. After a knee injury ended her dance career she turned to yoga for rehabilitation as well as fitness. She soon found that yoga not only offered restorative benefits but mental well being. To further prove the benefits of yoga she completed the PB Yoga 200 hour teacher training in March 2015 while being pregnant. This experience allows her to lend her knowledge to our expecting Moms.
Certified Pregnancy Yoga Instructor, trained by Janice Clarfield of Vancouver, Canada. Cristi has practiced yoga since 1997. She has a deep commitment to pregnant women and their special needs and concerns, instructing her prenatal yoga classes with love, support and caring. She has a delightful, heartwarming, and humorous nature with her students and life.
Giovanni loves yoga, surfing & being in nature.
Surfing & yoga are similar, you learn patience, elevate courage & strength, get rid of self-doubt and embrace all of life”. People have a greater love & wonder for the natural world when we celebrate all forms of life”.
He studied and instructed International dance styles. For years he lifted weights almost daily and sustained several injuries. Giovanni has healed those injuries through yoga and credits yoga for being even more fit now.
He has instructed 10,000+ hours of group and private yoga classes and is the Director of Teacher Training. His yoga practice is inspired by teachers including Anirudh Shastri BKS Iyengar & Ashtanga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and is most grateful for a deep breath.
As former athlete, Marco knows the benefits of a regular yoga practice. Marco began practicing yoga 10 years ago after a recurring injury in his ankle. From the first day, he saw the benefit of the heat and the stretching of his joins in yoga. During his first year of practicing, he was able to heal his ankle, and was able to cure his hyperthyroid. This made him more interested in continuing his education on yoga. In the Fall of 2013, he attended the 500 hours 26 postures and 2 breathing Exercises Teacher Training. He has been teaching this method for the last 4 years, and has been concentrating in Heated Vinyasa and Flow Classes under the direction of Gio and Shastry for the last three years. Expect to have a medium to high intensity workout when taking his classes!
Besides yoga, Marco enjoys hiking, climbing, and cross country skiing.
Cheryl has practiced and taught for twenty years. She has a strong connection and love of Fresno and of yoga. Incorporating tai chi and core work with gentle flow. Yoga should feel yoga and raise your energy and conquer it all. She has studied with many masters. Eric Schiffman, Shiva Raye, Swami Satchidanada, Baron Baptist & Rodney Yee. And many other great teachers. "Yoga is the biggest blessing in my life ever so I share it openly. Be spoiled come to yoga."
Jaime grew up in Fresno on 20 acres riding dirt bikes and horses. Being athletic came very easy to Jaime and allowed her to try a variety of physically demanding sports from All-star league softball to freestyle and figure skating. "After years of placing these and all other everyday demands on my body it wasn't until I ended up with sciatic that I knew I needed to do something different for my body. I took my first yoga class in 2010 and knew instantly it was what my body needed and that I was going to teach it to others."
In 2015 She did her first training in Thailand practicing Bikram Yoga and a year later did a second training, a 200hr Vinyasa in LA with Shana Meyerson founder of Yogaathletica and Mini Yogis in which she is also certified to teach kids yoga.
She leads her class with an open heart and open mind and absolutely no judgement. Jaime loves the vibe that the students and teachers bring to Perfect Balance and enjoys being part of such an awesome community of people.
Some history about Shastri; Anirudh Shastri, life long yogi, philosophic explorer, born to a well-educated orthodox Brahman family in the small Indian village of Shamli. Shastri embraced a beautiful curiosity for yoga as a boy, inspired by his father's scholarly passion for the ancient Sanskrit language and the enthusiasm of dedicated yogis practicing around him. Leading Shastri to immerse in a strict yoga tradition, receiving rigorous training unlike any Western yoga training we see today under the guidance of his teacher Shri Vishnu Prasadji. Since then, Shastri has grown to become a renowned yoga scholar and very popular Bay Area yoga instructor. Mirroring the true spirit of yoga, Shastri encourages the cultivation of balance through his own qualities of compassion, acceptance and lightness. He inspires others in his pureness of heart and deep joy of life, which is apparent in his manner and demeanor.