Karrie AuBuchon is the founder and owner of Yoga Bala. She has been a dedicated yoga practitioner since 1991. Karrie is a yoga instructor and fitness trainer . She has completed teacher training with Tim Miller for Primary and intermediate series of Ashtanga Yoga, Other trainings certifications include Mini Yogis, Yoga Education K thru 8th grade and International Sports Sciences Association. She is also certified at the highest level through Yoga Alliance 500 E-RYT.
Karrie attended the Krishnamacharya Yoga Festival in San Francisco in 2003 where she was able to learn from the highly renowned T.K.V Desikachar. In 2004, she traveled to India for a month long study under the guidance of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois; the true master and creator of the Ashtanga Yoga System, and his grandson Sarath Rangaswamy. Karrie has had the privilege of learning from some of the most highly regarded yoga instructors including: Noah Williams, Tim Miller, Dominique & Matt Corigliano, Rolf Naujokat, Maia Heiss, John Friend, Kate Potter and Baron Baptiste, and Shri Dharma Mittra. Karrie’ s primary training and personal practice are with the traditional practice of Ashtanga Yoga which is true to her heart. She also enjoys mixing it up a bit in her Vinyasa Flow classes which combine the practice of Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow and Anusara. Karrie encourages all of her students to move past their own pre-conceived limitations, let go, and enjoy. Though she teaches yoga in its true traditional form, lightheartedness and laughter are a part of every class. Karrie regards Noah Williams and Kiki Flynn’s instruction, to be the single most influence for the development of her yoga practice. It is because of their words of wisdom she founded Yoga Bala.
Meaghan Phillips has been practicing yoga for 8 years and as has grown from student to teacher. As a student, her teachers have included John Friend, Kate Potter, and Karrie AuBuchon. She has been commited to her practice on a daily basis and has learned to integrate her knowledge of body mechanics into her teaching of yoga. In addition to her commitment to yoga, Meaghan received her Masters Degree from Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Orlando, Florida and earned Magna Cum Laude in 2011. While studying, she was trained extensively in Eastern and Western medical philosophies, acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition. Meaghan is a Acupuncture Physician and Doctor of Oriental Medicine and is Board Certified by NCCAOM, which is the highest certification one can obtain in most states.Meaghan is a National Certified Massage Therapist since 2003. She also attended school at the Florida Keys Learning Institute in Key West, Florida completing a 500 hour program in the sciences, theory, practice and application of Therapeutic Massage. In October 2006 Meaghan traveled to Thailand to continue her education in massage and study a specific modality of traditional Thai Massage. There she attended the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai, which has earned the Royal Award bestowed by his Majesty the King as an outstanding school with highest standards. Thai Massage, like Yoga is an ancient art of body therapy for healing, health and transformation. It is an interactive manipulation of the body using passive stretching, compression, and gentle pressure along energy lines, which in tune has a uniquely relaxing and therapeutic affect. These movements help to adjust the skeletal structure, increase flexibility, relieve muscular and joint tension, stimulate internal organs, and balance the body’s energy system. This style of massage is performed on the floor using a mat and the client is to wear loose comfortable clothing. Meaghan believes yoga and massage to be a natural match for tension and stress relief! Meaghan looks forward to expanding her yoga practice and sharing what she learns with you. To learn more about Meaghan visit: http://www.portorangeacupuncture.com
Stephanie King was first introduced to yoga during a combined yoga/pilates infusion class taught by Emily Black. After experiencing many years of various exercise types such as pilates, Stephanie immediately felt something different with yoga; mental bliss. From that first class and initial feeling, she was hooked and committed to experiencing all she could of the world of yoga! Initially, she was focused on wanting to better herself and to reduce the chance of family health issues effecting her, but upon completing Karrie AuBuchon’s 200 hour teacher training course, she became impelled to help other people on their path to and with yoga. Since that time, Stephanie has continued to grow in yoga and promoted yoga’s benefits to any and all who are interested. In addition to the physical benefits, Stephanie firmly believes that yoga can provide you the positive attitude and mental support to overcome just about anything life throws your way. Stephanie encourages newcomers who may be apprehensive to allow her to introduce them to the world of yoga and all of its benefits. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu
Krista is a Register Yoga Teacher who has made it her life’s work to share the practice of yoga with others. Her journey to yoga began in 2001 as a certified group fitness instructor through AFAA. She absolutely loved teaching and sharing the benefits of a healthy lifestyle with others. As she strived to find other ways to support people in their own road to wellness she became a certified personal trainer through ISSA.
Through personal study and practice, Krista ultimately found her passion in teaching Yoga. Krista has been teaching Yoga since 2004 and received her Kripalu Yoga 200-hour teacher training through Discovery Yoga in St. Augustine in 2008. Krista’s teaching style is strongly aligned with the Kripalu teaching of compassion and awareness. She loves working with beginners and teaching gentler classes where the focus is on getting to know oneself. Krista owned a highly respected and successful yoga studio and wellness center in Daytona Beach for 4 years before being led in a direction that allows her to expand her teaching by offering a variety of classes and workshops throughout Florida.
Hi – my name is Gina DelMonache. I am an Italian girl who loves to cook for my family, friends and basically anyone who likes to eat. ☺ I love being a mom, enjoy my ‘day job’ in marketing, drink a lot of coffee and aspire to travel more. I started practicing yoga in 2007 after trying a new yoga studio that had recently opened. After that first class with Karrie AuBuchon at Yoga Bala, I knew that I found the right teacher and that I wanted yoga to be a regular part of my life. It quickly became so much more than exercise to me. My practice grew from a few days a week to six days a week and I really started to notice the changes it was making in me; and so did those close to me. I became and remain excited to learn all I can about the many facets of yoga. I attended the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence in San Diego in 2013, where I was able to attend lectures and practice with the senior western teachers of Sri K Pattabhi Jois, including Tim Miller, Nancy Gilgoff and Eddie Stern. I completed my 200 hour teacher training with Karrie AuBuchon and plan to continue formal training along with a lifelong yoga practice. I believe everyone can benefit from yoga, the benefits are many and sometimes, they are very happily unexpected! I am always excited to share what I love and have learned about yoga and I hope it is that passion you feel when you practice with me.
Amanda (Mander) Sarjeant
“Amanda walked into her first yoga class in 2006 in a big box gym with no athletic background and not knowing what to expect. Over the years she has tried many styles of yoga, but her regular practice has come to rest with Ashtanga (and a sprinkle of Yin); and she appreciates the deep transformational effect that yoga practice can have on body, mind, and spirit. She is a life long student and feels lucky to have had studied with teachers like Richard Freeman, Kino MacGregor, Doug Keller, and Karrie AuBuchon. As a teacher, Amanda hopes to assist you in developing a playful and therapeutic practice, exploring your boundaries, and listening to your body. “