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Heather Lundy

Heather Lundy

16 hour training - NCBTMB certified  
August 7-10/August 14-17
$600.00 (plus tax)

Thai massage is a healing technique administered through a series of supported yoga postures that allow for deep stretching, therapeutic breathing, and relaxation for both the giver and the receiver. Students will learn basic methods and principles of a simple Thai Yoga Massage for the legs and feet. This 2-week training will cover a brief history of Thai Yoga Massage, cautionary measures, finding and palming/thumbing the sen lines, postures for the client and practitioner. Emphasis will be place on alignment for both the client and the practitioner in addition to an understanding of the physiological principles of muscle stretching applicable to the protocol. Students watch, give and receive the treatments.

Heather is a yogi, therapist, teacher and choreographer obsessed with all forms of movement. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Hahnemann University and an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Dance Theater from James Madison University. She studies and teaches yoga, Pilates, modern dance, massage, Thai Yoga Bodywork, movement theory, physical theater, and a host of obscure movement practices that delight and distract her on a daily basis. She is a licensed massage therapist. In addition to teaching at The Nest, Heather teaches at James Madison University and Cedar Stone Massage School. She is a partner and therapist at Cedar Stone Spa and is lucky to perform and choreograph for two dance companies: Working Title Productions and Shojorakudava. She is co-owner of Living Retreats in Costa Rica, a retreat center dedicated to teaching the world to surf and do yoga. Heather is blessed to live in the valley and has a magic life, complete with cool dog.

*Students wishing to receive CEU hours for NCBTMB require a $75 fee for stamped and submitted certification papers. All participants will receive certification of completion mailed to a US address.

Acro Play Date with Millette Nunez
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 1:30 - 3:30PM

In this 2 hour AcroYoga workshop we will build on the foundations of yoga and acrobatics to create a safe, playful community of flyers, bases & spotters. Experience inversion training and work on flying transitions with the help of friends. Join us for an exciting afternoon full of individual, partner and group activities designed to build trust and connection. The practice combines yoga, conditioning and strength drills which will enable us to take flight with safety and awareness for ourselves and others. No partner necessary. All levels welcome.

Sunday, December 4 from 6-7:30PM

Verred will be teaching the BY Power Plus class prior to Yoga Nidra. Come practice from 4-5:30 and stay to rest! Perfect way to end the weekend.  

Experience the ancient practice of ultimate relaxation with Verred Hamenahem. Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep is a body centered form of deep meditation. It is intended to induce full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness.  

 “We live in a chronically exhausted, overstimulated world,” says Rod Stryker. “Yoga Nidra is a systematic method of complete relaxation, holistically addressing our physiological, neurological, and subconscious needs.”

This workshop begins with a light asana practice to open, ease and help to bring stillness into the body, as well as a brief explanation of Sankalpa and its role in the Yoga Nidra practice. The practice itself is a series of guided visualization and relaxation techniques which will move the practitioner beyond the conditioned mind into expanded states of consciousness and self awareness.

For the purpose of meditation, writing or integration the workshop will end with 20 minutes of silent reflection.

Jade Yoga and Surf Retreat w/Lori Bonazzoli and Oliver Davies

when: Feb 4th-11th 2017
time: schedule TBA!
where: Jade retreat center Nosara, Costa Rica

You heard it here first ladies and gentlemen. Lori Bonazzoli and Oliver Davies are teaming up this year to put on a surf yoga retreat in Guiones, Costa Rica. The retreat will last 7 nights, 8 days and include alternating days of two yoga sessions and one surf lesson and one yoga session and 2 surf lessons. 

Prices start from $1700 for a shared room, $2000 PP for couples and $2500 for a private. All rooms are ensuite.
Prices include all food, transportation and accommodation at Jade retreats, Guiones.

Flights are separate and you will fly into to Liberia, Costa Rica.
Basically we will take care of the details so you can focus soley on your yoga practice and learning to surf. 
For availability and bookings please email Lori or Oli at 


About Oli:

Learning to surf with Oli will provide you with technical, personalised instruction with all the friendliness and fun that should be what learning to surf is all about. So lets turn our back on the traditional shove you into a wave and get you standing type of surf school and into something more bespoke to your individual needs and goals. Surfing can be a minefield of difficulty and frustration but with effective tutoring you can navigate your way into the realm of ecstatic satisfaction and into a state of flow. 
The stage set for this retreat will be the clear blue waters, gentle, friendly waves and tropical sun of Nosara, Costa Rica. A town that is world renowned for its learner friendly waves which will have you later sitting around the dinner table recounting your experiences a little sun kissed and salty, but with a giant smile and glass of wine in hand... Oil has run surf yoga retreats in countries all over the world such as France, Peru and Indonesia. He has also begun to lay down plans for further retreats in Portugal, Morocco and Nicaragua.


About Lori:

Lori’s journey into the practice of Yoga began when she was 17 through self study and practicing with Spiritual Human Yoga where she engaged in a deep practice of seated meditation. Through that experience, she ventured out to learn the practice of asana which led to her certification as a Bikram Yoga Instructor. Now Lori has many asana teachers she pays homage to blending her experiences into spiritual, compassionate, alignment based hot vinyasa classes. Lori is has trained with Kelly Morris in the Conquering Lion Teacher Training program in NYC fusing the qualities of Tibetan Buddhism and the Q’ero Shaman traditions of the Andes into her already unique, passionate style of teaching yoga. More recently she's studied with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman.

Lori owns New Haven's beloved Balanced Yoga Studio. Her classes are deep strong slow vinyasa and her knowledge of anatomy and movement mixed with her lyrical teaching style make her an inspiring original you wake up early for.


Yoga Fest 2016

On August 28, Balanced Yoga celebrated the end of Summer with our own Wanderlust. The all-day celebration started with a Vinyasa Flow with Lori Bonazzoli followed by an hour with Tobie Schuerfeld. Tara Galbo led her class on a dancinyogi journey while Rebecca Smith showed everyone how to fly. Verred Hamenachem's meditation station was perfect timing after flying. Jesse McCarty showed his love with gentle backbends followed by a heatfelt gong bath with Josh Kane. Throughout the day, DJNorbs3000 provided the sweetest music accompanied by Josh Kane. It was an epic day, for sure, filled with laughter, tears, love and peace. Until next year Balanced.          

Photos Courtesy of Meg Babcock.

Yoga on Paddle Boards? Yup!

Throughout the summer Balanced jumped on the boards for three beautiful days of paddling led by Mke Grappone of Soul Paddle.  From Branford Point to a twilight paddle on Zoar Lake complete with a pot luck dinner, we can definitely say that our paddleboarders rock. A couple of them loved it so much they went out and bought a board of their own! Looking forward to Summer 2017 

Photos Courtesy of Mike Grappone.