Perfect Balance YOGA TM

559-222-6212 5091 N Fresno Street, Suite 133, Fresno, CA. 93710

Staff
   

Joanne Bazarian

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.

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Elizabeth Burnison

As an avid yoga practitioner, Elizabeth has been incorporating yoga into her life since 2005. Upon moving to California in 2008, Elizabeth enhanced her knowledge of asana, yogic philosophy, and spirituality by completing the 200-hour teacher training program offered at Perfect Balance Yoga. As a result of her training, Elizabeth has implemented yoga into her heart, mind, daily life, and she has found that by doing so her life is much more fulfilling, compassionate, and peaceful. She has great passion for yoga and sharing it with others.

Elizabeth’s interest in Ayurveda and Meditation is empowering her to pursue continuing education in these areas, deepening her spiritual journey and healthy lifestyle. Aside from yoga, Elizabeth teaches science to pre-teens/teenagers in the California public educational system, she has found that yoga helps her stay grounded in all aspects of life, especially in the classroom!

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Suzy Corgiat

"Suzy periodically attends school for Thai bodywork, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese and Native American medicines. This information has changed her life and she is very excited to share this new education with everyone. She first became a licensed Massage Therapist in Alabama and then acquired her 600 hours of training in Integrated Traditional Thai Yoga Therapy from Dr. Anthony James at the SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine in Brooksville, FL. She plans on attending there through 5000 hours to acquire a doctorate in Natural Medicine. She offers Thai Yoga bodywork, nutritional advice, BET tapping techniques for emotional issues, Ayurvedic assessment for dosha balancing and she is a certified Reiki master. If you wish to learn more about Thai Yoga Therapy, visit wholebodywholistics.bravesites.com for more information: the benefits, photo demonstrations, etc

 

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Danette Lamee

Danette has always pursued an active lifestyle and lives for fitness. While pregnant with her 2nd son, she discovered prenatal yoga and it was then that her passion for yoga grew. In 2012 she received her 200 RYT through YogaFit

During her years as a military spouse, Danette taught Vinyasa Flow Yoga to various military spouse groups, women’s bible study group, and the YMCA. She helped introduce yoga to communities where it was not established, in order to spread the knowledge and powerful benefits yoga has on the mind, body and spirit. “Yoga makes me a better person on and off the mat and I want to give that gift to others.” Danette believes in looking at life as she would her practice; always learning, always growing, and taking nothing for granted. Danette now resides in Fresno, CA with her husband and three sons.
She is excited to be a part of the Perfect Balance family.

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Liz McAfee

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.

 

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Cristi Newport

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.

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Giovanni Pivirotto

Giovanni has been exploring body arts through yoga, dance & sport for a lifetime. He surfed many years on Hawaiian waves at Ala Moana & Ehukai. Backpacking, road cycling and practicing yoga on the beach are favorites.

"Surfing like yoga involves a kind of meditation and inner reflection, it guides patience and embraces self & other lifeforms and elevates courage to address internal fears”.  “People gain a greater love & appreciation for the natural splendor around them that we sometimes take for granted”. He studied International dance and Ballroom dance. He instructed dance in the Central Valley, also dancing in theater. He used to lift weights 5-6 days per week, and sustained several injuries. Giovanni believes he is more fit now with yoga and has healed those injuries.

Having instructed over 8450 hours of yoga classes ranging from beginning through advanced and is the Director of Teacher Training, his personal yoga practice is inspired by instruction from some of Northern California's finest teachers including Shastri and Nancy Wubenhorst. Giovanni feels honored and appreciative to have received instruction by Ashtanga Yoga Master, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Giovanni feels most grateful for a deep breath.

   

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Amy Siemens

Amy has been an athlete all her life and has lived a highly active lifestyle.  After practicing yoga at different studios in Canada and California over the years, Amy decided to take her passion for Yoga to the next level.  She did so by becoming a certified yoga instructor, through Yogafit, in May 2013.  She plans on continuing to grow as a yoga instructor through different trainings over the course of the year.

Amy is a student at Fresno Pacific University where she is a part of the women’s volleyball team.  She is pursuing a degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology.  Amy has found yoga very beneficial in helping heal her body after hours of intense physical volleyball training.  Benefiting from the health benefits that yoga has to offer, Amy felt passionate about sharing yoga with her fellow peers.  This past fall she has started up a weekly yoga class at her University.  Amy hopes to continue to help those around her by introducing yoga and its benefits in order to enhance the lives of others.

 

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Cammy Muirhead

Cammy discovered yoga at a time when she was feeling her most stressed. Yoga became the only answer to help her become grounded and save her sanity. After exploring a self practice for about a year she started a studio practice in San Diego which led her to the discovery of guided meditation that she attended weekly. In the beginning of her third year of practicing yoga she came to the realization that you control your happiness if you have mastery over mind, body and spirit. By the beginning of her 4 year of practice, yoga had made a wonderful change in her life, she made the decision to quit her career as a zookeeper to pursue what she believes is her life calling, the exploration of yoga in all aspects.  She received her 200 hour certification for Hatha Yoga at Nature’s Whisper Yoga in San Diego under the guidance and apprenticeship of studio owner Jolie Cash.  In addition to that, receiving her 100hr certification in Hot Mama Yoga, a pre and post natal practice for moms and babies also from Nature’s Whisper.
Cammy’s philosophy is to facilitate the growth of the body, mind and spirit through the practice of yoga on and off the mat.  With stillness in the mind and movement in the body, we create balance in our lives.
Her favorite quote and self goal is: “Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.”
― Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Off the mat she enjoys spending time with her amazing significant other, playing with their dog Zoey, and enjoying her adorable daughter Adalyn, being out in nature, gardening and reading. 

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