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 has recently moved back home to California from Alabama and Florida and she is very excited to share her new education with everyone.  She was first a licensed Massage Therapist in Alabama and acquired her 200 hour training in Integrated Traditional Thai Yoga Therapy from Dr. Anthony James of the SomaVeda Institute in Plant City, 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 certified in Reiki, levels I and II.  If you wish to learn more about Thai Yoga Therapy, visit http://www.thaiyogacenter.com for more information: the benefits, video demonstrations, etc.

 

 
   

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 breaks like Ala Moana & Ehukai. Backpacking, road cycling and practicing yoga on the beach were favorites.

"Surfing like yoga involves 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.

He has 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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Steffani Sanchez

As a mom, coach and friend, Steffani Sanchez is happy to share her enthusiasm for fitness. In the past few years she has obtained certifications from USA Swimming as a swimming coach, USA Triathlon as a Triathlon Coach and AFAA as a Personal Trainer. Her first love in fitness is running and this year was able to achieve a lifelong goal of qualifying for and participating in the Boston Marathon. When not in the pool, on a run or on a bike as a youth swim and triathlon coach, she also enjoys leading various fitness classes such as indoor cycling, boot camp, water aerobic and body sculpting. If it has to do with fitness, she’s bound to give it a try. Her latest love in fitness is Pilates and is happy to share it with her new friends at Perfect Balance Yoga.

 

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