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At Body Balance Studios, we believe in the essential goodness of people.
Since opening our doors in 2005, we are proud to be home to a diverse community rich in experience, joy, and rejuvenation. Our mission remains steadfast: to build relationships through excellent service and the
wholehearted pursuit of health, mindfulness, and serenity.

In 2014, Body Balance became Body Balance by Physioflow with the addition of current owner, Florina Tusa-Wyss. Florina is a native of Switzerland with an extensive background in physical therapy, teaching, and studio management. By sharing her culture and expertise, Florina is bringing Body Balance to the next level.

Our studio is different than others. You will immediately notice the differences in our therapeutic and alignment-based classes, providing a safe atmosphere for each individual’s practice. With physical therapists and yoga therapists on staff, our focus on wellness as a whole comes full circle into a holistic view of how yoga and your health intertwine to help you create your best you.

We are excited to include you in this community and to welcome you to our studio! Whether we’re working with people individually or with small groups, we provide a welcoming and supportive environment where everyone can feel comfortable and at home.

Come join us at our beautiful and calming facility in McLaws Circle where you can relax, recharge, and grow!


Florina Tusa-Wyss

Florina Tusa-Wyss is the “Flo” in Body Balance by Physioflow. And, suffice it to say, she knows a lot about the body and how it works. Growing up in Zurich, Switzerland, Florina was able to focus on science from a young age. This interest combined with her compassion and warm personality drew her to a career in physical therapy. In the years after her initial training from University Hospital Zurich, Florina has continued to learn via a variety of programs and seminars. She is always up to date with the best standards and methods of physical therapy. It is her priority to maintain the highest quality service. During her career, Florina has worked for a variety of hospitals and clinics including University Hospital Zurich, Municipal Hospital Waid, and her own business, Savoir Vivre Santé et Ergonomie—a physiotherapy treatment and ergonomic consulting center.

In 2013, Florina left her business and Zurich behind to make a new home here in Williamsburg, where she has joined the team at Body Balance. Florina’s experience with the medicinal side of yoga and other restorative practices give Body Balance even deeper integrity, and she is a wonderful presence around the studio. Her calming energy and zeal for life are both encouraging and invigorating. She is a wonderful example for all who wish to live holistically and in a way that is healthful, fun, and full of adventure!


Patti DeBlass

Patti is our Studio Manager here at Body Balance. She is an E-RYT-200, RYT-500 and Certified Yoga Therapist. She has Specialty Training in Yin Yoga, Trauma, PTSD, Yoga for Seniors, and is a Yoga Therapist. Patti has over 3,000 hours of teaching and is a member of Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Aside from being the Studio Manager, she teaches all styles of yoga. With a personal love for teaching Yin, Gentle Yoga, and Yoga for Athletic Performance, you might see her teaching and taking just about any class! Patti has the unique privilege of also teaching at the College of William & Mary, which allows her to weave into her teaching much of the academics of Yoga therapy. Patti is honored to be a part of the integrated wellness community here in Williamsburg and beyond.

Since Patti’s background is with Yoga Therapy, as a teacher, you will notice that she always encourages students to assess how the posture feels within their own body. She enjoys the challenge of creating a group class that is able to meet the needs of each individual. She teaches in a way that allows
students to achieve personal exploration of their mind and body. She recommends her classes for anyone with an open mind who wants to explore all that yoga has to offer.

Patti finds joy in spending time with her family and her dogs. She enjoys being outdoors and allowing herself to hear and experience nature, as well as experiencing and visiting new places. Her personal favorite asana is the Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana), as she enjoys the feeling of being centered and experiencing the calming of the nervous system.


Cindy Crace

Cindy is an E-RYT 500 and a C-IAYT. She is a member of Yoga Alliance and The International Association of Yoga Therapists, and has over 6,000 hours of teaching. At Body Balance, Cindy teaches Yin and Vinyasa. She is also a Director of the Shanti Garudasana Yoga School.

Her teaching style is one that is holistic and therapeutic in its approach. She welcomes all levels of students into her classes and encourages it.

Cindy finds joy in spending time with her family and with her “zoo” of pets! She enjoys outdoor sports and especially loves sculling on the James River. Her personal favorite asana is the Garudasana, the Eagle being the King of all birds. She loves the symbolism of hugging into oneself and all that it represents – the importance of self care, self love, mindfulness of our body, and turning within with gratitude for everything our body does for us.


Caroline Garrett Hardy

Caroline has close to 1,500 hours of yoga teaching under her belt. She is an E-RYT-200 and RYT-500. She completed her Vinyasa-flow training with Asheville Yoga Center, and is a member of Yoga Alliance.

At our studio, she teaches Gentle Yoga, and finds that her teaching style is upbeat yet straightforward. Caroline provides a lot of details to her students about beneficial body placement with an emphasis on movement, strengthening the core, and gaining flexibility. In Gentle Yoga, she makes sure to add a special emphasis on mindfulness and breathing. She recommends Gentle Yoga for anyone seeking renewal and inspiration who wants a more in-depth instruction or who is less familiar with yoga.

Personally, Caroline enjoys learning and creating. To stay challenged, it is essential for her to keep learning. She loves people and thrives off of her family, friends, and relationships with others. She also finds joy in making and exhibiting artwork and traveling. Her favorite asana in yoga changes several times a year, but one of her constants is a backbend/danurasana as it opens the heart and invigorates. She also enjoys trikonasana because it opens up the hips and provides a stretch of the spine, making her feel so alive.



Mary Robinson

Mary is a RYT-200. She teaches Hot Yoga and Vinyasa at Body Balance. Her teaching style is focused on compassion and balance for the mind and body. She teaches yoga to cultivate compassion in herself and others, and hopes that through teaching she can create a sense of compassion for the self, for all beings, and for our World.

Her class is suitable for people of all levels and she recommends her class for any student. She finds joy in her family, yoga, reading, baking, being outside, and spending time with good company. Her favorite asana is Standing Bow, as she loves the strength of opposing forces in the body creating ease to find the perfect balance.


 

Regina Owens

Regina is a RYT-500. She has completed over 2,000 hours of teaching, and here at Body Balance teaches Hot Yoga, Vinyasa, and Flow.

She believes her teaching style is energetic and challenging, and she welcomes all students into her classes. She recommends her classes for students who practice regularly and are looking to deepen and challenge their practice.

Spending time with her family, traveling, and boating are what brings her joy. Her favorite asana is Urdhva Kukkutasana (Upward Cock Pose), as this is a pose that she has practiced together with her oldest son. In this pose, one starts in an inversion and then works their legs into full lotus and moves into an arm balance.


Stephanie Maguire

Stephanie is a RYT-200 who is currently completing her 500-hour training. She is trained in Advanced Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative yoga and enjoys teaching anyone who is willing to try yoga.

Stephanie first started her practice to de-stress during her time in college and graduate school. She comes from a large family where her sense of humor allows her to be delightfully outspoken on and off the mat. Stephanie serves up silliness with a side of intellect in her classes, helping her students discover all the things they’re already capable of, from challenging poses to calming stillness. You’ll leave her classes feeling both energized and self-satisfied. Outside the studio, Stephanie loves spending time with her family, watching movies, and going on outdoor adventures.


Denise Fernandes

Denise is a RYT-200 through In Balance Yoga, certified in Kemetic Yoga, and trained in Crystal Reiki I. She has over 500 hours of teaching, and teaches Hot Yoga here at Body Balance.

She teaches a moderately paced class that encourages students to be introspective and practice yoga their way. She recommends her classes for students of all experience from beginner to intermediate. Her personal favorite asana is vrikshasana (tree pose) because it allows everyone to come into their own unique expression. This asana also reminds us all that we are rooted here on earth through our feet, and that our spirits can reach high to the heavens through our outstretched limbs and open hearts and minds. We are limitless!

She personally finds joy in spending time with family and friends, teaching and practicing yoga, spending time in meditation, bike riding, sewing, and needlecraft. She also enjoys spending time at the beach and near any body of water.


Amy Zrakovi

Amy has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years and teaching it for 12 years. She has a Masters degree in teaching, which she finds allows her to anchor herself and deliver a direct and clear practice. She is a RYT-200.

At Body Balance, Amy teaches Hot Yoga, and loves the heat and routine that comes along with this class. She enjoys bringing positive energy to the room and finds the client’s appreciation for the practice to be very rewarding. Amy would recommend students who enjoy the routine of the hot series to take her class.

She is thankful for her children, husband, parents, sisters, and Dog Street run club friends. She finds joy in running, reading, cooking for her family, constantly learning, teaching and practicing yoga, spending time at the beach, visiting with friends, and bike rides with her husband and friends. Her personal favorite asana is pigeon, as it is both therapeutic and challenging at the same time.


 

Darcie Badami

Darcie Badami is a RYT-200. She has been practicing yoga for 15 years and instructing for seven.
She enjoys teaching multi-level classes so that everyone can experience the benefits of Yoga. She believes there is
something for everyone when practicing yoga and yoga meets you exactly where you are.

She has always had an interest in wellness and loves yoga because it brings you into the now while you develop a better relationship and understanding of your body, mind, and spirit. She is also trained in the Cantienica method. Darcie is an Elementary school teacher, mother to two wonderful children, and has been married for 19 years.


Jessica Ruff

Jessica Ruff is an RYT-200 yoga instructor who is passionate about sharing dynamic and inspiring flows. Her aim is to create challenging yet joyful practices with creative sequencing and alignment-based instruction. She encourages mindfulness and the deepening of body awareness both on and off the mat.

Jessica’s yoga journey began in 2008 when she began practicing yoga in search of relief from the physical demands of long-distance running.  She quickly fell in love with the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of a regular yoga and meditation practice. She completed her RYT-200 in 2013 and sees it as an honor to share the gift of yoga and help others find freedom and joy in their bodies. Jessica believes yoga is for everybody and welcomes students of all levels to her classes.

Outside of yoga, Jessica is a writer, avid traveler, and long-distance runner. She loves reading, vegan cooking and baking, and spending time with her two corgis Finlee and Tucker.


Lian Mosher

Lian is currently in school to pursue a Masters of Science in Yoga Therapy degree. Upon completion, she will be a certified yoga therapist CIAYT with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, an RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance, and will receive her Masters of Science Degree. 

 From Seoul, Denver, DC, Boston, and now Hampton Roads, yoga is an integral part of her lifepractice. Lian Mosher is an E-RYT 200, sound healer, and reiki practitioner. She has been practicing light work, meditation, and yoga since she was 11. Her practice grew from a place of anxiety, eating disorders, and later on, trauma. In 2015, she would decide to finally receive her 200hr RYT with the intent of bringing the healing she had received through her practice to others. She practiced under Daniel Max during her stay in Boston. Lian has a unique and welcoming but challenging style that brings the practitioner straight into their bodies and their breath. There is a focus on mindfulness, alignment, and breath. As a professional yogi, sound healer, and energy worker, her goal is to work to empower others to rediscover their strength by tuning in to their truest potential. Having studied with renown panso ri practitioner Moon Oak Joo, Lian’s Sound Healing sessions utilize elements of Korean sound healing and draws from pansori and samulnori gut . Through the practice of yoga and vibration, Lian seeks to create a safe and sacred space for healing, growth and transformation. In addition to yoga, she enjoys running, cats, and brainstorming ideas on how to bring even more pink into her life.


 

Elena Hawley

     Elena Hawley is a RYT-200.  She began practicing yoga more than 10 years ago in Russia and fell in love with it.  Elena tried different styles back then, and her favorite was Vinyasa yoga style.  It appealed to her because it’s sequences and meditative rhythm let her feel so strong and flexible and yet present in the moment at the same time.  She believes that practicing yoga helps to improve well-being and enable one to become more content and happy.  

     When Elena moved to the USA, she started looking for a community where she could practice her favorite style of yoga and get her teacher’s training.  She came to the Yoga Teachers training because of her desire to help people.  Her background includes working as a psychologist and a teacher.  This was always her passion – to help people grow and develop.  The same in yoga; Elena sees the role of a teacher as a helper and supporter in a person’s path to a better Self, where the first step is deeper knowledge of who you really are. 

     Elena’s favorite asanas in Yoga are balancing postures:  Tree pose and Standing Bow pose.  They give her the feeling of grounding, stability, balance and growth not just on the mat but also in life.  

     What inspires her in everyday life is spending time with family, friends, and pets.  She loves seeing the beauty of nature, mediating in the sunset, having conversations with her loved ones, teaching and learning.

 


 

Angela Pesqueira

Angela is a RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance and is currently working on completing RYT-500. She has completed workshops on Mindfulness & Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Yin, Prenatal, Yoga for kids & teens, and Chakra & Sound Healing. She teaches Hot Yoga here at Body Balance. 

 

Yoga has been a tool and creative outlet for Angela since college. She loves the physical and introspective opportunities it allows an individual within their own practice. She aims to offer students a safe space for creativity, self-exploration and appreciation for one’s true self. 

 

She loves being outdoors and spending time with her husband, dog, & friends! Her favorite pose changes often but has always been drawn to Parivrtta Hasta Padangusthasana (Dancing Shiva Pose). All the aspects of the pose such as grounding through the standing foot, strength and balance in the core, twisting of the spine, offer focus and a fun challenge.

 


Elizabeth Watts

Elizabeth is a RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance and a certified massage and bodywork therapist. She believes in utilizing yoga and it’s philosophies for longevity and a better quality of life. 

Elizabeth is an artist, an esthetician, and a bridal makeup artist. She loves helping people live their best lives in any way possible! 

Elizabeth hopes to bring levity to the Williamsburg yoga community by creating a healing environment for the body, mind, and soul to flourish. 

 

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