Meet the team of instructors at Body Balance Yoga & Fitness. All of our instructors are dedicated to sharing their love of yoga with their students within a compassionate and inclusive environment. As you read below, you’ll see that our team offers a rich, diverse background of experience and training and thus a variety of classes to meet individual needs and practices.
Meet Our Team
Amanda is a RYT-200 with the Yoga Alliance and she teaches a variety of classes including Vinyasa Flow, Hot Yoga, Power Yoga and Gentle Restorative Yoga. Amanda started doing yoga at age 24 and has loved using it as a therapy for the body and spirit ever since.
Amanda is a long-time athlete who has participated in half marathon races and enjoys CrossFit for strength training. After experiencing chronic back pain, it was recommended to Amanda that she try yoga as a possible solution. Amanda immediately started practicing yoga and quickly transformed her body to be pain free and stronger. Through her yoga training, Amanda has developed a deep personal meditation practice and enjoys teaching meditation in the community as part of her yoga journey. In her yoga classes, Amanda brings her enthusiasm for yoga and her compassion for others. She leads others to practice being in the present moment one breath at a time.
As the ring master of her own circus and a mother of 3 vibrant girls, she loves the quote ‘not my monkeys, not my circus”. Sometimes it is her monkeys and coming to the mat to practice is a break from her circus.
Amy is a RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance and is currently teaching Hot Yoga at Body Balance. She has been teaching both Hot Yoga and Vinyasa for over 12 years. Amy’s favorite is a good sweaty flow class!
Amy has always been an athlete, and found yoga as a teenager to help train her body in a different way. In addition to teaching yoga, Amy is a nutritionist, cook book author, and food blogger at Wholesomelicious where she shares delicious and nutritious recipes every week!
Amy is a mom to Addy and Luke (ages 13 and 11), and loves spending time with them and cooking for her family. She can also be found coaching youth baseball or softball many months out of the year!
Barry (short for Barrington) is a RYT-200 with the Yoga Alliance and she teaches Hot Yoga at Body Balance. Barry’s teaching philosophy and what she likes most about teaching yoga is sharing her training and spiritual space with others.
Barry’s yoga journey began at the age of 40 as a result of a knee injury. She gave up jogging but wanted to stay active so she started with a very gentle yoga class and progressed into a flow and power yoga classes. Barry’s favorite asana is Warrior II.
Off the mat, Barry enjoys spending time with her husband, twin sons, daughter-in-laws, and her five grandchildren. One of Barry’s favorite quotes is “Breath in the future, breath out the past.”
Bunkie is a RYT-200 graduate of Shanti Garudasana Yoga Training School. She currently teaches Restorative Yoga, Gentle Flow Yoga and Hot Yoga at Body Balance and loves the opportunity to facilitate classes inclusive of everyone.
Bunkie’s love of yoga began at the age of 26 when a friend introduced her to yoga practice in order to heal from an illness. Ever since then the connection of breath to movement has been her guide through life’s challenges and peak experiences! Bunkie is a believer that being present on your yoga mat in a community of others practicing can foster greater peace and wellbeing for all.
When not on her mat, Bunkie creates Malas as a meditation practice, loves to hike and loves to spend time with her large and loving family.
Caroline Garrett Hardy
Caroline has close to 1,500 hours of yoga teaching under her belt. She is a E-RYT-200 and RYT-500 with the Yoga Alliance. She completed her Vinyasa-flow training and her 500-RYT with Asheville Yoga Center in North Carolina. At our studio, Caroline teaches Yoga-Pilates, Gentle Yoga, and Vinyasa.
Her teaching style focuses on movement for mobility, flexibility, and strength. Caroline provides a lot of details to her students about beneficial body placement with an emphasis on agility and strengthening the core. 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. She recommends Yoga-Pilates core training to add stability, strength, and self-confidence to anyone’s practice.
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/Dhanurasana 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.
Cindy has over 6,000 hours of teaching experience and is a E-RYT 500 and a C-IAYT with the Yoga Alliance; she is also a registered Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapist. At Body Balance, Cindy is currently substituting for a variety of classes ranging from Hot Yoga to Restorative Gentle Yoga. Cindy is also the Director of the Shanti Garudasana Yoga School at the College of William & Mary and is well-known throughout the local yoga community.
Cindy’s teaching style is one that is holistic and therapeutic in its approach. Cindy welcomes and encourages all levels of students into her classes. 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.
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.
Elizabeth is a RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance and is also a certified massage and bodywork therapist. At Body Balance, Elizabeth is a substitute teacher for Hot Yoga. She believes in utilizing yoga and its 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’s yoga journey began in 2008 on a deployment to Iraq. Elizabeth read Light on Yoga and used the asanas to deal with the stresses of deployment. Since then, she has used yoga to stay mobile and pain free.
Elizabeth hopes to bring levity to the Williamsburg yoga community by creating a healing environment for the body, mind, and soul to flourish.
Heather is a RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance and teaches Warm Vinyasa Yoga at Body Balance. “I teach yoga to cultivate compassion in myself and in others. Through teaching, I hope to inspire a sense of compassion for the self (mind and body), for all beings and for our World.”
Heather began practicing yoga in 2009 to complement her long-distance running and water sports. It wasn’t long before she recognized the benefits in mind and spirit. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2014 through Buddha Balance and then went on to complete Levels I & II Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga Teacher Training with H2Yo and LazyDog Paddle out of Key West in 2015. She is an instructor trainer as well as World Paddle Association Level II certified. She partners with Lori Erwin at “Paddle on Williamsburg” for training and lessons. Taking her practice out into nature, especially on the water, was a natural progression.
Heather holds her Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy and is the Chief of Health Management in an Ambulatory Care Center. She weaves mindfulness, meditation, and yoga on and off the mat to support her staff and patients to increase their overall wellness. Heather is the mother of two bright, beautiful, teenage daughters, and two loving Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Together they enjoy traveling, all things ocean, reading, and laughing.
Kaitlyn is a Yoga Alliance certified E-RYT 200, RYT 300 and instructs Vinyasa, Flow and Restorative yoga at Body Balance. Kaitlyn enjoys sharing her knowledge of yoga in hopes to cultivate a deeper sense of self and well being. She mindfully structures her classes to offer opportunities to explore ones boundaries and find accessible options when faced with challenges on the mat.
Kaitlyn’s yoga journey began with a fascination to the physical practice. Her first and still favorite posture introduced to her was “full wheel pose”. As a child she would stand up and drop back unaware that she would be practicing this movement as an adult studying Ashtanga Yoga in India under the guidance of Sharath Jois. While her personal practice is rooted in the most gymnastic like form of yoga, she often dives into restorative and yin to find balance. Yoga humbles Kaitlyn and reminds her to be mindful and to have compassion towards all living beings. The focus on breath, intention and gratitude help her share the practice with grace and ease.
When Kaitlyn isn’t on the yoga mat, she is living the farm life. She and her fiancé raise chickens, a worm farm and enjoy gardening. On the weekends, they work at the Williamsburg Market selling goats milk soap and other goodies. They have a dream to master the art of preventing and treating soil erosion through regenerative and natural farming techniques. Altogether, Kaitlyn loves cultivating inner peace and extending that same peace to everyone and everything she encounters.
Lauren is a RYT-200 and graduated from Shanti Garudasana Yoga Training School in 2021. In addition to being a frequent substitute for Hot Yoga, Gentle Yoga, and more, Lauren is also our Social Media and Marketing Coordinator.
Lauren is an upcoming senior at The College of William and Mary where she is majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Human Nutrition and Psychology.
Lauren’s yoga journey began in 7th grade when she started focusing more in-depth on her health due to chronic illness. She learned that movement and nutrition are some of the best forms of medicine for the body. She now is a health coach and uses her nutrition knowledge and passion for yoga to help others focus on themselves and aid others in their path to optimal health.
Off the mat, Lauren enjoys blogging where you can find her at lettucebelively.com and spending time with her family at home in Kentucky. One of her favorite quotes is “The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it” – Abraham Lincoln. It represents that we each have the power to control our actions and path in life, as long as we work towards finding the methods to create it ourselves.
Follow her on social media @lettucebelively
Jessica Ruff is a RYT-500 instructor who teaches vinyasa, power flow, slow flow, and hot yoga. She has a special love of vinyasa and offers a dynamic, alignment-based practice that embodies strength, grace, and mindfulness. Jessica believes yoga provides a path to a well, balanced lifestyle and is passionate about sharing the practice with others.
Jessica’s yoga journey began in 2008 when she began practicing in search of relief from the demands of long-distance running. She quickly fell in love with the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of the practice and credits yoga for helping her complete multiple marathons and half-marathons. She completed her first 200-hr teacher training in 2013, a 300-hr with Jason Crandell in 2021, and an additional 200-hr training with Stephanie Snyder in 2021. Jessica considers herself a student first and a teacher second, so continual practice and training with Stephanie and Jason is a priority to her as a yoga practitioner and teacher.
Outside of yoga, Jessica has a BA in Psychology and an MBA. She spent over ten years in corporate marketing before pivoting in 2018 to fully invest herself in yoga. When not teaching or practicing, Jessica loves traveling, running, writing, vegan cooking and baking, and her two beloved corgis Finlee and Tucker.
Page earned her RYT-200-hour certification with the Yoga Alliance in 2014 through Body Balance and she is also certified in two levels of Reiki (energy work) and EFT therapy. Page currently teaches Hot Yoga at Body Balance, which she considers her yoga “home base” and where she attended her first hot yoga class in 2008.
Page has a deep understanding of the universal healing benefits of yoga, meditation and breath work. She is on a constant quest for spiritual growth and self-awareness, and enjoys helping others find their own inner guidance and equilibrium through regular yogic practice.
Page is a dedicated mom, yogi, and community leader. Page was the editor and publisher of the Health Journal magazine for more than a decade, where many Williamsburg locals may remember her from.
In addition to all things yoga, her passions include: reading, writing, teaching stand up paddle boarding lessons, vegan cooking, and working as a licensed real estate agent. She lives in Williamsburg with her daughter Cami and their cat, Darwin.
Since receiving his 200-hour certification to teach yoga in 2013, Paul has taught hundreds of classes in the Williamsburg area. At Body Balance, he teaches gentle yoga and restorative yoga, as well as vinyasa and hot yoga. Paul enjoys chatting with students before and after classes, to trade thoughts and tips on practice, including challenges and breakthroughs.
Paul also has an interest in a variety of meditation techniques, such as jhana, metta, vipassana, and walking meditation. Through practicing and sharing the 8 limbs of yoga – along with mindfulness, meditation, and creative expression – Paul hopes to cultivate and share compassion and insight with everyone at the studio.
Richard is a certified instructor of Tai Chi and Qigong and has studied martial arts, Tai Chi, and Qigong for over 30 years. Richard is currently teaching Tai Chi/Qigong Gentle Flow at Body Balance and he encourages students of all levels to attend his class.
After retiring from his position as Executive Manager of the Williamsburg Inn and Director of Special Events, Richard began his second career teaching Tai Chi and Qigong in several venues including the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, Riverside Wellness & Fitness, and CNU’s Life Long Learning Society. Richard teaches classes that consist of gentle stretches and graceful movements developed from the ancient Chinese traditions of Tai Chi and Qigong in which the movements are slow, circular, and performed from a stationary posture. The practice of Tai Chi and Qigong is low impact but still highly aerobic and offers many health benefits. One of Richard’s favorite quotes is “You can pay for medical treatment. You must EARN your health” by Dr. Dilip Sarkar (author of “Yoga Therapy and Western
Richard and his wife Margie practice yoga regularly at Body Balance. When he is not following his passion for Tai Chi, Richard enjoys traveling with Margie, tending to his Koi pond, nurturing his Bonsai, working in his gardens, and reading about history and current events.
Suzanne is a RYT-200 with the Yoga Alliance and is the owner and manager of Body Balance Yoga & Fitness. Suzanne has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and, prior to taking over ownership of studio in November 2020, she was a dedicated member of the Body Balance community.
Suzanne is a native of Williamsburg but moved away after she graduated from college. After living in Orlando, Florida for 25 years, she bought a house in Kingsmill in 2016 and moved back to Williamsburg. Suzanne was happy to find her yoga home close by at Body Balance and she came to know many of the instructors and other members. She believes Body Balance is truly a special place!
Throughout her career, Suzanne worked in various sales and marketing positions including most recently in senior living where she was involved in sales as well as teaching yoga as a bonus sideline. Suzanne enjoys spending time outside with her dog Piper and can often be found at the Kingsmill Plantation playing catch with her at sunset. Suzanne has one grown son who recently graduated from Mississippi State University (Go Bulldogs!) and now lives in Atlanta.