YOGA STUDIO & SCHOOL
Sharon Doran-Ballenger - E-RYT 500 Master Instructor, Holistic Health Practitioner, YACEP, and Founder & Co-Owner of Total Harmony is an Alumni of the University of Texas at San Antonio with BS in Exercise Science. Since launching her career in the health industry in 1982, Sharon has become one of Yoga's leading instructors and has conducted numerous classes, workshop, events, and teacher trainings throughout the city of San Antonio and surrounding areas with her over 30 years experience in the health and wellness field. She has also had the privilege of working with several elite & professional athletes and athletic organizations, as well as represent the Mind/Body & Health industry as a spokesperson, and leading yoga teacher & trainer. Sharon not only holds a Certification in Yoga, but also in Holistic Healthcare, Health & Wellness Facility Management, The Team Livestrong Yoga Program, and Personal Training/Holistic Coaching & Consulting. She has trained over 100 yoga instructors since 2007 through her teacher training programs, and with her hard work and dedication, Total Harmony Yoga has earned the recognition of the National Yoga Alliance as a registered and accredited training school, a National Yoga Alliance accredited continuing education provider, and an accredited Department of Defense MyCAA scholarship awarded educational institution. Now offering Yoga Studio Consultations for startups and new studios, or those studios needing additional advise and/or teaching training programs at your location.
Kevin Ballenger - RYT 200 Yoga Instructor, Co-Owner, Triathlete, and Marketing Director of Total Harmony Yoga. He holds an MBA in Marketing from Universidad de Interamericana in Puerto Rico, and has worked for various consulting firms in the Chicago area. Additionally, Kevin is retired from the US Army Reserves after serving for 30 years as a Drill Instructor and Military History and Science Instructor at the University of Puerto Rico, The Alamo Community Colleges, and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He is also a former college football player at Texas Lutheran University. He is a an instructor and long time practitioner of the Hatha Yoga, and its teaching styles and techniques.
Tina Thompson - Front Desk/Receptionist came to yoga after the high energy of running a busy health and beauty studio in the English Countryside and looking after her small farm, while her husband was deployed. She needed more balance in her life, and that is what her yoga practice provided her. Once in San Antonio, she joined Total Harmony Yoga and has never looked back. She is currently enrolled in the teacher training program, which she is loving and feels proud to be a part of the THY family. Tina is commited to a healthy hoslitic lifestyle and plans to incorporate yoga into her organic health and beauty business.
Georgina Molinar - RYT 200 Yoga Instructor completed her 200 Hr. certification at Total Harmony Yoga. Gina's journey began in high school...with video's. After a great deal of frustration at just not "getting" it, she gave up and didn't return until hitting the first stresses of adulthood after graduating from UT-El Paso. Gina accompanied a friend to a World Yoga Day event, and though it was overwhelming at first, she was hooked. Yoga in a room full of people was just so completely different from trying to follow along with the television alone. After several years of practicing on and off in many studios throughout Texas, she found Total Harmony Yoga and decided to take the plunge and listen to the nagging voice inside telling her it was time to train as a yoga instructor. Gina has been working in the glamorous, insurance industry for nearly a decade. When not practicing yoga, she is a tea drinking, Downtown Abbey watching, card carrying member of JASNA...in other words, a nerd :)
Tracey Lammert Shearer - RYT 200 Yoga Instructor. Tracey completed her 200 Hour certification at Total Harmony Yoga. She has been practicing yoga for years at various studios but once she stepped into Total Harmony Yoga, she knew she had found her yoga studio home and decided to pursue becoming a RYT so she could teach here. Tracey has been a Realtor for 18 years and is currently the Director of Sales at Carter Fine Homes, Keller Williams Realty. She enjoys the balance of the high-demand, stressful career of selling homes with the more relaxing one of teaching yoga and helping her clients find balance in every day. Tracey is the proud mom of two Aggies and more pets than she wants to admit to!
Ken Peifer - RYT 200 Yoga Instructor, is passionate about deepening his personal practice and understanding of Yoga and teaching Vinyasa Yoga; the complete flowing harmony of breath and body movement in the present moment. He is excited to share these passions with the Total Harmony Yoga family. Ken recently retired from a 20+year Air Force career where he served as a Space Operations Crew Commander, Certified Instructor and Course Director for Advanced Officer Training, and Joint Staff Officer. Ken also served as a Squadron Commander supporting combat operations in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Cenral Connecticut State University's Management Information Systems program. He is also a summa cum laude graduate of the Air Force Institute of Technology, Master of Information Resources Management program where he won the coveted Dr. Leslie M. Norton Pride in Excellence Award, Outstanding Thesis for his work in Information Warfare. While at the Air Force Institute of Technology he was inducted into Sigma Iota Epsilon, Honorary Management Fraternity.
Tracey Souza - RYT 200 Yoga Instructor has an Associates degree in Anthropology from San Antonio College, and has been practicing yoga for 16 years. Tracey decided to further her education and awareness in yoga by enrolling in the 200 hour teacher training program at Total Harmony Yoga. She realized that the daily practice of yoga is the key element of who you are in mind, body, and spirit. Tracey believes that this discipline can help others reach their full potential, along with a positive lifestyle and healthy diet.
Kay Swierc - RYT 200 Yoga Instructor has been practicing yoga for 10 years. Kay love for gardening/landscaping and jogging brought her to yoga to help ease stiff muscles, relax, and stretch, and allow her body to continue to enjoy these favorite activities. A twenty five sales career let her know that she needed to find peace and balance in her mind and body. Kay has a Bachelors degree in Education from UTSA, and all of that just seemed to be a natural fit in studying/instructing yoga.
Ariela Anelli - RYT 200 Yoga Instructor began her practice in a small studio in Santa Monica nine years ago. Ariela teaches Hatha and Vinyasa yoga and incorporates pranayama (breathing practices) into each class. Her teaching is most heavily influenced by her training with Adam Vitolo, her Hatha yoga teacher, who taught her to embrace props, focus on her breath and embrace imperfection. When not on the mat, Ariela works as an art director and recently started a small coffee company, Live Wild Coffee.
Geanetta Hoxhaj - RYT 200 Yoga Instructor has been practicing yoga for the past 7 years. She found that with a regular practice and meditation, the stresses of life are more manageable. Working 70 hours a week as an assistant buyer for a fortune 500 company found her very little time for herself and family. So, with the encouragement of her husband she took the leap and entered into the teacher training program at Total Harmony Yoga. Through renewed practice of yoga and teacher training, she was able to find balance within all aspects of her life. Her passion is to help others discover balance, and peace of mind through the practice of yoga and acceptance.
Kim Black - RYT 200 Yoga Instructor obtained a BS Degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Exercise Science for UTSA. While in college, she began to attend yoga classes and has been practicing yoga for the past 8 years. Upon completion of her bachelors degree, she decided to study yoga more in depth and began her 200 hour teacher training at Total Harmony Yoga. During her study she was able to link her passion for health and fitness with the yoga aspects fo mind, body, and spirit. When she is not teaching at the studio, Kim is a personal trainer and one on one yoga instructor at a fitness center, where she is able to work with a variety of clients of all skill levels and abilities, including individuals with multiple sclerosis, parkinsons, obesity, etc.
Sensei Ballenger (Steven Ballenger) - with his over 36 years experience, Sensei began studying the Martial Ways of Shorin-ryu Karatedo & Chen Tai' Chi in San Antonio with Kyoshi Richard Gomez and Sal de la Rosa in the early 80's. Sensei Ballenger graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio after studying Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy, his disciplines of choice. By the year 2000 Sensei had studied a multitude of martial ways and opened his first dojo - Yamashita Karate - where he currently teaches Karate and Tai' Chi. Sensei has taught Tai' Chi for the US Military, assisted living centers, and throughout the public education system from high school to college levels. Sensei is a 6th Dan in martial arts and is available for group and private lessons. For more information contact (210) 430-5458
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