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. As a child Sharon was introduced to the Arts, studying Ballet, Pointe Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Lyrical Dance, practicing for 14 years. And as a teen and into her adult years, she spent some time dabbling in the entertainment industry in Dance - teaching & performing, Modeling - runway & print, Fashion Design - apparel & swimwear, and Acting - small theatre. Since launching her career in the health industry, 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, and across the globe with her over 30 years experience in the health and wellness field. She has also had the privilege of working with several elite and professional athletes, as well as athletic organizations. She has represented the Mind/Body & Health industry as a spokesperson, and leading yoga teacher & trainer. Sharon not only holds a Certification in Yoga at the master level, but also in Holistic Healthcare, Health & Wellness Facility Management, Personal Training, and Lifestyle/Holistic Coaching & Consulting. She has been training yoga instructors since 2007 through her teacher training programs, and with hard work and dedication, making it her mission to create the highest quality yoga instructors all over the world, Total Harmony Yoga has earned the recognition of the National Yoga Alliance as a registered and accredited training school for both the 200 Hr (200 RYT) and 300 Hr (500 RYT) programs, as a National Yoga Alliance accredited continuing education provider, and as an accredited US Department of Defense MyCAA scholarship awarded educational institution. Sharon also offers Yoga Studio Consultations for startups and new studios, or those studios needing additional advise and/or teacher training programs at their location(s). She delivers professional hands on training, guidance, mentorshio, and strong business knowledge.
Kevin Ballenger - RYT 200 Yoga Instructor, Co-Owner of Total Harmony Yoga. He has been been practicing yoga for several years and completed his RYT 200 at Total Harmony Yoga in 2013. He has discovered the great benefits of yoga on the mind and body, and practices on a daily basis. His classes are filled with his passion and soul as he gives his all in each session. Before Kevin jumped on the path of yoga, he received an athletic football scholarship, playing for two years at Texas Lutheran University. Kevin has lived with and helped mentor abused and neglected adolescents in a group home and at a wilderness camp in North Carolina. Here he made great strides in their lives to become successful young adults today. He has also volunteered with the American Heart Association, educating and teaching doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in how to administer the proper procedures for first aid and CPR in developing countries such as Egypt, Colombia, Haiti and Ecuador. Kevin recently retired in 2016 from the US Army as a First Sergeant and after serving 30 years of military service. He served in the Infantry and was a Drill Sergeant with mobilizations in South America, Asia, and the Middle East while supporting and defending various military campaigns. Kevin has 12 years of classroom instruction experience teaching Leadership Management and Military History at the University of Puerto Rico Rico-Rio Piedras, Universidad Del Este-Carolina, University of Texas at San Antonio, and the Alamo Community Colleges. Additionally, he founded and established the first Army Basic Instruction Drill Sergeant Reserve Company in the illustrious history of Puerto Rico at Fort Buchanan in San Juan in 2004. While serving as a Reservist, her worked for various consulting and investigative firms in both Chicago and South Florida, traveling and working in many cities along the East Coast from Boston to Florida. Kevin holds a BA in Public Administration with a minor in Political Science from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, and a MBA from the Universidad de Interamericana in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He has provided yoga instruction to the Trinity Univeristy Men's Baseball team in San Antonio. The team went on to the College World Series with a strong playoff run in 2015, and then wining the National Baseball title in 2016. When not enhancing his yoga practice and classes, and helping to make Total Harmony Yoga a successful studio and a sacred place to practice, you will find him cycling on his road or mountain bike.
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.
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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