Morgan Balavage


Bio: Morgan began her yoga journey when a well-meaning friend dragged her to an Iyengar yoga class at the tender age of 16. It would be another decade before sports injuries would send her back into a yoga studio – not a moment too soon!


She spent a few months practicing Bikram yoga until that led to another injury, and instead turned her attention to trying every type of yoga to see which one “fit.” She found grounding in Ashtanga, energy in vinyasa, and solace in restorative and therapeutic classes. With the encouragement of friends and family, she decided to pursue yoga teacher training at the Yoga Alliance-certified Source Yoga School, which featured workshops in Ashtanga, restorative, therapeutic, and pre-natal yoga. She received her 200 hour RYT certification in March 2011.


She has since received certification in CorePower’s 200 hour RYT Power Yoga Teacher training, completed her 40 hour Aerial Yoga certification in the Unnata tradition from Better Days Yoga, received her 40 hour SUP Yoga certification from Stoked Yogi, and furthered her restorative studies with CorePower Yoga’s 40 hour CoreRestore teacher training in addition to workshops with renowned yoga teacher Judith Hanson Lasater.


Morgan has taught public and private vinyasa flow, restorative, and yin classes in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Illinois, and London. She has taught corporate workshops for clients including Abercrombie & Fitch.


Morgan currently teaches by land, sea, and air: she offers public vinyasa, restorative, aerial, and SUP classes in Santa Barbara and Goleta.



Current Location: Santa Barbara, CA


Hometown: Redding, CA


What does being a Glide Yogi mean to you? Being a Glide Yogi means representing the same strength, balance, and durability for which Glide boards are famous.


Top three songs in your yoga playlist? The Noisettes - Sometimes; Wax Tailor - How I Feel; alt-J - Lovely Day


Favorite Pose(s) for SUP Yoga? Sirsasana and dwi pada viparita dhanurasana


Best advice for beginner SUP Yoga: Go with the flow! Move with the water rather than struggle against it.


Fave post-paddle eats? Oyster shooters, huevos rancheros, and/or waffles


Words to live by? “There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do.” - Amy Poehler


If you could meet any person dead or alive who would it be? Oscar Wilde seems like he would have some good stories.


Facebook: www.facebook.com/morganbalavageyoga

Instagram: @morganyoga

Web site: santabarbarasupyoga.com

 

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