Founders of Balance Yoga
Kara Wires and Kerry Walker, Founders of Balance Yoga met while in their early 20s at the University of Michigan. They were both studying environmental science, shared a love of the outdoors, and became good friends. After graduating from college, they drove east together to start new lives in Vermont. Kerry and Kara have continued to deepen their friendship through graduate schools, their respective marriages, careers, children, and much more. Along the way, they each struggled to find balance in their busy lives–, Kara as a forester and Kerry as a science teacher. Each in turn found yoga and discovered the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of this practice. After many years of personal yoga practice, Kara and Kerry decided to become yoga instructors. In 2014 their dream of opening a yoga studio became a reality. Together they Grew the studio for three years.
Lynn Clauer Becomes Co-owner
In September of 2017, Kara was promoted to a management position as a forester that required her full attention. Although it was a hard decision to make, she decided to sell her portion of the business so that she could continue to live a balanced life. Luckily for both Kara and Kerry, Lynn Clauer, a dedicated yoga teacher at the studio was ready to step in to a new role as co-owner. She brings with her a lifetime of business and marketing experience as well as a commitment to yoga and sound healing. Together, Kerry and Lynn continue to bring yoga, meditation, and other forms of mindfulness to the local community.
Our mission is to provide a supportive space in the community where everyone can experience and explore yoga, meditation, sound-healing, bodywork and other forms of mindfulness in order to find balance in their busy lives.
About the studio
Situated in a beautifully renovated farm house on Route 2 in Richmond, Vermont, Balance Yoga offers a wide variety of classes to meet the needs of all members of the community. There is a large, open studio with bamboo floors and lots of light, a small waiting area where you can sit and have a cup of tea, and, most importantly, a terrific group of people to practice with. In addition, there is a massage studio where individuals can experience a different kind of relaxation and healing. Whether you are new to yoga or an experienced practitioner, there is a place for you in our community.
Our Commitment to the Community
Here at Balance Yoga, we have a strong commitment to wellness in our community. First, we believe that providing a variety of classes in yoga, meditation, Qigong and more will allow people opportunities to find a movement practice that helps them attain better health. In addition the studio has experienced body workers and sound-healing practitioners who are available to work one on one with people to release stress and strain and find a greater degree of ease in their bodies and minds. Throughout the year, workshops in Ayurvedic nutition, cleanses, reflexology and more, allow people to explore alternative healing practices in a more in depth manner.
We are also committed to practicing Karma Yoga in our community and beyond. Each week we offer a Karma yoga class at a reduced rate for anyone who brings in food for the Richmond Food Shelf. To date we have donated over 950 lbs of food. In 2017, we added an additional class that benefits the Williston Food Shelf. In addition, four times a year, a percentage of our profits are donated to local charities. We know that the better off each person in our community is, the better off we all are. If you know of a charity that you would like us to consider, please email us.