Friends of the Forest Yoga Retreat

Cumberland Island, March 5-8, 2020

We have 3 spots remaining for our first Cumberland yoga retreat!
Register by December 24, 2019, to secure your spot.

August 2019 Updates

July 31st we switched from MindBody to Wellness Living as our primary scheduling software. This switch was meant to facilitate a more user-friendly experience for our clients and staff. The Wellness Living Achieve app for phones and tablets allows our clients and students to sign up for classes on the go! We are still working out a few kinks as we learn this new system, but we’re confident we’ll have the hang of it in no time! Please let us know if you have issues using the website, the app, logging into your accounts, navigating your class passes, or any other issue with the new software that we can assist you with.

We’ve got a variety of new classes, events, and workshops this month as well as the upcoming months and we continue to expand our Brunswick studio class offerings.

  • Barre Blend with Kat Ackerman is a new lunch time express Barre class on Thursdays at 12:00pm
  • Cardio Circuit with Megan Higginbotham brings us a 45-min HIIT workout twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays at 5:45pm. This picks up where our July Boot Camp left off.
  • Lunchtime Zen Yoga with Pat Heran anchors our midweek schedule in Brunswick every Wednesday at 12 noon.
  • Yamuna Body Rolling + Yoga with Kandy Duke will be a 3-week series at our Brunswick location on Friday evenings at 5:45pm from August 30 through September 13.
  • YBR for Shoulders, Wrists, & Hands will be Saturday, August 31 at 12:30pm in the SSI studio.
  • Yin+Yoga Nidra with Sheri Wesolowski is on August 20th at 6pm this month.
  • Beach Yoga continues on Saturdays at 8am through this month.

More details are available in our monthly newsletter (links on the home page or Facebook) or in-studio. –Neely

April 2019 Studio News, Notes, & Updates

Posted by Neely

I logged into the website to upload our most recent newsletter and realized I had not updated the news page since last summer! That is far too long, because there is so much happening at Balance right now. I’ll try to hit the highlights, but also be sure to check out our updated class, event, and workshop schedules as well as peruse our recent newsletter. We hope we’ll see you in class in the coming weeks and that’ll you’ll join us at the Good Vibes Fest in Neptune Park on SSI on April 28th from 12-4pm. (You can check out the Golden Isles Food Truck Festival #3 before or after the Good Vibes Fest!)

New Weekly Classes in downtown Brunswick

Check out our Transition Notes for our joint studio venture with Golden Isles Mindful Movement.

  • Sunday 3:30-4:45pm Chair/Gentle Yoga with Lenore Hervey
  • Monday/Wednesday 6:00-7:30pm Open Flow Yoga with Janita Nelson
  • Tuesday 9:30-10:45am Warm Yoga Flow + Yin with Bess Chambliss
  • Wednesday 8:30-9:30am Barre Fit with Bess Chambliss
  • Wednesday 10:00-11:15am Pranayama Flow (Body & Breath) with Pat Heran
  • Thursday 1:15-2:30pm Chair/Gentle Yoga with Lenore Hervey
  • Friday 9:00-10:15am Open Vinyasa Flow with Sheri Wesolowski
Bess Chambliss at Golden Isles Mindful Movement, 1312 Newcastle Street, BWK

Upcoming Events, Workshops & Series

Full descriptions, prices, and details can be found on our Events page.

  • Friday, April 12, 10:30am-12:30pm Yamuna Body Rolling: Shoulders, Arms, and Hands with Kandy Duke
  • Saturday, April 27, 12:30-2:30pm Proper Foam Rolling & Stretching Techniques with Megan Higginbotham
  • Sunday, April 28, 12:00-4:00pm Good Vibes Fest at Neptune Park
  • Saturday, May 11, 12:30-2:30pm Yamuna Body Rolling: Back & Neck with Kandy Duke
  • Sunday, May 12, 1:00-3:30pm Opening the Heart Yoga with Brian Goodwin, EdD, LPC, RYT200 and Roxanne Turturro, LCSW
  • Saturday, May 18, 12:30-1:30pm How to Plan a Fitness Routine with Megan Higginbotham
  • Saturday, June 8, 12:30-2:30pm Yamuna Body Rolling: Save Face! with Kandy Duke
  • Saturday, June 15, 1:00-3:30pm Yoga + Art Therapy: Explore Dancer & Triangle + Make a Mandala with Brian Goodwin & Anna Jennings

Class Cancelations or Time Changes on the Weekly April Class Schedule

Check out our full schedule to find other classes offered by your favorite teacher or other times that we offer your favorite class.

  • Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement has a new class time on Tuesdays at 10:45am. The Monday morning class has been canceled.
  • Open Vinyasa Flow with Sheri & Joyce, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 has been canceled at this time.
  • Cardio Circuit on Wednesdays at 5:45pm has been canceled.
  • Open Vinyasa Flow with Sheri on Fridays at 7:30am has been canceled.

Costa Rica Retreat 50% deposits are due in July

Have you read about our Costa Rica Yoga Retreat? Are you planning to go with us? If so, 50% deposits are due in July! Below are instructions for Paying Your Balance if you’re already registered or Signing Up if you haven’t registered yet.
If You’ve Already Paid Your Deposit:
Go to BalanceSSI.com and click the Access the Classic MindBody portal link at the bottom of the homepage
Login with your User Name and Password
Choose Online Store on the top right tab
Then Account Payments in the middle line below the tabs
In the Drop-down menu choose Costa Rica Retreat Balance

Enter the amount you’d like to pay, put it in your cart and check out

If You Need to Register:
Go to BalanceSSI.com and click the Access the Classic MindBody portal link at the bottom of the homepage
Login with your User Name and Password (or use the Create an Account box if you’re new in our system)
Choose Events & Series on the middle tab, and scroll down to Costa Rica or use the Service Categories drop-down menu to sort by Yoga Series & Workshops
Click on Sign-Up button on the bottom of the event
Choose Myself or Someone Else (if registering two people, do these one at a time), then Click Enroll at the bottom of the screen
Choose Your Accommodations (prices listed are per person)
Pick your Payment Option ($650 Deposit, Set Your Own Deposit over $650, Pay in Full), add to cart, and check out
(if registering a second person, select continue shopping before checking out to add them to your cart)
Accommodations Full Price 50%
1 person Luxury Tent $1,385 $692.50
2 person Luxury Tent $1,285 $642.50
1 person Hacienda $1,655 $827.50
2 person Hacienda $1,510 $755.00
1 person Bungalow $2,065 $1,032.50
2 person Bungalow $1,715 $857.50

Are we opening a studio in downtown Brunswick?

April 29, 2018:

Since we participated in First Friday in Downtown Brunswick in April, we’ve been inundated with this question: are we opening a studio downtown?

The short answer is: maybe

We are exploring our options. We would like to have a presence downtown. We would like to have a large open studio that is accessible to more people than we can currently serve at our island studio. We want to be part of downtown’s continuing growth.

Right now, we are gathering our numbers – both financial and statistical, looking at spaces, researching funding options, talking to designers, and collaborating with other studios to find the best way to bring mindful movement to our community.

The timeline is fluid at the moment. Our island office has just a a little facelift and we plan to continue there as long as we have support – anything downtown would be an expansion of our services and classes.

This month for First Friday we are partnering with Golden Isles Mindful Movement (inside Golden Isles Ballet Company) to bring you three more mini-pop-up classes and share our combined class schedules and services. GIMM has yoga, barre, and pilates classes 3 mornings each week and 3 evenings each week – we encourage you to check out their schedule. We hope to bring more adult fitness classes to their summer line-up and create a shared class pass for both studios.

If you’re looking for Pilates or Ashtanga yoga on St. Simons, we also recommend our sister-brother-studio St. Simons Pilates & Yoga.

March into Balance!

Monthly TidBits

Our Barre class with Hillary is very popular and fills up regularly – be sure to pre-register online or through the Mindbody app to reserve your spot, add yourself to the waitlist, or receive notifications about schedule changes. The Barre schedule is in a bit of flux right now so signing up in advance is the best way to ensure you get all the updates in real-time.

Karen has ventured off onto the high seas for awhile leaving us big shoes to fill on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. We’ll have a rotation of teachers for Saturday’s Align & Flow class from now through the end of April – look for Dawn, Jen, Martha, and Joyce on the roster! Our Wednesday evening class will be a Weekly Toss Up for the next 8 weeks – look for Anatomy Tune-Up with Megan & Neely, Yin Yoga for your Chakras and Yin Yoga Nidra with Sonja, Core Flow Yoga with Martha, and Hip Openers with Jen. Check the schedule regularly for updates and other fun classes.

Join Sheri in the Mandala room for Yin Yoga Nidra on Tuesday, March 20, at 6:00pm. This will be in place of our weekly Evening Zen class on this date only.

Dawn is leading several workshops this month – sign-up for one or all! Move & Meditate with Dawn & Leah is Wednesday, March 14, 11:00-12:30pm; Balance Workshop is Wednesday, March 21, 11:00-12:30pm; and our first Yoga Teacher CE Class Teaching Inversions for Beginners is Saturday, March 24, 12:00-2:00pm.

The April Yamuna Body Rolling workshop with Kandy Duke will focus on Knees and Legs. It’s scheduled for Saturday, April 14, with time TBD.

As always, our Full Class and Event Schedule is available here. Be sure to click on the class names for full details about each one.

Weather Related Scheduling for January 3-4, 2018

Thursday, January 4, due to weather related driving conditions we will observe the following:

No 8:30am Yin Yoga

10:30am Body & Breath will continue as scheduled

12:30pm Heartfulness Meditation will continue as scheduled

4:30pm Barre will continue as scheduled

All private appointments will continue as scheduled unless your practitioner has communicated otherwise.

 

Wednesday, January 3, due to weather related driving conditions we will observe the following:

No 8am Advanced Balance class

9am Vinyasa Flow will continue

No 5:30pm Yoga for a Healthy Back

All private appointments are cancelled. Please contact your practitioner to reschedule.

January: New Year, New Intentions

January Workshops & Events

Saturday, January 6, 11:00-12:00pm Yamuna Body Rolling: Save Face

Saturday, January 6, 12:30-1:30pm Yamuna Body Rolling + Pilates

Sundays, January 7 – February 11, 2:00-4:00pm Beginner’s Yoga Series with Annie Harper

Thursday, January 16, 6:00-7:15pm – New Moon Yin & Yoga Nidra

Saturday, January 20, 12:00-2:00pm Balance Workshop with Dawn Jex

In The News

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement: check out this article in the New York Times

Community Classes

We have three community classes on our January schedule:
Unguided Meditation Group – Mondays/Fridays 2:00-2:30pm
Guided Heartfulness Meditation – Thursdays 12:30-1:30pm
Community Kripalu Yoga – Sundays, 4:30-6:00pm

Reflexologist Ronda Returns

Effecive Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Reflexologist Ronda will be returning to the Studio. Ronda’s availability is Tuesday every week. She will gladly correspond via text 404-354-3344, online bookings, and/or email ronda@balancessi.com. Better Health one Foot at a Time!

Lost & Found

Please check the Lost & Found box in the lobby – we’ve accumulated some goodies and would like to give them back!

Gift Certificates

Did you know you could buy Gift Certificates for any amount online? You can! Gift Certificates purchased through the Balance website are redeemable for massage, reflexology, private movement (yoga, fitness, barre, Feldenkrais), nutrition or health counseling, classes, workshops, and retail items. You can also purchase gift certificates for specific services. If you purchase during December, you may find unadvertised special bundles!

Gift Certificates for Skinology by Candice can be purchased here.

What’s New in December?

Our monthly newsletter is emailed out on the first day of each month (or really close to it!) – you can find the December here.

Here are the highlights:

Classes

New Indo SUP class on Saturdays at 7:30am

Check out our article in the Brunswick News!

New Heartfulness Meditation donation class on Thursdays at 12:30pm

Pop-Up Yoga in the Park at Mary Ross Park during the Farmer’s Market, Saturday, December 16, 9:00am; $10 class fee with 50% of proceeds to benefit GIAHA

December Workshops

Friday, December 8, 4:30-6:30pm Yamuna Body Rolling: Save Your Hips

Saturday-Sunday, December 9-10, 9:00am-5:00pm IRT 1 CE Workshop for Massage Therapists

Thursday, December 21, 6:00-7:30pm, Heartfulness Meditation: Tips, Tools, & Techniques for the Holidays

Janaury Workshops & Events

Saturday, January 6, 11:00-12:00pm Yamuna Body Rolling: Save Face

Saturday, January 6, 12:30-1:30pm Yamuna Body Rolling + Pilates

Sundays, January 7 – February 11, 2:00-4:00pm Beginner’s Yoga Series with Annie Harper

Saturday, January 20, Feldenkrais Intensive Workshop – check out this article in the New York Times

Community Giving

We’re collecting dry cereal, cold & hot, for the local food bank throughout December – there’s a drop-off box in the lobby behind one of the chairs.

We’re also collecting toiletries for the local pantry throughout December – there’s a separate box for those.

Our studio is sponsoring two families in need for the local Amity House. If you’d like to participate, please ask one of our team members what is needed.

Reflexologist Ronda Returns

Effecive Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Reflexologist Ronda will be returning to the Studio. Ronda’s availability is Tuesday every week. She will gladly correspond via text 404-354-3344, online bookings, and/or email ronda@balancessi.com. Better Health one Foot at a Time!

Lost & Found

Please check the Lost & Found box in the lobby – we’ve accumulated some goodies and would like to give them back!

Gift Certificates

Did you know you could buy Gift Certificates for any amount online? You can! Gift Certificates purchased through the Balance website are redeemable for massage, reflexology, private movement (yoga, fitness, barre, Feldenkrais), nutrition or health counseling, classes, workshops, and retail items. You can also purchase gift certificates for specific services. If you purchase during December, you may find unadvertised special bundles!

Gift Certificates for Skinology by Candice can be purchased here.

Hurricane Irma Re-Opening Schedule

Friday, Sept 14, Community Yoga 10am | Saturday, Sept 15, Align & Flow Yoga 10am | Sunday Full Schedule

September Yamuna Body Rolling (Sciatica at 4pm, Feet at 5:30pm) has been rescheduled for Friday, September 22.

Pop-Up Yoga at the Brunswick Farmer’s Market is cancelled for September until further notice. We’ll return in October.

Fall Wellness Challenge will be rescheduled for October 1 through November 30 to help with the post-hurricane/pre-holiday binge-eating!