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About Balance Within Yoga

Barbara Kappus Ward, MSW, LISW, E-RYT.

Balance Within Yoga Instructor and Owner

The path of yoga was introduced to me about twenty years ago.  I needed to find balance within my own life as a mother, a counselor and social worker. After ten years of counseling and practicing social work to children and to the geriatric population, I decided to explore the discipline of yoga.  Yoga brought me into a union of my mind and body and also tapped into a spirit within me that was buried under external and internal stresses! 

With a background and knowledge of helping others, I wanted to share this discipline to others.  In 2004, I graduated from T.R.Y. (Therapy, Reiki, and Integral Yoga) for Life Yoga Institute in Cleveland, Ohio.  I became certified and registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance the same year. Through the years, I enjoy learning and growing in my own practice and have been fortunate to be able to study under the following influential Yogis, Gurudev Shri Amritji, Jason Crandell, Doug Swenson, Max Strom and Naime Jezzeny, Rolf Gates, Jan Hauenstein, Judy Bar, Bhumi, Carol Williams, and Marni Task.  Each teacher has inspired me with their style of yoga. I also studied Ayurveda Techniques of healing under James G. Bailey, LSC,Dipl OM, Dipl Ayu, E-RYT500.  He is a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Ayurveda and Oriental Medicine and Yoga Therapist. (www.sevanti.com).

Balance Within Yoga began to evolve as a business in September of 2004.  In 2005, it has found its current location in the Cornerstone Building in Westlake, Ohio. The studio shares space with Custom Fit Training.

Barbara Kappus Ward, MSW, LISW, RYT was a teacher for The Special Studies Program at Chautauqua Institution in New York.  In 2009, she taught adult classes and two children workshops during Week One. In 2011, she taught Yoga to the Employees and Teachers at Magnificat High School in Rocky River, Ohio!    Also, Barbara taught at Bridges Rehabilitation Services for the Mentally and Physically Challenged Adult population in Cleveland, Ohio from 2013-2018.  She taught therapeutic chair Yoga for two of their facilities.  She is also a certified Flex Instructor for the Silver Sneaker Fitness Program and works with Senior Assisted Living Facilities. Currently, Barbara is a part time mental health counselor for Cleveland Health and Wellness Center in Rocky River, Ohio where she uses movement as a modality for healing in private practice.