How many times in my life have I uttered the title of this post?

Balance is a moving target.

I say it all. the. time. If I had a nickel. The idea of balance can change depending on the person seeking it, what they want from equanimity (which implies a hierarchy of needs) Balancing in the physical body is not the same as balancing the duties of work and home. Whether it is physical or symbolic, balance is an ever-moving target. 

Today I’m balancing my first real sign of my age from a medical perspective. I have now had my first colonoscopy. I’ve been to a cardiologist. All’s good in the hood, by the way. Through blurred vision, I’m writing this post because of today’s medical visit that has to do with my vision. Makes sense that I now have an annual checkup for my eyes as they’ve been my weakest sense since I was two years old. Yep. I was the kid in glasses in nursery school. (they called it nursery school in Virginia where I grew up) Mind you, I don’t think I wore them until like age four. Glasses growing up was not super fun – I’ve been called “four eyes” and tried to play it back at the bully and be like, yeah, well FOUR is more than TWO so I’m BETTER than you. And then I’d go cry. Look I had buck teeth and glasses and can remember mean girls telling me that the “new” thrifted top or jacket was hers and her family donated it last year. Glasses at an early age just laid the groundwork for lots of yucky. But I digress.

I have extreme nearsightedness, myopia – is the medical term – and stretched retina as a result. My beautifully blue-eyed daughter, B, shares this feature with me and has already had some medical intervention to keep her eyes healthy. I’m on the “keep checking on it” program in place right alongside her.

For B, age isn’t a factor. For me, it is.

Today it occurred to me the weirdness of the place I’m in – aging-wise. I’m aging. We all are! But I’m dealing with advanced aging AS I’M AGING. The worst “coming attractions” trailer ever, so to speak.

So I’m balancing (metaphorically speaking) between those two places. Surrounded with the reality of aging for Anita and my own realities of aging.

So. Much. Fun.

You know what else is fun? Arm balances. Yes, they’re fun even if you “can’t do one” because trying them is fun. Bear with me. 

I’ll tell you why I teach arm balances – when you’re arm balancing, that’s all you’re doing. You’re not making a grocery list or pondering the subtext of your weird colleague’s last email. You’re focused. And it is fun.

I practice arm balances for the same reason. They help me focus. And isn’t that what you need to do to get that moving target in your sights? Focus.

Theresa Conlon

Theresa is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor (200-hour RYT) who has been teaching since 2013. She is skilled in various yoga styles including Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, and Meditation. Theresa also brings an extensive dance background to her yoga practice, which includes teaching both modern dance and ballet. She has over 40 years of dance/theater performing experience and currently showcases her choreography as part of Bergen Dance Makers, a dance collective in northern New Jersey. Theresa’s yoga classes offer a calming mix of traditional asana postures and creative movement flows, supported by energy-moving breath. Students of all skill levels are invited to find ease and peace in their bodies/minds/spirits through the joyful bliss of yoga movement.

Carrie Parker Gastelu

Carrie Parker Gastelu, E-500 RYT, has been teaching yoga since 1993. Carrie began her journey when Yogi Raj Mani Finger initiated Carrie into the ISHTA Yoga lineage after training with Mani’s son, Yogi Raj Alan Finger. In addition, she has studied many other yoga traditions as well as anatomy, physiology, movement, and awareness practices to create an eclectic style all her own. She is known for her honest, non-dogmatic yet passionate approach.

Carrie is a regular speaker and contributor at conferences, websites, and print publications and has been featured in Fit Magazine, the Yoga Zone Book, and in the Yoga Zone Video, “Flexibility and Stress Release.”

Lisa Podesta-Coombs

When Lisa found yoga in 2008, she started to find herself again and it set her on a path of health and healing. She received her 200HR RYT certification from Raji Thron of Yoga Synthesis, and her 30HR Chakra Yoga Teacher Training certificate with Anodea Judith and holds a Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) certification. She is also a Holistic Health Coach (certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition). Lisa believes we’re all on a journey of learning how to trust ourselves; she helps her clients build that trust by supporting them in creating better habits for a better life through various functional movement modalities like yoga, barre, Pilates & strength training, mindset, and whole food nutrition.

Forever a student with a passion for people, holistic health, and self-actualization, Lisa is always embracing opportunities to advance her education to better serve; Ayurveda workshops & immersions have been of particular interest as she continues to deepen her knowledge of and experience with food as medicine and she recently completed Unleash Her Power Within, a transformational program of rediscovering our truest selves, powered by Tony Robbins.  

As she continues to give herself space and grace to nourish her natural self and actualize her potential, Lisa continues to share the gift of movement as medicine to inspire authenticity & health in body, mind, and spirit. You can expect mindful, accessible, dynamic, playful, and uplifting classes from Lisa.

Tanisha Sutton

Tanisha’s yoga journey began when she was an undergraduate student studying at university. Changes in her health coupled with anxiety over grades, relationships, and life in general, forced her to search for healthy lifestyle choices she could implement to help manage the stress that she was experiencing as a new adult. A friend of hers suggested that she attend some community yoga classes to help with the anxiety and increase her daily physical activity. Initially, she was reluctant and filled with all these false ideas about yoga and the people who practiced yoga. Like many others, she was concerned that her body type and lack of flexibility automatically excluded her from being a student. Curiously yet hesitantly, she journeyed on to her first class and began laying the foundation for a home and public practice that has supported her over the years.

On this journey, she has discovered that yoga has nothing to do with appearances nor is there anything, but an open mind needed to begin. She intends to provide you with a gentle yoga session that is safe, inclusive, and accessible. Her classes are an expression of self-love and are a deliberate choice to tend to ALL the parts of our being that are neglected, ignored, or disregarded during the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Through meditation, deep breathing, and gentle movement we will collectively share space to observe, rest and re-set. Tanisha is honored to share her practice with you and looks forward to seeing you on the mat!