THIS IS OUR TRIBE.
OUR INSTRUCTORS, ASSISTANTS, AND BRAND PARTNERS
MELISSA KLIMO-MAJOR, FOUNDER CYT-300
Melissa teaches to inspire, and is influenced by authenticity and creativity, combined values that drive her Balance & Brews events.
Melissa obtained a 300 hour yoga certification in 2012 through Awaken Yoga School, and immediately began teaching in her hometown studio- her weekly schedule can be found HERE. Melissa enjoys travel as much as yoga and beer, and has co-hosted two yoga retreats in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.
Melissa brings a mindful teaching style to her classes. She is experienced in teaching all-levels groups, and her focus is to cultivate awareness, presence, and a strong breath while connecting each group through a creative, balanced sequence. A longtime craft beer enthusiast, Melissa spent her first years of teaching incorporating yoga & beer workshops into her schedule before founding Balance & Brews in 2014.
DANIJELA DJUREINOVIC, RYT-200
By teaching for Balance and Brews, Danijela hopes to bring yoga to those who would not normally step a foot in a yoga studio because "they are not good enough or flexible enough." Yoga is for any and every body, and can be practiced anywhere. So why not a brewery. Bring your love for beer and open mind to yoga when coming to this class.
Danijela obtained her 200-hour training with Diana Vitantonio and continued her studies with Sadie Nardini, Leslie Kaminoff and David Regelin. She is trained in vinyasa, power vinyasa, core strength vinyasa and yin yoga. She continues to pursue more learning opportunities and hopes to transfer that knowledge to her students.
Danijela's classes are mindful yet challenging. She hopes that every student listens to his or her body during the practice, as they are ultimately their own teachers. Her classes are inspired by her own journey in yoga: her struggles, joys and hope.
KEVIN LYNCH, LMT, ADVANCED THAI MASSAGE PRACTITIONER
Bio coming soon!
We are honored to partner with People Water, a company committed to alleviating the global water crisis. Beginning 11/23/14, all brewery practices will include a bottle of People Water. For every bottle we purchase for our events, People Water will give an equal amount of clean water to a person in need, via building and restoring wells in communities lacking this resource.
ALYSSA GUSTWILLER, CYT-200
Teaching with Balance & Brews allows Alyssa the opportunity to bring two of her greatest passions together. When she is not on her yoga mat, she can be found brewing beer at home or sampling a variety of craft beers. Her taste in beer is as broad as her love of different styles of yoga.
Alyssa is inspired by her students and hopes that they walk away from class feeling that same inspiration. Her teaching style encourages introspection, a willingness to try something new, and lots of laughter! She is driven by the philosophy to work hard and play harder!
Alyssa earned her 200 hour yoga certification through Awaken Yoga School in 2012 and continued with the certification process by completing her 300 hour certification in 2014. She has been a fitness instructor since 2008 in a variety of styles including cycling, pilates, and boot camp. While passionate about various forms of yoga, she currently teaches Deep Stretch and Hatha yoga classes. Alyssa's yoga studio schedule can be found HERE.
JESSICA GUERRIERI, LMT, CYT-300, CERTIFIED THAI MASSAGE PRACTITIONER
For over 20 years, Jessica has been a practitioner of yoga. Introduced to her at a young age by her father, yoga has been the cornerstone of a life of exploration in movement and the healing arts including, Massage Therapy, Thai massage, Reiki and dance.
Jessica has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for over 10 years and was certified by the Awaken Yoga School as a 300-hour level teacher in 2011. She teaches weekly Yin style yoga classes and various workshops at Awaken Yoga in Mentor. Jessica practices massage therapy in downtown Willoughby; more about her massage HERE. Jessica's yoga teaching schedule can be seen HERE.
Jessica’s massage and yoga practices are fueled by appreciation for and amazement of the human body. She continues to study in the Iyengar, Vinyasa and Ashtanga traditions and explore new modalities of bodywork. All of which she is excited to bring to you as a hands-on assistant in the Balance and Brews yoga classes!
It was terra verde handmade soaps that brought Melissa Klimo-Major and Jessica together and craft beer and yoga that continue to keep the bond of friendship strong! As the wife of a home brewer and a lover of Belgian ales and Imperial IPAs, Jessica is thrilled be a part of Balance of Brews events, where old friends come together and new friends are made!
LAUREN PALSA, LMT, CYT-200, CERTIFIED THAI MASSAGE PRACTITIONER
It was for the love of authentic connection, expression, and healing that Lauren found her way onto her yoga mat. That mat has traveled with her through the years and around the world, and now into the Brewery!
Lauren makes a passionate living as a Licensed Massage Therapist, Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner, and a RYT-200 Forrest Yoga Instructor. You can learn more about her business HERE. Lauren's commitment is to help facilitate healing and awakening, and to inspire each client or student to step into their more brilliant and authentic self. Cheers!
TERRA VERDE HANDMADE
Terra Verde Handmade is a natural, sustainable body & home company based in Cleveland, also operated by Melissa. Balance & Brews teachers and assistants incorporate Terra Verde massage balms and natural products into our brewery practices.