Life in Balance Fitness and Wellness owner, Shonna Storz, has worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years. What began as a hobby and a part-time job through college has become her life's passion. Shonna has worked as a Wellness/Group Exercise Director, Nutrition Educator, Personal Trainer, Yoga and Pilates Instructor, Sports & Conditioning Coach, Corporate Wellness Educator, Group Fitness Instructor for various classes (TRX Suspension Training, MOTR Pilates, Step Aerobics, Toning, RAB, EFI Gravity, Sports Conditioning, Spinning), and has designed a successful and engaging Children's Yoga program. Shonna earned her BS in Evolution & Ecology from UC Davis and two MS degrees in Biology and Nutrition Science from Florida State University and is also a Registered Dietitian. She holds numerous certifications:
Registered Dietitian, American Dietetic Association
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
TRX Certified Instructor
Spinning Instructor, Johnny G
AFAA Trained Mat Pilates Instructor
AFAA Trained Yoga Instructor
EFI Gravity Personal Trainer, Group, and Pilates Instructor
CPR/AED and First Aid Certified, American Red Cross
Shonna is a strong believer that happiness in life and health is all about BALANCE....balancing our busy schedules, making sense of conflicting information about nutrition and exercise, finding time for exercise, family, travel, hobbies, nature, and learning to manage our stress. We all have the same number of hours in our day...but finding the balance in our lives and making time for what's truly important is the key!
On a personal note Shonna is a proud mother of two young boys, takes great pleasure in growing organic vegetables in her backyard garden, loves to get out in nature for hiking and camping, and has been known to set challenging fitness goals from time to time like competing in triathlons and half marathons.
After being an executive legal assistant in a Lexington law office for over 17 years and after the birth of her daughter, Sophia, Francine wanted to be closer to home. She enrolled in the teacher training course at Yoga East in Louisville. After the first class, she knew she was on the right path. After an in depth course of study, practice, internship, and leading classes, she graduated from the 2014 Teacher Training class. Since her journey with this practice began, she has led over 1000 classes and is qualified to lead continuing education workshops. Francine's studies include Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hatha, Gentle Yoga, and Vinyasa. She pulls from these styles and all of her amazing teachers at Yoga East to design classes that are challenging, fun, and accessible for all levels.
Madeline Lam is a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor who is passionate about self-love and compassionate communication. Madeline loves sharing the transformative power of yoga and is dedicated to positively changing the way we see and treat ourselves. She earned her 200hr yoga certification through the prestigious Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Madeline moved to Danville to attend Centre College on the Posse Scholarship where she studies Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys many hobbies such as cooking, singing, and writing poetry. She is also a proud dog-mom to a beautiful Golden Retriever and Labrador mix.
Katie is a Kentucky "Transplant", born and raised in Latrobe, Pennsylvania until she moved to Kentucky to attend EKU. During five years in academia, she discovered her own yoga practice which brought balance and the beginning of self-awareness. After teaching at Mercer County Senior High School for three years, she spent three years traveling which enabled her to practice yoga all over the world. After re-settling in Kentucky, Katie earned her 200-hour certification through Barefoot Works in Lexington. Her personal yoga practice is inspired by alignment-based movement and the use of props to encourage strength, awareness, and accessibility. Due to the nature of her practice and teaching, it's not uncommon for laughter and play to occur during the practice.
Off the mat, Katie teaches English at Campbellsville University's Conover Center in Harrodsburg. She also enjoys working in the garden, caring for her chickens, hiking, wild swimming, and pizza. Her desire is to make yoga welcoming and accessible to anyone who is willing to try and curious!
Mary Beth Murray
Mary Beth moved back to her hometown of Danville in 2017 from Nashville just before giving birth to her first child. She is currently completing her 300-hour yoga teacher training through the Yoga Well Institute, a viniyoga school based in Berkeley, California and Nashville. Mary Beth has a deep respect and belief in the power of healing, both inwardly and outwardly, through yoga. As a bladder cancer survivor, she has experienced firsthand the therapeutic benefits of yoga (asana, breathwork, and meditation) that helped her achieve true healing and move past her health challenges. She hopes to bring what she has learned to her gentle yoga classes.
Mary Beth enjoys balancing her life raising her son, spending time with her family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, practicing yoga and serving as a bladder cancer patient advocate. She hopes to help inspire others by spreading health and wellness awareness, building connections, and living her best life doing what she loves.
Will is a Kentucky native, born and raised in and around Boyle county, is always eager to see other parts of the world. He is currently a full-time manager at Grace Café and an aspiring entrepreneur of holistic health & wellbeing. On his first adventure to the West Coast in 2015, while helping co-host a community healing event on Redondo Beach in L.A, he experienced a powerful awakening during a Kundalini Yoga class. From this moment on, he knew that it was up to him to help bring these transformative teachings back to his home here in Kentucky.
Will is completing his 200-hour, Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training at Delta Groove Yoga School in Memphis, Tennessee and is soon to be certified through the Yoga Alliance. He plans on eventually traveling to various parts of the Earth in order to further his yogic training with some of the disciplined masters of the land. He sees Yoga as a path of conscious expansion, healing, & recovery and possesses a deep affinity for healing the world, by first healing the individual. As within so without. In his free time, he enjoys writing, playing music, and exploring the powerful beauty of mother nature.