After graduating in 2012, I decided to move back to Dallas and work with my mom, Lisa, at BalancingEnergy Health & Yoga. Initially, it was a little difficult to switch from a Western Medicine approach towards health and wellness to a Holistic approach, but it has truly been an amazing experience. Integrating my knowledge from school with my mother's Holistic background has allowed me to create and assist nutrition workshops, diets & cleanses, and contribute nutritional advice for clients with special dietary needs. Over the past year, I have completed extensive research on Candida and have developed a strict diet that can help bring balance and combat yeast overgrowth. Some of my favorite hobbies include cooking, writing, yoga, outdoor activities, college football & basketball, and craft beer & brewery tours.
Jessica (Jessi) Smith
Sonia has practiced yoga for more than 12 years. Her introduction came during her time in the dance department at The University of Texas at Austin. Since then, Sonia has practiced various types of yoga around the world—from Nicaragua, to France, Mexico and The Netherlands. Sonia’s commitment to teaching came at the encouragement of her own teacher. She is proud to have been a part of Larry Thraen's 200-Hr 'Yoga of You' teacher training at Joy Yoga. She is a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200) through Yoga Alliance.
Yoga has been the perfect balance to Sonia's intense work as the Health & Medical reporter for Channel 8, WFAA-TV in Dallas. As an instructor, she strives to help other people recognize their own strength and enhance their flexbility -- on and off the mat. After all, how you move in yoga is how you move through life. She believes that through a consistent practice, students can learn to live with more presence, patience, gratitude and courage. Letting go of fear, indecision and that which no longer serves us-- are among the themes Sonia weaves into her classes.
While working in the medical field, sports chiropractic and therapy, she saw many similarities between the two. In 2014, she decided to switch her profession into the yoga world, and study how yoga can affect the body, long-term, in a positive way. She trained under Ricky Tran at Krama Yoga Center in Carrollton, TX and at Corepower Yoga in Dallas, TX.
Currently, Marissa is in her 4th year of teaching and has already taught well over 1000 hours. She has taught several types of yoga, everything from Ashtanga to power vinyasa to hatha to restorative to prenatal. You can find her teaching throughout DFW and and along the West coast.