GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR
MICHAEL BALLON-GARST

TEACHES AT:

Canton, Downtown, Fort Avenue

TEACHING STYLE:

My teaching style scales to the format I’m teaching. Typically, I gravitate to high energy music to match the energy and intensity I bring to class, however, I also enjoy slowing down to focus on fundamentals and a restorative experience.

FAVORITE SONG:

This changes and I look forward to laughing about it when I see it in a few months or years. Presently- Surface Pressure from Encanto, Unstoppable by Sia, Brave by MORIAH, and many Katy Perry Songs.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MICHAEL

I love to stay active. Yoga, Swim, Bike (Spin), Run, Hike, Dancing, etc. I enjoy spending time with my Husband, traveling, and reading.

MICHAEL’S CLASSES

GENTLE YOGA

55 MINUTES

Increase your flexibility, strength, and balance while moving at your most comfortable pace and range of motion. A variety of props are available for extra stability and balance. Whether you’re an older adult, a beginner, recovering from an injury, or someone just discovering the benefits of fitness, this may be the perfect class for you.

RESULTS:

  • Improves joint flexibility & range of motion
  • Enhances mental wellbeing

INTENSITY:

Low

HEATED VINYASA YOGA

55 MINUTES

Challenge your body and relax your mind in this moderate intensity, medium paced class. This well rounded all-level yoga class has something for everyone. You will connect flowing sequences to the steadiness to your breath. Attention to alignment is the focus as variations to the poses are introduced to grow your practice. Step into the flow, breathe, sweat, de-stress, and transform! This class will leave you feeling centered, empowered, and revitalized.

RESULTS:

  • Increase range of motion
  • Build strength & balance
  • Increase cardio endurance
  • Restore the mind & body

INTENSITY:

Moderate to High

HEATED POWER YOGA

55 MINUTES

Our signature Power Yoga class in a heated room. Challenge your body and relax your mind in this moderate intensity, medium paced class. This well rounded all-level yoga class has something for everyone. You will connect flowing sequences to the steadiness to your breath. Attention to alignment is the focus as variations to the poses are introduced to grow your practice. Step into the flow, breathe, sweat, de-stress, and transform! This class will leave you feeling centered, empowered, and revitalized.

RESULTS:

  • Increase range of motion
  • Build strength & balance
  • Increase cardio endurance
  • Restore the mind & body

INTENSITY:

Moderate to High

POWER YOGA

55 MINUTES

This intense, fast-paced class provides the mind-body benefit of yoga exercise in a vigorous format to give you an overall conditioning class to improve balance, flexibility, and strength.

RESULTS:

  • Improves joint flexibility & range of motion
  • Tones & shapes
  • Enhances mental well-being

INTENSITY:

Moderate to High

VINYASA YOGA

55 MINUTES

Challenge your body and relax your mind in this moderate intensity, medium paced class. This well rounded all-level yoga class has something for everyone. You will connect flowing sequences to the steadiness of your breath. Attention to alignment is the focus as variations to the poses are introduced to grow your practice. Step into the flow, breathe, sweat, de-stress, and transform! This class will leave you feeling centered, empowered, and revitalized.

RESULTS:

  • Build strength, balance & flexibility
  • Increase cardio endurance
  • Restore the mind & body

INTENSITY:

Moderate to High

YOGA FUNDAMENTALS

55 MINUTES

Breathe and relax. An introduction to Yoga that is an accessibly paced, breath centered practice focusing on alignment and body awareness. Modifications are given as traditional Yoga poses are sequenced to increase flexibility and strength. All levels of Yogis looking for a meditative and renewing practice will benefit from this safe and accessible class.

RESULTS:

  • Educate, revive and balance
  • Increase flexibility
  • Increase strength

INTENSITY:

Low to Moderate

STEP

45 MINUTES

Freestyle Step challenges your mind and body to take your fitness to a new level in this creative advanced step class. The choreography is exciting and the interest is high to help you improve coordination, body awareness, and cardiovascular conditioning.

RESULTS:

  • Improves heart & lung fitness, agility & coordination
  • Increases strength & endurance

INTENSITY:

Moderate to High