Meet Your Group Instructors

Jenna Skarda-Higgins

Lead Instructor, Yoga Instructor

Jenna was first introduced to practicing yoga at 15 years old and soon fell in love with the personal, physical and spiritual benefits. She started instructing six years ago and prides herself on creating a communal feeling in a small and connected group. Jenna is currently E-RYT200 and Group Ex certified. She has also earned her Decision Education and Risk Management certification from Stanford and uses it to help clients evaluate their own needs. Her professional passion is working one on one with clients who are recovering from acute injuries and chronic illness as well as supporting individuals who are new to fitness. Her teachings are strongly focused on physical alignment and helping people build their individual practice and healthy lifestyle on their own terms.

Kali Depreaux-Jensend

Yoga Instructor

Kali fell in love with yoga in 2012 while on the search for a new indoor fitness activity other than the gym.  While she started practicing yoga for the physical benefits, she was pleasantly surprised by the emotional benefits that came along with it.  Kali began teaching yoga in 2015 and is RYT 200 certified with additional prenatal/postnatal training. Kali’s favorite classes to teach are Prenatal and Baby & Me because those were the most fun for her to take!

Kali works in accounting and holds a BBA with an MBA in progress.  In her free time, she loves to spend time with her husband, son, and four rescue dogs!

Vivien Green, MBA, RYT200

Yoga Instructor

Vivien’s focus is on healthy aging. Being an older adult herself, and having more than ten years of experience working with seniors, she understands the limitations we all experience as we age, and believes that yoga should be accessible to every human being, regardless of age, physical limitations or level of fitness. Vivien came to yoga practice 7 years ago, and decided after moving to North Carolina in 2016 to pursue becoming a yoga teacher – which was a life changing experience. Prior to moving from New England to Raleigh, NC, she ran two senior centers in New Hampshire, designing, implementing and managing life enrichment activities for older adults aged 50+; including health and wellness classes, yoga and meditation. It was there she found great joy in working with seniors. As a teacher, Vivien specializes in Gentle Yoga for 50+ and chair adapted yoga classes which are particularly beneficial for older adults, those with chronic health concerns or limited range of motion due to injury, surgery or age. Chair Yoga can be done by everybody! Her desire is to encourage older adults at any age to explore the wonderful wellness and health benefits of yoga, and incorporate it into their daily life.

Myra Jackson

Tai Chi Instructor

Myra Fry Jackson is an experienced Tai Chi Instructor. She holds fitness certifications from many organizations including the Tai Chi for Health Institute in Sydney, Australia. She is certified by the Athletics Fitness and Association of America as a Primary Group Exercise Instructor. Myra has taught health and fitness classes at recreation facilities, fitness centers, public/private organizations, and churches. Myra has a personable teaching style and cares about each individual

Rene Monnot

Functional Exercise for Parkinson’s/MS Instructor

Rene’s passion is helping people who are in pain.   To see someone overcome their limitations and pain and to thrive in spite of them, is an amazing thing to be a part of.  She believes strongly that movement has the power to heal the body and mind.

After injury and spinal conditions forced her to retire her career in furniture artistry and decorating, she turned her long-time practice of Pilates into her career.  She has an intimate familiarity with pain and wants to share her passion of healing through movement and movement education. She uses creative imagery in her laid back, nurturing style to give you an experience that gently moves you through each part of your body.  She brings awareness to the subtle differences we can make in our movements to have a major impact on our daily lives.

Megan Presley

Yoga & Pilates Instructor

Megan is an E-RYT 200 certified through yoga alliance and a certified Pilates mat instructor. She has over five years of yoga teaching experience and is super passionate about making your yoga practice functional, safe, and effective. She has spent over 50 days at a Vipassana mediation center, so she can help effectively guide you through mindfulness and body awareness strategies. She seeks to empower you through education of how your body works and moves, so you can take your knowledge off the mat and apply it towards living freely in your body.

Tori Zillman

Pilates Instructor

Tori began practicing Pilates in college while earning her B.S. in
Exercise Science and Dance Science at Elon University. Initially she was drawn to Pilates to improve her dance performance, but she quickly recognized the benefits it had in other aspects of her life. After committing to a regular Pilates regimen, Tori relieved joint pain and saw recognizable improvements in her posture.

Since then, Tori has trained with Balanced Body to help others enjoy the many benefits of Pilates. Her classes focus on safety and proper alignment while strengthening and stretching the whole body.

When Tori isn’t teaching Pilates, she is teaching dance to students of all ages and abilities! She loves finding new ways to creatively incorporate her dance knowledge into her Pilates sequences, and vice versa.