About Us

About Balance Within Yoga

Barbara Kappus Ward, MSW, LISW, E-RYT.

Balance Within Yoga Instructor and Owner

The path of yoga was introduced to me about nineteen years ago. I needed to find balance within my own life as a mother, a counselor and social worker. After ten years of counseling and practicing social work to children and to the geriatric population, I decided to explore the discipline of yoga. Yoga brought me into a union of my mind and body and also tapped into a spirit within me that was buried under external and internal stresses!

With a background and knowledge of helping others, I wanted to share this discipline to others. In 2004, I graduated from T.R.Y. (Therapy, Reiki, and Integral Yoga) for Life Yoga Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. I became certified and registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance the same year. Through the years, I enjoy learning and growing in my own practice and have been fortunate to be able to study under the following influential Yogis, Gurudev Shri Amritji, Jason Crandell, Doug Swenson, Max Strom and Naime Jezzeny, Rolf Gates, Jan Hauenstein, Judy Bar, Bhumi, Carol Williams, and Marni Task. Each teacher has inspired me with their style of yoga. I also studied Ayurveda Techniques of healing under James G. Bailey, LSC,Dipl OM, Dipl Ayu, E-RYT500. He is a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Ayurveda and Oriental Medicine and Yoga Therapist. (www.sevanti.com).

Balance Within Yoga began to evolve as a business in September of 2004. In 2005, it has found its current location in the Cornerstone Building in Westlake, Ohio. The studio shares space with Custom Fit Training.

Barbara Kappus Ward, MSW, LISW, RYT was a teacher for The Special Studies Program at Chautauqua Institution in New York. In 2009, she taught adult classes and two children workshops during Week One. In 2011, she taught Yoga to the Employees and Teachers at Magnificat High School in Rocky River, Ohio! Also, Barbara teaches at Bridges Rehabilitation Services for the Mentally and Physically Challenged Adult population in Cleveland, Ohio. She teaches therapeutic chair Yoga for two of their facilities. She does children workshops for schools and Girl Scout Troops. She is also a certified Flex Instructor for the Silver Sneaker Fitness Program and works with Senior Assisted Living Facilities.


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9:00 am-8:15 pm


9:00 am-8:15 pm


9:00 am-8:15 pm


9:00 am-8:15 pm


9:00 am-8:15 pm


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  • "My yoga practice benefited greatly from Balance Within Yoga and Wellness Studio - they are the best at what they do and make you feel right at home."
    Jane Smith - Westlake, OH
  • "After today's class I want to thank you for all you have helped me through. You and your yoga classes have helped me realize so much about who I am. I am so much core aware of my thoughts and my feelings. I leave each class thinking that your meditation was written for me! As I said before, God bring the right people into our lives at the right time."
  • "I am deeply grateful that the universe gifted me with a connection to you. After even the few sessions I've attended, I know yoga will become a vital part of my spiritual journey. It is so evident to me that you bring incredible authenticity of mind, body and soul to your role as teacher. Thank you for everything you give to creating each class with such deep intention. Namaste."