staff & instructors

Our staff and instructors are a fun group of inspiring adventurers who have honed their skills living and loving life in connection with wilderness. Accomplished musicians, artists, naturalists, yogis, healers, chefs, and free spirits; Balanced Rock instructors have a knack for making people feel secure and comfortable in the mountains as well as the yoga studio. We strive to help people feel capable and competent in their own Selves in the wilderness through our competent, attentive guidance.


Heather Sullivan

Executive Director, Co-Founder & WildYoga Lead Trainer

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Heather has lived in the Yosemite area for over 17 years. The steep granite valley walls, seasonal change of the river song, and community of animals and humans have deeply shaped her being and world-view. She co-founded and served as the first Executive Director of Balanced Rock. She continues to serve as Executive Director using her skills of non-profit management and leadership, group facilitation, community building, mentorship, and program development to hold the vision for Balanced Rock and lead the organization through its continued evolution. She delights in creating unique, powerful programs and supporting staff and instructors to shine their magic in the world. She is a gifted teacher and seasoned mountain guide at heart and makes sure to get in the field as an instructor each season.

Balanced Rock is Heather’s life work which blends her passions of yoga and mindfulness practices, creative writing, play, connecting community, creating transformative and healing experiences for individuals and groups and emphasizing the importance of healthy local food.

She is 200hr ERYT and 200hr CRYT certified with Yoga Alliance. Her latest joy and success is creating a Kid’s Yoga and Mindfulness Program for grades K-6 in the El Portal School System.

She is a CMT in Shiatsu and Lomi Lomi massage, an Ayurvedic body-worker and a certified Birth Doula.

Other passions include: river boarding, rock-climbing, skiing, mountain rambling, and music. She seeks new experiences and learnings with a child-like twinkling curiosity and hopes to share that joy and zest for life with others.


Meaghan Olsen

Operations Manager & Yoga Instructor

Coming to Yosemite from the Midwest in 2019, Meg fell in love with the Sierras and the magic of the surrounding landscape. A lover of the outdoors, athletic pursuits and the arts, her passions range from hiking, climbing, and Brazilian jiu jitsu to appreciating natural beauty through drawing, painting, and photography.

Meg earned a dual Bachelors of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature, as well as International Studies with a Latin American focus, from the University of Missouri in 2013. Having served as a bilingual aid in Spain, her love for the language has driven her to seek ways to connect with and advocate for Latinx communities on a local level. She spent a year working with Centro Latino, a non-profit in her hometown of Columbia, facilitating after-school and summer programs that implemented educational, health, and environmental initiatives while encouraging youth toward participation in local and global communities.

Through this work she discovered Latin dance, and since 2010 has traveled the US and abroad instructing and performing bachata and salsa, leading workshops that focused on fundamentals and women’s body movement. Her ethos for dance has evolved into one of connection and expression, opting for grounded, intentional movements and finding an effortless, playful flow. She continued her studies with modern, classical ballet, and African dance; studying and performing through the Perlman-Stoy School of Ballet (Mid-Missouri Dance Theatre) under the direction of Halcyone Ewalt Perlman and Nancy Stoy. The mind-body connection in dance led her to yoga and the pursuit of a diverse self-practice.

She earned her 200-hr teaching certification in the Sacred Valley of Perú through School Yoga Institute in 2018, focusing on Hatha and Vinyasa Flow with exploration of Peruvian shamanism. Her intention as a yoga teacher is to encourage growth, patience and grace while understanding the importance of all parts that come along with being beautifully imperfect people. Playful and humorous by nature, Meg encourages her students to make mistakes, topple over (safely!) and laugh at ourselves because it is in those moments that we connect with our humanness. She is also passionate about mental health, striving to create an environment in her classes that allows her students to come as they are with no judgment or shame.

Currently, she serves as the Remote Operations Manager for Balanced Rock and resides in El Portal, CA. She is enrolled in the 300-hr Yoga. Psyche. Soul. teacher training with Ashley Turner, and has studied Trauma-Informed Yoga (TIY) and neuroscience; specializing on the intersection of psyche and soma and how trauma affects the mind-body connection. Meg received her Reiki Level II training in November 2020 through Ashley Seymour of Spirit Ocean Healing and offers in-person and distance energy healing sessions.


Heather Bromberg

Program Support & Community Yoga Instructor

Heather Bromberg, RYT-200, has lived in the Yosemite area for five years. Originally from Long Island, NY, she’s moved to Vermont for a decade, then Wyoming for a couple years before venturing out to California to work for the National Park Service as a Wilderness Planner. Focused on an updated resource management plan that would put into words the stewardship efforts for the Park’s 704,000 acres of congressionally designated wilderness within Yosemite National Park’s boundaries. In 2017, she finished her term with the Park Service and decided to stay locally to continue her work in land management by becoming a Program Support staff member with Sierra Foothill Conservancy, a 501(c)3 non-profit conserving land within the sierra foothills, whilst gaining her California Naturalist certificate and service pin. 

Seeking more of a connection to the land and a desire to go deeper within herself, she sought out yoga and earned her 200-RYT certification through Balanced Rock’s WildYoga Teacher Training program. It was there she found her community, and she’s been offering yoga classes for the past year (2019-2020) through a cycle of several different yoga studios (Studio M Yoga, Yogasemite and Mountain Fitness), and teaching at Balanced Rock’s weekly community yoga. Her yoga instruction is focused on centering and grounding through breath work, gentle movements and setting positive intentions during the practice to be shared with others. 

Heather holds a BS Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont (2005-2009). She studied climate change, environmental systems, and sustainability. She’s held a 10-year career in the environmental fields with environmental consultants, academics, federal government, county government, an outdoor gear shop, and non-profits. During her career she has learned various skills that are essential for supporting programs in a non-profit organization. 

In addition to her work at Balanced Rock, she works at Mountain Meadow Farms which offers a local CSA share to the Yosemite area residents. Also, she is working on her year-long program for Health Coach certification through the online school Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN). 

Outside of work she likes to play, focusing her physical activities on bouldering, trail running, playing ball with her Golden Retriever and hiking. She’s found a home among the Sierras and the Balanced Rock community. 


2021 Instructors & Faculty


Paula Wild

Outdoor Guide, WildYoga Lead Trainer & Program Manager

Paula Wild (E-RYT 500, YACEP, MSc, WFR) has been guiding wilderness trips and offering yoga classes and trainings from a perspective of accessibility and inclusion for over a decade. Paula’s intention is to provide opportunities for more people to explore and enjoy the wild world within, AND around us. She believes that the tools yoga and time in nature offer are the most effective ways to connect with our own inner wisdom and expand our potential in the world.

Paula holds over 1,000 hours of yoga teacher training certifications and became a certified Yoga Therapist in 2015 through Niroga Institute, which promotes equity through trauma-informed mindfulness practice and education in Oakland, CA. She also holds a Masters Degree in International Agricultural Development from UC-Davis, a certificate in Permaculture Design from the Regenerative Design Institute, and has studied extensively with Joanna Macy in the Work That Reconnects. Paula has been facilitating the Work That Reconnects in various contexts since 2016. She is inspired and driven by the connections between adventure, wilderness travel, the practices of yoga and mindfulness, and the design of sustainable livelihoods. 

Paula is deeply committed to exploring topics of social and environmental justice in the wilderness as well as on and off the yoga mat. She was a part of establishing the Mariposa, CA chapter of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), and offered weekly yoga classes at the Mariposa Heritage House – Drop-In Recovery Support Center through 2018. From 2019-2020, Paula was a Program Specialist at the Esalen Institute, and sat on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee there. She is deeply committed to inquiring; with compassion, honesty and humility, how we can do better to create just, equitable and liberated spaces; within ourselves, in all of our relationships, and within the institutions we are a part of. 

Website: wildawakewellness.com


Dennis Eagan

Outdoor Guide, WildYoga Founder & Lead Trainer

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Dennis Eagan (E-RYT 500, YACEP) is the Director of the Balanced Rock Yoga Alliance-certified WildYoga Advanced Study and Teacher Training Program as well as the instructor for the Balanced Rock Energies of Nature backcountry course.

He became a dedicated sadhaka in 1989 and gradually developed an hour-long home practice under the guidance of Lynne Minton, an Iyengar-style teacher in Anchorage, Alaska. Yoga saved him from back surgery twenty-three years ago and since then it has allowed Dennis to lead a very active life. The positive results in his own body inspired him to learn more about yoga.

After nine years of dedicated practice, Dennis moved to Berkeley, California to pursue yoga studies full time at the Piedmont Yoga Studio, directed by Rodney Yee. He graduated from their 320-hour program in December of 1998 and has been teaching ever since. Dennis spent seven years in Berkeley, teaching 15 classes a week and attending weekly classes with Donald Moyer, the director of the Yoga Room (one of the earliest yoga programs in the country), Tony Briggs, the director of Turtle Island Yoga, and of course Rodney. During that time he experienced a wide range of students from the high-energy vinyasa/ashtanga students at 7th Heaven in Berkeley to wheelchair bound yogis at the Cerebral Palsy Center in Oakland. In addition, he attended many weekend workshops with other top teachers including Ramanad Patel, Tias Little and Richard Freeman. Currently he directs the Advanced Study/Teacher Training Programs at the Yoga & Movement Center in Walnut Creek and the Bo Tree Yoga Studio in Davis.

Dennis has also been a wilderness guide and outdoor educator for over three decades. His guiding experience ranges from the Artic to Baja and from the summit of Denali to the depths of Grand Canyon. Dennis offers workshops and wilderness retreats throughout the west, from Alaska to Mexico. He is a contributor to Prana, the online newsletter of the Green Yoga Association, and is writing a book about the Gulf Coast of Alaska from the perspective of a kayaker.

Website: wildyoga.com
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Jiling Lin

WildYoga Instructor, E-RYT 200, LAc

Jiling’s love of the wild world inspires her work as an acupuncturist, herbalist, and yoga teacher. She empowers thriving health through embodies classes and clinics, specializing in treating pain, trauma, and complex chronic conditions.

Passionate about living life as art, Jiling brings years of outdoor education, improvisational dance, and global adventures to her Earth-centered teachings and practices.

Website: www.jilinglin.com


Dr. Breezy Jackson

Ecologist, WildYoga Lead Trainer and Adventurer

Breezy Jackson (RYT 500, PhD) is a 7th generation Californian whose grandmother took the stage coach into Yosemite Valley to vacation as a girl. Deeply familiar with Sierra Nevada ecology, Breezy completed her doctorate in Ecosystem Ecology. For her dissertation work, she studied how past and present forest fires affect streams and rivers in Yosemite. Breezy began practicing yoga in 2003 to enhance her balance, core strength, and mental acuity as a collegiate rower. Later she studied Iyengar Yoga for five years with Jeri Stewart at the Moscow Yoga Center in Idaho. During this time, Breezy also received a Masters of Science in Leadership in Physical Education and Recreation, worked as a graduate assistant in the Wellness Program at the University of Idaho, and designed and tested an evaluation and assessment tool for group fitness instructors as her culminating thesis. Breezy’s teaching style is vigorous and playful while drawing on a foundation of proprioception and breath awareness. She enjoys spontaneous self-discovery and contemplation enhanced by wilderness travel and simplified living in a stunning landscape. An adventurer, Breezy has worked in Antarctica where she met her husband and volunteered as the Yoga coordinator, as a Fire Lookout in the Cascade Mountains, and as a research scientist in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho. She always looks forward to an adventure of body, mind, and spirit shared among good friends, old and new!


 

Jana Kilgore

Ayurvedic Practitioner, WildYoga Lead Trainer, Chef & Writer

A born seeker, Jana (E-RYT 500, YACEP, CAP) began studying meditation, healing arts, cooking and plant medicine as a kid in Florida and then in the Midwest. After graduating from Michigan State University with a BS in Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Policy she moved to western Washington to teach environmental education, farm and hike. She began practicing yoga to balance the farm work, cooking and hiking and fell in love. In 2002 she completed her first 200 hour YTT with Theresa Elliott at the Yoga Tree in Seattle.

Life took her back to Western Michigan and she taught yoga full time in the Anusara lineage in taught herbal medicine and clinical nutrition at the Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and had a private practice. She apprenticed with her first Ayurvedic teacher Sonam Targee for 3 years in Grand Rapids and at his clinic in Rochester, NY. In 2008 she moved to California to teach yoga and continue her Ayurvedic studies. She completed her Ayurvedic training at Mount Madonna Institute in 2014 and holds certificates from the Ayurvedic Institute, Ayurmamas and East-West Herbal School. During this time she studied and practiced Ashtanga Yoga from Erika Abrahamian, Chuck Miller, and Mojdeh Zahiraleslamzadeh and Shadow Yoga with Scott Blossom and Chandra Eastman. 

After a decade in the Bay Area of California running a wellness center in Silicon Valley and teaching from Santa Cruz to Yosemite she and her husband, Patrick Bremser, moved to Kauai, HI in 2018. She currently teaches yoga at Metamorphose Yoga in Kilauea, gives Ayurvedic treatments, does postpartum support, works with clients online, leads seasonal cleanses, travels to California to teach, hikes, gardens, occasionally surfs, writes and is working on a book for Falcon Guides. 

Website: janakilgore.com


Eliza Kerr

Balanced Rock Co-Founder, WildYoga Instructor & Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist

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Eliza has been living in Yosemite since graduating Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley in Conservation and Resource Studies in 1993. She has been leading people on adventures in the outdoors since 1989, working for NatureBridge (formerly Yosemite Institute), Outward Bound in Colorado and Alaska, Where There Be Dragons in Tibet, and Wild Women Workshops in Alaska and Yosemite. Eliza co-founded Balanced Rock in 2007 and since then has served as an instructor. She has served as both President and Vice President of the Board of Directors.

Eliza first discovered yoga in 1991 while living and studying in Nepal and India for a year. Since then she has been a passionate practitioner, studying a variety of styles including Iyengar, Bikkrim, and Ashtanga with Pattabhi Jois and her primary teacher, Richard Freeman, with whom she has completed two month long teacher trainings, as well as twelve other week-long intensives. Eliza has been teaching a blend of these styles in Yosemite since 1995 with an emphasis on breath, flow and joy. She was certified as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist from the California College of Ayurveda in 2000 and also holds Ayurvedic certificates from the Amercian Institute of Vedic Studies, Rishikesh College of Ayurveda, the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, and the Ayurvedic Institute. She is currently practicing Ayurvedic medicine and offering residential Panchakarma in Yosemite.

Eliza is passionate about making the world a better place through cultivating personal balance and awareness and facilitating others doing the same. For Eliza, connecting with the natural world and yoga have been two powerful forces for growth and peace. In her work she aims to share these experiences so that others may reap the benefits. 

Website: elizakerr.com


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