Kiersten Mooney owns Bala Vinyasa Yoga, a Baptiste Affiliate Studio and Registered Yoga School located in Naples Florida. She is a Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, an E-RYT and leads an accredited 200-hour yoga teacher-training program annually. She is active with the Africa Yoga Project both as a Mentor and supporter. Because of her continued impact on the Naples community, she has been recognized as an active lululemon Athletica ambassador for two consecutive years. She teaches a weekly complimentary class to students in recovery from substance abuse, and she supports Bala Vinyasa Yoga’s teachers in giving back to the Naples community through a monthly community service leadership program.
Kiersten began practicing yoga in 1996. The depth of the practice and the potent union of physical, emotional, and spiritual empowerment kept her coming back to her mat again and again. Students enjoy her lighthearted perspective, grounded by insights that help sustain them through a powerful practice. Her strong background in physiology enables her to safely and effectively guide her students to their edge while allowing the space to support their growth. Kiersten’s classes gracefully blend self-acceptance and challenge, encouraging students to exceed self-imposed limitations to facilitate physical and spiritual transformation.
“Teaching is a service. I hope that students feel like they’ve been given more than a class, that they’ve been inspired, empowered and received an experience they can take off of their mat and implement into their lives.”
She encourages her students to awaken to their personal power, to be on a mission to create the life that they want to live, and to make an impact in the world.
After graduating with a double BA in Sociology and Exercise Sports Science and Sports Medicine from the University of Miami, Kiersten went on to graduate studies in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition. She has done extensive research in sports-specific training, has been published in the field, and has trained professional athletes. She has been a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer since ’92 and received her Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga teacher certification in 2008.