Joyce McMiken set up the company in 2007 to share her passion for yoga and therapies. She has been practising ashtanga yoga daily since 2001 and first visited the home of Ashtanga yoga (KPJAYI in Mysore, India) in January 2008 and returns annually to practise with her teacher, R. Sharath Jois, who authorised her to teach in 2014. She also holds an accreditation from the British Wheel of Yoga and is an advanced R&R Restorative Yoga Teacher
Joyce teaches Ashtanga yoga according to the traditional method (Mysore self-practice and led Sanskrit counted classes). She also teaches slow, alignment focused Vinyasa classes, and Restorative and Meditation classes designed to enable people to relax and create a peaceful state of mind.
Since 2010 Joyce has also studied with Alaric Newcombe and brings the alignment principles of his teaching into her practice and teaching. She has been encouraged by visiting teachers such as Richard Freeman, Judith Hanson Lasater and Rod Stryker.
Before teaching yoga Joyce qualified in Holistic Massage, Reflexology and Indian Head Massage in 2003. She went on to study deep tissue massage in 2004 and obtained a certificate in Ayurvedic Massage in India in 2005. In 2007 she studied Maternity Reflexology with the highly regarded Susanne Enzer and fell in love with the treatment. In 2010/2011, having received a number of treatments from the infamous 'three sisters' in Mysore, India, she completed a training in Chavutti Thirumal Massage - a deep tissue massage using the feet to massage the body. Most recently she trained in Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, a deep tissue massage with yoga based stretches, this has become the main focus of her bodywork.
Joyce has a BA (hons) in Communication Studies. Prior to setting up Find the Balance she advised companies going through change on the best way to communicate internally; constantly striving to find a balance between working in the City, her holistic business and her own spiritual practice. She believes that it is important to find the balance in all aspects of your life and taking care of your body and your mind is an essential aspect of this.
Marcos Rodriguez is Authorised by KPJAYI to teach Ashtanga Yoga after receiving Sharath’s blessing in 2014.
Marcos holds a 500 hours accreditation from Yoga Alliance.
His first contact with Yoga and meditation was in 2003. In 2006 Marcos happened to walk into a Mysore style class and since then he has been fully devoted to practise the system. In December 2008, after the recommendation of his teacher he made his first trip to Mysore, India to study with Sharath Rangaswamy at KPJAYI. He continues to make annual trips to KPJAYI to deepen his practice, his understanding of the Vinyasa system and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
Marcos is constantly amazed by the power of this method and its potential to transform one’s life through devotional daily practice. He feels deep gratitude towards his teachers.