Meet the Team
Cheryl Van Sciver
Cheryl Van Sciver co-founded Balanced Planet Yoga with a belief yoga is for everyone and the goal of creating a safe space where people could peel off their labels and conditioning and reconnect with themselves. She believes passionately in the benefits of yoga from the physical to the metaphysical and knows firsthand this cannot be taught or learned in any book. Yoga is a direct experience – a process of self-investigation. While a seemingly solitary endeavor, it is one that leads to the realization we are all so very connected. To walk into the studio and see her students sharing, laughing, and holding space is a great joy and provides the inspiration to expanding BPY’s offerings with Kate.
She has been practicing yoga for decades and in many styles, initially coming to yoga for its physical benefits. However, after committing to a regular practice, Cheryl began to incorporate yoga philosophy, meditation, ayurveda and other yogic teachings into her daily life and has seen firsthand the benefits this work brings. Peace of mind, physical healing, and a sense connection have all been part of her journey.
Cheryl is an E-RYT® 200, YACEP® Yoga Alliance teacher. She earned her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate from the Bhakti Yoga South Jersey, a Yoga Alliance Certified School. Cheryl has also completed additional training at Budokon University in Miami, Florida with Cameron Shayne, and is certified Budokon Yoga teacher. Cheryl also has attended Budokon Academy and earned her Budokon Red Belt. She is further certified to teach Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra by Jennifer Reis and is a certified meditation teacher by Paul Jerard, Jr. Additionally, Cheryl is Reiki I certified. A life-long learner, Cheryl believes self-study and continuing education is a mandatory obligation of every yoga teacher.
Cheryl’s formal educational background is in Health Sciences, Business Management, and she also has a Masters in Business Administration. Cheryl is a life-long South Jersey resident and proud mother and grandmother. A strong believer in community service, Cheryl is the recipient of the prestigious NJ Commendation Medal for her volunteer efforts on behalf of military families. South Jersey Magazine also named her a South Jersey Superwoman.
- 200 HOUR VINYASA YOGA
- 60 HOUR VIPASSANA MEDITATION
- 50 HOUR BUDOKON YOGA
- BUDOKON RED BELT
- 40 HOUR DIVINE SLEEP YOGA NIDRA
- REIKI LEVEL 1 CERTIFIED
Owner / Yoga Instructor
Kate’s fascination + journey with yoga began in 2010. What started as a purely physical practice quickly evolved into a deep dive into the spiritual realm of ancient yogic wisdom.
Kate spent her first few years of teaching focusing on the aspect of asana while using her own personal practice to play with the more subtle sensations of the spiritual elements found in yoga. In 2015, BPY was born and she felt called to step up as a leader + teach beyond the movements on the mat. In 2016, Kate was diagnosed with thyroid cancer which brought her physical practice to a rapid halt as she spent roughly 2 years recovering. In that time Kate was unknowingly blessed with the inability for movement which became a catalyst for who she is today, what she teaches, + how she teaches it.
Kate firmly believes that yoga can be found in all things, all conversations, and all of life’s experiences. Because of this, her teaching style weaves the ways of the modern day world back to the sacred text of yoga, making it applicable to today’s turbulent times both spiritually/physically/emotionally.
“My goal has always been to create a safe space for people to unfurl + unwind. It is important to teach students how to give themselves permission to press pause and have a genuine healing experience – wherever, and whenever. My roll as a teacher to is to remind students that they have access to all the tools + techniques within themselves that will unlock the magic and mysticism of being a human on this earth.”
- 300 HOUR UPLIFTED YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
- 200 HOUR HOT VINYASA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
- 200 HOUR LEVEL 1 KUNDALINI YOGA
- 200 HOUR UPLIFTED YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
- 50 HOUR BUDOKON PRIMARY SERIES
- 50 HOUR YIN YOGA WITH BERNIE CLARK
- 40 HOUR DIVINE SLEEP YOGA NIDRA
- 20 HOUR SELF-MYOFASCIAL RELEASE TRAINING
- 20 HOUR ANCRESTRAL HEALING TRAINING
- REIKI LEVEL 1 CERTIFIED
SPECIALTY CERTIFICATIONS + OFFERINGS
- CACAO CIRCLES
- PERUVIAN PLANT MEDICINE RETREAT
- TANTRIC NUMEROLOGY TRAINING
- TAROT CARD TRAININGS
- AURA READINGS
- GONG BATHS
Jenna’s philosophy about fitness revolves around the singular concept that every person is a unique individual. She has found that there is just no one size, fits all model that is capable of addressing her client’s goals, likes, dislikes, and motivation style. Just as her own personal fitness journey has had successes and failures, Jenna’s clients also come to her with these same stories. Part of Jenna’s ability to form lasting relationships with her clients is her ability to really hear what her clients are saying and craft a fitness plan that puts them on the path to their vision of health and wellness.
Jenna’s training style has developed through a mix of education, former military service, life experience, and focusing on the types of movement she is passionate about. She has found that by combining what she loves about yoga with the functional aspects of strength and conditioning, she has discovered a blend of movements that not only maximizes results, but does it in a way that reduces the risk of injury and enhances everyday life activities. This makes Jenna’s approach accessible to all levels and all ages.
Jenna holds her Personal Training Certificate through the American Counsel on Exercise (ACE) and a Functional Training Certificate from Perform Better. She is Certified through Balanced Planet Yoga to teach YBarre and Yoga Sculpt classes and will complete her Yoga Teacher Training with Balanced Planet Yoga this winter.
Eric has proudly supported Kate’s dream of Balanced Planet Yoga from the start. He sat right by Kate & Cheryl putting together Ikea furniture and making sure to keep Cheryl’s kids fed. His positivity and support are a big part of BPY’s success. So it was only natural, when he made the decision to become a yoga teacher. As a life-long believer in the benefits of fitness, Eric brings a unique perspective to the practice of yoga; and oh those abdominal workouts! Eric teaches BPY Flow and BPY Flow RED classes at the studio.
Wendy Berrevoets has been practicing yoga since she started massage training in 2002. She has experienced the healing of yoga not only physically but emotionally and spiritually. Wendy received her 200 hour Barkan teacher training in July of 2002 and 200 hour Bhakti teacher training in July of 2014. She also completed her 50 hour Budokon Yoga Teacher Training. She is a licensed massage therapist and certified massage instructor specializing in anatomy and physiology. Wendy has a true passion for teaching what she loves to do, helping others grow physically and spiritually. Wendy is the lead instructor for Anatomy for Balanced Planet’s Yoga Teacher Training program.
Holly graduated from BPY’s 200 YTT and has been on our schedule ever since. She teaches a variety of classes at the studio – from a power vinyasa and inversions class to slow flow and beginners. She also regularly hosts super fun workshops – teaching our tribe how to make dream catchers and malas.
Yoga Instructor/Reiki Master
Kelly believes that we can heal our hearts, minds, and bodies through the power of nature. Her path to yoga initially started with her own self-healing work through Reiki for two years. The effects were so powerful that she later became a Reiki practitioner and energy worker herself, studying with shamans in North and South America to learn how ceremonial plant medicine, essential oils, flower essences, precious stones, and other natural healing modalities can transform our physical and mental health. Later, she expanded this energy work into a physical yoga practice with her sister Kate (co-owner of BPY) and was one of the first graduates of BPY’s 200h Vinyasa Teacher Training. Kelly is passionate about working with yogis who are interested in taking their physical practice to new spiritual levels. Her hope is to create transcendent experiences for her students that bring Reiki, guided meditation and sound healing into class to help yogis access higher states of being. Her future goals include becoming certified in Kundalini and Nidra, as well as learning to play the harmonium.
Melinda was introduced to yoga at the gym in 2012 and it quickly became a part of her exercise routine. As her practice developed, yoga moved beyond just a gym exercise and became more of an exploration on and off the mat. After taking classes with several Balanced Planet Yoga instructors, Melinda felt it was time to expand her knowledge of yoga philosophy and strengthen her personal practice. When she heard that BPY was offering their first Yoga Teacher Training she knew immediately that it was the right place and time to become a yoga instructor. She received her 200-hour vinyasa yoga teacher certification in July 2017 and can’t say enough good things about Kate and Cheryl’s program and instruction. Off the mat, Melinda is a school librarian and keeping with the stereotype really loves her two cats. Melinda also loves to read and will gladly provide book suggestions. Melinda and her husband, Phil, are both natives of South Jersey and enjoy traveling. Their greatest adventure was a 10 week, 14,000 mile road trip across the U.S. in a 1991 VW Vanagon.
Carolina regularly teaches BPY’s Thursday night Happy Hour slot. She is a graduate of the studio’s 200 HR YTT program. We love her calming presence and empowering classes.
Kathleen started practicing yoga in her early 20’s with her mom. As her interest in yoga grew, she began practicing more and more, but her practice was usually at home watching YouTube videos. After a brief stint with Bikram yoga, she found her flow with vinyasa. It was then that Kathleen realized that yoga was much more than just a workout she enjoyed – it made her happier and less stressed. She wanted to share her love of yoga with all of her friends and family, so she decided to take her yoga practice further by enrolling in a yoga teacher training. She completed her 200-hour vinyasa yoga teacher training at Balanced Planet Yoga’s inaugural YTT in Spring/Summer 2017. Kathleen loves traveling – particularly to anywhere where there’s a beach or an ocean – and is excited to see where yoga will take her.
Kait Reeves is a graduate of BPY’s 200 Hour YTT program. We knew from the second she taught her very first yoga class, she was going to be a beloved teacher at Balanced Planet – and we were so right! Kait exudes love and infuses her classes with this magic ingredient. Join her regularly each and every Tuesday at 6:45 pm for her signature Vin to Yin classes.
Bob Healey is a graduate of Balanced Planet Yoga’s 200 HR YTT Program. He has sought to expand his knowledge of yoga and its philosophies through additional trainings such as Yin Yoga. He teaches our Wednesday night Happy Hour slot, and you will find him also subbing our Sunday night Yin classes among other things. We are grateful for the unique perspective he brings to our BPY tribe!
Bri is a BPY 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training program. She is a powerhouse – both in the studio and out, and we love the energy she brings into our BPY hOMe. You can find Bri hosting our Sunday 4 pm BPY Basics.
Stacey has been working as a yoga instructor 2017 to present. She has coach 4 Power Yoga Teacher Trainings and continues to be an enthusiast of both a personal practice as well as aiding others in growing physically and educationally. Stepping into her new role as an instructor at Balanced Planet Yoga her background includes gentle yoga, yin, guided meditation and heated vinyasa class. Stacey enjoys collaborating with other instructors to create blissed out experiences like Handstand Workshops, Arm Balance and other Inversion workshops. She enjoys theming to sequences, as well as, weaving the chakras, and “myths” of the asanas into classes too.
Catch her on her mat, she’s been a yogi practitioner for well over a decade. She loves to practice with her students, but her true passion lies in helping a new student find their edge. “Yoga has offered me the opportunity to knock down doors that I never thought possible! I am the strongest physically, more so than ever before, and the mental clarity that yoga has to offer has lead me to live a life of peace and tranquility. That in turn, I wish to give back to my students.”