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
Holly has been practicing yoga since 2011. At first, she found yoga as a way to exercise, but then along her journey she learned that yoga is much, much more than just a way to exercise or being able to touch your toes. Holly earned her Vinyasa Yoga Certification with Balanced Planet Yoga in 2018 as well as her Certification in Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra in 2019 with Jennifer Reis. She also found Thai Massage extremely powerful and got her certification in 2018 with David Roma. She plans on earning her Certification in Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra in 2019. She presently continues her education through workshops and trainings and thinks her next big step will be getting SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard) Yoga certified!
Her teaching reflects exactly who she is. She is a warm, down-to-earth, fun-loving and passionate human being. That mirrors her fun, sweaty vigorous vinyasa flows, feeling fully supported by the earth beneath, while listening to her dharma talks that leave you feeling inspired and motivated and valued. Holly says that as long as her students leave the class feeling full, energized and loved, then she’s done her dharma and that makes her feel amazing.
Holly, also a full-time Graphic Designer, believes that anyone can draw inspiration from anything. Looking, listening, feeling, wondering, communicating, etc.; Finding inspiration can even be found within. All you have to do is get quiet, calm the mind and tune into the breath. Being a creative allows her to teach in a way that inspires students to move their minds and bodies in all different ways, and in ways that allow them to be just as creative and passionate. Holly believes that if you’ve found your way onto your mat that it’s for a reason. And it may be a different reason day-to-day, but listen to the reasoning and stay present and be grateful for the time you spend on your mat, as well as off of your mat.
Being a dedicated yoga student herself, Holly finds herself upside down quite a bit since she has a strong love for inversions. You can always find her in the front of the class working on any inversion like Crow, Koundinyasana or Galavasana (and always with a smile). Don’t be afraid to ask her questions about yoga and life. She’ll always be there for you with listening ears and an open heart.
My yoga journey began in 2018 when I decided it would be fun to test out my dancer flexibility and runner strength in a vinyasa class to get a little workout in. Little did I know that in less than 3 years what started strictly as an asana-based practice would completely transform my physical, emotional, and spiritual being. Yoga quickly integrated into my everyday life. After falling in love with the practice, both on and off the mat, I knew I wanted to share the teachings of yoga with anyone and everyone that I could. I signed up for YTT at BPY, and graduated in October of 2020 from their 200-hour training. I am now excited to continue to teach vinyasa classes to the BPY community, and continue to be a forever student within the practice of yoga.
Cat’s Yoga journey began in 2009 by taking class at an Ashtanga Studio. Shortly thereafter, she began a consistent Bikram Yoga practice. In 2015, after recovering from elbow surgery, Cat began to practice Vinyasa Yoga at Balanced Planet Yoga and embarked upon a new level of discovery. She knew that her next step was to share her experiences of what yoga offers and completed her 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher training at BPY in 2017.
Yoga and Meditation are foundations in Cat’s life, and by interlacing the two, she believes that we can learn to release external distractions, to live in the present moment, and to lead a balanced and centered life.
In addition to being a student and teacher of Yoga and Meditation, Cat is a Mom, wife and works full time as the Sr. Manager of Mobility for a Law Firm based out of Philadelphia.
- 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
- 300 Hour Elevate Your Leadership Yoga Teacher Training
- 100 Hour Level 1 Baptiste Teacher Training
- 20 Hour Baptiste Social Impact Training
- 40 Hour Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra
- 30 Hour YBarre Teacher Training
- 50 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training
- Reiki First Degree
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.”
Yoga is a passion that has changed my view of this life and has helped me to get in touch with the flow of my spirit. Over the past 20 years, I have practiced Yoga and found profound joy and love for self. This experience moved me to become a Yoga teacher, so I attended BPY’s 200 hour YTT 2020 and have the honor of leading a healing vinyasa class on Tuesday afternoons. In addition, I am a reiki practitioner, certified teacher of Yin Yoga, Tantric Numerology, and Intuitive Tarot readings. Yoga philosophy and lifestyle have affected this life with such a powerful force, that I want to share and spread that satisfaction in the evolution of spirit. Yoga is a place for Any and Every Body, and every soul; the journey is your personal magic to discover. During the day, I am a Special Education teacher, and love it immensely. My love of working this body, found me running many miles in both full and half marathons, as well as swimming, hiking and aerobics; (yep, aerobics!). This community has supported my evolution and growth and I am humbled and thankful for this loving support.
Kathleen started practicing yoga in her early 20’s with her mom. As her interest in yoga grew, she began practicing more and more, usually at home watching YouTube videos. Kathleen soon realized that yoga was much more than just a workout she enjoyed – it made her feel better, both physically and mentally. 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 Balanced Planet Yoga’s inaugural YTT in 2017. She has since completed her 200-hour vinyasa yoga teacher training, 50-hour yin yoga training, and 14-hour ybarre training.
Jaime has many passions and one of those passions is helping children. She has been a Special Education Teacher in Marlton, NJ for the past 18 years and plans to continue this path for years to come. Jaime has also been involved in the fitness world for many years. She was a cycling instructor at multiple gyms and loves to motivate people!
Jaime is a graduate of Balanced Planet Yoga’s 200 HR YTT Program. Jaime has practiced yoga on and off for a few years at different studios and gyms. After discovering BPY, she quickly fell in love and wanted to make this haven her home. “Yoga, both on and off the mat, has truly helped me to grow physically, mentally, and emotionally. It has propelled my inner light to shine. I would love to share this light with the BPY community!!”
Terry is a 200hr yoga instructor certified in Vinyasa as well as Restorative and Trauma informed yoga. She is also a Level Three Reiki practitioner.
Through meditation and these practices, she has been able to find strength, flexibility and balance in her body along with a sense of peace, personal enrichment and healing in her life.
Her classes will allow you to move through a highly accessible flow with effort and ease to enhance your flexibility, relieve stress and calm the mind.
Amanda found the yogic path while obtaining her bachelor of science in community health and running Division 1 cross country for Florida Gulf Coast University. What was thought to be a foot injury due to overuse ended up being an anatomical discovery of an extra bone in her foot-ending her running career and truly beginning her yoga journey.
Amanda’s first experience at Balanced Planet Yoga was a Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra class in 2018. The studio instantly provided her with a feeling of coming hOMe, and become a safe space for her to heal and find her strong. Amanda chose BPY to study the ancient wisdom of yoga for her 200 hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, as the studio’s aesthetic, mission, and vision, truly aligns with her own passion of sustainability and helping her community through earth care, people care, and fair share.
She is excited to teach BPY Basics on Sundays at 4pm and welcomes all people to join in, ground down, root, and rise with her. Amanda truly believes yoga is for everyone!
Ilana’s interest in yoga was piqued as a young child, as she watched her mother do yoga off of VCR tapes. Throughout high school and college she practiced on and off but then dove deep into yoga by attending BPY’s 200 hour YTT. She just graduated in June of 2021, and jumped right into BPY’s 50 hour Yin YTT, graduating in July of 2021. Ilana loves teaching a powerful vinyasa flow combined with juicy stretches. Keep an eye out for themed classes and workshops on topics such as tarot, chakras, and more!
Bri has been rooted in the foundations of yoga and the community ever since she started working at lululemon Sagemore. After dabbling in plenty of different yoga studios, classes and workshops, she received her 200 hour yoga certification through BPY in 2018 and has evolved her practice ever since. When Bri isn’t doing yoga, you can find her working on her strength training, cycling, or exploring nature via hikes. With a deep desire to inspire people to achieve their goals, and a natural skill of connection, she brings together her students through movement that is accessible to all. Bri is forever seeking balance and finds true comfort on the four corners of her mat. Yoga isn’t just about the movement for her, it’s about the healing you can do when you slow down, listen to your body, and give it the stretching it so deserves to perform at it’s best.
After leaving the world of a touring punk rock band, Bob stumbled through the next several years of his life consumed with anger & a feeling of being lost. He thought that his anger and outrage was actually a sign of strength and that it was an inherent weakness to express any love or compassion. He found himself spending a lot of time in the gym…but feeling horrible. His body was stiff and he could barely touch his toes.
Bob had heard about the benefits of yoga and thought, “Well, maybe I can learn some cool handstands and sick arm balances, too” Not long after he enrolled in a 200-hour training, followed by a cultural immersion, training and pilgrimage in India and became completely immersed in Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of love and devotion. Bhakti cracked him open and led him to see that there is so much in our world to be grateful for, but only if we can take ourselves out of the center of everything.
Bhakti taught Bob that real strength is not defined by just physical power or mental discipline. Real strength is defined as a willingness to risk our own vulnerability to find the good in everyone; a willingness to love others regardless of their shortcomings or our own. This is the strength he passes on to his students. Whether its loving yourself through the courage to risk falling out of an arm balance or showing compassion and understanding to someone who has a completely opposite opinion from your own, the ability to reach a truly fulfilled life starts with love…and every soul has that capability. We just need to move through our own obstacles to find it.
Savanna began practicing yoga over 7 years ago and immediately fell in love with the physical benefits. She practiced often and loved exploring all different styles. During a time in her life of loss and brokenness, Savanna found that yoga was more than just a physical practice, but also mental and spiritual. Yoga helped her find peace, re-center, and be patient during a time of waiting. At the recommendation of one of her favorite yoga teachers, Savanna immersed herself in a 200 hr Vinyasa training at Balanced Planet Yoga in 2021. Now she is so excited to share with others all that Yoga has to offer. Her classes are focused on breath to movement including some playfulness and challenges. Classes are always finished with a few moments for her yogis to relax and recenter.
As a lover of all thing’s fitness & movement related, it came as no surprise to Spencer when he fell in love with the asana side of Yoga… Even if it did take months of a friend asking for him to finally take his first class. A little while after diving deep into his physical practice, Spencer started to feel a nudge to go inward. That’s when he decided to take BPY’s 200hr YTT to deepen his understanding of yoga, leaving him a graduate in June 2021. He can’t wait to share all he’s learned over the years and all the knowledge he was gifted during YTT while he guides you on your mats. Spencer’s classes will be Strong Vinyasa but will be geared for all levels. He can’t wait to flow with you!
Chloë is a graduate of BPY’s 2020 Two Hundred Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training. She has been practicing yoga regularly for 3 years. She teaches vinyasa yoga and can’t wait to meet you on the mat!