Francisco Ahumada is a dance instructor at Life in Balance who is always looking to preserve and transmit Mexican traditions and customs.
He has more than ten years experience as a dancer and instructor. . He has worked in theatrical productions such as Viva El Paso, Huapango, Revolucion, Viva Mexico, Ritmos Nortenos just to name a few.
He has participated in Ballet companies such as Aires Internacionales, Ballet Folklorico Quetzales and as a dance instructor in Ballet Folklorico de El Paso.
Mindy Chanson is a dance instructor at Life in Balance. She is an active member of Tumbleweed Dance Collective.
In 2007, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors from UTEP with a BFA in Dance Performance. She was a member of the Mackenzie Rosales Dance and Co. for three years, as well as a member of the Glasbox dance collective, APT Movement and a member of the improvisation group Knee-Jerk. She has taught dance at several studios around town.
Fascinated by movement and rhythm since she was in the womb, she began her classical training when she was two years old. Constantly evolving her dance style and approach, she is always challenging the mental and physical prowess of her eclectic group of performers and students.
Her favorite modes of dance include: Contemporary Dance, Fire Dance, Butoh, Aerial Dance, and Acro-Yoga. She is the proud mother of an exuberant and precocious little girl, named Lily Fae. She also has a beloved red heeler, named Porkpie. Her biggest inspiration is the greatest physical comedian of all time, Buster Keaton.
Life in Balance Yoga and Dance studio in El Paso creates an inviting safe heaven where students and teachers can explore the joy and benefits of Yoga, Dance and Ayurvedic Practices
Our founders, Claudia Giovine and Barbie Valdiviez, and all of our guest instructors are here to help inspire both you and your practice. Since our styles are diverse, we encourage you do come try a variety of classes.
Meet Our team
Owner and Instructor Dance
We are dedicated to creating a calming, healing and creative environment where our students and teachers can express themselves through a variety of styles of Yoga and Dance.
We offer Traditional Hatha and Soft Hatha Yoga as well as Vinyasa Yoga. Our Soft Hatha Yoga classes are meditative, restorative and relaxing and combine the principles of Ayuryoga as created by Vasant Lad. Our Hatha classes improve strength and flexibility. Our Vinyasa classes encompass a rhythmic flow using the breath to transition from pose to pose.
We also offer a broad range of Dance styles geared to different age groups, from Ballet and Contemporary to Folklorico and Flamenco, ages ranging from 4 years old to adulthood.
We also offer consultations on Ayurveda to help you find your true balance
Claudia Giovine Co-owner of Life in Balance and a Registered and Certified Yoga Teacher, RYT200, through the Yoga Alliance. She has been teaching Yoga for the last three years and recently became an Ayuryoga Wellness Consultant. Her love for Yoga began as a means of relieving stress brought on by the demands of her job as an engineer and mother of two. After two years of yoga practice, she found her calling in Ayurveda and she has combined the two practices through her Ayuryoga certification. Yoga is a healing discipline for Claudia and one she feels compelled to share with others.
Owner and Instructor Yoga