The TriBalance yoga method is a form of hot yoga that incorporates aspects of several styles, including Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Yin Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga. The style emphasizes the mind-body-spirit union and the action meditation. A concept behind the TriBalance method is the self-discipline and modernization of an ancient tradition. One aspect of early yoga was like a martial art, which warriors would practice to be strong and flexible for battles. Another is Tapas, which is a Sanskrit word that literally translates into heat. In yogic discipline, it means ecstasy, burning negativity on the path to enlightenment. It is an egalitarian yoga method that focuses on posture modifications and the use of props, designed to help students gradually become strong enough to perform the complete posture on their own. It focuses on mindfulness and action-meditation. From the moment they enter the room until they leave, students are encouraged to observe the silence between classes to calm their minds. Finally, the TriBalance method focuses on helping students discover their practice, rather than teaching them.
Although TriBalance yoga is hot yoga, it differs from Bikram in many ways.
Corey Kelly and Shawnda Falvo opened Yoga TriBalance in 2007. Kelly worked as a personal trainer for 10 years, in addition to training in martial arts, before discovering yoga. He then did an intensive one-year study with yoga instructor Shiva Kumar Madayya, the world-class yoga champion who has won numerous competitions in India. There, he was first introduced to Iyengar and therapeutic yoga. Kelly trained at Bikram, but was not completely satisfied with the sequence and the monologue. He was inspired by class and conversations with Mac McHugh at Niyama Yoga, Gabriel Halpern of Yoga Circle and Paul Grilley of Yin Yoga. He determined that heat is a benefit, but there could be a lot of hot yoga styles. He progressively created the TriBalance method, integrating different aspects of his yoga practices with his experience as a personal trainer and his experience with sports injuries. He and his partner Shawnda lead the first TriBalance studio in Schaumburg, IL.