Get To Know Our Teachers

Quest for Balance Wellness is staffed by highly trained and professional teachers certified by leading schools. Each teacher demonstrates a commitment to continuing education by attending workshop and training opportunities.

Deanna Burkett

Deanna Burkett

Deanna is a masters-level mental health professional, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, and Kripalu Yoga teacher (200-CYT) with nationally recognized work in mindfulness-based programming. She has been teaching yoga and mindfulness-based interventions since 2007; she currently teaches online with and has a guided meditation channel on the Aura app, called "Mindfulness of Body." Her teaching of yoga and meditation is grounded in mindful awareness of the body, and it is influenced by her own experiences of the insights and healing that a connection to the body can offer.

Deanna works part-time in the Crawfordsville Public Library, volunteers in the Crawfordsville Community Garden, and at SMART Recovery meetings for addictive behaviors in Brownsburg. In November she will begin training in Somatic Experiencing, which is a 3-year, body-focused intervention for healing trauma.

Classes: Yoga for Alignment and Balance, Community Yoga, Awake in the Body: Cultivating Mindful Awareness in Meditation and Daily Life, Insight Dialogue




Jamie Sweet Douglas

Jamie received her 200-hour training to become a registered yoga teacher (RYT200) in August 2016.  Since then she has taught vinyasa-style classes at Quest for Balance studio.  Jamie also developed a chair yoga class for the studio and has led summer and winter Hiking and Yoga classes.

Jamie completed training in the fall of 2016 to become a space holder/leader for the Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR).  She has also completed a Yoga for Seniors Teacher training at Kripalu in May of 2018.

Classes: Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yoga and Hiking

Laurie Hatcher

Laurie Hatcher

Laurie Hatcher, 200CYT, has been a yoga instructor for the last 5 years. Her children introduced her to a style of yoga 6 years ago and she fell in love with the practice and its healing properties. Laurie received her first 200CYT from Sterling Hot Yoga Works in 2014. Since then, she ventured into another 200CYT program to be trained in teaching Vinyasa yoga. Her style of teaching encourages practitioners to challenge their mind and body to be at its best. In her classes you will build strength, flexibility, stability and how to breathe through it all!

Laurie is  currently working on her certification for her 500CYT. This  will allow her to continue to grow in her teaching abilities, which she will share throughout her classes.

Classes: Sunrise Yoga, Yoga for Strength and Mobility, All Levels Vinyasa, Community Yoga


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j Miranda is the studio owner. j teaches a variety of classes and collaborates with other teachers in meaningful ways.  Read more here.

Classes: Reiki all levels, Meditation, Mindful Drumming

Laura Conners

Laura Conners

Artist and co-owner of Split Cedar Studios, Laura Conners has been a yoga practitioner since 1994, and teaching since 2007. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Cityoga of Indianapolis, IN and her 500-hour certification through the Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation Program at Spirit Rock Center of California in 2012. Laura teaches Hatha yoga with an emphasis on mindfulness, a practice that combines breath awareness and movement to increase flexibility and strength, promote greater ease and concentration, and create relaxation and balance in the body and mind.

Classes: Gentle Yoga, Community Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga.

Kim Green

Kimarie Green

Kim Green began her yoga practice with Diane Ault in 2004 and returned to yoga again at Quest for Balance in 2017.  Kim completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Indiana Yoga in Lebanon, IN in October of 2018.  Kim’s practice is strongly influenced by Laura’s gentle and mindful approach and Jeanne’s continuous learning and sharing of innovative ways to move.  “It gets me grinning.  I am delighted to have this opportunity to practice with you at such a warm and inviting studio.  And so many great props!”

Classes: Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Community Yoga


Debi Swinford

Debi Swinford

Debi has practiced yoga for 20 years and taught for 15. Her unique classes are a combination of meditation, breathwork and vinyasa flow, building strength while finding peace, calm and power. She also teaches Pilates, toning, and meditation. Debi is also a Certified Reiki Master.

For 45 years, Debi has been an endurance athlete, completing a host of single and multi-day endurance events including 3 Iron Man triathlons and countless adventure races. Debi resides in Fillmore where she celebrates her two grown children and enjoys being Nanny to her grandchildren. She received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training from CityYoga in 2012 and completed Yin Yoga Teacher Training at Exalt in July, 2019 and is currently working towards her 500 hour certification.

Classes: Yoga for Strength and Mobility, Pilates, Yin Yoga, Meditation/Vinyasa Flow.




Sherry Mou

Sherry Mou is Professor of Modern Languages (Chinese) and Director of East Asian Studies at DePauw University. She has practiced Tai Chi for more than 20 years and is always fond of practicing it with others.

Sherry introduced Tai Chi to the studio this summer and will be hosting a 12 week series beginning in late August.

Class: Tai Chi