Meet Michelle Ball Yoga

Meet Michelle Ball Yoga

Tell us about Michelle Ball Yoga and why you started it. I decided to pursue a yoga certification during the height of the pandemic. After completing my certification, I wanted to share this practice with others knowing how much it had helped me, both physically and mentally. Once we were able to connect socially again, a friend of the family approached because she had heard I taught yoga. That was the beginning! A few of us began to meet outdoors at beaches and parks in Marblehead and it became a consistent weekly meet up.

After sharing this practice with both adults and kids, I see the positive effect it has on people after they finish a class. I think some people may be intimidated or hesitant to take a class due to being unfamiliar with poses and challenging movements and the stillness behind it. My goal in starting Michelle Ball Yoga was, and still is, to make yoga accessible for all by giving modifications and adjustments to meet yourself exactly where you are. The benefits are endless for building strength, flexibility, and calm; while creating mindful movement.

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? The best business advice I’ve received is “Fake it till you make it” (I’m joking!). It’s important to find your niche and be the authentic best version of yourself. The people who need what you have to offer will come your way.  

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? I have many, but my favorite spot in Marblehead is Preston Beach. We moved here 7 years ago, and Preston has so many memories for me whether it has been family walks throughout the year, special time with our dog, or just enjoying a wonderful summer day on the beach. This has and continues to be a special spot where I teach yoga too!

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? Something people would be surprised to learn about me is that I was a professional dancer/performer for twelve years prior to having my children. Both my husband and I have traveled around the world performing. I still teach dance on a weekly basis, at a studio in the Northshore area, to all ages. Dance is still a large part of my life.  

Michelle Ball Yoga
Owner: Michelle Ball

Meet Holly Shuman Acupuncture

Meet Holly Shuman Acupuncture

Tell us about Holly Shuman Acupuncture and why you started it. Holly Shuman Acupuncture is a boutique style practice that focuses on Women’s Health with a particular interest in fertility. I started as a general practitioner treating a variety of conditions ~ like pain, insomnia & digestive health for instance ~ but the demand for fertility support was so great I decided to specialize in helping families from preconception to postpartum. I adore Marblehead and was thrilled to relocate my Boston practice closer to home. As the pandemic continued on longer than anticipated, it was the perfect time to introduce myself to a new community.  

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? My mentor encouraged me to “bring my whole, most authentic self” to my work. She also told me to listen without judgment and remain approachable to foster connections with patients. With clinical experience, I witness the best results with patients who feel my genuine compassion for them.

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? I have a few but I really love to sit by the water at Little Harbor. It’s the sweetest little inlet with gorgeous lighting on a late summer afternoon. It’s even better with a lobster roll!

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? Prior to practicing acupuncture, I co-created, owned & operated award winning restaurants in Brookline and Natick. After 24 years in the food business,  I was ready for a new lifetime pathway. 

Holly Shuman Acupuncture
Owner: Holly Shuman
118 Pleasant St, Suite 22A

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