About Us

Our Story

Since 2006, Balance has offered a clean, quiet oasis where students can practice finding their center and connecting to their core.

Our classes at Balance range from private to group, and our focus is on individualized attention so we always limit their size.  Daily from the end of June through Labor Day, the idyllic Cove Beach provides a stunning backdrop for yoga – the ultimate way to start every morning. Throughout the year we offer both local and international retreats, events, and workshops – including our popular yoga teacher training series.

Our massage therapists are trained in all modalities such as Relaxing Swedish, Therapeutic, and Thai Yoga Massage to help relieve tension from your body, instilling an overall sense of wellness.

At Balance, we are committed to serving our students by helping them to restore their optimal equilibrium of mind, body and spirit – creating a happier and healthier community in Cape May and beyond.  We do this by providing a clean, safe, healing environment in which our students can practice and learn from knowledgeable, caring instructors.  We welcome you to join us on this journey.

Meet the Team

Judy Heany

Owner, Pilates & Yoga Instructor, & Licensed Massage Therapist

Moving fluidly,
without pain is a birthright that the stress of daily life can hinder. A solid, committed practice of Pilates & Yoga is a gift to bring back confidence, grace, peace and strength to bodies and minds. Master Pilates & Yoga Instructor, Judy Heany, guides students through classes and trainings to harness their inner strength, in a safe, effective and fun way.

Judy has sought, over the last two decades, the highest levels of  training from the most reputable teachers possible. A Philadelphia native, Judy originally studied with “Best of Philly” alums David Newman from Yoga on Main and Janine Galati at Alternative Health   and Fitness in 2000-2001 before heading to the Caribbean for four years.  During her time in the islands, Judy was the resident instructor for Pilates and Yoga at both The Self Centre at Caneel Bay in St. John and the Ritz Carlton in St. Thomas.

Since her return to the US in 2005, Judy completed Comprehensive Pilates training with Carol Beringer at Pilates & More in Wayne, PA and deepened her Pilates knowledge about adaptations and modifications for scoliosis and osteoporosis from Master Instructors, Michele Larsson and Karena Teck Lineback, and Rebekah Rotstein. She is also one of the only Pilates Method Alliance Certified Instructors in South Jersey. In 2014, Judy became faculty of the Balanced Body Pilates Instructor Training Program.

In 2018, Judy became one of the few certified Scolio-Pilates Practitioners upon her completion of mentorship with Karena Teck creator of Scolio-Pilates. Having scoliosis herself,  Judy is no stranger to the challenges a twisted and crooked spine can present and is excited to share what she has learned with the students at Balance and beyond.

Judy advanced her Yoga training as well since her return to the states.  After meeting Sadie Nardini seven years ago, Judy trained and hosted her mentor many times and is currently one of the few Master Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga Instructors & Yoga Shred Teacher Trainers on the East Coast.  She’s had the opportunity to study at intensives with Judith Hanson Lasater, Shiva Rea, Doug Swenson, Simon Park, and Dharma Mittra. She is one of the only Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 Instructors in the area allowing Judy to offer a 200 Hour RYT Yoga Teacher Training Program and Yoga Shred Instructor Trainings at her home studio in Cape May @ Balance.

In 2016,  Judy graduated from the Barberio School of Massage in Linwood and began offering Relaxing, Therapeutic and Thai Yoga Massage.  She has completed over 100 hours of training in Thai massage with teachers Michael Buck and Rose Griscom prior to this comprehensive training.

In 2018, Judy was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy followed by radiation this June. Judy  is grateful for the support and outpouring of love and kindness the community has shown to her.  Many students, friends, and relatives have contributed to keeping the doors of the studio open while she battles this disease. If you would like to help as well, please click here.

Judy celebrates Balance Studio’s 14th season of practice and teaching in Cape May this year. She continues to provide the safest and most effective training in Pilates & Yoga for the community. Her vision for Balance is to hold space for students near and far to experience true and deep transformation and empowerment from the inside out.

Marggi Vangeli

PMA Certified Pilates Instructor

Marggi is the owner of Bodies in Balance in Madison, NJ and has been practicing Pilates since 1978. After a 20-year career in the music industry, injury and stress led her to the full-time study of Pilates. This studyled to the comprehensive training program at Power Pilates, which she completed in 1999. She received her Pilates Method Alliance certification in 2007 and formerly served on its Board of Directors. The desire to continually improve her knowledge and teaching abilities has been augmented by studies with Deborah Lessen, Michele Larsson, Pat Guyton, Phoebe Higgins, Blossom Crawford (pictured here) and the anatomist, Irene Dowd.

Georgia Martinez

Yoga Instructor