Ahoo first came to the mat in her teens. She learned off of following VHS tapes on the television. It wasn't until her early 20's that she started joining studios, one of her first being Bikram Yoga Decatur. It was here that she became hooked. She continued her practice as she started moving around to DC and finally overseas, where she stayed for ten years.
She first became certified in 2008, which was quickly followed by another certification in kids yoga in 2009. In 2014 she joined the Peachtree Yoga Center's training and in 2015 a Restorative Teacher Training, led by Sudha Carolyn Lundeen, at Kripalu. She is also a Trauma Sensitive Yoga instructor, trained under David Emerson of the JRI in Massachusetts. She has worked under Kripalu senior instructors and Shamans in meditation, mindfulness and energy work. Currently, she is obtaining her Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction certification through the Atlanta Mindfulness Institute. And, is obtaining her 1000 hour yoga certification through Kripalu School of Yoga and Ayurveda.
Her focus is on the healing and transformative qualities of yoga, and she brings these into each of her classes. Her classes are a "no touch" policy, meaning she will not provide assists, to respect your personal space and boundaries.
I have dedicated myself to the practice, study, and teachings of yoga since discovering its joys and benefits in 1999. Throughout my journey, my love of yoga has meandered, strengthened, and deepened. I am trained in aligned-based yoga; however I enjoy practicing and teaching various types of yoga, including vinyasa flow, hatha, yin and restorative. In addition to completing my 200 hours of yoga teacher training; I have also completed 60+ hours in trauma- sensitive yoga teacher training. The basis of my teaching philosophy is that yoga is a process of self- discovery and varies from person to person. Yoga will meet you wherever you are in your particular life’s journey. I use the components of pranayama, asana, and meditation to promote the union and balance of the emotional, mental, and physical. I strive to create a class environment that allows everyone to feel safe to explore their level of self-awareness and to dive beneath the surface and connect with the core of their being. My classes are accessible to beginners and challenge intermediate students.
“Practice and all is coming”- Pattabhi Jois
Fatameh has been practicing and incorporating yoga into her life for the past 7 years. Inspired by the transformational benefits it brought to her both physically and spiritually, she decided to teach the practice to others. Since, she has received her 200-hour RYT certification through the LifePower Yoga Teacher Training.
Fatameh strives to provide all levels of intensity and creative flows for her classes to all student levels. Her goal is to offer her students the opportunity to deepen the mind, body, and soul connection through breath in both movement and in stillness; a skill that can be used beyond the mat. Coming from the corporate world and balancing work with a family, she acknowledges the positive impact yoga can provide to everyone. She believes a regular yoga practice can lead anyone on a profound journey of complete awareness.
Marie developed a steady yoga practice in 2006 to aid in the healing of previous injuries and to supplement her heavy running. While the physical healing properties were a major plus, what kept Marie coming back were the meditative qualities of a regular yoga practice. It was in the studio that she felt the most present and centered and was able to carry some of this with her off of the mat and into her day job as a Marketing Manager in the corporate world. In 2014 Marie felt a dramatic shift internally and suddenly the spiritual, emotional and physical effects of yoga were beyond profound. So profound that she chose to quit her job in the corporate world and pursue a role sharing with others what she feels very strongly is not a hobby, but a way of life and completed her 200 hour RYT in 2015 with John Merideth. On the mat and as a teacher, Marie strikes a balance between pushing both herself and her students past their self imposed limitations as well as maintaining a playful and lighthearted attitude.
Outside of the studio, Marie is involved with various local nonprofit organizations. As an Atlanta native, she feels strongly about giving back to her community where she is able. Marie can also be found riding bikes with her husband, hiking with her 2 dogs Charlie & George, frolicking in the park, etc. Pretty much anything outdoors related rain or shine will speak to her soul.
In her personal journey to find that place of inner stillness, Jesse returned again and again to her Yoga mat. That yearning for peace finally led her into teacher training. Now, she hopes to assist others in their journey and discovery of peace in mind, body, and spirit.
Jesse is passionate about making Yoga accessible to all levels, especially to athletes. She knows well the drive for performance, but has experienced the bliss of proper recovery, the nourishment provided by spending time on the mat. In a light-hearted, compassionate way, her teaching blends these energies.
"Undying, untouched by fire or the storms of life, there is a place inside where stillness and abiding peace reside. You can ride the breath to go there." Danna Faulds
Health and fitness has always been a part of my life and has taken me on a journey to where I am now, which is a very grateful yogi. I began as a Group Fitness Instructor while in college in New York. I continued teaching GF classes when I moved to Georgia. I started a Personal Training business the early years of my marriage until the birth of my second child in 2001. With two small children and a mind that wouldn't quit, I began practicing yoga. I loved how it felt in my body and I loved how it could still my mind, if only for a short time.
In 2004 I began teaching yoga at the gym I worked at. My formal yoga training began about the same time, however 200 hour certifications were few and not easily accessible at that time. I first earned 200 hours in Baptiste Power Yoga. Power Yoga opened the door and a desire to learn more about the essence of yoga. I next studied Ashtanga earning another 200 hour certification. While learning much at each training, something was missing. My practices felt incomplete. In 2013 I was introduced to Universal Yoga and my teacher Jessie Fletcher. The missing pieces of the puzzle started coming together. My practices jumped to a whole new level, physical and beyond. Universal Yoga has taught me the authentic essence and science of eastern Himalayan yoga. It has brought balance to my physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies.
In 2015 I trained with Jessie Fletcher and Dorje Yoga certifying another 200 hours. Dorje Yoga training was followed by Universal Yoga training with Universal Yoga Master Andrey Lappa earning the title of Certified Universal Yoga Teacher. By the end of 2016I will have earned 300 hour certification in Universal Yoga.
Teaching is my passion. I know yoga has the power to heal any body on every level of their being. A willing spirit and open mind are all that is required to begin the transformation.
When the student is ready, I will be present. Namaste~
Reg is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran with extensive experience teaching, mentoring, coaching, and developing leaders. Staying fit and competing in athletics has always been a big part of Reg’s life. Realizing he could not compete at the same level as when he was younger, Reg began seeking alternatives for staying in top physical shape. He was first introduced to yoga 10 years ago by a close friend and fellow yoga instructor, Jeff Geidner. Reg candidly admits that he found many of the asanas (postures) very difficult but knew this was a sign that he needed it. After practicing for several months, he quickly began to notice the tremendous physical, mental, and emotional benefits a regular yoga practice brings.
Reg became certified to teach by the Yoga Alliance after completing the RYT200 yoga teacher training program at Peachtree Yoga Center, Atlanta, GA. He enjoys traditional Hatha, Vinyasa, Power Flow, and Ashtanga based yoga styles. Reg has a strong passion for improving the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual fitness of his students, and for educating and coaching them to achieve their full potential in life. He has a Master's Degree in Training and Organizational Development from N.C. State University and currently works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Reg is married and has two grown children.
Emily is an avid seeker, yoga student and teacher, and Reiki practitioner with a deep passion for helping others. She considers herself a student OF life FOR life and prefers the road less traveled. She is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT-200) and currently teaches at multiple locations in the Atlanta area.
After graduating from Auburn University with a BA in Psychology, she realized she wanted to deepen her relationship with yoga and focus on mind/body/soul wellness. She brings over 16 years of practice as well as a 200-hour teacher training from Vista Yoga in Decatur, GA under Marti and Marty Yura. She accommodates all levels of experience in her classes.
Emily is passionate about healthy living and pursuing whole body, mind and soul wellness. It is important to her that yoga be accessible to everyone; she is humbled and blessed to be a community partner of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. More recently, she became a certified Y12SR (Yoga for 12-Step Recovery) leader under Nikki Myers.
Jody was first exposed to yoga with a fitness goal in mind. It wasn’t until the mat took over that his practice and real work truly began. Through breath, movement and connection, Jody found his true north and a new purpose for living. Wanting to share his yoga journey with others he was inspired to peruse a 200-hour RYT certification 2014. Jody has also completed both the Art of Assist and the Advanced Art of Assist training programs in order to help his students reach new levels in their practice.
Jody teaches a rigorous class, with a strong Baptiste message. His teaching intention is making his students feel empowered through their practice. He believes strongly in what he teaches, therefore is dedicated to deepening his own practice, daily. Practicing at several studios around town, he is immersed in a community of strong, like-minded yogis.
Anna's practice with Yoga is spiritual, as it embodies all that she tries to bring to her everyday life -- authenticity, gentleness and compassion. Anna took her first yoga class on a whim in the midst of challenging times at 18 years old; little did she know, planting a seed for a devotional path for years (lifetimes!) to come. Anna completed her first 200hr training at Sacred Thread Yoga in 2013. Wanting to go deeper led her one year later to India to study Yoga Therapy in a 350hr immersion program in Swami Satyananda Saraswati's Ashram, founder of Bihar School of Yoga. Anna sees Yoga as a true metaphor for life; each pose representative to each moment and how we choose to react. Anna’s classes are fluid and challenging, while remaining gentle and simple. Her goal as a teacher is to guide you with a strong focus on the mindful connection between the breath and the movement of the body, staying true to the definition of Yoga as connection and balance, unifying body and mind through breath and devotion to Spirit.
Anna believes in Yoga as a profound tool for healing the body as well as the mind, which has led her to teach a variety of disadvantaged populations, a certification in Y12SR Yoga for Recovery under Nikki Myers and a continued journey on how to introduce Yoga to people who don't yet understand the true depth of the practice.