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.
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.
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~
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
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.
Reg is an experienced yoga teacher (E-RYT, 200), certified by the Yoga Alliance. He has been practicing the art for more than 10 years. Staying fit, teaching physical fitness programs, and competing in athletics has always been a big part of Reg’s life. After sustaining a few injuries and 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 by a close friend and fellow yoga instructor, Jeff Geidner. Finding many of the asanas (postures) difficult at first, Reg 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 enjoys teaching traditional Hatha, Vinyasa, Power Flow, and Ashtanga based yoga styles. Reg is trained as a Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner and uses that skill to help students get the most out of each and every class. Reg is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran with extensive experience teaching, mentoring, coaching, and developing leaders. He has a strong passion for teaching yoga and for improving the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual fitness of his students. He loves to educate and coach his students to achieve their full potential, not only on the mat but also 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.
Janelle has been practicing yoga over the last 10 years. She was first introduced to yoga with the goal to help improve her flexibility and strength for running. Being an avid runner her whole life she began to notice the benefits of yoga immediately. After having her second child in 2011, Janelle deepened her practice and view of yoga as a more of a lifestyle than just exercise. She noticed the tremendous improvement to her overall health in not just her body but also her mind and spirit. For Janelle, yoga is about the practice not perfection. It gives her a moment to stop and breathe and in each of our busy lives she wants to share this ability with everyone to find some calmness or whatever it is each person is seeking that shows up to their mat.
Janelle just recently completed her RYT 200 yoga teaching training right here at Korsi Yoga! She has a very enthusiastic, light-hearted approach to her teaching and reminds her students to have fun and try not to take anything too seriously. She tries to inspire and empower all students to help them grow in their personal practice while also listening to great music.
"When you let go, you create space for better things to enter your life"
Michele is a firm believer in the healing power of yoga. In 2002, martial arts, body building, motorcycle racing, and working at a computer every day had resulted in severe tendonitis. After a friend’s “persistent” encouragement, she attended her first yoga class ever – a Bikram class. The following day was her first pain-free day in months and was immediately hooked on the physical and mental intensity of the practice.
Michele is also thankful that your mat is always where you leave it, and always welcomes you back without judgement. A few years after finding her practice, “life got in the way” and it fell to the wayside. In December 2015, Michele found her mat again at Korsi Yoga. Her passion for yoga was reinvigorated and she began regularly practicing several styles there, including Hot Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, and of course Bikram.
Michele completed her RYT 200 yoga teaching training at Korsi in January 2017 and is a registered Yoga Alliance instructor. She is excited to share the benefits of yoga with others and help them discover mindfulness through moving meditation. She encourages her students to focus on alignment and breath, while always honoring where they are in their bodies day-by-day. In addition to teaching Hot Sequence at Korsi, Michele still works in the corporate world, and offers lunch-time yoga classes to her officemates.