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Owner, Teacher, Life long student
I was born and raised in Russia and came to this country to study language about 12 years ago. Yoga has been an old passion of mine and, finally, I have a chance to share the beauty and healing properties of this ancient practice with others.
My first encounter with Downward Facing Dog was at the age of 5. I was rapidly developing asthma and couldn't take on any more medicine. So, my Mom, after trying pretty much every massage technique and herb under the sun to relieve my symptoms, came across an old binder on a shelf. It became my first yoga manual and my Mom - my first yoga teacher.
All that I remember, now, from my first practice is that I thought it was a lot of fun to pretend being a Cat, or a Fish, or a Bridge, and also that there was lots and lots of breathing…(now I know that I was doing Pranayama).
Over time regular practice healed my lungs, increased my immune system, and I just became a much healthier kid. Since that early age, I held the memories of my first yoga practice dear to my heart.
Only about 17 years later I came back to the regular yoga practice in order to unwind, release built up stress, and just stretch out those tight muscles of mine. I remember walking out of my first ‘official’ yoga class 12 years ago with a deep feeling of relaxation, warmth, and peace radiating out of me, thinking: Yoga Feels Good! Yoga has been my passion since then.
In 2013, I decided to share my passion for yoga with others and completed my first 200HR teacher training program in Power Vinyasa. My training was led by a wonderful teacher and lifetime yogi, Tamal Dodge. From my personal practice over the last 11 years, I grew to understand why it is that Yoga “feels so good and so right”. It is awareness of how I am truly feeling, of what I really am and then, awareness of the Right Now, the Present Moment, the only moment we are actually living in. Yoga is not just a physically arduous practice of acrobatic handstands, extreme back-bends, and pretzel-like twists which keep us in shape. Yoga is a practice of Love, Acceptance, Respect, Awareness. Yoga unites Body with Mind, and Mind with Spirit, so as to know the essential, absolute, authentic Self.
I believe that it is very important to help a student understand how to love, accept, respect and listen to their own bodies on the mat. In order to say "I love you" to another person we need to be able to say "I love you" to ourselves first... The only true guide is not an instructor who leads the class, but our own heart. In yoga we concentrate on our breathing and it slows down the fluctuations of our consciousness, turning full attention inwards. In this undisturbed, balanced state we are able to reconnect with that quiet space deep inside the heart where we all know who we truly are, and then act from that sacred space of the Authentic Self.
Physical yoga practice can be very challenging and can be also lots of fun, but what truly makes us healthier doesn't have much to do with touching the toes or folding the body in a gorgeous pretzel. It has much more to do with the ability to engage the entire body in healthy breathing, while freeing the mind to focus without anxiety or distraction on anything it actually needs to do in order to heal.
My mission for each class is to not only help a student safely and gradually build a strong, flexible and well balanced Body, but help develop a strong, flexible and well balanced Spirit as well.
Yoga is challenging body to strengthen, mind to be quiet and rest, and heart to open to all the love and joy around us. It feels wonderful!
Teacher, Life Long Student
Joanna Elkhoury’s serious journey with Yoga started in 2005 when she had her first baby. She needed a something to help her cope with the stresses of a corporate job, as well as lack of sleep. An introducYoga became her sanctuary, and her tool for balance, clarity and strength. In 2011 she decided to quit her job and follow what triggers her passion. She enrolled in a 200 Hour Yoga teacher training with Yoga of India under the guidance of Mike Noury and received her certification with Yoga Alliance in March 2012. Ever since, she’s been teaching Yoga and meditation all over north metro Atlanta.
Joanna teaches the way she practices. Inspired by many teachers and styles, her style in yoga is very fluid and intuitive. Her classes focus on alignment and connection with the body and breath, while at the same time build strength and stamina. Focusing on all the aspects that constitute a Yoga practice: Asana, Pranayama, Meditation etc... Her goal is to help the students learn the system in a way that they can take the lessons they learn on the mat, and use them in all aspects of their lives.
Along with her passion for Yoga, Joanna has discovered an equal passion for energy healing. She’s been extensively trained in Pranic Healing since 2010 and is a certified Usui Reiki Master. The knowledge that she amassed from her energy healing practices brings in a very unique perspective and understanding of the unseen layers that constitute the Yoga experience. She often shares a lot of that knowledge with her Yoga students, guiding them on their own Yoga journey.
Yoga has been Joanna’s tool to ground and grow for over 10 years. It has been her companion as a wife, mother of two boys, as a friend, and as a teacher. In short, it made her discover her essence helped her clear the clutter in her mind and connect with her INNER POWER. Her passion is to share this tool with the world!
Teacher, Writer, Life Long Student
Daniela Simina is a E-RYT 500, Yoga Alliance certified instructor, with international background in yoga, energy therapy, fitness, and martial arts. She studied yoga and meditation with teachers and masters from different traditions, among them, Bagwan Awtaramani, Doug Keller, Swami Kenanada, Swami Atmananda, and Graham Fowler.
Daniela’s teaching is grounded in the synergy between modern science and ancient wisdom. Through her classes, books, programs and workshops, Daniela motivates and guides people toward achieving more fulfilling lives.
As a yoga teacher, her quest is to help people uncover their own potential through the art and science of yoga and meditation. Daniela is the author of Anychair Yoga book, Yoga Fundamentals DVD, and Anychair Yoga DVD.
Teacher, Life Long Student
Laura Lockie was introduced to Yoga early in High School and has revisited the practice many times in her life. She received her 200 RYT at Johns Creek Yoga with Sheila McVay and had attended many workshops and trainings in Sanskrit, All Abilities Yoga and Herbology. Her classes include grounding, pranayama, or breath work and an integrated asana practice to enliven and relax the entire person.
Teacher, life-long student
As a devoted practitioner and teacher, Kelly uses an intuitive and organic approach within Yoga's asana, pranayama and meditative practices to create a safe, open and relaxed space for exploration. By guiding students on the mat through intelligent sequencing and attention to the flow of the breath, her intention is for each student to gain access to the ever present internal state that Yoga informs. She hopes to inspire each student to connect to their own unique inner teacher and exquisite divine nature. With a personal practice of 15+ years and Yoga Alliance certified through Peachtree Yoga Center, via mentor Graham Fowler, Kelly is devoted to empowering others and sharing her passion for Yoga and its healing alchemy. She often uses this quote in relaying her love of the sacred practice of Yoga..." the melody of the mind, the rhythm of the body and the harmony of the Soul create the symphony of life". This is what she hopes to cultivate through her teaching.
Teacher, Life Long Student
Becky has been practicing yoga since 2003 and received her 200 hr RYT certification in January of 2017. A self-described "yoga mutt," she enjoys teaching and taking classes in all styles, from power flow to restorative. Becky enjoys making each class unique through incorporating themes, playlists, and crystal singing bowls to create a meaningful, meditative flow. She believes that yoga is a wonderful way to align mind, body, and spirit, and she is excited to share her love and knowledge of yoga with others. She feels that the strength, flexibility, focus, and peace that yoga brings is beneficial to all, on and off the mat.
Teacher, Life Long Student
Sharon discovered yoga seven years ago. Through her practice, she learned to trust her body to guide her to her edges, and soon discovered that with connection to breath, those edges continued to soften and expand. By honoring her body with patience and compassion, it thanked her with strength and flexibility; by offering silence and stillness through meditation, her mind thanked her with a sense of calm, in the midst of both ups and downs.
Sharon is passionate about sharing yoga with others as a means of enriching lives both on and off the mat. She is certified in Yin Yoga, E-RYT 200hr Yoga Alliance registered, and is continuing her education in a 300-hour YTT program.
Teacher, Photographer, Life Long Student.
As an avid exercise enthusiast, Karen’s yoga journey began when she sought out a yin yoga class to help soothe her body and find sustainability after multiple running injuries. Skeptical to the benefits of yoga beyond the physical, she had no idea what she was getting herself into. Ninety minutes later, she walked out of the studio a different person — her life was completely and intensely changed by the mind-body connection of the entire yoga experience.
From there, she dove head-first into her yoga practice. The literal twists, turns, and challenges that the practice presented her with have helped to shape and transform her into who she is today. With a desire to deepen her knowledge and bring her love of yoga to others, Karen completed her 200HR Teacher Training at Johns Creek Yoga in December 2017. Additionally, Karen is a certified energy healer and has completed additional trainings in advanced yoga teaching methodology.
Karen’s background is in writing, photography, and anthropology. It is from this intersection that motivates her style: to connect authentically to her students by infusing creativity, imagery, science, and spirituality into her yoga classes. A self-proclaimed “unicorn,” Karen lives life in color and with an open heart, allowing the magic of the mundane to inspire her daily.
Karen was born and raised in Florida (Go Gators!) and moved to Georgia in 2015. She is married with two young boys and loves music, coffee, photography, and is a lifelong sci-fi fan! Live long and prosper!
Aerial Yoga certified teacher, Yoga teacher,
Life Long Student.
Kevin holds a Yoga Alliance 500hr RYT certification from Peachtree Yoga along with Aerial Yoga certification in 2016. His yoga practice started while searching ways to stay healthy and fit later in life. He started teacher training to gain a deeper understanding of yoga and how to apply it to life goals. He did not intend to start teaching right away. During his 300hr training he focused on spine and lower back problems that develop as we age or from injuries. This focus led him to understand how we can use yoga to help prevent further injuries and build strength, core strength. Having some experience with Pilates also helps with understanding how to improve core muscles to help support the spine and back. Teaching has become a way to impart knowledge by connecting movement with breath. His yoga classes will be slower paced while holding the poses a little longer than other classes.
Teacher, Life Long Student
Angela relocated to Georgia in 2016 from Columbus, Ohio. Her introduction to yoga began in 2002 with a college electives course. She instantly fell in love with yoga, but at that time found there were limited studios in her area to continue her practice. Whenever possible she would drop into the yoga classes at her local gym. In 2013, stressed and overwhelmed with the many pressures of life Angela decided to try a new studio in her area that specialized in sequence yoga. She found that the classes helped her to relax and put things into perspective. Every day, she found that her practice was different and in that she was able to let go of the small stuff, finding a much-needed balance. Soon she began to seek out other studios and teachers to continue to grow her yoga practice and herself.
In 2018, Angela completed a long time goal of hers and received her yoga 200 RYT from Be Yoga . As a teacher she hopes to help others find the balance that she has found. She believes in the beauty and uniqueness of each individual and truly enjoys seeing that come out in their practice. She sees each practice as a continued journey into one’s self, growing and learning something new each time we step on to the mat.
When not teaching Angela enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and dog
“Do your practice and all is coming.” ~ Sri K Patthabi Jois