Marti’s journey has come full circle, from her first fitness studio in Charleston, SC in 1982, to the “birth” of Vista Yoga in Atlanta. For almost 30 years her passion for physical and spiritual well-being has led her from teaching various forms of fitness, including personal training, to her discovery of Yoga in 1998.
Both dynamic and therapeutic, Marti’s classes are infused with a thorough understanding of the body, ancient wisdom, her nurturing spirit and a touch of humor.
She is a Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher. After studying with a wide variety of Yoga teachers, she has spent the past 4 years extensively with Tias and Surya Little, of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she is pursuing her 500 RYT hrs.
She is also trained in Thai Yoga Massage therapy.
Marty brings over 30 years experience working with individuals and groups in a wide variety of training environments. His talent is his ability to communicate precisely so that students understand and are able to implement. Applied to Yoga, this enables one to practice correctly, learning and improving in a structured environment.
"I've always been involved in the empowerment of people. It was usually in the domain of having them discover possibilities for themselves that they weren't able to see before. After beginning to practice Yoga with some regularity, I realized that I was able to quiet my mind and focus on what was going on right now, without the distractions that seemed to often accompany whatever it was that I was doing. My commitment is to provide people with the possibility of what Yoga can be for them."
Marty received his Yoga Teacher Certification from Peachtree Yoga Center. He is currently studying with Tias Little for his 500-hour certification. He has an MA and BA in Psychology from California State University and UCLA.
I came to yoga 18 years ago from the stress of corporate life. Realizing yoga’s healing potential when I discovered my pain was self induced from stress & tension, a lifelong love was born. The initial physical motivation has grown into a deep relationship with the holistic lifestyle teachings in the Yoga Sutras. Yoga Sutra II:46, the foundation for asana practice inspires asana practice & teaching, “Yoga pose is a steady and comfortable position.” To assist practitioners in finding comfortable and steady, I teach therapeutic techniques that strengthen and stretch targeted muscles/groups for appropriate use. Yoga is frequently associated primarily with stretching. However, weakened muscles hold tension more than strong ones, constituting the need for a balanced practice that includes both strengthening & stretching. Teacher trainings include: Ananda Ashram with a strong meditative focus, Peachtree Yoga Center with a vinyasa flair, Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater and Yoga Therapy at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India. My classes include energy & alignment principles to guide students through safe & supportive practices using the breath as a pathway to release deep seated stress. An ongoing relationship with God & my teacher, Mukunda Stiles, creator & author of Structural Yoga Therapy & Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy has transformed my life & yoga practice.
Theresa Barnett is a certified yoga therapist, craniosacral therapist and wellness consultant. She has been in private practice since 1985, and teaching yoga since 1994. Theresa began her journey in the early 1980s. Led by her quest for inner knowledge and a better understanding of the mind body connection, she was introduced to the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 1991. This innocent weekend retreat, unfolded into an “inner knowing” that she would return to Kripalu to become a certified yoga teacher. This knowing became a reality, and in 1994, Theresa opened her own yoga studio in Dunwoody. Throughout this time she continued to deepen her pursuit of yoga and studied with some of the most prominent teachers in the country. Through great good fortune, she encountered her teacher Diane Long. Diane possessed the gift of accessing and understanding the body’s innate beauty and intelligence beyond anything that she had previously experienced. With this, Theresa has created her own unique approach to teaching yoga that integrates physical movement of the body with a deep spiritual and meditative practice.
Todd's path to yoga involved much happenstance and fate. Decades of athleticism left Todd quite strong but extremely inflexible. In 2000 a friend challenged him to a yoga class to which he reluctantly accepted (thinking yoga was only for the flexible). Since he'd never been able to touch his toes then surely yoga was not for him. Todd's first taste of savasana at the end of class opened his heart to feelings and energies he never knew existed. He dove into the practice of yoga as he began to experience his body in a whole new way. Hundreds of forward folds later his hands finally reached the floor.
Without ever having the intention of teaching he received his 200 hour yoga training certificate in 2003 marking the beginning of an even grander spiritual journey. He spent the next 9 months traveling throughout the country exploring the landscape, people, and yoga. Upon his return to Atlanta his greatest desire was to share his life experiences through yoga - to give back.
In the last few years Todd has learned partner and aerial acrobatics and thai massage in addition to completing an advanced 500 hour yoga training. Todd brings to his teaching a wealth of personal and professional experiences, inspiring his students' minds and bodies with his intuitive teaching style. He brings a warm nurturance, a sensitive touch, and the inspiration for his students to achieve anything!
I was lead to yoga in the spring of 1998 after attending an open house at a local yoga studio. Despite my lack of yoga knowledge at the time and my inability to explain what I had felt during my first experience on the mat, I was deeply touched that day and my life has never been the same.
That visit to the open house was my beginning to a life of wholeness. The mat became my safe haven ~ the space to show myself compassion; to release judgment, expectation, and worry; to simply allow; to become. The first time I came to the mat I learned that every yoga posture is an expression of spirit and breath an expression of consciousness, and this lesson continues to show up in my practice today. Seven years after beginning my practice, I became a certified yoga teacher through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. I am also a certified Pranakriya Yoga Therapist, certified Thai Bodyworker (Saul David Raye), and nearing completion of my 500 hour level Pranakriya Teacher program.
I've been practicing Yoga for nearly half my life, in some form or another. Even before my first official class, as a 'world traveler' I discovered the joy of being present, in the moment, a free spirit. Spending time in places like India, Thailand and Bali, parts of the world where spiritual practice is part of everyday life, still resonates with me. Yoga enables me to embrace that same feeling, without ever physically leaving the room.
Over the years, I've studied in different traditions including Kundalini, Classical Hatha, Sivananda, and Kriya yoga. In 2009, I became a certified yoga teacher in the Pranakriya tradition, and have nearly completed my Pranakriya 500 hours and Pranakriya Yoga Therapy certifications. I continue to learn something new from each teacher I encounter, and each time I sit down to practice.
As a journalist, I have experienced first hand the effects of stress on the body and soul, and how yoga can help calm the mind, strengthen the body and resolve, to allow healing on all levels. My goal as a teacher is to guide students to a place of discovery, joy, peace, strength and healing within themselves.
Since 1995 I have found solace, strength and profound expansion through yoga. In 2002, after a bicycle accident, still recovering from injuries, I joined the 500 hour teacher training at Be Yoga with Alan Finger where I also became Director of Yoga Teacher Training programs. Alan teaches a style of yoga called ISHTA yoga (the Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda), which is a rich multi-faceted vinyasa practice. Simultaneously, I studied as an herbal apprentice, & explored rituals of chanting & aligning with the seasons & the moon. This fusion of healing through yoga while consciously connecting to universal rhythms is at the heart of my teaching. After moving to Paris, France in 2004, I did intensive study focusing on therapeutics & women's issues with T.K.V. & Kausthub Desikachar. I built a yoga business in Paris (shonaliyoga!) which allowed me enough experience to register as E-RYT-500.
Everyone can do yoga! My classes are grounded in breath & alignment for steady & safe exploration. We will flow & hold. We will strengthen, expand, soften, & nurture. With reverence for the unique process of each individual, I encourage students to make the practice their own. Be prepared to fuel yourself & to learn tools which enable you to move through life with a bit more ease & centered connection. In perpetual gratitude to the many phenomenal teachers who have inspired me: my students, my children, my husband, Alan Finger, TKV Desikachar, Carrie Wykoff, Robin Rose Bennett, Erich Schiffman, Mark Whitwell, Sarah Powers, John Friend, Michelle Jacobi, Hillary Cohen, among others! ... Namaste
Sarah is an Atlanta native who grew up in the Decatur area, and graduated from Lakeside High School. She attended Oglethorpe University & Georgia State University, and had a 7 year-long career in outside sales - working for a Fortune 500 company.
After the birth of her daughter in 2007 her yoga practice took on an entirely new importance. In 2009, her daughter was diagnosed with autism, and she left her career in sales to become a full-time caregiver. It was then that yoga became a real passion and a daily necessity. This transformation took Sarah's yoga from being a purely physical practice to being a way to connect mind, body and soul. Learning that yoga isn't necessarily about twisting into a pretzel - but more about body awareness and inner peace - is a process that continues daily.
Sarah completed her 200 hour certification in Pranakriya Yoga, and is registered with the Yoga Alliance. She is also a certified prenatal teacher - and currently pursuing a 500 hour certification with Pranakriya School of the Healing Arts. Sarah is involved in volunteering at the Coralwood School, and various autism support groups around the Atlanta area. She teaches yoga full time and resides in Decatur, GA with her husband and daughter.
Melissa has embraced the fire of transformation through her personal yoga practice. She teaches yoga full-time at multiple yoga studios and gyms and to private students throughout Atlanta. Her yoga classes offer a sense of freedom, joy, and spiritual connection that students carry with them off their mat.
Melissa is registered as E-RYT 500 through Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200-hour basic teacher training through the Atlanta Yoga Fellowship at Peachtree Yoga in 2006 followed by a 500-hour advanced teacher training and 300-hour yoga therapy certification through Pranakriya Yoga at Jai Shanti Yoga and Decatur Yoga & Pilates.
Melissa studies and aligns her personal and teaching practice most closely Kathryn Budig, Simon Park, and Kino MacGregor. Her yoga practice and teaching style infuse an ashtanga-based vinyasa practice with the tantric philosophy of pranakriya yoga. This combination of asana practice and healing philosophy has been life-changing for her.
In addition to teaching and practicing yoga, Melissa is the Co-Director of the Southeast Yoga Conference. She has been interviewed on radio and appeared on local television to promote the conference and yoga in Atlanta.
Athletic her entire life, Kim sought out yoga in the late 90's as a tool to prevent injury and make her body more flexible. To her surprise, that flexibility extended to her mind as well. Formally trained at Peachtree Yoga Center, she considers her life experiences to be constant sources of learning and inspiration. She continues to work on her 500 hour RYT primarily studying under Tias Little of Sante Fe, NM. In addition to yoga, her passions include riding and racing bicycles and providing a loving environment for her husband and two children. Her recent focus into the writings of the Vietnamese Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, are bound to have an impact on her teaching approach. Her easeful style blends cues for proper physical alignment with those to foster a keen sense of mindfulness. Come to stretch your body and your mind will follow suit.