“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha

Things to Know

Please be mindful of others by observing the following:

  • Arrive at least 10-15 minutes before class is scheduled
  • No cell phone use in the Center
  • Refrain from wearing perfume or cologne to class
  • Do not enter or leave class during meditation or svasana
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Have no more than a snack one hour prior to class



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Marti Yura

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 over 34 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 500-hour ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance. After studying with a wide variety of Yoga teachers, she has spent the past 9 years studying extensively with Tias and Surya Little, of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico, achieving her 500-hour certification with them.

She is also trained in Thai Yoga Massage therapy.


Marty Yura

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 completed his initial 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification from Peachtree Yoga Center, as well as another 200-hour RYT Certification from Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, NM. He is a 200-hour ERYT and 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. He has studied Mindful-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and offers such programs to organizations. He has also been trained in Mindful Yoga Therapy for veterans with post traumatic stress.


Paula Anderson

Paula earned her Master of Science in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training from Georgia State University in 1998 and is credentialed through the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Exercise Physiologist. She came to Emory University in 1999 as a full-time faculty member in physical education where she taught a variety of fitness and special interest classes. She began teaching yoga at Emory in 2009 as an outgrowth of her personal practice and background in fitness. Before teaching at Emory she spent 10 years as a sports massage therapist in private practice specializing in injury treatment and prevention for recreational and professional athletes.

With a strong personal and professional background in fitness, she was seeking a studio and RYT program that combined deep spiritual teaching with a respect for biomechanics. "The commitment of everyone at Vista Yoga to continually develop every aspect of their practice is awe-inspiring. Each day brings an opportunity to experience life more fully, cultivate awareness, and deepen my connection with myself and others. My aim as a teacher is to provide a safe and healthy way for our students to find ease and joy in both movement and repose. From each student I learn more about life, yoga, and myself, and I'm honored that they choose to share their practice with me".

Her hips are so darn tight because she is an avid cyclist - commuting, recreational, and world-touring. She also has a weakness for plants.


Shonali Banerjee

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


Theresa Barnett

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.


Ju-min Chien

Ju-min, hailing from Taiwan, began practicing yoga nineteen years ago when modern and westernized yoga had yet to truly permeate the yoga culture on the island. Therefore, her first teachers were teaching traditional style asanas infused with Chinese medical thought and theory. Realizing that yoga created a rhythm and "breathing" that permeated her life, she began training to teach after four years of practice. After several years of training in Taiwan and India, she began to teach. She has continued training and teaching for the thirteen years and has thus has accumulated over 8500 hours of teaching experience. Her most prominent certifications include both 200-hour ERYT and 500-hour RYT Yoga Alliance certificates.

In teaching, Ju-Min emphasizes unification of mind and body, and strives to inspire the student's hearts. The fluidity of her classes allows students to move into deep breathing, thereby continuously circulating energy.

Ju-Min's main focus is now on Iyengar yoga's body alignment and injury prevention. Her depth of knowledge comes through in her chanting, her cues and her gentle and frequent adjustments to support each student's body awareness.

In addition to teaching yoga, Ju-min has been teaching Mandarin Chinese at the elementary school level since her arrival in the US Seven years ago. She enjoys working with children and has begun to find that teaching in these two diverse fields helps improve her understanding of the human being in a unique and profound way.


Caroline Dunham

Yoga found Caroline early in life as a self-care practice that weaved though her life in many varied forms. When she began her consistent daily practice shortly after graduating from Cornell University with a BS in Chemical Engineering, Caroline found a means to improve her physical and emotional well being. Now it is Caroline's joy and privilege to help facilitate the yoga practice of others, with an emphasis on proper alignment, activation, and self-acceptance, as an important part of her continuously expanding yoga practice.

Caroline is a Registered Yoga Teacher and has completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Vista Yoga, studied with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga, attended yoga courses at University, and is an avid student of yoga asana, texts, and philosophy. In addition to teaching yoga, Caroline is currently the operations manager at Vista Yoga.


Tracy James

Tracy first practiced yoga while attending the Atlanta School of Massage in 2000, where her neuromuscular and deep tissue instructor, the late Donald Scheumann, held yoga classes for evening students before their Tuesday night anatomy and physiology classes. For the next ten years, as she worked full-time as a Licensed Massage Therapist, she maintained a casual yoga practice. In 2010, recovering from the disorienting loss of a loved one, she embarked on a committed daily practice both on and off her yoga mat in a quest to find her way back home to herself. It would prove to be the ongoing journey of a lifetime

Tracy received her 200-hour certification at Vista Yoga in 2014, and plans to continue her studies with Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, NM. In addition to her enthusiasm for and her abiding faith in the power of yoga to help heal body and spirit, Tracy brings well over a decade of experience in therapeutic structural bodywork into her teachings. The foundational principles of alignment, breath, anatomy, and meditation continue to inform her own practice and are the cornerstones of a teaching style that emphasizes the potential of every student to more deeply inhabit their own body.

Tracy resides in Decatur with her husband and three black rescue cats. When she's not on her yoga mat, she can be found making mixed media art, growing stuff in her yard, or vacuuming up cat hair.


Tra Kirkpatrick

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.


Susan Mittleman

I've been practicing yoga in some form or another for nearly half my life. As a journalist, a world traveler, and a human, I have experienced the effects of stress on the body and soul, and understand first hand how yoga can help calm the mind, strengthen the body and resolve, to allow healing on all levels.

Over the years I've studied with different teachers from different traditions including Kriya, Sivananda, Prajna, Kundalini, Classical Hatha, and Vinyasa yoga. In 2008 I began studying Pranakriya Yoga with Yoganand Michael Carroll and have since earned my 500 hour Advanced Teacher Certification (RYT500) and 500 hour Yoga Therapy Certification in this tradition.

I am also certified in Pre and Post Natal yoga and certified in Thai Yoga Massage under the tutelage of Kam Thye Chow.

My goal as a teacher is to share the wisdom I've gained from my experiences and to guide students to a place of discovery, joy, peace, strength and healing within themselves.

I continue to learn something new from each teacher and each student I encounter, and each time I practice.


Kim Nelson

Physical conditioning has always been an integral part of Kim's life. She brought her past experience as a former endurance triathlete and competitive marathoner to her practice a number of years ago when she realized that her body needed a different kind of attention. As time moved on and she became more attune to what her body needed she was able to find the right kind of practice that most complemented her active lifestyle. She continues to race bicycles but has found that her yoga practice is what enables her to seek balance in all that she does.

She is married with 2 children, ages 21 and 16 and teaches yoga fulltime after 17 years in the corporate world. Kim is currently a 200 hour EYRT, and continues her education with Tias Little, of Prajna Yoga, as well as studying the many aspects of yogic tradition with a variety of teachers.

Her easeful style blends cues for proper physical alignment with those which foster a keen sense of awareness. You will be guided to explore your own physical and mental conditioning and in this safe environment you may discover how peeling the layers away slowly reveals truth, in your body and in your life.


Rebecca Leary Safon

"I have dedicated my life's work to the care of women and mothers for over 15 years. I graduated from the Academy of Somatic Healing Arts as a Neuromuscular Massage Therapist, and received prenatal massage certification and advanced training from Carole Osborne. In 2000 I founded Mother-to-Mother Massage & Yoga Therapy, creating a sacred space for women to explore pregnancy and motherhood with nurturing and support. Adding to my expertise in bodywork, I became a 200-hour registered yoga teacher in 2013, and added prenatal yoga and Yoga-Born childbirth education with Jacci Gruninger in 2014. I'm currently doing advanced study in Yoga Therapy with Marlysa Sullivan MPT E-RYT500, and Yoganand Michael Carroll. As a certified prenatal massage & yoga therapist, and mother of two girls, I combine a mother's experience with the expertise to help women throughout their childbearing years and beyond. I'm also excited about using massage and yoga therapy as tools to treat chronic pain and promote injury recovery, and to support the physical demands of dancers, singers, actors and public speakers. I teach yoga in studios around the Atlanta metro area and in private practice, specializing in prenatal, therapeutic/restorative and meditative flow/vinyasa. Before beginning my work in alternative healthcare, I was a dance and theater producer in New York City and Atlanta. I live in Atlanta with my husband and two daughters."


Emily Walkup

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.

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.

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. Having experienced the positive transformative effects of yoga firsthand, she aims to bring that same sense of of wholeness and balance between effort and ease to her students.


Sheila White

In 2007, Sheila found herself the sole caregiver of an aging parent. Coupled with years in a high stress position in the financial industry, she began searching for physical and emotional grounding. In doing so, Sheila found an amazing individual who practiced Rolfing and Yoga. Upon introduction to the practice, she realized that Yoga was exactly what her body and mind needed. Through yoga, Sheila experienced a wonderful transformation in her body's alignment and her emotional well-being. Wanting to share this life-changing practice, she took the next step and received her certification in Restorative/Yin Yoga through Asheville Yoga Center in 2010. In 2012, Sheila completed her 200 hour Teacher Training with Marietta Yoga and Well-Being and is certified through Yoga Alliance. She is currently working on her 500 hour Teacher Certification with Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sheila's practice and teaching both are based in alignment and breath. Using these techniques to achieve optimum results and to ensure each student reaches their individual goal.

Sheila is also a Reiki Master. She continues her training in various areas of the practice and with some of yoga's most highly regarded teachers.


Elizabeth Yates

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.

"A little a lot is better than a lot a little. Find time for Yoga every day!"