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 500-hour Registered Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher and a 200-hour ERYT. 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.
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 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.
After years of personal practice and encouraged by her mother, Colleen graduated from Peachtree Yoga Center's 200hr teacher training program in February of 2013. She holds a Senior yoga certification from Asheville Yoga, where she's currently taking courses toward her 500hr certification. Her new interests include learning Mantra yoga, and practicing and teaching Yoga Nidra. Colleen teaches Yin, Restorative, and Vinyasa yoga. Her years of practice have taught her that breath awareness is key to finding balance and inner peace, both on and off the mat. Most importantly she enjoys sharing her love of yoga with her students.
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 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!
Caroline found yoga over seven years ago as a self-care practice that weaved its way in many forms though her life. 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 Caroline helps to facilitate the yoga practice of others, with an emphasis on proper alignment, activation, and self-acceptance, as a 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, 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 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.
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.
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 Yoga Healing Arts. Sarah is also involved in volunteering for various autism support groups around the Atlanta area. She teaches yoga full time and resides in Decatur, GA with her husband and daughter.
Gina initially came to practice yoga as a fitness pursuit, but soon realized that after each practice, she felt different physically, but most importantly, spiritually. She realized that after each practice, her day was different - she found patience and mindfulness on the mat. Practicing since 2001, Gina continues to grow every time she steps onto her mat to breathe and move her body. The lessons she learns on her mat help her to live a mindful life off of the mat - especially in her new role (and new body) of young mom!
After moving to Atlanta in 2011, she decided to get certified to teach yoga, so that she could share her love of this practice with others. She hopes that by leading breath work and asanas, her students will gain strength, flexibility and a calming breath to take with them when they leave the mat. Her goal is to use her passion to help people deepen their own practice and find their own meaning in each breath and pose.
Gina received her 200-hour yoga certification in Pranakriya Yoga and is also certified to teach Prenatal Yoga.
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.
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.
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.