Pilates Yoga Fusion Flow


This class is taught by:

Meredith Hesse

Meredith started practicing Pilates at the age of twelve and quickly realized that it was a perfect compliment to her intense ballet training. Pilates helped keep Meredith balanced throughout her professional career as a ballet dancer, and led her to eventually begin a second career as an instructor.
 
 
Yoga came to Meredith later in life, when she fell in love with the Ashtanga practice. A serious back injury took her out of the ballet world and away from the intense Ashtanga series. What initially seemed to be a series of pretty poses, Meredith quickly realized that yoga could be used for rehabilitation of her injury. Meredith began studying Iyengar and the Hot practice at Atlanta Hot Yoga. This life-changing shift led her to teacher training, and to getting her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification.
 
 
Everyday Meredith walks into the studio and begins her class - either in pilates or yoga - she feels blessed to have the amazing opportunity to teach at such a wonderful studio, and work with such a wonderful community.

Natalie Skubic

Natalie grew up in Louisiana and Florida and always loved being active! Her fiery extroverted nature always seemed to draw her to explore all types of physical activities. Natalie's yoga journey began in 2011 when she walked by a local yoga studio offering a 30 day yoga challenge (30 classes in 30 days). Never one to not take a challenge, she went for it! Through the newfound commitment, she found a passion and her soul felt at home. She was drawn to the flexibility and stability yoga offered along with the balance it was creating in her life. She fell in love with how the rhythm of the breath creates a magical dance between the mind and body. The changes that occurred in her life, both physical and mental left her wanting more and it gave her the desire to share yoga with others.

At the time, working in the corporate world, she found herself in a lot of demanding, time consuming roles that allowed great professional growth but left her soul unfulfilled and searching, which led Natalie to embark on a yogic journey for personal growth, through determination, vulnerability, and acceptance. After completing her RYT teacher training here at Infinity Yoga in 2016, she decided to leave the corporate world behind and teach and share yoga with others full time.

 

Natalie brings a spirited element to her classes and urges students to embody their deepest desires and to leave egos at the door. Her playful nature encourages students to face their fears and to go deep into what moves them. 

Natalie also teachers pilates yoga fusion and was certified through our very own Meredith Hesse; she is a certified doula. When she is not teaching she loves hanging out with her husband, and her four boys.

"Yoga is not about touching your toes… it’s about what you learn on the way down."

Shelby Banister

Shelby was first attracted to yoga as a physical practice that works the body and calms the mind. Early into her practice, Shelby began to suspect that yoga was intended to do much more. This experience led Shelby to believe that yoga can open you to greater possibilities in life by allowing you to see and live from your own innate beauty.
 

Shelby believes that yoga is to be practiced in every aspect of our lives and as such, is so remarkably more profound then the asanas alone. One of Shelby's greatest joys is observing her students arrive at these realizations in their own time and see the ways yoga touches each one of them in their own lives. Shelby enjoys integrating alignment, hands on adjustments and laughter into each class.

 

"Now, just as we are, we can begin. No need to wait until we are more centered, stronger or happier. Now is the time and through our practice we can move into our center, our strength, our joy." Patanjali 1st Yoga Sutra

Malaika Floyd

During a very transitional time in her life, Malaika completed her 200 hour Pranic Soul that blended Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Kundalini and Kundalini Meditation. It was through a consistent yoga and meditation practice that Malaika found balance, broke down perceived personal barriers and found the true meaning of self-love and acceptance! Malaika believes that yoga and meditation are truly medicine for the soul, which is the foundation and vibration she brings to her class.
 
As a yoga teacher, Malaika also blends many key elements and concepts from her dance background. As a teenager, Malaika began Atlanta Ballet's pre-professional program where she trained extensively in classical ballet. She then moved to New York to attend SUNY Purchase College, Conservatory of Dance, receiving her BFA in dance and choreography. Soon after, she began traveling worldwide with numerous dance productions and companies such as the Martha Graham Dance Company, Radio City's Christmas Spectacular and the Metropolitan Opera. Malaika is still performing with the Met Opera to this day!

In addition to her yoga practice, Malaika is also a certified personal trainer. She loves teaching one-on-one private sessions focusing on corrective exercise, functional movement patterns, pilates, barre fitness and even yoga and meditation privates! Overall, Malaika's ultimate goal as a teacher is to leave her students feeling in a relaxed elevated state, owning their breathe and practicing self-love!

"The moment you value yourself, the whole world values you!"-- Yogi Bhajan

Pilates Yoga Fusion provides a challenging practice that will strengthen, stretch and tone your entire body. This heated, energizing practice combines the two mind-body formats in one so you can reap the benefits of greater strength, flexibility and peace of mind.  Room Temperature is Warm - between 82-87 degrees.

Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Sep 22 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Meredith Hesse
    at Buckhead
  • Sat Sep 23 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Natalie Skubic
    at Brookhaven
  • Mon Sep 25 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Natalie Skubic
    at Brookhaven
  • Mon Sep 25 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Beth Tate
    at Buckhead
  • Mon Sep 25 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Shelby Banister
    at Dunwoody
  • Tue Sep 26 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Shelby Banister
    at Buckhead
  • Wed Sep 27 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Meredith Hesse
    at Dunwoody
  • Wed Sep 27 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Shelby Banister
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Thu Sep 28 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Malaika Floyd
    at Buckhead
  • Fri Sep 29 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Meredith Hesse
    at Buckhead
  • Sat Sep 30 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Meredith Hesse
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Sat Sep 30 11:30 am - 12:30 pm with Natalie Skubic
    at Brookhaven
  • Mon Oct 02 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Natalie Skubic
    at Brookhaven
  • Mon Oct 02 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Meredith Hesse
    at Buckhead
  • Mon Oct 02 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Shelby Banister
    at Dunwoody
  • Tue Oct 03 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Shelby Banister
    at Buckhead
  • Wed Oct 04 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Meredith Hesse
    at Dunwoody
  • Wed Oct 04 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Shelby Banister
    at Old Fourth Ward