Restorative Yoga


This class is taught by:

Tra Kirkpatrick

Tra was led to yoga in the spring of 1998 when unexpectedly coming upon an open house at a local yoga studio at a time of Divine Discontent - unhappy, unhealthy, and unsettled. Despite a lack of yoga experience and no language to describe that first experience on the mat, Tra was deeply touched by the practice so kept going back. Life has never been the same!
 
Inspired by the healing powers of Yoga ~ not just the stuff that is done on the mat, but the deeper, magical qualities that help one unfold ~ Tra eventually let go of a 15-year career to pursue further education and training in yoga and healing arts. In 2005 Tra became certified as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, studying under Yoganand Michael Carroll, and began sharing the practice of healing and wholeness that comes from one’s willingness to go within. Since then, Tra has continued learning and growing both personally and professionally, becoming certified as a Yoga Therapist and learning the art of Thai Yoga with internationally acclaimed teacher Saul David Raye.
 
Tra feels truly blessed to earn a living following her passion in yoga and healing arts. In 2014 Tra joined two friends and colleagues to launch The Center for Integrative Yoga Studies. CIYS offers two Yoga Alliance approved training programs, including a 200-hour therapeutic and meditative yoga teacher training, which focuses on the therapeutic and meditative aspects of yoga and a 300-hour advanced yoga therapy program, both of which are hosted at studios on the east coast. Tra teaches in the 200-hour program, as well as the anatomy, hands-on assisting, and yoga for behavior change modules in the advanced training program. Tra developed and leads the yoga therapy internship program and mentors yoga therapists. Prior to forming CIYS, Tra taught for five years with the Pranakriya Yoga School of Healing Arts in the 200 hour and advanced teacher training programs.
 
Tra is a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists and an E-RYT500 through the Yoga Alliance. When not on the road teaching programs and leading international yoga retreats, Tra teaches weekly classes and sees private yoga therapy and Thai bodywork clients in Atlanta and Decatur.

Sierra Garrett

After having a very active childhood and playing various sports, Sierra was introduced to yoga in 2009, taking a semester as a college P.E. credit. As her practice solidified and she became more invested in sacred arts (yoga, philosophy, and astrology) it was time to deepen her practice and commitment. Her first training was a 200-hour foundational teacher training through LA-based YogaWorks with Anne Van Valkenburg. Feeling empowered by her accomplishment, she continued to the next level by completing her 500-hour YogaWorks professional program, mentored by Ellie Burke in Richmond, VA. Most recently, Sierra completed a 6-month study and workshop for trauma-informed yoga called “The Goddess Within”.
 

Sierra’s classes are right at the intersection of physical alignment and spiritual expansion, sprinkled into powerful flows, and layered over a loving undertone. Most importantly, a sense of self-discovery is encouraged in each of her classes.

 

In her personal life, yoga serves as the catalyst for constant change and exploration. Yoga has provided refinement and discernment to approach every day with truth and open-heartedness.

 

“Life is always providing substance. It’s up to you to transform it into gold.”

Becky Nickerson

 
Becky Nickerson, E-RYT 500, founder of Infinity Yoga and one of the most experienced and knowledgeable teachers in Atlanta, has developed her yoga practice throughout her travels, in the United States, as well as abroad in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Mexico. Becky’s classes combine breath awareness with movement, deep meditation, and music, which offers an exciting, fun, and yet challenging way to connect the body, mind, and spirit.
 

Becky completed her 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification at the Himalayan Institute with teachers Rolf Sovik PsyD., Sandra Anderson, Shari Friedrichson, and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait PhD. Since Becky finished her first Power Vinyasa Yoga Certification at Green Monkey, Miami Beach with Paul Toliuszis, Becky has taught over a thousand yoga classes. Becky also continually expands her practice as a student of Ashtanga’s preeminent Yoga teachers, including Tim Miller, Tim Feldmann, and Daylene Christensen.

 

Becky has been blessed to earn accolades as Atlanta's Best Yoga Teacher (Atlanta Magazine 2013, Best Self Magazine 2015), and is a proud presenter at the Atlanta Women's Foundation Yogathon, Wigwam Wellness Festival, Wholefoods Yoga in the Park series, and Asheville Yoga Fest. 

 

Words of Wisdom: “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Bree Pastore

At an early age Bree found herself very passionate about the potential for growth, well being and healing for all. She took her first yoga class as a way to relieve stress from work and immediately noticed the positive impact it had on her life. Recognizing that yoga made her a healthier and happier person, she was committed to creating space and time for others to have the same experience. She aims to create a warm and welcoming space for students to connect with their breath, body and soul. She wants her classes to feel like home where students can unravel the many physical and emotional layers of the practice. She completed her 200-hour teacher training at Infinity Yoga and is so grateful for her teachers and students who inspire her daily along this amazing journey.
 

Bree is also a Registered Nurse, specializing in Solid Organ Transplant. In her free time she loves to travel, cook and spend time outdoors hiking and kayaking.

 

"It was when I stopped searching for home within others and lifted the foundations of home within myself, I found there were no roots more intimate than those between a mind and body that have decided to be whole."
-Rupi Kaur

Amanda Trevelino

Amanda is fascinated by the experience of embodiment, especially the body's ability to reveal and heal. She approaches yoga is an invitation to tune in to the body’s innate wisdom; to create ongoing dialogue.
Amanda is a Pranakriya Therapeutic Yoga Teacher (RYT500 Tantra Hatha Yoga), a Self-Awakening Yoga Therapeutics® practitioner, is certified in Thai Massage (200-hr) and plant-based nutrition. She’s a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and continues to study at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Massachusetts.
Having come to yoga at age 40 to address injury, Amanda originally trained in hot yoga, but now leads light-hearted vinyasa, balanced with Yin, restorative, meditative practices and pranayama.
Her instruction emphasizes breath, philosophy, alignment, but most importantly, self inquiry as informed by trainings with Don Stapelton, Ph.D. and Yoganand Michael Carroll, as well as Seane Corn, Christina Sell, and inspiring Atlanta-based teachers who’ve demonstrated strength through vulnerability. More at www.yoga-amanda.com.

Jessica Taylor

Jessica grew up in Georgia and as an only child was quite shy and introverted, but also had an active imagination and a love of dance and creating art. While her heart always pulled her to the artistic, her mind pulled her to scientific and she eventually graduated with a Doctorate of Pharmacy from UGA.
 
It soon became clear to her that passions can only be dimmed for so long and yoga reawakened her creative side and her zest for life. This practice has the ability not only to build more physical strength, but in her eyes, more importantly, emotional and mental as well. Yoga practice is a safe place to cry, to sweat, to delve inside, and to essentially let it all out. She loved it so much that she underwent an intense eight month 200 hour teacher training under John Merideth in 2013 that helped break her out of her shell.
 
 
The practice is not always easy, but it does have an amazing power to transform. There are so many lessons we can take from our yoga practice and apply to benefit us off the mat and those little nuggets are what she hopes to share with her students. Her training was primarily based in Ashtanga roots, but you can also catch her leading yin deep stretch classes and vinyasa flows. She believes life shouldn’t always be so serious, we’ve got one shot at it in this form, so make the most of it, go for it, but don’t forget to laugh and be a little goofy along the way-and she hopes to always impart those qualities when she leads (often in crazy yoga pants and bright colors : )).
 

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
― Martha Graham

Erin Rogers

During a transitional period in life, between a past of professional ballet and a future of the unknown, Erin was dragged to a yoga class by loved ones. It was not love at first down dog, as asana practice just seemed to be a restrictive version of dance. That impression changed one day, when mid-chaturanga, Erin was overcome by a wave of what felt like a complete release of peaceful energy. This “yoga high” carried her effortlessly through the rest of the practice to savasana, where she witnessed a deeper, more expansive experience of existence.
 
 
That initial taste of the promise of yoga inspired Erin to commit to the path of realizing truth. She is so grateful to her teachers and students for the opportunity to connect with others on this path. Currently, Erin is pursuing her 500 hour certification with Sarah Powers of Insight Yoga Institute.
 
Words of Wisdom: “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” -Guatama Buddha

Kate Mitchell

Seeking balance, Kate discovered yoga in the spring of 2015 after leaving her corporate sales job to pursue an idea she had of launching a mobile app for adding rainbows to photos. As a struggling entrepreneur, yoga brought her balance, peace, inspiration, creativity, new friends, sanity, and community.
 
Uncertain of whether becoming a yoga instructor was truly in her heart, she took her yoga journey deeper and completed her RYT 200 that Summer. Kate started teaching yoga in October 2015, she’s taught over 500 classes including beginner, hot and vinyasa, and teaching is now as much a part of practice as taking yoga.
 

Kate likes to create classes that inspire flowing movement, inner peace, and positive energy. She feels that yoga is a space for people to delve deeper into whatever personal journey they are on, to open blockages and find new light. She aims to help foster an environment for that in her studio classes.

Off the mat, Kate enjoys working on her app, her handsome dog Rocco, visiting friends and family in Cali and Florida, Trevor Hall Pandora, and fun outings with friends.

 

Quote: "To perform every action artfully is yoga" -Swami Kripalu

Ashley Lorenzo

Ashley Lorenzo is a visual artist and a yoga teacher. Her unique self-expression and creative abilities allow her to seamlessly integrate both of these practices into one another. Her yoga classes combine both the physical and spiritual aspects of the yoga tradition. She employs the practice of meditation and breath work to bring attention to the power of visualization and intention. By teaching how to create space and awareness in the physical body, she hopes to create a movement towards self-growth, empowerment, and healing. Like her teachings, her paintings move from an imagined idea, followed next by the physical application to a complete and unified work that conveys feeling, purpose, and passion.
 

She has studied with Kathryn Budig and Gina Caputo, earning a 200 hour Integrated-Vinyasa yoga certification in 2014. Besides this training, she has also attended retreats with Seane Corn and participated in her activist work, Off the Mat Into the World. Most recently in 2015, she has furthered her education online with Christina Sell, and has attended workshops with Seane Corn, Kathryn Budig, Vinnie Marino, Maty Ezraty and Rolf Gates. She is currently pursuing her 500 HR SMARTflow yoga training with Annie Carpenter.

 

In addition to her yoga education, she attained a BFA in Painting with an Art History minor from the University of Georgia in 2013. Today, she is currently continuing her Fine Arts education with Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). 

Restorative Yoga is a slow all-levels class designed to balance an active practice or decompress after a stressful day. Using props, postures are held for a longer period of time to initiate a deep relaxation of the body and mind. Classroom is not heated. 

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Apr 24 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm with Tra Kirkpatrick
    at Dunwoody
  • Wed Apr 26 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sierra Garrett
    at Dunwoody
  • Wed Apr 26 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Becky Nickerson
    at Brookhaven
  • Wed Apr 26 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Bree Pastore
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Fri Apr 28 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Amanda Trevelino
    at Brookhaven
  • Fri Apr 28 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Sierra Garrett
    at Dunwoody
  • Sun Apr 30 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Sierra Garrett
    at Dunwoody
  • Sun Apr 30 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Jessica Taylor
    at Buckhead
  • Mon May 01 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm with Sierra Garrett
    at Dunwoody
  • Wed May 03 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sierra Garrett
    at Dunwoody
  • Wed May 03 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Becky Nickerson
    at Brookhaven
  • Wed May 03 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Bree Pastore
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Fri May 05 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Amanda Trevelino
    at Brookhaven
  • Fri May 05 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Erin Rogers
    at Dunwoody
  • Sun May 07 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Kate Mitchell
    at Dunwoody
  • Sun May 07 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Ashley Lorenzo
    at Buckhead
  • Mon May 08 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm with Sierra Garrett
    at Dunwoody