Restorative Yoga


This class is taught by:

Caitlin Hargraves

Caitlin Hargraves is an actor and yoga teacher. She initially found yoga through meditation, for which she has her parents to thank for introducing meditation techniques to her as a child. After incurring several dancer related injuries in 2006 she turned to the asanas to help the healing process and has been an avid practitioner ever since. Her classes integrate meditation, breath work, and visualization to help her students set intentions for their practice and hopefully bring a little peace of mind to this fast paced world.
 

Caitlin received her 200hr yoga certification with Blooming Lotus Yoga in Koh Phangan, Thailand studying with the sublime Lily Gonclaves and Ramananda Mayi. Her training was focused towards vinyasa, hatha, and restorative yoga. While in Thailand she also studied thai massage at the Loi Kroh massage school in Chiang Mai, and loves to incorporate massage techniques in her yin and restorative classes. Caitlin loves to travel and has been fortunate to attended retreats in many different parts of the world, expanding her practice while meeting other yogis from all different walks of life.

 

In addition to her yoga studies Caitlin has a BFA in drama from NYU as well as a MA in classical acting from LAMDA in London. Her graduate thesis was focused around yoga for the performing body and integrating traditional yogic techniques for classical texts. She is pursuing her acting career and you can catch her in theatre productions around town, and hopefully on TV from time to time!

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). 

Patty Schmidt

A recent transplant to Atlanta from Northern California, Patty brings with her a yoga therapeutic approach to all her classes, whether it’s a strong Infinity Flow or the deep, long holds of Restorative, and Yin Yoga: her classes and approach meet you just where you are, and you’re likely to get a good dose of biomechanics along the way. Thoughtful sequencing and carefully designed practices encourage the body/mind to open and receive that day’s practice. Patty’s classes cultivate loving-kindness, and there’s good music, too.

 

Patty is both 200 and 500hr YA-Certified, and is an IAYT Level 1 certified yoga therapist. She holds additional qualifications in Yin Yoga, Yoga for Pelvic Health, and Yoga for Cancer Survivors. She trains other yoga teachers, and health and fitness professionals to orient themselves to the pelvis in space, and raises awareness of pelvic health and wellness in public speaking and educational events.

 

“[Let] go of your attachments: your attachment to being right, to having total control, or to living forever. This process of letting go is integral to the process of becoming whole.”
― Judith Hanson Lasater

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

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

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:

  • Sun Nov 19 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Caitlin Hargraves
    at Dunwoody
  • Sun Nov 19 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Ashley Lorenzo
    at Buckhead
  • Mon Nov 20 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm with Caitlin Hargraves
    at Dunwoody
  • Wed Nov 22 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Patty Schmidt
    at Dunwoody
  • Sun Nov 26 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Caitlin Hargraves
    at Dunwoody
  • Sun Nov 26 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Ashley Lorenzo
    at Buckhead
  • Mon Nov 27 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm with Caitlin Hargraves
    at Dunwoody
  • Wed Nov 29 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Jenny Kontos
    at Dunwoody
  • Wed Nov 29 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Becky Nickerson
    at Brookhaven
  • Wed Nov 29 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Malaika Floyd
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Fri Dec 01 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Jenny Kontos
    at Brookhaven
  • Fri Dec 01 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Malaika Floyd
    at Dunwoody
  • Sun Dec 03 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Caitlin Hargraves
    at Dunwoody
  • Sun Dec 03 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Ashley Lorenzo
    at Buckhead