Yoga Basics


This class is taught by:

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith has been practicing and teaching Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow yoga for over 14 years. Before starting this path, she received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and then went back to school to get an MBA. While she enjoyed working in the corporate world, she quickly realized that she felt so strongly about the benefits of a steady yoga practice that she had to begin teaching to share this beautiful gift with as many people as possible. Always a student, as well as a teacher, she has been lucky enough to study thousands of hours under tremendously talented senior teachers and continues to immerse herself in intensives each year with her Ashtanga teacher David Garrigues as well as train yoga teachers all over the country. It is through a slow, steady absorption of their wisdom as well as daily practice that she is able to teach the joy in the practice

 

As a wife and the mother of two awesome kids as well as a former Balance Yoga studio owner and co-director, Jennifer knows both the challenge and the importance of enjoying family life while having a consistent, daily practice. Even if you can’t take the asana, you can have enthusiasm in your practice. Through her own life experience including injury, aging, and surgery along with her personal experience on the mat and teaching, Jennifer has cultivated a warm and energetic style that is welcoming to anyone from the beginner to the advanced practitioner alike. In her Vinyasa flow classes, expect tapas, music, humor and an energetic flow that challenges and elevates. In her Ashtanga (both Mysore and led) classes, she strives to honor the practice and the lineage, while infusing the room with humor and kindness. Her journey continues as she looks forward to teaching around Atlanta and the country.

 

Check out Jennifer Smith's yoga happenings and schedule at www.jennifersmithyoga.com

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."

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

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). 

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

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!

Nancy Davis

After a successful career in the business world, Nancy has found her passion on her yoga mat. Nancy appreciates the physical discipline of yoga but more importantly values the inner well-being that has evolved with a consistent yoga practice.
 
Nancy holds an E-RYT 200 certification through YogaAlliance and is currently working towards a 500 hour Yoga certification under Kelli Precourt at Balance Health Studio in Seagrove, FL. Nancy began teaching Vinyasa in 2012 and firmly believes in the power of Yoga to forge the interconnection of strength between the mind, the body and the soul. Forever a student on the mat, Nancy has advanced her practice delving deeper in the yoga philosophy and exploring various disciplines beyond Vinyasa including Ashtanga and Anusara. Eager to learn more to support her students, Nancy has followed numerous leaders in the yoga industry such as Amy Ippoliti, Kino McGregor, Francesca Cervero as well as her teacher and mentor, Kelli Precourt.
 
Nancy’s soulful yoga classes will challenge your physical strength and flexibility as well as open your heart and quiet your mind. Her wish for you is to stand in your power and walk this earth with grace and strength.

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

Jesse Hughes

In her personal journey to find that place of inner stillness, Jesse returned again and again to her Yoga mat. That yearning for peace finally led her into teacher training. Now, she hopes to assist others in their journey and discovery of peace in mind, body, and spirit.

 

Jesse is passionate about making Yoga accessible to all levels, especially to athletes. She knows well the drive for performance, but has experienced the bliss of proper recovery, the nourishment provided by spending time on the mat. In a light-hearted, compassionate way, her teaching blends these energies.

 

"Undying, untouched by fire or the storms of life, there is a place inside where stillness and abiding peace reside. You can ride the breath to go there." Danna Faulds

Maddie Lavin

Maddie is an active lifestyle enthusiast who has been hooked on fitness since doing VHS exercise tapes in the living room with her mom. In college, she took up triathlon-ing and even tackled a Half Iron Man. Looking for an outlet for her tight hamstrings (a consequence of all the running and biking) she came to yoga. She quickly learned the practice was so much more than a "stretch" or even a workout. She fell in love with her mat and all the benefits, and in 2015 decided to get her 200 hour yoga alliance certification right here in Atlanta.
 

With a passion for powerful vinyasa flows, creative sequencing and safe alignment, Maddie brings an exciting energy to each and every class she teaches. A proponent of finding balance on and off the mat, she looks forward to helping every student grow in their practice by using the perfect mix of sweat and savasana.

Jeff Sousa

Jeff was born in Boston and grew up in Miami, and moved to Atlanta to attend Georgia Tech and received his degree in Physics. Jeff started an engineering firm in the late 90s, a software development company in 2005, and a yoga studio in 2010.

Jeff took his first yoga class in 2008. Overweight and stressed out, after about the first thirty minutes he was on his back for the rest of the class. It took several weeks before he was, inexplicably, drawn to take another. That pattern continued for a short time before he committed to a regular practice. The commitment came from a desire to take control of his physical health. To take it away from a revolving door of gym routines and diet strategies and put it on a solid foundation. For him yoga proved to be that foundation. It started the process of optimizing the body inside and out; reducing blood pressure; building core strength & flexibility in the right proportion & locations in his body; directing his appetite to plant based & healthy food choices; reducing stress; and boosting almost every physical measure of his health.

Once his physical health had found a strong foundation, yoga opened a door to a more subtle understanding of his practice and yogic path. It created a space for exploring a deeper understanding of mind, body and spirit. This led Jeff to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga and then, inevitably, to his teacher Sri Dharma Mittra.

Jeff studied with Sri Dharma, his senior teachers and an amazing class of sadhakas in New York in 2010. Sri Dharma’s approach to the practice of yoga through ahimsa (do no harm) and his ability to transmit the practice in its purest form has become a beacon for Jeff along his yogic path. It continuously inspires him to go further and learn more. As a result, Jeff values studying the words of great teachers and karma yoga as integral parts of his practice. He is also inspired to continue developing as a teacher in order to share the rewards he has found through this practice with others.

Devin Byrne

After having taught for almost five years, Devin has finally decided to share his practice with the city! Growing up as a competitive swimmer and a classical musician, he is well aware of the importance of breathing and finding harmony within one's self.
 
Primarily being trained in Ashtanga in 2012, Devin has been teaching along with Ashtanga, Yin, and Vinyasa ever since. He likes to use creative sequencing to try and encourage as many forms as growth and understanding as possible, along with integrating philosophy and mythology. Yoga, to him, is much more of an opportunity to enrich one's inner journey by deepening into asana without loosing sight of pranayama. As much as the physical practice is important, he likes to draw the focus on the more subtler realms.
 
Devin is in the process of undergoing Thai Massage certification as well. Devin has taken dozens of workshops led by international teachers and loves absorbing all the vernacular and interesting insights only to assimilate and integrate into his own unique perspective. Some of his most inspirational teachers include, but are not limited to, David Regalin, Briohny & Dice, Kia Miller, Seane Corn, Annie Carpenter, and many more.
A slow paced class, designed as a class focused on alignment and adjustments for foundational poses.  Also perfectly aligned as the next step past "Beginners", to continue to introduce the foundational elements of yoga. Perfect for anyone looking to continue to hone their new practice (and perfectly suitable if you haven't been to our beginners class yet too!) and excellent for rehabilitation, recovery, or just not feeling up to a power flow on a given day!  All levels welcome. Classroom is not heated.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Aug 16 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Jennifer Smith
    at Brookhaven
  • Wed Aug 16 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Natalie Skubic
    at Dunwoody
  • Wed Aug 16 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Patty Schmidt
    at Brookhaven
  • Thu Aug 17 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Ashley Lorenzo
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Thu Aug 17 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Shelby Banister
    at Buckhead
  • Thu Aug 17 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Caitlin Hargraves
    at Dunwoody
  • Thu Aug 17 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Nancy Davis
    at Buckhead
  • Thu Aug 17 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Erin Rogers
    at Dunwoody
  • Fri Aug 18 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Jesse Hughes
    at Brookhaven
  • Fri Aug 18 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jesse Hughes
    at Dunwoody
  • Sat Aug 19 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Maddie Lavin
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Sun Aug 20 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Caitlin Hargraves
    at Brookhaven
  • Sun Aug 20 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Jeff Sousa
    at Buckhead
  • Sun Aug 20 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Joanne Westbrook
    at Dunwoody
  • Mon Aug 21 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Melissa Schardt
    at Brookhaven
  • Mon Aug 21 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Caitlin Hargraves
    at Dunwoody
  • Mon Aug 21 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Joanne Westbrook
    at Buckhead
  • Mon Aug 21 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Devin Byrne
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Mon Aug 21 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Melissa Schardt
    at Brookhaven