Yoga Basics


This class is taught by:

Jumin Chien

JuMin, hailing from Taiwan, began practicing yoga over twenty years ago when modern and westernized yoga had yet to truly permeate the yoga culture on the island. JuMin’s first teachers were teaching traditional style asanas infused with Chinese medical thought and theory.

 

Realizing that yoga created a rhythm and breathing that permeated her life, she began training to teach after four years of practice. After 6 years of training in Taiwan and India, she began to teach in 2003. She has continued training and has thus accumulated over 8000 hours of teaching experience. Her most prominent certifications include both ERYT 500-hour and YACEP Yoga Alliance certificates. She is currently studying Yoga for Scoliosis under the guidance of Elise Browning Miller. As well as Iynegar with Colleen Gallagher and Kathleen Pringle.

 

In teaching, JuMin emphasizes unification of mind and body, and strives to inspire the student's hearts. The fluidity of her classes allows students to move into deep breathing, thereby continuously circulating energy. Her depth of knowledge comes through in her chanting and cues. Jumin uses her stable and remarkable hand adjustments to support deeper body awareness, injury prevention and proper alignment. She has found that teaching helps improve her understanding of the human being in a unique and profound way. As an ambassador for easyoga in Asia since 2015, JuMin’s travels allow her to bridge the future of yoga from Asia and the US, conveying diverse fields of knowledge and styles for her student.

 

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!

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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:

  • Sat Nov 18 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jumin Chien
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Sun Nov 19 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Caitlin Hargraves
    at Brookhaven
  • Sun Nov 19 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Jeff Sousa
    at Buckhead
  • Sun Nov 19 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Caitlin Hargraves
    at Dunwoody
  • Mon Nov 20 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Natalie Skubic
    at Brookhaven
  • Mon Nov 20 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Caitlin Hargraves
    at Dunwoody
  • Mon Nov 20 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Meredith Hesse
    at Buckhead
  • Mon Nov 20 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Devin Byrne
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Mon Nov 20 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Tra Kirkpatrick
    at Brookhaven
  • Tue Nov 21 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jumin Chien
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Tue Nov 21 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Shelby Banister
    at Buckhead
  • Tue Nov 21 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Erin Rogers
    at Dunwoody
  • Tue Nov 21 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Nancy Davis
    at Buckhead
  • Wed Nov 22 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Jennifer Smith
    at Brookhaven
  • Wed Nov 22 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jumin Chien
    at Dunwoody
  • Wed Nov 22 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Becky Nickerson
    at Brookhaven
  • Thu Nov 23 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Caitlin Hargraves
    at Brookhaven
  • Thu Nov 23 11:30 am - 12:45 pm with Nancy Davis
    at Buckhead