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 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 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
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 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 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!
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
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 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.