Flow & Meditation


This class is taught by:

Todd Duncan

Todd's path to yoga involved much happenstance and fate. Decades of athleticism left Todd quite strong but extremely inflexible, unable to even tuch his toes. In 2000 a friend challenged him to a yoga class to which he reluctantly accepted (thinking yoga was only for the flexible). "Surely if I can't touch my toes then I can't do yoga." Todd's first taste of savasana at the end of class opened his heart to feelings and energies he'd never felt before. He dove into the practice of yoga as he began to experience his body in a whole new way. Hundreds of forward folds later his hands finally reached the floor.
 

Without ever having the intention of teaching he received his 200 hour yoga training certificate in 2003 marking the beginning of an even grander spiritual journey. He spent the next 9 months traveling throughout the country exploring the landscape, people, and styles of yoga. Upon his return to Atlanta his greatest desire was to share his life experiences through yoga - to give back to the community.

 

In the last few years Todd has learned partner and aerial acrobatics, acroyoga, and thai massage in addition to completing an advanced 500 hour yoga training. Todd brings to his teaching a wealth of personal and professional experiences, inspiring his students' minds and bodies with his intuitive teaching style. He brings a warm nurturance, a sensitive touch, and the inspiration for his students to achieve anything!

 
 
Words of Wisdom: “I honor the place in you where, when you are in that place, and I am in that place, there is only one of us.” -Ghandi

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

Jessica Calderon

Jessica, a native New Yorker, fell in love with yoga several years ago and has since enjoyed deepening her practice and sharing her knowledge. Aside from her love of yoga, Jessica is also a certified Health & Lifestyle Coach and Intuitive Reiki Practitioner. Her love of art, health and healing made yoga a natural fit. Jessica has practiced yoga extensively since 2005. After 5 years of a dedicated personal practice she went through a teacher training and earned her 200-hour certification in NY.
 

Jessica’s mission is to help bring flexibility and increased awareness of mind and body. Allowing students to let go and have the opportunity to connect with their own goodness as they enjoy healing through relaxation, focus through breath and movement and letting go through flexibility.
 

Jessica has a passion for teaching but is always a student at heart. She offers sequences that will challenge you, inspire you and keep your heart open. Her concentration on alignment and connection with the breath is a key element in her classes to connect with your physical, mental, emotional and energetic bodies on a deeper level. She embraces healing with her warm and inviting nature as she guides her students on the pathway to health through use of asana, intention, energy work and breath. Jessica uses music to set the mood and create a warm, fun-loving class.

 

Quote: ”I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.” ~ Gandhi

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.

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). 

Jumin Chien

Ju-Min, hailing from Taiwan, began practicing yoga nineteen years ago when modern and westernized yoga had yet to truly permeate the yoga culture on the island. Therefore, her 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 several years of training in Taiwan and India, she began to teach. She has continued training and teaching for the thirteen years and has thus has accumulated over 8500 hours of teaching experience. Her most prominent certifications include both 200-hour ERYT and 500-hour RYT Yoga Alliance certificates.

In teaching, Ju-Min 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.

Ju-Min’s main focus is now on Iyengar yoga’s body alignment and injury prevention. Her depth of knowledge comes through in her chanting, her cues and her gentle and frequent adjustments to support each student’s body awareness.

In addition to teaching yoga, Ju-Min has been teaching Mandarin Chinese at the elementary school level since her arrival in the US Seven years ago. She enjoys working with children and has begun to find that teaching in these two diverse fields helps improve her understanding of the human being in a unique and profound way.

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.

Marie Bilthouse

Marie developed a steady yoga practice in 2006 primarily to aid in the healing of previous injuries. While the physical healing properties were a major plus, what kept Marie coming back were the meditative qualities of a regular yoga practice. It was in the studio that she felt the most present and centered and was able to carry some of this with her off of the mat and into her day job as a Marketing Manager in the corporate world. In 2014 Marie felt a dramatic shift internally and suddenly the spiritual, emotional and physical effects of yoga were beyond profound. So profound that she chose to quit her job in the corporate world and pursue a role sharing with others what she feels very strongly is not a hobby, but a way of life and completed her 200 hour RYT with John Merideth. On the mat and as a teacher, Marie strikes a balance between pushing both herself and her students past their self imposed limitations as well as maintaining a playful and lighthearted attitude.
 

Outside of the studio, Marie is very heavily involved with various local nonprofit organizations. As an Atlanta native, she feels strongly about giving back to her community where she is able. Marie can also be found riding bikes with her husband, hiking with her 2 dogs Charlie & George, frolicking in the park, etc. Pretty much anything outdoors related rain or shine will speak to her soul. Marie appreciates a good thunderstorm as well as a sunny day and will always strive to find the beauty in both (literally and figuratively).

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.

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

In this all-levels class, we will move thru 40 minutes of flowing yoga postures, followed by a guided meditation and/or yoga nidra. Here in a comfortable environment, you will receive the tools to find, practice, and feel the benefits of meditation and yoga nidra. Classroom temperature is 75-78.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Mar 30 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Todd Duncan
    at Dunwoody
  • Thu Mar 30 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Shelby Banister
    at Buckhead
  • Thu Mar 30 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Jessica Calderon
    at Brookhaven
  • Thu Mar 30 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Tra Kirkpatrick
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Fri Mar 31 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Ashley Lorenzo
    at Buckhead
  • Sun Apr 02 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Jumin Chien
    at Brookhaven
  • Sun Apr 02 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Devin Byrne
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Sun Apr 02 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Marie Bilthouse
    at Dunwoody
  • Mon Apr 03 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Jeff Sousa
    at Buckhead
  • Tue Apr 04 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Becky Nickerson
    at Dunwoody
  • Tue Apr 04 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Tra Kirkpatrick
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Thu Apr 06 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Jessica Calderon
    at Brookhaven
  • Thu Apr 06 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Todd Duncan
    at Dunwoody
  • Thu Apr 06 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Becky Nickerson
    at Buckhead