Foundational Flow


This class is taught by:

Sierra Garrett

After having a very active childhood and playing various sports, Sierra was introduced to yoga in 2009, taking a semester as a college P.E. credit. As her practice solidified and she became more invested in sacred arts (yoga, philosophy, and astrology) it was time to deepen her practice and commitment. Her first training was a 200-hour foundational teacher training through LA-based YogaWorks with Anne Van Valkenburg. Feeling empowered by her accomplishment, she continued to the next level by completing her 500-hour YogaWorks professional program, mentored by Ellie Burke in Richmond, VA. Most recently, Sierra completed a 6-month study and workshop for trauma-informed yoga called “The Goddess Within”.
 

Sierra’s classes are right at the intersection of physical alignment and spiritual expansion, sprinkled into powerful flows, and layered over a loving undertone. Most importantly, a sense of self-discovery is encouraged in each of her classes.

 

In her personal life, yoga serves as the catalyst for constant change and exploration. Yoga has provided refinement and discernment to approach every day with truth and open-heartedness.

 

“Life is always providing substance. It’s up to you to transform it into gold.”

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.

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.

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

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

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). 

Kate Mitchell

Seeking balance, Kate discovered yoga in the spring of 2015 after leaving her corporate sales job to pursue an idea she had of launching a mobile app for adding rainbows to photos. As a struggling entrepreneur, yoga brought her balance, peace, inspiration, creativity, new friends, sanity, and community.
 
Uncertain of whether becoming a yoga instructor was truly in her heart, she took her yoga journey deeper and completed her RYT 200 that Summer. Kate started teaching yoga in October 2015, she’s taught over 500 classes including beginner, hot and vinyasa, and teaching is now as much a part of practice as taking yoga.
 

Kate likes to create classes that inspire flowing movement, inner peace, and positive energy. She feels that yoga is a space for people to delve deeper into whatever personal journey they are on, to open blockages and find new light. She aims to help foster an environment for that in her studio classes.

Off the mat, Kate enjoys working on her app, her handsome dog Rocco, visiting friends and family in Cali and Florida, Trevor Hall Pandora, and fun outings with friends.

 

Quote: "To perform every action artfully is yoga" -Swami Kripalu

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

Bree Pastore

At an early age Bree found herself very passionate about the potential for growth, well being and healing for all. She took her first yoga class as a way to relieve stress from work and immediately noticed the positive impact it had on her life. Recognizing that yoga made her a healthier and happier person, she was committed to creating space and time for others to have the same experience. She aims to create a warm and welcoming space for students to connect with their breath, body and soul. She wants her classes to feel like home where students can unravel the many physical and emotional layers of the practice. She completed her 200-hour teacher training at Infinity Yoga and is so grateful for her teachers and students who inspire her daily along this amazing journey.
 

Bree is also a Registered Nurse, specializing in Solid Organ Transplant. In her free time she loves to travel, cook and spend time outdoors hiking and kayaking.

 

"It was when I stopped searching for home within others and lifted the foundations of home within myself, I found there were no roots more intimate than those between a mind and body that have decided to be whole."
-Rupi Kaur

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."

Foundational Flow is the bridge between Basics and Infinity Flow. This class allows each student to flow thru a series of moderately challenging poses. Each series has been created to work through lines in the body building strength, flexibility, and endurance. Classroom is not heated.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Mar 29 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Sierra Garrett
    at Buckhead
  • Wed Mar 29 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Jumin Chien
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Wed Mar 29 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Meredith Hesse
    at Buckhead
  • Wed Mar 29 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Jesse Hughes
    at Dunwoody
  • Thu Mar 30 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Jennifer Smith
    at Brookhaven
  • Thu Mar 30 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Meredith Hesse
    at Dunwoody
  • Thu Mar 30 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Sierra Garrett
    at Dunwoody
  • Fri Mar 31 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Ashley Lorenzo
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Fri Mar 31 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Kate Mitchell
    at Brookhaven
  • Fri Mar 31 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Sierra Garrett
    at Dunwoody
  • Sat Apr 01 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Jessica Calderon
    at Dunwoody
  • Sun Apr 02 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Bree Pastore
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Mon Apr 03 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Ashley Lorenzo
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Mon Apr 03 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Natalie Skubic
    at Buckhead
  • Mon Apr 03 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Kate Mitchell
    at Old Fourth Ward