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
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."
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).
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!
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
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
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