Ashtanga - Primary


This class is taught by:

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

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).

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.
When you’re ready for the full Ashtanga experience, this is the class for you. This is a dynamic and challenging sequence that opens new dimensions of the mind-body-breath connection. You will practice call-and-response opening and closing mantras and hear traditional Sanskrit counting and names of poses. Some yoga experience is highly recommended.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Mar 29 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jennifer Smith
    at Brookhaven
  • Thu Mar 30 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Jennifer Smith
    at Brookhaven
  • Fri Mar 31 7:30 am - 9:00 am with Jennifer Smith
    at Brookhaven
  • Tue Apr 04 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Marie Bilthouse
    at Brookhaven
  • Wed Apr 05 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Devin Byrne
    at Brookhaven
  • Thu Apr 06 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Marie Bilthouse
    at Brookhaven
  • Tue Apr 11 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Jennifer Smith
    at Brookhaven
  • Wed Apr 12 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Jennifer Smith
    at Brookhaven
  • Thu Apr 13 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Jennifer Smith
    at Brookhaven
  • Fri Apr 14 7:30 am - 9:00 am with Jennifer Smith
    at Brookhaven