Yoga for Athletes


This class is taught by:

Julia Smith

I began my career as a student athlete in high school and college. Running was my passion. I excelled in this sport and had a small yet dedicated coaching staff and great teammates and friends. Through the years, I have embraced and relished the freedom running has given me. Regardless of the amount of time I have been able to devote on a daily basis, I feel it has given me balance.
 
Working, parenting, maintaining my marriage and all of the other usual and incredible challenges that present themselves daily have been managed by giving myself this time to just breathe. Six years ago I added yoga and swimming to my routine to give myself variety and recovery from running. I found that both of these added another element of mental, spiritual and physical balance. I began practicing yoga at a yoga studio and signed up for Yoga Teacher Training.
 
Wow, “my eyes” were opened and my curiosity piqued. This, combined with a writing / drawing journal I began to keep daily generated more thought and appreciation for the beauty and opportunity laid out before me each day. A more peaceful presence has been the result. I have always enjoyed art and athletics and am cultivating a career transition over the next couple of years. Yoga and yogic philosophy…I feel compelled to share with others! What a wonderful effect it has had on my life and those close to me. I love being a student…there’s something new to discover daily by opening your heart. Healthy eating and cooking are daily indulgences as well and I am figuring out how I am going to fold this into my developing career. A holistic health coach is my aim and I am heading there each day.

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

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.
This class is a cross training class for athletes to help improve strength, flexibility, recovery, stability and a strong mental focus. You don't have to be an endurance athlete to get a lot out of this class! All-levels welcome! Classroom is not heated.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Mar 29 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Melissa Schardt
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Sat Apr 01 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Julia Smith
    at Brookhaven
  • Sat Apr 01 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Melissa Schardt
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Sat Apr 01 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Jesse Hughes
    at Buckhead
  • Sat Apr 01 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Julia Smith
    at Dunwoody
  • Sun Apr 02 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Jesse Hughes
    at Dunwoody
  • Tue Apr 04 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Jesse Hughes
    at Brookhaven
  • Wed Apr 05 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Melissa Schardt
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Sat Apr 08 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Julia Smith
    at Brookhaven
  • Sat Apr 08 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Melissa Schardt
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Sat Apr 08 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Jesse Hughes
    at Buckhead
  • Sat Apr 08 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Julia Smith
    at Dunwoody
  • Sun Apr 09 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Jesse Hughes
    at Dunwoody
  • Tue Apr 11 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Jesse Hughes
    at Brookhaven
  • Wed Apr 12 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Melissa Schardt
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Sat Apr 15 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Julia Smith
    at Brookhaven
  • Sat Apr 15 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Meredith Hesse
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Sat Apr 15 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Jesse Hughes
    at Buckhead
  • Sat Apr 15 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Julia Smith
    at Dunwoody
  • Sun Apr 16 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Jesse Hughes
    at Dunwoody