Warm Deep Stretch (Yin)


This class is taught by:

Doug Johnson

Douglas Johnson, founder of Maha Patha Yoga, has been teaching meditation and yoga for over 20 years. He got his start teaching Zen meditation at the Atlanta Soto Zen Center in the early 90s. Later, he was certified to teach Kripalu Yoga by Deva Parnell, the former director of teacher training at the Kripalu Yoga Center. In 2010 ‘Yoganad’ Michael Carroll, current Dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga and founder of Pranakriya Yoga, certified Douglas to teach Advanced Pranayama. In 2013, Douglas began his studies in Anatomy, Yin Yoga and Chakra Meditation with internationally renowned yoga teacher Paul Grilley. This year, Douglas plans to study with Ukrainian yoga master Andrey Lappa, founder of Universal Yoga, and complete his 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification with Paul Grilley.

 

Since getting certified, Douglas has taught well over 5000 yoga classes in a variety of styles including Kripalu; Yin; Vinyasa; Power; Hot; Restorative; Gentle & Meditation. Currently he teaches classes throughout the Metro Atlanta area and regularly leads retreats, trainings, and workshops.

 

In addition to receiving certifications from Paul & Suzee Grilley (Yin Yoga / Anatomy / Chakra Mediation), Deva Parnell (Kripalu Yoga), and ‘Yoganand’ Michael Carroll (Advanced Pranayama for Pranakriya Yoga Teachers), Douglas has completed workshops and master classes with Andrey Lappa (Universal Yoga), ‘Yogarupa’ Rod Stryker (Para Yoga), Bryan Kest (Power Yoga), Kino McGregor (Ashtanga Yoga), Sarah Ivanhoe, and David Newman ‘Durga Das’.

 

Words of Wisdom: “A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”
~ Albert Einstein

Maddie Lavin

Maddie is an active lifestyle enthusiast who has been hooked on fitness since doing VHS exercise tapes in the living room with her mom. In college, she took up triathlon-ing and even tackled a Half Iron Man. Looking for an outlet for her tight hamstrings (a consequence of all the running and biking) she came to yoga. She quickly learned the practice was so much more than a "stretch" or even a workout. She fell in love with her mat and all the benefits, and in 2015 decided to get her 200 hour yoga alliance certification right here in Atlanta.
 

With a passion for powerful vinyasa flows, creative sequencing and safe alignment, Maddie brings an exciting energy to each and every class she teaches. A proponent of finding balance on and off the mat, she looks forward to helping every student grow in their practice by using the perfect mix of sweat and savasana.

Tommasina Lash

Tommasina completed 700 hours of yoga teacher training before ever deciding to teach. She has
always valued paying close attention to details while consistently pushing her comfort zones. One day it was apparent that the comfort zone to push was to step up and teach. But, by doing so, she discovered an even deeper joy in yoga through sharing something
she cared so deeply about.

Tommasina's classes reflect that dance between discovering a deeper practice in the most unexpected
places during moments of stillness and yet still pushing yourself to challenge your edge and endurance with deep asana and vigorous vinyasa. Her classes challenge the physical body as a gateway into diving deeper into the energetic body where true transformation
takes place.

Tommasina is a 500RYT who has completed over 550 hours of training with Andrey Lappa,
one of the most influential yoga masters to have emerged from the post-Soviet era. She creatively weaves in elements of Universal Yoga into the flow of her classes.

“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” - Pema
Chodron

Erin Rogers

During a transitional period in life, between a past of professional ballet and a future of the unknown, Erin was dragged to a yoga class by loved ones. It was not love at first down dog, as asana practice just seemed to be a restrictive version of dance. That impression changed one day, when mid-chaturanga, Erin was overcome by a wave of what felt like a complete release of peaceful energy. This “yoga high” carried her effortlessly through the rest of the practice to savasana, where she witnessed a deeper, more expansive experience of existence.
 
 
That initial taste of the promise of yoga inspired Erin to commit to the path of realizing truth. She is so grateful to her teachers and students for the opportunity to connect with others on this path. Currently, Erin is pursuing her 500 hour certification with Sarah Powers of Insight Yoga Institute.
 
Words of Wisdom: “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” -Guatama Buddha

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). 

Amanda Trevelino

Amanda is fascinated by the experience of embodiment, especially the body's ability to reveal and heal. She approaches yoga is an invitation to tune in to the body’s innate wisdom; to create ongoing dialogue.
Amanda is a Pranakriya Therapeutic Yoga Teacher (RYT500 Tantra Hatha Yoga), a Self-Awakening Yoga Therapeutics® practitioner, is certified in Thai Massage (200-hr) and plant-based nutrition. She’s a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and continues to study at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Massachusetts.
Having come to yoga at age 40 to address injury, Amanda originally trained in hot yoga, but now leads light-hearted vinyasa, balanced with Yin, restorative, meditative practices and pranayama.
Her instruction emphasizes breath, philosophy, alignment, but most importantly, self inquiry as informed by trainings with Don Stapelton, Ph.D. and Yoganand Michael Carroll, as well as Seane Corn, Christina Sell, and inspiring Atlanta-based teachers who’ve demonstrated strength through vulnerability. More at www.yoga-amanda.com.

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

Jackie Kaminer

Jackie is a proud Jersey Girl who has been living in Atlanta for the past 25 years. She has been in the fitness industry since 1992, teaching spinning and aerobics.
 
She discovered yoga after the birth of her 3rd child who was born with a neurological disorder. It gave her a peace that no other exercise could and taught her how to go through life one breath at a time. And sometimes those breaths need to be extra deep!
 
Moving towards yoga was a natural progression in her journey, at first learning Iyengar yoga then moving into Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Yin. She received her 200 hour RYT Training in 2012. For Jackie yoga is all about the practice, not the perfection. It’s about allowing yourself to be where you are on a particular day and being okay with that. It’s about accepting yourself for who you are, and remembering that yoga and life are journeys with ebbs and flows along the way. Through her teaching Jackie inspires her students to deepen their awareness of their self, their connection with their bodies, and helps to enrich their experiences on and off the mat.

Jessica Taylor

Jessica grew up in Georgia and as an only child was quite shy and introverted, but also had an active imagination and a love of dance and creating art. While her heart always pulled her to the artistic, her mind pulled her to scientific and she eventually graduated with a Doctorate of Pharmacy from UGA.
 
It soon became clear to her that passions can only be dimmed for so long and yoga reawakened her creative side and her zest for life. This practice has the ability not only to build more physical strength, but in her eyes, more importantly, emotional and mental as well. Yoga practice is a safe place to cry, to sweat, to delve inside, and to essentially let it all out. She loved it so much that she underwent an intense eight month 200 hour teacher training under John Merideth in 2013 that helped break her out of her shell.
 
 
The practice is not always easy, but it does have an amazing power to transform. There are so many lessons we can take from our yoga practice and apply to benefit us off the mat and those little nuggets are what she hopes to share with her students. Her training was primarily based in Ashtanga roots, but you can also catch her leading yin deep stretch classes and vinyasa flows. She believes life shouldn’t always be so serious, we’ve got one shot at it in this form, so make the most of it, go for it, but don’t forget to laugh and be a little goofy along the way-and she hopes to always impart those qualities when she leads (often in crazy yoga pants and bright colors : )).
 

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
― Martha Graham
Long holds, deep stretches, find deeper layers of your being in this Warm Yin class. Expect to hold poses for 2-4 minutes to deepen flexibility in the muscles, connective tissue, and joints. Great for anyone looking to improve flexibility, both physically and mentally! Temperature is 85-90 degrees.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue May 30 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Doug Johnson
    at Dunwoody
  • Tue May 30 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Maddie Lavin
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Tue May 30 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Tommasina Lash
    at Dunwoody
  • Wed May 31 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Erin Rogers
    at Buckhead
  • Thu Jun 01 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Doug Johnson
    at Dunwoody
  • Thu Jun 01 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Ashley Lorenzo
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Fri Jun 02 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm with Amanda Trevelino
    at Brookhaven
  • Fri Jun 02 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Becky Nickerson
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Sat Jun 03 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Erin Rogers
    at Dunwoody
  • Sat Jun 03 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Jackie Kaminer
    at Buckhead
  • Sun Jun 04 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Ashley Marrone
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Sun Jun 04 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm with Jessica Taylor
    at Brookhaven
  • Tue Jun 06 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Doug Johnson
    at Dunwoody
  • Tue Jun 06 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Ashley Lorenzo
    at Old Fourth Ward
  • Tue Jun 06 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Tommasina Lash
    at Dunwoody
  • Wed Jun 07 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Jessica Taylor
    at Buckhead
  • Thu Jun 08 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Doug Johnson
    at Dunwoody
  • Thu Jun 08 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Ashley Lorenzo
    at Old Fourth Ward