Sharon returned to Atlanta in April 2014 after living in Colorado for almost nine years teaching yoga in both Telluride and Aspen. She was formerly co-owner of Telluride Yoga Center and studio manager for O2 Aspen. Sharon received her 200-hour certification through the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA. as well as completed CorePower Level 2 Teacher Training Intensive with Brandon Cox in Boulder, CO. Sharon holds an E-RYT 200 Certification through Yoga Alliance.
Notable credits are yoga presenter for the Telluride WOW Festival (2013-2015) as well as the Telluride Yoga Festival 2015. While living in Aspen, she was honored to be a Lululemon Ambassador for two years and she still frequents as Guest Instructor in Colorado.
With her passion to inspire others through movement and music and from her previous training, teachers and experiences, Sharon’s “Liquid Flow” Yoga is a unique and uplifting moving meditation focusing on fluid, dynamic and intelligent sequencing designed to create heat as well as help us get out of our heads and get into our bodies. Her vinyasa classes are fun, playful and active, so get ready to sweat and move to a background of creative music mixes that will touch your senses culminating with a deep relaxing finish.
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
Jeff took his first yoga class in 2008. Overweight and stressed out, after about the first thirty minutes he was on his back for the rest of the class. It took several weeks before he was, inexplicably, drawn to take another. That pattern continued for a short time before he committed to a regular practice. The commitment came from a desire to take control of his physical health. To take it away from a revolving door of gym routines and diet strategies and put it on a solid foundation. For him yoga proved to be that foundation. It started the process of optimizing the body inside and out; reducing blood pressure; building core strength & flexibility in the right proportion & locations in his body; directing his appetite to plant based & healthy food choices; reducing stress; and boosting almost every physical measure of his health.
Once his physical health had found a strong foundation, yoga opened a door to a more subtle understanding of his practice and yogic path. It created a space for exploring a deeper understanding of mind, body and spirit. This led Jeff to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga and then, inevitably, to his teacher Sri Dharma Mittra.
Jeff studied with Sri Dharma, his senior teachers and an amazing class of sadhakas in New York in 2010. Sri Dharma’s approach to the practice of yoga through ahimsa (do no harm) and his ability to transmit the practice in its purest form has become a beacon for Jeff along his yogic path. It continuously inspires him to go further and learn more. As a result, Jeff values studying the words of great teachers and karma yoga as integral parts of his practice. He is also inspired to continue developing as a teacher in order to share the rewards he has found through this practice with others.
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
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).
In addition to her yoga practice, Malaika is also a certified personal trainer. She loves teaching one-on-one private sessions focusing on corrective exercise, functional movement patterns, pilates, barre fitness and even yoga and meditation privates! Overall, Malaika's ultimate goal as a teacher is to leave her students feeling in a relaxed elevated state, owning their breathe and practicing self-love!
"The moment you value yourself, the whole world values you!"-- Yogi Bhajan