Carly found the practice of yoga in her early 20s, during the transition into adulthood. At the time, it was something to help relieve and manage stress, as well as a way to stay active. While that still holds true, yoga has become much more than that for Carly. It's evolved into a practice of self discovery and transformation, and she firmly believes that yoga will change your life if you let it.
Carly received her 200 RYT certification from Active Sol Yoga in 2015. Yoga has, and still is, helping
Carly become the best version of herself, and she hopes to inspire her students to do the same. Her teaching is rooted in three core values - gratitude, kindness and thoughtfulness. She believes in the power of intention, and helps show students that the lessons they learn on the mat directly relate to their daily lives.
Her classes include creative modifications and transitions that are both challenging and nurturing. Outside of the studio, Carly can be found exploring - in Atlanta and across the globe.
Melanie started practicing yoga seriously after accepting a friend's dare to join a 30-Day Baptiste yoga challenge in 2013. The consistent practice created space for cultivating openness and peace during a difficult time in her life and she's never looked back! Moving from yoga being "just another workout" to learning the power of connecting the mind, breath, and body, Melanie is forever a student and aims to inspire her students to accept themselves wherever they are in each moment: nothing more and nothing less.
In spring 2017, Melanie completed her RYT 200 hour teacher training program at Active Sol after being a 2016 Ogilvy PLAY grant recipient. The grant, open to submission by employees of global advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, sponsored her training as part of an effort to inspire and cultivate creative passion. In return, you can also find Melanie teaching yoga to her fellow co-workers each week to help reduce stress in a healthy way.
Anika believes that we must be the change we are looking for in the world. If we want the world to be a better place, we can start by developing and empowering ourselves. What better way to do that than through yoga?
Anika first started practicing yoga in 2003. As her practice deepened, so too did her interest in meditation, breath work and yoga philosophy which gave her a greater appreciation for the yogic system. Anika learned that a good yoga practice reveals things about you. Yoga postures are like sign posts to the self and she loves helping people to discover the vast potential that lies within them. Anika believes that yoga gives us powerful, practical tools to transform our bodies, minds, and lives.
Anika is currently certified as an E-RYT 200/RYT 500 yoga teacher.. She completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training at Pranakriya School of Healing Arts in 2014. In 2013, she became a certified Healing Tao Instructor in qi gong with the Universal Healing Tao. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Onlyoga and began teaching Ashtanga yoga in 2008. She was also certified in Egyptian Yoga and the YogaSkills method in 2007.
Rosalyn experienced her first Hatha yoga class in 2004. Suffering from chronic back pain caused by a car accident, she soon discovered that yoga provided a healthy alternative method to healing. Two years later she was introduced to Vinyasa yoga while participating in Baron Baptiste’s “40-Day Personal Revolution”, a program designed to challenge the mind and body to tap into unknown resources within oneself. During this 6-week program of daily yoga practice, meditation and healthy diet, Rosalyn developed the courage to stretch herself beyond imagination - physically, emotionally and spiritually. From this experience, she realized that yoga would become a lifelong practice and she wanted to share this gift with everyone.
Building on a foundation rooted in Vinyasa yoga, Rosalyn completed her 200-hour teacher training in Ashtanga yoga and began teaching in 2007. In 2009 she discovered Yin Yoga and found it to be the perfect complement and balance to the more active yang style practices. Her yoga style blends both a Yin sequence of long held passive poses, combined with an energetic flow influenced by Ashtanga and Vinyasa.
Rosalyn is currently certified as an E-RYT 500 yoga instructor. She hopes to continue her practice as a student and teacher who can uplift and empower fellow students to embrace their essence and nourish the wonderful possibilities that yoga creates within all of us.
Katie is a dedicated and experienced yoga teacher. She completed her 200 hr training in Spring 2014 at Peachtree Yoga Center. Her diverse background in training/teaching is evident in her welcoming and encouraging classes. Katie believes there is no one-size-fits-all yoga practice. She loves to challenge, change and create with her students; applying aspects of leadership to empower yoga off the mat and into lives. Katie is a registered E-RYT with Yoga Alliance and currently holds over 2,000 teaching hours. She is working on completing her 500 hr with Jason Crandell in San Francisco. Some of her favorite things about teaching are meeting new people, watching existing students grow, making killer playlists and the opportunity to be herself. When not practicing, Katie spends her free time exploring with her husband and their three rescued dogs. Cooking, chocolate and tea are all close seconds!
Debraleigh was first drawn to yoga in early 2011 when she needed to restore and revitalize her life and it was love and healing at first asana. A firm believer in laughing, being thankful and sharing kindness, yoga opened the door to nurturing body & soul and knew this ancient practice would be part of life forever more. Practicing Vinyasa & Ashtanga style classes rooted her foundation of the physical aspects of yoga and planted the seeds that grew the other folds of yoga and knew she wanted to share this blissful practice with others.
Debraleigh received her 200 RYT teacher training at Active Sol Yoga in October 2013 and is a dedicated student continuing to learn and grow, practicing at home, in her head and, of course, at the studio. Incorporating traditional Vinyasa yoga with fun flow postures and sequences, her classes are rooted in tradition and designed to inspire, letting people go to follow their own breath on the mat.
Jody first came to yoga back in 2001 at the advice of her doctor after suffering from migraines. While yoga provided the "medicine" she needed to relieve her pain, it wasn't until 2008 that she truly found yoga and began practicing seriously. After moving to Atlanta in 2011 to start a new job, Jody found her yoga home at Active Sol where her practice began to flourish. With the stresses of work, she relied on her practice to bring her back to center and provide the mental clarity to tackle the chaotic corporate world that she had just entered. It wasn't long before she found herself wanting to become more dedicated to her yoga practice and learn more about yoga philosophy.
Jody completed her 200-Hour RYT teacher training at Active Sol in 2014. She is most drawn to Vinyasa yoga and tries to attend as many workshops and events around the area to experience and learn from other instructors. Her classes are grounded in Vinyasa yoga with varying sequences to allow students to explore their potential and find their yoga path.
Caron began practicing yoga shortly after she moved to Macon in early 2013 in hopes of meeting new people and finding motivation to stay in shape. At the time, she had done a few Jillian Michaels DVDs and loved what yoga did for her physically, but she had no concept of what yoga really was and how it would change her life.
After her first class, she immediately fell in love with the practice and felt inspired to share that passion with others. She completed her 200-hour teacher training at Red Hot Yoga and has been teaching regularly ever since.
She helps her students connect with the lessons, emotions and struggles on their mats and how they can translate so literally into their lives. Her teaching style is a balance of fast-paced, high-energy power and a calming reassurance. She reminds students to be patient, be in the present moment, work with where they are each day, be kind and nonjudgmental towards themselves, and let things happen in their own time while also finding their edge and moving past it.
Ju-Min, hailing from Taiwan, began practicing yoga nineteen years ago when modern and esternized yoga had yet to truly permeate the yoga culture on the island. Therefore, her first teachers were teaching traditional style asanas infused with Chinese medical thought and theory. Realizing that yoga created a rhythm and “breathing” that permeated her life, she began training to teach after four years of practice. After several years of training in Taiwan and India, she began to teach. She has continued training and teaching for the thirteen years and has thus has accumulated over 8500 hours of teaching experience. Her most prominent certifications include both 200-hour ERYT and 500-hour RYT Yoga Alliance certificates.
In teaching, Ju-Min emphasizes unification of mind and body, and strives to inspire the student's hearts. The fluidity of her classes allows students to move into deep breathing, thereby continuously circulating energy.
Lisa attended her first yoga class on a whim during college. After years of on-again, off-again practice, something clicked internally and she was drawn into a more consistent, dedicated Vinyasa flow practice. This practice has become her oasis, which allows for heightened self-awareness, connectedness, and introspection. She decided to deepen her yoga study by pursuing her teacher training certification in 2014. Always curious, she continues to read, explore and practice with the intent of continuously evolving as a student, as a teacher, and as a human being.
Lisa loves the playfulness and self-exploration of Vinyasa flow, and aims to incorporate this spirit into each of her classes. She will encourage you to breathe deeply, to focus on the present moment, and to find the delicate balance between hard and soft in your practice. When she's not in the studio, Lisa can be found exploring the city with her husband, or playing with Dash, her favorite four-legged downward facing dog.
Yochai received his 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 under Rudy Mettia (of Udaya and Santa Monica Power Yoga) and his 300-hour accreditation from Jules Mitchell (of Jules Mitchell Yoga and Udaya). He is certified to teach kids yoga through Shana Meyerson’s Mini Yogis teacher training accreditation and attended James Fox’s Prison Yoga Project workshop in 2012. In the spring of 2007, after more than four years driving a taxi on Long Island, NY, Yochai injured his right shoulder during martial arts sparring practice. Unable to move his arm and no longer able to drive a taxi, Yochai found his way back to Los Angeles, CA, to look for work, opportunity, and to heal himself.
Through a series of fortuitous events, Yochai came to Santa Monica Power Yoga’s donation-based studio. Still humbled by his injury, unable to perform sometimes the most basic yoga poses, Yochai diligently practiced yoga under the guidance and teachings of Rudy Mettia. Over the many months, Yochai noticed his shoulder’s range of motion improve incrementally slowly but nonetheless surely. But what was also noted, were the calming and centering aspects of the yoga practice itself. Yochai found himself becoming less reactive to his surroundings and impulsive in his actions; the practice of yoga provided the ability to find calm in the midst of chaos – a quality of living he’s searched for all his life.
Years later, in the Fall of 2013, Yochai moved to Atlanta with his 200-RYT accreditation to fulfill his desire to share the practice of yoga; to help others find calm amidst chaos; to find a center within oneself. And it is through the simple power of the yoga practice, that Yochai believes we can all restore our physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being. Yochai is an E-RYT 200 / RYT 500 yoga teacher, accredited through Yoga Alliance.
We love yoga! We live it, we practice regularly, and we love to share it! The instructors at Active Sol are all certified to help guide you through a safe and well-rounded practice. Our personal bios reflect a variety of influences, enriching the offerings we have at Active Sol. In yoga, there is a beautiful balance between strength and surrender, between effort and letting go. As we encourage you to take your practice to new heights, we also honor your “inner teacher” and encourage you to listen to your body at all times.
Krishaunda's first introduction to yoga was through the exercise channel on cable television back in 2008. Needing to relieve the stress of working full time, finishing up a Business Management degree at Kennesaw State University, and parenting her young daughter Trinity Faith, she found that she always felt so much calmer and relaxed after those TV sessions of deep breathing and gentle poses. Wondering how something so gentle and simple could have such a profound affect on her mind and body she started seeking yoga classes in and around her hometown of Atlanta, Ga.
After practicing at home off and on and trying different studios around town Krishaunda decided to deepen her knowledge of yoga and its history by enrolling in a teacher training program. Krishaunda finished her 200-Hour RYT Multi-Style teacher training at Active Sol Yoga. Having tried and enjoyed a variety of yoga styles including Hot, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, and Restorative; Krishaunda found her niche in practicing and teaching a mix of Vinyasa and Yin/Restorative. Having experienced firsthand the effects of a consistent yoga practice, Krishaunda wants to share that experience with anyone seeking peace in this sometimes chaotic world.
Shelley believes yoga is accessible to anyone, no matter the circumstance. She first began her practice in 2011 and has been joyfully spreading her love of yoga ever since. She completed her 200-hour training at Active Sol in Atlanta, Georgia. Inspired by the peace her practice brought about during her mother’s battle with cancer, she found a deep appreciation for restorative yoga and the benefits it could bestow upon others. Her classes are relaxing, grounding, and peaceful. With each class she aims to clear the mind and body of stress so that her students may live more enjoyable lives. She frequently utilizes meditation and yogic principals to create an enriching experience for all levels.
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