Teachers

Abbey BrewerAbbey Brewer, E-RYT (500), PRYT, NCTMB, CPI, CNMT, CR, CPP has been a certified yoga instructor since 1998. She is an experienced dance instructor, and has formed the performance group, "Anjali", integrating the art of dance with yoga. Her knowledge in musculoskeletal anatomy and human kinetics is prevalent in all of her classes. She teaches anatomy and physiology,  is an accredited neuromuscular therapy and rehabilitation educator, and maintains a full Pilates apparatus training practice. Her yoga classes combine all of her knowledge with classical yoga techniques including: pranayama, vinyasa, meditation, inversion, balance, and most of all her immense love of yoga! All levels -Intermediate/Advanced.

Abbey is a certified prenatal yoga instructor.  She has experience as a doula, is a certified prenatal massage therapist, and is the co-creator of "Womb Wellness", a comprehensive prenatal massage certification program. She practiced prenatal yoga throughout her  own pregnancy and knows first hand how yoga helps achieve a healthy pregnancy. Her prenatal yoga class incorporates relaxation, hip openers, strengthening, and pranayama with an emphasis on safety. Email Abbey at embraceyoga@msn.com.

Shawna Butson-Brodie , CMT,  is a self-proclaimed “somanaut” and anatomy geek…she’s always been fascinated by the intersections of mind, body, and spirit. She is a certified Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor, CranioSacral, Thai Yoga, and Massage Therapist, with 20 years as a bodywork professional. Her journey began as a teen...curiously studying anatomy, dance, yoga, breath, and meditation. She sharpened her focus with professional degrees in Health Promotion & Wellness Education and Advanced Clinical Massage & Bodywork. Since 1998, she has served in spas, holistic health/fitness centers, trained massage therapists, taught injury prevention, and helped 1000's of clients feel better in their bodies. Shawna loves helping others to deepen their body-awareness and source healing from within. Her classes are fun, educational, and relaxing. She places great importance on teaching 'user-friendly' anatomy, self-care, and healthy self-reliance. Contact Shawna at (678)457-7727 or Shawna@SacredSpiralHealing.com.

Wanda DeVaughn Wanda DeVaughn, LCSW, E-RYT (500) is a psychotherapist who discovered the amazing benefits of yoga and became certified in Integrative Yoga Therapy in 1997, later travelling to India to complete her 500 hour certification through the Himalayan Institute. Her classes are generally a slow flow of postures, often including yin yoga (longer held poses for stretching the inner connective tissue) and restorative yoga (using bolsters to support deep relaxation). She emphasizes listening to your own body, and honoring what is right for you in each moment, inviting non-judgmental awareness on all levels – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The classes include yogic breathing, asanas (postures), relaxation, mudras (yoga for your hands), pranayama (breathing practices), and meditation.  Her classes are gentle, but you will increase strength, tone, flexibility, and focus, while reducing the effects of stress and deepening your connection with inner wisdom and serenity. Beginning and continuing students are welcome. Contact her at yogawan@mindspring.com.

Becky "Jyoti" Huff Becky Bishop, E-RYT (500) earned her 200-hour Yoga Alliance-approved Yoga Teacher Training & Certification through Peachtree Yoga Center and her 500-hour Yoga Alliance Advanced Studies Teacher Training Certification through Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC. She is thrilled to be sharing the healing, transformative effects of yoga at Marietta Yoga.  Classes are taught in a flowing Vinyasa style, interlinking poses through a series of movements along with held postures to build strength and balance.  Becky's classes focus on a three pronged approach to healing the mind, body, and spirit through a combination of asana, pranayama and meditation, with an emphasis on instruction and attention to detail. Becky's collection of 5-minute, imagery-guided meditations, Moonbeams & Fireflies, was published summer 2010. Becky teaches All Levels, Beginner - Intermediate.

Melanie SharpMelanie Sharp, RYT since 2011 and a long time member of the Marietta Center for Yoga and Well Being community, teaches the Tuesday morning class at 11:30. Melanie’s teaching combines the styles of hatha yoga, vinyasa flow, restorative and yin yoga, with a little bit of mediation and breath work added in. Melanie’s teaching helps students to work on increasing strength, flexibility, and coordination, while learning to listen to their own bodies. Her classes are gentle, but with opportunities for students to challenge themselves if they want to. Participants in Melanie's class will learn to relax in poses and in life, and to laugh and have fun in the process. She can be reached at melaniersharp@hotmail.com or 404-217-6428.

The Monday, noon Yin Yoga is a slow paced style of yoga with postures that are held for longer periods of time. Poses target the connective tissue of the body (tendons, ligaments, and fascia) with the goal of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. Most poses are passive and performed while seated or in a reclining position and primarily affect the lower parts of the body like the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, and lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissue and account for about fifty percent of the body’s flexibility. Poses are held with the muscles fully relaxed, allowing time and gravity to deepen the stretch. Melanie’s class will include one hour of asanas (yoga postures) and 15 minutes of guided meditation and svasana (final relaxation pose). Join Melanie to stretch your body and calm your mind~what a great way to start your week! 

Bev StegmanBev Stegman, BS, MAud, CR, RYT completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Marietta Center for Yoga and Well Being, and has her Yoga for Scoliosis Certification, and is the only certified yoga for scoliosis trainer in the State of Georgia. Bev has worked in the healthcare industry for over 28 years. She currently owns and manages Foundation Therapy Centers, outpatient physical and occupational therapy providers in Roswell and Sandy Springs.

A retired gymnast who sustained a back injury at age 18 with subsequent lumbar spinal fusion and progressive scoliosis, she suffered for years from daily back pain and worsening posture. Bev decided there had to be a natural organic way to manage pain, improve posture and find balance. Yoga was the answer. Bev desires to share the healing power and benefits of yoga with others.

It is estimated that over 80% of people will experience back or neck pain at some time in their lives. The Yoga Back Care classes focus on preventing and/or reducing back and neck pain, improving core/ leg strength and postural alignment. Breath work and muscular release are incorporated in all classes.

Tuesdays at 7:00pm Restorative Yoga for Back Care and Stress Release: This practice allows you to turn off the stress response and allow the body to heal. You will practice breathwork and restorative poses using props to release unhealthy holding patterns in the body, and gravity and relaxation to heal the body.  Sink into total relaxation and sleep well with less stress, tension and pain.

Beginning and continuing students welcome.

Email Bev at bsbrook@bellsouth.net

 

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