Free Children's Yoga Class!

Children ages 6-9 are invited to a FREE yoga class on Saturday, January 7 from 2:30-3:30.

Melanie Sharp, RTY 200 and retired elementary school teacher will teach from the children's yoga curriculum called Grounded/Laughter/Elevation www.gogrounded.com.

Children will do poses, play games, and participate in some fun mindfulness activities. Kindness will be the class theme and children will practice being kind to themselves and to others.

Yoga helps children with strength, balance, and flexibility. Mindfulness activities teach children to focus, calm themselves when necessary, and to fully experience the world around them.

The class is free, but Melanie asks that you register your child ahead because space is limited. She can be reached at 404-217-6428 or at melaniersharp@hotmail.com.

Parent's Night Out

Children ages 6-9 are invited to join yoga teacher, Melanie Sharp, the 2nd Friday night of each month this quarter for an evening of YOGA FUN!

On January 13, February 10, and March 10, parents can drop their children off from 6:00-8:00 at the Marietta Center for Yoga and Well Being. The cost is $25 and children will participate in yoga poses and games, practice fun mindfulness activities, and do a simple art project.

Space is limited, so if you are interested in your child participating, let Melanie know by the first of each month. 404-217-6428 or melaniersharp@hotmail.com

Yamuna Body Rolling Workshops (YBR)

* Pre-registration required; No drop-ins. *

Unlike foam roller exercises, YBR is restorative fitness that goes far beyond random movement and stretch. The method uses specialized 6-10” inflatable balls to act like a massage therapist’s hands. They strategically provide traction and pressure to iron out tension and pain in all areas of the body. YBR liberates your body, prevents injury, and slows the aging process of your joints and structure. With just a few minutes of pro-active work, you can avoid the old-age restrictions that so many people have. Most people find YBR provides comparable sensations to a relaxing, deep tissue massage. Even those with physical limitations can benefit from using the balls. YBR classes and workshops help you release tension patterns and develop problem solving skills for your aches and pains. Instruction covers YBR theory, safety, and simple routines for each body part...using a ball, gravity, and your body weight to precisely target muscle and bone. Having a YBR self-care practice brings relaxation, renewed energy, and a better understanding of how to sustain your body in optimal alignment, freedom, and ease.

Balls provided for class (with purchase option). Wear form fitting clothes for best results.

Beginner's Intro to YBR
Saturday, January 14
1:00 - 3:30 pm

Save your Yeck & Shoulders
Saturday, February 18
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Save Your Hips
Saturday, March 25
1:00 - 3:00 pm

** Pre-registration is required for YBR classes and workshops **

Led by Shawna Butson-Brodie, YBR, CMT Shawna offers students a natural approach pain management, stress reduction, and body sustainability. With 19 years of private practice in the healing arts, her mission is to support those seeking health, life-balance, and a deeper connection to their body’s capacity for self-repair and renewal. Shawna is the daughter of a nurse-midwife-healer-teacher, and a scientist-architect-artist-builder, her earliest formative influences. Her journey into the bodywork profession began as a teen, curiously studying anatomy, movement, dance, yoga, and meditation. She sharpened this focus with degrees in Health Promotion & Wellness Education and Advanced Clinical Massage & Bodywork. As a nationally licensed massage therapist, she worked in spas, holistic health/fitness centers, trained massage therapists, taught injury prevention, and has helped 1000's of clients to feel better in her private practice. She specializes in Yamuna Body Rolling Instruction, CranioSacral Therapy, and Thai Yoga Bodywork, bringing a range of techniques and education to empower proactive self-care. Shawna believes our bodies can remain vital and joyful through every decade when we harness the healing force within and learn to help ourselves. Learn more at www.SacredSpiralHealing.com. Contact: 678.457.7727 or Shawna@SacredSpiralHealing.com.

Yoga to Understand Your Relationship to Food & Diet

Saturday, January 21,
1:00 – 3:30 pm
$50 if paid by January 14,
$60 thereafter

Please write checks to Dennis Kast and mail to 317 Alexander St., Marietta, GA 30060.

Come learn some of the latest theories on healthy diet (fat, carbs, protein, intermittent fasting), including how stress and emotions affect eating, cravings and metabolism. Dennis will borrow from psychology, neuroscience, and theories on will power and yoga philosophy (yamas and niyamas) to offer you some new ideas and practices to help deal with cravings, binging and 'falling off the wagon.'

Yoga Nidra/iRest practice will be included to work with emotions and circumstances that challenge your resolve. Dennis will also recommend books and sources to help you develop your own plan to better understand your relationship with food and eating, and suggest some tools to keep you on track with your goals around food and health.

Led by Dennis Kast, who has been teaching yoga classes and workshops and private sessions in the Atlanta area for 15 years. After 30 years in a business career, Dennis retired to a career in yoga and fitness. He has completed a 200 and 500 hour certification at Kripalu and a 3 year certification in iRest/yoga nidra meditation. He has assisted in several teacher training programs at Kripalu and is certified in positional yoga therapy. He focuses most of his yoga studies on the healing aspects of yoga.

Women's Health Yoga & Wellness Workshop

Saturday, February 11
2:00 - 5:00 pm
$45 if paid by 2/1 and $55 after

This 3 hour workshop will include a 90 minute asana (yoga) practice specific to women's health, a pelvic floor anatomy discussion, and herbal suggestions for hormonal support, pelvic floor health, and general vitality.

Abbey Brewer, is a seasoned yoga teacher (actively teaching yoga since 1998) who has many certifications that include E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP, LMT, CNMT, Comprehensive Certified Pilates Instructor, certified community and family herbalist and certified aromatherapist. She is the founder and director of Georgia's first registered prenatal yoga teacher training school and has taught and apprenticed with women's health PT, Candice Goch for over a decade. She has been supporting women in holistic health options for over 18 years, working as a yoga teacher, neuromuscular therapist, doula, fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum specialist, offering abdominal detox massage, & herbal support. In addition to her work in women's health, she taught musculoskeletal anatomy, neuromuscular therapy, and rehabilitation at Rising Spirit Institute/Gwinnett College for more than 8 years. Her goal is to mentor women through education and movement practices so that we can all be self empowered, vibrant, and ultimately thrive.

Abbey Brewer, RPYT, LMT, E-RYT 500, Certified Pilates Instructor, Family & Community Herbalist 404.272.9099 embraceyoga@msn.com


Monthly Happenings

Beyond Asana Book Study

Join us the first Thurday of each month from noon until 1:30 pm
for a yoga philosophy book study and discussion.

More in-depth study of yoga philosophy helps us integrate and incorporate the wonderful teachings of yoga throughout our lives.

We are currently studying The Freedom of Being at Ease with What Is by Jan Frazier

The Freedom of Being book cover

All are welcome.


Women Who Run with the Wolves

Book study meets every 3rd Friday.
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Love Offering

Book cover

Led by Julia Speers

Authentic Intuitive Movement

AIM is a diverse gathering to honor the body/spirit connection, celebrate life, and build community through improvisational movement, artistic expression, and an openness to the sacred however defined.

People Dancing

Do your yoga, stretch, roll around on the floor, boogie; dance alone, with another; connect with your own spirit and that of whatever may be greater. A circle will begin and end the gathering and a variety of live music and prepared tracks will be played.

Dance to music in a space made sacred. Dancers arrive and leave as they choose. All bodies, all dance abilities, all forms of spirituality are welcome.

Bring your friends and family!

The first Saturday of every month
12 noon - 1:30 pm
Love Offering

Led by Kristie Picklesimer (678-234-3869)
and Karen Ferguson, the creators of AIM

Sacred Women's Circle


From the beginning of time women have always circled. In the ancient tradition of moon lodges and red tents, this time together can serve to enliven the deepest parts of ourselves and enrich our communities. A sacred woman's circle is a container for speaking our truths and witnessing one another with compassion as new insights begin to stir from the deepest parts of ourselves. This gathering will serve as an intimate time of sharing for women in all phases of life.

Friday, October 28
7:00 - 9:00 pm 
Love Offering

Led by Kristie Picklesimer (678-234-3869)

Women's Yoga Therapy Group

Yoga Therapy combines the ancient wisdom of yoga, pranayama, meditation, and the synergy of group process to enhance emotional well-being. The philosophy and practice of yoga offers guidelines for healthy living that are invaluable. Sharing your challenges while giving and receiving heart-felt feedback and insight with others supports connection and gives encouragement to work though difficult issues.

For the winter through spring 2017 series, we will learn the ancient Indian practice of mudras, yoga for your hands. Fingers are associated with various elements and chakras. Moving and touching hands and fingers in precise ways enhance the flow of prana (life force energy), and each mudra addresses different physical, emotional and/or spiritual aspects to well-being.

WHEN: Friday mornings, approximately every other week, 10:00 – 11:45 am

FEE: $45 per group, with a commitment to come to the whole the series. You may miss one group without a fee; otherwise you are responsible for payment of all weeks.

COMMITMENT: 10 weeks, winter and spring quarters 2017 Specific dates: 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/10, 3/24, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5, and 5/19.

Please call 770-425-4488 or e-mail yogawan@mindspring.com to schedule a brief interview.

Facilitated by Wanda DeVaughn, LCSW, E-RYT (500). Wanda has led many psychotherapy groups throughout her 36 years as a licensed clinical social worker, as well as numerous yoga classes since her Yoga Therapy training in 1997, and the opening of The Marietta Center for Yoga and Well Being in 1999. She has taught yoga philosophy in yoga teacher training, organized monthly meetings of Beyond Asana, a yoga philosophy book study group, and has facilitated this yoga therapy group since 2013.


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