Marti Yura

Marti’s journey has come full circle, from her first fitness studio in Charleston, SC in 1982, to the “birth” of Vista Yoga in Atlanta. Since 1979 her passion for physical and spiritual well-being has led her from teaching various forms of fitness, including personal training, to her discovery of Yoga in 1998.

Both dynamic and therapeutic, Marti’s classes are infused with a thorough understanding of the body, ancient wisdom, her nurturing spirit and a touch of humor.

She is a 500-hour ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance. After studying with a wide variety of Yoga teachers, she has been studying extensively with Tias and Surya Little, of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 2008, achieving her 500-hour certification with them.

She is also trained in Thai Yoga Massage therapy.

Marty Yura

Marty brings over 30 years experience working with individuals and groups in a wide variety of training environments. His talent is his ability to communicate precisely so that students understand and are able to implement. Applied to Yoga, this enables one to practice correctly, learning and improving in a structured environment.

“I’ve always been involved in the empowerment of people. It was usually in the domain of having them discover possibilities for themselves that they weren’t able to see before. After beginning to practice Yoga with some regularity, I realized that I was able to quiet my mind and focus on what was going on right now, without the distractions that seemed to often accompany whatever it was that I was doing. My commitment is to provide people with the possibility of what Yoga can be for them.”

Marty completed his initial 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification from Peachtree Yoga Center, as well as another 200-hour RYT Certification from Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, NM. He is a 200-hour ERYT and is currently studying with Tias Little for his 500-hour certification. He has an MA and BA in Psychology from California State University and UCLA. He has studied Mindful-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and offers such programs to organizations. He has also been trained in Mindful Yoga Therapy for veterans with post-traumatic stress, and currently teaches at the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program. Marty also offers “Yoga Coaching for Life” as a one-on-one program at Vista Yoga.

Paula Anderson

Paula earned her Master of Science in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training from Georgia State University in 1998 and is credentialed through the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Exercise Physiologist. She came to Emory University in 1999 as a full-time faculty member in physical education where she taught a variety of fitness and special interest classes. She began teaching yoga at Emory in 2009 as an outgrowth of her personal practice and background in fitness. Before teaching at Emory she spent 10 years as a sports massage therapist in private practice specializing in injury treatment and prevention for recreational and professional athletes.

With a strong personal and professional background in fitness, she was seeking a studio and RYT program that combined deep spiritual teaching with a respect for biomechanics. “The commitment of everyone at Vista Yoga to continually develop every aspect of their practice is awe-inspiring. Each day brings an opportunity to experience life more fully, cultivate awareness, and deepen my connection with myself and others. My aim as a teacher is to provide a safe and healthy way for our students to find ease and joy in both movement and repose. From each student I learn more about life, yoga, and myself, and I’m honored that they choose to share their practice with me”.

Her hips are so darn tight because she is an avid cyclist – commuting, recreational, and world-touring. She also has a weakness for plants.

Shonali Banerjee

Since 1995 I have found solace, strength and profound expansion through yoga. In 2002, after a bicycle accident, still recovering from injuries, I joined the 500 hour teacher training at Be Yoga with Alan Finger where I also became Director of Yoga Teacher Training programs. Alan teaches a style of yoga called ISHTA yoga (the Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda), which is a rich multi-faceted vinyasa practice. Simultaneously, I studied as an herbal apprentice, and explored rituals of chanting and aligning with the seasons and the moon. This fusion of healing through yoga while consciously connecting to universal rhythms is at the heart of my teaching. After moving to Paris, France in 2004, I did intensive study focusing on therapeutics and women’s issues with T.K.V. and Kausthub Desikachar. I built a yoga business in Paris (shonaliyoga!) which allowed me enough experience to register as E-RYT-500.

Everyone can do yoga! My classes are grounded in breath and alignment for steady and safe exploration. We will flow and hold. We will strengthen, expand, soften, and nurture. With reverence for the unique process of each individual, I encourage students to make the practice their own. Be prepared to fuel yourself and to learn tools which enable you to move through life with a bit more ease and centered connection. In perpetual gratitude to the many phenomenal teachers who have inspired me: my students, my children, my husband, Alan Finger, TKV Desikachar, Carrie Wykoff, Robin Rose Bennett, Erich Schiffman, Mark Whitwell, Sarah Powers, John Friend, Michelle Jacobi, Hillary Cohen, among others! … Namaste

Theresa Barnett

Theresa Barnett is a certified yoga therapist, craniosacral therapist and wellness consultant. She has been in private practice since 1985, and teaching yoga since 1994. Theresa began her journey in the early 1980s. Led by her quest for inner knowledge and a better understanding of the mind body connection, she was introduced to the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 1991. This innocent weekend retreat, unfolded into an “inner knowing” that she would return to Kripalu to become a certified yoga teacher. This knowing became a reality, and in 1994, Theresa opened her own yoga studio in Dunwoody. Throughout this time she continued to deepen her pursuit of yoga and studied with some of the most prominent teachers in the country. Through great good fortune, she encountered her teacher Diane Long. Diane possessed the gift of accessing and understanding the body’s innate beauty and intelligence beyond anything that she had previously experienced. With this, Theresa has created her own unique approach to teaching yoga that integrates physical movement of the body with a deep spiritual and meditative practice.

Naina Bhedwar

Naina Bhedwar is self-taught chef whose passion for food, cooking and spices began when she was barely knee high, in the family kitchen! Since then, Naina has taken this passion far and wide; on a mission to demystify the cuisine of the Near East and the Indian sub-continent.
Hailing from two distinct and vibrant Indian communities, the Parsis (originally from Persia) and the Punjabis of India’s North, Naina has had the further privilege of living in all four corners of India as well as abroad in Australia, the UK and now, Atlanta. Each home brought with it new and delicious culinary and cultural experiences, allowing a faceted and multi-layered love of all things edible to emerge and take hold.
Kesar Kitchen, LLC (Kesar is the Hindi term for Saffron ~ Naina’s favorite spice) offers exciting and interesting ways to masterfully prepare and present the endlessly varied and incredibly interesting foodof India, Persia and the Near East. To the Chef, there could be no greater salute to her ancestry.
Chef Naina currently teaches both public and private classes as well as catering smaller events and providing clients with in~home restaurant experiences, brining fine food and wine home to you. Be it through a completely personalized in-home cooking class experience, a cooking party with a difference or a small catered event, Kesar Kitchen promises to entertain both mind and palate with bold,exotic flavors and interesting epicurean facts.

Will Boatwright

Since 2007 Will has been a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, graduating from South University in Savannah Georgia. He found a calling to yoga on a surfing trip to Nicaragua in 2016. Having a strong personal practice he enrolled in without reservation to the 200 hour Prajna Yoga teacher training in 2017.
Not one to shy away from physical challenges, for over 26 years he continues to spend time skateboarding pools for fun and in contests and has even performed in demonstrations with skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. “I feel that yoga and skating mirror one another providing fun, awaking, and healing”….”of course one hurts far less when you make a mistake.”
Will lives in Tucker with his wife Emilie and their husky Van London. Both are excited to be welcoming their first baby this May.

Natalie Clark

Natalie is a kind and intuitive individual and a life-long learner. She believes that when we approach life with an open heart, engage with others from a place of compassion, guide others from a place of authenticity, and move through the world with a sense of purpose, an awakening from within occurs. This awakening has the power to heal, nourish, transform and enliven ourselves, our loved ones, our students and our communities. She teaches yoga as a means of connecting with herself, with others, the Earth and the Divine, and as an offering to all of those with whom she walks this path of grace, truth and endless discovery.

Natalie is an outgoing and encouraging teacher whose classes are creative and energizing. She believes in welcoming and including students of all abilities, levels and stages of life, and offering intelligent and challenging sequencing in order to motivate and inspire everyone who comes to the mat. She believes in being present, patient and authentic in order to hold space for her students in a safe and caring environment that promotes spiritual connection, physical activation, inner work, growth, expansion and openness. She considers yoga to be a tool for transformation that builds strength, resilience, trust, balance, peace, harmony and healing within individuals and communities.

As a prenatal yoga teacher, Natalie would like to give pregnant people the information, guidance and support that will benefit them and empower them to make the decisions that they feel are best for them and their baby, in order to have a functional birth, a healthy body, an open heart and a good life. Natalie is a supportive teacher who invests in her students, respects their decisions surrounding their pregnancy and birth, and has a passion for helping pregnant people to feel strong and connected. Natalie understands that feeling supported, respected and empowered can help a pregnant person to feel capable, confident, strong and aware. She also believes that by gaining more physical strength through prenatal yoga, you also gain more of the things that balance that strength, like grace, softness, tenderness and the ability to let go, release and surrender.

As a postpartum yoga teacher, Natalie would like to help people feel compassion and kindness towards themselves, as well as love and cherish their bodies which recently gave birth and, as a result, have changed. It is often the process of giving birth that awakens people to the true strength, wisdom, depth and intuition that they possess, making the postpartum period the ideal time to harness these qualities in order to promote and discover optimal health, wellness, strength, balance and connection to self, baby, loved ones and the world around you.

Natalie graduated from Elizabeth Rowan’s 100-Hour Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training at Form Yoga in Decatur, GA in 2017; Debra Mishalove’s 200-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at Flow Yoga Center in Washington, D.C. in 2018; and Deb Flashenberg’s 85-Hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training at the Prenatal Yoga Center in New York, NY in 2018. She has also been teaching high intensity, interval training, bootcamp classes in the Atlanta area for over 2 years.

One of Natalie’s favorite quotes is, “I expand into the place my ancestors couldn’t.” – Chani Nicholas. Her favorite color is green. She’s an Enneagram 4. She loves the beach, photography and long-distance running. She is the proud mom of a 10-year old beagle-mutt named MoMo

Caroline Dunham

Yoga found Caroline early in life as a self-care practice that weaved though her life in many varied forms. When she began her consistent daily practice shortly after graduating from Cornell University with a BS in Chemical Engineering, Caroline found a means to improve her physical and emotional well being. Now it is Caroline’s joy and privilege to help facilitate the yoga practice of others, with an emphasis on proper alignment, activation, and self-acceptance, as an important part of her continuously expanding yoga practice.

Caroline is an Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher and has completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Vista Yoga, studied with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga, attended yoga courses at University, and is an avid student of yoga asana, texts, and philosophy. In addition to teaching yoga, Caroline is currently the operations manager at Vista Yoga.

Ayla Harrison

I have happily been helping women and families have a healthy, stress-free, informed and enjoyable pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience for the past 25 years.

My desire to be a stay at home mom, combined with my enthusiasm for studying and continuing to work in a healing field, led to my next adventure in life – an extensive study of yoga. Following the tradition of T.K.V Desikachar, I have been a certified yoga, prenatal yoga and post partum yoga teacher at Emory University, the Goizueta Business School, the Pierce program and now in studios around town for the past 27 years.

My prenatal classes have evolved into a combination of pregnancy yoga, breath work and childbirth education.

I proceeded to get my DONA Doula Certification – CD(DONA), and my Lamaze childbirth educator certification to better serve my yoga students as well as other moms, to complete this amazing 9 months journey with me supporting them at their birth.

I am honored to be a part of this sacred time in a mother/couple’s life and I strive to help each one to have the birth experience that they desire – offering encouragement, advice and assistance while honoring their wishes.

Tracy James

Tracy received her 200-hour teaching certification at Vista Yoga in 2014. She is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT200 and continues her studies with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, NM, with whom she completed her second 200-hour training in 2017. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist who brings more than 17 years of experience in therapeutic structural bodywork and anatomical alignment into her teachings. Faith in the healing energetics of asana practice and a joyful knack for connecting with students are the cornerstones of a teaching style that encourages reverent fun on the sticky mat. Utilizing pranayama, chant, and creative and intelligent sequencing, Tracy encourages students of all levels to practice intuitively and with deep respect for their individual yogic paths.

Tracy resides in Decatur with her husband and three black rescue cats. When she’s not on her yoga mat, she can be found making mixed media art, digging in the dirt, or vacuuming up cat hair.

In addition to teaching yoga, Tracy offers Neuromuscular Massage at Vista Yoga, contact her at 678-665-7598 and to schedule a session with her.

Patricia Schmidt

Patty is both 200 and 500hr YA-Certified, and is an IAYT Level 1 certified yoga therapist. She holds additional qualifications in Pre/Postnatal Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Cancer Survivors, and Yoga for Hypermobility. Those who know her recognize that all roads lead to the pelvis; she is committed to pelvic health and wellness for women and men, at all stages of their lives. She trains other yoga teachers, as well as health and fitness professionals, to orient themselves to the pelvis in space, and raises awareness of pelvic health and wellness in public speaking and educational events. A recent transplant to Atlanta, Patricia infuses each class with wisdom, strength, and surrender.

Ann Ritter (Hari Kaur)

Ann Ritter (Hari Kaur), PhD, has been a student of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation for more than 28 years and a full-time yoga teacher for nearly19 years. She came to Vista Yoga in 2014. She is also RYT-500 certified as an Integrative Yoga therapist (C-IAYT), and has assisted in both Durham, NC, and Nashville, TN, on Kundalini Yoga teacher training programs.

Hari Kaur makes her home in Decatur, where she teaches both Kundalini Yoga and Kundalini Yoga for Post Traumatic Stress. In addition, she has served as a faculty member in Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business and with GSU’s College of Nursing as a research support team member on yoga for mild traumatic brain injury. Her doctoral dissertation from Fielding Graduate University was on the topic of wisdom states. Her PhD research included practical applications of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation for business students and other professionals.

Stacey Beth Shulman

Stacey Beth Shulman came to yoga because she was looking for a softer way. For years Stacey had pushed herself hard – physically and emotionally. When the results weren’t as swift or certain as she thought they should be, she would quickly become frustrated and move on to the next big thing that was supposed to fix it all. In her world, if it didn’t happen immediately, it was probably because I wasn’t trying hard enough or doing it the right way. Yoga helped her slow down, find acceptance in the moment, and begin to release her leanings toward perfectionism. This gentle unwinding brings Stacey to an ever deepening understanding of herself and her physical and emotional patterns.

For Stacey, practicing and teaching yoga is an act of creativity and joy. Her classes are a gentle, meditational style with longer held postures using props for support, in order to gain new insight and release old energies in the physical, emotional, and spiritual planes. Stacey believes there are many, many layers to yoga – and in any given class, no two people are ever at exactly the same place. She welcomes students who are new to yoga as well as those with more experience, in the hope that everybody will discover something new about themselves and their abilities.

Stacey received her 200 and 500 hour certifications from Yoganand Michael Carroll. In addition, she is a Certified Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator under the supervision of David Emerson. When she is not on the mat, Stacey enjoys reading, art, backyard birdwatching, and, of course, chocolate.

Susan Mittleman, E-RYT500, C-IAYT

I’ve been practicing yoga in some form or another for more than half my life, and have been teaching yoga since 2009. As a journalist, a world traveler, and a human, I’ve experienced the effects of stress on the body and soul, and understand first hand how yoga can help calm the mind, strengthen the body and resolve, to allow healing on all levels.

Over the years Over the years I’ve studied with teachers from different traditions including Kriya, Sivananda, Prajna, Kundalini, Classical Hatha, and Vinyasa yoga. In 2008, I began seriously studying with Yoganand Michael Carroll, founder of Pranakriya Yoga, (a lineage of Kripalu and Tantra Hatha Yoga) and earned my 200 hour and 500 hour Advanced Teacher Certifications, and 500 hour Yoga Therapy Certification in this tradition. I became Certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) in 2016. I also hold a Pre and Post Natal certification and am certified in Thai Yoga Massage under the tutelage of Kam Thye Chow.

My goal as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist is to share the wisdom I’ve gained from my experiences and studies, and to guide students to a place of discovery, joy, peace, strength and healing within themselves.
I continue to learn something new from each teacher and each student I encounter, and each time I practice.

Donna Rose Mulcahy (Hari Sadhana), RYT, KRI

“Yoga found me at age 18 through a book that I used to heal beautifully from knee surgery. Since that time, yoga has always been there for me to open my eyes to the wisdom of life’s journey. It has taught me compassion, love, and true happiness in the present moment.

“Integrated in my classes are concepts to empower you to have passion for life, to see beauty and wonder in the world around you, to encourage you, and to have fun!

“I have completed a 220-hour Kundalini Instructor course certified through KRI. Additionally, I have completed a 200-hour Yoga Instructor certification in Hatha Yoga (RYT).

“Come practice with me and learn the lessons on your mat that will empower you to live the life of your dreams!”

Emily Walkup

Emily is an avid seeker, yoga student and teacher, and Reiki practitioner with a deep passion for helping others. She considers herself a student OF life FOR life and prefers the road less traveled. She is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT-200) and currently teaches at multiple locations in the Atlanta area.

Emily is passionate about healthy living and pursuing whole body, mind and soul wellness. It is important to her that yoga be accessible to everyone; she is humbled and blessed to be a community partner of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. More recently, she became a certified Y12SR (Yoga for 12-Step Recovery) leader under Nikki Myers.

After graduating from Auburn University with a BA in Psychology, she realized she wanted to deepen her relationship with yoga and focus on mind/body/soul wellness. She brings over 16 years of practice as well as a 200-hour teacher training from Vista Yoga in Decatur, GA under Marti and Marty Yura. Having experienced the positive transformative effects of yoga firsthand, she aims to bring that same sense of wholeness and balance between effort and ease to her students.

Sheila White

In 2007, Sheila found herself the sole caregiver of an aging parent. Coupled with years in a high stress position in the financial industry, she began searching for physical and emotional grounding. In doing so, Sheila found an amazing individual who practiced Rolfing and Yoga. Upon introduction to the practice, she realized that Yoga was exactly what her body and mind needed. Through yoga, Sheila experienced a wonderful transformation in her body’s alignment and her emotional well-being. Wanting to share this life-changing practice, she took the next step and received her certification in Restorative/Yin Yoga through Asheville Yoga Center in 2010. In 2012, Sheila completed her 200 hour Teacher Training with Marietta Yoga and Well-Being and is certified through Yoga Alliance. She is currently working on her 500 hour Teacher Certification with Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sheila’s practice and teaching both are based in alignment and breath, using these techniques to achieve optimum results and to ensure each student reaches their individual goal.

Sheila is also a Reiki Master. She continues her training in various areas of the practice and with some of yoga’s most highly regarded teachers.