INSTRUCTORS

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.

Bobbye Brown

Bobbye retired from a Fortune 500 company and followed her passion for Yoga; from the corporate cube to teaching yoga. During her working career, she practiced yoga over twenty years and experienced the healing benefits of calming and quieting the mind in her personal and professional life. Three weeks after retirement, she embarked on her new journey in yoga teacher training. Bobbye earned her 200 hour teaching certification in 2012 and is a RYT with Yoga Alliance, and currently teaches in the Atlanta Decatur areas.

Bobbye’s joy and privilege is to share her gift of teaching yoga to everybody; all levels, gentle, chair/mat, restorative and vinyasa flow. Her teaching focuses on the art of aging gracefully with joy through movement. Bobbye is motivated to be an inspiration to “love yourself; love your body” with emphasis on opening the heart center to enable healing the body, calming the mind and balancing your life. She is compassionate and caring serving and guiding students to receive the rewards of flexibility, strength and better health through a renewing and refreshing breath centered practice.

Bobbye continues to be excited and energized to continue her training and includes in her toolbox workshops with Tra Kirkpatrick, Yoga Therapy, 30-hour module; Yoga for Osteoporosis; Yoga for Cancer Survivors; and Vista Yoga. She continues to study with Tias & Surya Little, Prajna Yoga School, Santa Fe, NM, to complete her 300 hour teacher certification.

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.

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 thdominick@yahoo.com 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.

Rebecca Leary Safon NMT RYT 500 RPYT C-IAYT

I have dedicated my life’s work to the care of women since 2000. I graduated from the Academy of Somatic Healing Arts as a Neuromuscular Massage Therapist, and received prenatal massage certification and advanced training from Carole Osborne. In 2000 I founded Mother-to-Mother Massage & Yoga Therapy, creating a sacred space for women to explore body, mind and breath with nurturing and support. Adding to my expertise in bodywork, I became a 200-hour registered yoga teacher in 2013, and added prenatal yoga and Yoga-Born childbirth education with Jacci Gruninger in 2014. In 2016, I completed 500 hours of training in Yoga Therapy with Marlysa Sullivan MPT E-RYT500, and Yoganand Michael Carroll. In 2017, I received certification as a yoga therapist from IAYT. I am currently a Director in Training with Pranakriya School, and working on certification in yoga for the pelvic floor with Leslie Howard. I teach yoga in studios around the Atlanta metro area and in private practice, specializing in prenatal, therapeutic and meditative flow/vinyasa. Before beginning my work in alternative healthcare, I was a dance and theater producer in New York City and Atlanta. I raised two strong, smart and beautiful daughters in Atlanta with my husband, two cats, and a Great Dane named Leon.

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.

Erin Malan

Erin has years of experience in leading others to produce efficacious and satisfying movement. A ballerina-turned-yoga-teacher, her early life included years of intense dance training, followed by a short professional career, then a BA and MFA in ballet teaching and choreography. After a decade of teaching ballet to children and adults, Erin was drawn to the nourishing and spiritual qualities of yoga. She pursued her teacher training at Peachtree Yoga Center in 2014, where she completed her 200-RYT certification.

Erin has lived in California, Colorado, Utah, Indiana, Kenya, and Georgia. When not teaching or practicing yoga, she is probably chasing her three young kids around, reading or writing, cooking, hiking, or doing Zumba. Erin is excited to be a part of the community at Vista Yoga!

Susan Mittleman

I’ve been practicing yoga in some form or another for nearly half my life. As a journalist, a world traveler, and a human, I have 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 I’ve studied with different teachers from different traditions including Kriya, Sivananda, Prajna, Kundalini, Classical Hatha, and Vinyasa yoga. In 2008 I began studying Pranakriya Yoga with Yoganand Michael Carroll and have since earned my 500 hour Advanced Teacher Certification (RYT500) and 500 hour Yoga Therapy Certification in this tradition.

I am also certified in Pre and Post Natal yoga and certified in Thai Yoga Massage under the tutelage of Kam Thye Chow.

My goal as a teacher is to share the wisdom I’ve gained from my experiences 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.

Kim Nelson

Physical conditioning has always been an integral part of Kim’s life. She brought her past experience as a former endurance triathlete and competitive marathoner to her practice a number of years ago when she realized that her body needed a different kind of attention. As time moved on and she became more attune to what her body needed she was able to find the right kind of practice that most complemented her active lifestyle. She continues to race bicycles but has found that her yoga practice is what enables her to seek balance in all that she does.

She is married with 2 children, ages 21 and 16 and teaches yoga fulltime after 17 years in the corporate world. Kim is currently a 200 hour EYRT, and continues her education with Tias Little, of Prajna Yoga, as well as studying the many aspects of yogic tradition with a variety of teachers.

Her easeful style blends cues for proper physical alignment with those which foster a keen sense of awareness. You will be guided to explore your own physical and mental conditioning and in this safe environment you may discover how peeling the layers away slowly reveals truth, in your body and in your life.

Christy Vanest

Christy is a Georgia native, a wife, and mother. She’s been a regular practitioner of yoga since 2012. Coming from an athletic background of distance running and Crossfit, Christy happened upon Yoga asana as a means to stretch, but instead found her passion. She earned a 200 hour RYT certification with Gina Minyard in Alignment-Based Hatha Yoga, and completed Initiation in Neelakantha Meditation with Paul Ortega. She is the Director of Free For All Yoga Inc, a 501c3 dedicated to bringing yoga to populations in need. Christy brings a strong, focused practice that follows the cycles of the moon, while allowing for spiritual connectedness through breath, intention and alignment. She loves a good playlist and likes keeping it real. Her classes blend the physical with the spiritual, motivating while holding sacred space.

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.