The Art of Self Practice

The Art of Self Practice
with Marti Yura and Caroline Dunham
Next Offering TBD
20- Hours offered for Yoga Alliance Certification and a Mandatory Module in the Vista Yoga 300-Hour Teacher Training.

“The contemplative life must provide an area, a space of liberty, of silence, in which possibilities are allowed to surface and new choices, beyond routine choices, become manifest. It should create a new experience of time, not as stopgap stillness, but as “temps vierge,” not a blank to be filled or an untouched space to be conquered and violated, but a space which can enjoy its own potentialities and hopes, and its own presence to itself. But not dominated by one’s own ego and its demands. Hence open to others – compassionate time…”
Thomas Merton, The Other Side of the Mountain

In this weekend students will:

  • Be immersed in the practice of yoga: Asana (postures), Pranayama (Breath Awareness), Chanting, Meditation, and Dharma (Wisdom Study).
  • Learn techniques that address the emotional, mental, and physical to establish an authentic self-practice that will serve each unique individual
  • Learn Ayurvedic principles to understand their personal constitution and through this lens how to adapt a practice to their individual needs.
  • Learn how to adapt the practice to support a changing life and world, including
  • questions of aging, cycles, injury, fatigue, seasons, time of day, etc.
  • Learn how to modify postures with the use of various props to make it accessible and to keep the practice fresh.
  • Learn the importance of both active and restorative practice and when they’re applicable.
  • Map the myo-fascial system through somatic movement and specific rolling techniques and practice ways to integrate these modalities into a personal practice.
  • Discover through the text of the Yoga Sutras the barriers to practice and learn practical techniques to work with those barriers.
  • Establish a steady meditation practice with emphasis on the practice of self-study, Svādhyāya.
  • Learn to utilize a personal practice for teaching purposes (for teachers.)


A Friday-Only Registration Option is now available! 
Join us Friday night to dive deep into the question What is is yoga?  Our evening will include readings and discussion of the foundations of yoga, 8 limb path, and a therapeutic afternoon of facia rolling and somatic work.
Friday, January 17, 2:30pm-8:30pm – $100

Friday, January 17, 2:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday, January 18, 9:30am-6:00pm (Includes an Ayurvedic lunch)
Sunday, January 19, 9:30am-6:00pm

Investment – $350
Early Bird (before January 1st) – $300

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.

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.