The Vista Yoga 300 Hour Teacher Training course will deepen the graduates knowledge of the field of yoga, specifically in the style of Vista Yoga. Areas will include yoga philosophy, anatomy, insight training, asana practice, somatic awareness, and effective teaching techniques for these areas.

The Vista Yoga style of teaching is one that is anatomically focused, adaptable to the needs of the students and moment, has a rooting in iyengar, ashtanga, and prajna schools of yoga, and weaves the philosophy of yoga throughout the physical practice.

These weekends are separated into courses of study that train each participant to have a keen eye, a broad tool kit, and intuition for what intention, approach, and practices would be the most beneficial for their student/students.

Each weekend is designed to hone these teaching skills through lecture, observation, discussion, individual study as homework, leading each other through postures and practices, offering appropriate assists, and collaboration.

Graduates will cultivate confidence and reverence in taking the seat of the yoga teacher through deep study, applied knowledge, and practicum.

Through deep inner listening and working of the yoga sutras students will have insights and come to appreciate the uniqueness of their personal yogic path.

Graduates will experience an understanding of the importance of variety in yogic practice as well as the inclusiveness of the practice, which requires the attention and understanding of the teacher for each student. Graduates will learn relevant skills to bring to a variety of real world practitioners of all abilities and experience levels.

The training will build community in yogic practitioners known as Sangha. A community to study, live, and develop together, free of judgement, and full of understanding and insights.

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 500-hour RYT and Senior Prajna Yoga instructor. 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.

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.

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.