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 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.
“I got into yoga after sobering up from an intense couple of years. I was looking for something bigger, better, soul nurturing than the status quo. I found only temporary glimpses in drugs. I read a book from my dad’s bookshelf – The Way to God. My experience of reading this is hard to describe – transformationally awakening, and, at the same time, familiar.
“Shortly after this, I found a meditation group suggested to me through my chiropractor who is. a devotee of Yogananda. I too became a devotee after reading Autobiography of a Yogi. I began a daily meditation practice, became a member of SRF and started the How to Live home study lessons which I still work through.
“I grew up skateboarding and discovered the magic of the body at a young age. I discovered unbounded joy, the highest high! A feeling of lightness in body and mind. In adulthood, my love affair with skateboarding changed. My knees were a talking! After four years of a daily yoga meditation practice, I knew I was done with the weightlifting and Thai boxing. My sister introduced me to her yoga teacher in New York where she was in school, and I started practicing several times a week from a video titled Maha Sadhana by Dharma Mittra. I was again feeling an unbounded joy through this practice.
“In 2015, I completed the 200-hour teacher training at Kashi and began teaching. In 2016, I started the 500-hr training with Dharma Mittra in New York City. I aim to offer a safe place in my classes to reconnect with your inner self through the practice of yoga. We safely explore the boundaries and limitations set by our minds and move through them to discover our unlimited, unbounded, radiant selves. Love to all beings! Om shanti.”
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.
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 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.
Dani Berry, J.D.
Danielle (Dani) Berry, J.D., is a double dawg from Atlanta, Georgia, and Founder and Chief Wellness Officer of Wellworks Consulting, a company training lawyers and other high-stressed professionals in resiliency, stress reduction and mindful leadership. After law school, Dani practiced law for several years at a small boutique firm before joining BigLaw in 2010. Dani quickly rose the ranks in BigLaw, becoming Partner in 2013 and assuming management responsibilities over the Atlanta office in 2015, while continuing to manage an active case load.
Dani expanded her family during this time, getting married in 2009, and having two boys a few years later. A separation and divorce added more stress to an already overflowing pot and Dani found relief through studying yoga, mindfulness and meditation. Dani holds a 200-Hour Yoga Certification from Yoga Alliance and is currently working towards completing her 500-hour Certification. Dani’s mission is to help people thrive under stress, and tap into their innate ability to significantly reduce negative and habitual stress responses, and find more ease in everyday life.
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, her 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a session with her.
Veronica has been practicing yoga for nearly 25 years and teaching full time for ten. Veronica is a certified yoga therapist with IAYT and is a designated E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance. She has taught at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and Shepherd Center and specializes in yoga for trauma, traumatic brain injury, and chronic pain. Veronica believes that yoga should be available to everyone, and has worked with many under-resourced communities and organizations in Atlanta including City of Refuge funded by Cultivate Union, and Juvenile Youth Detention Centers funded by Centering Youth. She also is a fitness enthusiast (and former coach) and enjoys the highly technical aspects of strength training.
Veronica’s mission in sharing yoga with others is to provide a grounding and empowering experience to students. She believes that each person, if open, can move through a journey of learning self care and self accountability through mindfulness practice. Each human inhabits his/her/their own universe of experience. How each person relates to their bodies and somatic lifeforce is not like any other, and each person must find their own way. Each time we get on the mat, we have an opportunity to ride the waves of sensing our own inner experience, and taking charge of how we want to engage with it. This is the foundation of Veronica’s teachings and she offers this through connecting the mind to the body and breath in asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation.
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
After many years of practice, Susan has developed her own intuitive and personal style of teaching that includes a focus on breath, mindfulness, sensations in the body, strength, movement and stillness, with lightness and laughter thrown in.
Susan is a 500hr E-RYT, and a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). She also holds certifications in Yoga Nidra and two levels of Thai Yoga Massage. She has studied trauma-sensitive yoga and started the yoga program with Emory Healthcare Veterans Program. She has taught at an addiction rehab center, and works with various populations, ranging from able-bodies and athletes to people with adaptive needs. She holds additional certifications in Pre and Post Natal Fitness and Barre.
Susan has practiced yoga for more 25 years, with teachers from the Kriya, Kundalini, Sivananda and other traditions. In 2008, she began more serious study with Yoganand Michael Carroll, founder of Pranakriya Yoga (Kripalu lineage of tantra hatha yoga,) and earned her certifications in this tradition. She loves to discover new aspects of yoga and how modern science and yoga philosophy find ways to compliment each other. Her goal as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist is to share the wisdom from her experience and to guide students to a place of discovery, joy, peace, strength and healing within themselves. She teaches classes, workshops and retreats around town.
Donna Rose Mulcahy, RYT, KRI
I have been a student of yoga since high school, having taught myself from a library book while healing
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 over 300 hours
of training as a certified Kundalini Instructor through KRI. I am also certified through Yoga Alliance,
having completed a 200-hour Yoga Instructor certification in Hatha Yoga (RYT).
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.
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.