INSTRUCTORS

Marti Yura

Marti continues to integrate what she has studied and learned for over forty years as a health and well-being professional.

Her journey has come full circle, from her first fitness studio in Charleston, SC in 1982, to the 2009 “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. Since then, Yoga has become a fundamental practice from which to live life from. She is grounded in the tenets and distinctions of Yoga, and utilizes her classes, workshops, and in-depth teacher trainings as a powerful medium with which to support students in fulfilling more than they could expect from their practice. 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.

Marti also offers private 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 500hour E-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 with PTSD Program. Marty also offers “Yoga Coaching for Life” as a one-on-one program at Vista Yoga.

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.

Gina Burke

Sharing the benefits of YOGA kids on their own level of understanding can reduce stress and anxiety, improve focus and attention and give them tools needed achieve inner calmness and peace so that they can be healthy and happy kids with a lot of love, kindness and compassion to share with others.

Gina Burke has been teaching yoga since 2017 when she received her CYA-RYT300. Coming from an educational background, it became her passion to work with kids, tweens and teens. She received her certification to teach kids and another one specific to teach teenagers from Kidding Around Yoga International.

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, 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.

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 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.

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).

Fabiana Pimenta

Fabiana Pimenta received her 200-hour teaching certification at Vista Yoga in 2017. Currently, she is working in her 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training also at Vista and continuing her studies with Prajna Yoga teachers. She holds additional qualifications in Yoga for Cancer Survivors and is a certified Y12SR (Yoga for 12-Step Recovery) leader under Nikki Myers. She is a registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT-200) and for two years teaches little yoga bites at lunch time for her co-workers. She is a passionate learner, try to have a beginner mind, study yoga asana, texts, and is discovering somatic movement. Fabiana practices yoga for more than 10 years, and since 2016 embarked on a consistent daily yoga practice to overcome fibromyalgia pain and life/work related stress. In addition to teaching yoga, she has a fulltime job as a researcher. Yoga allows her to breathe, keeps her focused and improves her physical and emotional wellbeing. It is her honor and privilege to share her yoga practice, which is grounded on breath, mindful movements, strength, softness and fun. She is committed to make yoga accessible to everyone! She is your guide, but she always will remind you to listen to your body, your inner teacher! To be kind to yourself, avoid pain, find your boundary, follow your intuition and find your own shape in each pose. She invites you to take a break, make a conscious choice to pause, and engage in a yoga practice. Her motto is: “No matter one’s condition, yoga has something to offer to us all”. She is grateful and blessed to belong to Vista Yoga community and will be honored to share her practice with you!

Jimmy Rabb

After his first yoga class 8 years ago, Jimmy knew right away he wanted to help grow yoga’s presence in the world. A practice that began as a way to relive tension and relax soon grew into a method of increasing strength, mobility and awareness of the subtly body. Jimmy completed his teacher training at Vista Yoga in 2017 and is now 200hr Prajna Yoga certified instructor. He has taught at studios, schools, and even island resorts. In Jimmy’s class you can expect to dive deep into every posture and sequence. His pace allows students to experience the nuances of each pose, while his anatomical queuing ensures students are building on top of solid fundamentals. Whether you are just getting started, or a lifelong practitioner, there is something for you in Jimmy’s class.

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.

BETSY Hanner

Betsy began her yoga journey in Aspen, Colorado in 2012. After a couple of snowboarding injuries, she fell in love with the healing aspect of yoga while practicing consistently throughout two separate recoveries. Since then, Betsy completed her 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certification through Yoga Works in Bali, Indonesia. Her asana classes consist of intentional vinyasa sequences designed to build strength, improve balance, and reduce physical tightness and mental stress. She also teaches and practices yin yoga to balance out her active lifestyle. Additionally, Betsy is a certified breathwork facilitator, and a big believer in the therapeutic and restorative power of the breath. Always a student, Betsy love to practice yoga every day.

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