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ruby chandler

owner / instructor / all around go-getter


"i am a visionary, a creative, and a realist. i am my best self when i dream big, work hard (with people i love), and make space for rest & play."

2019 Intention: Vitality

Birthday: 06/06 - gemini

hometown: blue ridge, georgia

Current Fav Yoga Pose: Chair - i love the way it wakes up my whole body!

Fav Spot in Athens: here's where you can find me: shakti... b1 (that's my apartment)... 1000 faces coffee... hi lo lounge... repeat

the top 3: laughing, cooking (with jake), movement

Yoga Music style: purposeful, energetic, & uplifting

check out my heartfelt 2018 playlist for summer yoga fun!

Training: Sid Yoga 200hr RYT

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): power hour

Why Athens: I moved to athens for love and fell in love with the small town city charm! athens is my soul home for sure.


instagram: @life.with.ruby

maggie scruggs

manager / artist / sweat enthusiast


"i am ready for a challenge, empathetic at heart, creative, and practical. i am full of gratitude for the places i can go, the way i can move, and the people i love."

2019 intention: abundance

Birthday: 09/13- virgo

hometown: valdosta, georgia

Current Fav Yoga Pose: tadasana (mountain pose)

Fav Spot in Athens: ruby's couch

the top 3: art, long walks, anything in the sun

Yoga Music style: beats, tempo to match breath, OCCASIonally we dance to pop music 

listen to ‘Tension and release’ on My spotify

Training: baptiste level one & Shakti yoga university 200 hr

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): power flow

Why Athens: came For undergrad, stayed for shakti



personal insta: @loveandotherscruggs



Katie Kuiper

instructor / grad student / spark of joy


"I'm Real, fun, and encouraging. I love to help others even if it is just listening or making people laugh."

2019 Intention: JOY

BIRTHDAY: 05/25 - gemini

HOMETOWN: tupelo, mississippi

CURRENT FAV YOGA POSE: downward facing dog

FAV SPOT IN ATHENS: The Founder’s Garden on campus because it's right by my office and a lovely place to take a break and be outside

THE TOP 3: Get outside/hike, sing some JamZz, eat good food

YOGA MUSIC STYLE: Mixed bag but if it’s a power hour class I love the fun beatsss

TRAINING: Southern Star Yoga Center in Oxford MS


WHY ATHENS: PhD work at UGA in the Linguistics Department




annie marcum

instructor / irest angel / full-time yogi

"I love to practice yoga and spend time meditating, whether with my dogs or completely alone. I love connecting with people and fostering a space for open, nonjudgmental being. I feel lucky to be alive on this earth at this time!"

2019 intention: Sincere

Birthday: 09/5 - virgo

hometown: hamilton, ohio

Current Fav Yoga Pose: any and all- i love connection to breath

Fav Spot in Athens: ntramural Fields with my hubs and dogs.

the top 3: Walk my dogs, read, and road trips with my husband Jon

Yoga Music style: Heard but not distracting, just a nice addition to the sound of breath and connection to the rhythm of the body.

Trainings: Global Yoga Shala, iRest Institute, Yogaville, Asheville Yoga Center, Yoga Journal Conferences

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): power hour

Why Athens: I came to attend UGA because I visited and fell in love with Athens! When I graduated, I knew I couldn’t leave. Athens has been home for over a decade!


facebook: annie marcum yoga

instagram: @bannanniea




"I believe in the power of empathy, steadiness, and intuition. I’m warm and receptive… wacky, too."

2019 intention: grace

Birthday: 4/24 - taurus

hometown: Fairfax, Virginia

Current Fav Yoga Pose: dancing in chair pose

Fav Spot in Athens: buvez and green spaces in the sun

the top 3: long walks, slow mornings, plenty of sleep

Yoga Music style: depends on my mood, but You’re always going to get something quirky.

Check out my "yogi fun" and "Anjali" playlists.

Training: I received my RYT-200 in alignment-based vinyasa yoga with Peach Friedman, ERYT-500, at Yogafly Studio in 2015. I also did 50 hours of continuing ed with noah mazé in 2018.

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): Revival or Shakti Strength

Why Athens: I've been in Athens since the fall of 2017 for grad school, but I’m sticking around until the end of time. I love it here.

Instagram: @emily.unwin

Carli Gish

Power junkie / law student


"I spend most of my time in a pair of running shoes, going back and forth between the Oconee River Greenway and the law library. If not in the law school, expect to find me at closest rooftop bar or with the nearest golden retriever. "

2019 intention: Consistency

BIRTHDAY: 02/21 - pisces

HOMETOWN: jupiter, florida



THE TOP 3: Run, watch Ole Miss sports, bake cookies

YOGA MUSIC STYLE: fast paced and high energy





Instagram: @cargish

Taylor Parker

fireball/ uplifting spirit/ a good laugh


"Hard to describe myself in a sentence. I'm an essay with typos."

2019 Intention: Simplicity

Birthday: 08/04 - leo

hometown: savannah, georgia

Current Fav Yoga Pose: any hip opener

Fav Spot in Athens: my apartment downtown

the top 3: Workout really hard, shop really hard, run really hard...and live easy, and eat really great food.

Yoga Music style: either no music or loud country music

listen to women of country yoga

Training: Savannah Power Yoga and Level One with Baron Baptiste

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): shakti strength

Why Athens: I'm a Fashion Merchandising Major/English Minor at UGA.


instagram: @tay_bay_bay

Rachel Haisfield

Mountain lover / book worm/ grounded presence

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"I am a positive individual with a big heart who values honesty, community and balance. "

Birthday: 05/23 - gemini

hometown: boulder, colorado

Current Fav Yoga Pose: headstand

Fav Spot in Athens: So far, Georgia Theatre Rooftop!

the top 3: READ, cook, and spend time in the sun!

Yoga Music style: Uplifting and soothing

Training: CORePOWER yoga

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): power flow

Why Athens: I'm new to athens and came by way of my boyfriend's job


Instagram: @raichhais

Phelan lavelle

rockstar / giving spirit


"I believe myself to be genuine to whom I am."

2019 intention: Allow

Birthday: 05/24 - gemini

hometown: omaha, nebraska

Current Fav Yoga Pose: eka pada koundinyasana 2

Fav Spot in Athens: my neighborhood

the top 3: Being with my friends and family, playing music, walking dogs

Yoga Music style: I have a proclivity for the Grateful Dead.

Training: I received my 200 from Bill Cottrell at Yogaful Day. Currently, I am in pursuit of my 300 hour at Asheville Yoga Center. I'm about to do a training with Noah Maze that I'm excited about.

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): irest or power

Why Athens:I was in a band in Chicago and we toured with a band from here and, after we played here one time, we moved here.


Instagram: @vanphelan

Christine White

Movement lover / green thumb


"I am so many different things depending on the season in my life, but on most days I'd say I'm introverted, compassionate, authentic, self-aware, creative, fearful, chatty, introspective, curious, active and strong."

2019 Intention: Adventure

Birthday: 12/23 - capricorn

hometown: charlotte, north carolina

Current Fav Yoga Pose: HALF MOON

Fav Spot in Athens: Botanical Garden trails! (and Independent Bread, let's be real)

the top 3: Cooking food, biking, backpacking

Yoga Music style: eclectic, international, groovy

Training: athens yoga INSTITUTE

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): YINPOWER

Why Athens: UGA brought me here


Instagram: @christine585


olivia ball

Wanderer/ Problem Solver/ working on eating more veggies

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"I am a quirky soul in pursuit of happiness through presence and honesty. I approach life with a big heart looking for the good in every situation."

2019 Intention: Adventure

Birthday: 09/30 - Libra

hometown: columbus, ohio

Current Fav Yoga Pose: Half moon into Ardha Chandra Chapasana

Fav Spot in Athens: Sanford Stadium or Jittery Joes

the top 3: traveling the world with no real plans, volunteering at the Athens Humane Society, playing cards & board games with family and friends

Yoga Music style: Pop/ Electropop- something to flow with

Training: shakti Yoga university 200RYT

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): power hour

Why Athens: I came down to be part of the UGA Swimming and Diving team and to get my biological engineering degree.


Instagram: @oliviaball14

Grace Carrington

energetic/ eye for design

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“I am a hard-working old soul with a passion for belly laughs and making people smile. My specialties include: dance parties, controlling the aux, and being a ‘YES.’”

2019 Intention: Purpose

Birthday: 09/04 - Virgo

hometown: Atlanta, gA

Current Fav Yoga Pose: deaf man's pose or headstand

Fav Spot in Athens: Georgia Theatre rooftop

the top 3: cooking, eating at new restaurants, creating art

Yoga Music style: I’d say a mixture of modern rock with a deep appreciate for the classics... and always down for a remix

Check out my "vibe Flow" playlist on SPOTIfY

Training: Shakti Yoga University 200RYT

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): Hip Hop FLow

Why Athens: UGA undergrad- go dawgs!


Instagram: @graceecarrington

Sara lips

mindful/ fun loving/ veggie enthusiast


"I'm a laid back yogi who doesn't take myself too seriously. I love yoga because it has allowed me to stay grounded in the moment, show up for myself and others, and remember how important play is!"

2019 intentio: Trust

Birthday: 08/16 - Leo

hometown: columbus, georgia

Current Fav Yoga Pose: skandasana & king pigeon

Fav Spot in Athens: GA Theatre Rooftop and Athens Botanical Gardens

the top 3: anything outside, cooking, saving the environment!

Yoga Music style: some eclectic ~chill~ beats

Training: Shakti Yoga University 200 RYT

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): yinpower & power flow

Why Athens: UGA Grad program in environmental economics


Instagram: @arasspil

Shelley downs

mama bear/ always smiling/ ray of sunshine 


I’m a fun-loving wife and mama of 2 who loves to work hard and play hard.

2019 Intention: Ready

Birthday: 12/05 - sagittarius

hometown: dalton, georgia

Current Fav Yoga Pose: twisting triangle

Fav Spot in Athens: shakti

the top 3: Bouldering/rock climbing, anything in the sunshine, spending time with my hubby and babies cooking and playing games

Yoga Music style: just breath

Training: shakti yoga university 200HR ryt

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): power flow

Why Athens: undergrad + I’ve been back in Athens now for 4 years raising a lovely little family and exploring all the many wonderful things this town has to offer, Shakti being my most fave.


Instagram: @shelleyadamsondowns

jaclyn nolan

joy seeker/ fashionable yogi/ instant best friend


"I am kind-hearted and loving. I like to laugh. I am gentle. I am strong."

2019 Intention: Purpose

Birthday: 04/12 - aries

hometown: edina, minnesota

Current Fav Yoga Pose: Warrior two — takin’ up space feels good!

Fav Spot in Athens: Cozied up on the couch with my husband and Hi-Lo.

the top 3: I love to eat good food, forge connection old and new, and dance 😀

Yoga Music style: Upbeat, fun and eclectic! My playlists include, instrumental, pop, rock, country ... something for everyone!

Training: shakti yoga university 200hr ryt

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): power hour

Why Athens: A faculty position in the Department of Communication Studies at UGA brought me to Athens. Ask me about rhetoric!


Instagram: @professorhowell


Californian/ Grad Student / Lover of Sunshine


"I am a helper and advocate. I enjoy helping and providing support to humans in any way I can. "

2019 Intention: Grace

Birthday: 01/14 - capricorn

hometown: Mcfarland, california

Current Fav Yoga Pose: half pigeon

Fav Spot in Athens: I LOVE SIPS in NormalTown! and grabbing breakfast at Ike and Jane after teaching or taking a Yoga class.

the top 3: I love to read, go for walks and go dancing!

Yoga Music style: I have a very eclectic music style. I play music in Spanish to Country to Indie. Every class is a wild card.

Training: dancing dogs yoga atlanta

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): revival or power hour

Why Athens :I am currently a PhD student in Counseling Psychology at UGA.


Instagram: @issaa19


cali quig

beach babe/ strong willed/ desk team

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"I am a creative and independent person who knows what I want and am  not afraid to say what I think."

2019 Intention: Breathe

Birthday: 01/14 - capricorn

hometown: Athens, ga

Current Fav Yoga Pose: king dancer

Fav Spot in Athens: Shakti of course. It feels like home.

the top 3: riding horses, styling clothing, shopping

Yoga Music style: Inspiring to my movement. it depends on the mood I’m in, but usually I love a good slow relaxing zen playlist

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): yinpower

Why Athens: i was born in Athens and I still haven’t moved away because I love the feeling of community it has and the creativity that is flowing through it constantly


Instagram: @caliquig


Molly chandler

lake lover/ Ask about her cupcake/ Desk team


"I am organized, talkative, and easy going."

2019 Intention: Open

Birthday: 03/08 - pisces

hometown: blue ridge, georgia

Current Fav Yoga Pose: side crow

Fav Spot in Athens: Shakti, duh! or Georgia theater and rooftop

the top 3: Friends, football, baking...and the lake

Yoga Music style: upbeat and fun

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): power flow

Why Athens: UGA undergrad


Instagram: @mchandler


lane carrandi

traveling yogi/ easy like a sunday morning/ desk staff

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"i’m Living in the balance of passion and compassion.'“

2019 Intention: Courage

Birthday: 05/01 - Taurus

hometown: New york, new york

Current Fav Yoga Pose: Handstand- have not yet mastered it but excited with my progress!

Fav Spot in Athens: wherever my friends are

the top 3: Cooking, smiling, and traveling

Yoga Music style: Bops only - from Khalid to Katy Perry to the Avett Brothers

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): power flow

Why Athens: uga


Instagram: @lane.carrandi



Madison Letts

Desk Staff/ mellow/ artist


I'm pretty weird...that's about all I can nail down for certain...hahaha!”

2019 Intention: equanimity

Birthday: 08/14 - leo

hometown: Charlotte, north carolina

Current Fav Yoga move: mountain climbers

Fav Spot in Athens: anywhere in normaltown

the top 3: Designing fabric, traveling, watching movies/listing to music/reading books that make you think...and connecting with other humans, of course!

Yoga Music style: Anything with a good beat or funky sound that makes you want to bob your head :)

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): Hip Hop flow

Why Athens: I'm a Fabric Design major at UGA

Instagram: @letts_getweird

shelby lee

little miss peanut/ contagious smile/ empowering assist


"I'm a small town girl with big dreams. I'm grateful for friends who make me laugh until my belly hurts, Maepole popsicles, country music, and a sunset over the lake."

2019 Intention: Patience

Birthday: 03/24 - aries

hometown: Colquitt, georgia

Current Fav Yoga Pose: half moon

Fav Spot in Athens: Farmer's Market on saturday mornings

the top 3: Eating good food, going to concerts at the Georgia Theatere, and screaming Go Dawgs on Saturdays!

Yoga Music style: Country music can express all of my moods, but I also enjoy pop and rap when I'm feeling a little frisky

Training: shakti yoga university

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): power hour

Why Athens: I'm a Human Development and Family Science Major at UGA


Instagram: @shelbyautumnlee

lily holmes

world traveler/ journalist/ desk team


"I love to move and be active, explore new places and things, and spend time with the people I love!"

Birthday: 02/20 - pisces

hometown: atlanta, georgia

Current Fav Yoga Pose: half-pigeon

Fav Spot in Athens: Georgia theatre rooftop

the top 3: Running/hiking, traveling, and spending time with my dog, Turtle.

Yoga Music style: Upbeat and fun music...and some occasional Migos.

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): hip hop power flow

Why Athens: undergrad at uga


Instagram: @lil_homie


Megan Bodnar

Hugger / Spacious


“I am a lighthearted, passionate person who highly values genuine connections with people.”

2019 intention: Ease

Birthday:02/08 - aquarius

hometown: McMinnville, Tennessee

Current Fav Yoga Pose: Frog Pose- I love how it takes me out of my comfort zone

Fav Spot in Athens: The Trial Gardens on campus

the top 3: Gardening, seeing live music, and HUGging!

Yoga Music style: Both calming and energizing- it’ll make you want to practice yoga, read that book you’ve been meaning to, and connect with the community all at once!

Training: EmPower School of Yoga in Nashville, TN

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): hip hop flow

Why Athens: uga & athens feels homey



Melissa Joyce

warm & sunny/ assist


“I'm passionate with a big heart and love new experiences, meeting people & having fun!”

2019 intention: persistence

Birthday: 08/11 - leo

hometown: savannah, georgia

Current Fav Yoga Pose: triangle

Fav Spot in Athens: georgia theatre rooftop

the top 3: Traveling, Shopping, Working with kids

Yoga Music style: energetic and soothing

Training: Breath of Life Yoga- Crete, Greece 200RYT

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): power flow

Why Athens: I'm an Early Childhood Education major at UGA

insta: @melissajoyce94


juliana escalante

sunshine in human form/ speaks straight from the heart/ restorative assist

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“I am an Independent and vulnerable woman that loves yoga and deep conversations”.

2019 Intention: Trust

Birthday: 11/13 - scorpio

home: costa rica

Current Fav Yoga Pose: warrior ii

Fav Spot in Athens: uga north campus

the top 3: Being in nature, laying in the sand at the beach, swimming!

Yoga Music style: Trevor Hall, Trevor Hall and Trevor Hall. Or anything similar

Training: Island Yoga in Aruba with Rachel Brathen(aka yogagirl) and Lara Haiman

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): power hour

Why Athens: I came here for UGA but honestly I was desperate for a new different place


Instagram: @julianaescalantec