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ruby chandler

owner / instructor / all around go-getter

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"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

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"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

 

Instagram:@maggiescruggsart

personal insta: @loveandotherscruggs

 

 

Katie Kuiper

instructor / grad student / spark of joy

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"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

FAV SHAKTI CLASS (TO PRACTICE): power hour

WHY ATHENS: PhD work at UGA in the Linguistics Department

 

 

Instagram:@kirelandkuiper

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

EMILY UNWIN

CALMING SPIRIT/ CANDLE ENTHUSIAST/ writer

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"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

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

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"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

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"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

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"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 

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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

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"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

MARITZA Duran

Californian/ Grad Student / Lover of Sunshine

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"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

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"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

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lily holmes

world traveler/ journalist/ desk team

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"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

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“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

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“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

Sabrina roualdes

story teller / hugger / desk staff

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"A girl just flowin’ through life”

Birthday: 11/07 - Scorpio

hometown: petaluma, california

Current Fav Yoga Pose:

Fav Spot in Athens: Shakti

the top 3: Dancing, videography, meditation

Yoga Music style: chill

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): power hour

Why Athens: for love <3

 

Instagram: @sabrina.roualdes

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Sophie levy

“YES” / enthusiastic / caring

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“I am big on empathy and authenticity. I am easily excited and strive for equanimity by exploring perspectives and embracing reality. I am my best self when connecting with others and am still figuring myself out (yoga helps me do both)!”

Birthday: 06/30 - cancer

hometown: Austin, Texas

Current Fav Yoga Pose: half moon

Fav Spot in Athens: Shakti

the top 3: Hang at the dog park with my pup, talk about Game Of Thrones, play get to know you games

Yoga Music style: Different every day. Always love silence.

Check out my playlist

Training: SYU 200hr ryt

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): Peak Power practice

Why Athens: I have been in Athens since 2013. I came for UGA and stayed after graduation.

 

instagram: @realsophirae




Sonja Robinson Moore

Shakti’s #1 fan / director of first impressions / desk staff

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“I would best describe myself as easy going, team player, loving, open hearted, passionate, friendly.”

Birthday: 08/18 - leo

hometown: Athens, Georgia

Current Fav Yoga Pose: warrior ii or extended side angle

Fav Spot in Athens: somewhere i can watch football

when i’m not at yoga: I spend time outside & with family

Yoga Music style: up-beat, a little r&b, jazz, some rap

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): Revival or restorative

Why Athens: I have always been an athenian

 

Instagram: @A_new_Sonja

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Hannah Jones

giving / secretly makes you work really hard / listener

“I am joyful, a seeker of adventure, and brave! ”

Birthday: 09/06 - Virgo

hometown: Atlanta, georgia

Current Fav Yoga Pose: Forward Fold - I like the way it stretches my spine out!

Fav Spot in Athens: Besides Shakti, I love anywhere I can hang with my husband and either go for a walk or play board games.

Training: Dancing Dogs Yoga

the top 3: Speak French, cook, and have coffee chats with people I love.

Yoga Music style: You'll probably hear some NeedToBreathe... But no matter what, I will always have some upbeat music to keep you breathing and moving!

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): power flow

Why Athens: just a has-been UGA graduate that has returned to the Classic City for a brief stint. My husband and I are here to pursue some of our family goals, but dang...it always feels good to be in ATH...

 

Instagram: @jones_hannahg

Lucy stelmack

healer/ barista/ warm

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“i am Joyful with lots of love".”

Birthday: 01/29 - aquarius

hometown: pelham, georgia

Current Fav Yoga Pose: half moon

Fav Spot in Athens: Sips coffee

the top 3: Make latte art, outdoor activities, and reading.

Yoga Music style: Anything that resonates with my spirit, uplifting and bouncy

Training: SYU 200hr ryt

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): power hour

Why Athens: a new chapter of my life

 

instagram: @lucystelmack