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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."

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."

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 "State of the art" 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


coming soon



lori demosthenes

instructor / potter / runner / flows with the elements

"I am pretty easy going, light-hearted and don’t take myself too seriously."

Birthday: 03/07 - pisces

hometown: marietta, georgia

Current Fav Yoga Pose: half pigeon

Fav Spot in Athens: I love Sandy Creek Park. It has everything, a beach, a long trail to run, and lots of pavilions in the woods to do my personal practice outside.

the top 3: I love to run, make things out of clay, and hike.

Yoga Music style: My favorite playlist for class changes a lot. The Bhumi (earth) playlists are usually my favorite. I’m loving anything African at the moment.

check out a bhumi playlist

Training:  I trained with Shiva Rea in California

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): power flow

Why Athens:I moved to Athens in the fall of 2011 to persue a graduate degree in Geology


instagram: @lodemos

em harger

instructor / designer / she's got all the good tunes

"I'm a lighthearted Jack of all trades, foodie, yogi, and serious goofball."

Birthday: 10/13- libra

hometown: florida

Current Fav Yoga Pose: anjaneyasana (low lunge)

Fav Spot in Athens: Seabear Oyster Bar or Botanical Gardens

the top 3: playing with my dog, Billie, hiking with my fiancé, Michael,  drinking wine and making dinner with my family

Yoga Music style: upbeat indie, new r&b, mixed with a little Talking Heads

Listen to my playlist "gretch yoga"

Training: Lakshmi Rising School of Yoga in Cabuya, Costa Rica

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): power hour

Why Athens: family


instagram: @emharger

michael black

instructor / rolfer / his power flow will make you sweat

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"I'm a longtime yogi, Rolfer, anatomy geek, fitness junkie, and hopeless sarcastic."

Birthday: 03/06 - pisces

hometown: athens, georgia

Current Fav Yoga Pose: lizard

Fav Spot in Athens: sandy creek nature center

the top 3: Rolfing, Crossfit, and cooking dinner with Em (and our dog Billie Jean, too!)

Yoga Music style: Somewhere between Elton John and Krishna Das

Training: Yogaville Living Yoga Training program, Sivananda 200-hour; Adventure Club 500-hour; 6 months of study at Satchidananda Ashram; 6 months of intensive study in Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India; Rolf Institute of Structural Integration

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): Any of Em's classes (though I may be a bit biased!)

Why Athens: I was raised here and moved back about 5 years ago because my family is in the area.


instagram: @michaelblackrolfing


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!"

Birthday: 09/0 - 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



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"I’m an empathetic person with a steady presence. I like a challenge, and I believe intuition is our best guidance. I’m warm and receptive. Pretty wacky, too."

Birthday: 4/24 - taurus

hometown: Fairfax, Virginia - Auburn university undergrad

Current Fav Yoga Pose: downward facing dog

Fav Spot in Athens: Sandy Creek Park & The Botanical Gardens

the top 3: Cook, read sci-fi/fantasy novels, go on long walks

Yoga Music style: laid back, ambient, and zen. That doesn't mean sleepy, though! I like the energy to be big. If you're coming to my Shakti Strength class, be prepared for some electronic remixes of your favs.

Check out my "yogi fun" and "Anjali" playlists. You can find me on Spotify!

Training: I received my RYT-200 in alignment-based vinyasa yoga from Peach Friedman, ERYT-500, at Yogafly Studio in Auburn, Alabama

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): Revival or Shakti Strength depending on my ~mood~

Why Athens: I've been in Athens since the fall of 2017 when I started grad school! I'm working towards my M.S. and completing my dietetic internship so that I can become a Registered Dietitian


Instagram: @emily.unwin

Taylor Parker

fireball/ uplifting spirit/ a good laugh


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

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

Sydney Ruben


"I'm an open-minded, compassionate goofball of a human! I aim to always stay super grateful, super loving, and super silly... hence all the yoga!"

Birthday: 1/06 - capricorn

hometown: New york

Current Fav Yoga Pose: Restorative spinal twist

Fav Spot in Athens:The Botanical Gardens or Hi-Lo. Can't choose!

the top 3: Eat, spend time in nature, see live music

Yoga Music style: Uplifting, indie-influenced, ambient sometimes, but still always driven.

Listen to "revival time"

Training: Rubber Soul Yoga in Athens and then Three Treasures Yoga in Italy

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): revival

Why Athens: i came for undergrad without knowing how much I would love Athens itself!


instagram: @yogini_sydni

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."

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."

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: Cook food, bike, backpack

Yoga Music style: eclectic, international, groovy

Training: athens yoga INSTITUTE

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): YINPOWER

Why Athens: UGA brought me here


Instagram: @christine585



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. "

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

desk staff/ beach babe/ strong willed

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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.

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

desk staff/ lake lover/ Ask about her cupcakes


I am organized, talkative, and easy going.

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


lily holmes

desk staff

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

Birthday: 02/20

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


Gracie Bailey

desk staff/ dancer/ steph curry's biggest fan


i am Super enjoyable when not i'm not hungry!

Birthday: 01/29 - aquarius

hometown: dallas, texas

Current Fav Yoga Pose: headstand

Fav Spot in Athens: Heirloom at brunch time

the top 3: creating dance, drinking coffee, road tripping

Yoga Music style: Super dynamic! I wish every class could be a mix of rock, pop, hip hop, and classical music

Fav Shakti Class (to practice): power flow

Why Athens: undergrad in dance at uga


personal Insta: @aye_gray_bay

dance insta: @graciesgrooves