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Yoga Instructors

Debi Coleman Garrett Vinyasa Yoga Instructor
Co-founder/Director

Debi Garrett - Owner, Certified Vinyasa Flow Instructor

Debi's passion for fitness along with a background in dance inspired her love for the athletic, energetic style of Vinyasa Flow yoga. She has practiced various types of yoga since 1997 and was certified in 2008 after completing a Rolf Gates 200 hour Vinyasa teacher training program. Debi's goal for her students is to provide empowering workouts with a light hearted approach to this sometimes vigorous style of yoga. Her students will learn to focus inward, allowing for personal and spiritual growth, along with the physical benefits of this yoga practice. Debi keeps her classes interesting and inspiring with different themes and sequences each week as well as the use of play lists which include music that enhance the “vinyasa flow” experience.  While these classes can be challenging, even the more novice, or newbie yogi will find them accessible, although for the Power Classes, some yoga experience is recommended. . By offering modifications and choices in the different poses, students at all levels of experience will have an opportunity to join. She is now working towards her Yoga Therapy Certification and would like to work one-on-one with those who may have a current injury, chronic disease, or illness, and educate them on how a routine of yoga practice, along with other therapies, can assist with healing.

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Shannon Frank-Ball Certified Anusara Yoga Intructor
Co-founder/Director

Shannon Ball - Owner, Certified Yoga Instructor

Shannon has been practicing yoga since 1992 and began teaching in 2005. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an ERYT-200 and 500 E-RYT. She teaches public classes, teacher trainings and workshops as well as working as a life coach. Shannon brings laughter and a positive environment to her alignment based flow classes. Although Shannon strives to provide challenge and education to every class, she feels that the most important opportunity is for each student to be in the presence of his or her Self.

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Anne Ethier, LAPC, 5 Points Yoga

Anne Ethier, LAPC

A student and instructor of fitness since 1990, Anne believes that the body is one of our greatest teachers. She was trained to teach yoga in 2006, and helps her students hold compassionate space as they connect body, mind, and heart. Anne's style is influenced by Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga. In addition to yoga, Anne has training as a dancer, massage therapist, and counselor. Anne is also a proud wife and mother.

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Anne Ethier, LAPC, 5 Points Yoga

Annie Marcum, Certified Yoga Instructor

Annie received her 200-hr yoga teacher certification in October of 2012 through Global Yoga Shala in the gorgeous small town of Cubjac, France. She was lucky enough to train with eight amazing, inspiring people who influence her practice and teaching to this day. She loves spreading what she's gained from yoga and only hopes to continue on this path, connecting with others and learning from their individual experience. To Annie, the bliss of yoga (and life) is found in the ability to seek the joy that is available to each of us, in every moment.

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Chet Thomas, Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

Chet Thomas, Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

Chet teaches with the knowledge and precision that is at the foundation of Iyengar Yoga. His classes equally emphasis strength, flexibility, stamina and balance, with the Iyengar attention to detail and alignment that brings harmony to the body and mind. Chet became certified as an Iyengar Yoga Teacher in 2009, the culmination of years of yoga practice, study, teaching and a rigorous examination process. His ongoing study has led him to yoga teachers workshops with Geeta Iyengar, Manouso Manos and Joan White, focusing on topics such as therapeutics and yoga for the lower back.

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Emily Deitz Yoga Instructor

Christina White, Certified Yoga Instructor

Christine discovered yoga in 2008 during her years as a college student in Athens, GA and received her 200hr RYT from Five Points Yoga in 2014. She believes yoga is for everyone and that practice is a powerful tool to live as one’s best, authentic self. With a background in gymnastics and a love for movement, Christine is inspired to teach creative and intentional asana (poses) sequences with a focus on alignment and mindfulness. Ever a student, Christine continues to explore a variety of yoga styles. She is honored to share her down-to-earth and accessible approach to yoga with others.

 

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Emily Deitz, Certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor

Emily Deitz, Certified Yoga Instructor

Her practice centers around power vinyasa and loves idea that all movement is linked with breath, both on and off the mat.  She believes that yoga helps center her mind and body and provides calm and connection to spirit making her a better wife to her husband, Brian, and mom to her two girls, Briley Paige and Eliannah Jane.

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Emily Deitz, Certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor

Gota Cebrero, Certified Yoga Instructor, Dynamic Flow

Gota's native country is Argentina. Since he remembers, he's been wondering of the mystery of life, that internal yearning motivated him to leave his native country .This journey  took him  to  over 25 countries . In 1999 he had his first direct contact with yoga which was asthanga yoga vinyasa in Ecuador. In 2001, he discovered zen meditation in Switzerland and then moved to Spain and spent over a year in a  zen monastery  practicing meditation and  doing intense retreats. In 2004, he became a shiatsu practitioner  which is a type of Japanese digitopunture  based on oriental medicine. During all these years , he was interested in all styles of yoga like kundalini, yin yoga , etc...  In 2008, he became certified with 200 hours of training in vinyasa yoga with Rolf Gates in Athens, Ga. In 2012, he also became a therapeutic yoga instructor with 230 hours  in the Asheville yoga center of  North Carolina.

All these years Gota has been sharing this beautiful path of yoga with any person that is interested from one on one to big or small groups. Gota's style of teaching is a flow vinyasa where he blends asana, pranayama, and meditation.

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Emily Deitz, Certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor

Kate Guthrie, RYT 500

Kate originally discovered yoga in 2007 in efforts to help reconnect to her body while battling disordered eating. The combination of meditation, breath work, and postures provided a space for her to discover wholeness and appreciation for her self in ways she had never experienced. Kate is a Certified 500 Hour Pranakriya Therapeutic Yoga Teacher, and her classes are a direct reflection of her Pranakriya training. You'll find each of her classes to be meditative and centered around the breath, while being present to the subtle sensations and experiences of pranayama and asana. Her hope is that each and every one of her students leaves class feeling more whole, alive, and worthy of being.

Off the mat, Kate is a doctoral student at The University of Georgia in Educational Psychology, and her research interests combine her therapeutic yoga training with addressing emotional well being of gifted females. She lives in Athens with her husband and 3 year-old son.

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Emily Deitz, Certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor

Katie Kuiper, 200 Hour YTT

After swimming competitively for most of her life, Katie came to the mat for the first time her freshman year in college. Having never taken a yoga class before, she was truly amazed at the immediate results she experienced. After the first class, Katie was hooked and continues to be amazed at the countless benefits she has experienced and still finds every time she practices yoga. She received her 200 hour YTT from Southern Star Yoga Center in Oxford, MS. Katie believes that yoga is a practice for anyone and everyone, no matter what age and stage..

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Michele Berenete, Certified Yoga Instructor, Athens Five Points Yoga

Michele Berente, Certified Yoga Instructor

Michele discovered yoga in 1998 and has been practicing yoga regularly since 2003. Her greatest wish is for her students to attain a sense of balance through their yoga practice, both on and off the mat. Michele received her 200 hour certification through Mitchell Bleier Yoga and Inner Bliss Yoga Studio in Cleveland Ohio. Her training is in vinyasa flow with a strong emphasis on alignment.

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Rachel Greb

Rachel Greb, Yoga Sprouts, Owner and Founder

Rachel Greb, YogaSprouts' owner, founder, and certified yoga instructor, completed her undergraduate studies at Tulane University and was awarded a Master of Arts from Piedmont College, where she specialized in educating children with emotional and behavioral Disorders and Autism. During her studies, Rachel discovered the excellent therapeutic benefits of yoga and became certified in children's yoga. Rachel has continued to study yoga under renowned yoga instructors in several training programs, including the completion of a 200 hour yoga teacher training with Christina Sell. Rachel’s mission is to help all children and young adults achieve their highest potential and experience enduring health and happiness. Her strongest belief is that yoga can be accessible for every body – no matter the shape, type, or size!
www.yogasprouts.com
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Sarah Whitaker

Sarah Katie Gillespie, Vinyasa Flow Yoga Instructor

Sarah Katie Gillespie took her first yoga class in 1999 to augment her distance running. In 2005 she completed her 200 hour certification at Sonic Yoga in Manhattan, and for 10 years taught throughout New York City while continuing her own study under a variety of teachers, particularly Schuyler Grant and others at Kula Yoga Project. Sarah Katie teaches an alignment-based, vigorous vinyasa flow class with plenty of modifications and adjustments, and always set to rocking music.

 

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SJ Ursrey, Vinyasa Yoga Instructor

SJ Ursrey, Vinyasa Yoga Instructor

SJ has been practicing Vinyasa Yoga for four strong years. She practiced lots of other kinds of yoga for many years before that, trying to find The One. Vinyasa had her at Hello. SJ received her 200 hour certification with Shiva Rea at Exhale studio in Venice, CA. SJ relishes Shiva's love of dance and fluid movement, which matches her own. And, as a musician, connecting movement with music is something SJ thrives on; her passion is integrating fluid movement into Vinyasa Power Yoga. For SJ, linking breath with movement is totally where it's at. Om, Shanti!

 

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