Trainer Category: Scheduled Yoga Instructor

Nick Combs yoga instructor portrait

Nick Combs

Nick has a deep understanding of how yoga can heal, as he battled mental health issues and degenerative disc disease, causing turmoil in his life and severe pain in his body. Nick found solace on his mat and knew he had to share his experience, in the same way he shares his nursing skills with…

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Sarah Beam

Sarah Beam first experienced the life-affirming properties of yoga in 1999 and began practicing regularly in 2007 when she blissfully noticed that the asana practice was clearing away the sluggish remnants of postpartum blues.  She believes mindful movement and attention to the breath can focus the mind, open the heart, strengthen the body, encourage self-acceptance,…

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Michael Black

Michael Black is a certified rolfer and a local native. He holds 200 and 500 hour yoga certifications, has completed several months of residential study at Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia, six months of study at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India, and completed his Rolfing certification from the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in…

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Scarlett Chang

Scarlett Chang received her 200 hr yoga teacher training certification from Tough Love Yoga in 2013. She teaches vinyasa yoga with an emphasis on alignment. Scarlett’s classes feature different sequences and poses to challenge each individual to stay present and breathe. The heart of her class is connecting the mind and the body and transferring…

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Shara Cherniak

​Shara Cherniak loves yoga and is excited about sharing yoga practice with children. She holds a 95 hr teacher training certification in Grounded Kids Yoga, an incredible program out of Atlanta. Grounded Kids equips children with the tools of yoga to empower them to navigate life with compassion, power, strength, joy and openness. Shara holds…

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Bill Cottrell

Bill Cottrell has been teaching and training others to teach in Athens since 2008. He completed both 200hr and 500hr level teacher trainings and was previously the YTT director at Yogaful Day. Bill is also a mental health counselor practicing in Athens. He has witnessed yoga’s ability to help with chronic pain and to encourage physical,…

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Jamie Diaz

Jamie’s yoga journey began while pursuing her graduate degree in fine arts at UGA in 2014, and she has been practicing ever since. In seeking ways to cultivate mindfulness, presence and non-attachment, Jamie found that the moving mediation that yoga offered gave her an opportunity to ground and connect with her breath, especially in a…

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Janet Estrada

Janet Estrada has been practicing yoga for almost 8 years and appreciates its healing and transformative properties. She recently acquired her 200 hour certification from Lakshmi Rising School of Yoga and Wellness in Cabuya, Costa Rica. Her favorite classes to attend and teach are either invigorating, sweaty, and energizing or juicy, slow, and yummy. Janet…

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Jade Fernandez

Somewhere along her fitness journey, Jade discovered yoga and never looked back. It was the first practice in which she felt both challenged and nurtured. She applied the patience, perseverance, and pranayama to her daily life in addition to her practice and noticed how much better everything became. In 2016, she did her 200 hour…

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Ali Fitzgerald yoga instructor portrait

Ali Fitzsimmons

Ali Fitzsimmons first discovered yoga through a modern dance class at the University of Virginia in 2005. From there, she experimented with various styles of yoga, eventually finding Iyengar yoga at Allied Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ali completed an apprenticeship under studio owner Shaaron Honeycutt and then completed a 200-hour vinyasa-iyengar training program through Yoga…

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