Hive Owner and Yoga Teacher
Yoga has been a part of my life for over two decades now. I wandered into my first yoga class in the summer of 2000 and there was just something about it that made me feel good and that is still the case today, even after all these years. Being able to share the practice means everything.
After completing a 200-hour YTT certification in 2004 I began teaching straight away. Teaching and practicing have remained a constant in my life ever since. Each year has offered me the ability to learn more and give more which has also included training new teachers. In 2020 I updated my teaching credentials and completed another training to add a 500 hour advanced certification.
We often hear that the practice of Yoga is meant to meet us where we are and I certainly find that to be true.The thing is to just show up or unroll your mat and see what happens.
From my classes you can expect to find an uplifting message woven into the overall format. I enjoy teaching all levels and am comfortable guiding students though a rewarding and sustainable practice. Laughter is a big part of my teaching and I use it often to help create a lighthearted and playful atmosphere.
The Yoga Hive opened to share yoga and all that it does for us. It is delightful to have the opportunity to create a community based on well-being and acceptance. Come be a part of The Hive because life is complicated enough and yoga doesn't have to be. You Belong Here.
Kathy began practicing yoga in March of 2002. She came to yoga because of an ankle injury that led to some severe back problems. Her friends kept telling her yoga would heal what ailed her. Kathy fell in love with Ashtanga after her first practice. Having been an athlete her whole life, she was initially drawn to the physical aspect of yoga. Over time, she realized that there was so much more to this practice than the physical. There was this indescribable lightness she felt after practice; this was her introduction to the spiritual side of yoga which also led her to also develop a daily meditation and pranayama practice. She found what she didn't even know she was looking for. Yoga is a lifelong process. Each day Kathy rolls out her mat she does her best with whatever she has to offer that day. She has learned over the years to practice acceptance with the ups and downs both on and off her mat. Growth is a constant, whether physically, mentally, or spiritually, as long as she remains open to it. Kathy hopes as a teacher she can pass on the same joy and peace she has found in her practice. She also hopes to show people that with a daily commitment to yourself and the practice, the possibilities are endless.
Kathy is also a health and wellness coach. She helps people create sustainable habits so they can stress less, find more energy, and make their health a priority without feeling guilty or selfish.
Chelsea Blackstock discovered yoga in college after many injuries, both physically and mentally. Coming back to her mat time and time again, she found that she was able to heal both her body and her soul during times of hard transition. She completed her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in 2017.
She strives to make yoga accessible to as many people as possible and believes that moving your body can help you find bliss. When she’s not teaching or practicing, Chelsea spends her time working in social and digital marketing, and takes every opportunity to enjoy a good cup of coffee, snuggle with her pup, or read a good book.
Shafali Gupta Joshi
Shortly after discovering yoga, I realized how amazing I felt from each class, I then wanted to learn more. This led me to register for a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program, which I completed with Yogaworks in 2018. I am also certified to teach kids yoga from KAY (Kidding Around Yoga).
I teach so that we can learn to hold space for all of our feelings and to LOVE ourselves, just the way we are. Yoga practice helps me to connect with people and brings me closer to my vision, which is to engage with community and help people to heal physically and mentally.
I truly believe that the success of yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures, but in how it positively changes our relationships the way we live our lives.
Susan was born and raised in the Lakeside District of the Atlanta Metro area. She began dancing at an early age in a studio just around the corner from The Yoga Hive at Toco Hill. It was a natural progression for her to start practicing yoga in her mid-twenties; although, she did not have a consistent practice until 2016 when she discovered that yoga is so much more than the physical postures (asanas).
Susan developed an interest in teaching yoga during her work as a psychotherapist at an outpatient addiction treatment facility. She wanted to be able to offer patients a somatic form of therapy along with traditional psychotherapy. Susan first became certified in Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) in 2016. Shortly thereafter, in 2017, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification in Integrative Flow. In 2018, after being inspired during a Yin Yoga class, Susan became certified in Yin Yoga began her journey toward her 300-hour certification with Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts. Susan completed this in 2020, thereby reaching her 500-hour Yoga Alliance teacher certification.
By integrating her caring and compassionate nature with her attention to alignment and the body in space, Susan welcomes the beginning student and those wishing to refine their practice. She teaches from an attitude of lightheartedness and spontaneity – as each one of us changes from moment to moment, so too will the flow in each of her classes. With a strong belief in the healing nature of yoga, Susan guides students to believe in and trust themselves. She encourages students to try new things without judgement and to laugh while doing so. When not teaching, you will most likely see Susan in a yoga class as she has experienced the value of daily practice in her own life, both physically, spiritually, and therapeutically.
Rebekah is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Psychology and an Ed.S in Counseling. She is currently an elementary school counselor by day and Pilates instructor by night/weekend. She studied ballet for 15 years and became a certified group exercise instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America during college.
After recurring lower back pain finally became unbearable, Rebekah sought out physical therapy, which happened to incorporate STOTT PILATES exercises. She loved the attention to detail and the results she got from this approach--being able to move again and live life without chronic pain was priceless! Rebekah was inspired to do her STOTT PILATES training in mat and reformer so that she could teach the approach to people of all abilities, whether they are brand new to Pilates or have been doing it for years.
Rebekah loves teaching and brings humor, laughter, and empathy to her clients and classes. You will have fun while feeling encouraged and empowered in your body. Many clients keep returning for her vivid imagery, varied exercises, and her supportive personality...and maybe a few jazz hands thrown in for good measure!
Sarah started practicing yoga at the age of eighteen, and since then, her practice has evolved into something she relies on daily. From quelling aches as a result of sitting at her desk or calming the mental storms, yoga has given her the gift of a peace and spirituality that she didn't expect to discover when she started.
She received her 200-hour certification in 2019 and loves to teach Yin yoga for its focus on the mind-body connection along with the slowness it allows for in a world that is in high-gear almost 24/7. Sarah draws on her love of nature and yogic philosophies when teaching, and she loves to infuse her class with music and themes from all over the world that celebrate different cultures, approaches to life, and her own Arabic heritage. You can expect a class focusing on exploring what it feels like for you to be embodied and present so that eventually you can take that experience off the mat and imbue it into your daily life.
Outside of yoga, Sarah is a lifelong gamer and artist. She has her degree in game development from SCAD and dreams of contributing her art to a game that will inspire and promote the healing of others and the earth.
I am a certified yoga instructor, doula, and student midwife. Influenced by my teachers, students, and environment, for the last decade, I have dedicated my lifestyle to yoga and birthwork. I aim to guide others through their own. I bring my eclectic style to the traditional benefits of meditation, asana, and pranayama to the rhythm of hypnotic beats.
When I went to my first yoga class, I was looking for a way to stop being at war with my body. Years of being stuck in survival mode had left me with the experience of constant chronic pain and emotional stress, frequent episodes of disassociation and poor memory, and an inability to connect meaningfully in social settings (not to mention a short, Italian temper).
It was not instant and it was not always easy or comfortable, but as I showed up for myself on the mat, I began to notice changes over time. My weekly yoga practice became a gateway to remembering what it is like to be more at ease and at peace with myself. I saw small glimpses of being more at home within my body. The physical postures, breath work, and mindfulness practices have taught me how to be more present and attuned to my emotional and physical needs, as well as more accepting of myself.
I see practice as a place to turn wounds into wisdom through exploring a brave and informed relationship with sensation and boundary. I approach teaching with a background in trauma-informed care, working with neurodiverse populations, and accessible practices for the aging body.
Over the past 13 years, I have fully dedicated myself to exploring the healing potential of yoga both as a student and a teacher. As a Yoga Alliance Certified Education Provider at the Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500-hour level (E-RYT 500), I have a passion for alignment based hatha yoga, restorative and yin, and making every class work for every body.
Sound Therapist & Meditation Teacher
GabrielNelson Sears is a certified vibrational sound healing touch therapist, motivational speaker, and meditation instructor who provides sound therapy Reiki treatments with tuning forks and Zen Therapeutic Singing Bowls placed directly on the body.