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LORI RISSETTO

Co-Founder/Teacher

My first encounter with yoga was in my late teens; in those younger years, yoga was hard to come by, in my small cow town. My body was immediately drawn to the movement and my mind loved the expansiveness I experienced. Without knowing it then, I had stepped onto a lifelong path of yoga exploration. 

 

In 2001, I registered for my first 200-hour YTT, with the Sivananda Yoga Centre. Upon this completion, I volunteered with the organization, to live and teach at their San Francisco Center. This time provided me a solid foundation in The 8 Limbs of Yoga and it sparked a deeper interest. Three years later I did another YTT, in Power yoga, because I revel in the active breath-centered movement. 

 

My first trip to India was in 2005, to attend a retreat at Purple Valley Yoga, in Goa. They invited me to return the following year, as the guest manager, for that retreat season. Once this position had ended I traveled south to Mysore India to further my studies. This precipitated a yearly return, until 2010, when I was granted authorization to teach Ashtanga yoga. I then founded Mysore Standard Yoga studio in Atlanta. 

 

Most recently though, after profound & meaningful life changes, my yoga practice has evolved. Encouraged to lean deeper into this enduring commitment, I have rediscovered a fresh approach to this practice. Since then, I have simply been playing with yoga. Playing with flow, playing with Vinyasa, playing with holds, playing with core and alignment principles. Essentially, enjoying this newfound liberation.

 

You can expect a strength building flow from my classes, rooted in breath, focused on alignment and centered on a spirited exploration of this holistic practice. 

 

Rebecca and I were inspired to create this community studio as our way of sharing what we love with our family, friends and neighbors. We invite you to join us at The Yoga Hive and find what nourishes your being. 

My first encounter with yoga was in my late teens; in those younger years, yoga was hard to come by, in my small cow town. My body was immediately drawn to the movement and my mind loved the expansiveness I experienced. Without knowing it then, I had stepped onto a lifelong path of yoga exploration. 

 

In 2001, I registered for my first 200-hour YTT, with the Sivananda Yoga Centre. Upon this completion, I volunteered with the organization, to live and teach at their San Francisco Center. This time provided me a solid foundation in The 8 Limbs of Yoga and it sparked a deeper interest. Three years later I did another YTT, in Power yoga, because I revel in the active breath-centered movement. 

 

My first trip to India was in 2005, to attend a retreat at Purple Valley Yoga, in Goa. They invited me to return the following year, as the guest manager, for that retreat season. Once this position had ended I traveled south to Mysore India to further my studies. This precipitated a yearly return, until 2010, when I was granted authorization to teach Ashtanga yoga. I then founded Mysore Standard Yoga studio in Atlanta. 

 

Most recently though, after profound & meaningful life changes, my yoga practice has evolved. Encouraged to lean deeper into this enduring commitment, I have rediscovered a fresh approach to this practice. Since then, I have simply been playing with yoga. Playing with flow, playing with Vinyasa, playing with holds, playing with core and alignment principles. Essentially, enjoying this newfound liberation.

 

You can expect a strength building flow from my classes, rooted in breath, focused on alignment and centered on a spirited exploration of this holistic practice. 

 

Rebecca and I were inspired to create this community studio as our way of sharing what we love with our family, friends and neighbors. We invite you to join us at The Yoga Hive and find what nourishes your being. 

REBECCA GALLA-JONES

Co-Founder/Teacher

I wandered into my first yoga class the week before I got married in 2000. Little did I know that these two separate events would become so significantly intertwined, offering profound stability to my life.

 

In 2004 I completed a 200-hour YTT certification and began teaching straight away. With the exception of a 6-month maternity break, I have taught continuously, at various studios throughout Atlanta. I’ve maintained my certification with The Yoga Alliance over the years, plus added the status of E-RYT in 2015, and I co-lead several 200-hour YTT programs. To retain these teaching credentials, I have participated in continuing education courses for Kids Yoga, Yoga for Trauma and Yin yoga, as well as a multitude of advanced workshops with renowned senior teachers. 

 

We often hear that the practice of Yoga is meant to meet us where we are and I certainly find that to be true. My practice can look very different from one day to the next, and I take cues from how I am feeling and what is going on in my life. That being said, Vinyasa yoga has remained a constant in my life since the early years. Lately I have been incorporating Yin and Restorative yoga into my regular practice to help counter-balance the tugs of daily life.

 

From my classes you can expect to find an uplifting message woven into the overall format. I love 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. 

 

Lori and I opened The Yoga Hive to share this practice of yoga and all that it means to us. We are delighted to have the opportunity to help create a community, based on well-being and acceptance. Come and be a part of our studio, because life is complicated enough - yoga doesn't have to be.

GABRIELLE BYNDLOSS 

Vinyasa Flow Teacher

I happened into my first yoga class at a studio I was teaching Zumba for. I was a certification junkie and known for teaching intense cardio classes that make you sweat and with loud music blaring in the background. I figured, I'll take this yoga class to "stretch". After our first mountain pose, the teacher said "yoga is cheaper than therapy". I was hooked. 

 

In 2014 I embarked on my 200-hour YTT certification after only taking one class. I was the epitome of a first time yoga student : not flexible, no idea of what the words meant, and wanting to find a sense of clarity again. By the end of my certification something shifted. The yoga high I felt at the end of every class was undeniable. For someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety all of her life, having space to breath without all the chatter in my mind was addictive. 

 

Yoga = Healing. I'm a completely different person than who I was when I started. I think back to who I was in that first yoga class. Someone looking to compete and show off. Someone hiding the darkness she felt inside. Someone afraid to be judged. After my certification, I knew I needed to share this practice with other people who experience things like depression. It helps to know you aren't alone in how you are feeling. It helps to see someone sit next to you and say "I am here to hold space for anything you feel". It helps to know that you can connect to yourself in a deeper sense and heal.

 

From my classes, you can expect an empowering vibe. I am inspired by music in a class that creates a feeling of depth and connection. I will push you physically and ask for you to connect mentally. I believe that with the right music, flow, breath, and meditation, you can see yourself for who you are without all of the layers we walk around with as a shield. Come ready to celebrate you, every bit of you, because YOU are more than enough. 

AMBER SEALE

Yin/Restorative Teacher

Yoga has been a part of  Amber’s life for over eight years now. It has helped her cultivate acceptance of self after years of struggling with weight and body image issues. Yoga inspires her daily to become the best version of herself.

 

She completed her 200-hour yoga certification with Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts in 2017 and will soon finish her 500-hour advanced certification in Spring 2020. Amber has also completed a combined 115 hours of certifications in yin yoga through various schools. Her combined training hours total 569 as of January 2020. She has taught over 600 hours of yoga. 

 

Amber brings an authentic, non-judgmental teaching style to her students. Yoga is truly for everyone. She is the first to state that she is a student of yoga first and a teacher second. She also recognizes that yoga isn’t a one-size-fits-all practice. Amber continually encourages her students to explore and trust that they are their own best teachers. 

 

She firmly believes that yoga is the change maker that the world needs now. Yoga is a practice that allows space for everyone to connect intimately to self through the body-mind-breath connection, simply BE(ING).

MELISSA KATZ

Vinyasa Flow Teacher

Melissa teaches yoga as a practice of surrender. She believes in its power to break down physical, mental, and emotional barriers that otherwise may hinder the body's range of motion and our ability to think clearly and live fully in the present moment. Over time, yoga can help us release deeper layers of ego and personal history and connect us with our true nature. Although her classes may be challenging, she meets her students at whatever their level of experience and physical ability with a focus on safety and body awareness so that they can keep coming back to the healing space of the yoga mat.

 

Melissa began teaching yoga in 2006 when she completed her 200-hour basic teacher training with Graham Fowler and Elizabeth Nix at Peachtree Yoga Center. She completed a 500-hour advanced teacher training with Yoganand Michael Carroll and Jim O’Leary through Jai Shanti Yoga in 2009 and Yoga Therapy training with Marlysa Sullivan at Decatur Yoga in 2011.

 

Melissa was the Co-Director of the Southeast Yoga Conference for 12 years. Through her conference role, her yoga classes, an appearance on local television, and interviews on public radio, Melissa has been a long-time advocate for yoga in Atlanta.

FLOYD ARMANDO

Meditative Flow Teacher

A queer Puerto Rican Colibrí, always searching for the sweet nectar of Life. Apothecary, lifelong reader and student, watsuer and yogi with a love for symbols & myth. An avid world explorer always finding joy in being reminded everywhere I go, that we are all one big family and that there’s more that links us than divides us. 

 

I see my yoga practice as a geometric plane, with a minimum number of three point to define it, each supporting another. Asana as a container for Pranayama which in turn becomes a container for Meditation. Generating physical sensations during the practice to be used as beacons to follow in an inner journey of self exploration & discovery. A Yoga of effort without strain. A Yoga that helps me come more in contact with my own body & sense of Self. Yummy feeling Yoga. 

CHELSEA BLACKSTOCK

Vinyasa Flow Teacherr

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. 

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