Marie developed a steady yoga practice in 2006 primarily to aid in the healing of previous injuries. While the physical healing properties were a major plus, what kept Marie coming back were the meditative qualities of a regular yoga practice. It was in the studio that she felt the most present and centered and was able to carry some of this with her off of the mat and into her day job as a Marketing Manager in the corporate world. In 2014 Marie felt a dramatic shift internally and suddenly the spiritual, emotional and physical effects of yoga were beyond profound. So profound that she chose to quit her job in the corporate world and pursue a role sharing with others what she feels very strongly is not a hobby, but a way of life and completed her 200 hour RYT in 2015 with John Merideth. On the mat and as a teacher, Marie is very ambitious and strikes a balance between pushing both herself and her students past their self imposed limitations as well as maintaining a playful and lighthearted attitude.
Jo completed his 500hr teacher training in 2016 with Raja Yoga Academy in Gold Coast, Australia. With a background in wrestling and a love for surfing and tennis, a way to repair and stay in shape is a must. Hot sequence fits the bill perfectly and helps maintain a healthy mind and body for even the most extreme of personalities. Jo has been practicing since 2013 and still sees improvement on a regular basis both on and off the mat. Hot sequence rocks!
Troy received his 200hr yoga teaching certification through Yogaview, under the guidance of Claire Mark, Geri Bleier, Quinn Kearney and Tom Quinn. Troy began practicing yoga in 2011, having an already active life of running, biking, and weightlifting. Working off the mat he balances his weekly work routine with a steady yoga practice in the studio and at home. Yoga has helped Troy discover a profound strength and flexibility of body and mind. With psychological courage and humility he wants to share what he has learned, helping others discover it for themselves. Troy’s intentions are to guide others in their yoga practice, and help them create a path that will merge body with mind and health with happiness. Having a strong inversion and transition practice, Troy will challenge his class through vinyasa sequences and provide opportunities that will advance the student’s practice at all levels. Troy also teaches private lesson and workshops. With his partner Ellery Long, they have formed Partners in Yoga, leading partner yoga workshops and retreats.
Jackie is a proud Jersey Girl who has been living in Atlanta for the past 24 years. She has been in the fitness industry since 1992, teaching spinning and aerobics. She discovered yoga after the birth of her 3rd child who was born with a neurological disorder. It gave her a peace that no other exercise could and taught her how to go through life one breath at a time. And sometimes those breaths need to be extra deep! Moving towards yoga was a natural progression in her journey, at first learning Iyengar yoga then moving into Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Yin. She received her 200 hour RYT Training through Ember Yoga with John Merideth in 2012. For Jackie yoga is all about the practice, not the perfection. It’s about allowing yourself to be where you are on a particular day and being okay with that. It’s knowing that you don’t have to nail a pose to be successful. It’s about accepting yourself for who you are, and remembering that yoga and life are journeys with ebbs and flows along the way. Through her teaching Jackie inspires her students to deepen their awareness of their self, their connection with their bodies, and helps to enrich their experiences on and off the mat. And why not listen to some great music and have some fun doing it!
Sabrina was born and raised in Munich, Germany. She moved to the Atlanta area in 1995. After graduating high school she earned her degree in Early Childhood Education and taught Pre-K, Kindergarten and privately tutored special needs children. Sabrina always dreamed of having a child of her own and a few years after getting married, her and her husband Corey, welcomed their daughter Bailey into the world. Sabrina quit her job to stay home and be a full time stay at home mom. That is the time when she found yoga and fell in love with how yoga made her feel. She started out following along with videos on the internet and then one day stumbled across Ember Hot Yoga being built in downtown woodstock. At first she wasn’t sure about doing a class in a heated room, but after a few tries she fell in love and signed up for her very first 30 day challenge. That is when her practice truly started and she hasn’t looked back since.
Sabrina loves the playfulness that a vinyasa class can provide. Flowing slowly with your breath and being able to twist or turn yourself upside down are some of her favorites to teach or do in a vinyasa class.
The challenge of the heat and balance in postures are what she loves most in Hot Sequence classes. She loves the fact that each Hot Sequence class feels different and can have different challenges, although the postures are always the same. The class always leaves her feeling energized, strong and accomplished. Even teaching Hot Sequence, she leaves feeling the energy from the students in the room.
Sabrina believes that yoga is for everyone. Sharing her passion for yoga and helping others find their path is what Sabrina finds most gratifying.
Sabrina now resides in Woodstock with her husband Corey, daughter Bailey and her two dogs. Outside of yoga she loves to spend time outside hiking, exploring and traveling with her family.
Brittany is from New Orleans and discovered yoga in college. There was a little book of pranayama exercises at the back of her library. Shortly thereafter, she moved to New York and was introduced to asanas and the teachings of Dharma Mittra. Ten years later and six months pregnant, she developed a consistent, near daily practice. The yoga changed me from the inside out.
Eight years passed before she earned her 200 hour RYT certification in a vinyasa-style yoga that emphasizes Ayurvedic concepts. Since then, she has completed an additional 100 hours of continuing education. Her intention is the same every class I teach. She’s there to inspire you and take you to a new place in your ever-evolving practice.
Jane was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. Work stresses and a tight body from years of running and biking brought her to Ember Hot Yoga in 2012 where she started her practice with Hot Sequence classes. What was meant to be her outlet to cope with stress and a stretch class that kept her from sports injuries, eventually led to a new way of life of finding stillness, honoring her body, opening up, letting go, and self-healing. Jane's classes focus on alignment over depth to help you build a strong foundation in your asana practice and to help keep you injury free. She also provides opportunities to go deeper, to explore, and to have fun.
As an actress, singer, and writer, Emily Palmer leads a creative life that is constantly inconstant. It was her passion for helping people connect more deeply with each other – and with themselves – that led her to the ever-unpredictable life of an artist. This work, and the unstructured lifestyle that came with it, were constantly at war with Emily's naturally structured personality, and she frequently felt stressed, imbalanced, and worn down.
All of that began to change when she discovered Yoga. Her practice gave her a daily opportunity to practice stillness, compassion, courage, patience, and humility. As her mind began to quiet, she found freedom, peace and balance from within, and her life changed powerfully for the better. After experiencing the life-changing power of Yoga, Emily knew she wanted to share it with others!
She received her 200HR YTT from Jessie Fletcher's Dorje Yoga School, where she learned creative, dynamic, sequencing to both challenge, and nourish her students – physically, spiritually, and energetically. Emily is so grateful to be teaching at Ember, where she first discovered her love and passion for Yoga.
Dolly was introduced to Pilates in 1994. Her passion for Pilates led to more extensive study of the Pilates Method and Certification through the rigorous training and prerequisites of Pilates Core Integration (PCI). The PCI instructor training program, led by Virginia Nicholas, is based on the classical Pilates Method used by master instructors Eve Gentry and Michele Larsson, who respectively, are first and second generation students to Joseph Pilates. Dolly is a member of Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), the international association which fosters community, integrity, and respect for diversity, establishes certification and continuing education standards, and promotes the Pilates method of exercise. As a strong advocate of continuing education, Dolly has completed advanced training for Level 5 Advanced Pilates, Scoliosis, Mobile Spine, PCI Anatomy in Clay, and more. In addition, Dolly participates in monthly PCI conferences. What people like most about her classes are that they are always challenging, innovative, and engaging. Expect diversity and variety. She has a great way of teaching the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of each exercise through precision-oriented instruction. “It is the mind itself which shapes the body.” -Joseph H. Pilates
I began practicing Pilates while attending Auburn University and playing lacrosse. I quickly realized that it was a great supplement to my lacrosse training and it taught me to calm and focus my mind. I was hooked.
My practice helped me become resilient to injuries that sidelined other players for months. After graduating college and moving to Atlanta, I kept up Pilates while taking up running and yoga. I noticed how well Pilates complimented other sports and helped counter the effects of sitting at a desk. Having never been a distance runner I credit my Pilates practice with helping me complete five half marathons. When the opportunity to study Pilates arose in 2009, I jumped at the chance and completed my Mat Certification. I love helping my students reach their goals and finding new ways to challenge them. Enhancing the well-being of others through teaching is my passion. I am lucky to have worked with a variety of students of all levels and backgrounds. From new students to Yogis, from professional athletes to new moms, I am so grateful to my students for enabling me to do what I love!