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It was 2006 and I had just broken up with my college sweetheart. As I delved deeper into my stage of reflection and introspection, it was during this time that I began to question my limiting beliefs. I began reading philosophical books on my quest for knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and self-refinement.
I came across a book by Russell Simmons called "Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success." The keen insights he offered in the book ignited my curiosity about yoga and meditation.
Around the same time I also began feeling "old" at a very young age and was experiencing debilitating back pain! I took my first yoga "lesson" one morning by watching a tv show called "Namaste Yoga." It was only a 30 minute show, but I felt better than I had ever felt in a long time after I was finished, and I even noticed that my back pain had greatly diminished!
I have been hooked ever since and have dived deeply down the rabbit hole of yogic philosophy and self actualization through the practice! I felt so great, that I wanted to share that feeling with the world around me!
Fast-forward to the present day and I am currently a father of 3 beautiful little ladies, an avid gardener, holistic-health enthusiast, Yogi Tea drinker and smoothie connoisseur, and the passionately proud owner of
Art of Yoga!
It is my immense honor and pleasure to share my labor of love with you and I look forward to helping you create your MasterPeace Within!
I'm Christina Long, a native of Columbus, Ga, currently living in the Atlanta area. I've been practicing yoga for over 6 years and recently became a certified yoga instructor in
September of 2020.
As an instructor, it's my purpose to create space, celebrate, and empower body types that aren't mainstream in the yoga community.
Moreover, I intend to introduce self-care and wellness and create space for BIPOC communities!
Yoga has been a blessing to my life and my goal is to share with anyone who is willing!
Chandler has been a Kundalini Yoga and Meditation teacher since 2009. After her first Kundalini class, Chandler experienced the healing potential of this yogic technology and decided to train in Rheshikesh India with master teachers Tej Kaur of Nine Treasure Yoga and Gurumuhk Kaur Khalsa of Golden Bridge.
Since then, she has shared the teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan throughout the Eastern United States and Calgary, Canada. In her classes, you will experience the sensation of balancing the nervous system, the glandular system and circulatory systems to awaken a more balanced and empowered version of yourself.
Yoga for me is about the journey, not an end goal. My journey has truly been life changing...hard to put into words honestly. Body awareness, mindfulness, peacefulness, clarity are a few things that stand out...seeing all of the little things blossom into this amazing experience for me, is simply put...AWESOME.
I completed my 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training with Art of Yoga and registered for my RYT 200 in June 2019.
November 2019, I had my first ever MRI to hopefully discover what was causing a paralyzing sensation in my legs. In January 2020, I had spinal surgery to remove a large benign tumor from my L4 L5 vertebrae. The tumor had been with me for a while, and it changed the shape of my bone! I am so thankful to my yoga practice to help me understand something was not right with my body. Recovery was an experience all in itself as well, and thankfully, I’m back to normal movements and getting stronger everyday.
I encourage use of props and modifications to help encourage proper alignment allowing your body to get the most benefit from your practice.
I love yoga and you might too...Join me! I look forward to sharing my practice with you!
Kristianne Epperson is a certified spin instructor, Yoga instructor, and in-home personal trainer,
with over 20 years of experience in fitness. Her exuberant personality and people-centered nature
has allowed her to train a diverse range of clients in both private and group indoor cycling and
sweat therapy sessions, leading them to health improving, deeply empowering experiences. She
is dedicated to improving the lives of each of her clients, creating a welcoming environment
where their health and wellness goals are heard and nurtured. Kristianne believes in the power of
her craft, and its health-giving qualities.
Her certifications include an Integrative Yoga Therapy 200-hour certification, the National
Personal Training Institute’s 500-hour certification, and the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Level
1 teacher certification. Kristianne couples her passion for spin, Yoga, and personal training with
studies of nutrition, wellness, and disease prevention, taking a full-body approach to health and
fitness. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga Therapy Rx program, Kristianne
has continued her education with nationally-known yoga instructors to incorporate skillsets such
as Breathing and Heart-Centered Yoga, Detox Yoga, and Anusara Yoga into her practice.
David has been practicing yoga since 2015. David found a new appreciation for the yoga practice after attending a class with Christopher a.k.a.
The Yoga Doctor.
"If you aren't going to take care of yourself, then who will."
This quote resonated with David as he embraced his yoga practice as a sincere form of self care. Over time, his desire to share a practice of self care with others increased which led which led him to deepen his studies and attain his 200 RYT certification with Art of Yoga in 2021.
"We need a practice of self care now even more than ever before in the midst of a global health pandemic... I'm just doing my best to serve others and do my part in keeping the world happy, healthy, and well!"
I thought I just signed up for another exercise class, when my journey with Yoga began. I had no idea how deep it would take me into my own way of existing.
I came to discover that yoga is much more than the Asanas (physical postures). Part of the practice of Yoga is Svadhyaya, the study of the self, and it has captivated me. My focus is to help others positively change their emotional state, become more confident and empowered, eliminate self doubt and fear, and move into a state of enjoyment. For this reason, I chose to teach Kundalini Yoga.
My biggest influence is Aftab Khalsa, aka Yogi Aftab, who specializes in Kundalini/Tantra, and was taught by Yogi Bhajan himself. His class catapulted me into a phenomenal transformation, and I became a believer in the science behind Kundalini.
Take the self awareness journey with me, and together we'll be working on letting life energy flow freely.
Berth is a newly certified 200 level RYT and is trained in the Kemetic YogaSkills practice. “I am fueled by seeking unique experiences, family, community and by the endless beauty of humans and the earth. My intention is to create a peaceful space that allows you to ignite your self awareness and explore your overall wealth through mindfulness.”
Elise has been practicing yoga for over 15 years, attending classes at several local studios. For three years she studied with Sarah Nordin, a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. Elise has attended yoga workshops with Eddy Marks, Mary Obendorfer and Livia Shapiro-Cohen.
In February 2017 at the age of 70, Elise completed her 200-hour teacher certification at Yogafly in Auburn, Alabama. Practicing and teaching yoga is one of her life passions. Elise and Bob, her husband of 54 years, own Feinberg Center for Well-Being since 1982. Their passion is to teach people to live a balanced lifestyle and eat healthfully. They have two children and five grandchildren.
Elise believes you can do yoga and benefit at any age.
Yogi Aftab is an eRYT-500 teacher specializing in Kundalini Yoga. His teaching career spans for more than 46 years of inspiring students to go pass their limitations in Europe, Australia, South America, the US and the Caribbean.
At eleven years old he discovered Yoga, and under the guidance of Yogi Bhajan, he completed his teacher training in 1972 at one of his Ashrams in Arizona. He is a strict vegetarian, likes to make herbal tinctures, does energetic healing, enjoys chanting, and loves cold showers. He is here now with us in Columbus, and is looking forward to meeting you!
Versandra Kennebrew, ICHC, discovered yoga twenty years ago during her massage therapy certification at Irene's Myomassology Institute in Detroit, Michigan.
After providing massages for more than 2000 clients and receiving her health coach certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she returned to yoga in 2019 and studied at Kashi Atlanta Ashram for her 200-Hour CYTT.
Versandra is committed to sharing the message of healing and transformation through living a holistic lifestyle on stages and in studios big and small. She is the president of Optimal Living Education & Retreats.
Shailza Vanacore is RYT-200, she is also known as Yogini Zelda. She was born and raised in India. She started going to yoga classes 10 years ago back in New Delhi. When she moved to United States, she was all by herself and did not know anyone, that’s when her journey to her true self took off. She started doing more and more yoga and meditation, which helped her to get attuned with her true nature and also helped to get introduced to like minded people in the community.
In summer of 2018, she decided to become certified yoga teacher so she can share her love for yoga with others. Practising yoga is the very first thing she does every morning, it is an essential part of her living. She loves painting, meditating, chanting in addition to doing yoga. She does different forms of meditations as per the need and loves to share her knowledge and experience.
She sees yoga as not just a physical practice but a union of mind, body and soul. She has heard a lot of healing stories from her students and experienced it herself. Her teaching style is a fusion between Vinyasa and Hatha. She loves the flow but also emphasizes on diving deep in every posture.
She also likes to teach workshops. She has taught Cultivating Intuition and Chanting workshops in the past. She wants everyone to try chanting workshop at least once to experience the energy shift themselves.