TEACHERS

JENNY HOLDING

Jenny is a yoga teach of 13 years and one of Element’s co-owners. She has a 500RYT which she received from her guru in Rishikesh, India. Jenny’s teaching style is influenced by Shiva Rea, Bryan Kest, and Janet Stone. Expect a challenging, dharma infused flow with chanting, breathwork, and some palo santo to finish.

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PARISA HERVANI

Parisa is one of the two co-owners of Element Yoga. Parisa has been practicing yoga since the age of 16. While working in corporate finance, Parisa decided to deepen her practice by taking her 200YTT at Infinity where fellow co-owner, Jenny, was one of her teachers. Parisa’s motto is “the body needs movement, the mind needs stillness”. She's a barre enthusiast with a yogi soul and the creator behind Element Barre Flow, our signature barre class that incorporates barre choreography, yoga asana, and a satisfying amount of core work.

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NANCY TVEDT

Nancy brings passion and wisdom to her classes. She began teaching in 2012 after leaving a successful corporate career. Her soulful yoga classes will challenge your strength and flexibility as well as open your heart and quiet your mind. Nancy’s motto is “walk with grace and strength”.

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OCTAVIA NASR

Octavia is a certified yoga teacher in Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, and Yoga Nidra. She is initiated in Vedic chanting and yoga philosophy by Sadhvi Abha Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India, where she is a regular visiting teacher. She finds peace and growth in reading, meditation, and sharing what she knows with others.

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TIM LAM

Tim is a veteran in the Atlanta yoga teacher community with over 1000 classes and 7 years of teaching experience under his belt.  He has a Masters in Kinesiology from the University of Texas and undergrad in Exercise physiology from UGA.  You can tell when you take one of his classes that he incorporates all his knowledge of human movement into each of his classes.  Besides practicing yoga daily - Tim enjoys going to the dog park with his two dogs, Rex and Hank.

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COURTENAY TEITELBAUM

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Courtenay has been teaching yoga in Atlanta since 2016. He has taught full time since 2017 and can’t imagine doing anything else. If you asked him what his job is he’d have to chuckle a bit and tell you he doesn’t have one. They say it’s not work if you do what you love and that’s the best way he can explain it. Yoga found Courtenay as a way for him to deal with chronic back pain. Pills and medication have never been an option for him and he’s been able to put his socks on comfortably for the last 5 years. He loves sharing this practice with anyone who’s willing to put in the work. He can’t wait to meet you on the mat.

Erin Borenstein

Erin’s first experience of yoga was at ten years old. It didn't quite stick at the time, but years later, she found yoga again. After struggling through a Vinyasa class and thinking that yoga probably wasn't for her, the class ended with a pose called savasana. It was the most blissful few minutes of her life and from then on, she dedicated herself to learning and sharing yoga. Erin is an E-RYT who has taught at numerous Atlanta studios and companies. She’s sought out deeper studies in Yoga Nidra Meditation with Richard Miller, Restorative with Judith Hanson Lasater, asana alignment with Maty Ezraty, Ashtanga with Sava Giorgi Savaneli and Yin with Mahapatha Yoga. Her approach is also informed by twenty years of classical ballet training. She loves that yoga is a practice that deeply challenges mind and body, but will meet anyone exactly where they are. Erin strives to create a welcoming, challenging, and compassionate space when teaching. 

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DOUG JOHNSON

With well over 1000 hours of training under his belt Douglas Johnson - E-RYT 500, YACEP has led a countless number of classes, meditations, yoga nidras, kirtans, retreats, workshops, and teacher-trainings in his more than two decades of teaching. Douglas has had the privilege to study with some of the best that modern yoga has to offer like Paul Grilley (Yin Yoga), Amrit and Kamini Desai (Amrit Yoga), Andrey Lappa (Universal Yoga), Deva Parnell (Kripalu), Rod Stryker (Para Yoga), ‘Yoganand’ Michael Carroll (Pranakriya, Kripalu). Expect new and challenging postures in his flow classes and to learn about subtle energy, anatomy, and yoga philosophy in his Yin classes

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Allie Jaffe

Allie brings a lighthearted, exploratory, encouraging energy to all of her classes.  Focusing on the HOW and WHY of the many postures we move through while integrating accessible ways to apply Yoga philosophy in daily life. She enables students to intelligently observe how they move, breathe and think so that they are empowered to fully participate in any class, develop a home practice, and truly find the RITUAL amidst the repetition.

Allie offers variations throughout her flows so that practitioners of any level ca enjoy the vast transformational benefits of Yoga, both on and off the mat.

She is certified in Awakening Yoga, learning directly from the creators of this modern Hatha Vinyasa based practice, Patrick Beach and Carling Harps, and was mentored by Element's own Jenny Holding.

 

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CAT BACON

Cat Bacon is a barre bad@**. She started barre during college while working at the front desk of a local barre studio (probably saving up for Maroon 5 tickets). Since then, her skill set has grown to fuse two of Element’s loves, barre and yoga. Come let Cat lead you through a thigh shaking barre routine followed by a delicious stretch and savasana.  Cat's mantra : “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”

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MEGHAN MEEKS

Meghan has her group fitness instructor certification with AFAA (American Fitness Association of America). She currently teaches sculpt at Element Yoga and water aerobics at Lifetime in Sandy Springs. She loves teaching, coaching and motivating her students, plays the best music and offers challenging interval training in her sculpt class. Meghan has two young children Madison and Mason. This fun loving soul is also a creative entrepreneur and is the mastermind behind Prayer Sticks.

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SCARLETT CHANG

Scarlett got her 200RYT at Infinity/Yogaworks. She teaches intentionally sequenced, alignment based yoga that is inclusive and supportive. When she’s not on her mat, she’s reading, watching cooking shows or planning her next getaway. She looks forward to leading you in a graceful and tranquil class.

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Melanie Marcano

Melanie is a 200HR RYT teacher that is passionate about all things adventure and  mind-body connection. A certified Wilderness First Responder, she loves guiding people into unfamiliar territory and further into deeper places within themselves- be it on the mat or on the mountain. Melanie started practicing yoga during the recovery of two torn ACLs, and got her certification under Jenny Holding at Yogaworks/Infinity. Because of this, her aim is creating alignment based, accessible but challenging flows that facilitate movement as medicine, uniting the body mind and breath. Expect a palo-santo infused meditative flow that dances between the duality of effort and ease ending with a calming lavender oil temple massage. ( And you can probably also expect some backcountry adventure stories, too. )

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Malik Khalid

Malik Khalid is an Atlanta native, Liforme Ambassador, Yoga Teacher, Podcast Host, and Servant Leader who resides at the intersection of wellness, design, and human exploration. May 2018 Khalid completed his 200hr Teacher Training and since taught over 3,000 students at all levels. 

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Malik Khalid

Malik Khalid is an Atlanta native, Liforme Ambassador, Yoga Teacher, Podcast Host, and Servant Leader who resides at the intersection of wellness, design, and human exploration. May 2018 Khalid completed his 200hr Teacher Training and since taught over 3,000 students at all levels. 

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Rachel Friedman

After receiving her graduate degree from NYU in Clinical Social Work, Rachel was a licensed clinical therapist. Rachel received her first 200-hour in Sandy Springs and then continued on her studies with Baron Baptiste and even worked alongside him and his team. Rachel completed her 500-hour training with School Yoga Institute in Peru in July 2019 which focused on yoga therapeutics, energetic anatomy, and Ayurveda the sister science to yoga.

Rachel is a possibility dealer. She believes anything is possible if you put your mind to it!  She brings this energy and enthusiasm to each practice.  Her classes are filled with creative sequencing that will challenge you in new and exciting ways. Her goal is to leave each student empowered in their bodies, calm and grounded in their mind, and connected to their spirit.

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Sahil Jabbehdari

Sahil loves a challenging sweaty yoga class moving around the mat. 

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Tommasina is a 500 E-RYT  who trained  extensively with Andrey Lappa. She creatively weaves in elements of Universal Yoga into the flow of her classes. She also has trained in Meditation,  Yin Yoga , Ashtanga and the Yogaworks method.  Tommasina enjoys connecting with new people and sharing the ways yoga has transformed her life and her overall health.

Tommasina's classes reflect the dance between discovering a deeper practice in the most unexpected places and yet still challenging you to find your edge and test your endurance with deep asana and vigorous vinyasa. Her classes engage the physical body fully as a gateway into diving deeper into the energetic body where true transformation takes place

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Hannah Choi

Hannah took her first hot yoga class in 2013 and has been hooked ever since! She received her 200-hour RYT at Bring It Om Yoga in 2020. In addition to yoga, she is an avid runner and has run seven full marathons in the past six years —including the New York and Chicago marathons! She considers herself to be a movement enthusiast and enjoys staying active not only for the physical aspect but for her mental well-being as well. Hannah will lead you through a flow that will be challenging, but also rejuvenating!

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Lauren Locke

With over 25+ years of dance experience in ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop, over 5 years teaching barre classes and a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Training license, Lauren combines experience with science to create a flow between yoga, ballet and Pilates for a head to toe dynamically challenging class! 
“The Phoenix must burn in flames before it will rise”

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Zach Sanders

With a background in music and teaching art, Zach strives to bring creative expression to all that he does. Having completed his 500 YTT in multi-style yoga in Rishikesh, India, he aims to help others awaken to their original peaceful nature, while also strengthening their body and mind. Outside of the studio, you can find him meditating, reading a book on Zen, or playing guitar. In his classes, you can expect a dynamic combination of intense vinyasa sequences, deeply rejuvenating postures, and mindful introspection. 

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Cass Dawkins

Cass completed her 200RYT at Mission Beach Yoga in San Diego, CA. She's been mentored by Element's co-owner Jenny Holding. And is a part of a cadre studying under Jaimee Ratliff.

 

She was introduced to yoga as a form of cross-training by a coach in college. Having studied Sports Management in both undergrad and graduate school, she loves working with "the everyday athlete". Expect deep rejuvenating postures, breathwork, and excerpts from her latest read.

 

When not in the studio she enjoys hikes with her pup, stand-up paddle boarding with her husband, or taking a challenging barre class.

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Kate Weingartner

Kate began practicing Hot 26&2 in 2013 and completed her 200-hr RYS Hot 26 Revolution teacher training under lead instructor, Bethany Spencer, in April 2019 in upstate NY where she also taught until relocating to the Atlanta area in 2021. Kate's passion for teaching is rooted in the healing and transformative qualities she experienced herself and has faith that the 26&2 series can heal the most broken bodies and minds. As her mentor often stated, "We don't practice yoga to get better at yoga, we practice yoga to improve our quality of life outside the yoga studio.

Kelly Heren

Kelly began practicing yoga in 2017 as a means to manage the stress and anxiety of medical school. She didn’t realize when she first began just how much yoga would transform her entire life. She works as an optometrist, but yoga is her true passion. She completed her 200 hour certification in 2021 and loves sharing the joy of yoga with as many people as she can.

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Candice Wells

Candice Wells is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor with specialized training in the Lagree Method, Barre, Practical Pilates, Yoga and Therapeutic Immersion. She developed a passion for music, dance at an early age and became drawn to fitness practices incorporating the mind and the body while in college. She believes that when our physical bodies begin to function more properly through exercise, we can begin to see profound positive effects in our mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Candice’s mission is to encourage each client to gain increased strength and confidence as they work to reach their own personal goals. She enjoys choreographing each class format and sequence to be both physically challenging and efficient while providing a safe, nurturing, energetic and most importantly FUN environment where everyone can feel successful.

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