Who We Are

Sweet Tea Yoga has united some of the most dedicated and talented teachers in the Atlanta area. Every one of our teachers bring something unique to their practice and no two classes will be the same. We are honored to have them as a part of our yoga community. Sweet Tea Yoga was created as a space for the community to foster a sense of mindfulness and wellbeing. Most importantly, to help others find healing of the mind, body and spirit through their practice. Like having a glass of tea on the front porch, we welcome you home to Sweet Tea Yoga!

 

Samaneh Kazemi

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-200

I started my Yoga journey in 2010 after my second son’s birth. I am a lucky mother of two lovely boys of 11 and 13 years old.

I’ve been fortunate to be taught by some of the greatest yoga teachers.  Being influenced by my teachers and years of practice my passion for yoga increased significantly.

My interest in yoga, along with love of teaching, led me to become an instructor.

I have 200-hour international yoga teacher certificate on Cyclic yoga which is an art of sequencing yoga asanas or pranayama and mudra techniques to maximize its benefits and energize body and mind.

I have also received my 200-hour Satyananda yoga certificate and I have completed several trainings in anatomy, yoga therapy, Yama, Niyama, and I am currently taking advanced classes in yoga and meditation. 

I’m also a personal trainer and design sequences of each class based on anatomical information and the goal of each class.

It is important for me to make sure that my students perform each exercise correctly so they can benefit and enjoy what yoga classes can offer them.

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YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-200

Jennifer Schultz

I am a mom, wife, artist and yoga instructor. My husband and I live in Palmetto, GA with our 2 beautiful children.

I found yoga over 20 years ago, when I was in my late twenties. I quickly discovered that yoga was the key to three missing components in my life: peace of mind, a deeper connection to my Self and a sense of balance (physical and mental).

My practice took a backseat, after getting married and having two children, as my husband and I focused on raising our family. In 2015, my yoga practice found her way back to me. My passion was quickly reignited and I decided to earn my 200-hour certification through the teachings and guidance of Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati in Classical (Raja) Yoga at Kashi Atlanta and began instructing in June 2016.

I feel a deeper connection to myself and others when I'm actively pursuing my yoga and I absolutely love being able share those same benefits with others. To me, yoga is more than just a physical practice; it’s just as much, if not more, of the inner work that leads to transformation. In my class, the focus is on the breath as we move through a variety of postures. Yoga is for every BODY! Yoga is the linking of the body, the mind, the heart and the soul via the breath. Finally, yoga should be enjoyable, and I enjoy keeping a sense of humor with my practice, whether I’m alone or instructing a group of yogis. A little fun is always welcome!

My hope is that everyone who comes to my class will leave with an understanding that everything we are seeking outside of ourselves can only be found by looking within. That peace is always with you. Roll out your mat, find that stillness, connect to your breath and you’re practicing your yoga. Namaste.

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Renee Morris

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-200

Renee started her yoga journey at age 40. She never had a regular exercise regime until she found yoga. After one class she was hooked. She started for the physical benefits but  has continued for the calm yoga brings her life. Renee’s current practice is Power Flow, Yin, and Yoga Nidra. She has a light-hearted and playful approach to her teaching so all students will feel comfortable in her classes. She uses an intelligent sequence to create strength, flexibility, and a calm mind. Renee obtained her RYT® 200 certification in 2016 from Grow Yoga School in Memphis, TN. Since then she has completed several trainings in anatomy, yoga philosophy, aerial yoga, yin & restorative yoga. Renee has also completed her Level 1 Yoga Nidra certification with Dr. Nick Atlas. When she is not teaching or practicing yoga, you can find Renee in the woods or on the water with her husband, two boys, and two dogs.

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Kathy Pabst

YOGA INSTRUCTOR TYT 500/THAI MASSAGE THERAPIST

I obtained my 200 hours through YogaFit and completed my 500 hours with Asheville Yoga Center.  I have been teaching yoga since 2008 and have over 2,000 hours of teaching.  I have been helping clients heal with yoga therapy for 7 years. I am also certified in Barre Above, Cardio Yoga, Kids Yoga, Pilates mat work, Thai Yoga Bodywork and mindfulness training for kids as well as the Anxious to Awesome kids program. I enjoy teaching different formats, such as the cardio yoga and yoga sculpt, to bring  more well rounded strength and conditioning to support a successful yoga practice as well as daily living.  I love sharing the many gifts and blessings of yoga with others and look forward to doing so with all of the Sweet Tea Yoga Community.

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Chandra’s love for health and wellness is a lifelong passion. She began her yogic journey in 2006. Over time, she realized that yoga was an invaluable tool for dealing with both the physical and emotional stresses of life. As her yoga practice began to occupy a larger place in her life, she decided to become a certified teacher so she could share these tools with others. Chandra completed her 200 RYT certification at Peachtree Yoga Center in early 2018, her 300 YYT certification in December 2020, is a member of Yoga Alliance, Black Yoga Teacher’s Alliance , is a certified children’s yoga teacher and continues to expand her own yogic journey. Through the love of yoga and community, she started the Sanskrit Moon Yoga Center in 2019.
Chandra’s overall style of practice fosters the healing and strengthening of both body and mind through the use of restorative poses & vinyasa, as well as an overall focus on breath work, alignment, and safety. Her main desire is to bring yoga to EVERYBODY and to give her students the tools needed to maintain a healthy practice, all while having fun and honoring the moment.

Tanya Dunne

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-500

I have always loved physical activity, so I came to yoga for the physical challenge and to work through old sports injuries. I took my first yoga class in 2001, and I could tell that there was something worth pursuing, and so I went all in.

I see yoga as an opportunity to combine physical challenge, mindful attention, and spiritual direction. I believe yoga and meditation leads us to understand our power and gives us clarity, confidence, strength, and softens the hard edges. I teach to gift the same to my students.

I teach gentle, vinyasa, and power, with an emphasis on helping students find ease and flow in the movement through creative sequences and unique music selections.

I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center (AYC) in 2019, along with my 300-hour advanced studies at AYC in 2020. I also have a certification in aqua yoga from White Crow Yoga Studio. 

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Malinie Feeney

YOGA INSTRUCTOR 200RYT 

I believe Yoga is the relationship that is built between the body, the mind and the breath.

I came to my first yoga class here at Sweet Tea because my body was calling for something more than my regular gym sessions. After my first few classes I found so much more than just moving on your mat.  I found a new way of living.  Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully.

I completed my 200 hour Multi-Style Yoga training with YogaRenew August 2020 and have since completed 50 hour Vinyāsa Yoga Training and 20 hour Mindfulness. I will always be a student of the practice and am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers have shared with me.

My Vinyāsa style classes combine strength and mobility work, I love to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice.  Expect to move, breath and sweat!

I live in Peachtree City and when I am not teaching yoga I am spending time with my family.

Chandra Fowler

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-500

Karen Martin

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-200, PTA, PWR (Parkinson's Wellness Recovery) Therapist

I was introduced to yoga many years ago when I took it as a P.E. class in college. I had been a competitive athlete in high school and expected yoga to be relaxing but not particularly difficult. Then I met Swami Joan. Swami’s class challenged me physically, spiritually and mentally. Her favorite mantra (usually repeated while we were holding in a difficult pose) was: “It’s a shame to go through life half asleep”.

I have worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant for the last 20 years and raised two wonderful boys with my husband here in Peachtree City. I did not return to yoga until about 14 years ago, but that first class has always stuck with me. My yoga practice has seen me through various small injuries, and has been my drug of choice for rising to meet the inevitable trials and tribulations of life.

I decided to pursue my 200hr yoga certification in 2019 with Kashi Atlanta and have been teaching yoga at a high school and in a gym setting since then. Becoming a teacher has reminded me that growth does not stop at 50 (or at any age) and that we all need to shake ourselves fully awake from time to time.

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Kelly Smith 

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-200

Kelly Smith views yoga as a physical, spiritual, and mental discipline that can heal and unify the self. She found yoga to be a constant among ever-changing environments, and what started as a hobby became a practice. Kelly completed her 200 hour All-levels Vinyasa certification in December 2020 with M3 Yoga, where she gained understanding of anatomy and cueing methodology. Her classes link breath with movement and focus on self-inquiry from beginning to end. Kelly lives in Peachtree City, Georgia with her husband and three kids, and enjoys spending her winters in St. Croix, USVI.

Jane Semaan

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-500

Walking into my first LifePower yoga class in Rochester, Michigan back in 2012, I had some preconceived notions based on previous yoga experiences at other gyms and studios. This would be my “down day” from the rigorous weight and cardio classes I loved so much. Astonished, I found myself completely exhausted and fell asleep during savasana after my first class! Within weeks I discovered that this practice offered more physically than any other class or program I had done before, and my body had never felt better. After getting accustomed to the class flow, I began to notice more changes: I felt increasingly focused, calmer, and more centered. I was hooked, committing to more classes and realizing the profound physical and mental benefits I was getting. In 2016 I decided to complete the LifePower 200 yoga teacher training with the intent of taking this amazing practice into my own hands no matter where I lived. I was very fortunate for the opportunity to begin teaching classes at soon after I completed the training. My favorite aspect of this style of yoga is that there is always something new to learn, whether it is a new variation of an asana or discovering something new about myself, you’re never bored! My goal as a teacher is to help guide students into that wonderful little space that exists during a yoga practice, when you are breathing and moving, and the mind becomes clear. Oh, and I love how every inch of your body gets worked!

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Tami Lewis

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-200

Tami Lewis has been teaching Vinyasa Yoga since 2021 and practicing since 2016. Tami was inspired by Jamiee Ratliff.  Tami graduated from 200 YTT in 2020 with M3yoga.  She currently has a certificate in Yin Powerment and is in further study for her 500 YTT.  Tami teaches a class that combines her love of soul music with attention to alignment and compassion. She has learned to find the joy in stillness. 

Leslie Donellen

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT 500, RPYT

Leslie has been practicing yoga for over 40 years and teaching for 9. Her mission is to bring yoga to everyone. She believes in the importance of the daily practices of compassion and kindness. Her focus is on how to fully inhabit and practice with the body we have right now and to cultivate a healthy relationship with all parts of ourselves-body, mind, heart, and spirit. She teaches a heartfelt exploration of how to connect with our own internal energy through asana (posture), pranayama (breath), meditation and concentration, and relaxation.

She is a DONA Int’l trained birth and postpartum Doula. She is an experienced yoga teacher, with certifications in the following disciplines of yoga: Ashtanga, Yin, Restorative, Prenatal, Postpartum, Yoga to Transform Trauma, and Sacred Energy Arts.

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Summer Aston

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-200

Sarah Ruiz, creator and owner of Sweet Tea Yoga, is a certified RYT200, plus holds an additional 85 HR Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Certification. Sarah has completed advanced postnatal yoga courses with her teacher Sally Parkes in the UK, who studied directly under world reknowned Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. Sarah and her husband Felipe have four kids ranging in ages 6 to 16 and a rescue pup named Reynaldo. As a former music teacher (BMusEd, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, MM, Florida State University) Sarah also began teaching as a substitute for the Fayette County schools when the pandemic began. Sarah created Sweet Tea Yoga as a space for our community to find pause in our very busy and hectic lives, but most importantly, for community connection, to support and lift each other up through yoga, healthy living and giving back to those most in need. 

Brandy Redd

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-200 

Brandy began her yoga practice in 2003 in search of a way to connect with the physical body and get a good work-out. Quickly she discovered that Yoga not only improved the physical body, but had extraordinary benefits to her mental health as well. Turning inward has allowed her to heal and transform her life for the better, overcoming issues with body image, worthiness & self love. After completing her teacher training in 2019 she began holding space for others so they too could explore the healing practice of yoga... sharing knowledge, happiness and good vibes.

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Mary Fountain

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-500

Mary is a Georgia native and has been practicing yoga for the past 8 years. She is a certified RYT with Yoga Alliance at the 300-hour level and has led and participated in several teacher trainings . She has studied with various teachers in the Atlanta yoga community and beyond it. She finds endless inspiration in the classical teachings of Hatha yoga and her teaching philosophy is very much based on the idea that yoga is a practice of collaboration. To Mary, practicing yoga collectively is about showing up as authentically as we can and honoring yoga’a origins, honoring one another and honoring ourselves.

“Everyone starts as a student and if the practice does its work on you, you remain one.”

Sarah Ruiz 

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-200, RPYT

Sarah Ruiz, creator and owner of Sweet Tea Yoga, is a certified RYT200, plus holds an additional 85 HR Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Certification. Sarah has completed advanced postnatal yoga courses with her teacher Sally Parkes in the UK, who studied directly under world reknowned Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. Sarah and her husband Felipe have four kids ranging in ages 6 to 16 and a rescue pup named Reynaldo. As a former music teacher (BMusEd, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, MM, Florida State University) Sarah also began teaching as a substitute for the Fayette County schools when the pandemic began. Sarah created Sweet Tea Yoga as a space for our community to find pause in our very busy and hectic lives, but most importantly, for community connection, to support and lift each other up through yoga, healthy living and giving back to those most in need. 

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Jill Elkin

YOGA INSTRUCTOR E RYT-200, RYT 500, YACEP, Relax and Renew® Level 1 Instructor, iRest® Level 2 Teacher, Trauma-Informed

My earliest yoga memories are from around age 8. I remember doing sun salutations with my mom in our sun room. I remember the joy of reaching towards the sky to greet the day and the connection of sharing this with my mom. Yoga and meditation have been a part of my life through childhood and into adulthood. These incredible tools have given me the understanding and support to meet challenges, work through grief and loss, and ultimately find unchanging awareness from which to surf the changing aspects of life.

I completed my 200 hour teacher training in Therapeutic and Meditative Yoga with the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies in 2017, and am continuing my studies of yoga and meditation. I have had the privilege of learning from many wonderful teachers including Judith Hanson Lasater, Richard Miller, Stephanie Lopez, Marlysa Sullivan, Nick Atlas, Holle Black and Tra Kirpatrick. I hold certifications in restorative yoga, yoga nidra, and trauma-informed yoga.

My heartfelt intention is to offer each student the instructional support needed to explore their own physicality and connect with something deeper within themselves.

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Flo Sheffield

YOGA INSTRUCTOR 200 E-RYT 

Yoga is a lifestyle. It is a method to create health and well-being from the inside out. Using yoga as a way to heal yourself and to bring balance into your life. 

I found my way to yoga in 2006. I began like many do…in a gym. Yoga had ignited my fire for personal growth and transformation. I initially started with a practice and teaching style rooted in Vinyasa. The yoga practice helped me deal with trauma and start my journey, but that was just the beginning. I went on to complete my first Yoga training in 2009 and have continued to do training and study annually with teachers in my area as well as travelling. 

Currently my main focus and practice is Ashtanga Yoga. I have maintained a dedicated Ashtanga practice since February 2016. I initially studied and trained under Marsha Mcknight at Balance Yoga Atlanta from 2007-2019. I completed an apprenticeship where I taught alongside her in her Saturday Mysore classes to learn hands on how to hold the space of a Mysore Room as well as adjusting. I continued learning and invested in my practice and teaching by studying with Taylor Hunt. I studied with Taylor from 2016-2021 and completed multiple Ashtanga Primary Series Intensives, was a Trini Foundation teacher to those in recovery as well as an ambassador and completed a Mentorship program in 2020.

I currently study & practice with Kino MacGregor (2021-Present)

My hope is to share yoga with those who are looking for transformation on and off the mat; specifically recovery from Addictions. The Ashtanga yoga method has been paramount in my own recovery process.

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Dana Muggy

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-200

I started yoga in a mommy and me class 10 years ago. I enjoyed taking classes for many years before starting my journey as an instructor. I received certifications through Yoga Fit and Holy Yoga. I’m also now a personal trainer and specialize in kids yoga and yoga with weights. I love watching my students truly experience yoga through mind body connection. I believe everyone can do yoga and that everyone needs the benefits from yoga!