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 the Sweet Tea Yoga Family! 

 

Heather Ambrosi

YOGA INSTRUCTOR/PRENATAL SPECIALIST/EXPERIENCED DOULA

Heather was first introduced to yoga by her mother at the age of 13.  She continued to dabble with Yoga and exercise for several years but didn’t really bring Yoga into her life fully until a back injury, being a flight attendant dealing with September 11th and the death of her mother all in 2001.  Yoga helped Heather with both her anxiety and emotions from all the loss.  

Being strongly influenced by her Yoga Teacher in Las Vegas, Heather decided to become a registered yoga teacher upon moving to Atlanta in 2008.  Heather received her first 200HR teacher training from Sivananda Vedante Center in Canada and furthered her trainings in Prenatal Yoga and is currently completing her 500HR Yoga certification.  

In addition to her Vinyasa Classes, Heather’s main teaching passion is Prenatal Yoga with emphasis work on the Pelvic Floor.  Heather brings her own personal and numerous training experiences to all classes she teaches.  She has the ability to make each class both challenging and therapeutic with a strong emphasis on inclusivity for all skill levels as well as alignment and finding your inner body freedom!  Heather is continuously learning and studying with various teachers around the country.  She is a member of Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.  Heather has also been a birth Doula to several of her prenatal students and a Yoga Mama to many!

Dana Boyle

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!

Jill Elkin

YOGA INSTRUCTOR ERYT-200, 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.

Shannon Veres

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-200

I am originally from Cleveland Ohio. My family and I moved south in 2018 for a job opportunity and a new adventure! I have always been a lover of fitness and began my teaching career ten years ago by obtaining certifications to teach various types of group fitness classes. It wasn’t until after I had my children a year later that I began my yoga journey. Having two small children I began to practice at home and eventually became certified to teach kids yoga. In 2016 I went through my 200hr training under Haris Lender in the style of classical Hatha yoga. My training has strong roots in Integral Yoga which tends to incorporate meditation and pranayama as equally as Hatha yoga. In addition to my personal yoga practice and teaching, the other loves of my life are my two wonderful children and my best friend, my husband. I have learned over the years that yoga is so much more than fitness, it has served me tremendously in my journey to self-acceptance. It is a lifelong learning process and I am so grateful to have found it for myself and to be able to share it with others.

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 1,000 hours of teaching.  I have been helping clients heal with yoga therapy for 3 years. I am also certified in Kids Yoga, Pilates mat work, Thai Bodywork and mindfulness training for kids. I am a wife of 17 years and mom of a 13 year old daughter and 11 year old son.  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.

Joe Downing

Toni Padgett

YOGA INSTRUCTOR E-RYT YACEP, THAI MASSAGE THERAPIST

I have been practicing yoga for 15 years and have been fortunate to have been taught by many of the great yoga teachers of our time.  With those teachers I have experienced a wide variety of what yoga has to offer. One of the most important lessons is that the best teacher is always a student at heart.  There is always more to learn from a dedicated, and consistent yoga practice.  It’s not just a physical practice but has the ability to dramatically change your life in the most positive way. I invite you to experience the many benefits of yoga. 

Joe has been practicing yoga for 3 years and has realized the many benefits which can be experienced through a consistent practice. He uses yoga as a daily tool to stay fluid and to help maintain a constant sense of calm. Joe has recently earned his 200hr RYT certification at the Sivananda Ashram in Nassau, Bahamas prior to graduating from The University of Arkansas in January 2020. At the ashram he was immersed in a program that covered all aspects of yoga and taught him what it means to live a true yogic lifestyle. He enjoys cooking, gardening, biking, hiking and spending time outside with the ones he loves.

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-200

I am a mom, wife, artist and yoga instructor. My husband and I live in Palmetto, GA with our 2 beautiful children (along with our 3 dogs, 1 cat and hamster).

I discovered yoga nearly 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. A few years ago, 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.

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.

Jennifer Schultz

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT200

Bill Brady

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-200

Namaste,  I have a passion for all aspects of yoga, asked why I do yoga, because it Works!   I believe, my diverse background, brings a different perspective into our sacred space!  My engineering education and professional career, flying high performance jet aircraft for over 40 years brings a strong scientific foundation to my practice. I have been involved in athletics my entire life as an active participant and on the coaching side!  Introduced to yoga at very early age by my Dad, my practice became a regular part of my life about eight years ago, I started teaching four years ago and formalized my teacher Training at the Asheville Yoga Center completing my 200 hour certification in the spring of 2018.  My practice and study continues every day!  I am excited to share that passion with my fellow yogis at Sweet Tea!

Joy Baumgarten 

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-500

After being born in South Africa, raised in South America, educated in Europe and extensive time Asia, Joy brings a deep acceptance and understanding of different cultures, people and opinions.

 

She started practicing Asthanga and Power Yoga in 2002, but In recent years has grown to appreciate the gentler forms of yoga, including pranayama and meditation. As a lifelong student her own practice is very important to her and she regularly participates in yoga and meditation conferences and retreats in the US and abroad.

 

Joy is a Yoga Alliance certified RYT500 yoga teacher and got her certification at Peachtree Yoga in Sandy Springs, GA. She describes her teaching style as alignment based flow, focusing on linking breath to movement and on bringing awareness into the current moment. With her background in psychology she not only sees yoga as bringing healing to the body but also to the mind by learning how to be kind to yourself, accepting where you are at any given moment and observing whatever comes up. 

Lindsey Hart

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-200

I was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. I began dancing at the age of 3 and had a fulfilling first career as a professional dancer. It is surprising that I did not find yoga earlier in my life with my deep connection to my body and movement. I had tried several yoga studios in my twenties and I never enjoyed it. It wasn’t until I took my first yoga class in my thirties at Inner Power Yoga in Los Angeles that I found what I was looking for. After practicing consistently for four years I completed my 200 hour RYT training with Inner Power in California. I love practicing and teaching a Power Flow class because I enjoy how a challenging asana sequence makes me feel.

I have discovered that there is so much more to yoga than just the physical practice. The benefits truly feel limitless to me! Going on my own personal yoga journey has changed my life. I have never felt compelled to teach until I found yoga. This is the first time since I stopped dancing that I found something that fills my heart with so much love, gratitude and joy. Every time I walk out of a yoga class I feel more at peace, calm and blissful. It is my goal to bring that type of balance to my students with their mind, body and spirit. I am looking forward to cultivating a new yoga community with Sweet Tea Yoga.

“Yoga takes you into the present moment. The only place where life exists.”

Sarah Ruiz

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-200, RPYT

Creator and owner of Sweet Tea Yoga, Sarah began her yoga journey in a prenatal yoga class in 2005. She soon fell in love with the practice of yoga, with the connection of breath and movement, and the myriad of benefits a consistent practice had to offer. Prenatal Yoga was the stepping stone to discovering a world of various forms of yoga, from Restorative to Yin and eventually Bikram and Ashtanga yoga. Sarah studied in the UK under Sally Parkes for her 85-hour Prenatal Yoga Certification and under Mila Burgess at Lifetime Fitness in Atlanta for her 200-hour teacher certification. She has also completed an advanced training in postnatal yoga. 

When she is not practicing yoga, she is teaching children's choir and traveling the world with her family. She is thrilled to share the practice of yoga with the South Atlanta community. 

                             "SATSANGA": The company of like-minded people to uplift and inspire you on the yoga path.

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 Ashtanga. 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. When she is not teaching or practicing, you can find Renee in the woods or on the water with her husband, two boys, and two dogs.

Jennifer Argo

YOGA INSTRUCTOR RYT-200

I am a wife, mother of five, paramedic and fitness enthusiasts. I began my yoga journey while living over seas on the island of Dominica in 2013 and decided to take my passion to the next level in 2016 completing my 200-RYT at Infinity Yoga in Atlanta. Being a very busy working mom, long distance runner and in a career field full of unpredictability and constant chaos; yoga changed my life. My desire is share the healing benefits of yoga to all my students. While challenging them physically, invite them into an environment that allows them to breathe while discovering and connecting to the best version of themselves. 

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Our Story

After years of living in the New York City area, owner Sarah Ruiz moved to Peachtree City in 2014. A yoga enthusiast for twelve years, she struggled to find a local studio that offered a variety of classes, at that time specifically, a prenatal yoga class. Since then, it has been her dream to create a space for the community that will 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!

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