Events + Workshops

Advanced Yoga Anatomy

Resolve to Evolve: Yoga Teacher Master Class Series

with Jody S

$125 per session, or $495 for all 5 sessions
Saturdays, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

A master class series to enhance your yoga teaching. Break down the fundamentals of teaching into five main components to hone your skills and connect on a more meaningful level with students. This series is available to all levels of instructors from those just starting their teaching journey, to experienced ERYTs.

Individual session tuition is $125 each, or join the entire series for $99 each (20% discount!). Limited spaces are available for individual session registrations.
  • Feb 6: Art of Language, Lift Alpharetta
  • Feb 13: Art of Alignment, Lift Dunwoody
  • March 6: Art of Assist, Lift Dunwoody
  • March 20: Art of Sequencing, Lift Dunwoody
  • April 3: Art of Theming, Lift Alpharetta
Advanced Yoga Anatomy

80’s Yoga Block Party

with Kember

March 13 — $40
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Lift Alpharetta

Looking for a rad way to spend a Saturday? Well, you’re in luck, dudes, and dudettes, because we have a bodacious workshop coming up! Join Kember for an 80s BLOCK PARTY, Saturday, March 13. Using blocks in yoga asana practice allows us some legit space in our poses by bringing the Earth closer to us. In this totally tubular 2-hour workshop, you will learn how to utilize blocks from the beginning of practice, through each pose, and into savasana. And don’t forget the SCHWEET 80s PLAYLIST to get you shimmying in your shoulder pads. We’ll also have some little extras to leave you feelin’ fly and funky fresh!

Advanced Yoga Anatomy

Sweet Psoas Release – Coronavirus Edition

with Gina Minyard

March 13 — $40 IN-STUDIO, $30 VIRTUAL
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Lift Dunwoody

In these unprecedented times, we are feeling all the shades of stress as we face so much change and uncertainty. The ilio-psoas muscle is one of the places we hold our deepest tension. When bound or imbalanced, we literally can not breathe fully enough, and this constriction disconnects us from life’s deepest support.

In this workshop, learn this muscle’s story from anatomy to energy, and how best to care for it through alignment – how to balance, strengthen, and unravel it effectively, and how to bring this awareness back into your regular practice. To release the psoas is to bring clearing, grounding, and opening to your body and energy flow, your mind and heart; and through this, to be able to trust more deeply in the flow of life as we navigate these challenging circumstances.Though yoga can’t solve our problems directly, it can certainly support us in clearing physical and emotional tension, and to tangibly reconnect to – and therefore trust more deeply – the flow of life!

All levels welcome, for yoga students and teachers alike.

Advanced Yoga Anatomy

Grit and Grace: A Radical Exploration in Self-Care & Resiliency

with Kelsey Evans-Amalu

March 21 — $100 in-studio, $75 virtual
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Lift Dunwoody

This workshop will offer guidance and support through mindful movement, breathwork, and other mindfulness based interventions. The workshop will include an opening yoga class for embodiment, lecture on mindfulness based interventions for resiliency and self-compassion, and close with restorative yoga and yoga nidra.

Agenda:

  • 8-8:45am: Yoga (45 min practice- vinyasa flow)
  • 8:45-915am: Brief Lecture: The Impact of 2020 on Mental Health
  • 9:15- 9:30am: Break
  • 9:30-9:40am: Breathwork Practice
  • 9:40-10am: Brief Lecture: What is Radical Self Care
  • 10-10:10am RAIN Meditation
  • 10:10-10:30am: Research Backed Coping Tools
  • 10:30-10:45am: Get Clear: Action Oriented Radical Self Care
  • 10:45-11am: Break
  • 11-1130am: Restorative Yoga
  • 1130-12pm: Brief Yoga Nidra
Lift Yoga + Body Studio

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

with Abbey Brewer

July 17-18 — 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM — $350
1-hour lunch break on both days
Sunday: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Lift Dunwoody

Free to 300-hour YTT Students

Prerequisite: 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

This intensive 20-hour prenatal yoga teacher training will give the yoga teacher confidence, wisdom and prowess to teach, guide and mentor prenatal yoga students in EVERY phase of their pregnancies. In this training we will cover:

  • Extensive prenatal anatomy and physiology including uterine ligaments, pelvic floor, placenta presentations and fetal presentations
  • The trimesters and trimester specific considerations
  • Optimal fetal positioning Indications/contraindications
  • Prenatal class sequencing
  • Modifications
  • Incorporating a prenatal student into a traditional yoga class
  • Prop usage Yoga for labor and delivery
  • Proper pelvic floor activation

About the Instructor:
Abbey Brewer is a seasoned yoga teacher, who has been actively teaching yoga since 1998. She has many certifications including E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP, LMT, CNMT, Comprehensive Certified Pilates Instructor (600 hours through Power Pilates, NY & additional certifications through Body Awareness Studio), certified community and family herbalist and certified aromatherapist. She is the founder and director of Georgia’s first registered prenatal yoga teacher training school and has taught and apprenticed with women’s health PT, Candice Goch, for over a decade. She has been supporting women in holistic health options for over 21 years, working as a yoga teacher; neuromuscular therapist; licensed massage therapist; doula; and fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum specialist. She is experienced in abdominal detox massage & provides herbal support. In addition to her work in women’s health, she taught musculoskeletal anatomy, neuromuscular therapy, and rehabilitation at Rising Spirit Institute/Gwinnett College for more than 8 years. She has also designed and taught anatomy programs for both yoga and Pilates teacher training programs throughout the Metro Atlanta area. Her goal is to mentor women through education and movement practices so that we can all be self empowered, vibrant, and ultimately thrive.

Teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Senior & Chair Yoga

with Paige D

August 27 – 29 — $250
Friday: 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Lift Dunwoody

Free to 300-hour YTT Students

This workshop is a guide to bringing yoga to people in older bodies. We’ll examine how aging affects the body, and how we can modify the practice to suit the needs of a unique aging body. We’ll gain an understanding of common neurological and physiological ailments that coincide with aging, and explore ways to safely facilitate a yoga practice for people experiencing these ailments. We will utilize the chair as a foundation for the practice, and as a prop to aid in many different styles of yoga.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain understanding in a variety of changes that coincide with aging.
  • Learn ways to modify the practice to suit aging bodies.
  • Gain knowledge about ways the practice of yoga can be a therapeutic tool to increase quality of life.
  • Become equipped in teaching a practice entirely from a chair.
  • Learn how to utilize the chair as an invaluable prop in all styles of classes.

Required reading: Easy Does it Yoga by Alice Christensen

Recommended reading: Waking by Matthew Sanford 

One year of yoga experience or 200 YTT recommended to benefit the most from this training.

Teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga

January 15-16 — $350
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Lift Dunwoody

Free to 300-hour YTT Students

This training consists of lecture, discussion, group activities, practice teaching, and trauma-informed yoga, breathing, and relaxation exercises, that can be useful not only for trauma, but tension and stress as well.

Over half of the US population reports having experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime, and approximately 7.7 million American adults suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) every year (Emerson & Hopper 2011, p.3). For many people, traumatic experiences overwhelm their ability to cope, leading to complex and devastating symptomatology that manifests mentally, emotionally, and physiologically – often for months or years after the trauma occurred.

Research demonstrates that traumatic events can leave an imprint on the cells and tissues of the body, leading to dysregulation and imbalances in nervous system function that manifest as symptoms of trauma. Due to trauma’s effects on the nervous system, an individual experiencing symptoms of trauma may be constantly on alert, chronically depressed or fatigued, have chronic pain, feel numb or dissociative, have biorhythm disturbances (such as sleep and metabolic issues), adopt unhealthy coping mechanisms, and more. Yoga, as a physical and mental practice that invites individuals to reconnect with their bodies, can facilitate healing through providing a conduit for the safe, controlled release of traumatic energy held in the body (Van der Kolk, 2014).

Topics Covered:

  • Understanding PTSD and Complex Trauma.
  • Using Yoga as an effective method for healing trauma stored in the body.
  • Experience TRE – Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises.
  • Appropriate language for teaching a Trauma Informed Class.
  • How to design a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Class.

*This training is a professional development training and is not intended as an intervention for personal healing/processing personal trauma. Talking about trauma, and the principles and practice of trauma-informed yoga may be triggering. The training is not intended for those currently in crisis.

Works Cited:

  • Emerson D and Hopper E. 2011. Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body. North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA and The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, Inc., Boston, MA.
  • Van der Kolk, B. 2014. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma. Viking.
New Moon Flow + Meditation
New Moon Lunar Flow
Join us for this monthly offering of renewal! This practice will include an intention setting for the month ahead, a cycle of flowing movement, leading up to a meditation on how you can invite forth your desires with presence and wakefulness. All levels are welcome in this creative, fluid, and wonderful practice!

Upcoming New Moon Flow + Meditation Dates

Location: Lift Alpharetta

  • Thursday, September 17th at 7:30 PM with Sarah Rose
  • Friday, October 16th at 10:30 AM with Kember
  • Sunday, November 15th at 10:00 AM with Ginny
  • Monday, December 14th at 7:30 PM with Barbie

Free Community Classes

Did you know that Lift offers free classes for the community multiple times a week? Grab your mat and join our amazing instructors for a complimentary class! The scheduled instructors are subject to change without notice.

*Holiday cancellations will be announced on Facebook and Instagram @LiftYoga.

Community Slow Flow at Lift

Thursdays at 9:00 AM — Pre-registration required due to limited class size.
Click here to register.

Donations Welcome

Wills Park Recreation Center Yoga

Tuesdays at 5:00 PM
Pre-registration not required - space is first come, first serve. Please adhere to social distancing requirements.

11925 Wills Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30009

Community Vinyasa Flow at Lift

Fridays at 5:00 PM — Pre-registration required due to limited class size.
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Donations Welcome

Crabapple Government Center Yoga

Saturdays at 9:00 AM
Pre-registration not required - space is first come, first serve. Please adhere to social distancing requirements.

12624 Broadwell Road. Alpharetta, GA 30004

Yoga & Barre at Newtown Park Amphitheater

These outdoor classes will resume Spring 2021.

*For outdoor classes, we strongly recommend checking our Instagram page for updates regarding weather.
Holiday cancellations will be announced on Facebook and Instagram @LiftYoga.