Events + Workshops

Advanced Yoga Anatomy

Delight of the Divine

with Kember

May 8 — $40
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Lift Alpharetta

This Delight of the Divine workshop is a chance to tap into, nurture, and dance with our inner divine. Through flower breathing with fresh roses, moving slowly through a ground-based, heart opening movement practice, rose quartz intention setting, and a Bhavana Meditation to infuse us with compassion and love, you will spend 2 hours steeped in the tea of nourishment for the sweet Self.

Advanced Yoga Anatomy

Restorative Yoga & Aromatherapy Journey

with Jenni & Abbie

May 9 — $40
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: Lift Dunwoody

EVERYONE is welcome to join this guided aromatherapy and restorative yoga journey honoring the essence of Mother Earth and mothering energy: the nurturing place from which growth can occur. Get ready for a mindset shifting, introspective, encouraging and self-care practice as we thoughtfully pair essential oils with mind, body and spirit opening restorative postures, poetry and imagery. We’ll send you off with bottles of each essential oil to enjoy at home!

Please bring blocks, blankets, or bolsters if you have your own! We will also provide props at the studio for your use.

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Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

with Abbey Brewer

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

Free as a 300-Hour YTT Elective

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 as a 300-Hour YTT Elective

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.

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Pelvic Floor Health Through the Ages

with Candice Goch

October 2-3 — 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM — $350

Free as a 300-Hour YTT Elective

Pelvic Floor health is especially important as we age (for women AND men), as it stabilizes your physical body, while also containing the energy you build as a result of practice. Like any other muscle group, the pelvic floor is at risk of being both overly tight as well as being overly loose in both men and women of any age. This workshop will demystify the pelvic floor, identify common sources for pain or dysfunction, and guide participants on methods to address those concerns. We will use yogic tools, such as breath work, meditation, posture and asana practice, to understand our pelvic anatomy and how issues arise. We then work towards learning how to relieve those issues, and/or just bring better overall health, both in suppleness and strength, to this set of muscles.

No yoga teaching experience necessary – this workshop will be helpful for teachers and students alike.

About the Instructor:
Candice Goch, a licensed physical therapist for 21 years, has spent the last 17 years passionately focused on helping women, men and children suffering with pelvic floor dysfunctions. Combining her knowledge of the body as a physical therapist with her mindfulness as a yoga instructor and skill as a certified aromatherapist, Candice brings a unique, holistic approach to healing the body from injury, surgery and various musculoskeletal trauma. Candice is currently instructing in the first and only registered Prenatal/Postpartum Yoga Teacher Training School in Georgia, which she helped to develop. Her goal, through experiential workshops and trainings, is to empower hundreds of instructors with the most up to date information and knowledge specific to the pelvic floor so they can immediately implement exercises that are therapeutic, safe, and instrumental in developing healthy pelvic floors in men, women and children.

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Teaching Yoga to Athletes

with Sage Rountree

October 15-17 — $650 for full weekend, $300 for Sunday only
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $50 OFF if Registered by July 1
Friday: 2:00 – 6:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Lift Dunwoody

Free as a 300-Hour YTT Elective

As more and more athletes credit yoga with taking their performance to the next level, the field of yoga for athletes is growing in exciting directions. Specializing in yoga for athletes allows you to share yoga’s benefits with a new, receptive population. Sage Rountree, a pioneer in the field, has multifaceted experience as a coach, athlete, and teacher working with endurance-sports athletes and collegiate teams.

This continuing education workshop on yoga for sports training is designed for yoga and movement teachers interested in working with athletes of all sports. It will also be useful in learning how to design classes to meet students’ unique physical needs—whether they are athletes, bus drivers, musicians, landscapers, or desk jockeys. In lecture, group discussion, and led yoga sequences, we will cover:

  • Philosophy: learn clear and easy ways to describe yoga philosophy in ways your athletes and non-yogis will appreciate
  • Physiology: how bodies adapt, how athletes train, and how yoga can support them at every step in a periodized training cycle
  • Psychology: psychology of the athlete in training and in class, yoga as mental training, channeling the competitive mindset in the context of yoga
  • Pedagogy: best practices for getting a job working with athletes in studio or team/private settings; managing a classroom, especially if the classroom is a gym or a practice field
  • Profession: setting up your business for long-term success in structure, accounting, branding, promotion

Agenda below. Participants will leave feeling empowered to teach yoga to athletes in studio, gym, team, or one-on-one settings. The workshop offers 16 CEUs to Yoga Alliance registered teachers.

Friday, 2–6 p.m.: Introduction and Philosophy of Teaching Yoga to Athletes
  • Welcome, greetings
  • Lecture and discussion: philosophy and overview
  • Practice: yoga for athletic balance
Saturday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.: Physiology
  • Lecture and discussion: how bodies adapt, how athletes train, and how yoga can support them at every step in a periodized training cycle
  • Practice: yoga for athletic conditioning
Saturday, 2–5 p.m.: Psychology
  • Lecture and discussion: psychology of the athlete in training and in class, yoga as mental training, channeling the competitive mindset in the context of yoga
  • Practice: yoga for athletic recovery
Sunday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.: Pedagogy
  • Lecture and discussion: best practices for getting a job working with athletes in studio or team/private settings; managing a classroom, especially if the classroom is a gym or a practice field
  • Practice: yoga for athletic balance
Sunday, 2–5 p.m.: Profession
  • Lecture and discussion: setting up your business for long-term success in structure, accounting, branding, promotion
  • Exercise: goal setting, mapping next steps

About the Instructor:
Sage Rountree, E-RYT 500, PhD, is a teacher trainer and endurance sports coach with certifications from USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, and the Road Runner’s Club of America. She has taught yoga to athletes at every level from youth to Olympians, NBA, and NFL players, including several University of North Carolina teams and Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams, an ongoing student of over a decade. Her nine books include The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga (2008), Everyday Yoga (2015); Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses (coauthored with Alexandra DeSiato, 2019); and The Professional Yoga Teacher’s Handbook (2020). Learn more: sagerountree.com.

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Get Grounded in Children’s Yoga – Virtual Training

October 23-24 & 30-31 — $599
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $50 OFF IF REGISTERED BY JULY 15
October 23-24 & 30: 9:30AM – 12:30PM & 1:30PM – 4:30PM
October 31: 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Location: Lift Dunwoody

Free as a 300-Hour YTT Elective

This course is being offered virtually only.

Based on the principle that you must ground yourself before grounding others, this training is an invitation to create an authentic presence, complete engaging groundwork and receive a well-rounded introduction into all aspects of teaching yoga to kids and teens. Upon completion, you are eligible for the Yogavator Pass and entry to the Grounded Kids private online group as well as a listing on the Grounded Kids website as a Grounded Teacher with reference to your bio and teaching schedule. You may take this training as a stand-alone course or as the first step toward certification.

This 22-hour training includes the following:

  • Introduction to Grounded methodology
  • Gain proficiency in our 84 Grounded series poses as well as modifications and enhancements
  • Child development through the lens of the chakra system and how to impart this wisdom to kids and teens so it is useful in everyday life
  • Specialized mini flows and mantras to balance each chakra
  • How to teach alignment to children with skill, clarity and creativity
  • Teaching mindfulness, meditation and mudras to ages six-teens
  • Breathing techniques appropriate for kids and teens
  • Partner and group yoga including games
  • Guiding principles for conduct management based on each student’s constitution and prevailing elements
  • Create a well-rounded yoga lesson plan that is engaging and meaningful to youth
  • Group teach a Grounded yoga class

Included Grounded Materials:

  • Training Manual
  • RED Grounded in Color curriculum
  • Set of 84 Pose Cards
  • Poster of Poses
  • Pose Crackers
  • Superheroes Curriculum

About the Instructors:

Amy Haysman, Co-Founder, Lead Trainer & Owner of Grounded Kids
E-RYT 500, RCYT, M.ED., Yoga Teacher, Lead Grounded Kids Trainer
My desire to validate and nurture the innate goodness, unique potential and emotional intelligence of a child, no matter what, sparked the creation of Grounded Kids Yoga and fuels my dedication to teaching, supporting and empowering Grounded Teachers during training and beyond. I value clarity, creativity, collaboration and continual evolution. Here are some specific and quirky details for a glimpse into who I am.

Sedef Dion, Co-Founder of Pre-Grounded, Lead Trainer
E-RYT 500, RCYT, Yoga Teacher, Certified Grounded Kids Trainer
I have been practicing yoga for over twenty five years and took my very first 200 Yoga Teacher Training in 1999 at Peachtree Yoga Center and have been teaching since.Here is a little secret; during my 200 hour YTT in Hatha Yoga I fell in love with Kundalini Yoga which lead me to take the Kundalini Yoga Teacher certification under the guidance of beloved teacher Mukta Kaur Khalsa.  I am  a member of Yoga Alliance and the Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA).  I earned my 300 hour YTT certification from Bhakti Yogshala in India.

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Bhakti Yoga: Principles of Practice, Mantras, Mudras and Chakras

December 10 – 12 — $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 as a 300-Hour YTT Elective

This module is appropriate for established yoga teachers, students of yoga Teacher Training 200 and 500, and serious yoga students and practitioners who are interested in diving deeper into yoga studies and practices. Basic knowledge of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and knowledge of the Surya Namaskar 12-step traditional sequence are helpful.

There are four distinct but interconnected paths to Yoga. They work together like fingers on a hand. A yogi practices all four aspects of yoga in varying degrees towards one union of the individual self with the universal Self.

In this module, we will explore the path of Bhakti Yoga or the Yoga of Devotion through key practices including Mudras, Chakras, Mantras and Vedic Chanting. We will observe how all four schools of yoga work together towards the whole of Yoga with a focus on Bhakti Yoga.

Vedic Mantras are chanted according to the intonation given in the Vedas, the oldest known Sanskrit writings dating back 1500 to 2000 years BC. Vedic chanting was passed down orally through generations.

Participants will learn four mantra chants and practice them in-group and individually. They will leave the workshop with enough knowledge and confidence to chant in their classes and lead their students in experiencing the power of Vedic Mantras and how they link to asanas, pranayama, and meditation practices.

In this module, we will also take a dive into the subtle body and study:

  • The five elements
  • The senses or means of cognition (jnanendriyas)
  • The instruments of action (karmendriyas)
  • The seven major energetic channels or chakras and their primary sounds
  • The 12 steps of Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation and their seed mantras

Octavia Nasr practices and teaches Yoga Philosophy, Asanas, Meditation and Vedic Chanting, in the Himalayan Tradition. In this tradition deities are thought of as symbols, not as realities to be worshipped.

Teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga

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

Free as a 300-Hour YTT Elective

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

  • Tuesday, May 11th at 6:00 pm with Alex
  • Thursday, June 10th at 7:30 pm with Paige
  • Saturday, July 10th at 1:00 am with Kerry
  • Sunday, August 8th at 2:00 pm with Kember
  • Tuesday, September 7th at 6:00 pm with Alex
  • Wednesday, October 6th at 6:00 pm with Sarah Rose
  • Thursday, November 4th at 7:30 pm with Paige
  • Saturday, December 4th at 1:00 am with Kerry

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.

Yoga & Barre at Newtown Park Amphitheater

These classes are back as of April 2021! You have three chances to catch the Lift Yoga team at Newtown Park:

Sundays at 10:00 AM: This class will rotate between yoga and barre every other week.
Mondays at 6:00 PM: Yoga
Thursdays at 10:00 AM: Yoga

Community Slow Flow at Lift

Mondays at 4:30 PM — Pre-registration required due to limited class size.
Click here to register.

Donations Welcome

Wills Park Pavilion Yoga

Tuesdays at 5:00 PM
Wednesdays at 10:00 AM

Pre-registration not required - space is first come, first serve. Please adhere to social distancing requirements. The pavilion is located behind the Alpharetta Community Center.

175 Roswell St, Alpharetta, GA 30009

Community Vinyasa Flow at Lift

Fridays at 6:00 PM — Pre-registration required due to limited class size.
Click here to register.

Donations Welcome

Brooke Street Park Yoga

Saturdays at 9:00 AM
Pre-registration not required - space is first come, first serve. Please adhere to social distancing requirements. The park is located behind Alpharetta City Hall.

2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009

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