Events + Workshops

Lift Yoga Event

Homebody: A Return to Self

September 30  — $40
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

Homebody is a two-hour master class and workshop to bring you back home to yourself. This offering will focus on nervous system calibration and building the foundations of a home practice. Our bodies are our true home, and it is our right to feel safe and free in our physical forms. Melissa will offer a multitude of techniques for nervous system calibration woven through a class to teach and empower you to create your own free and creative movement to help you build a practice all your own. 

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Yoga + Mimosa Sunday Brunch

with Lori D
One Sunday Every Month (see dates below) — $40
11:00 AM – 1:30-ish PM
Location: Bent Tree Lodge, Jasper, GA
Grab a yoga mat and a friend (or meet a new one there!) and join us for our Yoga then Mimosa Sunday Brunch event at Bent Tree Lodge. Lori will lead a 60-minute feel good flow followed by brunch and mimosas.
Event will be held rain or shine. The class is planned for outdoors on the beautiful lawn of the Bent Tree Lodge + Winery, however there is an indoor option in the event of inclement weather. The 15 acre, tranquil property at Bent Tree Lodge is the perfect backdrop to relax, recharge, and embrace nature while you nourish your body, soul and mind.
  • October 1
  • November 12
Please bring your own yoga mat. Special dietary needs such as gluten free and vegan will be happily accommodated.
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Energy + Chakra Playshop

with Kember

October 7 — $44
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Lift Alpharetta

Do you ever notice that subtle shift in the room when a certain someone enters? Maybe the shift is heavy; sometimes it feels bright. Or maybe you’ve noticed an inner shimmer following a yoga class that hit just right, or after seeing your favorite band. What IS that?


Kember, an energy work practitioner, has been teaching about and working with the chakras and subtle (energetic) body for over a decade. Each student will be provided with a crystal pendulum (yours to keep!), and given time and instruction on how to utilize this tool to SEE the movement of energy.

You will also dive into the 7 main chakras with an activity to accompany each, as well as play with seeing, feeling, and connecting with energy.

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Thai on the Table Training

with Michael Sitzer

October 7-8, 2023
October 28-29, 2023
December 2-3, 2023
$230/weekend or $545* for all six days
(*= with $50 early discount before 8/7/23)
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

This training prepares one with the skills necessary to offer a ‘Therapeutic Thai-Yoga Bodywork’ treatment on a massage table. This course focuses on how to release individual muscles as well as learning a flowing one hour sequence.  There is a strong emphasis on various Thai and Osteopathic techniques, including Positional Release, and Muscle Energy Techniques.  You will both learn how to use proper body dynamics and leverage to effortlessly apply pressure to sore muscles, energy lines & trigger points as well as learn how to bring your partner through a series of Thai Massage techniques & assisted Hatha Yoga stretches. This work is performed on a massage table with the client fully dressed. This training is geared for massage therapists and compliments other Thai massage courses as well as many other massage modalities.. After completing the course, all dedicated practitioners should be confidant to offer these new skills into their healing regimen.

This Course is approved by NCBTMB for 12 hours of ‘Hand’s On’Continuing Education hours and an additional 6 hours of ‘Home Study’ CE’s.

Each day is 10:00am-5:00pm (with an hour lunch break around 1:00pm)
Each weekend’s content varies. Click link below for full details on content of each weekend.

About the Instructor:

Michael began his studies of Thai Massage in 1998 with an intensive offered by Ananda Apfelbaum at the Omega Institute. He then journeyed to Thailand to meet her teacher, master Pichest Boonthume. Michael has returned to Thailand over ten times to further his practice and to lead several ‘Thai Massage Study Abroad Adventure Tours’. Michael has also worked closely with Kam Thye Chow for over 15 years.
After leaving Kripalu in 2010, Michael relocated to Asheville to teach ‘Clinical Massage’ at AB Tech College and began offering continuing education courses. Michael has developed a complete Thai Yoga Bodywork Certification Training as well as other CE courses which can be taken live or online via his Thai Yoga Bodywork Academy. Michael has taught his workshops at the prestigious Kripalu Yoga Center, as well as at various Yoga centers across the country and internationally. He is an approved continuing education (CE) provider, accredited by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB # 451645-11). He also holds a N.C. massage license (#10273).
Michael is well known and respected for his heart centered approach to his treatments, his workshops and his life. Michael’s passion for therapeutic touch and inspirational teaching motivates him to continue to share this work around the world…

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Arm Balance Workshop

with Kate A

October 14 — $40
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Dunwoody

Want a fun and challenging workshop that will teach you how to approach a variety of hand-balancing asanas with greater confidence and ease? Then this is for you!

Not only will these empowering postures help build strength, but also teach us about how we approach fear on and off the mat.

Your investment will include a short vigorous flow designed to lay the foundation and prepare the body for the asanas we will be working towards. Then we will break down a variety of arm balances, and how to transition in and out of them. You will gain more knowledge on the mechanics of these postures as well as awareness of your body in space. You will leave equipped with tips and tricks to continue building strength and confidence to keep practicing these elusive shapes.

Bring your questions, come with a playful attitude, and let go of attachments and expectations!

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Designing and Leading Transformative Workshops and Retreats

with Sheila Ewers

October 21-22, 2023 — $350
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

Join Sheila Ewers, E-RYT500, founder of Johns Creek Yoga, Yoga Teacher Trainer at both the 200 and 500 level, and leader of both local and international retreats for a weekend intensive exploring foundational principles of crafting transformative programming.

One of the most powerful ways to deepen a yoga practice is through more immersive experiences than one can gain from daily classes. Workshops and Retreats give you the ability to take your students into more subtle aspects of consciousness and self and are a fulfilling and powerful way for you to share what you love.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • Principles of effective multimodal teaching to appeal to kinesthetic, audio and visual learners
  • Ways to connect students to a communal experience and build sangha
  • Effective use of dyads and triads
  • How to create and energetic “arc” for longer programming
  • The business considerations for leading a retreat

This module is required for students participating in the RYS300 hour program, but is open to all. This module counts for 18 CEUs approved by Yoga Alliance. (16 contact, 2 non-contact)

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Wellness 101

with Holly B

October 28 — $40
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Lift Yoga Alpharetta

Between our Immune System, Vagus Nerve, and Gut-Brain Connection, we can hack our health to feel our best and stay our healthiest all year long! During our time together, we will focus on the things we can control through our diet and lifestyle, learn simple and effective strategies to put in place and take a closer look at the Lymphatic System (which is a key player in the Immune System), along with practicing multiple ways to move lymphatic fluid.

This is a 90-minute workshop. There will be a group discussion, Q&A, followed by an exploration of breathing and self-lymphatic massage techniques. All are welcome!

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De-Stress and Rest

with Holly B

November 11 — $40
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Lift Yoga Alpharetta

In Yogic traditions and Traditional Chinese Medicine, the movement of prana or chi (energy) is vital to having a balanced mind, body, and spirit. During a 60-minute session of guided self-massage, using a combination of tools, Holly will guide you through various acupressure points to move stale or stagnant energy through the body to reduce stress and help return your energy to a state of balance. To further encourage the integration of the self-massage, there will be 30 minutes of restorative yoga. During these fully supported, restful poses, the parasympathetic nervous system will be stimulated promoting relaxation, slowing your heart rate and breath, while nurturing your body with increased blood flow to all your vital organs.

This opportunity to reduce stress, promote rest, and nudge your body toward a healing state is one you do not want to miss. Space will be limited to 15 students so be sure to register asap!

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An Exploration of the Subtle Body and Chakra System

with Sheila Ewers

November 17-19, 2023 — $350
Friday: 6-9 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek
Join Sheila Ewers for an in-depth exploration of the Subtle Body and Chakras – primordial centers of lifeforce (Prana) that exist within you.

Tantric Yogis believe that your body is pulsing with consciousness and energy that is particularly concentrated in 7 major centers called chakras. The word chakra translates literally to wheel or disc and indicates the swirling energy that aggregates around major nerve centers and organs in the body. These impact our physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing and become repositories for our accumulated life experience.

In this weekend intensive, we will examine the architecture of each chakra’s anatomical structure, investigate the history of the chakra system as described in ancient texts, learn to listen to our own ancient wisdom with deeper consciousness, and discover tools to steward our pranic field with greater sensitivity.

During our time, we will explore:

– Experiential exercises to energize awareness and sharpen sensitivity.
– Tools to enliven the energy body and connect to each center of psyche and soul.
– Anatomy instruction about physical systems associated with each Chakra.
– Collaborative creation implementing your new understanding.

Required Text: The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Body by Cyndi Dale

No Experience Required: This workshop is offered as part of the Lift Yoga and Body 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training but is open to all.
Total CEUs: Contact: 20 hours/ non-Contact: 2 hours (homework assignment to be submitted after completion)

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Assisting + Adjusting Practicum

December 1-3 — $350
Friday: 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Alpharetta

Assisting students in yoga postures can be transformational and literally life changing. The key is to understand exactly what aspect to assist as well as making adjustments based on core concepts of stability, ability and integration. As teachers, it is of the utmost importance to know when and when not to assist a student in a way that creates space for energy to flow into new spaces of mind, body and heart.

Required book: Yoga Assists: A Complete Visual and Inspirational Guide to Yoga Asana Assists

About the Instructor:
Student of life, teacher of light. Devoted to the exploration of what it means to be human and present, to every single day of your life. She harnesses the gifts of yoga, nutrition, mindfulness, culture, adventure, emotion and life experience, to illuminate both where we are (not where we perceive ourselves to be) and where we can be (without our self imposed limitations). This truth is what Akasha calls: your level best and she is committed to helping her clients identify, achieve, and maintain it.

300mod meditation & pranayama (1)

Meditation + Pranayama Teacher Training

January 19-21, 2024​ — $350
Friday: 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

Prana is life force, life energy. It is everywhere; within us and all around us. “Breath is king of mind.” -BKS Iyengar

Join us for a deep dive into various practices. This workshop is for the teacher or the advanced student that wants to cultivate a depth of knowledge beyond asana. Learn all about the anatomy and physiology of breath as well as advanced breath technique practices to up level your health, awareness and consciousness. We will use breath, mantra and more to dive deep into the practice of meditation. Understanding the power of these practices and their effect on the entire physical body and its energy systems.

Required books: Light on Pranayama BKS Iyengar, Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

About the Instructor:
Student of life, teacher of light. Devoted to the exploration of what it means to be human and present, to every single day of your life. She harnesses the gifts of yoga, nutrition, mindfulness, culture, adventure, emotion and life experience, to illuminate both where we are (not where we perceive ourselves to be) and where we can be (without our self imposed limitations). This truth is what Akasha calls: your level best and she is committed to helping her clients identify, achieve, and maintain it.

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Yoga & Trauma: Healing with Tantra Hatha Yoga

with Holle Black

February 16-18, 2024 — $350
Friday: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

Yoga has long been a system of philosophies and practices that has helped to heal the body-mind connection, improving homeostasis and the sense of well-being and ease. Scientific research is proving tangible benefits of these ancient practices, especially in the areas of trauma and PTSD. In fact, studies often show that yoga is a promising adjunct therapy to address the common physiological, emotional, and psychological issues associated with various trauma experiences.
This program provides the framework necessary for teaching yoga and mindfulness to at-risk and marginalized populations including prisons, homeless shelters, VAs, hospitals and other arenas where trauma is often a factor in or result of one’s current life situation.
Understanding the unique approach to yoga for trauma, participants can expect to learn how to help people better self-regulate and move into a space of greater self-efficacy. Participants of this program will learn:
  • Effects of trauma on the mind, body and nervous system
  • Uses of Tantra Hatha Yoga to help heal the mind/body disconnect following trauma
  • Practices of Tantra Hatha Yoga to help students and clients better understand and heal from trauma
  • How trauma informed yoga is different than a “regular” studio class (language/cueing, postures, pacing, philosophies)
  • How to create and teach trauma-based yoga classes to various populations and in different settings
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Ayurveda: Yoga’s Sister Science

March 8-10, 2024 — $475
Friday: 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

Price includes two meals as part of the training.

The sister science of Yoga has so many amazing tools as well as gifts. Ayurveda is like the human handbook. When we take the time to understand the doshas and how energy moves in and within our energy bodies then we are able to begin to cultivate continual renewal in our body that allows us to reach our human potential in this lifetime. Take this workshop to do a deep dive into the practices and lifestyle that is Ayurveda. Learn how to offer Ayurvedic Marma Therapy in your classes as well as how to sequence for and celebrate the doshas. Yoga is for everyone and Ayurveda can be a lovely lighthouse to guide you home to your true nature. 

Required book:Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing: A Practical Guide

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Understanding The Bhagavad Gita

with Sheila Ewers

April 6-7, 2024 — $325
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Lift Yoga Johns Creek

The Bhagavad Gita appears in the 6th Book of the Hindu Epic, Mahabharata. Written somewhere between the 5th and 2nd centuries B.C., the Gita has long been considered one of the most influential texts in the World. In a conversation between Prince Arjuna and his charioteer Krishna, universal themes such as the purpose of life, humankind’s relationship to divinity, the value of action vs. renunciation, and the timeless journey of the soul are explored in depth along with the  concepts of Karma, Dharma, Bhakti and Yoga.

The text has had international influence, informing the writing of American authors like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman. Mahatma Ghandi turned to the Gita for consolation during his campaign for Indian Independence, and many other prominent politicians, philosophers, psychologists and leaders have lauded both its beauty and its message for centuries. For Yoga Practitioners world-wide, understanding the Gita has become an essential part of discovering the philosophical premise that underscores the practice.

  • Session 1 – Saturday 9am-1pm: Introduction, Background and Context
  • Session 2 – Saturday 2-6 pm: Understanding Dharma, Karma and How to realize the Nature of the True Self through Yoga
  • Session 3 – Sunday 9am-1pm:  Ishvara and Bhakti: What the Gita teaches about the Nature of God and the Worship of God
  • Session 4 – Sunday 2-6pm Gunas and Atman: What the Bhagavad Gita teaches about the Nature of the Universe.

**This training counts for 1 required module in the RYS300 Program and for 16 Continuing Education Hours with Yoga Alliance

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Meditation and Pranayama Immersion

with Sheila Ewers

July 10-14, 2024
$1,200-$1,650 depending on room choice
Noon Wednesday to Noon Sunday
Location: Offsite, Location TBD

This five day, four night immersion at Elohee in the North Georgia Mountains is required for those students enrolled in the Johns Creek Yoga RYS300 training, but is open to all. Join us to dive deeply into consciousness as you explore your own meditation and pranayama practice and learn new techniques and skills to create a life-long relationship with Prana (the sacred life-force/energy that we often access and experience through the breath). Enrich your personal practice and develop skills to teach others. Our hope is that this experience will launch a lifetime commitment to the more subtle, and often more powerful practices of yoga.

Cost includes food, lodging, tuition and manual for 5 days/4 nights (space is limited to 10 Participants):

  • Twin/ Shared Room: $1,200
  • Queen/ Private Room/Shared Bath: $1,400
  • Queen/Private Room/Private Bath: $1,650 

About the Instructor:
Sheila Ewers is an ERYT 500 and YACEP teacher certified through Yoga Alliance. She trained at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and has been practicing and teaching for more than 20 years. In 2011, she created Blue Lotus Yoga, LLC which operated in two physical location in Johns Creek and Duluth, GA, Under Blue Lotus, she also launched a comprehensive online studio platform and developed Sweet Tea Yoga Festival in Alpharetta, GA. She is a published author and served as Yoga Editor for Natural Awakenings Atlanta Magazine from 2019 through 2021.
Today, Sheila owns and operates SEEK Yoga and Travel, a full service yoga platform designed to help students and seekers of all sorts develop tools for deepening consciousness, developing connection and living lives of joyful embodiment. Sheila holds additional certifications in Meditation, Yin Yoga, Thai Yoga, Bodywork, and Yoga Nidra and has trained with dozens of internationally known yoga and meditation teachers. She leads Yoga Teacher Training at both the 200 and 300-hour levels, hosts retreats and workshops both domestically and internationally and provides spiritual and professional coaching. As a former Professor of American literature, Sheila loves to explore the intersection between philosophy, poetry, religion, nature, and yoga and often brings that synthesis into her work. She continues to take advantage of every opportunity to train and learn and will forever consider herself a student of this ancient and beautiful practice.

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 and weather cancellation will be announced on Facebook and Instagram @LiftYoga.

Yoga at Brooke Street Park, Alpharetta

Join our studio staff at 9 AM every Saturday at Brooke Street Park
2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009

Yoga at Newtown Park Amphitheater

Yoga is back at the Amphitheater every Sunday morning at 10 AM and Mondays at 6 PM. These classes will be led by our regular studio staff. Teachers are announced weekly in stories on the @LiftYoga social media.
3150 Old Alabama Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30022

The following classes are taught by our newer yoga teacher training grads. Donations are welcome.

Community Vinyasa Flow at Lift Johns Creek

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

Community Vinyasa Flow at Lift Alpharetta

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

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