My career and my family defined me until around 2012 when I began to transform my occasional yoga practice into a journey of deep inquiry, asana, community and lots of sweat! I began to study the deeper and centuries old reason for stepping on to our mats and why we hold our poses, why we focus on deep breath in and out. What followed was personal growth fueled by inner tapas that burned away layers of distortion to reveal innate awareness and connection that fully changed my life off the mat.
When Thunderbolt Power Yoga opened in Buckhead and eventually had the first teacher training early 2015 I took the teaching plunge! I never saw myself as a yoga teacher, that seemed like too lofty of a goal for the person I thought I was. But through our close and extended teaching community I opened up and developed a love for the journey of teaching that transformed me for good. My heart is now consistently full with gratitude for our community and the peacefulness that this journey has brought to my life.
When I’m not practicing yoga or working at an office, you can find me out with Winston, my 13 year old terrier mix, or spending time with friends and family around the city I love. Or if I’m lucky I could be boarding a plane, yoga mat in hand, to someplace I’ve never been as world travel is my passion!Follow Lynn on Instagram
While I'm peaceful, my rationality makes me pragmatic. Eventually, I found yoga and in yoga I recognized a through-line of pragmatism. The things that we do are not to get a hot body or as an escape from reality. In yoga, form follows function and the functionality of yoga is to use our bodies as a tool of expressing love and peace more aptly. My life has been full of trying times. In my younger years I was not up to the challenge. My body was subject to my emotions and to influences from the outside world. Even Crossfit only helped a small degree to mediate the tendency a fiery, rational person like me has to react and judge instead of being mindful and considerate. Yoga has helped me tremendously, however. Yoga reinforced my practices of spending enough time alone to focus on breathing and learning about myself. It further developed the mind-body connection I started to develop through Crossfit but added a spiritual component that I had spent most of my life purposefully avoiding.
All that's pretty heavy but I wouldn't be being true to myself if I weren't honest about the fact that I take yoga very seriously as an extension of a life wherein I am driven to be as good to myself and those around me as I can be - no matter how sparse or ample the material means in my possession. If I am spiritually grounded and physically capable, I'm going to work hard to love the people in my life. On a lighter note, my interests outside of yoga are being a mother to my wonderful son, Vorian. Hanging out with my partner Matt and our families in Virginia. I love to read. Of all the books in the entire world Frank Herbert's Dune and the resulting expanded series written by Herbert's son are a continued source of inspiration and have majorly impacted my world-view. I love to laugh. I prefer witty humor instead of mean jokes but memes are the ultimate form of humor in my opinion. I love to dance, cook, eat delicious food (paleo or vegetarian please) pet dogs, play outside and occasionally dabble in pursuits such as photography and working on my car. But let's be real, if you know me you know I have yoga on my mind all the time.
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YA 200 RYT 105323
"No rain, no rainbow"
Leticia received her RYT 200 through Red Hot Yoga Studio.
"Originally from Venezuela I met Yoga almost 8 yrs ago, when I moved to Atlanta, and fell in love with the mind and body connection I found the very first day I walked into a hot room and fell off a Tree Pose. I have developed my yoga practice along these years here in Atlanta completing 500hr Yoga Teacher Certification at Red Hot Yoga and training with several world recognized teachers such as Meghan Currie, Bryan Kest, Missy White, David Regelin and Taylor Harkenss.
Preceding my yoga journey I earned an MBA and I've enjoyed successful corporate business career for more than 12 years but is Yoga what brings true fulfillment to my live through self-discovery, awareness, self-acceptance and compassion. My main goal while teaching is to spread the yoga goodness encouraging students not to focus only on the work-out but on the work-in, to let go and be fully present to explore their full potential.
Yoga is my lifestyle but I also do a bunch of other stuffs, I runs Marathons and I'm ACA Paddle Yoga Certified and Pilates instructor, so my teaching style combines athletic and challenging flow with a gentle and reenergizing practice. As an achiever (very type A) I like to excel, so you join me on the mat let's set boundaries but not limits, you will feel stronger, energized, relaxed and centered. "Bring it OM", is my mantra and my favorite words of wisdom are: "Everybody wants happiness, nobody wants pain, but you can’t have rainbow without a little rain”
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Yoga Alliance RYT 101508
After sixteen years of practicing yoga, I felt inspired to take TPY Teacher Training to deepen my own practice with no expectation that I might one day teach. As training progressed, I found myself drawn to the possibility of teaching in order to give back some small measure of the gifts my teachers have given me over the years. As a teacher, I hope that I am able to share what I find beautiful about yoga with others.
I am lucky to have the staunch support of my husband, John, our two sons, Johnny and Nate, and our dog, Buddy."
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YA RYT 196330