We are a team of yoga instructors and massage therapists with more than three decades of combined professional experience.
Ashlie Nitya Ramsey Massage Therapist, LMT · Yoga Instructor, RYT 200
Ashlie Nitya Ramsey has been a massage therapist since 1999. She graduated from Sarasota School of Massage Therapy and began her career working in a chiropractic setting with both acute injury and chronic pain clients. In 2001 she moved back to her hometown Atlanta and started working with a diverse clientele that included athletes, triathletes and corporate clients in a private practice. Ashlie has worked with The Atlanta Ballet and practiced massage at Kashi Atlanta Urban Yoga Ashram. She has been named Creative Loafing Best Of Atlanta for Massage Therapy in 2014 and 2016. Her treatments incorporate a diverse range of modalities, including Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Massage, Sports Massage, Thai Massage, Assisted Stretching, Hot Stones and Cupping. Ashlie also has training in Oncology Massage, Subtle Muscle Testing and Ayurvedic Therapies.
While in massage school Ashlie was introduced to yoga as a way to maintain healthy alignment and stay strong as a massage therapist to prevent occupational injury. Yoga became an important tool for her massage career and her love for it had her wanting to learn more. In 2004 she came to Kashi Atlanta to pursue her desire to deepen her practice and enrolled in the 200-Hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training. Over the course of the teacher training Ashlie fell in love with the philosophies and teachings of Patanjali’s eight-limbed path.
Througout the years of teaching yoga, Ashlie realizes that she is a student first and that she is constantly learning. She believes yoga is a way of life and as long as she is living she will continue to grow and evolve.
Emily Massage Therapist
Emily has been a massage practitioner for 11 years. She was trained in neuromuscular therapy at Rising Spirit Institute of Natural Health, where she graduated in 2008. Her modalities include therapeutic, deep tissue, Swedish, hot stones, reflexology, pre/post-natal, and sports and injury rehab.
She began her career at Massage Heights in Buckhead and has since moved to Dahlonega. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, yoga, and family time. She has always been interested in anatomy and physiology and the mechanics of the human body. She customizes each massage to individual needs. She has a passion for healing and feels massage is a very rewarding career.
Laura Joplin Yoga Instructor, RYT 200
Laura discovered the healing power of yoga practice in 2013, amidst a particularly difficult struggle with anxiety. She found that yoga helped her to make space around the feelings of tightness that come along with anxiety, opening body, mind, and heart. She started teaching yoga at the University of West Georgia in 2014, eventually branching out to teach sports teams and members of the community.
She became a student of Swami Jaya Devi of Kashi Atlanta in December 2015, where she received her 200-hour classical yoga certification in September 2016. She’s working to earn her bachelor’s degree in psychology, and will then go on to earn her master’s in social work. She hopes to integrate the healing practices of yoga and meditation into one-on-one therapy. Laura believes that yoga is our natural, blissful state, and that we engage in the practices to find our way back to that state. She has a deep passion for teaching, and her classes are all about making more space, physically and energetically.
Laura believes that yoga is for everyone, and is passionate about the healing, transformative, and soul-igniting power of yoga practice.
Hollie Yoga Instructor
Hollie began practicing yoga more than ten years ago and has been trained in both Hatha and Ashtanga traditions. She was a collegiate athlete, so her practice is typically challenging in both muscle and mind. Faith led her to Christ-centered yoga which has deepened her relationship with God and has opened a new door for praise and worship.
Hollie’s intentions are to serve and guide students/warriors into a new-found expression of confidence and strength. Yoga is for everyone!
Shanna Malone Yoga Instructor
Shanna is an avid yoga student who completed her 200 hour YTT at Johns Creek Yoga under the study of Sheila Mcvay. Shanna is drawn to yoga for the balance it brings her in life, as well as the strength and flexibility it builds in her body. Also a competitive runner, her accomplishments include 19 Peachtree Roadraces, 3 half marathons, and 12 marathons, including 2 Boston Marathons. She recently completed her first ultramarathon, where she won first place woman, running 58 miles. Shanna firmly believes that her success in running is directly related to her dedicated yoga practice and is excited to share her skills and knowledge with others. She is married with 3 children, ages 7, 9, & 11.
Grace Savage Yoga Instructor
Grace recently completed her RYT200 under the instruction of Mindy Searcey of NGYC. She has found yoga to bring a sense of peace, a sense of surrender, and an authentic sense of presence with both herself and God. She finds it soul-filling to help others build confidence through poses and her hope is to provide a sacred space to deepen the relationship between mind, body and spirit. Overall, Grace has found yoga to bring a deep innate sense of joy to her own life, and ease of mind. She considers this a gift, and she feels blessed to be able to share it with others.
Grace will be teaching a Gentle Vinyasa Flow class on Saturday mornings. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, her friends and her BoxerBulldog.
Angela Butler-Hackett TRS Yoga Instructor - Aging is Not for Sissies
Angela’s main focus though is with middle age and older and those with chronic pain and/or limitations.
The purpose of the Aging Is Not 4 Sissies Yoga class is to encourage everyone that they can participate in Yoga regardless of their age or limitations. The class offers the opportunity for seated and/or standing Viniyoga adapted for your own personal abilities. (No Mat/floor work is involved.) Class focus is on functional daily stretches and alignment to help alleviate chronic pain, improve range of motion & strength and improve balance both physically and more mindfully. Yoga poses and meditation are used to help achieve this balance.
She has over 24 years of experience working with senior adults. A University of Georgia Alumnus with a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation.
She holds a Certificate in Gerontology from Kennesaw State University in 2005, and has multiple certifications in senior strength training, chair exercise, personal training, Yoga, “Ageless Grace”, brain fitness, Balance & Mobility, and Silver Sneakers. She also has extensive experience within physical rehabilitation hospitals with head injury, stroke, and orthopedic and neurological patients.