OUR TEACHERS

ELSPETH BROTHERTON

Searching for ways to cope with stress and anxiety, Elspeth discovered yoga and was quickly hooked during her final year of law school. She explored a wide array of asana practices before finding her home in Vinyasa.

A classically trained pianist, Elspeth is known for her carefully curated playlists, powerful sequences and intuitive breath cues, all of which intend to compel her students ever deeper into their minds, bodies and breathing.

Elsie completed her 200-hour teacher training in Dallas, Texas at Uptown Yoga and has since taught over 2000 hours of yoga classes accruing her E-RYT designation. Elspeth is the founder and owner of Highland Yoga, and the director of its Teacher Training Program. She received her J.D. from Emory and practiced as a litigator in Dallas and Atlanta before taking to the mat full time. She is most blessed to be dog-mom and social media manager to Mops, whom you can find on insta at @yoga_with_mops. 

TRACY SHARP

Tracy's exposure to yoga began as a child. Her mother was a student and eventually a teacher of Iyengar. Committed to forging her own path, Tracy tried various forms of yoga before finding Ashtanga. This discovery was the beginning of a significant transformation which extended far beyond the familiar asanas.

 

Over many years, Tracy expanded her practice to include creative based Vinyasa and Aerial Yoga. During this process of learning, the desire to share her experience was born. Tracy completed her 200 hour training with John Meredith in 2010 and has been teaching since.

 

Tracy is incredibly grateful for all that yoga has given her, and it is one of her greatest blessings to have the opportunity to share it.

LINDSAY DOVER WHEELER

Lindsay's classes are all about encouraging you to let go and fully exist in the present moment. She hopes, together as a community, one yoga class at a time, we can cultivate a world where our ego no longer takes control of us; constantly living in the past and the future, but never in the now.

 

Her instruction is fluid and playful. She will physically challenge you in a number of ways, but always offers modifications so that everyone can participate. She welcomes everyone with a smile (usually a hug, too) and has a kindness to her that makes you feel right at home.
 

Lindsay is a lot like you, and it is yoga that has taught her to live a more balanced and authentic life. She is reverent and irreverent. Focused and distracted. Enlightened and confused. Inspired and discouraged. Spontaneous and complacent. Observant and oblivious. Benevolent and malevolent. She believes that music is the greatest catalyst for being present in the moment. Yoga keeps her centered, traveling colors her life, and paying it forward feeds her soul. Lindsay is excited to meet you, and hopefully, over time, truly know you.

BRIANNA WHITFIELD

Brianna Whitfield is an Atlanta-based yoga teacher, reiki practitioner and artist who focuses on alignment & safety modifications. In class you’ll be encouraged to to laugh, to play and to go deep simultaneously. Her goal in every class is to create a non-competitive, non-judgmental space where people feel supported in discovering and cultivating a deep listening to their inner selves. Brianna is a 200 hour certified teacher with more than 300 hours of continuing education. She considers herself a forever student and devotee. 

TJ MANGRUM

TJ is a 200 hour RYT and 200 hour YogaHour trained yoga instructor. TJ's love for yoga began with love for physical health and developed into a deeper love when her mind and body began working together to create a moving meditation.

 

Having grown up an athlete, TJ brings heat and intensity into her classes while maintaining space for her students to explore their spirituality. TJ believes in the power of proper alignment and patience with the body. TJ infuses a fiery practice with a spiritual connection the the heart.
 

CARON CHRISTISON

Caron began practicing yoga shortly after she moved to Macon in early 2013 in hopes of meeting new people and finding motivation to stay in shape. At the time, she had done a few Jillian Michaels DVDs and loved what yoga did for her physically, but she had no concept of what yoga really was and how it would change her life. After her first class, she immediately fell in love with the practice and felt inspired to share that passion with others.

 

She completed her 200-hour teacher training at Red Hot Yoga and has been teaching regularly ever since. She helps her students connect with the lessons, emotions and struggles on their mats and how they can translate so literally into their lives.

 

Her teaching style is a balance of fast-paced, high-energy power and a calming reassurance. She reminds students to be patient, be in the present moment, work with where they are each day, be kind and nonjudgmental towards themselves, and let things happen in their own time while also finding their edge and moving past it.

EMILY CHILDS

Emily spent much of her time dancing when growing up where she was drawn to the beauty and grace of ballet. While feeling stressed in college, she took a yoga class believing the movements to be familiar. She was surprised to realize how much strength was needed for yoga and it was not merely stretching. This fueled her curiosity about yoga for the next 6 years learning from various studios, teachers, and workshops. 

 

Emily was invited to Highland Yoga by a friend in 2017 where she became immediately hooked on the breath connection and sense of community. Finally, she had found a yoga home! Desiring to deepen her practice and share the positive influence of yoga on her life, Emily completed her 200 hour training with Highland in April 2018. 

 

Yoga continues to teach Emily peace of mind, empowerment, acceptance, and the value of community. Emily's classes invite you to find connection and play in your yoga practice as well as your life!

ALLY LAFORREST

Ally fist began to dabble in yoga while at Emory University as an undergrad. She noticed that after each class, she could breathe a little easier and things that were super stressful before practicing were suddenly not quite as stressful. A few years went by, her practice faded away as she tried various internships and jobs but none of the paths after graduating felt quite right.

SARAH ELIZABETH CARLSON

Sarah received her yoga instructor certification from a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Hot Yoga program at Sweaty Ganesh Yoga (soon to be called Wild Light Yoga Center) in Eugene, OR. Her yoga journey began in 2007 in an effort to heal her body after dealing with some health issues while she was in graduate school studying the psychology of human learning and cognition. She absolutely fell in love with yoga.

 

Not long after she began practicing yoga, she realized that not only did she want to heal her physical body, but what she was really craving was the sense to connect the body, mind, and spirit. She learned that focusing on the breath and body is what can ultimately connect us with our Divine selves both on and off the mat. Her continued practice and teaching of yoga is to find the balance of every day stresses that life presents us with as we come back to the connection with the body, mind, and spirit. 

 

Her teaching style also promotes a positive learning environment, where she holds a safe space to be present to where the body is on any particular day. Her classes focus on moving through postures with proper alignment and deepening the them with breath. As an educational psychologist, she also studies how to use mindful practices to help improve learning and cognition skills for children and adults of all ages.

NICK STANLEY

Nick grew up as a competitive swimmer, which led to his interest in fitness. His yoga journey began in 2010 when a friend invited him to attend a yoga class. He quickly fell in love with the physical practice and that love only intensified once he experienced the mental benefits. After moving to Atlanta in 2015, Nick took his first heated vinyasa class at Highland Yoga and there was no turning back.

 

Nick completed his RYT-200 in 2019 at Highland Yoga with the goal of being able to share the practice he loves with others. Nick’s classes are designed to create a playful and safe place for you to challenge your body and what you think you are capable of. He firmly believes we are all stronger than we give ourselves credit for and sometimes just require a little extra push. He looks forward to seeing you on your mat!  

JUSTINE RETNAM

Justine first found yoga her senior year of high school and began occasionally practicing at home with YouTube videos. Fast forward a few years after completing a stressful first year of law school, she wandered into her local hot yoga studio and truly fell in love with both the physical and mental aspects of the practice. She's been practicing regularly ever since and can't imagine a life now without yoga. Justine started teaching in 2018 because she wanted to share the joy and peace that yoga had brought her with others; she believes yoga is for all of us! She wants everyone to feel strong and empowered after leaving her classes and know that they are capable of so much. Students can expect to sweat it out to fun, funky, and challenging flows paired with upbeat music that keeps the energy moving!

ASHLEIGH WHELAN

Ashleigh found yoga on a whim. At first it was just a physical practice, but over time it grew to be a lifestyle. She completed her RYT-200 at Highland Yoga in 2016 and in 2020 she started her RYT-300 with renowned yoga teacher Jason Crandell. She is one of the lead trainers for all of Highland Yoga's 200hr certification programs, and she is also one of the studio managers.

 

Ashleigh loves the way yoga creates connection within our beings, and within our communities. She is committed to the life-long growth and transformation that yoga brings. Ashleigh's classes are alignment-based flows infused with creative sequencing. Her goal is to create a safe, encouraging space where you can connect with your breath and become embodied.  She is excited to be part of your yoga journey!

BRIANA RANDALL

Looking for a way to process and grieve the sudden suicide of her high school sweetheart, Bri began practicing yoga in 2015. Her background in cheerleading attracted her to the physicality of the practice, while the meditation and philosophy of the Yoga Sutras quieted her racing thoughts and kept her coming back to the mat. After a year and half of noticing the effects of grounding yin practices and rigorous vinyasa flows she began her teacher training at Active Sol Yoga. She completed her 200 hour certification under Rosalyn Nix in 2017 and has been teaching ever since.

 

Bri strives to give back everything the practice has given to her: strength, flexibility, patience, and a dedicated practice. Through her work as a NASM certified personal trainer and yoga instructor she aims to create an introspective, wholesome experience that explores the mind-body connection and creates space for individuals to feel energized and empowered

KIM STABENOW

With a background in dance, Kim was immediately attracted to the creative and graceful movement of vinyasa yoga. After developing a devoted practice, she found that the stress relief and mental peace gained from yoga was just as valuable as the physical benefits. She loves the way yoga allows her to clear her mind, challenge her body, and accept everything as it comes. 

Kim earned her 200-hour teacher training in Goa, India. Her classes combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness, and breath-focused movements, all while finding peace and relaxation. She loves helping others find self-love and acceptance by providing a fun, challenging, and non-judgemental class.

During the day, Kim is a Marketing Coordinator. She was born and raised in Minnesota and enjoys Atlanta's unique neighborhoods, access to hiking, and the yoga community! 

SAM BERGQUIST

Sam first started practicing yoga over 10 years ago as an opportunity to spend more quality time with her mom, who was a dedicated yogi trained by Baron Baptiste. Since the beginning of her yoga journey, she has discovered a love for the practice that extends far beyond the physical benefits. As an avid gym rat, ex-bodybuilder, and someone who dealt with poor body image for the majority of her life, time on the mat has always felt safe and judgement-free.

 

After relocating to ATL from Florida in 2015, Sam practiced at several studios within the metro area. She will never forger the day she stumbled into Highland Yoga, and told Elise immediately after her first class, "this is home." 

 

Sam completed her RYT-200 at Highland Yoga, with a goal of sharing her love for this beautiful practice with others. Her classes are upbeat, fast-paced, and are aimed at being fun for all levels. She hopes that students can take her class and spend an hour dedicated to self-care, while leaving life's to-do list at the door.
 

GRACE HENNESSY

Grace began her yoga journey in 2011 in her home state of North Carolina when she began attending Vinyasa classes in the hopes of incorporating some lengthening and strengthening into her otherwise cardio-heavy routine, and quickly became hooked after discovering that yoga has more than just physical benefits. After moving to Atlanta, Grace found a new home at Highland Yoga in 2016 and the rest is history! She was able to find in vinyasa a reprieve from the daily stresses of life, a better focus on the present, and a sense of self compassion that helped to guide her through some of her toughest times.

 

Grace completed her RYT-200 in 2019 at Highland Yoga with the intention of helping others to deepen their practice and find solace in yoga just like she did. Grace’s classes incorporate sequences meant to challenge the body and mind, while also providing a space that allows her students to focus on what their own individual needs are. She hopes to be part of your yoga family one day!

SHEREEN ASHTIANI

Shereen grew up dancing competitively which instilled a lifelong love of movement and physical activity. To maintain an active lifestyle she frequented the gym, participated in group fitness classes and ran. After years of a steady exercise routine, she began incorporating yoga one day a week as a “rest day.” Shereen found Highland Yoga and really enjoyed the power flows and the overall ambience of the study. The more she practiced the more she began incorporating yoga on a more regular basis.

 

As a birthday gift, her father gifted her a yoga class package just a week before he unexpectedly passed away. As Shereen began to move forward from this tremendous loss, yoga was the one thing that seemed to help her each day. This started her daily yoga and meditation practice.  While practicing one day, she had the revelation that her yoga practice had been so impactful for her mind and body that she wanted to be able to continue it for a lifetime.  This sparked her interest to take her practice deeper, by learning proper alignment and exploring all 8 limbs of yoga through Highland Yoga’s 200-hour teacher training.

 

Shereen utilizes intelligent sequencing to create challenging classes where the students’ can use their breath to deepen their practice. Her goal as a yoga teacher and practitioner is to create a space where others can connect to their mind, body, and breath. She truly believes that yoga makes the world a kinder place and is passionate about helping others explore their practice.
 

BRITTANY SANDLIN

Brittany began her yoga journey in December 2015 at Highland Yoga, desperately seeking a way to deal with the impending anxiety her final two semesters of graduate school would bring. She quickly fell in love with Vinyasa and the Highland Yoga tribe.  Soon, she realized her day didn’t feel complete without practicing yoga. Brittany began to develop a strong desire to dive deeper into her practice and bring the transformational power of yoga to others.

 

This desire led her to participate in teacher training at the only studio she felt at home in, Highland Yoga. Upon completion of her RYT-200, her dream of teaching at the place she started her yoga journey at came true. Brittany’s mission as an instructor is to inspire confidence, self-acceptance, and overall contentment through caring and compassionate teaching methods that encourage students to focus on their breath while exploring what it feels like to let go and open up the mind and body. She believes that the yoga studio is a place for students and instructors to learn from one another.

 

With a background in ballet, Brittany loves to incorporate poses that allow for expansion and creative, fluid transitions in her sequences.  She hopes to create a safe, non-judgmental space for you to come and be on your mat and in your body!  
 

VICTORIA SLOCUM

It was supposed to be a way to cross-train for marathons, but from the first class in 2012, Victoria fell in love with all the practice has to offer. So where one chapter ends, another begins; that first class set into motion what would eventually become her life passion. She completed her 200-hour training in the fall of 2012, and is currently enrolled in Asheville Yoga Center’s 300-hour Advanced Training.

 

Combining her love for music, movement, and community, Victoria’s class will take you on a transformative journey, helping students find connections between their practice on the mat and in their everyday lives.

 

Her background in dance and gymnastics compliment vinyasa; her classes are powerful, playful, fluid, and dynamic. She’s grateful to share her passion with the Atlanta yoga community. 

INNA MILKO

​Inna​ started ​her​ yoga journey while ​she​ was living around Europe​,​ from Kiev to Paris ​to Milano. Even though ​she ​had taught yoga in Europe​,​ ​she​ did ​her 500 hours teacher training course in Atlanta with Red Hot Yoga.​ Inna​ truly believe​s​ that Tapas, self discipline, can turn our weakness into our power. This infinite path of self-study and source of vital energy is the best cure for every person at any age. ​

 

Inna​​ teach​es​ ​her​ students to find their own focus on breath, stretch and endurance. ​Expect a class that is beginner friendly but open for you to expand upon personally so that you can take your yoga experience to the next level. 

MAUREEN WALTER

There is never a time to not pursue Yoga. There is never an end to learning, experimenting and applying Yoga to any aspect of our lives. A student and devotee of Yoga since her late teens, Educator and mother of two Maureen has incorporated Yoga in her life and in her life's work.

 

Come play, explore and recharge yourself with her at Highland Yoga! Maureen holds a 230 hr. yoga certificate from Asheville Yoga Center, with additional trainings in Senior, Yin and Restorative Yoga as well as children’s yoga teacher certificate from Karma Kids, in NYC.

ERIN CORDELL

Erin first discovered yoga in 2008 when she was home from college. While it was always in the background, her practice really deepened when she discovered Highland Yoga and utilized their vinyasa style class as a moving meditation, and as a way to help cope with loss and added stress from being back in school.

Erin believes that yoga allows anyone to find a safe place to explore and express themselves, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. She finally took the leap and completed my 200-hour training through Highland Yoga in the Spring of 2020, and has enjoyed bringing a deeper understanding to the practice of yoga to those she encounters in this life.

SARAH SMITH

Sarah first started practicing yoga in the fall of 2017. She experienced vinyasa flow for the first time at Highland Yoga, and discovered that vinyasa style flow was one of the only forms of movement that helped bring clarity and calm to her experience with anxiety. Shortly after starting this practice, Sarah began to experience health-related issues that required her to step back from practice all together. Months later, feeling very weak, she was able to return to the mat, and continued to experience all aspects of what yoga has to offer the whole person: spirit, soul and body.

 

Yoga gave Sarah the gift of becoming an embodied individual in a way that she had never experienced before. Instead of ignoring her body out of fear of what was wrong, she started listening to what it was trying to tell her. She allowed herself to start to breathe into the tension of uncomfortable poses, and started to develop trust in herself and her body. She will never forget the first day she felt strong on the mat - that day she decided she wanted to become a yoga instructor.

 

Highland Yoga had become such a place of safe practice for Sarah, that she decided to pursue her 200-hour training with the studio in the spring of 2019. Now, Sarah works to build engaging, alignment-based sequences that safely transition people through poses, allowing space for each individual to connect to their own breath and body so that every person can continue the journey of becoming safe and at home in their own mind, body and practice. 

SAVANNAH YOUNG

Initially, Savannah started practicing yoga to complement marathon training, but quickly realized how much enrichment yoga would bring into her life. Not only did she fall in love with the moving meditation that comes from connecting the mind, body and breath, but the calm mind she felt from practice after 12 hour shifts at the hospital. It wasn’t the physical asana of yoga that kept bringing her back, but the mental and emotional clarity she found through the practice.

 

A registered nurse and 200 hour registered yoga teacher, Savannah combines her love for movement, medicine and community to help students connect with themselves on and off the mat. Her classes consist of alignment based flows infused with creative sequences to bring a fun dynamic class for all levels.

 

Off the mat, you can find her running, traveling, or studying for her Nurse Practitioner  degree at Emory University.

RACHEL POTTER

After many years as a high level gymnast and gymnastics coach, Rachel was craving a way to move her body and to find a way to help manage her anxiety. She found Highland Yoga in the fall of 2018 and fell in love with the vinyasa style flow, the wisdom that each teacher brought to the classes, and the amazing community. 

 

Rachel completed her RYT-200 in the fall of 2020 at Highland Yoga. As a yoga teacher, her goal is to create a safe space for students to breathe and flow,  free of judgment and full of curiosity. 

 

Her teaching style is dynamic and powerful with a range of modifications to meet every student where they are on that day, in that class. She creates energetic sequences that offer the student an opportunity to move and breathe while creating a sense of ease in the mind. Rachel’s gymnastics background brings a creativity to every sequence and flow while working on full body strength and flexibility. 

BRITTANY SPENCER

Brittany started practicing yoga in 2016 when she realized she was leading a sedentary, stressful lifestyle and needed a change.  After trying a few fitness programs, she was invited by a friend to a class at Highland Yoga.  Yoga quickly became an indispensable part of her life. She tried many studios and styles around Atlanta but kept returning to the dynamic Vinyasa classes at Highland.  The challenging sequences allowed her to quiet her busy mind and become present through intentional focus on the breath.

 

A desire to deepen her own practice led her to complete Highland Yoga's 200 hour teacher training.  Through the training, she gained a love for sharing this extraordinary practice with others.  Her classes are powerful yet accessible to students of all levels, and she aims to foster a space where students are grounded to the present and have the freedom to discover what truly serves them both on and off the mat.

KATIE NASSIFF

Katie started practicing yoga in 2010 as a complement to running, and weight training. In 2014, she moved to New York City and began a consistent studio practice, finding that Vinyasa inspired her to feel empowered and connected to herself and the community. Shortly after moving to Atlanta in 2018, she started practicing at Highland Yoga, where she then completed her 200-hour teacher training in Spring 2019.

 

Katie wants her students to explore their edge - her mission is to empower students of all levels to find their inner strength. Expect energetic classes with a focus on breath, alignment, and opportunities to deepen your practice.  

REIDY DUKES

Reidy started practicing vinyasa yoga in 2015. Highland Yoga quickly became a safe haven for her, a place to move and breathe and unwind after stressful and sometimes scary workdays. Reidy grew up as a gymnast and diver, so the transition into yoga felt natural. She has always been physically active, and over the past few years, yoga has complemented her running and martial arts-based workouts.

 

Reidy has struggled with her own mental health battles in her adult life. She believes yoga is a way to work through uncomfortable feelings, grow in body awareness, and evolve on a spiritual path. She has found that every tough situation outside the studio becomes a little bit more manageable after a yoga class. 

 

Reidy is a trained social worker with a focus in mindfulness. After realizing that going to the studio was her favorite part of each day, she decided to pursue her 200-hour training with Highland Yoga. Reidy’s classes are challenging and dynamic, yet grounding. She hopes that her students feel comfortable enough to explore and express themselves through this practice.  

AVERY FORSTER

Avery has always had a passion for yoga. When her junior year came around, she decided to apply to Highland Yogas 200 hr teacher training, and fell more in love with the practice than she already was. Going into her senior year of high school, she is so grateful to share her passion and love for yoga outside of her school. She loves forming new friendships with just about everyone, so if you see her make sure to say hi! Avery is so excited to share her practice with you at Highland yoga.   

MARK PURVIS

Mark discovered yoga in his 30’s while seeking out a new physical challenge and a means to manage the stress that comes with a career in corporate America.  Within weeks of beginning a regular practice, Mark found that yoga became an increasingly vital part of his self-care. He came to practice at Highland Yoga beginning December 2019, found a home within its supportive community and was inspired by its teachers to deepen his practice. Yoga has profoundly changed his life for the better and he is driven to share what he has learned and experienced with others.  

 

Mark completed his RYT 200 hour training with Highland Yoga in December 2020. His goals as a yoga teacher are to help students grow in their practice, to find the enrichment that yoga can bring to our lives every day, and to challenge the preconceived notions of what we are capable of achieving.

 

His teaching style is energetic and challenging, yet approachable.  It is important to Mark that students leave his practice feeling empowered and accomplished but never discouraged.  He curates his sequences to safely prepare students for advanced poses and will always offer options for modification so students can make their individual practice as gentle or challenging as they desire.  

BAILEY MAXWELL

Bailey has had a passion for fitness since she was a teenager but didn’t take her first yoga class until she was in her twenties. What started off as a supplemental workout to lifting weights quickly turned into a passion. She started attending Highland Yoga in 2015 and finally understood what all of the hype was about. She attended classes regularly to bridge the gap in the physical, emotional and mental practice of yoga while also discovering what an amazing tribe Highland Yoga created.

In a search to build a stronger relationship with the yoga student community and deepen her personal practice, Bailey decided to attend yoga teacher training in the Fall of 2020. Over the course of the 200-hour program, she fell deeper in love with the idea of sharing the practice of yoga with others and decided she wanted to teach. 

She aims to give her students a judgement-free space where she encourages them to find new strength in their bodies, minds and spirits. Her goal is for every student she encounters to walk away from class feeling supported, loved and empowered. 

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