After moving from Los Angeles back to my home town of Dahlonega, I was ready for a change of pace. My life was hectic and stressful. Moving back to Dahlonega was the beginning of the journey to live the life I always wanted. A life where I taught Yoga and got to be creative everyday. I have always wanted to have my own Yoga studio but just kept putting it off as a “dream” that might come true.
After about six months of living in North Georgia I realized there was a desire and a need for Yoga in our community. I opened my first studio in May 2012 and it was a dream come true! I had 350 square feet of clean open space right in downtown Dahlonega. After six months in this small studio it was obvious that we needed more space. So, we got a little more space, word spread, and then after about 6 months we needed even more space and in just two years the North Georgia Yoga Center was born.
I changed the name to North Georgia Yoga Center because I wanted to create a space that allows for all types of Yoga to be studied and practiced. I wanted to create a space that was large enough to meet the Yoga Community’s needs but also small enough to still feel intimate and personal. Yoga is a journey and the mat is just a mirror for the life we live off the mat. North Georgia Yoga Center is here to help you create a practice. It’s here to help you with your journey on the mat and off the mat. Most importantly, North Georgia Yoga Center is here for YOU.
I truly hope that each time you visit you feel how much I love Yoga and how much I appreciate you and where you are in your journey. I also hope that each time you leave you do so feeling better than when you arrived.
About M. Akasha E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP
I started practicing Yoga a little over 25 years ago. It was a practice created by the need to learn how to breathe. It was a stressful time in my life. I was beginning to deal with my childhood issues as well as going through a divorce. Due to having General Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Complex PTSD, I found Yoga to be a path to calming my mind as well as my body and easing my overall anxious state. It was after making this connection in my daily practice that I began to think about taking a teacher training program. Initially my only thought was to be a better student, not a teacher. However, the more I grew in my own Yoga studies, the more certain I became that I am here to share the many great benefits I experience emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually from practicing Yoga.
Yoga won’t take away the anxiety, the triggers or the pain. Yoga will help you to find a way to understand yourself better, be healthy, be more compassionate and feel and overall since of peacefulness. Personally, I eat, sleep and breathe Yoga. Every single day I am blessed to live the life I choose to live on my mat and off the mat. Each breath is a reminder: “ When you inhale, you are taking strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.” -B.K.S. Iyengar
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