Artis Smith

Artis was first introduced to yoga by his older sister who was a gymnast. She would put him in some of the stretching poses that they would do, which were very similar to some yoga poses. He grew up in a spiritual household. His father was a minister and had an open mind about him studying and learning other beliefs.

Artis began a seated meditation practise when he moved to Atlanta in his early 20s. He spent seven years studying at the Atlanta Soto Zen Buddhist center. He then relocated to Virginia Beach Virginia. This is where he started his yoga Asana practice. After his first class at a local studio, he was hooked and begin practising up to four times a day. Within six months he was doing teacher training. He has been teaching and practicing consistently for six and a half years. He received his 200hr CYT from Atma Bodha Yoga School in Virginia Beach. His main teacher is Manju Jois, the son of Pattabhi Jois the founder of Ashtanga Yoga. He has been working with Manju for over 5 1/2 years. he has gone through a teacher training with Manju and was honored enough to be able to host him for one of his workshops. Artis also works with David Garrigues. He has done a teacher’s track training with him and has attended four of his workshops.

Artis’s teaching style is a mixture of Ashtanga with his own personal touch. He approaches each class differently and teaches for who is in the room at that particular time. He teaches vinyasa and especially loves teaching foundational and gentle classes.

The way to true happiness is through service to others.