Meet Our Yoga Instructors

The cornerstone of a strong yoga practice is a strong instructor, and at Southwest Atlanta Yoga, we offer some of Atlanta’s finest. We are proud of our dedicated and gifted yoga instructors, who all bring a unique approach and energy to their classes. Whether you want a vigorous power yoga practice or a more individualized mysore practice, our teachers are able to tailor a practice to you – offering guidance that is gentle and instructive, never high-pressure. Our yoga instructors include members of the community, with hundreds of hours in training and experience working with yogis of all shapes and sizes. Read their biographies below and learn how our yoga teachers can help you grow in your practice without restrictions.

  • Toure` Akela

    Toure` is a 15-year student of yoga and a certified Yoga Faith 500-hour Master Teacher and is the founder of Southwest Atlanta Yoga, a studio located in the historic district of Atlanta Georgia.  While deepening her studies, she discovered that yoga is a.

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  • 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..

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  • Ekemma Goff

    Ekemma is a 200 hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. A lover of movement since as long as she can remember, she has studied and practiced various disciplines of dance, pilates and yoga. She considers herself fortunate to have started her personal yoga.

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  • Jasmin hughes

    Jasmin is a local yogi that loves yoga and music. Bringing her two loves together, she draws inspiration from music and incorporates it in her practice. Her classes encourage thoughtfulness, patience and a little heat. Off the mat, she is a dedicated plant.

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  • Mercedes Harris

    Ashantia Harris, better known as Mercedes is originally from Chicago. She has practiced yoga for several years and recently achieved her dream of becoming a yoga teacher. She specializes in children's yoga. She also teaches a mix of Hatha and Vinyasa Flows for adults..

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  • Michelle Stinson

    Michelle has been practicing Vinyasa Yoga since 2014. She first fell in love with it because of how calm it made her feel, and the growth that she felt within her own body. In July, 2018, Michelle got certified to teach yoga at.

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    Michelle Stinson
  • Sarah Ackerman

    Sarah Ackerman completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Nirvana Yoga in 2016. From sweaty, vigorous vinyasa to slow stretches of a Yin class, Sarah enjoys sharing her love of yoga. With a quick wit and deep respect for yoga philosophy, Sarah’s.

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