Teachers

Gina Minyard Senior Teacher Co-Director

KelleySuePhotography131-300x199Director and Senior Teacher

Gina weaves yoga’s wisdom with life’s ever-unfolding process, masterfully bringing it alive and radically embodied through breath, muscle, and bone, creating a rich and magically alchemical experience through her teaching. Dynamic alignment principles, intelligent sequencing, and thematic metaphor infuse her engaging instruction, with a presence that is weighty, compassionate, and inviting.A “pillar of Grace” in the Atlanta yoga community, she is sought out for charisma and passion, breadth of knowledge, mad alignment skills, and ongoing breakthrough experiences.
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Phil Davis-Owner, Co-Director

Phil-and-Des_blurEver felt blown away by the Winds of Change? Weighed down by the events and obligations around you? So did Phil Davis. Once he discovered Anusara Yoga, he began to hone the skills that allowed him to find Light in Dark times.

Learning from Desiree Rumbaugh, Gina Minyard, and many others, Phil’s passion for affecting positive change for those around him has radically expanded.
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Leslie Muscarella

Leslie_edit-300x184Leslie, RYT200, CYT, discovered her passion for yoga in 2002, has practiced a variety of yoga traditions and has been evolving her practice ever since. She is fortunate to bring together two of her passions, yoga and teaching.

A former elementary school teacher, she began teaching yoga to children aged 3-12 in 2006 before taking on the challenge of teaching adults. After practicing Anusara yoga, Leslie found herself drawn to alignment based yoga. An avid attendee of yoga workshops, Leslie loves to bring something new back to her classes.
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Greg Tinkle

Greg_studio_blur_22-300x184About eight years ago, Greg came to yoga by way of BMX and construction work. He started out trying to learn the Primary Series of Ashtanga yoga on a purple mat alone in his kitchen listening to metal. Five years later, he went to a yoga studio and discovered that OTHER PEOPLE ARE DOING YOGA TOO! And that Yoga + Community = rad! (although the music was a bit less interesting).
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Liz Strickland

photo-225x300Liz is an fine artist and free spirit who loves to do handstands and walk upside down. She came to seriously practice yoga about 7 years ago doing everything from Bikram to vinyasa flow. She earned a certificate in Grounded Kids yoga in 2010 and completed her 200 RYT in ashtanga yoga from John Merideth at Onlyoga in 2012, in 2014 Liz completed a teacher training with Darren Rhodes for certification in yoghour. She loves to study and do workshops with various teachers when ever possible and is always excited to bring something new to her students. Liz knows yoga can be a transformative process whether through spiritual highs or through a war zone with epic self battles all within the beautiful landscape of yoga mats, community and friends. Roses are red violets are blue yoga is awesome and so are you. Let’s do a class!
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Taylor Trussell

IMG_2351-300x300Taylor first encountered yoga in 2008 when, as a competitive runner and avid weight lifter, he decided to try a yoga class to do some stretching. He very quickly discovered it was much more than that and was hooked. In addition to practicing with teachers throughout the US, Taylor received his teacher training in India, where he also taught. He regularly returns to Asia to further his understanding of asana, pranayama, and yoga philosophy. Taylor’s classes combine a challenging physical practice with alignment principles to foster a deeper awareness and greater focus.
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Desiree Nathanson

1b7ef2cd-2ca6-4fc0-b605-2b3e8ff7013f-300x200Desiree began her formal dance training at the the age of 4, weight lifting at the age of 13, and yoga at the age of 20. At the age of 35, all three elements came together upon her completion of Gina Minyard’s 200-hour teacher training program at Yoga Collective. Having taught dance for 20 years and fitness classes for five years, adding yoga teacher to her resume was a natural progression. Desiree believes that true health is a balance of body, mind, and spirit and adding formal yoga training to her repertoire has completed that balance. She approaches teaching with a sense of humor and a friendly spirit, making her classes a welcoming environment for all levels.
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Heather Freiman

e49e9563-4f93-4fd0-963e-e0c04a77b1ea-199x300Yoga is transformational: For Heather, it continues to be a guide to self-exploration of innate potential, confidence, and strength. Heather took her first yoga class in 1997, seeking relief from physical stress, and fell in love when it also calmed and cleared her busy mind – she’s been hooked ever since! Heather truly believes that to teach well, you also must do, and she draws inspiration from her teachers and own exploration of the practice.
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Courtney Bombeck

unnamed-7-199x300Courtney Bombeck EYT-500, has been teaching yoga for over nine years. Her teaching style has evolved and changed over the years to incorporate all of the wonderful learning experiences she has had not just in practice but in life. Her approach comes from a place of adventure and humor and most importantly what she believes Yoga to truly be, a practice of radical honesty.
She has studied in several different schools of yoga and blends a powerful physical practice with an attention to alignment. Bernadette Birney and Kate Bovers are her primary teachers and mentors. She is a recent transplant from the northeast and is excited to be a part of the yoga community in Atlanta.
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