our teachers


Karen Patton

Hometown: Chi-town! The Windy City
Favorite place to hang out in East Cobb: Home
Choose a movie title for the story of your life: Trainwreck
Strangest phobia: Balloons
Chocolate or Vanilla: Vanilla
Song most likely to belt out in the shower: Journey, Don't Stop Believin'
Favorite Yoga Pose: Savasana
Something nobody knows about you: I'm a real blond
Who is your hero: My brother. He is truly the best person on this earth!

Lindsay Rodriguez

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Favorite place to hang out in East Cobb: Bring It OM Power Yoga and Los Bravos Mexican Restaurant
Choose a movie title for the story of your life: Crazy, Stupid Love
Strangest phobia: Clowns and popsicle sticks
Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate
Song most likely to belt out in the shower: We're Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister
Favorite Yoga Pose: Twisting Triangle
Something nobody knows about you: I never wear socks
Who is your hero: Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Charina Shields

Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
Favorite place to hang out in East Cobb: My friend's house on Bishop Lake or my own backyard
Choose a movie title for the story of your life: It's a Wonderful Life
Strangest phobia: Sharks and clowns
Chocolate or Vanilla: Yes and yes
Song most likely to belt out in the shower: Probably something by the Avett Brothers
Favorite Yoga Pose: Pincha Mayurasana
Something nobody knows about you: I interned at the White House Medical Unit during Clinton's administration. And I've been to Lichtenstein.
Who is your hero: my parents.....and J.K. Rowling

Alena Levine

Hometown: Prague (Czech Republic)
Favorite place to hang out in East Cobb: Nature trails along the Chattahoochee River
Choose a movie title for the story of your life: Overcomer
Strangest phobia: Claustrophobia
Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate
Song most likely to belt out in the shower: 'Forever' by Chris Brown
Favorite Yoga Pose: Goddess Pose
Something nobody knows about you: I have performed all around Europe as part of dancing tours and participated in a Prague dance marathon at age 15, one of the youngest participants.  
Who is your hero: my daughter and my son (my biggest teachers)

David Melton

Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Favorite place to hang out in East Cobb: My backyard
Choose a movie title for the story of your life: Life is Beautiful
Strangest phobia: Used band-aids and identical twins
Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate
Song most likely to belt out in the shower: You Never Even Call Me By My Name (last verse)
Favorite Yoga Pose: Legs up the wall (at the wall)
Something nobody knows about you: That I often wonder if we are in the Matrix, and if any of this is real
Who is your hero: Owen Meany

Connie Forestner

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Favorite place to hang out in East Cobb: TJ Maxx or HomeGoods
Choose a movie title for the story of your life: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Strangest phobia: Being tickled
Chocolate or Vanilla: Dark chocolate
Song most likely to belt out in the shower: Let It Be
Favorite Yoga Pose: Astavakrasana - Eight-angle Pose
Something nobody knows about you: I was a diver on the UGA Swimming & Diving team.
Who is your hero: My dad

Tori Kerr

Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Favorite place to hang out in East Cobb: My house!  I LOVE to entertain!
Choose a movie title for the story of your life: “Brave Heart: A Journey to Self-Acceptance”
Strangest phobia: Fear of being arrested for a crime I didn’t commit. 
Chocolate or Vanilla: I like both but if I had to pick one cupcake flavor for the rest of my life, it would be…….Vanilla.
Song most likely to belt out in the shower: Alive by Sia or Shake It Out by Florence and the Machine
Favorite Yoga Pose: Crescent Warrior!  
Something nobody knows about you: I’m the youngest of 7 children; my mother and father were 46 and 57 years old, respectively, when I was born.  I had an interesting childhood!
Who is your hero: My mom, a fighter to the end.

Liz Brown

Hometown: Natick, MA
Favorite place to hang out in East Cobb: Besides BIOPY? Moxie Burger or the Chattahoochee River at Sope Creek
Choose a movie title for the story of your life: Well That Was Fun
Strangest phobia: If you were to look at my house you would think it's vacuuming. This will sound VERY odd: Success
Chocolate or Vanilla: Both
Song most likely to belt out in the shower: Simply the Best
Favorite Yoga Pose: Feet up the Wall
Something nobody knows about you: I was a competitive figure skater and was on a team that won nationals.
Who is your hero: My nana

Tracy Lavelle

Hometown: Marietta, GA
Favorite place to hang out in East Cobb: My home
Choose a movie title for the story of your life: Eat, Pray, Love
Strangest phobia: snakes
Chocolate or Vanilla: vanilla
Song most likely to belt out in the shower: Sunshine in my Pocket by Justin Timberlake
Favorite Yoga Pose: Triangle
Something nobody knows about you: Past jobs - Flight Attendant, NASCAR hospitality, Face Painter, and Balloon Artist
Who is your hero: My husband. He has shown me that life can throw you some unexpected punches. You have to get back on your feet, never give up, and seize the day!

Alice Istanbul

Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Favorite place to hang out in East Cobb: The new DSW. Just kidding - Seed Kitchen
Choose a movie title for the story of your life: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Strangest phobia: the feeling of seaweed around my toes and ankles
Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate!
Song most likely to belt out in the shower: Don't Stop Me Now, Queen
Favorite Yoga Pose: Full Wheel (because it's so hard!)
Something nobody knows about you: I speak a lot of languages
Who is your hero: Queen Elizabeth I of England. She was a badass.

Jody Struminger

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Favorite place to hang out in East Cobb: At home
Choose a movie title for the story of your life: Forrest Gump
Strangest phobia: Gamophobia
Chocolate or Vanilla: mixed!
Song most likely to belt out in the shower: Firework (Katy Perry)
Favorite Yoga Pose: Dancer Pose
Something nobody knows about you: I am fluent in Spanish
Who is your hero: My mom

Carly Milyo

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Favorite place to hang out in East Cobb: At Marietta Donuts eating an apple fritter
Choose a movie title for the story of your life: Upside Down
Strangest phobia: Basements
Chocolate or Vanilla: Vanilla
Song most likely to belt out in the shower: Baby Shark
Favorite Yoga Pose: Handstand
Something nobody knows about you: I can sing the alphabet backwards
Who is your hero: My parents

Stephanie Parisi

Hometown: Falconer, New York
Favorite place to hang out in East Cobb: Bring It OM Power Yoga, of course!
Choose a movie title for the story of your life: Practical Magic.
Strangest phobia: I am terrified of sharks! I can't even look at them.
Chocolate or Vanilla: Dark chocolate for life!
Song most likely to belt out in the shower: Anything by Fleetwood Mac
Favorite Yoga Pose: Camel (Ustrasana)
Something nobody knows about you: I desperately want a hug from Dolly Parton.
Who is your hero: The bravest person I can think of is my mom. She is no longer with us, but this amazing woman put the word battle in battling breast cancer. She was a kind-hearted warrior who never complained, loved with all she had, and was one with nature.

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