- Thai Yoga Massage
Although we are a Power Yoga studio and we enjoy melding fitness and Yoga we adhere strictly to ancient alignment principles to ensure that our students remain injury free. We believe Yoga is the path to bliss and physical, mental and emotional freedom but that doesn’t mean that that journey can’t include laughter. We would consider working with experienced Yoga teachers who live and teach in a balanced way, who inspire, heal, challenge and enjoy their students.
Malia Hilliard fell in love with yoga at 15 when her Father took her to a Yoga Retreat to help a back injury she acquired jumping off an 80 ft waterfall. The practice was Iyengar based, therefore both powerful and therapeutic, and ended up teaching her skills she could apply to every aspect of her life. Although Iyengar remains Malia’s greatest inspiration, she has created her own unique practice influenced by the many seasoned instructors she was able to study with during her 10 years in Los Angeles. Malia’s classes are fluid, powerful, inspiring and fun. Now a Yoga Alliance Certified E-RYT-200 instructor, Malia’s dynamic teaching style has attracted many big names in the industry and landed her sponsorships from companies like Nike, Lululemon and Marika Clothing to name a few. Malia teaches at several studios in Atlanta and hosts Workshops and Retreats globally. A traditionalist at the core, Malia is dedicated to the principles of alignment and the potential of the breath, combining them with vigorous vinyasa flow to create a uniquely profound experience in class. Her light-hearted approach makes yoga philosophy both understandable and attainable. Malia believes in the transformational power of yoga and is continually honored to witness the shifts yoga inspires in her students and in herself.
Damian Viera is a seasoned spa & fitness program facilitator, yoga instructor and internationally renowned massage therapy educator. He started working in the health and wellness industry at the age of 15, the yoga industry at 24, and has since consulted in luxury wellness projects for global brands like The Golden Door, Rosewood Hotels, Ty Warner Hotels, Aman Resorts, and R&R Resorts. Although his creativity in the spa world is unparalleled, his ultimate passion is uncovering the many ways yoga and functional movement can enhance the performance of athletes and healthy individuals, and assist in the rapid recovery of injury. Through re-educating the body’s movement, he can create space and agility in places where movement either never existed or was hindered by injury, emotional trauma, or lack of proper use. He enjoys formulating lifestyle regimens using his expansive knowledge of exercise physiology, nutrition, and yoga philosophy particularly to maximize clients’ vital potential energy levels. Damian’s classes are a high energy, functional movement based, flow that are fun and challenging. Don’t be surprised by your rapid evolution and new found inner power.
When I discovered yoga, I found a sanctuary within myself. I could retreat from the bustle of life and reconnect to the inter-workings of my body and mind. Initially, I favored the lyrical nature of the asanas. I enjoyed the physical challenges, and I still do. However, as my practice has evolved, I have come to enjoy the meditation of blending breath and movement. We produce energy for from simply being alive, but if we learn how to create intentional energy we can transform our lives, creating opportunities that will guide us toward growth. My goal as a teacher is to guide my students towards a healthier lifestyle, mentally and physically. Together will explore our outlook on life’s triumphs and challenges through our work on the mat. Having been trained in Ashtanga as well as vinyasa with John Merideth, my students will experience a dynamism that will help unlock what they thought was possible.
My exposure to yoga began as a child. My mother was a student and eventually a teacher of Iyengar. Committed to forging my own path, I tried various forms of yoga before finding Ashtanga. My introduction to this studio was the beginning of a significant transformation which extended far beyond the familiar asanas. As my practice deepened, I became eager to learn more. Through this process of learning, the desire to share my experiences was born.
Sharon received her RYT-200 hour teacher certification with The White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA. and has furthered her training and or studying under such notable teachers as Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Tim Miller, Annie Pace, Beryl Bender Birch, Brandon Cox, and Victoria Laws. After 8.5 amazing years in the Colorado, Sharon is excited to return to Atlanta, which she calls home. With her passion to inspire others through movement and music and from her previous training, teachers and experiences, Sharon’s “Liquid Flow” classes are a moving meditation with intelligent and dynamic sequencing that are creative and fun!