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Yoga studio owner gives back to community
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About this article

This article was originally published in the March/April 2016 issue of M: North Atlanta magazine, a publication of the Forsyth County News. To read the entire magazine, click here.

I began practicing yoga 10 years ago in order to build strength and relieve pain from scoliosis.

As I got more interested in yoga, I trained as a teacher and have spent years teaching and practicing at various studios in Atlanta and north Georgia.

I never dreamed of owning a yoga studio when I started this journey. However, when the opportunity came in 2013 to open Yoga Selah, I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do.

My driving vision for the studio is the idea of community. I wanted Yoga Selah to bring people together, and now I get to see that happens on a daily basis.

One of my favorite things about the studio is having to interrupt everyone’s conversations to get the class started.

Practicing yoga can be a great way to let your guard down and meet people you may not run into on a regular basis.

That sense of community goes beyond the studio and extends throughout Forsyth County. In addition to working with other locally-owned businesses and South Forsyth High School, Yoga Selah regularly offers community classes, giving the proceeds to local charities.

It’s such a win-win: You get to do something good for yourself and for the local community.

Having taught yoga classes at many studios and gyms, I wanted to offer expertly taught yoga classes that fit any need with a non-competitive atmosphere, something that often is difficult to find.

People are looking to relax, so the last thing you want is for it to feel like a competition. We focus on the fact that the class is about your own experience.

That experience may be simply trying to touch your toes. Or it could be getting a foot behind your head.

Whatever it is, our teachers pride themselves in meeting students where they are. We aren’t trying to make you perfect a pose. Our goal is to help you get stronger in a way that works best for your body.

Above all, Yoga Selah is about helping people find a chance to slow down. The studio name highlights that focus.

“Selah” (pronounced SEE-lah) comes from the Psalms. While there is no clear translation, taken in context, it appears to mean “pause and reflect on the verses you just read.”

For me, that sums up my approach to yoga. Yoga is a complement to my faith and contemplative Christian practices.

At the same time, we’re not pushing any particular way of thinking. We’re simply providing space and invitation for people to take some time for themselves, to pause and reflect on what’s happening in their lives.

We offer classes for all levels, from true beginners to advanced. The atmosphere is relaxed and we stress for everybody to work at their own level. We meet you where you are.