Meet our Teachers
We think you'll find all our teachers at breathe to be well trained in the practices and philosophies of yoga.
Each of our teachers brings a different personality and style to their classes.
Lauren Reese, E-RYT 200
Lauren Reese, E-RYT 200 and Certified Yoga Tune Up® Teacher, is co-owner of Breathe Yoga Atlanta. She is a lululemon ambassador and currently has clients who are NFL and MLB athletes. She has been involved in group fitness for over 20 years. She started with teaching aerobics, weight training classes, and triathalons. After several injuries, Lauren found herself in pain. Frustrated – because even though she was "fit", her body was always hurting – she turned to yoga to find strength and healing for her injuries. Yoga not only helped her feel better physically, but yoga also taught her the importance of balance, both literally and figuratively.
Lauren's classes are powerful yet playful and encouraging. Her creative sequencing mirrors her lighthearted personality, and each class is a new experience. Lauren’s goal is to help her students find balance for their bodies and their lives. She finds her passion in working with athletes (both privately, with sports teams, and with both college and professional athletes), leading adult yoga retreats, and teaching kids yoga. Lauren was a PrAna featured yogi on REI's Yoga for Athletes Live Tour, and she has studied with Sage Rountree, Jill Miller, and Leslie Kaminoff.
Certifications include RYT 200 Lifted Heart Yoga School, Certified Sage Yoga for Athletes Teacher (one of only 33 in the country!), Certified Yoga Tune Up® Teacher, Certified Roll Model Method® Teacher, Certified Functional Movement Systems, Certified Grounded Kids Instructor, and Certified Yoga Fit. Find more at www.laurenreeseyoga.com.
Peggy Smith, RYT 200
Peggy began her yoga journey back in 2007 as a path to peace and stress management after a devastating cancer diagnosis. Through her mentor, Kim Cresse, Peggy quickly learned that yoga and meditation supported a road back to optimum health and wellness. Sharing this knowledge has created a passion for teaching yoga to Beginners, allowing for a safe, nurturing pathway towards a healthy body using the flowing power of the breath and movement to create a connection to a vital abundant life.
Certifications and Trainings include 200 RYT with Gina Minyard, of Yoga Collective, Ruth Ann Martin of Springs Yoga, and Betsey Downing, and studying at the Kripalu Institute and in workshops/trainings with Matthew Sanford, David Reglin, Leslie Kaminoff, Gary Kraftsow and Sadie Nardini.
Shannon Krogman, RYT 200
Shannon K.'s love of yoga began in 2006 after the birth of her first daughter. She was searching for a new fitness goal and stumbled across a 90-day hot yoga challenge and quickly realized the benefits of yoga went far deeper than the physical asana practice. Shannon appreciates the fact that students come to the mat for a variety of reasons. She creates a fun and nurturing environment where students are invited to enjoy all aspects of yoga. She teaches a flowing style of yoga that offers students an opportunity to work the body physically at the same time creating the meditative quality that allows the mind, body and spiritual connection.
Shannon K. received her 200 RYT through Lifted Heart Yoga under the training of Sheila McVay, Tami Roberts and Cybele Steen. She is also a Grounded Kids Yoga teacher.
Tami Roberts, E-RYT 200
Tami has been a student of Yoga since 1998. Tami is committed to helping individuals achieve radiant health, vitality and peace. She believes Yoga is one of the most accessible, effective methods to do this. Her focus in class is the breath and honoring the present moment, acknowledging that each time on the mat is a new experience.
She is a 200 Hour E-RYT and graduate of Lahiri School of Yoga. Over 10 years, Tami has had the pleasure of learning and teaching a variety of yoga formats including; Vinyasa Flow, Hot Yoga, Gentle Hatha, Yin Yoga and Partner Yoga. She has taught classes, conducted retreats and offered workshops in several fitness clubs, yoga studios and wellness centers in Utah, Colorado and Georgia, where she currently resides and operates Yew Studio out of her home.
Jane Hyat, RYT 500 & E-RYT 200
Jane believes yoga is an incredible way to cultivate the body, the mind and the spirit. After several years of running and competitive tennis, Jane took her first yoga class while living in the Middle East. Having had first-hand experience of the transformative power of yoga she became a passionate practitioner.
Wanting to share her passion with others, Jane completed her 500 Yoga Alliance Certification through Yoga of India. Jane infuses calm instruction, creative sequences and a little bit of humor to guide her students to build strength, stamina and flexibility. She aspires to provide a supportive relationship with her students to encourage physical and emotional growth. Her classes focus on breath, alignment and the interconnection between the mind, body and spirit.
Amy’s classes weave compassion, individuality, knowledge, awareness, and intuition. Knowledge of yoga asana (poses), as well as anatomy and kinesiology, create a dynamic atmosphere where exploration and safety are abundant. Plenty of room for self-expression and freedom, you are also invited to push your edge safely and appropriately.
Aspiring to be a lifelong student, Amy has completed 200 hour trainings from Peachtree Yoga Center & Yoga North Atlanta, as well as advanced training in Yoga Therapy - compiling over 1,000 hrs. of formal training.
She is a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher via Womb Wellness, and a board certified Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition; as well as a National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer.
Christie Johnson, RYT 200
Christie joins our yoga teacher community as a graduate of Breathe's first yoga teacher training program. She has been practicing Iyengar yoga for over a decade and has been part of the Breathe community for a year.
Her training as a registered dietitian, as well as a yoga student has inspired a wide ranging interest in wellness with a goal of lifelong fitness within as active lifestyle. Christie has a particular interest in functional core work which she has taught for two years. She has studied self-massage with therapy balls and Core Immersion with Jill Miller.
Kathy Yocca, RYT 200
Throughout her adult life Kathy has tried many forms of exercise to maintain health and fitness. She was an avid aerobics participant in the ‘80s and added weight training and running in the ‘90s. After numerous injuries, she was forced to give up running. She had dabbled in yoga for nearly 15 years, however, it was only after stepping into a studio that she found true delight in the practice. She experienced enlightenment in the studio which had previously eluded her. Yoga became her calm place allowing her to focus her mind and body simultaneously. Her love of yoga manifested itself into a desire to share the joy with others through teaching. She completed her 200hr YT under the tutelage of Lauren Reese and Amy Asevedo in Breathe Yoga’s first teacher training.
Carey Fox, RYT 200
Carey was born and raised in Georgia but lived several of her college years in Utah where she deepened her passions for snowboarding, mountain biking, and hiking. She loves the outdoors and keeps an active lifestyle. After suffering various injuries from running and tennis, Carey turned to yoga for an exercise that could safely sustain her through a lifetime. When given the opportunity to tap into “the mermaid within” by practicing yoga on a Standup Paddle Board, Carey was hooked on the versatility of yoga.
After studying the mindful philosophies of yoga, it became so much more than a low impact workout. She wanted to share the equanimity she discovered with others, which led her to earn her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification in the fall of 2017 from Ebb & Flow Yoga Surf Studio.
She enjoys leading restorative and easy flow classes that bring awareness to the breath while honoring the body just as it is on the mat.
Joey Wright, RYT 200
Joey was first introduced to yoga in high school, as a physical warm-up and mental cool-down for theater performances. Throughout high school, college, and the Great Unknown, “adulthood,” yoga found its way into Joey’s life whenever and wherever he needed it most. His mat was always there to welcome him as an old friend, and a practice was never farther away than his next breath.
Joey is first and foremost, a student. He participated in the 200 Hr YTT program at Breathe Yoga under the guidance of Lauren Reese, Peggy Smith, Tami Roberts, and Cybele Steen. Joey seeks to further his practice every day, gaining insight from everyone he meets, and learning from their wisdom to drive him to his greatest potential.
Everybody has a lesson to teach, but it is our job to remain open to learning those lessons. Let’s learn something new, together.
Jackie Allen, RYT 200
Jackie began practicing yoga 5 years ago to help manage work-related stress. She became a member of the BYA community in May 2018, and then went on to complete Yoga Teacher Training under the guidance of Lauren Reese (BYA owner and instructor). She is currently working towards her Grounded Kids Yoga certification. Jackie truly believes in yoga’s ability to change our nervous and muscular systems, creating a stronger and more harmonious internal environment within us. Her yoga classes include a combination of vinyasa flow, balance work, muscular engagement education, time and space for individual exploration, and modifications to add or remove challenge as needed.
Jackie earned her first Master’s degree in Biology (emphasis in neuroscience) in May 2010 from California State University, Northridge, where she taught undergraduate courses in Anatomy, Animal Physiology, and Introductory Biology. She also taught middle and high school science classes. In 2015, Jackie earned her second Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Georgia. She currently works full-time as a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in an outpatient clinic and hopes to bring yoga and all of its benefits to the patients she works with at her clinic (primarily individuals with Autism and Down Syndrome) as well as their siblings and parents. Jackie is a life-long learner and loves gaining insight and wisdom from each person, situation, and experience.