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.
John Busing, NASM-CPT, FRC, CSAC
John’s strength classes incorporate mindful movement with resistance to strengthen the body and mind. John played college football at Miami University and professionally in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, and New York Giants. While involved in athletics growing up he developed a passion for the training and preparation it took to achieve results. Upon retirement in 2012 he moved into fitness and performance to follow that passion. Since then he has worked with all segments of the population including youth, college and professional athletes as well as those wanting to achieve fitness and wellness goals. John is looking forward to sharing his fitness, health and wellness philosophy with you in order to live a healthy lifestyle and move well.
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.
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.
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.
Molly Daniel, RYT 200
Molly is originally from Huntington, West Virginia where she grew up dancing and performing classical ballet and modern/contemporary dance for many years (she still dances and performs when she has the chance), eventually also teaching and directing. She found yoga through dance after moving to Florida in 2011. Her first yoga love was hot yoga, but as she moved through her PhD Program at Florida State, she found that she needed a variety of styles to support her through that process. She also credits her yoga practice and RYT200 teacher training as a major part of her ability to complete her dissertation. She feels so lucky to be able to pursue research rooted in dance, embodiment, and digital landscapes, which is still the cornerstone of her research agenda although she has recently begun weaving mindfulness into her courses and writing. In 2016, Molly completed her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition and accepted a position at the University of North Georgia, Gainesville where she co-directs the Composition Program and teaches within the Writing and Publication Major in the English Department; her students call her Dr. Molly. She is a teacher at her core—teaching and doing the things she loves. For her, community is first and foremost, and she works to cultivate that sense in her UNG classroom and in her yoga classes. Most often, her flows focus upon the mind-body connection through the synchronicity of breath. Due to her experience teaching dance, Molly’s flows also play with moving balances and exploring what “the front” happens to be within the spaces of our mat. She believes that moving bodies with breath provides a sense of moving meditation and exploration.
Molly completed her 200 RYT through Yoga Den in Jacksonville, FL under the guidance of Alyson Foreacre in 2015 with dual certification in Mindbody and Sun Power Vinyasa, and she began her teaching journey with Brittani Whittington at Rising Om Yoga (formerly Hot Yoga Tallahassee) where she also completed her Aerial yoga training in 2016. In 2017, Molly was invited to provide a Mindfulness Workshop at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the flagship conference of her field.
Shannon Brown, RYT 200
Shannon began practicing yoga in 2015 after having twins. Yoga helped her heal her body from the pregnancy and center her mind from the chaos! She joined the Breathe Community as a student in February 2017. After regular practice, she participated in the 200 Hr YTT program at Breathe Yoga under the guidance of Lauren Reese, Peggy Smith, Tami Roberts, and Cybele Steen. She received her 200hr RYT in May 2019.
Shannon loves hiking, yoga, boating and all things outdoors. She is a mom of four and works as an operations manager at an Amazon marketing firm.
Stephanie Wilson, RYT 200
Stephanie first fell in love with a home yoga practice in 2006. As a decorative artist she found yoga as a path to recover from her own work related injuries, that and practicing energy work through Reiki has taught her much about the body’s miraculous ability to heal. She has seen and experienced that through a well-rounded yoga practice that expressions such as; “movement is medicine” and “energy follows intention” aren’t just clever sayings but a reality she is excited to share. Her goal for creating classes that foster strength, reduce stress, and help enhance the body’s natural ability to move energy more efficiently is relative to her aim as an instructor and energy healer. By fusing the mind/body/spirit connection using flow sequences (suited to everyone), pranayama, and meditation, she strives to leave each student feeling restored, encouraged, and supported.
Stephanie received her 200 YTT through the capable hands of Lauren Reese along with many of your other favorite teachers from Breathe and is honored to share the healing practice of yoga with you.
Cheryl Chicca, RYT 200
As a professional equestrian and riding coach, Cheryl loved the physical aspect of her work. After moving on to a career in software start-ups, yoga helped her reclaim a more balanced life. In over 20 years of practice, she has learned from amazing teachers and experienced different styles. Cheryl loves guiding and challenging students wherever they are in their own wellness journey and believes that movement truly is medicine.
Cambri Driskell, Social Media Manager
Cambri is a freshman at Vanderbilt where she cheers, studies human organization and development, and explores all of Nashville’s cute coffee shops. She is a yogi because she loves the beauty and rest that comes in giving space to your minds and bodies. breatheYOGA allowed me to dive into yoga more as an individual and as a teacher through the 2020 YTT! Now, I could not be more grateful to play a small part via social media in the big impact breatheYOGA has on its people and community.
Tara Bates , Studio Manager
Tara came to us through friendship and community, both of which led to Lauren asking her to be the studio manager here at BYA. Tara sold wine for 15 years and then transitioned into the lifelong role of volunteer...mostly raising money for or creating outdoor spaces at her kids' schools or running a team of some sort. She now finds her joy in her daily workout/ yoga practice and its community, prepping delicious food at home, living life OUTSIDE, and exploring new places. She is also a not-so-secret youth sports junkie so on any given afternoon, you may find her at a field of some sort.
Peggy Smith- Founder
Peggy began her yoga and meditation journey in 2007 as a pathway to peace and stress management during cancer recovery. Cultivating a healthier, more vital body transformed into a passion for teaching and sharing the gifts of breath and movement. Opening breatheYoga in 2013 was the culmination of a purpose — in honoring the body and mind, we can come together in community, nurture healthy lifestyle, create meaningful connections and live better in wellness.
Peggy is a Registered 200 Hr Yoga Teacher, 22 year resident of South Forsyth County, Atlanta native, mother and grandmother, an avid yogi and rescue dog mom.
“it is only starting in a place of peace that we find our purpose and power”
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.