Teachers

Lizzy Jackson E-RYT

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Meet Lizzy Jackson, Owner of The Local Gem. Lizzy did her 200 hour teacher training in Classical Yoga at The Yogalife Institute in Devon, Pennsylvania. After studying meditation at WON Buddhist temple, she wanted to deepen her meditation practice as well as improve her ability to cope with stress and mental health issues so she turned to yoga. After experiencing the incredible healing properties of yoga, she wanted to share these same tools with the community around her. Lizzy has taught yoga to seniors at community centers, kids yoga in schools, and adults in various studios around Atlanta with the goal always being to make yoga accessible so all can experience healing. Fun Facts: When not running a yoga studio, Lizzy is a professional baby wrangler (mom) to three kids, binge reads books and thrift shops like there’s no tomorrow.

 

Clemence (Dev Chanan) KRI Certified

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Meet Clemence, French Singer, Street Organ Performer and Kundalini Yoga instructor. She was introduced to Kundalini yoga fifteen years ago in Paris, France. As a dancer at the time, she was amazed by how this practice mixed her two passions of movement with sound to support her physical, mental and spiritual health. After attending her first Kundalini yoga class, she knew that she wanted to one day become a teacher and share this healing with others. In 2016, Clemence graduated from the KRI Teacher Training Program Level 1 with Mukta Kaur and Gurusahay Khalsa in Dunwoody, GA. She now teaches at studios all across Atlanta, including The Local Gem.  Fun Facts: In her free time, Clemence enjoys hiking, Harry Potter and Self help books, and watching Netflix with her husband Joshua who’s a professional stunt man!

Janine Anthony Bowen RYT

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Meet Janine Anthony Bowen. Janine completed her 200-hour teacher training at New Day Yoga in
Kennesaw, GA in 2014. After having a health scare, Janine’s physician advised that she had too much
unmanaged stress in her life, and suggested yoga as a way to begin to better deal with it. Janine, an
attorney in Atlanta, started Third Day Yoga in 2015 and began teaching workplace yoga in her
downtown office building. She typically teaches an all-levels class and has taught folks from age 23 – 75– all in the same class. She has also taught classes and workshops with as few as 4 and as many as 60 people. Janine believes a consistent yoga practice will make one a better person as it centers the mind,spirit, and body. Fun fact: When not practicing law or practicing yoga, she can be found hiking the trailsat Stone Mountain Park with her 7-year-old rescue, a Lab mix, named Ceasar.

 

Sara Meier RYT

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Meet Sara Meier : “I have been practicing yoga throughout my life, being brought up primarily in the teachings of Yogi Bhajan.  In becoming a mother, I began a more regular, dedicated practice of yoga, finding it strengthening for my body, calming for my mind and healing for my spirit.  Today, yoga philosophy is engrained in almost every aspect of my life.I have worked in the alternative health field for almost 15 years as a colon hydrotherapist, Community Herbalist, Reiki practitioner, and certified wellness coach. I studied intensely with Donna Gates, creator of the Body Ecology Diet, and am a Certified Body Ecology Consultant. I am a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, completing the Advanced Studies Program from the Asheville Yoga Center. Being a life-long student, I am always finding new ways to strengthen my own practice along with my students’.  My intention is to create a safe and nurturing yoga class where each student feels empowered in the body they bring to the mat that day.  My focus is to guide my students into a holistic self-awareness through conscious alignment and mindful breath, uniting the body, mind, and spirit.”