Cindy Olah
Cindy OlahStudio Owner & Head Instructor

As a long time yoga student, Cindy has experienced how this beautiful, ancient practice has empowered and awakened her in so many ways. She began her studies by receiving her teaching certification in 2002 through Peachtree Yoga Center. She continued with many renowned teachers mostly being influenced through the life affirming practice of Anusara® Yoga. Even though she has now resigned her Anusara affiliation, she received her Anusara Inspired Certification in 2011. She has also received certifications in hypnotherapy and is a Reiki Master. Cindy served as a lululemon ambassador in 2010/2011 and was also voted best yoga instructor in the “Best Self Magazine Best of 2013 Contest.” She opened Sacred Garden Yoga, which has been thriving since 2003, and has also led several retreats to the mountains of N. Georgia, North Carolina, Costa Rica and Peru. She is also lead instructor in SGY’s Yoga of the Heart Teacher Training program. In her 17 years of study, Cindy has cultivated a teaching style that strongly integrates alignment of body, mind and heart. She understands both the energetic and physical body so is able to help her students align their bodies to provide greater strength, balance, freedom an clarity. Cindy loves philosophy and is a bit of a spiritual junkie so her teachings are richly infused with theory, but translated in a way that is applicable and practical for greater understanding. Her greatest aspiration is in empowering others to find  joy, purpose, and complete well being in their lives.

Born in Peru, Cindy is fascinated with the relationship that the native Peruvians have with nature and loves to incorporate this knowledge into her teachings. A modern day mystic, she is highly empathic, loves ceremony and is a well renowned energy worker. Having that latin flare, Cindy and her husband have also been enthusiastic salsa dancers for over 15 years. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her greatest teacher and grand musician- her son Ethan, who is 10 and the source of so much delight and inspiration.

Meet Our Staff

Erin Beadle
Erin BeadleYoga Instructor- RYT
Erin was initially drawn to yoga for the physical benefits of flexibility and balance. After many months of steady practice, she began to catch a glimpse of benefits that exceed the physical. This led to the pursuit of her 200 hour RYT under the expert-eye of John Merideth. Erin truly believes that yoga can benefit everyone and aims to make classes that motivate and challenge her students. She is key on alignment and helping her students gain a better mind/ body awareness. Erin is truly passionate about health/wellness and nutrition and has been a chair of the health and wellness committees at her son’s elementary and middle schools. Above all, her most important role is being a wife and mother to 3 boys.
Diane Gottlich
Diane GottlichYoga Instructor, RYT-500
Diane Gottlich is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level, certified by the Yoga Alliance with over 1600 hours of teaching experience. She trains every year with Yoga Masters like Patricia Walden, Rodney Yee and Judith Lasater. Diane is also a licensed Neuromuscular Therapist, Thai Massage Therapist and a Certified Reflexologist. She holds a Masters degree in Psychology and has been a healthcare management/IT consultant for 30+ years. Her advanced clinical training and education combined with her compassionate spirit, shines through in her open hearted teaching style. Her classes are inspirational, educational and fun!
Vicki Knight
Vicki KnightYoga Instructor, E-RYT
Vicki Knight, E-RYT is a former educator and counselor who worked in prisons, hospitals, and inner city high schools for many years. Ready to move on to the next phase of her life, she received 200 hours teacher training through Peachtree Yoga Center in 2003. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance and has been teaching yoga full time since. She has continued her education attending workshops with some great yoga masters including Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, Sean Corne, Richard Freeman, Roger Cole, Tias Little, Doug Keller, Ana Forrest and John Friend. She recently visited the Satchidananda Ashram in Va. to learn about Integral Yoga and ashram living.

Vicki teaches Vinyasa Flow yoga in which she combines the principles of Iyengar (alignment), Anusara (flowing with grace) and Ashtanga (dynamic) to build strength, flexibility, stamina and balance. She brings fun and laughter to her classes while helping students reach their greatest level of health & vitality.

Carolyn Purvis
Carolyn PurvisYoga Instructor- RYT, PYT
I spent my twenties and most of my thirties in Corporate America, “living a life of quiet desperation.” I discovered yoga in 2002 and it changed my life! What started off being a weekly “exercise” class soon became the doorway to numerous physical benefits, emotional growth and spiritual awakening. My truest desire is to help every student discover the innumerable benefits of a lifetime yoga practice, learn how to heal themselves, and discover more about who they really are. I was licensed through Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) 200 hour Yoga Alliance approved training in 2006 and completed my 500 hour Professional Yoga Therapist certification in 2009. Although my training has encompassed many forms of yoga with many teachers, my emphasis has been help my students to customize a safe and properly aligned practice.

Michelle Sessions
Michelle SessionsYoga Instructor- RYT
Michelle began dabbling in yoga in her mid twenties, and fully devoted herself to the practice when she began studying with Cindy Olah in March of 2008. She was so inspired by her practice that she decided to become a certified teacher in order to share this wonderful way of life with others. Michelle completed the Anusara Immersion program with Gina Minyard in early 2011. She then received her certification through the Carolina Yoga Teacher program in September 2011. The program was taught by renowned Anusara teachers Sarah Faircloth, Kelley Gardner, and Stacey Millner-Collins. Michelle is also a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 hour level with the Yoga Alliance. She continues to be influenced by the Anusara style of yoga. Additionally, she has taken workshops with John Friend, Christina Sell, and Ross Rayburn. Michelle believes that in the context of a comfortable, inviting environment that everyone can enhance their lives with yoga.
Lisa Shopov
Lisa ShopovYoga Instructor- RYT / Massage Therapist
Lisa found yoga in 2009. Prior to that time, she had been actively involved in mountain biking, personal training, and attaining her Associates degree of Science in Massage Therapeutics. Although Lisa approached yoga with the intention of dealing with flexibility, anxiety, and chronic muscle pain, she quickly fell in love with the practice and its many transforming benefits.Lisa completed her 200-hour teacher certification by Yoga Alliance certified instructors and she is deeply grateful to all the teachings that have been so generously shared with her by her teachers. The desire to be of service and to share these experiences with others has led her to teach.

To Lisa, yoga is more than just a physical practice done on the mat. It is a way of living consciously that includes not only asana (physical postures); but also meditation, scriptural study, pranayama (breath work), and how she relate to others and to herself. Her intention is to deliver yoga as a lifestyle of courage, moderation, awareness, abundance, and creativity.