Born, raised, and yoga-trained in Costa Rica, CRISTINA MELOY feels most at home in nature, surrounded by forests, beach, adventures and thousands of exotic (and scary) critters. When she's not teaching yoga, you will find her outside, sweaty but full with the joy nature provides! Cristina began practicing yoga while living in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, as a way to stay physically fit in an area with few gyms. Yoga kept her fit, but it also transformed her mind and spirit. She has lived in Atlanta for 10 years, but her country and people are very much a part of her lifestyle. The “Pura Vida” approach to life keeps her grounded, and reminds her to honor the sacred light in every being. Her classes focus on building strength through movement and play, while conencting to the grace of the heart.
Westside Yoga Atlanta is located in Atlanta's Westside neighborhood, near Midtown and Buckhead.Our experienced teachers offer the best Atlanta yoga classes, private yoga classes, corporate yoga, and Atlanta Yoga teacher training that meets and exceeds Yoga Alliance standards for RYT 200.
Copyright 2018 Amber Barry
and Westside Yoga Atlanta
REBECCA GALLA-JONES is the Co-Leader of Westside Yoga's 200 Hour RYT Yoga Teacher Trainings, certified to teach at the E-RYT 1000 level. Rebecca taught her first yoga class in 2004, and has been teaching at highly respected studios ever since. She took her first yoga class in 2001, soon after her return to the United States, after spending six years in France. Moving back to the States was a difficult transition, that was made easier through regular yoga practice. Rebecca soon became a devoted yoga practitioner, exploring a variety of traditions, including Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga. She has built a loyal following in the Atlanta community, and believes that everyone should feel proud of their practice, regardless of their level. Rebecca is also certified in yoga for kids and has been teaching children since 2009.
Meet our team of experienced instructors!
"This is an incredibly warm and welcoming studio for yogis of all backgrounds. The teachers provide a nurturing environment to grow your practice and keep you strong - physically and mentally. So happy to have Westside Yoga in the neighborhood!" --Michelle P.
LACEY POULSON discovered yoga while studying Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Central Florida, and immediately fell in love with the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of the practice. When she moved to Atlanta in 2014, Lacey found that spending time on her mat was the best way to ease the transition to a new city. She has been a dedicated member of the Westside Yoga community since its opening in 2015, and earned her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance RYT Certification with us as well. As an instructor, Lacey encourages her students to love their bodies and practice where they are at today, whether this is their first yoga class or they have been practicing for years. She brings high energy to her heat-building classes, focusing on moving with the breath.
ANNA MCDEVITT took her first yoga class at the student rec center while studying at Kent State. She feel in love with how yoga made her feel, and it was the perfect compliment to her regular workouts. She loves that yoga is a practice that is accessible to everyone-- it's simply about finding the connection between your mind and your body through breath and movement. Teaching yoga has added a new, deeper layer to her yoga practice, and she loves having the opportunity to share what she's learned with others! Anna is a Detroit native, and when she's not teaching or practicing, she runs a healthcare business consulting agency headquartered at Strongbox West (also located on Atlanta's growing Westside!). She completed her yoga teacher training at Westside Yoga.
RACHEL FULMER discovered yoga while she was in high school, but didn't really fall in love with it until her sister opened GLOW Yoga Studios in Gulf Shores, AL. She earned her certification at GLOW and taught and managed the studios, before moving to Atlanta. She believes that yoga is transformative, and loves to challenge her students to build heat, and get out of their comfort zones. Her favorite thing about yoga is the idea that we are "practicing" on the mat, for our life off the mat. She grew up in Austin, Texas, and played basketball at the University of Texas in Tyler. She is currently pursuing her Nursing degree at Georgia State University, and whn she is not practicing or teaching yoga, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, and connecting with nature.
ARIEL KAHN discovered yoga in 2008 while recovering from injury. Yoga completely rehabilitated her, and it quickly became a passion. Her classes focus on building strength and endurance, and reinforcing the connection of the body to the mind. She empowers students to be the best they can be on and off the mat, and to meet the edge of transformation with grace. She earned her 200 Hour RYT certification at Peachtree Yoga Center. When she's not teaching, she works as a Talent Manager at a tech company in West Midtown, and takes every opportunity to play outdoors with her puppy.
AMBER BARRY is the Founder and Director of Yoga Education at Westside Yoga. She has been teaching yoga since 2001, and has over 3500 hours of teaching experience. As one of the most experienced yoga instructors in the Southeast, Amber inspires lifelong wellness with her healthy and relatable approaches to yoga, mindfulness, and everyday well-being. She is the Founder of Westside Yoga, Host of Crazy Healthy Radio, and Keynote Speaker at amberbarry.com and My Crazy Healthy Life. Her passion for yoga stems from the personal transformation she experienced when she first met her mat 20 years ago. Yoga helped Amber reclaim her life after a devastating car crash, which left her suffering and living in severe pain. Through her practice, she was able to completely rehabilitate her body, and cure daily migraines that had limited her life since she was a child. She now lives pain-free, and is thriving. A former marketing executive, Amber began her teaching and coaching career in 2001, and has been an outspoken advocate of mindfulness, movement, discipline, and plant-based nutrition ever since. Amber encourages her students to step outside their comfort zones, practice yoga daily, and trust the struggles on the journey to total body health. She grew up in the Washington, DC area, is a graduate of University of Virginia, and has lived in Atlanta since 1994.
MEG ROSE grew up in a military family, learning how to adapt to new situations and frequent change at any early age. She discovered yoga while working toward her Masters in Accounting at the University of Florida, and found that it helped her stay fit, and manage the stresses of working in public accounting. She earned her 200 Hour RYT Certification at Westside Yoga, and believes that yoga can help everyone feel more grounded in the ever-changing world we live in. She encourages her students to make space for themselves on and off their mats. When she is not teaching or practicing yoga, she works for an accounting advisory firm.
GABRIELLE BYNDLOSS fell in love with yoga while dealing with depression and anxiety. Yoga helped her connect with her breath, and use it as a force to control her mind. After attending weekly classes, she noticed that regular yoga practice changed both her mind and body. Yoga helps her grow in her passions, deal with frustration, build strength, and so much more. She is certified at the E-RYT 1000 level, and uses creative sequencing to keep her students on their toes! In Gabrielle's classes, you can expect to be challenged to connect breath and body, and to laugh hysterically at yourself every now and then. When she's not practicing and teaching yoga, Gabrielle also works as a model and actress.
ALLIE ACKER has been practicing yoga since 2010, but it wasn’t until her time in school at Arizona State University that she really fell in love with the practice. She worked at Lululemon as a part-time job while going to school and would often attend many yoga classes with co-workers. She found that yoga helped her quiet her mind, and become more grounded in her everyday life. She completed her 200 RYT training at Westside Yoga in 2016. When Allie isn’t on her mat she works in Marketing at PURE taqueria’s Franchising office.
When DARIUS COLE moved to Atlanta from Las Vegas, he jumped right into our Yoga Teacher Training the day after he arrived! We were thrilled to have him--he has been a bright light in our community ever since, supporting our community as a Karma student and Apprentice Teacher, and inspiring us as he graduated to teaching dedicated weekly classes! With a commitment to mindfulness and meditation, Darius's classes are a welcome escape from the busy-ness of the world outside the studio. In addition to teaching yoga, Darius has worked in customer service and event planning since graduating from University of Nevada with a degree in Journalism and Urban Studies.
SHANNON DEMKO is a lifelong athlete and runner, who discovered yoga accidentally as a graduate student when a regularly-scheduled class at her gym was canceled. She has since developed a practice and teaching style rooted in the study of Ashtanga, vinyasa flow, power, and Baptiste. She is also a certified mindfulness meditation instructor, and the founder of MindfulMBA, a website and blog designed to make mindfulness accessible and applicable to the everyday lives of busy people who “don’t have any time for it.” Shannon spent over a decade in graduate business admissions, and currently serves as an MBA admissions coach for a diversity non-profit based in Washington, DC, where she lived for many years. Shannon has traveled to nearly 50 countries, and is a connoisseur of good books, decent wine, and bad TV.