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. 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. Her passion for yoga stems from the personal transformation she experienced when she first met her mat in 1998. 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. As a lifelong student of yoga, Amber has studied with respected teachers Seane Corn, Bryan Kest, Tias Little, Sara Ivanhoe, Steve Ross, and many others. She grew up in the Washington, DC area, is a graduate of University of Virginia, and has lived in Atlanta since 1994.
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. In addition to teaching and assisting with our Yoga Teacher Training Program, Shannon 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.
HANNAH SLEP says her yoga journey has been "beautifully all over the place for the past 9 years. Her journey began at Y2 Yoga in Charlotte, North Carolina, when she was just 15 years old. As her practice grew and developed into something more personal, Hannah knew she wanted to learn more about the philosophy of yoga and its ancient teachings. When she was 20 years old, Hannah officially became YTT certified at Y2 Yoga under the teachings of Tanner Bazemore, the owner of Y2 Yoga, and Johnna Smith, a KPJAYI certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher. She believes that yoga helps us find the inner strength to be the very best we can possibly be.
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.
JENN VALLIER is a graduate of Westside Yoga's Teacher Training Program, and was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Westside Atlanta, actually! Yoga has been a part of her life ever since I discovered Raquel Welch's Total Body Fitness among my mom's totally rad workout videos in the 90's, even though she didn't know what it was at the time (Bikram). But it was only after I started classes at Westside Yoga that she truly became committed to regular practice, and began to explore the spiritual side as well as the physical practice.
She loves the physical challenge of asana practice, but also finds that yogic mindful breathing is the best remedy for anxiety. When she is not teaching and practicing yoga, she is chasing her daughter and 2 cats, reading and cooking. She and her husband also own a metal fabrication business that caters to designers and drapery workrooms in Atlanta.
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.
JAIME SHEARER has been practicing yoga since 2006, and says that her first class brought her a sense of bliss she hadn't known before. She earned her yoga certification in Orlando in 2008, and has been teaching ever since. She has studied and taught a wide variety of styles of yoga, from Ashtanga to Yin, prenatal to post-surgical, and in a variety of settings, including studios, offices, parks, jails and rehabilitation centers. Over the years, she has studied yoga with Beryl Bender Birch, Kino McGregor, Tim Feldmann, Tim Miller, David Garrigues, and TCTSY. She loves teaching because it brings her into the present moment and gives people the gift of reconnecting with their highest selves. She holds an MBA, multiple coaching certifications, and work as a Leadership Development Facilitator for small to medium sized businesses. She also developed a holistic stress management program for executives, and is a certified HeartMath Mentor. Jaime and her family recently moved to Atlanta from Florida, and we are thrilled to have her on the Westside team!
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 200 Hour Yoga Alliance 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.
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 assists with our Yoga Training Program. 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.
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.