Sunny Street’s faculty is comprised of a diverse family of individuals with unique areas of expertise, backgrounds and styles, all sharing a deep connection to yoga and a genuine caring for their students. Click the images below to learn more about these fabulous folks with whom we are lucky indeed to be working.
Kerry is a native New Yorker, turned Southern California girl. After 30 years in Huntington Beach, CA, she moved to Atlanta to try something new – something to enrich her mind, body and spirit. It was in Atlanta that she took her first yoga class. It was love at first practice. Knowing how greatly her yoga experience has changed her life, Kerry has a strong desire in her heart to share these practices with others.
After taking as many different types of yoga classes and workshops as possible, she enrolled in a 200 hour yoga teacher training program with lead teacher Kim Saunders. Still wanting to learn more upon gradutating, she immediately enrolled in her 300 hour YTT at the Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC and will complete her advanced teacher training program in 2020.
Kerry’s has been a healthcare professional throughout her career, and this lends itself in her understanding of anatomy and alignment in her sequences and cues. Kerry loves hiking, mountain biking, surfing, and forest bathing.
I am a yoga instructor and holistic health coach based in the Atlanta area. Growing up as a severe asthmatic and being frequently hospitalized throughout childhood gave me a deep appreciation for pranayama and how yoga is centered around the breath.
At the age of 3 I began dancing where I learned early on the importance of cultivating a mind/body connection and remaining physically fit through exercise and proper nutrition. One central aspect of yoga and meditation that has always appealed to me is how the mind and body come together to create mindful action on and off the mat in daily life.
I completed my 200hr yoga teacher training certification at Peachtree Yoga where I learned the history of pranayama, practical & subtle anatomy, and yoga philosophy. I received my nutrition specialist certification through ACE Education. I use these tools, along with my BFA in Theatre and Performance Studies to create thoughtful yoga sequences and calming breath work practices to a variety of different students.
For years I’ve been teaching yoga and meditation for corporations such as Kaiser Permanente, Excellence in Exercise, and a number of different studios in the Atlanta area. It elates me to help performance artists warm up before a show or unwind afterward. It brings me great joy when students express how much my teachings have enhanced their art, their work, and their daily lives.
I’ve devoted my energy to these credentials because of my lifelong passion for helping people live their healthiest lives. I want to evoke a positive, peaceful feeling that motivates people to take charge of their health and become the very best version of themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally.
My favorite classes to teach are based on personal requests of the students. So if someone requests to learn a specific pose or focus on a particular body part or is working on overcoming an injury, or wants a mental focus, I enjoy tailoring the sequence towards their needs. If a student has a specific problem they want addressed, I make sure to integrate that into the class. I always offer quotes and mindful suggestions that reflect yoga philosophy so they can integrate into their work in their daily life. All my classes no matter how active or passive they may be are centered around the breath, so every flow becomes moving meditation.
I discovered Yoga in 2006. At that time I was overweight and felt terrible, my health was not good and I was looking for a more meaningful life. My first yoga class was Bikram Yoga. I practiced it for about 3 years every single day, and very quickly, the daily practice became an important part of my life.
I was ready for the next challenge. In 2009 I tried Ashtanga Yoga. In 2013, I took my 200-hour yoga teacher training and earned my RYT-200 credential. From that moment on I never stop studying and learning more about Ashtanga, anatomy, movement and the mental benefits of yoga. I’ve trained with leading yoga, anatomy, and philosophy teachers including David William, David Robinson, Taylor Hunt, Tymi Howard Bender, and Kino MacGregor.
For me Yoga is about the balance between strength and flexibility, exertion, and release. My classes combine both strength and mobility work in an Ashtanga Vinyasa style. Expect to move, sweat, and breathe. I am a dynamic and also very compassionate teacher with a true regard for my students’ healing. I love to encourage self-empowerment and self–awareness in them.
I hope to meet you on the mat soon!
Mechelle grew up in London, England. She made her way to the United States with her mum and younger brother, when she was 12. Always involved in a sport of some sort, Mechelle loved to move. Her official movement studies began at the University of Houston, in Texas. Intrigued by the power of movement, she switched her major from biochemistry to dance, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts. From Texas, to Arizona, and then, the Bay Area, Mechelle has performed and choreographed, while concurrently working as a paralegal.
Mechelle moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 2016, and is currently a moving artist with glo. Her love of yoga began that same year, when she became part of the CorePower Yoga community as a studio experience team member. She completed her 200-hour RYT in 2017, and has been exploring yoga ever since. She shares her love of movement with her daughter. Their curiosity has led them to teaching family yoga classes, kids’ movement classes and parties.
When Mechelle is not teaching, she is enjoying life with her family. Sharing her passion for yoga, dance, reading, and film with her kiddo. Rarely can they be found still. Almost always together, and almost always moving.
Yoga is an integral part of my life. My practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully and to recognize that each moment is a gift.
In my classes, I love to combine creative sequencing and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. I seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga. My hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.
Olivia has been a student of yoga for almost 20 years. She has five teachers in and around the Atlanta area that she’s had a steady practice with over the last 11 years. In addition to practicing multiple types of flow, her practice has developed to include yin yoga, restorative yoga and a recent focus on pranayama/meditation. Olivia has attended multiple workshops, retreats, self-care circles and continues to look for educational opportunities that can enhance her practice. She has recently obtained her 200 hour YTT certification via Brett Larkin Yoga and is registered with the Yoga Alliance.
Hi. I’m Stacy, owner of Sunny Street Yoga. I’m a mom, partner, wellness advocate, yogi, and corporate warrior.
I’m a proud Pittsburgh native, and came to Atlanta in 2018 after having lived and worked in several states, most notably New Jersey and South Florida. I’ve spent the last 20+ years in strategic operations and consulting with large-scale corporations (hence the moving), and a few years ago decided to make a long-overdue left turn into wellness. I first earned certification as a functional medicine health coach, (FMCHC) and began my coaching business prior to becoming a yoga teacher. I now find that the two fields are intimately connected, and enjoy supporting my clients’ mind-body-spirit wellness as both a yoga teacher and wellbeing coach.
I’ve been a yogi for almost 25 years, and find my practice to be key to my personal wellbeing. I earned my RYT-200 teacher certification with the simply wonderful Asheville Yoga Center, and am currently elbow-deep in my 500-hour advanced training, also with AYC. In addition to my yoga and coaching credentials, I’m also a certified MBSR practitioner and trauma-informed yoga teacher, and employ those tenets in my classes as well.
I believe in the integrated activity of all areas of the self, movement connected to breath, individualized approaches to practice, self-exploration, and the power of laughter. I love a good playlist and a corny joke, and you’ll see me employ both of those vehicles in class. Finally, I want more than anything with Sunny Street to enrich the day and the lives of everyone who walks through its doors, in person or virtually.
The amazing faculty and I would love to see you at Sunny Street Yoga and get to know you better. Feel free to explore the site to learn more about us, our classes and our culture.
Stephanie is a travel junkie, health nut, foodie, and lover of family, and life. She believes that yoga should be accessible to all, and strives to create a positive supportive environment for a true mind-body connection.
Her path to yoga began after taking her first class at a local gym in Baton Rouge, Louisiana over 20 years ago. It was not until she moved to Alpharetta, Georgia, in 2009 that she revisited the practice by taking a few classes a month at a local gym. In 2014, she found Lift Yoga studio where she was able to learn from amazing instructors, deepen her practice, and find her true passion for yoga on and off her mat.
After a minor back surgery in 2015, she struggled to find her balance and flexibility, and found it difficult to touch her toes. In Yoga, she found strength, and peace every time she stepped onto her mat, and learned that all things take time, consistency, and love.
Life experiences, and completing her 200hrs at Lift Studio with Kim Saunders has allowed Stephanie to follow her childhood passion, and dream of helping others. She feels that coordinating the movement with the breath during each asana, encourages acceptance and flexibility, not only in the body, but also in the mind.
Fun fact: Until moving in with her husband seven years ago, Stephanie moved every two years into a new house, apartment, city, or state. She truly has a gypsy soul, but has found a way to keep herself grounded. Since she was 10, she has kept a box full of old journals, letters, cards, mementos, and photographs. This box has always moved with her. The box has grown larger overtime, but these things are always kept close her heart, and soul.
I received my RYT-200 training at Asheville Yoga Center under the direction of Stephanie Keach. Yoga helps me maintain some sense of balance and centeredness in the chaos of what modern day life looks like – health, home, job, family, laundry… the list goes on! I love sharing yoga with others who have the same goals of finding space and grace to move through life a little more calmly and clearly. Yoga is an incredible way to bring ourselves back into our bodies and to cultivate gratitude and compassion for ourselves so that we can begin to extend that gratitude and compassion to others around us. I look forward to sharing what I have learned through my yoga journey, and I hope to continuing learning with and from those who practice with me how to face the world with more ease and grace.