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Joe Palese has been a professional Yoga teacher for 24 years, completing his first training at the World Yoga Center in NYC in 1997. He then continued his studies with John Friend in the Spring of 1998 to the present. Along the way Joe has studied with Tias Little, Erich Schiffman, Judith Lasater and Amy Ippolliti. He has taught numerous trainings, national and international retreats and various workshops. As a professional musician and composer Joe has found a way to merge both disciplines into his approach as a teacher in the classroom and training facilitator.

Harrison Goodall is currently a medical student at Emory University. He has a background as a circus performer, dancer, choreographer and actor, which is how he discovered his love of yoga. He completed 300 hours of teaching training in Mysore, India, where he specialized in Ashtanga and vinyasa style yogas. He also completed an aerial yoga training in Thailand. He has taught across the globe from Singapore to Denmark integrating various styles into his personal practice and teaching. He also specializes in acroyoga and hand balances and is certified in various forms of Ayurvedic healing and massage.

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Charlie Lane is a medical student at Emory University.  As a former naval submarine officer, he grew to embrace his yoga practice as a way of staying grounded even while hundreds of leagues under the sea.  He completed his 200 hour teacher certification in 2013 – consisting of a blend of vinyasa flow, viniyoga, kriyas, and prana mantra infusion – while stationed in Saratoga Springs, NY.  He is now completing his CBCT (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) certification through the Emory Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics, and hoping to fuse the cognitive techniques for cultivating compassion with the embodied experiences of yoga.

Terri Leonard

C-IAYT = Certified Yoga Therapist (2016)

ERYT = Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (500 hour level)

Master of Arts (Medical Anthropology)

Terri has been serving adults and children with varied disabilities in clinics, hospitals, therapy centers, and privately using the practices of yoga for 17 years.  Yoga tools include breathwork, physical postures, meditation, and body awareness to help manage symptoms from anxiety, chronic pain, PTSD and other trauma, TBI, developmental disability, MS, and cancer.  Terri is certified in iRest@ Yoga Nidra, a formatted co-meditation practice that can be used with individuals and groups to bypass the intellect and connect more deeply to the self through guided inquiry.  A background in anthropology and public health informs Terri’s ability to translate the tools of yoga for varied populations.  She is the mother of two young adult daughters with developmental disabilities. 


Jody Goldfarb, MSW, MaEd, NBC-HWC

I am a Nationally Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach with training from Emory University. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University and a Masters of Education from Columbia Teachers’ College. I also hold a Nutrition Certificate from the E-Cornell. After a career in social work in NYC where I worked in such organizations as Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, St.Lukes Hospital and Interfaith Neighbors, I moved to Atlanta. I taught at local private schools and tutored while raising three currently teenaged daughters. During that time, I did also venture into more entrepreneurial waters to found Lunch for Learners to fill a gap that I saw in Atlanta’s school lunch programs. Meanwhile, I continued to support my husband and his busy career as an Emory physician. My experience in the fields of entrepreneurship, education, nonprofits, and corporations has given me valuable insights into the dynamics of career and family life that can often overwhelm us. Nothing has taught me more about the challenge of finding a productive way forward than confronting these very issues in my own life experiences as a teacher, counselor, wife and mother. I understand how the pursuit of a productive career and a healthy family can be a challenge of conflicting priorities. I work with my clients to identify their goals and provide coaching and accountability to reach them. Intention. Action. Results.

Amelia Riser

An Oklahoma native, Amelia headed down south to complete her BFA in Dance Performance at The University of Georgia where she first started practicing yoga. After spending some time creating, performing, and exploring internationally, she found home in Atlanta. Originally thinking of yoga as a way to stay fit during performance off-season, she quickly realized there was so much more to this practice. In 2014, Amelia completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification in Pranakriya Yoga under the instruction and guidance of Yoganand Michael Carroll and Marlysa Sullivan. She has also completed Yin Yoga training with Douglas Johnson, and Trauma Informed yoga training with Holle Black. Amelia aims to share with her students the many ways that yoga has helped awaken and connect her; body, mind, and spirit. Drawing from her knowledge of the body from 25+ years of studying dance, Amelia’s classes focus on alignment and introspection in a creative and playful way. Since 2017, Amelia has worked with local non-profit Centering Youth as a trauma informed yoga instructor, sharing practice with incarcerated youth through the Department of Juvenile Justice. In addition to teaching yoga, Amelia is a professional contemporary dancer creating solo works and performing with Atlanta based company Staibdance. Amelia hopes to continue bringing movement, yoga, and mindfulness to those who need it most. 

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