A Beautiful Yoga Studio for the Full Yoga Experience...
Elizabeth Dorsey, ERYT-500, Owner, Instructor & Founder at Barefoot Lizard Yoga
As an experienced yoga teacher, Elizabeth brings her whole heart, an ever-evolving education, and a firm belief that the spirit knows how to heal itself, provided we can become still enough to listen to it.
Registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT500, Elizabeth has been a full-time yoga instructor for more than 12 years, accruing well over 10,000 teaching hours along her way. Her initial 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification was achieved under the guidance Graham Fowler at Peachtree Yoga Center in Sandy Springs, Georgia, where she studied Asana (physical postures), Pranayama (breathing & energy techniques), Practical & Subtle Anatomy. Elizabeth continued her studies with Graham Fowler and Elizabeth Nix, receiving advanced certifications in Holistic & Therapeutic Applications of Yogic Arts and Antaranga Meditation. Elizabeth's other certifications include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and The Mind Body Connection.
Prior to opening Barefoot Lizard Yoga Studio, Elizabeth traveled the roads bringing yoga to all kinds of folks in all kinds of places. On any given day, she could be found unloading her yoga mats, blankets, and boombox in order to pop-up a yoga class in a hotel lobby, a parking lot, a library, a church basement, a community center, or a neighborhood clubhouse. After logging more than 150,000 "yoga miles" on her beloved Prius, Elizabeth listened to her heart (and her family) and decided it was time to settle down. Her car still smells like lavender oil.
The wife of a retired Marine/combat veteran, Elizabeth is a trained provider of therapeutic yoga for combat veterans with PTSD symptoms. She has worked closely with wounded warriors and their families at the Roosevelt Rehabilitation Center, Warm Springs, Georgia.
Dedicated to her own meditation and asana practice, Elizabeth has a deep love and commitment to preserving the earth's natural beauty and wildlife.
She has five children, two dogs, one rooster, four hens, one cat, and the big dream of one day making a solo pilgrimage on the Appalachian Trail. Elizabeth currently resides at the end of a long dirt road in Newnan, Georgia.
Christin Cifaldi, RYT-200, Yoga Instructor
Christin has been practicing yoga for over 18 years, since she was old enough to drive herself to her local YMCA. She completed her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance (RYT 200®) teacher training at Soul Space Yoga and Wellness in Southington, Connecticut, and recently moved south to Georgia for work and weather. When she’s not teaching yoga, Christin enjoys CrossFit, gardening and reading.
Carole Schmitt, RYT-200, Yoga Instructor
Carole believes life is better with yoga and chocolate. She credits yoga with helping her navigate through breast cancer four years ago. She realized how things she learned “on the mat" gave her the tools to deal with life “off the mat.” Yoga has taught Carole to be more in the moment, breathe through the tough times, and recognize her inner strength.
Carole graduated from the Breathe for Change 200-Hour Wellness and Yoga Teacher Training in Madison, WI (Summer 2018). She first started practicing yoga with Elizabeth when Barefoot Lizard Yoga opened in 2013.
Carole is originally from Wisconsin but has lived in Georgia for many years. She is married, has 2 adult daughters and 2 rescue dogs. She works as a school based occupational therapist when not practicing yoga, and hopes to bring mindful movement to more educators and students.
Carole brings a playful and creative style to her yoga classes. She hopes to empower others to practice “well-being” and “self-love” in their lives, relationships and communities.
Misty Caples, RYT-200, Yoga Instructor
“The study of asana is not about mastering posture. It’s about using posture to understand and transform yourself.” B.K.S Iyengar
“Yoga is so much more than just the poses. It goes beyond the physical and more deeper into the mind and body. This is what yoga is for me. I started practicing yoga a little over 6 years ago during a time in my life when I didn’t really know who I was and was very overwhelmed with changes in my life. As an avid runner, I decided to try yoga as another physical alternative, but yoga grew to be more than just a physical practice for me. It became a transformation and has become my everyday life. It allowed me to get to know myself again and to really look within myself and explore what I wanted out of life and how I wanted to live my life Yoga has been my saving grace, and I want to share this passion and love with others. I completed my 200 hour training with the Diosa Wellness School of Yoga and Ayurveda in October 2018. Yoga is a constant learning and growing journey. We are always students, constantly learning more about ourselves, others, and the world around us. I am so passionate about yoga and want to share, not only the physical aspects of yoga, but the idea and ways of living a yogi life.”
“I am originally from Pennsylvania, but moved to Fort Mill, SC in 2004 where I resided with my husband, my son, and my daughter for 14 years before recently moving to Peachtree City, GA. due to my husband’s career. I love being active which includes running, strength training, and of course, YOGA! I have two children, a daughter who is 18 and a son who is 22. I also have two fur babies, a dog named Sophie and a cat named Nugget. I’ve been married to my wonderful, supportive husband for 25 years in March 2019.”
Charlotte Vititoe, RYT-200, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master
"I have been practicing yoga several times a week for more than ten years. I completed my 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification at Peachtree Yoga Center in Sandy Springs, under Graham Fowler and Ilona Moore.
"After shattering my leg and relearning how to walk again, yoga gave me back my balance, my stability, and my strength. With continued practice, came a wonderful calmness of mind that I carry with me off the mat.
"On the mat, you meet yourself right where you are, that day. And each asana hold strength and surrender.
"Feel the strength. Find the surrender. Breathe in that knowledge. Accept yourself. And grow to love your own uniqueness."
Joy Baumgarten, RYT-500, Yoga Instructor, Lifelong Student
After being born in South Africa, raised in South America, educated in Europe, and extensive time in Asia, Joy brings a deep acceptance and understanding of different cultures, people, and opinions.
She started practicing Asthanga and Power Yoga in 2002, but in recent years has grown to appreciate the gentler forms of yoga, including pranayama and meditation. As a lifelong student her own practice is very important to her and she regularly participates in yoga and meditation conferences and retreats in the US and abroad.
Joy is a Yoga Alliance certified RYT500 yoga teacher and got her certification at Peachtree Yoga with Graham Fowler. She describes her teaching style as alignment based flow, focusing on linking breath to movement and on bringing awareness into the current moment. With her background in Psychology she not only sees yoga as bringing healing to the body but also to the mind by learning how to be kind to yourself, accepting where you are at any given moment and observing whatever comes up.
Stella Nagel, RYT-200, Yoga Instructor, Astrologist
"After seeing the positive influence of yoga in my life - and my daughter's life - I attended yoga teacher training (RYT200) at Full Circle Yoga School in Cocoa Beach, Forida. I hope to continue to study and expand my knowlege of this life-changing practice of Yoga every day for the rest of my life, and use this to help others."
Stella lives in Sharpsburg with her husband, children and pet cats, dogs, chickens, and frogs. When not doing Yoga, Stella enjoys reading, playing fiddle for her band, hiking, studying astrology, traveling and a good night at home playing a board game with her family.