Our Teachers

 

Rutu Chaudhari - CPYT 2,000

Rutu Chaudhari has been teaching yoga since 2004. She began her yoga studies in 1999, received her first teaching certification in 2003, and now holds a 2,000-hour certification in Purna Yoga. In 2006, Rutu met her current teachers and the founders of the Purna Yoga tradition, Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri.

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Along with her extensive certification and teaching experience, Rutu has many additional hours of training in yoga therapeutics and meditation. Rutu assists teacher trainings, yoga workshops, and conferences, and is currently assisting Aadil Palkhivala in the 500-Hour Purna Yoga Teacher Training in North Carolina.

Rutu offers an extensive knowledge of alignment and anatomy, meditation, practical application of yogic philosophy, and nutrition and lifestyle guidance from Ayurveda, Chinese, and Western traditions. For over thirteen years, she has supported students in creating healthier habits and sustainable self-care regimens.

Rutu is the Director of the Atlanta College of Purna Yoga, as well as the owner of a thriving yoga studio in Atlanta called All Life is Yoga. Rutu is also the Executive Director of The Dharma Project, whose mission is to bring self-care practices to public servants and the communities they serve. She is currently participating in the Civic Innovation Fellowship, awarded by Center for Civic Innovation, to receive mentorship and leadership training for The Dharma Project.

Through discipline and immense love for the Purna technique, Rutu has become a valuable example of how to sincerely “live your yoga.” Her radiance and light shine clearly from the inside out.

Rutu holds a BA in English Literature from Georgia State University. Her other interests include writing, music, acting, vegetarian cooking, renovating her house, and escaping to the woods.
 
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NARIN HASSAN - RYT 200

Narin Hassan has been practicing yoga for over twenty years and teaching since 2004. Initially, Narin’s practice and training encompassed a range of styles, including Iyengar, Kripalu, and Vinyasa; for the past five years she has focused her teaching in the Purna yoga tradition and extends her study through workshops and trainings with Aadil Palkhivala and Rutu Chaudhari. 

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Narin’s classes focus upon posture and alignment detail, careful sequencing, and therapeutic, supportive postures while combining a sense of fluid breath and movement. In all her classes she tries to create a balance between poses that are challenging and restorative, and builds a nurturing and calming environment that can both rejuvenate and energize students. She emphasizes the role of yoga as a complete holistic method that includes the study of nutrition, meditation, and pranayama.

Narin incorporates her practice and teaching of yoga with a career as a college professor. She teaches literary and cultural studies at Georgia Tech, and one of her current research projects involves researching the cultural and historical roots of yoga in its migration to the West. She is also working on a collaborative project (which includes organizing an academic symposium and edited book project) on gender, yoga, and social justice.
 
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DIANA MARCELLA - RYT 200 

Diana Marcela is Studio Manager and teacher at All Life is Yoga. She completed her 200 hour Purna Yoga teacher training with Rutu Chaudhari in June 2014. She continues to fine tune and strengthen the art of teaching Purna Yoga by apprenticing and studying with Rutu Chaudhari.

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Diana discovered yoga as a teenager in the 90’s. She began with an at home practice through Books and Video. Diana explored many avenues of movement ranging from Running, Step Aerobics, Dance, Kick Boxing, Pilates, and Kettle Bell all the while exploring yoga classes in Miami, New York, and Atlanta in search of Authentic Yoga and a Teacher that would touch her spirit.

In late November of 2013 she found just that in Atlanta, Georgia at All Life is Yoga .She made it her 2014 New Year resolution to deepen, commit and surrender once and for all to Yoga and the journey of self improvement in a way that she has never experienced before.

Diana brings a gentle energy to class. She enjoys offering students a moment to be silent, kind and nourishing to themselves. Diana say’s “Yoga gives me a sense of home. It has been a connection to stability and truth right from the start. I wish for everyone to discover the many gifts yoga brings."

Outside of Yoga Diana enjoys life with her family, Spending as much time as possible around water especially the beach. She always has a home project in the works. She loves everything that improves your home, your health and happiness.
 
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ASHLEY ERWIN - RYT 200

Beginning her yoga practice in 2001, Ashley attended various studios in the Atlanta area before finding Rutu's first studio in Cabbagetown. Since then, she has been a student of ALIY, completing her 200-hour training in May 2015.

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Ashley is from New Orleans but has lived in Georgia since 1997. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in International Business in 2001, and then moved to Atlanta to complete her Masters of Professional Accountancy at Georgia State University.

Ashley is now a new full time mother, part time certified public accountant and a new part time yoga instructor. She enjoys reading, meditation and yoga, listening to music and taking long walks and runs with her daughter Sally in the stroller and her dog Toni Collette by her side.
 
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Sarah Corbett - RYT 200

Sarah began practicing yoga in 2009 to gain awareness of her physical body, cultivate strength, and explore her spirituality. She taught herself and took classes around Atlanta and at Georgia State University where she met Ron Young of the Purna Yoga Tradition. Shortly thereafter Sarah began studying at All Life is Yoga and completed her 200-Hour Teacher Training in December 2016.

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Sarah grew up in the Atlanta area and has always been interested in the healing arts. She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology at Georgia State University in May 2016 and is pursuing further education in nutrition, herbal medicine, and yoga.

She brings a grounded and loving energy to her classes and works to facilitate her students towards deeper awareness of themselves. Sarah enjoys teaching a combination of invigorating and restorative postures while sharing Purna Yoga philosophy in her classes. Outside of yoga, Sarah is a freelance Digital Marketing Strategist + Graphic Designer who designed and maintains ALIY's website and digital presence and works with other brands around Atlanta.
I’ve been practicing yoga for only 1 1/2 years. I was lucky enough to have been referred to All Life Is Yoga after only two months of practice, and feel very fortunate. I have visited other studios both local and in other cities but I don’t feel I get the quality of instruction anywhere else. Knowing nothing about yoga before my first class, I’ve learned that complete yoga combines mind, body, and spirit; and is not just a series of poses for the purpose of a physical workout.

Each session is different than the one before, but always including the fundamentals. The instructors are knowledgeable and able to help correct or improve your poses to help get the full benefit of your practice. All Life Is Yoga has become a necessary part of my life and I’m grateful for it.
— Rusty Pyrda