Where are you based?
I am based in Atlanta, Georgia, but work and teach all over the greater Atlanta area.
Do you have a home studio that you teach at?
Yes! You can find me teaching Power Hour Monday evenings 5:45 at Active Sol Yoga. If Power yoga isn't necessarily your jam you can meet me on the mat Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for Flow & Let Go or Saturday evenings at 4 for Yin at Active Sol Yoga. If you're still feeling a little iffy about yoga you can meet me on the Megaformer weekdays at Reformed by Lagree I also sub several classes around the city. To find out more, check my schedule page.
How can I sign up for your classes?
The easiest way to sign up for one of my classes is to download the MINDBODY app on your mobile device. Just choose the studio and class and you can book and pay all at once.
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What should I bring to a Lagree Fitness class?
- A positive, ready to work hard attitude. (I know you will feel this way the second you walk through the studio)
- Grip Socks are required for class. Don’t worry if you forget them, they are available at the front desk available for purchase. They aid in safety and sanitation.
- Hydration is key to optimal health, so I encourage you bring a water bottle which can also be filled at one of the water dispensers.
- Clothing that allows your body to move comfortably and your skin to breathe.
What's the difference between a Megaformer™ workout and a traditional pilates class?
Megaformer™ classes are typically much more intense than the average pilates class. While the Megaformer™ and reformer are similar machines, and Sebastian Lagree did use the reformer to garner inspiration for his own machine, Lagree Fitness™ is an exercise all in its own. We are not pilates and we take pride in our high intensity interval interpretation of the Lagree Method. You will burn, you will shake, you will sweat (A LOT), but you WILL see results.
What is your cancellation policy?
Sessions require a 6 hour cancellation notice. Please note that if you sign up in advance and fail to come and do not inform me of your cancellation at least 6 hours before the session starts you will be considered a no show. Sessions cancelled within the 6 hour window can be returned for use at a later date. If a session is cancelled outside of the 6 hour window, you will lose that session credit.
What is your diet like?
I do my best to live an ethical vegan lifestyle, meaning I don't consume any animal products. I simply believe it is best for my body, and more sustainable for the environment. I don't count macros, and I don't obsess about every little calorie. I think eating primarily-plant based can benefit everyone. However, diet is very unique to the individual. The most important thing is to eat real, healthy foods that make you feel good and give you energy.
How do you exercise?
I do HIIT (high intensity interval training) three times a week, practice yoga daily, and lift weights twice a week. This works for me, but everyone has different fitness goals and needs. I recommend consulting with an experienced personal trainer to find out what would be best for you.
Were you ever a dancer or gymnast?
Nope. I was a cheerleader in school, but nothing other than that. I'm actually a terrible dancer.
How can I burn fat?
Exercise and healthy eating. It's as simple and as complex as that. Most people want a quick fix, but that's the most sustainable way to get lasting results. Continuously staying active throughout the day can help combat metabolic syndrome and the ill-effects of an overely sedentary lifestyle. Aim to take at least 10,000 steps a day, exercise for at least 30 minutes 4-5 days a week, and a small caloric deficit (think 250-500) calories. A caloric deficit is when you consume less calories than you burn. Everyone has different metabolic needs based on body type and lifestyle. I suggest consulting with a nutritionist or fitness nutrition specialist to find out a diet that works for you.
I'm pregnant, can I still attend one of your classes?
Please first consult a physician or doctor to make sure you are cleared for physical activity. Once you have been determined fit for exercise feel free to contact me so we can create a customized plan for you during and after pregnancy.
How long have you been practicing yoga?
My first experience with yoga was in 2014 after being introduced to it by the guy I was dating. I practiced sporadically with him, but it wasn't until 2015 that I really committed to a daily practice. You can read more about my yoga journey here
What kind of yoga do you practice?
I practice mostly Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Power. I love a faster paced flow class, but I also like to switch it up by taking a good restorative or yin class. There are so many styles of hatha yoga, none better than the other, just different. Every style has something beautiful to offer.
How often do you practice yoga?
I practice anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours a day, depending on my schedule and what I'm doing. A big portion of that is spent on pranayama and meditation practice. I try to attend group classes at least 3 days a week.
Where do you practice yoga?
Because of the amount I work and travel cultivating a home practice has become essential to my growth as a student and teacher. Rolling out my mat and flowing for even just 30 minutes a day has allowed me to reduce stress, relieve tension in the body and remain grounded in my life. I love attending workshops and events all over the city though. Some of my favorite studios include Tough Love Yoga, Vista Yoga, Highland Yoga, and of course my studio Active Sol
How can I start yoga?
If you're referring to a physical (asana) practice, then I think that a group class with an experienced instructor leading is one of the best ways to start. See what your local studio offers and try a class that appeals to you. If you're looking to relax and release, a restorative or yin class could be what you need. If you want something a little more amped up, a vinyasa or power flow class is probably more your speed. And if it doesn't resonate at first, stick with it! Try different styles, there's something for everyone. And don't worry about doing the poses "perfectly", the mat only asks that you show up! Yoga is about getting out of your head, breathing, and existing in the space around you. You'll eventually figure it out.
If group classes aren't something you're quite comfortable with yet, Alo Moves has some amazing plans you can do in the privacy of your own home. I love following along with Patrick Beach, Elvis Garcia, Carling Harps, Koya Webb, and Jessamyn Stanley. Jessamyn has a great Beginner Yoga for Everybody plan that will introduce you to the shapes and movement of the yoga practice while fostering a safe and empowering atmosphere. She even has a book: Every Body Yoga. I highly recommend you check her out!
How can I become more flexible?
Flexibility comes over time. A good bit of our initial flexibility comes from genetics and background, so while those splits and cartwheels you did (or didn't do) when you were 6 may not seem important, they totally come into play. When I want to work on my flexibility I'll practice yin yoga with one of my instructors. In my home practice I make sure to warm up the spine and body before taking myself into whatever asana I'm working on. I'll then work into my posture and hold for 2-5 minutes (if you're newer you can just start with 5 breaths). But as with anything, perseverence and dedication makes anything more accessible. If you practice consistantly, you'll see progress.
How long have you been a photographer?
I got into photography at a super young age. I took my first photography class when I was 12 years old. In high school I interned for a wedding photographer, and when I was 18 my partner bought me my first DSLR camera. After his death I moved back to Georgia to study photography at the Creative Circus.
What kind of photography do you specialize in?
When I was in school we studied a little bit of everything, so I've got knowledge in several different styles of photography. However I enjoy doing food and product photography the most.
Who takes your yoga photos?
Unless otherwise specified, I do all my own yoga photography using my camera, tripod and remote.
What gear do you use?
I shoot with the Nikon D500. I switch it up between lenses, but my favorites are the Sigma 24-105mm, the Nikon 16-80mm and my Nikon 35mm.
Why do all your Instagram captions start with 'once upon a time'?
I wish I could say this was a totally original idea, but it wasn't. In a now defunct instagram account, director and advertising photographer Mike Mellia would begin his captions with 'That time when' and I thought that was just the most brilliant idea! I ran away with 'once upon a time' and the rest is history.
Can you take pictures for me?
Yep, I sure can! I do all types of photography for clients including portraits, headshots, events (no weddings) and even yoga photos. If you'd like to schedule a photo session with me, feel free to reach out by clicking the button below.