calendar list of events and workshops:

January 3             Kid's Yoga! Jan 3, 10, 24, 31

February 11          Yoga Tools for Schools

February 18          Introduction to Yoga

February 21          Kid's Yoga!  Feb 21, 28, March 7, 14

March 30              Open House

April 1/2                 It's Yoga! Studio Teacher Training Institute Program first weekend

May 2                     Kid's Yoga!  May 2, 9, 16, 23

May 6/7                 Yoga Nidra Meditation Experience

June 24/25           Anatomy: Understanding Body and Breath

July 22/23            Anatomy: Understanding Bones and Movement

August 19/20       Anatomy: Understanding Muscles and Nervous System

August  26          Introduction to Yoga

August  26           Chakras: An Internal Map to Health

Sept 16/17             Ayurveda & Nutrition

Sept 22-24          Yoga Retreat to Ojo Caliente Natural Minerals Spa, New Mexico

Sept 30-Oct 1      GoKhale Methods Foundation Course

December 16       Introduction to Yoga



TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 10, 24, 31  (4 WEEK CLASS)


TUESDAY, MAY 2, 9, 16, 23  (4 WEEK CLASS)  



AGES 4- 8 CLASSES: 4PM - 445PM, $40.
AGES 9 AND UP: 5PM - 6PM, $48. 
CALL 864 354 2882.

Yoga helps to build and develop healthy habits of wellness and happiness, integrating physical, mental and emotional development toward a stronger self-esteem and self-respect. In this series of classes, your child will experience play and focus and introduces cornerstone values such as non-harming, truthfulness, moderation, cleanliness, gratitude, and self-discipline.  These are six key areas where kids benefit from the practice of yoga and each of them improves their overall well-being.

Skills and activities covered:

  • Simple breathing techniques to slow down the nervous system, develop self-control and connect kids with their feelings.
  • Yoga poses to release energy, learn compassion and develop strength, concentration and self-confidence.
  • Games that develop patience, mindfulness, compassion, leadership and other social/emotional skills.
  • Relaxation techniques and storytelling to calm the body and mind, integrating physical, emotional and cognitive experiences.

Jackie Knafelc, M.ED., Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, and Adelphi University, Long Island, NY.  For over 15 years, Jackie has taught at the elementary level with Greenville School District and at the middle school level in Spartanburg District 5.  As a certified Angel Bear Yoga Instructor and children's yoga teacher with It's Yoga! Studio for over 5 years, Jackie has a true love and a unique gift with children, using yoga to offer greater health, self-confidence and a stronger well-being to her students.




1:00 - 3:00PM  $35  PLEASE PRE-REGISTER


These workshops are perfect for educators, therapists, counselors, and paraprofessionals interested in learning how to easily incorporate the many benefits of yoga into their classroom or practice!

In this workshop, learn how to empower yourself as educators to create a culture of care, compassion and cooperation.  With our methods you will help children to enhance self-esteem, and cultivate moments for reflection, self-awareness, time for calm and space for expressing and experiencing how they feel.

You will learn:

  • Variety of sensory-based yoga poses, breath techniques, games and other self-regulation tools to use with students.
  • How to apply simple, effective yoga techniques into the classroom setting for optimal learning.
  • Quick, easy yoga routines and movement breaks to incorporate throughout the school day.
  • Benefits of yoga, including how to improve behavior, mood, focus and attention, test taking, social skills and more.

Amy M. Starkey, COTA/L, with over 16 years of  pediatric occupational therapy, certified children's yoga instructor, and author/illustrator of the children's book, "The Little Girl Who Lost Her NO".  As a facilitator, Amy is well versed in yoga for special needs and sensory processing challenges of children .



Learn the Benefits of Traditional vs Modern Yoga At Our Open House

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm  120 Halton Road, Suite 1


  • New Classes Designed for Beginners and New Students
  • Meet Our Experienced Staff of Instructors
  • Incredible One-Day OPEN HOUSE Deals! You Must Sign Up on March 30th
  •  Door Prizes, Wine, and Appetizers





Do you have a desire to learn more about yoga?  Not sure if you want to become a teacher?  Whether you have never been on a yoga mat or have been practicing for awhile, attending our program is inspiring, empowering and very rewarding for your life journey.  The yoga education you receive with us will deepen your personal practice as you embody the teachings of yoga.

  • 12 Month training or audit any of the individual weekend modules.

  • Applications being accepted for 2017-2018.

  • Scholarship/Internship Award Program available.

Join us for a transformational experience!

  • Deepen your understanding of Yoga.  Study in-depth the ancient Astanga (eight-limbs) system of yoga.
  • Encounter the calming and vibrant healing energy of yoga poses and deep breathing.
  • Understand meditation and Yoga Nidra.
  • Increase your health and well-being.
  • Better your immune system through Ayurveda nutrition.
  • Learn relaxation and stress reducing techniques.
  • Be able to teach a beginner level yoga class.  

    You will learn:

  • Asanas/Poses and Pranayama/Breath.

  • History and Philosophy of Yoga.

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body.

  • Ayurveda and the Science of Nutrition.

  • Chakras and the Energy of the Body.

  • Meditation and Yoga Nidra.

    Our program is in compliance with the National Yoga Alliance standards of 200 hours and you will receive a certificate for completing all modules.

    Our weekend sessions consist of 12 modules, once per month on Saturday and Sunday.

    Call 864-354-2882 for further information.  










BOTH DAYS 9AM-4:30PM  $150


Let go of the past.  Free yourself of worries about the present and frustrations about the future.  Picture a life of relaxed acceptance and fulfillment.  Eliminate unconscious obstructions that prevent you from living your life to the fullest.

Yoga Nidra is a dynamic state of relaxation.  In this two-day workshop with Michelle McAlpin you will experience alert awareness through deep relaxation, restore your inherent balance and rejuvenate the physical body.  We will provide you with powerful tools and practices to eliminate stress, fears and self destructive habits, allowing you to keep calm and balanced in the face of life’s challenges. 

Yoga Nidra is simple and enjoyable to practice.  If you can breathe and either sit or lie comfortably for 30-35 minutes, you can practice Yoga Nidra!

Saturday, 9a.m. to 12noon:  Yoga Nidra and Moving into the Body.  Learn how Yoga Nidra reduces stress in our lives. Our major obstacle to inner peace is stress.  We will learn the structure of Yoga Nidra and then move into a practice of gentle yoga and Yoga Nidra.

Saturday, 1:30p.m. to 4:30p.m.  Learning to Offer Ourselves Compassion: the Basics.  We begin the process of making friends with the body and inviting all that it has stored over the years to come to the surface and be welcomed.  We use Yoga Nidra to learn to greet all parts of ourselves with acceptance and with love.

Sunday, 9a.m. to 12noon:  What are we storing?  How does it affect our behavior?  Now that we have a better friendship with ourselves we can look at what thoughts and feelings we are using, how they affect us and how we lessen their effect.  Using Yoga Nidra we uncover how to view ourselves in a compassionate, loving manner.

Sunday, 1:30p.m. to 4:30p.m.  Stay with your Inner Peace.  Fear drives peace away.  Joy invites it in to stay. How do we appreciate our joyful moments and learn to take them into ourselves so they are always with us?  The experience of Yoga Nidra helps us to learn love and acceptance.  From this base of inner peace arises our ability to be a light to others.  From this base, we better accept and love others. 

Michelle McAlpin, MA, PhD, Contemplative Psychotherapy, Economics, and Indian Studies from University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Rhode Island and Naropa University.  As a full professor she taught in economics, program development and grants.  In private practice, Michelle was a psychotherapist, and certified in iRest® yoga nidra and Amrit Method® yoga nidra.  She uses her training as a Gendai Reiki Shihan to facilitate her meditation and mindfulness practice and workshops.



JUNE 24/25, JULY 22/23, AUGUST 19/20


9:30AM-12:30PM & 1:30-4:30PM

Yoga Alliance CEU: Total 22 hours Anatomy & Physiology
Session per Weekend $195, Per Day $99  (You do not have to know anatomy to take these sessions!  Great for yoga students, yoga instructors, bodywork and massage therapists, health care in gerontology, and those who want to know more about the body. )

If your goal is to create a healthy body that can sustainably practice yoga for the rest of your life, this basic understanding of human anatomy is important.  It allows you to practice safely while being confident that the poses you are doing benefit your body.  The knowledge you learn will help you immensely in your practice of yoga!

Using the descriptive tools of modern kinesiology, we learn to look past the surface of the body and to see Yoga poses as movements of the skeleton.  Emphasis is on identifying which joints are involved, determining ranges of motion and selecting alternatives.  Our bodies are complex, but a few anatomical principles, properly understood, make clear how a student performs a Yoga pose.  

Great for yoga students who want to know more about the body mechanics!

Instructor, Alex Luz is a professor at Spartanburg Community College.  His undergraduate studies include biology and pre-med and he continues his studies in osteopathic medicine.

Take 1 or all 3 Sessions!

Session I: Saturday/Sunday, June 24/25
Introduction to the Human Body, Cells, Tissues, and the Respiratory System

Session II: Saturday/Sunday, July 22/23
Skeletal System, Appendicular and Axial Divisions

Session III: Saturday/Sunday, August 19/20
Nervous System and Muscular System

These sessions are designed to provide you with knowledge about the body in yoga poses, including terminology used in the study of anatomy and physiology, an overview of cell structure and function, tissue types and distribution within the body.  A more detailed discussion will focus on the parts and functioning of the respiratory, skeletal, nervous and muscular systems of the human body.  Anatomical models will be used to help visualize body parts.





9:00 AM – 12:00 NOON  $39

with kristi ried barton & Yogi sharma

This workshop prepares the student with basic knowledge on Yoga breathing and poses to be able to attend any of our regular classes.  We focus on the fundamentals, including posture, alignment, movement, breath and relaxation.  After you learn the foundations of yoga with Kristi you will participate in our regular 11am Saturday class with Yogi.

You will learn a balanced sequence of yoga poses to stretch and strengthen the entire body.  We break down the basics of individual movements and teach yoga fundamentals, geared toward the beginner, but great for students with more experience looking to further develop basic postures.  It is our intention to get you moving so that you can feel the effect of the yoga pose, but provide extra instruction at a slightly slower pace to help you build your yoga foundation.



SATURDAY, AUGUST 26    1:00 PM – 3:00 PM  $39  

with kristi ried barton

Ready to give your mind, body and soul a total health overhaul?  Do you desire more confidence, creativity and joy in your life?

Imagine your entire being, from head to toe, experiencing a vast connection between your innermost self and all things.  The energy centers of the body known as Chakras are an energetic map of our human journey of personal development.  Through the understanding of the Chakras and the use of yoga techniques, our own life energy can be heightened to assist in releasing excess tension and physical blocks including anxiety, lethargy and poor digestion.  

With the practice of yoga postures specific for the Chakras you will experience greater mental and physical energy levels and aid in the resolution of life issues.  In this workshop you will learn yoga postures and controlled breath, known as pranayama, to cleanse, balance and open the Chakras in a sequence that builds more confidence, creativity and joy in your life, paving the way for that wonderful internal shift for which yoga is know.


Ayurveda: discover your inner balance

with kristi ried barton

saturday/sunday, september 16/17

10:15am - 5:30pm  $180

Ayurveda is our search for longevity, preservation and prevention.  Learn to listen to your inner wisdom.  Become aware of the signals the body gives.

As the science of life, Ayurveda has brought true health and wellness to millions of individuals throughout the ages with simple changes in daily living practices.  Incorporating just a few of these proven methods into your lifestyle can bring about radical changes in your life, restoring the balance and harmony of the individual, resulting in self-healing, sustained good health, a strong constitution and longevity.

In addition to exploring daily practices that support health and well-being, you will learn:

  • About the doshas and your unique constitution.
  • The Ayurvedic approach to nutrition and diet.
  • Discover nourishing and delicious Ayurvedic dishes.
  • Practical tools to creat more balance and harmony in your life.
  • The benefits of following nature's rhythms.
  • How to design an Ayurvedic health plan.
  • The role of asanas and pranayama in fostering health and well-being.
  • Discover an Ayurvedic approach to living well and reinvigorate your self-care routines.
  • Field trips: for lunch ($12-15) and to Indian grocery stores.

Recommendations:  Read "Ayurveda: A Life of Balance" by Maya Tiwari and bring book with you to the workshop.  Discover your primary and secondary doshas prior to attendance for further clarification. 

Kristi Ried Barton, E-RYT 500, Life Coach, Amrit Method Yoga Therapy Counselor, Natural Health Practitioner, Reiki III Master, and Director of It's Yoga! Studio.  She has been teaching yoga on a daily basis to students and clients in the Upstate for over 25 years.  Kristi combines the authenticity of yoga from Yoga Masters Amrit Desai, T.K.V. Desikachar and B.K.S. Iyengar as well as restorative and therapeutic.


Ojo Caliente yoga retreat

friday-sunday, september 22-24

Our Yoga Retreat at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa in New Mexico is the perfect way to unplug from familiar surroundings, busy schedules and daily responsibilities.  Join us September 22-24th.  

Back By Popular Demand! We have filled our spaces every year, so be sure to let us know early to save a place for you!

Ojo Caliente, located in the hills of New Mexico, offers an award-winning spa with 5 natural thermal pools to soak and relax body and mind.  From the deep red earth and cerulean blue sky to its lovingly preserved history and heritage, Ojo Caliente has been a source of healing for hundreds of years.  Relax and rejuvenate while improving mental focus, vitality and immunity as you reconnect with yourself through yoga, hiking, soaks in the thermal pools and informative talks with like-minded people.

Your weekend includes:

  • Morning Yoga and Meditation Sessions.
  • Saturday evening Ayurvedic meal.
  • Hiking in the plateaus of the Tewa Indians.
  • Cozy and inviting accommodations in 2 houses, equipped with a full kitchen for those who enjoy cooking.
  • Rejuvenating warmth as you relax in the natural thermal pools.

There will be plenty of time to explore the gift shops and take advantage of the varieties of massages at the spa. Our Friday evening meal we will eat as a group at the 3-Star Artesian Restaurant, with a variety of entrees to please everyone's palate.

Kristi Ried Barton, Director of It's Yoga! Studio, Yoga Master, E-RYT 500, Life Coach, Amrit Method Yoga Therapist, Natural Health Practitioner and Reiki III Certified, is your guide as she brings her vast wisdom of body, mind and spirit to yoga practice, hiking, retreat activities and everyday living.

FRIDAY (Flight to Albuquerque, NM.)

3:00 – Arrival. Meet at the Registration Desk.  Check in (houses  available by 3 p.m.)

4:30 – Welcome. Yoga and Retreat Session

6:30 – Dinner at the Artesian Restaurant

8:30 Meet at the Hot Pools


8:00 – Yoga (One Hour)

9:00 - Breakfast on your own

9:45 – Hike/Walk to the Tewa Indian Preserve 

12:30 to 4:30 – Free time – lunch, sleep, spa, soak, journal, personal session, read, walk, do nothing

Kristi will be giving personal ½ hour consultations.  If you are interested in taking your life plan to the next phase, whether it is food habits, physical potential, mental relief or life’s goals, let Kristi be your guide to moving forward.  30 minutes for $45.  A sign-up sheet will be available.

6:00 – Wine tasting at Adobe House

7:00 – Dinner at Adobe House

8:30 – Retreat Activity


8:00 –  Yoga (One Hour)

9:00 – Breakfast on your own 

10:00 – Closing Session

Check out - 11:30

Retreat Fee:  $599 includes accommodations, yoga and hiking, time in the thermal pools and a healthy Saturday evening Ayurvedic meal.  The Artesian Restaurant and Wine Bar serves a variety of delicious global cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Prior to arrival, we will stop at Whole Foods in Santa Fe for any food items you need for lunch and snacks you can prepare in our full sized, fully equipped kitchen in the houses.  

Thermal pools are open 9am-10pm.  Bathing suits required.  During open time, indulge in any of the other spa services, swim in the pool or relax in the hammocks.  Thai and regular massage, body wraps, Ayurveda facials and many others options available.  Kristi will also be available for personal sessions.  To view Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, visit

For flyers and more details, contact IT'S YOGA! STUDIO 864.354.2882.

Optional Trip to Santa Fe prior to Ojo Caliente Yoga Retreat.  If you are interested in going to Santa Fe, please call or email for details.

See you in Ojo!


Gokhale Method Foundations Course

September 30 - October 1

Saturday 130pm-7pm, Sunday 9am-230pm


What is the Gokhale Method? (Pronounced, “Go-Clay”)

The Gokhale Method is a system of healthy posture and movement to help restore your structural integrity, so you can live an active and pain-free life.  You will learn how to comfortably alter the way you stand, sit, and move, to heal from pain and return to a posture that builds strength and resilience, and minimizes compression, tension, and degeneration. We are marvelously designed beings, with an inherent grace and strength like every other creature on the planet. If we respect our natural design, we can function well for close to a century.

The Gokhale Method Foundations Course (GMF) is taught with gentle hands-on instruction, reinforced by theory, to return you to your primal posture. Effects are often immediate and last a lifetime.   

Course is listed to 8 students.  There are 6 lessons, 90 minutes in length with breaks between.  Please bring water bottle and snacks as needed.

Our Instructor, Lori Szalay has been teaching and empowering people as a certified group fitness instructor/trainer/coach for 20+ years in the Atlanta area.  She holds a bachelor degree in Mass Communications from the University of West Georgia.   As a fitness trainer Lori has worked with many people who suffer from chronic back, neck, shoulder, knee, foot and hip pain.  Through exercise many of her clients found relief but never got to the root of the problem; therefore, still suffered from their pain.  After discovering the Gokhale Method, Lori realized that implementing postural changes into your life can help eliminate pain and will lead to improvements to one’s overall state of being, both physically and mentally.

To Learn more:

To Register: