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4358 A Southside Dr. Acworth, GA 30101
(770) 975-8228

Meet Our Instructors

The studio was established in Marietta, GA, by Lisa Browning in 1999. With over 40 years of combined experience in the health and fitness industry, the focus of the studio is to learn and share the study of movement.  The Pilates system, many types of Yoga, and Tai Chi form the basis for the classes, private and therapy sessions.   Lisa, along with all of the instructors, continue forward thinking approaches to physical change, injury prevention and balance through a mind/body centered system.  The staff stays sharp with continuing education courses and associations with professionals and master teachers in these fields.

Lisa Browning

With a background begun in college, Lisa has been studying the body, and movement for over 30 years.  Competing in  triathlons and running brought her to massage therapy.   As a massage therapist, while helping other athletes, she always looked for ways to understand and help the body accomplish physical goals, create and maintain wellness.  After those first 10+ years, running one of the first Sports Massage clinics in the Atlanta area, she found that understanding movement as well as physical training she would be even more equipped to assist people in their health and fitness goals.   She was trained by Romana Kryzanowska, a student of Joseph Pilates, at her center in NYC.  She then began studying yoga in 1999, and became a certified personal trainer through the National Association of Sports Medicine in 2004.    In 2008 Lisa took the 200 hr. Yoga Teacher Training course at Etowah Valley Yoga, and following it directly with  a 500 hr. program, and is now a 500 hr.-E (experienced) Yoga Alliance recognized instructor.  While yoga is integral to her lifestyle; Lisa finds joy in trail running and competing and playing at SUP (stand up paddle boarding).  Whether you take her yoga class, Core Functional Training, or are trained personally by Lisa, there will be a strong focus on working on your weaknesses, following a mind, body, and spirit approach and “play”; with a goal to always move like you were a kid again.

*appts. with Lisa are not bookable on-line, please call the studio.


Jocelyn Simpson

Jocelyn has always been a fitness enthusiast, having taught just about everything from aerobics and strength training to aqua to cardio kickboxing, generally with an emphasis on weight loss, fitness, strength and toning.  She became drawn toward pilates and tai chi upon discovering that in addition to providing fitness benefits, these disciplines also offered great health and wellness benefits.  Jocelyn was trained in the full pilates repertoire at Core Bodyworks.  She later became acquainted with the work of Dr. Paul Lam (pictured with her), in his Tai Chi for Health organization.  She is now a senior trainer for Dr. Lam.  Jocelyn’s goal is to find what works for each individual to help them improve their health and fitness, making it enjoyable at the same time!  She holds certifications with AFAA, SCW, The Center for Women’s Fitness, the Arthritis Foundation and Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Institute.  She is also pre/postnatal certified.  Jocelyn is a member of the Tai Chi for Health Community, the International Yang Family Tai Chi Association and the Programs Committee of the Arthritis Foundation.

Kelly Crider

Kelly began studying yoga with a home practice over eight years ago.  After many years of treating people on her massage table, her beliefs led her to study the movements that led to some of the problems that she was seeing.  She was certified through Core Bodyworks in 2013, and is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a RYT 200 hr.  Kelly has a knack for being complete and intense in her teaching skills, breaking things down on a beginner level with exceptional grace.  This skill does not get in the way of her mischievous personality of joking and having fun in her classes.  She is an integral part of the staff at CBW, you can read her full bio on the massage therapy page.

Lauren Arnett

Yoga incorporates Lauren’s belief of taking care of the body.  Through a desire to improve her overall spiritual and physical health Lauren began her Yoga journey in 1998.  Over the past few years she has been able to devote more time to her practice and recently completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance teacher certification at Core Bodyworks.  Lauren is continuously growing in her knowledge of Yoga through conferences and workshops and applying what she learns in her personal practice and the classes that she teaches.  Lauren is also an active mother of 3 children from ages 5 to 12.

Ann Baker                                           

Ann Baker has been practicing yoga for 10 years.  As a very active individual, consistent practice not only balances off some of those physical stresses, but even helped her through knee surgery a few years ago.

Wishing to deepen her knowledge base, and yoga practice, Ann has completed two, 200 hour yoga teacher training programs; one with Aura Wellness Center, and one at Core Bodyworks in 2013.  She teaches at the studio often and once a week does a class for people at her church. 

Ann's background is deep in the Physical Education System, having been a physical education teacher for years.  She has a bachelors, and masters degree, and a specialist degree in physical education.  Ann has also acquired a Doctorate in Education, and has served as an assistant principal in Cobb and Cherokee County school systems.  Her experience in teaching is broad:  Georgia State University, Appalachian Technical College and University of Phoenix.  She also assisted in the CBW Yoga Teacher Training, and wrote the syllabus for the 2014 program.

Danny Smith

Danny began studying yoga toward the end of his 30 year army career when he began pursuing many and varied certifications in peronal physical training.  Senior fitness, Exercise Thrapy, Strength and Conditioning and Youth Fitness; along with Fitness nutrition were courses of study that he attained from ISSA in 2012.  He holds an associates degree from International Sports Sciences since 2013.

Along with teaching Yoga since graduating a 200 hr. Teacher Training program at CBW, and registering with the Yoga Alliance, he tries to work with as many individuals as possible to help them finmd their best experience with their physical body.  Danny understands the need to find blance in everyday life.  He takes his experience in the stressful life of a soldier and helps his clients find peace in the everyday rat race.  He recognizes every client is in a different place in their bodies, lives and hearts, and  looking for a healthier way of moving, thinking and being.You are guaranteed to sweat, breathe and glow after a workout with Danny.

Katye Hegedus

Katye attended her first yoga class at the South City YMCA in St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 15.  She found yoga again in 

her philosophy classes at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Religion in 2004. 

She began attending yoga classes at her local YMCA during college, then relocated to Georgia while continuing her practice, which has become an integral part of her life.  Katye attended Etowah Valley Yoga's 200 hour teacher certification program in Spring 2015, and is registered with Yoga Alliance as RYT-200. 

So much of our lives is spent in positions that are wearing to the body.  To combat this, Katye's style is focused on using proper alignment while building strength and flexibility in order to find grace and ease in our daily movement. 


Cristina Johnson

During high school Cristina found her love of dance, which led her to study abroad in Mexico for five years majoring in Performing Arts.  Her background in dance has helped guide her down a path of healthy living and a love for movement of the body.  She started yoga because of a low back injury, and began to delve more into the practice and philosophy and her passion grew steadily realizing that yoga was so much more than poses.  She soon later enrolled in a 200 hour teacher training program under the tutelage of Isabelle Casey and has had the honor and privilege of studying under the guidance of Bryan Kest.  

Cristina believes that yoga is about becoming a better person in life, coming to terms with being a human being who is flawed but perfect in all ways and that this, in and of itself, is a constant daily practice.  She believes that being still and being calm even in the most seemingly difficult of situations is what everyone needs to find inner peace and understanding for those around them, but most importantly for themselves.