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Giving Tree Changes Hands

Jan 01, 2023 06:00AM ● By Staff

Karina Carmichael (Photo: John Carmichael)

In early December, Karina and John Carmichael took ownership of Giving Tree Yoga & Wellness in Smyrna. The studio offers more than 30 classes per week, a variety of workshops, yoga teacher training as well as two free weekly community classes. It also offers wellness therapies such as intuitive reiki, vibrational sound and craniosacral therapy services.

Giving Tree was founded in 2018 by Melissa Lopez, who has recently relocated to Florida. When Karina, who was already teaching at the studio, heard of the upcoming sale, she and John jumped at the opportunity. Originally from Scotland, Karina has taught yoga for more than 20 years and has been operating her own yoga business for the past 10 years, first in Scotland and then online when COVID hit. She moved to the Atlanta area two years ago.

“We hope to take this already popular yoga studio and expand its reach further into the local Smyrna and Cobb County community while sharing the multiple benefits that yoga can provide,” says Karina. The studio “has been active in the community for over four years and members describe it as ‘one big happy family’ with something for everyone. We hope more of the community will join us in expanding our family,” she says.

John has been in the construction business for 30 years and has helped run his company for five years. “We believe both of our experiences are a perfect match for the business and yoga side of running this wonderful studio,” he says.

For more information, visit or call Karina at 770-626-1559 or [email protected].
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