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Giving Tree Yoga Expands Space and Scope

Jun 01, 2021 06:00AM ● By Staff

Smyrna’s Giving Tree Yoga recently moved its studio from the first floor to the second floor of its building. By doing so, it more than doubled its footprint and added a second studio, yoga training and wellness services. The owner also changed the name of the studio to reflect its broader scope; the new name is Giving Tree Yoga + Wellness.

“Our goal in transforming from a studio into a yoga and wellness center is focused on bringing balance, harmony and intention to people’s lives while expanding the mindset of wellness from something that is singular to something that is always evolving,” says Melissa Lopez, founder and owner of the studio, which opened in 2018.

The studio’s new wellness services include massage, Reiki, vibrational sound therapy and craniosacral therapy. Emily Grey Mattocks and Jessie Hughes are both licensed massage therapists; Mattocks also offers Reiki and sound therapy, while Hughes offers craniosacral therapy.

Giving Tree will also launch its 200-hour yoga teacher training in late July with Christy Newsome as lead trainer. Lopez also has a lecture series, hosting speakers including yoga teacher Gina Minyard’s “Evolving Beyond the Yoga Sutras: The Tantric Householder Path;” sound therapist Michael Burke’s “Open and Awaken to the Energies Around You;” and somatic therapist Nicole Smith Levay’s “Directions, Layers and Pressure: Breathing in Somatic Practices.” The series is priced at $40 per lecture.

With the expansion, Lopez hopes to build community by hosting larger events that extend beyond yoga and that welcome a broader swath of the community. ❧

Giving Tree Yoga + Wellness is located at 1295 W. Spring Street, Suite 200 in Smyrna. More at

Correction: In the above article, we incorrectly state that the studio just started offering yoga teacher training. That is incorrect; Giving Tree started offering YTT in 2019 and completed its fourth 200-hr cohort in June 2021.

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