About The Teacher

About Sheila McVay

Sheila McVay is a certified Kripalu 500 ERYT and the owner of Johns Creek Yoga in Georgia, USA. She has been teaching in one way or another for over 20 years, first as a literature professor, then as a yogi. Along with maintaining a regular class schedule, she leads retreats locally and internationally and leads teacher training at both the 200 and 500 hour level. She is passionate about all that she does and feels blessed beyond measure to share the powerful and ancient practice of yoga with others.


Sheila began practicing yoga in 2000 with the idea that the postures would help stretch the muscles that were contracting as she trained for a half-marathon. What she discovered is that yoga stretched her mind and soul as much as it did her muscles.

She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Peachtree Yoga Center in Sandy Springs, and she completed her 500 hour training at the Kripalu Center in Massachusettes. She has trained with many incredible teachers, and she is honored to carry forth the wisdom and guidance that she received from them. She continues to take advantage of every opportunity to train and learn and will forever consider herself a student of this beautiful and ancient practice.

Teaching Style

Sheila’s classes are focused on alignment and infused with spirit and soulful exploration of the body, but they are also light-hearted and fun. She relishes the playfulness of the practice and encourages her students to be fearless and attempt new things in a safe and supported atmosphere. As a former Professor of American literature, Sheila loves to explore the connections between philosophy, poetry, religion and yoga, often building class around a specific theme or ending with a favorite poem or quotation.

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