Denise Payton Journey

My journey with yoga began after having my daughter

The Journey

Greetings! My name is Denise and I am joining Gauge Fitness as a yoga instructor. My journey with yoga began after having my daughter and wanting a workout that was a little more forgiving on my hips and joints. Little did I know how the practice would begin to change not only my body, but my mental and emotional states as well. Professionally, I am an early childhood educator and teacher trainer and this love for teaching the youngest among us led me to my first yoga instructor certification in children’s and family yoga. I am certified as a children’s yoga instructor, 22hr-Level I, through Grounded Kids Yoga. As my practice grew and my personal life evolved, I took the plunge and completed my 220hr- RYT training through Empower Yoga Emory Pointe.

My Goal

My goal as a yoga teacher is to help others understand that yoga is for every BODY. The journey to the destination of self-awareness is ongoing and the tools are mindfulness and breath. Whether you can touch your toes or do a back bend is only a physical manifestation of that journey. The real change happens when life begins to mirror how you show up on your mat: with intention, grace, consistency, and love.