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Join Our Monthly Wild Women Moon Circles

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I am so thrilled to be offering Wild Women Moon Circles at FORM Yoga each month. I’ve found that when women circle together at the new moon and plant seeds of intention, powerful things happen.

Powerful things happened for me personally when I started attending women’s circles.

For more than 14 years I worked in the corporate world in marketing & PR. I was stressed out and always felt like there must be something better, some better way to live and work. In the corporate world, so often women are pitted against each other. It was hard to make friends or feel supported when I was essentially “competing” with my co-workers all the time for raises, promotions and recognition. But I felt stuck in the corporate rat race and didn’t see a way out.

My outlook on life and work started to change drastically when I went through yoga teacher training in 2013. Although not an official “circle” of women our teacher trainee group (majority women) was incredibly supportive. We held each other up and cheered each other on. We wanted to see one another succeed. I had never experienced this kind of camaraderie ever before. I began to see that life didn’t have to be a constant race or competition.

In 2016, a huge shift happened when I attended a Soul Nourish Retreats Women’s Weekend. It was the first time I had ever officially “circled” with a group of women. I was astonished at just how much each women in the circled “showed up.” We shared our deepest, most personal feelings, fears, frustrations, hopes and dreams. We felt safe with each other and most importantly HEARD.

How often do we take the time to listen to one another? And as women, I feel like we often struggle to be truly heard, especially in the workplace.

Shortly after that retreat, a fellow retreat participant began leading her own women’s circles through the Wild Woman Project. Craving more connection and support, I began attending circles or listening to online virtual circles when I couldn’t be there in person. Through these circles, I began to set clear and thoughtful intentions with the new moon. These intentions helped me reshape my life into something that aligned more closely with my values and beliefs. I was so inspired, I embarked on my own training with the Wild Woman Project to lead circles in our community.

Through the support of the women in circle, I was able to gain the courage to leap from the corporate world and start my own freelance PR business that would give me more freedom and control over my own schedule. I set a clear deadline to leave my job and the women in the circle were so incredibly supportive (and even sent me good vibes and notes of encouragement on the day I turned in my notice!).

It’s also powerful to have the support of other women during hard times. Last October, I suffered a miscarriage and it was a devastating experience. I don’t think I would have survived if I didn’t have a community of women who were there with their hands at my back when I needed it most.

That’s the best part of circle to me, the COMMUNITY we co-create together. When we circle, we are all connected and we form strong bonds with other like-minded women that will stay with us for a lifetime.

Below are some frequently asked questions about the circle experience. I hope you will join me and co-create a circle community at FORM yoga!



What the heck is a Wild Women Circle anyway?

It is, quite literally, a circle of women. Each month, we meet in the studio (and yes, sit in a circle) at the new moon to explore a theme inspired by the astrological placement of the Moon. The Circle consists of guided meditation, visualization and intention-setting based on the theme of the month. Think of the circle as a monthly deep connection with yourself and other women – a sacred meeting of souls.

Why “Wild”? Are we going to dance naked in the moonlight?

The circle is an opportunity to reconnect with the wild, untamed heart within. Women were once extremely connected to nature, to the earth and to the moon (we used to cycle each month with the moon cycle). Today, with modern technology and our culture of “busy” we’re increasingly disconnected from our natural state. We take this time each month to reconnect with our more natural state of being. However, you’ll have to save your naked moonlight dancing for when you get home.

Why only the new moon?

The new moon marks the beginning of a new cycle. It’s a time of growth and a powerful time to plant seeds, both metaphorical and physical (biodynamic farmers plant at the new moon). The new moon is a good time to turn inward, reevaluate visions and goals and set new intentions for the cycle ahead.

Do I need to have a consistent yoga or meditation practice to attend?

Not at all. We don’t do much movement, maybe a little bit of stretching tops (though, sometimes dance parties may break out). We focus mainly on visualization and meditation. All meditation is guided, so don’t be intimidated if you’ve never meditated before. All you need to know how to do is sit and breathe. I’ll help you do the rest.

What should I bring/wear?

Wear comfortable clothes that you can sit in for a while on the floor. You are welcome to bring your yoga mat to sit on, but we also have bolster, blankets and blocks to help you sit comfortably. If you need to sit in a chair, please let us know in advance and I’ll have one for you.

Also, bring a journal and a pen.

Do I have to be a certain religion?

No, this circle is non-denominational and open to all that identify as women, no matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs.

Do I have to “share”?

Although sharing is always optional, we offer an incredibly safe and supportive environment. This is a “no judgement zone” and we want to foster a circle where each woman has a space to feel truly heard. Also, our circles are like Vegas – what happens in circle, stays in circle.

Why only 18 people?

Due to the sharing-nature of our circle, we limit the number of our participants to be mindful of time. Fun fact: 18 is also a sacred number in many cultures and religions. In Tarot, the number 18 is often associated with the moon, the moon being a symbol of mystery and intuition.

What is the cost? Why do FORM members have to pay?

The circle is $10 for members of FORM Yoga and $15 to drop-in. Because of the amount of preparation that goes into each circle, these sessions are more like mini-workshops than regular yoga classes. Because of the limited seats in each circle, we wanted to ensure that those that want to attend can sign up and hold their spot. The other two Wild Women Project circles in Atlanta also charge a registration fee, so we felt this was in line with what is being offered in the city.

We hope to see you Wild Women on Sept. 24 for our next circle!

Rachel Peavy

About Rachel Peavy

Rachel was introduced to yoga at the age of 16 by an 80-year-old yogi named Ruby. Immediately inspired by Ruby’s flexibility and vitality, Rachel set off on her journey to learn about the healing powers of yoga both on and off the mat.

In 2016, Rachel’s dive into self-inquiry deepened while attending a Soul Nourish Retreats Women’s Weekend. There she was introduced to the wisdom of the Enneagram (she’s an Enneagram 9) and meditation techniques that helped her better understand her patterns or samskara. Though labeled “sensitive” as a kid, Rachel discovered through this self-inquiry that she’s actually an intuitive empath who can “feel” the energy of those around her. During this weekend, she also learned that incredibly powerful things happen when women circle together.

A Taurus, Rachel also feels a deep connection with the earth and its wild nature. As a trained WILD Woman Project circle facilitator, She aims to bring women together to help them connect with their divine feminine, empower their wild nature, and nurture their untamed spirit.

Rachel completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training under the guidance of Neda Draupadi Honarvar in 2013. She has deepened her practice with 100-hour immersions with Gina Minyard and Elizabeth Rowan. She completed her women’s circle leader training with Chris Maddox of the WILD Woman Project in 2017. Rachel is also certified in Level I and II Usui Reiki and is working to become a Usui Reiki Master.

She lives in Atlanta with her husband, cat, and two giant, fluffy white dogs. She hopes to be practicing yoga, teaching yoga and leading women well into her 80s.

Now Available – Therapeutic Massage Bed Sessions

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What is the Massage Bed?
Our massage bed creates motion along the spine which gently stretches the spinal tissues and joints to reduce stress and improve mobility. Our Therapy Room features dim lighting and an essential oil diffuser to complete the relaxing experience.

How Does it Work?
While you lie on the bed the rollers beneath the surface gently move up and down the spine. The bed features options to increase the intensity of the massage to your preference. Both heat and vibration of the bed are available so you can tailor your session to what you may need each visit.

What are the Benefits of the Massage Bed?

Stress & Tension Release
Yogis know that stress causes tension. When we experience stress, our muscles tighten causing tension. This tension can affect the nerves causing pain in many parts of the body (not just the back). Your massage bed session can physically reduce the tension in the body by helping the muscles to stretch relieving pain and pressure in the back. The ambiance of the Therapy Room makes for a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Improve Mobility to Create Balance and Strength
During your massage bed session the muscles along the spine are stimulated to flex and relax. The passive stimulation of these muscles can lead to a stronger, leaner and more stable back. The lengthening movements of the rollers gently massage the vertebrae and the tissue surrounding the spine. This massage flushes the tissues increasing circulation of spinal fluids and allowing better blood flow (meaning better health) to the area.

A Few Minutes to Be & Breathe
We all live busy lives. Taking 10 minutes to step into out Therapeutic Room for a Massage Bed session is a great way to reset before or after class.

How Do I Sign Up?
We are booking Massage Bed sessions at the front desk. Currently appointments are available Monday – Friday from 4-8pm and walk ins are currently available. Each 10 minute session is $10 or you can buy a package of 5 or 15 sessions for a discounted rate. Click here to purchase a session.

For Our Mothers on Mother’s Day

Mother's Day Words FORM yoga

Beautiful words by Bryonie Wise, from her book Heart Roar: a book of tiny prayers.

And by popular request, the Face Down Asana Up Mother’s Day playlist from Mandy’s 10am class on Mother’s Day.

Spotify playlist by Mandy Roberts

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About Mandy Roberts

The inspiration and driving force behind Atlanta’s FORM {yoga} Mandy is always learning, adapting and growing. As a studio owner Mandy has built a beautiful, inclusive community that focuses on empowerment, trust and connection. As a single mom Mandy leads by example teaching her two kids to (playfully) grab life by the horns and to live life to the fullest. And as a yoga teacher and retreat leader Mandy encourages her students to face their fears while exploring humility, playfulness and laughter.



women weekend retreat Elohee Retreat Center

This spring I co-lead a Women’s Weekend Retreat in the north Georgia mountains with my dear friend and sweet soul sister Shari L. Fox. Months of dreaming and planning led all 26 of us to journey northward and meet at the Dahlonega Spa Resort just 90 minutes outside of Atlanta.

Women's Weekend Retreat

A menagerie of women from all walks of life came together: mothers with their daughters, two groups of sisters, longtime friends, new friends, solo travelers, students of mine from FORM {yoga}, guests of Shari’s past retreats through Soul Nourish Retreats, and a few women who had never met Shari or myself.

As each woman arrived you could see so much beauty in their bravery. Each of them showing up with some hint of uncertainty about what the weekend will hold.

Women's Weekend Retreat

In our first circle we each selected one person we didn’t know and we sat and took turns truly listening to the other as we each told our story. Nervous laughter lifted the room when Shari announced that next that each person would introduce their new friend to the group and say a little something about them. We each took turns holding the talking stone to introduce our friend over laughter and a captive audience. This exercise in deep listening set the tone for the weekend, the ice was broken. We commenced to dive deeper into our sister souls with each passing hour.

Women's Weekend Retreat

Over the course of this weekend we connected with deeply rooted layers of trust and vulnerability. We learned together, created art together, sang together, meditated together, yoga’ed together (both on and off the mat), and had a couple of impromptu dance parties.

Together we shared wine, tears, laughter, laughter through tears (this is for Pam and all my Steel Magnolia loving friends).

Women's Weekend Retreat

We shared stories and truths in the circle, in the hot tub, and as we lay dozing off to sleep at night.

More than anything, together we showed up with pure presence, perfectly imperfect and in doing so we wove a powerful and moving experience for each woman there. We created memories, friendships and deep bonds that will last us a lifetime. And this my friends, is what life is all about.

Women's Weekend Retreat

Interested in your own magical women’s weekend? Join Shari and Mandy July 22-24, 2016 for our Summer Women’s Weekend Retreat. Check out the Soul Nourish Retreats website for more information or to register.

Big thanks to Linden Tree Photography for the beautiful images above.

todos santos dreamcatcher mandy roberts

About Mandy Roberts

The inspiration and driving force behind Atlanta’s FORM {yoga} Mandy is always learning, adapting and growing. As a studio owner Mandy has built a beautiful, inclusive community that focuses on empowerment, trust and connection. As a single mom Mandy leads by example teaching her two kids to (playfully) grab life by the horns and to live life to the fullest. And as a yoga teacher and retreat leader Mandy encourages her students to face their fears while exploring humility, playfulness and laughter.


“Now, there is yoga.”

now there is yoga FORM yoga student Atlanta

That title’s apparently the first statement in the Yoga Sutras. I know that not from personal experience, at least not beyond the personal experience of hearing our instructor quote the author Patañjali during yesterday’s awesome class at FORM{yoga}. And trust me, the title is about as Zen as this post gets, y’all.

FORM {yoga}“Yeah, no … I’m not about to attempt this.”

Stretch. Now repeat 75x.
I’ve got fitness goals this year, one of which is to hit up 75 yoga classes. Now I was absent the day they taught math in school, but I figure to hit that target I gotta knock out 3 classes every 2 weeks. Doable. Or so I thought.

Yesterday’s class was the 6th or 7th attempt this year. But I made it, finally, to a class. That class’s name: Hips Don’t Lie. I kid you not. Hell, my hips don’t even stretch the truth hardly.

Polka-powered prana
The class was chill, so very chill … almost glacial as it turned out. At first though, I had my doubts. We were up in the (noticeably warmer) loft part of the studio, so I was thinking we’d be sweating buckets as we flexed our hips in ways that would bring shame to my puritanical ancestors.

And then there was the accordion.

harmoniumThis is a harmonium, as seen through the hazy, chilly-chill post-class ambiance.
(Foot for scale.)

Well, make that a harmonium. I had no clue what the squeezebox-lookin’ thing was there on the floor at the front of the class, my teacher sitting on the business end.

I couldn’t help thinking, “If she thinks I’m starting my Monday with a polka, I’m outta here.”

But nah … a couple chords and a few Ommms later and it was back to being an intruguing conversation piece.

Hans and Franz and Patañjali
This was the first class I’ve even done with my eyes closed. It wasn’t volitional; we were instructed. And I liked it! Sure, as close in as we all were to each other, we ran the risk of bumping body parts.

Did I mention I was the only dude there? Hellooooo, ladies. I see by your bumper sticker you too have a child on the honor roll … Ah, my game ain’t what it used to be, and it wasn’t much to begin with. I hardly passed Go, and rarely collected $200.

But, said bumping didn’t occur. And neither did any the Hans and Franz-era pumping up of the gluteal region. No complaints there, though today I definitely feel some soreness in my maximus, medius, and minimus, which happens when you get it kicked, even slowly.
And that’s never a bad thing.

Check out a class at FORM{yoga}. You’ll be glad you did … and your ass will thank you.

About Derek Hambrick

Derek Donald Hambrick writes words for a living and for fun, but not always in that order. Well-traveled and semi-witty, he’s a transplant from Sacramento, California, but an Atlantan at heart.

Maybe that explains his ability to switch deftly from punchy headlines to insightful body copy, polished for both web and print. Derek distills the memorable from the mundane, all while bringing out meaning (and the occasional laugh).

He married his sweetie pie over a decade ago and welcomed their son into a world that the Ham Fam is intent on improving one family – and one word – at a time.

Read more (a bunch more) at

Yoga and the F-word

yoga and the f word

Yoga and the F-wordDisclaimer; I know what all you yogis are thinking out there, that with a post titled Yoga and the F-Word this has to be a blog post about Bryan Kest. Wrong. Though I adore Bryan and his extensive use of the f-word, for that topic you must read my dear friend Isabelle Casey’s blog post Judgement & F-Bombs. Read on.

Three years ago my life was over…or so I thought.

 The world I had known and built and loved was pulled out from underneath my feet leaving me stumbling, shrieking, clawing. I was standing at the edge of darkness and staring in the face of fear. I was experiencing the terrible reality of divorce.

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At this time I was 32 years old and I had never been alone. Yes, you read that right, I had never been alone. I was with my husband from the tender age of 15, and we were married three years later after learning that we were going to be parents. My husband and I both came from impoverished homes with our parents always struggling to make ends meet and to get food on the table. We were determined to have a future for ourselves and for our children. We both worked diligently from the beginning of our relationship and made many sacrifices to overcome the struggles we both knew growing up. Over the years we succeeded. We built a booming business together through hard work and dedication. For the last 8 years of our marriage our business had grown successful enough that I had the privilege of staying at home with our children. I spent my days running our household, working behind the scenes in our business, and volunteering in our children’s school and in our neighborhood. Being a strong-willed woman who liked to be in control (to put it nicely, but that is a whole other blog post), I found certainty in my marriage. We were going to grow old together and find ourselves at age 70 on a front porch swing sipping on a glass of sweet tea in the pre-dusk warmth of sticky southern summer days while our grandchildren played in the yard. My husband was my best friend, confidant and the only person in the world that I could depend on and trust.

As the reality of our divorce set in the many faces of grief and loss were swirling within my body and bubbling to the surface. Anger. Fear. Denial. Desperation. I was utterly TERRIFIED. I struggled to get out of bed. I struggled to eat. I struggled to sleep. When I was out of sight of my children I spent most of my day crying, locked inside my house. When I did go out in public I put on my warrior suit and held my head high, but inside I was screaming. I lost faith that I would ever be okay again. I was not even striving for happy, I was merely just wanting to be okay. Needless to say, it was bad.

There it is, the f word...FAITH.

Researcher and storyteller Brené Brown defines faith as “a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.” Faith.  Much scarier than the other f-word right?


Over the past couple of years I have found faith again (that journey will come in another blog, another time). In fact faith and I are very dear friends now. And just like with any other relationship, at times we struggle. Sometimes I push faith away because she is just too damn hard to have in my life. She constantly requires me to be present. She demands that I be vulnerable and open. She insists that I lead from my heart and not to make decisions based on fear. Sounds exhausting, right?

As a yoga teacher I strive to teach my students the concept of faith as I understand it. Through a yoga practice faith can be found when we let go of our limiting beliefs. For many of us this is not easy. As we breathe and move through postures on the mat we find ourselves challenged physically and emotionally. Just like in life, it is easy to give up when we are faced with discomfort. But when we are struggling( on the mat or out in the world) we have an amazing opportunity to explore ourselves, our patterns, our reactions. It is EASY to pull out of that utkatasana 10 breaths in when the mind yells”Abort mission!”. The hard part is learning to sit within the storm and to have faith that the discomfort shall pass.

Resolving to accept uncertainty and to choose faith not an easy place to live from, in fact it is very challenging at times. But I know now that no matter how hard it is to live within faith, it is much harder to live without it.

Within the depths of my sorrows and in the gloom of my divorce my yoga teacher Mitchel Bleier passed along this poem to me. Over time these words have carried me toward the shores of uncertainty while holding the hands of my long forgotten friends; courage and fearlessness.

by David Whyte

There is a faith in loving fiercely
the one who is rightfully yours,
especially if you have
waited years and especially
if part of you never believed
you could deserve this
loved and beckoning hand
held out to you this way.

I am thinking of faith now
and the testaments of loneliness
and what we feel we are
worthy of in this world.

Years ago in the Hebrides
I remember an old man
who walked every morning
on the grey stones
to the shore of the baying seals,

who would press his hat
to his chest in the blustering
salt wind and say his prayer
to the turbulent Jesus
hidden in the water,

and I think of the story
of the storm and everyone
waking and seeing
the distant
yet familiar figure
far across the water
calling to them,

and how we are all
preparing for that
abrupt waking,
and that calling,
and that moment
we have to say yes,
except it will
not come so grandly,
so Biblically,
but more subtly
and intimately in the face
of the one you know
you have to love,

so that when we finally step out of the boat
toward them, we find
everything holds
us, and confirms
our courage, and if you wanted
to drown you could,
but you don’t

because finally
after all the struggle
and all the years,
you don’t want to any more,
you’ve simply had enough
of drowning
and you want to live and you
want to love and you will
walk across any territory
and any darkness,
however fluid and however
dangerous, to take the
one hand you know
belongs in yours.

todos santos dreamcatcher mandy roberts

About Mandy Roberts

The inspiration and driving force behind Atlanta’s FORM {yoga} Mandy is always learning, adapting and growing. As a studio owner Mandy has built a beautiful, inclusive community that focuses on empowerment, trust and connection. As a single mom Mandy leads by example teaching her two kids to (playfully) grab life by the horns and to live life to the fullest. And as a yoga teacher and retreat leader Mandy encourages her students to face their fears while exploring humility, playfulness and laughter.