Yoga Trapeze® Johns Creek
Strength, Flexibility & Spinal Health

FREE! 30-Minute Discovery Class

Try the Yoga Trapeze, learn about its benefits, and see if we’re a good match to work together.
Great fun, no commitment, required, limited to 1 free session per student.


INTRODUCING… The Yoga Trapeze, the world’s #1 inversion yoga sling used by over 100,000 students in 81 countries and counting. While many of the yoga poses we do on the Yoga Trapeze look very similar to their mat-based counterparts, the dynamics are very unique. The Yoga Trapeze demands a great deal of upper body and core strength even with the most basic of movements such as getting in and out of the sling. It adds in the missing “pull” motion lacking in mat-based classes.

Top Benefits Experienced in Class:

  • Spinal Traction: relieve back pain by naturally “hanging” upside down from your hips

  • Core Strength: build functional core strength naturally in dozens of dynamic and fun postures

  • Builds Grip Strength / Upper Body Strength: take care of your hands, wrist, elbows and shoulders through safe and challenging strength postures

  • Flexibility: practice deep, passive backbends, splits, and hip openers in ways otherwise impossible to do on the mat.

  • Posterior Chain Strength: your spine is largely supported by the muscles along the backside of your body, and using the Yoga Trapeze you can strengthen and balance these muscles


Inversion devices in various forms have been used in yoga studios for decades so the exact origins of this practice are unclear and are rarely agreed upon. While there were surely yogis hanging upside down from ropes hanging from trees thousands of years ago, most people credit the late yoga master, BKS Iyengar, with popularizing and systematizing the practice.

In this studio in Pune, India, Iyengar introduced his yoga students (who came from all over the world) to all many different yoga props that have now become common including: blocks, straps, ropes, yoga chairs, and improvised yoga inversion slings.

Iyengar himself appears in some of the earliest photos documenting inversion sling yoga practice. In the old photos, he uses a thick rope and stack of rolled up mats to practice passive backbends in his yoga studio.

YOGABODY founder, Lucas Rockwood, first discovered inverted slings in 2004 while living in Thailand. Frustrated by the design and durability of early models, Lucas spent three years in development and eventually created a studio-quality device now known as, The Yoga Trapeze. It’s used in 81 countries in homes, studios, and fitness centers around the world.

While modern yoga props have improved in quality and comfort for inversion sling yoga, the fundamental concept is the same. These simple devices allow you to practice new and different poses in ways that can transform your practice, and in particular, your spinal health, core and upper body strength.

While many forms of physical fitness or athletics can create massive imbalances in the body, a traditional yoga practice does an excellent job of creating balance and overall health including: muscle strength, mobility, cardiovascular health, respiratory health, circulation, and general fitness. It’s difficult to fault yoga as a form of exercise, but the one thing that is clearly missing and very difficult to create in a mat-based class is the functional movement of pulling or rowing.

Functional strength must include pushing, holding, and pulling. Yoga offers thousands of opportunities for both pushing and holding, but without lifting heavy things (like your body weight or a dumb bell), pulling is missing. As a result, many yoga students have poor grip strength, weak wrists and shoulders. It’s not uncommon for yoga students to suffer from wrist, shoulder, and upper back and neck pain, and it’s most-often due to undeveloped strength rather than poor alignment as is often cited as the cause.

So what does this have to do with the Yoga Trapeze? Everything. Most students initially get interested in the Yoga Trapeze for the spinal traction and passive backbends, but very quickly they learn that the functional pulling and grip strength is equally (if not more) valuable and truly “completes” yoga as a comprehensive fitness modality. A yoga practice that integrates the Yoga Trapeze, even if just once or twice per week, can include pushing, pulling, holding, twists, backbends, forward bends, hip opening and so much more. You can work your shoulders, calm your nerves, and leave class floating on air.

YOUR TEACHER: Slàine Harkess

Slàine Harkess is a professional laugher, energetic fighter, free spirited, resilient, sweet tooth connoisseur – forced clean food junkie, entrepreneur at heart; who is eager for life.

This DC/Maryland native has never been able to keep her feet planted on the ground. With a very curious eye – Slàine is always looking for new ways to stay busy, active and also help her local community. After studying in various subjects in Maryland after graduating high school from Pilates, Yoga, Cosmetology, Massage Therapy to Physical Therapy, Slàine met her husband and relocated the to Atlanta, Georgia area in 2005 in the pursuit for life. Shortly there after, Slàine became the proud mother of two incredible children, who are more like a personal mini minion army at hand, rather than the quiet delicate southern children they’re expected to be; they are her true passion in life and every bit hers.

Slàine is a self-taught baker, certified Wilton cake decorator and owner of BlazingCakes founded in 2010, a clean organic bakery who specialized in stunning cakes and sweets. After the birth of her daughter, Slàine’s health took an unexpected turn that forever change the course of her path in life; the muscles required to digest food stopped working. On a new search for health alternatives to food she learned the toxins of sugars, closed the doors to BlazingCakes and rediscovered yoga, healing the mind, body and soul naturally.

In December 2017 Slàine learned after just a few days of reconnecting with one her youngest siblings, he had taken his own life – a personal demon she knew too well; one who had beat her countless times. Already on the search for hope, faith, peace and self discovery, it became clear there is a vast emotional disconnect within the community of her race. Determined to provide aid to those in emotional need, vowing to rid the stigmas, protecting the runaways. Armed with her own personal experiences, therapy sessions and first hand knowledge of suicide, in December of 2018 Slàine became the founder of SuicideStrong, a upcoming non-profit organization focused on Suicide Awareness, Prevention and Rehabilitation for the souls who have thought about/attempted Suicide. For those who have been ‘forgotten’, runaways who’ve lost their way, need to rest a weary soul; a place with no judgement providing rehabilitation in life.


Private individual (or small group) classes are usually held at your home, office or another organized practice area. Private practice is recommended a minimum of once per week, though some students prefer to practice 2-3x’s per week which is even better if you’re able to commit to that. Together, we’ll work specifically on your health goals using the best yoga practices to serve you. This is highly individualized and is designed to help you get the most benefits in the least amount of time possible.

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FREE! 30-Minute Discovery Class

Try the Yoga Trapeze, learn about its benefits, and see if we’re a good match to work together.
Great fun, no commitment, required, limited to 1 free session per student.



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