The castle provides a unique and intimate setting for rejuvenating through yoga. She is having two events in Pickens on October 19, and Bent Tree Lodge and Vineyards, and November 9 at the Castle on Tally Mountain. Follow this link for tickets.
A drive down Firetower Road, an unassuming street in west Pickens, brings you past several homes to an unexpected venue tucked away in the trees – a venue fit for a king.
Or for a yogi.
This spectacular house has mountain views that are just as spectacular as its quintessential castle features, and is one of two venues in Pickens yoga instructor Leah Klatzer invites people to come unwind, find balance, and restore. Klatzer, owner of Yoga del Soul who holds a variety of classes in the metro area and who also teaches yoga at SCAD, hosts yoga events both at the Castle on Tally Mountain and near Bent Tree.
“I want to be of service to people and help them live authentically,” she said. “My classes are meant to help people release, get the cobwebs out of their minds, and see clearly. It’s kind of like a moving meditation that helps you let go of the little things. I want people to realize what’s most important, help them to let go of the lower ego, and find their higher selves.”
Klatzer is no stranger to needing to let go of the little things. She spent years in a high-stress field working as a consultant for the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. Her role was similar to that of a health inspector - she would show up unannounced and assess daycares and other facilities to make sure rules were being followed and children were being taken care of properly.
“Nothing against the department, but I didn’t like that people were afraid to see me coming,” she said. “That’s not the way I’m built.”
In a period of self-discovery, Klatzer made a drastic leap and moved to Isla Mujeres in Mexico for an intensive yoga training session. She had been doing yoga since her 20s, but this elevated her drive and commitment to her practice and eventually led her to instruction.
“I felt like this was my path,” said Klatzer, now a certified teacher with over 200 hours of training. “I like to say I don’t teach, but I share.”
She holds classes around Atlanta, but says her Pickens events give people a chance to practice outside of the businesses of the city – and allows Pickens residents to have a unique and rejuvenating experience close to home. She teamed up with property owner and Castle Events Manager Tammy Brown, and has held classes at the home since late last year. She is also hosting events at Bent Tree Lodge & Vineyards.
“People can come to Pickens and get away,” she said. “They don’t check out. They check in and find grounding.”
“Enchanted Castle Yoga, Mimosas and Brunch” is at the Castle at Tally Mountain Saturday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will begin with an all-levels yoga class, followed by a gourmet lunch and mimosas. Juice will also be available. Cost is $37. There will be special $5 add-ons for services such as reiki. The Castle at Tally Mountain is located at 951 Firetower Road, Jasper, Ga.
“Yoga & Mimosas in the Meadow with Brunch” at Bent Tree Lodge and Vineyard will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 10 both from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $37. After the all-levels yoga class participants will enjoy a mimosa (or juice) and a handmade brunch inside the lodge. They can also sample the Bent Tree coffee line.
Outside of Pickens, Klatzer is instructing at L&R Alpaca Haven Farm in Douglasville on Oct. 20 at 10 a.m., at The Loft art gallery on Marietta Square on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m., and at North 2 South Cider Works in Lake City, Ga. on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m.