Core Bodyworks is a yoga studio housed in a building listed on the historic register in Acworth, Ga. Founded by Lisa Browning in 1999, body, mind and breath best describe the disciplines taught here to promote both physical and mental well-being.


Lisa Browning, Owner, Instructor

Lisa, along with all of the instructors, focuses on physical change, injury prevention and balance through a mind/body centered system.  The staff stays sharp with continuing education courses and associations with professionals and master teachers in these fields.

For over 30 years, Lisa has looked for ways to understand and help the body accomplish physical goals, and create and maintain wellness.  Competing in triathlons and running brought her to massage therapy as she sought to help athletes as the operator of one of the first sports massage clinics in the Atlanta area.  She found that understanding movement as well as physical training would equip her even more effectively in helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. She was trained by Romana Kryzanowska, a student of Joseph Pilates, at her center in New York City.  She began studying yoga in 1999, and became a certified personal trainer through the National Association of Sports Medicine in 2004.  Lisa is now a 500-hour-E (experienced) Yoga Alliance recognized instructor.  Whether you take her yoga class or are trained personally by Lisa, there will be a strong focus on working on your weaknesses, following a mind, body, and spirit approach and enjoying a sense of "play."

Our Instructors


Lauren Arnett

Through a desire to improve her overall spiritual and physical health, Lauren began her Yoga journey in 1998 and was certified and registered with the Yoga Alliance in 2011.   Lauren has always taught Yin Yoga here and her classes receive high praise. She is committed to continuously growing her knowledge of yoga by attending conferences and workshops and applying what she learns in her personal practice as well as the classes that she teaches.  


Ann Baker

Ann Baker has been practicing yoga for 10 years.  Ann has completed two, 200-hour yoga teacher training programs: one with Aura Wellness Center, and one at Core Bodyworks in 2013.  She teaches at the studio often and once a week does a class for people at her church.  Ann, a veteran physical education teacher, has a bachelors and masters as well as a specialist degree in physical education.  


Danny Smith

Danny began studying yoga toward the end of his 30-year career in the U.S. Army. He holds an associates degree in International Sports Sciences and has studied senior fitness, exercise therapy, strength and conditioning as well as youth fitness and fitness nutrition. A graduate of the 200-hour teaching training program at Core Bodyworks, he is registered with the Yoga Alliance. He helps clients find a healthier way of moving, thinking and being. You are guaranteed to sweat, breathe and glow after a workout with Danny.


Katye Hegedus

Katye attended her first yoga class at the South City YMCA in St. Louis, Mo., at the age of 15.  She found yoga again in her philosophy classes at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Religion in 2004.  Katye attended Etowah Valley Yoga's 200-hour teacher certification program in Spring 2015 and is registered with Yoga Alliance as RYT-200. 

So much of our lives is spent in positions that are wearing to the body, she says. To combat this, she focuses on using proper alignment while building strength and flexibility to find grace and ease in our daily movement. 


Andrea Cortes

Andrea is a  young,  committed and popular  instructor.   She  graduated from the Core Bodyworks Yoga Teacher Training program in 2015,  and continues to work in all aspects of yoga,  whether she is flying in acro, or practicing "yoga off the mat."  Since becoming a yoga instructor, Andrea has pursued her education in health and fitness at Kennesaw State University with courses in nutrition and health coaching.



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Gina Cunningham

Yoga found Gina in 2009.  She loves connecting breath with movement and encourages everyone of all age, size and fitness level to join her.  If you are new to yoga, or perhaps just looking for a greater sense of balance, relaxation, mindfulness, or an athlete in need of deep muscle release, then Gina’s Restorative Class is a great place to begin.  This type of practice is sure to recharge your batteries.  On a personal note, Gina’s deepest desire is to study and practice yoga until her final corpse pose!           



Mary Munroe

Mary began yoga in the 1970s at the Pierce Studio in Midtown.  After a time away from yoga, she came back to Core Bodyworks where she has been practicing for the last 10 years.  At 77, Mary has developed a practice which creates balance and mindfulness and can be modified for anyone at any age or physical condition.  If you want a yoga designed for you at your age or physical limitations, Mary's Chair Yoga class is a great place to begin.