Real. Raw. Southern Yoga.

Jul 20-22nd, 2018 will be Dirty South Yoga Fest’s 5th year as Atlanta’s homegrown yoga festival. Named Best of Atlanta 2017 by Atlanta Magazine.

Dirty South Yoga Fest is a community and yoga inspired event featuring a diverse sampling of instructors for a weekend of yoga classes, workshops, community and festivities. Dirty South Yoga Fest supports, spotlights and celebrates local yoga in the Atlanta community.

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Our Story

In 2013, a group of Atlanta yoga instructors got together to discuss what was happening in the yoga community, what it means to practice yoga in the South, and the direction we wanted to see our community grow.

There was a clear desire for realness, rawness, connection, community and more yoga.

That gathering planted an idea, a seed that slowly took root over a couple months, then breached the surface with an idea: to bring together the yoga community, to connect and celebrate yoga in a fun, approachable and authentic way: Dirty South Yoga Fest.

In June of 2014, Dirty South Yoga Fest hosted 18 teachers, 24 classes, local vendors, fresh food, local brew, music and festivities.   We ommed, we practiced, we laughed and we connected.

Who Are We?

We’re a little rough around the edges, we’ve never been described as prim and proper, we may sacrifice the easy route to pursue adventure, we choose bare-feet over dress shoes, we’ll get our hands dirty just to practice falling, our lifestyle calls us to live, to sweat, to be still, to get dirty, and to practice… above all to practice.

Through the lens of yoga, Dirty South Yoga, embraces the willingness to get your hands dirty: to do the work both for inner transformation and in community.

Zen Buddhist Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, offers the concept “No mud; no lotus” to teach the practice of mindfulness in transformation. Not everything in yoga or life is pleasant and easy, often it is the times that challenge us and force us to get our hands dirty that lead us to transformation.

Meet Our Team:

Jessica Murphy Yoga Atlanta

Founder & Event Organizer

I know what it’s like to long for connection in the yoga world.  I spent 10 years of my yoga journey practicing yoga in studios without really connecting to anyone around me.  While my practice was invaluable in helping me connect to my Self for years, I still longed for a community to belong to that crossed studios lines and that I could turn to for suggestions, advice, and conversation while on my yoga journey.

Dirty South Yoga was my offering to the Atlanta yoga community.  A place to celebrate, connect and grow together. A little about me: I am an Atlanta native, traveler, yoga instructor and make it happen-er.  I enjoy stretchy heart-opening backbends, bare-feet, and other people’s cooking.

I have a ridiculously high number of yoga-crushes in Atlanta (and across the world) at any given moment. Upon moving back to Atlanta in 2013 and completing teacher training, I’ve fallen even more in awe of the great things happening in this city and across the south. Read More.


Thank you to our partners for supporting our growing community!


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