The instructors at All Life is Yoga teach Purna Yoga, a discipline that encompasses not just movement, but an entire lifestyle. This holistic approach combines classes with meditation, philosophy, and even diet—there are cleanse programs that coincide with the teachings in the studio. The discipline aims to address every aspect of well-being in its efforts to help adherents live more joyful lives.
Instructor Rutu Chaudhari,
began her yoga studies in 1999 and has a 2,000 hour certification with additional training in therapeutics and meditation. In addition to group classes, workshops and the 200 hour Purna Yoga teacher training, she administers yoga therapy to clients with injuries or ailments, ranging from hip replacements to fibromyalgia. Rutu—director of the College of Purna Yoga in Atlanta—has taught at the Southeast Yoga Conference for the past three years. She also assists yoga master Aadil Palkhivala with conferences and workshops.
At Agni Power Yoga, instructors test the physical limits of experienced practitioners and beginners alike. During classes, teachers weave postures and breathing exercises into a seamless yet rigorous practice. According to the website, students should "expect to sweat."
Under the tutelage of Stillwater's expert instructors, fledgling yogis begin to master the basics of Iyengar yoga in group sessions that bolster flexibility, balance, and overall well-being. On a mat-covered wooden floor populated by up to a dozen classmates, pupils learn critical yoga techniques such as proper breathing, maintaining correct posture, and ignoring the annoying calls of telemarketers yelling through the windows. Early training involves a preponderance of standing asanas (poses) that hone muscles as well as toe-touching skills, and all Iyengar movements stress the importance of bodily alignment. During sessions, sutra squires also put to use yoga props—an innovation unique to Iyengar yoga—such as blankets, blocks, straps, and pillows.
Pierce Yoga offers a range of yoga courses, but is particularly well-known for its popular pre- and post-natal yoga courses, which help baby-laden women adapt to the tidal wave of hormones and progress through each stage of their pregnancy by improving their breathing, flexibility, endurance, and mental focus. The benefits of yoga can continue after your offspring joins the world with Pierce's mother/baby yoga, where mothers can strengthen their emotional bond with infants 7–12 months old. The class will also gently stimulate baby’s mind and body before it has a chance to discover reality TV and Cheetos. For the unimpregnated and impregnable, Pierce also offers classes from beginning techniques to intermediate, along with more specialized sessions such as yoga with free weights and the Pranayama course, which focuses on breathing.
Jai Shanti's dedicated, professional teachers are committed to bringing the health and life benefits of yoga to everyone, even if you happen to be a fictional character. With more than 30 weekly classes, Jai Shanti can match a style of body bending to match the needs of every Atlantan, including special assistance and tailored programs for people with special needs. Newbies can relax and limber up with Gentle Stretch and Yoga Basics, reconnect mind and body with Meditative Posture Flows, or challenge their muscles and connective tissues with Yoga Workout. If stretching is more of a secondary goal, Lindy Hop your way to inner peace during Dance Meditation, find an excuse to wear your grass skirt and leis with Poi Spinning, or bring a performing partner to the gymnastic fusion of Acrobatic Yoga. And if you're so manly that your pants fly off your body every time you flex, the Nude Yoga men's class makes sure that nothing comes between you and the sun you're saluting. Click on any date on the calendar and consult the class guide to learn more and choose an appropriate class.
Voted Atlanta's Best Yoga Studio by Creative Loafing in 2009, Kashi Atlanta ushers students toward spiritual and physical awareness with a schedule spanning a spectrum of styles and skill levels. Venture toward tranquility in a Kali Natha yoga class, which combines asanas, mantras, and meditations, or join in a beginner’s yoga class to take the first steps down the path to a body that’s both more fit and pliable enough not to shatter when whacked with a hammer. Holistic sunrise yoga aligns and strengthens early risers, and restorative yoga warms muscles to facilitate relaxation. Kashi Atlanta's expert teachers sprinkle students with all the knowledge they need to tame downward-facing dogs and deliver tactful sun salutations to all of Earth’s solar neighbors. Monthly classes begin on the first of each month and take place in a spacious, red-brick studio flanked by luscious foliage.
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National Yoga Alliance–certified instructor Ginna Turnamian began her lifelong love of fitness under the mentorship of her aunt, a certified personal trainer. She experienced the positive effects of yoga and fitness first hand, and as a result Ginna dedicated herself to sharing her experience with others.
At Hot & Soul Yoga, located within Cirius Fitness, Ginna leads a team of experienced and caring instructors who help students of all ages and skill levels, from advanced to novice, improve their bodies and relax their minds. In studios saturated in a careful balance of heat and humidity, instructors lead noncompetitive hot yoga classes to boost balance, strength, and flexibility while aiming to flush toxins from the body, helping clients safely go deeper into their asanas. The studios also host traditional yoga classes, and each room is outfitted with antibacterial, antiskid Zebra Mat flooring to keep students from falling mid sun salutation and incurring the wrath of that notoriously short-fused star. Hot & Soul Yoga also offers kids’ yoga classes and childcare services in a play area outfitted with toys and games.
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As a Bikram yoga instructor and studio owner, Naedra Fox's job is to make a 105-degree room with 40% humidity a welcoming space. To do this, she and her fellow teachers made a pilgrimage to Los Angeles to attend the once-yearly instructor certification course taught by Bikram Choudhury. The intensive nine-week apprenticeship focuses on more than merely mastering the 26 poses. Certified Bikram instructors learn how to make their classes a beginner-friendly, nonjudgmental space that still pushes students to expand their limits. Additionally, Naedra strives for an inclusive, family atmosphere. Newcomers nervous about the notoriously sweaty, 90-minute Bikram sessions are free to stretch postures only as far as is comfortable for them.
Atlanta Dance's seasoned instructors lead all fitness levels through country western, swing, Latin, and ballroom dance styles in a flexible schedule of group classes. Students embark on an expedition to the pinnacle of grace during a four-week series of 50-minute sessions where experienced guides steer twinkle-toes through winding skill sets, building upon the previous session's moves and secret handshakes. Feet flow within a supportive environment, fostering steadfast rapports among pupils as they conquer salsa's six sultry maneuvers or pay homage to all-American ballroom routines in the foxtrot's intricate choreography. Superfluous curves flee from Zumba's Latin-inspired beats, which chisel abs as hard as diamonds and legs able to roundhouse-kick through a parking meter with heart-pumping swivels and energizing undulations.
The certified instructors at 'Nchanting Yoga teach students to achieve and maintain healthy bodies through strategic postures, breathing exercises, and meditation. Students are guided through exercises in small classes to guarantee individualized attention and to minimize the risk of their body smelting with someone else's mind. Yoga neophytes who don't have their own mat can either borrow one from the studio or quickly fashion one out of a mushroom patch. Classes are held at many convenient times in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
Sacred Garden Yoga founder Cindy Olah discovered a love for nature growing up in Peru. She’s fused that passion with yoga instruction by leading retreats in the mountains of North Georgia, North Carolina, and back home in Peru. Whether outdoors or within her pastel-green workout studio, Cindy and fellow instructors lead non-competitive sessions that foster lifelong friendships. Their group, private, and prenatal sessions emphasize proper body alignment and breath work. Students can also discover healing with reiki and reflexology treatments and workshops on subjects such as meditation and painless band-aid removal.
At A Healing Paradigm, wellness-focused practitioners collaborate to help their clients achieve optimal health, inside and out. Counseling sessions aim to lift inner spirits, and yoga classes burn calories and sculpt muscles. The center's walking group leads travelers along a nature trail featuring colorful foliage and the occasional lost yeti.
At Marietta Center for Yoga and Well Being, yoga classes represent a fraction of the therapeutic practices offered. Wanda DeVaughn augments private yoga sessions with special techniques, such as chakra focus, which includes meditation to rebalance internal energy, and koshas, which brings awareness to students' five levels of being. Alternatively, Tina Rae teaches the importance of eating well through holistic chef services and nutritional counseling.