Astronauts regularly practice yoga to stay limber, modulate their breathing, and control their crippling fear of being eaten by the moon. Take one small stretch with this Groupon to All Life is Yoga. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get 10 drop-in yoga classes (a $100 value).
- For $55, you get 20 drop-in yoga classes (a $200 value).
All Life is Yoga owner Rutu Chaudhari, who trained under the tutelage of yoga masters Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri, captains Purna yoga classes, a type of exercise that focuses on unifying mind and body with the spirit. Classes, previously featured on The A List, begin with centering and meditation before launching into the basics of alignment-based asana, flexibility, strength, endurance, and anchoring a tug-of-war team, and classes that teach levels one and two build on existing skill with focused movements and poses. Students in classes that range from 25 to 30 pupils who have two or more months of bending under their belts excel in demanding all-levels classes, and those recently injured or stressed languidly lengthen stiff joints and muscles in gentle sessions. Meditation-oriented gatherings focus on opening the pathways of communication between spirit and heart, allowing hearts to finally confess deep-seated desires to become kidneys. All Life is Yoga also examines nutrition and lifestyle during monthly cooking classes (not valid with this Groupon). Whether you want to stand taller, bend over backward, or open a pickle jar taped to your back, All Life is Yoga offers a suitable yoga style.
Natural light surges through large windows onto the hardwood-floored studio space, where an accommodating schedule promises even the busiest of patrons time to practice. The studio recommends students arrive 10–15 minutes early wearing comfortable clothing and leaving shoes, cell phones, and spirit animals in cubbies before borrowing or purchasing mats.
All Life is Yoga
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.