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 2000 hour certification with additional training in therapeutics and meditation. 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 has also assisted yoga master Aadil Palkhivala with workshops and teacher training.
Kettlebells originated in Russia, which explains why they are often weighed by the pood—a Russian unit of weight equivalent to roughly 36 pounds—and why fitness guru Delaine Ross chose to learn from Strong First chairman Pavel Tsatsouline and is one of 39 instructors worldwide who can teach its certification.
Ross helms Condition Kettlebell Gym, a boutique fitness studio with classes that center on the spherical, handled weights. Studio workouts, held up to six times daily, unfold in a spartan studio with exposed brick walls decorated only with pull-up bars and ropes. Before they can access drop-in classes, students must attend introductory sessions to learn basic kettlebell lifts, and to never work out near an enormous electromagnet.
Dr. Ada-Belinda DancingLion, founder of The Healing Room draws on her many certifications including naturopathic doctor, certified personal trainer, and elder and community elected medicine woman with the Anishinabe Nation to work with her clients to overcome health issues. In addition to offering fitness classes such as the TRX suspension training and kettlebell sessions, DancingLion also offers massage therapy, holistic wellness care, and herbal and nutritional counseling.
After moving to Atlanta from Los Angeles, Damian Viera and Malia Hilliard wanted to establish themselves in the Old Fourth Ward by embodying their love of fitness and healthy living. Enter Hotlanta Yoga, a spacious yet cozy studio designed to cultivate an active community of urban athletes. Suitable for yogis and athletes of all skill levels and ages, seasoned instructors help students achieve their fitness goals through their unique yoga practice, called Athletic Power Yoga.
Using repetition and heat that totals to no warmer than 90 degrees, each fun and challenging Athletic Power Yoga class relies on traditional alignment, breath principles, and perspiration of toxins to allow students to safely complete deeper postures. The practice helps them promote weight loss, increase their strength and athletic performance, heal injuries, and diminish stress. Other distinctive yoga classes, including Ashtanga and Liquid Flow, are available as well.
Having dominated the stage at Magic City and lent her moves to multiple music videos—including Jay-Z's "Excuse Me Miss"—Gigi Maguire now hopes to pass down her spotlight-fetching expertise. At PoleFanAddicts Inc., she and her team of instructors draw from an impressive range of dance styles to impart rhythm, moxie, and muscle. From a class that focuses entirely on Beyonce's choreography to a ballet-inspired pole workout, sessions cover sultry steps in all of their forms. Instructors also lead seven distinct levels of pole-dancing, teaching students to go upside down in gradual steps until level seven, when they are right-side up again.
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."