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.
A large mural spans the outer brick wall of Hotlanta Yoga. This piece, entitled The Sunrise of Edgewood, reflects its location: the Fourth Ward, just one block away from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s home. But rather than paint his portrait, the artists created one "that was more ambiguous, an everyman face that faded into a rising sun." It's appropriate that Damian Viera and his fellow instructors practice yoga behind this moving image.
They welcome students of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds to study the power Vinyasa yoga techniques developed by Baron Baptiste and grow in the space. Though their focus is on wellness, they rely on traditional alignment principles that avert injuries, inspire healthy living, and set a good example for the planets. When they are not guiding students through the cornerstones of yoga, therapists reduce pain, induce relaxation, and increase joint and muscle mobility through the 2,500-year-old healing technique of Thai yoga massage. Administered to fully clothed clients, sessions combine yoga, massage, and Eastern medicine to produce the ultimate healing technique.
As U.S. Olympian Jeff Galloway, race director for the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk told The Weekly, “What makes this program unique is that it’s not just a one-day event.” The race begins two months before the starting gun fires with a free eight-week training program, whose curriculum Galloway designed. Galloway describes the weekly sessions, created to foster fitness among corporate employees and people with essentially sedentary jobs, as “a perfect way to help someone get started with a fitness program,” much like a treadmill that emails embarrassing photos of its owner when no one is running on it.
During the culminating race, The Weekly predicts a turnout of more than 15,000 runners and walkers, affiliated with more than 350 companies. The throng departs from the Turner Field starting line, chugging through the route to collect finishing commemorative T-shirts and the cheers of high-school gym coaches at the awards ceremony.
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.
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.