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.
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.
Students should bring: Water bottle, towel, and yoga mat
Average class length: 60–90 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: New students should plan to arrive 10 minutes before class starts to complete paperwork.
Inside Active Sol Yoga's studio, sunlight pours over students, filling them with a warm sense of calm while they twist their bodies into simple and complex yoga positions. The instructors here lead mostly Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga classes, but also touch on Power, Yin, and Restorative styles, demonstrating pose modifications to challenge students of all ability levels along the way.
The studio, uncluttered apart from the occasional potted plant and tree resting on hardwood floors, is certified by the Green Yoga Association. It was built with environmentally conscious materials, and it is maintained with eco-friendly cleaning products and methods, including being dusted by an army of bushy-tailed squirrels.
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cooldown exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
The instructors at Atlanta Hot Yoga believe that “a yogini is a professional of the interior landscape, an expert conservationist of the vital life force, prana.” Throughout their variety of yoga classes, they strive to teach patrons of all skill levels how to channel this life force through concentrated breathing paired with inner- and outer- strength-cultivating poses. During the studio’s signature Hot class, students move through a blend of 34 poses inside a room heated to 103–105 degrees, which allows the body to sink deeper into stretches and to detoxify through sweat. Other classes, including Vinyasa Flow, power yoga, and Deep Slow Flow, surround patrons in less jungle-like temperatures, igniting mind and body transformation without the risk of entering a matter-transference chamber.
Craig Fruchter and Stephanie Schreiber, a husband-and-wife duo, team up with an impassioned troupe of instructors to lead students toward mental and physical health through a lineup of Bikram and power-yoga classes. Their dual locations swirl with balmy temperatures to loosen tight ligaments and help students ease deeper into the tension-relieving stretches. The warm air pricks beads of sweat on shoulders and brows while flushing out toxins and the spleen's discarded Funyun bags. With an eye on preserving the environment, both studios are scrubbed with nontoxic cleaning products each day and feature textured rubber floors and fresh-air ventilation systems. Marin Magazine in 2010 named Red Dragon one of the best yoga studios in Marin, and Pacific Sun named the business the best Marin yoga studio in 2012, 2013 and 2014.