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.
Known for guiding the women of The Real Housewives of Atlanta through ab-strengthening moves, the instructors at the Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio started as a professional dance troupe before opening a studio in 1999. Now with 32 classes offered under one roof, the Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio aims to boost the self-confidence of its all-female students during drop-in Shimmy Fit classes and five-week technique courses. Instructors combine their calorie-blasting exercises with engaging choreography to help students tone muscles.
Eating a spicy burrito or betting a pristine collection of Choose Your Own Adventure books on a poker hand may work up a sweat, but it doesn’t qualify as proper exercise. BTB CrossFit & BootCamp provides a vibrant environment where upbeat members benefit from a training program that incorporates multiple disciplines. Eager clients trim their figures and harvest their muscle farms through gymnastics, weightlifting, and plyometric training, as their muscle fibers and muscle ears absorb encouraging words. Workouts are quick and intense, like a game of Galaga, and mimic everyday movements such as pushing, pulling, running, throwing, jumping, dragging, and mixing cake batter while shouting at a perched phone.
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 a multitude of weekly classes, Jai Shanti has 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 Yoga and Yoga for Every Body, 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, or start your day with Morning 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.
With a resume that includes ballet and rock-climbing experience, Amber Monson took naturally to the graceful art of aerial silks. She founded Sky Gym as a place to train herself and others in her most beloved pastime, and ultimately, her venture paid off.
When she's not training and performing with other aerialists all over the world—including some from Cirque du Soleil—she passes on her skills to new students, helping them discover new levels of strength and grace. Besides aerial silks, she keeps students elevated with classes such as trapeze, sky yoga, and lyra—a ceiling-mounted hoop in which students spin after being dunked by their favorite NBA player. “I can’t decide which is more fulfilling to me, performing aerial or teaching it," she says on her website. Nonetheless, she continues,"I am incredibly grateful to my students and my trainers for allowing to make aerial dance my life."