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 more than 30 weekly classes, Jai Shanti can match 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 Stretch and Yoga Basics, reconnect mind and body with Meditative Posture Flows, 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, find an excuse to wear your grass skirt and leis with Poi Spinning, or bring a performing partner to the gymnastic fusion of Acrobatic 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.
For more than 20 years, Carrie Heller's life has been a balancing act between honing her circus talents and helping others. Today, the licensed clinical social worker, a founding member of the American Youth Circus Organization, blends therapy methods with big-top techniques at the Circus Arts Institute, benefiting children and adults alike with mind- and body-benefiting acrobatics that send students swinging, twirling, and laughing through the air.
Carrie and her team of instructors acquaint students with circus-performance fundamentals using the trapeze, tight wire, Spanish web, and juggling balls. They bolster core and upper-body strength during Circus Arts Fitness workouts, which have been featured on CNN for their exciting approach to toning. For students with special needs, such as sensory challenges or ADD, they host Circus Arts Therapy classes. These sessions channel playful and positive energy as small groups learn to navigate circus equipment, enhancing their confidence, social skills, and physical coordination in a much more natural way than going on a handstand speed date.
Flush with cash during the Roaring Twenties, Atlanta's Shriners set out to build a magnificent monument for their headquarters, dubbed the Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque. The structure was to feature grandiose architectural touches such as towering minarets and onion domes. When a teetering economy threatened construction, the Shriners sold the building to film mogul William Fox, who finished the space as a movie palace with virtually no changes to its extravagant design. As splendid as the exterior was, audiences were unprepared for the interior. After seeing it for the first time, one Atlanta Journal reporter breathlessly remarked on the "picturesque and almost disturbing grandeur" on display.
Crafted to resemble the courtyard of a Moorish castle, the main hall's decorations begin in the back with a faux canopy of plaster and steel stretching over the rear balcony. Stone parapets wrap around the sides, culminating in a towering proscenium arch illuminated by hanging lanterns and overhung with persian rugs. Above, a blue ceiling sparkles with hundreds of recessed light bulbs, which refract through three-inch crystals. Projected clouds drift across this simulated starry night and rain on anyone who texts during a show.
The final jewel in the theater's gilded crown is the The Mighty Mo Organ. The second-largest theater organ in the world, the Mighty Mo was custom-built in 1929 for the princely sum of $42,000 to accompany any movie or live production. The instrument’s richly textured sounds erupt from 3,622 pipes of varying length, with the smallest no larger than a pen and the largest spanning five feet in diameter. Adding to the Mighty Mo's sonic tapestry is an internal glockenspiel, marimba, and xylophone, plus a system by which the stage's grand piano can be played remotely. The Mighty Mo also mimics thunder, steamboat whistles, saxophones, and its parents' voices when they're not around.
Since 1971, OnStage has entertained Atlanta audiences with its permanent professional ensemble in an intimate theater. Viewers frustrated by the lack of closure provided by eavesdropping on conversations in public places flock to the company's eclectic mix of works.