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.
At Dahn Yoga - Body & Brain Marietta, seasoned instructors impart ancient yoga poses and relaxation exercises designed to balance the body’s energy flow. Founded in chi-focused health principles and the Korean sun do tradition, classes and workshops tether the brain to the physique with meditation, meridian stretching, and the gentle movements of tai chi and chi gong. Abdominal exercises aim to expel toxins from the intestines, and energy-center tapping promotes wellness inside and out by liberating trapped chi and inadvertently swallowed lightning. Students also learn to manage their emotions using the Brain Operating System, a mind-body practice developed by the studio’s founder, Ilchi Lee.
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."
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.
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.