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.
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 2,000 hour certification with additional training in therapeutics and meditation. In addition to group classes, workshops and the 200 hour Purna Yoga teacher training, 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 also assists yoga master Aadil Palkhivala with conferences and workshops.
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.
One’s a former college athlete. One’s an experienced yogi. One’s a former stay-at-home mom who simply refused to stay overweight any longer. Though they all come from different backgrounds, Oni Fitness Studio’s trainers share one important trait: the desire to stay fit using time-tested exercises. Through personal instruction and group classes in yoga, Pilates, and TRX suspension training, they share their dedication with students, building strong bodies while maintaining balance between body and mind. Stacked flagstone accent walls, hardwood floors, and creamy paint tones run throughout the studio, setting a comfortable and secluded scene in which students can release tension brought on by everyday tasks including evening commutes or morning jousts with the paperboy.
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."