Guided by the spiritual tenets of mindfulness, MindBody Health's owner, director, and teacher Diane Barnes watches over a spiritual sanctuary in her studio. In the Three Hours of Bliss renewal retreat, minds and bodies withdraw from the stressors of everyday life, focusing on the present moment and casting aside worries of morning traffic, speeding tickets, and upcoming mail-fraud trials. Because every mind and body is different, the theme and focus of every session depends on the needs of its participants—though each remains rooted in the spirit of mindfulness and balance within the individual. Previous and planned retreats include Learning to Let Go and Mindful Eating. Holding the highest of yoga training and education, Diane leads a supportive, disciplined classroom, strengthening her students' minds while expelling stress, tension, and chronic spit ballers.
Bikram Yoga Athens is a state-of the-art yoga studio, complete with a purified-air heating system and antimicrobial carpet. Classes, led by experienced Bikram instructors, guide students of all experience levels through 26 postures that take place in a room heated to 105 degrees, designed to detoxify systems and make muscles more pliable than Gumby losing a fight with a taffy puller. The studio rents or sells yoga mats and towels before class and houses changing rooms equipped with showers and bathrooms so that guests can cool down.
Students glide slowly across the gleaming wood floors of Columbia Tai Chi Center, their controlled purposeful movements sihouetted in natural light from a window. Wesley Adams, the director and head instructor, leads students through the moving meditation that is Tai Chi, helping students find balance and peace as they learn the ancient discipline. Wesley also offers Q-Ex Mindful Movement classes, a contemporary fitness program that draws on the ancient practices of Tai Chi and Qigong to help build strength and reduce stress. All his classes are small, with a 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio to ensure all students can benefit from personal attention and no one student hogs all the relaxation.
Featured on Scene on 7 for its flexibility-boosting, detoxifying hot-yoga classes, 90 Degrees Hot Yatra Yoga brings experienced instructors together with motivated students seven days a week for challenging traditional- and hot-yoga practice. A fusion of heated-yoga styles, yatra yoga's one-hour sessions guide yogis through heat-deepened postures designed to warm the muscles, limber the body, and purge the mind of half-finished scripts for buddy-cop comedies. Both challenging and accessible for students with various levels of yoga experience, yatra yoga allows participants to work through poses at their own speed, honing mental clarity and facilitating the release of toxins through sweat.
For more than two decades, founder Kristi Ried-Barton has passed on the system of health and nutrition maintenance she learned through yoga. She teaches these methods to overall wellbeing through classes such as vinyasa flow, amrit yoga, and beginner courses. There’s also courses for newcomers as well as life coaching and yoga workshops and events.
The Center of Bliss, LLC, helps clients achieve peace of mind and body by offering a holistic health plan. Founder Katie Edwards heads a team of acupuncturists and herbalists who use traditional Chinese medicine to keep bodies healthy and in balance. Ashtanga yoga classes help clients foster a deeper connection to their own bodies and breathing, and a massage therapist soothes stress in connective tissues.