In the year 2000, after hundreds of hours of yoga practice, workshops, and conferences, Tanya Edwards's hard work culminated in the opening of her very own studio, Art of Yoga. And today, alongside her team of certified yoga teachers, Tanya helps practitioners of all experience levels build strong bodies and sound minds with an eclectic teaching style grounded in the Hatha yoga tradition. The serene, sage-colored studio heats up to a balmy 95 degrees during hot yoga, a 90-minute routine of stretching and sweating that encourages the body to expel harmful toxins, such as liquefied body parts of T-1000. Other class styles include a gentler restorative class, an intense core-centric yoga class, and a Bollywood fusion class that infuses low-impact Eastern dances with Western fitness techniques.
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 2000 hour certification with additional training in therapeutics and meditation. 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 has also assisted yoga master Aadil Palkhivala with workshops and teacher training.
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cooldown exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
A household name on the Atlanta yoga circuit and a skilled teacher of the ancient art, Bethany Vaughn brings credibility to Red Hot Yoga. She houses the studio in a space formerly used by an antique flooring company, welcoming students to spread their mats over beautiful 100-year-old wide-plank pine flooring in the two expansive practice spaces. Bethany centers her fifth and favorite studio on a power-yoga style that's performed in a 105-degree setting. Three levels of power classes cater to practitioners of all abilities, helping those new to the practice to link the flowing poses with conscious breathing techniques while challenging more experienced stretchers with advanced postures. Red Hot Yoga's 4,200 square feet of space includes changing and shower facilities, eliminating the need to bring along a tent equipped with shelves.
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 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."