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.
As a Bikram yoga instructor and studio owner, Naedra Fox's job is to make a 105-degree room with 40% humidity a welcoming space. To do this, she and her fellow teachers made a pilgrimage to Los Angeles to attend the once-yearly instructor certification course taught by Bikram Choudhury. The intensive nine-week apprenticeship focuses on more than merely mastering the 26 poses. Certified Bikram instructors learn how to make their classes a beginner-friendly, nonjudgmental space that still pushes students to expand their limits. Additionally, Naedra strives for an inclusive, family atmosphere. Newcomers nervous about the notoriously sweaty, 90-minute Bikram sessions are free to stretch postures only as far as is comfortable for them.
Sacred Garden Yoga founder Cindy Olah discovered a love for nature growing up in Peru. She’s fused that passion with yoga instruction by leading retreats in the mountains of North Georgia, North Carolina, and back home in Peru. Whether outdoors or within her pastel-green workout studio, Cindy and fellow instructors lead non-competitive sessions that foster lifelong friendships. Their group, private, and prenatal sessions emphasize proper body alignment and breath work. Students can also discover healing with reiki and reflexology treatments and workshops on subjects such as meditation and painless band-aid removal.
The Spa at Women’s Premier Fitness sequesters sinew stress and expunges epidermal encumbrances with a range of soothing spa services designed for ladies only. The premier massage, administered by a licensed and certified massage therapist, consists of a customized rubdown designed to stimulate circulation, melt tension, and settle the mind. For those looking to spruce up externally, the body-glow treatment bastes earthly edifices with organic cane sugar, exotic plant oils, and other essential nutrients. A skilled spa master slathers on a generous coat of vitamin-rich massage oil and then further exfoliates the skin by applying triple-action antioxidant vitamins and microcrystals. After body-glow treatments, guests depart with a restored luster and a smoother surface for microscopic rounds of skin-cell hockey.
Kettlebells—iron-shaped balls of varying weights that, with their affixed handles, resemble carry-on cannonballs—provide a low-impact total body workout that simultaneously increases strength and stamina. A recent study found kettlebells to be highly effective, resulting in subjects burning "at least 20.2 calories per minute, which is off the charts. That’s equivalent to running a 6-minute mile pace." You'll learn all this and more during your intro to kettlebells class (which you can apply this Groupon toward). Upon completion, you're free to take more kettlebell classes (drop-in classes are $16) and Pilates mat ($12.50–$16) and apparatus sessions (private session are $54–$60, duet sessions are $37–$44, and semi-private sessions are $30–$38). Feel free to combine these classes at your whimsy to transform yourself into a formidable fat-burning, cardiovascular-boosting, muscle-building monster without the assistance of a full moon.
The Yoga Room's founder, Lynn Louise Wonders, draws upon 15 years of experience as an instructor of meditation, yoga, tai chi, and chi kung, as well as the skills of five instructors, to guide patrons to improved fitness and repose. A teeming class calendar caters to yogis of all stripes and most plaids. Neophytes can choose from a selection of introductory classes, which will convert woeful recumbent chimp posture into regal warrior poise, while intermediate classes incorporate various elements of Iyengar, Anusara, and Ashtanga disciplines. A selection of specialty classes caters to fragile relaxation seekers, expectant mothers, children, and pretzel impersonators. Vinyasa virtuosos can also delight in discovering the distinct calming motions of tai chi and chi kung at the skilled hands of The Yoga Room's seasoned relaxation wizards.