At A Healing Paradigm, wellness-focused practitioners collaborate to help their clients achieve optimal health, inside and out. Counseling sessions aim to lift inner spirits, and yoga classes burn calories and sculpt muscles. The center's walking group leads travelers along a nature trail featuring colorful foliage and the occasional lost yeti.
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.
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."
Jai Shanti's dedicated, professional teachers are committed to bringing the health and life benefits of yoga to everyone, even if you happen to be a fictional character. With more than 30 weekly classes, Jai Shanti can match a style of body bending to match the needs of every Atlantan, including special assistance and tailored programs for people with special needs. Newbies can relax and limber up with Gentle Stretch and Yoga Basics, reconnect mind and body with Meditative Posture Flows, or challenge their muscles and connective tissues with Yoga Workout. If stretching is more of a secondary goal, Lindy Hop your way to inner peace during Dance Meditation, find an excuse to wear your grass skirt and leis with Poi Spinning, or bring a performing partner to the gymnastic fusion of Acrobatic Yoga. And if you're so manly that your pants fly off your body every time you flex, the Nude Yoga men's class makes sure that nothing comes between you and the sun you're saluting. Click on any date on the calendar and consult the class guide to learn more and choose an appropriate class.
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.