Like the concept of yin and yang, Be Yoga is composed of two contrasting halves. The front room stays at 75 degrees, and the back room reaches a toasty 95 degrees, which helps bodies release toxins and sink deeply into stretches. In these two rooms, certified instructors lead yoga classes in styles ranging from yin yoga, which keeps poses relaxed and on the ground, to Baptiste power yoga, which blends breathing exercises with energetic, flowing movements.
The Be Yoga yogis also train aspiring teachers, who must prove their mettle in a 200-hour course and rescue a princess to receive certification by Yoga Alliance. Reaching out beyond the studio, Be Yoga aids Strong Woman—a volunteer-based program that supports women and children in need—with yoga classes, meals, and donations.
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.
At Marietta Center for Yoga and Well Being, yoga classes represent a fraction of the therapeutic practices offered. Wanda DeVaughn augments private yoga sessions with special techniques, such as chakra focus, which includes meditation to rebalance internal energy, and koshas, which brings awareness to students' five levels of being. Alternatively, Tina Rae teaches the importance of eating well through holistic chef services and nutritional counseling.