Certified yoga instructor, hypnotherapist, and life coach Andrea Zavislak-Musungwa wants to help her students heal and strengthen their bodies, open their minds, and connect with their spirits. In her newly opened You Yoga, Me Yoga & More studio, she offers a peaceful place to practice calming yin yoga or invigorate the body with more energetic stretching, longer poses, and deep breath work.
Jose Maldonado has been moved by the lively rhythms and smooth horns of Latin music as long as he can remember, swaying his body with the steps of Afro-Cuban, salsa, and cha-cha styles. The Puerto Rico native has been performing, choreographing, and teaching dance since 1999, appearing on stages and film sets across globe and working alongside stars such Oscar D'León, Grupo Niche, and The Black Eyed Peas. In 2004, Jose founded PasoFino Dance Studio, where he shares his passion for dance and years of expertise with aspiring students.
In his spacious studio, Jose and his staff of experienced dance instructors conduct private and group sessions in a variety of styles including salsa, mambo, cha-cha, and belly dancing. They work with students of all experience levels, guiding them through spins, body movements, and footwork at a comfortable pace. The dedicated dancers also choreograph, teach, and perform for special events—ideal for those who’d like to tango at their wedding or break into a lively mambo number during their next company financial-earnings presentation.
Cosmos Fitness, named one of the area?s top 10 fitness centers by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, earns its designation by building relationships between patrons and fitness experts in their locally owned and operated gyms. However, its coziness belies the scope of the facilities. Instructors lead the national exercise programs, Zumba and SilverSneakers. In Zumba classes, students shake off pounds to Latin beats, getting a rigorous cardio workout with simple salsa and rumba steps. SilverSneakers courses, meanwhile, tailor their workouts to seniors and include SilverSplash, a pool-based class where students stay afloat with kickboards, rather than by saddling a balloon seahorse.
Cosmos Fitness also powers solo workouts with extensive cardio equipment, free weights, and a team of personal trainers. The sauna and steam room flank an indoor pool where swimmers can hone their breaststroke or chat up the local mer-people. Before workouts, parents can drop their kids at the Marietta location?s childcare center, whose primary-colored decor matches its trove of rainbow-hued toys.
Mestre Muriel Ribeiro began studying capoeira in his native Brazil at age 18. He eventually came to the United States, where he spent years touring the country teaching the martial art. Today, more than 20 years after his first class, he has established himself in Atlanta where he schools students in the pastime, which blends fighting stances with Latin dance.
Starting in 1998 in the Philadelphia suburbs, the women behind Art of Exotic Dancing have strutted and hip-rolled their way to the forefront of a surge of interest in fun, sensual movement. Dedicated to fostering a comfortable space where all participants feel safe, the certified instructors proffer encouragement and reassurance as they teach dances that emphasize self-expression, personal power, and natural movement. Women learn to dance to a full song during the 90-minute CoreMoves class, while the Signature Workshop fortifies confidence via flirtatious techniques such as sensual walking and slow-motion winking.
Yoga For Families extends the benefits of yoga to children as young as 3, allowing kids to learn yoga's various asanas aside their parents. In addition to studio classes, families can book private in-home lessons for more personal instruction. Dovetailing with yoga's stress-reducing properties, Yoga For Families also offers tension-relieving reflexology treatments and life-coaching services.