Yoga, like many things in American life, falls on a spectrum. There is trendy, expensive yoga, free outdoor yoga, underwater yoga and even naked yoga. Practices depend largely on the person and their goals, and whether you’re just looking for an excuse to wear your yoga pants all day, want to try out a new studio or heal your broken chakra, we've got you covered. Get up to speed on all things bendy and relaxing before National Yoga Month comes to a close with these spots in Atlanta. Namaste.
Sunday, September 25th, 11:30 a.m.
H2Om: Yoga at the W Atlanta Downtown
Downtown, 45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd
We’re not sure there’s a better way to enjoy a savasana than at the W Atlanta’s rooftop pool. After you finish your water yoga (underwater child’s pose, anyone?), enjoy complimentary cocktails, Bai Bubbles sparklers and pool access, complete with full towel service.
Sunday, September 25th, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Yoga at the Four Seasons
Midtown, 75 14th St NE
Yoga at the Four Seasons is more of a retreat than a work out: DJ’s, beverages, aromatherapy and complimentary chair massages are all available after you sweat out your physical and emotional toxins through some tree posing and sun saluting. Talk about a relaxing Sunday afternoon.
Monday, September 26th, 7 p.m.
Yoga at Piedmont Park
If you’re looking for a quick after work stretching session, this is the place to go. No fees, no fuss, no experience needed. Just grab a mat and get your stretch on out in the open. As long as you don’t mind showing off your down dog to passing joggers, that is.
Sacred Thread or Sacred Sweat
Old Fourth Ward, 828 Ralph McGill Blvd ste W2
Sign up for three classes at Sacred Thread or Sacred Sweat. Low commitment, high reward. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a towel if you’re trying hot yoga, because you will need one when sweat is dripping out of your every pore. Cute, we know, but worth it.
Pure Motion Yoga
North Druid Hills, 1174-B Zonolite Pl
Two weeks of unlimited stress release sounds like a pretty sweet deal on its own, but when you hear gifts are involved it gets even better. Whether you’re looking to unwind after work, fix your breathing pattern or get that damn kink out of your neck you have from staring at your computer screen all day, some quality yoga is the way to go. And even if you achieve none of those things, you’ll still have a tote bag and reusable glass water bottle to prove that you at least tried.
Grant Park, 332 Ormond St SE #103
The best way to form a habit is to do something 21 days straight. While we might not recommend yoga-ing quite that much, you can make a start with one month of unlimited yoga classes at Highland Yoga. If you go often enough, you’re bound to start getting flexible, right? Think of the things you’ll be able to do with your body (*slow wink*).
Saturday, October 1st, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Harvest Table: A Yoga Festival
Cumming, 7490 Whitmire Rd
This one is for all you seasoned, crunchy granola yogis out there. This is a full day yoga festival, complete with fairy garden building, reiki healing, sacred infinity walks and ecstatic dancing to the beat of a thousand drums. Or maybe five drums, but the point is, there will be drums. Set your spirit free, turn your phone off and lay your body down on nature’s floor where yoga was meant to be enjoyed.
Hand-Picked Atlanta Editorial Intern Emily van den Berg is an ATL city girl from a small-town village in Holland. She spends most of her time reading, imagining what it’s like to be a superhero and setting up her Netflix queue. She believes that every dog she meets is her new best friend and often wonders if their owners will notice if she takes them with her.