Atlanta has lots of good karma to go around and it’s truly an exciting time to be a yogi! The yoga community is passionate, vast, and crazy creative. Studios learn from one another, identify a niche, and bring their own unique versions of what’s best to the scene.
And this city knows there’s no one right way to practice — which means there’s no one best studio to practice in. Maybe you like to start your work week right with some Yin practice and finish Friday night with Bikram. Or maybe you’re a perfectionist, seeking the most optimal Iyengar sessions?
Whether you’re on the market for a new tribe or curious about the hottest place for hot yoga, you’re sure to find a fit (or two) in Atlanta’s yogi community.
Thunderbolt Power Yoga
Bring on the Yogastorm (their phrase, not ours) at Thunderbolt in Buckhead Court. This studio offers hot power yoga classes on the daily and sprinkles in some fan favorites like Yoga for Athletes and Dubstep or Hip Hop Power Flow. Every class ends with a cool-down featuring a eucalyptus essential oil-doused Savasana towel, designed to mesh with lemongrass and lavender diffused in the room. This is relaxation at its peak.
Dancing Dogs Yoga
Founder Shelly Lowther is a certified badass and Baptiste-style yoga teacher — conquering Mount Kilimanjaro is checked off her bucket list, and you can bet her classes are as powerful and motivating as she is. Sign up for weekly Power Hours out of their Old Fourth Ward location to get your butt kicked in the best way, or opt for Yinpowerment, which combines the easing elements of Yin yoga with the kick-pow-punch of power.
Be Hot Yoga Atlanta
This studio prides itself on being the first Bikram practice in the area and keeps true to tradition. They heat the room to a solid 106 degrees and flow through a series of 26 postures in a 90-minute session. Owner Cristina Rey credits this style of yoga for the control, trust, and stability she has with her body when indulging in her hobby of free-form skydiving (perks of the job, we suppose). Come find your own purpose and get hot at their VaHi studio.
This popular yoga studio is making Atlanta sweat more than usual. They’ve made their mark all over the city—from Midtown to Buckhead to Ponce City Market—and bring with them a line-up of high-intensity workouts paired with all the focus and flow of yoga. Head to Yoga Sculpt for free weights, squats, cardio poses, and inevitably sweat-drenched yoga towels.
Wondering about hot yoga? Wonder no more. Midtown’s evolation offers beginner-level “warm” classes to quite literally warm you up. Once you’re good and cozy, hop into a Bikram or Barkan method class to put your muscles to the test. Also, keep an eye on their event line-up. They frequently offer seminars, introducing philosophy and storytelling into your routine.
Tough Love Yoga
On the edge of Little Five Points, you’ll find this eclectic haven for rebel yogis. They’re all about being affordable ($10 for a drop-in!), accessible (there’s something for everyone and every ability), and the home of Metal Yoga (“Melt your face off in a very relaxing and healing way,” they say). Stop by for “yogahour”—a laid-back class dedicated to perfecting your form and flow—or try “buddha-licious” and find your flow to some ’80s hip-hop.
While Vita-Prana offers a variety (think Beginner, Yin, Hatha), they really shine when it comes to Aerial Yoga. After two Introduction to Aerial Yoga classes, you can move up to the next level to really start flipping and flying! Head to this spot in Vinings, where there’s a hammock with your name on it.
onlYoga takes pride in creating intimate and challenging core courses, all creatively designed by the staff. Stop into their Midtown spot on a Saturday to see for yourself! That’s when they offer free Ashtanga classes for both seasoned and fresh-faced yogis. But watch their event page for the real hidden gems — you’ll see offerings like OY Aerial yoga classes, Thai massages, and body rolling workshops.
Highland Yoga flows in Grant Park, VaHi, and Buckhead, and all of the studios are heated to 93 degrees and host creatively-structured classes. For example, Heated Power Vinyasa is an all-body workout all about strength, while Slow Burn Vinyasa really focuses on your core. But the star of the show is the Yin/Restorative class, dedicated to soothing sore muscles and speeding up recovery.
Kashi is your neighborhood ashram (where you gain your yogi spirituality) dedicated to building the Lake Claire community through mindfulness and inclusive classes. Check out their high-intensity Yoga Boot Camp series for a daily burn, and keep an eye out for special workshops and events. They offer a 10-Day Yoga Detox three times a year, complete with a daily yoga class, meditation sessions, semi-fasts, and reiki sessions.
Heating up in Brookhaven and Buckhead, BURN’s most popular class is Burn Sculpt Yoga: a mix of Pilates, barre, and yoga (and you can bet free weights are involved!). For added fun, you’ll wear a heart rate monitor to track your sweat sesh in real time and see it on the 70-inch in-studio TV. If this isn’t enough of a burn for you, pair your yoga with cycling and kickboxing classes.
This studio (that borders Buckhead, Midtown, and, of course, Westside) offers five distinct classes, each one focusing on a different kind of yogic style. Build your strength at the BURN power yoga classes, or RESTORE your sanity with light Vinyasa flow and a heavy dose of meditation. And if you’re still searching for your flow, this might be where you’ll find it.
Red Hot Yoga
Red Hot Yoga kicks your typical sweat sesh up a notch. Their Hot and Power classes are superheated to 102 degrees for some real release and relaxation after the workday. If you can’t wait until 5 o’clock, swing through Buckhead and stop in for a Lunch Crunch class to get in your midday ab workout.
Sacred Thread Yoga
Found in East Atlanta, Old Fourth Ward, and by the airport in Hapeville, Sacred Thread offers highly unique classes. Though, if we had to pick any, we’d say check out their Yoga Nidra class, a practice that includes body scan, sensory perception, and imagery exercises. Practicing it is said to ease insomnia and stimulate deep relaxation.
Formerly Infinity Yoga, this popular studio has ungone a metamorphosis and joined the expansive, nationwide YogaWorks family. In Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody, and Old Fourth Ward, yogis of all ages and abilities can get down with their signature and ever-popular classes like Heated Vinyasa, Yoga for Runners and Athletes, Power to the Core, Yoga Sculpt, Flow and Meditation, and many more. Fitt Tip: for a price to match, you can buy a YW passport to gain access to all ATL locations.
From the moment you enter its door in Grant Park, Nirvana Yoga’s studio will feel like home. The studio, with a vibe that’s sort of a cross between Buddhist temple and a ski lodge, houses a community passionate about their alignment-based and Vinyasa flows. From a Rise and Shine Yoga Flow to Moonlit Movement and all the hours between, Nirvana has everything—including Hip Hop Yoga workshops—that you need for your practice.