Decatur >Fitness > Decatur Yoga & Pilates
431 W Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA | Directions 3003033.775841 -84.303675
6:00 am - 7:30 pm Mon. - Fri.
9:00 am - 4:30 pm Sat. & Sun.
I love this studio – I moved to Atlanta a month ago, and right away I wanted to find a great studio where I could practice regularly and feel at home. I had been practicing yoga for a little while before this -- sort of nervously, since I have never been very active and am just starting to get in pretty good shape. DYP has really given me an opportunity to get into the practice and meet myself where I am.
As a non-fitness-oriented person, there are a few things I want from a yoga practice. I want yoga to be an "experience" and not just a workout. I want it to be zen but not overly spiritual. I want to feel accepted no matter how imperfect my practice is. I want it to always be okay if I sit out a pose, but I also want to be gently challenged at just the right time. I also want safety to come first. I have gotten all of these things at DYP and more.
I have practiced with almost every instructor at DYP by now -- and although each of them have quite unique styles (something I really appreciate!), all of them have been kind, straightforward, safety-oriented, and quite knowledgeable. I have always felt welcome and at home. The vibe I get from the studio, the gentle instruction, and of course the lavender towels after the hot classes, have turned me into a genuine yoga addict.
good and MEAN – I practiced my bikram Yoga during a couple business trips at this studio and although I enjoyed a few classes (without being screamed at): Unfortunately I encountered a couple quite mean teachers who seem to be really enjoying screaming at you and force you to do things their way regardless your capabilities.
E.g., during the head to knee pose, she insisted that my legs were not far apart enough, not only that, she uses a wooden scale to point to me several times, regardless I kept telling her that I had knee injuries and they hurt.
Unfortunately not everybody is very inspired this way, some of us simply wants to practise Yoga at our own pace and we paid for it to improve our health. We are NOT doing this for teachers/others, and we know what is best for us.
I must also mention not every instructor at this studio is mean. Usually I enjoyed the 6AM class, it seems I can have excellent ones during this time - he even offers to fill my water bottle between poses! Thank you
Awesome studio – Hmmmm, I started coming to this studio 3 months ago after being a regular at one of the Bikram studios mentioned below. I'll admit this studio's Bikram isn't as hardcore as a true Bikram studio but if you've truly practiced Bikram, it won't matter. You either know the yoga or you don't, the instructor shouldn't matter.
The other styles of yoga are wonderful and a great compliment to a Bikram practice. I have found the instructors to be very safety-focused and they do a great job of thoroughly demonstrating the more difficult poses prior to having the class move in to them. If I don't know a pose and they're not demonstrating, I've simply asked and they come right over.
I also found practicing at a Bikram studio was actually giving me repetitive stress injuries. Since widening my yoga style focus, the numbness I was experiencing has left. I purposefully take the Bikram classes at DYP because their instructors aren't militant about you following the instruction to a tee.
The changing room could be a big larger but oh well. I'm enjoying how friendly everyone is and how few egos I've encountered. People talk to you and there's a real community. A huge change that will keep me coming back. Plus, I'm loving the strength I'm building from the new styles I'm being exposed too. All in all yoga is a personal journey and this studio does a great job guiding you to find what's best for your body vs. what fits their 'dialogue'.
look for better yoga elsewhere – This studio offers substandard instruction and facility. The quality of hot yoga instruction is substandard compared to nearby Bikram yoga studios such as Bikram Yoga Decatur or Bikram Yoga Marietta.
Furthermore, restroom is small and dirty, and the studio is not well maintained.
On top of that, people who run the studios are crooks. I paid $150 on August 10 for unlimited one month pass, to expire on September 10, 2010(written on the receipt). On August 22, 2010(12 days later), I was told that my pass had expired and that I had not paid for the classes, LOL.
If this was not all the problems with this studio, that would be OK. However, on top of that, instructors at this studio SUCK BIG TIME and quality of the instruction is substandard, to say the least.
I lost track time of the time instructors at this studio told me that I'm able to do this or that advanced pose with ease because of natural flexibility. I happen to be a relative beginner suffering from severe back and knee injury, as well as chronic illness. I used to be super stiff before beginning yoga and is able to do advanced pose with ease due to superior yoga instruction I received elsewhere.
If I had to depend on the instructors at this studio to learn how to do advanced poses, I would suck big time, LOL!
If you want your yoga to SUCK BIG TIME unless you are naturally flexible and also be billed twice, try out this studio. Otherwise, go somewhere else.
Both the quality of instruction and condition of facility at Decatur Yoga & Pilates is third rate. On top of that, their billing process is crooked and this business deserve to be driven into bankruptcy.
My sincere hope and prayer is that Decatur Yoga & Pilates go out of business soon, driven by more ethical and well managed competitors. Namaste.
Highly qualified yoga and Pilates instructors – The previous reviewer obviously had a bad experience with a yoga instructor who was at Decatur Yoga and Pilates for a short time and is no longer there. The encounter happened outside of the studio.
That said, the yoga and Pilates instructors at DYP are all highly trained and hold a minimum of 200 hour certification--most have surpassed this--and continue their learning with workshops and other continuing education. Decatur Yoga and Pilates is a great place to practice, learn, and grow as a yoga and/or Pilates practitioner and as a person. The studio offers four types of Hot Yoga: Bikram, Hot Core Power, Hot Vinyasa, and Hot Pranakriya, four types of not-hot Yoga: Pranakriya, Restorative, Anusara-Inspired, and Prenatal, and Pilates, including Yogalates.
The previous reviewer is also mistaken--"Lotus Yoga and Pilates" does not exist. There is a Studio Lotus, and they offer Pilates, but not yoga.
Please disregard the previous reviewer's comments. They are in no way a representation of the studio as a whole or the vast majority of people's experiences there.
I drive from Duluth to practice yoga here!!! – Decatur Yoga and Pilates has an amazing staff, excellent class structure, and of course, the wonderful wet towel dipped in lavendar oil that is placed over your forehead after your hard work in the hot room. I have been to many yoga studios around the metro area, and I immediately felt at home here. ALL, and I mean, ALL of the instructors are approachable, knowledgeable, and humble all at the same time. I am completely hooked on this studio...and not to mention, because of how I feel about the studio, I go no less than 4 times per week..yoga and DYP has changed my body and my life.
Best of the Best – Atlanta is blessed to have some great yoga studios and this one is the best of the best. The studio is tucked away in Decatur down in an underground hidey hole--like a diamond in a mine. After years of trying Bikram off and on, I love the Hot Core Power classes which are flow classes with breath and bodywork to music--very inspirational. The attitude at Decatur Yoga and Pilates is nurturing and positive--Bikram for true yogis (no competition, no judgment, listen to your body, go at your own pace) rather than Bikram by negative slave drivers (too many rules.) I was a cardio-funk/step aerobics instructor and personal trainer for 7 years and can tell you that this studio delivers a challenging workout. Get ready to sweat! You will get out of it what you put into it. If you are a beginner come early because out of consideration for everyone they lock the door once the class has started. The teachers are well educated. I have been 20-40 lbs overweight and I have never been intimidated to practice here. The lavender soaked towel at the end of class is worth the price of the drop in fee. I feel great every time I leave, having done the work I was meant to do. You will, too.
-Wish they had an 8:00 or 8:30 AM class before work--this is the only drawback
-Because it's hot, sometimes there is a smelly funk when I walk in the door to the hot room. Air freshener, candles and incense, please --laugh!
-Great books to read in the waiting area
yoga that's accessible and rewarding – I'm a 5-year veteran of Decatur Hot Yoga, a lovely studio conveniently located near downtown Decatur. At 59, I feel more fit, calmer, and more confident than ever before. Teachers at DHY are professional and knowledgeable; classes are small and flexible enough that teachers can give individual help and guidance where needed. They make an effort to get to know you and what your body needs. DHY offers a wide variety of classes, both hot and non-hot (Pilates included!), and you're invited to sample in order to find the right fit for you. You can be as challenged or relaxed as you like. GIve DHY a try; like I was, you'll be hooked!
Best Studio I've Tried! – I've been practicing yoga off and on since I was a teen in three or four cities, and this is by far the best studio I've tried!
The instructors are so warm and friendly, and you can definitely get a GREAT workout there without feeling intimidated. They let you work at your own level, and they don't push you to go further than you're ready for. There's no pressure, just opportunity. Classes allow you to build both your body and your spirit, and have given me a much deeper appreciation of yoga.
The facility is very clean and ambient. They do a wonderful job of creating a very zen atmosphere right when you walk through the door. They also have a wide offering of boutique-style yoga wear and yoga mats and accessories. It's really a one-stop shop for all of your yoga needs.
Pricing for classes is also very competitive, and the discounts for students, teachers, seniors, and military service persons are generous. With the wide variety of classes - yoga AND Pilates from 6:00 AM until 7:30 PM - available, there's really something for everyone at this studio. I can't imagine being anywhere else!
Fantastic place! – Decatur Hot Yoga offers challenging classes, great instructors and a clean and friendly environment. I also don't find myself getting bored with the class selections. There is something for everyone!
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