Day 23 of Fitness – Sacred Thread Yoga
Atlanta Home Improvement staffer: David Leonard
January is the month that I usually bring my workouts indoors to try different things. And with my body in its mid-40s, for day 23 of Best Self Atlanta’s 30 Days of Fitness blog series, my fitness goal for the day was to work on developing my flexibility. I switched my fitness gear to Yoga and had the opportunity to experience a Vinyasa flow class with Shonali Banerjee at Sacred Thread Yoga in Old Fourth Ward.
Parking is easy, but be sure to give yourself some extra time to get in the door since you will have to be buzzed into the building. After a quick registration, you will then take your shoes off, and place your belongings inside the provided studio cubbies. Remember to turn off your cell phone.
All levels are welcome to this 75-minute class, but remember to bring a yoga mat, a water bottle and wear loose fitting clothes. This workout also includes light chanting.
Because I took this class on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, to commemorate his life, Shonali gave us the opportunity to reconnect with our past dreams while playing truly inspiring music from Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone and Mavis Staples. My soul and body were truly moved.
The workout itself began with chanting, which then awakened us, and I then soon found myself sweating from holding each pose. My favorite part of the workout was holding a handstand (this was optional, and she had a lot of options if this is not where you are) and seeing the world from another perspective.
As she closed our practice, I found the most enjoyable part of this workout was listening to Shonali’s amazingly warm voice sing as we rested in Shavasana. I ended the practice feeling grateful, especially since I was reconnected to a past dream of my own mine on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. -Namaste
Details: 828 Ralph McGill Blvd Suite W2, Atlanta, GA, (404) 500-6762, www.sacredthreadyoga.com