Sunshine and Sun Salutations at Yoga on the Terrace

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There’s nothing like doing a sun salutation with the sun shining on you. Thanks to the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta and its Yoga on the Terrace series, this is how I kicked off last weekend. 

Now, if you follow my blog, you are well aware that the Four Seasons is my go-to spot for relaxation — so what better place to take a yoga class? The series is being offered every Saturday in October at 9 a.m., with classes being taught by the fabulous Octavia Raheem.

Of course, the only down side to yoga on the terrace is that you’re at the mercy of Mother Nature. And this past Saturday in Atlanta was the chilliest morning of the fall. Oh, and did I mention the wind? But seriously, I didn’t really mind. I love classes outside — especially yoga, since I feel like being in nature (even in the city) connects you more to the practice.

For the next hour, we downward dogged and planked to the sounded of two live drummers (the theme for this practice was “Getting Grounded: Soulful Drums”). Octavia did an excellent job of talking us through a variety of poses, offering modifications to those who needed them, and picking poses that would help us anchor our mats against the wind.

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In spite of the elements, I felt more relaxed — and grounded — by the time we finished. If you’re interested in giving this “fit” a try, each class is $20 (advanced purchase) or $25 (at the door). Valet parking is complimentary, and towels, mats, and water are provided.

To register for this Saturday’s session (which I will probably be attending), visit the Yoga on the Terrace event page.

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