You want the yoga studio experience: a connection to yogic tradition, not a mere exercise regimen. But you still want to feel like you’ve gotten a workout. It can be a tricky combination, yet the answer in Five Points South is clear. You want The Yoga Circle.
Like the neighborhood’s combination of historic charm and linear modernism, The Yoga Circle is a natural combination of opposing influences. The studio space is bright — light bamboo flooring, a wall of mirrors, and floor-to-ceiling windows. It has the tidy polish of a sleek fitness studio, but the colorful wall motifs and sanskrit lettering feels properly yogic.
Classes here are warm at least and generally hot, with clear Bikram leanings. “Every visit has left me sweating yet energized, renewed, peaceful, and with a reinforced sense of comfort about my yoga practice,” wrote Yelp reviewer Janece M.
“I also like that this studio makes an effort to be creative about what they offer,” wrote Carrie R, also on Yelp. Their unique lineups “show that The Yoga Circle is committed to keeping their classes fresh and interesting and is willing to have a little fun with yoga even though they take it seriously.” We agree that the mix of classes like Candlelight Slow Flow and Fat Girl Yoga set this studio apart.
The Yoga Circle’s online signup system reflects the combination of busy students and professionals who populate much of the neighborhood. It’s perfect for folks who appreciate both a digital environment and the time saved by knowing what you’re getting. Signing up online, you know if there’s room to drop into a class, wasting no time in transit if there’s no more space.
That transit time shouldn’t be long, though. Located just east of the main business and entertainment district, it’s walking distance for many Southside residents. Even when driving makes more sense, it’s likely on the way to and from your regular destinations.
In fact, The Yoga Circle’s location — heading into town from the crest of Red Mountain — showcases the general convenience of Five Points as a neighborhood. It’s a quick hop over the mountain by Vulcan and a straight shot down 20th or Richard Arrington to the city center.