When you need to escape the hustle and bustle of your week, take a trip to Atmasphere. The two-level, 10,000-square-foot lifestyle studio located in the heart of Buckhead provides a peaceful retreat the minute you step inside. Atmasphere offers yoga, cycling and meditation classes for anyone in need of some serious “me time.”
Founder Pavel Stuchlik (along with partner David Santos) wants people to get the most out of their Atmasphere experience, thus bringing meaningful design elements to the space. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite design features in this modern sanctuary that stimulate the senses while challenging the mind, body and soul.
Stop by the water wall.
When you first visit Atmasphere studio, you’ll be asked to close your eyes, stick your hand in a basket and pull out an intention (for example, “hope,” “love,” etc.). Then you’ll walk over to the water wall, take off your shoes and stand on the reflexology rocks at its base. While there, Atmasphere staff ask you to think about something that’s weighing you down — something you want to figuratively release. Think about it, open your eyes, look at the intention you pulled and let it set your state of mind for the day. “Whatever you’re dealing with, that you’re wanting to release and leave here with us, we’re going to take care of it,” Pavel says. “Now symbolically, this means that you have worked through whatever it is and that it has been washed away.” Welcome to Atmasphere.
Center yourself in the Zen Zone.
Go downstairs to the Meditation Hall or as Pavel calls it, the Zen Zone, and sit “crisscross applesauce” under the twinkling stars. You’ll find a blanket, a round Manduka cushion and a pair of Sound Off wireless headphones for you to unwind and become one with your “Atma,” which in Hindi means soul.
According to Pavel, eventually in Phase Two of the design process, they’re “going to use holograms in the actual space — corners will turn into trees.” And if you look up at the constellation while you’re inhaling and exhaling, you’ll notice it (and the entire ceiling) changing colors. The ceiling’s color effect “is based on the seven chakras,” Pavel says. Each chakra is represented by a different color. For example, yellow is the color of the solar plexus chakra (also known as Manipura), located in the stomach area, linked to organs and the muscular system and representing vitality and will.
“This is the most important room. This is where the real work starts,” he says. “Just go inside — it can be two to five minutes but it can reset your whole day. It’s amazing.” Anyone who pays for a class at Atmasphere studio has access to the meditation room (as long as there isn’t a meditative class currently in the room).
Even your toes need attention.
The yoga room floors are made with an extra padding. “It’s basically like a yoga mat underneath a yoga mat and it’s very comfortable when you’re trying to get into a deep zone,” Pavel says. After standing barefoot on the flooring, our tootsies were in for a treat when we tackled Warrior 3.
And the studio is a treat for environment, too. Atmasphere collaborated with Lonseal Flooring’s GreenAir Collection and its suite of low volatile organic compounds (VOC) and FloorScore-certified resilient vinyl products, which support Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), in an effort to create better conditions for all.
With 30 Stages Cycling bikes from which to choose, Pavel says, “We have top-notch bike equipment. The quality of the ride is rare. It’s the closest thing to a road bike.” There’s also eco-friendly LED lighting in the room (and throughout the facility), as well as a bamboo floor, continuing the focus on eco-friendly products and design. And Pavel’s plans for Phase Two will make it easier for those who want to go to class but just can’t seem to get out of the house. “In the next six months, you’ll be able to livestream the classes from home. You’ll just subscribe to our online lifestyle stream and join in,” says Pavel, who has teamed with the folks at Hulu to make this all possible.
The Future of Wellness
Studio members can expect to see additional changes in 2017. Atmasphere will take on more of an earth-inspired look (for example, refurbished wood pieces hanging from the ceiling). “The whole design is based on meaning,” Pavel says. “The earthy features, the elements — it’s all intentional, based on what we want to try to provoke inside of your body.”
Pavel is also planning to add a bar in the lobby from wellness brand, Bulletproof. People can snag protein shakes and sit at a community-style table to interact with staff and others before or after class. “Our intention is so pure behind what we’re here to do,” Pavel says. “We’re not a yoga studio, we’re not a cycling studio, we’re not a meditation studio — we’re a lifestyle brand that is focusing on everything that goes into your life.”
We couldn’t say it any better ourselves. Namaste.
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