Category: Hotlanta Yoga

Hotlanta Yoga Teacher TrainingHello Friends,

I’m happy to hear about your interest in Atlanta’s Best Yoga Teacher Training Program! Our next training begins October 7th.

Dates: October 7th through November 27th
Friday nights 6:30 – 9:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 – 6:00pm

Upon completion, you will be a certified Athletic Power Yoga instructor and a Registered 200 Hour Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance which will prepare you to teach the gamut of flow yoga styles including Yoga for Beginners, Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga and Athletic Power Yoga which you can then teach pretty much any where in the world! Hotlanta Yoga certified teachers are working in amazing places like in El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Costa Rica, London and more.

My partner and I decided to take the time tested alignment cues of Iyengar Yoga, (my original practice) and the years of training we did with the two guys that originated Power Yoga (Baron Baptiste and Brian Kest) and enhance it with functional movement philosophy and extra core strengthening techniques. Deep core strength creates foundational balance and power that translate into speed, joint stability and an increase in performance that translates into everything a body is asked to do, on or off the mat.

The Training includes:

• In depth alignment cues, modifications, variations, adjustments and contra indications for 70+ postures
• Yoga History and Philosophy
• Breath practices (Pranayama)
• The Business of Yoga
• Unique, Smart and Safe Sequencing
• Meaningful Class Themes
• Intro to Ayurveda
• Pertinent Anatomy and physiology
• Practice Teaching

We believe that yoga should be elevating, challenging and inspiring. It has to be or we wouldn’t keep coming to the mat. So there is a lot of work and and joy in all that we do. We hope to share this with you so you too can be an inspiration to all.

The full price of the 8 week training is $2,100. If you need to, you can take advantage of our payment plan of $300 a week. Please don’t hesitate to contact me to chat or if you have any questions. Looking forward to it.

Peace and Blessings,
Malia Hilliard



Great Kettlebell warm-up designed to engage the right muscles in the right sequence so that your Two Handed Kettlebell Swing is mindful and safe. Practice with StrongFirst certified instructors at Hotlanta Yoga. Try our Kettlebell Yoga classes for a great flexibility and power combination workout. Hotlanta Yoga is located in the Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta, Georgia.

Before you perform your first full swings, you might want to start with this  five minute Kettlebell Warm-up :

SQUAT: 20reps

  • Feet hip width apart. Place KB at your toes.
  • With straight arms grab the KB handle. Shoulders drawn back.
  • Knees over the ankles during entire movement.
  • Extend hips and knees until you are in a fully standing position.
  • Glutes and abs are engaged.
  • Glutes streach in the low position, glutes tighten in the up position.

DEAD LIFT: 15reps

  • Feet hip width apart. Place KB at your toes.
  • Shoulders drawn back.
  • With a straight back drive hips forward.
  • At the top position engage glutes and abs
  • At the bottow position, shoulder back, feet press apart.

LOW SWING: 10reps

  • When you grab the KB step back till KB tips and hamstrings engage.
  • Feet wide enough for a two handed low swing.
  • Swing KB between legs and back to start position.
  • Repeat with a straight back and while engauging legs, abs and grip.


Thank you for your interest in the Hotlanta Yoga Teacher Training. As you know, Yoga is really incredible. It transforms unhealthy, unhappy people in to fit happy ones. It increases strength and flexibility, decreases stress and inspires people to live more conscious lives. Teaching Yoga is profoundly gratifying and provides a fun, healthy and flexible lifestyle. It gives you the freedom to live anywhere, travel if you want and all while you are helping people. It’s pretty amazing.
Whether you want to deepen your own practice or become a certified instructor to teach yoga to others, Hotlanta Yoga offers a Teacher Training program that isn’t just highly educational, it is transformational. The knowledge gained through this 8 week, 200 hour program will fully prepare you to lead a classroom of students through beginner to advanced sequences as well as teach one-on-one sessions. We share decades of expertise to bring you the best, most in-depth training available in Atlanta. Over the course of 8 weekends, you will gain a deep understanding of the foundations of yoga, yoga philosophy, the fundamental postures, as well as the art and science of creating safe sequences. 

Our program is unique because we understand the power of yoga to help heal injury and increase performance. Therefore, our teacher trainees leave our program with a distinct knowledge of body mechanics, relevant anatomy and the many variations available for each posture to keep students safe and to better those with existing injuries.

In this training, you will learn:

  • The fundamental Yoga postures, their alignment principles, benefits, potential risks and variations
  • Body mechanics, anatomy, and the art of observation 
  • Lines of energy and roots and rebounds
  • Hands on adjustments
  • The art and science of sequencing 
  • The foundations of Yoga philosophy and why Yoga works
  • An introduction to Pranayama and Yogic Breathing
  • How to work with beginners as well as advanced students
  • Both the Sanskrit and English names of the postures
  • Graduates will be able to register with Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 level

With the Hotlanta Yoga Teacher Training you will attain a deeper understanding of all things yoga, greatly enhance your own practice and gain the knowledge and confidence to share yoga with anyone and everyone.

Our training is 8 weekends long and classes meet Friday nights 7-9, Saturdays 12-8 and Sundays 9:30-6:30.

Hotlanta Yoga
Teacher Training
in Atlanta!

Thank you for your interest in the Hotlanta Yoga Teacher Training.

As you know, Yoga is really incredible. It transforms unhealthy, unhappy people in to fit happy ones. It increases strength and flexibility, decreases stress and inspires people to live more conscious lives. Teaching Yoga is profoundly gratifying and provides a fun, healthy and flexible lifestyle. It gives you the freedom to live anywhere, travel if you want and all while you are helping people. It’s pretty amazing.

Yoga has developed for thousands of years into the many forms available today, each having merit (well, mostly) and each having their place, however, we believe that all Yoga should begin with traditional fundamental alignment principles and breath techniques, that every teacher should understand the variations available for each pose including those using props like blocks and straps, and that good teachers know how to both prevent and help treat injury. After completing our 200 Hour course, you will know all the basics of how to teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga based on the alignment principles of Iyengar with variations that can turn any class into an Athletic Power Yoga class. We go over all the main Yoga postures from each category of poses including Standing Postures, Forward Bends, Twists, Balance Postures, Backbends, Inversions, Core Strengtheners, Arm Balances and Restoratives. Of course we also cover the basics on how to create sequences, how to handle the myriad of things that come up in class – like what to do when a pregnant woman shows up to your advanced class or how to help a beginner – as well as how to find your own teaching voice and come from a place of authenticity.

Because it is so important for you to totally submerse yourself in Yoga while you are going through the training, we offer you all the Yoga classes you can take at our studio absolutely free. Sounds crazy I know, but we want you to allow this Yoga Teacher Training to completely transform you, whether you plan on teaching once you have finished or not. Many people take the training simply to deepen their understanding of Yoga and improve their own practice. The Hotlanta Yoga Teacher Training will transform you regardless of your objectives, in the most beautiful way.

Early Bird Special $1850 (15th of May)
Regular Enrollment $2000

Our training is 8 weekends long from July 11th to August 30th, and classes meet Friday nights 7-9, Saturdays 12-8 and Sundays 9:30-6:30 at Atlanta’s best Yoga studio.

Your teachers:
Malia Hilliard and Damian Viera.

Heart of Teaching Yoga

 Damian Viera

Hot Yoga?

Hot yoga is a broad term referring to any form of yoga practiced in a heated room. Temperatures range from 85 to 110 degrees and humidity levels vary. Sound like some sort of inhumane torture technique to you? Well don’t knock it till you try it. Hot Yoga has rapidly gained global popularity because of its many benefits. Read on and you might start to understand why so many people are hooked.

First of all, Hot Yoga assists your body in sweating out toxins while allowing you to safely go deeper into asanas (yoga postures.) And although all yoga benefits your body and psyche simultaneously by keeping the you present at all times through the use of yogic breathing, yoga in a heated room allows for less time spent warming up the body through activity, and more time spent on focused deep breathing and postures. The immediate results are weight loss, muscle and joint support, increased mobility, tension and stress reduction, detoxification, immune support, and increased performance.

Hot Yoga and its purification methods have demonstrated to be exceptionally valuable for a range of issues. Still not sold? Read a little more about the incredible benefits Hot Yoga provides below:

Weight Loss
Hot Yoga increases the rate of your pulse, and your body then has to work to thermo-regulate by escalating calorie expenditure. It does this by amplifying the oxidation of fat cells. The heat in the room makes even the slowest hot yoga class a sweaty one. One of my favorite sayings? “Sweat is fat crying.” Go to three Hotlanta Yoga classes a week for a month and you’ll see what I’m talking about. *Be sure to bring water and a towel.

Muscle and Joint Pain
Several joints, particularly the vertebrae, discontinue lubricating as effectively when a person enters into their thirties. Hot Yoga promotes joint lubrication that may alleviate common feelings of stiffness and soreness, both reactively and proactively.

Cold muscles tend to be more likely to tear while stretched. Hot Yoga advocates propose that stretching warm muscles is more effective and lets the practitioner progress deeper into poses. Since stretching is an efficient way to increase flexibility, Hot Yoga may help increase ones range of motion, thwart accidental injuries, and help you heal from prior physical traumas.

Tension Relief
Exercise, deep breathing, and reflection have been proven to decrease anxiety and stress levels, and Hot Yoga combines all three. The psyche’s fight to concentrate on poses in a heated atmosphere distracts and distances the mind from all things outside the body. Lower stress levels allow for better sleep, improving the immune system and energy levels. Lower anxiety levels on the whole reduce weight gain, decrease the possibility of illness and injury, and calm heart-rates and blood pressure.

Immune System
Raising your core temperature simulates a fever-like environment in your body which elevates white blood cell production, fighting viruses and bacteria. Your body also makes additional interferon, which raises the production of antibodies. Stress weakens the immune system, so activities that lessen stress also reduce vulnerability to health issues.

Increased Performance
Many athletes take up Hot Yoga to improve their stamina and balance as well as increase their flexibility, all of which increase accomplishment levels and decrease injury risk in other physical activities. Well-stretched muscle tissue has improved range of motion and less risk of tearing. Joints in good alignment are less pain-prone in high impact physical activities. Yogic breathing increases oxygen intake, improving execution and stamina in cardio and anaerobic activities.

But these massive physical benefits are just a “side effect” of this mighty exercise. Hot Yoga challenges you to stay fully focused and present. It shares ancient techniques that tone every single part of you, including your mind. The more focus you have, the more precise and effective you become in everything you do.

Join us at Hotlanta Yoga today to experience the transformation. See you in class!!

Heart of

Teaching Yoga

The heart of teaching yoga is itself a form of yoga, requiring practice, self-reflection, compassion and sensitivity. A teacher with “heart” is a teacher who encourages and inspires, and who is attuned and sensitive to the needs and conditions of each individual student and also to the class as a collective entity unto itself.

For the student, the path of yoga is always personal, and the role of the teacher is to help each student discover the path that is right for that student. How to facilitate this process, how to encourage and direct each student in a way that services his/her unique needs and mindset — that is the art of teaching.

In our Teacher Training course, we will explore the art of teaching through a dynamic and conscious practice – Power Yoga- steeped in both the Ashtanga and Iyengar traditions. The idea is that deepening our personal practice informs our teaching, provides inspiration and gives us the confidence to teach from what we know. The focus will be a non-dogmatic and open approach to what is effective. We will focus on universal principles that apply across all yoga traditions. The course will simultaneously encourage each student to develop self-reliance, as well as compassionate support for the evolution and progress of others in the group.

Each session will focus on a variety of different themes over the course of the training and will include not only group asana practice, but also additional time for discussion, reading bodies and hands-on adjustments. The afternoon work will be reinforced during our morning Yoga practice, as we learn to fine-tune our practice in an individual way.

If your interested in our 200hr Yoga Teacher Training click here for more information.

With the Hotlanta Yoga Teacher Training you will attain a deeper understanding of all things yoga, greatly enhance your own practice and gain the knowledge and confidence to share yoga with anyone interested in this ancient practice of transformation.
Starts: 08/22/2014 08:30 am
Ends: 10/25/2014
439 Edgewood SE
Atlanta, GA

Hotlanta Yoga is

Lululemon Yoga

Studio of the


We are excited to be featured as the Howell Mill, Atlanta Lululemon Studio of the Month for the month of June! One of our great instructors will teach the Lululemon community class each Saturday 9am to 10am the whole month! The location is 1168 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA and the phone number to the store is 404-898-0774. Hannah Rose will be up first on the 7th of June, Tracy Sharp teaches on the 14th, Damian Viera teaches the 21st and Malia Hilliard , former Lululemon Ambassador, teaches the 28th!

To celebrate, Hotlanta Yoga is offering a special discount and calling it the Lululemon FIVE Class Card for only $39. Click here to access the *SPECIAL*

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Hello Atlanta!

It’s warming up and everyone is getting their Yoga groove back!

I’m looking for help from Yoga teachers to cover the expanding Yoga schedule and we are also looking for a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist to help cover our totally booked healing massage schedule.

Malia is about to have our baby! We are under five weeks till lil Emmanuella arrives and who knows she could arrive early! I need temporary and permanent help.

Is anyone interested in any of these open positions contact me at you can also comment on this blog or the Facebook page=)
Yes, this position pays.

Humble thanks for your help.