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Unplug From Society and Connect To Yourself At Sacred Chill West

By Elisha Neubauer

Sacred Chill West, a dynamic yoga studio located on the westside of Atlanta, first opened its doors in October of 2016. The space was designed to be a refuge for those looking to escape from the hustle, bustle, and stress of the Atlantan city-life; a place to unplug, where the only connection you make is with yourself.

"It is a place to come and practice moving slower, being more mindful, and cultivate stillness," Meryl Arnett, co-founder of Sacred Chill West, said. "It is a place to restore and recharge."

The studio was founded by three unique individuals looking to fulfill their vision for a safe space, a haven against the busy modern world. Annelise Lonidier, Octavia Raheem, and Meryl Arnett created the perfect realm, and opened their doors to the public. The team decided to offer decidedly "chill" classes, including restorative, yin, yoga nidra, meditation, and flow styles anchored in alignment and creative sequencing.

"We teach the art of chill," Arnett said.

The founders of Sacred Chill West aim to communicate their love for the practice, the path, and for their true sense of community. Mostly, they want to communicate that yoga is for everyone.

Founders (l-r) Meryl Arnett, Octavia Raheem, Annelise Lonidier.

"We hope to affirm our students' being, including those who have been marginalized and internalized the message that yoga is not for them," Arnett stated.

The company is extremely proud of its offerings, knowing they stand out above the crowd of Atlanta's yoga community. In addition to flow classes, they offer a variety of classes that explore stillness: yin, yoga nidra, restorative, and meditation.

"We are one of the only studios in Atlanta to offer stand-alone meditation classes, and this fall we intend to expand those offerings even more," Arnett said.

At Sacred Chill, meditation classes are offered in a way that is accessible and applicable for the demanding lives the modern person lives. They do this to expose clients to a new way of living, helping them to cultivate a mindful lifestyle.

The studio has devoted itself to the art and science of chill. Although chill is their focus, it doesn't mean you won't sweat in several Sacred Chill classes.

"It [chill] doesn't always mean easy," Arnett said. "But, it does mean that every class is designed to cultivate a sense a balance in our hectic lives."

In addition to helping cultivate meaningful lives for those around them, Sacred Chill West strives to give back to the community they call home. They support organizations that make yoga available to marginalized and otherwise underserved groups in our local community as part of our individual and collective seva or service.

The team follows a quote from Pico Lyer, a British novelist: "In an age of speed, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still."

At Sacred Chill, they want you to know you can pause here, find quiet here.

"It's cool, slow down here," Arnett said. "Chill."

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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