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Meet Reba Malandra of Atherial – Yoga, Barre & Aerial Fitness in Sunnyside

Today we’d like to introduce you to Reba Malandra.

Reba, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started working in the corporate world at age 18. Through hard work and studies, I put myself through college until I earned my graduate degree in Education specifically focused around Adult Learning. As I worked my way through college, was a Learning & Development Manager for 26 years and always had part-time work/interest in the yoga & fitness industry. I left the corporate world in 2016, saw the Denver did not have many studios specifically dedicated to aerial yoga & fitness and Atherial unfolded in October of 2016. Today, I teach a few classes and some private sessions. Otherwise, I develop training for the Colorado Department of Revenue and I am an online professor for general education which these jobs keep Atherial available to those searching to find their hearts and dreams.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Opening Atherial has been a wonderful learning experience. The days are filled with finding my inner strengths, building my confidence, following my heart and taking action. All of what, Atherial provides to others. The Denver Yoga and Fitness industry is tough and there us always days where I need to put my personal feelings aside and make decisions to keep the business going. I think the toughest road is that people seem to think we are thriving financially. The truth of the matter is that we are a struggling small business that tries to offer a lot of heart.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Atherial – Yoga, Barre & Aerial Fitness story. Tell us more about the business.
At Atherial, we provide yoga, barre, and fitness programs with aerial hammock integration. Our yoga ranges from Flow classes to Restorative and Yin classes. The Barre program, otherwise known as BarreFly, is our strength train program that focuses on the “important parts” of the body, core, legs, glutei, etc. and our FitFly is our cardio and strength training program. All of which, builds your confidence and strength to play in our aerial arts programs, Sling and DanceFly classes.

What sets us apart is our proudest….we provide programs that people feel comfortable, welcomed and participants are able to be themselves no matter what they bring to the table. Our programs build confidence and our cOMmUNITY is strong and loving. We have seen people walk into our space for the first time and within six like a butterfly. Aerial can be intimidating and scary. We help students feel completely comfortable and fly with support from our hearts. We’re proud of this and that’s what sets us apart.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Our space is in an area where it’s still in growth and development. Fox Street is industrial, open and just waiting for growth. Though on the plus side so much space to walk and park where you wish. Atherial is my heart. I will do anything and everything to make our space open to serve others. It builds my confidence and helps build others as well.

I work two jobs and run Atherial to fuel our small business. At some point, people will feel our love radiating through our underdeveloped area. Good or bad luck? I don’t see it as that as I see that as a female business owner if I just rely on what is in my heart, we are amazing. My entire team is just absolutely loving and is just full of heart. Come play, you’ll see!


  • $59.99 New Client Special
  • Class Packs start at $95
  • Watch for our donation-based cOMmUNITY classes – proceeds go to
  • Aerial Teacher Training starting at $399
  • Aerial Yoga Retreat – Meet YOURself in BALI! Starting at $2,200

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